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Pro14: Ulster name Rory Best as captain for 2017-18 campaign

Ireland hooker Rory Best will captain Ulster Jonathan Drouin Womens Jersey this season in what will be his third spell leading the Pro14 team. The 35-year-old, who is also Ireland skipper, first held the position from 2007 to 2011. Best takes over from last season's joint captains Andrew Trimble and Rob Herring. "It's a huge honour - to play for Ulster fills me with immense pride and that feeling is amplified when I lead the team out," he said. Best was appointed Ireland captain 18 months ago and oversaw a historic run of results last year as they registered a first Test victory on South African soil in June followed by a first win over New Zealand in November. A two-time British & Irish Lions tourist, Best led midweek sides on both the 2013 tour to Australia and again in New Zealand earlier this summer. Superb leaders "I'll be in the privileged position of having an experienced group of players supporting me, all of whom have represented Ulster for a number of years and are superb leaders in their own right," added Best, who played 198 times for Ulster. "The standard of rugby in the Pro14 and the Champions Cup is improving year and the players are looking forward to the challenges ahead in both competitions." "We're committed to working hard each week to improve every aspect of our game and hopefully this will increase our chances of success." Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss paid tribute to the team's new skipper. "Rory is an exceptional ambassador for Ulster Rugby both on and off the pitch," he said. "He has recent experience of captaining Ireland and the Lions in massive games and that has further enhanced his leadership qualities, meaning he's better equipped than ever before to lead us." The 25-year-old, who has helped Sarries to three Premiership titles, has played 152 times for the club since 2008. Farrell has 52 caps for England and four for the British & Irish Lions. "Owen has developed into one of the leading players in world rugby," Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall told the club website. "He is one of our own, so for him to commit his long-term future to the club is huge news - we're delighted that he'll be extending his stay." Farrell was named European player of the year in May, becoming the inaugural winner of the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy. He added: "It's an opportunity to hopefully grow with Authentic #24 Brent Grimes Womens Jersey this group again for the next few years; to get better and improve on what we've already done." Saracens begin their 2017-18 Premiership campaign at home to Northampton Saints on Saturday. The bottom line in all of this is money. The main goal is not so much about strengthening the quality of the league - although that's obviously an aim - it's about getting access to new cash in the increasingly expensive world of professional rugby. It's about getting more finance in an attempt at not being lapped by the truly moneyed clubs of England and France. A deal was struck in Dublin on Tuesday to admit the Cheetahs and the Kings. Next week should bring a public announcement that the Pro14 has been born. The fixture list could follow the week after next. The season will begin in early September. The speed in which this plan has been put together is extraordinary. The South Africans have committed to a six-season deal and will deliver about £6m per season to the new league, mostly through their domestic television rights. It may be small-time money compared to the riches on offer in club rugby in England and France, but it's much needed. It's a 50% increase on what the Pro12 currently makes from TV rights. It's £36m over six years. There will be scepticism about the format - and, in some cases, outright condemnation and forecasts of the death of the league - but the finances of this have to be taken into consideration in any analysis. This league desperately needs to bring in more money. Why is the cash so badly needed? Because the pro game is becoming wildly expensive and it's only heading in one direction.With so much money in England and France, it's getting harder for the Scottish, Welsh and Irish teams to hold on to their marquee players. They need more financial firepower to either persuade a star to stay or persuade a player of similar ability to join. When, for instance, Stuart Hogg won player of the year in the 2016 Six Nations, two things happened: he announced himself as a player of world stature while simultaneously making himself an attractive proposition for richer clubs. The Scottish Rugby Union had to break the bank to keep Hogg at Glasgow Warriors as a consequence. This is the by-product of success. The unions in Wales and Ireland could tell similar tales. Though nothing has happened as yet, the SRU will be anticipating a move from England or France for fly-half Finn Russell at some point. Every last penny helps the process of trying to keep their top players at home.

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J.T. Brown not afraid of backlash after donating money to have Confederate statue moved

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This club can handle it." The themes were constant from Astro to Astro: Baseball didn't feel important. They wanted to be back home, helping however they could. Keuchel spoke of teammates who, during the club's layover Sunday in Arlington, Texas, had to be talked out of driving into the dangerous region just to see if they could do something. Do anything. But all there was to do was to play baseball. Does that explain Houston's listless 12-2 loss to the cross-state rival Texas Rangers? Who knows? The Astros wanted to provide an escape for their fans, and hopefully for themselves, at least for the three or so hours it takes to play a big league game. A baseball game, win or lose, in the last week Authentic Nick Foligno Youth Jersey of August is nothing if not an escape. In that sense, the very fact that they played was mission accomplished. "It felt like a road game, even though we were the home team," said Astros starter Mike Fiers, who was touched up for eight runs in four innings. 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7. Micro-fin aluminum heat sink dissipates heat.
8.Industrial leading edge waterproof design

Max Continuous Current - 60A
Burst Current - 380A
BEC Output - 6V/2A
Motor Type - 4 Pole Sensorless Brushless Motor
Battery - 5-10 Cell NiMH/NiCd or 2-3s Lipo
Suitable Vehicle - 1:10 on-road and off-road cars/trucks, SCT
Operation Environment - Waterproof design allows you to use in nearly any environment
Resistance - .0007 ohm
Length - 44mm
Width - 32mm
Height - 37mm
Weight - 95g

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Ezekiel Elliott pleads his case at appeal hearing

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys running Authentic Danny Santana #39 Womens jersey back Ezekiel Elliott will walk into the NFL offices in New York City on Tuesday morning in the hopes of winning an appeal of his six-game suspension. It has been 18 days since the NFL notified Elliott he would be suspended for violating the league’s personal conduct policy for an alleged domestic violence incident in Columbus, Ohio, in July 2016. In a letter sent to Elliott, Todd Jones, the league’s special counsel for conduct, said four advisers who reviewed information collected in an investigation lasting more than a year "were of the view that there is substantial and persuasive evidence supporting a finding that [Elliott] engaged in physical violence” against Tiffany Thompson on multiple occasions. Elliott’s only public acknowledgment of the suspension has come via social media; he said he was “surprised and disappointed by the NFL’s decision, and I strongly disagree with the League’s findings.” He also added, “I admit that I am far from perfect, but I plan to continue to work very hard, on and off the field, to mature and earn the great opportunity that I have been given.” Elliott has not spoken to the media since the Cowboys’ June minicamp. Pursuant to the collective bargaining agreement, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell appointed Harold Henderson to be the arbitrator of the appeal hearing. Henderson was a member of the NFL’s executive management council for years, serving with Cowboys owner and Authentic Nelson Cruz #23 Womens jersey general manager Jerry Jones. Jones said after the Cowboys’ preseason game against the Oakland Raiders that Henderson “is a really great friend of mine. He was at my [Hall of Fame] party, and so you weren’t at that party unless you were a good friend, I promise you that.” According to sources who have been through the appeal process, Henderson will serve as a judge of sorts and hear arguments from both sides. The NFL will have its counsel on hand. Elliott will have his counsel; the NFL Players Association will have attorneys on hand. The Cowboys will also have counsel in the room. The length of the hearing varies, but in all likelihood no new information will be provided. Last week, Henderson denied the NFLPA’s request to make Thompson available and also denied the union's request to see the notes of the investigators and the Columbus city attorney’s office, according to a source. Kia Roberts, the NFL’s director of investigations, and Lisa Friel, the senior vice president/special counsel for investigations, will be part of the hearing. Elliott flew to New York on Sunday to prepare for the hearing, missing the Cowboys’ practice Monday and Tuesday. He will not play in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Houston Texans, which has been relocated to AT&T Stadium in Arlington because of Hurricane Harvey. Elliott’s side will use as evidence text messages and witness testimony that Thompson threatened to ruin his career. However, the league has acknowledged she attempted to have a friend lie about the circumstances surrounding an incident on July 21, 2016. The league’s 160-page report contained those threats and text messages but did not sway the four advisers to Goodell: former New Jersey attorney general Peter Harvey, chief executive officer of The Women of Color Network Tonya Lovelace, former United States attorney and former chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White and Pro Football Hall of Famer Ken Walter Payton Youth Jersey Houston. Henderson served as the arbitrator of the hearing for former Cowboys player Greg Hardy in 2015. Goodell suspended Hardy 10 games for what were deemed to be multiple violations of the conduct policy after an incident with a former girlfriend in the spring of 2014. Henderson reduced the suspension to four games. “I find that the conduct of Hardy clearly violated the letter and spirit of any version of the [personal conduct policy] since its inception, and of the NFL Constitution and Bylaws long before then,” Henderson said then in a written statement. “The egregious conduct exhibited here is indefensible in the NFL. However, ten games is simply too much, in my view, of an increase over prior cases without notice such as was done last year, when the 'baseline' for discipline in domestic violence or sexual assault cases was announced as a six-game suspension.” There is no time frame for Henderson to make a decision. According to the collective bargaining agreement, the decision must be made “as soon as practicable following the conclusion of the hearing.” Final briefs must be submitted to Henderson by Friday, creating a potential conundrum for the Cowboys, who have to cut their roster to 53 players by Saturday. Without a decision on Elliott’s status, he would remain on the active roster. The Cowboys might have to cut a player they would not want to lose to keep Elliott on the active roster until Henderson makes a decision. If the suspension is upheld, Elliott would revert to the reserve/suspended list. Theoretically, Elliott -- or the Cowboys -- could fight the decision in court if the suspension is affirmed, which could make him eligible to play until the case is heard.

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Home-field advantage in NFL: Toughest places to play, more

Home-field advantage is a tricky Will Redmond Womens Jerseything to pin down. I wouldn't want to go play the New England Patriots in Foxboro in January if my season was on the line -- they've won their past five home playoff games. But they were 3-3 in those same must-win home games between 2008 and 2011, losing to Mark Sanchez and Joe Flacco (twice). Everyone knows how brutal the Seahawks can be in Seattle, but it took a Calvin Johnson fumble on the goal line and a missed penalty call to keep them from going 4-4 at CenturyLink Field in 2015. Basing anything on eight games per season or something anecdotal like decibel levels or temperature at kickoff won't give us the full picture of who actually enjoys the best home-field advantage in the NFL. And likewise, just looking at a team's record at home can be misleading. If Zach Line Youth Jersey a team sweeps all of their road games and goes 6-2 at home to finish 14-2, do they really have a significant home-field advantage, or are they just a very good team anywhere? And does a home-field advantage conferred by a rowdy fan base transfer over from an old stadium to a new one? Let's try to get those questions answered here in advance of the 2017 season. I looked into this very topic several years ago and found that the Seahawks, narrowly, had enjoyed the league's best home-field advantage. Is that still the case? And who gets the least out of their home cooking? To estimate a team's home-field advantage, I went on a season-by-season basis since 1990 and calculated its average point differential in home games, and did the same for road contests. If you add those together and divide by two, you get the team's observed point differential. Using point differential is better than win-loss record because point differential does a better job of predicting future win-loss record than winning percentage itself. As an example, the 2016 Dallas Cowboys outscored opposing teams in their eight home games by a total of 75 points, good for an average of 9.4 points per contest. They were good on the road, too, as they went 6-2 while outscoring their opponents by a total of 40 points, or an even 5.0 points per game. Their observed home-field advantage is ((9.4 - 5.0) / 2), which is 2.2 points. That's not an especially impressive home-field advantage -- it ranked 21st among the 32 NFL teams last season. The Seahawks led the league with an observed HFA of 7.5 points, while the Indianapolis Colts were remarkably 4.9 points per game worse at home than they were on the road. The average home-field advantage was good for 2.6 points, which is right in line with the suggestions that Las Vegas values Authentic Welington Castillo Womens jersey home-field advantage as being worth 2.5 to three points. The problem with using single-season data is that the fluctuations from year to year can be massive. Take 2007, when the Detroit Lions posted a 7-9 record and a massive observed home-field advantage of 11.6 points per game. That's the second-largest single-season HFA on the books between 1990 and 2016. The following year, the 0-16 Lions -- with many of the same players and fans in the same stadium -- generated a home-field "advantage" worth minus-6.4 points per game, which was the worst mark on record between those same years. There's no question the fans turned on the team, but it's hard to believe that the swing was worth 18 points per game. (The second-worst home-field advantage, interestingly enough, belonged to a pair of playoff teams: the 1993 Pittsburgh Steelers and the 2007 New York Giants, who, including the postseason, went 10-1 on the road before beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl.) To get a better sense of who really enjoys home-field advantage, we need to take a larger sample; so let's do that. Keep in mind that these numbers are only for regular-season games and exclude games played on neutral sites. The games played in London and Mexico City in recent years are excluded, as are the ones Buffalo played north of the border in Toronto. Games moved by weather are also excluded, most notably when the Saints were affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The 49ers, though? They have to be a surprise, right? You would figure that the last days of Candlestick would be pushing San Francisco up toward the top of the charts, and indeed, the 49ers had an observed HFA of 3.8 points per game in their longtime home between 2007 and 2013. Despite the complaints about the move to Santa Clara and the franchise bottoming out during the past few years, though, the 49ers have kept things up, as their home-field advantage at Levi's Stadium has been good for an even 4.0 points per contest. I don't believe it, either.

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