Cam Newton and the Panthers are eyeing the playoffs. (Streeter Lecka / Getty Images) Top story lines | Injury newsFantasy football | ATS betting tips/Picks Heading into the final Sunday of a regular season marked by national anthem demonstrations, injuries to star players, attendance and TV rating concerns and continuing questions about officiating and concussions, three playoff spots, one bye and playoff seedings remain on the line. Not surprisingly, the NFL has backloaded the schedule, putting most of the key games in the late-afternoon slot, with nine games kicking off at 4:25 p.m. EDT. One spot is up for grabs, with either the Falcons or Seahawks (who host the Cardinals) getting the final NFC berth. The NFC South title is on the line, too, with the Panthers playing the Falcons in Atlanta and the Saints playing the Buccaneers in Tampa. In the AFC, four teams are fighting for the two wild-card spots and home-field advantage for the playoffs remains open, too, with the Patriots … [Read more...] about Playoffs scenarios will be set while Black Monday approaches for coaches; Plus injury updates, ATS picks and more
OAKLAND, Calif. – Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley is traveling with the team on its five-game west coast excursion, and he isn’t treating the trip like a vacation.Conley appears to have progressed strongly from rehab to treat a sore left Achilles and heel judging by his pregame and post-practice workouts. Conley went through a normal shooting routine, sprinting to spots on the floor and pulling up for mid-range and three-point shots.He was on the court Saturday before the Grizzlies' 141-128 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Conley went through similar workouts last week before the Grizzlies played Phoenix and again prior to the Los Angeles Lakers game. The Grizzlies practiced Friday and Conley took the court again following the session to regain conditioning and test the Achilles.However, Conley and the Grizzlies remain silent about a possible return date.The Grizzlies’ last update on Conley was Dec. 18 when the team said he would miss another two weeks. … [Read more...] about Grizzlies: Could Mike Conley’s return be imminent?
As film exhibitors begin to draw a curtain on 2017, they can look ahead to an uncannily similar slate of blockbusters in 2018. The North American box office is holding form with this stat: Eight of the year's top nine films are superhero movies, animated fare, live-action adaptation of popular animated fare -- or "Star Wars." And that's a year after all of the top 11 films fell within those four categories. related advertisement If that sounds like simply a long-rolling trend, though, consider that as recently as 2015, those categories collectively were in the minority among the biggest movies. That year, spy flicks ("Spectre," "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation"), non-Star Wars sci-fi ("Jurassic World," "The Martian"), music-infused comedy ("Pitch Perfect 2") and action-adventure ("Furious 7," "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay," "The Revenant") shared the top tier of domestic box office. As it looks now, however, 2018 could look more like a repeat of 2017. The biggest … [Read more...] about Will 2018 will be more of the same at the movies?
The SEC is loaded with elite edge rushers, but Auburn left tackle Austin Golson believes one-handed UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin will be the biggest test he faces this season.The American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of Year last season, Griffin has 154 tackles with 17 sacks over the past two seasons and helped lead No. 12 UCF (12-0) to the Peach Bowl."I think he's the pass rusher I'll face all season and he plays harder than anybody than I've probably played all season," said Golson, who has played all five positions on Auburn's offensive line this season. "I look forward to the matchup. We'll see how it goes. He's obviously really good, but I'm going to have the confidence in myself to be able to block him as well." How sand-filled makeshift footballs helped mold Auburn's Ryan Davis, UCF's Shaquem GriffinIt will be largely up to Golson and right tackle Darius James to contain Griffin, who has 62 tackles with 10 for loss and 5.5 sacks, two forced and recovered … [Read more...] about Auburn OL Austin Golson: UCF’s Shaquem Griffin will be best pass rush matchup this season
Liam Payne admits performing on stage as a solo artist is more challenging than being in a group. The 24-year-old singer is currently pursuing a career as a solo performer, having first found fame as part of One Direction, and Liam has acknowledged the differences in an Instagram post. Liam - who starred at Wembley Stadium in London earlier this year - wrote on the photo-sharing website: "I've got to perform to some amazing crowds this year, starting with 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium! With the boys you had the chance to bounce off each other, when you're on your own it's just you and you have to get out and just do it! Each venue was different but the crowds brought it and helped me give the best performances I could! (sic)" This comes shortly after Liam admitted to being proud of his fellow One Direction members, all of whom have pursued solo projects since the band announced they were taking a break. The 'Strip That Down' hitmaker also suggested he was surprised by the … [Read more...] about Liam Payne says being a solo performer is more challenging
The fire left the mountains ghostly gray, vast slopes frozen still but for dust devils wandering the ash.Fire crews were conducting a last big operation in the high country, burning a ridge above Hartman Ranch to keep the main fire from mushrooming into a road-less wilderness where condors soar.The Thomas fire had already torn through disparate points of Southern California — beach enclaves, orange groves, rural canyons, golf retreats and suburban cul-de-sacs. Flames ignited fan palms against the Pacific surf and cedars on high granite peaks.Residents along the flame front had seen fires come out of the mountains many times before — at horse ranches in Ojai, at farmworker camps in Fillmore, at Tuscan estates in stands of olive trees in Montecito.But never had they all been threatened by a single fire.The Thomas fire became California’s largest by size since modern recordkeeping began, standing at over 281,900 acres as of Friday. It raced from the urban edge to deep … [Read more...] about California’s largest ever fire was a force that could not be stopped
THE ISSUE Since 2001, the state has paid out nearly $8 million to settle more than a dozen sexual harassment and misconduct lawsuits against Pennsylvania State Police troopers, according to records obtained by The Caucus, an LNP Media Group watchdog publication focusing on state government. And at least four more pending cases, including a rape allegation against an unnamed trooper, could result in additional taxpayer-funded payouts, The Caucus reported. It noted that the “allegations that resulted in settlements ranged from physical assault and battery to sexual discrimination and retaliation at the hands of troopers and, more broadly, state police employees being forced to work in a hostile work environment.” Sadly, we hear that phrase more often these days: a hostile work environment. It is pulled from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, … [Read more...] about State police agency needs to address what appears to be a hostile work environment for women
As I noted in the Nov. 18 column, new Section 1-45(h)(i) of the Common Interest Community Association Act and new Section 18.10 of the Illinois Condominium Property Act provide that: "An association subject to this Act that consists of 100 or more units shall use generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") in fulfilling any accounting obligation under this Act." This new law is effective Jan. 1. I'm not an accountant, so I reached out to Mark Cantey, owner of Cantey Associates in Wheaton, who represents associations throughout Chicago, for an explanation of what GAAP means. Cantey indicates that "to understand what generally accepted accounting principles means from a practical point of view for an association, the financial statements must now be prepared on the accrual basis, which is recording income when earned, not necessarily when received, and reflecting expenses when incurred, not necessarily when paid. "In addition, a GAAP financial statement will provide, along with … [Read more...] about Accounting changes will likely be an added expense
TINTON FALLS – The honeymoon is coming to an end for Vito Perillo. The 93-year-old World War II veteran who won over voters in November's mayoral race will shortly have to get down to the business of running the town.Perillo, who defeated incumber mayor Gerald M. Turning, said he is "looking forward" to the job and feels he has the support of residents."Every time I meet people they wish me the best," he said. Perillo will be sworn in at the borough's reorganization meeting at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2 at Borough Hall. Election: WWII vet, 93, handling fame as Tinton Falls mayor-elect Tinton Falls is non-partisan but Senator-elect Vin Gopal (D-Monmouth) will read the oath of office to Perillo. Perillo said he is not expecting the ceremony to draw too much commotion. He is planning only for a few family and campaign team members to attend.But after gaining national attention with his election win, he understands the reorganization … [Read more...] about World War II vet Vito Perillo set to be sworn in as Tinton Falls mayor
Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke lashed out Saturday at what he called the “lying lib media,” after multiple reports claimed he was under investigation by the FBI. Clarke dismissed the reports as “fake news.” According to the Washington Examiner, several news organizations reported Friday that an FBI search warrant in March allowed the agency to look into Clarke’s personal email. Clarke, who resigned as a sheriff in August, tweeted, “BREAKING NEWS! When LYING LIB MEDIA makes up FAKE NEWS to smear me, the ANTIDOTE is go right at them. Punch them in the nose & MAKE THEM TASTE THEIR OWN BLOOD. Nothing gets a bully like LYING LIB MEDIA’S attention better than to give them a taste of their own blood #neverbackdown” The tweet included a Photoshopped image of Clarke and President Donald Trump in a “wrestling match” against CNN. In the photo, Trump is shown restraining a wrestler who has a CNN logo for a face, while … [Read more...] about Ex-Sheriff David Clarke calls reports of being probed by FBI ‘fake news’