Turkey’s defense ministry said 228militants were killed so far in the attacks. ISTANBUL – Turkey pounded Kurdishmilitia in northeast Syria for a second day on Thursday, forcing tens ofthousands of people to flee and killing at least dozens of people in across-border assault on United States (US) allies. Fire burns and smoke billows out in border town Tel Abyad, Syria on Oct. 10. REUTERS/REUTERSTV The Syrian Observatory for HumanRights, meanwhile, said at least 23 fighters with the SDF and six fighters witha Turkish-backed Syrian rebel group were killed.(Reuters) The SDF have been the main allies ofUS forces in the battle against Islamic State (IS) since 2014. They have beenholding thousands of captured IS fighters in prisons and tens of thousands oftheir relatives in detention. The offensive against the SyrianDemocratic Forces (SDF) led by Kurdish YPG militia, which began days afterTrump pulled US troops out of the way, opened one of the biggest new fronts inyears in an eight-year-old civil war that drew global powers.
Adelaide: Aiming to win their maiden Test series in Australia, India want to start the campaign on a positive note, when they face the hosts in the opening match of the four match series here on Thursday.World No. 1 India are coming on the back of some good performances at home, thrashing West Indies but were shocked by hosts Australia in the recently concluded Twenty20 International series while fifth ranked Australia had a torrid year due to controversies and poor outings. Also Read – Meghalayan mid-fielder Phrangki Buam joins ISL side FC Goa India’s overseas record is not that impressive as they lost a Test series in South Africa at the back end of last year and fell to England in a five-Test series away from home in the middle of 2018.Skipper Virat Kohli said that this time around the team is more experienced and players are fit as compared to the previous tours.The batting department is comprised of some quality batsmen like Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay, Cheteshar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane who on their day can turn the game in their favour. Also Read – COVID-19: Football team observes ‘social distancing’ during match, loses 37-0In the warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI, Indian batsmen were on the mark as all have scored runs.India have also changed the five bowler strategy as Virat Kohli named only four bowlers for the upcoming match. The pace trio of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah will be complemented by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.Australia, on the other hand, dropped Mitchell Marsh and handed Marcus Harris his debut in the upcoming match. Also Read – Big push to sports infra in Mizoram, gets Khelo India State CentreThe conditions here are best suited for fast bowlers and the hosts are well prepared for it with the likes of Nathon Lyon, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc.The batting department also seemed settled with Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb. But the hosts will definitely miss the experienced players — Steve Smith, David Warner — who are serving bans for ball-tampering. Also Read – Manipur’s Thounaojam Kritina Devi all set to be part of the FIFA U-17 World CupWith India having struggled — specially in batting — during their previous tours to England and South Africa, skipper Kohli wants his boys to adapt quickly to the conditions.“We don’t want to wait to figure out what is happening with the conditions or the pitch. We need to read it really early and alter our game, which we couldn’t do in the last two tours,” Kohli was quoted as saying by the official website of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday.The Indian captain also dismissed the idea that Australia will be easier opponents due to lack of experience in their current squad. (IANS) Also Read: Sports News
(REUTERS) – England captain Joe Root will miss the first Test of their three-match series against West Indies to attend the birth of his child, with Ben Stokes set to take the reins in his absence, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said yesterday.The first Test is scheduled to begin on July 8 at the Ageas Bowl and Root will leave England’s training camp today to be with his wife, Carrie, who is expecting their second child later this week.Root will also miss England’s three-day warm-up match that begins today. With the series being held in a bio-secure environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 29-year-old will have to undergo a seven-day self-isolation period at home before joining the England squad ahead of the second Test at Old Trafford on July 13.Stokes, who has served as England’s Test vice-captain since his appointment in July last year, will become England’s 81st Test captain, while Jos Buttler will assume vice-captaincy duties.Durham all-rounder Stokes has matured since his well-chronicled disciplinary problems early in his career and was inspirational as England won the World Cup last year.Root previously backed the all-rounder to do a “fantastic” job in his absence, while fast bowler Stuart Broad said Stokes would have no problems stepping into the role of England skipper. Before the announcement, Stokes said he had never set a goal to become England captain but he was nevertheless looking forward to the opportunity.“If you look at Alastair Cook he was destined to be captain after Andrew Strauss and Root was destined to be captain after Cook, you know who the next one will be when one is coming towards the end of his career,” he said on Monday.“If I’m being honest, I’m not one of those who people would necessarily associate with being next England captain. But I am looking forward to the opportunity of doing it.”
Singer collected payments from 33 wealthy parents through his Key Worldwide Foundation, a nonprofit that allegedly worked to conceal bribes made to college coaches and an athletic official as donations. The bribery scam helped the children of celebrities, executives and professors gain admission to universities like USC, UCLA, Yale University and Stanford University. Two USC parents are among the 13 who agreed to plead guilty for their involvement in the college admissions bribery scheme, an attorney for one of the parents said in a statement Monday. Bay Area real estate developer Bruce Isackson and Davina Isackson are accused of paying over $600,000 to help their two older daughters gain admission to UCLA and USC, according to FBI documents. According to the FBI documents, the Isacksons paid over $15,000 to Singer to have a proctor change their younger daughter’s ACT scores in 2017. Singer also contacted former USC senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel for help admitting the Isackson’s younger daughter as a fake crew recruit. “Our duty as parents was to set a good example for our children and instead we have harmed and embarrassed them by our misguided decisions,” the statement read. “We have also let down our family, friends, colleagues and our entire community. We have worked cooperatively with the prosecutors and will continue to do so as we take full responsibility for our bad judgment.” The parents will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, and Bruce Isackson will additionally plead guilty to one count of money laundering conspiracy and a count of conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service. “Among many factors investigators could consider in reviewing each case are any developments in the criminal cases, including plea deals by parents,” USC wrote in an updated statement Monday. Other parents indicted in the FBI investigation who will plead guilty include actress Felicity Huffman and marketing guru Jane Buckingham. Buckingham allegedly paid mastermind William “Rick” Singer to have a proctor take her son’s ACT with the hopes of getting her son admitted to USC. Former assistant soccer coach Laura Janke created a profile claiming the Isackson’s daughter had previous competitive crew experience, and Heinel informed the family in December 2017 that their daughter would be admitted as a student-athlete, according to FBI documents. After their daughter was officially admitted to USC in Spring 2018, the Isacksons paid $250,000 to the Key Worldwide Foundation, part of which was also paid to Heinel, according to the documents. USC previously announced in a statement that it is conducting a case-by-case review of any students who could be associated with the admissions scandal. The accounts of the students connected to the bribery scheme have been placed on hold, preventing them from withdrawing from the University or requesting transcripts. They cannot register for classes until they agree to participate in their case review. Heinel and water polo coach Jovan Vavic were terminated from their positions in March when the investigation revealed their alleged involvement in the scheme. Janke left USC in 2014. In a joint statement released by attorney David Willingham, who represents Davina Isackson, the couple apologized for their involvement in the scandal and said they will cooperate with law enforcement. USC parents Bruce and Davina Isackson are among 13 parents who have agreed to plea guilty in the college admission bribery case. (Sasha Urban/Daily Trojan)
Manchester United is the most valuable football club in Europe, being worth about 3bn euros (Â£2.6bn), according to business services group KPMG.The Europa League winners top KPMG’s analysis of top sides’ “enterprise value”, putting it ahead of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.The study analysed broadcasting rights, profitability, popularity, sporting potential and stadium ownership.In the study of 32 teams, English clubs dominate, filling six top 10 places.KPMG’s Global Head of Sports and the report’s author, Andrea Sartori, said the overall value of the football industry had grown over the past year. “While this is partially explained by football’s broadcasting boom, the internationalisation of the clubs’ commercial operations, their investment into privately-owned and modern facilities, and overall more sustainable management practices, are also key reasons for this growth,” he said.“In terms of media rights value, the English Premier League sits comfortably at the top of European leagues, although other major leagues have outlined well-defined strategies to compete for the attention of global fans.”But Mr Sartori said clubs were unable to influence their broadcasting income individually, given the collective nature of most deals.This year, 10 clubs were valued in excess of 1bn euros (Â£867m), two more than in 2016.Tottenham Hotspur and Italy’s Juventus were the new entrants to this elite group, with Tottenham ousting French club Paris Saint-Germain from 10th position.Despite Premier League dominance, Spain was the only country with two clubs reporting an “enterprise value” above 2bn euros, namely Real Madrid and Barcelona.The report is based on financial and non-financial information from the 2014-15 and 2015-16 football seasons.TOP 10 EUROPEAN CLUBS(By ‘enterprise value’)Â§ Manchester United -3.09bn eurosÂ§ Real Madrid – 2.97bn eurosÂ§ Barcelona – 2.76bn eurosÂ§ Bayern Munich – 2.44bn eurosÂ§ Manchester City – 1.97bn eurosÂ§ Arsenal – 1.95bn eurosÂ§ Chelsea – 1.59bn eurosÂ§ Liverpool – 1.33bn eurosÂ§ Juventus – 1.21bn eurosÂ§ Tottenham – 1.01bn eurosSource: KPMGShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe league offered a window into what this should look like this week. A report from ESPN cited a list of phrases the NBA and NBPA agreed can be used on the back of jerseys once competition resumes for the first four nights of games. They range from general (“Justice” and “Equality”) to pointed (“I Can’t Breathe”). ESPN also reported the players were dissuaded from wearing the names of prominent victims of police violence, such as George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, over concern that families could be offended.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Jersey messages could be simply a first step to swaying the NBA’s audience into taking a more active interest in the causes their favorite players care about. Other leagues have sometimes grappled with how players speak out on social issues — the NFL’s dealings with Colin Kaepernick are just starting to thaw — but NBA players largely seem to believe the league has their interests at heart and will lend its platform for these causes.“I just think the NBA, we lead,” Jared Dudley said. “I think Adam Silver to me is the best. He’s trying to make it right, trying to bring awareness front and center.”The agreement between the NBA and NBPA notably contained language reinforcing the league’s commitment to helping Black Americans. While much of the structure has yet to be hammered out, the NBA has said it intends to increase hiring and representation in off-court facets of business, include more Black-owned businesses in commercial dealings, and create a foundation to pour resources in Black communities, from where the majority of its players come.Related Articles Activism in the NBA is not new. One of the most high-profile vocal athletes ever recently met virtually with the Lakers to remind them.In an online town hall meeting with players, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talked to the team about his background, which included boycotting the 1968 Olympics over unequal treatment of Black people in the United States, and continues to this day with public cries for reform of college athletics. While the move for social reform is experiencing a crescendo in many realms of the United States, including the NBA, the words of the former Laker to the current generation reminded them social change is not like a championship — it’s not achieved in a single season.“This isn’t going to change in a month, probably won’t get changed in a year,” Alex Caruso said of his takeaways from the town hall. “It’s going to be time and time again where you’re going to have to step up, be courageous, use your voice and try to make an impact and change lives for the better.”The NBA’s renewed push for political and social causes is a reflection of its players, a majority of whom are black and several of whom have described intensely personal experiences with race and racism in America. As the NBA continues along its path to a July 30 restart, the causes players care about will be interwoven throughout: police brutality, prison reform, voting rights and more. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers “(It’s about) what can we do individually and what can we do as a unit to make change,” he said. “I think the more people we have, the more minds we have, the more ideas and thoughts we can come up with to kind of change the world and change what’s going on.”It’s likely that players aren’t the only ones representing the issues they care about. Frank Vogel said NBA coaches had discussed an equivalent to jersey messages, but details had not been finalized.Like many details about the restart, much is still in the works. But the conversations happening and the possibilities have excited many of the players who will be attending, NBPA president Chris Paul said recently.“I think that’s what makes me so excited about our league,” he said. “I’ve now been on the Executive Committee I think since my third year in the league, and to see the type of input and the ideas that guys have so that we can build awareness, we can spotlight on some of these Black-owned businesses. I’m excited for what we can do that’s a lot bigger than the game.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error While factions of players publicly questioned last month if the NBA was committed enough, and if a return to basketball could help distract from the momentum of social justice causes, most of those concerns seem to be largely assuaged. Anthony Davis said he believed that players would be able to bounce ideas off of one another in Orlando as well. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions
Sumner Newscow report â€” The Wellington Sellers Park skate park is expected to re-open once a part comes in that is needed for repair according to a City Manager newsletter. The Wellington City Park Department staff will begin cleaning the graffiti off the ramps and conducting a full inspection of each piece of equipment next week in preparation for the re-opening of the park.According to the news letter, there has been a request and several over the years for lighting at the skateÂ park. The city response is as follows:We have intentionally not added lights to this area to prevent skating activities late at night. Although lighting may act as a security measure, this makes it easier for skaters to stay at the park late into the night. These ramps are fairly loud when used and would be a disturbance to their neighbors after dark. The hours are posted on the sign as dawn to dusk. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +11 Vote up Vote down Dena · 217 weeks ago WTG… Move Forward… No backing down to “bullies”. Please Parents, pay attention to your Children, where they are going , who the are with and What they are doing. and remember it takes a village…. Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 217 weeks ago I certainly understand the thought process behind no lights at the Skate Park, but I wonder if it might not be worth the investment for some security cameras? Often, the appearance of cameras, along with signs promoting their use, can be a strong deterrent for these kind of punks. Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
Anatomy of the Chiefs’ Super Bowl comeback: Patrick Mahomes’ big throw, the momentum and the victory
(Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/50/6b/patrick-mahomes-020320-getty-ftr_1xd2cewnalb5w1dedpdypalm15.jpg?t=167277408&w=500&quality=80 “They hit that deep ball to 10,” Fuller said when asked whether a specific play led the Chiefs to believe they could erase a 20-10 deficit in the fourth quarter, referring to quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ 44-yard strike to Tyreek Hill at the 7:13 mark. “When they hit that, that was it.”MORE: How Patrick Mahomes turned worst nightmare into Chiefs’ Super Bowl dreamThis is why Mahomes was named Super Bowl 54 MVP despite his throwing a pair of costly interceptions and posting a passer rating of 78.1, his second-lowest of the season. For the same reason Kansas City players believed they could stage comebacks in their two playoff games, they kept faith when down a couple scores late in the Super Bowl. That reason is the passer Kansas City drafted with the 10th overall pick in 2017.”He was encouraging us, telling us to believe,” Hill said of Mahomes after the game. “He (saw) it in some guys’ eyes, they were getting down, including myself. I was like, ‘Man, how are we going to pull this off?’ And he was like, ’10, you’ve got to believe, brother. Like the same faith you’ve had all of your career, you’ve got to believe right now.'”He brought the guys together, and you saw what happened, man.”What happened was the play that catalyzed an effort that made the Chiefs the first team in NFL history to win three games after trailing by 10 or more points in a single postseason; a sequence that made Mahomes, 24, the youngest QB ever to win Super Bowl MVP.Said Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy in a conversation with SN after the game: “That’s all we needed was just a spark.”The spark: the big throwThe play design, simply called “Wasp,” was nothing new. In fact, Mahomes said it was the same play the Chiefs ran in the second quarter of their loss to the Patriots in last season’s AFC championship game.”They were playing this kind of robber coverage all game long, where the safety was coming down and kind of robbing all our deep cross routes,” Mahomes explained. “We had a good play call on it where we had (Travis) Kelce do a little deep studded cross. We had Tyreek getting one-on-one with that safety.””That safety” was Jimmie Ward, and the sixth-year pro had no chance to defend Hill’s angle route. To be fair to Ward, though, not many QBs can launch the ball from one 22-yard line to the opposite 22-yard line the way Mahomes did.THAT WAS COMPLETE pic.twitter.com/RDdgrCYJAm— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) February 3, 2020Aside from Mahomes’ ridiculous arm, the third-and-15 play was successful for two reasons. One was the kind of protection from the offensive line that drew praise from just about every Chiefs and 49ers player who was asked about the turning point in Super Bowl 54.”The biggest thing was we needed really good protection,” Mahomes said.MORE: Is Kyle Shanahan to blame for another Super Bowl collapse? It’s not so simpleAdded 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan: “He was allowed to hold onto the ball for a while.” And San Francisco linebacker Fred Warner: “He had enough time to air it out, and we didn’t have enough guys there to defend the play.”The other factor was Mahomes’ awareness. When asked about the arm strength required to pull off such a throw, Bieniemy instead credited a less tangible quality from which Mahomes benefits.”One thing Pat has done a tremendous job of since he’s been here is he always keeps his eyes downfield,” the 50-year-old coordinator said. “He’s always looking to see exactly where guys are located, and also anticipate, when we do our scramble drill, where guys are going to be. That’s just huge. That’s just who he is.”The Chiefs cashed in on the big Mahomes-Hill connection with a touchdown four plays later, a 1-yard Mahomes pass to tight end Travis Kelce. Harrison Butker’s PAT cut the 49ers’ lead to three with 6:17 to play.The signs of life would have disappeared, though, had Kansas City’s defense not turned the spark into a flame. Added Garoppolo: “It wasn’t anything crazy. We just didn’t make the plays when we had opportunities to.”With all due respect to Garoppolo, he’s wrong.The Chiefs scoring 21 unanswered points in a little more than six minutes to win the Super Bowl — and to do it after fighting through a state of dejection, believing in a QB who was playing the worst game of his career — was pretty damn crazy. The momentumIn sports, momentum is just a fancy word for mentality, which is why Bieniemy’s confident words did not fall on deaf ears when the Chiefs set out to defend the 49ers on the possession after Hill’s big catch and Kelce’s touchdown.”EB, before we went out there, he said, ‘Get us the ball and we’re going to take care of the rest,'” linebacker Damien Wilson said.A 5-yard Raheem Mostert run and a pair of Garoppolo incomplete passes later, San Francisco’s Mitch Wishnowsky was in for his second punt in two drives.”Sure enough,” Wilson added, “it was as simple as that — just putting the ball in the offense’s hand.”The 44-yard catch by Hill was the Chiefs’ longest from scrimmage Sunday, but Sammy Watkins’ 38-yard catch on their next series was just as explosive, especially considering Watkins beat Pro Bowl corner Richard Sherman to make it happen. MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Kendall Fuller could not help but smile as he stared at his phone, sitting by himself at his locker and scrolling through the messages he had received. Roughly an hour had passed since the 24-year-old Chiefs cornerback sealed Kansas City’s 31-20 win over San Francisco in Super Bowl 54 with an interception.Fuller’s pick, though, arrived with a little more than a minute to play and with the 49ers in desperation mode after giving up 21 unanswered points in the game’s final 6 1/2 minutes. He told Sporting News the moment felt “amazing,” but he felt the game was won well before he beat Niners receiver Deebo Samuel to Jimmy Garoppolo’s deep pass down the middle of the field. According to Next Gen Stats, Mahomes’ strike to Watkins marked the second “deep completion” Sherman had given up in two games after allowing zero in the regular season.This would become the “tape don’t lie” moment of the game.MORE: 10 incredible stats from Chiefs’ comeback, 49ers’ collapse”I just knew it was one-on-one from watching film,” Watkins explained when asked about the play, referring to the NFC title game a couple weeks ago, when the 49ers beat the Packers. “I just thank (Green Bay receiver) Davante Adams, because I saw him kill (Sherman) on the inside release. Those are just things we worked on, and me and Pat connected and it was one of the biggest plays in the game.”Added a visibly frustrated Sherman, simply: “He made a play.”Three plays later, the Chiefs found the end zone again. Damien Williams took Mahomes’ pass five yards for a score, which stood upon replay review.The Chiefs are back on top after back-to-back scores at the #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/yRXiQsxr5M— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 3, 2020Butker’s PAT gave Kansas City a four-point lead with 2:50 to play. San Francisco had plenty of time and all three timeouts, but the momentum the Chiefs had built was too strong. The 49ers managed to reach their opponent’s 49-yard line before Garoppolo was sacked by Frank Clark on fourth-and-10.The Chiefs got the ball back, and two plays later, Williams was back in the end zone with a 38-yard run. 31-20, Chiefs.The spark Mahomes and Hill created had turned into an inferno that consumed the NFC champions.The victoryMahomes was surprised to see Fuller clinch the second Super Bowl title in Chiefs history, especially since the fourth-year corner had nearly picked off Garoppolo on the 49ers’ previous possession but dropped the ball.”I always joke with him that he never catches the interception, but he’s always there,” Mahomes said. “He went up and got that thing. He made a great play.”In a way, it was fitting that Fuller outjumped Samuel, of all players, to win the game considering the 49ers wide receiver had steadily produced though the first three quarters. Samuel even set a record with 53 rushing yards, the most by a receiver in Super Bowl history. It was a microcosm of Kansas City tending to start slowly before reminding its opponent of its superiority.”That team, that’s kind of how they’ve been all year,” Shanahan said. “They get a little bit hot and cold. They can score very fast. That team doesn’t do it every single drive, but it was a matter of time.”MORE: Jimmy Garoppolo has plenty of time, talent to correct a lazy Super Bowl narrativeWHO’S CUTTING ONIONS?!?!? pic.twitter.com/QWzhentwjv— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) February 3, 2020Shanahan, of course, was the offensive coordinator with the Falcons when Atlanta blew a 28-3 lead and lost to New England in Super Bowl 51. The social media world was quick to reference that defeat as his 49ers collapsed Sunday. This one, though, was not a matter of second-half clock management or play-calling.After the Chiefs scored to make it 20-17, Garoppolo completed just two passes and the 49ers managed just 37 yards of offense. They simply got overpowered by what suddenly became an unstoppable force.”The last thing you’re thinking about when you’re up three points and there is that much time left, the clock is not an issue at that time, especially with the timeouts,” Shanahan said. “The issue was moving the chains. If you move the chains, then you will wind the clock.”
Fantasy Football Outlook: Ryan Tannnehill returns to TitansTannehill was a revelation for Tennessee after taking over for Marcus Mariota in Week 6 against Denver. In 13 starts (counting the playoffs), he threw for 2,967 yards, 27 TDs, and six INTs while completing 67.9 percent of his passes. He also ran for 216 yards and five TDs. Strictly looking at the regular season, he finished No. 9 among QBs in fantasy points per game (four-point passing TD leagues), according to Fantasy Pros, though if you throw out his Week 1 mop-up appearance, he would actually be tied for sixth with Patrick Mahomes (20.9). Tannehill obviously took to Tennessee’s offense, which, despite being run-oriented, still afforded him chances to make plays downfield. That should be the case again next season, but there’s reason to think Tannehill’s emergence — at least from a fantasy standpoint — was lightning in a bottle. Tennessee threw the second-fewest passes in the NFL last season (448), trailing only Baltimore. With young, talented receivers like A.J. Brown and Corey Davis, Tannehill managed to make the most of his opportunities, connecting for several big plays. If he’s not as efficient in 2020 or the big plays dry up, then he’ll have pedestrian passing numbers. Tannehill’s mobility will help him pad his stats slightly, but he’s not exactly a “running quarterback.” He either needs to pass more or be hyper efficient. The former could happen naturally when you factor in just how few overall plays Tennessee ran last season (949, third fewest), but Tannehill is unlikely to see a huge bump in his attempts per game given the offensive mindset of the team. The latter could also happen again, but clearly the margin for error is slim. As it stands, Tannehill figures to be a borderline starter when drafts roll around late next summer. You can find higher-upside QBs based simply on volume, but Tannehill will be a safe mid-round pick who will be a reliable backup, if nothing else. Fantasy Football Outlook: Derrick Henry franchised by TitansHenry frustrated fantasy owners for much of his first three seasons. We knew he was talented, but he could never put it all together. It wasn’t just because of playing time — Henry wasn’t great when on the field, averaging 3.7 yards per carry through Week 12 in 2018. From that point on, he simply became one of the best backs in the NFL. He finished ’18 with a four-game surge for the ages: 87 carries, 585 yards, seven TDs. He carried that over to ’19, rushing for 1,540 yards (5.1 yards per carry) and 16 TDs. He punctuated his breakout season with 446 yards and two TDs in three playoff games. The Titans will likely make it a priority to re-sign tackle Jack Conklin, and as long as the offensive line is strong again, the 26-year-old Henry should be in line for another high-volume, highly productive season in 2020. Of course, there are some potential worries, starting with the very real possibility he holds out. As we’ve seen the past couple seasons, running backs want to get long-term contracts while they can, and even with a franchise tag salary of $12.5 million, Henry will be looking for more security. Given his physical running style, it makes sense. If Henry holds out, anything can happen, and that includes a late/sluggish start to the season. To be fair, that could happen even if he gets paid, but for now we’ll all have to wait and see. The other issue with Henry is his lack of receiving ability. With just 57 catches in four seasons, his value takes a slight hit in PPR leagues. Tennessee released Dion Lewis already this offseason, but we expect them to bring in another complement to Henry who will be more active in the receiving game. As long as Henry can withstand 300 carries, he’ll still have plenty of value in all formats, but if that number — or his efficiency — goes down, then Henry will becomes more of a worry.Assuming Henry isn’t going to hold out, he’ll be a sure first-round pick next year, but until he’s in camp, there will be a lot of trepidation about pulling the trigger on him. Fantasy Football Outlook: A.J. Brown, other Titans receivers bolstered by Tannehill newsA.J. Brown finished his rookie season No. 10 in fantasy points among WRs (non-PPR), and if you just look at the 10 games Tannehill started, he would have finished fourth in fantasy points per game at the position (12.6). At 6-0, 226 pounds, Brown is a fast, physical receiver who thrived in the Titans’ ball-control offense. With Tannehill under center, he relied a little less on big plays, but no one is going to mistake him for Michael Thomas. Big plays are a big part of his game — and his fantasy value — and even if we expect him to be more reliable and a better all-around receiver in his second season, we know he’ll need some long gains to really pay off. We can’t say Tannehill is the “best” quarterback for Brown, but at least we know he’s one who works well for him. Ultimately, we view Tannehill’s return as good news for the talented young receiver. The two have a solid rapport, and it should only get better this season. Because of Brown’s age and ability, fantasy owners will likely be too excited about him heading into next season, but he’s conservatively a WR2 in standard leagues. His value takes a hit in PPR leagues, but he can still produce there. Like Tannehill, his margin for error is slim because of just how infrequently Tennessee passes, but if you can live with the inconsistency, Brown should be more good than bad. Corey Davis (three catches, 4.7 targets, 40.4 yards per game with Tannehill starting) will probably never be a consistent fantasy threat on Tennessee, but Tannehill also represents some stability for him. As long as Tennessee’s offense as a whole is strong, that can only help Davis. Perhaps the most interesting receiving threat for the Titans is Jonnu Smith. The athletic, fourth-year tight end had four games with at least 60 receiving yards when Tannehill started. (To be fair, he also had two games with zero targets.) With veteran Delanie Walker out of the picture, Smith has a chance to really break out next year. Expect to see him on a lot of preseason sleeper lists. The Titans had a busy start to NFL free agency, and all they did was keep two of their own players. Ryan Tannehill signed a four-year, $118-million deal on Sunday, and Derrick Henry received the franchise tag on Monday. Clearly, Tennessee is looking to run back the formula that led it to the AFC Championship game last year, and barring a Henry holdout (a very real possibility), fantasy football owners should be happy with that news. For coverage of all the latest NFL signings and rumors, check out SN’s live free agency tracker.
The first phase allows 50 percent of non-player personnel to be permitted into the facility, as well as players who are continuing rehab and therapy that they began before facilities were ordered closed in late March.”While these protocols have been carefully developed and reflect best practices,” Goodell wrote, ”they can also be adapted and supplemented to ensure compliance with any state and local public health requirements.”The second phase, which Goodell wrote is actively being worked on, involves increasing the number of staff members and players. He said he expects to have those procedures in place soon. FLASHBACK: Goodell tells teams to close facilities “The protocols are intended to allow for a safe and phased reopening,” Goodell said in the memo. The NFL has laid out a plan for all 32 teams to have their facilities prepared to be reopened by Friday, May 15.Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to all teams Wednesday informing them of the protocols put in place to have their complexes ready to open. He said he will then advise them as to when they can formally allow personnel to enter.