The Miami jinx hit the Patriots once again — and it was one terrific blow. New England was up by five points with time for one more play, and the Dolphins had the ball at their own 31. That was too far away to attempt a Hail Mary, but the Dolphins needed a miracle. Ryan Tannehill hit Kenny Stills with a 14-yard pass, and he lateraled to DeVante Parker. The receiver found Kenyan Drake with another lateral, who ran the last 52 yards for a touchdown through a befuddled New England defense that gave Miami a shocking 34-33 win.
That was just one of the exciting Week 14 finishes. Here are the team grades:
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Titans 30, Jaguars 9
Tennessee Titans: A-. The Titans are battling inconsistency, but they found the right formula against the Jaguars. It was a simple one, as they gave the ball to running back Derrick Henry, and he got the job done in a big way. Henry rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns, as the Titans rolled to an easy victory.
Jacksonville Jaguars: D. Another awful game for the Jaguars, who saw their defense collapse against a motivated opponent. While not much is expected of the Jaguars on offense, it is somewhat shocking that their defense could get punished so badly by the Tennessee ground game.
Jets 27, Bills 23
New York Jets: B-. The Jets have been finding ways to lose all season, and it seemed that would be the case again in this game. But Elijah McGuire scored the winning touchdown on a fourth-and-1 play with 1:17 remaining, and the visitors stole a game in upstate New York.
Buffalo Bills: D. The Bills are not going anywhere this season, but they lost their chance of finishing with a .500 record in this loss. Josh Allen once again showed off his running skill with 101 yards and a touchdown, but a team that is trying to build something simply cannot lose to a team like the Jets on their home field.
Browns 26, Panthers 20
Cleveland Browns: B+. The Browns are a much better team than they have been, and are developing legitimate confidence. The primary reason for that is the play of their plucky quarterback, rookie Baker Mayfield, who threw for 238 yards and a touchdown.
Carolina Panthers: C-. The Panthers continue to fall apart, as they could not stop the suddenly competitive Cleveland offense. Carolina looked like they were assured of a playoff spot at mid-season but they have lost five games in a row, and Ron Rivera doesn’t know how to keep this team from unraveling.
Green Bay Packers: B+. The coaching change had its desired effect, as the Packers not only won the game but looked quite powerful in the process. Aaron Rodgers did not have huge numbers, but he took what the Atlanta defense gave him, and threw two TD passes.
Atlanta Falcons: D. The Falcons have had their chances this year, but they have fallen on their sword nearly every time. That was not the case in this game, as the Falcons were beaten thoroughly. After Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones with the opening touchdown, Atlanta offered little resistance.
Colts 24, Texans 21
Indianapolis Colts: B+. The Colts showed that the Week 13 6-0 loss to the Jaguars was a fluke. They beat the hottest team in the league, even though they had to go to Houston. Quarterback Andrew Luck is playing with confidence, and he got the best of the Texans’ defense by throwing for 399 yards and two scores.
Houston Texans: C-. The Texans had reeled off nine straight wins, but their streak came to an end. They lost control of the game in the second quarter, when they were outscored 17-0. Deshaun Watson led a decent comeback, but the Texans will have to put this game behind them and try to start a new winning streak in Week 15 against the Jets. Houston still has a two-game lead over the Colts and Titans in the division.
Chiefs 27, Ravens 24
Kansas City Chiefs: A-. Patrick Mahomes seemed to break all the rules, as he threw late and back over the middle, with the hope of connecting on a fourth-down play to wideout Tyreek Hill in the final stages of the fourth quarter. Instead of being intercepted, Hill caught the ball and set the Chiefs up for the tying touchdown. Harrison Butker made up for a late miss by kicking the game-winning 36-yard field goal in overtime.
Baltimore Ravens: B. The Ravens had the game all but won, but they allowed the Chiefs to convert a fourth-down desperation play late in the fourth quarter that led to the tying touchdown. The Ravens had played a near-perfect road game until that point. The loss in overtime hurt that much more when the Pittsburgh Steelers lost later on in the day to the lowly Oakland Raiders.
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Dolphins 34, Patriots 33
Miami Dolphins: A. The Dolphins were competitive throughout and basically answered every Patriots thrust with one of their own. Still, they found themselves trailing by five points after giving up a late field goal with 15 seconds remaining. There was no reason to believe that the Dolphins would make any use of the game’s final seconds to come up with their own miracle, but Kenyan Drake took a lateral and ran the final 52 yards to ruin New England’s potential clinching party.
New England Patriots: C-. If not for the last play of the game, the Patriots would have had a solid “B” for performance in this game. However, they were inept and indecisive on a last-second play in which they gave up 61 yards and the game-winning touchdown to the Dolphins. The Patriots have lost five of their last six games in Miami.
Saints 28, Buccaneers 14
New Orleans Saints: B. The Saints are not playing as well as they were during their 10-game winning streak, and it looked like they might lose to the Bucs for the second time this season, based on their first-half performance. However, the Saints found their game in the second half and outscored Tampa Bay 25-0 to earn the victory.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: C+. The Bucs have shown some life in recent weeks. They traded punches with the Saints and looked good in the process, holding the Saints to three first-half points. However, reality came calling in the second half, and the Bucs were unable to function effectively when they had a chance to win the game.
Giants 40, Redskins 16
New York Giants: A-. The Giants smelled blood in the water, with Mark Sanchez starting at quarterback for the beleaguered Redskins. And they took advantage. It was a rare easy triumph for the Giants, who have suddenly won four of five. Saquon Barkley showed off his skill with 170 yards on 14 carries.
Washington Redskins: D. The Redskins were a first-place team just a few weeks ago, but they have fallen dramatically after losing quarterbacks Alex Smith and Colt McCoy. Sanchez was awful and replaced by Josh Johnson, but it was too little and too late.
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Chargers 26, Bengals 21
Los Angeles Chargers: B-. The Chargers pulled an escape act, as they were pushed to the limit by the struggling Bengals. With a huge game coming up Thursday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Chargers were apparently looking ahead. However, they got the win, as Philip Rivers threw for 220 yards and a touchdown.
Cincinnati Bengals: C-. The Bengals were huge 14.5-point underdogs and were not expected to provide much opposition to the razor-sharp Chargers. But the Bengals showed some fight for the first time in weeks. Running back Joe Mixon scored a late touchdown that allowed the Bengals to get within two points, but the two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful
49ers 20, Broncos 14
San Francisco 49ers: B. The Niners have not played many credible games this year after losing Jimmy Garoppolo early in the season. However, the Niners received huge efforts from quarterback Nick Mullens (332 yards, two TDs) and tight end George Kittle (seven catches, 210 yards, one touchdown) to give the 49ers a rare win.
Denver Broncos: C-. The Broncos had an opportunity to build a winning record and put themselves in a better position to contend for wild-card spot. But they were unable to build on their three-game winning streak, as they allowed the struggling Niners to build a 20-0 lead. While the Broncos rallied in the second half, it wasn’t enough, and they suffered a crucial loss.
Lions 17, Cardinals 3
Detroit Lions: B+. The Lions have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the league under first-year head coach Matt Patricia, and their defense has been disappointing. That was not the case against the Cardinals, as the Lions shut down Arizona’s offense, and Darius Slay returned an interception 67 yards for a touchdown to give the Lions a two-score lead.
Arizona Cardinals: C-. The Cardinals have had a series of substandard efforts this season, and this was one of them. They were dominated by the Lions, a team in last place in the NFC North, and they could not muster any kind of effort, even at home. Josh Rosen threw for 240 yards and may be a decent quarterback in the future, but he is not there yet.
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Cowboys 29, Eagles 23
Dallas Cowboys: B+. The Cowboys are the hottest team in the NFL, with five straight wins, and they have taken charge in the NFC East, with a 7-5 record. Dak Prescott threw for 455 yards and three touchdowns, and Amari Cooper had a huge game, with 10 receptions for 217 yards and three TDs, including the winner in overtime.
Philadelphia Eagles: C+. The Eagles desperately needed this game, and they mounted a strong fourth-quarter offensive showing to come back and force it into overtime. However, they were done in by a tipped pass that turned into a game-winning touchdown. A playoff spot seems like a long-shot at this point.
Raiders 24, Steelers 21
Oakland Raiders: B+. The Raiders built off a strong Week 13 performance, in which they dropped a 40-33 decision to the Chiefs. Derek Carr keyed the victory, with 322 passing yards and two TD passes, while the Oakland defense kept the Steelers’ offense in check.
Pittsburgh Steelers: D. The Steelers have lost three games in a row. And this loss was particularly galling, as it came against an Oakland team that has rarely played 60 solid minutes. The Steelers had no running game, but wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster caught eight passes for 130 yards and scored twice. Despite the losing streak, the Steelers still lead the AFC North.
Bears 15, Rams 6
Chicago Bears: A-. The Bears showed the NFL that they belong with the best teams in the NFC, as their defense came up with a magnificent effort. Roquan Smith, Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks continue to punish opponents and crush their spirits. The only negative was a disheartening 110-yard, three-interception performance by Mitchell Trubisky.
Los Angeles Rams: D+. The Rams have been an elite team the last two season with a prolific offense. That offense was stopped cold by the Bears Sunday night, as the Chicago defense made Jared Goff look like a struggling rookie. The only thing that head coach Sean McVay can look at positively is the play of his defense.
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Good Food Fund has awarded $385,000 to 13 food services companies and organizations as part of an initiative to increase access to healthy food and spark economic development and job creation.
The Catalytic Investment Awards are used for a variety of purposes, including infrastructure investments, capital expenditures and predevelopment work.
Michigan Good Food Fund spokeswoman Olivia Rebanal says the awards “are fueling the growth of a more equitable Michigan food system from farm to fork.”
Those receiving funding include the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, the Allen Neighborhood Center in Lansing, and Flint-based Babylon Enterprises, which operates a grocery store.
The Michigan Good Food Fund is a $30 million public-private partnership loan fund that provides financing and business assistance to good food enterprises that benefit undeserved communities.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Amar Sejdic scored on a penalty kick in the 57th minute and Maryland held off Akron 1-0 on Sunday night to win its fourth NCAA soccer title.
“It’s a moment that I’ve thought of since I came to Maryland. I knew that if the moment came I wanted to be the guy to step up and take it,” Sejdic said. “Scoring a goal in a meaningful match like that and celebrating with all the players is something that I’ll remember forever.”
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Akron’s Colin Biros kicked Johaness Bergmann in the face pursuing the ball inside the 18-yard box, resulting in the penalty shot. Sejdic calmly converted the opportunity with a well-struck shot to the right of Ben Lundt after the goalkeeper guessed wrong and dove to the left.
“I thought he would go to my left and he went to my right,” Lundt said.
Dayne St. Clair made two saves in Maryland’s fifth straight shutout.
“We’re brothers,” St. Clair said. “We’re so close. The relationship this team has is sensational, and I think that’s why we’re sitting here today.”
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The goal came on Maryland’s first penalty kick during regulation play all season.
“I could not be more proud of this group,” coach Sasho Cirovski said. “We talked about this being a big moment for our program. They were pushed and hardened after a challenging schedule. And now, they’re jewels. I am incredibly happy for them.”
Maryland shared the 1968 title with Michigan State and also won championships in 2005 and 2008. Cirovski won his third title at the school.
“We needed to sort of get back to the Maryland way of doing thing,” Cirovski said. “One of those things was like Dayne (St. Clair) mentioned, is to be prideful on the defensive side of the ball and make it hard to play against Maryland.”
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Maryland finished the season 13-6-4, and Akron was 15-7-2.
“We knew that they would be aggressive, try to press us and disrupt our rhythm,” Akron coach Jared Embick said. “We never really got in a comfort zone and I credit Maryland’s work rate and pressure.”
Sejdic was selected the College Cup’s Most Outstanding Player.
“Within us, we’ve been through it all,” Sejdic said. “It means so much to me to wear the captain’s armband for this university. And it’s an honor for us to be able to lift up this trophy.”
Righter, a new dating app unveiled this week solves the ‘When do I tell them I voted for Trump’ dilemma that conservatives wrestle with while dating in blue towns, reports NBC Washington.
Christy Edwards Lawton, the inventor of Rigter, said she created the app after hearing horror stories about conservatives trying to find love in the likes of Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC, a city where only four percent of the residents voted for President Donald Trump.
Lawton, a native of Los Angeles, told NBC she was shocked when a woman who looked like a model confided she couldn’t get a date as a conservative in New York City. Some people on Tinder even put in their profiles that conservatives should just swipe left, she said.
“There’s been a fear and trepidation when you actually do meet of, ‘When do I tell them I voted for Trump?'” Lawton said.
WEST POINT (AP/CBS) — A French teacher in southern Virginia was reportedly fired after he refused to use male pronouns to describe a transgender student. The West Point School Board voted unanimously Thursday to fire Peter Vlaming, a teacher at West Point High School. The school is about 36 miles east of Richmond and has about 270 students ranging from grades 9-12.
Vlaming, 47, had been teaching at the school for seven years before he was terminated, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. He reportedly told his bosses he is a Christian and his faith prevented him from using male pronouns to describe the student, whom he had taught a year before when the student identified as female.
Vlaming had agreed to call the student by his new name, but avoided using pronouns such as “he” and “him” when describing the student.
Witnesses described hearing him “slip-up” when the student nearly ran into a wall, according to The Associated Press. Vlaming told others to stop “her.” While talking about the incident with administrators, Vlaming indicated he would not use male pronouns.
The student said the teacher’s behavior made him feel uncomfortable. Administrators sided with the student, saying he had violated the district’s anti-discrimination and harassment policies, which had been updated last year to include protections for gender identity.
“That discrimination then leads to creating a hostile learning environment. And the student had expressed that. The parent had expressed that,” Superintendent Laura Abel told the newspaper. “They felt disrespected.”
Vlaming said he loves and respects his students and that he attempted to reach a solution revolving around “mutual tolerance,” the Times-Dispatch reported. His attorney, Shawn Voyles, said the school was unwilling to accept the compromise.
Voyles noted Vlaming, too, has constitutional rights.
“One of those rights that is not curtailed is to be free from being compelled to speak something that violates your conscience,” said Voyles.
A Secret Santa appeared in a Walmart in Derby, Vermont last month and paid for the purchases of almost everyone in the store, including the charges on layaway. An anonymous buyer paid for $57,000 in layaway items at a Uniondale, New York, store while another spent $44,000 in a Longmont, Colorado, store and a third shelled out $29,000 at a Walmart in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, a Walmart spokesman confirmed to CNN.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Miss Kentucky who is a teacher in West Virginia has been charged with sending nude pictures to a 15-year-old former student.
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News outlets report that 28-year-old Ramsey Bearse was arrested Friday and charged with four felony counts of distributing or displaying obscene matter to a minor.
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A criminal complaint says the student’s parent informed authorities of lewd pictures sent by Bearse that were found on the teenager’s phone. The unidentified parent said Bearse had been the boy’s teacher during part of his time at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes.
Authorities say Bearse admitted to sending the nude photos on Snapchat. It’s unclear whether she has an attorney.
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A spokesman for Kanawha County Schools declined to comment but confirmed that Bearse was a teacher at the school.
Under her maiden name of Carpenter, Bearse was crowned Miss Kentucky in 2014.
(Patch)Some of the most common injuries that occur in winter are related to weather conditions and seasonal activities. In order to avoid any accidents, remember some of the following safety precautions:
Burn Candles Safely on stable surfaces and away from flammable decorations. On average, candles cause 1,200 household fires in the U.S. throughout November and December. Consider using a battery powered LED candle instead.
Decorate with Caution when hanging lights, lifting heavy items or moving furniture. Getting a hand from loved ones and using proper ladders can also help avoid unexpected strains and falls.
Dress in Layers and be sure to cover the neck and face in windy conditions to avoid direct inhalation of cold air that can constrict arteries and decrease the heart’s oxygen supply.
Drink Responsibly to avoid alcohol-induced accidents and injury.
Drive Carefully and be cautious of other drivers and black ice patches on the road.
Shovel Safely by keeping in mind the proper techniques and immediately stopping if there is any pain, discomfort, pressure or squeezing in the chest, stomach, arms or jaw. Check with your doctor first if you have any chronic health conditions.
Watch for Choking Hazards whether it’s at a holiday potluck or with children and small toys.
Watch Your Step in icy or cold conditions to avoid dangerous slips/falls on steps and pavement. Salt walkways and driveways regularly.
Recent data shows unnecessary emergency room visits account for approximately 50 percent of medical spending annually both nationally and in Michigan. Depending on the circumstances, families can save money, time and hassle by knowing when trips to the hospital are unnecessary. Some alternative choices for care, include:
Online Visits: A study done by The Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare showed that thousands of patients can be treated without going to the emergency room through remote doctor consultations. Telemedicine, a subset of telehealth, refers to real-time clinical health care services provided through electronic technology when distance separates the patient and health care provider. Online visits, or E-Visits, involve real-time (synchronous) two-way communication that is initiated by the patient to virtually connect to a physician or other health care provider for low complexity health care services.
Urgent Care Centers and Retail Health Clinics: Sprains, minor burns or allergic reactions can be addressed at an urgent care center in half the time of an emergency room. These walk-in facilities can be found across the country offer a wide range of care from certified medical staff at convenient hours throughout the week. And yes, some locations are even open 24 hours a day. Be sure to research urgent care centers within your health plan network to avoid unnecessary costs. Always make sure to share a copy of your urgent care visit records with your Primary Care Provider.