Holocaust survivor talks of power of good

first_imgAuthor, speaker and Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss spoke to a full-capacity crowd Tuesday night at Bovard Auditorium about the human stories hidden by the terrible genocide of the Holocaust.Holocaust survivor · Eve Schloss discusses the Holocaust experience to a packed audience of students in Bovard Auditorium. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanThe event, hosted by USC Chabad and USC Shoah Foundation, featured Schloss, who is best known as the childhood friend and posthumous step-sister of Holocaust victim Anne Frank, whose diary became an international bestseller. Born in Vienna, Austria in 1929, Schloss’ life was changed forever during the Nazi invasion of 1938.Schloss spoke with clear recollection of those early war years.“It was a great shock to us,” Schloss said. “Life changed immediately. Being a Jew became very difficult.”Facing anti-Semitism and possible arrest, Schloss’ father sought a business opportunity in Holland. It is here where she first met Frank.Schloss remembered what Frank said to her when they first met.“My name is Anne, and my family comes from Germany, and I can speak German to you.” Frank told Schloss.This sparked an immediate friendship, though the two were, in Schloss’ words, “completely different types.”“I was a tomboy,” Schloss said. “I loved sports. I was also quite shy. Anne was a big chatterbox.”Schloss also remembered Frank’s obsession with the opposite sex, emphasized in her famous diary.“When I explained to her that I had an older brother, her eyes grew big,” Schloss said of Frank. “She was very interested in boys.”The girls’ relationship ended with the Nazi occupation of Holland, which forced both families into hiding. Schloss  said she felt immense boredom during this period, with no interest in reading or writing. This, however, was unlike her brother Heinz, an accomplished musician, painter and poet whose work Schloss advertises to this day.After two years, the family was betrayed, arrested and crammed into train cars. When Schloss and hundreds of fellow Jewish families arrived at their destination, they were crushed.“We knew Auschwitz was the biggest death camp,” Schloss said. “We had hoped it was a labor camp.”Schloss said she and her mother were then separated from their male family members and how the women in the camp were completely dehumanized, forced to shave their heads and live on two small meals a day.“That is really how they wanted us to feel – not like human beings, like animals,” Schloss said.Of the two families, only Schloss, her mother and Anne Frank’s father, Otto, survived the nine months of captivity. Schloss attributes her survival to mental strength and hope for a better future.“I had a beautiful family life before the war,” Schloss said. “I wanted to have a boyfriend, a family. I wanted to experience life.”Schloss told the audience how her mother would later marry Otto Frank, making the two girls step sisters. Otto Frank served as a grandfather to Schloss’ children, and the two shared a mission to publish Anne Frank’s diary. Initial attempts were not fruitful, according to Schloss, as guilt surrounding the Holocaust prevented most media coverage of the subject.“There was a huge [feeling of guilt] in the world,” Schloss said. “Both Jews and Christians wanted to push it under the table and move on.”The diary eventually found a publisher and became famous throughout the world. Schloss highlighted the common misconception about her step sister’s story.Schloss highlighted the story is one much more than the Holocaust.“Anne’s story was not a Holocaust story,” Schloss said. “It was the story of a young girl.”Students and visitors in the packed auditorium were struck by the power of Schloss’ words. Ross Denny-Jiles, a freshman majoring in theatre, commended her dedication to anti-genocide work.“Sometimes we forget about these types of things when we don’t live in an area where we see them everyday,” Denny-Jiles said. “It’s good to be reminded that there is still hatred in the world.”To Schloss, individual human goodness, which she saw in Heinz Schloss and Anne Frank, is the only way to counteract the evil brought on by outright xenophobia.“The power of good is immeasurable,” Schloss said. “So is that of hope, optimism and resilience.”Schloss was careful to point out, however, that she sees herself not as a hero, but as a survivor.“Survivors aren’t heroes,” Schloss said. “The people that put themselves in harm’s way when they didn’t have to be — the resistance fighters — those are the real heroes.”last_img read more

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Miller: Big games mean big rewards

first_imgWisconsin is buzzing after rumors that the Badgers may get a chance to take on LSU at Lambeau Field.It’s roughly 1,040 miles from Madison to Dallas, Texas, but come fall of 2015, I plan to be in a car with classmates en route to watching the Badgers take on – and defeat – the Crimson Tide of Alabama in what will be the fifth annual Cowboy Classic at Cowboy Stadium.The Badgers appear to have a newfound appetite for facing teams from the SEC as part of their out of conference schedule. Rumors even surfaced this week about a possible matchup with the Louisiana State University Tigers at Lambeau Field sometime in the near future. While some are already expressing concern that facing such tough teams – especially away from the friendly confines of Camp  Randall – will have a detrimental effect on the team’s chances in taking part of the new and aptly-named “College Football Playoff” system and that UW should reconsider such risky scheduling before it’s too late.I say, “Bring it on!”The Badgers and their fans should embrace these challenging games without hesitation. Here are just four reasons why.1. Despite the fact that Michigan suffered a brutal 41-14 loss to Alabama in last year’s Cowboy Classic, since 1998 the SEC holds a not-so-impressive 28-24 record against the Big Ten in the regular season and bowl games. Had Michigan not lost twice to SEC opponents last season, the conference would have played to an even 26-26 mark.Assuming the Badgers will have more on the line in the 2015 season opener, an upset is not out of the question and could be the statement game that head coach Gary Andersen uses to try to bring a national championship to Madison in what will be his third season.2. Wisconsin should be excited about the chance to play a team that has won the past two national championships, and three of the past four, because of the national exposure the the Badgers will receive in such a highly visible game.ESPN announced its Big Ten primetime slate for the 2013 season earlier this week and the Badgers found themselves playing at Ohio State on national television. Don’t get me wrong, I love that the Badgers are on national television and hope they continue to get the exposure that they deserve, BUT – call me greedy – it’s only one game. Plus, the matchup falls on the same time and date as the LSU and Georgia game, which is sure to get a higher rating than anything the Big Ten can offer in the conference season.By playing the first week of the season against a team that could very well be the four-time defending national champions, the Badgers ensure that the spotlight will be on this game and this game only. Now, just imagine if they win.3. My third reason is tied into the national exposure part of this huge event. Games like these mean big bucks for the universities involved. BIG bucks.In 2011, the first-annual Cowboy Classic, the LSU Tigers took $3.5 million back to Baton Rouge with the Oregon Ducks receiving $2 million. The following year, Michigan and Alabama made history with the highest payout of any regular season game: $9.4 million. The Wolverines and Crimson Tide split the check down the middle with each school taking home a hefty $4.7 million paycheck. I’m no Darren Rovell, but if I had to put my finger on it, I would say that the payout for the 2015 Cowboy Classic would only be more profuse.4. The fourth and final reason why the Badgers should take on the best team in the land and play a game of such magnitude is because if you win one of the biggies, you’ll reap the benefits in the polls.With a win over Alabama, Wisconsin would instantly jump toward the top of the BCS rankings and be considered one of the best teams in the country. The 2014 Big Ten divisional realignment makes it so the Badgers have to play Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Purdue – none of whom come anywhere near touching the talent level of Alabama. The Badgers could wind up with a resume at the end of the season that includes going undefeated in a power-six football conference and having beaten the number one team in the land (it’s not that far-stretched of an assumption that Alabama will find itself in that position every season that Nick Saban is at the helm).If the Badgers were to add a Big Ten Championship to that already impressive resume, in which case they would more than likely have to beat Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes, one would have to think it would be near impossible for the selection committee to leave Wisconsin out of the College Football Playoff.Taking on the Alabama Crimson Tide on the biggest regular season stage in college football is a no-brainer for the University of Wisconsin. The only question is: Mr. Alvarez? Can you spare me a few bucks for gas?last_img read more

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Poe’s Perspective: Kid athletes are forced to grow up too soon

first_imgJulia Poe | Daily TrojanMost people have a dream of what they want to be when they grow up. When I was little, I wanted to be a wizard, and when that didn’t work out, I settled on being a zoologist. It took until I reached high school to discover that journalism was an OK profession, and I didn’t latch onto sports writing until my sophomore year of college.But for young athletes, childhood dreams are swiftly becoming expectations before kids enter high school. Just this past February, Alexia Carrasquillo committed to play softball at the University of Florida. She turned 12 the next day.Maybe this is just a reflection of the growth of athletics in the past decades. After all, the growth of the youth sports world has boomed into an international industry. Players, coaches, trainers and parents alike are investing in sports for their kids at a younger age, which is in turn elevating the level of play that we see at all levels. Maybe this is just another important step in this continual progress as athletes become more competitive and the game continues to improve.Yet something seems wrong about turning the game into a business at such a young age. I’m sure that a college commitment doesn’t make Carrasquillo, or any other young commit, love the game any less. She might even feel more relaxed as she enters high school, unafraid to take risks without any college scouts to impress. But she’s also already chosen her path for the next 10 years of her life. Imagine yourself at 12 years old. Did you know where you wanted to go to college? What you wanted to major in? How you wanted to live the next 10 years of your life?When I first profiled him a year ago, the thing that struck me the most about Sam Darnold is that he’s only two days older than me. At the time, I was asking him and his parents questions about things like first-round draft picks and NFL starting gigs. It was hard to rectify the clarity and maturity of those conversations with the fact that Darnold was only a few days older than me — a sophomore at the time with absolutely no idea where the heck life would take me.Now, Darnold is heading into the NFL Draft on Thursday while I’m just focused on passing a few finals. It’s wild to think that kids — because that’s what they are, kids — grow up into these adult expectations so quickly. I don’t think all of this is bad. Along the way, star athletes are often forced to become more dedicated and motivated individuals, and quarterbacks in particular often develop a specialized set of leadership skills.But when I watch the draft this week, my mind is going to keep shifting back to the younger kids, the ones in middle school like Carrasquillo, who are already dedicating their lives to this expectation of athletic glory. No matter what they’ve gained, these kids have given up their childhoods for a dream that will eventually end. No matter where Darnold goes in the draft, he’ll still call it quits within a decade or two. I don’t mean this to be cynical, because I’m sure he’ll go in the top five and land himself in the Hall of Fame by the end of his career. But eventually, sports come to an end for every athlete. And what happens afterward?For the kids who commit to this dream when they’re 12 or even younger, there’s a shift that scares me. How do you play for fun at a young age when you’re fighting for scholarships? How do you take a game lightly when it’s the only future you know? In my opinion, this is one of the ways Darnold moved his career in the right way. He played three sports in high school, focusing on basketball just as much as football all the way through his senior year. He had to be convinced to do elite academies as a college recruit, preferring pick-up games and his basketball team to the rigor of becoming an elite college recruit.Darnold allowed himself to be a kid. And even as he now prepares for the draft, he can look back and feel reassured that he did this right in not growing up too soon. This is an approach that I wish more parents and young athletes alike took. There’s no rush to grow up, no rush to commit to a college and a future. Things change, and kids get bored or get hurt or find something else they love more. A year ago, the NCAA changed the rules of lacrosse recruiting to prohibit programs from approaching athletes before they entered high school. I hope that soon, similar rules will be developed for recruiting in all sports. Yes, playing sports at a highly competitive level helps kids to mature in many ways. But let’s help them stay kids a little longer.Julia Poe is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” ran Tuesdays.last_img read more

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SBC Webinars and CasinoBeats present Sweden’s Gaming Trial

first_img Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020 Share Share Responding to feedback from last month’s CasinoBeats Summit, a panel of Swedish market experts are to revisit the discussion from the Olympia London today in the latest entry of SBC Webinars.Sweden’s Gaming Trial: Tricks, Treats & Take-Downs is to commence at 2pm GMT/3pm CET and will build on the much-praised Swede Dreams session, with our panel will undertaking an in-depth examination of the market since re-regulation at the start of the year.In addition to providing an overview of performance in the ten months since re-regulation, the panellists will look at how the regulatory model has coped with the tests it has faced.Among the areas set to be questioned are whether operators now have a clear view on the Swedish opportunity? Or if stakeholders are still playing a guessing game as to how the regulator will shape market conditions?The panel comprises:Speakers:Antonio Zanghi –  managing director of Maxima Compliance.Gustaf Hoffstedt – general secretary of the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling.Moderator:Ismail Vali – consultant at iGaming Leaders. Register for Sweden’s Gaming Trial: Tricks, Treats & Take-Downs: 2pm GMT / 3pm CET 30 October 2019. Stewart Darkin, managing director of CasinoBeats, said: “The Swedish market has been one of the main focuses of igaming industry news over the last 12 months, and operators and regulators around the world are now keen to see what lessons can be learned from the experience there.“The level of interest in developments was clear at last month’s CasinoBeats Summit. Many delegates who attended the session on Sweden told us they wished there had been time for more discussions, so I’m looking forward to the panel reconvening to offer further invaluable insights.”CasinoBeats, SBC’s specialist casino industry news website, stages the second edition of its CasinoBeats Malta conference and exhibition at the InterContinental Malta in St Julian’s on 24-26 March 2020.The event features an extensive content programme packed with high-level insights into the challenges and opportunities in the online casino sector, along with valuable networking opportunities with 1,500 senior-level attendees from operators, suppliers and regulators.Discounted early bird tickets are now available and you can find out more about attending the event at the CasinoBeats Malta website.Information about sponsorship opportunities and exhibiting at the event can be found here. SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

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Court throws out Clottey case against Kotoko

first_imgAn Accra High Court has thrown out a case filed by former Kotoko player, Emmanuel Clottey, against the club. Clottey was asking the club to get Kotoko to pay his wages for a period under which he was under a ban from FIFA.The ban came into effect in 2015 when Kotoko, Clottey and Tunisian club, Esperance were involved in a three-way tussle.The contention from Esperance was that Clottey had joined Kotoko when he had a valid contract with them.The issue was reported to FIFA and the governing body gave a ruling that mandated Clottey to pay a fine of USD 180, 000 to Esperance.Kotoko were told by FIFA to ensure that the fine was paid or they would be found liable to pay.Kotoko failed to execute FIFA’s orders and thus, Clottey was suspended by FIFA for a period and did not play any football. He then took the matter to a Ghanaian court to get Kotoko pay his wages for the period.On Wednesday May 20, 2020, the Accra High Court Financial Division ruled against him and went on to ask Clottey to pay GHS 5,000 to Kotoko.In April, Kotoko and Esperance managed to settle their dispute and Kotoko paid an amount of USD 30,000 to Esperance.The amount was the difference between what Kotoko had to pay Esperance from the Clottey saga and the transfer fee of USD 150, 000 that Esperance had to give Kotoko for the acquisition of midfielder Kwame Bonsu.last_img read more

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Pistorius cleared of murder

first_imgOscar Pistorius is facing up to 15 years in prison after hearing that he will be found guilty of killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013.The verdict has not yet been delivered by Judge Thokozile Masipa, but she clearly stated that Pistorius had failed the critical “reasonable person” test relating to the incident, in which he fired four shots through the bathroom door.”He acted too hastily and used excessive force. In the circumstance it is clear that his conduct was negligent,” said Masipa as she discussed the charge of culpable homicide, akin to manslaughter in British law.Though the judge adjourned proceedings after making her crucial statement, she refrained from actually delivering the verdict on Thursday afternoon – and the court will reconvene this morning.It will amount to a final night of freedom for Pistorius: the judge was scathing in her criticism of the man known as ‘Blade Runner’, leaving no room for doubt that the 27-year-old will be convicted of the lesser culpable homicide charge.There are two further charges, both related to firearms offences, which Masipa will also rule today.Earlier yesterday Masipa had ruled that the evidence was not sufficient to decide that the Paralympic champion was guilty of either premeditated or second degree murder. Ruling that a “reasonable person” would not have acted as Pistorius did in firing repeatedly through the bathroom door, however, Masipa indicated that Pistorius will be found guilty of culpabale homicide.The judge then adjourned proceedings for the day, and will officially deliver her verdict today.Although Masipa described the 27-year-old as a “very poor” and “evasive” witness, she said it did not mean the track star was necessarily guilty in a case she said was based entirely on circumstantial evidence.”The state has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder,” Masipa told the Pretoria High Court. “There are just not enough facts to support such a finding.”She then proceeded to absolve Pistorius, who said he shot model and law graduate Steenkamp in the mistaken belief she was an intruder hiding in a toilet cubicle, of a lesser murder charge that falls short of a direct intention to kill.”Clearly he did not subjectively foresee this as a possibility that he would kill the person behind the door – let alone the deceased – as he thought she was in the bedroom,” she told the packed courtroom. Although he has been cleared of the two murder charges, the judge’s word indicated that he will be convicted of culpable homicide for the “negligent or reckless killing” of Steenkamp, hit by four 9mm rounds fired through the toilet door at Pistorius’s luxury Pretoria home.Masipa used both terms in her characterisation of Pistorius’s actions on the fatal night.Culpable homicide carries up to 15 years in jail, with no minimum sentence. Though acquittal is impossible based on Masipa’s statements on Thursday afternoon, it is possible that the double-amputee could be given no more than a suspended sentence, allowing him to leave the court and potentially resume his career as one of the biggest names in world athletics.As the 66-year-old Masipa began her methodical review of the 41-day trial and the charges – which also include three unrelated firearms offences – a pained and forlorn Pistorius bowed his head in the dock.Masipa, only the second black woman to rise to the bench in South Africa, has remained impassive throughout the often dramatic and gruesome court proceedings, seemingly impervious to the global interest in a case that has drawn comparisons to the 1995 murder trial of American football star OJ Simpson.last_img read more

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FIFA ban Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini from football for 8 years

first_imgFootball’s governing body FIFA have banned Sepp  Blatter and Michel Platini from football for 8 years.The ban which comes following an ethics investigation and involves suspension from all football related activities starts with immediate effect.Sepp Blatter who has been FIFA boss since 1998 was found guilty of ethics code breaches involving a £1.3 million “disloyal payment’ made to French international and UEFA president Michel Platini.Blatter and Platini denied the allegations and appealed their initial suspension, an appeal that was thrown out.Charges for Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini include conflict of interest, false accounting and non co-operation.–last_img read more

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Austin Barnes homers but Dodgers end Arizona schedule with 7-3 loss

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error UP NEXT: RHP Kenta Maeda is scheduled to start the Freeway Series opener against the Angels (RHP Parker Bridwell) in Anaheim, 6 p.m. (SportsNet LA and 570 AM). THE GAME:  The Dodgers finished the Cactus League schedule 15-14-1 after a 7-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox Saturday afternoon at Camelback Ranch.PITCHING REPORT: LHP Alex Wood retired 11 of the first 13 batters he faced in four scoreless innings. But he ran into trouble in the fifth, allowing four runs (only two earned) on four hits including a home run. Wood finished with six strikeouts in five innings… Pat Venditte pitched a scoreless inning but Yimi Garcia gave up a home run in his inning.HITTING REPORT:  C Austin Barnes salvaged a little something from his time in Arizona with a three-run home run in the first inning. Barnes is just 4 for 32 this spring. … Chase Utley had a double. … Kiké Hernandez was 1 for 2 and is batting .340 this spring.DEFENSE REPORT: Wood caused problems for himself with two errors in the White Sox’s four-run fifth inning. He threw wide of first base on a pickoff attempt then later fumbled a squibbed ground ball on the grass near the third-base line.last_img read more

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Fantasy Injury Updates: Josh Jacobs, Le’Veon Bell, James Conner, more affect Week 15 start-or-sit decisions

first_imgThe Week 15 RB rankings feature plenty of potential for movement due to injures. Josh Jacobs’ shoulder issue could send DeAndre Washington rising up the ranks, while Jordan Howard and Damien Williams could continue to be out. On the bright side for fantasy owners still alive in the playoffs, Le’Veon Bell and James Conner look likely to return and make start ’em, sit ’em decisions a little easier in Week 15. We have the latest updates below.For updates on injured QBs Patrick Mahomes, Jameis Winston, and Tom Brady, click here; for news on banged-up WRs Calvin Ridley, Mike Evans, DJ Chark, and DeVante Parker, go here; for the latest on injured RBs Derrius Guice, Derrick Henry, and more, go here; for the latest on ailing TEs Noah Fant, Ryan Griffin, Mark Andrews, and Jared Cook, click here; for updates on injured TEs Gerald Everett, Evan Engram, and Greg Olsen, go here; for updates on WRs Adam Thielen, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Will Fuller, and T.Y. Hilton, go here. Follow us on Twitter for more news and updates @ SN_Fantasy. WEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST  | KickerJosh Jacobs injury updateA shoulder that’s reportedly been fractured since Week 7 kept Jacobs out for the first time in Week 14. In his place, DeAndre Washington dominated backfield touches for the Raiders with some Jalen Richard sprinkled in. Jacobs is scheduled for an MRI this week.(Update: Josh Jacobs is expected to play in Week 15, according to Ian Rapoport. Washington becomes no more than a handcuff.)Washington is the priority waiver pickup here — and maybe the top option available overall — assuming Jacobs misses the rest of the season. Richard is worth considering in PPR leagues, as well. WEEK 15: Top Waiver PickupsIs Le’Veon Bell playing Thursday night?Adam Gase told reporters Monday that Bell, who missed Week 14 due to illness, is “pretty close to 100 percent.” That’s good timing for the Jets, since Bilal Powell was a DNP Monday ahead of Thursday night’s game against the Ravens.Looks like Bell will be back to his usual three-down role and a spot in every fantasy squad he’s on. Powell turns out to be a one-week play. If Bell were to regress and Powell not get better, Ty Montgomery would get the majority of backfield touches for New York.WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endJames Conner injury newsConner has missed the Steelers’ past three games with a shoulder injury, but NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Sunday that Conner is expected to return for Week 15 against the Bills. That would relegate Benny Snell Jr. and Jaylen Samuels to low-usage secondary roles.It’s a big game for the Steelers on Sunday Night Football, so it’s reasonable to expect Conner to want to make it back. Despite going up against a tough Buffalo defense, Conner is still an RB2 for that matchup. We wouldn’t feel as good about Snell or Samuels if Conner was out again.WEEK 15 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPIs Jordan Howard playing Week 15?Howard has practiced in limited fashion each of the past two weeks, but he still hasn’t been cleared for contact for his shoulder injury that’s kept him out through Monday night’s Eagles win. In his absence, Miles Sanders has usually been the main back, although it was the Boston Scott show in the second half and overtime of Week 14.The Eagles are firmly in the playoff hunt, so if Howard can make it back and play, we’d expect him to. It’s just curious that it’s taking him so long to be cleared for contact. His return would most likely vault him back atop the Philadelphia RB depth chart and turn Sanders into more of a boom-or-bust play. A continued absence for Howard would probably bring Scott into play as a sneaky option in deeper PPR leagues against the Redskins in Week 15. MORE WEEK 15:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff tipsDamien Williams injury updateWilliams (ribs) was ruled out on Friday for Week 14, his second-straight absence after being injured in Week 11 before the Chiefs’ bye. Kansas City featured a three-headed backfield against New England of Spencer Ware, LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson.Against the Broncos in Week 15, only McCoy is worth considering (after 11 carries against the Pats) if Williams is out. If Williams plays, we’d have to anticipate him being the lead back for KC and the only one worth starting in fantasy leagues.last_img read more

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