Polynesian Bowl announces Doug Williams, Trent Dilfer as coaches

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(October 14, 2020) – The Polynesian Bowl announced today that two Super Bowl winning quarterbacks, Doug Williams and Trent Dilfer have been selected as head coaches for the 2021 Polynesian Bowl.

The Polynesian Bowl is an annual all-star game featuring 100 of the nation’s top senior high school football players. This year’s game will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 (6:30 p.m. HST) at Aloha Stadium on O’ahu, Hawaii and will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.

Doug Williams will serve as Head Coach for Team Mauka (Mountain). Doug was named Super Bowl XXII MVP, making him the first black QB to both start and win (Washington) a Super Bowl. Following his playing career, Williams began coaching, most notably serving as the head coach of the Grambling State Tigers. He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Player Development for the NFL’s Washington Football Team. Doug is only one of a handful of players honored in two NFL Stadium “Ring of Honors” (Washington and Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

“The Polynesian Bowl is going to be an incredible cultural experience,” said Doug Williams. “I’m looking forward to coaching the nation’s best high school players in paradise.”

Trent Dilfer will serve as Head Coach for Team Makai (Ocean). Trent played 14 seasons in the NFL including starting QB for the Baltimore Ravens during their Super Bowl XXXV championship. After his NFL playing career, Trent was hired by ESPN as an NFL analyst, a position he held until 2017. He currently serves as head coach of the Elite 11, a quarterback camp featuring the nation’s best high school quarterbacks and at Lipscomb Academy.

“I’m excited to be part of the 2021 Polynesian Bowl,” said Trent Dilfer. “The talent is off the charts. It’s going to be a lot of fun coaching these elite athletes.”

Past Polynesian Bowl head coaches include: Dick Tomey & June Jones (2017), Dick Vermeil & Terry Donahue (2018), Mike Bellotti & Jim Zorn (2019) and Frank Beamer & Steve Spurrier (2020).

About the Polynesian Bowl: The world’s top high school football players gather in Hawaii to celebrate culture & play the game they love. It is televised live on CBS Sports Network, presented annually by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. Major partners include adidas, BodyArmor, CrossCountry Mortgage, Friends of Hawaii Charities, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii Building & Construction Trades Council, Hawaii News Now, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel and Riddell.

For more information, visit www.PolynesianBowl.com and www.PolynesianFootballHOF.org.

The Polynesian Bowl began in 2017 with current Stanford running backConnor Wedingtonthe inaugural Offensive MVP and Iowa defensive lineman A.J. Epenesa the Defensive MVP. The 2018 game was the second year and Washington cornerbackKyler Gordonand Stanford quarterback signeeTanner McKeewere named Co-MVP’s. The 2019 game saw linebackerDaniel Heimuliand receiverPuka Nacua, both now at Washington, earn co-MVP honors. The 2020 game saw BYU signeeSol-Jay Maiavaand Washington preferred walk-onMeki Peiwin co-MVP.

The fifth Polynesian Bowl is set for January 23, 2021 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, with nearly 40 players already selected to the 2021 game.

For a look at the 2021 Polynesian Bowl roster,go here.

Fantasy football insights with Watson for Week 5

For those who are looking for a tool to concentrate various web opinions into one location in order to help make roster moves, IBM offers Watson’s …
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  • Andre SnellingsESPN

For those who are looking for a tool to concentrate various web opinions into one location in order to help make roster moves, IBM offers Watson’s Insights as an unsupervised, quantitative supplement to the more in-depth, personalized analysis that you would normally expect from an ESPN analyst.

IBM Insights uses Watson AI to analyze thousands of fantasy articles, blogs, websites and podcasts and provide support data to assist with fantasy football decisions. Watson outputs an estimated scoring range for each player, as well as projecting the chances that a player will exceed the upside estimate (e.g. “boom”) or fall short of the low end estimate (e.g. “bust”) on any given week.

The following article points out a few notable insights from Watson for Week 5 of the 2019 NFL season, as of early Friday afternoon.


Wide receiver decisions

While wide receivers can provide some of the best fantasy value in a given week, it can be difficult to decide beforehand which receivers to start. Because most of the 32 teams in the NFL regularly run three wide receiver sets, there are a plethora of options available each week with the potential to score even during bye weeks.

IBM Insights provides information that can help make these decisions easier. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the wide receivers that IBM Insights projects with the best value for this week.

Projections higher than rank

James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens

  • Weekly rank 178, 58th among eligible WRs

  • High projection: 30.2 fantasy points

  • Low projection: 4.0 fantasy points

  • Boom chance: 0.23

  • Bust chance: 0.20

Watson tabbed Washington with the highest weekly high score among wide receivers this week, which has to be largely attributed to lead wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster battling a toe injury that has yet to let him practice this week. The Steelers are also facing a Ravens defense that ranks 23rd in the NFL, allowing the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

Watson’s Insight: Insight tabs Washington as a high-risk, high-reward prospect with the potential to produce WR1 numbers this week.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys

  • Weekly rank 115, 41st among eligible WRs

  • High projection: 22.0 fantasy points

  • Low projection: 8.5 fantasy points

  • Boom chance: 0.27

  • Bust chance: 0.20

Valdes-Scantling has already been productive in his own right, but he also has additional upside based upon lead wideout Davante Adams‘ injury that has kept him out of practice this week. Valdes-Scantling has a prime-time matchup with Aaron Rodgers at the helm, and has the potential to put a big number on the board even against a strong Cowboys defense.

Watson’s Insight: Valdes-Scantling is a high-floor, high-ceiling prospect in a matchup where he may be Rodgers’ lead receiver.

Most likely to go boom/least likely to bust

Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Weekly rank 85, 32nd among WRs

  • High projection: 18.3 fantasy points

  • Low projection: 8.3 fantasy points

  • Boom chance: 0.26

  • Bust chance: 0.08

Brown has seen his production dip in the past two weeks after his scorching start to the season, but Insights tabs him as a potential bounce-back candidate with big upside this week. The Steelers’ defense shut down the Bengals on Monday night, but that was primarily through pressuring quarterback Andy Dalton. Lamar Jackson‘s scrambling ability should afford him more time to make throws downfield against this defense, which opens up the possibility for Brown to boom.

Watson’s Insight: Brown always has the ability to go the distance, and Insights tabs him as a good chance to boom in his matchup with the Steelers.

Ted Ginn Jr., New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Weekly rank 237, 72nd among WRs

  • High projection: 25.2 fantasy points

  • Low projection: 4.2 fantasy points

  • Boom chance: 0.27

  • Bust chance: 0.14

The story here is that both Ginn and teammate Tre’Quan Smith (ranked 283rd, 84th among WRs) both projected with high potential scores and better odds given to boom than to bust. It appears that the Watson has identified this week’s matchup with the Buccaneers as a good opportunity for the Saints’ wideouts to go big, including both the second and third receivers on the team.

Watson’s Insight: Neither Ginn nor Smith ranks highly overall and should be found on the free-agent wire in most leagues, but Watson pegs both of them as potential fantasy starters this week in what could be a high-scoring matchup against the Buccaneers.

Insights provided by IBM Watson in partnership with ESPN

Jameis Winston Settles Sexual Assault Lawsuit With Uber Driver

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has reached a settlement in the lawsuit filed by a woman identified as “Kate P.,” an Uber driver who …

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has reached a settlement in the lawsuit filed by a woman identified as “Kate P.,” an Uber driver who accused Winston of groping her during a ride in March 2016, according to a notice of settlement filed in Arizona court on Monday.

This is the second sexual assault-related lawsuit that Winston has settled within the last few years, after he and Erica Kinsman settled her sexual battery suit against Winston and his defamation lawsuit against Kinsman in 2016. In the just-settled lawsuit, Kate P. said that, after she picked him up for an Uber ride, Winston “placed his fingers between her legs and pressed them firmly against her vagina over her yoga pants” while they were waiting for food at a drive-through. Winston has denied the allegations, but apologized to the driver in July for “the position he put her in,” while calling the incident “a learning experience.”

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Winston was suspended for the first three games of this season after the NFL concluded that he “violated the Personal Conduct Policy by touching the driver in an inappropriate and sexual manner without her consent.” He’s been on and off the bench since then, but played the entirety of the Bucs’ 27-9 win over the 49ers on Sunday. He’ll become a free agent after the 2019 season.

Details of the settlement have not been disclosed. According to the notice filed in court, both sides “are in the process of finalizing a settlement agreement but need approximately 10 days to complete this process.”

Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston, Arizona Uber driver settle in groping lawsuit

FILE – This Aug. 30, 2018 file photo, shows Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston before an NFL preseason football game against the …

FILE – This Aug. 30, 2018 file photo, shows Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston before an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio, File)

PHOENIX — Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston and the Uber driver who accused him of groping her after she picked him up in Scottsdale two years ago have reached an agreement in the lawsuit related to the incident.

The details of the agreement between Winston and the driver, identified only as “Kate P.,” were not revealed in documents filed in U.S. District Court of Arizona on Tuesday. It will take approximately 10 days for the parties to finalize the settlement agreement.

Kate P. filed a civil lawsuit against Winston in September for the alleged sexual assault.

No dollar amount was requested, but the court would only have jurisdiction over the case in the event it was for more than $75,000. The suit sought damages for emotional pain and suffering as well as punitive damages.

Kate P. claimed that Winston grabbed her crotch after she picked him up in Old Town Scottsdale in March 2016.

After investigating the incident, the NFL suspended Winston for the first three games of this season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy by touching the woman inappropriately.

Winston initially denied the accusations, but he issued an apology after his suspension was announced.

“First and foremost, I would like to say I’m sorry to the Uber driver for the position I put you in. It is uncharacteristic of me and I genuinely apologize,” he said in a statement.

“I apologize to my teammates, the Buccaneers organization and fans for letting them down and for not being able to be out there for the first three games of the season.”

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Uber Driver Sues Jameis Winston Over Alleged Groping

Law360 (September 19, 2018, 4:54 PM EDT) — A female Uber driver whose accusation of groping led to Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis …

By Rick Archer

Law360 (September 19, 2018, 4:54 PM EDT) — A female Uber driver whose accusation of groping led to Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston’s three-game suspension filed a lawsuit in Arizona federal court Tuesday against the NFL player.

The driver, identified in the complaint as “Kate P.,” said in her complaint she was bringing the suit over the alleged March 2016 assault to try to ensure Winston faced consequences for his conduct.

“Defendant has a history of sexually hostile behavior and appears to be no closer to understanding the impact of his conduct,” she…