Scoreboard roundup — 4/7/18

first_imgApril 8, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 4/7/18 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events:INTERLEAGUEHouston 1, San Diego 0, 10 Innings AMERICAN LEAGUEBoston 10, Tampa Bay 3N.Y. Yankees 8, Baltimore 3Seattle 11, Minnesota 4Detroit 6, Chicago White Sox 1Kansas City 1, Cleveland 0Texas 5, Toronto 1Oakland 7, L.A. Angels 3 NATIONAL LEAGUEN.Y. Mets 3, Washington 2St. Louis 5, Arizona 3Chicago Cubs 5, Milwaukee 2Philadelphia 20, Miami 1San Francisco 7, L.A. Dodgers 5, 14 InningsCincinnati 7, Pittsburgh 4Colorado 3, Atlanta 2, 10 InningsNATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONDenver 134, L.A. Clippers 115Milwaukee 115, N.Y. Knicks 102Brooklyn 124, Chicago 96New Orleans 126, Golden State 120Oklahoma City 108, Houston 102San Antonio 116, Portland 105NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFSPhiladelphia 5, N.Y. Rangers 0N.Y. Islanders 4, Detroit 3Washington 5, New Jersey 3Winnipeg 4, Chicago 1Carolina 3, Tampa Bay 2Boston 5, Ottawa 2Toronto 4, Montreal 2Florida 4, Buffalo 3Nashville 4, Columbus 2Colorado 5, St. Louis 2Anaheim 3, Arizona 0Edmonton 3, Vancouver 2Calgary 7, Vegas 1Dallas 4, L.A. Kings 2Minnesota 6, San Jose 3Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is named ‘Time’ Person of the Year

first_imgSwedish climate activist Great Thunberg, 16, is the youngest person to be named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. Thunberg is leading a new generation in the fight against climate change, organizing school strikes and climate marches around the world. Time says they selected Thunberg for raising the alarm on climate change and “showing us all what it might look like when a new generation leads.” Freestyle snowboarder and US Snowboard Team member Luke Winkelmann, 18, of Blowing Rock, NC will compete in the Visa Big Air event at Atlanta’s SunTrust Park December 20-21. The event is part of a multi-year commitment by U.S. Ski and Snowboarding to bring big air events to the public leading up to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. Thunberg is reportedly “a bit surprised” by the honor and is dedicating the recognition to other young activists. Speaking at the U.N. Climate Conference this week, Thunberg told the audience, “There is hope. I have seen it. But it does not come from the governments or the corporations. It comes from the people.”  A biology professor at the University of North Carolina Asheville, Graham Reynolds, has received a grant from National Geographic to help save the Silver Boa, the most endangered species of boa in the world. In 2015, Reynolds discovered the Silver Boa while in the Bahamas. Now, his $32,822 grant will make him a National Geographic Explorer through 2022 and give him a chance to help save the species he discovered.  “Our goal is to use this grant to immediately intervene to prevent the extinction of the Silver Boa,” Reynolds said. “By the end of the grant term we will have a complete conservation plan in place and in action to ensure that the species has a path to survival.”  UNCA professor receives grant from National Geographic to study the world’s most endangered boa Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is named ‘Time’ Person of the Year Blowing Rock, NC native and Olympic qualifier to compete in Atlanta’s Visa Big Air During the big air competition, Winkelmann and his competitors will launch themselves off of a 15-story steel scaffold structure covered in snow and travel up to 70 feet in the air to perform their biggest tricks. The Visa Big Air event is the first of its kind to come to Atlanta and is expected to draw up to 20,000 fans.last_img read more

Navy Special Forces Help Honduras Form Counter Trafficking Force

first_img During a recent six-month deployment, a team of U.S. Navy Special Forces worked with Honduran troops to lay the groundwork for a Honduran Special Forces unit capable of countering illicit traffickers in and around their waterways. A team of SEALS used a comprehensive training and maintenance plan – previously used in Guatemala – to build their Navy Special Force into a strong counter-narcotic force. To select members of the newly formed Honduran Fuerza Especial Naval (FEN), the SEALS subjected 110 Honduran Sailors to a rigorous 8-week training course similar to the one used to train SEALS. Of the 110 that began the course, 45 qualified. Other U.S. Navy Special Forces members provided small boat maneuvering and maintenance training, and helped create a team of communication specialists within the FEN to serve as experts in radio technologies. This deployment included members of Naval Special Warfare Task Element-Alpha from Naval Special Warfare Unit-FOUR. The training was in support of Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH). By Dialogo January 30, 2013 Thanks to the feared Navy Seals for their support. Thank you brothers, maybe one day Honduras will be united again. I am an admirer of this elite group (US Navy Seals) due to their doctrine, tactics, training, high team spirit, and patriotism. They are surrounded by secrets, I would like to know much more about them, they are a mix of pure knowledge and lots of experience in the military field. I like it and I feel proud. I am a Sergeant, I belong to the FEN group in Honduras and I am proud of it. My name is Justo Naun Lanza Lugo and I want to thank the SEAL team for training me in the Caiman 001 course, better known as the FEN group in Honduras. Thank you, brothers. Hi, I feel very proud thanks to my instructors Lieutenant Patris Milin and Yino Rubio. Thanks to the other Navy Seal brothers for teaching us, someday we’ll see each other again. We’ll wait for you where we were formed in our home FEN Castilla, Honduras, Caiman. See you later. May God give you the strength for more intelligence. Thanks Navy Seal. Hi, so I feel very proud to belong to the FEN group of Honduras and I am grateful to the Navy SEALS fearsome seals for the training they have given me. Maybe someday I would like to be in the United States navy to be closer to my Navy SEAL brothers. Thank you, see you soon brother. Naval infantryman Herlin Lara Martinez well I feel proud to be a member of the special naval force and at the same time I feel proud to be a cayman skilled commando in maritime drug trafficking interdiction and ready for war and thank you to the Navy Seals for giving me this training and we’re here brother Navy Seals for anything you need thank you. I am proud to say I am trained and as I say I am proud to be cayman 06 hurrah cayman Many want to but cannot those of us who are, are here cayman Hi, friend, I’m proud to belong to the FEN group in Honduras and at the same time to have been trained by l Hi, friends, I feel proud for the training given to me by the Navy Seal brothers Hi, good evening. My name is Justo Lanza Lugo and my rank is Sergeant of the Navy in which I belonged to the Honduras FEN group and of which I feel proud to have graduated as Cayman 01 and to have graduated with the Navy Seal group of the United States. Thank you. Lieutenant Meilin, thank you instructors Ginno Rubio for all the support you gave us. I am proud of everyone, you are great instructors. Thank you and truly I would love to continue forward. Thank you, regards to all of you. See you soon. We call on the head of the Armed Forces to know why he let the Navy Special Forces be determined it didn’t have to end like this. The Navy Special Forces have to exist it is a special naval force that belongs to Honduras that is why we want the Navy Special Forces to return. So my name is Maestre Dos Justo Naun Lanzo Lugo always active Caimán 001 hoo yah CAYMAN 001 YOO HOO THANKS TO THAT GREAT TRAINING IT WAS DIFFICULT, BUT A FEW OF US WERE ABLE TO GRADUATE Hi, I hope you answer me, my admirable friend David. Do you know if the seals still train those in the Cayman? course FEN has not disappeared it still exists a group that tries to keep up that spirit and be able to get back on top as we were once and I know that with God’s help we will do itlast_img read more

Alleged Gulf Cartel leader Juan Francisco Sáenz-Tamez captured

first_imgAgents with the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) captured him October 9 when he crossed the border to shop in Edinburg in the U.S. state of Texas. A year before, in September 2013, a U.S. grand jury had indicted Sáenz-Tamez on charges of conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine, conspiracy with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to launder money. Now, he faces a minimum of 10 years to life in federal prison if found guilty on the drug charges, while the money-laundering charge carries up to 20 years in federal prison. “Thanks to the quick actions of the DEA and our local partners, we were able to identify and safely arrest Sáenz-Tamez while he was in the United States. He oversaw much of the violence and bloodshed that has plagued Mexico and the DEA is pleased he will face justice in the United States.” Agents with the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) captured him October 9 when he crossed the border to shop in Edinburg in the U.S. state of Texas. A year before, in September 2013, a U.S. grand jury had indicted Sáenz-Tamez on charges of conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine, conspiracy with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to launder money. Now, he faces a minimum of 10 years to life in federal prison if found guilty on the drug charges, while the money-laundering charge carries up to 20 years in federal prison. “Juan Francisco Sáenz-Tamez became the head of the Gulf Cartel following the 2013 arrest of former leader Mario Ramírez Treviño,” said Michele M. Leonhart, the administrator of the DEA. “He moved steadily up the cartel ranks, working as a lookout, record keeper, plaza boss, and finally its leader.” Alleged Colombian narco-trafficker linked to more than 100 murders captured The capture of Sáenz-Tamez occurred during the same month that Mexican security forces captured two other alleged drug cartel leaders. On October 9, Mexican Federal Police (PF) captured Vicente Carrillo Fuentes — the alleged leader of the Juárez Cartel who is also known as “El Viceroy” and “El General” — at a traffic checkpoint in the northern Mexican city of Torreón. Cooperation between agents with Brazil’s Federal Police and the Colombian National Police led to the capture of Marcos de Jesus Figueroa, 47, an alleged Colombian narco-trafficker wanted in connection with more than 100 murders, the Colombian Defense Ministry announced on October 22. In a joint operation, Brazilian and Colombian police captured the alleged drug kingpin, who is also known as “Marquitos Figueroa,” in a luxurious house in the Brazilian city of Boa Vista. Cooperation between agents with Brazil’s Federal Police and the Colombian National Police led to the capture of Marcos de Jesus Figueroa, 47, an alleged Colombian narco-trafficker wanted in connection with more than 100 murders, the Colombian Defense Ministry announced on October 22. In a joint operation, Brazilian and Colombian police captured the alleged drug kingpin, who is also known as “Marquitos Figueroa,” in a luxurious house in the Brazilian city of Boa Vista. Alleged Colombian narco-trafficker linked to more than 100 murders captured And on October 1, Mexican Army soldiers captured Héctor Beltrán Leyva, the suspected leader of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel, which is also known as the Beltrán Leyva Organization (BLO). Without firing a shot, troops captured the alleged drug kingpin, who is also known as “The Engineer” and “The H,” inside a seafood restaurant in the city of San Miguel de Allende. Sáenz-Tamez, 23, is a native of Camargo in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. He allegedly directed a $100 million (USD) cocaine and marijuana-trafficking operation that smuggled thousands of kilograms of drugs from the Mexican city of Matamoros across the U.S. border into Texas. From there, they were transported to the U.S. states of Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Mississippi, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Maryland and Georgia, in addition to the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C. The capture of Sáenz-Tamez occurred during the same month that Mexican security forces captured two other alleged drug cartel leaders. On October 9, Mexican Federal Police (PF) captured Vicente Carrillo Fuentes — the alleged leader of the Juárez Cartel who is also known as “El Viceroy” and “El General” — at a traffic checkpoint in the northern Mexican city of Torreón. Juan Francisco Sáenz-Tamez, the alleged kingpin of the Gulf Cartel, a violent Mexican transnational criminal organization, paid for his recent shopping trip with his freedom. “Juan Francisco Sáenz-Tamez became the head of the Gulf Cartel following the 2013 arrest of former leader Mario Ramírez Treviño,” said Michele M. Leonhart, the administrator of the DEA. “He moved steadily up the cartel ranks, working as a lookout, record keeper, plaza boss, and finally its leader.” Colombian police suspect Marquitos Figueroa in the killings of several elected politicians, including the 2012 slaying of former Barrancas Mayor Yandra Brito Carillo and the 2012 murder of former legislator Efrain Ovalle Onate. He was also suspected of leading a criminal gang in the department of Cesar that had been led by Francisco “Kiko” Gómez before he was arrested in October 2013 on charges of murder and for having ties to paramilitary groups. Additionally, Marquitos Figueroa was wanted on illegal possession of firearms and conspiracy charges. U.S. federal prosecutors are seeking to seize up to $100 million (USD) in assets Sáenz-Tamez allegedly acquired through his criminal activities. Juan Francisco Sáenz-Tamez, the alleged kingpin of the Gulf Cartel, a violent Mexican transnational criminal organization, paid for his recent shopping trip with his freedom. “Thanks to the quick actions of the DEA and our local partners, we were able to identify and safely arrest Sáenz-Tamez while he was in the United States. He oversaw much of the violence and bloodshed that has plagued Mexico and the DEA is pleased he will face justice in the United States.” Colombian police suspect Marquitos Figueroa in the killings of several elected politicians, including the 2012 slaying of former Barrancas Mayor Yandra Brito Carillo and the 2012 murder of former legislator Efrain Ovalle Onate. He was also suspected of leading a criminal gang in the department of Cesar that had been led by Francisco “Kiko” Gómez before he was arrested in October 2013 on charges of murder and for having ties to paramilitary groups. Additionally, Marquitos Figueroa was wanted on illegal possession of firearms and conspiracy charges. And on October 1, Mexican Army soldiers captured Héctor Beltrán Leyva, the suspected leader of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel, which is also known as the Beltrán Leyva Organization (BLO). Without firing a shot, troops captured the alleged drug kingpin, who is also known as “The Engineer” and “The H,” inside a seafood restaurant in the city of San Miguel de Allende. U.S. federal prosecutors are seeking to seize up to $100 million (USD) in assets Sáenz-Tamez allegedly acquired through his criminal activities. By Dialogo October 24, 2014 Sáenz-Tamez, 23, is a native of Camargo in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. He allegedly directed a $100 million (USD) cocaine and marijuana-trafficking operation that smuggled thousands of kilograms of drugs from the Mexican city of Matamoros across the U.S. border into Texas. From there, they were transported to the U.S. states of Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Mississippi, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Maryland and Georgia, in addition to the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C. last_img read more

Indonesia records highest one-day increase of COVID-19 cases amid easing policy

first_imgIt was the country’s highest increase in a day after recording 993 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday.Read also: ‘Transitional PSBB’: A deciding chapter for Jakarta’s new normalThe spike came as the government and several regional administrations began to loosen restrictions in a bid to begin an economic recovery under the so-called “new normal”.Jakarta imposed its first 14-day PSBB period on April 10 by closing schools, offices and places of worship. The capital began its transition phase on Monday and will gradually reopen public places such as offices, restaurants, houses of worship, parks and zoos.The Jakarta administration has also allowed public transportation to operate as usual and loosened restrictions on private vehicles.Governor Anies Baswedan previously said the city administration decided to start its transition as many parts of the capital had turned from red zones to green or yellow zones, indicating a declining number of COVID-19 cases.Topics : Indonesia recorded its highest COVID-19 increase in a single day with 1,043 new confirmed cases on Tuesday, a day after the government started easing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in several provinces.According to Health Ministry data, the country has recorded 33,076 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1,923 fatalities and 11,414 recoveries as of Tuesday.Jakarta, which previously saw a declining trend, recorded the highest spike with 232 new cases, followed by 220 new cases in East Java, 180 in South Sulawesi and 91 in South Kalimantan.last_img read more

Syracuse women’s basketball opponent preview: Visual breakdown of Connecticut

first_img Published on April 4, 2016 at 5:01 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Brianna Butler – Kia Nurse Create bar chartsBrittney Sykes – Gabby WilliamsCreate bar charts  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPositional ComparisonAlexis Peterson – Moriah JeffersonCreate bar charts Isabella Slim – Morgan Tuck Create bar chartsBriana Day – Breanna StewartCreate bar chartsBig NumbersConnecticut has lost just one time in the last 1,119 days. That came on Nov. 17, 2014 to Stanford in overtime on the road.The Huskies are going for their fourth-straight NCAA title, making the senior class the first to win national championships each year.Connecticut already has a record 10 national championships. A win would give the Huskies their 11th.UConn has won all 37 of its games this season by at least 10 points. Notre Dame was the closest team to beating Connecticut when it lost by just 10 points Dec. 5. The Huskies average margin of victory is 39.9 points and its closest NCAA tournament game so far was 21 points. Comments Team ComparisonSracuse vs. Connecticut Create bar charts Overview Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Heisler: This is the Lakers succession struggle Jerry Buss hoped to avoid

first_imgNo, really. The Lakers just bottomed out … again.It was yet another bad week for Jeanie Buss’ Friends & Family, masquerading as an NBA front office … who are all still in hiding since Magic Johnson left April 9 … and, at the rate they’re going, might never be seen again.I’ve covered these guys since 1990, marveling at the level they functioned while being totally wacky.What happened was simple. Jerry Buss, who knew how to do this, passed away in 2013. Unfortunately, Jeanie saw the faithful Kupchak, who had no choice but to work with the owner’s son, as too close to Jim and fired him along with her brother in 2017.Jeanie then hired Magic, who proved unsuited for the job, which is where we came in.As to what horrors await, er, where the Lakers go from here …The coaching search then led to twice-fired retread Frank Vogel, which could only come as a great relief to Laker fans worried that they would never have another coach.The Lakers still have LeBron and some promising young players, but only a coup this summer would make it likely for any coach to go beyond 45-50 wins and an early exit in the playoffs … with no more moves if they sign a free agent, until James comes off their cap in 2021 or 2022.Now to see what Jeanie, Rob, Linda, Kurt, Joey, Jesse, Tim, Magic, Phil, Kobe, et al. do next. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Magic, the Lakers icon and Jeanie’s hand-picked savior, was in typically upbeat charge, even if he made obvious mistakes such as not bringing in shooters as word began to get out he didn’t think he needed to do small stuff, like come to the office or scout.It would have been OK if Magic had GM Rob Pelinka fill in the vacuum, but they had a communication problem … as in Magic doesn’t seem to have mentioned it to Rob.Worse, they had a trust problem. Johnson finally told Jeanie he wanted to fire Rob for undermining him by joking that Magic was never around.Apparently, Magic didn’t think that was so funny.Johnson then quit, which was even worse than not going to the office.Magic had always guarded access to him. Now he was as inaccessible to his star player as he was to the rest of the world.LeBron hasn’t commented but marveled on his HBO show about how Magic fled without saying a word to him a year after presenting grand plans for what they would do together.“I came here to be a part of the Lakers organization, having a conversation with Magic and really kind of breaking it down and saying how we was gonna make this Showtime,” James said. “It was just weird for him to just be like ‘I’m out of here.’ …“No one had no idea. We (Lakers players) was like, ‘Damn. Right now?’ It was literally 70 minutes on the clock (before their game) … And you kind of decided to do that right here? Right now?”Jeanie, defying league-wide expectations that she should bring in a top executive, carried on with Pelinka.Not that she seemed confident, furnishing Rob with a cabinet … apparently stocked with everyone in her inner circle who knew if a basketball was blown up or stuffed.So many people are now involved in coaching interviews, Lakers fans are like Sovietologists in the old days, trying to figure out who’s in charge by sorting out the line of bureaucrats atop Lenin’s tomb.Who’s running the Lakers?Take your pick:– Jeanie.– Linda Rambis, Jeanie’s best friend and a Lakers marketing official, now said to assert influence in meetings.– Kurt Rambis, former Lakers coach and player and, presumably, the person Linda turns to for advice.– Jesse Buss, Jeanie’s step-brother who has actual experience, running the Lakers scouting department with good reviews.– Joey Buss, another step-brother with a fancy title (Vice President, Research & Development), which actually just means he runs the G-League’s South Bay Lakers.– Tim Harris, Lakers President of Business Operations.– Magic. No, really. Jeanie last week shared a post, showing her at dinner with Johnson with the label “Breaking News.” He’s still in the loop, signing off on coaching candidate Ty Lue, even if the loop includes Pelinka, whom he tried to fire.– Phil Jackson, former Lakers coach and Jeanie’s boyfriend, who also endorsed Lue.– Kobe Bryant. I’m just guessing, but I’d be surprised if Jeanie didn’t reach out to him before deciding to keep Pelinka, having hired Rob on Kobe’s recommendation.With so many involved but none empowered above the others, no one is actually in charge … as the Lakers just demonstrated.The first order of business was to hire a coach to replace Luke Walton … whom Magic, of course, also intended to fire. Offered a chance to stay, Luke took the Kings job, instead.Not that there would be any bold moves. Magic had already tried that, reportedly reaching out to the Clippers’ Doc Rivers and, perhaps, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo.A monthlong search came down to Lue and 76ers assistant Monty Williams … but didn’t even leave the team with a choice when Williams took the lowly Phoenix Suns job.Lue, competent if not an equation-changer, with the advantage of having LeBron on his side, began talks with the Lakers … which dragged on and on, until Lue withdrew.The two sides must have hit a major philosophical hurdle, right?Wrong.Lue wanted five years, which is what the Lakers gave Walton, who was then only a Warriors assistant.The Lakers offered three years (the Suns gave Williams five), which Lue took as an insult.“Ty Lue really, really wanted to be the Lakers coach,” ESPN’s clued-in Adrian Wojnarowski said.“That was his dream job. He never imagined telling them no.”Or maybe it wasn’t so surprising with Jeanie worried about looking like James was in charge … reportedly insisting the Lakers must always be a “Buss-run” organization.Jeanie, well-liked and highly regarded as a marketing official, is now demonstrably out of her depth with final say over the basketball operations, looking as concerned about safeguarding her family’s stewardship of the team, which she takes as her birthright from her father.As if that’s a problem. The organization is chock full of Busses, who got their job the old-fashioned way – from Dad.Nevertheless, the succession has been everything Jerry Buss hoped to avoid by giving his children important jobs … starting with the feud between Jeanie and her brother, Jim, anointed as head of basketball operations … although he had no interest in the day-to-day, either.Fortunately, GM Mitch Kupchak did all that stuff, rebuilding the team after the trade of Shaquille O’Neal to the incarnation that made three straight NBA Finals and won titles in 2009 and 2010.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat just left the wacky part, but even for the Lakers, the pace has picked up.It was only a year ago they signed LeBron James, seemingly starting a comeback after five grisly seasons out of the playoffs.Instead, they missed the playoffs again … kicking off an even grislier series of events.How did the Lakers go from signing LeBron to where they are now?Horrific step by horrific step.center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

Where will Ron Rivera coach in 2020? Giants, Browns top NFL landing spots after Panthers firing

first_imgRon Rivera is still a good NFL head coach. He just wasn’t the right coach any longer for the Panthers, who fired Rivera midway through his ninth season.With the stability he brought to Carolina, his reputation around the NFL and the spike of penultimate success — leading his team to Super Bowl 50 after the 2015 season — Rivera will be in play for other presumed openings that will be created on or before “Black Monday.” 4. Jacksonville JaguarsFile them under another southeast alternative for Rivera. The Jaguars have some good talent up front on their 4-3 but need reinforcements at linebacker and the secondary to reestablish the dominant defense they had just two seasons ago with Todd Wash. Gardner Minshew, D.J. Chark, Leonard Fournette and Dede Westbrook are good offensive foundation pieces, too. The Jaguars can go back to winning faster with Rivara then by sticking with Doug Marrone.5. Washington RedskinsYou can’t rule out the team that Rivera coached against in his final game for the Panthers. They also could use some defensive-minded discipline and steadfast nature after sticking with Jay Gruden for way too long with limited results. But then again, why should Rivera attach himself to Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice but with a reeling defense in an unfamiliar ownership and shaky front-office environment when the Giants are the much better job and fit for him?The odds are strongly with Rivera to land in New York, with Cleveland a relative close second, should those teams look for positive change as expected. There are plenty of teams better positioned to become big winners sooner than the rebuilding Panthers with whom Rivera would be more of an asset. Rivera’s sudden availability will get notice around the league for owners looking to make an upgrade.“I will coach again.” pic.twitter.com/YhFOJ9zWmV— Tadd Haislop (@TaddHaislop) December 4, 2019MORE: Panthers’ 11 best coaching candidates to replace Ron RiveraHere are the five landing spots that make the most sense, with two clear leaders because of direct connections to Rivera, should they move on from their current coaches.1. New York GiantsPat Shurmur is likely on his way out with the Giants on track to end the 2019 season on a 12-game losing streak. Rivera coached the Panthers to that Super Bowl four years ago, but then-Sporting News executive of the year and current Giants general manager Dave Gettleman was the architect.Daniel Jones has some promise as a young franchise quarterback and Rivera is used to having an elite all-purpose back like Saquon Barkley. He has meshed his coaching well with Mike Shula, his former Panthers offensive coordinator who’s currently in that same capacity for the Giants.Defensively, Rivera messed with the 3-4 in the Carolina for the first time as a play-caller with mixed results: A better edge pass rush but a much-worse run defense. The Giants have lost their way trying to incorporate that base alignment with James Bettcher. The Giants’ history has been about a strong front four, and that was the foundation of Rivera’s best Panthers teams. He could help re-establish that scheme to get him and the team back on track defensively.The Giants unfortunately lost rookie standout inside linebacker Ryan Connelly to a torn ACL, but he can easily be the new Luke Kuechly for Rivera’s new defense. While Jones can be molded as a top-flight QB and leader on the other side of the ball. In a copycat league, the Giants can turn the Panthers’ best winning blueprint into their own, much like the Bills and former Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott have done elsewhere in New York.2. Cleveland BrownsThe Browns’ defense needs some fixing, and reuniting Rivera with Steve Wilks to fix the front and the secondary would make a ton of sense. Rivera also would bring some much-needed discipline and accountability to every part of their team, something that Freddie Kitchens has been incapable of doing.With Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Odell Beckham Jr., Kareem Hunt, Jarvis Landry, the Browns have an offense that’s ready to win big now, and Rivera can find the right man to maximize and streamline all those skill players in a better scheme, with an emphasis on bolstering the line. Rivera’s gritty mind-set as a former linebacker would be ideal to match wits with Mike Tomlin and John Harbaugh in the AFC North, too.3. Atlanta FalconsThis would be weird, wouldn’t it? That’s why it’s a distant third. Geographically speaking, this wouldn’t be too big of a move, and it would come with the revenge bonus of facing the Panthers twice a season. But for now, the Falcons may end up sticking with Dan Quinn.If they don’t, you can bet Rivera’s name will come up for Arthur Blank as a one-time successful and still highly respected division rival. The Falcons, with Matt Ryan, have an offense ready to win now and a 4-3 defense in need of some fixing, with the right personnel upgrades on the defensive edge and secondary.last_img read more

Messi suffers arm injury as Barca put four past Sevilla

first_imgAfter Inter and Real, whose poor form continued with a loss at home to Levante earlier on Saturday, Barca’s schedule includes the return tie against Inter in Italy, as well as La Liga games against Real Betis and Atletico Madrid.Even without Messi, they might be confident of seeing off Madrid, whose early-season dip has only deepened while Barcelona have sparked a rival.Since drawing at home to Athletic Bilbao last month to make it three games without a win, they have blown Tottenham away at Wembley, taken a point away to Valencia and now eased past Sevilla, who came into the weekend top of the table.Barca fans had chanted, “don’t touch the badge” before kick-off after president Josep Maria Bartomeu had announced earlier on Saturday that plans to change the club crest had been shelved.They were soon celebrating a goal too as Coutinho bent a sumptuous right-footed shot into the far corner with only two minutes on the clock.Messi doubled the advantage, racing clear on the counter-attack before jinking inside and curling into the bottom corner with his left foot. It was his last significant contribution.Ousmane Dembele was his replacement but Suarez took on the mantle, too quick to his own heavy touch and brought down by Sevilla goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik. Suarez buried the penalty.The game seemed up but Marc-Andre ter Stegen had to make a brilliant double save to deny Sarabia and then Wissam Ben Yedder with his thigh.Sarabia gave Sevilla hope with 11 minutes left, his shot deflecting off Clement Lenglet and in, but Rakitic ensured there was to be no late drama with a well-timed volley. Muriel added what proved only to be a consolation in injury time.Share on: WhatsApp Barcelona, Spain | AFP | Lionel Messi scored and then went off injured as Barcelona beat Sevilla 4-2 on Saturday to move back to the top of La Liga.Messi had to be substituted in the 26th minute at the Camp Nou after falling awkwardly on his right arm, but not before the Argentinian had doubled Barca’s lead with a curling left-footed finish.Barcelona now face an anxious wait, with the Clasico against Real Madrid fast-approaching next weekend.Philippe Coutinho had opened the scoring and Luis Suarez’s penalty, which he also earned, made sure of victory before a three-goal flurry in the final 11 minutes.Pablo Sarabia and Luis Muriel twice reduced the deficit to two, either side of a sweeping volley from Ivan Rakitic.Any joy at jumping above in-form Sevilla, however, was tarnished by the injury to Messi.Before the clash against Madrid next Sunday, Inter Milan visit in the Champions League on Wednesday but Messi’s involvement there would seem unlikely.He fell to the ground following a tussle with Sevilla’s Franco Vazquez and, as his right hand tried to cushion the landing, his elbow appeared to buckle.Messi was helped off the pitch by medical staff and, despite having his right arm heavily strapped while Barca played for nine minutes with 10 men, he finally trudged off down the tunnel.If the injury proves serious, the timing could hardly be worse, given Ernesto Valverde’s team face a difficult run of fixtures over the next month.last_img read more