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Australia cricketers together on pay dispute, says Ashes hopeful Behrendorff

first_imgAshes hopeful Jason Behrendorff, who has been selected for the Australia A one-day and four-day squads that will tour South Africa, has said that all cricketers are on the same page with regard to the ongoing pay dispute with the Cricket Australia Board (CAB).The Western Australia left-arm quick was quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald, as saying that the players are determined not to end a revenue-sharing model that has been in place for 20 years.Australian Cricket aired its dirty laundry last week when vice captain David Warner warned of a possible players boycott if the issue was not resolved in their interest, while the ACB head James Sutherland said players could find themselves unemployed if they did not agree to the terms set by the board.Negotiations are currently at a standstill and if a new deal is not in place by June 30, players may just opt for a boycott and examine all legal options available to them to take on Cricket Australia.The Australia A squads depart on July 8 but that will likely hinge on a new pay agreement.Behrendorff said,”The ACA are doing a great job for us and all the players are sticking together and we know all the guys at the state and Australian level and are all on the same page which is really good.”Behrendorff finished the Warriors’ season in devastating form, claiming 9-37 – the best Sheffield Shield figures in 50 years – against eventual champions Victoria.Australia A four-day squad: Usman Khawaja (c), Glenn Maxwell (vc), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Jackson Bird, Alex Carey, Hilton Cartwright, Travis Head, Kurtis Patterson, Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Swepson, Chris Tremain, Jack Wildermuth.advertisementAustralia A one-day squad: Travis Head (c), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Hilton Cartwright, Sam Heazlett, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Chris Tremain, Jack Wildermuth.last_img read more

A SET OF SIX – VOLUME THIRTY-TWO

first_imgTouch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Thirty-Two – the last edition for 2007.VICTORIA (VIC)Play # 1 Victorian Touch Trans-Tasman this weekendThe 2007 Victorian Touch Trans Tasman series (Victorian based Aussies vs. Victorian based Kiwis) will be played from 9am on Sunday 16th December at Elwood Park Touch Fields.  There will be the traditional New Zealand Haka from 9am. and three games of top quality Men’s and Women’s Touch.  Previous clashes saw the series go very close, and indicators are that 2007 will be much closer than before.Other Events: Touch Football Australia and Victorian Touch bid farewell and thanks to Victoria Game Development Officer, Carly Goodrich who this week completes her last day of employment with Touch Football Victoria. Carly has been working with Victorian Touch for 3 years and has made a great contribution to the development of juniors in Victoria.   The new Game Development Officer’s position is currently being advertised and applications are due 7th January 2008.·  Borderline Touch in Yarrawonga is having their Grand Finals this Sunday, December 16 at JC Lowe Oval.  ·   The 2008 Affiliates Cup will be played at Elwood Park on Sunday February 24, and entry forms will be with the affiliates soon. ·   An Affiliates forum was held on Saturday December 1 at Port Melbourne. TFA Board of Directors Peter Rooney and TFA Chief Executive Officer Colm Maguire were in attendance at the forum and both contributed significant information on National initiatives. A copy of the summary of the meeting can be obtained from Nick Mooney in the Touch Football Victoria office.The Victorian Touch website: www.victouch.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play # 2Touchdown Turnaround Shootout to precede State League GamesThe Touchdown Turnaround Shootout is being held during normal City Touch games, to help market the elite State League competition to the huge number of players in the competition.As well as a bit of fun for the State League players, with prizes for all participants, it is hoped that the Shootout will help draw spectators out to State League games on the Sunday evening, and help create more of an atmosphere.Sponsors Streets, Coopers and Schweppes are providing products and giveaways to make the event as attractive as possible, including Coopers who will introduce their new low carb beer ‘Mich Ultra’.For more information, contact Matt Cross (08) 8306 7501 or [email protected] Touchdown Turnaround Shootout details: Wednesday, 12th Dec 7:55pm and 8:20pmGreenhill Rd Playing Fields20min Games, High intensity, BBQ, special drink offers and giveaways7:55pm First Round:G1 Vipers v StingraysG2 Wolves v Scorpions8:20pm Second game:Winner of G1 v Winner of G2Loser of G1 v Loser of G2For more information, contact Matt Cross (08) 8306 7501 or [email protected]  Other events:State League Round 2 Results: WomenVipers 5 d Wolves 2Scorpions 9 d Stingrays 2MixedVipers 9 drew Wolves 9Stingrays 3 d Scorpions 2MenVipers 5 d Wolves 0 on forfeitStingrays 8 d Scorpions 5 For more information, contact Andy Crawford (08) 8306 7503 or [email protected] Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auPlay: # 3NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Exciting clashes complete first round of Darwin Finals SeriesIn the Men’s Open division, Minor Premiers Dream Team were beaten for the first time this season by finals specialists Crocs in what was the most exciting game of the season thus far.The two teams were locked at 1-1 at full time before Crocs prevailed in a drop-off.In the Minor semi-final, last years premiers Palmerston Bulls had a comfortable win over the vastly improved Bundy Bears. The Bulls won 8-4, ensuring this weeks game between Palmerston Bulls and Dream Team will be a desperate clash with Palmerston keen to defend their title, and Dream Team wanting to make the finals after dominating the regular season.In the Women’s Open semi-finals, Scorpions pulled off a stunning upset in recording a 5 -3 win over the previously undefeated Palmerston Bulls. The game was in the balance until midway through the second stanza when Scorpions leading 3-2 notched back-to- back touchdowns to take the game away from Palmerston.The Bulls will now face a refreshed Crocs outfit that had an easy night at the office with All About Us forfeiting. Palmerston will have to work hard to beat the young Crocs side, in what should be a very entertaining game.Other Events: This week NT Touch held a Primary school Gala Day at the Touch Fields that saw 8 teams compete for the Inaugural schools gala trophy. It was a hot day, but the kids had an enjoyable day with the final being played between two Larrakeyah sides.The Northern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play # 4WA Super League Round Seven WrapThe Super League circus rolled on, with top of the table Southern hosting Round 7. The big top would have blown away with rainy and blustering conditions, which was not a typical Perth summer’s evening. Results, like the weather did not go to script with two surprising results in the Women’s.Fremantle scored a touchdown in the corner right on full-time to snatch a draw with League leaders Southern. Despite the draw, Tompkins Park has leapfrogged Fremantle into 4th position. Their clash next round will be all-important to the Semi-Final roster. Northern had a hard-fought 7-4 victory over Brothers in a game that had the crowd involved with scoreline to scoreline action. Northern’s early season poor form is now but a distant memory. They are on a roll winning their last 5 games in succession. In other results:Women’sTompkins Park 9 defeated Rosalie 0Men’s Perth Brothers 10 defeated Northern 3Southern 8 defeated Fremantle 1The final round before Christmas will take place at picturesque Cottesloe – the newest affiliate of TouchWest on Sunday, 16 December 2007.Other Events: There is only three months until the 2008 Be Active WA State Championships. It may seem like a while away but time flies especially during an action packed Summer of Touch.The Tournament will take place between Friday, 29 February 2008 until Sunday, 2 March 2008 at Rosalie – Onslow Road, Shenton Park and TouchWest is calling for Referee Nominations.Referees play a vital role in all Touch Football events and officials are needed for the tournament. The Western Australian Touch Community has a reputation of putting on a great State Championships, and 2008 should be no different.Visit www.statechamps.com.au for further details.The Western Australian Touch Association website: www.touchwest.comQUEENSLAND (QLD)PLAY # 5Level Two Coaching Course a successCavendish Road State High School hosted a Level 2 Coaching accreditation course over the weekend of 7-9 December 2007.Australia’s most successful Coach at World Cup level, Hall of Fame member Mr. Peter Bell conducted the course that saw 10 participants from all over the South East Queensland corner gain insights from the master coach and complete the theoretical and practical components of the accreditation process.Other Events: The Redcliffe Junior Touch Grand Finals will be conducted this Thursday 13 December 2007 at Bradley Park on Victoria Avenue. The action gets underway at 4.30pm in Under 11, 13, and 15 years divisions.The Queensland Touch website: www.qldtouch.com.au Play # 6AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT) Christmas Party to recognise Referees and VolunteersThe ACTTA is holding its Annual Referee and Volunteers Xmas BBQ on 14 December 2007 from 5-7pm.The BBQ is an opportunity to recognize the efforts of the many important people who contribute to the success of ACT Touch. For the first time this year, there will be a “VERY SOCIAL” game of touch played.“I pity the poor whistleblower who has to ref the game… I’m sure that with two teams full of referees and coaches there will be plenty of pressure to perform,” ACTTA State Manager Matt Mc Kerrow said yesterday.Other events: The ACTTA would like to wish all their members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and remind everyone that the office will close at 3pm on 21 December 2007 and re-open for business on 7 January 2008.The Australian Capital Territory website: www.acttouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.This is the last edition for 2007. Many thanks to all contributors to the “Set of Six” this year.Have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.“A Set of Six” will return in the New Year in the week of 6 January 2008.In the meantime, please be sure to check out each State’s website for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation.last_img read more

Aphria set to be Shoppers Drug Marts cannabis supplier with new agreement

first_imgVANCOUVER – Marijuana producer Aphria Inc. announced it has entered a five-year agreement to supply pharmacy chain Shoppers Drug Mart with medical cannabis.The company said Monday that it will provide the pharmacy with four strains of dried marijuana flower in two different sizes and four cannabis oils. All 12 products will carry the Aphria brand name.The deal comes after many months of discussions and is subject to Health Canada approving the application of the chain’s parent company, Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L), to dispense medical marijuana. Loblaw applied for a licence in October 2016, but neither company can say if or when that application will be approved.If granted, Aphria (TSX:APH) said it expects Shoppers Drug Mart will sell Aphria-branded cannabis products online. Current federal regulations allow licensed producers to distribute medical marijuana direct to consumers by mail.The agreement is expected to have a positive material impact on Aphria’s medical sales revenue, said Aphria CEO Vic Neufeld during a conference call with analysts shortly after the news was announced.“We have an opportunity to grow as Shoppers Drug Mart grows,” he said, adding Aphria’s committed to not entering discussions or making any business transactions with other national pharmacy banners in excess of a certain size.If the federal government changes the rules to allow pharmacies to dispense medical marijuana in stores, Neufeld said, “the home run turns into a grand slam.”The company’s stock closed nearly two per cent higher on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday. It gained 22 cents to $11.62.Aphria is one of several voices advocating for pharmacies to be permitted to distribute medical cannabis.Loblaw has previously said it believes pharmacists and pharmacies should play a role in medical marijuana distribution, and posted a job ad for a medical marijuana brand manager as Shoppers Drug Mart last month.“We have been very transparent in our view,” said Catherine Thomas, a spokeswoman, in an email.“As the federal and provincial governments finalize their respective cannabis frameworks, we remain optimistic that they will allow pharmacists in stores, in communities to apply their professional care to medical cannabis patients.”The Aphria deal is one of several recent agreements between marijuana producers and pharmacies.Maricann Group Inc. announced last month it entered into a letter of intent with Lovell Drugs Ltd. to be its primary and exclusive provider of medical cannabis. Lovell Drugs has a dozen pharmacies across Ontario.Earlier this year, CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. signed a letter of intent with member-owned co-operative PharmaChoice to be its exclusive medical cannabis distributor and to train its pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. The deal is on hold until the first legislation change that allows pharmacies to distribute medical cannabis and will be completed within 60 days of that change.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

North American stocks close higher as oil price surges loonie edges lower

first_imgA surge in oil prices helped the energy sector boost Canada’s main stock index Tuesday, as North American stock markets regained some of the ground lost Monday.Broad losses kicked off the week as trade tensions between the U.S. and China flared up over potential action by the U.S. on technology export and investment restrictions, but trade fears eased up Tuesday, said Craig Jerusalim, portfolio manager at CIBC Asset Management.“The market rebounded today partially off the overreaction yesterday, and there was some downplaying of the trade concerns, and that’s clearly helped lift some of the North American equity markets. Canada’s particularly strong on the back of higher commodity prices.”Crude was the major commodity mover as the August crude contract closed up $2.45 or 3.6 per cent at US$70.53 due to a variety of factors.Oil moved on strong fundamental demand, the production outage that started last week at Syncrude Canada is finally starting to bite, and the most prevalent reason is new pressure from the Americans for its allies to stop buying Iranian oil, said Jerusalim.“Those three things together have resulted in the oil price being up well over three per cent today, which is a big single day move,” he said.U.S. President Trump has already made major steps to disrupt Iranian oil exports with the announcement he would pull out of a nuclear deal with the country and restore sanctions, so the latest move is just added pressure, said Jerusalim.“There was just more rhetoric and commentary coming from different sources of additional pressure. So it wasn’t new news, it was just the rhetoric being ratcheted up slightly.”The increase was enough, however, to counter negative pressure on oil after Saudi Arabia said it was planning record oil production for July of about 10.8 million barrels a day.The rise in energy helped the S&P/TSX composite index close up 96.13 points at 16,280.09, after losing 266.18 points a day earlier.The S&P/TSX capped energy index was up 2.9 per cent on the day to lead index gains on the market.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 30.31 points at 24,283.11. The S&P 500 index was up 5.99 points at 2,723.06 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 29.62 points at 7,561.63.The Canadian dollar averaged 75.15 cents US, down 0.02 of a US cent.The August gold contract ended down US$9 to US$1,259.90 an ounce. The July copper contract was even at US$2.99 a pound and the August natural gas contract was up one cent at US$2.93 per mmBTU.last_img read more

Huskies Fill the Bus Food Drive takes place December 2

first_imgIf you or a group would like to volunteer your time for the Food Drive, you can contact Allen Karasiuk by email [email protected] or by phone at 250-261-9466.Below is a video from 2017 where Hockey Canada shares the importance of this Food Drive and the unique care we have for our community. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies hockey team is gearing up for their 21st ‘Fill the Bus’ Food Drive on December 2.All items collected from the Food Drive will be going to the Salvation Army. This is an integral campaign for the Salvation Army Food Bank as these items are the foundation of stock for the coming months.As this is a community event, the Huskies are seeking volunteers to help with the success of this event as many hands make light work.last_img read more

Ukrainians vote in presidential election

first_imgKiev: Ukrainians voted on Sunday in the first round of the country’s presidential election, with incumbent leader Peter Petro Poroshenko seeking re-election and a surprise front-runner, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy. If no candidate gets more than 50 per cent on Sunday, the top two will fight it out in a second round on April 21, the BBC reported. Besides Poroshenko and Zelenskiy, the third important face in the election is former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USA total of 39 candidates are in the fray, but only the three front-runners are considered to have any chance of victory. More than 34 million citizens are eligible to vote in nearly 30,000 polling stations, which opened at 8 a.m. Voting will end at 8 p.m. First results of the exit polls will be announced as soon as the voting closes. Vote counting will begin at 10 p.m. The Central Election Commission of Ukraine is expected to release primary official results on Monday morning. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe top three candidates have expressed largely pro-European views during campaigning. None of the pro-Russian candidates were being seen as serious contenders. Poroshenko, 53, one of Ukraine’s wealthiest oligarchs, was elected in a snap vote after former pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was toppled in the February 2014 Maidan Revolution, which was followed by Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and insurgency in eastern Ukraine. He aims to appeal to conservative Ukrainians through his slogan “Army, Language, Faith”. Meanwhile, Zelenskiy, 41, is aiming to turn his satirical TV show, in which he portrays an ordinary citizen who becomes president after fighting corruption, into reality.last_img read more

Over 900 artists urge people to vote for BJP

first_imgNew Delhi: More than 900 artists, including Pandit Jasraj, Vivek Oberoi and Rita Ganguli, Wednesday issued a statement asking people to vote for the BJP and said the country needs a “Majboot Sarkar” not a “Majboor Sarkar”. The artists appealed to the people to cast their vote without any pressure and prejudice. “It is our firm conviction that the continuance of government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the need of the hour. Besides, when challenges like terrorism are before all of us, we need a ‘Majboot Sarkar’ not a ‘Majboor Sarkar’ and hence we need the present government to continue,” it said. Among those who have issued the joint statement are Shankar Mahadevan, Triloki Nath Mishra, Koena Mitra, Anuradha Paudwal and Hans Raj Hans. The joint statement said that during the last five years, India has seen a government which delivered “corruption-free good governance and development oriented administration”. The joint statement comes a week after more than 600 theatre personalities, including Amol Palekar, Naseeruddin Shah, Girish Karnad and Usha Ganguli, had signed a letter asking people to “vote BJP and its allies” out of power, arguing that the idea of India and its constitution are under threat. The letter, which was issued Thursday evening in 12 languages on the Artist Unite India website, said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections are the “most critical in the history” of the country.last_img read more

Mamata, TMC leaders change Twitter, Facebook DP with Vidyasagar’s photo

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and several top TMC leaders have changed their Facebook and Twitter display picture (DP) with photo of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar on Wednesday to protest the desecration of the bust of the noted reformer and key figure of the Bengal Renaissance. Trinamool Congress’s official profile on Twitter and Facebook was also changed with a picture of Vidyasagar. Banerjee is scheduled to take out a protest rally on Wednesday to protest the smashing of the bust of the social reformer by alleged BJP activists in north Kolkata on Tuesday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Launching a scathing attack on BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday, Banerjee had said, “What does Amit Shah think of himself? Is he above everything? Is he God that no one can protest against him?” Banerjee said this after supporters of the BJP and the TMC fought pitched battles on the streets of Kolkata during a roadshow by Shah. A college named after Iswarchandra Vidyasagar, a key figure in the Bengal Renaissance, was ransacked and a bust of the 19th century social reformer shattered allegedly by BJP workers during the clashes. The CPI(M) has also called for protest rallies against the incident. The intellectuals of the city will take out a protest march from College street on Wednesday evening.last_img read more

What Tom Brady And Case Keenum Do Better Than Anyone Else

Pressure on the quarterback is often a determining factor in which team wins the Super Bowl. However, pressure does not only mean sacks. Just forcing a quarterback to release a ball sooner than he wants or hitting him as he’s releasing it can sometimes be even more advantageous than a sack.In Super Bowl XLVIII, two quick pressures by Seattle on Peyton Manning led to two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown after Manning’s arm was hit as he threw. That led to a 22-0 lead and the rout was on. Two years later in Super Bowl 50, Manning had the great defense on his side, and Von Miller forced two strip-sacks of Cam Newton that ultimately decided that game for Denver. In New England’s comeback win over Atlanta in Super Bowl LI, the turning point was when Dont’a Hightower strip-sacked Matt Ryan on a 3rd-and-1 with the Falcons up 28-12. That set up the offense on a short field and the comeback was on.It’s not so much about the volume of pressure put on a quarterback, but it’s how he handles it in the big moments on third down, in the red zone, and with the game on the line. Fortunately, that type of context is what an advanced metric such as ESPN’s QBR is able to adjust for.In 2017, Minnesota’s Case Keenum (58.5) and New England’s Tom Brady (54.0) led all quarterbacks in QBR under pressure with marks that rank among the top 10 in all seasons tracked since 2009. Brady’s placement may not come as a big surprise, but Keenum’s breakout season in Minnesota continues to be one of the wildest success stories since Kurt Warner went from bagging groceries to Super Bowl MVP in 1999. Brady has improved with ageTom Brady’s year-by-year numbers while under pressure, 2009-2017 201232.143233.85402713.810 Peyton Manning2009IND59.047.754562.9 Case Keenum2017MIN53.336.616358.5 201539.238426.48813827.311 Drew Brees2011NO54.556.035258.0 201639.186847.05321544.56 Keenum also led all quarterbacks in Football Outsiders’ passing Defense-adjusted Value Over Average metric, which measures efficiency, and he may just be the least likely quarterback to do so since 1986. A big part of Keenum’s success has been his improvement at handling pressure. When we first saw Keenum with the 2013 Houston Texans, he held the ball a long time as an inexperienced second-year player. Keenum’s pressure rate in 2013 was 38.7 percent, the second-highest season among all quarterbacks since 2009. With the Rams in 2016, Keenum ranked dead last in QBR under pressure (6.5). He took a sack on 26.7 percent of the plays he was pressured on.In Minnesota this year, Keenum has cut that mark in half, taking a sack on 13.3 percent of his pressures. Keenum has taken multiple sacks in each of his last seven games, but he was sacked just one time total from Week 5 to Week 11. A big help to Keenum has been wide receiver Adam Thielen, who led the NFL with 40 targets while his quarterback was under pressure — seven more than any other player. Thielen’s 397 receiving yards while targeted under pressure also led the NFL.Thielen is a great security blanket for Keenum, but Stefon Diggs has also been helpful in these moments. The game-winning touchdown pass to Diggs against New Orleans technically wasn’t a play under pressure, but it was a pressure-packed moment of desperation for the duo. Keenum’s QBR under pressure against New Orleans was just 26.4; he completed 4 of 10 passes for 53 yards with a bad interception that got the Saints back in the game. He’ll have to be much better against a Philadelphia defense that got after Matt Ryan often last week. For the season, Philadelphia allowed a 4.7 QBR when getting pressure on the quarterback, which ranked third among all defenses. Keenum can’t force things this week or create turnovers in what should be a low-scoring battle.Speaking of defense, the Jaguars ranked No. 1 in QBR when getting pressure (2.8). This is often a product of the Jaguars being able to get at the quarterback without sacrificing defenders in pass coverage: no defense blitzed less than Jacksonville at just 17.8 percent of its pass plays. That’s probably the right strategy against Tom Brady and the Patriots. You especially don’t want to send a big blitz of six-plus pass rushers at Brady. Since 2006 (including playoffs), Brady has 71 touchdowns to one interception against big blitzes (six-plus pass rushers).Still, at 40 years old, Brady has managed to improve in this area, posting a phenomenal season against pass pressure. His average yards per pass attempt under pressure was 8.76, the highest of any of the 277 qualified seasons since 2009. He also had the second-highest completion rate (59.0 percent) and second-highest passer rating (109.1) under pressure since 2009. The only real issue was that Brady still took 35 sacks this year, but sometimes that’s just the smart play instead of forcing a pass into coverage. Jameis Winston2016TB51.81%6.3112576.7 Tyrod Taylor2015BUF49.387.574255.0 Carson Palmer2015ARI49.647.067255.0 Tom Brady2017NE58.978.7610254.0 Jay Cutler2015CHI55.568.534369.2 201041.672986.21112510.79 Ryan Fitzpatrick2015NYJ43.405.005269.1 201334.654424.3821407.126 Rob Gronkowski and his large catch radius are obviously a big help to Brady when he’s under pressure. Gronkowski led the Patriots with 226 receiving yards when his quarterback was pressured, but Danny Amendola also has a tendency toward clutch catches. Filling in for Julian Edelman in the slot, Amendola caught 14 of 21 targets for 186 yards when Brady was pressured this year. Throw in Brandin Cooks’ 215 receiving yards in these scenarios and the Patriots have a lot of formidable weapons for defenses to worry about even when Brady is pressured. They’ll need all this playmaking ability against a tough Jacksonville defense. While the Jaguars didn’t pressure Ben Roethlisberger often last week, they did hold him to just 1-of-10 passing for 43 yards (including a brilliant touchdown to Antonio Brown) under pressure, and had a huge strip-sack returned for a touchdown in the second quarter.The Jaguars will need to do that to Brady to have a good chance at another upset, but Brady’s seen just about everything from defenses in his career. Against the Titans last week, Brady’s QBR under pressure was 87.6, including a touchdown pass to Chris Hogan and a soft toss to Amendola after heavy pressure.Even if Brady and Keenum aren’t at their best in tough matchups this weekend, they should still have a decisive advantage over the other quarterbacks. Blake Bortles finished 14th in QBR under pressure (21.2), but the strength in his game is really his scrambling ability. According to Sports Info Solutions, Bortles avoided 21 sacks this year, the second most by any quarterback (Matthew Stafford had 22). Bortles will have to use his legs against a New England defense that likes to make quarterbacks hold the ball —a unit that took down Marcus Mariota for eight sacks last week.As for the Eagles, Carson Wentz ranked third in QBR under pressure (52.7), so the offense has been missing that element since his injury. Nick Foles, in a limited sample of games, only has a 7.6 QBR under pressure this season. He’s always a hard one to predict with his unusual career path. Foles actually led all quarterbacks in QBR under pressure in 2014 with a mark of 48.2, but he was dreadful with the Rams (2.3 QBR under pressure in 2015).Then again, as Keenum has shown, stats collected in a Jeff Fisher offense may not be all that telling. If head coach Doug Pederson can devise another good game plan for Foles to implement this week, there’s no reason he can’t get this team to the Super Bowl.Then a whole new level of pressure begins. YearCmp %YardsYPATDINTSacksQBRQBR Rank Regular season onlySource: ESPN Stats & Information Group Keenum and Brady are elite with defenders in their facesThe best seasons based on QBR while facing pressure, 2009-2017 Includes all action plays (passes, sacks, runs); regular season onlySource: ESPN Stats & Information Group Aaron Rodgers2016GB48.185.9610166.7 201442.025684.77452136.33 201758.9710258.761023554.02 PlayerYearTeamCMP %YPATDINTQBR Dak Prescott2016DAL50.435.213052.4 200945.637036.83771634.16 201141.033874.96313215.013 Carson Wentz2017PHI43.436.378052.7 read more

Preview Ohio State mens soccer heads out west for two games

Oregon State is lead by junior forward Jordan Jones, who tallied two goals and one assist in the team’s first two games. Jones and teammate Timmy Mueller have combined to score 36 career goals over the course of the past two seasons. “These are probably the two most important games that I can see in the upcoming future,” senior forward Danny Jensen said. “You don’t want to start 0-4 obviously so getting at least your first win and hopefully getting two wins out there is really what everyone is focused on.” “Portland is a very, very good attacking team so we are going to have to – again – play against a side that is capable of creating chances,” Bluem said. This season, Portland is 1-1 to start the year, with a loss to Wright State 3-1 and a win over DePaul 2-1. It is their first year under head coach Nick Carlin-Voigt. “Oregon State in the second game is a team that also uses its physical tools,” Bluem said.  “It sounds like they play pretty direct. We have to be ready at all times for them to play a long ball at you and try to use their speed and strength and beat you.” OSU mens soccer players gather in a huddle during a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s soccer team will hit the road this weekend to take on two West Coast opponents – Portland on Friday and Oregon State on Monday. It will be the first regular season West Coast action for the Buckeyes since 2012. It’s OSU first match against either team.The trip comes on the heels of back-to-back overtime losses at home to start the season, falling 1-0 in double overtime to Virginia Tech and 1-0 in overtime to UC Santa Barbara. The Buckeyes will look to get back on the right track in the Beaver State.   The first game for the Buckeyes this weekend will come against Portland on Friday at 10 p.m. ET. The Pilots are coming off a 2015 campaign in which they finished with a 3-12-3 record, where they averaged exactly two goals against per game a year ago. Another issue facing the Buckeyes in their first two games was injuries. OSU only played 12 men in its game against UC Santa Barbara on Sunday. Reinforcements, however, are expected to be on the way. The main issue facing Ohio State early in the season has been scoring. The team did not manage to find the back of the net in either game it has played so far. Offense was the main point of emphasis in practice this week. The Buckeyes will faceoff against Oregon State on Monday at 3 p.m. ET. The Beavers are 1-0-1 on the season, playing to a 1-1 draw against DePaul and beating up on Wright State 4-0. They are outshooting their opponents 33-17 to start the year, and they lead the Pac-12 in assists with seven. All three of the Pilot’s goals this season have come from sophomore forward Jackson Jellah. Jellah did not score a goal in the entire 2015 season, despite playing in 16 games.   “First two games we did real well defending. Our defense stepped up,” sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed said. “Offensively, I think we just need to start finishing better. We need to just move off the ball. Our forwards just need to have confidence that they can finish and put the ball in the back of the net.” “We are starting to get healthy,” OSU coach John Bluem said.  “We are taking the full squad out to Portland with us. We expect that probably everybody will be able to play this weekend.” The Buckeyes will return home on Sept. 9, opening Big Ten play against Northwestern at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more