DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – “Is Tiger playing?” asked one player after his early round on Friday in Dubai. No, he wasn’t. About an hour before his tee time at Emirates Golf Club officials announced Woods had withdrawn from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, his second consecutive missed weekend and the seventh time he’s tapped out since 2010, because of back spasms in his lower back. Woods looked tentative on Thursday on his way to an opening 77 that made a trip to the weekend unlikely. He grimaced crawling out of a bunker early in Round 1 and moved like a man who has endured two back procedures within the last 15 months. His manager, Mark Steinberg, stressed that the back spasms that cut his week here in the desert short weren’t the same as the nerve pain that led to him missing all of last season, and following his round on Thursday, Woods said his poor play had nothing to do with his oft-injured back. “I wasn’t in pain at all,” he said after his worst round ever in Dubai. “I was just trying to hit shots and I wasn’t doing a very good job.” Omega Dubai Desert Classic: Articles, photos and videos Any opinions beyond these facts are pure speculation, the kind of background noise that has dominated the Tiger narrative for years now, and Steinberg was hopeful Woods could make his next scheduled start in two weeks in Los Angeles. Whether this most recent setback is a sign of the times or the beginning of the end may be a lively hot take for those on social media, but only Woods knows within the chambers of his heart what the future may hold. That’s not to say there’s no room for Friday morning quarterbacking. After a 15-month hiatus from tour golf, the road back to relevance has been curious, with Woods starting at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, where he missed the cut, followed by a flight, commercial no less, across 12 time zones for this week’s stop in Dubai. The rigors of such a trek could impact even a healthy player half Woods’ age, never mind a 41-year-old who has spent the last year on a strict pitch count. “I’m sure there’s so many different factors that could play into it. I just couldn’t know what causes a back to go into a spasm,” Steinberg said. “Look, he doesn’t have the strongest back in the world, right. So it’s probably easier to spasm because of the issues he’s had. So I’m sure there’s a variety of factors that can play into it.” There’s also something to be said for Woods’ return rotation, which includes Torrey Pines, Dubai, Riviera and PGA National for the Honda Classic later this month. After that, it’s likely he’d play Bay Hill and the Masters. That’s not exactly a user-friendly return to the fray or anything that could be remotely considered “rehab starts.” Maybe it would have been best to ease back with a warm week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, but that’s not really Woods’ style. As much as he talks about allowing his game to evolve as he gets older, he’s always played the toughest courses against the game’s deepest fields and no amount of maturity is going to soften that competitive edge. So the path ahead is also not up for debate. What remains is rather straight forward, continue to push himself and the reality of his physical restrictions, because the alternative, at least to Woods, is the kind of self-actualization that he’s always sidestepped. You don’t win 14 majors and redefine the game by allowing yourself to contemplate boundaries, but there will be a point, be it in a month or 10 years from now, that diminishing returns begin to sink in. Pat Perez knows something of such harsh realities having endured the strangest of seasons in 2016 that included shoulder surgery, seven months of rehabilitation and, finally, a victory in November at the OHL Classic. Last month at the SBS Tournament of Champions as Perez talked of his own struggles the conversation, as it often does, turned to Woods. “I know how hard it is to come back and this guy [Woods] has had three back, all his knee [surgeries], it will be interesting,” Perez said. “He’s had so much time off.” If Woods’ Dubai WD is the new normal, and not simply a bump in the road to recovery, if missed cuts and more withdrawals are the status quo, how long is he willing to deal with mediocrity? “I hope he plays well, I’ve known the guy my whole life and he’s made us a lot of money,” Perez said. “What I don’t want to see is him struggle, because he won’t do it long. If he plays all [four] tournaments and misses all [four] cuts you won’t see him again. That’s just not in him.” In recent weeks Woods has conceded he’s considered life after golf, an exercise that included a brand makeover to TGR that was aimed at bringing together all of his business interest, but it’s doubtful he’s looking further than his next start at the moment. But as another opportunity, another chance to prove there are still traces of greatness in him, comes and goes, that steely resistance to doubt and appraisals of his own limitations are sure to be tested.
Pocket December 2, 2009 Published by Site Default ← Visegrad Scholarship Program Tweet Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Reddit Share 0 The Open Society Foundation, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Staffordshire University Business School jointly invite applications from university graduates with outstanding academic qualifications for ten scholarships on the MSc in Economics for Business Analysis programme at Staffordshire University. The aim of this joint scholarship scheme is to assist ‘capacity building’ in the region by speeding up the training of professional economists needed in the process of transition to a democratic market economy. The scheme will enable young university graduates to pursue postgraduate studies in economics in the United Kingdom with a view to returning to and working in the region after completing the programme.Deadline: 25/01/2010Open to: students from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and MontenegroScholarship: fullOperation of the Scheme:In the academic year 2010-2011 the scheme will be offered to candidates from Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Republic of Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Montenegro. There are ten scholarships available in this round. The scheme consists of two parts: an intensive MSc Preliminary Course (mid-July 2010 to mid-September 2010) followed by the main Masters programme (mid-September 2010 to August 2011). The Preliminary course consists of four intensive modules: macroeconomics, microeconomics, statistics and English for Academic Purposes to ensure that all candidates have the necessary experience and knowledge of the subject. The second part, the main MSc course, consists of two semesters of coursework with four modules in each semester and a dissertation written under the supervision of a member of staff. The beneficiaries must undertake to return to the region for at least two years after the completion of their study programme.For further details of the programme, please see the MSc programme web-siteFinancial Details:The OSF and the FCO will cover the cost of travel between the home countries of the candidates and Stoke-on-Trent (including the cost of obtaining a UK visa) and provide them with a maintenance grant (£767 per month in 2009-2010), an arrival allowance of £550 and a thesis allowance of £301 during their stay in the United Kingdom. The OSF, FCO and Staffordshire University will jointly cover the tuition fee, the maintenance grant and the allowances. Staffordshire University will cover the cost of the intensive MSc Preliminary Course.Eligibility:Applicants must:• be nationals of and normally resident in one of the following countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Republic of Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia or the Republic of Montenegro during the academic year in which they apply for the award. Applicants who are temporarily out of the country for a total period of less than 3 consecutive months may be treated as being resident;• have obtained a first degree (the equivalent of a BA degree) with good grades in economics or related disciplines by the end of April 2010;• display intellectual ability and leadership potential;• be able to demonstrate their knowledge of English by passing a TOEFL (ITP) or IELTS test at an appropriate level by the time interviews are held for these scholarships, or by other means (such as having completed an academic programme in English at another institution, or having obtained a satisfactory mark in one of the above-mentioned tests at a date no earlier than January 2009);• not have already received or be currently receiving financial benefit from a previous HMG fully funded scholarship;• return to their home countries at the end of their scholarship period to continue their studies/work there.Further Information about Staffordshire University:Further information on Staffordshire University and the Business School may be obtained by visiting the University’s Web Site and the Business School’s homepageCandidates may also contact Mrs Jenny Herbert, by telephone, fax or e-mail if they have any further queries about the operation of the scheme.Direct line: 0044-1782-294065 Fax: 0044-1782-294340 E-mail: [email protected] web MSc in Economics in UK +1 Similar Stories PhD in Economics, UK → Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore PhD in Economics and Finance Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) LinkedIn 0 World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program (RSMFP) 2021
Roblox’s continuing construction of a social, creative spaceMatthew Curtis talks about prioritising better monetization, discoverability, and technology for the platform’s creatorsRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterThursday 4th June 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleRobloxWhile companies holding virtual events due to COVID-19 has become a standard headline nowadays, Roblox’s annual Bloxy Awards in March tapped into virtual spaces in a way that only a creative, social platform could.At the event’s peak on Saturday, March 21, it saw nearly four million concurrent players within Roblox itself, and over 600,000 of those were watching the awards ceremony itself happen in real-time, within Roblox. The ceremony was fully animated and streamed inside the platform, and it included all sorts of activities for those participating: games, quests, and collectibles. It also raised $100,000 for Make-A-Wish and Code.org through exclusive virtual item sales.But at the heart of the event was Roblox’s developer community, out of which 14 different Roblox games were honored with Bloxy Awards in categories such as best use of tech, sleeper hit, and of course, game of the year.For Roblox, maintaining its platform is a delicate balance of ensuring its developers are taken care of, its community is thriving, and its social platform is safe — and the three feed into one another constantly. Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, VP of developer relations Matthew Curtis is eager to share more on both recent and planned features that will enable Roblox to continue supporting the platform’s developers specifically, all while leveraging the advantages from creators existing on a multi-faceted platform.”Every developer and creator was a player initially… Its foundation makes it really unique” For developers, one of the most recent additions is Roblox’s premium payouts. While there are a number of ways for developers to earn money on the games they make — including microtransactions for virtual items, game passes, and ads — premium payouts specifically give players Robux currency based on how engaging their game is for Roblox Premium subscription players.Curtis says that this method of monetization helps Roblox developers take advantage of the platform’s nature as a social space.”I think it’s really cool because of the intersection of having developers and creators on the platform,” he says. “Every developer and creator was a player initially, and because it is a social network, its foundation makes it really unique. As that’s evolved over time we’ve seen the content become more advanced, and now we are seeing some developers are creating more advanced systems — whether that’s engagement-based systems, whether that’s multiplayer-based systems. We’re mostly concerned about engagement. That’s usually our number one metric: engagement retention.””Almost every game by default has a lobby system. You’re going there to hang out with your friends. Generally speaking, you’re going there to socialize. We have a lot of players that usually have foundational games that they always go back to, but our players try out a bunch of games too. And I think it’s the network effect of the platform. Your friends are trying out a whole bunch of stuff; you want to go play with them. You’re willing to try out additional content because your friends are playing it as well.”I mention Roblox CEO Dave Baszucki’s hopes in 2017 that Roblox would eventually reach $10 million annually in payouts to its top creators, and its announcement last August that its creators were set to earn over $100 million in 2019. How many individual creators are actually approaching earnings in the millions? Is the wealth collected by just a few developers?”We’re trying to ensure that there are more revenue opportunities for a broader set of creators” Though Curtis can’t give specifics on creator payouts, he does say that the biggest Roblox game last year saw a peak of over 650,000 concurrent players. [Note: Post-publication, we were informed that the same game hit 1.6 million concurrents in April of this year]”Some of the games that do get that type of volume do make a lot of money on the platform,” he continues. “But some of the things that we’re trying to do with premium-based payouts is to flatten that curve to ensure that there are more revenue opportunities for a broader set of creators, and to also allow some of those creators that are just starting out to get a little extra revenue, so they can continue to invest in their creations and get to a point where it could be the next potential [hit].”Beyond revenue, Roblox is looking at other ways to support its developers. One factor the company is considering in its plans is the fact that Roblox isn’t just a place for games. It’s also, as Curtis mentioned, a social platform, meaning that some of the creations within it are just areas for people to hang out socially or communicate. Others lean harder into the gaming side, though, and try to push the technological limits of Roblox for higher-performance experiences. Some “games” in Roblox, he says, are effectively tech demos for the platform itself.Roblox players were able to watch the Bloxys live in groups of up to 40 — though Curtis imagines future in-game event spaces that are even larger”We’re actively trying to increase our performance across the board. We’re working with a subset of developers to test. Aspirationally, we’d love to support 100, even 200 concurrent [users] in a specific instance, which would be pretty amazing. Out of the box, your first-time developer could have 100 people in their game… In addition to that, when looking at higher fidelity, we’re always trying to improve. They’re always trying to allow our developers to have higher level assets, better lighting, you name it.”In addition to that, we’re looking at doing more [user-generated content]-oriented initiatives. One in particular — there’s a marketplace for plugins. The plugin marketplace allows developers to create solutions to issues that they’ve had on the platform, but also allows them to focus on particular things that we have to deprioritize because we’re taking on larger, bigger, performance-oriented tasks. But this could be as simple as a better interface for searching for content on the platform. It could be anything. And developers can either offer these for free or they can even try to monetize and sell them on our marketplace, which is really interesting.”We’re always trying to allow our developers to have higher level assets, better lighting, you name it” “I think the coolest piece is actually our cloud collaboration — we’ve really been doubling down on that. Imagine you go into an instance, you and some of your co-developers are in there synchronously, and you can actually make changes at the same time. And that’s to the building space itself. It’s also in the code. We’ve worked really hard on this. And we’ve been actively recruiting developers to make sure it’s right.”Curtis adds that Roblox is also looking at improvements to how users can search for and discover new content. Though he’s mentioned that users often share content just by word of mouth through friend groups, actually recommending relevant content to users independent of that is still important to ensuring the platform’s developers are seen.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “Curating appropriate and relevant content is hard on any platform,” Curtis says. “You tend to get a power curve. But the way I think you can somewhat resolve that is by better understanding what your users or your players are looking for, and trying to provide that particular type of content. We’re actually going through the process right now, — it’s really, really early, but you’ll probably see a combination of trying to determine signals that would determine relevant content, but then also, leveraging our community at some point.”As for the future, Curtis says that the biggest challenges Roblox currently needs to solve are issues of server uptime and safety — the latter of which the company has shared its philosophy for in the past.”We do have distinct groups that are focused on whether it be the social aspects, the developer platform aspects, the infrastructure aspects,” Curtis concludes. “And then we collaborate with broader arcs to bring everyone together. So everyone has their own tactical execution tracks. But we have this overarching strategy strategic layer where we’re all collaborating and making sure that we’re aligned. So it allows us to be a little nimble while still focusing on that angle.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesRoblox’s first quarterly report sees bookings, losses soarUser-generated content platform saw bookings more than double to $652 million, while losses deepened to $134 millionBy Brendan Sinclair 8 hours agoRoblox closes first day of trading with $38b market capSocial gaming platform opened at $64.50 a share — nearly $20 above the NYSE reference priceBy Matthew Handrahan 2 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
RELATED: Results | Standings | Detailed breakdownAVONDALE, Ariz. – With a pickup pit crew, at the track that cost him a shot at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title last year, William Byron won Saturday’s Ticket Galaxy 200 to advance to the Championship 4 race in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.Behind him, JR Motorsports teammates Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler also qualified for the title race with finishes of 10th and 18th respectively. The JRM trio will join Daniel Hemric in an all-Chevrolet finale, after Hemric ran fifth and held off a valiant bid from Cole Custer after a restart with 13 laps left.Byron took the lead off pit road after taking right-side tires only during a stop under caution on Lap 183 of 200. As Hemric, Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell and Custer battled behind him, Byron pulled away to beat Blaney to the finish line by .960 seconds.“The second-to-last run of the race it took off on the long run,” said Byron, who was knocked out of the Truck Series Playoff last year when his engine blew at Phoenix. “I got up to third, and we got the two tires on it, and we were able to stay up there.“I felt like clean air was pretty important. The 20 (Jones), the 22 (Blaney) and us were really similar. Whoever was in third would lose distance to the front two after probably 20 or 30 laps. We just had to adjust on it and make sure we got it right for the last pit stop.”Jones ran third, followed by Bell and Hemric, who passed Custer on the final lap to claim the final spot in the Championship 4 by four points. Blake Koch also got past Custer on the way to the stripe to grab sixth place, and Custer rolled home seventh.The JRM teams found out Saturday morning that their pit crews wouldn’t make it to Phoenix in time for the race because their plane had been diverted to Little Rock, Arkansas, with a mechanical problem. That led to a scramble for crew members pieced together from Hendrick Motorsports development crews.RELATED: JRM assembles backup pit crews for PhoenixIn Byron’s case, the put-together crew proved up to the task. They got his No. 9 Chevrolet off pit road first after the final pit stop, though crew chief Dave Elenz said the two-tire call was dictated by the team’s inability to jack the left side of car, a problem that had recurred throughout the race. “The guys on the pit crew did an awesome job, to step in cold-turkey like that, not knowing that you’re going to do it this morning,” Byron said. “And then showing up and pitting the car in the Playoffs—that’s pretty insane.” If Byron was relatively unconcerned with a makeshift crew, team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. was more than mildly surprised.“I freaked out when I heard it,” Earnhardt said. “I was real surprised by that news, but I was assured that we had people here who could get in there and do the job, and to be honest with you, they did. Give those guys a lot of credit…“I’m equally glad that our guys who had to land in Arkansas are safe, and we’ll see them next weekend.”RELATED: Poole’s early trouble brings his postseason run to an endThe major casualty of the race was Brennan Poole, who came to Phoenix fourth in the standings with a good chance to make the Championship 4. But Poole wrecked on Lap 22 while trying to drive to the inside of the lapped car of Caesar Bacarella, who was making his first XFINITY start.“I saw (Bacarella) go in (to Turn 1), and we were going to kind of go to the top to go around him, and he slid up so I tried to go to the bottom,” Poole said. “Bad luck, bad circumstances.“I guess I could have been a little more cautious there, but just trying to get up there to get some stage points and keep moving forward.”None of the four drivers competing for the title next Saturday drives a car eligible for the owners’ championship. The four cars running for the latter title are the No. 22 Ford of Team Penske, the Nos. 18 and 20 Toyotas of Joe Gibbs Racing and No. 42 Chevrolet of Chip Ganassi Racing.All four cars have been driven by multiple drivers this season.Note: The No. 7 Chevrolet of Allgaier was found to have an unattached brake cooling hose in post-race inspection, resulting in an L1 penalty. The infraction did not affect the composition of the Championship 4, but Allgaier will lose the services of crew chief Jason Burdett for the season finale.
Richard Atkinson is chair of the Law Society criminal law committee As many defence practitioners will be aware, the Crown Prosecution Service is rapidly moving forward with its plans to achieve a paperless office through its Transforming Through Technology (T3) project. The impetus to achieve this ‘holy grail’ of the paperless office – first spoken of in the commercial world in an interview given to Business Week on 30 June 1975 and yet to be achieved – comes from the impending spending cuts which the CPS faces. The aim of greater digitalised working and the financial savings that this can bring are clearly to be welcomed. Defence practitioners, who in large part have for many years been embracing technological advances to increase their efficiency and save costs to their businesses, will recognise the laudable aims of this project. They will also, however, immediately recognise the huge scale of the task that the CPS has set itself. Moreover, there will be considerable concerns that in the rush to save money those savings may come not from reducing costs but from transferring them from the prosecuting agencies to the defence. In recent months there has been increasing engagement with the defence community in the T3 project and a national T3 Practitioners Group has been set up on which there is defence representation from the Law Society and various practitioner groups. At these meetings, and others held regionally, major areas of concern have been identified. While the problems are acknowledged, no pause is being allowed in the progress of the project to resolve them. We are asked to take it as a matter of faith that they will be resolved in time. I do not share that optimistic view. The issues that have to be addressed are fundamental to the progress of the project. Defence practitioners would be putting themselves at great financial risk if they were to sign up to this project until these issues have properly been resolved. Of many outstanding issues, perhaps the most significant relates to secure email – the linchpin of the whole project. The present secure email system is not fit for purpose. Although much vaunted by the CPS, secure email has a number of restrictions which make it highly impractical for comprehensive use by the defence community. Secure email is governed by a Ministry of Justice protocol, which places many restrictions on its use. Examples include the use of cloud-based technology; the use of mobile handheld devices for receiving secure email; and the forward transmission of material received by secure email other than by secure email itself. These restrictions mean that, at a time when many small and medium-sized firms are being told that the most cost-efficient method of server technology is through a cloud-based system, the secure email protocol prohibits this. It means that practitioners will not be able to receive secure email at court on laptops or handheld devices. This is not an issue for the CPS, which intends to access its own secure network from court but defence practitioners understandably will not have access to this. Further restrictions on secure email will mean that if you are sent a prosecution document, for example an expert’s report, you are not able to forward that report to your own expert unless they also have secure email. You will not be able to forward material to your own client. These are fundamental issues which need to be resolved before secure email can be of any significant benefit to defence practitioners, and before defence practitioners can be expected to sign up to the project. The T3 project envisages the service of all prosecution material by secure email. Printed copies of documents will no longer be available. As defence practitioners know, this will raise very significant issues when it comes to payment in the Crown court. Although the matter is being addressed, it has yet to be finalised what the Legal Services Commission will accept as counting towards the PPE page count of material served by electronic means. No one has yet addressed the issue of solicitor access to the custody areas in courts with laptops or tablets. If material is to be served and stored digitally, then the defence must be able to take that material into the cells to obtain instructions from clients in custody. It is not acceptable to require the defence to print out copies of this material for their clients in custody. This would simply be a transference of cost from the CPS to the defence. How material is served on unrepresented defendants has also still to be resolved. There remain concerns about the adequacy of the necessary infrastructure for the proper implementation of the T3 project. Many courts do not have enough power points to allow practitioners to use electronic devices. If material is to be supplied electronically, it is essential that all courts have free Wi-Fi access available for practitioners. Secure storage facilities should be provided. The capital cost of the extra hardware and software required by CPS staff will be paid for from the public purse. Will the LSC offer to help defence solicitors purchase this kit? If there are savings to be made to the public purse from embracing this project, then surely these benefits should be applied to both parties in criminal cases. A transfer of funds from the CPS to the LSC to allow for the payment of a grant to defence practices to implement the necessary changes would enable the whole criminal justice community to fully embrace digital working. This, too, needs resolution in advance of the defence community embracing the project. Defence practitioners are not luddites, nor are they fools. Embracing technology where that technology leads to greater efficiency and cost savings is something to be welcomed. However, the advantages to the defence community of agreeing to work with the T3 project, in its present form, are not yet evident. The Law Society and practitioner groups will continue to lobby for these matters to be resolved and for an acceptable scheme to be made available. Until then, I would caution defence practitioners against signing up to this project.
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A Cardiff resident who lost a High Court challenge over police deployment of automated facial recognition technology has begun the appeal process, his solicitor revealed this week.In Bridges v CCSWP and SSHD, the High Court ruled in September that South Wales Police’s use of the technology was lawful after a challenge was brought by Ed Bridges, who believed his face was scanned by South Wales Police at a protest and while he was doing his Christmas shopping. Bridges was represented by civil liberties group Liberty which says thousands of people have been scanned without their knowledge or consent at high-profile events such as the 2017 Champions League Final and Ed Sheeran concerts.Bridges’s solicitor, Megan Goulding, told the Public Law Project’s annual conference that an application has been submitted to the Court of Appeal.Goulding told a packed breakout session on automated technology that the judicial review had faced evidential difficulties because the police force immediately deletes data if no match is detected with a watchlist of suspects. ‘All we could prove is that the client had been in the range of cameras. The police’s answer was “you still cannot prove the camera was pointed towards the client, and the image was captured and processed”. On that logic, not many people could challenge facial recognition because their data would be deleted too soon.’Another problem was the lack of data on the total number of faces scanned at every deployment. ‘All we could do was estimate…that half a million faces had been scanned’. Liberty asked the court to be ‘bold’, Goulding said, and take into account the negative, as well as positive, impact of the technology on the community.Another evidentiary challenge was accessing information held by the manufacturer of the facial recognition system. Goulding said: ‘In terms of what we were arguing for our public sector equality duty challenge, the police should have investigated for the potential of indirect discrimination before using this technology. We were also saying to do that assessment, it is necessary for you to get access to the training dataset.’The use of automated decision tools could be limited, Goulding told the conference, ‘if you can establish it’s a breach of the public sector equality duty for a public authority not to get information or take steps to get information from its private manufacturer that will show whether the system will discriminate.’
It’s the start of looking ahead for the Browns to their biggest rival, as this week the 2-7 brown and orange travel to Pittsburgh to play the banged up 5-4 Steelers.When it comes to the biggest question for the Browns, it’s the quarterback spot, and quickly on Tuesday coach Mike Pettine put to rest the thought of Johnny Manziel getting his third start of the season.The coach said that Josh McCown will be back under center as the starting quarterback spot on Sunday, provided his ribs allow him to function. Manziel was 15-for-33 for 168 yards and a score against the Bengals on Thursday night in a 31-10 loss in Cincinnati to the Bengals.The coach also stated that wide receivers Andrew Hawkins and Brian Hartline practiced after missing time with concussions and will be ready for the Steelers game.As for Pittsburgh and their injury issues, head coach Mike Tomlin said today that it appears the team will go with backup Landry Jones against the Browns.In regard to starter Ben Roethlisberger and his foot issues, the coach said they are ‘leaving the door slightly ajar’ for Big Ben to be in the lineup, but it appears that Jones will be under center Sunday. Tomlin also said that running back DeAngelo Williams is dealing with inflammation in his foot and will miss practice on Wednesday. Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Related TopicsBrownsDeAngelo WilliamsJohnny ManzielJosh McCownNFLSteelers Matt Loede
For the second straight night, the Washington Capitals ran into a hot goalie and lost a hockey game.The good news, was that on Saturday evening, the Caps picked up a point since it took the shootout for the Toronto Maple Leafs to defeat Washington, 2-1.There were lots of good things for the Caps in this one. They dominated the game and the shot totals, 50-28 in shots on goal and 101-54 in shot attempts. That’s some serious puck possession there, primarily because they played better getting out of their own zone. Alex Ovechkin scored late in regulation off a beautiful Mike Green sand wedge to tie this one after it looked like David Clarkson’s power play deflection tally might be the only one to hold up.It was a very entertaining hockey game and James Reimer was the difference. Given that the Caps played the night before and didn’t get into the Big Smoke until the wee early hours of Saturday morning, Coach Adam Oates must be pleased with the effort he received. Oates inserted Eric Fehr into the lineup and took out 32 year old Martin Erat to add energy in a tough back to back situation. The move worked as Brooks Laich, moving down to center Joel Ward and Jason Chimera, had his best game of the season and the second line of Fehr, Mikhail Grabovski, and Troy Brouwer were strong too.Grabovski though, had a scary moment catching Clarkson’s skate to the face after Joffrey Lupul used his stick to take Grabovski down to spring a Leafs 4 on 2 rush near the end of period two. Grabovski needed more than 20 stitches to close two cuts and is fortunate to not have lost his eye. I’m not sure what the referees were doing there, but the move by Lupul to take 84 down was clearly either any of hooking, high sticking or interference?Fehr would score first in the shootout and it looked like Washington might get the win, but then James Van Riemsdyk tallied and Nicklas Backstrom’s attempt to win the game on his 26th birthday failed. Lupul, a big time Capitals killer (see game 7 in 2008), beat Braden Holtby and Troy Brouwer didn’t convert as Washington dropped to 5-2 in the gimmick this season. Overall the Caps are now 12-10-2 on the season, good for 26 points and second place in a tightening Metropolitan Division (the Rangers and Flyers both won again).Ovechkin now has 20 goals in 22 games, so don’t tell me Oates can’t coach. The bench boss has turned the Gr8 back into the purest goal scorer in the NHL again.As mentioned above, the biggest reason for the Washington domination was the play on the back end. Green had a really strong game and John Carlson was flat out dominant once again proving that he not only should make Team USA for the Sochi Olympic Games, but he just might be the best right handed defensemen on the team the way he is playing. Even more encouraging was the performance of Nate Schmidt. I’ve liked #88 since his first game in Baltimore back in September, but he probably would’ve have been best having a season in the AHL to hone his craft. Tonight though, Schmidt was outstanding with his decision making, stepping up in the neutral zone when necessary, and it culminated in his best game of the season. He’s playing due to injuries, but the rookie is doing all he can to help the team. Give credit to assistant coach Calle Johansson too, after Carlson, Green, and Karl Alzner, the other guys playing defense aren’t household NHL players but somehow Calle had these guys playing above their skill level on Saturday.If there are some things not to like about this loss that featured a great team effort, it is probably the power play going 0 for 3 on the night (10 shots on goal) along with Washington’s inability to get a lot of traffic on Reimer. The Leafs were not going to let Ovechkin score with the man advantage and Brouwer and Ward didn’t capitalize on their opportunities. Oates and assistant coach Blaine Forsythe will need to adjust that unit again to get more traffic. Carlson had several point blasts but Reimer saw nearly all of them cleanly. One other thing to dislike were the face off totals. Toronto won that battle handily, 39-24.So the Caps end up a back to back weekend against the Habs and Leafs going 0-1-1 despite carrying the play in five of the six periods. Peter Budaj and Reimer were the difference makers and the Capitals inability to get traffic and rebounds didn’t help the cause. That’s an area to work on going forward.Still, the fact that Washington’s puck possession numbers were much better the last two nights is encouraging. I credit a lot of that to getting #52 back in the lineup. Green doesn’t get paid $6M+ per season for nothing. With Green and Carlson playing the right side for over 80% of the game, Washington is a different team than when they are only with one of them. In addition, the other defenders amped up their game and minimized their mistakes.Notes: Washington’s next game is at home against the Ottawa Senators on Thanksgiving Eve…assistant equipment manager, Craig “Woody” Leydig, worked his 2,000th NHL game on Saturday night. Woody has been with the Caps since the 80’s and is one of those guys that just shows up and does his job every night. He’s a well known “good guy” around the league.
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