The top trainer and jockey respectively at the Cheltenham Festival, the latest Mullins and Walsh representative was a 1-6 favourite after he bolted up on his second start in Ireland at Gowran Park a month ago. Walsh kept things simple in the Limerick Races Congratulate World Hurdle Winner Solwhit Hurdle, bouncing out in front from flag-fall, and had most of his rivals cooked a long way from home. Press Association Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh continued their fantastic week as Djakadam justified cramped odds with an all-the-way victory at Limerick. Courage, a long way behind Djakadam at Gowran Park, made more of a race of it on this occasion, but was still seven lengths behind at the line. Walsh said: “He beat Courage plenty far the last day, so he was entitled to do it again. He can’t do any more than win, I suppose. I’d imagine he’ll step up in class now. He was bought to be a chaser and that’s what he will do.” Unoccupied ran out a wide-margin winner of the Newton Abbot Racecourse Handicap Hurdle for Edward O’Grady and Mark Enright. A 6-1 shot following a disappointing performance at Naas three weeks ago, the seven-year-old pulled right away in the home straight, safely negotiating the final couple of obstacles to seal a 12-length verdict. The Charles Byrnes-trained Whiskey Hall was a heavily-backed 2-1 favourite on his first start since finishing second in this race a year ago, but once again had to make do with the runner-up spot.
In an effort to recognize the importance of teaching, the Rossier School of Education partnered with 2tor, Inc — a company that provides online education along with universities — to create an innovative platform to show appreciation for teachers, using new media.The website, “My Teacher, My Hero,” was launched in conjunction with the Rossier’s new Masters of Arts in Teaching online course, MAT@USC. The website allows people to upload videos of themselves thanking their teachers and emphasizing the importance of the profession.“[It] shows people who are considering becoming teachers how important and impactful the profession is,” said Margo Pensavalle, associate professor of clinical education.The purpose of My Teacher, My Hero is two-fold, said Jeremy Johnson, 2tor chief technology officer. The site is run by MAT@USC and 2tor and is a vehicle to promote the new program and show interested applicants how to receive more information.The site hopes to “help raise the status of teachers in our society” by hosting numerous videos from “leaders in film, entertainment, and politics that are speaking about how their teachers impacted their lives,” Johnson said.Contributors who have already uploaded video to the site include Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, musician Sean Paul, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and president of HBO Entertainment Sue Naegle.The creators of My Teacher, My Hero are hoping to get site visits from students, teachers and young children alike. The site will recognize teachers and show that people appreciate what they contribute. Johnson also wants parents and young children who visit the site to see the incredible impact teachers have on society.They want to “show people that being a teacher is a rich [and] rewarding profession” and prospective teachers “should not feel as though others will not respect them,” Johnson said.2tor chose to use video as a mechanism to recognize teachers because “video allows you to touch and feel something a little more acutely and be a little more involved,” according to Johnson.The video submission process is user friendly, and social media tools make it simpler to share video. 2tor set up links to Facebook, Twitter and an email form to “make [uploading a video] easiest as possible.”The onus is on the video submitter to share the video with the public and email it to their teacher, if they so choose, Johnson said.USC students recognized the value of demonstrating appreciation for great teaching, but there were mixed opinions on whether they would actually upload videos.“I’ve had good teachers, but not enough to put a video online,” said Jayson Kellogg, a sophomore majoring in philosophy.Freshman Ann Jankowski, however, said she would upload a video for her favorite teacher in high school that wasn’t liked by many other students.“I adored her and I want to show her that people care and she deserves to be acknowledged,” Jankowski, a theatre major, said.
If you’ve been relying on Colin Cowherd for gambling advice recently, well, hopefully you saved enough to pay your rent next month.The FS1 host hit a major cold streak with his NFL picks prior to the divisional round, going an improbable 0-for-10 on his Week 17 and wild-card predictions. To make matters worse, Cowherd also believed Clemson would defeat LSU in Monday night’s College Football Playoff championship game. Oops! Taking my winnings 💰 w Clemson and putting ALL of it on the @Ravens. Best bet IMO of the playoffs. Great show today. @FS1 can’t wait.— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) January 10, 2020Cowherd shouldn’t feel too bad about his failures. He only got the “30 for 30” treatment after Jon “Stugotz” Weiner, who somehow missed on 14 consecutive against-the-spread college football bowl picks.Side note: Check out Sporting News’ picks for the conference championship games! MORE: Is Tony Romo moving to ESPN’s “Monday Night Football”?Cowherd’s losing streak was like a hanging curveball for the crew of ESPN’s “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.” As Le Batard explained Tuesday, the show has been choosing random celebrities for years to battle Cowherd and “prove to you that nobody knows anything about being able to predict football games.” Cowherd held an advantage over Team Le Batard all season long, but then he, as Le Batard described it, “pooped the bed” with his recent run.That opened the door for an incredible fake “30 for 30” trailer.What if I told you… that lightning CAN strike twice? 30 for 30 presents… @Stugotz790 & @ColinCowherd – A Mush Made in Heaven.- Lorenzo pic.twitter.com/k6pUpPcTL2— Dan Le Batard Show (@LeBatardShow) January 14, 2020″What if I told you … that five years from now he’ll tell you five years ago he was 10-2 in the postseason? That if things don’t turn around for him in short order, Marcellus Wiley might have to replace him yet again?”Just brutal.In fairness to Cowherd, he went 3-1 in the divisional round, correctly calling wins for the 49ers, Chiefs and Packers. However, he was most confident in his Ravens pick.That didn’t work out for him.