Season 7

10 Dec 18
Channel 365

Bryce Harper is one of the most coveted free agents this winter.(Photo: Photo illustration by USA TODAY Sports) CONNECTCOMMENTEMAILMORE Bryce Harper, a National League MVP at 23, is a free agent at 26, peddling his services in an industry that’s grown to nearly $11 billion in annual revenues. His combination of skills, age and marketing […]

10 Dec 18
1495Sports

After helping the Red Storm extend its unbeaten streak to nine games to start the season, Shamorie Ponds has been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll, it was announced by the league office on Monday afternoon. Ponds, who was named the conference’s player of the week on Nov. 26, has found a spot on the […]

10 Dec 18
Everything Written: "The Hearts speaks louder through Words!!!"

Ho ho ho awesome people, I bring good tidings, it’s been a minute, take a seat and let’s do some catching up , shall we? The people close to me can testify at how excited I have been lately. Well, Christmas is in about 13days and so it’s been ringing jingle bells all up in […]

10 Dec 18
Sports Cappers Picks

Looking for Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Trail Blazers taking on the Rockets on Tuesday December 11th, 2018 at Toyota Center, Houston, Texas. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping…

10 Dec 18
Adam Bender

A preview of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl featuring the Duke Blue Devils and Indiana Hoosiers. Duke Blue Devils This season, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe’s squad has relied heavily on the dual threat ability of quarterback Thomas Sirk, as well as the legs of running back Shaquille Powell. The battle tested Blue Devils have […]

10 Dec 18
FOX6Now.com

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Grammy Award winners Imagine Dragons will perform at halftime of the College Football Playoff championship game on Jan. 7. ESPN and Interscope Records announced the performance Monday. For the second consecutive season, the College Football Playoff will feature a Super Bowl-style halftime performance for the television audience. The school bands will […]

10 Dec 18
The Willits News
By Carolyn Ponts Steckter For The Willits News In a season that can be overwhelming with sparkle, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is a refreshing respite, now playing at Willits Community Theatre through December 16. Based on the 1971 book of the same name by Barbara Robinson, director Robert Ford brings the story to us set now, in “a small town somewhere in the United States.” Not only does the production portray the best of a small town, it captures its intimacy for the audience. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is a play within a play, centering around the pre-production of the town’s annual, until now, predictable Christmas pageant with the Nativity played by children from the church. We soon find out this year’s pageant will be turned on its head, in observing the Bradley family on an otherwise normal weeknight in their home. First, we hear that Mrs. Armstrong, who normally “runs everything”, has broken her leg and is in traction, and they may “have to cancel Christmas.” Grace Bradley, played convincingly by Tina-Marie Silveira, is roped into covering for her. Her son Charlie, played brightly by Damian Reiter, unwittingly complicates things when he lets on to his schoolmate Leroy Herdman, who has been stealing his lunch, that good desserts are always plentiful at church. The notorious six Herdman siblings, rumored even to have set a neighbor’s place on fire in the past, show up for the first rehearsal. Imogene Herdman boldly asks to play Mary and for her brother Ralph to play Joseph. Bradley gives in and casts them in these parts, with the other Herdman children as angels and the three wise men, and all good cheer breaks loose for the audience in following Bradley’s predicament. Mrs. Armstrong, played with deadpan humor in her bossy busybody role while in traction, speaks for the town when she says, “If I had been there this wouldn’t have happened.” We get to think about the Christmas story in a new light, as the Herdman children, who don’t know the story of Christmas, learn about it for the first time. Imogene Herdman, played poignantly by Sylvia Wartell, cries out, “My God, they didn’t have room for Jesus?…We put Gladys (her younger sister) in a bureau drawer.” In its simplicity, the play captures the essence of Christmas, as when Beth Bradley, played by Allegra-Rose Silveira, narrates to the audience, “It was really about a mother and father who had nowhere to go.” Bob Bradley, played with warm humor by Scott Mattson, is the dad reluctant to be involved in the whole thing. Yet he throws in his support to the pageant when his wife Grace demands it. Mattson brings a solid genuineness to the performance in his understated portrayal of this character. The set design by Steve Marston was enhanced by the attention to detail of Gretchen Moore’s set painting, which carried the leaves from the schoolyard landscape painted on a flat onto the floor of the stage itself. The lighting design by Kevin Moore followed the action most notably with the soft focus on Imogene Herdman, in silence, dressed as Mary, following the manger scene. Silveira’s lovely soprano voice didn’t overshadow but simply enhanced the children’s voices in the brief Christmas hymns. Costumer Leda Jones brought further genuine atmosphere to the play in its simplicity and veracity. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood of twinkling lights in downtown Willits, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” makes a nice holiday outing for a family, or anyone seeking a little bit of peace at this time of year. The play runs Thursday, Dec. 13 and Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m., at Willits Community Theatre, 37 W. Van Ln., Willits. Tickets are available at Mazahar in Willits, online at Brown Paper Tickets, or by phone at (800) 838-3006.
10 Dec 18
The Denver Post
The Broncos didn’t hold the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL draft. But Vance Joseph did get an opportunity to briefly coach the player selected. Denver hosts the Browns and their rookie quarterback, Baker Mayfield, on Saturday at Mile High. Back in January, it was the Broncos’ coaching staff leading Mayfield and the North Team at the 2018 Senior Bowl. Joseph received a first-hand look at what made Cleveland decide to build its franchise around the 6-foot-1 gunslinger from Oklahoma “Baker was a great guy to be around,” Joseph said. “Very confident, obviously, he’s a winner. He had great arm talent for a smaller quarterback. He has a big arm and he plays to that.” Mayfield is 4-6 as the Browns’ starter this season, completing 242-of-376 (64 percent) passes for 2,877 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Cleveland defeated the Panthers 26-20 last week with Mayfield connecting on 81 percent of his throws for 238 yards, one touchdown and zero picks. Interim Browns coach Gregg Williams told local Cleveland media: “The really good quarterbacks throw their receivers open in tight coverage, and they have to be able to hit the very small window. I think you are seeing some of that with Baker right now.” “I’ve watched a couple of his games (Monday) morning,” Joseph said. “He’s making plays and he is playing really well right now. He looks comfortable and has a good roster around him.” Injury update. Rookie cornerback Isaac Yiadom suffered a right shoulder separation in the 20-14 loss at the 49ers. Joseph called his health status “day-to-day” but added it would “be tough” for Yiadom to return Saturday against the Browns. Yiadom played 57 of 72 defensive snaps Sunday with one pass deflected. Patrick steps up. The injury of veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) opened the door for quarterback Case Keenum to identify a new top target, and at the 49ers, Tim Patrick filled that role. Patrick, undrafted in 2017 and promoted from Denver’s practice squad, led the Broncos with a career-high seven receptions for 85 yards. “He’s a grinder,” Joseph said. “He also played on kickoff (coverage) for us as our gunner. This guy is a good football player. The more chances he gets, the more he will perform.” [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] Going for it. A product of the Broncos falling behind 20-0 in Sunday’s first half and going 2-of-15 on third downs was Denver going for it on fourth down. The Broncos were 5-of-7 on fourth down, the five conversions tying the most in the NFL since 1991, per Pro Football Reference. Kansas City (1995), Chicago (1996) and Cleveland (2016) all went 5 for 5 and New England (2012) was 5 for 6. Of the five teams, only the Chiefs won (20-17 over the New York Giants in overtime). For the season, the Broncos are tied with New Orleans in fourth-down conversions (12) and with Atlanta in attempts (19).
10 Dec 18
On Animation

Old meets new! The wizards at Epic Games hired Screen Novelties to create a classic stop-motion Christmas teaser to open the season 7 launch of their hit game FORTNITE.

10 Dec 18
Spirit and Truth:

The Gift is For Us Luke 3:1-6 Isaiah 40 Romans 15 2 Corinthians  12:1-10  Listen To The Gift is For Us   Today’s lectionary reading from the Gospel of Luke sounds like a who’s, who of the ancient world. Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate, the high priests, Annas and Caiphas and all those other names we […]

10 Dec 18
Your Inside Source for Comics, Movies, Television, Music and Video Games

Welcome back Crunchers! We are once again back to talk about Nathan Fillion’s new series The Rookie! This week Sergeant Grey continues his quest to make John Nolan’s life miserable. How does our Rookie cop handle the pressure? Let’s Crunch this! Grey gives Nolan what he deems to be the worst possible assignment that he […]

10 Dec 18
OILERSNATION
Like a much-needed blast from the past, the Edmonton Oilers hit the 30-game mark of this season with a 1-0 win over the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place on Sunday, a victory that improved them to 7-2-1 under new head coach Ken Hitchcock and 16-12-2 overall for 34 points. It’s a win that sent the faithful filing into the parking lots happy and a result that has the current edition of the Oilers sitting pretty much where they were two years ago, when the team started out 14-11-5 for 33 points on the way to making it into the playoffs for the first time in a decade. After having the carpet pulled out from beneath them last season after a long-awaited sniff of the post-season in 2016-17, the buzz is back, the building is alive again and fans are happy enough right now that they’re cheering Milan Lucic, who has scored exactly two goals in 75 games. This is a different team with a different coach, but it’s much the same feeling. “This was like a playoff game,” said Hitchcock, who has turned the Oilers on a dime since arriving. “We did a really good job in the first and third periods and it got away from us in the second because of their stretch (offence) game. This was the first time we’ve got challenged like this off the rush. But I liked how we stayed with it. I liked how we protected the lead in the third and we’re learning how to play as a unit of five. That’s a good sign.” ROLL WITH IT Mar 24, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) tries to check Los Angeles Kings defensemen Drew Doughty (8) during the second period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports Damn straight it’s a good sign. A goal by Connor McDavid and a 24-save performance by Mikko Koskinen for his sixth straight win at home and his third shutout in that stretch, got it done. Two years ago, by the way, McDavid was on his way to his first Art Ross Trophy as NHL scoring champion with 12-26-38 through 30 games. McDavid is at 16-25-41 right now. As for Koskinen, who has a gaudy .972 save-percentage at home, he was toiling with St. Petersburg in the KHL before general manager Pete Chiarelli, ahem, astutely offered him $2.5 million a season to play here. When you look back at all the moaning about Koskinen’s contract in pre-season compared to what is being said and written now and you hear Lucic being serenaded with “Loooch” after belting Travis Hamonic and scrapping Anthony Peluso in the aftermath – hell, he drew cheers just chugging in on the forecheck during one shift — you know the worm has turned. Hitch Hockey likely isn’t going to produce a 7-2-1 clip the rest of the way, but when Hitchcock says the Oilers are executing at only about a 60 per cent clip compared to what he’d like to see, as he did today, you know where he’s set the bar. Hitchcock isn’t going to take his foot off the gas now. He’s not satisfied. I’m trying to recall a three-week stretch when I’ve seen as drastic a turnaround – in performance on the ice and in the general mood of the players — as we’ve seen from the Oilers in these last 10 games. I don’t recall one. With the Oilers playing in Denver Tuesday and Winnipeg Thursday, we’ll see if the roll continues. They’ll jump their jet six points out of first place in the Western Conference. WHILE I’M AT IT I mentioned this on Twitter Sunday, but I think it’s worth repeating. Coaches can tell a player they believe in him, that they’ve got that player’s back, but actions always speak louder than words. Hitchcock had a lot of good things to say about Jesse Puljujarvi when he got him recalled from the AHL, and that’s fine, but seeing Puljujarvi out in the final minute with the game on the line against the Flames Sunday says more than words ever can. The power play is 0-for-17 over the last five games, so bet your bottom dollar there will be plenty of time spent on that in coming days. The Oilers could’ve ended any drama against the Flames Sunday with the man-advantage but got zippity-do-da on three PP attempts in the third period. Through 30 games this season, the Oilers have scored 82 goals and allowed 87 for a minus-5. Through their first 30 games back in 2016-17, they’d scored 90 goals and allowed 83, for a plus-7. Previously by Robin Brownlee Not So Old At Random: Sweet Talker The Details Hitch: Next Chapter Over to you, kid