Man City midfielder Gundogan: Title-race on if we beat Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveIlkay Gundogan says Manchester City can win the Premier League title – if they can beat Liverpool tonight.City are seven points off the league leaders ahead of tonight’s highly anticipated clash at the Etihad.”Of course, the pressure is great for us,” Gundogan told Sport Buzzer. “I think it’s a game that’s at the absolute top level. It’s going to be tight, as you’ve seen in the first 0-0 draw.”We have a chance to reduce the gap to four points now, and then I think the season is long enough to make up for that in the rest of the games.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Graham Potter: Spurs win long time comingby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter says victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the Amex was just rewards for their recent work.Potter commented on how the mood remained upbeat within the squad despite the results not going his players’ way.“They’ve had the belief despite the results. That gives you strength if you feel that you’re doing things in the right way.“We know we’ll still improve because it’s only our eighth game together. But the performances have been good and the players understand what we’re trying to do.”Today we had a bit of luck and that helped to grow our belief and confidence. Saying that though, I felt we produced a performance that was worthy of a 3-0 victory today.”
Vine: Kansas State Star Receiver Tyler Lockett Made A Defender Look Silly During Senior Bowl Practice
30 Oct 1999: A general view of the cloudly sky and the packed stadium taken during the game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Baylor Bears at Wagner Field in Manhattan, Kansas. The Wildcats defeated the Bears 48-7. Mandatory Credit: Elsa Hasch /AllsportThis year’s NFL Draft features a number of standout wide receivers, including Kansas State star Tyler Lockett. The Wildcat star caught 106 passes for 1,515 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, and is showing off some of the skills that led to that remarkable season during Senior Bowl practices this week. Northwestern State cornerback Imoan Claiborne got the worst of it during today’s practice. CBS Sports projects Lockett as a second or third rounder. He can certainly help himself with a big week in Mobile in front of the many scouts at this week’s Senior Bowl.[@JoeGoodberry]
TORONTO – The Canadian Securities Association says its reconsidering the appropriateness of its disclosure policy for cannabis companies with U.S. operations after the U.S. did away with the Cole Memorandum.In October, the CSA said cannabis companies with U.S. operations were clear to list in Canada so long as they disclosed the risks to investors.It said it would re-examine that stance if the U.S. federal government’s approach changed.Earlier this month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Obama-era memo, which suggested the federal government would not intervene in states where the drug is legal even as marijuana remained illegal under federal law.The CSA says it will communicate more details about its position shortly.The CSA is the umbrella organization for Canada’s provincial and territorial securities regulators.
FORT NELSON, B.C. – An Agreement and Memorandum of Future Understanding was signed between the Fort Nelson First Nation and Chevron Canada Limited.The Agreement related to Chevron’s natural gas exploration, appraisal and development activities on the Fort Nelson First Nations Traditional Territory will be the cooperation of both the First Nations and Chevron. In the spirit of mutual respect, and recognition to support responsible and sustainable economic development in a way that protects the Traditional Territory.“Chevron values the importance of learning from and respecting the cultures of the Fort Nelson First Nation. We are committed to working with Fort Nelson First Nation to develop natural gas resources in their Traditional Territory that provides economic benefits while protecting the environment and culture for future generations.” said the President of Chevron Canada Ltd, Frank Cassulo
Shimla: Faced with tremendous pressures, Himachal Pradesh Power and Multi-Purpose Projects (MPP) Anil Sharma on Friday resigned from the cabinet but asserted that he will continue to serve as a member of the state assembly.”I have sent my resignation to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur this morning,” he told the Millennium Post, minutes after his resignation was delivered at Chief Minister’s office. The Chief Minister, who was campaigning in Mandi, confirmed about Sharma’s resignation that has been accepted. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The minister had been facing pressures from the BJP to make his position clear after his son Ashray Sharma, along with grandfather Sukh Ram (former telecom minister) had joined the Congress and also got the ticket to contest Mandi parliamentary election against sitting BJP MP Ram Swaroop Sharma. When asked about circumstances leading to his resignation, Sharma said, “I have been facing a serious dilemma after my son and father had joined the Congress. Though I had made my position clear to the Chief Minister the kind of statements and cheap remarks being made about me and my family left me very much hurt.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIt’s now clear that Sukh Ram’s ambition to see his grandson Ashray Sharma rising has cost his son Anil Sharma dear. Sharma had joined the BJP in 2017 just before the assembly polls. Earlier, he was a cabinet minister in the Congress government. Ashray was instrumental in his entry to the BJP but now a reason for his exit too. The outgoing minister said on Thursday that the Chief Minister was in his constituency and tried to ridicule him publicly. This has hurt him and compelled to call it a day. He said, “I had no plans to make a political career when I contested by the first election in 1993. But my son definitely has an aptitude and interest to keep the legacy of his grandfather alive. I have decided not to stand by him. My status as a minister is not something bigger than the son’s career.” Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday mounted a fresh attack against Sharma. “You, despite being in my cabinet, kept contacting people to mobilise against BJP candidate. You even challenge the Chief Minister’s status saying it’s easy to be CM or MLA but impossible to be a leader. And, all these months your father (Pt Sukh Ram) frequently kept asking choicest portfolios to Anil Sharma and a Rajya Sabha seat to Ashray (grandson). What are you people (family) up to? I have so many secrets to tell as this family been a political opportunist.” When asked whether he will campaign for his son, Sharma said no in affirmative. “I will neither campaign for the Congress (i.e. his son) nor for the BJP,” he added. About Mandi seat, he said, “Wait and watch. It’s going to be a close finish. Ram Swaroop Sharma should not take shelter behind the Chief Minister if he wants to fight a battle. Let it be Ram Swaroop Sharma vs Ashray fight, not Jai Ram vs Ashray.”
Bhubaneswar: The death toll in Cyclone Fani rose to 29 on Sunday, two days after the “extremely severe” storm barrelled through coastal Odisha, causing widespread destruction and leaving hundreds grappling with water shortage and power cuts, an official said.Announcing a relief package for those affected by the calamity, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said all families in Puri and in those parts of Khurda, which had been “extremely severely affected” in the storm, will get 50 kg of rice, Rs 2,000 in cash and polythene sheets, if covered under the Food Security Act (FSA). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkFor the rest of Khurda district – categorised as “severely” affected – the FSA families will get a month’s quota of rice, Rs 1,000 in cash and polythene sheets, he added. Those living in the “moderately-affected” districts of Cuttack, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur will be eligible for a month’s quota of rice and Rs 500 in cash, Patnaik said. The chief minister also announced an assistance of Rs 95,100 for “fully-damaged” houses, Rs 52,000 for “partially-damaged” houses and Rs 3,200 for houses that had suffered minor damage. Talking to reporters here, Patnaik claimed that water supply had been restored in 70 per cent areas of the worst-hit Puri town and 40 per cent of the places in state capital Bhubaneswar. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen”I am hoping that water supply will be fully restored in Bhubaneswar shortly and at least in 90 per cent areas of Puri town by this evening,” the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief, who is seeking a fifth term in office, said. “The government has made arrangements to provide cooked food for free over the next 15 days. We will also take up tree plantation on a mission mode,” he added. According to state Chief Secretary A P Padhi, 21 of the 29 deaths were registered in the pilgrim town of Puri, where the storm made landfall on Friday.
Taroudant, Morocco – A huge groupie of fans mobbed the Moroccan Saad Lamjarred on Wednesday April 2 at Al Hamra Mall in Kuwait during his participation at the opening of a store for perfumes of a famous brand. In a footage posted on YouTube, girls wearing the headscarf were screaming, hysterically shouting his name and climbing on their friends’ shoulders to get a full glimpse of the Moroccan singer.Lamjarred was then forced to flee the scene with the help of Kuwaiti police who came to his rescue. The unorganized fans in Kuwait Mall have been criticized on social media for their “rowdy” behavior.The footage showing Kuwaiti girls fighting one another and shoving security guards to get closer to the Moroccan singer and take photos with him sparked outrage among Kuwaitis.Driven by jealousy, the melee broke out because a girl was able to reach Lamjerred and shake his hand.While some Kuwaiti media blamed the poor organization in the mall and the disorder of young people jostling each other an the arrival of Saad Lamjarred, the presenter of Alshahed TV Channel, Mohammed Al Mulla, preferred to hold the singer personally responsible for what happened, attacking him and his country, Morocco.In a conservative society like Kuwait, girls with the veil are supposed to show some modesty and keep some distance from boys, but once the Moroccan singer started to sing his famous song “Nti” in Moroccan dialect, the girls were singing along with and kept pushing one another. “A lot of the girls hit back and say that the guys didn’t behave any better when Kim Kardashian was in town, and actually, they were just jealous of the fact that Saad Lamjarred was getting all the girls attention,” Sumaya Bakhsh said on BBC.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Per-game scoring rose from an average of 22.0 points in 2010 to 23.4 points in 2013 — an all-time high — before holding at 22.8 in 2015 and 2016. Total yards per game was already at an all-time high in 2010 (336.0); it rose almost every season afterward until peaking at 352.7 in 2015. The average number of first downs gained per game climbed from 18.9 to a best-ever 20.3 last season.But this year is different. NFL teams have averaged 22.0 points per game, the fewest since 2010. Same goes for per-game yardage (337.1) and first downs gained (19.4). Per-game pass attempts have also dropped, to 34.2, the lowest since 2011.Teams are passing less often, and they’re less effective when they pass. As a result, offensive output is down across the board.As with the explosion, there are plenty of factors that are likely contributing, from the law of diminishing returns to a spate of quarterback injuries. The latter has forced the likes of Jacoby Brissett, Tom Savage and Brett Hundley into headlining roles for their offenses. It also seems that college and pro defensive coaches finally held their own secret meeting; NFL defenses have adjusted how they cover shotgun and spread-style offenses, smothering the short passing game.Defenses are also getting after the passer much better than last year, sacking quarterbacks on 6.5 percent of dropbacks (up from 5.8 percent); that’s the second-highest sack rate since 2006.Payton and the Saints set off the passing explosion, but now they’re on the leading edge of the implosion. The Saints used shotgun less frequently in 2016 than all but seven teams. This season, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group, they’ve run fewer plays in shotgun or pistol than all but four teams.Payton was part of that 2011 roundtable interview, and what he said then still resonates.Teams always pay close attention to how the Super Bowl champions play, Payton said. That year, the champs were the Aaron Rodgers-powered Green Bay Packers, whom Payton said “threw a lot more than they ran it, played good defense and broke the formula of what wins.” That’s “a good starting point in terms of 2011’s passing spike,” he said.The team that everyone’s copying right now didn’t win the Super Bowl, but they came close.The Atlanta Falcons used shotgun less than any other team during their 2016 run to the big game, lining up under center on 60 percent of snaps. The Falcons led the league in scoring, racking up 71 more points than the second-best Saints. They threw the ball just 537 times, seventh-fewest in the NFL, while finishing fifth in rushing yards thanks to a hot tailback tandem of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.Payton seemed to follow suit. He bolstered his running game, adding tailbacks Adrian Peterson and Alvin Kamara, as well as free-agent guard Larry Warford. Peterson didn’t work out, but Warford and Kamara did — and now Kamara and Mark Ingram are one of the best running-back tandems of all time and the Saints are No. 1 in offensive yardage.It’s difficult to imagine the NFL returning to the shotgun-averse state it was in when Bailey entered the league. Giving quarterbacks more time, a better look at the field and more options just has too many inherent advantages.But teams that can both run and pass the ball well from under center will always be harder to defend, and teams that can’t throw the ball well are no longer putting up big numbers just by throwing it more.Check out our latest NFL predictions. In 2011, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints spearheaded an aerial assault on the NFL’s record books. Brees not only broke Dan Marino’s single-season passing record by 392 yards, he also led a small army of quarterbacks who either approached (Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning) or also surpassed (Tom Brady) the 27-year-old mark.But that was just the beginning of a six-year offensive explosion that saw repeated leaguewide increases in passes thrown, total yards gained and points scored per game. In 2017, the Saints again boast the league’s most prolific offense1In terms of total offensive yards. — but this time, Brees is leading the charge in the other direction.The Saints currently rank 18th in pass attempts — after finishing either first or second in eight of Sean Payton’s 11 full seasons as head coach. Brees is on pace for Saints-career lows in per-game pass attempts and yards — and the rest of the NFL is following suit. In one season, leaguewide passing attempts, passing effectiveness, total yardage and scoring rate stats have all reverted to pre-lockout norms. The revolution appears to be over; the question is why.To understand the factors behind the NFL’s offensive implosion, we have to look at what ignited it in the first place.Halfway through the 2011 season, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King had a roundtable of experts advance various theories — from the offseason lockout to the weather. Denver Broncos defensive back Champ Bailey hit on something big: a dramatic increase in the use of shotgun formation.“What I want to know is, did college and pro coaches have some sort of secret meeting or something?” Bailey said. “Seems like there’s not the prejudice against the shotgun there used to be. Basically, what I see when I line up now is no more smashmouth football.”In 1996, three years before Bailey entered the NFL, pro offenses lined up in shotgun formation on just 7 percent of snaps, according to Football Outsiders. By 2011, that figure had increased to 41 percent. In 2016, Chip Kelly’s San Francisco 49ers set a record, using shotgun on 99 percent of their plays. The leaguewide average for last season, 68 percent, matched the league high from just five years earlier.In this decade, teams began throwing more and more. In 2010, the leaguewide per-game pass attempt average was 33.7; last season, it was 35.7. Offenses didn’t have a reason not to throw; it was working. In the 2015 season, NFL teams posted 6.41 net yards per attempt, the highest mark in half a century.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said No. 5 is doing just fine. After quarterback Braxton Miller left the Buckeyes’ overtime win against Purdue on Saturday in an ambulance, Meyer said the sophomore had “full speed” practices Tuesday and Wednesday. “(Miller) is doing good,” Meyer said Wednesday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. “He has a sore neck but today is much better.” In his own words, Miller said, repeatedly, that he’s “good” despite a tender neck. “It’s just a little bit sore,” he said. Miller, who was taken to the Wexner Medical Center for tests on his head, neck and shoulder before being released “symptom free” later that night, said he wasn’t exactly sure what happened to him after being thrown awkwardly to the turf late in the third quarter. “I didn’t know what it was so they took me to the hospital to see what it was,” he said. Miller, though, said he’s watched the play since. “Yeah I seen it and, you know, it was just one of them type of hits you close your eyes but it’s cool, it came out good,” he said. “I’m blessed.” Miller said that was the “first time” something like that ever happened to him. “I landed on my head, shoulder, neck type thing. I didn’t know what it was. I was nervous at first,” he said. His backup, redshirt junior quarterback Kenny Guiton, said Miller looked great in practice. “I think he’s recovered well and he’s doing great,” Guiton said. “He’s been up and very jolly.” Guiton, who helped engineer OSU’s comeback victory against the Boilermakers, said he isn’t sure of what his role in the Buckeyes’ game plan when they travel to Penn State for a 5:30 p.m. contest against the Nittany Lions. “We’ll see Saturday,” he said. Guiton, though, he got a chance to text Miller while he was in the hospital to tell the sophomore that he and the Buckeyes “won the game for him.” Perhaps fortunately for Miller, someone did-the sophomore said he kept asking the nurses if they knew the score of the game. “(They said) ‘I don’t know,’” Miller said. “‘We’re working on you.’”