For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rahul Dravid nicknamed ‘The Wall’ for his stoic defence, has officially been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame before the start of the fifth and final ODI between India and West Indies in Thiruvananthapuram. Dravid, who scored 13288 runs at an average of 52 in Tests and 10889 ODI runs, was presented a plaque by former India skipper and another ICC Hall of Famer Sunil Gavaskar. However, this was not the only special occasion for the Karnataka right-hander. November 1 is the birthday of VVS Laxman, one of India’s most stylish and elegant batsman. Dravid joined Laxman and Harbhajan Singh and all were in one frame for a photo. These three players had played a stellar role during India’s miraculous victory over Australia in the Eden Gardens Test of 2001. Laxman hit 281, Dravid 180 and their 376-run stand helped India recover before Harbhajan picked up 15 wickets in the match to give India a famous come-from-behind victory. On the occasion of Laxman’s birthday, the feat was remembered by many. A colossusDravid played a key role in several of India’s victories overseas at the start of the 21st century when India were led by Sourav Ganguly. His 233 and 72* in Adelaide helped India win a Test in Australia for the first time in 22 years while he hammered 270 in the Rawalpindi Test to give India their first series win in Pakistan. Dravid became the first player to hit a century in all nine-Test playing nations.Following his retirement, Dravid became coach of the India A and U-19 teams and helped the team win the 2018 U-19 World Cup which was held in New Zealand.Earlier in the year, Dravid, along with Australian skipper Ricky Ponting and England’s Claire Taylor were inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame.The ICC Hall of Fame began in 2009 with England’s Alec Bedser becoming the first inductee.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Suzuka: The Japanese Grand Prix’s entire Saturday track programme, including qualifying, has been cancelled as “violent” Typhoon Hagibis bears down on the Suzuka circuit, race organisers announced on Friday. Qualifying will be rescheduled to 10am (0100 GMT) Sunday, with the race taking place at 2:10pm (0510 GMT) as originally planned, providing the weather improves. The Suzuka circuit will be closed, with no public or media allowed in for safety reasons as Hagibis, packing heavy rain and winds in excess of 200 kilometres (125 miles) per hour is expected to make landfall on Saturday. “As a result of the predicted impact of Typhoon Hagibis on the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix, Mobilityland and the Japanese Automobile Federation have decided to cancel all activities scheduled to take place on Saturday October 12,” said a statement issued Friday by the motorsport’s governing body FIA. “The FIA and Formula One support this decision in the interest of safety for the spectators, competitors and everyone at the Suzuka Circuit,” it continued.The decision means the teams and drivers will just have Friday’s two practice sessions in which to prepare for Sunday morning’s qualifying session because Saturday’s third session will not be rescheduled. Safety first Formula One qualifying in Japan was also moved to Sunday in 2004 and in 2010 because of poor weather. The typhoon has already claimed casualties at the Rugby World Cup in Japan, with Saturday’s England-France clash in Yokohama and the New Zealand-Italy match in Toyota City cancelled. The volatile nature of Hagibis — classed as “violent” and the equivalent of a Category Five hurricane — means even Sunday’s race could be under threat, though the current forecast is for clearer weather. A postponement of the grand prix to Monday is impossible, the FIA said.The latest forecast predicts Hagibis to make landfall near Tokyo on Saturday with the Suzuka circuit, which lies near the Honshu coast about 300 kilometres (180 miles) southwest of the capital, being battered on the fringes. The safety-first stance of organisers comes after the tail-end of a typhoon led to tragedy at the 2014 race at Suzuka. French driver Jules Bianchi crashed after losing control in rain and poor visibility and died the following year from his injuries having never recovered from a coma. Leading drivers backed changing the weekend timetable. “I don’t think anybody wants to put anybody’s life in danger,” said Ferrari’s four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel at Thursday’s media day. “The decision is not for us, necessarily, because for us it’s nice and easy, cosy, in the garage. But for the people out there around the track, it is not nice to be sitting there with rain going sideways.” The blank Saturday will be a huge disappointment to thousands of fanatical supporters at one of the best-attended races on the circuit.
THE Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) on Friday announced that its third annual Women’s Football Day will be celebrated on Saturday, November 18, 2017.Building on the success of the second women’s day held in 2016, in which all 41 Member Associations within the Confederation united to shine a spotlight on efforts to create more opportunity for girls and women to play the game, this year’s full-day event continues CONCACAF’s on-going work to strengthen programming in order to increase women’s participation in the game.“Our aim is at consolidating a solid platform for the sustainable growth of women’s football within CONCACAF,” said CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President, Victor Montagliani. “The third annual edition of the CONCACAF Women’s Football Day will be focused on providing further access for younger generations to play the game.”As the focus of CONCACAF Women’s Football Day 2017, on Saturday, November 18, the Confederation will officially kick off the preparations for the 2018 CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship.Each Member Association has been encouraged to host an activity aimed at training its U-15 team. The CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship, which debuted in 2014, focuses squarely on access to the game for girls, exposing them to the benefits of football on and off the field.“The women’s game is in such a climate that it is critical that the world and regional governing bodies create ready opportunities for the younger generation of females to play the game,” said CONCACAF and FIFA Council member, Sonia Bien-Aime.“Encouraging free play at the earliest opportunity with young females will cast a welcome net over these eager players who will not only learn to love the game but will be the ones to grow football from the early stages to the highest level of competition.”In addition to next year’s CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship, in 2018 the Confederation prepares to host a range of important women’s events including the Women’s Under-20 and Under-17 Championships, and the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which qualifies Confederation teams to the FIFA Women’s World Cup.In recent years, CONCACAF has demonstrated leadership in women’s football on and off the field, with Member Associations from Costa Rica and Canada hosting FIFA’s 2014 tournaments for youth players – the U-17 and U-20 Women’s World Cups, respectively.In addition, the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ drew a total attendance of more than 1.35 million, setting a new total attendance record for a FIFA competition other than the FIFA World Cup™, a championship kept in the region with the victory of CONCACAF nation United States.
— As the NBA continues to work through multiple return-to-play scenarios, two people with knowledge of the situation say Orlando, Las Vegas and Houston remain under consideration as cities that could host regular-season and playoff games. Wednesday marked the end of the 10th week since the NBA shut down on March 11. The pandemic halted a season that had 259 games left to play, but none of those games have been officially canceled yet.— The Minnesota Timberwolves are reopening their practice facility for voluntary sessions for players starting Thursday. Only one coach and one player will be allowed on the court at Mayo Clinic Square, across the street from Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. They’ll be required to stay 12 feet apart. Workouts will be limited to 45 minutes, and areas beyond the court will remain closed.— The Kentucky-Michigan college basketball matchup scheduled for Dec. 6 in London has been postponed until 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic. And the three-game series has been restructured. The schools were scheduled to highlight the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase doubleheader at the O2 Arena which also included Marist against UMBC. Michigan will now host the Wildcats on Dec. 4 in Ann Arbor before the schools meet in London one year later.— The Italian soccer federation has given the country’s top three leagues until Aug. 20 to complete their seasons. The federation has also come up with alternative plans if the leagues have to be halted again because of the pandemic. They could resort to playoffs or decide positions by applying coeffecients. The following season is now scheduled to start on Sept. 1. Serie A has been suspended since March 9. There are 12 rounds remaining in the league and the Italian Cup is in the semifinal stage.— Watford defender Adrian Mariappa says he is one of the six people to test positive from the first round of coronavirus checks in the Premier League and is surprised that he contracted the disease. Mariappa says he has been “scratching my head to try to work out how I might have got coronavirus” because he hasn’t “really left the house apart from some exercise and the odd walk with the kids.” Two members of Watford’s staff also tested positive for COVID-19. Burnley said assistant manager Ian Woan also has contracted the virus. Hamlin became the winner of NASCAR’s first Wednesday race in 36 years when rain stopped the event with 20 laps remaining. The Daytona 500 winner was out front but out of fresh tires and trying to hang on when he got unintended help from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. The reigning Cup champion caused Chase Elliott to crash eight laps earlier to bring out the caution. A furious Elliott waited for Busch on the apron of the track and flipped Busch the middle finger as he passed.Busch later admitted he made a mistake and misjudged the gap between cars. He finished second, followed by Sunday’s winner Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Erik Jones.Wednesday’s race was delayed 90 minutes by rain after Tuesday’s Xfinity race was washed out.Hamlin has won three times at Darlington and has two wins this season.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Keystone State working on sports guidelinesUNDATED (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says his state is working on guidelines to allow sporting events and exhibitions to get back to “some semblance of normalcy.”Wolf said he’s been in touch with major professional organizations including NASCAR, the NFL, NHL, Major League Baseball and others to figure out how they can resume competition in the state.He said he expected his administration will decide in the coming days on guidelines for various venues, sports and activities going forward.NASCAR’s first Cup race outside the south is slated for Pocono Raceway. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-DARLINGTONHamlin gets win in rare Wednesday Cup raceDARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The rain was kind to Denny Hamlin at Darlington. May 21, 2020 — The Portuguese soccer federation says six of the 15 stadiums seeking to host matches when the league resumes next month amid the coronavirus pandemic have failed health inspections. All stadiums must comply with a series health measures established by local authorities to be able to host matches. The federation says the stadiums for league leader Porto and second-place Benfica were among the nine stadiums that passed the inspections conducted by local health authorities. The stadiums that failed belong to smaller clubs. They will be allowed to make changes to their venues before another inspection is conducted.— The head of the organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup says a global recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic could affect the ability of fans to afford to travel to Qatar (KUH’-tur). The World Bank is forecasting a deep recession caused by the shutdown of economic activity around the world. Organizing committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi says he is hopeful the tournament will be an opportunity for the world to come together again in November 2022. But he says there are “concerns about the global economy and the ability of fans to be able to afford traveling and afford coming and participating and celebrating the World Cup.”— The National Rugby League has announced a revised 16-round schedule for the competition following a nearly two-month layoff because of coronovirus restrictions imposed after just two rounds of the season. There will be no paying spectators at matches.— The governing body of swimming has postponed the short course world championships for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. FINA says the championships scheduled for December in Abu Dhabi will now be staged Dec. 13-18, 2021, in the United Arab Emirates because of the “the uncertainty related with the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide.” FINA president Julio C. Maglione says swimming organizers have worked closely with the United Arab Emirates’ authorities and “we believe this is the most suitable solution for all those taking part in this competition.”— Tokyo Olympic organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto says there’s a need to take “countermeasures” to combat the coronavirus at next year’s postponed games. Muto acknowledged in an on-line news conference today that “there are some in Japan” who are talking about holding the games without fans. Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres are suing to obtain a green card for their British-born strength and conditioning coach.The Sabres say federal immigration officials wrongly denied a petition by the team to secure the card for Ed Gannon. The team maintains U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services misstated facts and arbitrarily failed to follow its own rules in denying permanent residency status to Gannon.Gannon was hired by the Sabres in 2015 while the team was beefing up its player development staff.The Sabres filed the application for permanent residency on Gannon’s behalf in October. To be granted a green card, Gannon had to demonstrate that he was at the top of his field. The Sabres argued that he proved his abilities under USCIS’ criteria.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The NFL is working on a helmet face guard that might provide the same protection as a surgical mask. Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay says the issue came up about a month ago during a conference call with the league’s competition committee. Many players already wear visors to protect their eyes. McKay says the new mask would cover even more of the face. The medical director of the NFL Players Association tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter that league engineers and sports equipment company Oakley are already testing prototypes of the modified mask.— Washington Redskins rookie receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden says he tested positive for the coronavirus in March and had fully recovered by early April. He says his symptoms were mild and he feels 100% now. Gandy-Golden played the past two seasons at Liberty University, an evangelical college in Virginia that reopened this spring despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The Redskins selected Gandy-Golden in the fourth round.— The NCAA Division I Council has voted to lift a moratorium on voluntary workouts by football and basketball players effective June 1. The decision comes as a growing number of college leaders express confidence that fall sports will be played in some form. Notre Dame and LSU are among a number of schools that have announced plans to reopen their campuses for the fall semester. A decision on other sports was pending.— Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith says he thinks football games can be played in Ohio Stadium this fall with 20,000 to 30,000 fans in the stands. Smith thinks that number of fans could be kept at a safe distance from one another in the stadium, which seats about 105,000. Face masks and other precautions would be required to limit the spread of COVID-19. He says he hasn’t figured out yet how spectators would be chosen from among those wanting tickets. Update on the latest in sports: Stephen F. Austin gets postseason bans; agrees to sanctionsHOUSTON (AP) — Stephen F. Austin has received postseason bans and agreed to several sanctions including probation, scholarship reductions and the forfeiture of wins for having low scores on the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate. The sanctions will bar the football, men’s basketball and baseball teams from postseason tournaments for one year.The three teams were on a nationwide list released Tuesday that faced bans for posting a four-year score below 930. The men’s basketball team had the lowest score of any team in Division I at 810. The SFA football program was one of six other Division I teams nationwide that fell below 900, at 894.NHL-SABRES-GREEN CARDSabres fighting for strength and conditioning coach The head of the agency that oversees the Oakland Coliseum says the A’s have informed him they had “no ability to pay” the annual $1.2 million rent on the facility.Henry Gardner tells the Bay Area News Group that the A’s say they’ve been unable to generate revenue because they haven’t used the Coliseum this season. MLB has been in shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gardner says the Coliseum is willing to negotiate and waive some items in the Athletics lease, but, “we can’t just say no rent.”Gardner is the interim executive director of the Coliseum authority.The A’s have made the payment annually for use of the city- and county-owned baseball stadium. The team could face penalties for failure to pay.The A’s released a statement Wednesday noting the authority hadn’t been able to make the Coliseum available to the team because of the local shelter-in-place directive as well as state and local bans on public gatherings of more than 1,000 people at city facilities. MLB-PIRATES-KRAMERPirates infielder Kramer out 4-6 months after hip surgeryPITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Kevin Kramer will miss four to six months while recovering from surgery on his right hip.The team announced Wednesday that Kramer underwent the procedure last week. The 26-year-old Kramer had been dealing with what the club called “chronic symptoms” while attempting to stay ready for the potential start to the 2020 season.NCAA-STEPHEN F. AUSTIN Smith was drafted seventh overall by San Francisco in 2011 and had 14 sacks as a rookie. He was an All-Pro in 2012 when he had 19 1/2 sacks and the 49ers reached the Super Bowl.Smith had several legal issues as a player with the Niners and Raiders.MLB-ATHLETICS-RENTA’s say they are unable to pay Coliseum rentOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics say they can’t pay their landlord. — A drawing that depicts the Tokyo Olympic logo and combines it with features of the COVID-19 virus is being removed from the website of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. Action to pull the drawing came after the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee demanded the withdrawal and claimed copyright infringement. Club president Khaldon Azhari says the club’s lawyers agreed the drawing had likely violated Japan’s tight copyright laws. He says the move would not limit the club’s freedom of expression, nor its ability to use parody or satire. NFL-COWBOYS-SMITHAldon Smith reinstated by NFLFRISCO, Texas (AP) — Aldon Smith is getting another chance to resume his once-promising NFL career.The NFL has conditionally reinstated Smith from an indefinite suspension for off-field issues, allowing the pass rusher to take part in team activities with the Dallas Cowboys. Smith will be able to participate in the Cowboys’ virtual offseason program starting next week and can meet with teammates and coaches. He hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2015 and was signed to a one-year contract last month despite his uncertain playing status.
The Wisconsin volleyball team can finally chalk up a conference victory in the win column.After losing three straight games for the first time in coach Kelly Sheffield’s tenure and starting 0-2 in Big Ten play for the first time since 2010, the Badgers got a much needed conference win against a highly ranked opponent.No. 19 Wisconsin (9-4, 1-2 Big Ten) defeated No. 7 Illinois (11-3, 2-1) 3-1 after a thrilling fourth set comeback that saw the Badgers come roaring back after being down by as many as five midway through the game.After a media timeout that saw Wisconsin down 15-12, the Badgers tallied 10 of the next 12 points to put the Illini in a huge hole. Illinois tried to surmount a late rally, but a Tionna Williams spike and a final miscue from the Illinois frontline proved the Badgers to be too much for the visiting team.The Badgers got off to a hot start winning the first set 25-16 led by Haleigh Nelson’s perfect shooting percentage and Lauren Carlini’s 53.8 percent set rate.“I think we came out with a really great game plan,” Carlini said. “And the passers just putting [the ball] right down the net for me to make it way easy to execute. So, props to them for that. Every single game I’m building more and more confidence with my hitters and I think the hitters are gaining confidence in me, and knowing where I need to put the ball — giving it to them at the right time.”Carlini parlayed the Badger’s first set success into a 25-21 Game 2 victory that had the Illini on their heels.Romana Kriskova, who had arguably her best game of the season, led the Badgers with five kills in the second game and had a team high 15 for the match.“I tried to come out strong from the beginning and put pressure on the Illinois defense. I was glad that Lauren trusted me,” Kriskova said.Illinois, to their credit, would not go down without a fight, proving their high ranking by stealing the third set, 25-21, from the sweep-minded Badgers.But the Badgers know these early battles will only better prepare them for a rugged season ahead.“Being put in those situations … really trains us for other matches, where maybe we are doing well, but then in the set three and four, they’re coming back and we have to have that confidence and that stability,” Nelson said.When asked how the early season schedule will prepare the Badgers down the road, all head coach Kelly Sheffield could do was smile.“It’s the Big Ten, brother,” Sheffield said. “We’re not off the hook. This is every week.”
The Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, in a commendation letter sent to the team read thus: The Minister of Youths and Sports Development Barrister Solomon Dalung highly commend the efforts of the John Utaka Foundation underprivileged football team in winning all their matches so far in the 2018 SATUC World Cup meant for the underprivileged kids across he globe especially beating the host team Bulgaria to qualify for the final of the competition.“We are indeed proud of the contingent and Nigeria will be supporting the team with their prayers to come back home with the trophy,” concludes the statement.The minister is also ready to receive the team in Abuja on Monday.Also the Foundation owner, John Utaka, has promised the team N1.8 million if they win the competition.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s representative in the ongoing 2018 SATUC Five-a-Side Football World Cup, John Utaka Foundation Football Team, fought hard yesterday to beat host Bulgaria 1-0 in the semifinal to sail through to the final of the competition.The highest goal-scorer of the team and tournament, Arafat Hussain, scored Nigeria’s lone goal in the match this increase his goals to seven scored so far in the competition.Nigeria will now meet Liberia who walloped Morocco 5-1 in the other semifinal today in the final of the competition.
Celtics guard Kyrie Irving downplayed his shoulder injury after Boston topped the Knicks, 128-100 Thursday night.Irving left Thursday’s game with 3:34 remaining in the fourth quarter after tweaking his right shoulder on what he called a “weird play.” He sat on the bench with ice on his shoulder and didn’t return as the Celtics already had secured the victory. Related News NBA wrap: Celtics back to ‘having fun’ again after fourth win in a row “It’s like I got caught up as I was trying to get the ball out and pass it to Marcus (Morris) for a 3,” Irving said, via NBC Sports. “It just caught me weird on my shoulder. So it’s probably an AC joint or something like that. I’m not diagnosing myself, I’m pretty sure. I saw the doctors afterward and they said AC joint or something going on there, but I’ll be alright.”Irving had a strong night as he scored a team-high 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting and went 3-for-6 from 3-point range. He added eight assists and four rebounds over 30 minutes. The Celtics fell 117-109 to the Knicks on Nov. 21, and Irving said after the game he was pleased with how Boston played this time around. “I think I said it at the last media session we had at practice [on Wednesday], just a lot different identity,” Irving said. “For us, just having a lot more fun, making sure we are paying attention to detail and making sure that we’re playing at a level that we all demand out of each other.”Boston has won four straight and the team holds a 14-10 record. The Celtics have a day off before facing the Bulls (5-20) on Saturday.
Dallas Keuchel rumors: At least 6 teams interested in signing Cy Young winning pitcher Let the bidding war begin.The Yankees and Braves are now the favorites to sign 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel, according to MLB.com. What makes the situation even more entertaining is the two teams are reportedly close on money, which means they could go back and forth in the fight over Keuchel in the coming days.According to a source, the Yankees and Braves are the favorites to sign Dallas Keuchel. Both teams are believed to be in the same area with their offers at the moment.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) June 4, 2019According to a report from MLB Network Radio, Keuchel is looking for a deal in the one-year, $18 million range which would be a tick more than the $17.9 million qualifying offer the Astros gave him during the offseason. Related News Keuchel would hit free agency after the year is up, but it could be easier for him to sign this time around since he won’t have a draft pick attached to him this season.The 31-year-old lefty remains unsigned at this point in the year for a couple of reasons. For one, he feels he hasn’t been given an offer worthy of his value, and two, he had that draft pick attached to him which teams won’t often give up to sign a player. Dallas Keuchel rumors: Are these 3 teams the favorites to sign the starter? Like Keuchel, closer Craig Kimbrel also remains unsigned despite a decorated career. A big reason for that was draft pick compensation, which came off at 12:01 a.m. ET on Monday.Keuchel is a two-time All-Star and won a World Series with the Astros in 2017. He is coming off of a year in which he went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA in 204 2/3 innings pitched for Houston.He is also reportedly willing to shave his beard to play for the Yankees.
Our Football Pick ’em Picks product recommends the best weekly picks for your pool based on all the strategy factors that matter. You answer a few quick questions about your pool, and it shows you the weekly pick sheet that will maximize your edge.We invite you to give it (and all our other premium NFL tools) a try for free. Good luck in your NFL pick’em contests and office pools this week!FREE TRIAL OFFER: Sporting News readers can get a free three-day premium trial to TeamRankings, including game predictions, betting picks, and customized picks for pick ’em and survivor pools. Claim your free trial now! Last week likely saw major upheaval in confidence and pick ’em pools, as underdogs won more games than favorites. That just means you need to bear down when making your Week 5 NFL picks. Fortunately, the experts at TeamRankings are here to help by identifying five games, including Packers-Cowboys, that should be on your radar.Armed with the information below, you can make calculated bets on high-value Week 5 picks and avoid trendy upset picks that aren’t worth the risk. As a reminder, TeamRankings is the only site that provides customized picks that maximize your edge in football pools. Last year 80 percent of their subscribers reported winning a prize in a football pick ’em contest. More From TeamRankings:Football Pick ’em Picks | NFL Survivor Picks | NFL Betting PicksFREE TRIAL OFFER: Sporting News readers can get a free three-day premium trial to TeamRankings, including game predictions, betting picks, and customized picks for pick ’em and survivor pools. Claim your free trial now!Review of last week’s picksThe value picks we highlighted in this post last week went 1-4, which normally sounds pretty terrible — but not so much in a week where chaos reigned. Underdogs went an incredible 9-6 outright in Week 4, and as a result, the general public picked more losers than winners on average. In fact, the average public pick ’em entry only got 7.2 games right out of 15 last week.Of the three teams we highlighted that were favorites early in the week (Baltimore, Chicago, Denver), our picks went 1-2, but in comparison, the public only got 1.1 wins on average from those games. So it was pretty much a wash, and we were one final Denver defensive stand away from a much better week than the public on those games.It was a worse week for the upset picks we highlighted, as neither Washington nor Cincinnati came close to winning. However, that’s also why they are called the “value gambles” that aren’t suitable for all pools. Based on win odds, you would have only expected 0.8 wins total from those two teams, so a week in which neither win isn’t a huge shock.WEEK 5 FANTASY RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerExpert Week 5 NFL Picks Advice: Pick ’em poolsIn order to gain the biggest advantage in your NFL pick ’em pool, you need to know not only every team’s win odds (i.e. the risk involved in making a pick), but also how popular of a pick it is. It’s simple: When you pick less popular teams and they win, you will move quickly up the standings.Based on win odds and pick popularity, the five teams highlighted below either offer some of the best opportunities to differentiate your Week 5 picks from your opponents, or they serve as prime examples of when picking against the crowd is most likely a bad idea.It’s important to remember that we’re not recommending all of the picks below — especially the “value gambles”. The best Week 5 picks for your specific pool depend on several factors, including pool size, rules, and prize structure. Our Football Pick ’em Picks product recommends weekly picks customized for you based on all those factors.Note: Win odds and estimated national pick popularity data below may change between publication time and kickoff time. If you want to see the latest numbers, our product updates multiple times per day. Value favoritesWeek 5 features several teams that the public is picking at a lower rate than their chance to win, which is a change from the past four weeks. These types of teams are as close as you can get to “no-brainer picks” in NFL pick ’em contests, since both win odds and value are on your side. Here are three of them:Minnesota Vikings (at New York Giants)The Vikings were a popular choice last week to beat the Bears on the road, and they lost. The Giants were a popular choice to beat Washington, and they won. So, it’s pretty easy to see why the public is relatively down on the Vikings and high on the Giants this week. The Vikings, though, are a 5.5-point favorite and have a 69-percent chance of winning, according to our models. The public is picking Minnesota 68 percent of the time, so you are getting a pretty solid favorite being picked at a slightly lower rate than its odds to win.That may not sound like a huge value, but consider this for perspective: There have been nine other games so far this season in which a team was favored by five or 5.5 points. On average, the public picked the favorite 89 percent of the time and never less than 84 percent of the time.San Francisco 49ers (vs. Cleveland Browns)Cleveland is back, baby! The Browns rebounded with a huge win over Baltimore, and it looks like the public is now ready to re-embrace Baker Mayfield and company after their opening week shellacking by the Titans. Meanwhile, San Francisco was on bye last week. The public has a short memory, and out of sight often means out of mind, so it’s easy to forget that San Francisco is 3-0 and playing at home. The 49ers are favored by 3.5 points and our models give them a 65-percent chance of victory, but the public is picking San Francisco 64 percent of the time. Again, may not seem like a huge value, but relative to how the public normally treats favorites, it definitely makes Cleveland an unwise upset pick.Tennessee Titans (vs. Buffalo Bills)Has the public been burned by Tennessee being so unpredictable? Probably. The Titans have won twice as underdogs and lost twice as favorites, so the public has averaged getting 0.6 picks right in games involving Tennessee this year. The Titans are a three-point favorite here yet the public has swung the other way and is taking the Bills 52 percent of the time. Buffalo put up a fight against New England in Week 4, which likely made an impression with the public. But Bills quarterback Josh Allen did sustain a concussion on Sunday and his status for this game is still to be determined, so we could see some movement in both the line and public popularity in this one.Favorite at a reasonable priceMost favorites are overrated by the public, but the team below looks more fairly valued in Week 5. You should think twice about picking against them — not because we think they are a lock to win (we certainly don’t), but because other games offer more compelling upset pick opportunities.Dallas Cowboys (vs. Green Bay Packers)The Cowboys are just one of several favorites that are more fairly valued than usual and are being selected by the public at far lower rates than similar favorites in recent weeks. (An upset loss to the Drew Brees-less Saints in prime time on Sunday night is likely one reason why.) Dallas is a 3.5-point favorite at home and our models give it a 64-percent chance of winning, and the public is picking them 65 percent of the time. On average, the public is picking about one more upset in Week 5 than they have until now, so it makes sense to favor playing more favorites like Dallas this week.Value gambleIf you’re going to make a gamble on an underdog, you need to make sure that the potential reward (that is, how much your odds to win your pool will increase if your gamble pays off) is as big as possible. Take a bunch of extra risk on a super trendy upset pick, and the joke is on you.The pick below is not appropriate for all pools. If you’re in a smaller, season-long pool with lots of games left, it’s probably not worth the risk. However, if you’re in a single-week pool with a larger number of entries, or if you only care about winning weekly prizes, this highly unpopular underdog has a compelling profile.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at New Orleans Saints) While the public has generally leaned toward picking more upsets, there is one slight favorite that they are backing heavily. New Orleans is favored by just three points, tied for the second-smallest favorite this week. However, the public is picking them 84 percent of the time, which is the sixth-highest pick rate this week for a favorite.New Orleans has won consecutive games as an underdog with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, but the offense has not been particularly impressive (less than 200 passing yards each week). Meanwhile, Tampa Bay is coming off a big road upset of the Rams. The Bucs have put up a combined 963 yards of total offense and have scored 86 points the past two weeks. Those factors explain why New Orleans is only a small favorite in this one, but the public is still very supportive of the Saints. In some pools, there is value in going contrarian against the one small favorite the public is treating more like a sure thing.More From TeamRankings:Football Pick ’em Picks | NFL Survivor Picks | NFL Betting PicksWhich of these five NFL Week 5 picks should you make?Once you know the best value opportunities of NFL Week 5, you can increase your odds to win your pool by making educated gambles on them. Maybe you bump up the number of confidence points you assign to a team like Minnesota or Tennessee, or you take a chance on an upset like Tampa Bay. There are a lot of potential decisions to make, and not all of them will make sense for your specific pool. It takes a lot of data and math to get to the right answer. Fortunately, we’ve built technology to do all the analytical heavy lifting for you.
DES MOINES — President Donald Trump says re-negotiating international trade agreements was one of his top 2016 campaign promises — and Thursday night at a rally in Des Moines Trump touted the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement he signed this week.“I work so hard for this state. I work so hard,” Trump said. “You just got two of the greatest trade deals.”Trump cited China’s agreement to buy more U.S. ag commodities as well as the deal he struck to replace the North American Trade Agreement.“You’re going to have to get bigger tractors and a helluva lot more land,” Trump said, to cheers. “You’ve got to have to produce a lot of product.”Trump thanked Iowa farmers who’ve stuck with him, politically, as his negotiating tactics with China pushed down livestock and crop prices. He told the crowd a final, wide-ranging deal with China is imminent.“We have never had a better relationship with China than we do right now. It’s a beautiful story. They respect us,” Trump said, to cheers. “The whole world respects us now…America is respected again.”Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the crowd before Trump, suggesting Senate Republicans were poised to acquit Trump in the impeachment trial. Trump brought up impeachment in his speech, but gave it a verbal shrug and the crowd cheered.“It’s a happy period,” Trump said. The crowd started chanting, “U-S-A?” and Trump continued:. “It’s a happy period because we call this ‘impeachment lite.’”After he’d been speaking for about half an hour, Trump called Governor Kim Reynolds to the microphone. It was Reynolds, rather than Trump, who reminded the crowd Iowa Republicans are holding Caucuses Monday. Trump then mentioned the lobbying effort on ethanol.“Oh, she was driving me a little bit batty…Kim, you’d call (and say): ‘What about ethanol?’ I said: ‘Kim, I mean I’m doing a lot for that place.’ (Reynolds said): ‘No, no. We want ethanol, then we want biofuel,’” Trump told the crowd. “Then she’s asking for things I’ve never even heard of, but we got ’em all. Whatever the hell she wanted.”Trump mentioned his announcement last June that federal rules were changed so a higher blend of ethanol — E15 — could be sold year round in every state. He did not mention the on-going controversy over the EPA’s oil refinery waivers.The rally was held at Drake University’s Knapp Center and not all of the ticket-holders were able to enter as the fire marshal closed the arena when it reached capacity about two hours prior to Trump’s arrival on stage.