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Football children’s project launched in PNG

first_imgGAZPROM, official partner of FIFA and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, announced the opening of the sixth season of the Football for Friendship (F4F) International Children’s Social Project. The project has been launched in Papua New Guinea for the first time. The goal of the program is to involve the young generation throughout the world in promoting the most important human values among their peers – friendship, equality, peace and respect for different cultures and nationalities. The program has expanded from 64 countries in 2017 to 211 countries and regions in 2018. Thirty-two international teams of friendship were formed during the open draw, as well as playing roles for each young player from each country were determined. The 32 teams will compete at the Football for Friendship World Championship on June 12 this year. As per the open draw, the young ambassador from Papua New Guinea will play as a “midfielder” in the international team of friendship. The final events of the season will be held in Moscow, Russia from June 8-15. The teams are organised using the “football for friendship” principle – athletes of different nationalities, different genders and different physical abilities will play in one team. Age of players is 12. Each international mixed team of friendship will be trained by young coaches – football players of 14-16 year olds from different countries. More than 5000 media from around the world will cover the program events, as well as the F4F international children’s press center, consisting of young 12-year-old journalists from 211 countries and regions. National selections of participants who will become Young Ambassadors of peace, friendship and equality in their countries have started all over the world. “FIFA and its partners value every member association big or small as genuine member. And to use football not only to play but give opportunity for humanity to grow the game and make the world a better place,” PNG Football Association general secretary Dimirit Mileng said. “To bringing two young citizens to experience such a world event speaks volumes and promotes the membership status of PNG Football to FIFA. The experience will be embbed in the lives of the two young ambassadors of PNG for the rest of lives.”last_img read more

If I were an alumni of Syracuse, I’d be pissed now

first_img Share on other sites Share this post Location:Belleville, ON, CA Share on other sites Members 802 719 posts Followers 0 If I were an alumni of Syracuse, I’d be pissed now SabreGuy 0 … knowing that the ABA is about to completely bastardize your old nickname..From the always popular ABALive.comMOVE OVER MICKEY – HERE COME THE ORANGE MEN!Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that the league will have an expansion team starting this November in Orlando, Florida – and that it will be named the ORLANDO ORANGE MEN. According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, “I can’t tell you how pleased we are to be able to have this team in the league. It fits so well into our divisional plans and the owners and operators are very skilled at business, basketball and entertainment – in one of the entertainment capitals of the world. It can’t get better than this.” The proud owners of the ORLANDO ORANGE MEN are Orlando-based Jimmy Lyons and Beverly Hills-based A.J. DiScala. Lyons will serve as General Manager of the team. He has a Masters Degree in Sports Management, 7 black belts in martial arts and has won 5 World Martial Arts Championships. “I know what it is like to bring a winning atmosphere to Orlando. I have worked with the US President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports on educating kids across the country on physical fitness as well as having worked with law enforcement agencies nationwide on self-defense training and ‘Say No to Drugs’ programs,” said Lyons. “We will make a great impact on the youth in our community and bring top quality sports and entertainment here. We are excited – and will be announcing many plans shortly.” A.J. DiScala is CEO and Co-founder of Brax Capital Group, a Beverly Hills, CA-based company with a focus on entertainment and media related growth companies providing strategies, financing and growth opportunities. DiScala has extensive connections with celebrities and industry leaders and will add his extraordinary business acumen to the overall operations of the team. “This is the first of several ABA teams in which we will become involved – the ABA’s niche of top quality sports and entertainment at affordable prices is extraordinary – and we are proud to be a part of it. We look forward to working with Jimmy to make this a truly great organization and one that will make the people of Orlando proud,” said DiScala. Is it me, or is the headline of this article a little TOO appropriate. Mickey Mouse League penning a headline of MOVE OVER MICKEY. Location:CT Brock Share this post 577 Share on other sites 741 posts Share on other sites 802 Share this post Share this post Actually, you’d be pissed if you were an alumnus. Unless you’re a woman, in which case you’re an alumna. 273 I dunno. I’m a current SU student and I’m having a hard time figuring out how a 5th-rate minor league basketball league team owned by Meadow Soprano’s ex using our former team nickname should bother me.Although I wonder if Syracuse still holds the trademarks to Orangemen (and if it applies to Orange Men). 802 Sports Logo News 106 posts Share this post Location:Upstate New York 4,163 posts Location:Cincinnati SabreGuy If I were an alumni of Syracuse, I’d be pissed now 802 Posted June 29, 2006 Posted June 29, 2006 33,394 posts walkdesign Share this post DG_ThenNowForever Share on other sites Share this post Members Members 4,138 posts Members Posted June 29, 2006 Share on other sites 1 Location:Charlotte, NC walkdesign 0 I don’t think “Orangemen” at Syracuse had anything to do with Native Americans or any other ethnic group. I’m pretty sure they were called that because their teams wore orange…much like St. John’s with “Redmen.” 273 0 3,274 posts 0 Share on other sites Location:Belleville, ON, CA 0 0 Share on other sites 0 Share this post Sports Logos Posted June 29, 2006 0 swilson160 0 Share on other sites 0 I don’t think “Orangemen” at Syracuse had anything to do with Native Americans or any other ethnic group. I’m pretty sure they were called that because their teams wore orange…much like St. John’s with “Redmen.” That being the case, why would they have changed it? Syracuse OR St John’s.Methinks you’re wrong. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure of it. The Syracuse Orangemen has do with being a Protestant, it’s their color.  Hence the orange panel in the Irish flag. Why would the Irish have a Orange panel in there flag to symbolize being protestant?The Irish were pagans until they converted to catholicism, the whole war with Northern Ireland is fueled by them being protestant (as well as english followers) and there is no Orange in the Northen Irish flag. From the Wikipedia article “Flag of Ireland” (the bold emphasis is mine):The tricolour, with its three equal vertical bands of green (hoist side), white and orange (occasionally mis-identified as gold), was first flown from the Wolfe Tone Club, on The Mall in Waterford City, on 7 March 1848 by Thomas Francis Meagher. It was first used by Irish nationalists in 1848 during the Young Irelanders’ rebellion, though the colours on the original flag were in reverse order to the modern version. Inspired by the French tricolour and the Newfoundland tricolour (Meagher’s father was born in Newfoundland) it was designed to represent the Nationalist (mainly Roman Catholic) majority (represented by green) and the Unionist (mainly Protestant) minority (represented by orange due to William of Orange) living together in peace (symbolised by the white band). Contrary to myth, the tricolour was not the actual flag of the Easter Rising, although it had been flown from the GPO; that flag was in fact a green flag with a harp and the words Irish Republic. However the tricolour became the de facto flag of the extra-legal Irish Republic declared in 1919 and was later adopted by the Irish Free State. Share this post 0 Posted June 29, 2006 Link to post Posted June 29, 2006 Link to post Dilbert Recommended Posts Dilbert 0 Followers 0 Banned Cooleyvol 0 0 0 0 The Syracuse Orangemen has do with being a Protestant, it’s their color. Hence the orange panel in the Irish flag. Why would the Irish have a Orange panel in there flag to symbolize being protestant?The Irish were pagans until they converted to catholicism, the whole war with Northern Ireland is fueled by them being protestant (as well as english followers) and there is no Orange in the Northen Irish flag. 0 0 0 Posted June 29, 2006 Waffles Members Members SportsLogos.Net Share this post The Syracuse Orangemen has do with being a Protestant, it’s their color. Hence the orange panel in the Irish flag. 0 1 Favourite Logos:WyoMings! Marinerzzzzz 1 Link to post Share on other sites I don’t think “Orangemen” at Syracuse had anything to do with Native Americans or any other ethnic group.  I’m pretty sure they were called that because their teams wore orange…much like St. John’s with “Redmen.” That being the case, why would they have changed it? Syracuse OR St John’s.Methinks you’re wrong. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure of it. Yes, that is, in fact, completely bass ackwards.The orangemen originally referred to in Syracuse’s nickname were originally Native Americans, and their old logo (pre-orange ball guy) reflected that…”Nicknamed Bill Orange, the original mascot, an Indian warrior, of the University got its name from Syracuse being the salt city and because Syracuse is the home of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. Still located on the Quad, the statue of the Saltine Warrior, a gift of the class of 1951, was sculpted by Louise Harriet Meyers. The warrior stayed as the mascot until 1978 when American Indian students complained that the mascot was offensive. For a time, a Roman Gladiator served as the mascot and students even proposed the Abominable Orangeman, an orangutan and Egnaro the Troll as new mascots.”And of course before removing the native american references, and then finally changing to “red storm,” the St. John’s “redmen” also referred to Native Americans… 802 Don’t call it a comeback 1 Gump. Mings Members 1,414 posts 68 posts 273 Gamingboy My guess, an orange, red, and blue basketball as the logo.No matter what it would still suck.Anyone have Jamie-Lynn’s address? 0 1 Really I think that it will work. Didnt Orange Men in Syracuse mean something different(Native American or something) rather than some guy picking oranges out of an orange grove. Link to post Link to post 0 Mings Sign in to follow this   Members 577 Posted June 30, 2006 0 EatSleepJeep 0 Share on other sites Share this post 0 Link to post Gamingboy Location:Des Moines, IA 0 firestorm Operator, number, please; it’s been so many years Link to post All Activity 521 posts Posted June 29, 2006 0 SabreGuy Members Location:Chicago, IL Share on other sites Members Posted June 29, 2006 Sign in to follow this   Posted June 29, 2006 619 0 619 Share this post Posted June 29, 2006 0 Waffles Share this post Members Link to post Link to post 0 Posted June 30, 2006 0 802 0 Sports Logos Posted June 29, 2006 Favourite Logos:Modesto Nuts, Toledo Walleye, Lakewood Blue Claws Share this post Members 0 Link to post CCSLC Resident Umpire/Referee Dilbert Mike Felder 0 If I were an alumni of Syracuse, I’d be pissed now Location:Rochester, NY 577 Your Name Here 440 posts By Brock, June 29, 2006 in Sports Logo News Forums Home 13,833 1 Forums Home 0 619 Sports Logo News I said it once, I’ll say it again. The ABA should just fold and get a agreement to put the 4 or 5 teams that actually are competent into the NBDL. 0 Share this post Members Location:’Stallis Posted June 29, 2006 Location:Cincinnati Link to post Cooleyvol Share this post Share this post Link to post The proud owners of the ORLANDO ORANGE MEN are Orlando-based Jimmy Lyons and Beverly Hills-based A.J. DiScala. A.J. DiScala is CEO and Co-founder of Brax Capital Group, a Beverly Hills, CA-based company with a focus on entertainment and media related growth companies providing strategies, financing and growth opportunities. DiScala has extensive connections with celebrities and industry leaders and will add his extraordinary business acumen to the overall operations of the team. Well, this isn’t the biggest mistake DiScala has made…he was married to Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Meadow Soprano) and managed to mess that up.By the way, I am embarassed and horrified that I know that. firestorm 0 Share on other sites 0 EatSleepJeep Posted July 1, 2006 53 posts 0 Members Your Name Here 0 SportsLogos.Net 4,163 posts Location:Seattle 443 posts SabreGuy 0 0 I don’t think “Orangemen” at Syracuse had anything to do with Native Americans or any other ethnic group.  I’m pretty sure they were called that because their teams wore orange…much like St. John’s with “Redmen.” That being the case, why would they have changed it? Syracuse OR St John’s.Methinks you’re wrong. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure of it. Yes, that is, in fact, completely bass ackwards.The orangemen originally referred to in Syracuse’s nickname were originally Native Americans, and their old logo (pre-orange ball guy) reflected that…”Nicknamed Bill Orange, the original mascot, an Indian warrior, of the University got its name from Syracuse being the salt city and because Syracuse is the home of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. Still located on the Quad, the statue of the Saltine Warrior, a gift of the class of 1951, was sculpted by Louise Harriet Meyers. The warrior stayed as the mascot until 1978 when American Indian students complained that the mascot was offensive. For a time, a Roman Gladiator served as the mascot and students even proposed the Abominable Orangeman, an orangutan and Egnaro the Troll as new mascots.”And of course before removing the native american references, and then finally changing to “red storm,” the St. John’s “redmen” also referred to Native Americans…I knew Syracuse Orangemen had something to do with Native Americans. I Just learned now that the same went to St Johns Must correct you on the St. John’s references. The team was originally called the “Redmen” because their uniforms were entirely red. It was years later that the Indian chief was adopted as the logo. The school dropped the chief but kept the Redmen name for a few years, but eventually dismissed the nickname and switched to “Red Storm”. This is still a contentious issue with many of the school’s alumni, who hate the name change. It hasn’t helped that the team endured some horrendous uniform changes after the switch or that the basketball program has been brutal in recent years. The debate still rages on among Redmen diehards.As an aside, the school is now caught up in another sports marketing gaffe. After years of using the initials SJU on team gear, it is being forced to switch to STJ because another university had trademark rights to the SJU acronym. So if you’re wearing any SJU items, get ready to cast them aside for the new STJ treatment. Members Members As a Syracuse native and the son of a Syracuse alunma I really need to step in with the school’s turbulent mascot history:From Wikipedia (this is the history consistent with the one provided by SUs offical alumni magazine):Orange is the official school color, adopted as such in 1890. Prior to that time, the school’s colors were rose pink and pea green. Orange, blue and white are traditionally used for athletic uniforms.The athletic nickname derives from the official color. Prior to 2004, the official nicknames of the athletic teams were the Orangemen and Orangewomen. These former nicknames are still affectionately used by some fans. However, beginning with the 2004-2005 school year, the official nickname was changed to the Orange. This revision is gender neutral, concise, and reflects the basis of the nickname as being the school color. Other informal nicknames over the years have included the “Hilltoppers”, for the school’s location on a hill, and the “Saltine Warriors”, for a former mascot.In 1931, a Native American warrior known as the “Saltine Warrior” became the athletic mascot. The name derived from an article describing an archaelogical dig on campus uncovering the artifacts of a Native American warrior. The warrior was called the “Saltine Warrior” because of the abundant salt deposits in the Syracuse, New York area. The article was later revealed to be a hoax, but the mascot remained until 1978 when banned by the University. The Saltine Warrior briefly morphed into a Roman warrior, but was replaced unofficially in 1980 by a giant cartoon-style Orange. The Orange was finally adopted by the University in 1995 as the University’s official mascot, selected over a wolf and a lion also under consideration, and given the name “Otto the Orange”.So there you have it, you could amost make the argument that SU was one of the first schools to abandon a Native American mascot as the result of political pressure. Personally I’m glad the school has switched to being simply called Orange as that has really been the school’s defining attribute since the beginning (with the exception of the pink and pea green “bad ol’ days” ) DG_ThenNowForever hockeyzealot Link to post Link to post hockeyzealot Members Link to post Posted June 29, 2006 0 0 Link to post Really I think that it will work. Didnt Orange Men in Syracuse mean something different(Native American or something) rather than some guy picking oranges out of an orange grove. Right. However, Orange Men, said as two words, sounds terrible. It’s clearly a name only associated with Syracuse, much like if a trash ABA team called itself the Sooners, Hoosiers, or Golden Bears. 13,833 Posted June 30, 2006 Mike Felder 0 Share on other sites Link to post 13,833 Share on other sites This topic is now closed to further replies. ROCHitman 741 posts Link to post Resident Upstate Orioles Fan 14,324 posts 83 posts Brock ROCHitman This is dispicable!And I am an alumnus.Waffles, you should bring this story to someone at the DO.I’d love to read what they have to say on the matter. 0 0 Share on other sites Share on other sites 0 I don’t think “Orangemen” at Syracuse had anything to do with Native Americans or any other ethnic group.  I’m pretty sure they were called that because their teams wore orange…much like St. John’s with “Redmen.” That being the case, why would they have changed it? Syracuse OR St John’s.Methinks you’re wrong. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure of it. Yes, that is, in fact, completely bass ackwards.The orangemen originally referred to in Syracuse’s nickname were originally Native Americans, and their old logo (pre-orange ball guy) reflected that…”Nicknamed Bill Orange, the original mascot, an Indian warrior, of the University got its name from Syracuse being the salt city and because Syracuse is the home of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. Still located on the Quad, the statue of the Saltine Warrior, a gift of the class of 1951, was sculpted by Louise Harriet Meyers. The warrior stayed as the mascot until 1978 when American Indian students complained that the mascot was offensive. For a time, a Roman Gladiator served as the mascot and students even proposed the Abominable Orangeman, an orangutan and Egnaro the Troll as new mascots.”And of course before removing the native american references, and then finally changing to “red storm,” the St. John’s “redmen” also referred to Native Americans… I knew Syracuse Orangemen had something to do with Native Americans. I Just learned now that the same went to St Johns 1,717 posts Go To Topic Listing All Activity Share on other sites Share this post Location:Right behind you Dilbert swilson160last_img read more

Stanimir Stoilov flatly refused to become coach of Levski

first_imgThe management of Levski has been rejected by the favorite №1 of the “blue” fans for a new head coach – Stanimir Stoilov. The news is from the colleagues from “Darik”, who add that Murray was categorical in his refusal and did not even want to enter into more serious negotiations with the representatives of the capital’s grandee. Hubchev did not show up for Levski’s training, Nasko and Titi entered the “blue” locker roomGeorgi Todorov leads today’s activity of the citizens of Sofia It is a well-known fact that Stoilov is trying to build a serious coaching career abroad, and recently his name has been associated with clubs from Turkey, Poland and Russia. At the moment, however, he is still unemployed. Thus, Levski continues to look for a new head coach. TOPSPORT already informs you that among the potential candidates for the post is Yasen Petrov. The name of Slavisha Stoyanovich and Said Ibraimov also appeared in the media. Levski is ready with the deputy of Petar HubchevYasen Petrov is the big favorite for a new coach of the “blues” At this moment, at least on paper, Petar Hubchev continues to be the mentor of the capital’s grandee.last_img read more

Resaul concludes fairly successful tour of Trinidad and Antigua

first_imgVadeanand Resaul, who is one of Guyana’s most promising junior lawn tennis players has ended his tour of Antigua on a winning note, capturing the doubles title at the Antigua COTECC Wadadli Bowl 2019 Under – 14  tournament.  The Guyanese, who was eliminated in the quarter finals of the singles category, teamed up with Antonio Warner of Bermuda to take top honours in the doubles category. After coasting through the preliminary rounds, the pair accounted for Nathen Martin (TTO) and Jaiden Julien (USA) 7/5, 6/3 in the semis. Resaul and Warner were clinical in the final as they disposed of Justyn Raeburn and Jace Quashie 6/0, 6/3 to lift the crown and to cap off a meaningful stint in Antigua.  Prior to that tournament, the 13- year-old Marian Academy student took part in the COTECC Trinidad Summer Bowl Under – 14 championships where he was stopped in the quarterfinals of the singles category.He subsequently  went on to team up with Martin to clinch the runners up spot in the doubles category. In an invited comment to Stabroek Sport, Resaul said he was content with his performances at  both tournaments. “I am more than satisfied with my performance; it was really amazing to have such a great experience and exposure.  I learnt and benefited a lot from the two tournaments.” His immediate goal is to represent Guyana at the upcoming Inter Guyana games.last_img read more

Dansk Spil confirms Christian Madsen CEO departure for 2017

first_img Submit Share Danske Spil elects ‘political heavyweight’ Peter Christensen as new Chairman  June 23, 2020 Share Christian MadsenDenmark state-owned gambling operator Dansk Spil has informed the market that CEO Christian Madsen will step down from the leadership of the firm in April 2017.Dansk Spil governance will now seek to replace Madsen who has served as CEO since 2005, with a successor expected to be announced by the start of 2017.The news of Madsen’s departure follows speculation of the potential sale of Dansk Spil by ruling conservative-liberal party Venstre.However Danish business news sources report that at present the national cabinet remains split regarding the sale of its state gambling asset and its impact on the funding of several charities and social initiatives.The governance of Dansk Spil thanked Madsen for his 12 years’ service, which they declared had been critical in creating an effective and leading European state-owned gambling  operator.Furthermore, Madsen leadership had been key to meeting the challenge of Denmark opening its market to international competitors and maintaining its positions as the country’s biggest gambling provider. Related Articles Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Spillemyndigheden adds technical requirements on game and wagering reporting June 23, 2020last_img read more

How far must the Ravens go to keep Pitta?

first_imgWith linebacker Terrell Suggs’ long-term future secure and the Ravens gaining an additional $4.6 million in cap space in the process, they now turn their attention to the next biggest items on the offseason agenda.Left tackle Eugene Monroe and tight end Dennis Pitta are the top priorities, and the ability to work out agreements for both unrestricted free agents is aided by the Ravens holding just under $16 million in salary cap room after Suggs’ contract extension. However, with the start of free agency on March 11 only three weeks away, it becomes more and more difficult to persuade a pending free agent to agree on your terms as he sees the benefit of a wide-open market in full focus.As contract talks remain far apart with both players, the Ravens have until March 3 to decide whether they want to place the franchise tag on an unrestricted free agent, but such an option appears too expensive for Monroe as the tag for an offensive lineman is projected to be a hefty $11.1 million for the 2014 season and he simply isn’t regarded as one of the best left tackles in the NFL. That leaves Baltimore with the decision of whether to use the designation on Pitta with the 2014 franchise tag projected to be $6.7 million for a tight end.Such an option would appear to make sense if the sides couldn’t agree and the Ravens were unsure of Pitta’s worth or the fifth-year tight end simply wanted to reestablish his value after a serious hip injury limited him to just four games last season.If only it were that simple.Few have paid closer attention to the showdown between New Orleans and All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham than the Ravens as New Orleans is prepared to use the franchise tag on Drew Brees’ top pass-catching target who collected more than 1,215 yards and 16 touchdown catches last season. As a threat who lines up in the slot and out wide more often than as a traditional tight end, Graham is expected to contest that he should be tagged as a wide receiver, which carries a tender that’s $4.8 million more than the anticipated tight end figure in 2014.While Pitta isn’t at Graham’s level in terms of production, he can easily file a similar grievance after he lined up in the slot on 79.7 percent of his routes last season, according to Pro Football Focus. And while many have argued that the tight end position is simply evolving — with the 6-foot-7 Graham as transcendent as anybody — the collective bargaining agreement makes it clear that a franchise player is to be tendered at the position “at which [he] participated in the most plays during the prior league year.”In the same way that they prefer not to tag Monroe because he isn’t a top-five tackle in the league, the Ravens can’t risk the possibility of needing to tie an $11.5 million commitment to Pitta. Of course, Baltimore found itself in a similar position with Suggs years ago when he argued that he should be viewed as a defensive end before the sides eventually split the difference in the franchise tag costs for a defensive end compared to a linebacker.But even a compromised figure of just over $9 million would eat up much of the Ravens’ available cap space in an offseason in which they have a plethora of needs on both sides of the football after the first non-playoff season of the John Harbaugh era.And Pitta’s agent, Justin Schulman, is aware of that reality as talks continue.There’s no disputing Pitta’s importance to the offense as one of Joe Flacco’s favorite weapons over the last couple years, but quantifying that on a relatively small sample size is problematic for a player who will turn 29 in June. His best year came in 2012 as his 61 catches ranked ninth among tight ends and his 669 receiving yards were 11th. Pitta has 61 additional catches for 575 yards in his three other seasons combined in Baltimore.Prior to his devastating hip injury last July, Pitta was expected to fill an expanded role out of the slot to ease the pain of Anquan Boldin’s departure, but the Ravens were never able to see that come to fruition with him missing more than four months of action. At the very least, Pitta was able to prove he was healthy enough to continue his career at a high level after playing in the final four games of the season and recording 20 catches.With the uncertainty surrounding the price of the franchise tag and Pitta’s absence being an obvious detriment to the offense last season, are the Ravens being backed into a corner from a negotiating standpoint?Even if Pitta’s representation would have a difficult time making the argument that he deserves to be paid in the same stratosphere as talents such as Graham or New England’s Rob Gronkowski, hefty contracts handed out to non-elite tight ends such as Jared Cook ($16 million guaranteed), Zach Miller ($13 million guaranteed), and Marcedes Lewis ($12.85 million guaranteed) in recent years certainly won’t help general manager Ozzie Newsome. The top tight ends in the league generally have an average salary of $7 million per season over the course of their contract, but it always comes down to how much guaranteed money a team is willing to hand over.After Cook secured $16 million in guaranteed money last offseason — which included a $5 million signing bonus and three years of guaranteed salary — it isn’t farfetched that Pitta could be looking for guaranteed money approaching the $20 million range.His production and talents indicate that he should be paid as a top-10 tight end, but his leverage with the franchise tag and what’s still viewed by some as untapped potential may drive the cost much higher than the Ravens would prefer to go.The clock is ticking on not only the decision to use the tag but the possibility of Pitta hitting the open market with the organization already declaring the need to add an impact wide receiver to an offense that ranked 29th in the NFL last year.The Ravens can’t afford to lose their starting tight end.But whether they can afford him without making sacrifices elsewhere remains to be seen.last_img read more

B&B Rapid Fire: Cruz, Santana, Incognito and More

first_imgBrett 2: The Orioles added front of the rotation starter, Ubaldo Jimenez, earlier in the week, but have been reportedly still interested in adding pitcher, Ervin Santana.  Do you think they should consider adding another rotation arm into the mix?BK: After talking with Tucker Blair from Orioles Nation [Link it], it appears that the team is essentially finished its spending this offseason, save for a few minor moves that may occur during spring training. The Orioles have enough pitchers in camp that they will find trouble finding a home for everyone. My current projection of the Orioles rotation is as follows:1) RHP Chris Tillman2) LHP Wei-Yin Chen3) Ubaldo Jimenez4) Bud Norris5) Miguel GonzalezJimenez has better stuff than Chen, but fits in nicely as the #3. The former Indian will provide the team with a Right-Left-Right rotation, which forces opposing managers to tinker with their lineup in the middle of a three game series. Gonzalez’ nagging back injury is a cause for concern, but the Orioles will have enough guys in the bullpen this year (Zach Britton, Suk-Min Yoon, Steve Johnson) that can spot-start, or be the #5 for a month. It appears unlikely that Ervin Santana will end up in Baltimore, and the signing of Jimenez will provide the innings and stability that the team needs to compete in the toughest division in Major League Baseball. By: Brett Dickinson and Barry KamenEach week on the Brett & Barry Show (Saturdays 9am-12pm), we gather each others’ analysis of the big news stories and headlines of the week for a couple minutes a piece in a segment we call Rapid Fire.  We will post our answers in blog form every Sunday to a visual version, with links to our segment in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault.Listen HERE to last week’s Rapid Fire Segment. Barry 2: After disappointing finishes for both Men’s and Women’s hockey teams, what is your reaction to their performances in the highlighted sports of the Olympics?BD: First off, you have to be proud as an American for those teams (and all the athletes) to make it as far as they did, with that level of competition.  Both teams played their hearts out against the Canadian teams, with tough finishes.You saw the raw emotion coming from the ladies, with the last minute collapse in regulation and ensuing overtime.  The tears running down their eyes led you to understand that they left it all out on the ice. So though it was disappointing neither team took the gold, I have a great sense of pride watching those teams. Brett 1: After the signing of former Rangers slugger, Nelson Cruz, the Orioles have most likely found their everyday DH. But they were also in on possibly bringing in switch-hitter, Kendrys Morales. Who would have been a better fit for the Orioles?BK: I have no issue with the Baltimore Orioles moving forward with Nelson Cruz as opposed to Kendrys Morales. Morales would have provided the Orioles with more versatility, both at the plate and in the field, but it appears that Morales and his agent are firm on holding out for a multi-year deal. With Chris Davis playing above average defense at first base last season, it made sense that the Orioles would covet Cruz, who can be the everyday DH while also spelling David Lough when the team faces a left-handed starter, as well as giving Nick Markakis the occasional day off.The 50-game suspension for Cruz scared a lot of suitors away, and he was forced to settle for a 1 year $8 million contract. I look for Cruz to prove to other teams that they made a mistake by not signing him. Even a .265 average with 25 HRs and 75 RBIs is a significant upgrade from the production of the cast of characters that filled the designated hitter role last season. Barry 3: Many teams in the league will be weighing the options of bringing in ex-Dolphins OL, Richie Incognito or Jonathan Martin. If you had to chose one as an NFL GM, who would you pick?BD: This can be somewhat comparable to the Ray Rice situation, as all that really matters to NFL GMs is whether or not a player can help their team win. It is really sad to say, but it is true; just look over NFL rosters, including the most well-run organizations (even the Ravens).  Teams are littered with low character guys because they are talented.In this case, Richie Incognito has been a better player than Martin, and would have to be my choice as a GM.  Though he is older, I would bank on Incognito keeping up his play at the same level, over Martin developing over the next couple seasons.  In the end, production outweighs all, and Incognito is simply the better player. Barry 1: With the NFL Combine going on throughout the weekend, we always here big names that will not participate in certain drills for various reasons, especially QBs in throwing drills. In your opinion, should quarterbacks participate in all aspects of combine to properly display their value?BD: In the end, the combine is used as a tool for the players, and if they feel any drill will hurt their stock, then by all means, do not do it.  A player’s value is so fical and we have seen many players drop because of bad Combine performances; if teams only have game tape to evaluate, that may be a good thing.As for QBs, it would be nice to see the top rated ones, throwing to a collection of the best WRs in the country.  It would certainly display their skill sets with the biggest, fastest, strongest in the country.  It would also benefit those pass-catchers equally, as they get the opportunity to run routes with the best QBs slinging them the ball. Brett 3: Recent reports have come out that Warner Brothers is going to make a sequel to our childhood classic, ‘Space Jam’, with Lebron James having the headlining role.  Is that a good fit? And a bonus question; which players would you steal talent from if you are the ‘Monstars’?BK: The reports of a Space Jam 2 provides sports writers with the opportunity to once again compare the careers of LeBron and MJ. While starring in a kids movie would help repair King James’ image from “The Decision”, it just wouldn’t be right. Personally, if Warner Brothers was going to make a sequel, it should have taken place with Kobe Bryant during the early 2000s, when he was in his prime.Which five players should the Monstars recruit to face the Tune Squad? I came up with them pretty quickly:PG Kyrie Irving (play off of the Uncle Drew character, in addition to his talent)SG Dwayne Wade (who wouldn’t want to see a Wade/James rivalry?SF Paul George (to defend James) or Kevin Durant (scoring purposes)PF Kevin Love (rebounding machine who is friends with Uncle Drew)C  Dwight Howard (Personality would translate well to the silver screen)last_img read more

Navy Player Profile: CJ Williams, #20

first_imgCJ Williams, Navy SB (image: NavySports.com)Position: SBClass: SophomoreHeight: 5’8”Weight: 180Hometown: Cibolo, TXHigh School: Byron P. SteeleMajor: Systems EngineeringParents: Gregory Sr. and April WilliamsFamily: Brother, LG, played football at Texas State.Took recruiting visits to: Columbia, HarvardLetters Earned in High School: Football (3); Track & Field (2)High School HonorsCJ Williams graduated from Byron P. Steele High School in Cibolo, TX in 2017. During his senior year, the Steele Knights football team won the state championship. Williams received All-State (TX) honors that same year.Freshman Year (2017)Williams saw no varsity action his freshman year at Navy.Sophomore Year (2018) – Through four gamesThrough the first four games of the 2018 season, CJ Williams has made quite an impact on the Navy Midshipmen team. As of 9/26/18, the sophomore averaged 86 all-purpose yards per game.Williams has rushed for 139 yards and one TD on 15 attempts. His longest run was 52 yards.Catching the ball, Williams has recorded 148 receiving yards on six receptions, with his long being 49 yards.As a kick returner, the Texas native has gained 57 yards on four returns, averaging 14.3 yards per attempt.While only a sophomore, CJ Williams is already carving out his place in the Midshipmen offense. He not only does a lot, he does a lot well. As the games and years progress, Williams future with Navy only looks get brighter.Please follow and like us:last_img read more

Redskins Win against Jaguars

first_imgThe Washington Redskins (7-7) won yesterday against the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10). With defense holding the game on their backs this win has kept the Redskins in the NFC picture for playoffs.  Josh Johnson threw 16-25 for 151 yards with one touchdown. Adrian Peterson was only able to pull 51 yards out of 19 carries while Jamison Crowder was only able to pull 46 yards out of four receptions.  Josh Johnson (QB) started for the first time in several years yesterday helping the Redskins achieve a late lead to take home a much needed win breaking a four game losing streak. In order to stay in the playoff picture the Redskins know all remaining games are a must win so they must keep their momentum going.  The Redskins will be taking on the Tennessee Titans (8-6) hoping to keep the playoffs in their sight. See below for an injury report for the Redskins and Titans provided to you by ESPN.  Please follow and like us:last_img read more