Free-agent signing frenzy to begin

first_imgPending last-minute signings or unexpected releases (Michael Strahan?), the best players on the market will include Baltimore linebacker Adalius Thomas and two Buffalo Bills: linebacker London Fletcher and cornerback Nate Clements. “I don’t think we’re going for a, quote, `mortgage the future,’ type of thing,” Buffalo general manager Marv Levy said in announcing that he would let Clements become a free agent. “That’s the decision that was made.” The Bills are a bit unique and their reluctance to pay Clements – believed to be asking for about $18 million guaranteed – is a sign of the high revenue/low revenue split in the NFL. Buffalo is at the bottom of that divide and Levy says it would have to budget for Clements upfront money for one season instead of amortizing it over six years the way almost every one else will do. Although Clements is a rare shutdown cornerback and the versatile Thomas can be an impact player in the right defense, neither will get a rebuilding team to the Super Bowl. The few who might already help do that are signed or have been protected as franchise players, including defensive end Dwight Freeney of the Colts and linebacker Lance Briggs of the Bears. In the 14 years of free agency, few top players have moved while in their prime. Edgerrin James left Indianapolis last spring and signed with Arizona, presumably a big blow to the Colts and a big lift for the Cardinals. So Indy won the Super Bowl and Arizona finished at its normal 5-11. James averaged 3.4 yards a carry and rookie Joseph Addai combined with Dominic Rhodes to run for 1,722 yards for the Colts, 98 more than James and Rhodes had combined in 2005. That’s why despite the hype, free agency can be a tease. Good teams fill gaps with mid-level role players; bad ones try to make a splash with big names and fall flat. It won’t change when the signing period begins Friday. The best players have been re-signed or protected and a gaggle of good-but-not-great players are likely to be overpaid by teams desperate to fill holes. center_img In fact, the best was the first, the late Reggie White, who went from Philadelphia to Green Bay in 1993 when free agency began. He ended up helping the Packers win one Super Bowl and get to another. The latest key signing was Drew Brees, not quite a marque player, but certainly a franchise quarterback. He signed with New Orleans last year and led a team that had been 3-13 in 2005 to the NFC championship game. But Brees was a rarity, and he was coming off a serious shoulder injury. San Diego couldn’t afford to keep him and the up-and-coming Philip Rivers. The best quarterback available this year (barring trades) is 37-year-old Jeff Garcia, who led the Eagles to the playoffs when Donovan McNabb was hurt, but needs to play in a West Coast offense. The others are castoffs such as Aaron Brooks, let go after one year with the Raiders, and perhaps Drew Bledsoe, Joey Harrington or Patrick Ramsey, who are likely to be let go by their current clubs. Then there are the players who fit systems, such as Cato June, the Indianapolis linebacker who is fine in Tony Dungy’s scheme that emphasizes speed, but might not fit well somewhere else. Still, as a starter on a Super Bowl team, someone will find him attractive, especially in a year when most teams are well under the $109 million salary cap. Washington, for example, has been a big and early spender since Daniel Snyder bought the team in 1999. Snyder, who has no real general manager, has run the Redskins like a fantasy franchise and has managed to divest himself of the likes of Champ Bailey in a trade for Clinton Portis and Antonio Pierce, while last season spending $30 million on Adam Archuleta, who didn’t fit the defense and wound up as a third-string safety. Snyder could be interested in Fletcher, who would fill the void at middle linebacker left when he let Pierce go to the Giants two years ago by declining to match a relatively moderate bid by New York. Fletcher is a locker-room leader who played for St. Louis’ Super Bowl teams in 1999 and 2001 and for Gregg Williams, the Redskins’ assistant head coach for defense, who was the head coach in Buffalo. But he also is 32 and closer to a coaching career than to a Super Bowl. One player Snyder might jump at is Strahan, although he’s not available at the moment. At 35, he has two years left on his contract with the Giants at $4 million per season and wants to renegotiate – in part to pay for an expensive divorce. Would he be released? Maybe, because New York has three good young defensive ends: Osi Umenyiora, Matthias Kiwanuka and Justin Tuck, and could use the cap money for help elsewhere. Strahan fits the Snyder profile: a standout from a division opponent. But while he has played well when healthy, he missed half the 2004 and 2006 seasons with injuries, a very common problem for aging players at that position. The best way to approach free agency is to look at teams that win consistently. New England has rarely signed big-name free agents. It got Corey Dillon in a trade; Rodney Harrison after he was cut by San Diego late in training camp; and its biggest signing, Rosevelt Colvin. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Around Whittier

first_imgVisitors are invited to volunteer and learn about the tasks necessary to maintain an organic farm. A free cooking demonstration is also slated. The event is free and open to all ages, although children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 18 must also have signed parental consent. For more information, call (626) 523-6489. For directions to the farm, visit www.ewent.org. Singing classes offered weekly WHITTIER – Adult vocal development classes are offered from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the music room at Pioneer High School, 10800 E. Benovan St. The class develops articulation, projection, stage presence, solo, group and ensemble singing. The instruction will include several styles of music including jazz, classic and contemporary. Cost to register is $35. The class will run through June 12. For more information, call (562) 698-8121. Darfur to be discussed at event NORWALK – Cerritos College will hold a discussion about the Darfur conflict in western Sudan from 9:30 to 11 a.m. April 23 in Room 155 of the Wilford Michael Library and Learning Resource Center, 11110 Alondra Blvd. The event is aimed at educating the public about the genocide occurring in Sudan. United Nations representative Peter Jackson will also make a presentation. The discussion will be broadcasted live through the California Community College Satellite Television and online at www.cccsat.org. For more information, contact John Haas by e-mail at jhaas@cerritos.edu, or call (562) 860-2451, Ext. 2726. College senior wins math award WHITTIER – Whittier College senior Jacquelyn Rische, a math major, recently earned an award during the 2007 Joint Mathematical Meetings in New Orleans, school officials said. Rische’s project, “Algebraic Interleavers in Turbo Codes,” was among the top-scoring presentations. For the project, she collaborated with two fellow research partners from the Applied Mathematical Sciences Summer Institute. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! subject of seminar LA HABRA – Assemblyman Bob Huff and city Mayor James Gomez will host a seminar from 6 to 8:30p.m. April 19 at the La Habra Community Center, 101 W. La Habra Blvd., to discuss protecting children from online predators. For more information, Leia Hernandez, (909) 860-5560 Earth Day event focuses on farming SOUTH EL MONTE – Earthworks Community Farm and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation will hold an Earth Day celebration from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, 1210 Lerma Road. LA MIRADA – The La Mirada Library, 13800 La Mirada Blvd., will host “Opera Tales” at 7 p.m. Thursday. The free program highlights the opera’s combination of story and music and features the music of Mozart. L.A. Opera singers will perform arias and act out key scenes from “The Marriage of Figaro” and “The Magic Flute.” For more information, call (562) 943-0277. Online predators last_img read more

On-Fire Homeboyz seeded top for Driftwood

first_img0Shares0000Homeboyz RFC players celebrate after clinching the Kabeberi Sevens title at the Kenyatta STadium in Machakos on August 19, 2018. PHOTO/KRUNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 20 – Runaway leaders Homeboyz RFC are top seeds for this weekend’s Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa as they look to cement their lead in the fourth round of the National Sevens Circuit.Homeboyz continued with their impressive form this season after claiming their third consecutive Main Cup title with a 19-7 victory over Nakuru RFC at the Kabeberi Sevens in Machakos over the weekend, taking their total season tally to 66. Captain Leonard Mugaisi was first on the scoreboard as he landed a center post try for the Deejayz with Olindi adding the twos. Kenya Sevens star Nelson Oyoo was quick to spot a gap and swing through it equalizing the scores as Donald Aluoch kicked in the conversion.The second half saw Alvin Otieno and Johnston Olindi land a try each with Olindi converting his own try.They will look to keep that flame burning in Mombasa where they also hope to defend the title they won last season. They will be in Pool A alongside Mean Machine, Menengai Oilers and hosts Mombasa.Meanwhile, Kabeberi losing finalists Nakuru will be in Pool B with Kenyatta University’s BlakBlad, Kisii and Kisumu RFC.Pool C looks like the tournament’s pool of death as it has KCB who finished third in Kabeberi, Kabras Sugar, Strathmore Leos and Impala Saracens while Pool D is equally tough with Kenya Harlequin, Mwamba, Nondies and Makueni.To win the bronze in Machakos, KCB were 17-10 winners over Kenya Harlequins.Driftwood SevensPool A: Homeboyz, Mean Machine, Menengai Oilers, MombasaPool B: Nakuru, Blak Blad, Kisii RFC, Kisumu RFCPool C: KCB, Kabras Sugar, Strathmore Leos, Impala SaracensPool D: Kenya Harlequin, Stanic Mwamba, Nondescripts, Makueni-By KRU0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Hull 0-2 Derby: Jacob Butterfield double sees the Rams climb to the top of the Championship

first_imgJacob Butterfield scored twice to former league leaders Hull City as Derby County climbed to the Championship summit on Friday night.Butterfield fired the visitors ahead inside the first 20 minutes at the KC Stadium before doubling the lead with a superb volley after 34 minutes.Hull came back into the game in the second half but were denied by a fine goalkeeping display from Scott Carson.The defeat for Steve Bruce’s side leaves them in second place ahead of Brighton, who can usurp the Rams at the top if they beat Birmingham on Saturday.After a cagey start from both sides, it was Derby who grew into the game quickest as they went close twice, first through Cyrus Christie’s mazy run and shot and then by George Thorne’s 35-yard effort.The deadlock was broken after 17 minutes when Andreas Weimann unlocked the Hull defence with a neat one-two, before the ball fell to Jacob Butterfield who sweetly stroked the ball into the bottom corner.Following the goal, both sides struggled to create anything else until Butterfield struck again ten minutes before half time.Christie’s cross from the right was cleared by the Hull defence but only as far as the 25-year-old who unleashed a first-time, left-footed volley passed a helpless Allan McGregor in the Tigers goal for his third if the season.Hull came out after the break on the front foot and almost forced an own goal from Richard Keogh as he was close to slicing into his own net.The hosts’ best chance of the night when Abel Hernandez set up Shaun Maloney on the edge of the area, but the Scot saw his short squirm slightly wide of Scott Carson’s post when he should have scored.Hull suddenly became the better team and Maloney should have scored again but was this time denied by the inspired Carson, who made a fine save.However, they could have found themselves three goals down as Tom Ince picked up the ball on the half volley but his shot whistled passed the post.The Tigers continued to push for that elusive goal, but Paul Clement’s side managed to hold out as Sam Clucas spooned over from close range at the death. Paul Clement guides his side into first place in the Championship 1last_img read more

Dodgers may snag Torre

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The New York Post reported on its Web site Tuesday night that Torre had agreed in principle to a $14.5 million, three-year contract with the Dodgers, but a baseball official with knowledge of the search told The Associated Press that no deal was imminent. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the job was still open. Torre’s agent, Maury Gostfrand, declined to comment. Still, the job appears to be Torre’s if he wants it. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti, who joined Little in a joint conference call with reporters to announce Little’s resignation, didn’t specifically acknowledge having spoken to Torre about the job and denied that an agreement with Torre or anyone else had been reached. “That is not accurate,” Colletti said. “What is accurate is that we are going to discuss who the next manager is, asking around a little bit to see where (potential candidates) are at and what their thoughts are. That is where we’re at.” BASEBALL: Some reports say the former Yankees manager will be replacing Grady Little. By Tony Jackson Staff Writer Although there were widespread reports on Tuesday that the Dodgers had all but reached agreement with free-agent manager Joe Torre to replace Grady Little, who resigned on Tuesday following several days of speculation about his job status, all indications are that so far, no such deal is in place. Shortly after the conference call, a flood of media reports in both Los Angeles and New York indicated that an agreement had been reached. But a well-placed Dodgers source, speaking on condition of anonymity, insisted later on Tuesday evening that no deal was in place and no deal was imminent. Torre, 67, rejected a one-year, $5 million offer with up to $3 million in incentives last week to remain with the New York Yankees for what would have been his 13th season at the helm. Although the Dodgers aren’t expected to match that offer in terms of annual salary, they are expected to give Torre a lot more job security in the form of what probably will be at least a three-year contract to become the Dodgers’ sixth different manager since Tommy Lasorda retired in 1996. Torre is expected to bring at least two members of his New York Yankees staff with him in bench coach Don Mattingly and third-base coach Larry Bowa. Asked if an announcement on a new manager could come as soon as today, Colletti didn’t bite. “I can’t put a timetable on it,” he said. Maury Gostfrand, Torre’s New York- based agent, didn’t respond to messages left on both his office and cell phones. Meanwhile, Colletti seemed to shoot down numerous reports that he offered Little’s job last week to Joe Girardi, who was officially named on Tuesday as Torre’s successor with the Yankees. Although Colletti didn’t mention Girardi specifically, he did say that he hadn’t offered the job to anyone. Asked during his own conference call for the Yankees on Tuesday about the possibility of an offer from the Dodgers, Girardi ducked the question. “To me, this is about New York today,” Girardi said. “I will say from the time of last November until today, I talked with several clubs.” Little was signed through next season with an option for 2009. Financial details of his departure weren’t disclosed. “That is between Grady and the club,” Colletti said. Both Colletti and Little denied that the search for a new manager was being done behind Little’s back, saying Little had informed Colletti about 10 days before the end of the season that he wasn’t sure he wanted to return in 2008. Little didn’t sound like a man who had spent the past four weeks fretting over his job security. He didn’t sound like a guy who had just had his second chance at managing in the major leagues ripped from his fingers. “There is a lot of belief out there that I have been dealt an injustice here, but nothing could be further from the truth,” Little said during a conference call with Colletti. “Ned and I have been privately in communication since the end of the season, and we mutually decided this is the best direction for the Dodgers to take.” Little, 57, declined to give specifics for his decision, except to say it had nothing to do with speculation that Girardi or Torre was about to take his job. “I have my own personal reasons,” Little said. “There were a lot of things on my mind. We had a tough season this year, and tough seasons happen all the time.” Colletti stressed that he encouraged Little to return, but admitted he was talking to other candidates while awaiting Little’s decision, which, officially at least, didn’t come until exactly one month after the season ended. “I wanted Grady Little back,” Colletti said. “I encouraged him a handful of times to think it through. I knew where we were when the season ended, but I told him to take some time, and we would talk about things when things calm down. Little told Colletti on Tuesday morning that he had made up his mind. “I knew where he was leaning, and it was incumbent upon me not to just get caught with nothing at the end,” Colletti said. Instead of getting caught with nothing, it appears Colletti is at least closing in on landing a certain Hall of Fame manager in Torre, who guided the Yankees to playoff appearances in each of his 12 seasons at the helm. Those seasons included 10 division titles, six American League pennants and four World Series championships, all of which came in his first five seasons as manager. Although Torre’s success in New York is undeniable, it also is worth mentioning that it came with an organization that routinely had a player payroll around, or in excess of, $200 million. Before joining the Yankees, Torre also spent a total of 15 seasons managing in the National League with New York, Atlanta and St. Louis, compiling a combined record of 894-1,003 and making just one postseason appearance. He guided the Braves to the NL West title in 1982, but they were swept out of the best-of-5 NL Championship Series by the eventual World Series champion Cardinals. With the Yankees, Torre was 1,942-1,173. Little leaves after guiding the Dodgers to a disappointing, fourth-place finish in the NL West this season, the club collapsing down the stretch to lose 11 of its final 14 games as clubhouse acrimony between the veterans and young players bubbled to a very public surface. Little, who plans to “play with my grandkids,”, said the thought of managing in the future is “not even on my radar.” Colletti said he and Little remain close and that he plans to meet socially with Little, who lives in Pinehurst, N.C., either just before or just after next week’s general managers’ meetings in Orlando, Fla. “I told him if he wants to come back to the organization in a different capacity, the door will always be open for him,” Colletti said. Little managed four seasons in the majors (two with Boston) and compiled an overall record of 358-290, including 170-154 with the Dodgers. tony.jackson@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY TO HOST UNDERAGE COACHING MEETING

first_imgThe next monthly meeting will take place at the clubhouse on Monday June 30th at 9pm.There will also be an underage/coaching structures meeting on the same evening at 8pm. All underage coaches are expected to attend.This weeks Lotto numbers are 3,8,11,14. Match 3 winner is Colm Carberry, and this weeks sellers are Paul Lapsley and John mc Ginley. The jackpot now stands at €4520. The Seniors and Reserves played Four Masters away last Sunday with the Reserves winning their game and the Seniors suffered a defeat by a scoreline of 17 pts to 1-04. Both Reserves and Seniors are at home this Sunday the 15th to Ardara with throw in at 1.30 and 3pm. The Thirds had another good victory away to Glenfin last Saturday the 7th by a scoreline of 0-9 to 2-10 and next up is Mac Cumhaills on Saturday June 14th at home with throw in at 7.30pm.The under 14 boys recorded a fantastic victory in the Championship at home to Cloughaneely by 1-9 to 3-2. They are now away to Glenfin on Wednesday the 11th of June at 7pm. If the boys can overcome Glenfin they will be in the Championship Semi Final with a Home fixture against Moville on Saturday June 14th at 1pm.The under 12 boys have an away fixture to Cloughaneely this Friday 13th at 6.30pm.The Annual 5k will take place on Wednesday June 25th and we appeal for anyone who can offer any help to come along to a meeting in the Clubhouse on Wednesday June 18th at 9pm. This race has been a fantastic fundraiser for the underage in our club over the last couple of years thus your support in whatever way would be very much appreciated. Donegal Staionery are our main sponsors on the evening and the event is being co ordinated by Lee Gildea who can answer any queries on 086 6059117. The Kellogs Summer Camps will run this year from 7th to 14th of July for further details contact Paddy Mc Ginty on 087 9210846.GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY TO HOST UNDERAGE COACHING MEETING was last modified: June 10th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

Girls, boys soccer teams in NCS playoff action this weekend

first_imgQuite a few local soccer teams will get their postseason started this weekend as the thick of the California Interscholastic Federation-North Coast Section Fall Soccer Championships gets under way on Saturday.Division I boysFortuna (19-1-2) The Fortuna boys soccer team enters postseason play as a No. 3 seed, the highest of any boys team in the H-DNL, after putting together another near-flawless season with the reigning NCS boys fall soccer coach of the year, Daniel Holmes, at the helm. …last_img

Warriors Report: Damian Jones staying ‘positive’ through rehab

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors wrapped up practice Sunday afternoon in preparation for Monday’s matchup against the Timberwolves.Here’s everything you need to know from the session.Damian Jones speaks Jones spoke to the media for the first time since tearing his pectoral muscle last week and said he staying positive despite suffering a potentially season-ending injury.“I try and look at the positives on … (CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)last_img

How Exercise Benefits Bones and Muscles

first_imgWill it be possible in the future to reduce fat, build muscle, and strengthen bones with an injection of a hormone?A hormone that seems to turn mice into mighty mouse is showing more promise (see 3/11/15 and 11/07/06) despite controversy over initial claims (Science article). A new paper in PNAS finds that the newly discovered hormone irisin helps mice build stronger bones. Is a cure for osteoporosis around the corner?Although exercise is a well known and potent stimulus for new bone formation, and weightlessness or muscle loss characteristically cause bone loss, it has remained unclear how muscle talks to bone, despite their close proximity. Here, we show that a molecule irisin derived from skeletal muscle in response to exercise has profound effects in enhancing mass and improving the geometry and strength specifically of cortical bone, the key function of which is to resist bending and torsion. Trabecular bone, which is a reservoir for bodily calcium, is remarkably spared. Irisin may therefore not only be the molecule responsible for muscle–bone connectivity, but could also become a therapy for sarcopenia and osteoporosis, which occur in tandem in the elderly.Science Magazine speculates on the connection this hormone makes between the two tissues: “They don’t yet know which receptors irisin interacts with, but they suggest it prompts the production of proteins that in turn increase the expression of key genes—those that drive immature cells to differentiate into osteoblasts, which synthesize new bone.” Science Mag reminded readers that irisin has also shown promise for building muscle and reducing fat:Previous research found that exercise prompts muscles to secrete this protein fragment into the bloodstream, and that it may help burn fat by causing energy-storing white fat cells to act like energy-burning brown fat cells, although its activity in humans is still controversial.Science Daily says that the new finding helps explain why exercise is good for the bones. “Implications of the study are far reaching,” the article states. “It is known that physical exercise, and the physical force it applies to bone, benefits metabolic and skeletal health.” Since muscle atrophy and bone weakness often occur together, “Understanding this molecular connection between muscle and bone gives us hope for treating age-related bone and muscle loss at the same time, with the same agent,” the lead author says.Outdoor VitalityCouch potatoes will love irisin pills some day. They can flop on the couch and watch football games, and afterward look like the players. Whether or not that day comes, there is still good reason to get outdoors. Medical Xpress says that our immune system may be the pathway between nature and good health.Research has found evidence that spending time in nature provides protections against a startling range of diseases, including depression, diabetes, obesity, ADHD, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and many more. How this exposure to green space leads to better health has remained a mystery. After reviewing hundreds of studies examining nature’s effects on health, University of Illinois environment and behavior researcher Ming Kuo believes the answer lies in nature’s ability to enhance the functioning of the body’s immune system.Not only that, nature can help prevent asthma. Science Magazine also reports that children raised around farm animals are exposed to bacteria in farm dust that stimulates an immune response in the lungs that later protects them from asthmatic disease. As a result, children raised on farms are much less likely to develop asthma and other respiratory maladies. A study published in Science “offers new support for the so-called hygiene hypothesis, a 26-year-old idea that posits that our modern zeal for cleanliness and widespread use of antibiotics have purged the environment of microorganisms that once taught a child’s developing immune system not to overreact to foreign substances.”Hygiene freaks may need to reconsider their habits. Cleanliness is good, but our bodies need some exposure to bacteria to hone our immune systems. As for antibacterial soaps, don’t bother; they are no threat to germs, Medical Xpress says. Live Science adds that regular soaps work just as well as the antibacterial varieties. One needs to get a little bit dirty to enjoy natural scenes like this:Our Creator always gives more than we give Him. When we take the time to explore His magnificent creation by getting outdoors, and glorifying Him with thanksgiving, He rewards us with better bones, stronger muscles, an enhanced immune system, and mental health. You can’t outgive God. (Visited 55 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more