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AP source: Browns fire Hue Jackson and Todd Haley

first_imgCleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, left, talks with line judge Mike Spanier (90) along the sideline as his team plays against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 33-18. (AP Photo/Don Wright)BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Hue Jackson’s failed, flawed tenure with the Cleveland Browns is finally over.The team fired its embattled coach on Monday, ending a run of futility nearly unmatched in NFL history. Jackson, who went 3-36-1 in two-plus seasons, was dismissed on Monday by general manager John Dorsey, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not yet announced the expected move.The Browns also dismissed offensive coordinator Todd Haley, the person said. Haley was in his first season on Jackson’s staff after spending the previous six in Pittsburgh.Jackson’s firing came a day after the Browns (2-5-1) lost their 25th straight road game — 20 of them coming with Jackson in charge.The Browns, who have not made the playoffs since 2002, have lost three straight games after a promising start to this season. They tied Pittsburgh in Week 1, but were beaten 33-18 on Sunday by the Steelers.Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, right, greets Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson after an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 33-18. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Jackson is the sixth straight Cleveland coach to be fired following the team’s second game against Pittsburgh. Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski and Mike Pettine all met the same demise.It’s not immediately clear who will fill in for Jackson for the rest of this season. The Browns host the Kansas City Chiefs (7-1) on Sunday.Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and wide receivers coach Al Saunders are interim candidates capable of finishing the season. Williams and Saunders both have previous head coaching experience.Jackson was hired in 2016 by owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam, who stuck by him despite a 1-15 record in his first season and the Browns losing all 16 games last season, joining the 2008 Detroit Lions as only the second team in league history to go 0-16.But beyond the lopsided losses, quarterback changes and bad luck, the Browns have been constantly saddled with drama and dysfunction under Jackson, who came to Cleveland after serving as Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator and went 8-8 as Oakland’s head coach in 2011.Last week, Jackson’s offer to help Haley following a loss in Tampa Bay underscored another power struggle as Jackson fought to stay in control.Following Sunday’s game, Jackson downplayed any dispute with his offensive coordinator.“There’s nothing wrong with my relationship with Haley,” Jackson said. “I never said I wanted to take over play-calling. I said wanted to help, that’s it. But today it’s this big thing because sure, everyone is going to look and say what’s going on. The only thing that is going on is that we need to get better. We need to coach better, we need to play better.”Jackson’s firing comes one day after the Cleveland Cavaliers fired coach Tyronn Lue, who led the team to an NBA title in 2016 but was struggling in his first season without star LeBron James. The Cavs are 0-6.___More AP NFL coverage: and read more

Arsenal and Spurs join Man Utd and Chelsea in Coutinho transfer chase

first_imgNORTH LONDON rivals Arsenal and Tottenham have reportedly joined Chelsea and Manchester United in the transfer chase for Philippe Coutinho.Barcelona are looking to sell the Brazilian – who they bought for £142million from Liverpool in 2018 – to raise funds for re-signing PSG superstar Neymar.1 Arsenal and Tottenham have reportedly joined Chelsea and Manchester United in the transfer chase for Philippe CoutinhoCredit: AFP or licensorsThe playmaker is on loan at Bayern Munich, though the German champions are said to be uninterested in making the move permanent at the end of the season.According to The Mirror, Arsenal and Spurs are monitoring Coutinho’s situation in Munich but face competition from Chelsea and United.Bayern paid Barca £7m to loan the ex-Anfield hero for the season and despite nine goals and eight assists in 32 appearances, the Bundesliga champions are not willing to meet the £100m asking price to sign him.Reports in Spain are claiming Chelsea now lead the race to secure Coutinho’s signature next season, having held initial talks with Barca.It is thought United have also spoken with the LaLiga champions over a potential deal.But Blues boss Lampard is said have also been contact with Coutinho personally in a bid to convince him to steer towards a Stamford Bridge switch.Chelsea are in the market for new attacking midfielders this summer despite already landing Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.Transfer news Live Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipFIT IN HIS BELEArsenal turn attention to Lyon striker Dembele as Lacazette replacementGossipGUNNER MAKE A MOVEArsenal weighing up transfer move for Barcelona star RafinhaGossipNO BALE OUTGareth Bale’s Real Madrid future in limbo with NO firm transfer offers yetGossipJOR BLIMEY!Jorginho’s agent says Chelsea ace is being chased by two top European clubsArsenal and Spurs both registered interest in Coutinho in the summer, before he moved to Bayern.But in a blow to Tottenham, the Brazilian previously rejected a loan to the North London side last summer.The Gunners also decided against moving for Coutinho, instead signing Nicolas Pepe from Lille in a club record £72m move.Man United pair Lingard and Pereira’s futures hang in the balance with Solskjaer drawing up plans for next seasonlast_img read more

Student athlete sues college over punishment for pulling the finger

first_imgThe finger. Flipping the bird. The one finger salute. Whatever you want to call it, it’s an age honoured gesture signalling anything from disgust to friendly banter.It’s a tradition. A right of passage. It’s universally acknowledged.Sadly it’s also become grounds for whopping overreaction, as a former University of Connecticut student found out.In 2014, then freshman Noriana Radwan whipped out the middle finger at an ESPNU camera during a game she was playing for UConn.Harmless stuff, right? Negative.UConn issued a statement to “apologize for an inappropriate gesture” and said Radwan, had been “indefinitely suspended from all team activities, including participation in UConn’s NCAA tournament games.”Seems ludicrous enough – surely an apology was sufficient – but it gets worse.Radwan, who transferred to Hofstra University, says UConn stripped her of her scholarship without due process or the ability to appeal.The school says she lost her scholarship because flipping the bird constitutes “serious misconduct” – something usually reserved for violent crimes.Deadspin detail the whole embarrassing incident in-depth here, but we’ll just let you know that Radwan is suing UConn.And we reckon that’s fair enough. Stick it to ’em, Noriana!last_img read more

Serena, Sharapova and Osaka will play a virtual tournament for those affected by coronavirus

first_imgTennis analyst John McEnroe and YouTube character Justine Ezarik will present feedback. The occasion will air on Fb Gaming and the IMG Tennis Fb web page.This will be the second tournament of video video games with ATP and WTA professionals in a single week.The Madrid Open, a traditional on the European clay court docket circuit in spring, which was as a result of begin on Monday, was canceled and the promoters created the model of the online game, which is at present underway and ends this Thursday.Because the coronavirus began, tennis gamers have been on all social media, posting quite a few challenges and feats of athletic potential with the hashtag #tennisathome.On the identical time, conventional tennis is slowly returning within the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The Base Tennis Academy in Hohr-Grenzhausen is internet hosting an eight participant exhibition beginning Friday.The matches of the Tennis Level Exhibition Sequence will be performed indoors, with solely three individuals on the court docket: the chair choose and the 2 gamers. It will be broadcast stay on the Tennis Channel. When not on the court docket, gamers should put on face masks.In the meantime the skilled tennis like the remainder of sports activities search to search out the components that enables them to return as quickly as doable to the actual competitors. The American Serena Williams, the Russian Maria Sharapova, the Japanese Naomi Osaka and her compatriot Kei Nishikori will take part within the virtual tennis tournament “Keep at House Slam”, as introduced this Wednesday, in favor of those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The tournament will be held on Sunday and will function greatest group tennis gamers with celebrities enjoying Mario Tennis Aces for Nintendo Change. The virtual occasion will be broadcast to a stay viewers.It’s one other try and preserve tennis within the public eye at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has suspended its exercise till a minimum of July 13.Williams to play supermodel Gigi Hadid, whereas Osaka to companion with mannequin and tv character Hailey Bieber, Sharapova with mannequin Karlie Kloss and Nishikori will be becoming a member of DJ and producer Steve Aoki.Whereas the 2018 Wimbledon finalist, the South African Kevin Anderson will companion with Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill.Opponents will all play from house for a prize of $ 25,000 that every will donate to the charity of their alternative and the Successful group will obtain a further million {dollars} that will additionally need to be donated.Spectators will be capable to see avatars enjoying, together with stay broadcasts of athletes of their properties.last_img read more

David Beckham admits using phone while driving, police say

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “The Met (Metropolitan Police) understands a postal guilty plea was subsequently received by Bromley Magistrates’ Court,” police said.The ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid player was said to have been witnessed driving his 2018 Bentley while using his phone on November 21.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsTwo months earlier, Beckham was accused of “shirking his responsibility” as a role model after avoiding prosecution on a speeding charge because of a technicality.Enlisting the services of celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman, who is dubbed “Mr Loophole”, Beckham accepted he drove at 59 miles (95 kilometers) per hour in a 40 mph zone in west London in January last year. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu ready for worlds Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The hearing will be an administrative one where a single magistrate may choose to impose points or a fine.Freeman also assisted Beckham in overturning an eight-month driving ban in 1999 after arguing that the footballer was trying to escape a paparazzi photographer. LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Former professional soccer midfielder David Beckham speaks at the unveiling of his statue at Dignity Health Sports Park on March 02, 2019 in Carson, California. Meg Oliphant/Getty Images/AFPDavid Beckham has admitted driving his Bentley in London while using a mobile phone, police said on Monday.The former England captain was charged after a member of the public told police they saw the 43-year-old on the phone while at the wheel of the car.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Beckham did not face further action because a notice of intended prosecution (NIP) was not received until one day after the statutory 14-day time limit.This prompted Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for road safety charity Brake, to say it was “hugely disappointing” to see the role model “shirking his responsibility and getting off a speeding prosecution on a mere technicality”.Beckham was sent another NIP over the latest incident and was subsequently charged on February 5, according to court staff.Using a hand-held mobile phone while driving in Britain is illegal.The matter is listed to be heard at the court in Bromley, in the London suburbs, on Tuesday, but Beckham is not expected to attend and members of the press and public will not be admitted.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View comments Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

Clippers: Cassell can stomach this win

first_imgPHILADELPHIA – Sam Cassell looked completely spent, towel wrapped his around his shoulders, eating an energy bar and welcoming the lift even a victory couldn’t provide. He missed the Clippers shootaround with the flu, and wanted postgame intravenous fluids. The Philadelphia 76ers could only wish Cassell had been sick enough to sit out the game. “I wanted to do what I could to help us get the win,” Cassell said. The Sixers fumbled away numerous opportunities down the stretch – missing easy layups, tossing airballs and getting badly boxed out. With a chance to put the Sixers ahead, Samuel Dalembert muffed a layup under the basket with about a minute left. Andre Iguodala blocked Brand from behind, but Shaun Livingston came up with the ball and hit the go-ahead basket for an 85-83 lead with 56 seconds left. Brand, who scored 12 points, made it 87-83 with 23.7 seconds to go. The Clippers kept their cushion from the free-throw line with the Sixers forced to foul in the final minute. The Sixers ended a brief two-game winning streak, and lost for the fifth time in 12 games. For the Clippers, Corey Maggette, who criticized Dunleavy earlier this week, was inactive with the flu. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Chris Kaman added 15points for the Clippers, who rallied from a 13-point deficit against the invigorated Sixers and improved to 2-3 on a seven-game, 12-day road trip. The Clippers snapped a nine-game losing streak in Philadelphia and won here for the first time since March 10, 1996. “Wow, I knew it had been awhile, but I didn’t realize it had been that long,” forward Elton Brand said. Even with an illness, Cassell played all but 30 seconds in the fourth quarter and scored eightpoints. He capped a late rally with a jumper that put the Clippers ahead, and made two free throws with 14 seconds left for a four-point lead. center_img Cassell scored 22 points and Cuttino Mobley had 17 to lead the Clippers to a 90-89 victory over the Sixers on Friday night, the Clippers’ first win in Philadelphia in 11 years. “I’m not surprised by anything he does,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said of Cassell. last_img read more

Six Celtic stars named in PFA Scotland Premiership team of the year

first_img1 Celtic pair Scott Sinclair and Scott Brown Partick Thistle defender Liam Lindsay is the only player outside of the top two teams to make it into the PFA Scotland Premiership team of the year.The 21-year-old joins six Celtic players and four from Aberdeen in the side, which is voted on by Ladbrokes Premiership players.Aberdeen are represented by goalkeeper Joe Lewis, right-back Shay Logan and midfielders Kenny McLean and Jonny Hayes.Mikael Lustig, Kieran Tierney, Stuart Armstrong, Scott Brown, Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair make up the Celtic contingent.Hibernian have four players in the Championship team – Darren McGregor, Lewis Stevenson, John McGinn and Jason Cummings – but second-placed Falkirk are not represented at all.Morton (Thomas O’Ware and Ross Forbes) and Dundee United (Cammy Bell and Tony Andreu) have two each, while Ayr full-back Nicky Devlin, St Mirren midfielder Stephen Mallan and Queen of the South striker Stephen Dobbie were also voted in.last_img read more

Living Birds Recapitulate Their Hopping Dino Ancestors

first_imgCan a hopping parrot tell you what life used to be like as a dinosaur?Sam Wong thinks so. At New Scientist, he titles his article, “Hopping miniature parrots suggest how birds first got airborne.” That sounds like a testable hypothesis. Let’s all hop like the birdies hop, and see if we evolve wings. Wong easily wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week for his opening just-so story:You have to jump before you can fly. A species of tiny parrot saves energy by hopping from branch to branch when foraging – a skill that may have helped bird ancestors to first get off the ground. These small birds hop between branches up to 30 times a minute, gaining propulsion from their legs and adding a few wingbeats to extend their range. A new study shows they do this in ways that minimise energy requirements, and suggests bird-like dinosaurs might have benefited from the technique too.Surely there must be some experimental evidence for this, if it is in New Scientist instead of New Mythmaker. And there is. Wong cites work by Diana Chin at Stanford who measured the forces on the legs and wings of young parrots as they hopped and flapped from perch to perch over various distances. To save energy, she noticed, they only use their wings when they have to. In good scientific fashion, Chin thinks of applications to robotics from her work.But what does this have to do with evolution?For clues, let’s examine the paper in Scientific Advances to see if Chin and her colleage David Lentink connect the dots. Does she identify beneficial mutations that were acted upon by natural selection? Do the two also do this for insects, bats and pterosaurs, to see if similar hopping initiated powered flight?Birds frequently hop and fly between tree branches to forage. To determine the mechanical energy trade-offs of their bimodal locomotion, we rewarded four Pacific parrotlets with a seed for flying voluntarily between instrumented perches inside a new aerodynamic force platform. By integrating direct measurements of both leg and wing forces with kinematics in a bimodal long jump and flight model, we discovered that parrotlets direct their leg impulse to minimize the mechanical energy needed to forage over different distances and inclinations. The bimodal locomotion model further shows how even a small lift contribution from a single proto-wingbeat would have significantly lengthened the long jump of foraging arboreal dinosaurs. These avian bimodal locomotion strategies can also help robots traverse cluttered environments more effectively.That’s basically the same Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week dressed up in Jargonwocky. In the paper, the perhapsimaybecouldness index rises when Chin and Lentink visualize ancient dinosaurs trying to fly:This visually guided feeding behavior in cluttered habitats not only is critical to the energetics of many extant birds but also was likely used by avian precursors….Understanding the biomechanics of perch-to-perch foraging flights can therefore help mechanistically underpin how protobirds could have honed their foraging flight skills, and fill critical gaps in our understanding of the energetics of extant arboreal birds.…by investing more energy into locomotion, these proto-fliers could have expanded their foraging volumes in trees and gained critical advantages over competitors.Regardless of how flapping flight evolved, extending long jumps with proto-wingbeats to increase foraging gain provides a self-reinforcing, gradual path through which protobirds could have honed their flight skills.If birds “honed their flight skills” by use and disuse, that’s a Lamarckian just-so story instead of a Darwinian just-so story. Both explanations have one thing in common: they are just-so stories.This peer-reviewed scientific paper, published by the AAAS and gushed on by Sam Wong, shows that evolutionists have learned nothing since Ken Dial’s old Partridge Family story (see 12/22/03). In fact, Ken Dial’s original 2003 paper appears in the references, along with his 2011 update (6/26/11).For relief from the stupidity of Darwinian storytelling, watch the Illustra Media film Flight: The Genius of Birds. See also Jonathan Wells’ updated book on the icons of evolution, Zombie Science, which includes new information on Archaeopteryx and feathered dinosaurs.center_img (Visited 528 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa, Guinea to deepen relations

first_img15 April 2014 South Africa and Guinea are set to deepen their long-standing bilateral relations, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said at the 2nd Joint Commission for Cooperation between the two countries in Pretoria on Monday. The meeting was co-hosted by Nkoana-Mashabane and Guinea’s foreign minister, Francois Lounceny Fall. “During our discussions, we agreed that there is great potential between our two countries that must be explored to further to strengthen this relationship for mutual benefit,” Mashabane said afterwards. “We are pleased with the increasing co-operation between South Africa and the Republic of Guinea that spans education, science and technology, mining, infrastructure development, agriculture, transport and a host of other areas. “To date, eight agreements have been signed by our two countries, including the protocol on diplomatic consultations, trade, visa waiver (for diplomatic and official passport holders) and education.” The commission decided that officials from the two countries would meet at least once a year from now on in order to ensure that decisions made at the meeting were being implemented. “South Africa enjoys a long-standing relationship with Guinea,” Nkoana-Mashabane said. This was solidified by the unconditional support given to South Africa during the struggle against apartheid. Source: read more

The first wave of Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training is done

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Senate Bill 150 gives Ohio farmers until September 30, 2017 to become certified to apply fertilizer. We are now in April of 2017, and at the end of the winter meeting season, meaning you have a very, very few meetings left to become certified. This site gives final dates for programs: State University Extension has delivered more than 290 programs around the state with over 14,500 attendees trained so far.Record keeping requirements are the most important aspect of the new law, and you will start when you receive your yellow Fertilizer Applicator Certificate. If you are a farmer you will maintain the records for three years. If you are a dealer and apply the fertilizer, you maintain the records for three years and supply a copy of the record to the grower who purchased the nutrients.Within 24 hours of your nutrient application, record: Name of fertilizer certificate holder Name of applicator working under direct supervision of certificate holder (if any) Date of application Location (field ID, farm) Fertilizer analysis (such as 11-52-0) Rate of fertilizer application (lbs/A) and total amount applied Fertilizer application method (surface-applied, incorporated, etc) Soil conditions For surface applications only: is ground frozen or snow covered? Temperature and precipitation during application Weather forecast for day following application.One very good place to get and print weather records and a forecast is You will record this information within 24 hours.One other item almost buried in SB 150 was the development of nutrient management plans. To me this may be THE best way to manage our nutrient loss concerns and save ourselves money in production costs. Consult with a nutrient management planner at the Soil & Water office, with a consultant, with Extension, with NRCS or a retailer. They can find those most likely areas of loss and help to reduce them.last_img read more