WATFORD, ENGLAND – MAY 05: Will Fraser of Saracens looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Exeter Chiefs at Vicarage Road on May 5, 2012 in Watford, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Who, me? Will Fraser is one of ten players with dual registration with Bedford BluesBEDFORD BLUES and Premiership champions Saracens renewed their player partnership as the the two clubs confirm that ten Sarries players will be available to the Championship side. Scrum-half Luke Baldwin will be on a season long loan, while a further nine players have completed dual registration.The nine players available will be Will Fraser (back row), George Kruis (second row), Ben Ransom (full back), Scott Spurling (hooker), Sam Stanley (centre), James Short (wing), Duncan Taylor (centre/wing), Mako Vunipola (prop), Jackson Wray (back row).Last season, eight Saracens players were dual registered with Bedford but due to the Rugby World Cup and an unprecedented number of injuries to other members of the squad, most were needed by the parent club.Speaking about the agreement for the coming season, Bedford Blues Chairman Geoff Irvine said: “We are very excited with the level of commitment shown by Saracens in making this relationship work. The quality of the players dual registered this coming season is outstanding, we are very happy with the recruitment and I think that everyone will be looking forward to returning to training at the end of the month.” TAGS: Saracens Both clubs have seen how beneficial the link-up has been in recent seasons and it is hoped that the new plan will ensure that the relationship between the clubs continues to move forward. Saracens Chief Executive Edward Griffiths added: “This is a partnership between equals, with each party getting more than it gives. That is why the Bedford-Saracens link has been so successful in recent seasons, and that is why it will continue to be successful.”Fans will be able to get the first glimpse of the Bedford Blues 2012/13 squad when they welcome Saracens to Goldington Road for a pre-season friendly on Friday 10th August, kick-off 7.45pm.
To better understand how deeply religion is intertwined with our daily lives, Diane Moore, director of the Religious Literacy Project at the Harvard Divinity School, asked an audience in Allston-Brighton to consider one of the most recognizable buildings on Harvard’s campus — the Memorial Church.“What if this structure was not Memorial Church, but Memorial Mosque?” asked Moore, who is also a senior lecturer on religious studies and education and the senior fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions. “What if it were the Memorial Temple?”Moore’s talk was part of her presentation at the Harvard Ed Portal’s faculty series, which brings Harvard faculty members into the Allston-Brighton community and fosters discussion on a variety of topics.World Religions for the World Wide Web Diane Moore, Senior Lecturer and the Director of the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard University, examines both the mechanics and importance of teaching religion to a global community. Moore said that although we take monuments and structures for granted, they actually signify historical values and reflect how deeply embedded religion is in culture and history.She also spoke extensively about her HarvardX massive online open course (MOOC), “Religious Literacy: Traditions and Scriptures.” Currently in session, the course attracted 30,000 students worldwide, leading to a global conversation about religious diversity, the changing nature of religion, and how it is embedded in our communities. A part of the XSeries “World Religions Through Their Scriptures,” Moore’s course will be followed by five other modules open to the public about understanding Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism through their scriptures.Moore guides her religious literacy class not by focusing on belief, but rather by taking a cultural studies approach. She sees this as “a way to understand religion,” and says we can diminish religious illiteracy by promoting a more sophisticated and nuanced understanding of religions worldwide. Culture, media, and historical context all work together to influence our understanding of religions — both our own and those of others. As a result, Moore said, we operate on “a selective kind of memory” where religion is concerned.Audience members listen at the Harvard Education Portal. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerTo bolster her argument, she showed the Ed Portal audience Reza Aslan’s CNN interview in 2013, a video that quickly went viral. “The CNN anchors can’t even hear what Aslan is trying to say,” she noted. “It’s important to pay attention to the voices we are hearing, and the voices we are not hearing.”Moore challenged the idea that religious illiteracy is a purely American phenomenon, arguing that it is consistent around the world. In her global travels and research, Moore said, she’s witnessed a consistency in the ways people see religions — many of them problematic.“I’ve had the opportunity to work with educators across the world — in India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa, Egypt, Kenya — and I saw the consistency of some of the ways people think about religions, problematic ways,” she said. While the particularities may differ because of cultural context, Moore said, religious illiteracy “spans the globe.”Moore’s research focuses on how that illiteracy “impacts civic consequences: how this lack of understanding about religion fuels bigotry, prejudice, and hinders cooperative endeavors in a local, national, and global contexts.”Robert Lue, faculty director of HarvardX and the Ed Portal and a professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology, said that Moore’s work “reflected a heartfelt mission to expand our understanding of religions in the world, and to bring people together in that context much more effectively.”Rather than thinking about religion as isolated, Moore said, we need to understand how deeply it is in our daily lives.“There are diversities of expressions within traditions,” Moore said. “Religious literacy is developing the ability to discern and analyze the fundamental intersections of religion and social, political, and cultural life. It’s about understanding the ways that religion is embedded in all dimensions of human experience.”
MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice at Sportsbook ReviewBetween Seahawks vs. 49ers, Vikings vs. Cowboys, Rams vs. Steelers, Bills vs. Browns, Panthers vs. Packers and even Giants vs. Jets, Week 10 in the NFL is nothing if not intriguing. We hope it’ll be equally successful when it comes to predictions.Here are our Week 10 NFL picks straight up, all the way through the Monday night game in San Francisco.NFL picks, predictions for Week 10Los Angeles Chargers (-1) at Oakland RaidersThursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime VideoBefore it shifted in LA’s favor, this game opened as a pick ’em with good reason. Neither the 4-4 Raiders nor the 4-5 Chargers are expected to keep up with the Chiefs in the AFC West, but both are still contenders for a wild card. Los Angeles entered the season with higher expectations, and coming off consecutive refreshing wins, Anthony Lynn’s bunch is starting to look like the team many expected it to be. Quietly, the Chargers have a top-10 scoring defense. That will be the key against a good-but-not-unstoppable Raiders offense.Prediction: Chargers 23, Raiders 17Baltimore Ravens (-10) at Cincinnati BengalsSunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSThe tale of this tape is simple. The Bengals have the NFL’s worst rush defense, and the Ravens have the league’s best running game. Cincinnati also has one of the league’s worst offenses, and we have no reason to believe the switch to Ryan Finley at quarterback will matter against a Baltimore defense that just handled Tom Brady and New England with relative ease. The Bengals are the healthier team coming off their bye and will have home field, but neither advantage will matter.Prediction: Ravens 28, Bengals 14Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns (-2)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSThe Browns need to win this game. Yet, they needed to beat the Broncos, too, and we all know what happened in Denver. Cleveland has hit a new low point this season, which is why it opened as a favorite at home against a team that has four more wins; oddsmakers are assuming the Browns will put up a fight with their season on the line. But this also is a chance for the Bills to earn a statement win with one of if not the NFL’s best defense.Prediction: Bills 24, Browns 20Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (-12 1/2)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxWe’re surprised Dan Quinn reached Week 10 without getting fired; Falcons owner Arthur Blank evidently concluded during the bye week that the players’ respect for the head coach outweighs such a disappointing first half of the season. The second half begins with a matchup against a rival that happens to be arguably the best team in the NFL. Atlanta, on the heels of some coaching personnel tweaks, will be fired up and motivated to pull off what would be a stunning upset in New Orleans. But that’s the only advantage the Falcons have, and it’s not enough. The Saints, remember, are fresh off their bye week, too.Prediction: Saints 30, Falcons 21New York Giants (-1 1/2) at New York JetsSunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxFor a matchup of two teams that are so bad, Giants vs. Jets is about as interesting as it gets. Part of the reason is the ineptitude that’s engulfing Gang Green; many in New York already want coach Adam Gase fired after the embarrassment in Miami, and a loss to the team’s NFC counterpart could do the trick. The Giants are bad defensively, and the Jets could simply beat them with Le’Veon Bell. But why would they do that?Prediction: Giants 20, Jets 14Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans (TBD)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSThis spread is a late arrival thanks to the doubt surrounding Patrick Mahomes’ status. The Chiefs very well might get the return of their MVP quarterback against the Titans, but even if they don’t, Matt Moore’s steady play is sufficient for a win in Tennessee. Tyreek Hill — a problem for all teams, to be fair — will be impossible for the Titans’ banged-up secondary to contain. On the other side, a vulnerable KC run defense will focus on containing Derrick Henry just like it did against Dalvin Cook.Prediction: Chiefs 27, Titans 21Arizona Cardinals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-4)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxThe Cardinals and Buccaneers were the most impressive losers in the NFL last week, with Arizona nearly upsetting San Francisco and Tampa Bay taking Seattle to overtime. So neither team’s record is reflective of its confidence. Both of these defenses tend to struggle, but the Bucs have been solid against the run, and the Cards can’t match up against Tampa’s receivers. Bruce Arians will get a satisfying win against his former team.Prediction: Buccaneers 34, Cardinals 28Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears (-2 1/2)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSThis is the Bears’ first NFC North game since their 16-6 win over the Vikings in late September. That feels so long ago. Chicago, loser of four straight games, is on the verge of a total collapse, and if Matt Nagy’s team isn’t already there, a home loss to Detroit might do the trick. As bad as the Bears’ offense has been, in theory, it should produce against the NFL’s second worst defense in terms of yards allowed. Chicago’s bigger problem in this game is the Lions’ top-five offense against a suddenly imperfect Bears defense.Prediction: Lions 26, Bears 24Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts (-10 1/2)Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBSThe Dolphins need to take it easy with that winning stuff; they no longer have the inside track for the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft after their victory over the somehow equally inept Jets. Fortunately they draw the Colts, who with or without quarterback Jacoby Brissett should have no problem against what is still the league’s worst scoring defense. Indianapolis needs to get back on track in the playoff hunt following its loss in Pittsburgh. This is the perfect chance.Prediction: Colts 27, Dolphins 17Los Angeles Rams (-3 1/2) at Pittsburgh SteelersSunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, FoxThis is the first leg of a tricky two-week stretch for the Steelers, who after facing the defending NFC champions Sunday have to go to Cleveland on a short week to play a desperate rival on a Thursday night. Los Angeles and Pittsburgh are close to equal defensively, so the difference will be a Rams offense that, aside from Brandin Cooks, is at full strength coming out of a bye week. Good coaching will allow the Steelers to keep it close, but a late Greg Zuerlein field goal will be the difference. (Also, Aaron Donald tends to play well at Heinz Field.)Prediction: Rams 23, Steelers 20Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers (-5)Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, FoxThe Panthers probably wish the Packers would have waited an extra week to receive their wake-up call. Green Bay was embarrassed in Los Angeles, and against a leaky Carolina defense that has been relying on turnovers, Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones and Co. are set up for a convincing rebound back at Lambeau. Cam Newton was in Green Bay last week getting his foot examined, but he won’t be there Sunday to help Christian McCaffrey and the Panthers pull off the upset.Prediction: Packers 31, Panthers 21Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys (-2 1/2)Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBCIn theory, this game between two NFC contenders should be close, which is bad news for the team that has a quarterback with an 0-10-1 record when trailing in the fourth quarter with his current squad. That’s Kirk Cousins, who has earned his reputation as a player who wilts in big, prime-time games. A Sunday night in Dallas, a spot in which Dak Prescott typically thrives, certainly qualifies. With both teams facing stingy defenses, the Cowboys will make more big plays.Prediction: Cowboys 28, Vikings 24 Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (-6)Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPNSomewhat lost in the shadow of Russell Wilson’s MVP-caliber play this season has been a shaky Seahawks defense that’s allowing 25.6 points per game. While Seattle represents San Francisco’s biggest test yet, the NFL’s last remaining undefeated team this season won’t have to deal with much resistance at home Monday night. Wilson, meanwhile, will need to be more magical than usual against a defense that can get to him without blitzing. He’ll get his share of highlights, but they won’t be enough.Pick: 49ers 26, Seahawks 17 The NFL schedule in Week 10 presents a handful of games that will be anything but difficult to watch, with some intriguing matchups highlighting the slate on Sunday and Monday. Yet, as usual, it includes some games that are difficult for picks and predictions.Based on the opening lines for Week 10 at Sportsbook Review, six games opened with point spreads of four points of fewer. Those toss-ups, thankfully, are balanced by a handful of relatively easy picks; the Ravens, Saints and Colts opened as double-digit favorites over the Bengals, Falcons and Dolphins, respectively.
Simona Halep outplayed Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon title on Saturday.Halep won 6-2, 6-2 on Centre Court over Williams making history as the first Romanian in to win the competition.The victory stopped Williams’s bid for an incredible 24th major victory and is the third major final defeat in 12 months for the 37-year-old.Both tennis stars are expected to compete next at the US Open.Local 15-year-old tennis player Coco Gauff will also compete at the US open.Related content:Local tennis star Coco Gauff back home in Soflo
19 Jun 2017 World rankings boost for Martha England teenager Martha Lewis has given her world ranking a boost with an overall win in the combined Critchley and Astor Salvers. The Surrey 17-year-old had a six-under par total for the two events and beat Hampshire’s Kerry Smith by two shots. This is the first time the prestigious scratch events have been paired, creating a 72-hole tournament which attracts world ranking points. The result has helped Lewis improve her ranking by almost 200 points. In the Critchley Salver at Sunningdale, Lewis (St George’s Hill) was in a three-way tie on six under-par with Durham’s Jessica Hall (Bishop Auckland) and Yorkshire’s Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall). Hall won the salver by virtue of her second round of five-under par 69 on the Old Course. In the Astor Salver at The Berkshire, the trophy was won by girl international Lily May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland) on six-under par. Lewis, a fellow member of the England Golf girls’ squad, was level par for the two rounds and placed fourth. Kerry Smith (Waterlooville) was fourth in the Critchley Salver on five-under and tied fifth in the Astor Salver on one-over. Lewis’s success continues her good form of 2017, having been fourth in the Scottish U18 girls’ championship and runner-up in the Doral Publix tournament in Florida. She has previously represented England at U16 level. Five tournaments, each attracting world ranking points, have been created by combining existing 36-hole scratch events. The timings and dates of the existing 36-hole events do not change, but a leaderboard shows overall results for the paired tournaments. The other four events are: Comboy Leveret, won by Lily May Humphreys, combined the Comboy Scratch at Delamere Forest, Cheshire and The Leveret at Formby Ladies’, Lancashire. The Gold Rose, won by Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer) combined the Roehampton Gold Cup at Roehampton, Surrey and the Hampshire Rose at North Hants, Hampshire. Frilford Jackson, combines the Frilford Heath Scratch, Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire on 2 June; and Bridget Jackson Bowl, Handsworth, Warwickshire on 4 July. Birkdale Putter, combines the Pleasington Putter, Pleasington, Lancashire on 12 July; and Royal Birkdale Scratch, Royal Birkdale, Lancashire, on 25 August. Click here for the combined Critchley Astor results Click here for the Critchley Salver results Click here for the Astor Salver results Caption: Martha Lewis (image copyright Stills Photography)