Canadiens legend Henri Richard passes away at age 84

first_imgHenri Richard, the legendary former Montreal Canadiens captain and brother of Maurice “Rocket” Richard, has passed away at the age of 84.The news broke on Friday morning when the Canadiens released a statement on Twitter.  After his retirement, Henri served as an ambassador for the Canadiens franchise for years alongside his brother. Richard’s family released this statement via the Canadiens’ website: “The family would like to sincerely thank the staff at CHSLD Résidence Riviera for their wonderful care. They demonstrated incredible professionalism and humanity. The family would also like to thank the public for their heartfelt condolences and kindly requests that its privacy be respected during this difficult time.” The Montreal Canadiens are saddened to learn of the passing of one of the organization’s greatest legends and ambassadors, Henri Richard, this morning. Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to the Richard family.https://t.co/8zuCcsd2Fg— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) March 6, 2020Known as “Pocket Rocket” in reference to his brother’s famous nickname, Henri Richard set a number of records throughout his 20-year career. His 11 Stanley Cup titles set an NHL record that is unlikely to ever be surpassed and tied him with NBA legend Bill Russell for the most championships ever won by a professional athlete in North America. Making his NHL debut in 1955, Richard won the Stanley Cup in each of his first five seasons in the league, another record. He ranks third in assists (688) and points (1,046) in Canadiens franchise history. His number, 16, was retired by the organization in 1975, and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame four years later. In 2017, he was also named by the NHL as one of the 100 greatest players of all time.Richard was renowned for his energetic style of play despite being small in stature at just 5-7. He was a center with a right-handed shot, unlike his brother, who played right-wing and shot left-handed. While the older and taller Maurice led the league in scoring five times and was honored with the naming of the Rocket Richard Trophy, he never managed to break 1,000 career points, which Henri did. last_img read more

NFL Draft grades 2020: Cowboys, Packers bookend best & worst draft classes, ranked 1-32

first_img7. Carolina PanthersGrade: ADraft picks: DT Derrick Brown, DE Yetur Gross-Matos, S Jeremy Chinn, CB Troy Pride Jr., S Kenny Robinson, DT Bravvion Roy, CB Stantley Thomas-OliverThe Panthers didn’t mess around with their defensive rebuild for Matt Rhule. Marty Hurney was locked in for impact players at positions of need, starting with Brown. Gross-Matos is a good complement to Brian Burns, while Chinn will make a ton of plays everywhere for them. Pride was a tremendous value pick to help replace James Bradberry, too. Great recognition to know the team is loaded offensively and needed to get much better overall on the other side.8. New York GiantsGrade: ADraft picks: OT Andrew Thomas, S Xavier McKinney, OT Matt Peart, CB Darnay Holmes, G Shane Lemieux, OLB Cameron Brown, DE Carter Coughlin, LB T.J. Brunson, CB Chris Williamson, ILB Tae CrowderDave Gettleman gets a lot of unnecessary heat for both his general managing and his choice of facial gear. Thomas and McKinney alone would make this class incredibly strong, but getting another tackle, a potential top nickel back and some interior line help were shrewd moves behind the splashy ones. Thomas is a great follow to Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones and McKinney will be better than Landon Collins.9. Buffalo BillsGrade: ADraft picks: DE A.J. Epenesa, RB Zack Moss, WR Gabriel Davis, QB Jake Fromm, K Tyler Bass, WR Isaiah Hodgins, CB Dane JacksonThe Bills didn’t have a lot of desperate needs. Keep in mind, they essentially got Stefon Diggs with their first-rounder. Brandon Beane could afford to be more speculative after getting terrific value for edge-rushing depth in Epenesa and a perfect complementary back to Devin Singletary in Moss. Davis and Hodgins will help when they stretch the field. Fromm was a weird developmental pick, but his winning makeup will help Josh Allen in the QB room.MORE: The 8 worst value picks in the 2020 NFL Draft NFL Draft grades 2020: Ranking the best & worst classes1. Minnesota VikingsGrade: A+Draft picks: WR Justin Jefferson, CB Jeff Gladney, OT Ezra Cleveland, CB Cameron Dantzler, DE D.J. Wonnum, DT James Lynch, LB Troy Dye, CB Harrison Hand, WR K.J. Osborn, OT Blake Brandel, S Josh Metellus, DE Kenny Willekes, QB Nate Stanley, S Brian Cole, G Kyle HintonCongratulations to Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer. Not only did the Vikings maneuver to gain insane volume (16 picks), they also knew they exactly what to do with them. They got their wideout to replace Stefon Diggs, and corners to replace Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander. In true Zimmer fashion, they also reinforced their defensive front seven nicely and had room to get a potential left tackle of the near future. That’s incredible.2. Baltimore RavensGrade: A+Draft picks: LB Patrick Queen, RB J.K. Dobbins, DT Justin Madubuike, WR Devin Duvernay, LB Malik Harrison, G Tyre Phillips, G Ben Bredeson, DT Broderick Washington Jr., WR James Proche, S Geno StoneYes, purple did reign supreme in this draft with Eric DeCosta and John Harbaugh also looking like two princes of prospects. Queen and Harrison were amazing gets to improve their linebacker weakness. Dobbins was an unexpected Round 2 steal who can be absolutely dominant in Baltimore’s league best-rushing attack. Madubuike is a key piece for the defense, too, after losing Michael Pierce in free agency and they have a couple options at guard to replace the retired Marshal Yanda. Duvernay gives Lamar Jackson another speed merchant and Proche is a nice sleeper at the same position.3. Dallas CowboysGrade: A+Draft picks: WR CeeDee Lamb, CB Trevon Diggs, DT Neville Gallimore, CB Reggie Robinson, G/C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin, DE Bradlee Anae, QB Ben DiNucciHow about that guy Jerry Jones? Drafting from a yacht, he had the Cowboys living the absolute high life finding extreme value throughout the draft, starting with Lamb at No. 17 overall. Jones was laser-focused on their biggest needs and didn’t let the best available player pass him up, either. Lamb is a massive upgrade from Randall Cobb. Diggs and Robinson are good rebounds from losing Byron Jones in free agency. Gallimore gives them another way to get to the QB inside and Anae is capable of filling the edge void created by Robert Quinn. After seeing another reliable interior Badger retire from their offensive line in Travis Frederick, Biadasz was a steal, too.MORE: LSU beats out Michigan, OSU, Alabama for most draft picks (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/5b/79/kyle-dugger-042520-ftr-getty_10lwc0ui0jh2p1nbpisluubr25.jpg?t=-1280989247&w=500&quality=80 Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/83/de/derrick-brown-091919-getty-ftrjpg_dixfyy8n4wjg1r46wlv2clugn.jpg?t=-1570879855&w=500&quality=80 If a team was a playoff contender, it should have been thinking more immediate impact. If a team was a clear rebuilder, it should have been thinking about stockpiling for a makeover across positions.Quantity of picks is one thing, but overall quality is more important. Then it’s also critical to factor in how teams addressed or didn’t address their needs, both for the short term and long term.Taking into consideration all of that right away, we’ve ranked and analyzed every team’s complete 2020 draft for now, from best to worst:2020 NFL DRAFT:Complete results | Grades | Winners & losers (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/2a/1/hurts-041720-getty-ftr_sy489nw4evcw19p2ahl97mx8b.jpg?t=-1794949375&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/fa/a0/cam-akers-051921-getty-ftr_1s6nnurkrrpw416cwoo7atn5sz.jpg?t=-599464086&w=500&quality=80 4. Cincinnati BengalsGrade: A+Draft picks: QB Joe Burrow, WR Tee Higgins, LB Logan Wilson, LB Akeem Davis-Gaither, DE Khalid Khareem, OT Hakeem Adeniji, LB Markus BaileyThe Bengals lucked out in being in position to get Burrow and stayed at the top with a few more greatest hits throughout the draft. Higgins was an awesome get in Round 2 to pair with A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd. Wilson and Davis-Gaither turn their linebacker weakness into a rangy, playmaking strength. Khareem and Adeniji were recognition of upgrading edge depth on both sides of the ball. Put Zac Taylor and Duke Tobin on the honor roll, too.5. Tampa Bay BuccaneersGrade: ADraft picks: OT Tristan Wirfs, S Antoine Winfield Jr., RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn, WR Tyler Johnson, DT Khalil Davis, OLB Chapelle Russell, RB Raymond CalaisConsider the Bucs’ checklist complete as far as helping Tom Brady in concerned. The Rob Gronkowski move got the glossier attention from Jason Licht, but these moves were much better than that, as they got a right tackle, a terrific safety, a more complete running back, a needed outside wideout and defensive tackle depth. Tampa Bay should be thinking it can win the NFC in 2020 and made moves in accordance with that. 6. Arizona CardinalsGrade: ADraft picks: LB/S Isaiah Simmons, OT Josh Jones, DT Leki Fotu, DT Rashard Lawrence, LB Evan Weaver, RB Eno BenjaminThe Cardinals didn’t follow their expected script, but it was great improvisation from Steve Keim. They got their right tackle anyway after nabbing Simmons, their latest hybrid defender who will deliver big plays from Day 1. Fotu and Lawrence are ideal ingredients to keep improving the defensive line rotation. Don’t forget, DeAndre Hopkins is a spinoff of this class, too. They didn’t ignore helping Kyler Murray and still got to rebuild well on the other side. Benjamin is a good new potential backup to Kenyan Drake. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d1/bb/laviska-shenault-jr-062619-getty-ftr_rap7e1n5r36i1e6njnrjeuot4.jpg?t=-1804087509&w=500&quality=80 13. Jacksonville JaguarsGrade: A-Draft picks: CB C.J. Henderson, DE/OLB K’Lavon Chaisson, WR Laviska Shenault Jr., DT Davon Hamilton, OT Ben Bartch, CB Josiah Scott, LB Shaquille Quarterman, S Daniel Thomas, WR Collin Johnson, QB Jake Luton, TE Tyler Davis, CB Chris ClaybrooksThe Jaguars took advantage of impressive volume with a little bit of everything from Dave Caldwell. Henderson, Chaisson and Hamilton can all have big defensive impact soon. Shenault and Johnson are good receiving shakeups after D.J. Chark. Don’t sleep on Thomas starting at some point soon. Bartch also was a sneaky good pick to develop at tackle as a Cam Robinson contingency. Luton was a worthy flyer with nothing behind Gardner Minshew.14. Denver BroncosGrade: B+Draft picks: WR Jerry Jeudy, WR K.J. Hamler, CB Michael Ojemudia, G/C Lloyd Cushenberry, DT McTelvin Agim, TE Albert Okwuegbunam, OLB Justin Strnad, G Netane Muti, WR Tyrie Cleveland, DE Derrek TuszkaThe Broncos did a good job of addressing needs for John Elway and Vic Fangio, taking advantage of volume. Jeudy, Ojemudia and Cushenberry stand out as their best picks. That said, they probably overloaded on offensive skill too much hoping to lift Drew Lock vs. putting a higher priority on defense. Hamler and Okwuegbunam were interesting picks of luxury for a team that couldn’t afford it, considering it already has DaeSean Hamilton and Noah Fant.15. New York JetsGrade: B+Draft picks: OT Mekhi Becton, WR Denzel Mims, S Ashtyn Davis, DE Jabari Zuniga, RB La’Mical Perine, QB James Morgan, OT Cameron Clark, CB Bryce Hall, P Braden MannThe Jets did well for themselves early back to back with Becton and Mims, perfect fits for their offense. Their best picks after that were Zuniga and Hall, good values for defensive needs. Davis was a reach and Morgan was a wasted pick. Perine is someone to watch behind Le’Veon Bell. MORE: ESPN responds to criticism over handling of family tragedies during draft 22. Pittsburgh SteelersGrade: BDraft picks: WR Chase Claypool, OLB Alex Highsmith, RB Anthony McFarland Jr., G Kevin Dotson, S Antoine Brooks Jr., DT Carlos DavisKevin Colbert had an interesting draft as the team didn’t really prioritize key needs at defensive tackle (not taking one until Davis) and running back. Claypool is an intriguing hybrid, but was more of a luxury pick given they have JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson and James Washington. Highsmith was a third edge rusher they couldn’t resist. McFarland is more of pace-changer instead of a back able to carry a full load to replace James Conner.23. Kansas City ChiefsGrade: B-Draft picks: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LB Willie Gay Jr., OT Lucas Niang, CB L’Jarius Snead, DE Mike Danna, CB Thakarius KeyesEdwards-Helaire was a beautiful luxury pick for Andy Reid, Brett Veach and the reigning Super Bowl champions. But Gay is the only other potential immediate impact player. Call out the Chiefs a little for not considering wide receiver and defensive tackle for 2021 contract contingencies and taking a long time before addressing cornerback. 24. Detroit LionsGrade: B-Draft picks: CB Jeff Okudah, RB De’Andre Swift, DE/LB Julian Okwara, G Jonah Jackson, G Logan Stenberg, WR Quintez Cephus, RB Jason Huntley, DT John Penisini, DT Jashon CornellBob Quinn and Matt Patricia started with a bang in Okudah, and their best picks after that related to biggest need and value were Okwara and Jackson. They weren’t in a position to take Swift as a luxury pick and possible upgrade to oft-injured but talented Kerryon Johnson. They could have done more to consider the defense at linebacker and tackle vs. doubling up on guard after getting Jackson. 30. Philadelphia EaglesGrade: CDraft picks: WR Jalen Reagor, QB Jalen Hurts, LB Davion Taylor, S K’Von Wallace, OT Jack Driscoll, WR John Hightower, LB Shaun Bradley, WR Quez Watkins, OT Prince Tega Wanogho, OLB Casey ToohillHowie Roseman was able to recover from the back-to-back weird reaches on the Jalens, but the haul was very disappointing for a contender, despite the volume. Hurts made no sense for them as costly insurance behind Carson Wentz. Taylor, Bradley and Toohill doesn’t inspire in helping their one big defensive weakness. The three best picks were Driscoll, Hightower and Wanogho, who all should have gone earlier. There wasn’t much diversity in the positions, filled with flyers more than real short-term contributors beyond Reagor.BENDER: What is the Eagles’ plan for Jalen Hurts?30. Las Vegas RaidersGrade: C-Draft picks: WR Henry Ruggs III, CB Damon Arnette, RB/WR Lynn Bowden, WR Bryan Edwards, LB/S Tanner Muse, G John Simpson, CB Amik RobertsonThe sequel to the amazing Raiders draft of 2019 didn’t happen for Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock, as they might have been a little too obsessed in trying to get an explosive offense to suddenly match the Chiefs and getting Clemson players (Muse, Simpson) after getting much better picks in Clelin Ferrell and Travyon Mullen last year. Ruggs and Edwards were fine picks; everything else was bad, including a major reach for Arnette and an absolute throwaway pick in the gadget player Bowden. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/24/22/chase-young-getty-022720-ftrjpg_1781sq1el95ct1n1pl2kafyozl.jpg?t=-2018857080&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/a6/b5/chase-claypool-042520-getty-ftrjpeg_ugzsbmhup0lx1pqtevgombsca.jpg?t=-1309872375&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ac/be/joe-burrow-011420-getty-ftrjpg_senafwa9zq911q5km10ewkj48.jpg?t=-1567698281&w=500&quality=80 19. New England PatriotsGrade: B+Draft picks: S Kyle Dugger, DE/OLB Josh Uche, DE/OLB Anfernee Jennings, TE Devin Asiasi, TE Dalton Keene, K Justin Rohrwasser, G Michael Owenu, OT Justin Herron, LB Cassh Malula, C Dustin WoodardThe Patriots always start with a high floor because of Bill Belichick’s ability to know when to stockpile picks. Defensively, they loaded up on ideal versatile players in Dugger, Uche and Jennings for needs. Overhauling tight end made sense, but maybe not as much in terms of trading up and taking those two players vs. others at the position. Rohrwasser was absolutely needed for the kicking game. One can’t ignore, however, the lack of a quarterback to compete with Jarrett Stidham.DeCOURCY: Bill Belichick keeps everyone guessing again with draft strategy 20. Miami DolphinsGrade: BDraft picks: QB Tua Tagovailoa, OT Austin Jackson, CB Noah Igbinoghene, G/C Robert Hunt, DT Raekwon Davis, S Brandon Jones, G Solomon Kindley, DE Jason Strowbridge, DE/OLB Curtis Weaver, LS Blake Ferguson, WR Malcolm Perry, LAST GUYThe Dolphins get high marks for volume and sticking with Tagovailoa as their future franchise passer. After early stumbling reaches with Jackson, Igbinoghene and Hunt, Davis was their next best pick. Weaver can be a steal as he should have gone in the second round. Ferguson is a big boost to their special teams. But it’s strange how they addressed running back by trading for Breida to pair with Jordan Howard and not getting any wide receivers.21. Atlanta FalconsGrade: BDraft picks: CB A.J. Terrell, DL Marlon Davidson, G/C Matt Hennessy, LB Mykal Walker, S Jaylinn Hawkins, P Sterling HofrichterThomas Dimtiroff didn’t waste time addressing the big cornerback need with Terrell, and Davidson was a good versatile pass rusher for their defensive front. Hennessy was a good option to upgrade left guard this year or replace Alex Mack at center next year. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/2a/ed/kristian-fulton-110719-getty-ftrjpg_1uqchcu99uunb1nnquyyqwovf9.jpg?t=1194449518&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/3d/88/justin-jefferson-062619-getty-ftr_1r5uep32zkghc1rolcokwizb8i.jpg?t=-1804227037&w=500&quality=80 MORE: Packers fans rip team for failure to draft a wide reciever with nine picks32. Green Bay PackersGrade: DDraft picks: QB Jordan Love, RB A.J. Dillon, TE Josiah Deguara, LB Kamal Martin, G Jon Runyan, C Jake Hanson, OT Simon Stepaniak, S Vernon Scott, DE/OLB Jonathan GarvinLast and least, where to begin with this whiff of a class for Brian Gutekunst? After working so hard to build a 13-3 Super Bowl contender with Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur last year, Green Bay drafted too much for future years. Love, Dillon, Deguara all won’t help them win more games in 2020. Martin and Garvin were the best picks in relation to what they needed. They should have considered offensive tackle earlier and it was absolutely shocking to not add a wide receiver to support Rodgers. Heck, a defensive lineman for their 3-4 front even would have been nice. The Vikings, Cowboys, Buccaneers, 49ers and Saints all did much better as NFC contenders in relation, too. 25. Washington RedskinsGrade: B-Draft picks: DE Chase Young, WR Antonio Gibson, OT Saahdiq Charles, WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, C Keith Ismael, LB Khaleke Hudson, S Kamren Curl, DE James Smith-WilliamsYoung will be a superstar and was a no-brainer for Kyle Smith and Ron Rivera. Although Gibson and Gandy-Golden can be dynamic, it’s unsure how they’ll mesh with their QB situation in Scott Turner’s offense and may have been speed-based reaches. The Redskins should have considered more defensive players earlier and didn’t address a big need at tight end.26. Los Angeles ChargersGrade: CDraft picks: QB Justin Herbert, ILB Kenneth Murray, RB Joshua Kelley, WR Joe Reed, S Alohi Gilman, WR K.J. HillHerbert was a boom-or-bust start for Tom Telesco, making Murray the surefire better first-rounder for them. Gllman was an OK flyer late, but Reed (a return man too) and Hill didn’t make a lot of sense, also at a position of depth. They should have gone for a back to replace Melvin Gordon to complement Austin Ekeler earlier than Kelley. The biggest deduction by far comes from not addressing one of the league’s worst offensive tackle situations for a rookie QB.27. Chicago BearsGrade: CDraft picks: TE Cole Kmet, CB Jaylon Johnson, DE Trevis Gipson, CB Kindle Vildor, WR Darnell Mooney, G Arlington Hambright, OT Lachavious SimmonsThe Bears did their best without a first-rounder. Kmet is a nice player and they like deploying multiple tight ends for Matt Nagy, but it was a bit of a luxury pick for them. Johnson was their best pick to address cornerback depth behind Kyle Fuller. Gipson and Vlldor were OK, but overall there wasn’t much value with their limited draft.28. Houston TexansGrade: CDraft picks: DT Ross Blacklock, DE/OLB Jonathan Greenard, OT Charlie Heck, CB John Reid, WR Isaiah CoulterFile Bill O’Brien as another handcuffed decision-maker with little draft capital. Blacklock was a strong pick to replace D.J. Reader, but they missed out on a lot of value at various points of the draft beyond that. Houston has had a few problems with this offseason, hasn’t it?29. Seattle SeahawksGrade: CDraft picks: LB Jordyn Brooks, DE Darrell Taylor, G Damien Lewis, TE Colby Parkinson, RB DeeJay Dallas, DE Alton Robinson, WR Freddie Swain, TE Stephen SullivanHere we go again with John Schneider going way outside of the box in the first round with Brooks being the latest version of Rashaad Penny and L.J. Collier. Brooks was a major reach defensively, and offensively the Seahawks missed several better values for the offensive line, backfield and receiving corps. By far Taylor and Robinson were their best picks, so at least it’s good they addressed their massive need on the edge pass rush. 16. Los Angeles RamsGrade: B+Draft picks: RB Cam Akers, WR Van Jefferson, OLB Terrell Lewis, S Terrell Burgess, TE Brycen Hopkins, S Jordan Fuller, LB Clay Johnston, K Sam Sloman, G Tremayne AnchrumThe Rams got their replacements for Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks and Dante Fowler Jr. right off the bat. Lewis was the best pick of the three, but Akers and Jefferson have good opportunities to improve on their college production. Hopkins was a steal later for some depth. There was no early linebacker to help replace Cory LIttleton, but Burgess can be useful in coverage. Les Snead and Sean McVay finish right in the middle.17. Indianapolis ColtsGrade: B+Draft picks: WR Michael Pittman Jr., RB Jonathan Taylor, S Julian Blackmon, QB Jacob Eason, G Danny Pinter, DT Robert Windsor, CB Isiah Rodgers, WR Dezmon Patmon, LB Jordan GlasgowThe Colts did well to address needs with Chris Ballard as Pittman will work out nicely at wide receiver. Trading up for Taylor was just OK, given Dobbins was on the board. There’s not too much immediate impact elsewhere as they try to rebound with Philip Rivers. Eason was the best pick after Pittman as a big-armed passer to groom behind Rivers, given his surprise fall.18. New Orleans SaintsGrade: B+Draft picks: G/C Cesar Ruiz, LB Zack Baun, TE Adam Trautman, QB Tommy StevensThe Saints ended up with little volume and didn’t get a true quarterback, just another Taysom Hil after trading back in at the end. But Mickey Loomis got the best interior offensive lineman in Ruiz and hit a home run with stealing Baun to replace A.J. Klein and also help their pass rush. Trautman can be a special receiving talent for them but with jared Cook in the mix, but like Ruiz, may not see a prominent role until 2021 when Drew Brees may or may not be back. The talent is promising, but the type of drafting didn’t total mesh with New Orleans’ all in to win position in the NFC. 10. Tennessee TitansGrade: ADraft picks: OT Isaiah Wilson, CB Kristian Fulton, RB Darrynton Evans, DT Larrell Murchinson, QB Cole McDonald, S Chris JacksonThe Titans didn’t get edge-rush depth, but they did everything else they needed as Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel got a needed right tackle, third cornerback, second running back and rotational defensive tackle. Taking Fulton to play off Malcolm Butler and Adoree’ Jackson and Evans to complement Derrick Henry were especially terrific values.11. San Francisco 49ersGrade: A-Draft picks: DT Javon Kinlaw, WR Brandon Aiyuk, OT Colton McKivitz, TE Charlie Woerner, WR Jauan JenningsThe 49ers knew this draft wasn’t one meant for volume and also knew they had to get immediate rookie replacements for DeForest Buckner (Kinlaw) and Emmanuel Sanders (Aiyuk). They also jumped on the trade for Trent Williams with Joe Staley retiring and were able to get rid of two superfluous offensive players, Matt Breida and Marquise Goodwin, for extra picks. McKivitz and Woerner were solid depth picks. Jennings may end up being a final-pick steal.MORE: Trent Williams trade grades12. Cleveland BrownsGrade: A-Draft picks: OT Jedrick Wills, S Grant Delpit, DT Jordan Elliott, LB Jacob Phillips, TE Harrison Bryant, G/C Nick Harris, WR Donovan Peoples-JonesThe Browns had a fine first draft with Andrew Berry and Kevin Stefanski. Wills fills the void at left tackle and Delpit cleans up major safety issues. Elliott and Phillips were good depth picks for the front seven. Bryant is a versatile cog to furher boost a key position for Stefanski after the teams signed Austin Hooper. Peoples-Jones could end up being a steal to complement Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. The 2020 NFL Draft is complete. So how did your team do with all the prospects it picked for their latest rookie class?Although we won’t see these players take the field for a while and won’t be able to fully evaluate all 32 teams’ draft hauls until a few years down the line, there’s still a way to grade their selections. The two initial questions to ask when ranking the classes are: 1. What kind of team drafted them? and 2. What level of talent was amassed?last_img read more

Monday February 18th Local Sports

first_imgCHARLES CITY — Osage also lost in their bid for an appearance in the state tournament. The Green Devils lost to Crestwood 53-49 in the 3A regional final played in Charles City on Saturday night. Osage ends their season with a 20-2 record. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Brady Ellingson had 21 points as Drake narrowly beat Valparaiso 84-79 on Saturday.Nick McGlynn had 16 points and nine rebounds for Drake (20-7, 9-5 Missouri Valley Conference). Tremell Murphy added five assists.Deion Lavender had 16 points and six rebounds for the Crusaders (13-14, 6-8). Javon Freeman added 15 points and five steals. Derrik Smits had 15 points.The Bulldogs improve to 2-0 against the Crusaders this season. Drake defeated Valparaiso 70-59 on Jan. 26. Drake faces Bradley at home on Tuesday. Valparaiso plays Southern Illinois at home on Wednesday. CLARION — The Clear Lake girls basketball team’s season came to an end in the 3A regional final on Saturday night in Clarion, falling to Roland-Story 44-43, as you heard on KRIB. Clear Lake finishes the season with a 17-5 record. IOWA CITY — The Big Ten women’s race is tied. Iowa closed the game on a 9-0 run as the 13th ranked Hawkeyes pulled away from an 86-73 win over seventh ranked Maryland. Both teams are 12-3 in the league race.Iowa coach Lisa Bluder. Megan Gustafson finished with 31 points and 17 rebounds and much of the damage was done in the second half.With two their last three games on the road Bluder says the Hawkeyes face a difficult path to a championship.Mason City native Makenzie Meyer played 35 minutes, scoring eight points and dishing out four assists. Iowa travels to Indiana on Thursday. EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — AJ Green had 21 points as Northern Iowa beat Evansville 73-58 on Sunday.Trae Berhow had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Northern Iowa (12-15, 7-7 Missouri Valley Conference), which ended its five-game road losing streak. Spencer Haldeman added 14 points. Wyatt Lohaus had 11 points and eight rebounds for the visitors.Shea Feehan had 14 points for the Purple Aces (10-17, 4-10) whose losing streak reached four games. K.J. Riley added 12 points and six rebounds. Shamar Givance had 10 points.Marty Hill, who was second on the Purple Aces in scoring entering the matchup with 11 points per game, shot only 20 percent in the game (1 of 5).The Panthers improve to 2-0 against the Purple Aces this season. Northern Iowa defeated Evansville 81-74 on Jan. 26. Northern Iowa takes on Missouri State on the road on Wednesday. Evansville plays Loyola of Chicago on the road on Wednesday. MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Lindell Wigginton hit five 3-pointers and scored 23 points, Talen Horton-Tucker buried six 3s and had 20, and No. 23 Iowa State pulled away late for a 78-64 victory over No. 18 Kansas State on Saturday to tighten up the Big 12 title race.Marial Shayok added 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Cyclones (19-6, 8-4), who pulled within a game of the Wildcats (19-6, 9-3) with six games to go in the conference schedule.The road win also pulled Texas Tech and Kansas back in the championship picture.Iowa State wound up going 14 of 24 from beyond the 3-point line, shooting right over Kansas State’s vaunted defense, which had been holding to teams to fewer than 60 points on average this season. MASON CITY — The Mason City High girls had no issues in their post-season opener on Saturday. The Mohawks were up 58-21 at the half and cruised to a 98-31 win over Decorah in a 4A regional semifinal that you heard on KGLO. Megan Meyer had 39 points in the win. Mason City will host Gilbert on Tuesday in the regional final at 7 o’clock, a game you’ll hear on KGLO starting at about 6:45. DES MOINES — North-central Iowa had two champions at the state wrestling tournament over the weekend:== Eric Faught needed a takedown in sudden-victory overtime to give the Clear Lake senior a 3-1 win in the Class 2A 132-pound championship match over Jack Gaukel of Sergeant Bluff-Luton. It was the third time Faught had been in a state title match, finishing second in his freshman and junior years and finishing third as a sophomore. Faught’s championship helped Clear Lake finish third in the Class 2A team race with 62.5 points. West Delaware won the 2A title with 76.5 points, while Spirit Lake Park finished one point ahead of Clear Lake for second.== For the fourth straight week, Zach Ryg of Central Springs and Chase McCleish of Newman met in a championship match, and Ryg came out on top in each of those meetings. After winning the Top of Iowa Conference, sectional and district titles, Ryg became the third wrestler in Central Springs history to win a state title as he beat McCleish 5-1 in the Class 1A 195-pound championship. Central Springs as a team had the highest finish of any of the area Class 1A teams, ending up in a tie for 8th with 43 points. Don Bosco won the team title with 151 points.== Mason City High’s two finalists fell in their Class 3A state title matches. In the 106-pound final, Jace Rhodes lost for the third time this season to Trever Andersen of Ankeny, this time by a 7-0 decision. In the 138-pound title match, Colby Schriever was pinned by Eli Loyd of Pleasant Valley with 55-seconds to go in the second period. Mason City finished 12th in the team race with 59 points. Waverly-Shell Rock won the team title with 157 points. PISCATAWAY, NEW JERSEY — The 21st ranked Iowa Hawkeye men recorded win number 20 with their second straight buzzer beater back on Saturday.Gary Dolphin and Bobby Hansen on the Hawkeye Network. Joe Weiskamp (wees-camp) banked in as corner three pointer to beat the buzzer in a 71-69 win at Rutgers.Weiskamp’s basket came after the length inbounds pass was deflected.Iowa coach Fran McCaffery.The Hawkeyes host Maryland Tuesday night. TONIGHT:= AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — 4A boys substate quarterfinal — Mason City at Marshalltown — 6:45 pre-game, 7:00 tipoff= AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — 3A boys substate quarterfinal — Clear Lake vs. Hampton-Dumont — 7:45 pre-game, 8:00 tipoff CLEAR LAKE — Classes 3A and 4A boys basketball teams have their substate openers tonight:== 3A Substate 2 at Clear Lake6:30 — Algona vs. Waverly-Shell Rock8:00 — Clear Lake vs. Hampton-Dumont== 3A Substate 2 at Webster City6:30 — Webster City vs. Decorah8:00 — Charles City vs. Iowa Falls-Alden== 4A Substate 27:00 — Mason City at Marshalltown (winner at Des Moines North on Friday)7:00 — Urbandale at Des Moines Lincoln (winner at Ames on Friday)last_img read more

Govt likely to waive interest on outstanding UG student loans

first_imgGovernment has announced that it has devised a number of strategies to recoup the billions of dollars owed to the University of Guyana’s Student Loan Scheme.This is according to Government’s spokesman, Raphael Trotman, who told media operatives on Wednesday that Cabinet received a report which contained several “nice” recommendations for the University of Guyana’s Student Loan Agency (SLA) to recoup the outstanding fees.A recent forensic audit into UG’s Student Loan Agency revealed that from the year 1994 to May 2015, some 17,567 or 69.4 per cent of 25,335 student loans were deemed delinquent after students were not honouring their indebtedness.This means some $10 billion in student loans is outstanding to the institution. Among the delinquent students are several prominent Attorneys, Magistrates and politicians, including the former Leader of the Opposition and the People’s National Congress Reform Robert Corbin.Trotman opted not to go into much detail about the recommendations, noting that Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who headed the sub-committee that compiled the report and made the recommendations, is expected to host a press briefing on the matter soon.Nevertheless, the Minister disclosed that among the proposals presented to Cabinet on Tuesday is the waiver of the interest rates attached to the loans.“We are hoping that we can be generous in the Jubilee year, indeed, to students and waive interests and so forth. So there are considerations for passing or excusing or not insisting on payments of some things,” he stated.Trotman explained that the interest waiver would be made across the board. He went on to dismiss assertions that the wavier was done in favour of several high profile individuals who still owe the agency. He pointed out that before these persons became ‘high profile’, there were just mere students of the tertiary institution.“We are not looking at the profile they hold now, we are looking at the fact that they were students of the institution known as the University of Guyana and should be treated fairly and equally… The point is not to waive interests of any individual but to look across the board at how we can, in our Jubilee year, make an offer to past students that is good in their interests,” he stated.Back in February, the Finance Minister had announced that Government will stop funding to the Student Loan Agency because there is sufficient cash for another two years. “The student loan agency has accumulated enough money for the fund to now revolve so the fund is revolving and there is no need for Government contribution at this time,” Jordan had told the National Assembly.At the time, the Finance Minister had stated that Cabinet was working on a ‘paper’ to recover the more than $10 billion in unpaid loans.The sub-committee headed by Minister Jordan was set up to examined the forensic audit report on the Student Loan Agency. According to Trotman, in the report, the sub-committee recommended a review of the organisational structure and business processes of the agency to make it compliant with auditing and accounting frameworks.Additionally, he noted that the sub-committee also made a number of recommendations of short and medium-term measures to streamline the agency and to set clear conditions for loan applications, guarantees and repayments.last_img read more

Ozil, citing ‘racism’, quits Germany side after World Cup debacle

first_img0Shares0000Ozil has won 92 caps for the German national sideBERLIN, Germany, July 22 – Mesut Ozil said Sunday he was quitting the German national football team, citing “racism” in the criticism of him in the side’s World Cup debacle.“It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect,” he tweeted. Ozil, who has Turkish roots, had earlier defended his decision to pose for a controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May which sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany’s squad ahead of the World Cup in Russia.In a three-part statement on Twitter sent over the course of the day, an angry Ozil saved his bombshell for the final salvo.In it, the Arsenal midfielder blamed the German Football Federation (DFB) for failing to defend him against his most strident critics.“Arguably the issue that has frustrated me the most over the past couple of months has been the mistreatment from the DFB, and in particular the DFB President Richard Grindel,” he said.He said that Grindel and Germany coach Joachim Loew had asked him to give a “joint statement to end all the talk and set the record straight” over the picture with Erdogan.“Whilst I attempted to explain to Grindel my heritage, ancestry and therefore reasoning behind the photo, he was far more interested in speaking about his own political views and belittling my opinion.”Ozil said he had been unfairly blamed in Germany for the side’s shock first-round defeat at the World Cup.“I will no longer stand for being a scapegoat for his (Grindel’s) incompetence and inability to do his job properly,” he said.Ozil said earlier that he was true to both his Turkish and German origins and insisted he did not intend to make a political statement by appearing with Erdogan.– ‘I have two hearts’ –“Like many people, my ancestry traces back to more than one country. Whilst I grew up in Germany, my family background has its roots firmly based in Turkey,” he said.“I have two hearts, one German and one Turkish.”Ozil, 29, said he had first met Erdogan in 2010 after the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel watched a Germany-Turkey match together in Berlin.Ozil said that despite the timing of the picture with teammate Ilkay Gundogan and Erdogan — shortly before the president won re-election in a poll endowing him with sweeping new powers — “it wasn’t about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family’s country”.“My job is a football player and not a politician, and our meeting was not an endorsement of any policies,” Ozil added.Germany is home to more than three million people of Turkish origin.Ozil and Gundogan were booed by German fans in pre-World Cup friendlies after posing with Erdogan in London.Manchester City midfielder Gundogan presented him with a signed club shirt on which he had written “to my president”.After the tournament, Ozil came in for stinging criticism by DFB officials and German politicians across the spectrum.Team boss Oliver Bierhoff suggested after the debacle that Germany should have considered dropping Ozil after his failure to explain himself over the Erdogan picture.Bierhoff later backtracked, saying that he “was wrong” to put Ozil under undue pressure, but the picture continued to draw scorn from fans on social media.Meanwhile, former captain Lothar Matthaeus accused Ozil of no longer looking comfortable in the Germany shirt.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Madrid bounce back with impressive win over Sevilla

first_img0Shares0000Karim Benzema scored the winner as Real Madrid beat Sevilla 1-0 on Sunday in La Liga © AFP / CRISTINA QUICLERMADRID, Spain, Sep 23 – Real Madrid eased the pressure on Zinedine Zidane and delivered a resounding response to their loss to Paris Saint-Germain by winning 1-0 away at high-flying Sevilla in La Liga on Sunday.Karim Benzema headed in the decisive goal at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to secure an impressive victory against a Sevilla side that were unbeaten and hoping to return to the top of the table. Instead, it is Madrid that go level on points with Athletic Bilbao in first place after a controlled and determined performance that was by some distance their best since Zidane’s return as coach in March.“We have had a quite difficult time but the players reacted,” Zidane said.His position had come under scrutiny after Madrid’s woeful 3-0 defeat by PSG in the Champions League on Wednesday, a result that continued their bumpy start to the season, following a turbulent summer in the transfer market.But this win should do wonders for belief and leaves Barcelona as Spain’s chief club in crisis, with Ernesto Valverde under pressure after they were beaten 2-0 by Granada on Saturday. Madrid are now four points clear of the Catalans after five games played.“I am very happy as people have been questioning us a lot,” said Zidane. “But we don’t think much about that. We played 90 minutes at a very high level in a difficult stadium. We must congratulate all the players.”Not for the first time this season, Zidane singled out Gareth Bale for praise. “Today hard work was the key,” he said. “The effort made by James, Gareth, all of them.”Sevilla’s newly-installed coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked by Madrid 11 months ago, 139 days after taking the job that cost him the chance to lead Spain at the World Cup.He insisted on Saturday there was no desire for revenge but it is hard to imagine victory would not have brought a little extra satisfaction.Zidane was asked about his own future as well, several times, and while he maintained he still feels the full backing of the club, there was a warning too. If support dwindles, he said, “then it would probably be best to leave”.– Lopetegui booked –But for all the problems — a dreadful pre-season, signings and sales missed, poor performances against Real Valladolid, Villarreal, Levante and PSG — Madrid now sit second, buoyed by a display that may yet prove a springboard for games to come.A frantic opening half an hour made for an engrossing contest but there were few chances, as Lopetegui earned himself a booking for beckoning Gareth Bale to be shown a yellow card.Real Madrid probably just shaded the first period and had its two best chances as Eden Hazard was slipped in by Benzema, only to be denied by Tomas Vaclik on the angle, before Dani Carvajal was sent clear by James Rodriguez but this time Vaclik’s right foot blocked the defender’s finish.There was little in it, as Bale’s excellent cross almost found James at the back post shortly after half-time while Luuk de Jong went close with a header, prompting Carvajal to hack the ball clear at the far post.Still, Madrid looked more likely and so it proved as Raphael Varane won back possession high up, allowing Bale to thread Carvajal in behind. He dug out a cross, which Benzema met brilliantly, rising high to head home his fifth goal of the season.Sevilla might have equalised but De Jong headed wide under pressure from Carvajal and then Javier Hernandez did score, in the 87th minute, poking in at the near post, only for the assistant to raise his flag.Bale could have made it two late on but hit the side-netting from an acute angle. One was enough.0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Loftus-Cheek set for third consecutive start? Chelsea line up v City predicted

first_img 11 11 12. John Obi Mikel (centre midfield) 11 11 20. Matt Miazga (centre back) 17. Pedro (right wing) 11 11 Saturday evening’s Premier League clash between Chelsea and Manchester City is live on talkSPORT from 17:30 BST.With nothing to play for the Blues’ season is effectively over, but they could still have a key role in deciding the top four.City, currently fourth, need to pick up three points with Manchester United and West Ham United not too far behind. But a rejuventated Chelsea side will be out to cause upset, hoping to bounce back from their defeat to Swansea City.So, will make some changes after that loss? Will Diego Costa, returning from suspension, start?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Chelsea line up by viewing the slideshow above. 13. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) 2. Branislav Ivanovic (right back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 36. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (attacking midfield) 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (right back) 11 11 11 22. Willian (left wing) 19. Diego Costa (striker) 11 11 6. Abdul Baba Rahman (left back) 4. Cesc Fabregas (centre midfield) last_img read more

GREAT EASTER FUN AT GARTAN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMPS – FOR ALL THE FAMILY

first_imgGARTAN Outdoor Adventure Centre has launched a series of new adventure camps for Easter with children in mind….and their mums and dads!Great new mini-adventures await your children where they get to learn new life skills and make new friends doing everything from building their own rafts, kayaking on Gartan Lake or having good old-fashioned fun building their own camp for the night.Gartan is running a two-day Muckabout Camp (one night residential) on March 26/27 and again on April 3/4. (Cost €79). There are also non-residential Adventure Days on  Mon – Thurs, 25th/26th/27th/28th March 2013 – Multi Activity – €30 per day or €110 for 4 daysThere are also Kayaking and Canoeing Training (age 12 & upwards) €35 per day or €90 for 3 days or €115 for 4 days.The second week of the Easter holidays features Family Adventure Days…running Tues – Fri, 2nd/3rd/4th/5th April 2013Family Adventures – One adult & one child €55 per day or €210 for 4 days. Additional adult €30 per day or €110 for 4 days. Additional child €25 per day or €90 for 4 days. So don’t say there’s nothing to do in Donegal this Easter!For more log on to www.gartan.com or call 07491 37032 to reserve a place. GREAT EASTER FUN AT GARTAN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMPS – FOR ALL THE FAMILY was last modified: March 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GREAT EASTER FUN AT GARTAN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMPS – FOR ALL THE FAMILYlast_img read more

CHILD RESCUE ALERT OVER: MOTHER AND CHILD SAFE

first_imgCRI Alert Cancelled:Gardai wish to advise that the CRI Alert has now been cancelled.  Rachel and Saoirse Carr have both been found safe and well.  Gardai wish to express their thanks to all members of the public and media for their assistance in this matter.  CHILD RESCUE ALERT OVER: MOTHER AND CHILD SAFE was last modified: February 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

JKL Dolphins, A1 Challange draw first blood in FUBA NBL playoffs

first_img Tags: A1 ChallengeJKL DolphinsNkumba Lady MarinesPemba Warriors JKL’s Ivan Lumanyika trys to throw down a lay up under the watch of Warriors’ Said Amis (11) on Friday night (photo by FUBA Media)FUBA National Basketball League-Playoffs 2018Friday, 07-09-2018MTN Arena, Lugogo-Pemba Warriors 59-63 JKL Dolphins-A1 Challenge 66-61 Nkumba Lady MarinesLUGOGO – JKL Dolphins produced a breath taking fourth quarter display to overcome Pemba Warriors 63-59 in game one of the 2018 FUBA NBL playoff.The Dolphines were trailing by as many as seven points with just over three minutes to play but powered their way back, scoring 12 points whilst conceding one,  en route to victory.JKL’s Ivan Lumanyika got the game rolling with the first points of the day off a jump shot in the first few minutes.The first quarter was more of a contest as both side’s traded baskets and eventually ending it 16-16.The second was more like the first but Warriors  edged it 18-16 to ensure that they take a slim two point lead into halftime.Despite a slow start to the third by both sides, Warriors took the initiative, winning it 15-10 with the scoreboard reading 49-42.All the drama was left for late in the fourth:Trailing by four points, JKL’s Gaki Daniel scored a three pointer to reduce the deficit to just a point inside the last 30 seconds.With 19 seconds to go, Ochen replicated his shooting heroics as he made another shot from downtown as JKL overturned the deficit and led by two.Makala Libe’s two with 14 seconds on the clock coupled with Yesman Bushiri’s conversion of one of his two free throws was more of an icing to the cake as JKL won the encounter 63-59.JKL’s Brian Namake scored a game high 18 points. Ivan Lumanyika contributed eight points, 11 rebounds and four assists to the victory.Amisi Saidi scored a team high 12 points for Pemba Warriors.In the other game, A1 Challenge edged Nkumba Lady Marines 66-61 in a closely contested affair.A1 trailed the first quarter 12-17, but the side bounced back to win the second 17-10.Nkumba won the third quarter 11-13 to level the score 40-40 going into the last ten minutes.The lead exchanged hands on various occasions but it still remained neck to neck, tied 59-59 with just a minute to go. A1, started to break away with a late rally and the side eventually sealed a 66-61 victory.The four teams that played on Friday, will face off again on Sunday for game two.FUBA NBL – Saturday:-KCCA Leaoprads vs Angels @10:00am-JKL Lady Dolphins vs UMU Ravens @12:00pm-City Oilers vs Sharing Youth @02:00pm-UCU Lady Canons vs KIU Rangers @04:00pm-KIU Titans vs UCU Canons @06:00pm-BetWay Power vs Nkumba @08:00pmComments last_img read more