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GVC restructures debt facilities to handle diverse ‘global currency mix’

first_imgShare FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Related Articles Submit GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share StumbleUpon FTSE gambling group GVC Holdings has this morning issued a market filing, confirming that it has gained access to a €200 million ‘class b’ first-lien term loan.The € debt transaction has been processed through GVC’s operational subsidiary – ‘GVC Holdings Gibraltar Limited’.In its market filing, GVC governance details that the loan has been structured under ‘net leverage neutral terms’, with the company undertaking the transaction to better align its debt capacity handling ‘the evolving currency mix of the business post the UK’s Triennial Review’ judgement.Once secured, GVC will utilise proceeds from the transaction to repay an existing £275 million first-lien term loan transaction sanctioned on March 2017, of which the FTSE firm reports that £175 million remains outstanding.Publishing its H1 2019 interim results this August, GVC Holdings maintains its corporate debt at £1.9 billion, representing a debt leverage ratio of 2.6X held over a year to date basis.In its H1 2019 trading update, GVC informs that its corporate debt ratio will increase to 2.9x by the end of 2019 trading, as the company absorbs further Triennial Review impacts.GVC has reduced the firm’s debt leverage by approximately 0.5% per annum in subsequent years, underlining that the “highly cash generative nature of the business supports a commitment to double-digit annual dividend growth, and gives us the financial flexibility to pay down debt, or continue to grow the business through M&A”.last_img read more

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Messengers of Peace: Volunteering for Peace

first_imgWhen in 2012, during a women cohort group discussion session at the Wulki Farm, outside Monrovia, I mentioned to my Eastern Mennonites University colleagues that there is no heart stronger than that of a volunteer, it generated lots of discussions. While most of my colleagues from Fiji, Solomon Islands, USA, Kenya, Somalia and Liberia tend to agree with this assertion, some from other countries needed more information to be convinced. I anticipate that this week’s topic on volunteering for peace and development would do the same.In simple terms, volunteerism can be defined as doing work without the expectation of remuneration. According to Marjorie Moore, “ Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote everyday about the kind of community you want to live in.” In the opinion of Candice Witzkoske, “Volunteers are somebody! Somebody who cares, somebody who devotes time without pay…”In the words of Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary General, “Volunteerism… is a fundamental source of community strength, resilience, solidarity and social cohesion. It can help effect positive social change by fostering inclusive societies that respect diversity, equality and the participation of all.”While the words of important leaders might hold true on the definitions and benefits of volunteering for peace, we have come to notice in Africa and other conflict zones of the world that people, especially young people, are quick to volunteer for mob violence and most often mob justice. In most instances, young persons have been co-opted into wars as child soldiers but never as volunteers for peace.As you are aware, Messengers of Peace-Liberia is a local non-governmental organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace throughout the country. With over 20 peace clubs in schools and communities and over a thousand youth volunteers, MOP-Liberia firmly believes that volunteerism can transform the pace of and nature of peace consolidation. We contribute to peace advocacy in Liberia by advocating for volunteer peace advocates, encouraging partners to support as well as integrate volunteerism into their programs.As peace volunteers, we have extraordinary opportunity to create beneficial change and have a positive impact on people’s lives. Volunteering is not merely about providing human resources or filling gaps but assisting and uplifting communities so that people can aspire for a better tomorrow.Data generated by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies in 37 countries (Liberia not included) revealed that at least 12 percent of the adult populations in those countries are volunteers. They presented the equivalent of 20.8 million full-time workers, and made a US400 billion contribution to the economy.We, young Liberians, can overcome conflict and consolidate peace in Liberia through empowerment for change in the nation’s big challenges related to the use of our natural resources, environment, education, health, gender equality, governance and corruption.We applaud the fact that some young Liberians are working in volunteer roles in development programs in the counties, through the National Youth Volunteer Program and the Liberia Youth Employment Program (LYEP).MOP-Liberia will like to welcome more volunteers to peace building and consolidation initiatives in Liberia. The role of volunteers will be critical to the implementation of the peace hubs in Liberia. A volunteer action can have a long term impact and achieve a ripple effect that extends far beyond the immediate beneficiaries of our efforts. Besides the added value of volunteerism, voluntary actions can also inspire others to volunteer and to believe they, too, can make a difference that contributes to peace.In the words of Douglas Pagels, “The more you’re bothered by something that’s wrong, the more you’re empowered to change things and make them right. The more we follow that philosophy as individuals, the easier it will be to brighten our horizons outward from there, taking in our communities, our cultures, our countries and the common ground we stand on. The crucible of peace and good will is far too empty, and each of us must- in some way-help to fill it.”As a young person growing up in mama Liberia, where do you stand?  What do you take responsibility for?   And what do you not take responsibility for?  Let us read from you.  We encourage you to note that intergenerational initiatives also address national development priorities. They counteract inequality and exclusion, encourage active citizenship and even improve public infrastructure development through community-based projects.Our MOP-Liberia Facebook page provides an opportunity for all those individuals and like-minded organizations, which are already doing something about peace consolidation to share their experiences and encourage each other inspire to a broader community to follow our footprint. Contribute your thoughts-as well as your photos.I will like to end this article with an inspiring quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said: “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love”Until next week, Peace, above all, Peace First, Let Peace Prevail.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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San Sebastian drops 16 triples to scorch Letran

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next LATEST STORIES Jayson David. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian caught fire from beyond the arc and buried Letran, 95-64, Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Playing their best game this season, the Golden Stags were scorching from downtown, shooting 16 triples off 37 shots to sink the Knights and grab a leas as big 33, 87-54, courtesy of a Kevin Baytan.ADVERTISEMENT Initial tests reveal no fracture on Galanza’s injured ankle The Golden Stags forced themselves on a tie for the third spot with JRU with their identical 7-6 card.Letran, meanwhile, could not keep up with San Sebastian’s blistering shooting as it saw its two-game winning streak snapped to slide down to fifth with its even 7-7 record.Bong Quinto topped the Knights with 14 points and six rebounds, while Jerrick Balanza had 13 markers and five boards.The Scores:SAN SEBASTIAN 95 – David 17, Bulanadi 16, Calisaan 13, Gayosa 9, Costelo 6, Navarro 6, Are 6, Capobres 4, Mercado 4, Calma 3, Ilagan 3, Baytan 3, Valdez 3, Baetiong 2, Quipse 0.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LETRAN 64 – Quinto 14, Balanza 13, Calvo 7, Mandreza 7, Nambatac 6, Gedaria 4, Taladua 4, Balagasay 3, Vacaro 3, Pascual 2, Caralipio 1, Bernabe 0.Quarters: 25-11, 45-38, 69-47, 95-64. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Our team is really like this, we live and die with the three-points. Good thing that our shots went in, and at 42-percent, it’s high. But I guess they’re improving a lot and let’s give the credit to our guys. This is because of their work in practice. They practice hard and they do extra effort  to do shooting every day,” said coach Egay Macaraya.Jayson David led San Sebastian with 17 points, powered by three treys, on top of five rebounds, three assists, four steals, and a block.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAllyn Bulanadi also got 16 markers off his 3-of-7 shooting from rainbow country, to go with four assists and three boards, while Michael Calisaan got 13 points and seven rebounds for the Golden Stags.It was still a close game early in the third period with San Sebastian holding a 49-41 lead when it turned on the jets and staged the deciding 17-0 tear, capped off by a Bulanadi trey for 66-41 lead en route to the blowout. View commentslast_img read more

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La Salle foils Pasaol, UE

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Mbala pumped in 39 points in 23 minutes, marking the third time this season that he reset a personal scoring high, while front court partner Tratter fired 24 points as the Archers pulled away early before surviving a late onslaught by the Warriors anchored by Pasaol, who scored 18 points in the final frame.While La Salle picked up its fifth win in six games ahead of its finals rematch with Ateneo on Sunday, it was Pasaol’s brilliance for the still winless Warriors that made what was an otherwise routine victory for the Archers even more memorable.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He was just in the zone,” Mbala said of Pasaol, who shot 20-of-30 from the field.“He was shooting very well and we didn’t do a good job. Knowing that La Salle is a defensive minded team, we have to do better than that. We should have gotten him out of his comfort zone.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments University of the East coach Derrick Pumaren hopes the fighting performance against the Archers will serve as a “springboard” for the Warriors as they face fellow cellar-dweller University of Santo Tomas on Saturday.“This is the first time that even though we lost, I was really proud of the way we played,” said Pumaren.“The team that has been missing the past five games showed up. Alvin (Pasaol) was awesome tonight. He could have scored 60, but he really gave us a really good show.”“I wouldn’t have done it without my teammates’ help,” said Pasaol, who also had eight rebounds and four steals.Earlier, Sean Manganti scored on a putback with a second remaining as Adamson nipped University of the Philippines, 73-71, to gain a share of third spot with Far Eastern U.ADVERTISEMENT Manganti’s tip-in off a Papi Sarr miss broke the deadlock and boosted the Falcons to their fourth victory in six games, while sending the Fighting Maroons to a second straight defeat for a 3-3 slate.“I guess we were lucky to win that game,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren. “I guess this is a good test on our part that in crucial moments of the game, we can survive.”Manganti also broke up the Maroons’ final play intended for Paul Desiderio as they collected their third straight victory. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNot even the highest individual scoring performance in recent memory was enough to stop La Salle from sustaining its winning run ahead of its showdown with fierce rival Ateneo in UAAP Season 80.University of the East forward Alvin Pasaol exploded for 49 points, but the Green Archers also drew career-best outputs from Ben Mbala and Abu Tratter in a 106-100 victory Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight NU, Adamson close in on PVL finalslast_img read more

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Massachusetts to continue talks with HyrdoQuebec for Northern Pass project

first_imgMONTREAL – Despite a rejection in New Hampshire, Massachusetts will continue negotiations on a conditional basis with Hydro-Quebec and its American partner Eversource for the Northern Pass project.Hydro-Quebec is counting on the Northern Pass to supply Massachusetts for 20 years, starting in 2020, as part of a historic contract signed with the state in January.It is estimated that the Crown corporation could pocket $10 billion in revenue if an agreement is reached.The project was rejected by the New Hampshire Site Review Board, which refused to grant a licence essential to Northern Pass’s completion in the state.The Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs says talks on the project could end by March 27.In the meantime, conditional negotiations may be conducted for another project, the New England Clean Energy Connect, which would be carried out by Hydro-Quebec and Central Maine Power.That project involves the construction of a transmission line in Quebec to the border with Maine.last_img read more

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201516 NBA Preview The Hawks Will Be Mostly The Same But Worse

Speaking of the NBA’s likeliest regression candidates for 2015-16, CARMELO projects Kyle Korver to lose the ninth-most WAR of any player this season. Last year was a career year for Korver — unfortunately, you only get one of those. But Korver’s comp list is also littered with sharpshooters who played with grace into their late 30s. So despite the drop-off, Korver probably has at least a few more solid seasons left in his tank. Dennis Schroder was drafted on potential — perhaps specifically the potential that he’d become the next Rajon Rondo. He has the dimensions — 6-foot-1 with a deceptively long wingspan and huge hands — as well as the passing; he even borrowed the poor shooting efficiency. But Rondo was an elite defender, at least once upon a time, and that couldn’t be further from what Schroder is. Instead, Schroder seems to be at a crossroads this season: Some of his comps eventually turned into pretty good players, while others disappeared from the league completely. One of the unsung heroes of the 2014-15 Hawks was DeMarre Carroll, whose combination of shooting and defense made him one of the NBA’s best all-around wings. However, Carroll left for Toronto over the summer, and the only major newcomer brought in to replace his minutes was Tim Hardaway Jr., a poor imitation at best. Sure, Hardaway is a solid shooter who can score some, but — unlike Carroll — he’s completely lost on defense. His sub-replacement-level projection is a big reason why CARMELO thinks the Hawks will take a step backward this season. The good news: There’s a lot of blue on the left side of Paul Millsap’s player card — the dude is darned good at just about everything. The bad: Most of Millsap’s closest historical doppelgangers (save for … Julius Erving?!) declined steeply from this point in their careers onward. The latter explains why CARMELO calls for Millsap to suffer the NBA’s fifth-biggest drop in wins above replacement between 2014-15 and 2015-16. Here’s what to expect from Atlanta’s most important players in 2015-16 (you can find all of the Hawks — and every other NBA player — here): Acquired from the San Antonio Spurs in a salary dump that enabled the Spurs to sign LaMarcus Aldridge, Tiago Splitter might prove to be one of the steals of the offseason. Although he doesn’t stretch the floor with shooting like the outgoing Pero Antic did, Splitter does a bit of everything else well. He’ll put Atlanta’s backup big-man minutes to much better use than the likes of Antic, Mike Muscala or Mike Scott. With Al Horford’s abundant skill set — look at all those pretty blue dots! — you feel like the sum of his parts should be worth more than mere “good starter” status. Yet that’s Horford, who according to VORP (value over replacement player) has been a top-10 NBAer only once (in 2010-11) and at age 29 is entering the decline phase of his career. Luckily, CARMELO predicts a gentle descent; while the comparisons to Googs and Reef are concerning, hope abides in the forms of Lanier, Gasol, Parish and ’Sheed. Note: I worked for the Hawks as a statistical consultant during the 2013-14 season.How do you build on what was arguably the best season in franchise history? That’s the question facing the Atlanta Hawks on the eve of the 2015-16 season. And what a campaign to have to surpass: 60 wins, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and a berth in the NBA’s Final Four (albeit a brief one, ending in a sweep). Aside from the loss of swingman DeMarre Carroll, Atlanta will bring back all of its key players from a year ago, but FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system thinks it will still be difficult for the Hawks to reach last season’s heights. Our projections call for declines from practically all of the players who powered Atlanta’s unexpected rise, particularly Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver. What’s left over after the fall should still be a solid-enough team. But CARMELO projects Atlanta to go 45-37, which may not place the Hawks among the top half of Eastern Conference playoff teams, much less allow them to vie for the East’s best record again. Another option for filling Carroll’s minutes on the wing is Thabo Sefolosha, an even better defender than the man he’d be replacing (to say nothing of his massive edge over Hardaway on D). But Sefolosha doesn’t come without concern: He’s old, injury-prone — not to mention the broken leg he suffered during an off-court incident involving police last spring — and a near non-entity on offense. It’s not even clear how close to full health he’ll be when the season starts, so the Hawks could be in trouble if they’re counting on Sefolosha to replace anything more than a fraction of Carroll’s production. We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. Yet another Hawk who enjoyed a career-best season last year (are you sensing a theme here?), Jeff Teague skipped a couple of rungs on the NBA ladder during his climb from mediocre (2013-14) to very good (2014-15). CARMELO is skeptical that the latter will stick, and while good things were yet to come for some of his top comps — notably Paul Westphal, Kevin Johnson and Mark Jackson — the majority of Teague-like historical players were on the downturn by age 27. read more

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Dak Prescott Is Already Playing About As Well As Tony Romo Ever

The best 8-start stretches of Tony Romo and Dak Prescott’s careers Dak Prescott9/11/1611/6/1630438.562.080.2 15Colt McCoy2010274+2.8+24.150.1 19947-1-01741 6Matt Leinart2006343+4.4+31.058.7 8Mike Glennon2013327+8.3+33.856.9 DATE RANGESTATS DURING 8 GAMES 10Russell Wilson2012287+5.0+27.353.4 5Matt Ryan2008273+9.9+30.961.8 Tony Romo12/6/099/26/1035333.761.177.2 13Teddy Bridgewater2014327+2.1+27.452.1 20146-2-01585 Best rookies through first 8 starts, 2006-2016 11Sam Bradford2010353+3.9+31.252.7 PLAYERYEARPLAYSAVERAGEREPLACEMENTTOTAL QBR Tony Romo9/21/1411/23/1426036.656.980.0 Source: ESPN Stats & Info Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 4Cam Newton2011381+18.8+48.563.5 12Derek Carr2014327+1.3+26.652.6 9Andy Dalton2011306+4.8+28.455.7 Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is sailing into uncharted territory for a rookie passer. Prescott shined again in Dallas’s 35-10 rout of the Cleveland Browns Sunday, completing 21 of 27 passes for 247 yards (9.1 per attempt), three touchdowns and zero interceptions. According to ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (QBR), Prescott had the NFL’s top quarterbacking performance of the week,1Pending stats from Monday night’s Seahawks-Bills tilt. the second time in nine weeks he’s claimed top honors. All told, Prescott’s first eight starts are easily the best of any rookie signal-caller since ESPN began tracking QBR in 2006: PLAYERSTARTENDPLAYSPAAPARTOTAL QBR Tony Romo11/6/1112/24/1127334.055.376.1 Tony Romo9/23/0711/18/0731042.867.082.1 1Dak Prescott2016304+38.5+62.080.2 19936-2-01734 Romo’s 2007 stretch was actually preceded by two additional excellent starts (if we included overlapping stretches, parts of ’07 would show up as three of Romo’s top four stretches), so Prescott has to keep this up for a few more games to truly match Romo’s best stretch, but through eight games, he’s right there.3It’s also worth noting that Romo’s best stretch came early in his career — his second year as starter — so Prescott’s best days could be front-loaded as well.Prescott’s no mere game manager, either. In addition to ranking highly in QBR, he also ranks highly in stats that focus more on production — meaning yards, touchdowns and first downs. According to expected points added (EPA) relative to both the league average and the replacement level, Prescott’s current eight-start run is better than all but one of Romo’s eight-game stretches — that same 2007 period mentioned above. Rather than riding his teammates’ coattails, Prescott’s play has been one of the driving forces behind a squad that ranks second in offensive EPA but only 14th in EPA on both defense and special teams. 19965-3-01662 PAA = Points above averagePAR = Points above replacementResults were filtered to remove stretches that included games contained in a higher-ranking stretch.Source: ESPN Stats & Info POINTS ABOVE… 2Andrew Luck2012399+23.3+54.467.0 YEARRECORDELO RATING Although we don’t have QBR before 2006, Prescott also has the third-highest adjusted yards per attempt of any qualified2Minimum 100 pass attempts (or about 12.5 per team game). rookie passer through his team’s first eight games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. He trails only Mark Rypien and Dan Marino, and although those two produced their numbers in a less passer-friendly environment than today’s NFL, they also threw less than half as many passes as Prescott has. Given all that, it’s tough to find a QB in history whose career has gotten off to a faster start than Prescott’s.Prescott has played so well, in fact, that he’s put the return of incumbent Cowboys starter Tony Romo on hold — perhaps indefinitely.As a stathead, I never bought into those silly arguments that Romo isn’t clutch, or that Dallas could never win a Super Bowl with him under center. Underneath all the hot takes he attracts, Romo has been one of his generation’s finest quarterbacks and one of the most efficient passers of all time — even after adjusting for the high-octane passing environment of the modern game. In terms of individual accomplishments, Romo has few quarterbacking peers.And yet, the case can be made that Prescott’s first eight starts have been as good as any eight (consecutive) starts Romo made in his entire career. According to QBR, Romo’s best set of eight straight starts came in 2007, between Weeks 3 and 11 of the 2007 season, when Romo posted an 82.1 mark on QBR’s 0-to-100 scale while throwing to Terrell Owens. That was the sole eight-start stretch of Romo’s career that was better than the only eight NFL starts Prescott has ever made: 7Ryan Tannehill2012289+0.5+23.158.4 19927-1-01663 14Marcus Mariota2015324+5.9+31.251.6 20167-1-01595 19957-1-01723 Speaking of which, the Cowboys are also off to one of their best starts in recent memory. This is the first time Dallas has won seven of its first eight games since 2007, and only the second time since 1995, the last time the team won the Super Bowl. And the Cowboys’ current Elo rating (our pet metric for estimating a team’s strength at a given moment) through eight weeks is the third-highest it’s been since Dallas’s dynasty days of the mid-1990s.Prescott is hardly the only Cowboy having a great season. Running back Ezekiel Elliott also leads the NFL in rushing yards, helping to power the second-best rushing attack in the league according to EPA. And, given his track record and what we know about his recovery so far, Romo would likely also be successful if he were slotted into Dallas’s lineup. (Though individual football players are often so interconnected with each other that it’s difficult to predict what will happen to the team when personnel changes.)But right now, Prescott has made just about as strong a case as possible that the Cowboys should stick with him going forward. Not only has he produced one of the best-ever first halves by a rookie QB, but he has also instantly played as well as Romo ever has. Now the only question is what he has in store for the back half of Dallas’s schedule. 19974-4-01579 20096-2-01617 3Robert Griffin III2012320+18.7+43.763.6 Best Cowboys teams through 8 games by Elo Rating, 1992-2016 20077-1-01619 read more

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Carlos Hyde has sights set on becoming Urban Meyers 1st 1000yard rusher

Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) hurdles a defender during a game against Purdue Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorSince becoming the coach of Bowling Green in 2001, current Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has never had a running back rush for 1,000 yards in a season.In that same time frame, OSU has had seven seasons where a running back reached the milestone, with Chris “Beanie” Wells and Antonio Pittman each doing so twice in back-to-back seasons.Now, as the end of the 2013 season rapidly approaches, senior running back Carlos Hyde is on pace to break Meyer’s streak, and exceed the 1,000 yard plateau. Hyde sits at 701 yards on the season, having reached that mark in only in six games after he was suspended by Meyer after his involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar in July.After the Buckeyes’ 56-0 victory against Purdue on Saturday, Hyde said his goal to reach 1,000 yards isn’t just about personal achievement.“I really want to get that 1,000 yards,” Hyde told cleveland.com. “Not just for me, but for the offensive line, just to have a 1,000 yard back and for coach Meyer.”Hyde came close in 2012, finishing the season with 970 yards despite missing two games with a sprained MCL.Upon his return from the suspension this season, Hyde was limited in his first game back against Florida A&M Sept. 21, only rushing five times for 41 yards.Since that point though, Hyde has averaged 132 yards per game on the ground. If he keeps it up, this pace will have him at 1,000 yards by the end of the regular season.After the Oct. 5 game against Northwestern, when Hyde led the Buckeyes to a 40-30 comeback victory, Hyde said his play since the suspension has been all about atoning for his mistake.“I missed out on those three games, you know, I can’t get those games back,” Hyde said. “I go out every game with a mindset that I have to make up for those three games … I’m running with a whole different demeanor than what I would have had in the beginning if I didn’t get suspended. I have a different hunger for the game basically.”Against the Wildcats, Hyde ran for a career high 168 yards and three touchdowns, all three of which came with OSU trailing.In the win against Purdue last weekend, Hyde only carried the ball eight times, his lowest total since playing Florida A&M. Despite the lack of touches, the Naples, Fla., native still ran for 111 yards, averaging almost 14 yards per carry.Junior tight end Jeff Heuerman said after the game against the Boilermakers, having explosive players helps open up the field for the rest of the OSU offense.“Like I’ve said before, having a running back like Carlos Hyde and a quarterback like (junior quarterback) Braxton Miller … having all those guys being so productive, it puts me in a position where I can make my block easier sometimes,” Heuerman said.Miller said after the game against Penn State Oct. 26, Hyde has grown up as a player and a leader from last season, with the suspension motivating him to play even harder.“Leadership from where he grew from last year and that little incident he had,” Miller said. “Just felt like he’s got to prove himself even more.”Hyde rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns against Penn State, despite not playing for a majority of the second half.“Carlos didn’t play but two and a half quarters if I remember right. That’s a lot of yards against a team we have a lot of respect for,” Meyer said.Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner agreed with Meyer, adding that Hyde’s ability helps to motivate the offensive line to play well.“They feed each other. Carlos runs over people and finishes runs and that gets the offensive line fired up and they work even that much harder to create holes, and it’s a highly motivated group,” Warinner said after the Penn State game.With the potential to break the 1,000-yard mark getting closer, Hyde faces a favorable schedule in the coming weeks. The Buckeyes’ next two opponents following the bye week are Illinois and Indiana, currently ranked No. 114 and No. 115, respectively, in the country in rush yards allowed per game.The game against Illinois is scheduled for Nov. 16 in Champaign, Ill., with the Buckeyes returning home the following week for their final home game of the year against Indiana Nov. 23. read more

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Matt bring PL experience to Home Park as he joins club

first_imgMatt Macey has become the second goalkeeper to sign for Argyle this summer from Premier League clubs as he joins them on loan from Arsenal.Macey who launched his career at Bristol Rovers, as well as previous experience of Home Park, said as quoted in Plymouth Argyle club website that:“I grew up playing for Bristol Rovers and warmed up on the [Home Park] pitch with Accrington. I played against them for Luton a couple of years ago. I know the stadium I know what the fans are like as well.”He added:“That was out of nowhere because I came from the under 18s at Bristol Rovers. When you get interest from a Premier League club you sort of dismiss it and think it’s a joke but it came through!“[Playing at the Emirates is] the highlight of my career so far. Before that I had a couple of loan spells; I think it is time now to have another spell, play some games and try to kick on again in my career.”New Plymouth Argyle full-back approves deal on Wedding day Henry Ikenna Ugwu – June 29, 2018 They say one who finds a wife, finds a good thing and full-back Joe Riley can attest to that as he can now honeymoon…“I had a spell at Luton which was great; the next step is League One. The opportunities have come around quite quickly for me and there’s no denying that I wanted to come down here and test myself at this level and at such a great club.”He stressed that his impressive performance at Arsenal is enough file in for a season at Home Park“I think in the modern game, you need to be tall you need to move well. Especially at Arsenal they put a lot of emphasis on being able to move well. Those are physical traits I am lucky to have.“It would have been ideal if I had more time or games with the boys, but I’ve done it before where I have just come straight into a team. I have a whole week’s training so I’ll be working hard this week.”last_img read more

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There will not be a Bundesliga official match in the US

first_imgThe German competition does not want to follow the steps set forward by Spain’s La Liga, and managing director Christian Seifert has ruled out a similar moveAfter Spain’s La Liga tournament announced they will play at least one official match in the United States, most people expected other leagues to come thru.The English Premier League once toyed with this idea, but so far there has not been anything official.But one league has firmly said no.German Bundesliga managing director Christian Seifert talked to Die Zeit as reported by Goal.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We will never play a league game outside of Germany. That’s a limit we will not cross,” he said.“An official league game, which is about points that decide promotion, relegation or participation in the international competition, abroad, is, in my view, a lack of respect for their fans, the players and in the end also Major League Soccer.”“You do not need help from overseas to promote football in this way,” Seifert added.“You can rule out that there are as many kick-off times as there are games, as is the case in Spain.”last_img read more

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