Below, you can see a selection of videos from WSP, Bonamassa, and Gordon’s sets from Sunday at The Peach and a number of selections from the emotional final performance of Les Brers below, courtesy of YouTube user Sean Roche (if not otherwise stated). You can also check out a full gallery of beautiful photos from the final day of The Peach 2017 courtesy of Phierce Photo by Keith G. (Instagram: @PhiercePhoto).Mike Gordon: Joe Bonamassa – “Last Kiss”Widespread Panic – “Hope In A Hopeless World”SETLIST: Widespread Panic | The Peach Music Festival | Night 4 (Sunday) | 8/13/17:Hope In Hopeless World, Blackout Blues, Holden Oversoul, Good People, Cotton Was King > Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > Second Skin > Greta > Driving Song > Shut Up And Drive > Protein Drink / Sewing Machine > Driving Song, Genesis > North, Saint Ex, Ain’t Life Grand (135 mins)Les Brers – “Hot Lanta”Les Brers – “Please Call Home”Les Brers – “Dimple” with Junior MackLes Brers – “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed”Les Brers – “Every Hungry Woman”“Whipping Post” > “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” w/ Berry Oakley Jr.[Cover photo via Phierce Photo by Keith G. (Instagram: @PhiercePhoto)]The Peach Music Festival | Day 4 (Sunday) | 8/13/17 | Photos: Phierce Photo by Keith G. Load remaining images Yesterday, The Peach Music Festival came to a close following its fourth straight day of impressive live performances. Sunday’s lineup featured sets from Widespread Panic (who had already put on one stellar performance the night before) as well as blues guitar master Joe Bonamassa, and Phish bassist Mike Gordon‘s solo band. The final day of The Peach Music Festical 2017 also included the last-ever performance by Les Brers, the post-Allman Brothers Band outfit formerly led by the late Butch Trucks, who was honored along with Gregg Allman as part of ont-time-only, star-studded tribute performance on Saturday night.
Jackson Oxler | The Observer ROTC students stood guard at the Clarke Memorial Fountain for a full 24 hours to mark Veterans Day. The guard ended at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at Notre Dame honors America’s veterans each year by standing guard at the Clarke Memorial Fountain and by hosting a ceremony to conclude the vigil service. Beginning Monday at 4:30 p.m., ROTC officers began standing guard at the Clarke Memorial Fountain, more commonly known as Stonehenge. Students from each of the three branches took shifts for 30 minutes throughout the night and continuing into Tuesday afternoon. The guard lasted a full 24 hours, and despite the snow and cold, the students honored those whose steps they will follow.At the concluding ceremony to end the vigil, ROTC faculty, cadets, midshipmen, veterans and members of the Notre Dame community gathered to celebrate the holiday. Senior and army cadet Maria Burgess served as emcee for the service and introduced Brigadier General (BG) Joseph Ricciardi, the Deputy Commanding General of the 81st Readiness Division.Before becoming a Deputy Commanding General, Ricciardi was a professor of military science at Notre Dame. He said his time at Notre Dame helped him understand the importance of the relationship between the University and the armed forces.Ricciardi thanked past veterans, service members and the ROTC students for their commitment to freedom. He also offered thoughts on the importance of freedom and those who fight to protect it.“Today we also honor tomorrow’s veterans: those that will soon be part of the 0.04% of Americans that serve vigilantly around the world to allow the other 99.96% of Americans to sleep comfortably at night,” Ricciardi said.To thank Ricciardi for attending the ceremony and for his service, Notre Dame ROTC presented him with a plaque. Burgess also offered a few words on the meaning behind the holiday and why it is celebrated each year.“Veterans Day is intended to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military, in wartime or peacetime,” Burgess said. “In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served, not only those who died, have sacrificed and done their duty. In keeping with this tradition, today’s ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who serve in the United States Armed forces.”Following their remarks, each of the three ROTC branches stood with other service men and women from their respective branches and sang their service songs. To conclude the ceremony, they played Taps to honor fallen veterans.“It is tradition at such ceremonies as this to play taps as final respect for those veterans who fought so bravely, and have given their lives in defense of our nation,” Burgess said. “While Taps is played, let us recall those whose efforts to protect our freedom caused them to pay the ultimate sacrifice.”Tags: Clarke Memorial Fountain, ROTC, Veterans Day In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day, making Nov. 11 a national holiday to celebrate and honor all the men and women who have served in the armed forces of the United States military. That day was celebrated at Notre Dame on Monday as well. read more
By Dialogo May 09, 2011 ‘On Time’ Battalion Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment began training Iraqi Army field artillery soldiers of Light Battery, 20th Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division on the M198 howitzer at Kirkush Military Training Base, Iraq, April 27. Prior to receiving the 155mm weapons systems, U.S. and Iraqi forces primarily focused on infantry and mortar support tactics during Tadreeb al Shamil in an effort to modernize Iraq’s military forces. The howitzers provide a long range indirect fire capability that the IA previously lacked, which vastly changes the face of current training, said Capt. Lance Magill, field artillery training team chief for 2nd Bn., 11th FA Regt. “The addition of a weapons system and the needed training is huge for these guys,” he said. “It will give them the capability to fire indirect fire with a large caliber weapon out to about 18 kilometers.” Having that extra reach on the battlefield gives artillery units more flexibility and standoff, said Maj. Jackie Kaina, operations officer for 2nd Bn., 11th FA Regt. Similar to a boxer’s jab punch, standoff is the ability to engage an enemy at a safe distance while still inflicting damage. Combining that standoff ability with a training course taught by combat-experienced U.S. instructors provides Iraqi soldiers with an excellent foundation, Kaina said. Instructors broke down the new M198 training course down into sections; the first of which involved classroom instruction focused on theory, and then a hands-on portion which gave IA soldiers a chance to gain practical experience while familiarizing themselves with the weapon. “They are three weeks into the training cycle and everything they have done up to this point has been computations, theory, and classroom work,” said 1st Lt. Adam Thompson, a senior M198 weapon system instructor, Battery A, 2nd Bn., 11th FA Regt. “We got the guns in on Sunday. After two straight weeks of theory and class work, they were chomping at the bit to actually work with these weapons systems.” During the current eight-week course, the first training cycle dedicated to field artillery, U.S. and Iraqi leaders hand selected a small group of Iraqi soldiers who will be the mainstay of 5th IA Div.’s field artillery corps and act as future instructors. “Basically it makes them a more complete army,” said Magill. “It gives them more flexibility with indirect fire assets than the 120mm mortars they have, should they encounter an external threat. That is the primary focus here—getting these guys prepared to take on the conventional mission set of a modern army; protecting its country’s borders and its people.” U.S. instructors filed their students into separate gun teams and assigned each student a position in the crew, including section chief, gunner, assistant gunner and ammunition team chief. The students then began practicing pre-operations systems checks and dry runs on weapon exercises. “Currently we are training the IA troops to fill the roles in the gun crews that our noncommissioned officers currently fill,” said Magill. Bolstering and empowering the Iraqi NCO Corps has been a major goal of U.S. forces during Tadreeb al Shamil, Kaina said. Building that initiative around a practical concept such as artillery training and empowering the soldiers to become experts on how to manage the weapon, fire it, and retrain others really helps build that confidence within those NCOs, he said. “By making them the experts on something like a weapon system, you give them ownership of that knowledge,” said Kaina. “They can say ‘I am responsible for the knowledge of this system that was passed down to me from the Soldiers of the U.S. Army.’” “You are giving them something tangible; something to be proud of,” he added. “They will know that M198 system better than anyone else, and that is how our NCOs operate—they know their systems and their people better than anyone else.” While the immediate goal of the training is to field the Howitzers and train the IA soldiers on how to use them, Kaina said the ultimate purpose of the course is to build leaders who can take the training back to their own units for future success. “We want this training to go a long way in helping to establish an Iraqi Army NCO Corps that can take this knowledge and be the keepers of it for what will hopefully be many future field artillery regiments,” said Kaina. Instructors plan to continue the field artillery training on the M198 for the next month, culminating the class with a provincial capstone exercise that will include live fire drills using the new howitzers. “The training is good, the U.S. training team is professional and they know their job well,” said Lt. Faisal, a field artillery platoon leader going through the training at KMTB. “The more we work with the U.S. forces, the more proficient and professional we become, we are looking forward to the live fire exercise and we will be ready.” read more
By Peruvian Ministry of Defense January 17, 2017 On January 3rd, Peruvian Minister of Defense Jorge Nieto Montesinos, officiated the farewell ceremony for the Peruvian “Blue Helmets,” members of the Second Contingent of the Peru Company of Engineers, who traveled to the Central African Republic on January 10th to take part in a United Nations peacekeeping mission. “You are soldiers for peace and you have the honor and the responsibility to maintain the high level of professionalism and ethical behavior of our Armed Forces in these peace missions,” he told the 205 commissioned military troops from the three service branches. The Peru Company of Engineers is part of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The group is tasked with building and maintaining airfields in the country, supporting the installation and implementation of bases belonging to other peacekeeping operations contingents, and other engineering work. This is the second Peruvian contingent traveling to the African nation on a one-year mission. The first contingent arrived in Africa in December 2015 and will return to Peru in the upcoming days, after satisfactorily completing the work assigned to them by the United Nations. Notable among the projects completed by the Peruvian contingent in 2016 are the construction of prefabricated offices in the city of Bouar, site of the MINUSCA headquarters, the expansion of the Peruvian contingent’s camp perimeter, the rehabilitation and construction of MINUSCA’s shooting range, the repair of the entrance of the MINUSCA headquarters, and reconnaissance of the Bossangoa airfield for maintenance and repair work of the landing strip, among others. “In general, the participation of our Armed Forces in peacekeeping missions has been outstanding for more than 30 years, so much so that some partners in the United Nations, as well as from the ministries of defense of neighboring countries have told me their satisfaction at having worked with our soldiers,” Minister Nieto said. The second contingent of the Peru Company of Engineers consists of 121 Army troops, 58 Navy troops, and 26 Air Force troops. Their commander is Peruvian Army Colonel Carlos Overluijs García. The farewell ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister for Defense Policy Librado Orozco; the Armed Forces Joint Command Chief Admiral José Paredes Lora, as well as the general commanders of the Air Force, Air General Javier Ramírez Guillén, Navy Commander, Admiral Gonzalo Ríos Polastri; and Commander General of the Army Luis Ramos Hume. read more
For the complete Spring guidelines, click here. Officials say all students must also complete a seven day precautionary quarantine upon arriving to their respective campus. The SUNY system has pushed the start date for the semester back until February 1 and has canceled Spring Break for schools to attempt to limit the spread of the virus. NEW YORK (WBNG) — The SUNY system has implemented a comprehensive COVID-19 plan for the upcoming Spring 2021 semester. Students must also wear a mask at all times while on campus, including while social distancing. The main components of the plan include a requirement of all students being tested for the coronavirus upon returning to school for the Spring.
General Secretary of the PSU, Thomas Letang.Staff members at the Dominica State College (DSC) will soon be taking their concerns regarding employment issues to the Minister of Education with a view to deciding how these issues can be addressed. The staff members met with their union representatives on Wednesday, to discuss issues that they say are threatening their livelihood.General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union (PSU) Thomas Letang says Wednesday’s meeting discussed matters ranging from the stench of the Fond Cole Landfill, late payment of salaries and non payments of salary deductions.“While salary deductions are being made on the salary slips, they are not being paid to the various institutions. What the members are saying is that they are asked to pay late fees and also there is the possibility that they insurance membership may be cancelled. They made mention of the fact that some people have lost their jobs and they have been replaced by persons who are not more qualified than them. They have another situation where they were told that some of them need to have a master’s degree by next year and they are finding it difficult in accessing loans at the bank to pursue a course of study leading to a the masters degree. They believe the time is too short and there must be a plan in place,” he explained.According to Letang, employees are also concerned that the DSC Board of Governors has not been meeting regularly. “We spoke about working conditions, the question of gratuity, salary increases which haven’t been paid for over a year now. The issues are plenty and they also mentioned that the board of governors has not met for some time and certain matters that have to be addressed cannot be,” he said.Dominica Vibes News Share 13 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share LocalNews DSC staff members to take their concerns to the education minister by: – November 18, 2011 read more
OU faces tough test vs No. 1 Baylor Associated Press February 17, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com SUPER SENIORS: Oklahoma’s Kristian Doolittle, Brady Manek and Austin Reaves have combined to account for 61 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 65 percent of all Sooners points over the last five games.BIG 12 BOOST: The Bears have allowed only 56.4 points per game across 12 conference games. That’s an improvement from the 60.3 per game they allowed in non-conference play.JUMPING FOR JARED: Jared Butler has connected on 38 percent of the 158 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 10 of 25 over his last three games. He’s also made 82.3 percent of his foul shots this season.STREAK STATS: Baylor has won its last eight road games, scoring 67.5 points and allowing 58.3 points during those contests. Oklahoma has won its last five home games, scoring an average of 77.4 points while giving up 62.8.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Bears have recently converted buckets via assists more often than the Sooners. Oklahoma has an assist on 40 of 77 field goals (51.9 percent) across its past three matchups while Baylor has assists on 45 of 71 field goals (63.4 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Baylor has posted an outstanding offensive rebound percentage of 36.8 percent, ranking the Bears seventh nationally in that category. The offensive rebound percentage for Oklahoma sits at just 22.6 percent (ranked 325th). Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 1 Baylor (23-1, 12-0) vs. Oklahoma (16-9, 6-6)Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Oklahoma; Tuesday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 1 Baylor presents a tough challenge for Oklahoma. Oklahoma has won one of its four games against ranked opponents this season. Baylor remains unbeaten against Big 12 opponents this season. read more
UNDATED (AP) — Kansas can start celebrating their finish atop the final Top 25 from The Associated Press. The regular-season Big 12 champions, who were 28-3 when the season abruptly ended after the first day of the conference tournament last week, received 63 of 65 first-place votes from a national media panel in balloting released Wednesday.That easily outdistanced No. 2 Gonzaga and No. 3 Dayton, each of which received a first-place vote.Florida State was fourth, easily the best finish ever for the Seminoles, while Baylor rounded out the top five after spending a longer stretch at No. 1 than any other team during a topsy-turvy season.The final rankings were based on play through March 11, when the outbreak of the coronavirus brought the sport to a halt.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS March 18, 2020 — A person familiar with the deal says free agent cornerback Eli Apple has agreed to a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders.— The Texans traded star receiver DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona by receiving running back David Johnson in the deal. Both Carlos Hyde and Lamar Miller becoming free agents this week. Randall Cobb could help fill the void left by Hopkins.— The Washington Redskins are signing safety Sean Davis to a one-year contract that can be worth up to $5 million. The 26-year-old missed the vast majority of last season with a shoulder injury.— A person with knowledge of the deal says the Los Angeles Rams have agreed to a one-year contract worth $10 million with pass-rushing linebacker Leonard Floyd. The Rams also agreed to re-sign starting offensive linemen Andrew Whitworth and Austin Blythe. The Rams lost three important defensive starters, with defensive lineman Michael Brockers joining Baltimore, leading tackler Cory Littleton moving to Las Vegas and pass-rusher Dante Fowler inking a lucrative deal with Atlanta.— Seattle Seahawks are reuniting with an old friend, bringing back former first-round pick Bruce Irvin, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Irvin will be a boost to Seattle’s pass rush that needed attention. — The Giants’ Nate Solder faces an uncertain future on the left side and veteran Mike Remmers is a free agent. And, now, the Giants don’t have much salary cap space after agreeing to terms in free agency with Panthers cornerback James Bradberry, Packers linebackers Blake Martinez and Kyler Fackrell, and 49ers tight end Levine Toilolo, and franchising defensive tackle Leonard Williams.— The Browns secured contracts with linebacker B.J. Goodson and safety Karl Joseph. A person familiar with the deals told the AP that Goodson will likely take over in the middle for departed linebacker Joe Schobert.NFL-OBIT-MCPHERSONLongtime 49ers assistant Bill McPherson dies at age 88SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Longtime San Francisco 49ers coach and executive Bill McPherson has died at the age of 88. The 49ers said McPherson died Tuesday. McPherson spent 20 seasons as a defensive assistant for the 49ers from 1979-98, helping the franchise win five Super Bowl titles. McPherson later worked as the team’s director of pro personnel then as a personnel consultant from 2003-05. —The Atlanta Falcons and Dante Fowler have agreed to a $48 million, three-year contract, reuniting the outside linebacker with one of his coaches in college according to a person familiar with the deal. The 25-year-old Fowler played college ball at the University of Florida. When he was a freshman in 2012, Falcons coach Dan Quinn was the Gators’ defensive coordinator.— The Minnesota Vikings shed yet more salary with the termination of right guard Josh Kline’s contract. Kline joined fellow starters defensive tackle Linval Joseph, cornerback Trae Waynes and wide receiver Stefon Diggs on their way to other teams. The Vikings made their biggest move this week by extending the contract of quarterback Kirk Cousins and agreeing to trade Diggs to Buffalo. Their most notable pickup on the market was former Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce to replace Joseph.— The Baltimore Ravens added 6-foot-8 defensive end Calais Campbell and the acquisition of 6-5 free agent defensive tackle Michael Brockers. The Ravens also sent tight end Hayden Hurst and a 2020 fourth-round draft choice to the Falcons for Atlanta’s second- and fifth-round selections in the draft.— A person familiar with the trade says the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to send quarterback Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears for a compensatory fourth-round draft pick. The Jaguars are dumping Foles a little more than a year after giving the former Super Bowl MVP a four-year, $88 million contract that included a whopping $50.125 million guaranteed. Foles is due to make $15.125 million in 2020 and would have counted $21.837 million against Jacksonville’s salary cap.—The Chicago Bears traded for quarterback Nick Foles to push Mitchell Trubisky. They also brought in one former All-Pro to boost their pass rush by agreeing to a five-year, $70 million deal with Robert Quinn, and have another former star on the way in tight end Jimmy Graham. Ottawa NHL player tests positiveUNDATED (AP) — The NHL has its first player who has tested positive for the new coronavirus.The Ottawa Senators say an unidentified player tested positive for COVID-19. The player was experiencing mild symptoms and was in isolation. Ottawa’s final three games of the suspended season were all in California.In other virus-related developments:— The Cincinnati Reds say an employee who worked at Cincinnati’s spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The team says the employee lives in Arizona and has been self-quarantined, along with other members of the Reds staff who were in close contact. The employee worked at the complex from Feb. 29 through March 14. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-FREE AGENCYAP sources: Free agent deals can’t be official even as NFL year beginsUNDATED (AP) — The new NFL year has begun, but free agent contracts and trades agreed upon in recent days or weeks won’t become official just yet. Although information on dozens of contract agreements and a slew of trades has been leaked, teams were not allowed to complete the deals until the 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday start of the 2020 NFL business year. However, all of those transactions now come with the caveat that the signings and physicals need to occur. Free agents involved won’t be getting paid until those deals are signed and physicals are taken.The NFL has barred travel to team facilities by free agents and also has banned team personnel from traveling to meet with players as a safeguard against the new coronavirus.In free agency news:— Dak Prescott has his No. 1 receiver back after the Dallas Cowboys opened free agency by signing Amari Cooper to a $100 million, five-year contract. The next question is whether the star quarterback will get a long-term deal after the Cowboys placed the roughly $31.5 million franchise tag on Prescott. Dallas is trying to counter the losses of several defensive starters with the expected signings of defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and cornerback Maurice Canady. The Cowboys also are re-signing linebacker Sean Lee, cornerback Anthony Brown and safety Darian Thompson.— DeForest Buckner made it official by signing a four-year, $84 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts, one day after his celebrating his 26th birthday. The deal makes Buckner the second-highest paid defensive tackle in the NFL. Indy also has agreed to terms on a one-year, $25 million deal with quarterback Philip Rivers. But the Colts did not officially announce that move. — The Carolina Panthers have released Eric Reid, just 13 months after giving the veteran safety a three-year, $22 million contract extension. The decision to release Reid means the Panthers will be on the hook for $5 million in dead money. Reid was the first player to join former teammate Colin Kaepernick’s protest against social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. He has also been an outspoken voice in the players’ union.S— The Green Bay Packers’ additions of linebacker Christian Kirksey and Rick Wagner this week signaled moving forward without two key veterans. Longtime right tackle Bryan Bulaga has agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Chargers and linebacker Blake Martinez is joining the New York Giants.— The Buffalo Bills have signed cornerback Josh Norman to a one-year contract in hopes the eighth-year player can secure a starting job opposite Tre’Davious White.-The Philadelphia Eagles added former Steelers defensive tackle Javon Hargrave, released standout safety Malcolm Jenkins and retained starting safety Rodney McLeod, starting cornerback Jalen Mills, defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway and backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld so far in free agency. The Eagles previously announced they wouldn’t keep nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters and aren’t going to tender restricted free agent running back Corey Clement. — Defensive tackle Linval Joseph has agreed to a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press that Joseph’s contract is for $17 million but could go as high as $19 million with additional incentives. Update on the latest sports — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter free agency with expectations of signing six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady. There’s been no official announcement on Brady joining the Bucs after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots. But there’s already an increased demand for tickets. Within hours of reports of the team closing in on a deal with Brady, the website selling season passes for 2020 showed more than 2,400 people waiting for a chance to make purchases.— The Patriots were in cost-cutting mode on the first day of free agency. Safety Duron Harmon was traded to the Lions, defensive tackle Danny Shelton also landed in Detroit and offensive lineman Ted Karras agreed to a deal with the Dolphins. Linebacker Elandon Roberts is also expected to sign with the Dolphins. Combined with other moves this week, the Patriots are about $13 million under the salary cap and they still have to replace Tom Brady.— The Miami Dolphins have added up to seven starters with a spending spree at the start of free agency. The latest addition to the starting lineup: center Ted Karras. A person familiar with the deal says Karras agreed to a $4 million one-year contract. Earlier the Dolphins made Byron Jones the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback and bolstered their pass rush by reaching agreements with linebacker Kyle Van Noy and defensive ends Shaq Lawson and Emmanuel Ogbah. On offense they upgraded by acquiring running back Jordan Howard and guard Ereck Flowers. The seven deals were for a total of more than $222 million.—The Detroit Lions agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with defensive tackle Danny Shelton. Lions coach Matt Patricia has familiarity with Harmon. Patricia is entering his third season as Detroit’s coach and was New England’s defensive coordinator before taking over the Lions.-The Bengals released right guard John Miller. The move came five days after the Bengals released left tackle Cordy Glenn, who missed 10 games last season with a concussion and a team suspension. The Bengals also released B.W. Webb as part of a cornerback shuffle. They’re expected to sign former Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes. —The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to an $11 million, two-year deal with Brandon Shell, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.— The New York Jets are re-signing cornerback Brian Poole to a one-year, $5 million fully guaranteed contract, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus. Poole was the Jets’ best cornerback last season in Gregg Williams’ defense, playing in the nickel spot. Trumaine Johnson’s stint with the New York Jets is over after two disappointing and injury-plagued seasons. The move saves New York $11 million in salary cap space this year.—The Washington Redskins are signing safety Sean Davis for a one-year deal that can be worth up to $5 million. The Redskins also agreed to terms with linebackers Thomas Davis and Kevin Pierre-Louis and re-signed Jon Bostic, and, signed guard Wes Schweitzer for help on the offensive line.— The Denver Broncos have acquired five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey from the Tennessee Titans. Two people familiar with the trade tell The Associated Press that the Titans swapped Casey to Denver for a seventh-round draft pick. Casey is due $11.2 million this season and is under contract through 2022 with a price tag that only rises in the final two years.— Versatile Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Austin Blythe has agreed to a one-year deal to return. Blythe has started all but one game over the past two seasons with the Rams after serving as a backup in 2017 NBA-CLIPPERS-MANNClippers’ Terance Mann has ligament surgery on right handLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers guard Terance Mann had surgery Tuesday to repair a ligament in his right hand, the team said Wednesday. Mann was injured during a game on March 8 while on assignment with the team’s G League affiliate in Ontario, California. No timetable for his return has been set.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-POLLKansas finishes No. 1 in final AP poll; Gonzaga, Dayton next Associated Press — The IndyCar race in Long Beach, California, won’t be held this year. Officials with the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach said Wednesday they pursued the possibility of rescheduling the popular race to a later date. The race had been scheduled for April 19.— Formula One has moved its midseason break from August to March and April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The break has also been extended from 14 days to 21. Four of the season’s 22 races have already been postponed, and they are hoping that moving the annual break forward could make it easier to find new dates later for events.— The Green Bay Packers are extending the deadline for season ticket holders to pay for their 2020 tickets to June 1 to allow them more time to deal with any potential impact from the coronavirus.— Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.— All men’s and women’s professional tennis tournaments through June 7 are being called off because of the pandemic. The ATP and WTA announced that the entire clay-court circuit “will not be held as scheduled.” Both tours also said that their rankings will be frozen until further notices. — The Western Athletic Conference has canceled all competition and championships for the remainder of the academic year. The WAC’s decision affects men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball.— The Big South Conference became the latest to announce it is canceling all spring athletic activities due to the coronavirus pandemic.— People familiar with the discussions tell The Associated Press that Major League Baseball is considering skipping its amateur draft this year and putting off the next international signing period as a way to preserve cash while games are affected by the new coronavirus.IDITARODNorwegian musher wins Alaska’s Iditarod sled dog race ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — As a boy in Norway, Thomas Waerner (WAR’-ner) dreamed of American muscle cars and winning the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. On Wednesday, one of those dreams came true as Waerner won the nearly 1,000-mile sled dog race across Alaska. He blew away the competition and left the closet musher to him about five hours behind. Waerner picks up $50,000 and a new pickup truck for winning the world’s most famous sled dog race. He took his dogs over mountain ranges, the frozen Yukon River and across treacherous Bering sea ice to the finish line in Nome in 9 days, 10 hours, 37 minutes and 47 seconds.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 read more
FORMER India captain and legendary Test batsman Sunil Gavaskar has hit out at the BCCI selection committee and also questioned the way captain Virat Kohli is getting to choose his team, in a column for Mid-Day.Gavaskar questioned the way the selection committee chose the team for the upcoming tour of West Indies and even called for players of better stature to be a part of the group.“Speaking of lame ducks, the Indian selection committee appears to be one. After the reappointment, he (captain) gets invited to the meeting for his views on the selecting the players for the team. By bypassing the procedure, the message that goes out is that while the players like Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik get dropped after below expectations performance, the captain continues despite much below par expectations where the team did not even reach the finals,” the stalwart wrote, taking a clear dig at the powers that Virat Kohli currently enjoys in the system.He also raised questions about how the committee decided to continue with Virat Kohli as the skipper of the team without even holding a meeting, which is generally the norm.“That they selected the team for West Indies without first having a meeting to select the captain brings up the question of whether Virat Kohli is the captain of the team at his or the selection committee’s pleasure.To the best of our knowledge his (Kohli’s) appointment was till the World Cup. After that, it was incumbent on the selectors to meet even if it was for five minutes for his reappointment,” Gavaskar wrote in Mid-Day.Finally, he also questioned the merit of the selection committee suggesting that the current committee does not have players of stature and gets bullied by the team management.“This is probably one of the last selections for this committee as a new one will get appointed soon. Hopefully that will have players of stature who will not get bullied and be able to tell the team management that their job is to play with the team chosen by the selectors,” Gavaskar wrote.The current selection committee is headed by MSK Prasad and comprises Sarandeep Singh, Devang Gandhi, Jatin Paranjape and Gagan Khoda. The total Test experience of this committee stands at 13 matches with Prasad having played 6. Paranjape and Khoda only played ODI cricket for India. (Extracted form Hindustan Times, New Delhi). read more
Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield This week we asked fans for their questions about the Angels and baseball on Twitter. You came through with nearly 100 of them, so apologies to those we didn’t answer here.Q: Do u think the season will be delayed because of the revenue split issue between the players and owners? — @andyylleeA: This is of course the big question on everyone’s mind right now. Although there are certainly some health-related issues that the players and owners need to negotiate, the most public debate has centered around finances.It comes down to this: When the two sides agreed in March that the players would be paid their normal salaries on a pro-rated basis, the owners contend that deal was contingent on the games being played with fans, which obviously isn’t going to be possible for a while. The players believe the issue was settled, regardless of fans, and it shouldn’t be negotiated again. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter A: Ohtani is currently throwing bullpen sessions, gradually increasing his intensity and volume. As long as he doesn’t have a setback at some point from the increase, he should be available as a pitcher and hitter whenever the season starts.Q: If there is universal DH do you expect Ohtani to hit at most of away Interleague games? Maybe at the Dodger Stadium? — @slkz918A: If there is a universal DH, the rules will be the same in all ballparks. There won’t be any pitchers hitting.The question is whether the Angels would forfeit the use of the DH in the games he’s pitching so he can also hit. The tricky part of that is that they would also have their pitcher in the lineup after Ohtani is done pitching.That’s a little easier to do with the expanded rosters this season is expected to feature because there would be more pinch-hitters and relievers available.Still, I wouldn’t expect the Angels to do that with Ohtani very often. He rarely did it in Japan, and I don’t think the Angels want to put too much on his plate in his first year after Tommy John surgery.Q: I’ve read if there is no season players won’t get paid this year. My question is will there be more money to spend next off season — @JLeppelmanA: If there is no season, there will also be no revenue, so I can’t imagine that being a good thing for future spending. Teams may also have to budget planning on reduced attendance in 2021, simply because the economy is likely to affect a lot of fans ability to afford tickets.Q: How does a 5 round draft affect angels? Any advantages / disadvantages to them or other teams? — @slkz918A: A five-round draft is going to mean there will be tons of players signed as non-drafted free agents with a limit of $20,000 for their bonus. That means that money likely isn’t going to be able to sway the best available players, so it will be up to the teams to distinguish themselves in some other way.This is just a guess on my part, but it’s possible that the Angels and the other California teams may have an advantage simply because they are located in one of the areas where there will be the most players. If a kid from Southern California is weighing the same $20,000 from teams in different parts of the country, he may opt to pick his hometown team.Q: Any thought to limited capacity in stadiums to address payroll concerns, drive revenue and be able to enjoy live baseball with social distance in place? — @cldgin2A: They would also have to figure out a way to manage the fans coming in and out of the ballpark, going to the restroom, going to the concession stands, etc. But if they can make more money than simply playing in empty ballparks, I expect them to consider it.This is also something that local governments will determine before the owners even get a shot to consider.Q: What do the Angels do with Adell this year? If the season is played, is he on the team since no minor league season to help his development? Or does he join the Angels for the short season and have to start his service time? Thanks. — @escalera008Q: If the mlb season were to start, would jo Adell be apart of the 20 man reserves? — @XxBiglayxXQ: Does the time of service change for Adell with the league shut down? — @greg_sugdenA: We’ll combine all these Jo Adell questions. Shortly before spring training ended, it certainly seemed as if Adell had some development left to do before he would be ready for the majors. Since he hasn’t played since, that hasn’t happened. Once spring training 2.0 starts, he’ll have a chance to show where is, but he still may not get many games.If teams keep minor leaguers back in Arizona or Florida to essentially have instructional leagues, it’s possible the Angels would prefer Adell get some game action there than just working out as a member of the major league taxi squad.As for the service time question, players will receive pro-rated service time for as much as they are in the majors this season. If they are up for half of whatever season there is, they would be credited with half of a full season.Q: David Fletcher or Tommy La Stella , who’s starting at 2nd? — @kylegkenn14A: Manager Joe Maddon said he wanted La Stella to start at second against right-handed pitchers, which leaves Fletcher to start against lefties. Against righties, Fletcher’s playing time was likely to come either in right field or when Anthony Rendon or Andrelton Simmons got a day off.Q: Look back on how the free agent signings went this winter, was the move to trade Will Wilson to free up salary worth it? — @BaseballYoYA: It’s hard to say what was worth it until you know how good of a player Wilson ends up being and how much value the Angels get from the players they signed. However, their 2020 payroll was still set to be higher than 2019, even without the $12.7 million they unloaded by moving Zack Cozart in that trade. And the proposed deal for Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling probably could not even been broached if they didn’t have more payroll space.Q: So the angels are getting relief in a way of Albert Pujols contract right ? — @luisvallin2A: Players are getting paid about 4 percent of their total salaries in April and May, and beyond that they only get paid for games that are played. So, the Angels will not pay Pujols — or any of their players — anything close to their full salary in 2020.Q: Do we extend Simmons? Or use his value to get some pitching ? — @Auggzslll_A: The latter is not really an option any more. Simmons is going to be a free agent after the 2020 season, whether it’s played or not. At this point it looks like the best-case scenario is half a season, so unless the Angels are going to give up after one month and trade Simmons, they will have him through this season. We don’t even know what the rules and deadlines will be to allow trades in a shortened season.Whether they sign him beyond this season is a fair question, but one the Angels won’t likely consider until after this season.Related Articles Lawyers are going to figure out this one, but I’d like to believe it’s in the best interest of both sides to come to agreement, even if it’s one that isn’t ideal for either.Q: IF season starts in July, what is plan by MLB for playoffs? Just half season and same rules? — @irishzorro2010A: Reports of proposal the owners submitted to the players this week were that the playoff format would be altered somewhat. Instead of one wild card game, the team with the best record in each league would advance to the division series, while six other teams (the other two division winners and the next four best records) would meet in best-of-three series to determine who advances to the division series.After that, the playoffs would proceed normally, with a best-of-five round, a best-of-seven League Championship series and the best-of-seven World Series.Q: I’m a glass half full kinda guy. Does all this mean Shohei (Ohtani) is good to go both hitting and pitching out of the gate whenever we start? —@ILLWi117 Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Q: If the team doesn’t re-sign Simmons, who do you think is the next man up in house? Or will they have to look outside the organization? — @mrplow17A: David Fletcher and Luis Rengifo would be the top options to be the everyday shortstop in 2021 and probably 2022. After that, the Angels could be just about to ready to see if Jeremiah Jackson, 20, or Kyren Paris, 18, are ready for the big leagues. Arol Vera, 17, is also a top prospect who plays shortstop, although he’s even younger than Jackson and Paris.Q: Do I get a refund on my opening day tickets ? — @cheesieplaysA: The Angels have asked fans to contact them directly for information on refunds. Call 714-4-ANGELS.For more questions and some additional answers, see Jeff Fletcher’s twitter feed or the OC Register Angels Facebook page. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more