Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins, October 20, 2019 at New Era Field. Photo by Bill Wippert/BuffaloBills.com.BUFFALO — Josh Allen has hardly spent this coronavirus pandemic-altered offseason in self-isolation.The Buffalo Bills quarterback, instead, kept himself busy in seeking advice from Peyton Manning and Brett Favre on Zoom calls, to gathering his teammates together for workouts on both coasts.It’s all been done with an intent to continue developing into a team leader entering his third season, and smooth the inconsistencies that have hampered Allen and the offense’s production.What fuels Allen is the still stinging memory of his up-then-down performance in a 22-19 overtime loss to Houston in an AFC wild-card playoff, in which the Bills squandered a 16-0 third-quarter lead. “I was talking about it last night, so I’m definitely not over it,” Allen during a Zoom conference call with Buffalo-area reporters Thursday.He was efficient in the first half by going 13 of 20 for 131 yards and catching a touchdown pass, before unraveling in going 11 of 26 for 133 yards and a lost fumble the rest of the way.“I know that we had opportunities to win that game,” he said. “That’s something that continues to drive me in knowing I could’ve played better and I could’ve done more, and I could’ve eliminated a mistake here or there that could’ve been super easy to eliminate and given us a better chance to win that game.”It was a performance which encapsulated the best and worst of Allen, the Bills 2018 first-round pick, who has yet to shed his pre-draft reputation of being a strong-armed, but raw product with accuracy issues.“I’ve got personal goals set out for myself,” Allen said, noting his 11-0 career record when completing 60% or more of passes in games he starts and finishes.“So I think that’s the goal every game to at least hit 60%,” he said. “I’m not going to try to force things and I’m not going to be Captain Checkdown either.”The test for Allen this offseason has been finding ways to improve without the benefit of on-field practices, with the pandemic wiping out the NFL’s entire spring schedule.He began by seeking advice from former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, whom he met at the Super Bowl. It continued with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll inviting Favre — Allen’s childhood idol — and Manning to provide tips during the Bills’ virtual quarterbacks meetings.Allen then took it upon himself to organize a workout with Bills offensive rookie draft picks in California in early May, followed by bringing together 19 offensive players for workouts in Miami a few weeks later.Allen’s take-charge approach drew praise from Daboll and coach Sean McDermott.“He’s our quarterback, but you can’t force leadership. You can improve it, you can learn about it. You can grow from it,” Daboll said. “But Josh has innate leadership qualities that guys gravitate toward, and he understands his role on the team.”Added McDermott: “It’s a critical step that he took it upon himself and his own initiative to put this together.”The Miami workouts were particularly important because they marked the first time Allen was able practice throws with receiver Stefon Diggs, the dynamic threat acquired in a trade with Minnesota in March.“It was very, very awesome to see just the amount of detail he puts into his craft, how communicative he was, how willing he was to learn,” Allen said of Diggs, noting they first got to know each other from afar by playing video games. “He’s such an explosive player and a great player, and he’s going to add a lot to our offense.”Scoring more points was general manager Brandon Beane’s objective behind acquiring Diggs, who joins a well-established group of receivers rounded out by John Brown and Cole Beasley. Despite a 10-6 finish, the Bills scored 21 or more points just six times and ranked 23rd in the NFL in scoring and 24th in yards offense.Allen made significant strides from his rookie season by showing poise and patience in the pocket, rather than sprinting off at the first sign of pressure. He did benefit from playing in front of a sturdier and rebuilt line, which featured four newcomers, including center Mitch Morse.Allen doubled his touchdowns passing total to 20 and threw only nine interceptions (down from 12 the previous year). Though he enjoyed a six-point jump in completing 58.8% of his passes, Allen still ranked last among NFL starters.Allen particularly credited Romo for providing tips that have improved his throwing motion, which he saw pay off during the Miami workouts.“I felt like it’s the best I’ve ever thrown,” Allen said, noting the next step is reproducing that motion once the Bills can begin practicing. “I feel good where I’m at right now.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
All Spaniards on Saturday were allowed to go for walks or play sport after 48 days of home confinement to combat the coronavirus in one of the worst-hit countries.Spain’s nearly 47 million people have since March 14 lived under one of the strictest virus lockdowns in the world, with adults authorised to leave home only to buy food, medicine or walk the dog. The lockdown was prolonged late last month until May 9 but Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Tuesday unveiled a plan to gradually begin easing the restrictions in four phases that should be completed by the end of June. ‘A child on Christmas Eve’ Despite the easing of the lockdown, many restrictions remained. In towns of more than 5,000 inhabitants, children and the elderly cannot leave home at the same times.The time slots of 10am to midday and 7pm until 8pm are reserved for people over 70 and those they need to accompany them.From 6am to 10am and from 8pm to 11 pm, adolescents of over 14 and adults can leave to go for walks of less than one kilometre (about half a mile)from their homes, but only two at a time from the same household.Near Madrid’s central Retiro Park, which remains closed, many residents were out jogging, some in groups.A policeman used a loudhailer to urge people to jog only on the sidewalks and not on the road.Marcos Abeytua, a 42-year-old financial advisor who lives in the normally bustling district of Chueca, said he got up at 7am to go for a run, something he would not normally do on a Saturday morning as would likely still be recovering from a late Friday night out.”After so many weeks in confinement, I badly wanted to go out, run, see the world,” he said. “Yesterday, I was like a child on Christmas Eve.”Afternoons are reserved for children under 14, who can leave home accompanied by an adult betweem midday and 7pm.Topics : As part of that, children under 14 were last week allowed to step outside for walks. And the restrictions were further eased on Saturday.”I am going out for the first time for a short walk,” said 87-year-old Amalia Garcia Manso as she wandered down Madrid’s Calle Mayor, wearing a facemask and gloves and supported by a cane and the arm of her daughter.”This hurts, it’s hard for me to see that all of Madrid is closed”, she said, on one of the city’s main shopping streets.With over 215,000 cases and almost 25,000 deaths, Spain is one of the worst-hit countries in the world.
For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com February 20, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBryant (13-14, 5-9) vs. St. Francis (NY) (12-14, 6-8)Peter Aquilone Court, Brooklyn Heights, New York; Friday, 7:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: St. Francis (NY) seeks revenge on Bryant after dropping the first matchup in Smithfield. The teams last met on Feb. 6, when the Bulldogs outshot St. Francis (NY) from the field 46.9 percent to 33.3 percent and hit 17 more foul shots en route to a 73-60 victory. St. Francis seeks revenge on Bryant VARYING EXPERIENCE: St. Francis (NY) has been fueled by senior leadership while Bryant has relied on freshmen this year. Seniors Unique McLean, Chauncey Hawkins, Deniz Celen and Rob Higgins have collectively accounted for 69 percent of St. Francis (NY)’s scoring this season. On the other bench, freshmen .ACCURATE ADAM: Adam Grant has connected on 35.3 percent of the 232 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 4 of 16 over his last three games. He’s also converted 67.4 percent of his foul shots this season.SIGNIFICANCE OF 63: St. Francis (NY) is 0-9 when its offense scores 63 points or fewer. Bryant is a perfect 10-0 when it holds opponents to 63 or fewer points.COLD SPELL: Bryant has lost its last seven road games, scoring 66.6 points, while allowing 75.9 per game.DID YOU KNOW: Bryant as a team has made 8.5 3-pointers per game this season, which is second-most among NEC teams.___