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NBA COVID tracker: Mavericks’ Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks’ Julius Randle in health and safety protocols



With the omicron variant running rampant, NBA rosters are in flux. Among the many players in the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols are New York Knicks forward Julius Randle, Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns and Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis. In related news, since Dec. 26, tighter protocols — stricter mask requirements, increased testing — have been in effect. These rules will be in place until Jan. 8. 

Another change: Some players can now clear health and safety protocols and return to play as soon as five days after testing positive, provided that they are asymptomatic, vaccinated and likely not contagious (i.e. their cycle threshold is above 30).

Between the tweaked return-to-play policy and the new rule mandating teams to use hardship exceptions when multiple players are in protocols, the NBA is aiming to avoid postponing games. Despite this, the scheduled game between the Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets on Dec. 30 was postponed because Denver did not have the required eight players. 


There have been 11 postponements this season:

  • Golden State Warriors at Denver Nuggets (Dec. 30)
  • Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs (Dec. 29)
  • Brooklyn Nets at Portland Trail Blazers (Dec. 23)
  • Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls (Dec. 22)
  • Washington Wizards at Brooklyn Nets (Dec. 21)
  • Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors (Dec. 20)
  • New Orleans Pelicans at Philadelphia 76ers (Dec. 19)
  • Denver Nuggets at Brooklyn Nets (Dec. 19)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks (Dec. 19)
  • Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors (Dec. 16)
  • Detroit Pistons at Chicago Bulls (Dec. 14)

Seven head coaches are in health and safety protocols: Nate McMillan (Atlanta Hawks), Tyronn Lue (Los Angeles Clippers), Doc Rivers (Philadelphia), Michael Malone (Denver), Mark Daigneault (Oklahoma City Thunder), Monty Williams (Phoenix Suns) and Billy Donovan (Chicago).

Four more coaches — Chauncey Billups (Portland Trail Blazers), Rick Carlisle (Indiana Pacers), Alvin Gentry (Sacramento Kings) and Frank Vogel (Los Angeles Lakers) — entered protocols in December and have since cleared.  


The Raptors played two December home games at 50% capacity and, as of Dec. 31, can allow no more than 1,000 people to enter Scotiabank Arena, per a provincial mandateThe team expects the limit to be in place for the next three weeks, and, as such, are playing in a virtually empty arena.

Below is a regularly updated, team-by-team list of players in health and safety protocols, along with the date (or, in some cases, the approximate date) they entered:

Players in health and safety protocols

Atlanta Hawks

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (Dec. 28)
  • Gorgui Dieng (Dec. 28)
  • Malik Ellison (Dec. 28)
  • Jalen Johnson (Dec. 26)
  • John Collins (Dec. 26)

Boston Celtics

  • Enes Kanter Freedom (Dec. 23)

Charlotte Hornets

  • Vernon Carey Jr. (Jan. 1)
  • Scottie Lewis (Dec. 27)
  • PJ Washington (Dec. 26)

Chicago Bulls

  • Marko Simonovic (Dec. 29)

Cleveland Cavaliers

Dallas Mavericks

  • Kristaps Porzingis (Jan. 3)
  • Isaiah Thomas (Dec. 30)
  • Boban Marjanovic (Dec. 29)
  • JaQuori McLaughlin (Dec. 23)
  • Trey Burke (Dec. 22)

Denver Nuggets

  • Monte Morris (Dec. 31)
  • Jeff Green (Dec. 30)
  • Bones Hyland (Dec. 30)
  • Zeke Nnaji (Dec. 30)

Detroit Pistons

  • Cory Joseph (Dec. 26)
  • Isaiah Stewart (Dec. 23)

Houston Rockets

  • Armoni Brooks (Jan. 2)
  • DeJon Jarreau (Dec. 30)

Indiana Pacers

  • Goga Bitadze (Jan. 2)
  • Caris LeVert (Jan. 2)
  • T.J. Warren (Jan. 2)
  • Kelan Martin (Dec. 31)
  • Malcolm Brogdon (Dec. 30)
  • Chris Duarte (Dec. 30)
  • Isaiah Jackson (Dec. 30)
  • Jeremy Lamb (Dec. 29)

Los Angeles Clippers

  • Luke Kennard (Jan. 1)
  • Ivica Zubac (Dec. 30)
  • Brandon Boston Jr. (Dec. 29)

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Kyle Anderson (Jan. 2)
  • Shaq Buchanan (Dec. 31)
  • Xavier Tillman (Dec. 30)
  • John Konchar (Dec. 28)
  • Dillon Brooks (Dec. 26)
  • De’Anthony Melton (Dec. 26)

Miami Heat

  • Marcus Garrett (Dec. 30)
  • Duncan Robinson (Dec. 30)
  • Max Strus (Dec. 29)
  • P.J. Tucker (Dec. 29)
  • Gabe Vincent (Dec. 29)
  • Udonis Haslem (Dec. 28)

Milwaukee Bucks

  • Thanasis Antetokounmpo (Jan. 1)
  • Semi Ojeleye (Dec. 30)

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • D’Angelo Russell (Dec. 25)
  • Karl-Anthony Towns (Dec. 23)

New Orleans Pelicans

  • Tomas Satoransky (Jan. 2)

New York Knicks

  • Mitchell Robinson (Jan. 1)
  • Julius Randle (Dec. 30)
  • Wayne Selden (Dec. 28)
  • Jericho Sims (Dec. 25)
  • Nerlens Noel (Dec. 22)

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Tre Mann (Dec. 27)
  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Dec. 27)
  • Darius Bazley (Dec. 26)

Orlando Magic

  • Markelle Fultz (Jan. 1)
  • Robin Lopez (Dec. 30)

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Jaden Springer (Jan. 2)
  • Myles Powell (Dec. 30)

Phoenix Suns

  • JaVale McGee (Dec. 30)
  • Abdel Nader (Dec. 29)
  • Deandre Ayton (Dec. 27)
  • Jae Crowder (Dec. 26)

Portland Trail Blazers

  • Cameron McGriff (Jan. 2)
  • Brandon Williams (Dec. 30)

Sacramento Kings

San Antonio Spurs

  • Doug McDermott (Jan. 1)
  • Lonnie Walker (Jan. 1)
  • Devontae Cacok (Dec. 29)

Washington Wizards

  • Tremont Waters (Jan. 3)
  • Anthony Gill (Jan. 2)
  • Brad Wanamaker (Dec. 31)
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (Dec. 30)
  • Rui Hachimura (Dec. 28)
  • Montrezl Harrell (Dec. 28)
  • Thomas Bryant (Dec. 27)
  • Aaron Holiday (Dec. 27)
  • Raul Neto (Dec. 26)

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National Bank Open: Andreescu and a flurry of Canadians get started in Day 2



After an eventful opening day at the National Bank Open — Leylah Fernandez won her opener in three sets, the incomparable Serena Williams won for the first time in a year, and Denis Shapovalov’s match was suspended due to rain —  the action continues on Day 2. 

Here’s a look at the most compelling matches in store on Tuesday for the women in Toronto and the men in Montreal.

Women’s headliner


Bianca Andreescu (Canada) vs. No. 11 Daria Kasatkina (Russia), not before 7 pm ET (all times listed are local ET).

Andreescu won this tournament three years ago before going on to win the 2019 US Open during an absolute crackerjack of a breakout year. She’ll get her 2022 tournament going against a tough opponent in Kasatkina, the world No. 9, to open the evening draw in Toronto.

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The 22-year-old Andreescu, from nearby Mississauga, Ont., battled through back pain last week in a first-round loss to American Shelby Rogers, but she told Sportsnet’s Carly Agro that she’s feeling 100 per cent and ready to go this week.


Andreescu was ranked as high as No. 4 in the world, and she’s now No. 53 and in the midst of a comeback. A lengthy layoff in 2020 and 2021 saw her recover from a knee injury, a bout of COVID and then opt to take a mental break from the sport.

Toronto is special to Andreescu, who grew up playing on these courts and is an absolute fan favourite.

Men’s headliner

Denis Shapovalov (Canada) vs. Alex de Minaur (Australia), third in the early draw.

The action in Montreal kicks off at 11 a.m., and the third match of the day will see Shapovalov and de Minaur return to centre court after rain forced the suspension of their match on Day 1. This one is awfully close between the world’s No. 22-ranked Shapovalov and de Minaur, who’s ranked No. 21.


Shapovalov is down a set and tied at 6-6 in the second.

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Other highlights

Rebecca Marino (Canada) vs. Qinwen Zheng (China), 11 am ET.

Marino, a Toronto native, is coming off a quarter-final finish at the Citi Open last week, where she beat Venus Williams and moved inside the world’s Top 100 ranking. She’ll open Day 2 action in Toronto on centre court.

Another couple of Canadians in action you won’t want to miss: The Fernandez sisters, Bianca and Leylah, are playing doubles on Court 1 in the morning draw (they’re third up in the draw that gets going at 11 a.m.), against Kirsten Flipkens and Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Emma Raducanu (Great Britain) vs. Camila Giorgi (Italy), second match of the day


Just after Marino wraps up her opener, another Toronto-born player will take to centre court. Raducanu, the reigning US Open champion who spent the first two years of her life in Canada, is making her debut at the National Bank Open. No doubt many Canadian tennis fans are familiar with the 19-year-old, who beat Fernandez in the all-teenager US Open final last year.

Vasek Pospisil (Canada) vs. Tommy Paul (America), 11 a.m. ET.

Pospisil is a wild card here, and this marks the 14th time we’ll see the B.C.-born veteran at this tournament. He’s in tough against Paul, who’s ranked 34th in the world. Pospisil is 147th, but he’ll no doubt have the crowd on his side. 

Andy Murray (Great Britain) vs. Taylor Fritz (America), not before 6:30 p.m. ET.

Murray, the former world No. 1, is a three-time National Bank Open champion. The veteran will face a rising star in Fritz, the 25-year-old who cracked his first major quarter-final at Wimbledon, and won his first Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells back in March.


Full women’s schedule in Toronto

Centre court, starting at 11 a.m.:
Rebecca Marino (Canada) vs. Qinwen Zheng
Camila Giorgi vs. Emma Raducanu
Kaia Kanepi vs. Naomi Osaka

Not before 7 p.m.:
Daria Kasatkina vs. Bianca Andreescu (Canada)
Maria Sakkari vs. Sloane Stephens

Grandstand, starting at 11 a.m.:
Madison Brengle vs. Coco Gauff
Veronika Kudermatova vs. Ajla Tomljanovic
Amanda Anisimova vs. Carol Zhau (Canada)


Not before 5 p.m.:
Belinda Bencic vs. Tereza Martincova

Court 1, starting at 11 a.m.:
Sara Sorribes Tormo vs. Claire Liu
Shuai Zhang vs. Cristina Bucsa
Kirsten Flipkens and Sara Sorribes Tormo vs. Bianca Fernandez (Canada) and Leylah Fernandez (Canada)
Marie Bouzkova and Laura Siegemund vs. Nadiia Kichenok and Tereza Mihalikova

Court 4, starting at 11 a.m.:
Anna Bondar vs. Elise Mertens
Beatriz Haddad Maia and Barbora Krejcikova vs. Kaitlyn Christian and Oksana Kalashnikova
Madison Keys and Sania Mirza vs. Alize Cornet and Jil Teichmann
Alicja Rosolska and Erin Routliffe vs. Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Ellen Perez

Court 3, starting at 11 a.m.:
Eri Hozumi and Makoto Nimomiya vs. Vivian Heisen and Monica Niculescu
Ulrikke Eikeri and Catherine Harrison vs. Lyudmyla Kichenok and Jelena Ostapenko
Asia Muhammad and Ena Shibahara vs. Kayla Cross (Canadian) and Victoria Mboko (Canada)
Anna Bondar and Kimberley Zimmermann vs. Sofia Kenin and Yulia Putintseva

Full men’s schedule in Montreal


Centre Court, starting at 11 a.m.:
Vasek Pospisil (Canada) vs. Tommy Paul
Alexis Galarneau (Canada) vs. Grigor Dimitrov
Alex de Minaur vs. Denis Shaovalov (Canada)
Sebastian Baez vs. Nick Kyrgios

Not before 6:30 p.m.:
Andy Murray vs. Taylor Fritz
Emil Ruusuvuori vs. Hubert Hurkacz

Court Rogers, starting at 11 a.m.:
Pablo Carreno Busta vs. Matteo Berrettini
Gael Monfils vs. Pedro Martinez
Robert Bautista Agut vs. Marcos Giron
Cameron Norrie vs. Brandon Nakashima

Not before 6:30 p.m.:
Diego Schwartzman vs. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies vs. Lukasz Kubot and Stan Wawrinka

Court 9, starting at 11 a.m.:
Marin Cilic vs. Borna Coric
Adrian Mannarino vs. Arthur Rinderknech
Jack Draper vs. Hugo Gaston
Frances Tiafoe vs. Benjamin Bonzi
Miomir vs. Botic van de Zandschulp
Karen Khachanov and Denis Shapovalov (Canada) vs. Rohan Bopanna and Matwe Middelkoop


Court 5, starting at 11 a.m.:
Asian Karatsev vs. Maxime Cressy
Filip Krajinovic vs. Daniel Evans
Fabio Fognini vs. Holger Rune
Benoit Paire vs. Yoshito Nishioka
David Goffin vs. Albert Ramos-Vinolas
Grigor Dimitrov and Andrey Rublev vs. Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell

Sportsnet coverage gets underway at 11 a.m.

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How Do People Afford To Live In NYC? (10 Ways)




New York City is one of the most famous cities in the United States.


It’s often featured in movies, books, and even comic books.

It’s also one of the most populous cities with an estimated population of 18,867,000.

Considering that the cost of living in NYC is $5,142 for a family of four without rent and $1,395 for a single person without rent, then you may wonder how people afford to live there.

Here are 10 ways that people manage to afford to live in NYC.



How Do People Afford To Live In NYC? (10 Ways)


1. Secondary Jobs

Cheerful bartender decorating cocktail at wooden counter


Some people might find that living in New York City takes too much from their income.

They might not have enough money for groceries or to put away for the future.

To help cover some of their bills, some people in NYC have secondary jobs.


One good thing about a city as large as New York City is that there are always job openings.

People looking to start their own businesses always need employees to make their dreams happen.

National chains also often make New York City one of their go-to places to open stores.

Because of the large population, businesses are naturally drawn there.

Since there are typically many jobs available, it means that residents can take on a second job if needed.


They might choose to work another full-time job, a part-time job, or even take on a side hustle.

The extra income can help them pay the remainder of their bills, ensure the rent or mortgage gets paid, and can even allow them to put aside a little nest egg.

For some people, a second job might still not be enough to cover their expenses.

A few might choose to take on a third job and work each job part-time.

By spending time working a second or third job, some New Yorkers can afford to live in the expensive city.



2. Public Transport

New York taxi


Owning a car can be expensive in New York City.

Unless you live just outside of the city, chances are you probably have to pay to park your car somewhere.

While some apartments and condos offer free parking, it isn’t really free.


The fee to park is usually built into the rental price that you pay each month.

Those who own a home might have a driveway, but in many cases, they must park on the street as well.

There are also other fees and payments associated with owning a car.

For one, you need to pay for insurance and fuel, and if you don’t own the car outright, then you need to make monthly payments toward it, too.

Depending on the car you have, your monthly payments could be quite high.


Because of traffic congestion in the city, there’s also a good chance that you might find yourself in an accident.

That tacks on repair costs for your car.

Since owning a car is quite expensive, some New Yorkers choose not to own one.

The fact that they live in a large city means they have plenty of options for public transit.

Whether they get a bus pass or a subway pass, or even take a taxi, paying for those services tends to cost far less than owning a car.


Some New Yorkers will even choose to walk or bike when they need to go somewhere.

This further allows them to avoid the expensive fees associated with owning a car.

By not having those expenses to pay each month, they’re able to have a bit more money at the end of the month to use elsewhere.

Some New Yorkers are able to afford to live in NYC by using public transport instead of owning a car.



3. Roommates

Young female tourists staying in youth hostel


One of the best ways that New Yorkers can make living in NYC possible is by having roommates.

The average rent for an apartment in Manhattan is $4,265.

For one person, that might be an entire month’s income.

They’d have nothing left for utilities and other bills.


They might not even have enough to buy groceries.

The way that they get around the high cost of rent is to have roommates.

A few roommates may even squeeze into a small apartment to make it affordable.

After all, at least they’d have a place to stay.

By having four people in an apartment, you can split that rent four ways.


It makes the apartment a bit more affordable.

Even having one other roommate allows you to pay only half of what you would otherwise.

Depending on the size of the apartment, you might even be able to cram a few more people in to make it far more affordable.

With your apartment costs being more affordable, you then have a bit more money to use elsewhere.

You can pay your other bills easier and can afford to go out to eat.


You might even be able to put money to the side for a rainy day or start saving to buy a home.

Roommates could be friends, family members, or loved ones.

For example, you might have your partner move in a bit earlier than you would normally to help with the rent.

Family members, like a brother or sister, might move in to make living in NYC more affordable.

Some children may continue to live in their parents’ apartment even as adults to help with the rent.


Having roommates is one of the best ways that New Yorkers can make living in NYC more affordable.


4. Rent-Controlled Apartments

Beautiful cityscape of vintage colourful building


New York City has some apartments that are “rent-controlled” or “rent-stabilized.”

These are special housing opportunities that are mostly offered to lower-income families.


Rent-controlled apartments exist to ensure that landowners or apartment owners don’t raise rents needlessly.

While they’re allowed to raise rent every two years, there’s a limit to how high they can go.

According to the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019, there’s a Maximum Base Rent system that a board uses to determine how much a landlord can increase their rent.

Tenants are also able to argue against the rental increase.

In most cases, a landlord has to prove that the rent increase is due to an increase in operating costs.


If tenants can prove that the operating costs aren’t as high as the landlord claims or that there are no reasons behind the increase in operating costs, then the board can decide not to let the landlord increase the rent.

The landlord is also responsible for maintaining certain amenities or services.

If they’re unable to do so, then they’re not able to raise the rent.

Another great thing about these types of apartments is that tenants can inherit them from family members.

As long as the family member lived with the tenant for a certain number of years before their death, they can have the apartment and pay the same amount of rent that their family member was paying.


Those who have particularly low incomes can still afford to live in NYC because of these apartments.

Since the rents are usually quite low and tend to stay low, they’re able to move their money around a bit better.

Even if they make more money, the rent stays the same.

Rent-controlled apartments are one of the ways that people can afford to live in NYC.



5. Higher Salaries

Businessman counting dollar banknotes


Another reason why people can afford to live in NYC is that they generally make higher salaries than they would make in other cities or towns.

The average salary in NYC is about $69,000.

That’s about $33 an hour.

Not everyone makes this amount.


Some make less while others make more.

However, that’s the average salary for the city which means a good number of people in the city make that amount or close to it.

This makes living in the city more affordable because it shows that city employers are aware of the high cost of living.

It urges employers to pay more to ensure their employees can live in the city and continue working there.

Otherwise, they’d leave the city, and the employer would have no one to work for them or even to sell their products to.


Living in a city like NYC means a lot of people must budget.

Since salaries are a bit higher than in other parts of the country, some people get a bit of a break from the high cost of living.

However, that’s only the case if people know how to budget.

A savvy New Yorker can take their higher salary and live in one of the more affordable neighborhoods rather than one of the prime neighborhoods.

With a slightly lower cost of living, they’re able to use their salary more efficiently.


They can pay their bills, get food, and perhaps even start investing for the future.

They wouldn’t be able to do this as easily, if at all, if New York City didn’t have a high average salary.

New York City residents can afford to live in NYC because city-based jobs generally offer higher salaries.


6. Affordable Grocery Stores

Woman in a supermarket



Another big expense that people must deal with is grocery bills.

Everyone needs to eat, but how much you spend on your food can determine how much money you’re able to use for other parts of your budget.

New Yorkers who stick within a budget are still able to afford to live in NYC because they know where the affordable grocery stores are.

They know that prime neighborhoods like Manhattan are going to have more expensive grocery stores than other neighborhoods.

They also know that certain store brands tend to be more expensive than others.


Those looking for a deal are likely to go to more affordable neighborhoods where they can shop at stores like Costco, Walmart, and other inexpensive stores.

Some may even take it to the extreme and do their best to shop for things that are only on sale or that they have a coupon for.

This helps them reduce their grocery bills even further.

New York City has some of the most famous restaurants in the world.

They’re also some of the most expensive.


New Yorkers know that they can save a good amount of money by just buying food at a cheap grocery store and making it at home.

Not only does the food tend to last longer, but it’s usually a bit cheaper to make yourself.

By knowing where to shop and in what neighborhoods, New Yorkers can make their grocery bills more affordable.

Since groceries eat into your paycheck each week, keeping your grocery bill low can help you utilize what’s left of your paycheck for other things.

As such, New Yorkers can afford to live in New York City by shopping at affordable grocery stores in affordable neighborhoods.



7. Living Just Outside The City

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One of the best ways to make living in NYC more affordable is to live just outside of it.

There are tons of smaller cities or towns that surround NYC.

Many people end up commuting in and out of the city for work.


While this does mean that you need a car if public transit isn’t available, it also means you’re able to find more affordable housing.

Housing and rent always tend to cost more in a city than outside of it.

That’s because property taxes are higher in popular areas.

A downtown area is going to have high property taxes because a lot of people want to build there.

They want housing units for renters.


They want areas to open a business.

Landlords who own vacant or undeveloped lots can ask for high rent prices because they know they offer convenience.

They know that apartment complex owners want to build in their lot because the area is ideal.

It’s a particularly ideal location if it’s close to businesses, restaurants, and other amenities.

They know that businesses also want to build on their lot because the high amount of foot traffic in the city means that people are more likely to stop in and buy something.


Between property taxes and value, rent is high inside the city.

Rent and mortgages are cheaper outside of the city because those areas are a little less populated.

There’s more land that can be developed.

Since there’s more of a supply of land, they don’t have to sell it at prices higher than in the city.

Since the land is cheaper, housing is also cheaper.


This allows people to save a bit of money on their housing while costing them the convenience of living directly within the city.

However, living just outside of the city is how some New Yorkers can afford to live in NYC.


8. Stick To Affordable Or Free Events

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In New York City, there’s always something going on.


Whether it’s a movie shooting in the downtown area or a free event at the local museum, there’s always something happening.

Festivals are common and encourage people to get out and participate.

Some New Yorkers can afford to live in New York City because they focus on attending affordable or free events instead of paying a lot of money to attend something that comes with a high price tag.

For example, you could go to an expensive restaurant with a famous chef in the kitchen.

You could also go to a local food festival either for free or with a cheap ticket.


You can sample as much food as your budget allows while getting introduced to new and up-and-coming chefs in your area.

You can also experience dishes from different cultures instead of eating at a restaurant that only serves one type of cuisine.

The same goes for music.

You could pay for an expensive ticket to a concert.

Or you could attend a music festival which is usually cheap and offers several different acts throughout the day.


Living in NYC becomes affordable when you know how to spend your money economically.


9. Higher Minimum Wage

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While New York City is home to a lot of people who work on Wall Street, there are also a lot of workers who make minimum wage in the city.

You may wonder how they’re able to afford to live in New York City.


Part of the reason is because of New York City’s minimum wage.

The minimum wage in New York, as of 2022, is $15 an hour.

In Upstate New York, it’s $13.20 an hour.

This minimum wage is higher than in many other states.

While it still doesn’t help someone trying to live in an expensive neighborhood, it can allow someone to live on their own or with a roommate in a cheaper neighborhood.


For example, if they can get into a rent-stabilized or rent-controlled apartment, then their rent will be a bit lower than in other markets.

They can then watch their budget to ensure they don’t take on too many expenses.

The higher minimum wage also gives them a better chance of living in New York.

In most cases, if someone doesn’t have a roommate and they make minimum wage, then they’ll probably have to take on a second job, too.

However, because NYC pays a higher minimum wage than other places, it makes living in the city more affordable.



10. New York City Assistance Programs

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New York City officials know that it’s a tough city to live in.

They also know that there is a high cost of living in the city that people struggle to keep up with.

As such, they offer an abundance of different assistance programs to allow families a better chance of living in the city.


One of those is food assistance.

They partner with Food Bank to provide food for families who make less than a certain income.

They also have programs designed to make it easier to afford a house or an apartment.

These types of programs can help keep certain individuals and families from going into debt.

That, in turn, can help them make living in NYC more affordable.


People are able to live in NYC because of the various assistance programs that the city offers.



New York City is an expensive place to live.

While it is possible to live there on your own due to the higher minimum wage and potential high starting salaries for certain careers, a lot of New Yorkers rely on other methods to make ends meet.

The most common method is living with roommates to make paying the rent far more affordable.


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Fantasy Football Rankings 2022: Busts from analytical model that called Julio Jones’ disappointing season



Pittsburgh running back Najee Harris was one of the top Fantasy football breakouts last season, rushing for 1,667 yards on 381 carries during his rookie campaign. Harris has told multiple media outlets he is prepared for an even heavier workload this season despite leading the NFL in touches last year. Does his volume make him one of the safest 2022 Fantasy football picks? Harris will be one of the first players off the board in most 2022 Fantasy football rankings, but can you trust him in an unproven offense or will he become one of the biggest 2022 Fantasy football busts? As you begin your 2022 Fantasy football draft prep, be sure to check out the 2022 Fantasy football cheat sheets from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

Last year, SportsLine’s model accurately predicted that Titans wide receiver Julio Jones was being dramatically overvalued. He was being drafted around in the fifth round on average, but SportsLine predicted he wasn’t even close to being one of the top 20 wide receivers. Jones wound up turning in an incredibly disappointing stat line, catching 31 passes for 434 yards and one touchdown. 

The same model has a proven track record providing Fantasy football tips, also identifying A.J. Brown as a sleeper in 2020 and JuJu Smith-Schuster as Fantasy football bust last season. It also nailed Jonathan Taylor’s big season and was all over Jaylen Waddle to outperform his Fantasy football ADP. Additionally, it’s called past Fantasy football sleepers like Derrick Henry in 2019, Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara in 2018, and Davante Adams in 2017. Anybody who banked on players like those made a run at their league title.


The model is powered by the same people who generated projections for all three major Fantasy sites, and it beat human experts last season when there was a big difference in ranking. The projections update multiple times daily, so you’re always getting the best Fantasy football advice.

Now, SportsLine has simulated the entire NFL season 10,000 times and released its latest Fantasy football rankings 2022, along with plenty of sleepers, breakouts and busts. Head to SportsLine now to see them

Top 2022 Fantasy football busts

One of the 2022 Fantasy football busts the model is predicting: Cardinals running back James Conner. Arizona was happy with what it got out of Conner last season, re-signing him to a three-year, $21 million contract this offseason. He is being paid like a top-10 running back despite ranking outside the top 25 in rushing yards last year.

Conner is being overrated in Fantasy football drafts because he finished second in the NFL in rushing touchdowns (15) last season. Owners should be wary of drafting a player who is reliant on scoring touchdowns at a high rate, as there is plenty of variance. SportsLine’s model has Conner finishing behind Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey in production this season, even though both are available one round later, on average. 

Another bust that SportsLine’s Fantasy football rankings 2022 have identified: Commanders running back Antonio Gibson. He is coming off a solid season, finishing 10th in Fantasy points among running backs, which put him ahead of players like Nick Chubb and Dalvin Cook. Gibson set career-highs in most statistical categories, including carries and rushing yards.


There were disappointing signs as well, including the fact that Gibson scored fewer than 12 points in PPR leagues seven times. Washington’s backfield is going to be more crowded this year, as the team selected Brian Robinson in April’s draft. Gibson is being drafted before D’Andre Swift, Josh Jacobs and Elijah Mitchell, but that trio is projected to finish ahead of Gibson in SportsLine’s Fantasy football rankings 2022.

How to find proven 2022 Fantasy football rankings

SportsLine is also extremely low on a running back coming off the board in the third or fourth round on average of 2022 Fantasy football drafts. The model ranks him outside its top 24 running backs for 2022 and expects him to see major regression after a breakout season in 2021. You can only see who it is, and the 2022 Fantasy football rankings for every player, at SportsLine.

So which 2022 Fantasy Football breakouts should you be targeting? And which RB will fail to live up to expectations in 2022? Visit SportsLine now to get 2022 Fantasy Football cheat sheets for every single position, all from the model that told you to avoid Julio Jones in 2021, and find out.

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