Press Association The 35-year-old will make his 737th and final Reds appearance against QPR on Sunday before moving into television punditry next season. However, Werner said the club would welcome back Carragher’s experience with open arms. “We wish Jamie well in his new career and the door will always be open for him at Liverpool,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “I really hope we see him back at the club one day because with all that experience and knowledge we know he has so much to offer. “Whether it’s as a coach, an analyst or whatever, there will always be a job for him here. “We hoped he would play on for another season but we fully respect his decision to retire. “He wants to leave the party before the last call and I understand that. “I have nothing but admiration for him – both on and off the field. “It’s a big challenge to try to replace him. He’s a unique individual and I think finding another player just like him will be impossible.” Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has promised Jamie Carragher there will always be a job for him at the club after he retires as a player this weekend.
Because referee Walt Anderson apparently did not hear Prescott specifically state his team was deferring its choice to the second half, instead hearing only that the Cowboys wanted to kick off, Dallas failed to defer and was expected to kick off both halves.Fox’s cameras picked up audio of Prescott using the word “defer,” but Anderson didn’t hear it. Below is a clip of the coin toss in question.UPDATE: Dak Prescott did say defer to the 2nd half, but only after he said “defense” and “kick.” pic.twitter.com/zKMKbHTc0U— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) December 15, 2019Anderson and his crew discussed with the NFL office which team would kick off to start the second half, and they allowed the Cowboys to choose to receive.Erin Andrews reported on Fox’s broadcast that Anderson told Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and Rams coach Sean McVay it was determined Prescott indeed used the word “defer” during the pregame coin toss.MORE: Updated NFL playoff picture Add “coin toss against the Rams” to the list of Cowboys-related things that have been screwed up this season, although this error was not Dallas’ fault.The Cowboys, who at 6-7 entering their Week 15 game against the 8-5 Rams needed a win to keep their slim lead in the NFC East standings, won the coin toss before the game. Team captain and quarterback Dak Prescott, though, did not “defer” properly — or at least not loudly enough. The NFL after the game released a clarification on the coin toss decision in the form of a pool report with vice president of officiating Al Riveron.Clarification on the coin toss in #LARvsDAL: pic.twitter.com/KpU8E941aI— NFL Officiating (@NFLOfficiating) December 16, 2019The official game play-by-play, for what it’s worth, claimed all along that Dallas won the coin toss and elected to defer.The NFL’s rules for the coin toss are as follows:”Not more than three minutes before the kickoff of the first half, the referee, in the presence of both team’s captains (limit of six per team, active, inactive or honorary) shall toss a coin at the center of the field. Prior to the referee’s toss, the call of “heads” or “tails” must be made by the captain of the visiting team, or by the captain designated by the referee if there is no home team. Unless the winner of the toss defers his choice to the second half, he must choose one of two privileges, and the loser is given the other. The two privileges are:The opportunity to receive the kickoff, or to kick off; orThe choice of goal his team will defend.”If the coin does not turn over in the air or the toss is compromised in any way, the referee shall toss it again. The captain’s original call may not be changed.”For the second half, the captain who lost the pre-game toss is to have the first choice of the two privileges listed above, unless one of the teams lost its first and second half options, or unless the winner of the pregame toss deferred his choice to the second half, in which case he must choose 1 or 2 above. Immediately prior to the start of the second half, the captains of both teams must inform the referee of their respective choices. A captain’s first choice from any alternative privileges listed above is final and not subject to change.”
Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers Vince Williams (98), T.J. Watt (90) and the defense tackle Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) for a safety in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have been here before. Often in fact.A jarring early-season misstep filled with mental breakdowns and missed opportunity is kind of their thing.So too, it seems, is finding new ways to explain the erratic behavior of All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown.Even a day removed from a 42-37 home loss to Kansas City that dropped the two-time defending AFC North champions to 0-1-1, the talk didn’t center on a defense that gave up a franchise-record tying six touchdown passes , but on the latest outburst by the talented if mercurial Brown.The four-time All-Pro — who caught nine passes for 67 yards against the Chiefs — responded to a tweet by a former team employee who suggested Brown wouldn’t put up his eye-popping numbers without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger by suggesting “trade me let’s find out.”The post caused an immediate stir on social media but not in the Pittsburgh locker room, even after cameras caught Brown venting on the sideline in the second half and slowly trudging off the field even as his teammates celebrated Roethlisberger’s diving 3-yard touchdown run with 1:59 to go that pulled the Steelers within five.Brown did not make himself available to media afterward and was nowhere to be found Monday, leaving his teammates to try and explain away his behavior. Again.“I’m not worried about his frame of mind,” veteran wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey said. “I know football is No. 1 to him. He works his butt off to be the great player that he is. As long as he brings that same energy in practice and brings that same energy to the game, I don’t have any problem with him, because I’ve seen guys who don’t care in this league and they don’t last long.”The issue with Brown has never been work ethic. The former sixth-round pick is the only player in NFL history to post five consecutive seasons with at least 100 receptions. Yet the 30-year-old has become increasingly volatile. During minicamp he complained about having the spotlight on him , then arrived at training camp in a helicopter . He called a reporter who noticed him limping off the field during workouts at Saint Vincent College — in full view of fans — a clown. Last Friday he issued a bizarre soliloquy about his status, calling himself “an exceptionalism” before adding he’s “not an ordinary guy.”Of that there is no doubt. And his teammates stress there is no issue with everything that comes with having Brown in the fold.“AB is a hell of a player and I’m glad he plays for our team,” defensive end Cam Heyward said. “It’s as simple as that. I wouldn’t trade him for anybody in the world.”At the same time, Heyward made it a point to steer the topic away from Brown, who had nothing to do with Pittsburgh’s defensive issues against the Chiefs.“If we ain’t talking about football, we’re talking the wrong thing,” Heyward said. “All this other stuff is beside the point.”The point being the Steelers find themselves preparing for a Monday night trip to surprising Tampa Bay (2-0) at crossroads, familiar territory during their run to four straight playoff berths.Last fall, it was the national anthem debacle that preceded an overtime loss to Chicago. Two years ago they started 2-0 only to get drilled on the road in Philadelphia by a rookie quarterback named Carson Wentz. In 2015 they celebrated the first day of October by blowing a fourth-quarter lead at home to Baltimore. Back in 2014 they allowed Tampa Bay’s Mike Glennon to spark a late rally at Heinz Field, one of two games the Buccaneers would win all season.Each time, the Steelers chose patience over panic. Each time, they recovered to reach the postseason.“I think you panic when you know you’ve lost control,” Heyward Bey said. “We haven’t lost control.”Maybe, but it looked like that way at times against Kansas City. The secondary, playing without injured veteran cornerback Joe Haden, looked flat-footed at times and lost at others. There was no pass rush to speak of — the only sack came when Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes crashed into nose tackle Daniel McCullers. After spending camp talking about improved communication, the Steelers spent plenty of time looking at each other before Mahomes snapped the ball, as if trying to figure out where they were supposed to go.“We’ve got to make sure we’re on top of each other,” cornerback Mike Hilton said. “We’ve got to make sure we know what we’re doing so explosive plays like we gave up yesterday don’t happen all the time. It’s a copycat league, so some team might be doing the same thing Kansas City did.”A team like, say, the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay is unbeaten thanks in large part to 35-year-old quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has gone over 400 yards in each of Tampa Bay’s first two games. What looked like a mismatch two weeks ago looks far different now.“It’s a big week,” Heyward-Bey said. “It’s a Monday night game. It’s prime time against a team that’s thrown for a lot of yards and scored a lot of touchdowns and are confident. We’ve got to find a way to light our fire and put theirs out.”___More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Kip Keino (AP Photo/File)Kenyan distance-running great Kip Keino is one of seven suspects in a corruption investigation and has been ordered to report to police by the end of Monday to face charges of embezzlement and the misappropriation of more than $545,000.The two-time Olympic champion and honorary member of the International Olympic Committee is accused of playing a role in the misuse of money meant for Kenyan athletes at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, when he was chairman of the Kenyan Olympic committee.The money was part of more than $5 million given to Keino’s Olympic committee by the Kenyan government to fund Team Kenya in Rio.But prosecutors allege Keino was at the head of an Olympic committee rife with corruption.The 78-year-old Keino was one of seven former Olympic and government officials named as suspects in the investigation. Two other high-ranking former Kenyan Olympic committee officials were named, as was the former Kenyan minister of sport, Hassan Wario, and three ministry officials who worked under him.The seven are all accused of embezzling more than $200,000, wasting more than $150,000 on unused air tickets to Rio, overpaying allowances amounting to nearly $150,000 and incurring tens of thousands of dollars of other expenditure on “unauthorized persons.”Director of public prosecutions Noordin Haji said the directorate of criminal investigations (DCI), a special crimes unit, had been investigating since late 2016. After nearly two years, Haji said he was “satisfied that there is sufficient evidence” to now charge the seven with multiple counts of corruption and abuse of office.Saturday’s announcement implicated one of Kenya’s most revered runners.Keino’s gold in the 1,500 meters at the 1968 Mexico Olympics — 50 years ago now — paved the way for decades of dominance by Kenyan distance runners. He was named in track and field’s international hall of fame in its inaugural year in 2012 alongside the likes of Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis and Sebastian Coe, the current president of the IAAF.Keino was also honored at the opening ceremony at the 2016 Rio Games, the first recipient of the Olympic Laurel award for service to the Olympic movement.Now, he and the others have until the end of Monday to report to the headquarters of the DCI or warrants will be issued for their arrests.Keino has not responded to the accusations.In August, Kenyan athletics federation secretary general and IAAF Council member David Okeyo was banned for life by world track and field body the IAAF for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars of sponsorship money paid to his federation by Nike.Public prosecutor Haji said he had also ordered further investigations into the Olympic committee’s use of its Nike sponsorship money.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Qadree Ollison looked at the line of scrimmage, looked at the Virginia Tech end zone 97 long yards away and turned to good friend and fellow Pittsburgh running back Darrin Hall.“I asked him if he thought I could run that far and he was like, ‘I don’t know,’” Ollison said with a laugh.The answer unfolded over 17 seconds that began with textbook blocking at the snap, included a vicious stiff-arm at midfield and ended with Ollison flipping across the goal line to finish off the longest offensive play in the program’s 114-year history to provide a giddy exclamation point as the Panthers took a massive step toward their first ACC Coastal Division title with a dominant 52-22 victory over the reeling Hokies on Saturday. Pittsburgh running backs Darrin Hall (22) and Qadree Ollison celebrate after Hall scored a touchdown against Virginia Tech in the third quarter of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh won 52-22.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) ACC Digital Network✔@theACCDN 46 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy 2017:15 PM – Nov 10, 2018 BEAST MODE ACTIVATED Qadree Ollison is taking names from one endzone to the other!#H2P (@Pitt_FB, @QOllison) #Hail2Hall ? yards. SEE YA #H2P (@Pitt_FB, @D_Halll) 1,4656:43 PM – Nov 10, 2018 ACC Digital Network✔@theACCDN 484 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy “It was perfect,” Ollison said after finishing with 235 yards and three touchdowns. “It parted like the Red Sea and as a running back it’s my job to make a guy miss. It’s my job to run a guy over, not let one guy tackle you and after (breaking free), I did.”Yet it’s what happened in the immediate aftermath that the Panthers believe speaks volumes about their team and the bond Ollison and Hall have formed over the last four years while taking turns atop the depth chart. Ollison’s record-breaking sprint broke the previous record of 92 yards set by Hall set last season against Duke. And Hall couldn’t have been happier.“I’m glad he got it,” said Hall after running for 186 yards and a touchdown of his own on Senior Day. “It’s a blessing because he deserves it for everything he’s done for this university.” The Panthers (6-4, 5-1 ACC) rolled up a school-record 654 total yards, 492 coming on the ground, the second-most ever given up by the Hokies (4-5, 3-3).“Obviously, we had trouble and they ran the ball awfully well,” Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente said. “Kind of a weird deal … we didn’t play as well as we would’ve liked to.”Ryan Willis threw for 231 yards and three touchdowns for the Hokies (4-5, 3-3), two of them to Eric Kumah, but Virginia Tech’s defense offered little resistance. A season that began with such promise now finds the Hokies needing to win each of their final two games if they want to extend their bowl streak to 26 seasons.“It’s not foremost in my mind,” Fuente said. “I’ve got plenty of other things to worry about right now.”Pitt’s concerns are far different. The team that found itself floundering at 2-3 at the end of September after getting blown out by Central Florida now needs to win just one of its final two games to earn a trip to the ACC title game on the first Saturday in December.“I know everyone wanted to jump ship after that (UCF) game but there was no doubt in my mind,” Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett said. “We showed it with our play and how confident we are in each other.”Despite the stakes, the Panthers insisted they were focused on avenging a 20-14 loss at Virginia Tech last November. Pitt had four chances from just outside the goal line in the final seconds to pull out the victory at Lane Stadium only to get stopped short, a setback that ultimately prevented the Panthers from earning a bowl bid.Still, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said he wasn’t worried about his team’s ability to deliver if put in a similar spot, and the Panthers spent four quarters putting on a clinic. Hall and Ollison spent most of the afternoon roaring through gaping holes and responding in the second half whenever Virginia Tech attempted to get back in it.“Whatever we wanted, we got,” Pickett said. “So it was a good day.”THE TAKEAWAYVirginia Tech: The Hokies don’t appear interested in tackling anybody. Defensive coordinator Bud Foster hoped his young group would have learned after getting run over in losses to Georgia Tech and Boston College. Instead it was more of the same. Pitt’s offensive line bullied Virginia Tech on a day the Panthers averaged 13.9 yards per play.Pitt: The Panthers have developed a hard-earned reputation for stumbling when given an opportunity to produce a true breakthrough moment. It looked like the latest edition of “Pitt-ing” might come in the second quarter when Pickett fumbled going into the end zone, Virginia Tech recovered for a touchback and then went down and scored to draw within 17-7. This time, however, the Panthers didn’t panic. Pickett directed two touchdown drives before the end of the first half to put the Panthers up 31-7 at the break. The Hokies never drew closer than 16 the rest of the way.UP NEXTVirginia Tech: Welcomes Miami to Lane Stadium next Saturday.Pitt: Travels to Wake Forest next Saturday in the first meeting between the two schools since Pitt joined the ACC in 2013.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Courier Steelers Photo by Brian Cook (Aug. 26, 2017/File) PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have parted ways with outside linebackers coach Joey Porter.The team announced Friday that Porter’s contract would not be renewed. The move is the first of what could be several coaching adjustments by the Steelers after Pittsburgh failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013.The 41-year-old Porter, who spent 13 seasons in the NFL before going into coaching, joined the Steelers as a defensive assistant in 2014 and was promoted to outside linebackers coach in 2015. His tenure with the team was marred by an incident in January 2017 when he was arrested following an altercation with a bouncer at a bar. Most of the charges against Porter were later dropped.Coach Mike Tomlin called the decision to fire Porter “difficult.”Play by Pittsburgh’s outside linebackers was uneven during Porter’s tenure. Though T.J. Watt finished with a career-best and team-high 13 sacks, the development of 2015 first-round pick Bud Dupree has been slow. Longtime Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison also became problematic in his final season with Pittsburgh in 2017, eventually getting released due in part to insubordination.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Crowding the plate, fearsome and fearless, Frank Robinson hammered his way into the Hall of Fame.His legacy, however, was cemented that day in 1975 when he simply stood in the dugout at old Cleveland Stadium — the first black manager in Major League Baseball.Robinson, the only player to earn the MVP award in both leagues and a Triple Crown winner, died Thursday at 83. He had been in failing health and in hospice care at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. MLB said he was with family and friends at the time.“Frank Robinson’s resume in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.Robinson hit 586 home runs — he was fourth on the career list behind only Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays when he retired and now ranks 10th. An MVP with Cincinnati and Baltimore, he led the Orioles to their first World Series championship in 1966.“Frank Robinson and I were more than baseball buddies. We were friends. Frank was a hard-nosed baseball player who did things on the field that people said could never be done,” Aaron posted on Twitter.“Baseball will miss a tremendous human being,” he said.An All-Star outfielder in 12 seasons and a first-ballot selection to Cooperstown, Robinson also was a Rookie of the Year, a Gold Glove outfielder and a bruising runner.But his place in the sport’s history extended far beyond the batter’s box and basepaths.In this 1967 file photo, Baltimore Orioles outfielder Frank Robinson smiles. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first black manager in Major League Baseball and the only player to win the MVP award in both leagues, has died. He was 83. Robinson had been in hospice care at his home in Bel Air. MLB confirmed his death Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.(AP Photo/File)Robinson fulfilled his quest to become the first African-American manager in the big leagues when he was hired by the Cleveland Indians. His impact was immediate and memorable.The Indians opened at home that year and Robinson, still active, batted himself second as the designated hitter. In the first inning, he homered off Doc Medich and the crowd went crazy, cheering the whole April afternoon as Cleveland beat the Yankees.The Reds, Orioles and Indians have retired his No. 20 and honored him with statues at their stadiums.Robinson later managed San Francisco, Baltimore and Montreal. He became the first manager of the Washington Nationals after the franchise moved from Montreal for the 2005 season — the Nationals put him in their Ring of Honor.More than half the major league teams have had black managers since his debut with Cleveland.Robinson later spent several years working as an executive for MLB and for a time oversaw the annual Civil Rights Game. He advocated for more minorities throughout baseball and worked with former Commissioner Bud Selig to develop the Selig Rule, directing teams to interview at least one minority candidate before hiring a new manager.For all he did on and off the field, Robinson was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2005.“Frank Robinson’s wife, Barbara Ann Cole, once said, “He believes in rules and he respects the game. He reveres the game,‘” Bush said in a statement. “When I presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, I noted that ‘Baseball fans across America will tell you the feeling is returned. In the game we love, few names will ever command as much respect and esteem as the name of Frank Robinson.’”Brooks Robinson, a fellow first-ballot Hall of Famer, said he spoke to his Baltimore teammate and longtime friend a few days ago.“He was the best player I ever played with,” he said.Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre played against and worked with Frank Robinson for years.“He was a tough nut,” Torre recalled at the owners’ meetings in Orlando, Florida. “He never lost that feistiness, which puts a smile on your face … He was always that guy that commanded a lot of respect and he had a presence about him.”Born Aug. 21, 1935, in Beaumont, Texas, Robinson attended McClymonds High School in Oakland, California, and was a basketball teammate of future NBA great Bill Russell. But it was on the diamond, rather than court, where fame awaited Robinson.“We all know we lost one of the Greats,” tweeted Russell, also the first black coach in the NBA.Starting out in an era when Mays, Aaron, Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams were the big hitters, Robinson more than held his own over 21 seasons — if anything, many who watched Robinson felt he never got his full due as an all-time great. He finished with 1,812 RBIs and hit .294 — he played in the World Series five times, and homered in each of them.Robinson was the only player to hit a ball completely out of old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore and once connected for grand slams in consecutive innings of a game. But he didn’t just slug away, as evidenced by a .389 on-base average boosted by 1,420 walks against 1,532 strikeouts. Extremely alert on the bases, he had 204 steals.Robinson played the game with grace, yet was known as a fierce competitor who combined hard work with natural talent. He planted himself near the plate, yielding to no pitcher, and didn’t seem to care about being brushed back or getting hit by a pitch 198 times.“Pitchers did me a favor when they knocked me down,” Robinson said. “It made me more determined. I wouldn’t let that pitcher get me out.”And opposing pitchers noticed.“Frank Robinson might have been the best I ever saw at turning his anger into runs. He challenged you physically as soon as he stepped into the batter’s box, with half his body hanging over the plate,” Hall ace Bob Gibson once wrote.“As a rule, I’m reluctant to express admiration for hitters, but I make an exception for Frank Robinson,” Gibson wrote.Robinson carried a similar philosophy as a baserunner, unapologetically sliding spikes high whenever necessary.“The baselines belong to the runner, and whenever I was running the bases, I always slid hard,” Robinson declared.Robinson broke in with a bang as a 20-year-old big leaguer. He tied the first-year record with 38 home runs for Cincinnati in 1956, scored a league-high 122 times and was voted NL Rookie of the Year.Robinson was the 1961 NL MVP after batting .323 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs for the pennant-winning Reds, and reached career highs in runs (134) and RBIs (136) in 1962.All-time hits leader Pete Rose joined the Reds the next year.“He had a huge influence on me when I first came up in ’63,” Rose told The Associated Press by phone. “Frank was a really aggressive, hard-nosed player, and it rubbed off on everybody. Frank was the one who took me under his wings, so to speak. … Frank consistently talked to me about playing the game the right way,” he said.Robinson was an All-Star, too, in 1965, but Reds owner Bill DeWitt decided Robinson was an old-ish 30 and it was time to make a move.That December, Robinson was the centerpiece in what would ultimately be one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history, going to Baltimore for pitchers Milt Pappas and Jack Baldschun and outfielder Dick Simpson.Robinson became an instant hit with the Orioles in 1966 as the unanimous AL MVP and a Triple Crown winner.On May 8, he became the only player ever to hit a home run completely out of Baltimore’s home park, Memorial Stadium. The drive came against Cleveland ace Luis Tiant, and the spot where the ball sailed over the left-field wall was marked by a flag that read “HERE” that remained in place until the Orioles left for Camden Yards in 1991.Robinson batted .316 with 49 home runs and 122 RBIs during his first season in Birdland. He then homered in the first inning of the 1966 World Series opener at Dodger Stadium and capped off the four-game sweep of Los Angeles with another homer off Don Drysdale in a 1-0 win in Game 4.Robinson hit two home runs against Rose and the Reds to help win another crown for the Orioles in 1970.All told, Robinson was an All-Star in five of his six seasons with Baltimore, reaching the World Series four times and batting .300 with 179 home runs. The cap on his Cooperstown plaque carries on O’s logo.Pappas went 30-29 over two-plus seasons with the Reds, Baldschun won one game in 51 appearances over two years with Cincinnati and Simpson hit five home runs as a part-time outfielder for the Reds during two mediocre seasons.Robinson was traded to the Dodgers before the 1972 season. He played for the California Angels in 1973 and was dealt to Cleveland late in the 1974 season.His managerial debut came 28 years after Jackie Robinson broke the MLB color barrier as a player.“Every time I put on this uniform, I think of Jackie Robinson,” Frank Robinson said as he began his new role.Jackie Robinson’s widow, Rachel, and daughter Sharon paid tribute.“Frank Robinson was a dear friend and realized one of Jack’s great hopes, becoming baseball’s first African-American manager. He was remarkable and made us all feel proud for his many contributions to baseball and to society,” they said together in a statement.Robinson had coached for the Orioles and worked in their front office when he became their manager in 1988 after the team opened at 0-6. Things didn’t get much better right away as Baltimore went on to lose its first 21 games and finished 54-107. The next season, the O’s went 87-75 and Robinson was voted AL Manager of the Year.Tough and demanding, he went 1,065-1,176 overall as a big league manager.A no-nonsense guy, Robinson also had a sharp wit. That served him well in Baltimore where, in addition to being a star right fielder, he was the judge for the team’s Kangaroo Court, assessing playful fines for missing signs, uniform mishaps and other things he deemed as infractions.At the time, the Orioles had a batboy named Jay Mazzone, whose hands were amputated when he was 2 after a burning accident. Mazzone capably did his job for years with metal hooks and became good friends with Robinson.Some players, though, initially weren’t sure how to treat the teen.“Frank Robinson broke the ice,” Mazzone said. “He was running his Kangaroo Court and calling a vote among the players, whether to fine somebody or not.”“It was either thumbs up or thumbs down,” he recalled. “After the vote, he said, ‘Jay, you’re fined for not voting.’ Everybody laughed. After that, I was treated just like everybody else.”Survivors include his wife, Barbara, and daughter Nichelle.There was no immediate word on funeral arrangements. The family said in lieu of flowers, contributions in Robinson’s memory could be made to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, or the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C.___AP Sports Writer Joe Kay and AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports This is a May 19, 1966, file photo showing Baltimore Orioles’ Frank Robinson at bat. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first black manager in Major League Baseball and the only player to win the MVP award in both leagues, has died. He was 83. Robinson had been in hospice care at his home in Bel Air. MLB confirmed his death Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.(AP Photo/File)
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Beginning in 2019, Wendy’s and Tyson Foods will require all their meat suppliers to be certified in a program emphasizing the most humane ways to raise cattle, according to media reports and industry officials.For years, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification has been a voluntary national program with training offered within Ohio by Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.But companies are increasingly requiring the certification because consumers want to know where their meat or other food comes from and how it is handled, said Stephen Boyles, OSU Extension beef cattle specialist and state coordinator for Beef Quality Assurance.“There’s just a lot more ‘foodies’ in our population now,” Boyles said, referring to people with a strong interest in high-quality food.The point of farmers taking Beef Quality Assurance training is to help ensure their meat will be sold for a good price, and that consumers will eat a safe and wholesome beef product, Boyles said.Training in Beef Quality Assurance includes instruction in handling vaccinations, as well as treatments for sick cows, allowing for withdrawal periods that can prevent drug residue when the cow is slaughtered. Another topic is treating cattle to reduce stress on them, such as directing them into a corral in a way that’s efficient and yet takes into account their tendency to dawdle.“We have to train people to think like a cow,” Boyles said.Boyles teaches people not to rush cows and cause them to fall and potentially bruise themselves, which could affect the quality of their beef.“If humans are panicked, they really don’t work that well. It’s the same with cows,” Boyles said.Cows also need a certain amount of personal space, so if someone moves in too close, that can rattle a cow, Boyles said.“Any sort of stress is going to reduce your animal’s performance,” he said. “We want that animal to be calm.”The Beef Quality Assurance training that OSU Extension has offered began with an emphasis on how to properly vaccinate and administer drugs to animals. But recently the scope has been expanded to include how to design corrals and transport animals to ensure quality beef.“We want to make sure our beef producers are ready for market changes,” Boyles said.Times and locations for the series of upcoming BQA certification programs being held for producers throughout Ohio are posted under the events/programs link at the OSU Beef Team website: beef.osu.edu.Producers interested in getting BQA certified can also do so online at the National BQA website: bqa.org/.