“It’s right up there, a once-in-a-career opportunity and we’re certainly aware of how big it is. A World Cup is the pinnacle of the game because you’re coming up against the best, but this would have to be a close second. “The build-up of the traditional tour where you are playing games against provinces is something that is unique to the Lions these days.” Australia have spoken all week about the storm they are expecting in the opening exchanges at the Suncorp Stadium and Horwill took up the theme at the eve-of-match press conference. “The early collisions are going to be very critical. We understand the Lions play a very physical brand of rugby,” the 28-year-old said. “We’ve seen throughout the games leading up to this one that they’ve been very confrontational. It’s up to us to match that up front and take the ascendancy there. “You have to make sure you work hard because in games of this magnitude there’s not a lot in it. “Everyone across both teams is incredibly skilful so it will come down to work rate. In a fixture like this the margins are going to be very small so you have to take your opportunities when they come because there won’t be many.” Australia captain James Horwill believes the Wallabies will make the most of a career highlight by taming the British and Irish Lions. Press Association The hosts have been installed as underdogs for the three-Test series that begins at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Saturday morning and concludes in Sydney on July 6. It has been 12 years since Australia last faced the Lions, winning the series 2-1, and Horwill has stressed the importance of making the most of an event that is unique in modern rugby. “I think we’re going to win, I don’t know what the bookies say but I believe we’ll win,” the Reds second row said.
(Washington, DC) — Dead people are among those Republican Senator and former Florida Governor Rick Scott says are wrongly benefiting from the Paycheck Protection Program. In an op-ed at FoxNews.com this morning, Scott pointed out what he sees as several flaws with the program. Sen. Scott wrote:“Common sense isn’t complicated.Don’t send money to dead people. That’s not complicated.Don’t bail out huge corporations or send taxpayer money to businesses that haven’t been hurt by this crisis. That’s not complicated.Don’t incentivize workers to stay on government-run, taxpayer-funded programs when this crisis has ended and we need them to go back to work. That’s not complicated.”He claims the Treasury Department has sent stimulus checks to the deceased, and there’s no plan to get that money back. He also says under the PPP, some people could earn more money by not working than they could by working. Scott says these problems, and others, show why government needs more common sense and needs to be run like a business. He adds that any elected official who believes government is too complicated to run like a business should resign tomorrow.
(BBC) – UEFA is set to announce the postponed 2021 Women’s European Championship will take place from 6-31 July 2022.The tournament, to be held in England, has been pushed back a year after the men’s European Championship and the Tokyo Olympics were both postponed until 2021 because of the global coronavirus pandemic.The intention is to use the same venues as the original tournament.Moving the Euros to 2022 will avoid two women’s tournaments in the same summer.Three European teams – England, the Netherlands and Sweden – have already qualified for the Olympics.As it stands, the finale of the Women’s Euros will coincide with the start of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Beginning in October, a new research center at USC will be conducting research about health policy in hopes of reforming the health debate in the country.Funded by a $1.2 million donation made by Leonard D. Schaeffer, a health care executive and professor at USC, and his wife, Pamela Schaeffer, the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics will feature work done mainly by USC’s School of Policy, Planning and Development and USC’s School of Pharmacy.Primarily a research facility, the new Schaeffer Center will investigate how to provide research on health policy and economics, how to offer better care delivery systems, how to regulate and assist with financing and how to train researchers, said Jack Knott, dean of the policy, planning and development school. The center’s ultimate goal will be to produce knowledge for a better health care system.Knott said the center will focus on real needs, such as those of the aging baby boom generation. The information the research provides will be disseminated to policymakers and the community in hopes of influencing the decision-making process.The center will also aim to have an international impact.Neeraj Sood, who will spearhead the center’s international research, said the center hopes to provide an outlet for developing countries to share ideas about health policy reform.“We will be gathering information from other countries, correcting gaps in our data and providing innovative solutions to help solve their health policy problems,” Sood said.Sood said the center also intends to hold an annual conference on health policy and economics that will be open to people from all over the world.“We hope that our research will be mutually beneficial for the US and other economies,” Sood said.Geoffrey Joyce, associate professor of clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical economics and policy, said he hopes the Schaeffer Center will make USC one of the leading centers for health policy research.“By getting a critical mass of health policy and health economics research going, it’s just going to bring in all the talent at USC and make it even stronger,” Joyce said. “There are lots of people who are good researchers at the medical school … but you need a critical mass to develop a major research center and research agenda.”Joyce said it is important to attract other researchers to take advantage of different perspectives.“We bring data on millions of people over many years from different sources, private employers, Medicare, Medicaid, so that the data becomes sort of a reason to attract researchers from other disciplines,” Joyce said.Besides the donation, the Schaeffer Center is also funded by grants various faculty members have received from the National Institute of Health and other federal agencies, according to a press release. Those involved with the center are hoping Schaeffer may donate again down the road.“We’re hoping that after four years that he will want to endow the center with a larger gift, but if not, the center will be sustained by research grants from the National Institute of Health, the National Institute [on] Aging and other grants,” Knott said.Dana Goldman, former director of the RAND Corporation’s health economics, finance and organization division, will head the Schaeffer Center.
At 39 years old, quarterback Tom Brady is still at the top of his game: On Sunday, he led the New England Patriots to victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, earning the game’s MVP title.But his wife, Gisele Bündchen, wants the father of her children to hang it all up.While speaking to Jim Miller on his SiriusXM NFL Radio show Monday, Brady said, “If it was up to my wife, she would have me retire today. She told me that last night three times.”But Brady isn’t ready to leave football behind just yet.“I said, ‘Too bad, babe, I’m having too much fun right now.’ You know, I feel like I can still do it and if you love what you do and you’re capable of doing it then –” he added, cutting himself off. “I’d be so bored if I wasn’t going out there, knowing that I could still do it. So, I’m going to work hard to be ready to go and I still plan on playing for a long time.”Brady spoke to ABC News last year about the lengths he goes to to stay in top shape at his age. “There’s no other 39-year-olds playing now at quarterback,” he said. “I don’t go to bed at 1 a.m. and wake up at 5 a.m. and say, ‘Let’s see if I can get this done today.’”Instead, he said he’s usually in bed by 8:30 p.m.“Because my career is so important, I think I make a lot of, I wouldn’t call them sacrifices, but just concessions for my job,” he continued. “Sometimes, it’s hard to cut things out, for me where I cut is, like, my friends, they probably don’t get as much time as they used to.”Brady and Bündchen are also famous for their healthy lifestyle. “I try to not eat as much sugar, but it’s so hard in our American diet to do that. … It’s hard to completely avoid. I don’t drink much alcohol,” Brady said last year.Despite the retirement talk, Bündchen was in Houston for Sunday’s big game and joined her husband on the field with their three children after the win. She later posted, “Wonderful things come to those who work hard with focus, tireless dedication and who never stop believing. Forever grateful for this moment. Congratulations my love!!”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV COMMENT Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 4th September, 2020 06:11 IST Colts Sign Starting Center To 4-year Contract Extension Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available but ESPN reported the deal was for $50 million and included $34 million in guaranteed money, making Kelly the highest-paid center in the league First Published: 4th September, 2020 06:11 IST Written By FOLLOW US The Indianapolis Colts have signed starting center Ryan Kelly to a four-year contract extension.Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available but ESPN reported the deal was for $50 million and included $34 million in guaranteed money, making Kelly the highest-paid center in the league.Kelly recently told reporters he intended to focus on preparing for Indy’s season opener Sept. 13 at Jacksonville while his agent continued working on details for a new contract. Kelly was about to enter the final year on his rookie contract and could have become an unrestricted free agent next winter. Now he’s signed through 2024.Kelly was Indy’s first-round draft pick in 2016, No. 18 overall, and has 51 starts over four seasons. He’s called out blocking assignments for one of the league’s top offensive lines each of the past two seasons and was rewarded last season with his first Pro Bowl trip after starting all 16 games.The Colts were the only NFL team to use the same starting five in all 16 games last season and all five return this season after left tackle Anthony Castonzo signed a two-year deal before hitting the free-agent market.With Castonzo, two-time All-Pro Quenton Nelson and Kelly anchoring Indy’s offensive line, the Colts finished seventh in the NFL in rushing offense — their first appearance in the top 10 since 2001 — and wound up tied for ninth in sacks allowed.Image credits: AP
So much for Kobe Bryant having breakfast in Boston two weeks ago with Rajon Rondo. The Mavericks acquired Rondo from the Celtics for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a 2015 first-round pick and a 2016 second-round pick. Meanwhile, a Lakers official downplayed reports the team had offered Steve Nash’s expiring $9.8 million contract and a first-round pick from Houston to Boston for Rondo. “We haven’t talked about anything as far as trades are concerned,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said about recent conversations he had with general manager Mitch Kupchak. “We talked about our players and how we can get them better.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Rondo will still become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The Lakers will have enough cap space to offer a max contract to Rondo, though he makes $12.9 million and averages 8.3 points, 10.8 assists and 7.5 rebounds per game. But the Lakers’ chance of securing Rondo could become more difficult. Ellis joins a loaded Mavericks (19-8) team featuring Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, Monta Ellis and Tyson Chandler. “Rondo is a hell of a basketball player,” Scott said before the Lakers’ 104-103 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night at Staples Center. “Obviously (Mavericks owner Mark) Cuban and that group is trying to go for a championship right now.”Still, Scott tabbed the Golden State Warriors (22-3) and Memphis Grizzlies (21-5) as the Western Conference favorites. Scott lauded the Warriors’ prolific offense featuring Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and the team’s defense. Scott argued Memphis’ rugged style suits postseason play. Cuban and Scott appear to agree on something different, though. Scott likes Cuban’s recent proposal that the NBA should realign their conferences considering the disparity between the Eastern and Western Conference. Miami (12-15) and Brooklyn (10-15) are slated to make the playoffs as the seventh and eight seed, respectively, despite having records below .500. Meanwhile, Scott described the Western Conference as a “monster,” featuring Golden State, Memphis, Portland (21-6) and Houston (19-6). “It doesn’t make sense geographically. But other than that, he has a good point,” Scott said of Cuban. “There’s a few teams, us included, that would love to be in the Eastern Conference right now.”Fond memoriesThunder coach Scott Brooks holds Bryant in high regards for reasons besides his productive play and mentoring Oklahoma City stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Brooks gushed about coaching Bryant in the 2012 NBA All-Star game when the Lakers’ star played both through a concussion and stopped LeBron James on a potential game-winning shot. “He wanted to guard LeBron James and he didn’t want him to score,” Scott said of Bryant. “I’m glad he didn’t because we got extra money by winning that game. So, thank you, Kobe.”
Michigan enters its fifth season under Jim Harbaugh with the same questions lingering over the program. Harbaugh has brought steady success back to Ann Arbor. The Wolverines are 38-14 under Harbaugh — the eighth best record among Power 5 teams — and have three 10-win seasons in that stretch. The Wolverines, however, have yet to break through to win the Big Ten conference. Harbaugh is 0-4 against rival Ohio State. The latest loss — a 62-39 blowout in Columbus — led to some offseason coaching changes. MORE: Sporting news’ pre-preseason top 25 for 2019Josh Gattis, brought over from Alabama, is the new offensive coordinator. The Wolverines return Shea Patterson and playmaking receivers on offense, but Don Brown’s defense will have questions in 2019. Michigan is ranked No. 10 in Sporting News’ pre-preseason top 25 for 2019. What can we expect for another pivotal season in Ann Arbor?Michigan football schedule 2019DateOpponentLocationAug. 31Middle Tennessee StateAnn Arbor, Mich.Sept. 7No. 17 ArmyAnn Arbor, Mich.Sept. 14ByeOffSept. 21at No. 22 WisconsinMadison, Wisc.Sept. 28RutgersAnn Arbor, Mich.Oct. 5IowaAnn Arbor, Mich.Oct. 12at IllinoisChampaign, Ill.Oct. 19at No. 12 Penn StateUniversity Park, Pa.Oct. 26No. 8 Notre DameAnn Arbor, Mich.Nov. 2at MarylandCollege Park, Md.Nov. 9ByeOffNov. 16Michigan StateAnn Arbor, Mich.Nov. 23at IndianaBloomington, Ind.Nov. 30No. 5 Ohio StateAnn Arbor, Mich.Dec. 7Big Ten championshipIndianapolisBold denotes Big Ten games.MORE: Early predictions for 2019 seasonMichigan football recruiting 2019Michigan had the top recruiting class in the Big Ten and No. 8 overall haul in 2019, according to 247Sports’ Composite team rankings. Five-star safety Daxton Hill briefly committed to Alabama before flipping back to Michigan, and five-star defensive lineman Chris Hinton stayed committed the whole time. Both will have a chance to play — and perhaps start — as freshmen. Four-star running back Zach Charbonnet, the No. 4 back in the class, also could play right away. Harbaugh isn’t afraid to let young players make an impact early, and this might be his most talented class yet.Michigan football roster 2019Michigan’s football roster will be updated in the spring and fall here.MORE: Big Ten primerWhat to watch from Michigan in 20191. Will the offense open up? This is the biggest question in Ann Arbor. Harbaugh must ditch the conservative offense, and Gattis promises to run an up-tempo, pro-style spread offense like the one the Crimson Tide used last season with Tua Tagovailoa. There is no question Patterson — who had 2,600 yards and 22 touchdowns to seven interceptions — could thrive in that system with the talent Michigan has at receiver. Donovan Peoples-Jones, Tarik Black and Nico Collins all have NFL potential. Peoples-Jones, a former five-star receiver who had eight catching touchdowns last season, could be an All-American in this system if used properly. Peoples-Jones and Collins have missed the spring because of injuries. That’s something to monitor. Nick Eubanks, a tight end who averaged 19.6 yards per catch with limited targets last season, could be a breakout player. Mike Sainristil has impressed in spring practice. Patterson will have options to spread the football around. 2. Who is the running back? Michigan returns most of an offensive line that improved under Ed Warinner last season, but running back is an open competition with the loss of Karan Higdon, who rushed for 1,178 yards and 10 touchdowns. Chris Evans is currently not on the team but could return for fall camp. That leaves an opportunity for Christian Turner, Tru Wilson and perhaps Charbonnet, an early enrollee who is not practicing this spring because of arthroscopic knee surgery. Turner is a good bet to get the first crack at the starting job if Evans does not return by the regular season.3. How will the defense be enhanced? Rashan Gary, Devin Bush, Chase Winovich and David Long are all gone to the NFL. Brown has huge holes to fill on defense, one that allowed an average of 51.5 points in the losses to Ohio State and Florida. Lavert Hill, Khaleke Hudson and Josh Metellus all returned. Josh Uche led the Wolverines with seven sacks last season, and defensive end Luiji Vilain is a breakout candidate generating buzz in spring practice. Devin Gil also and Josh Ross are solid linebackers with experience. Daxton Hill and Hinton could break in right away. This unit will be tested in September in different ways with Middle Tennessee State, Army and Wisconsin. We’ll see what Brown’s defense can do after last season’s disappointing finish.
Miralem Pjanic to transfer from Roma to FC Real! These are claims of agent Luis Vizzini.“I think that Pjanic will transfer to Real Madrid. He is a great player. Of course it is in the interest of every player to play in a team like Real Madrid,” stated Vizzini for Fichajes.com.Thus, Pjanic’s desire to play for his lifelong idol Zinedine Zidane would come true.Roma’s midfielder emphasized him as one of the people who changed his life.B&H midfielder has a contract with Roma until 2018, and Roma would let him go for 50 million EUR.(Source: fokus.ba)
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Wellington girls basketball team will be playing for seventh place Saturday after losing its consolation semifinal game to Campus Thursday, 56-47.The Lady Colts would outscore the Crusaders 22-6 in the fourth quarter to lift themselves to a nine-point win.Wellington was leading 17-9 at the end of the first quarter and held a 29-20 advantage at the half. Campus narrowed the margin to seven outscoring the Lady Dukes 14-12.Â Then the disastrous fourth quarter hit. Wellington was leading by 9 points but lost the lead at the 3:38 mark on a pair of Haysville free throws. Wellington could not recover thereafter. Campus slapped a full court press on the Crusaders causing them to make four consecutive turnovers in the back court and the Colts scored all four.Wellington had a horrendous night at the free throw line, going 2 of 14, many were front ends on one-on-one. Campus did not shoot much better but had 33 attempts at the free throw line.The Crusaders will now play Wichita Defenders at 1 p.m. this Saturday for seventh place. The Wellington girls are now 6-5. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments