The Latest: NFLPA advises halt to private workouts together

first_imgThe federation’s executive committee will discuss the new measures and the specifics of the new calendar on Monday.The French government called off the country’s 2019-20 soccer season on April 28 as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Dr. Thom Mayer told members of the NFLPA in a message Saturday that the risk of being stricken by the new coronavirus is too great to be staging those workouts. Mayer said staff was working on the best mitigation procedures at team facilities for both training camps and the upcoming season and advised “against any voluntary joint practices before training camp commences.”In recent days, members of the Buccaneers, Cowboys, 49ers and Texans organizations tested positive for COVID-19. The NFL has allowed team facilities to reopen on a limited basis, with no players except those rehabilitating injuries allowed on the premises. Training camps are scheduled to open in late July, with the first preseason contest the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 6 between Dallas and Pittsburgh. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The medical director of the NFL players’ union has recommended that all players stop private workouts together. Toronto is deferring to the NHL’s policy on handling test results, with the league providing updates on testing totals and positive tests without disclosing the identities of affected clubs or players. Judd Moldaver, Matthews’s agent, did not respond to requests for comment.According to the Sun, the 22-year-old Matthews has self-quarantined in his Arizona home and hopes to be ready to play if the NHL season resumes. The NHL hopes to open training camps next month, and finish off the 2019-20 season later this summer.Matthews had 47 goals and 33 assists in 70 games before the suspension of the season on March 12.Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen stayed with Matthews in Arizona for the first stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, but according to the Toronto Sun he tested negative for the novel coronavirus and is no longer in Arizona. Team headquarters is remaining open under the first phase of the NFL’s reopening plan.Earlier this week, the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning closed their facility after three players and two staff members tested positive.___The Toronto Maple Leafs will not comment on reports that star player Auston Matthews has tested positive for the coronavirus.The Toronto Sun and The Toronto Star report that the center tested positive. The Leafs say a player’s medical information is private. June 20, 2020 The league has said it plans to play its season as scheduled, with the first game set for Sept. 10 at Kansas City.___Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella has suspended all professional soccer matches in the city only three days after play restarted amid the coronavirus pandemic. Crivella issued a decree on Saturday arguing that time is needed to adapt safety protocols for all teams. The suspension is valid for five days. On Thursday night, Flamengo beat Bangu 3-0 at Maracanã Stadium in the first professional soccer match in South America in nearly three months. The game marked the return of Brazil’s state leagues, but at a field hospital near a stadium gate doctors said two COVID-19 patients had died. Since Atlanta United began individual player workouts on May 6, the club has followed MLS health and safety guidelines, including physical distancing and sanitizing during individual workouts, small group training sessions and full group training sessions. The club works in consultation with the CDC, local health authorities and MLS regarding testing and training guidelines.___Three members of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers have tested positive for the- novel coronavirus at the team’s training facility, and the Bucs have closed affected areas of the building.The team said those areas will remain closed until extensive sanitizing is completed. All individuals who may have been exposed have been notified, the Bucs said in a statement, “and are following the established protocols, which include a 14-day quarantine period.” The team did not identify three people who tested positive. The Latest: NFLPA advises halt to private workouts together Arizona has seen a recent spike in COVID-19 cases. On Friday, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 3,246 new positive cases of COVID-19, exceeding Thursday’s single-day high of 2,519 cases.The league said Friday that it has tested more than 200 players at club facilities during voluntary training since June 8, with 11 testing positive.___French soccer authorities are allowing fans back into stadiums from July 10, with an initial limit of 5,000.Noël Le Graët, president of the French Football Federation, says it is possible more spectators will be allowed into the French Cup final at the end of July and for the resumption of top-tier Ligue 1 play at the end of August. Associated Press ___Atlanta United confirmed a second positive result for a player following mandatory club testing on Friday. No additional positive results for players or staff were received Friday. The club announced its first positive result for a player on Thursday. The second player was asymptomatic and has been in isolation since Wednesday, adhering with MLS health and safety protocols that require at least two positive tests to ensure the first result was not a false positive. The team conducted non-contact, individual training sessions on Friday and Saturday and will continue non-contact training on Monday. Mandatory COVID-19 testing will take place again Monday. If negative test results for all players and staff are received, the team will resume full team training on Tuesday. So far, Rio state has counted more than 8,500 fatalities from the disease. Brazil officially topped 1 million cases of COVID-19 on Friday.___Kansas State has paused all voluntary workouts for football players for two weeks following the most recent COVID-19 test results.As of Friday, 14 athletes had tested positive for active COVID-19 following testing of more than 130 athletes. The school said those who have tested positive are being medically managed according to current guidelines. That includes self-isolation for 10 days and until the patient is without fever for 72 hours without medication, whichever takes longer. Athletics director Gene Taylor said the university felt that temporarily pausing all football workouts and access to facilities was the best decision for everyone. last_img read more

Despite looming departure to ACC, Orange remains focused on final season in Big East

first_img Published on August 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm NEWPORT, R.I. — Doug Marrone insisted it didn’t feel awkward to be sitting at Big East football media day knowing next season, his team will be in the Atlantic Coast Conference.“I have no feeling toward that,” Marrone said. “I don’t get it. I guess maybe because our focus is so much on getting our players ready to compete and getting ready to play a schedule. Or maybe it’s me, I’m not built that way.”The Syracuse head coach repeatedly said he doesn’t think about anything beyond this season, and is now only focused on training camp.Looking too far ahead to the Orange’s time in the ACC isn’t something he wants to do.It was a popular topic Tuesday, but Marrone stuck to the same answer.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough SU will no longer be a member of the Big East, the program will still be a part of the tradition of football in the northeast under Marrone.“You’re talking about a guy that played at Syracuse, and I always looked at it as northeastern football,” Marrone said. “I’ve always been a believer in eastern football. For me, it’s very difficult with all the changes. Years ago, not the ones going on now.”Temple returns to Big East with reenergized programJohn Paquette called coach after coach to the front of the Bellevue Ballroom in Newport’s Hotel Viking. Six drab, generic,cliché-filled speeches followed with only South Florida’s Skip Holtz’s bringing some life to the podium.Then Steve Addazio marched to the microphone from the back right corner of the room. As if giving a pep talk, he spoke about the change in the Big East as well as his program.“It’s a new Temple,” Addazio said. “It doesn’t resemble anything of where it was six, seven, eight years ago.”As Addazio was quick to point out, Temple enters the Big East coming off three winning seasons, during which the team went 26-12, earned a win in the New Mexico Bowl and completed a $10 million football facility.As members of the Big East from 1991-2004 the Owls didn’t record a winning season and went 29-126. In 2004, Temple was expelled from the Big East due to poor performance, attendance and a lack of investment in the program by the university as a whole. The Owls competed as an independent for two years before moving to the Mid-American Conference for the last five seasons.But the dark period in the Big East in the Owls’ history isn’t lost on the current Temple players.“I wouldn’t say burying it would be the best idea. I think we can help use it as motivation,” Owls kick and punter Brandon McManus said. “ … We’re excited to try and make Philadelphia a college football town.”Big East looks to prove itself nationally West Virginia is gone, and Syracuse and Pittsburgh are leaving after this season.Houston, Southern Methodist, Central Florida, Memphis, Boise State and San Diego State are set to join in their place with the latter two doing so on a football-only basis. Navy is scheduled to do the same in 2015.But Tuesday, coaches and officials focused on the season when talking about the strength of the conference on the national landscape.“By any objective criteria you choose the Big East has been, is today and will continue to be one of the top conferences in the nation,” said Nick Carparelli, senior associate commissioner of the Big East. “ … There is nothing in this sport that can be done in any other league that can’t also be done in the Big East.”The league also announced a marketing plan to better brand the league in years to come. Details of the plan were not released.In the past two seasons of Big East play, five different programs have earned a share of the conference title. In 2010, it was Connecticut, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. Cincinnati, Louisville and West Virginia did the same last season.“I think you’re going to find out in the next year and many years to come that we’re a player on the national scene,” Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones said of the Big East. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Joy Sports projection: Why Oly, Bechem will join BA Utd for relegation

first_imgThe Joy Sports team projects that the battle to survive relegation will go to the last day with club’s statuses likely to be decided at the death.The relegation scrap currently sees six teams in a fix. They are Heart of Lions, Bechem United, New Edubiase, Liberty, Hearts of Oak and Olympics all in danger to dropping to the second tier of Ghana football.But Joy Sports can project that Olympics and Bechem United are the most likely to join already-relegated BA United in Division One next season. The two, by virtue of the complexity of their fixtures, are predicted to pick the least points as the league heads to the final strait.Accra giants Hearts of Oak are expected to pick a minimum of nine points out of the remaining 12 to ensure their survival in the league.  The Phobians are tipped to win their remaining home games against Bechem United and Chelsea while winning away to either WAFA or Medeama. This will surely be enough to see the Phobians to preserve their Premiership status and they will live to die another day.But their city rivals Olympics, who currently lie 14th on the table, have very difficult fixtures – Aduana and Heart of Lions at Dormaa and Kpando respectively. The Wonder Boys are likely to lose out on all six points.While Aduana will need the point to continue their title charge, Heart of Lions will grab the points to ensure premiership football continues in Kpando. Considering Ashantigold’s pursuit of the league title also, Olympics are projected to pick a draw from that last round game against the Miners. The Wonder club will be picking four points out of a possible 12. Bechem United on the other hand travel down south twice to face Hearts in Accra and Inter Allies in Tema. These two trips are projected to be unfruitful for the Bechem side.The Bechem side are yet to win away from home and this stat is likely to continue on their last trips to Accra. This will be their undoing come the close of the league.A last day victory over BA United will still not be enough to see the Bechem side beat the drop.New Edubiase must also tread cautiously as any slip up can see them easily take up Bechem’s place in relegation. They have tricky fixtures against Aduana and Hasaacas and must be treated with all seriousness.The stage is set for an intriguing end to the league. –CLICK TO READ: Dark history looms over Hearts boss Eddie AnsahCLICK TO READ: Analysis – How Hearts will escape relegation–Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum and Gary @garyalsmith. Get more FCPPL updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtag. Live coverage of key games this Sunday from 3pm on Sports Arena on Joy 99.7FM.last_img read more

NBA playoffs: Blake Griffin breaking out among postseason highlights

first_imgA look inside the numbers of the NBA playoffs, as the conference semifinals resume Friday night with Cleveland at Chicago and Houston at the Los Angeles Clippers.The other semis pick up again Saturday, with Golden State at Memphis and Atlanta visiting Washington.BREAKOUT BLAKEYour early front-runner for NBA Finals MVP (provided he gets there, of course) might very well be Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Here’s all he’s done in these playoffs, going into Friday’s play:— He’s the NBA playoff leader in total points (229), rebounds (129) and assists (69). Yes, the Clippers had the benefit of playing more games than anyone else so far in the playoffs, but for Griffin to have more assists than anyone in the early going is unexpected, to say the least.— He has three triple-doubles. The rest of the league has zero so far in these playoffs.— Nine games, nine double-doubles. He’s the only player with one in every postseason game thus far. And keep in mind, no one had more than nine of those in the entirety of the 2014 playoffs.3 FOR ALLcenter_img More 3-pointers are being shot in playoff games than ever.By a lot. By a whole lot.Entering Friday, the average NBA game in these playoffs has featured 50 free-throw attempts — thanks, Hack-a-Everybody — and a staggering 49 tries from 3-point range. That’s a pace well above the 44.7 attempts from 3-point range during last year’s playoffs, and is also way ahead of any regular-season clip in league history.It’s been clear that this is easily basketball’s most three-happy era since the arc was added, but consider that just three years ago the average playoff game had 47 free-throw tries and 35 shots from long range.Now, the numbers are basically even.Atlanta is averaging 32 attempts from 3-point range per game in these playoffs. Of the eight teams left, the only one that isn’t at times totally reliant on that particular shot is Memphis, which averaged about 13 attempts from distance in its first seven playoff games.And all that shooting from deep partially explains this …CLANKThat’s the sound everyone’s hearing a lot of so far in these playoffs.Going into Friday, the league was shooting at about 44 percent in the postseason — on pace for only the 40th-best single-playoff effort in NBA history.But that’s not all on the 3-pointer, where teams have been connecting on about 35 percent of their tries. Foul shooting has been downright putrid as well.Across the league, teams have hit 73.5 percent of their shots from the foul line in the playoffs, a number that is obviously watered down by all the intentional hacking of primarily DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard. That’s on pace for just the 47th-best playoff season from the line leaguewide.There is some good news for the lovers of offense, however. Despite all those misses, playoff games haven’t had this many points (202.5 per game entering Friday) since 1992.HOME-COURT ADVANTAGEOr more specifically, what home-court advantage?Home teams are 29-20 going into Friday’s games, and everyone who had home court for Games 1 and 2 of the conference semifinals no longer has the home-court edge going into Game 3 of their respective series.All of them are knotted at a game apiece.LEBRON 7KLeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers is closing in on yet another longevity milestone, that being 7,000 minutes in NBA playoff games.He’s at 6,966 heading into Game 3 of Cleveland’s series with Chicago on Friday night. He’ll become the 12th player in league history to log that many playoff minutes, and he’s going to climb the league’s assist charts as well.James goes into Game 3 with 1,059 playoff assists, tied with San Antonio’s Tony Parker for No. 6 all-time. Chances are, James will be No. 4 on that list before too much time has passed in Game 3; Steve Nash is No. 5 on the playoff assist list with 1,061, and Larry Bird is No. 4 at 1,062.last_img read more

Stephen Curry: Surreal that Warriors have won 50 games again

first_img“And [Saturday] night, they had nothing, we had nothing in the tank.”The great thing about this team is they always bounce back because they have so much pride.”But what they’ve accomplished — this team has the best record over the last four seasons of any four-year period in the history of the NBA. What they’ve done is just remarkable.” Stephen Curry spoke of his admiration for the Warriors’ culture after they reached 50 regular-season wins for a sixth straight season by beating the Pistons 121-114 on Sunday.The back-to-back NBA champions responded in style to their 35-point loss to the Mavericks on Saturday as the returning Curry, rested the previous night, led the team with 26 points. Golden State, atop the Western Conference standings and already assured of a playoff place, now boast a 50-23 record with nine games still to play before the postseason begins.”It’s kind of surreal, to be honest,” Curry told reporters after the game.”You talk about the history of the organization, how hard it is to win NBA games, win championships and string together [wins] year after year after year….it takes a collection of talented guys, a commitment to trying to put together the best team possible every year.The Dubs clinched their sixth straight 50+ win season with the winRelive the best moments with #JBLxGSW pic.twitter.com/YPQizF9MBD— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) March 25, 2019″That’s front office, coaching staff, all the way down. So, I think I have a true appreciation for what we’ve been able to do and want to continue it for as long as we can.”Despite boasting a roster stacked with All-Star talent, Warriors coach Steve Kerr feels there is not a true appreciation for how consistent his team is game after game and year on year.”It’s hard for anybody to understand what these guys go through — physically, emotionally, spiritually, trying to defend the crown, trying to win the title, trying to stay on top of the mountain. It’s hard,” he said.last_img read more

Dallas Keuchel ‘best fit’ for Padres, report says

first_img“I don’t think we operate in the world of temptation,” Van Wagenen said (via SNY). “We like the guys we have here. We’ll always monitor ways to get better, but we like the guys we have …”The 31-year-old lefty is throwing 95-pitch simulated games every five days to prepare himself for action.Keuchel, who has spent his entire seven-year career with the Astros, has a career 76-63 record with a 3.66 ERA. The 2015 Cy Young Award winner has thrown 200 or more innings in three of the last five seasons. Dallas Keuchel is still without a team more than two weeks into the season, but a front-runner for his services may have emerged.The free-agent pitcher is now reportedly seeking a one-year contract worth more than the $17.9 million qualifying offer he rejected from the Astros. He has been tied in reports to the Padres, Mets and Brewers. But ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Sunday that San Diego would be the “best fit” for both sides. The Padres boast the best record in the NL (11-6) and showed with their massive offseason commitment to Manny Machado they’re dedicated to winning now. The Padres reiterated that commitment when they began the season with prized prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. on the big-league roster. If they had left him in Triple-A until April 12, they could have delayed his potential free agency down the road by one season, but they wanted him on the roster to start the season to help the club.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNHeard this read on Dallas Keuchel’s market today: He’s open to a good 1-year deal; San Diego could be the best fit. Padres off to a good start. For Keuchel, pitching in big parks of NL West a nice pitstop for 2019. SD ownership has demonstrated it’ll go above/beyond for 2019.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) April 14, 2019According to the ESPN report, Keuchel could also benefit by pitching in the more spacious parks of the NL West.As far as the Mets’ supposed interest in Keuchel, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Sunday he’s happy with the arms the team has now.last_img read more

How can the Lakers add LeBron James and Paul George? What you need to know about free agency

first_imgThis summer, just like 2010 and 2014, much of the NBA’s major free agent movement hinges on where LeBron James decides to take his talents.The Lakers and Cavaliers have sufficient salary-cap space to sign James as a free agent. Those are probably the most attractive landing spots for James, who has been spotted checking out schools for his children in Southern California and calls Northeast Ohio home.The Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs also could sign James if, as expected, he decides to opt out of his contract for next season with the Cavaliers and becomes a free agent. But there are so many moving parts it would seem unlikely their bids could succeed.Accepting his option for next season opens many more scenarios via sign-and-trade deals. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHow’s that for a bottom line?After so much speculation about his future, after all the chatter, James’ franchise-altering decision is nearly at hand. The first step would be the four-time league MVP, who is vacationing in the Carribean, declining his $35.6-million option with the Cavaliers before Friday’s deadline at 8:59 p.m. PT and becoming an unrestricted free agent Saturday at 9:01 p.m. PTQuestions about his destination could hinge on whether James would go to the Lakers if, and only if, they could add other top-tier free agents such as Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder and whether they could acquire Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs in a trade.Or perhaps James would be content to come to the Lakers and play with a core group of young players that includes Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Kyle Kuzma. Maybe then the Lakers could also re-sign Julius Randle, who will be a restricted free agent.Plus, the Lakers have roughly $60 million in cap space, making it easier to sign two players to max deals. They wouldn’t need to alter their roster significantly in order to sign James (about $35 million for next season) and George ($30 million) to max deals. The Cavaliers have an advantage over the Lakers, Rockets, 76ers and Spurs because they maintain James’ so-called Bird rights and can sign him for a max deal of $207.4 million over five years and they’re allowed to go over the salary cap.However, if the Cavaliers re-sign James, they’ll be hard-pressed to upgrade their roster through free agency. They have only the standard $5.3-million salary-cap exception plus a $5.8-million trade exception to work with in free agency. Cleveland would have to add players through trades, but the Cavaliers don’t have a lot of young assets.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Houston, Philadelphia and San Antonio would have to clear salary-cap space in order to sign James, and it could get complicated for each team. For the Rockets, it would mean they could not re-sign free agents Chris Paul, Trevor Ariza and Clint Capela without asking them to take pay cuts they would be unlikely to accept, for instance.Here’s more of what we do know as free agency nears:KEY DATES/TIMESFriday: Players have until 8:59 p.m. PT to decide to opt in or opt out of next year’s contracts. James, George, the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, the New York Knicks’ Enes Kanter and others with player options for their 2018-19 contracts must make their decisions known by this deadline.Saturday: This is the last day for teams to extend qualifying offers to restricted free agents. The Lakers have already made a $5.6-million qualifying offer to Randle, making him a restricted free agent.The free-agent negotiating period begins at 9:01 p.m. PT Teams and free agents can begin talks officially. Players can announce where they intend to sign or where they have been traded, but contracts cannot be made official until the moratorium ends later next week.Wednesday: James’ unofficial deadline to have his status resolved.July 6: Moratorium ends at 9 a.m. PT, with free agents able to sign contracts and trades to be completed. Once a restricted free agent such as Randle signs an offer sheet with another team, the Lakers will have 48 hours to decide whether to match it and retain him.Aug. 31: This is the last day to waive players and apply the stretch provision to their contracts. For instance, the Lakers could waive Luol Deng and stretch his contract, creating more cap flexibility. Deng is owed $36.8 million over the next two seasons, starting at $18 million in 2018-19. The Lakers can stretch him out to $7.4 million over five years, which would open $9.8 million in additional cap space immediately.TEAMS WITH SPACEThe Lakers ($60 million-plus) have the most space of all 30 teams, the only one capable of signing James to a max deal without needing to clear additional room. In fact, the Lakers could sign James and George to max deals with only a minimum of movement.Indiana ($33 million), Philadelphia ($30 million), Chicago ($27 million), Dallas ($26 million) and Utah ($24 million) are the only other teams that can come close to having the same cap space as the Lakers – and they would have to make moves to clear additional room to sign James.The Clippers don’t have sufficient cap space this summer, but are targeting 2019, when they’re expected to have roughly $50 million available and will use it for a free-agent spending spree on a class that’s projected to be deeper and more talented than this one, with the exception of James, of course.MONEY MATTERSStaying put has its advantages in terms of more money and more years for players who re-sign with their old clubs. James, George (five years, $176 million) and Leonard (five years, $219 million) can get longer, more lucrative contracts if they re-sign instead of making deals elsewhere.For example, the Lakers cannot offer George a deal richer than four years and $130 million. If he wants to come home to Southern California, he’d have to leave a lot of guaranteed money on the table. Of course, George could elect to sign a “one-plus one” deal this summer and return to free agency next summer to recoup some of that.Leonard has one year and $20 million left on his current contract with the Spurs as well as a $21 million player option for the 2019-20 season, one he is unlikely to take no matter where he is playing. Leonard can only get the $219 million “super max” offer from the Spurs, who can offer him that contract any time after July 1. He can’t get that deal with any other team, no matter if he’s traded or decides to sign elsewhere in free agency next summer.If Leonard is traded this summer and re-signs in 2019, he would be eligible for a five-year, $188 million deal. If he stays in San Antonio this year then leaves next summer, he’d be eligible for a four-year, $139 million contract.THE BIG THREE SCENARIOTiming is the biggest challenge to the Lakers ending up with LeBron, Leonard and George this summer. Any trade they make for a high-paid veteran like Leonard needs to be done before they sign free agents because otherwise they’d already have stretched and waived Deng and be unable to include him as matching salary in a trade.Assuming the cap comes in as projected at $101 million and both James and George sign for the full max, any realistic trade for Leonard (imagine surrendering two of three from Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma plus Deng) would leave the Lakers with just seven players under contract: their new big three, the remaining player from the Ball-Ingram-Kuzma trio, Josh Hart and this year’s draft picks (Moe Wagner and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk).The Lakers would then have to fill out their roster with only the room mid-level exception (projected at $4.4 million) to offer free agents more than the veterans’ minimum.BUCKLE UPIn their best-case scenario, the one Lakersland has been dreaming about for weeks, months and years, that Big Three scenario comes to fruition and the Lakers return to their status as an elite team. In the worst-case scenario, the Lakers add no one of significance and they lose Randle, too.In their best-case scenario, the Clippers’ management team of Jerry West and Lawrence Frank makes magic happen with stunning deals that land them James and Leonard and they return to elite status. In the worst-case scenario, well, there really isn’t one. The Clippers are focused on 2019.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Titans make Kevin Byard highest-paid safety in NFL history, report says

first_imgIf the report is indeed true, Byard surpasses Redskins safety Landon Collins and Ravens safety Earl Thomas as the highest-paid safety in NFL history. Titans and S Kevin Byard reached agreement on a 5-year, $70.5 million agreement that includes $31 million in guarantees, per source. Byard – who has the same agent (@DavidMulugheta) as Landon Collins and Earl Thomas, now is the highest paid safety in NFL history.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 25, 2019Byard, 25, was a third-round pick out of Middle Tennessee State in 2016.He has made one Pro Bowl and one All-Pro team in his three NFL seasons.He had eight interceptions in 2017 and four more in 2018 while totaling 228 total tackles in his first three seasons combined. The Titans clearly think a lot of safety Kevin Byard.Tennessee gave Byard a five-year, $70.5 million extension with $31 million in guarantees, according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources.last_img read more

Junior Galette claims he’s been ‘blackballed’ from NFL in open letter to Roger Goodell

first_imgFormer Saints and Redskins linebacker Junior Galette claimed Monday morning that he’s been backballed from the NFL because he was “unfairly profiled by police.”In an open letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Galette says players are punished harshly if they have any involvement with police officers. The linebacker says the league should adopt the “innocent until proven guilty” legal principle. “Far too often, the NFL penalizes players — sometimes severely — for encounters with law enforcement before receiving due process; players are treated as ‘guilty until proven innocent,’ in the eyes of both the NFL and the public who sees only the punitive action,” Galette writes. “This creates a domino effect, exacerbated by the same systemic racism you referenced.”MORE: Donald Trump questions NFL’s statement on protestsA woman accused Galette of assaulting her in January 2015. At the time, he was arrested and charged with simple battery involving domestic violence. However, in February 2015, the criminal charges were dismissed. Galette has continuously denied the allegations. He was suspended two weeks by the NFL for this incident.Galette was also arrested in April 2017, when he was chased down and tased by police. Police at the time said Galette was charged with disorderly conduct and failure to comply after getting into a fight and running away at a spring break festival in Mississippi.Galette signed with the Redskins in 2015, but tore his left Achilles tendon and missed the entire season. In 2016, Galette tore his right Achilles tendon and missed that season. He signed a 1-year deal in 2017 and played in 16 games for the Redskins, finishing with three sacks. He has not played since. Despite the injuries, Galette feels as though his previous actions were what led to him not playing in the NFL anymore.”It is well known and documented that my career has been impacted by the types of actions I’ve mentioned; however, I am not alone,” Galette writes. “Countless Black NFL players endure unfair treatment and are held to a different standard by the league, teams, and the media. The over-policing of young Black men impacts players’ earning potential and, worse, leaves dreams deferred.”Galette added that he looks forward to working with Goodell on these issues.last_img read more

Osaka charms Japan with her manners _ and broken Japanese

first_imgSports and tabloid newspapers reporting Naomi Osaka’s victory in the U.S. Open tennis finals are sold at a newsstand in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) People walk by a huge screen showing US Open women’s singles champion Naomi Osaka with her trophy, in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO (AP) — Naomi Osaka’s halting Japanese, her manners — she bowed and apologized after beating Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final — and her simple charm have swelled national pride in Japan and eclipsed many questions about her mixed-race parentage in a famously insular country.Two days after becoming the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam tennis title, Osaka is still filling the front pages of the country’s three major daily newspapers and leads the discussions on talk shows.The perspective from Japan on Monday: Osaka is being embraced as Japanese despite her mixed background. National pride — at least for now — is overriding questions of cultural identity and what it means to be Japanese.Williams’ dramatic behavior during a chaotic final on Saturday, a hot topic in the United States and around the world, has been largely brushed aside in Japan with the focus on Osaka’s poise under pressure.Japan’s largest newspaper, Yomiuri, called Osaka a “new heroine that Japan is proud of” and characterized her appeal as “the contrast between her strength on the court and her innocent character off the court.”Yomiuri centered Osaka’s photograph holding the U.S. Open trophy at the top of its Monday front page — as did the two other large dailies. In a headline inside the paper, Yomiuri called her an “Overnight Queen — Powerful and Stable.”The Asahi newspaper also called her the “New Queen,” picking up on her mix of “strength and gentleness.” The Mainichi, one of top three general circulation newspapers, noted that Osaka was wearing a dress at a victory celebration from a well-known Japanese designer.Osaka’s 73-year-old grandfather, Tetsuo Osaka, surfaced in several interviews from Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, where he heads a fishing cooperative. He said he plans to meet his granddaughter when she plays next week in a tournament in Japan.Their relationship seems solid now, but the New York Times reported that for a more than a decade Naomi’s mother, Tamaki, had little contact with her family in Japan.Roland Kirishima, a photographer who is half Japanese and Scottish, criticized some internet comments questioning if Osaka is really Japanese, because of her darker skin color.“Look at the French soccer team that won the World Cup,” he wrote on Twitter. “Half of the players are immigrants’ sons or multi-racial. I’m surprised many people in Japan are still obsessed with racial purity. It’s 21st century already. Please overcome this type of insular prejudice.”It looks like Japan has taken at least a first step.___Stephen Wade on Twitter: http://twitter.com/StephenWadeAP___More AP tennis coverage: https://www.apnews.com/tag/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Sports and tabloid newspapers reporting Naomi Osaka’s victory in the U.S. Open tennis finals are sold at a newsstand in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) None of the main-line newspapers dwelled too much on her background, which has been well reported. She was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Haitian father, moved to the United States when she was 3 and now lives in Florida where she has trained for more than a decade.In an interview Monday from New York on Japan’s TBS television, she was asked what she wants to do now. She replied in Japanese: “Have curried rice topped with a pork cutlet.” Then she slipped into English and said: “I am very honored. I don’t know how to say that in Japanese.”She gave some of the same answers in a similar interview with Japan’s NTV television.“She is such a lovable character,” said Seiji Miyane, the NTV talk show host.She smiled through the media pressure, which several newspapers have called a Japanese trait. Her broken Japanese works as an asset, apologizing occasionally for getting the wrong word — or not knowing the Japanese word at all.“She is not the type of person who asserts herself boldly, but she is shy and humble and that makes her look more like a Japanese,” Junko Okamoto, a communications specialist, wrote in the weekly magazine Toyokeizai.Okamoto also said Osaka could become a face of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, leading to big sponsorship deals.Forbes magazine has reported that Williams is the highest earning female athlete with income of $18 million per year, almost all from endorsements. The Evening Fuji tabloid newspaper, citing Forbes, speculated wildly about Osaka’s potential lifetime earnings. Its headline suggested she could earn $100 million.last_img read more