Ferrari bringing upgrades to Styrian GP

first_img(BBC) – Ferrari are bringing forward some planned upgrades to their car after a disappointing showing at the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.Lead driver Charles Leclerc was runner-up on Sunday, but the car was a second off the pace in qualifying seventh.At this weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix, Ferrari will introduce some of the parts originally scheduled for the subsequent race in Hungary.“We have to respond immediately,” chief executive officer Louis Camilleri said.“We know there’s lots of work to do. This is certainly not the grid position that a team like Ferrari should have.“It’s clear that we have to improve on all fronts. The only solution is to react.”The car’s main problem was a lack of speed on the straights, where it was losing 0.7 seconds a lap to Mercedes.Camilleri added: “It’s not that these new parts are expected to completely bridge the gap compared to the front of the grid.“But the progress in terms of lap time could allow the team to move up the order and put the drivers in a better condition to be able to display their talent.“Moreover, it’s about checking that the chosen direction of development is the right one, precisely because it will be possible to do a true back-to-back on every upgrade.”Ferrari said before the race weekend that they had discovered a problem with their car since it ran in pre-season testing, prompting a “significant change of direction in terms of development”.But their lack of pace in Austria was even worse than they were expecting – the car was not only a second off the Mercedes, but it was also nearly a second slower than Ferrari had been at the same track last year, when Leclerc was on pole position.Camilleri, speaking in a statement issued by the team, said he had “every confidence” in team principal Mattia Binotto and the rest of the team to “address our shortcomings”.Leclerc was running sixth for most of the race but moved up to second in the closing laps as a result of retirements in front of him and two audacious overtaking moves on McLaren’s Carlos Sainz and Racing Point’s Sergio Perez.He later described it as one of the best drives of his career.Team-mate Sebastian Vettel finished 10th, after a spin while trying an ambitious overtaking manoeuvre on Sainz. It was the latest in a series of mistakes during races that stretch back two years.The four-time champion was struggling throughout the race with the handling of his car and said he was surprised he had not spun more times.last_img read more

MLAX : BEST DEFENSE: SU allows pair of 2nd-half goals, holds on for win over No. 2 Virginia

first_img Comments Published on March 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm With just less than three minutes to play, Virginia had possession and plenty of time left to erase Syracuse’s two-goal lead. But the SU defense wasn’t about to let that happen.Virginia midfielder Shamel Bratton chased down an errant pass near midfield and turned to start the attack — and possibly the comeback. But as he looked up to survey the field, Orange midfielder Tim Harder came careening toward him. Harder slid at Bratton’s feet first and whacked the ball free. It flew out of bounds, returning possession to SU.Harder hopped to his feet and gave an emphatic fist pump as the Carrier Dome crowd roared.Two and a half minutes later, Harder and No. 1 Syracuse pulled out a 12-10 win over No. 2 Virginia in front of 14,340 fans, the fourth-largest regular-season crowd for a lacrosse game in Carrier Dome history. With emotions running high throughout, the Orange (3-0) defense stifled the Cavaliers’ attack in the second half, holding them to just two scores and five shots on goal. And that helped SU grab its first regular-season win over the Cavaliers (4-1) since 2004.‘I think that our defense stepped up,’ senior long-stick midfielder Joel White said. ‘Our defense made some stops when we needed. We had a couple hustle plays at the end of the game to give us the ball back, and our offense did the rest.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe game was originally a fast-paced, offensive battle. Bratton tallied Virginia’s first score a little more than two minutes in, but Syracuse responded just 18 seconds later. After a false start by the Cavaliers on the ensuing faceoff, SU attack Tim Desko got free behind the net after a pick by sophomore JoJo Marasco and buried a shot for the first of his five goals on the night.The game continued to swing back and forth throughout the first half. SU took a 5-2 lead with 2:55 left in the first quarter and pulled ahead 7-4 early in the second. But Virginia answered with four straight goals to take an 8-7 advantage into the break.‘We really didn’t expect anything else,’ Orange head coach John Desko said. ‘It was a run-and-gun, up-and-down game against the Cavaliers. … Virginia showed their character and some composure and came back in the second quarter.’In the second half, that run-and-gun style turned into a defensive battle. The pace didn’t slow, but possessions for both teams started ending in saves or turnovers rather than goals.SU shut down the Virginia offense for nearly the whole third quarter. Their only score came on a rocket shot from Bratton with 5:46 left in the period. Other than that, the Cavaliers only mustered two shots on goal, both of which were turned back by Orange goaltender John Galloway.‘That’s an experienced defense team,’ Virginia head coach Dom Starsia said. ‘They probably felt like they had given in a little bit in the first half. … I thought they came out and tightened things down a little bit and probably showed their experience at that end of the field.’Virginia had a chance to spark its offense as it started the fourth quarter a man-up chance and possession. As the Cavaliers began cycling the ball around, SU senior defender Tom Guadagnolo deflected a pass on the left side but couldn’t get to the groundball. UVa continued its movement around the zone.Cavalier attack Matt White got the ball behind the net and tried to pass in front. But again, Guadagnolo was there for a deflection, and this time, it popped right into Galloway’s stick.The Orange cleared, and Guadagnolo received congratulatory fist bumps from Galloway and sophomore Brian Megill as the Orange’s penalty released.‘As a whole defense, I think we played great,’ White said. ‘We got loose balls and just hustled.’While Virginia struggled to score, Tim Desko helped SU build a 12-9 lead with three second-half goals. Bratton was able to pull the Cavaliers within two with his fourth goal at the 2:55 mark. But Harder’s sliding stick check shortly afterward all but sealed the win for the Orange.‘As a team, I think it’s just a great step for us, a step forward,’ White said. ‘I think we have a long way to go, myself included, with one-on-one ‘D’ and our middies have to get better on defense. I think it’s just a great step.’zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Super Eagles Set to Consolidate First Place against Madagascar

first_imgSuper Eagles Nigeria’s Super Eagles aim to finish top of Group B of the Africa Cup of Nations by beating Madagascar today at the Alexandria Stadium in Egypt.Even though a draw is good enough to consolidate top spot in the group, the Eagles are looking to post a win to keep confidence high and sound a warning to other contenders in Egypt.The competition for places in the Nigerian team means sunday won’t be easy for Madagascar, who have so far exceeded expectations in their debut AFCON appearance. A creditable draw against Guinea and a win over Burundi mean the island nation have virtually qualified for the round of 16. A draw today cements second position, while a win sees them top the group.Today’s fixture will represent the fifth meeting between the two nations, and Madagascar are yet to register a win or a goal against three-time African champions Nigeria.Nigeria were held to a goalless draw back in 2000, but they have since netted five goals without reply in the last three contests. However, it has been almost eight years since the teams met during qualifying for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.The Super Eagles have struggled for goals over the past eight months, and their lack of a clinical touch has the potential to undermine their overall performances in this tournament.However, two 1-0 wins have put them in a strong position to win this group, with anything less than that deemed to be a setback when considering where they would prefer to be placed in the knockout stages.Madagascar will provide a different type of opponent today, one which may look to frustrate Nigeria. However, there remains a gulf in class between the teams, and this is an opportunity for the Eagles to rediscover their scoring touch in the final third.Given their creative options, it remains a mystery why an effective combination has not been found thus far, but Rohr will feel comfortable knowing that he has depth on the bench in attacking positions.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wonder V. Kutor endorses George Afriyie’s ‘Restoration Agenda’ for Ghana Football

first_imgThe support for Mr. George Afriyie, one of the front runners in this weekend’s Ghana Football Association (GFA) presidential election keeps increasing.The latest to throw his support behind Mr.Afriyie is the Patron of chapter 51 for Hearts of Oak (Legon Chapter), Mr. Wonder Victor Kutor.Speaking in an interview with The Herald, Wonder Kutor was emphatic when he said it is an obvious win for Mr. Afriyie.Enumerating the reasons for endorsing George Afriyie, chapter 51 patron said George’s commitment to grassroots football is impeccable.“The state of our football has taken a nosedive because of the neglect by past leaders even though that is the backbone of discovering and nurturing talents”, he noted.“For a man who has shown total commitment to developing grassroots football I am left with no doubt than to endorse Mr. Afriyie’ a candidature”, he added.As someone who once chaired juvenile soccer in Ghana, Kutor indicated that Mr. Afriyie’s competence has already been ascertained at that level when he was given the mandate.According to Chapter 51 for Hearts of Oak patron on Legon campus, Afriyie’s experience with managing grassroots football will not allow him to focus on only the senior national team, the Black Stars but other sectors as well.The focus on the Black Stars, Mr Kutor explained is one of the reasons other levels of the country’s sports have not blossomed because past leaders of the football association did not see the need.“Mr. Afriyie is, therefore, going to turn this status quo which is expected to restore the glory of other levels in competitive tournaments by winning medals”, he pointed.This weekend’s presidential election is seen to be a straight race between Fred Pappoe who is a former Vice President of the Football Association and George Afriyie who was also a Vice President.Although there are four other candidates, Wonder Kutor believes George Afriyie will emerge victorious against his closest contender Fred Pappoe.The other aspirants are Kurt Okraku who was once a chairman of the Football Association Cup and former member of the Executive CommitteeAnother candidate in the race is Nana Yaw Amponsah who also worked as a Federation of Football Association (FIFA) agent and sports lawyer.George Ankomah, a human rights lawyer and sports enthusiast is also in the race as well as Amanda Clinton who is a Lawyer.In all of these, Kutor indicated that George Afriyie who is known to be a transparent and accountable leader stands tall and will come out as the eventual winner.“Expect him to show proper accountability and transparency because that is what defines him and all the leadership positions he has occupied”, Mr. Kutor stressed.The GFA president position became vacant after the world governing body, FIFA found the then president, Kwesi Nantakyi of wrongdoing when an undercover investigation by ace Investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas revealed bribery and corruption.FIFA constituted a normalization committee which was to manage the Ghanaian football until a substantive president was elected.The work of the normalization committee ended with supervising some reforms leading to the opening of nominations for those who become the President for a four-year mandate which can be renewed. Tags: George AfriyieWonder Kutorlast_img read more

Brian Goodwin, Justin Upton rally Angels past White Sox with late home runs

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The White Sox played without Manager Rick Renteria, who had surgery Friday to repair the rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Bench coach Joe McEwing managed in Renteria’s absence. Renteria is expected to miss the series and return on Tuesday, when the White Sox host the Royals for a three-game set.“He’s doing well, he’s doing really well. Everything went according to plan. He’s recovering now. Our thoughts and prayers were there. Making sure everything went well. They took good care of him. He’s coming out of it now and resting well,” McEwing said before the game.TROUT UPDATETrout is listed as day-to-day. “I’ve been dealing with it for a little bit now. I’ve been trying to play through it, just really sore,” Trout said. “I was grinding through it in the third and fourth inning and it just got to the point where it affected how I was running.” Trout said he will try to play on Saturday.TRAINER’S ROOMOhtani (Tommy John surgery) will not throw this week as had been scheduled. He remains available as a hitter. … Infielder Tommy La Stella (broken right tibia) took part in live batting practice in Anaheim on Thursday and could return to the active roster next week. … First baseman Albert Pujols was out of the starting lineup on Friday because of an illness. “He came out of the game sick (at Oakland on Thursday night). He was still sick during the night. We can use him to pinch-hit, but we don’t want him standing out there the whole game,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. … White Sox infielder/outfielder Luery García will miss the entire series against the Angels as he mourns the death of his grandmother. Garcia returned to his native Santiago, in the Dominican Republic, in the wake of his grandmother’s death.More to come on this story. PreviousThe Angels’ Shohei Ohtani beats the throw to third for a triple during the seventh inning of Friday’s game against the White Sox in Chicago. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)Angels starting pitcher Dillon Peters throws to the plate during the second inning of Friday’s game against the White Sox in Chicago. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsChicago White Sox’s Tim Anderson hits a two-run home run off Los Angeles Angels’ Dillon Peters during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dillon Peters delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu hits an RBI-double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago White Sox’s Tim Anderson (7) celebrates in the dugout after scoring during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 06: Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim breaks his bat in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 06: Luis Rengifo #4 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates in the dugout with teammates after scoring in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 06: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a double in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani runs the bases after hitting a double against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun catches a ball hit by Chicago White Sox’s Yoan Moncada during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dillon Peters delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 06: Tim Anderson #7 of the Chicago White Sox hits a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dillon Peters (52) looks on after Chicago White Sox’s Tim Anderson (7) hit a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 06: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a triple in the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 06: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim advances to home plate to score in the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 06: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates in the dugout with teammates after scoring in the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels second baseman Luis Rengifo (4) lays on top of Chicago White Sox’s Adam Engel after forcing Engel out during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)The Angels’ Brian Goodwin hits a two-run home run to tie the score during the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the White Sox in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)White Sox pitcher Aaron Bummer looks on as the Angels’ Brian Goodwin rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run that tied the score during the eighth inning of Friday’s game in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)The Angels’ Brian Goodwin celebrates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run to tie the score during the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the White Sox in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)The Angels’ Justin Upton celebrates in the dugout after hitting a go-ahead home run during the ninth inning of Friday’s game against the White Sox in Chicago. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Hansel Robles celebrates at the end of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels catcher Kevan Smith, left, and relief pitcher Hansel Robles (57) celebrate at the end of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani beats the throw to third for a triple during the seventh inning of Friday’s game against the White Sox in Chicago. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 25The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani beats the throw to third for a triple during the seventh inning of Friday’s game against the White Sox in Chicago. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)ExpandCHICAGO — Brian Goodwin left his mark on a game, just as Mike Trout has done so often for the Angels.Goodwin’s two-run homer in the eighth inning tied the score, and Justin Upton hit a solo shot in the ninth that proved to be the winner as the Angels rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 on Friday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.Chicago led 4-2 with one out in the top of the eighth before reliever Aaron Bummer walked pinch-hitter Taylor Ward. Goodwin followed with a two-run homer that ruined a quality start by White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito.Goodwin had replaced Trout in the fifth inning, when the two-time AL MVP left the game with right toe discomfort. “Brad (Ausmus) picked the right guy,” Trout said.On the first pitch in the ninth inning, Upton hit his 12th homer of the season, off closer Alex Colomé (4-3), to give the Angels the lead.Angels reliever Hansel Robles pitched a perfect final two innings for the win and improved to 5-0.Luis Rengifo led off the third with his seventh homer of the season for the Angels, who bounced back after blowing a five-run lead in the seventh inning against Oakland on Thursday night.The White Sox have lost nine of 11.Tim Anderson, who was 2 for 4, is bidding to become the first White Sox player to win the AL batting title since Frank Thomas in 1997. Anderson entered the game with a one-point lead over DJ LeMahieu. Anderson moved increased his average to .333. LeMahieu was hitless in three at-bats, dropping his average to .329.“It would be a huge accomplishment. I mean, we made it this far, so why not give it a shot? I just got to keep being consistent and having fun with it and let the rest take care of itself,” Anderson said.Giolito allowed two runs on three hits in seven innings, but he didn’t figure in the decision. He struck out six and walked one. Giolito has 216 strikeouts this, the third-most in a season for the White Sox behind Chris Sale and Ed Walsh.“I’m happy about tonight because I didn’t feel my best. I felt out of sync, but I was able to kind of battle and grind through it and make the adjustments to turn it into a quality start,” Giolito said.Anderson and Yoán Moncada hit back-to-back singles off Angels starter Dillion Peters in the first inning, and José Abreu followed with an RBI double. Moncada scored on Eloy Jiménez’s groundout, giving the White Sox a 2-0 lead.After Peters allowed a leadoff walk to Adam Engel in the fifth, Anderson extended Chicago’s lead to 4-1 with his 16th home run of the season. Anderson watched from just outside the batter’s box as the ball flew over the left-field fence.Peters allowed four runs on six hits 4-1/3 innings, striking out three and walking three.Shohei Ohtani tripled and scored in the seventh inning.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros center_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “It’s not easy. You know what you miss whenever Mike is not in the lineup,” Goodwin said. “It brings everything to the table. It’s not really for me to fill his shoes, but it’s just … go out and do what I’m supposed to do, play my game, produce.“I’ve been in pretty much a similar situation all year, so I can’t say I haven’t had a lot of opportunities to prepare for it. Whenever the chance presents itself, then just got to take advantage.”Goodwin has been reliable for the Angels all season.“He’s come up huge for us a number of times,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. “He’s done an outstanding job for us. This is a guy we picked up two days before the season started and he’s become an intricate part of our team both offensively and defensively.”Despite the injury, Trout was able to appreciate the late-inning heroics. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more

NFL mock draft 2019: Kyler Murray-to-Cardinals shuffles Round 1; 49ers, Jets benefit

first_img 16. Carolina PanthersAndre Dillard, OT, Washington StateDillard backed up a big week of Senior Bowl practices with an impressive Combine performance. His athleticism was on full display to prove that, at 6-5, 315 pounds, he is the smoothest pass protector in this class. With the edge-rushers not lining up for the Panthers in this slot, they instead can go for someone who will keep those guys away from Cam Newton and his recovering shoulder.17. New York Giants (from Browns)Marquise Brown, WR, OklahomaThe Giants, if they plan to go ahead with the plan of taking Haskins early with their original first-rounder, need to get him some more skill receiving help with Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram after they got this second pick back in return for trading Odell Beckham Jr. Brown (5-9, 166 pounds) gives them a chance for an exciting playmaking replacement. He had to miss the Combine and the Sooners’ pro day while receovering from a Lisfranc, but the aptly nicknamed “Hollywood” is expected to be back to full blazing speed at the summer.18. Minnesota VikingsJonah Williams, OT, AlabamaThe Vikings need offensive line help for the sakes of both Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook. Dillard being taken off the board earlier helps their cause. Williams is a strong pass protector who also is big enough (6-4, 302 pounds) to pave the way in the running game.19. Tennessee TitansDevin White, ILB, LSUThe Titans addressed short-term offensive line (Rodger Saffold), pass rusher (Cameron Wake) and wide receiver (Adam Humphries) needs early in NFL free agency. Getting a rangy, extremely fast playmaker at the second level is a sneaky concern as Wesley Woodyard is 32 and only signed through 2019. White can be a Dont’a Hightower impact type for Mike Vrabel and Dean Pees.20. Pittsburgh SteelersDevin Bush, ILB, MichiganBush did his best to match White athletically at the Combine, and the Michigan product proved his size (5-11, 234 pounds). Ryan Shazier was not much bigger, and Bush could have a similar impact in Pittsburgh.NFL DRAFT: Each team’s worst ever regret21. Seattle SeahawksChristian Wilkins, DT/DE, ClemsonThe Seahawks will think about an offensive lineman or a more traditional edge-rusher, but ultimately, it’s hard to pass on Wilkins’ versatility. He can line up everywhere and is equally effective stopping the run outside and getting to the QB inside. He measured (6-3, 315 pounds) and tested as well as advertised at the Combine.22. Baltimore RavensJosh Jacobs, RB, AlabamaThis is the Ravens’ first draft in a long time without Ozzie Newsome as GM, but Eric DeCosta should still have a little affinity for Alabama products. Alex Collins’ release, plus the free agency of Ty Montgomery and Buck Allen, means Baltimore could use an upgrade from Gus Edwards. Jacobs (5-10, 220 pounds) is the best bet of any feature-type back to go early. There’s a bit of Ezekiel Elliott in him; he’s a smart, complete back who runs with great vision and power, and he is equally elusive as an outside runner and receiver.23. Houston TexansCody Ford, OT, OklahomaThe Texans would be thrilled to get Ford, the last of the first round-worthy offensive linemen. He is a raw tackle who can first be a big asset in run blocking before rounding into a physical pass protector. The Texans’ need at this position is too big for them to ignore early in the draft.24. Oakland Raiders (from Bears)Brian Burns, DE/OLB, Florida StateBurns had 15.5 sacks in his final Seminoles season and was a borderline first-rounder until the Combine, where he arrived bulked up at 6-5, 245 pounds without showing a drop-off in his explosiveness. Coach Jon Gruden and GM Mike Mayock would be thrilled to get Burns and Quinnen Williams for their front.25. Philadelphia EaglesDexter Lawrence, DT, ClemsonThis pick is building steam because the team’s need and the player’s skill set line up so well. The Eagles could use a space-eater to flank Fletcher Cox, and Lawrence is a textbook inside run-stuffer with ideal size (6-4, 342 pounds).NFL DRAFT: Ranking first-round QBs since 2000 With Kyler Murray going to the Cardinals at No. 1 overall feeling more like reality than rumor, there are ripple effects all the way to No. 32. Should Arizona go through with the decision to a draft another quarterback early, the rest of the teams will enjoy the trickle-down effect it has on a strong, top-heavy class of edge and interior pass-rushers.MORE: NFL Combine winners & losersHere is now how we see things going down April 27.NFL mock draft 20191. Arizona CardinalsKyler Murray, QB, OklahomaMurray squashed plenty of questions about his undersized frame by measuring better than expected (5-10, 207 pounds, 9 1/2-inch hands). His dynamic playmaking, backed by smarts and accuracy, has the Cardinals locked on Murray going to work in a Kliff Kingsbury passing offense suited to him, assuming they can move 2018 first-rounder Josh Rosen.2. San Francisco 49ersNick Bosa, DE, Ohio StateBosa would be a no-brainer for the 49ers if he were to fall to them. Pro Bowl tackle DeForest Buckner had a breakout pass-rush season, and fellow first-rounder Solomon Thomas found another gear after he slid inside. Bosa is a sleek edge force (6-4, 266 pounds) with even more upside than that of brother Joey.3. New York JetsJosh Allen, DE/OLB, KentuckyThe Jets need to get their edge pass rush going for new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Allen was productive in college and is loaded with the kinds of moves that will allow him to continue racking up sacks in the NFL. He also is capable of making plays in coverage.4. Oakland RaidersQuinnen Williams, DT, AlabamaThe Raiders would be in play for Allen, but if he’s gone, they would be fine making this pick for their defensive front. Williams is a massive (6-3, 303 pounds) and explosive inside disruptor. It’s hard to ignore his Aaron Donald-like potential after his meteoric rise through his final college season.5. Tampa Bay BuccaneersRashan Gary, DT/DE, MichiganGary, a versatile defender, can produce even better in Todd Bowles’ scheme than he did with the Wolverines. He uses his hands, power and big frame (6-4, 277 pounds) to occupy run-blockers. He also has some intriguing inside pass-rush ability.NFL DRAFT: All-time greatest draft steals The NFL Combine is finished, and only Pro Days remain before the 2019 NFL Draft. That makes it a perfect time for a new Sporting News mock draft.Based on the Combine results that either raised or lowered prospects’ draft stock across positions, there are wholesale changes for our projected first round, beginning at the top. 26. Indianapolis ColtsDeandre Baker, CB, GeorgiaThe Colts are set to lose another breakout cornerback with Pierre Desir hitting free agency. Baker would give them a smart, physical, press coverage presence to compensate. He backed up his size (5-11, 193 pounds) with good speed at the Combine.27. Oakland Raiders (from Cowboys)N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona StateThe Raiders are in the market for some more wideout pop for Derek Carr even after trading for Antonio Brown as their new No. 1. Harry would provide the ingredient of a big (6-2, 228 pounds) matchup nightmare through the red zone to possibly be the new JuJu to AB.28. Los Angeles ChargersJerry Tillery, DT, Notre DameAt 6-6, 295 pounds, Tillery was a beast as a three-technique in college, and he backed that up with a stellar Combine. He matured with his play and temperament to unleash his pass-rush skills in his final season with the Irish.29. Kansas City ChiefsByron Murphy, CB, WashingtonThe Chiefs will have a hard time keeping Steven Nelson in free agency. Murphy is a smooth, fluid cover man. What he gives up in size and press potential (5-11, 190 pounds) he makes up for in speed, aggressiveness and ballhawking skills.30. Green Bay Packers (from Saints)Irv Smith, TE, AlabamaSmith is a technically-sound run blocker and route runner who has shown vertical receiving juice to go with compact size (6-2, 242 pounds). He delivered a strong enough Combine to place himself behind Hockenson as the draft’s second best tight end. After getting Ferrell, the Packers can focus on a key offensive need with this pick.31. Los Angeles RamsJaylon Ferguson, OLB, Louisiana Techcenter_img 6. New York GiantsDwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio StateWith Murray off the board, the Giants will be the favorites to take this East Coast kid to succeed Eli Manning. Haskins cemented his draft stock late in the Buckeyes’ season, when he had some jaw-dropping games with his big arm and downfield accuracy. He has ideal size (6-3, 231 pounds) as a strong pocket passer with the right dose of athleticism. That checks the right boxes for general manager Dave Gettleman.7. Jacksonville JaguarsJawaan Taylor, OT, FloridaWith the Jaguars expected to sign Nick Foles at QB, they also need to improve his pass protection and receivers. Taylor (6-5, 312 pounds) offers agility, smarts and technique to handle most athletic edge-rushers. He has been rising up boards as scouts have realized he is not just relegated to right tackle; he can thrive better than anyone else in this class on the left side.8. Detroit LionsMontez Sweat, DE/OLB, Mississippi StateSweat crushed his Combine workouts, running the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds and recording a vertical of 36 inches, which is ridiculous at his size (6-6, 260 pounds). He translates that into relentless pursuit of the passer, and Matt Patricia would put him in positions to produce.9. Buffalo BillsD.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole MissMetcalf lived up to his reputation as a beast (6-3, 228 pounds) at the Combine with his blazing 40-yard dash time (4.33), high number of bench-press reps (27) and amazing vertical (40 1/2 inches). He is a classic size/speed prospect, and then some. The Bills could use the best wideout in the class to further help Josh Allen after adding free agents John Brown and Cole Beasley.10. Denver BroncosDrew Lock, QB, MissouriJohn Elway has his new bridge QB in Joe Flacco, but he still needs to consider a first-rounder in 2019. Elway has already had a long, good scouting look at Lock, who has a big arm to go with ideal size (6-4, 228 pounds). Lock also has the fearlessness and elusiveness every NFL likes in an aggressive, downfield passer.NFL DRAFT: Best first-round picks since 200011. Cincinnati BengalsT.J. Hockenson, TE, IowaThe Bengals are only retaining C.J. Uzomah at the position in free agency, and new offensive-minded coach Zac Taylor could use a big-time receiver and in-line blocker to help Andy Dalton and Joe Mixon while complementing A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd. Hockenson can be the next great all-around player at the position with his hands, physicality, smarts and agility. At 6-5, 251 pounds, he lived up to his billing at the Combine.12. Green Bay PackersClelin Ferrell, DE, ClemsonThe Packers kept defensive coordinator Mike Pettine because of his creative 3-4 scheme, and he would find the right ways to use Ferrell off the edge. Ferrell is the best of the Clemson defensive line prospects because his size (6-4, 264 pounds) makes him a good outside run-stopper to add to his explosiveness as a pass-rusher.13. Miami DolphinsDaniel Jones, QB, DukeJones has all-around, pro-tailored skills to go with his ideal size (6-5, 221 pounds), built up by NFL-friendly tutelage from Peyton and Eli Manning mentor David Cutcliffe. Jones also has the tough make-up Miami wants as the face of its rebuild under new coach Brian Flores as the team looks to move on from Ryan Tannehill.14. Atlanta FalconsEd Oliver, DT/DE, HoustonThe only question with Oliver — and a tough one for many teams — is what position he fits best on the defensive line. He has become more of an end/tackle tweener in many scouts’ eyes rather than the pure inside force that is Quinnen Williams, thus the separation on the board. But with coach Dan Quinn taking over the defense in Atlanta again, he would know how to use Oliver’s versatility in the Michael Bennett vein.15. Washington RedskinsGreedy Williams, CB, LSUThe Redskins might need to part with this pick should they trade for Rosen. But for now, should Haskins, Lock and Jones be off the board, they should be fine stealing the draft’s best cornerback to be Josh Norman’s replacement. Williams is a long, lean corner (6-2, 185 pounds) who has rare speed, quickness and agility for his size. He’s not the most physical player, but he is fundamentally sound in coverage, and he uses his length at the line of scrimmage to break up routes.NFL DRAFT: Biggest busts in draft history Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips should a see a little Von Miller in Ferguson, who has some explosive pass-rush moves. He will be able to stay on the field in the NFL as a big (6-5, 259 pounds), natural run-stopper on the edge.32. New England PatriotsTrayvon Mullen, CB, ClemsonMullen has rebounded from an up-and-down final season with the Tigers to show off his potential, strengthened by the Combine performance many expected. His size (6-1, 199 pounds), speed (4.46 40-yard dash) and physicality make him the type of well-rounded prospect the Patriots like.last_img read more

Jadeveon Clowney still not close on a deal with Texans

first_img All-Pro defensive tackle Chris Jones absent from Chiefs minicamp Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey says he isn’t getting contract extension this year Roddy White, Falcons’ all-time leading receiver, to be inducted into Ring of Honor “I have every belief and trust that JD is working on his own and getting ready for whenever he does decide to show up,” O’Brien said. “JD has played good football for us. He knows what it takes to be ready for training camp and stuff like that.”Clowney, 26, has spent his entire career with the Texans after being selected out of South Carolina with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 draft. The All-Pro defender has logged 29 sacks and five forced fumbles en route to three consecutive Pro Bowl selections during his career.He has 18.5 sacks and three forced fumbles over the past two seasons. Jadeveon Clowney was absent for the start of Houston’s three-day mandatory minicamp on Tuesday and plans to stay away from the Texans until he gets his new contract.According to the Houston Chronicle, which cited unidentified league sources not authorized to speak publicly, the star linebacker/defensive end is expected to miss the entire offseason and at least a portion of training camp before likely reporting prior to the start of the regular season. Despite his absence, O’Brien has expressed confidence that Clowney is still working out while he’s away from the team. Clowney has yet to sign his $15.967 million franchise tender and would further forfeit $939,235 each week he sits out beginning in September.”No, as you know, he’s been franchised,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Tuesday. “He’s not here [today]. It is what it is. The situation is what it is.” Related Newslast_img read more

Oly Fed Announces Employees of the Quarter

first_imgFacebook20Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Federal SavingsOlympia Federal Savings is proud to announce that Kara Mayo and Carissa Palmer have been named Employees of the Quarter. Mayo works as a Saving Counselor at Oly Fed’s Hawks Prairie Branch and Palmer is a Loan Servicing Manager at Oly Fed’s Main Office in downtown Olympia.Mayo was honored because of her exceptional customer service and banking expertise. “Kara is an optimistic, upbeat person who brings positive energy to those around her and always brings a smile and a laugh to the customers who visit the branch,” Lori Drummond, Olympia Federal Savings President & CEO said.Palmer was selected for this award because she consistently goes above and beyond in carrying out the duties of her job. “While she has only been with Oly Fed for a year, Carissa quickly learned our systems and was an asset to the team right away. Her encouraging spirit is contagious,” Drummond said.Carissa PalmerKara Mayolast_img read more

Relatives identify clothing found in shallow grave

first_imgHours after the skeletal remains suspected to be those of missing Timehri, East Bank Demerara woman Babita Sarjou were found in a shallow grave behind her ex-husband’s house, her relatives on Monday positively identified the pieces of clothing also found as belonging to the mother of one.Babita SarjouChampa Seonarine, the mother of the dead woman, visited the Lyken Funeral Home where she confirmed that her daughter indeed left home wearing the pair of shoes found in the three-foot shallow grave. The grieving mother also identified a piece of clothing belonging to her daughter.Meanwhile, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told Guyana Times that the Police have successfully applied for an extension to further detain the two suspects – the woman’s former husband, Shardanand Narine and his accomplice, Darel Pronton.Blanhum added that the case file would be completed and sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack today for legal advice. He noted that once the DPP advised in favour of the Police, the men would be passed through the court system as soon as possible.He further noted that they have already made a case against the two men based on their confession with respect to their involvement in the disappearance and ultimately murder of the young woman.The two men told investigators that on the night of November 4, 2010, they ‘collected’ the young woman in the vicinity of the National Cultural Centre.Pronton, who was paid $50,000 and promised a trip to Trinidad and Tobago for his aid, strangled the woman to death while she sat in the front seat of the vehicle.The body was then taken to Narine’s home where they waited after midnight before burying it in the grave which was reportedly dug two days prior. The motive for the murder was clear – Sarjou had made a court case against Narine, who had circulated nude photographs of her after he accused her of being unfaithful.After the woman’s disappearance, the murder suspect held out that he was in no way involved in the murder. The case that was made out against him was also thrown out of the High Court mere days before the gruesome discovery.On Sunday, both men confessed to the murder and gave a detailed account of the killing; more so, they led investigators to the area where they buried the woman.After digging for some five hours, detectives located the rib-cage of the woman. As they continued digging, they found a skull, several bones, a pair of high-heeled shoes, a brassiere, and bits of clothing.Sarjou’s ex-husband, who showed no remorse along with his accomplice, was escorted out of the yard and taken to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters where they were further grilled. At the scene, the mother of Sarjou gave a sound warning to the man’s wife urging her to be careful: “Once a killer is always a killer,” she shouted. “If he can kill he first wife, he can kill the others…I telling you to be careful.”Caribbean American Domestic Violence Awareness (CADVA) Director Dianne Madray, who was a key player in efforts to find Sarjou, was extremely upset as she recounted telling senior Police ranks to conduct a thorough search of the premises when she disappeared.“If they hadn’t taken my words for granted, we didn’t have to wait till six years later,” she added, while noting her concerns for the 10-year-old child of the now dead woman who had to endure the sight of his mother’s remains being dug up. Babita Sarjou’s remainslast_img read more

Speaker bemoans infrequent meetings of Parliament

first_imgSpeaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland believes that the Parliament, inclusive of the many committees – standing and select – can do much more in furthering the welfare of the people of this country if they were to meet more often to deal with the numerous items of business on the agenda.Dr Scotland made the scathing observation during a special session held with members of the local media corps, the Speaker and the Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, flanked by Clerk Sherlock Isaacs and Public Relations Officer Oneika Alphonso, engages media operativesThe National Assembly, he reminded, is not full-time but rather only a part-time assembly, which essentially means that its members have other commitments.Parliament meets traditionally once per week – on Thursdays, whenever it does meet.In bemoaning the infrequency of Parliament, the Speaker said: “I think there is more work that can be done, even at a glance I could see at least two days (per week).”Speaking directly to the meetings of the special and standing committees – the forums through which most parliamentary work is done – Dr Scotland expressed the view that they also should be meeting more often.Ever since the resumption of the sittings of the National Assembly after its annual recess, there has been one session of the full House, while not one of the committees has met.The Speaker did disclose that there have been preliminary conversations with stakeholders looking to have more regular meetings of the Assembly.Dr Scotland did seek to point to some of the peculiarities of the Guyana Parliament, underscoring firstly “that our Parliament is a part-time Parliament” which, according to the Speaker, inherently comes with its own consequences.“It doesn’t matter that you may have work that would take you four days a week, four or five days sometimes, because it’s a part-time Parliament.”He said the simple fact that Guyana operated a part-time Parliament implied that its members have other matters to attend to, “when they are not in Parliament”.According to Dr Scotland, it is within this context that one has to view the sittings of the National Assembly.“Certainly, I can see the committees moving ahead rapidly with their exceptionally heavy workload that they all have,” she said.He suggested that adding another day for parliamentary sittings could in fact be very beneficial in getting the job done. “…I think one day is not adequate.”Pressed on his role as Speaker of the National Assembly in seeking to have more regular Committee meetings, Dr Scotland told media operatives “that is a matter which will have to be done, not only by the Speaker but discussed with the chairpersons of the committees too; you have to do that”.Dr Scotland explained that “it’s not a case where the Speaker hands down decisions”.“Anything you want in Parliament must have the cooperation of Members of Parliament… anything you want in Parliament affects and must involve the Parliament Office.”last_img read more