Western Bureau:Broadway are already looking to become the next powerhouse in Division Two of the Charley’s JB Overproof Rum Western Jamaica Domino competition, after stopping Peace and Love 300-291 in a tough clash on Sunday.Broadway led by a slender three points and managed to maintain the lead in the hard-fought battle that took them to a third-straight victory of the new season.”We have a real team together playing as a family and we have team spirit because when we are down we don’t give up,” said Junior ‘Cutta’ Rowe, one of Broadway’s long-standing member.Rowe said the team is now looking forward to its next match and is confident of another win.”We will be going for the win again in our next match. The team we are playing next we played them already and beat them two times during the last season,” stated Rowe, whose team will be next be going up against Venus of Waterworks, Westmoreland.Venus defeated Pineapple 300-281, Perry Strikers thrashed Next Generation 300-280, and Creative Strikers took down Night Riders 300-285 in the other Division Two matches.Another win for DallasElsewhere, Dallas secured win number two of the season in Division One, with an eight-point victory over Western Stars 300-292. Rainbow crushed Tornado 300-267, and Uptown defeated Assassin 300-281.Strike Force copped another win in the Premier League to solidify their lead, trouncing Classic 300-260.Deeside Untouchables took down Fighter Jet 300-295, Dynasty won Dynamic Strikers 300-268, and Tuff Gong conquered Might Strikers 300-254. The Unity Strikers versus Long Bay match was postponed. A new date will be announced.Matches in all three zones of the competition will continue tomorrow at 1 p.m.
CRANBROOK, B.C. – The unprecedented, aggressive behaviour of three blazes in southeastern British Columbia has forced firefighting crews to withdraw from the area, the BC Wildfire Service said on Friday.Fire information officer Karlie Shaughnessy said a grouping of three smaller fires in the Flathead area east of Cranbrook is not threatening any homes or structures, but unpredictable activity prompted the pull out.The combined size of the fires is about 26 square kilometres and the wildfire service said none are contained.Crews are also working to control several other wildfires in southeastern B.C.Those include a 16-square-kilometre blaze just outside the East Kootenay community of Moyie that has forced evacuations in the Moyie Lake area.It was sparked by lightning on Sept. 7, and the wildfire service said it remains uncontained and very active with 58 personnel, three helicopters and 14 pieces of equipment assigned to fight the fire.Shaughnessy said the flare up of the Flathead area fires is concerning.“This happened when we issued the Rocky Mountain backcountry restriction, just because a lot of these fires burning in the backcountry were displaying very aggressive behaviour and were unpredictable,” she said, adding crew safety is always the first priority.Heavy smoke from wildfires continues to blanket most of the lower two-thirds of British Columbia, prompting air quality advisories.Wildfire service spokesman Kevin Skrepnek said the smoke has helped keep temperatures down and trap in humidity, calming fires particularly in the southern Interior.Environment Canada is calling for showers in many of the fire-plagued regions Friday and Saturday, and Skrepnek said the change in the weather system will likely clear the air and improve visibility.He said a sustained downpour will be needed to help douse any of the blazes, but the light rain will help ease some of the largest fires burning in the southern Interior and Cariboo regions.“It’s certainly going to be a welcome reprieve for a few days,” he said. “Any moisture is welcome given how dry it is out there … but it’s not going to end fire season.”The rain isn’t expected to reach the new fires in the East Kootenay.The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre said it has rescinded an evacuation alert for properties about 20 kilometres east of Kelowna as the fire off nearby Highway 33 is now 70 per cent contained.A blaze near Peachland on the west side of Okanagan Lake has prompted evacuation orders and alerts, but crews continue to build guards and the wildfire service said the flames are 15 per cent contained.South of Vanderhoof in the Prince George fire centre, the province said access has been restored to areas previously cut off by wildfires and an evacuation order in the southwest Chilcotin area has also been downgraded to an alert by the Cariboo Regional District and a local First Nation.Emergency Management BC said there were 19 evacuation orders affecting more than 4,800 people Friday, while 11,600 people remain on evacuation alert. (CHBZ, The Canadian Press)
Conferences are weird. And not just because some of their names don’t make any sense. (The Big Ten has 14 members?! The Big 12 has 10?!) Although most college football conferences hold championship games, others are prohibited from holding them (and get screwed because of it). They feature rapacious money grubbing and encourage teams to destroy rivalry games. No wonder independent Notre Dame disdains conference membership altogether.More importantly, for our selfish interests, conferences cloud interpretations of FiveThirtyEight’s playoff predictions — which you can find here. The weird structures and dynamics of conferences sow lots of confusion. Since we launched our College Football Playoff model last week, we’ve received lots of reader questions, and many of them boil down to one of two “conference conundrums.” Elsewhere on FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver has explained some tweaks to our model that should make the numbers more sensible. But in case you’re still scratching your head, let’s run through the two big reasons conferences can befuddle:1. The Two-Team Conundrum: How can [Ohio State/Alabama/LSU/TCU] have higher odds of making the playoff than winning its conference?Because some conferences have enough good teams that they could send two squads into the playoff. Alternatively, other considerations in the selection process might outweigh a good team’s loss in a conference championship.For example: Our model gives No. 21All the rankings I’m using in this article are the committee’s. Alabama a 43 percent chance of being selected into the playoff but a 35 percent chance of winning the SEC. In a simulation that my colleague Jay Boice ran, a two-loss Alabama team that doesn’t get to play in the SEC championship game still makes the playoff 25.3 percent of the time (probably alongside a one-loss SEC champion). Similarly, No. 3 Ohio State has a 56 percent chance of making the postseason but a 44 percent chance of winning the Big Ten. If both Ohio State and Iowa remain undefeated heading into the Big Ten championship, there’s a good chance that both will make it in, regardless of the outcome.Other cases are more complicated. What if an undefeated Ohio State team fell to a one-loss Iowa team in the Big Ten championship?2Iowa can afford to take a loss, maybe even two, since the Hawkeyes are a game ahead of Wisconsin and also have the tiebreaker over the Badgers. It’s feasible to imagine almost any outcome in that case: The committee could go with Iowa, Ohio State, both teams or neither team.In the conference previews below, I explain more about how those scenarios might play out. But know that there isn’t necessarily a one-to-one correspondence between conference championships and slots in the playoff; things could get messy. It’s the job of the model to sort all of that out — though, admittedly, we don’t know much (or anything, really) about how the committee weights conference championships, as it didn’t have to deal with any upsets in those title games during its inaugural season last year.2. The Division Conundrum: For two teams in the same conference, how can one team have a better chance of winning the conference but another team a better shot at making the playoff?We received lots of these questions, and the culprit is arbitrary conference divisions. Take Florida and Alabama, for example. The SEC has two divisions: East and West. The Gators have a 38 percent chance of winning the SEC, according to our model. That’s higher than Alabama’s odds! But Florida is given only a 17 percent chance of making the playoff, to the Tide’s 43 percent. That’s because the Gators play in (and have clinched) the SEC East, and ’Bama faces a tougher task in the other division, the SEC West (where LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State play). Florida, which has one loss, has an 80 percent chance of making the playoff if it wins out. But if Florida takes a second loss (say, at South Carolina on Saturday) but still wins the SEC championship, it might not. (That’s a nightmare scenario for the SEC, in which it might be denied representation in the playoff entirely.)What-ifs of the weekOur College Football Playoff predictions have been updated with the rankings released Tuesday night, and we project Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama to make it, in agreement with the committee’s latest rankings. But we expect Baylor to have a better path than Notre Dame and to be the fourth team included.But that’s what’s current. We’re already thinking about what’s next. Take a look at our “what-if table” below, which shows how our projected playoff odds would likely change if a team wins or loses its upcoming game. Also included is how likely we think it is that a team will win all its remaining games, and its chance to make the playoff if that happens. North Carolina46<1946 Notre Dame303123874 Memphis<1<1<1121 Ohio State56623227>99 SCHOOLMAKE PLAYOFFMAKE PLAYOFF GIVEN WEEK 11 WINMAKE PLAYOFF GIVEN WEEK 11 LOSSWIN OUTMAKE PLAYOFF GIVEN WINNING OUT Iowa222551396 Florida State<11<1282 Navy<1<1<1112 Mississippi<1——21<1 Houston22<1227 LSU1216<12155 TCU1011<12149 UCLA33<1645 Stanford2834101996 Michigan St.101111087 Oklahoma173831887 Northwestern<1<1<112<1 USC12<1314 Mississippi St.36<11125 Alabama43612125>99 Oklahoma St.232671698 Utah111711473 Wisconsin<1——50<1 Florida172331880 Oregon<1<1<181 Temple<1<1<1181 CHANCE A TEAM WILL … Michigan79<11742 Baylor3145111699 Clemson67%70%37%49%>99% Let’s use Iowa as our guinea pig. We currently give the Hawkeyes a 22 percent chance of making the playoff. But if they beat Minnesota on Saturday, those odds tick up to 25 percent; if they lose, they shrink to 5 percent. Although the rest of the Hawkeyes’ regular-season schedule isn’t that challenging, if they win out, they’ll face a tough matchup in the Big Ten title game. We give them a 13 percent chance to run the table. But if they do, they’re almost certainly in the playoff (96 percent).What to watch for this weekBig 12Game of the week: Baylor vs. OklahomaCollege football statheads: This is your game! While Oklahoma is No. 12 and Baylor is No. 6 according to the latest committee rankings, they are the No.1 and No. 2 squads according to ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI), a computer-generated measure of team strength. Oklahoma is the best team in the country according to FPI, despite losing to lowly Texas. Baylor, on the other hand, is unsurprisingly high-rated by FPI because of its high-powered offense, which easily leads the nation at 57 points per game. Despite being No. 2 in FPI, the Bears are a 58 percent favorite to beat the Sooners because the game is at home in Waco, Texas. The game has big implications: If Oklahoma wins, its odds of making the playoff will rise to 38 percent from 17 percent; if Baylor does, the Bears will rocket from 31 percent to 45 percent likely to make the playoff.ACCGame of the week: Clemson vs. SyracuseThe ACC story hasn’t changed: Undefeated No. 1 Clemson is in the playoff if they win out, but it looks bleak for all other ACC teams (and for Clemson, should they lose). After last week’s victory over Florida State — in what was likely their last truly tough game — Clemson saw its playoff odds rise to the highest of any team (67 percent). But should the Tigers stumble, the ACC’s hopes fall off a cliff. Although one-loss North Carolina has almost wrapped up the ACC Coastal division, and has a 30 percent chance of winning the conference, its chance of making the playoff is a measly 4 percent — but if UNC wins out (and beats Clemson in the ACC title game), its chances rise to nearly 50/50.Big TenGame of the week: Ohio State vs. IllinoisEven if the Buckeyes stumble, they won’t necessarily be out. Their odds are strongly affected by the conference conundrums I outlined earlier. A one-loss Ohio State team might not even get to play for the Big Ten title. This is why the undefeated Buckeyes have a 56 percent chance of making the playoff despite only a 44 percent chance of winning the Big Ten. A one-loss reigning national champion excluded for its conference championship game may still rate highly according to the committee.SECGame of the week: Alabama vs. Mississippi StateAlabama crushed my beloved LSU Tigers, ending their hopes for an undefeated season. And, as a result, the Tide are now the No. 2 team in the latest College Football Rankings. ’Bama is not totally out should they lose again — either to Mississippi State on Saturday, or in the Iron Bowl against Auburn. In that scenario, a one-loss SEC champion could get into the playoff alongside the Tide, or the Tide could win the conference with two losses and still get in. But it’s not likely: In Jay Boice’s simulations, a two-loss Alabama team excluded from the SEC title game would be expected to make the playoff 25.3 percent of the time, and a two-loss Alabama that wins the championship game would make the playoff 34.3 percent of the time.Pac-12Game of the week: Stanford vs. OregonOne-loss Stanford is the best Pac-12 bet to make the playoff, at 28 percent. The Cardinal are almost a sure thing if they win out (96 percent likely, according to the what-if table). But the threat to Stanford is that they’re the odd man out in a scenario with a one-loss SEC champion, an undefeated Clemson and an undefeated Big Ten or Big 12 champion.Beyond The Power FiveGame of the week: Memphis vs. HoustonNotre Dame is looking good. On the heels of LSU’s loss to Alabama, the Irish have moved up to the No. 4 spot in the committee’s playoff rankings. But our model gives Baylor an ever-so-slight advantage over Notre Dame to make the playoff (31 percent vs. 30 percent).But the real game to watch is Memphis vs. Houston. With Memphis’s crushing loss to Navy last week, its dream to be the mid-major that crashes the playoff party has ended. Houston, however, is still undefeated, and the two squads meet in the premier conference game of the season among non-Power Fives. To have any shot at the playoff, Houston will have to win out. But even if they do, their odds of making it are only 7 percent, by our estimation. So the Cougars need to keep praying for carnage among the elites.CORRECTION (Nov. 11, 4:40 p.m.): An earlier version of the table in this article listed incorrect numbers for Wisconsin’s and Mississippi’s chances of winning out. Those odds are 50 percent and 21 percent, respectively. The table has been updated.
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You’ll also find us on Instagram here . 20:24Reports of a cow loose on the M6“There’s a cow running free on the road between M6 junc 16 southbound and the Talke turn off on the a500! I saw it about 15 minutes ago, not an awful lot I could do, I’ve reported it to the police on 101.”19:24Slow traffic and partially blocked due to accident, two vehicles involved on A50 Westbound between A518 Derby Road (Racecourse roundabout) and B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout).The accident is reported to have happened at around 18:45 and is on the roundabout near to the McDonalds. 17:23Reports of slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and Stafford Services.The matrix signs are showing that there is a stranded vehicle along this stretch, however there are no official reports of any lane closures as yet. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14. 16:20Slow traffic and traffic heavier than normal on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and Stafford Services.Traffic is slower than usual along this stretch, awaiting further details as to the possible cause. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14. 16:20A5007 Uttoxeter Road partially blocked due to building fire at Sandgate Street. Traffic is coping well.The road was fully blocked, however traffic can now pass the scene. 16:19A51 London Road in both directions closed due to spillage between Yew Tree Lane and Candle Lane.Road is closed outside Bridgemere Garden World to clean up spilled paint from a lorry. 16:19One lane closed and heavy traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North) and J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of three) is closed.15:50Nantwich paint job…A main road near Nantwich will be shut for several hours this afternoon after a lorry spilt paint.Nantwich Police says it happened at about 15:20 on the A51 London Road at Bridgemere Garden World.It’s expected to take two hours to clean up.15:06Queueing traffic and one lane closed due to broken down vehicle on A50 Eastbound between A50 / Upper Normacot Road and A50 / A520 Sandon Road (Meir Tunnel Interchange), congestion to A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).One lane is closed heading away from Stoke towards Meir. 14:48One lane of the A50 closed One lane of the A50 is closed due to broken down coach Westbound between A522 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean) and A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycot). 14:14Road closed after multi-vehicle accidentEmergency services are currently responding to a multi-vehicle road traffic collision on the A34, Queensville, near to Queen’s Retail Park in Stafford. A road closure is in place, so please avoid the area if possible. 13:50Biker from North Staffordshire killed in crashPolice are appealing for dashcam footage after a 58-year-old biker died in a two-vehicle smash.The motorcyclist, from Newcastle, was riding on the A530, Middlewich Road, in Alvaston, near Nantwich, when he collided with a blue Mazda 5.Read the full story here.12:46M6 CheshireOne lane is blocked and traffic is heavy on the M6 southbound at junction 18, Middlewich and Holmes Chapel. Lane one, of three, is blocked within the roadworks area.12:25Uttoxeter Road, LongtonA5007 Uttoxeter Road partially blocked due to building fire at Sandgate Street. Traffic is coping well. The road was fully blocked however traffic can now pass the scene.12:16Crewe Green RoadReports of traffic on Crewe Green Road eastbound before the roadworks at the Crewe Green Roundabout.12:04A34 Congleton Road, CongletonTemporary traffic lights on A34 Congleton Road in both directions between Moss Lane and Walfield Avenue.Creation of new road layout to facilitate new housing estates. Until June 26.11:25Live: Latest cases from North Staffordshire Justice Centre as they happenDozens of defendants are due to appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre today – and StokeonTrentLive has a reporter in court to capture all of the action.There are five courts operating at the Newcastle courtroom – and the cases start from 10am.Today’s cases include parents accused of not sending their children to school, an OAP charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a cow, a suspected rogue landlord, and a Hanley shopkeeper accused of selling counterfeit fags.Follow our live blog, below, with all of the latest updates.11:24A52 Werrington Road, BucknallA52 Werrington Road Westbound clear before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 11:13A34 AstburyTraffic returned to normal on A34 Newcastle Road Northbound between Fol Hollow and Lower Heath Avenue.10:53Three hit by trainThree people have been killed after they were hit by a train south of London this morning. British Transport Police were called to Loughborough Junction in Brixton shortly after 7.30am. 10:46Live: Major Stoke-on-Trent roundabout expected to remain closed all dayA major roundabout is set to remain closed for the rest of the day and one person has been taken to hospital following a collision.The Heron Cross roundabout, just off the A50 near Fenton , is expected to remain closed for most of the day following an incident at around 9am this morning.Police officers revealed the road is likely to need resurfacing due to the amount of fuel that has been spilt onto the highway.Read more.10:37A34 Congleton Delays and queueing traffic on A34 Lower Heath in both directions at A536 Macclesfield Road, congestion on A34 Newcastle Road to The Village and on A534 to Sandy Lane. In the roadworks area. 10:23Trains diverted due to damaged overhead wiresRail users are facing delays in Cheshire because of damage to the overhead electric wires.Passengers travelling between Crewe and Wilmslow using the Arriva Trains Wales, Northern, Virgin, and CrossCountry services could have to divert through Stoke-on-Trent.While some passengers will be diverted other services may just be cancelled entirely or replacement buses could be offered.Read more.10:15Virgin West CoastService suspended on Virgin Trains West Coast between Wilmslow and Crewe due to overhead line problems at Holmes Chapel. Trains may divert via Stoke-on-Trent.09:58Biddulph to Brindley FordWe’re getting reports of slow traffic on A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 09:45Crosscountry TrainsServices at a stand due to overhead line problems on CrossCountry between Wilmslow and Crewe. 09:42Baths Road, LongtonSlow traffic due to A50 problems on Baths Road Eastbound between A5005 / A50 / Foley Road (Longton / Blurton) and A5005 The Strand / A50 Times Square. 09:29Overturned lorry in FentonA major roundabout is ‘partially closed’ because a collision caused a lorry to overturn leaving one person trapped in the cab.Read the full story here.09:09City road cordoned off due to fire in abandoned flatsParts of a major road have been cordoned off this morning as firefighters tackle a blaze is a disused block of flats.A ection of Uttoxeter Road, in Longton, is closed because of a building fire at Sandgate Street.Originally two crews were called to the scene shortly after 7.30am but the fire has now been extinguished and an investigation is underway into the cause of the blaze.Traffic monitoring company INRIX reports that Uttoxeter Road is closed but traffic is coping well.Read more.09:05Fire in LongtonWe are getting reports that Uttoxeter Road, in Longton, is closed this morning because of a building fire at Sandgate Street.We will bring you more as we get it. 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