Texans vs. Buccaneers: What time is kickoff Saturday?Date: Saturday, Dec. 21Time: 1 p.m. ETThe 1 p.m. ET kickoff time for Texans vs. Buccaneers on Saturday marks the fifth and final national TV game for Houston this season. Barring a schedule change, the Texans will close the season with an early Sunday afternoon game against the Titans in Week 17.As for Tampa Bay, Saturday’s game marks its third and final national TV game of the season. Strangely, the Bucs’ other two national TV games — a Thursday night game and a London game, both against the Panthers — also were presented by NFL Network.NFL schedule Week 16You can keep up with live scores and stats with SN’s live scoreboard.Saturday, Dec. 21GameTimeTVTexans at Buccaneers1 p.m. ETNFL Network, fuboTVBills at Patriots4:30 p.m. ETNFL Network, fuboTVRams at 49ers8:15 p.m. ETNFL Network, fuboTVSunday, Dec. 22GameTimeChannelJaguars vs. Falcons1 p.m.Fox, fuboTVRavens vs. Browns1 p.m.CBS, fuboTVSaints vs. Titans1 p.m.Fox, fuboTVPanthers vs. Colts1 p.m.Fox, fuboTVBengals vs. Dolphins1 p.m.CBS, fuboTVSteelers vs. Jets1 p.m.CBS, fuboTVGiants vs. Redskins1 p.m.Fox, fuboTVLions vs. Broncos4:05 p.m.CBS, fuboTVRaiders vs. Chargers4:05 p.m.CBS, fuboTVCowboys vs. Eagles4:25 p.m.Fox, fuboTVCardinals vs. Seahawks4:25 p.m.Fox, fuboTVChiefs vs. Bears8:25 p.m.NBC, fuboTVMonday, Dec. 23GameTimeTVPackers vs. Vikings8:15 p.m.ESPNTexans schedule 2019WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sep. 9 (Monday)at Saints7:10 p.m. ETESPNWeel 2Sep. 15vs. Jaguars1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 3Sep. 22at Chargers4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 4Sep. 29vs. Panthers1 p.m. ETFOXWeek 5Oct. 6vs. Falcons1 p.m. ETFOXWeek 6Oct. 13at Chiefs1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 7Oct. 20at Colts1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 8Oct. 27vs. Raiders1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 9Nov. 3at Jaguars (London)9:30 a.m. ETNFLNWeek 10BYEWeek 11Nov. 17at Ravens1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 12Nov. 21 (Thursday)vs. Colts8:20 p.m. ETFOXWeek 13Dec. 1vs. Patriots8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 14Dec. 8vs. Broncos1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 15Dec. 15at Titans1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 16Dec. 21at Buccaneers1 p.m. ETNFLNWeek 17Dec. 29vs. Titans1 p.m. ETCBSBuccaneers schedule 2019WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 8vs. 49ers4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 2Sept. 12 (Thursday)at Panthers8:20 p.m. ETNFLNWeek 3Sept. 22vs. Giants4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 4Sept. 29at Rams4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 5Oct. 6at Saints1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 6Oct. 13vs. Panthers (London)9:30 a.m. ETNFLNWeek 7BYE—Week 8Oct. 27at Titans1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 9Nov. 3at Seahawks4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 10Nov. 10vs. Cardinals1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 11Nov. 17vs. Saints1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 12Nov. 24at Falcons1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 13Dec. 1at Jaguars1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 14Dec. 8vs. Colts1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 15Dec. 15at Lions1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 16Dec. 21vs. Texans1 p.m. ETNFLNWeek 17Dec. 29vs. Falcons1 p.m. ETFox The Week 16 NFL schedule brings us what has become a late December tradition: Saturday NFL football. There are three games on the Saturday NFL schedule today, starting with Texans vs. Buccaneers at 1 p.m. ET, and all three games are scheduled to be broadcast nationally on NFL Network.All three Saturday NFL games have playoff picture implications. Houston needs a win in Tampa Bay on Saturday to clinch the AFC South for the second straight season and for the fourth time in the last five years. The Texans would join the Patriots and Chiefs as the only NFL teams with four or more division titles since 2015. A win would do the trick, but a Titans loss on Sunday also would seal the division for the Texans no matter what happens Saturday. Further, if both teams were to tie their opponents in Week 16, Houston would clinch the AFC South over Tennessee.MORE: Watch Texans vs. Buccaneers live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)In both our picks against the spread and our straight-up predictions for Week 16, Sporting News projected a Texans victory over the Buccaneers on Saturday. Below are the explanations.Pick against the spread: The Texans have Deshaun Watson with his main receiving weapons healthy. The Buccaneers have a red-hot Jameis Winston despite being down Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Neither pass defense is good, so Watson and Winston will turn this into a matinee shootout. Houston has a lot more at stake with the AFC South title on the line, while Tampa is playing for a playoff-less second place finish in the NFC South. The Bucs are bound to cool off a little, and Watson is overdue for a monster game. He will pull of one of his dazzling comebacks to save the Texans (again). Pick: Texans win 34-31 and cover the spread.Straight-up prediction: With a red-hot Jameis Winston, the Buccaneers have scored 35 or more points three times during their four-game winning streak. Which good considering their defense allows 28.4 points per game. The latter stat is good news for the Texans as they try to win the AFC South and maintain their playoff positioning. Also working against Tampa Bay is the fact that injuries are piling up around Winston, meaning he might be more inclined to force more throws. Even against Houston’s shaky pass defense, bad things happen for the Bucs when Winston tries to force too many throws. Pick: Texans 27, Buccaneers 21.Below is everything you need to know to watch Texans vs. Buccaneers on Saturday, including the kickoff time, TV channel and a full Week 16 NFL schedule.What channel is Texans vs. Buccaneers on Saturday?TV channel (national): NFL NetworkTV channel (Houston): KRIVTV channel (Tampa Bay): WMORLive stream: fuboTV (7-day free trial)A special Saturday presentation of NFL football calls for a special broadcast team on NFL Network. Rich Eisen, Nate Burleson and Joe Thomas, along with Melissa Stark on the sidelines, will call the Texans vs. Buccaneers game from Tampa.NFL Network’s Saturday tripleheader will feature an exclusive Next Gen Stats second-screen experience for fans. “Next Gen Stats Live” will give fans access to live player tracking allowing users to follow real-time location and participation on the field in line with the broadcast. Additionally, fans will have access to unique player insights for passing, rushing, receiving and more.You can also live stream Texans vs. Buccaneers by signing up for fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.MORE: Week 16 NFL TV coverage map
Speaking with reporters Tuesday, Fangio said he doesn’t see racism in the NFL.”I think our problems in the NFL along those lines are minimal. We’re a league of meritocracy, you earn what you get, you get what you earn. I don’t see racism at all in the NFL, I don’t see discrimination in the NFL,” Fangio said, per ESPN. “We all live together, joined as one, for one common goal, and we all intermingle and mix tremendously. If society reflected an NFL team, we’d all be great.”MORE: Steelers lose 54-year tradition with training camps staying homeWhile the NFL is made up of roughly 70 percent black players, the league has taken active stances in the past two decades to try to increase the number of people of color in front offices and on the sidelines. Famously, the Rooney Rule was implemented in 2003 but since has come under fire as “forced diversity” rather than a legitimate attempt to increase racial diversity across the league.Mike Tomlin, one of the league’s three black head coaches, recently agreed that the Rooney Rule needed some serious changes.”We’ve always taken it from the approach of, punitive if you don’t interview minority candidates or things of that nature,” Tomlin said. “I just like the different approach in terms of spinning it 180 and talking about maybe incentivizing those that develop the talent and those that hire the talent.”We’re making some adjustments because we’re acknowledging right now that the system is broken, that minorities are not getting enough opportunity,” Tomlin said. “And we’re trying to just figure out how to stimulate that. … I agree it’s debatable about the value placed on the incentivized plan, but I just generally like the discussion.”While Tomlin’s hiring wasn’t exactly a direct result of the Rooney Rule in action — the Steelers interviewed Ron Rivera to satisfy the rule — being in favor of the expansion of the rule says enough about what Fangio perceives doesn’t exist. And if Tomlin sees an issue with the same system that Fangio does not, then it’s fair to explore the disconnect between their viewpoints.Entering 2020, Kansas City’s Eric Bieniemy and Tampa Bay’s Byron Leftwich are the only black offensive coordinators in the league, while Tomlin, the Chargers’ Anthony Lynn and the Dolphins’ Brian Flores are the only three black head coaches. Fangio’s viewpoint was also met with resistance from current NFL players Chris Carson and Quandre Diggs, as ESPN noted.Is he blind?? https://t.co/DWPjPW1Nhg— Nino (@qdiggs6) June 3, 2020This man a joke … https://t.co/RMkJhMp1QI— Chris Carson (@ccarson_32) June 3, 2020By the way, this all goes without mentioning Colin Kaepernick and his apparent blackballing from the NFL. Vic Fangio sounds like a seasoned Facebook commenter.The Broncos coach has spent parts of four decades in the NFL at some level, but throughout that time, apparently, the NFL’s racial diversity issues have been totally nonexistent. While some may interpret Fangio’s words to mean that prejudiced thoughts and actions among players aren’t an issue in NFL locker rooms, here’s a small, friendly reminder: Racism isn’t solely about the outward prejudices we see by way of words. It’s about systemic injustices and a lack of racial diversity. Allowing minority candidates the same opportunities that their white cohorts are afforded is a major staple of that.So, if Fangio doesn’t “see racism” in the NFL, maybe he should look a little harder.UPDATE: Seems like Fangio tried to clarify his stance on Wednesday.“After reflecting on my comments yesterday and listening to the players this morning, I realize what I said regarding racism and discrimination in the NFL was wrong.”A statement from Head Coach Vic Fangio: pic.twitter.com/5yNNDn9VzY— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) June 3, 2020
Neymar’s future is the talk of Spanish football, and particularly Barcelona supporters.After a successful pre-season tour in the United States that saw Barcelona win against Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid, the footballer flew to China for a promotion trip.But he studiously avoided commenting on the situation.On Wednesday, Barcelona players resume training after their summer break, with a double session in the morning and in the afternoon.Neymar has been called to the training, the club source said, although Spanish sports media doubt he will show up. Barcelona, Spain | AFP | Barcelona have blocked payment of a 26-million-euro ($31-million) bonus for star attacker Neymar as speculation mounts that he will move to Paris Saint-Germain, a source at the club said Tuesday.The Brazilian football star, who is due to come back for training on Wednesday morning, is at the centre of an apparent tug of war between the two European giants in what would be the most expensive transfer fee in football history.Speculation is mounting that the 25-year-old could quit Barcelona for PSG for a world-record 222 million euros.“These 26 million euros have been placed with a notary pending to see if the player continues,” the source, who refused to be named, told AFP.The renewal bonus was agreed on a year ago when Neymar extended his contract with Barcelona until 2021, and was due to be paid to the player after he completed a year.But the club has decided to put it on hold pending to see how the situation evolves.The contract Neymar signed also increased an early termination clause from 200 to 222 million euros, which PSG is reportedly willing to pay. Share on: WhatsApp
By Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – A new look is coming to the borough’s downtown, with back-in angled parking on Ocean Avenue. It’s part of a New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) project and a streetscape plan featuring landscaped bump outs at marked pedestrian crosswalks that are designed to shorten the distance to cross Ocean Avenue.The parking changes will include eliminating all parking on the east side of Ocean Avenue and making all parking on the west side back-in angled spaces, from the location of the former gas station just south of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge to Center Street, where Borough Hall is located.At a Borough Council meeting last week, Borough Engineer Jaclyn Flor, T&M Associates, outlined the streetscape plan. She said the landscaped bump outs would extend approximately 25 feet into the street, thus shortening the distance a pedestrian must cover to cross Ocean Avenue. There will be additional pedestrian crosswalks added, Flor said, and more trees. Another change will be decorative street lights, she said.In addition, Flor said that sidewalks will be replaced in the streetscape area, which extends from the bridge to Center Street, except in front of Tommy’s Tavern + Tap where new sidewalks were just installed.Bicycle paths will be added on both sides of the road.Flor said that the streetscape project would be finished before the end of June.Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said Wednesday that the streetscape project was being funded by a $1.3 million grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. The grant requires that work be completed by July 2016, he said.The work to be done by the DOT extends from curb to curb on Ocean Avenue and is not part of the streetscape project, Verruni said. He said that work is expected to be completed by the Spring.Asked about the public’s possible response to the introduction of back-in angled parking spaces to replace more traditional parking in the business area of the town, Verruni said the new parking would be safer for the bicycle lanes which border it and for motorists and passengers who would enter and exit cars without having to step out on the street, which is a state highway.“Is (the new parking configuration) it right for everywhere?” Verruni asked, adding that time would tell when asked about questions raised about the new type of parking.Earlier Verruni said, “There is going to be a learning curve,” in getting used to the new parking spaces. “It’s new, not all that common. Something just coming out,” he said.A question about the proposed parking change was raised at the meeting by one person who said he made trips to Bethlehem Pennsylvania, where the angled back-in parking was in place and then later removed, but he did not know the reason.An article on the website LehighValleyLive on August 25, 2014, reported that Bethlehem’s mayor, Bob Donchez, decided to eliminate back-in-angle parking, which was put in place in 2009, because merchants had been asking him to do so.“It was clear that back-in angle parking was a negative to bringing people to lower Main Street,” Donchez said. “It’s the right thing to do to help the merchants.”
Share This! The Associated Press,Load Comments,Southern Baptists give greater attention to diversity but acknowledge more needed Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Catholicism The Associated Press By: The Associated Press Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren, as the nation’s worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of immunization rules.The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly voted Thursday (June 13) to repeal the exemption, which allows parents to cite religious beliefs to forego getting their child the vaccines required for school enrollment.Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed the measure minutes after the final vote. The law takes effect immediately but will give unvaccinated students up to 30 days after they enter a school to show they’ve had the first dose of each required immunization.With New York’s move, similar exemptions are still allowed in 45 states, though lawmakers in several of them have introduced their own legislation to eliminate the waiver.The issue is hotly contested and debate around it has often been emotional, pitting cries that religious freedom is being curtailed against warnings that public health is being endangered.After the vote in the Assembly, many of those watching from the gallery erupted in cries of “shame!” One woman yelled obscenities down to the lawmakers below.The debate has only intensified with this year’s measles outbreak , which federal officials recently said has surpassed 1,000 illnesses, the highest in 27 years.“I’m not aware of anything in the Torah, the Bible, the Koran or anything else that suggests you should not get vaccinated,” said Bronx Democrat Jeffrey Dinowitz, the bill’s Assembly sponsor.“If you choose to not vaccinate your child, therefore potentially endangering other children … then you’re the one choosing not to send your children to school.”Hundreds of parents of unvaccinated children gathered at New York’s Capitol for the vote to protest.Stan Yung, a Long Island attorney and father, said his Russian Orthodox religious views and health concerns about vaccines will prevent him from vaccinating his three young children. His family, he said, may consider leaving the state.“People came to this country to get away from exactly this kind of stuff,” Yung said ahead of Thursday’s votes.Supporters of the bill say religious beliefs about vaccines shouldn’t eclipse scientific evidence that they work, noting the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1905 that states have the right to enforce compulsory vaccination laws. During the Assembly’s floor debate, supporters brought up scourges of the past that were defeated in the U.S. through vaccines.“I’m old enough to have been around when polio was a real threat,” said Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, D-Manhattan. “I believe in science…. Your personal opinions, which may be based on junk science, do not trump the greater good.”Supporters also suggest some parents may be claiming the religious exemption for their children even though their opposition is actually based on scientifically discredited claims about the dangers of vaccines.The bill would not change an existing state exemption given to children who cannot have vaccines for medical reasons, such as a weakened immune system.Cuomo told reporters on Wednesday that he believes public health — and the need to protect those who cannot get vaccinated because for medical reasons — outweighs the concerns about religious freedom.“I understand freedom of religion,” he said. “I have heard the anti-vaxxers’ theory, but I believe both are overwhelmed by the public health risk.”The current measles outbreak has renewed concern about the exemptions in many states. The nation last saw as many cases in 1992, when more than 2,200 were reported.The majority of cases are from outbreaks in New York in Orthodox Jewish communities.California removed personal belief vaccine exemptions for children in both public and private schools in 2015, after a measles outbreak at Disneyland sickened 147 people and spread across the U.S. and into Canada. Maine ended its religious exemption earlier this year.Mississippi and West Virginia also do not allow religious exemptions.Once common in the U.S., measles became rare after vaccination campaigns that started in the 1960s. A decade ago, there were fewer than 100 cases a year.(David Klepper writes for The Associated Press) By: The Associated Press News Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! 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