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Thielen it: Vikings star on record-setting receiving pace

By Dave Campbell, Associated PRess EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Last week during team drills with the Minnesota Vikings, Adam Thielen stretched out his body and dived to try to catch an off-target pass. Thielen immediately questioned aloud the wisdom of his decision to risk pain when ultimately the completion didn't matter. Thielen, though, couldn't resist. There's hardly a ball in the air he doesn't believe he can grab, and this is anything but blind faith. Through six games, Thielen leads the NFL with 58 receptions and 712 yards. He is on a staggering pace to reach 155 catches and 1,899 yards over a full season, which would break the record for receptions (Marvin Harrison, 143 in 2002) and fall 66 yards short of the best for yards (Calvin Johnson, 1,964 in 2012). "Adam has a great heart. He's really a tough kid," said coach Mike Zimmer, who revealed the anecdote about Thielen's ill-advised practice dive. "He comes over to me and talks to me during the game about stuff that's going on, and it's always about, 'These guys can't guard me.'" That's a brash declaration, decidedly un-Minnesotan, but this lifelong native of the state isn't deluding himself. He's not the biggest or the fastest of his peers around the league, the biggest reason he went undrafted as an NCAA Division II prospect at Minnesota State, but his route-running ability is just about unparalleled. "That dog mindset, as far as how he approaches the game and how he wants to win each and every rep, that's something we have in common and that's something that goes far with me especially because I know how he feels," said fellow Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who is on pace for 107 catches and 1,160 yards himself. "I know if there's anything bothering him or anything like that, he still never makes an excuse and he makes the plays. At the end of the day, we all only care about making the play." Thielen has the most receptions through six games in NFL history, and he is the first player since 1961 to start a season with at least 100 receiving yards in each of the first six games. The 28-year-old is on track to set all kinds of Vikings records, no small feats with a franchise that has featured Pro Football Hall of Fame members Cris Carter and Randy Moss. This is not where Thielen's motivation originates, though. He is noticeably uncomfortable when asked by reporters about such statistical accomplishments. "I'm just trying to help my team win games," Thielen said. "Honestly, if you lead the league in receiving but you're not winning games, it's not a fun business to be in, so it doesn't really matter what your stats are." His take was no different on Sunday after he had 11 receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown that helped the Vikings beat Arizona 27-17. "I feel like I sound like a broken record, but it's such a team stat," Thielen said . "When you have great players around you, that's the only way you can do those things. We have so many great players and great guys that are selfless." There was no better example of Thielen's impact on the success of the Vikings' offense than early in the third quarter against the Cardinals as they clung to a 13-10 lead. Latavius Murray had just taken a 4-yard loss on a smothered toss sweep on second down, bringing up third-and-13 from the Vikings 42. Kirk Cousins was hit by Chandler Jones as he released the pass, one of 15 times he sent the ball Thielen's way in a tight space in the zone coverage. With outstretched arms and dragging toes, Thielen secured the catch right in front of the first-down marker before tumbling out of bounds. Cardinals coach Steve Wilks challenged the call from the opposite sideline, perhaps assuming the difficulty of the task would reveal a bobble on the replay, but there was none to be seen. Five plays later, Thielen hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Cousins for a 10-point lead. "It's kind of a hidden play because it's not the one that scored the points or the one that people will talk about," Cousins said, "but that is a big, big play.".....»»

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Moby to publish second memoir ‘Then It Fell Apart’

Moby will continue telling his life story in a second memoir that is slated to be published in May. Titled "Then It Fell Apart," the new book is described as "a journey into the dark heart of fame and the demons that lurk beneath the bling and bluster of celebrity lifestyle." The new volume is the sequel to "Porcelain," Moby's 2016 memoir in which he covered his life from 1989-1999, reflecting on the underground hip-hop and house music scenes of the late 1980s, the rise of rave culture and club kids, and a changing New York City. That story wrapped up the year when Moby released his star-making album "Play." Suddenly, reads the description of the upcoming sequel: "...Keep on reading: Moby to publish second memoir ‘Then It Fell Apart’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 15th, 2018Related News

Handling tax assessments

So, you received that dreaded letter from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) notifying you of a tax audit. If you are like some people, you will probably start having heart palpitations and cold sweats. For some, going through a BIR tax audit is worse than visiting the gynecologist or proctologist for an annual check-up. At least with the latter, you know that the episode will definitely end after a few minutes or within an hour, at most. The post Handling tax assessments appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceOct 15th, 2018Related News

One Heart for the Elephants of Bali

Following a recent visit to the Mason Elephant Safari Park in Taro, Bali, Indonesia, I became curious about how the pachyderms ever got to Indonesia, believing elephants in South East Asia only existed in Indochina, most prominently in Thailand. What I found after surfing the internet piqued my curiosity even more. It seems there once came to Southern Philippines a prince from a Minangkabau kingdom in Sumatra, Indonesia called Pagaruyung (Baguinda is a Minangkabau honorific for prince.) He became the leader of what eventually became the Sultanate of Sulu......»»

Source: Kagay_an Kagay_anCategory: NewsOct 15th, 2018Related News

Ateneo rises

Ateneo-Motolite may have a problem with slow starts, but it certainly doesn't have an issue finishing strong. Ateneo again proved its endgame strength after besting hard-fighting Adamson-Akari, 17-25, 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 15-12, Sunday night to register its second straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre. The Lady Eagles were expected to cruise against the winless Lady Falcons. Instead the Lady Eagles encountered a team desperate to score its first win, dragging Ateneo to a five-set thriller that lasted for two hours and 45 minutes. "In the end it was all heart," said Kat Tolentino who fired 28 points for Ateneo, including 20 att...Keep on reading: Ateneo rises.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 15th, 2018Related News

Thousands of devotees line up to view Padre Pio’s heart relic

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /14 Oct) — Thousands of devotees braved the long queues and the afternoon heat to view and touch the glass-encased incorrupt heart relic of Padre Pio during the public veneration at the Ateneo de Davao University’s Matina Campus on Sunday, upon its arrival from Cebu City. The Archdiocese of Davao is the […].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsOct 14th, 2018Related News

Priest says Padre Pio’s heart relic visit should inspire Filipinos to be holy

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 October) -– The visit of the incorrupt heart relic of Padre Pio, an Italian priest and a mystic known to have received the gift of stigmata or the wounds of Christ, should inspire Filipinos to be holy, to change the social and political ills of the nation. Fr. Ilde Dimaano, […].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsOct 14th, 2018Related News

FIBA sec-gen passes away; MVP, IOC extend sympathies

FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann, a key figure in growing basketball globally and who helped make the Philippines’ 2023 FIBA World Cup hosting happen, succumbed to a heart attack in Buenos Aires. He was 51......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsOct 14th, 2018Related News

FIBA sec-gen passes away; MVP, IOC extend sympathies

FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann, a key figure in growing basketball globally and who helped make the Philippines’ 2023 FIBA World Cup hosting happen, succumbed to a heart attack in Buenos Aires. He was 51. Source link link: FIBA sec-gen passes away; MVP, IOC extend sympathies.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Oct 14th, 2018Related News

FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann dead at 51

      BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – FIBA onfirmed the passing of Patrick Baumann, FIBA secretary general and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, on Sunday, October 14. He was 51. Baumann succumbed to a heart attack during the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) here. "Basketball has lost a leader, an advocate and a friend and our thoughts are ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsOct 14th, 2018Related News

She’s over him–but doesn’t have the heart to tell him

Dear Emily,   I am an only daughter with three brothers, and it was very traumatic for my family when I got pregnant in high school by a boy from a poor family. They lamented that I threw away my future. I was sent to relatives in the north to give birth.   While waiting for my due date, my strict aunts made me learn a trade "for my own good." This, they said, would give me financial independence later on. I turned that little trade into my little business after a few years.   After so much hard work as a single mother, my daughter went on to become a lawyer. Life's been good.   The child I bore when I was still in high school looks just like m...Keep on reading: She’s over him–but doesn’t have the heart to tell him.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 14th, 2018Related News

Looking for an edge: Teams trying to turn data into wins

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press Data is pored over by coaches and staff of the Orlando Magic on a regular basis. They’ll dissect how far a player runs during practice, how quickly that player accelerates and decelerates, how his performance changes as the workout goes along, biometric measurements like his heartbeat or when his workload is particularly heavy. The charts and graphs are detailed and precise. But how it’ll help the Magic win, that’s still an unknown. Wearable technology — chips worn during practice to collect information that analysts churn into reports — has been around the NBA for the past several seasons. It’s not permitted on game nights, and anything specific about processes the 30 teams are using falls into the category of closely guarded secrets. And when it comes to coaches deciding what play to call in the final seconds with a game on the line, it doesn’t seem to have an impact quite yet. “It’s all very beneficial stuff,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “But I can only digest X amount of information. And it has to be the right amount of information.” That’s one of the challenges that NBA teams are facing in this information age. Everyone knows analytics can help in countless ways. But the question remains simple: How? “You’ve got to take it and use it as best you can,” said New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry, who said he resisted using some data that he was presented several years ago when he coached in Phoenix — and wound up taking that Suns team to the Western Conference finals. “But at the end of the day, I think the instincts that you have as a coach become just as important, really.” There are some consistencies in what’s being collected. Regardless of what hardware a team is using, everything basically tracks the same things: distance of movement, speed of movement, acceleration and deceleration, workload and heart rate. Teams work on their own, largely without NBA oversight except for some rules laid out in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. It’s already been a boost in how teams monitor a player’s recovery from injury or surgery. But some also have wondered if the data collection is too invasive, or could be used against a player — something that isn’t supposed to happen under league rule. “It seems inherently geared to advantage the team,” University of Illinois law professor Michael LeRoy said in comments posted to his blog last year. “When it’s not linked to performance and not actually linked to injury, just correlation ... it’s hard to see where that data can be used to the advantage of a player.” The NBA has put together a list of what brands (like Catapult and STATSports) and types of products that teams can use, much in the same way it approves knee braces and other accessories. Teams aren’t mandated to share the data they’re collecting from the wearables with the league, although that may change once devices are permitted to be used during games. “Data collected through wearable devices has the potential to have a number of applications to improve player health — but it’s not a silver bullet,” said Dr. John DiFiori, the NBA’s medical director. “Information from wearables can add more detail on each player’s loading, which, together with a team’s overall toolkit, can help develop more individualized injury prevention programs, and assist teams in promoting safe return to play following an injury.” There could be benefits to standardizing the data, but that seems a long way off — especially since teams are still figuring out how to best go forward individually. The league and the NBA Players Association are working on finalizing a validation program will be in place to ensure that devices are measuring what the manufacturers say they’re measuring, and that they do so accurately. Atlanta rookie Kevin Huerter said in his short time as a pro, he’s learned a ton about his body that he didn’t even know because of what he’s gleaned off what his team has collected. “At this level, they worry and care so much more about your body,” Huerter said. “The technology monitors how tough practices are and how tough you’re pushing yourself. It’s a longer season, everybody knows that. So I think a lot of it is making sure guys stay healthy and listening when guys are hurting a little bit one day.” It might extend careers, help with injury management, maybe develop ways to avoid injuries. But whether this data will ever be sharpened to the point of helping a team figure out how to overcome a five-point deficit with 28.2 seconds remaining, that’s anyone’s guess. “Where the league is going, you’re looking for every edge,” Clifford said. “But as a coach, what you can’t do is you can’t stop watching the film. The data, talking to people, the numbers, all that, it’s all good information. But to have the clarity I think you need to make the right decisions, you better have watched enough film because that’s where you can see why, why, why it’s happening.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 14th, 2018Related News

Beyoncé, Jay-Z appear at City of Hope cancer charity event

SANTA MONICA, California --- Beyonce paid homage to a high-profile music executive being honored at a charity event to raise money for cancer research. The singer's vocals soared as she performed three ballads including her 2009 smash hit "Halo" and "Ava Maria" after saluting the character of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing CEO Jon Platt at the City of Hope gala near Los Angeles on Thursday night. She took the stage following her husband, Jay Z, who presented Platt with the Spirit of Life award during a charity event that raised more than $6 million (around P325 million). "Most people lead with their ego, but you lead with your heart," Beyonce said Platt, who will soon be leav...Keep on reading: Beyoncé, Jay-Z appear at City of Hope cancer charity event.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 13th, 2018Related News

Melecio, La Salle still have Adamson s number in UAAP 81

De La Salle University has re-asserted its mastery over Adamson University now in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Battling back from a five-point deficit in the last three minutes of regulation and showing heart in overtime, the Green Archers got the better of the Soaring Falcons once more, 79-78, on Saturday at the MOA Arena. With the win, La Salle remains undefeated up against Franz Pumaren-coached Adamson – that’s seven straight wins since 2016. More importantly, with the win, the Taft-based team bounced back into the win column now at 4-3. “After that loss, we made sure na yung errors namin last game, ma-correct agad namin,” head coach Louie Gonzalez said post-game. It almost wasn’t meant to be as Sean Manganti put the Soaring Falcons up, 64-59, inside the last three minutes of the fourth quarter until Santi Santillan’s triple jolted life back into the Green Archers. Still, they were down by two with under a minute remaining before Aljun Melecio’s floater over the outstretched arms of Papi Sarr tied the tally and forced overtime. There, Santillan, Melecio, and Justine Baltazar got together for a 9-0 run and a 73-64 advantage in favor of their team. “Kahit may glitches pa rin, at least it’s good to see yung composure ng mga bata,” coach Louie said. Adamson would not quit, however, and Manganti’s triple pulled them to within 75-77 with 18.3 ticks to go on the clock only to see Kib Montalbo make good on two free throws to push La Salle ahead by four. Jerrick Ahanmisi hit another trey for the Soaring Falcons, but by then, only 0.5 seconds was left. Sent to the line, Melecio missed the first three throw and intentionally muffed again on the second to just let time run out. In the end, Melecio had 22 points on top of four rebounds and two assists while Santillan had 16 markers, nine boards, three dimes, and two blocks. Baltazar was also a force with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks of his own to help the Green Archers take control of solo fourth in the standings. For Adamson, Manganti topped the scoring column with 27 points and seven rebounds while Manganti had 23 markers, seven boards, and four assists to his name. Unable to finish off their opponents in regulation and unable to finish off their rally in overtime, however, they suffered a second straight setback and now stand in a three-way tie for the league lead at 5-2. BOX SCORES LA SALLE 79 – Melecio 22, Santillan 16, Baltazar 16, Caracut 8, Montalbo 8, Serrano 5, Bates 2, Manuel 2, Dyke 0, Go 0. ADAMSON 78 – Ahanmisi 27, Manganti 23, Sarr 9, Catapusan 5, Camacho 4, Lastimosa 3, Bernardo 2, Colonia 2, Espeleta 2, Magbuhos V. 1, Pingoy 0, Mojica 0. QUARTER SCORES: 22-16, 33-32, 49-49, 64-64, 79-78 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 13th, 2018Related News

Edgar Allan Guzman, Kim Rodriguez: defend their love from engkanto in Wagas

Edgar Allan Guzman and Kim Rodriguez banner a mysterious love story in Wagas this Saturday (October 13). Trying to win the heart of someone you love is difficult enough when you have competition. But the playing field becomes more challenging when your rival turns out to be an engkanto—or a mythical environmental spirit. For Daniela […] The post Edgar Allan Guzman, Kim Rodriguez: defend their love from engkanto in Wagas appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsOct 12th, 2018Related News

Escudero seeks Sorsogon gubernatorial post

Accompanied by his wife, Heart Evangelista, Escudero filed his certificate of candidacy on Friday at the Comelec Sorsogon Provincial Office at the Capitol compound in Sorsogon City. 'Sen. Chiz.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsOct 12th, 2018Related News

KISSAH AND DAWAT: Bangsamoro vision or visions?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 Oct) – Moros are living in interesting time. At the national level, we have a president who claims Moro ancestry and by signing the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) into law drives his point of having a heart for Moro’s welfare. At the regional level, we are about to witness the […].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsOct 12th, 2018Related News

PBA: NorthPort wins back to back, hands Meralco 6th straight loss

NorthPort had its first winning run of the conference after beating Meralco, 99-94, in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Batang Pier, who started the conference at 0-6, tacked their second straight win while the Bolts fell to their sixth straight loss for a 1-6 slate. Sean Anthony and Stanley Pringle came up big in the clutch for the Batang Pier after the pair exchanged a couple of huge threes that put NorthPort up 98-91 with 24 seconds left in the game. This came after the Bolts got back from 10 points down, 84-74, to just two, 90-88, after a 14-6 run with 2:05 remaining in the game. "Stanley and Sean are the heart and soul of this team, they ...Keep on reading: PBA: NorthPort wins back to back, hands Meralco 6th straight loss.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 12th, 2018Related News

Former volleyball star Leila Barros now a senator in Brasilia

A volleyball superstar close to the heart of Filipinos has won a battle in a different arena. Brazilian Leila Barros, who turned heads during the FIVB Grand Prix held in Manila in August 2000, was.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsOct 12th, 2018Related News

LOOK: Heart Evangelista s appreciation posts for Sen. Chiz Escudero s birthday

cheesy online and Heart Evangelista is one of them. To celebrate her husband Sen. Chiz Escudero's birthday, she went all out on social media. First, she shared a photo of him on her feed with.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsOct 11th, 2018Related News