Chelsea v Bournemouth: Courtois returns

first_imgChelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois returns to the side against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge after three months out with a knee injury.Diego Costa is again on the substitutes’ bench, with Eden Hazard again playing up front in the absence of a recognised striker.Nemanja Matic plays despite recently suffering a broken nose, while Baba Rahman gets the nod at left-back ahead of Cesar Azpilicueta.Blues skipper John Terry is still out along with Ramires and Radamel Falcao.Meanwhile, Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc has been passed fit to play.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Baba; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Hazard.Subs: Begovic, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Remy, Diego Costa.Bournemouth: Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Francis, Smith, Arter, Gosling, Surman, Ritchie, Stanislas, King.Subs: Allsop, Cargill, Butcher, O’Kane, Kermorgant, Murray, Rantie.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Eternal Beauty Wig Control Spray-400ml – love it great spray

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New Ag Labor Bill Touted

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — With the support of both farm organizations and the United Farm Workers union, a bipartisan group of House members introduced a new farm labor bill in Congress on Wednesday.The Farm Workforce Modernization Act would create a program to legalize current agricultural workers who are in the U.S. illegally, as well as their spouses and minor children. The bill would also make several changes to the H-2A agricultural guest-worker program, which would include allowing year-round agricultural guest workers — a major issue for dairy farmers and other livestock producers.Along with changes in the workforce, the bill would establish mandatory E-Verify for all agricultural employers through a phased-in process.Ag labor bills have come up in nearly every session of Congress over the past two decades only to whither somewhere in the process. Agribusiness and farmworker groups this time spent several months at the negotiating table with lawmakers looking to reach a compromise that would generate large bipartisan backing. The resulting bill has 24 Democrats and 18 Republicans as co-sponsors, almost all of whom represent large agricultural districts across the country.The bill was spearheaded by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., who chairs the House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, and Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash.Lofgren called the bill, “a true compromise proposal.” The bill provides stability for both farmers and workers by providing legal status to farmworkers while modernizing the agricultural guest-worker program, H-2A, Lofgren said.“The men and women who work America’s farms feed the nation. But farmworkers across the country are living and working with uncertainty and fear, contributing to the destabilization of farms across the nation,” Lofgren said.NO. 1 CONCERN FOR FARMERSNewhouse noted labor is the No. 1 concern for farmers and ranchers. He said it’s no mystery that the current H-2A program is broken and needs an overhaul.“Our nation’s agriculture industry is diverse and flourishing, but producers are in desperate need of a legal and reliable workforce,” Newhouse said. “As a third-generation farmer, I understand the invaluable contributions made by farmworkers to American agriculture, and we must modernize our guest-worker program to work for farmers, ranchers and farmworkers in the 21st century.”Nobody knows how many agricultural workers are undocumented, but the Pew Research Center has consistently listed agriculture as the industry with the highest share of undocumented workers. Chuck Conner, president and CEO of the National Coalition of Farm Cooperatives, told DTN there could be in excess of 1 million agricultural workers without proper documents. That’s one reason both United Farm Workers and farm groups spent months working on a compromise.“They want them to be properly documented and we do, too, because we do not want to run the risk of losing them,” Conner said. “They are essential to our ability to produce food in this country. Without them, we would lose a substantial portion of our labor force.”REDUCE IMMIGRATION RAIDSAgricultural lobbies and UFW also are looking for changes in the law that will reduce immigration raids that are becoming a growing risk to both employers and farm workers. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been increasingly hitting agricultural and food-processing operations, including August raids at Mississippi poultry plants that led to more than 600 arrests. But ICE has also hit smaller operations all over the country, ranging from New York dairy farms to a raid at a Nebraska greenhouse operation a year ago that netted more than 100 undocumented workers.Leaders for both farm businesses and workers are looking for a solution from Congress.The bill would give “blue cards” to agricultural workers who have worked at least 180 days on farms over the past two years. They would become eligible for five-year renewable visas that would require working at least 100 days each year in agriculture. Those workers would later on be given the option to earn permanent legal status, but must have at least 14 years of work history in agriculture before they can apply.“That’s something we have been working on for many, many years, so to see this come together is a big milestone,” Conner said.MORE OPTIONS FOR FARMER EMPLOYERSThe bill would make several changes to the H-2A program that include giving farmer employers more options to stagger labor needs in the application process and create a single filing process with the multiple agencies involved in bringing in guest workers.For dairy farmers and others who need full-time workers, the bill would dedicate 40,000 green cards per year for agricultural workers. The bill would also create a new program for temporary workers that can last up to three years. The program would have a cap that could be lifted if market conditions warrant it.One sticking point both the agribusinesses and union were able to compromise on involved the adverse wage rate for guest workers. The way the current scale workers, some areas of the country can see agricultural wages increase as much as 25% in a year in the labor rate for guest workers.“Obviously, there isn’t any segment of our farm economy that can withstand those kind of labor-rate increases,” Conner said. “There just is not enough money being made in agriculture to be able to do that.”The wage formula would remain in place, but it would set a wage freeze in place for one year. The wage increase for guest workers would be limited to at most 3.25% per year, unless the resulting wage is less than 110% of the federal or state minimum wage. Then the wage could go up an additional 1%.“For farmers in many regions of the country, that’s going to be a huge savings for the farmer, and it’s going to enable them to make a go of it rather than somehow try to sustain huge wage-price inflation,” Conner said.Mike McCloskey, a dairy farmer and chairman of the immigration task force for the National Milk Producers Federation, said dairy farmers face a “unique labor crisis,” but they also know how hard it can be to get an immigration reform bill through Congress. “But we simply cannot and will not stop working to find a solution,” McCloskey said. “Dairy needs workers for our industry to sustain itself. It’s that simple, and it’s that dire.”The United Farm Workers and its foundation stated the groups “are enthusiastic about passing legislation that honors all farm workers who feed America by creating a way for undocumented farm workers to apply for legal status and a roadmap to earn citizenship in the future without compromising farm workers’ existing wages and legal protections,” said Arturo Rodriguez, president emeritus of United Farmworkers and spokesperson for the UFW Foundation.“Today is a milestone because this bill will finally bring stability to the agricultural industry,” Rodriguez said.Other groups issuing statements backing the bill include Western Growers, National Farmers Union, the North American Meat Institute and the National Turkey Federation.Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Fort Recovery FFA Members Attend the 91st National FFA Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Members of the Fort Recovery FFA Chapter attended the 92nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana the week of October 29th to November 2nd, 2019.  Nearly 75,000 FFA members represented all 50 states, and more than 8,500 FFA Chapters were in attendance. The National FFA Convention is held annually to highlight and award member success through the FFA and agricultural education.The Fort Recovery FFA Chapter had two students, Rick Knapke and Heather Klenke, receive the American FFA Degree; the highest degree a member can receive. To earn the degree, they needed to work more than 2,250 hours and earn or productively invest $10,000 or more in a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program.  The students joined a total of 99 that make up the prestigious group of American FFA Degree recipients in the history of the Fort Recovery FFA Chapter.Educational tours included touring a Tyson Processing Plant, Apache Sprayer Plant, Fair Oaks Farms, and Not Just Popcorn. Students also attended The World’s Toughest Rodeo, convention sessions, and the FFA Career & Trade Show. The weeklong trip allowed students to return home with long lasting memories, experiences, and deep ties to agriculture.The Fort Recovery FFA members who attended the convention included: Kayla Briner, Jay Brown, Claudia Jones, Kenzie Kaiser, Brooke Knapke, Cole Schmitt, Rachel Thein, Jared Timmerman, Kegan Timmerman, Paige Timmerman, Lydia Wenning, Connor Gower, Tommy Hart, Britney Klenke, Kendra Metzger, Logan Ramirez, AJ Romer, and Riley Will. Advisors Joe Hawk and Michael Gower accompanied the students on the trip.The Fort Recovery FFA Chapter would like to send a special thanks to the school board members and administration for allowing this trip to be possible.last_img read more

Dust storm rain in Delhi bring down temperature

first_imgNew Delhi: After a hot day at 36 degrees in Delhi, the capital city was swept by a dust storm followed by light showers as predicted by the Meteorological Department. The storm also resulted in a slight dip in temperature.The weather officials had earlier in the day, predicted party cloudy sky with possibility of light rains. “Delhi will witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of very light rain, dust storm, thunderstorm accompanied with moderate squall,” officials said. The Met department’s weather update for the night showed “thunderstorm with squall”. The weather officials also predicted a Thunderstorm or dust storm for Monday. The air quality also dropped to “unhealthy” with air quality index at 152.last_img read more

Losing Draft Picks Hurts The Patriots More Than Tom Bradys Suspension

UPDATE (Sept. 3, 10:45 a.m.): Sure, Tom Brady can play a full season again after a judge reversed the league’s four-game suspension. But the Patriots still lost a first-round draft pick in the Deflategate fracas. In May, Neil Paine wrote that the draft pick was the real penalty for the Patriots. We originally published this article after the punishment was first announced. In the wake of the NFL’s Deflategate report, the league announced late Monday that it would fine the New England Patriots $1 million, suspend quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of the 2015 season, and strip New England of two draft picks — a first-round pick in 2016 and a fourth-rounder in 2017.After news of the disciplinary action broke, much of the coverage has centered around the loss of Brady and how his absence will affect the Patriots next season. Certainly questions abound in that department; chief among them is whether backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo can steer the ship while Brady sits. In response to the punishment, sportsbooks in Las Vegas downgraded New England’s line by 4 points in their opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers and have scratched half a win off the team’s 10.5-win opening over/under (now it’s 10.0, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook).1A half-win may seem like a somewhat modest amendment — after all, whenever a future Hall of Fame quarterback is lost, there’s always the concern that the team will completely fall apart without him — but even an extra half-loss could have big implications for New England’s Super Bowl odds.Lost amid the hand-wringing over Brady’s suspension, though, is the value of the lost draft picks. Teams with New England’s 2014 Simple Rating System (SRS) score tend to pick 22nd in the first round of the draft two years later and 21st in the fourth round (or 117th overall) the year after that. Those numbers probably understate the quality of the picks, since without four games of Brady, the Pats may fare worse than the average 10.9-SRS team. But they serve as a good gauge of what the Patriots were stripped of in Monday’s decision.Turning to Chase Stuart’s invaluable research on the value of draft picks, those two picks are worth 19.2 points of marginal Approximate Value (AV) over the first five years of the draftees’ careers. Brady himself has averaged 15.7 AV per season over the past three years, and a replacement-level QB produces about 8.5 AV per 16 games, so Brady’s marginal value in the first four games of the 2015 season figured to be somewhere between 1.5 and 2 points of AV.In other words, according to AV, the cost of New England’s two lost draft picks dwarfs the cost of Brady’s four-game suspension (assuming its original length is upheld after appeals). While the latter will cause a glaring hole in the Patriots lineup on opening day, the former is a long-term disadvantage that may ultimately prove more damaging. read more

The Cavs Might Actually Be In Trouble

POINT DIFFERENTIAL PER 100 POSSESSIONS 2010-11Miami8.57.3 SEASONTEAMFULL SEASONAFTER ALL-STAR BREAK 2013-14Miami6.15.8 2014-15Cleveland3.76.9 2016-17Cleveland2.8-2.8 2012-13Miami9.911.9 2015-16Cleveland5.85.9 2011-12Miami7.23.0 After making six straight NBA Finals, LeBron James and his teams have earned the benefit of the doubt when they hit a rough patch. His Heat and Cavaliers teams have shown they can turn things around in a hurry, almost as if all they needed to do is flip a switch to revert to their dominant selves.But, my, what a rough patch they’re in. The club, which entered Thursday in a virtual tie with Boston for first place in the East, has dropped 10 of its last 17 games. Six of those defeats have been by double digits, including each of their last four1The team’s Big Three missed two of those five shellackings, while only Kyrie Irving played in a blowout loss against the Bulls back on Feb. 25.. Perhaps most troubling: The team’s defense has been the NBA’s worst throughout the month of March, which is saying a lot, given how many teams aren’t really trying to win anymore.It’s becoming harder and harder to ignore what Cleveland’s play might mean for the Cavs’ chances of repeating as champs. This may be the weakest LeBron team we’ve seen this late in a season since his finals streak began in 2011. Our NBA win prediction model gives Cleveland a 2 percent chance of winning it all, less than teams such as Boston, Washington and Toronto.2This is noteworthy since the Celtics are virtually tied for first with the Cavs, while the Wizards and Raptors are currently behind Cleveland in the standings. And while that seems surprising, it shouldn’t be: Cleveland’s recent struggles are testing the limits of how strong a team’s defense needs to be to win a championship.At the moment, the Cavaliers are tied for 22nd in defensive efficiency, a mark that would rank as the worst among any team that’s reached the finals in modern history.3The Cavs managed to reach the finals two seasons ago with the 20th-ranked defense. But they improved considerably at that end of the floor after making midseason trades for wing stopper Iman Shumpert and center Timofey Mozgov.There are several reasons the Cavs aren’t good defenders. Unlike much of the Big Three era in Miami, where players had the athleticism and smarts to fly around and cause havoc on defense, Cleveland is slow footed. Some of that is a function of the Cavs’ roster being long in the tooth; six members of the rotation are at least 31 years old. Other times, it looks as if players aren’t hustling, which partly explains why the club ranks dead last in transition defense, according to Synergy Sports. The Cavs also really struggle to keep the ball in front of them, and are tied for worst in the league at containing pick-and-roll ballhandlers.As the Cavs seek to work out their kinks, opponents have found that they can often generate fantastic looks against Cleveland with minimal effort and ball movement. Last year the club was pretty solid — 12th best in the NBA — at forcing foes to use nearly all of the shot clock. This season, Cleveland is tied for last in the NBA in terms of how often it forces clubs to use the final four seconds of the shot clock. (That lack of pressure also speaks to how seldom the Cavs force their opponents into turnovers compared with the rest of the league.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/loveinbetween.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/lackofattntodetail.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Still, context for the Cavs’ struggles is important. Yes, the team looks mediocre and is in real jeopardy of finishing with the No. 2 seed, or worse, in the East. But James hasn’t really needed the top seed to make the finals over these past six years; in four of those seasons, his team finished in second place before going on to win the East anyway.4Looking at this season’s contenders in the East, these teams don’t really stand out as extraordinary compared with what James has seen in the past; at least not when gauging their point-differential strength against teams the four-time MVP has faced in the playoffs before.“It matters more that we’re playing better basketball than where we’re at,” James told reporters after a 29-point loss in San Antonio this week. “If that results in us having the No. 1 seed, the No. 2 seed, 3 or whatever the hell it is, we need to play better basketball. That’s what it comes down to.”Most clubs would gladly take Cleveland’s problems, given that the Cavs — for all their struggles — have continued to boast a top-flight offense, scoring 110 points per 100 plays (eighth best) over this 17-game span. Coach Tyronn Lue, in a somewhat odd comment, said he has a potential antidote for the team’s defensive woes but that he doesn’t want to unveil it until the postseason begins. (Making the comment even odder: Lue also said he’s not necessarily confident the fix will work.)Yet there are a couple of warning signals worth noting as the Cavs hit the homestretch that simply weren’t there in years past. No James-led team the past six seasons has finished the second half of the season with a negative point differential per 100 possessions, but this one is on the cusp of doing so. Cleveland, with nine games left in its season, is getting outscored by 2.8 points per 100 plays since the All-Star break. Love’s defense has also regressed. It had improved a bit during the first half of the season, but now looks problematic again since he returned from an injury. The Cavs, who were 4.5 points better than normal when Love and James shared the court before Love got injured, have been 24 points worse per 100 plays when that duo plays together since Love came back. And much of that decline is on the defensive end; particularly when offenses find ways to pull Tristan Thompson out of the paint in hopes of punishing Love in the middle of the floor, with no one to guard the basket.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/backdoorplay.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/cavsmiscommunication1.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Defensive rebounding is the other area that’s marked a clear difference from last year. Cleveland ranked fifth in defensive-rebounding percentage last year but now is tied for 24th; a decrease due in part to Thompson’s full-time shift to the center position, where he’s been tasked with increased rim-protection responsibility as opposed to just gobbling up misses.5Advanced tracking statistics suggest that Thompson has held his own defensively at the rim this season. The 26-year-old has held foes to 52 percent from close range, 9 points beneath their average marks, good for seventh best in the NBA among players who’ve had to defend at least four shots per game from within six feet.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/thompsonrebound.mp400:0000:0000:07Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.As such, the Cavaliers aren’t the stingy team they once were. Last season, they allowed the third-fewest second-chance points; now they’re the NBA’s sixth-weakest team in that regard. The Cavaliers have enough problems when they limit opponents to one shot, let alone two or three.But how much of the Cavs’ defensive struggles will matter come June? Knowing what we know about LeBron’s ability to flip the switch, analyzing the Cavs’ late-season struggles this closely may prove to be silly. But if the Cavs do indeed fail to reach the finals, there will have been at least some writing on the wall from earlier in the season. Is it time for LeBron and the Cavaliers to hit the panic button? *The amount of points a team outscores its opponent by over a span of 100 playsSource: NBA.com read more

Ohio State softball bounces back from weekend sweep topples Ohio in doubleheader

OSU sophomore Taylor White (21) and junior Shelby Hursh (19) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIts bats might have taken awhile to warm up Tuesday evening, but the Ohio State softball team was still able to sweep its neighbors to the southeast, the Ohio Bobcats, with 11 runs in the nonconference doubleheader. The Buckeyes (27-11-1, 9-4-1), hungry to redeem themselves from a losing weekend at Michigan, dominated Ohio (25-18), which sits in fifth in the Mid-American Conference’s East division.OSU sophomore Taylor White had three hits throughout the doubleheader, all of which were for extra bases. Junior infielder Anna Kirk went 3-for-4 in the second game after falling into an 0-for-5 slump last weekend.Game 1Tuesday evening’s first matchup ended up being a 1-0 pitching contest decided by a single play of small ball. Both OSU junior Shelby Hursh and Ohio redshirt junior Savannah Jo Dorsey threw complete games, and Hursh struck out six batters while only recording two walks.The game remained scoreless until the top of the sixth, when sophomore Ashley Goodwin laid down a squeeze bunt to give the Buckeyes the go-ahead run.After OSU stranded a pair of runners in the first inning, Hursh sent the top of the lineup back to the dugout in order. In the preceding inning, Dorsey, who struck out eight, echoed with three easy outs.Freshman Emily Clark and White led the Buckeyes once again with a double each, but Clark’s leadoff two-bagger in the top of the fourth could not produce a string of hits. The Bobcats briefly threatened in the bottom of the inning in a two-out, bases-loaded situation, but junior Casie Hutchinson popped out to OSU catcher Cammi Prantl.White’s double gave OSU a chance to score in the sixth, and after she advanced to third, Goodwin’s bunt brought her home. Freshman Becca Gavin shut down Ohio second baseman Taylor Saxton with her second putout to second base of the day, and the quick final three outs in the seventh gave the Buckeyes a return to the win column.Game 2In the second game of the twinbill and 70th all-time matchup between the teams, the Buckeyes quickly turned on their previously quiet bats to cruise to a 10-3 win.White added her fourth homer in the top of the fifth, which was also her third hit of the day, and sent the Buckeyes back to Columbus with a midweek sweep. OSU freshman Morgan Ray and junior Lena Springer teamed up in the circle to keep the Bobcats at three runs through the final five innings.White doubled for the second time of the day and eighth time of the year in the top of the first, bringing in two runs.Redshirt senior shortstop Maddy McIntyre jumped on the chance to make a clutch play of her own with an RBI single in the second inning. OSU bumped its lead to four with a steal of home, but Ohio responded with a two-out, RBI single from freshman Morgan Geno.The Bobcats took advantage of another two-out situation on a pair of singles in the third inning, bringing in two runs to tighten the game to a 4-3 contest. Ohio nearly scored in the bottom of the fourth, but Kirk charged a bunt from third to end the inning.White’s home run was the only noise OSU made in the fifth inning, thanks to Dorsey’s relieving effort after sophomore Danielle Stiene headed to the bullpen. Dorsey struck out six before freshman Jamie Wren stepped into the circle for the first time in her collegiate career. In the bottom of the inning, Prantl made a diving catch in left field to leave the Bobcats with another scoreless inning.Kirk led off the sixth inning with a line drive to right field, a stolen base and a trip home on McIntyre’s deep RBI single. Prantl stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded to slam a two-run double off of the outfield wall, which prompted the third pitching change for the Bobcats. Stiene reentered the game but gave up two more runs after Clark’s single found the gap. In the bottom of the sixth, Ohio went down in order on only five pitches, giving it one last chance to close in on the Buckeyes, who also went down in order in the final inning.Gavin caught her third runner at second base to end the day, sending OSU back to Columbus with its 26th and 27th wins.Coming upOSU is scheduled to return to Big Ten play from Friday to Sunday with a three-game series against Purdue. Friday’s game is slated to begin at 6 p.m. at Buckeye Field. read more

Football Ohio State head coach Ryan Day in no rush to name

Ohio State freshman quarterback Justin Fields speaks to the media for the first time on National Signing Day on Feb. 6. Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorK.J. Hill did not think he would be back for his fifth and final season.He left the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 thinking his career as an Ohio State wide receiver was over. But he made the decision to follow in the footsteps of those before him — Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon — to come back for one more year as the veteran guy in the receiver room. It was not until Hill returned to campus for the spring that he met sophomore quarterback Justin Fields, the heralded five-star recruit who spent his freshman season at Georgia. On Wednesday, Ohio State’s first spring practice, both were on the field, Fields taking snaps and Hill running routes, trying to duplicate the same chemistry quarterback Dwayne Haskins had with his three fifth-year receivers. “You know, first day, kind of nervous,” Hill said. “But all of us just have to get our timing right with each other.” Fields’ nerves were visible early in the practice period, overshooting receivers on short, 10-yard curl routes, leading receivers too far on out routes. But to head coach Ryan Day, those mistakes are going to happen. The former quarterbacks coach said his players are allowed to fail because failing leads to growth. The head coach said the quarterback who learns from his mistakes best usually wins the starting job. And yes, Day said there will be a competition for the starting quarterback job, though Fields remains the heavy favorite to win the starting spot. “It’s going to be a battle Day One,” Day said. “The guys were out there, we were splitting up the reps. During the spring, Mike [Yurcich]’s going to roll those guys in and out. Everyone is competing.” The head coach said he does not have a timetable to determine whether Fields or redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin will be the starting quarterback, but both will get equal reps with the first-team offense, something he said is healthy at every position. Day said Baldwin has been in the offense for a year, but he has not had the opportunity to run it with the first team cut. He said the redshirt freshman looked good doing that in the first practice of the spring. As for Fields, the head coach described him as a quick learner, doing a nice job in the meetings learning the offense with passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich, who is in his first season with Ohio State. At this point of the season, Day said it was good to go out onto the field to get a feel for what the quarterback room — specifically Baldwin and Fields — can handle. “Who are they? What is their identity going to be?” Day said. “It’s Day One, so it’s hard to tell.” The expectations remain to find a leader behind center who has the ability to move the ball downfield consistently and have a way to self-diagnose strengths and weaknesses to better suit the offense the quarterback is running. But Day is realistic. He said he expected for the spacing and timing of balls  thrown from his quarterbacks to be off. “Shoot, that’s even normal in the NFL,” Day said. As practice went on, the head coach said the timing from all the quarterbacks improved and the ball came out well. Despite acknowledging there is a long way to go with a long list of things to improve, Day said that he was encouraged by what he saw in the first practice of the spring. And that is why he wants time. No matter the expectations behind Fields, the head coach said he wants to be prepared for whatever happens prior to the season opener against Florida Atlantic on Aug. 31. “You don’t really know how it’s going to play out,” Day said. “It’s one thing I learned a long time ago — to do all that early on doesn’t help at all, it doesn’t do anybody any good.” Day is not focused on naming a starting quarterback. Instead, he’s helping lead quarterbacks to learn the offense to prepare for the starting job. read more

McClean helps homeless in his hometown

first_imgThe Republic of Ireland footballer has paid for four persons to stay in a hotel in the city of LondonderryRepublic of Ireland player James McClean believes in giving back to life after his success in the national team and in Stoke City.The winger and his wife, have paid for hotel and food for four people in the city of Londonderry.“James text me on Sunday evening out of the blue and asked me to do him a favor,” McClean’s father Patrick told BBC News NI.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“You never know with James what he will ask.”“He wanted to know about the homeless situation back in Derry, and I told him there seemed to be a rise in the number of people you can see sleeping rough,” he added.“James said ‘I have booked four rooms, can you go and gather whoever needs a bed for a few nights’.”“There was absolute shock and disbelief on their faces, they were so pleased that a complete stranger would do this for them,” Patrick said.last_img read more