NFL draft: 10 things to watch for during draft

first_imgFASHION STATEMENT— In this April 26, 2012 photo, quarterback Robert Griffin III, right, poses for photographs with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected as the second pick overall by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the NFL football draft in New York. Fashionistas surely will be tracking the expensive, colorful designer suits, hairstyles (think dreadlocks) and even socks of the draftees as they take the stage after being selected. (Think Robert Griffin III, the Redskins’ top pick in 2012, who wore a baby blue jacket, checkered-patterned shirt, purplish tie with horizontal stripes, and burgundy and gold socks. Fashion is one of the things to watch for during the three-day NFL draft beginning Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File) by Richard RosenblattNEW YORK (AP) — Since 1936, the NFL has picked the best of college football to join the pro league. From the very first pick — Jay Berwanger, who also was the first bust, never playing a down in the NFL — to last year’s No. 1, Andrew Luck, the draft has always offered plenty of intrigue for teams and fans.Here are 10 things to watch for during the three-day NFL draft beginning Thursday night:COMMISSIONER HUGGY BEARHow many hugs can Roger Goodell endure from all the burly offensive and defensive players expected to be selected in the first round? Last year, he embraced many first-round picks who took the stage and was nearly hugged into submission by the likes of Fletcher Cox, Dontari Poe and Melvin Ingram.SHOW ME A QUARTERBACKWill any quarterbacks be taken in the first round? Possibilities include Geno Smith, Matt Barkley and EJ Manuel, but this is far from the glamour year of 2012, when QBs were huge: Luck, No. 1; Robert Griffin III, No. 2; Ryan Tannehill (No. 8); Brandon Weeden (No. 22). The last time no quarterback was taken in round one was 1996 (Tony Banks was a second-rounder, No. 42, by the Rams); the last time only one was taken was 2001 (Michael Vick, first overall) and the last time two were taken was 2010 (Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow).FASHION STATEMENTFashionistas surely will be tracking the expensive, colorful designer suits, hairstyles (think dreadlocks) and even socks of the draftees as they take the stage after being selected. (Think Griffin, the Redskins’ top pick in 2012, who wore a baby blue jacket, checkered-patterned shirt, purplish tie with horizontal stripes, and burgundy and gold socks with the words “GO CATCH YOUR DREAM.”TE’O TIMEWhen that will be exactly is anyone’s guess. Some analysts have Notre Dame’s All-American linebacker Manti Te’o back to being a first-round cinch, even after a great season was marred by a poor game against Alabama followed by the hoax involving a deceased “girlfriend.” He did not perform well at the NFL combine, but did better at pro day in South Bend.BEEFING UP EARLYWatch for all the beef early in the first round. There’s a chance seven of the first 10 picks could be really big fellas. Among them are offensive linemen Luke Joeckel (306 pounds), Eric Fisher (306), Chance Warmack (317), Lane Johnson (303) and Jonathan Cooper (311); and defensive linemen Sharrif Floyd (297) and Ziggy Ansah (271).WILL TIDE ROLL AGAIN IN 1ST ROUND?A year ago, the national champions had four players picked: RB Trent Richardson (No. 3), SS Mark Barron (No. 7), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (No.17) and LB Dont’a Hightower (No. 25). National champs again, there are five that could end up as first-rounders: Warmack, cornerback Dee Milliner, offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, defensive tackle Jesse Williams, and running back Eddie Lacy.FAMILY TIESEvery year, a slew of players with family ties to the NFL are draft eligible. This year is no exception, with a few dozen all-in-the-family connections. Among them are QBs Nate Montana (son of Joe Montana) and Jordan Rodgers (brother of Aaron Rodgers), Jake Ryan (son of Pat Ryan), Duron Carter (son of Cris Carter), Luke Tasker (son of Steve Tasker), Kyle Long (son of Howie Long, brother of Chris Long) and Baker Steinkuhler (son of Dean Steinkuhler).HALL OF FAME PICKERSA total of 32 former NFL players will be announcing second- and third-round picks for teams, including newly elected Hall of Famers Jonathan Ogden (Ravens), Warren Sapp (Buccaneers) and Dave Robinson (Packers). Others making picks for their former teams include Deion Sanders (Falcons) and Larry Little (Dolphins).BEST STORYLINESHouston cornerback D.J. Hayden and South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore.Hayden was moments from death last November after an on-field collision with a teammate tore a blood vessel off the back of his heart. He was taken to a hospital, underwent lifesaving surgery, and now could be a first-round pick. He ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at Houston’s pro day in March, and now he’ll wait to see if a team believes his talent and speed is worth the risk.In 2011, Lattimore tore the ACL in his left knee midway through the season. He returned last year, and in October, the star running back suffered a horrific injury to his right knee against Tennessee — it was dislocated and ligaments were damaged as he was tackled. He had surgery a month later, continued rehabbing, and at South Carolina’s pro day recently he impressed NFL scouts so much they applauded after his workout. He says he’s confident he’ll be ready to play when the 2013 season starts.MR. IRRELEVANTAs the draft draws to a close Saturday, the fun revs up with the final pick, aka Mr. Irrelevant. As they did last year, the Colts have the honor at pick No. 254. Last year, they went for Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish (Andrew Luck was the Colts’ other QB pick — at No. 1 overall). The last pick will be awarded the Lowsman (opposite of Heisman) Trophy during a weeklong celebration at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, Calif. In 2012, Harnish’s first trip to California included golf at Big Canyon Country Club, a visit to Disneyland and parties galore. The founder of Irrelevant Week is Paul Salata, a former USC and NFL receiver. The first Mr. Irrelevant was WR Kelvin Kirk in 1976.TAGSlast_img read more

Benji Signs With Dragons

first_imgThe Dragons released a statement, saying they will hold a “media conference to officially announce the signing of Benji Marshall at the St George Leagues Club at 5.45pm this evening”. Benji Marshall departed Super Rugby after being released from his Auckland Blues contract less than a year after walking out on rugby league. He played 212 minutes of game time in eight Super Rugby matches. Benji Marshall will return to the NRL with the St George Illawarra Dragons, having agreed to a two-and-a-half deal. “On the field I certainly wanted to achieve more than how it panned out. It didn’t go that way but in terms of life it did 100 percent.”-Triple M NRLcenter_img Marshall informed the Dragons of his decision just after 3pm on Friday, deciding agaisnt joining Cronulla where most of his ex-teammates now play.  The Sharks say they made him a good offer and are disappointed here’s not joining their team. “I gave rugby a go and it didn’t work out. However I feel like through being at the Blues I was able to find myself again, find some hunger, get fit and on top of that and more importantly I feel like I’ve become a better person,” he said at the time.last_img read more

Why is Ramjattan silent on tortured teen case?

first_imgDear Editor,Where is the voice of Mr Khemraj Ramjattan concerning Mr Ashkay Budhairam, the West Demerara child that was tortured in December 2019? Why all of sudden he (Mr Ramjattan) cannot speak “truth to power” on this Budhairam case as he did on the Tywon Thomas case ten years ago when two rogue cops applied fire to the genital of a child.But the gross hypocrisy of this “wanna be” Prime Minister (sic) stands exposed as he remains uncooperative in helping to drive the process that can bring justice to young Ashkay. Today we have a situation where two more rogue cops are accused of pouring hot water down the back of young Ashkay as if they wanted to boil him alive. To add salt to young Ashkay’s wounds, these two rogue cops are walking the streets as free men today after being granted a low bail as the criminal justice system continues to fail the people of Guyana. How unfair!International conventions, all of which Guyana is a signatory, prohibits torture and other inhumane treatment of the accused. The State is obligated to take proactive measures to discipline those who conduct torture upon another human being. Yet Mr Ramjattan and his Commissioner have not taken any serious measure to punish these two rogue cops to date, weeks after they violated another human being on taxpayers’ time; using taxpayers’ resources.But to certify the immorality of the Granger regime, after 4 years and 5 months ago, these self-defined security specialists promised the people that once they are elected, they shall fix the system so that the people can be better protected and served. With the support of four (4) former Generals, three (3) former Colonels, two (2) former Commissioners, one (1) former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and a clueless Minister of Public Security the results are just scandalous.What reduces crime in a nation? Empirical evidence proves certainly not Police abuse. It is a known fact that the policing measure that most consistently reduces crime is the pursuance of an increase in the official arrest rate backed up by verifiable evidence that can stand up in court using real science and some “good old” common sense. There is no alternative.But it seems that for decades now the controllers (I cannot call them leaders) of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) operated with indifference to such a strategy as if they are unaccountable to the people and with active political support from the politicians at the highest levels. I wonder why?For years now, the GPF seems to have lost its bearings and has embarked on a path that is grounded in “torture” rather than – science and common sense. This is not a political problem; it is an institutional problem that must be dealt with institutionally; not politically.First off, the GPF does not represent or reflect Guyana demographically and that is a huge facilitator of criminal activities. Fixing this challenge requires a Commissioner who is qualified, committed and ready to do the job of making the force into a “Guyana Force” rather than having their heads so deep up the dark end of a Minister as they try to mirror his political objective as a true “brown-noser” who does not have a strategy or a brain. You think I am wrong, where is the crime-fighting and anti-torture strategy of Commissioner Leslie James today?Ideas for the next Government that are easy wins:1. Come June 2020, the lowest salary level of a policeman must be $100,000 per month. The Commissioner has a moral duty to fight to the end for this. It must happen. We have lost tens of billions because of the lack of a functional Police Force, so do not dare tell me that it is unaffordable. We cannot afford to lose billions more! Our nation cannot continue with such a demotivated “constable class” in the GPF. The ranks deserve a living wage and while $100,000 is not a living wage, it is so much closer to $140,000, than the $80,000 per month that they currently earn.2. Mr Ramjattan did the right thing to establish 10 Regional Commanders. The next Government must institutionalise the powers of these Commanders by establishing 10 training schools in the respective regions to ensure that each Commander is supplied with local recruits from their respective regions. All future graduates must be allowed to live and work in their respective region where they trained. So if a constable trained at Fort Wellington in West Coast Berbice, he will be able to work at a police station from within the catchment area from the Mahaica River to the Berbice River. The vision is to secure the Rupununi region mainly with Rupununians. There is no need for a Lindener to leave his family in Linden to protect Rupununi especially when there is a more qualified constable from the Rupununi who knows the local terrain better.3. There must be a civil society monitoring mechanism institutionalised in the Police Act that allows for an independent mechanism to monitor the work of the police.Because of the broadness of this issue, it requires a follow-up letter. Editor, with your permission, I am asking the readers to ponder on this issue. Enough said.With regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

Herstelling murder suspects remanded

first_imgDead Terry LackhanDavid Outar and Patrick RossThe men accused of killing a Herstelling man in July were on Wednesday remanded to prison when they appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.David Outar, 24, of Lot 269 Foulis, East Coast Demerara; and Patrick Ross, 27, of Lot 107 First Street, Herstelling, East Bank Demerara (EBD), were not required to plea to the charge which stated that on July 21, 2016, at Herstelling, EBD, they murdered Terry Lackhan during the course of a robbery.They both appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan. The prosecution informed the court that its file was still incomplete, and as such, the case was adjourned to October 25.Reports are that the lifeless body of 55-year-old Lackhan was discovered by a neighbour on the night of July 21, 2016, shortly after a male was reportedly seen exiting the man’s Herstelling home with several bags.  The father of one was a Manager at Gafsons Industries Limited.Reports are that his lifeless body was found next to a wardrobe with rope tied around his neck. Several bottles of tablets and photographs of his family were also found close to him.From all evidence, the duo was attempting to stage the scene to make it appear as if the victim took his own life. They were later arrested and charged with the offence.last_img read more

Wenger was NOT first choice to be England manager, claims FA technical director

first_imgDan Ashworth, the Football Association’s technical director, has told talkSPORT Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was not first choice for the England managerial job.Sam Allardyce has now been appointed as head coach, but reports claimed the Frenchman was sounded out about the role, which became vacant when Roy Hodgson resigned after the Three Lions’ Euro 2016 defeat to Iceland.And when asked if Wenger was the man the FA originally wanted for the role, Ashworth said: “No. We only offered the job to one person and we offered the job to Sam [Allardyce], obviously. And he was delighted to accept it.“There were a lot of rumours about who was favourite and who wasn’t. In fact, I think there was a different favourite every day for a period of time but that [Wenger being first choice] was not the case at all.”Meanwhile, Ashworth has allayed fears Allardyce would use a negative style of football while managing the Three Lions, insisting the ex-Sunderland and West Ham boss is the right man for the job.He added: “He has a raft of experience, the right age, the right profile, he’s very progressive with his coaching methods, and I think the gauge of a good coach is they always add value to players and teams and Sam has a terrific record of adding value to any team he’s been part of.“One of the differences between international and club football is you don’t get the players for very long and you have players from numerous clubs who come in for short periods of time so it’s about getting the best out them and maximises their time and we felt Sam would be outstanding in this particular area.“Sam’s job is to pick, coach and manage the team and get us to win. One of the things is he will obviously have a slightly different profile of player than he’s had at a couple of his other clubs, we’ve got the best from the whole of England on offer.“I also think it’s a bit of a myth in some cases [about his style of play]. Look at Bolton Wanderers, and Jermain Defoe was playing upfront for Sunderland last season. Sam is a really acute tactician and the best coaches get the best out of the players they have got at their disposal.”last_img read more

Space tourism gets a big lift

first_img The X Prize, intended to spur the space tourism industry, was won by the Burt Rutan-designed SpaceShipOne, which became the first privately financed manned rocket to fly to space. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen invested more than $20 million in the SpaceShipOne project. Since then, Rutan’s Mojave-based Scaled Composites has contracted with the space tourism company Virgin Galactic, founded by British mogul Richard Branson, to build a fleet of suborbital vehicles based on SpaceShipOne’s technology. Virgin Galactic expects to take the first paying passengers into space by 2008. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A company that has sent three space tourists into orbit has partnered with an investment firm founded by major sponsors of the Ansari X Prize to develop rocket ships for suborbital flights. The agreement announced Thursday between Space Adventures and the venture capital firm Prodea would help finance suborbital vehicles being designed and built by the Russian aerospace firm Myasishchev Design Bureau. “We want to provide the opportunity for people to experience space in as many ways as possible,” Space Adventures chief executive Eric Anderson said in a telephone interview. Both sides declined to disclose the amount of investment, but Prodea co-founder Hamid Ansari said the firm was fully committed to funding the project. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Arlington, Va.-based Space Adventures is best known for sending three space tourists to the orbiting International Space Station for a reported $20 million a person. Space Adventures currently has about $3 million in escrow from nearly 200 potential passengers who have paid deposits to fly aboard a yet-to-be-built suborbital vehicle. Space Adventures’ partnership with Texas-based Prodea marks the first time the space tour operator has played a direct role in the development of suborbital spaceships, Anderson said. The vehicle being built by Myasishchev can hold up to five people. The design of the vehicle known as Explorer is set and construction will begin soon. Once the vehicles are built, Space Adventures and Prodea plan to sell the vehicles to spaceports around the world, Anderson said. Prodea is founded by the Ansari family, which provided the major funding for the 2004 Ansari X Prize. last_img read more

Enya nominated for her fifth Grammy Award

first_imgEnya has been nominated in the Best New Age Album category of the prestigious Grammy Awards for 2017.If successful, this will be Enya’s fifth Grammy!On top of her success at the Grammys over her incredible career, Enya has bagged six World Music Awards, an Ivor Novello, and has been nominated in the category of Best Original Song in both the Oscars and Golden Globes with her song ‘May it Be’ which appeared in the ‘Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’. Her eighth studio album ‘Dark Sky Island’ is up against John Burke’s ‘Orogen’, Peter Kater & Tina Guo’s ‘Inner Passion’, Vangelis’ ‘Rosetta’, and White Sun’s ‘White Sun II’.Released in November 2015, ‘Dark Sky Island’ reached number four in the UK charts, Enya’s highest charting album since ‘Shepherd Moons’ in 1991.The album proved popular further away from home too, with it peaking at number eight in the Billboard 200 in the USA. The 59th annual Grammy awards will be hosted by James Corden and will take place tomorrow evening in the Staples Center in Los Angeles.Although the awards ceremony won’t be broadcast in Ireland, E! entertainment channel will be covering the night (available on Sky, Virgin and BT) from 11pm.You can also watch highlights live on the official Grammy website by clicking here. to our friend Enya on her 2017 #Grammy Nomination – Best New Age Album for the Incredible Dark Sky Island @official_enya— JEDWARD (@planetjedward) December 6, 2016 nominated for her fifth Grammy Award was last modified: February 11th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dark sky islanddonegalEnyagrammyMusiciansingerlast_img read more


first_imgThe financial regulator in the North has obtained full control of over Stg£20m from a crook Francois de Dietrich.More than 200 Donegal people lost millions in the scam run from offices in Ballybofey – and exposed by Financial Services Authority (FSA) secured judgment at the High Court in Belfast in its case against him and his firm ETIC Solutions. A judge ruled the FSA was entitled to recover all losses of ETIC’s clients.Mr Justice Deeny said: “The sum involved only consists of deposits and not of the sums promised to the investors in this illegal investment scheme.”The order represents the total amount identified as having been deposited in the scheme. Interest was also included in the order at a rate set at 6%.Mr Justice Deeny declined to fix interest at a more punitive level. “We don’t at this stage know the profits made by the defendants and I’m unwilling to speculate on this at the present time,” he added.Legal costs were also awarded to the FSA. The summary judgment, delivered without a full trial of the issues, was for Stg£21,556,576 in total.Laura Gillespie, a lawyer at McGrigors who has been acting on behalf of the FSA, says: “We welcome today’s decision which is a major step forward in the litigation against Mr. De Dietrich.“The result again demonstrates that the authorities are committed to stamping out wrongdoing no matter where it takes place.”An injunction to stop de Dietrich accessing or moving any funds remains in force.Scores of people on both sides of the Irish border, many based in the Donegal area, invested in the scheme which promised high returns.However, de Dietrich disappeared leaving investors with massive losses.The FSA then intervened and froze more than £20m in assets linked to de Dietrich. He has insisted that his businesses were legitimate and that he was working to return all outstanding money.Francois is living in a village in France – tracked down by the BBC earlier this year.In January he was jailed in his absence for 18 months for contempt of court in failing to fully disclose his worldwide assets.Lawyers representing de Dietrich are due to appeal against the prison sentence next month.They are expected to argued that the order for full disclosure was draconian and that he complied with requirements to reveal all business interests on either side of the order.CROOK FRANCOIS LOSES COURT CASE was last modified: December 16th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crookFrancois de Dietrichon the runscamthieflast_img read more

Train crash victim wins $11.8 million

first_imgPASADENA – A former Newhall attorney crippled when a Metrolink train crashed into a movie-studio truck that drove onto the tracks was awarded $11.8 million from Universal Studios. A Pasadena jury awarded the money Friday to Jennifer Kilpatrick, who must use a walker or a wheelchair because of the injuries she suffered in January 2003 when the train derailed after plowing at 80 mph into the truck at a Burbank intersection. Kilpatrick, who was on her way to work when the crash happened, now lives in Las Vegas. The jury award was announced by Kilpatrick’s attorney, Los Angeles attorney Jerome Ringler, who is also lead counsel representing passengers injured in Metrolink crashes in Glendale and Placentia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Universal Studios officials declined to comment on Friday. Metrolink previously settled with Kilpatrick and some two dozen other injured passengers in an agreement whose terms are confidential. Another passenger, 76-year-old Grace Kirkness of Santa Clarita, died in a hospital 15 days after the crash. Universal Studios in court said the crash was the result of what a federal investigation called “confusing” traffic signals and roadway where the Metrolink tracks pass the intersection of Buena Vista Street and San Fernando Road. Truck driver Jacek Wysocki, who was employed by a Universal subsidiary and was killed in the crash, had stopped for a red left-turn arrow at the intersection, the National Transportation Safety Board said. Then he drove onto the tracks when the arrow began to flash at the train’s approach, the NTSB said. Burbank officials said the intersection signals met state standards and said Wysocki was at fault for driving around the crossing gates. (661) 267-5742last_img read more