Milos Teodosic suffered a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot during the second quarter of the Clippers’ victory Tuesday over the Milwaukee Bucks and will be sidelined for an indefinite period, the team announced before it faced the Trail Blazers on Friday in Portland.Teodosic will be re-evaluated in two weeks, which means he’s likely out for the rest of the regular season.The Clippers had seven games remaining, including Friday’s contest against the Trail Blazers.Tyrone Wallace was expected to start Friday in place of Teodosic. The 31-year-old rookie from Serbia originally injured his plantar fascia when he stepped on the foot of the Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker in the Clippers’ victory Oct. 21 at Staples Center. Teodosic sat out 22 games and has battled the injury throughout the season.The Clippers were 41-34, one game behind the Utah Jazz in the battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference going into Friday’s games around the NBA. The Clippers also were 29-16 with Teodosic in their lineup and 12-18 without him before facing Portland.Overall, Teodosic averaged 9.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 45 games, after the Clippers signed him to a one-season, $6 million contract last season. He has a one-season, $6.3 million option for 2018-19, which has a June 24 deadline for him to exercise it. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Good ol’ Canadian hospitality at work.Jokes aside, the Toronto Blue Jays are taking a massive, progressive step forward in rectifying Minor League Baseball’s rampant minor-league pay issue, raising the salaries of their minor league players by 50 percent, according to a report from Emily C. Waldon and Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic. The report notes that Toronto began theorizing the changes for about a year before finally putting them into action, per Toronto vice president of baseball operations Ben Cherington.Throughout the years, MLB has taken steps to minimize the pay of minor leaguers, stemming back to 2016. MLB faced lawsuits regarding overtime and wage laws of minor leaguers, and in response lobbied for minor leaguers to be construed as seasonal employees, circumventing certain federal labor laws and protections. MLB’s lobbying culminated the “Save America’s Pastime Act” being signed in 2018.MORE: MLB rule changes going into effect in 2019, 2020Since players aren’t paid by minor league teams — they’re paid from the affiliated major-league team — this seems to be an act of good faith and smart labor progression from the Blue Jays prior to the end of the current MLB collective bargaining agreement, which is set to expire following 2021. Minor leaguers aren’t subject to MLB’s CBA — they’re not union members until they make the 40-man roster — but service-time manipulation and other free-agency issues have become one of the main focal points for the MLBPA.A 50 percent salary increase for MiLB is a good start, but it’s still not enough. Paying players who hope to make The Show one day a living wage should be an expectation, not a point of contention.Hopefully the rest of MLB follows Toronto’s lead and takes more steps to rectify one of baseball’s biggest transgressions.
The B&H basketball team has reached another step towards placement in the semi-finals of the European Championship of the B Division for players until 16 years of age, which is being held in Sarajevo.The young B&H players beat Georgia yesterday (75:63) in the cultural-sports center Ilidža in the first round of the quarterfinals in the F Group.The B&H team was led by Đedović to the fifth win with 29 points and Aleksić and Hadžić with 12 points.(Source: Fena)
FC Zeljeznicar started readying the Grbavica stadium where the national teams of Belgium and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) will play a qualification round on October 7th for the World Championship in Russia.After the stadium Bilino Polje in Zenica was suspended, the stadium in Grbavica was the closest one to meeting all the requirements for playing an international match. UEFA inspectors visited the home of Zeljeznicar and had certain demands regarding the terrain and the space for reporters on the stadium. They were very satisfied with the changes at their next, especially since they were made in such a short period of time, while Zeljeznicar is working hard so that the national team can have the ideal conditions for the match with Belgium.Zeljeznicar is working today to fix the terrain, specifically changing specific parts and artificial grass, after which there will be some modifications on the reporters’ lounge, as well as on fulfilling the other requests.The arrival of the national team to Grbavica is the biggest proof of the development of Zeljeznicar, especially on relation to its infrastructure. The east stands were constructed in the largest post-war project, which was financed by the Club and its fans and sympathizers. Recently, Zeljeznicar announced the construction of the south stands so that, slowly but surely, Grbavica is becoming a respectable soccer place.(Source: Klix.ba)
Ryan Tannehill is the most improbable quarterback playing in the NFL’s 2020 conference championship weekend. If Tannehill can help the Titans beat the Chiefs in the AFC title game in Kansas City on Sunday for a third consecutive road-upset playoff win, he would become the third QB from the talented 2012 draft class to go to a Super Bowl, joining Russell Wilson and Nick Foles.At this time last year, it looked like Tannehill might never be a relevant starter again. His time with the Dolphins, the team that selected him No. 8 overall, was running out after six mostly average seasons and another one lost to a torn ACL. But Tannehill had the fortune of landing in a second ideal spot in Tennessee. Since he took over starting to replace Marcus Mariota in Week 7, the team has gone 9-3. Here’s breaking down the Tannehill thrill ride from Miami to potentially back to Miami:MORE: Why Marcus Mariota was benched for Ryan TannehillRyan Tannehill trade from Dolphins to Titans, new contractThe Dolphins decide to clean house in 2019 with much of their key personnel after firing coach Adam Gase, who had mixed results with Tannehill’s skill set. Tannehill gave them an opportunity to stockpile more draft picks, and they took it soon after the new league year began in mid-March, packaging with him with a sixth-round pick to get a fourth- and seventh-round pick back from the Titans.Miami made it easier to acquire Tannehill by restructuring his contract to a one-year, $7 million deal (plus up to $5 million more in incentives). Of that $7 million, Tennessee paid only $2 million for Tannehill in 2019, with $1.75 million of that money guaranteed.Tannehill earned $12.668 million all guaranteed on his rookie deal, and then extended for four years at $96 million before a restructure. In relation to that, the Titans’ price for him as a high-end backup for Mariota was an absolute steal. Jan. 4, 2019: Tannehill needs to complete only 8 passes for 72 yards and a TD, as in his first career playoff game, the Titans upset the Patriots 20-13 in New England.Jan. 11, 2019: Tannehill needs to complete only 7 passes for 88 yards and 2 TDs plus run for another score, as in his second carer playoff game, the Titans shock the Ravens 28-12 in Baltimore.Jan 19, 2019: Tannehill makes his first AFC championship game start vs. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/94/f4/ryan-tannehill-120819-getty-ftrjpg_qzh6urqfn3641oofz1vzv0amd.jpg?t=-392876858&w=500&quality=80 Ryan Tannehill statsTannehill by far had his best regular season in 2019, completing 70.3 percent of his passing, rating a spectacular 117.5 and also throwing for 9.6 yards per attempt, all career highs. Consider his previous highs were a 67.1 completion percentage, 93.5 efficiency and 7.7 yards per attempt. Tannehill, on top of 22 TD passes to only six interceptions, averaged 228.5 yards passing per game. He also rushed for a career-best 4 TDs with 185 yards, his best total there in four seasons after being a more active athletic threat early in his career.Digging deeper, Pro Football Reference’s Advanced Passing stats cite that Tannehill threw 80.9 percent of his passes on target, third in the league. His 11 yards per scramble were on par with the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson.Tannehill also was crazy effective downfield passing off play-action created by the dominant running of NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry. He produced 1,095 of his 2,741 yards that way. Tannehill also did that on only 84 attempts, putting him at a ridiculous 13.0 yards per attempt.The difference from Tannehill and Mariota is that he fearlessly let the ball rip deep and wasn’t tentative about his decisions to do that or take off and run when needed, especially in the red zone. It’s completely true that Tannehill was playing with “house money” and like he’s had nothing to lose, everything to gain. That allowed him to have fun passing and running, while Mariota played it tight, worrying too much about making big mistakes all the way through the red zone, to the point that he left a lot of big pass plays on the table.MORE: 2012 NFL Draft re-do sends Russell Wilson to Colts, Luke Kuechly to BrownsHow old is Ryan Tannehill?Tannehill is 31 and turns 32 next July. That’s by no means “old” for a quarterback these days, with guys playing into their late 30s and early 40s. The Titans couldn’t have asked for much more from Tannehill after saving their season with an increased level of competent QB play that has been stellar at times.But after Tannehill fit in so well in first-year coordinator Arthur Smith’s offense and clicked so well with the receiving personnel, the Titans have a big decision to make. Tannehill’s deal was only for one year and going into the season, the Titans were thinking their biggest QB re-signing decision would be tied to Mariota.Now it’s easy to let Mariota walk and hard to figure out for how much and for how long they want in re-invest in Tannehill to keep him from leaving as a free agent. Four years might be too long if there’s any age-related regression. But three years at around $60 million seems to be a more reasonable combination for his services. Should Tannehill’s representation ask for $25 million annually based on one big season or big guarantees through 2023, that probably won’t be worth it to the Titans. They have some leverage with supply vs. demand with the possibility of a few more accomplished veteran QBs hitting the market.MORE: Ranking the 2020 free-agent class of NFL QBsRyan Tannehill’s college careerTannehill, a native of Big Spring, Texas, is a product of Texas A&M. Athleticism always has been a big asset as he came to the Aggies as a track star. He competed to start at QB as a freshman in 2008, but after losing the battle, he was moved to wide receiver by coach Mike Sherman, who formerly led Brett Favre and the Packers.With a second chance to play QB full-time as a junior in 2010, Tannehill took full advantage. He exploded for a program single-game record 449 passing yards in his first start against Texas Tech and stamped his starting status with wins over Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas.Tannehill, after racking up 112 catches for 1,596 yards and 10 TDs as a receiver during his college career, caught the eye of NFL scouts for what he did both passing (5,450 yards, 42 TDs) and rushing (369 yards, 5 TDs) in fewer than two full seasons as a QB.He went as the third QB in the ’12 draft, behind Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Tannehill became the first Dolphins’ first-round QB since Dan Marino in 1983. Sherman, who was fired by Texas A&M, was hired by the Dolphins as offensive coordinator in January ’12, just three months before taking Tannehill to reunite them. Ryan Tannehill career timelineJuly 27, 1988: Tannehill is born in Lubbock, Texas.2006: Tannehill gets named a three-star recruit as a dual-threat QB by Rivals.com. In addition to quarterback, he was a basketball player ana track-and-field athlete for Big Spring High School, competing well as a state-level hurdler and triple-jumper.2007: Tannehill is redshirted for his first season at Texas A&M2008: Tannehil proves Sherman right, excelling at wide receiver with 55 catches for 844 yards and 5 TDs as a redshirt freshman.2009: Tannehill takes only eight snaps as a quarterback, staying at wideout.Oct. 23, 2010: Tannehill splits QB snaps with Jerrod Johnson in a 45-10 rout over Kansas.Oct. 30, 2010: Tennehill makes his first start against Texas Tech, keeping the job for good after leading the Aggies to a 45-27 victory.Feb. 25, 2012: Tannehill sits out his NFL Combine workout after measuring just short of 6-4 and 221 pounds and scoring an impressive 34 on the Wonderlic test.March 29, 2012: Tannehill works out well at his Pro Day back in College Station, including showing off his speed by running the 40-yard dash in 4.58 secondsApril 26, 2012: Tannehill is drafted 8th overall by the Dolphins.July 28, 2012. Tannehill signs his four-year rookie contract, a day after his 24th birthday.Aug. 20, 2012: Tannehill is named starting quarterback over veteran Matt Moore.Sept. 9, 2012: Tannehill makes his NFL debut back in Texans against Houston. He struggles in a 30-10 loss with J.J. Watt disrupting him into three interceptions, but Tannehill would go on to start every game in his rookie season, going 7-9.Sept, 30, 2012: Tannehill throws for 431 yards in a 24-21 loss to the Cardinals, breaking Marino’s rookie single-game record.Dec. 15, 2013: Tannehill has the best game of his second season, throwing for 314 yards and 3 TDs with no INTs in a 24-20 win over the Patriots.Jan. 6, 2014: The Dolphins fire Sherman as Tannehill’s offensive coordinator. He gets replaced by Bill Lazor.Sept. 7, 2014: Tannehill beats the Patriots again to open the season, this time throwing for only 178 yards and 2 TDs.May 16, 2015: Tannehill signs a 6-year contract extension worth $96 million.Oct. 25, 2015: Tannehill beats the Texans by throwing for 282 yards and 4 TDs and posing his first perfect passer rating of 158.3.Jan. 9, 2016: Offensive-minded Adam Gase is hired as Dolphins head coach. Lazor is replaced by Clyde Christensen.Dec. 11, 2016: Tannehill suffers a partial ACL tear in his left knee against the Cardinals, ending his career-best season from working with Gase.Dec. 24, 2016: Moore leads the Dolphins over the Bills to end an eight-year playoff drought.Aug. 3, 2017: Tannehill suffers another partially torn left ACL, this time while scrambling in training camp.Aug. 7, 2017: The Dolphins sign Jay Cutler to be their replacement QB for Gase.Aug. 11, 2017: Tannehill decides to have season-ending knee surgery.March 1, 2018: Gase announces that Tannehill will remain the starter in coming back from injury.Sept. 9, 2018: Tannehill starts the lightning-delayed marathon season opener against the Titans, throwing for 230 yards and 2 TDs in a 27-20 win.Oct. 7, 2018: Tannehill suffers a right shoulder injury in a loss to the Bengals that costs him five games of action.Dec. 9, 2018: Tannehill is involved in his most memorable play as a Dolphin, throwing the pass to wide receiver Kenny Stills that would become the game-winning “Miracle in Miami” TD against the Patriots.March 15, 2019: Tannehill is traded to the Titans.Oct. 13, 2019: Tannehill replaces Mariota during the Titans’ 16-0 loss at the Broncos.Oct. 20, 2019: Tannehill takes over starting duties and delivers 312 passing yards and 2 TDs in a 23-20 win over the Chargers.Dec. 8, 2019: Tannehill lights up the Raiders to earn him AFC Offensive Player of the Week. He throws for 391 yards and 3 TDs in a 42-21 rout.Dec. 29, 2019: Tannehill throws for 198 yards and 2 TDs in a 35-14 rout of the Texans in Houston to help his team clinch an AFC wild-card playoff berth as the No. 6 seed. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ec/dd/ryan-tannehill-ftr-121116jpg_a9078zpe2f3f1etj2qg0tw1ce.jpg?t=-270164432&w=500&quality=80
Nova has proven too good in the Capital Rugby Union competition, adding another win to the score board.The powerhouse team defeated Lasallians 34-19 in the A Grade division in round four of the competition.Nova was on fire in the first half, scoring four tries and converting only one while Lasallians struggled to score as they trailed terribly at half time 21-0.Lasallians fired back in the second half, scoring three tries and converting two of them.However these couldn’t save them from defeat after Nova’s forward pack were on target, scoring two more tries 10 minutes to full time 34-19.In other matches, Spartens thrashed Juggernauts 26-0 while in the B Grade division Wanderers thrashed Brothers 22-0, University whipped Valley Hunters 20-0, Juggernauts defeated Spartens 22-7 and Crusaders pounded Chiefs 29-0.In the U19 division Spartens beat Juggernauts 19-5 and Brothers scraped home against Wanderers 7-5, while in the women’s division Wanderers beat Vikings 12-7 and Spartens thra shed University 32-0.In the Premier division University defeated Spartans 38-26 and Wanderers whipped North Harbour Vikings 29-0.
In the round 6 match in the men’s premier division, Pari batted first and finished at 9/116 batting out the full 20 overs.Pari’s Lister Oala top scored with 26 runs.It was Colin Amini who was the best of the bowlers for Coasters taking 3/12.In their run chase, Coasters’ openers, Chris Amini (14) and Nuana Nuana (44) made it look easy with a solid opening partnership.Coasters reached the target after 18.2 overs finishing at 6/119.In the other matches of the weekend, Badili edged out Poreporena by 5 runs while United thrashed Kempa by 8 wickets.The competition will now go into a two-week recess.
Three years ago, MOP-Liberia and a group of committed volunteer peace messengers launched a 21-day peace; volunteerism for peace and development to the sectors of Liberia. Three years later the words spoken by little Remember Jorporlor in Gbarnga, Bong County, a rural part of Liberia mentioned and I quote, “Until, Government can assist us with books, pencils and book bags and make us to have good learning, the children in Bong County will not have total peace, we want good education”, have reverberated in the meeting rooms of the Peacebuilding Commission – UNHQ; conference room of the African Union Building in Addis Ababa and along the corridors of several institutions.Our lofty objectives to promote and advocate for peace remains unchanged. MOP-Liberia remains unapologetic for its involvement in peace building initiatives. More than ever before, we need peace and we also need to set our eyes on the path to a sustainable future whereby people, particularly young people are free from diseases, ignorance, poverty and oppression.Every year, and at every given opportunity we call on governments, International Government Organizations and NGOs including the private sector to invest more in human security. We believe that with informed minds and stability come growth and development. Consequently, our focus on a healthy life with improved access to food, water, sanitation and a life where human rights are respected and young people are afforded equal rights and equal opportunities cannot be over emphasized.New agreements, new UN resolutions and new goals/initiative on peace and sustainable development present new era of opportunities for young girls globally. Agenda 2030 for example would serve as a blue print for action and it is on this note that MOP-Liberia sees a transformative role for young female leaders.It is our opinion that the role of young female leaders in negotiations and affairs of the nation should be more deliberative and more inclusive than before. Young women should see themselves as champions not beneficiaries of assistance or charities. The violations of our rights by anyone or institutions should be renounced or repudiated. An important role for young women is their involvement in the global movement for positive change. MOP-Liberia and other reputable NGOs are demonstrating daily that the change we need is not only possible but it is happening. The time is right and the time is now. To build on this momentum requires the involvement of all young women who must be ready to engage, participate and lead.We must recognize that real change would not happen without action and pressure from young women everywhere. There is a need to hold those before us accountable for past commitments, as we need to hold ourselves accountable for future commitments. As young female peace advocates, we can become better at preventing conflicts and protecting human rights if we get involved. The clarion call is for use to prove our mettle.It is well documented that women, especially young women, despite several odds, can and do secure progress for all. The solution to our conflicts lies with us and now where else.Until next week when we come to you with a new piece on “Mob Violence in Work Places” Let’s keep an eye on peace, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace continue to prevail in our time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Paddy bud infestationSmall rice farmers in Berbice are experiencing difficulties in replanting their crop and many are still hoping Government will step in and assist, following the widespread devastation as a result of a paddy bug infestation during the last crop.Some farmers have prepared the land while others have already sowed paddy for the crop. However, they do not have the necessary funding to see them through the crop. Speaking with Guyana Times on the issue, Region Six Chairman David Armogan noted that several rice farmers have contacted him explaining that they need assistance.“In meeting with these farmers I get the impression that many of them do not have the finance at this point in time to get back into this crop and so they were hoping that the Government would intervene to give them some kind of incentive or to assist them in some kind of way with seed paddy or the possibility of fertiliser or some other form of help so they could get back into the crop,” the Chairman said.Many farmers have been forced to dump their paddy since mills will not accept it. The paddy was rejected by mills because more than 35 per cent of it was damaged. In addition to the loss as a result of the paddy bug infestation, many farmers were faced with additional expenses for the current crop after having to pump water into their rice fields. The prolonged dry spell coupled with difficulties encountered by the regional administration caused some rice farmers to pump water as many as seven times during the crop as compared with three times on an average per crop. The region was expected to produce an estimated two million bags of paddy his crop. However, Rice Producers Association (RPA) Extension Officer, Ramlakhan Singh said only three quarters of that figure was realised. Armogan explained that although the yield had looked promising and most farmers reaped between 30 and 35 bags per acre, it did not have the weight as expected. “When they took it to the mills, the weight was significantly less than what they use to get before and they get paid by weight so a lot of them would have lost large sums of money and are finding it very difficult to get back into the crop,” Armogan explained.The Chairman said the regional administration is hoping Government will see the necessity to assist the struggling rice farmers. Following the poor quality of rice produced, and the scarcity of seed paddy, farmers told Guyana Times that the cost for seed paddy had increased. Although the crop has already started, the majority of farmers have stopped at the perpetration stage.“If they can assist them with seed paddy and some amount of fertilizer, I think they will be ready to go. These farmers only know to make a living by planting rice. So if they don’t do that, you could imagine what will happen to them and their families,” the Chairman noted.Regional Chairman David Armogan
1 Alex Smithies Alex Smithies has a signed a new deal with Huddersfield Town.The goalkeeper’s previously contract was due to expire at the end of the season, but he has now put pen to paper on an extension until 2018.The 24-year-old has established himself as a regular at Huddersfield after coming through the club’s youth academy and manager Chris Powell is elated to have tied him down.“I’m absolutely delighted that Alex has committed his long-term future to the club,” Powell told Huddersfield’s website.“Most 24-year-old goalkeepers don’t have 250 First Team games under their belts; Alex is in a class of his own on that front.“Keepers get better with age and experience and we are seeing that with Alex. “With those games already behind him, he will only get better from hereon in. Given the level that he is at now – I believe he is among the best ‘keepers in the division – I’m really excited at that prospect.”