Cardinal and gold streamers burst into the air as President C. L. Max Nikias presented a $1.5 million check Tuesday afternoon to USC’s Good Neighbors Campaign, an initiative to raise funding for community outreach from faculty and staff.The check, which will benefit 42 programs, represents the funds yielded from last year’s campaign. It was presented to community partners during the kickoff event for this year’s campaign at Alumni Park.Fundraising · President C. L. Max Nikias and administrators present a $1.5 million check to community partners during this year’s Good Neighbors Campaign kickoff event Tuesday. – Daniel Rothberg | Daily TrojanNikias announced a fundraising goal of $1.6 million for this year’s campaign, which will last through the month of October. The GNC benefits programs aimed at supporting and improving education, safety and health programs in the local community.During his remarks, Nikias applauded the program, founded in 1993, for making lasting differences through funding education programs.“When you read a child a book, he will learn for a day. But if you teach a child to read, he will learn for a lifetime,” Nikias said to an audience of students, university employees and community partners. “Programs like this not only help members of our community reach milestones, but also reach their full potential.”Daniel Zavala, a GNC manager for the USC Radisson, encourages employees, friends and guests to participate in the initiative. Zavala said the program yields positive benefits for the community.“It’s a great opportunity to meet student organizations and after school programs around the neighborhood,” Zavala said.Nikias said though only 40 percent of faculty and staff made a donation last year, he urged greater participation from employees. The $1.6 million goal would be reached if every full-time employee at USC donated $2 a week, Nikias said.“I ask you to ask yourself the following,” Nikias said. “Will I help a child to become the first in her family to attend college? Will I help and reach members of our communities through greater exposure to the arts? Will I help families learn more about wellness so they can lead more healthy lives? And will I help ensure the streets of our neighborhoods remains safe for our residents?”Since 1994, GNC has raised more than $14 million. Thomas Sayles, senior vice president for university relations, said the program is unique to USC.“When I talk to other university leaders they say, ‘Oh, it’s a wonderful program, we should do it.’ But they never do,” Sayles said. “I guess they just don’t have the Trojan spirit to really get it done.”
Despite some stiff competition, USC men’s tennis continues to build on its undefeated season and its long-standing win streak.The No. 1 Trojans (18-0) took on their sixth top-10 opponent in No. 10 Florida (9-6) and extended their win streak to 38 dual matches with a 6-1 win over the Gators Monday at Marks Tennis Stadium.Leading the way was No. 2 senior Steve Johnson, who tallied his 51st straight singles victory and USC’s first singles point with a 6-1, 6-2 win over No. 61 Bob van Overbeek.Serving it up · Despite a singles loss by sophomore Emilio Gomez, the Trojans were able to extend their winning streak to 38 matches. – Chris Roman | Daily Trojan“I’m playing some of my best tennis right now,” Johnson said. “I feel like there’s another level I can get to, mentally and physically, and that’s what I keep striving for.”After Johnson’s win, freshman Roberto Quiroz pushed the Trojans’ lead to 3-0 by ousting Billy Federhofer 6-2, 6-3.Fellow freshman Yannick Hanfmann, ranked No. 30 in singles, then clinched USC’s victory by defeating Florent Diep 7-5, 6-2. The return home helped Hanfmann bounce back from his three-set singles loss to Texas A&M’s John Lewis March 1.“It’s always different at a home match,” Hanfmann said. “We’re all fired up to play at home.”A loss from No. 41 sophomore Emilio Gomez to No. 93 Spencer Newman gave the Gators their only point for the match. Afterward, three-set wins from No. 16 senior Daniel Nguyen and No. 24 sophomore Ray Sarmiento rounded out USC’s 6-1 victory.Before singles action, USC had jumped out to an early 1-0 advantage with a sweep in doubles play.The three doubles pairs from Florida were all nationally ranked, but the Trojans swept the field, beginning with Johnson and Quiroz’s 8-1 win over the No. 8 pair Federhofer and Nassim Slilam.Gomez and Hanfmann followed with an 8-3 victory over No. 74 van Overbeek and Andrew Butz to clinch the doubles point for USC and improve their record together to 10-1.Nguyen and Sarmiento, ranked No. 21 in the nation, finished the doubles sweep by taking out No. 26 Newman and Tripper Carleton 8-2.Though the Trojans have normally featured the No. 6 doubles pair in Hanfmann and Johnson along with Gomez and Quiroz, the team has recently played other combinations to give freshmen Hanfmann and Quiroz more experience.“Steve’s our captain, and we’ll have to learn from him,” Quiroz said. “He’s such a good player. I’m trying to learn every match.”Quiroz’s new partner shares similar confidence about the pairing.“[Roberto] is a very accomplished doubles player,” Johnson said. “We’ve really gotten together and played well.”The Trojans improved to 4-2 all-time against the Gators and added one more win to their 38-match streak that dates back to last February.USC is now 4-0 in March after a 7-0 sweep against No. 50 Virginia Tech on March 9 and two road victories against No. 13 Texas and No. 20 Texas A&M last week.The Trojans will host No. 38 Boise State (13-5) next Monday at Marks Tennis Stadium in USC’s final match before conference play.
Junior Becca Weissman finished her sophomore season with an 18-8 record in singles and 9-6 record in doubles. (Sunny Dong | Daily Trojan)The women’s tennis team is already in midseason shape. Even though the team does not start conference play until the spring, the Women of Troy have played in two Intercollegiate Tennis Association tournaments and the Battle in the Bay tournament in San Francisco.The Trojans are now preparing for the Women of Troy Fall Invitational, which will take place Friday through Sunday at Marks Stadium. This will be their first time hosting, and the team will play Oregon, Cal State Fullerton and Loyola Marymount University. “It’s been a while since we played a home match, so it will be fun,” senior Rianna Valdes said. This tournament will be the first chance for new players to showcase their talent. The team has already proven its dominance, however, winning both singles and doubles championships from the Battle in the Bay tournament. Freshman Danielle Willson won the singles championship, beating her own teammate, sophomore Ana Neffa, in the championship match 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. The former All-American will face some fierce competition this weekend.Aside from the Battle of the Bay tournament, freshman Salma Ewing had a solid performance at the ITA Oracle Masters event in Malibu. Ranked No. 5 freshman in the nation, Ewing reached the quarterfinal in this loaded tournament field, but lost to Michigan’s Kate Fahey 6-7(1), 6-2, 7-6(3). The 18-year-old was the No. 1 recruit out of high school. “I’m looking to improve my serve and my overall movement on court, Ewing said. “Definitely moving forward, I want to incorporate that to my game.” The team has only one returning senior in Valdes, who looks to add onto her tremendous career. Currently ranked No. 74 in the nation, Valdes went 14-7 in singles and 12-10 in doubles. This weekend, Valdes will play with junior Angela Kulikov after their spectacular performance during the ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades last week. Valdes and Kulikov made it to the quarterfinals, before losing to a 14th-ranked doubles team from Wichita State, featuring junior Fatima Bizhukova and junior Marta Bellucco, by a score of 8-4. Despite the loss, Valdes and Kulikov opened eyes as they beat five nationally ranked teams en route to the quarterfinal. “I think we found a lot of things that worked for us, different plays, so just take it back to practice, work on it and get better,” Valdes said.Kulikov looks to have a great tournament, as well as another fantastic season. The junior from of Sun Valley, Calif. looks to build on a spectacular sophomore campaign, where she played number one doubles with Valdes the majority of the season. Head coach Alison Swain may also look to Kulikov to fill the vacant singles spot left by Gabby Smith this season.Neffa and junior Constance Branstine are also eyeing another doubles championship this weekend. The pair displayed just how dangerous they can be when they won the doubles championship at the Battle of the Bay tournament. Neffa, a sophomore transfer from St. Thomas University, looks to restart her career after not playing during her freshman season. While Branstine begins her second season in a Trojan uniform; the former five-star blue chip recruit had a strong sophomore season, finishing 12-12 in singles and 11-11 in doubles. This season’s team certainly gives Swain high hopes in her second season as the team’s head coach. After finishing eighth in the Pac-12 last year, the Women of Troy have a chip on their shoulder.
Share StumbleUpon Share Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Submit Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 Related Articles Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Craig Reid – BetfredBetgenius has announced a ‘major coup’ for its sportsbook content and management services, after securing a ‘long-term trading partnership’ with UK legacy bookmaker Betfred.The deal sees Betgenius trade in-play markets for major sports including the English Premier League, Football League and Scottish Premiership.Servicing a ‘five-year arrangement’, Betgenius will act as ‘primary in-play trading partner’ for Betfred, leading the bookmaker’s market operations for ‘major sports’ across both retail and digital verticals.Craig Reid, Group Trading Director at Betfred, said: “Providing our customers with a trusted, reliable and engaging service has been instrumental in helping Betfred grow its in-play sportsbook offering in the UK and Betgenius have helped us deliver that.“We’re delighted to lock in some of the most important in-play content in the industry and look forward to continuing our relationship for the years to come.”Betgenius confirms Betfred as the first UK sportsbook to sign-up to the new ‘UK football data scheme powered’ by Betgenius having recently secured the right to become lead data distributor of Football DataCo.Matt Stephenson – BetgeniusThe scheme will allow Betgenius to service Betfred with live pricing on over 4,200 English and Scottish football fixtures per season through Football DataCo the data rights holder for the Premier League, English Football League and SPFL.Matt Stephenson, Global Partnerships Director at Betgenius, said: “We’re thrilled to continue our decade-long partnership with Betfred. Their long-term commitment is recognition of our continued investment in product quality and innovation, with our market-leading in-play product for UK football, driven by official Football DataCo data, the latest example of that.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr hailed Kevin Durant’s demolition of the Clippers as “one of the great performances I’ve ever seen in my life” after Golden State moved into the Western Conference semifinals with its first-round, series-clinching win.Durant registered a postseason career-high 50 points in a 129-110 victory at Staples Center, sealing the series 4-2. “He just carried us these last couple of games of the series. He’s the ultimate weapon because there’s no defense for Kevin.”No matter what anybody does, he can get a good shot. And he knew we needed him badly, and he just took over the game in the first half and set a great tone.” NBA playoffs wrap 2019: Kevin Durant scores 50 to power Warriors to series win over Clippers Kerr was full of praise for Durant, who scored 38 points in the first half to set up a semifinal series against the Rockets.”It was one of the great performances I’ve ever seen in my life,” Kerr said. “I’ve seen some good ones, been around some decent players. Related News WAARRRRIIIIORRRRSSS pic.twitter.com/9LHdRUT3Qo— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) April 27, 2019Durant felt he could have made a bigger contribution despite racking up half a century of points.”I scored 50 points, but I missed some good shots tonight,” he said. “I feel like I could’ve made a few more, but I felt great, I felt great. It was a fun game, for sure.”The Warriors and the Rockets start get their semifinal battle Sunday at Oracle Arena (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC). The two teams met in the Western Conference finals last season, with the Warriors prevailing in a seven games. Durant averaged 30.4 points per game in the series, scoring 34 points in Game 7.
The controversial no-call stems from the play in which officials missed Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman interfering with Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis in the final minutes of the meeting. Because of the blown call, the game went into overtime, where the Rams kicked a field goal to win, 26-23, and punch their ticket to Atlanta for Super Bowl 53. Related News Bengals’ receiving corps takes another hit with John Ross hamstring injury It’s been six months since the infamous no-call in the NFC championship game, but the Saints still aren’t over it.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and three officials from January’s matchup have been called for questioning under oath by a Louisiana judge after attorney Antonio LeMon filed a lawsuit over the game, The Associated Press reported Monday. Le’Veon Bell tweets ‘overdue’ apology to fantasy football owners Jerry Jones says Cowboys could win Super Bowl without rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott However, other suits over the botched call haven’t exactly been successful and a petition started by fans demanding the NFC championship game be replayed was laughable, so it’s unlikely this will go over any different.Expect the league to file appeals that could delay or cancel the questioning altogether to avoid admitting once again what has already been stated: that a human error was made. The report noted the two sides will convene in September and “pick a mutually agreeable date for depositions in New Orleans.” The suit is seeking $75,000 in damages, which will be donated to charity.
Meanwhile, Kenny Stills and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross aren’t seeing eye-to-eye with Ross’ support of President Donald Trump and Cowboys Jerry Jones used a rather gross analogy to describe how the contract situation with some of Dallas’ star players are going.Those stories and more in Wednesday’s edition of NFL News and Notes. Related News Panthers’ Efe Obada praises Christian Wade’s journey to NFL: ‘He was a pro long before I was’ Antonio Brown: ‘I got circumcised on my feet’ after cryotherapy mishap Jerry Jones uses a weirdly gruesome analogy to describe Cowboys contract issues Three things that matterColts GM says Andrew Luck now has ankle issueChris Ballard said he wasn’t ready to declare that quarterback Andrew Luck is ready for the regular-season opener after he revealed Luck now has an ankle issue. The Colts general manager said the calf injury Luck has been dealing is separate from the ankle problem, which he attributed to years of wear and tear.”The issue right now is the side-to-side stuff,” Ballard said, via ESPN. “Kind of rolling of the ankle. Anything back-and-forth, he’s good. Standing there throwing, he’s good. Moving in the pocket, those are the kind of things we have to get him better at.”Ballard said Luck doesn’t have to be 100 percent to play, but there is a chance that Luck will miss the opener against the Chargers. Jacoby Brissett has been taking first-team reps in practice and has experience starting for the Colts — he played the majority of the 2017 season when Luck was out with a shoulder injury.’Generational talent’ makes Kyler Murray worth Josh Rosen trade, Cardinals GM saysArizona general manager Steve Keim received a lot of criticism for his decision to draft quarterback Kyler Murray No. 1 overall in this year’s draft just one year after the team drafted Josh Rosen No. 10 overall.However, Keim told The Ringer that Murray is a “generational talent” and that having him on the team is worth the struggles the Cardinals have undergone in the past couple of seasons.“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 said. “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.”Should the Cardinals have another disastrous season, Keim’s time with the team could be in jeopardy.Golden Tate says doctor gave banned meds to other playersThe Giants receiver was handed a four-game suspension after he self-reported himself for taking clomiphene, which was in his fertility medication. Tate said his doctor reassured him that the medicine should not cause any issues when it came to illegal substances, but a positive test proved otherwise.While Tate said he was accepting of his punishment, he added that he was considering suing the doctor for not properly doing his research and job.”I think ultimately just because the doctor had said, ‘No, it’s not a banned substance and I have prescribed it to other NFL guys.’ If the doctor said I’m not sure, I 100 percent would have looked into it,” Tate told reporters Wednesday. “If the doctor had never said he had given it to any other NFL players, I 1,000 percent would have looked into it. I have gone through the TUE process for a couple medicines and I completely understand it.”If Tate’s claims are true and other players have unwillingly ingested banned substance via the fertility drug, the league could have a mess on its hands.Two things that don’t matterJerry Jones’ weird analogy to describe the Cowboys’ contract issuesThe Cowboys owner used a strange and rather gruesome analogy to describe the team’s contract situations with quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott and receiver Amari Cooper.”Picture you were a driver of a car and you had a wreck and your hand was almost severed off, but you didn’t understand your anatomy,” Jones said, via The Dallas Morning News. “You look down, you’re spurting blood, you open the door, and run to the woods, and either die bleeding to death or shock. The educated man looks down, knows his anatomy, squeezes and knows his best chance is to wait for help. That’s because he’s been there a lot and done that. So I’m squeezing and waiting for help.”Essentially, Jones is minding the Cowboys’ salary cap and doesn’t want to have to release anyone due to massive contracts paid to other players, but the bottom line is all three of his offensive stars still don’t have new deals. Neither the salary cap, nor Dallas’ situation is new.Kenny Stills says he’ll ‘agree to disagree’ with Dolphins owner Stephen RossThe Miami receiver talked to Ross on the phone after he publicly called out Ross for holding a fundraiser for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. Stills, a known social activist, said Ross’ support of Trump contradicts the mission statement of his nonprofit, the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE). Apparently, the conversation didn’t leave the two seeing eye-to-eye, with Stills telling reporters (via The Palm Beach Post): “We agreed to disagree and that was it. There’s not much to argue about. He has his feelings about it and he stands firm in that, and I respect that. But I disagree and I told him there’s no hard feelings. There’s no beef and let’s win some games this year.” Andrew Luck’s calf injury in March didn’t cause much alarm because the regular season was months away, but flash forward to August and Luck is at risk of missing the Colts’ season opener.The quarterback is suffering from an ankle issue, which has shelved him for the preseason and has held him out of full practices. Will he be ready when Sept. 8 rolls around? Stills said he still plans to kneel during the national anthem this season, but his willingness to play under an owner whom he has different political beliefs from reflects his loyalty to the team and shouldn’t affect them in the long run.One video you have to seeTom Brady isn’t taking any smack talk from Mike Vrabel — a former Patriots teammate. The Patriots and Titans had a joint practice Wednesday, which led to the Patriots quarterback getting a little saucy with the Titans head coach.Must be football season pic.twitter.com/wF0MUpfPf4— Cris Collinsworth (@CollinsworthPFF) August 14, 2019Wednesday tweet of the dayJust in case you forgot what a giant man running back Derrick Henry is, here is photographic evidence. Henry towers over former Alabama teammate Damien Harris, who isn’t a tiny man, either.Derrick Henry is an enormous human. Here he is next to former Bama teammate Damien Harris (5-10, 216). pic.twitter.com/Sc6cHKz3u6— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 14, 2019
The deadline for NFL teams to place a franchise tag on a player and keep him from free agency has come and gone. Teams waited until the last few days to make final decisions due to possible changes in the new collective bargaining agreement. The rules surrounding the franchise tag largely stayed the same, but teams can now only give out one tag total per season. The franchise tag allows a team to keep a player on a top-dollar contract for one year. The player can play out that contract or the two sides can agree to a multiyear contract by July 15. Matthew Judon, EDGE, RavensTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $15.8The Ravens tagged Judon on March 13 to ensure their team leader in sacks didn’t hit the open market. Many have suspected Baltimore might trade Judon instead of spending the money to sign him long term. Last season, the Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Dee Ford and then traded him to the 49ers for a second-round pick. The Chiefs also gave up a first-round pick to acquire Frank Clark from the Seahawks after he was tagged. The same scenario could play out for Judon. MORE: What, exactly, is the franchise tag?13 players received the non-exclusive franchise tag, meaning players can negotiate elsewhere but the team that applied the tag can match any other team’s offer. If the original team doesn’t match the offer, it receives two first-round picks. The Cowboys placed the exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Dak Prescott, meaning he is unable to negotiate with other teams. Kenyan Drake received the transition tag from the Cardinals, which means other teams can offer Drake a contract but the Cardinals have the right to match it, although they don’t receive any compensation if they choose not to.Sporting News tracked the players who received the franchise tag in 2020.Derrick HenryTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $10.3 millionThe Titans weren’t about to let the NFL’s most dominant runner and reigning rushing champion walk and drain the lifeblood of their offense. He was a no-brainer tag once Tannehill was locked down. Henry will eventually get around $15-$16 million a season when the long-term deal goes down this summer, matching or surpassing what the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott got.Dak PrescottTag: ExclusiveProjected cost: $31.5 millionThe Cowboys needed to get their place-holder in before the tag deadline. Although it seems Prescott and the team should have had a deal by now, this buys time into the summer to give him his bank-breaking long-term deal. He’s their unquestioned franchise QB for many more seasons. Dallas simply got an extension on the extension until July 15.Leonard Williams, DE, GiantsTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $16.1 millionThe Giants had to do this after trading multiple picks to get him from the Jets last midseason. Williams is a solid player for their 3-4 scheme, but he was well short of spectacular during his short stint. They’re paying him thinking he’ll do more with additional help in a better group for new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.Anthony Harris, S, VikingsTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $11.4 millionMinnesota got aggressive with other defensive cuts (Linval Joseph, Xavier Rhodes) and a big Cousins restructure to ensure it had enough room to keep Harris roaming around and making big plays next to Harrison Smith in the secondary. Again, like Simmons, the price tag was too favorable not to bring him back at a key position for Mike Zimmer’s defense.Shaquil Barrett, Edge, BuccaneersTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $15.83The Bucs stole Barrett in last year’s free agency when he moved on from the Broncos. He led the league with 19.5 sacks, excelling in the 3-4 scheme of Todd Bowles. He was worthy to go from bargain to splurge as he turns only 28 in November.Kenyan Drake, RB, CardinalsTag: TransitionProjected cost: $8.5 millionArizona made the questionable midseason trade for Drake, only to see him take control of the backfield and take off as an explosive, productive runner in Kliff Kingsbury’s scheme after being underused in Miami. it’s a bonus the Cardinals were also able to move David Johnson.Joe Thuney, OG, PatriotsTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $14.8 millionThis was surprising for sure as everyone expected New England to let Thuney walk with limited cap space, especially if it could possibly bring back Tom Brady. But Thuney is an absolute force and an asset who keeps the strength of the Patriots’ power running game intact.A.J. Green, WR, BengalsTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $17.9 millionGreen missed all of last season with an ankle injury and he is going into his age 32 season. Although he presumably will remain a key veteran target for Joe Burrow, $18 million is a lot to invest in one aging, recovering player, despite his pedigree and high level of past success.Chris Jones, DT, ChiefsTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $16.1The Chiefs have enough room to keep Jones and also work on that extension for Patrick Mahomes. Jones is indispensable to their defense and is almost as key to their chances to repeat as Super Bowl champions.Bud Dupree, OLB, SteelersTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $15.8 millionDupree did have a career-high 11.5 sacks last season and might have been hard to replace, but the Steelers are a bit cap-stapped and could have let him walk and found a fair replacement in the draft. They chose not to mess around with their pass-rush mojo, however.Brandon Scherff, RG, RedskinsTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $14.8 millionWashington placed the franchise tag on Scherff on Saturday. Scherff will play the 2020 season on a one year contract after a long term extension wasn’t agreed upon. The former No. 5 overall pick out of Iowa has made the Pro Bowl in three of his first five seasons but has also struggled with injury, missing 21 games over the last three seasons. The two sides can still negotiate a contract extension until July 15, but it remains to be seen if a deal will get done. Scherff is one of the best guards in the league and will come with a hefty price tag. The team is already down another Pro Bowl offensive linemen after Trent Williams didn’t play in 2019 due to disagreements with the team’s medical staff, so it makes sense the Redskins ensure they don’t lose another.Hunter Henry, TE, ChargersTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $10.6 millionThe Chargers didn’t want to let Henry get away for nothing. Philip Rivers is done in Los Angeles, but whoever is under center next for the Chargers could use a threat at tight end like Henry. He missed the entire 2018 season because of an injury and wasn’t able to stay healthy in 2019, either. Still, he had 55 catches for 652 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games last year. Yannick Ngakoue, DE, JaguarsTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $17.8 millionThe franchise tag for Ngakoue will eat up half of Jacksonville’s projected $34 million in cap space, but the Jaguars seem to think it’s worth it. They selected Ngakoue in the third round in 2016, and he has turned into a huge success with 37.5 sacks in 63 games. Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said after the season that signing Ngakoue to an extension was “priority No. 1,” but Ngakoue announced on Twitter that the Jaguars know he doesn’t have an interest in re-signing with them and “looks forward to continuing my career somewhere else.” The Jaguars have holes all over the field; losing Ngakoue would obviously create another one.Justin Simmons, S, BroncosTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $11.4 millionBroncos president John Elway said the franchise tag is just a “placeholder” until the team can agree on a long term deal with Simmons. The franchise tag for a safety is roughly $12.7 million, according to Over The Cap, which will be a big jump from the $2 million Simmons made in 2019. Simmons took a big leap last season, grabbing a career-high four interceptions and recording 15 passes defended on his way to a second-team All-Pro selection.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC:Well-known former national coach Alvin Corneal has slammed the appointment of Belgian Tom Saintfiet, calling it “a disrespect” to domestic coaches.The 43-year-old Saintfiet was unveiled as the new Soca Warriors head coach at a media conference on Wednesday, replacing Trinidad and Tobago-born Stephen Hart, who was sacked last month.Though Saintfiet has had multiple coaching roles in the past – mainly in Africa – none of them have been high-profile, and the outspoken Corneal believes he will be a burden to the side.”I am not in agreement with having a foreign coach at this time simply because it is an exercise in futility,” Corneal told the Express newspaper.”Foreign coaches can’t walk in here and pick up national players and get them to gel as a team, especially when you don’t have a lot of time.”Why are you burdening us with him and you don’t even know him [or] anything about [him]. It is unfair and a disrespect to our local coaches.That is my biggest problem because I feel it for the young coaches who are aspiring to the national level; you not even recognising them, but bringing somebody who has no track record of note.”Saintfiet takes over a national side lying one from bottom of the six-team CONCACAF World Cup-qualifying final round following losses in their two opening games.And Trinidad and Tobago FA chief, David John-Williams instantly placed Saintfiet under pressure by indicating that he needed to immediately revive the country’s World Cup dream in the next two qualifiers next March, or also face the sack.Corneal was critical of this approach, noting a more long-term view was needed.”If we are realistic, we would get one or two good local coaches and get the training going. If it (World Cup campaign) doesn’t succeed, at least we know we will have players mostly between the ages 23-27 trained properly,” the former national player argued.
Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum So it made sense that Wall’s reeling and undermanned Washington Wizards, amid so much losing and infighting and roster flux, would dominate James and his rising Los Angeles Lakers throughout a 128-110 victory Sunday night.“We’re a team that’s built on energy and depth,” James said. “We didn’t have either tonight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissA day after he and Lonzo Ball each registered a triple-double in a win at Charlotte, the four-time NBA MVP had six rebounds and three assists and sat out the fourth quarter of a lopsided laugher.“We did a good job of making it a little difficult on him, showing him a lot of bodies, active hands,” said Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who had 25 points and 12 rebounds. LATEST STORIES Wizards: The deal bringing Trevor Ariza to Washington from the Phoenix Suns is still not official, so Oubre and Rivers were listed as inactive Sunday because of “trade pending.” … Markieff Morris left at halftime because of a neck strain. … Porter missed his third game in a row with a bruised knee. … Jeff Green started in Porter’s place and scored 20 points.UP NEXT:Lakers: At Brooklyn on Tuesday to close a four-game road trip.Wizards: At Atlanta on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Dwyane Wade makes more New Orleans memories, Heat beat Pelicans Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) goes for a layup past Los Angeles Lakers guards Lance Stephenson (6) and Josh Hart (3) as Washington forward Troy Brown Jr. (6) looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Al Drago)WASHINGTON — John Wall was at his attacking best: 40 points and 14 assists; one no-look, through-the-legs assist; one buzzer-beating rainbow step-back jumper.LeBron James was at his sluggish worst: a season-low 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Wall said the key for Washington was its defensive effort, something often missing this season.“Tried not to let LeBron get going,” Wall said. “He missed a couple easy shots he always makes. Didn’t get a couple calls driving to the basket. … It’s one game, but we know he is who he is.”Nothing the Lakers tried to do to slow Wall worked as the Wizards emphatically ended a four-game losing streak, going up by as many as 18 in the first quarter and 27 in the third.“Box-and-1. Triangle-and-2. I haven’t seen that since high school,” Wall said.James and the Lakers had been 5-1 in the second half of back-to-back sets this season, but they opened Sunday’s game by going 5 for 19, 0 for 8 on 3s. Washington, meanwhile, made its first five shots and 13 of its first 18, taking a 26-8 lead on Wall’s layup.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Wall ended the first half with a baseline jumper over 7-foot-1 center Tyson Chandler to make it 71-51. Wall turned and slapped palms with a couple of front-row folks, then spread his arms wide and basked in the ovation from a home crowd populated by plenty of spectators in LA jerseys.“I know all the Lakers fans out there probably was upset,” Wall said, rolling his eyes.By then, Wall already had 28 points, outscoring LA’s five starters — James, Ball, Chandler, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart — by six.Recently acquired reserve forward Sam Dekker scored a season-high 20 for Washington, including a buzzer-beating bank shot at the end of the third quarter that put the hosts ahead 99-76.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a season-high 25 points for the Lakers, 15 in the second quarter.Washington was without starting center Dwight Howard, who had back surgery, and injured starting forward Otto Porter Jr., while a pair of players — Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers — were unavailable because they are on their way out of town via a trade that is still not officially complete.Didn’t matter on this night, thanks in large part to Wall.“When he gets going,” Dekker said, “it really sets the tone for us.”TIP-INSLakers: Michael Beasley was back with the team, but didn’t play, after being away for personal reasons. … JaVale McGee missed the game with flu-like symptoms. … A pair of sneakers James wore during a game at the Wizards a year ago Monday — one black, one white, with the word “equality” in capital gold letters on the back of each — was recently placed on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. … Ball finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. 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