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Nigella Lawson's shocking new image after Chef of the Decade nomination | Daily Mail Online
She has always embraced her role as a woman in a man’s world by flaunting her femininity.
But when she discovered she was the only female in the running for a chef of the decade award, Nigella Lawson ensured she would not be pushed out of the spotlight by the boys – by dressing up as one.
Not content with the brief of a classic black tuxedo, crisp white shirt and dark grey bow tie, Miss Lawson, 53, teamed the outfit with hair and make-up befitting a Hollywood star.
Smouldering: Nigella's glamourous makeup of dark eyeliner, red lips and pale skin contrasted to her masculine tuxedo and bow tie ensemble
Suits you, Nigella! The domestic goddess is the only female to be nominated for the Observer Food Monthly Chef of the Decade Award
Her lips were painted a deep red, her eyes thick with smokey kohl, and her hair had been done up in tight curls.
She wore statement diamond earrings, in the shape of the sun, and as she struck a sultry pose for the camera, her cheekbones appeared sharper than ever before.
It is a marked change from how we are used to seeing the cookbook author, who is better known for wearing feminine dresses that flatter her hourglass figure and magnificent cleavage.
Instead the boxy jacket hid the shape she normally celebrates.
And last night a spokesman for the chef said the outfit reflected Miss Lawson’s role as a ‘woman in a man’s world’.
Making his comments after it emerged she was the only female in a list of 10 nominees for the Observer Food Monthly Awards Chef of the Decade Award, the spokesman said: ‘Nigella was the only woman nominated and so they wanted to do something clever around that. Having her dressed in a tuxedo was a quirky way of making that point, sort of like she’s a woman in a man’s world or something.’
women  food  restaurants  cooking  award  bowtie 
12 days ago by rgl7194
Spartanky Plast Sorority marks 60th anniversary | The Ukrainian Weekly
EAST CHATHAM, N.Y.  – Members of the Plast Scouting sorority Spartanky recently celebrated two milestones in their history of service to Plast: the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the sorority’s younger branch and the 25th anniversary of “Pochatkoviy Tabir,” or Beginner’s Camp, a camp founded and led by the sorority since its inception.
For 60 years, the Spartanky sorority has been actively engaged in myriad projects within the Plast and local Ukrainian communities that promote self-discipline, dedication and perseverance in Plast’s youth members by organizing events that promote physical fitness, health and wellness. In addition, the sorority’s efforts include cultural and environmental works held at camps, Plast branches and community centers.
Among signature activities of the sorority are its annual summer volleyball tournament (previously held in Wildwood, N.J., and now at Soyuzivka) and its annual youth ski outing in March where young scouts are able to earn merit badges for skiing and boarding. For the past 20 years Spartanky provided the teenage campers at the Vovcha Tropa campground the opportunity to fulfill the requirements of the Plast physical fitness badge.  Ecologically conscious Spartanky have also made it their mission to support eco-friendly practices at Plast campgrounds, including providing the labor to maintain and enhance the Vovcha Tropa hiking trails.
plast  ukrainian  scouting  camping  award 
20 days ago by rgl7194
Summer 2019 | Fisher Earns “College of Distinction” Designation - St. John Fisher College
St. John Fisher College was among just 400 colleges and universities across the country to earn a 2019-2020 Best Colleges of Distinction designation.
Colleges of Distinction assess institutions based on four characteristics: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes. According to the Colleges of Distinction website, the selection process includes research into each nominated school and an extensive interview; methodology is a mix of qualitative and quantitative information.
Dr. Gerard J. Rooney, president of the College, said that the Colleges of Distinction designation was especially meaningful because of the high value it places on student-centered educational experiences.
“Students are at the heart of the College’s mission statement and we are grateful to be recognized for creating an environment in which they can engage in intellectual inquiry, develop professional integrity, and embrace civic responsibility,” he said. “That has been the charge since our founding in 1948, and will continue to be the focus of our work as we move Fisher forward.”
Fisher’s five schools—School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business; Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education; Wegmans School of Nursing; and Wegmans School of Pharmacy—all earned accreditation by regional, national, or international accrediting bodies. Small class sizes are taught by faculty members who earn recognition for their teaching excellence and scholarly initiatives.
Further enhancing its commitment to a student-centered learning environment, the College launched the Fisher Edge in 2018, an integrated approach to student success. The Fisher Edge offers opportunities for students to excel academically, benefit from team-based advising, get a head start with career exploration, take advantage of internships and other experiential learning opportunities, and achieve on-time degree completion in four years or less.
college  rochester  award  2010s 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Forget MVP: Belli, Yeli may duel for Triple Crown
The Brewers’ Christian Yelich and the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger will spend the last two months of the regular season jockeying for position in the National League MVP race. But that’s not the only personal accomplishment at stake.
There is also the Triple Crown. Yes, really.
It’s a feat that may seem a bit old-fashioned these days, depending on a player leading his league in three traditional stats: batting average, home runs and RBIs. Yet it still carries some serious weight, with Miguel Cabrera (2012) the only player to win one since 1967, and one of 10 players to win one -- including two who did it twice -- since RBIs became an official stat in 1920.
Last season, Yelich’s torrid second half propelled him into a late run at the Triple Crown, although both he and Boston’s J.D. Martinez in the AL fell a bit short. Yelich remained in contention until the end, entering the Brewers’ Oct. 1 tiebreaker game against the Cubs within one home run and two RBIs. Ultimately, Yelich won the NL batting title handily (.326) and finished tied for third in homers (36) and tied for second in RBIs (110).
With less than two months to go this season, Yelich is once again in the thick of the NL Triple Crown chase. But this time he has company, with Bellinger neck-and-neck with him through Friday’s action.
Let’s break it down.
baseball  dodgers  bellinger  award 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Trump gives Art Laffer, the world's worst economist, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
There may be no man alive who has done more damage to America’s understanding of economics than Art Laffer. So, of course, Donald Trump is now awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The White House press release calls Laffer the “father of supply-side economics,” the conservative doctrine that emphasizes growth through tax cuts. First, he’s not really the father of this movement. Its original intellectual force was economist Robert Mundell, a quirky Nobel prize winner under whom Laffer studied. Laffer did go on to become the idea’s most important preacher and popularizer, though. He’s best known for observing that if the government raises taxes too high, it will eventually collect less revenue, because people will begin to work and earn less. Thus, in some circumstances, tax cuts could theoretically pay for themselves by spurring the economy. He wasn’t actually the first person to notice this, but no matter. One night at dinner in 1974, he illustrated the point to Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld by drawing a curve on a napkin—which is why we now call the concept the Laffer curve.
gov2.0  politics  trump  economics  award  SMH  taxes 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Apple Receives Accolade, Creative Marketer of the Year 2019
Cannes Lions has announced today that Apple will receive the Creative Marketer of the Year award in honor of the company’s creativeness in communication and marketing.
Cannes Lions Managing Director Simon Cook praised Apple, saying that the company is highly deserving of the award. Furthermore, Cook said that the company’s communications and marketing aspects consistently show creative excellence.
Tor Myhren, Marketing Communications VP, mentioned that Apple is humbled to receive the award, slated to be given at the Cannes Festival on June 21, 2019.
In 2018, the Cupertino-based tech company won the Music Grand Prix Entertainment Lion with its HomePod ad video entitled “Welcome Home”, directed by Spike Jonze and featuring FKA Twigs. Apple also gained accolades for its retail store experience “Today at Apple”.
2019 marks the first time Apple received such an award. Previous brands that received the Cannes Lions Creative Marketer of the Year title include Coca-Cola, IKEA, McDonald’s, Samsung, Unilever, Burger King, Google, Mars, and Heineken.
apple  award  marketing  2010s 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
These are the Winners of the 2019 iPhone Photography Awards
The winners of the 12th annual iPhone Photography Awards have just been announced this morning, showing yet again that you can capture some pretty impressive imagery using just the device in your pocket.
The winners include the Grand Prize Winner/Photographer of the Year; first, second and third place in that same category; and first, second and third place in 18 other categories including People, Landscapes, News-Events, Travel, Architecture, Children and more. Images were submitted by “thousands” of iPhone photographers from over 140 countries across the world.
The grand prize winner, Gabriella Cigliano from Italy, won the acolade of iPhone Photographer of the Year for her portrait titled Big Sister—a spontaneous portrait captured on a beach in Zanzibar. “I still wonder how could I capture that exact moment in all its beauty,” says Cigliano. “I was just observing, a few meters from them, but they were probably more curious about me than I was about them, and that’s probably why the girl was looking at me.”
Scroll down to see the all four winners of the Photographer of the Year category, and the 1st place winners in all 18 of the other categories...
iphone  photography  award 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
And the 2019 iPhone Photography Award winners are...! | iMore
The 12th Annual iPhone Photography Award winners have been announced and…
Well, first teases first.
This year's entrants numbered in the thousands and came in from 140 countries. In addition to the grand prize winners, winners from the 18 categories represent a wide range of countries — Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Peru, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
This year's grand prize winner, photographer of the year, is Gabriella Gigliano of Italy, who entered Big Sister.
iphone  photography  award 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
2019 Audubon Photography Awards - The Atlantic
The winners of the the tenth annual Audubon Photography Awards competition have just been announced. Photographers entered images in four categories: professional, amateur, youth, and plants for birds. More than 8,000 images depicting birdlife from all 50 states  and 10 Canadian provinces were judged. The National Audubon Society was again kind enough to share some of this year’s winners and runners-up with us below. You can also see all of the top 100 entries at the Audubon website.
nature  photography  award  in_focus 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
The 2019 U.S. Women's National Team is staging a fashion revolution.
Say what you will about the wonders of the United States’ previous World Cup winners, but historically, achieve extreme glamour has not been high on their to-do lists. This year’s champions represent the dawn of a new era. The 2019 U.S. Women’s National Team has been swaggering and stumbling from one celebratory public appearance to the next, pausing only to pour Champagne into one another’s mouths and to lead ecstatic crowds in chants against wage discrimination. Between the team’s parade in Manhattan, their segment on Good Morning America, and their onstage moment at the ESPYS, a lot of fans of the USWNT have gotten their first opportunity to see the players out of their soccer kits. They have not disappointed.
The USWNT’s victory tour has been marked by high fashion, showy accessories, and individual stylistic flourishes, even when they’re clothed in matching T-shirts. Despite their relatively paltry pay compared with their male counterparts, members of America’s favorite team look the part of sports superstars.
Take the sunglasses many players wore for the entirety of their week’s agenda: on the flight to New York from France, all through their victory parade, during the ceremony in which New York Mayor Bill de Blasio gave them keys to the city, and inside City Hall. Yes, they were probably trying to conceal the evidence of their extreme hangovers, but they were also making it easier for us to tell them apart. (There’s a lot of long brown hair on this team.) Also: Is there anything cockier than wearing sunglasses inside a government building? And not just any sunglasses, but these flashy pairs, with bulky colored frames, wraparound lenses, graphic shapes, and gold chains? While drunkenly tossing around and eating pages of your own equal-pay lawsuit?
women  soccer  fashion  award  rapinoe  LGBTQ 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Winners of the 10th Annual Audubon Photography Awards Revealed
The National Audubon Society has revealed the winners of its 10th annual Audubon Photography Awards: a competition that showcases the most incredible bird photography from across North America. The 2019 winners were selected from over 2,253 entrants who submitted from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and 10 Canadian provinces and territories.
In addition to awarding a grand prize, professional prize, amateur prize, and youth prize, the judges of the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards introduced two new categories: the Plants for Birds Prize and the Fisher Prize.
The Plants for Birds Prize was given to the best photograph that showed birds interacting with plants native to the area the photo was taken, while the The Fisher Prize was awarded to the photograph depicting the most creative approach to bird photography across all five of the other categories.
Check out the award winners amnd honorable mentions for yourself below. Honestly, the professional and amateur honorable mention winners are probably our favorites...
photography  nature  animals  award 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Rams, Chiefs win ESPY award for best game - Turf Show Times
The instant classic Monday Night Football game between the Rams and the Chiefs gets the recognition that it deserves.
I want the rivalry between QB Jared Goff and QB Patrick Mahomes to be a thing. They’re both young QBs that have the potential to light the league on fire in the coming years. And last night at the ESPYs, their rivalry got a little bit of a attention shined in its direction. The Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs were honored with the Best Game Award at the ESPYs.
My boy Goff and Patrick Mahomes stepped up to the microphone and did some awkward yet charming banter. This speech was obviously written and rehearsed and was wooden because... well, football players are football players and not actors. Were either QBs effective in their effort to play as charismatic on camera? Well, they read their copy and that’s all they really needed to do — mission accomplished if you ask me.
football  rams  award 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
The True Blue LA midseason awards - True Blue LA
We award the Dodgers players with very important titles
The baseball season is long ... really, really long. In fact, as of today, the Dodgers are through 92 games. To put that into perspective, that’s 10 more games than the NHL and NBA seasons and nearly six times as many games as the NFL. So, it’s a decent point to stop and recognize the players who deserve it most.
Before we begin, I would like to preface that the Dodgers currently have the best record (60-32) and run differential (+129) in all of Major League Baseball. They also have a 13 1⁄2 lead in their division. So yeah, the team is filled with extraordinary players.
These awards were voted by the True Blue LA fans via a Twitter poll, so the results are very official.
Most Valuable Player
Nominees: Cody Bellinger, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Alex Verdugo
Cody Bellinger takes home the Most Valuable Player award for his absolutely dominant first half performance. He’s having a phenomenal season and (if he keeps up this pace) is a serious candidate to become the National League MVP at the end of the season. The 23-year-old is leading the team in every single offense statistic, including an impressive 6.6 rWAR (of which he leads the MLB). He also has a very real chance of earning a triple crown, as he ranks second in baseball in batting average, runs batted in and home runs.
baseball  dodgers  award  bellinger  ryu  buehler  kershaw  kenley 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Epic Rams-Chiefs shootout wins ESPY for Best Game
The best game of the 2018 NFL season was undoubtedly the historic 54-51 shootout win by the Los Angeles Rams over the Kansas City Chiefs. Not only was it the first time in NFL history that both teams scored at least 50 points, but it featured more than 1,000 yards of total offense.
As it turns out, that matchup was the best game not only in the NFL, but in all of sports last season. It took home the ESPY for “Best Game” on Wednesday night.
football  rams  award 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
ESPYs Honor LA Rams, Greek Freak, Alex Morgan – Deadline
The 2019 ESPYS brought out the stars in force to celebrate the best in sports as voted by the fans. Tracy Morgan hosted, quipping that it was one of the few rooms where everyone knew how the guests made their money. Watch his monologue above.
This year’s award winners:
Best Game: Los Angeles Rams defeat Chiefs on Monday Night Football
football  rams  award 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Megan Rapinoe Racks Up The Honors As World Cup's Best Player And Top Scorer | HuffPost
The U.S. women’s team co-captain took home the coveted Golden Boot and Golden Ball awards.
U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe achieved personal glory as the World Cup’s top scorer and best player following her team’s championship win on Sunday.
As she scored on a penalty kick in the face-off against the Netherlands, the co-captain became the second American to be awarded the Golden Boot for most goals during the month-long series of games.
Rapinoe was also presented with the Golden Ball, recognizing her as the tournament’s best player.
The 2-0 win at the Stade de Lyon in France earned the team its fourth World Cup title ― and its second in a row.
Seven minutes after Rapinoe’s goal ― her sixth overall ― broke a scoreless tie in the championship, teammate Rose Lavelle scored the second U.S. goal. Lavele ended the tournament with a total of three goals.
U.S. player Alex Morgan and England’s Ellen White also each scored six goals in the tournament but a tiebreaker gave the award to Rapinoe, as she also was credited with three assists and played for less time than the other two.
women  soccer  rapinoe  award 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
The NYC Ticker-Tape Parade Belongs To The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Now  | FiveThirtyEight
But before the USWNT came along, the celebration had a long (and weird) history.
A ticker-tape parade through lower Manhattan is pretty much the quintessential homecoming for American heroes. So it’s fitting that the conquering U.S. women’s soccer team — which won the World Cup on Sunday — will get its second parade in four years down New York City’s “Canyon of Heroes” on Wednesday morning. That’s an appropriate honor after one of the most dominating performances we’ve ever seen in all of sports history.
Today’s ticker-tape parades in NYC go almost exclusively to teams like the one Megan Rapinoe led to championship glory. Including the past two parades, both earned by the women’s soccer players, sports heroes have gotten 11 of the past 12 parades in New York over a span of 25 years. (The only exception was in 1998, when 77-year-old John Glenn and the rest of the space shuttle Discovery crew were honored.) But that wasn’t always the case. Although about 18 percent of the 196 NYC ticker-tape parades in Wikipedia’s database have commemorated sports accomplishments over the years, that ranks a distant third behind parades thrown for important heads of state (38 percent) and military figures (20 percent). Before sports went on its recent tear, it made up only 13 percent of ticker-tape parades, or roughly the same share as went to famous (nonastronaut) adventurers such as pilot Amelia Earhart and explorer Richard Byrd.
soccer  women  nyc  award  538 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Todd Gurley named 2nd-most indispensable offensive player in NFL
In the last two seasons, there may not have been a more valuable non-quarterback in the NFL than Todd Gurley. He leads the league with 40 total touchdowns and 3,924 yards from scrimmage, also ranking first with 658 touches. His 246 points scored are 46 more than any other player in that span.
Yet, all you’ve heard about Gurley this offseason is how concerning his knee injury is and what it means for his workload entering 2019. There’s obviously cause for concern when it comes to his knee, but Adam Schein of NFL.com isn’t as doom-and-gloom as everyone else.
He picked Gurley as the second-most indispensable offensive player in the NFL, excluding quarterbacks. Schein called Gurley a “candidate for MVP” when healthy and noted that he makes the Rams arguably the best team in the NFL when on the field. He also recognized that the Rams offense hit a wall without Gurley, scoring just three points in the Super Bowl.
Gurley is not only an incredible runner — he’s a security blanket for Jared Goff out of the backfield catching the football (see: ten receiving touchdowns over the past two seasons). He’s the Swiss Army Knife that makes this offense go. The Rams need to do everything they can to keep that balky left knee from barking.
football  rams  gurley  award  top_ten 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
NFL's most indispensable offensive players for the 2019 season - NFL.com
2) Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams
When Todd Gurley is healthy, he's a candidate for MVP (remember midway through last season?) and Offensive Player of the Year (remember the 2017 campaign?). When No. 30's firing on all cylinders, the Rams can be considered the best team in the NFL. L.A. was nearly perfect in the first three months of last season, sitting at 11-1 in early December.
When Gurley's compromised, the entire complexion of Sean McVay's team changes. A grand total of three points on Super Bowl Sunday? Yeah, I don't think that happens with a healthy Gurley.
Gurley is not only an incredible runner -- he's a security blanket for Jared Goff out of the backfield catching the football (see: ten receiving touchdowns over the past two seasons). He's the Swiss Army Knife that makes this offense go. The Rams need to do everything they can to keep that balky left knee from barking.
football  rams  gurley  award  top_ten 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
NFL's most indispensable defensive players for the 2019 season - NFL.com
1) Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams
Aaron Donald is the single best football player in the NFL who doesn't play quarterback. He's unstoppable. If you don't double-team him, you die. And even when you do throw multiple blockers in his path, he still generally gets where he wants to go. Donald blows up offensive lines and wrecks plays. He sacked the quarterback 20.5 times last year, and I still don't think that number -- which is insane for an interior D-lineman -- does justice to his domination. The guy's been in the NFL for five years. In that time, he's earned five Pro Bowl nods and four first-team All-Pros. He was named Defensive Rookie of the Year in his debut season and has taken home Defensive Player of the Year honors in each of the past two campaigns. Remember when people worried about the Pitt product being undersized in the pre-draft process? Yeah ... not so much. Aaron Donald makes the Rams' D.
Now, I know what some of you are thinking. And yes, the Rams' defense as a whole has been a middle-of-the-pack group (at best) during Donald's career. But where would that unit rank without the one-man wrecking crew in the No. 99 jersey? And by the way, L.A.'s defense just outperformed Sean McVay's ballyhooed offense during the postseason, particularly in the Super Bowl.
football  rams  AD99  award  top_ten 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Aaron Donald named most indispensable defender in the NFL
If a team offered the Los Angeles Rams three first-round picks for Aaron Donald right now, there’s no doubt they’d say no. Not because of the salary cap ramifications, but because Donald is that valuable and difficult to replace.
Some will argue that if Donald is so good, the Rams’ defense should be one of the best in the NFL year in and year out. The counter to that point is this: Imagine how bad the defense would be without Donald on it.
No matter how you look at it, Donald is arguably the best player in the NFL – quarterback or otherwise. Adam Schein of NFL.com considers him the most indispensable defensive player in the league, ranking him above players such as Khalil Mack and Von Miller.
Aaron Donald is the single best football player in the NFL who doesn’t play quarterback. He’s unstoppable. If you don’t double-team him, you die. And even when you do throw multiple blockers in his path, he still generally gets where he wants to go. Donald blows up offensive lines and wrecks plays. He sacked the quarterback 20.5 times last year, and I still don’t think that number — which is insane for an interior D-lineman — does justice to his domination. The guy’s been in the NFL for five years. In that time, he’s earned five Pro Bowl nods and four first-team All-Pros. He was named Defensive Rookie of the Year in his debut season and has taken home Defensive Player of the Year honors in each of the past two campaigns. Remember when people worried about the Pitt product being undersized in the pre-draft process? Yeah … not so much. Aaron Donald makes the Rams‘ D.
football  rams  AD99  award  top_ten 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Bellinger named 2019 All-Star starter – Dodger Insider
Cody Bellinger is an All-Star starter for the first time in 2019.
Bellinger will join Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich and Atlanta’s Ronald Acuña Jr. in the National League starting outfield. It’s the second career All-Star nod for Bellinger, who was also an All-Star during his Rookie of the Year 2017 season.
Bellinger, who leads all qualified players in WAR and OPS, is batting .354/.452/.711 with 26 home runs, already surpassing his home run total from last season. He’s also showed off the glove in right field, leading all of baseball with 19 defensive runs saved.
“It’s cool going to the All-Star Game, but being a starter in the All-Star Game makes it more special,” Bellinger said while being interviewed on ESPN, which unveiled the All-Star starters Thursday afternoon.
baseball  dodgers  bellinger  award 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Real or Not? Christian Yelich, Cody Bellinger headed for epic MVP battle
One place baseball is not struggling to draw fans: Milwaukee. Before 45,375 at Miller Park on Sunday, the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 to complete a three-game sweep. One of the highlights for the Brewers: Christian Yelich hit his MLB-leading 24th home run in going 2-for-4 to raise his season line to .340/.446/.745.
In San Francisco, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 behind Walker Buehler's seven shutout innings and Max Muncy's home run into McCovey Cove off Madison Bumgarner. Cody Bellinger went 0-for-4, but he's still ripping the ball at a .355/.449/.693 clip, with 20 home runs.
Since hitting .400 for the last time on May 21, Bellinger has hit just .226 and has now had three hitless games in a row after not having two in a row before. Yelich has passed Bellinger in slugging percentage and OPS, and the potentially epic MVP race is back on. (To be fair, Bellinger's slump is really just these three games. He had hit safely in his previous 12 games and hit .286/.375/.571. It's only a slump because he was hitting .404 a couple weeks ago.)
baseball  dodgers  bellinger  award 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Aaron Donald makes PFF’s all-clutch team from 2018
Aaron Donald was a huge reason for the Los Angeles Rams’ success last season, absolutely dominating from his defensive tackle position. He led the NFL in sacks (20.5), tackles for loss (25) and quarterback hits (41), putting relentless pressure on opposing QBs up the middle.
He was at his best when the game was on the line, too. In the fourth quarter, Donald was almost unstoppable and helped the Rams close out games – like in their wins over the Seahawks, Chiefs and Lions in consecutive weeks, recording at least two sacks in each game. Pro Football Focus measured just how good each player was in the fourth quarter of one-score games with a clutch grade.
football  rams  AD99  award 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Hyun-Jin Ryu named NL Player of the Week - True Blue LA
Are you shocked?
Less than 24 hours after arguably one of the best starts of his career, Hyun-Jin Ryu was named the National League Player of the Week.
Over the last week, Ryu made two starts, winning both in convincing fashion. Last Tuesday, he threw a complete game shutout against the Atlanta Braves. In his start, he struck out six, allowed four hits, and didn’t walk a batter.
As if he couldn’t top that performance, Ryu came out and was almost perfect yesterday. He went 7 1⁄3 innings without allowing a hit, until “Dodger-killer” Gerardo Parra ended the no-hit bid with a double. Ryu responded by notching back-to-back outs to end his afternoon. He finished with eight scoreless innings, striking out nine and walking only one.
At the moment, Ryu is 5-1, with an ERA of 1.72. He has 54 strikeouts in 52 1⁄3 innings, and a WHIP of 0.726, the lowest in all of baseball. On top of that, his strikeout-to-walk ratio is 18:1, by far the highest of his career.
Though it is still early, Ryu is in serious contention for the Cy Young Award. Among NL pitchers, he’s tied for first in wins (5) and third in ERA (1.72).
baseball  dodgers  ryu  award 
may 2019 by rgl7194
2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest - The Atlantic
This year’s National Geographic Travel Photo Contest is still under way, with entries being accepted for just one more day—the competition closes at noon ET on May 3. The grand-prize winner will be awarded $7,500. National Geographic was once again kind enough to allow me to share some of this year’s entries with you, gathered from three categories: Nature, Cities, and People. The photos and captions were written by the photographers and lightly edited for style.
photography  contest  award  nat_geo  travel  in_focus  nature 
may 2019 by rgl7194
Cody Bellinger named NL Player of the Month for April - True Blue LA
Bellinger caps off his historic month with Player of the Month honors
To no surprise, Cody Bellinger was named the National League Player of the Month for April. The last Dodger player to take home this honor was Justin Turner, who took home the honor for August last season.
It was a historic month for Bellinger, as he set essentially every MLB record prior to May 1. The records he set included RBI (37), base hits (47) and total bases (97). He also tied the record for most home runs hit with 14, as well as runs scored with 32.
On top of that, he led all of major league baseball in essentially every category as well. He led in those categories mentioned, as well as batting average (.431), on-base percentage (.508), slugging percentage (.890) and OPS (1.397).
If it seemed like Cody Bellinger was always on base, it’s because he was. He had a hit in 30 of the teams first 31 games. According to Dodger Insider, he became the only player in baseball history with at least 45 hits, 14 home runs and 35 RBI before May.
At the moment, Bellinger leads all of baseball with a 3.7 WAR, which is one higher than the next closest player, Mike Trout (2.5).
Not only was it a historic month at the plate for Bellinger, he also delivered a Gold Glove caliber month as well. His 0.7 defensive WAR was the sixth best in baseball, and the second highest amongst outfielders.
Bellinger gave us arguably one of the greatest overall month’s in major-league baseball history, it’s only deserving he takes home the honor.
baseball  dodgers  bellinger  record  award 
may 2019 by rgl7194
The Winning Photos of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
The prestigious Sony World Photography Awards has announced the winners of the 2019 photo contest.
Italian photographer Federico Borella was named Photographer of the Year (and the 1st place winner in Documentary) for his project Five Degrees, which focuses on male suicide in the farming community of Tamil Nadu, Southern India, which is experiencing its worst drought in 140 years. The series was praised by the competition’s jury for “its sensitivity, technical excellence and artistry in bringing to light a global concern.”
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april 2019 by rgl7194
The Jaguar I-Pace wins World Car of the Year, World Green Car awards | Ars Technica
We were among the panel of 86 international jurors for the annual award program.
NEW YORK—On Wednesday morning, the Jaguar I-Pace won this year's World Car of the Year award at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. It beat two other finalists, the Audi e-tron and Volvo's S60 and V60 twins to top honors, as voted by a panel of 86 journalists from around the world. Disclosure: for the second year in a row, I was one of those judges. We were asked to score each eligible car on a range of attributes, including safety, the environment, performance, design, and value, but only for vehicles we actually drove. You can see the list of eligible vehicles for this year's awards here. (Sorry, Tesla fans: the Model 3 is really rather good but went on sale too long ago to be considered for this year's awards.)
I'm not surprised that the I-Pace won; as a battery electric vehicle it scored highly on its green credentials, it's a joy to drive, and it looks stunning inside and out. Much of that can be said about the Volvos and the Audi, but if I had a place to charge it and I could afford one, the I-Pace would be my pick to replace our now-totaled Saabaru. (I don't, can't, and my wife gets to pick the next car anyway.)
cars  auto_show  SUV  jaguar  electric  award 
april 2019 by rgl7194
Winners of Smithsonian Magazine’s 2018 Photo Contest - The Atlantic
Selected from more than 48,000 entries, the winning photographs from Smithsonian magazine’s 16th annual competition have been announced. The Grand Prize winner this year, Newest Cowboy in Town, comes from the Mississippi-based photographer Rory Doyle. Below are the winning images from the following categories: Natural World, The American Experience, Travel, People, Altered Images, and Mobile, as well as the Readers’ Choice winner. Captions were written by the photographers.
photography  contest  award  nature  travel  mobile 
april 2019 by rgl7194
Ebukam accepts ‘Moment of the Year’ award for win over Kansas City: “It’s definitely an honor for me.”
The Rams took home the honor of the L.A. Sports Awards’ ‘Moment of the Year’ for their Week 11 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football.
The 54-51 victory and instant classic was the highest-scoring game in Monday Night Football’s history. The game featured eight lead changes, 14 touchdowns, and marked the first time in NFL history a team allowed at least 50 points in a win.
The Rams sent second-year linebacker Samson Ebukam to accept the award for topping the AFC’s top team in the thriller that set the highest MNF rating since 2014, and the lesser-known member of the NFC Champs admitted the suit and tie affair in Beverly Hills was uncharted waters, just two years removed from the Eastern Washington University campus.
“It definitely means a lot, honestly, because this is not an opportunity that comes by often, to accept an award like this on your team’s behalf,” Ebukam said. “And just to have myself be up there, because usually they want Aaron Donald, they want Todd Gurley — you know, the bigger-name guys.”
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march 2019 by rgl7194
Isaiah Stewart wins Naismith Trophy for High School Player of the Year
Former McQuaid basketball star Isaiah Stewart has been named the 2019 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy for High School Player of the Year.
Stewart, a senior who has committed to the University of Washington, averaged 18.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game for La Lumiere School of La Porte, Indiana. He transferred from McQuaid to La Lumiere prior to his junior season and has led the La Lumiere (28-0) to the top spot in the USA TODAY High School Sports rankings heading into the Geico Nationals.
Stewart is the first player from the Rochester area to win the Naismith, which was first awarded in 1987. The list of past winners is a Who's Who of college and NBA stars over the past 30 years, including Dennis Scott (1987), Alonzo Mourning (1988), Chris Webber (1991), Jason Kidd (1992), Kobe Bryant  (1996), LeBron James (2003), Dwight Howard (2004), Kevin Love (2007), Ben Simmons (2015), Lonzo Ball (2016) and R.J. Barrett (2018).
Haley Jones of Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California, won the girls award. 
Jones, a senior, averages 26.1 points and 12.1 rebounds per game this season. Archbishop Mitty High School, her team, is 21st overall in the latest Super 25 Girls Basketball Rankings. She is the No. 1 overall recruit in her class, according to ESPN.
basketball  high_school  rochester  mcquaid  award 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Watch Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper Perform “Shallow” at 2019 Oscars | Video | Consequence of Sound
A Star is Born collaborators reunite for one of the evening's most anticipated moments
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born duet “Shallow” has been an unstoppable force. We named it one of the best songs of last year before it won Best Song at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Best Original Song at the Golden Globes, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media at the Grammys, and, tonight, the Best Original Song Oscar. Yet for all this acclaim, Gag and Cooper have only performed the song together once, during a surprise appearance of the latter at the former’s Las Vegas residency.
On Sunday night, as “Shallow” vied for its fifth major award, the rest of the world finally got to witness a live performance of the song by the two stars who made it famous. Gaga and Cooper took the Oscars stage and delivered the jaw-dropping performance for which we’ve all been waiting. Check out the replay below.
Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga – Shallow
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— Mikha (@MikhaRMCF) February 25, 2019
Gaga perviously performed “Shallow” at the Grammys, where she was accompanied then by Mark Ronson and Paul McCartney’s drummer, Abe Laboriel Jr.
Make sure to keep up with all of our 2019 Academy Awards coverage.
music  pop_music  tv  award  twitter  movies  soundtrack 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Look: Aaron Donald receives Defensive Player of the Year at 101 Awards
On Saturday night in Kansas City, the annual 101 Awards were held, handing out honors to the best coaches and players in the NFL from last season. This is the 49th edition of the 101 Awards and for the second straight year, Aaron Donald was at the forefront.
Donald was named NFC Defensive Player of the Year by the 101 Awards back in January and on Saturday, he was honored in Kansas City.
Wade Phillips was on hand with Donald, as well, checking in from the ceremony.
Donald spoke at the 101 Awards briefly after receiving his hardware, paying credit to his teammates and coaches.
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march 2019 by rgl7194
Oscars: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's 'Shallow' Stuns - The Atlantic
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s live rendition of the duet from A Star Is Born was filmed like a movie—and made viewers feel like voyeurs.
Maybe what made Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s performance of “Shallow” so stunning at the Oscars is also what spoiled A Star Is Born’s Best Picture chances: It treated the dinged-up tropes of romance for romance’s sake as something that can still feel new, which is like treating the greeting-card aisle at CVS as the place for the next great American novel. Taking on a third remake of a story that feels more ancient than even the 1937 original, Cooper’s film insisted that intensity, great camerawork, and two perfectly mismatched leads could restore substance to mush. Which is to say, he relied on aesthetic, or on matters of taste. If many viewers drank it up, inevitably some would spit it out.  
The same could be said for Sunday’s supernaturally intimate rendition of “Shallow,” the building-then-boiling duet that would later win Best Original Song. The first brilliant thing that Cooper and Gaga did was break with the loud, fake-y, predictable rhythm of awards shows: After one acceptance speech ended, the guitar-picking began, without so much as a canned joke of a celebrity introduction. Cameras placed viewers at the back of the stage; the curtain lifted; crew members pushed a piano into place. Welding-hot lights from the stands of the theater, seen from a singer’s vantage, evoked the final scene of A Star Is Born. A slow-floating lens searched as if it were God’s eye, or a director’s. The TV gala, it seemed, had ended. A movie was beginning.
music  movies  award  tv  gaga 
february 2019 by rgl7194
Apple highlights best photos shot on iPhone around the world - Apple
iPhone photographers around the world shared their best photos for the Shot on iPhone Challenge, capturing remarkable moments with the world’s most popular camera. The 10 selected winners will be featured on billboards in select cities, in Apple retail stores and online. The winning shots came from a range of models, from iPhone XS Max to iPhone 7, showcasing the quality of cameras across the line.
The top 10 winners came from countries including Singapore, Germany, Belarus, Israel and the US, highlighting the global community of iPhone photographers that participated. These photos capture colorful city scenery, curious animals, creative reflections, the beauty of the ordinary and more.
Our international panel of judges — Pete Souza, Austin Mann, Annet de Graaf, Luísa Dörr, Chen Man, Phil Schiller, Kaiann Drance, Brooks Kraft, Sebastien Marineau-Mes, Jon McCormack and Arem Duplessis — gave some insight on why they loved these shots.
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february 2019 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Apple Announces Winners of Shot on iPhone Challenge
These are all great photos. Love this comment from judge Austin Mann:
I love how accessible this image is: You don’t have to travel to Iceland to capture something beautiful, it’s right under your nose.
Hard to pick just one favorite, but I think mine is Darren Soh’s shot of a building in Singapore reflected in a puddle. Also, kudos to Apple for giving credit by name to every winner, along with their Instagram account handles.
apple  iphone  photography  contest  award  daring_fireball 
february 2019 by rgl7194
Here are the Winners of Apple's 'Shot on iPhone' Photo Contest
Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” photo contest sparked some controversy back in January over whether it would pay winning photographers to use their photos in ads, but the company quickly clarified that licensing fees would be paid. Well, the contest has ended, and Apple has just unveiled the winning iPhone photos.
The 10 winning photographers represent countries all around the world and were selected by an international panel of judges: Pete Souza, Austin Mann, Annet de Graaf, Luísa Dörr, Chen Man, Phil Schiller, Kaiann Drance, Brooks Kraft, Sebastien Marineau-Mes, Jon McCormack and Arem Duplessis.
Here are the winners along with explanations by select judges on why the photo was picked...
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february 2019 by rgl7194
Winners of the 2019 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest - The Atlantic
Organizers of the Underwater Photographer of the Year contest announced the winning photographers and images for this year, and the photographer Richard Barnden, from the U.K., was named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019. More than 5,000 images were submitted by photographers from around the world. Prizes and commendations were handed out in categories including Wide Angle, Macro, Wrecks, Behavior, Portrait, Black and White, Compact, Up and Coming, and in British waters, Wide Angle, Living Together, Compact, and Macro Shots. UPY was once again kind enough to share some of this year’s honorees with us below, with captions written by the photographers.
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february 2019 by rgl7194
The Winning Shots from Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
Underwater Photographer of the Year has just announced the winners of its 2019 photo contest. Photographer Richard Barnden of the UK won both Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019 and British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019 for his photo titled “The Gauntlet” (shown above).
Here’s the description of Barnden’s winning shot:
As the sun sets on Fakarava South Pass, the estimated 700 sharks that are patrolling the mouth of the channel by day, begins to hunt at night. The gauntlet is about to unfold. Descending into the darkness I can feel my heart beating a little faster than normal as hundreds of sharks are now covering the bottom. This unlucky parrotfish dodged in and out of the patch coral heads looking for somewhere to hide as swarms of sharks followed in hot pursuit. One grey reef shark suddenly grabbed the parrotfish by its head as the another twisted underneath it to get a better grip. In desperation it hurtled straight towards me as I snapped a few passing shots and curled up into a ball as the frenzy of sharks shot past, leaving only but a few falling parrotfish scales behind.
photography  contest  water  award 
february 2019 by rgl7194
Kyle Kuzma wins Rising Stars MVP, cites winning team bonus as motivation
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kyle Kuzma was determined to make sure Team USA snapped its two-game losing streak in the Rising Stars Challenge.
Why? To have some extra spending money.
"Facts," Kuzma said with a smile, when asked if what he said on the court postgame -- that the $25,000 bonus going to each member of the winning team was part of his motivation -- was true. "I think it was the second timeout, and I broke the huddle by saying, 'Bonus-1-2-3.' So there you go."
Kuzma certainly did his part, scoring 14 of his game-high 35 points in the first quarter to stake Team USA to a 40-30 lead it never relinquished in a 161-144 victory Friday night in the game featuring first- and second-year players. While Team World managed to nearly get all the way back in front on multiple occasions -- pulling within two points in the second quarter and within one in the third -- it never managed to pull ahead.
basketball  lakers  kuzma  award 
february 2019 by rgl7194
Above The Law’s 2018 Lawyer Of The Year Contest: The Winner! | Above the Law
...Famous famous — or some would even say infamous. Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for former adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who would go on to start a chain of events that would eventually send another lawyer to jail (Michael Cohen, who finished this competition in second-to-last place) and add fuel to the fire in the FBI investigation of a sitting president, stole this competition with 44 percent of the entire vote. Like no other attorney, he was able to dominate the news throughout the course of the year and developed such a fan club that he even thought of (and then thought better of) running for president.
Congratulations to all our Lawyer of the Year finalists, and very special congratulations to our 2018 Lawyer of the Year, Michael Avenatti. Thanks to his incredibly zealous client representation and his habit of inserting himself into every pop culture legal event, America will never be the same. Well done!
legal  politics  award 
february 2019 by rgl7194
2018 Football Outsiders Awards | Football Outsiders
Who is your choice for Defensive MVP for 2018? (Last Year's Winner: Aaron Donald)
68.9% Aaron Donald, DT, LAR
22.2% Khalil Mack, OLB, CHI
3.6% Stephon Gilmore, CB, NE
1.9% Fletcher Cox, DT, PHI
1.4% Darius Leonard, OLB, IND
0.7% J.J. Watt, DE, HOU
0.7% Marlon Humphrey, CB, BAL
0.2% Leighton Vander Esch, OLB, DAL
0.2% Von Miller, OLB, DEN
Donald wins this award for the second year in a row, and he made the top four in both 2015 and 2016. We are all lucky to witness an all-time great career like Donald's, and he was at his best in 2018, leading the league with 20.5 sacks (nearly doubling his prior career high of 11.0) and 25 tackles for loss. He added another half-sack and four more tackles for loss in the playoffs, nearly leading the Rams to a Lombardi Trophy.
football  rams  AD99  award 
february 2019 by rgl7194
Goff wins Courtyard Unstoppable Performance of the Year Award
TLANTA — In advance of Super Bowl LIII, quarterback Jared Goff has received the Courtyard Unstoppable Performance of the Year award. 
Per the NFL release, the honor is given to the player who demonstrates the best performance in a game during the regular season. NFL media analysts chose Goff’s performance against the Vikings in Week 4 as the best of the season. 
Goff finished that 38-31 victory on Thursday Night Football with 465 yards passing with five touchdowns — both career highs. He also had a perfect passer rating of 158.3. 
Goff was a Pro Bowler for the second straight season after racking up 4,688 yards passing with 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions — good for a 101.1 passer rating.
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february 2019 by rgl7194
Rams win 2018 Offensive Line of the Year award
The Los Angeles Rams had unbelievable continuity on the offensive line this season, starting the same five players in every single game, including the playoffs. It was a dominant unit led by Andrew Whitworth and first-year starter Austin Blythe, who took over for Jamon Brown to start the year and never relinquished the starting job.
As a result of the line’s play this season, the Rams have won Offensive Line of the Year, as selected by NFL Network’s Shaun O’Hara.
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february 2019 by rgl7194
LA Rams Aaron Donald wins 2018 Defensive Player of the Year award - Turf Show Times
Rectum? He damn near killed ‘em!
It seems like ages ago at this point, but there was a time in the not-so-distant past where Los Angeles Rams’ defensive tackle Aaron Donald wasn’t setting foot on the field until the organization came correct with the money.
The Rams ultimately paid the man, and the most dominant force on the defensive side of the football delivered...yet again.
For the second consecutive year, the NFL is naming Donald the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
This probably comes as no surprise, as he’s made his name that of the household variety on seemingly every Sunday (and Monday...and Thursday). AD99 set himself apart in the what figures to be the most important qualifier for the award, as he was the only defensive player to eclipse the 20-sack mark (with 20.5) on the year. Texans’ J.J. Watt finished second with 16.0.
Even when he wasn’t destroying the QB, Donald made it his business to be living in the opposition’s backfield — leading the league in tackles for loss, with 28. Vikings’ Danielle Hunter dropped in at No. 2 in that category with 21.
Cheers to ya, Aaron Donald! May you replicate your Week 7 performance in San Francisco (4.0 sacks, 9 tackles, 6 TFL, and 5 QB hits) on Super Bowl Sunday.
Mood...
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february 2019 by rgl7194
Aaron Donald wins 2nd straight NFL Defensive Player of the Year award
Aaron Donald has done it again. Despite missing all of training camp and the preseason, Donald was once again the most dominant defensive player in the league.
At the NFL Honors show on Saturday night, Donald was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, becoming just the third player ever to win the award in back-to-back years. The other two are Lawrence Taylor (1981-82) and J.J. Watt (2014-15).
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february 2019 by rgl7194
Rams' Aaron Donald wins second straight Defensive Player of Year - Los Angeles Rams Blog- ESPN
ATLANTA -- It comes as no surprise that Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year for a second consecutive season Saturday night. A fifth-year pro, Donald also was voted to the Pro Bowl for a fifth consecutive season.
Despite dealing with an inordinate number of double-teams, the 6-foot-1, 280-pound Donald recorded 20.5 sacks to set an NFL single-season record for a defensive tackle dating to when sacks became an official individual stat in 1982. His sack total also set a Rams franchise record, as the organization won back-to-back division titles for the first time since 1979 and advanced to the Super Bowl for the first time in 17 seasons.
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february 2019 by rgl7194
Andrew Whitworth wins 2019 Alan Page Community Award
Andrew Whitworth has made a lasting mark on the Los Angeles Rams since joining the team in 2017, both on and off the field. He was recognized for his community work on Thursday by being named the recipient of the Alan Page Community Award for 2019.
Via the NFLPA:
Previously known as the Byron Whizzer White Award before being re-established this past fall, the Alan Page Community Award is the highest honor that the NFLPA can bestow upon a player. The award annually recognizes one player who goes above and beyond to perform community service in their team cities and hometowns. Each of the finalists will receive an additional $10,000 for his foundation or charity of choice, with the winner being determined through a vote by their NFL peers.
Whitworth was instrumental in helping the community through a tragic period in November. In addition to the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, the area dealt with wildfires that burned widespread throughout Southern California.
Whitworth donated his game check to those impacted by the tragic shooting and shared a moment with fans after the Rams’ win over the Chiefs.
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february 2019 by rgl7194
Rams tackle Andrew Whitworth wins 2019 Alan Page Community Award
Los Angeles Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth was named the 2019 NFLPA Alan Page Community Award winner on Thursday.
Whitworth will receive $100,000 for his Big Whit 77 Foundation with the award, which was voted on by NFL players. The other finalists were the Bengals' Geno Atkins, the Jets' Kelvin Beachum, the Broncos' Von Miller and Panthers' Cam Newton. Each of the finalists received $10,000 for their charities.
Whitworth was recognized for donating his game check (approximately $60,000) to the Ventura County Community Foundation's Conejo Valley Victims Fund after the mass shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill that killed 12 people in Thousand Oaks, California. He also auctioned his game jersey to benefit the American Red Cross after the California wildfires in November. Whitworth himself was forced to evacuate his home because of the fires.
Whitworth's Rams are preparing to play in Sunday's Super Bowl. He was not at the NFLPA's news conference; his wife, Melissa, accepted the award.
Former Falcons tackle Mike Kenn introduced Melissa Whitworth and noted that her husband went "above and beyond in serving his city.''
football  rams  award 
february 2019 by rgl7194
Lakers News: LeBron James leads All-Star vote-getters, will be team captain for second straight year - Silver Screen and Roll
For the first time in three years, the Lakers will be represented at the All-Star game. What is not yet clear is if LeBron James will actually play in the event, however.
The Los Angeles Lakers have their All-Star. LeBron James will be making the trip to Charlotte, North Carolina for the 2019 NBA All-Star game after leading the league in fan votes (finishing with 4,620,809) for the second consecutive season. James also led all Western Conference frontcourt players in media votes and player votes.
As a result, he will once again be one of the two team captains for the All-Star game alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks.
It’s only been three years since the Lakers had someone in the All-Star game, but when Kobe Bryant led the NBA in All-Star votes in 2016, it wasn’t because he was playing at an All-Star level, it was because it was his last one. Dwyane Wade will probably make the All-Star game this year for the same reason.
James, on the other hand, is still really, really freaking good at basketball.
basketball  lakers  lebron  award 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Lakers LeBron James voted 2019 NBA All-Star Game starter, captain - Lakers Outsiders
LeBron James is headed to the All-Star game for the 15th time in his career. Having made the move to the Western Conference, James was once again the leading vote-getter, securing his place among the 2019 NBA All-Star Game starters.
The distinction makes him a captain for the second year in a row in the NBA’s new format which allows the leading vote-getter in each conference to pick his team from the remaining all-stars in a playground mode.
James is the first Los Angeles Laker to be an All-Star since Kobe Bryant earned the honor in his final season in 2016.
basketball  lakers  lebron  award 
january 2019 by rgl7194
LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo named NBA All-Star captains
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will serve as team captains of the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 17 in Charlotte, North Carolina, after receiving the most votes in their respective conferences.
James led all players in voting, and Antetokounmpo led the Eastern Conference vote. The captains will be tasked with drafting the All-Star Game rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference.
In the Western Conference, James is joined in the starter pool by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Houston Rockets guard James Harden.
basketball  lakers  lebron  award 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Aaron Donald receives PFF’s top award as best NFL player in 2018
Aaron Donald was the single most dominant player in the NFL this past season, ranking first in sacks, tackles for loss, pressures and quarterback hits. The mere thought of having to play him on Sundays gave quarterbacks and coaches nightmares, knowing how difficult he is to stop.
Despite his remarkable, record-setting season, he won’t win NFL MVP. It’s primarily a quarterback’s award and that honor will almost certainly go to Patrick Mahomes. Donald is all but a lock for Defensive Player of the Year, being in line to win it for a second straight season.
In Pro Football Focus’ eyes, he wasn’t just the best defender. He was simply the top player in the NFL this season regardless of position. Donald earned PFF’s highest honor by winning the Dwight Stephenson Award.
football  rams  AD99  award 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Aaron Donald surprises no one, wins 2018 PFF Defensive Player of the Year | NFL Analysis | Pro Football Focus
The Aaron Donald is an alien, truly not of this planet. The NFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year turned the league on its head a year ago, nearly breaking PFF’s grading system and laying claim to several PFF records. In 2018, he earned better grades, broke his own records and cemented himself as the best defensive player in the NFL.
Donald’s 95.6 overall grade led all qualifying defenders in 2018 and bested his 94.0 mark that earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2017. He also earned career-high run-defense (93.0) and pass-rush (94.3) grades this past season, pushing past what we thought was possible at the defensive interior position.
football  rams  AD99  award  grade 
january 2019 by rgl7194
And the winners of Your Best Shot 2018 are… | Flickr Blog
“Lonely alleys of Venice” by ines_maria
How this moment was captured: “I arrived by train to Venice in the very early morning—it was freezing cold. I strolled through the streets, the lights were still on in some homes and businesses. After turning into a side alley, peace and an eerie silence spread—it was just the kind of moment I always hope for: in this case, the feeling of loneliness, the dark abandoned silence. Suddenly, quietly, and slowly, these men appeared and disappeared. I knew this was the story I’d been longing to capture.”
The photographer: Ines Maria lives in Vienna and works as an art director at an advertising agency. As a self-taught photographer, her love and passion, as you can imagine, is photography. She believes humans contrasted with our artificial environment (streets and architecture) is a beautiful expression of photography.
Social:
500px: https://500px.com/ines_maria
photography  flickr  award  contest 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Rams’ Aaron Donald named 2018 PFWA Defensive Player of the Year
Aaron Donald has been the best defensive player in the NFL the past two years and he’s earned some of the top accolades for his efforts. Although he was snubbed for Defensive Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America in 2017, the voters made up for it this year.
On Wednesday, Donald was named PFWA’s 2018 Defensive Player of the Year.
He led the league in sacks with 20.5 and also had the most tackles for loss, pressures and quarterback hits. It was as dominant a season as we’ve seen from a defensive player in recent memory, entering the MVP conversation at one point late in the year.
Donald is just the second Rams player ever to win the award.
Calais Campbell was well deserving of the award last year and it’s easy to see why the writers gave it to him, but there was no debate this season. Donald is the best defensive player in the league, and it’s not particularly close.
Given his impressive numbers, it’s likely that Donald will win AP Defensive Player of the year for the second straight season. That award will be announced at the NFL Honors show the night before the Super Bowl.
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january 2019 by rgl7194
Aaron Donald, Todd Gurley, Cory Littleton make PFWA 2018 All-NFC team - Turf Show Times
This trio of Rams continue to pull in awards after fantastic 2018 campaigns.
As if the Los Angeles Rams haven’t had a tremendous season by all accounts, the trio of DT Aaron Donald, RB Todd Gurley, and ILB Cory Littleton continue to find individual success too:
The trio of Rams have all be named to the Pro Football Writers of America’s 2018 All-NFC team. Both Donald and Gurley also made the All-NFL team, where Littleton was named the special teamer on the All-NFC team only.
This is Donald’s fifth time earning the award and Gurley’s second. In what seems to have become a trend, this trio of Rams were also named 2018 pro bowlers as well as All-Pro’s.
Donald had a legendary 2018 campaign eclipsing the all-time defensive tackle sack record as well as the all-time Rams’ sack record, accumulating 20.5 sacks on the season. Gurley missed the final two weeks of the season but still put forth one of the best RB seasons in the league with over 1,700+ yards from scrimmage and 21 TD’s. Littleton continues his ascension as arguably the best special teams player in football.
As great as the individual awards are, the Rams are officially 120 minutes away from all-time glory.
football  rams  gurley  AD99  award 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Todd Gurley, Aaron Donald selected to PFWA All-NFL team
The postseason accolades just keep coming for Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald. After already being named All-Pros by the Associated Press, Gurley and Donald were also selected to the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-NFL team.
Gurley is joined by Ezekiel Elliott at running back, while Donald shares the honor at defensive tackle with Fletcher Cox of the Eagles. They were the only Rams selected to the team, while the Bears had the most players on the squad with four.
football  rams  gurley  AD99  award 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » Bohemian Rhapsody
So what have we learned?
It was the worst-reviewed Golden Globe winner in 33 years:
Bohemian Rhapsody Is the Worst-Reviewed Golden Globe Winner in 33 Years
Not that I needed Rotten Tomatoes to tell me this, I’ve been tracking it all along. Excoriated in the press, I’ve yet to find one person who didn’t absolutely adore it.
This movie should have been a nonstarter. Aged rock band’s surviving members shepherd a biopic to the screen. The story is too old, not intriguing enough, and everybody will tell you you don’t want the subjects involved, they can never agree on anything and they want a whitewash.
But “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the highest grossing biopic of all time, with a $743,677,266 gross, with $193,644,966 of that in the U.S.
music  movies  review  biography  lefsetz  money  award 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Rams stars grab NFC West awards on both sides of ball - NFC West- ESPN
The Los Angeles Rams claimed the NFC West title all the way back in Week 13, so it's appropriate that they take home half of the division awards handed out by ESPN reporters Brady Henderson (Seattle Seahawks), Lindsey Thiry (Los Angeles Rams), Nick Wagoner (San Francisco 49ers) and Josh Weinfuss (Arizona Cardinals). But the Rams didn't take them all.
Defensive MVP -- Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald: He held out of training camp for two consecutive seasons, refusing to settle for less than his worth. With 10 days until the opener, Donald signed a six-year, $135 million extension -- including $87 million guaranteed -- to become the highest paid defensive player in NFL history (Khalil Mack signed a deal worth more the following day).
Then Donald overcame a sluggish start to go on a tear. He was held without a sack through the first three games, but finished the season with record-breaking numbers.
Despite dealing with double-teams on an overwhelming majority of snaps, Donald recorded 20.5 sacks to set a new NFL single-season record for a defensive tackle, since sacks became an official individual stat in 1982. His 20.5 sacks also set a new Rams franchise record.
Against the 49ers in Week 7, Donald set a new career best with four sacks.
"I've had some pretty good players," said Wade Phillips, the Rams' 71-year-old defensive coordinator. "But he's certainly right up there equal or better."
Donald earned his fifth Pro Bowl honor in five seasons and, while considered an outsider in the MVP race, is the favorite to repeat as the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year. -- Lindsey Thiry
Division Award Winners
Some postseason awards are easy to pick -- defensive player of the year in the NFC West? It's easily Rams DT Aaron Donald. Other awards? Wide open.
Offensive MVP -- Rams running back Todd Gurley: Before the start of his fourth season, Gurley signed a four-year contract extension worth $60 million, with $45 million guaranteed, to become the highest-paid running back in NFL history.
He certainly proved his worth in the Rams' high-scoring offense.
Despite sitting out the final two regular-season games because of a sore knee, Gurley scored a league-best 21 touchdowns, ranked third with 1,251 rushing yards and caught 59 passes for 580 yards. Among players who started more than three games, Gurley ranked second in rushing yards per game, averaging 89.4.
Through 11 weeks, and a 10-1 start, Gurley was considered a serious contender in the MVP race. He rushed for a career-high 208 yards in a victory over the Denver Broncos. And he also set a new franchise record after he scored a touchdown in 13 consecutive games dating to the 2017 season.
"I've said it a handful of times," quarterback Jared Goff said. "I'm very thankful to have him next to me and be able to play alongside him for hopefully a long time."
Gurley was named to his third Pro Bowl. -- Lindsey Thiry
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january 2019 by rgl7194
2018-19 Lakers midseason awards: Who has been L.A.’s MVP? - Silver Screen and Roll
Most Valuable Player: LeBron James
The Lakers have played seven games without LeBron James this season. They lost five of those games, two of which came against below .500 teams.
That’s not just his case for the Lakers’ Most Valuable Player, that’s the beginning of his case for the real thing at the end of the season.
James is also on pace to average the most points per game he’s averaged since he won his first NBA MVP award in 2009, despite the fact that he’s averaging the fewest minutes per game of his career.
Once he returns from injury, the second half of James’ season will be committed to carrying the Lakers to their first playoff berth in six years. There’s still a lot of time left in the season, but it looks like he’s going to do just that. That makes him the most valuable player on the Lakers, and possibly the best one in the league.
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january 2019 by rgl7194
Aaron Donald joins rare group with 4th All-Pro pick in first 5 years
Aaron Donald is essentially a lock to win Defensive Player of the Year for a second straight season after leading the league in sacks (20.5), tackles for loss (25) and quarterback hits (41). That was made even more evident when he was named a first-team All-Pro at defensive tackle as a unanimous selection by receiving all 50 votes at the position.
It’s the fourth straight year he’s been selected as a first-team All-Pro, making the team for the fourth time in his first five seasons. He became just the third defensive lineman ever to make it in four of his first five years, joining elite company.
Reggie White is already a Hall of Famer and J.J. Watt is well on his way to Canton, which is good news for Donald. Considering he’s already won Defensive Player of the Year once, is in line to win it again, has made the Pro Bowl all five seasons he’s been in the NFL and earned four All-Pro selections, his resume is as good as it gets.
That’s not to say he’s guaranteed to make the playoffs, but given the way he’s dominated at the defensive tackle position, he has a phenomenal chance to make it to Canton at the end of his career.
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january 2019 by rgl7194
Patrick Mahomes among four Kansas City Chiefs players on AP NFL All-Pro Team
NEW YORK -- Patrick Mahomes and three other Kansas City Chiefs players made The Associated Press 2018 NFL All-Pro Team on Friday. They were joined by the first rookie teammates since 1965 -- Indianapolis Colts left guard Quenton Nelson and linebacker Darius Leonard.
Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was the only unanimous choice in balloting by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league.
"That's surreal," Donald said. "It's a blessing. Wow! You see the hard work pay off. A lot of credit to my teammates and my coaches for pushing me and helping me."
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january 2019 by rgl7194
Rams’ Aaron Donald, Todd Gurley named 2018 first-team All-Pros
For the second straight year, both Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald are representing the Los Angeles Rams as first-team All-Pros. The All-Pro selections were announced on Friday and those two were Los Angeles’ only picks.
This is the fourth year in a row Donald has been named a first-team All-Pro at defensive tackle and it was impossible to argue against his selection this time around. He led the league in sacks (20.5), tackles for loss (25) and quarterback hits (41) – all of which were career highs.
Donald was a unanimous selection, receiving all 50 of the panel’s votes at defensive tackle.
“That’s surreal,” Donald said of the honor. “It’s a blessing. Wow! You see the hard work pay off. A lot of credit to my teammates and my coaches for pushing me and helping me.”
Donald missed Michael Strahan’s single-season record by just two sacks but still set the Rams’ franchise record previously held by Robert Quinn and set the new bar for a defensive tackle.
Gurley missed the last two games of the season with a knee injury but still led the league in rushing touchdowns (17), total touchdowns (21) and finished third in rushing with 1,251 yards. He came up short of last year’s total of 2,093 yards from scrimmage, but still had a very respectable 1,831 in 14 games this season.
Additionally, Johnny Hekker and Cory Littleton were named second-team selections at punter and on special teams, respectively. Hekker wasn’t called upon often this season, punting it just 43 times, which is 22 fewer punts than he had in 2017.
Littleton blocked two punts this season and was a core special teamer for the Rams, earning a Pro Bowl selection as well as a second-team All-Pro pick.
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january 2019 by rgl7194
LA Rams Aaron Donald, Todd Gurley, Littleton, Hekker named AP All-Pros - Turf Show Times
The Rams had four players make the AP all-pro teams. Fair amount considering the team was 13-3.
The Associated Press has released their first and second team All-Pro rosters, and four Los Angeles Rams made the cut.
Here’s the list of first-team All-Pros which include RB Todd Gurley and DT Aaron Donald...
Here’s the list of second-team All-Pros which include P Johnny Hekker and ST Cory Littleton (not Littlejohn)...
The sure-fire shoe-in was obviously going to be Aaron Donald, as he set not only team records but NFL records (all-time single-season DT sack record, Rams single-season sack record).
Todd Gurley had a shot to lead the league in rushing yardage, yards from scrimmage, and total touchdowns (he won the TD title), though his final two weeks were spent inactive on the sidelines due to a knee injury. Still, Gurley is rewarded as a first-team All-Pro at RB which he was highly deserving of.
Cory Littleton and Johnny Hekker both make it in as second-team All-Pros on the special teams unit. Littleton has proven to arguably be the best punt blocker in the NFL, and Hekker has a career’s list of achievements as one of the best punters in football.
Congrats to these guys!
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january 2019 by rgl7194
LA Rams DT Aaron Donald named NFC Defensive Player of the Month - Turf Show Times
The Rams DL capped off a strong 2018 season with the December award.
Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald capped off his stellar 2018 season by winning the NFC Defensive Player of the Month award. For the month of December, Donald racked up six sacks, nine tackles for loss, 13 quarterback hits, and a forced fumble in the five games to end the 2018 regular season.
After finally getting paid, Donald didn’t pack it in and plateau. AD99 finished the regular season with a franchise-record 20.5 sacks, the league-leading figure while setting a new NFL record for sacks by a defensive tackle.
Donald was also named the NFC Player of the Month in October and ironically never won the monthly award before this season, despite winning AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.
Congratulations to a great month and amazing regular season for Aaron Donald. Let’s hope the success continues for three more games as the Rams will resume practice today before taking a couple days off.
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january 2019 by rgl7194
Aaron Donald wins NFC Defensive Player of the Month for 2nd time
Aaron Donald is clearly the favorite to win Defensive Player of the Year for a second straight season, leading the league in sacks, pressures, tackles for loss and quarterback hits. But if he needed another accolade to add to his resume, he got it.
On Thursday, Donald was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for the second time this season, dominating in the month of December with six sacks, 21 tackles (nine for loss), 13 quarterback hits and a forced fumble.
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january 2019 by rgl7194
The Ringer Staff’s 2018 NFL Awards Predictions - The Ringer
Defensive Player of the Year
Aaron Donald, Rams
Mays: Donald had one of the greatest seasons by a pass rusher in NFL history.
Donald
Clark: Getting 20 sacks from an interior lineman position shouldn’t be possible. Then again, nothing Donald does should be possible.
Donald
Kelly: This one’s easy. Donald is the single most unblockable defender in football: He led the NFL with 20.5 sacks — all from the interior — and lapped the field with 106 total pressures, per PFF, 11 more than the next closest defender and the most any player has recorded since J.J. Watt notched 119 in 2014.
Donald
McAtee: Donald leads the league in sacks, which is still mind-blowing considering he plays on the interior of his defensive line. He’s done more than enough to take this award home for the second consecutive year. The Rams should pay him again.
Donald
Heifetz: Simply looking at Donald’s sack and pressure totals doesn’t do his numbers justice. Through 16 weeks, he had 100 quarterback pressures. Philadelphia’s Fletcher Cox (87) was the only other player with more than 75. Entering Week 17, the distance between Donald’s 19.5 sacks and second-place Chris Jones (15.5) was equal to the gap between Jones and 16th-ranked Jason Pierre-Paul (11.5). With respect to Khalil Mack, Donald is still far and away the best defensive player in the league, and a vote for anybody else just means that greatness bores you.
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january 2019 by rgl7194
2018 PFF NFL All-Pro Team | NFL Analysis | Pro Football Focus
DI – AARON DONALD, LOS ANGELES RAMS & FLETCHER COX, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Second Team: Akiem Hicks, Chicago Bears & Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs
Donald was doing things on the interior the likes of which the game has never seen this season. 106 pressures. 21 sacks. 20 hits. Four separate games with 10-plus pressures. The numbers are absurd. No one can touch Donald’s production, but Cox was in rarified company, as well. His 95 total pressures this season were the most we’ve ever seen from a defensive tackle not named Donald.
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january 2019 by rgl7194
Rams only get one player on PFF’s 2018 All-Pro team
After a wildly impressive 2017 season in which the Los Angeles Rams won 11 games and the NFC West, they got even better this year. They won 13 games, earned a first-round bye and set the franchise record for the most first downs in a season.
One area in which they regressed was the number of players they had selected to the Pro Bowl, surprisingly only earning four primary selections with a few others being alternates. The Rams also had fewer players named to Pro Football Focus’ All-Pro team than they did last year, down from three to one.
It’s probably easy to guess who the Rams’ lone representative is, considering he’s the front-runner for Defensive Player of the Year and is arguably the most dominant guy in the NFL. Yes, it’s Aaron Donald, who had the highest grade of any interior defender in the league. He and Fletcher Cox were PFF’s first-team selections at defensive interior.
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january 2019 by rgl7194
The Final Two: 2018 Lamley Awards Hot Wheels & 1/64 Diecast Models of the Year – theLamleyGroup
That was fun, but it is time to but the 2018 Lamley Awards to bed.
With the blog, IG, and YouTube audience growing, there were BY FAR more votes cast in 2018 than any other Lamley Awards year, and that made this one interesting to watch. I’ve already unveiled most of the awards, but here are the final two.
After doing these, I am going to create some NON-Mattel categories next year. It takes some thinking, because outside of TLV I am not as thorough in covering everything. But we will figure it out. It is obvious I need to considering two Asian brands took the Model of the Year top spots.
Thanks everyone for voting, and let’s do it again in a year.
The full results...
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january 2019 by rgl7194
Here they are! Your 2018 Lamley Award Winners! – theLamleyGroup
There is one strong theme that came out of the Lamley Award polling in 2018:
It was a really good year.
The Lamley Awards certainly don’t speak for all of the 1/64 world. They speak for this little corner we’ve formed. HW Super Treasure Hunts and Premium lines, plus new models from both Mattel brands tend to dominate what you want to see from me, and what I like to cover.
So the Lamley Awards are being rolled out in two parts. The first is the 2018 Award Winners in the most popular categories in the Lamley World: Hot Wheels Supers, New Models, and Premium New Models, plus Matchbox New Models.
I give you the Top 3, plus my choice in each category.
Later today I will unveil the winner of the two categories that had nominees: Hot Wheels Model of the Year and Lamley 1/64 Model of the Year.
For now, get you tuxedo or gown on, tell us who you’re wearing, and watch as the winners are unveiled...
The results...
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january 2019 by rgl7194
2019 NFL Pro Bowl selections for all 32 teams - Full NFC, AFC rosters
Los Angeles Rams
Pro Bowlers: Jared Goff, QB (2); Todd Gurley, RB (3); Aaron Donald, DT (5); Cory Littleton, LB (1)
Despite an 11-3 season, the Rams' selections are down from a season ago, when eight players, including three alternates, were included on the Pro Bowl roster. Goff, included as an alternate last season, and Gurley, a three-time selection, were among the top five players in fan voting. Goff has passed for 4,273 yards and 27 touchdowns. Gurley leads the NFL with 21 total touchdowns. And Donald, selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his five NFL seasons, leads the league with 16.5 sacks. Littleton, an undrafted free agent in 2016, earned his first selection on special teams.
Did you know? Left guard Rodger Saffold is a first alternate. Saffold, a ninth-year pro, is in the final season of his contract with the Rams and never has been selected to the Pro Bowl. -- Lindsey Thiry
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december 2018 by rgl7194
Cory Littleton extends Rams’ special teams Pro Bowl streak to 4 years
The NFL announced Pro Bowl rosters for both the AFC and NFC on Tuesday night with four Los Angeles Rams being selected. They had five primary selections last year before the number grew to eight thanks to alternates, so their total this season is down slightly.
Part of the reason the Rams had fewer selections this year is that their special teams unit wasn’t as well-represented as it was last season. A year ago, four special teams players from the Rams made it, but this year, there was just one: Cory Littleton.
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december 2018 by rgl7194
Four Los Angeles Rams make 2019 Pro Bowl roster - Turf Show Times
Four Rams will represent the team at the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl in January in Orlando.
Four Los Angeles Rams have made the 2019 pro bowl:
QB Jared Goff, RB Todd Gurley, DT Aaron Donald, and ILB Cory Littleton all made the pro bowl. Littleton will go as a starter on the special teams, the remaining guys will all man their natural positions.
All four players are off to career years. Goff will set new career highs in passing yardage and touchdowns. Gurley is up to 1,700 all-purpose yards and a combined 21 touchdowns. Donald is having an all-world season with 16.5 sacks and two weak opponents remaining. Lastly, Littleton’s proved to be a dangerous special teams weapon for multiple years now.
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december 2018 by rgl7194
Todd Gurley, Jared Goff among Rams’ 2019 Pro Bowl selections
For the second consecutive year, the Los Angeles Rams are well-represented on the NFC Pro Bowl roster. On Tuesday night, the NFL revealed the rosters for each Pro Bowl team and four Rams made the cut.
The headliners, of course, were Todd Gurley and Jared Goff – who both finished in the top five of fan voting – as well as Aaron Donald. It’s the second straight year all three have been named to the Pro Bowl.
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december 2018 by rgl7194
LeBron James of Los Angeles Lakers named Associated Press male athlete of the year for third time
It was, by any measure, a fantastic year for LeBron James.
James made it to the NBA Finals for the eighth consecutive year. He changed addresses again, leaving Cleveland for the second time to join the Los Angeles Lakers in the biggest move of free agency over the summer. He remained arguably the dominant player in the basketball, adding even more glitz to a legacy that reached epic status long ago.
And even without a title, it may have been his most significant year.
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december 2018 by rgl7194
LeBron James Named AP Male Athlete of the Year - Lakers Outsiders
For the third time in his career, LeBron James has been named AP’s Male Athlete of the Year, an award that has candidates from all major sports. James finished with 78 points, 32 points more than second place Mookie Betts of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox. Alex Ovechkin placed third, Patrick Mahomes was fourth, and a horse (Triple Crown winner Justify) was fifth.
“I would describe it as a success because I was able to inspire so many people throughout the year,” James said. “I got to go back to China, to Paris, to Berlin, I opened up a school. And all these kids I was able to see, all over the world and in my hometown, I was able to inspire, to make them think they can be so much more than what they think they’re capable of being. That was my outlook for 2018.”
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december 2018 by rgl7194
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