RelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United are interested in signing Eberechi Eze from Queens Park Rangers in the summer transfer window.It has been reported that Newcastle is monitoring the 21-year-old attacking midfielder. The report has added that Eze is one of a number of promising young players who have been tracked by the Magpies’ scouts.According to WhoScored, Eze has scored 12 goals and provided eight assists in 37 Championship matches for QPR so far this season.During the 2018-19 campaign, the attacking midfielder made 37 starts and five substitute appearances in the league for Rangers, scoring four goals and providing three assists in the process, according to WhoScored.Back in 2017-18, the youngster scored two goals in 16 league games for QPR, according to WhoScored.Interestingly, Mauricio Pochettino, a reported managerial candidate at Newcastle once the proposed takeover goes through, wanted to sign Eze for Tottenham. The Sun reported in March that Pochettino wanted to sign the £20 million-rated attacking midfielder for Spurs before he was dismissed from his role as the head coach of the North London outfit earlier this season.According to Sky Sports, the prospective new owners of Newcastle – Saudi Arabia’s PIF – have made Pochettino as their first-choice managerial target.Tags: Eberechi EzeNewcastle UnitedQueens Park Rangers FCSummer TransferTottenham HotspurWest Ham United
Press Association Butland will not want to spend the season warming the bench, but Hughes insists he will only go on loan if the right deal can be done. The Welshman said: “Jack’s an outstanding young keeper and it’s about making sure he develops. If there’s not the right opportunity, and we don’t think it’s advantageous to his development, then he won’t go out, he’ll stay with us.” Stoke were at Wrexham’s Racecourse Stadium for a friendly against Hughes’ home-town club and the visitors came away with a 1-0 victory, Jonathan Walters scoring the only goal six minutes after half-time. Stoke only returned from their pre-season trip to the US on Thursday, and Hughes used 20 players in a combative encounter against the Conference side. It was the Potters’ third victory in a row after wins over FC Dallas and Philadelphia Union. The latter was marred by an injury to winger Brek Shea, who damaged medial ligaments in his left knee. Hughes was furious with the tackle on the United States international, who is likely to miss the first month of the season. That is a shorter lay-off than was feared, and Hughes said: “He’s got an injury that will keep him out for a number of weeks and he won’t make the start of the season, but thankfully it’s not as bad as we thought initially.” The Stoke boss, who took over from Tony Pulis in May, has been quiet in the transfer window, with defenders Erik Pieters and Marc Muniesa his only senior signings. Hughes has been linked with a number of players, including Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair and American striker Juan Agudelo, and is hoping to do further business before the window shuts. “It is something we need to look at in certain areas but sometimes it doesn’t happen,” said Hughes. “We’ll do our best to make it happen if we think the right players are available.” Aston Villa were also victorious in their friendly against Shamrock Rovers in Dublin. Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke both scored in the first half in a 2-0 win, which saw Aleksandar Tonev and Jores Okore come through 45 minutes each following injury. Stoke boss Mark Hughes is mulling over whether to send England goalkeeper Jack Butland back out on loan or keep him at the Britannia Stadium. The highly-rated 20-year-old joined Stoke from Birmingham in January but was loaned straight back to the Championship club for the remainder of last season. Potters number one Asmir Begovic had been linked with a move to one of the Premier League’s big guns, but Liverpool opted for Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet and interest in the Bosnian has subsided.
LUKAS KEAPPROTHFollowing a successful preseason, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team begins its regular season with a non-conference game against Long Beach State on Sunday at the Kohl Center.Behind 21 points from senior forward Marcus Landry, the Badgers easily won their first exhibition game over Augustana 81-57. It took a bit more effort in the second game against UW-Whitewater, but Wisconsin got the job done, defeating the Warhawks 64-47.“I thought our guys played hard; we just didn’t make all the best decisions,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “But you know, it’s early for everybody.”With only two games and a few weeks of practice under its belt, Wisconsin will face the 49ers after playing a sloppy game compared to what Ryan is used to. Against Whitewater, the Badgers finished with an uncharacteristic 12 turnovers.“Some of the decisions that were made with the ball shocked me,” Ryan said. “We just have to get better.”“There’s always room for improvement,” junior guard Jason Bohannon added. “Last year we got tremendously better as the year went on, and that’s what we’re trying to do right now, just keep getting better every day. Coach Ryan won’t settle for anything less, so I think we’re expecting a lot of improvement as the season goes on.”In the two exhibition games, Wisconsin did get a big boost from its freshmen, particularly guard Jordan Taylor. Forwards Ryan Evans and Rob Wilson contributed to the mix as well in both preseason games.Taylor has impressed the UW coaching staff with his resiliency and strong defense. After starting the game against Whitewater with three turnovers and no assists, he came back to force a turnover and provide three assists for Wisconsin.“[Taylor] did a great job,” Ryan said. “We knew he was a player, and he just keeps showing us different ways that he’s a player. He’s smart, tough, never reacts negatively to anything, but he’ll take your lunch money in a second.”Going into the game against Long Beach State, the Badgers are huge favorites with their .939 home-winning percentage since Ryan took over coaching seven seasons ago. After winning both preseason games, however, Landry and UW know they still have much to work on as the season progresses.“We need to get better as a team,” Landry said. “You have been watching Wisconsin basketball for a long time. That’s what we try to do here. We just want to keep on improving.”Though the Badgers won’t be too severely threatened by the 49ers, they will face a difficult task in defending Donovan Morris, who averaged 21.2 points per game last season and was picked as a preseason mid-major All-American by the Big West’s media.Wisconsin will also see its first team with a starter at 6 feet 10 inches, giving the Badgers a slight height disadvantage if Keaton Nankivil starts in place of Jon Leuer, as he did in the team’s first two exhibition games.For now though, Ryan simply hopes someone will step up into a leadership role.“When I look at things like this, you’re always looking for someone to pop up,” he said. “We’re looking, we’re just looking for some players.”
Experts from USA and Côte d’Ivoire among others are drilling 25 Nigerian coaches and referees on the latest coaching technicalities as well as updating their skills on the game.Under the collaboration of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Olympic Solidarity and the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, the United World Wrestling nominated Zachary Erret (USA) and Vincent Aka Akesse from Côte d’Ivoire to tinker the course which holds at the National Stadium Complex, Package B, in Abuja. Scribe of the NOC, Hon Tunde Popoola who expressed his happiness with the coming of the course to Nigeria said that the country’s officials would make the best use of it by updating their skills as well as learn on the latest refereeing of the sport.“It’s the hope of the NOC that our officials will benefit from this program and impart same to our Wrestlers”, Popoola said.He also praised the large turn- out as an indication of the willingness of the officials to learn.The course which started yesterday would end on December 4.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
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The flaw with this way of thinking is that it’s very popular and will result in similar players seeing a big, arguably unwarranted ownership differential. Course history is a useful metric to mix into a wider statistical analysis, but it can also be deceiving. Coming into last season’s RBC Heritage, Luke Donald’s course history at this very course was T3rd, second, T15th, T2nd and second. Then last year he missed the cut. There is so much to consider beyond course factors, even when faced with unique layouts like the RBC Heritage.A balanced statistical approach to golfer selection can help you find leverage in places the rest of the field may overlook.Aaron White graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics. He has played DFS professionally for several years and has won featured NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and golf GPPs on both FanDuel and DraftKings. This week’s RBC Heritage tournament features a unique course layout, likely helping shorter, accurate hitters over golfers that depend on driving distance. Consequently, I expect the PGA DFS community to weigh course fit quite heavily when making their picks. Given the hype around emphasizing the course angle, I believe fading that angle is key to generating a more compelling approach to golfer selection, whether you’re looking for sleepers or fades.When the entire DFS community tends to fixate on one aspect of a tournament, that can indicate an excellent opportunity to look elsewhere. Although course fit is an important factor to consider in evaluating golfers, it is far from the only factor. Just like golfers, courses often end up playing much differently than the DFS community anticipates. An inaccurate bomber can win on what was thought to be a precision golf course. Taking a more balanced statistical approach than the field can help reveal some of the best leverage plays of the week. MORE ROTOQL: Lineup Builder | RBC Heritage betting advice*If you are interested in taking your DFS golf lineup building strategy to the next level, you should consider using a lineup optimizer, and RotoQL offers the best optimizer available in the industry.RBC Heritage picks and PGA DFS strategyLeverage PlaysJordan Spieth has been very inaccurate recently throughout his prolonged slump. However, he has started to show some signs of life in has past two tournaments with a T30th in the Valero Texas Open followed by a T21st last week at the Masters. It’s only a matter of time before a player of Spieth’s talent turns the corner. As far as I’m concerned, the recent inaccuracy is just a symptom of an all-around game that has been out of sorts for months rather than a lack of ability. Once Spieth works out the kinks, he is going to bounce back with a vengeance. Spieth is an outstanding play at his price and for what I expect his ownership to be this week. If you get ahead of Spieth’s inevitable return to playing up to his talent level, you will most likely profit from it. On the flip side, trying to catch up with Spieth too late may cost you. The best “bounce-back” players to target are those with the highest levels of talent. Spieth fits the bill.Another golfer not known for his driving accuracy is Cameron Smith, ranked 150th on the PGA tour in that category this season. Smith has also been cold recently, with no finishes inside the top 50 since the WGC-Mexico Championship where he finished T6th. However, Smith has a propensity to produce some high finishes as evidenced by his three top-10 finishes already this season. This is a golfer who has won several times professionally, including a win on the PGA tour. You can get Smith for what should be very low ownership along with his modest below-average salary. In three tries at Harbour Town, Smith has never missed the cut or finished worse than T32nd. Working Smith into your lineups gives you salary relief, leverage, and upside. That can be a very profitable combination.Known for his driving distance, Luke List is going to be completely overlooked this week. Labeled by the DFS community as a bomber, List certainly does not fit the course for the RBC Heritage, especially considering his persisting struggles with accuracy. Like Smith, List has three top-10 finishess this season despite poor recent results. Partially due to his style of play, he tends to be a boom-or-bust golfer. While it seems a foregone conclusion that distance will not be an advantage this week, that may not ultimately be the case. List has made the cut in three of four tries at this course, and perhaps even more surprisingly finished T3rd at last year’s tournament. At a cheap price and minimal ownership, List could pay off in a big way this week if the course does not play to expectations.The Impact of Course HistoryLike course fit, I expect a golfer’s history at this week’s course to very heavily considered in lineup decisions for the RBC Heritage. There are a few elite golfers that I believe will see a significant bump in ownership due to their strong past results at Harbour Town. Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Kuchar and Patrick Cantlay all have multiple top-10 finishes at this course.All three of these golfers have been playing very well recently and all are worthy of consideration this week. My concern with these golfers is whether their respective ownership will properly reflect their value. In the absence of other predictive indicators, DFS owners will often lean on information such as course history because it seems to be an obvious tiebreaker. When choosing between similar golfers like DeChambeau and Xander Schauffele at similar prices and similar odds, why select Schauffele who has only shown a T32nd at this course over DeChambeau, who has a T3rd and a T4th?
Your newest Raider.⁰⁰With the 4th pick in the 2019 #NFLDraft, we have selected Clelin Ferrell from @ClemsonFB. pic.twitter.com/QUPkpsj8Rt— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) April 26, 2019Widely considered a first-round prospect, Ferrell was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year and won the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s top defensive end. He logged 53 tackles (19 1/2 for loss), 11 1/2 sacks and three forced fumbles for the Tigers in 2018 and capped the season by helping Clemson rout Alabama to claim the national title.Ferrell though was projected by many mock drafts to go in the 15-to-25 range and not in the top 10. Related News NFL Draft 2019: Cardinals select Kyler Murray with No. 1 pick NFL Draft 2019: Baker Mayfield reacts to Cardinals selecting Kyler Murray with No. 1 pick The Raiders promised a surprise, and they delivered.Oakland selected former Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the No. 4 overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. However, according to multiple reports, the Raiders really liked Ferrell and didn’t want to risk waiting for him and taking him later in the draft where they have two more first-round selections at No. 24 and No. 27.Interestingly, Ferrell comes from a military family, as his parents served and he attended a military high school and played for a drill sergeant at Clemson in defensive coordinator Brent Venables.Oakland certainly has a defensive void to fill after the team traded outside linebacker Khalil Mack to the Bears last year, and Ferrell has the credentials to do so.
Jerry Jones says Cowboys could win Super Bowl without rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper at Cowboys training camp without new contracts Dallas hasn’t prioritized giving Elliott a new deal but the addition of Morris shows they are looking to add talent in the backfield.Owner Jerry Jones thinks the Cowboys don’t need the league’s leading running back, saying in an exclusive interview with CBS 11 Sports on Monday, “you don’t have to have a rushing champion to win a Super Bowl.” “You’ve gotta do all of the things along with having Zeke that allow you to have other players so that you can win the Super Bowl,” Jones added. “That’s what we’re going through.”Morris will bring seven-years of experience after playing for the Redskins at the start of his career. The Cowboys are bringing back a familiar running back.Dallas has signed Alfred Morris, who was with the team for two seasons from 2016-17, according to an NFL Network report. Ezekiel Elliott contract rumors: Negotiations progressing, Cowboys could make him highest-paid RB The move comes as another rusher, Ezekiel Elliott, continues his holdout with the hopes of securing a new contract.Reunion: Free agent RB Alfred Morris has agreed to terms with the #Cowboys, per his agents the Katz Bros. He averaged almost 5 yards per carry for them two years ago.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 30, 2019Morris spent the 2018 season with the 49ers but averaged a career high in yards per carry with the Cowboys the year before (4.8). Related News
Mike DeCourcy: It’s just hard to imagine another professional defense getting trucked in the way Green Bay did throughout the NFC championship game. And it’s nearly as difficult to picture the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes responding as timidly as the Green Bay offense.This pick is not as comfortable to make as the recent College Football Playoff title game, which was like a wide-open layup, but the Chiefs offense appears to have the magic necessary to counter the impressive 49ers D.Prediction: Chiefs 28, 49ers 21MORE SUPER BOWL PICKS:Why Chiefs are outmatched against 49ersZac Al-Khateeb: It seems the 49ers are clearly the better of the two conference champions entering Super Bowl 54, thanks in large part to the myriad ways they can beat opponents. San Francisco saw stellar play from both its defensive front and secondary, and it got such a good performance from running back Raheem Mostert that Jimmy Garoppolo only needed to throw eight passes in an NFC championship game that was over by halftime.Credit to the Chiefs for overcoming a double-digit deficit for the second consecutive week. But their offense, led by Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, will face a tougher defensive challenge vs. the 49ers than they faced against Houston or Tennessee. Kansas City can’t sell out to stop Mostert, either, or else Garoppolo — unlike Ryan Tannehill — will make them pay through the air.There will be splash plays by both the 49ers and Chiefs, but in the end, you have to go with the more well-rounded team.Prediction: 49ers 38, Chiefs 31 Joe Rivera: The Chiefs managed to bottle up and hold Derrick Henry to just 69 yards in the AFC championship game. While their offense is getting the headlines — rightfully so — what Steve Spagnuolo has been able to mold the Kansas City defense into this season has been something.This game could come down to QB play, and if that’s the case, the nod has to go to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. The 49ers pass rush is legitimate, but it might also be negated by Mahomes’ ability to make otherworldly throws on the move, outside of the pocket.It’s going to be close, but it just feels like Kansas City’s year, and Andy Reid will finally get the elusive Lombardi Trophy.Prediction: Chiefs 31, 49ers 27Tadd Haislop: Largely because of the Patrick Mahomes factor, we understand why Super Bowl 54 is being framed as a clash of spectacular offense in Kansas City and smothering defense in San Francisco. Mahomes also heavily impacts the point spread. Yet this Super Bowl narrative omits an important fact.As great as Kansas City has been all season offensively, San Francisco has been even better. Notably, the 49ers are doing it with a quarterback who completed just six passes in the NFC championship game and threw for only 208 yards in their two playoff games combined. When the 49ers have needed Jimmy Garoppolo to produce, though, he has delivered.The diversity on offense, coupled with dominance on defense, is why San Francisco has an edge over Kansas City. This isn’t a case of “defense wins championships.” It’s a case of defense wins championships — especially when complemented by superior offense and hampered by zero notable weaknesses.Prediction: 49ers 31, Chiefs 27 Matt Lutovsky: It’s not easy to bet against Patrick Mahomes (or Andy Reid with an extra week to prepare), but the 49ers excel in two areas in which the Chiefs struggled most of the season: Running and throwing to tight ends. San Francisco’s pass rush is also the best the Chiefs will face all playoffs, which will at least make Mahomes work for every yard.There’s a clear path to winning for both teams, so any outcome won’t be surprising, but if San Francisco can control the ball and keep Mahomes off the field, it will have a big advantage. We’re betting the 49ers can do that.Prediction: 49ers 27-24 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/aa/c5/patrick-mahomes-011920-getty-ftr_a2gjs7r1w7k016j34zq1g8dy3.jpg?t=-1076991705&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/97/fd/jimmy-garoppolo-012020-getty-ftrjpg_1vkikinfbcywn1v01yb8bip5kl.jpg?t=-991510753&w=500&quality=80 For a Super Bowl that features such a tight point spread, with the Chiefs being 1 1/2-point favorites over the 49ers based on opening odds, it makes sense that Sporting News’ NFL experts are relatively split with their picks.Based on the predictions made by our seven experts, though, the 49ers should be considered the favorites in Super Bowl 54. Five of the seven have San Francisco beating Kansas City. One thing we all can agree on: This should be a great game. All of SN’s predictions for 49ers vs. Chiefs feature one-score games that come down to the fourth quarter. Below are all of our expert picks for Super Bowl 54, complete with explanations for each pick and score predictions for 49ers vs. Chiefs.MORE: Get the latest Super Bowl odds & betting trends at Sports InsiderSuper Bowl 2020 predictions: Expert picks for 49ers vs. ChiefsSuper Bowl 53: 49ers vs. ChiefsDate: Sunday, Feb. 2Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.Kickoff time: 6:30 p.m. ETTV: FoxLive stream: DAZN (30-day free trial)Odds: Point spread, Chiefs -1 1/2; Total, 53Vinnie Iyer: The 49ers have the firepower to match the Chiefs’ explosive offense, either playing from ahead or behind, running or passing. They also have the better defense on all three levels with fewer positional weaknesses.Mahomes and his skill players will find their heavy share of success, but Garoppolo has equal support in a more favorable matchup to help him move the ball all the way through the end of the fourth quarter. The 49ers will finally get that sixth ring to match the Patriots and Steelers.Prediction: 49ers 34, Chiefs 31MORE SUPER BOWL PROPS:Commercials | Halftime | Broadcast | National anthemBill Bender: The Chiefs are 2-3 when they give up 150 yards rushing or more. Despite the fact that their run defense improved in the second half of the season, the 49ers present a different challenge with that rushing attack and defensive line.Kansas City did a good job limiting Tennessee on the ground in the AFC title game, but the 49ers present a more diversified offense. Jimmy Garoppolo will match Patrick Mahomes in the first half, but San Francisco’s secondary will force Kansas City to be more patient than they want to be.Ultimately, it’s the 49ers who will come up with the momentum-changing turnover, perhaps courtesy of Nick Bosa, and they will run out the final four minutes in rather anti-climactic fashion. Don’t be surprised if a defensive player is named Super Bowl MVP.Prediction: 49ers 30, Chiefs 26
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The director of the Iowa Department of Human Services has sought help from state criminal investigators to look into allegations at the Glenwood Resource Center. The agency learned last month that federal officials were investigating whether the state is violating the federal rights of Glenwood residents by placing them at risk with uncontrolled human subject experiments. Federal officials also are seeking to learn if there have been practices causing needless injury. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Assistant Director Mitch Mortvedt says Tuesday his agency was called in to help and is evaluating information in the ongoing investigation.. Glenwood is home to people with developmental disabilities.