Baseball Draft vs. Football Draft

first_imgWhat a difference there is in the two draft systems!  All of us have witnessed the pomp and circumstance of the NFL draft.  It is a media “darling”.  The baseball draft was also on ESPN, but I doubt whether many of you tuned in to watch.  When the NFL is drafting, almost every team takes their full allotted time before they make their pick.  They seem to want to draw all the suspense they can out of their 15 or so minutes on the clock.  On the other hand, when a baseball team’s name comes up, the Commissioner hardly has time to get to his mic before the name is released.One difference, of course, is that the baseball draft is open to high school graduates while in the football draft  you must have played some college football before you are eligible.  That means that most of the football names are much better known; there has been weeks of hype on TV as to who the top drafts are going to be.  In the case of baseball, most of the work is done by a very dedicated, but virtually unknown, group of scouts.  They work the various high school and college games all over the United States and in many foreign lands.  Football, on the other hand, is going after players whose names have been on an ESPN list for at least 6 months before the draft ever starts.It doesn’t really matter in which draft your name is selected because the end salary is very similar if you are good enough to make the big time.last_img read more

Liverpool reveal ‘unique’ plan for Premier League Trophy presentation

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Liverpool are to stage a “unique” Premier League trophy presentation at Anfield on Wednesday, July 22 .The Reds will get their hands on their winners’ medals and lift a first league title in 30 years live on Sky Sports after the game less than a week from now.No fans will be in attendance for the historic occasion but Liverpool appear to be building a podium in the famous Kop stand for the presentation to take place, while it’s being rumoured that a lights show and pyrotechnics will also be utilised. Mike Keegan from the Daily Mail says the Premier League have stated the special ceremony has been “designed to acknowledge the club’s supporters, who are absent from the stadium” and that the players have been involved in putting it together.As per BBC, Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish is slated to an attend and hand out medals to Jurgen Klopp’s side.Despite suffering a knee injury in the recent win over Brighton, Klopp has confirmed captain Jordan Henderson will still lift the Premier League trophy – a year after proudly holding the Champions League trophy aloft in Madrid. Read Also: Serie A: Juventus suffer title setback in thrilling Sassuolo drawLiverpool will receive 40 medals to hand out, with the rule being that those who have made five or more appearances are entitled to a medal and take priority before the remaining prizes are handed out to backroom staff.But believing that everyone has played their part in the title triumph, Klopp has said all players will get a medal – even if he has to produce them or give up his. Loading…last_img read more

Smith avoids late-race obstacle at I-90

first_imgBy Steve ZwemkeHARTFORD, S.D. (July 25) – The biggest Saturday night obstacle at I-90 Speedway for Colin Smith was a car exiting to the pits with just two laps to go in the Coffee Cup IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature.The close call came as Elijah Johnson left the track via the backstretch exit as Smith was about to lap him. Smith picked up his fourth win while Jeff Edgington crossed in second. The first-year I-90 Speedway driver has now finished in the top two in each of his last six starts.last_img read more

International Olympic Committee plans to hold upcoming session remotely on July 17

first_imgLAUSANNE: The International Olympic Committee has revealed that it plans to hold its next session — initially scheduled for Tokyo before the opening of the 2020 Games — by video link to be streamed live on July 17. In a statement, IOC on Wednesday said that in light of the postponement of the Olympic Games to next year and the current measures being implemented in Switzerland and around the world to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, the IOC Executive Board (EB) will discuss holding the 136th IOC Session remotely through a secure electronic system.The agenda and organistion of the IOC session will be worked out by IOC Executive Board at their next meeting to be held remotely on May 14. The 2020 edition of the multi-national event was pushed back to 2021 in wake of COVID-19 crisis that has hit the entire world. Tokyo Olympics was supposed to be held in July-August this year but had to to postponed due to coronavirus pandemic which has so far claimed more than 2.5 lakh lives across the world. The IOC has set the new dates as July 23 till August 8 next year. IANSlast_img read more

WACA left fuming after missing out on hosting India Test

first_imgPerth: Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) chairman Tuck Waldron expressed his displeasure after the stadium in Perth was overlooked for hosting a Test against India later this year. The four Tests of the much-anticipated Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be played at Gabba, Adelaide Oval, MCG and SCG respectively starting December 3. “I’m really disappointed in this decision, I think it is the wrong decision. I just can’t understand why they’d make that decision,” Waldron told reporters in Perth as per cricket.com.au. “It’s a kick in the guts to WA, to all our cricket-loving people and to our WACA members. When you’ve got one of the best stadiums in the world and the second-best cricket venue in the world, the time-slots back to India for TV, etcetera; to me it’s a no-brainer,” he added. Perth will instead host the historic Test between Australia and Afghanistan starting November 21. Afghanistan have never played a Test Down Under and it will be a momentous occasion for the minnows who acquired Test status only in 2018. “We have a duty to the cricket fans here, to Afghanistan as a visitor to our state, to ensure we provide the best possible facilities and enjoyment for them as we possibly can,” WACA chief executive Christina Matthews said. “Let’s not forget, it is a history-making Test – they’ve never played Test cricket in Australia so once again, Western Australia will be part of history. We will continue to demonstrate how well we do those things, but when we see India fly across the top of us to the other side of the country, we might shed a little tear,” she added. IANS Also watch: Flash floods hit Assam! Here are some scenes of the devastationlast_img read more

Pro 12 action resumes.

first_imgBoth games will kick-off at 7:35.Meanwhile, Munster and Connacht will both name their teams this afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s derby clash at Thomond Park. Leinster and Ulster are back in action tonight.Leinster are in fifth place and will have to beat league leaders the Glasgow Warriors at the RDS if they’re to break back into the play-off places.Ulster start the night in second place in the table as they host the Cardiff Blues in Belfast.last_img

Munster book place in Champions Cup quarter-finals

first_imgMeanwhile, Ulster need to beat Exeter Chiefs this eveing to have any chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages.They go head to head at Sandy Park Stadium at 5:30pm.Ulser, who are third in Pool 5, have lost seven of their last 11 games.The Chiefs are bottom of the section with six points. Francis Saili’s late try saw them edge Glasgow 14-12 at Scotstoun.Tyler Bleyendaal kicked three penalties.Simon Zebo says it’s great to come out on top in a hard fought battle.last_img

Pac-12 responds to football players threatening opt-outs

first_img First Published: 4th August, 2020 10:34 IST WATCH US LIVE The Pac-12 responded Monday to football players who have threaten to opt-out of the season because of concerns related to health and safety, racial injustice and economic rights with a letter touting the conference’s work in those areas and an invitation to meet later this week.A letter from Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, dated Aug. 3, was sent to 12 football players leading the #WeAreUnited movement. The letter was obtained by The Associated Press and first reported by Sports Illustrated.The players say they have been communicating with more than 400 of their peers throughout the Pac-12. The group released a lengthy list of demands Sunday and said if they are not addressed they will not practice or play. The group said it reached out to the Pac-12 on Sunday to request a meeting. In the letter, Scott said he was eager to discuss their concerns.“I will come back to you in the coming days following discussion with our members and student-athlete leaders to schedule a call for this week to discuss the matters that you have raised,” Scott wrote.Also Monday night, Washington State coach Nick Rolovich said in a statemen t he regretted cautioning one of his players about being part of the #WeAreUnited movement. A recording of a conversation between Rolovich and receiver Kassidy Woods obtained by the Dallas Morning News revealed the coach seemingly warning the player that being involved with the group would hurt his standing with the team. Woods had called Rolovich to inform him he was opting out of the season for health reasons related to COVID-19.“I spoke with Kassidy Woods in a private phone conversation last Saturday afternoon. This was before the #WeAreUnited group had released its letter of concerns,” said Rolovich, who is in his first season was Washington State coach. “Without knowing the concerns of the group, I regret that my words cautioning Kassidy have become construed as opposition. I’m proud of our players and all the Pac-12 student-athletes for using their platform, especially for matters they are passionate about. WSU football student-athletes who have expressed support for the #WeAreUnited group will continue to be welcome to all team-related activities, unless they choose to opt out for health and safety reasons.”The #WeAreUnited players’ demands focused on four areas: health and safety protections, especially protocols related to COVID-19; guarding against the elimination of sports programs by schools during an economic downturn; ending racial injustice in college sports; and economic freedom and equity.Scott addressed each area, highlighting the conference’s:— Medical advisory committee working on COVID-19 protocols and webinars for student-athletes and their parents;— Support for reforming NCAA rules regarding name, image and likeness compensation for college athletes;— Recent initiatives to address racial inequities such as the formation of a social justice & anti-racism advisory group that includes student-athletes representatives.Scott also listed 10 areas in which, he wrote, “The Pac-12 has been a leader in supporting student-athlete health and well-being …” Included were enhanced medical coverage post-eligibility; cost-of-attendance stipends added to the value of scholarship; mental health support; and the Pac-12’s support of reforming NCAA transfer rules to allow athletes more freedom to switch schools.Pac-12 football teams are scheduled to begin preseason practices Aug. 17 and the league’s conference-only regular season is set to start Sept. 26. FOLLOW US Last Updated: 4th August, 2020 10:34 IST Pac-12 Responds To Football Players Threatening Opt-outs The Pac-12 responded Monday to football players who have threaten to opt-out of the season because of concerns related to health and safety, racial injustice and economic rights with a letter touting the conference’s work in those areas and an invitation to meet later this week. LIVE TVcenter_img COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News Written Bylast_img read more

Ex-Cerro Gordo County child welfare worker gets probation for perjury in custody case

first_imgMASON CITY — It’s two years probation for a former Cerro Gordo County social services worker after a guilty plea to perjury over her false testimony that helped convince a judge to remove four children from their parents. Former Iowa Department of Human Services employee Chelsie Gray was charged in April with making several false statements during a December 2017 hearing in which she recommended a judge terminate the parental rights of a mother and father. The 30-year-old Gray entered an Alford plea to the one perjury felony charge in October under a plea agreement with prosecutors. Such a plea is an acknowledgment that prosecutors may have enough evidence to prove her guilt at trial but that she maintains her innocence. Prosecutors dismissed two other perjury counts and recommended a deferred judgement, meaning the charge would be wiped away from her record if she stays out of trouble.  District Judge Kurt Wilke this week agreed with the deferred judgment recommendation and sentenced Gray to 730 days probation and issued a civil penalty of $750.last_img read more

Friday July 10th “The Midday Report”

first_imgKGLO News · Friday July 10 — 12:06 PM Listen to “The Midday Report” from Friday July 10thlast_img