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Bears coach Nagy confirms Trubisky will be starting QB

first_img COMMENT Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy saw a different version of Mitchell Trubisky than he has in the past.The explanation Nagy offered Sunday for selecting Trubisky over Nick Foles in the Bears’ quarterback competition had more to do with Trubisky’s strides as a quarterback than any disadvantage Foles faced from a lack of offseason work in the team’s offense because of the league’s COVID-19 restrictions.“In the end, Mitch won the job and I think that’s very important for him, for us, for everybody, to understand, that he worked really hard to get to this point,” Nagy sad. “We know that we all, in a lot of different areas, struggled in 2019.“And so what I think was most impressive, from the end of the season until this past weekend, was to be able to see some of the growth in practice and off the field that Mitch had.”Nagy confirmed an ESPN report from Friday and on Sunday selected Trubisky his starting quarterback for this season.Foles had come over in a trade for a fourth-round draft pick with Jacksonville after Trubisky struggled last year and saw his passer rating decline from 95.4 to 83.0. The decision comes after an offseason when Trubisky’s fifth-year contract option was declined by the Bears.Neither of those situations seemed to deter Trubisky.“I’m a believer that everything happens for a reason one way or another,” Trubisky said. “So them not picking up my option, bringing in competition, I truly believe it was just a part of my journey and something I had to deal with in order to get better.“I believe the way you deal with things is going to determine how it builds you up and it only makes you better in the long run. I just accepted it as a challenge.”The improvement Nagy saw in Trubisky manifested itself in different forms on the field.“For him, I thought he really finished strong, which was good,” Nagy said. “To finish strong with some really accurate throws in the red zone, he did some things. I told you all along his footwork has been much better in the pocket, in regards to staying up in that pocket and hitching up there. Decision-making has been improved.“So we’re always working to try to get that better, and he knows that. You could feel the command. And I think the difference in the command that I felt, and that our coaches felt, was, it’s one where it’s very natural. It wasn’t made up. It wasn’t being told from somebody how to act. It was just very organic, and you can tell that with guys, when they are natural with that.”Foles had described the quarterback competition as difficult because learning the offense was “expedited” during an offseason with no on-field work because of COVID-19.“Now that I look back, I think that that probably affected some things,” Nagy said. “And then you have a short summer with training camp as well, with reps. But that doesn’t discredit or take anything away from Mitch.”Foles was the backup to Carson Wentz in Philadelphia in 2017, but led the Eagles to the title in Super Bowl 52 with a 41-33 win over New England. He was the backup the next season when another injury to Wentz forced him back on the field and he led the team to a 16-15 playoff win over the Bears at Soldier Field.So the backup role isn’t unfamiliar to him. He congratulated Trubisky with a phone call afterward.“The thing I’ve been really impressed, just watching him from a physical standpoint, is his ability to throw the ball on the run,” Foles said of Trubisky. “I think he does a really nice job. In person, he’s one of the better quarterbacks I’ve seen with his accuracy throwing on the run.“I think, just personality-wise, I really just enjoy being around him, just from a personal standpoint. He’s a guy that’s easy to work with, and sometimes in QB rooms that’s not always easy.”NOTES: Bears running back David Montgomery was on the field for Sunday’s practice. He had been out since Aug. 26 because of a groin strain. Nagy said he was not going to comment on Montgomery’s playing status until injury reports come out on Wednesday. … Outside linebacker Robert Quinn and cornerback Kyle Fuller missed Sunday’s practice without an explanation from the team. Last Updated: 7th September, 2020 10:54 IST Bears Coach Nagy Confirms Trubisky Will Be Starting QB Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy saw a different version of Mitchell Trubisky than he has in the past. LIVE TV Written By Associated Press Television News center_img SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE First Published: 7th September, 2020 10:54 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more

How will 76ers handle huge summer of free agency? Four scenarios in play

first_imgScenario 2: Everybody staysThis one makes sense, until you start doing some math. The Sixers have a fearsome starting five of Simmons, J.J. Redick (also a free agent this summer), Butler, Harris and Embiid. There’s virtually no bench, and the team will likely go seven deep in the postseason.That would continue to be the case once that starting five is re-signed. Harris will get something close to a max contract this summer — if not in Philadelphia, there will be other suitors — so the Sixers are looking at a commitment of five years and about $180 million there. They’ll have to make Butler much the same offer.Embiid is already in the midst of a five-year, $146 million contract extension, and Simmons is eligible for a max extension this summer that could pay him more than $180 million over five years.MORE: Embiid calls himself “most unstoppable player in the league”In 2020, the bill for just keeping Embiid, Simmons, Harris and Butler will be more than $125 million. The Sixers would be over the cap with those four players, and about $15 million shy of the luxury tax. That’s with 11 roster spots still to fill.Would owner Josh Harris, who slapped down rumors that he would be interested in selling the team four years ago, be willing to plunge so deep into luxury-tax territory? That’s where the Sixers are headed if everyone stays aboard. The franchise has exhausted its once-rich field of assets to assemble this team, but it’s going to be very expensive to keep it together. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/4d/ae/butler-embiid-getty-032219-ftrjpg_wjipc1qbflhc1ezkyjkalf1zn.jpg?t=-1497932855&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/80/9/tobias-harris-getty-032219-ftrjpg_nyq0rruyikuz13526spa09v1b.jpg?t=-1497780983&w=500&quality=80 It was the biggest week of the season for the Sixers, a stretch that saw them play four games in six days, including on the road in Milwaukee and at home against the franchise’s white whale, the Celtics. Philly came through with four wins — tight ones that featured late-game heroics.Jimmy Butler was all over the stat sheet down the stretch of three of those wins. Against Milwaukee, he scored 11 points in a span of two minutes and 30 seconds, the catalyst for pushing a seven-point lead to 13. Against the Hornets, it was seven points and four assists in the fourth as the Sixers rallied from five points down in the final quarter. Ideally, the Sixers would build on their playoff run last year, which ended in the second round, and at least reach the conference finals. They could then agree to keep Harris, renounce Redick and Butler and have more than $30 million in cap space, enough for a max contract in case they could lure a big-name player who’s younger than Butler.  At worst, they’d be left with a core of Simmons, who will be 23 to start next season, Embiid (25) and Harris with some financial flexibility in place before Simmons’ extension kicks in (assuming Simmons signs that extension). They will have lost role players like Saric, Covington and Shamet as well as draft picks, but the future would still be promising.They would be without their closer, Butler, however. He’s been showing just how badly this team needs him in big games. And he’s doing it three months before the Sixers start a summer of enormous decisions. NBA MOCK DRAFT: Full first-round breakdownAgainst the Celtics, Butler scored 12 points in the final 5:31 (15 in the period altogether) to lead a comeback from a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit.”I told him that I needed him tonight, that I needed this win,” center Joel Embiid said after the Boston game. “He told me to get him to the fourth and he’s going to take over. That’s what I tried to do. Obviously, in the fourth, he’s our best closer. He’s a guy you can put the ball in his hands in the fourth.”The Sixers have run their record since acquiring Tobias Harris ahead of the trade deadline last month to 14-4 and are a good bet to hang on to the No. 3 seed in the East because only two of their final 10 games come against teams with winning records.This is all good news for Philly, of course. But it’s Friday, and we’re here for the weekly Rumor-rama, which means we’ve got to wonder how Butler’s outstanding performances late in important games will affect what happens with him in July, when he hits free agency. The Sixers will have some critical decisions to make.Consider that, since trading for Butler, the Sixers have the No. 6-rated fourth-quarter offense in the league, at 112.3 points per 100 possessions. Their net rating with Butler is plus-4.3, which ranks seventh. In the limited run of 15 games before Butler was traded to Philadelphia, the Sixers’ fourth-quarter offense had a 103.0 rating (28th in the league) and their net rating was minus-11.2 (also 28th).Butler is a guy whom is much-needed by a young team like the Sixers. He’s tough (maybe too tough at times, some Timberwolves would argue) and fearless in big moments.But of all the scenarios that could play out in Philadelphia when this season ends — with three free agents in the starting five — Butler is still seen by front-office execs around the league as the most likely of the Sixers to be elsewhere next season.There are, essentially, four ways the Sixers’ summer will play out. Let’s have a look at all four. Scenario 1: Everybody leavesWell, not likely everybody. But it’s possible that both Butler and Harris, an unrestricted free agent like Butler, will bolt. That would be a big blow to the franchise considering the haul given up for Butler (Dario Saric, Robert Covington and a 2022 second-rounder) and, especially, for Harris (the Sixers’ pick in 2020 and the Heat’s 2021 pick, plus two second-rounders and rookie Landry Shamet, who has been starting for the Clippers).The Sixers did get Justin Patton, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott in those deals (they also gave up Jerryd Bayless, Mike Muscala and Wilson Chandler), but none of those guys figures into the team’s long-term plans.MORE: Marcus Smart fined $50K after shoving EmbiidThis scenario is a longshot. When the Sixers executed the Harris trade, letting go of a huge haul for a free agent-to-be who has already been with five teams in eight seasons, the idea was to give the franchise a way to guard against Butler’s possible departure and ensure that another young talent could be secured long-term alongside stars Ben Simmons and Embiid.Butler may leave. But if Harris leaves, too, this will have been a disaster for the Sixers. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/23/2b/embiid-harris-getty-032219-ftrjpg_hiugpevcbics1dxxjz2l1e10a.jpg?t=-1497703303&w=500&quality=80 Scenario 4: Butler leaves, Harris staysSince the Harris trade went down, this has been considered the most likely outcome in Philadelphia. There have been chemistry issues with Butler, though certainly not on the scale we saw in Minnesota, and front-office sources believe he will angle to go to either Brooklyn or New York, with the Clippers a possibility, too.That’s not ruling out a return to the Sixers, but Philadelphia needs to be cautious about making a five-year commitment to a player who turns 30 in September.MORE: Paul George has discussed free agency with Kawhi Leonard (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1b/7b/jimmy-butler-getty-032219-ftrjpg_d05kysii3nue1032apcriznqt.jpg?t=-1497863871&w=500&quality=80 Scenario 3: Harris leaves, Butler staysAccording to a source with knowledge of the situation, there is “almost no chance” things play out this way. The reason the Sixers were willing to give up four picks and Shamet last month was because they felt that having Harris’ Bird Rights would give them the needed edge to make sure he re-signed. Philadelphia won’t be outbid for Harris this summer.Harris is ready for some long-term stability. He’s been shipped from Milwaukee to Orlando to Detroit to the Clippers and now to the Sixers, and he is still only 26 (he turns 27 in July). The expectation is that the team will move quickly to keep Harris, no matter the situation with Butler.last_img read more

One million tax returns in record time

first_img24 July 2012 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has reached the one-million mark for submitted income tax returns – just 22 days after the 2012 tax season opened on 1 July. Last year, it took five weeks to reach the one-million mark. Spokesman Adrian Lackay said Sars had received a total of 1 001 162 income tax returns by Monday morning. “For the corresponding period last year, Sars had received 681 497 tax returns,” Lackay said in a statement. “By 7:30am this morning, 319 665 more returns had been submitted compared to the same period last year. This represents an increase of 62% for returns submitted during the first three weeks of the tax season.R3.07-billion already refunded “The higher rate of submissions and much faster turn-around times in processing tax returns has enabled Sars to pay R3.07-billion in refunds to 501 096 taxpayers over the past 22 days,” Lackay said. This year there is again a strong migration to electronic filing via Sars branches or eFiling, as only 3 796 returns have so far been submitted manually (a decrease of 32% from last year). A total of 620 564 returns have been submitted via eFiling, which is 32% higher than for the same period last year. At branch offices, Sars has helped taxpayers across the country to submit 376 802 returns electronically.Submissions at Sars branch offices Returns submitted with assistance from Sars at branch offices are 82% higher than for the same period last year. This is because a far higher number of taxpayers approached Sars branch offices for assistance much earlier this year. Waiting periods and queues at the biggest Sars offices have been longer over the past three weeks. According to Lackay, the situation at branch offices is being monitored on a daily basis, and Sars will make additional resources available to assist taxpayers over the coming weeks. “Sars wants to thank all taxpayers who have already submitted their income tax returns for this year and wants to encourage all taxpayers to continue to submit returns early in order to avoid the last minute rush during the final days of the tax season.”New technologies for filing Sars is providing a range of new technologies to make filing a tax return even more convenient. These products are currently being tested with a sample group of taxpayers, and will be ready for roll-out over the coming weeks. These include an eFiling Application that allows taxpayers to complete and submit their ITR12 tax returns and receive their assessments on iPads and smartphones. Sars will also introduce an eFiling mobi site – sarsefiling.mobi – enabling taxpayers to complete and submit their ITR12 returns on their cellphones. Taxpayers who visit www.sarsefiling.co.za on their mobiles will have their phone routed to the mobisite. Sars has also developed a service called Help-You-eFile in which taxpayers can get access to a Sars contact centre agent while they are eFiling their return. The agent will guide the taxpayer through the process. With the consent of the taxpayer, the agent will be able to access the taxpayer’s browsing session and view exactly what the taxpayer is doing on their screen, enabling them to guide and help the taxpayer step-by-step in completing and submitting their ITR12 return on eFiling.Deadlines The 2012 tax season runs from 1 July 2012 to 31 January 2013. The deadline for taxpayers who submit their tax returns manually by post or by dropping it off in a Sars drop box is 28 September 2012. The deadline for all taxpayers who submit their returns electronically at a Sars branch is 23 November 2012. Non-provisional taxpayers who submit their returns via eFiling also have until 23 November 2012. Provisional taxpayers who submit their returns via eFiling have until 31 January 2013. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Using Server Farms to Heat Buildings

first_imgWhy not recycle the heat with air conditioning?Another way to do this is with variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heat pumps. These are the big brothers to minisplits that allow you to do simultaneous heating and cooling, bypassing the outdoor unit of the heat pump altogether. The refrigerant picks up heat in a room that needs to be cooled and sends it to another room that needs to be heated.Using waste heat from computers reminds me of Martin Holladay’s April Fool’s Day article a few years ago: Researchers Predict U.S. Furnace Industry Is Doomed. In it he wrote that plasma TVs would soon be labeled with their heat output in BTU/hr. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Put a “data furnace” in your basementIt’s not a new idea. As long as people have been going into server rooms and feeling the heat, they’ve been talking about what a great idea it would be if you could use that heat. It’s fairly low-grade heat, though, so it wouldn’t be ideal for generating electricity, but is just right for heating buildings… if you can get the heat to where it needs to be. The Amazon plans aren’t out yet, at least not in what I’ve seen, but they’re going to capture the heat in water and move it to their office building.A few years ago, Microsoft published a paper called The Data Furnace: Heating Up with Cloud Computing, which looked at the possibility of heating homes with servers. They found that it would take 37 to 114 of those 350-watt servers to provide all the heat for homes in five different climates. The owner of the data furnace would net about $300 in savings for each server.It’s an interesting idea, but I just don’t see that one taking root. What Amazon is doing, though, should represent a new trend. And Seattle is the ideal place to do it because their design temperatures are moderate and they use heat throughout the year. I recall having the heat on and wearing my wool sweater even in July one year when I lived there. RELATED ARTICLES Capturing and Distributing Waste Heat From Power GenerationDistrict HeatingCombined Heat and Power in SwedenBringing Combined Heat and Power to BrattleboroResearchers Predict U.S. Furnace Industry Is DoomedWater Heat Exchangerscenter_img Last week in my ASHRAE newsletter, I saw an interesting story about a cool thing that Amazon.com is planning to do with heat. Amazon, in case you didn’t know, is a heavy user of computers. Not only do their run their online store but they also have a popular cloud computing service. Computers turn electricity into kitten videos, celebrity tweets, and waste heat. And despite what Facebook and Twitter may have led you to believe, that last one is the most important.A typical server uses about 350 watts of power and produces about 1,200 BTU/hr of waste heat. (These numbers are from a paper written in 2011, but more about that later.) With 50 servers, you could get as much heat as a 60,000 BTU/hr furnace, but most of the time that heat is not only not used, the owner of the server farm pays to have it removed from the server room with the use of air conditioning — even in cold climates. Amazon is building a new office center in Seattle, and they’re planning to heat it with waste heat from a nearby server farm. The project is going through the approval process with the local government now, but this would turn around the energy flows and make use of the heat given off instead of using more energy to get rid of it.last_img read more

Padda, Lady Falcons relish pressure from school officials

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC With such accomplishments from the first two competitors in the UAAP Grand Slam, all eyes are now on the Lady Falcons.Adamson finished dead last in Season 79 winning just one game and losing 13, but a strong showing in the collegiate conference of the Premier Volleyball League became a beacon of hope for Adamson’s women’s volleyball team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHead coach Airess Padda, though, is not shying away from the pressure for a breakthrough this season which starts February 3“Yes they have been pressuring us and they’ve put a lot of pressure on us,” said Padda Thursday during the team’s practice. “They want to keep it going and they don’t want it to stop with basketball and the Pep Squad.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Set for UST return, Renzo Subido soaks in D-League experience The Adamson Pep Squad shocked the UAAP viewing public when they dethroned the five-peat seeking National University Pep Squad, while the Soaring Falcons almost dashed to the Finals and nearly eliminating De La Salle.Those moments of brilliance are what Adamson school officials are now looking for from the Lady Falcons, after all the girls in navy blue won six straight in the PVL Collegiate Conference before an injury to skipper Jema Galanza saw their fortunes crumble. The Lady Falcons still finished at a respectable fourth place in the offseason tournament.Padda knows the pressure from the bosses is another way of telling them that they can stun the competition in the women’s volleyball tournament.“Pressure’s a privilege, it’s a privilege to be in this position because if no one’s pressuring us to do well then it’s a dead giveaway that they don’t believe you can do it,” said Padda.“It’s different when you’re pressuring somebody to know what they can do, than when they’re pressuring somebody that doesn’t stand a chance. We know we stand a chance so it’s a privilege to be in this position and we want to make the school proud.”ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img View comments Adamson Lady Falcons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson has moved leaps and bounds in the UAAP this Season 80.The Pep Squad shook up the cheerdance landscape after winning their first title and the Soaring Falcons almost pulled off the unthinkable in the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed LATEST STORIES MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communitieslast_img read more

Aussie paceman Harris injured

first_imgCricket Australia says paceman Ryan Harris will undergo surgery on his injured left ankle and will be sidelined for between three and four months.Harris was Australia’s most productive bowler through the first three tests of the Ashes series but sustained a stress fracture on the third day of the fourth test at the MCG.Cricket Australia doctor Trefor James said Harris met with a specialist Wednesday who confirmed the injury needed surgery.Harris’s projected recovery time all but rules him out of the cricket World Cup starting next month in the subcontinent.last_img read more

Mars Mission: 300 days on, 23 more days to go

first_imgMission MarsThere are 23 more days to go for India’s Mars Orbiter spacecraft to enter the Mars orbit while the mission has completed 300 days, said the Indian space agency.In a posting on the micro-blogging site Twitter, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said: “The Mars Orbiter Mission completed 300 days in space. Just 23 days more to reach Mars.”According to ISRO, the Mars Orbiter payloads were in good health. On September 14, ISRO officials would correct the spacecraft’s trajectory. It is expected to enter the Mars Orbit 10 days later.On Sept 24, the manoeuvring of the spacecraft will begin around 7.30 a.m. The spacecraft’s speed will be reduced from the current velocity so that the Orbiter enters the Mars orbit.Of the Rs.450 crore budget on the project, India has spent Rs.349 crore on its Mars Orbiter Mission as on March 31 this year. The Mars Orbiter was launched Nov 5, 2013.last_img read more

BREAKING: NBA considering three huge rule changes for 2018-19 season

first_imgAdvertisementIn a major reform in the league, there are three potential rule changes likely coming to the NBA in the 2018-19 season. The NBA’s board of governors will be focusing on changes to the shot clock, clear path foul, and ‘hostile act’ rules.The news reported by Adrian Woj and Shams Charania and according to them the guidelines for the new rule changes are-Per ESPN:• “A personal foul is committed on any offensive player during his team’s transition scoring opportunity.”• “When the foul occurs, the ball is ahead of the tip of the circle in the back-court, no defensive player is ahead of the offensive player with the scoring opportunity and that offensive player is in control of the ball or a pass to him has been released.”• “The defensive foul deprives the offensive team of a transition scoring opportunity.”The new hostile rule will include that if a player tries to harm another player by elbow, kicks, punch then he may be ejected from the game.Another rule includes the shot clock resetting to 14 seconds (instead of 24) after an offensive rebound.Also Read-NBA: Legendary Lavar Ball Knew Another Ball Won’t Play In The NBA This Year Advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoEric Garcia: Man City debut justifies Barcelona exit

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Eric Garcia: Man City debut justifies Barcelona exitby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEric Garcia says making his Manchester City debut justifies his decision to quit Barcelona last year.Just 17, the defender shone for City’s Carabao Cup shootout win over Leicester City this week.”I’m really proud of my decision,” Garcia said. “It’s difficult because you leave your friends, your family and your old team-mates, but at the end I need to think about my career and I’m really happy for this.”On his debut, he continued: “First I wasn’t expecting even to be in the squad then Pep told me I was starting, so I was really happy. “I wasn’t expecting this because last week I played my first full 90 minutes [post injury] against Hoffenheim so I was focused on the Youth Cup.” last_img read more

Quebec City dumps 46 million litres of raw sewage into St Lawrence

first_imgQUEBEC – Quebec City dumped about 46 million litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River over 12 hours in order to do scheduled maintenance work on a pumping station, the city said Friday.A spokesperson for the city said everything went as planned.The city said earlier this week that neglecting to do the repairs could lead to equipment breakdowns and more serious environmental problems down the line.“Failure to carry out this maintenace work could lead to major breaks in the equipment,” the city wrote in a press release.The riverbanks were to be inspected following the work.Quebec City treats about 137 billion liters of wastewater annually.Montreal’s administration was widely criticized in 2015 for dumping 4.9 billion litres of raw sewage into the river.An original estimate of eight billion litres was downgraded after the city finished its sewer repair work three days early.last_img read more