Clinic s Chopper May Ease ER Woes

first_imgThe clinic has received 10 emergency patients from Palm Beach County since it started marketing the service about a month ago. Mitch Feldman, a top Florida executive for Tenet Healthcare Corp., which owns five hospitals in Palm Beach County, doubts the clinic’s helicopter will have a big impact. “It’s maybe an isolated or occasional solution,” Feldman said. PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Cleveland Clinic in Weston thinks it has the answer to Palm Beach County’s shortage of emergency room specialists. By contrast, Palm Beach County’s shortage of ER specialists dates to at least 2004. That year, a Lake Worth woman died after being unable to find a neurosurgeon willing to treat her stroke. In 2006, a car accident victim’s dangling eye was not treated for a week because an eye specialist could not be found. The same year, a man died when no local gastroenterologist could be found to treat him. “When time is of the essence, the last thing you want to be doing is calling 15 hospitals and hearing from all of them, ‘I can’t help you,’” said Dr. Paul Adams, chairman of the emergency department at the Cleveland Clinic. Until now, because of the long drive, few of the patients who could not get treated in Palm Beach County hospitals went to Weston. They were more likely to be transferred to hospitals in northern Broward County. But with the helicopter, a 45-minute ambulance trip turns into 15 or 20 minutes.center_img Because the Cleveland Clinic pays all of its doctors a salary — and provides medical malpractice insurance coverage — the hospital doesn’t have problems attracting specialists to be on call in its emergency room, officials there said. It’s red and yellow, has a giant rotating blade on top and can fly 180 miles per hour. The clinic is offering its LifeFlight medical helicopter to whisk patients from Palm Beach County ERs to its Weston hospital, where it has hard-to-find specialists standing by. [email protected]last_img read more

Potential fantasy sleepers who move up PPR rankings

first_imgCurtis Samuel fits the Tavon Austin-mold of a player that the Panthers will simply want to get the ball in his hands. He averaged eight targets per game in the season’s final five weeks, a sign he grew into his role and has full-season upside in 2019. DaeSean Hamilton gains value the longer Emmanuel Sanders’ Achilles’ injury lingers. A year ago, Hamilton averaged a poor 8.1 yards per catch, but he caught at least five balls in each of the season’s final four weeks. He’s the type of player who might be more valuable in PPR than in real life if he gets the same opportunity.TE: Nick Vannett, SeahawksAny bet on Nick Vannett is pretty much a bet that the Seahawks offense decides to value the tight end more. There’s not much competition in Seattle at the TE spot, especially with Will Dissly needing to recover from an injury. Vannett won’t turn his catches into much, but depending on how things shake out, he could have passes coming his way just by simply being on the field. In the world of PPR fantasy football leagues, it’s obvious how valuable receptions are. After all, they’re the ‘R’ in the format name! Every catch matters, and it has to be factored into rankings and cheat sheets. Whole tiers of sleepers and your draft strategy can shift simply by making each catch worth a point.Some of the players who receive the biggest boost in PPR formats are obvious. It didn’t take a genius to tell you that Christian McCaffrey catches a ton of passes and is even more valuable in PPR leagues. But pass catching can also come down to opportunity and the man delivering the football. That’s what makes identifying the players who are value selections in PPR league so important. (And knowing who loses value.) DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 Fantasy Cheat SheetThe list below attempts to do that, with some of the obvious names that pick up importance in PPR leagues and some less obvious. Whether this is your first year with PPR or you’ve been playing it for a decade, it’s never a bad idea to circle the players who are PPR stalwarts. They might just help you win your league. LISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WR PREVIEW PODCAST BELOW2019 Fantasy Football: Risers in PPR rankingsRB: Saquon Barkley, Giants; Christian McCaffrey, Panthers; Tarik Cohen, Bears; James White, PatriotsChristian McCaffrey kept messing up my analysis in the WR rankings because I couldn’t just say someone ranked ‘x’ in targets last year. I had to specify “among wide receivers” because McCaffrey’s receiving numbers had pushed themselves right into the midst of the top wideouts. After 124 targets and 107 catches in 2018, McCaffrey could even benefit from a bum Cam Newton shoulder that can’t throw down the field as much. Just like Saquon Barkley, who could easily jump over the 100-reception mark with no Odell Beckham Jr., McCaffrey is a beast in standard leagues who kicks up another notch or two in PPR leagues.Tarik Cohen was more sporadic, often bracketing single-target games with eight or nine. But his 12-catch, 156-yard game in Week 13 makes his upside obvious. With the Bears backfield in flux, Cohen could see more touches, thus raising his overall value.James White has been a known commodity in PPR leagues for a long time, but that doesn’t mitigate his value. Healthy for all of 2018, White blasted away his career high in targets with 123. A return to his career-average catch percentage from a below-average mark last year would gain him even five more catches on top of his 87. 2019 PPR RANKINGS:Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | Top 200WR: Michael Thomas, Saints; Julian Edelman, Patriots; Stefon Diggs, Vikings; Larry Fitzgerald, CardinalsMichael Thomas led the NFL with 125 receptions in 2018. His 85.1-catch percentage led all of the first-tier of WR options. Drew Brees continues to set completion percentage records, and Thomas is still his top dog. Thomas should be the odds-on favorite to lead the league in catches, again. Then you’ve got Julian Edelman, who will be a strong PPR option as long as he’s Tom Brady’s favorite target out of the slot. In Edelman’s last five healthy seasons, he’s averaged 6.4 catches per game, an extremely high PPR floor. With no Rob Gronkowski, at least to start the year, Edelman should rack up targets.Stefon Diggs had 102 catches in 15 games last season. That included four double-digit-catch games and four more with at least eight grabs. Diggs will play most of the season at 25, still in his physical prime, and he’ll still benefit from attention given to Adam Thielen on the other side. Lock Diggs in for another 100 receptions. And while Larry Fitzgerald might not catch 100, he’ll be the sure hands that rookie QB Kyler Murray leans on in 2019. Really, 100 isn’t so crazy. The brutal Cardinals offense hurt everyone last year, but in Fitzgerald’s three season’s prior, he surpassed 100 catches in each. He’s being drafted in FLEX territory. That’s great potential value.DRAFT STRATEGY AND RANKINGS TIERS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/STTE: Zach Ertz, Eagles; Delanie Walker, TitansZach Ertz’s presence here is about how he separates himself from George Kittle in PPR formats. Kittle has an argument for the No. 2 tight end slot in standard leagues, but that’s because of all the production he gains from yards after the catch. But Ertz had 28 more catches than Kittle in 2018, and that gap will probably remain this year, making Ertz the clear-cut No. 2 PPR TE.Walker missed nearly all of last season with an ankle injury, but he’s the only TE in football who received 100 targets in each season from 2014-2017. Walker’s obviously trusted by Marcus Mariota, and if he can get that sheer volume of targets again, he should offer PPR utility. Let’s just hope Walker is healthy and Adam Humphries doesn’t become Mariota’s go-to short-yardage option.FANTASY SLEEPERS: 8 QBs | 14 RBs | 11 WRs | 11 TEs | 6 D/STs | One from each teamFantasy Football 2019: Sleeper PPR draft targetsRB: Kenyan Drake, Dolphins; Chris Thompson, Redskins; Dion Lewis, Titans; Nyheim Hines, Colts; Jalen Richard, Raiders, Duke Johnson Jr., TexansKenyan Drake has the potential to be a true lead back, like many thought he would be last year, so you could argue he belongs in the RB group above. But as it stands, one thing we do know is he’s an excellent receiver out of the backfield, and last season’s disappointment shouldn’t cause you to sour on him too much in PPR leagues this year.Chris Thompson finds his way onto the sleeper portion because his injuries push him out of people’s minds. An ankle injury and rib issues the past two seasons have limited him to partial campaigns. If he can stay healthy and turn his four catches-catches-per-game average across 2017-’18 into 16 games and 64 catches, he would shatter his career-best mark.Dion Lewis finds his way onto this list again and again. He will be undervalued if Derrick Henry fails to live up to expectations (again). Not only would Lewis be an effective PPR back, but he’s also been a solid rusher throughout his career when given the chance. Nyheim Hines, Jalen Richard, and Duke Johnson Jr. have slightly lower ceilings. They’re classic pass-catching complements to Marlon Mack, Josh Jacobs, and Lamar Miller, respectively. Beware, though, that Hines was an afterthought in the Colts’ biggest wins in 2018, having his worst games, and Richard will have to do deal with likely fewer targets with Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams in town. Johnson is in a new offense, so it’s always tough to gauge how he’ll be used, but Texans’ RBs only had 65 total targets last season. (Update: With Johnson now the likely starting running back in Houston, his ceiling is higher.)Other players who fit in this group are Theo Riddick, Giovanni Bernard and Ty Montgomery.WR: Golden Tate, Giants; Willie Snead, Ravens; Marqise Lee, Jaguars; Jamison Crowder, Jets; Anthony Miller, BearsGolden Tate feels like a known commodity, but he’s stepping into a New York Giants offense that’ll be lacking Odell Beckham, Jr. OBJ received 124 targets in just 12 games in 2018. Those passes will get spread around, to a point, but Tate operates in many of the same areas as Beckham, and he’s probably the favorite to soak up the majority when his four-game suspension is over. Willie Snead is barely draftable in standard leagues, but he might have to be Lamar Jackson’s top target while rookie teammates develop. Snead averaged 10.5 yards per catch in 2018, meaning his standard value isn’t as high, but he could see over 100 targets in 2019 after 95 last year.Marqise Lee was a prime PPR commodity in 2016 and ’17 as Blake Bortles’s top target before a torn ACL knocked him out of ’18. Nick Foles isn’t blowing anyone away by throwing down the field. Lee’s 63-catch, 851-yard ’16 is within reach. And Jamison Crowder is no PPR secret, but he fits the bill of having to be a security blanket for Sam Darnold in his second season. Crowder’s first three years in the league featured at least 59 catches, operating mostly out of the slot. He can reach that bar this season for a price of basically zero.Any improvement for Anthony Miller will simply come from him being better in his second season. His targets were a bit up and down last year, but he fits the mold of a solid PPR guy.MORE: Dollar values | IDP rankings | Best ball tips | Team namesTE: Vance McDonald, Steelers; Jason Witten, CowboysYes, I’m telling you that two potential TE sleepers in PPR leagues are 29 and 37 years old, respectively. Vance McDonald simply has to soak up some of the missing Antonio Brown and Jesse James targets, of which there were more than 200 in 2018. That means last season’s 50 catches could rise substantially, giving him value no matter what he does with the receptions.Jason Witten didn’t play in 2018, instead lending his questionable commentary to Monday Night Football. But every season from 2004-’17 featured at least 60 Witten catches. He’s exactly the type of over-the-middle chains-mover who gains value in PPR leagues. Fantasy Football: PPR breakout candidatesRB: Matt Breida, 49ers; Austin Ekeler, Chargers; Jaylen Samuels, Steelers; Justice Hill, RavensMatt Breida reeled in 87.1 percent of his targets last year, converting that to 8.4 yards per target. He won’t have value without injuries ahead of him on the 49ers, but when he’s been given the chance as a receiver (and a runner, for that matter), he’s produced. Health is a concern, but Breida has upside.Jaylen Samuels is an easy name here after he played tight end for North Carolina State in college. His pass-catching proficiency was evident in 2018, as he reeled in 26 of the 29 balls thrown his way. The fact that James Conner is also a good receiver doesn’t hurt Samuels as much because his offensive background and versatility might help him remain on the field. Hill is likely the best pass-catching back on the Ravens, so expect the rookie to be involved in passing situations.Austin Ekeler is in a weird spot given Melvin Gordon’s holdout, but even if Gordon returns, Ekeler could take a leap in PPR leagues. He saw his targets tick up to 53 last season, and he’s had three receiving TDs in each of his first two seasons. Given Gordon’s injury issues last year, Ekeler could become more of a de facto receiving back in addition to spelling Gordon on the ground.WR: Cole Beasley, Bills; Curtis Samuel, Panthers; Taylor Gabriel, Bears; DaeSean Hamilton, Broncos; Adam Humphries, TitansCole Beasley, Taylor Gabriel, and Adam Humphries all fit the classic slot receiver mold that gets a boost in PPR value. Beasley’s a sleeper because Josh Allen should throw plenty; if he fires a lot Beasley’s way, that’ll be a lot of catches. The same is true for Humphries in Tennessee. And there are no new faces stopping Gabriel from replicating his 67 catches he had last season, yet he’s the 91st receiver off the board in PPR drafts, per FantasyPros. last_img read more

A new culture dawns

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Wigglesworth and Saracens plot to arm-wrestle Leinster off their perch

first_img Saracens united after ‘motivated’ Billy Vunipola powers way into final Read more Champions Cup Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Leinster selected 14 players in their starting lineup last month for the semi-final against Toulouse who had played for Ireland: Rhys Ruddock pulled out before the match to reduce the total to 13, the number of full internationals Saracens started with against the tournament’s hardy perennials Munster in the last four.The two clubs have 16 Lions between them and have dominated the Champions Cup since the last World Cup in 2015. Saracens won it in 2016 and 2017, unbeaten in the tournament in those two years, and Leinster succeeded them last season after winning the quarter-final between the sides in Dublin.Leinster’s success rate in the last three years is 86%, slightly better than their opponents’ 83%. Saracens are the English Champions and Leinster hold the Pro14 title. Both teams will have home advantage in their respective play-offs on the trail of a double only one can claim.Finals are often tense, edgy affairs with risk minimised, but there will be a contrast in styles. Leinster look to keep possession, probing for openings while Saracens, like Ireland, prefer to put the ball in the air rather than take it through long passages of play. The accuracy of Wigglesworth’s scrum-half rival at Saracens, Ben Spencer, undid Munster early on last month, his kicks seeming to stop when they reached their highest point before descending as a legion of chasers encircled the recipient and forced a mistake.“It is going to be a fascinating battle,” says Wigglesworth. “You have so much respect for Leinster, remembering how they did us in the quarter-final last year. They are well coached and well led by Johnny Sexton, but it is the little things with them, how quickly they get off the ground and how hard they work.“They do not have any ‘dead men’ and so have few weaknesses. Both teams have very good set pieces and great defences: the differences are not big, just subtle ones people may be able to pick up on the day.”In the one corner will be Sexton, World Rugby’s player of the year who has endured a stop-start season but invariably rises to the occasion. He dictates while, in the other corner, Owen Farrell delegates more, mixing the blast of Brad Barritt with the evasion of Alex Goode. It may come down to goal-kicking and how the two sides play the referee, Jérôme Garcès, who was in charge when England defeated Ireland in Dublin at the start of this year’s Six Nations. Share on Pinterest “It is never a one-on-one battle in these games,” says Wigglesworth. “It is about how many arm-wrestles you can win. If they pull off one of those intricate set-piece moves Ireland favour, it could turn the tide for them. A bit of magic from Goodey could do the same for us. There is so much talent on the field that can cause damage and that is why it promises to be an epic occasion.”Were there a Lions tour this year, Leinster and Saracens would, very probably, supply the bulk of the Test side, including the front five where the second-row James Ryan is at 22 showing the precocity Maro Itoje did at that age. The two players sum up the sides, both products of a system. Toulon may have dominated the Champions Cup in the middle part of the decade, but they bought in talent rather than developed it and were unable to sustain success. This year’s finalists grow their own.“Because we’ve had so much success everyone forgets what we went through to get here,” says Wigglesworth. “We suffered a lot of pain in Europe before winning in the Lyon rain [in 2016]. The feeling that day was relief because we had put it to bed. The best thing now is that there is no sense of panic: that is not bought but comes from experience. We can react to pressure and get the job done.“When we lost before, it tended to be because we were unable to cope with it but, if Leinster win, it will be because they were the better team. Both sides have so much experience and class that it could be the best final ever.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Observer Empty seats leave Champions Cup licking its wounds and looking at rejig Cup competitions rarely deliver a final that involves the two strongest teams. Luck of the draw is a factor along with knockout competitions requiring teams to peak only on certain days, released from the treadmill of the league. The European Champions Cup is a hybrid and the two teams who have stood out by a considerable distance, Saracens and Leinster, will meet in Saturday’s final at St James’s Park. It will be a Test match in all but name.“It is probably the final everyone wanted,” says Richard Wigglesworth, the Saracens and England scrum-half who, a month shy of his 36th birthday, is likely to be the oldest back involved. “Two top teams will be going at it, the reason you play the game.” Share on Twitter Leinster Rugby union Share on LinkedIn Topics Reuse this content features Share on Facebook Read more Saracens Support The Guardian Share on Messengerlast_img read more