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Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney Want NFL Draft Evaluations, Declaration Date Moved Back

first_imgDabo Swinney and Nick Saban pose with the College Football Playoff national title trophy.Twitter/@jasongayRedshirt sophomores and juniors on Alabama and Clemson will only have a few days between tomorrow night’s National Championship and the January 15 NFL Draft declaration deadline. During today’s press conference, the head coaches of both teams said that they would like to see that deadline, as well as the evaluations handed down to interested players, pushed back. Dabo Swinney asked about his juniors weighing NFL decisions. “I pretty much know what everybody’s going to do already.”— Aaron Brenner (@Aaron_Brenner) January 10, 2016Swinney said he expects announcements to be made fairly quickly after the game Monday night.— TigerNet.com (@ClemsonTigerNet) January 10, 2016abo answers question abt underclassmen/NFL> Nick Saban: “Can I make a comment about that? I wish the NFL would move the declare date back.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 10, 2016Saban: ‘I wish they moved the declare (for the draft) date back.’ Also calls to move back the date NFL evaluations for players are delivered— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) January 10, 2016Swinney, responding, says he would “support that 100 percent.” Says the process is a distraction.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 10, 2016Clearly this is a big issue for Saban. He mentioned it in the summer, and he made a point of bringing it up today.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 10, 2016Nick Saban says NFL shouldn’t give players grades before end of year. ESPN reported Bama players voted to withhold info until after Mon.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 10, 2016Obviously, the coaches are the ones who have to keep players focused, and naturally, players are going to only take three or four days to evaluate the huge decision of whether to stay in school or declare. There may be some self-interest at play here, but it does make sense to give the players more time, considering the draft is later than it used to be.last_img read more

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Scout Releases 1st Edition Of 2018 ‘300,’ Featuring 38 Committed Recruits

first_img2018 top football recruits.Scout.comMost of the recruiting attention is currently being paid to the class of 2017, but teams always try to get ahead on the next cycle as well. Scout just dropped its first edition of the ‘Scout 300‘ for the class of 2018, and 38 of the 300 players listed are already committed to schools.The first full Scout 300 for 2018 on @scoutrecruiting is out https://t.co/da0rV7U02M pic.twitter.com/TT9niVSvgr— Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman) July 1, 2016LSU leads the way with five of the top 300, while Florida State and Miami each land four players. Here are all of the players who are already committed.Alabama:RB Dameon Pierce (No. 52) TE Malcolm Epps (No. 143)Auburn:QB Joey Gatewood (No. 50)Clemson:S Mike Jones Jr. (No. 241)Florida State:CB Isaiah Bolden (No. 39) RB Justin Watkins (No. 81) DT Robert Cooper (No. 86) RB James Cook (No. 91)Georgia:OT Max Wray (No. 64)LSU:CB Kelvin Joseph (No. 29) QB Zadock Dinkelmann (No. 99) CB Corione Harris (No. 140) S Nadab Joseph (No. 201) WR Devonta Jason (No. 230)Miami:S Joshua Jobe (No. 22) CB Gilbert Frierson (No. 118) WR Daquris Wiggins (No. 183) CB Jalen Patterson (No. 278)Michigan:S Otis Reese (No. 229)Mississippi State:WR Malik Heath (No. 157)Nebraska:ATH Cameron Jurgens (No. 147) DT Masry Mapieu (No. 283)Notre Dame: QB Phil Jurkovec (No. 46) RB Markese Stepp (No. 193) DE Jayson Ademilola (No. 211)Oklahoma:OT Brey Walker (No. 10)Oregon:QB Colson Yankoff (No. 151) WR Devin Culp (No. 245)Oregon State:RB Camron Davis (No. 219)Penn State:DE Micah Parsons (No. 2)Tennessee:OT Cade Mays (No. 16) ATH Alontae Taylor (No. 285)Texas A&M:WR Montel Parker (No. 176) OG Luke Matthews (No. 181)USC:QB Matt Corral (No. 4) OLB Bo Calvert (No. 20) OLB Raymond Scott (No. 43)Washington:QB Jacob Sirmon (No. 40)[Scout]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

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Government Reiterates Commitment to Safeguard Country’s Energy Security

first_imgThe Government is reiterating its commitment to safeguarding the country’s energy security and assures that it has made the right decision to retake ownership of the 49 per cent shares in Petrojam held by the Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company, PDV Caribe.First announced last week, the Government said it would be taking legislative action in furtherance of obtaining the shares and would begin the formal process in Parliament in short order.At a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister today (January 14), Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, emphasised that the decision taken was out of recognition of a number of important factors.These include the numerous efforts and need to upgrade the refinery from as far back as 2006, the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) decision to convert to liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2019 as well as the fact that JPS makes up 50 per cent of Petrojam’s market.Additionally, new international regulations will make it difficult for Petrojam to sell heavy fuel oil and process it as it now does, which takes effect on January 1, 2020; and banking and operational risks caused by domestic and hemispheric issues and challenges experienced by Venezuela.“Accordingly, it is important and in the interest of the Jamaican people that the Government of Jamaica take decisive and clear action. We are, as a Government, committed to ensuring that we do our very best to make decisions that will secure our energy sector in the interest of the Jamaican people, notwithstanding our appreciation or work with third-party states,” she said.Senator Johnson Smith said the decision was not made without recognition and appreciation of the “space that the Petro Caribe arrangements gave us and the relationship between Venezuela and Jamaica that dates back to the days of Simón Bolívar seeking refuge in Jamaica”.She advised that the Government did make attempts to offer incentives to the Venezuelan Government in the hopes of them selling the shares. However, there has been no take-up.“We did not just offer fair market value, we offered three times that at the first instance and at the second instance. We then increased it further in November (2018),” she said.last_img read more

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Ohio State looks to break from recent tradition in Sweet 16 matchup

If all the madness of March could be examined and condensed for the Ohio State men’s basketball team, it’d probably read as one word: pressure. No, this isn’t last year’s team that was the NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 overall seed and heavy favorite to win it all. But that sort of pressure, in more way than one, still remains. For the third-straight year, the Buckeyes have advanced to the Sweet 16. They are set to play Cincinnati at 9:45 p.m. Thursday in Boston’s TD Garden. Out of 345 Division I basketball teams, only OSU and Kentucky have managed to accomplish such a feat. The question on everyone’s mind, though, is whether or not the Buckeyes’ season, for the third-straight year, will end there too. It’s even gotten to the point that some have suggested the Sweet 16 is now an expectation for OSU and anything but just isn’t good enough anymore. OSU coach Thad Matta doesn’t seem to think so, though. “I’ve never been one to care a whole lot about what other people think,” Matta said with laugh. “Obviously nobody wants to win more than myself and the players do.” While making it to the Sweet 16 is a goal of OSU and Matta’s, he was clear it’s not the end-all-be-all of their aspirations. “I think being in the situation is great, but being complacent or satisfied is something that we don’t want to do,” he said. “The goal is to be playing on Saturday.” Matta also wanted to point out that this year’s team is “a completely different team” than the past two teams that made it to and lost in the Sweet 16. Still, he hoped lessons were learned the last time the Buckeyes were on such a stage. “I do hope that for William (Buford) and the freshmen that they remember what it feels like to be sent home and you hope that it serves as a reminder, as motivation, whatever you want to call it,” Matta said. What’s different compared to years past is OSU’s opponent Thursday: Cincinnati. Traditionally-and by nature-teams facing off in the Sweet 16 have little familiarity with each other. For example, the Buckeyes’ last two opponents were out of the Southeastern Conference-last year’s being Kentucky and the year before that, Tennessee. This year, however, it’s a neighboring Ohio school that stands in OSU’s way of reaching the Elite 8. Cincinnati, one of four Ohio-based teams (including OSU) to make the Sweet 16, will have its first crack at the Buckeyes since December 2006. Perhaps more notably, it’s just the second time the teams have met since the Bearcats defeated the Buckeyes in consecutive national championship games in 1961 and 1962. That, and OSU’s intentional or unintentional avoidance of playing other Ohio teams, is why some have suggested that there’s even extra pressure on OSU Thursday. But, Matta said he doesn’t want to look at it that way.  “From that standpoint, I think that there’s so much more made on the outside than on the inside. … I want them to play their best basketball regardless of who we’re playing,” he said. For the Buckeyes, the perceived additional challenge of facing an in-state team is more or less a non-factor. “(The players are) pretty callous to that in terms of, ‘Hey, if we don’t play our best basketball, we don’t have a chance to win on Thursday night’ and they know that,” Matta said.   Rather than the contest being so focused on the intrigue of the matchup between OSU and UC, Matta said he thinks this is more about the NCAA Tournament. “This is about trying to get to the Elite 8 and have a chance to play for the national championship,” he said. “Both teams are in the exact same position in that regard.” Right or wrong, the perception out there is that the pressure on OSU to win and advance, perhaps, is as high as it’s been all season.  And it won’t be easy. The Bearcats have been among the nation’s hottest teams since early February, winning 11 of the last 14 since dropping three in a row against West Virginia, Syracuse and Rutgers. Matta said what stands out to him the most are their multi-dimensional guards and the presence that senior forward Yancy Gates commands down low. He also said it seems that the Bearcats have seem to finally found their rhythm. “I think what happened is a very talented group of guys came together. … You’ve got a talented group of guys that have come together and are playing great basketball,” Matta said. Still, OSU said it will treat this game as they would any other. “It’s more about advancing then who you’re advancing against,” Matta said. And that’s exactly what the Buckeyes hope to do Thursday in Boston. read more

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Mens Hockey Tanner Laczynski eyes path to NHL following impressive collegiate career

Junior forward Tanner Laczynski looks for a pass during the second period of Ohio State’s hockey game vs. Michigan on Jan. 11. Ohio State lost 2-1. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternTanner Laczynski has always eyed a path to the NHL.A native of Shorewood, Illinois, he laced up his skates and began playing hockey at 3 years old, setting the groundwork for his potential professional career.“My mom took me out to an open skate, one of the local rinks, and kind of just got the hang of it quicker than walking,” Laczynski said.His skating eventually became less of a hobby and more of a serious venture as he grew older. He eventually found success playing for the Joliet Jaguars before moving on to play with Chicago Fury and Chicago Mission. After finishing his career in AAA hockey, he became a member of Chicago Steel and the Lincoln Stars before finally joining Ohio State.Now a junior forward at Ohio State, Laczynski will have the opportunity to live out that professional dream, having been drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2016 NHL Draft in the sixth round, No. 169 overall.Laczynski has been a key asset for the Ohio State men’s hockey team. He was voted most valuable freshman 2016-17, was in the running for this year’s Hobey Baker award and has netted more than 100 points in his collegiate career.This season, Laczynski believes the bond between him and his teammates is stronger at Ohio State than any of the previous teams he’s been with.“I think just having the same guys around for almost four years is what really brings us close and be able to do things on the ice,” Laczynski said. “We’re all in it for the same reason, we all love each other and truly are just a family in the locker room.”Senior defenseman Sasha Larocque said Laczynski is a highly competitive player for the Buckeyes, so competitive in fact that “it’s frightening at times.”“To get a puck off him you’ve got to pretty well try and kill him, and if you do get it off him he’s going to come right back at you,” Larocque said.According to senior forward John Wiitala, Laczynski’s competitive nature helps the entire team become better.“He’s hard to play against every day in practice,” Wiitala said. “He makes everybody better every day in practice. He’s that big strong kid that, you go one-on-one against every day, is going to make you better. That’s where he really excels.”While hard work and talent might have gotten him to this level, Laczynski ascribes a lot of his collegiate success to the coaching staff at Ohio State, for he said he’s hit bumps “here-and-there.”“Getting sick freshman year and being injured this year, but at the same time [the coaches] have been really good at getting me back in the lineup and getting me going,” Laczynski said.Laczynski has missed 10 games due to a pair of injuries this season. Despite this, he has found his way into the lineup whenever possible this season, racking up 10 goals and 20 assists this year. All in all, he has played over 100 games in his time with the Buckeyes, regardless of needing time to spend recovering.“You just have to know that in time it’s going to heal,” Laczynski said. “You’ve just got to work that much harder to get back into the lineup and get back on the ice.”In spite of having already been drafted by the Flyers, Laczynski is looking to focus on what he has now rather than looking toward his future at the pro level.“Obviously it’s a dream one day to play in the NHL,” he said. “But right now, I can’t worry too much about ‘What’s next year look like? What’s two years look like? What is my future?’; I try to just live in the moment.” read more

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Morelos must make amends – Johnstone

first_imgFormer Rangers Football Club player Derek Johnstone says the club’s Alfredo Morelos must make amends after picking up another red card this season on Thursday night.The Colombia international was sent off for after he was shown a second yellow card for kicking the ball away during Rangers 1-1 draw with Russian side FC UFA in the second-leg of their UEFA Europa League playoff tie.“Alfredo Morelos’s red card against Ufa was so stupid. It’s different if you are going into a challenge and mistime it, these things happen, but to get sent off like that in such an important game is almost unforgivable.” Johnstone said, according to EveningTimes.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“No matter the level of football you are playing at, you know that booting the ball away is an automatic yellow card. For a man that is easily roused by the opposition, I immediately thought he was putting himself under real pressure, but I couldn’t believe what happened next.”“To have a go at the referee in the same minute was unbelievably daft, and the official had no option. You are simply not going to get away with that in European competition. We don’t think that referees take any nonsense in Scotland, but in Europe they are even stricter.”“Everything would be forgotten if he can get his first goal against Celtic, and he has to show how determined he is to get it this Sunday to make amends to his teammates, manager and the fans.”last_img read more

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Emery responds to Gazidis rumors

first_imgThere is some speculation that Ivan Gazidis will leave his Arsenal position to join Italian Lega Serie A club AC MilanThere has been some media speculation that Arsenal’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis will leave the English Premier club in the following weeks.Gazidis has been linked to a move to Italian Lega Serie A giants AC Milan.But according to The Gunners boss Unai Emery, he’s unsure of the 54-years-old future but they everytime they meet they just talk Arsenal.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“First of all, every conversation with him is speaking about us and about our work here every day,” the Spaniard said to The Daily Star.“I don’t know any other news from him. Every conversation with me is speaking about us [Arsenal].”“About our performance. About our ideas. Our process. [About] his future, we didn’t speak. I think it’s a question for him,” Emery added.Meanwhile, Italian media report the chief executive is close to signing for AC Milan, but there’s no official news yet.last_img read more

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Former Nikiski Man Sentenced For Illegally Possessing 29 Firearms

first_imgAs part of the plea agreement, Bush surrendered his law enforcement memorabilia, holsters, andammunition boxes. The Court also ordered forfeiture of firearms and ammunition that Bush owned. Bush had falsely represented himself as a member of law enforcement and possessed a fake Alaska StateTroopers badge, along with a t-shirt indicating the wearer was an agent of the U.S. Department ofHomeland Security. Bush has a previous felony conviction in Virginia for embezzlement. As someone convicted of afelony, Bush was prohibited from possessing firearms. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A former Nikiski man was sentenced in U.S. District Court yesterday to serve 45 months in prison for  illegally possessing firearms as a convicted felon. A search of Bush’s shared residence in Kenai revealed that he was in possession of 28 firearms, including a fully automatic Sten MKII machinegun. Bush also possessed another firearm in one of his former residences in Danville, Virginia. According to court documents, on February 8, 2017, the Soldotna Police Department received a call from a resident of the Kenai Peninsula who claimed Bush was carrying a firearm while demanding payment for construction work. Steven Andrew Bush, 56, a former Nikiski resident, was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess.last_img read more