This year’s Heisman Trophy may not have found a home yet in Eugene, Oregon, but predictions for next year’s award are already surfacing.ESPN slated two Mississippi State players, Dak Prescott and Josh Robinson, as names to watch heading into next season.Prescott finished eighth in this year’s voting, the best of any Bulldog in program history. At one point during the season the quarterback was slated as the front-runner for the award.As for Robinson, he finished third in the SEC in rushing and second in total yards among running backs. He produced the numbers with limited carries down the stretch.“Players at the skill positions are back around him. I think that’s great news,” ESPN analyst Jesse Palmer said. “They’re going to lose a lot on defense. They’re going to lose a lot up front and they might lose Dan Mullen. I think all those things factor in to his candidacy as a Heisman finalist.”Their candidacies hinge on returning for their senior seasons. Both players filed paperwork with the NFL requesting draft grades. The deadline for submitting was Monday. The deadline for underclassmen declaring for the NFL Draft is Jan. 15.“Against Alabama, (Prescott) was a bull of a runner, showing toughness and grit,” CBS Sports Draft Analysts Dane Brugler said. “But as a passer, Prescott had three interceptions and got himself in trouble telegraphing throws. The biggest areas for Dak to improve are his touch and vision, controlling his fastball and using his eyes to manipulate defenders and beat them with both his arm and vision.”Prescott is currently ranked as a second-round pick by CBS Sports as the fourth best quarterback in the draft. Robinson is not ranked among 74 running backs. Both Palmer and Brugler believe Prescott could gain invaluable experience with another year of college under his belt. “I’m not sure. I’ll think about that later,” Prescott said regarding the NFL. “I’m not really thinking about that right now.” If he does return, the Heisman discussion will be waiting. “No doubt about it, at the start of next year he’s going he’s going to be labeled as one,” Palmer said. “But his path to winning one, I think it actually going to be more difficult next year.”
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. will miss the Birmingham Bowl following hip surgery.Interim coach D.J. Durkin said Thursday that Cox’s injury has been “deteriorating over time” and needed to be addressed. The third-year sophomore from Fort Lauderdale had surgery Monday.Cox, the son of former NFL standout Bryan Cox, ranks third on the team with four sacks. He also has 29 tackles, including six for loss.Durkin says everyone else appears healthy for the Jan. 3 bowl against East Carolina.Durkin says he hasn’t heard of anyone being academically ineligible for the bowl, saying “no one as of right now. Obviously, grades haven’t come out yet for that.”
Unless Toby Alderweireld decides to ignore all offers from other clubs (he has that awkward £25m release clause in his contract), Tottenham will be in need of a defender this summer. The main target, according to the Italian press since the start of the season, has been Joachim Andersen, currently contracted to Sampdoria.However, should they fail in their attempts to sign the Danish defender, they have an alternative plan, according to TuttoMercatoWeb.The man in question is Lazio’s Luiz Felipe.Embed from Getty ImagesThe 22-year-old Brazilian (he has an Italian passport, so no work permit issues (we’re ignoring Brexit for now)) has been a rotation option for the Serie A side this season, making just 13 league appearances, yet Spurs have taken an interest in him.TuttoMercatoWeb claim Luiz Felipe has been watched ‘on more than one occasion’, and they expect one of either him or Andersen to ‘probably come to reinforce the defensive package’.They seem to think the Brazilian will be the ‘easier’ to get, believed to be valued by Claudio Lotito, Lazio’s owner, at around €20m.Tottenham still need to pay up, however, and until that happens, this will remain pure speculation.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoManuka Feed5 Foods to Boost Your Eye HealthManuka FeedUndoFitness Engage8 Risky Exercises People Over 40 MUST AvoidFitness EngageUndofunpagess.comTop 10 richest actresses in the worldfunpagess.comUndoCosmo-WomensTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldCosmo-WomensUndoVPN Service | Search AdsNeed A VPN In Tung Chung? Search HereVPN Service | Search AdsUndoGeeks Reviews價格僅為HK$771 的便携自拍無人機正席捲香港Geeks ReviewsUndoThe Travel BreezeA woman buys 43 wooden pallets: you will never believe what she was able to build!The Travel BreezeUndo
photo: Extreme ELewis Hamilton has formed his own team for Extreme E, the new electric SUV championship, whose first season is set to begin next January. The team will be called X44, and the six-time Formula One world champion will participate in its construction, although he will not drive in the championship.“Extreme E is an exciting new initiative. It is an incredible opportunity to participate with my team. Of course, my ambitions and commitments with Mercedes in Formula 1 mean that I will not be directly involved in the daily activities of the X44. ”“I liked Extreme E because of its focus on the environment. Each of us has the power to bring about change. For me, the opportunity to use my love of racing with the love of our planet means a lot to create a positive impact.“The championship will not only visit some remote locations facing climate crises, but we will also work with experts there to share knowledge. We will try to get the influence beyond the racetrack, “said Hamilton“As the founder of X44, I will build my team around important values such as sustainability and equality. None of us is perfect, we can all achieve improvement. I am excited to use this platform to publicize some of the most serious issues on our planet. We can all be part of the solution. “Introducing… @TeamX44 – founded by @LewisHamilton!The Six-Time Formula One World Champion has launched his own race team, which will enter Extreme E Season 1.#ExtremeE #TeamX44#LewisHamilton #ElectricOdyssey pic.twitter.com/64G5Nx8KtO— Extreme E (@ExtremeELive) September 8, 2020Extreme E is working with scientists from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge on how car racing and the sports industry in general can have a positive effect on the protection of the planet. The program includes both more general issues and problems related to specific locations.Extreme E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag welcomed the accession of Hamilton and X44 to the championship.“Like us, Lewis loves motorsport, but he also shares our belief that it can make vital issues such as climate change and equality public. He is one of the most successful drivers of all time and we are excited to see how the X44 will perform, “added Agag.The teams of the competitions will consist of seven people with two pilots – a man and a woman. The car is an electric SUV called ODYSSEY 21. It is manufactured by Spark Racing Technology. Accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.5 seconds. The batteries are from Williams Advanced Engineering. Other participants include Chip Ganassi Racing, Andretti United, Abt and HWA, Teciita, QEV Technologies. The Veloce Racing team was created by legendary Formula 1 designer Adrian Newey and two-time Formula E world champion Jean-Eric Verne.If you find a spelling mistake, please let us know by highlighting the text and clicking Ctrl+Enter
The Orioles have pushed plenty of chips to the center of the poker table this winter.A seven-year commitment to first baseman Chris Davis worth $161 million, the richest contract in franchise history.Making All-Star relief pitcher Darren O’Day one of the highest-paid setup men in the majors.Paying just under $25 million for the services of three-time All-Star catcher Matt Wieters and designated hitter Mark Trumbo for the 2016 season.In other words, the Orioles are what the poker world labels as “pot-committed” with a projected payroll now north of $130 million. But there’s still a problem with that spending.They’re currently no better than they were a season ago when they finished 81-81. In fact, they’re worse on paper after the free-agent departure of starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen and his 3.72 ERA over the last four seasons.It’s reasonable to expect Chris Tillman and Miguel Gonzalez to rebound — at least somewhat — from last year’s difficulties, but that doesn’t mean a return to their exceptional performances of 2014, either. Kevin Gausman could be ready to take off at age 25 and the Orioles may see more good Ubaldo Jimenez than the bad Jimenez in 2016, but that would still be too much hoping and not enough improving.After turning their nose up to the cost of starting pitching all winter, the Orioles find few viable options remaining. The likes of David Price or Zack Greinke were never realistic, but second- and third-tier options such as Scott Kazmir (three years, $48 million) or even Doug Fister (one year, $7 million) were still available to slot into a thin rotation.That finally brings us to Yovani Gallardo, the man linked to the Orioles throughout the offseason and probably the best option remaining on the market. Soon to be 30, the veteran right-hander is far from a sure bet despite a career-best 3.42 ERA in 2015 and a 3.66 lifetime mark in the majors.Signing him would require the Orioles to forfeit the 14th overall selection of the 2016 draft after Texas made him a qualifying offer at the start of the offseason. That is an understandable deterrent for an organization in need of restocking its farm system, and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has said several times this offseason that the Orioles would prefer not to forfeit the pick.Despite a strong ground-ball rate hovering around 50 percent that would figure to be perfect for Oriole Park at Camden Yards and a strong infield defense, Gallardo has seen his average fastball velocity dip from 92.6 miles per hour in 2011 to 90.5 with the Rangers last season. His strikeout rate has declined in three straight seasons and fell to a career-low 5.9 per nine innings in 2015 after averaging more than a strikeout per inning in his first six major league seasons.Those numbers make a long-term commitment to Gallardo a risky one, but he’s still a much better option than the newly-acquired Odrisamer Despaigne, Vance Worley, Mike Wright, or Tyler Wilson, who are more scratch-off lottery tickets than good starting candidates for a club already lacking dynamic talent in its first four starter spots. Even if you’re not keen on the Orioles giving Gallardo a long-term contract, he would instantly move to the top half of the rotation and slide the aforementioned names into more appropriate roles as relievers or depth at the Triple-A level.Losing the 14th overall pick would be disappointing, but the Orioles would still hold five selections in the first 100 spots. An increased financial commitment to international talent — something the organization should be making anyway — could also offset that sacrifice.At the start of the offseason, Gallardo would have been far from the top choice, but the Orioles are now less than two weeks away from spring training and haven’t replaced their best starter from a year ago when their rotation finished 14th in the American League in ERA. Beggars can’t be choosers when you’re in need of starting pitching at this late stage of the winter.Gallardo’s addition wouldn’t guarantee a trip to the playoffs, but it would be foolish to spend as much as the Orioles have this winter without seriously addressing a rotation that was the biggest reason for their downfall in 2015. There’s no sense in playing a high-stakes hand of poker if you’re just going to muck your cards after committing more than $200 million earlier this offseason.If you’re going to do it, go all the way.The Orioles’ spending says they’re in win-now mode — especially with both Manny Machado and Adam Jones hitting free agency after the 2018 season — but their starting rotation suggests otherwise. There isn’t enough depth, and there certainly isn’t enough quality depth.Signing Gallardo comes with risk and sacrifice, but he could help a neglected rotation compete in 2016.
With training camp beginning Thursday and the preseason opener only a few weeks away, we’ll look at each Ravens position group before veterans begin reporting to Owings Mills for the first full-squad practice.CornerbacksRunning backsDefensive lineTight endsSafetiesOffensive lineInside linebackersWide receiversWe continue at outside linebacker, a position entering uncharted territory in 2019. For the first time in their history, the Ravens do not have an outside linebacker on the roster whom the organization drafted in the first round as Terrell Suggs was selected in 2003, Peter Boulware in 1997, and draft bust Craig Powell in 1995. With Suggs and Za’Darius Smith departing as free agents in March, Baltimore lost its career sacks leader and its top quarterback takedown man in 2018 as the pair combined for 15 1/2 sacks last season. Replacing that combination of experience and production won’t be easy, even if the Ravens were wise not to match the contracts each veteran fetched on the open market.General manager Eric DeCosta is counting on a very deep secondary — where many more resources have been invested — to help pick up the slack as the Ravens need some combination of unproven youngsters and veteran reclamation projects to step up at outside linebacker. Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale will also need to build upon his creativity from last season when the Ravens frequently used deception and exotic looks to get after opposing quarterbacks. Even acknowledging those factors, outside linebacker is a very real question mark for a defense whose expectations remain very high after finishing first in the NFL in yards allowed last season.Below is a look at the outside linebackers who stand out for various reasons:The Man — Matthew JudonSkinny: The 2016 fifth-round pick from Grand Valley State has been more solid than spectacular with 19 sacks over his first three years, but he took his game to another level down the stretch last season and finished 24th in pass rush grade among qualified edge defenders by Pro Football Focus, a career best. Strong against the run, capable in coverage, and seemingly still ascending as a rusher, Judon is entering a contract year and is the most complete outside linebacker on the roster. A strong 2019 would put him in position for a big free-agent payday, and Baltimore needs him to step up more than ever.Old Reliable — JudonSkinny: At first glance, Pernell McPhee might be the choice here as the only outside linebacker on the roster older than 26, but he had more missed games (15) than sacks (14) in his four seasons after leaving the Ravens to sign a lucrative contract with Chicago in 2014 and hasn’t registered a quarterback sack in his last 19 regular-season games. Judon has never missed a game due to injury in his career — he was a healthy scratch twice as a rookie — and also plays some special teams, making him pretty darn reliable.Under Fire — Tyus Bowser and Tim WilliamsSkinny: There are no more excuses for the 2017 second- and third-round picks who combined to play just 281 defensive snaps in their second season. With Suggs and Smith no longer in the rotation, there is an abundance of snaps to be won with their competition being a third-round rookie and two veterans who combined for one sack last season. The pair having totaled 5 1/2 sacks in 567 career snaps shows they have ability, but the two must prove in practices and games that they’re ready for meaningful roles.Up-and-Comer — Jaylon FergusonSkinny: There was something fitting about the Ravens drafting the Louisiana Tech product after he broke Suggs’ Division I career sacks record, but Ferguson will need to develop quickly going from Conference USA to the NFL. Trying to gauge his progress in non-contact workouts this spring wasn’t easy since the 6-foot-5, 275-pound edge rusher is known primarily for his bull rush and physicality, but Ferguson will have his chance to shine and earn immediate snaps as a situational rusher if worthy.Sleeper — Shane RaySkinny: The 2015 first-round pick appeared on his way to being a strong bookend for All-Pro linebacker Von Miller with eight sacks and 45 pressures in his second season in Denver, but chronic wrist problems have all but derailed his career as Ray collected just two sacks in 19 games over the last two years. Strong hands are critical to a pass rusher’s success, so there’s no diminishing the role of the wrist injuries in his decline. If Ray is finally healthy, however, a $1.2 million flier could be a steal for someone still just 26.The Rest — Pernell McPhee, Aaron Adeoye, Markus Jones, Mike OnuohaSkinny: If kept on a proper snap count to keep him fresh, McPhee is still capable of being disruptive and registered the best pass-rushing grade from PFF of any current Baltimore edge defender in 2018, albeit in just 203 snaps. The Ravens would prefer to use him as an interior rusher in passing situations like they did with Smith. … The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Adeoye previously played in the Alliance of American Football for the Birmingham Iron and in The Spring League.
Michy Batshuayi was an instant hit with his new club after he netted two goals and an assist to help his Borussia Dortmund side to a 3-2 win over their hosts FC Cologne in a week 21 Bundesliga clash.The on-loan Chelsea striker gave the away side the lead seven minutes before halftime but the lead was wiped out for the home side by Simon Zoller on the hour mark.The Belgian added his brace two minutes after the home side’s equaliser before Spanish defender Jorge Mere levelled proceedings for his side for the second time.There was however no way back for Cologne at the third time of asking after 2014 German World Cup winner Andre Schuerlle edged Borussia Dortmund 3-2 ahead off an assist from Batshuayi with six minutes left.The crucial win takes Borussia Dortmund (34 points) four places up the table from 6th to 2nd and 16 points behind league leaders Bayern Munich (50 points) while Cologne (13 points) stay rooted to the bottom of the table.The UEFA Europa League (UEL) campaigners are currently seven points from safety in the fight to beat the drop at the end of the season.RelatedBundesliga Review: Dortmund Edge Frankfurt In Five-Goal Thriller To Boost UCL HopesMarch 12, 2018In “Europe”Bundesliga Review: Bayern Maintain 18-Point Lead Over Chasing Pack With Slim Schalke WinFebruary 11, 2018In “Europe”Bundesliga Review (Final Matchday): Hamburg Suffer Relegation As Bayern, Dortmund Are StunnedMay 13, 2018In “Europe”
Finnish organisation ENCE eSports, has confirmed the appointment of new CEO Mika Kuusisto. Kuusisto joins ENCE with 15-years of experience in building various sales and marketing teams in both technology and gaming start-ups. Former CEO and Founder Petri Hämälä will remain at the company focusing on player development.2018 has been a good year for the Finnish outfit, with their CS:GO squad winning the StarSeries i-League Season 6 finals against Vega Squadron and netting the organisation a cool $125,000 (£100,000) in the process. ENCE attribute a lot of the success of their all Finnish roster to their acquisition of superstar player Aleksi “allu” Jalli.More recent success for the organisation came at BlizzCon, where their Finnish StarCraft 2 and Zerg master Joona “Serral” Sotala, became the first non-Korean to win the StarCraft WCS Global Finals, beating Korean Kim “Stats” Dae-yeob(김대엽) 4-2.Mika Kuusisto, CEO, ENCE eSports Oy, had this to say about the new role: “I could not be more excited to join the leading Finnish esports organization. ENCE has already established itself globally and keeps challenging the world’s leading teams in several games. We are very ambitious about our future and want to accelerate our growth towards TOP 5 multi-team esports organization in the world. I believe my strong technology background will help ENCE to further capitalize on its success, and innovate scalable and technology-driven business models to fuel further growth”ENCE’s CSGO team will do battle this weekend at DreamHack Winter in neighbouring Sweden, as they look to progress through the DreamHack Open CSGO, their first match is against G2. They will also take part in the Rainbow Six: Winter event being hosted at DreamHack.Esports Insider says: ENCE clearly feel that this new leadership is exactly what the team needs to drive them forward after the teams’ success in 2018. They now position themselves in a good spot to push forward with teams in CS:GO, Rainbow Six, StarCraft and Hearthstone.Subscribe to ESI on YouTube
Viewers of “Monday Night Football” noticed during Monday’s broadcast of the Patriots-Bills game that analyst Booger McFarland’s mobile cart had undergone some changes.The “Booger Mobile” (as it has been called by fans) was the subject of complaints throughout the season for being obstructive. For fans at the game, the cart took up a lot of space and blocked the view of spectators in the lower level. To counter this, the network added a television carrying the delayed broadcast, which only blocked more of the view. The #ESPN BoogerMobile has switched from giant tv background to clear glass background.#GoBills pic.twitter.com/xrM8VCPqYu— Duffy on WCMF (@DuffyOnWCMF) October 30, 2018″Our production team listened to fan feedback and made the adjustment to Booger’s cart this week,” an ESPN spokesperson told Sporting News.I see ESPN got rid of the board & TV behind Booger and replaced it with plexiglass after last week’s complaints pic.twitter.com/nM2o0xz9Xp— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) October 30, 2018The updated cart certainly looks a lot better from a fan perspective. It still takes up a lot of space, but it’s not nearly as distracting as it was with the giant monitor on board. The initial decision to include the monitor made sense at first because it gave fans something to see, but it ended up just causing more problems.For now, it looks like complaints about the Booger Mobile will be limited. MORE: Could Jason Witten turn into Emmitt Smith-like debacle for ESPN?😡😡😡😡😡😡😡 pic.twitter.com/9yFUYmhwYG— LPG – NYG (@LicensePlateGuy) October 23, 2018ESPN, in a statement to Sporting News, initially defended the cart. The network still stands by its production decision to allow McFarland a unique perspective of the field, but to its credit, it acknowledged the experience needed to improve for fans at the game and took action.
By Kelly NinasLEXINGTON, Neb. (June 19) – Earning trips to the winner’s circle Sunday at Lexington Raceway were Clay Money, Daniel Gottschalk, Mike Nichols and Jacob Olmstead.Leading the final two laps of the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature was money in the bank for Money. Colton Osborn ran a near-flawless race in leading the first 18 circuits, only to end up with runner-up accolades. Anthony Roth worked through traffic to finish third.Being at the point during the laps that matter the most was Gottschalk in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature. After leading much of the way, Cole Egge was second while third went to Trent Roth.Nichols picked up IMCA Sunoco Stock Car career win number 399 in dramatic fashion.Casey Werkmeister grabbed the lead on the second lap and stayed in front until Casey Woken used the bottom groove to get past. Woken led from the 11th lap until the final circuit when Nichols worked his magic and scored the victory. Woken crossed the line in second place with Werkmeister close behind in third.Finishing strong by leading the final five laps was the winning formula for Olmstead in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Olmstead exchanged the lead with Jakob Egge for much of the contest, finally gaining the front spot for good on the 10th lap. Veteran hotshoe Chuck Ledbetter had his best night of the season by finishing as runner-up and third was Egge.