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

Norfolk Dredging Gears Up for St. Lucie Inlet Work

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, said in its latest announcement that the St. Lucie Inlet maintenance dredging operations are set to begin in early September.The channel maintenance will remove roughly 384,000 cubic yards of material.The contractor, Norfolk Dredging, will place all material in a permitted disposal area located about 10.6 nautical miles offshore of Jupiter Island, southeast of the inlet. The sand deposited in the disposal area is permitted for use as a source to renourish the beaches of Jupiter Island in the future, said USACE.Work in the contract also includes turbidity monitoring, endangered species monitoring, and more.This project is a response to impacts from Hurricane Matthews’s passage in 2016, and is federally funded with Hurricane Matthew Supplemental Operations and Maintenance funds.The Corps awarded the $5.4 million contract August 16.[mappress mapid=”24377″]last_img read more

Fixtures frustration for England

first_img Press Association The release of the schedule for televised Barclays Premier League matches revealed that Liverpool v Manchester United and Arsenal v Tottenham will be screened live by Sky Sports on Sunday September 1, five days before Hodgson’s men embark upon their vital double-header. Both Chelsea and Arsenal will be in action on Sunday, October 6, the former at Norwich and the latter at West Brom, with England due to face Montenegro on the following Friday and Poland four days after that. England boss Roy Hodgson’s worst fears were confirmed when it emerged that many of his star players will be in action on the Sunday before the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.center_img Should the national team be involved in the play-offs the following month, Tottenham host Newcastle, Manchester City visit Sunderland and Manchester United and Arsenal meet at Old Trafford on Sunday, November 10 with the two-legged ties scheduled for November 15 and 19. Elsewhere, Sky Sports will be at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium on the opening day of the season to witness David Moyes’ first league game as Manchester United manager, and will also be there as Jose Mourinho walks back into the Stamford Bridge dug-out for Chelsea’s home clash with Hull the following day. Their first Monday night game is Manuel Pellegrini’s competitive debut as Manchester City boss, against Newcastle on August 19. Sky’s first big-four showdown will see United face Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday, August 26, and they will be at Anfield for United’s visit the following Sunday, the same day as the first north London derby of the campaign at Arsenal. The Manchester derby will be shown live from the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, September 22, as will the north-east shoot-out between Sunderland and Newcastle at the Stadium of Light on October 27. Arsenal v Liverpool gets the following month’s coverage under way on Saturday, November 2, a day before the south Wales derby clash between Cardiff and Swansea, and Manchester United and Arsenal meet on Sunday, November 10. Newcomer BT Sport kicks off its coverage with Liverpool v Stoke on the opening day, Saturday, August 17, in a 12.45pm kick-off and will show promoted Crystal Palace’s trip to Manchester United on Saturday, September 14. They have the Merseyside derby from Goodison Park on November 23 and Tottenham v Manchester United the following weekend. last_img read more

Man United flop could take a year to settle, claims former Red Devils striker

first_imgFormer Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes it could take a full year for Radamel Falcao to adapt to the English game.The Red Devils pulled off, what many regarded as, the biggest coup of the summer transfer window when they signed the Colombian on a season-long loan from Monaco.The 29-year-old arrived at Old Trafford with a reputation as one of the most feared strikers on the planet, but six months on he has scored just four goals.Saha believes it may take Falcao 12 months to get used to the physicality of the English game, but whether he gets that time remains to be seen.United have the option to buy Falcao for £43million at the end of the season, but with every poor performance from the Colombian, that seems more and more unlikely.“When you are in a different formation or different management then you have to adapt. It could take three months, six months or maybe a year before you understand it,” Saha said.“It happens to even the best players.“It happened to Patrice Evra here. For the first six months he was struggling. He didn’t seem to understand the physical nature of the game in England. But he changed into a terrific player.“Falcao is under pressure because of his contract. As a striker you want to score. When there is that amount of money involved you are under pressure.”Falcao’s latest sub-par display came on Monday when he was substituted after an hour of United’s 3-1 FA Cup win at Preston.United improved after the former Porto striker was hooked and United scored three quick goals to snuff out any chance of an upset and advance to a quarter-final with Arsenal.Falcao missed the World Cup due to a serious knee injury he sustained in January and since he moved to England, he has been troubled by a calf complaint.Saha, who suffered his fair share of injury problems during his five years at Old Trafford, understands what the striker is going through, and is sure he will be a success at the club eventually.“It is very hard. It is the hardest time in your life,” Saha said when asked about the difficulty of returning from long-term injuries.“You need to work with a team full of confidence. When I was coming back I had some team mate scoring goals every week so it was easier for me to adapt and just pick up some goals here and there. The pressure wasn’t as big.“I have sympathy with Falcao. I have no doubts about him. I know how hard it is to be a striker. There is always a lot of competition at this club.“It is a battle. But he has the quality to do a great job here.” Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria 1last_img read more