Why the ‘fast follower’ approach makes sense

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A troubling sentiment is emerging. Some credit union executives have been heard to grumble, “Do we really need to keep spending time reacting to every new financial technology announcement?”It may be a rhetorical question, but my response would be an emphatic “Yes!” for a wealth of reasons.A 2015 study I conducted with the Filene Research Institute confirmed that the best product strategy for most credit unions is a “fast follower” approach.Credit unions (and most banks) lack the investment dollars to go toe-to-toe with the research and development budgets of the behemoths or unicorn fintech startups.While select early-stage alliances with the latter are worth exploring, generally keeping tabs on the market’s pulse and being prepared to act at the first meaningful signs of adoption will usually do the trick.Most members don’t expect their credit unions to perch on the bleeding edge of technology. But neither do they want their credit union to lag far behind the curve once a new product demonstrates its usefulness. continue reading »last_img read more

Two-level Queenslander with white picket fence ready for auction

first_img3 Kings Rd, Taringa.He said his favourite spot in the home was the balcony or pool area, to have drinks.“Sitting on the front balcony of an evening watching people going home and enjoying the chilled breezes is nice,” he said.Lori Jones Quality Real Estate – Indooroopilly selling agent Lori Jones said the property was “full of charm, old-world elegance and class”. 3 Kings Rd, Taringa.Describing the property as a “beautiful, old Queenslander”, Mr Jones said he had recently painted the property inside and out. Blinds, shutters and airconditioning have also been installed in the home.The circa 1900 Queenslander is spread across two levels. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 20193 Kings Rd, Taringa.Mr Jones said the property would suit a range of people, including a couple with teenagers.“There’s a teenager’s retreat downstairs. Even a university student would really love that space,” he said. 3 Kings Rd, Taringa.Mr Jones has owned the property at 3 Kings Rd, Taringa, since 2006.Now retired and living on the Gold Coast, Mr Jones has decided to sell the home via auction on August 12.center_img 3 Kings Rd, Taringa.Set on a 683sq m block, the home features a formal dining room, formal lounge, family room, casual living room, colonial-style kitchen, and a wide front and rear veranda.Mr Jones said the swimming pool would come in handy during the summer months. “It’s just beautiful out there,” he said. 3 Kings Rd, Taringa.Greg Jones says his Taringa property could well be every woman’s dream.The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is a short three-minute walk from the train station and close to the Brisbane CBD.“You could catch the train to Toowong or Indooroopilly and mosey on around the shops,” Mr Jones said.last_img read more

ABS Gives AIP to Hudong-Zhonghua’s GTT MARK III Flex LNG Carrier Design

first_imgClassification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) granted approval in principle (AIP) to Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding’s large LNG carrier with MARK III Flex membrane cargo containment system.Specifically, the Chinese shipbuilder received the approval for its 174,000 cbm GTT MARK III Flex design.“ABS is pleased to award Hudong-Zhonhua this AIP for their design to help meet the industry’s diversifying LNG shipping requirements, in this growing segment,” Vassilios Kroustallis, Vice President Europe Regional Business Development, ABS, commented.He added that the classification society continues to review advanced LNG designs.“Working with ABS through the AIP process we have demonstrated our ability to meet our clients’ requirements for more efficient LNG vessel design,” Chi Benbing, Vice President, Hudong-Zhonghua, said.Through this partnership with ABS, Hudong-Zhonghua can now offer its clients designs using both GTT membrane containment systems, MARK III Flex and NO 96 series.This allows the Chinese shipbuilder to use different kinds of cargo containment systems to best meet diversified requirements throughout the LNG carrier’s life.In December last year, Hudong-Zhonghua also received AIP from ABS for its very large ethane carrier (VLEC) concept. The VLEC is equipped with a specialized membrane cargo containment system suited to carry liquid gas cargoes such as ethane and propane.last_img read more

Gibson could make Ireland return

first_img Tardelli continued: “He said, ‘I have a little problem’. He is not available for this match. He was in Malaga because there is a little training camp with Everton. “It’s no problem to come for another match.” Asked if Gibson would be considered for selection for the trip to Sweden on March 22 and the home clash with Austria four days later, Tardelli said: “Yes, why not? “Always when we need a player and the player wants to come with the Irish team, we are very happy. “I don’t understand why this problem exists. It’s not my problem, it’s not Gibson’s problem.” Gibson was named in the squad for the first qualifier of the current campaign in Kazakhstan in September last year, but withdrew after telling Trapattoni the disappointment of what happened in Poland during the summer, and in particular his lack of a role in it, was still having an effect on him. There has been dialogue between the two parties since with the 73-year-old Italian identifying the former Manchester United player as one of the men he felt could give his team a different focus in the immediate aftermath of the Euros. The 25-year-old Everton midfielder has not played for his country since instigating a self-imposed exile in the wake of a disappointing Euro 2012 but assistant manager Marco Tardelli has revealed Giovanni Trapattoni had contacted Gibson on Monday morning following David Meyler’s withdrawal from the squad for Wednesday night’s friendly against Poland with a knee injury. He said: “This morning, Meyler told us that he was going back home and we spoke with Darron and he told us that he has played just one match and he would prefer to stay at home because he is not available. He has a little problem after the match. I think Darron wanted to come here with us. The next match, maybe yes.” Darron Gibson could return to the Ireland squad for next month’s crucial World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Redknapp: Hoops rejected Samba offer

first_img He added: “The chairman asked me ‘what do you think?’ and I said ‘it is up to you, it is your club, it is your decision’. I would have had no problem. I left it to the chairman. He came back and said he had turned it down and said ‘get on with it’. “The player probably spoke to the chairman but it was really important we kept him. It was really good for us. Had we had lost him, I would say that is football. He is a proper player. “When he was sold, I could never understand why Arsenal did not sign him that time. He is everything you need. He is quick, he can play round his feet. He is a proper centre-half. He could play anywhere in this country and for all the top teams.” Samba was a behemoth at the back at Southampton as QPR eked out just their third Barclays Premier League win of the season. “This gives us a chance, that’s all,” Redknapp said. “It is a chance and it keeps us in there. You could not have afforded to be cut adrift anymore. It was three big points which keeps us going. “We needed a result at 1-1, we were playing with one up and I decided to push two up to really go for it with Loic Remy through the middle with Jay Bothroyd. We were 4-4-2, got the goal and I reverted back to 4-5-1. “You start to look at the run of games, which ones you will win, which ones you will lose and whoever knows in football. You look at it and think we will beat them and then you go and lose. Then you think we will get beaten there and go and win, like we did at Chelsea.” Harry Redknapp is relieved QPR chairman Tony Fernandes turned down a “massive offer” for Christopher Samba from an unnamed Russian club last week. Press Associationcenter_img The 28-year-old arrived from Anzhi Makhachkala for a club-record fee on transfer deadline day, penning a four-and-a-half year deal at Loftus Road. However, Redknapp has revealed QPR were offered more than what they forked out for Samba by another Russian club last week ahead of the end of their own transfer window. “We had an offer for Samba, right on the deadline and the chairman turned it down,” Redknapp said after Saturday’s 2-1 win at Southampton. “We had an offer of more money than what we paid for Samba. The chairman had a massive offer for him to go back to Russia.” last_img read more

Mirallas’ season ended by injury

first_imgEverton’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League have been dealt a blow with the news Kevin Mirallas will miss the rest of the season. Everton reported the news on their website, saying: “Roberto Martinez today revealed that the Belgian has a small tear in his groin and will be out for the next three weeks.” Mirallas has scored eight goals for Everton this season, including three in the last four games. He netted the second goal against United on Sunday, scoring from a tight angle after beating the offside trap. Everton trail Arsenal by a point in the race for fourth place as they bid to finish in the top four for only the second time in the Premier League era. Martinez will hope for better news to come on the injury front, with captain Phil Jagielka, Steven Pienaar and Darron Gibson all in line to return before the end of the season. Martinez expressed his disappointment at the news but is confident Mirallas will be fully fit to take part in Belgium’s World Cup campaign in Brazil. The Toffees boss told evertontv: “Kevin’s scans came back and they have revealed a small tear in his groin. He is going to be out for the season, which is a real disappointment and a shame because he was in a phenomenal moment of form. “But the memory we have of his performance against Manchester United is a terrific image. The way he took his goal and how he was a dynamic force throughout the game, it was an outstanding performance. “It’s a great way to finish the season if it’s the last game he is going to be involved in this campaign. “It is not a major injury. It could be anything up to five or six weeks, and that’s looking at the worst-case scenario. “The most important aspect now is that we get him fully fit and ready to participate with Belgium in the World Cup.” Martinez also revealed that centre-back Sylvain Distin is unlikely to be fit for Saturday’s game against Southampton because of a hamstring injury. Press Association The Belgian forward suffered a groin injury in the final moments of Everton’s 2-0 victory over Manchester United on Sunday and will be sidelined for three weeks. That means he will not be available for the Toffees’ remaining games against Southampton, Manchester City and Hull. last_img read more

The Latest: Notre Dame halts in-person undergraduate classes

first_imgThe Latest: Notre Dame halts in-person undergraduate classes South Africa had been scheduled to travel next month and play using the same bubble-style protocol used for men’s tours of England by West Indies, Ireland and Pakistan.The announcement leaves the England women’s team without any confirmed matches for the rest of the year after a planned tour by India was called off last month. The England women’s team has not had a game since the T20 World Cup in Australia in February and March.The ECB says it is in “multiple discussions” to host international women’s cricket tours.It’s the third women’s series to be canceled this year for South Africa following a planned series against Australia in South Africa and a tour of the West Indies.___ ___The Southeastern Conference will prohibit “suite hopping” as part of COVID-19 guidelines designed for fan safety and health in preparation for conference-only play this season.Decisions on whether fans can attend games will be made closer to Sept. 26 when the league begins play. Attendance numbers will be left to member schools but must follow state and local guidelines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations should be followed in the absence of those measures.Furniture in premium seating and clubs shall be arranged to promote physical distancing, the guidelines add. Physical distancing and face coverings will also be stressed there as well as in public areas, including concessions, where barriers must be installed. The SEC guidelines also suggest “grab and go” food options, with drinks provided directly to spectators and single-serve condiments offered.SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said its 14 schools adopted the fan guidelines as a baseline and added, “They provide conference-wide expectations for protection of guests who are able to attend our games.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Notre Dame has canceled in-person undergraduate classes for two weeks after a spike of coronavirus cases since the semester began last week. ___German soccer club Union Berlin wants to hold a pre-season friendly match with 3,000 spectators and is hoping that “preventative” coronavirus tests for fans will allow it to happen.The Bundesliga club says it has applied to the local Treptow-Köpenick health authorities for permission to hold the game with an altered hygiene plan on Sept. 5.Union says “a preventative test for all spectators is intended to replace the currently valid social distancing rules.”German soccer clubs previously outlined plans to resume games with some socially distanced fans attending in seated areas. Union’s Stadion An der Alten Försterei has mostly standing terraces so it could have far fewer fans attending than its competitors. The Chiefs will allow up to 2,000 season ticket holders to attend training camp on Saturday, making them the first NFL team to allow fans since the coronavirus pandemic dramatically altered the way teams are preparing for the season.The team also said that up to 5,000 season ticket holders will be allowed at practice on Aug. 29, when the franchise plans to raise a new Super Bowl championship flag over the west end zone.The Chiefs typically draw thousands of fans daily to training camp on the campus of Missouri Western State University, about an hour’s drive north of Kansas City in St. Joseph, Missouri. But the pandemic caused the Chiefs and the few other teams that still leave home for training camp to instead hold all their workouts at team facilities.The Chiefs are fortunate in that their practice facility is just across the parking lot from Arrowhead Stadium. They have been using both locations to allow for more social distancing in walk-throughs and meetings. The practices that are open to fans will be at Arrowhead Stadium, where they will be able to social distance.___ ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Orgeron says LSU administrators overseeing coronavirus protocols, led by Senior Associate Athletic Director of Health and Wellness Shelly Mullenix, have done a “tremendous job.“We’re ahead (of) most programs,” Orgeron said. “Our players feel comfortable that they’re getting proper care.”August camp formally opened on Monday and LSU has had two players opt out because of coronavirus concerns, senior cornerback Kary Vincent Jr. and senior defensive end Neil Farrell Jr.___The New England Patriots will be playing without fans in Gillette Stadium at least through September. ___The Tennessee Titans won’t have fans at their home opener on Sept. 20 against Jacksonville because of the coronavirus pandemic.Nashville Mayor John Cooper and the Titans announced the decision Tuesday. Nashville’s Major League Soccer team also won’t have any fans at home games in September.Burke Nihill, the Titans’ president and CEO, says they wish they could open in front of fans as a franchise coming off its first AFC championship game in 17 years. But he says the Titans support the mayor and the local health department’s decision to keep Nissan Stadium closed to fans at least to start the season.The Titans play only one home game in September. Team officials have been working with public health experts to design a stadium plan in the hopes that fans will be able to attend some of the eight scheduled home games this season. Those precautions include mandatory masks, socially distant seating, contactless faucets and hand sanitizer stations throughout the stadium. Nashville’s MLS team has three games scheduled through Sept. 12 at Nissan Stadium. Nashville SC set a record for the largest soccer crowd in Tennessee with its MLS debut on Feb. 29 as fans packed Nissan Stadium.___One person who isn’t a player returned a positive result for COVID-19 out of 1,400 tests administered in the controlled environment set up for the U.S. Open and another tennis tournament preceding it at the same site in New York.The U.S. Tennis Association said Tuesday that the person is asymptomatic and must isolate for at least 10 days.Contact tracing has started to see who might have been exposed to that person and should quarantine for two weeks. The university released its plans for dealing with COVID-19 at games, noting seating will be set up to allow social distancing.The Crimson Tide opens its home schedule against Texas A&M on Oct. 3. Southeastern Conference teams are scheduled to play only 10 league games starting on Sept. 26.Alabama will have mobile-only ticketing and parking to allow for contactless entry for all venues. ___All Ohio high school sports can go forward this fall, with an option for sports like football or soccer to be delayed until the spring if schools wish, Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday. Associated Press The governor’s order takes effect Friday and prohibits spectators at events other than family members or individuals close to athletes, with final decisions on those people left up to schools. It will be up to schools to police the limits on attendance at sporting events.___LSU coach Ed Orgeron says the defending national champion Tigers have had “very few” players test positive for COVID-19.Orgeron said during a video conference Tuesday that the team had “two or three guys that are out” because of positive tests. He did not specify which players had tested positive. August 18, 2020 University president the Rev. John Jenkins says he decided against sending students home after consulting with health care experts. Instead, the university is imposing restrictions on student activity, including limiting access to dormitories to residents and barring students from major gathering places on campus. Jenkins said there have been 147 confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus since the start of classes and called it “very serious” in an address to students and staff.Football coach Brian Kelly says the team is testing every week and players have to wear masks, practice social distancing, and avoid large gatherings. Kelly says if players want to play they have to maintain that discipline.___Alabama will allow about 20% capacity for games at Bryant-Denny Stadium this season. Stadium officials said in a statement on Tuesday that the state will not allow fans at any event next month. That includes the Patriots’ games on Sept. 13 against the Miami Dolphins and the one two weeks later against the Raiders.While saying that they “fully support” the state’s position, stadium officials also said they “would have welcomed the opportunity to host fans in August and September, but are hopeful to do so later in the season.”The Patriots had previously announced a plan that would have limited Gillette Stadium to about 20% of its 66,000 person capacity. Officials said they worked with experts to develop a plan to reopen at partial capacity and “are confident in our ability to provide a safe and comfortable environment for fans.”According to the Massachusetts reopening plan, sporting events with fans will not be allowed until the state reaches Phase 4, which requires a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19.___ Two players from Roma’s youth team have tested positive for the coronavirus.The Italian soccer club has not named the players but says they are asymptomatic and have begun self-isolating.Roma says “those who have come into contact with the two individuals have been traced and notified” and adds that “a deep clean and disinfection of the club’s training facilities has also already begun.”The two players, their teammates and the youth team staff will undergo further tests.The team’s training activities have been suspended until at least Aug. 24. The Western & Southern Open, moved this year from Cincinnati to New York because of the coronavirus pandemic, begins Saturday. The U.S. Open starts Aug. 31.Testing began last Thursday.___South Africa has withdrawn from a planned women’s cricket tour of England because of coronavirus-related restrictions.The England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket South Africa say “this decision was taken due to the current international travel regulations in place for South African national teams.” North Carolina coach Mack Brown said he remains “confident” that the Tar Heels will play football this season after the school shut down in-person undergraduate classes.Brown said Tuesday that the school’s move to online courses after recent coronavirus clusters in student housing and a fraternity could ultimately help “create a better seal around our program and a better bubble.”Brown said team staffers hosted a Zoom call for parents on Monday to address questions. Athletes can choose to remain in current residences, while some football players have previously chosen to opt out of the upcoming season.Brown said many players were already taking online courses and that the team will continue once-weekly testing of players for the coronavirus.He said the team is trying to “make sure our players and our staff understand that we’ve got three months here where we cannot go outside for social reasons or to eat or anything else if we want to have our football season.”last_img read more

Barcelona Expresses Gratitude to Qatar over Shirt Sponsorship

first_imgFC Barcelona has expressed its gratitude for the support the emirate has given to the club since 2010.Following last Monday’s meeting of the Board of Directors of the club, its spokesman, Josep Vives, expressed gratitude to Qatar for its sponsorship of FC Barcelona since the 2010/11 season.“We are grateful to the Qatar Foundation and to Qatar Airways for having been excellent sponsors for many years. They have been sponsors who have acted properly, who have fulfilled their obligations, and who have helped FC Barcelona in a reasonable and significant way,​​” Vives said, after detailing the agreements made by the Board of Directors in Monday’s meeting in Barcelona.The Club spokesman also said negotiations to finalise a sponsorship agreement with Qatar Airways that would make it the official airline of the Club were ongoing. “Vice President Manel Arroyo said a few days ago that that was what we were working towards,” Vives said. “We are holding talks with Qatar Airways. The official airline sponsorship is a product that exists, and it is one that the Club is selling.”Vives concluded by expressing one of FC Barcelona’s main desires: “Our hope is for peace and harmony to be restored in that part of ​​the world, in that region. We are speaking from the heart; beyond any other considerations or geopolitical interests.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Tyler Skaggs’ breakout season interrupted by a rare bad outing in Angels’ loss

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Angels on-deck batter Justin Upton, left, congratulates Mike Trout, right, after his solo home run off Tampa Bay Rays reliever Ryan Yarbrough during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)The Rays’ Jake Bauers, left, celebrates with teammate Carlos Gomez after hitting a home run during the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Angels in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)ST PETERSBURG, FL – JULY 31: Jake Bauers #9 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a homer in the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels on July 31, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels third baseman Jefry Marte makes a throw from the turf after knocking down a ground ball hit by Tampa Bay Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kiermaier was out on the play. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)ST PETERSBURG, FL – JULY 31: Kevin Kiermaier #39 of the Tampa Bay Rays gets safe after hitting an RBI triple in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels on July 31, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)Umpire Nick Mahrley, left, makes the call as Los Angeles Angels’ Jefry Marte reaches for the ball after Tampa Bay Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier, center, slid into third base with an RBI-triple during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)Los Angeles Angels starter Tyler Skaggs pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)Tampa Bay Rays’ Ryne Stanek pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)Tampa Bay Rays reliever Ryan Yarbrough pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, right, races from the batters box after hitting a dribbler in front of Tampa Bay Rays catcher Michael Perez, left, during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Perez made the play and threw out Ohtani at first base. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)Tampa Bay Rays’ Mallex Smith races home to score on Kevin Kiermaier’s RBI-triple off Los Angeles Angels’ Tyler Skaggs during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)Tampa Bay Rays’ Carlos Gomez gestures toward the Rays dugout after hitting a two-run single off Los Angeles Angels reliever Noe Ramirez during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scoscia, left, leaves the mound while reliever Noe Ramirez, right, talks with catcher Jose Briceno (10) during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun drops his bat after hitting a two-run single off Tampa Bay Rays reliever Ryan Yarbrough during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)Los Angeles Angels on-deck batter Justin Upton, left, congratulates Mike Trout, right, after his solo home run off Tampa Bay Rays reliever Ryan Yarbrough during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)The Rays’ Jake Bauers, left, celebrates with teammate Carlos Gomez after hitting a home run during the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Angels in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 14The Rays’ Jake Bauers, left, celebrates with teammate Carlos Gomez after hitting a home run during the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Angels in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)ExpandST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tyler Skaggs was enjoying the best extended stretch of his career before hitting a giant speed bump on Tuesday night.Skaggs, who brought a 2.62 ERA into the game, gave up a career-worst 10 runs in the Angels’ 10-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.The Angels trailed 10-1 before they rallied to at least make the game interesting, including Mike Trout’s 30th homer of the season.The offense’s performance only made Skaggs feel worse. Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Scioscia said Skaggs had been pitching so well that they could simply dismiss this one as an aberration.“He just didn’t seem to set the tone he’s been setting when he’s going well,” Scioscia said. “He usually gets ahead in the count and he can bring all his pitches into the game. He just had trouble doing that tonight.”With the Angels down 10-1, it looked for the second game in a row like they might resort to using a position player to pitch, something they haven’t done in 25 years.Just as they did after falling behind 8-0 on Sunday, the Angels’ hitters came through to make the game too close for them to give up.Kole Calhoun hit a two-run homer in the fifth, one of his three hits as he continues to sizzle since coming off the disabled list last month.They added two more in the sixth and one in the seventh on a blast by Trout. Trout hit a shot off one of the catwalks that hang from the roof of Tropicana Field. The drive was estimated at 427 feet. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak “It spiraled out of control,” Skaggs said. “Baseball is a humbling game. Last game all I could do was strike people out (nine in six innings). This time all they could do was score runs.”The Angels didn’t even get anyone up in the bullpen until after the fifth straight hitter reached. Manager Mike Scioscia said the bullpen was still trying to rebound from a heavy workload, including 8-2/3 innings on Sunday, so they were hoping to get Skaggs deeper into the game.His night finally ended when he hit Daniel Robertson with a pitch, forcing in the seventh run of the game. He left the bases loaded and all three came around to score.Related Articles “We’re swinging the bats really well,” he said. “I wish I would have had a better outing because we easily could have won the game today. It’s frustrating.”That was a new feeling for Skaggs, who had been doing pretty much anything he wanted on the mound for the past two months, with a 1.44 ERA over his previous eight starts.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“I feel like I’ve been throwing the ball as well I have my whole life, and today was probably the worst outing I ever had in my life,” Skaggs said. “It’s the ups and downs of a season. Everyone is liable to have a few. You can’t be perfect every time out, but I’m definitely better than that. Today was a tough one.”Skaggs gave up a homer in the second inning to Jake Bauers, which was the first homer he’d allowed in two months. He gave up two more in the third, but then in the fourth, the game became a nightmare.With one out, Skaggs couldn’t retire any of the next seven hitters. He gave up solid hits to two of them and infield hits to two. He also hit one and walked two. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It was kind of cool,” Trout said of hitting the catwalk.He also took pride in the accomplishment of hitting 30, as he’s done five times.“It’s obviously a big number,” he said. “You try to reach 30 at the beginning of the season. I can’t tell you I’m going to hit 30 or 40. I just try to barrel up the ball. If it goes out, it goes out.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

Week 16 Fantasy WR Rankings: Chris Godwin injury, Jaguars breakouts create more sleepers

first_imgWEEK 16 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | KickerOf course, there are always unfavorable matchups to go along with all the favorable. John Brown (@ Patriots) gets the Stephon Gilmore treatment, while Julian Edelman (vs. Bills), while likely avoiding Tre’Davious White, also gets a tough matchup against the Bills. Chances are, you’ll still start both, but Brown is riskier. The Rams trio (@ 49ers) comes with risks, but Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods are tough to sit after watching how Julio Jones carved up the depleted 49ers defense last week.The Jets’ up-and-down duo of Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder (vs. Steelers) won’t have an easy time and are likely both too risky to play, while the same is true for Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. (vs. Ravens), but they’re both too talented to sit. Tyrell Williams (@ Chargers), Danny Amendola (@ Broncos), and Greg Ward (vs. Cowboys) are three of last week’s heroes who aren’t likely to replicate their Week 15 showings. WEEK 16 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endPerhaps the toughest call of the week is with Adam Thielen, who caught all three of his targets for 27 yards last week and gets a statistically difficult matchup against the Packers on Monday night. Green Bay just allowed a pair of 100-yard receivers to the Bears, but Thielen seems to be operating at less-than-100 percent. MORE WEEK 16: Waiver pickups | FAAB planning | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff tipsUltimately, there are no shortage of options for your WR2 and WR3 spots, and you can drive yourself crazy trying to find the perfect players. Before the games kick off, anything seems possible, but if you figure out what your team needs more — a high ceiling or a high floor — and pay attention to the weather, you’ll at least give yourself a chance. WEEK 16 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPP Note: We’ll continue to update these rankings all week, so check back for the latest and individual player analysis. MORE WEEK 16 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWeek 16 Fantasy WR RankingsThese rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.RankPlayer1DeAndre Hopkins, HOU @ TB2Michael Thomas, NO @ TEN3Julio Jones, ATL vs. JAX4Davante Adams, GB @ MIN5Amari Cooper, DAL @ PHI6Keenan Allen, LAC vs. OAK7Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. DET8Tyreek Hill, KC @ CHI9Tyler Lockett, SEA vs. ARZ10DJ Chark, JAX @ ATL11Breshad Perriman, TB vs. HOU12DeVante Parker, MIA vs. CIN13Allen Robinson, CHI vs. KC14Tyler Boyd, CIN @ MIA15Mike Williams, LAC vs. OAK16Will Fuller V, HOU @ TB17D.J. Moore, CAR @ IND18Stefon Diggs, MIN vs. GB19Terry McLaurin, WAS vs. NYG20T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. CAR21Julian Edelman, NE vs. BUF22Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. BAL23Kenny Golladay, DET @ DEN24Adam Thielen, MIN vs. GB25A.J. Brown, TEN vs. NO26Cooper Kupp, LAR @ SF27Odell Beckham Jr., CLE vs. BAL28Emmanuel Sanders, SF vs. LAR29Golden Tate, NYG @ WAS30Anthony Miller, CHI vs. KC31DK Metcalf, SEA vs. ARZ32Marquise Brown, BAL @ CLE33Michael Gallup, DAL @ PHI34John Brown, BUF @ NE35Deebo Samuel, SF vs. LAR36Christian Kirk, ARZ @ SEA37Justin Watson, TB vs. HOU38Robert Woods, LAR @ SF39James Washington, PIT @ NYJ40Dede Westbrook, JAX @ ATL41Darius Slayton, NYG @ WAS42Sterling Shepard, NYG @ WAS43Russell Gage, ATL vs. JAX44Chris Conley, JAX @ ATL45Kenny Stills, HOU @ TB46Danny Amendola, DET @ DEN47Curtis Samuel, CAR @ IND48Diontae Johnson, PIT @ NYJ49Robby Anderson, NYJ vs. PIT50Tyrell Williams, OAK @ LAC51Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ @ SEA52Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. PIT53Greg Ward, PHI vs. DAL54Corey Davis, TEN vs. NO55Cole Beasley, BUF @ NE56Tim Patrick, DEN vs. DET57Brandin Cooks, LAR @ SF58Zach Pascal, IND vs. CAR59Alex Erickson, CIN @ MIA60Marcus Johnson, IND vs. CAR61Steven Sims Jr., WAS vs. NYG62John Ross III, CIN @ MIA63Kendrick Bourne, SF vs. LAR64Sammy Watkins, KC @ CHI65Albert Wilson, MIA vs. CIN66JJ Arcega-Whiteside, PHI vs. DAL67Randall Cobb, DAL @ PHI68Mohamed Sanu, NE vs. BUF69Mecole Hardman, KC @ CHI70Willie Snead, BAL @ CLE71Hunter Renfrow, OAK @ LAC72Ted Ginn Jr., NO @ TEN73Allen Lazard, GB @ MIN74Phillip Dorsett, NE vs. BUF75Josh Reynolds, LAR @ SF76Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ TEN77Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB @ MIN78Demarcus Robinson, KC @ CHI79Geronimo Allison, GB @ MIN80Olabisi Johnson, MIN vs. GB Seriously, what were the odds before the season that Breshad Perriman would be in the top 10 in our Week 16  fantasy WR rankings? A million-to-one seems a little high, but…close, right? Well, thanks to hamstring injuries for Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, Perriman becomes the de facto No. 1 receiver for one of football’s pass-happiest teams — in a favorable matchup — so here he is, safely on the “start ’em” side of the start-or-sit bubble. He’s not the only surprise in our starter’s tier. Chris Conley and Keelan Cole (@ Falcons) both impressed in the absence of DJ Chark (foot) and have another favorable matchup. Anthony Miller (vs. Chiefs) just keeps on getting targets and producing, Darius Slayton (@ Redskins) is a touchdown machine, and Terry McLaurin (vs. Giants) is suddenly good again. At least one of James Washington or Diontae Johnson (@ Jets) is a good bet to go off this week, too. Throw in high-upside secondary receivers like Mike Williams (vs. Raiders), DK Metcalf (vs. Cardinals), and Will Fuller (@ Buccaneers) in favorable matchups, and you have a lot of choices for your WR3 spots. last_img read more