Usman/Masvidal UFC Clash Fetches 1.3m Pay-per-view Buys

first_imgUFC President White highlighted Masvidal’s key role in the event’s success in and overall popularity in the post-fight press conference, calling the welterweight standout a ‘star’.The 35-year-old stepped in with six days notice to challenge Usman for the welterweight title to rescue the main event after Brazilian Gilbert Burns was forced to pull out having tested positive for Covid-19.“I said it to you guys the other night, when you put on a fight, a successful promotion of an event, it’s a big melting pot of different things,” White explained. “Fight Island was a massive star in this thing. Masvidal is a massive star. Obviously, Usman, the champion and a guy that we’re all start to realise is tough to beat and a great card underneath.”Masvidal was a breakthrough star in 2019 after winning three straight feats through knock-out while also claiming the BMF title.The positivity around how the event played out were sentiments echoed by White ahead of the next three yesterday and the next two Saturday’s on 18 and 25 July.“It all came together perfectly. It was a major success. Everybody’s healthy. It’s all good. Literally, not one negative thing that, I could point out.“It was a very successful event,” White added, “We’re happy. The thing killed it across the board in every way you could possibly kill it. It was awesome. The thing did really well.”UFC 251 reportedly secured 900,000 pay-per-view buys in the United States and totalled 1.3m when including international sales.Using the standard $64.99 price to watch UFC 251 in the United States, that means a whopping estimated total of $77,988,000 (£62.3m) in TV revenue.The event’s success is a huge boost financially for the UFC as they have been suffering without the ability to host regular shows with fans during the coronavirus crisis.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kamaru-Usman President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Dana White, has hailed ‘massive star’ Jorge Masvidal for his part in the headline UFC Fight Island clash with champion Kamaru Usman which pulled in a huge 1.3million pay-per-view buys.The success of UFC 251, the mixed martial arts company’s maiden show since lockdown on Sunday, was justification for their massive investment in securing four behind-closed-doors events on the island in Dubai.Masvidal’s highly-anticipated last-minute challenge of Usman, in which headlined a card with two other title fights and a host of other high-quality match-ups.last_img read more

WLAX : United talent: Dowd, Tumolo are teammates on U.S. national team; coach, player at Syracuse

first_imgMichelle Tumolo and Katrina Dowd stuck together each morning. Confidently throwing behind-the-back passes and executing intricate stick-work drills, they loosened up together before each day’s tryout.They both vied for roles as attacks on the U.S. women’s national senior team in late July. When each 9 a.m. session began at UMBC Stadium in Catonsville, Md., they proceeded to pick apart some of the best defenders in the country. The passes were point-blank. The cuts were quick and direct. The shots whooshed between the pipes and into the net. ‘We just really connected, me and her,’ Tumolo said.They continued to mesh in the fall when they met for preseason training at Syracuse. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut when Tumolo stepped off the sidelines onto the field of the Carrier Dome turf for SU’s season opener against Boston College on Feb. 21, Dowd stayed behind. She stood next to head coach Gary Gait, preparing for her first game as an assistant coach for the Orange.‘We’re both mature about it,’ Tumolo said. ‘We still are friends, but we definitely keep it the way it’s supposed to be because she’s my coach and I’m her player.’As teammates on the U.S. team, they are equals. But in Syracuse, Dowd is often in charge of the attacks in practice. Tumolo is one of her mentees.With Tumolo shooting and feeding on the field, and Dowd barking out orders from the sidelines, the Orange has jumped out to a 6-2 start and has ascended as high as No. 2 in the country, the highest ranking in program history. Syracuse is currently ranked No. 3.As two of the most prolific scorers in the nation, the extra time spent together in Syracuse has only made them closer.‘I would imagine, frankly this year coming up, they’ll actually play even better together because they’ve had more time together,’ U.S. head coach Ricky Fried said. ‘As the player-coach piece, I’m sure they’re playing because they’re both a little bit of lax rats.’***The pain was almost unbearable.Tumolo takes losses hard. It is in her nature as a competitor, but after this game, the disappointment was worse than usual. The eighth-ranked Orange had fallen just short of upsetting No. 1 Northwestern, the reigning five-time national champion.Then a freshman in 2010, Tumolo recorded two goals and two assists to propel the Orange back from a four-goal deficit. But it was Dowd – then a senior for the Wildcats – who won the game, breaking a 12-12 tie with 1:28 left in regulation.‘Obviously a tough loss against them by one,’ Tumolo said. ‘It was a really good game, but (I had) total respect for her because she was an awesome player.’That summer, respect turned into friendship as the two grew close at the national team’s tryouts. Dowd saw similarities in their game – flair, passion and ‘an unbelievable first step’ – and took the 20-year-old Tumolo, who had just rewritten the Syracuse freshman record book, under her wing. As crease attacks with similar playing styles, they quickly formed a bond.‘Watching her, I was like, ‘That kid is really legit, and she’s going to get better,” Dowd said. Competing for a spot against some of the nation’s best, Tumolo showcased the attributes that had drawn Dowd to her. Tumolo’s rhythm with Dowd as a potent left- and right-handed combination up top impressed Fried enough to give her one of the 36 spots on the team over older, more experienced players. ‘She would have moments that she would be brilliant and then moments that in some ways disappear at times,’ Fried said. ‘But we saw that spark and that potential.’ ***Katie Rowan watched them each morning.An attack on the national team and former Syracuse All-American and volunteer assistant coach, Rowan was often on the UMBC Stadium field with Tumolo and Dowd before each tryout this past summer.‘They’re always out there a little early working on their stick skills, working on their shots and some new plays,’ Rowan said. ‘I think that, that is evident when they play in the real game situations, that they have a chemistry, and they want to work what they worked on previously.’Over the past three summers, Rowan has seen the bond grow between Tumolo and Dowd. After Tumolo’s second year at SU, in which she led the Orange in scoring and assists, and Dowd’s first taste of coaching – learning under three-time All-American Liza Kelly at Denver – the two came to Syracuse this year, sharper and closer than ever.‘I think we just know how each other plays, so we know when each other is going to cut, where each other is in attack offense,’ Tumolo said. ‘But we’re really quick with it. She knows how I play and I know how she plays, so it was really good to work with her at tryouts.’With the Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup approaching in July 2013, Rowan said a year together at Syracuse will only solidify that cohesion.‘I’m sure being at Syracuse, too, this year, that’s going to help even more in the World Games because they (will) have had time. Katrina has had time to see where Michelle likes to be,’ Rowan said. ‘And that will help even more over the summer when we play in Canada.’***The moment was pure ecstasy.Tumolo scored the most important goal of her life, tying top-ranked Northwestern 9-9 with 51 seconds left in regulation on Feb. 29. But if Dowd had never come to SU, Tumolo may never have experienced that joy. In the spring, Dowd taught Tumolo how to use the goal to create space from her defender by running partially around the right side of the net before quickly turning and wrapping around the other way. It worked against Dowd’s alma mater.‘I was really proud that she stepped up and put it away,’ Dowd said.After each goal Tumolo scores, she finds Dowd on the sidelines. Sometimes they’ll just lock eyes. Other times, Dowd will greet her with a Superman-esque celebration, pretending to tear back her shirt.When Dowd received an email Jan. 1 listing the final 24-person roster for the national team, she knew the two would soon be celebrating on the field together once again. ‘I remember it said, ‘Below is the team,” Dowd said. ‘I remember right before I looked, and the only person I cared about who made it was Michelle Tumolo. And when I saw we both made it, that was a pretty special moment.’ This summer, they’ll be back warming each other up before each day’s session at UMBC. And they’ll be back competing for an opportunity to represent their country, this time in the World Cup. ‘Hopefully at tryouts we do as well as we did last year,’ Tumolo said. ‘It felt so good to have her at tryouts because we made each other look good.’sebail01@syr.edu Comments Published on April 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

From the morgue: Orangemen complete championship run with victory over Kansas

first_img Related Stories Their game: Syracuse entered the 2002-03 season inexperienced, unranked but they ended it national championsAround the block: Warrick’s heroic play preserved 2003 national championship, Syracuse legacyNot just yet: Boeheim reiterates he doesn’t plan on retiring Last time Syracuse reached the Final Four it became the 2003 national champion after defeating Texas in the Final Four and Kansas in the title game in New Orleans. Forward Carmelo Anthony earned Most Outstanding Player honors for the NCAA Tournament before he was drafted third overall in the NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets.It was the first NCAA championship for SU’s storied program and its legendary head coach Jim Boeheim. Ten years later, the Orange is back in the Final Four — this time in Atlanta.This article originally appeared in The Daily Orange on April 6, 2003.By Pete IorizzoDaily Orange archivesNEW ORLEANS – When it finally happened, there were no shouts of jubilation or tears of joy. In fact, Jim Boeheim barely cracked a smile.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSeconds after winning his first national championship — and the first in Syracuse men’s basketball history — Boeheim simply walked over to Kansas coach Roy Williams and said congratulations.“Well, I don’t feel any smarter yet,” said Boeheim, SU’s 27-year head coach. “Maybe tomorrow. As I said before the tournament, I want to win this thing. I’m tremendously happy.”Meanwhile, 15 feet away, the Orangemen danced and celebrated, having just beaten Kansas, 81-78, in front of 54,524 at the Louisiana Superdome. They rejoiced partly out of relief after nearly blowing a 12-point second-half lead.With 24 seconds left, SU guard Kueth Duany made one of two free throws to give Syracuse an 81-78 lead. Kansas’ Kirk Hinrich missed a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left, but the Jayhawks quickly fouled Hakim Warrick, who missed both free throws.Then Warrick made what will no doubt become the most famous block in Syracuse history. He stretched all 6-foot-8 of his lanky frame to knock away Michael Lee’s would-be game-tying 3-point try with 1.5 seconds left.“I definitely wanted to go out there and just try to make a play after missing the free throws,” Warrick said. “I saw a guy open in the corner, and I knew they needed to hit a 3, so I just tried to fly at him. I didn’t want it to be another one of those Keith Smart shots.”Kansas had time for one last 3-point try, but Hinrich’s desperate heave from the right corner missed everything and safely nestled into Duany’s hands.Minutes after the game, the Syracuse fans chanted “One More Year!” begging Carmelo Anthony, who won the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award, to forgo the NBA Draft. Anthony led Syracuse with 20 points and 10 rebounds last night.“I’ve never had a feeling like this,” Anthony said. “This is the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life.”After the on-court celebration, Anthony hugged his mother, Mary, who sat in the front row.“I just told him I love him very much,” Mary said as tears streamed down her face. “I’m so proud of him.”Nick Collison and Keith Langford each had 19 points for Kansas. Williams, the Jayhawks’ 15-year head coach, now has the second most NCAA Tournament wins of any coach without a national championship.“This is one of those times I feel so inadequate as a coach and so inadequate as a person,” Williams said. “There’s nothing I can say to change the way my kids feel, nothing that can change the way I feel.”Despite being down 10 with 6:55 remaining, his Jayhawks never quit. They closed the score to 78-73 after a Hinrich dunk with 2:36 left. SU guard Billy Edelin hit a layup for Syracuse, but Hinrich alley-ooped to Collison to keep the Orangemen’s lead at five.Kansas pulled to within three early in the second half, but poor free-throw shooting held it back in the middle stages. At one point, the Jayhawks missed seven straight from the line.“You try to make a free throw,” Collison said. “You miss, you make, there’s nothing else you can do.”A Bourbon Street-style celebration could have broken out well before midnight on Marshall Street. The Orangemen led, 53-42, at halftime, and their lead ballooned to 18 at one point during the first half behind six 3-pointers and 18 points from Gerry McNamara.During a 17-5 SU run, McNamara hit back-to-back 3-pointers, putting Syracuse ahead, 23-14, early. McNamara shot 6 of 8 from behind the arc in the first half and 6 of 10 overall.“I just got off early,” McNamara said. “I knew that if we were going to be successful I’d have to make my shots. I got the looks in the first half and the guys carried us in the second half.”The onslaught continued when the Orangemen hit five consecutive shots — including two McNamara 3-pointers — in the half’s last seven minutes. After a Duany 3, SU led, 47-29.Kansas never established its up-tempo game because of Syracuse’s first-half 56-percent shooting, including 77 percent from 3-point range. Though the Jayhawks seemed to gain momentum toward halftime, they blew two opportunities to get back in the game.With Kansas down 12, guard Keith Langford made a dazzling cut from the right corner and hit a layup. That sent the Kansas fans into hysterics, but those feelings quickly subsided when McNamara answered with a 3-pointer.After Syracuse missed two consecutive shots, Anthony threw a streaking Langford to the ground on his layup try. The referees whistled Anthony for an intentional foul, but Langford missed the second of two free throws.Then, on the ensuing possession, Hinrich missed a layup, and the Jayhawks lost the ball out of bounds. Anthony drilled a 3-pointer on the other end, giving the Orangemen a 53-40 lead.After the game, the Orangemen, who pulled out a close one yet again, reflected on the win. Some were lost for words.“Talk to me in two hours when it hits me,” SU center Craig Forth said. “I’ll have to sit down. I’m sure every person in the nation will try to describe this. I don’t think you can.” Comments Published on April 5, 2013 at 4:20 amcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC’s schedule sets up favorably

first_img“Any Given Saturday” will run every other Wednesday. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Nick at burtonn@usc.edu. Surely by now you’ve heard a multitude of reasons why No. 3 USC will have a successful season. Barkley this, Woods that, Marqise Lee, the linebackers, Kiffin, whoever films practice or some little future Trojan in the 70th row of the Coliseum is contributing to its success.Catching a break · After eking out a 38-35 victory before a raucous Autzen Stadium crowd last fall, USC plays Oregon at home on Nov. 3. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanWell here’s one more. It’s something that affects every season, but isn’t often talked about when a team is as talented as this year’s Trojans.Their schedule, relatively speaking, is easy.Now don’t get me wrong; The Trojan’s schedule is not a cakewalk by any stretch. It never will be, so long as they play Notre Dame every year and the Pac-12 continues to play nine-game conference schedules.But they get the Fighting Irish at home, avoiding an always-dangerous trip to South Bend, Ind. USC was embarrassed at Arizona State last year, but the Trojans get the new-look Sun Devils at the Coliseum this time around. And I don’t think you need to be reminded about Oregon.Of course, every in-conference road game is tough. But consider this: Instead of the potentially disastrous trip to Tempe, Ariz., the Trojans instead play at Arizona. USC has not lost in Tucson since 1999.The Trojans play in Seattle for the first time since they were stunned there in 2009. But Husky Stadium, measured as one of the loudest venues in college football, is undergoing renovations. Instead of playing on campus at the site of horrors for this USC team, they will play 20 minutes away at CenturyLink Field, home of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. Though CenturyLink Field is loud on Sundays, it will likely not be the same on Husky gameday .Their one Thursday night game is at Utah. Thursday nights are often ripe for upsets. The game is on ESPN, and the novelty of it often gets the home fans way more amped than an average Saturday matchup.But of all the Trojans’ road games this season, Utah could very well be the easiest place to play Thursday night. While most Thursday games create shortened weeks, the Trojans have a bye-week leading into the game, meaning they will not be playing with less practice time.And come on, playing at UCLA hardly constitutes as a “road game,” anyway.And the best part: The Trojans avoid a trip to Oregon State. In case you have forgotten, the Trojans haven’t won in Corvallis, Ore. since 2004. There is something about the omnipresent mist there that shrouds the Trojans’ national title aspirations into oblivion.Stanford jumps out as a potential road trap game for USC. The weekender comes early this season — in week three —and there’s an excellent chance the Trojans will still be getting up to full speed.But of all the in-conference road venues the Trojans will visit this year, Stanford Stadium will likely be one of the easiest, especially since they will be breaking in a new quarterback in the wake of Andrew Luck’s departure to the NFL.Utah is at a significant elevation, which always poses challenges. CenturyLink Field is no Husky Stadium, but anyone who has watched a Seahawks game knows it retains more than its fair share of noise. And I’ve been to both Stanford Stadium and Arizona Stadium. Stanford sounds like an 8 a.m. general education course by comparison.And there’s the small matter that the Trojans have lost three straight — and four of five — to the Cardinal. I think it’s safe to say USC will be more than motivated.Of course, there is that pesky Oregon dilemma. When two teams are fairly even, it is nearly impossible for one to beat the other twice in one season (see LSU against Alabama last year). But that is presumably what will have to happen for USC to win the Pac-12 title, with the Ducks standing in the way.But tell me: Do you really want USC to lose to Oregon on Nov. 3, which would put the title game in Eugene, Ore.? Or would you rather just have both games played here, even if that means it’s on the Trojans to knock off the Ducks twice?Exactly.The Trojans finish up their schedule with their last four games in the Los Angeles area, with the only “road game” being against UCLA. Pretty fortunate scheduling for a team with depth concerns.As of now, the road to the Pac-12 championship runs through Los Angeles, not Eugene. You don’t need to be told that it’s better this way.As with their road to Pasadena or Miami, the Trojans control their own destiny.last_img read more

Black Stars defender Daniel Opare out for three months

first_imgGhana defender Daniel Opare remains a doubt for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after a leg injury sidelined him for three months.The Standard Liege player had a metatarsal fracture in his right foot during training last Friday ahead of their league match against Mons Tondreau at the weekend.This is bad news for the 21-year-old who was making a return to full fitness after battling injuries since the start of the season.Opare recently claimed a place in the Standard starting line-up and impressed in the Belgian Jupiler League derby against Anderlecht two weeks ago.The right-back is yet to realize his full potential since bursting on the scene in 2007 at the FIFA U17 World Cup in Korea.Opare signed for Real Madrid but injuries affected his first team chances and then moved to Belgium two seasons. He was an unused player when Ghana finished fourth at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.last_img read more

Inter Allies inch closer to GPL promotion, Abedi Pele’s Nania out

first_imgInter Allies stayed on top of the Zone III Division One League promotional play-off after beating Okwahu United 2-0 on Wednesday in Kumasi.The Accra-based club sealed the commanding win in the game which saw ex Hearts of Oak defender Dan Coleman sent off at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.Danbort FC also beat Nania FC 2-0 in the other playoff game played at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium.This means Abedi Pele team’s hopes of winning Premier League promotion this term has been crashed following their opening day defeat to Inter Allies.Danbort will now go head to head with Inter Allies on the final day of matches to determine which team picks the sole promotion slot for Zone Three.Inter Allies now only have to avoid defeat in the final game against Danbort to secure their first ever promotion to the Ghanaian top flight.last_img read more

John Deere Classic 2019: Tee times for Round 3, odds, TV schedule, live stream

first_imgThe PGA Tour schedule moves to the John Deere Classic in the Quad Cities for golf’s final tune-up before the fourth major — The Open Championship. Although its timing forces many of golf’s big names to skip out on the tournament, it does attract many potential future stars, including Matthew Wolff, who won last week’s 3M Open in just his third career PGA start. The tournament also offers the final chance for those who aren’t already exempt to enter the Open Championship one final chance to do so by finishing in the top five.  A first-time winner has emerged victorious in two consecutive PGA Tour events, with Nate Lashley accomplishing the feat at the Rocket Mortgage Classic a week prior to Wolff, so it will be interesting to see if that streak is extended to a third straight event.MORE: Watch the John Deere Classic live on fuboTV (7-day free trial)The tournament has been played at TPC Deere Run, located in Silvis, Illinois since 2000 and has been sponsored by John Deere since 1999. If you are interesting in tuning into the John Deere Classic, below is information on how to watch, as well as tee times, odds and a rundown of notable names in the field. John Deere Classic TV schedule, live streamGolf Channel will broadcast all four days of the tournament, including exclusive coverage on Thursday and Friday. The last three hours of Saturday and Sunday’s rounds will air on CBS. You can also stream the John Deere Classic on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.DateTimeTV ChannelThursday, July 114-7 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVFriday, July 124-7 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSaturday, July 131-2:45 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSaturday, July 133-6 p.m. ETCBS/fuboTVSunday, July 141-2:45 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSunday, July 143-6 p.m. ETCBS/fuboTVWho is in the John Deere Classic field?Don’t expect to see the likes of Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, or Dustin Johnson this weekend. They have turned their focus towards winning a major next week at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Instead, you can get a healthy dose of golf’s youngsters. The last two tournament champions — Wolff (3M Open) and Lashley (Rocket Mortgage Classic) will be participating, as will the U.S. Open low amateur  Viktor Hovland. 3M Open top-five finishers Collin Morikawa  (T-2), Wyndham Clark  (T-5), Carlos Ortiz  (T-5) will be in the field, as will last year’s winner Michael Kim. Tee times for Round 1, featured groupsKim and Wolff are among those placed into the featured groups for the first two rounds. You can find a full list of Round 1 tee times here.Tee time (ET)Group8:30 a.m.Cameron Champ, Joel Dahmen, Daniel Berger8:40 a.m.Matthew Wolff, Kevin Tway, Charles Howell III1:40 p.m.Nate Lashley, Jhonattan Vegas, Ryan Palmer1:50 p.m.Zach Johnson, Brian Harman, Michael KimJohn Deere Classic purse, winningsThe John Deere Classic commands a purse of $6 million on the dot, with the winner earning $1,080,000. While the purse is one of the smallest on the PGA Tour calendar, winning it does give you the chance at collecting a large share of The Open Championship’s $10,750,000 purse. John Deere Classic betting oddsYoungsters Morikawa and Hovland have the best odds of the field at +1600, with recent champion Matthew Wolff (+2000) among those who aren’t far behind. Keep an eye on veteran Zach Johnson (+3300), who has won at TPC Deere Run before, and Charles Howell III (+2500), the field’s highest-ranked golfer (No. 55) in the World Golf Rankings. GolferOddsCollin Morikawa+1600Viktor Hovland+1600Lucas Glover+2000Matthew Wolff+2000Sungjae Im+2000Brian Harman +2500Charles Howell III+2500Joaquin Niemann+2500Daniel Berger+2800Ryan Moore+3300Zach Johnson+3300(Odds via Bovada.)John Deere Classic past winnersSteve Stricker and D.A. Weibring have won the John Deere Classic most often with three victories apiece. Stricker is the only golfer to win in three straight years. Michael Kim set the course record by shooting 27-under par last year.YearWinnerScore2019TBD….2018Michael Kim-272017Bryson DeChambeau-172016Ryan Moore-222015Jordan Spieth-202014Brian Harman-202013Jordan Spieth-192012Zach Johnson-202011Steve Stricker-222010Steve Stricker-262009Steve Stricker-20last_img read more

Monday Night Football Betting Preview: Ravens-Rams odds, trends, pick

first_imgAlthough it might still be a tad bit too early to label this as a “must-win” game for the Rams (6-4), they’re currently sitting outside of the NFC playoff picture. While they have the edge over the Bears (5-6), Eagles (5-6), and Panthers (5-6), they’re in the danger zone, hovering behind the Seahawks (9-2) and Vikings (8-3) in the wild card race. A loss in this game would be catastrophic to their playoff aspirations. The spread lists Baltimore as a three-point road favorite, and the over/under total is set at 47 points. The Ravens (8-2) are widely regarded as the team to beat in the AFC based on their recent play and the ascension of quarterback Lamar Jackson, who is a definite MVP contender. They’re slated as the second seed in the AFC and are clicking on all cylinders. After beating down the Texans 41-7 last week, Baltimore will look to show up on the second part of their three-game test (Houston, the Rams, and the 49ers next week).  While Sean McVay’s offense hasn’t exactly lit it up recently, scoring 17 or fewer points in three of their last five games (which contributed to their past five contests finishing under the total), their defense has stepped it up and has seemed to turn the corner. They’ve allowed an average of 11.8 points per game over their past four games and held opponents to 10 or fewer points in three of those four contests. Although facing Lamar Jackson is a challenge of its own — even for an elite defense (shout out to the Patriots) — it’s worth mentioning how dominant this Rams unit has been.PredictionBetQL’s NFL Model labels Baltimore’s -180 moneyline as the best bet. Find out if it also likes the Ravens ATS and whether the over or the under is the best bet. Per BetQL’s NFL Public Betting Dashboard, 64 percent of total bets have gone on the Ravens -3, as of Monday morning. MORE BETQL: Exclusive wagering tools for tonight’s gameLet’s explore some factors to note for each team. You can find all NFL expert picks, expert picks, and best bets at BetQL!Ravens outlookRemember when some people were wondering whether Lamar Jackson could emerge as an NFL starter… at wide receiver? Those days are long gone, and if the season ended right now, he’d most likely be neck-and-neck with Russell Wilson for the MVP award. The Ravens are winners of six straight games and have also covered in four straight, including a 16-point win against the Seahawks in Seattle, a 17-point win at home against the Patriots, a 36-point win on the road against the Bengals, and a 34-point win at home against the Texans last week. While Jackson and Baltimore’s offense has clicked all season long, their defense turned the corner five games ago and has allowed an average of 14.6 points per contest since.Both the Ravens and the Rams have middling defenses against the pass and top-seven rushing defenses. It’s important to note that it might be tough sledding for both Mark Ingram (and the Rams’ Todd Gurley). But, the way Baltimore’s offense is clicking right now, it might be unstoppable. The Ravens lead the NFL by averaging 3.19 points per drive (no other team averages more than 2.71 and only three others average more than 2.38).MONDAY NIGHT DFS: DraftKings Showdown picksRams outlookThe Rams have won and covered in three of their past four games (against the Falcons, Bengals and Bears) but dropped a crucial road contest against the Steelers in Week 10. Luckily for Jared Goff, Todd Gurley and Cooper Kupp, two other crucial offensive playmakers are slated to return for this game. Brandin Cooks (head) and Robert Woods (personal) are both deemed likely to suit up, and they add two important dimensions to their team’s offensive attack. last_img read more

Coronavirus forces Wimbledon to cancel for the first time since 1945

first_imgWimbledon has been canceled by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) amid the coronavirus pandemic.”These considerations are particularly related to the concerns brought about by mass gatherings and the strain on the medical and emergency services, as well as movement and travel restrictions both within the UK and around the world,” Wimbledon’s statement reads. “With the likelihood that the Government’s measures will continue for many months, it is our view that we must act responsibly to protect the large numbers of people required to prepare The Championships from being at risk – from the training of ball boys and girls to thousands of officials, line judges, stewards, players, suppliers, media and contractors who convene on the AELTC Grounds – and equally to consider that the people, supplies and services legally required to stage The Championships would not be available at any point this summer, thus ruling out postponement.” The decision was announced Wednesday, and it means the tournament will not go ahead for the first time since World War II. The grass-court grand slam had been due to begin in London on June 29. With the spread of COVID-19 putting sports across the world on hold, the French Open — originally scheduled for May — has already been moved back to September. An AELTC statement said the 134th Championships will now take place from June 28 July 11, 2021 instead.Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep, the respective men’s and women’s singles victors last year, will consequently be defending champions for another 12 months.Ian Hewitt, AELTC chairman, said: “This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the wellbeing of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen. It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of The Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars but, following thorough and extensive consideration of all scenarios, we believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year’s Championships, and instead concentrate on how we can use the breadth of Wimbledon’s resources to help those in our local communities and beyond. Our thoughts are with all those who have been and continue to be affected by these unprecedented times.”last_img read more

Black Lives Matter leaders say governor will sign executive order on felon voting

first_imgDES MOINES — Black Lives Matter leaders say Governor Kim Reynolds has pledged to sign an executive order to restore felon voting rights in time for the general election, but that it would not likely happen until later this summer.They met with the governor at the state capitol Monday while dozens of protesters rallied outside the room chanting “Let them vote.”Matthew Bruce of Des Moines Black Lives Matter says his group plans to pressure the governor to act faster. “We’re gonna lead the process of getting out own language written down and we’re gonna use that to take back to the governor’s office and make sure this issue is not forgotten and that felons go into November with the right to vote,” Bruce said.Representative Ako Abdul-Samad who was also in the meeting says signing an order in time for the election would be a positive step.  “There will be an executive order, but at the same time we have to push in January for the legislation so that we get it permanently,” he said.Abdul-Samad also said he is glad Reynolds is not rushing an executive order before vetting the language with voting rights supporters.last_img read more