first_imgMrs. Carolyn H. (Hylander) Scudder, age 85, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on April 2, 1932, in Margaretville, New York, the daughter of the late, William and Beth (Finch) Hylander. Carolyn was raised in Arkville, New York where she was a graduate of the Margaretville Central High School. Carolyn was united in marriage on March 14, 1969, in New York, to the late, James W. “Jim” Scudder. Carolyn and Jim shared over 39 years of marriage together until he passed away on August 10, 2008. Carolyn was employed as a sub contractor for Rotrons in Kingston, New York for several years and for GE Appliances in Louisville, Kentucky. She was also employed as a nurse’s aid for Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana and for other various nursing homes. She worked in the activities department for Swiss Villa for several years. Carolyn was a member of the Vevay VFW Auxiliary and the Aberdeen United Methodist Church. Carolyn resided in the Switzerland County community since 1971. Carolyn was a wonderful cook and enjoyed crocheting, sewing, gardening and going to Long John Silvers and Wal-Mart. She loved animals of all kind and will be sorely missed by her loving family. Carolyn passed away at 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Waters of Dillsboro in Dillsboro, Indiana. Carolyn is survived by her son, Doug Oliver and his wife: Mickie of Clarksville, IN; her daughter, Kelly Clements and her husband: Dennis of Vevay, IN; her step-daughters, Leveana Johnson and her husband: Larry of Greensburg, IN and Bonnie Goodchild of Lawrenceburg, IN; her step-son, James L. Scudder and his wife: Sue of Greensburg, IN; her grandchildren, Melissa Thomas, Douglas Oliver, Jr., Tonya Rose, Joshua Clements and Jonathan Clements; her several step-grandchildren; her great-grandchildren, Anthony, Michael, Sarah, Amber, Jeremiah, Gracie, Danielle, Wesley and Joseph; her several-step-great-grandchildren; her great-great-grandchildren, Trenton, Lexie, MaKenzie, Kaydence, Kaden, Vinni and Bentley; her sisters, Emilie Foster of Oklahoma City, OK, Ruth Starritt of Sanger, TX and Alice Naczi of Floral City, FL and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Beth (Finch) Hylander; her husband, James W. “Jim” Scudder, died August 10, 2008; her step-daughter, Janice Knickerbocker; her step-son, Robert Scudder; her brothers, Art Hylander, George Hylander and William Hylander, Jr.Friends may call 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 6:00 pm, by Rev. Mike Sawalich at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Interment and graveside services will be conducted at 10:00 am, Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to the Mrs. Carolyn H. (Hylander) Scudder Memorial Fund % Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

first_img Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Latest Posts Bio Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017center_img Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. CARIBOU — Nick Bagley scored 16 points to lead the Ellsworth boys’ basketball team to a 52-45 win over Caribou on Tuesday.Caribou’s Dayne Savage led all scorers with 21 points for the Vikings.Dan Kelly scored eight points for the Ellsworth Eagles.MDI 80, Presque Isle 55This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Mount Desert Island Trojans pulled away after a halftime stalemate at Presque Isle for their first win of the season on Tuesday.MDI’s Riley Swanson scored 15 points, and Aaron Snurkowski added 14.Ben Buckley led Presque Isle with 13 points, and Guerrette chipped in 10.Orono 52, Bucksport 36The Orono Red Riots reeled off 17 unanswered points to open the first quarter and never looked back, rolling to a 52-36 win over the Bucksport Golden Bucks on Saturday in Orono.Bucksport matched the Red Riots basket for basket the rest of the way, but the damage was done.Keenan Collett had 15 points and eight rebounds and Kamron Hines had 14 points and eight rebounds for Orono.Tyler Pye led the Golden Bucks with 10 points.Ellsworth 49, Presque Isle 38 Bruce St. Peter scored 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Eagles over the Presque Isle Wildcats 49-38 on Monday night in Presque Isle.The Eagles fell behind early as the Wildcats took a 16-6 first-period lead. Ellsworth trailed 31-20 at halftime and 37-32 after three periods.But the Eagles scored 17 points in the final period while holding the Wildcats to a single point and notched their fifth win in six outings.Bryce Harmon had 10 points and four assists, Alex Braley chipped in with eight points, six rebounds and four assists and Nick Bagley added eight points for Ellsworth.Ben Buckley and Chase Norton had 11 points each for Presque Isle.GSA 61, Sumner 45 The GSA Eagles raced out to a 19-7 lead in the first period and never trailed as they rolled to a 61-45 win over the Sumner Tigers on Monday in Blue Hill.Kelsey Allen led the way with a game-high 27 points and Jarrod Chase chipped in with 10 points as the Eagles claimed their fifth win of the season.Sam Smith scored 14 points and Jordan Bernier added 13 for the Tigers.Caribou 60, MDI 56 After matching basket for basket for three periods, the Caribou Vikings edged away to take a 60-56 win over the Trojans on Monday in Caribou.Dayne Savage led the Vikings with 20 points, with teammates Ricky Shelton adding 14 and Colby Holdsworth 11.For the Trojans, Riley Swanson finished with 20 points, and Aaron Snurkowski added 11.Reporter Taylor Vortherms contributed to this reportlast_img read more

first_imgCAPTAIN Upul Tharanga hit an unbeaten half century as Sri Lanka cruised to a six-wicket win over Zimbabwe to secure the tri-nation series title in Bulawayo.Having restricted Zimbabwe to 160 all out, Sri Lanka calmly went about reaching their target, with Tharanga finishing things with a flourish as he followed a drive to the mid-wicket boundary with a huge straight six.Sri Lanka’s spinners did much of the damage earlier in the day as Jeffrey Vandersay (3-50) and Sachith Pathirana (2-26) shared five wickets, while Asela Gunaratne (3-10) chipped in with three late wickets.After a shaky start to their reply, the tourists recovered thanks to Kusal Mendis and Tharanga, both men going to 50 as Sri Lanka secured the win with 75 balls to spare.Only Tarisai Musakanda (36), Sean Williams (35) and Craig Ervine (25) threatened with the bat for Zimbabwe after openers Hamilton Masakadza (10) and Peter Moor (1) had fallen inside five overs.Ervine and Musakanda began their revival, but wickets fell at all too regular intervals as Sri Lanka’s bowlers enjoyed themselves, Zimbabwe guilty of a series of soft dismissals.Reaching 160 was never going to be enough with Sri Lanka’s quality with the bat – and it proved so despite Brian Vitori (3-52) taking three early wickets to give them some hope.At 42-3 there was a chink of light for Zimbabwe, but a 75-run partnership between Mendis and Tharanga laid the foundation for victory.Mendis’ 72-ball 57 came to an end as Williams took a superb catch deep at square leg, but Sri Lanka were not to be denied as Gunaratne joined his captain at the crease to get them over the line.Tharanga’s unbeaten 57 was far from the most fluent of innings, but he finished in style with his seventh boundary and only maximum of the innings.“Full credit to the guys, they have done a really great job over the last two weeks,” said Tharanga.“We knew we had to only get one good partnership. Mendis batted very well, and from there, it got easier and easier.“Everybody has done a great job, we have found some new players as well who have put their hands up and performed well.” ( InningsH. Masakadza lbw b N. Kulasekara 10P. Moor c Pathirana b Lakmal 1T. Musakanda c D. de Silva b Vandersay 36C. Ervine c&b Vandersay 25S. Raza lbw b Pathirana 5S. Williams c D. de Silva b Gunaratne 35M. Waller c&b Pathirana 14G. Cremer c K. Mendis b Vandersay 9D. Tiripano not out 10T. Chisoro c Dickwella b Gunaratne 5B. Vitori lbw b Gunaratne 0Extras (lb-3 nb-1 w-6) 10Total (all out, 36.3 overs) 160Fall of wickets: 1-8 P. Moor,2-19 H. Masakadza,3-72 C. Ervine,4-85 T. Musakanda,5-89 S. Raza,6-108 M. Waller,7-133 G. Cremer,8-155 S. Williams,9-160 T. Chisoro,10-160 B. VitoriBowling: N. Kulasekara 7 – 0 – 30 – 1(w-4), S. Lakmal 6 – 0 – 23 – 1(w-1),S. Pathirana 7 – 0 – 26 – 2, D. Shanaka 2 – 0 – 18 – 0, J. Vandersay 10 – 0 – 50 – 3(nb-1 w-1),A. Gunaratne 4.3 – 0 – 10 – 3.SRI LANKA InningsD. de Silva lbw b Vitori 0K. Perera c Waller b Vitori 14N. Dickwella b Vitori 16K. Mendis c Williams b Cremer 57U. Tharanga not out 57A. Gunaratne not out 16Extras (lb-2 w-4) 6Total (for 4 wickets, 37.3 overs) 166Fall of wickets: 1-1 D. de Silva,2-29 N. Dickwella,3-42 K. Perera,4-117 K. MendisDid not bat: D. Shanaka, S. Pathirana, N. Kulasekara, J. Vandersay, S. LakmalBowling: B. Vitori 9 – 0 – 52 – 3(w-1), D. Tiripano 2 – 0 – 14 – 0,T. Chisoro 8 – 0 – 31 – 0(w-2), G. Cremer 10 – 2 – 32 – 1,S. Williams 6 – 1 – 22 – 0(w-1), S. Raza 2.3 – 0 – 13 – 0last_img read more

first_img Associated Press Update on the latest sports — Yoenis Céspedes is sure he’ll be ready to start the pandemic-delayed season with the New York Mets. Out of the lineup for almost two years, the 34-year-old slugger said Saturday he finally is close to fully recovered from a string of injuries to his feet and legs. The Mets open at home July 24 against Atlanta. And with the designated hitter available in the National League this year, Céspedes is a prime candidate for that role during a shortened schedule of 60 games. The two-time All-Star missed last season and most of 2018. He had surgery on both heels and then broke his right ankle in a nasty fall at his Florida ranch.— Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill has tested positive for COVID-19. The team says after Bidwill developed symptoms, he tested positive and went to the hospital on the recommendation of his doctor. His condition has improved and he’s expected to be released this weekend. The team believes the 55-year-old Bidwill caught the virus while traveling and spending time on the East Coast for several weeks. He’s been working remotely since March and the team says he hasn’t had in-person contact coaches or players.— Albert Pujols’ 20th season in the majors is about to begin with the Los Angeles Angels. When it does, the 40-year-old slugger is likely to be the oldest player in the big leagues. Although time has chipped away at Pujols’ mountainous talent, he has never believed his advancing age will prevent him from putting up other big numbers on the diamond. His recent years of diminishing overall production have been counterbalanced by still-steady power numbers. They’ve done nothing to hurt his confidence as he heads into this short season with big plans.NBA-NEWSLeBron won’t wear social justice message on Lakers jersey After the Pistons relocated in 2017 to downtown Detroit, the arena about 30 miles northwest of the city continued to host concerts and music events, the last in September 2017 by rocker Bob Seger.It also became the second suburban Detroit arena that found little real use after its main sports tenant took its games back to the city. The Detroit Lions played at the nearby Pontiac Silverdome from 1975-2001 before moving to Ford Field in Detroit. The Pistons also called the Silverdome home for a decade before The Palace opened. The Silverdome was taken down with a partial implosion in 2017.OBIT-JACK CHARLTONEngland World Cup winner Jack Charlton dies at 85UNDATED (AP) — England World Cup winner Jack Charlton has died. Charlton was an uncompromising central defender who played alongside his brother, Bobby, in England’s World Cup-winning side in 1966 before enjoying coaching success with Ireland. Charlton was Footballer of the Year in England in 1967. He spent all his club career at Leeds from 1952-73, tying its all-time record of 773 appearances. He won every domestic honor, including the league title in 1969. His biggest achievement came with the England national team that beat Germany 4-2 after extra time in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Charlton died at home on Friday in his native Northumberland in northeast England. He was 85.Premier League games will be preceded by a minute’s silence this weekend as a tribute to Charlton and players will wear black armbands.TENNIS-SUSPICIOUS MATCHESTennis Integrity Unit eyes suspicious exhibition matches LONDON (AP) — The Tennis Integrity Unit has raised concerns over 24 “suspicious matches” at exhibitions organized while the men’s and women’s tours are shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. The TIU, which investigates match-fixing cases in the sport, said Friday it received reports of the matches at private tournaments staged between April and June.The reports are filed by gambling companies who track unusual betting patterns around matches. Suspicious betting patterns don’t necessarily mean a match was fixed. A similar effect can also happen if insider information about a player’s injury leaks. Private tennis exhibitions have proliferated after the ATP and WTA tours closed down in March. Some have little or no oversight. Besides a smattering of events with big-name players, there are many smaller events around the world with low-ranked players. HORSE RACING-ART COLLECTORArt Collector takes the Blue Grass at KeenelandLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Art Collector took a big step toward the Kentucky Derby, pulling away from the filly Swiss Skydiver in the stretch in the Blue Grass at Keeneland for his first graded stakes victory. The Kentucky-bred son of Bernardini and Distorted Legacy by Distorted Humor started the $600,000, Grade 2 event from the No. 3 post and battled Shivaree and Swiss Skydiver to the far turn. Rushie joined the chase at the final turn, but before Art Collector and Swiss Skydiver separated themselves from the 13-horse field. The two ran side by side before Art Collector took control at the 1/8th pole in the 3½-lengths win. Art Collector improved to 3-0 this year and has four wins and a second in eight starts. The colt collected 100 points toward the 146th Derby on Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs. UNDATED (AP) — The Pac-12 has become the second major conference to shift to a conference-only fall schedule amid growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The decision covers football, women’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. Conference-only schedules will be announced no later than July 31. The announcement came a day after the Big Ten opted to eliminate nonconference games for all fall sports. The Atlantic Coast, Big 12 and Southeastern conferences are still weighing options for fall sports. In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic: — Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has tested positive for COVID-19. The 55-year-old tested positive late this week after experiencing flu-like symptoms and is self-quarantining at the direction of his doctor, according to a statement by the conference. Scott is continuing to carry on his duties as commissioner remotely.— San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, the U.S. men’s basketball coach, says he is watching how Japan is handling the coronavirus. Popovich says he hopes the Tokyo Games, which were delayed until 2021, could still happen — especially if a vaccine or other remedies are developed beforehand. The NBA plans to start next season in December, which could complicate Olympic availability for players. It’s not clear if the playoffs would be finished before the Olympics would begin on July 23, 2021.— Scott Dixon earned his third straight victory Saturday with an improbable triumph in the opening race of a weekend doubleheader at Road America, as IndyCar welcomed fans to its races for the first time this season. Dixon has won each of the three IndyCar races to take place thus far during this pandemic-delayed season. He’s the first IndyCar driver to start a season with at least three consecutive victories since Sebastien Bourdais reeled off four straight to start the 2006 campaign. PGA-WORKDAY RESULTSThomas keeps clean card for 2-shot lead at Muirfield VillageDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Justin Thomas went from a three-shot deficit to a two-shot lead in the Workday Charity Open. Thomas had a third consecutive round without bogeys, this one a 66. He made birdies early to keep pace with Collin Morikawa. When Morikawa fell back, Thomas added three birdies to hold off Viktor Hovland. The Norwegian star also had a 66. The final round is a glimpse of golf’s next generation. All three will be in the final group because of an early start to avoid storms. The round needs to finish Sunday to have a day to get ready for the Memorial.NHRA-RESUMESNHRA resumes season, Johnson tops Funny Car qualifying UNDATED (AP) — LeBron James says his thoughts on social justice can’t be contained on the back of a basketball jersey. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar won’t wear one of the NBA-approved social justice messages on the back of his jersey when the NBA resumes competition later this month in the Orlando bubble. As part of the NBA’s recognition of the nationwide invigoration of the social justice movement sparked by the death of George Floyd, NBA players are allowed to choose from a lengthy list of possible messages for their jerseys during the league’s restart. James is among just a few who declined to choose one of the messages, he said.Elsewhere in the NBA:— San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich says he had some reservations about being at the NBA restart at the Disney complex near Orlando, Florida. But after talks with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and others, he decided it would be smart and safe to be with the Spurs for the resumption of the season. Popovich says it’s about more than basketball. He points to how the league can help make changes in society by raising awareness to social causes and a need to combat racism.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPAC-12 shifts to conference-only Stars’ Polak, Canucks’ Baertschi won’t report to NHL campsUNDATED (AP) — Edmonton’s Mike Green and Vancouver’s Sven Baertschi are opting out. Dallas defenseman Roman Polak isn’t reporting for now. And Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos isn’t reporting at full strength. Green and Baertschi joined Calgary defenseman Travis Hamonic in choosing not to participate in the resumption of the NHL season. Polak is not on the Stars’ roster for the start of training camp, and a team spokesman said the 34-year-old won’t be attending at this time. Green, like Hamonic, decided not to play for family reasons. The Calgary Flames defenseman’s daughter was hospitalized last year with respiratory issues, and he and his wife also have a baby boy.The Tampa Bay Lightning won’t have captain Steven Stamkos at 100% for the opening of camp because of a lower-body injury, but they’re optimistic he’ll be ready when games get under way in early August. July 11, 2020 Chapman threw a bullpen session Tuesday and Boone wouldn’t comment on whether he had been at Yankee Stadium since. Boone said the team had gone through contact tracing protocols, and no other players or personnel would be forced to isolate because of Chapman’s positive test.In Houston, the Astros canceled their workout after learning that a staff member could have been exposed to a person outside the organization with the coronavirus. It’s the second time this week the Astros have canceled a workout because of concerns about the pandemic. Houston also scrapped its Monday workout because of delays with testing results due to the holiday weekend, as did some other teams around the majors. In other MLB news:— Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo says he doesn’t know if he actually had the coronavirus despite two positive tests, since he never had any symptoms and also had multiple negative tests. Gallo said Saturday that he planned to have a more extensive antibody test to be sure after a finger-prick test didn’t indicate that he had COVID-19. The All-Star slugger missed the first week of the Rangers summer camp after two positive tests that sandwiched a negative result during intake testing. — Cleveland Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. worked out with his teammates at training camp for the first time after being sidelined by the COVID-19 virus. DeShields had suffered some “mild symptoms” after testing positive with the virus before the Indians reported to Cleveland for the re-start of training camp last week. DeShields arrived a few days ago, but he was only cleared Saturday after twice testing negative. DeShields is one of 10 outfielders trying to win a spot on the club’s 30-man roster. He batted .249 and stole 24 bases in 118 games for the Rangers last season. PALACE IMPLOSIONPistons’ onetime home, the Palace of Auburn Hills, torn downAUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — One of Michigan’s most beloved sports and entertainment venues was turned into rubble on Saturday with a series of controlled explosions. The shell and roof of the Palace of Auburn Hills, which was home to three championship Detroit Pistons teams and three Detroit Shock teams and played host to some of the world’s biggest musical acts during its nearly 30-year run, crumbled to the ground following a series explosive pops. The rest of the arena had already been removed.The Palace, which opened in 1988, held more than 22,000 people for NBA games and up to 23,000 for concerts and other shows, according to Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSYanks closer Chapman has coronavirus; Astros cancel workoutHOUSTON (AP) — Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms. New York manager Aaron Boone announced the news Saturday. He said Chapman “overall is doing well” but “will not be here for the foreseeable future.” Hours after Chapman’s diagnosis, Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was scratched from a simulated game with a stiff neck. New York is also without infielder DJ LeMahieu and right-hander Luis Cessa due to the virus. The AL East champion Yankees open the season July 23 at Washington. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tommy Johnson Jr. topped Funny Car qualifying Saturday at the NHRA Nationals in the series’ return from a more than four-month break because of the coronavirus pandemic. Johnson, the winner in the last race before competition was suspended, had a 3.983-second run at 317.72 mph in a Dodge Charger in front of a limited number of fans at Lucas Oil Raceway. Steve Torrence led in Top Fuel, Jason Line in Pro Stock and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Torrence had a 3.779 at 321.19, Line ran a 6.626 at 206.10 in a Chevrolet Camaro, and Krawiec had a 6.897 at 196.24 on a Harley-Davidson. The NHRA resumed its season Saturday in front of an expected crowd of 3,000 to 4,000 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. NHRA President Glen Cromwell said ticket sales were capped at about 10 to 15% of normal capacity. They also are expected to attend Sunday’s finals. Most fans wore face coverings on a hot, sun-drenched day, complying with county guidelines, and observed social distancing in the stands, pits and at concession areas. The weekend ends a 138-day hiatus for America’s top drag racing series.NHL-PLAYERS OUT The Minnesota Wild, who face the Canucks in the qualifying round, have ruled out defenseman Greg Pateryn indefinitely with an upper-body injury. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Saturday the league will be taking over injury and illness disclosure from teams as a way of protecting player privacy. In other NHL news:— The NHL and the players union are credited for putting aside past differences in taking a collaborative approach in ratifying a return-to-play plan that also includes the assurance of labor peace through September 2026. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman described the months-long negotiations as unprecedented in how the two sides addressed the wide variety of concerns and challenges raised after placing the season on pause in March because of the new coronavirus pandemic. NHL Players’ Association chief Don Fehr said the pandemic forced both sides to work in “common spirit” in order to salvage what’s left of the season. —NHL Games are scheduled to begin Aug. 1 in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta. Coronavirus cases in the U.S. are pushing the league into Canada for the summer and fall until the Stanley Cup is awarded in late September or early October.last_img read more

first_imgTHE Ansa McAL-sponsored Lucozade Handicap tournament closed out yesterday with Nicholas Narain (-15) being crowned king after a three-game point-for-point battle that had spectators spellbound with the standard of play.Daniel Ince took the plate title, while Louis DaSilva achieved his first title in the Category A group and Lajuan Munroe nabbed the A plate.Nicholas Verwey (-10) was truly a worthy opponent in the ultimate match-up for the title; showing evidence of his disciplined training regime and enthusiasm for the game.Narain tactically kept Verwey off the T and worked him around the whole court in the first game.Verwey’s retrieval skills kept the rallies running long and often 20 plus shots were kept in play by either player performing the almost impossible. In the second, Verwey used his drops effectively and worked Narain into the corners to secure his win. The third game of an outstanding match of great depth, great squash and great athletes, landed on the side of the experienced Narain for the 15/14, 13/15, 15/11 win.In the open plate, after a game apiece, tired legs from both players in the third between Daniel Ince (-9) and Ian Mekdeci (-4) slowed down what had been a fast-paced clash. Ince took the first in smooth fashion with tight lengths and low drops.Mekdeci pulled it back in second pushing to hold Ince off at 15/14. Relying on talent in the decider rather than fitness, Ince was able to move up his deficit and close off the game at 15/9, 14/15, 15/11.The title of the Category A was earned by a much improved Louis DaSilva (-8) over Zachary Persaud (-8).DaSilva came out strong and played a clever tactical game from the outset, placing his shots to get them past Persaud. Persaud came out determined in the second game and made his bid to stay in the game with tighter play which set him ahead. DaSilva kept his head and worked away to even out and eventually push in the last two points to close off in straight games 15/6, 15/14.For the Category A plate, Joshua Verwey made a valiant effort with good lengths against eventual winner, Lajuan Munroe.Munroe forced young Verwey into every corner of the court, working him through most of the rallies; Verwey stuck with it and kept the scores close. Munroe managed a 13/15 win in the first and Verwey answered with a 15/14 win in the second but couldn’t quite hold on in the third and conceded the decider. Munroe triumphed 15/13, 14/15, 15/12.Results for Sunday’s playOpen CategoryWinner: Nicholas NarainSecond Place: Nicholas VerweyThird place: Deje DiasFourth Place: Gianni CarpenterOpen PlateWinner: Daniel InceSecond Place: Ian MekdeciThird place: Kirsten GomesFourth Place: Ethan JonasCategory AWinner: Louis DaSilvaSecond: Place Zachary PersaudThird place: Shiloh AsregadoFourth Place: Matthew SpoonerCategory A PlateWinner: Lajuan MunroeSecond Place: Joshua VerweyThird Place: Teija EdwardsFourth Place: Angel RahaminOpen CategoryNicholas Narain (-15) defeated Nicholas Verwey (-10) 15/14, 13/15, 15/11Deje Dias (-15) defeated Gianni Carpenter (5) 15/, 15/Open PlateDaniel Ince (-9) defeated Ian Mekdeci (-4) 15/9, 14/15, 15/11Kirsten Gomes (0) defeated Ethan Jonas (4) 15/9, 12/15, 15/12Category ALouis DaSilva (-8) defeated Zachary Persaud (-8) 15/6, 15/14Shiloh Asregado (3) defeated Matthew Spooner (9) 15/8, 15/6Category A PlateLajuan Munroe (5) defeated Joshua Verwey (3) 15/13, 14/15, 15/12Teija Edwards (0) defeated Angel Rahamin (2) 13/15, 15/12, 15/9last_img read more

first_imgTrevor Denton | Daily TrojanA year ago, the hapless Rams finished 4-12 in their first season back in Los Angeles. Worse than their record, the team was downright dreadful to watch. Under then-head coach Jeff Fisher, rookie quarterback Jared Goff threw more interceptions than touchdowns, while running back Todd Gurley was limited to a dismal 3.2 yards per carry, after ripping through the league as a rookie in 2015. The offense possessed plenty of talent, but the coaching staff had no idea how to use it. It was more frustrating than watching your grandparents try to use an iPad. But sometimes a coaching change can make all the difference. Before this season, 31-year-old Sean McVay was hired to re-energize the Rams’ dormant offense, and he somehow accomplished much more. The Rams led the league in scoring in 2017 (29.9 points per game), after finishing last in that category in 2016. Gurley ended his sophomore slump with a 2,093 total yard, MVP-worthy campaign, while Goff looked like a potential franchise quarterback. The Rams made leaps and bounds in 2017, but they’ve managed to get even better this off-season. After acquiring elite defensive backs Marcus Peters and Aquib Talib a couple of weeks ago, Los Angeles inked All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamakung Suh to a one-year, $14 million deal on Monday. Under venerated coordinator Wade Phillips, the Rams’ defense was already among the league’s best. Now it’s downright terrifying for opposing offenses. With Suh, Talib and Peters, the team has an elite defense to complement its historically prolific offense. Phillips will be able to place line up Suh alongside reigning Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald, creating one of the best defensive fronts in history (at least in theory). Suh and Donald have similar skill sets — they can both stuff the run and also terrorize passers from the interior (the duo would have combined for 15.5 sacks in 2017), and both still have plenty of gas in the tank (Suh is 31, Donald is a spry 26). Being able to field both future Hall of Famers in the prime of their careers is borderline unfair. One of Suh’s major considerations when choosing a team in free agency, was going somewhere he could avoid being double-teamed every play. Therefore, it makes sense why he took a pay cut to join the Rams. By playing next to a fellow human wrecking crew in Donald, Suh will have a better chance of avoiding L.A. traffic than ever seeing a double-team from an opposing offensive line (NFC West quarterbacks Jimmy Garapolo’s and Russell Wilson’s lives just got a lot more complicated). Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh joined the Los Angeles Rams on Monday after spending three seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.The Suh signing will understandably draw the most attention, but don’t underestimate the impact of Talib and Peters. Los Angeles fielded a middle of the pack secondary in 2017, giving up 217.2 yards per game through the air (12th in the league) and 54 completions over 20 yards (seventh most in the league). Their best defensive back Trumaine Johnson was set to become a free agent this offseason. Instead of resigning Johnson to a mega-deal, they let him walk and still managed to upgrade their secondary in stunning fashion. Talib is a 10-year veteran with five-straight Pro Bowl appearances, while Peters brings unmatched ball-hawking, upside at the position. He’s snagged an incredible 19 interceptions since joining the league in 2015, to go along with six forced fumbles and five recoveries. With Talib’s experience, you know exactly what you’re getting — with Peters, 25, the sky is the limit. The Rams are already having the best off-season of any team, but they may not even be finished just yet. Reports indicate L.A. could be in the runningmix to acquire Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., one of the best young players in the league. If that trade does indeed happen, all bets are off. The Rams would be fielding one of the most talented teams in league history, a year removed from finishing 11-5 and winning the NFC West by a wide margin. On paper, the team will be stacked with or without Beckham Jr. The only major question will be if McVay can handle so many polarizing personalities on one roster. Talib, Peters, Suh and Beckham Jr. (if they land him) are all controversial figures for different reasons. Having all four in the same locker room could be magical or destructive — just don’t expect much of a middle ground. Either way, the Rams enter the 2018 season as one of the most talented and exciting teams in recent memory. Not bad for a franchise that terribly fumbled its debut season in Los Angeles just two years ago. Trevor Denton is a sophomore majoring in journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “T-Time,” runs Wednesdays.last_img read more

first_img Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles In The World Cup’s Finest we ask various individuals to delve into their own personal history of football’s quadrennial showpiece extravaganza, selecting a number of favourites as well as revealing what is their very first World Cup memory.Relive the 1998-2010 World Cup era with Pinnacle’s Content and Social Media Manager Benjamin Cronin, who goes on a journey from his first World Cup memory at France 1998, via Brazilian dominance in 2002 and onto a Giovanni Van Bronckhorst screamer and Luis Suarez antics in South Africa 2010. First World Cup memory10 June – 12 July 1998 (World Cup, France). France 1998 was the first World Cup where I actually knew what was going on. While the English media made it hard for people to remember anything but David Beckham’s red card against Argentina, it’s Michael Owen’s wonder goal and the “real” Ronaldo’s dominance (and disappearance) that has always stuck with me.Favourite World Cup:GoalGiovanni Van Bronckhorst (Netherlands v Uruguay, 2010). I think you can tell a lot about someone by the type of goal they choose when posed this kind of question. Although I have a lot of admiration for Argentina’s 24-pass goal vs. Serbia and Montenegro in 2006, Bergkamp’s control and finish against Argentina in 1998 and Maradona’s graceful dribble against England in 1986, you just can’t beat a thunderbolt screamer. I feel like Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s 35-yard effort against Uruguay in 2010 doesn’t get as much credit as it deserves. It was the cleanest connection I think I’ve ever seen on a strike, as close to the top corner as you can get and it resulted in a hefty dose of karma for Uruguay and Luis Suarez in particular (see below). PlayerZinedine Zidane. There aren’t many players (if any at all) who moved around the soccer pitch with as much grace as Zinedine Zidane. Throughout his career, I watched in awe as Zidane controlled games with as much ease as he controlled the ball. His effortless skill, ability to pick a pass and eye for goal made him the complete package and he proved time and time again he could do it on the big stage. France’s success in 1998 was built on a solid defence but Zidane was undoubtedly the key man (not least because of his two goals in the final). It’s no coincidence that France struggled in 2002 without Zidane (he was injured for the first two games) but by 2006 he was back to his best. We’ll all remember the Frenchman’s headbutt in the final against Italy but his performance against Brazil in the quarterfinal was arguably the greatest individual performance at a World Cup. A moment of madness meant his country finished as runners-up but Zidane ended the tournament as the joint- second highest goal scorer and won the Golden Ball (best player at the tournament).TeamBrazil, 2002. The question of the best team in World Cup history sparked plenty of debate throughout Pinnacle’s offices in the build-up to this year’s tournament in Russia. We even ran The Pinnacle World Cup on Twitter to find out what the consensus was. Funnily enough, my favourite team actually won – the Brazil team from 2002. Despite a poor qualification campaign, Brazil won the 2002 World Cup with relative ease. The return of Ronaldo (he notched an impressive eight goals in the tournament) helped Brazil become only the third team in history to win every game at a World Cup (and the first in the extended format). They had a front line of Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho. What more do I need to say? GameUruguay v Ghana, 2010. Everyone has seen the highlight reels and most of us probably own a VHS or DVD of “The Greatest World Cup Games of All Time” and although there are plenty to choose from, I wanted to pick one that I vividly remember. It was by no means a game of high quality soccer and I’m not a fan of Luis Suarez’s gamesmanship but purely based on the drama I’ve gone for Uruguay vs. Ghana in 2010. After 120 minutes of tense quarterfinal action and almost unbearable vuvuzela-blowing, the match was level at 1-1 and destined to go to penalties. Ghana created one final chance that Suarez did well to initially block on the line but he decided to save the rebound effort with his hands and was sent off (Jorge Fucile was just in front of Suarez and also tried the same thing but missed). Of course, Asamoah Gyan missed the penalty that followed and Ghana lost the penalty shoot-out 4-2.KitCameroon, 2002. I think the 1980’s through to the late 90’s was a great period for international kits (and that’s why we’ve seen a lot of teams this year favouring a retro style design). I do really like Germany’s away strip for this year’s tournament, but I’ll have to pick Cameroon’s 2002 home kit for reasons beyond aesthetics. I remember being shocked at seeing Cameroon in a sleeveless basketball jersey-like top prior to the 2002 World Cup. When they lined up for their first game, the kit looked similar to the sleeveless one but actually had black sleeves (after being banned from wearing a sleeveless kit by FIFA, it was Cameroon’s creative way of protesting against the decision).The World Cup’s Finest is to be a regular feature during the Russia World Cup, profiling a different individual each week day, if you would like to be involved please email read more

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start x-Game 5: at Dodgers, Sunday, 5:15 p.m., Fox/Ch. 11x-Game 6: at Red Sox, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 5:09 p.m., Fox/Ch. 11x-Game 7: at Red Sox, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 5:09 p.m., Fox/Ch. 11x- if necessaryHead to head: Teams have not met since 2016 (Dodgers won two of three in L.A., Aug. 5-7). SERIES SCHEDULE (all times PT)Game 1: at Red Sox, Tuesday, 5:09 p.m., Fox/Ch. 11Game 2: at Red Sox, Wednesday, 5:09 p.m., Fox/Ch. 11Game 3: at Dodgers, Friday, 5:09 p.m., Fox/Ch. 11Game 4: at Dodgers, Saturday, 5:09 p.m., Fox/Ch. 11 How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco TALE OF THE TAPE (OFFENSE)Dodgers (MLB rank) … category … Red Sox (MLB rank)804 (5th) … Runs scored … 876 (1st).333 (5th) … OBP … .339 (1st).442 (3rd) … Slugging Pct … .453 (1st).774 (3rd) … OPS … .792 (1st).250 (14th) … Batting Avg. … .268 (1st)235 (2nd) … HRs … 208 (9th)75 (17th) … SBs … 125 (3rd)TALE OF THE TAPE (PITCHING)Dodgers (MLB rank) … category … Red Sox (MLB rank)3.38 (2nd) … Team ERA … 3.75 (8th)3.19 (2nd) … Starters ERA … 3.77 (8th)3.72 (T-8th) … Bullpen ERA … 3.72 (T-8th)1.15 (1st) … WHIP … 1.24 (2nd)9.54 (4th) … Ks per 9 inns … 9.61 (3rd).669 (2nd) … Opponent OPS … .698 (10th).230 (4th) … Opponent Avg. … .237 (T-7th)PROJECTED LINEUPSRed Sox: RF Mookie Betts (.346, 32 HRs, 80 RBIs, 30 SBs, 1.078 OPS), LF Andrew Benintendi (.290, 16 HRs, 87 RBIs, .366 OBP), DH J.D. Martinez (.330, 43 HRs, 130 RBIs, 1.031 OPS), SS Xander Bogaerts (.288, 23 HRs, 103 RBIs, .360 OBP), 1B Steve Pearce (.279, 7 HRs, 26 RBIs, .394 OBP), 3B Rafael Devers (.240, 21 HRs, 66 RBIs), 2B Ian Kinsler (.240, 14 HRs, 48 RBIs), C Christian Vazquez (.207, 3 HRs, .540 OPS), CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (.234, 13 HRs, 59 RBIs, .717 OPS)Dodgers: LF Joc Pederson (.248, 25 HRs, 56 RBIs, .843 OPS), 3B Justin Turner (.312, 14 HRs, 52 RBIs, .924 OPS), 1B Max Muncy (.263, 35 HRs, 79 RBIs, .973 OPS), SS Manny Machado (.297, 37 HRs, 107 RBIs, .905 OPS combined between Dodgers and Orioles), CF Cody Bellinger (.260, 25 HRs, 76 RBIs, .814 OPS), RF Yasiel Puig (.267, 23 HRs, 63 RBIs, .820 OPS), 2B Kiké Hernandez (.256, 21 HRs, 52 RBIs, .806 OPS), C Austin Barnes (.205, 4 HRs, 14 RBIs)After a down year offensively last year, the Red Sox signed J.D. Martinez as a free agent. The boost has been obvious. Martinez led the league in RBIs (130), was second in home runs (43) and went 1-2 in batting average and slugging percentage with Mookie Betts. As a team, the Red Sox led the majors in runs scored (5.41 per game). They are (as always) particularly dangerous at Fenway Park. But they have some vulnerability to left-handed pitching (which the Dodgers have in abundance) – the team OPS against right-handers (.817) dropped considerably when facing left-handers (.719) during the season. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman called the outfield defense of Betts, Benintendi and Bradley “the best defensive outfield I’ve ever seen.” But the Sox will have to compromise that by moving Martinez to right field in L.A. when the DH is not in use. They are toying with moving Betts to second base for those games (benching Ian Kinsler).  Betts has not played second base since 2014 and then for only 14 games. EDGE: Red SoxSTARTING PITCHERSRed Sox: LHP Chris Sale (12-4, 2.11, 0.861 WHIP, 158 IP, 13.5 K/9), LHP David Price (16-7, 3.58, 1.142 WHIP, 176 IP), RHP Nate Eovaldi (6-7, 3.81, 1.126 WHIP, 111 IP), RHP Rick Porcello (17-7, 4.28, 1.176 WHIP)Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (9-5, 2.73 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 8.6 Ks per 9 innings), LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-3, 1.97 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 9.7 Ks per 9 innings), RHP Walker Buehler (8-5, 2.62 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 9.9 Ks per 9 innings), LHP Rich Hill (11-5, 3.66 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 10.2 Ks per 9 innings)What is a starting pitcher these days? Sale, Porcello, Eovaldi, Hill and Kershaw have each made relief appearances already this postseason. The Dodgers’ rotation will be jumbled after a seven-game NLCS while the Red Sox have had time to reset and will throw Sale and Price in the first two games at Fenway Park. A healthy Sale could tip the scales in the Boston’s favor. But he was sidelined with shoulder inflammation for a good chunk of the second half and has not been throwing as hard since returning. Cy Young winners Price and Kershaw can commiserate over their shared October woes. Price finally got his first postseason win as a starter in Game 5 of the ALCS but still has a 5.04 ERA in the postseason (despite his six scoreless innings in that clincher). EDGE: EvenBULLPENRed Sox: RHP Craig Kimbrel (5-1, 2.74 ERA, 42 saves, 63 games, 13.9 K/9, 0.995 WHIP), RHP Matt Barnes (6-4, 3.65 ERA, 62 games, 14.0 K/9), RHP Ryan Brasier (2-0, 1.60 ERA, 0.772 WHIP, 34 games), RHP Joe Kelly (4-2, 4.39 ERA, 1.355 WHIP, 73 games), RHP Heath Hembree (4-1, 4.20 ERA, 1.333 WHIP, 67 games), LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (13-5, 3.82 ERA, 23 starts, 1.265 WHIP, 10.1 K/9), RHP Brandon Workman (6-1, 3.27 ERA, 1.210 WHIP, 43 games)Dodgers: RHP Kenley Jansen (1-5, 3.01 ERA, 38 saves, 0.99 WHIP, 10.3 Ks per 9 innings), LHP Julio Urias (0-0, 0.00 ERA in 4 regular season innings), LHP Scott Alexander (2-1, 3.68 ERA, 3 saves, 1.27 WHIP, 7.6 Ks per 9 innings), RHP Ryan Madson (2-5, 5.47 ERA, 4 saves with the Nationals and Dodgers), RHP Pedro Baez (4-3, 2.88 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 9.9 Ks per 9 innings), RHP Kenta Maeda (8-10, 3.81 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 11.0 Ks per 9 innings), LHP Alex Wood (9-7, 3.68 ERA, 1.21 WHIP), LHP Caleb Ferguson (7-2, 3.49 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 10.8 Ks per 9 innings), RHP Dylan Floro (6-3, 2.25 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 8.2 Ks per 9 innings combined with Reds and Dodgers)Heading into October, the Dodgers’ bullpen was a lingering area of concern, the one facet of the team that could most easily have derailed them before now. But they have been solid, posting a 1.30 ERA in 41-2/3 innings over the first two rounds. Veteran Ryan Madson has been particularly clutch, allowing one run over 6-1/3 critical innings so far. The Red Sox had their own bullpen doubts entering the postseason after posting a 4.28 ERA in the second half. Even the untouchable Kimbrel wasn’t immune to it. He had a 4.79 ERA and three blown saves in his final 18 regular-season appearances. The Red Sox suspect he was tipping his pitches, a correctable problem. As for the bridge between the starters and Kimbrel – the Red Sox have used displaced starters like lefty Eduardo Rodriguez, Sale, Porcello and Eovaldi to build it. EDGE: DodgersBENCHRed Sox: 1B Mitch Moreland (.245, 15 HRs, 68 RBIs, .758 OPS), 2B Brock Holt (.277, 7 HRs, 46 RBIs, .774 OPS), 2B/3B Eduardo Nuñez (.265, 10 HRs, 44 RBIs, .677 OPS), C Sandy Leon (.177, 5 HRs, 22 RBIs, .511 OPS), C Blake Swihart (.229, 3 HRs, 18 RBIs, .613 OPS)Dodgers: C Yasmani Grandal (.241, 24 HRs, 68 RBIs, .815 OPS), OF Chris Taylor (.254, 17 HRs, 63 RBIs), 2B Brian Dozier (.215, 21 HRs, 72 RBIs combined between Twins and Dodgers), OF Matt Kemp (.290, 21 HRs, 85 RBIs), IF David Freese (.296, 11 HRs, 51 RBIs)Roberts will continue to platoon aggressively with Taylor, Kemp and Freese almost certain to replace Pederson, Puig and Muncy in starting lineups when the Red Sox throw lefties Sale and Price. Frustrating to watch at times – and no doubt most of all for the players involved – it has worked. The DH rule in the American League park will actually give Roberts an opportunity to get an extra right-handed bat in the lineup against Sale and Price. The Red Sox will do their own matchup-chasing, with Moreland the biggest threat off the bench. EDGE: DodgersMANAGERWith all the attention Brewers manager Craig Counsell’s machinations drew, Roberts simply outmanaged him in the NLCS. At nearly every turn, Roberts got the matchups that he preferred while Counsell maneuvered himself into a box, failing to maximize the advantage Josh Hader provided. This matchup of former Dodgers teammates (Roberts and Alex Cora played together in L.A. for parts of three seasons) figures to be more straightforward with little of the subterfuge of the NLCS. Roberts has been through it before. Cora was the bench coach for the Astros last year, but he has not been through this as a manager. EDGE: DodgersSERIES PREDICTIONThese teams met in the World Series 102 years ago. The wait for their World Series mulligan after last year’s seven-game disappointment against the Houston Astros seemed just as long for these Dodgers. At times, it distracted them from the business at hand – a six-month regular-season grind. They have their do-over now. But it is against a Red Sox team that had the best record in baseball during the season, won 16 more games than the Dodgers, dispatched the defending World Series champions in the ALCS and will have home-field advantage for this matchup. RED SOX IN SIXStaff writer Jeff Fletcher contributed to this scouting report.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The League of Municipalities is hosting a “Homedown Showdown” on its Facebook business page – and Wellington and Caldwell are participating in a Round 6 tournament bracket. It’s important to bring the victory home for your favorite community!The winning town will be featured on the cover of the Kansas Government Journal. To vote for a city just “like” the photos that is submitted at this website here: This is the photo for Wellington:The direct link to “like” is here. This is the photo for Caldwell:The direct link to “like” is here. The winner advances to the second round.This is part of an overall bracket. Currently there are 64 or so towns. The winners will advance to the round of 32 just like the NCAA basketball tournament. The bracket is below. Click on here for a larger version of the bracket.Right now, Wellington is leading Egerton 157 to 75. But we need to not allow Edgerton to make a comeback.Caldwell is currently battling Garden City. It’s a tough race. Garden City has 309. Caldwell has 392. Wellington people help Caldwell out and allow them to move on!The contest ends this Sunday. So log onto the site above, and “like” those pictures to get Sumner County teams into the second round.On Tuesday, Round 2 will start a new album with 32 cities with the “likes” resetting to zero for this new round.As for the other communities, according to the moderator of the League of Municipalities business page, there was an open call for cities to submit their photos, and it was limited to the first 64 participants.So go Wellington! Go Caldwell! Remember, “like” before Sunday.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down CaldwellProud · 285 weeks ago Tracy, thank you for the support & helping spread the word!!! =) Report Reply 0 replies · active 285 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

first_img (Getty Images) This is all an offshoot of the NFL’s pronouncement that prohibits all in-person pre-draft visits and medical re-checks with players until further notice. Thus the usual process has been thrown into turmoil due to the health crisis, and it’s hard to envision how this edict would be lifted before the draft that is now just a few weeks away.While it will be a detriment for many small college players who weren’t at the Combine or Senior Bowl and have had pro days canceled so more information is needed on them, I can see it actually working in favor of players such as Tua Tagovailoa.NFL MOCK DRAFT 2020:49ers, Vikings take advantage of new picksTeams probably will not be able to have their medical staff fully examine Tagovailoa before the draft. He will continue to share edited workouts via social media (as he did this week) in an attempt to show he is fully recovered from the dislocated hip that ended his 2019 Alabama season after nine games. Players such as Tagovailoa will have their agents and personal physicians send teams filtered information on their physical status.Teams will be allowed to do video conferencing for up to an hour three times per week with players, and some teams will surely try to watch players working out in these sessions. But that will be of limited benefit compared to seeing a player in-person.​Tagovailoa is the most prominent player with physical uncertainty in this year’s draft. He was examined extensively by team doctors at the Combine, but he wasn’t cleared to work out in Indy and had targeted his April 5 pro day for his full on-field workout, which is now scrubbed. In the video he tweeted, he appeared to move well with his side-to-side and backpedaling movement. But skeptics in the team ranks will wonder if the speed of the video was perhaps altered. And it doesn’t show Tua running full speed ahead.Practicing social distancing with the long ball today. Feels good to spin it again. #Process— Tua. T 🇦🇸 (@Tuaamann) March 24, 2020With no in-depth physicals or re-checks allowed, I see teams talking at length with their medical staff on the likelihood of a full recovery from the injury Tagovailoa sustained along with a discussion on his overall projected durability since he also has dealt with ankle problems and other minor injuries. There will be similar discussions on other players coming off significant injuries.Assuming a relatively positive response from the team doc, it will be back to the video, which will be a great thing for Tagovailoa. He went 22-2 in his college career, played in two national championships (winning in 2017 when he was the game MVP) and set a new NCAA FBS passer rating record the next year. Over his two seasons as the Crimson Tide starter, he threw an impressive 87 touchdown passes against 11 interceptions and added nine rushing TDs. The video will show a player with great accuracy, QB smarts and mobility for the all-important ability to extend plays before finding the open receiver or running for a first down.MORE: Will the 2020 NFL Draft be rescheduled?Despite the caution flags, there’s a good chance Tagovailoa will be picked third in this draft after LSU QB Joe Burrow and Ohio State pass-rusher Chase Young. The Dolphins are likely to use their draft capital (six picks in the first three rounds, including three No. 1s) to trade up and not risk losing him — unless they feel the safer pick durability-wise is Oregon QB Justin Herbert at their No. 5 spot. But Herbert won’t get the South Florida ticket buyers as excited as Tagovailoa will.I think it will work out fine for Tua and other Power 5 conference players who have been well scouted during their college careers and at the Combine and perhaps the Senior Bowl. I believe the greatest negative impact from the pre-draft restrictions will hit the small school players who were relying on their now-canceled Pro Days to showcase their skill sets to NFL GMs, coaches and scouts. And then they were hoping to be invited to team facilities for closer looks.There also were plenty of Power 5 players who didn’t work out at the Combine, so for them, teams might only have an estimated 40-yard dash time and miss other measurables such as vertical leap. But there’s plenty of game video on them against top competition, so it shouldn’t affect their status as much. The good news for these players most affected by the current scouting system semi-shutdown is that teams need plenty of late-round picks and undrafted players to make the team at close to minimum salaries in order to balance out the salary cap with the high-priced stars.In the final analysis, while the NFL has not yet been impacted as much as the other major pro sports leagues have, it’s still strange days indeed for this draft class and the team personnel who are evaluating them.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL. A handful of pro days were held before the shutdown that will benefit players from non-Power 5 schools. Air Force, for example, had one of the last pro days on March 9. For so many other players, it’s no such luck.The problem for such players is that, unless they played several non-conference games against the big schools, it’s difficult for scouts to grade them without seeing them play against NFL-caliber competition.I also understand this issue through my work with an NFL agent group, as we have several small school rookies who we expected to have good pro days and gain a higher profile on the NFL scouting radar. Now the more likely result is that these players will go undrafted and should be signed as priority free agents after the draft.MORE NFL DRAFT:Each team’s biggest regret | Weirdest momentsAs long as players get signed and compete in a training camp, they will have opportunities to prove their worth in order to make a final roster or practice squad. These under-the-radar players can certainly become eventual starters and stars. That was the case when I signed undrafted defensive tackle John Randle with the Vikings in 1990. He wound up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. When I was an NFL general manager, my biggest draft day fear was selecting a workout warrior who wound up as the next big bust. So as I participated in March and April pre-draft meetings with our scouts, I always pushed for us to focus more on players’ performances in actual games and less on their drills and measurables from the Combine, pro days and team visits.Well, unfortunately due to COVID-19, that’s precisely what GMs, coaches and scouting department personnel are going to be doing out of necessity to a much greater extent than usual this draft season. While I always wanted as much information on prospects as possible, I don’t think it’s a bad thing for teams to be forced to go to the game tape more extensively.last_img read more