After all, it’s not often you see a 6-foot-6, 275-pound defensive lineman hovering where a linebacker should be. For sure, when USC coach Pete Carroll searched for a guy who knows how to get around, he found the right guy. Born in Germany to a military family, Moore spent his earliest years traipsing through Europe. The family moved on to Texas, and when Army 1st Sgt. Joseph Moore retired, the clan moved to Georgia. And after being named that state’s 5A Defensive Player of the Year, Kyle Moore wanted to broaden his horizons even further. “I came down on my official visit to see some players,” Moore said. “I wanted to come here to see what L.A. was talking about.” A lot of the town now is talking about the easygoing junior who has had a hand in several big plays during No. 1 USC’s 3-0 run to open the season. In his first start at defensive end, he had a triple-crown effort on one play by sacking a quarterback, forcing a fumble and recovering it. In Game 2 against Nebraska, he dropped into coverage and deflected a pass that was intercepted by Terrell Thomas. On the next series, he intercepted a pass and returned it to the 1-yard line. Last week against Washington State, he picked off another pass to take the team lead. At the rate USC’s cornerbacks are picking up injuries, maybe we’ll see Moore at corner. “Nah, I’m just dropping into the coverage I’m supposed to be in,” he said with a smile. “It’s basically the defensive schemes we’re running. “I just have to make plays. They’re putting me in the right places at the right time and all I’m doing is executing. “I feel like I’m improving, making plays, like I’m contributing to the team. Turnovers are a big thing to our defense, so I’m going to try and get as many as I can. Or cause as many as I can.” In Carroll’s complex schemes that he devises with defensive coordinator Nick Holt, Moore has become a zone blitz specialist. He’ll drop into coverage while a linebacker or defensive back blitzes from a certain spot on the field. So it seems as if Moore is roaming more than Carroll’s cell phone on a recruiting trip. “We work on it a lot,” Moore said. “Coach Holt has us working on our drops every day. We’ve got to help our corners out on some of those short passes and quick passes.” It’s just the way the Trojans envisioned Moore developing when they yanked him out of the Deep South. During his senior year at Houston County High in Warner Robins, Ga., Moore had 93 tackles, 22 sacks, 18 deflections and he forced eight fumbles. “He’s really comfortable with what we’re doing,” Carroll said. “He’s had a lot of work with it and he’s such a big target out there, just being in the way. The ball he knocked down in the Nebraska game, he was well under the receiver and they couldn’t get the ball over the top of him. The height and the arm length he has make him a really difficult target out there.” Or, to be more precise, a real easy target. But he had to battle for two years just to find playing time. He was on track to be the starter last season before Carroll decided to convert linebacker Brian Cushing to an end position, meaning Moore would rotate from a reserve role. This season, again the heir apparent with Cushing back at linebacker, he had to fend off a heated challenge from incoming freshman Everson Griffen. So heated, the two almost came to blows early in preseason camp. “It’s competition,” Moore said. “Practice is everything, so you can’t come out to practice lollygagging. You’ve got to come out here and play like you’re playing in the game. That’s why practices are so hard and games come easier. “You’ve got to show the coaches that you want to be in that starting position.” Oh, and show the youngsters a thing or two, also. So how did that confrontation turn out? With a sly smile and then a hearty laugh, Moore said: “How did we resolve what? You know, it was just a moment that we had. We’re cool now. I take him with me everywhere I go. That’s my homeboy.” Moore’s decision to turn down Georgia, which wanted him as a defensive tackle, and turn away from Miami’s stable of defensive ends, sent him west, which keeps the family tradition of travel intact. In fact, several members are making the trip to Seattle this weekend to see USC face Washington. “I did a lot of moving,” Moore said, recalling his childhood. Not much has changed. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Trojans lineman’s travels take him into the fertile ground of the secondary. By Phil Collin STAFF WRITER Kyle Moore certainly looks right at home, even when it appears he’s out of place.
The new application, Shazam Encore, adds even more functionality including improved speed performance, trend lists that highlight what’s popular among other Shazam users, a search function that taps into a database of 8 million+ songs, music recommendations and a “drive-and-tag” feature that lets the app recognize when it’s in an in-car dock so it can identify what’s playing on the radio while you’re driving.But How are Those Recommendations?Out of all the new features, however, it’s the music recommendations option which is the most interesting. Recommendations are the killer feature which can either make or break a mobile application these days. With services like Last.fm and Pandora already providing mobile users with playlists based on a user’s likes or dislikes, Shazam needs to be able to do recommendations well – really well – in order to compete with these already popular applications. In addition, the up-and-comer streaming music service from Spotify also partnered with The Echo Nest’s music intelligence platform earlier this year to help improve on Spotify’s playlist and music discovery functions. The end results of that partnership have been touted as being like the iTunes’ “Genius” feature, only better. Although not yet available in the U.S., Spotify’s mobile application is one of the most highly anticipated applications as it provides a new way to enjoy music – through playlist creations that can be listened to both online and off. It, too, will be heavy competition for any application entering into the music recommendations game, including, of course, Shazam. So where does that leave Shazam Encore? At the moment, its recommendations offering provides you with a list of other songs you might like based on the one track you have pulled up. While this might help you discover new music, you aren’t able to create a playlist based on those songs. Instead, Shazam’s focus remains more on the sharing of music via tagging and posting to Twitter and Facebook.As far as how good Shazam’s recommendations are, we would need to do a lot more testing before giving a solid opinion – the app is just too new. In fact, it’s so new that it wasn’t even showing up in an iTunes Store search at the time of writing. The provided screenshot in the App Store doesn’t look all that encouraging, though. (Really, a fan of indie band My Sad Captains wants to listen to Katy Perry singing about “kissing a girl?” I don’t think so…)But whether or not the recommendations are up to speed, it remains to be seen whether iPhone app shoppers will be willing to fork over the $4.99 US (£2.99/ 3.99) to have access to them, especially when there’s no playlist option included. Those interested in trying the new Encore application can find it now in the App Store by clicking here. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Apple#music#Product Reviews#Recommendation Engines#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts Shazam, the music discovery iPhone application which gained widespread adoption thanks to its appearance in an iPhone TV commercial, is now getting a ton of new features thanks to the launch of a premium application called Shazam Encore. This new application adds music recommendations, trend charts, music searches and more to its core set of features already made available in the free version of Shazam.Does this mean Shazam is about to give Pandora and the like a run for their money?About Shazam EncoreThe free Shazam application is best known for its nifty tune identification trick. Mobile users can hold their iPhones up next to a speaker or other source of music and the application “listens” to what’s being played in order to identify the song and artist. It also lets you read track and album reviews, read artist biographies and tag songs to share with friends over Facebook and Twitter. sarah perez
Two persons were arrested on Sunday night for allegedly transporting beef in a four-wheeler here in Madhya Pradesh, police said on Monday. The two accused, picked up from Kesarbagh Road under the Rajendra Nagar police station limits, were identified as Rameez, 23, and Imran Gamu, 26, both residents of nearby Mhow tehsil, Inspector Sunil Sharma said. The police officer denied reports appearing in a section of the local media that the two were thrashed by a crowd present at the spot. “A veterinarian examined the seized meat and said it was that of cow and buffalo,” he said.
The National Selection Committee headed by the legendary The National Selection Committee headed by the legendary PT Usha comprises other Olympians like Rachita Mistry, Anuradha Biswal and Asian and Commonwealth Games medalist Kavita Raut and national womens 100m record holder Dutee Chand GAIL Indian Speedstar is a CSR initiative by GAIL (India) Limited, which aims to spot, screen, select and groom young athletes in the age group of 11-17 years in 100m, 200m and 800m track events across the country. The event was part of the initiative taken by National Yuva Cooperative Society (NYCS) as part of nationwide campaign to find out athletes for 2020/2024 Olympics. Speaking on the occasion, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that these kind of events were important to build up an atmosphere required for India to become a sporting nation. “These children who have competed today may become future stars and bring laurels for the country in international events,” he said whie addressing the gathering as chief guest. “Countries like Australia and New Zealand which have very small population as compared to India have done well in the international arena in sports. This country of 125 crore need to do better in sports. We need to build up an atmosphere which will make us a sporting country in near future. “Earlier, it was only the hockey team which won gold medals in the Olymics and we have won very few other medals. But in the London Olympics we won six medals. So, we are getting better and at Rio Olympics we are sending the largest ever contingent. So, we can become a sporting nation in the near future,” said Jaitley. PTI PDS SSC SSCadvertisement
Director Karthik Subbaraj’s Petta turned out to be a huge success for Rajinikanth this year. The actor moved on to his next flick, Darbar, which is directed by AR Murugadoss. Superstar flagged off the film’s shooting in mid-April and the team of Darbar is currently on a schedule break.It was earlier reported that Bollywood actor Prateik Babbar is the main antagonist in Darbar. However, going by the latest reports, actor Suniel Shetty, who played a meaty role in Shaam-Jyothika’s 12 B, has been roped in as the main antagonist in Rajinikanth’s Darbar. Prateik Babbar will be seen as Suniel’s son in the movie.Reportedly, Suniel Shetty will play the role of Anna while Rajinikanth will be seen as an IPS officer. A source close to the film’s unit told Mumbai Mirror, “Anna, a corporate giant, will take on Thalaivar’s IPS officer. He joins the team during the second schedule which starts in the next few days in Mumbai and will be there all through.”According to the report, Suniel Shetty is trying to bulk up for his role in Darbar. “The antagonist’s track has an emotional back-story also featuring Rajinikanth, which makes the revenge all the more exciting. There will be several confrontation scenes between the duo in the film which climaxes with a stylized, larger than life action scene, ” revealed the source.Suniel Shetty hasn’t been churning out many Hindi movies in the past. However, he seems to have taken up a lot of projects in the South in recent times. While he recently completed his portions in Priyadarshan’s Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham, he is said to be in talks for a Telugu film as well.advertisementProduced by Lyca Productions, Darbar also has Nayanthara, Yogi Babu, Prakash Raj and Dalip Tahil in pivotal roles. The film has music by Anirudh Ravichander, cinematography by Santosh Sivan and editing by Sreekar Prasad.ALSO SEE | Darbar: Rajinikanth to sport two different looks for AR Murugadoss filmALSO SEE | Rajinikanth’s Darbar crew attacked with stones by college students?ALSO WATCH | Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya gets married to actor-businessman Vishagan Vanangamudi
What’s bad and mean and now a little bit green? The ACT Raiders of course!The Touch Football ACT representative teams at the 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships have launched their new team name as well as new uniforms for the event at Sunshine Coast Stadium this week. Formerly the ACT Pirates, the Raiders have a new-look uniform that includes the Canberra Raiders logo as well as a green stripe in the uniform. The transition comes as the Canberra Raiders/Touch Football ACT relationship continues to grow, just over two years on from the NRL/TFA Strategic Alliance announcement. It is common to see Touch Football exhibition matches at Raiders home games, while there have been numerous Raiders players making appearances at Touch Football ACT events and functions over the past two years.Even Victor the Viking is making an appearance at the event, the first mascot to make the trip to the Sunshine Coast!Touch Football ACT Business Development Manager, Rod Wise said that the organisation is excited about the change.“It is good timing as we were required to change the branding/logos on our refreshed playing uniforms for national teams,” Wise said. “We decided on a name change and with the strategic alliance objective of forming close relationships with NRL Clubs we changed our name to the ACT Raiders. “The new uniforms feature the Raiders secondary logo and a fusion of both entities colours. The new uniforms will be worn for the first time at the NYC.”Canberra Raiders CEO, Don Furner said it’s great to see the relationship achieving so many outcomes. “The relationship between the Raiders and Touch Football ACT has been going from strength to strength and we’re now even closer with the naming of the ACT Raiders Touch Football representative teams,” Furner said. “We look forward to a continued working relationship and growing participation numbers in both Rugby League and Touch Football across the region.” TFA CEO, Colm Maguire said ‘the assignment of the Raiders brand is significant and further embeds the outstanding collaboration occurring between Touch Football and Rugby League in the nation’s capital’. “It is outstanding to see that the pathway links to the elite level in both sports now share the same brand,” Maguire said. “We’ve said for a long time that the relationship with the Raiders has been the benchmark, in every club we are talking to, the Raiders are the shining example of what can be achieved in partnership with a NRL club. “Everyone has been absolutely fantastic and then if you look at what Ricky and the team have done in terms of being able to support any of the game development activities that are happening around Canberra, it’s just been an amazing outcome for us and certainly one that the organisation has been really appreciative of.”Keep up-to-date with all of the latest from the 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships in the following ways:Website – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausDownload ‘Team App’ and search for ‘National Youth Championships’ to keep up-to-date with all of the latest National Youth Championships related information.Related LinksRaiders at NYC!
The more things change in the NFL, the more they stay the same. Fresh off of their sixth Super Bowl win with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick at the helm, the defending champion New England Patriots open the 2019 season as our favorite to win again. The rest of the top contenders are similar to last season’s as well: the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles round out the top five in Super Bowl odds, according to our predictions.But our NFL Elo model has changed in a somewhat significant way. You can read more about how it all works here, but in a nutshell, we have added a number of wrinkles to make our football picks more accurate:Quarterback adjustments. We hinted at this over the summer, but we now track rolling performance ratings1Based on a regression between Total QBR yards above replacement and basic box score numbers (including rushing stats) from a given game, adjusted for the quality of opposing defenses. for each QB in the league, which can then be compared with a team’s own rolling QB rating to adjust its Elo in games with a different quarterback starting.2This is very similar to the way we handle starting-pitcher adjustments in our MLB Elo model. (Related to this, we have a new interactive page that shows the relative quality of every quarterback in the league.)3Initial ratings for rookies are based on draft position, ranging from a 0 for an undrafted free agent to a +113 for a No. 1 overall pick like Arizona’s Kyler Murray. JacksonvilleN. Foles+914987.835242 ClevelandB. Mayfield+915168.441252 How we’re predicting the AFC North race Chance To… TeamStarting QBvs. avgElo RatingProj. WinsMake PlayoffsWin DivisionWin Super Bowl TeamStarting QBvs. avgElo RatingProj. WinsMake PlayoffsWin DivisionWin Super Bowl Chance To… MinnesotaK. Cousins+1215408.543273 N.Y. JetsS. Darnold-4814527.124111 TeamStarting QBvs. avgElo RatingProj. WinsMake PlayoffsWin DivisionWin Super Bowl Last year, the defending champion Eagles suffered a historic hangover to start their 2018 season, but eventually righted the ship to make the playoffs and even win a first-round game. Armed with Elo’s eighth-ranked QB (Carson Wentz), a talented supporting cast and one of the easiest schedules in the NFL, our model thinks Philadelphia should be division favorites in 2019 — particularly if the Eagles have better injury luck. The defending East champ Cowboys might have something to say about the Eagles being favorites, however, regardless of the holdout of RB Ezekiel Elliott. We rank QB Dak Prescott ninth in Elo, right behind Wentz. Once again trailing in the division are the Giants and Redskins; Washington has the better Elo rating but is slightly less likely to make the playoffs because of a tougher schedule than that of New York. Fittingly, both teams have mediocre veteran QBs (Eli Manning and Case Keenum) trying to fend off highly drafted rookies (Daniel Jones and Dwayne Haskins). PhiladelphiaC. Wentz+2015869.863%49%7% The playoffs are different. We found that differences in talent between opposing teams tend to be amplified in the NFL postseason, so now Elo differentials are multiplied by 1.2 before computing the expected win probabilities and point spreads for playoff games.Altogether, these changes improved our historical predictions by quite a bit in backtesting, so we’re feeling confident that our 2019 picks will be better than ever before.6You might notice that we don’t have a dedicated factor for defense included in the model. For one thing, defense would implicitly be part of a team’s non-quarterback Elo rating; for another thing, it was difficult to find specific defensive variables (such as coordinators) which improved predictive accuracy — perhaps because defense is notoriously difficult to predict between seasons. For cases below where we do need to refer to a team’s projected defensive quality, we used ESPN’s Football Power Index projections for the upcoming season.And what are those picks, exactly? Let’s run down what our Elo model thinks of each division in the NFL, starting with… AtlantaM. Ryan+6715338.339233 The AFC South experienced a dramatic shakeup when Andrew Luck retired two weeks ago, giving the division a whole new favorite: the Texans. Now, Houston is in somewhat tenuous possession of that distinction, with No. 6-ranked QB Deshaun Watson leading the way — despite last weekend’s bombshell trade that shipped star pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney to Seattle. The Titans aren’t far behind Houston, although QB Marcus Mariota has regressed over the past few years: In Week 12 of the 2016 season, his Elo adjustment would have been 61 points higher than an average quarterback; now it’s 34 points below average. The Jaguars are right in the mix as well, thanks in part to the acquisition of former Eagles backup Nick Foles; Foles adds 14 points of Elo compared with the team’s long-term historical QB rating (i.e., Blake Bortles). Finally, the Colts went from first to last in Elo’s division prediction — literally overnight — after Luck retired. Backup Jacoby Brissett is worth about 90 fewer Elo points by himself than Luck would have been — a huge blow to Indy’s chances of making a return trip to the playoffs. Even so, this is the most uncertain division race in the league. How we’re predicting the NFC East race L.A. RamsJ. Goff-915889.660%46%7% How we’re predicting the AFC East race How we’re predicting the NFC West race Chance To… L.A. ChargersP. Rivers+415809.659366 Quarterback ratings are relative to the average NFL team’s long-term rolling QB performance and are included in the listed Elo ratings. Simulations are updated as of Sept. 3, 2019.Source: ESPN N.Y. GiantsE. Manning-2714246.4179<1 What would Vegas do? In the past, our preseason ratings would simply be each team’s final rating from the previous season, reverted to the league’s average Elo rating by one-third. But our new system also incorporates ratings derived from a team’s over/under win total according to the Las Vegas sportsbooks, giving those twice the weight of mean-reverted Elo when setting a team’s preseason rating. HoustonD. Watson+2915338.443%32%3% TeamStarting QBvs. avgElo RatingProj. WinsMake PlayoffsWin DivisionWin Super Bowl The Chiefs are the second-most-likely team to win the Super Bowl, trailing only the Patriots. One of the biggest reasons: Elo ranks Patrick Mahomes as the fourth-most-valuable QB in the league behind Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan and Drew Brees. Although K.C. will probably regress some after last year’s breakout (we think the Chiefs’ point differential will fall from +144 to +79), and the defense is no better than average (it ranks 16th in ESPN’s preseason Football Power Index), we think this is the team most likely to dethrone New England. The Chargers aren’t running very far behind, either, ranking sixth in overall Elo. L.A. didn’t do much over the offseason — and its trademark injury problems are already cropping up — but this remains one of the most talented rosters in the game. The gap between this division’s top two and bottom two is vast. The Broncos upgraded under center with former Ravens QB Joe Flacco, but he’s still mediocre at best. Late summer for the Raiders has been a circus even by the standards of a “Hard Knocks” team; maybe Brown will improve QB Derek Carr’s numbers, but the team has plenty of other question marks. Oakland and Denver won’t be helped by playing the two toughest schedules in the league, either. BaltimoreL. Jackson-4015278.441263 Chance To… DetroitM. Stafford-2214586.922121 ChicagoM. Trubisky+1215669.152%37%5% BuffaloJ. Allen-1214757.630151 Kansas CityP. Mahomes+59161510.369%50%9% Quarterback ratings are relative to the average NFL team’s long-term rolling QB performance and are included in the listed Elo ratings. Simulations are updated as of Sept. 3, 2019.Source: ESPN MiamiR. Fitzpatrick-213895.5104<1 Green BayA. Rodgers+2815228.238243 How we’re predicting the NFC South race TeamStarting QBvs. avgElo RatingProj. WinsMake PlayoffsWin DivisionWin Super Bowl Quarterback ratings are relative to the average NFL team’s long-term rolling QB performance and are included in the listed Elo ratings. Simulations are updated as of Sept. 29, 2019.Source: ESPN At the top of the NFC South, we have Drew Brees and the Saints coming in as favorites to win the division for a third straight year. Elo rates Brees as the league’s third-best QB, even though he sputtered down the stretch of last season and will turn 41 in January. Fortunately for New Orleans, its supporting cast appears to be good enough to help ease Brees into old age, ranking eighth in QB-independent Elo.9I.e., the team’s adjusted Elo rating if Brees were to be replaced with an average starter at quarterback. As for the Falcons, Matt Ryan is No. 2 in our QB rankings, but the rest of the team ranks 25th in QB-independent Elo. That’s more an indictment of a defense that ranks 23rd in preseason projected FPI than an offense that still includes hyper-productive WR Julio Jones, but Atlanta is hoping that a coaching staff of all new coordinators can help Ryan. The Panthers are still only three seasons removed from a Super Bowl appearance, but they’ve gone exactly 24-24 since then. Elo calls for more of the same this season, with an 8-8 projected record, although Carolina does have the No. 10 QB in our rankings (Cam Newton) and a respectable 38 percent chance of getting back to the playoffs. Finally, the Buccaneers are hoping to end the franchise’s postseason drought at 11 seasons — but they need to improve on last year’s horrid defensive performance and get more consistency from both Jameis Winston and a passing attack that had the third-highest game-to-game QB Elo variance10Trailing only the Rams and the Nathan Peterman-led Bills. of any team in 2018. CincinnatiA. Dalton-4014146.2158<1 This is the tightest division race in the NFC. The Bears are favored to win again, though Mitchell Trubisky is Elo’s second-lowest rated QB in the North. (He’s 13th overall, so it mainly speaks to the quality of passers in this division.) On the other side of the ball, the amount of talent on Chicago’s defense is impressive, a necessary component as the Bears are hoping to repeat as last year’s stingiest defense in terms of points allowed. The Vikings come in slightly lower but are still 13th overall by the Elo rankings. So should we blame QB Kirk Cousins for Minnesota’s disappointing 2018 season? Probably not. Although his Elo rating wasn’t as high as during his 2016 or 2017 campaigns, Cousins was good for most of last year, and he enters 2019 as our 12th-ranked quarterback. But the best QB Elo in the division belongs to Aaron Rodgers of the Packers. Even if former coach Mike McCarthy didn’t always put him in the best position to succeed, Rodgers still had solid numbers last season and is currently ranked seventh in QB Elo. (It’s the rest of the roster that’s holding Green Bay back from a division probability better than that 24 percent.) Last, we have the Lions. They project to finish fourth, with QB Matthew Stafford coming off his worst season in years and a second-year coach already on the hot seat. But we do call for Detroit to return to its rightful place in the NFL standings, with roughly a 7-9 record, after last season’s 6-10 hiatus. DenverJ. Flacco-1614626.82091 DallasD. Prescott+1815478.949334 TennesseeM. Mariota-3415027.836252 WashingtonC. Keenum-2414276.31691 San FranciscoJ. Garoppolo-2114807.428171 Travel distance and rest matter. We used to give a blanket home-field advantage of 65 Elo points for every game that wasn’t at a neutral site. Now, we modify our home-field effect4Which is worth a flat adjustment of 55 Elo points. using the distance the visiting team needed to travel to get to the game, docking a team by 4 points of Elo for every 1,000 miles traveled.5This effect is not applied to international games, though it is used for the Super Bowl. Teams also perform better after a bye week (including teams that don’t play during the opening week of the playoffs), so we now give a bonus of 25 Elo points whenever a team is coming into a game fresh and extra-rested. PittsburghB. Roethlisberger+8715699.558%41%5% OaklandD. Carr-2614135.8125<1 Chance To… New EnglandT. Brady+52164011.180%69%14% IndianapolisJ. Brissett-5514797.328191 TeamStarting QBvs. avgElo RatingProj. WinsMake PlayoffsWin DivisionWin Super Bowl As we said above, the Patriots are not only the division favorites (for what feels like the millionth consecutive season) but are also the model’s top Super Bowl pick. Their fate is tied to Tom Brady continuing to play well at an age when basically no other QB has done that, of course, and he’ll have to do it without favorite security blanket Rob Gronkowski, who retired in March. But Brady hasn’t shown many signs of slowing down yet, and he’ll get to face the NFL’s easiest schedule7According to the average Elo ratings of New England’s regular-season opponents, adjusted for expected starting QBs and home-field advantage. in 2019. Perhaps surprisingly, Elo gives the Bills a slight edge over the Jets for second place in the East. Both teams’ sophomore QBs (Josh Allen and Sam Darnold) played well down the stretch last season, though our model likes Allen a bit more. New York had the more eventful offseason, signing Le’Veon Bell and abruptly firing GM Mike Maccagnan, but the Bills might have made steadier progress. And the Dolphins bring up the rear, though they have the division’s second-highest rated Elo QB in newcomer Ryan Fitzpatrick. (Amid questions of Miami tanking, Vegas gives the Phins 500-to-1 Super Bowl odds, the worst in football.) Quarterback ratings are relative to the average NFL team’s long-term rolling QB performance and are included in the listed Elo ratings. Simulations are updated as of Sept. 3, 2019.Source: ESPN TeamStarting QBvs. avgElo RatingProj. WinsMake PlayoffsWin DivisionWin Super Bowl New OrleansD. Brees+61160410.063%46%8% How we’re predicting the AFC West race CarolinaC. Newton+1415158.338223 Chance To… Tampa BayJ. Winston+714466.61791 Quarterback ratings are relative to the average NFL team’s long-term rolling QB performance and are included in the listed Elo ratings. Simulations are updated as of Sept. 3, 2019.Source: ESPN SeattleR. Wilson+1415458.746314 Quarterback ratings are relative to the average NFL team’s long-term rolling QB performance and are included in the listed Elo ratings. Simulations are updated as of Sept. 3, 2019.Source: ESPN Chance To… TeamStarting QBvs. avgElo RatingProj. WinsMake PlayoffsWin DivisionWin Super Bowl Quarterback ratings are relative to the average NFL team’s long-term rolling QB performance and are included in the listed Elo ratings. Simulations are updated as of Sept. 3, 2019.Source: ESPN How we’re predicting the NFC North race Quarterback ratings are relative to the average NFL team’s long-term rolling QB performance and are included in the listed Elo ratings. Simulations are updated as of Sept. 3, 2019.Source: ESPN Chance To… Rumors of the Steelers’ demise appear to have been greatly exaggerated. Despite a tumultuous offseason that involved officially losing Bell8The running back sat out all of last season as part of a contractual dispute. and also shipping receiver Antonio Brown to the Raiders, Pittsburgh remains the top-ranked team in the North. Part of that is thanks to Ben Roethlisberger, who checks in as Elo’s No. 1 overall QB, and part of it is because the Steelers have one of the league’s easiest schedules. The Ravens and Browns are neck-and-neck behind them; Elo is skeptical about Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson after he posted not-so-great numbers as a rookie, but it thinks his supporting cast is superior to Baker Mayfield’s in Cleveland — despite the Browns’ big offseason (hi, Odell) and general hype level heading into 2019. Meanwhile, the Bengals are a distant No. 4, as QB Andy Dalton has seen better days, and the team is breaking in a first-time head coach (Zac Taylor). ArizonaK. Murray-5013895.5106<1 The Rams are coming off a Super Bowl run, and there were times last season when they looked unbeatable, not least because of a GOAT-level performance by defensive lineman Aaron Donald. But with questions remaining about QB Jared Goff and RB Todd Gurley — to say that neither were major factors in the playoffs would be an understatement — L.A. might be due for a regression, even if Elo does still consider the Rams division favorites. A number of signs point to a decline, from L.A.’s 6-1 record in close games last year and favorable bounces in recovering fumbles, to a more difficult schedule and even the possibility of adverse effects due to more injuries. Elo thinks the Rams’ point differential will drop from +143 to +58 this season. Behind them, the Seahawks have the division’s best (slash only above-average) Elo QB in Russell Wilson, and they did some offseason shuffling — Clowney and Ziggy Ansah will replace Frank Clark on the pass rush, for example. But Seattle mostly looks like the same good-but-not-great team it was last season. The 49ers will get a do-over with Jimmy Garoppolo after the QB was injured three games into the 2018 season. But is Jimmy G. any good? Elo’s still not sure. It ranks Garoppolo 22nd among starters heading into 2019, despite his hefty price tag. All three of those teams could potentially contend for the division, though. For the Cardinals, that looks like a long shot at best with the tandem of rookie QB Kyler Murray and first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Elo gives Arizona the worst rating and tied for the lowest playoff odds of any team in the NFL this season. How we’re predicting the AFC South race
New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri predicts good things for the club’s young players.Maurizio Sarri has hinted he may make use of Chelsea’s youngsters in main competitions next season as he says “we will hear a lot of positive things” about them next season.Chelsea have always been criticized for stockpiling young players and sending them out on loan to other clubs as well as failure to give their academy products a chance in the first team.On Saturday night, a host of Chelsea youngsters including Ethan Ampadu, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Marcin Bulka, Lucas Piazon all saw action in the International Champions Cup match against Italian side Inter Milan.A game which ended 1-1 after 90minutes before Sarri’s troops won the game 5-4 on penalties.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Sarri spoke to reporters of his team’s progress after the game. The former Napoli boss said according to Sports Mole:“We’ve been working hard but it is only the beginning.”“Not everyone is back from holidays but the players here are doing very well. We’re a little behind physically but I’m pleased with the result.”“For the youngsters, we’ll just have to wait and see how long it takes some of them to have an impact because I don’t have an experience in the English game. I think we’ll hear a lot of good things about them this season.”Chelsea begin their Premier League campaign against Huddersfield but will face Manchester City in the FA Community Shield on August 5.
Pep Guardiola is impressed with the way Riyad Mahrez has smoothly settled into his new surroundings at Manchester City.The Algerian winger joined the Blues from the Foxes and has started one and came off the bench in two of City’s opening three Premier League games.And, speaking ahead of Saturday’s late kick-off with Newcastle United, Guardiola said he was more than satisfied with how the player had adapted to life at City.“I would say quite well, for how quickly he has adapted and especially for the quality,” said Pep.“He’s one of the most technical players I’ve ever seen, the skills and everything.“It’s just, of course, there’s a lot of information – the way we want to play, the way we want to do things, the corrections after the games that we have to do, in all things, defensive and offensive set-pieces.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“But he settled well. He has respect in the locker room and that is the most important thing.”After tomorrow’s visit of Rafa Benitez’s Magpies, the league takes a fortnight’s break with the focus switching to internationals.But asked whether the 2018/19 campaign was shaping up to be an even tougher proposition than last season, Pep said it was too early to judge.“Quite similar, I would say,” Guardiola added.“New managers are here – Marco Silva at Everton, Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea – new managers, new clubs. Javi Garcia at Watford is doing amazingly. But I think it’s too early.“Last season we cannot forget all the six contenders playing international competitions, not like the previous season when Chelsea didn’t play there. It was tough last season it will be tough this one.”
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard insists his team must improve their form of they’re to compete with Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title.The Gers host Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on Saturday looking to go level on points with the league leaders with a victory, but Gerrard insists his team must change their approach to pick all up three points.“I look round and I see good players,” Gerrard said, according to Evening Times.“That’s the first thing.”“I think we have played teams on Celtic’s level, in terms of quality and technical ability, at Ibrox this year. I think we coped very well in those games and proved we were a match for them.”“Having our fans behind us should certainly give us an advantage and give the players confidence and belief. They can push us on.”Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“But there is no doubt we have to max out. We need everyone to step up and perform close to their best for us to get a result.”“I think we are more used to each other. We have certainly grown as a group. The first Old Firm game came around pretty quickly and was on the back of a tough away European fixture.”“I don’t think we are much better equipped or much better than we were last time.”“The key for me, and the message to the players, is don’t freeze and have too much respect like you did the last time. Don’t sit back and wait for the game. Go and grab it.”“Go and seize the moment and the opportunity to express yourselves. I want the players to be excited about this fixture, not fearful.”