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Kaitlyn, Artem Receive Perfect Score, Hug Carrie Ann Inaba

first_imgIt’s getting down to the wire on Dancing With the Stars! During the Monday, November 9, episode, the remaining contestants had the chance to pay tribute to one of their favorite musicians during Icons Night. However, many of the stars became icons of the ballroom!Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev performed on a very dramatic Argentine tango to Britney Spears‘ “Toxic” that wowed the judges. Derek Hough, Bruno Tonioli and even Carrie Ann Inaba — who has been very tough on Kaitlyn and Artem — raved over the routine.- Advertisement – Justina won the first matchup, earning two extra points. Skai won the second and AJ won the last. Unfortunately, AJ and Johnny landed in the bottom in the two. Bruno chose to save Johnny, Derek chose to save AJ. Ultimately, it came down to Carrie Ann, who chose to save Johnny.Scroll through the gallery below to find out all the scores from Monday’s show. – Advertisement – Another powerful dance was done by Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten. The duo performed a strong paso doble for her tribute to Janet Jackson. In addition to being a huge fan of her music, Skai revealed that she wanted to honor the icon because of her activism. During her package, the Disney Channel alum detailed the racism she’s experienced during her life and revealed she has missed out on roles due to the color of her skin. At the end of her paso doble, “use your voice” was written on the back wall of the ballroom.In the second round, each duo competed in a dance-off challenge with another pair. Justina and Sasha danced the cha-cha to Lady Gaga and Beyonce‘s “Telephone” against Kaitlyn and Artem; AJ and Cheryl danced the jive to Ricky Martin‘s “Cup of Life” against Johnny and Britt; and Nelly and Daniella danced the salsa to Wham‘s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” against Skai and Alan. (Nev and Jenna earned immunity based on last week’s leaderboard.)- Advertisement – “I know it’s been a rough couple of weeks, but I have to say, I have to give you a standing ovation. That was incredible. We push you because we want you to reach your ultimate,” the judge told the pair. “Every line was amazing. Every lift. … Everything about it was amazing. Everything that we’ve been wanting from you was in this routine.”After her comments, Artem and Katilyn ran over to embrace Carrie Ann in a hug. The former Bachelorette also noted that even when the Hawaii native was a tough critic, she “knew it came from that place” of love, “even if it was hard to hear.”Kaitlyn Bristowe Artem Chigvintsev Receive Perfect Score DWTSKaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev perform on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ ABCThe pair received a perfect 30 — their first of the season — and it wasn’t the only perfect score given on Monday night. Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart earned a perfect 30 for their quickstep to Amy Winehouse‘s “Valerie.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Scudetto Odds on the Rossoneri rapidly receding

first_img Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Related Articles Submit CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 After a £160 million pound overhaul of their squad, the odds on seven time European champions, AC Milan winning next season’s Scudetto have been slashed. At the culmination of last season, the Rossoneri were a massive 16/1 to end Juventus’ reign of domination in Italy. However, their lavish summer of spending means that their price has been shortened to just 6/1. With the help of their new Chinese ownership, Milan have acquired a wealth of talent from all over Europe; Franck Kessié, Ricardo Rodriguez, André Silva, Hakan Calhanoglu, Andrea Conti and Lucas Biglia are just some of the players that make up their list of new signings. Nonetheless, their biggest coup is undoubtedly capturing highly regarded defender, Leonardo Bonucci from Italian champions Juventus. Selling one of their most sought after defenders to Milan, suggests that Juventus resonate with the bookmakers, who despite shortening the price of Milan, continue to rank them as outsiders for the title.The Rossoneri are currently third favourites for the Serie A glory, with Juventus odds on to win an unprecedented seventh consecutive Scudetto and Napoli 5/1 outsiders for their first title since the Maradona era.Alan Alger, BetwayAlan Alger of Betway spoke to SBC about Milan’s chances this season: “They have shortened up from 16/1 at the start of June to their current price (6/1). I would say most of these signings come under the promising category rather than the proven one in terms of Championship winners or challengers.“They’ve finished on average over 30 points behind Juventus the last 3 seasons so have enormous ground to make up on them and also have to participate in the Europa League.”The Italian football season begins on 20 August, AC Milan travel to Crotone on the opening weekend.last_img read more

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NFL Week 5 value picks and weak betting lines to exploit

first_imgArizona Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bengals (-4.5 to -3)Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m. ET at Paul Brown StadiumWe see the NFL odds move, to and fro, throughout the week but the key is to look for those lines that pass onto, or through, critical numbers. In this case, we have just such an example as the Bengals opened as 4.5 point faves but that number has slipped all the way to 3 which means it not only went through the 4 but has landed on just a field goal head start for the visiting Cardinals.The public sentiment on this game is that Cincinnati is lousy and so is Arizona but the Cardinals have that kid under center, Kyler Murray, who is fun to watch. Trust me when I tell you that is the rudimentary logic that the masses are using in evaluating this matchup. MORE WEEK 5 NFL PICKS:Against the spread | Straight-upThis move, although only 1.5 points, does not smack of wise guy money on the Cardinals, and thus pushing this line down. This is more of a known commodity in Murray that has had flashes of brilliance in his rookie campaign versus a veteran like Andy Dalton who has slipped from a top 10 QB to somewhere in the middle.Let Joe Q. Public send it in as we get sterling value with a Bengals’ team that offers a decent defense against a wide-eyed rookie which could very easily manifest into turnovers and set up good field position for the veteran Dalton and the Bengals’ offense. Let your buddies poke fun at you backing a winless team but remember, the Cards are winless as well, the venue favors the Cats, and the line has dropped to a point where including Cincinnati in your NFL picks makes sense … and in the end, dollars!Final score: Bengals 27, Cardinals 21Free NFL pick: Cardinals to cover -3 (-115)Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints (-5.5 to -3)Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m. ET at Mercedes-Benz Superdome​Can you say, “overreaction”? Well I know I can, and that is exactly what this move is all about as the Saints plummet from 5 ½ point home chalk to -3, due almost entirely to Jameis Winston’s gridiron heroics last week when he tossed for four touchdowns and 385 yards in a 55-40 stunner over the heavily favored Rams.But if you have been following Winston’s career then you’ve seen this movie before. He’s a stud athlete who is prone to judgment lapses, both on and off the field, which has led to a career of few peaks and many valleys.MORE: Week 5 underdogs with good odds to beat the spreadThe Bucs will be basking in the afterglow of that huge win over the Super Bowl runner-ups from last season and I am telling you they will be flat coming into this one down on the bayou. Although it’s true that the Saints will be without future Hall-of-Famer Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater has turned from a potential superstar when he was drafted in the first round of the 2014 draft into a motivated game manager. That’s not a bad thing against a Bucs’ team with a woeful defense and one that is susceptible to giving up points in bunches. Get down on New Orleans and cash a ticket when the day is done.Final score: Saints 31, Bucs 24Free NFL pick: Saints to cover -3 (-115) Every week we see weak lines ready to be exploited, and Week 5 in the NFL is no exception. Let’s isolate a few games where the numbers are begging us to bet them.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice at Sportsbook Reviewlast_img read more

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Democrats calling for bigger boost in state aid to schools

first_imgDES MOINES — Republican leaders in the legislature are embracing the main themes Republican Governor Kim Reynolds stressed Tuesday during her 2019 “Condition of the State” address — while Democrats suggest Reynolds isn’t calling for a big enough spending boost for Iowa schools.Senate President Charles Schneider, a Republican from West Des Moines, says the governor’s proposed $89 million spending increase shows that’s a top priority.“She makes a valid point, too, about the restoration of felon voting rights and putting that before the voters,” Schneider says.House Democratic Leader Todd Prichard of Charles City says the governor could issue an executive order that would immediately restore voting rights to felons who’ve done their time, rather than waiting for the lengthy process of amending the state constitution.“So I think there’s a short term and a long term goal here that should be part of the discussion,” Prichard says.But how far that discussion may go is the question. A few Republicans have stated their outright opposition to a constitutional amendment on felon voting rights. House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, a Republican from Clear Lake, says the proposal needs thoughtful review.“I think it’s important that at least we address restitution in some way. These crimes had victims…We need to look at the entire picture,” Upmeyer says, “but happy to take a look at it.”Reynolds has proposed a 2.3 percent boost in state support of K-through-12 public schools. Upmeyer says that’s a serious commitment.“It actually takes a really good chunk of the budget, but still leaves room for some of the other priorities of Iowans,” Upmeyer says, “so I think that’s a good place to start the discussion.Prichard, the House Democratic leader, says legislators should approve at least a three percent increase in general state aid to schools, to give districts with shrinking enrollment some financial relief.“We underfunded education dramatically in years past,” Prichard says. “We’re on a little bit better footing. Let’s take this opportunity. Let’s fund education.”The governor’s budget director says the chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court will be asking legislators to approve a four percent pay boost for judges.(Photo courtesy of Iowa Public Television)last_img read more

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Small brain means bigger sex appeal

first_img Promiscuity is known to make a difference in testicle size in some other mammals. For example, chimpanzees are promiscuous and have testicles that are many times larger than those of gorillas, in which a single dominant male has exclusive access to a harem of females. Large brains, meanwhile, are metabolically costly to develop and maintain. Pitnick’s research suggested that in those bat species with promiscuous females, the male’s body used more of its energy to enhance the testes – giving it the greater adaptive advantage – and lacked the energy it needed to further develop the brain. The study found that in more monogamous species, the average male brain size was about 2.6 percent of body weight, while in promiscuous species, the average size dipped to 1.9 percent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Bats invest an enormous amount in testis, and the investment has to come from somewhere. There are no free lunches,” said Hoskens, who did not participate in the study. The relationship between the breeding system and relative brain size has received little investigation, said Pitnick, who teaches evolution and population biology and researches topics such as sexual selection and sexual conflict. Bats are the second largest group of mammals (behind rodents) with about 1,000 known species. Because of their exceptional navigational and flying abilities, bats have been the subject of countless studies, providing Pitnick and his colleagues – Kate Jones of Columbia University and Gerald Wilkinson of the University of Maryland – with a bounty of data without having to slink off into caves. Pitnick’s team looked at 334 species of bats and found a convincing contrast in testes size. In species with monogamous females, males had testes starting at 0.11 percent of their body weight and ranging up to 1.4 percent. But in species where the females had a large number of mates, Pitnick found testes ranged from 0.6 percent to 8.5 percent of the males’ mass (in the Rafinesque’s big-eared bat). “If female bats mate with more than one male, a sperm competition begins,” Pitnick said. “The male who ejaculates the greatest number of sperm wins the game, and hence many bats have evolved outrageously big testes.” SYRACUSE, N.Y. – For some male bats, sexual prowess comes with a price – smaller brains. A research team led by Syracuse University biologist Scott Pitnick found that in bat species where the females are promiscuous, the males boasting the largest testicles also had the smallest brains. Conversely, where the females were faithful, the males had smaller testes and larger brains. “It turns out size does matter,” said Pitnick, whose findings were published in December in “Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Science,” an online journal. The study offers evidence that males – at least in some species – make an evolutionary trade-off between intelligence and sexual prowess, said David Hoskens, a biologist at the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at the University of Exeter in England and a leading authority on bats’ mating behavior. last_img read more