Entertainment USA

Thutmose Teams With Hudson Mohawke To Give Fans A Shot Of ‘Adrenaline’ In New ESPN Collab

Forget coffee. Thutmose has the pick-me-up you need. The rapper, with help from producer Hudson Mohawke, delivers ‘Adrenaline,’ and he HL EXCLUSIVELY how this new song happened.

With a beat heavier than a steel piston and a delivery like snapping livewire, Thutmose unleashes his latest song in 2020, a pedal-to-the-floor rap song called “Adrenaline.” The track – out today (Dec. 18) – features production from celebrated DJ and producer Hudson Mohawke, and together, the two deliver a new track that’ll make your head bounce, your feet move, and your heart race, as if you’re ready to run a 5k or make the game-winning shot at the buzzer.

How did this collaboration come about? “I met up with this dope producer Hudson Mohawke at the top of last year and created this track called ‘Adrenaline,’” Thutmose shares EXCLUSIVELY with HollywoodLife, “which crazy enough is landing on a network I watch religiously, ESPN. I used to watch highlights of star athletes playing in high school and college for motivation, and I hope that I can give them and the fans a song to be motivated by in return.”

Thutmose brings the ‘Adrenaline’

It’s true – the song will be played throughout ESPN’s coverage of the 2020-2021 NCAA college basketball season. Beginning in December and continuing through until March Madness, “Adrenaline: will be used in the marquee rival games. So, when you see your favorite school face down their bitter rivals, you’ll be sufficiently hyped when it’s game time.

The taste of “Adrenaline,” with its grit and rawness, invokes a sense memory to Kanye West’s “BLKKK SKKKN HEAD,” which could be credited partially to Thutmose’s vibrant flow and partially to Hudson Mohawke’s haunted house distortion on the song’s production. The comparison might not be too far off since the Scottish DJ worked with Ye on “I Am A God” and “Blood On The Leaves,” both from 2013’s Yeezus, the album with the aforementioned “BLKKK SKKKN HEAD.” Hudson returned for Kanye’s The Life of Pablo, providing some production work on “Famous” – aka the song at the heart of Ye’s feud with Taylor Swift – as well as “FML,” “Waves,” and “Freestyle 4.” But, it’s possible that “Adrenaline” is less a throwback to Yeezus, and more a celebration of the vein of visceral lo-fi sound found in groups like 100 gecs and Death Grips.

Thutmose has been busy in 2020. He teamed up with Grey for “Body Count,” released a handful of songs (“Love In The Morning,” “On The Run”), and his EP, Best of Both Worlds: Side A. Right before sharing “Adrenaline,” Thutmose dropped “Run It,” a collab with Cal Scruby for the worldwide gaming phenomenon, League of Legends (for which he voiced a character), and the sizzling jam, “My Maria.”

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, and raised in Brooklyn, Thutmose (born Umar Ibrahim) first gained notoriety with a freestyle over Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE,” and used that momentum to launch his career. He released his debut album, Man on Fire, in 2018 and landed a song (“Memories”) on the Grammy Award-nominated Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse soundtrack. 2020 may have slowed his ascent to the top of the rap game, but thankfully, he has plenty of momentum – and “Adrenaline” – to kick things into high gear in 2021.

Glasgow Headlines UK

Roving Covid-19 immunisation teams will be deployed to nursing centres within DAYS

Vaccination teams are braced to go into care homes to give the most vulnerable the Covid jab by the end of the week.

GPs are also due to start administering the Pfizer vaccine from today at 280 local centres across the UK.

It means those at greatest risk will finally get the protection they need after regulators approved the plans.

NHS bosses said practices in more than 100 parts of the country will take delivery of the vaccine today, with some starting clinics this afternoon. The majority will begin tomorrow.

Ivy Smith, 97, was among those who received the new coronavirus vaccine at William Harvey Hospital in Kent

However, there are concerns that some designated sites will struggle to meet the requirement to deliver 975 doses in three and a half days, given the requirement for staff to observe patients for 15 minutes afterwards.

This comes after two hospital workers had an allergic reaction to the jab when deployment began in hospitals last week, which is thought to have prompted some surgeries to not get involved.

GP leaders warned it would be ‘an enormous challenge’ for primary care to deliver coronavirus vaccines and the biggest ever flu jab programme without affecting routine care.

Professor Martin Marshall, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said: ‘There are also logistical challenges, but general practice has an excellent track record of delivering mass vaccination programmes. 

GPs are also due to start administering the Pfizer vaccine from today at 280 local centres. Pictured: Paula McMahon prepares to administer the Pfizer vaccine at the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow

GPs are also due to start administering the Pfizer vaccine from today at 280 local centres. Pictured: Paula McMahon prepares to administer the Pfizer vaccine at the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow

We want to use this experience to help protect people from Covid-19 and start getting life back to normal again.

‘We won’t be vaccinating everyone all at once – it will be a relatively small number at first – but as long as there is supply, GPs and our teams at selected sites will start vaccinating people this week, starting with our most vulnerable patients.’

Oxford University jab could be available within weeks

The chances of the Oxford University jab being rolled out by the end of the year is ‘pretty high’, according to one of its creators.

Sarah Gilbert, leader of the team which developed the vaccine, said she was hopeful the vaccine would be available for use within weeks.

Trials to combine the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine with Russia’s Sputnik vaccines will also get underway imminently, she said.

This will test whether combining shots of the different vaccines could offer better protection than two doses of the same one.

Family doctors will be joined by nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, other NHS workers and volunteers to deliver the vaccines, offered to patients aged 80 and over and care home workers from today.

Health Service guidance suggests designated sites should also have mobile teams to go into care homes and give the vaccine to elderly residents.

This is likely to involve at least four visits to each home in order to give residents the two doses necessary for the jab to be effective.

To minimise the risk of transmission, those who enter care homes should consider getting themselves tested first.

The guidance states: ‘As a principle, providers should seek to minimise the number of unnecessary visits to care homes to mitigate potential risk to residents. A minimum four-visit schedule is recommended.’

However, it comes as some care homes pledged to defy a Government promise that families would be able to hug elderly relatives in care homes at Christmas. 

Bosses cited fears that new rapid Covid tests allowing visitors to be tested quickly were not accurate enough.

The historic vaccination programme got under way last Tuesday when 90-year-old Margaret Keenan became the first of thousands to receive the jab at a hospital hub in Coventry. 

The latest phase of the rollout is being co-ordinated by GP-led primary care networks, with more practices and pharmacies expected to join in.

Dr Nikki Kanani, a GP and NHS director of primary care, said: ‘GPs, nurses, pharmacists and other primary-care staff are eager to play their part in protecting people. 

‘This is the greatest vaccination programme ever undertaken by the NHS. We will be working with local communities to deliver it in convenient and familiar settings.

‘I am proud to be part of this huge national effort to protect patients against the virus.’

Cheer up! Pupils write letters to pep up elderly

It was smiles all round when one care home received 48 hand-written letters from a local school.

Children aged eight and nine cheered up 39 residents at Hillcrest home in Norwich with jokes, pictures and festive messages.

Oliver Price, eight, said: ‘It was nice to write to them because I thought they might be feeling lonely. I just wanted to cheer them up.’ Alfie Black, nine, wrote: ‘Why was the broom late for work? He overswept.’

Delighted Hillcrest resident Audrey Harris, 88, said: ‘The letters were beautiful and it was great to see the home filled with so many festive pictures!’

Sybil Bissett, 93, a resident at Hillcrest care home in Norwich, Norfolk, reads a letter from a pupil

Sybil Bissett, 93, a resident at Hillcrest care home in Norwich, Norfolk, reads a letter from a pupil

Pupils at Charles Darwin Primary School write letters to send to residents at the care home

Pupils at Charles Darwin Primary School write letters to send to residents at the care home

Charles Darwin Primary School’s principal Jo Brown added: ‘The children have absolutely loved it and the care home residents were thrilled.’ 

While the school plans to stay in touch with Hillcrest, it may be that goodwill in the rest of the country is not here to stay.

Two thirds of us believe that the kindness shown this year will last less than six months after the pandemic ends, according to a poll commissioned by John Lewis and Waitrose.

Sports UK

Europa League draw last 32 date, teams, TV and fixture details

Four Premier League teams will be present in the next round of the Europa League.

Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester are have all secured a place in the round of 32, and will be joined by Manchester United after their 3-2 defeat at RB Leipzig on Tuesday sent them crashing out of the Champions League.

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side will also be present in the draw but not Celtic, the reigning Scottish champions crashing out with just one point from their first five games.

When is the Europa League last 32 draw?

The draw will be conducted at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, on Monday December 14.

Fans can watch the ceremony on the UEFA website from 12pm, with the draw starting shortly afterwards.

How does the draw work?

32 teams will be waiting to see who they are paired with in the Europa League draw

A total of 32 teams will be involved – 12 Europa League group winners and 12 runners-up, as well as eight teams that finished third in their Champions League groups.

There will be two pots made up of 16 seeded teams, and the same number of unseeded teams.

The seeded teams will be made up of the 12 Europa League group winners as well as the four best third-placed teams parachuted in from the Champions League group stage.

The remaining 16 sides – 12 Europa League group runners-up and remaining four teams joining from the Champions League – will be unseeded.

Unseeded sides will be at home first, giving the seeded teams home advantage in the second leg.

No team can play another side from the same Europa League group or domestic league.

Who has qualified?

So far the teams that have safely made it through to the knockout stages are:

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring
Arsenal have qualified for the round of 32 with a 100% record

Seeded teams (group winners / best four teams from the Champions League)


Ajax (from Champions League)

Club Brugge(from Champions League)

Dinamo Zagreb


Manchester United (from Champions League)


Shakhtar Donetsk (from Champions League)


Unseeded teams (group runners-up / other four teams from the Champions League)

Dynamo Kyiv (from Champions League)

Krasnodar (from Champions League)

Olympiacos (from Champions League)

Red Bull Salzburg (from Champions League)

Red Star Belgrade

Other qualified teams (group position TBC)

AC Milan





Leicester City


LOSC Lille

PSV Eindhoven


Slavia Prague

Tottenham Hotspur

When are the fixtures

The first legs will be played on Thursday February 18, with the second legs a week later on February 25.

Kick-offs will again be split between 5.55pm and 8pm.

The last 16 draw will then be held on Friday February 26.

Sports Canada

Major League Baseball Unveils All-Star Teams

Major League Baseball named its two all-star teams on Wednesday following a vote by the public and a panel of experts. Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Hyun Jin Ryu was recognized for his work as he was named on the second best lineup.

The South Korean gunner is the only representative of the Blue Jays among these two teams. In 2020, he was 5-2 and an earned run average of 2.69, totaling 72 strikeouts in 67 innings. He was third in the votes for the Cy Young in the American League.

Unsurprisingly, pitcher Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians was selected among the five all-star first-team starters. Named unanimously for the Cy Young Trophy in the American this season, Bieber maintained an earned-run average of 1.63 and had 122 strikeouts, the highest in the majors.

The winner of the Cy Young in the Nationale, Trevor Bauer, was also selected from the best formation. The Cincinnati Reds gunner posted a 1.73 earned-run average last season.

Pitchers Yu Darvish of the Chicago Cubs, Max Fried of the Atlanta Braves and Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets round out the first-team all-star rotation.

Another honor for Freeman

The first cushion goes to Freddie Freeman of the Braves. Despite battling COVID-19 over the summer, Freeman recorded a .341 batting average and was named the National MVP.

On second base, we find DJ LeMahieu of the New York Yankees. With a .364 batting average, he became the first player in modern history to win both the American and National batting titles (with the Rockies in 2016).

Manny Machado of the San Diego Padres was named at third base while Fernando Tatis Jr., also of the Padres, earned the position at shortstop.

The receiver for that first-team all-star is Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals. The latter has made a comeback this season after missing the 2019 campaign with a Tommy John-type surgery.

In relief, the pick fell on Liam Hendriks of the Oakland A’s and Nick Anderson of the Tampa Bay Rays. Marcell Ozuna of the Braves, meanwhile, earned the designated hitter position.

Outsiders Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals round out the illustrious lineup.

The second all-star team

  • Receiver: J.T. Realmuto, Phillies
  • 1er goal: José Abreu, White Sox
  • 2e goal: Brandon Lowe, Rays
  • Shortstop: Corey Seager, Dodgers
  • 3e goal: José Ramirez, Indians
  • Outfielder: Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves
  • Voltigeur: Mike Yastrzemski, Giants
  • Voltigeur: Michael Conforto, Mets
  • Designated Hitter: Nelson Cruz, Twins
  • Starting pitcher: Dinelson Lamet, Padres
  • Starting pitcher: Gerrit Cole, Yankees
  • Starting pitcher: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
  • Starting pitcher: Kenta Maeda, Twins
  • Starting pitcher: Hyun Jin Ryu, Blue Jays
  • Lifter: Brad Hand, Indians
  • Lifter: Devin Williams, Brewers
Entertainment UK

Spider-Man Tom Holland ‘teams up with predecessors and Daredevil in multiverse’

Tom Holland will reportedly be joined by previous iterations of Spider-Man in his third solo Marvel outing.

According to Collider, the Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel will see comebacks for previous actors who played the role in past iterations of the franchise.

The publications suggests we can see returns for Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst from the Sam Raimi trilogy as Spider-Man/Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, respectively.

Additionally, the subsequent 2012 revamp’s leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are also set to return as that series’ Spidey and Gwen Stacy, respectively.

The report comes after The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Alfred Molina will reprise his role as Doctor Otto Octavius from 2004’s Spider-Man 2 in the new film.

Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is set to be joined by Tobey Maguire’s and Andrew Garfield’s in his third solo outing as the Marvel superhero

The same publication previously reported that Jamie Foxx would be returning as Electro/Max Dillon after last being seen in the role in 2014 film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opposite Andrew Garfield’s incarnation of Spider-Man/Peter Parker.

It would appear that the film is set to mirror the multiverse-spanning animated adventure Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which featured multiple parallel versions of the character from different universes.

It has also been reported by website Murphy’s Multiverse that Charlie Cox will reprise his role as blind superhero Daredevil/Matt Murdoch from the Netflix MCU series Daredevil in the film.

Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-man and Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson in the 2002 Spider-Man film

Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker

Daredevil ran for three seasons on Netflix until its cancellation in 2018.

The film will also see returns for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spidey cast members.

Rreturning alongside Holland are supporting cast members Zendaya as MJ, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May Parker, Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, and Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson.

The Amazing Spiderman 2
Jamie Foxx stars as Electro in the upcoming third outing according to reports

Daredevil in The Defenders trailer
Charlie Cox is reportedly set to reprise his role as Daredevil in the third Spider-Man film with Tom Holland

It has also been confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his MCU role as Doctor Strange in the film, with the character already confirmed to feature in his own solo sequel Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.

Will Strange be the key to these various iterations of Spidey characters appearing?

Strange’s film will also feature Elizabeth Olsen reprising her role as Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff who is due to appear in her own reality-bending series on Disney+ in January, entitled WandaVision.

Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is due to appear in the third Spider-Man film with Tom Holland

The series, which also stars Paul Bettany as the android Vision, could be the key to understanding the increasingly complicated multiverse in upcoming films.

The Mirror has reached out to Sony Pictures for comment on these casting reports.

The untitled Spider-Man sequel is set for release in cinemas on December 17, 2021.

Who do you want to see return in the third Spider-Man film starring Tom Holland? Let us know in the comments below.

Football USA

PSG vs Istanbul Basaksehir: Teams walk off pitch following alleged racist incident – CNN Video

The Champions League football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir was suspended inside the opening 15 minutes following an alleged racist incident involving one of the match officials.

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These teams who resurrect

In the first half of the season, several teams seemed to be heading straight for the morgue, but for the past few weeks, they have stubbornly refused to take their last breath. The Patriots, in action in a critical duel against the Rams tomorrow night, are of the lot.

Just over a month ago, the Patriots hit rock bottom with a record of two wins and five losses. Five weeks later, they’re 6-6 and still alive for a playoff berth, even though they could be pained against the Rams.

The same is true in a few other markets. With a record of a small win and seven losses on November 2, the Giants were left for dead. Now with four straight wins, they are at the height of the race with a defense that does not make anyone want to face them.

The same can be said of their division rivals from Washington, who are fighting with them for the top of the division after a more than lame start.

The Vikings had won just one victory in their first six games and looked utterly routed. They have since won five of their six games to bring their record down to .500 and if the playoffs start today they would be part of the tournament.

The job that comes in

When teams experience such a jolt after a difficult start, it’s often because they are young and the experience comes after a few weeks of breaking in.

This is certainly the case on defense for the Vikings and across the field for the Giants and Washington. On the contrary, the Patriots are betting on one of the highest average age rosters in the league. In their case, it is rather that several players have inherited increased roles after numerous departures via the free agent market and players who opted for the escape clause in this COVID season. The schemes of Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels are not among the most obvious to tame.

The road to the series remains complex. Right now, the queue is tight for the last available seat in the conference. In a tie, however, the Patriots have already beaten the Ravens and Raiders. They would get priority over these two teams.

Nothing can be won for Belichick’s troupe, but considering that the cold buffet was already ordered for the funeral service, this return from beyond the grave is already a surprise. However, year after year, the Patriots play their best football in November and December. It should have been expected.

Thursday Duel

The forces involved

New England Patriots

  • Cam Newton, Quarterback, 5T, 9 INT, 2053 yards
  • Damien harris, Running back, 2 T, 641 yards
  • Damiere Byrd, Wide winger, 1 T, 518 yards

Los angeles rams

  • Jared goff, Quarterback, 17T, 10 INT, 3372 yards
  • Darrell henderson, Running back, 5 T, 559 yards
  • Cooper Kupp, Wide end, 2 T, 836 yards


Patriots 14 – Rams 13

Player to watch

Josh Uche | Linebacker, Patriots

The Patriots had their fill of youngsters defensively in the last draft and the response was clearly not favorable at the time. Whether it was linebackers Josh Uche and Anfernee Jennings or marauder Kyle Dugger, there was no doubt. The three are playing more and more and are starting to assert themselves. Sunday, against the Chargers, Uche hit the opposing quarterback three times. The Patriots see him as their future quarterback hunter.

1. Chiefs from Kansas City, 11-1

  • Last week: 1 | =

For a rare time, the Chiefs weren’t propelled by Patrick Mahomes’ insane statistics against the Broncos. The defense took the torch, in particular thanks to two crucial interceptions of Tyrann Mathieu. This team wins anyway.

2. Saints from New Orleans, 10-2

  • Last week: 3 | +1

A touchdown allowed in the fourth quarter ended a brilliant streak for the Saints, who did not concede a touchdown in the opponent’s 42 offensive series. Drew Brees is getting closer to a return to the game and the Saints will be all the more formidable.

3. Steelers from Pittsburgh, 11-1

  • Last week: 2 | -1

The Steelers have played with fire a few times in the past few weeks only to end up burning themselves against Washington. Not enough to panic for a loss, however. They had five chances to score from the one-yard line and failed. It sank them.

4. Packers from Green Bay, 9-3

  • Last week: 4 | =

While Aaron Rodgers has joined the club with 400 career touchdown passes, wide receiver Davante Adams continues to shine. In his last 16 games, he’s caught 132 passes for 1,680 yards and 17 touchdowns. He rose to the rank of the most productive receiver on the league.

5. Bills from Buffalo, 9-3

  • Last week: 7 | +2

Josh Allen shone in the Monday night spotlight. It does so by maintaining a remarkable balance among its targets. No less than 12 players on the team have captured at least one touchdown pass this season, an NFL record. Gabriel Davis is the point guard with five touchdowns.

6. Rams from Los Angeles, 8-4

  • Last week: 8 | +2

Jared Goff has recovered nicely from his poor performance the week before. It remains to be seen if tomorrow night, he will be able to do as well against Bill Belichick, who had put in his small pocket Sean McVay’s offensive game plan at the Super Bowl two years ago.

7. Browns of Cleveland, 9-3

  • Last week: 14 | +7

Much has been made, and rightly so, of Baker Mayfield’s performance in the victory over the Titans. But aside from a slack in the fourth quarter, the defense also looked good, limiting Derrick Henry to 60 rushing yards and forcing a fumble first in his last 375 carries.

8. Colts from Indianapolis, 8-4

  • Last week: 10 | +2

An encouraging sign for the Colts’ aerial attack, TY Hilton gained 100 yards in a game for the first time since 2018. His production has plummeted since Andrew Luck was no longer in charge of the attack, but he didn’t. It’s not yet too late for chemistry to work with Philip Rivers.

9. Buccaneers from Tampa Bay, 7-5

  • Last week: 9 | =

The Buccaneers attack their return from leave with one duel against the Vikings, another against the Lions and two against the Falcons. Command seemed easy a short time ago, but the Lions have responded well to their new rider and the Vikings are winning. We will have to get up.

10. Titans from Tennessee, 8-4

  • Last week: 5 | – 5

The Titans’ defense provided another dismal performance. The front is simply unable to apply pressure on the opposing quarterbacks with just 14 sacks on the clock. Only the Bengals are doing worse in this regard with 13 sacks this season.

11. Dolphins from Miami, 8-4

  • Last week: 11 | =

Before being ejected in the first half, Xavien Howard had his eighth interception this season, a high in the NFL. The duel with the Bengals was not very chic with a general scrum, but Brian Flores did well to defend his players. This team seems united.

12. Seahawks from Seattle, 8-4

  • Last week: 6 | – 6

The Seahawks are clearly not the same. After their brilliant 5-0 start, they have lost four of their last seven games. Russell Wilson had a third game with at least one interception and one fumble. When not at his best, the team’s shortcomings stand out.

13. Raiders from Las Vegas, 7-5

  • Last week: 13 | =

The Raiders had a narrow escape against the Jets and they just gave 71 points in two weeks to opponents who have a combined record of four wins and 20 losses. The situation is worrying on defense, but on offense Derek Carr and Darren Waller save the day.

14. Cardinals from Arizona, 6-6

  • Last Week: 12 | -2

Kyler Murray and the Cardinals insist he doesn’t have to run for the offense to work. Yet when Murray carries the ball eight or more times, the Cards are 6-1 with 32.1 points per game. Otherwise, they’re 0-5 with an average of 22 points per game.

15. Ravens from Baltimore, 6-5

  • Last Week: 15 | =

The bulk of the Ravens’ COVID-19 outbreak appears to be under control. Which doesn’t mean the team is out of the woods! The race for the last available playoff spots is in full swing and the Colts, Browns, Dolphins, Titans and Raiders are all believable.

16. Patriots from New England, 6-6

  • Last week: 16 | =

The 45-0 win over the Chargers proved to be the second biggest shutout in the team’s history, following a 59-0 win over the Titans in 2009. The gap is even more impressive considering that in the win, Cam Newton amassed just 69 aerial yards.

17. Team from Washington, 5-7

  • Last week: 21 | +4

With Alex Smith in the quarterback, the offense may be conservative, but it has the merit of not being abominable like last year and in the first months of the current season. The defense continues its formidable effort and limited the Steelers to 21 rushing yards.

18. Vikings from Minnesota, 6-6

Last week: 17 | -1

If Dan Bailey hadn’t had so much trouble on his kicks, the Vikings wouldn’t have needed overtime to beat the Jaguars. Still, the Mauves should never have come so close to disaster against a much inferior team.

19. Giants from New York, 5-7

  • Last week: 23 | +4

In the Super Bowl era, only the 1970 Bengals made the playoffs after recording just two wins in their first eight games. The 2020 Giants are on course to do even better, with a 1-7 record after eight games. It remains to do the series!

20. Texans from Houston, 4-8

  • Last week: 19 | -1

With the game hanging in the balance at the goal gate, Deshaun Watson had to juggle a bad throw from his center Nick Martin. The Colts covered up and that was the end of the shows. Watson almost guided his team to an unlikely victory without receiver Will Fuller.

21. 49ERS from San Francisco, 5-7

  • Last week: 18 | -3

The loss clearly marked the end of playoff hopes for the defending National Conference champions. There were just too many obstacles for this team to overcome. The defense got slashed like rarely before by the Bills’ air attack on Monday night.

22. Panthers from Carolina, 4-8

  • Last week: 20 | -2

Christian McCaffrey says he is ready to make a comeback, but now the Panthers are affected by several cases of COVID-19. The coming game against the Broncos does not appear to be in jeopardy and the next three against the Packers, Team Washington and the Saints will not be pie

23. Lions from Detroit, 5-7

  • Last week: 29 | +6

The Lions, masters of evading advances in recent years, recorded their first victory after coming back 10 or more points since 2014. Matthew Stafford had his first 400-yard game this season.

24. Falcons from Atlanta, 4-8

  • Last week: 22 | -2

The Falcons are the typical case of a team that advances well with the ball but hits a wall on the goal gate. They scored a single touchdown in four appearances in the paying zone against the Saints. They are also 29th in the NFL in this regard. A recurrent issue.

25. Broncos from Denver, 4-8

  • Last week: 25 | =

The Broncos were just three points behind with six minutes left against the Chiefs with the ball in midfield. They opted for a clearance and the Chiefs then took more than five minutes on the board. Against the Chiefs, this strategy is a failure every time.

26. Bears from Chicago, 5-7

  • Last week: 24 | -2

The Bears scored 30 points for the first time since Week 3. Yet they found a way to collapse for a sixth straight week. The end of Matt Nagy is approaching and it will be necessary to leave with a new regime and a new quarterback. Again…

27. Eagles of Philadelphia, 3-8-1

  • Last week: 26 | -1

Rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts was named a starter for the Eagles against the Saints. It was time ! Hurts wasn’t a perfect replacement for Carson Wentz on Sunday, far from it, but his presence whipped the troops. Another athletic quarterback who gets his chance.

28. Cowboys from Dallas, 3-8

  • Last week: 28 | =

The Cowboys clearly appeared to be the most talented team in their division heading into the season. On offense, that is still true, as long as Dak Prescott returns to health in 2021. The Giants and Washington defense will keep them drooling for years to come.

29. Chargers from Los Angeles, 3-9

  • Last week: 27 | -2

The Chargers’ special teams are a disaster and rookie quarterback Justin Herbert had a really tough first game, finding himself under repeated pressure against the Patriots. For a rare time, the Chargers have never been in the game.

30. Bengals from Cincinnati, 2-9-1

  • Last week: 30 | =

The Bengals let a lead slip away after halftime, a situation that has happened too often this season. The team is indeed 1-5 after retreating to the locker room with the lead. Sunday’s grim indiscipline was reminiscent of great moments from the Marvin Lewis era.

31. Jaguars from Jacksonville, 1-11

Last week: 31 | =

The Jaguars are determined to hand the ball over to Mike Glennon even though Gardner Minshew has the green light from the medics to return to the game. Head coach Doug Marrone is able to say without laughing that Glennon is giving the team the best chance. to win. A match or a first choice?

32. Jets from New York, 0-12

  • Last week: 32 | =

Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was kicked out after his controversial decision to use just four players for cover on the Raiders’ winning pass. Since 2017, the record of the teams he has led as coordinator is 9-42-1 …

Headline USA New York

NY health officials send teams of mask enforcers to upstate counties

NY health officials send teams of mask enforcers to upstate counties where people are refusing to wear them despite surges in COVID

  • The Department of Health is sending mask enforcers to Orange and Rockland County 
  • It is against the law not to wear a mask in the state of New York 
  • Anyone who doesn’t may be fined $50 on the spot if they do not comply 
  • Statewide, COVID is spiking just as it is around the country 
  • The worst areas are the Finger Lakes, Central and Western New York 
  • NYC is also seeing a rise in hospitalizations but it is much slower  

New York State health department officials are sending teams of mask enforcers to ‘urgently’ crack down on two upstate counties where people are refusing to wear them despite surging COVID-19 numbers. 

The teams will be sent to Orange County and Rockland County which are around 65 and 35 miles northwest of New York City respectively. 

They have some of the highest COVID numbers in the state and have from the beginning. 

Both are considered ‘micro-clusters’ because the spread there is more out of control than the state average. Both counties also have large orthodox Jewish communities.  

It is against the law not to wear a mask in the state of New York. Anyone who doesn’t may be fined $50 on the spot if they do not comply. 

Health Department spokesman Gary Homes told The New York Post it wasn’t just happening in those areas. 

NYPD officers hand out mask at Domino Park in Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York, in May. The Health Department is now asking for volunteers to hand out masks in two upstate counties 

The mask enforcers are being sent to Orange and Rockland County 

‘It’s all hands on deck. We’re active in all counties where are there are increasing infection rates. These aren’t the only ones,’ he said. 

The test positivity rate in some parts of Orange County is more than 8 percent percent and in Rockland County, it is 5.8 percent. 

By comparison, the statewide rate for all tests that were done on Monday was 4.79 percent. 

‘The DOH is responsible for community outreach and enforcement of Executive Orders and regulations related to the use of face-coverings/masks and social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

‘Staff is needed for immediate URGENT deployment to Orange and Rockland counties to assist with this critical public health and community enforcement effort,’ staff said in a memo.

Mayor Bill de Blasio warned on Tuesday that restrictions were imminent. 

Cuomo says he won’t shut down things like indoor dining unless the hospitalization stabilizes over the next five days. He will make a decision on Monday.

‘I do expect restrictions in a matter of days and, from there, we’ll see what else needs to be done. 

‘No one is happy about it. 

‘I feel for the small businesses that might be affected… but this health situation has to be addressed.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said he expects new limits on the city within days

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said he expects new limits on the city within days

‘I do think we’re going to see new restrictions coming. 

‘We want people to have their livelihoods, we want people to be able to have their jobs but we have to stop this new surge that we’re facing.

‘This is the last big battle,’ he said. 

If hospitals reach a 90 percent capacity, the city will be declared an orange zone and non-essential businesses will close. 

Long Island has the worst hospital capacity of any region with just 18 percent of its beds free. 

New York City has 19 percent left. Statewide, on average, hospitals are 77 percent full.  

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Champions League last 16 draw date, teams and fixture details

The Champions League group stages come to an end this week.

After a hectic schedule for the 32 clubs involved to date, the teams that make it through to the knockout stages won’t have to worry about another European fixture after this week until mid-February.

A number of teams have already made it through, and some even have the luxury of knowing they’ve already won their group, giving them the crucial luxury to rest players in the run-up to the packed Christmas schedule.

Here’s everything you need to know about the draw for the next stage of the competition as the final group games are played.

When is the Champions League draw?

Fans of the 16 teams who make it through to the next round of the Champions League won’t have long to wait to find out who their opponents are.

The draw will be held on Monday December 14 at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

UEFA’s ceremony will begin at 11am and the draw will start shortly afterwards, once the introductions and format explanation are out the way.

Champions League draw format

All teams who make it through will be divided into two pots of eight; one for the group winners and another for the runners-up.

Clubs cannot play their group stage opponents in the last 16 or teams from the same country, meaning no all-Premier League clashes yet.

Group winners will be away for the first leg, giving them home advantage for the second half of the tie.

Who has qualified for the last 16?

Curtis Jones’ goal against Ajax helped Liverpool secure top spot in Group D with a game to spare

Nine teams have already secured their spots in the second round with a final round of group games still to play. They are:

Bayern Munich (Group A): The reigning German and European champions have made light work of Group A, scoring 16 goals in five games to establish themselves as group winners.

Man City (Group C): Pep Guardiola’s side qualified after four group games, and a draw with Porto on matchday five secured their place as Group C winners. That could allow a few big names to have a night off this week.

Porto (Group C): While the Portuguese side can’t beat Man City to the top of Group C, their seven-point lead over Olympiacos and Marseille means their qualification is assured.

Liverpool (Group D): Nobody can surpass Liverpool at the top of Group D after four wins and one defeat from their opening five games. Good news for Jurgen Klopp, who is worried about injuries as the fixture list shows no sign of easing.

Chelsea (Group E): Became one of the first two sides to qualify thanks to victory over Rennes in matchday four, Olivier Giroud’s four goals against Sevilla last time out secured top spot for Frank Lampard’s side with a game to spare.

Sevilla (Group E):Chelsea ’s Group E rivals Sevilla have also made it through, securing qualification after four games. Having lost to Chelsea twice, they can’t overtake the Blues, meaning they will definitely be an unseeded runner up in the last 16 draw.

Jadon Sancho scores for Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund have made it through to the Champions League last 16

Borussia Dortmund (Group F): Boasting this season’s joint top-scorer so far, the sensational Erling Braut Haaland, Dortmund’s place in the last 16 is assured, though they’re not confirmed winners of Group F.

Barcelona (Group G): Despite a miserable start to La Liga, the Catalan giants have a 100% record so far in this year’s Champions League. They could still lose their grip on top spot if they lose to Juventus on the final group matchday.

Juventus (Group G): Italian champions Juventus will be in the last 16 having won four of their five games. They go to Barcelona on the final day to battle it out for top spot, and this time should have Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored his 750th career goal last week.

Last 16 fixture dates

The first leg will be played over Tuesday February 15 and Wednesday February 16, with the reverse fixtures taking place four weeks later between Tuesday March 15 and Wednesday March 16.

After that, the quarter-finals will be played between April 6 and April 14 and the semi-finals between April 27 and May 5, before the final in Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium (scene of Liverpool’s memorable 2005 triumph) on May 29.

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Navy rescue teams recover body believed to be of missing pilot near MiG-29K crash site

New Delhi, December 7

Rescue teams of the Indian Navy have recovered a body, believed to be that of pilot Commander Nishant Singh who went missing after his MiG-29K aircraft crashed into the Arabian Sea 11 days back, official sources said on Monday.

They said DNA testing is being carried out to ascertain the identity of the body, which has been recovered from the site of the crash.

“There are reasons to believe that the body is of Commander Nishant Singh. However, it can be fully ascertained following the result of the DNA testing,” said an official on condition of anonymity.

Indian Navy pilot Commander Singh went missing in the Arabian Sea after his MiG-29K aircraft crashed into the Arabian Sea on November 26. The second pilot was rescued soon after the incident.

The Indian Navy deployed nine warships, 14 aircraft and a number of fast interceptor craft as part of the search and rescue mission to locate Commander Singh.

Some debris of the aircraft including landing gear, turbo charger and fuel tank engine were located last week.

The Navy had ordered a high-level inquiry to investigate the incident which was the third involving the Mig-29K in the last one year.

A MiG-29K twin-seat fighter aircraft had crashed in South Goa district on November 16 last year, but both the pilots had ejected safely.

Another MIG-29K crashed into the Arabian Sea off the Goa coast on February 23 this year after taking off from INS Hansa, a prominent naval air station at Vasco in Goa. The pilot of the aircraft had managed to eject safely.

The MiG-29K is an all-weather carrier-based multirole fighter aircraft developed by Russian aerospace company Mikoyan (MiG). The Indian Navy had procured a fleet of 45 MiG-29Ks from Russia at a cost of around USD 2 billion to operate from INS Vikramaditya. — PTI


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