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Govt, mining companies to partner on improved housing

first_img14 August 2014 The government is to partner with the mining industry to further improve the housing and living conditions of mine workers in the country, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe announced on Wednesday. Addressing the third annual Mining Lekgotla gala dinner at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg, Radebe commended the mining sector for working with the government to convert single-sex miners’ hostels into family units. “We believe that this work should be continued with a clear vision of making these family units even more liveable and homely,” Radebe said, adding that mining, as a key economic driver in South Africa, should result in the creation of sustainable communities. “It is envisaged that government will drive the process of improving living conditions for mine workers, with financial support from mining houses.” He also challenged professionals in the mining sector to consider teaching mathematics and science to disadvantaged communities as part of their overall contributions to the development of mining communities. Radebe said the government would also be developing a mining industry initiative as part of Operation Phakisa, the recently launched South African version of the “Big Fast Results” methodology successfully applied by Malaysia, which aims to fast-track the delivery of priorities outlined in the National Development Plan. “We will be planning this Operation Phakisa [initiative] in consultation with all the key stakeholders, including the Chamber of Mines and organised labour.” Mining, Radebe said, remained key to South Africa’s economic growth, with an estimated total contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), including indirect and multiplier impacts and sectors that rely on mining activities, ranging between 15% and 18%. “It remains a critical source of investment. As a proportion of total gross fixed capital formation, mining’s share was at 12% in 2012,” he said, adding that mining commodities accounted for 46% of exports in the fourth quarter of 2013, while downstream mineral-related manufacturing exports account for another 14%. Radebe said the role of mining had been clearly defined in the recently released Medium Term Strategic Framework, the document that will guide the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) over the next five years. “The NDP [National Development Plan] envisages a vibrant economy, which still has the mining sector playing a crucial role. This includes exports and foreign direct investment, production of commodities for energy and/or manufacturing, beneficiation and procurement.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Grain storage considerations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As producers across the Eastern Corn Belt wrap up harvest, care should be taken to ensure proper handling and storage of grain. Proper storage and grain handling is necessary in maintaining the quality of the harvested crop. This article will discuss a few tips for maintaining the quality of stored grain after harvest. It is critical to start with both a clean bin and handling equipment. Any moldy grain or grain infested by insects from the previous year can contaminate grain harvested this season. Storage facilities and aeration equipment should be clean and in proper working condition.Harvesting equipment that is adjusted and operated correctly will also preserve the condition of the crop. Combines should be set to clean grain thoroughly to eliminate foreign material/fines and handling equipment should be operated in order to minimize damage to grain. It is also important to use a spreader or distributor as grain enters the bin to evenly spread any fine materials remaining in the grain. Without a spreading device the fines will collect in the center of the bin and create aeration problems as well as a place for moisture to accumulate. Properly cleaned grain will minimize insect activity and allow for efficient air movement through the stored grain.Grain should be stored at proper moisture content in order to maintain quality. Corn should be stored at 15% for up to 6 months and 13% for storage longer than 6 months. Soybeans should be stored at 13% for up to 6 months and 11% for storage longer than 6 months. Grain should be cooled through aeration in the fall to provide the most favorable storage environment. The stored grain should be cooled gradually and evenly to 35 to 40 degrees F. This process will help maintain the condition of the grain and deter insect activity within the stored grain. Finally, it is important to monitor grain stored in bins at regular intervals to make sure that proper storage conditions are maintained, as well as grain quality.last_img read more

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Australian Men’s squad showcase their skills

first_imgThe Australian Men’s Open squad took to the field at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night, showing off their skills before the Sydney Roosters and Wigan Warriors World Club Challenge match.  Former NRL stars Dean Widders and Joe Galuvao and a couple of NRL Development staff joined the Australian Men’s Open squad who played a 25 minute intra-squad match. Young New South Wales referees Billy Greatbatch, Luke Heckendorf and Luke Saldern officiated the match. Galuvao was impressed with the skills of the squad and enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the match.  “It was heaps of fun and the guys are awesome, very generous, if I was one of their teammates I would have been giving me a massive dressing down.”“They are unreal, they are the best at what they do, to be there and see it and play them, I was very impressed.”To check out some highlights from the game, please visit the TFA YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus. To view some photos of the game, please visit the TFA Facebook and Instagram pages:www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliawww.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksWorld Club Challengelast_img read more

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Jamaica Designated Sub-Regional Hub For Relief Operations

first_imgStory Highlights The country has been designated the sub-regional hub for relief operations in the event of disasters. The designation of Jamaica as the sub-regional hub was made by head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. This move will allow for fast and effective delivery of assistance in disaster situations. As Jamaica prepares to position itself as the fourth node in the global logistics chain, the country has been designated the sub-regional hub for relief operations in the event of disasters.Making the announcement, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, said this move will allow for greater efficiency and management of regional and international humanitarian supplies and for fast and effective delivery of assistance in disaster situations.“This designation will mean a strengthening of the logistics link between Jamaica and Panama, which has been designated the Regional Logistics Centre for Humanitarian Assistance for the Americas in the provision of post disaster humanitarian relief,” he said.The Minister was speaking on Wednesday, November 13, at the TechConnect 2013 conference and exposition at the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) headquarters in Kingston.He noted that the designation of Jamaica as the sub-regional hub, was made by head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Baroness Amos, and is in keeping with efforts to enhance regional co-operation in disaster preparedness and humanitarian response.“Relief operations….that’s a major logistics exercise and it means therefore that…they see the build out of Jamaica’s existing facility, the promise of the logistics hub as a major part of, and a major reason for making Jamaica the sub-regional operations centre,” he said.The Minister contented that in the future, it is likely that Jamaica’s global logistics hub operation will be seen “as a sort of magnet for multinational corporations whose products and services are directly or indirectly involved in the logistics associated with disaster management and disaster relief”.“This is a major feather in Jamaica’s cap and strengthens our resolve in expediting the establishment of Jamaica’s global logistics hub. More importantly, it sends a clear signal that the global community understands the geo-strategic importance of Jamaica to global logistics,” he said.The Government’s Logistics Hub Initiative aims to take advantage of the anticipated increase in maritime activities from the expansion of the Panama Canal, scheduled for completion by 2016.Jamaica is deemed ideally positioned for this undertaking, based on the country’s location, midway between North and South America, and in close proximity to the canal.Forming part of the Government’s strategic priorities  for 2013/14, in the area of job creation and economic growth, the initiative will see Jamaica becoming the fourth node in the global logistics chain, along with facilities at Rotterdam, Netherlands; Singapore; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.Key elements of the initiative include: development of the Caymanas Economic Zone; dredging of the Kingston Harbour; establishing a Dry Dock facility at Jackson Bay, Clarendon and a trans-shipment commodity port facility near Yallahs, St. Thomas; and developing an air cargo and passenger facility at Vernamfield in Clarendon.The conference and expo formed part of activities for the first annual TechConnect Week, organised by Advantum, from November 13 to 15.The week, themed: ‘Securing the Logistics Chain: People, Equipment, Technology’, will feature presentations and discussions about securing the key aspects of the logistics chain whilst highlighting the need to view security from a holistic perspective.Formerly Port Computer Services, Advantum is a subsidiary of the SAJ, which provides technological infrastructure and systems support to the Caribbean maritime sector.last_img read more

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Canadian filmmakers shaking things up at Sundance Film Festival

first_imgPremiering in Sundance’s Special Events section, Rise is billed as “a condemnation of colonialism and a celebration of Indigenous people worldwide.” Three episodes premiering at Sundance — Sacred Water, Red Power and Apache Stronghold — show how native North Americans and their global supporters are peacefully, but forcefully, fighting back against exploitation of their land: at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation spanning North Dakota and South Dakota, where the Dakota Access Pipeline threatens water supplies; and also at Arizona’s San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, where mining companies seek to dig up sacred ground. “As a filmmaker I think I have a very real responsibility to bear witness,” director/showrunner Latimer says via email. “How can I go work on a reality show about food or something when there are people in my own community dying because of lack of clean water, medical care and housing — and this is supposed to be in one of the most affluent countries in the world? Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment This is especially true regarding films from Canada’s indigenous communities. They’ve always been welcome at Sundance, but the selections this year have a new sense of urgency. Login/Register With: “With Rise, I really like the whole notion of young people and young voices telling these stories, which is part of the mission of that project.” One of the Standing Rock episodes includes an interview with Jesse Wente, a member of the Ojibwa nation and TIFF’s director of film programs. Twitter “Something is very, very wrong when you look at that picture. Making films gives me a platform to explore and communicate the things in society I disagree with. And it gives me a productive place to direct my anger. Because believe me, I’m angry at both the disparity and the privilege I see around me every day.” Advertisementcenter_img Canada’s filmmakers are out to get attention and shake up conventional wisdom at Sundance (Jan. 19-29). Advertisement Sundance director John Cooper is excited about Rise and Rumble playing his festival because these films are “taking it to a place where you can actually effect change through the storytelling itself. I think that’s what Rumble is going to do, because it’s interesting … and it brings you closer into looking at our world a little differently. “The rise of Indigenous media has really occurred in the last 10 years,” he says. “There’s absolutely a connection between the rise of things like Twitter, Facebook and other social media. The fact that you don’t need to have a desk in a mainstream newsroom to necessarily have a voice in today’s media has meant a lot for marginalized communities.” Rise and Rumble aren’t just the titles of two noteworthy Canadian productions headed to this month’s Sundance Film Festival. They’re also statements of purpose. Facebook It also allows these communities to correct the historical record, which is the impetus for Rumble, subtitled The Indians Who Rocked the World. It’s a documentary account of how musicians with aboriginal roots, including guitar greats Jimi Hendrix, Link Wray, Charley Patton and The Band’s Robbie Robertson, made a profound impact on popular music, along with such singers as Rita Coolidge, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Mildred Bailey and the rapper Taboo. Michelle Latimer / Courtesy of Sundance InstituteA still from RISE by Michelle Latimer, an official selection of the Special Events program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Rise, directed by Toronto’s Michelle Latimer, an Algonquin/Métis filmmaker, is an original series for Rogers Media’s Viceland TV channel, planned for broadcast early this year.last_img read more

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How Randall Cunningham Taught NFL Quarterbacks To Fly

Scan a list of the NFL’s best quarterbacks nowadays, and you’ll find names such as Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Tyrod Taylor and even that of rookie sensation Dak Prescott — dynamic passers who can run the ball, too. The question of whether a team can succeed with that kind of dual threat under center has basically been settled in today’s game; such a QB has led his team to the Super Bowl in each of the past four seasons.1Colin Kaepernick did it in 2012; ditto Wilson in 2013 and 2014, and Newton in 2015. And no five-year period in modern NFL history2Going back to the start of the Super Bowl in the 1966 season. has seen quarterbacks gain more rushing yards per game than they have over the past five seasons. The golden age for mobile passers is right now.In the not-too-distant past, a quarterback was supposed to stay in the pocket, survey the field and make the throw — not take off and run. Not only was rushing mostly absent from the job description, it was often seen as a bad habit that needed to be discouraged. But Randall Cunningham helped change all that when he took the NFL by storm in the mid-1980s. 25Donovan McNabb2002419141211 30Steve McNair20011,102109198 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 9Steve Young19921,737142263 After flashing abilities as a passer, runner and punter at UNLV, Cunningham was selected in the second round of the 1985 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. And almost immediately, his unique skill set grabbed his teammates’ attention.“You knew there was something special about Randall,” former Eagles defensive back Eric Allen said. “[He was] extremely athletic, played with a great sense of self, understood that he was good, understood that he could do a lot of things that other quarterbacks in the game could not do, and he had a great deal of confidence.”Despite his talent, Cunningham sat behind Ron Jaworski, a more traditional dropback passer, for most of his first two NFL seasons. But he became Philly’s starter after Jaworski was hurt late in the 1986 season — and the Eagles’ iconoclastic coach, Buddy Ryan, soon let Cunningham loose as the game’s first true dual-threat QB.“Buddy Ryan allowed me to be the player he believed I could be,” Cunningham told me. “He saw something in me and gave me an opportunity to flourish as an athlete, and not just a quarterback, but to really take it to a whole other level.”Cunningham wasn’t the first mobile QB in NFL history. Before 1986, six quarterbacks had put up 500 or more rushing yards in a season; in 1972 alone, two of them — Bobby Douglass of the Chicago Bears and Greg Landry of the Detroit Lions — combined for a whopping 1,492 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns. Those were the two best pre-Randall QB rushing seasons according to my yards above backup QB (YABQ) metric, which assigns a value to a quarterback’s passing and rushing statistics in a way similar to Football Outsiders’ yards above replacement (and can also be calculated throughout history).3Specifically, YABQ converts Chase Stuart’s calculations for a QB’s passing and rushing value above average into a measurement of total value that uses as its baseline a backup-level quarterback, a la Football Outsiders’ YAR metric. But Landry’s days as a scrambler were limited — he only had a couple more 200-yard rushing seasons in his 15-year NFL career — and Douglass, as great as he was running the ball, couldn’t throw.4Douglass generated fewer passing yards that season than a backup-level QB would have in the same number of attempts. There was the occasional outlier, like Minnesota’s Fran Tarkenton, who was a strong passer and able scrambler, but before Cunningham, those players were seen as unicorns more than archetypes.Cunningham ushered in the age of the running QB. In 1987, his first full season as Philadelphia’s starter, he passed for 349 more adjusted net yards than a backup-level QB (16th best in the NFL that year) and rushed for an additional 125 yards above backup (which easily led the league). It was the third time in history a quarterback had hit both of those benchmarks in the same season, after Landry in 1972 and Steve Grogan with the New England Patriots in 1978.5Along with Landry and Douglass, Grogan was another of the few pre-Cunningham QBs who could run; in 1976, he scored 12 touchdowns on the ground, a record for QBs until Cam Newton scored 14 in 2011. And Cunningham was just getting warmed up.In 1988, he piled up 336 YABQ through the air and 171 on the ground, the first time in league history that combination had ever been achieved. In a “down” 1989 season, he notched 248/147, a combo that had only been reached twice before (by Landry in ’72 and Cunningham himself in 1988). And in 1990, Cunningham set a standard for dual-threat seasons that has yet to be eclipsed in the 26 years since. That year, he was 750 yards better than a backup through the air, and he tacked on another 249 YABQ on the ground; if we take the harmonic mean of those two numbers (a particular kind of average that emphasizes high values in all numbers being averaged, in order to capture seasons when a player produced a lot of passing and rushing value), it’s the single best combined passing-rushing season by a QB in the Super Bowl era: 3Russell Wilson2014659225335 5Michael Vick2010860202327 21Randall Cunningham1992445144217 By Neil Paine In the latest installment in our documentary podcast series Ahead Of Their Time, we examine how Cunningham frustrated defenses not only with his speed and agility but also with his ability to throw the ball. It was a combination of skills that no quarterback had ever really possessed before, and it helped Cunningham transform the way people thought about the game’s most glamorous position. 17Steve Grogan1978484146224 6Cam Newton2011512224311 22Tyrod Taylor2015682129217 7Cam Newton2012608195295 28Russell Wilson2012952111199 27Greg Landry1971861113200 Embed Code 2Robert Griffin III2012847218347 4Michael Vick2002679218330 14Rich Gannon2000947129227 23Colin Kaepernick2013803125216 Greatest dual-threat QB seasons, 1966-2016 PLAYERYEARPASSINGRUSHINGHARMONIC MEAN 12Daunte Culpepper20001,558129239 15Randall Cunningham1988336171226 24Cam Newton2013423143213 20Kordell Stewart2001610132217 8Cam Newton2015633169266 11Steve Young19981,474133244 19Daunte Culpepper2002288181222 16Michael Vick2011593140226 More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed 26Donovan McNabb2000232178201 10Greg Landry1972547167256 29Steve Young19911,030110199 There have been better pure passing seasons by mobile QBs; Steve Young had more than a few of them. As Cunningham told me, “People cannot forget about Steve Young, because [he] and I were battling out every single year to be the No. 1 rushing quarterback.” There have also been better QB rushing seasons; in 2006, Michael Vick became the first quarterback to break the 1,000-yard barrier in a season, though his passing was below the backup level that year. But nobody combined the two aspects of quarterbacking in a more prolific way than Cunningham did during that magical 1990 season, one which earned him league MVP honors from the Pro Football Writers of America.Alas, Cunningham would injure his knee in the Eagles’ 1991 opener, and miss the entire season. He returned in 1992 to produce what was, at the time, the sixth-best dual-threat season in modern history (according to my method above),6It ranks 21st now. but ongoing battles with injury and inconsistent play eventually paved Cunningham’s way out of Philly in 1995. After a year away from football entirely,7He spent the season running a granite company. a rejuvenated Cunningham joined the Minnesota Vikings and, in 1998, he enjoyed the 25th-best passing season of the Super Bowl era, according to YABQ — a testament to his skills as a pocket passer after his athleticism had eroded with age and wear.Cunningham finished his 16-year NFL career with the 40th-most total YABQ of any quarterback since 1966 and the second-most rushing YABQ — trailing only Vick. (He also generated about twice as much value through the air as Vick did.) But Cunningham’s biggest football legacy might be in the number of dual-threat QBs that followed in his footsteps. Before Cunningham’s 1987 season, only four quarterbacks had produced at least 200 passing and 100 rushing YABQ in the same season: Tarkenton, Landry (twice), Grogan and Doug Williams. Afterwards, 16 different quarterbacks pulled off the feat in 36 seasons, not including Cunningham himself. And 21 of the 25 best dual-threat seasons in modern history have taken place since Cunningham’s banner 1990 campaign.There are still quarterbacks in today’s NFL who play like the traditional archetype of the drop-back passer. But there are also a number of top QBs whose playing styles resemble that of Randall Cunningham. By proving that a quarterback could dominate the game with both his arm and his legs, Cunningham opened up a new path to success for subsequent generations of signal callers. So anytime a passer rolls out and fires a dart to a receiver who broke free because the defense was worried about the QB running, remember that in some small way, that play was made possible by the influence of a Philadelphia Eagle who changed the game three decades ago.This is part of our new podcast series “Ahead Of Their Time,” profiling players and managers in various sports who were underappreciated in their era. 1Randall Cunningham1990750249374 18Steve McNair1998450149224 YARDS ABOVE BACKUP 13Kordell Stewart1997422159231 read more

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VikingsLions Is The Biggest Game Of Week 12

With Thanksgiving upon us, we’re entering the home stretch of the NFL regular season. So what are the most important games of Week 12?One way of looking at this — as we did in 2014 — is to figure out how much every game affects each team’s playoff chances. We do this by using the model behind our 2016 NFL predictions to calculate each team’s playoff “swing” based on a game outcome. For example, we estimate that if Oakland beats Carolina, the Raiders’ playoff chances will rise to 88 percent from 81 percent. If they lose, their chances will drop to 70 percent — an 18 percentage point swing.1 Some detail on what this means. Our NFL predictions are based on 100,000 simulations of the rest of the season and are updated after every game ends. In the simulations in which Oakland beats Carolina, the Raiders make the playoffs 88 percent of the time. In the simulations in which they lose, they make the playoffs 70 percent of the time. But at the end of Week 12, it’s unlikely that Oakland’s playoff probabilities will be exactly 88 percent or exactly 70 percent, because the team’s chances depend on the outcome of several games, not just their own. Carolina’s chances would see a more modest swing (rising to 17 percent from 9 percent if the Panthers win and falling to 4 percent if they lose); Buffalo, Atlanta, Miami and several other contenders could also see their probabilities change.By summing up these individual swings, we can get sense of which games will make the largest total impact league-wide. Here are this week’s top five, ranked by total swing: CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF MIN WINSIF DET WINSSWING The NFC North is on the line, and, for once, the Packers aren’t involved. Going into 2016, Green Bay had made the playoffs for seven consecutive seasons, winning an average of 11 games each year. So it’s come as some surprise that the Packers have basically played their way out of playoff contention by Week 12 — we give them just a 6 percent chance of making it to the postseason. Rising in their place are the Lions and Vikings. The winner of their game on Thursday will be in strong shape; the loser will be more likely to miss the playoffs than make them. 5. Kansas City (7-3) vs. Denver (7-3) — 66 total ���swing’ points Arizona1122418– 1. Minnesota (6-4) vs. Detroit (6-4) — 101 total ‘swing’ points Pittsburgh55%70%42%28– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF PIT WINSIF IND WINSSWING Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Kansas City83967322– According to the Elo ratings that our NFL predictions are based on, the five best teams in the AFC are New England, Kansas City, Denver, Buffalo and Oakland — all in the East or West divisions. Since it’s looking unlikely that the AFC South or North will produce a wild-card team, Steelers-Colts will go a long way toward determining two divisional playoff spots and not much else.Indianapolis is in a rough position because of a bit of karmic payback: Although the Colts have outperformed their point differential the past few seasons, the Texans (6-4, outscored by 34 points) are managing the same feat this year. The Colts will need some help to win the AFC South even with a win. The Steelers, meanwhile, have a slightly better point differential than the Ravens, with whom they’re tied for first in the North, but it’s come against a slightly easier schedule. Pittsburgh is a good bet to make it in with a win, and not all the way out of it with a loss. 2. Pittsburgh (5-5) vs. Indianapolis (5-5) — 96 total ‘swing’ points CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS New Orleans101285– CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Cincinnati1592111– Despite a narrow lead in the NFC South, the Falcons are in stronger shape than they may seem to be. Elo thinks Atlanta is way better than 5-5 Tampa Bay and 4-6 New Orleans, and although the Panthers still rank high (by Elo), they’re unlikely to win a division tiebreaker and their remaining schedule is rough. That means that if Atlanta wins on Sunday, the Falcons will make a pretty big playoff jump — and if they lose, their NFC South rivals make only modest gains. Washington, which currently holds the second wild-card spot in the NFC, would prefer that Arizona all but end its playoff hunt with a loss. AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF ARI WINSIF ATL WINSSWING This is another big game toward determining the AFC North winner. Cincinnati is very much alive despite its 3-6-1 record and even though star receiver A.J. Green is out with a hamstring injury for the next few weeks — the Bengals would improve to a roughly 1-in-3 chance of making the playoffs with a win here. Baltimore can make similar gains, and Pittsburgh, which has beaten Cincinnati but lost to the Ravens in Week 9, would rather the Bengals win. Pittsburgh5559527– Oakland8182803– Washington5653585– Minnesota65894643– Cincinnati1529524– Carolina91274– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Denver76%58%89%30– 3. Arizona (4-5-1) vs. Atlanta (6-4) — 70 total ‘swing’ points AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF KC WINSIF DEN WINSSWING AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF CIN WINSIF BAL WINSSWING Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Houston80867412– 4. Cincinnati (3-6-1) vs. Baltimore (5-5) — 68 total ‘swing’ points Tampa Bay1519136– Detroit58%32%79%46– Miami2931283– Indianapolis22123119– N.Y. Giants6667653– CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Baltimore32%14%46%32– Buffalo2627252– Atlanta78%64%87%23– Baltimore32243814– The Broncos have already lost to the Raiders, who sit on top of the AFC West at 8-2. A loss to the Chiefs would put Denver in a dangerous situation, at risk of losing a division tiebreaker or a wild-card tiebreaker (or both!) to an AFC West rival. A Denver loss would have a pretty big impact: Since 1995, 7-4 teams have made the playoffs 68 percent of the time, but we’d give the 7-4 Broncos just a 58 percent chance if the Chiefs knock them off.CORRECTION (Nov. 23, 2:10 p.m.): A footnote in an earlier version of this article said incorrectly that FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction model does not project ties and gave an incorrect number of simulations in which the Oakland Raiders and the Carolina Panthers were projected to win their game on Sunday. In 100,000 simulations of the NFL season, Oakland was projected to win the game 58,042 times, not 57,955, and Carolina was projected to win 41,791 times, not 42,045.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

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What Happens If The KyrieIsaiah Trade Falls Through

Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s episode (Aug. 29, 2017), we’re bringing you a conversation from FiveThirtyEight’s basketball squad: Hot Takedown regular Neil Paine is joined by Kyle Wagner and Chris Herring to help make sense of the latest developments surrounding this month’s trade between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the groundbreaking trade, the Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a first-round pick are slated to go to the Cavs while Kyrie Irving would head to Boston. However, amid concern about Thomas’s health, the trade has stalled. What would the trade mean, and what might happen next? We discuss.Here are the links discussed during the show:After news of the trade broke, Chris Herring wrote about the deal, which is unprecedented.Kyle Wagner reasoned that the Celtics didn’t mortgage their future in the deal — they insured it.ESPN’s Chris Forsberg argued that despite concerns about Thomas’s hip, Boston should not sweeten the deal. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Embed Code read more

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Klopp ended rumours about his players fitness

first_imgJürgen Klopp decided not to use three of his key players in the Merseyside derby as Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and Roberto Firmino were not included into the starting eleven and the coach explained why.After the starting eleven had been revealed, the Liverpool fans started to worry about the fitness of their team’s crucial players but Jürgen Klopp insisted that he expects them all to be back for the match against City.The German coach spoke about the absence of this trio as he said that all of them will be available for the next game against Manchester City, according to Talk Sport:divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Mo, he’s injured. I don’t think it is really serious and he can be available for Tuesday but for today he wasn’t available.“It’s the same with Andy Robertson.“Bobby’s out, he’s played a lot of games for us obviously and we have two fresh strikers there.”last_img read more

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Goldson insists Rangers must improve against Hibs

first_imgRangers defender Connor Goldson insists the team must improve their performances if they’re to defeat Hibernian.The former Brighton & Hove Albion says there can be no repeat of the team’s first-half display against St Johnstone if they’re to secure all three points on Boxing Day at the Ibrox Stadium.Steven Gerrard’s men struggled in the opening 45 minutes of the game against St. Johnstone and found themselves trailing before a brace from Alfredo Morelos turned the game on its head.It’s the second game between the two teams in the space of seven days following the goalless draw at Easter Road on Wednesday, and Goldson explained, according to the club’s official website: Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“They are a good side, and we showed them respect going there by the way we set up and we had a game plan of playing on the counter attack.”“I think it worked really well but we missed quite a few chances which was a bit frustrating as we had a good chance of winning the game.”“But, at the same time, we know they are dangerous, they can hurt us and they have good players. We know we are going to have to be at it and we can’t put in a performance like the first half yesterday.”“But if we put in a performance like the second, we will have a good chance of getting the result we want.”last_img read more

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