PSG forward Neymar cleared of Covid-19, returns to training

first_imgPARIS: Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward Neymar has declared that he is “super happy” to return to training which implied that he has recovered from coronavirus and moved out of isolation.The 28-year-old striker was one of seven players in the PSG squad who had tested positive recently. The other infected players include Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi, Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes, Keylor Navas and Marquinhos, reports Xinhua news agency. “I went back to training, supper happy #CORONAOUT,” the Brazilian posted on his Twitter account on Friday. The absence of these key players had weakened Thomas Tuchel’s side significantly as the Ligue 1 defending champions launched their title defence with a shocking 0-1 defeat at newly-promoted Lens on Thursday. The shorthanded German coach had to field several youngsters like 18-year-old league debutants Kays Ruiz-Atil and Arnaud Kalimuendo and 20-year-old goalkeeper Marcin Bulka in the starting line-up in Wednesday’s match. PSG on Friday also announced to have signed right-back Alessandro Florenzi on a one-year loan from Italian Serie A club Roma, adding that they have a purchase option when the loan ends next summer. Tuchel’s team will face a busy schedule in the coming week with a clash against last season’s runners-up Marseille on Sunday, followed by Metz at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday. IANSAlso watch: Rain Water Floods Barpeta Roadlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) set up Steven Stamkos’ 26th goal and Brayden Point’s 20th as the Lightning notched their sixth straight win, 3-1 over the Islanders. Carter Verhaeghe (vur-HAY’-gee) provided the eventual game-winner in the third period, and Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) stopped 17 shots to help Tampa Bay improve to 18-2-1 since a Dec. 21 loss to the Capitals.— Sidney Crosby scored his 10th goal in the second period and the Penguins won for the ninth time in 12 games by downing the Panthers, 3-2. Kris Letang (leh-TANG’) had a goal and an assist as Pittsburgh pulled within three points of Washington for the Metropolitan Division lead.— Shootout goals by Justin Williams and Andrei Svechnikov (SVHEHCH’-nih-kahv) completed the Hurricanes’ comeback in a 6-5 decision over the Golden Knights. Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) and Erik Haula and Teuvo Teravainen each had a goal and an assist for Carolina, which trailed 3-1 and 4-2 in the third period before winning for the fifth time in seven games.— The Avalanche earned a 2-1 victory at Columbus as Philipp Grubauer handled 31 shots and Nathan MacKinnon scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:34 left. Colorado earned its third win in a row and ended the Blue Jackets’ 11-game point streak.— Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) scored twice in the third period to push the Oilers past the Predators, 3-2. Nashville led 2-0 until Alex Chiasson (CHAY’-sahn) notched a power-play goal with under nine seconds left in the second period. February 9, 2020 The 79-year-old combustible coach was introduced during a halftime ceremony along with former players including members of the Hoosiers’ 1980 Big Ten championship team.Knight won 662 games and three national championships in 29 seasons with the Hoosiers before he was fired on Sept. 10, 2000 after a student accused Knight of grabbing him in the hallway of Assembly Hall.NBA-SCHEDULEBucks batter MagicUNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks remain on pace to become the third team in NBA history to top 70 victories in a regular season. — Former major league outfielder Angel Echevarria (AHN’-hehl eh-cheh-vah-REE’-ah) has died at 48. The Connecticut Post reported Saturday that Echevarria died on Friday at Bridgeport Hospital. The story said his girlfriend, Jazmine Cox, told them he took at fall in his Bridgeport home earlier in the day.PGA-PEBBLE BEACHSurging Lefty sizzles at Pebble BeachPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Phil Mickelson is in great shape as he tries to nail down a record sixth Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Mickelson finds himself just one shot behind leader Nick Taylor through three rounds. Lefty holed out from a bunker for birdie on the 13th and chipped in from 90 feet for birdie on the next hole before closing his round with a birdie. The Jayhawks’ 60-46 victory against TCU gives them 31 consecutive 20-win seasons, matching North Carolina’s record. It also made Self the second-youngest head coach with 700 career victories.Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah az-ah-BOO’-kay) had 20 points and 15 rebounds in his 10th double-double of the season. Azubuike had five dunks during a 13-3 run early that put Kansas ahead to stay.Devon Dotson added 18 points and 11 assists to help Self improve to 700-214 in 27 seasons spent with the Jayhawks, Oral Roberts, Tulsa and Illinois.In other top-25 games Saturday:— MaCio Teague scored 24 points and top-ranked Baylor stretched its winning streak to 20 games with a 78-70 victory over Oklahoma State. Teague hit six consecutive free throws in the final 14 seconds, four coming after Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton Jr. was assessed two consecutive technical fouls and ejected from the game. — The Raptors stretched their team-record winning streak to 14 games as Fred VanVleet scored 10 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter of a 119-118 triumph over the Nets. Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) scored 20 points, including the tiebreaking free throw with 22 seconds remaining.— Jordan McLaughlin scored a career-high 24 points and Malik Beasley added 23 in his Minnesota debut as the duo led a 142-115 pounding of the Clippers. Karl-Anthony Towns just missed a triple-double with 22 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists to help the Timberwolves end a 13-game losing streak.— Jrue (jroo) Holiday scored 14 of his 31 points in the final 2:26, including a go-ahead 3-pointer in the Pelicans’ 124-117 victory at Indiana. Reserve JJ Redick added 23 points as New Orleans handed the Pacers their fifth consecutive loss.— The Mavericks knocked off the Hornets, 116-100 as Seth Curry scored 26 points in his return to Charlotte. Curry made his first 10 shots from the field, including six 3-pointers to help the Mavericks snap a two-game losing streak.— Buddy Hield (heeld) shot 9-for-10 from beyond the arc while pouring in 31 points off the bench to highlight the Kings’ 122-102 dismantling of the Spurs. Harrison Barnes finished with 25 points for Sacramento, which drained 19 of its 35 3-point attempts. — Dillon Dube (doo-BAY’) had a goal and two assists to lead five Flames with at least two points in a 6-2 rout of the Canucks. Milan Lucic (LOO’-cheeh) and Derek Ryan each had a goal and an assist against Vancouver, which has dropped four straight since a five-game winning streak.— Ilya Kovalchuk (KOH’-vahl-chuhk) scored 1:43 into overtime to complete the Canadiens’ late comeback in their seventh victory in nine games, 2-1 against the Maple Leafs. Toronto led until Marco Scandella beat Jack Campbell with 2:33 left in regulation.— Patrik Laine (LY’-nay) registered his eighth career hat trick by providing three power-play goals in the Jets’ 5-2 win over the visiting Senators. Kyle Connor had a goal and three assists for the Jets, who are 3-0-1 since a five-game losing streak.— Mackenzie Blackwood posted his second straight shutout by stopping a penalty shot and making 37 saves in the Devils’ 3-0 decision over the Kings. Nikita Gusev (GOO’-sehv), Blake Coleman and Kyle Palmieri scored for the Devils, who extended their points streak to a season-high six games at 3-0-3.MLB-RED SOX-BENINTENDI Taylor overcame two early bogeys with a 25-foot eagle putt on his 16th hole for a 69, and his first 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour. Taylor was at 17-under 198.Jason Day posted a 70 at Spyglass Hill and was only three shots behind at 14-under.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Update on the latest sports Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-tah-KOON’-poh) just missed a triple-double and Brook Lopez scored a team-high 23 points as the Bucks hammered the Magic, 112-95. Antetokounmpo finished with 19 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists to help the Bucks win for the 13th time in their last 14 games. Lopez shot 5-for-5 from 3-point range, and Khris Middleton chipped in 21 points with 13 rebounds as Milwaukee improved to a league-best 45-7.Eric Bledsoe finished with 18 points for the Bucks, who led by as many as 27 in the third quarter.Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:— LeBron James heated up in the second half and finished with 22 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in guiding the Lakers to a 125-120 victory over the Warriors. Avery Bradley added 21 points with five 3-pointers, and Anthony Davis contributed 27 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles.— Jamal Murray was 6 of 8 from 3-point range and 14 of 17 overall while scoring 36 points in the Nuggets’ 117-108 downing of the Suns. Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) added 23 points, nine boards and six assists, while Paul Millsap furnished 12 points and 11 boards in his first game since Jan. 6. — Drew Timme (TIH’-mee) scored 20 points and No. 2 Gonzaga made 14 of its first 15 shots to send Saint Mary’s to its worst home loss in 19 years, 90-60. The 25-1 Bulldogs turned the highly anticipated showdown between the fierce rivals into a laugher by taking a 20-point lead midway through the first half.— Fourth-ranked San Diego State remains the lone unbeaten team in Division I after K.J. Feagin dropped in 21 points and Jordan Schakel added 18 in an 89-74 win at Air Force. Malichi Flynn furnished 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to help the Aztecs move to 24-0.— Jordan Nwora (WOHR’-uh) had 22 points and No. 5 Louisville stretched its winning streak to 10 games by topping Virginia, 80-73. Malik Williams had 13 points as the Cardinals improved to 21-3 overall and 12-1 in the ACC.— Sixth-ranked Dayton picked up its 12th straight win as Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) contributed 17 points to a 71-65 win against Saint Louis. Jalen Crutcher scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half as Dayton broke open a tight game to stay unbeaten in Atlantic 10 Conference play at 10-0.— Wendell Moore scored on a putback as time expired to complete seventh-ranked Duke’s 98-96 triumph at North Carolina. Tre Jones finished with 28 points for the 20-3 Blue Devils, who led for only 1:47 of the game.center_img — M.J. Walker and Patrick Williams each scored 14 points as No. 8 Florida State beat Miami, 99-81. The Seminoles improved to 20-3 by outrebounding the Hurricanes, 46-24 and shooting 13-for-26 from 3-point range.— Myles Powell had 19 points and 12th-ranked Seton Hall snapped a 17-game road losing streak to Villanova with a 70-64 victory over the No. 10 Wildcats. Sandro Mamukelashvili scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half for the Big East-leading Pirates, who last won at Villanova on Feb. 26, 1994.— No. 11 Auburn pulled out a 91-80 win over 18th-ranked LSU on J’Von McCormick’s floater with 0.1 second left in overtime. Samir Doughty hit five 3-pointers and scored a team-high 26 points for the Tigers, who rallied from a 14-point second half deficit and moved into a tie with LSU for the SEC lead.— Kristian Doolittle scored 27 points and Oklahoma broke West Virginia’s early defensive pressure in a 69-59 win over the 13th-ranked Mountaineers. The Sooners built an 18-point lead and withstood 19 turnovers to drop WVU to 18-5.— Oregon State pulled off a stunner by allowing just 21 points in the second half of a 63-53 triumph over 14th-ranked Oregon. Kylor Kelley had 14 points and seven boards for the Beavers, while Ethan Thompson provided a team-high 15 points. — Immanuel Quickley scored 18 points as No. 15 Kentucky beat Tennessee, 77-64 for its sixth win in seven games. Tyrese Maxey and Nick Richards each had 15 points to help the Wildcats beat the Volunteers in Knoxville for the first time in Rick Barnes’ five seasons as Tennessee’s coach.— Isaiah Livers scored 14 points in his return to the lineup and Zavier Simpson added 16 to lift Michigan to a 77-68 victory over No. 16 Michigan State. Livers was back in the starting lineup after missing nine of the Wolverines’ previous 10 games with a groin injury.— Joe Wieskamp dropped in a career-high 30 points and Luka Garza added 22 to help No. 17 Iowa slam Nebraska, 96-72. The Hawkeyes led by 11 at the break before opening the second half with a 25-8 run to put the game away.— Creighton was a 94-82 winner against St. John’s as Marcus Zegarowski had 23 points and Denzel Mahoney had 18 points for the 21st-rated Bluejays.— Lamar Stevens scored a career-high 33 points and No. 22 Penn State picked up its sixth consecutive victory by downing Minnesota, 83-77. — Julius Randle scored 17 points, including a bank shot with 13.5 seconds left that helped the Knicks secure their season-high fourth straight victory, 95-92 over the Pistons. Wayne Ellington scored 17 points for New York, which grabbed 16 offensive rebounds compared to three for Detroit.NHL-SCHEDULEBruins extend win streakUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins have expanded their lead in the NHL’s overall standings, moving three points ahead of the Washington Capitals.Charlie Coyle scored twice and Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) had a goal and two assists as the Bruins picked up their sixth consecutive win, 4-2 over the Coyotes. The game was tied 1-1 until Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk netted power-play goals 2:29 apart in the second period. Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask stopped 29 shots as the Bruins became the league’s first team with 80 points.In Washington, Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) scored twice and Claude Giroux (juh-ROO’) recorded three points in the Flyers’ 7-2 rout of the Capitals. Giroux scored a late power-play goal and collected two assists to reach 800 points for his career.Brian Elliott made 25 saves and helped Philadelphia keep Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) two shy of 700 career goals.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Roope (ROO’-peh) Hintz provided a pair of goals in the Stars’ 3-2 win over the Blues, including the game-winner at 2:19 of overtime. Jamie Benn also scored and Anton Khudobin (koo-DOH’-bihn) stopped 23 shots as Dallas improved to 10-5 in OT. — Riley Smith had 15 points and UCLA shot 51% in a 65-52 upset of Arizona at Tucson. The Wildcats shot 25% and went 6 of 29 in the second half.— McKinley Wright IV finished with 21 points and D’Shawn Schwartz added 20 as No. 24 Colorado rallied from 11 points down at halftime to beat Stanford, 81-74.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NCAA INITIAL SEEDSBaylor gets top seed in NCAA committee’s initial rankingsUNDTED (AP) — Baylor, Kansas, Gonzaga and San Diego State are the top seeds in the NCAA’s preliminary rankings. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULESelf gets 700th winUNDATED (AP) — Third-ranked Kansas and Jayhawks head coach Bill Self earned milestone victories on Saturday. The Bears were the No. 1 overall seed in rankings released Saturday by the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee.The preliminary rankings are designed to be a sneak peek at the selection process before the official seeds are revealed on March 15.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-INDIANA-KNIGHT RETURNSKnight back at Indiana after 20 yearsBLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Bob Knight has ended his 20-year split with Indiana. Associated Press Benintendi gets extensionBOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox avoided arbitration with Andrew Benintendi by signing the outfielder to a two, year, $10 million contract.The 25-year-old Benintendi has hit .277 with 51 homers and 259 RBIs in his first three-plus major league seasons. He batted .266 with 13 homers, 68 RBIs and 10 stolen bases last year.Also, in the majors:— Giants catcher Aramis Garcia had surgery on his right hip after getting injured during winter ball in the Dominican Republic in December. He will miss up to eight months.last_img read more

Man City manager Pep Guardiola says club deserve an apology

first_imgMANCHESTER City manager Pep Guardiola says his team deserve an apology after the club successfully overturned their ban from European club competitions.On Monday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) cleared City of committing “serious breaches” of Financial Fair Play regulations between 2012 and 2016.Yesterday Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho called it a “disgraceful decision”.“What we have done is right. Jose and all the managers should know that we were damaged,” said Guardiola.“We should be apologised (to).“(I’m) incredibly happy for the decision, which shows what all the people said about the club was not true and to defend on the pitch what we won on the pitch.“Like I said many times, if we did something wrong we would accept the decision of UEFA and CAS because we did something wrong. We can defend ourselves. We have the right to defend ourselves when we believe what we have done is correct.”UEFA had issued Man City with a two-year ban in February.But CAS cleared City of “disguising equity funds as sponsorship contributions” and cut the club’s fine from 30M euros (£26.9M) to 10M euros (£9M).In this year’s Champions League, City face Real Madrid in their last-16 second leg at Etihad Stadium on August 7. They lead 2-1 from the first leg and will face Juventus or Lyon if they progress.When asked about his future with last season’s Premier League champions, Guardiola said he was “happy” but added “now is not the time” to discuss a new contract. His current deal runs until the end of the 2020-21 season.“We have made a step forward in 10 years. We invested a lot of money, like a lot of clubs. We did it the right way. We have not been banned because we followed the FFP rules. If we hadn’t we would have been banned,” Guardiola added.“We showed it was not true. That’s why people have to be happy or should at least accept it.“I would love to say, ‘look in our eyes and say something face to face and go out onto the pitch and play as rivals and after if you beat us, we will shake hands and congratulate you’.”REACTION FROM AROUND THE PREMIER LEAGUEThe decision to allow City to play in Europe next season means it is normal service in terms of qualification for the Champions League and Europa League from the English top flight.The top four sides will qualify for the Champions League, while fifth and sixth place will progress into the Europa League.Had the ban remained in place, with City now guaranteed a top-four domestic finish, the team finishing fifth would have qualified for the Champions League and the seventh-place team would have got a Europa League spot.Here’s what some of the other Premier League managers had to say:Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: “From a personal point of view, I’m happy Manchester City can play in next season’s Champions League, because if they have 12 games less, I don’t see any chance for any other teams in the Premier League.“I don’t wish anything bad on anyone but I don’t think it was a good day for football. Financial Fair Play (FFP) is a good idea and it is there to protect teams and the competition.”Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho: “If you’re not guilty you shouldn’t have a fine. I don’t know if Manchester City are guilty or not but either way it’s a disgraceful decision.”Arsenal boss, and former Man City assistant manager, Mikel Arteta: “There is no question about what happened. They completely deserve to be in (the) Champions League because what they’ve done on the pitch is unquestionable and the regulators have looked at it and have decided that they haven’t done anything wrong.“So you have the two aspects that are really clear and transparent; and they’re going to be in Champions League because they deserve (it) for what they do on the pitch.” (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Beat writers split on Syracuse’s regular season finale at Clemson

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (19-11, 10-7 Atlantic Coast) enters its regular-season finale coming off a blowout loss to No. 2 Virginia. Clemson (18-12, 8-9), on the other hand, just edged Notre Dame by one score on Wednesday. When these teams met earlier this season, the Orange won, 61-53.Here’s what our beat writers expect to happen Saturday.Billy Heyen (23-7)Points at a premiumSyracuse 61, Clemson 57The first meeting of these teams was a defensive battle, and that should hold true this time around. The Orange and Tigers are both much better defensively than offensively, so whichever team has someone that gets hot might hold the edge. I’ll put my cards in on Tyus Battle or Elijah Hughes getting hotter than Clemson’s Marcquise Reed, and with points at a premium, one player catching fire should be just enough to close the regular season off with a win.Charlie DiSturco (21-9)Tiger BiteClemson 63, Syracuse 58AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has been unable to string together two good halves against good ACC teams in a couple weeks, and Clemson is a team on the NCAA Tournament bubble, hungry for another boost to its resume. The Tigers struggled to break the 2-3 zone earlier in the year, but seeing it for a second time should make things easier. This will be a defensive battle throughout, but in its last home game of the year, I see Clemson pulling away late on the backs of Marcquise Reed and Elijah Thomas. Matthew Gutierrez (18-12)Football in MarchSyracuse 66, Clemson 63Love to see two football teams go out with spring on the horizon. I think Syracuse is a lock for the NCAA Tournament, and no result Saturday will change that. But a win could help SU’s seeding in the tournament. The Tigers barely beat Notre Dame this week, and I think Syracuse has been tested enough over the past two weeks to beat an unranked ACC team on the road. Published on March 8, 2019 at 1:33 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

CHAN 2018: CAF EXCO To Decide On Kenya

first_imgThe Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee reportedly will meet in Accra on September 23, 2017 – to ratify decisions on host for the 2018 Total African Nations Championship (CHAN).Recently, speculations have been rife that the biennial football tournament could be taken away from Kenya due to the slow-pace work being carried out, with Morocco favored as replacement.Rwanda hosted the last edition in 2016 won by DR Congo who unfortunately failed to qualify for next year’s edition for the first time ever after losing to Congo on away goals rule.Teams who qualified for the CHAN 2018: Uganda, Sudan, Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Cameroon, Mauritania, Guinea, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Angola, Namibia, Zambia, Morocco, and Libya.CHAN 2018 is scheduled to take place between 12 January and 4 February 2018.Relatedlast_img read more

Scottish bookies warn of job losses without government support

first_img Submit BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations August 21, 2020 Share Share UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Related Articles Scottish bookmakers have warned First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that hundreds of jobs could be at risk if the government does not implement a business rates relief to help them cope with the cost of the Covid-19 pandemic.Unlike in England, Holyrood opted to exclude betting shops from its business relief scheme, which was designed to support businesses which had seen a drop in income during the pandemic.Despite objections, Scottish Ministers have refused to offer grant support to betting shops, which according to John Heaton, Chairman at Scotbet, hits businesses at a time when takings are already down.Reported on Politics Home, Heaton explained that the decision to not offer business rates relief will cost his business over £400,000. He said: “We feel very frustrated that we haven’t had the financial support independent bookmakers in England and others in the betting and gaming sector here in Scotland have received.“The sums involved are not material to the large bookmakers but, for us, it is about survival. The likely impact is that the independent sector will die and the big bookmakers carry on regardless, grateful that their independent competitors have been removed for them.”The Government’s retail, hospitality and leisure support grant had been offered to a number of betting and gaming industry establishments including amusements, bingo halls, entertainment centres and racetracks, but not betting shops.After reopening on 29 June, Scottish betting shops had also previously been told that they could not have chairs, gaming machines or show live racing to stop crowds congregating indoors. These restrictions, which were only applicable in Scotland, are expected to be lifted from 22 July following intervention from the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC).BGC chief executive Michael Dugher said: “We were delighted when the Scottish Government listened to us lifting the restrictions, which had led to a fall in turnover of up to 95 per cent compared to pre-lockdown in some shops.“We are now calling on them to apply the business rates relief and grant support that others in our industry have received to betting shops.“These businesses employ thousands of men and women across Scotland, and they deserve their government’s full support now that they are back at work. If they don’t get it, many will sadly lose their jobs as their shops are forced to close.“The Scottish Government needs to pull out all the stops to prevent that from happening and ensure betting shops can play their part in getting the economy back on its feet.” StumbleUpon BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020last_img read more

Chargers holdout makes sense, but Melvin Gordon would be foolish to follow Le’Veon Bell’s path

first_imgAnd it’s simply foolish to think a player like Gordon would benefit in any way by missing regular-season games to the tune of $329,412 per week.Rather than being encouraged by the Bell holdout, Gordon must understand what a costly mistake it was on Bell’s part, despite mindless chatter to the contrary.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL. The reality is Bell lost $14.5 million in salary that he would have received had he played under his franchise tender. He lost a full season of earnings in a career that, for a running back, usually ends around age 30. Unless Bell suffered an unlikely career-ending injury, or his level of play declined significantly last year, he still would have gotten the deal in New York, not to mention the 2018 cash from Pittsburgh. (And the Steelers would not have been able to franchise tag him for a third straight year.)Bottom line: That $14.5 million Bell forfeited is lost money, never to be retrieved. Which brings us back to Gordon.MORE: Ranking the potential Hall of Famers on Chargers’ current rosterThe Chargers’ two-time Pro Bowl running back is threatening to hold out from training camp and beyond if he doesn’t receive a contract extension now. He and his agents also are saying they will request a trade if the situation remains at impasse.”I want to end up with the Chargers,” Gordon said a couple weeks. “That’s the team who blessed me with an opportunity. But it’s an opportunity right now where I need to take advantage of it. I want to get paid. I’m prepared to do what I need to do.”Gordon, 26, is scheduled to earn $5.6 million this season under his fifth-year option as a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Because he is under contract — as opposed to Bell, who was tagged but unsigned in Pittsburgh last season — Gordon can be fined $40,000 per day that he is absent during the preseason and regular season.Another huge difference in Gordon’s situation compared to that of Bell: Because the LA running back is signed for one more year, the Chargers can toll his contract if he no-shows the season, thus keeping his $5.6 million salary in force for the 2020 season. Telesco knows Gordon is his top back, but the GM also wants to see the RB prove he can stay on the field. Telesco also knows he has the franchise tag for up to two more years as further leverage after this season, which is another reason Gordon and his agent want their long-term deal now.Gordon and his agents are doing the right thing in putting pressure on the Chargers, but I also think the threats will fall on deaf ears. Telesco, along with team negotiator/executive VP of football administration Ed McGuire, know they have a lot more leverage than the Steelers had with Bell since Gordon is under contract.If I were in the shoes of Telesco and McGuire, I would sit tight and not trade Gordon — unless a team were to offer two first-round picks, something I don’t foresee in the case of a player with an injury history that has resulted in just one reason of 1,000-plus rushing yards.If I were Gordon’s agent, I would continue to clamor for a lucrative extension (and a trade if no deal is forthcoming), but I would strongly suggest my client report to the team well in advance of the regular-season opener against the Colts on Sept. 8. Perhaps they can squeeze a few more incentives out of the Chargers, but overall, the current system does not give Gordon much choice but to play this season.NFL UNIFORM RANKINGS: Chargers barely miss out on top fiveGordon’s best chance of getting a contract close to Todd Gurley’s running back pace-setting $14.4 million per year, or Bell’s $13.1 million per year, is to have a monster year of more than 2,000 combined yards rushing and receiving while he helps lead the Chargers to another playoff season. But Gordon can’t do that if he misses significant time in regular season, and as is often the case when players report late, an extended absence could well lead to another injury-filled season. There’s a narrative making the rounds that players like Melvin Gordon should be emboldened by Le’Veon Bell’s season-long holdout from the Steelers last year. The reasoning: Bell experienced great benefit because he stared down Pittsburgh management and still wound up getting a mega-bucks deal from the Jets in March.My message to Gordon and other NFL players: Don’t buy a word of that ill-informed opinion. Chargers general manager Tom Telesco and coach Anthony Lynn know Gordon is a difference-maker as a versatile back. He is an excellent runner (career-high 5.1 yard average last season) and one of the best receiving backs in the NFL (182 receptions over his four seasons). He is coming off a season with a career-high 14 touchdowns and has improved his ball protection with only one fumble in 2018. (He had six fumbles in his rookie season.)The knock on Gordon is his questionable durability; he has only played one full season, in 2017. He missed four games last year due to hamstring and knee injuries, and he missed five games over his first two seasons. Gordon also ended 2018 on a down note with only 15 yards rushing and one reception for 11 yards in the divisional playoff loss to the Patriots. This followed a 40-yard rushing effort and one catch in the wild-card win over the Ravens.Worst of all for the Gordon camp: The Chargers won all four games he missed in 2018. Philip Rivers and Co. have proven they can win with backup running backs Austin Ekeler (554 rushing yards with a 5.2 yard average and 39 receptions last season) and Justin Jackson (206 rushing yards and 15 catches as a 2018 rookie).last_img read more

Powerline Opposition Group Hires A Lawyer

first_imgJCP&L’s petition to construct the powerlines on the NJ Transit right-of-way was filed with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities on Aug. 9. From there it was forwarded to the Office of Administrative Law, where the main fight to stop the project will be forged.“We needed to prepare for a legal fight,” said Kanapka. “As soon as the BPU got JCP&L’s petition, and kicked it over to the Office of Administrative Law, we knew that a legal fight was coming.”With that battle pending, the group went out to find their own legal representation for hearings on the petition at the Office of Administrative Law, which are set to begin in April 2017.“I don’t know if the BPU could send a better message to JCP&L – along the lines of ‘Cut it out, grow up and get out of the sandbox and to come out here and operate a utility the way you should’ – than to terminate this project,” Dickson said in an address to his new clients.Attorney Peter Dickson will represent RAGE, a group of Monmouth residents who oppose JCP&L’s powerline proposal.In the 26 years that Dickson has been with his current firm, he has fought and won numerous cases in a plethora of different fields, consisting of energy law and regulation, property tax revaluations and rail transportation regulations.Taking the fight against the MCRP to court has become a hot topic of late. A “Municipal Consortium,” which is a joint defensive effort against the project, is comprised of a partnership from the five affected municipalities.Dickson announced to the crowd that only three of the five towns in the area – Middletown, Hazlet and Holmdel – had signed on to provide funds in opposition to the project.Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna and Aberdeen Mayor Fred Tagliarini say their towns have pledged support.Menna said, “When the attorney says that only three towns have joined in, that is incorrect.”The governing bodies of Red Bank and Aberdeen passed resolutions last month affirming the towns desire to join a “Shared Services Defense Agreement” against the MCRP. Their financial support is limited to no more than $10,000. The other three towns’ resolutions do not specify a cap on funding they may provide.“Aberdeen and Red Bank are on the peripheral,” Menna said. “We’ve agreed to the support, but obviously it can’t be open-ended support.”Dickson said during the meeting that he hoped his team can work together with the legal team of Bevan, Mosca & Guiditta, P.C. of Basking Ridge – which the municipalities have retained to represent them.“There should not be any overlap, there shouldn’t be any wasted motion,” he said.While RAGE has a long way to go in raising enough funds to support this fight – they estimate roughly $350,000 will be needed – they are already on the road to that figure. In the five months that RAGE has been active, they have raised $50,000.“It hasn’t been easy – it’s frustrating to have to spend time fighting for what seems to be common sense,” Kanapka said.“JCP&L’s project has taken over our lives for five months now.”Going forward, RAGE plans to stay on course and continue to inform their supporters of the next steps.One worry amongst RAGE leadership was that local elections would change the makeup of township committees whom have been on the groups side.“Elections may change the composition of the town, and the governing bodies may change,” said RAGE vice president Terri Vilardi. “New governing bodies may decide to not expend funds to follow through with the vigorous legal fight against JCP&L.”Of the four municipalities whom had committee members up for reelection – Hazlet, Holmdel, Middletown and Red Bank – only two had changes.Mayor Aagre of Hazlet was reelected, but with him now comes in Michael Glackin, the Republican that ran with Aagre.In Red Bank, Independent Cindy Burnham was not reelected, though incumbent Kathy Horgan was voted back into office along with her running mate Eric Yngstrom gaining a seat on the council.RAGE leadership already have their next meeting circled on calendars. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 17, at Vonage headquarters in Holmdel, the RAGE’ers are hosting a community meeting for residents within 500 feet of the proposed line. Members from the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club will also speak to attendees about possible harmful risks that the MCRP would have on the environment. Seating to the event is limited, and an online RSVP must be filled out to attend. Information is at Story and photos by Jay CookHAZLET – A local grassroots organization has hired its own attorney in an effort to halt a powerline project it deems detrimental to Monmouth County.Residents Against Giant Electric, other wise known as RAGE to its thousands of supporters, has selected Peter Dickson, of Potter & Dickson, a Princeton, NJ-based law firm, following a month-long vetting process.RAGE members are vigorously opposing a proposal by Jersey Central Power and Light Company (JCP&L) titled the Monmouth County Reliability Project (MCRP), that calls for the construction of a 230-kV transmission line to be built from Aberdeen to Red Bank along a 10-mile stretch of the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line commuter rail line right-of-way.The proposed project, which currently has a price-tag of $111 million, would also cut through Hazlet, Holmdel, and Middletown.On Nov. 2, over 300 supporters packed the auditorium at Raritan High School in Hazlet for an information session to hear the latest on fundraising efforts, current status and legal footing going forward.“Our momentum is tremendous,” said RAGE president Rachael Kanapka. “We are powerful, and we are in a good place for what comes next.”Present at the meeting was Aberdeen Mayor Fred Tagliarini, Holmdel Mayor Eric Hinds, Hazlet Mayor Scott Aagre, Hazlet Deputy Mayor Sue Kiley, Middletown Committeeman Kevin Settembrino and Assemblywoman Amy Handlin.last_img read more

A born competitor who wants to try in rallies and in the ring

first_imgHe learned and grew in his assignments to Córdoba and Valladolid, but in the Ray he exploded. He was instrumental in the ascent with 24 goals (a historical record) and achieved 14 in his premiere in Primera. The last summer, Madrid transferred him to Benfica, where he has barely been able to demonstrate his full potential.His skin reminds him: “Follow your goals, fulfill your dreams, but don’t forget who you are and where you come from.” For it, Pablo Arias monitors physical preparation and food of the forward, who he plans to try as a boxer (Professionals Eric Pambani and Damián Biancho started him in a sport he already practices) or rally driver (He has two car simulators at home) when he hangs up his boots tomorrow.Now His goal is to save Espanyol after having experienced two descents (Castilla y Rayo) and re-grease those boots of number 41. At the moment the prejudices are shaken: Some think he’s cool, when he’s really shy and a born competitor. He summoned him to a social tournament and, after his participation, a letter arrived to make the preseason with the fry B. Thomas always had a white heart, but his parents paid him to the Lightning because it was cheaper. Hence his first memories of Vallecas are from Lopetegui, with his cap, under sticks. Both were destined to meet: first in the U19 (2012) and then in Madrid (summer 2018).At age eight, Raúl arrived at the Madrid quarry and beat the sieves summer after summer, those that left many companions along the way. Something that made him mature by leaps and bounds. This Madrid, of Dominican descent by his mother Mila, spent almost five years in the SEK school, leaving behind a difficult childhood surrounded by somewhat problematic friendships. The brothers of Tomás, in the simulators.@ rauldetomas17 Raúl de Tomás Gómez (Madrid, October 17, 1994) carries football in his blood. His father, also called Raul but known as ‘Beni’, played as a midfielder in different clubs of Second B (Sanse, Tomelloso, Pegaso, Yeclano and Torrevieja) and his brother Rubén is a midfielder. As a child, RdT acted as a midfielder in San Roque, the team in his neighborhood (Barajas). It was precisely in a derby against Alameda de Osuna, when a scout of Real Madrid noticed him. In class coincided with Pozo, after repeating some course, while his goals opened the doors of Castilla and the first team, with Ancelotti. Ironies of fate debuted against Espanyol in Copa (29-10-14). However, Zidane marked his career. He was his idol and not having responded to his expectations remains a thorn.last_img read more

Letran snaps 3-game skid, holds off Arellano

first_imgIn ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide MOST READ View comments DAY6 is for everybody Unfortunately for the Chiefs, Marwin Taywan was called for an unsportsmanlike foul during an inbound play on the other end that resulted to a Nambatac free throw and the game-sealing triple by Calvo.“This is an important win for us because we’re all close at three to six. A lot of things can happen. At least, we took care of business now and we executed our game plan,” said Napa.Kent Salado fought valiantly for the skidding Chiefs and finished with 23 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals, while Alcoriza had 10 in the defeat.Arellano dropped back to eighth place with a 4-8 card.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT JP Calvo buried 20 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three, including the dagger from the right wing with 17.4 seconds that finally douses the Chiefs fiery rally late.Calvo also had five rebounds, five assists, and a steal in the huge win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBong Quinto also shone with 20 markers, 10 boards, and two assists, while Rey Nambatac got 14 points, eight rebounds, and two dimes.Letran lost A 16-point lead, 58-42, in the third quarter as Arellano cut the deficit to just six, 79-73, after a Rence Alcoriza layup with 39.7 seconds left. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LETRAN 84 – Calvo 20, Quinto 20, Nambatac 14, Balanza 8, Mandreza 8, Gedaria 4, Vacaro 4, Taladua 4, Balagasay 2, Bernabe 0.ARELLANO 73 – Salado 23, Alcoriza 10, Flores 7, Dela Cruz 7, Meca 6, Taywan 6, Canete 5, Concepcion 3, Abanes 3, Nicholls 2, Villoria 1, Enriquez 0.Quarters: 26-20, 45-36, 68-59, 84-73. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports prodigy and Skechers performance ambassador, Lauren Lim is set to conquer the Chicago Marathon Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLetran arrested its three-game losing skid after coming away with an 84-73 victory against Arellano in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“At least we broke the record and we’re able to get back in the winning column,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa, who celebrated his 37th birthday with the Knights earning its sixth win in 12 outingsADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-uplast_img read more