Live updates: Crabtree TD helps Ravens beat Raiders

first_imgGet live updates, news and analysis Sunday at 10 a.m. as the Raiders look to ride the momentum of last week’s victory when they travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens.The Raiders (2-8) hurt their 2019 draft position by snapping their five-game losing streak in a 23-21 win over Arizona last Sunday, but don’t tell that to Derek Carr.In order to win again, the Raiders will need to figure out a way to slow down … Click HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

Cooler weather coming

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jim Noel, NOAAAfter another hot week (until late this week), a cool down to normal temperatures is expected starting either Oct. 3 or 4 that will last through Oct. 15. Temperatures are expected to return to above normal (but no where near current levels) from Oct. 15-31.Rainfall will be above normal in northern Ohio this week. The week of Oct. 7 will be normal or below normal but confidence is next week’s rainfall pattern is low to moderate. Above normal rainfall is in the outlook for the second half of October which could slow harvest after Oct. 15.The hot and drier pattern for a good part of September was caused in part by tropical activity. The remnants of Dorian created a big low pressure system not far from Greenland while a typhoon called Lingling in the western Pacific created a big low pressure near Alaska. This resulted in a hot and dry dome of high pressure over the Southeast U.S. and wet weather in the western corn and soybean belt.This pattern appears ready to breakdown later this week.We are moving into frost and freeze season and overall it still looks like a delayed frost and freeze season. Most see their first freeze by Oct. 10-20. Currently, it still looks like a normal to later than normal first freeze.The November outlook still indicates a warmer than normal month with precipitation not far from normal (but with a lot of uncertainty).Finally, the two week rainfall outlook from OHRFC can be found here: https://www.weather.gov/images/ohrfc/dynamic/NAEFS16.apcp.mean.total.png .It shows the wettest areas being the western two-thirds of the Corn Belt. Rainfall for the next two weeks in Ohio will be 1-2+ inches in northern Ohio but generally 0.10-0.50 inches in southern Ohio. Normal is about 1.5 inches for two weeks.last_img read more

Defending champions Germany crash out of World Cup after losing to South Korea

first_imgGermany were struck by the curse of the champions as they crashed out of FIFA World Cup 2018 after a humiliating 0-2 defeat to South Korea at Kazan in their final Group F match.This is the third successive World Cup where the defending champions crashed out in the first round. In 2010, Italy were knocked out in the group stages while Spain bowed out of the group stages in 2014.In the final frantic minutes in front of 41,835 flabbergasted fans, Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min finished off Joachim Loew’s Germany side with two stoppage-time goals to condemn them to finishing bottom of the group on three points.The Germans, who have won four World Cups and finished runners-up four times, entered this year’s tournament heavily backed to retain their title.Instead, they will head home after a scarcely believable failure, having been unable to break down the South Koreans and after a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in their opening group match.MATCH HIGHLIGHTSLoew struggled to explain it.”I cannot say why this was for us,” he told reporters. “It was a bit of overconfidence ahead of Mexico – that we can press the button and win.”It turned sour. I must take responsibility for this. The entire German football lost, the team lost. A lot of things we built up since 2006, always at least (a) semi-final. We have to apologise for that.”The South Koreans, who had no idea of the score in the other match, rejoiced as if having won the tournament, while 11 German players hoped the ground would swallow them.advertisementSweden won the group after thrashing Mexico 3-0 to also deny South Korea a spot in the knockout stages.Once the Swedes had taken the lead in their concurrent match, the equation grew grim for Germany.Loew sprung changes after the break, bringing on Mario Gomez and Thomas Mueller, who was dropped from the starting side, but a collective paralysis seemed to have taken hold.FREE HEADEROffered a free header from close in with minutes left on the clock, Mats Hummels missed the ball completely, a perfect snapshot of an afternoon of serial ineffectiveness going forward.”We believed until the end even with the 0-1 (deficit) we tried to turn it but we could not score,” said Hummels, after Germany became the tournament’s third champions in succession to go out at the group stage.”We had a lot of chances, even me I should have scored in the 87th (minute).”Today it was not easy but, yes, no team could get through easily.”Toni Kroos, the hero in the 2-1 win over Sweden, tried desperately to spark his side in the second half but was denied by South Korea’s Cho Hyun-woo in the 88th minute, one of a number of fine saves by the keeper.”We were playing for the Korean people,” said Cho, a cult figure at home for his ostentatious, orange bouffant.”It was only after the match that we found out the other score, of course we were disappointed and thats why some of us cried.”Kim Young-gwon broke the deadlock in added time when he found himself alone in front of goal after a corner and poked the ball home from close range.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE The goal was ruled out offside on field but confirmed by use of the Video Assistant Referee.South Korean celebrations went up another notch when Son sprinted to retrieve a long ball, and with Germany’s captain and keeper Manuel Neuer having gone upfield to try to help his side score, the Tottenham forward fired a low shot into the net to wrap up the win and leave the Germans distraught.”We need to congratulate our opponents,” Loew said.”We didnt deserve to win the title again, we didnt deserve to get into the last 16. We wanted to win but we didnt have what it takes.”The four-time winners, who had not been eliminated in a World Cup first round since 1938, were a shadow of their once dominant selves, managing only two goals in their three group games.Before today, the Germans had not been eliminated in a World Cup first round in 80 years, had a scrappy first half and almost gifted Korea a goal when keeper Manuel Neuer spilled a free kick in the 19th minute but recovered to slap the ball away.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEAll Germany needed was to score one goal to get ahead of Mexico and consolidate a last-16 berth. But there was none of that late magic from Toni Kroos.advertisement It was a miserable afternoon for German fans who saw their World Cup dreams slip away. Sweden finished group toppers while Mexico finished second.Remarkably, Korean hopes of reaching the round of 16 were still alive despite losses in their first two matches – they had to beat Germany by two goals and hoped Mexico would beat Sweden.At the end of the day, while South Korea did win by two goals, Sweden were just too good for the Mexicans.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Robert Redford And Meryl Streep Narrate Documentary On Environmental Movement

first_imgTHIRTEEN’s American Masters series presents the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement in A Fierce Green Fire, premiering nationally Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 9-10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) in honor of Earth Day.The one-hour documentary chronicles one of the largest movements of the 20th century, and one of the keys to the 21st.Written, directed and produced by Academy Award-nominee Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the Sixties), American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire spans 50 years of grassroots and global activism from the 1960s-2009 and connects the major causes of environmentalism, from conservation to climate change. Narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones and Isabel Allende, the film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and has won acclaim worldwide.Inspired by the book of the same name by environmental journalist and film interviewee Philip Shabecoff, and informed by advisors like conservation biologist E.O. Wilson, A Fierce Green Fire unfolds in five acts, each with a central story and character, featuring vivid archival footage and new interviews that shed light on the battle for a living planet. The first four acts include success stories of people fighting for causes against enormous odds, and the fifth concludes with climate change.Act 1, narrated by Redford, focuses on the conservation movement of the 1960s, the Sierra Club and its Executive Director David Brower’s battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon. Act 2, narrated by Judd, looks at pollution in the 1970s, spotlighting the fight led by film interviewee Lois Gibbs and other Love Canal (Niagara, N.Y.) residents to save their children from toxic waste. Act 3, narrated by Jones, features alternative ecology strands like Greenpeace and its famous campaigns to save whales and baby harp seals, including interviews with co-founders Paul Watson and Rex Weyler. Act 4, narrated by Allende, charts the rise of global resource crises in the 1980s with the struggle to save the Amazon rainforest, led by Chico Mendes and his fellow Brazilian rubber tappers, as its centerpiece. Act 5, narrated by Streep, tackles climate change and the 25-year effort to address this ongoing, global problem, featuring author/activist Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, a movement dedicated to solving the climate crisis.The film’s title is derived from pioneering ecologist Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac (1949), which describes his awakening after shooting a wolf while working as a U.S. Forest Service ranger: “We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes.”“The environmental movement is the biggest movement the world has ever seen, yet so broad and diffuse that we lack a larger sense of what it was about,” explains Kitchell. “A Fierce Green Fire is meant to take stock, explore the historical meaning, where we’ve come from and where we’re heading. A hugely ambitious undertaking, it has proved to be the greatest challenge of my career.”“A Fierce Green Fire furthers the story of the environmental movement that American Masters began exploring in 2011 with John Muir in the New World, which won an Emmy,” said Stephen Segaller, executive-in-charge of American Masters and vice president of programming for WNET. “The film is a series first because there is no ‘American Master,’ per se. Instead, we are featuring a movement made up of individuals and organizations worldwide that have left an indelible impression on America’s cultural landscape, and beyond.”Launched in 1986 by series creator Susan Lacy, American Masters has earned 26 Emmy Awards – including nine for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series since 1999 and five for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special — 12 Peabodys, an Oscar, three Grammys, two Producers Guild Awards, and many other honors.Now in its 28th season on PBS, the series is a production of THIRTEEN. WNET is the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, New York’s public television stations, and operator of NJTV. For more than 50 years, THIRTEEN has been a partner with the tri-state community, using its rich resources to inform and inspire the passionate people of New York and the world to better understand and address the issues that challenge our diverse communities.To take American Masters beyond the television broadcast and further explore the themes, stories and personalities of masters past and present, the companion website offers streaming video of select films, interviews, photos, outtakes, essays, and other resources. American Masters is also seen on the WORLD channel, a 24/7, full-service multicast channel featuring public television’s signature nonfiction documentary, science and news programming, broadcast in nearly two-thirds of the United States.A Fierce Green Fire is a production of Mark Kitchell. Mark Kitchell is director, producer and writer. Marc N. Weiss is executive producer. Ken Schneider, Veronica Selver, Gary Weimberg, Jonathan Beckhardt and Robert Dalva are editors. Vicente Franco is cinematographer. Original music is by George Michalski, David Denny, Garth Stevenson, Randall Wallace and Todd Boekelheide. For American Masters: Susan Lacy is executive producer. Stephen Segaller is executive-in-charge.American Masters is made possible by the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding for American Masters is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Rolf and Elizabeth Rosenthal, Jack Rudin, Vital Projects Fund, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation, and public television viewers. Funding for A Fierce Green Fire is provided in part by Gould Family Foundation; Farvue and Wallace Genetic Foundations; Sundance Institute Documentary Program and Fund with the Wallace Global Fund; California Council for the Humanities; Rick Rosenthal & Nancy Stephens; Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation; LEF Foundation; Nu Lambda Trust; Patagonia; Josephine Merck; Joshua Mailman; David Greenberg; Fred Gellert Family Foundation; Marion Hunt; Charlie Pendergast; James Kimo Campbell; Dan Gabel; Susan Schindler; Gary Ferdman; Steven Cohen; Sam & Betty Kitchell; and Tides Foundation.last_img read more

Kristen Bell Joins Opening Act Artistic Advisory Board

first_imgOpening Act, an innovative nonprofit that provides free after-school theater programming to New York City’s most under-served public high schools, today announced the launch of its Artistic Advisory Board (AAB), whose members will serve as ambassadors of the organization.The launch of the AAB coincides with Opening Act’s 8th Annual Benefit Play Reading at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway on May 12, 2014. Tickets are available to the public via www.telecharge.com – 1 800-447-7400.“We are thrilled to be welcoming great talent from across the theater, television, and film industries to bring attention to the need for impactful theater programming for New York City high school youth,” said Suzy Myers Jackson, Executive Director of Opening Act. “The AAB’s support makes it possible for us to fill the void in areas around New York City where there exists a tremendous arts shortage in public schools, giving students – often for the first time – an opportunity to have their voices heard and applauded. That transformative experience goes well beyond an artistic accomplishment; students tell us over and over again they wouldn’t have graduated high school if it weren’t for Opening Act.”Opening Act’s star-studded AAB is comprised of 14 members committed to supporting the group’s work in high-need New York City public high schools that have little to no arts education programming. Board members include: Actors Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), Kristen Bell (Frozen), Andrew McCarthy (Pretty in Pink), and Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live), as well as Opening Act advocates and supporters Marcus Gardley (playwright, dance of the holy ghosts: a play on memory), Jared Gertner (actor, Book of Mormon), Richard Hester (production, Jersey Boys), Matt Hoverman (playwright, The Glint), Kobi Libii (actor, Amazon’s Alpha House), Donald Margulies (playwright, Collected Stories), Michael Mastro (actor/director, West Side Story), Susan Mufson (Opening Act supporter), Lizabeth Newman (Opening Act supporter), and Jean Smart (actor, Designing Women).“After participating in a Masterclass with Opening Act last fall, I found myself so impressed by the level of excitement from the students towards the organization and the level of passion coming from the educators,” said AAB member Uzo Aduba. “Opening Act’s determination to make a difference in these young lives through artistic expression is what has committed me to this organization. I believe in their mission and want nothing more than to be an aid on the beautiful road Opening Act has already paved.”Recent reports have shown that instruction in the arts is positively correlated with higher student grades and rates of college enrollment. However, in low-income areas like the South Bronx and central Brooklyn there exists a severe arts shortage. In fact, more than 42 percent of schools without a full-time, state-certified arts teacher are located in those areas. Opening Act strives to fill this void by providing their programming free of charge to these schools. Over ninety percent of Opening Act’s programs are located in the South Bronx and Brooklyn.The launch of Opening Act’s AAB coincides with the 8th Annual Benefit Play Reading, starring Tony Award winners Courtney B. Vance (Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy, Law & Order: Criminal Intent), and Lillias White (Fela!, The Life), as well as Uzo Aduba, in a one-night only reading of dance of the holy ghosts: a play on memory, by Marcus Gardley, to benefit Opening Act’s after-school theater programs.Opening Act is a unique nonprofit that brings 12 free, long-term theater programs to 35 of New York City’s most under-served public high schools. Through theater, Opening Act students gain confidence, pride, and the knowledge that they can succeed at anything in life. Opening Act’s vision is to see that every New York City public school student has access to an artistic space where they can develop commitment, community, and leadership through their artistic achievement. Please visit www.openingactnewyork.org to learn more about Opening Act’s programs.8th Annual Play Reading of dance of the holy ghosts: a play on memory
to benefit Opening Act
will take place on Monday, May 12, 2014, performance beginning at 7:00 P.M. The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre is located at 261 W. 47th Street in Manhattan.Tickets are $550 Premium Ticket (best seating – includes a Rising Star Sponsorship in Opening Act’s Adopt a School Program, which supports one student for an entire year of programming, program recognition, plus all benefits of a VIP ticket), $225 VIP Ticket (priority seating – includes admission to an exclusive Post-Show Discussion and champagne toast with the play’s creative team and members of the cast, plus all benefits of an Event ticket), $150 Event Ticket (includes performance, open wine bar, and hors d’oeuvres).For tickets – www.telecharge.com or 1 800-447-7400
. For more information on the event and exclusive group ticket packages – www.openingactnewyork.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Ottawa to announce help for struggling oil patch but no money for

first_imgOttawa, O.N. – The federal government is taking a step Tuesday to help Canada’s battered energy industry.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi and International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr will be at an Edmonton college campus to unveil a support package for oil and gas companies to reach new markets.The announcement is in Alberta, but the funds are available to any oil and gas companies nationwide. The impasse has left a sharp divide between Alberta and Ottawa.Although Tuesday’s announcement comes in the Alberta capital, neither Notley nor anyone from the Alberta government is scheduled to be there for the announcement.Earlier this month, Sohi asked the National Energy Board to do a review of existing pipeline capacity to make sure it is being used in the most efficient way and also to figure out whether there are any short-term steps that could maximize rail capacity to ship more oil.Days later, the NEB responded to Sohi and said it will provide him with a full report in February.9 Premier Notley has made no secret in recent weeks of her desire to have Ottawa help the province buy new rail cars to ship two additional trains full of Alberta crude out of the province every day.Alberta is already negotiating with an as-yet-unnamed third party to buy the rail cars, but Canada has not indicated any willingness to share the cost of the purchase yet, and rail cars are not part of Tuesday’s announcement.Although the price for Alberta crude has rebounded slightly from a panic-inducing $11 a barrel in late November, it is still trading between $26 and $28, only about half of what Texas oil producers are getting. The difference is costing the Canadian economy an estimated $80 million a day, according to both the Alberta and federal governments.Alberta’s struggle to get its oil to market with pipelines at capacity and some refineries down for maintenance have contributed to the price differential, but so has Canada’s almost total reliance on the United States as an export market.Almost every drop of oil that is not refined and used in Canada is exported to the United States. Without more pipelines to the coasts where oil tankers could theoretically then ship oil overseas, Canada’s oil producers are at the mercy of the Americans.The only current proposal to increase pipeline capacity to the coasts is the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which is in limbo following a court ruling overturning its federal approval. Ottawa is trying to get that project back on track with more consultations, but if that does happen, it will be several years before oil actually starts to flow.last_img read more

BJP announces list of candidates for Bengal

first_imgKolkata: State BJP has announced its candidate list on Thursday, ahead of the highly anticipated Lok Sabha elections.Bharati Ghosh, the controversial former IPS officer who has recently joined BJP, will contest from the Ghatal constituency. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh will contest from the Midnapore seat, while Rahul Sinha will contest from the Kolkata North constituency. Two Trinamool Congress MPs, Saumitra Khan and Anupam Hazra, who had been expelled from the party, will contest from the Bishnupur (SC) and Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituencies respectively. Locket Chatterjee has been fielded from the Hooghly Lok Sabha seat, whereas former party MLA Shamik Bhattacharya will contest from the Dum Dum Lok Sabha seat. Former Trinamool Congress MLA Arjun Singh will contest from the Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat, while Babul Supriyo has been re-nominated from the Asansol Lok Sabha seat. Lastly, state BJP secretary Sayantan Basu will contest from the Basirhat seat, while Chandra Bose has been fielded from the Kolkata South seat.last_img read more

IPL final MI CSK rivalry set to unfold on biggest stage

first_imgHyderabad: Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings seem to always spiral towards each other in their relentless hunt for the Indian Premier League title. On Sunday, the two sides will face each other for the fourth time this season. It is also the fourth time that CSK and MI will be pitted against each other in an IPL final. They are the two most successful teams in the tournament’s history and the final on Sunday will be another chapter in what has been an epic rivalry between two sides who are as different from each other as a pair of sporting opposites can be. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju While CSK are known to be a team that dominates the group stage, MI are notoriously slow starters. Both sides stayed true to their reputation this season. While MI had a sputtering start to their season, before taking off, CSK remained top of the table for much of the group stages and were one of the first teams to confirm qualification to the playoffs. However, CSK were piped to the top spot by Mumbai Indians thanks to the 9-wicket hiding the latter handed out to Kolkata Knight Riders in their last group game. MI are also the only team that CSK haven’t been able to beat this season with the MS Dhoni-led side losing the two group matches and the first qualifier against their rivals. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters Mumbai also have the statistical edge in IPL finals played between the two sides, having ended three out of the four title clashes between the two sides on the winning side. However, CSK displayed ominous form in the way they swatted Delhi Capitals aside in the second Qualifier. The ever-reliable CSK spinners helped them restrict Delhi Capitals to 147/9. Coming to the chase, Shane Watson finally found form and his opening partnership of 81 with Faf du Plessis set the stage for a rollicking win for the Yellow Brigade. They ended up winning the match by six wickets with an over to spare. Unpredictability is a constant in the IPL, a fact that has been as apparent as ever this season with the numerous collapses and death over run bursts that we have seen in the group stage. There is no reason to believe that the final would be any different. But it will all boil down to the team which holds its nerves on the day of the big battle. Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleijn. Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav, Beuran Hendricks and Lasith Malinga.last_img read more

Man shot dead in Loni

first_imgGhaziabad: A 20-year-old trader was allegedly shot dead by his neighbouring shopkeeper after a heated argument broke out between them in Loni area of Ghaziabad on Sunday night. According to police, the deceased has been identified as Rohit Kumar, a native of Roop Nagar area in Loni. Cops said that the deceased runs a RO water plant in Loni area while the accused is a owner of garment shop in the market. Police officials said that the incident took place around 10 pm on Sunday, when the accused, identified as Ankit (24), opened fire on Rohit following an altercation. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”Preliminary investigations showed that a heated argument broke out between the Rohit and Ankit at the time of closing shop, following which Ankit took no time to pull out his pistol and opened fire on Rohit. The victim was shot two bullets and he fell down on the ground. The other shopkeepers of the market took him to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to injuries. Police took the body into custody which was sent for post mortem,” said Neeraj Kumar Jadaun, Superintendent of Police (Rural), Ghaziabad. “Following the incident, an FIR under section 302 (punishment for murder) has been registered against the accused. The accused is at large while we have formed teams who are searching various suspected hideouts to nab him at the earliest,” added Jadaun.last_img read more

Can We Just Let One Season End Before Predicting The Next

43– How often have next-day favorites won?Eventual championship status for teams named next-day favorites according to the betting markets NHLNBA 8th2– 5th4– SeasonTeamWon?TeamWon? 201349ers, Broncos✘Tigers✘ 2017Penguins✔Warriors✔ 2020Lightning?Bucks? Rounds From ChampionshipCount 2019Lightning✘Warriors✘ 2014Penguins✘Heat✘ 2011Blackhawks✘Heat✘ 4th2– 2010Red Wings✘Lakers✔ 3rd5– NFLMLB SeasonTeamWon?TeamWon? RankCount 2015Blackhawks✔Heat✘ 2012Canucks✘Heat✔ 12th0 2018Penguins✘Warriors✔ 2016Blackhawks✘Cavaliers✔ 2014Seahawks✘Dodgers✘ 2020———— 2012Patriots✘Phillies✘ 2019Patriots?Astros, Red Sox? This summer was actually an unusual moment in that regard, between the NBA and NHL. It was the first time in our data where both leagues’ champions opened in fourth place or worse in the next season’s odds at the same time. This is perhaps because both the Raptors and Blues were first-time champions in their respective sports, and each was a relative surprise champion as well (the Blues began the season as the 19th-ranked betting choice, 40-to-1 to win it all, while the Raptors were ninth with 60-to-1 title odds).This isn’t the first time the books have shown an affinity for a team — like, say, the Lightning — whose previous season didn’t end in glorious fashion. But that doesn’t happen very often. Granting that some sports’ playoff structures don’t feature rounds of equivalent size before their playoff quarterfinals,3Both the NBA and NHL feature a round of 16 before their quarterfinals, while MLB and the NFL each have a round of 12. Tampa Bay joined the 2012 Pittsburgh Penguins and 2010 Miami Heat as the only teams in our sample to exit in the first round of the NBA or NHL playoffs and then immediately become championship favorites the day after the playoffs ended. (And that Heat team comes with a special disclaimer we’ll talk about later.) 2011Patriots✘Phillies✘ Sources: SPORTSBETTING.AG, BETONLINE.AG A new champion doesn’t always get very much respect from the oddsmakers in the immediate wake of its victory. The Raptors, for instance, opened the 2020 championship betting at fourth in the NBA (8-to-1 odds), while the Blues started 2020 in a tie for fifth in the NHL (12-to-1 odds) right after hoisting the Cup. Most of the time, however, the champs stay pretty close to the top of the sport. Only five of the 45 new champs we looked at fell out of the top five for their league when looking ahead to the following season: The 2008 Philadelphia Phillies (sixth looking ahead to 2009), the 2015 Denver Broncos (seventh for 2016), the 2018 Washington Capitals (eighth for 2019), the 2011 New York Giants (eighth for 2012) and the 2012 Baltimore Ravens (13th for 2013). 29– * The Patriots were NFL co-favorites in 2016 and won the Super Bowl.Sources: SPORTSBETTING.AG, BETONLINE.AG Number of champions in the NBA, MLB, NFL and NHL with a certain ranking in the next-day betting odds for the following season, since 2009 2nd12– In the last couple of weeks, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Milwaukee Bucks both earned themselves a dubious honor. Each was crowned a champion … of next season’s betting odds. (Congrats! That and $2.45 will get you a large1Sorry, venti. coffee at Starbucks.) According to data provided to FiveThirtyEight by the betting sites SportsBetting.ag and BetOnline.ag, Tampa Bay was installed as 8-to-1 favorites to win the 2020 Stanley Cup within hours of the St. Louis Blues winning the 2019 Stanley Cup, while the Bucks were made 9-to-2 favorites for next year’s NBA title before the confetti even settled on the Toronto Raptors’ 2019 victory.It’s all part of a movement toward increased focus on next year’s potential winners, practically before the current champs can even be entered into the record books. “The day-after, next-year title odds have certainly become a big deal in our industry,” said Scott Cooley, a spokesman for the two oddsmakers above. “We started doing them with the online books maybe six to seven years ago, and Vegas has caught on over the last couple of years.”The media has hopped on the trend as well in recent years. ESPN reported on the 2020 NBA favorite picks in the betting markets roughly 17 hours after the Raptors’ Game 6 win over the Golden State Warriors ended,2ESPN is owned by Disney, which also owns ABC News, which owns FiveThirtyEight. and often the reports will come even sooner after the championship than that. Speculation about the next champ can practically bump the current champ out of the news cycle.Those two kinds of teams — current champs and speculative future champs — overlap surprisingly infrequently, depending on the sport. In the data we analyzed, which covers the four major men’s pro leagues going back to either 2009 (for the NBA, MLB and NFL) or 2010 (NHL), the just-crowned champion was installed as the following season’s favorite 17 times in 45 chances (38 percent). Six of the 12 defending NBA champs since 2009 were in that category, which makes sense for a sport in which previous postseason success plays a disproportionate role in the championship hunt. By comparison, the defending Super Bowl winner was instantly named the next NFL favorite just three times in 11 chances over the same span, a number that includes the current Patriots, who are fresh off a win in Super Bowl LIII.The Pats are perennial next-day picks, gaining that distinction seven times in the 11 NFL seasons we looked at, including 2019. (That’s sort of what happens when you maintain the top dynasty in the history of football, if not all of pro sports.) But even the Patriots have failed to convert those next-day titles into real ones with some regularity: They won as favorites in 2016 and 2018, but lost in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2017. That’s not too surprising — if we look at the history of next-day favorites, they lose far more often than they win (because even the favorite is typically an underdog against the field): Number of next-day betting odds favorites in the NBA, MLB, NFL and NHL that finished the previous playoffs a given number of rounds from the championship, since 2009 2017Patriots✘Cubs✘ 6th1– 13th1– 10th0 9th0 36– 112– 2009——Celtics✘ 016– 2009Patriots✘Yankees✔ 7th1– 2010Colts✘Yankees✘ 2016Panthers, Patriots*, Seahawks✔Cubs✔ 2013Penguins✘Heat✔ 11th0 2015Seahawks✘Dodgers, Nationals✘ Sources: SPORTSBETTING.AG, BETONLINE.AG 1st17– 2018Patriots✔Astros✘ More than half of the freshly minted next-day favorites in our sample had either just won (35 percent) or lost (26 percent) in their sport’s championship round. So it’s pretty unusual to see a team such as the Lightning flame out in the playoffs and then immediately be named favorites for the following season. Then again, Tampa Bay had been named next-day favorites going into the 2018-19 season as well (after losing a tough seven-game conference final to the eventual-champ Capitals), then proceeded to rattle off one of the most dominant regular seasons in hockey history before falling flat in one of the game’s most epic playoff disappointments. The 2019 NHL playoffs were a chaotic mess anyway — the eventual champs fired their coach midseason and were playoff longshots for most of the regular season — so it might have been the perfect mix of factors to elevate a team back to favorite status despite a postseason flop.These next-day odds can change pretty quickly anyway. Although the Bucks were technically 2020 favorites in the moments after Toronto won it all, the Los Angeles Lakers usurped that distinction just a day later, being installed as 7-to-2 favorites after trading for former Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis. It was a pretty remarkable leap to the top of the heap, given that LeBron James and LA didn’t even make the playoffs the previous season. (None of the next-day favorites we’ve been looking at in this data set could say that.)But that’s nothing compared with the summer of 2010, when the oddsmakers avoided officially releasing the next-day NBA odds altogether. We included their first batch of odds in the calculation above — hence the Heat’s jump to No. 1 for 2011 — but those numbers were actually released after free agency had begun. Although the 2010 season ended on June 17, odds for 2011 weren’t posted until July 9 because of the uncertainty around LeBron’s free-agency “Decision.” Considering that this summer may rival 2010 in terms of the amount of NBA talent on the move, it’s not impossible that the 2020 favorite in the NBA betting markets will shift again in the next few weeks.The era of immediate speculation does nothing to help temper the expectations placed on teams who are “supposed” to win. For example, the Los Angeles Dodgers — who haven’t won a World Series since 1988 — have been named next-day favorites twice in the past six seasons (in 2014 and 2015) and have never ranked lower than third place in the next-day odds over that span. With each passing instance of an on-paper championship (and no real one), a team’s disappointment comes even more into focus.But the trend of impatiently looking ahead to next season doesn’t seem like it will let up anytime soon. As the lines begin to blur between one season’s end and the next one’s beginning — particularly given the way fans consume sports now and how the media covers it — there’s too much interest in far-off futures odds for anyone to ignore them. So that means we’re in store for plenty more speculative champions being crowned, even if the actual ones aren’t finished celebrating yet. read more