Week 2 NFL betting guide: Picks against the spread for every game, best totals, and more

first_img#Week 1, as it usually is, was a hot mess.But there was still money to be found — especially if you went in on the Bills trifecta.This week, we have a bit more clarity in the market, but overreactions to Week 1 can provide serious value to the bettor, especially when it comes to totals.Here are my Week 2 picks: Cardinals (+13) at RavensCardinals fell behind 24-6 against Detroit and only cleaned up against a prevent defense. I do think that Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury worked …last_img read more

Local, migrant women share stories

first_img24 August 2011 In an attempt to build bridges between local and foreign women, the City of Johannesburg and the Department of Home Affairs recently held a women’s dialogue where issues of xenophobia and language difficulties were tackled. Held at Diepkloof Welfare Centre on 19 August, the theme of the dialogue was “Working together to enhance women’s opportunities to economic empowerment”. It was open to local women and foreign migrants living in Joburg. From Joburg, the member of the mayoral committee for health and human development, Nonceba Molwele, was there to spend the day with migrant women from various countries, such as Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Angola and Somalia.Breaking down barriers According to Molwele, the dialogue was held to seek to break down the barriers that kept migrant and local women from connecting. These barriers were language difficulties, xenophobic community attitudes, fears about immigration or residency status, and physical and cultural isolation. She said the dialogue was the first of its nature. “It is indeed a great initiative by our deputy minister that should not stop here but should be a start to an ongoing plan that will lead to concrete a joint programme that addresses the challenges of women as a whole.” August was chosen for the dialogue as the month was dedicated to honouring and celebrating the courage, tenacity, resilience and victory over adversity of women in South Africa, she explained. “Migration has always been a human rights issue throughout human existence, and Joburg has been a destination point for migrant communities since 1886. “In recognition of the challenges that are brought by human motilities, the City of Joburg has over the past 10 years been actively engaged in the pursuit of finding creative and sustainable responses to this phenomenon,” said Molwele.Sharing experiences as women Issues raised by migrant women at the dialogue included being mistreated at health institutions and being called nasty names by South Africans in public transport because of language barriers. Women, who came dressed in their traditional clothes, showcased traditional dances and explained their cultures to each other. The deputy minister of home affairs, Fatima Chohan, who spent the day listening to the women’s queries, urged them to unite despite racial, ethnic and cultural differences. “We are here to share our experiences as women and by coming together we can come up with the solution to what is bothering us as women,” she said. “If women can join hands, exchange ideas, then we will have a community that is at peace with itself.” By joining hands, women could achieve much more. “We want to create this opportunity for women from different parts of our continent to talk to each other so they develop friendships,” she added. Rebecca Khamba, who comes from Congo, was one of about 300 women at the meeting. She said the programme was a good initiative. “I would like to thank the City of Joburg for giving us a chance to join hands and create unity with our South African sisters. I hope most South Africans will understand why we are here and stop calling us names and mistreating us in public places,” she said. Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Pat Mahomes Is Great, But Texas Tech’s Receivers Are Also Incredible

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! The 2016 Cowboy team will play its final home game this Saturday when the 4-5 (2-3 in Big 12 play) Texas Tech Red Raiders line up for a 2:30pm kickoff at the Boone. The Red Raiders have been on an uptick since being routed by West Virginia on October 15th beating a tough TCU team in Fort Worth and losing to OU and Texas by only a score.Head Coach Ryan Gosling Kliff Kingsbury has repeatedly called this his best team in year four of his tenure in Lubbock and while the Red Raiders haven’t won in Stillwater since Kingsbury was slinging the rock to Wes Welker back in 2001, let’s take a look at the squad looking to right the ship on Saturday.Tech On OffenseWhat former coach Mike Leach laid the foundation for, Kliff Kingsbury has built off of offensively as Tech thrives offensively in the air raid system. The Raiders throw the ball on average 57.2 times per game (88 passes against OU on October 24!) and run 31.4 times each game, roughly a 65/35 pass-run split. A major strength of the Tech offense is fantastic third down conversion percentages (2nd in FBS with 55.1 percent), extending drives is a high probability with this team. The result is that this Tech offense is on the field a ton, on average 88.7 plays per game-Glenn Spencer’s unit hasn’t seen more than 86 plays all season. The Cowboys have done a good job of using their depth this season but fatigue could be an issue as we dip into November. Quarterback PlayThe offense leans on all-conference talent Patrick Mahomes II about as much as the OKC Thunder lean on Russell Westbrook. The team runs on average 88.7 plays per game with him accounting for nearly 63 of those plays each game (50.9 passes and 12.2 runs) and 78 percent of Texas Tech’s total yards. Mahomes has thrown for more than anybody in the country (by nearly 650 yards) and has three 500-yard outings already this season. He’s the burning hot center of the Red Raider offense for what he can do with his arms and legs, a gunslinger that extends plays and makes good things happen. Running BacksReminiscent of the Oklahoma State running game circa 2015 (OSU went for 3.58 yards per carry and 126.85 yards per game, Tech is currently at 3.31 yards per carry, 104.11 yards per game). Kingsbury opened up the starting running back job after a brutal loss to West Virginia at home, and 5’11”, 180 pound freshman Da’Leon Ward entered and invigorated the ground attack over the last three games. He averaged 74 yards per game to go with a couple of scores. Ward does a solid job of hitting the hole hard and falling forward for extra yardage. He’s done a good job of relieving some offensive pressure from Mahomes the last couple of weeks as they’ve put the fall in his hands 20+ times each game. Behind Ward is a scatback-type in junior Justin Stockton who has been explosive when he gets some space but hasn’t been able to handle the pressure as effectively as Ward. He’ll get some carries and has made some big plays in the past and would be worth keeping an eye on catching a pass out of the backfield.  ReceiversThe Red Raiders have a glut of talent at the wideout that would make any conference foe outside of Payne County green with jealousy. Sophomore Jonathan Giles leads the bunch with a Big 12-leading 12 touchdowns, good for fourth in the country.  Pick your poison behind Giles, junior Dylan Cantrell is a bigger (6’3”, 210 pounds) David Glidden/Josh Cooper type that will line up on the outside and bring down whatever comes his way while junior Cameron Batson is second on the team with 51 catches. Batson, a Millwood (OKC) wide receiver that apparently the Woods brothers forgot to tell Gundy about, teams with sophomore Keke Coutee (pronounced cue-tee I believe) for a tandem of shifty inside receivers. Coach Kingsbury isn’t tempering expectations for highly touted junior college transfer Derrick Willies who just returned last week after missing time with a knee injury, saying “.. He plays fast. I think he’s going to be one of those guys, very similar to (Dede) Westbrook at OU, where that second year transitioning from junior college, you really see that next step.” He leads the team with 19.25 yards per catch and is a handful to bring down if he gets going in space.The Tech passing game/offense is polar opposite to what you saw from K-State in Manhattan, leaning heavily on the passing game with more complex route trees and four or five receivers on the field at a time. They love some quick-hitters, letting their speedy pass catchers pick up yards after catch and make defenders miss in space, but aren’t afraid to let Mahomes rip it on the deep ball.  In the red zone, look for them to run some quick passes where receivers will set picks for each other.WATCH: Jonathan Giles escapes tacklers and performs a balancing act on the sideline to give Tech the lead! #WreckEm https://t.co/ssjZilXU3G— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) November 5, 2016Offensive LinesWhat college football expert Phil Steele called “the biggest question mark on the offense” coming into the year hasn’t panned out very well so far in 2016. In this week’s press conference, Kingsbury talked about how the underclassmen left tackle (redshirt freshman Terence Steele) and the right guard (sophomore Paul Stawarz) haven’t developed as quickly as hoped, setting back the unit. With that being said, senior center Tony Morales (who will get a seventh year!) made the preseason watch list for the Rimington award (best center) and senior left guard Baylen Brown was named a team captain and preseason All-Big 12 according to some publications, so there’s some strength in the middle. The Red Raiders lost a ton of talent off of last year’s line and are definitely in the middle of a rebuild up front, often leaning on the mobility of Mahomes. Worth noting: Texas Tech did have an extra point blocked last week by Texas, hopefully Vincent Taylor has been working on his pitch game.last_img read more

Photo: ESPN’s Chris Fowler Got A Selfie With Jim Harbaugh And Urban Meyer At Dick Vitale’s V Foundation Gala

first_imgJim Harbaugh addresses a group of reporters.Not many people in the sports world can bring Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer toghether, but Dick Vitale is one of them. The legendary college basketball analyst hosted his annual V Foundation gala last night, and many top figures in the college sports world turned out, including the rival Michigan and Ohio State coaches. Harbaugh and Meyer actually teamed up on stage to announce the winner of a raffle for a 2016 Mercedes Benz, and later took a selfie with ESPN’s Chris Fowler.Yes @OhioStateFB Urban Meyer & @umichfootball Jim Harbaugh are on stage together @DickieV gala @TheVFoundation pic.twitter.com/dp3bKQ8TRt— Josh Krulewitz (@jksports) May 14, 2016OK, this Harbaugh/Meyer selfie is focused better. So I’ll also share it for posterity, never to be recreated! pic.twitter.com/siZZt5LXaF— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) May 14, 2016 That is quite the photo. At the end of the night, Vitale announced that the gala, which honored the late Chad Carr, had raised an estimated $2.8 million for pediatric cancer research. A wonderful job by Dickie V, and everyone else involved with the gala this year.last_img read more

Samson Cree Nation to launch blockade in support of IdleNoMore and Attawapiskat

first_imgAPTN National News EDMONTON– Members of the Samson Cree Nation plan to block an Alberta highway Wednesday in support of IdleNoMore and Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike.The Samson Cree Nation issued a statement Tuesday saying the blockade of provincial Hwy 2A would begin at 11:15 a.m. local time and run until 12:15 p.m. The blockade will shut down a portion of the highway between Hwy 611 West and the Pe Sakastew Correctional Centre, the statement said.The statement said the blockade will be peaceful.“Pipes will be lifted in support of IdleNoMore,” said the statement. “The presence of the pipe signifies the pipe laws of gentleness, compassion and mutual respect.”On Monday, thousands of people across the country took to the streets in support of Indigenous rights under the banner of IdleNoMore. The next day, on Tuesday, Spence began her hunger strike in Ottawa which she says will continue until Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Queen Elizabeth II agree to a treaty meeting with First Nations leaders.“We are taking this opportunity, coinciding with the 12th hour of the 12th day of December 2012, to bring awareness to First Nations’ opposition to legislation proposed by the Harper government,” said the statement, posted on the band’s website. “We also want people to bring attention to the hunger strike started…by Chief Theresa Spence.”The statement said the Harper government is pushing a number of pieces of legislation that “directly undermines First Nations’ right of self-determination.”Samson Cree Nation is about 97 kilometres south of Edmonton.last_img read more

Full pipelines new services propel Enbridge to street beating 117B income

first_imgThe Calgary-based company says its results were enhanced by operating performance, optimization of deliveries on existing pipelines, synergies from the Spectra Energy acquisition and $7 billion of projects brought into service in 2018.It says its $9-billion Line 3 export pipeline replacement project is expected to be in service before the end of 2019, as it is nearing completion on the Canadian side of the border and has moved into the permitting phase in Minnesota.Enbridge has a $16-billion inventory of projects which are scheduled to come into service between 2019 and 2023. CALGARY, A.B. – Enbridge Inc. says full oil and gas pipelines and the addition of new services led to fourth-quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations.Canada’s largest pipeline operator says adjusted net income was $1.17 billion or 65 cents per share in the last three months of 2018, beating analyst estimates of $1.12 billion or 62 cents per share as noted by Thomson Reuters Eikon.A year ago, Enbridge reported adjusted earnings of $1.01 billion or 61 cents per share for the fourth quarter of 2017.last_img read more

AltaGas celebrates grand opening of Ridley Island Propane Export Facility

first_img“The completion of this game-changing project and the shipment of our first cargo are historic milestones for AltaGas, as well as for our project partners, customers, local Indigenous Peoples, surrounding communities, and western Canada’s upstream energy sector,” said Randy Crawford, AltaGas’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “With RIPET now operational, we can offer producers a uniquely complete solution for their propane, providing premium netbacks and market optionality, while also positioning AltaGas to profitably grow our Midstream footprint – a true win-win for AltaGas and our customers.”“The ability to import Canadian propane is a significant advantage for Japan, as it provides greater energy security and supply diversification, while also enabling Canada to maximize the value of its natural resources,” said Seiya Araki, President of Astomos Energy Corporation. “This first-of-its-kind project demonstrates to the world what can be achieved through effective partnerships between Canadian and Japanese companies, and will ultimately benefit both countries for decades to come.”In total, RIPET is expected to ship approximately 1.2 million tonnes of propane annually to customers in Asia.RIPET is owned by a joint venture between AltaGas (as to a 70 percent interest) and a Canadian subsidiary of Royal Vopak (as to a 30 percent interest). PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – AltaGas is celebrating the grand opening of the first marine propane export terminal in Canada.The first marine export facility opened in Prince Rupert with the first shipment leaving the terminal May 23, 2019, headed to Asia.In 2017, AltaGas entered a multi-year agreement with Astomos Energy Corporation, a Japanese propane importer and distributor, to purchase at least 50 percent of the propane shipped from Ridley Island Propane Export Facility (RIPET) annually. RIPET provides producers and customers with a significant locational advantage given comparatively short shipping distances to markets in Asia – notably a 10-day shipping time from Canada’s West Coast compared to 25 days from the U.S. Gulf Coast.last_img read more

Church services in Sri Lanka to resume from May 5 Cardinal

first_imgColombo: Public mass in the terror-hit Sri Lanka would resume in certain Catholic churches from May 5 and no bags will be allowed inside as part of the tight security measures, according to Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. All public church services were cancelled after the Easter Sunday bomb blasts that ripped through three churches and high-end hotels, killing 253 people and injuring 500 others. The prelate said on Monday that vigilance committees formed by the residents of the parish would be responsible to identify individuals who enter their respective churches and parishioners will have to confirm their identity before entering a church. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report The cardinal, who conducted a private memorial mass on Sunday fearing repeat of the Easter attacks, told media that bags will not be allowed to be taken inside the churches owing to security measures. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s had also attended the private memorial mass. Commenting on Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s statement that the bombings could have been averted had the Counter-Terrorism Act been in force, he said that amending the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) is better than bringing in a new piece of legislation to counter terrorism, the Daily Mirror reported. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests It is easier to amend the existing legislation rather than bringing in a new one. Effective measures should be taken to apprehend the individuals and groups responsible for these attacks in order to prevent people from taking the law into their hands,” he said. The religious leader said a new government comprising all parties should be appointed. “No party should think of elections at this moment. We will even have to take to the streets and lead peaceful protests if the government continues to handle the situation in the manner it presently does. Action should be taken against ministers and MPs if they were found guilty of being part of the Easter Sunday bombings,” he was quoted as saying in the report. Cardinal Ranjith said he wasn’t consulted prior to the appointment of a presidential commission to probe security lapses that led to the Easter bombings. We are oblivious to the backgrounds of the members in the commission. We urge the government to appoint another commission comprising religious leaders. Buddhist clergy is eligible to lead such a commission as they will look into the matter impartially, he said. Meanwhile, the Cardinal refused to accept a bullet-proof vehicle provided for his security by Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, saying what matters most at present is the safety of people. He also reiterated that much needs to be done to restore normalcy, Times Online reported. A total of 106 suspects, including a Tamil medium teacher and a school principal, have been arrested in connection with the Easter Sunday blasts. The Islamic State claimed the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ) for the attacks.last_img read more

201516 NBA Preview The Raptors Are Lucky They Play In An Awful

And here’s what’s in store for the key Raptors in 2015-16 (and beyond): If he can keep taking so many threes, and hitting them, Patrick Patterson will be a valuable kickout option. Jonas Valanciunas is just 23 and has improved his scoring rate each year he has been in the league, but the careers of some of his most comparable big men never really took off. The team’s offseason upgrades could cost Terrence Ross playing time if he doesn’t show big improvement in his fourth season. In a league enamored with dunks, layups and 3-pointers, DeMar DeRozan is a throwback — and not in a good way. He took 57 percent of his shots between 10 feet from the basket and the 3-point line last season — a career high — and hit a career-low 36 percent of them. He was Toronto’s only player to average 20 points per game, but also the least efficient scorer of any 20-point guy in the league. The Raptors need him to take better shots and share more of the offensive burden. Kyle Lowry followed up an excellent 2013-14 season with a better showing to begin last season, as the Raptors started 24-7. But his production fell off dramatically in the second half of the season, and he shot dreadfully in the playoffs. Many of the guards CARMELO sees as most similar to Lowry had already peaked by his age. DeMarre Carroll is the priciest new Raptor, at $60 million over four years. His defense and efficient shooting should help. But none of his previous five NBA teams have asked him to take many shots, and those he has taken usually have been created for him. It’s unclear whether he’ll generate the kind of offense commensurate with a $15 million average annual salary. We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. Last season’s Toronto Raptors set a franchise record for wins for the second successive season — then exited the playoffs in the first round for the second successive season, leaving the franchise stuck at just one playoff series win in its 20-year history. So while standing pat this year might have sufficed to win the putrid Atlantic Division for the third straight season, Raptors management instead shook things up, adding new talent to complement a core of 20-somethings that includes Kyle Lowry and Patrick Patterson. The new Raptors, including DeMarre Carroll and Bismack Biyombo, should be particularly valuable in shoring up the team’s shaky defense, which was by far the worst in the postseason at preventing opponents from hitting shots. Toronto’s offense will remain its strength, though it’s not clear who leads the O and who will take the biggest shots: DeMar DeRozan, Toronto’s leading scorer last year, hits too low a percentage of his shots to be the star of a playoff team.FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO thinks the Raptors will clear .500, but not by much, projecting them to go 44-38: Bismack Biyombo should improve Toronto’s shot-blocking, which ranked near the bottom of the NBA last season.Read more: 2015-16 NBA Previews read more

Mens basketball Ohio State outlasts Providence 7267

OSU junior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) shoots the ball during the Buckeyes’ 72-67 win over Providence on Nov. 17. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorWith its second-straight home game, the Ohio State men’s basketball team took advantage of the comforts of home with a 72-67 win. It took nearly two and a half minutes before the first shot fell for either team, but OSU eventually got going with the hot hand of sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle. The Buckeyes took a shot, however, when junior forward Keita Bates-Diop went down with a right knee injury.Lyle finished the game with 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. With 15 first-half points on 6-for-8 shooting, the questions about the ability on the offensive side of the ball for the 6-foot-5 guard after two disappointing games quickly faded with a stellar performance. “This week in practice, all of my teammates and coaches helped me get my confidence up,” Lyle said. “They were teaching me to never be satisfied and just keep working.”Bates-Diop was knocked to the court in the second half while trying to set a screen, and awkwardly bent his right knee on the way down. The injury appeared to be gruesome, and he was helped to the sideline. There was a noticeable limp, but he made his way back to the locker room under his own power after sitting on the bench for a brief period. “Believe it or not it’s his ankle,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “Just an ankle sprain. Kinda puffed up or whatever, but day-to-day so we’ll need him back. That’s for sure.”OSU made its last three shots to round out the first half, giving the Buckeyes a 10-point lead going into the locker room. Senior forward Marc Loving failed to get in the scoring column in the first 20 minutes of play, but was a key rebounder on the defensive end, pulling down seven boards. Even with a few early mistakes in transition and on defense, the Buckeyes played with a flow and a hustle that was not seen last game against North Carolina Central. Crashing the hoop, OSU led the Friars in rebounds, 43-33.In the second half, Lyle picked up where he left off with a tough, contested layup. Although the Buckeyes had the leading scorer, Providence quickly went on a 7-0 run to reel OSU back in. A quick timeout by Matta slowed the Friars’ attack, but the Buckeyes had to fight hard to keep the lead.Redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson played 20 minutes Thursday night in replacement of freshman Micah Potter, who had foul trouble early in the contest. In a true-center type of performance, Thompson finished the night with 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.Always the competitor, the 7-foot tall center said OSU is still going to be pushing hard next week to strengthen its play on both ends of the court.“We’re hungry, and we’re not satisfied with 3-0,” Thompson said.Redshirt sophomore center David Bell also came off the bench for OSU and played an important role for the Buckeyes. In one of the highlights of the night, Bell drove the lane to the left of Lyle, who lobbed a pass to the cutting center. Bell slammed it through the hoop for a highlight-reel dunk.“I thought Jae’Sean (Tate), Trevor, those guys … Dave Bell did a heck of a job in the paint there,” Matta said. “Those are the baskets we were hoping we could get.”Turnovers remain to be a problem for the Buckeyes, as Providence picked up 11 takeaways. Last week against Navy, OSU had 17 turnovers. Providence was led by junior forward Rodney Bullock, who poured in 27 points, while going 5-for-9 from 3-point land. Bullock created mismatches throughout the evening, and even pulled down eight rebounds. Junior forward Emmitt Holt, Providence’s leading scorer coming into the game, went just 3-for-11 from the field with 11 points. The Friars are now 1-1 on the season, while the Buckeyes keep their perfect record through three games. OSU faces Western Carolina at home Monday, with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m. read more