No last-minute invite for Fiorina to debate

Fiorina, despite finishing sixth in the Iowa caucuses ahead of other candidates to appear on the debate stage, had not met the criteria for the GOP forum – qualifications released by ABC last month. Candidates had to place in the top three in Iowa, or be in the top six in an average of recent New Hampshire polls or in the top six in an average of recent national polls.

Carly Fiorina says she and all candidates should be allowed on the same debate stage. Throughout the campaign thus far, the Republican field has promised to plus-up defense spending and restore military might they say was diminished over the last eight years. She’s also beating Dr. Ben Carson in New Hampshire polling.
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks during a campaign event at Iowa State University, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Ames, Iowa.
Fiorina’s unsuccessful appeal to ABC to join the debate was supported by big-name Republicans Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich as well as two of her rivals, Cruz and Carson. Having fallen out of the top six in national and in-state polls, she would be the only Republican candidate still standing to not be invited.
Under card mainstays – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. “Our government is broken, and we know the establishment isn’t going to fix it. It’s time to stand together and say we won’t back down”, she continued.
Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond.
“I think we should have come in first, to be honest with you, a lot of things happened there”.
Carly Fiorina had done such a good job in that first undercard debate that her poll numbers were starting to rise. I think Fiorina has been a positive presence in the race and it is a mystery to me why she has not done better.
“There are only 8 candidates left”.
According to Fiorina, her performance in the Iowa Caucuses had no bearing on the debate lineup, “ABC is using criteria pulled from January 1?”
The spot features former Attorney General Eric Holder praising Clinton on civil rights issues and for her promise to curb gun violence and police brutality.
Kasich himself is the beneficiary of such a super PAC, called New Day for America. But the national Party, possibly mindful of the fact that the Growth and Opportunity Project report also concluded that in the 2012 cycle voters were overwhelmed by a “ridiculous” number of debates, and content to let whatever blame is cast fall squarely on sponsor NBC, has declined to get involved. She got more Iowa votes than John and Chris. Kelly Ayotte, Nebraska rising star Sen.
Fiorina blasted former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Florida U.S. Sen.

Peyton Manning Sidesteps Retirement, Plugs Budweiser After Super Bowl Win

That career could be coming to an end.

“Right now, I think he is probably just soaking it in”, Elway said.
“I don’t know what you want me to say”.
“I’ve got a couple of priorities first”. “Obviously I am going to pick them”.
What, no love for Disneyland?
Defense and special teams were key factors as the Broncos rode to a 24-10 victory in Super Bowl 50, but it was the turnover differential that ultimately plagued the Panthers and decided the game.
Twitter reacted positively to Norman’s move, at least more so than they did Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s no-dive.
Most people expect Manning, at 39 the oldest quarterback to win the Super Bowl, to retire, as his boss, Broncos general manager John Elway, did after winning back-to-back championships in the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
His father was former National Football League quarterback Archie Manning and his younger brother Eli plays that position for the New York Giants.
Did Denver have a tremendous amount of faith in its defense? But it was Denver’s defense which was the law Sunday, shutting down the NFL’s MVP and top offense with a suffocating performance that was as dominant as the Super Bowl has ever seen in its half-century. “Our defense has just been, from the get-go they’ve been nothing but awesome”. We get to play The Sheriff.
The Broncos sacked Newton a Super Bowl record equaling seven times.
It was Miller who set the tone for what would be a long and painful afternoon for Newton. Denver also forced four turnovers from a Carolina team that lost only 19 turnovers during the regular season and had a league-best takeaway margin of plus-20.
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With Carolina trailing by six late in the fourth quarter, Miller broke through again and knocked the ball from Newton’s hands.

Clinton: Crisis in Flint, Michigan, is immoral

Progress Michigan, an advocacy organization, recently released internal emails that revealed that some state officials were aware of an increase in Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area and that it could be linked to contaminated water about a year before Snyder said that he learned about the rising numbers of Legionnaires’ cases.

The Clinton camp suggested that a debate be used to bring attention to the crisis in Flint, “We’ve agreed to an additional debate in NH and are now in discussions to agree to additional debates – we think one of them should be in Flint“.
Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have both addressed Flint’s water scandal, with Sanders calling for the resignation of Michigan Gov. Rick Synder.
State regulators never required that the river water be treated to make it less corrosive, causing lead from plumbing and pipes to leach into the water supply.
Snyder responded that he is working hard to fix the problem.
All of Flint’s children were exposed to water with elevated levels of lead. This weekend, former President Bill Clinton wooed voters in Las Vegas, campaign surrogates knocked doors in San Antonio and Clinton’s aides announced a meeting with top civil rights leaders next week in New York City. “If Michigan won’t do it, there have to be ways that we can begin to move, and then make them pay for it”.
Gov. Snyder has repeatedly apologized to the residents of Flint and is leading an aggressive effort to remedy the situation.
The Michigan governor, his environmental agency and the regional office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency systematically covered up and profoundly let down Flint residents, more determined to save money than save futures, more concerned about deflecting blame than preventing damage.
He also wants rapid action on the flaws that led to the contamination in Flint, such as requirements for a review of corrosion control when a new water source is tapped by a water system. The state said last month that immigrants living illegally in the USA are no longer being denied water because they can’t show ID. “They’re going to turn it into a partisan thing”.
They sent the invitation to Snyder because the Republican controlled House Oversight Committee has failed to call him as a witness.
Clinton supporters say that part of her problem in the state is that she’s been subject to withering attacks from the GOP field, which has either ignored Sanders or at times sought to bolster his candidacy as a way of slowing Clinton’s march to the nomination.
A lot of the deputies were passing out water filtration systems in the city. I’m grateful for the bipartisan cooperation from Senator Stabenow over the last week.

The boos that show just how unpopular Bubba Watson is

Rickie Fowler’s second round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open could have gone several different ways, but when he walked off the 18th green late Friday afternoon he was tied for second with Danny Lee and only one behind 36-hole leader and TPC Scottsdale member James Hahn.

“I have nothing against the fans and the tournament”, he said.
“I wish I knew (why), but I really enjoy playing here”, he said.
Hahn put on quite a show with his game as well, chipping in for birdie at his first hole – the par-four 10th. Bubba had a bad three-putt for bogey and the crowd cheered raucously while the PGA Tour Live stream clearly picked up a string of heckles like “You f**king loser!” and “Your biggest fan is embarrassed right now!” Over the last couple of years, I have made some putts. On his back nine, he got up-and-down for birdie from a greenside bunker on the par-5 third and closed with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-4 ninth.
“I hit a lot of good iron shots today, so I’m encouraged that as the week wears on and the days come on, it’s going to keep getting better and better”, said the American left-hander.
“When you don’t score as low as you feel like you’re playing, it can be frustrating, but for me, I find it to be more encouraging that I’m making a lot of birdies”, said Mickelson, the tournament victor in 1996, 2005 and 2013.
Lee got off to a hot start with birdies at five of his first eight holes – including a 20-footer at 16.
“I just need to be more aggressive and less tentative when I get quite low on the day”, added Lowry.
With the tournament still a bit behind after a first-round fog delay on Thursday morning, play was halted by darkness with a handful of players yet to finish. The two-time Masters champion tied for second the last two seasons. Ko was tied with Ha Na Jang, who played 24 holes on Friday.
Three-time Phoenix Open champion Phil Mickelson took a triple-bogey 7 on the fifth and still shot 69.
After a second consecutive 2-under 69 that has him on the verge of contention heading into the weekend, Watson maintained he still doesn’t – and never did – like the course, but that he comes for the unique atmosphere.

Former team manager alleges MS Dhoni fixed Manchester Test

MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket following India’s horrific performances against the Australians Down Under in 2014.

Sunil Dev, who was with the team in the official capacity on the 2014 tour of England, has claimed that the Manchester Test was fixed, and there were some peculiar decisions taken in the other matches on that tour as well.
Dev, who was assigned to the team in 2014, is now the secretary of the Delhi Cricket Association. He said that he was 100% sure that the Manchester Test had been fixed.
Dev was caught disclosing this in a sting operation conducted by a Hindi daily.
“But Dhoni surprised everyone by opting to bat first”, he further added. The decision was surprising for the team management as well as it was decided in the meeting that they will bowl first if they won the toss. Though Srinivasan appreciated the information, he did not feel the need to make it public.
The Manchester Test was ended in just three days with India losing the match by an innings and 54 runs against England.
It has also been revealed from the sources that Dev even said to the reporters, “If you try to tap me in any operation then I will back out from my claims and will stand with the BCCI as I have been with the board from last 40 years”.
Though it’s hard to substantiate whether Dev’s claims can be relied upon, but the latest revelations have surely made matters worse for the BCCI, which is now under vast pressure to implement the sweeping reforms suggested by both the Justice Mudgal committee and the Justice Lodha panel. “Match-fixing is not as common as it has been highlighted and unless there are 2-3 big players is involved, it can’t be done”.
Now, speaking to Times of India, Dev has said, “It is all rubbish”.

Amber Rose pokes Kanye West after rant at Wiz Khalifa

Kanye’s eye-popping revelations came after Amber Rose got involved with a Twitter feud between the Gold Digger star and Wiz Khalifa, in which he brought up her past in a negative manner.

Rose and Khalifa welcomed Sebastian in February 2013, and were married 14 months before the model filed for divorce in September 2014.
Kanye hit back: “First of all, you stole your whole s**t from Cudi”, and then added: “Second, your first single was corny as f**k and most there after”.
“3rd no one I know has ever listened to one of your albums all the way through”.
By now you probably heard about Kanye West’ meltdown on Twitter after he misinterpreted what Wiz Khalifa said on Wednesday.
“I’m not into that kind of s***…” As West called out Rose’s ex, she wrote, “Awww @kanyewest are u mad I’m not around to play in ur a-shole anymore? We dated for two years, but you’re talking sh-t about Wiz and my baby?!”
Khalifa was actually referring to a type of marijuana but that did not deter West from embarking on tweeting spree which included 17 posts.
Khalifa was disappointed with the move and tweeted not to take the wave together with reasons indicating that Kanye was not wavy enough to use the title.
Kanye subsequently tweeted his apology to Wiz after he shed two million followers.
“But, that said, I would make an exception… we would definitely have them on the show to settle this feud”. And I didn’t even say anything. Kanye tweeted that his former muse “trapped” Wiz Khalifa and commented on her being a former stripper.
But before the conversation ended, West asked the correspondent his name and said, “Charlie, man. Good meeting you”. You don’t see her mentioning Ray J every chance she gets.
West is preparing to release his new album – now titled “Waves” – on February 11.

Super Bowl 50 a battle of defenses, quarterbacks

The NFL will crown a champion Sunday night on CBS 58, as Super Bowl 50 pits the Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California in what might be the most anticipated sporting event of its generation. Manning’s career has been the stuff of discipline and values, the All-American hard-working tale of the good guy who once again, and perhaps one last time, hopes to finish first. A Super Bowl ring would add even more prestige to his young career. He got the nickname “Riverboat Ron” because he likes to go for it on fourth down a lot.

All season, Manning has been a passenger while he let the Broncos defense do the driving to this Super Bowl.
Manning didn’t say he was ready to walk away, saying only he wanted to take some time to think about it and that his former coach with the Indianapolis Colts, Tony Dungy, cautioned him, “Don’t make an emotional decision”. He believes in the team around him and he isn’t pushing too hard.
A sullen Cam Newton was not remotely interested in speaking with the media after the Panthers lost Super Bowl 50 and abruptly left the podium in the middle of his media session.
Newton is considered one of the best and most electrifying players in the National Football League, and he is also one of the fastest and biggest quarterbacks, standing almost two meters tall and weighing 111 kilograms.
“This game was much like this season”.
How has Peyton Manning changed this year?
The Broncos never trailed in the game. Miller’s lightning burst of speed to set up the first touchdown for Malik Jackson on a fumble recovery in the end zone was what we have come to expect of the Denver linebacker, while safety Darian Stewart appeared to be all over the field making plays. They managed to beat the Steelers and Patriots in playoff games that they probably shouldn’t have won.
Fittingly, the Carolina Panthers counter with the NFL’s top-scoring attack (31.2 points per game), one that has put up points in bunches in play-off wins over Seattle and Arizona.
Interesting side note: Newton was selected No. 1 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Cam Newton drove the Panthers into field-goal range after Charles Johnson recovered Peyton Manning’s fumble at midfield.
McManus hit a 30-yard field goal to give the Broncos a 16-7 lead over the Panthers in the third quarter.

Yale coasts to win over Cornell, 83-52

Yale forward Brandon Sherrod shattered an NCAA record on Friday night by sinking his 30th-consecutive field goal, which he accomplished over a five-game span. The previous record, 26, was held by Torian Oglesby back in the 2011-12. Columbia are 3-11 ATS in the last 14 meetings and the favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

Yale particularly took advantage down low against Cornell. Columbia (15-7) entered the game as the only other undefeated conference team.
“We came out with tremendous energy, but they were still able to make shots and put us in a hole”, Courtney said. Just over 10 minutes into the game, the Elis grabbed their first lead, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, on a three-pointer from guard Nick Victor.
Columbia won its last game by a one-point margin.
“We were pretty much getting anything we wanted once we broke their pressure”, Mason said. Cornell’s double-teams in the paint opened up the perimeter for the Elis, who made 12 shots from deep – the third consecutive game in which Yale has made more than 10 three-pointers.
Despite the Lions’ early six-point lead, the Bulldogs got hot from the field and stayed hot. He scored a season-high 24 points on 9-of-9 shooting and missed only two free throws against Brown.
The Bulldogs controlled the glass throughout the contest, outrebounding the Big Red 56-22, while also scoring 32 points in the paint, as compared to 19 from Cornell.
Unfortunately for them, only two of their remaining eight games will be in Lee Amphitheater, as they go to Dartmouth (site of a devastating loss on the final day of the regular season last year) and Harvard – which fell to 1-5 in Ivy play with a loss to Penn Saturday – next weekend. Jones noted that several players spent extra time working on their foul shots the week before. That’s not part of the equation tonight because the Ivy is a one-bid league for the NCAA Tournament and this game will help determine which team advances.

Van Gaal rues lack of composure in ‘unbelievable’ Chelsea draw

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has expressed his disappointment after watching his side concede in added time and draw 1-1 at Chelsea in the Premier League this evening.

The draw leves United in 5 place, 6 points away from fourth placed Manchester City, while climb to 13 in the table on 30 points.
United seem to have thrown off the “boring” tag after nine goals in their last three matches and Louis Van Gaal still hasn’t beaten Chelsea since he took over. “Chelsea are a very good team and you play like we played and don’t reward yourself, it is disappointing and frustrating”.
“You can say it is misfortune, but it’s not the first time it has happened to us”.
A late Diego Costa goal robbed Man United of a hugely important victory in the chase for this season’s top four after a 90 minutes in which we were by far the better side.
“I know we have to play a very nasty duel against Chelsea and of course I will say to my players “fantastic performance, until the last quarter”. For the second match in a row, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s low, fizzed cross set up an opening goal for Jesse Lingard.
They have been undoubtedly one of the most impressive teams in the league in the last few matches, disposing of Derby County and Stoke City with a high-energy, attractive approach to the game. Chelsea were second best in the opening stages of the game, barely getting on the ball as the Red Devils dominated the opening 15 minutes with nearly 70% of the ball, without creating a clear cut chance. What they’ve done and given for me as a young 14 and 17-year-old boy…
Journalist A: I don’t know if you know what I write… Jose Mourinho is seemingly on his way come what may but Van Gaal has earned himself some breathing space. He did that in the first half as well, maybe you remember that, so I think you can not do that. I only criticised the media because they invented stories. Otherwise you have to let go that event of the game. I never hired security – never, never.
“There are a lot of frustrated players in that dressing room”, said the Dutchman.
It has gone for Chelsea, the champions, with interim manager Guus Hiddink effectively admitting that afterwards. “But for sure, I will be back soon”, he said. “We did not keep the ball and we did not play the attack in the way I think we have to do”.

Hyundai’s Super Bowl Commercial 2016: Ryan Reynolds’ Clones Take Over!

Hyundai’s first-ever Super Bowl ad takes place in Ryanville, which is populated by a plethora of Reynoldses, which means a lot of swoon-worthy shots of the former Sexiest Man Alive. Her unsuspecting love interest then finds himself face to face with Hart in a variety of ever-funnier situations – first at the movies, then on a midway at the fair and, perhaps inevitably, during a thwarted make-out session at a quiet overlook.

Hart gives his daughter’s date the keys to his new Hyundai Genesis, which comes with vehicle finder, a service that tracks your auto. Ok, not every dad does something like that, but for maximum effect, let’s pretend that they do.
“Hey, so you’re the guy taking my little girl out, huh?” In the end, it does appear that daddy got what he wanted, all thanks to a great assist from the Genesis’ new Car Finder feature. We never watched them, but the point is that Hyundai is hiring big actors and directors at a time when Mercedes and BMW say the Super Bowl isn’t worth it.
By midday Wednesday, 46 brands have released 73 teasers or full ads ahead of Sunday. I mean, snooping around your daughter’s date sounds really creepy, even if it’s done for comedy purposes.
The verdict: Eh, it’s the Super Bowl, so we’ll allow it.