Scottish Mutual pays £38m for Chelsea block

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Unai Emery reveals conversation with Hector Bellerin before impressive cameo against Nottingham Forest

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Bellerin assisted Willock for Arsena’s third goalEmery added: ‘The first minutes were amazing for him.‘The most important for him is his attitude. He wants to help us.’ Hector Bellerin came off the bench to assist Joe Willock in Arsenal’s win over Nottingham Forest (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has revealed that Hector Bellerin was desperate to play 90 minutes before Arsenal steamrolled Nottingham Forest with a 5-0 victory to reach the Carabao Cup last-16.Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney were handed their first starts of the season after returning from injury but Emery made Bellerin wait for his chance, naming the right-back among his substitutes at the Emirates.Bellerin finally got his opportunity following a nine-month spell on the sidelines as he replaced Tierney to a standing ovation in the 77th minute and he made an immediate impact off the bench.The Spaniard was introduced shortly after Holding’s headed goal and immediately assisted Joe Willock as Arsenal ran riot in the second half.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityReiss Nelson added a fourth in the 84th minute and Gabriel Martinelli – who broke the deadlock in the first half – rounded off a perfect evening for Arsenal with a deflected long-range strike at the death.Asked about Bellerin’s return, Emery said: ‘He wanted to play 90. He said “I’m ready” and wanted to play.‘I think no [he won’t be ready to start against Manchester United]. Maybe in his mind yes. We need to listen to the doctor.’center_img Holding and Bellerin both impressed on their comebacks (Picture: Getty)Emery was similarly delighted with Holding’s impressive comeback performance after a long injury layoff.‘It is perfect to have more options at centre back,’ the Spaniard said.‘His spirit, his positive minutes. Every day in training he helps us to have more performances like a team.‘He needed to take minutes and confidence. It was a perfect match. He was a little tired at the end, he’s happy.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesHolding was ‘over the moon’ after taking over the captain’s armband from Mesut Ozil on his return to first-team action.‘I was over the moon when I was told I was vice-captain,’ the defender told Sky Sports. ‘When Mesut came off and passed the armband over I was so happy with that.‘Then it went perfectly again. Reiss put in a good ball and I managed to putMORE: Michael Owen’s EFL Cup predictions for Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 24 Sep 2019 11:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link756Shares Unai Emery reveals conversation with Hector Bellerin before impressive cameo against Nottingham Forestlast_img read more

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Market wrap: How Townsville property is performing

first_img*1429 properties sold between January 1 and June 30, this year.*That’s 403 less than sold during the same time period last year.*Houses accounted for 75.6 per cent of all sales *Properties under $350,000 are the most popular with 833 residential homes sold*Suburbs within the 4814 postcode achieved the highest quantity of sales with 319 homes sold*Postcode 4819 showed the only significant jump with 35 sales as opposed to 17 sales recorded during the same transaction period last year. *All figures are at July 7, 2017 and supplied by Core Logic RP Data. 29 Buna Avenue, MundingburraIT’S tough going for Townsville’s property market despite having cashed in on more than $258 million worth of property sales in the past six months.Exclusive figures show a total of 1429 real estate transactions were recorded by Core Logic between January 1 and June 30, 2017 — 403 less than recorded during the same sales period last year.Houses accounted for 75.6 per cent of all sales with the largest number of transactions recorded in postcode area 4814, which encompasses a large number of fringe-city suburbs including Aitkenvale, Annandale, Cranbrook, Garbutt, Douglas and Mount Louisa.Sales agent Anthony Dare from About Town Real Estate said the result matched market predictions made earlier this year.“I am not surprised that 4184 has been performed well over this first half of the calendar year,” he said.“The city fringe addresses have exhibited exceptional buying across a broad spectrum on offer from the traditional three bed and one bath through to the bigger offerings. “These results certainly indicate what the market expects in regards to value, well founded homes in good locations, close proximity to the strand and major employers being the key.”Bargain properties proofed to be the most popular in the first two sales quarter of the year with 833 properties sold under $350,000.A total of 444 properties sold between $350,000 and $800,000 and seven properties sold over $1 Million, according to Core Logic.Postcode 4819, which encompasses Magnetic Island, was the only region to report a jump in property sales with 35 transactions recorded, compared to only 17 sales between January and June, 2016.Real Estate Institute of Queensland Zone Chair, Damien Keyes said while buyer positivity was on the up, sellers were undoubtedly holding back as they wait for the market to improve.“The market is definitely intense and available housing stock is tight,” he said.“The fact that the market is down by 20 per cent, that’s pretty serious and the next six months, as we go into our transfer cycle, is going to be critical in terms of transactions and getting our numbers back up.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The main issue I see is that a lot of home property owners are holding back so we see a lack of quality housing stock, yet the buyers are out there, waiting and willing to buy.“What we need is for actual projects to commence as that will be the key factor for the market to shift in a more positive direction.” AT A GLANCE last_img read more

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The myth of the happy hooker

first_imgThe Irish Times 13 April 2013Rachel Moran started selling sex when she was 15. Don’t fall for the ‘Pretty Woman’ redemption story, she says in her new book about life on the street. Now she wants men who use prostitutes to be named and shamed“I know of girls of 13 being prostituted  today,” says Moran, who is now 37 and whose book, Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution, will be published next week, with rights already sold in Australia and negotiations under way in the UK and US.In a week when Real Men Don’t Buy Girls, a social-media campaign by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, was launched in response to the trafficking and prostitution of young girls, Moran’s experience shows that such exploitation is not new to Ireland but that it has grown with the opening of European borders.Men who prostitute women want to express their hatred of them by hurting them in ways no other woman would endure, Moran says. She recalls a middle-class man, who could be anyone’s husband, calling her to his home and then imposing violent sex on her on his marital bed, in a room whose walls were covered with photographs of his wife and children, as he aroused himself by spewing “disgusting and demeaning” insults about his wife. (In retaliation, and as a message to his wife, Moran rolled her own lipstick under the bed.)http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/the-myth-of-the-happy-hooker-1.1358702last_img read more

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IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through Sept. 15

first_imgXtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,200; 2. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,192; 3. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev., 1,183; 4. Eddie Kirchoff, Gillette, Wyo., 1,177; 5. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich., 1,175; 6. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 1,162; 7. Matt Cole, Vestal, N.Y., 1,159; 8. Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb., 1,156; 9. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D., 1,154; 10. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup, Iowa, 1,153; 11. Jacob Murray, Hartford, Iowa, 1,148; 12. Will Ward, Cobleskill, N.Y., and Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan., both 1,147; 14. Myron DeYoung, Stanton, Mich., 1,144; 15. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan., 1,138; 16. Dustin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,137; 17. Rob VanMil, Barnesville, Minn., 1,136; 18. Tim Ward, Harcourt, Iowa, 1,129; 19. Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa, 1,126; 20. Mitch Morris, Long Grove, Iowa, 1,125.IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Andy Shouse, Mustang, Okla., 773; 2. Michael Stien, Ceylon, Minn., 759; 3. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 758; 4. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 757; 5. Jason Martin, Lincoln, Neb., 756; 6. Clint Benson, Papillion, Neb., 743; 7. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 740; 8. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., 730; 9. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 729; 10. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, and Raven Culp, Mesquite, Texas, both 728; 12. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 723; 13. Scott Lutz, Jonestown, Pa., 722; 14. Brandon Allen, St. Peter, Minn., 712; 15. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 710; 16. Dalton Stevens, Scurry, Texas, and Tyler Russell, Abbott, Texas, both 707; 18. Michelle Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, 706; 19. Luke Cranston, Holcomb, Kan., 694; 20. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 691.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,200; 2. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville, Wis., 1,193; 3. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,184; 4. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 1,180; 5. Dustin Larson, Worthington, Minn., 1,169; 6. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,167; 7. David Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,164; 8. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,159; 9. Chad Bruns, Wakefield, Neb., 1,153; 10. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 1,146; 11. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan., 1,144; 12. Chris Mills, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,143; 13. Casey Woken, Norton, Kan., John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, and Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, each 1,141; 16. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 1,139; 17. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, and Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn., both 1,138; 19. Jim Powell Jr., Lecompton, Kan., 1,129; 20. Ron Pettitt, Norfolk, Neb., 1,120.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,196; 2. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 1,193; 3. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,192; 4. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 1,191; 5. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, 1,163; 6. Damon Richards, David City, Neb., 1,162; 7. TeJay Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 1,158; 8. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,156; 9. Andrew Bertsch, Minot, N.D., 1,155; 10. Roy Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., and Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., both 1,149; 12. Tiffany Bittner, Hampton, Neb., 1,137; 13. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,131; 14. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, 1,130; 15. Austin Jahnz, Lewisville, Minn., 1,127; 16. Jeremy Hoskinson, Norfolk, Neb., 1,126; 17. August Bach, Newton, Iowa, and Dave Riley, Sioux City, Iowa, both 1,124; 19. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 1,119; 20. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 1,116.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,190; 2. Ronnie Welborn, Princeton, Texas, 1,155; 3. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 1,130; 4. Kamera Kaitlin McDonald, Keller, Texas, 1,059; 5. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 998; 6. Dustin Leatherman, Muskogee, Okla., and James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, both 954; 8. Thomas Walp, Olney, Texas, 947; 9. Robert Scrivner, Waco, Texas, 924; 10. Cullen Hill, Healdton, Okla., 869; 11. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 862; 12. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 816; 13. Jessie Hoskins, Longdale, Okla., 802; 14. T.J. Green, Robinson, Texas, 796; 15. Logan Ellis, Wagoner, Okla., 792; 16. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 780; 17. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 776; 18. Kyle Wisdom, Abilene, Texas, 763; 19. Garett Rawls, China Spring, Texas, 754; 20. John Freeman, Runaway Bay, Texas, 743.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Daniel Gottschalk, Ellis, Kan., 1,200; 2. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,197; 3. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 1,196; 4. Kyle Prauner, Norfolk, Neb., 1,191; 5. Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa, 1,184; 6. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 1,167; 7. Clinton Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 1,164; 8. Robby Rosselli, Minot, N.D., 1,160; 9. Jared VanDeest, Holland, Iowa, 1,158; 10. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, and Jesse Skalicky, Fargo, N.D., both 1,152; 12. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis., 1,151; 13. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, and Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, both 1,148; 15. Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 1,141; 16. Kelly Jacobson, Fargo, N.D., Karl Brewer, Vermillion, S.D., and Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., each 1,133; 19. Erik Laudenschlager, Minot, N.D., 1,131; 20. Randy Roberts, Boone, Iowa, 1,124.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn., 1,194; 2. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,185; 3. Brendon Yamry, Rice, Minn., 1,172; 4. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,148; 5. Scott Spellmeier, Beatrice, Neb., 1,142; 6. Cody Van Dusen, Atalissa, Iowa, 1,141; 7. Shannon Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb., 1,140; 8. Richard Crow, Grand Island, Neb., 1,136; 9. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,133; 10. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 1,128; 11. Jake Newsom, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,120; 12. Lance Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 1,118; 13. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,111; 14. Luke Jackson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,099; 15. Levi Heath, Wilton, Iowa, 1,098; 16. Dustin Jackson, Oneill, Neb., 1,096; 17. Joe Bunkofske, Armstrong, Iowa, 1,095; 18. Jed Trebelhorn, Winthrop, Minn., 1,092; 19. Randy Nelson, Albion, Neb., 1,069; 20. Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb., 1,064.last_img read more

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Randolph relief at Muller miss

first_img Press Association Darren Randolph admitted he feared the worst as Thomas Muller squared up to deliver a body blow to the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 hopes. The West Ham keeper, who was handed just his third senior cap for Ireland as a 43rd-minute replacement for the injured Shay Given in Thursday night’s Group D showdown with world champions Germany, faced his moment of destiny with 12 minutes of a remarkable game remaining. Ireland were leading 1-0, but facing a late onslaught when Germany full-back Jonas Hector pulled the ball back to Muller, and a crowd of 50,604 at the Aviva Stadium waited for the net to bulge. center_img Asked what went through his mind at the time, Randolph said: “‘Oh s***!’.” Muller’s side-footed effort flew just wide of the keeper’s right post, although the 28-year-old held his breath as it did so. He said: “I was happy to see it go wide. I didn’t hear anybody cheer when it went past, so I knew I was safe.” It could hardly have been a more memorable night for Randolph, whose senior international career prior to his introduction after Given twisted his right knee had amounted to 45 minutes as a substitute in a friendly against Oman in September 2012 and 16 more against Spain at New York’s Yankee Stadium in June the following year. It was from his towering clearance that fellow substitute Shane Long sped through the German defence and lashed home what proved to be the night’s only goal, and he later pulled off vital saves to deny Jerome Boateng and Ilkay Gundogan. The former Charlton trainee said: “I had a feeling I’d be busy and I was just thankful to make the saves. And an assist, my first one – I meant it as well. “I’ll have to watch it back now because I can’t really remember what happened. I was happy it went to one of our players, and then it’s a bonus that we scored from it.” last_img read more

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PCB says all 128 coronavirus tests conducted in PSL came negative

first_imgLahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday confirmed it conducted 128 COVID-19 tests on the players, support staff, match officials, broadcasters and team owners of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Tuesday and all results have turned out to be negative. As per a statement in www.cricketpakistan.com.pk, the tests were conducted as part of the PCB’s duty of care, following a suspect COVID-19 case. Additionally, Multan Sultans underwent 17 COVID-19 tests on Monday which were also negative.PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan was quoted as saying by www.cricketpakistan.com.pk: “It was absolutely critical for the integrity and credibility of the Pakistan Super League and the Pakistan Cricket Board that all players, support personnel, broadcasters, and match officials, those who had decided to stay back till the end of the tournament, tested negative for COVID-19.“In this background, the PCB is pleased with the outcome of the results and happy that all these players and officials have rejoined their families without any health and safety doubts or concerns. The PCB will continue to put in place precautionary measures to better safeguard the health of its employees.“I urge cricket fans and followers to exercise absolute caution and value their as well as others’ wellbeing. They can overcome this pandemic by maintaining hygiene, avoiding close physical contact like handshaking and hugs, staying away from gatherings, avoiding close contact when anyone is experiencing cough and fever and spreading awareness about safety measures. “The PCB prays normalcy returns quickly to our society so that playing fields can once again witness resumption of healthy activities.”All the 25 remaining foreign players, support staff and match officials have departed for their respective destinations. IANSAlso Read: Pakistan Cricket Board chief admits Asia Cup will be held at a neutral venueAlso Watch: Prices of Protective Masks and Hand Sanitizers are Increasing rapidly due to fear of Coronavirus.last_img read more

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The Latest: Dolphins agree to deal with Ereck Flowers

first_imgSpain’s return assures Buffalo’s offensive line has the potential of returning fully intact.— John Wawrow reporting from Buffalo, New York.___12:40 p.m.The Arizona Cardinals have placed the transition tag on running back Kenyan Drake, which allows the team to match any offer he receives from another team during free agency. ___1:45 p.m.The Indianapolis Colts have released defensive tackle Margus Hunt and will re-sign receiver Daurice Fountain.Releasing Hunt will save the Colts roughly $4 million against the cap.He signed a two-year deal worth $9.1 million last year after having his best season in the NFL. But he lost the starting job in 2019 and wound up with 17 tackles, no sacks and no tackles for loss. Associated Press The Latest: Dolphins agree to deal with Ereck Flowers The Cardinals traded for Drake midway through last season and he quickly became a major part of their offense. The 26-year-old ran for 643 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games, including a four-touchdown game against Cleveland in Week 15.The projected transition tag salary number for a running back is about $10 million, according to overthecap.com.— David Brandt reporting.___12:30 p.m. Williams played in eight games with five starts for the Giants. The former Southern California player had 26 tackles, a half-sack, two tackles for loss, 11 quarterback hits, two passes defended and a forced fumble.The Giants also made a qualifying offer to placekicker Aldrick Rosas, a restricted free agent.— Tom Canavan reporting.___11:40 a.m. Cleveland also tendered exclusive tags to free agents Pharoah Brown, Dontrell Hilliard and KhaDarel Hodge.Hunt was banned from the first eight games last season by the league or two physical altercations while he was with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Cleveland-area native was primarily a blocker for Pro Bowler Nick Chubb, but he rushed for 179 yards and scored two touchdowns. He also caught 37 passes for 285 yards and a TD.With more than $60 million of salary-cap space, Cleveland is expected to be active in free agency, with offensive tackle a priority.— Tom Withers reporting.___ Hooper was one of the main free agency targets for Cleveland, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because teams can’t officially announce deals until Wednesday.Hooper has spent the past four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. He’s had more than 70 catches the past two seasons.NFL Network reported the sides have agreed to terms on a package that will make Hooper the NFL’s highest-paid tight end.By adding the 25-year-old Hooper, the Browns will have another offensive playmaker for quarterback Baker Mayfield, who struggled in his second NFL season. Hooper will be a dependable option to go along with star wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry and running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.New Browns coach Kevin Stefanski preferred to run two-tight end formations during his one season as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator. Hooper could be paired with 2017 first-round pick David Njoku, who missed most of last season with a broken wrist suffered in Week 2. — Kyle Hightower, reporting from Boston___12:55 p.m.The Minnesota Vikings have placed the franchise tag on safety Anthony Harris, according to a person with knowledge of the decision.The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the one-year, $11.441 million contract was not finalized. Harris was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, after a breakout 2019 season. 11:30 a.m.The Cleveland Browns opened free agency by placing a second-round tender on running back Kareem Hunt, who played eight games last season after returning from an NFL suspension.Hunt is a restricted free agent and can negotiate with other teams about a contract. If he reaches an agreement elsewhere, Cleveland can match any offer. If the Browns decide not to match the offer, they would receive a second-round draft pick from the team that signs him.The Browns also released veteran safety Morgan Burnett, creating another need as the team moves into free agency amid nationwide shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Burnett suffered a torn Achilles tendon last season and missed the final six games. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed their franchise tag on linebacker Shaquil Barrett, who led the NFL in sacks last season.The move had been anticipated ever since coach Bruce Arians stated late last season that the 27-year-old Barrett “ain’t going anywhere” after setting a team record with 19½ sacks in 2019.Barrett signed a one-year, $4 million contract in free agency with the Bucs last winter after spending the first five seasons of his career with the Denver Broncos. The franchise tag for an outside linebacker calls for a salary of about $16 million for 2020.The decision to place the franchise tag on Barrett also means quarterback Jameis Winston will become an unrestricted free agent if Tampa Bay does not re-sign the No. 1 overall pick from the 2015 draft by Wednesday.Winston led the NFL with 5,109 passing yards last season, but also became the first player in league history to throw for at least 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in a season. ___12:55 p.m.The Patriots have placed a franchise tag on Patriots left guard Joe Thuney, his agent Michael McCartney said in a tweet shortly before the start of the legal tampering period.Thuney, a third-round pick in 2016, has been one of the most dependable pieces on the Patriots’ offensive line over the past four seasons. The nonexclusive tag is expected to cost the Patriots around $14.7 million this upcoming season.If he had hit free agency Thuney was expected to be one of the most sought-after guards on the market. He has not missed a single game and wasn’t whistled for a single penalty in 2019. Fountain spent all of last season on injured reserve after suffering a dislocated and fractured left ankle in training camp. The Colts offered the exclusive free agent a one-year tender, which his agent, Andy Simms, says he will sign. Fountain was Indy’s fifth-round pick in 2018.— Michael Marot reporting from Indianapolis.__1:15 p.m.The Browns are working toward a deal with two-time Pro Bowl free agent tight end Austin Hooper, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.center_img Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers has agreed to terms on a $30 million, three-year contract with the Miami Dolphins.The deal was confirmed by Flowers’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who said $19.95 million is guaranteed.Flowers played for the Miami Hurricanes, was a first-round draft pick by the New York Giants in 2015 and started 46 games at tackle for them in his first three NFL seasons.He started all 16 games last year for Washington, splitting his time between guard and tackle.The Dolphins are in the market for four starting offensive linemen in free agency and the draft. The Falcons announced the Sambrailo move on Monday. The team is finalizing the moves with Freeman and Trufant, former Pro Bowl players who had been considered foundation players for the franchise. Financial constraints made the moves necessary.The cuts will clear $12.15 million in salary cap space before Wednesday’s start of free agency. Before the moves, the Falcons ranked 31st in the league with less than $1 million in cap space.Freeman, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Sunday, ran for 656 yards and two touchdowns in 2019. The Falcons ranked only 30th in the league in rushing with 85.1 yards per game and now may look for help at running back in free agency and the NFL draft. Freeman hasn’t played a full season since his second Pro Bowl season in 2016, the last year he ran for at least 1,000 yards. He played in only two games in 2018.The 29-year-old Trufant was a first-round pick in 2013. Trufant started nine games last season before he was placed on injured reserve with a broken forearm. He has 13 interceptions in his seven-year career, including a career-high four last season. The Kansas City Chiefs have placed the nonexclusive franchise tag on Chris Jones, raising the possibility that the Pro Bowl defensive tackle will remain with the Super Bowl champions for at least one more season.The nonexclusive tag means Jones must be offered a one-year contract for no less than the average of the top five salary cap hits at defensive tackle for the previous five years. It also means that if Jones signs an offer sheet from another team, the Chiefs can match that offer or let him go and receive two first-round picks as compensation.Jones had 15 1/5 sacks two seasons ago, which spurred his desire for a long-term deal. He wound up skipping the entire offseason when that didn’t happen, but he returned in time for training camp and started 12 of 13 games. He finished with nine sacks and help the Chiefs win their first Super Bowl title since 1970.— Dave Skretta reporting.___ March 16, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on NFL’s free agency. Teams were required to use franchise tags on players by noon EDT Monday. Teams can negotiate with representatives of free agents for the next two days but cannot finalize any agreements. (all times EDT):___1:55 p.m. The New York Giants have placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on defensive tackle Leonard Williams two before the 2015 first-round draft choice was to become an unrestricted free agent.A franchise tag allows the two sides to work on a long-term contract. If there is no contract agreement before July 15, Williams will play this coming season under the one-year deal. His salary will be a calculation based on the average of the top five salaries from his position, expected to be around $16 million.Williams is free to negotiate with other teams when the free agency signing period begins Wednesday. If he signs a contract with another team, the Giants will receive two first-round draft choices as compensation.New York acquired Williams from the Jets for two draft choices on Oct. 29: a third-round selection in 2020 and a second choice that is a conditional fifth-rounder in 2021.Williams is the first Giants player to receive a tag since another defensive lineman, Jason Pierre-Paul, in 2015. Sambrailo signed a three-year deal before the 2019 season but played in 13 games only as a backup. The Falcons drafted Kaleb McGary last year to start at right tackle, and Jake Matthews is a fixture at left tackle.__ 12:50 p.m.The Buffalo Bills have announced re-signing offensive lineman Quinton Spain to a three-year contract.The deal with the pending unrestricted free agent was agreed to Thursday. Spain was completing a one-year contract he signed with Buffalo a year ago as part of the team’s major overhaul of its offensive line.Spain is a fifth-year player who started 16 games at left guard and finished with the second-most snaps on offense for the Bills last season. The Vikings cleared salary-cap space to keep Harris by agreeing to a two-year, $66 million contract extension with quarterback Kirk Cousins that reduced his salary-cap hit for 2020 by $10 million. The Vikings also agreed to a new four-year, $12.25 million contract with fullback C.J. Ham, who was set to be a restricted free agent.— Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis___12:55 p.m.The Atlanta Falcons will dramatically boost their financial flexibility by releasing three high-priced veterans — running back Devonta Freeman, cornerback Desmond Trufant and offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo. Green, 31, wants to finish his career in Cincinnati, where he has put down roots. Although he’s open to a multi-year extension that would pay him as an elite receiver, he has objected to staying for only one more season on a franchise designation.Green has said he’ll skip voluntary offseason workouts if he’s tagged. The Bengals are expected to take Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow or another quarterback with the first overall pick in the draft, and having Green in offseason workouts would accelerate a rookie’s development.The Bengals are free to negotiate with Green on a long-term deal through July 15.___12:55 p.m. Hooper had 75 catches for 787 yards and six touchdowns last season.— Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland.___1 p.m.The Bengals used their franchise tag on A.J. Green, giving them time to try to work out a long-term deal with the star who is one of the most accomplished receivers in franchise history and would be a vital part of breaking in a new quarterback. More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Sri Lanka captain Karunaratne praises Arthur, eyes top-four rank

first_imgMUMBAI, (Reuters) – Sri Lanka cricket captain Dimuth Karunaratne lauded the impact of new coach Mickey Arthur on Sunday and said his side must target a top-four spot in the world rankings for both the test and 50-over formats.South African Mickey Arthur was appointed as Sri Lanka’s head coach on a two-year contract in December.Former first class cricketer Arthur has previously been head coach with the national teams of South Africa, Australia and Pakistan.“Mickey is a no nonsense cool bloke with loads of experience to back him and his brand,” Karunaratne told Sri Lanka Cricket.“At the international level, planning and role clarity is a norm. What is very important is the belief he has instilled among us in his own and subtle way. It sure helped and the results always speak for itself.”Since Arthur’s appointment, Sri Lanka lost a two-test series in Pakistan before defeating Zimbabwe at home. The are currently ranked fifth in the format.The team languish at eighth in one-day internationals but managed to defeat a dangerous West Indies side 3-0 in their last series before the COVID-19 shutdown.“Rankings is the key word. I’d say Sri Lanka needs to be in the top four of not just ODI cricket, but test cricket as well,” Karunaratne, 32, said.“That would indirectly mean semi-finalists to say the least and you are perhaps two games away from the plum. There onwards, it’s anybody’s guess and if you do well on your day you could end up being World Champs.”Test captain Karunaratne was himself handed an olive branch to resurrect his limited-overs career and lead the side in ODI cricket when he was brought back last year ahead of the 50-over World Cup in England for the first time since 2015.The top-order batsman found success with the willow but was unable to lead his side into the last four of the competition.Karunaratne is, however, positive about the future.“The boys and the respective squads are enjoying their cricket and that makes my job that much easier,” he said.“If you like what you are doing and the environment to do so is conducive, the balance at this level of sport becomes that much more beneficial.”last_img read more

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Men’s and women’s track team splits for two meets

first_imgWith nearly two weeks having passed since they last competed, the No. 8-ranked USC men’s and women’s (NR) track and field teams are anxious to get back in the spotlight.This weekend, they finally get their chance, as they will compete at the highly competitive Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. from April 18-20 and at the Cal State Los Angeles Twilight Meet on April 18.The last time the Trojans competed was at the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla. from April 5-6.The Mt. SAC Relays, now in its 55th year, attracts top schools around the nation annually, and the Trojans will be seeing many of their Pac-12 foes in the field, such as Oregon, UCLA and Arizona State.Some members of the team will also be heading to the Cal State L.A. Invitational, where more than 40 universities and junior colleges will be represented.In the Florida Relays, USC fared well on both days against top-notch competition, but the best thing that happened to the team — on the men’s side, at least — was the return of senior Bryshon Nellum, who was cleared for competition after battling injuries, and ran his first 400-meter race of the season.He got out of the starting blocks fast and maintained his blistering pace, posting the fastest 400-meter time in the country with a winning time of 45.54.This is nothing new for Nellum. Last season he won the Pac-12 400-meter dash title and then ran a personal best of 44.80 to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. There, he brought home a silver medal in the 4×400 meter relay race.In other men’s races, junior Aaron Brown, who was the Pac-12 male track athlete of the week for the week of April 1-7, won the 100m with a time of 10.15. He also placed second overall in the 200m dash with a time of 20.64.Junior thrower Remington Conaster has had an impressive season so far. The transfer from Saddleback College moved into the top 10 of USC’s all-time hammer throw leaderboard with a mark of 219-4 at the Trojan Invitational on March 22. Hitting that mark was quite an impressive feat considering that Conaster did not even learn how to throw the hammer until the 2011 season.Three USC women’s relay teams posted very impressive times, the most notable being the 4×100 relay team of junior Jenna Puterbaugh, junior Jessica Davis, sophomore Akawkaw Ndipagbor and junior Loudia Laarman. The group notched the top collegiate time and finished third overall with a season-best time of 44.20.Another standout on the women’s side has been sophomore discus thrower Alexandra Collatz, who was stellar last season, when she set a USC freshman discus record in her very first meet. Collatz has continued that success this season, setting a personal best at the Cal-Nevada Championships on April 5 with a throw of 178-6, good for second on USC’s all-time list.After this weekend, USC will have a dual meet against rival UCLA on April 27 before heading to the Pac-12 championships the following weekend.last_img read more

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