Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman discusses the FA Cup weekend, which sees Bradford v Reading, Aston Villa v West Brom, Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers and Man United v Arsenal.And Clare claims United’s home advantage makes them slight favourites over the Gunners on Monday night.There’s also a huge Cheltenham Festival preview, with Clare set to get into the saddle for the St Patrick’s Derby charity race on Thursday.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
The Bulldogs will officially open their season at Nebraska Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. with their home opener versus South Dakota Nov. 16. at 6 p.m. Drake will host a pair of exhibition contests, Dubuque Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. and Pittsburg State Nov. 3 at 5 p.m., to help prepare for the regular season. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team hosted its annual media day on Monday, Oct. 15, meeting with the local media to preview the upcoming 2018-19 season. Drake, which has finished undefeated each of the past two Missouri Valley Conference regular seasons and tournaments, will vie for a three-peat in 2018-19. Drake returns all five starters and 10 letterwinners from last season’s historic team that earned the program’s 12th NCAA Tournament. Buy Tickets Photo Gallery Individual tickets, flex plans and season ticket are currently available for the 2018-19 season through the Drake Athletic Ticket Office by calling 515-271-DOGS (3647) or by visiting https://www.draketix.com/wbb. Print Friendly Version Story Links
We’ve recently created a list of GeoTours and reward geotrails, so you can easily find them and learn about the cool rewards that await. We’ve also added a new forum where geocachers can discuss their adventures and ask questions about GeoTours and reward geotrails.We hope these new resources can help your travel and geocaching become more rewarding than ever!Check out the map and if a geotrail with a reward is missing, let us know in comments.Washington State Parks GeoTour (Deception Pass) Geocaching HQ Staffer: Chris Ronan, Rock ChalkMy name is Rock Chalk and I’m addicted to GeoTours and geotrails which offer rewards.Whew. That feels better. Now that I’ve admitted my problem, perhaps I can persuade you to follow me into a realm where one can earn geocoins and other prizes, just for finding geocaches. (As if finding geocaches isn’t rewarding enough!) I currently work at Geocaching HQ in Seattle. But long before joining the team here, I discovered my passion for GeoTours and geotrails.GeoTours and reward geotrails are collections of geocaches that take cachers on a tour of a specific area. They’re often sponsored by local tourism boards, historical associations, and even the National Park Service. In most cases, players find a certain number of geocaches to qualify for geocoins and other prizes.A bunch of GeoTour and reward GeoTrail GeocoinsClick the GeoTours and geotrails map to exploreI first became hooked when we happened upon the Washington County GeoTrail while planning a vacation to Maryland a couple years ago. We spent a day visiting some amazing historical spots, finding geocaches, and capping it off by claiming a geocoin. Since then, I’ve enjoyed nearly 20 similar experiences throughout the United States.Official GeoTours, which are organized through Geocaching HQ, have introduced me to the beauty of the riverwalk in Columbus, GA, the incredible learning opportunities at the National Museum of Natural History, and more than 50 of Washington’s amazing state parks. I grew up in Kansas, but had little knowledge of the Santa Fe Trail until their new GeoTour inspired me to follow the Santa Fe Trail through Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and New Mexico last summer.Clinton County Barn Trail (Ohio) Share with your Friends:More Washington State Parks GeoTour (10,000th find at Deception Pass) SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 15): GeoToursJune 18, 2018In “Community”Columbus RiverWalk GeoTourAugust 7, 2015In “GeoTours”HQ GeoTour completed: Souvenir earnedMay 8, 2018Similar post
Tags:#art#web Hallmark spends some $60 million a year on designs for its greeting cards, and yet – with apologies to those artists – it can still be quite a challenge to find the just the right card. Frankly, a lot of cards are ugly. They’re tacky. They’re sappy. So Y Combinator alum Chirply is taking on the greeting card industry by crowdsourcing stationery designs. Chirply had its soft launch a few weeks ago, soliciting designs and voting, and the startup is now ready to open its doors to the retail business.Crowdsourcing has become a popular alternative to the pre-packaged imagery that appears on clothing, with companies like Threadless offering crowdsourced designs on t-shirts and clothing. Chirply works in a similar fashion: designers submit their images. Visitors to the site get to vote on submissions. And the most popular designs become products for sale. Chirply’s greeting card cost $4 (with shipping included in the U.S.) and users can buy any 10 designs in a mix-and-match pack for $25. The cards are all 100% recucled, 100% post-consumer waste. In addition to greeting cards, Chirply also offers the designs printed on notebooks and on wrapping paper.This is great news for consumers (because, come on, we are socially obligated to buy greeting cards and we spend an inordinate amount of time sighing at the selection). But more importantly, Chirply is great news for designers.Co-founders Gagan and Neel Palrecha care a lot about the design community, and they want to insure not only that the Chirply has beautiful designs for consumers to vote on and purchase, but that designers can participate in a site that showcases their work and compensates them fairly. Chirply doesn’t ask designers to submit their original files, for example, just composites (until their submissions are voted on to be printed, of course). And Chirply pays artists a flat fee ($300) up front when their designs are selected, in addition to paying royalties based on sales.Since Chirply’s soft launch, this approach does seem to be working, as the startup has attracted some high quality submissions. That has piqued visitors interest, who on average cast about 30 votes, often over multiple sessions. The top cards on the sites have received well over 500 votes, in just under 5 weeks. audrey watters Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout In addition to opening its retail store today, Chirply is announcing a round of funding, from a lost list of investors including Keith Rabois, Dave McClure, Mitch Kapor, Charles River Ventures, and others.An added bonus: ReadWriteWeb readers can get 30% off their orders if they use the code “RWW” during checkout.
Watford midfielder Doucoure rules out Marseille moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has ruled out a move to Olympique Marseille.Doucoure has talked up a January move to PSG in the last 24 hours.But asked about Marseille, Doucoure told RMC: “No OM no, it does not interest me at all. “Marseille already contacted me at the time with my agent, there were some tracks, it did not really interest me at the time, because I really wanted to move to England. “Marseille, it’s still a big French club, but as I said, my heart club is PSG and then that’s it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona comms chief Vives denies Valdes kicked out back doorby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona comms chief Josep Vives denies the club kicked Victor Valdes out the back door.Valdes was sacked as U19 coach this week.Vives said, “It is a technical decision and it is not the responsibility of any spokesperson. The club always tries to make people, not just the referents, leave in the best way possible. “We disagree with the issue that Valdés has gone out the back door.”He added: “It always hurts when a person leaves the club, and more with the history of Victor. The club wanted it to work well and that his stage was long and successful.”
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 19: Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines leaves the field after a 20-10 win over the Indiana Hoosiers on November 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jabrill Peppers arrived at Michigan last year as one of the most heralded recruits in the country. However, his freshman season was cut short due to injury, and he ended up taking a medical redshirt.Michigan began spring drills this week, and judging by this video Peppers posted on Twitter, he’s 100 percent healthy and very fired up to be on the field.TURNT‼️ pic.twitter.com/GrnGLVUX6N— Breez (@JabrillPeppers) February 25, 2015That backflip was in the middle of special teams drills. Imagine how excited Peppers will be when he gets to play in the secondary.It will be interesting to see how Peppers looks in 2015, assuming he stays healthy. He has the ability to be a breakout player for the Wolverines.
The field for the inaugural College Football Playoff (CFP) was finally set Sunday, but — in true college football style — it wasn’t without controversy. The 12-person CFP selection committee chose Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State, arguably snubbing Big 12 co-champions Baylor and (especially) TCU.The last four teams standing are exceptional. The Ducks, Crimson Tide and Buckeyes rank Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively, in ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI). And although the Seminoles have been unconvincing throughout the season, it would have been difficult to justify leaving the undefeated, defending national champion out of the playoff — No. 10 FPI ranking be damned. So, the committee may well have made the best decision it could have, according to its mandate to select the nation’s four best teams.But by ranking TCU third (ahead of both Florida State and Ohio State) the week before the conference championships, the committee also set itself up to violate the precedent of how college football rankings have always worked. That’s why, even after previous No. 5 Ohio State rolled over No. 13 Wisconsin 59-0, the FiveThirtyEight College Football Playoff model — which is based on a historical analysis of Coaches Poll voters’ tendencies — saw little chance that TCU would drop from third place to fifth or lower in the committee’s final rankings.Using the traditional media polls as a guide, that was a reasonable assumption. Since the advent of the Bowl Coalition in 1992, only four times (in 214 opportunities) did the third-ranked team in the AP poll drop below fourth place the week after it won a game over an FBS opponent. All four of those teams (Florida State in Week 1 of the 2002 season, Ohio State in Week 3 of 2003, Tennessee in Week 1 of 2005 and Ohio State in Week 2 of 2008) posted victory margins that underwhelmed their pregame FPI expectations. By contrast, TCU beat its pregame expectations by 19 points in thrashing Iowa State. (And it bears repeating that none of those cases took place any later than the third week of a season, when you would expect voters to still be sorting out the order of teams.)And yet TCU did drop in the committee’s rankings — from third place to sixth, below Florida State, Ohio State and even Baylor (whom the committee had controversially slotted beneath TCU in every previous edition of its rankings, seemingly ignoring the Bears’ head-to-head victory over the Horned Frogs on Oct. 11). It was a stunning fall that, for better or worse, seemed to contradict the way college football teams traditionally move in the rankings.TCU’s exclusion also broke with tradition from another standpoint. Using poll data since 1992, I ran a logistic regression attempting to predict whether a team would finish the regular season in the AP’s top four based on various “résumé” statistics provided by ESPN’s Stats and Info Group. The factors that emerged as significant were a team’s winning percentage (modified slightly by Laplace’s Rule of Succession), its average points-per-game margin, its strength of schedule (according to the average FBS team’s expected winning percentage against its schedule using FPI), and whether it won its conference or not.This year, those criteria would have yielded the following probabilities of making the top four (assuming the committee would follow the pollsters’ traditional logic):(Note: Baylor and TCU were co-champions of the Big 12; for the purposes of the regression, they were each treated the same as a team that was sole champion of its conference.)It’s not outside the realm of plausibility that historical voters would exclude TCU and include Ohio State on the basis of their résumés alone (this method shows there was a 16 percent chance that would happen). In fact, the real AP poll dropped TCU from fourth to sixth, with two teams (Baylor and Ohio State) hurdling the Horned Frogs.It is, however, another way to underscore that the playoff committee may be rethinking the way college football teams have been ranked at the end of the season. As FiveThirtyEight’s editor in chief, Nate Silver, wrote in his final assessment of the committee’s selection, the sport’s old algorithm rarely entailed a top-to-bottom reassessment of the field this late in the year (voters usually just made slight adjustments to teams’ rankings after losses or big wins; otherwise the current rankings were basically enslaved to the previous rankings). The committee’s final rankings, on the other hand, suggest it sorted the teams from scratch after the conference championships, with no allegiance to its previous choices.That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But, like the existence of a playoff in the first place, it’s a new thing.
It was 49 degrees and windy. The river in front of Griggs Reservoir Boathouse was cold and full of debris.It’s unlikely that it’s the first place many people want to be at 8 a.m. on a Monday morning, but the Ohio State’s women’s rowing team was out on the water.The Buckeyes’ expectations are high this season, as they are ranked No. 1 in the College Rowing Coaches Association/U.S. Rowing preseason top 20, and have two consecutive championships under their belt. OSU backed up those preseason accolades with 18 wins in its first 22 races of the season, spanning across four meets.Annie Jachthuber, a freshman rower, said the team is incredibly dedicated to the sport and the high stakes motivate them to work hard every day.Jachthuber added that she has been rowing since her senior year in high school, where she tried many different sports. But she said rowing was her favorite because of the team dynamic.“I don’t do things for myself; I like to do things for other people,” she said.After Monday’s practice, Jachthuber walked into the boathouse, which opened in 2011, and through a white hallway lined with pictures of the team’s past successes. There are two types of pictures: Those with the smiling faces of champions, and action shots filled with faces of concentration.Jachthuber turned through a doorway and joined the other rowers in the OSU team room, which is full of floor-to-ceiling windows that face the waterfront in the middle of the boathouse.Coach Andy Teitelbaum, who has been with the rowing program since its birth in 1995, stood in the center of the room surrounded by his team, all of it bathed in the morning light reflected off the water. He dished out final words before the team huddled together, putting their hands in for a last hurrah before the rowers headed off to class.When asked how he feels about the team’s current rank and the pressure to perform, he jokingly said he was “outraged.”But then Teitelbaum laughed, saying he is filled with pride and that the team performs in “tremendous fashion.”With a wide smile he added, “This group is outstanding.”Teitelbaum said the road to the two championships and the team’s current standing have been humbling and that he is quite pleased with the status of his team.Jachthuber echoed her coach’s feelings and said one day her grandmother called and asked if there was ever a time when Jachthuber did not feel like pushing herself. She said she had replied, “No.” She said the dedication of the other girls and the solidarity while practicing drives them all, no matter how unfavorable the elements might be.“I love being a part of something bigger than myself,” Jachthuber said. “You do it for each other.”With seven meets standing between the Buckeyes and the Big Ten Championships on May 16, OSU is set to return to the water against Minnesota on Saturday. Fittingly, the races are set to begin at 8:15 a.m. in Columbus.
Ohio State then-redshirt freshman offensive lineman Wyatt Davis (52) looks to block a Husky in the first half of the the Rose Bowl Game featuring Ohio State and Washington in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 1. Ohio State won 28-23. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOffensive guards don’t typically block defensive ends.But asked after the Spring Game who on the offensive line is making the biggest impression, Ohio State junior defensive end Chase Young pointed to redshirt sophomore offensive guard Wyatt Davis.“I think Wyatt, right now, is the leader of our O-line,” Young said. “He calls the shots, has the most respect. Definitely, Wyatt Davis is the big dog on O-line.” It appears Davis is emerging as a leader up front and impressing his teammates, even at a distance.Ohio State’s offensive line needs leaders. Four starters are gone from this past season, including two All-Big Ten selections in offensive tackle Isaiah Prince and center Michael Jordan.Young’s been a driving force behind Davis’ emergence as a leader up front. The two exchange occasional good-natured trash talk, motivating each other before drills. “Me and Chase have this thing where we go back-and-forth, talking, messaging to each other before practice,” Davis said. “I hate losing to the defense during practice, so I definitely had to come up and be vocal.”Davis entered Ohio State as a five-star recruit, but offensive linemen rarely start their first season at the collegiate level. Jordan is the lone exception during Urban Meyer’s seven-year head coaching tenure at Ohio State.Davis closed 2017 with a redshirt, and hovered near the two-deep in 2018 before enduring a trial by fire after injuries to offensive guards Brady Taylor, Branden Bowen and Demetrius Knox. His first career start came in the Big Ten Championship against Northwestern.That’s more experience than most in the Buckeyes’ hampered offensive line room. Enough that he’s the clear choice to start at right guard in 2019.“Last year, I would probably say I felt like a young guy, but going into my third year in this, I feel like me and Josh [Myers], and a couple of the older guys need to step up,” Davis said. “Pave the way for all the young guys that came in.”Myers, a redshirt sophomore center, is another projected starter. Center is a position that often calls for a vocal leader along the offensive line, usually the player to set pass protections and communicate blitz pickups.Davis is a fan of Myers’ development in that area. “Josh has done a great job being vocal this year too. You can really see it with how he carries himself,” Davis said. “He’s a lot more confident in everything he does, and that confidence, it rains through the whole unit.”Head coach Ryan Day called the offensive line his greatest concern in his press conference immediately following the Spring Game. Understandable, given the departures and overall lack of experience.Meanwhile, Young said the defense “dominated” the offense in spring practice, something Davis has been hearing in his ear for almost two months.It gave Davis and Myers a sense of urgency to get the position group where it needs to be, and it’s led to their emergence as leaders.“We need to regroup, watch the film, work hard in the summer workouts, try to strive to get better each day, and as it gets closer to football season, really perfecting our craft,” Davis said.Davis believes his limited reps won’t hinder his leadership ability.“Even though we don’t have all the game experience, I still feel like we can go out on that field and lead,” Davis said.Raising your voice to dictate scheme doesn’t require game experience. Being there when a newer player to the program asks a question, helping along and setting an example can all be done without game experience.And Davis said he wants to be there when the younger players need him, including redshirt freshman offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere.Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa wants his veterans to know all five line positions, making it easier to assist younger athletes with the playbook. Davis learned tackle quickly, allowing him to help Petit-Frere, who is in competition to start at right tackle beside him.“If he ever has a question about what to do on a play, I’ll be able to help him,” Davis said. Improvements are already being made under Davis’ leadership. Ohio State returns far greater depth on its defensive line, with three 2018 starters and a number of role players back for another season in Columbus.With a young offensive front facing off with a tested group at defensive line, players either get better or get beat.Young believes the former is happening.“Every day the whole D-line goes out, and we try to make the O-line better,” Young said. “We’ve definitely seen improvement from the beginning of spring until now.”