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Half of SEC has quarterback questions as season begins

first_imgAlabama coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, pictured here at the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015, have yet to pick a No. 1 quarterback.Alabama coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, pictured here at the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015, have yet to pick a No. 1 quarterback.College football season begins this week.Do you know who your quarterback is?Half the teams in the SEC don’t.It’s a league of Haves and Have Nots. Half the teams have an established starting quarterback. Half do not. And until things are settled, it’s tough to project a favorite in each division.Case in point: Despite having proven players at so many positions, Alabama’s quarterback spot is in a state of flux. Most expected Jacob Coker to have nailed down the job by now, but he’s still competing with Alec Morris and Cooper Bateman.With coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin still uncertain, there are indications the Crimson Tide will play at least two quarterbacks in the opener against Wisconsin.“Sometimes you run the risk of naming a guy before he’s really won the team or won the job,” Saban said. “So then you have to un-name him. Does that do the player any good?”Mark Richt of Georgia and Jim McElwain of Florida also have hinted they will play two quarterbacks in their openers, with those games serving as live auditions for the starting spot in subsequent games.Ranking Vols’ 2015 games by intrigueVanderbilt football among few using virtual realityAt LSU, the race between Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings is too close to call. Ole Miss is adjusting to life after Bo Wallace. Kyle Allen won the Texas A&M starting job at midseason in 2014, but he’s being pushed by freshman Kyler Murray, a top-tier recruit.After using four quarterbacks last season, Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason has indicated he plans to name a starter and stick with him. However, Mason said he will not publicly name his starter — either Johnny McCrary or Wade Freebeck — prior to the opener against Western Kentucky on Thursday.On the other hand, some SEC coaches know exactly what they have. Here are the top five quarterbacks in the SEC:1) Dak Prescott, Mississippi StateWith seven offensive starters gone from the 2014 team that opened 9-0 and achieved the first No. 1 national ranking in school history, look for Prescott to carry an even bigger load this season.He’s up to it. Based on what he did in 2014, Prescott is considered a Heisman Trophy candidate. If he can get the Bulldogs into contention in the SEC West again, he deserves serious consideration.2) Jeremy Johnson, AuburnJohnson is one of the worst-kept secrets in the SEC. Even though he started only one game last season — the opener against Arkansas when Nick Marshall was suspended — the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Johnson is recognized as the best pro prospect among SEC quarterbacks.Although Johnson is more of a passer than a runner, he’ll get some carries in Gus Malzahn’s offense. With his size and speed, Johnson is often compared to Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton … with good reason.3) Josh Dobbs, TennesseeThe Vols had a midseason offensive makeover in 2014 when Justin Worley was injured and Dobbs was inserted. With Dobbs’ mobility, UT became a true read-option team and averaged 207.5 rushing yards in the final six games.Assuming the offensive line solidifies itself as the season goes on, look for the Vols to expand their passing game. Dobbs’ accuracy has improved dramatically and he has a number of talented targets.4) Maty Mauk, MissouriHe’s 14-4 as a starter and has led Missouri to back-to-back SEC East championships, yet Mauk often is overlooked among premier SEC quarterbacks. Granted, consistency is an issue but it’s hard to argue with his production and success.After completing just 39.6 percent of his passes in the Tigers’ first four SEC games, Mauk improved dramatically when the division title was on the line. He completed 54 percent of his throws for an average of 227.8 yards per game as Mizzou finished off a 7-1 SEC record.5) Brandon Allen, ArkansasDespite 25 career starts for the Razorbacks, the most of any quarterback in the SEC, Allen is among the most underrated players in the conference. Part of that is due to Bret Bielema’s run-first offense.Allen, a senior, threw for 2,285 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. He was intercepted only five times, the fewest in the SEC and the third fewest in the nation among quarterbacks that started every game. Reach David Climer at 615-259-8020 and on Twitter @DavidClimer. Interactive graphic SEC FOOTBALL: Viewer’s Guide to Week 1 gameslast_img read more

PNGSF chairman calls for transparency

first_imgPNG Sports Foundation BY SIMON KESLEP Administering an organisation is like looking after the affairs and issues of the whole of Papua New Guinea, says PNG Sports Foundation (PNGSF) board chairman Ian Chow (pictured). Chow made the statement last Friday at the farewell reception for the outgoing PNG Sports Foundation chief executive officer (CEO) Peter Tsiamalili Jr at the Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre (TAIC) in Port Moresby. “When I became chairman of the board two years ago I did not know what to expect,” he said. “I have never seen such a difficult and big organisation as the PNG Sports Foundation. I thought it would have been easy like running Lae Snax Tigers but I was totally wrong. It is like running the country and you can see how bad it is going because of Covid-19 and all these other issues,” said Chow. The vacant post left by Tsiamalili Jr is now awaiting the appointment of an acting CEO which will then see the PNGSF board appointing a professional recruiting agent to screen applicants for the position. “For Peter (Tsiamalili Jr) to have it (CEO position) under his hand for seven years, that is an amazing achievement. I believe the new (current) board gave him more freedom. I also believe the last two years he achieved most of what he wanted to do or most of his achievements were in the last two years,” said Chow. In regard to the appointment of an acting CEO for PNG Sports Foundation, Chow said the process is now with relevant government departments to make the appointment. “We’ve given it (applications for the acting CEO position) to the Government already for them to approve. The board will only recommend applicants. At times, applicants may not be accepted but we believe as acting CEO they should pick one of the three applicants. “Because those people (applicants) know how to run the place (PNG Sports Foundation) and as I mentioned PNG Sports Foundation is like running the country. I did not realise how huge the organisation is, how complex it is. We need a very special person to hold the position,” Chow said. There is always politicising of such issues (appointments) and people are also promoting their own agendas. “Peter (Tsiamalili Jr) back then was an unknown guy but he did a great job in every condition, like for 15 years we had unaudited accounts so we actually got it up to 2016 which is quite good. There’s too many missing documents and everything and this is part of people complaining about mismanagement and corruption. It is a very difficult job and it would take at least another five years before it is cleaned up. “It comes down to leadership, having smart people – young people especially, not to say that you all old guys are not good, you have the knowledge to rely on all of our senior people but you all are the future of PNG Sports Foundation and PNG. He (Peter Tsiamalili Jr) is a young leader, very dynamic and I have never met anyone so passionate about his job,” said Chow.last_img read more

La Follette sends Eldridge off in style on Friday

first_imgThe LFD family celebrated retiring Chief Charles Eldridge on Friday, his last day on the job.LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – La Follette Fire Chief Charles Eldridge is officially retired.  Friends, family and co-workers sent him off in style with a celebration on Friday at the former West La Follette School Cafeteria.   WLAF’s Charlie Hutson was on hand and shares the special day with us in photos HERE.Eldridge is surrounded by his family.Best to you, C-E.  Thank you for being so good to us here at WLAF.  We wish you a great retirement.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/03/2020-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Freestyler Matt to strut his stuff around Wembley for charity

first_imgFootball freestyler Matt Wolstenholme is gearing up to do keepy-uppies around the perimeter of Wembley Stadium – while walking backwards.The 31-year-old from Kingsbury, who holds the world record for ‘longest distance juggling a football’, at 20km, will perform the feat on 16 August to raise money for mental health charity Mind.AdChoices广告He has suffered from depression himself, so it’s a cause close to his heart.Mind provides advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem.“Depression is something I’ve struggled with for a number of years, so I know from personal experience how debilitating mental illness can be,” said Wolstenholme.“It’s a pleasure to be able to raise money for Mind. I’m really excited about the challenge – it’s not something you do every day.“Luckily I’ll have a few people there to help make sure I don’t walk into anything!”Wolstenholme, who also works as a personal trainer, played football to a high standard up until suffering a back injury in his early 20s.Once recovered, he took to the park to brush up on his skills and has been a freestyle football fanatic ever since.Now training five days a week for his latest challenge, he explained: “I’m working hard to make sure it all goes smoothly.“Lots of practice sessions with the ball, as well as workouts at the gym to make sure I’m fit enough and can maintain my concentration.“I couldn’t have arranged this by myself though, it’s important to thank all the people who helped, especially Wembley Stadium for allowing me to give this weird and wonderful challenge a try.“I can’t wait to get going now, bring it on!”To make a donation, visit www.mattfreestyle.co.uk and click on the JustGiving icon.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Club ready to hold talks over Southampton player – Want to…

first_imgGala loaned Lemina from the Premier League side in August, and after a poor start the Gabonese international has found some form in recent weeks.The 26 year old is now one of the most important members of Terim’s struggling Galatasaray side and Sporx report there’s a genuine desire to get a deal done.Lemina’s redemption clause is said to be €16m and it’s claimed Galatasaray officials will negotiate with Southampton in order to get them to reduce this amount.Given the finances of the Turkish champions it’s likely they will struggle to pay the €16m, so another season-long loan deal could be a possibility if they can’t get the Saints to go lower.The former Juventus midfielder has made 10 appearances for the Super Lig side in all competitions this season. His contract with Southampton will expire at the end of June 2022.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 60? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Guys In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndo Turkish website Sporx claims Galatasaray manager Fatih Terim wants Southampton loanee Mario Lemina to remain at the club beyond this season.last_img read more

Report: Former Ravens defensive coordinator and Colts head coach Pagano has leukemia

first_imgFormer Ravens defensive coordinator and Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has been hospitalized with leukemia, according to multiple reports Monday morning. The illness is considered “very treatable’ as Pagano will be hospitalized for the next six weeks while undergoing treatment, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. The Colts had a bye in Week 4, but Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz reports Pagano had been complaining of unusual fatigue and went for blood workup during the bye week.Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will serve as interim coach while Pagano focuses on treatment and recovery. The Colts have called a 10:30 a.m. press conference to offer more information about Acute promyelocytic leukemia, the form with which Pagano has been diagnosed.In 2011, Pagano guided the league’s third-ranked defense in his only season as the defensive coordinator in Baltimore. Prior to that, the 51-year-old served three years as the Ravens secondary coach under John Harbaugh. Wildly popular with his defensive players, Pagano often drew comparisons to former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan during his tenure in Baltimore.last_img read more

Ravens position battles to watch this summer

first_imgThe Ravens possess one of the deepest rosters in the NFL entering the 2015 season, but a number of key position battles will headline the summer as they seek their seventh trip to the postseason in eight years.After losing the likes of Haloti Ngata, Torrey Smith, Owen Daniels, and Pernell McPhee, general manager Ozzie Newsome has done a remarkable job reloading, but several questions must be answered before the season begins in Denver on Sept. 13.Below is an early look at each competition with the first full-squad workout of the summer set for July 30:Starting wide receiver The candidates: Breshad Perriman, Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown Why to be optimistic: The 26th overall pick in the draft, Perriman was projected to go in the middle of the first round by some and is a faster and bigger version of Torrey Smith on paper while Aiken and Brown are still developing and contributed a season ago. Why to be concerned: Beyond the 13,000-plus receiving yards from 15-year veteran Steve Smith, the Ravens’ other returning wide receivers made a combined 55 catches last year, making you pray that Perriman is ready to contribute immediately. The favorite: Aiken is the leader in the clubhouse following minicamp and has developed an impressive rapport with Joe Flacco, but Perriman’s skills are too enticing to pass on him as the favorite to start.Starting tight end The candidates: Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams, Dennis PittaWhy to be optimistic: Even if we assume Pitta will not be cleared to play in 2015, the Ravens invested a 2014 third-round pick in Gillmore and a second-round pick in Williams this spring for a reason. Why to be concerned: Gillmore caught just 10 passes as a rookie while Williams did not stand out during spring practices and is still trying to adjust to Marc Trestman’s offensive system. The favorite: After showing improvement late in his rookie year, Gillmore was a surprise of the spring with a better physique and improved ability to make catches in traffic while Williams was very quiet.Starting defensive endThe candidates: Chris Canty, Lawrence Guy, Brent UrbanWhy to be optimistic: Canty and Guy were effective holding down the 5-technique position a year ago despite Urban’s knee injury that derailed his anticipated role in the rotation as a rookie. Why to be concerned: Canty is entering his 11th year and the Ravens deemed him expendable before bringing him back at a cheaper rate while Urban has been unable to shake injuries going back to his collegiate days. The favorite: Urban was very active during spring practices and could push the veteran starter, but it’s too tough to pick against Canty, who has started 119 games in his NFL career.Starting safeties The candidates: Will Hill, Kendrick Lewis, Matt Elam, Terrence Brooks Why to be optimistic: Hill proved capable in handling a starting job in the second half of 2014 while Lewis was signed for his ability to play deep center, something the Ravens lacked in coverage a year ago. Why to be concerned: Elam was a clear disappointment in his first two seasons while Brooks is still recovering from a torn ACL, creating legitimate depth concerns going into training camp. The favorites: The Ravens gave Elam some reps with the starting defense this spring, but it would take substantial improvement for the 2013 first-round pick to overtake Hill or Lewis for starting spots.Return specialistThe candidates: Michael Campanaro, DeAndre Carter, Asa Jackson, Fitz Toussaint, Lardarius Webb, Steve Smith Why to be optimistic: Campanaro and Jackson have shown flashes in the return game in very limited opportunities while Webb and Smith bring experience to the equation. Why to be concerned: It’s difficult to buy either Webb or Smith as a serious candidate to handle the job because of their importance, leaving the real competition to players lacking experience or facing questions about their durability. The favorite: There isn’t one as this competition lacks candidates to really feel good about at this point, making you wonder if the man to handle the job is even on the current roster.Backup running backThe candidates: Lorenzo Taliaferro, Buck Allen Why to be optimistic: The Ravens feel very good about Justin Forsett in a starting role for a second straight year and have invested fourth-round picks in running backs in each of the last two drafts. Why to be concerned: Taliaferro and Allen have a combined 68 carries in the NFL and are the primary backups behind a 29-year-old back who has one year of experience as a full-time back since college. The favorite: Last month, Allen would have been my choice because of the versatility he showed in college, but a slimmed-down Taliaferro moved well this spring and has an experience edge for now.last_img read more

‘Game of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke thanks “quick thinking” health care worker for saving her life

first_imgHelen Sloan/HBO(LONDON) — After a health scare that nearly took her life in 2011, Emilia Clarke thanked health care workers for saving her life in an article published by The New York Times on Sunday.One by one, the Game of Thrones alum, who suffered brain aneurysm after a workout in London, thanked the many hospital workers who took care of her, including, “The nurse who suggested — after everyone else in A&E struggled to find an answer when I was first admitted — that maybe, just maybe I should have a brain scan.”She also praised the anesthetist who had her and her family members “giggling” prior to the surgery, and the surgeon who worked to save her without ever “letting on how close to death I had been.”Clarke, 33, also thanked the people who cleaned up after her and showed, “as much kindness as if I had been their own daughter.”The actress shares details about the experience in a new book called, Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You, which honors the workers of England’s National Health Service providing care amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Clarke, who resumed filming Game of Thrones six weeks after being treated for the aneurysm, suffered another brain hemorrhage two years later.Clarke told CBS Sunday Morning in April of 2019 that her GoT role as Daenerys Targaryen and getting to “go on set, play a badass and walk through fire,” helped her through the trauma.By George CostantinoCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Mayor slams Liverpool match on Grand National day

first_imgCity mayor Joe Anderson has described as “ridiculous” the decision to stage Liverpool’s Premier League match at home to Bournemouth in April just minutes after the Grand National horse race starts at nearby Aintree.Bournemouth’s visit to Anfield has been chosen for live TV coverage and will kick off 15 minutes after the start of the famous National Hunt race four miles away.“Have just seen that Liverpool v Bournemouth is to be played on Saturday 14th April at 17.30pm the same day as the Grand National… need urgent meeting with @MerseyPolice they simply will not cope given the normal pressure of a Saturday. #madness,” Anderson wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday.When a Twitter user said the Merseyside Police had given the green light to both events being held on that day, Anderson replied: “The costs of the overtime for police will fall on the taxpayer and can the transport network cope? Seems a ridiculous decision to suit TV again.”It is the first time for 24 years that Liverpool will play at home on the same day as the Grand National.The Merseyside club hosted Ipswich Town in April 1994 at 1130 local time in front of a crowd of just 30,485 and the race followed at 1550.“As with each year, we’re working closely with the Police and transport providers but we don’t anticipate it affecting racegoers travelling to Aintree for Grand National Day,” Aintree communications manager Grant Rowley told the Liverpool Echo.“People will be heading to Aintree hours before the football crowd goes to Anfield and leaving Aintree well before the football finishes but, as with every race day, we will do everything possible to ensure the best customer experience for our racegoers when at Aintree Racecourse.“Grand National Day is already close to sell-out but of course it’s a shame for anyone who wanted to attend both events.”There will be a crowd of about 70,000 for the race at Aintree with a further 54,000 expected at Anfield.last_img read more

NBA: Aldridge spurs San Antonio past Raptors

first_imgDILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Toronto’s defeat was their fourth straight loss however, and their challenge was hampered by the absence of DeMar DeRozan, who sprained an ankle at the weekend.The Spurs, who sat Kawhi Leonard, had surged into a 13-point lead at one stage in the first half but Toronto drew level in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter at the Air Canada Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnDejounte Murray gave San Antonio a two-point lead with a jump shot before Toronto’s Terrence Ross missed a 25-foot effort with 1:17 to play.The Raptors meanwhile were unable to punish a Spurs turnover with 45 seconds left before Aldridge scored two key free throws to help get San Antonio over the line. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) drives against Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)LOS ANGELES—LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Toronto Raptors 108-106 on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila) to stay on the heels of the Golden State Warriors at the top of the Western Conference.Aldridge, who also grabbed seven rebounds and two assists, led the scoring as the Spurs notched their fifth win on the trot to improve to 36-9, two games behind the Warriors (38-7).ADVERTISEMENT Patty Mills was the other main scorer for San Antonio with 18 points while Dave Bertans (12) and David Lee (11) also made key contributions.Kyle Lowry topped Toronto’s scoring with 30 points while Ross added 21 points off the bench. Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Frustrated LeBron bemoans Cavs organizationlast_img read more