First COVID-19 death confirmed in Europe

first_imgThe vast majority of those sufferingfrom the virus are in China. The epidemic has killed almost 1,400 people. (Reuters) Two women wear protective masks and gowns as they walk in the streets of Wuhan, China, on Feb. 10, 2020. Getty Images PARIS  – An elderly Chinese tourist hospitalized inFrance has died of the coronavirus, becoming the first fatality in Europe,French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said on Saturday.center_img France has recorded 11 cases of thevirus, out of a global total of 63,851. last_img

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COMMENTARY: As times change, so do the ways we experience sports

first_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Every two weeks, Mike Mandell gives his thoughts on the sports scene in Ellsworth, Hancock County and beyond.ELLSWORTH — Last Wednesday, April 26, was one of the most discouraging days in recent memory for sports writers nationwide. In a round of massive layoffs, ESPN, the world’s largest most and profitable sports media organization, axed more than 100 journalists, anchors and personalities.Over the course of the day, employees of as long as two or three decades — some of whom were among the most renowned in sports media — announced via social media they were being let go. It was a display of how cord-cutting, new web technology and the rise of smartphones have all severely affected the journalism industry.The internet has completely changed how sports fans experience the games we love. Gone are the days when fans had to wait for the morning paper or the local newscast to see whether their favorite teams won or lost. We can know that information instantly via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and every other tool that’s made instant communication the norm in today’s society.In the face of those changes, the way reporting happens has also changed. Shows such as “SportsCenter” have had to completely alter their programming because the product they offer is easily fulfilled without TV. That wasn’t the case for the first 30 years of ESPN’s existence, but it is now.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThose of us in the print industry know this all too well. Over the past 10 years, some newspapers have even gone as far as getting rid of their print editions after determining they weren’t viable. That’s not to say modern reporting is on the brink of death, but it’s certainly in an era of transition.Although box scores and feature stories are here to stay, other parts of the job will become relics of a time gone by. For example, much of the information printed in the edition of The Ellsworth American that ran 75 years ago this week — consisting mostly of sentence-long tidbits about everyday people visiting town or recovering from illnesses — would probably not be seen as “news” today. Yet the world was a different place in 1942, and the news was no exception.As is the case for writers on other beats, sports writers now have the ability to tell stories in ways readers even 10 years ago couldn’t imagine. We can do more with a sports page of the newspaper than ever and are finding newer ways to take that information beyond the page with the internet. To do so, some of the old methods must go by the wayside.ESPN changed its programming not to “reach a new audience” but because it realized the niche that had helped make “SportsCenter” relevant in the past was gone. With the speed at which the world was changing, it had to adapt on the fly to figure out what worked. In some cases, it found the right formula. In many others, it failed.Not every audience is the same of, course; The Ellsworth American appeals to very different groups than national sports outlets do and therefore has little to no overlap with them in terms of content. Changes are going to happen at different rates in different places, and for national news organizations, that rate is only going to accelerate.On a promising note, there will always be a need for local news. The focus The Ellsworth American gives to sports within Hancock County is something other media outlets can’t provide. As long as sports exist, folks from the Penobscot River to Schoodic Point will want to read about the people who bring them to life in their communities.It’s hard to tell where sports media will go from here, but the sports experience has evolved across the board. Some of the changes have been related to sports themselves, but far more have been related to technology — technology that will continue to evolve in the future.The sports world is becoming radically different each day. The ways we bring readers news about sports must stay ahead of the curve. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Biolast_img read more

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Emmanuel Ibru: A Bold Foray into ‘Deaf Football’

first_img“I would however want a situation whereby, on a yearly basis, a kind of a budget is made for special needs sports. The Nigeria Deaf Football Association and the Nigeria Football Federation should also have some kind of allowance made for them within the budget to prosecute their own programmes.”When asked what could be done to propagate and popularise deaf football in the country, he said, “Again, it comes down to the question of finance. Some states have deaf football league and this depends on individuals within the states. The ideal thing would be to have a nationwide league for the hearing impaired and help them play tournaments on a regular basis. Maybe it may be difficult at the early stages to run a league but there could be an arrangement where sponsors would come in and have a Nationwide Deaf Challenge Cup where games could be played on a knockout basis within various states and at the end they converge on a particular place to play for a cup and some awareness is given for such a competition. I think that would go a long way in propagating deaf football, but again, the major problem is financing.“Even the Nigeria National League, which is the pro-league body, is having problems in trying to attract sponsorship from the corporate sector. I think the same problem that affects football in general in the country also affects deaf football but  to a greater extent.”In spite of his pet club, AS Racine yet to gain promotion to the elite division, the proprietor says he is very satisfied with the achievement of the club so far.“We are a grassroots football club that concentrates on promoting players from the grassroots, giving them an opportunity to play in an organised setting and teaching the players about professionalism at an early age -the sort of conduct required to be a professional footballer. We give them a launching pad for bigger and better things in their football career. “I’m quite happy with the club in terms of what we have been able to achieve. Quite a few players have passed through AS Racine and had gone to have quite a decent professional career; notable among them are Osaze Odemwingwe, Brown Ideye, late Bayo Adefemi and Onyekachi Okonkwo. We have recorded quite a little bit of success in nurturing players that had gone on not only to have decent professional career but had also gone to represent the country at various age groups and at the senior national level.“The main ambition of the club this year is to consolidate our position in the pro-league, ensure we remain there for next year then build on that. Maybe in two, three or four years’ time we will play in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL. We are however contented with the fact that players have leveraged on AS Racine to move up in their professional career because that is what we stand for,” Ibru added.When the draws for the 2018 World Cup qualifier was made and Nigeria was pitched with Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia, many football lovers in the country had their doubts on Eagles picking the group’s sole ticket to the Mundial, Ibru was inclusive.“It’s a pleasant surprise to see the Super Eagles topping the group with six points after two matches and we can take three points against Cameroon in our next home game. I think we are almost home and dry because a couple more draws will see us through. But it is still not all over because in football, anything can happen, but then we are in the driver’s seat,” the AS Racine proprietor said.So far, Ibru is satisfied with the manner with which Gernot Rohr is going about his job with the national.“There has been very little rancour as far as financial issues are concerned. The NFF has had their financial problems but the coach has kept silent about whether he has any problem or not. He is just concentrating on doing his job. For now, he is still doing a little bit of experimenting though. What he is trying to do is build a new squad of young vibrant players. By the time we will be playing Cameroon in August in the World Cup qualifier he would have had a pretty good idea of his best 20 players,” he noted.The AS Racine proprietor is also of the opinion that NFF President, Amaju Pinnick’s appointment into the CAF executive would be very beneficial to Nigerian football.“He is part of the top decision making body for football in Africa, which means when decisions are being made he’s going to be there and not at the peripheral level and from that point of view he would be able to protect the nation’s interest. But I would like to think he is in CAF because of Nigeria and the nation’s interest,” the Grand Patron of the Nigeria Deaf Football Association noted.Comparing the present NFF to the one he served under, Ibru says there is a big difference between the two. “When I was a member of the NFA under Ibrahim Galadima, the various committees that were set up were very vibrant and were all functioning. They were made up of members who were very interested in the game. Meetings were held on a very regular basis and from there a lot of information were collected which were made available to the board for deliberations and it helped a lot in decision making and in trying to grow the game in the country. For the inner workings of this present NFF I am not a party to it, so I would not know, but I do know that probably the major committee that is functioning now is the technical committee, headed by Chris Green. At one point, a marketing committee was set up and it had been rather moribund and I am not sure if it still exists. That’s about the major difference have noticed.“Nigerian football politics have always been a very messy terrain to deal with but over the last few years, we have witnessed all sort of law suit instigated by one body or the other, it wasn’t as bad during my time as it has been in the last few years. There was never any threat during my time in the NFA from FIFA apart from question around Decree 101, but it’s no longer in use. From that point of view, the threat to Nigeria has not been government interference as it usually was in those days but now it has been rancour within the football committee itself.”Meanwhile, by virtue of the Deaf Eagles’ victory in Mali, the team has automatically booked a place to the Deaflympics slated for Turkey in June. Ibru is apprehensive that the team may be denied the trip due to financing issues. “We went to Bamako to play in the WADFU Tournament without any support from the government or NFF despite several appeals to the various bodies. We also wrote letters to some corporate organisations but without any positive response. However, for us the most important thing was to get to the tournament, participate and do well.“There had been seven competitions so far since the inception of WADFU, and Nigeria could not make it to one of them because of paucity of fund but for the other six we’ve been to, we’ve won four and were runners-up twice. If you talk about consistency then kudos must go to Nigeria.“We know that the ministry is aware of the Deaflympics. The Nigeria Deaf Sports Federation plans in conjunction with the ministry to send teams in other sports to the game, specifically table-tennis and athletics. From the NFF point of view, because of lack of funds the story is that we cannot go because it’s a team event and have to more or less pay for the entire contingent, which is about 20 to 25 people and there is only one medal at stake for that and the federation feels it’s not worth it. So it’s negative news on the possibility of Nigerian deaf team going to the Deaflympics in Turkey.”Ibru is therefore appealing to the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung to give the boys an opportunity to attend Deaflympics.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram His passion for football is unprecedented, having been a football administrator for over 20 years. He was a former member of the Nigeria Football Association, as the country’s football body was then known and also the proprietor of Lagos-based Pro-League side, AS Racine. Recently, the Deaf Eagles won the West Africa Deaf Football Union, WADFU, Tournament in Bamako, Mali, but the team might not have achieved the without Emmanuel Ibru, Kunle Adewale writes Emmanuel Ibru has always been involved in football. He follows the game and it is a big part of his recreational activities. Speaking on how he became associated with deaf football, he said, “The Nigeria Deaf Football Association was at one time looking for somebody to give them some support, so I was approached and I gave it a consideration. Then, they were about to travel to Lome, Togo, for the West African Deaf Football Union Championship and I went to Lome to watch them and was quite impressed with what I saw there, both in terms of quality and the dedication of the players. It was after this that I decided to accept their offer as the grand patron of the association. I have since been working with them, trying to help in one way or the other to ensure they achieve their goals and objectives.”Recently, the deaf football team went for the WADFU Championship and emerged winners. They would have missed the tournament due to financial constraint but for Ibru who came to their rescue. On how to forestall future occurrences, Ibru said, “The ministry was aware of that but we all know the present situation in Nigeria regarding paucity of funds. At that point in time, the ministry was also confronted with its own problems. But the fact of the matter is that the ministry was approached, various requests were sent, but unfortunately there was no positive response.last_img read more

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Odion Ighalo Opens Goal Scoring Account as Man Utd Hammer Club…

first_imgOlympiacos knock out Arsenal on away goal ruleDuro IkhazuagbeNigerian international, Odion Ighalo on Thursday night opened his goal scoring account for Manchester United as he poke past Club Bruges’ Simon Mignolet for his first goal for the Red Devils.After giving supplications to God for the goal at Old Trafford, the former Super Eagles frontman dedicated it to his late sister, Mary Atole who died in Canada last December. That goal is also the first to be scored by any Nigerian player in United colors.Ighalo – who signed for United in a shock deadline day loan move from Shanghai Shenhua in January – was part of the resurgent Red Devils that dominated the Belgian team to pull through to the Last 16 stage of the Europa League on 6-1 aggregate.Bruno Fernandes scored his second United penalty in a week after Simon Deli was sent off for a ludicrous handball to block Daniel James’ shot.The Portuguese, who was at the centre of everything, had a hand in the second as he lifted a pass over the top to Juan Mata, who squared for full debutant Ighalo to tap in from six yards.And Scott McTominay, making his first start following an injury, side-footed in a third to wrap the tie up before half-time.Fred scored his first two goals of the season in the final 10 minutes as United got the big scoreline their performance deserved.Club Bruges brought thousands of noisy fans to Old Trafford to help with a good atmosphere – but their players could not match their efforts and created nothing of note.The draw for the last 16 takes place to at 12:00 GMT – with United able to face any of the other teams left.Elsewhere in North London, Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a glaring chance with the last kick as Arsenal crashed to a shocking Europa League defeat to Olympiacos.Coming with an away 1-0 edge into the game, Arsenal lost 1-2 at the Emirates to gift Olympiacos passage to the last 16 on the away goal advantage.Aubameyang looked like he had once again rescued his side from an abject showing when his superb scissor kick put them in the driving seat.But the visitors punished awful set-piece defending for a second time as Youssef El Arabi poked in.And there was still time for Aubameyang to screw wide from five yards out.The Gunners went out on the away goal ruleShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Odion Ighalo points to the sky in his usual ways of giving the credit for his goal to God. He specially dedicated his first goal for Manchester United to his late elder sister, Mary.last_img read more

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Micah is the man of USC athletics

first_imgHe’s the perfect combination of Cody Kessler and Marcus Mariota. Like Kessler, he’s a standout student athlete at USC, he leads a prolific Trojan offense and he does not get the attention that he deserves in the national media. But like Mariota, he’s arguably the best player in his sport in all of college athletics; he can attack teams in more than one way; he leads a team that will factor prominently in the national championship discussion and he’s a proud Hawaiian.He’s Micah Christenson, the starting setter for the Trojan men’s volleyball team. If you’re new to the Daily Trojan sports section and have never heard of him, this just goes to show that he doesn’t get the attention he deserves because he is arguably the best college volleyball player in the country.Kessler has done a great job leading the USC football team the last two seasons. Playing the most important position for the most popular sports team on campus, Kessler is the face of Trojan athletics. He passed up a chance on entering the NFL draft and elected to return for his senior season; I’m beyond stoked to see him lead next year’s team. With this year’s star-studded recruiting class, some writers have already predicted that USC will finish the regular season in the Top 4 and make the playoff. Kessler is now even getting some of the national press that he deserves; some writers have him on their early Heisman watch-list for next season.But with all due respect to both Kessler and the football team, I think Christenson is the best male athlete on campus. I think the football team will factor into the national championship conversation next year, but that’s not in the near future. Kessler could also very easily get an invitation to the Heisman ceremonies in New York come December, but he has a lot to prove until then.Christenson, on the other hand, is already on that next level. Likewise, this year’s men’s volleyball team is factoring heavily in the national title discussion midway through the season. Given his talent level, the success of his team so far and his playing style, Christenson reminds me much more of Mariota.My loyalty is undoubtedly to USC, but I couldn’t help but root for Mariota and the Ducks a little bit in this year’s first College Football Playoff. Regardless of Oregon’s conference affiliation, I simply loved watching Mariota play. He was so exciting to watch because of his dual-threat abilities. He was a prolific passer and runner, making him the perfect leader to run the Ducks’ high-powered spread/read-option offense. He was a very deserving Heisman Trophy winner as the definitively best player on one of the best teams in the country. But on top of all that, he was very humble all year and avoided any of the off-field issues that have plagued other star college athletes. Though the Ducks just couldn’t put it together against Ohio State in the national championship game, he still had one of the best seasons ever as a college football quarterback and I hope his skills translate over to the NFL.Christenson’s similarity to Mariota is almost striking. As the setter, Christenson is essentially the quarterback of the volleyball team, distributing the ball to his teammates around the courts. Like Oregon’s trademark hurry-up style, the Trojan men’s volleyball team’s offense runs a similarly aggressive, up-tempo style. After someone makes the first pass, Christenson can read where the opposing team is positioned before attacking better than anyone else in the country can.The team has made a point of not only spreading out different attacking options across the floor but also attacking openings quickly before defenses have a chance to move over blockers. The success that the team has enjoyed so far has hinged on Christenson’s ability to quickly and masterfully set.Christenson really is the best in the business at what he does. Last year, he won the award for the top college volleyball setter in the country. He is also the setter for the U.S. national team.The men’s volleyball team is a very legitimate national championship contender this year. The Trojans are currently ranked No. 2 in the nation behind only Loyola-Chicago, the defending national champions. The Trojans are currently in first place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference standings. In men’s volleyball, the MPSF is like the    Pac-12 and the SEC combined — clearly the best conference in the nation. The Trojans were undefeated through their first seven games this season but they suffered their first loss last week at Hawai’i.The Trojans’ loss to Hawai’i was particularly heart-wrenching. The Trojans won the first two sets of the match but lost the next three. Instead of being mentally drained after such a brutal defeat, the Trojans came back the following match against Hawai’i and won in a thrilling five-set fashion.It was a particularly exciting trip for Christenson because he grew up in Honolulu. The victory showed not only the mental strength of the team as a whole, but also that of Christenson, who must have been under pressure from playing in front of his friends, family and the home crowd. But similar to Mariota, also from Honolulu, Christenson seems unfazed by pressure or high expectations.The Trojan still have a lot of volleyball to play before even thinking about the NCAA tournament, but there is no better player than Christenson in the country to be leading the team.The Trojans play two matches at home against BYU, who finished first in the MPSF last year, this weekend. I would highly encourage any Trojan sports fan to make it out to at least one of those games. Not only will you get to see some great volleyball, but you’ll also witness who I think is USC’s finest student athlete practice his craft.Luke Holthouse is sophomore majoring in policy, planning and development and broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Holthouse Party,” runs on Wednesdays.last_img read more

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Syracuse football recruiting: 3-star class of 2018 linebacker Juan Wallace commits to SU

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Three-star class of 2018 linebacker Juan Wallace committed to Syracuse Thursday evening, marking SU’s sixth commit in the class and second this week (Ja’Qurius Smith).Wallace said he chose SU because it plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference, where a more “modern” style of football is showcased.“More modern, more pro-style,” Wallace said.The linebacker also pointed to his main recruiter, SU tight ends coach Reno Ferri, as a key reason for choosing the Orange.“I really liked the coaches,” Wallace said. “We connected well.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on May 4, 2017 at 8:38 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Thank you to all the schools that expressed interest in me, but I’m excited to announce I’ll be verbally committing to Syracuse University pic.twitter.com/coz5gZpdqh— Juan Wallace® (@JuanWallaceJr) May 5, 2017 Wallace, a 6-foot-2, 215-pounder from Woodson (Washington D.C.) High School, ranks 47th overall at his position and 11th in the Washington D.C. area per 247sports.com. He joins Smith as SU’s second linebacker commit in the 2018 class, current high school juniors.Wallace picked the Orange over Duke, Maryland, Rutgers, West Virginia, Iowa State, Kentucky and Wisconsin, among others. He visited SU in both March and April, and he visited Duke and North Carolina last week.According to Hudl.com, Wallace runs a 4.62 40-yard dash, boasts a 36.2-inch vertical leap, squats 455 pounds and benches 290 pounds.Track the class of 2018 here. Commentslast_img read more

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Gallery: Syracuse’s bowl chances slip away in 56-10 loss at Louisville

first_imgSyracuse (4-6, 2-5 Atlantic Coast) needed to win Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky, to keep its bowl hopes alive. However, the Orange failed, falling to Lousiville (7-4, 4-4), 56-10. Cardinals quarterback and reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson ran up nearly 400 yards of offense on his own. Louisville as a team blew past Syracuse for 727 yards in the 46-point blowout. Regular quarterback Eric Dungey didn’t play for the second-straight week, and Zack Mahoney earned the start in his place. Comments Published on November 19, 2017 at 12:12 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

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Football: How A.J. Taylor fits into scheme of run-heavy Badger offense

first_imgWisconsin wide receiver A.J. Taylor arrived on campus with a big role to play within the Badgers’ offense. Taylor stepped foot in Madison as a rare four-star wide receiver recruit for an offense that has traditionally relied on classic Big Ten ground-and-pound offense.In fact, it had been close to a decade since the Badgers acquired a versatile threat like Taylor. Prior to his commitment, the last time Wisconsin nabbed a four-star wide receiver was with Kraig Appleton in their 2009 recruiting class.Taylor’s dual-threat nature of both rushing and receiving was put to use as soon as he stepped on the field for the Badgers in his freshman year. While Taylor played in just five games that first year, he caught three passes for an average gain of 17.7 yards and also ran the ball four times for a total of 19 yards.This would be just the beginning of Taylor’s contributions to the Wisconsin offense that, as shown by the stats, was desperately needed to keep the Badger offense alive.After his introductory freshman year, Taylor truly had a breakout season during his second year of competition. In 14 games played, Taylor received the ball 31 times for a total of 475 yards. He also found the end zone five times, averaging a touchdown about one out of every six receptions.Football: Last year’s top receivers return as quarterback battle rages onThis week’s Wisconsin football spring preview shifts focus to the wide receiver unit and the position everyone is talking about: Read…No matter how strong the offensive performance from Taylor, there was no way he would be able to make up the difference in passing yards lost from before his arrival. Instead, the Wisconsin offense fell further and further into its run-centric offensive strategy.In 2015, the year before Taylor’s arrival, the Badgers threw for an average of nearly 230 pass yards per game. In 2016, that average fell to under 180 yards per game. With Taylor’s breakout season, as well as the arrival of Danny Davis, the second consecutive four-star WR to commit to Madison, the 2017 season saw small improvements with 192 yards of passing averaged per game.These two wide receivers accounted for a large portion of the receiving numbers in 2017. The only two players who ranked above them in receiving yards for the season were Quintez Cephus and Troy Fumagalli, both of whom would be absent from the squad the next year.2017 was a strong year for Taylor in which he could serve as a strong wide receiver for a team that had plenty of options for Alex Hornibrook to target. In 2018, he would have to lead the team in order to ensure that an air attack still existed for the Badgers.Taylor led the team in games played, total receiving yards, average yards per reception for those who had over five receptions on the season, average yards per reception and had the longest reception of the year at 44 yards.In 2018, the Badgers put on an absolutely dismal display nearly every time they put the ball in the hands of either Jack Coan or Hornibrook. They averaged just 158 passing yards per game, their lowest average since 2014, a year in which that low total was offset by averaging just over 320 rush yards per game.Football: AJ Taylor’s unexpected season as No. 1 receiving optionSo far this season, University of Wisconsin receiver AJ Taylor has accumulated 406 yards and three touchdowns on 24 receptions Read…Even with Taylor’s best season yet up to that point, the Badgers still put on their worst passing performance in years. It’s hard to imagine what the season might have looked like without his performances. Would Jonathan Taylor have gotten even more carries? Would Danny Davis have been able to step up and play a more senior role for the offense?It’s tough to tell for sure, but the fact that AJ Taylor is playing less of a role this season could speak to the fact that the Badger offense has found more balance, not that his ability to perform is dropping.Through seven games, Taylor has caught a total of 16 passes from Coan. This is certainly on pace to match his reception totals from 2017 and 2018, but his average yards per catch dropped significantly. Taylor is currently averaging just 9.9 yards per catch, compared to his 2017 and 2018 averages of 15.3 and 16.3 yards, respectively.Cephus and Jake Ferguson currently both outrank Taylor in total yards receiving and average yards per catch. This isn’t a sign that Taylor is being beat out for a limited number of receiving opportunities. Instead, Coan is simply doing a better job of spreading the ball around when a pass play is dialed up.Football: The meteoric rise of Badgers quarterback Jack CoanThe rise of quarterback Jack Coan was a fast one and has Wisconsin Badger fans expecting big things from their Read…Furthermore, the return of Cephus — the Badgers’ top receiver in 2017 — was bound to cut into the receiving stats of Taylor. Not to mention, Jonathan Taylor markedly improved his receiving abilities heading into 2019, offering himself as a great backfield check-down opportunity when things get sketchy for Coan.Taylor served as a clutch receiver when the offense needed him most. Without Taylor in 2018, the Badgers could have slipped even further into one-dimensionality as both Hornibrook and eventually Coan struggled to find their footing.Now, with the return of Cephus, the improvement of Jonathan Taylor and the refinement of Jack Coan, Taylor no longer has to play such a large role in the offense in order to be successful. While his stat line may not currently reflect it, Taylor is still the receiver that has the ability to lead the Badger offense.last_img read more

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City lining up Guardiola

first_imgSpurs have also done a deal for the new ground to host two NFL matches a season.They hope it’ll be ready by summer 2018. It’s believed Chelsea are standing by Jose Mourinho for the moment but will monitor Guardiola’s situation with the Spaniard set to make a decision on his future next week on whether or not he’ll stay at Bayern Munich.Meanwhile Tottenham’s new ground is a step closer after the club were granted planning permission for the project.It’ll hold 61,000 fans – making it the largest club stadium in London.last_img

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Reaching new audiences: “Alexa, Enable Soccer Saturday Super 6”

first_img Submit Daily flash briefings for Sky Bet’s Super 6, including latest predictions from Jeff Stelling and Paul Merson, are now available through Alexa.Players of the free-to-play online game will also be able to access a host of popular content from Sky Games and the top weekend football show through Amazon Echo and Echo Dot.The service can be enabled via the Alexa app or by saying “Alexa, enable Soccer Saturday Super 6”. Audio briefings will be played through Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices, while video briefings will also be available when Echo Show – the first Echo with a display— arrives in the UK on 16 November.Going live on Alexa is just the first phase of plans for Super 6, created by Sky in 2010 to run alongside Soccer Saturday. The next step is to develop interactive content and additional skills for Alexa, which will allow players to make voice selections as part of the game and more.Andy Evans, Senior Product Manager, said: “This is a really exciting development for Super 6 – it’s an innovative use of content and a fantastic opportunity to reach our audiences in new places. It’s a hassle-free way to make the latest Super 6 news synonymous with a player’s daily routine and the convenience of high quality of content from the nation’s favourite football presenters is unbeatable.” StumbleUpon Share Sharelast_img read more

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