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Clemson vs. Georgia Tech odds, predictions: 2019 college football picks from proven model on 49-29 run

Clemson vs. Georgia Tech odds, predictions: 2019 college football picks from proven model on 49-29 run

The last time the Clemson Tigers took the field was on Jan. 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. Clemson upset No. 1 Alabama 44-16 that night, the worst-ever Crimson Tide loss under Nick Saban, to win the school's second national championship in three years. The Tigers enter this season ranked No. 1 in both major polls and begin defense of their title Thursday in ACC action against unranked Georgia Tech. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. ET from Memorial Stadium in Clemson. Last year's Tigers became the first school to finish 15-0 since the 1800s and first in the College Football Playoff era to go unbeaten. Georgia Tech, meanwhile, is coming off a 7-6 campaign under former coach Paul Johnson. The Tigers are 37-point favorites in the latest Clemson vs. Georgia Tech odds, up a field goal from where the line opened, and the over-under is 60.5. Before you make your Week 1 college football predictions, be sure to see the Clemson vs. Georgia Tech picks from the SportsLine Projection Model.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Over the past four years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,530 profit for $100 bettors on its top-rated spread picks.
The model enters the first full weekend of the 2019 college football season on a blistering 49-29 run on all top-rated picks. It also called Miami (+7) covering against No. 8 Florida in the season-opener and hit the under. Anybody who has been following it is way up.
Now, it has set its sights on Clemson vs. Georgia Tech. We can tell you the model is leaning over, and it also says one side of the spread hits in well over 60 percent of simulations. That pick is only available at SportsLine.
The model knows Clemson has won 29 of its last 30 home games. Its last loss at Memorial Stadium was as a 21.5-point favorite against Pittsburgh on Nov. 12, 2016, and that defeat was by just one point. Last year, the Tigers blew out every visiting opponent but one (Syracuse). Twelve starters return from the championship team, led by quarterback and Heisman Trophy favorite Trevor Lawrence as well as arguably the country's top running back, Travis Etienne, another Heisman contender. Clemson has yet to have a Heisman winner.
The Tigers have won the past four meetings with Georgia Tech, covering the spread three times. Last year in Atlanta, Clemson won 49-21 as a 16-point favorite. Lawrence wasn't even the team's starting quarterback yet, but came off the bench to throw four touchdown passes and was the starter from that point forward. Etienne rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and Tech was held to 203 total yards and just 57 passing.
But just because the Tigers are No. 1 in the country and heavily favored on Thursday doesn't mean they'll cover the Clemson vs. Georgia Tech spread.
The Yellow Jackets have the edge of surprise because it's not quite clear what they will look like offensively after all those years running the option. The Jackets will run a spread, pro-style offense this season under Collins and new offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude, who also came from Temple.
"Who knows?" Swinney said recently to the media when talking about what to expect from Georgia Tech's offense. "There's a lot we don't know about them. It's that way every year, every opener. You have to get ready schematically for what you think they might do." Clemson coaches have studied tape from Collins' time at Temple. The Yellow Jackets are 4-2 all-time when opening the season against an ACC opponent.

Michael Jackson allegedly cried when Marlon Brando confronted him about child sexual abuse allegations

Michael Jackson allegedly cried when Marlon Brando confronted him about child sexual abuse allegations

The public’s fascination with Michael Jackson continues. On what would have been his 61st birthday, it’s being reported that the King of Pop was once confronted by his friend Marlon Brando over the child abuse allegations against him — and Jackson broke down in tears.
The podcast Telephone Stories: The Trials of Michael Jackson touts in a press release that it obtained the sworn account Brando gave to Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys on March 14, 1994, and that interview — which was recorded and transcribed — will be featured in its season finale on Sunday. In it, Brando reportedly told authorities, “I think it’s pretty reasonable to conclude that [Jackson] may have had something to do with kids.”
The reclusive Oscar winner — a close friend and visitor to Neverland Ranch — had been contacted by the D.A.’s office and spoke with district attorneys Bill Hodgman, of O.J. Simpson trial fame, and Lauren Weis about “an unusual conversation he had with Jackson and his suspicions concerning the King of Pop’s behavior around young boys,” according to the press release. He also relayed “impressions and concerns” he had discussed with his son, Miko C. Brando, who worked as a security guard for Jackson.
Brando detailed a “tear-filled conversation” he had with Jackson at Neverland Ranch, the release states. It reportedly took place after Brando confronted Jackson during a private dinner and acting lesson and it “culminated in a revealing exchange between the two men.” Weis, now a judge, confirmed the interview with Brando about Jackson to the Los Angeles Times.
According to Brando’s documented account, Jackson broke down in tears during the talk and admitted he hated his father, Joe Jackson. The conversation then turned to homosexuality and the children he was accused of sexually abusing, as Jackson had first been investigated for child molestation in 1993. Brando reportedly said that Jackson ended up crying so hard that the superstar had to comfort him.
That’s when Brando told prosecutors, “With this mode of behavior that’s been going on, I think it’s pretty reasonable to conclude that he may have had something to do with kids.”
That said, Brando noted that Jackson never came out and said he was gay or admitted to sexual relations with the boys. Instead, he kept crying and was so shaken by the conversation that Brando thought he was telling him something.
“My impression, was that he didn’t want to answer because he was frightened to answer me,” Brando said.Marlon Brando during Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Celebration - Show at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)Marlon Brando during Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Celebration - Show at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Marlon Brando during Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Celebration Show at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Photo: KMazur/WireImage)
Brando also reportedly told the D.A. that the childlike Jackson never cursed and didn’t like when people used the F word. He was especially uncomfortable when being asked about his sex life.
“I had asked him if he was a virgin and he sort of laughed and giggled, and he called me Brando,” the actor told prosecutors. “He said, ‘Oh, Brando.’ I said, ‘Well, what do you do for sex?’ And he was acting fussy and embarrassed.”
Brando also asked, “Well, who are your friends?’ He said, ‘I don’t know anybody my own age. I don’t like anybody my own age.’ I said, ‘Why not?’ He said, ‘I don’t know, I don’t know.’ He was crying hard enough that ... I tried to assuage him. I tried to help him all I could.”
This is the first time the conversation between Brando and Jackson has been made public because it was never used as evidence in Jackson’s 2005 trial — which resulted in the pop star’s acquittal. Brando died in 2004 followed by Jackson in 2009.
After Brando’s death, his son Miko told the L.A. Times his dad counted the pop star among his closest friends in his final years.
"The last time my father left his house to go anywhere, to spend any kind of time, it was with Michael Jackson. He loved it,” Miko said. “[He] had a 24-hour chef, 24-hour security, 24-hour help, 24-hour kitchen, 24-hour maid service. Just carte blanche.”
Miko said that the men met through “Quincy Jones back in the 1980s.”

Djokovic deals with pain, Federer faces deficit at US Open

Djokovic deals with pain, Federer faces deficit at US Open

Maybe, just maybe, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are feeling some lingering after-effects of their historic Wimbledon final last month.

For Djokovic, it's in the form of a left shoulder that is hurting right now and probably contributed to slower-than-usual serves in the U.S. Open's second round Wednesday night.

For Federer, it's in the form of slow starts: He's lost the opening set each of his first two matches at Flushing Meadows for the first time in 19 times he's entered the Grand Slam tournament.

If they're going to reprise their rivalry late next week in the semifinals, both will need to improve.

Djokovic was repeatedly visited by a trainer for shoulder massages at changeovers during a ragged 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-1 victory over 56th-ranked Juan Ignacio Londero of Argentina. Djokovic is a righty, of course, but he uses his other hand both for ball tosses on serves and on his two-fisted backhand — and both were less effective for stretches.

"I was definitely tested. This is something I've been carrying for a quite a while now," said Djokovic, who repeatedly shook his left arm between points while serving in his first-round match Monday and did that again this time. "It wasn't easy playing with the pain and you have to fight and hope you get lucky with some shots."

Even though he won for the 35th time in his past 36 Slam matches, including in a fifth-set tiebreaker against Federer at the All England Club on July 14, the Serb looked uncomfortable and went away for stretches, including trailing 3-0 in the second set.

Asked how he plans to prepare for his next match Friday, Djokovic replied with a laugh: "I'll probably freeze my arm for 48 hours, not do anything with it, and then see what happens."

Federer, meanwhile, is not about to start trying new tricks now, despite needing to come back twice already.

He got to the third round by beating Damir Dzumhur 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 on an afternoon when rain postponed all but nine scheduled singles matches and every doubles contest.

Still, it's not as if the guy is going to seek some sort of magic solution. Working up more of a sweat in the gym before heading to the court, say. Or playing an extra practice set.

What he chose to focus on, instead, is looking on the bright side: "Can only do better," Federer said, "which is a great thing, moving forward."

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, receives treatment from a trainer during his match against Juan Ignacio Londero, of Argentina, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


At a Flushing Meadows flush with surprises so far — half of the top 12 seeded men already were gone by the time Federer stepped into Arthur Ashe Stadium — he cleaned up his act quickly.

Indeed, Federer was one of the lucky ones who will stay on the usual play-one-day, get-a-day-off Grand Slam schedule. Only matches at Ashe or Louis Armstrong Stadium, the event's two arenas with a retractable roof, were held.

That included a loss by two-time champion Venus Williams to No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina, and victories for No. 2 Ash Barty, No. 3 Karolina Pliskova and 2017 runner-up Madison Keys on the women's side, and a win for No. 7 Kei Nishikori on the men's. In the last matches completed on Day 3, which both ended at around midnight, Serena Williams came back to beat 17-year-old American Caty McNally 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, and qualifier Dominik Koepfer of Germany eliminated Reilly Opelka of the U.S. 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (2).

"You go through a little phase where you don't start so well and everybody asks you right away, 'What are you going to do?' You're like, I don't know. Just go back to the drawing board. Just do the same things again. You hope for a better outcome," said Federer, owner of a total of 20 major trophies, four ahead of Djokovic. "I don't think there is, per se, a secret to a good start, other than warming up well, being well-prepared mentally, not underestimating your opponent. I did all of that. You know me, I will always do that."

He also ceded the first set to 190th-ranked Sumit Nagal in an eventual four-set victory Monday.

Federer called that pattern "just a bit frustrating, more than anything, especially when the level is that low and there is that many errors and the energy is not kind of there."

Against Dzumhur, who is ranked No. 99 now but has been as high as No. 23, Federer fell behind 4-0 after all of 15 minutes. He was sluggish and his shots were off-target, to the tune of 12 unforced errors within the match's first 19 points.

"Basically," Federer concluded, "the entire set, just sort of donated."

Hardly ideal, on this particular day or in the big picture: Never in the 107-year history of the tournament has a man gone on to claim the trophy after losing the first set in both of his first two matches.

What matters right now, of course, is that Federer is still in the draw.

Borna Coric, who was seeded 12th, was the latest to exit, withdrawing because of a lower back strain before he was supposed to face Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday. That followed losses Tuesday by a quartet of top-10 men all on Rafael Nadal's half of the bracket: No. 4 Dominic Thiem, No. 8 Stefanos Tsitsipas, No. 9 Karen Khachanov and No. 10 Roberto Bautista Agut.

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Multi-alarm fire rips through home in Walpole

Multi-alarm fire rips through home in Walpole

WALPOLE, MASS. (WHDH) - A massive fire ripped through a multi-level home in Walpole on Thursday, leaving the neighborhood covered in a haze of thick, black smoke.

Crews responding to a two-alarm house fire on East Street around 10:30 a.m. found flames shooting from the roof and smoke billowing into the air.

Video from Sky7 HD showed several ladder trucks dousing the charred remains of the heavily-damaged home.

The upper level of the home appeared to be completely destroyed.

No injuries were reported.

Walpole Deputy Chief Paul Barry says the nearby Blessed Sacrament School was evacuated as a precaution.

Motorists were urged to avoid the area and traffic is being detoured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


This is a developing news story; stay with 7NEWS for updates online and on-air.

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Nets' Wilson Chandler Suspended 25 Games for Positive PED Test

Nets' Wilson Chandler Suspended 25 Games for Positive PED Test

The Brooklyn Nets will start the season without Wilson Chandler after he failed a test for performance-enhancing drugs. 

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA announced Chandler has been suspended 25 games after testing positive for Ipamorelin, a growth hormone stimulant. Philadelphia 76ers forward Wilson Chandler (22) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 126-110. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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Brooklyn reshaped its roster this summer with the additions of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Taurean Prince and DeAndre Jordan. Durant likely won't play this season while he recovers from a ruptured Achilles. 

With Chandler out for 25 games, the Nets' depth at forward will be tested. Prince, Caris LeVert and Joe Harris will likely be head coach Kenny Atkinson's primary options, with Rodions Kurucs available off the bench. 

Chandler signed a one-year deal with the Nets in July. The 32-year-old started last season with the Philadelphia 76ers before being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in February as part of the Tobias Harris deal. 

He averaged 6.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per game and shot 37.3 percent from three-point range in 2018-19. 

Chandler will be eligible to return Dec. 15 when the Nets host the Philadelphia 76ers. 

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Boise State’s Robert Mahone earns staring running back job, Boise State University • American football

Boise State’s Robert Mahone earns staring running back job

Boise State running backs ready for larger roles

Boise State running backs Robert Mahone and Andrew Van Buren step into a big opening after the departure of Alexander Mattison. Mahone, Van Buren and offensive coordinator Zak Hill discuss the running back situation. Boise State running backs Robert Mahone and Andrew Van Buren step into a big opening after the departure of Alexander Mattison. Mahone, Van Buren and offensive coordinator Zak Hill discuss the running back situation.

The last time the Boise State football team boarded an airplane, backup running back Robert Mahone was left behind.

On Thursday, the Broncos will load up for their highly anticipated trip to play Florida State with Mahone in the starting role — Hurricane Dorian permitting.

The junior has changed his approach to school and football so much since he was academically ineligible for the 2018 First Responder Bowl that coaches now talk about his leadership qualities.

Mahone, meeting with the media Wednesday, cited “lack of focus” for his troubles at the end of last season.

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“That happens,” he said, “but it’s easy to get back on track when you really want to be successful.”

Mahone was named the starting running back for the season opener Saturday against Florida State in Jacksonville (5 p.m. MT, ESPN). He steps into a star-making role that has produced a national-best 10 straight 1,000-yard rushers, including Alexander Mattison the past two years.

But Mahone (5-foot-10, 218 pounds) is no lock for the top job. He’s being pushed by powerful sophomore Andrew Van Buren and elusive true freshman George Holani, who also will have roles.

“I definitely want to take on that role of being the bell cow, the workhorse,” Mahone said. “That’s what I’m working for.”

Coaches have noticed a significant difference in Mahone this year — and he says missing the bowl game was a turning point for him. Little things, like being on time and developing a greater understanding of the playbook, have propelled him.

Mahone rushed for 115 yards on 35 carries in 2017 and 128 yards on 32 carries in 2018.

“Rob’s been one of those guys through his career that was always kind of inconsistent, and we always wanted to see the consistency with him,” offensive coordinator Zak Hill said. “He always had the talent and the athleticism and balance and vision. It was just the consistency, and he’s gained that.”

Mahone is from Prosper, Texas, where he moved from safety to running back as a junior. He rushed for 1,172 yards and 16 touchdowns on just 125 carries as a senior.

“He has great vision, honestly,” Van Buren said. “As a running back, when you have great vision, it allows you to see a lot of things other people can’t.”

Mahone also has good hands, which makes him an asset in the passing game. Van Buren (6-0, 223) brings a little more power to the backfield and Holani (5-11, 192) was a key piece of the 2019 recruiting class.

“It’s going to be fun to watch us play,” Mahone said.

Weather threat continues

Hurricane Dorian is approaching Florida, which could affect the Boise State-Florida State game. Florida State issued a statement Wednesday saying that it will provide an update on the game’s status Thursday morning. The Broncos are scheduled to fly out Thursday afternoon. The storm is not expected to make landfall in Florida until Monday morning, but it could have an impact on the Atlantic Coast well before that. 0802bsufbjalilbrown Boise State cornerbacks coach Jalil Brown works with his players on the first day of fall camp Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Darin Oswald


Three of Boise State’s defensive coaches will be making their Broncos debut Saturday, and two of them made a brief stop on their way to Boise.

Cornerbacks coach Jalil Brown (Utah State) and inside linebackers coach Zac Alley (Charlotte) accepted jobs at new schools before Boise State’s openings came into play. Both jumped at the chance to join the Broncos.

Brown previously was an assistant strength and conditioning coach and defensive analyst at Boise State, and one of his goals was to return to the staff. He was at Northern Arizona in 2018 and was hired by Boise State two days after his hiring was announced at Utah State.

“It was tough,” Brown said. “When you make a decision like that, you love to stand by your word. But when I left (Boise State), it was in hopes of gaining some experience and coming full circle. That was the ultimate goal right there.” 0802bsufbzacalley Boise State linebackers coach Zac Alley works with his players on the first day of fall camp Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Darin Oswald

Alley was added to the staff in March after defensive coordinator Andy Avalos left for Oregon. The former Clemson graduate assistant was hired by Charlotte in February. Charlotte coach Will Healy encouraged him to pursue the opportunity, Alley said.

“One of my earliest memories of football was sitting in bed with my parents watching the Statue of Liberty (in Boise State’s 2007 Fiesta Bowl win),” he said. “... I’m really fired up to be here.”

Defensive coordinator Jeff Schmedding is the other coach making his debut.


Offensive guard John Molchon, safety Kekoa Nawahine and defensive tackle David Moa were voted captains by their teammates.

For Moa, it was an emotional moment, particularly given that he’s a sixth-year senior and he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace in September 2017.

“Be a leader on and off the field,” he said of his role as captain. “That’s something I want to do a better job of — especially a couple years ago, learning from all the mistakes I’ve ever done, teaching these young guys that this ain’t the path to go and telling them these are the guys you want to follow, the Kekoas of the team, the John Molchons, the Sonatane Luis. Eventually, if you keep listening, you’ll be on the field, too.”

Added Moa: “I think it’s the best award I’ve ever got — no, I don’t think, I know it’s the best award.”

The other captains’ reactions:

Molchon: “I’m so happy. It’s a blessing. I’m really excited to help the team as much as I can.”

Nawahine: “It means the world. ... It was a really humbling experience for me and it’s a pretty amazing feeling.”


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Forever 21 prepares for potential bankruptcy filing

Forever 21 prepares for potential bankruptcy filing


Forever 21 prepares for potential bankruptcy filing

  • Many young consumers are migrating to other retailers, especially online sellers. (Dreamstime/TNS)

>>>PHOTOS: Retailers that closed or are closing in 2019, according to Business Insider... Photo: Dreamstime, TNS


    >>>PHOTOS: Retailers that closed or are closing in 2019, according to Business Insider...

    Many young consumers are migrating to other retailers, especially online sellers. (Dreamstime/TNS)

    Many young consumers are migrating to other retailers, especially online sellers. (Dreamstime/TNS)

    Forever 21 Inc. is preparing for a potential bankruptcy filing as the fashion retailer’s cash dwindles and turnaround options fade, according to people with knowledge of the plans.

    The company has been in talks for additional financing and working with a team of advisers to help it restructure its debt, but negotiations with possible lenders have so far stalled, the people said. Focus has thus shifted toward securing a potential debtor-in-possession loan to take the company into Chapter 11, they said, even as some window remains to strike a last-minute deal that keeps it out of court.

    Representatives for Forever 21 didn’t respond to a request for comment.

    A bankruptcy filing would help the company shed unprofitable stores and recapitalize the business, said the people, who requested anonymity discussing private negotiations. Yet it could also be problematic for the country’s major mall owners, including Simon Property Group Inc. and Brookfield Property Partners LP. Forever 21 is one of the biggest mall tenants still standing after a wave of bankruptcies in the retail sector.

    If the chain were to close a significant number of stores as part of the restructuring, its landlords could have trouble filling the vacancies. Indianapolis-based Simon counts Forever 21 as its sixth-largest tenant excluding department stores, with 99 outlets covering 1.5 million square feet, according to a filing as of March 31.

    Co-founder Do Won Chang has been focused on maintaining a controlling stake in Forever 21, which has limited its fundraising options.

    A faction of company officials, without the approval of Chang, had asked its biggest landlords to consider taking a stake in the retailer amid a disagreement within its leadership, Bloomberg previously reported.

    Founded in 1984, Forever 21 operates more than 800 stores in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.

    --With assistance from Boris Korby and David Scheer.

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Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes off Oregon coast

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes off Oregon coast


Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes off Oregon coast

  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck off the Oregon coast Thursday morning. Photo: USGS

    A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck off the Oregon coast Thursday morning.

    A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck off the Oregon coast Thursday morning.

    A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off the Oregon Coast on Thursday, according to the United States Geological Survey. While the epicenter was 177 miles offshore from the coastal town of Bandon, shaking was widely felt on land.

    The quake hit at 8:08 a.m. local time at a depth of about 3 miles. The epicenter was 183 miles east of Coos Bay, 197 miles east-northeast from Newport and 251 miles east-northeast from Salem. Shaking was felt in Portland and Eugene and as far east as Bend.

    A tsunami isn't expected with this quake.

    The quake was initially reported as magnitude 6.4 and shortly after was downgraded to 6.3.

    There was no initial word on damage or injury resulting from the quake. More information on this earthquake is available on the USGS event page.

    See the latest USGS quake alerts, report feeling earthquake activity and tour interactive fault maps in SFGATE's earthquake section.

    Amy Graff is a digital reporter for SFGATE. Email her at


Unai Emery rejects diamond talk; gives green light to Arsenal’s dynamic trio

Unai Emery rejects diamond talk; gives green light to Arsenal’s dynamic trio

Unai Emery has denied that Arsenal’s diamond formation was to blame for Sunday’s defeat to Liverpool.

Arsenal lost 3-1 at Anfield and they were on the back foot for large spells, with Emery’s narrow midfield drawing plenty of criticism from fans and pundits alike.

Danny Murphy claimed: “you can’t play against a top team and let them get so high up the pitch so easily in wide areas, especially with the full-backs they’ve got”.

Emery though was asked about the formation at his press conference ahead of Sunday’s north London derby clash with Tottenham.

Asked about the diamond, Emery said: “I understand (the question). We won with the diamond last year, and we lost with it. We can win and we can lose with the diamond. The consequence of the result on Sunday was not the diamond, but really we are ready to play with different tactical decisions.

“Last year we worked and used different formations with good performances because the players here have worked on different systems. Also, they have the habit of playing in different systems.

“We are more rich tactically with different formations and tactics and can change in each match and each moment in the 90 mins. On Sunday we will decide the best possible system for us, thinking of our gameplan and to adapt for Tottenham.”

Emery was also asked about Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Abuameyang playing together.

“Yes, but be calm. My decision in each moment is thinking about how we are,” said Emery.

“For example with Lacazette he had a problem with his ankle. This week is the best week of the last three weeks. He’s getting better and feeling better with his ankle, it’s very positive.

“With Pepe, he came here later than the others but he is getting and feeling better in each match. Aubameyang is very important for us, he scores two goals in the first two matches, he had two or three good actions in Liverpool.

“The most important thing for me is to have chances and after with players like Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe, Micki, Reiss, Ceballos and Mesut we can score with different players.”

Asked if the trio will play together on Sunday, he added: “I think they can start together and they can play also during the match as all three, it depends how we decide our gameplan.

“But I am very optimistic for that situation, but not also those three players, also Nelson, Mkhitaryan, Willock, Ozil. We need to be able to make the best decisions, but above all, to have different possibilities with the players.”


Stoke Park adds padel to its award-winning facilities - A Luxury Travel Blog

Stoke Park adds padel to its award-winning facilities - A Luxury Travel Blog


Stoke Park – the wonderful luxury 5-star hotel in Buckinghamshire, UK – has recently introduced two padel courts to extend their leisure facilities.


For the uninitiated like myself, padel is similar to a combination of tennis and squash played outdoors on astroturf. Although first introduced to the UK in 1992, padel has been played for over 100 years, becoming a sporting phenomenon throughout many Hispanic nations including Spain, Mexico and Argentina.

It has recently been adopted by the LTA – Lawn Tennis Association and Tom Murray from British Padel recently said “to have such a prestigious venue (Stoke Park) joining the association gives a huge boost to our key objective of this year, which is for padel to achieve official sporting classification in the UK. We currently have 55 padel courts in the UK, and now with these two additional courts at Stoke Park, it really is helping the popularity of the sport.’

The court is mainly surrounded by glass walls which are an integral and essential part of the game and the service is underhand not overhead. The bats are similar to tennis racquets but have shorter handles and solid heads with a few holes to allow for aero-dynamics. The balls are the same as tennis but have slightly less pressure.

The popularity of the game is undoubtedly due to the fact that it is very sociable. There are no singles matches, only doubles so more people therefore play at any one time than in tennis. It is also apparently quicker and easier to learn the rudiments and then put them into practice. The bats are similar to tennis racquets but have shorter handles and solid heads with a few holes to allow for aero-dynamics. The balls are the same as tennis but have slightly less pressure.

The coaches at Stoke Park recommend the following tips when playing:

Keep the ball low
Try to serve and volley
Use the lob to keep opponents away from the net
Move up and back as a team
Use placements and angles rather than brute force!

Padel is now an addition to Stoke Park’s health and racquet facilities. These include 13 tennis courts – 6 Wimbledon spec grass courts, 3 indoor, 4 floodlit clay and 2 more to follow next year.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Stoke Park.


Nevada woman exonerated after serving 35 years for murder gets $3M award

Nevada woman exonerated after serving 35 years for murder gets $3M award

A woman who was released from a Nevada prison in 2015 -- after being locked up for more than three decades for a murder she didn't commit -- was awarded $3 million in a partial settlement of a federal civil rights lawsuit, her lawyer said Wednesday.

Cathy Woods, 68, was still seeking damages from the city of Reno and former police investigators she accused of coercing a 1979 confession from her while she was a patient in a Louisiana mental hospital.

Woods spent 35 years in prison for the 1976 murder of Michelle Mitchell, a sophomore at the University of Nevada, Reno. DNA evidence that had been collected from a cigarette butt found at the crime scene ultimately exonerated her. She's been living in Washington state since then.County commissioners in Nevada have agreed to a $3 million settlement with Woods, seen here in 2014, who spent 35 years in prison for a murder she didn't commit before she was exonerated by DNA evidence tied to a crime-scene cigarette butt. (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)

"Although no amount of money will compensate Ms. Woods for what she endured, this will go at least some way toward providing care for her,” said her lawyer, Elizabeth Wang.

Wang said that Woods was psychotic, and that detectives never should have interrogated her. Woods was bartending when Mitchell was killed and later moved to Louisiana. Her mother committed her to a psychiatric hospital, where Woods told a staff member about the murder.

Nevada’s Supreme Court overturned her 1980 conviction, but she was convicted again in 1984 in a second trial.

A judge vacated the conviction in 2014 after DNA testing linked Oregon prison inmate Rodney Halbower to the crime. He's since been convicted of two murders in the San Francisco area that occurred during the same time period as the Mitchell killing.

"The conviction and subsequent incarceration of Woods for murder is a tragic situation that Washoe County hopes is never repeated,” the county said in a statement. “While money can rarely compensate an individual for loss of freedom, Washoe County sincerely hopes that this monetary settlement will be utilized for the best possible care of Woods.”



Triple talaq: Muslim women coming out in large numbers to file FIRs in UP

Triple talaq: Muslim women coming out in large numbers to file FIRs in UP

Triple talaq, Muslim women, FIR, uttar pradesh, Muslim Women Act, Protection of Rights on Marriage, india news
In a bid to ensure effective implementation of the Act, the Uttar Pradesh Police is contemplating to arrest the accused.
Uttar Pradesh is witnessing a spurt in triple talaq cases, with 216 FIRs filed by Muslim women since the enactment of a law which makes the practice of instant divorce a punishable offence. The maximum number of 26 such cases have been registered in Meerut followed by Saharanpur and Shamli where 17 and 10 FIRs have been lodged respectively, a senior police official told PTI on Tuesday. These three places in western Uttar Pradesh have a sizeable Muslim population.

“In UP, women given triple talaq are coming out in large numbers to register FIRs against their husbands. Within three weeks (till August 21) of implementation of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019, as many as 216 FIRs have been filed in the state so far,” he said.
In eastern Uttar Pradesh, the highest number of 10 FIRs were registered in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency – Varanasi. The main causes of triple talaq are dowry, property dispute and domestic violence as per the FIRs lodged. However, except in two-three cases, no arrest has so far been made in the over 200 cases lodged.

In a bid to ensure effective implementation of the Act, the Uttar Pradesh Police is contemplating to arrest the accused. “To ensure that the Act is followed in letter and spirit and justice is given to Muslim women, we are examining as to why we should not arrest those involved in giving triple talaq. We will be doing that in some districts,” Director General of Police OP Singh told PTI. He said very soon the police will also be going for “impact analysis” to ensure justice to Muslim women.

“Very soon, we will be calling a few sample cases to assess the impact to ensure justice to the victim women,” he said. Some triple talaqs have been given over phone, through SMS or directly to women.
In a case in Lucknow, a man allegedly gave triple talaq to his wife right inside civil court premises in the presence of her advocate after she refused to accept a chewing gum from him, police said. 30-year-old Simmi of Amrai village was divorced by her husband Syed Rashid where she had gone for the hearing of a case of dowry harassment she had lodged earlier against her in-laws.

The woman was talking to her advocate when her husband offered her a chewing gum which she refused, throwing Rashid into a fit of rage so much so that he divorced his wife, uttering talaq three times then and there itself. In Banda, a woman was given triple talaq by her husband over phone, while in Barabanki a woman was given triple talaq through SMS.

In another case, a man divorced his wife allegedly to escape from the responsibility of providing treatment to their physically challenged daughter. In a separate case, a woman alleged that her husband had ended their two-year-old marriage by pronouncing triple talaq over phone as she had a dark complexion.

In yet another case, a man allegedly divorced his wife in full public view in her village market in Unnao district using the outlawed custom and mocking at the new law that declares the oral diktat a penal offence.

The triple talaq law came into effect retrospectively from September 19, 2018, after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the legislation that makes giving instant oral triple talaq or talalq-e-biddat a criminal offence with provisions of jail term up to three years.

The new law makes void and illegal talaq-e-biddat or any other similar form of talaq having the effect of instantaneous and irrevocable divorce pronounced by a Muslim husband. It also makes it illegal to pronounce talaq three times in spoken, written or through SMS or WhatsApp or any other electronic chat in one sitting.

The law says any Muslim husband who pronounces the illegal form of talaq upon his wife shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, and shall also be liable to fine. The aggrieved woman is entitled to demand a maintenance from her husband for herself and her dependent children under the Act.

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The U.S. Air Force’s secretive space plane just set a new record

The U.S. Air Force’s secretive space plane just set a new record

The U.S. Air Force’s secretive X-37B space plane this week broke its own record for time spent in low-Earth orbit — 718 days.
Its previous record-breaking mission of 717 days ended in May 2017 when the vehicle touched down at the Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility, reported.

The current voyage, called Orbital Test Vehicle-5 (OTV-5), launched on a Space X Falcon 9 rocket in September 2017. Its missions are classified so the intended length of its stay in space hasn’t been made public.

Indeed, not a great deal is known about the uncrewed X-37B beyond the limited information posted on the Air Force’s website.
It’s described as “an experimental test program” that’s used for demonstrating various technologies “for a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform for the U.S. Air Force,” and has two primary objectives, namely to develop “reusable spacecraft technologies for America’s future in space, and operating experiments which can be returned to, and examined, on Earth.”

According to the Air Force, the X-37B is the first vehicle since NASA’s Space Shuttle orbiter to have the capability of returning experiments to Earth for analysis, with the aircraft also able to land on a runway in the same way as the Space Shuttle.

Technologies being tested in the program include advanced guidance, navigation and control, thermal protection systems, avionics, high temperature structures and seals, conformal reusable insulation, lightweight electromechanical flight systems, advanced propulsion systems, advanced materials and autonomous orbital flight, reentry, and landing.

The U.S. has been accused in the past of using the X-37B to spy on China’s Tiangong-1 space station module when it was in operation, though experts in the field of aeronautics said it was unlikely to have been the case as their respective orbits were too different to make any spying mission practically possible.

As noted by, another of the X-37B’s mission objective appears to be to always outdo the previous one in terms of time spent in orbit. The first mission, OTV-1, launched in April 2010 and spent 224 days in space before returning to Earth. OTV-2, on the other hand, spent 468 days in space between March 2011 and June 2012, while OTV-3’s mission, which ran from December 2012 and landed in October 2014, stayed in orbit for 674 days.

Tips For Legally Establishing A Business Name

Tips For Legally Establishing A Business Name

Small businesses and medium-sized enterprises account for more than 95% of firms. As an entrepreneur, naming your business is one of the most important business decisions you’ll ever make.
Your choice of name needs to be unique, reflect your brand, and not get you into legal trouble.

Make it unique.

It’s all too easy to choose a business name already in existence. Not only can this confuse customers, but you may also get hit with a trademark infringement lawsuit.
In any case, you want to establish a unique identity for your brand so that you stand out against competitors, NameStormers explains. To make sure your name is unique, do a simple internet search. Remember to check for alternate spellings and abbreviations. Bear in mind, companies with simple, uncomplicated names were found to trade up to 33% better than those with complicated names in a study by the Society of Personal and Social Psychology.

Search the database of fictitious business names.

Sole proprietors and general partnerships don’t usually have to register with the state. That means you need to search your state or county’s database of “fictitious business names” to check if your name’s already listed. Standards vary from state to state, but some allow any fictitious business name to be filed even if an identical one already exists. If your preferred business name has already been filed, you should have a rethink and come up with something more unique.

Search for similar or identical trademarks.

You should also search the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office database for conflicting trademarks. It’s best to hire an experienced trademark attorney who can conduct a comprehensive trademark search and register your name for you. This also means you’ll be less likely to face future disputes, and more likely to win any that do arise. Moreover, since your application will be reviewed by lawyers looking for reasons to limit or deny your trademark, you’ll likely want an expert helping you through the process. A professional trademark attorney will make the process as quick and smooth as possible, and help you avoid mistakes, unnecessary rejections and extra expense.

Naming your business will likely be a process of trial and error. You may need to brainstorm several different names before landing on one that’s both unique and completely suitable. Following these tips will ensure you end up choosing the perfect name for your business.

Trump under fire for suggesting next G7 summit be held at his struggling Doral Miami golf club

Trump under fire for suggesting next G7 summit be held at his struggling Doral Miami golf club

President Donald Trump said Monday he could host next year’s G7 summit at his own golf club in Miami, drawing immediate criticism that he is profiteering from his presidency.
Speaking on the last day of this year’s summit of seven leading democracies in Biarritz, France, the president said his own Trump National Doral Miami club would be the ideal place when he takes over the group’s leadership in the coming year.

“It’s a great place. It’s got tremendous acreage, many hundreds of acres, so we can handle whatever happens,” he told reporters.
He said his staff had already reviewed 12 different sites for the 2020 meeting, and none of them matched Doral’s “series of magnificent buildings.”

“It’s right next to the airport, meaning a few minutes away … plus it has buildings that have 50 to 70 units in them, so each delegation can have its own building.”
“They love the location of the hotel,” he said. “It’s Miami.”

But critics immediately blasted him for looking to make a profit from his time in the White House.
“We’re very concerned that Donald Trump has turned the presidency into a promotional agency for the Trump Organization,” said Noah Bookbinder, executive director for the transparency group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

“President Trump is openly using his administration to prop up his struggling businesses.”
The Doral resort is in the western suburbs of Miami, far from the ocean views that draw millions to the southern Florida city, but, as Trump pointed out, a five-minute drive from Miami International Airport.
Its four golf courses are tightly woven through housing developments and lakes, which themselves are surrounded by glum warehouses and office parks.

Refurbished under his own name after Trump bought the property out of bankruptcy in 2012, the resort has 642 rooms and suites, including two “presidential suites,” multiple swimming pools and a separate spa building.

A lifelong real estate developer whose business revolves around Trump-branded luxury golf courses and skyscrapers, the president spoke passionately about the Miami property.
“With Doral, we have a series of magnificent buildings, we call them bungalows. They each hold from 50 to 70 very luxurious rooms with magnificent views. We have incredible conference rooms, incredible restaurants,” he said

“And we have many hundreds of acres, so in terms of parking and in terms of all the things you need (it is) among the biggest in Florida and the best.”

According to reports, the property struggles somewhat commercially, but has mostly positive reviews on TripAdvisor — though it is said to have been hit by bedbug infestations.

According to the Miami Herald, the resort confidentially settled a lawsuit filed by a New Jersey insurance executive over bedbug bites shortly before Trump’s inauguration in January 2017.
Trump has been frequently criticized for using his own properties for official business.

CREW says that, since his inauguration in 2017, Trump has visited his properties on almost one-third of his days as president. His favorite is the oceanside Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, where he has entertained the leaders of China and Japan.

The government spends pays hundreds of thousands of dollars to the resort each time Trump visits, including renting golf carts for his Secret Service protection.
But it is not only his own use of his properties that draws attention: critics say he earns significant profits from businessmen and foreign diplomats who stay at his Washington Trump International Hotel in order to gain favor with him.

Democrats in Congress have repeatedly accused Trump of breaking the U.S. Constitution’s ban on using his office for profit, saying that unlike previous US leaders, he has not divested his businesses while in office.

4 new cars launching in September 2019: Maruti S-Presso to Tata Harrier Dark edition

4 new cars launching in September 2019: Maruti S-Presso to Tata Harrier Dark edition

The month of August has been quite ‘eventful’ this year with 4 cars launched till now. This includes the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, Maruti Suzuki XL6, Kia Seltos, and the new BMW 3-Series. Further, the coming 28th will see the Renault Triber being launched that will increase that number to 5. Now while August has given us plentiful of new cars to checkout, the coming month of September will be no less. To let you know, there are as many as 4 cars being launched in the country next month and the number may go even higher in a few days.
S Presso 1
Talking about the upcoming cars of September, various brands like Maruti Suzuki and Tata among others are planning to unveil their vehicles in that month. The cars that will be launched include the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, Tata Harrier Dark Edition, Renault Kwid facelift, and the Hyundai Elantra facelift. Talking about the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, it will be launched on the 30th of September. The S-Presso is based on the Future-S concept and the hatchback is aimed at young professionals, college-going students and people who are looking to buy a stylish car as their first vehicle. The tall boy hatch will be powered by the same set of engines as on the Wagon R and is likely to be offered with an AMT box.

The Tata Harrier Dark, as its name suggests, will be an all-black version of the Harrier with everything including the rims to the interiors draped in black. Changes on the SUV include a new Atlas Black colour, new 17-inch black alloy wheels, “Dark” moniker on the sides, grey headlamp bezels, blacked-out door handles and Blackstone front and rear skid plates. The cabin gets Blackstone Matrix colour along with Benecke-Kaliko Blackstone leather seats and door pads. The Harrier Dark edition will only be available in the XZ variant and is expected to cost around Rs 20,000-30,000 over the regular variant.
Hyundai Elantra 2
Next up is the Hyundai Verna facelift, which is scheduled to arrive on our shores by mid-September. The D-segment sedan looks very sharp now thanks to those triangular headlights, cascading grille, squattier stance and a good-looking rear end. The interiors also get significant changes including a new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and updated dashboard design among others. Powering the car will be the same set of engines, which include the 2.0-litre petrol engine and the 1.6-litre diesel engine. However, the petrol engine will be BSVI compliant while the diesel will be a BSIV unit. Kwid Render
Last up is the Renault Kwid facelift, a car that has been long anticipated in the market. The latest version of the popular hatchback gets its design inspiration from the K-ZE electric variant that is sold in China. The exteriors will look quite modern with a smart front end design, though the body profile will remain the same. BSVI compliance is likely for both the 800cc and 1-liter engines of the facelifted Kwid. The gearbox options will remain unchanged though, which includes the 5-speed manual and AMT.

You'll Be 2 Fast 2 Furious With These NBN 100 Plans

Buying a fast NBN plan should be simple, but there are countless variables that can affect how zippy your connection is.

Australia's Fastest NBN Providers According To Old Mate ACCC

Last week the ACCC released its most recent real-world NBN speed report, and it looks like TPG is the leader of the pack. And in another spot of good news, the results across the board weren't too bleak.

Every ISP resells access to the same core network, but the way in which providers like Telstra and Optus buy capacity from NBN Co means not all providers offer the same kind of download speeds. This is especially true during busy periods, like at night when everyone is trying to binge Netflix at the same time.

If your entire neighbourhood wants to stream the new season of Stranger Things and there’s not enough bandwidth to go around, you end up with a digital traffic jam. Even if you’re paying for what may seem like the fastest NBN plan around.

Thanks to the ACCC, NBN providers are disclosing the typical speeds you can realistically expect to get during busy hours - not just the NBN speed tier the plan is based on.

To help you find an NBN plan that consistently delivers the speeds you’re paying for, we've done the leg-work and put together a list of some of the fastest NBN 100 plans, based on the evening speed data NBN ISPs have made public.
The providers with some of fastest advertised evening speeds for their NBN 100 plans are as follows:
  • TPG: Typical evening speeds of 88.1Mbps
  • Optus: Typical evening speed of 87.8Mbps
  • Telstra: Typical evening speed of 87.42Mbps
  • Aussie Broadband: Typical evening speed of 86Mbps
  • Vodafone: Typical evening speed of 85Mbps
  • Kogan: Typical evening speed of 85Mbps
  • MyRepublic: Typical evening speed of 83Mbps
  • Tangerine: Typical evening speeds of 83Mbps
  • Mate Communicate: Typical evening speeds of 83Mbps
And here's what you’ll pay for an unlimited data NBN 100 plan from one of these providers:
Telstra doesn't have an NBN 100 plan in its standard range, so we’ve included a separate table with its NBN 50 option. To get NBN 100 speeds on Telstra, you’ll need to sign-up for an NBN 50 plan and then bolt on a speed boost for an extra $30 per month if your physical connection is fast enough.

In terms of bang-for-buck, TPG offers some of the best advertised evening speeds around on NBN 100 plans and is about $30 per month cheaper than Telstra. If you’re after this plan, you’ve got the choice of committing to an 18-month contract or paying a $99.95 setup fee. The ACCC has also consistently named TPG Australia’s fastest NBN provider as past of its Measuring Broadband program.

Vodafone is currently your cheapest option for high evening speed NBN 100 plans. Right now, you can get a Vodafone NBN 100 plan with unlimited data for $69 per month for your first six months. This makes it one of the cheapest NBN 100 plans around, but you will pay $89 per month thereafter.
While this Vodafone plan is technically contract-free, you’ll need to pay out the remainder of a modem fee if you leave within your first three years. This is equivalent to $5 multiplied by the number of months you’ve got left in that three-year period.

Kogan, Tangerine, and MyRepublic are also running discounts on their NBN 100 plans. You’ll pay:
  • $75.90 per month on Kogan for the first six months, and $85.90 per month thereafter
  • $79.90 per month on Tangerine for the first six months, and $89.90 per month thereafter
  • $89.95 per month on MyRepublic for the first year, and $94.95 per month thereafter, if you sign up before October 9
These plans are all contract-free, so you can leave whenever you want without being charged any early exit fees. Like when your discount runs out, for example.

It’s important to be aware that "typical evening speeds" disclosed by NBN providers are just an indication of the speeds you can reasonably expect during peak hours. There are plenty of other factors that can affect the speeds you get at home.

 These include the technology you're using to connect to the NBN, the hardware in your home, and abnormally high usage in your area. Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia's phone and internet comparison website.
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