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David Wagner desperate for Huddersfield to revive survival bid | Paul Wilson

Wagner has refused to concede defeat in his side’s increasingly perilous plight to avoid relegation from the Premier League

David Wagner was only stating the obvious, and doubtless would have preferred to answer the question in a slightly different way, but being bottom of the table with only 10 points from 21 games is not a position that allows much room for manoeuvre.

“Yes,” the Huddersfield head coach said with a resigned expression and a trace of a sigh. “You can say it is a game we have to win. We all know we have not hit our ambitions so far this season but as long as there is a chance we can still have hope. It is not mission impossible until it actually is impossible. Every loss makes you more desperate but statistics don’t always tell the whole truth.”

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CES-goer says his camera was killed by a self-driving car's LIDAR
Jit Ray Chowdhury attended CES in his capacity as an autonomous vehicle engineer, and while there, snapped a picture of a self-driving car equipped with a LIDAR system from Aeye; he says the LIDAR's laser lanced through his camera's aperture and zapped its optical sensor, burning a permanent spot into it and ruining the camera (Aeye has offered to replace it). LIDAR systems need to comply with rigorous safety rules to ensure that they don't blind human eyes, but camera eyes are much more sensitive (this is the basis for IR-reflective materials that confuse CCTVs). Self-driving cars use both conventional cameras and LIDAR to guide themselves so any camera-blinding potential in LIDAR systems on autonomous vehicles could wreak havoc with other nearby cars. AEye uses 1550nm lasers. And unfortunately for Chowdhury, cameras are not filled with fluid like human eyes are. That means that high-power 1550nm lasers can easily cause damage to camera sensors even if they don't pose a threat to human eyes. AEye is known for claiming that its lidar units have much longer range than those of competitors. While most lidar makers say their high-end lidars can see 200 or 300 meters, AEye says that its lidar has a range of 1,000 meters. When I talked to AEye CEO Luis Dussan about this claim last month, he said that one factor in AEye's long range is the use of a powerful fiber laser. "One of the most important things about fiber lasers is that they can be amplified," Dassan said. Read the rest
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Pence's shocking use of Martin Luther King's words
On the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Vice President Mike Pence shockingly invoked a line from the civil rights leader's famous "I Have a Dream" speech to build support for President Donald Trump's proposed deal on the border wall. Asking legislators to agree to Trump's proposal of spending $5.7 billion on a border wall along with a temporary extension of the DACA program(that Trump dismantled), Pence said, quoting King, on CBS' "Face the Nation," "Now is the time to make real the promises for democracy." He compared King's belief in using the legislative process to solve social problems to what the President is trying to do.
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Longer video of Native Americans, MAGA cap high-schoolers, and Black Hebrew Israelites encounter tells a different story
The story about an encounter between a group of high schoolers at a March for Life rally and Native Americans at an Indigenous People's March in Washington DC appears to be more complex than what was seen in a three-minute video and from news reports in the Washington Post, CNN, New York Times, and other major news media. After watching a much longer video that shows the lead-up and aftermath of the incident, it doesn't look like the high school students were harassing the Native Americans as was reported yesterday. James Martin, a Jesuit priest, an editor at large at America Magazine has excellent insight into the complexities of this still-unfolding story, which he wrote in the form of a Twitter thread: Thread by @JamesMartinSJ: "Re : I will be happy to apologize for condemning the actions of the students if it turns out that they were somehow acti […]" #CovingtonHighSchool And while I don't agree with Reason all the time (I agree with their stance on civil liberties and disagree with their stance on unfettered free markets) but this essay that Jake Tapper retweeted is worth reading if you are interested in this story: .@reason: “Video footage strongly contradicts Native American veteran Nathan Phillips' claim that Covington Catholic High School boys harassed him. The media got this one completely wrong,” writes @robbysoave https://t.co/9Ki4iiTkQ9 — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 20, 2019 I'll continue to update this post as new information emerges. Read the rest
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How do you draw an X? Twitter is divided over it.
Draw an X. I'll wait. Now, how did you go about it? The left stroke first, downward, then the right, or the right stroke first, upward? Turns out there are multiple ways. SEE ALSO: Everyone's taking their anger out on Sasuke in this hilarious new meme The question of how folks instinctively draw an X has gone viral, thanks to a thread by Twitter user @SMASEY. It's divided Twitter in a way we haven't seen since the whole Yanny/Laurel debate of 2018.  "Which way do you draw an X?" she asked, presenting eight possibilities, each showing a different colour for the first stroke and arrows indicating the direction of the strokes. Read more...More about Twitter, Twitter Moments, Viral Content, Culture, and Web Culture
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Gareth Southgate Says He's Happy as England Manager Amid Manchester United Links
England manager Gareth Southgate says he's honoured to serve at the helm of the national team and politely dismissed rumours linking him with the permanent position at Manchester United...
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James O’ Neill ‘dismissed the only two female leaders’ in NYPD: ex-chiefs
The NYPD’s top cop says his department is ready to be led by a woman, but two former female chiefs say you’d never know it by the way he treated them just last year. “We didn’t get a walkout — We got thrown out,” former NYPD Chief of Personnel Diana Pizzuti told The Post, referring...
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Up to 25% wiped off house prices in some of UK's wealthiest areas
Your Move says Brexit impact has led to falls in some cases of almost £500,000 in 12 monthsHouse prices in some of Britain’s wealthiest areas have had up to 25% wiped off their value in 12 months as Brexit turmoil continues, according to the estate agent Your Move. That has meant typical price falls in some cases of almost £500,000.Meanwhile, data from the property website Rightmove revealed the average asking price of a London home had fallen below £600,000 for the first time since August 2015, and was well below its peak of almost £650,000 reached a few weeks before the Brexit vote in 2016. Continue reading...
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Over 23,000 shops and 175,000 high street jobs predicted to go in 2019
Value of retail property will slump as shift to online giants continues, says reportA further 175,000 jobs will be shed from struggling UK high streets this year and the value of retail property will slump as the boom in online shopping and rise of giants such as Amazon continue to take their toll, research warns.More than 23,000 shops are forecast to close in 2019, according to the findings published on Monday in an annual report from the real estate adviser Altus Group. Continue reading...
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Record numbers switched energy provider last year amid price hikes
About 5.8m households moved to another electricity supplier, up 6% from 2017A record number of people switched energy supplier last year as consumers were hit with the highest number of price hikes in recent history.However, the energy industry warned that progress risked being undermined by fewer people shifting because of the government’s price cap. Continue reading...
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Dianne Oxberry to be remembered in BBC special
Current affairs programme Inside Out will broadcast tribute to BBC weather presenter who died aged 51A special tribute to the BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry will be broadcast after she died aged 51.The broadcaster was a presenter for the current affairs programme Inside Out on BBC One in the north-west. A special edition of the programme will focus on her award-winning journalism, the BBC said. Continue reading...
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Shareholders received record dividends of almost £100bn in 2018
But Brexit could take a bite out of future returns from UK-listed companies, says reportUK-listed firms paid record dividends last year, thanks to rising profits, but a report warns that shareholder payouts could take a big hit if Brexit goes badly.Companies listed on the UK’s main market shelled out £99.8bn in dividends over 2018, marking a 5.1% rise from a year earlier, according to the latest dividend monitor report by Link Asset Services. Continue reading...
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EU citizen registration in UK could become 'new Windrush', say migration experts
Critics warn many could be left without legal status to stay if settlement scheme failsMigration experts have warned that the post-Brexit system for registering EU citizens living in the UK could become a new “Windrush scandal” as the scheme to register an estimated 3.5 million EU citizens living in the UK begins.From Monday, the third phase of testing will open to EU residents in the UK, who will be able to register for the new post-Brexit “settled status”. The Home Office is extending its live trial to all EU citizens who hold a valid passport and any non-EU citizen family members who hold a valid biometric residence card. Continue reading...
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Domestic abusers may face lie-detector tests on release from prison
Domestic abuse bill published as £66bn a year cost of abuse in England and Wales revealed‘This is not love’: victim says she saw ‘red flags’ from startHigh-risk domestic abuse offenders could face mandatory lie-detector tests when released from prison under long-awaited proposals published on Monday.The Home Office, meanwhile, has released analysis that puts the cost of domestic abuse in England and Wales at about £66bn a year. Continue reading...
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World's 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%, says Oxfam
Charity calls for 1% wealth tax, saying it would raise enough to educate every child not in schoolThe growing concentration of the world’s wealth has been highlighted by a report showing that the 26 richest billionaires own as many assets as the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of the planet’s population.In an annual wealth check released to mark the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the development charity Oxfam said 2018 had been a year in which the rich had grown richer and the poor poorer. Continue reading...
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I pray in tongues every day, says archbishop of Canterbury
Church of England leader tells Christian radio station he speaks in tongues as part of 5am prayerThe leader of the Church of England has said that he prays in tongues every day – although the archbishop of Canterbury said it was “not usually an immensely ecstatic moment”.Justin Welby made the disclosure about his daily prayer routine in an interview with a Christian radio station, Premier. Continue reading...
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GCSE pupils in England outperform those in Wales
England having more than twice as many minority ethnic pupils could be factor, study saysHigher levels of immigration and the distorting effects of league tables may explain why children in England outperform those in Wales at GCSEs, according to research.The study by the Education Policy Institute found children in Wales did as well as or better than their peers in England until the end of primary school. But by the time of GCSEs at the age of 16, those in England were more likely to get grade C or above. Continue reading...
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McDonald's, fancy dress and a VW? Britons are doing death differently
Survey finds that 40% want their funeral to be a celebration of life, not a gloomy, sombre affair Britons are increasingly shunning traditional funerals in favour or more unusual send-offs, which last year included a McDonald’s-themed drivethrough event and a service for a magician where the undertakers wore red noses.Two-fifths of UK adults now want their funeral to be a celebratory affair, according to Co-op Funeralcare, while soaring demand for personalisation means the provider has seen requests for alternative hearses, such as adapted Land Rovers and rainbow-hued vehicles, rise by a fifth in three years. Continue reading...
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Smear tests: women asked to discuss fears as test rate plummets
Charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust launches campaign #SmearForSmear in cervical cancer prevention weekYoung women put off smear tests due to feelings of embarrassment and concerns about being hurt, a survey suggests.New data from the charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust found that those aged 25 to 35 are also put off by the idea of a stranger examining them. Continue reading...
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Sean Payton on Controversial Non-Call: Bill Vinovich, Referees 'Blew the Call'
Almost immediately after the game, the NFL 's league office confirmed to New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton the officiating crew missed two penalties on the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game...
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Will El Chapo Testify? He May Not Have Much to Lose
If Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the drug kingpin known as El Chapo, testifies, it would a remarkable moment in a trial already filled with stunning developments.
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Marcus Peters confronts Sean Payton in Rams-Saints postgame scrum
Marcus Peters was a sore winner. The heat between the Rams and Saints did not end when Greg Zuerlein kicked a 57-yard field goal in overtime to lift Los Angeles to a 26-23 comeback win in Sunday’s NFC Championship in New Orleans. Peters, the Rams cornerback who had tangled verbally with Saints coach Sean Payton in...
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Super Bowl LIII: LA Rams beat New Orleans Saints in overtime to reach Atlanta showpiece
A 57-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein saw the LA Rams beat the New Orleans Saints 26-23 in overtime to reach Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.
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Where was Todd Gurley during the NFC Championship?
The Rams’ star running back saw just four carries in their biggest game of the year. Todd Gurley saw limited carries in the Rams’ 26-23 overtime win against the Saints in the NFC Championship. It raised a lot of questions considering Gurley has been one of the NFL’s most dominant running backs the past two years. Gurley had two drops in the first half, and finished the game with just four carries for 10 yards and a touchdown, including one reception for three yards on three targets. His backup, C.J. Anderson, had 16 carries for 44 yards. He also had fewer overall touches: Rams HB snap count todayC.J. Anderson 36Todd Gurley 32— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) January 20, 2019 With no report of injury or any other reason as to why one of the NFL’s best running backs wasn’t getting any burn, people were understandably wondering where Gurley was. He did miss the last two weeks of the regular season with inflammation in his knee, after he injured it in the third quarter of Los Angeles’ 30-23 loss to the Eagles in Week 15. For what it’s worth, he seemed (understandably, duh) happy that the Rams were going to the Super Bowl: "We're goin' to the @SuperBowl!" - @TG3II#NFLPlayoffs #LARams pic.twitter.com/Vd1KBupeFC— NFL (@NFL) January 20, 2019 After the game, Jared Goff told Fox’s Chris Myers, “You just have to feed off what we are doing, and C.J. was running the ball well. I expect Todd to have a hell of a game in the Super Bowl though.” Things could actually be fine with Gurley, only based on what Sean McVay said before the NFC Championship. Here’s what McVay said during the week leading up to the game: “I think it’s more of a feel than anything else based on the flow of the game. Thought (RBs Coach) Skip (Peete) did a great job,” McVay said Thursday. “We want to be able to get those guys both involved, but certainly, when Todd is rolling you want to keep him rolling. I think it’s more of a result of, OK, how is the flow of the game going? Certain situations that come up.’ But you do feel good about having two very productive backs and their ability to be able to kind of spell each other.” In the previous week, Anderson had more carries than Gurley (23 vs. 16). Going with the flow of the game worked that week, as Anderson had 123 yards and two touchdowns. But Gurley was also effective with 115 yards and a touchdown. At the very least, Gurley has time to get right for the Super Bowl. Whether he’s just in a funk or injured, Gurley’s got two weeks before the Rams compete for the Super Bowl in Atlanta.
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Marcus Rashford: How has Solskjaer got the best out Man Utd striker
Match of the Day 2 pundits Danny Murphy and Dion Dublin discuss how Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got the best out of in-from striker Marcus Rashford.
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The Saints, Rams and refs turned the NFC Championship game into a sloppy, glorious mess
It wasn’t pretty, but it was a Rams win. Sunday’s NFC Championship Game wasn’t pretty. It featured sloppy, tipped interceptions, weird playcalling, and at least one egregiously terrible call from the officials. But it was an instant classic — a nailbiter of a game that swung on a pair of two-minute drills and was eventually settled in overtime. The Rams proved they could win a sloppy, relatively low-scoring affair. And it gave the Saints a legitimate gripe with the league after a game-changing non-call. What were all the mistakes? Let’s run through them step by step. We’ll move in chronological order, which means all the best, dumbest stuff is waiting at the end. The Rams tried to cover Alvin Kamara with a defensive lineman Los Angeles could have made a statement by forcing a punt on the Saints’ first possession in the Superdome. New Orleans had already converted a third-and-8 into a new set of downs, but a stop on third-and-3 would quiet a frenzied crowd and set the tone for an upset on the bayou. Instead, LA got its wires crossed and 290-pound defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers wound up covering the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. It was a mismatch Drew Brees noticed immediately. The 40-year-old quarterback lofted a dime to cap Kamara’s wheel route, resulting in a 21-yard gain that set the home team up in field goal range. The Saints couldn’t turn that into a touchdown, but the ensuing field goal turned what could have been a message-sending defensive stand into an early deficit for Los Angeles Michael Brockers fell for the oldest trick in the book The Saints faced fourth-and-2 from the Rams’ 10 yard line when Drew Brees trotted out from the sideline and took his place behind center. While there’s a chance New Orleans was lining up to run a play, Brees had every intent on seeing if he could find a rube along the LA defensive front to barge across the line of scrimmage and give his team a new set of downs without any risk attached. And then Michael Brockers came strolling up to the line, looking like an in-over-his-head tourist stepping up to a sidewalk game of three-card monte. Brees had no problem taking his vacation money: Michael Brockers, you big dummy. One play later, the Saints turned this free first down into a five-yard TD pass pic.twitter.com/gM4PWuZPfD— Christian D'Andrea (@TrainIsland) January 20, 2019 One play later, Brees hit third-string tight end Garrett Griffin for a five-yard touchdown pass that gave New Orleans a 13-0 first quarter lead. Marcus Peters set a pitch-perfect pick ... on his own teammate Garrett Griffin’s second career reception was a touchdown that gave his Saints a double-digit lead in the NFC title game. So how did an anonymous third-string tight end find the stage to shin in the playoffs? Well, he got a valuable assist from Marcus Peters — who plays for the Rams. The Rams just ran a pick... on themselves pic.twitter.com/s46DmwTOkl— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) January 20, 2019 Todd Gurley toughest challenge came from Todd Gurley Gurley only had four touches in the first 29 minutes of Sunday’s NFC title game. That’s shocking — but the way he was playing, it was easy to understand why. Gurley’s first two carries resulted in a combined -2 yards. His first two targets went as poorly as they could have, too. His first resulted in a Demario Davis interception and three Saints points to cap the Rams’ opening possession. His second target came on another third down play. This one forced the Rams to kick a 36-yard field goal instead of earning another shot at a tide-turning touchdown in the second quarter. Route: goodHands: badTodd Gurley with his second drop of the game pic.twitter.com/aHLwjr1MA3— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) January 20, 2019 And he couldn’t be relied on when he had the ball out of his hands, either. Gurley whiffed on that blitz pickup against Eli Apple and then got away with a clear hold.— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) January 20, 2019 Fortunately, Gurley was able to earn some redemption as the second quarter ticked to a close. His six-yard touchdown run pushed his total output into the black and crept the Rams to within 13-10 at halftime. Using Taysom Hill at quarterback wasn’t a good idea The Saints’ third-string quarterback has been a unique offensive weapon at Sean Payton’s disposal all year. He’s a hell of a running back, a force on a special teams, and he even caught a touchdown pass from Drew Brees on Sunday. That was a good way to use the 221-pound Swiss Army knife. Putting him at quarterback and splitting Brees out wide wasn’t. The Saints tried several times to put Hill at quarterback, but it ended up being too cutesy and blew up in New Orleans’ face over and over. It almost created a turnover for the Saints when a read option play with Hill and Alvin Kamara caused a fumble. Aaron Donald is a cheat code, part 4,325 pic.twitter.com/Y6Ive1l7xj— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) January 20, 2019 Hill can do so many things for the Saints, but it probably would’ve been smart to just stick with Brees — the NFL’s all-time leading passer — at quarterback. Fortunately for the Saints, however, it turns out there’s at least one good non-fake punt way to use Hill: noted NFL wide receiver Taysom Hill pic.twitter.com/kXgt74Gm96— Christian D'Andrea (@TrainIsland) January 20, 2019 The Saints shot themselves in the foot, then the referees amputated The Saints were working to salt the clock away before kicking a game-winning field goal after a 41-yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr. set up a brand new set of downs at the Rams 13-yard line. Three runs would have wound the clock down to approximately one minute left and a 31-yard field goal attempt even if they’d all been stuffed at the line of scrimmage. Instead, Sean Payton dialed up a too-aggressive pass play on first down that bounced to Michael Thomas, stopping the clock. A stuffed run burned the Rams’ second timeout and brought up third-and-10 with 1:48 to play. Convert it, and New Orleans would all but seal up the game. Blow it, and LA would get the ball back with more than 90 seconds to either tie the game or take the lead. And then this happened: That’s Tommylee Lewis getting absolutely lambasted by Nickell Robey-Coleman with both a helmet-to-helmet hit and one that looked a whoolllllle lot like pass interference. Or, as our own Alex Kirsher described it: Tommylee Lewis was running a little wheel route on third-and-10 from the Rams’ 13-yard line, with the score tied at 20 in the final two minutes of the NFC Championship. He was about to catch it just shy of the first-down marker when Robey-Coleman annihilated him. There’s a decent bit to the PI rule, but the biggest thrust of it is that “contact by a player who is not playing the ball that restricts the opponent’s opportunity to make the catch” is not allowed. Well, that means you can’t destroy a receiver well before the ball arrives if you, yourself, are not looking at the ball or making any effort to catch it. The Rams returned the favor Los Angeles stuck with viper-like efficiency, driving 42 yards in five plays to set up first-and-10 at the Saints’ 33 yard line. That left 45 seconds to gain extra yardage for a game-tying field goal attempt, or plenty of time for a few shots at the end zone. Instead, the Rams ran the ball once and attempted a pair of short passes before settling for a 48-yard field goal to send the game into overtime. Michael Thomas picked an awful time to lose sight of the ball Thomas has been the Saints’ most explosive receiver in 2018, an All-Pro presence who has carried the New Orleans offense when it has needed him the most. But when Dante Fowler brought the pressure that caused Brees to loft up a floater, he was unable to showcase the vision that made him one of the game’s most dangerous threats, instead getting caught up hand-fighting with John Johnson. .@iamjohnthethird interception?CONFIRMED! ☝️ pic.twitter.com/dTilfv4eQ0— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) January 20, 2019 The Rams rode a combination of skill and luck as Brees’ aborted pass landed right in the chest of a falling Johnson, who had the wherewithal to haul in the pass from his back. That ended the Saints’ opening overtime possession — and set up Greg Zeurlein’s game-winning 57-yard field goal that ended New Orleans’ season in front of a stunned home crowd.
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Trump, Erdogan discuss Syria, boosting U.S.-Turkish trade: White House
The U.S. and Turkish presidents agreed to keep pursuing a negotiated settlement for northeastern Syria that meets both countries' security needs, as well as their mutual interest in expanding U.S.-Turkish trade, the White House said on Sunday.
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Australian Open: The Routing of a Teen-Age Phenom Highlights the Depth of the Women’s Tour
Louisa Thomas writes on the strength of the women’s professional tennis tour, as highlighted by the defeat of Amanda Anisimova, a rising star, at the hands of Petra Kvitová, at the Australian Open.
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Hedi Slimane serves something for everyone in Celine's debut menswear show
Coats of a rich and varied palette and nods to New York art rock underwrite the broad vision of Slimane’s collectionThe mood ahead of Sunday night’s Celine show, the last one on the final day of a damp and cold Paris fashion week, was always going to be fraught.Almost a year has passed since Hedi Slimanewas sworn in as the artistic director of the French fashion house, and just a few months have elapsed since he showed a womenswear collection that raised hemlines and in doing so, razed its no-nonsense, thinking woman’s aesthetic to the ground, prompting reviews that read like obituaries and the Hollywood Reporter comparing him to Donald Trump. Continue reading...
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UK's May considering amending Good Friday deal to break Brexit impasse: Daily Telegraph
British Prime Minister Theresa May is considering solving a Brexit deadlock by amending a 1998 agreement that ended 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland after ditching attempts to negotiate a cross-party deal, the Daily Telegraph reported late on Sunday.
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Mali: Ten UN peacekeepers killed in 'jihadist' attack
The gunmen, said to be from an al-Qaeda-linked group, tried to storm a UN camp in the north.
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Live blog and highlights from Patriots-Chiefs in the AFC Championship
The Chiefs and Patriots had an offensive shootout the last time they played. Will it be more of the same for the AFC Championship? We have a live blog of the action, including top plays and analysis. 6:40 p.m.: We’ve got the Patriots and Chiefs in the AFC Championship, to see who will go on and face the Rams in the Super Bowl. We’ll have a running live blog of the action, including highlights, top plays and more. Below, you can find all the viewing information and everything else you need to watch the game. Kickoff is set for shortly after 6:40 p.m.! The AFC Championship is the second of two conference title games on Sunday, and it features the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs playing host to the second-seeded New England Patriots to determine who will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. The game is set for 6:40 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by CBS (live streaming via FuboTV, CBS All-Access). When these two teams met in the regular season, it was as close as it can get. A total of 30 points were scored in the fourth quarter alone, but the Patriots made out with a 43-40 victory, despite four touchdowns from Patrick Mahomes. Tom Brady only tossed one touchdown, but didn’t throw an interception while Mahomes was picked off twice. It was a very evenly-matched game, but New England’s superior defense made just enough stops (it wasn’t a great day for them by any means) to let the Patriots sneak through with a win. Both teams had bye weeks in the wild card round of the playoffs, and both teams made it through their divisional round games much easier than their NFC counterparts (the Rams and Saints) were able to do. While those NFC games were close, the Patriots walked through the Chargers, winning 41-28, and the Chiefs made short work of Andrew Luck and the Colts, winning 31-13. Below is all you need to know to watch the action on Sunday. Time, TV, and streaming info Time: 6:40 p.m. ET Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo. TV: CBS Streaming: FuboTV, CBS All-Access Odds: The Chiefs opened as 3.5-point favorites, making the Patriots a rare underdog, per OddsShark. Patriots vs. Chiefs news In big injury news, the Chiefs will get Eric Berry back for the AFC title game on Sunday, per their final injury report. The Patriots are also quite healthy. Be sure to peep the Arrowhead Pride Q&A with the folks at Pats Pulpit, and of course the reverse post on the latter blog. Dustin Colquitt has been with the Chiefs since ... well for a very long time. He’s seen it all. And he likes what he sees in this year’s team (unsurprisingly). The core of the Patriots roster is very strong, and has seen quite a few AFC title games. It’s going to be loud and cold at Arrowhead. The Patriots are aware. How have the Chiefs and Patriots changed since they met in Week 6? Justin Houston realizes that not many players get to make it to the conference championship game. Patriots players explain the challenges of defending Patrick Mahomes. The Patriots seeing themselves as underdogs has Chiefs players and fans tickled. Over at Arrowhead Pride they have a look at how the Chiefs offense beats the New England defense, how the Chiefs defense beats the New England offense, five stats that could determine Sunday’s game, five things to watch and, of course, predictions. And at Pats Pulpit, they have defensive keys to victory for the Patriots, some advanced stats on the Chiefs offense, film review of how the Patriots defended the Chiefs in Week 6, and one thing the Patriots defense can do to send them to the Super Bowl. Patriots vs. Chiefs prediction Of the six SB Nation NFL experts picking the conference championships, five of them think the Chiefs will win, leaving just one picking the Patriots. The OddsShark computer picked Kansas City, while the coin flip landed on New England.
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Rams headed to Super Bowl after overtime win over Saints
The Los Angeles Rams won a spot in next month's Super Bowl when they defeated the New Orleans Saints 26-23 in overtime in the National Football Conference (NFC) championship game on Sunday.
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The Rams’ big-play ability could win them Super Bowl 53
Jared Goff made big plays against the Saints and the Rams defense finally kept an offense from getting chunk plays. The New Orleans Saints jumped out to a 13-0 lead and had several chances to nail the Los Angeles Rams’ coffin shut. Instead, it’s the Rams headed to Super Bowl 53 after stealing away a 26-23 overtime win in the NFC Championship. The Rams did it without much help from running back Todd Gurley, who spent much of the game watching from the sideline and finished with just 10 yards on four attempts. What saved the Rams was what they’ve been great at all year: Explosive plays. Los Angeles made the bigger plays on offense, and kept the Saints from making many plays at all downfield. It wasn’t the prettiest win for the Rams, but their propensity for chunk plays could be the key to winning Super Bowl 53. Jared Goff came up big enough times to win For all the bells and whistles that Sean McVay has brought to Los Angeles, the Rams are often a powerhouse offense. They bulldozed the Cowboys in the Divisional Round and finished the regular season with the third most rushing yards and third best rushing yards per attempt. That game plan didn’t work as well against the Saints. Gurley was absent for much of the game and C.J. Anderson was bottled up for 44 yards on 16 attempts. Goff usually needs to make only a few great plays to supplement the Rams rushing attack, but he needed to do more Sunday. With the Rams desperately needing points before halftime, Goff dropped in an absolutely beautiful pass to Brandin Cooks for a 36-yard gain. Jared Goff with a beauty of a pass to Brandin Cooks for 36 yards #LARams pic.twitter.com/QVhaSXxwfD— Roto Street Journal (@RotoStJournal) January 20, 2019 When the Rams needed a third-down conversion in the fourth quarter to keep a drive alive, Goff extended a play and threw a dart to tight end Gerald Everett for a 39-yard gain. Goff finds Gerald Everett on 3rd and 3 for a 39 yard gain #LARams pic.twitter.com/bLfWABO019— Roto Street Journal (@RotoStJournal) January 20, 2019 Another one of his biggest plays was just a 6-yard pass to Tyler Higbee. The Rams were facing a second-and-13 situation in Saints territory and only needed a few yards to set up a potential game-winning field goal. Goff avoided what could’ve been a devastating sack on the play and flipped the ball out to Higbee. Two plays later, Greg Zuerlein drilled a 57-yard field goal for the win. Goff finished with 297 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception. That’s nowhere near his best stat lines of the year, but it was enough and came when the Saints dared Goff to beat them. He pulled it off. The Rams defense didn’t give up big plays With just a few minutes left in the game, and the Saints trying to put together a game-winning drive, Drew Brees lobbed a ball into traffic that could’ve been intercepted. Instead, Lamarcus Joyner misplayed the pass in the air, allowing Ted Ginn Jr. to haul it in for a 43-yard gain. Lamarcus Joyner did not play this ball well… pic.twitter.com/3loKV9bFHq— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) January 20, 2019 It was the only play of the game for the Saints that went for more than 25 yards. That’s a surprisingly good day for a Rams defense that is typically a boom-or-bust unit that thrives off of sacks and turnovers, but has been prone to allow big plays. In the first meeting of the Rams and Saints during the regular season, wide receiver Michael Thomas had a career-best 211 receiving yards. This time around he had 36 yards on four receptions. The Rams defense can consistently create chaos up front with Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh. But if it can also avoid allowing big chunks at a time, it’s a defense that will be tough to score against. The Saints found that out in the NFC Championship and it could be a problem for the winner of the AFC Championship too.
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Celebrate the Rams’ NFC title with new merch and apparel
Sean McVay’s squad is heading to Atlanta after going into the Superdome and beating Drew Brees & Co in overtime. Sean McVay, Jared Goff, Aaron Donald, and the high-flying Rams are officially taking their talents to Super Bowl 53. With their 26-23 overtime win over the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome on Sunday, the Rams are NFC champs for the first time since 2002. Back then, it was Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk. and Torry Holt as the “Greatest Show on Turf.” Seventeen years later, it’s Jared Goff, Todd Gurley II, and Brandin Cooks lighting up the scoreboard en route to the Super Bowl. The title game rematch lived up the hype, and then some. After a slow start, Goff and the offense found their rhythm in the second half as they battled back from an early 13-point deficit to get the better of the Saints inside the Superdome. If you’re looking to savor the moment with some fresh Rams merch, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to gear up and celebrate their NFC title. For Rams fans looking to celebrate with some new T-shirts Make sure to get your 2019 NFC Champs hat Don’t forget your NFC Champs sweatshirt, too! And if you’re already thinking ahead to Super Bowl 53 Check out the new Todd Gurley II Super Bowl Nike jersey that just dropped. Nike Todd Gurley II Nike Super Bowl 53 Jersey for $119.99 Looking for more product reviews, shopping guides, and good deals on sports merchandise and apparel? Check out our Buy Stuff section.
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The Rams have their kicker to thank for a trip to the Super Bowl
The offense better say thank you to Greg Zuerlein The NFC Championship Game went to overtime when it had no business doing so. The Rams were given the game on a silver platter after an incredible no-call on pass interference resulted in a short Saints field goal, and with one time out all they needed to do was march down the field, like they’ve done countless times this season. Instead L.A. took nine plays to go 45 yards, burning over a minute of clock time in the process. On paper it really doesn’t look that bad, but is it — promise. After a few decent plays the mistakes began with 53 seconds left on the clock. The Saints defense collapsed in broken coverage giving Robert Woods an open lane to the end zone, with zero defenders in a position to stop him. Instead of keeping his footing and scoring what would have likely been a game-winning touchdown, he tripped and got a 16-yard gain. This play took the wind out of the offense, and suddenly it was as if the offense forgot how to move the ball. 3-yard pass up the middle to Todd Gurley (45 seconds left) Incomplete pass on a no-huddle. Incomplete pass as Goff throws away early, scared he’ll be sacked and pushed out of field goal position. These three plays defined the end of regulation, and gave ample cause for the Rams to cough this game up when they were put in the driver’s seat. There’s little doubt the Saints were screwed on the non-call pass interference, but this moment is really what made the game so close. Greg Zuerlein bailed out the offense with the game-tying field goal from 48 yards, but it doesn’t change the fact that the Rams’ offense lost its teeth when it needed them the most. When paired with Sean McVay’s inexplicable decision to kick a field goal from a half-yard out, it creates a tapestry of a young team terrified of making mistakes on the bigger stage of any of their careers. We know it’s a moot point, the Rams went on thanks to a monster 57-yard field goal from Zuerlein in overtime — but it never should have been that close. Now a kicker becomes a legend. GREG THE LEG-END pic.twitter.com/2aA72Rirmb— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 20, 2019
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Rams win a wild NFC Championship over Saints in overtime
The Rams escaped New Orleans with a victory and a trip to the Super Bowl after winning the NFC Championship, 26-23, in overtime. The Los Angeles Rams are headed to Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII after beating the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship on Sunday, 26-23. It was a close game that went to overtime, and one that was marred by poor decision-making (for both teams) and poor officiating. New Orleans got out to an early 13-0 lead thanks to a pair of field goals and a touchdown, but the Rams quickly responded before the end of the first half, making it 13-10 going into halftime. Much of the game was a battle for field position, and the Rams frequently had to work with less as the Saints largely won that battle. But even working with that field position, the Rams kept battling back. Down three points and starting from their own 9-yard line, they drove down the field late in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 20 points apiece, giving the ball back to the Saints with five minutes left in the game. They managed to kick a field goal for the lead, but they also did a horrible job of managing the clock, and instead of giving the Rams the ball back with under a minute to go, they only took about 12 seconds off following the two-minute warning. That allowed the Rams to come back and kick a field goal to force overtime. To be fair to the Saints, there was also an incredibly bad call by the referees, who missed one of the most blatant examples pass interference I’ve personally ever seen. If they get that call, they probably kneel it out and kick a field goal as time expires. Instead, they went to overtime. In overtime, the Saints received and Brees had a pass tipped at the line before it was intercepted by John Johnson. The Rams then moved into field goal range, right on the cusp of it, and had a 57-yard attempt for Greg Zuerlein. He made it, and the Rams are going to the Super Bowl. Brees finished the game with 249 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The Saints rushed for just 48 yards as a team, with Aaron Donald, Dante Fowler and Ndamukong Suh coming up big on the defensive line. Goff finished the game with 297 yards, a touchdown and a pick. Brandin Cooks caught seven passes for 107 yards, while Todd Gurley had just four carries for 10 yards, compared to 16 carries for 44 yards for C.J. Anderson. Below, you can see the live blog from Sunday’s game in reverse order, including highlights and analysis. Rams 26, Saints 23, FINAL: The Saints start overtime from their own 26-yard line. Brees goes incomplete deep to Arnold, and the Rams are called for pass interference (make-up call?), giving the Saints 14 yards. On 1st-and-10 from the New Orleans 40, Donald blows up an Ingram run for a loss of 6 yards. Brees then has a pass tipped at the line and it’s intercepted by John Johnson! Wow! The Rams drive, and Zuerlein has to attempt a 57-yard field goal. ... It’s good! The Rams win! Saints 23, Rams 23, 0:15, 4Q: The Lutz kickoff goes for a touchback. On first down, Goff throws incomplete to Reynolds. Second down, Goff goes to Reynolds again, this time it’s caught for 19 yards. Another pass goes to Everett, but it’s incomplete. They’re at the New Orleans 49-yard line after a 7-yard completion to Cooks. On third down, Goff hits Woods for 16 yards and they’re on the New Orleans 30-yard line. The Rams spend their last timeout. Goff hits Gurley for 3 yards, then throws incomplete. They bring in Zuerlein for a 48-yard try with 19 seconds left. The Saints take a timeout prior to the snap. But if they were trying to ice it, no dice. The field goal is good and we have a tie game. The Saints kneel it out and we’re going to overtime. The Saints will receive the overtime kickoff! Saints 23, Rams 20, 1:41, 4Q: The Rams save a timeout when Brees goes incomplete to Thomas on first down instead of a run for some reason. Then the Saints have to take a timeout to avoid a delay-of-game penalty. The Saints run it for no gain and the Rams burn a timeout. On third down the Saints ... try for another pass? What a terrible decision for Sean Payton! There was definitely a missed pass interference, but still. The 31-yard field goal, though, is good, and the Rams are getting the ball back with far more time on the clock — 1:41 — than they had any right to expect to have. NO FLAG?!#LARvsNO pic.twitter.com/HxZJ7CgwSt— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 20, 2019 Saints 20, Rams 20, 1:58, 4Q: Zuerlein’s kickoff is off, and the Saints start on the 30-yard line. Brees hits Carr for 5 yards, Ingram for 3 yards, then Kamara for 8 yards to convert the third down. Ingram loses 2 yards on a run after Donald blows up the play, then Brees does what Brees does best and hits Ginn for a 43-yard reception, which takes us to the two-minute warning. TED GINN: @NFL pic.twitter.com/VXXXgbsFKj— SB Nation NFL (@SBNationNFL) January 20, 2019 Saints 20, Rams 20, 5:03, 4Q: It’s a quick 3-and-out for the Rams after a holding call on Terron Armstead pushes them back 10 yards on first down. Brees throws two incomplete passes and Kamara has a short run, leading to a Morstead punt to the Los Angeles 9-yard line. From there, Goff hits Everett for a 39-yard reception, Anderson picks up 5 yards on a run, then Goff hits Reynolds for a 33-yard reception. That puts them in field goal range, and after getting to the 1-yard line, they are called for delay of game. They settle for a 24-yard field goal from Zuerlein to tie it. Saints 20, Rams 17, 12:22, 4Q: Brees hits Smith for 10 yards, then Thomas for 9 yards. Ingram rushes for a 6-yard gain, and then with Hill in the game at quarterback, they fumble the handoff to Kamara, who manages to jump on it for no gain. Mark Barron and Aaron Donald both delivered big hits. Brees throws incomplete to Ginn on a 3rd-and-7, so Morstead punts it to the Los Angeles 13-yard line. So the Rams get the ball back, and Goff is immediately sacked for a loss of 8 yards by Cameron Jordan. Then it’s a 1-yard loss by Anderson, and Hekker has to punt it. He does, and there’s an illegal block on the Rams, so New Orleans will get the ball in Los Angeles territory. .@camjordan94 is a MONSTER pic.twitter.com/psCP78SHjl— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 20, 2019 Saints 20, Rams 17, 3:06, 3Q: Now in a 10-point hole, the Rams take over from their own 25-yard line. They quickly face a 3rd-and-2, and convert it with a short pass to Cooks, then Cooks catches another one for 14 yards an another first down. Davis is called for offsides, and then on 2nd-and-3, Goff hits Cooks again, this one for 25 yards. Vonn Bell tackled him, and stayed down with an injury. Reynolds gets the carry to the left side all the way to the 1-yard line. On first down, Goff fumbles and they lose 2 yards on the play. On 2nd-and-3, Anderson goes for 2 yards, so it’s 3rd-and-1. They go play action, and Tyler Higbee is uncovered. Goff finds him, and the Rams are back in business! Also, more than just the Saints fan with a strong natural whistle, there appear to be multiple fans in the crowd with whistles. That’s not good. .@Ty_Higs19 trying to quiet down the Super Dome pic.twitter.com/GvzkZ4lvV7— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 20, 2019 yep that's a whistle #LARvsNO pic.twitter.com/rZrpSjyHrZ— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 20, 2019 Saints 20, Rams 10, 8:34, 3Q: So New Orleans gets it at their own 39-yard line, and they immediately start picking up chunks of yardage. Kamara gets 8 and then 9 yards on receptions, Ingram rushes for 16 yards. Kamara catches two more passes for 8 and then 9 yards, and on 3rd-and-2 from the 2-yard line, Brees hits Hill for a touchdown and the Saints have a 10-point lead! Taysom Hill finally got a TD … reception: @thecheckdown pic.twitter.com/XCh5gpfGDz— SB Nation NFL (@SBNationNFL) January 20, 2019 Saints 13, Rams 10, 14:05, 3Q: It’s a quick 3-and-out for the Rams, as they lose 4 yards on a Woods reverse, followed by two incomplete passes to Woods. Hekker punts it 50 yards to the New Orleans 29-yard line and the Saints have the ball back. Saints 13, Rams 10, END 2Q: Brees hits Ginn for 6 yards, and he fumbles, but the bal goes out of bounds. They convert a 3rd-and-2 with a 5-yard run from Kamara, but then Brees is sacked by Ndamukong Suh on two consecutive plays. That brings us to the two-minute warning, and the Saints have to punt it away. The Rams take over and they quickly start moving down the field, with Reynolds catching passes for 9 and 13 yards. Then Cooks for 17 yards after a couple incomplete passes to convert a 3rd-and-10. On 1st-and-10, Goff goes back to Cooks for a 36-yard pass which puts them inside the 10-yard line. Gurley gets the carry, and he gets the 6-yard touchdown! The extra point is good and it’s a 3-point game! If Todd Gurley is on your team, let him run for TDs@thecheckdown pic.twitter.com/cELejFrD1p— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 20, 2019 Saints 13, Rams 3, 5:20 2Q: The Saints get the ball back and it’s a very quick drive — Kamara loses 2 yards, Griffin picks up 7 yards and then Brees is incomplete throwing to Kamara. Thomas Morstead punts to the Los Angeles 22-yard line. Los Angeles doesn’t do much better, as Anderson picks up 3 yards, Woods gets 6 yards and Anderson gets another 3 for a first down. But two incomplete passes and a short run leads to a Hekker punt — and this one isn’t faked. New Orleans takes over from their own 17-yard line. Saints 13, Rams 3, 9:45 2Q: After the fake punt, Goff scrambles for 7 yards, throws incomplete and then hits Everett for 11 yards. Anderson picks up 8 yards, then 2 yards, but is stopped for no gain and a Goff pass goes incomplete to Gurley. That makes it another fourth down, and Greg Zuerlein comes out for a 36-yard field goal, which he makes. The Rams are on the board! Saints 13, Rams 0, 12:09, 2Q: Oof, penalties are really hurting the Rams. That encroachment penalty was huge, and they immediately lose 5 yards due to a false start, just after C.J. Anderson had rushed for 5 yards. Anderson picks up 5 yards again on third down and they are going to punt. Or are they? As Johnny Hekker tends to do, they fake it and Hekker tosses it to Sam Shields for 12 yards and a first down! Wow, can’t believe Johnny Hekker faked it. That NEVER happens: @thecheckdown pic.twitter.com/VEvGa5tZcc— SB Nation NFL (@SBNationNFL) January 20, 2019 Saints 13, Rams 0, 1:35, 1Q: Tight end Josh Hill immediately puts the Saints into Rams territory with a 24-yard reception on first down. He leaves the game by order of the officials to get checked out for a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit. After two short gains, Brees hits Thomas again for 19 yards and a first down. Then they face another third down, and they don’t get it as Kamara can’t pick up the 4 yards needed (Taysom Hill was in at quarterback). On fourth down, the Saints line up like they’re going for another rush, but Michael Brockers is called for encroachment. So instead of a fourth down, the Saints have a 1st-and-5 from the 5-yard line. Brees throws to ... Garrett Griffin? That was his second NFL target, and it’s a touchdown! Just as we all expected, Garrett Griffin scores the Saints’ first TD: @NFL pic.twitter.com/JUyt0rvAxL— SB Nation NFL (@SBNationNFL) January 20, 2019 Michael Brockers, you big dummy. One play later, the Saints turned this free first down into a five-yard TD pass pic.twitter.com/gM4PWuZPfD— Christian D'Andrea (@TrainIsland) January 20, 2019 Saints 6, Rams 0, 5:26, 1Q: And we have our first punt of the game as the Rams go 3-and-out. Goff went to Robert Woods twice, once for no gain and once incomplete, and they only picked up 2 yards on a Gurley run. So possession shifts back to the Saints, who take over from their own 34-yard line. Saints 6, Rams 0, 7:06, 1Q: Rams have to start their first drive from their own 10-yard line after an illegal block in the back penalty on the kickoff. They pick up 7 yards, and then lose 4 on a Todd Gurley run. On third down, Jared Goff throws to Gurley, and the pass bounces right out of Gurley’s hands and into the waiting arms of Demario Davis! It’s an interception and the Saints are right back in the red zone! Davis was also the one to make the tackle for loss on Gurley. The Saints can’t do much with the field position, but Lutz boots a 29-yard field goal for the 6-point lead. Saints D protecting the DOME @demario__davis pic.twitter.com/qXR8BD67xS— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 20, 2019 Saints 3, Rams 0, 10:04, 1Q: The Saints receive the opening kickoff, and Drew Brees takes the field. The Saints faced an early 3rd-and-long situation, but Brees hit Ted Ginn for a 9-yard gain to convert. They then faced another third down, and Brees hit Alvin Kamara deep for a 21-yard gain. Kamara then had a 14-yard gain, but the drive stalled there after Arnold couldn’t secure a catch in the end zone. They settle for 3 points with a 37-yard Will Lutz field goal. .@DrewBrees floats it perfectly to @a_kamara6 for 21 yards! #HomeInTheDome: #LARvsNO on FOX pic.twitter.com/mpENX9xtHN— NFL (@NFL) January 20, 2019 3:00 p.m.: Hello! We’re here for Rams vs. Saints in the NFC Championship, and we’ll have a running live blog of the action, including highlights, top plays and more. Below, you can find all the viewing information and everything else you need to watch the game. Kickoff is set for shortly after 3:05 p.m.! The top two seeds in either conference will meet in the AFC and NFC Championship games on Sunday, beginning with the latter, a showdown between the top-seeded New Orleans Saints and second-seeded Los Angeles Rams at the Superdome. The game is set to begin at 3:05 p.m. ET on FOX (live streaming via FuboTV, FOX Sports GO). The Rams finished the regular season at 13-3, with one of their few losses coming to the Saints in an offensive showdown in New Orleans. The Saints won that meeting, 45-35, handing the Rams their first loss of the season. Jared Goff threw for three touchdowns and nearly 400 yards, but also had an interception, while Todd Gurley was limited to 68 yards rushing. New Orleans managed 141 yards of rushing as a team, while Drew Brees threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns. Neither quarterback was sacked in the outing. Saints receiver Michael Thomas dominated the game, with 12 receptions for 211 yards and a touchdown. Both teams had a bye in the wild card round, and handled their opponents in the divisional round, though both games were close in their own way. The Saints only put up 20 points against the Eagles, and had to come from behind to get the victory as the Eagles fell apart in the second half. The Cowboys kept it close with a late rally against the Rams, but Los Angeles managed a touchdown in the fourth quarter to keep the game out of reach as Dallas scored late and tried to make something happen. But the Rams got out of there with a 30-22 win. Both games were quite a bit closer than most predicted, and the week of rest from the wild card round shouldn’t play too much of a factor here after such a hard-fought divisional round. Below, you can find all you need to know to watch the action on Sunday. Time, TV, and streaming info Time: 3:05 p.m. ET Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La. TV: FOX Streaming: FuboTV, FOX Sports GO Odds: The Saints opened as 3-point favorites, making the Rams the underdog, but just barely, according to OddsShark. Rams vs. Saints news The Rams are as healthy as can be going into the NFC Championship, as they listed no players on their final injury report for Sunday’s game. The Saints, on the other hand, will be without Benjamin Watson and Keith Kirkwood, and listed three others on their injury report, all of whom are offensive linemen. For Los Angeles, it won’t be about riding one or two players to the Super Bowl. They’re fully into the “we, not me” attitude. Michael Thomas is, more than anything, in the zone. He’s playing the best football of his career by far and will be extremely difficult to stop for the Rams. Be sure to peep the Turf Show Times Q&A with the folks at Canal Street Chronicles, and of course, the reverse post on the latter blog. Speaking of Turf Show Times, they have five Saints players to watch, win-loss predictions by their staff and bold predictions by their staff. And speaking of Canal Street Chronicles, be sure to peep their latest preview podcast, a preview of the Saints offense vs. the Rams defense, some conference championship picks and their own bold predictions. Saints fans should be worried about the offensive struggles they faced in the divisional round. Rams fans are the only ones who should be worried about the Saints offense. Drew Brees will make you pay. This is just a fact of life. Rams vs. Saints prediction Of the six SB Nation NFL experts picking the conference championships, only two think the Rams can come out on top. That leaves four picking New Orleans, and they’re joined by the OddsShark computer. The coin flip landed on Los Angeles.
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Rams complete remarkable, controversial comeback for Super Bowl berth
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Greg Zuerlein’s 57-yard field goal sends the Rams to Super Bowl 53
The Rams had a rough go at things, but advanced to the Super Bowl with an overtime win. It took overtime, but the Rams were able to beat the Saints 26-23 in overtime to advance to the Super Bowl in Atlanta. The Rams won on a 57-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein, who lived up to his “Legatron” nickname with the booming kick: GREG THE LEG-END pic.twitter.com/2aA72Rirmb— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 20, 2019 It set a Rams postseason record, but there was a lot that came before the kick that will be talked about in the coming days. How we got to overtime was complicated, and controversial. An egregious no-call that forced the Saints to settle for a field goal to make it a 23-20 game in New Orleans’ favor. Here’s the play in question: The Rams then got the football back with 1:45 remaining, and threatened to win the game with a quick start to their drive. After a Robert Woods 16-yard reception got the Rams to the Saints’ 49-yard line, the Saints defense was able to hold the Rams’ offense. It forced a Greg Zuerlein 48-yard field goal attempt, which he nailed after a failed icing attempt: We're heading to OVERTIME.: #LARvsNO on FOX pic.twitter.com/J7P87mt9NL— NFL (@NFL) January 20, 2019 Drew Brees kneeled the football after the Saints got the ball back, and we headed into overtime. The Saints got the ball first, and it resulted in disaster. On a second-and-16 from their own 34-yard line, Brees got nailed by Dante Fowler, and threw a duck into the sky that Josh Johnson came down with for the Rams: The @RamsNFL defense forces the INTERCEPTION!Huge turnover in OT. #LARams #NFLPlayoffs: #LARvsNO on FOX pic.twitter.com/Bn54AaPEBR— NFL (@NFL) January 20, 2019 Moments later, Zuerlein sent the Rams to the Super Bowl. The Rams will play either the Patriots or the Chiefs in Atlanta. The Rams beat the Chiefs earlier in the season in what many believe to be the best regular season game in NFL history, 54-51. No matter who they play, we should be in for a treat in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
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Sean McVay will be the youngest coach in Super Bowl history
McVay broke Mike Tomlin’s record at just 32 years old. Mike Tomlin is having a rough year. His Steelers crashed out of playoff contention. His star wide receiver wants out of Pittsburgh. And now, after the Rams’ NFC Championship Game win Sunday, he’s no longer the youngest head coach in Super Bowl history. That record now belongs to Sean McVay, who guided Los Angeles to a comeback victory in the hostile confines of the Superdome to send the Rams back to the promised land for the first time since the Greatest Show on Turf was disbanded. The 32-year-old head coach needed only two seasons to turn LA from a 7-9 non-threat into one of the final two teams standing in February. Tomlin was only 36 years old when he led the Steelers to a world championship in 2009. McVay’s become the model for 2019’s coaching hires This lends credence to the rash of head coaching hires that’s gripped the league in January. Franchises have been more willing than ever to bet on inexperienced assistant coaches with innovative offensive backgrounds in hopes of finding the next McVay. In Arizona, that turned Kliff Kingbury from a guy who’d been fired at Texas Tech into the Cardinals new sideline general. In Wisconsin, the Packers turned to McVay’s former offensive coordinator, Matt LaFleur, in hopes of riding out the final years of Aaron Rodgers’ peak. Even Adam Gase was granted a second life after being fired by the Dolphins, landing in New York for a job with the Jets. Those hires were all made, in part, due to McVay’s astronomical rise in Los Angeles. The 34-year-old is 24-8 in the regular season as a head coach and needed just two seasons to put Jeff Fisher’s “7-9 bullshit” so far in his rear view it’s barely a speck in the horizon. Now he’s just one victory away from adding another record to his mantle; youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl.
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