NFL owners approve diversity measure and potential play-off expansion | NFL News

first_imgNFL owners also unanimously agreed to allow two more teams into an already expanded play-off field in the event the 2020 regular-season schedule is not completed in 18 weeks, NFL Network reported.The contingency plan has the potential to put 16 teams into a jam-packed race to the Super Bowl.In a March vote among owners, the playoff field was expanded to 14 teams for this season, meaning that 43.8 per cent of the teams would make it to the postseason. Now, a 16-team playoff – allowing half the teams to make it in the field – would happen if the COVID-19 pandemic further wreaks havoc on the schedule.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – NFL owners have approved a proposal which incentivises the development of minority coaches and executives.The proposal, which is subject to approval from the NFL Players Association, will reward a team with a third-round compensatory Draft pick in back to back Drafts if another team hires a member of their staff to a higher role.The coach or executive has to have been with their previous team for a minimum of two years for the compensation to apply.- Advertisement – The NFL is pushing to increase opportunities for minorities in coaching and executive positions While the NFL normally has each team complete a 16-game schedule in 17 weeks, an 18th week will be added as a buffer for any games that were postponed amid the pandemic. If any games with playoff implications still remain after 18 weeks, the 16-team play-off plan would go into effect.An original plan for a 16-team playoff would have seeded the teams by their record in the conference from best to worst. But a change Tuesday will make the division winners the top four seeds while categorizing the remainder of the field as wild cards.That decision has a major impact on the NFC East, whose winner would get a top-four seed in the 16-team playoff plan, even though they could finish under .500. At issue was a scenario where eight NFC teams had a better record than the NFC East winner.center_img NFL owners also unanimously agreed to allow two more teams into an already expanded play-off field in the event the 2020 regular-season schedule is not completed in 18 weeks; The contingency plan has the potential to put 16 teams into a jam-packed race to the Super Bowl. Last Updated: 10/11/20 11:09pm – Advertisement – The NFL is pushing to increase opportunities for minorities in coaching and executive positions
The NFL is pushing to increase opportunities for minorities in coaching and executive positions

‘Stop blaming us’: Surabaya mayor kneels down and cries over rising case number

first_imgThe doctor said that the hospital was overwhelmed with patients while also highlighting that there were still many residents of Surabaya who ignored the required health protocol to prevent further transmission of the highly infectious virus.The statement led to a temporary halt of the meeting as Risma started to kneel down and cry.“If you blame us [Surabaya administration], I won’t take it. We can’t even enter the hospital,” she said in tears as reported by tribunnews.com.Risma argued that her office faced hurdles in reaching out to the hospital even when it tried to offer aid, without explaining the details. She also said that her administration had undertaken various efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus. Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini knelt down on the ground and broke into tears as she held a meeting with doctors and hospital directors in Surabaya amid the spike of COVID-19 cases in East Java’s capital city, which has become Indonesia’s epicenter of the outbreak.Risma, as the mayor is affectionately known, was holding a meeting with the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) and local authorities to discuss COVID-19 management at the Surabaya City Hall on Monday.In the video, which went viral shortly after the meeting, the mayor, known as Risma, was seen kneeling down, crying and apologizing after a pulmonologist from Dr. Soetomo Hospital in Surabaya shared in the meeting that the hospital was overloaded with COVID-19 patients. “Please don’t keep blaming us,” she said while crying.Read also: ‘COVID-19 is real’: Virus ravages family in Indonesia’s second-largest cityEast Java is currently Indonesia’s COVID-19 epicenter with a tally of 11,805 confirmed cases as of Monday, surpassing the capital city of Jakarta that has recorded 11,114 cases.Based on the East Java COVID-19 task force report on Sunday, Surabaya recorded half of the case of the province with 5,510 cases and 418 fatalities.Despite the worsening situation of the pandemic in the region, the Surabaya mayor has been long caught in the ongoing feud with the East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa over how to handle the pandemic in the region. An official at the East Java COVID-19 task force suggested that the city reinstate the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the wake of soaring new cases. However, Risma said PSBB reinstatement was not in her administration’s plan for the time being as she would shift the focus to more testing and shutting down markets of shopping centers if positive cases were found, claiming that the numbers showed ‘downward trend’. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

Robin van Persie slams Arsenal boss Unai Emery and reveals why he’ll never compare to Arsene Wenger

first_img Skip Robin van Persie slams Arsenal boss Unai Emery and reveals why he’ll never compare to Arsene Wenger 1/1 Comment Full Screen Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Van Persie had a good relationship with Arsene Wenger at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)The Dutchman’s final criticism came for Emery’s lack of clarity, citing a training ground video which was published, showing the Spaniard shouting instructions at his players.Van Persie admitted that he couldn’t understand what the Arsenal boss was saying, and that compared to other great managers he has played under, this will leave Emery falling short.‘I’ve had [Arsene] Wenger, Louis van Gaal, [Alex] Ferguson, I had so many coaches, and their main quality was to be clear,’ said the 36-year-old.‘If I’m really honest…someone sent me a video last week of him [Emery] trying to explain something, and I couldn’t really figure out if he was saying, ‘calm, calm’ or ‘come, come.’‘That is very important, you have to be clear, you have to be the leader and the leader needs to be clear towards his players.’ Advertisement Manchester United captain Harry Maguire PLAY Video Settings Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More by Metro SPONSORED Read More Read More 1 min. story Coming Next Van Persie expanded on his point, suggesting that Emery is not a ‘strong coach’ which leads to players not putting in enough effort in games.‘As a player you want to have that feeling, you have to sprint back, now I see a couple of players jogging back, and there’s danger there,’ said Van Persie. ‘I don’t feel that in the team.‘If you have a very strong coach, and you are in midfield and you see danger somewhere, you sprint for your life, because you know if you don’t do it you get punished.’ / Read More About Connatix V67539 Phil HaighThursday 24 Oct 2019 10:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.6kShares Read More Skip Ad ‘I don’t think so,’ the former striker told BT Sport. ‘I don’t think that Emery really connects with his players.‘I think they are still weak on set pieces, which was a problem at my time, to be honest. But everyone should feel responsible. Arsenal lose 12 to 15 points per season by set pieces. That should stop.‘If you want to play for the first couple of places you have to sort it out, you have to find a way.’ Unai Emery has come under criticism from Robin van Persie (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Robin van Persie has heavily criticised Arsenal manager Unai Emery, saying he does not connect with his players and cannot give them clear instructions.The Dutchman was talking after Arsenal narrowly beat Vitoria Guimaraes 3-2 in the Europa League, coming from behind thanks to two Nicolas Pepe free-kicks to win in injury time.That kept up the Gunners’ perfect record in Europe so far this season, but their Premier League form has been patchy, losing at Sheffield United last time out.Van Persie was asked if he feels Arsenal have improved since Emery took over from Arsene Wenger last summer and his response was blunt.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT The late Pepe double has eased pressure on Emery for now, but failure to beat Crystal Palace in the Premier League this weekend would raise questions over his leadership again.BT Sport provided the statistic on the broadcast that Arsenal’s last 47 games under Wenger produced 26 wins, while the first 47 under Emery produced 25 wins.AdvertisementAdvertisementIf results continue to be inconsistent then the question of whether they are an improving side will be difficult to answer for the Spaniard.MORE: Nicolas Pepe saves the day for Arsenal with two stunning free-kicks in late win over Vitoria GuimaraesMORE: Ainsley Maitland-Niles is ‘wasting his talent,’ says Arsenal legend Martin Keown Top articles Advertisementlast_img read more

Weekend storms wreak havoc across southeastern Indiana

first_imgBatesville, In. — Meteorologists from the National Weather Service sat a rare spring-like pattern was responsible for unstable weather over the weekend. Julie Reed from NWS in Wilmington, Ohio says a warm, moist surge from the Gulf of Mexico along with a clashing cold front created perfect conditions for heavy rainfall.I southeastern Indiana consistent reports of at least three inches of rain have been received, some areas reported more. There limited reports of wind damage throughout the area.As a result of the storms schools in Decatur County were placed on a two hour delay and some school bus routes in Batesville were delayed. There were no other delays, damage or reports received.Possible tornado touchdowns are under investigation in Jackson, Blackford, Lawrence and Jay Counties by the National Weather Service.last_img read more

Kamaru Usman ready for Burns fight

first_imgRelatedPosts Masvidal calls for Kamaru Usman rematch Buhari salutes Kamaru Usman for retaining UFC title Masvidal seeks for Kamaru Usman rematch Welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, will headline the first card at Dana White’s “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi and looks more than ready for his upcoming welterweight title defence against Gilbert Burns, which is set to take place July 11 at UFC 251.Usman, 33, posted a training video of himself sparring with interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje under the watchful eyes of coach Trevor Wittman. In the 15 second clip, Usman and Gaethje can be seen sparring and then start trading body shots blow for blow, which appears to get the best of Gaethje.“Iron sharpens iron,” said Usman in the description of the Instagram post. “How much would you pay to watch this for a few rounds? Just two dudes having fun.”Usman last defended his title in December at UFC 245 against Colby Covington, where he won the fight via TKO in the fifth round.He previously won the welterweight championship (170 pounds) by beating Tryon Woodley at UFC 235 in March of last year.Gaethje, who shocked the MMA world when he beat Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 in May, is now set to take on Khabib Nurmagomedov in September to unify the lightweight title. He also posted the same video to his Instagram account, adding his own description: “Usman is looking like a straight killer. Glad to have him in the room.”Usman is in Colorado training under Wittman to prepare for the first card on Dana White’s “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.Tags: Gilbert BurnsKamaru UsmanTrevor Wittmanlast_img read more

Disney cruise employee charged with raping a 13-year-old

first_imgA Disney cruises employee has been arrested for raping a young girl multiple times over the course of about 3 years.53-year-old Keith Seitz who works for the for Disney Vacation Club, was arrested on November 25th after the victim told her mother about Seitz’ actions towards her.According to the report, the now 13-year-old told her mother that Seitz would rape her at his home and at one point took photos of her which he said he would use on the cruise.The victim told her mother that Seitz first began molesting her at his home in 2016 when she was 10-years-old. The abuse then escalated to rape when the victim turned 11 and the abuse continued until October of 2019.At the time the incident was brought to authorities, Seitz was said to have been out to sea but was scheduled to return to land the next day. When Seitz arrived, he was taken into custody.Seitz is now facing two counts of sexual battery on a child under 12, two counts of sexual battery on a physically helpless person, and one count of lewd or lascivious molestation on a victim under 12.He was also ordered not to have contact with the victim, or children under 18.Disney has since placed Seitz on unpaid leave.last_img read more

Cricket News Harmanpreet Kaur demoted from DSP to constable over fake graduation degree

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian Women’s T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has been demoted from the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) to constable in Punjab police after her graduation certificate turned out to be fake.Punjab’s Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh offered her the post of DSP last year after her power-packed performance in the Women’s World Cup 2017.If sources are to be believed, she is more likely to be demoted to the post of a constable as per her qualifications which is now Class XII.As per the reports, Harmanpreet Kaur submitted her graduation degree of Chaudhary Charan Singh University which on verification turned out to be fake.Earlier, Harmanpreet was employed with Indian Railways and she resigned from the Railways in order to join the Punjab Police.Harmanpreet’s family said, ‘’She did her schooling from Moga and was then selected in the Indian cricket team. She completed her remaining studies from Delhi and Meerut. She was provided a job by the Indian Railways on the basis of the same documents’’.However, Punjab chief minister had also taken up the matter with the Railway Ministry to waive off the bond condition and allow Harmanpreet, who is a native of Moga, to join as a DSP in Punjab. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

DPS plans new changes for the spring semester

first_imgThe Dept. of Public Safety has undergone some dramatic changes in the past year and officers say the rebranding will continue.Patrol scooter · A Dept. of Public Safety officer’s T-3 motion vehicle parked in front of the Ostrow School of Dentistry on Wednesday. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanBeginning Jan. 1, all armed DPS officers — those who are Police Academy-trained and can issue arrests — will begin wearing blue uniforms rather than the tan and green ones the department currently dons.John Thomas, who will mark the end of his first year as DPS chief this January, said blue uniforms are standard for law-enforcement agencies and thus easier to order. They also help create uniformity within the department and will feature an official USC Dept. of Public Safety patch as opposed to the current uniforms, which feature the university seal.“It’s really hard to get consistency when you have a two tone uniform with the green and the tan,” Thomas said. “One of the things that was important to me was that we as a department be perceived by students and the community in a more professional manner and I wanted to rebrand the department in such a way where when people see DPS officers they’re not seeing what they’ve become accustomed to because we’re going in a new and better direction, trying to be more customer-focused and community-oriented.”As part of his efforts to shift the role of DPS in the community, Thomas chose to add more supervisory personnel administrative staff and create two deputy chief positions at the beginning of this academic year.“When I was selected as chief, one of the things that was clear to me was that we needed to reorganize the department, but also in that reorganization we needed to add more administrative support and more supervisory oversight to our officers working in the field to provide,” Thomas said. “We want a better quality product for the people that we serve, which is primarily students.”Deputy chief John Adams previously worked at UCLA before beginning at USC this fall. Adams has worked closely with leadership on The Row to ensure that students safely engage in recreational activities and make an effort to drink responsibly. Adams meets with leadership from the Greek community every Monday to debrief and review incident logs from the previous week.“When I came on board, I saw the issue and went directly to those leaders in that area to talk with them on a regular basis and it’s worked out very well,” Adams said. “We have a nice mutually collaborative environment. I can get their opinions and bring them back to the chief.”With input from student groups, Thomas and Adams came up with the idea of a party response car, which is currently a group of three officers tasked with responding to all calls about parties or noise complaints.“We have designated these as the officers we expect are going to build a relationship [with students],” Thomas said. “They are going to be the ones that respond to noise complaints and loud music complaints and all those other issues so that students get used to dealing with the same individuals.”Thomas also emphasized the need to work with students on future measures.“The only way we’re going to be successful in this is if we put together policies that have student input,” Thomas said. “Students made it very clear that the administration can put together policies but if [students] don’t have a buy-in and it doesn’t make sense to them and it’s not collaborative, students are just going to find a way to go around it. We don’t want that — we want it to be successful, we want students to have a buy-in and a sense of knowing that we appreciate an respect their input.”Deputy Chief David Carlisle, a past captain of DPS, assumed his new position as part of the reorganization at the beginning of the school year. Carlisle said that this fall’s Thursday night football game — the first non-Thanksgiving regular season Thursday game in USC history — proved how out-of-hand parties can get when students do not comply with university policies.“The need for those types of dialogues and the improvement in policies and relationships was emphasized on our first Thursday night home game where the university said there would be no tailgating and yet there was unlimited tailgating on The Row,” Carlisle said. “It pointed out the fact that sometimes the message isn’t getting across and how things can get out of control in regards to obeying the rules of conduct here at the university.”Now that football season is over, however, officers will no longer be responsible for managing thousands of non-USC students on campus, in the Coliseum and in the surrounding neighborhoods. Thomas said he suspects and hopes that there will be fewer parties and alcohol transports in the spring semester. In this case, DPS could use its resources elsewhere, such as through adding another officer to the party response team or preparing more for spring events.“We immediately see students are buckling down and are more focused in a lot of ways toward what they have to do to graduate,” Thomas said. “But it’s busy for us on another front because we have to start planning for commencement and [the Los Angeles Times] Festival of Books and the Special Olympics this summer.”Though several large events are slated for spring, DPS has also seen an unusually large number of high-profile guests this fall, including former President George W. Bush, first lady Laura Bush, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Gen. David Petraeus, all of whom required increased security and collaboration with federal officers.Moving forward, DPS must also find a way to adapt to USC’s continuing plan for expansion of the university’s properties. USC recently acquired the Verdugo Hills Hospital in the Glendale area. Now, the hospital is looking to USC for public safety services in an area don’t they normally respond to.“That is a challenge in terms of personnel and in terms of communication such as radios,” Carlisle said. “As [USC] expands so may DPS’ role in providing the same level of service to those far away facilities.” Follow Kate on Twitter @km_guarinolast_img read more

As Syracuse’s rebounding goes, so do its results

first_imgSyracuse has used the same starters in every game, and that lineup features three players 6-foot-1 or taller: Miranda Drummond, Digna Strautmane and Amaya Finklea-Guity. Only Georgia Tech, a team SU beat, started three 6-foot-1 or taller players against Syracuse in Atlantic Coast Conference play. But in conference play, it’s common for opponents to outrebound the Orange.A big part of Syracuse’s (15-5, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) problem in its first seven ACC games has been rebounding. SU has grabbed fewer rebounds than its opponents in all but two conference games. It’s only snagged more in one of its ACC games along with tying in one.Overall, it’s been minus-24 on the glass for SU in conference. Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman had a simple answer after his team had its worst rebounding margin of the season (-15) against NC State in a road loss.“Rebounding is the game,” Hillsman said on Jan. 14 after the loss to the Wolfpack.That’s held true throughout conference play. Syracuse has overcome a negative rebounding margin to win on just one occasion, behind a career-high 38 points from Drummond against Florida State. But SU was still “smashed” on the glass that day Hillsman said, giving up 24 offensive boards to the Seminoles.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange’s other two conference wins came in the Georgia Tech game where rebounds were even, and on Sunday against Pitt where Syracuse finished with 12 rebound advantage. With the big margin against the Panthers, SU scored 20 second-chance points.“Shooting 1-for-14 in the third quarter definitely helps you, that’s a lot of rebounds to get,” Hillsman said after the Pitt game. “We were able to get to the free-throw line and that was from getting rebounds and having putback opportunities.”Bridget Slomian | Senior Design EditorThe defenses Syracuse plays often — either full-court pressure or a 2-3 zone — both have drawbacks when it comes to rebounding. It’s easier than in man-to-man to have players unmarked when a shot goes up. In man, every player conceptually will be near the one player they’re responsible for boxing out when a shot goes up, making each box out matchup a one-on-one.Conversely, in the press, players can be scrambling to recover if players beat them down the floor, leaving players free from box outs. In zone defense, more than one offensive player can end up in one defender’s particular area, leaving multiple offensive players for one defender to account for when the shot goes up.After SU upset Florida State, Finklea-Guity said it felt like she had two players in her area to box out on a number of occasions.“Every time I felt like I (boxed out) one, the other one would get the rebound,” Finklea-Guity said after the FSU win.The height advantage that Syracuse holds over its opponents on paper pregame can disappear based on the lineups that cycle in. There are plenty of minutes that either Finklea-Guity or Strautmane are on the bench and SU doesn’t have an active 6-footer off its bench to replace them. Instead, 5-foot-8 wings Jasmine Nwajei and Raven Fox get time off the bench in place of the taller players.Syracuse’s freshman bigs have also battled foul trouble on a number of occasions, often forcing Hillsman to play SU’s smaller bench players in forward or center spots. One of the reasons SU’s rebounding margin wasn’t worse against FSU was that as Strautmane battled foul trouble while Finklea-Guity lasted the whole game with just one, ensuring that one of Syracuse’s tallest two players could be on the floor at all times.In the struggle against N.C. State, though, Strautmane’s foul trouble — she finished with four fouls — contributed to SU getting crushed on the boards by a Wolfpack team that rolled out players measuring 6-foot-1, 6-foot-2 and 6-foot-5 for extended minutes.“They got a lot of second chance points, and that’s big,” Hillsman said that night. “We’ve got to hold them to one possession (each time down the floor).”Offensive rebounds have also been a weak point for Syracuse, as the bigs don’t crash the glass often, attempting to avoid foul trouble. Only once in the seven conference games has SU grabbed more offensive rebounds than its opponent.The Orange likes to get out and run the fast break behind its point guard, Tiana Mangakahia, but that’s a lot harder to do without grabbing rebounds. The more second chance points SU allows, the more it has to take the ball out of the basket and the less it can run its desired fast paced show.“We gotta rebound the ball, get out in transition and make some shots,” Hillsman said after a loss at Miami on Jan. 18.It works in reverse, too. Syracuse making its shots and preventing opponents to get boards and run out means SU can set up its pressure, something Hillsman emphasized postgame Sunday after beating Pitt. Preventing opposition success on the defensive glass can help Syracuse set up its desired defense.As Hillsman said after NC State dominated the glass against SU, rebounding is the game. To win more games in conference, it seems Syracuse’s best bet is winning the battle on the glass. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 22, 2018 at 10:35 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3last_img read more

Lagos Reaffirms Support for Tourney Ahead of Asoju Oba Cup

first_img “I must say that this is the foremost sporting competition in this country and seeing some of the champions still connected to the championships showed the good organisation that the competition has continued to enjoy. I am pledging the support of the state to the tournament and we hope more top players can come through again like other top stars like Olufunke Oshonaike, Atanda Musa and a host of others,” Tinubu said.  However, being the oldest sporting competition in the country, the 48th edition will commence on Monday November 21 with 22 titles expected to be jostled for by players in Lagos State.  For Ayodeji Okoya-Thomas, the Okoya-Thomas family would continue to water the seed sown by their late father, while disclosing that this year’s the women singles title would be renamed and known as Lady Olivet Okoya-Thomas Women’s trophy after their departed mother.  His words: “This of course will be the second, after 46 years, that is not being addressed by the initiator and sole sponsor of the tournament, Sir Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas. One of his greatest wishes while alive was that the family should continue the sponsorship of the tournament after his demise; we would therefore like to give God all the glory for giving us the enablement to continue this noble legacy for the second year running since he was called to glory.”  The grand finale is schedule for Friday November 25 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As one of its unique sporting competition, the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC) has pledged its support to the annual Asoju Oba Molade Okoya-Thomas Table Tennis Cup as the 48th edition of the competition begins on Monday November 21.According to the chairman of LSSC, Deji Tinubu, it behoves on the state to continue to nurture the tournament which had produced stars for the state and the country.last_img read more