Transfers Donnarumma allays AC Milan exit fears: ‘I’m very happy here’ Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 23:03 12/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Fiorentina v Milan Milan Serie A Fans jeered the goalkeeper after reports he wants to leave the club, but he has assured he is happy at San Siro Gianluigi Donnarumma has moved to allay fears he will engineer a move away from AC Milan in January by insisting he is happy at the club.The teenage goalkeeper has been jeered by Milan fans since reports emerged claiming his agent Mino Raiola was trying to terminate the four-year contract he signed in July.Donnarumma is seen as the heir to Italy and Juventus icon Gianluigi Buffon and is believed to have drawn interest from La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 18-year-old returned from a groin injury that kept him out of the derby victory over Inter in the Coppa Italia in midweek and turned in an impressive display during a 1-1 draw at Fiorentina on Saturday, making a string of excellent saves on his 100th Milan appearance.99+1=@gigiodonna1 #FiorentinaMilan #weareacmilan pic.twitter.com/UpgffgPYM7— AC Milan (@acmilan) December 30, 2017Donnarumma said he was “proud” of the milestone and suggested he was content to continue his career at San Siro.”I have four years left on my contract and I’m very happy here,” Donnarumma told Mediaset Premium when questioned about his future.”It is a beautiful achievement that I will share with the whole team — I’m proud of these 100 appearances.”I thank the team because they have always been with me in a difficult moment.”
Transfers Goretzka transfer to Bayern not done yet – Schalke Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 20:59 1/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Transfers Bayern München Schalke 04 Bundesliga Barcelona Liverpool Juventus Arsenal Manchester United Reports have suggested the sought-after midfielder has decided which club he will join when his contract expires at the end of the season Leon Goretzka has not told Schalke he will leave the club amid mounting speculation the Germany midfielder will join Bayern Munich.Goretzka is out of contract at the Veltins Arena at the end of this season and has been linked with a host of leading European clubs, including Liverpool and Juventus.Bayern appear to have stolen a march in the pursuit of the 22-year-old, with Marca and Sport Bild reporting on Sunday he had opted to join the Bundesliga champions ahead of Barcelona. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Schalke’s sporting director Christian Heidel told Sport 1 there is no done deal to discuss at this stage.”Leon has not informed us so far that he has decided to leave us,” Heidel said.”I trust Leon and his agent, with whom I was in contact yesterday [Sunday].”Arsenal and Manchester United are other clubs reported to have shown an interest in Goretzka, who has previously stated he will make a decision on his future by the end of January .“I have to find out for myself what the next step should be,” he told reporters following Schalke’s 2-2 draw with Cologne in early December.“I have to consider a million things. I am a person who is very meticulous in such decisions. I play through all the scenarios. So I need time.“There doesn’t exist a deadline, but I think we are in the final phase.“The final decision will be made in January.”Goretzka has helped Schalke to the lofty heights of second in the Bundesliga with four goals in 11 appearances this season on the back of a superb showing in Germany’s Confederations Cup triumph, although a stress fracture in his lower leg has interrupted his progress of late.
Don’t look now but Oklahoma State has the 22nd-most efficient offense in the nation with two of the worst Big 12 defenses still on tap in Texas Tech and Oklahoma. Let’s take a look at this week’s points-per-drive numbers and how OSU has been consistently rising since conference play started.Offensive PPD How about that? Oklahoma State is likely to catch Baylor and has a shot at getting over 3.0 by the end of the year which hasn’t happened since 2012 (3.01 in Monken’s last year). Kansas continues to Kansas. Tech continues to Tech, and the rest of the teams are just all right.To give you some perspective, Kansas State ranks No. 8 in the Big 12 in offensive points per drive but No. 43 nationally. That’s crazy. Now let’s look at defense.Defensive PPDDespite what felt like a poor showing in Manhattan, OSU remains steadfast at No. 4 in the Big 12 in points per drive on defense. West Virginia continues to do the opposite of what I thought a Dana Holgorsen-coached team would do.For perspective, Kansas State is No. 5 in the Big 12 and No. 76 in the nation. Kansas, Iowa State and Texas Tech are three of the 12 least efficient teams in the country on defense.OSU actually only went from 2.11 PPD allowed on defense to 2.15 after Manhattan.“We didn’t play the run as well as we’d like to for a couple of reasons,” explained Glenn Spencer on Monday. “One was just the type of game I called to stop some of that quarterback run game and all that we have to play ‘zero’ coverage, and I didn’t do that as much as I’d like.“The double move about got us one time and they busted out on a bunch route when we were in man, which kind of made me uneasy about playing more aggressive, but that being said, we still needed to force some field goals. If we’d have done that a couple more times, we’d have been in good shape.“We gave up touchdowns after long drives, which is not what we like and we got shoved around a little bit. They have a good offensive line and up front we got pushed around a little bit. A couple of times backers got hit and sometimes the secondary would come up and get hit.”To his point on long drives, OSU is No. 53 nationally on points per drive given up on 80+ yard drives.Let’s take a closer look at where OSU has come from on offense …OSU’s ConsistencyHere’s how many points per drive OSU was averaging for the year after each conference game.A week over week over week improvement with a mild drop after Iowa State. The Texas game really provided a boost. This also meshes well with the eye test. OSU has just felt easier on O over the last four weeks than at the beginning of the season.“I think [our confidence is] pretty high, but at the same time you have to take it one game at a time,” said Yurcich on Monday. “I know that’s cliche, but really we have to play in the moment and focus on right now. Last week is over.“The biggest thing is you get confidence with each victory and when you play better. When you improve, you get more confidence, but at the same time, you have to take one game at a time as it comes to you. You can’t look into the future, and you can’t look at the past.“You have to focus on what is going to make you better. That’s the biggest key, and that’s what we have now. Our guys really understand that process of improvement.”This chart should help. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Taylor was one of two Pokes drafted this year. The other was Chris Carson to Seattle. It’s the first time since …. 2012 …. OSU has had more than one player get taken in the same draft. Taylor noted that he has tried to shape his game after one of his now-teammates.It’s a blessing to be apart of @MiamiDolphins Organization ready to get to work! ??— Vincent Taylor (@BallOut_96) April 29, 2017“Growing up, I used to always tell myself, man, I like the way Ndamukong Suh plays,” Taylor told MiamiDolphins.com. “And I’m not just saying it because I just got drafted by Miami. I’ve been saying that. Every interview I did, who do you model your game after? Who do you look up to? Ndamukong Suh was always that guy I looked up to and for me to be able to be on the same team with him and just learn from him, I’m looking forward to see what God has in store for me and what I can learn from him.”Hey @MiamiDolphins fans, here’s a little preview of what you’re getting in Vincent Taylor. @BallOut_96 #NFLDraft #okstate pic.twitter.com/ePMMdXME6x— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) April 29, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Vincent Taylor had his name called by the Miami Dolphins on Saturday in the 6th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He said it was a world changer for him.“I’m very emotional,” Taylor told MiamiDolphins.com. “I told myself going through this whole process I don’t care where I go. My coaches told me, it’s not where you get drafted, whether you go first round or second round, what matters is what you do when you get that foot in that door. It was like a dream come true hearing my name called in the NFL draft.”? 4 blocked field goals last season ? pic.twitter.com/HbuPxo1tnO— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) April 30, 2017
We are less than a month away from the Cowboys’ season opener against Tulsa. As we continue on our countdown, let’s look at a wanna-be Heisman hopeful and his shot at winning a different award.How he got to OSUSinor came to Oklahoma State by way of Medina Valley High School (Castroville, Texas). The story of how he went from junior-varsity QB to varsity punter is now the stuff of legend among OSU and Sinor fans alike. Sinor earned AP all-state selection his senior season after averaging 43.5 yards per punt and downing 16 of his 42 attempts inside the 20-yard line.What he’s done in StillwaterAdChoices广告After a redshirt year in 2014, Sinor took over for departed punter Kip Smith and has started every game since. Over two seasons, Sinor has become the most effective punter in college football. Last season, 62.5 percent of his punts pinned the opposition inside its own 20-yard line. The closest any punter got was Ray Guy Award winner Mitch Wishnowsky. The Utah punter followed back-to-back winner Tom Hackett, meaning the last three Ray Guy trophies have gone to a Ute and Wishnowsky’s a candidate this year.In an apparent attempt to avoid being overlooked again, Sinor and OSU have launched a not-so-cryptic Heisman campaign including a website, pamphlets and the takeover of Big 12 Media Days. If he follows up 2016 with a comparable season this year, he’ll make a real case to be just the second Cowboy to win a Ray Guy. Matt Fodge won it in 2008.Role in 2017Sinor enters his junior season firmly entrenched as the starter. He leads all specialists with 26 consecutive starts. Aside from his punting and holder duties, expect Sinor to continue his self-driven cult hero status among OSU fans.Noteworthy stats and highlightsUpon arrival, Oklahoma State went from 43rd nationally in opponent’s starting field position to 17th in 2015. Last year, the Cowboys ranked 1st in that category and second in allowed punt return yardage thanks largely to Sinor’s strong and accurate leg.One of the most impressive numbers of last season for Sinor is the number one. That’s how many of his punts ended in the end zone. Think about that. He dropped 35 in his team’s red zone and one crossed the goal line.Below is a perfect example of what he does best. Good hang-time allows his coverage team to get to the returner and force him to call a fair catch. Correct distance to make sure it stays in side the goal line. Most importantly, he’s accurate enough to hit the returner and force him to take the punt for fear of muffing it. Punts like this aren’t sexy but there’s no silly pamphlet or fake website needed to see how important it is to OSU’s on-field success.And that hang time allows your coverage team to make a play on the ball like on this muffed punt later in the Alamo Bowl. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Liga MX Liga MX Goals of the Week: The best from Jornada 9 of the Clausura Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 06:03 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Julio Cesar Aguilar Liga MX Tigres UANL Puebla v Necaxa Atlas v Monterrey Lobos BUAP v Veracruz Querétaro v Toluca Tigres UANL v Morelia Pachuca v León América v Tijuana Pumas v Guadalajara Santos Laguna v Cruz Azul Lobos BUAP León Guadalajara Cruz Azul Puebla Pachuca Veracruz Tijuana Morelia Necaxa Monterrey Querétaro Atlas Toluca América Pumas Santos Laguna Two goals from the same match earn honors as Goal takes a look at the best strikes from the ninth week of action in Mexico It was another weekend full of goals in Liga MX. Only Tijuana’s defensive effort to earn a scoreless draw with Club America denied us of having every match include goals. Lobos BUAP made up for it by putting five past relegation rival Veracruz.Saturday night the goals not only were plentiful but also were high-quality. This week all three of our top goals took place within about 20 minutes of each other. Here are the best strikes of the week, as judged by Goal’s expert panel:3. Sebastian Palacios (Pachuca), 1-1 vs. Leon#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽LAAAAZO de Sebastián Palacios@Tuzos 1-1 @clubleonfc #Jornada9 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #CreandoOportunidades #PorLaEducación #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/X8zOKv5d5k— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) February 25, 2018Scoring against Leon’s defense hasn’t exactly been a Herculean task in the last few weeks, but the back line was stronger in a 2-1 defeat to Pachuca. However, it seems unlikely many units in Mexico would’ve been able to stop Sebastian Palacios. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The Argentine gets the ball not far from his own box and takes it through the center circle. He seems to realize nobody is going to stop him from doing much of anything. There are options joining the attack on the right side of the field, but Palacios simply picks up just a bit of speed, gets the ball onto his right foot and guides it past William Yarbrough for the equalizer. It’s not an easy goal in any of the three stages, but Palaicos makes it look like something any player could do.2. Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), 1-2 vs. Tigres#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Raul Ruidiaz@TigresOficial 2-1 @FuerzaMonarca #Jornada9 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #CreandoOportunidades #PorLaEducación #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/4JfslJGiI5— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) February 25, 2018Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman is the 11th member of the team’s attack. He comes off his line often to clear a ball or simply to have the ball at his feet while Tigres build from the back. It usually works well for Tigres. There are, however, also the times when it doesn’t.Those include Monarcas’ goal Saturday, which Raul Ruidiaz looped over Guzman to cut the deficit in the second half of a game Tigres was controlling. To say it simply was a goalkeeper error is selling the Peruvian short. He takes one touch, turns and immediately is sending the ball toward the net. The speed at which he executes the move and the preciseness with which he carries it out despite the distance from the goal all make it so Guzman is beaten when the ball leaves Ruidiaz’s foot.1. Rafael Carioca (Tigres), 2-0 vs. Morelia#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽LAAAAZO de Rafael De Souza@TigresOficial 2-0 @FuerzaMonarca #Jornada9 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #CreandoOportunidades #PorLaEducación #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/pN0Uyg8KH7— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) February 25, 2018Morelia may have thought they had escaped danger when the corner kick was cleared, but Rafael Carioca soon showed that was not the case. The Brazilian midfielder had never scored for Tigres since joining the team in the summer of 2017 but emphatically opened his account with this scorcher into the top corner of the net with his first touch of the ball. A few Monarcas defenders try to leap into the ball’s path, but it’s by them before they know it.Rafael Carioca then drops to his knees in celebration. He’s earned it, and now he’s earned the coveted prize of Goal’s Liga MX Goal of the Week.
Transfers Aouar ignoring Liverpool links but admits to Barcelona ambition Chris Burton 22:33 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Liverpool Barcelona Olympique Lyonnais Ligue 1 Primera División Premier League Lyon’s teenage midfielder is attracting plenty of interest but he is prepared to bide his time before fulfilling his dreams and joining a “great club” Houssem Aouar’s performances at Lyon have seen him heavily linked with Liverpool, but the teenager is ignoring the rumours for now.The 19-year-old midfielder is a product of a famed academy system at the Ligue 1 outfit and is being tipped to tread a similar path to the likes of Karim Benzema, Alexandre Lacazette and Samuel Umtiti.He openly admits to harbouring ambitions of one day gracing the grandest stages in football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Liverpool may be prepared to offer him a Premier League platform on which to perform before too long, but Aouar is reluctant to be drawn on speculation which amounts to little more than gossip at present.He told France Football on the transfer talk raging around him: “I hear the rumours, like you. I have ears!“I have eyes too, to see a few things left and right. The guy who says he doesn’t hear stuff or listen to anything, is not telling the truth. But there’s nothing you can do. All of that doesn’t bother me.“I’m well protected with my family. It’s nice to hear, but I’m not getting carried away. My feet are firmly on the ground. I’ve only got a good half-season behind me, and I have everything to develop at Lyon.”Aouar, who only made his senior debut for Lyon in February 2017, believes his ongoing development is best served in France for now.He has, however, become a first-team regular this season – making 30 appearances across all competitions and netting five goals – and interest in his services is expected to build.Barcelona, where Umtiti is currently gracing the books, have been mentioned as another potential suitor.Aouar concedes that it would be a dream to one day secure a switch a Camp Nou, adding on his future: “Of course, but that applies to every great club! It’s normal to be ambitious at 19.”Those ambitions must wait for now, though, with Lyon requiring full focus on the present from every member of their squad as they continue to chase down a top-three finish in Ligue 1 and continental glory in the Europa League. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
World Cup Hazard sees Belgium benefits to Lukaku home truths Stephen Creek 00:18 7/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Belgium Romelu Lukaku Eden Hazard Belgium v Japan Japan Belgium v Tunisia Tunisia The Chelsea star still feels that a half-time confrontation with Manchester United striker helped to deliver his good form at World Cup 2018 Eden Hazard has backed his decision to call out Romelu Lukaku for “hiding” in Belgium’s World Cup opener against Panama, saying it helped bring the best out of the striker.The Red Devils went in goalless at half-time against the Central American minnows, and team captain Hazard took Lukaku to one side to encourage the Manchester United target man to get more involved in the game.Lukaku scored two of Belgium’s three second-half goals that day and added two more in a 5-2 victory over Tunisia, with Hazard also netting a brace in that match. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar The improved performances from Lukaku strengthened Hazard’s growing reputation as an effective leader of Roberto Martinez’s team, even though the Chelsea man is a somewhat reluctant motivator.”I didn’t want to say that I was well within my rights to confront him, because I’m not always right,” Hazard told FIFA.com.”But I think we saw a different Romelu in the second half with his two goals [against Panama].”I don’t tend to talk a lot, but if I have to then I’ll do it.”There are some players you can be a little more direct with and others you have to approach in a different way.”Hazard was joined on the field by his younger brother Thorgan for the final seven minutes of Belgium’s third Group G game against England, helping to see out a 1-0 victory that secured a tie with Japan in the last 16.Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Thorgan admitted his brother had not found the role of captain an easy one to adapt to.”He never really enjoys addressing the team on the pitch or in the changing room,” said the 25-year-old.”His feet are still his favourite way of expressing himself, though his new role means he has to have an even closer relationship with the team.”
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Anessa Stine, Flickr: “Black Dresses_7 to 14”Some time ago, I said transparency is the new black for nonprofits.In the current environment of distrust, everyone in our sector needs to go out of their way to be highly transparent and accountable. You must show where the money goes, in all your outreach.But that’s not enough for everyone. For a select group of funders and major donors – and perhaps mainstream givers, someday – you must show real, measurable impact in a way that enables you to be judged on a social ROI or compared to other causes in effectiveness. These folks want some data under that transparency.While not necessarily new, this topic is building buzz as some leading thinkers propose interesting avenues for pursuing this more data-driven philanthropic model. I was on a panel with Steven Goldberg (author of A Billion Drops in a Million Buckets) a couple of weeks ago to discuss his book’s proposal to create a capital market for nonprofits based on their performance. I also have been closely following the work of Lucy Bernholz, who has a recent must-read series of highly thoughtful reflections on the future of high-performance philanthropy here. Sean Stannard-Stockton of Tactical Philanthropy is pursuing these issues from the major donor side. Their insightful, provocative and in-depth analysis certainly beats my breezy fashion analogy if you want to go deep on this topic.If you want the topline take, here is what I think.1. Is there a demand for information on impact? Yes. This discussion about nonprofit impact and performance is not going away. You, as a nonprofit, will be under increased pressure from every kind of donor to show at least on a rudimentary level that you are using the donations you receive to make a real difference.2. How strong is the demand for this? It depends. All funders want reporting. Some foundations and major donors want data on nonprofit impact organized in a way that allows them to compare and contrast charities – or to choose high performing nonprofits. They are interested in social ROI. But this is a small demand relative to overall giving. Most individuals are far too lazy and rushed to want that degree of information. The vast majority of people give because they care (it’s emotional) and only need basic confirmation that their money will make a difference. They aren’t going to spend a lot of time analyzing their charity’s performance – heck, they may not even do that with their 401k. The desire for data on impact or ratings will only gain traction on a grand scale if the insights on performance are reduced to a simple star system or Consumer Report-style bubbles.3. Who will fill the demand for data on impact? It will take eternity for all nonprofits to coalesce around any one system for measuring impact. But in the meantime, donors and interested observers will develop their own rating systems. Some interesting initiatives are springing up, from Great Nonprofits to GuideStar’s new nonprofit pages to the direction Ken Berger is taking Charity Navigator to the Nonprofit Mapping Project. I agree with Lucy who says the trick is organizing this kind of networked data springing up from the masses. The other day Seth Godin created a portal for brands to see in one spot on the places they are being discussed online. This day is close for nonprofits.The bottom line? I doubt we’ll ever get to a nonprofit capital market based on easy to interpret, consistent performance data across our sector. But we need to do better than the extremely limited information most donors have on where their dollars go. And we have to. Donors expect something more than a receipt. If we want to retain their support, we have to be transparent – and show some bang for their buck. They want that much – as long as we keep it short and simple (which is an approach that never goes out of style).
For more information on the series and the m2m piece, visit ABC’s website. m2m is the second MHTF sub-awardee to be featured on ABC’s Good Morning America. In February, Josh Nesbit of Medic Mobile was on the program. The video is available here.Share this: Posted on March 10, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)mothers2mothers, an MHTF sub-awardee, is going to be featured on ABC’s Good Morning America next week. The program airs on March 14th from 7am-9am EST. From m2m:We are excited about our participation in the series, a year-long exploration of the world’s top global health issues, and are happy to welcome GMA host Robin Roberts to Cape Town, where she is getting a first-hand look at the important work of the over 1800 HIV-positive women who work for m2m every day preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 2, 2011August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following is part of a series of project updates from the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B). The MHTF is supporting their project, Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Translation in Bangladesh. More information on MHTF supported projects can be found here.Written by: ICDDR,BThe second group of ICDDR,B researchers successfully completed the course, How to Write a Knowledge Translation Brief: Knowledge Translation in Maternal Health. The course was facilitated by Fauzia Akhter Huda and Laura Reichenbach. In this batch, nine researchers from ICDDR,B’s different units participated. Like the previous course each participant was instructed to bring a data set or a completed study report or manuscript to the first session. The final draft of Knowledge Translation Briefs from the second group will be sent to the technical review committee during the first week of September.The Knowledge Translation Briefs of the first group have been peer-reviewed, revised and are almost finalized. These briefs will be shared on the Access for All web-page on the icddr,b web-site shortly.The course materials have generated a lot of interest both within and outside of ICDDR,B. A special one-hour session of the KT Brief writing course was delivered to a group of fifteen policy makers and program managers. This was done as complement to another ICDDR,B project “Enhancing capacity to apply research evidence in policy making for reproductive health in Bangladesh”. The session and the course materials were highly appreciated by the policy and program people and they proposed to conduct this session for their other staff as well.Titles of KT Briefs of the second group:-Antenatal care reduces perinatal deaths in rural Bangladesh-Behavior change communication (BCC) intervention improves MNCH practices in urban slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh-Acceptability of BCC intervention in urban slums in Bangladesh-Effectiveness of ‘SAFE’: An intervention addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights and violence against young women in urban Bangladesh-Identifying points of intervention: Voices of physically abused wives in rural Bangladesh-Improving the quality of midwives in Bangladesh: Addressing barriers of midwifery course in nursing training-Reducing the risk of occupational exposure to Mycobacterium tuberculosis among healthcare workers in Bangladesh-Evaluation of a new diagnostic kit (ELISA) to detect falciparum malaria in non-endemic regions in BangladeshThe webpage for the Knowledge Translation for Maternal Health: Building Capacity and Culture for Change website has been launched on the redeveloped ICDDR,B website. The webpage provides access to Knowledge Translation briefs; evidence which includes different reports, presentations, and publications from completed studies related to maternal health conducted at the Centre for Reproductive Health of ICDDR,B different times; and Government of Bangladesh documents relevant to maternal health. This webpage will be a useful resource for researchers and policymakers alike.Share this:
Online Fundraising Change #3: Rethink and Restructure Your Donor RelationshipsThe biggest thing that needs to change for nonprofit organizations this year is how we think about our donors. We are in the midst of an enormous generational shift that has major implications for our work. The Greatest Generation of older, civic-minded Americans who wrote checks out of a sense of duty and trusted charities to use their donations wisely is moving on. The torch has passed to a far more demanding series of donors, who view their giving as an investment, and want to be informed of the progress.That means it’s not enough to declare a need and send a thank-you.Consider how to reorganize your fundraising efforts with a focus on the donor experience at each touch point with your organization. Here are some steps to take:Have a Be Your Donor Day. Go to your website. As the donor, ask yourself: Is it apparent what your organization does? Do you see something that forges an emotional connection? Are there tools to share what you are seeing via social networks, right on the home page? Are the voices of donors and supporters clear in the content? Does the website feel like a community or a brochure?Donate online and offline. How and when are you thanked? What happens after that? Call information to ask for your 800 number and your local number. Call both and see what happens. Sign up for e-News. Tweet your support. What happens?Do a “walk” online and in the shoes of your donor at least one once each quarter. It will surprise and perhaps horrify you. That’s okay. It will very quickly uncover where you are failing to make the donor feel amazing about his or her support of your organization – and supply the insight needed to improve the situation.Pay particular attention to your online tools. Are you using them to enhance the donor experience or are they lacking? If they don’t work well, fix them or stop using them.Here’s the good news: If you make your donors feel appreciated through your website, you will truly stand out. Most nonprofits aren’t focused on their donor experience online. When you start doing that, you will be a wonderful anomaly. You will delight, engage, and entrance the people you want to reach.Online Fundraising Change #4: Get More Tangible and Impact-FocusedHere is another paradigm shift required this year: From need to impact.Fundraising is not about what you need. Really. It is about what the donor – through you – can achieve.Everyone knows you need money. So do the other 1.8 million nonprofits in the United States – as do the millions more around the world. If that’s all you’ve got to say, you are just another organization with yet another appeal.What is special about you? The answer can’t simply be that your programs need support. It must be that with your donor, together you can achieve a difference that no one else can.We should stop building our case for support around a need-based tax categorization and instead talk about how we make a difference.So how do we talk about impact?By talking about individuals – one person or animal at a time. Avoid talking about massive numbers, mind-numbing statistics, or intangible outcomes. (There is plenty of research on why this is ineffective in conveying impact and motivating giving and it’s laid out in Network for Good’s recent eBook, Homer Simpson for Nonprofits: How People Really Think and What It Means to Your Cause.) Telling individual success stories will give people the emotional connection to your work that is so essential to the donor relationship.Online tools, from websites to Twitter, can be especially helpful in making that individual connection and showing the impact of your work.On your website, Facebook page, eNews and everywhere else, put these individual stories front and center. Then, to the side, provide a quick glance into how much of your donors’ funds is going to that human impact – i.e., your programs.The bottom line: Do the best job you can showing where the money goes, in a human, authentic, and transparent way — in all your outreach online. Want a checklist of eight things to look for in a successful acknowledgement program? Looking for examples of nonprofits that are turning heads with their excellent supporter-centric messaging? Want to find more background on why our thinking needs to shift? Get all of these complementary resources in the full eBook on which this series is based! Download your free copy of “The 8 Online Fundraising Changes You Must Make in 2010”.
Check out this fantastic video on the story wars.Here’s the idea: We shape our understanding of the world through mythical stories. But our world has grown complex, and the myths that once served us well do not always provide the insights and guidance we need to navigate our world. Enter marketers, who have become our modern-day myth makers, for good or for ill. But many of their stories are manipulative and inauthentic. Jonah Sachs calls this the story wars – the fight to be heard in an era when the myths that were the foundation of our society have crumbled and the marketing messages that are their surrogates are starting to backfire.So how do good causes enter the fray and provide the narratives that will move people in the right ways? Sachs cites marketing’s first great storyteller, John Powers’ advice — “Tell the Truth, Be Interesting, and Live the Truth.”In his upcoming book, Sachs makes a heartfelt plea for “empowerment marketing myths” – myth-making that calls people to citizenship and to live their values. Iconic brands like Nike and Apple get it – and have broken through and touched hearts with the approach. He believes it is the way to get heard and make a better world. He knows his stuff – he was the mind behind the Story of Stuff, in fact. So take a page from his playbook. Tell empowering stories that cast the audience in the role of the Hero. It’s what made our earliest stories great, and it’s what inspires us be bigger than ourselves.
I got this email today from Mark Bergel, founder of A Wider Circle. It was beautiful, so I wanted to share it. A Christmas StoryI left work just in time last night to make it to Whole Foods, a place where I typically experience a world in which poverty is not the first thought, as it is the rest of the day and night.As I stood in an aisle, with two people between the shelf and the food choices I waited to make, the two separated and went separate ways. In front of me, however, was not food, but a woman whom I had known as the first person for whom A Wider Circle ever did a group volunteer service effort back in 2002. Alice stood there, now an employee of Whole Foods, and looked at me as I at her, and we embraced.I have stayed in touch off and on with Alice over the years, and with her children, as well. I have known them since the oldest child was nine years old. I have known the older boy since he was five. He has one of those youthful mustaches – at least he did when I saw him two years ago.Having just spent the day giving out holiday presents – and having been involved in giving out presents to thousands of children and adults in the past month – I was ready to talk holidays with Alice. I asked her after our hug if the family was ready for a big holiday tomorrow. She smiled.Alice’s English is just a tad better than my Spanish, so things get lost in translation. I wanted to follow up, so I asked if the kids all had presents. Shy as ever, she just tilted her head down to the left and shook it just a bit side to side, a pained smile on her face.Hoping we were just not understanding each other, I asked again.“Do the kids have presents?”“No,” she said softly.“None?” Alice and I go back a ways; we furnished and painted their home and I have spent many days with them over the years, though none since 2010. I was not worried about pushing a bit to find out how they were doing this Christmas Eve.“No,” she repeated.“Do you have a tree?”“Yes.”“You have a tree?”“Yes, but nothing under it.”I repeated what she had told me and then asked if the kids were home so I could talk to them. Alice gave me the home phone number and seconds later, I was on the phone with her 16-year-old son, a person I knew to be a proud young person, meaning I was unsure how he would react to my offer.I did not know if he would be too cool, or mixed with embarrassment and teen disinterest, if he would shrug it off and not express a desire to come over the A Wider Circle in the morning to get items.He was not too cool, and he was not disinterested.When told that he and the whole family could come early tomorrow, Christmas Day, to get presents, he was excited, much more so than I expected.“That would be awesome. Thank you so much!”It seemed music to his ears, and it was music to mine, as well. I would get to see family on Christmas Day.As Alice and I parted, I thought immediately of the generosity of the entire community, including the woman from a local church who brought over hundreds of dollars in gift cards Monday afternoon – “just in case.” Many of the gift cards would be good for teenagers, a somewhat “forgotten” demographic in holiday giving programs.I thought of this woman’s fellow congregants and how they had collected so many gifts and gift cards for our holiday program.I thought of the temple that had provided so many gifts that we had enough for today – a day on which Alice’s family would join the many others that called for holiday help right up until I left the office last night to go to Whole Foods.A tree with nothing under it.A metaphor for our work.Even with homes, even with jobs, our neighbors are living in a different world. We bridge that world – for mothers, fathers and their children – when we connect and stay connected. It is a lesson worthy of today – and every day.All the best on this special day –Mark
One of the most powerful things you can do this year is to make more visible to your supporters the impact of their gifts. If you don’t, you are likely to lose your donors and volunteers – as well as the chance to build morale and excitement among your staff.Here’s a great example of an organization doing just that. The Minneapolis Jewish Federation has launched The Make a World of Difference Project, which shows what’s happening in every corner of the world thanks to the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and its network of partners.Every year, the Minneapolis Jewish Federation distributes approximately $15 – $18 million dollars to support programs and services that change the lives of people living in Minneapolis, Israel and 70 countries around the world. That means it can be difficult to convey the impact of its giving and that of the partner agencies it supports. These efforts range from a single mother in Minneapolis who staves off foreclosure thanks to an emergency financial assistance grant, to a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor living in Ukraine who receives food, medicine and warm clothes, to a boy in Haiti who can access a counselor to manage the post-traumatic stress he endures following the earthquake.“At any given time the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and its network of partners are making such a strong global impact,” said David Grossman, owner of Grossman Design, the creator of the innovative tool. “The Make a World of Difference Project gives donors a real-time look into how Federation is changing the lives of people and communities around the world, every day.”Built on top of the Google Earth platform, the Make a World of Difference Project uses pins to identify and present the suite of Federation-supported organizations, programs and services. Each pin takes users to a unique page that has aggregated newsfeeds and video galleries from the most widely-used social media sites – Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – capturing up-to-date news about what is happening on the ground through each organization, program and service. Users can like, share and comment on the feeds, helping to spread the impact of a networked, global community.Take a look for yourself here.Too fancy for you? Here are some other ways to show impact:1. Provide clear and simple information on how money will be used. The more tangible, the better. For example: “Buy this backpack and our company donates $1 for school supplies for kids who can’t afford them.” There is a lot of research showing that specificity boosts giving and purchasing. Vague statements don’t work as well – and they fuel skepticism among consumers.2. Show, don’t just tell. It’s not enough to talk about the problem you’re addressing – you need to make clear you have a compelling solution that is making positive change. That means you need to show your impact vividly. Tell stories, use images and draw on the power of video to bring to life the difference being made every day.3. Choose your messengers wisely. The best way to prove you have a positive impact is to get someone else to say it. Endorsements, ratings, seals of approval and testimonials are great ways to build trust with consumers.
Fundraising pros know that meaningful communication and gratitude are the bedrock of a robust family of donors. Donor data management and segmentation are the tools that make personalized communication possible. A successful donor communications strategy is the necessary element that turns first-time donors into lifelong supporters.The average donor retention rate in the U.S. after the first gift is around 45 percent. The key to changing that statistic—and turning first-time donors into lifelong supporters—is to focus on the human side of fundraising.You put so much work into getting your donors. Here’s how to keep them.Donor-Retention Communications1) Connect early and oftenAfter a donor makes that first donation, welcome them. Say thank you, share your gratitude, and tell them what you plan to accomplish with their funds. You can also ask first-time donors how they would like you to communicate with them and how often.2) Be personalSegment your donors so that a first-time donor receives a different thank you letter than a repeat donor or a VIP donor. That simple separation will show your donors that you understand their unique relationship with your organization.3) Be friendlyDonor retention is built just like a friendship. You contact your friends in a variety of ways—letters or cards, emails, texts, phone calls, event invitations. Put that same variety of communication to work when getting to know your new donors.4) Rally supportersThere are many different messengers you can call on to sing your organization’s praises. If someone benefits from the funds raised at your event, ask them to write a letter about why that was meaningful to them. Let a sponsor write about why they chose to be involved. Select a board member or star staffer to write about their love of the organization and the work your donors make possible.5) Show your workLet your donors know all the good work they’re helping you do whenever you contact them.Check out The Donor Communications Mini-Guide for more tips on how to build a successful donor communications strategy for your nonprofit.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: “The U.S. has a problem, but isn’t sure how bad it is.” The main reason for this ambiguity is because of how maternal mortality is calculated in the U.S. compared to other countries. To set the stage, Gene spelled out the different maternal mortality measures the U.S. has used:Maternal mortality ratio – the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy from any cause related to or aggravated by pregnancy or its management but not from accidental or incidental causes. Typically reported as a ratio per 100,000 live births.Pregnancy-related deaths – the death of a woman while pregnant or within one year of the end of pregnancy from a pregnancy complication, a chain of events initiated by pregnancy, or the aggravation of an unrelated condition of the physiologic effects of pregnancy.Pregnancy-associated deaths – the death of a woman while pregnant or within one year of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of cause. (Coincidentally, the World Health Organization calls these pregnancy-related deaths.)In 2007, the U.S. federal government stopped reporting the maternal mortality ratio, the measure used by all other countries. Gene wanted to know why. In the U.S., the maternal mortality ratio had been increasing since the late 1990s. However, without newly reported maternal mortality data, we couldn’t make reliable comparisons to previous years or to other countries.The answer, Gene and colleagues discovered, stemmed from the change in death certificate reporting in 2003. At the time, public health professionals worried that they weren’t picking up enough cases of maternal mortality during pregnancy. They sought to standardize how pregnancy information was collected on death certificates.This led to the “pregnancy checkbox,” a mandated question on death certificates to indicate whether a deceased woman was pregnant or within one year of death. Unfortunately, the change required a huge technical overhaul, and when federal funding to support it fell through, states were slow to adopt. By 2007, maternal mortality data had become inconsistent with only half the 50 states (plus Washington D.C. and New York City) implementing the checkbox.Give the checkbox debacle and fear of invalid data, the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) decided to no longer report maternal mortality. The Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System (PMSS) continued to report maternal deaths, but used different measures — pregnancy-associated deaths (deaths while pregnant or within one year of termination due to any cause) and pregnancy-related deaths (deaths while pregnant or within one year of termination associated with pregnancy) — instead of maternal mortality ratios.That’s where Gene and his colleagues came in. They set out to analyze this inconsistent state data to estimate a national maternal mortality average, and once again, determine how the U.S. stacks up against other OECD countries. Their ensuing paper Recent increases in the US Maternal Mortality Rate – Disentangling trends from measurement issues, made waves when it was published in 2016. The article concluded that the estimated maternal mortality rate had increased by about 27% from 2000 to 2014 for 48 states and Washington D.C. (with California and Texas analyzed separately). The media had a field day, certain states reeled from the publicity, and soon there was an increased interest in the U.S.’s maternal mortality problem. Today, we’re still figuring out just how severe this problem is. “The problem is bigger than maternal mortality.” Maternal mortality isn’t just about women dying in labor. It’s about what’s happening before delivery and after birth. It’s also what’s happening overall with increasing mortality rates for women of reproductive age, regardless of pregnancy status. Gene challenged us to broaden the conversation and our research.During his presentation, we learned that about 31% of maternal deaths happen before delivery and 33% after pregnancy (up to one year). The timing matters, specifically, the 12% of maternal deaths that occur between 42 days and one year after pregnancy since this range is not included in the maternal mortality ratio. This suggests that because the U.S. is using pregnancy-associated deaths and pregnancy-related deaths to measure maternal mortality, it is capturing more deaths in a wider time frame compared to other countries that use maternal mortality ratios as their measurement standards.Gene also presented increasing mortality rates for young women, particularly those ages 25 to 34. The main cause for this increase? Accidents — a catch-all category encompassing mental health and accidental poisonings, including overdose deaths. With these findings, Gene has tapped into something much bigger than maternal mortality. And he calls on us to address it.How can we as public health professionals expand our perspective of maternal mortality? How can we partner with fields like accidents and injuries to prevent women from dying? Part of the strategy lies in focusing more on pregnancy-related deaths and pregnancy-associated deaths. Re-conceptualizing maternal mortality and morbidity Gene argued that maternal morbidity is a serious problem, too. Much progress has been made in clinical settings during birth, but cardiac issues, violence, and substance use during pregnancy are increasing.Again, this requires us to see what’s going on before and after pregnancy or pregnancy termination. One way to do this is to ask women themselves. Their voices are critical to maternal morbidity research, but rarely captured in the data systems we have access to.Gene wrapped up his seminar by reiterating needed solutions: listening to women directly, conducting longitudinal studies on maternal health, thinking beyond maternal mortality to women’s mortality overall, and shifting the narrative outside of hospitals. State maternal mortality review committees are starting to tackle these gaps by bringing together obstetricians, midwives, pregnant women, and researchers (Gene himself serves on the Massachusetts Maternal Mortality Review Committee).As MCH stewards, we can learn from this approach. We can connect our detailed analyses to broader, more diverse issues. We can change the public image by prioritizing accurate data and compelling stories. And we can be collaborative and cross-cutting in our research.There is no shortage of complexities when it comes to maternal mortality. With his three takeaways, Gene has given us a roadmap.Dr. Gene Declercq is a Professor of Community Health Sciences and Assistant Dean for DrPH Education at the Boston University School of Public Health as well as a professor on the faculty of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Boston University School of Medicine. Gene developed and presented the short film, Birth by the Numbers, as well as this companion website, which includes the specific data presented in this blog. Share this: Posted on June 7, 2019By: Caroline Conena, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Dr. Gene Declercq wants you to know three things about maternal mortality. But first, here are three things to know about him: (1) he eagerly pours over annual death certificate reports on weekend nights; (2) he maintains a slide with pictures of every colleague he’s published with, reminding us to join forces with others; and (3) he’s recently shifted his 30+ year research focus on childbirth to maternal mortality, because, as he states upfront, “regrettably death trumps birth in the eyes of the public.”The United States ranks worse in maternal mortality than every other developed country. This ranking is fraught with international debate, measuring inconsistencies, and extreme racial inequities, especially among Black women in the U.S. During his presentation at the Harvard Chan School on April 6, 2018, Gene dug into all of these.For instance, he quickly debunked the “diversity” argument that the U.S. ranks so poorly because of its diverse population and wide racial inequities in maternal mortality. Gene noted that even if we looked at maternal mortality just among White women, the U.S. still ranks at the very bottom. Thus, the U.S. is doing poorly by all standards — and racial inequities don’t explain the full picture.With an ability to illuminate his findings with data sleuthing stories and memorable taglines, Gene gave us three things to know about the state of maternal mortality research in the United States:
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 01: Dylan McCaffrey #10 of the Michigan Wolverines throws a pass while playing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 1, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan’s loss to Wisconsin two weeks ago was more than demoralizing – it resulted in a concussion for quarterback Dylan McCaffrey. But after missing Saturday’s game against Rutgers, it looks like McCaffrey is on his way to a full recovery.According to Sam Webb of TheMichiganInsider, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh believes that McCaffrey could practice this week. Unfortunately, it he seems less confident in McCaffrey’s ability to play their upcoming game against Iowa.McCaffrey has been used as part of a two-quarterback system that the Wolverines implemented this year. He’s already seen almost as much time on the field through the first few games as he did all of last season.To date, McCaffrey has gone 5-of-11 for 52 yards through the air. He also has 11 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Fortunately for McCaffrey, the Wolverines have a bye after their game against Iowa. So he’ll have plenty of extra time to recover if he isn’t good to go this weekend.Harbaugh: if everything goes really well it’s possible Dylan McCaffrey will practice this week. Probably won’t play in the game— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) September 30, 2019Michigan heads into their game against Iowa as a 5.5-point favorite, despite the No. 19 Wolverines being ranked lower than the No. 14 Hawkeyes.
Joe Burrow, who continues his phenomenal breakout season, is second at 15/4 odds. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor remain in the hunt at 10/1.New Heisman odds via @betonline_ag. Field projected down to only 5 contenders, led by Tua & Joe Burrowhttps://t.co/yfJOw3nxMuTua Tagovailoa 4/7Joe Burrow 15/4Jalen Hurts 9/2Justin Fields 10/1Jonathan Taylor 10/1— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) October 15, 2019Here’s how their numbers shake out so far:Tua Tagovailoa – QB, Alabama (6-0) – 134-for-182, 2,011 yards (11 YPA), 27 TD, 1 INT, 35 rush yards, 2 TDJoe Burrow – QB LSU (6-0) – 148-for-186, 2,157 yards (11.6 YPA), 25 TD, 3 INT, 105 rush yards, 2 TDJalen Hurts – QB Oklahoma (6-0) – 98-for-137, 1,758 yards (12.8 YPA), 17 TD, 3 INT, 630 rush yards, 8 TDJustin Fields – QB Ohio State (6-0) – 98-for-141, 1,298 yards (9.2 YPA), 18 TD, 1 INT, 283 rush yards, 8 TDJonathan Taylor – RB Wisconsin (6-0) – 129 attempts, 825 yards, 14 TD, 15 REC, 136 yards, 4 TDLast year, Tua looked like he had things wrapped up, but Murray surged late to win it. This year looks to be even more open than that, especially with all of these teams in the heat of contention.[BetOnline.ag] NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Tua Tagovailoa #13 celebrate after winning the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The list of Heisman Trophy contenders gets shorter by the week. While some lists will feature between 7-10 names, one sportsbook thinks the race is effectively down to five guys.Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts entered last weekend as the heavy favorite to win the award and give the Sooners back-to-back-to-back Heisman winners. He may have a real race on his hand from his former Alabama teammate though.Tua Tagovailoa, who finished second to OU’s Kyler Murray last year, has been fantastic once again. On Saturday, he threw for four touchdowns in a 47-28 win over Texas A&M.It wasn’t such an incredible performance that you’d think that he’d jump way ahead in the race, but BetOnline.ag now has Tagovailoa ahead of Hurts.