Cleveland Rocks: Browns reel in Thomas

first_imgThe old saying is, “You are what you eat.” Anyone looking for an additional exhibit of evidence for the adage can look no further than to Joe Thomas.Hours after reeling in a couple browns (trout), the Wisconsin left tackle became a Brown himself, as he was selected by Cleveland with the third overall pick in Saturday’s NFL draft. “It’s a great fit for me as a person, and I think the organization is great people. The coaches are outstanding,” Thomas told Wisconsin reporters during a teleconference shortly after he was selected. “I think the team’s got a lot of weapons, and we’ve got a good opportunity to win a lot of games next year.”Thomas will likely step into the left tackle spot for the Browns next season with the opportunity to shore up an offensive line that allowed the third-most sacks in the NFL last season. “I don’t know what they are going to do with me, play me at left tackle, right tackle or guard or whatnot,” Thomas said. “I’m sure in the next couple months that will all play out, so I’m not going to push it.”My expectation for myself is to be a starter that first game,” Thomas continued. Landing in Cleveland presents a unique challenge for Thomas. Outside of the Browns, the AFC North has three quality teams, which have made the playoffs at least once in the last two years. Despite that Thomas will likely be paving the way for a former 2,000-yard running back in Jamaal Lewis, any offensive task will not be easy in a division including traditionally stout defenses such as Baltimore and Pittsburgh.”My best games in college and the games I got the most excited for were playing against the great players,” Thomas said. “That’s what makes me so excited about playing in the NFL, having that great player lineup across from you every game and the tremendous preparation that’s involved in getting ready for each game.” Although Thomas’ agent and the Browns front office had been in contact often lately, there was still a level of uncertainty concerning whether he would be the Browns’ pick.”I kind of knew all along [that the Browns were interested],” Thomas explained. “Back in January, just kind of researching the teams, … they obviously had the need at the offensive line position, guys getting older, and they gave up a lot of sacks last year.”Even once Thomas received the draft-day call from Cleveland’s brass, his fate was not yet decided.”We got the call, and we didn’t really know for sure yet,” Thomas explained. “It was a scout from the Browns who just said, ‘Hey, we want to keep you on the line.'”Thomas stayed on the phone for six minutes as the Browns made their final decision on who to draft.”You could hear Phil Savage, the general manager, talking about both myself and [Notre Dame quarterback] Brady Quinn in the background, so at that point they really didn’t know who they would pick.”Right at the end, … Phil Savage came on and said they turned in their card with my name on it.”Although the Browns’ choice of Thomas over the Ohio-native Quinn sparked some anger among Browns fans at the time, the team ended up trading picks with Dallas to draft the quarterback later in the first round.”I think historically at the draft you’re not going to make everybody happy. … Wherever I ended up, I knew I wasn’t going to be the glamour pick. Whenever you pick an offensive lineman high, he’s not the glamour pick.”Everyone wants the cute quarterback or the fast, quick receiver,” Thomas said. Aside from the regular excitement being drafted high carries, Thomas seemed legitimately happy to be going to Cleveland.”I’m excited. I think, to be able to stay in the Midwest, to be able to go to a city like Cleveland, which has tremendous professional athletic fans,” Thomas said. “It’s a meat-and-potatoes town, a blue-collar town — a lot like Milwaukee.”last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: The best social media reactions after USWNT wins back-to-back titles

first_imgMegan Rapinoe is cold-blooded.Her PK gives #USWNT a 1-0 lead.pic.twitter.com/MdL9gtmy0H— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) July 7, 2019Speechless, @roselavelle🔥🌹🔥🌹🔥🌹 pic.twitter.com/m0qQnOCWpM— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 7, 2019With the team’s fourth World Cup win under its belt, here are some of the biggest reactions to the victory.*extreme DJ Khaled voice* ANOTHER ONE pic.twitter.com/5uOAImiJj5— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 7, 2019I said it before. I’ll say it again. BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD. Congrats @USWNTPlayers @USWNT This was an amazing match. 🇺🇸❤️ Well deserved. #AllEyesOnUS #PayThem pic.twitter.com/4PRD6Zp4NT— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) July 7, 2019Congrats to this team! Well done @USWNT !!! https://t.co/O4wdPBY09U— Jozy Altidore (@JozyAltidore) July 7, 2019Awesome win for #USWNT! Congrats to #TeamUSA for securing its place at the top of the world! Your success proves how with clear vision, strong leadership, resolute drive and teamwork make the dream work. Enjoyed watching you score again for USA on Earth this time! pic.twitter.com/WCNwhzRLKK— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) July 7, 2019Come on!! The @USWNT won their 4th World Cup securing their championship w back-to-back #FIFAWomensWorldCup wins!! Thank you for being such an inspiration and for repping our country like the GOATS you are. Sipping tea for all of you today! ☕️ ⚽️ 🙌 https://t.co/fA8RDWpuUS— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) July 7, 2019The @nyliberty’s Tanisha Wright is HYPED UP for the @USWNT! #BossWomen 👏 pic.twitter.com/dOztlZOy48— WNBA (@WNBA) July 7, 2019Let’s goooo! Congratulations to the @USWNT on their second straight World Cup victory! 🇺🇸🏆 https://t.co/OgGk7O1YiT— Mo Bamba (@TheRealMoBamba) July 7, 2019YESSSSSSSSS!!! CONGRATULATIONS @USWNT !! What a great time to win this!! 🎉⚽️❤️🎉⚽️💙🎉 https://t.co/ICzEVZAzor— Angie Harmon (@Angie_Harmon) July 7, 2019Yes! Fourth star. Back to back. Congrats to the record breakers on the @USWNT, an incredible team that’s always pushing themselves—and the rest of us—to be even better. Love this team. #OneNationOneTeam— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 7, 2019⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Congrats to the @USWNT for winning their FOURTH #FIFAWWC! #OneNationOneTeam https://t.co/H6SGZV5Mqt— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) July 7, 2019Point made. Nothing else needs to be said. The @USWNT are #WorldcupChamps again! #puppyapproved pic.twitter.com/jSbxY7G9F2— Ron Rivera (@RiverboatRonHC) July 7, 2019Congratulations to 2019 Women’s World Cup Champions @TeamUSA! ⚽️🇺🇸— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) July 7, 2019Back-to-back champs!Congratulations, @USWNT!#OneNationOneTeam https://t.co/oqngOvZAug— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) July 7, 2019Congratulations to our back-to-back World Cup Champions! You make America proud. 📷: @USWNT pic.twitter.com/2LxiCJ2srM— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 7, 2019Incredibly inspiring World Cup by our @USWNT 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 so fun to watch 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸!!!! #FIFAWomensWorldCup #legacy #leadersonandoffthepitch #EqualPay— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) July 7, 2019YEEEESSS!! Congrats Jill Ellis!! WARRIORS @USWNT @mPinoe pic.twitter.com/8OZxCOa3x4— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) July 7, 2019Congratulations to the #USWNT on their 4th World Cup win! These athletes have brought more attention, support, & pride to women’s sport than perhaps any other team in history. It is long past time to pay them what they rightly deserve. 🇺🇸🏆🏆🏆🏆 #USAvNED #WorldCupfinal #EqualPay— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) July 7, 2019The #USWNT are the CHAMPS 🏆 and Kansas City CELEBRATES. @kctv5 pic.twitter.com/xB8kiZLVTM— Dani Welniak (@KCTVDani) July 7, 2019Congratulations @uswnt! Bringing home a #WorldCup title for an unprecedented four straight times & inspiring a generation of women (and men) around the world. One little girl in particular is currently outside practicing ⚽️ https://t.co/skoECBMg47 pic.twitter.com/bPDb5ig9s3— Alexis Ohanian Sr. 🚀 (@alexisohanian) July 7, 2019Nothing like that championship feeling.CONGRATS, @USWNT! #OneNationOneTeam https://t.co/hLCCK8l3mD— New England Patriots (@Patriots) July 7, 2019Big congrats to the @USWNT! World Cup champions! #WorldCupfinal— Matt Ryan (@M_Ryan02) July 7, 2019WORLD CHAMPS @USWNT— Eric Weddle (@weddlesbeard) July 7, 2019CONGRATS, @USWNT! 🇺🇸🏆 https://t.co/ChgltPRpY5— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) July 7, 2019 It took a penalty kick to get things going, but the United States women’s national team got a second-half surge to defeat the Netherlands, 2-0, and earn their second Women’s World Cup title in a row, and fourth total.Megan Rapinoe’s penalty kick in the 61st minute kicked things off for the U.S., with Rose Lavelle’s shot in the 70th minute adding insurance to the team’s eventual win.last_img read more

Townsend expects to stay at Tottenham

first_imgAndros Townsend has said that he fully expects to stay at Tottenham.QPR have been interested in bringing the winger back to Loftus Road since he impressed while on loan there two seasons ago.However, Harry Redknapp does not believe Townsend will be made available before this month’s transfer deadline and the Rangers boss is currently looking at other targets.And Townsend, who faces a battle to hold down a first-team place at Spurs, has been given no indication that he is surplus to requirements.“The club want me here and I want to be here, so that’s all I can say at the minute,” The Sun quote him as saying.“I’m a Spurs boy. I’ve been at the club since the age of eight so as long as I’m in the team, as I have been over the last few weeks, I’m not looking to go anywhere.“The last six or seven windows have been the same, with my name linked with other clubs.“But unless the club come and tell me they want me to leave then I won’t be going anywhere. I’m fighting for my shirt.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Local Roundup: Arcata girls basketball captures title at home tournament

first_imgArcata senior point guard Vanessa Holland scored 15 of her team-high 18 points in the second half as the Tigers won their third straight game to open the 2016-17 season and captured their home tournament title with a 68-50 victory over Foothill on Saturday afternoon.Holland, who was named tournament MVP, was one of three Tigers to finish in double figures in the win, as junior forwards Kaylie McCracken and Kaylin Campbell had 14 and 11 points, respectively.McCracken and senior guard Ashley …last_img read more

Proteas pick top World Cup squad

first_imgAB de Villiers brings World Cup experience to the team. (Image: AB de Villiers) Jacques Kallis is the Proteas’ top batsman. Hashim Amla looks to improve his ODI strike rate. (Images: CSA Facebook Page) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lerato Malekutu Communications, Cricket South Africa +27 11 880 2810 or +27 82 813 4078 RELATED ARTICLES • New campaign to power SA’s Proteas • More international cricket for SA • SA to host women’s cricket challenge • Koertzen still in the gameBongani NkosiThe Proteas, South Africa’s national cricket squad, will look to pull off a much better campaign in the upcoming World Cup, and squad selectors say they are confident all the right players have been roped in to take the team to glory.The team will soon head to the Asian sub-continent to battle it out in the International Cricket Council‘s (ICC) one day international (ODI) tournament, which starts on 19 February and ends on 2 April. It will take place at sports grounds in three countries – India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.The recently announced final squad comprises 15 players who are all top performers in their respective domestic teams and for the Proteas.“The squad consists of seven specialist batsmen, three specialist spin bowlers and four specialist seamers, with Morne van Wyk providing wicket-keeping cover as well as an extra top-order batting option,” selection convener Andrew Hudson said.Jacques Kallis, a top batsman for the Proteas, has been declared fit to play after suffering a side strain and bruised rib during a test match against India in January. The final result was a draw, but the two centuries Kallis secured earned him the Player of the Test Award.His score of 109 not out in the final match was his 40th test century, while the double century scored in the first test in December 2010 was Kallis’s maiden in a glittering international career spanning 15 years. “Cricket South Africa’s medical committee is happy with Kallis’s progress and he will be ready to play a full role with both bat and ball from the start of the tournament,” Hudson said.The veteran all-rounder nicknamed “The King” is one of seven specialist batsmen who South Africa will look to, to score multiple runs. He will partner with experienced international campaigners like Proteas captain Graeme Smith, as well as Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy.Left-handed batsman Colin Ingram has made it into the final squad, as well as recent ODI debutant Faf du Plessis. “I am very happy with Faf du Plessis’s debut and form. He gives us a leg-spinning option as well and is an outstanding fielder,” said Hudson. Du Plessis managed to score 60 runs on debut in the third ODI match that South Africa lost by two wickets to India. The ODI series between the two countries is currently under way and will be concluded on 23 January at SuperSport Park in Pretoria. India has won two matches and South Africa one.Spin magic from Tahir Pakistan-born cricketer Imran Tahir looks set to be a significant player for South Africa. The Nashua Dolphins champ is now eligible to play for the Proteas after being granted South African citizenship by naturalisation.Tahir, a highly acclaimed spin bowler, has made it into the World Cup squad even though he’s never played an ODI. The leg-spinner, who’s played extensively in England and also featured for Pakistan, is one of the top-ranking bowlers in the South African franchise’s current season.“It is not a worry that Tahir has not played an ODI yet,” Hudson said. “His record in domestic cricket both in South Africa and England speaks for itself. We know exactly what he offers us.”There have been two more specialist spinners added to the team, Proteas T20 captain Johan Botha and Robin Peterson, who will no doubt help keep the opponents’ runs at bay. “The selection of three specialist spin bowlers is essential for the conditions we expect to encounter at the World Cup,” added Hudson.Four top seamersFast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been one of the brightest stars of the current ODI series. Taking four wickets for 22 runs against India on 15 January was a career highlight and made him one of only two South African cricketers to ever pull off such a feat. The other was former skipper Shaun Pollock.After such a convincing performance with the ball, it was a disappointment when the Proteas lost the match by a single run.Tsotsobe also took four wickets in the first match of the series, when India was crushed by 135 runs.The lad from Port Elizabeth is one of four fast bowlers who have been selected to increase the fortunes of the Proteas in the World Cup. The evergreen Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, as well as youngster Wayne Parnell, complete the bowling attack troop.Kenya and ZimbabweIn total, 15 national teams will lock horns in the ICC World Cup, with Zimbabwe and Kenya also representing Africa.Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India carry the hopes of their fellow citizens on the Asian continent; while Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, West Indies, Netherlands and Ireland will also offer some tough competition.South Africa will start their campaign on 24 February in New Delhi when they take on the West Indies.After bombing out in the semi-finals in the last ODI World Cup in 2007, the Proteas will be looking to win the tournament for the first time.• New campaign to power SA’s Proteaslast_img read more

Nick Yates Says Robotic Technology Is Poised to Disrupt Even Vending Machines

first_imgTags:#automation#robots#technology In recent years, a lot of media coverage has been devoted to discussing how quickly robots will take our jobs away — and how many of us will be affected. With dire predictions about robots eating up 800 million jobs by 2030, even the most unassuming observers pin the robot job takeover as taking place within the next four decades.But that’s not the real story here: The real story is how much robots will automate and take on, freeing us up to do the things that require human input. While some jobs likely will disappear as robotic technology finds ways to streamline them and make them no-brainers, we’ll find new ways to allocate robot resources to manage the things we don’t want to handle.An example of how robotic automation can make our industries more productive and less taxing can be found in vending machines. While these sales platforms may seem simple on the surface, they offer a glimpse into how robots can help us construct the future to be less taxing, but more purposeful, for human beings.Eliminating Mindlessness in Favor of ThoughtfulnessNick Yates is the founder and CEO of Generation NEXT Franchise Brands, which builds the automatic machines that deliver frozen yogurt and ice cream in stores. With more than $130 million in franchise and licensing contracts across more than 230 locations, Yates has seen his company grow very quickly.Yates says his company’s experience is that most businesses are using robotics as a powerful tool to support their customer service strategies. “By having robots pack boxes quicker, or perhaps provide answers to simple questions for customers, a business owner can find more productive and efficient ways to use the actual human employee who has a better set of skills that should be taken advantage of,” he explains.It’s important to make a distinction between work that requires insights and work that requires speed: Streamlining is incredibly helpful for the latter but stifling for the former. “Things that enhance productivity, including robots, are what cause economies to grow and for us all to get wealthier on average,” Yates says, “but this is a world where the average may not mean what it used to because it’s a world in which there will be wider gaps between the skilled and unskilled, between those with and without jobs.”That means we need to carefully rethink how we can best make use of the resources we have: How can we eliminate work that can be automated? How can we position our companies to rely more heavily on human workers’ critical thinking skills than their manual labor?Automating Vending Through RobotsYates’ company believes it’s found the solution for the manual vending machine industry: automated robots that deliver frozen yogurt and ice cream. Its robots dispense and serve frozen treats to customers in locations that already capture high levels of foot traffic, but the experience is unique in that customers can order from a digital user interface. That interface provides a selection of up to six flavors and up to six different toppings, preparing the desserts fresh in fewer than 60 seconds.Yates says that the ice cream-dispensing robots are de facto entertainers as well, dancing and playing music while displaying animation on their screens. This enhances the customer experience — especially for its under-18 audience — and creates engagement, despite the absence of a human ice cream slinger.These unattended robots are disruptive agents in a heavily service-focused industry. “The industry has been dominated by retail franchises that require traditional brick-and-mortar infrastructures that, unfortunately, now struggle because the cost of labor has increased to a point where it doesn’t make much business sense for the owner/operator,” Yates says. “Vending ice cream that’s delivered fresh to order has never been done before. We saw an opportunity to disrupt and ran with it.”While many in the food and beverage industry may argue that the customer service experience is the entire marketing platform for restaurants and other food vendors, the growth of Yates’ model shows that humans aren’t put off by customer service presented by a robotic provider. And the model can enable scale that’s not currently cost-effective for most labor-intensive restaurants and food vendors. By repositioning human labor to focus on developing and testing products, food providers can gain flexibility in preparation and distribution, allowing them to even infiltrate difficult-to-crack outlets like stadiums.What This Means for the FutureWhile robotic technology was out of reach for many businesses, thanks to their prohibitive cost structures, that’s no longer the case. Yates points out that the technology is getting more affordable as more players enter the space. “Reliability, however, is still questionable,” he says. “As the technology evolves, the cost will drop until we get to a point where buying robots to cook, clean, serve ice cream, or do any task on a consumer level is affordable for everyone.”Yates acknowledges that incorporating robotic technology isn’t easy for any entrepreneur, but it’s worth the effort if the industry — and company — stands to benefit. “Every industry needs someone willing to be the disruptive force that moves the entire group forward,” he says. “A lot of people are wary of robots and not willing to trust them, but it’s important to remember that we control robotic technology and have a say over how it works for us.”That control, he admits, can sometimes seem elusive: “Robots can be sensitive and require the best software to operate them well,” he cautions. “Be sure to combine technologies to get the best result.”While society has long predicted that robots will take over jobs in a deflated, conciliatory tone, it might be time to look at this job loss as a celebration. As robots automate everything from security to vending, they enable humans to put their full effort into the things only they can do.     Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Follow the Puck Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. last_img read more