West Brom striker Saido Berahino going nowhere in January

first_img Tottenham and Newcastle are interested in the striker, but Albion have no intention of cashing in before Monday’s transfer deadline, Press Association Sport understands. They rejected four bids from Spurs in the summer – which led to Berahino threatening to strike – but have not received any offers during the January window. Saido Berahino is set to stay at West Brom, with the Baggies unwilling to sell this month. Tottenham’s offers would have been paid in instalments, with their final bid rising to £23million, and their approach strained the relationship between the clubs, although any differences have since been patched up. Albion chairman Jeremy Peace has been bullish in his stance over Berahino, with no club getting close to his valuation of the 22-year-old, and with just days left of the January transfer window it is understood the Baggies do not expect to receive an acceptable offer. The England Under-21 international has scored four goals in 19 games this term – and has not started a match since October – after netting 20 times last season. Last month head coach Tony Pulis said Berahino was lucky to be included in the squad for their 1-0 win over Newcastle because of behind-the-scenes issues, with the forward’s time-keeping understood to be a problem. Berahino will have one year left on his contract in the summer, yet Peace would still then only entertain sizeable offers. The Baggies revealed they spent £36million in the summer and will only sign new players – likely to be on loan – if they are able to move others out. James Chester was an £8million recruit from Hull but the defender has played just seven times, making only one Barclays Premier League start. Cristian Gamboa and Sebastien Pocognoli will also be allowed to leave if the club can find buyers, while Serge Gnabry’s season-long loan from Arsenal is still yet to be officially cancelled. QPR’s Matty Phillips has been linked but, while he was an Albion target in the summer, Press Association Sport understands any fresh move is unlikely. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Badgers, Huskies split

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoST. CLOUD, Minn. ? When the weekend began, Wisconsin controlled its WCHA playoff positioning. After a 3-2 loss to St. Cloud State Saturday night at the National Hockey Center, it can only restlessly sit back and wait.Despite winning 2-1 in the series opener Friday, the Badgers (15-14-7, 11-12-5 WCHA) remain just one point ahead of the Huskies (17-14-3, 12-12-2) in the race for fifth place and home ice in the conference playoffs that begin March 14. Without any regular season games remaining, UW can only hold out hope St. Cloud plays poorly next weekend against North Dakota.?It does suck that it?s out of our hands,? Wisconsin defenseman Kyle Klubertanz said. ?But we try and control the things we can control and see what happens.?The Badgers fought hard Saturday, taking a 2-1 lead on goals from Ben Grotting and Michael Davies on the power play. Unlucky bounces and the special teams disparity both in attempts (seven to four) and goals (two to one), however, made the difference.Garrett Roe and Matt Hartman scored during the back-end of an extended 5-on-3 late in the second period.Making those goals hard to digest was the fact that Wisconsin held for much of the one minute, 39 seconds against the top power play unit in the WCHA. Shane Connelly faced only one shot because Blake Geoffrion kept blocking pucks.Unfortunately, the Badger forward?s last block deflected out to Roe in the right faceoff circle, who then buried it top shelf to even the score at 2-2.?We were so close to killing that 5-on-3, we had it,? Klubertanz said. ?It was just one of those nights.?Thirty-five seconds later, Hartman flipped the eventual game winner past Connelly.Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves disagreed with both of the penalty calls on Davis Drewiske and Josh Engel and thought his team shouldn?t have ever been put in that bind.?If you’re going to put us down 5-on-3, in my book, it better be a hell of a call,? Eaves said.Referee Derek Shepard also halted a potential game-tying goal by forward Andy Bohmbach 7:28 into the third period.He blew his whistle prematurely, believing St. Cloud goaltender Jase Weslosky had snared a rebound when the sophomore hadn?t.?He was too far away on that play to blow the whistle,? Eaves said of Shepard?s call. ?I don?t think he worked hard enough on that play.?While the Badgers toughened it out and played like a team with a lot at stake, they didn?t get the quality shots around the net Saturday that they had Friday.?We weren?t as sharp as we were Friday night,? Eaves said. ?We didn?t keep things simple like we did Friday, like getting pucks at the net and bodies at the net.?For some reason we tried to make fancy plays and, as a result, we didn?t create as much offensively.?In the first game of the series, Wisconsin not only learned its lesson by coming out strong on a Friday night ? something the team hadn?t done in several weeks ? but it essentially shut down one of the top offenses in the country in the process.?We talked about if you?re going to beat this team, you?re not going to shut them down, but you want to limit them and their offensive people,? Eaves said.Minus a power play goal 4:03 into the first period, the Badgers held the Huskies in check. They did it with strong defense.?We were in their lanes, blocking shots,? Connelly said, who faced just 15 shots all game. ?What we did tonight was really good.??We just couldn?t make any plays at all in transition,? St. Cloud State head coach Bob Motzko said.Wisconsin?s offense also did its part, getting goals from Davis Drewiske and Ben Street scored one minute, one second apart to open the second period Friday.Drewiske clanked a shot in just below the crossbar on the man-advantage for his third goal of the season, and Street slapped a rebound out of midair for the game-winner.St. Cloud State took advantage of a penalty for too many men on the ice when the wrong Wisconsin player subbed in 3:23 into the first. Lasch banged home a pass from Andreas Nodl through the crease to give St. Cloud a 1-0 lead. It was a play the Huskies run frequently and that the Badgers expected to see during the series.Practicing for it and actually stopping it during a game situation are entirely different, Connelly said.?When you?re in a game situation, I find it tougher to really try and cheat knowing that Lasch scores a lot of backdoor goals because if I move a little bit too early, Nodl?s going to have a shot,? Connelly said. ?It?s just one of those things you hopefully have to get lucky on.?St. Cloud tried the same play again on the ensuing power play. While Connelly failed to cover his backside in time, the post was there to deflect the puck away. It wouldn?t be the only time the post came into play during the game.In a frantic final minute of the third period, forward John Swanson?s rocket from the hash marks did everything but go into the net. It slammed off the left post, traversed the crease, kicked off the right post and the Badgers held on.last_img read more

Syracuse advances to quarterfinals of ACC tournament with 83-64 victory over North Carolina

first_imgAlexis Peterson’s 29 points led sixth-seeded Syracuse (21-9, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) to an 83-64 victory over North Carolina Thursday night at the HTC Center in Conway, South Carolina. With the ACC Tournament second round win, the Orange will advance to face third-seeded Duke on Friday at 8 p.m.Eleven 3-pointers, 32 points in the paint and 27 points off turnovers helped Syracuse spring out to a 30-23 lead. By the end of the third quarter, SU commanded a 25-point advantage. The Orange’s 32 second-chance points is its highest total since Dec. 4 against Central Connecticut State, a 21-game span.“We had to rebound the ball,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We really did a good job of crashing the boards and getting opportunities, second-chance opportunities and we were really aggressive.”Peterson, who was named this week the ACC Player of the Year, added six assists and grabbed seven rebounds. Redshirt senior guard Brittney Sykes scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds while senior center Briana Day scored 11 points and had a game-high 15 boards. Senior forward Isabella Slim scored nine points on 3-of-7 from the floor, the most she has scored since Jan. 8.Tip between the Orange and Blue Devils is set for Friday at 8 p.m. On Feb. 10, then-No. 14 Blue Devils handed Syracuse a 72-55 loss in Durham. In that meeting, Peterson and Sykes were held to a combined 30 points. SU committed 15 turnovers, shot only 25.4 percent from the field and got out-rebounded by nine. Duke’s 44 paint points were the most SU has allowed since December 2015.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They attacked us in transition and when you don’t score, you can’t press, and that was big for us because we didn’t make enough shots,” Hillsman said. “We couldn’t get into our pressure. Hopefully we can get some shots to go in early and be able to press them.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 2, 2017 at 11:37 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

Strong Q3 US trading sees Gambling.com edge ahead

first_img Submit Gambling.com strengthens US presence with Indiana launch December 19, 2019 StumbleUpon Share Gambling.com launches SlotSource.com July 30, 2020 Gambling.com maintains momentum against COVID-19 impacts August 19, 2020 Share Related Articles Gambling.com Group Plc has recorded a slower period of growth for Q3 2019, with revenues up 2% to 4.16m euros, but the firm is still 22% ahead of 2018 for the first three quarters.The digital marketing firm reported New Depositing Customers (NDCs) for the period increased by 4% to 18,411 however adjusted EBITDA (excluding non-recurring costs) dropped to 610,000 euros from  1.52m euros, corresponding to an adjusted EBITDA margin of 15% compared to 37% in the corresponding period.Gambling.com Group CEO Charles Gillespie commented: “While continuing market challenges in the UK and Sweden resulted in a slower overall growth rate, the Group continues to see strong growth outside of these core markets, with revenue growth from all other markets, including the US, amounting to 161% year on year in the quarter.”The firm highlighted this quarter’s growth investment from Edison Partners of USD $15.5m million, of which USD 6.98m corresponds to new equity, to further expand the Group operations. This has coincided with Gregg Michaelson, a partner at Edison Partners, joined Gambling.com Group’s board of directors as the sixth member of the board from September 2019.Gambling.com Group also started providing services to licensed gaming operators in Pennsylvania and West Virginia after receiving approvals from Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and the West Virginia Lottery.The Group also settled the final outstanding EUR 1.33 million due for assets acquired in January 2018.last_img read more

Two-Day Investigation Determines Trailer Fire

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA fire in Alpena Township left one trailer destroyed after erupting on Tuesday evening. Earlier this week, the Alpena Township Fire Department was dispatched to a house trailer fire around 6:30 pm. The fire occurred off of Bear Point Road and left damages inside of the trailer. A two–day investigation finally revealed what caused the fire.“We concluded late yesterday afternoon and determined it to be accidental and electrical in nature and more specifically non structural. It didn’t necessarily have to do with the electrical in the home but a battery charging had been rigged up in the house for hobby purposes,” Fire Marshal, Dave Robbins said.Residents of the trailer were not home when the fire started. With the upcoming winter and holiday season, Fire Marshal, Dave Robbins wants to remind everyone to use caution with certain household items.“The best suggestion for things electrical in nature is to always make sure that you’re using approved equipment that’s specifically rated for that type of activity. Smoke detectors are very important this time of year as we’re coming into the heating season. Many times people rely more heavily on electrical appliances, so just be cautious and careful,” he said.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Prosecutor, Ed Black Prepares for a Temporary Leave of OfficeNext Fitness Fridays: Overcome Thanksgiving Woes With a Few Healthy Tipslast_img read more

German Cup: Dortmund beat Bayern as Pep sees treble dream slip

first_imgBayern Munich’s treble dream is over after penalty shoot-out slips from Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso contributed to their DFB Pokal semi-final defeat against Borussia Dortmund.Both Lahm and Alonso fell before taking their kicks giving Dortmund a 2-0 victory on penalties after the scores were tied at 1-1 after 120 minutes of action. Bayern had seemed to be coasting towards victory when Robert Lewandowski gave them a 29th minute, sliding the ball home after his first effort came back off the post.The Polish striker almost made it two with an audacious effort just before half-time, before Michael Langerak pulled off one of several fine stops to deny Thomas Mueller shortly after the break.Lewandowski then hit the bar before Mueller had a strong appeal for handball against Marcel Schmelzer turned down and Thiago forced Langerak into another good stop.However, the unimaginable happened with 16 minutes of normal time remaining as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slotted home at the far post.The Gabonese striker’s goal ensured extra-time, but it was the hosts who had the better of it, despite losing Arjen Robben to injury, as Bastian Schweinsteiger went close on several occasions. Dortmund were also reduced to 10 men as substitute Kevin Kampl received a second yellow card.But Jurgen Klopp’s men forced penalties, where misses from Lahm, Alonso, Mario Goetze and Manuel Neuer handed them victory. It means Klopp can end his spell with Dortmund as a German Cup winner.–last_img read more

Fantasy Waiver Wire: FAAB Report for Week 10 pickups

first_imgThere have been some developing storylines across the NFL landscape over the past few days with some surprise performances, unexpected injuries, and a pretty shocking suspension for a player that was listed in this article the last couple weeks. We approach a six-team bye week in Week 10, so there are plenty of streaming options (Derek Carr, Brian Hoyer) and players to consider (Zach Pascal, Kalen Ballage, Ronald Jones, Kareem Hunt) as we push toward the fantasy playoffs. We’ve got all the FAAB advice you need to bid on the right waiver pickups and sleepers going forward.DOMINATE YOUR LEAGUE: Get the Fantasy Alarm NFL Season Pass! Week 10 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: QuarterbackDerek Carr OAK; FAAB Bid: 5-8%: Carr actually leads the league in completion percentage among qualified quarterbacks, and he has seven touchdown passes in his past three games with at least 285 passing yards in each outing over that span. He’s had some problems with fumbles as of late, but he’s thrown just four interceptions all season, and the Raiders remaining schedule isn’t terrible. They still play the Chargers (twice), Bengals, Jets, Chiefs, Titans and Jaguars. The establishment of the Oakland running game has really helped Carr find a groove in the passing game, and the Raiders are in the midst of three straight games at home. There’s also the narrative this is the Raiders’ last season in Oakland, and they want to go out in style. He’s not quite a top-12 quarterback the rest of the season, but he’s worthy of being a streamer with some upside. This is the best he’s looked in a few years.Brian Hoyer; FAAB Bid: 1-2%: If Jacoby Brissett (knee) is out, Hoyer is the ultimate streamer this week against the Dolphins, especially if you’re without Tom Brady, Carson Wentz, or Deshaun Watson. He threw three touchdowns Sunday and still has a great offensive line protecting him. It’s hard to believe the Colts have gone from Andrew Luck in the preseason to Brian Hoyer in Week 10, but they’re still in the playoff picture. The Colts are also without T.Y. Hilton (calf) for a couple more weeks, so it’s not like Hoyer has the greatest weapons at his disposal. But at least he has a matchup against the Dolphins this week.WEEK 10 NON-PPR RANKINGSQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWeek 10 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: RBRonald Jones II TB; FAAB Bid: 8-12%: It’s pretty clear he’s the lead back in Tampa Bay. However, a modest bid is largely in order for Jones, who has been very inconsistent even with more work than Peyton Barber and Dare Ogunbowale. Jones rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown in Week 9. The offensive line isn’t very good, either, but at least the Bucs are out of the woods in terms of the brutal travel they’ve had to endure. Next week they draw the Cardinals at home, and it will be Tampa’s first true home game since Week 3. You can’t trust Jones enough to start him, but he’s a FLEX play in deeper leagues next week, and he can be owned based on his workload in this backfield.Kareem Hunt CLE; FAAB Bid: 6-8%: Hunt is now clear to return after serving his eight-game suspension, and he’s ready to make his Browns debut. He barely qualifies as a waiver wire target since he’s just under 60 percent owned in ESPN and Yahoo leagues, but we’ll still give him some attention because he’s an immensely talented player with some off-field problems. He’s kept a lower profile so far this season and is ready for a fresh start. How much work does he get? It’s tough to tell. The Browns have no reason to take the ball out of Nick Chubb’s hands, and it would take a serious injury to Chubb for Hunt to be an automatic start. The talent alone is enough to roster Hunt so if people are dropping him, and you have an obvious “drop” on your team like Frank Gore per se, then go for it.Bilal Powell/Ty Montgomery NYJ; FAAB Bid: 6%: Le’Veon Bell had to get an MRI on his knee on Monday, and while the severity of his knee injury is still a little unclear, you should probably look to handcuff him if he is out. And even if you do cuff him, can you really feel that great about a lesser running back in the Jets offense? Bell, as talented as he is, only has two touchdowns to go with 415 rushing yards through eight games. The volume of targets in the passing game with Sam Darnold embracing an easier schedule seemed like Bell could get better as we enter the second half of the season, but this news of an MRI should have Bell owners worried. Powell has been playing more than Montgomery lately, so it seems likely he would get the bulk of the carries, but both of these backs could factor into the offense.Kalen Ballage MIA; FAAB Bid: 5-6%: Even this much seems like a heavy bid for Ballage, but when Mark Walton gets suspended four games, you almost feel obligated to give him a look. Walton has been leading the team in carries and touches the last couple weeks, and the Dolphins just traded away Kenyan Drake. I hope they kept the receipt because the backfield is a mess right now. Ballage hasn’t been a very good runner, but the opportunities will be there for him if the Dolphins don’t bring in anybody else. And he is a goal-line vulture, so that’s just one more thing you can hang your hat on.MORE WEEK 10:Waiver pickups | Snap counts | Trade values | Fantasy playoff SOSDerrius Guice WSH; FAAB Bid: 3-5%: Guice (knee) is now in the 21-day window for the Redskins to activate him off IR and on to the 53-man roster. The most likely scenario for Guice is that he’ll make his return in two weeks against the Jets since the team is on bye in Week 10. Guice has been marred with injuries in his brief career, but he’s a great talent that showed a lot of promise in the preseason. When he does return he’ll have to contend with Adrian Peterson, who has at least 75 rushing yards in four straight games. The workload may be hard to come by at first, but Guice is available if you’re in need of some depth at the running back position.Ryquell Armstead JAC; FAAB Bid: 1-2%: This is more of a food for thought recommendation for Leonard Fournette owners because it isn’t an awful idea to handcuff Fournette if you can afford the bench spot. Fournette missed 11 games between 2017 and ’18 and while he’s healthy this year, and productive, we have to be weary of his injury history. Fournette is seeing about 20 carries and five-to-six targets per game. If anything happens to him and he goes down, most of that workload should go to Armstead, who has looked pretty good at times. For this reason you should also look to handcuff Alexander Mattison in Minnesota considering Dalvin Cook’s injury history, but Armstead is more widely available.Honorable Mentions: There are a few guys here worth keeping an eye on. I’ve mentioned Ty Johnson in the past, and I do like that he led the Lions in carries and touches on Sunday against the Raiders. He didn’t do too much with the rushing workload, but not many can in Detroit. J.D. McKissic could be worth looking at in PPR formats. He had four carries for 32 yards to go with three receptions for 40 receiving yards and a touchdown on Sunday. There is always a slight fear that Detroit could bring somebody in. Most recently, Jay Ajayi came in for a workout with Detroit last Friday. He hasn’t signed as of right now, but the Detroit backfield is clouded with mystery as always. Lastly, Trey Edmunds is worth keeping an eye on as well, but his value is also dependent on James Conner. Edmunds saw a dozen carries and turned it into 73 rushing yards in Week 9. You can’t bid too much for a guy like Edmunds because he would need a lot to go his way. If anything, he’s a deeper league addition.Week 10 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: WRJamison Crowder NYJ; FAAB Bid: 12-15%: Crowder’s under 60 percent owned and is a PPR value the rest of the season. The schedule is an easy one for the Jets going forward, and while Darnold still had his struggles on Sunday against Miami, Crowder saw a solid amount of work. He caught eight-of-nine targets for 83 yards and a touchdown and has 28 targets in his last four games. He looks to be the top option in the Jets passing game and while that may not excite too many people, Crowder can be a WR3 play in PPR formats.Zach Pascal IND; FAAB Bid: 7-8%: Pascal is worth adding whether Jacoby Brissett or Brian Hoyer is playing quarterback in Indy. With T.Y. Hilton (calf) out the next couple weeks, there’s an opportunity for Pascal to excel. He has three touchdowns in his past three games. Hoyer really seemed to favor Pascal once he came in, so hopefully this is a connection that can continue to develop in the coming weeks with Brissett potentially out in the short-term.DeVante Parker MIA; FAAB Bid: 7-8%: Preston Williams is out for the year, and it’s hard to not notice what Parker has been doing. Parker has upside, shown by his four touchdowns in the past five games. The Dolphins don’t necessarily have a terrible schedule coming up. Yes, they’ll play the Bills once again, but they also draw the Colts, Browns, Eagles, Jets, Giants and Bengals through Week 16. Parker could be a FLEX play down the stretch if he can keep finding the end zone.Hunter Renfrow OAK; FAAB Bid: 5-6%: Here’s a guy that’s available in virtually every fantasy football league. Renfrow has gradually been getting more involvement in the Oakland offense over the past couple weeks, including touchdowns in back-to-back games. You can’t expect the touchdowns to become a consistent pattern, especially when there are larger targets in the offense like Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller. But there’s no reason Renfrow can’t be a solid PPR option for the Raiders. This is all speculation since this was his first game with at least six targets since Week 2, but keep in mind the next four games are against the Chargers, Bengals, Jets and Chiefs. Those are some favorable matchups for the Oakland receivers.Keelan Cole JAC; FAAB Bid: 2-5%: A lot of people are speculating that Nick Foles could return after Jacksonville’s bye week and take over the starting quarterback job from Gardner Minshew. The Jags at least have options. If they go with Foles, Dede Westbrook is a popular add off waivers if he’s available. Those two had great chemistry in the preseason, but Westbrook was inactive for Sunday’s game because of a shoulder injury, and Cole stepped up and had a nice game to the tune of five catches on six targets for 80 yards. Cole’s not the biggest add of the week, especially since he’s off next week, but if Westbrook’s injury sidelines him for quite some time, then Cole is a solid deep-league addition.WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 10 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: Tight EndRyan Griffin NYJ; FAAB Bid: 4-5%: I wasn’t wildly optimistic about Griffin after his two-touchdown performance in Week 8, but I’m feeling better about him this week after he saw eight targets. Chris Herndon still hasn’t played (although he was active in Week 9 and didn’t see the field), but when he does return his presence will impact Griffin’s numbers a bit. And yes, Herndon is still worthy of a waiver claim although it’s frustrating for those who have been sitting on him. For now, Griffin is a good add on a week-to-week basis. Griffin almost came down with another touchdown on Sunday, but it was overturned after review showed he didn’t have control of the ball. He still finished with six catches for 50 yards.Darren Fells HOU; FAAB Bid: 3-5%: Fells made the article last week after a two-touchdown game, and despite the fact he had just one catch for one yard on Sunday, it did come on a touchdown reception. So, he now has five touchdowns in his past five games and six touchdowns in his past seven games. At this point with tight ends, you’ll take any kind of production if you don’t own any of the studs at the position. The Texans are off in Week 10 and then they have some difficult matchups on the horizon. In the short-term you can turn to the other guys on this list, but don’t sleep on Fells after Houston’s week off.Mike Gesicki MIA; FAAB Bid: 2-5%: With the way the tight end position has gone this year, it should come as no surprise that a TE from the Dolphins cracked this article. And fantasy football is a bit of a reactionary game, but Gesicki has a decent schedule the rest of the way, and you just hope Ryan Fitzpatrick can keep the Fitzmagic alive a little longer. Gesicki caught all six of his targets on Sunday for 95 yards, but he still hasn’t found the end zone this season. This is what the Dolphins were hoping to get when they drafted Gesicki in the second round of the 2018 draft. Will the games always be this good? No, we’re still talking about the Dolphins here. But the schedule is a bit soft going forward, and consistency has been hard to find at tight end. Even if he cools off you can drop him for another player. WEEK 10 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPWeek 10 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: D/STIndianapolis Colts (vs. MIA): This is the obvious D/ST to stream for Week 10, but it’s not as obvious as it once was. The Dolphins haven’t been pushovers lately, and Ryan Fitzpatrick looked good last Sunday, albeit against the Jets. But the Fins will be without Preston Williams and Mark Walton next week. On ESPN standard scoring for D/STs, the Colts have at least eight fantasy points in their last four games. For a streamer, that’s all you’re really looking at, and you can easily get that this week from Indy.Baltimore Ravens (at CIN): If the Ravens can put up 12 fantasy points against the Patriots, just imagine what they can do against the Bengals. They held the Patriots to 342 yards of offense and forced some crucial turnovers Sunday night. This isn’t the same dominant defense we’re used to from Baltimore, but it’s getting better. After totaling negative fantasy points in Weeks 3 and 4, the Ravens have scored 44 points in their past four games. They’re certainly playable this week against the Bengals, but you may consider dropping them with matchups against the Texans, Rams, and 49ers on deck.last_img read more

Three takeaways from Toronto Maple Leafs’ 5-3 win over Colorado Avalanche

first_imgJason Spezza heating upAlthough he’s not playing at the same pace as he did years ago, the Leafs’ veteran is heating up over these last few games — and showing prowess in the process.Spezza notched a primary assist on an outstanding breakaway goal for Kasperi Kapanen and now has points in three of his last four games, totalling four points over that span. The 36-year-old now has eight points in 14 games this season, which isn’t bad given his role with the team at start to the season. If he were to play in all 82 games of the season, Spezza would be on pace to contribute 47 points.Spezza’s pass springs free Kapanen who scores on the breakaway. 4-1 Leafs. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/2o34VDiS9s— Maple Leafs Hotstove (@LeafsNews) November 24, 2019For a team to be successful long term, they need to have secondary scoring, especially from the bottom-6. With Spezza starting to find his touch and role with the Leafs, the team will be able to get offense from players beyond the likes of Matthews and company. Saturday was a big night for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The team is now 2-0 under new head coach Sheldon Keefe as Toronto was able to win its second consecutive game in the form of a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.It was the first time this season that these two clubs have met, and also marked the first time that defenseman Tyson Barrie and center Nazem Kadri would get the opportunity to face their former clubs. Both players were able to contribute to their respective offenses, but Toronto’s forecheck was better as the Leafs again managed to score at least four goals. Auston Matthews also registered a goal and assist in the win, while Kasperi Kapanen also scored.MORE: Tyson Barrie scores in return to ColoradoHere are three reasons why the Leafs beat the Avs.Tyson Barrie is on a rollThe Maple Leafs defenseman has been on a roll of late, and under Keefe he seems to have much more confidence in his offensive ability, which has helped him get back his mojo.As the first power-play unit quarterback, Barrie was able to score his second of the season and now has a goal in each of his last two games. He also added an assist for his first multi-point outing since Oct. 5. Not only that, but he’s now riding a four-game point streak.What a homecoming for Tyson Barrie. 👏pic.twitter.com/ZMkEzGooVN— Sporting News Canada (@sportingnewsca) November 24, 2019The 28-year-old defenseman was brought on board to provide more offense from the blue line, and now that he seems to have more responsibility when it comes to moving the puck, starting the breakout and joining the rush, he’s taking the opportunity and running with it.Frederik Andersen comes up bigDespite a late push from Colorado, Andersen was able to hold his own against the Avalanche, stopping 34 of 37 shots on goal for a .919 save percentage.Toronto’s success considered, Andersen has been strong of late for the Leafs, posting a .917 or higher save percentage in each of his last three performances, and is now 11-5-3 with a 2.68 GAA and .916 save percentage.Dermott and Kadri battle in front while Andersen makes the save. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/GPOuv1vpgl— Maple Leafs Hotstove (@LeafsNews) November 24, 2019If the Leafs can continue to get strong goaltending from the Danish netminder, they could manage a complete turnaround and make the Atlantic Division race tighter and more competitive moving forward.last_img read more

Wednesday November 27th Local Sports

first_imgWAVERLY — The Mason City High girls moved to 3-0 on the season with a 57-49 win at Waverly-Shell Rock last night, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com. Jaeda Witner led Mason City with 19 points while Anna Deets added 12. Mason City will host Ames on Tuesday. == THURSDAY– AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa WBB vs. Towson at Puerto Rico Classic — 11:45/12:00– AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa MBB vs. Texas Tech at Las Vegas Invitational — 6:00/7:00 CEDAR FALLS – University of Northern Iowa Director of Athletics David Harris has signed an extension to his contract with the university, committing to more than five additional years with the Panthers.Harris, who was officially named director of intercollegiate athletics in February 2016, will continue to lead the division through June of 2025.“I am very grateful to President Nook for providing me the opportunity to continue leading the UNI Athletics Department,” Harris said. “My family and I have truly made the Cedar Valley our home, and we love being part of the Panther Family. This extension represents a tremendous vote of confidence in the work being done by our staff each and every day. We look forward to continuing to build on the momentum that has been established by our coaches, staff and student-athletes and creating a bright future for Panther Athletics.”Earlier this year, Harris was appointed to the NCAA Division I Council, a 40-member council responsible for the decision making of the division. As part of those responsibilities, he acts as the council representative for the Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee. AMES — Iowa State closes out the regular season with a visit to Kansas State on Saturday. Both teams are 7-4 on the season.That’s ISU coach Matt Campbell who likes the way the Cyclones have been finishing games in the fourth quarter.Campbell says the players ability to make adjustments has been a big part of their success.Kickoff in Manhattan is scheduled for 6 o’clock on Saturday. SPORTS SCHEDULE THROUGH THE WEEKEND:== WEDNESDAY– AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa WBB vs. Cincinnati at Puerto Rico Classic — 2:15/2:30– AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — Mohawk Hockey at Ames — 5:45/6:00 (game time could be shifted earlier)– AM-1300 KGLO — Hawk Talk — 6:30 CLEAR LAKE — Sara Faber had 16 points and was one of three players in double figures as the #4/3A Clear Lake girls basketball team had no problems with Charles City last night at home in a 63-27 victory, as you heard on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com. Darby Dodd added 12 while Chelsey Holck had 11 for the Lions, who travel to West Fork next Tuesday. WAVERLY — The Waverly-Shell Rock boys beat Mason City 54-45 in the Hall of Pride scrimmage last night in Waverly, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. Cory Miner had 16 while Austin Richardson had nine to lead the Mohawks. Mason City will open up the regular season on Tuesday at home against Ames. AMES — The Iowa State basketball team has enjoyed a lot of success over the years in Holiday tournaments and they hope for more of the same beginning Wednesday in the Bahamas, The Cyclones play Michigan in the Battle 4 Atlantis.That’s ISU coach Steve Prohm talking about first year Michigan coach Juwan Howard. Seven-one center Jon Teske is a key for the Wolverines. == FRIDAY – AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa FB at Nebraska — 11:30/1:30– AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa MBB vs. Creighton or San Diego State at LV Invitational — 6:00/7:00 or 8:30/9:30 AMES — The Mohawk High School hockey team hits the road this afternoon to travel to Ames in their I-35 Cup series. Mason City is currently 0-8 on the season while the Little Cyclones are 0-9 and also have a shootout loss. Nik Howell will look to extend his streak of eight games with a goal. The opening faceoff for this game is scheduled for 6 o’clock but could be moved up earlier due to the weather. You’ll hear the game on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com, with the broadcast starting about 10 minutes before the game. == SUNDAY– AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — Mohawk Hockey vs. Fremont — 11:00– AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — NIACC BB DH vs. Central-Columbus Nebraska in NIACC Thanksgiving Challenge — 1:00 & 3:00 == SATURDAY– AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — NIACC BB DH in NIACC Thanksgiving Challenge — WBB vs. Grand View JV at 12:00, MBB vs. Graceland JV at 2:00– AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — Mohawk Hockey vs. Fremont — 2:45/3:00 IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says the Hawkeyes need to find a way to run the ball in Friday’s Black Friday game at Nebraska. The Hawkeyes managed only 79 yards on the ground in a 19-10 win over Illinois.Ferentz says with the short week to get ready the Hawkeyes have adjusted practice.The forecast calls for freezing rain in Lincoln on Friday and the Hawkeyes went to work throwing wet footballs in practice.Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 on Friday, with the pre-game at 11:30 on AM-1300 KGLOlast_img read more

UEFA holds its breath against the coronavirus in the Euro

first_imgBut UEFA bosses are not going to make any irreversible decision on the European Championship yet. They do not intend to follow the example of the Asian Confederation, which has suspended the Congress that was to be held in Kuala Lumpur next April. According to Grape “we are in the waiting phase, pending from all countries. Football must follow the instructions it receives.” UEFA wants to use deadlines, wait for the coronavirus to advance and not rush in a decision that would only be taken in case of extreme need and bound by European governments.Apart from the virus, UEFA has cited the meeting in Holland for its 55 national federations to participate in the draw of the League of Nations, which will start after the summer, on September 3. Tuesday will be the draw for the competition. Luis Rubiales, UEFA Vice President, and Luis Enrique will attend, which will be the first official act of his second stage on the bench in Spain. Spain will be in the elite group together with Portugal (current champion), Holland, England, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden, Croatia, Poland, Germany and Iceland. Four groups from four countries will be raffled, and the group champions will contest the Final Phase of the League of Nations in June 2021. The UEFA Executive Committee will meet this Monday in Amsterdam to set the headquarters of the continental competitions and their regulations. But the prominence of the Executive Committee prior to its 44th Ordinary Congress the coronavirus will take it, which has sneaked in between the top concerns of the ‘staff’ of European football. The vice president of the organization, the Italian Michele Uva, warned that “the competitions, and among them the Eurocup, would only stop in a case of force majeure. Only if the virus progresses to degenerate. “But a hundred days after the start of the tournament, the organization discusses in Amsterdam the impact of the pandemic on hundreds of thousands of fans who will move freely throughout Europe. The European Championship will be played in 12 countries that will cover the continent from end to end, from St. Petersburg to Rome. The total offer is 2.5 million tickets, and right now there are ten candidates for each place in the stadiums. On June 12, the inaugural match will be played in Rome, the capital of a country, Italy, which is precisely one of the most affected by the coronavirus.last_img read more