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Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who in February announced that he was gay, may not be among the 256 men chosen in this year’s NFL draft, which begins Thursday. In fact, based on a historical assessment of players who were rated similarly by media scouting projections, Sam’s chances of being drafted are only about 50-50.Sam, the 2013 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, is rated as a sixth-round pick on the Scouts Inc. draft board, which is available through ESPN Insider. That might seem to imply that he’s likely to be drafted, because the NFL draft has seven rounds.But players projected to be chosen late in the draft are hard to differentiate from one another. You can think of NFL prospects as representing the tail end of a bell curve. At the extreme end of the tail are a small number of potential franchise talents, such as Andrew Luck and Bo Jackson. The curve gets denser and denser with players the farther down the draft board you go, however. Players who are projected as sixth-round picks often fall out of the draft entirely.I looked at what happened to projected sixth-round picks since 2005, as according to the Scouts Inc. draft board. Specifically, I looked at defensive ends and outside linebackers, the two positions that Sam might play in the NFL. (That some scouts regard Sam as a “tweener” is one reason he may not be drafted highly.)There were 67 such players between 2005 and 2013. Of those, 37 players — 55 percent — were not drafted. Twenty-four others were drafted between the fifth and seventh rounds, while six were chosen in the fourth round or higher. Only about 10 percent were chosen in the sixth round exactly.Isn’t it a bit contradictory to describe prospects as sixth-round draft picks when they’re far more likely not to be drafted than to be chosen in the that round? There are more projected sixth-round picks than sixth-round slots. This year, for example, Scouts Inc. lists 71 players as sixth-round picks, but there are only 39 selections in that round (this includes a number of compensatory picks given to teams who lost free agents).The alternative, however, would imply a false precision in differentiating between sixth-round picks, seventh-round picks, guys just off the draft board and so forth. Picks late in the draft are intrinsically hard to project, because each team has different assessments of the players, and some teams prioritize need while others look for talent.But leave these semantics aside. There’s a more pressing issue in the case of Sam. Has his draft status been harmed by his public declaration of his sexuality?Sam’s ranking has fallen on some news media draft boards, including the one prepared by ESPN and Scouts Inc., since he came out as gay. Determining the cause and effect is harder. On the one hand, Sam got middling reviews at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. On the other hand, some NFL scouts and general managers have told members of the media that they’re worried Sam could be a “distraction.” In a league that has employed the likes of Aaron Hernandez, that could be cover for homophobia.But suppose that Sam were projected as a fourth-round pick, which is how he was often described at the time he came out. Would he be assured of being drafted?Not quite. Among the 70 defensive ends and outside linebackers projected by Scouts Inc. as fourth-round picks since 2005, 15 — 21 percent — weren’t drafted. Others were chosen as high as the second round.In other words, if Sam is not chosen in the draft, we won’t be able to say for sure it’s because of his sexuality. Draft projections are an inexact science, especially in the late stages of the process. (If Sam is neither drafted nor signed as a free agent, that would be a clearer signal that the league is evaluating him on something other than his football talent.)Personally, however, if the odds are something like 50-50 on Sam being drafted, I think I’d take his side of the bet. Why? A player only needs one team to draft him. A player like Sam who generates polarized opinions might have a better chance of being chosen in a late round by a team like the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks than one who everyone agrees is mediocre. read more


first_imgJurgen Klopp admitted that he thought it was a “joke” when he was told of Barcelona’s shock elimination at the hands of AS Roma on TuesdayThe runaway La Liga leaders were shockingly defeated 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico by a Roma side benefiting from Eusebio Di Francesco’s tactical masterstroke in using a 3-4-1-2 formation to leave Barcelona exposed.Klopp, speaking after Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Manchester City ensured their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 5-1 aggregate victory, admitted that he initially did not believe it when he was told he could be next facing the Giallorossi.“I walked up the stairs and somebody told me [Roma had gone through] — I really thought it was a joke,” said the Liverpool coach, according to ESPN.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Not that I don’t respect Roma, the absolute opposite. They have a fantastic team — Edin Dzeko, wow. They lost Mo Salah and they are in the semis, that’s quite a big thing.“I cannot say anything about the game, I didn’t expect it before the game but I knew it was possible.“This competition is quite fair and I really think a normal final would have been Manchester City against Barcelona, and now they are both out.“But there will still be two other really strong teams in there plus Roma and us. We will see what happens but that’s not the thing I have to think about tonight.”last_img read more


first_imgChelsea manager Mauricio Sarri became the first boss at Stamford Bridge to go through his first 11 league matches unbeaten and he has hailed his talented players for the role they played.Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to go second place and just two points behind Champions Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.The victory means Sarri is now unbeaten in his first eleven Premier League games, which is the joint-longest unbeaten record by a Premier League manager, equalling the record set by Frank Clark in 1994.“I’m really very proud but I’m proud to be coach of this team. The record is not the record of the coach but the team.” Sarri told Chelsea FC website.“I was lucky because I have very good players and in the last two months they were able to win without a great level of organization from the tactical point of view.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Sarri also downplayed Chelsea’s title chances saying: “I don’t know. At the beginning, we knew there was a gap of 30 points from last season.“At the moment we need only to think about trying to recover a large part of the gap. I hope to recover almost all of it but I don’t know. It’s difficult to recover 30 points but we are trying.”last_img read more


first_imgThe new Rossoneri CEO Ivan Gazidis has arrived in Italy after ten years in the English Premier League with ArsenalIvan Gazidis spent ten years with Arsenal in the English Premier League as an executive.Now he has arrived in Italy to be the new AC Milan CEO.“It’s a great honor to have been chosen to lead AC Milan into a new era as its chief executive,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I’d like to assure the clubs millions of fans all over the world that I will work with my heart and soul to do the very best job that I can.”“To achieve what we all want for this great football club, the hard work will start now and it will require teamwork both on and off the pitch,” he added.“I’m extremely excited about the opportunities ahead, and although the journey will be challenging, I’m confident that together, we can bring AC Milan back to where it belongs. Forza Milan.”last_img read more


first_imgThe Sterling Highway is now open while the Skilak Lake Road remains closed. Construction will resume on the highway and pilot cars and flaggers will be used in these areas. Continue to drive with caution in the fire area. Minimal fire activity with isolated pockets of torching with some surface fire was reported on the fire line yesterday. Similar fire behavior is expected for today’s operations. Yesterday, a new fire progression map was made. Note, that the acreage on that map was not updated to our current 162,328. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update 6:55am:Last night an infrared flight was flown. This flight indicated an increase in 149 acres. The Swan Lake Fire in now 162,328 acres. Original Post: 6am: The Swan Lake Fire remains at 162,179 acres with 719 personnel assigned, and at 29% containment. Firefighters are utilizing the overnight moisture to assist in mop up operations to further contain the fire. Dan Nelson, Incident Manager with the Kenai Peninsula Borough: “Make sure that you are ready to evacuate or take action as needed. However, this shows a good significant shift in fire behavior, and it  show that the crews have made good progress in getting those areas contained.”  Chainsaw and mop up operations are being conducted on the southwest side near Sterling to clean up tree debris along the fires edge from past wind events, so be aware when driving through the area. Travelers will see smoke and downed trees while passing through the fire area. Fire crews may also be working along the road cleaning up trees that have fallen so drivers are encouraged to drive safely and remain alert. The reduced fire activity allows firefighters to build line closer to the fire’s edge, south of Resurrection Pass Trail. The priority is to reduce potential fire spread toward Cooper Landing, if fire activity picks up again. Chipping operations will continue in the Cooper Landing area to reduce slash and larger debris material.A joint community meeting was held in both Sterling and Cooper Landing last night to update the  residents on the current status of the fire and the downgrade of evacuation status for both communities. All restrictions for outdoor activities due to air quality, and activity related travel between Sterling and Cooper Landing on Sterling Highway were removed effective on Tuesday for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Cooper Landing School will reopen Wednesday on a normal schedule. In a letter from the district, thank you to everyone for your patience throughout the past 14 days while these restrictions were in place for student and staff safety.last_img read more


first_img Email Armed with an impressive list of high profile collaborations, the 19-year-old singer/songwriter has arrived to take America by stormJacklyn KrolGRAMMYs Aug 25, 2017 – 5:49 pm At only 19 years old, Swedish pop singer/songwriter Zara Larsson has set her sights on world domination with her latest album, So Good. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 25, 2017 – 5:49 pm Zara Larsson On Writing With Ed Sheeran One of Larsson’s biggest American buzzworthy hits from the album so far is “Symphony,” her collaboration with Clean Bandit, which came to life after the GRAMMY-winning group heard Larsson’s “Lush Life” and approached her.”We just recorded it. It sounds great. We did the video and boom it was out, very easy and very effortless,” said Larsson. “So hopefully I’m going to be in the studio with them to write some more.”A more recent single, “Don’t Let Me Be Yours,” also resulted from a collaboration, this time between Larsson, Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid, Steve Mac, and GRAMMY winner Ed Sheeran.”[Johnny] just basically told me, ‘Well, tomorrow when we have the session Ed might swing by,'” said Larsson. “We were just jamming and … I was like, ‘Whatever, he’s not going to show up, like, why would he do that?’ And then he showed up! On time actually, and he was just the nicest guy.”Believe it or not, “Don’t Let Me Be Yours” was not set to be on the album initially, but Larsson fought for it to make the cut because she felt the vibe between her and Sheeran in the studio was so natural.  “That’s how I feel collabs should be, you know? You should work with each other in the studio and it should just come easy and that’s what happened.”Speaking of Sheeran, Larsson has even incorporated a cover of his hit “Shape Of You” into her live shows.”I’m still starting off, and I think my biggest song to this day is definitely “Never Forget You” here in America, so I think I want that element of, ‘Oh, you know this one,’ to keep [the audience] interested and keep them singing along.”Larsson lists Beyoncé as part of a wide range of influences from various genres, but still understands that her music is undeniably pop. Most importantly, she is maintaining an open mind and letting her sound develop naturally.”Honestly, I don’t really know what I want, I don’t have this vision where I want it to sound like this,” Larsson said. “I’m super open to everything.”More Exclusive Interviews: The xx Travel The World On New LP “I See You”Read more Twitter News Pop Star Zara Larsson On Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé, ‘So Good’ Interview: Zara Larsson On Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé pop-star-zara-larsson-ed-sheeran-beyonc%C3%A9-so-good Facebook last_img read more


first_imgThe chairman of the state’s Marijuana Control Board says the state is on track with its regulatory process work. On Talk of Alaska Dec. 15, Bruce Schulte said the state had to finalize regulations by Nov. 24 and finished a few days before that date. Schulte says the next deadline is Feb. 24, 2016. Download Audio“And that’s the last date by which the state must begin accept applications for the various licenses and we’re on schedule to hit that date as well.”Schulte says there have been some sticking points along the way, one of the bigger ones was residency requirements for potential business owners. The initial idea was to use voter registration rolls but the final decision was to use the same rules that govern eligibility for the permanent fund. Schulte says verifying legal residents is important to meet federal criteria.“Which if met would basically keep the DEA out of our hair. And one of those was that we had an accurate way of vetting who is participating in this industry so by having a solid residency requirement and knowing who is applying that at least is one of those criteria.”One of the challenges for Alaska will be access to mandatory testing facilities for communities off the road system. Marijuana will have to be tested for mold, residual pesticides or fertilizer and to measure potency. Schulte, a commercial pilot, says that will be difficult.“Federal aviation regulations specifically say you can not carry cannabis in a commercial flight, the air crew, the air carrier can not carry cannabis in that fashion, unless it’s legal in that state. So you would think, ‘OK, good, we’re solid right?’ That’s what I thought too, but no, there’s a federal statute that overrides that, that says, ‘OK, all those federal regulations not withstanding, if a pilot or carrier knowingly carries these substances, we’re going to revoke his license and we’re going to pull the carrier’s certificate.’ So it’s a fairly high bar and as a professional pilot, my attitude is yeah, I’m not going to do that, I don’t want to lose my license, but that’s the problem we have right now.”Schulte says there is tacit acceptance in Oregon to allow intrastate travel, but he says Alaska flight standard officials haven’t adopted it yet.He says there’s also remaining problems with banking and IRS rules.“There are bills pending in both the House and Senate on banking and IRS rules and we’ll see, getting that accomplished is like getting an act of Congress, literally.”He says the easiest route to solve these problems would be for the federal government to simply declassify marijuana and remove it from the Schedule 1 Controlled Substance list.Anchorage resident Jane Stinson ran into local stumbling blocks. Stinson is retired and wanted to start a family business in the marijuana trade here, but she says finding retail space has been tough. She found a landlord who was initially willing, but then changed his mind.“He was uncomfortable because he was afraid of what banks in the city might do if he submitted a lease that had marijuana on it, so those are the kinds of concerns and issues that we’re coming up against.”Stinson says she still hasn’t found a willing retail landlord in Anchorage.last_img read more


first_img Share Robin Jerstad for The Texas TribuneState Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, speaks at a press conference outside the federal courthouse in San Antonio after being found guilty of multiple felonies on Feb. 22, 2018.Gov. Greg Abbott has scheduled a July 31 special election to replace state Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio.Uresti announced his resignation Monday, four months after he was found guilty of 11 felonies. The resignation is effective Thursday.The filing deadline for the special election is Monday, and early voting will start July 16, according to Abbott’s proclamation. The document also outlines Abbott’s reasoning for calling what is known as an emergency special election, noting Uresti’s District 19 has been “without effective representation” for over a year due to his legal troubles and it is important to fill the seat as soon as possible.Abbott had the choice of setting the special election for the next uniform election date — Nov. 6 — or at an earlier date. Uresti had asked Abbott to slate the special election at the same time as the Nov. 6 elections, saying it would “save the 17 counties and taxpayers thousands of dollars.” At least two Democrats are already running to finish Uresti’s term, which ends in 2021: former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego of Alpine and state Rep. Roland Gutierrez of San Antonio. Pete Flores, a Republican who unsuccessfully challenged Uresti in 2016, has also announced a special election run. Uresti was indicted last year on charges including fraud and money laundering stemming from his involvement with FourWinds Logistics, a now-defunct oilfield services company found to have perpetrated a Ponzi scheme against investors. Uresti worked as general counsel for the company, owned a 1 percent stake and earned a commission for recruiting investors, according to court documents. He was found guilty on all counts in San Antonio federal court on Feb. 22.last_img read more


first_imgScholars from India and abroad held a wide ranging discussion on the ‘codification and Oral Practices” of the monumental work ‘Sangitaratnakara’ of renowned scholar Sarangadeva at a seminar under the aegis of Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan in the Capital.Speaking on the contribution of Sarangadeva – a scholar from Kashmir who settled in the Deccan region in Southern India – Prof Krishna Bisht, noted Khayal vocalist of Delhi Gharana , focussed on the application of anibaddha gana of Sarangadeva in Hindustani Khayal genre while Prof Ritwik Sanyal , veteran Dhrupad exponent from Varanasi, through an exhilarating performance established the links with the oral tradition of Dhrupad . Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDr Indrani Chakravarti, from Prashanti Nilayam, Andhra Pradesh, through her association with the tribe – the ‘Kinnara Jogis’ in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, gave an interesting account of its current existing practise while explaining the swara scales from vedic period to Sarangadeva. Prof Najma Perveen Ahmad,whose research has been on Persian texts on Indian music, focussed mainly on the two important texts ‘Lahjat-e-Sikandar Shahi’ and ‘Ghunyat-ul-Munya’ which have elaborately dealt with Sarangadeva. Dr Richard Widdess , Prof of Musicology from SOAS, UK gave an interesting analytical view point on the alapa and alapti as expounded by Sarangadeva. Dr Arati Rao from Bangalore, explained the seven salaga suda prabandhas of SR through a well-conceived demonstration of verses set to the different talas.Bhawan’s Director, Ashok Pradhan focussed on the importance of knowledge of Sanskrit in understanding the worth of monumental works like the Sangita Ratnakara that bridged the theory and practise of performing arts of the ancient medieval times and their importance in the practising scenario of the present times. Eminent scholar and art historian Kapila Vatsyayan appreciated the work being done by Bhawan.last_img read more


first_imgMay 16, 2001On Tuesday, Construction lifted the last panel of the first floor of Phase V!Next week they will use special formwork to pour the “party” (partion) walls.Here Jeff Buderer, Habitat Manager David Tollas, and Ray Shong connect the panelto the crane. [Photo by Ivan Fritz] Lifting the panel. [Photo by Wes Ozier] Chip, David Tollas, and Jeff Buderer guide the panel into place and add a braceuntil the supporting walls are poured. [Photo by Wes Ozier]last_img