The Action Network: Best props picks for Michigan

first_imgThe Action Network specializes in providing sports betting insights/analytics and is a content partner with NASCAR. Check out more NASCAR betting analysis here.Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Track position will be key in Saturday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN) at Michigan International Speedway.Yes, I know, track position is always crucial, especially with the current high-downforce intermediate race package that makes clean air king.Last year’s races at Michigan were won by Joey Logano, who started on pole, and Kevin Harvick, who started second, showing just how important track position will be.In addition, because NASCAR is hosting a doubleheader at Michigan this weekend, each race is just 312 miles compared to the traditional 400-mile distance run at this track, making clean air even that much more important with such short races.With this being such a massive advantage and tires that don’t fall off, expect to see plenty of pit strategy by crew chiefs to get their cars toward the front of the field, similar to how Richard Childress Racing stole a win and second-place finish with Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick, respectively, at Texas.As a result, we can find value in top-10 props with drivers further down the odds board who have shown flashes of speed this season, but can also use strategy to potentially steal a better-than-expected finish and cash our tickets.With this in mind, here are two drivers I’m betting for top 10s in Saturday’s race at Michigan.NASCAR FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan Picks*Odds as of Friday at 8:30 a.m. ETMatt DiBenedetto (+125) for a Top-10 FinishFor many of the reasons I think there is value in betting DiBenedetto to win the FireKeepers Casino 400 at 50-1, I’m doubling down and playing him for a top 10 as well.The No. 21 Ford posted the fourth-best average finish and the sixth-best driver rating in three races (Las Vegas, Kentucky and Texas) that used the same tire combination teams will run this weekend at Michigan.The data says this should be a top-10 car on Saturday, so I’ll gladly back Matty D at plus-money.[Bet now at DraftKings. CO, NJ, PA, IN and WV only.]Jimmie Johnson (+150) for a Top-10 FinishI have to admit, I’m waffling on whether to take a shot on Jimmie to win outright — if I do, I’ll be sure to post on Twitter (@PJWalsh24) — but am going ahead and taking the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy for a top 10 right now.Johnson has been an enigma this season, showing flashes of speed but having trouble finishing races.In his 20th full-time season, the seven-time Cup Series champion is driving like a fast and talented, yet inexperienced, rookie. However, if you give a driver with his ability a fast car, he has to eventually figure it out, right?At the two most recent races run on this tire combo (Kentucky and Texas), Jimmie ranks seventh among all drivers in fast laps run, with more fast laps than Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin.It’s certainly nerve-racking to back a driver with just six top 10s on the season to accomplish just that, but when that driver is a future Hall of Famer and his team has proven that it can give Jimmie a fast enough car, I’m confident enough to play the +150 price.[Bet now at DraftKings. CO, NJ, PA, IN and WV only.]last_img read more

Scott Prepares for the Future of Road Disc with Flat Mounts, 12mm Thru Axles…

first_imgWhile we’ve seen a few road bike dropper posts at trade shows, they’re still mostly vaporware. However,  when they become available Scott will be ready at least with their Addict CX bikes. Each frame has a small hole on the back of the seat tube that with a grommet installed is the wiring port for Di2. Without Di2 though, the port can be used for dropper post cable routing hinting towards the Flat Mount is another new “standard” that has been met with confusion based on its compatibility. The new mounting system pioneered by Shimano allows for a tidier caliper at the rear of the bike and could potentially lead to the development of improved disc brakes for road. At the rear, the calipers bolt up from the bottom for easier access in tight frames, while the front bolts in from the back of the fork. Flat Mount frames are of course compatible with flat mount brakes, but they’re also compatible with all current road disc brakes with the right adapter.Again, Scott has gone all in with flat mount and you will find it on all of their 2016 road, cross, and gravel models. All of Scott’s disc brake equipped road, cross, and gravel bikes will be running 12×100 front and 12×142 rear thru axles for 2016. For Scott this is more about safety than anything else. After having a number of testers install a quick release, Scott’s engineers found them to have wide variation in clamping forces meaning some were too loose and some were tight. Their testing with thru axles found the clamping forces to be much more consistent as well as offering better centering of the brake rotor.We’ve been told by other companies that the smaller axles in the front are more appropriate for the forces associated with road bikes and will allow for lighter forks and potentially hubs – though more importantly a smaller axle would allow for the use of different bearings in the hub with larger balls for improved durability. However, for now most 15mm thru axle hubs can simply be converted to 12mm with different end caps. On Scott’s bikes, DT Swiss is providing the wheels and hubs. A lot of new “standards” have popped up lately in terms of thru axles and road disc brakes which many manufacturers have been slow to adopt. On the other hand, Scott’s 2016 lineup of road, gravel, and cross bikes is a different story. Rather than have different standards on their bikes across the line, Scott is implementing all of the latest technologies which should make their bikes somewhat future proof. That is of course, unless the new “standards” fail to gain universal acceptance.Truthfully, that shouldn’t be a problem as the flat mount brake mounts are backwards compatible, and we’re assuming that the thru axle sizes will become widely accepted fairly soon. And a road dropper post? By the looks of things, we can probably expect them sometime soon as well… Once Chris King and Enve showed off their 12 mm front thru axles at NAHBS, we expected it was just the tip of the iceberg. After a few small manufacturers jumped on board, we’re starting to see 12mm road thru axles become common place for road, cross, and gravel bikes, but Scott is the first manufacturer we know of that is using them across the board.last_img read more

News Scan for Oct 19, 2017

first_imgMadagascar’s plague total climbs to 849The number of confirmed, probable, and suspected cases in Madagascar’s plague outbreak has climbed to 849, 67 of them fatal, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday in an update. The totals reflect increases of 165 cases and 10 deaths since the WHO’s last report on Oct 12.Of the country’s new plague cases, 94 are pneumonic, putting that total at 568. The case-fatality rate also decreased again, dropping from 8.3% to 7.9% over the past few days, the WHO said. Two more of Madagascar’s 114 districts reported plague cases, bringing the total to 37, though hardest hit is Antananarivo Renivohitra District, a large urban area surrounding the country’s capital.So far, 39 health workers have been infected with plague. Four plague treatment centers are in operation, and efforts are scaling up to train and equip medical teams with personal protective equipment. The WHO said the risk of spread within Madagascar is very high, while the threat to the region is moderate, and global risk low.Oct 18 WHO situation update Oct 13 CIDRAP News story “Plague total grows in Madagascar as response builds” Uganda reports fatal Marburg virus casesUganda’s health ministry is investigating as many as two deaths from Marburg hemorrhagic fever, according to media and official reports.A report from The Ugandan, a local news web site, said the health ministry sent a team of epidemiologists to Kween district in the eastern part of the country, based on reports that two people had recently died from the disease.In a related development, the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) said in a statement on its Facebook page that two deaths from Marburg had occurred.Meanwhile, Reuters, citing health minister comments at a media briefing, reported today that one fatal case has been confirmed, that of a 50-year-old woman who died on Oct 11 at a hospital in eastern Uganda. She had recently cared for her 42-year-old brother, who died on Sep 25 after having similar symptoms. She also helped prepare his body for burial, according to the report, which said the man was a hunter who had been near caves where bats, thought to harbor the virus, were present.A WHO spokesperson told Reuters that staff have been deployed to help Uganda curb the outbreak. Uganda’s last Marburg virus outbreak occurred in 2014.Oct 19 Ugandan story Oct 19 UVRI statement Oct 19 Reuters story CDC updates guidance for babies born to mothers with possible Zika exposureThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that it has updated its clinical guidance for caring for babies born to mothers who may have been infected with Zika virus during pregnancy. The update, which appears today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, includes the latest scientific information since the August 2016 release of earlier guidance.Though Zika illnesses have declined since 2016, cases are still being reported, and the CDC urged clinicians to remain alert to the threat and to closely monitor babies who had possible congenital exposure to the virus.CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, said in a statement today, “There’s a lot we still don’t know about Zika, so it’s very important for us to keep a close eye on these babies as they develop.”New guidance defines three groups of infants, based on their symptoms or lack of symptoms, plus the mother’s exposure and lab findings. The recommendations also contain new information on follow-up care. For example, some types of screening (ie, thyroid and hearing at 4 to 6 months) are no longer recommended, due to a lack of data on whether they are needed. On the other hand, guidance expands the list of potential problems in babies already known to have birth defects, to include breathing difficulty, swallowing difficulty, and hydrocephaly.The CDC emphasized that because complex services are needed to care for infants with Zika-related birth defects, care should be given by a multidisciplinary team and an established medical home.Oct 19 MMWR report Oct 19 CDC press release Blue Ribbon Panel tackles increasing animal agriculture threatsA privately funded bipartisan panel that provides expert analysis on biodefense issues yesterday warned of increasing threats to US animal agriculture and said more efforts are needed to reduce risks to the food and agricultural sectors.The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense said the rate of emerging and reemerging animal diseases is increasing, along with the threat of those intent on attacking food or agriculture. In a 62-page report, the team pointed to the 2015 avian influenza outbreak in the United States that affected 21 states and cost $3.3 billion in poultry losses and outbreak response.In a press release, Tom Daschle, panel member and former Senate majority leader, said every year there are new threats that could severely impact animal agriculture. “Whether these threats arise here or abroad, we need to ensure that both domestic and international agrodefense efforts occur in concert,” he added.The report emphasizes the broad range of US government agencies with responsibilities for agricultural biodefense. The panel recommends increased coordination between the US Department of Agriculture and the FBI.Though the nation has made great strides in biosurveillance, it still falls short on the development of new ways to detect wildlife diseases, the panel said. One of its suggestions for improving disease response is to increase funding for the National Veterinary Stockpile to boost countermeasure purchases, similar to what’s done on the human health side with Project BioShield. The panel included a list of proposals for the Executive Branch and for Congress.The panel, which was formed in 2014 and published an extensive biodefense blueprint the following year, said the new report is the first in a series of special-focus reports. The group is sponsored by the Hudson Institute, a think tank in Washington, DC.Oct 18 Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense press release Oct 18 Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense report WHO, CDC establish gonococcal antimicrobial surveillance systemGlobal surveillance of antimicrobial-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae is challenging, especially in countries that carry the greatest disease burden, but a new collaboration between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may help, representatives of the two agencies reported yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases.The goal of the new Enhanced Gonococcal Antimicrobial Surveillance Program is to keep tabs on trends in antimicrobial susceptibilities in N gonorrhoeae through standard sampling and lab protocols and to improve the timeliness and comparability of data across multiple countries, they wrote. Also, the system is set up to assess resistance patterns in highest-risk populations to help shape country-specific guidance.Oct 18 Emerg Infect Dis reportIn a related development, Danish researchers writing in Eurosurveillance today described a single rare case detected this year of multidrug-resistant N gonorrhoeae infection that involved ceftriaxone resistance and intermediate resistance to azithromycin.The illness, treated successfully with dual antimicrobial therapy, was reported to national health authorities, but it didn’t lead to a wider public health response.Oct 19 Eurosurveill reportlast_img read more

u-blox Introduces World’s Smallest LTE Cat M1 Module for Verizon’s 4G LTE network

first_imgu-blox has announced the certification of its smallest Cat M1 module for Verizon’s nationwide Category M1 (Cat M1) LTE network. The SARA‑R404M module has been designed for easy integration and manufacturing. It measures just 16 x 26 mm and is ideal for industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications.LTE Cat M1 is part of the 3GPP Release 13 standard supporting low power wide area technologies in the licensed spectrum and specifically supports IoT applications with low to medium data throughput rates. It can support applications requiring longer battery lifetimes, low latency and mobility. The market potential for the new technology is expected to be extensive and will cover applications in many areas, such as the smart home, security systems, industrial monitoring and control, asset tracking, telematics, connected health, smart metering, and smart cities.The SARA‑R404M LTE Cat M1 module consumes significantly less power than comparable 3G or 4G technologies and can be optimized to have a battery life of up to 10 years for some use cases. It offers an extended temperature range of -40 to +85°C, reducing maintenance expenses and the total cost of device ownership. It also supports extended coverage in buildings and basements with a 15 dB coverage enhancement as compared to GSM. Further, critical firmware updates can be delivered via the u-blox uFOTA (Firmware-Over-The-Air) client server solution, which supports LWM2M – a light and compact protocol that is ideal for IoT applications.u-blox has ensured easy design migration from their 2G, 3G and 4G modules to the the SARA‑R404M module to enable future-proof, seamless mechanical scalability across technologies.last_img read more

“I have only one regret” – West Ham cult hero says…

first_imgThe 36 year old is currently playing in Australia for Western United.Speaking to Italian football website Gianluca di Marzio, Diamanti said it was a mistake to leave West Ham, but he believes he needed to do so in order to save his international career: “I have only one regret. Leaving West Ham! It was a mistake. I think the first few months I couldn’t play the way I wanted, even though I came from a championship, in Italy, where I played at very high levels.“The best, for me, would have been to go to the national team as a West Ham player. But in the end, I had to choose between the two.”Asked about playing under Gianfranco Zola at West Ham, the Italian said: “If I’ve ever had a training contest with Zola? Sure! I even won! But only because I had a little more strength in my legs than he did. What a phenomenon, the coach. A living legend, an exceptional person.“I often said to him ‘why don’t you play on Sunday too?’, he had an innate class that can’t be explained.”Diamanti spent just one season at West Ham but he quickly became a fan favourite with his maverick style of play. The supporters made him runner up in the Hammer of the Year for the 2019/10 season, behind Scott Parker.His decision to return to Serie A for the sake of keeping his place in the Italian national team paid off and he played his part in helping his country to the Euro 2012 final.The former Italy international made nearly thirty Premier League appearances for the Hammers, scoring seven goals.NDby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a Beautiful City and Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndo West Ham United cult hero Alessandro Diamanti has told the Italian media his only regret during his football career was leaving the Premier League side.last_img read more

Connelly posts best of the week

first_imgC flight honours went to Rick Assi after he returned 37 points, second went to Jim Connelly on 35 and Mike Fitzgerald completed the podium in third with 32.Near pins went to (Div 1) John Hughes, Ron Miller, Dennis Scougall and Barney Sheedy, and (Div 2) Rick Assi, Mike Fitzgerald (2) and Mike Lewis.There were ten 2s recorded, coming from Per Forsberg, John Hughes, Ron Miller, Barney Sheedy, Chris Slota and Ian Speirs in division 1 and Rick Assi, Jim Connelly, Fred O’Connor and Mike Fitzgerald in the second division.Wednesday, Feb. 13, Plutaluang – StablefordThere were three divisions again at Navy on Wednesday. Ron Miller went one better than Monday and took the premier flight with 35 points ahead of Colin Aspinall (34pts) in second, Neil Gamble (33pts) third, and Pete Sumner (32pts) in fourth.Paul Butler won division two with a modest 31 points, John Carlin was second on 30, Paul Young third with 29 and Barry Stirling fourth on 26.Jim Connelly posted 39 points for the best score of the day to win the third flight. Robert Angel was second on 37 and Alan Bissell placed third with 28 on countback over Mike Fitzgerald on the same total.Near pins went to (Div 1) Neil Gamble (3) and Ron Miller, and (Div 2) Robert Angel (2), Jim Connelly and Barry Stirling. Birdie 2s were recorded by Ron Miller, Ted Lodge, Frank Grainger and Fred O’Connor.Friday, Feb. 15, Eastern Star – StablefordEleven groups out today with the cut at 4-15.2, 15.3-18 and 19+ and with 38 points the best score of the day came from Pete Seil to win division 1. Five points behind in second place Alan Thomas beat Bill Shipley on an 18/17 back-nine countback and in fourth place with 32 points and 13 on the back six, Les Smith beat Paul Durkan on another countback.Four 33-pointers vied for top spot in division 2 players but the back-nine calculation put John Hughes in first, Frank Kelly second, Harry Vincenzi third and Paul Butler fourth.Kevin Shanahan with 36 won division 3, Ron Lavett was second on 34 and Tony Thorne with a 20/14 back nine countback beat Max Wilson after they both shot 30 points.Near pins went to (Div 1) Mick Alleyne (2) and Alan Thomas, and (Div 2) John Carlin, Ray Daws (2) and Tony Thorne.There were four 2s in division 1 with a rollover from last Friday and the happy faces were Mick Alleyne, John Hughes, Bill Shipley and Les Smith. In division 2, Ron Lavett, Mike Lewis and Kevin Shanahan shared the kitty.Finally, congratulations for a few of our lads who won top prizes at the IPGC club championship at Pattana last week. Mick Alleyne, John Hughes and Alan Thomas.The Jomtien Golf SocietyMonday, Feb. 11, Silky Oak – StablefordWe had enough signed up for three divisions at Silky Oak on Monday. Barny Sheedy just edged first place in the A flight with 38 points, one up on of Ron Miller and Neil Gamble who both posted 37 points and finished in second and third respectively.Harry Vincenzi needed a countback on 33 points to win the B flight ahead of Willy Van Heetvelde while Bob Comartin was third with 32.last_img read more