SOT talks about the Cleveland Indians as they get closer to the trade deadline. What moves could happen, players that can step up and fill roles of the hurt players (Yan Gomes, Michael Brantley), and much more!Facebook- www.facebook.com/SOTPodcastTwitter- @SOTPodcastPodomatic- www.sportsontappodcast.podomatic.comListen Live!! mixlr.comFind us on iTunes and YouTube!Email the show- [email protected] on YouTube! We broadcast from Zs cream and bean in Hinckley, the first Thursday of every month! 2706 Boston Road, Hinckley Ohio 44233. Contact us for details. See you there! Rob Trautman Related TopicsAndrew MillerCleveland IndiansJohnathan LacroyMichael BrantleyMLBYan Gomes
Tax Day is now behind us, which means you may be anticipating a tax refund. If you are, congratulations! You deserve brownie points for getting your taxes filed on time and for successfully meeting your tax obligations. Now the questions is what should you do with your refund?What you don’t want to do is consider the money that the IRS is returning to you as a windfall or an excuse to blow your budget. Instead, you’ll get more long-term satisfaction and benefit if you use your tax refund to fortify your freelance business in one (or more) of the following ways:1. Pay your back taxesIf you owe tax from prior years (and the IRS didn’t garnish this year’s refund to offset it) then now is the time to pay your back taxes—while you have the money in hand. Doing so will not only put your mind at ease, but it will also save you money in the long run by reducing the interest and penalty payments you are racking up on what you owe.2. Give back to your businessIf you’ve been waiting to purchase new equipment for your business or to update your office space “when you have the money,” using your tax refund to finance these expenses can be a smart move.Depending on what you are planning to buy or do, you may be able to claim a tax deduction for the 2015 tax year as long as you follow the IRS guidelines for business expense deductions and have proper documentation.You should be careful about deducting expenses that should really be depreciated as supplies (i.e. if the useful life of a piece of equipment such as a printer is greater than one year it would be considered a capital asset). When in doubt, contact a tax professional for assistance in this area.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a member3. Build your skillsWith the tax crunch now over, and your refund on its way, take some time to consider if there are any skills you would like to develop, or if there is any additional training you would like to pursue, in order to improve or expand the services you offer in your freelance business.Conducting a personal and professional inventory of what you need to do to reach your goals is a good practice for anyone, but for freelancers it is especially important, since you need to be in control of your own earning potential and financial destiny.4. Invest in your future financial securitySpeaking of your financial destiny, as a freelancer it’s crucial that you plan ahead for your golden years. Using your tax refund to seed or shore up your retirement savings is a smart move.Since we’re still in the early part of the year, it’s unlikely that you have maxed out your 2015 IRA contribution limits ($5,500 if you’re under 50 years old or $6,500 if you’re age 50 or older), so take that refund and sock it away.Your future self will thank you for taking advantage of the compound interest—and you’ll relieve some of the pressure that your present self might be feeling about making retirement contributions throughout the year.Granted, it’s good to know that you’ll be getting a tax refund rather than having to write a check to the United States Treasury, so enjoy feeling flush for a few minutes, then consider using the strategies above to create a strong financial foundation for you, and your freelance business.Jonathan Medows is a New York City based CPA who specializes in taxes and business issues for freelancers across the country. His website, www.cpaforfreelancers.com, has a resource section with how-to articles and information for freelancers.
(Gladys Radek is about to embark on a walk across the country to raise awareness for missing and murdered Aboriginal women.)APTN National NewsFamily members of missing and murdered Aboriginal women are preparing for a trek across the country.This year the Tears4Justice walk will begin June 21, National Aboriginal Day, in Sydney, N.S. with the goal of arriving in Prince Rupert, B.C. in September.Gladys Radek organized the walk and said she did so to promote action and answers for her niece who went missing, and all the others, along the Highway of Tears.Radek hopes to gain support for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.
CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly lower Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery was off 3.80 cents at $5.1360 a bushel; Mar. corn fell 1 cent at $3.8220 a bushel; Dec. oats lost .40 cent at $2.79 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans rose 7 cents at 9.1440 a bushel.Beef and pork were lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Feb. live cattle fell .37 cent at $1.2205 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle lost .23 cents at $1.4548 a pound; Dec. lean hogs was off .53 cent at .6185 a pound.The Associated Press
Suzuki after it slowly rolled into Police Cruiser. Photo by John Luke Kieper.Grey Pontiac. Photo by John Luke Kieper.One person involved in the crash was transported to hospital by an ambulance.RCMP have closed the intersection of 96a Street and 93rd Avenue and are asking residents to stay clear of the area until they advise otherwise.Updates on the crash and when the intersection will open up again will come shortly. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A car crash occurred today at the intersection of 96a Street and 93rd Avenue.The crash occurred some time around 12:45 p.m. in front of the Pomeroy Sport Centre.Two vehicles were involved in the crash, one a White Suzuki JLX and the other was a grey Pontiac. The Suzuki slowly rolled into an RCMP cruiser after the incident.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – RCMP received notice on January 7, 201,9 that an unendorsed warrant was issued for the arrest of 28-year-old Adrian James Attachie.Attachie is wanted for numerous outstanding Breach of Recognizance charges.Attachie is described as: Weight – 50 kgHeight – 173 cmHair colour BlackEye colour Browntwo (2) teardrop tattoos under each eye,design tattoo above his right eye,RIP tattoo on his neck andKaiden tattoo on his neckThe Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information and can assist in locating Adrian Attachie, to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca
New Delhi: Crime Branch has busted an interstate illegal firearms syndicate and have recovered a huge cache of firearms and ammunition. The police have arrested a man named Shamsuddin involved in illegal gun running. He was supplying firearms to criminal elements in Delhi and NCR. Shamsuddin was arrested from Dwarka Sector-23 onMarch 26. “In the wake of forthcoming General Elections to the Lok Sabha, special drive against illegal arms supplier has been launched by Crime Branch of Delhi Police. In order to make the drive successful and effective, staff of the Inter-Border Gangs Investigation Squad of the Crime Branch have been especially briefed to collect intelligence and take appropriate legal action against the arms suppliers. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAn in-house study into the growing use of illegal firearms over last few years revealed that in most of the cases, illegal weapons used in the commission of various crimes in Delhi, were manufactured and supplied from Mewat, Mathura and Madhya Pradesh to the criminals active in Delhi and NCR. During interrogation, he disclosed that he had procured the illegal country-made pistols from his associate in Mathura. He also disclosed names of persons who had bought firearms from him in Delhi and NCR region. Ten country made pistols and 10 cartridges have been recovered from him.
Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. One of the most wonderfully ironic moments in Super Bowl history happened just before kickoff in February 2002, when St. Louis Rams wide receiver Ricky Proehl turned to NFL Films’ cameras during warmups and declared: “Tonight, a dynasty is born!”Proehl was right, of course. A dynasty was born that night — just not the one he was imagining. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots ended up toppling the heavily favored Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI, using it as a springboard for the greatest run of sustained success any NFL team has ever known.The Patriots were the up-and-coming team back then, while the Rams were the established champions with the veteran, future Hall of Fame quarterback. This time around, though, the roles will be reversed for the two franchises — with the Patriots serving as the elder statesmen, while the Rams are the team on the rise. It’s a fitting turnabout, one featuring what the Elias Sports Bureau determined was the largest gap in age between both starting quarterbacks (Tom Brady is 17 years and 72 days older than Jared Goff) and head coaches (Bill Belichick is 33 years and 283 days older than Sean McVay) in Super Bowl history.The Rams opened the betting Sunday night as slight favorites with some sportsbooks (so yes, you can say you were an underdog, Tom), though that didn’t last long. A flood of bets for the Patriots pushed the line to favor New England by 2½ points, according to the current consensus in Vegas. Here’s what our Elo ratings think about the matchup, using both the classic version from our interactive and one with the experimental quarterback adjustments we’ve been tinkering with: How did L.A. do it? The cornerstones of the 2018 team — Goff, DT Aaron Donald and RB Todd Gurley2Well, during the regular season, at least. Gurley has been something of a nonfactor in the playoffs, particularly against the Saints in the NFC title game. — were all drafted by the club from 2014 to 2016. But general manager Les Snead did his best work over the 2017 and 2018 offseasons, snagging the majority of the current team’s other starters either via the draft or in a flurry of win-now moves that mostly look smart in hindsight. The other key ingredient was coaching, where (with a few weird exceptions on Sunday) McVay has shown a fantastic knack for incorporating analytical thinking into his play-calling, and he remains the master of keeping defenses off-balance by running almost all of his plays out of the same personnel package. While there are very legitimate questions as to whether Goff or Gurley could be as successful in a different system, the pair has powered a Super Bowl run under McVay’s scheme.Each team needed luck to get here, too. The Rams likely wouldn’t be headed to Atlanta without a blown pass-interference call that kept New Orleans from running down most of the clock in regulation, instead giving L.A. the chance to force overtime and eventually win the game. The Patriots benefited from a phantom roughing-the-passer penalty and a (legitimate) offside call that negated what would have been a game-ending interception, then rattled off what felt like a million straight third-and-long conversions in overtime. But there isn’t a single Super Bowl team in history that didn’t have big moments when fortune smiled on it. You have to be lucky and good to win a championship, and these teams fit both criteria.Now, they’ll get a chance to battle on the game’s biggest stage. Will a new dynasty be born? Or will an old one keep rolling? Will the new Greatest Show on Turf avenge the old one? Or will Belichick draw up another brilliant game plan to shut down this latest version? Either way, it should be a fitting way to end one of the most entertaining NFL seasons in a while.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersAs you prepare for the Super Bowl, be sure to check out FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions page, which uses our Elo ratings to simulate the game 100,000 times, tracking how likely each team is to win. You can also make your Super Bowl pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game and make one last bid to climb up our giant leaderboard.According to data from the game, here’s how readers did against the computer last weekend: Standard EloQB-Adjusted Elo OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION The Patriots still somehow have two very important components from that original Super Bowl against the Rams: Brady and Belichick. At age 41, Brady had his worst passing numbers in several years, yet he also was still a top-10 QB (at worst), a Pro Bowler and — it bears emphasizing — impossibly productive for his age. All of that came despite throwing to a revolving-door cast of receivers and a less-dominant version of longtime security blanket Rob Gronkowski. All told, Brady led an offense that still ranked fourth in scoring and eighth in expected points added, albeit with a lower per-game EPA average than any Pats team with Brady as starter since 2013.For Belichick’s part, this season saw his Patriots improve significantly on defense, jumping from 24th in EPA in 2017 to seventh in 2018. Although New England tied for the second-fewest sacks in the league, it generated the third-most pressure (according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group), forced the second-lowest completion percentage and generally was the best Patriots pass defense in a while. And this team was also a celebration of Belichick the (de facto) general manager: In addition to shrewd veteran acquisitions such as CB Stephon Gilmore and LB Kyle Van Noy, a large share of the Pats’ production came from draft picks made over the past few years, including DLs Trey Flowers and Malcom Brown, OLs Shaq Mason and Joe Thuney, and rookie RB Sony Michel.1Undrafted free agent C David Andrews should probably fit into this group as well. All of those pickups helped fuel a Pats roster that still relied heavily on Brady to work his magic but also blocked well and played sound defense. NO64%NO62%LAR 26, NO 23-4.6– Elo’s smartest conference championship picksAverage difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 20 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game NE1686531645Tom Brady+4254 Elo quarterback adjustments are relative to average, based on a rolling average of defense-adjusted QB stats (including rushing).Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com OK, Elo — who ya got in the Super Bowl?Win probabilities for Week 21 games according to two methods: standard Elo and adjusting for starting quarterbacks KC61KC59NE 37, KC 31-7.1– After a divisional weekend in which all the home teams won, both home squads lost their conference championship games for just the fifth time in the Super Bowl era. Elo tends to love home teams, especially in the playoffs, so you might think that would be bad news for its picks. (Indeed, the average probability set by the reader was closer to picking the road team than Elo’s default probabilities.) However, Elo still came out ahead on net points because more individual readers made extreme picks in favor of the Saints and Chiefs, costing the field points on average. It’s an instructive example of something we discussed back in Week 9 — that, because of the nonlinear scoring system in our contest, overly confident picks can really wreak havoc on your point totals. When in doubt, set a conservative probability! (Unless, say, you are in 59th place going into the Super Bowl and need a Hail Mary to move up the rankings. Know anybody like that?)Congratulations are in order to reader Deryl Mundell, who leapfrogged long-standing leaderboard-toppers Neil Mehta and Greg Chili Van Hollebeke to claim first place on the season, checking in with 1,202.5 points. Deryl is also our No. 1 (identified) player on the postseason, with 294.2 points since the playoffs started. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and the game isn’t over yet! You now have one last chance to make your Super Bowl pick. Make it count! TeamRatingWin Prob.Base RtgStarting QBQB Adj.Win Prob. LAR166747%1656Jared Goff+446% The Patriots’ run wasn’t always easy, of course. The 2018 edition had the second-worst points per game differential and lowest Elo rating of the franchise’s Super Bowl-bound squads since … you guessed it, the 2001 team. But maybe that’s just further proof that everything truly has come full circle in New England. They’re certainly hoping the story ends the same way this time around.As for these current Rams, they are not too dissimilar from their Greatest Show on Turf forebears, either. Los Angeles outscored opponents by 143 total points in the regular season (third-best in football) and got high marks in every power ranking out there, including Elo (which ranks them No. 2), Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (No. 2), ProFootballFocus’s rankings (No. 2), Jeff Sagarin’s ratings (No. 2), Andy Dolphin’s predictive rating (No. 3) and Pro-Football-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (No. 3). Though they never actually ranked first in Elo at any point during the season, the Rams were consistently one of the game’s top contenders all year long.And they got that way just about as quickly as those fabled 1999 Rams, who went 4-12 the year before Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk changed the franchise’s fortunes forever. The 2018 season culminated a remarkable two-year turnaround arc under soon-to-be-33-year-old coach Sean McVay, who took L.A. from a 4-12 disaster in 2016 under former coach Jeff Fisher to an 11-5 record last year, and now a Super Bowl. Over that span, the Rams went from an Elo rating of 1346 to 1667, a gain of 321 Elo points. Only four other Super Bowl teams in history have gained more rating points from the end of two seasons prior to the start of the big game itself — the 1998 Atlanta Falcons (+368), 1981 San Francisco 49ers (+360), 1992 Dallas Cowboys (+357) and 1971 Miami Dolphins (+339). Even the ’99 Rams had “only” gained 246 points of Elo from the end of 1997, though they do own the largest single-season gain ever for a Super Bowl team. PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS Check out our latest NFL predictions.
Solidified at the goaltender position, the Ohio State men’s hockey team prepares for its final regular season series with rival Miami.Two weeks ago, with just six games remaining in the season, coach John Markell sat down his top two goaltenders and told them they needed to step up.“I told them I want to ride the hot goalie, and that’s what you need at this time of the year,” Markell said. His message hit home with both goaltenders, Cal Heeter and Dustin Carlson, who have split time tending the net for the Buckeyes this season.“It’s kind of tough hearing that because he pointed out we weren’t playing as well as we were at the beginning of the year,” Carlson said. “I think we both took it as a challenge and it really showed. The next week in practice we both were battling really hard.”Carlson’s increased intensity on the ice, both in practice and in games, has earned him more ice time down the stretch. “I knew I just had to step it up,” he said. “It’s an important time of the year and we’ve got to get our job done.” Since the conversation with Markell, Carlson has been doing exactly that. The junior has started the last three games for the Buckeyes and is unbeaten in that stretch. That stretch is the longest consecutive start streak Carlson has had this season. While both goalies say they prepare as if they’re going to start every game, it appears Carlson has developed a rhythm since starting on consecutive nights.“I’m definitely happy I’m playing now,” Carlson said. “We had a great weekend last weekend. [Saturday night] my team pulled out for me, and in the shootout I pulled out for them.”Two of the last three games the Buckeyes have tied and eventually won in shootouts. Neither Western Michigan or Alaska were able to score against Carlson in a combined nine attempts in the shootouts.“Cal [Heeter] is working hard in practice but right now Dusty [Carlson] has responded like you’d think he would. He’s responding the right way and that’s what we need from a junior,” Markell said. “I think everyone knows you have to have good goaltending at this time of the year. There’s not a better time than right now for Dusty to be playing hard and Cal to be waiting for his chance.”Carlson and the rest of the Buckeyes will be put to the test this weekend when they face No. 2 Miami in a home-and-home series. Markell expects the RedHawks to be amped up for the in-state rivalry. “This is huge for them. Ohio State coming to town is big for them and their fans,” Markell said. “They’re a good hockey team. They’ve proved that throughout the nation. But that doesn’t mean we can’t play [the way we’re capable of playing] hockey and sustain that for 60 minutes.”Miami comes into the series ranked No.2 in both the USA Today and USCHO polls, and deservingly so. The RedHawks are 20-2-4 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association this season and 23-5-6 overall.“They have an explosive team,” Markell said. “They have depth, good defense, good specialty teams and their goaltending is good.”Miami’s play has been especially dominant in the conference, including a series against OSU earlier this season. The RedHawks swept the Buckeyes on Dec. 11 and 12, winning 6-0 and 4-2.However, no one on the Buckeye squad is fazed by facing Miami and are entering this weekend’s series looking for wins. “We need points [heading into the post season]. We just have to get as many points as we can,” Carlson said. “History shows we don’t have the best record against them recently but we always play them strong. It’s our rivalry; they hate us and we hate them. We’re going to go in there with everything we’ve got.”Friday’s game will be played in Oxford, Ohio and Saturday night’s finale will be at the Schottenstein Center. Both games face off at 8:05 p.m.
Zinedine Zidane has announced that he has stepped down from his role as the Real Madrid manager after guiding them to a third successive Champions League titleThe Frenchman was understood to have had a contract at the club until 2020, but he has now decided to leave the Spanish capital with Saturday’s 3-1 win against Liverpool in the Champions League final being his final match in charge of Los Galacticos.After replacing Rafael Benitez at the Santiago Bernabeu in January 2016, Zidane won 104 of his 149 matches in charge with a win percentage of 69.80% and collected nine trophies in his two-and-a-half seasons in charge of Real.But it appears that the board’s dissatisfaction with their domestic campaign proved to be ultimately Zidane’s undoing with Real finishing 17 points behind new La Liga champions Barcelona in a distant third place.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.In his time in charge of the European champions, Zidane won the following:UEFA Champions League: 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18La Liga: 2016–17Supercopa de España: 2017UEFA Super Cup: 2016, 2017FIFA Club World Cup: 2016, 2017CONFIRMED: Zidane leaves Real Madrid after winning the #UCL three years running ??? pic.twitter.com/cUakusNcDf— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 31, 2018