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Sep
21

Ferguson: Trophies key to success

first_img Famously Ferguson also had a testing start to his reign and he was not following an icon who had just enjoyed a 27-year trophy-laden spell. ”The thing about coming to a club like United is you can never get away from the expectation and I learned about that quickly,” said Ferguson at a question and answer session for a 1,700-strong audience at The Lowry Theatre in Manchester to coincide with the publication of his autobiography. ”I spent a lot of stupid time looking at history, getting out early results from the 10 previous seasons and it was doing me no good, I was getting nowhere with that. ”I learned you had to look at your own situation. ”Winning a trophy at any time is important at this club.” Ferguson was not asked any questions by BBC Sport presenter Dan Walker about the Glazer family’s ownership of United, Roy Keane, Wayne Rooney or what he thought about the reaction over the last week to the publication of his memoirs. He did offer a view on what he thought made for a successful manager. ”I was there 27 years and that gave me time to look ahead,” said the Scot, who revealed he had been contacted by Cardiff boss Malky Mackay in the last fortnight – around the time when there was huge speculation about his future after internal wranglings at the Welsh club. ”When clubs sack their manger they have no evidence it works. When a manager is consistent in his position the club does better and I strongly believe in that. ”David Moyes had 10 years at Everton and when he joined he inherited a ‘sell, sell, sell’ (policy) but he built the club up.” Ferguson, who made disparaging remarks about Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in the book saying he was not a ”top, top player”, could not resist another little dig at the Merseysiders. However, he accepted it was because of the Anfield side’s historic success that the rivalry between the two North West clubs was so fierce. ”Coming to United Liverpool were the top dogs, there were fantastic teams in the ’70s and ’80s winning their four European Cups – or whatever it was,” he said. ”Our younger fans who have grown up don’t remember when Liverpool were successful. ”They don’t remember when we were fighting to get on top of Liverpool. ”The two clubs are the two most successful in Britain, that is obvious, so the rivalry is always going to be there.” Ferguson also had a swipe at the FA, which is currently beginning the long process of how to overhaul the game from grassroots level and improve coaching. ”What we are seeing at the moment which is really wrong is the FA are fast-tracking players (into coaching) because they are internationals,” he said. ”It is ridiculous. You don’t do them any favours whatsoever because this is a difficult industry. ”They should be making sure the coaching qualifications are intense and difficult because by doing that you know you are giving them proper preparation.” Press Association Moyes – along with former assistant manager Mike Phelan, Sir Bobby Charlton and Denis Law – was a guest in the audience to hear his fellow Scot spend an hour recounting tales and experiences from his career. Life after Ferguson at Old Trafford has not got off to the flying start Moyes would have hoped for as some stuttering performances in the Barclays Premier League have left them eighth in the table, eight points behind leaders Arsenal. Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s recollection of his tricky start to his Old Trafford career may have inadvertently offered some advice to successor David Moyes.last_img read more

Sep
19

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-SUPER BOWLChiefs capture Super Bowl in late comeback against the 49ersMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have ended a half-century of frustration. The 49ers fell short in their bid for a record-tying sixth Super Bowl title, even though they dominated for much of the first 3 1/2 quarters. Garoppolo threw for 219 yards and kept the Chiefs’ defense guessing by completing passes to eight receivers.NBA-SCHEDULERockets rally past PelicansUNDATED (AP) — James Harden and the Houston Rockets were able to cool off the surging New Orleans Pelicans while staying atop the NBA’s Southwest Division.Harden fell one assist shy of a triple-double as the Rockets guard delivered 40 points and 10 rebounds in a 117-109 victory over the Pelicans. New Orleans led 97-92 until Harden nailed a 3-pointer that sparked Houston’s comeback. Joe Wieskamp and CJ Fredrick each had 18 points for the Hawkeyes, who hit five of their last seven shots.Illinois led 62-61 before going scoreless over a 3:59 stretch, ending the drought in the closing seconds.NHL-SCHEDULEPens hold off CapsUNDATED (AP) — A month ago it appeared the Washington Capitals were poised to run away with the NHL’s Metropolitan Division title. The Pittsburgh Penguins have changed all that by winning 16 of their last 21 games to get within four points of the Caps with one game in hand. The American three-time overall champion decided to skip the races in the 2014 Olympic resort after winning the previous super-G and a downhill in Bulgaria a week ago.The win left the Italian 270 points short of Shiffrin’s leading tally. — Terence Davis scored a career-high 31 points and the Raptors picked up their team-record 11th consecutive victory by ripping the Bulls, 129-102. Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) added 17 points for Toronto, which outscored the Bulls 69-39 in the second half to beat Chicago for the 12th straight time. The Raptors were without guard Norman Powell, who broke the ring finger on his left hand in Friday’s win at Detroit.NBA-NETS-IRVING OUTKyrie Irving out at least a week with right knee sprainNEW YORK (AP) — Nets guard Kyrie Irving will miss at least a week with a sprained medial ligament in his right knee.Irving was injured in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s loss to Washington. He and Wizards guard Bradley Beal became entangled while battling for a loose ball. Irving’s knee twisted as he landed on the court, causing him to stay down for a couple minutes before taking the jump ball and heading to the locker room. Simpson birdied the final two holes of regulation to force a playoff before sinking a 10-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to win it. Finau missed an 18-foot birdie try in the playoff.Simpson closed with a 2-under 69 for a 17 under total.WORLD WCUP-WOMEN’S SUPER-GBrignone wins super-G in overall leader Shiffrin’s absenceROSA KHUTOR, Russia (AP) — Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) won a women’s World Cup super-G after overall leader Mikaela Shiffrin sat out the race. Associated Press Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) engineered three touchdown drives in the final 6:13 as the Chiefs roared back from a 10-point deficit to defeat the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20 in Super Bowl 54. It’s the first NFL championship for the Chiefs since beating the Minnesota Vikings, 24-7 in Super Bowl 4.Mahomes righted himself after throwing interceptions on consecutive possessions. The comeback started when Mahomes engineered a 68-yard drive that was capped by a one-yard scoring toss to Travis Kelce (KEHL’-see). The Chiefs quarterback put his team ahead for the first time since the second quarter by hitting Damien Williams for a five-yard TD. Williams later capped his 104-yard rushing performance by scampering 38 yards to give Kansas City breathing room.Mahomes shook off a slow start to finish 26 of 42 for 286 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Tyreek Hill had 105 receiving yards on nine catches, and Sammy Watkins had five receptions for 98 yards.The 49ers took advantage of Mahomes’ first interception by turning it into a one-yard scoring run by Raheem Mostert late in the third quarter. Mostert’s scoring run gave San Francisco a 20-10 lead.Chiefs coach Andy Reid earned his 222nd career victory, and his first in a Super Bowl. No other coach had won more games without winning an NFL championship. — Pierre-Luc Dubois (look doo-BWAH’) scored twice and added an assist to send the Blue Jackets to their seventh win in eight games, 4-3 over the Canadiens. Columbus netminder Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LIH’-kihnz) made 27 saves and improved to 10-2-0 since replacing injured starter Joonas Korpisalo (YOH’-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH’-loh). The Jackets are 11-2-1 since New Year’s Eve, pushing them one point ahead of the Islanders for third place in the Metropolitan Division.TENNIS-AUSTRALIAN OPENDjokovic wins 8th Australian titleMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has won a record-extending eighth Australian Open championship, beating Dominic Thiem (teem) 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. No other man in the history of tennis has won this tournament more than six times.It’s the 17th Grand Slam title for Djokovic, who has five titles from Wimbledon, three from the U.S. Open and one from the French Open. Only Roger Federer’s 20 and Rafael Nadal’s (nah-DAHLZ’) 19 top Djokovic’s Grand Slam count. February 3, 2020 Irving was less than two weeks removed from returning to the lineup after missing 26 games with a right shoulder injury.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALLHawkeyes rally past IlliniIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has won a Big Ten matchup of top-25 teams.Luka Garza contributed 25 points and the 18th-ranked Hawkeyes ended Illinois’ seven-game winning streak by downing the 19th-ranked Illini, 72-65. Garza was held scoreless for the first 15 minutes before finishing 9-for-16 from the field, including a career-high four 3-pointers. He also had 10 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season. Brandon Tanev (TAN’-ehv) scored the eventual game-winner and Matt Murray stood tall during a last-minute onslaught to help the Penguins secure a 4-3 victory in Washington. Tanev’s goal with 2:33 remaining gave the Pens a seemingly comfortable 4-2 lead, but Lars Eller put the pressure back on Pittsburgh by scoring just 15 seconds later.Murray finished with 29 saves and Patric Hornqvist provided the go-ahead tally, one day after the forward underwent a dental procedure. Sidney Crosby had an assist in his 50th career game against Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn), who was held off the scoresheet.Eller scored twice for the Capitals.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— The Hurricanes pulled out a 4-3 win over the Canucks on Justin Willliams’ second game-winning shootout goal in four games since returning to Carolina. Nino Niederreiter (NEE’-dur-eye-tur), Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) and Andrei Svechnikov (SVEHCH’-nih-kahv) scored in regulation to back James Reimer, who made 32 saves. Vancouver’s winning streak ended at five games despite Elias (eh-LEE’-uhs) Pettersson’s two goals. Russell Westbrook added 22 points for the Rockets and Ben McLemore had 22 off the bench.Rookie sensation Zion Williamson had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, whose three-game winning streak was snapped.Checking out Sunday’s other NBA action:— Giannis Antetokounmpo’s (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-pohz) 30 points and 19 rebounds were among the Bucks’ highlights in a 129-108 rout of the Suns. Fellow All-Star Khris Middleton had 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Milwaukee, which shot 49.5% and made 15 of 38 from 3-point range. The Bucks rebounded from Friday’s setback against Denver and avoided just their second losing streak since the start of last season.— Andre Drummond had a double-double and the Pistons rallied from an early 21-point deficit to beat the Nuggets, 128-123 in overtime. Drummond had 21 points and 17 rebounds before fouling out midway through OT. Reggie Jackson added 20 points and Bruce Brown scored 19 as Detroit ended a five-game losing streak. Djokovic’s victory means he will return to No. 1 in the rankings, replacing Nadal.Thiem is 0-for-3 in Grand Slam finals.PGA-PHOENIX OPENSimpson rallies to win Phoenix OpenSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Webb Simpson rallied late in regulation to beat Tony Finau (FEE’-now) and capture the PGA’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

Sep
17

F-M girls golfers hold off Liverpool, stay unbeaten

first_img Tags: F-MGolfMPH Wallace posted a 45, while Fowler had a 46. Hulslander and Carter had matching totals of 48 as Alexandra Egnaczyk, with a 53, was five better than the Bees’ second-best round of 58 from Colleen Vredenburg.Then F-M handled Oswego 188-208 on Tuesday, with Fowler shooting a 45 at Oswego Country Club, just ahead of the 46 from Wallace and the 47 from Burness. Carter added a 50 as Nicole DelConte posted a 47 of her own to lead the Buccaneers.In boys golf, Manlius-Pebble Hill moved to 3-0 by holding off Pulaski 229-248 at Tecumseh Golf Club. Johnny Gruninger, shooting a 32, was one off his low nine-hole score of the spring as Grant Lewis added a 36, ahead of the 41 by the Blue Devils’ Chris Olson.Then the Trojans made it four in a row on Wednesday by stopping Cato-Meridian 227-248. Gruninger this time shot a 35 as Lewis added a 37, with the Blue Devils led by Mike Grant’s 41.A fifth straight win followed on Thursday, MPH routing Fabius-Pompey 215-314, where Tommy Wildhack’s 45 offered support to the 34 shot by Gruninger and the 35 posted by Lewis.Bishop Grimes got its own win over Bishop Ludden 233-290 last Monday afternoon at Tuscarora. Anthony Falgiatano’s 41 matched that of the Gaelic Knights’ Dan Cacchione, but the Cobras pulled away as Louis Pelose shot 45, while Ben Schultz, with a 48, was just ahead of Connor Alexander (49) and Josh Kuchinski (50).Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story When Lindsey Toper shot 49 and Hannah Dombroski added a 53, Liverpool had its team total and now F-M had to match it.Justine Burness led the Hornets with a 42, four shots behind the Avotins sisters, but the Hornets caught up and passed Liverpool with a 44 from Lucy Fowler and 45s from Bailey Wallace and Elly Hulslander. Ally Egnaczyk had a 53 and Ashley Carter a 54.This was F-M’s third match in as many days. The Hornets handled Baldwinsville 182-216 last Monday at Green Lakes, its sheer depth overcoming the fact that the Bees’ Margaret Dec matched Burness for low nine-hole score of 43.center_img Regardless of what conditions it has faced or what opponents it has dealt with, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls golf team has remained consistent, steady and difficult to catch.Yet the Hornets nearly did get caught last Wednesday afternoon, barely getting past Liverpool 176-178 as first place in the SCAC Metro division was at stake.On the back nine at F-M’s home course of Green Lakes, Liverpool’s Mia and Natalya Avotins shared low individual honors, each shooting 38 to put the Warriors in front.last_img read more

Sep
17

Students launch fair trade campaign on campus

first_imgMOVE President Sho Chawla said that while the campaign’s products will cost more than conventional items, he believes   the benefits of supporting Fair Trade outweigh the costs. MOVE, a campus organization dedicated to social impact in business, has launched a campaign to designate USC as a Fair Trade University, joining hundreds of campuses in a shift toward sustainability and fair labor practices. However, MOVE hopes to complete the campaign at USC by the end of Spring 2020. To accomplish the designation on the accelerated timeline, MOVE Vice President of Professional Events Lorraine Ge said the organization will enlist students from outside the Marshall School of Business as well. At UCLA, which enrolls more than 45,000 students, the Fair Trade campaign spanned three years from launch to designation.  MOVE, a USC organization that promotes social impact in business, launched a campaign to have USC join 140 other colleges and universities in being designated as a Fair Trade University.(Photo from Facebook / USC MOVE) “I think that this is a very big school-wide opportunity — you’ll be basically pioneering USC’s sustainability movement toward Fair Trade,” Ge said. “As long as you’re interested in social good and as long as you’re going to be working in a business, you can join.” Nealis said the fifth step is to pass a resolution signed by the school’s president representing its commitment to Fair Trade. Several schools, including USC, write and pass the resolution through their student government associations before sending it to university administration. College campaigns typically last between three months and four years, according to Nealis, although the amount of time it takes to attain designation varies widely depending on the size of the school and the number of dining outlets it has. “When we approach [the University] about Fair Trade, I think it’s pretty easy to overcome that [price] barrier,” Chawla said. “Right now, I think it’s pretty reasonable for [USC] to support a Fair Trade initiative and show that they do care about the community and the globe.” “[The Fair Trade designation criteria] are rooted in two main goals, which is to drive impact of Fair Trade products through purchasing, institutional sourcing and to educate,” Nealis said. “Our goal is to really help communities [and] municipalities, then on a college campus level, campuses through their dining and their institutional purchasing [to] transition to Fair Trade.”center_img “I think we are the generation that cares a lot,” Ge said. “And I think that because of that, it’s so important that USC students as a whole, like we do what we believe in, and we commit to that I think as consumers nowadays, we’re much more aware of what we’re buying and how supply chains are not always clean, and we’re more conscious — we actually shop more consciously as well.” Ge said that one of the major tenets of the Fair Trade campaign is using purchasing power to put personal values into practice. According to Nealis, there are hundreds of Fair Trade campuses worldwide. Los Angeles has launched its Fair Trade campaign and would become the largest Fair Trade city in the U.S. Kylie Nealis, campus and community engagement manager of Fair Trade Campaigns, said the campaigns are a grassroots movement led by those in campuses and communities to enact change with the power of their dollar. Currently, 142 U.S. colleges and universities have been designated Fair Trade or are working toward a designation. Among the 57 schools that have completed the designation is Arizona State University, one of the largest universities in the nation by total enrollment. Twenty-three California schools, including seven UC campuses, have launched or completed a Fair Trade campaign. The fourth goal – education – consists of events and initiatives that engage the community to publicize Fair Trade and its mission. Media coverage, educational workshops and informational booths all fulfill this requirement. The first step to attain a Fair Trade designation is to build a team of five or more members, at least one of whom is not a student, to pilot the campaign. Then the campaign committee coordinates with the college’s dining services to get two or more Fair Trade products into every dining venue. The university must also offer Fair Trade products at at least three campus offices and departments or campus run meetings and events.    “While these campaigns are student-led and driven, we want to make sure that there’s buy-in from the student body and that the administration recognizes the work that’s been put in,” Nealis said. “[It’s] really important to recognize all that previous work.”last_img read more

Sep
9

Kerry footballer failed routine drug test

first_imgA written decision on the matter is expected in the coming days.O’Sullivan won a Junior All-Ireland title with Kerry in 2015 and made his senior debut in the league last year, but didn’t feature in the Championship. It’s been confirmed that inter-county footballer Brendan O’Sullivan failed a drugs test last year.According to the Kerry County Committee the test took place after the 2016 Allianz Football League final, and the suspension has already been served.They say that Sport Ireland have accepted that the rule violation was not intentional, and O’Sullivan co-operated fully with the investigation.last_img read more

Sep
9

Okocha, Oliseh to Join StarTimes’ Bundesliga Legends Tour to Africa

first_imgWhile in Lagos and Accra, Okocha will share his views on the Bundesliga during live studio shows and serve as co-commentator for Bundesliga matches. He will also take part in various activities like football clinics, autograph sessions, Five-a-side football, visits to grassroots academies, selfies and more with African football fans.Oliseh who won the Bundesliga trophy “Meisterschale”, the Olympic Gold Medal and the African Cup of Nations played for Bundesliga clubs FC Köln, Borussia Dortmund and VfL Bochum. He will visit Kenya between December 20 and 22, appearing as an analyst and guest with media partners, holding training sessions with local football managers and meeting with football fans in Nairobi.“We are very happy that Jay-Jay and Sunday will join the Legends Tour and I believe that African football fans will enjoy a wonderful week with the two legends shortly before the end of the year,” said Overseas PR Director of StarTimes, William Masy.Okocha is rated as one of the best dribblers in Bundesliga’s history – his entertaining style delighted fans of Eintracht Frankfurt and all over Germany. Oliseh left his footprints in Köln, Dortmund and Bochum as rock-solid midfielder and reached ultimate heights when he became Bundesliga champion with Borussia Dortmund in season 2001/02.In 2015, StarTimes signed an exclusive broadcasting contract with DFL Sports Enterprises for five successive seasons (2015/16 to 2019/20), acquiring extensive media rights to provide exposure of the Bundesliga in Sub-Saharan Africa.As part of build up to the legends tour events, Okocha and Oliseh were both in Germany to watch their former clubs Eintracht Frankfurt and Dortmund do battle on November 26. The game ended 2-1 in favour of Eintracht Frankfurt. Okocha met with his former coach and was on the pitch to loud applause cheering the home fans before the game.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram SarTimes and DFL Deutsche Fussball Liga have announced that Austin Jay-Jay Okocha and Sunday Oliseh, two of the most famed African football icons, will join the StarTimes & Bundesliga Legends Tour to Africa this month.From December 16-22, the two Bundesliga legends will be on a three-country trek to interact with African football fans and to promote the German football league as well as its official broadcaster in Sub-Saharan Africa, StarTimes.Okocha, Olympic Gold Medal winner and African Cup of Nations winner who played for Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt, will travel to Nigeria and Ghana from December 16-19.last_img read more

Aug
26

Video: Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard says being able to give back is ‘why I’m so happy to be back home’

first_imgNew Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard spoke to students at 107th Street Elementary School about working hard, setting goals and giving back. He, the Clippers and the nonprofit Baby2Baby are giving 1 million backpacks to students in the L.A. Unified, Moreno Valley and Inglewood school districts. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

Aug
17

Luke Walton explains decision to sit LeBron James for rest of the season

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Jones makes NBA debutWith a fourth-quarter layup, the newest Laker scored his first points of his career.Jemerrio Jones, a 6-foot-5 wing, couldn’t have been more pleased to get on the board, but his college and pro game has been defined by more than points. A New Mexico State standout, has played many roles, including point guard, for the G League this year, and as of Sunday, he’s getting a chance to see if it translates.“Do the little things, dig deep,” he said. “If I see a 50-50 ball, I’m gonna dive on the ground.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers have cited groin soreness as the primary medical reason to sit James out of games with just five remaining. James played in three games after the Lakers were officially eliminated from the playoffs, all wins. Walton said James’ competitiveness was a factor in playing beyond that threshold.In the meantime, the Lakers expect James – who has a fanatical devotion to his physical routine – to keep working to recover and have a strong offseason.“He’s one of those guys, he takes care of himself,” Walton said. “He’s on the road, he’s not playing, he’s getting treatment two or three times a day. He’s going to be in the weight room working out. He’s going to do everything he can to take care of himself and his body.”James is traveling with the team for the final road trip, and sat courtside for the 130-102 win on Sunday night. Walton said James’ presence on the road is valuable, even though he’s not playing.“The more time that, ideally they’d spend together on the floor would be beneficial,” he said. “But anytime they can get together off the floor I think helps for down the road as well.”center_img LOS ANGELES – Moments after victory, Luke Walton was feeling good enough to joke about missing his best player for the rest of the season.His dry delivery almost sucked the air out of the punchline: “Well, we cut some dead weight before the game started tonight so we had better playmakers out there.”LeBron James certainly isn’t dead weight, but a sense of humor about the Lakers’ decision to rest the four-time MVP might be the best way of dealing with it for Walton, who said it was primarily up to the team’s medical staff.“As the coach, what I want on the floor is that competitiveness. (James) wants to play,” he said. “And it’s just one of those things that, ‘We know how much you wanna play but let’s make sure you’re healthy.’ I don’t know the decision that went into it other than his health is the top priority and the fact that we’re out of the playoffs.” Jones averaged 9.4 points and 9.6 rebounds with the South Bay Lakers this year. Jones’ contract is a non-guaranteed deal that will bring him back next season. He said he was nervous to make his NBA debut, and his phone was blowing up when the news came down.Jones finished with two points and a rebound in the game.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more

Aug
14

Where will Tom Brady play in 2020? Breaking down QB’s free-agent options to stay, retire or leave Patriots

first_imgGiven Tom Brady’s age and contract situation, his parting ways with the Patriots after this season, thus ending the greatest dynasty ever seen in American sports, must be considered a possibility. The inevitability that is the quarterback’s retirement and/or departure from the franchise might not come in 2020, but if it does, the ripple effects will extend far beyond New England.Brady, 42 and having just finished his 20th NFL season, has said he hopes to play until he is 45. But the 2020 season on the two-year, $70 million contract extension Brady signed last summer is set to void, and there’s a provision in the deal that does not allow New England to place a tag on him. That means Brady — assuming he and the Patriots don’t agree to another extension before March 18 — will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his Hall of Fame career.MORE: Ranking the 2020 NFL free-agent QBsAs Sporting News contributor and OverTheCap.com founder Jason Fitzgerald writes, the 2020 and 2021 seasons on Brady’s contract were included as void years for salary-cap purposes. While Brady’s current contract raised his 2019 salary by $8 million and earned him $20.25 million in signing bonus, it saved the Patriots $5.5 million in salary cap space for the year.Via OverTheCap, below is a look at Brady’s contract.YearAgeBase salaryProrated bonusPer-game roster bonusGuaranteed salaryCap numberCap percentageDead money (cut or traded)Cap savings (cut or traded)201942$1,750,000$18,750,000$1,000,000$1,750,000$21,500,00011.4–202043$0$6,750,000$0$0$6,750,0003.4$13,500,000$6,750,000202144$0$6,750,000$0$0$6,750,000-$6,750,000,$0Brady leaving New England prematurely and playing elsewhere is virtually unfathomable, even though other NFL legends closed their careers by doing just that. But Brady is coming off a season in which he finished 16th in QBR and 19th in passer rating. Though team owner Robert Kraft surely would have a say in such a monumental decision, Brady does play for a coach/general manager in Bill Belichick who has proven willing to make difficult, unpopular roster moves.So in the wake of the Patriots’ loss to the Titans in the wild-card round of the playoffs, there are three options for Brady. He can sign another extension with New England, he can simply retire, or he can hit free agency and, potentially, sign a new contract with a new team.We expand on those options below. Will Tom Brady stay with the Patriots?Despite the lack of a verbal commitment from either side, instead a series of empty “we will see” quotes typical of the Patriot Way that is saying nothing of substance, Brady re-signing with New England is the most likely scenario.The obvious reason is the Patriots currently have no other viable options at the position, with Cody Kessler and Jarrett Stidham being the other QBs on the roster in the wake of the Jimmy Garoppolo trade in 2017. New England could sign a QB from a solid group of soon-to-be free agents, but none of the passers who realistically could become available are upgrades over Brady.Likewise, the Patriots could (and probably will) draft a QB in 2020, but they likely would want that player to sit and learn behind Brady for at least a season.The aforementioned Garoppolo trade is noteworthy because it highlights another reason Brady is not likely to leave New England: Kraft’s apparent reluctance to let him go. Reports indicated Belichick was willing to part with Brady sooner rather than later, thus keeping Garoppolo as the heir-apparent. Kraft reportedly preferred the opposite, and Garoppolo was dealt to San Francisco for just a second-round draft pick.MORE: Tom Brady-era Patriots will leave complicated legacy whenever their dynasty finally endsPlus, New England surely recognizes Brady’s apparent decline was not the lone reason its offense dipped in 2019. The Patriots struggled to establish a dominant running game, which in turn would have taken pressure off a passing attack that was depleted by injuries.There also is a financial incentive for the Patriots to re-sign Brady. If they don’t, he will cost them $13.5 million in dead cap charges for 2020, plus another $6.75 million for 2021.As for how Brady’s future is being viewed inside the organization, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported this week “it truly is a wait and see type of situation,” adding that Brady and the Patriots have not discussed his contract since his extension was signed in August.Asked after the Patriots’ playoff loss whether he’ll return to New England in 2020, Brady admitted his future is unclear.“I don’t know what the future looks like, and I’m not going to predict it.” – Tom Brady on whether he’ll be back with the Patriots in 2020 pic.twitter.com/ON0jpTWONd— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) January 5, 2020Will Tom Brady retire?This is an unlikely scenario given Brady’s repeated claim that he wants to play until he is 45. If he remains set on achieving that goal, it will take him into at least the 2022 NFL season — three more campaigns.Further, Brady after the playoff loss said his retirement in 2020 is “unlikely,” though he did not commit to a return.This doesn’t mean a Brady retirement in 2020 is not sensible. As we wrote before Brady and the Patriots beat the Rams in last season’s Super Bowl to earn their sixth championship, that win had no bearing on Brady’s status as the best of all time. In the minds of the vast majority, that debate ended long ago. His retirement would not be met with debate. Only admiration. Brady has nothing left to prove.A man who’s abnormally healthy after having played 20 NFL seasons would be wise to maintain said abnormal health; health that, in a sport like football and in a league like the NFL, is never guaranteed.But Brady, an unapologetic competitor who has said he values additional mental experience in the NFL as it relates to his declining physical abilities, must be taken seriously when he says he wants to keep this going. Tom Brady’s 2020 free-agency optionsAlright, let’s say the unthinkable happens, and Brady hits the open market. He is one of a few notable veteran passers — Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and Eli Manning are others — whose deals are set to expire in 2020. Brady’s availability obviously would be interesting to a handful of teams.This isn’t just about who would be interested in a 43-year-old Brady, though; it’s about who a 43-year-old Brady would be interested in, as well. He likely would aim for team with which he could contend for a Super Bowl under a coaching staff he trusts.Below are some potential free-agency landing places for the greatest quarterback of all time.Los Angeles ChargersThis one’s based on an actual report. “The Chargers would have a unique appeal to Brady on multiple levels,” sources told CBS in an October report. “It’s also something the league would covet given the Chargers’ current struggles to sell PSLs and sponsorships at the glistening new stadium they will share with the Rams in Inglewood beginning next fall.”Though they dipped in 2019, the Chargers still have enough talent to contend in 2020. If they’re going to sign a veteran QB in free agency, a Brady addition might be more attractive to them than a Philip Rivers return.Indianapolis ColtsThe Colts are another team positioned to contend with stable QB play, though former Patriot Jacoby Brissett had a solid 2019 season despite the team’s struggles, most of which were tied to injuries. This would be an interesting signing given the history the Colts have with the Patriots.Las Vegas RaidersLike the Chargers, the Raiders are moving into a fancy new stadium in 2020 and are positioned to contend in the AFC West. There’s no telling, though, how Brady would feel about playing in Las Vegas and/or for Jon Gruden.Miami DolphinsThe Dolphins may or may not be ready to contend in 2020, so this is all about the Brian Flores connection. Brady would be familiar with the coaching staff in Miami, and he might welcome a chance to play against New England twice a year.Tampa Bay BuccaneersBruce Arians is anything but committed to Jameis Winston, who also is set to hit free agency. Brady could be intrigued by the idea of playing with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin in a passer-friendly offense. Tampa Bay also has a chance to compete in and — if things go right against New Orleans — win the NFC South in 2020.Carolina PanthersCurrent Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, one of Brady’s closest pals in New England, is a candidate to replace Ron Rivera as Panthers head coach. If McDaniels goes to Carolina, he could convince Brady to go with him. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e5/d1/tom-brady-120219-getty-ftrjpg_65i7ft2qxu7n13qxo71hrdf6a.jpg?t=-942920410&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d3/dc/tom-brady-01022019-getty-ftrjpg_h0wfc4496si81h1aj3lf0ogyu.jpg?t=1748606159&w=500&quality=80 Denver BroncosWe’ve seen this movie before, although Brady now is much older than Peyton Manning was when he signed with John Elway’s Broncos in 2012. Denver could use a QB upgrade despite the promise of Drew Lock, but it’s tough to see the intrigue for Brady.Pittsburgh SteelersHoo boy, this would be fun. There’s no guarantee Ben Roethlisberger will return from the elbow injury that ended his 2019 season early even though he claims that’s his goal. The Steelers also learned this season they don’t have their next franchise passer on the roster; not that Brady would be an answer for the long term. Pittsburgh obviously would give Brady a chance to win big in 2020.Chicago BearsThe Bears are stuck with Mitchell Trubisky for at least another season, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t jump at a chance to upgrade for 2020. Matt Nagy’s offense could be a comfortable fit for Brady.last_img read more

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13

Gregg Popovich rips ‘deranged idiot’ Donald Trump, other politicians in takedown of American leadership

first_imgSome of the highlights from Pop’s incendiary comments on The Nation:If Trump had a brain, even if it was 99 percent cynical, he would come out and say something to unify people. But he doesn’t care about bringing people together. Even now. That’s how deranged he is. It’s all about him. It’s all about what benefits him personally. It’s never about the greater good. And that’s all he’s ever been. It’s so clear what needs to be done. We need a president to come out and say simply that ‘black lives matter.’ Just say those three words. But he won’t and he can’t. He can’t because it’s more important to him to mollify the small group of followers who validate his insanity. But it’s more than just Trump. The system has to change. I’ll do whatever I can do to help, because that’s what leaders do. But he can’t do anything to put us on a positive path, because he’s not a leader. …He’s not just divisive. He’s a destroyer. To be in his presence makes you die. He will eat you alive for his own purposes. I’m appalled that we have a leader who can’t say “black lives matter.” That’s why he hides in the White House basement. He is a coward. He creates a situation and runs away like a grade-schooler. Actually, I think it’s best to ignore him. There is nothing he can do to make this better because of who he is: a deranged idiot.Popovich’s rage would find more targets than just Trump in the interview. The five-time NBA champion also attacked Republican senators Ted Cruz (Texas) and Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) for lacking the “courage” to stand up to Trump in the country’s current situation.  Gregg Popovich is done with Donald Trump. (Again.)The Spurs head coach and outspoken critic of the president sounded off to Dave Zirin of The Nation, criticizing Trump’s response to America’s current civil unrest following the death of George Floyd, citing a lack of leadership in the face of racial turmoil. Popovich also said that the “system has to change” and that he’s “willing to do his part.” He is likely referring to systemic racism and civil unrest throughout the country and protests and riots calling for change following the deaths of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.This isn’t the first time Popovich has been publicly critical of the president, with some of his more recent comments painting Trump as “cowardly.” The comments came in light of the NBA’s controversies with China.It’s not the first time an NBA personality, specifically head coach, has been outwardly critical of Trump. Warriors coach Steve Kerr recently called Trump a “racist” due to his response of the death of Floyd.Thank you @PabloTorre for the perfect text. In 2017 Trump called kneeling NFL players who peacefully protested police brutality ‘sons of bitches.’ Last night he called Minneapolis protesters ‘thugs.’ This is why racists shouldn’t be allowed to be president. https://t.co/klcg8TeCDK— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) May 29, 2020last_img read more