Bowl season betting guide: Odds, lines, picks for Saturday’s college football games

first_imgCelebration BowlNorth Carolina A&T -2.5 vs. Alcorn State, O/U 51.5Florida A&M would have been the MEAC representative in this game if not for a postseason ban levied by the NCAA in the summer. Instead of seeing the Rattlers in the Celebration Bowl for the first time, we will see the North Carolina A&T Aggies making their fourth trip in five years, and they will be facing the Alcorn State Braves for the third time in that span.North Carolina A&T has had its way with the SWAC champion in the Celebration Bowl, winning all three of its previous appearances here. However, the Aggies are the weakest they have been in some time. They no longer have extremely gifted athletes like Lamar Raynard or Tarik Cohen, and the offensive line is not as strong without Brandon Parker holding down left tackle. The third time should be the charm for Alcorn State provided Felix Harper doesn’t turn the ball over, making the Braves a nice moneyline play.New Mexico BowlSan Diego State -3.5 vs. Central Michigan, O/U 40.5Buyer beware … this game is going to be tough to watch. The New Mexico Bowl has the lowest total of any game during bowl season, as San Diego State pairs the 127th ranked offense in the nation with the 11th best defense by SP+. Central Michigan is ranked outside the top 70 in both phases of the game by SP+, but there’s a good reason to like the Chippewas here.Aztecs’ head coach Rocky Long is 4-9 all-time in bowl games during his coaching career. Many of those losses weren’t against great teams, and San Diego State is 3-5 ATS under Long in bowl games.MORE: Picking all 40 bowl games in 2019-20Cure BowlGeorgia Southern -4 vs. Liberty, O/U 58.5Hugh Freeze has taken Liberty to a bowl game for the first time in school history, but the Flames played the softest schedule in the country to get to Orlando. Only their win against Buffalo looks good, as their other six victories came against two FCS schools, UMass, New Mexico, and New Mexico State (twice).The conventional wisdom is that triple option teams underachieve in bowl season considering opponents have time to prepare for the scheme, but that hasn’t played out. Since 2007, the true triple option teams (Army, Air Force, Navy, Georgia Southern, and Paul Johnson’s Georgia Tech) are 28-18 ATS.Boca Raton BowlSMU -3.5 vs. Florida Atlantic, O/U 68.5The Owls have the benefit of playing a home game on Saturday, but it’s hard to know how motivated Florida Atlantic will be for this game. Teams that are playing under an interim coach have a mixed track record in bowl season, and FAU played in the weakest conference in the FBS this season.We should see plenty of points since SMU is involved though. Sonny Dykes has built the Mustangs in his image, and the average SMU game has seen almost 75 points scored in 2019. Lane Kiffin may have left Boca Raton, but plenty of offensive minds remain and this game is the most likely shootout on the board.Camellia BowlArkansas State -2.5 vs. Florida International, O/U 60.5We have yet to see a blowout in the Camellia Bowl. The largest margin of victory in the history of this bowl was five points, and the five bowl games played thus far have a total MOV of 17 points. Accordingly, the college football betting line for this game is under a field goal, and this is the biggest toss-up on the board for Saturday.Las Vegas BowlWashington -3 vs. Boise State, O/U 49Chris Petersen will call it a career in Sin City on Saturday with a fitting final game. He will be facing the program he helped put on the map in Boise State, and there are sure to be emotions displayed on the sidelines and in the stands. This Saturday is the busiest day remaining for college football. The Division II Championship Game between West Florida and Minnesota State and the FCS Semifinals will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, but the games most people are jonesing for are the seven bowl games scheduled to take place throughout the day. This is one of the last days to lean back in your recliner and let the college football wash over you all day, so here’s a primer for those games.MORE: Get the latest NCAA odds & betting advice at Sports Insider The Huskies will be short-handed though with tight end Hunter Bryant declaring early for the NFL Draft and star left tackle Trey Adams sitting out his final collegiate game. Adams has kept Jacob Eason relatively untouched in the pocket, while Bryant has been his favorite receiver throughout 2019, leading to questions surrounding Washington’s offense.New Orleans BowlAppalachian State -17 vs. UAB, O/U 47.5When the opening bowl game betting odds were released two weeks ago, Appalachian State was the biggest favorite on the board. UAB looked lost in the Conference USA Championship Game against Florida Atlantic, and the Blazers sputtered over the second half of the season.Although Eli Drinkwitz left Appalachian State after one season to take the job at Missouri, the Mountaineers are still heavy favorites in this game. They have an elite defense that made App State one of the best Group of Five teams in the country, and Zac Thomas is a very good dual threat quarterback. App State has continually showed up in bowl games, winning four straight bowl games coming into the New Orleans Bowl, and their last two victories were by a combined 66 points.last_img read more

CONCACAF forced to change World Cup qualifying plans as FIFA cancels September international break

first_img“The challenges presented by postponements to the football calendar, and the incomplete FIFA rankings cycle in our confederation, means our current World Cup Qualifying process has been compromised and will be changed. We will now work with the new framework provided and liaise with FIFA to finalize a new World Cup Qualification format for the CONCACAF region”We will also work with our stakeholders to reorganize the CONCACAF Road to Gold Cup Qualifiers (originally scheduled for March and June 2020), the Concacaf Nations League Finals (originally scheduled for June 2020) and a range of other suspended competitions.”A further update on World Cup Qualifying and other CONCACAF men’s international competitions will be provided in the coming weeks. We will also continue to work with FIFA and the other Confederations on the international match calendar process for women’s football to ensure we are well placed to support the return of the international women’s game as soon as possible.” The start of World Cup qualifying was set for that window, with the Hexagonal set to kickoff during that period with the top six teams per the FIFA rankings.With the coronavirus continuing to hit hard across parts of North America, CONCACAF will now be forced to alter plans in the run up to the 2022 World Cup.”CONCACAF welcomes the decisions made by FIFA regarding the men’s and women’s international match calendars,” the federation said in a statement. “Many of our Member Associations and their communities continue to face significant challenges due to COVID-19 and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”The rescheduling of competitions, and agreements on new international match dates, provide some encouragement across the football world and enable Concacaf to progress our planning to resume men’s and women’s international football when it is safe to do so.”The federation had been preparing for this to happen for some time, with CONCACAF discussing the uncertainty surrounding World Cup qualifying since the outbreak of the coronavirus.CONCACAF still intends to hold the finals for the federation’s inaugural Nations League as well, adding another complication to scheduling going forward.Without an international break since February due to the cancellations of the March and June windows, the next opportunity to take the field would be in October if all goes to plan.FIFA has helped matters a bit by pushing back the start of the from March 2022 to June 2022 while lengthening the June 2021 window by one week, CONCACAF’s World Cup qualifying campaign will look different this time around after FIFA confirmed that the September international window has been cancelled.FIFA confirmed on Thursday that the September window would not go ahead for federations outside of Europe and South America.last_img read more

Westport Winery Recipes Featured in New Washington Cookbook

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery has four recipes featured in Christy Campbell’s new cookbook and travel guide Eat & Explore Washington. On the cover it says, “Experience the Evergreen State like never before as you explore the distinct flavor of Washington and discover the state’s exceptional communities, beloved celebration, and remarkable destinations…”Included in this book are the winery’s Dungeness Crab Quiche, Flourless Chocolate Cake with Red Sky at Night Sauce, Rib-Eye with Demi Gastrique and French Bread. This book is available to purchase in the winery’s newly expanded gift shop. Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with its unique sculpture garden and grape maze is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. These award-winning wines are exclusively available at this location. The winery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224.last_img read more

High-level meeting called to discuss/tackle non-communicable diseases

first_imgGovernment Ministers from different sectors will meet today with academicians, Judges from the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the Caricom Secretariat, organs and institutions and civil society, to discuss the use of laws and regulations to help reduce non-communicable diseases (NCD), which account for three out of four deaths in the Caribbean.The high-level meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port of Spain, Trinidad.The meeting, is expected to bring members of the CCJ Academy of Law together with representatives of relevant Caricom organs and institutions, sub-regional partners, and international organsations to discuss policies and strategies for using the law as a powerful tool to address NCDs, focusing particularly on tobacco control legislation and laws and regulations that can help prevent obesity.The meeting is organised by the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), the Caribbean Court of Justice Academy of Law and the FAO.Representatives of Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago will present their countries’ experiences and lessons learned in using laws and regulations to address NCDs. Other subjects will include the role of community law in addressing NCDs, how to mobilise political will to advance the use of legal measures, and how to harmonise policy approaches to face this challenge.PAHO/WHO is encouraging Caribbean authorities to adopt effective laws and regulations that can contribute to reducing the burden of NCDs and their risk factors, as well as their social and economic consequencesAlthough progress remains insufficient, there are examples of best practices in the Caribbean that could to be scaled up. They include taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages, bans on the sale of sugary beverages in schools, and progress on tobacco control legislation in several countries. Caribbean heads of government and other Caricom leaders have repeatedly called for expanding such measures to help reduce NCDs.Non communicable diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases, together with their four shared risk factors – tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity – are the leading causes of death, illness and disability in the Caribbean. High rates of NCDs are the reason people in the Caribbean have a greater probability of dying prematurely (before age 70) than people from any other sub-region of the Americas.last_img read more

Venezuelan refugees receive relief items

first_imgScores of Venezuelan refugees in the Barima-Waini region, who fled their home country to escape worsened economic and social conditions, were recipients of a number of relief items distributed by the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) on Friday.The exercise focused on the Khan’s Hill and White-Water communities. The mission was led by CDC Director General, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, and comprised representatives of the region’s Regional Democratic Council (RDC), the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force.Among the items distributed were food and other relief items. The food items were compliments of DeSinco Trading Limited, which donated 50 food hampers to the CDC last month. The other relief items were donations from the International Organisation for Migrantion (IOM) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The distribution of the items was conducted by Major Archer and his ranks based at White Water and Maburama, while transportation support was provided by both the Police and Defence Forces, as well as by the RDC.In addition to distributing the relief items, the mission also interacted with the migrants and residents in the communities with the aim of monitoring and evaluating Government’s response to the influx of migrants from Venezuela in Region One.Over the past two years, Venezuela has been experiencing worsening economic turmoil following the decline of oil prices on the world market. The country is in its fourth consecutive year of recession.Reports coming out of the Spanish-speak State reveal there is massive food shortages and limited access to basic healthcare and basic amenities, such as electricity in certain parts. Additionally, there continues to be rampant outbursts of looting and violence across some of the most affected cities in the neighbouring country.To this end, scores of Guyanese living in the neighbouring country have been returning home and there has also been a high influx of Venezuelans escaping to Guyana to seek refuge.Back in July, Region One Chairman Brentnol Ashley had disclosed that some 268 Venezuelan refugees are in his region alone, staying in churches and makeshift tents with little to no belongings.He had decried the lack of support from Central Government in providing assistance for not only returning Guyanese but also Venezuelan refugees, saying the region’s already small budget is being strained.In response to the influx of returning migrants, Government has established a Multi-Sectoral Committee to coordinate the national response and assistance to these refugees. Moreover on Thursday last, local public officers undergo a one-day training on the international best practice in assisting migrants and protecting them from abuse and exploitation of any kind.The workshop was aimed at capacity building to better equip representatives and agencies to respond effectively to this and other such occurrences in the future. It focused on issues such as human trafficking and migrant smuggling, migrants’ vulnerabilities, and direct assistance and referral systems for migrants.last_img read more

Ex-cop nabbed with over 94kg of ganja

first_imgAn ex-police detective was on Tuesday morning nabbed with a large quantity of cannabis during an operation by the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) in Berbice.Kerry Charles GrimmondThe ganja that was in Grant’s possessionKhushyal GrantKhushyal Grant, 28, of Number Two Village, East Canje Berbice, was arrested after he was found with 94.3 kilograms (207 lbs) of ganja in his possession. In addition, Kerry Charles Grimmond, 34, of Nickalay Street, New Amsterdam, Berbice, was also found to be in possession of 140 grams of cannabis during the raid.Both men were taken into custody, charged and are expected to appear in court later this week.Following the successful operation in the ancient county, CANU said it will continue to tighten its grip on narcotics distributors throughout the country.In January, a combined total of 477 kilograms of cocaine and 994 kilograms of cannabis were destroyed at Yarrowkabra, Linden-Soesdyke Highway, by representatives from CANU, the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (NANA) and the Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory (GFSL).Further, a total of 132 kilograms of cocaine and 440 kilograms of cannabis were destroyed by the police, while 45 kilograms of cocaine and 554 kilograms of cannabis were also destroyed by CANU in other areas. A combined street value of the narcotics amounted to $513,310,940.Meanwhile, the arrests to the two men came days after members of the Guyana Police Force arrested one man following the discovery of a large quantity of ganja along the Weldaad Public Road, West Coast Berbice, on Friday evening last.It was reported that on the day in question, Police ranks observed a vehicle which was heading to Georgetown stop a short distance away from a roadblock.Soon after, two men were seen in a nearby street with two large bags. As such, the police approached the vehicle and the men. Upon seeing the ranks, the two men dropped the bags and escaped.When the policemen inspected the bag, 13 parcels of cannabis were found. Further checks nearby also revealed nine other parcels of ganja. The illegal substance was weighed and amounted to 55.9 kilograms (123 lbs). The vehicle was searched but nothing illegal or unlawful was found.last_img read more

High school dealing with unsanctioned fights

first_imgPolice say any people who participate in the fights are committing a criminal offense.Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Fort St. John RCMP and school officials are trying to address what they are calling a “disturbing trend”.Some students have been participating in unsanctioned, group fights near North Peace Secondary School. Police say the fights appear to be organized and pre-planned and that the individuals involved are seen wearing MMA-style fighting gloves.- Advertisement -There have also been reports of students videotaping the fights and posting the videos on YouTube.Students that have been identified as participating in the fights are being dealt with, says Raymond Asai, principal of NPSS. Asai says the fights have been occurring off school property, but have been taking place during school hours as well as after school and on weekends.He says student safety is the school’s primary concern which is why the school is working with the RCMP to try and deal with the situation to ensure students don’t get hurt.There has been no indication as to how many of these fights have already occurred.Advertisementlast_img read more

Too many transient students

first_imgBoard President Tom Pigott said the report was generally positive. “One of the concerns expressed was the need for early intervention. When students’ grades are slipping or they are failing, we have to catch that early rather than later when it’s harder to recover. We need resources to accomplish that intervention.” Among the challenges, Barreto said, is finding ways for administrators to provide teachers with the necessary support and guidance in curriculum, instruction, managing classrooms and creating student-teacher relationships. “AVHS developed an instructional coaching model. However, there is insufficient instructional time to make a significant impact for all teachers, especially for those teachers who need consistent support in building knowledge of curriculum, alignment of content standards, pedagogy, classroom management, and skills in teacher student relationships,” the report said. In addition to teaching, the school’s instructional coaches also serve as department chairmen, members of district ad hoc committees and Title1 coordinators. Barreto recommended that the district assign three full-time instructional coaches in English, math and special education to work with individual teachers. Among successes, Barreto said the special-education program has been revamped to provide student-centered classrooms that have resulted in fewer suspensions. (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 2,100-student school improved Academic Performance Index scores by two points in 2006, putting it one year away from getting out from under state monitoring. The board received Barreto’s report at Wednesday’s meeting. On Thursday, she said the school’s transiency is a “social community issue.” “They are not dropping out,” she said. “They come, stay with an aunt or relative, then go back to their families.” The report noted that prior to the opening of school, incoming ninth-graders were assessed and assigned to appropriate classes, but on the first day of school, about 60percent of those students had moved to other schools. In their place arrived the same number of new students, the report said. “Appropriate placement of students has been difficult due to the lack of personnel, and time to appropriately assess and place students,” the report said. LANCASTER – Antelope Valley High has one of the most transient student populations in the state, a trend that is affecting learning, a study released Thursday said. From August to early February, 863 students enrolled but 627 withdrew, the report said. Those totals include 75 students who enrolled and 65 who withdrew during the three-week winter break. “This large transience rate makes it extremely difficult to assess, diagnose and appropriately place students, and monitor student needs,” state trustee Nadine Barreto wrote in a report to the district board. Antelope Valley High was among the first six California schools to face sanctions, such as state trusteeship, because its standardized test scores failed to improve consistently. last_img read more

Munich air crash ‘ingrained’ in Manchester United story

first_imgThe ill-fated aircraft was bringing Matt Busby’s youthful team back via Munich from Belgrade on February 6, 1958 after they had reached the European Cup semi-finals.The plane crashed on its third take-off attempt in icy weather, costing the lives of eight players and three members of the club’s staff. Twenty-three people died in total.Bobby Charlton and Harry Gregg are the only survivors out of the group of players who lived through the crash.“The day that is absolutely shown in red on this week’s calendar is on Tuesday, a day that marks the 60th anniversary of the air disaster,” Spanish forward Juan Mata wrote in his blog on United’s website.“The victims will never be forgotten, they will always be remembered and will be a part of United’s history forever. The passion, determination and courage shown by the club to carry on in those horrible moments have left an indelible mark forever.”Marcus Rashford, who follows in United’s proud tradition of blooding young, homegrown players, said he learned about the disaster as a young child.“It was when I was about seven or eight,” the 20-year-old striker told United Review.“There were already little things about it around (the club) at that age, but then you start to learn more about it, and when you got to 15 or 16, that was when (former academy coach) Paul McGuinness really started to bring it to our attention.“We used to watch a lot of the videos of games, especially from their FA Youth Cup runs, so we could see footage of what these players were like when they were young. It’s so close to home, it touches your heart and helps you understand it, even though you weren’t there.”– Fans remember –John Valentine, who sells scarves outside Old Trafford, said the Munich crash is “ingrained in the history of this club”.“If I come back in another 500 years it will still be being talked about,” said Valentine, born in the year of the disaster. “You can’t forget something like that — a team nearly wiped out in a plane crash.”Among the eight who died, the player most revered is half-back Duncan Edwards, who survived the crash but succumbed to his injuries two weeks later.“I missed out on those players but I have spoken to people who did and they talk about Duncan Edwards,” said Valentine, who sells a scarf with the words ‘They shall never die’ with the images of the eight who perished.Valentine says the fact around 2,000 United fans are due to go to Munich for the anniversary shows how important the events of February 1958 still are, even to the young.Kion Brown, who was at Old Trafford with his father and fellow diehard United fan Everton on the day of his ninth birthday last week, reflected how it resonates even with youngsters, even though little footage remains of the “Babes”.“I keep him (Kion) up to date and brought him to see the (memorial) clock and see all the players who died. It (the anniversary) is a big day for us,” 35-year-old Everton told AFP.Busby, who was twice given the last rites by a priest, remarkably survived the crash and guided United to an emotional win in the European Cup 10 years later with Charlton captaining the side and scoring twice.“That was like the Holy Grail for the club,” said Valentine. “Because of the crash in 1958 Busby wanted the cup for those boys who perished and the club.“And we got it as well!”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Man Utd fans hold banners comemmorating the 1958 Munich Air Disaster © AFP / PAUL ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 6 – The Munich air crash that cruelly cut down Manchester United’s “Busby Babes” in their prime has enormous significance for the club’s players and fans even 60 years on from that fateful day.United are holding a commemorative service at Old Trafford on Tuesday, which will include readings and poems ahead of a minute’s silence at 1504 GMT, marking the time of the plane crash six decades ago.last_img read more

Arelen Boatright

first_imgJack’s immense collection of bottles of various liquors greeted us to be cleaned up. Louise’s crystal cans had also moved around and when we left for home that night, I removed my pantyhose and tied them around the door with couch in front. The bottles all had been removed from the ledges to the ground. At our home we were lucky to have had minimal loss compared to friends, where cupboard doors opened and dumped into their houses. We live on the hilltop about Turnbull Canyon. Cars were crushed when buildings collapsed downtown. Thanks be to God we have survived to report the day. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A big shake got me awake and sent me to the living room to see one of 10 porcelain $12,000 eagles taking flight and breaking. (Best part, my sister had it insured) I got ready for work and drove a few blocks – what a mess everywhere you turned. I arrived at the office on Floral Drive. Whew!! Guess what? The boss, Jack Aldridge, and wife, Louise, were in Hawaii. Lucy Baker, the gal in charge, arrived and opened the door and what an odor! last_img read more