How did Carson Wentz escape this sack?

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) runs for yardage as Washington Redskins strong safety Montae Nicholson (35) tries to make a hit during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Carson Wentz has the Philadelphia Eagles well on their way to entering Week 8 as the NFL’s only one-loss team, having now thrown four touchdown passes in a dominant outing against the Washington Redskins.

But the second-year quarterback has shown some deft running skills tonight, too, and his best work came to set up the latest Eagles touchdown.

Rolling like a poor man’s Randall Cunningham, Wentz somehow escaped this situation and scampered for a first down and then some on this 17-yard run. (Although, Wentz compiled more actual yardage since Washington defenders had him hemmed in well in the backfield.)

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Warriors rookie Jordan Bell auditions early for dunk contest

In a game the Golden State Warriors had well in hand, young players received some time late. And Jordan Bell took advantage.

The second-round rookie decided to attempt a variety of dunk rarely seen during games, and it worked out for him. Bell threw down a transition off-the-backboard dunk in the final minutes of a blowout win to make the Dallas Mavericks feel worse about their evening.

This might create some tension between these teams.

If this were a baseball universe, Bell could certainly expect some chin music the next time these teams face off. It being the NBA, and Bell being a backup whose role may not include much time this season, this bold move worked out pretty well for him.

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Spurs F Joffrey Lauvergne ruled out with injury

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talks with San Antonio Spurs forward Joffrey Lauvergne (77) in the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Houston Rockets Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

San Antonio Spurs forward Joffrey Lauvergne has been ruled out for the remainder of Monday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors due to a sprained right ankle.

Lauvergne played 16 minutes off the bench for the Spurs, totaling nine points and seven rebounds in his time on the court. Even though San Antonio was outscored by 15 points while he was on the court, he posted new season highs in scoring and boards.

Coming into the night, Lauvergne collected nine points and nine rebounds total over the first two games of the year against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls, respectively.

Lauvergne joined the Spurs this offseason, signing a deal in July. He split last season as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls, appearing in 70 games overall and averaging 5.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

His career began when he was a second-round pick of the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2013 NBA Draft, not choosing to come stateside to play in the NBA until February 2015 as a member of the Denver Nuggets. He spent two seasons in Denver, including making a career-high 15 starts in 2015-16 before being moved to Oklahoma City.

The Spurs were playing again without their superstar in Kawhi Leonard, who continues to miss time with the leg injury that has sidelined him since the preseason. No Leonard still meant no problem for the Spurs, who moved to 3-0 on the year following their victory over Toronto on Monday.

The next opportunity he will have to return to the floor comes on Wednesday night when San Antonio travels to take on the Miami Heat.lau

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Carson Wentz takes big hit before tossing TD

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) gestures after scrambling for yardage against the Washington Redskins during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has found his rhythm on Monday night against a weakened Washington secondary, hanging in the pocket long enough to complete this touchdown pass to running back Corey Clement during the third quarter.

Wentz is looking to keep his team in the top spot in the NFC, once again delivering an effort that not only puts him on the fringes of the MVP race, but makes him one of the top candidates to claim the award should he continue at this level.

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Photo Of The Day By NewmanImages

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Eclipse Over Wizard Island” by NewmanImages. Location: Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.
Photo By NewmanImages

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Eclipse Over Wizard Island” by NewmanImages. Location: Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.

“The partial eclipse from Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon.”—Sue Newman

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No More Excuses

No More Excuses

As the years go on, I’ve experienced and witnessed something very disturbing. While not always true, I’ve seen the work ethic that was so strong when I was young diminish. I’ve discussed what has been labeled the “Entitlement Generation” with many people of all ages, and there’s an overwhelming agreement it exists—even with those who are part of the Entitlement Generation! If you’re part of it, if you succumb to it, and you’re a photographer, I implore to make No More Excuses and encourage you to become part of the Just Do It generation. Photographers who make excuses don’t often come back with winning photos. My prescription: rest up, read what’s below three times a day, drink plenty of it, and call me in the morning.

Excuse #1: The Light Is Soooooo Flat I Can’t Get Any Good Pictures. The alarm wakes you at 5:15 AM because you read that sunrise light is dramatic. You wake up with just a bit of reluctance. This is a step in the right direction from you feeling entitled to sleep till noon. You actually get excited because you know you need to be on location for early light. Upon arrival, clouds dominate the eastern horizon and the light is flat. Those from the Entitlement Generation may gripe and moan, but you’ve graduated from those ranks and cheer the flat light! “Why the cheers?” you ask? Because there’s a world of photos that await you. No more excuses that you can’t get a great image on an overcast day. Think small and think macro. View your surroundings with telephoto eyes and look down at the ground for potential subjects. A plethora of pictures await the photographer who’s not looking for excuses. Your goal of capturing the grand landscape needs to shift to subjects that are more intimate. The territory to explore may be no more than a few square feet of real estate but net an amazing end result. The point is that if you begin your session with Plan A, be prepared for Plan B or maybe C. The challenge is to walk away with good images no matter the conditions. It’s not the number of pictures you make during a session that dictates its success. It’s the number of keepers you bring back. Thomas Edison once said, “Success is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.” Break a sweat and make No More Excuses.

No More Excuses

Excuse #2: No Photos Today—It’s Toooooo Cold. (Now say it with a whine…sounds nasty doesn’t it?) Snow is an ingredient that has numerous advantages. It covers the land in a blanket of white, which hides distractions, rubble, dirt and other undesirable elements. When sunrise or sunset reflects off its surface, images come alive. But associated with snow is cold weather. For all you Entitled Generationers, that’s why they make cold weather gear, boots, chemical warmers and fleece. If you choose to remain a fair weather photographer, other than the fact you miss out on snow scenes, you also deprive yourself of longer shooting sessions. During the winter, the sun stays low on the horizon for longer periods of time. Lower sun angles mean better light for longer periods. So strap on your gaiters, break out the pocket warmers, grab your fleece and head out in winter to make some great shots.

No More Excuses

Excuse #3: But It’s Soooooo Heavy! (How many of you said it with a whine?) What else could I be referring to other than a tripod? A tripod should be every photographer’s best friend for many reasons—more than the fact it helps make a sharp photo. Your tripod should be beefy enough to provide sharp images with your longest lens. A flimsy one isn’t worth its weight in dirt. A substantial tripod may be heavy and somewhat of a chore to carry, but if you return from an outing and every photo isn’t sharp, it was a waste of time to carry it anyhow. Accept the fact that it’s SOOOOOOOO heavy and deal with it. Another benefit of a tripod is it allows you to study the composition with more comfort. Since it supports the weight of the camera, it frees your mind to think more deeply about where to point the camera to create the best composition. It also forces you to slow down since you can study the viewfinder with greater scrutiny. An additional benefit is it allows you to get in the photo if you use the self-timer. Finally, it allows you to more easily shade your lens against flare. You can move to the front of the camera and block the light that causes it. So with all these positive factors, learn to love your tripod even though it’s SOOOOOOO heavy!

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PSA: Bigger smartphone apertures don’t count if the sensors get smaller

In the past few years, smartphone manufacturers have started paying more attention to the optics they use on their smartphone, using wider apertures for better low light performance. That’s awesome, but as a photographer, I have an ongoing gripe about the marketing buzz around apertures: An aperture tells you little about performance if you don’t know the camera’s sensor size. As a refresher, all else being equal, wider apertures (a lower number) mean better low light performance and shallower depth of field (more background blur or ‘bokeh’). The problem with smartphone photography is that rarely is everything else equal, sensor…

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Na Zdorovie: Doing business with Russians explained

Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once famously said: “Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” Even though Russia has undergone extraordinary political and cultural transformations and successfully embraced Western-style capitalism after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, many people in the West still regard Russian business culture as very mysterious, incredibly intricate and difficult to understand.  I am originally from Russia and currently live in Moscow, although previously, I studied, worked and lived in France and the UK. I now work for a Russian tech company and mostly deal with foreign colleagues from…

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Get the most out of your Windows 10 taskbar with these customization tips

The Windows 10 experience is anchored by the taskbar. It provides an information-packed reference point for your workflow, but not every desktop serves the same purpose. Here are a few customization tips that’ll show you how to move, resize, and customize the taksbar to suit your needs. With the myriad of different display configurations supported by Windows 10 it’s possible you’re going to end up wishing the taskbar was somewhere else. The taskbar can be oriented top, bottom, right, or left simply by left-clicking and dragging it. I’ve heard complaints that some users find themselves unable to drag the taskbar…

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