February 28, 2020 “Rich, you love the 4.22. Who’s going to beat the 4.22?” Mayock told former colleague Rich Eisen during a visit to the broadcast booth. “I believe him running the 5.51 is more impressive than what the wideout from Alabama, Ruggs, ran yesterday.”Other O-linemen who impressed during the first Friday night live workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium were Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs, who topped them all at 4.85 seconds in the 40 and dominated the position drills and other tests.He set an O-line record (since 2003) with a 36.5-inch vertical jump and tied the broad jump mark with a 10-foot-1-inch measurement.“And the Wirfs kid is a third-year junior,” Mayock said. “Typically the Iowa players stay five years, not three. And he comes out and a lot of people were thinking right tackle or guard, and his numbers just jumped off the chart. It screamed left tackle. Boy, did he help himself.”Taylor weighed in at 226 pounds earlier this week, heavier than every running back save for Boston College’s A.J. Dillon (247 pounds) and TCU’s Sewo Olonilua (232). Taylor’s 40 time drew comparisons to former Penn State star and current Giants running back Saquon Barkley, who ran a 4.40 40 at 233 pounds at the combine in 2018.Dillon recorded the top vertical jump (41 inches) and best broad jump (10 feet, 11 inches) among the running backs.___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The big guys made a big statement at the NFL scouting combine Friday night.Wisconsin star Jonathan Taylor ran the fastest 40-yard dash (4.39 seconds) despite weighing in as the third-heaviest running back at the combine, and the offensive linemen had a solid showing, led by Louisville’s 357-pound Mekhi Becton, who ran a 5.10 time in the 40.Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said on the NFL Network that he was more impressed with Becton’s 5.10 than he was with Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, who ran a blazing 40-yard day in 4.27 on Thursday night that was just shy of John Ross’s record of 4.22 set in 2017. Big guys made big impression in 40-yard dash at NFL combine Associated Press More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-MARLINSMarlins to open training complexJUPITER, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the Miami Marlins will allow players on their 40-man roster access to their spring training complex to pitch off a mound or hit in batting cages beginning Tuesday. Hoosiers sign LanderBLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Hoosiers have signed Khristian Lander, who was expected to be one of the nation’s top-rated point guards in next season’s recruiting class. But coach Archie Miller says the 6-foot-2 point guard will reclassify so he can play basketball this fall.Lander is from Evansville and joins Anthony Leal and Trey Galloway as the third major in-state recruit in the 2020 recruiting class. Leal was named the IndyStar Mr. Basketball last month. Galloway and Lander were both second-team selections on The Associated Press all-state team.Indiana also has signed Jordan Geronimo of New Hampshire.DREAM TEAM-SNEAKER AUCTION No qualifying for US OpenUNDATED (AP) — The U.S. Open won’t have qualifying for the first time since 1924. Chalk that up to the COVID-19 pandemic that already has postponed the U.S. Open from June to Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot in New York.Qualifying is the hallmark of the U.S. Open. The USGA likes to point out that roughly half of the 156-man field has to go through some form of qualifying. But not this year.Still to be determined is how the exemptions are created for the rest of the players. Among those not already exempt is Phil Mickelson, who has said he won’t ask for an invitation.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-INDIANA RECRUIT Update on the latest in sports: UNDATED (AP) — World TeamTennis CEO Carlos Silva says the league is “still on track for July 12” to open its three-week season and is hoping to select a site this week.Silva said in a telephone interview Monday with the AP that four cities are “in the mix.” He mentioned Texas and Florida as possible host states.The International Tennis Federation and the ATP and WTA tours said Friday they were extending their suspensions of play into late July because of the coronavirus pandemic.But World TeamTennis is not sanctioned by those three groups and doesn’t need to follow their guidelines.In other coronavirus-related sports news: The person confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins made no announcement.The person says the rest of the complex in Jupiter, Florida, will remain closed.According to the source, the optional workouts will be individual, with a staff member present, and those involved will abide by social distancing guidelines. VIRUS OUTBREAK-WORLD TEAM TENNISWorld Team Tennis plans three-week season Jordan, Magic, Pippen Dream Team sneakers being auctionedNEW YORK (AP) — Sneakers worn by Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Scottie Pippen while they played for the Dream Team are being auctioned.The sneakers, each signed by the Hall of Fame wearer, are part of the Lelands 2020 Spring Classic Auction that runs through June 19. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the sneakers will benefit COVID-19 relief efforts.Jordan, Johnson and Pippen wore the sneakers during the Tournament of Americas, which the U.S. team won to qualify for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. The Americans won gold there in the first Olympics to feature NBA players.The sneakers were given to a team staff member in the locker room after the tournament championship game in Portland, Oregon.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 —USA Baseball has tentatively scheduled July 24 as the start date for its 2020 schedule of summer events. The nation’s sport governing body says the first event would be the 14U Cup from July 24-26 at the national training complex in Cary, North Carolina. Eight other age-group competitions will be held from late July through August.—Premier League soccer teams have agreed on the measures that will allow non-contact training sessions to resume this week amid the coronavirus pandemic. The protocols for socially distanced training in small groups were signed off by the clubs during a conference call following a government decision to ease lockdown restrictions in England. The Premier League has been told by government experts that coronavirus restrictions could endure for at least a year in English soccer, with players allowed to resume only non-contact training from Tuesday.—The Spanish soccer player who threatened to quit his team rather than risk being infected by the coronavirus has returned to training. Cádiz defender Fali Giménez rejoined his teammates at the second-division club about a month after saying he wouldn’t play again unless there was a vaccine for COVID-19 or if he was assured 100% that he wouldn’t get infected after being back on the field.— A soccer player in Germany for third-division club Chemnitz has tested positive for the coronavirus. Chemnitz did not name the player, but the club says he is “completely symptom-free.” That player and two other players who had contact with him will spend 14 days in isolation.GOLF-US OPEN May 18, 2020 Associated Press
Published on September 20, 2012 at 3:35 am Contact Ryne: firstname.lastname@example.org Standing at the podium after Syracuse’s 28-17 win over Stony Brook, Doug Marrone said he was still looking for consistency from his team offensively.Through three games, he couldn’t explain why the high-scoring unit failed to click in the first half. Marrone said he and his coaching staff scanned its big sheet of plays, trying a variety of combinations to jump-start the offense.But so far, he hadn’t found the answers to the problem.“Somewhere along the line in every offense, you’re going to struggle somewhere, but you don’t want to do it when you first come out,” Marrone said after the game last Saturday. “You want to get off to a good start, you want to get into a rhythm as fast as you can and it’s difficult, and we’re working extremely hard to figure out what that right rhythm is.”Syracuse (1-2) will try to find its rhythm early Saturday when it takes on Minnesota (3-0) at 8 p.m. at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Slow starts doomed the Orange in losses to Northwestern and Southern California and contributed to a three-point halftime deficit against SBU, so getting on the board will be crucial in its first road game of the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange offense has been explosive in the second half, scoring 68 of its 98 points after halftime this season. The unit has thrived in a new fast-paced system, as Ryan Nassib is second in the nation in passing offense and has thrown for nine touchdowns. But Nassib and the SU offense will face a stiff test against a Minnesota team that ranks 15th in the country in passing yards allowed per game and has given up just two touchdowns through the air in three games.To continue its streak of success and pick up a win on Saturday, the Orange knows it needs to find its rhythm from the start.“We have to keep on being aggressive, right when we get out we got to attack and I think that will be the biggest test this week,” SU offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said.Hackett said the coaches have drilled the need to come out ready to go on the first drive all week at practice. Wide receiver Alec Lemon said practices have started with team drills to get the players running around and in the flow for the game rather than starting with individual work.While the play calling that Marrone referenced last Saturday contributes to the slow starts, Lemon said it comes down to the players being focused when they step on the field.“We got to come in with our mindset ready to go on the first play,” Lemon said. “You can’t take a couple plays to get into the flow of the game and stuff like that, so it takes ownership on us too.”Still, Hackett admits part of the problem lies with the play calling. Syracuse has been a slow-starting team since he arrived in 2010, and he knows he needs to be more aggressive with his calls early in games.Starting off conservative will only contribute to a sluggish start. Last week, Stony Brook came out and confused the Orange with a variety of looks in coverage, and it took until halftime for Hackett and the team to adjust.The offense will face a Minnesota defense that focuses on stuffing the run and forcing quarterbacks to throw the ball to the outside of the field, Hackett said.Lemon said the offense must know the opposing defense’s tendencies, but it also comes down to making plays and execution on the Orange’s side.“We got a different defense each week and good players out there,” Lemon said. “We got to make the plays on our side of the ball. We can’t hurt ourselves with turnovers and stuff like that, so it comes up to us as well.”For Syracuse to pick up its second win of the season against Minnesota, Lemon and his teammates have to make plays in the first 30 minutes — not just in the second half.“With a good team like this, you have to have success right away, but that’s just like any team you have to,” Lemon said. “Our goal is to score every possession, and that’s what we’re going to try to do.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
“The second half was ours,” said Mourinho. “We had control, goals, beautiful actions and still time for a very emotional scene for all of us, who stayed close to such a professional with one of the biggest injuries in football.“And so him coming back was a joy for everyone but for us close to him it was more than that, it was a big emotion to see the big guy back.”Pogba was sorely missed during his two-month absence, not least by striker Romelu Lukaku who ended a run of seven games without a goal by adding the fourth for United against Newcastle.And although he would not talk about Pogba during his injury, Mourinho was forthright about the French international’s value to United, although he now has to make a decision whether or not to select him for Wednesday’s Champions League group game with Basle.“He was top,” said the United manager. “It looked like he was not out, he came back with a great performance, really great performance, he had great influence in the game.“I agreed with him he had to make the decision of coming out at the first sign of fatigue because we don’t want to go over the limit so he played a little bit more than an hour.“He affects our football. When he was injured I decided to close my mouth, we cannot be crying, we have to find solutions that we have but we all know â€“ myself, and the fellow players â€“ that some players influence the level of the team.“So with him we had much more creation, we have a second way out from the first phase and I’m so happy. Let’s see the best decision for Wednesday.”Pogba celebrated wildly, on his way down the tunnel, when Lukaku scored the fourth goal after 70 minutes and Mourinho was equally pleased to see the Belgian return to goalscoring ways.“Strikers like to score goals,” he said. “It’s not a problem for me if he works like he always does and doesn’t score, but for their self esteem and self confidence they want to score goals.“And he wasn’t doing that for a few matches and I know that can affect striker’s confidence, so I was really happy that he scored that goal.”After the teams had traded goals, Chris Smalling headed United into a 2-1 lead in first-half injury-time, although Newcastle were close to snatching an equaliser before the break when an Isaac Hayden shot was well saved and Matt Ritchie’s follow-up shot was almost deflected in by Dwight Gayle, who had scored the opener.“I’m really pleased and proud of my players for that opening 30 minutes,” Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez said. “But when you pay big money for players, they can make the difference.“If we had scored a second it might have been different but, even if we had scored a second, you can’t think a game with Man United is finished with the level of their players. You know it is going to be 90 minutes of suffering but it’s a pity because we had chances.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Jose Mourinho admitted he felt emotional to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic return from his career-threatening knee ligament operation in Manchester United’s impressive 4-1 victory over Newcastle United.Paul Pogba, coming back from a 12-match lay-off of his own with a hamstring problem, started the game and played a pivotal role, laying on an equaliser for Anthony Martial and scoring United’s third.But Ibrahimovic, who tore knee ligaments against Anderlecht in April and underwent career-saving surgery, drew the biggest cheer of the day when he appeared as a 77th-minute substitute.
Alex Song has completed his move to Barcelona from Arsenal.The 24-year-old Cameroon international midfielder has signed a five-year contract at the Nou Camp after the clubs agreed a £15m deal.Song, whose contract will contain a release clause of 80m euros (£63m), passed a medical on Monday.“I’m very happy to be here, this is the best team in the world. Playing at a club like Barca is something I wanted when I was young,” Song told Barca TV.“I hope the team will continue to win, this is a winning team. They win everything.” Arsenal are close to signing 23-year-old Turkey international midfielder Nuri Sahin on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid as a replacement. Song did not play in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland, after which Arsenal confirmed an agreement had been reached with Barca.The Spaniards will present him to the media on 11:00 BST on Tuesday.“It’s always frustrating losing good players, but we have plenty of players in midfield,” said Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.“We are looking to bring one more midfielder in, and maybe one defender as well because we still feel we are short in some positions.”Sahin joined Real Madrid from Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund last summer but struggled to make an impact, and head coach Jose Mourinho has said he is free to find a new club. Song, who had two years left on his contract, joined Arsenal as a 17-year-old from French side Bastia in 2005.He initially arrived on a one-year loan deal, with a £2.75m fee agreed to make the move permanent.Song went on to make more than 200 appearances for Arsenal, including 34 in the Premier League last season.The midfielder will now link-up with former team-mate Cesc Fabregas at Barcelona who he believes will help him settle in at the Nou Camp.“I know Cesc very well,” Song added. “He’s a very good friend of mine, he will help me to integrate.” With Abou Diaby, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky returning to match fitness, Wenger says he is happy with his midfield options.Arsenal have signed striker Olivier Giroud, forward Lukas Podolski and midfielder Santi Cazorla, but captain Robin van Persie – who scored 30 league goals last season – has joined Manchester United.
The Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association has suspended referee Beatrice Thaud and upheld the decision of the Match Review Panel not to take any Luka Kofi Asare.Case Wa All Stars v Tema Youth – Week 5After a careful study of the recommendations of the Match Review Panel, the Executive Committee approved of the report on the above match as follows;The Assistant Referee I, Beatrice Thaud allowed a bad goal against Wa All Stars in the 75th minutes of the match.The Assistant Referee conceded her error of allowing a bad goal by Tema Youth’s Player number 7 against Wa All Stars at the hearing and explained that she failed to position herself properly at the time of the incident.Consequently the panel’s recommendation for Assistant Referee I, Beatrice Thaud to be suspended for four (4) matches is upheld. The suspension must take effect from week 9 of the Glo Premier League.For the avoidance of doubt, please note that the weeks are in strict compliance with the GLO Premier League matches and not the lunar calendar.Case R.T.U. v Aduana Stars – Week 3After a careful study of the recommendations of the Match Review Panel, the Executive Committee approved of the report on the above match as follows;The recommendation by the panel after watching the video of the match not to take any adverse action against Assistant Referee I, Luka Kofi Asare is upheld because the Match Commissioner’s claims that he wrongly flagged on several occasions during the match could not be justified.
Nhyira FM has been honoured by Asante Professionals Club for station’s contribution to sports development in the Ashanti Region.The meritorious award is also in recognition of Nhyira FM’s efforts at promoting Asante Kotoko Football Club.General Manager of Multimedia Group Limited, Kumasi, Jim Aglah, received a special plaque on behalf of management and staff of the group at a a banquet and award ceremony of the Ashanti Professionals Club.The event was attended by Otumfuo Osei Tutu and other dignitaries.
Nicholas Quansah won the sportsman of the year award as Fafali Quashigah won the sportswoman of the year award at Ubora 2019 which took place on Friday at the Unique Floral Prestige Court in Tema.The sportsman and sportswoman of the year awards are for Ashesi University students who have actively participated and contributed to sports in the school.Nicholas Quansah who is the captain of the Ashesi football team enjoyed a fruitful year as his team Kasanoma won the Ashesi Premier League last season without tasting defeat, and are on course to defend their title as they lead by five points halfway into this season.The Kasanoma midfielder beat teammates Benjamin Darko and Cecil Hudson as well as basketball sensation Samuel Fordjour to win his first ever Ubora award. Quansah, a Management of Information Systems student believes the award was a special icing on the cake for his enormous contribution to sports in Ashesi University over the past year.“I learnt from those who were ahead of me because they were better than me. That knowledge that I got from learning from them helped me to do more. So I became the captain of the school team, captain for Kasanoma and coach of Kasanoma girls,” he told Joy Sports. Fafali Quashigah is a second year student who doubles as winger for Kasanoma girls and a shooting guard for the Ashesi basketball team. Off the pitch, she also serves as the Public Relations Officer of the Ashesi Premier League.Quashigah’s incredible rise in sports saw her fend off competition from fellow basketball teammate Carine Iradukunda, two time winner of the sportswoman award Nana Ama Ayenor and current top scorer of the women’s league Elizabeth Chinenye.The Kasanoma girls winger who is a Business Administration student knows that winning the award comes with extra pressure and is ready for it.“I hope I win the sportswoman of the year award again. Being the incoming sports chairperson will push me because more people will know that I am involved in sports and that might be the reason I win it again. No matter what happens, I will still play sports because I love it and I won’t stop playing. I hope I get better and I am trying to get better.”This was the ninth edition of the Ubora awards, an annual ceremony that rewards excellence on the Ashesi University campus. The sportsman and sportswoman of the year awards were sponsored by Joy Sports.
Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “I think Andrew has earned the right by being an Angel as long as he has,” Maddon said. “I thought it was the right thing to do this year. Plus, he’s very capable.”Heaney, 28, has shown flashes of being a front line starter, but they have been interrupted by injuries and periods of inconsistency.“He wants to be the guy that other guys look at,” Maddon said. “He wants that. His work ethic is that good. His stuff is that good. And he’s at that age right now where I think he’s ready to blossom.”His best extended periods were in 2015, when he had a 3.49 ERA over 18 starts after being promoted to the majors in June. In 2018, Heaney missed the first couple weeks of the season with his elbow issue, but then he posted a 4.15 ERA over 30 starts and 180 innings. He had a 3.66 ERA 18 starts into that season, but he struggled slightly at the end, perhaps the result of fatigue at the end of his first full season after Tommy John surgery.“I know how good I can be when I go out and pitch for a long stretch,” Heaney said. “I’ve proven that I know how good I can be when I have long stretches where I’m healthy and able to take the ball every five or six days. I definitely have all the confidence in the world in myself.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter TEMPE, Ariz. — Andrew Heaney’s first victory is simply making through four weeks of spring training without the elbow pain that has dogged him each of the past two years at this point.The reward was being named the Angels starter for Opening Day, a first for Heaney’s career at any level of professional baseball.“It’s an honor,” Heaney said after getting the news from Manager Joe Maddon on Sunday morning. “It’s cool. I’ve worked really hard to put myself in that position and it’s pretty cool.”Maddon said that he considered Dylan Bundy and Julio Teheran for the nod in the Mar. 26 opener at Houston, but he eventually settled on Heaney, in part because of his history with the Angels. Heaney has been a part of the organization since December 2014, while Bundy and Teheran are both new. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Heaney said he believes he solved the issue of the spring training elbow issues by changing his offseason routine. He didn’t take as much of a break from throwing in the winter as he had in the past.Heaney’s start will get a little extra focus throughout the baseball world because he will be the first pitcher to face the Houston Astros since they were penalized for illegally stealing signs in 2017 and 2018.Although there is a widespread assumption that Astros hitters may get hit by pitches more often in retaliation for their offenses, Maddon said he would tell his pitchers to play it straight.Heaney said as much on Sunday.“I’m going to go out there and pitch to win the game,” Heaney said. “I don’t think intentionally putting guys on is the right way to go about winning a game. But I do pitch inside and I’m not going to be afraid to do that. That’s the strength of my game. I hope that narrative doesn’t overshadow the game and what our team is trying to accomplish this year.”After Heaney works the first game, it’s unclear how Maddon will arrange the rest of the rotation. Bundy and Teheran will be part of it. The Angels will also need two other starters from a group including Matt Andriese, Jaime Barria, Dillon Peters, Patrick Sandoval and Jose Suarez.Griffin Canning will start the season on the injured list, and Felix Peña also may miss the first week or two. Shohei Ohtani is not going to start pitching until mid May because the Angels are limiting his innings in his first season pitching after Tommy John surgery.ALSOTy Buttrey said he had no problems during a live batting practice session on Saturday, and he’s scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Tuesday. Buttrey, who had been sidelined because of intercostal strain, said he expects to pitch in six or seven exhibition games, which is sufficient to be ready for the season. …Catcher Jose Briceño has been out with a sore shoulder, but he’s been throwing for the past few days. …Justin Anderson, who is also out with a strained intercostal muscle, is improving but there is still no timeframe for him to resume throwing. …Michael Hermosillo returned to action after being out for several days with a sore hip.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros
The Rosen experiment was a disaster, with the team finishing 3-13 record in 2018 and Rosen throwing for only 2,278 yards and 11 touchdowns with 14 interceptions.When Keim approached new coach Kliff Kingsbury about taking Murray No. 1 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, Kingsbury said he was excited, but he didn’t want it to seem like he was favoring Murray, who he had lauded in the past.However, Keim watched Murray’s highlights from his time at Oklahoma after seeing him at the NFL combine and couldn’t help but be impressed. Kyler Murray confident in Cardinals’ new offense despite slow rollout The quarterback struggles the Cardinals have dealt with over the past couple of seasons have been worth it, according to Steve Keim.The Cardinals general manager said it was difficult trading away Josh Rosen with the notion of having No. 1 overall draft pick Kyler Murray replace him, but in the end he’s confident in his decision. Panthers’ Efe Obada praises Christian Wade’s journey to NFL: ‘He was a pro long before I was’ “Every game, it was the same thing,” Keim said. “He did something multiple times that you either said, ‘Wow!’ or [I] had seen very few times in my scouting career.”According to Kingsbury, Murray belongs in the same tier of young quarterbacks as Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield, both of whom he coached at Texas Tech.Much is riding on Murray being the team’s saving grace this season — if he ends up being a dud like Rosen last year, Keim will be hearing a lot more outside noise about his decisions. “You have to make the tough decisions and avoid the outside noise: ‘Why’d you give up on this guy? Why would you trade this guy?’” Keim told TheRinger.com. “It’s unprecedented. I took [Rosen] in the top 10. I just felt that [Murray] was a generational talent that I just couldn’t pass up.”Keim knew that the choice to draft Murray would come with backlash and disbelief. Just one year earlier, the team had traded the 15th overall pick with third- and fifth-round selections to the Raiders to move up to No. 10 overall to draft Rosen. Related News Jerry Jones uses a weirdly gruesome analogy to describe Cowboys contract issues