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first_imgDivision I FCS ADA Academic Scholar-Athlete of the Year Release CLEVELAND, Ohio – Already having accumulated a plethora of academic honors in his four years a Lumberjack football player, recently graduated Stephen F. Austin safety Marlon Walls can add another prestigious award to his name. Walls has been chosen as one of two recipients of the 17th Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolade, the organization announced Wednesday morning. The plaudit comes on the heels of Walls gaining several major national recognitions following the 2017 season. As FCS Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Walls will receive a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship during the Association’s annual Awards Luncheon, held in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C., June 28-30. Walls and University of San Diego nickelback Max Michaels were selected from a group of nine FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team finalists. 2018: Marlon Walls, Defensive Back2017: Marlon Walls, Defensive Back2014: Ryne Chambers, Offensive Lineman2012: Drew Nelson, Punter2011: Drew Nelson, Punter2008: Cory Long, Kicker About the FCS ADA: Now in its 24th year, the FCS ADA’s mission is to enhance FCS football. For more information on the FCS ADA, please visit www.fcsada.com. The FCS ADA is administered by NACDA, which is in its 53rd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com. “First of all, it’s a great honor to have received recognition, after-the-fact, for my undergraduate work both on and off the field,” said Walls. “With this scholarship, I will be able to focus all of my time into my research and classes without the potential of a financial burden along the way. In doing so, I will be able to gain an advantage early on within my research group and concentrate on grasping the material in my graduate level courses. In all, I’ll be better equipped to succeed as a grad student and, more importantly, in my profession.” A native of Pearland, Texas (Pearland H.S.), Walls was the Southland’s pick as a 2017 STATS FCS Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award finalist. The safety is also a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection and was a nominee for both the 2016 and 2017 Allstate/American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team. Placed on the Southland’s All-Academic Team the past three seasons, Walls was a member of the Southland fall commissioner’s honor roll each year since his freshman campaign in 2014. Named to the SFA President’s List every semester of his career, he was the recipient of the SFA physics department’s Brian Patrick Hanson Memorial Scholarship last year and claimed the Murray Shaw Award for owning the highest GPA of any Lumberjack football player. The only Lumberjack to ever earn College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America® of the Year honors, Walls was tabbed an Academic All-American® First Team selection for the second-straight year in 2017. He became just the third student-athlete in the history of the Southland to attain the title of CoSIDA Academic All-American® of the Year since the inception of the plaudit in 1987 and is the first SFA football player in program history to be named Academic All-American® First Team. In claiming the national honor, which includes both FCS and FBS football student-athletes, Walls joined an illustrious fraternity of Academic All-Americans® of the Year with some of the most notable names in the sport. Previous CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year selections include Danny Wuerffel (Florida, 1995 & 1996), Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997), Drew Brees (Purdue, 2000), Alex Smith (Utah, 2004), Tim Tebow (Florida, 2008 & 2009) and Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011). SFA’s first William V. Campbell Trophy® finalist and National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar-Athlete, Walls’ accomplishments were highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports this past December at the 2017 NFF & College Hall of Fame Annual Awards Dinner in downtown New York City. The prestigious Campbell Trophy® is regarded as the highest scholar-athlete honor in all of college football and the academic equivalent to the Heisman Trophy. With SFA already having a Walter Payton Award winner in former quarterback Jeremy Moses (2010), the ‘Jacks became just the sixth football program in the nation to have both a Walter Payton Award winner and a NFF National Scholar-Athlete. Of those, only five schools have had both a Walter Payton Award winner and a Campbell Trophy® finalist since the Campbell Trophy® began in 1990.center_img Last summer Walls completed an internship at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. While there, he joined other students from institutions such as MIT, Stanford and Yale to assist with the Europa Propulsion Module, a NASA space probe joint project. Walls returned to Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in January and is gaining more work experience before pursuing a graduate degree in mechanical engineering this fall. A special Review Committee of FCS athletics directors were tasked with selecting the all-star team and scholarship finalists. Completing this task were Thorr Bjorn, Rhode Island (chair); Bruce McCutcheon, Lafayette; Bill Smith, Bryant; and Nathan Pine, Holy Cross. Football players from all FCS institutions are eligible for the award. Each of the nominees were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or key player with legitimate athletics credentials. They must have reached their second year of athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution and have completed a minimum of one full academic year at the nominated institution. They must also have participated in 50 percent of the games played at his designated position. SFA’s FCS ADA Academic All-Star Recipients On the gridiron, Walls recorded 60 tackles, including 31 solo stops and two tackles for loss, while playing in all 11 games and making 10 starts this season. He registered a career-high 11 total tackles versus 17th-ranked Nicholls on Nov. 11 and posted nine tackles in two other outings. Walls also claimed three pass breakups, a quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery throughout the year. No Lumberjack on SFA’s current roster played in (46) or started (24) more games than Walls did throughout his four-year career in the purple and white. For the second consecutive year, Walls earned a spot on the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team in January and was one of just four Southland Conference football players to appear on the 49-man list. In December, Walls attained his bachelor’s degree after posting an unblemished 4.00 grade point average while majoring in engineering physics and minoring in mathematics. A two-time Southland Conference Football Student-Athlete of the Year, Walls completed his undergraduate degree in three and a half years of study in Nacogdoches.last_img read more

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first_imgBreak new ground Geje Eustaquio declared the winner. Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPGeje Eustaquio’s quest for glory takes him to Indonesia as he leads two other Filipinos in action at ONE: Total Victory on September 16 at Jakarta Convention Center.The 28-year-old from Team Lakay will wage war against former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat Akhmetov of Kazakhstan in the main event of what promises to be an action-packed card.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Hitman MMA’s Gonzales, meanwhile, will bank on his karate background as he faces off against Liu De Li Ge Ri Hu of Mongolia.Other matches announced for the card are the flyweight bout between hometown bet Stefer Rahardian against Sim Bunsrun; the heavyweight clash between Alain Ngalani of Cameroon and Hideki Sekine of Japan; Indonesian martial artist Sunoto versus 19-year-old featherweight Thai Rithy of Cambodia; Indonesian Jeremy Meciaz against Hisyam Samsudin of Malaysia in another heavyweight bout; Liberian striker Jerome S. Paye versus former Thai boxing world champion Yodsanan Sityodtong; 24-year-old Adrian Matheis of Indonesia squaring off against the debuting Phat Soda of Cambodia; and bantamweights Riski Umar and Adi Nugroho lock horns in the undercard.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ A costly, catty dispute finally settledcenter_img Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ MOST READ Eustaquio (9-5), who is fresh from his split decision victory against Anatpong Bunrad last May, seeks to continue his ascent in the flyweight rankings and inch closer to getting his shot on the gold.Akhmetov (23-1), meanwhile, is eyeing to bounce back after falling to Adriano Moraes last month and reclaim his belt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAlso representing the Philippines in the Jakarta card are strawweight Roy Doliguez and flyweight Ramon Gonzales.The 35-year-old Doliguez is looking to snap his three-match losing skid and once again showcase his striking prowess as he takes on former Shooto South American Strawweight Champion Yago Bryan of Brazil. ‘Nothing has improved’: Hidilyn frustrated with the state of PH weightlifting It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Winning start View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgView comments Sumo wrestler Harumafuji retires over assault allegations LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set When the manager said he didn’t have access to the deposit money, Gordon “punched him in the face,” Im said.The manager was able to give part of the deposit back and Gordon left but came back with a knife and demanded the rest, Im said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSomeone intervened and Gordon left but returned a third time and was arrested, Im said. He was jailed and released on $50,000 bail.His agent, Raymond Brothers, declined to comment. Ben Gordon #8 of the Charlotte Bobcats reacts during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on December 19, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Bobcats 121-104. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Former NBA player Ben Gordon has been arrested on suspicion of robbery in Los Angeles after police said he punched an apartment manager and pulled a knife.Gordon, 34, went to a building Saturday where he had rented two apartments and demanded his security deposit from the manager, police spokesman Tony Im said Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Gordon played 11 years with the Bulls, Pistons, Hornets and Magic, averaging 14.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He won the Sixth Man of the Year award in 2005 as a Chicago rookie.He hasn’t played in the NBA since 2015 and his recent headlines have mostly involved running afoul of the law.He was arrested last week in New York and ticketed for allegedly driving with a forged license.In October, Gordon was hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation after reportedly arguing with a woman and locking himself into a bathroom of a sports rehabilitation center that he owns in Mount Vernon, New York.Gordon, who was a standout at the University of Connecticut before going pro, told the Hartford Courant in March that he hoped to return to the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “It is tough, man,” Gordon said. “When you’ve been doing it for so long and have so much structure, without facilities, trainers, it’s a little bit harder.”Basketball Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun, who coached Gordon at Connecticut, said he spoke with Gordon about a week ago and with his mother Tuesday night.“He’s always been a great kid, but he’s going through a difficult time in his life,” Calhoun said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “I know his mom and the rest of his family is supportive of him getting back in the direction we all know Ben Gordon can go.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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first_imgLinden Town Clerk’s admin leaveLinden Mayor Carwyn Holland has denied any wrongdoing in his recent decision to send Linden Town Clerk (TC) Jonellor Bowen, on administrative leave pending investigations. The Council is presently awaiting the findings of a hearing into alleged wrongdoings by the TC from the Communities Ministry.Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland and Town Clerk Jonellor BowenSpeaking with the media on Friday, Holland explained that due to issues raised, it was the view of the Council to send the Town Clerk on administrative leave.He further explained that a ‘no objection letter’ was received from the Communities Ministry on October 4, following an examination of the Council’s requests and recommendations. Prior to that, he said a letter was sent to the Ministry on September 9, 2016.“This is a decision which was passed several weeks ago by the Council that voted unanimously in favour of her going on leave until the investigation is over. Thus, our decision was not abruptly arrived at. We exhausted and we used all means necessary to ensure that the Town Clerk was treated fairly, to ensure that we were on the right side of the law with whatever we were doing. We sought advice, we sought commission and we also sought out the Ministry of Communities to see whether they would have an objection because if they would have had an objection we could not have proceeded…” Mayor Holland said.He added too that a letter was handed over to the Town Clerk on Thursday, while she was being notified of the impending administrative leave. The process, Holland indicated, was done in the presence of Inspectors and Senior Officers within the Council in addition to a Union representative.“The Town Clerk received the letter in good faith and I also advised that she hand over the properties of the Council in a formal manner… All was good but I understand she asked for five minutes to seek legal Counsel and she was allowed the five minutes”, he explainedThe TC then locked her office door and remained inside with her Secretary for approximately two hours, after which time, the Officers subsequently asked her to comply with the order, the Mayor outlined.“Within this time she was seen leaving with several bags. She was asked then to be inspected at this time when we realised that something was amiss. We called the Police…”Holland alleged that the TC had claimed that the documents she was leaving with were her personal documents which turned out to be pertinent documents belonging to the Council, including documents which the Council was requesting and did not know had existed, he said were found to be in her possession.He indicated that a decision was then made for her to sign for all the documents she had attempted to leave with.Guyana Times understands that Municipal Treasurer Audrey Nelson is now the Acting Town Clerk. A letter addressed to the Mayor which was seen by this publication, dated October 4, 2016 and signed by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan authorised Nelson to act in the position.“The Town Clerk, Ms Jonellor Bowen remains the substantive Town Clerk of the Municipality of Linden but she is on administrative leave until such time as to the findings of the hearing is presented. She will still be acknowledged… We have asked the Ministry of Communities to assist with sorting out the accounts of Linden and I will further make the call for an audit of the Council because it is my view and it is the Council’s view that things are not regular,” Holland said.He said the Council is now excited to get work done, noting that he believes that the Government is a fair one and if it is found that there was no wrongdoing on the part of the TC, he would champion the cause for her to resume duties.“But if the findings states that there is wrongdoings etcetera, then let the law take its course,” he said.Holland and the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LMTC) had passed two No-Confidence Motions against Bowen and subsequently wrote Minister Bulkan requesting she be removed.Town Clerk respondsResponding to the recent events, Bowen related that on Thursday she was formally asked to hand over the keys to the acting Town Clerk, including all correspondence, court documents, etc.Subsequently, she was advised that the letter served by the Mayor was irregular and technically incorrect and that she should proceed based on the law.According to the Town Clerk, the letter stated that she should proceed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the hearing, which she outlined, wrapped up a few weeks ago.Bowen explained that she was therefore advised not to hand over anything, which accounted for her initial decision to have the documents remain in her possession.The letter which was viewed by this publication stated… “We the Mayor and Council of the Linden Municipality hereby send you on administrative leave with immediate effect until the conclusion of the hearing”.The spat between Bowen and several Councillors, including Holland and Arrindell, began after she accused the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of spending over $500,000 on travel expenses from the already depleted coffers of the Town Council.last_img read more

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first_imgEmergency workers attending to the victims of a Sunday morning accident at the point. Andrew Tylosky/Energeticcity.caEmergency crews responded to a pickup truck that went over the embankment at the lookout point at the end of 100th Street in Fort St. John early Sunday morning.It is not known what caused the truck to go over or if any serious injuries were sustained.- Advertisement -This is the latest accident to occur at this location with vehicles going over the edge. Several accidents in the past at this location have resulted in fatalities.last_img read more

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first_imgOne of the major issues separating California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic leaders on health-care reform is how much employers should have to pay to the state if they don’t provide insurance for their workers. Schwarzenegger says companies should pay a fee ranging from 1 percent of their payroll to 4 percent, depending on the size of their work force. Democrats say all employers should have to pay 7.5percent of payroll. This debate among the politicians, however, ignores a point upon which almost all economists agree: employers don’t really pay for health care now, and they won’t be paying for it no matter what kind of new law the state passes. We as workers pay for our own health care, and if more people understood this fact, the debate over the issue would probably play out in an entirely different fashion. That new wage, plus the 75 cents an hour the employer is spending on health care, equals $11 an hour – the same total compensation that the worker would have been getting without the health insurance. The worker will have insurance but less money to spend on other things. Most important, the workers will be out the same amount of money as if they had been billed for the entire amount of the premium directly. At the low end of the wage scale, where the minimum wage and a health-care mandate combined might push the minimum legal compensation to a point that is higher than the value of an extra worker’s labor, some employers might not be able to take the higher costs out of the workers’ wages. Instead, they will respond by raising prices if they can, by slowing or completely stopping their hiring of new workers or, in an extreme case, laying them off. This trade-off between health benefits and wages is responsible in part for the relatively slow growth in wages in recent years. Since 2001, the cost of insurance premiums paid by employers has increased by 78 percent, while earnings have climbed by only 19 percent. The amount it costs to employ one more worker has almost doubled from the employers’ perspective. But the workers have seen only about one-fifth of that amount in their paychecks. They are paying the rest for their health care, whether they realize it or not. Which gets us to the politics. Organized labor and its allies in the Democratic Party have insisted that any health care reform must include a provision requiring employers to provide insurance or else pay a fee to the state. “Employers have to pay their fair share of the cost of health-care insurance,” Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez said earlier this month. “You cannot let employers off the hook.” Why do employers generally oppose the tax, even though their workers will be paying it? One reason is simply a reaction to government mandates. Most people who own or run businesses do not like the government telling them what to do. Some firms would rather pay higher wages with fewer benefits, while others would rather provide more benefits. A mandate limits their flexibility. Finally, the owners of firms with low profit margins and many low-wage employees fear that a mandate could squeeze them to the point of no longer being able to stay in business. Nu ez can posture all he likes about sticking it to business. But, ultimately, it is the workers he claims to represent who will be paying the price. Daniel Weintraub is a columnist for The Sacramento Bee. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Sure, employers often negotiate with insurance companies on our behalf, and they cut a check for their “share” of the premiums. They deduct our share from our paychecks and list it right there on the stub. So how can anyone argue that we, the workers, are actually paying the entire amount? Because, ultimately, employers roll health insurance premiums into a package with wages, retirement benefits and any other cost associated with hiring an employee. The employer considers the entire amount to be the cost of each additional worker. The Lewin Group, an economic consulting firm hired by California state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, to analyze her proposal for a single-payer, government-run health-care plan, concluded that the 8 percent employer payroll tax and the 4 percent employee payroll tax in her proposal would both eventually be paid by the worker in the form of lower wages or benefits. Consider a company that provides no insurance now and pays its employees $10 an hour. Suppose the state tells that company it must spend 75 cents an hour (7.5 percent of payroll) on health care for that worker. The worker’s labor is still worth $10 an hour to that firm, just as it was before the state passed its law. What is likely to happen is that the worker’s wages will grow more slowly in the months and years after the mandate takes effect. Instead of getting a raise to $11 an hour, the worker might get a bump only to $10.25. last_img read more

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first_imgIreland Women are just one win away from a maiden RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam after Ailis Egan’s second-half try earned them a narrow 15-10 victory over France – with Donegal’s Nora Stapleton and Larissa Muldoon playing their part in the historic win.Trailing 10-5 at half-time, Ireland roared back with Egan burrowing over to add to Niamh Briggs’ first-half score – the full-back slotting the conversion and adding a late penalty.In following up victories over Wales, England and then Scotland, Ireland clinched just a second ever win over France – the first coming in 2009 – meaning only Italy stand between them and the Grand Slam. France, who had designs on leapfrogging Ireland in the table at Ashbourne, having won their last two fixtures, began the brighter and took the lead when fly-half Sandrine Agricole knocked over a penalty in the first ten minutes but Briggs wasted little time in putting her side ahead.A fine move saw No.8 Joy Neville find Briggs, who sped through the gap and dotted down on the right-hand side, before dragging her conversion just wide.The lead did not last long however and France hooker Gaëlle Mignot grabbed her side’s only try of the night soon after, Agricole again on target with a fine kick from the right, handing les Bleues a 10-5 lead.Ireland did their best to respond and had Ashleigh Baxter’s inside pass not gone forward, centre Lynn Cantwell would surely have raced clear. France led by five at the break but Ireland came roaring out of the blocks in the second period and after some fine rucking at close quarters, Egan forced her way over – Briggs adding the extras to put Ireland ahead again.That prompted wave after wave of attacks from the hosts but some resolute defending and handling errors from Ireland kept the French within two points.When the visitors finally started to enjoy some territory, a fluffed drop goal attempt was the best they could muster and when Briggs was on target with a late penalty, just after one had hit the post, Ireland led by five and successfully ran down the clock.They will now head to Milan looking to clinch the Grand Slam on St Patrick’s Day and they will be crowned champions on Sunday if Italy fail to beat England.Should Italy down the seven-time defending champions, both sides would be in with a chance of lifting the crown next Sunday. 15 Niamh Briggs14 Ashleigh Baxter13 Lynne Cantwell12 Jenny Murphy11 Alison Miller10 Nora Stapleton9 Larissa Muldoon1 Fiona Coghlan2 Gillian Bourke3 Ailis Egan4 Sophie Spence5 Marie Louise Reilly6 Siobhan Fleming7 Claire Molloy8 Joy NevilleReplacements:16 Stacey-Lea Kennedy17 Fiona Hayes18 Lauren Day19 Leigh Dargan20 Laura Guest21 Amy Davis22 Grace Davitt23 Niamh KavanaghDONEGAL GIRLS HELP IRELAND TO STUNNING RBS 6 NATIONS VICTORY OVER FRANCE was last modified: March 9th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL GIRLS HELP IRELAND TO STUNNING RBS 6 NATIONS VICTORY OVER FRANCElast_img read more

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first_imgKevin Durant might leave the Warriors. He is giving them a chance to hear their sales pitch, though. Warriors general manager Bob Myers plans to meet with Durant and his representatives in New York at some point when free agency begins on Sunday at 3 pm PT, according to the Athletic.Durant reportedly plans to have meetings with the Warriors, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers. Even though Durant will hold those meetings, the setting is expected to be different than …last_img read more

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first_imgThe Indian Air Force (IAF) has refuted media reports which claimed that the force was keen on procuring the F-35 fighter jet from American firm Lockheed Martin.“We have not officially asked for a briefing on the F-35 nor has any request been made to the Americans,” Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa told The Indian Express.Read it at Sputnik News Related Itemslast_img

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first_imgDAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) — Gregg Berhalter prepares for U.S. national team matches like a CEO getting ready for a deal.The new American coach uses video presentations when he meets with foreign-based players via computer. He has tripled the team’s data analysts to three.Two white boards are on the grass at training sessions, one with the day’s objectives and schedule, the other with magnets to denote formations.“I’ve been amazed the first few days just how much information he’s got across and how he wants every guy to be on the same page and have a perfect understanding of how we want to go into the game,” star midfielder Christian Pulisic said ahead of Thursday’s exhibition against Ecuador in Orlando.Hired in December as the fourth U.S. coach in a little over two years, Berhalter has the full U.S. player pool for the first time this week after beating Panama and Costa Rica with a roster entirely from Major League Soccer.He’s been to Europe twice since he signed on, visiting players in England, Germany and France. He lives in corporate housing near the U.S. Soccer Federation headquarters in Chicago and commutes on weekends to Columbus, Ohio, where he coached the Crew from 2013 through last year. He’s been searching for a home, and his family will make the move to Chicago after the school year.Players say he contacts them frequently after many of their club matches.“Greg has been good about if you’d too tired, if you don’t have time to talk, then it’s no problem,” said midfielder Tyler Adams, in his first season with Germany’s RB Leipzig. “I was never going to tell him I don’t have time to talk. I’m going to be willing to take that call at any time.”Berhalter is bringing a new philosophy to the U.S. team, still recovering from its failure to qualify for last year’s World Cup, a player pool that has been led by Jurgen Klinsmann, Bruce Arena and interim coach Dave Sarachan in quick succession. The team’s mantra has become “disorganize.” Berhalter and players rarely speak for more than a few minutes without uttering the word, which describes what they want to do to their opponents.“We want to be a team that’s brave, that is attacking-orientated. I think that’s what we want to DNA to be,” Berhalter said.American soccer players have frequently dropped deep and been content to counterattack, especially on the road and against world powers. Berhalter is emphasizing possession in what he describes as a 4-3-3 when on the attack and a 4-4-2 when defending.“We’re clearly playing with wingers now,” he said. “Our fullbacks aren’t as high as they used to be in the past.”The Americans haven’t played a competitive match since the October 2017 defeat at Trinidad and Tobago that cost them a World Cup berth, and they don’t play another until their CONCACAF Gold Cup opener in June. Berhalter considers this the evaluation phase. He is a stylist, employing inverted defenders and wingers fluidly exchanging places with the central attacking midfielders, Pulisic and Weston McKennie.Gone apparently is the constant chaos of the Klinsmann era.“That’s a breath of fresh air, because before it was let’s qualify by any means necessary, chop and changing, switching things up, whatever it took. He’s very focused on playing a certain way and sticking to it,” said 31-year-old defender Tim Ream. “America’s known as a run-and-gun, solid mentality, work very hard. You can do those things and still play a good possession-based style. And I hope a year from now that people look at the squad and look at the team and see us play games and think they move the ball really well and they create chances through possession and through making teams disorganized.”The U.S. had just three practice sessions ahead of the Ecuador match, and some players reported late because of club matches Sunday. The trio of 20-year-olds — Pulisic, McKennie and Adams — figured to start together for the first time, though with Adams at right back and DeAndre Yedlin shifted to winger.“There is more gray hair on my beard. That’s the stress of getting it all in in a short period of time,” Berhalter said.Yedlin anticipates by next year’s start of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, American fans will notice the change. By then, the Americans hope they have forged a new identity in the Gold Cup and the new CONCACAF Nations League this fall.“People are just going to be wowed by the growth,” Yedlin said.By: Ronald Blum, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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