Title Nine

23 Feb 19
Cattie's Womens Wrestling

This week we jump from Mexico to Las Vegas for the next lot of IMPACT Wrestling action. As part of the show, it appears IMPACT has got itself a new Knockout, as Delilah Doom is set to make her in ring debut against Alisha Edwards. Plus expect more Knockout appearances, including a troublesome Tessa Blanchard, […]

23 Feb 19
USA TODAY High School Sports

Brett Fox, an 18-year-old Thomas More commit from East Central High School, was killed in a car crash on an icy road.

23 Feb 19
Discernment Beats Deception

Everybody’s talking about it so I guess I have to as well. Here’s my take. Of the two words in this title the most dangerous is “control” not guns. This is basically  what the discussion and argument is all about. I think control is much more dangerous than a gun. This is really the goal […]

23 Feb 19
Boston Herald
In 2014, Bill Belichick thought it was time to make a move. Having factored in the usual decline of an aging NFL quarterback, and wanting to stay ahead of the curve, he thought drafting Tom Brady’s successor was the prudent thing to do. Snagging Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round of that draft made sense. It was a good pick at the time. Ultimately, Brady outlived his replacement. In October 2017, at the trade deadline, the Patriots sent Garoppolo to the 49ers, putting the team back to square one. Jimmy Garoppolo/File So the issue of finding the player who will ultimately take over for the GOAT remains. Belichick didn’t exactly address the matter last season. Picking Danny Etling in the seventh round doesn’t constitute taking a legitimate shot at picking the heir apparent. But they should definitely get back in the ring starting with the 2019 draft. The Patriots should make that part of the plan this year, and every year until Brady leaves. Keep taking shots until hitting paydirt. That’s how we’d address the challenge of planning for Brady’s departure and finding his eventual replacement. Belichick should jump in, take a chance on somebody in the first few rounds of the draft. Maybe he hits the homerun like he did with Garoppolo on the first try. Maybe he doesn’t. He just has to keep taking his shots. He can’t wait and hope he gets lucky when Brady calls it quits. Belichick has to be aggressive in his approach. Take a prospect this year, and if he’s not the guy, jump back in next year. The Hoodie will land the right guy. He just needs to step up to the plate, and take a legitimate swing. He’ll hit the jackpot before long. “I think every year they wait, it’s a bigger gamble,” Sirius XM NFL Radio analyst Solomon Wilcots said when reached last week. “I don’t think you go reaching for a quarterback in the draft. But I think you identify one you think you can groom and hope that Brady plays at least two more years to get that player ready.” The odds of Belichick hitting a home run right out of the gate, like he did with Garoppolo, aren’t in his favor. But who wants to bet against Belichick at this point? It’s not out completely of the realm he and Josh McDaniels pick the next legend out of the hat right away. Maybe it does take just one try. All the better. It’s the most important position that has to be filled for the future of the organization. And if it doesn’t go down that way, who cares how many quarterbacks he takes in this quest if he eventually hits a Bingo, as Troy Brown would say? This is the ultimate mission for the Patriots. (10/29/2017- Foxboro, MA) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady takes the field for warmups with backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, October 29, 2017. Staff Photo by Matt West Brady is going to be 42 this season. His stated desire is to play until 45. Even though he won a Super Bowl this year, there were some signs of a dip in his play. He isn’t falling off any cliff by any stretch, he’s still perfectly capable of winning more titles, but the Patriots should be moving to get someone in-house, even if he has to sit a few years while Brady shoots for championship No. 7. Sure, the Patriots also need to concentrate on replenishing the assets around Brady. That’s also a top priority. They have a dozen picks in this draft. Six in the first three rounds. It won’t be a waste if they nail the prize with one of those picks. This week in Indianapolis (Feb. 26-March 4) at the NFL’s Scouting Combine, Belichick, McDaniels and the Patriots staff will get to watch and or interview many of the top quarterback prospects available in the upcoming draft. They’ll zero in on the guy they’ll want to take a chance on this year, if they adhere to that plan. This isn’t supposed to be the best year for quarterbacks, but that doesn’t mean the Patriots might not find the right guy for them. They have some ammo to move up, or they can just sit back and use any of those early picks. All it takes is one swing. Plus, as Wilcots pointed out, they’re in the “perfect sweet spot” this year in terms of a rookie contract, if they hit on the quarterback. If they grab a quarterback in the first round, that’s 5 years (a fifth-year option) they’ll have him under control. Brady would be 47 at the end of that contract. Any quarterback that’s chosen beyond the first, it’s a four-year deal, putting Brady at 46. “In those other drafts, you kind of knew Brady was going to play more than five years,” said Wilcots. “Now, you kind of know, if you had to hedge, he’s not going to play any more than five, so whoever we have next in that lineage of supposed successors, this one will probably be ‘the guy.’ You can time it up better than you ever could before.” So we’ll see what the Patriots have in mind, or which quarterback they target with the first shot. Maybe it’s Duke’s Daniel Jones, West Virginia’s Will Grier, or N.C. State’s Ryan Finley. Maybe it’s Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, who is opting to play football over baseball. He’s the hot name. He could go anywhere on the board in the first round. Or, it’s someone else entirely. If the Patriots take someone this year, and in the course of developing him, find he’s not going to hack it, fine, take another swing next year. They got a return (Phillip Dorsett) for Jacoby Brissett, trading the third round pick away after just one full season. “The thing about the Patriots, no matter who they take, it could be a sterling first round pick, they believe you have to develop players,” said Wilcots. “There’s so much to learn, so much work to be done, the development part has to be a part of it. Even Brady needed a year to sit and watch. There was some development that took place before you knew that was the guy. That’s why you’d rather do this sooner than later.” Moreover, the more time learning under Brady, the better whether it’s one year or three. Now, if they don’t take a shot in the draft, there’s also the possibility of trading for one of the younger quarterbacks who might become available. That could be one of the 49ers quarterbacks, be it Nick Mullens or C.J. Beathard. It might also be Josh Rosen, if the Cardinals draft Murray first overall. If the Pats land a quarterback who’s been in the league with a rookie contract, such as Mullens, or any of the above, it would be like drafting one. In theory, the Patriots have a one-to-four year window to develop the Next One, so there’s some margin for error if they don’t hit the right guy immediately. The point is, they just have to get back on the horse and start taking their shots. McCourty not ready to retire The Patriots got some good news with safety Devin McCourty announcing he was coming back for the 2019 season. He’s an important presence in the locker room and defensive backfield. The Patriots have a strong core of leaders, and he’s certainly high on that list. He’s been a model citizen during his nine seasons. Matthew Slater calls him, “Mr. Patriot” because he has exemplified everything the team stands for. On the field, during the recent run of championships, McCourty, with Patrick Chung and Duron Harmon, have been one of the best safety trios in the league. Now, we’ll see if the Patriots ask him for a contract restructure. The 31-year-old is due to count $13.435 million against the team’s 2019 cap. The Pats currently project to have roughly $18 million in cap space. If they want to pay Trey Flowers, give Brady an extension, add free agents, they’re going to need to clear some space. McCourty is one place to look. AFC East rivals could poach Flowers and Brown The Jets have the need for an offensive tackle, and an edge rusher. They also have a ton of cash to spend. The Bills also have similar needs. The Dolphins always need offensive line help. The point? Don’t be surprised if one of the Patriots AFC East rivals jumps in during free agency and tries to land either Flowers or Trent Brown. “I think it’s always viable,” said ESPN analyst Damien Woody. “Both of those guys are good players, and you get to potentially hurt a division rival . . .  and when it comes to the Jets, they have the second-most cap space in the NFL. I would think they would have to make a play. Both of those guys do fit a need for the Jets.”
23 Feb 19
Heavy.com

The Ivy League’s top two teams, Harvard and Yale, clash Sunday in a huge matchup. Here’s how to watch the game online for free.

23 Feb 19
World Site News

(CNN)Anything is possible with Lionel Messi in your squad. Barcelona fans have long known that and the sublime Argentinian provided yet more evidence Saturday when he registered a 50th career hat-trick in a comeback 4-2 win against Sevilla. Sevilla are supremely difficult to beat at home — having lost only once previously in La Liga…

23 Feb 19
talkSPORT
A brace from Wilfried Zaha helped Crystal Palace claim a convincing victory at Leicester, piling even more pressure on Foxes boss Claude Puel. Zaha scored his fourth goal in three games off the back of failing to net in his previous 18 matches as the Eagles ran out 4-1 winners. Zaha celebrates with the travelling Palace fans Michy Batshuayi’s fortunate first-half opener had been briefly cancelled out by Jonny Evans after the break. But Zaha hit back and Evans conceded a penalty to allow Luka Milivojevic to make it 3-1, before Zaha hit a fourth on the break in injury time. Victory allowed Palace boss Roy Hodgson to enjoy his milestone, passing Sir Bobby Robson as the oldest man to manage a Premier League game at 71 years and 198 days old. It was a landmark day for Hodgson too The Eagles rose to 13th, six points above the relegation zone, while Leicester – a place ahead – are without a win since New Year’s Day. Puel’s side are now winless in seven and equalled an unwanted club record set at the turn of the century as they slipped to a fourth straight home Premier League defeat. Leicester dominated for long spells and were unfortunate to go in behind at the break but while the scoreline flattered Palace, Puel is losing the faith of fans. The returning Jamie Vardy was inches away from an early Leicester opener after nine minutes when he flicked Harvey Barnes’ cross just over. [article-rail-section title=”LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS” posts_category=”232″ posts_number=”8″ query_type=”recent” /] James Maddison’s drive then deflected wide as the Foxes dominated with livewire Barnes the main threat, the England Under-21 international thriving after his loan at West Brom earlier this season. Palace, outnumbered in midfield, offered nothing with James McArthur and Milivojevic picked apart by Maddison and Youri Tielemans. Maddison shot straight at Vicente Guaita before Barnes wanted a penalty after tumbling under pressure from Martin Kelly. Referee Anthony Taylor was right to wave away the protests before Leicester’s frustrations grew as they fell behind against the run of play. Batshuayi had been anonymous until five minutes before the break when he fortuitously opened the scoring. This is Batshuayi’s first goal in Palace colours Zaha was tripped in the centre circle and Palace took the free-kick quickly, eventually finding McArthur. He strode forward and his 25-yard effort struck the outstretched leg of Batshuayi to deflect past Kasper Schmeichel. It was the 19th time in 27 top-flight games this season Leicester had fallen behind and Schmeichel was enraged with the award of the free-kick, remonstrating with the officials at half-time. Demarai Gray replaced Rachid Ghezzal at the break but, as in the first half, Leicester continued to press without seriously testing Guaita. But they kept going and finally forced the Eagles into a mistake to level after 63 minutes. Evans brought the game level Palace played themselves into trouble, passing the ball out and then failing to deal with Christian Fuchs’ long throw. It eventually came to Barnes and his miscued effort fell to Evans, on his 250th Premier League appearance, who swept in his first goal in over a year from six yards. But if the Foxes expected the equaliser to pave the way to victory, they were mistaken and failed to build on their momentum to allow Palace to snatch the points. First, with 20 minutes left, Zaha was left unmarked at the far post to crash in his sixth of the season from McArthur’s fine cross. Milivjoevic sealed the win after Jeffrey Schlupp was fouled in the box by Evans And 11 minutes later Palace wrapped up victory when Evans tripped Jeff Schlupp and Milivojevic sent Schmeichel the wrong way from the spot. Zaha then added a fourth when he broke with Jordan Ayew and drilled in. There appears to be no light at the end of the tunnel for Leicester and Puel
23 Feb 19
The Offside Rule

A draw may not have been Bayern’s plan for leg 1 of their Champions League matchup with Liverpool but, as Hal Walker discusses, their performance showed promise alongside the concerns. As the final whistle blew in Tuesday’s round of 16 Champions League tie on Merseyside, Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac could reflect on a […]

23 Feb 19
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23 Feb 19
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By PIA PETERSON For the “Future of Work” issue of The New York Times Magazine, our photographer and writer interviewed nine people who have been at their jobs for decades. Published: February 22, 2019 at 05:00PM from NYT Reader Center https://ift.tt/2Uc9MQk via IFTTT

29 Oct 18
Alex J. Bronk, BS, AS

In graphic design, the use of color and fonts will unconsciously influence the reader. 2009 research expanded the “understanding of the psychological effects of color to a health context and shed light on the interactive effects of message framing and color priming” (Gerend & Sias, 2009, p. 1001).

23 Feb 19
tennispig

Pablo Cuevas vs Felix Auger-Aliassime Cuevas Firm Favorite For Second Rio Final Pablo Cuevas is already playing in his second semifinal during the Golden Swing on clay in South America. Now, he is seeking his first final since winning in Sao Paulo in 2017. Cuevas dropped his first set of the tournament in the quarterfinals […]

23 Feb 19
IMURNEWS

(Reuters) – Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas moved one step closer to his third singles title with a 7-6(1) 6-2 win over Belgium’s David Goffin in the semi-finals of the Marseille Open on Saturday. Top seed Tsitsipas, who knocked 20-times Grand Slam winner Roger Federer out of the Australian Open last month, has yet to drop a […]