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FIBA referee Sherwin Henry to meet basketball officials today

first_imgFOLLOWING a meeting between the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) on Sunday and club affiliates, it was decided that Guyana’s lone International Basketball Federation (FIBA) recognised referee Sherwin Henry will hold a special meeting today involving the referees, table officials, game commissioners, coaches and captains, ahead of the LABA 2017 which tentatively bounces off on Saturday in Linden.Henry will brief the various officials on what is expected of them and the general rules that can influence the smooth running of matches and the roles played by these individuals.The referees will get special attention since they will be needed to conduct the games in a way that does not impede the flow of play while maintaining discipline.Clubs – Retrieve Raiders, Half Mile Bulls, Victory Valley Royals, Amelia’s Ward Jets, Bankers Trust Falcons, Kwakwani and Christianburg Pistons – are expected to send representatives in the different categories so that their clubs are aware of their expectations and how to conduct themselves.The Under-23 competition is expected to be the first competition and clubs are to submit their list of players by today and these players must be born on January 1, 1994 or after to be eligible to play in this competition.last_img read more

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Fifa World Cup India has potential to play in FIFA World Cup soon: Rajyavardhan Rathore

first_imgNew Delhi: Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore says India has the potential to play in the FIFA World Cup in near future but the country can reach that standard only if opportunities are created for the players. Rathore cited the beautiful game’s rising popularity even as India skipper Sunil Chhetri recently urged his fans to throng the stadiums to watch the national team play in the Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai.”Football’s popularity is rising in India. The number of people who turned up to watch FIFA U-17 World Cup was same as IPL matches. India hasn’t played in FIFA World Cup but we have potential. If the potential is linked to opportunities, India will start playing in FIFA World Cup very soon. Be it football, or any other sports, India has tremendous potential,” Rathore said.The minister was speaking at an inter-embassy football tournament, organised by the Russian Embassy.Rathore said the training opportunities and support for the players are much better now and also urged schools to focus on promoting sports and not just academics.He said in the next edition of Khelo India, the government will not only organise   Under-17 Games but also Under -21 (College Games) events.Asked which team he will support as a fan in the FIFA World Cup, Rathore said, “I see with what commitment and passion the players play. Sometimes it’s Brazil and sometimes it’s Argentina but I am the biggest fan of India. We have to see when India plays at FIFA World Cup.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Star Lager in Historic Partnership with Five European Clubs

first_imgFemi SolajaHistory was made on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, as Star Lager Beer announced an unprecedented partnership with five of the biggest European football clubs – Arsenal, Juventus, Real Madrid, PSG and Manchester City, having a combined history in football of 544 years.By virtue of the partnership, Star has become the “Official Beer Partner” of the clubs.These five clubs also have a combined history of 87 domestic league titles, 13 UEFA ChampionsLeague titles and numerous European titles. Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Franco Maria-Maggi, described the partnerships as a commitment from Star, Nigeria’s foremost beer brand to bring new football experience to consumers and loyal fans of these clubs.The significance of this new partnership bestows Star lager beer rights to promote the brand’s association with Real Madrid; Arsenal; Juventus; Manchester City and PSG to millions of fans across Nigeria and beyond, supporting its vision to embrace an unrivalled passion of football.The partnership, first of its kind in Nigeria by a beer brewery, intends to see Star Lager actively engage consumers and fans with series of cross-promotional events and communication materials designed to enhance visibility of the European giants in Nigeria.The ground-breaking partnerships with these clubs poses an exciting bright future for football development and viewing experience in Nigeria as confirmed by the Portfolio Manager, National Premium, Nigerian Breweries, Tokunbo Adodo.He affirmed Star’s accession as “Official Beer Partner” to these five clubs, has bought into important football assets across the biggest leagues in Europe – England, Spain, Italy and France.The established partnership will have Star organise digital amplification of the European clubs in Nigeria, including digital promotions to drive viewership as well as providing outdoor amplification of the clubs and billboards.The partnership will give access to an archive of images and content from the respective clubs with an opportunity for Star to brand its bottles with logos of these clubs. Going forward, a bottle of Star would symbolize more than just another larger, it would mean a communion between a fan and the pride, history and colours of their favourite club side; Real Madrid, Arsenal, PSG, Manchester City and Juventus FC.A common ground Star has with the European giants is the culture of remarkable history. Since the first Star lager beer bottle rolled out of the Lagos brewery in 1949, Star has consistently supported football initiatives and platforms such as its highly impactful campaign to rally Nigerian football fans during the World Cup in 2014.A week ago, Star announced a landmark partnership with the local league, NPFL in a similar arrangement as the “Official Beer Partner” of the domestic league.Star’s partnership with Europe’s five greatest clubs may further encourage the clubs to include Nigeria in their summer pre-season tours.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Casillas’ special teams play paying dividends

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoStanding 6-foot-2 and weighing 200 pounds, Wisconsin linebacker and punt block extraordinaire Jonathan Casillas has already made his presence felt as a true freshman. All one would have to do is ask Illinois — or better yet Minnesota — how fast Casillas can turn a game around by blocking boots alone.As a high school football player, Casillas had a lengthy list of honors and accomplishments. He was first-team all-state, the county’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, team captain, MVP as a senior and was ranked among the top 35 players in New Jersey by Superprep. His totals included 228 tackles, 36 QB sacks, 50 TFLs, 11 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries.So when it came time to make a decision about where to go to school, Casillas obviously had his options open. But, according to the Brunswick, N.J., native, the decision to become a Badger was an easy one.”When I got here, it was the only visit that made me realize that this was the place to be. I mean, it was everything: Coach Alvarez, Coach Bielema, the 80,000 people and the family atmosphere. It was all those things combined,” Casillas said.The bottom line is that Casillas is an expert when it comes to getting to the kicker. His latest blocked punt came early in the third quarter against Illinois. With the Badgers leading 20-10, the freshman was able to use his speed to get his paws on one. His punt block eventually set up a Brian Calhoun six-yard TD run and gave the Badgers a three-score lead.Then there was the Pontiac Game Changing Performance that came against Minnesota. The Badgers were down 34-31 with less than one minute remaining. Casillas came up big with a block that was recovered in the end zone by Ben Strickland for the go-ahead score.It is clear that plays made by special teams — specifically punt blocks — can drastically change the outcome of a game.”There is a statistic that if you block a punt in a game, then there is an 80 percent chance of [winning],” special teams and outside linebacker coach Brian Murphy stated. “That speaks for itself. Doing one thing to have an 80 percent chance of the game going in your direction is a tremendous swing in momentum.”So what separates Casillas from the other punt blockers? Well, it probably has something to do with his physicality, great speed and knowledge of the game. Casillas himself said that you can do a lot with the combination of these three things.”He is a smart player, a tremendous athlete, strong and has a knack for the game,” Murphy expressed.By talking to Casillas, one would find him extremely modest. He gives credit to his coach, saying Murphy has a strong game plan each week and holds an important focus for details.Casillas explains that it is not all about blocking the kick. He views himself as a main contributor on the punt return team. Even if he does not get a block, he tries to spring Brandon Williams for a big return.But there is more than meets the eye when it comes to Casillas. He is a developing linebacker who’s seen his playing time steadily increase behind starter LaMarr Watkins in recent weeks. But for now, Casillas is content with his goals, one of which has him establishing himself as one of Wisconsin’s greats through hard work. “My goal is to learn as much as possible by watching the starters to see what they are doing,” Casillas said. “I also try to go in and watch as much film as possible.”The coaches definitely see a bright future for Casillas. With his athleticism and work ethic, he has the opportunity to excel as a Badger.”He has knowledge of the game and he is constantly trying to get better and find a way to improve,” said Murphy.But the freshman does not overlook the true importance of his experience here at Madison. He says that his most important task is to graduate from Wisconsin.”First things first — I have to get a degree,” Casillas joked, “because if I don’t, my mom will not let me back in the house.”last_img read more

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School of Social Work receives research grant

first_imgUSC announced in late August that its School of Social Work’s Children’s Data Network received an $800,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to help further develop the new research project.The CDN is directed by Emily Putnam-Hornstein and Jacquelyn McCroskey of the School of Social Work. It originally received its funding from First 5 LA for analyses on early childhood, from infancy to 5 years of age. The grant money from will expand the project to acquire and study existing data that focuses on transitioning youths out of the foster care system.“We know it’s really important to look at young children to start with, but they do get older, so we approached the Hilton Foundation because we knew about their focus on transitional issues,” McCroskey said.The goal of the CDN is to link administrative records that can be used to study children’s experiences across agencies and departments.“We can bring our research expertise, our analytic expertise, to looking at data that already exists and helping the agencies that are on the front lines of providing services take a better look at what the patterns and trends are,” McCroskey said. “Emily [Putnam-Hornstein] and I are really hoping that by linking data across agencies we can support a better understanding of programs and policies.”Much of the analysis is done on campus by faculty and graduate students. Ivy Hammond, who is currently pursuing a master’s degree in social work, is part of the research team for the CDN.“I feel incredibly fortunate to have this opportunity,” Hammond said. “The CDN is in its early stages, and we’re really trying to grow the infrastructure. It is a scary thing to invest in a new project like the CDN, so it’s great that First 5 LA and the Hilton Foundation [are] willing [to] do that.”Hammond sees the work the CDN is doing affecting people throughout both the university and the larger community.“We’re all about painting a full picture of children and their families,” she said. “It’s definitely an interdisciplinary approach that could include students in the law school, medical school and all different fields.”Kechen Zhao, who is currently in his fourth year of the biostatistics Ph.D. program, does statistical analysis for the network.“The CDN is a project that allows me to expose myself to real problems,” Zhao said. “When we do mathematical problems, we always do hypothetical situations and models, but CDN is the first experience for me to apply what I’ve learned from my courses to solve a real-world issue.”Zhao said the program brings together a diverse group of people.“The CDN is a really exciting program in the fact that the ways researchers are looking at these issues are really innovative,” he said. “It also draws many agencies and people with different backgrounds to get involved. It’s kind of like you combine academic people with politicians, and we have to work together to somehow make change happen. I’m really looking forward to seeing where the program goes in the future.”last_img read more

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Manchester United focusing on Europa league final

first_imgManchester United are focusing on the Europa league final against Ajax tonight in Stockholm.The Dutch are a young side and their starting eleven could have an average age of 22.The Reds are unbeaten in ten European games. Kick off is at 7.45Meanwhile, Arsenal defender Gabriel is out of Saturday’s FA Cup final with Chelsea – adding to Arsene Wenger’s shortage at centre back.A knee injury has ruled him out for up to two months.Laurent Koscielny’s already missing through suspension.Wenger says Shkodran Mustafi is also yet to train – as the German continues to recover from suspected concussion. Photo © Pixabaylast_img

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Ballybacon Grange lose out on Munster glory

first_imgBallybacon Grange have lost out against Waterford’s Ardmore in today’s Munster Junior A Hurling final.Ardmore were down to 13 men by half time – Jack Walsh and Wayne Hennessey sent off there, and they lost a third man in the second halfHowever the Waterford side still managed to push on to win comfortably – it finished 3-11 to 2-08 Goalkeeper Brendan Cummins spoke after the game…last_img

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Dodgers will rely on young pitchers for starting depth

first_imgBuehler is at the top of that list. But the Dodgers are not planning to have Buehler in their rotation to start the season and will handle him with care (as they did the past two years with Urias). Buehler had Tommy John surgery soon after he was drafted in 2015 and has thrown just 103 innings total as a professional.“It’s not as much a hard innings number. That’s just not how we operate,” Friedman said of the limitations on Buehler. “It’s much more kind of evaluating as you’re going, seeing how guys are bouncing back and making it much more specific for each guy.“It’s certainly something we’re going to be very mindful of. He’s not in the place yet where it’s just kind of off our radar and just go out and pitch every fifth day and see what happens. So we’re going to monitor it and see where he’s at. But hopefully we can get a healthy jump from last year and continue to move him up to a point where he can put 200 innings on his body year in and year out.”NOTESAll of the Dodgers’ position players have reported on time, according to Roberts. The first full-squad workout is Monday. … Right-hander Ross Stripling (one of the seven Dodgers who got married this offseason) was given permission to leave camp this weekend in order to attend a friend’s wedding. That number swells if Tom Koehler’s 133 big-league starts are included. But the Dodgers plan to have him pitching out of the bullpen in a prominent role.But Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman says he has no concerns that the lack of experienced starters on the depth chart makes that an area of vulnerability.“No,” he said. “I think if you look on the position-player side and the young players we’ve kind of broken in over the past three, four years, we need to start doing that with our starters and get to a point where one or two spots are taken down by our good young pitching and let them have a runway to kind of develop.“I do think this year will provide some of that for our guys to have an opportunity and a softer landing. Then once we get through this season, we’ll have a better sense of who we can pencil in and count on as we start spring training next year.”The Dodgers’ desire to maintain a payroll below the competitive-balance tax threshold this season (and qualifying offers attached to unsigned free agents like Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb) might be keeping them from adding a more seasoned starter to the current group. But Friedman insists the Dodgers “will be in good shape” because “there’s a lot of guys who from a talent perspective we really like.” GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers saw a need this winter and added someone with more than 100 major-league starts in his past.Mark Prior was hired as the team’s new bullpen coach. The team’s starting pitching depth, on the other hand, is made up of young pitchers with far less experience than Prior’s 106 big-league starts in his five seasons with the Chicago Cubs.Five pitchers who each made at least 24 starts for the Dodgers last season are penciled in as this year’s rotation – Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Alex Wood, Kenta Maeda and Hyun-Jin Ryu. But the Dodgers used 16 starting pitchers in 2015 and 15 in 2016. That dropped to 10 last year, but they used the 10-day DL as a waiting room, frequently parking starters there for the slightest infirmity.Gone from that group of 10 are Yu Darvish and Brandon McCarthy with their combined 313 career starts. Now, the six players behind the projected starting five have a combined total of 41 big-league starts under their belts – 16 each for Ross Stripling (who might wind up in the bullpen) and Henry Owens, and nine for Brock Stewart (another bullpen candidate). Top prospect Walker Buehler, Wilmer Font and Dennis Santana have never started a major-league game. Twenty-one-year-old lefty Julio Urias is a greybeard by comparison with 20 big-league starts. But he is not expected back from shoulder surgery until, most optimistically, late in the season.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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The NFL’s highest-paid quarterbacks in salary, guaranteed money and total contract value

first_imgTotal contract valueRankTotal valueQBTeam1.$450 millionPatrick MahomesChiefs2.$150 millionMatt RyanFalcons3.$140 millionRussell WilsonSeahawks4.$137.5 millionJimmy Garoppolo49ers5.$135 millionMatthew StaffordLionsT6.$134 millionJared GoffRamsT6.$134 millionAaron RodgersPackers8.$128 millionCarson WentzEagles9.$125.025 millionDerek CarrRaiders10.$118 millionRyan TannehillTitansMahomes’ contract is an outlier because it’s a 10-year deal as opposed to a four- or five-year deal, but as referenced above, he will make $10 million more in per-year money than the second-place Wilson once Mahomes’ extension kicks in.While the total value of Garoppolo’s contract ranks high, he was guaranteed just $48.7 million when he signed the deal in February 2018. Because so much of his potential earnings over the next three years comes from non-guaranteed base salary, he carries small dead cap charges and high cap savings for the 49ers if cut or traded.Stafford signed his big extension with the Lions almost three years ago. He is scheduled to earn just $8.3 million in 2020, but his earnings will increase in 2021 ($20 million) and 2022 ($23 million) if Detroit keeps him on his current contract. The list of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL changes often, and some notable moves in the rankings are on their way.Now that Patrick Mahomes is paid, setting a new standard for professional sports contracts with his 10-year extension, the likes of Deshaun Watson, Dak Prescott and Lamar Jackson could soon join the Chiefs quarterback near the top of the highest-paid lists. MORE: The NFL’s highest-paid players overallBut listing the highest-paid QBs in the NFL is an inexact science since there are multiple ways to arrange the ranking. For example, Seahawks passer Russell Wilson makes the most money in terms of average annual salary after Mahomes, but a couple QBs — the Falcons’ Matt Ryan and the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers — had more fully guaranteed dollars attached to their contracts at signing.Below are the 10 highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL, organized three ways by three different criteria — average annual salary, fully guaranteed money at signing and total contract value. (NFL QB contract figures courtesy of Over The Cap and Spotrac.)NFL’s highest-paid quarterbacksAverage annual salaryRankSalaryQBTeam1.$45 millionPatrick MahomesChiefs2.$35 millionRussell WilsonSeahawks3.$34 millionBen RoethlisbergerSteelersT4.$33.5 millionJared GoffRamsT4.$33.5 millionAaron RodgersPackers6.$33 millionKirk CousinsVikings7.$32 millionCarson WentzEagles8.$31.4 million (tag)Dak PrescottCowboys9.$30 millionMatt RyanFalcons10.$29.5 millionRyan TannehillTitansMahomes’ $45 million annual salary will apply when his extension kicks in starting with the 2022 season. Including the next two seasons, which are part of his rookie contract, his average annual salary is $39.8 million.Wilson’s four-year contract extension with Seattle, signed in April 2019, made him the league’s highest-paid player in terms of average annual salary at the time. Because $35 million of his $65 million signing bonus was deferred to 2020, Wilson is scheduled to make a league-high $53 million this year, an amount that includes his $18 million base salary.Roethlisberger’s high annual salary is the product of the contract extension he received from the Steelers in April 2019. His base salary in 2020 is just $8.5 million, but including a $12.5 million roster bonus, he is scheduled to earn $21 million this year. (Only $16 million of that is guaranteed for injury.)Fully guaranteed money at signingRankGuaranteed at signingQBTeam1.$94.5 millionMatt RyanFalcons2.$78.7 millionAaron RodgersPackers3.$70 millionRussell WilsonSeahawks4.$66.47 millionCarson WentzEagles5.$63.082 millionPatrick MahomesChiefs6.$62 millionRyan TannehillTitans7.$60.5 millionMatthew StaffordLions8.$57.04 millionJared GoffRams9.$55 millionAlex SmithRedskins10.$50 millionTom BradyBuccaneersMahomes was given $141.482 million in total guarantees with his 10-year contract extension, easily the most in the NFL, but only about 44 percent of that was guaranteed at signing. Mahomes’ contract features guarantee mechanisms that will activate throughout the deal.Ryan technically received $100 million in guarantees when he signed his extension with the Falcons in May 2018, but only $94.5 million (2018, 2019 and 2020 base salaries; $46.5 million signing bonus; $10 million option bonus) was guaranteed at signing. Ryan restructured his contract after last season to convert $12 million of his 2020 salary into a signing bonus, so he is scheduled to earn $20.5 million this year.Cousins’ three-year deal with the Vikings, signed in March 2018, was the first fully guaranteed contract in the history of the NFL. He has since restructured that deal. Brady’s two-year contract with the Buccaneers also is fully guaranteed.last_img read more

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Fort Dodge pastor robbed and killed outside his church

first_imgFORT DODGE — Police say a Fort Dodge minister was robbed and murdered outside his church. 64-Year-old Allen W. Henderson of Fort Dodge died of injuries after he was assaulted outside St. Paul Lutheran Church early Wednesday evening. Henderson was transported to a Fort Dodge hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police began to gather information from witnesses in the area stating a confrontation of some sort had occurred in or just outside the church. Officers were then directed to the 1400 block of Fourth Avenue South where they believed the suspect may be located. Police arrested 36-year-old Joshua J. Pendleton of Fort Dodge on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery. He is being held in the Webster County Jail awaiting a court appearance this Thursday morning. Henderson was the senior pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge and a long time chaplain of all area public safety agencies and first responders. Pendleton’s initial court appearance was scheduled for this morning via a video link from the Webster County Jail to the courthouse, but it’s now been continued to Friday. Pendleton appeared to become upset over the presence of a camera. In a news release issued last night, the Fort Dodge Police honored Henderson as a beloved member of the Fort Dodge Police Department.last_img read more

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