Schalke close to Nastasic deal

first_imgSchalke are close to agreeing a deal with Manchester City to sign defender Matija Nastasic, according to the German club’s general manager Horst Heldt. The Serbia international, 21, is out of favour at City under Manuel Pellegrini, having not made a Barclays Premier League appearance this season. Heldt told Germany’s Sport Bild magazine that a deal could be done within days. Press Associationcenter_img He said: “We are negotiating back and forth, that’s how it goes. You get closer and closer and in this case we are no longer far apart from each other. I am optimistic that we will get this done in the coming days.” Heldt added the deal would be “a loan with an option to buy”. Nastasic joined City from Fiorentina in 2012, signed by former boss Roberto Mancini. He made 13 league appearances last season as City won the title, but his only outing this term has been in the Community Shield in August. Schalke are coached by former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo. last_img read more

AP source: Broncos to acquire Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye

first_img March 3, 2020 More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Associated Press Bouye, who is due $13 million each of the next two seasons, has 14 interceptions in seven NFL seasons in Houston and Jacksonville. He made his only Pro Bowl in 2017. His acquisition could complicate Chris Harris Jr.’s future. Harris, who served as a mentor to Bouye early in his career when they shared the same agent, is set to become an unrestricted free agent in two weeks.Harris tweeted his congratulations to Bouye and Chiefs D-back Tyrann Mathieu then tweeted a message to Harris imagining them playing in the same backfield in Kansas City.Trading Bouye creates another hole for Jacksonville to fill heading into free agency and the draft. The Jaguars traded star cornerback Jalen Ramsey last October and now will have a revamped defensive backfield that includes four players younger than 26 years old: cornerbacks Tre Herndon and Parry Nickerson and safeties Ronnie Harrison and Jarrod Wilson.Jacksonville surely will draft a cornerback, which is considered one of the positions with the most talent and depth in the draft. The Jags will now have 10 picks, including two first-rounders and two fourth-rounders. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Denver Broncos have agreed to acquire cornerback A.J. Bouye from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a fourth-round pick in the upcoming draft.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal can’t be processed and the teams cannot comment on it until the NFL’s new league year begins March 18.The fourth-round pick in the deal is the one the Broncos acquired from the San Francisco 49ers at the trade deadline last season for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who helped his new team reach the Super Bowl. Bouye adds to a growing list of jettisoned players from Jacksonville’s dynamic 2017 defense, which helped the team make the AFC championship game. General manager Dave Caldwell traded Ramsey and defensive end Dante Fowler to the Los Angeles Rams in separate deals, cut safety Tashaun Gipson and defensive tackle Malik Jackson to create cap space, and just last week opted not to pick up a team option in defensive tackle Marcell Dareus’ contract for 2020.Plus, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue posted on social media Monday that he no longer wants to sign a long-term deal to remain in Jacksonville and hopes to force a trade.___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___ AP source: Broncos to acquire Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouyelast_img read more

The Latest: Navy and BYU to play season opener on Labor Day

first_imgThe Latest: Navy and BYU to play season opener on Labor Day NASCAR driver Spencer Davis says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Friday night’s Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway. Davis said he tested positive Thursday and his team’s entry has pulled out of the Michigan race. “I support the protocols in place by the CDC and NASCAR and plan on taking the correct steps to come back to the track,” Davis said. Davis is 18th in the Truck Series standings after nine races. His best finish this season was 12th at Las Vegas in February.Davis is the second full-time NASCAR driver in the sport’s top-three national divisions to receive a positive coronavirus test. Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson tested positive in July and missed one race, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___BYU will play at Navy on Labor Day night in a matchup of teams that had openers against traditional rivals canceled as Power Five leagues rearranged their schedules. NASCAR does not test for COVID-19. Davis got the test on his own.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Cougars were originally slated to open their season on Sept. 3 at Utah, but the Pac-12 has gone to a conference-only schedule to deal with potential disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic. Navy’s opener against longtime rival Notre Dame was at first scheduled to be played in Dublin, Ireland, on Aug. 29. The pandemic halted those plans and the game was rescheduled for the weekend of Sept. 5 at Annapolis, Maryland. Then Notre Dame joined the Atlantic Coast Conference for this season and the conference prohibited its teams from playing non-conference games outside their home state. The Notre Dame-Navy game was canceled. The teams had played every season since 1927.BYU, which lost a total of six games against Power Five teams, will play Navy for just the third time and first since 1989. The game will be televised by ESPN.___ August 6, 2020last_img read more

USC helps launch new security app

first_imgA new computer application designed by USC’s Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events Homeland Security Center will aid in increasing security and terrorism-prevention, the United States Coast Guard announced Wednesday.The application was created for the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.The Port Resilience Operational and Tactical Enforcement to Combat Terrorism system, known as ARMOR-PROTECT, randomizes Coast Guard boat patrol schedules using algorithms, making patrol patterns unpredictable for enemies planning an attack. The U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center contracted the project.ARMOR-PROTECT, which was created by computer science professor Milind Tambe, was launched Feb. 1.The Coast Guard is currently assessing the software at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, which have the eighth-highest container traffic in the world. There are plans to eventually implement the program at 361 ports nationwide.In 2007, the ARMOR software was first used to randomize the scheduling of patrolling officers at police checkpoints on roads leading to the Los Angeles International Airport. Most recently, the program has been implemented on the Los Angeles rail system to prevent passengers from evading the fare.The application received the Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice lfrom the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.last_img read more

USC closes out regular season in Washington

first_imgThe USC women’s basketball team will finish up their regular season this weekend as they take on Washington on Thursday, Feb. 26 in Seattle at 6 p.m. and Washington State on Saturday, Feb. 28 in Pullman at 3 p.m.The Women of Troy (15-12, 7-9 Pac-12) split their final two home games of the season against the Arizona schools, crushing Arizona 77-51 but falling to No. 12 Arizona State 76-73 in double overtime.Senior forward Alexyz Vaioletama tallied 28 points and 15 rebounds in her final two games, picking up the fifth double-double of her career on Senior Day with a 18-point, 12-rebound performance against the Sun Devils.“I think we need to just execute more as a team,” junior guard Brianna Barrett said. “Positive things we can take away are effort, we never gave up, and I think we saw as a team that we can play with the best of the best, and when we take from that we have confidence in ourselves, and in our abilities as a team. We just use that momentum going into this weekend.”Senior forward Kaneisha Horn had 15 points and 11 rebounds over the weekend. Freshmen also made some major contributions for USC, as guard McKenzie Calvert scored 22 points, while forward Kristen Simon racked up 21 points and a team-leading 18 rebounds.Vaioletama leads USC with 12.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.Calvert is averaging 10.3 points per game, while Horn is scoring 10.1 points per game, and leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per game. Vaioletama has the rebounding advantage in Pac-12 games though, 7.6 to 7.3 per game.The Women of Troy have been led by their offensive rebounding this season, leading the Pac-12 with 14.8 per game and placing second in offensive rebounding percentage at .354.They’ve tallied 20 or more offensive rebounds in four games this season and grabbed 19 against the Sun Devils.The Huskies (20-8, 9-7 Pac-12) are led by Kelsey Plum’s 22.9 points per game.Jazmine Davis is averaging 15.6 points and a team-leading 4.3 assists per game, while Talia Walton averages 13.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.Plum is also the Pac-12’s leading scorer in conference games, averaging 20.2 points per game. USC is 29-31 all-time against Washington, having lost their last two meetings.Lia Galdeira leads the Cougars (15-12, 6-10 Pac-12) with 19.6 points per game, including 19.9 in conference, second only to Plum, along with 6.0 rebounds per game. Galdeira also leads the team in assists with 70, and steals with 90.Tia Presley is averaging 16.4 points for Washington State. The Women of Troy are 44-15 all-time against the Cougars, but have also lost the past two meetings.“I think the key is to contain,” head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said about defending Plum and Galdiera. “We’re not going to be able to stop the scoring guards, but we can contain them and limit their touches. The way you contain a scorer is to make them work extremely hard on offense to get the ball, and then you make them work extremely hard on defense. We’re going to have to value the ball, not turn it over, make them play some defense, and then contain their penetration and contest their 3-point shot.”The two teams split a home-and-home last weekend, with the Cougars winning 83-72 in Seattle on Friday behind 23 points from Galdiera, while the Huskies blew out the Cougars 83-43 in Pullman on Sunday behind 22 points each from Plum and Walton.The Huskies enter the weekend having won four of their last six, while the Cougars have lost six of their last eight.The Women of Troy will return to Seattle next week, as they’ll participate in the Pac-12 tournament from Thursday, March 5 to Sunday, March 8 at KeyArena.last_img read more

FA Cup: Conte Tips Man Utd as Favourite

first_imgChelsea coach, Antonio Conte has said that his team will be underdogs when they face Manchester United and his old rival Jose Mourinho in the FA Cup final.Conte’s side cruised to a 2-0 win over Southampton in yesterday’s second semifinal to set up a heavyweight clash with United at Wembley on May 19.But Conte doesn’t believe Chelsea, beaten by Arsenal 2-1 in last year’s final despite going into the match as Premier League champions, will be regarded as favourites to lift the famous old trophy. “This final is a game between two great teams. In my mind I can tell you we played the final as favourites against Arsenal,” he said.“I think in this season we arrive not as favourites. But then last season we lost the final even though we were expected to win.”Given their long-running feud, there will be as much attention on the two managers on Cup final day as there will be on the players.Blues boss Conte and United manager Mourinho have exchanged a series of bitter barbs via the media this season.Conte labelled Mourinho a “little man” with senile dementia after the United chief infuriated him by saying he thought his rival acted like a “clown” with his passionate touchline antics, while also referring to an Italian match-fixing scandal that Conte was cleared of any involvement in.Even this week, Conte took a swipe at Mourinho, insisting the Portuguese coach had it much easier than him in his two spells as Chelsea manager.Speaking after the win over Southampton, Conte made the rather unconvincing claim that he had cleared the air with Mourinho.“I think with Jose, we have clarified the situation. This is the most important thing. There is not a problem between him and I,” he said.“We are talking about two managers with strong characters, two winners. In your heart and your blood there is the will to win.“For sure, we want to try to win the trophy, in the same way United do. I have great respect for United and Mourinho’s story.”The final offers Conte a chance to end a troubled season with silverware in what might be his last match at Chelsea.Chelsea never came close to successfully defending the Premier League title and their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League via a top-four finish are hanging by a slender thread.Numerous reports have claimed Conte will leave in the close season after falling out with Chelsea’s hierarchy over their failure to back his transfer plans.Asked how he would rate Chelsea’s inconsistent season, Conte said: “I don’t understand what it means to have a successful season. It’s another thing if I’m happy or unhappy.“In this season we are working very hard. As you know well, it’s not simple to play in this league.“It is the only league to fight with six teams to win the title and a place in the Champions League. It will be more difficult year by year.” Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wellington High School holding Spirit week; Don’t forget homecoming parade is Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

first_imgThe Seuss Girls.Sumner Newscow report — It is that week. Wellington High School is holding Spirit Week as part of the homecoming festivities.These girls, from left: Abby Goodrum, Ryleigh Buck, McKenna Oathout, Hannah Roths, Allison McCue, and Madi Adams dressed up as the Seuss Girls  – a knockoff of  the Spice girls.Don’t forget the homecoming parade is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday a pep rally and then bonfire will be held thereafter at around 7:30 p.m. in front of the Wellington High School:The full high school schedule is below. For the full 2014 Fall Festival including the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce activities click on the ad on the right… Wednesday- Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You? Favorite Dr. Seuss character or AnimalThursday- The Sneeches- Go all out and wear your starsFriday- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish- Wear red to show your Crusader PrideFriday evening: Wellington vs. Andale. Homecoming dance follows.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Embarking on H2H did not take into account NCM – CJ

first_img…reminds Commission cannot proceed with its business as usualThe Chief Justice (CJ) has delivered her written ruling on the No-Confidence Motion (NCM), issuing a stern reminder to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) that an NCM was passed, and as such, the body cannot ignore this and proceed as though it’s business as usual.Acting Chief JusticeRoxane GeorgePresident David GrangerGECOM Chairperson Retired Justice Claudette SinghThis reminder is contained in paragraph 113 of acting CJ Roxane George’s almost 50-page document. According to the written judgement, former GECOM Chairman James Patterson’s order to begin House-to-House Registration did not take into consideration the December 21, 2018 passage of the NCM.“The fact is that the July 2018 decision, and that made in 2007 at the 171st Meeting of GECOM, to conduct House-to-House Registration, were not made in the context of an NCM,” the CJ wrote in her ruling.“The NCM is an extraordinary circumstance that GECOM must bear in mind in its decision-making as it conducts the House-to-House Registration and for that matter, any verification process that has as the objective, the compilation, or revision of the list of electors for the required upcoming elections”.Justice George acknowledged that GECOM is an independent body pursuant to Article 161 and 162, which is not subject to the control of any other authority. But she also noted that GECOM is also subject to the Constitution and laws, thus, the Commission “cannot act as though it is in a normal registration or election cycle”.“As such, since GECOM is seeking to register electors, GECOM may have to consider other options including what other methods of verification of the list may have to be utilised, whether in conjunction with or separately from the house-to-house exercise”.“Indeed, the CEO/CR deposed that the preparation of the Official List of Electors permits the registration of every qualified elector during the registration exercise or a Claims and Objections period,” the judgement states.Patterson’s National Registration (Residents) Order of 2019, setting July 20 as the date for GECOM to commence House-to-House and for it to conclude in October, was gazetted in July. However, the order was signed by Patterson since June 11. The CCJ invalidated Patterson’s appointment via its ruling on June 18, with the retired Judge stepping down from his post at GECOM soon after.With the clock ticking and elections months overdue, GECOM has not yet made a decision with regards to the holding of elections or any other matters, even after the Chairperson, Justice Claudette Singh, has now had two meetings with the six commissioners since her appointment last month.The new GECOM Chair met with both Opposition and Government-nominated commissioners for the first time last week, but no decisions surfaced regarding the next course of action with respect to House-to-House Registration.The meeting reportedly lasted a few hours, after which PPP Commissioner Bibi Shadick told the media that the Commission’s “businesses” were discussed. She stated that the matters will be addressed once the Chief Justice’s ruling is submitted in written form.“We have a new Chairperson…we have a new dispensation. There were no decisions taken today. We didn’t have benefit of the Chief Justice’s decision as yet. It has to be given out when it is completed,” Shadick had told media operatives.She also met with the commissioners on Wednesday, where they have still not decided on how to proceed regarding elections and the ongoing House-to-House (H2H) Registration. In fact, there was a marked reluctance to get into specifics with the press on how this latest meeting with the GECOM Chairperson went. People’s Progressive Party (PPP)-nominated commissioners were tight-lipped, only commenting that a further meeting will be held on Friday.However, the Commission does hope to advise President David Granger “not long from now” on their preparedness for the polls. This is according to Government-nominated Commissioner Vincent Alexander, who noted that while discussions on the way forward have started, outstanding matters still need addressing.last_img read more

The Giants found a winning blueprint over the last two months, but is it sustainable?

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.DENVER — The Giants don’t have any players with 15 home runs, any starting pitchers with a sub-3.50 ERA or any everyday starters who made the All-Star team.Despite all of their perceived shortcomings, the Giants are still in the playoff hunt.With 51 games remaining, manager Bruce Bochy’s club sits 2.5 games behind the Phillies and Nationals for the second National League Wild Card berth. After posting a …last_img read more

Govt to buy potatoes from farmers to stop suicides

first_imgA day after a potato farmer allegedly committed suicide after suffering heavy losses, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said her government will purchase 28,000 tonnes of potatoes, required for Anganwadi centres and midday meal programme, directly from farmers. Her announcement comes at a time when potato farmers across the State are facing a severe crisis — at least two of them have committed suicide — due to the sharp drop in prices following this years’ bumper crop.Krishak Dibas“We have decided to buy 28,000 tonnes of potatoes directly from the farmers which we need every month for the Anganwadi centres and the midday meal programme. The government will buy potatoes at ₹4.60 per kg,” she said. Ms. Banerjee was speaking at a government programme on Krishak Dibas (Farmers’ Day) observed by the Trinamool Congress government on March 14 to pay tribute to those who died during the anti-land acquisition movements at Singur in Hooghly district and Nandigram in Purba Medinipur district. As per the projected estimates of the State government, the number of schools (up to Class VIII) to be covered under the midday meal scheme is 83,673 and the number of students is about 1 crore. According to potato merchants, this is the first time that the TMC government is directly purchasing potatoes from farmers.The development comes a day after a potato farmer allegedly committed suicide due to losses in farming in the Anandapur area of Paschim Medinipur district’s Keshpur block. According to his family, Swapan Hajra (45) committed suicide after sustaining “heavy losses” in potato farming. ‘Heavy debt’“He incurred a large debt for cultivating potatoes in four bighas (1.60 acres) of land,” Mr. Hajra’s son Indrajit told journalists.The Opposition, however, is sceptical whether the move will be beneficial for the potato farmers. “This is nothing but a face saving move. If the TMC government is really bothered about the farmers they would have purchased potato from them at a much higher rate,” said CPI-M district secretary of Paschim Medinipur Tarun Roy.last_img read more