Is this one of the best UK shares to buy now? I think it might be and here’s why

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Kevin Godbold | Wednesday, 2nd December, 2020 | More on: STCK Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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See all posts by Kevin Godboldcenter_img Image source: Getty Images. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Over the past five years, FTSE Small Cap company Stock Spirits (LSE: STCK) has paid a generally rising shareholder dividend. And I think the firm’s position in the defensive alcoholic drinks sector helped it achieve that record. Stock Spirits produces branded spirits and liqueurs that are mainly sold in Central and Eastern Europe and Italy.Why I see this as one of the best UK shares to buy nowThe business model always makes me think of the giant branded alcoholic drinks supplier in the FTSE 100, Diageo. And today’s full-year results report demonstrates the resilience of the Stock Spirits business in the face of Covid-19. Just like Diageo, the enterprise appears to enjoy defensive qualities. And I think that’s encouraging because with its market capitalisation at just £486m compared to Diageo’s at just over £68bn, the company has plenty of room to grow.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Stock Spirits headlined its report today with the statement: “A resilient performance in uncertain times with results ahead of expectations.” And when directors of any company declare that results beat their expectations, I think it’s time to take notice. Indeed, the share price is perky this morning. And ‘ahead of expectations’ announcements can sometimes lead to a period of outperformance from a share as it factors in improving trading in the underlying business.The reporting period covers the 12 months to 30 September, which includes the worst economic conditions the pandemic has thrown at us, so far. But Stock Spirits excelled. Sales volumes increased by 1.8% compared to the prior year.  And that drove a 6.9% increase in revenue and an 8.5% jump in adjusted earnings per share. Meanwhile, net debt plunged by just over 59% to around £20m. And overall, the financial performance of the company has been robust.Defensive growth potentialI’ve written about Stock Spirits several times over the past few years, often commenting on the defensive qualities of the business. And I’m pleased with how the enterprise performed in the recent stress test of the coronavirus crisis. Indeed, the stock leapt from its coronavirus lows of the spring. And at today’s 259p, it’s making highs well above its pre-coronavirus level in February near 220p.And I think the strength in the share price underlines another important quality of the business – its growth potential. So, in Stock Spirits, I see an investment opportunity offering me the potential for defensive growth in dividend income and capital via a rising share price.The directors emphasised their confidence in the outlook by increasing the total dividend for the year by 6.8%. They also declared a special dividend worth 11 cents (Stock Spirits reports in euros), which more than doubles the shareholder payment for the year. Meanwhile, based on the ordinary dividend and with the share price at 260p, the forward-looking dividend yield for the current trading year is just below 3.5%. I’d buy some of the shares for the long haul.  Is this one of the best UK shares to buy now? I think it might be and here’s why I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more

Corey Maggette was Duke player woman alleges raped her, report says

first_imgMaggette currently works as a basketball analyst at Fox Sports, which told The Times it was “looking into the matter.” Related News Maggette denied the report in a statement to The Times: “It has only been through media accounts and a statement from Meredith Watson’s lawyer that I first learned or heard of anything about these sexual assault allegations. I have never sexually assaulted anyone in my life and I completely and categorically deny any such charge.” Former Duke basketball player Corey Maggette has “categorically” denied The New York Times’ report Monday that he was the previously unidentified athlete accused of raping a woman who also alleges that Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax sexual assaulted her at the university.An attorney for the woman, Meredith Watson, said in a statement on Friday that she had been raped in 1999 by a former Duke player but didn’t identify the player. The Times cited a childhood friend of Watson and Facebook messages Watson exchanged with another friend in identifying Maggette as the player. He played one season at Duke, in 1998-99, and went on to a 14-season NBA career. Duke to investigate sexual assault allegation against former basketball player Duke announced in a statement Saturday it, too, was “looking into the matter” after Friday’s initial allegation that a former player was accused of sexual assault: “Duke first learned of the allegations involving a student-athlete (Thursday) night when they were reported by the media. Coach (Mike) Krzyzewski confirms that he had no knowledge of the alleged conduct from 1999.”Watson has accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her on campus in 2000 in Durham, North Carolina, while both were students at Duke. She did not report the alleged assault by Fairfax after Duke discouraged her from pursuing the earlier case against Maggette, according to a Facebook message from Watson acquired by The Times.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – (THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017)

first_imgPeter Eurton2873225%43%$363,409 J. Keith Desormeaux2672527%54%$429,640 Tyler Baze11521231018%47%$1,035,522 Mark Glatt4086520%48%$296,405 FINISH LINES: Phil D’Amato plans to breeze Santa Anita Handicap contender Midnight Storm “Sunday or Monday” for the Grade I race for older horses at a mile and a quarter on March 11 . . . Trainer Peter Eurton is considering the $75,000 China Doll Stakes at a mile on turf March 11 for Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner and Eclipse champion Champagne Room, who was a well-beaten third behind superstar Unique Bella in Sunday’s Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes. “Champagne Room has got so much pedigree on the grass,” Eurton said. “But our major goal is the (Grade I) Ashland (at Keeneland on April 8).” Eurton has downhill specialist Betty’s Bambino ticketed for the $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on Feb. 25 . . . Ron Ellis said California-bred Masochistic “worked great” Sunday going six furlongs in a bullet 1:12.40 for the Grade I Triple Bend on March 11. “We got lucky and missed the last storm,” the trainer said . . . There was one winning Pick Six ticket Sunday worth $106,209.80 bought through TVG . . .Owner and horse player Ron Paolucci, and Billy Koch, founder and managing partner of Little Red Feather Racing Club, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Saturday and Sunday, respectively, 11:20 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Apprentice riders Evin Roman and George Wood make their Santa Anita debuts today, 18-year-old Puerto Rican native Roman in the sixth race aboard Raindance Rules for trainer Ed Moger Jr., and Wood in the eighth on Lucky Chopra for trainer Leonard Powell. “I love it,” Roman said on his first visit to Santa Anita, through his interpreter, agent Tony Matos. Wood, in from England with Powell for a few weeks on “a working vacation,” has 39 wins. Kent Desormeaux791611920%46%$1,106,638 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6495414%28%$458,830 Joseph Talamo72751310%35%$273,115 Jerry Hollendorfer661291418%53%$1,106,920 William Spawr1670244%56%$181,551 Doug O’Neill798191210%49%$762,708 Mike Smith2883629%61%$856,165 Peter Miller531413626%62%$857,977 Stewart Elliott76971412%39%$388,588 ‘MIDNIGHT HOUR’ NEAR IN THE SANTA MARIAPRAT CALLS THE SHOTS IN ARCADIA STAKESTHURSDAY WORKERS AT SANTA ANITA HIT 278MIDNIGHT STORM DUE TO BREEZE FOR BIG ‘CAP Bob Baffert3274522%50%$683,716 Flavien Prat11229131926%54%$1,848,613 Luis Contreras67881812%51%$388,639 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won HORSEMEN HEAVY ON SANTA ANITA WORKSWith rain forecast Friday, horsemen took advantage of sunny weather and “fast” track conditions Thursday when there 278 recorded workouts, including seven on the training track.Eighteen of the workers were trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, including Longacres Mile Handicap winner Point Piper, who went five furlongs in a bullet 59.40.Other drills of note included 2016 San Felipe Stakes winner Danzing Candy, four furlongs for Bob Baffert in 47.40; Big Bane Theory, five furlongs in 1:01.60 for Carla Gaines; Big John B, 1:01 for Phil D’Amato; and Delta Princess winner Shane’s Girlfriend, five furlongs for Doug O’Neill in 59.60. Santiago Gonzalez6379611%35%$339,236 (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 5) STREAKING MIDNIGHT TOAST IN STAKES DEBUTMidnight Toast makes her stakes debut in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares, and trainer Jim Cassidy is hopeful the four-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute is up to the task against favored Vale Dori and four others going 1 1/16 miles.“She’s turned it around and become a pretty nice filly,” Cassidy said of the Canadian-bred owned by Deron Pearson, Cassidy’s chief client for some two decades.“We’ve got her going pretty good, although there’s other speed in the race, but we can sit off of it. We don’t have to be on the lead. We’ve got the one hole, and that’s going to force us to go a little, but she’s doing well.”Midnight Toast lost all chance in her debut race down the hillside turf course when she hopped over the dirt portion, but won her two subsequent starts, her last by 4 ¼ lengths going a mile and an eighth on a “good” track Jan. 14.            The Santa Maria, race four: Midnight Toast, Jamie Theriot, 12-1; Lady Tapit, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1; Autumn Flower, Flavien Prat, 20-1; Sheer Pleasure, Martin Garcia, 5-1; Show Stealer, Tyler Baze, 6-1; and Vale Dori, Mike Smith, 1-5. Richard Baltas6812131018%51%$655,620 FAVORABLE ARCADIA POST FOR CONQUEST ENFORCERConquest Enforcer seeks his second straight added money success at a mile on turf Saturday in the Grade II Arcadia Stakes for four-year-olds and up.The recent acquisition to Phil D’Amato’s potent barn won the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile Dec. 26 on a “good” course after running six of his first seven starts at Woodbine, where he won three times.Conquest Enforcer drew the outside five post position, while committed front-runner What a View drew inside of him at No. Three.“I really like our post position, but I’ll leave the strategy up to Flavien (Prat),” D’Amato said. “Our horse has tactical speed. He can take the lead if he wants, he can stalk. We’ll make sure we’ll be on or near the lead and hopefully win the race.”The Arcadia, race five of nine: Bolo, Mike Smith, 5-1; Ring Weekend, Rafael Bejarano, 6-5; What a View, Tyler Baze, 4-1; Ohio, T.J. Pereira, 15-1; and Conquest Enforcer, Flavien Prat, 8-5. Martin Pedroza607101012%45%$296,293 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Rafael Bejarano9015151717%52%$887,858 John Sadler3267819%66%$406,574 Philip D’Amato40104725%53%$644,920 Tiago Pereira5275513%33%$198,570 Gary Sherlock2353222%43%$135,110last_img read more

Care More Than They Do

first_imgThis past weekend I stayed at a nice, expensive hotel in Washington, DC. I called to have the valet bring up my car so I could drive to a conference, and when I arrived at the front door of the hotel, a long line of people waiting for cars and taxis greeted me. All of them looked unhappy that no one was there to help them. But one couple looked especially unhappy.A few minutes passed, and the manager of the hotel arrived to tell the unhappy couple that the hotel had indeed lost their Range Rover. Yes, the valet took their automobile, and it was no longer in their parking garage. You might imagine that the couple wasn’t pleased by this news. They were angry, upset, and emotional. They pleaded with the manager to help them, to do something. At one point, the manager of the hotel turned to the couple and shouted: “Settle down! We’re looking for your car!”I was familiar with most all of the profanities that the unhappy, Range-Rover-missing couple uncorked on the hotel manager as they jumped in a taxi and took off. I have no idea how this story ended, but here’s the lesson: You have to care as much or more about your customer’s problem as they do—and they have to feel it.You Care, Or You Don’t CareIf you have clients, you are going to have problems (it comes with the territory). Some of the problems will be relatively small and easy to rectify. Other problems and challenges are going to stretch the limits of your imagination—and the limits of your resourcefulness.Here is the first law for dealing with client or customer problems:If your client believes that you care as much or more than they do about solving their problem, then you can survive problems of almost any size. If your client believes that you don’t care about them, you can’t survive even relatively small problems.The hotel manager was under stress. I am certain it was the first time a car disappeared on his watch. He was frustrated. But he stood face-to-face with his customers and argued with them about their missing car. He would have done better to stand beside them and look at their problem through their eyes. He was missing empathy; the ability to show his clients how much he cared.It matters greatly that you care. It matters even more that your client’s can feel that you care. There isn’t a substitute, and it can’t be faked. This is the real test for whether or not you win clients, and it’s the real test as to whether or not you retain them.QuestionsHow do your dream clients, your prospects, know that you care about them?How do your existing clients know that you care about them?When you have a problem with something you buy, how important is it the company and the person you ask for help care about you and the outcome you need?How do you demonstrate that you care and how does that caring impact your client relationships? Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

PM Says Policies and Programmes are Carried out in the Best Interest of Citizens

first_img He was speaking at a press conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (February 27), following the conclusion of the 7th Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Caribbean Governors’ Meeting. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the policies and programmes carried out or contemplated by the Government are in the best interest of the citizens. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the policies and programmes carried out or contemplated by the Government are in the best interest of the citizens.Mr. Holness cites the proposed implementation of the National Identification System (NIDS) as one such project.He was speaking at a press conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (February 27), following the conclusion of the 7th Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Caribbean Governors’ Meeting.Noting the issue of trust resonating with some persons about how personal data collated under NIDS will be handled, Mr. Holness gave the assurance that there will be “nothing nefarious to, in any way, erode the privacy of the citizen”.“Many issues arise when we start to enter upon the conversation about giving every citizen an identification. It means that the Government will have to collect information about every citizen, (and) we acknowledge that many of these concerns are legitimate,” he said.The Prime Minister said, however, that the Government is duty-bound to act responsibly, scrupulously and with integrity to ensure that the citizen’s well-being is safeguarded in whatever endeavour is carried out.“So whether it is in national security, justice and supporting the judiciary… (providing) housing and facilitating land settlement, increasing the efficiency of the public, the speed at which we do business, (or) giving the citizen an identity, the Government is acting in the best interest of the citizen. What we are trying to do is strengthen Government so that we can better serve you,” Mr. Holness said.The IDB conference, which was held under the theme ‘Jump Caribbean’, focused on how best the region can strategically embrace the reality of the digital revolution.Importantly, the IDB wants Caribbean partner states to tap technology and apply innovative methods as a means to solve problems, improve productivity, generate employment and advance development.IDB President, Luis Alberto Moreno, headed the visiting team of Bank officials attending the conference, which also saw the affiliate Governors of several territories participating.They included representatives from The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica.Also attending were global business leader, Sir Richard Branson; and former President of the Republic of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves. The IDB conference, which was held under the theme ‘Jump Caribbean’, focused on how best the region can strategically embrace the reality of the digital revolution.last_img read more

Time to move on Ceremony marks land deal for Lubicon Lake First

first_imgLITTLE BUFFALO, Alta. — A ceremony in northern Alberta Tuesday marked the end to a decades-long fight for recognition that attracted international attention to the poverty of the Lubicon Lake First Nation.The Lubicon were missed in treaty negotiations in the late 1800s and fought for 40 years for a land settlement that would bring much-needed housing, better education and health care.Dignitaries from the federal and Alberta government were in Little Buffalo on Tuesday as Chief Billy-Joe Laboucan officially signed off on the deal in front of smiling band members who packed the community’s gym and applauded long and loud.“It’s only appropriate that we’re here in Little Buffalo school because (what) we’re doing here today impacts all of these students, all of the children that are going to school here, all of the children that have yet to be born,” Laboucan said.The Lubicon gained a global stage when they held a protest at the Calgary Olympics in 1988 and blockaded roads into the disputed area to draw attention to their plight. A United Nations committee and Amnesty International criticized Canada for its treatment of the First Nation.Laboucan said people still talk about past disputes and things that happened in the community.“That’s over. It’s time to move on and we have moved on.” he said. “I thank the people of Lubicon for being able to do that.”After they were missed by British officials negotiating Treaty 8, the Lubicon spent decades in limbo, even after the federal government agreed in 1939 that they deserved title to their land.The issue stagnated until the 1970s when oil and gas companies began carving through local traplines. By then, the Lubicon were so poor that diseases such as tuberculosis were a problem.The deal includes about 245 square kilometres of land and $113 million to rebuild Little Buffalo.Carolyn Bennett, federal minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, said no agreement can fully right the wrongs the Lubicon faced, but it is important to start making amends.“Some may say that this has been a long time coming. That would be a gross understatement,” she said Tuesday. “This is not about patience. This is about the incredible persistence of your people to have your rights recognized and implemented.”Bennett said the Lubicons’ fight awakened Canadians — and others — to the responsibility of recognizing inherent and treaty rights.“Your fight became almost a talisman of what the fight for Indigenous rights was and meant, not only to Canada, but to the world.”Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said she remembers learning about the Lubicon when she was still a child.“I thought about how kids from Lubicon Lake my own age must have felt knowing … that such a basic and obvious justice had been denied them and their parents, and their grandparents, and so many who came before them.”One woman said after the ceremony that she had moved away for a few years when she was younger because conditions were so bad. She said she was living in a house that had black mould which made her baby sick.But things have been improving in the last five years, she said, adding that she is grateful for the deal, even though she having trouble letting it sink in after so many years.Laboucan said in an earlier interview that the real work is just beginning. The settlement money is already tagged for essentials such as decent housing, a new school and an elders care facility.  Laboucan credited former chief Bernard Ominayak for his advocacy that let companies know the Lubicon had an interest in the land and discouraged them from working there.It was Ominayak who led the protest at the 1988 Winter Games.“If that hadn’t been the case, we wouldn’t be here,” said Laboucan. “A lot of credit has to go to previous chief Bernard Ominayak and council, and all the chiefs before him.”Ominayak did not appear to be at Tuesday’s signing.— Follow Bob Weber @row1960 on TwitterBob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

New natural gas producer members back 3million gas clean tech program

first_imgCALGARY — An industry-sponsored fund designed to help develop clean technology using Canadian natural gas is launching a $3-million call for project proposals.The Natural Gas Innovation Fund says the call for applications, with a February deadline, is being made possible by the addition of seven western Canadian natural gas producers to a membership previously made up of six natural gas utilities.The new members include the Canadian branches of two partners in the proposed $40-billion West Coast LNG Canada project: Royal Dutch Shell and Petronas; along with Canada’s largest natural gas producer, Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.Fund managing director John Adams says the new program will target projects in the upstream or producing part of the industry, making up to $1 million available per project to cover as much as 25 per cent of its eligible expenses.Adams says the fund, created by the Canadian Gas Association, has over the past two years issued about $9 million to projects focused on energy efficiency.The fund is also announcing a partnership with federal, Alberta and British Columbia governments to collaborate and consider co-funding successful applicants with projects that deliver significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.The upstream fund members were introduced at an event at the Calgary Petroleum Club on Wednesday.“As a producer of natural gas, we’re big believers in the need for affordable, clean energy for all people worldwide,” said CEO Mark Fitzgerald of Petronas Energy Canada Ltd. in a statement.“In an age where technology has become the catalyst for exponential advancements in our industry, we’re excited to be involved in the Natural Gas Innovation Fund which pursues diversity of thought and provides a platform for sharing solutions.” Companies in this article: (TSX:CNQ)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Varsity to vie for NAAC tag post 2020 convocation

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal State University (WBSU) is all set to seek accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) soon after its 2020 convocation.”We may not be in a position to compete with the old universities in the state. But we feel that it is time for our university to take part in competition and have an idea of how far we have been able to improve in academics and certain other parameters,” said Basab Chaudhuri, vice chancellor of WBSU. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThere are seven parameters under which NAAC accredits a university. It includes teaching-learning process, modification of syllabus, services and facilities for students such as extra- curricular activities, steps towards creation of jobs and environmental friendly steps taken by the varsity. In the present process of accreditation of a university by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, the latter has to reply to a set of questions regarding its various Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayactivities in yes/ no format and upload it on the website of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. If the self study report uploaded by the institution is found to be satisfactory then NAAC would inform the former the date when it would visit that institution and check on their own whether it really possess the infrastructure that it has declared in the study report and then would accredit it. If found unsatisfactory, then they would mention the areas in which the institution has to improve. Previously, a team from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, which is an autonomous body funded by University Grants Commission, would directly come to an institution and find out on their own what are the activities and would accordingly accredit it. Under the current process, 70 percent of the accreditation depend upon the self study report and 30 percent on the findings of the visiting NAAC team. “Our teachers and students have already been sensitized about the varsity going for NAAC credit,” a senior varsity official said. The West Bengal State University since its inception in 2008 had been embroiled in administrative red-tapism and had its first convocation in 2017. The inordinate delay in the publication of results was one of the major problems in the varsity. After Basab Chaudhuri took over as the Vice-Chancellor in September 2015 he streamlined the examination process and publication of results. At present, WBSU in Barasat has 46 colleges affiliated to it with an average enrollment of 55,000 students. It caters to a large number of first-generation learners.last_img read more

The Stats Say Washington Should Have Signed Colin Kaepernick And Its Still

Career expected points added per rush for Colin Kaepernick and Mark Sanchez, 2009-18 7Russell Wilson3390.3210.513 Meanwhile, Kaepernick adds roughly equal value to his team whether he runs or passes the football, making him a legitimate dual threat. It was this ability that took the San Francisco 49ers within 5 yards of winning the 2012-13 Super Bowl. What’s more, the league has become more open to the air raid concepts Kaepernick ran at the University of Nevada, as evidenced by the ascendancy of Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, who played in an air raid system at Texas Tech. There are legitimate reasons to believe that Kaepernick could still fit in the league.Kaepernick’s path to snaps in Washington is blocked by current quarterback Johnson, who has just 193 total career pass attempts to his name and, like Sanchez, is a year older than Kaepernick. When we look at his career efficiency numbers compared with Kaepernick’s, we can see why Johnson hasn’t been allowed much opportunity to throw. Plays with Johnson under center have resulted in negative value for his teams. 27Matthew Stafford4640.1700.482 46Chase Daniel76-0.0960.47 29Kirk Cousins5250.1460.51 The contest wasn’t a contest at all. Kaepernick is superior to Sanchez over his career by a large margin and across a wide spectrum of metrics. Kaepernick’s career yards per pass attempt is higher than Sanchez’s by more than half a yard. His career EPA per play is on the order of 40 times better than Sanchez, despite their yards after catch EPA per play being relatively close.Kaepernick has been far from perfect. His career yards per attempt is no better than league average, and his career completion percentage is low at 59.8 percent. His greatest flaws as a passer show themselves at the intermediate depths, where his completion percentage is well below average. Whether this is because he struggles to make reads or because his decision making on slower developing routes is poor is an open question. What is clear is that neither Kaepernick nor Sanchez is particularly accurate across most depths of target. Kaepernick, however, has also affected game outcomes with his legs. He is not exactly young anymore, though, at 31 years old; we might expect a decline in rushing effectiveness that typically accompanies NFL QBs as they age. Still, Kaepernick’s legs are fresh, and Sanchez has never shown the ability to add value on the ground. 49Derek Anderson70-0.3250.429 Kaepernick has easily outperformed SanchezAttempts, yards per attempt, expected points added per play, success rate and yards after catch EPA per play for Kaepernick and Sanchez, 2009-18 Show more rowsSource: Elias Sports Bureau PasserAttemptsYards/ AttemptEPA/PlaySuccess RateYAC EPA/Play 1Patrick Mahomes4830.4410.561 Kaepernick has outperformed Johnson, tooAttempts, yards per attempt, expected points added per play, success rate and yards after catch EPA per play for Kaepernick and Johnson, 20tk-18 11Carson Wentz4000.2810.535 After starting quarterback Alex Smith broke his leg in Week 11, the Washington Redskins rode their journeyman backup, Colt McCoy, to two losses and a 7-3 deficit against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13 before he also broke his leg. Struck with misfortune at the most important position in professional sports, Washington trotted out Mark Sanchez, a player signed off the street to back up McCoy.This obviously didn’t work out well. Sanchez had not played an NFL game since 2015, and he went on to record the worst expected points added (EPA) per play (-0.627) of any NFL QB in 2018 with at least 20 pass attempts. This includes Nathan Peterman. Sanchez was promptly benched in a blowout 40-16 loss to the Giants in Week 14. His replacement: Josh Johnson, a 32-year-old journeyman who has played for 12 different NFL teams and who reportedly had to play Madden to learn the names of his new teammates.Hindsight is 20-20, but it’s worth asking if this skid could have been avoided — or at least somewhat mitigated — had Washington signed free agent Colin Kaepernick instead of Sanchez. It’s even worth wondering if they still should sign him. A playoff berth for the Redskins is highly unlikely, but they are still not mathematically eliminated. Could signing Kaepernick help the team win out, finish 9-7, and give them a shot at the postseason?Let’s look at this as a purely football decision and put aside any public relations baggage that would come with signing Kaepernick. Let’s also assume that Kaepernick is in decent enough shape to put on a jersey right now and play at the levels we have seen from him in the past. (For what it’s worth, he has said that he’s remained in game shape.)I looked at standard measures of quarterback performance like yards per attempt along with more advanced stats like EPA per play and success rate, which measures how often a player keeps his team “on schedule” or on track for a first down. The first question — “Should Washington have signed Sanchez or Kaepernick?” — is straightforward to answer.Using data from Ron Yurko’s EPA model, I analyzed both of the QBs over their careers to see which one has been better at creating expected value per pass. I also broke out the contribution of yards after the catch to help with the comparison. Yards after catch is probably best thought of as the product of scheme and wide receiver skill, but passes that are on time and on target from a QB surely help as well. 35Cody Kessler970.1190.491 Sanchez-0.05 So what about moving forward? Could Kaepernick help Washington win? Our best predictors of future performance at the QB position are career efficiency measures like yards per attempt and EPA per play — far more useful than looking only at Kaepernick’s most recent season.The table below shows every player who has attempted at least 20 passes this season, sorted by total expected points added per play. Total EPA includes both passing and rushing production, and gives a full picture of a player’s offensive contribution. Kaepernick’s career numbers would put him 26th among quarterbacks this season, ahead of Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins — who are being paid a combined $50.5 million. 31Joe Flacco3770.1320.454 48Josh McCown109-0.2190.383 17Dak Prescott4180.2300.492 PasserAttemptsYARDS/ ATTEMPTEPA/PLAYSUCCESS RATEYAC EPA/PLAY 42Tyrod Taylor84-0.0010.354 32Baker Mayfield3790.1240.479 41Nick Foles800.0240.398 PlayerPass AttemptsTotal EPA/PLAYSuccess Rate 38Brock Osweiler1780.1010.44 10Ben Roethlisberger5480.2830.517 51Mark Sanchez35-0.6270.361 Most starting quarterbacks with NFL experience did indeed create value per play above what we might expect from Kaepernick, but Kaepernick’s worst season is still better than 26 percent of the quarterbacks who have attempted a pass in the NFL in 2018. Kaepernick may be a fringe starting NFL talent, but he is likely better than many of the quarterbacks who have seen playing time this season, including even Alex Smith.It’s probable that Kaepernick could start for Washington and produce enough with his arm and his legs to salvage their playoff hopes. There remains the opportunity for Washington to sign him and find out for certain. Instead he continues to languish in free agency.Check out our latest NFL predictions.CORRECTION (Dec. 15, 2018, 11:45 a.m.): A previous headline on this story misspelled Colin Kaepernick’s name. Colin Kaepernick1,9417.2+0.170.45+0.67 Colin Kaepernick1,9417.2+0.170.45+0.67 20Marcus Mariota3000.2130.51 14Aaron Rodgers4940.2550.49 12Ryan Fitzpatrick2480.2750.523 2Drew Brees4160.4320.589 37Case Keenum4520.1060.449 18Jeff Driskel1010.2140.46 Kaepernick+0.21 15Mitch Trubisky3520.2480.522 6Jared Goff4600.3280.517 30Colt McCoy520.1340.492 33C.J. Beathard1710.1220.463 21Andrew Luck5330.2050.52 Mark Sanchez2,4036.6+0.000.45+0.60 3Matt Barkley250.4310.44 13Deshaun Watson3970.2620.526 28Nick Mullens1700.1570.478 8Jameis Winston2700.2910.542 19Eli Manning4610.2130.462 Data includes two-point conversions but does not include kneel downs. 5Matt Ryan5050.3290.547 23Lamar Jackson1010.1910.519 16Jimmy Garoppolo900.2310.52 Josh Johnson1936.1-0.040.46+0.60 36Alex Smith3270.1130.457 47Sam Bradford81-0.1560.329 24Derek Carr4520.1760.511 39Josh Allen2280.0790.435 40Blake Bortles3700.0400.463 EPA/Rush Data includes two-point conversions but does not include kneel downs.Source: Elias Sports Bureau 43Blaine Gabbert61-0.0150.453 Kaepernick would be in the middle of the pack this yearEvery quarterback with a minimum of 20 pass attempts this season in the NFL, compared with the career numbers of Colin Kaepernick 22Cam Newton4440.2010.521 25Andy Dalton3620.1750.508 4Philip Rivers4140.4240.541 45Josh Rosen314-0.0870.425 9Tom Brady4760.2900.526 50Nathan Peterman82-0.5890.315 26Colin Kaepernick1,9410.1710.464 34Ryan Tannehill1960.1200.479 44Sam Darnold314-0.0600.427 read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse putting undefeated mark to the test against Penn

Coming off a dominating 18-8 win against first-year program Marquette, the No. 13 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team takes its unbeaten streak into Happy Valley on Saturday at 1 p.m. to take on the No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions. At 3-0, the Buckeyes hope to keep up the success that they have found early in the year. Freshman attacker Carter Brown and sophomore midfielder Jesse King recorded a combined 13 points against the Golden Eagles and sparked OSU’s offense which had been stagnant the week before against Jacksonville in a 9-6 win. For his four goals and three assists, Brown was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week. The freshman, though, saw the improvement of the team as a whole, not just his individual statistics. “Our offense was clicking in the second quarter especially,” Brown said. “We were just making the easy play and I just got some easy goals.” King, too, said he felt the team improved on offense after a tough week of practice. “Honestly, this week we worked out a lot on working the ball on the outside,” King said. “Our chemistry is coming together, and this week it just clicked.” But the Buckeyes will likely have a tougher challenge this week against Penn State in State College, Pa. The Nittany Lions have already defeated No. 10 Denver on the year and took No. 2 Notre Dame to overtime in their only loss of the season. Last year, Penn State handed OSU its second loss of the season in a 5-2 victory March 3 at Ohio Stadium. In spite of a schedule featuring five games against top-11 opponents in March, some members of the team are staying positive. OSU coach Nick Myers sees how far his players have come so far this year, but understands there are improvements to be made. “We’ve got a lot of work to continue to do,” Myers said. “It’s February … We’re not the team that we wanted to be yet, but we’re taking steps in the right direction.” The game could also be a potential precursor for what is to come, with reports swirling that a Big Ten conference for lacrosse could be on the horizon. “There’s been some positive conversation,” Myers said about the potential new conference. “This Penn State-Ohio State rivalry has been special for years now. I think that will only get more traction if the Big Ten conference continues to move in the right direction.” King, who was a part of the team that lost to Penn State in Columbus last year, is excited to get another shot at the Nittany Lions. “I’m excited, they’re going to be a great game,” King said. “It’s always fun playing against Penn State.” read more