No Smith, Jets Hunt Backup QB

first_imgNEW YORK – Geno Smith might be able to avoid the short-term injured reserve list.The New York Jets quarterback had his jaw broken by a punch from then-teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali on Aug. 11, and had surgery two days later to have metal plates and screws inserted. Smith is expected to miss six to 10 weeks, leaving his availability uncertain for the regular season.Short-term IR is one option for the Jets, but Smith wouldn’t be able to play until he was on the list for at least eight weeks.“Based on the timeline for his recovery, it’s a possibility,” General Manager Mike Maccagnan said during practice, “but I would say it would not be likely.”Maccagnan said Smith is likely to miss the first four games of the regular season, putting a potential return around Week 6 — after the Jets’ bye week.With Ryan Fitzpatrick the starter and rookies Bryce Petty and Jake Heaps behind him, the Jets are exploring veteran options.“I don’t want to necessarily put a timeframe on it, but it is something we’re looking to do,” Maccagnan said. “We have the ability to do that, potentially, for the rest of training camp.”They brought Matt Flynn in for a physical last week, but didn’t work him out. He was released by New England last week after dealing with a hamstring issue, and New York was still very much interested in signing him. The 30-year-old Flynn has also been with Green Bay (twice), Seattle, Oakland and Buffalo.It would appear to make sense for the Jets to bring in a veteran as insurance for Fitzpatrick, who was acquired in March from Houston. He’s healthy after having his season end last December because of a broken leg.Still, the Jets would be in a precarious position if Fitzpatrick were to get hurt early in the season because of the lack of experience behind him at the quarterback spot.Maccagnan acknowledged the Jets have “talked to other teams” about trades, but the GM also will track the waiver wire and free-agent market.“There’s nothing pressing on that front right now,” Maccagnan said of a trade. “I think most teams are kind of evaluating their own quarterback situations. That would probably, I would imagine, become more of a possibility as we get later on in training camp.”Smith was at the team meeting, and coach Todd Bowles said he briefly chatted with the injured quarterback both Aug. 17 and Aug. 18.“We didn’t have a two-hour conversation or anything,” Bowles said, “but he was able to open his mouth and everything.”With Fitzpatrick taking over as the starter, Bowles said last week there is no guarantee Smith will automatically get the job back when he’s healthy — particularly if Fitzpatrick and the team are playing well. Despite that, Fitzpatrick insisted there’s no tension or weird feelings among the two quarterbacks.“It’s fine,” Fitzpatrick said. “We’re both professionals.”Both Bowles and Maccagnan expect Smith to be able to participate in all meetings at the facility “very soon,” although physical activity will still be up to the doctors.“No time soon,” Bowles said. “He’s got a good, another week and a half, two weeks, maybe.”Meanwhile, Fitzpatrick has gotten four full practices under his belt with the starting offense, developing a better rapport with the receivers and feeling even more comfortable in Chan Gailey’s offense.The fact he played under Gailey for three seasons in Buffalo was a major reason the Jets went after Fitzpatrick in the off-season. That has guys such as Brandon Marshall feeling pretty good about Fitzpatrick — whether he’s a short- or long-term solution this season.“It’s his offense,” Marshall said of Fitzpatrick. “He knows this offense probably just as well as Chan. That’s exciting and it makes everyone feel comfortable.”Fitzpatrick and the starters played just one series in the preseason opener last week at Detroit, but they are expected to get a few more series against Atlanta on Aug. 21.“There’s a big-time balance between staying healthy and getting work,” Fitzpatrick said. “I think health certainly outweighs that. Being healthy for the season is certainly more important than going out there and lighting the world on fire in preseason.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Constitutional challenge may help NDN CAR ride again

first_img[email protected]@katmarte Bruce Spence of Winnipeg was forced to hand in his vanity plate after someone complained. (Submitted photo)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsBruce Spence is not going to give up his NDN CAR vanity licence plate without a fight.Spence has agreed to be part of a legal challenge by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF).The JCCF was in a Winnipeg courtroom this week defending another Winnipeg man whose Star Trek-inspired ASIMIL8 plate was revoked by Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI).The provincial Crown corporation said it received complaints from members of the public who found both licence plates “offensive” and ordered them off the road.But Spence, a producer at APTN News, disagrees.“I don’t know how NDN CAR could possibly be offensive,” he said, noting he applied for the wording seven years ago to honour his Cree heritage and a song of the same name by musician Keith Secola.“I know CAR isn’t an offensive word so it must be NDN. And that’s a contraction for Indian, which is a legal term. Besides, this car is driven by an Indian.”Spence said he received nothing but “thumb’s up” from other motorists and requests from pedestrians to pose next to the plate. He said the demand to turn in his plates in February shocked him.Spence said JCCF, a Calgary-based legal advocacy organization specializing in Canadian constitutional law, is representing him at no charge.“I was going to try and do this on my own anyway,” Spence said Wednesday, “and they approached me after seeing the APTN story.”Winnipeg’s Nick  Troller launched a legal challenge after his plate was revoked.JCCF founder John Carpay said he couldn’t let Spence’s battle slide.“Ultimately, all these cases boil down to this: in a free country we do not have the legal right to not be offended,” he said in a telephone interview Wednesday.“One person’s right to express him/herself has to outweigh another person’s claimed right to be offended.”Spence doesn’t know who complained about his plate and was irked he couldn’t respond.“I was hoping for an appearance before some sort of board,” he said, adding that’s something he hopes the judge in his case agrees with and orders MPI to introduce.“Some sort of show-cause hearing” for losing a plate that was initially approved.MPI has said licence plates are its property and it gets to decide what’s written on them and when to revoke them. It has not revealed who complained about Spence’s plate.Carpay is a former Alberta provincial director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and a former candidate of the federal Reform Party and provincial Wildrose Party. He said his group is not-for-profit and relies on private donations.“We’re making an argument that this violates the (Canadian) Charter (of Rights and Freedoms) Section 2(b) freedom of expression,” he said. “Our mission is to defend constitutional freedoms of Canadians from violation by government…or governmental authority.”Carpay, a lawyer, said freedoms are lost by “small encroachments.”“Say, with these licence plate cases. If we don’t win them we move closer to a society where people have a legal right not to feel offended which means that there’s less freedom of expression.”The judge in the ASIMIL8 case reserved his decision. Spence does not have a court date yet.last_img read more

This UConn Team Was Better Than Last Years Team

82000Connecticut361+47.4—+47.4 Source: Kenneth Massey, Sonny Moore 12016Connecticut380+54.7+52.9+53.8 More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed The Hot Takedown crew dissects UConn’s fourth straight championship. 152012Notre Dame354+41.2+40.6+40.9 It’s getting harder every day, the search for unused superlatives to heap upon the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team. On Tuesday night, the Huskies captured their fourth consecutive NCAA championship with an 82-51 rout of Syracuse. The victory made star forward Breanna Stewart four-for-four on titles during her four years in Storrs and capped off a run the likes of which hasn’t been seen in the college game since John Wooden’s UCLA squad won seven straight men’s championships in the late 1960s and early ’70s.UConn is all about rings — coach Geno Auriemma now has a record 11 of them, after all — but a championship can only really signify supremacy over the competition within a given season. When a team dominates as thoroughly as these Huskies have (they won their NCAA Tournament games by an average of 39.8 points per game), history becomes the only opponent. And even against that standard, UConn keeps raising the bar.Gathering stats on women’s sports — even a popular one like basketball — is a notoriously (and shamefully) frustrating endeavor, but we can try to quantify a team’s dominance using historical data from Kenneth Massey and Sonny Moore, a couple of the power-rating makers featured in our women’s tournament prediction model. (Massey’s data goes back to 1997-98, while Moore’s picks up in 2004-05; the other two rating systems from the model do not provide historical archives.) 162008Connecticut362+40.5+39.6+40.1 By Neil Paine 22015Connecticut381+51.2+52.5+51.8 212011Texas A&M335+38.4+38.9+38.7 Admittedly, power ratings aren’t everything. For one thing, in the absence of player-level era adjustments like FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver’s Baseball Time Machine, they aren’t capable of accounting for changes in absolute quality of competition over time. But, if anything, the women’s game is evolving rapidly enough that UConn probably faced more talented opponents in Stewart’s senior season than it did when she was a freshman. And in the face of those changes, the Huskies adjusted even more quickly, upping the ante for how good a college team could be.It’s anyone’s guess how much of this impossibly steep ascent UConn can maintain after the likes of Stewart and Morgan Tuck depart for the WNBA next season. But for now, let’s take a moment to appreciate what the Huskies accomplished these past few years: a run of dominance so impressive that even future incarnations of UConn will have trouble topping it. 42010Connecticut390+52.2+49.0+50.6 Embed Code 72009Connecticut390+49.9+45.3+47.6 32014Connecticut400+56.3+46.3+51.3 132011Connecticut362+41.5+41.3+41.4 The greatest NCAA women’s teams since 1997-98 And to the extent we’re able to measure things,1In this case, I set Massey’s and Moore’s ratings on the same scale and averaged them for years in which both numbers are available; for seasons before that, I just used Massey’s rating. the 2015-16 Huskies were the best team of the modern era of women’s college basketball … supplanting the 2014-15 Huskies … who supplanted the 2013-14 Huskies. Each of Stewart’s final three years saw new ground broken in the area of women’s basketball greatness. 232008Tennessee362+39.9+37.1+38.5 POWER RATING 52002Connecticut390+49.8—+49.8 121998Tennessee390+41.4—+41.4 202011Stanford333+38.7+38.7+38.7 172013Notre Dame352+40.2+38.3+39.2 62013Connecticut354+47.4+49.0+48.2 YEARTEAMWINSLOSSESMASSEYMOOREAVERAGE 182006Duke324+40.1+38.2+39.1 112013Baylor342+43.0+41.5+42.3 222010Stanford362+39.6+37.5+38.5 92012Baylor400+48.6+43.6+46.1 142012Connecticut335+40.5+42.1+41.3 242007Tennessee343+40.7+36.1+38.4 192001Connecticut323+38.7—+38.7 102014Notre Dame371+44.0+42.6+43.3 251999Tennessee313+37.9—+37.9 read more

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg wife expecting baby girl

first_imgFacebook’s billionaire CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are expecting a baby girl, the social networking site’s founder announced, using the opportunity to throw light on the traumatic and emotional issue of miscarriages that the couple had suffered thrice.“Priscilla and I have some exciting news: we’re expecting a baby girl! This will be a new chapter in our lives,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page on Friday.“We’ve already been so fortunate for the opportunity to touch people’s lives around the world – Cilla as a doctor and educator, and me through this community and philanthropy. Now we’ll focus on making the world a better place for our child and the next generation,” he said. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanThe post had been liked by over a million people, with about 70,000 people commenting on it and over 28000 people sharing the post in the nine hours that it was first posted.The 31-year-old technocrat said that he and his wife had been trying to have a child for a couple of years and had had three miscarriages along the way.“You feel so hopeful when you learn you’re going to have a child. You start imagining who they’ll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they’re gone. It’s a lonely experience,” he said. Also Read – Separatists vacate key offices in Yemen’s Aden, says MinisterDescribing the experience of going through miscarriages as a lonely one, Zuckerberg said most people don’t discuss miscarriages but the connected world of today provides an opportunity to people to share their concerns and apprehensions and get the much-required support.He said people don’t discuss miscarriages?because “you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you –as if you’re defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own. “In today’s open and connected world, discussing these issues doesn’t distance us; it brings us together. It creates understanding and tolerance, and it gives us hope.” Zuckerberg shared with his over 33 million Facebook followers that he had his wife started talking to their friends about their experiences and “realised how frequently this happened –that many people we knew had similar issues and that nearly all had healthy children after all.”last_img read more