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  • 26 January 2019
    导出博客文章A look inside some of the key statistics from both quarterbacks from Thursday
    nights AFC South showdown between the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans
    Saints:To blitz or not to blitz? On third and 10 with 2:39 remaining and with
    only one timeout left, the Saints opted to send four pass rushers after Cam
    Newton, which gave him time to find Kelvin Benjamin for an 18-yard gain that
    allowed the Panthers to keep possession and drain the clock.Should the Saints
    have blitzed?Entering the game, the Panthers had converted at an above-average
    rate on third-down dropbacks when opponents blitzed, and were well below league
    average when not blitzed. They also far exceeded league average when blitzed
    needing 10-plus yards.Those trends were holding true Thursday prior to the
    fateful conversion. The Panthers had one conversion on six third-down dropbacks
    when not blitzed prior to the completion to Benjamin. They were 3-of-6 against
    the blitz, converting three of their last four.Newtons big throws dwarf overall
    inefficiency Cam Newton completed just 42.4 percent of his passes Thursday, his
    worst completion percentage in any win of his career. Despite the low clip,
    Newton did make several big throws Thursday, completing 4-of-7 (57.1 percent)
    passes thrown 15-plus yards downfield -- including the big third-and-10
    conversion in the fourth, and the long touchdown to Ted Ginn Jr. just before the
    end of the first half.Four of Newtons best five completion percentages 15-plus
    yards downfield have now occurred in Panthers wins this season.Too little, too
    late for Brees? Drew Brees average pass traveled 4.2 yards past the line of
    scrimmage Thursday, the third-shortest single-game average of his Saints career
    and his shortest since 2011.Brees threw a season-high 31 attempts within five
    yards of the line of scrimmage in the game, and potentially waited too long to
    start airing it out further.Why so many short passes?Brees was blitzed on only
    13 percent of his dropbacks Thursday (6 of 47), the lowest blitz rate hes faced
    this season, which means he faced at least seven in coverage on 87 percent of
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    . Jason Zucker and Matt Cooke also scored for Minnesota, which has
    won five of six. Kuemper made five saves in the first, nine in the second, and
    nine in the third. The rookies best save came with 2:17 left in the third period
    when he denied former Wild forward Matt Cullen from just outside of the crease
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    23-strong Ukrainian team was represented by a lone flagbearer in an apparent
    protest at the presence of Russian troops in Ukraines Crimean peninsula.
    . Pedro scored from a pass by Lionel Messi in the 33rd minute and added two more
    goals in the 47th and 72nd after Valdes saved his second penalty in four days
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    . And when it opened, every player was at
    his stall. Thats a sure sign that a team is in a slump and is searching for
    answers. "Its embarrassing to be at home and play the way we did," said
    defenceman Josh Gorges. Lizzie Armitstead has cited incredibly difficult family
    circumstances as the reason behind her missing a third drugs test which put her
    participation at the Rio Olympics in jeopardy.The 27-year-old, who will feature
    in the road race on Sunday, said on Tuesday that she was naive in not
    challenging her first missed drugs test until the threat of a suspension loomed
    large.And in a further lengthy statement released on Wednesday, the English
    rider said that after missing two earlier tests, personal circumstances dictated
    that she missed a third in June -- an incident that put her participation in Rio
    in doubt before she was cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.In a
    statement which tallied 1,275 words, she wrote: This is where I believe I have
    the right to privacy. My personal family circumstances at the time of the test
    were incredibly difficult. The medical evidence provided in my case was not
    contested by [UK Anti-Doping]. They accepted the circumstances I was in.UKAD did
    not perceive my situation to be extreme enough to alleviate me of a negligence
    charge. A psychiatrist assessment of my state of mind at the time was
    contrary.In my defence I was dealing with a traumatic time and I forgot to
    change a box on a form. I am not a robot, I am a member of a family -- my
    commitment to them comes over and above my commitment to cycling. This will not
    change and as a result I will not discuss this further. Our suffering does not
    need to be part of a public trial.I hope I have made it clear that family comes
    before cycling. I am not obsessively driven to success in cycling. I love my
    sport, but I would never cheat for it.Armitsteads statement in fullI am writing
    this statement in my own words, something I have wanted to do from the very
    beginning.Understandably people have questions which I want to answer as openly
    and honest as I can. I hope people understand that speaking with journalists is
    a necessary part of my job, speaking directly to the public in a statement like
    this, which has not been ghost written or moulded by somebody else is unheard
    of.I want to take responsibility for this message