Redding >> The Red Bluff High football team is beginning to perfect many different ways to score with a number of its play makers. The heros on Friday night were senior quarterback Marshal Brose hooking up with junior Logan Robertson, as the two would make the game-winning 19-yard scoring strike on a fade in the back corner of the end zone to lift Red Bluff to the 39-36 victory over Lassen in the Northern Athletic League opener for both teams Friday night at Shasta’s Thompson Field. Red Bluff …
Apparently the pain suffered by 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Sunday wasn’t confined to his left knee.Garoppolo is “heartbroken,” 49ers’ general manager John Lynch told Pro Football Talk’s Peter King. “His family’s heartbroken. You can see it in his eyes, in their eyes. It’s tough. Jimmy needs to play, and he wants to play.”The 49ers were waiting Monday morning for an MRI to see if the organization’s worst fears have come true: a torn ACL. “All indications are that it’s …
11 May 2011 South African Tourism has committed to fully developing the African market in driving tourism growth in the country, backed by a more than R60-million budget for its marketing efforts. SA Tourism has stressed the growing importance of African markets at the Tourism Indaba that ends in Durban on Wednesday. The Africa region has maintained strong growth of 10 percent in arrivals to South Africa over the last seven years. “Our most recent research has given us a key indication of areas that require strategic shifts in mindsets in the approach to attracting African travellers, and we look forward to leading industry efforts in ensuring we take full advantage of the huge potential on our doorstep,” Phumi Dhlomo, SA Tourism’s regional director for Africa, said at Indaba on Tuesday.Four key tourism markets According to a report released by SA Tourism at Indaba, the four key tourism markets for South Africa are Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya and Nigeria. Nigeria, with a large population and high economic growth, has shown consistent growth of 7.8 percent in arrivals to South Africa over the past three years. Angola, on the other hand, has the smallest population out of the four countries, but demonstrates a huge tourism potential given its average GDP growth rate and the relatively high number of travellers that have visited South Africa previously (39 557 in 2010). Angolans visiting South Africa also accounted for the highest spend (in excess of R729-million) of the four countries in 2009. Kenya warranted attention, the report found, due to its high technology usage trends and great potential to act as a hub for the East Africa region. Visitors from the DRC, meanwhile, showed the greatest growth in total spend in South Africa, with an impressive 42 percent increase between 2003 and 2009. “A phased approach is required, using the market insights gained in the report together with a strategic look at the unique consumer demands, media channels and tactical opportunities which exist to fully develop our offering to the African traveller,” Dhlomo said. The report includes research aimed at identifying high-growth consumer groups within each market. “This direction will allow marketing activities within each region to have maximum effect on consumers, with minimal resource wastage and higher conversion,” Dhlomo added. “With the projected increase in focus on our Africa air markets, we will continue increasing our efforts in Africa’s land markets, maximising our efforts to ensure that the South African offering remains entrenched in countries such as Botswana and Mozambique.” Source: BuaNews
From left, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies, Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan and South African President Jacob Zuma at the Business Interaction Group on South Africa on Friday 22 January, a session of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. (Image: The Presidency)On Friday 22 January 2016 President Jacob Zuma and his delegation held a fruitful and successful interaction with global investors at the World Economic Forum in Davos.The President met with global CEOs and chairmen of multinational corporations during the Business Interaction Group on South Africa, an annual forum where the President and Ministers engage the international investors to discuss opportunities in the country and also to hear their views on improving the investment climate in the country.South Africa recognises the importance of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), which accounts for 42% of the country’s GDP. Inward FDI flows continue to grow in South Africa. A number of companies have expanded operations and engaged in new investments. South Africa is also an important source of FDI for the African continent.In his remarks, President Zuma welcomed the foreign direct investment flows into the country. He shared the country’s response to the depressed economic climate especially the Nine Point Plan to ignite growth. The plan includes agriculture and agro-processing, advanced beneficiation of mineral resources, higher impact industrial policy action plan, boosting small businesses, energy capacity increase, promoting FDI and developing a robust ocean economy, science and technology, water and sanitation and managing state-owned companies. The President added that the country was becoming a frontier for FDI on the green economy, ocean economy, oil and gas and others which provided new opportunities.He also briefed the investors on the establishment on an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Investments and the establishment of a one-stop interdepartmental clearing house to make it easier for companies to invest. “We will focus on among others, cutting the red tape significantly to address the concerns that the investors have been raising,’’ the President said.The President also briefed the BIG meeting on the efforts to improve education and skills development including the building of new universities, training colleges and the building and refurbishment of schools.The investors sought information and also commented on various areas including energy, oil and gas, scrap metal industry, ocean economy, mineral beneficiation, human settlements and its importance in building social stability, regional integration, the need to stabilise growth and set expenditure ceilings.The prudent financial management of the country was addressed strongly by the President and the Ministers with an added emphasis on the country’s robust monetary policy framework. It was acknowledged that South Africa has a good fiscal framework.The global CEOs emphasised the need to ensure that policies are implemented and that there is certainty at all times.The need for predictability was also raised in the context of the recent changes of finance ministers and the impact thereof. The President responded that while governments all over the world are entitled to change Ministers, South Africa had responded without delay when concern was raised especially given the economic climate. The meeting appreciated the swift changes that were made afterwards resulting in the appointment of Minister Pravin Gordhan as the Minister of Finance.President Zuma welcomed the participation of the private sector in building the economy. He also assured the business community that South Africa’s economy is resilient, that the country has a strong and vibrant democracy with an active and vocal citizenry and vibrant media all of which acts as good checks and balances to the leadership in the country.“The BIG meeting has been extremely helpful. We appreciate all the constructive comments and suggestions on all areas from the economy to social development. The positive contribution of the international and domestic business community in such a negative economic climate is very encouraging. This has given us good feedback as we prepare for the State of the Nation Address and Budget next month,’’ said the President.The President said he was generally upbeat about the visit to Davos.“We are very happy with the visit. It has definitely been worthwhile. Team South Africa has done extremely well in Davos, marketing the country in a difficult and very competitive economic climate. We managed to put our message across effectively and received a positive hearing. There is a lot that we need to do and we are already working on many of the issues that the global business community has been raising. Team South Africa will meet at home to discuss all these matters further so that we can work together to build our country and take it forward’’ said the President.Enquiries: Bongani Majola on 082 339 1993 or [email protected] by: The PresidencyPretoriawww.thepresidency.gov.za
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl wants to improve set piece goalscoringby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to improve their set piece record.Jannik Vestergaard is the only defender to have found the net this season with Maya Yoshida – who scored for Japan in international action on Thursday – having gone close on several occasions from James Ward-Prowse’s trademark deliveries.“I think we had a few chances in this season so far and for Maya as well who is always very close to score. I am really hoping that Maya gets the first one,” said Hasenhuttl before the international break.“With Prowsey we have a fantastic man who can bring the ball very good in the centre.“We were a little unlucky but we must be convinced we can decide games on set-pieces and this is something we are working on.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott was named the winner of the 2014 AAU James E. Sullivan Award, given to the nation’s top amateur athlete. Elliott, a rising junior tailback for the national champion Buckeyes, rushed for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2014, including a stellar 246-yard, four-touchdown game in the national title contest against Oregon. One of six finalists for the award, Elliott accepted the award in person at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan Sunday afternoon. ICYMI the winner of the 85th Annual #AAUSullivanAward is Ezekiel Elliott @EzekielElliott #topamateurathlete http://t.co/JJhjqWtGPV— AmateurAthleticUnion (@TheRealAAU) April 19, 2015Elliott praised the other finalists, praised his Ohio State team, and said “I’d like to thank my parents for pushing me to be …— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) April 19, 2015“… the person I am. … they push me for excellence.”— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) April 19, 2015The award’s other finalists included Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky and Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, among others.
Utah 8-110112121%11%2% Alabama 8-121435%43%12% Clemson is sitting pretty at the top spot. Alabama leapfrogged Ohio State to be No. 2. While LSU and TCU slipped, Iowa and Stanford made big leaps.So go the latest College Football Playoff rankings. Were the selection committee to form a playoff this week, its top four would be Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame. But who cares about this week? Let’s fast-forward to Dec. 6, when the final decision on this year’s playoff participants will be announced. Our model simulated the rest of the season, and the results are in the table below. TCU 8-1151239%10%4% Ohio State 9-032544%56%15% LSU 7-199814%12%3% Temple 8-122283944%<1%<1% Wisconsin 8-22517243%<1%<1% We project that three of the top four teams from this week will make the playoff, but we expect Baylor to surpass Notre Dame. It’s no guarantee, though; the Bears will play three games against top 15 teams — including a big one against Oklahoma on Saturday — so their playoff odds are only 31 percent.Another big change in our model since last week: Clemson has a lock on the No. 1 ranking. After gritting out a tough win over Florida State last week, the Tigers’ playoff odds are at 67 percent, with a 17 percent chance of taking the national title. Both numbers top all other teams. Ohio State has the second-highest odds of making the playoffs; the model put them at 56 percent. Alabama, fresh off an impressive win over LSU, has playoff odds of 43 percent.And finally, for you methodology diehards, we’ve made some slight tweaks to the model since last week. You can read about them here. For a deeper explanation, read Nate Silver’s original explanation of the model’s methodology. Oklahoma St. 9-0841338%23%5% Mississippi St. 7-21716153%3%<1% North Carolina 8-123182030%4%<1% Oklahoma 8-11214119%17%7% Michigan St. 8-11382211%10%1% Memphis 8-12131453%<1%<1% Clemson 9-013667%67%17% Navy 7-120155418%<1%<1% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Florida 8-111101438%17%3% Notre Dame 8-1469—30%8% USC 6-3—19719%1%<1% Houston 9-024223634%2%<1% Iowa 9-05132928%22%2% Baylor 8-067234%31%12% RankingProbability of … Michigan 7-214201613%7%1% Mississippi 7-3—26109%<1%<1% Northwestern 7-2182961<1%<1%<1% Stanford 8-1751152%28%6% Florida State 7-21624170%<1%<1% Oregon 6-3—23321%<1%<1% UCLA 7-21921186%3%<1% College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 10.
TB53NYJ54NYJ 10, TB 15-9.1– DET88DET89CLE 24, DET 38-1.1– 10Tobin Rote1950 to 1951Green Bay+0.5+2.4+21.9 1Nick Foles2012 to 2013Philadelphia+12.3+4.5+40.1 The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. 2Jared Goff2016 to 2017L.A. Rams+3.3+4.7+37.9 7Falcons+27.2-8.335.45-4 10Saints+78.3+26.351.97-2 6Steelers+14.5+46.932.47-2 3Bills-21.4-4.716.75-4 8Norm Snead1961 to 1962Washington+0.5+2.5+23.1 RANKPLAYERYEARSTEAMTD/INTAY/APASSER RTG 5Seahawks+12.2+40.628.46-3 1Rams+54.5+49.35.27-2 SEA56SEA66SEA 22, ARI 16+5.4– McVay may be pleased with his team’s performance so far, but he no doubt knows that the biggest tests have yet to come. As well as the Rams have played, they’ve yet to register a “statement” win4We don’t count their Week 4 win against the overrated Dallas Cowboys as a statement. and have instead been piling up gaudy numbers against the league’s sadsacks such as the Deshaun Watson-less Texans, San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants, whom they humiliated to the tune of 51-17 two weeks ago.By the average winning percentage of its remaining opponents, L.A. has the league’s second-toughest strength of schedule down the season’s final stretch, trailing only the Atlanta Falcons. And its final seven games include matchups against four teams that rank in the top 10 of FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings. While fans in Los Angeles decide whether they want to turn up for the playoffs, McVay and his team are facing a stretch of games that could define their season.FiveThirtyEight vs. The ReadersWeek 10 in our NFL predictions game — in which we invite you to outsmart our Elo algorithm — saw the readers get handed three heavy losses, the worst of which came at the hands of the Brett Hundley-led Packers, who beat the Bears 23-16. Elsewhere, the readers had their hearts broken by the Cowboys, who were taken care of by the Falcons 27-7. With that win, the Falcons overtook the Cowboys in odds of making the playoffs. The biggest win for the readers came via the “Toilet Bowl,” which saw the 49ers beat the Giants for their first win of the season. The cold-hearted calculations of Elo have yet to account for the fact that Big Blue has all but given up on the season.Make sure you get your Week 11 predictions in early — thanks for playing. 10John Elway1983 to 1984Denver+0.7+1.5+21.9 TEN63TEN65CIN 20, TEN 24-0.6– OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION EXPECTED POINTS ADDED LAR71LAR78HOU 7, LAR 33+1.9– Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 2Vikings+28.8+20.88.17-2 15Chiefs+62.0-56.1118.16-3 4Titans-14.6+6.721.36-3 NO52NO56NO 47, BUF 10+1.0– NYG62%NYG55%NYG 21, SF 31+6.2– 3Josh Freeman2009 to 2010Tampa Bay+3.6+3.5+36.1 8Panthers-1.8+34.636.47-3 Only Nick Foles, who caught lightning in a bottle with Chip Kelly during the coach’s first year in Philadelphia, topped Goff. This isn’t merely a function of Goff being terrible last year and decent this year, either. His 8.5 yards per passing attempt is currently the best in the NFL.While Goff and the Rams offense have drawn the bulk of the headlines, the defense has shown stellar improvement as well. Although the Rams’ D has gone quietly unnoticed,3Especially for a unit that allowed 20 points or more in 10 games last season, compared with just three occasions through nine games this season. it has jumped from 23rd in the league in opponent’s points per game last year to tied for third-best so far this season.When both units work in tandem, as they did against the Texans on Sunday, there might not be a better balanced team in the NFL — L.A. is the only team this season that ranks in the top five in both offensive and defensive expected points added. Jared Goff’s improvement has been historicThe largest increases in passer rating from a quarterback’s first to second season in the NFL 5Terry Bradshaw1970 to 1971Pittsburgh+0.3+2.0+29.3 12Packers+38.6-32.571.15-4 14Cowboys+49.2-30.679.95-4 13Jaguars+22.9+95.572.66-3 9Ken O’Brien1984 to 1985N.Y. Jets+2.3+2.3+22.2 16Patriots+92.3-64.5156.87-2 7Carson Palmer2004 to 2005Cincinnati+1.7+2.1+23.8 Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 10Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 10 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game WSH50MIN52MIN 38, WSH 30-0.6– GB55CHI55GB 23, CHI 16-12.7– PIT69PIT79PIT 20, IND 17+3.3– 11Lions-20.3+33.053.25-4 ATL56DAL51DAL 7, ATL 27-9.4– INCREASES The Los Angeles Rams had a 13 percent chance of making the playoffs at the start of the season and were projected to win just six games, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions. When they improved to 7-2 with a 33-7 demolition over the Houston Texans in Week 10, the Rams exceeded our projected win totals and now own a 71 percent chance of making the postseason. You can forgive our Elo algorithm for being so low on the Rams in the preseason — they did have the NFL’s worst offense last year1According to points scored per game and did finish on a seven-game losing streak as part of a 4-12 record. This season’s truly incredible transformation has taken place under the league’s youngest-ever head coach — Sean McVay, who was hired when he was 30 years old — and thus far, L.A. ranks among the best teams in the league (the same can’t be said about their fans though).Led by sophomore quarterback Jared Goff — who is firmly in the MVP conversation — the offense is on pace to make the Rams the first team since the 1965 San Francisco 49ers to lead the league in scoring2Points per game. in a season immediately after finishing last in scoring, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The addition of wide receivers Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins from the Buffalo Bills and development of third-year running back Todd Gurley have helped L.A.’s offense increase their points scored per game by 18.9 — that would be the largest annual jump since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. As for Goff, the No.1 pick in the 2016 draft was truly awful in his rookie campaign, and his future in the league was questionable. The former Cal Golden Bear went winless in his seven starts and finished with more interceptions than touchdowns. But under the guidance of McVay, Goff has flourished. Indeed, merely saying that he has improved is an understatement: He’s tracking for the second biggest increase in passer rating — a measure of how good a quarterback is — from year one to year two of any QB in history to make at least 200 passing attempts in each year. 6Carson Wentz2016 to 2017Philadelphia+3.5+2.9+24.8 NE71NE77NE 41, DEN 16+0.9– RANKTEAMOFFENSEDEFENSEDIFFERENCERECORD 4Steve DeBerg1978 to 1979San Francisco+0.4+2.8+33.1 10Jack Trudeau1986 to 1987Indianapolis+0.6+2.5+21.9 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.RESULTREADERS’ NET PTS JAX67JAX66LAC 17, JAX 20-2.4– 9Eagles+63.1+24.438.78-1 Among quarterbacks who made at least 200 pass attempts in each of their first and second seasons.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com CAR71CAR73MIA 21, CAR 45-1.4– The Rams are the most balanced team in footballThe difference in offensive and defensive expected points added for teams with positive records Check out our latest NFL predictions.
Lebron James of the Miami Heat gives a thumbs up before a 95-88 win against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, June 20, 2013. Credit: Courtesy of MCTAlmost four years ago, I sat in the passenger’s seat of my mother’s SUV, my mouth stuffed with red-stained tissues and napkins, sore from the early morning removal of my wisdom teeth.As my mom sped along the highway with my exhausted sister in the backseat (she had just been through an exciting week at a tennis camp at the University of Florida), I sat in that front seat, staring at the dark, star-speckled Florida sky, wondering what I did to deserve this punishment.An hour earlier, LeBron James had uttered those infamous words that will forever live in NBA lore, spurning Cleveland, the city that I loved and opting to play, instead, about an hour away from where I lived in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.Four years later, I remember that entire day perfectly. I remember as I entered my house, with the five hour drive home from Gainesville behind me, I stormed into my closet and snatched every James jersey I had, looking to torch each of them slowly. Unfortunately, in my mind, the numerous pairs of LeBron sneakers I had worn for the past seven years would suffer the same fate.Those sneakers and jerseys remain in that same closet to this very day, as my mom was able quell my raging anger, but nevertheless, in one fell swoop, the King went from my hero to my personal villain.He came to South Florida specifically because I wronged him in one way or another, or at least that’s how my immature mind thought of the situation.As I matured and time passed, my LeBron-loathing lightened to a mild distaste and it became less and less about the move and more and more about the execution of the move.I came to admire again, as I had for the seven years James spent in Cleveland, his dominance and his reckless abandon for anyone who dared stand in his way between those painted lines.He was no longer my favorite player – I may never have one again – but he was no longer the object of my youthful vitriol. In fact, following his second title and a couple of forgettable Cavaliers campaigns, I began to realize what so many in Cleveland had feared: the Cavs needed the one who trashed them on national television to become relevant once again.On June 15, 2014, it seemed as if, all of the sudden, my sentiments regarding James were mirrored by the entirety of Northeast Ohio.As James and the Heat left the floor deflated following just their second NBA Finals loss in four seasons, this dream sequence I’d conjured over the years seemed to suddenly turn tangible.Be it the pictures of LeBron in the wine and gold, standing amidst Kyrie Irving and potential top draft pick Joel Embiid, or the way in which the Heat fell to the most underrated team in the history of basketball, it seemed as if James had already packed his bag, bought a plane ticket and was headed back home.Everything, and I mean everything, has set up perfectly for him to come back to the Cavs, some of it due to chance, some of it planned all along.On the Cleveland front, it’s been no secret that the Cavaliers have been scheming for the past four years, making every move in their power to lure King James back to his throne.It’s certainly no mistake that the Cavs have put together a young, talented roster without ever filling the small forward hole in their starting lineup.It’s not an accident that the Cavs, on the brink of the biggest summer in their existence, have hired an up-and-coming general manager and have yet to hire a head coach, perhaps in an effort to let James help them on that front as well.It’s not a coincidence that the Cavs have an unbelievable amount of cap space going into free agency – cap space that they haven’t used much of over the past couple of seasons.The Cavs have done their part pretty well, aside from their lack of playoff appearances, to bring James back, but there are certainly other factors that are all pointing in the Lebron-to-Cleveland direction.Those factors start with the perfectly timed demolition of James’ current outfit, the Miami Heat.The Heat’s problems right now are plenty.Dwyane Wade looks to be a slightly better, slightly more creaky version of Mo Williams.Chris Bosh is a victim of his own inability to command any respect.Ray Allen, Greg Oden, Shane Battier and Chris Andersen could all very well ride off into the sunset of retirement.Erik Spoelstra looked completely lost for the first time in his NBA career, or was it that the lack of production from Wade and Bosh finally shed light on his shoddy coaching ability?So, thus far, the Cavs have set up everything perfectly for No. 6 and the Heat crumbled at exactly the right moment.With the Heat’s run all but done, there seems to be one last factor in the formula for James’ return: a lack of other possible destinations.If his time in South Beach has come and gone, where else, outside of Cleveland, could he go?The Los Angeles Clippers looked to be the best place for James until the team’s owner Donald Sterling cost them that chance, so I now see only one option.The New York Knicks could be the place for the King. An Eastern Conference team in a huge market with a new President, a new coach and a ton of talent. Yet, the cap room could become an issue. Carmelo Anthony, presuming he sticks around, would have to take a massive pay cut, as would players like J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Amare Stoudemire, to name a few.The Knicks could be interesting, but again, no place sets up more perfectly for james than Cleveland.Which is why he won’t return.Something will come out of the blue – something I, or anyone else, have yet to even consider – and LeBron will turn it into reality, unintentionally letting Cleveland down once again.Pat Riley will move some pieces around to strengthen the Heat’s struggling roster, the Boston Celtics will add Kevin Love, Jay-Z will somehow sell Brooklyn to James, something will ultimately happen that will send him to his third NBA city.As it often does, once again, Cleveland will be left to sit in its own misery and the Cavs, despite their numerous top draft picks and overall talent, will be more effective in Seattle, as the newest version of the SuperSonics.While all of this is nothing more than a series of situations playing out in my mind, this summer is setting up to be yet another fascinating one for the fans of Northeast Ohio.With Johnny Football already in tow and Lonnie Baseball hitting his way into the hearts of Indians fans everywhere, a return of Bronny Basketball could turn Cleveland into the most lucrative sports city in America.And for some reason – that same reason I tried to put my finger on as I sat heartbroken and gazing at those stars out of the window of my mom’s SUV on July 8, 2010 – it just won’t happen.