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Fine win for Crawford

first_imgFine Rightly toughed it out for Davy Russell in an attritional Naas Directors Plate Novice Chase at Naas. “Fair play to Eddie and the lads as we actually thought this lad was no good at the start but they stuck with him,” said Russell. Gordon Elliott and Davy Condon combined to land the Network Ireland Kildare Branch Supporting International Women’s Day Maiden Hurdle Captain Von Trappe. The 7-2 chance moved sweetly to the lead before the home turn and found enough for pressure to hold off hot favourite Golden Boot by a length. Condon said: “He stays well and didn’t run too bad the last day. A good few winners came out of that race. He enjoys that three miles.” Pat Fahy and Katie Walsh teamed up take the bumper, with Tara Flow (10-1) flooring odds-on favourite Last Encounter. Fahy said of his debutant: “Maybe she could go to Aintree but that would depend on the ground, as it can get quick there. Fairyhouse or Punchestown are options as well.” It was hard work from the final fence in the testing conditions, but Fine Rightly had enough in the tank to hold off Rule The World by a length, with Azorian and Lots Of Memories both close up. Hot favourite Noble Emperor was an early casualty. Crawford said: “We always thought a lot of this horse. He did well in bumpers and over hurdles and is now doing well over fences. He’s still a bit careful over the fences. “He’s a big horse and a proper winter time horse. If the ground is soft at the Festivals he could go and take his chance but ground is the key to him. “His pedigree is all staying and hopefully one day there could be a real nice chase in him.” Russell swiftly completed a double aboard the Eddie Harty-trained Fletcher in the Naas Supporters Handicap Hurdle. The six-year-old was a smart winner at Leopardstown in January, but subsequently finished down the field at Clonmel before falling at Fairyhouse last month. A 20-1 shot for his latest test, Fletcher was played late by the former champion jockey and finished powerfully to get up and beat consistent mare Mrs Mac Veale by half a length. Stuart Crawford’s seven-year-old made it third time lucky in a handicap at Ayr in January and was a 6-1 shot stepped up to Grade Three level. Russell sent his mount to the lead heading out for the second circuit and had his opponents in trouble from the home turn. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Carver plans Newcastle clear-out

first_img Press Association John Carver has admitted there will be a clear-out at Newcastle this summer as the club prepares to address the deficiencies within the squad. As a result, he will attempt to mould together a team from a pool of only 13 fit senior outfield players, a challenge he admits is far from ideal against a Gunners side looking for a seventh successive league victory. He said: “I’ve never been in a position like this and I don’t think anybody I’ve ever worked with has ever had a situation like this. “I remember a couple of seasons ago we went down to Norwich and we had to play Danny Simpson and James Perch as centre-backs and they had the two big guys up front who gave us a problem. That was harsh, but not as harsh as this. Definitely not. “I’m missing my best players, and that’s how I look at it. With Cisse, it’s like Tottenham being without Harry Kane; with [Siem] de Jong, it’s like them being without Christian Eriksen.” Coloccini’s absence means Mike Williamson is Carver’s only available specialist central defender, and he will have little option but to play Holland international full-back Daryl Janmaat alongside him. He said: “He’s a great professional and he will deal with it. He understands the game. He is a full international. It’s another string to his bow. I think he’ll cope with it. “He’s been great around the place. He’s such a character. He’s larger than life and he’s quite funny, but he’s a good professional. “When we lost Mathieu Debuchy [to Arsenal], that was harsh, but we replaced him with a better all-round player.” He said: “They [the hierarchy] know there has to be a clear-out. It’s pretty obvious to the man in the street and to the professionals. It has to be done. “There are people out of contract, there are people who are not good enough – they know that, and I am telling you now, because I have been part of it in the last few weeks, there are things in place.” Carver admits there are players in the squad who are playing for their futures in the remaining weeks of the season, starting with Arsenal’s visit to Tyneside on Saturday. For that reason, he insists that no-one has downed tools and headed for the beach, a suggestion from Match of the Day pundit Phil Neville which clearly riled the 50-year-old. Carver said: “We all are [playing for futures], absolutely, and that’s why I was a bit astonished when people came out and talked about us being on the beach and wearing flip-flops. “How can players do that when they know that everybody is playing for their futures?” Carver’s own future remains highly uncertain with Newcastle having won only two of the 11 games they have played in all competitions under his charge, although there are mitigating factors. A lengthy injury list shows little sign of abating, in the short term at least, while skipper Fabricio Coloccini has joined striker Papiss Cisse in the Football Association’s bad books after failing in an appeal to have his red card at Everton last Sunday overturned. The Magpies have stalled since making a creditable start to the campaign with injuries and suspensions having exposed the lack of depth in a group of players assembled within the confines of owner Mike Ashley’s strict financial policy. Carver, who stepped into the head coach role at St James’ Park in the wake of Alan Pardew’s departure for Crystal Palace, has already been involved in discussions with managing director Lee Charnley designed to identify what is required, and he is expecting something of an exodus. last_img read more

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Starc reiterates players’ faith in ACA

first_imgMitchell Starc has said the Australian men’s team has not changed its position on the current MoU standoff, and will continue to back the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) to represent the players in negotiations with Cricket Australia (CA).The Australian team was briefed on the current situation by ACA chief executive Alistair Nicholson in Birmingham on Sunday, ahead of their final warm-up match, against Pakistan, before the Champions Trophy.The tournament is the final competition the men’s team will play before the current MoU runs out at the end of June, and negotiations are at a stalemate with CA refusing the ACA’s request for independent mediation.Instead, CA High Performance General Manager Pat Howard has, for the second time, sent direct emails to several senior Australian players, including Mitchell Starc, captain Steven Smith and David Warner, in an attempt to circumvent the players’ union and deal directly with the players.But Starc confirmed that, following the meeting with Nicholson, the players remain united in backing the ACA. “Our stance hasn’t changed,” Starc said. “Our full support is still behind the ACA to get the outcome that the players are after, it’s all about getting a fair share, we’re not asking for more.“The men and the women are on the same page, we’re sticking strong together and that was pretty much the conversation we had today.”Starc suggested Howard’s efforts to deal directly with senior players would continue to be unsuccessful in the remaining weeks before the June 30 deadline. “They’ve got four weeks to go on the MoU,” he said. “The players are leaving it all to the ACA from our side of things and it’s up to Cricket Australia to sort that out with the ACA at the moment.”Starc and his team-mates must now attempt to put the dispute to one side as they concentrate on their Champions Trophy campaign, which begins with a highly anticipated match at Edgbaston against New Zealand, the team they defeated to win the 2015 World Cup.Australia won their first warm-up match against Sri Lanka at The Oval and will face a Pakistan side that conjured a remarkable victory over Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Saturday.For Starc, the final warm-up match marks his return to the side since suffering a stress fracture to his right foot during Australia’s Test tour of India and gives him a chance to “blow the cobwebs out” and become reacquainted with English conditions before the tournament begins.“It has all been in the nets for me in the last few weeks,” he said. “I’ve been over here for a week in the nets, being in Brisbane in the lead up to getting over to England, so coming off the foot injury I’m just looking forward to playing a game of cricket out in the middle again.“There’s only so much you can get out of nets sessions and centre-wicket sessions. It’s all about match fitness for me and getting some time in the legs.“I guess I know my role pretty comfortably in this set-up. It’s about bowling with the new ball, trying to swing it – more than likely bowling at the death – and then a few overs in the middle, so just getting out there and performing my role again. Obviously it’s a great chance to do that in a warm-up game, where there’s a little bit less pressure. We still want to win these warm-up games, but come Friday it’s when we hit crunch time.”(ESPN Cricinfo).last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_img June 18, 2020 — Michigan State’s athletic department says it conducted COVID-19 testing on 124 athletes, and one tested positive and will be isolated for 10 to 14 days. Michigan also disclosed results from its testing. A physician with the athletic department says the school has had two positive tests on athletes, out of 221 tests. Both schools said no athletic department staff members tested positive.— The Atlantic Coast Conference is moving its football media days online. That makes it the last of the 10 Football Bowl Subdivision leagues to announce it is going virtual because of concerns about COVID-19. The ACC Football Kickoff was originally scheduled to be held at The Westin in Charlotte, North Carolina. It has been rescheduled for July 21-23 with coverage on the ACC Network.The Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx are cutting pay and staff due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both teams are owned by Glen Taylor. The organization said it has temporarily reduced salaries for employees earning $70,000 or more annually and laid off an unspecified amount of its full-time workforce. The virus outbreak prompted the NBA to halt play on March 11. The WNBA has yet to begin the 2020 season.SEC-MISSISSIPPI FLAGSoutheastern Conference pushing Mississippi to change flag Tennessee coach says RB Tim Jordan no longer with VolsKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says running back Tim Jordan is no longer on the team after he was arrested May 30 in Florida on gun and marijuana charges.Jordan would have been a senior for the Volunteers, and the native of Bartow, Florida, played in 12 games last season. He finished third with 428 yards rushing on 104 carries with one touchdown, and he also caught six passes for 46 yards.Asked about Jordan’s status on the Volunteers during a video conference call Thursday, Pruitt said only: “He is no longer on our team.”Jordan was released on $2,000 bail May 30 after being arrested during a traffic stop that morning in Lakeland near his hometown. He was charged with carrying a concealed firearm, possessing narcotic paraphernalia and having 20 grams or less of cannabis. Souzzi hit .414 with 14 runs and 16 RBIs and had a 14-game hitting streak in a season shortened to 15 games due to the coronavirus pandemic.Thomas Suozzi was elected to congress in November 2016. He is a former Nassau County executive and mayor of Glen Cove.In other MLB news:— Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sanó has told a Dominican Republic newspaper he’s being blackmailed, having been accused of kidnapping and assault.The Twins said Thursday they’re aware of the report in El Nuevo Diario and still trying to gather more information about the situation surrounding Sanó, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract in January. The Southeastern Conference is considering barring league championship events in Mississippi until the state changes its Confederate-based flag.Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement that “It is past time for change to be made to the flag of the State of Mississippi,” Sankey said “In the event there is no change, there will be consideration of precluding Southeastern Conference championship events from being conducted in the State of Mississippi until the flag is changed.”The NCAA already said it would not schedule postseason events in Mississippi because of the flag that features the Confederate Battle Flag in the upper left corner.Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum released a statement after Sankey’s comments.NFL-JETS ADAM TRADE Update on the latest in sports: —Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward is confident the club will present a united front if it opts to make a public stand against social injustice. The Steelers inadvertently caused a firestorm in 2017 when a miscommunication left tackle and Army veteran Al Villanueva on the field for the national anthem while his teammates waited in darkness in a tunnel. Heyward said the fallout from the mix-up still stings. He said the team will make any public stand together, pointing out players will have plenty of opportunities off the field to express their own personal impact in the change Heyward says is necessary.MLB-SUOZZIMets sign Joe Suozzi, son of Queens congressman, for $20,000CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (AP) — Boston College outfielder Joe Suozzi, whose father is a congressman representing parts of Queens and Long Island, has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets that includes a $20,000 signing bonus.The Eagles made the announcement. The Mets said they plan to announce all their amateur signings simultaneously at a later date. AP source: Jets star safety Jamal Adams requests tradeNEW YORK (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the situation says All-Pro safety Jamal Adams has requested a trade from the New York Jets amid a contract dispute.The 24-year-old Adams has been seeking a contract extension, and the Jets have said they want the safety to remain a member of the team his entire career. But the conflict apparently is about the timing: Adams wants the extension now, while the team prefers to wait until next year, at the earliest.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because neither Adams nor the team announced the player’s trade request. ESPN and the New York Daily News first reported Adams seeking a trade.In other NFL news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPlayers counter MLB plan by proposing 70-game seasonUNDATED (AP) — Baseball players have proposed a 70-game regular-season schedule, leaving them and the teams 10 games and about $275 million apart on plans to start the coronavirus-delayed season. The top three players in the world are at Hilton Head — Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas — and none broke par on a day in which 66 players in the 151-man field shot in the 60sJordan Spieth made a triple-bogey 7 and then had a career-best six straight birdies on his back nine and finished with seven birdies over his last eight holes for a 66.Colonial winner Daniel Berger, Brooks Koepka, Ernie Els and that incredible bulk, Bryson DeChambeau, were in the large group at 67.GATOR BAIT CHANT-FLORIDAUniv. of Florida ends ‘gator bait’ cheer, cites racism PGA-RBC HERITAGEPoulter sets pace and Spieth turns it around at Hilton HeadHILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The RBC Heritage began two month later than usual with a little rain, a little sunshine, a lot of birdies and the only fans were residents whose homes line the course.Ian Poulter holed a 30-foot birdie putt and followed with a 5-iron to 4 feet for a birdie that closed out his round of 7-under 64, giving him a share of the lead Thursday with Mark Hubbard at Hilton Head.The RBC Heritage, typically a week after the Masters in April, is the second tournament since the PGA Tour returned after 90 days from the COVID-19 pandemic. Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida is ending its “gator bait” cheer at football games and other sports events because of its racial connotations.President Kent Fuchs said in a letter to the university’s faculty, students and staff Thursday that the cheer has a “horrific historic racist imagery” involving African American people, especially children, being used as bait for alligators.The university’s sports teams in the Southeastern Conference are nicknamed the Gators. In the past, the school’s band would strike up a “gator bait” tune and fans would respond with their arms doing a chomping motion while shouting the slogan.The letter outlined other steps the university in Gainesville, Florida, is taking on racial issues following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Floyd’s death has sparked nationwide protests focused on police brutality against African Americans.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-TENNESSEE-JORDAN As part of the union’s proposal Thursday, players would wear advertisement patches on their uniforms during all games for the first time in major league history. People with knowledge of the proposal said it included $1.73 billion in salaries, plus a $50 million postseason pool.On Wednesday, Major League Baseball said a framework for the season had emerged from discussions between Commissioner Rob Manfred and players’ association head Tony Clark. People familiar with the proposed framework said it called for a 60-game regular-season schedule that would have $1.48 billion in salaries plus a $25 million players’ postseason pool.Both MLB and the union proposed starting the season on July 19, and players said it should end Sept. 30, three days later than management.In other news related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— The University of Texas says 13 football players have tested positive for COVID-19 or are presumed positive, and contact tracing has 10 more in isolation. Texas started bringing football players back to campus for workouts on June 8. The school has also identified four other players who tested positive for the COVID-19 antibody. Elsewhere, Kansas State officials reported Wednesday night that eight Wildcats athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 130 tested. NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESRubio introduces NIL bill to push NCAA changesUNDATED (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio is introducing a bill that would protect the NCAA from being challenged in court if the association changes its rules to allow athletes to earn money for endorsement deals and personal appearances.The Florida Republican’s bill comes six days after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into a law a bill that allows college athletes to be compensated for their names, images and likenesses. That law goes into effect July 2021. The NCAA is seeking help from Congress as more states push forward their own bills.Earlier this week, the NCAA was hit with an antitrust lawsuit seeking damages for current and former athletes that could cost the association millions.last_img read more

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PICTURES: Manchester United launch new away kit ahead of new season

first_imgThe stylish kit was unveiled on the club’s pre-season tour of Japan, and features the iconic gingham check which reflects the club’s industrial heritage.The shirt has a black collar with the club crest embroidered on the heart of it in a midnight navy and white.The away shorts have a thin navy blue strip on the back of them and the socks contain the traditional United bar design.More importantly, the shirt adheres to Nike’s commitment of watching its carbon footprint.The kit is made from recycled polyester and the shirts and shorts of each kit are made from recycled plastic water bottles.Furthermore, the kit is quite light, weighing just 150 grams, which is 23 per cent light than previous Nike kits. United have been busy fulfilling commercial obligations during the Japanese leg of their tour, and some of the players starred in a bizarre advert promoting tomato juice.last_img read more

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Michael Helegbe leads goal king race – in Lebanon

first_imgMichael Helegbe is the toast of fans in Lebanon following the Ghanaian forward’s spectacular start to life at new club, Tripoli FC.Playmaker Helegbe showed off his goal scoring prowess for AC Tripoli by banging in four goals to inspire them to a 5-2 win at Al-Nabi Shayth on match day two of the 2014/15 Lebanon Premier League season.Helegbe jumped atop the top scorer standings with the four goals, a position he still holds despite not scoring in Sunday’s match day 3 loss at Al Nejmeh, his nearest challenger boasting only two goals thus far.This has inspired the Ghanaian playmaker to harbour dreams of winning a surprise top scorer gong come end of season in Lebanon.”Yes I have my eyes on the goal king, it will be very nice to win such a top prize and I will work hard towards achieving that dream. I don’t have any goal target since we’ve just started the season but I will score as much as I can,” Helegbe told AllSports.com.gh exclusively from Lebanon.Helegbe’s side have only taken three points from the first available nine but the former Black Meteors captain is hopeful Tripoli can bounce back especially with more home games to come. “Yes it’s been a tough start but all the three games were away matches and I hope we are going to work on our mistakes and win a couple of games to put us in a better position in the league. We won’t stop working hard,” Helegbe said.Helegbe joined Tripoli before the commencement of this season after playing for Medeama SC in the Ghana Premier League last term, having previously helped Asante Kotoko win the Ghana league title in his only season with the Ghana record league champions.The former Liberty Professionals dribbling wizard is playing for Tripoli alongside compatriots, Douglas Nkrumah of Kotoko and Hearts fame as well as young defender, Emmanuel Teyehungmeh Of Berekum Chelsea but who last played for Amidaus Professionals in the Ghana Premier League.last_img read more

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Clippers’ Blake Griffin ready to extend range, shoot more 3-pointers

first_img“The further out I can stretch, the more I can help open up the floor,” Griffin said, acknowledging that he’ll have more room to put the ball on the floor and make plays that way if he can hit open 3-point attempts.If Griffin can convert 3-pointers the way Green did last year (38.8 percent, 100 makes) or Aldridge two years ago (35.2 percent, 37 makes), it would be a massive plus. And if he can’t, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, he’s still Blake Griffin, a player who does so many other things well.“I think that’s something we’ll see. He works on his shot,” Rivers said. “It’ll either come or not, and I’m good either way.”Guest instructorFrom time to time, the Clippers assistant coaches and staff like to pick up a basketball and have a quick game. After Thursday’s practice, assistant Armond Hill and assistant video coordinator Natalie Nakase played a little one-on-one.While the two laughed as Hill drove to the basket, another “coach” on the other side of the court would have beaten anyone brave enough to challenge him, and he probably wouldn’t have been chuckling.That man was Kevin Garnett, the future Hall of Famer and 22-season veteran who retired last week. He was working with the Clippers, helping Griffin, Jordan and the rest of the team’s big men.“KG was phenomenal today,” Rivers said. “Even before practice, he had a teaching clinic that you would pay a lot to see. It’s great to have him around. He’s a great teacher. We know him as a great player. I know him as a great teacher. He’ll be really good for us. I don’t think he wants to coach. He’s not that crazy. … I think he has a teaching future.”Rivers coached Garnett in Boston, winning a title together and reaching the NBA Finals twice. After Thursday’s practice, Garnett chatted with Clippers veteran Paul Pierce, his former Celtics and Nets teammate.Garnett’s presence had young and old Clippers in awe.“I couldn’t stop watching him,” Clippers guard Jamal Crawford said. “… That’s one of the best players to ever play the game. Every second you’re around a player like that, you listen to every single thing he’s saying. You’re a sponge.”Garnett, who has a home in Malibu, has an open invitation to work with Rivers and his players throughout the season.“This was as organic as it can be,” Rivers said. “I just told him to come around and figure it out. Do whatever you want and whatever he does, I’m good with it. I do think he can have a very positive impact with us.”Quick shotsForward Alan Anderson didn’t practice Thursday, with the team holding him out for precautionary reasons. Anderson has had multiple surgeries to his left ankle, costing him most of last season. … Paul Pierce said the Clippers’ continuity in the starting lineup has shown through in the first three days of camp. Now, it’s on the bench players to find that too. “They’re far ahead of the second unit and the third unit. That’s good. The rest of us have to catch up because we’re here to help them. We’re here to help push them everyday, to help push them over the top,” Pierce said. “The first team has never been the issue. We have to provide, the second team and the guys on the bench, and give those guys a lift when they don’t have it.” … Pierce, who plans to retire at the end of the season, said he didn’t think he would have a “farewell tour” around the league this season. He did say, with a laugh, he would accept going-away gifts from any team that wants to offer. His percentage of field-goal attempts from beyond 16 feet has grown each season, jumping from 22.3 percent in his second season (his first with Chris Paul) to 45.8 percent last year.“Blake is Blake. We’re going to tell him to shoot it damn near every time he catches it,” Paul said earlier this week. “It’s one of those things I’m sure we’ll see when the games come how comfortable he is with it. But, we’ve had the confidence in him for awhile.”That confidence should be increasing.Griffin said he shot more 3’s than he’s ever shot before during the offseason, nearly mirroring his work from the long mid-range.The upshot to Griffin becoming an effective 3-point shooter is it would help solve some of the Clippers’ spacing problems, a dilemma that comes from playing multiple non-shooters together at the same time. If Griffin can make enough 3-point shots to command defensive respect, the driving lanes would open for Chris Paul, the paint will unclog for DeAndre Jordan and the looks will get a little cleaner for J.J. Redick. IRVINE >> It’s only a few steps but it represents a huge leap in Blake Griffin’s game.As people around the Clippers have hoped over the past three seasons, Griffin seems ready to take his game beyond the 3-point line. Now, it’s on him to take the shots when they present themselves.“I want to be someone who shoots from there confidently, for sure,” Griffin said after Thursday’s practice at UC Irvine’s Bren Events Center. “A lot of us power forwards, our strength is inside or our versatility. You look at the best power forwards, Anthony Davis, LaMarcus (Aldridge), Draymond (Green) … they can all shoot but they can all put the ball on the floor and they can all score inside. I don’t necessarily think falling in love with the 3-point shot is a good idea, but shooting it confidently from there is great.”Griffin has taken only 87 3-point shots in his last 182 games, hitting 32.2 percent of them. But, as Griffin has grown more comfortable with his jump shot, he’s definitely drifted further from the rim.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Raiders’ Antonio Brown has mysterious non-football injury at start of camp

first_imgFloat like a butterfly, sting like AB.#RaiderNation X @AB84 pic.twitter.com/68X0EWlDRp— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) July 26, 2019The injury is believed to be “very minor,” an ESPN report noted.The issue that landed AB on the NFI list has been described to me as “very minor.” Not uncommon to see players removed from the NFI list shortly into camp. https://t.co/sMjfDqWZPM— Field Yates (@FieldYates) July 26, 2019Brown was traded to the Raiders this offseason after spending his entire career with the Steelers. He then signed a three-year, $50.125 million contract with Oakland. Related News Coach Jon Gruden spoke … highly of Brown as the team geared up for camp. Antonio Brown arrives for Raiders camp in hot-air balloon “I expect a lot more drama from No. 84, I really do,” Gruden said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “He’s a fun guy to be around. I expected a little bit more than a hot air balloon. I thought he might jump out of an airplane and parachute here himself. But he’s going to add a lot of life to this organization at a position where obviously we need some explosive plays.”Although the Raiders announced Brown would be moved to the NFI list, they did not give any details regarding his injury. There are already questions surrounding Antonio Brown’s health and it’s only Day 1.After Brown showed up to training camp Friday in a hot air balloon, he was placed on the non-football injury list, the team announced.last_img read more

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City of Tenino Offices to Remain Closed Until Phase 3

first_imgFacebook38Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of TeninoGovernor Inslee’s “Safe Start Washington” plan requires all employers (including Cities), among other things, to:Maintain the six-foot physical distancing requirements for employees and patrons.Provide services while limiting close interactions with patrons.Ensure frequent cleaning and disinfection of the businessWear…face coverings in public places when not eating or drinkingWash hands frequently with soap and water (or hand sanitizer if soap & water are not available)Even though Thurston County has been placed in Phase 2, the above requirements (and others) remain in place.  After considering all the factors, Mayor Founier has decided to keep City Hall, the Police Station and Public works closed until we enter Phase 3 where the Governor’s plan specifically calls for “Customer-facing government services” should begin.Where Citizens must interact with City Employees, appointments will be scheduled and all precautions specified in the Safe Start Plan will be followed.last_img read more

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Alderweireld’s agent tells players to walk out of clubs rather than take pay cut

first_img3TOBY ALDERWEIRELD’S agent has further escalated the row over players’ wages by suggesting stars should walk away if their salaries are cut.Premier League players have come under intense pressure to donate some of their pay packets to the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates3 Toby Alderweireld’s agent has risked a further wage rowCredit: Getty – ContributorAlderweireld’s club Tottenham have already caused an uproar by making their non-playing staff furlough despite chairman Daniel Levy’s mega salary and bonus.And now the Belgian’s agent, Stijn Francis, believes players can take matters into their own hands if clubs don’t pay them in full.Reported in the Guardian, he said: “A ‘regular’ worker is able to leave his or her employer in exchange for limited compensation or a notice period.”Also the employer can terminate the relationship with the worker at any time by respecting a period of notice or paying compensation.”If clubs sign a player they take a risk by paying a transfer or signing-on fee and by paying substantial wages.”In exchange for this risk, players cannot leave the club before the end of the contract except when all involved parties agree otherwise.”Players also know that during the contractual term they can be sure the club will pay their salary.“Clubs now asking to reduce player salaries undermine this principle of contractual stability.”If clubs insist on a wage reduction, players should be put in the same situation as any regular worker.”Clubs reducing their players’ wages should accept that the players can terminate their employment for free and these clubs should no longer be able to ask a transfer fee if the player would like to leave.”Premier League captains have created a Players Together fund to give £4million to the NHS.3most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’The 20 skippers — led by Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Manchester United’s Harry Maguire — rubber-stamped the groundbreaking plan after four days of talks.The move was hailed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who had called for players to “take a pay cut and play their part” in the national fight against the killer disease.Hancock tweeted: “Warmly welcome this big-hearted decision. You are playing your part.”Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealWest Ham midfielder Declan Rice reveals West Ham bosses are tracking their players’ fitness levels via an applast_img read more

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