Stunner: Keenum-Diggs TD sends Vikings past Saints

first_imgMOST READ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals “I’m more toward the end of my career than I am at the beginning, I know that,” Brees said. “That’s all I’ll divulge.”Vikings: move on to Philadelphia for the 10th championship game appearance in franchise history, the fifth in the last 30 years. They won the first four, losing in the Super Bowl each time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Keenum completed his last-ditch heave near the sideline Sunday on the game’s final play to Stefon Diggs, who slithered away from the Saints for a 61-yard touchdown to give the Vikings a 29-24 victory and a spot in the NFC championship game at Philadelphia.“At that point, I’m just a kid throwing a football to another big kid,” Keenum said with a smile, “and he just runs and scores.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkOne more win, against the Eagles, and the Vikings will become the first team to play in a Super Bowl on their home turf. Instead of the usual win-or-go-home stakes, they’re in a win-and-go-home situation.“It never ends that way,” Diggs said. “Usually, it’s reality. It’s life. So things go and you walk home and worry it about tomorrow.” Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) runs in for a game winning touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of an NFL divisional football playoff game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. The Vikings defeated the Saints 29-24. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)MINNEAPOLIS — As Case Keenum convened the Minnesota huddle with 10 seconds left, the situation staring down the Vikings was as simple as it was daunting.With the go-ahead field goal by the New Orleans Saints that silenced this deafening stadium still fresh in the air, the Vikings were well beyond any moment of anxiety. All that was left for Keenum to do on that last snap was to throw the ball up like he used to do in his Texas backyards and hope for the best.ADVERTISEMENT PICKED OFFBrees saw his 13th career postseason game end in a crushing final moment, his 25-for-40 performance for 294 yards tainted a bit by two interceptions before halftime. One came on a leaping grab by safety Andrew Sendejo, the other off a tip by Griffen that landed in Anthony Barr’s arms at the Minnesota 10-yard line midway through the third quarter.FIRST-HALF FORCEThe Vikings came roaring out of their first-round bye, forcing punts by the Saints on their first three possessions and moving 55 yards in eight plays for a touchdown run by Jerick McKinnon on their first drive. Aided by two pass interference calls on Ken Crawley for 54 yards, the Vikings reached the 1-yard line before settling for a short field goal on the next possession. They pushed the lead to 17-0 early in the second quarter when Latavius Murray plowed in from the 1-yard line.“The Vikings had a phenomenal game plan,” Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan said.The only other time the Saints went scoreless in the first half of a postseason game was five years ago. They fell behind 16-0 at Seattle in the divisional round and lost 23-15 to the eventual Super Bowl champions.SENDEJO DOWNThe first touchdown to Thomas came one play after he leveled Sendejo with a jarring blindside block, sending Sendejo to the sideline for concussion evaluation and reigniting the crowd when the flag that was initially thrown was waved off.UP NEXTSaints: head home with a 1-5 record on the road in the playoffs under Payton, with a promising group of young players but some uncertainty around how much longer Brees, who will turn 39 on Monday, will stick around. Kizzire outlasts Hahn on 6th hole to win Sony Open Instead, Drew Brees and the Saints were the ones trudging off the field in defeat.“We’re still a bit shell-shocked after what happened there at the end,” said Brees, who steered the Saints in position for Wil Lutz’s 43-yard kick with 25 seconds remaining that punctuating a forceful rally from a 17-point deficit that stood until 1:16 was left in the third quarter.The field goal was set up by a fourth-and-10 completion by Brees to Willie Snead for 13 yards to the Minnesota 33 with 40 seconds left. Brees connected with Michael Thomas for two of his three touchdown passes in a span of 3:09 that spilled into the fourth quarter. The second score was set up at the Minnesota 40 by an interception by Marcus Williams, when an off-balance throw into traffic by Keenum served as his one costly moment of recklessness, a “bonehead play,” as he put it.Keenum settled back in. He guided the Vikings to two more field goals by Kai Forbath, including a 53-yarder with 1:29 left that was his third of the game against his former team and gave them their lead back after a blocked punt by George Johnson had set up the Saints for a touchdown pass by Brees to Alvin Kamara.Then came the play that put Keenum and Diggs in permanent rotation on the NFL’s all-time highlight reels.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson “We knew there was still a possibility, still some hope,” Keenum said.This wasn’t quite Franco Harris and the Immaculate Reception for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1972 playoffs, but these Vikings are on some kind of special path after turning to Keenum in the second game of the season after original starter Sam Bradford was sidelined by a knee injury.The Vikings were out of timeouts and nearly out of options when Keenum dropped back from his 39 and threw high into a crowd. Diggs jumped in front of Williams, who rolled awkwardly underneath Diggs during an ill-fated attempt at making a low tackle.Devastatingly for the Saints, nobody was behind him in the secondary, as Diggs made sure to note right before he made the break on his route during the play the Vikings, believe it or not, call “Seven Heaven.”Diggs kept his balance as he landed, kept his feet in bounds and kept on running untouched into the end zone as the crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium erupted with euphoria. Keenum raced around the field, looking for anyone to hug.“I’m shocked. I don’t know what else to say. This is the first time ever I’m out of words,” Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen said.Keenum, the undrafted and undersized all-time leading passer in NCAA history who was making his first career playoff start and has long looked up to Brees, was having a hard time finding the words to describe the experience. He finished with 318 yards, going 25 for 40, with Diggs catching 137 yards on six catches.“A heck of a game, wasn’t it?” head coach Mike Zimmer said. “And the good guys won.”Diggs was still in full uniform when he took the podium for his postgame interview, the ball from the winning catch resting safely in front of him on the lectern.“It’s plays like this that you dream about your whole life,” he said, “and it finally happens.”last_img read more

Arsenal, Man United get their Europa League campaign underway

first_imgArsenal drew with Watford in their last competitive fixture. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)Eintracht Frankfurt vs ArsenalCommerzbank Arena, Frankfurt am mainThursday, 19-09-2019 @7:55pmReferee: Davide Massa (Ita)Arsenal have had a shaky start to the season and will be hoping to return to winning ways when they take on Eintracht Frankfurt in their Europa League opener on Thursday evening.The home side will be without Mijat Gacinovic , who picked up an injury in training last week, while former Swansea City player Jonathan de Guzman misses out due to a muscular problem. Veteran defender Marco Russ is ruled out due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. Sebastian Rode and Goncalo Paciencia are both doubts for the game.For Arsenal, Alexandre Lacazette is out until October with an ankle problem, and the chances ofKieran Tierney featuring are close to zero as the new signing continues to recover from a hernia operation. Hector Bellerin , Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos are Arsenal’s trio of long-term absentees, although they are all expected to return to training over the next month.This will be the first competitive meeting between Eintracht Frankfurt and Arsenal. Eintracht’s last three meetings with English opponents have all finished level, with the German side drawing 1-1 with Chelsea in both legs of last season’s Europa League semi-final, before being eliminated on penalties. Arsenal have lost their last four away European games against German opponents, scoring twice and conceding 13 in the process. In Champions League and Europa League combined, Arsenal have not been eliminated at the first group stage since the 1999-00 Champions League. Including qualifiers, Eintracht Frankfurt are unbeaten in their last 16 home games in European competition (W12 D4), since a 1-2 defeat against Palermo in the 2006-07 UEFA Cup.Man United vs AstanaOld Trafford, ManchesterThursday, 19-09-2019 @10pmReferee: Francios Letexier (Fra)Just like Arsenal, United have endured a none convincing start to the season. However, the Red Devils beat Leicester City 1-0 this past weekend and will be hoping to make it two victories in as many games when Astana comes to town on Thursday night.United beat Leicester in their weekend’s league fixture.The visitors have no injury concerns ahead of game, and will be able to accommodate defender Zarko Tomasevic, who is facing a lengthy domestic ban.For United, Ole Gunner Solskjaer suggested ahead of last weekend’s 1-0 win over Leicester City that the players not fit for that game might return for the trip to West Ham United, meaning that Pogba,Anthony Martial , Jesse Lingard and Diogo Dalot will not come back for this game. Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly remain the club’s only long-term absentees, with the latter set for a return by November.This will be the first ever competitive meeting between an English side and a Kazakhstan side. Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 11 Europa League games (W8 D3), winning the tournament the last time they competed in it (2016-17). In last season’s Europa League, FC Astana became the third side to have as many as eight points from their opening four group games but fail to qualify for the knockout stages. Manchester United have lost their last two home games in European competition. They’ve never lost three in a row at Old Trafford before. After losing six of their first seven away games in major European competition (D1), Astana have lost just one of their last six on the road (W2 D3).The other Europa League fixturesThursday, 19-09-2019 @7:55-APOEL vs E91 Dedelange-Qarabag vs Sevilla-Dynamo Kiev vs Malmo FF-Copenhagen vs Lugano-Basel vs Krasnodar-Getafe vs Trabzonspor-PSV vs Sporting Lisbon-LASK vs Rosenborg-Rennes vs Celtic-CFR Cluj vs Lazio-Standard Liege vs Vitoria GuimaraesThursday, 19-09-2019 @10pm-Wolfsburg vs Oleksandria-Gent vs Saint Etienne-Roma vs Istanbul BB-Monchengladbach vs Wolfsberger AC-Wolves vs Sporting Braga-Slovan Bratsilava vs Besiktas-Partizan vs AZ-Porto vs Young Boys-Rangers vs Feyenoord-Ludogorets vs CSKA Moscow-Espanyol vs FerencvarosComments Tags: arsenalAstanaEintracht Frankfurtman Unitedtoplast_img read more

Dramatic take-off foul up

first_imgRead more about the Boeing 737 aircraft Dramatic video has just been released of a Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737 making two attempts to take-off from Frankfurt Airport on July 23rd.The vision taken by “bristolcardifairport” shows the 737 lifting off with its tail only just missing the runway, struggling into the sky and about to stall.The problem? The pilots forgot to set the flaps for take-off and thus didn’t have the lift required at normal take-off speed.Royal Air Maroc safety ratingThe pilots put the 737 back onto the runway, continued the take-off roll and increased speed before successfully lifting off.The incident starts at the 25 second mark of the video below.last_img

Mandela’s personal chef publishes cookbook

first_imgXoliswa Ndoyiya has cooked for the former president for two decades.Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) Over 60 recipes are available in the book,and Ndoyiya says they can all be made with ingredients found in any average kitchen. (Image: Real African Publishers) MEDIA CONTACTS •Sello Hatang  Communications manager,   Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory  +27 11 547 5600 • Angela McClelland  Real African Publishers  +27 11 833 2294 or +27 83 297 7679 RELATED ARTICLES • Mandela quotations book published • Mandela archive to go online • World leaders praise Mandela • New Mandela book released • Mandela TV series to start productionShamin ChibbaThe life of Nelson Mandela has been recorded in numerous books – one of the most comprehensive is his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.Now, the latest Mandela book offers an insight of a different kind – that of his culinary preferences.Xoliswa Ndoyiya, Mandela’s personal chef, has decided to reveal the former president’s best-loved dishes in a cookbook titled Ukutya Kwasekhaya: Tastes from Nelson Mandela’s Kitchen.The book is published by Real African Publishers, and contains more than 60 recipes made for Mandela and his family in the 20 years Ndoyiya, known affectionately as Sis’ Xoli, has been his chef.With full colour photographs, Ukutya Kwasekhaya (isiXhosa, meaning “home food”) captures the simple tastes of traditional dishes that Mandela enjoys at home and on his travels.“Madiba is happiest with traditional food,” said Ndoyiya. “If you do not give it to him for a few days he will ask, ‘What’s wrong? Why are you not feeding me well?’”Recipes include chicken soup, umqusho (samp and beans), umsila wenkomo (oxtail stew), dombolo (dumplings) and umxhaxha (corn and pumpkin).The book was co-written by food writer, radio and television broadcaster Anna Trapido, with photography by former The Star picture editor Debbie Yazbek.The foreword was contributed by Nelson Mandela Foundation chairperson Prof Jakes Gerwel.It started with a dreamWhile researching Mandela’s eating habits for her cookbook Hunger for Freedom, Trapido asked Ndoyiya for some recipes.“I told her I cannot give her all the recipes because I have a dream to one day write my own cookbook,” said Ndoyiya.Trapido then helped Ndoyiya to write Ukutya Kwasekhaya, which took four and a half years to complete.“It took so long because I am a full-time cook and I had to take my time and respect the time of the people helping,” said Ndoyiya.According to the author, the Nobel laureate was happy about her idea of putting his gastronomic habits into a book. “He said I must just carry on and not stop,” she said.Cooking “our” foodLike her renowned employer, Ndoyiya is an Eastern Cape native who grew up in Mlungisi township in Queenstown. After school she moved to Johannesburg in 1988, she established herself as a chef, eventually taking up a position at the Jewish Old Age Home in Troyeville in the city’s CBD.In 1992, Ndoyiya was introduced to Mandela when he was looking for a personal chef.“Madiba said [to Ndoyiya], ‘I believe that you are a great cook, but can you cook our food?’ I replied that I could cook ukutya kwasekhaya and that was that,” she said.Ndoyiya said the book has been a long time coming, and that she’s wanted to publish a cookbook as a way to show her family, especially her children, what she has accomplished in the years that she’s been away from them.She has dedicated the book to her mother and sister, both of whom helped raise her children.Ndoyiya used the process of writing the book to explore the dishes she rarely cooked for the Mandela family.Her intention was to share her recipes with everyone and show the world the various kinds of meals that are prepared in a real South African kitchen.Simple dishes fit for a presidentNdoyiya’s success in the kitchen lies in the simplicity of her dishes as all the ingredients, she said, can be found in the average kitchen cupboard.“I am not ashamed to say that I use stock cubes, Aromat and margarine, because that is what tastes good and feels right to me. If I hide the fact that I use them I am removing my secret tricks from you.”And though Mandela is one of the most famous men in the world, his culinary tastes are as simple as any other person. Ndoyiya said he is not fussy and appreciates every meal she cooks for him.“He does not ask for specific food; he eats anything I put in front of him.”She spoke of the reasons she has cooked for the former president for so long, saying that loyalty and the love for what she does has kept her in Madiba’s kitchen for two decades.She also implied that her job was made easier by Mandela’s gracious nature as, “he is just like a father and makes you feel at home.”Ndoyiya is grateful for having served and contributed to Mandela’s well-being, she said, as this is an opportunity most people would like to have.Telling Africa’s storiesReal African Publishers spokesperson Angela McClelland said that the cookbook will be the first of its kind published by the company, which usually focuses on cultural and political genres.It was the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory that approached Real African Publishers with the idea of publishing Ndoyiya’s book.McClelland said there are plans to distribute the book internationally in February.last_img read more

Certain Farm Service Agency offices to reopen temporarily

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18, in addition to Tuesday, January 22, during normal business hours. The offices will be closed for the federal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 21.In almost half of FSA locations, FSA staff will be available to assist agricultural producers with existing farm loans and to ensure the agency provides 1099 tax documents to borrowers by the Internal Revenue Service’s deadline.“Until Congress sends President Trump an appropriations bill in the form that he will sign, we are doing our best to minimize the impact of the partial federal funding lapse on America’s agricultural producers,” Perdue said.  “We are bringing back part of our FSA team to help producers with existing farm loans.  Meanwhile, we continue to examine our legal authorities to ensure we are providing services to our customers to the greatest extent possible during the shutdown.”The locations in Ohio that will be open Jan. 17, 18 and 22 include:Bellefontaine Service Center 338 County Road 11, Bellefontaine, OH 43311 (937) 592-8896Celina Service Center 220 W. Livingston Street, Suite 2, Celina, Ohio 45822 (419) 586-3149Defiance Service Center 06879 Evansport Road, Suite D, Defiance, Ohio 43512 (419) 782-4781Eaton Service Center 1655 N Barron Street, Eaton Center, Eaton, OH 45320 (937) 456-4211Georgetown Service Center 702 S Main Street, Georgetown, OH 45121 (937) 378-6173Jackson Service Center 2026 Fairgreens Road, Jackson, OH 45640 (740) 286-1402New Philadelphia Service Center 277 Canal Avenue SE, Suite A, New Philadelphia, OH 44663 (330) 339-4791Norwalk Service Center 8 Fair Road, Norwalk, OH 44857 (419) 668-4113Ottawa Service Center 1800 N. Perry Street, Ottawa, Ohio 45875 (419) 523-4871Salem Service Center 1834 S. Lincoln Avenue, Suite A, Salem, OH 44460 (330) 424-5525Tiffin Service Center 3140 S State Route 100, Suite C, Tiffin, OH 44883 (419) 447-7071Washington Court House Service Center 1415 US 22 SW, Suite 700, Washington Courthouse, OH 43160 (740) 335-0890Xenia Service Center 1363 Burnett Drive, Xenia, OH 45385 (937) 372-4477Zanesville Service Center 225 Underwood Street, Suite 300, Zanesville, OH 43701 (740) 454-2824Staff will be helping with certain programs, including:Processing payments made on or before December 31, 2018.Continuing expiring financing statements.Opening mail to identify priority items.Additionally, as an intermittent incidental duty, staff may release proceeds from the sale of loan security by signing checks jointly payable to FSA that are brought to the county office by producers.While staff are available in person during this three-day window, most available services can be handled over the phone. Producers can begin contacting staff on Thursday, Jan 17.Reopened FSA offices will only be able to provide the specifically identified services while open during this limited time. Services that will not be available include, but are not limited to:New direct or facility loans.New Farm loan guarantees.New marketing assistance loans.New applications for Market Facilitation Program (MFP).Certification of 2018 production for MFP payments.Dairy Margin Protection Program.Disaster assistance programs, such as:Livestock Indemnity Program.Emergency Conservation Program.Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program.Livestock Forage Disaster Program.Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish.While January 15, 2019 had been the original deadline for producers to apply for MFP, farmers have been unable to apply since December 28, 2018, when FSA offices closed because of the lapse in federal funding.  Secretary Perdue has extended the MFP application deadline for a period of time equal to the number of business days FSA offices end up being closed, once the government shutdown ends. These announced days of limited staff availability during the shutdown will not constitute days open in calculating the extension. Producers who already applied for MFP and certified their 2018 production by December 28, 2018 should have already received their payments.last_img read more

Improve Your Gimbal Work With a Wireless Follow Focus

first_imgIntegrating a wireless follow focus system with your gimbal rig brings you longer focal lengths and shallower depth of field.Cover image PD Movie Remote via ikan.Sticking with an 18mm lens for your gimbal work is an easy and comfortable trap to constantly find yourself in. Yes, this load-out makes working as a solo operator much easier. The wider focal length that the 18mm lens provides creates a less shallow depth of field, easing the problem of pulling focus. However, if you’re looking to up your game with gimbal work and get even more cinematic shots, you need to start using a wireless follow focus.Image via Redrock Micro.Finding the right setup for a gimbal operation is essential. It can be difficult to find the perfect balance between features, effectiveness, and size. However, there are many great products out on the market designed specifically to simplify your transition into a wireless FF system for gimbal work. Below, I’ll break down some of the reasons you should use a wireless follow focus system — and point you to some of the best in the market.Shallower DOFOne of the biggest perks of a wireless FF system is getting a shallower depth of field. Gone are the days of shooting everything with a 5.6. With a wireless FF system, you can finally use your 2.0 and 2.8 with gimbal work. However, this will require two sets of hands, one on the camera and a 1st AC pulling focus. However, the additional crew will prove beneficial when you get more cinematic shots than ever before.Longer Focal LengthsWhen working with gimbals, it’s easy to become stuck working with wider focal lengths. Those wider focal lengths offer comfortable focus work. However, once you introduce wireless focusing systems into your workflow, you can finally begin to reintroduce 50mm and even 85mm lenses back into your gimbal work. By working with more dynamic focal lengths, you can improve the production value of your work.Gimbal-Ready FF SystemsVenturing into the uncharted waters of wireless follow focus systems can seem daunting at first. However, there are many great manufacturers of stellar wireless follow focus systems.DJI FocusThe maker of the Ronin, DJI, offers their very own wireless follow focus system. You can easily power this system with the p-tap on your Ronin or Movi. Further, this system features one of the most compact designs on the market. The system even ships with lens gears to fit your still lenses.After personally using this system, I can say that one of my only complaints is that the lens gear motor sometimes has problems perfectly seeding the focus gears of cinema lenses, especially during the calibration process.Redrock TorqueOne of the most exciting additions to the world of wireless FF systems for gimbals is the Redrock Torque. Redrock’s new system is optimized for gimbal work, specifically the Movi Pro. These lightweight and compact motors draw power straight from the Movi.Hedén CARATThe Hedén Carat system offers the most precise and smoothest control of all the units mentioned in this article. However, that precision and control does come with a price.There are many wireless follow focus systems for gimbal work on the market. Take some time and find the tool that’s right for you and your production.Looking for more information on working with gimbals? Check out this article.last_img read more