McClaren thrilled with Thauvin deal

first_imgNewcastle boss Steve McClaren is happy the club have finally got their man after signing Marseille winger Florian Thauvin on a five-year contract. Press Association The former England manager said: “Florian is a player the club have been watching for a long time and I am delighted that we have been able to sign him. “He is a perfect signing for this club – someone who is young, with great potential and is one of the best young players in Europe. “He is an exciting, creative talent who can score goals and make assists, and we believe he will have a very bright future at Newcastle.” The France Under-21 international added: “I am delighted to be a Newcastle United player. I have come from France to a really big club and am very happy to be here. “They have put their trust in me and I am looking forward to playing for the team.” As part of the deal to bring Thauvin to St James’ Park, Remy Cabella heads the other way on a season-long loan, which will become a permanent move next summer. Thauvin, who will follow in the footsteps of fellow French wingers David Ginola and Laurent Robert in pulling on Newcastle’s black and white stripes, is the fifth summer signing made by McClaren. He joins Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba and Ivan Toney through the door at St James’ Park and McClaren will hope his arrival kick-starts the Magpies’ Premier League campaign following a draw and a defeat from the opening two games of the season. It does not get much easier for Newcastle as they head to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Saturday, where Thauvin will be hoping to make his debut. center_img The 22-year-old Frenchman came through a medical on Wednesday and committed to the club until 2020. Thauvin was identified as a potential signing by chief scout Graham Carr more than two years ago and the club has been monitoring his situation since. last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img— The Giants have reached agreements on one-year contracts with running back Dion Lewis and wide receiver Corey Coleman. Lewis spent the past two seasons as Derrick Henry’s backup in Tennessee and rushed for 209 yards on 54 carries last season before being released this month in a salary-cap move. Coleman didn’t play in the NFL last season after catching five passes for 71 yards and a touchdown in eight games for the 2018 Giants.— The Jets and linebacker James Burgess have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, according to his agent. Burgess started the final 10 games of last season at inside linebacker for the Jets after injuries decimated the position. The 26-year-old linebacker is a favorite of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who also coached him in Cleveland. Burgess finished second on the team to Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams in total tackles with 90.— The Cardinals have agreed to terms on one-year contracts for safety Chris Banjo and defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard. The 30-year-old Banjo played in 13 games last season for Arizona and was a valuable contributor on special teams. The seven-year veteran also provides depth in the secondary. The 26-year-old Bullard played in nine games last season and started six.— The Falcons have reached agreements with wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, a former first-round pick of the Vikings, and guard Justin McCray. That word comes from a person familiar with the deals, which won’t be official until Treadwell and McCray pass physicals. The Falcons also have re-signed cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson to a one-year deal. NHL-PREDATORS-INGRAM — Russia has backed the International Olympic Committee’s approach of taking time to consider postponing the Tokyo Games and condemned the body’s critics. Russia was faced with sending a neutral team to the Tokyo Olympics under sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency. But those measures can’t be implemented until there’s a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where hearings have been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak.—The European club rugby finals in May have been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. Governing body European Professional Club Rugby announced the decision a day after a conference call by the board. The Champions Cup and second-tier Challenge Cup had already suspended the quarterfinals scheduled for next month. Now the semifinals on May 1-3 and the finals in Marseille (mahr-SAY’) set for May 22-23 are off.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSChampions League final postponedUNDATED (AP) — UEFA (yoo-AY’-fah) has formally postponed the Champions League final scheduled to be played on May 30 in Istanbul. UNDATED (AP) — The New England Patriots have dropped their longtime kicker and picked up a quarterback.The Patriots said goodbye to another longtime staple of their two-decade run of championships, releasing kicker and franchise leading scorer Stephen Gostkowski. The three-time Super Bowl champion has spent his entire 14-year career in New England.Gostkowski has long passed Adam Vinatieri as the Patriots’ leading scorer with 1,775 points.The 36-year-old Gostkowski started the first four games of 2019 but struggled, missing a career-high four extra points after not missing more than three in any of his previous 13 NFL seasons. He was placed on injured reserve in October and underwent season-ending hip surgery.Brian Hoyer is now in the running to become Tom Brady’s replacement after accepting a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. The 34-year-old twice served as Brady’s backup and will compete with Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler for the starting job. Hoyer played four games and had one start with Indianapolis last season, completing 54% of his passes for 372 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. March 24, 2020 — Australian soccer’s A-League has suspended its season indefinitely. That brings an end to all professional football competitions in Australia and New Zealand until the coronavirus pandemic passes.— The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been postponed due to the outbreak. The latest postponement means there will be no Formula One races until the middle of June at the earliest. The race at the Baku City Circuit was scheduled for June 7. The first seven races of the Formula One season had already either been postponed or canceled.— Former Olympic swimming champion Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa says he has contracted the coronavirus. Van der Burgh retired from competitive swimming but says he has been struggling for two weeks with the illness. He is also adding his voice to concerns for the well-being of current athletes if the Tokyo Olympics are held as scheduled in July and August.NFL-NEWSPats get a QB, cut longtime kicker There will be an Olympic flame — that arrived on March 12 from Greece — carried in a lantern and transported by a vehicle along what organizers hope will be empty roadsides, and with curious onlookers practicing social distancing to avoid spreading the coronavirus.National broadcaster NHK has reported the plan, as has Japanese news agency Kyodo. The Games are set to open in July, but there has been growing pressure for a postponement.In other Olympic developments:— USA Gymnastics says a majority of senior national team members have indicated in an anonymous survey that they were in favor of the games being pushed back from its scheduled July opening. USA Gymnastics President Li Li Leung says the organization would not specify how long of a delay it is asking for but added that most respondents were pushing for a year. USA Swimming and USA Track and Field also have called for a postponement to the games..— Nearly seven in 10 U.S. Olympic hopefuls say they don’t think the Tokyo Games will be fair if they are held in July. The finding is prompting leaders of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee to conclude “it’s more clear than ever that the path toward postponement is the most promising.” USOPC sent a survey over the weekend to more than 4,000 athletes for details on how the coronavirus pandemic has influenced their training and their feelings about the upcoming games. Elsewhere in the NFL:— A person with knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press the Redskins are acquiring quarterback Kyle Allen from the Panthers. Allen was 5-7 as the Panthers’ starter last season, completing 62% of his passes for 3,322 yards, 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He will complete with second-year pro Dwayne Haskins for the starting job and is reunited with Washington head coach Ron Rivera, who was Allen’s coach last season.— The Seahawks landed some needed depth in the secondary by acquiring cornerback Quinton Dunbar from the Redskins for a fifth-round pick. That’s according to a person with knowledge of the move. Dunbar had a career-best four interceptions last season for Washington and started 17 of the past 18 games he played for the team.— Cowboys center Travis Frederick is retiring from the NFL at 29. The 2016 All-Pro says he could no longer perform at his highest level after returning from a neurological disorder that sidelined him for the 2018 season.— A person familiar with the situation says the Panthers have agreed to terms with former XFL quarterback P.J. Walker of the Houston Roughnecks and former Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead. The person says Walker agreed to a two-year contract and Whitehead will get a one-year deal. Financial terms were not known. UEFA says no decision has been made on a new date, amid a shutdown of European soccer due to the coronavirus pandemic that has no end in sight.Only four teams advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals before the remaining Round of 16 games scheduled on March 17-18 were postponed.In other sports-related developments stemming from the coronavirus:— The top three Canadian junior hockey leagues have called off the remainder of their seasons and playoffs. That means the Memorial Cup trophy given out to the national champion will not be awarded for the first time in its 102-year history.— The Spanish soccer federation and the Spanish league say the suspension of professional soccer in the country will continue until government officials “consider that they can be resumed without creating any health risk.” The soccer competitions had been initially suspended for two weeks, but the government said Sunday that the country’s state of emergency would likely be extended, meaning the entire nation may have to remain in lockdown until at least April 11. Associated Press Update on the latest in sports: Southeast Missouri finds a hoops coachUNDATED (AP) — Southeast Missouri has hired Kansas State assistant Brad Korn as its new basketball coach. Korn had spent the past five seasons with the Wildcats, the past four as an assistant coach. He helped the school to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a share of the Big 12 regular-season two years ago. Korn takes over for Rick Ray, who was fired after going 51-104 in five years with the team and was 7-24 this past season.In other men’s basketball news:— Andy Kennedy has been introduced as the new men’s basketball coach at UAB. Kennedy began his college coaching career with Cincinnati in 2005-06 before a 12-year run at Mississippi. He went 245-156 at Ole Miss, winning one conference tournament and earning two trips to the NCAA Tournament. Kennedy has had 10 20-win seasons as a head coach.WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-PLAYER/COACH OF THE YEAR Predators sign goaltender IngramNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed goaltender Connor Ingram to a three-year contract worth $2 million at the NHL level.The 22-year-old Ingram posted a 21-5-5 record for the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals this season. He ranked third among AHL goaltenders with a .933 save percentage, third with a 1.92 goals-against average and tied for third in wins.Ingram was a third-round pick by Tampa Bay in the 2016 NHL draft. He played for Canada in the 2017 World Junior Championship.MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWS Sabrina Ionescu is unanimous choiceUNDATED (AP) — Oregon star guard Sabrina Ionescu has become just the second unanimous selection as The Associated Press women’s basketball player of the year.Ionescu received all 30 ballots from the national media panel that selects the Top 25 poll each week. She averaged 17.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds this season as well as having eight of her 26 career triple-doubles. The only other unanimous pick was UConn star Breanna Stewart in 2016.South Carolina’s Dawn Staley is the AP’s women’s basketball coach of the year. Staley claimed 20 of 30 votes after leading the Gamecocks to a 32-1 overall record, including a 16-0 mark in the Southeastern Conference. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-TOKYO GAMESTorch relay begins, even as possibility of Games delayTOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start Thursday as planned in northeastern Japan’s Fukushima prefecture — but with no torch, no torchbearers, no public, and little ceremony. Northwestern’s Joe McKeown (mih-KYOO’-ehn) is the runner-up with five votes.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Angoy returns as president as nine women elected to Diamond United FC executive

first_imgHISTORY was created on Monday evening last when the Diamond United Football Club elected nine women in an 11-member executive committee that will govern the affairs of the club for the next two years.Returning as president was Orein Angoy with the other position being occupied by a male being Committee Member, Rockwell Adams.The full executive committee reads: Orein Angoy (president), Vianne Stanislaus (vice-president), Marcel Pinder (treasurer), Charlene Da Costa-Cameron (secretary), Nicole McKenzie (Assistant secretary/treasurer), Atoya Shepherd (Public Relations Officer).Committee Members: Rockwell Adams, Tobika Wright, Amanda King, Threcia Williams, Yerina Carvahal.President of the East Bank Football Association (EBFA) Kevin Anthony who performed duties as Returning Officer charged the new executive to continue the good work of the club which has been improving its pedigree with every competition played in the EBFA.He also congratulated the club for electing so many women to the executive and encouraged them to be the trailblazers in charting a new course for the club. President Angoy thanked the club for reposing confidence in him and encouraged colleagues to work as a team to take the club to another level.last_img read more

New high school club aims to enhance school sports

first_img Tags: Athletic Administrator Mike ByrnesC.L.A.S.S.C.L.A.S.S. Challenge WeekCazenovia Athletic DepartmentCazenovia High SchoolCazenovia LakerscoronavirusCouncil of Laker Athletescovid-19Students & Staff “Over my career I have often thought it would be a good idea to form a council of students that had a focus on athletics and school spirit surrounding our athletics program,” Byrnes said. “I also felt that there might be some high school students who wanted to be involved in our athletics programs in other ways than being athletes. This [school] year turned out to be the year I went for it and took a chance. I asked [Superintendent] Reilly if he would let me spearhead the student organization and, after a few brainstorming sessions, he gave me the go-ahead . . . [Principal] Hagan in the high school has also been a big supporter so far.”In December 2019, the club arranged an effort to collect money from sports teams to be privately donated to families in need during the holidays.C.L.A.S.S. member Jason Olkowski, grade 12, spearheaded the successful project.According to a press release written by Hannora Race (grade 10) and edited by Lindsey Lawson (grade 12) and Byrnes, the new organization has worked to increase student attendance at games by creating themes, such as “Whiteout” and “Hawaiian Shirt Night,” and posting reminders on Instagram @cazclass20192020.“These game themes have helped us unite our fans at games and achieve better school spirit,” wrote Race.Several C.L.A.S.S. members — including Elora Wilmot (grade 11), Harry Hausser (grade 8), Max Fischer (grade 11) and Maddie Young (grade 11) — have become game announcers and/or the announcer’s spotter during the winter boys and girls varsity basketball home games.The club has also been working to create a spirit T-shirt that students can wear to Lakers sports competitions. Individuals wearing the shirt would gain free admission to a home football, volleyball, ice hockey, or basketball game.“We hope that this shirt will increase spirit at games and unify our fans,” wrote Race. “Be on the lookout for more information about this exclusive Cazenovia 2020 Lakers T-shirt. Thank you to Elora Wilmot for chairing this project.”According to Byrnes, the students have successfully sought out several sponsors who will have their names on the back of the shirt along with “C.L.A.S.S. 2020.” The front of the royal blue shirt will read “CAZENOVIA 2020 LAKERS” in gold and white. The exact design has yet to be finalized.The T-shirt project is currently on pause due to the COVID-19 shutdown.“Like any [other organization], COVID-19 has broken our routine, but we have adjusted and have held video conference meetings using Zoom . . .” said Byrnes. “The club’s co-presidents . . . have learned how to make meeting agendas and have done a good job running our meetings.”The organization’s most recent project was “C.L.A.S.S. Challenge Week” (April 6-10) — an initiative aimed at keeping spirits up during the COVID-19 pandemic.Each day, students and other interested community members were encouraged to post photos online related to a different theme (“Laker Strong!,” “Tik Tok Tuesday,” “Workout Wednesday,” “Thankful Thursday” and “Fashion Friday”).According to Byrnes, the initiative was successful on multiple social media platforms.“The students deserve a ton of credit as they organized the themes and the information and worked with Mrs. Molly Hagan to get the word out,” Byrnes said.C.L.A.S.S. MembersAdvisor: Mike ByrnesStaff Representatives, 1-year terms: Tim Mascari and Katie CannizzaroCo-Presidents: Lindsey Lawson (grade 12) and Jason Olkowski (grade 12)Vice President: Lindsey Clements (grade 11)Treasurer: Max Fischer (grade 11)Secretary: Ella Brown (grade 11)Voting Member Grade Representatives: Maddie Young (grade 11), Elora Wilmot (grade 11), Joey Rightmyre (grade 9), Harry Hausser (grade 8), AJ Rothfeld (grade 10), Garrett Fasset (grade 10) and Hannora Race (grade 10).For information on joining the club, contact a C.L.A.S.S. officer or other student representative.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story All student members applied to the organization and were selected by Athletic Administrator Mike Byrnes.“The students in the club are great,” Byrnes said. “They are a true representation of our student body as a whole. I have really enjoyed getting to know them as people. They are very smart, dedicated, and have had really good ideas for how we can improve the experience students have within our athletic programming. As a group, we are off to a really good start and have room for a few more student reps in 9th grade and 12th grade if students are still interested.”Bylaws for the club were officially adopted at the February C.L.A.S.S. Business Meeting.center_img By Kate HillStaff WriterDuring the 2019-2020 school year, Cazenovia High School introduced a new organization aimed at promoting sports game attendance, improving fan and athlete enjoyment, emphasizing academics and engagement; and encouraging positive sportsmanship.The Council of Laker Athletes, Students & Staff (C.L.A.S.S.) includes students and/or student-athletes from every grade and adults from the high school.last_img read more

Former USG Senator runs for Kansas Senate

first_imgAs a child, Logan Heley remembers being pulled out of school by his parents to engage in the political process. He often volunteered with his parents on long campaigns before following them to the ballot box where they cast their votes.But this election season, Heley’s parents will have the opportunity to vote for their son.In January, Heley announced his candidacy for the 21st Kansas State Senate District, which includes portions of Heley’s hometown, Overland Park.Heley left Overland Park in 2011 to attend USC, where he was active in Undergraduate Student Government, the Joint Educational Project and the Sigma Nu fraternity. He graduated in 2015 with degrees in journalism and history.After leaving Los Angeles, Heley completed an internship at the White House’s press office before returning to Kansas. Closely following the events in his hometown — including the elections of Governor Sam Brownback and incumbent Senator Greg Smith — Heley jumped into the race to challenge Smith’s bid for a second term.“I didn’t like the direction that my home state was heading [in] and felt that it was important for me to come back and try to get our state back on the right track and moving forward,” Heley said.Throughout his time in USG, Heley was involved in a multi-year effort to convince university administration to provide gender-neutral housing on campus.Those efforts culminated after Heley had finished his term as a Greek Senator. In April 2014, then-USG Vice President Rini Sampath and Senator Brianna Thorpe introduced a resolution to support gender-neutral housing that was passed unanimously.“USC is behind a lot of other comparable universities on gender-neutral housing, and it’s about time we as a Trojan Family make our home comfortable for all students,” Heley said when the resolution was passed.Now, Heley is campaigning on issues such as fiscal stability, job growth and education for an entire state.Heley’s campaign has been met with the support of various local officials and past officeholders, including former Congressman Dennis Moore.“When I retired I said a new generation of leadership would lead Kansas in the future, and Logan is part of that generation,” Moore said in an endorsement statement for Heley’s campaign.As the campaign season heats up, Heley expects to face opposition to his candidacy over issues such as his youth. However, Heley encourages others his age to run for office and participate in politics.“I think that young people should be encouraged to go and run for office,” Heley said. “I really believe that it is going to take young people to win back my state specifically, [and] I think my age is an advantage, personally.”Beyond Kansas, Heley has received considerable support — financial and personal — from generations of USC Trojans.“They talk about the Trojan Family at every event possible at USC, and it really is the case,” Heley said.Those interested in participating in or to contributing Heley’s campaign can find his Facebook page or visit his website, loganheley.com.“I am the underdog, but it’s a race that we can win,” Heley said.last_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse football to lose in a blowout to No. 17 Virginia Tech

first_img Published on October 13, 2016 at 10:36 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (2-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) hosts No.17 Virginia Tech (4-1, 2-0) in the Carrier Dome at 3:45 p.m. Two first-year head coaches in Dino Babers and Justin Fuente will be going head-to-head. Their programs, however, are in vastly different spots.Here’s how beat writers Tomer Langer, Chris Libonati and Jon Mettus predict the game to unfold.Tomer Langer (2-1)Orange is the new lastVirginia Tech 34, Syracuse 17Virginia Tech’s team, led by first year head coach Justin Fuente, is legit. Its top-three defense has locked down almost every opponent this year (save for top 10 team Tennessee) and its strength is in limiting opponents’ passing attacks. Given the fact that Syracuse has shown an inability to run the ball all year, it might be throwing early and often. It’ll take a lot for the Orange to crack through that vaunted aerial defense, and in the end I don’t think it’ll be able to pull it off.Chris Libonati (5-1)What’s up, Bud?Virginia Tech 42, Syracuse 21AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse, meet Bud Foster’s defense. Bud Foster’s defense, meet your Saturday lunch. Syracuse fans may be banned from eating the batter, but the Hokie defense isn’t. The VT defense is going to bring out its lunch pail on Saturday and pack the Orange away early. VT is riding high after a solid start. Save for a loss to Tennessee, a team now ranked in the Top 10, Virginia Tech has looked every bit a contender in the Atlantic Coast Conference, especially in a 34-3 win over North Carolina last weekend.Jon Mettus (5-1)Technical difficultiesVirginia Tech 45, Syracuse 20This one is going to be far from easy for Syracuse on both sides of the ball. Virginia Tech’s offense is capable enough to put on a show in the Dome — especially against a depleted Orange secondary that just got even more depleted with Cordell Hudson being ruled out. Carl Jones, good luck in your first start. The offense gets left tackle Cody Conway back, but VT boasts a solid defense that is third in the nation in yards allowed and 10th in points allowed. The Hokies are going to get ahead early. Syracuse, catch them if you can. Commentslast_img read more

City Sports Group Signs Partnership Agreement with LaLiga Club Real Betis

first_imgCity Sports Group and LaLiga club, Real Betis have agreed to a partnership deal to collaborate on areas such as brand exposure, talent development, exploring commercial opportunities and creating pathways for young Nigerian talents to visit Spain for further training and assessment. The collaboration was facilitated by the LaLiga office in Nigeria as part of its efforts to build bridges between the Nigerian football ecosystem and Spanish clubs.Speaking on the partnership, Shola Opaleye, CEO of the City Sports Group said he is excited with the partnership because of the many areas of collaboration and the opportunities it opens up for the City Sports Group, its development programs as well as exciting Nigerian talent. “We have been in talks with a few clubs but this is the perfect deal for us. I have been to Spain twice in the past few months with my team and I have to say we felt right at home in Betis and we are delighted we share the same views about what can be achieved with partnerships such as this. Their facilities are excellent and their coaching philosophy is outstanding. We are excited to work with Betis and to open this opportunity for young Nigerian talents. We shall be holding periodic camps facilitated by their coaches, develop a training program and every year, we will send our teams for further training in Betis thereby exposing them to what life behind the scenes at the top-level looks and feels like for a week, an immersion program where they will see how football clubs and teams operate, prepare for games.”Ramon Alarcon, Chief Business Officer of Real Betis also said that CSG are the right partners as they look to connect and engage more fans globally. “My team has been working together with Shola and his team for the past few months and we are happy to finally reach an agreement with great potential for both parties and for Nigerian young talent. The objective of this partnership is for us to connect more with Nigerians and to share some of the knowledge we have through training camps and other programs. We are looking forward to a successful partnership and expanding our brand in Nigeria. This is just another step into our international growth and our first kind of a deal in Africa, where we think we have a lot of potential.”City Sports Group is Nigeria’s leading sports brand. A total sports company with one of its focus areas being the identification, engagement and nurturing of sports talents.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Dolphins’ season hinges on rookie QB Tagovailoa’s progress

first_img First Published: 28th August, 2020 08:43 IST Written By LIVE TV Miami Dolphins lore says that when rookie Dan Marino showed up for his first NFL training camp, his passing arm wowed coach Don Shula and other observers from Day 1.The reaction to Tua Tagovailoa’s first few practices was different.“Some good, some bad,” coach Brian Flores said. “Lots to improve upon. Some good throws, some good decisions. Some throws that aren’t so good, some not-so-good decisions.”The raves must wait. But if Flores is to become the Dolphins’ first Super Bowl coach since Shula, he needs for Tagovailoa to become their best quarterback since Marino.For the Dolphins, success this season will be defined by Tagovailoa’s progress, perhaps even more so than improving on last year’s 5-11 record.Like all 2020 rookies, Tagovailoa’s learning curve is especially steep due to the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the cancellation of most offseason training for NFL teams. And because he is coming back from a career-threatening hip injury that ended his Alabama career in November, the Dolphins won’t rush him.Ryan Fitzpatrick, a 16-year veteran and the Dolphins’ most valuable player last year, describes himself as a “placeholder” at quarterback. In the meantime, Tagovailoa is winning praise for his personality, at least.“He’s really just a kid at 22 years old,” tight end Mike Gesicki said. “He could’ve still been in college, which is crazy when you think about that stuff. I’m super excited about his future, and it’s been good to be around him. He’s a really good dude.”WHO’S GOING TO BLOCK?The Dolphins may be disinclined to expose Tagovailoa’s surgically repaired hip until they settle on an offensive line, which has been a work in progress for years.Last season they tied for the most sacks allowed in the NFL, and their total yards rushing was the league’s lowest since 2006. So Miami took three offensive line in the first four rounds of the draft, and all have a chance to start. The acquisition of veteran running backs Jordan Howard and Matt Breida should also help the running game.The Dolphins will likely be bigger, at least. Four potential starters in the offensive line weigh from 323 to 343 pounds.“There are a bunch of 400-pound people around out there that can’t play football, so size is not the only factor,” new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said. “Bigger is better only if it’s better.”MAKING A STOPThe Dolphins allowed a franchise record 494 points last year, had the fewest sacks in the NFL and gave up a league-high 39 touchdown passes.“Pass rush, run defense, pass coverage — I think all of those things we’re going to try to improve,” new defensive coordinator Josh Boyer said.Veteran newcomer Byron Jones and first-round pick Noah Igbinoghene join Xavien Howard at cornerback, giving Miami potentially one of the league’s best trios. The team should be better at end too, with the additions of veterans Shaq Lawson and Emmanuel Ogbah.VERSATILE LINEBACKERThe Dolphins will do plenty of platooning in their defensive front seven, but one player likely to be on the field for almost every down is veteran newcomer Kyle Van Noy.A starter for the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl champions in 2016 and 2018, Van Noy can rush the passer, defense the run and drop into coverage.“I feel like I’m the last of a dying breed,” he said. “I don’t think you can find players that can do all three skill sets. I’m just trying to be a problem and take advantage of a mismatch wherever I line up.”PANDEMIC IMPACTReceivers Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns, who between them totaled 75 receptions for 766 yards last year, opted out because of the coronavirus.That could create an opening for seventh-round draft pick Malcolm Perry, a 5-foot-9 quarterback at Navy who might see playing time as a slot receiver, kick returner and scatback.“He has played tag growing up,” Gailey said. “He knows how to make people miss and make them get out of the way. He’s an interesting guy to work with.”NOT EMPTYMany NFL teams have ruled out spectators to start the season, but the Dolphins plan to allow up to 13,000 masked, socially distancing fans to attend their home opener against the Buffalo Bills.“Music to our ears,” Fitzpatrick said.Image credits: AP FOLLOW US COMMENTcenter_img Last Updated: 28th August, 2020 08:43 IST Dolphins’ Season Hinges On Rookie QB Tagovailoa’s Progress Miami Dolphins lore says that when rookie Dan Marino showed up for his first NFL training camp, his passing arm wowed coach Don Shula and other observers from Day 1 WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

South Florida ball to celebrate Trinidad and Tobago 55th Anniversary of…

first_imgSouth Floridians are being invited to join the Trinidad and Tobago Independence Ball Committee, Inc. in celebrating celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Independence of Trinidad and Tobago. Broward, FloridaThe Trinidad and Tobago Independence Ball Committee, a not-for-profit organization, is proud to present the 15th Annual Independence Ball to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the independence of Trinidad and Tobago. This anniversary falls on August 31, 2017.Ball is also fundraiser for charityThe T&T independence ball is an initiative to raise funds to donate to the Cyril Ross Nursery, a home in Trinidad and Tobago for children affected with HIV/AIDS. Proceeds will also go to the Florida Memorial University Caribbean Students’ Fund.The Signature Grand located at 6900 State Road 84 in Davie is the location for the ball which will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 7pm to 2am.The Ball committee will celebrate the anniversary by enjoying the food, fun, cultural presentations, mix and mingle with friends and family and still make a financial contribution to the lives of our youths. This is an all-inclusive event to include valet parking, an hors d’oeuvres hour, dinner, bar services, cultural performances, a live Caribbean band and DJ music.last_img read more

GHPL: Ebusua Dwarfs release 6 players from their team

first_imgCape Coast Ebusua Dwarfs have released six players from their team as part of a reshuffle of their squad ahead of a resumption of the Ghana Premier League whenever it is safe to continue.Dwarfs are seeking to give their team a face-lift after a very testing 15-game run in the first round of the Ghana Premier League.Sources close to the team say poor performances is the reason why the players have been cut off from the team.The players are: Stephen Awere, Jacob Apretwum, Isaac Donkor, Osei Afriyie, Emmanuel Owusu and Bokuo Hayford.As of the time the league was suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Dwarfs were 16th on the league log with 15 points from the 15 matches they had played.They had 4 matches, lost 8 and drawn 3 scoring 13 and conceding 20 in the process.last_img