“We really hope to just provide support to these businesses and say that even though we’re not on campus, and we’re not actually patronizing your store in person, we’re still here for you and we still appreciate what you’re doing for us as students,” Monro said. Monro said Fight Online is also currently creating a licensing agreement with the help of Wright and is considering donating to establishments depending on the number of students who visit. Of the Fight Online duo, Fisher takes on the product design and development, using skills she accrued with her communication design minor. Monro handles the entrepreneurial side, working with mentors from the Marshall Career Advantage Mentor Program to help reach out to different offices on campus and to facilitate the growth of the business. The duo named their clothing line Fight Online to commemorate USC’s transition to online learning. The business initially started with a playful intent. After realizing a deserted campus also meant that many local businesses near USC, including Caveman Kitchen and El Huero, were losing sources of revenue from student customers, they decided to refocus their work to provide financial support for local businesses. “What touched me about [Fight Online] was that recognition that our students are getting to know the local vendors,” Folt said. “They want to find a way to do something that I think is artistic and entrepreneurial.” For Folt, initiatives like Fight Online show how students respond to crises: by helping those around them. Monro and Fisher received increased support after emailing President Carol Folt to see what avenues they could explore with their idea. Folt put them in contact with David Wright, senior vice president of administration, whose duties include overseeing the USC Bookstore, and Wright helped the pair sell more shirts and receive more donations by advertising the product on the USC Bookstore website and expediting the licensure process for the business. “We wanted it to be really simple and sleek and not obnoxious or anything,” Monro said. “We found different design templates on the Bonfire website, and Fisher was able to put something together to make it look clean and sharp.” Monro and Fisher originally spent a few days designing the T-shirts before working through Bonfire, a site that facilitates custom shirts for fundraising. The brand has sold nearly 600 shirts through the Bonfire website and the USC Bookstore and continues to grow its customer base through social media and USC newsletters of organizations including the Blackstone Launchpad. Awaiting purchase money from Bonfire, the pair has yet to distribute financial proceeds to local businesses, including El Huero and 3 Brother’s Bike Shop. With the coronavirus pandemic forcing institutions to postpone college milestones, including graduation, many students will instead spend the remainder of their spring semester indoors on Zoom. Seniors Claire Monro and Claire Fisher decided to commemorate their last semester at USC through their clothing business Fight Online while giving thanks to the local businesses that helped make their experience on campus worthwhile. “When we were thinking about who to donate to, we kept going back and forth thinking who really had an impact on our time at USC and it differed for every person we asked,” Monro said. Fight Online, the brainchild of two Marshall School of Business seniors, launched last month. The founders, Claire Monro and Claire Fisher, said they wanted to raise money for businesses that made their time at USC memorable. (Photo courtesy of Fight Online) “I think they were able to double the amount of money that they could actually donate because they got to work in partnership with the bookstore,” Folt said. “It’s one of those things that people want to help each other. It’s just so touching to me that everybody that writes to me seems to want to help somebody else and so whenever I can help someone help someone else, I’m finding that’s something that I really want to do.”
Senior pitcher Meghan McIntosh, while normally the second pitcher in line, boasts some of the best stats on the team with a 1.07 ERA and eight complete games en route to an 8-2 record.[/media-credit]More and more in sports the question being asked of athletes is, “What have you done for me lately?” If asked this question, Wisconsin softball pitcher Meghan McIntosh can show you her two Big Ten Pitcher of the Week awards and film of her two no-hitters from this season. She’s done a lot lately.No one can deny McIntosh is having a season to remember. While most pitchers would be ecstatic to have just one no-hitter to show for in a season, just halfway through the 2013 season, McIntosh has already become just the second player in program history to record to no-nos in a single season.The Arizona native is proud of what she has been able to do on the mound this year, but knows her achievements are a great credit to her teammates as well.“It’s something that’s a great accomplishment, but it’s not just me out there,” McIntosh said. “I need my backup on the offense and defense. Without them I wouldn’t have gotten anything.”McIntosh picked up her second no-hitter last Sunday against conference rival Minnesota in Minneapolis. The left-hander struck out eight hitters and allowed five walks on her way to a 10-0 win in six innings.Wisconsin pitching coach Tracie Adix could tell almost right away Sunday that McIntosh had her best stuff with her and it was going to be a special day for her.“It was going through my head like in the third inning,” Adix said with a big smile. “I was just like, ‘shut up, Tracie, just don’t say anything out loud.’ I noticed and I saw that she was definitely in a groove, so I knew early on how it was kind of going.”What makes last Sunday’s performance even more impressive was that it came against a Golden Gophers team that averages over four runs a game and had scored 60 runs in their last 10 games.“When you’re facing a BCS team, you rarely see no-hitters against a BCS program,” head coach Yvette Healy said. “It might be a smaller school, but to do that against their offense and have them as a top-30 team. It’s really an accomplishment.”McIntosh and her coaches credit a great deal of the pitchers success this season to the addition of a change up to her repertoire of pitches.The southpaw already has a deadly curveball and screwball to go along with her fastball, but the addition of a changeup gives her four options that hitters are forced to deal with.“[Her changeup] has been enormously effective and it’s just made her that much better,” Adix said. “If hitters know all you are going to throw is heat, heat, heat, they just have to sit on one side of the zone and they can tend to pick a pitch and blow it up. “I think it’s definitely added a different element to Meghan. Sometimes it can be a little bit fast, but the fact that it drops off is something that completely deceives the hitters. So it’s really helped her game this year.”McIntosh has used her wide range of pitches to earn an 8-2 record over 11 appearances with a 1.07 ERA and 70 strikeouts. All eight of the senior’s wins have come in complete game performances.The emergence of McIntosh adds another electrifying arm to the Wisconsin pitching staff led by junior pitcher Cassandra Darrah who also threw a no-hitter earlier this season.“[Having two strong pitchers] is huge,” Healy said. “Usually you just have one pitcher and you just go with them and all the weight of the world is on them and to have two pitchers both have no-hitters in the same season, it goes a long way.”Another element McIntosh brings to her pitches is speed. Healy says her senior pitcher can get pitches to top out at 65-67 miles per hour. Mix that speed in with some fast spinning off-speed pitches and it’s a deadly combination.The combination of McIntosh’s speed and effective off-speed pitches can add a real intimidation factor to her game. And although the hurler stands at the not-so-towering height of 5-foot-5, she can mimic the presence of Randy Johnson or even, according to Healy, Charlie Sheen.“She’s kind of like Wild Thing when you used to watch those old movies [Major League] that she can bring it and it’s scary if it hits you,” Healy said. “So I think she’s got a little controlled aggression out there and it makes it tough to step in the box when she’s throwing that hard.”In her last season as a Badger, McIntosh is on quite the roll and is gaining confidence as she goes, which is a scary thought considering all that she has already accomplished this season.“I’m definitely in the zone out there,” McIntosh said. “There are a lot of smiles in the conversations with my teammates and I’m really feeling good.”
The Ireland captain knows that they have to improve their performance ahead of Sunday’s trip to Moldova… Ireland are joint-top of Group D after the first win of their World Cup qualifying campaign.A strangely lacklustre Irish side laboured their way to a 1-0 win over Georgia last night at the Aviva Stadium.Seamus Coleman’s scrappy goal in the 56th minute helped Ireland to a narrow victory that leaves them level with Wales, Austria and Serbia on four points from their opening two matches.
In the Cayman Islands, a backlog of between 900 and 1,000 permanent residence applications will be considered by the government appointed board this week.According to the Ministry of Immigration, the applicants may be contacted by the Immigration Department if additional details are needed to process their case.“I am pleased the Caymanian Status and Permanent Residency Board and immigration leaders have stepped up to the challenge and together have developed a plan for resolution that looks to guarantee a high level of speed and efficiency in dealing with applications going forward,” said Premier Alden McLaughlin in a recent statement.The requests from non-Caymanian residents to remain permanently in the British Overseas Territory have not been heard since at least January 2015 due to legal uncertainties surrounding certain criteria government had set for applicants.The previous administration led by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had approved changes to the Immigration Law that took effect in 2013 – but only a few applications were processed under the 2013 version of the law, but they were not approved based on concerns expressed by the Caymanian Status and Permanent Residency Board members, and later by Chief Justice Anthony Smellie.Last week, board Chairman Waide DaCosta said members would begin hearing residence applications in the order received.
Advertising news source Campaign Live has reported that Paddy Power Marketing Director Mark Singleton has departed the bookmaker to join digital photo printing firm Photobox (Photobox.co.uk).A six-year Paddy Power marketing veteran, Singleton has held a number of senior executive roles for the Irish bookmaker including Head of Sportsbook Marketing (2012-2015) and Head of Multichannel (2015-2016).Singleton would maintain the position of Marketing Director for Paddy Power, following the bookmakers 2016 merger and integration process with betting firm Betfair Plc, forming new FTSE enterprise Paddy Power Betfair.Entering 2018, Paddy Power has chosen to restructure its marketing operations, ending its long-term relationship with London agency Lucky Generals, as its creative lead.Taking a new marketing direction, Paddy Power’s multi-million £/€ advertising account will be serviced by sports-centric creative agency Chime Sports Marketing, a subsidiary of Chime Group Communications.The bookmaker is expected to announce a new multi-format marketing campaign for 2018, replacing the existing ‘Paddy Power – You Beauty’ campaign created by Lucky Generals. Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 StumbleUpon
Former WBO heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison died in an Omaha, Neb., hospital late Sunday night. He was 44.Morrison’s longtime promoter, Tony Holden, said Morrison died at 11:50 p.m. with his wife Trisha beside him.Morrison tested positive for HIV in 1996 before a fight with Arthur Weathers, effectively ending his boxing career. In the years that followed, he denied having HIV and also challenged the existence of the virus.Trisha Morrison, who married him in 2011, picked up that fight, and in a recent interview with ESPN.com insisted that Morrison had Guillain-Barre Syndrome, not HIV.Holden declined to comment Monday on the cause of Morrison’s death.“I don’t know what the official cause of death at the hospital will be,” he said. “You prepare for things like this, and still you feel like you got hit by a truck when you hear the news.”
Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The only baserunners the Angels managed in the game came on Shohei Ohtani’s check-swing infield hit in the first and a Mike Trout single in the seventh.“He had great stuff tonight,” said Trout, who struck out twice against Sale. “He was painting on me, I’ll tell you that. Just a battle, a grind. Had his velo. It looked the same (as in his prime) to me.”The Angels hitters came up empty on a night that they got a second straight solid performance from Peters, who shared the credit with new catcher Max Stassi.“I just went with him,” Peters said. “The high fastball was working and the curve ball played off it. Really, he needs the credit. He called a hell of a game. It was a lot of fun.”Related Articles PreviousBoston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, left, celebrates with right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 in a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols swings and misses at a pitch from Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dillon Peters delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBoston Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon tags Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout as he strikes out for the last out of the baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. The Red Sox won 3-0. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols tosses his helmet after striking out against Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dillon Peters walks on the mound as Boston Red Sox’s Sam Travis rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s Sam Travis has his helmet removed by Mookie Betts to celebrate his two-run home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)The Angels’ Mike Trout reacts to home plate umpire Brian O’Nora, who called Trout out on strikes during the first inning of the team’s game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon is at right. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s Sandy Leon receives congratulations in the dugout after he hit a solo home run in the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dillon Peters delivers to a Boston Red Sox batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, left, celebrates with right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 in a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols swings and misses at a pitch from Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)NextShow Caption1 of 12Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols swings and misses at a pitch from Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)ExpandBOSTON — The Angels may have hoped that they’d see the Chris Sale who has uncharacteristically struggled this season.Instead, they saw the version who has been one of baseball’s best pitchers throughout his career.Whether it was the Angels’ slumping hitters or Sale being on top of his game again, the result was a 3-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. It was the Angels’ season-worst seventh straight defeat.While pitching has been the Angels’ main problem throughout the streak, they happened to get a solid outing from Dillon Peters on a night that the hitters could do nothing with Sale. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Sale, who brought a 4.68 ERA into the game, blanked the Angels on two hits over eight innings. Sale, who came into the game averaging a major-league best 13.1 strikeouts per nine innings, struck out 13 and didn’t walk any.To Manager Brad Ausmus, who was managing the Detroit Tigers when Sale was the ace of the Chicago White Sox, it looked familiar.“I saw a lot of him in my last job,” Ausmus said, “and that’s what I saw … He can still reach back for the velocity when he needs it. His last couple years in Chicago he was doing similar. He’d coast at 91-93 and when he wanted to elevate, the velocity would go to 96, especially with two strikes. That’s what he did tonight.”Sale struck out Albert Pujols to end the seventh with a 98.4 mph fastball, his hardest pitch of the year.The Angels had been one of the toughest teams in baseball to strike out for most of the season, but during their seven-game losing streak they have whiffed 81 times. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Peters gave up three runs in six innings, all of them coming on a pair of homers. He struck out eight and walked one. He also got an assist from Kole Calhoun, who made a spectacular diving catch to rob Xander Bogaerts of an extra-base hit leading off the fourth.“He pitched really well,” Ausmus said. “He gave up those two home runs, but I thought Peters pitched really well. He got a lot of swings and misses. He used his curve ball. He threw strikes, which at times has been a little bit of a problem, against a very good offensive club.”In Peters’ previous outing, he had entered in the first after opener Taylor Cole had already allowed three runs, and Peters lasted the final 7-2/3 innings of the game. He was charged with three runs.Peters, who was quietly acquired in a trade from the Miami Marlins last winter, has a 3.45 ERA in 31-1/3 innings with the Angels this season.“Going back to spring training we liked the makeup and the mound presence,” Ausmus said. “He’s backed up those feelings we have for him with performance.”On Thursday, Peters got burned by a first-pitch fastball over the heart of the plate to Sam Travis, who blasted it out to center for a two-run homer in the second inning. Peters also gave up a solo homer to Sandy Leon leading off the fifth, but that was it. He retired the final six batters he faced.“If you give up three runs to that offense in this ballpark, you feel like you got a shot to win,” Ausmus said. “Unfortunately Chris Sale was on.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone
Big issue 1: Otto Porter Jr. and a point guard. For the Bulls, those are the keys to getting the future into gear.If Porter can be what he appeared to be in his limited time in Chicago — he only donned a Bulls uniform 15 times after his trade from Washington — the Bulls’ rebuilding process could get a major jumpstart. MORE: Greatest Bulls players of all timeBut most of the positive news about the Bulls is only expressed in snippets — a good stretch from Markkanen here, a solid impact from Porter there, a good month-and-a-half shooting the ball. It’s a long way from doing so consistently over 82 games.There is work to be done to get the Bulls to be that more consistent team — positions that need to be filled, hatchets that need to be buried and young players that need to cut back on mistakes. But there are, at least, pieces in place. OFFSEASON PREVIEWS: Lakers | KnicksThe Bulls were 7-3 in their first 10 games with Porter, and overall, his numbers were sterling. Released from the confines of playing with the Wizards’ ball-dominant guards, Porter shined, posting 17.5 points 15 games and flashing his ultra-efficient scoring arsenal. He made 48.8 percent of his 3-pointers and remains one of the better midrange shooters in the league.He is a versatile defender on a team that badly needs one on the perimeter, and Porter is the only piece of the Bulls’ core who has playoff experience, with four appearances in the postseason. He figures to be the ideal third option, and there should be some excitement over what he might do for the team next season.But Porter is not a guy who can carry the offensive load. That will fall to Zach LaVine, who averaged 23.7 points in his first full season after recovering from an ACL tear and signing a new contract. The team’s No. 2 option is fast-developing second-year forward Lauri Markkanen.Now, the tricky part — getting a point guard. Maybe the Bulls are willing to give Kris Dunn, who did not make much of a leap forward this season, another shot. Maybe they’ll have no choice.Ideally, the Bulls would draft Murray State star Ja Morant, and they’re in decent position to do so. Four of the five teams around them with potential top-five picks — the Hawks, Mavericks, Cavaliers and Knicks — all have young point guards and could pass on Morant.It’s conceivable that the Bulls could remain fourth in the draft after the lottery and still land Morant, widely seen as the draft’s second-best player. If not, the Bulls will hunt for a point guard via free agency.Should they get the right guy at point guard and if Porter’s glue-guy abilities keep supporting the young players’ growth, the Bulls could be a better team than expected quicker than expected.Big issue 2: This season was a mess at every level for the Bulls, and before they can proceed with any kind of successful rebuild, they must iron out their problems.The team’s front office seems to have a sense that things are heading in a very good direction, even if very few Bulls fans and outside observers agree with that sentiment. The Gar Forman-John Paxson combo has defended the team’s situation, and team COO Michael Reinsdorf told the Chicago Tribune he was “very happy” with Paxson’s performance.The team even gave coach Jim Boylen, who’s been embattled since he took over for Fred Hoiberg in early December and within days was accused by players of being too tough, another season on the sideline. Those looking for a complete upheaval of the Bulls won’t be getting one, not until next season at least.MORE: Markkanen shut down for remainder of seasonSo it behooves Boylen — a well-respected assistant coach who has worked with the likes of Gregg Popovich and Rudy Tomjanovich — to mend his fences in the locker room. He probably was too tough on players off the bat, especially considering Hoiberg’s soft approach. But he must let his players know there will be a certain level of work and attention to detail expected of them, and they’ll be held accountable. There has to be a happy medium there.As for the front office, the reputation around the league isn’t great, and the perception of cheapness is real — they pass out nickels like they’re manhole covers. The franchise also continually shoots itself in the foot with players, such as their treatment of Bobby Portis, who complained that he was told he would be part of the team’s long-term plan before he was traded. The unwillingness to give center Robin Lopez a buyout also didn’t help the reputation.The notion that free agents won’t sign in Chicago because of that isn’t quite right, though. If the money is there, players will take it. LaVine was happy to take Chicago’s $78 million last summer, after all, and other players will do likewise in that situation.Free-agent outlook: Filling out the bench would be nice, and the Bulls will start with Chandler Hutchinson and, most likely, Dunn as key bench pieces.But it’s all about point guards, assuming Morant is not in the cards. The free-agency options at point guard figure to be so-so for the Bulls, who will have cap space available but won’t attract the attention of top guys like Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker. Ricky Rubio of Utah might be an ideal fit, a good defender and passer who doesn’t need many shots. Look for the team to gauge his interest in coming to the Bulls.FREE AGENCY RUMORS: Could Irving prefer Nets over Knicks?Beyond him, there isn’t much that makes sense. The Bulls could pursue a restricted free agent like Boston’s Terry Rozier or Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon, younger guys who would grow with the team. But they’d require some financial investment.Another option — bring a veteran placeholder on a deal friendly to the team, like Elfrid Payton, Darren Collison or Chicago native Patrick Beverley. Then you wait for a better opportunity to bring in the right fit.Oh, and there’s always (cough, cough) Derrick Rose.The young folks: This is where all the good news lies for the Bulls.Markkanen will be just 22 next month and, after starting the year with an elbow injury, took big strides over the course of the season. Over one 11-game stretch in February and March, Markkanen averaged 26.5 points and 12.6 rebounds and looked like a future All-Star. He needs a better in-the-paint game (41.8 percent of his shots were 3-pointers) but showed some progress in that regard with an increased free-throw rate.NBA MOCK DRAFT: Full first-round breakdownThe Bulls were also pleased with rookie Wendell Carter Jr., who will turn 20 this month. He was limited to 44 games, and his post-up game needs a lot of polish, but he showed himself to be a quality rim protector and rebounder. Chicago does not need much offense from Carter, but the Bulls certainly need a defensive anchor.The Bulls’ other rookie, Hutchinson, played 44 games and showed some promise as a big wing and combo forward. He could be the starting forward of the future, depending on whether the Bulls keep Porter long-term. Hutchinson will turn 23 this month.As for draft picks, the Bulls will be high in the lottery this year and have all their first-rounders intact going forward.Wait till next year: Crazy as it sounds given all the negative news that came out of Chicago this year, next season could see the team begin to turn a corner and get back to competing for the playoffs.Over a 22-game span from late January to mid-March, when the tanking kicked back in, the Bulls’ offense was actually No. 6 in the league, and they were eighth in true shooting percentage. This was, for a time, a fun bunch to watch.
Delray Beach Police are looking for a man who apparently tried to make a “clean swipe” of a certain item at a local pharmacy.Police report that the man stole four Navage nasal cleaning machines from a Walgreens store on S. Federal Highway last Monday morning.The machines are worth $89 each.According to the police report, the shoplifter wore a black T-shirt, black shorts, and a face mask.Anyone with information is asked to call Palm Beach County CrimeStoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.You could receive a reward if your tip leads to an arrest.
THE Premier League are losing the battle to prevent a behemoth new European Super League — being proposed by the Continent’s top clubs.Latest plans set out a ten-match group stage in a 32-team league, in a blueprint laid out to the European Club Association.2 English clubs have done well out of big revenues from both the Premier League and Champions LeagueCredit: AP:Associated Press2 ECA and Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli is one of the proponents of the European Super LeagueCredit: Getty Images – GettyAccording to the Mail, the ECA have rejected the idea of four groups of eight teams and now want to go for one big league instead, with the top eight qualifying for a knock-out stage automatically.The next 16 teams would then have to jump into a play-off, with eight progressing to the next round.Premier League bosses would see a new European Super League as a massive threat to their £9billion cash cow.SunSport revealed in August how the ECA’s proposal could lead to the extinction of the League Cup and 21 games would be needed to win the competition.But those numbers have been cut to either 17 or 19 games — depending on whether teams qualify automatically from the group stages.The ECA also want to play games on weekends, something the Premier League is fiercely against, because of the broadcast revenues generated by prime-time matches.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneECA and Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli is one of the architects of the European football upgrade.He has warned that constantly turning down proposals “is not healthy”.BT Sport have exclusive rights to the Champions League in the UK and paid £1.2bn to do so for 2021 to 2024. Martin Keown shuts down taunting Jake Humphrey as he explains he was late for BT Sport duties due to tragic suicide