Fantasy Update: Last-minute Texas Fantasy advice

first_imgWith lightning shortening Friday’s Busch Pole Award Qualifying to one round, opening round leader Kurt Busch will start Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 (2 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) from the pole position. After three practice sessions for this race were in the books, we’ve dissected the numbers and 10-lap averages to offer a suggested lineup worthy of your Fantasy Live consideration as you go to make roster decisions for the seventh Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of 2018.PLAY NOW: Set your Fantasy Live lineup | How the new Fantasy Live worksMORE: Fantasy analysis for Texas | Driver stats | Full lineup | 10-lap averagesJessica Ruffin’s revised Fantasy Live lineup following practices and the lineup being set:1: Kevin Harvick2: Martin Truex Jr.3: Kurt Busch4: Erik Jones5: Ryan BlaneyGarage: Kyle LarsonAnalysis: Kevin Harvick was a must-pick for me heading into the weekend and he’s still at the top of my list after one shortened qualifying session and three practice sessions — the final practice cut short by rain, as well. Not only has he shown speed in all three practice sessions, he’s also starting second, which could result in additional bonus points for stage wins if he were to get out front. I’m also taking his teammate and pole-sitter Kurt Busch.Truex was also a must-pick for Steve Letarte and I earlier this week and I’m standing my ground on that; while he’s never won at the Fort Worth track, his Texas consistency — both in past races and during practice — show me that he’s a solid play that could contend for the win on Sunday. Couple that with the fact that he’s the mile-and-a-half ace, and you’ve got a winner.If you’re playing veterans like Truex and Harvick, I would pay special attention to your garage driver; burning a Truex or Harvick pick for a top-15 finish isn’t ideal when both of these drivers are win contenders on a consistent basis. That brings me to my new garage pick; Kyle Larson. He’s starting in the top 10 and his strong 10-lap averages lead me to believe that he’ll stay there. He’s also a good backup option if your must-starters have an issue. I substituted Larson for my original garage pick Chase Elliott because the No. 9 hasn’t been quite as fast as I would have liked this weekend at Texas.Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney are both strong, under-the-radar picks for me. Jones nearly matched Harvick in 10-lap average speeds during the final practice. Even though he’s starting 21st, I think that speed that he’s shown all weekend will get him to the front quickly. Blaney, on the other hand, has a strong starting spot (fourth) to go with speed in his No. 12 Ford. He led 148 laps in this race last year and I see no reason why the No. 12 will have issues running up front come Sunday.last_img read more

Best Moments of First Reunion for ‘Friends’ in 12 Years (WATCH)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore What keeps friends apart for 12 years? Successful careers, or maybe just that “Smelly Cat?”Five of the six stars from the long-running American TV comedy, “Friends” reunited for one night to salute the driving force behind their sit-com – a television icon named James Burrows.David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow sat together on stage during the all-star gala reminiscing about their ‘friend-ships’ and paying tribute to the creator and director of so many hit shows—“Friends” in the 1990s, but also “Cheers,” “Fraiser,” “Will and Grace,” and “Taxi,” among others. (See a second video below…)RELATED:  ‘Friends’ 20th Anniversary Spawns Real-Life Central Perk Coffee ShopMatthew Perry, who is currently working on a stage play in London, couldn’t attend in person Sunday night but sent a video introducing his co-stars to the stage.The actors reflected on how working together was the start of actual real-life friendships between them:“We really just fell in love and adored each other instantly, and would hang out at each other’s houses and watched the show together,” recalled Aniston, while her cast mates nodded.*GET MORE ENTERTAINING STORIES WITH OUR GOOD NEWS APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOSThe actress who played Rachael also called the series “the opportunity of a lifetime, and probably the best 10 years of our acting careers.”WATCH:  Seinfeld Cast Makes Dying Man’s 67th Birthday One To Remember (WATCH)The five also talked about their favorite episodes–although Smelly Cat, with it’s unforgettable song, remained just a memory.Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, What are they feeding you? Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, It’s not your fault.(WATCH the videos from Yahoo! and NBC) – Photo: NBCShare This With YOUR Friends…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Enter the Madcap Music Hall! Tickets Now on Sale for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 17, 2016 Written by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder follows Monty Navarro (Pinkham), a long-lost member of a noble family who stands to become the next Earl of Highhurst—if he can eliminate the eight other relatives (all played by Mays) who precede him in line for the title. The musical premiered at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre in March 2013 before an acclaimed run at Connecticut’s Hartford Stage. Tickets are now on sale for the New York premiere of the musical comedy A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, starring Tony winner Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham. The witty musical begins preview performances on October 22 at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre, with opening night set for November 17. View Commentscenter_img Mays and Pinkham are joined in the cast by Lisa O’Hare, Lauren Worsham, Jane Carr, Pamela Bob, Joanna Glushak, Eddie Korbich, Jeff KReady, Mark Ledbetter, Jennifer Smith, Don Stephenson, Price Waldman and Catherine Walker. Directed by Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder features choreography by Peggy Hickey, scenic design by Alexander Dodge, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Philip S. Rosenberg, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, projection design by Aaron Rhyne, wig design by Charles LaPointe, music direction by Paul Staroba and orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murderlast_img read more

Vassago Debuts TKO Gravel Road Bike, VerHauen Fat Bike, Optimus Ti 29+ & More!

first_imgThe Verhauen fat bike is brand spankin’ new, this first one having just arrived a couple days before the event. It’s based on the steel Verhauen 29er we reviewed. It’s a U.S.-made True Temper OX Platinum steel frame with 170mm rear spacing and 100mm BB. That adds up to clearance for 4″ tires.Tom says the geometry is a bit more aggressive than a standard “snow” fat bike, making it more ready for trail shredding. Stock frames come as shown. In addition to the drivetrain options, they can add rack mounts and other small changes if requested.Frame retail starts at $1,999. They’re able to do all the customization because their titanium frames are made to order in house in Pheonix, AZ. Shipping time is about 4-5 weeks from order date. Vassago was set up at the Whiskey Offroad with a few new models, covering most of the current trends – gravel, fat and 29+.The titanium TKO is a new gravel road bike with clearance for 40c tires. This one’s Vassago owner Tom Ament’s personal bike. It’s built with a 44mm headtube to allow tapered forks, and uses a 27.2 seatpost to make it a bit more comfy. They can make it with sliding dropouts for single speed, or with thru axles with 12×142 spacing. The extra width is all in the dropout, so chain line and heel clearance is exactly the same as with 135mm QR.Grind past the break for more…center_img Retail’s $1,049 for the frame, no completes available yet but are coming. They just haven’t figured out the spec yet. It’s being made in Portland by Zen Fabrications.The titanium Optimus Ti 29er mountain bike has been available for a bit, but the new 29+ option adds an 83mm BB shell and stays that are bent out wider to clear a 3″ tire.This one is 20lb 10oz without pedals and 18″ frame.A steel version that’ll be available as a regular 29er or 29+ is coming, but no timeframe is set yet.As accidents sometimes go, this fortunate mistake in coloring ended up looking so good they’re adding it (and a couple others) as an option. The painter used the wrong hue in their translucent powder coat, giving this steel VerHauen a gold tint while still showing the welds.VassagoCycles.comlast_img read more

Vermont Health Connect ready for open enrollment, many to see premiums decrease in 2016

first_imgVermont Business Magazine With open enrollment set to begin next week, Governor Peter Shumlin today in Burlington said that Vermont Health Connect (VHC) is ready and that many Vermonters getting their insurance through the online marketplace will see their monthly health care premiums decrease next year. This November marks the beginning of the three-month open enrollment period, the once-a-year opportunity for Vermonters using VHC to reevaluate their health care needs and change plans if they wish. It is also a time for Vermonters without health insurance to sign up.“Vermont Health Connect is ready,” Shumlin said. “Starting next week Vermonters should log on and determine whether they’re in the best plan for their medical needs and budget.” The beginning of open enrollment comes after months of work by VHC staff to improve the customer service experience for Vermonters using the online marketplace. In March(link is external), the Governor outlined a number of milestones to stabilize technology and operations at VHC. The first of those milestones was met in June(link is external) when functionality was launched to allow VHC staff to address the backlog of over 10,000 customer change requests – such as changing income or an address – that caused frustrations for many Vermonters. The next milestone was met in October(link is external) when that backlog was eliminated and technology was delivered to enable a smooth open enrollment process for Vermonters.“Thanks to the hard work of many, we are ready for open enrollment,” Gov. Shumlin said. “Like every other state in America and the federal government, Vermont struggled to implement this transformation to an online health care shopping system on the timeline set by the federal government. Unlike many states in America, Vermont is overcoming those challenges and is ready to deliver a system that works for Vermonters. With any technology project of this size there will always be something for someone that doesn’t work quite right. But going forward that will be the exception and not the norm, and Vermonters can have confidence in the system and customer service staff to quickly resolve any issues that do come up.”   The open enrollment process will work like this: Vermonters wishing to remain in their current health plan need to take no action, other than continuing to pay their monthly premium. Those Vermonters will be automatically enrolled in the same plan for 2016 as they were in 2015, and their invoice will reflect any difference in premium amounts.Any Vermonter wishing to change their plans can do so online by logging on to their account starting next week at is external). Customers can also change plans over the phone by calling the Customer Support Center at 855-899-9600 (toll-free). The Customer Support Center is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Those Vermonters without health coverage and Vermonters who want an alternative to COBRA coverage or an unaffordable employer-sponsored health plan can also use open enrollment to sign up for health care for the coming year. Following the launch of VHC, Vermont cut in half its uninsured rate nearly in half from 6.8 percent to 3.7 percent, covering an additional 20,000 people and giving Vermont virtually universal coverage, a long time goal of Gov. Shumlin. Vermont now has the lowest uninsured rate in America.The Governor also announced today that many Vermonters are set to see their health insurance costs decrease in 2016 because the rate increases of many health insurance plans have been kept lower than the increase in available subsidies. For example, a couple earning $50,000 is paying $455 per month for a Standard Silver plan this year. Next year, that couple will save about $20 per month or $240 per year for the same plan. On the individual side, someone earning $30,000 per year currently pays around $197 per month for a Standard Silver plan. Next year they will save about $10 per month or $120 per year for that same plan.A rate decrease will be the norm for most Vermonters receiving a subsidy. Nearly two out of three (65%) Vermonters using VHC receive a subsidy. For these customers, 14 out of 20 VHC health plans will see a net premium decrease in 2016.While rate changes vary depending on carrier and plan medal levels, the vast majority of Vermonters using VHC will either see their monthly premium costs decrease or remain stagnant next year. Working with the Green Mountain Care Board, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and MVP Health Care kept respective overall rate increases for 2016 to 5.9 percent and 2.4 percent, lower than increases in 2015.“It’s really great news that the rate of premium increases is coming down and that many Vermonters will have quality health insurance while paying lower premiums next year,” Gov. Shumlin said. “We have much work yet to do on cost containment, but we are moving in the right direction.”The Governor also thanked Blue Cross and MVP, Vermont’s insurance carriers, for their commitment to working to make VHC a success for Vermonters.“Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont is encouraged by the progress made by Vermont Health Connect and looks forward to an improved experience for individuals renewing their coverage for 2016,” said Don George, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont.“MVP Health Care has worked closely with Vermont Health Connect and successfully tested the transaction files that we have received and believe those transactions can be successfully processed,” said Susan Gretkowski of MVP. “We are ready for open enrollment and to directly enroll individuals who do not qualify for subsidies in 2016.”To help Vermonters with questions about open enrollment, Navigators, Brokers, and Certified Applications across the state are there to help. Vermonters can find Assisters in their county with an online directory or map available at is external). Many Assisters also participate in scheduled events, which are listed on VHC’s website.last_img read more

Target hits Vermont

first_imgA guest prepares to check out on Tuesday evening in front of the Vermont mural at the new Target in South Burlington. VBM Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Target is nearly here, for the first time in Vermont. The new store at the University Mall in South Burlington, when it opens in full October 21, will complete the circuit for the Minneapolis-based retailer, which will now be in every state. And everyone in the Burlington area couldn’t be happier.Target held a VIG opening Tuesday evening, with a soft opening today. Customers are called guests. There were snacks for the VIGs. TV crews prowled the sparkling new store, interviewing customers, employees and managers.The relatively small store, by “big box” standards, will still employ over one hundred. Store manager Jake Moore, who is by title the Team Leader, said they didn’t have much trouble finding the 110 workers they’ve already hired, despite the painfully tight labor market. He expected to hire another 30 or so to round out the human resources need.“Everyone was very excited,” he said. The employees were indeed helpful and enthusiastic. Several were recognizable as former sales associates from nearby retailers. They told VBM they were “thrilled” to move over to Target.The new store is billed as a “one-stop shop.” There was a little of everything and a lot of apparel.District manager Bill Geary said he anticipates apparel being the biggest seller, with baby and maternity doing well. He said they’d adjust merchandise as customer demand dictates.And you can find at least a little of everything in the store.A local TV crew interviews a Target representative from Minneapolis Tuesday evening. VBM photo.Clothing, of course, takes up the biggest footprint. But there are groceries with dairy and a bit of produce; electronics and toys, cosmetics and shoes, housewares and pretty much everything you’d want to find at any Target, if not quite as much of it.Being Target, it was noticeably more upscale than other local department stores. Could you find a $30 bottle of old vine red zinfandel from Sonoma County, California? You bet you could.“I think we provide an elevated guest experience,” Geary said. He came from Maine for the opening. His district covers the three northern New England states. Target also sent a representative from Minneapolis.There was much red all around, as the Target livery demanded.There was also a comfortable looking Starbucks prominently located in the front corner (the third such coffee shop in that part of town).Nor did Target forget where they were.A large mural behind checkout sported a Vermont theme. Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Vermont IPAs and Seventh Generation household products were among featured items throughout the store.For several years, Vermonters in places like the Upper Valley and the southern counties, were able to cross state lines to get to a more or less conveniently located Target.But in the Northwestern part of the state, Targetophiles were required to take the time and expense of a ferry over to Plattsburgh.Target Corporation, meanwhile, has seen sales lag and its stock price take a hit in recent years as bricks-and-mortar retailers have been rocked by Internet sales. Sears filed for bankruptcy protection just on Monday (its neighboring store at the UMall will remain open).Starbucks holds a prominent position at Target, upfront next to checkout. VBM photo.But analysts expect Target to get back to 2015 revenues ($74 billion) next year. Shares as of today have slumped a little over the last month but are at about $84 and near their 52-week high, which was also an all-time high ($87.94 in September 2018). Shares had cratered in mid-2017 to $50.76.While the shelves weren’t completely stocked at the UMall location for all items for the VIGs, the expectation is they will be in time for the Grand Opening on Sunday.But in any case, Target should have little problem enticing customers to its newest location.As one guest said as she passed through the aisles, “This is so cool.”last_img read more

Magewell to Showcase Pro AV Innovations for a Changing World at InfoComm China

first_imgSeptember 22, 2020 — Nanjing, China: Magewell — the award-winning developer of innovative video interface and IP workflow solutions — is heading to Beijing for one of the professional AV industry’s first in-person trade shows in many months. Exhibiting in booth FD2-01 at InfoComm China from September 28 to 30, the company will showcase both new and established offerings that address the hottest trends in today’s dramatically evolving AV landscape. Magewell’s exhibit will feature the live exhibition debuts of recently introduced products as well as existing solutions that have come to the forefront as companies and institutions worldwide turn to remote working and learning. Highlighted use cases will include: Web Conferencing — the adoption of web-based video conferencing solutions has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. As virtual meetings have evolved from temporary workarounds to a new long-term operational model for many organizations, users increasingly want to incorporate higher-quality video sources than typical webcams. Enabling Windows, Mac and Linux computers to capture AV signals through a USB 3.0 interface, Magewell’s USB Capture and USB Capture Plus devices continue to be the easiest and most reliable way to bring HDMI or SDI sources into Zoom™, Skype®, Teams®, GoToMeeting®,  and other popular conferencing software. Live Streaming — many events, organizations and individuals are live streaming for the first time to continue connecting with their followers, students, constituents and fans during restrictions on in-person gatherings and beyond. Magewell’s Ultra Stream encoders make live streaming remarkably simple even for non-technical users, enabling them to stream or record high-quality video with one click using on-device buttons, a browser-based web interface or an intuitive smartphone app. AV over IP — Magewell’s Pro Convert encoders and decoders easily bring traditional AV signals into and out of IP-based media infrastructures using NewTek’s popular NDI® technology, enabling the use of existing sources and displays with AV-over-IP networks. The low latency and high reliability of the Pro Convert family make them ideal for AV over IP applications ranging from multi-point video distribution and collaboration to live production and IMAG. Multiple new models will be demonstrated, including the first showing of the Pro Convert 12G SDI Plus NDI encoder for 4K video at 60 fps over single-link 12G-SDI. Live Production — as live events gradually resume around the world, Magewell’s Pro Capture PCIe capture cards and ultra-compact Eco Capture M.2 cards offer an outstanding combination of reliability, compatibility, quality and price-performance value for bringing AV signals into live production software. Highlighted models will include the Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2 and recently-unveiled Eco Capture QL-SDI 4K M.2 for capturing 60fps 4K sources over single-link 12G-SDI and legacy quad-link 3G-SDI, respectively. For more information about Magewell, please visit read more

Gophers nab WR Eric Carter

first_imgCarter had offers from Cincinnati, Iowa State, Purdue, and Missouri among others, but he chose Minnesota. The 5-foot-10-inch, 174-pound high school senior is a three-star recruit and runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, according to joins an otherwise mediocre 2013 recruiting class for the Gophers with no recruit rated higher than a three-star in the rankings. Carter previously committed to Cincinnati in June, but he backed out of his commitment a month later. Gophers nab WR Eric Carter Dane MizutaniOctober 29, 2012Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintEric Carter, a wide receiver from Lake Gibson High School in Lakeland, Fla., has committed to the Gophers, according to a tweet sent from his Twitter account late Sunday night. “Officially Committed To The University of Minnesota!” Carter tweeted.last_img read more

Minnesota to host NCAA Regional

first_imgRight fielder Maddie Houlihan said Minnesota was beaming with pride after learning its NCAA tournament.“This program’s worked hard for so many years,” Houlihan said. “We’re so proud to represent this school and represent this state. We’re finally getting the recognition that we deserve.”If Minnesota beats North Dakota State, it will face the winner of the Drake and Georgia matchup on Saturday. If the Gophers lose, they will still have a chance to advance as the tournament is double-elimination.Houlihan said words couldn’t describe her emotions after learning that the Gophers would be hosting an NCAA regional.“I was beyond excited,” she said. “Everything is out of our control at this point. We competed against the best of the best. This state is going to get behind Gophers softball. It’s going to be a fun time.”If the Gophers win the regional tournament, Minnesota will host a Super Regional May 23-26. All of the Minneapolis regional games this weekend will be televised on ESPN3. Minnesota to host NCAA RegionalThe Gophers will host an NCAA regional for the first time since the 2014 season.Sam Harper, Daily File PhotoFreshman Maddie Houlihan throws her bat after a base hit against Wisconsin on April 12 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. Erik NelsonMay 13, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAt the Buffalo Wild Wings steps away from TCF Bank Stadium, University of Minnesota softball fans gathered to watch the NCAA tournament selection show.After the first six top seeds were unveiled, the Gophers erupted into cheers after learning that they would be the No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament. It is the highest seed for Minnesota since the NCAA established the current tournament format in 2005. The Gophers will host an NCAA regional for the first time since the 2014 season.Head coach Jamie Trachsel said the atmosphere at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium will be electric.“We’ll need our fans, and we want every team that comes in here to feel the weight of every person that’s in that stadium,” Trachsel said. “We want this to be a tough place to play.”This year marks the seventh consecutive year that the Gophers have made the NCAA tournament. Minnesota will face North Dakota State (42-14) on Friday, May 17 at 8:30 p.m. at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. The Gophers last played North Dakota State on May 1, 2018 at home, defeating the Bison 6-1. Minnesota was supposed to play North Dakota State at home in April, but the series was cancelled due to weather.The other two teams in the Minneapolis regional are Drake (42-14) and Georgia (40-17).last_img read more