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The Cardinals’ run defense shut down Gurley in the first half, holding him to just two yards on four carries. Then the second half happened. On St. Louis’ second possession of the third quarter, Gurley ripped off runs of 23 and 12 yards. Two more totes got the Rams down to the Cardinals’ 18-yard line. On a 3rd-and-5, quarterback Nick Foles hit Stedman Bailey on an 18-yard touchdown pass to extend the Rams’ lead to 17-9.Gurley was just getting started. He reeled off a 52-yard jaunt early in the fourth quarter that set up a Foles-to-Tavon Austin touchdown strike and a 24-15 lead with 8:16 to go. The Cardinals would get into Rams’ territory with a chance to take the lead late in the fourth quarter, but a drive ended on downs at the St. Louis 43-yard-line. Arizona had all three of their timeouts, but Gurley made that a moot point by ripping off runs of 20 and 30 to seal the win.Gurley could have scored on the 30-yarder, but instead slowed down and stayed in bounds to kill the clock and any remaining Arizona hope.“I was just being a smart player and made the right decision,” he said. “I didn’t want to go out of bounds and hold onto the ball. I could have easily scored, but no, I was just trying to get the win.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Pretty heady stuff for a player who was seeing extended action for the first time and sat out most of his junior year at Georgia with a knee injury. Foles lauded his young teammate for his smarts.“That was a veteran move right there, especially it being possibly his first NFL touchdown on a run like that in a situation like that,” he said. “It shows you that he is a team guy first and that is what you want. “I was proud of him today for coming out and playing the way he did.”St. Louis head coach Jeff Fisher felt the same way.“It’s totally unselfish,” Fisher stated. “Beyond that, for a rookie to have the presence of mind to do that, it says a lot for his understanding of this game and putting games away. Three times he had carries where he stayed inbounds and on two of them, he went down.”Arizona came into the game yielding an average of just 88 yards rushing through the season’s first three weeks. Gurley piled up 106 yards in the fourth quarter alone. The Cardinals were impressed, but pinned a lot of the rookie’s success on their own failings.“He’s a great player, a physical player, but we need to get in our gaps,” safety Deone Bucannon said. “Honestly that’s all it is. Every back is a big, physical back, it’s just about being mentally sound and understanding where we need to be.” Safety Rashad Johnson echoed those sentiments.“A lot of it was self-inflicted. The plays that they made were assignment issues that we had,” he said. “In the run game, in the second half — we’d done a great job in the first half. In the second half, it seemed like we were trying to make big plays instead of just doing our jobs up front.“For myself, I have a high standard, so it was just a lack of focus in the second half.” – / 27 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. — Rookie running back Todd Gurley’s NFL debut didn’t go as well as he would have hoped last week.The first-round pick out of Georgia ran for just nine yards on six carries in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.What a difference a week can make.Gurley rumbled for 146 yards on 19 carries, including some big back-breaking runs in the later stages of the St. Louis Rams’ 24-22 win over the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) eludes the reach of Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley (56) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Is there software in the burgeoning legal marijuana industry? Just a dab. With four states offering legal marijuana, and more than 20 with medical or decriminalized cannabis laws, the business of selling the plant and its derivatives is growing every year.Naturally, software developers, vendors and startups alike are all looking to cash in on the boom. Silicon Valley, itself located in a state with legalized medical marijuana, has even produced a few pot startups.Leafly, for example, offers an index of pot shops, crowdsourced information on the powers and effects of various strains, and coverage of the industry as a whole, no different than a wine blog or beer magazine.(Related: Open-source contributor wants to bring healthcare to the masses)Renowned startup incubator Y Combinator has even funded Meadow, a medical marijuana home delivery company. (Y Combinator is the incubator at which companies like Airbnb, Cloudkick and Dropbox were fostered.)And a company called Flowhub, which provides cannabis companies with a “seed-to-sale” tracking platform, is developing APIs in the hopes of sharing knowledge within the marijuana industry.While legally growing and selling pot is new, the software of tracking it isn’t. BioTrackTHC is no glittering California startup. Rather, it’s a serious software firm located in Florida that was originally created to offer a tool for tracking pharmaceuticals.Florida was something of a capital for drugs like Fentanyl, Oxycodone, and Suboxone, all controlled substances and commonly prescribed to senior citizens in pain who’ve made Florida their home. Patrick Vo, CEO and cofounder of BioTrackTHC, said that this original purpose was definitely needed, but quickly changed due to feedback.“The company set out to develop software to combat drug diversion,” he said. “Florida, years ago, was considered the pill mill capital of the country. Controlled meds were being diverted from their intended medical uses to non-medical purposes. We were demonstrating the software, and a number of medical cannabis dispensary owners asked for us to pivot the software to cannabis.” The pivot came in 2009, and since then, the company has launched two cannabis products: one for producers, and one for governments looking to track the sales and production of the industry in their states and local municipalities.BioTrackTHC now runs marijuana tracking for Washington state, for example, and is able to easily digest the harvesting and transporting information from firms that use the software for their growing and sales operations.Vo said that marijuana is different from other grown products like flowers or corn, simply because it is so valuable. Ever a half-gram must be tracked from harvesting to processing to transportation, and keeping that info together and transparently accessible is what BioTrackTHC is all about.David Terrell, BioTrackTHC’s CTO, is about as far from a pothead as you can get. This elder statesman of software development cut his teeth at NASA working on the space shuttle program in the 1980s.He eventually moved on to the defense industry, where he worked for Lockheed Martin, developing the software for black boxes, and he also did a stint at Siemens. He said the BioTrackTHC team is agile, and that despite dealing with slow-moving government contracts, he’s kept things apace.“Dealing with the government and any process, regardless of if there’s government oversight or not, you still want to have a process in place,” said Terrell. “At the tail end you want to have a feedback loop where you’re able to correct your processes. We’re able to use an agile process and have sprints within development, keeping those between two to four weeks.”Agile is an important part of their process, said Terrell. “Waterfall does not lend itself to what we’re trying to accomplish. We’re trying to have developers done in time enough to have end users determine whether it works or not,” he said,Terrell’s tool chain is similar to that in any vendor or enterprise, he said. “One tool that lends itself to agile is JIRA. It allows us to have a system in place so we can plan our sprints and track our requirements. We use C and C++, and things of that nature.”All that process and attention to the requirements surely helped to win the state of Washington contract. Said Vo, “We came out as the winner mainly because of the expertise we had accumulated in the industry and the specialization of the platform. We deployed that to Washington, and it has been up and running for over two years. We track a vast amount of data for the state. A few months ago, we tracked over two million plants and over 200,000 events, from harvests, to transportation, to anything the state could need to have full visibility.”It’s good to see someone keeping a clear eye on the pot industry.
As Marvel Studios continues its countdown to the global premiere of Avengers: Endgame, the studio has released two posters that put our heroes on display for the second round against the Mad Titan Thanos. The first poster, which comes from artist Rich Davies, features the six original Avengers members Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Iron Man, and Hawkeye. Further, the poster also seems to focus on their weapons of choice, which they will likely use to battle Thanos next week. An HD version of the poster can be seen below. The second foreboding poster is courtesy of Tracie Ching and has a darker aesthetic to it. The poster focuses on the 12 Avengers who will be tasked with undoing Thanos’ snap. Check out this poster inspired by Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame from artist @TracieChing pic.twitter.com/C9scbgZV6b&mdash Marvel Studios @MarvelStudios April 17, 2019 Endgame is expected to serve as an ending to the original six Avengers’ character arcs, while paving the way for the next generation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Finally, the film arrives April 26. Source: CBR