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CGG Adds New CFO

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first_imgCGG has appointed Yuri Baidoukov as group CFO, effective September 1, 2018. Yuri Baidoukov will be based in Paris and report to the chief executive officer, Sophie Zurquiyah.“I am very pleased that Yuri has agreed to join CGG and look forward to having him on the executive team,” said Sophie Zurquiyah. “Yuri’s extensive background in corporate finance, management and strategy as well as his deep knowledge of the industry will greatly contribute to the success of CGG.”Yuri Baidoukov is at present time group CFO at OiLSERV Group. Prior to this, he was CFO of Maersk Oil US, and group CFO of Integra Group.Yuri Baidoukov holds an MBA degree from TRIUM Global Executive MBA, a joint program of NYU Stern School of Business, LSE and HEC Paris. He also holds a Master of Science (Honors), Economics degree from the Russian Peoples’ Friendship University, and is an affiliate member of the American Institute of CPAs.last_img read more

Bulldogs Battle Cougars In Weekend Soccer

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first_imgThe Batesville Boys Soccer Team battled The Greenfield Central Cougars this past Weekend.The Varsity battled to a 2-2 tie while The JV won 7-0.Batesville vs. Greenfield Central Boys Soccer (9-19)Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Fox.last_img

Boxer Umar Sadiq rushed to hospital ‘coughing up blood’

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first_imgBritish boxer, Umar Sadiq, was reportedly rushed to hospital following his defeat to Fyodor Chudinov. The 32-year-old needed oxygen and started to “cough up blood” after the fight in Khimki, near Moscow. Sadiq was disorientated after the WBA gold belt showdown. According to Russian source TASS, he fell ill during routine doping checks. An ambulance was called as the super middleweight began to “cough up blood”. There has been no update on his condition since he arrived at the hospital in Russia. Sadiq, who entered the bout with 10 wins under his belt, took the fight against Chudinov at short notice. Speaking from his hotel room in Russia this week, he admitted preparations for the fight had been “very rushed”.Advertisement Loading… He told the Mirror: “If I wasn’t confident of winning I wouldn’t be out here because let’s face, I didn’t have to take the fight did I? “As much as I’m the one getting in the ring, it’s still a team effort and I’ve got great people around me which is why I say ‘we’. Together, we’re here to do the business. “It’s all been very rushed, sudden and out of nowhere but when you stay ready then you’re ready to grab opportunities like this by the horns and that’s what I’m doing. “Chudinov, right now, as we speak is third in line with the WBA and with all the governing bodies he’s ranked in the top five or the top six. read also:BOXING: Tyson Fury reveals why Anthony Joshua fight won’t happen “I know that I will literally be one of the top middleweights in the world after Friday night as long as I get the job so it’s a massive opportunity.” Danny Williams, who beat Mike Tyson in 2004, fought on the same card. The 47-year-old’s opponent, Sergei Kharitonov, walked to the ring with a BEAR before the fight. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became FriendsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Of The Strongest Women In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be EnemiesThe New Lara Croft Will Really Surprise You10 Largest Cities In The World7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Artlast_img read more

The Latest: Atlanta kickoff games head supports ACC decision

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first_imgThe COVID-19 list is for a player who tests positive for coronavirus or has been quarantined after being in close contact with someone infected. NFL teams are not allowed to disclose whether the player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.Jacksonville also removed rookie fullback Connor Slomka from the team’s active/non-football injury list after he passed his physical.___The NCAA is allowing all major college football teams to begin their seasons as early as Aug. 29. The association confirmed that the football oversight committee had requested a blanket waiver to permit any school to push up the start of its season to the so-called Week Zero. Cannon is a cancer survivor and Vitale has a young family and doesn’t want to risk exposing them, according to the sources. ___Two people with direct knowledge of the decision have confirmed to The Associated Press that Buffalo Bills starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is voluntarily opting out from playing this season.The people spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed this information as players reported for the start of training camp Tuesday. The NFL Network first reported Lotulelei’s decision earlier in the day.The 30-year-old Lotulelei has seven years of NFL experience and was entering his third season with the Bills. He has two years remaining on his contract, which will now run through 2022. The team will launch “Browns Live: Training Camp,” on Aug. 14. The online site will give fans “an up-close and personal look at camp.” The two-hour show will be broadcast on all the team’s social media platforms and show clips from practice and interviews with players, coaches and alumni. The Browns are coming off a 6-10 season that didn’t go as planned, but there is excitement around an unproven but talented team, which recently signed star defensive end Myles Garrett to a long-term extension. Cleveland began in-taking veteran players on Tuesday. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has already cleared NFL protocol on the coronavirus and was permitted in the training facility.___Austin’s public health authority said the city was “caught a little off guard” by the recent announcement by Texas that the school planned to allow 50% stadium capacity at Longhorns football games this fall. He worked at TV Globo and its cable channel Sportv, which confirmed his death during one of the programs he hosted. Rodrigues also worked in several other Brazilian networks, including ESPN.___The Atlanta Falcons have selected their 40-member cheerleaders squad following their first virtual tryouts.Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 38 women and two men earned their spots in online tryouts. The results were announced on Monday night on a livestream on the Falcons website. Tuesday’s announcement follows news last week that 11 men’s and women’s tournaments planned for later this year in China were scrapped.That included the WTA Finals.As of now, women’s tennis is scheduled to resume next week in Palermo, Italy.___The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has moved most fall sports until the spring, including football. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The MIAC joined the majority of its NCAA Division III peers, postponing competition in cross country, football, soccer and volleyball. Tennis teams will be permitted to compete against conference opponents this fall in accordance with campus, state, NCAA and MIAC health directives. That sport is deemed low risk for coronavirus transmission.Training, practice and other team activities will be permitted in the postponed sports, in compliance with the virus-related guidelines.The biggest impact of the MIAC’s move will be on the football game between league powers St. John’s and St. Thomas, rivals who first played in 1901 and have faced off 89 times in the sport. This year’s game, which was scheduled for early November at U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL home of the Vikings, could be the last ever with the impending move by St. Thomas to the FCS level after being booted from the MIAC for competitive reasons.___The Tennessee Titans have placed their top draft pick on the COVID-19/reserve list. French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says the decision was taken because France has seen an increase in coronavirus cases recently.But Maracineanu adds that local officials will have the authority to increase the capacity at some events from Aug. 15 if they can obtain special dispensation and observe strict health and safety protocol.Only 2,805 fans attended the French Cup final between Paris Saint-Germain and Saint-Etienne last Friday but the number was low because Saint-Etienne fans did not use their allocation of 900 seats at Stade de France.PSG faces Lyon in the League Cup final at the same stadium on Friday.___ Associated Press The announcement came as the team returned to practice ahead of its Champions League match against Manchester City on Aug. 7. Real Madrid lost at home 2-1 in the first leg of the round-of-16 series.Madrid says Mariano was in “perfect health condition” and was following health protocols.The entire Madrid squad was tested for COVID-19 on Monday. The players had been on a break of almost 10 days after winning the Spanish league title.___The French government has maintained a maximum capacity of 5,000 fans in stadiums until the end of August amid the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The head of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games is expressing disappointment but says he understands the Atlantic Coast Conference’s decision to nix three games that had been set for Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the opening weeks of the college football season. The Latest: Atlanta kickoff games head supports ACC decision The member schools are Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, Stockton, The College of New Jersey, and William Paterson.___Brazilian TV host Rodrigo Rodrigues has died at age 45, two weeks after contracting COVID-19. A fan favorite for his humorous style leading sports programs, Rodrigues was hospitalized on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro after feeling nausea and disorientation. Doctors found he had a cerebral venous blood clot, one of the possible bodily responses to an infection by the new coronavirus. Rodrigues had surgery on Sunday and was in an induced coma. July 29, 2020 Burrola confirmed the suspension on Twitter and said he stopped receiving his meal plan the day he was suspended. He also said his stipend has been taken away.Burrola started six games at right tackle in 2019 and had shoulder surgery in January.“If you’re not going to pay attention to the protocol, wear a mask, all that other stuff, we can’t have you around,” coach Kevin Sumlin told the Arizona Daily Star.___The Cleveland Browns are doing all they can to give their fans a look at their training camp, which is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott spoke with county commissioners Tuesday, and said it’s hard to imagine allowing a crowd of any size watch a game.Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte wrote season ticket holders last week about plans to allow about 50,000 fans at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, even as the state of Texas remains a national hot spot in the coronavirus pandemic.Escott says having that many people in one place is a bit of a reach right now.School officials have noted the 50% limit is currently allowed under statewide rules.___center_img ___ Ohio State will limit home crowds to about 20,000 and prohibit tailgating if the football season is played this fall.Fans inside Ohio Stadium will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing to help stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Concessions will be limited.The traditional “Skull Session” pregame pep rallies at St. John’s Arena will not be held.Athletic director Gene Smith informed season-ticket holders of the new rules in a letter Tuesday, first reported by Cleveland.com. Coach Mike Vrabel announced that move Tuesday at the end of a 40-minute video conference call with reporters. The Titans drafted offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson with the No. 29 pick overall out of Georgia, and Wilson remains the one member of their six-man draft class that has yet to agree to a contract. Wilson is expected to compete for the right tackle job that came open when Jack Conklin signed with Cleveland in free agency.Vrabel also said linebacker Jayon Brown will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.The Titans so far have had one player opt out. Undrafted rookie free agent Anthony McKinney is an offensive lineman out of Texas Christian. Vrabel confirmed McKinney informed the coach and general manager Jon Robinson of his decision. Vrabel says he has not heard nor talked to other Titans who might choose to opt out and is waiting until players make the best decision in the interest of themselves and their families. ___A person familiar with the situation says New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has decided to opt out of the 2020 season. Hightower’s decision was made out of concern for the health of his fiancée and child, who was born earlier this month, the person said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Patriots have not announced the decision. ESPN was the first to report the move. Two other people told the AP that starting right tackle Marcus Cannon and fullback Danny Vitale have also chosen to sit out the season, citing health concerns. Canady signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys after splitting the 2019 season between the New York Jets and Baltimore. The Ravens drafted Canady in the sixth round in 2016.Guidry had 827 yards receiving and eight touchdowns in two seasons at Mississippi State after playing two years of junior college. He faced long adds to make the roster at a position that includes Amari Cooper, who signed a $100 million contract in the offseason, third-year man Michael Gallup and first-round pick CeeDee Lamb.___The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed starting right tackle Jawaan Taylor and first-year offensive lineman Ryan Pope on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.Taylor, a second-round pick from Florida last year, started all 16 games as a rookie. The 75,000-seat stadium near downtown Atlanta had been set to host Florida State against West Virginia on Sept. 5, followed two days later by Virginia vs. Georgia on Labor Day. North Carolina was scheduled to face Auburn the following weekend on Sept. 12.The ACC announced a reworked, 11-game schedule Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic. If local health conditions allow it, teams will play a 10-game conference schedule that includes Notre Dame, along with one non-conference game that must be played in the school’s home state.“We certainly understand the ACC is doing what they feel is in the best interest of the conference and the health of their teams, staff and student athletes, and as our partners, we support them in that decision,” said Gary Stokan, CEO & President of the Peach Bowl, which operates the Kickoff series. “However, we are disappointed we will lose the opportunity to host Florida State, Virginia and North Carolina and their fans in our scheduled Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games this season.”Stokan said the Peach Bowl still hopes to host a pair of top 10 teams in its New Year’s Day game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.___ Arizona is resuming on-campus team activities next week and will continue a phased return of programs, starting with freshmen football players on Aug. 3.The school said it has had no positive COVID-19 tests the past two weeks.Arizona paused the influx of additional student-athletes on July 17 as coronavirus cases rose in Arizona. The Wildcats had three positive tests in 366 test encounters among 83 football players and 28 staff members already on campus before the pause.___Texas has no active coronavirus infections on the football team or among the volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball team players on campus, athletic director Chris Del Conte said Tuesday. The guidelines limit capacity of the 105,000-seat stadium to 20%.-Mitch Stacy reporting from Columbus, Ohio___The New Jersey Athletic Conference announced the suspension of all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference of Division III schools will explore the possibility of playing fall sports in the spring. The fall sports include football, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, field hockey, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s cross country, and men’s cross country. Soccer and volleyball will have conference-only schedules.___A women’s professional tennis tournament that was supposed to be played in Tokyo in November has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the latest event scratched from the sport’s calendar.The Toray Pan Pacific Open already had been postponed from September because of the COVID-19 outbreak that has put the WTA and ATP tours on hold since March.Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka won that title last year. Chato Hendrix, director of the cheerleaders, said the group was disheartened at first to have to go completely virtual, but like the rest of the world had to adapt.Hendrix says the virtual tryouts made it possible for out-of-state applicants to compete for spots without having to travel to Atlanta. This is the first time since 1989 the Falcons have had male cheerleaders.___Ball State has filled one of three open dates on its football schedule by announcing plans to open the season Sept. 12 at Iowa State of the Big 12. The game replaces a previously scheduled date for the Cardinals at Michigan and the annual rivalry game at Iowa for the Cyclones. Both games were wiped out when Big Ten officials said they would play a conference-only schedule.Ball State also had its Sept. 3 season opener against Maine and a Sept. 19 trip to Indiana canceled earlier this month. The Big Ten games reportedly cost the Cardinals about $1.7 million in guaranteed money.Ball State is still scheduled to host Wyoming on Sept. 26 in its second game of the season before heading into Mid-American Conference play.___Real Madrid says forward Mariano has tested positive for the coronavirus. The football team will soon increase testing from once to twice a week and women’s soccer will begin arriving on campus this week.Texas provided its first update on testing in weeks. Del Conte said the number of athletes testing positive or being identified as possible cases through contact tracing has “dropped dramatically.” The school announced June 18 that 13 players were either positive or presumed positive.___Arizona has suspended junior offensive lineman Edgar Burrola for violating school coronavirus protocols. The official start of the season had been Labor Day weekend, with a few games scheduled for Aug. 29. That was before the coronavirus pandemic put the season in peril and schedules were remade to deal with potential disruptions of COVID-19. Some schools and conferences are working on delaying the start of their football seasons while others are trying to get a head start. Kansas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 have both recently moved up their opening games against FCS opponents to Aug. 29.___The Summit League is pushing back the start of fall sports to Sept. 23 due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.The conference’s president’s council agreed to delay championship seasons for men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and cross country. Non-championship segments for golf and tennis, along with non-traditional seasons for softball and baseball also were pushed back. The Atlanta Falcons have placed rookie safety Jaylinn Hawkins on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.The announcement came after coach Dan Quinn earlier said all rookies had negative tests. Hawkins, a fourth-round pick from Cal, could have tested negative and be placed on the list after exposure to the coronavirus. Teams are not allowed to disclose if a player is in quarantine.Quinn said the coronavirus outbreak with the MLB’s Miami Marlins was a topic of discussion as veteran players arrived for training camp on Tuesday and began their testing. He said no player has discussed opting out.___Veteran cornerback Maurice Canady and undrafted rookie receiver Stephen Guidry have opted out of playing for the Dallas Cowboys this season because of the coronavirus pandemic. — John Wawrow reporting from Buffalo. New York.___Iowa has paused its men’s basketball workouts for 14 days after two players tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Tuesday.Iowa’s protocol requires individuals who test positive to be in isolation and for people who might have been exposed to someone with the virus to be quarantined.Last week, Michigan State suspended football workouts and players began a 14-day quarantine after a staff member and player tested positive.last_img read more

Linebacker Cabinda drops Syracuse commitment, pledges to Penn State

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first_img Published on October 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+ New Jersey linebacker Jason Cabinda flipped his verbal commitment from Syracuse to Penn State on Wednesday morning, according to a Rivals.com report. SU’s Class of 2014 is now down to 14 incoming recruits, including three linebackers.Cabinda’s Twitter bio now includes “…Penn State Football Commit class of ’14 #WEARE.”Cabinda is a 6-foot-1, 215-pound recruit from Hunterdon Central High School in Flemington, N.J., and has a three-star rating by Scout. He verbally pledged to the Orange on July 1, but kept the Nittany Lions in the race throughout his recruitment. PSU extended a scholarship offer to Cabinda late in September.The three linebackers that are still expected to join Syracuse’s program next year are Parris Bennett, Colton Moskal and Zaire Franklin. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Day’s Den: LA teams open NFL season on good note

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first_imgTwo weeks into the NFL regular season, fans of the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams shouldn’t be extremely unhappy with the teams’ 0-2 and 1-1 records, respectively.On Sunday, the Bolts lost to the Miami Dolphins, 19-17, while the Washington Redskins edged the Rams, 27-20. The Redskins and Dolphins aren’t powerhouse teams, and the Chargers and Rams don’t fit that criterion, either. However, both L.A. teams have shown a level of competitiveness that fans hope will foreshadow a season fighting for a playoff berth — or at least a .500 winning percentage.That’s the key for the Chargers and Rams’ journey to January 2018. They don’t have to blow the doors off of the division and advance deep into the playoffs. Still, giving fans entertainment and hope for the future is paramount. The Chargers put this idea on display in Week 1, when quarterback Philip Rivers mounted a late comeback against a Denver Broncos team that trounced the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2. The Rams didn’t look like NFL bottom feeders when they posted 46 points on the Indianapolis Colts in the opening week.The tables turned for the Rams in Week 2. Signal caller Jared Goff didn’t throw for more than 300 yards with no interceptions like he did to start the season. With 1:37 left to play and a touchdown needed to tie the game against the Redskins, Goff, who finished the game with 221 yards, stared down wide receiver Cooper Kupp and threw a predictable interception to end his squad’s comeback aspirations. The great news about this game is that even though the Redskins were up 13-0 in the second quarter, you didn’t see the scoreline get considerably worse for the Rams. In fact, by halftime, the score was 20-10 for the Rams, and in the third quarter, Goff watched his defense hold the ’Skins scoreless. Meanwhile, Goff hit running back Todd Gurley for an 18-yard touchdown. Gurley seemed to return to form as he was a force in the running game (88 yards, averaging 5.5 yards per carry) and a necessary cog in the receiving game with 48 yards on three receptions. With Gurley healthy, the Rams will have their fair share of chances to win. But the worrisome part about the phrase “Gurley healthy” is that, without him on the field, the Rams’ road to victory gets that much harder. And since he’s getting the ball a lot, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him injured at some point.The Rams’ defense isn’t terrible, but right now it doesn’t look like it’s at the level where it can define a game. A defense like the Broncos’ fills that purpose, but there are few units in the NFL boasting that level of superiority. Thus, the onus falls on Goff to be the integral player in the Rams’ success at many occasions in the season. Gurley shredding another team will matter significantly less if Goff throws interceptions at crucial points in regular season competitions.On the other hand, the Chargers should feel comfortable with the veteran Rivers at quarterback. The aging Rivers has almost always been a gunslinger in the NFL, meaning he can make big plays some of the time and make costly mistakes at other junctures. Against some opponents, he’s able to throw himself back into games. We haven’t seen much from Goff as far as NFL comebacks are concerned, but the Rams’ front office must have felt he would end up becoming their franchise quarterback after they took him at No. 1 in the 2016 NFL Draft.There’s no doubt the Chargers know Rivers’ window to compete for a championship is closing, and most signs are pointing to him never getting the opportunity to play in the Super Bowl. Rivers was mulling over retirement in 2015 following a 2014 season that saw him sustain rib and back injuries. But he signed a four-year deal in August 2015, meaning that he might stay a Charger until his contract runs out at the end of the 2019 season.Facing the Dolphins this weekend, Chargers tight end Antonio Gates broke the record for the most touchdowns by a tight end in NFL history — a huge feat — but the losing final score marked the Chargers’ inability to win in close games. Rivers did his part to drive the team for the winning field goal with five seconds remaining, but rookie kicker Younghoe Koo missed the kick that would have won the game.Misfortune strikes all teams in the NFL, and sometimes it plainly results in defeat. The Chargers have been that unfortunate squad, and the Rams are seeing if Goff is up to overcome that challenge. Regardless of the noted woes of these two Los Angeles outfits, and even though it may seem easy to bet against both of them, they battle for all four quarters and have exciting talent like Gurley, Aaron Donald, Keenan Allen, Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. So you can sleep on their playoff chances. But watching their entertaining games shouldn’t put you to sleep.Duncan Day is a senior studying print and digital journalism. His column, Day’s Den, runs on Wednesdays.last_img read more

Saints running back Alvin Kamara: ‘I’m in the top percentile right now’

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first_img Travis Kelce: Kareem Hunt’s release from Chiefs ‘ripped our hearts out’ “Everybody said I made it look easy, but sometimes I was out there, and I didn’t know what was going on,” Kamara said, via the Lafayette Daily Advertiser. “I’m always going to act smarter than I am.”Two-minute drill my rookie year was horrible. That was dreadful. I was going to sleep, and I was like, ‘Man, we got two-minute tomorrow.’ After we got done doing two-minute at practice, I was thinking about the next two-minute practice. So sometimes, I might not know, but I’m going to act like I know. Yeah, you’ve got to fake it to you make it.” Related News Things didn’t always come naturally for Alvin Kamara.Speaking to reporters this week at New Orleans’ mandatory minicamp, the Saints running back admitted he was a little lost at times during his rookie season in 2017 and it haunted him off the field. O.J. Simpson joins Twitter, tweets he’s ‘got a little getting even to do’ Kamara credits quarterback Drew Brees for not only helping him find his form, but also going to the source and instilling strong study habits while going over the playbook.”From my first year to now, there were a lot of things I was trying to figure out,” Kamara said. “I took a step back and was like, ‘All right, well, if I want to be the best, then I’ve got to know what the best knows.’ And I think Drew is probably one of the (smartest) — if not the smartest — people playing football right now. I can only get better if I know as much as Drew or try to be on the same page at least as Drew.”It clearly paid off considering Kamara led the Saints in rushing last season with 883 yards for 14 touchdowns with no fumbles, which earned him his second straight Pro Bowl selection. He also ranked second on the team in receiving with 709 yards and four more scores.But the third-round pick is hungry for more. “I’m so anxious to see like, ‘What else?’ You know what I’m saying? What else could I do? Where else could I line up? How else could I be successful? That’s the best part of this profession for me,” Kamara said. “What’s the next step you’re going to take? ‘Ok, he was good last year. How are you going to prove that you are what you are?'”I don’t feel like a vet. It’s my third year, but it’s been quick. I still feel like I consider myself a younger guy still. But my rookie year, it was more like, ‘Shoot, I hope I don’t mess up.’ Now, I’m smart. I’ll say I’m an A-plus. I’m in the top percentile right now.”With his 728 yards rushing and 826 yards receiving in 2017, Kamara became the fourth running back in NFL history to run for at least 500 rushing and 500 receiving yards in his first two seasons. He joins Abner Haynes (1960-68), Herschel Walker (1983-97) and Edgerrin James (1999-2009). Jaguars fine Telvin Smith $88K for missing minicamplast_img read more

Christian McCaffrey teams with dad to give Father’s Day surprise to military members

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first_imgMcCaffrey found another perfect way to do that on Father’s Day weekend. McCaffrey and his father Ed, who played 13 years as a receiver in the NFL, partnered with USAA and the USO of North Carolina to surprise an active-duty father and daughter.  Both are Panthers fans, and they were surprised by the McCaffrey father-and-son combo on a virtual video chat.  Dads and father figures play such a huge role in the paths we choose. Great to work with @USAA and the @USOofNC to surprise a @Marine and his daughter – who also chose to serve – for #FathersDay. Thanks to all those who guide and inspire us. #SaluteToService pic.twitter.com/0AaLP8z1ub— Christian McCaffrey (@CMC_22) June 17, 2020The Father’s Day celebration lends to a military tradition – a weekend when service members are often reunited with family members. A total of 80 percent of military recruits come from families where at least one family member served. A total of 25 percent of recruits have a parent who served.   McCaffrey continues to work with USAA. In January, he teamed with USAA and MCA&F to award a Super Bowl trip to Sgt. Maj. Luis “Chino” Leiva and a guest.  “It’s a very small thing to do but hopefully in the future we can do more stuff like that for not just one or multiple people,” McCaffrey said. “I have a lot of fun doing it. I get to meet cool people. I get to meet veterans and some active duty military members.”  USAA is an official NFL “Salute to Service” partner. Carolina running Christian McCaffrey had a personal mission when he came into the NFL in 2017. He wanted to be an advocate for United States military members. “It’s something that I’ve taken a lot of pride in since I’ve had the opportunity to give back,” McCaffrey told Sporting News in January. “The military is something I definitely wanted to target when I put together my team after I got drafted. That was the first thing that came up. ‘What can I do for that?'”  last_img read more

Serena eyes challenge of post-baby comeback

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first_imgWashington, United States | AFP |  Serena Williams has spent her career defying the odds, winning 23 Grand Slam singles titles and becoming the oldest world number one at age 35.But now she will face perhaps the ultimate challenge — making a comeback after motherhood.Williams, who announced her engagement to Reddit social media site co-founder Alexis Ohanian last December, revealed Wednesday that she is having a baby, in a Snapchat photo with the caption “20 weeks.”If her timing was precise, it would mean Williams won the Australian Open, her 23rd Grand Slam crown to set an Open Era record, without dropping a set on January — while eight weeks pregnant.It would also mean she could give birth during the US Open, which begins on August 28.Kelly Bush Novak, Williams’ publicist, told AFP only that Serena “is expecting a baby this fall” and “looks forward to returning in 2018.”After the flurry of well-wishes, a question quickly came to the fore: can Williams, who turns 36 in September, return from having her first child and overtake Australia’s Margaret Court for the all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles crowns?Moreover — would she even want to?“This is another one of those ultimate challenges for Serena Williams, say around the age of 37, to try and tie Margaret Court,” said Pam Shriver, a 1980s US tennis star-turned-commentator for ESPN.“There’s no reason she can’t do it. What she has done in her 30s is more than any other tennis player.”Court was 29 when she gave birth to son Daniel in 1972 and the next year captured her final three Grand Slam titles, sweeping the Australian, French and US Open crowns.– Fighter –Williams has not backed down from challenges, injuries, age, controversy and tragedy in becoming the face of women’s tennis for most of the past two decades.She grew up in the crime-ridden Los Angeles suburb of Compton, learning the game she would come to dominate from her father Richard and practicing mainly against her older sister Venus.They shunned the typical junior development circuit for work on their own, Venus drawing laughs when she said she expected to battle her sister for world number one — only to be proven correct in epic fashion.Serena’s storied WTA Tour career began at age 14 in 1995 in Quebec City. She then stunned top-ranked Martina Hingis to capture the 1999 US Open at age 17 for her first Grand Slam title, becoming only the second African-American woman to win a major crown after Althea Gibson.With success, though, came controversy.In 2001 at Indian Wells, fans jeered Venus defaulting a semi-final to her younger sister and booed Serena in the subsequent final, which she won.Serena boycotted the event until 2015 as a result of the treatment, her father insisting racist remarks were made to him by spectators.– ‘Serena Slam’ –Williams began the first “Serena Slam” in 2002 with wins at the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open and finished the feat at the 2003 Australian Open, defeating Venus in all four finals to join Court, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Maureen Connolly as the only women to hold all four Slam titles simultaneously.Her run ended with a loss to Justine Henin in the French Open semi-finals, but she rebounded to win Wimbledon before undergoing quadriceps surgery to miss the US Open.Tragedy then struck in September 2003 when her half-sister and personal assistant, Yetunde Price, was killed in a drive-by shooting. Serena took eight months off before making a triumphant 2004 return at Miami.She overcame a left knee injury to win the 2008 US Open at a time when tennis stardom took a back seat to other interests — fashion design, television and music.A penalty point for yelling profanity at a lineswoman cost her a 2009 US Open semi-final against Kim Clijsters, who would go on to win the 2009 US Open and two more major titles.Clijsters become the first mother to win a Grand Slam singles crown since Australia’s Evonne Goolagong in 1980 at Wimbledon. Court was the only other mom to win a Slam.– ‘Anything is possible’ –While former rival Lindsay Davenport and onetime world number one Tracy Austin question her motivation to return after motherhood, Serena should have her chance to join the select group of mom Slam winners, and match Court’s all-time mark, sometime in 2018.“Anything is possible,” Shriver said. “A lot of it is up to Serena, how fit is she going to stay during the pregnancy.”Williams won the 2009 and 2010 Australian and Wimbledon crowns but stepped on broken glass in a Munich restaurant in July and missed almost a full year due to a pulmonary embolism.She won her next major at Wimbledon in 2012, launching a run of four Slam wins in six tries that set up “Serena Slam II” from the 2013 US Open through 2015 Wimbledon.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

FreshPaper Partners Again with County’s Waste Less Food Campaign

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first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County Solid WasteThe maker of FreshPaper is once again partnering with Thurston County’s Waste Less Food campaign to extend special FreshPaper discounts that will help keep more fresh produce on your table and on the shelves of the Thurston County Food Bank.In May 2014, the Thurston County Solid Waste Division teamed up with Fenugreen, the maker of FreshPaper, to give Thurston County residents a tool to help them waste less food at home and an incentive to purchase FreshPaper online. By ordering FreshPaper at www.fenugreen.com and using the special discount code “THURSTON” at checkout, county residents received one free FreshPaper pack, and Fenugreen also donated one FreshPaper pack to the Thurston County Food Bank. With over 2,300 FreshPaper sheets donated to the food bank so far, Fenugreen is extending the special online offer. Between now and the end of August, customers who order three packs of FreshPaper online can use the “THURSTON” discount code at checkout to receive a fourth pack for free, plus have one pack donated to the food bank.“Our partnership with Fenugreen has already been a big success, and we’re really pleased that we were able to extend the special offer,” said Thurston County Solid Waste Educator Gabby Byrne. “FreshPaper is helping our residents keep more of their food out of the garbage—that’s a win for consumers. The fact that FreshPaper is helping the food bank get more healthy fresh produce to our neighbors in need means it’s a win for the environment and for our community as well.”FreshPaper is an organic, biodegradable and compostable product that keeps your produce fresh two to four times longer than normal. Considering that the average family of four throws out about 25 percent of the food they buy to the tune of $130-230 each month, keeping your produce fresher for longer is good for your health and good for your wallet.Along with online purchases, Thurston County residents can also buy FreshPaper at Ralph’s Thriftway, Bayview Thriftway and Olympia Eastside Co-op. To learn more about FreshPaper and how it works, visit www.fenugreen.com. If you’re interested in bringing FreshPaper to your store or produce stand, contact Fenugreen directly at (424) 260-3368 or wholesale@fenugreen.com.To learn more about how to waste less food and save more money with easy tips, tricks and tools, visit www.WasteLessFood.com. Join us on Facebook at /WasteLessFood for the latest ideas, recipes and giveaways. Free small group presentations are also available by contacting Gabby Byrne at byrneg@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 867-2284.last_img read more