Big Brother’s Nicole Franzel, Victor Arroyo Postpone Wedding

first_imgAll in due time. Big Brother alums Nicole Franzel and Victor Arroyo have postponed their wedding amid the coronavirus pandemic, the couple exclusively confirm to Us Weekly.Franzel, 28, and Arroyo, 29, initially planned to tie the knot in December in Turks and Caicos, but they pushed the date to May 2021.- Advertisement – “We were very much looking forward to celebrating our wedding with a small group of close friends and family this December, but due to COVID-19, we had to make the difficult but necessary decision to postpone until May 2021,” they tell Us.Big Brother Nicole Franzel Victor Arroyo Postpone Their WeddingNicole Franzel and Victor Arroyo. CBSFranzel teased their wedding date earlier this week on Instagram. “Only ONE month til I MARRY this hunk,” she wrote on Monday, November 9. “#arroyalwedding.”Arroyo then replied in the comments section, “So excited and damn we look good …except my no shave November mustache.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The reality stars competed together on season 18 of Big Brother in 2016, at which time Franzel was involved in a showmance with Corey Brooks. The twosome split soon after the finale, and she later began dating Arroyo.The Coco Caliente podcast hosts confirmed their relationship in September 2017, noting that they had been an item for three months. “Nicole is my girlfriend,” Arroyo told fans in a Twitter video at the time, kissing Franzel more than once.“[After] Big Brother, me and Nicole stayed friends,” he told Entertainment Tonight in September 2017. “We talked a lot as friends and, you know, through her life and my life, we were just an open book. … She’s friggin’ awesome. A lot of people don’t know her beyond Big Brother, but she’s a sweetheart in real life and I love her to death.”- Advertisement – Arroyo then detailed how their relationship blossomed into something more. “Everything came together for the premiere of Big Brother 19, where we were in New York and we just clicked,” he recalled. “From then on, it was, I guess it was a love story, and now she’s my girlfriend.”Arroyo proposed to Franzel in September 2018 during a visit to the Big Brother house with fellow alums. Live-feed viewers shared the news on Twitter, pointing out that season 20 houseguests wished them well with a “Congrats Victor & Nicole” message on the pin-art wall in one of the rooms.The pair celebrated their anniversary in June, with Franzel quipping via Instagram, “Exactly 3 years ago we kinda sorta hit it off.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories!last_img read more

Botulism cases lead to physician suspensions, company shutdown

first_img Dec 20 FDH news release The Jan 11 AP story said authorities alleged that TRI bought a batch of botulinum toxin from List Biological Laboratories, a Campbell, Calif., firm that makes the toxin for research use. McComb first obtained botulinum toxin from TRI, and he later bought a much stronger preparation from List Biological, the story said. It said he allegedly used the List preparation when he injected himself and the three other people in November. Florida Health Secretary John O. Agwunobi, MD, stated in a Jan 18 news release, “This company skirted Florida’s regulations, placing our citizens at risk, simply to make a fast buck; even worse are these abhorrent licensed practitioners who knowingly placed their patients in harm’s way. This is egregious and can not be tolerated.” The Florida Department of Health (FDH) on Dec 17 suspended McComb’s medical license and those of three other people associated with the clinic where he worked, Advanced Integrated Medical Center in Oakland Park, Fla. The others were chiropractor Thomas P. Toia, owner of the clinic; Shelly Wolland, DO, who worked at the clinic; and Alfred Boyce, DO, medical director of the clinic, according to the FDH and reports in the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. The botulism investigation has led to allegations that Toxin Research International (TRI), a Tucson, Ariz., firm, sold raw botulinum toxin to healthcare practitioners as a Botox substitute. The FDH said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) obtained TRI records that showed sales to Cohen and Daube. Jan 18 FDH news release Florida osteopathic physician Bach McComb and three other people suffered paralysis in November after he allegedly injected himself and them with a botulinum toxin preparation far stronger than Botox, the legal drug used to smooth facial wrinkles. Jan 21, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Several healthcare professionals have been suspended and an Arizona company has been shut down in the investigation launched last November when four Floridians were paralyzed by injections with a botulinum toxin not approved for use in humans. McComb and the three people he injected in November all remained hospitalized as of Jan 19, according to a report by the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post on that date. The others are Eric and Bonnie Kaplan of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Alma Hall, a staff member at McComb’s clinic. See also:center_img Chad Livdahl, owner of TRI, testified that the company sold botulinum toxin for research only, not as a Botox substitute, the story said. His lawyer said Livdahl was not aware that some buyers were using the product on people. But the judge granted the government’s request to shut the company down. A Jan 18 AP report quoted health officials as saying they were not aware of any injuries to patients of Cohen and Daube. According to the report, US District Judge James Cohn said TRI used misleading and deceptive practices that were likely to result in “tragic consequences.” He ordered TRI to recall any of about 3,000 vials of the toxin remaining in circulation. McComb’s license had already been suspended for other reasons before he gave the injections, the FDH said. The Sun-Sentinel said Wolland had given Botox injections several times while under state orders not to dispense prescription drugs. This week, the FDH suspended the licenses of two other Florida physicians, Norman Cohen and Daniel Campbell Daube Jr., for allegedly buying and using an unapproved botulinum toxin. Cohen is from Jacksonville and Daube from Panama City, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. A federal judge on Jan 10 ordered TRI to stop selling botulinum toxin, according to a Jan 11 AP report. Government investigators allege that the company advertised botulinum toxin to 15,000 dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and other physicians in 2003, the story said. Federal investigators said TRI shipped 51 vials of botulinum toxin worth $53,000 to 13 customers in South Florida in 2004, according to a Jan 9 AP story. Earlier reports based on statements from another employee at McComb’s clinic indicated that the doses he injected were hundreds of times stronger than a dose of Botox. Botulinum toxin is among the most potent poisons.last_img read more

​LGPS Central’s Segars extols resilience after lockdown fund launch

first_imgJoanne Segars, chair of a £45bn (€49.5bn) UK local government asset pool, said the continuation of pensions investment work despite the COVID-19 lockdown has been a revelation – and a testament to people’s resilience.Segars told the audience at the IPE Summer Pensions Congress 2020: “I think we’re all adjusting to how we can do things, and one of the remarkable things we’re discovering about lockdown is that we can do things we never thought we would be able to do before.”LGPS Central – which manages the combined £45bn of assets belonging to eight UK local authority pension funds across the Midlands and is chaired by Segars – launched a corporate bond fund in March when the lockdown began.“If you’d asked me a year ago, could you possibly do this remotely, I’d have said, don’t be ridiculous of course we can’t – but actually what this crisis has shown is just how resilient people are,” she said in a panel discussion between pension fund leaders on future agendas. Joanne Segars, chair, LGPS Central“I think what we can see already is that coming out of this crisis there will be those companies that have managed well […] and that puts the onus on the board. But it also puts the onus on us as owners of those companies to engage with those companies,” Segars said.Asked about the issue of diversity in pensions and asset management, she said the pensions industry was not particularly diverse as a sector across a range of metrics, but that at LGPS Central, she was pleased to report that 75% of the non-executive directors were women.“We’re very clear that diverse organisations are the ones that have much more robust decision making; they can avoid groupthink and that makes them have better outcomes,” she said.This conviction also informed the pool’s asset manager selection process, she said.“What we’re looking for is not just boilerplate responses – because it’s very easy for organisations to say yes of course we’re diverse, of course we value these things – but we’re actually looking at how those issues are taken through in practice and how they affect decisions,” Segars said.“Asset managers with poor culture and insufficient diversity aren’t going to make it onto our books at LGPS Central,” she said.LGPS Central is a member of the 30% Club Investor Group, an initiative promoting an increase in female representation on UK company boards to at least 30%.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. “I think it reflects on everyone who works in the sector and my colleagues at LGPS Central just how flexible we have turned out to be,” said Segars, who is also chair of UK master trust NOW:Pensions and sits on the investment governance committee of Legal & General.Segars also said it could already be seen that COVID-19 had increased the stress on the social element of ESG in investment.The signing by LGPS Central’s umbrella organisation the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum of the Investor Statement on Coronavirus Response – a joint pledge organised by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility – had been important in emphasising unanimity of support on very important issues, she said.last_img read more

Two Variations on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

first_imgPublic Discourse 5 February 2015I came across a photo the other day of a fifteen-year-old girl dressed in a tuxedo, complete with red bow tie and tails, standing in front of a Christmas tree. She was heading for her high school’s Christmas dance, and her parents had taken pictures beforehand.Why the tux? She had recently heard of a “gender bending” prom at a nearby school, one where all the girls had worn tuxes along with their dates. She was immediately drawn to the idea. However, at her school, she was the only one in on the twist. In the photo, she is attempting to look cool and smug, but her eyes betray sadness. The sexual identity struggles and confusion that had been quietly welling up within her since middle school were finally emerging for all to see2015: The Girl in the Tuxedo Goes to the Dance After the pictures at home are taken, it’s time to head to the dance. Once she arrives, the girl in the tuxedo attracts attention for her bold choice to subvert gender stereotypes through her choice of attire. Members of her high school’s LGBTQ-Straight Alliance applaud her. Later, when she opens up about the confusion she’s been wrestling with surrounding her feelings toward other girls and her own identity, the “Q” (for “Questioning”) component of such clubs is happy to welcome her and inform her about gay sex and identity.If she resists embracing a lesbian identity, she is encouraged to come out of denial and accept herself for who she is. If she seeks counseling, her therapist hews to a strict, professionally mandated protocol to affirm and validate her identity as homosexual. The counselor tells her that being lesbian is an unchangeable and good part of who she is, even though the girl is experiencing significant distress over the intense emotional and physical draw she feels toward other girls and women.1985: The Girl in the Tuxedo Begins a JourneyI was that fifteen-year-old girl in the tuxedo, but my experience was very different from the one promoted by the social values of 2015. What ensued thereafter was a long and sometimes arduous and painful journey of becoming, working out my sexual identity from the cauldron of confusion that surrounded my development.I have written a little about this journey, wherein I embraced and then renounced an active lesbian life to follow the God who made me and called me by name into His love. I began to trust the One who knew the truth of my identity more than I did, who wrote His image into my being and body as female, and who designed sexuality and set boundaries upon it for my good. I spent well over a decade as a celibate single person. During this time, I felt a wholeness in body, a growing wholeness in my soul, and a greater peace than I could ever have imagined at the age of fifteen. This was more than enough transformation for me, and I was deeply content. However, fifteen years after my tuxedo debut, to my utter surprise, a flicker of heterosexual desire emerged. As I approached forty, I certainly never dreamed I would marry. But now, as I write, I struggle to finish because my youngest child is tugging at my arm. My beloved husband, my children’s father, will soon be home from work.How grateful I am that the photograph is from 1985, not 2015. read more

Mourinho chasing €70m striker to partner with Harry Kane

first_img Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Best Cars Of All TimeSurprising Photos Of The Rock And His Lavish Lifestyle Loading… Jose Mourinho is hoping that Tottenham Hotspurs would sign prolific Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland this summer, claims a report in Spain. Dubious outlet Don Balon have reported that Mourinho has “recommended” to Daniel Levy that Spurs go after the Norway frontman in the summer. The 19-year-old striker, who was wanted by Manchester United in January, only moved to Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in the January transfer window after blasting 28 goals for the Austrian side. Borussia Dortmund snapped up Haaland in January after paying his release clause of €22.5m and the young striker has gone on to score 12 goals for the Bundesliga side.Advertisement It’s no wonder that Mourinho is looking at the striker, whose release clause is believed to be €70m. The Portuguese coach also wants Haaland to partner Harry Kane and will not try and sign him as a replacement “Mourinho not only wants to retain Harry Kane for one more season, but he also wants to join him with Haland for an attack with excess power,” reads the report, translated from Spanish. Read Also:Harry Kane ready to snub Man U for Juve in £180m deal Spurs will face competition for Haaland, if the report proves correct, with Marca recently claiming Real Madrid have an interest in the player. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

INDOT Preparing for Winter

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Governor Mike Pence has declared this week, as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana.The Indiana Department of Transportation began preparing for the upcoming winter season soon after the snow and ice melted last spring.INDOT’s top winter priority is removing snow and preventing ice on more than 11,000 miles of interstates, U.S. highways and state routes.Last winter, 211,428 tons of granular salt and more than 2.8 million gallons of salt brine were deployed on state and federal highways.INDOT continues to receive deliveries of salt and already has more than 225,000 tons on hand.Last winter, INDOT’s yellow plow trucks logged nearly 3.8 million miles, the equivalent of 152 trips around the earth or 8 round trips to moon.INDOT will have more than 1,000 plow trucks available to clear roads of snow and ice this winter.INDOT purchased 72 new trucks to replace older equipment and 12 new tow plows.Last year during winter operations, INDOT staff logged 202,168 hours, the equivalent of nearly 17,000 12-hour shifts.INDOT has been holding job fairs and aggressively hiring seasonal and full-time workers over the past few months.Applications are still being accepted for some locations including the Aurora sub district.last_img read more

Cindy Crawford gives lecture on branding

first_imgOn Wednesday night, the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Marshall School of Business hosted international icon Cindy Crawford, who spoke about her experience building an enduring brand.Model behavior · Cindy Crawford reflected on her achievements in both her modeling and business careers. She credited her success to her parents’ different personalities, referring to them as a “great balance.” – Kirstin Louie | Daily Trojan Those in attendance included USC alumnus and benefactor Lloyd Greif and many USC faculty and staff.The event was moderated by David Belasco, co-director and adjunct professor at the Greif Center. Belasco organizes entrepreneurs such as Crawford to speak as a part of his entrepreneurship class, BAEP 470: “The Entrepreneurial Mindset — Taking the Leap.” Past speakers for Belasco’s class have included everyone from the creators of Siri to Pete Carroll at last week’s event in Bovard Auditorium.Crawford, who had a prominent modeling career before creating Meaningful Beauty and the Cindy Crawford Home Furniture, grew up in the Midwest, in what she referred to as a “small town, blue-collar world.” Crawford watched her parents get divorced at a young age, and she remembered vividly how this has impacted her viewpoints to this day.“I saw my dad controlling my mother through money, when he would withhold her money every week,” Crawford said.Seeing this relationship between her parents, Crawford was determined not to let anyone control her the way her father did her mother.Because Crawford’s parents possessed opposite personalities, she was able to gain different but equally important traits from each of them. Crawford’s mother was an unconditional supporter of her decisions, Crawford’s father taught her to be ambitious and chase her dreams.“It actually was a really great balance,” Crawford said.Crawford’s parents are not the only people in her life who have shaped her to be who she is. While spending one quarter of college at Northwestern University before dropping out to pursue a modeling career, Crawford found that she was subjected to judgment based on her looks.Walking into calculus on her first day of classes, the teacher looked at her and said, “Sweetie, I think you’re in the wrong class.” Rather than giving up, however, Crawford used her looks to her advantage and didn’t try to fight the unavoidable bias that exists in the world.“You can take advantage of the way people treat you, too,” Crawford said. “You can learn how to work the system and it’s not fair, but instead of spending your whole life fighting, you can learn how to work your way through that.”When she was just beginning her career in the modeling agency, Crawford noted that it was beneficial for her to sit back and take note while everyone around her did their jobs.“If you’re interested and you keep your eyes and ears open, you learn,” Crawford said.This ambition and mindset helped the international celebrity begin building her brand in her                             mid-twenties and enabled her to focus on her passion products.When Crawford was approached with the opportunity to be the spokesperson for Revlon, she turned it down and instead took the option of building her own company, Meaningful Beauty, which just recently passed its billionth dollar in revenue.“I believed in the idea and the intention behind Meaningful Beauty enough that I wanted to take the chance,” Crawford said.Whether it is Meaningful Beauty or Cindy Crawford Home Furniture, Crawford has learned that the most important resource in any business is time.“Budget your time in a way that reflects your passion and your goals and what you want to accomplish,” Crawford said. “My time is my greatest resource, so where do I want to give my time and which things give back to me?”Though Crawford’s celebrity status has helped her brands take off, she notes that any product can’t be successful unless it is actually worth buying.“I can get eyes on it, and then the product has to speak for itself,” Crawford said.last_img read more

3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 89-67 win over Seattle

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 16, 2019 at 9:10 pm Contact Nick: | @nick_a_alvarez For the first time this season, Syracuse is above .500. After a blowout season-opening loss and a blowout win, the Orange defeated Seattle in what may be their easiest contest of the season. Syracuse (2-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) routed the Redhawks (2-3), 89-67, on Saturday night in the Carrier Dome. With Joe Girard III leading all scorers with 24 points, Syracuse cruised in the NIT Season Tipoff’s campus game.Here are takeaways from Syracuse’s win. Fast start A staple of Syracuse’s first two games was a slow offensive start while the defense steadied. Virginia rode an early-margin to victory and the Orange had to climb past an early eight point deficit against Colgate. Against Seattle, however, Syracuse didn’t need a mid-game swing to spark its offense. The unit clicked from tip with each starter playing the first seven minutes. They all scored and benefited from the tempo established by new starting point guard Joe Girard III. Syracuse ran components of the cyclical offense they used against Colgate, piggy-backing off the Orange’s 2015 Final Four strategy. Early in the first half, Girard corralled a defensive board, dashed up the court and dished a hockey assist to Buddy Boeheim who then fed Hughes for a 3. Hughes capped the highlight with his first air guitar celebration of the season, a light strum as he jogged back defensively. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse connected on 10 of its first 11 shots and led by as much as 20 before halftime. Closing inIn the second half, Buddy curled around the bottom of Seattle’s defense and looked up to find the ball sail over his head. Hughes had targeted Buddy for a mid-range jumper, but the turnover earned a groan from the crowd. To start the frame, the Orange offense operated in the halfcourt and giveaways paired with Redhawk 3-pointers cut the lead to seven.But on the next possession, Girard tracked down a loose ball, canvassed the court and muscled inside for a lay-in. The lead grew two possessions later when Buddy tallied his fourth assist to Marek Dolezaj. Girard swished a catch-and-shoot 3 one minute after, forcing a Seattle timeout. Syracuse led by 18 again six minutes later. For most of the game, Girard triggered the offense. He held the ball on nearly every transition chance, slinking through traffic and feeding an open white jersey on the perimeter. Orange head coach Jim Boeheim turned to freshman Brtcen Goodine instead of Jalen Carey all game to spell Girard. The 44-year head coach benched Carey, who didn’t play a minute on Saturday, in favor of Girard four nights prior, opting for ball security and shooting instead. Girard finished with five deep balls and earned several ovations from the crowd. For the first timeSyracuse, introduced as the sixth-winningest program in Division I history, hosted Seattle,’s 177th-ranked team. The Redhawks and the Orange never played before and the expected result occurred. Seattle led for 21 total seconds after Myles Carter opened the scoring. Syracuse totaled more rebounds (36 to 30), points in the paint (34 to 26) and fastbreak points (14 to six), compiling highlights and stuffing the box score at every turn.  Commentslast_img read more

Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12-team PPR Superflex league

first_imgDOMINATE YOUR DRAFT:  Ultimate 2019 Fantasy Cheat SheetRecently, I took part in a 12-team mock draft as part of Howard Bender’s Mock Draft Army for Fantasy Alarm. I was given the No. 3 pick in a league that incorporated both PPR scoring and a superflex position (QB/RB/WR/TE). It also didn’t include defenses or kickers, meaning all 16 rounds would be spent taking offensive players. I knew the third pick would allow me to take one of the top three non-holdout running backs, which is never a bad way to start a draft. Initially, I hoped I’d be able to snag one or even two QBs to put in my starting lineup at the first turn back my way, but that changed quickly. Instead, I ended up drafting fantasy’s top TE. It meant I waited a while on quarterback, just as I’ve done in my two previous mocks. MORE: 12-team standard league mock | 12-team PPR league mockLISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY QB PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWLet’s see how my mock draft turned out.2019 STANDARD RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker | Top 200Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12-Team PPR, Superflex league* This draft was for a PPR league that starts 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 FLEX, 1 Superflex and has 7 bench spotsAlvin Kamara (Round 1, Pick 3). With Ezekiel Elliott’s holdout carrying on with no end in sight, the running back position feels like it has three players above the rest: Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey and Kamara. All three catch plenty of passes, too, making them just as great PPR options. Because you can never go wrong getting a good RB early, I resolved to pick one of these three. Kamara is the one who fell to me. His role may not change much with Latavius Murray essentially replacing Mark Ingram, but Kamara should have no trouble repeating his top-five RB season from 2018.Travis Kelce (Round 2, Pick 22). This is where my initial strategy went off the rails. Five QBs had already been taken by the time it got back to my second pick. Instead of forcing it, I decided to try something I hadn’t in my first two mock drafts. In both of those, I waited a long time at TE and ended up with Delanie Walker and Trey Burton, respectively. Here, right about at the spot where Kelce should be selected, I took fantasy’s top tight end. I figured this would prevent me from having to worry about the position for basically the entirety of the draft. This pick also set me up to wait on QB, as the best options would all be picked over by my fourth-round pick.Joe Mixon (Round 3, Pick 27). Mixon gets a bad rap in PPR leagues. Really, he’s not as bad a player for that format as you might think. He caught 43 passes a year ago and finished as the 10th-best PPR running back. That seems repeatable in 2019. Picking Mixon here was tough because of this league’s three starting WR spots that I’ve currently filled none of through three rounds. The only one of our top-eight WRs remaining at this selection was Antonio Brown, whose Week 1 status is totally up in the air. Mike Evans had just gone off the board, so it was Mixon or Adam Thielen. I felt good enough about the depth at receiver to go with Mixon.2019 PPR RANKINGS:Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | Top 200Kenny Golladay (Round 4, Pick 46). I didn’t feel good enough about Russell Wilson at this point to go QB, so this was the time I’d get my first two receivers. Both Golladay and Calvin Ridley were available (Stefon Diggs had just gotten taken), and I had to make a tough call here. We rank Ridley higher than basically everyone else, so it felt like he’d have a better shot of falling to me five picks later. Ideally, I’d end up with both of them. Golladay might have the most potential of any non-top-10 WR to finish the year there. He’s exactly the type of big-bodied athlete Matthew Stafford thrives with. I didn’t want to miss out, so I snagged Golladay here and crossed my fingers.Calvin Ridley (Round 5, Pick 51). Phew. This might be the biggest benefit to finding occasional players who you’re much higher on than others. Ridley saves my WR corps after I went with Kelce in the second round. Obviously, we’ll have to be right on Ridley (or at least close), but to get a borderline WR1-caliber player in the fifth round makes me feel much better about waiting on receiver until Golladay. To end up with the top TE, two top-12 RBs and two top-20 WRs at the end of five rounds feels like a win.Jarvis Landry (Round 6, Pick 70). This was my second PPR mock draft and my second time getting Landry at a value of nearly 30 picks below where we rank him. He’s a classic PPR weapon who makes up for a lack of huge plays with a high volume of catches. Some might have concern that Odell Beckham’s arrival spells the end of those big-catch days for Landry, but there should be plenty of throws to go around with Freddie Kitchens and Todd Monken running a pass-happy attack in Cleveland. Landry feels like the perfect high-floor player to complement the higher-risk, higher-reward pick of Ridley.DRAFT STRATEGY AND RANKINGS TIERS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/STA.J. Green (Round 7, Pick 75). If I had chosen to end my wait on QBs here, it would’ve been for Jared Goff. I expected a few options who aren’t that much different from Goff to be available rounds later, though, so I used this pick to take a shot with Green. I get him as my fourth wideout, sliding into my FLEX spot as soon as he’s healthy (which we know he won’t be in Week 1). Green doesn’t need to play 16 games to return value at his ability at this selection, though. Between 10 and 12 solid Green games makes my team that much better in those weeks, and my team won’t be crushed if he gets hurt again because I didn’t invest too highly in him.Nyheim Hines (Round 8, Pick 94). As I discovered in my previous PPR mock draft, pass-catching running backs seem to be the most undervalued asset in these formats. There’s a reason we rank Hines about 30 slots higher than this draft selection. His 63 catches in 2018 provide him a good floor, and he might be due to improve after a total of four TDs last season. He’ll provide me a solid option to fill my FLEX spot until Green returns from injury, and he will be a safe backup to my workhorse RBs if one were to get hurt.Kirk Cousins (Round 9, Pick 99). The wait is over. I’d considered Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger with my last pick, but they both were selected just before I took Hines. I figured because we’re higher on Cousins than his ADP, I could give him the turn to get back to me, and he did. Cousins is coming off a career-high completion percentage, which makes sense since he was throwing to two of football’s best receivers. He’s our 12th-ranked QB, and after six went in the first two rounds, getting a starter this late works for me. He really shouldn’t be that much different than Matt Ryan, who went in the second round. Dion Lewis (Round 10, Pick 118). Lewis fits in our PPR rankings right near Hines and is another one of the players who should outperform his selection in this format. Even in a Titans offense that doesn’t love to pass, he caught 59 passes last year, ran another 155 times and scored only two TDs. I’d bet on at least a small jump in scores, and even a repeat of last year would make him worth picking in this spot. Again, I considered QB here, but the guy I get with my next pick was sure to fall based on his ADP, so I waited through the turn again.FANTASY SLEEPERS: 8 QBs | 14 RBs | 11 WRs | 11 TEs | 6 D/STs | One from each teamDerek Carr (Round 11, Pick 123). Assuming this Antonio Brown saga ends with him on the field for Oakland, Carr should return solid value. We rank him in our top-15 QBs despite his ADP closer to 25th at the position. Carr had a sneaky good year in 2018 with limited weapons, and the Raiders added Brown, Tyrell Williams and Josh Jacobs in the offseason. The loss of Jared Cook should be more than offset by those gains. Carr finished 18th among QBs last year, and there’s really no reason to believe he’ll go anywhere but up in 2019.Jaylen Samuels (Round 12, Pick 142). The two players at the top of my queue before this pick were Justin Jackson and Anthony Miller, both of whom went just picks before my turn. Obviously, I have a type because I pivoted to another pass-catching back. Samuels has gotten a lot of buzz in Pittsburgh this month because of his ability to do multiple things. A college TE, Samuels should line up all over the field for the Steelers and not really be affected by James Conner’s workload because he’s a different enough player. Once I’m filling up my bench at this part of the draft, it makes sense to try and nab a young player like Samuels with untapped potential.DeSean Jackson (Round 13, Pick 147). Jackson might be the poster boy for players who aren’t exciting in PPR leagues. He just felt like a good upside play at this point in the draft. This pick was bookended by Rashard Higgins and John Brown, both much less proven than Jackson and not assured better roles. Jackson’s shown a good connection with Carson Wentz back in Philly this summer, and he’ll still surely reel in a few of his signature long TDs. I won’t be relying on him to start, but rather fill-in occasionally, so one or two big weeks from a bye-week option would be plenty for this pick to pay off.Devin Funchess (Round 14, Pick 166). Assuming Andrew Luck’s calf doesn’t keep him out of too much action, Funchess feels like a player being too-far undervalued in fantasy leagues. He’s Indy’s obvious No. 2 WR and provides a much different option than T.Y. Hilton. Maybe he has too much overlap with Eric Ebron, but at this point in the draft there’s no reason not to take a shot on a talented player with a good QB and a certain role. T.J. Hockenson (Round 15, Pick 171). With Kelce on my roster, I considered making it through this whole draft without picking a second TE. But my bench felt filled out enough at this point to take a shot on the No. 8 pick from April’s draft. Hockenson isn’t assured a huge role, but the Lions invested enough in him and should play enough two-TE sets for him to matter. I may never have to play him (save Kelce’s bye week), but that’s what makes him worthwhile here. It’s a pure upside play.Jamaal Williams (Round 16, Pick 190). I wanted to finish my roster off with one more running back, and my first choice available was Jerick McKinnon, who went a few picks before this. Williams was a good player to have to settle for. He’s in a high-powered offense and was solid last year when Aaron Jones was hurt. It’d take another injury for Williams to have substantial value this year, but that’s basically true of anyone I could’ve gotten at this point. MORE: Dollar values | IDP rankings | Best ball tips | Team namesBy the end of the draft, this is what my team looked like:StartersQB Kirk Cousins, VikingsRB Alvin Kamara, SaintsRB Joe Mixon, BengalsWR Kenny Golladay, LionsWR Calvin Ridley, Falcons WR Jarvis Landry, BrownsTE Travis Kelce, ChiefsFLEX A.J. Green, Bengals (Once he’s healthy)Superflex Derek Carr, RaidersBenchRB Nyheim Hines, ColtsRB Dion Lewis, TitansRB Jaylen Samuels, SteelersWR DeSean Jackson, EaglesWR Devin Funchess, ColtsTE T.J. Hockenson, LionsRB Jamaal Williams, PackersThis team feels different than my first two mocks, where the obvious weak link was in the TE spot. Taking Travis Kelce obviously took care of that issue. Looking at the roster in its entirety, it stands out that the other positions don’t really feel like weak links the same way tight end did when I waited on that position. Sure, there will be weeks where my opponent has the better WR1 and QB, but not by too much. I still have four very good WRs and two borderline fantasy starting QBs. My bench feels like a good mix of upside and floor. Hines and Lewis should be productive players in this PPR format, while Samuels and Hockenson provide the potential to greatly exceed their draft position. Fantasy Alarm gave me an ‘A’ grade for this draft, so that’s gotta count for something, right?🏈 Here’s the full draft board of the PPR, superflex mock draft I did for @sn_fantasy tonight (I had the third pick) as part of @rotobuzzguy’s @FantasyAlarm #MockDraftArmy. Check out tomorrow for a full breakdown of the mock! #NFL #FantasyFootball— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) August 13, 2019Best fantasy draft picksThis draft was filled with a number of people who write or have written for Fantasy Alarm, so there were definitely others who knew what they were doing in the room. I’ll break down a few of my favorite picks made by other drafters here.Stefon Diggs (Round 4, Pick 45). I wrote about the idea of Diggs exceeding Adam Thielen this year at some length in our boom-or-bust team. In a PPR league, Diggs could wind up as a sort of Michael Thomas-lite, although not that much lighter. He feels about as safe a bet for 100 catches as you can get outside the top-tier WRs, and with his after-catch ability, there’ll be some big play involved, too. Diggs getting taken the pick right in front of me prevented me from having to make a tough choice between him and Golladay.Golden Tate (Round 10, Pick 114). Yes, Tate begins the season with a four-game suspension. That’s why he’s available in the 10th round, though. When he’s on the field, he’s always been a PPR weapon in the vein of Jarvis Landry, who went off the board 44 picks earlier. It’s about the right disparity to account for Tate’s four games off. As a bench selection, though, Tate is great, because once he’s back he’s as good as another starter.Emmanuel Sanders (Round 12, Pick 140). Sanders’ value has been deflated all offseason as he recovered from an Achilles’ injury. He seems to be on track for Week 1, though, which makes him an intriguing selection this late. Sanders is a lot like Tate, except with the possibility of playing every game yet on the board later on. I’ve noticed Sanders slide in my other two mocks, too, despite how proven he is and his health looking decent at this point in August.SEASON PREVIEW PODCASTS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/STWorst fantasy football picksCalling a fantasy football draft pick the “worst” is kind of misleading. Of course there’s no way of knowing whether a player will live up to his selection until the end of the season. There are just some guys who feel out of place selected where they are, in part because they could’ve been picked later on. There’s an argument to be made to always pick the guys you want, but sometimes waiting or passing is the best strategy.FANTASY CONSISTENCY RATINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end Nick Chubb (Round 2, Pick 16). Because of the five QBs that went ahead of Chubb, this is even earlier than it might seem. He went as the ninth RB, while we have him as our No. 21 running back in PPR leagues. He’ll almost certainly see a role decline at midseason when Kareem Hunt returns, and he’s not a great pass-catcher, either. Joe Mixon went to me a round later and feels like the better Ohio running back to have.Robby Anderson (Round 6, Pick 72). Anderson is never going to be a PPR monster because his usual routes are too far down the field to create high-volume catch outputs. He also is coming off a disappointing season, and the Jets added Jamison Crowder, who should garner a number of targets each game. Anderson isn’t a bad upside pick in general, but this is a bit too high. He went ahead of A.J. Green, Corey Davis, Will Fuller, and Tyler Lockett, among others.Kalen Ballage (Round 8, Pick 90). As I’ve made perfectly clear, I like picking receiving backs in PPR leagues. There are two problems with Ballage here, though. One, Kenyan Drake is a good receiver himself and has an edge on winning the Miami job. Two, there were more proven pass-catching backs on the board, like Dion Lewis and Nyheim Hines. It just feels like a reach for a player who might not even have the role you’re drafting him to have. Fantasy football mock drafts are the perfect time to figure out if your draft strategy works. You might enter a draft hoping that one thing will happen, only to see the players you want picked directly ahead of you time and time again. Whatever the reason, you don’t want to freeze in your real draft. Mock drafts give you an opportunity to adjust your rankings and cheat sheets on the fly before anything actually matters, and if you’re playing in a different format than usual — as we are in this PPR superflex mock — you’ll definitely want to give things a test run.As we always point out, if your time is limited, you can accelerate your mock draft experience by using the FantasyPros Mock Draft Simulator. There, you’ll be able to complete a full mock draft customized to your league’s rules in just minutes. last_img read more

If FC Sarajevo makes a miracle and passes Lech, they will face with Basel

first_imgThe draw of the 3rd  qualifying round of the Champions League, which was held today in Nyon from 12 p.m., decided that the winner of the match Lech – Sarajevo will be playing against FC Basel 1893.This morning before the draw, UEFA announced list of potential opponents, and the draw confirmed the next opponent. The winner will be known after the match in Poznan, on the 22nd of July.After the defeat by 2: 0 in the rematch, FC Sarajevo has small chances of passing in the next round.The first matches of the third qualifying pre-round are scheduled for the 28th or 29th of July, and rematches on the 4th or 5th of August. Other matches:Ludogorets / Milsami Orhei – Skenderbeu / CrusadersVentspils / Helsinki – Maribor / AstanaCeltic / Stjarnan – Qarabag – Rudar PljevljaTrencin / Steaua – Partizan / Dila GoriMidtjylland / Lincoln Red Imps – APOEL / VardarHibernians / Maccabi – Viktoria PlzenDinamo / Fola Esch – Molde / PyunikThe New Saints / Videoton – BATE Borisov / DundalkSalzburg – Malmo / ŽalgirisPanathinaikos – BruggeYoung Boys – MonacoCSKA Moscow – Sparta | PrahaRapid Wien – AjaxFenerbahce – Sharhtar Donetsk (Source: read more