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Joe Burrow is already telling the Bengals what he wants, starting with A.J. Green

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first_imgThe Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since 1990, six years before Burrow was born, and they’re 0-2 in their pair of Super Bowl appearances.So if having Green on the roster softens whatever blow Burrow might think he’ll experience with whatever he thinks the Bengals are, then so be it. The young QB’s desire to play with the seven-time Pro Bowl receiver is natural, and chances are Burrow will get his wish, at least for the short term. ESPN reported Sunday the Bengals “currently plan to franchise tag” Green, which would keep him in Cincinnati for at least one more season.The question in terms of Burrow’s potential satisfaction with the Bengals, though, is rooted deeper than his having a 6-4 veteran receiver at his disposal.MORE NFL DRAFT:Could another team trade for No. 1 pick (and Burrow)?Yes, Burrow said publicly at the Combine he would “show up” if drafted by Cincinnati, but he has done nothing definitive to deflate rumors of his hoping to play elsewhere — chatter he created himself when he claimed he held leverage as the draft approaches.During a recent appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, NFL Media’s Rich Eisen perfectly presented the situation the Bengals face with Burrow.”The ‘leverage’ part of it,” Eisen began. “You’re slotted. You know how much money you’re going to make. You know how long the contract’s going to be. The only word leverage comes into play is if you exact it to try and not go there. So if you drop ‘leverage,’ we all get it. We all understand what you’re saying.”Eisen then delivered a perfect analogy: “When asked about it, he goes, ‘If they take me, they take me.’ Now Pat, you just got engaged. …”The reason why I bring all this up, and everybody out there in the Pat McAfee Show listening and viewing audience, you all are getting engaged. What if you heard, second-hand, through a friend of your fiance, that when it was apparent you were about to engage to be married to this woman, her response to her friend was, ‘If he proposes, he proposes.'”A beautiful analogy from @RichEisen on Joe Burrow’s comments about the #Bengals and the 1st overall pick #PatMcAfeeShowLIVE pic.twitter.com/p1fYuUWJ5V— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) February 28, 2020BENDER: Attacking false narratives around BurrowKing expressed similar pessimism in his report: “Though (Burrow) said he would play for the team that drafts him, I still get the feeling he wants to see more devotion to winning than the Bengals have shown.”Burrow, of course, said on The Dan Patrick Show in January, “You want to go No. 1, but you also want to go to a great organization that’s committed to winning, committed to winning Super Bowls.” We still don’t know whether Joe Burrow wants to play for the Bengals in the NFL, but we know he wants to play with A.J. Green in the NFL. (Of course he does.)According to NBC Sports’ Peter King, the LSU quarterback most assume will be Cincinnati’s pick with the first overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft “made it clear (at the Combine) he wants the team to sign” Green, the 31-year-old wide receiver who is scheduled to become a free agent this month. King did not specify exactly how Burrow delivered this message, but the Monday report noted the 23-year-old passer met with the Bengals in Indianapolis on Wednesday.last_img read more

Star of the show: Famous Jameis meets media before BCS

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first_imgFlorida State’s Jameis Winston wears a birthday hat as he answers a question during media day for the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Newport Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Jameis Winston whispered and giggled with teammate Kenny Shaw on the dais as two Florida State coaches answered questions, many about him. The Heisman Trophy winner and his star receiver looked at times like a couple of kids trying not to laugh in the library.When the questions were directed to Winston, he was his usual gregarious self, humbly deflecting credit on one hand, supremely self-confident on the other.In the second interview session Friday, the Heisman Trophy winner had a platform all to himself and the biggest crowd of reporters around him.There is no doubt Famous Jameis is the star of the show this week in Southern California.It has taken one season for Winston to become one of college football’s biggest attractions, right up there with Johnny Manziel. He has set records and was the subject of a criminal investigation.The 19-year-old, who turns 20 Monday night when the top-ranked Seminoles play No. 2 Auburn in the BCS championship game at the Rose Bowl, has dealt with both fame and scrutiny. He maintains that through it all he’s still the same person he was a year ago, when he was a promising freshman working with Florida State’s scout team.“Nothing has changed,” he said.Winston covered plenty of ground Friday.— He doesn’t think he’s ready for the NFL nor is he in any rush to get there. “No, I got to get better at everything.”— When he was in high school, he wanted to play for Texas. He even tried to reach out to Mack Brown, but it never went anywhere. “I tried to call him a couple times because I really like Texas.”— He has joked around with Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher about recent speculation and reports that Fisher might replace Brown in Austin. “Even if Coach Fisher goes to Texas, I’m going to ask him, ‘Can I go with you?’ Yeah, I’m serious. He’s my coach.”— Though he grew up in Bessemer, Ala., in a family mostly made up of Alabama fans, save for his mom who roots for Auburn, he never chose sides in the heated rivalry. “When you’re born in that state, you have to be either this or that.  Obviously, when I first started football, Oklahoma winning, ‘Boomer Sooner’ baby. I just roll with that.” Though he did concede that playing the Tigers is a “rivalry game” for him.In Tallahassee, Fla., Winston was looming on the horizon all last season after he came to Florida State as a five-star recruit. He is also a baseball star and FSU gave him the opportunity to play both sports for championship contending teams. Seminoles fans dubbed him Famous Jameis before he threw a pass in a game and he had them giddy after a spectacular spring game performance.Around the country, most college football fans found out about Winston on Labor Day night, when in his start he completed 25 of 27 passes for 356 yards in a victory at Pittsburgh.“Honestly, I wasn’t really surprised,” quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders said. “I was a little bit in awe, I think, like a lot of people, just the poise and composure that he had.  You saw it every day in spring practice, through the summer, through the fall.  But for it to show up on game day that way, that was nice to see.”Winston went on to break freshman records for yards passing (3,820) and touchdown passes (38) as Florida State crushed opponent after opponent. He sees no reason that has to stop against Auburn.“Where in the rulebook does it say we can’t blow out every team we play?” Winston said. “Because it’s a championship game? We can do anything we want.”His problems this season came in November, when a year-old sexual assault complaint against him became public and was passed along by Tallahassee police to the Florida state attorney’s office for a full investigation. A female Florida State student claims Winston raped her. Winston’s attorney has said the sex was consensual. Prosecutors did not find enough evidence to charge him with a crime and the case was closed two days before the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.Winston credited his teammates for helping him to stay focused on football during the investigation and said, again, that he knew he had done nothing wrong.“Looking at the situation from the outside in, you would think it would hurt the team, but we used it as a time to get stronger,” Shaw said. “We stayed close to Jameis because we knew the allegations wasn’t true and all that.  But we just got stronger and we didn’t miss a beat.”A year in which character has been a much-covered talking point in college football — Johnny Manziel, Urban Meyer and Jadeveon Clowney have also been part of the discussion — has been capped by plenty of debate about whether Winston’s character was Heisman-worthy.“What people think outside of this and what people are trying to do, I can’t control none of that,” Winston said. “I just go out there and play football because I enjoy it and I love it and it’s my passion, and I’ve got these boys around me, and that’s what we love to do, go out there and play Florida State football.”He has one more chance to shine on the biggest stage yet.___Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAPlast_img read more

Horse Racing Tips

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Washington’s late heroics lift Rain or Shine past NLEX

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first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Reggie Johnson actually saved the night for the Elasto Painters by splitting his freethrows that pegged the final count.“We got a monster of an import. He gave us confidence and he’s the anchor of our team,’’ said Washington after unbeaten Rain Or Shine took the solo lead after winning three in a row.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNLEX guard Juami Tiongson lost the leather in the dying seconds, blowing the chance of the Road Warriors to reverse the outcome.The Road Warriors lost for the second straight time despite bringing in a new import in Arnett Moultrie. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ LATEST STORIES Rondina proud to represent PH in FIVB Beach Volleyball World tour Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMCcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jay Washington sat on the bench for three quarters when coach Caloy Garcia decided to gamble on him.The gambit paid off as Washington made huge shots late in the game to carry Rain Or Shine to a scrambling 98-97 win over NLEX in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

District Commissioner Outraged over Lawlessness in Tappita

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first_imgThe Administrative District Commissioner of Doe District located within the Tappita Statutory District, Mr. Samuel Wehyee is outraged over the continued lawlessness within his district.Speaking to the Daily Observer on Monday, he said the acts of lawlessness within his district are posing serious threats to security for both the local authority and the citizens in general.Mr. Wehyee is infuriated over the recent murder of a 25yr old man who was stabbed to death in Dounpa town by his friend identified as Chris Slamiah on January 30th at the football field.Commissioner Wehyee said that on the night of 28th January, the perpetrator, Chris Slamiah and the victim, Dadah Vaye got into a confrontation during a wake keeping and during the argument Dada bit the perpetrator Chris on his face.He narrated that after the confrontation, the matter was taken to the Township Commissioner who sent the wounded person to a clinic for treatment pending an investigation.Commissioner Wehyee explained that while the case was pending until Chris recovered from the bite, Chris took a kitchen knife to the football field where Dadah was playing on Friday January 30th and stabbed Dadah four times in the chest, neck and stomach killing him instantly in retaliation for biting him. “After stabbing his friend to death, he fled into the bushes and was later arrested in a nearby town and taken to the police station in Saclapea,” said the Commissioner.Mr. Wehyee added that immediately after the boy died, his parent went after the parent of the perpetrator to take revenge on any of the family members.He maintained that, during the tension, a house belonging to the perpetrator’s family was broken down and their rice kitchen in their village set ablaze.“In the process, 14 members of the perpetrator’s family fled into the bushes for several days before reporting themselves to authorities in another town which is located far from where the incident occurred.Commissioner Wehyee’s frustration is apparently due to the escalation of killings with impunity in the area.  Those who were involved in killing a man in Zua Town in late November were reportedly released from prison in Sanniquellie.It can be recalled that late last year, a man was tortured to death in Zua Town by a country devil and its followers after the man allegedly broke the town’s rule.Dounpa, where the boy was stabbed to death has a common boundry with Zua Town where the 58 year old man was tortured to death last year.The commissioner explained that the five persons arrested in connection with the torture and killing of the 58 year old man last year were recently seen going about their normal activities after being freed from Sanniquellie jail.He said the wave of lawlessness and killings in the district is causing fear among the citizens and restricting their freedom of movement.“We are afraid with this kind of lawlessness in the district because we do not have any security to accompanying us to the crime scene. There are only nine police officers in a large district like Tappita which comprises four administrative districts including Gbi – Doru. Kparblee, Doe and Boe and Quellah,” he said.“Even as we speak, our local office staffs including the messengers, clerk and other officers, are not on payroll and we cannot press on them,” he concluded.A police source at the Nimba Police Detachment has confirmed the stabbing incident and said that the perpetrator had been transferred to a local police station and is undergoing investigation. But unconfirmed reports reaching this paper said that the perpetrator was severely beaten by mobs upon his arrest.Dounpa and Zua Town in early 2008 were at loggerheads in land disputes during which several citizens were wounded in single barrel gun fights.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ALFALIT Graduates 60 Tailors

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first_imgALFLIT Liberia Inc. last weekend graduated 60 persons – 59 females and a male – in tailoring after they completed a Skills Training Program that started in 2013 without any significant break in continuity except for the Ebola outbreak in 2014.Since its founding in 2006, ALFALIT has been involved in literacy programs. However, three years ago the entity decided to incorporate the Skills Training Program in response to appeals from students of the literacy program from across the country.After learning to read and write, the students pleaded with ALFALIT for the addition of life skills development that would enhance their acquired literacy and enable them to fully participate in and contribute to the country’s economy.“It was as a result of these appeals that ALFALIT decided to launch ‘Sew and Sell’ as a pilot project,” ALFALIT Program Coordinator Jerome Williams recounted during the graduation ceremony held at the organization’s headquarters in Congo Town. Williams indicated that the request for hands-on skills came out of every literacy intervention in both rural and urban communities. “Literacy skills for adults are almost needless if they are not applied or help to improve the recipient’s standard of living,” he said.As a result of the appeal, Williams said tailoring was chosen in 2013 as an easy and viable business venture needed in all communities.“Sewing is indeed a beneficial skill because a mother could make the outfits for her family members, while at the same time sew and sell to the rest of the community. Tailoring is still effective and useful as an income generating activity. So we think we made no mistake in choosing the skill as the start of this program,” he added.The center, said Williams, operated smoothly with every student accessing a tailoring machine, monthly supplied practice materials and experienced tailors and seamstresses facilitating the learning process.The guest speaker, Etheline Nah, urged the women to be committed to what they have learned. She urged them to be steadfast in their efforts to improve the lives of their family members. ALFALIT’s Executive Director Rev. Emmanuel Giddings said his organization recognizes literacy as an essential first step to any form of further education and provides access to the many programs being offered in the country, which can lead to better health, freedom from abuse, self-sufficiency and an enhanced quality of life.ALFALIT is governed by a Board of Directors comprising ten members – all of whom are Liberian citizens – which is supported and operated by an all-Liberian staff. The organization also provides educational assistance and scholarships to thousands of disadvantaged and marginalized school-aged youth, including high school graduates.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FINN HARPS SUFFER HEAVY DEFEAT TO SLIGO ROVERS IN PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY

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first_imgFinn Harps unbeaten run during pre-season came to a shuddering halt against Sligo Rovers tonight. Harps suffered a heavy 6-0 defeat to a rampant Sligo Rovers side that stamped their class and authority all over this match from the offset.There has been a growing air of optimism around Finn Park during pre-season, encouraging results and some great signings have signalled Harps intent for a sustained promotion push this term. There’s no doubt they now have the squad capable of doing that despite tonight’s heavy defeat.Ollie Horgan’s charges won’t face a side that contains the quality Sligo have in the First Division.However, there’s no doubt he’ll be disappointed with the result as will the players, but as the old saying goes you learn more from defeat than victory, so maybe the defeat isn’t necessarily the worst thing that could’ve happened Harps.The errors made tonight will be addressed before the real business gets underway at Tolka Park on March 6th. Sligo were 1-0 up at half-time  thanks to a goal from John Russell.Harps battled well without ever gaining any real foothold in the game.They upped the tempo in the second-half and added five more goals in the last thirty minutes through Corcoran, Ward, Cretaro, and a brace from Neilsen.Harps now face local rivals Derry City next weekend, which will be their final match before the First Division campaign begins.FINN HARPS SUFFER HEAVY DEFEAT TO SLIGO ROVERS IN PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY was last modified: February 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsnewsPre-seasonSligo RoverssoccerSportlast_img read more

Volleyball Splits Season Opening Matches At FAU Invitational

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first_img vs. UNF Box Score (PDF) Preview Live Stats Full Schedule Roster vs. NU Box Score (PDF) Story Links vs. Bethune-Cookman 8/27/2016 – 3:30 PM vs. UNF Box Score (HTML) Next Game: vs. NU Box Score (HTML) BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Drake University volleyball team split a pair of matches to open the 2016 season at the FAU Invitational on Friday, Aug. 26. The Bulldogs opened play with a 3-1 victory over Northeastern in the morning, followed by a 3-2 loss to North Florida in the afternoon.Junior Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) led the Bulldogs with 38 combined kills in the two matches via a career-high 19 in each match. In the loss to UNF she added 16 digs for a double-double. Veteran setter Chandelle Davidson (Gretna, Neb.) had 52 assists in the two matches while Michelle Thommi (Omaha, Neb.) recorded 35 digs.Drake opened the day by defeating Northeastern, 25-21, 25-19, 18-25, 25-20. Inderski’s 19 kills came on 46 attempts for a .283 attack percentage while Makena Schoene (Seattle, Wash.) added 14 kills. Capris Quaites (Omaha, Neb.) saw her first action in nearly a year due to injury and combined with newcomer Kameo Pope (Belle Plaine, Iowa) to contribute on nine of the Bulldogs’ nine team blocks.The first set against the Huskies featured 11 ties and five lead changes to account for a 17-17 tie before the Bulldogs scored eight of the last 12 points  with a pair of kills from Schoene sealing the set. Drake jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the second set and never let up in leading the rest of way to take the set, 25-19, before Northeastern rallied back in the third set, 25-18. Early in the fourth set, three errors by the Huskies gave Drake an 8-4 lead that quickly expanded to 12-5 courtesy of more errors. NU pulled back within one point until a 4-0 run gave Drake a 23-17 lead that it used to coast to the 25-20 win in the set to take the match, 3-1.Inderski and Schoene led the Bulldogs in the second game of the day with 19 and 13 kills, respectively, while Pope added nine blocks as Drake held a 14.5-11 advantage in blocks in the 20-25, 22-25, 23-25, 26-24, 10-15 loss. UNF took the first two sets, 25-20 and 25-22 , before Drake rallied to take the third set, 25-23. That set featured 10 ties until, with the score knotted at 22-22, Schoene and Inderski rattled off back-to-back kills via passes from Davidson. UNF answered the two-point deficit with a kill but Quaites ended the set with a kill to give the Bulldogs the set, 25-23. The fourth set was another back-and-forth affair as Drake tried to extend the match. Facing match point at 23-24, Inderski hammered two kills to put the Bulldogs on top while Davidson closed the set with an ace for the 26-24 win to force a fifth set. However, that fifth set was owned by the Ospreys as UNF jumped out to a 10-1 lead. Despite the nearly insurmountable lead, the Bulldogs tried to battle back with a 5-0 run that pulled Drake within four points, 13-9, but could get no closer as UNF took the set, 15-10, and match, 3-2.The Bulldogs return to action for the second day of the FAU Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 26, with an 11 a.m. match against the hosts, FAU and a 3:30 p.m. match against Bethune-Cookman.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Kurtenbach: Warriors forward Kevon Looney is poised to break out — again

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first_imgLOS ANGELES — What Kevon Looney is doing in the early goings of these 2019 NBA Playoffs isn’t a surprise.Yes, he might have the same net rating as James Harden through three games, and he might have a patently absurd true shooting percentage (85 percent), too, but this is not a fluke — this is one of the best bench bigs in the NBA providing the same kind of steady, stout play that brought about his breakout in last year’s postseason and carried into the 2018-19 regular season.The only …last_img

Cormorant Eyes Rapidly Refocus in Dives Into Murky Water

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first_imgYou’re hang gliding over a lake, and you spot a fish below.  From your hovering position, you drop into a rapid, steep dive headfirst into the water.  Whoops; your eyes just went out of focus, and you lost your fish in the murky depths.  Too bad you’re not a cormorant.    Cormorants (a kind of waterfowl) are able to adjust the lenses of their eyes from air-focus to water-focus in a split second, according to an article in Current Biology May 25.1  Four Israeli scientists bedazzle us:Cormorants (Aves; Phalacrocoracidae) are active fliers, yet they forage by pursuit diving and capture of fish with the bill.  In air, the cormorant’s cornea provides most of the total refractive power of the eye.  Underwater, however, corneal power is lost, as the cornea is now bathed in liquids of similar refractive index.  The retention of a sharp image, while performing precise visual tasks underwater, requires that the cormorant’s optical system compensates for the loss of refractive power of the cornea.  In addition, the underwater photic environment differs markedly from the aerial one, with the image quality undergoing a rapid deterioration through scatter and absorption.  Upon submergence, cormorants compensate for the loss of corneal power (>55 dioptres, D) and rapidly (>1000D/sec) attain a state of emmetropia, i.e. they are well focussed, by marked changes in the shape of their very flexible lens.The scientists somehow acquired accurate measurements of the birds’ optical acuity in air and in murky water.  The birds’ vision is as good as that of fish, seals and whales who spend most of their time underwater.  Cormorants, however, need outstanding vision in water as well as air.  “The requirements to perform precise visuo-motor tasks in two optically different media, and the uniqueness of the lenticular system of these birds,” they note with some admiration, ”make the vision of pursuit-diving birds a model of vertebrate capacities at the extreme.”1Strod, Arad, Izhaki and Katzir, “Cormorants keep their power: visual resolution in a pursuit-diving bird under amphibious and turbid conditions,” Current Biology, Vol 14, R376-R377, 25 May 2004.Strod and Arad work at the Hula Valley Nature Preserve in northern Israel; perhaps that is where they made some of the observations.  TV nature programs sometimes show these birds in action.  Next time you see one, you’ll have reason to appreciate even more the elegance of their fishing expertise.    Once again, this excellent intelligent-design paper was marred by a worthless insertion of the E word, probably because Current Darwin-Worship wouldn’t print it otherwise: they conclude, “Low turbidity levels are commonly encountered in natural water bodies and thus are of crucial importance in our understanding of the evolution, sensory ecology, and micro-habitat selection in aquatic organisms.”  This, as usual, means that nobody understands how these optical marvels evolved, but the Darwin Party hopes to some day.  I wonder if the authors really buy that promissory note.  So how many billion cormorants died of starvation till they got their optics right?  Sorry, 990 dioptres per second isn’t good enough; let’s bump it up to 1000 and make sure all the less fit go extinct.  For sure.  We don’t need such evolutionary whistling in the dark.  Cormorants knew the tune from the top, and in the right key, too; see sharp or be flat.(Visited 158 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more