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Coronavirus: Chinese football agonises over wage cuts

first_img Xinhua quoted one CSL club as being “inclined to cut pay” but is awaiting guidance from the CFA and FIFA. “All clubs are watching, the problem is that no one wants to be the first,” the news agency cited another as saying. An opinion piece in the Oriental Sports Daily argued that with almost all industries badly affected by coronavirus, it was unfair to single out footballers. “Many people (in China) are very resentful of Chinese football, saying that these people have taken so much money… and should use their salaries to pay more to scientists and doctors, but this is a misunderstanding,” wrote Ge Aiping. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live Read Also: Liverpool make U-turn over furlough scheme after criticism “I haven’t seen any news of a Chinese Super League player who proposed a voluntary pay cut. “(But) money is not easy to earn and if you want to give it out, you really need to struggle with yourself.” Chinese football sprang to prominence in recent years by dishing out world-leading wages to foreign players and coaches, but the CFA has since reined in spending. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chinese Super League (CSL) players were under growing pressure Tuesday to take a pay cut in line with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, as coronavirus hits football hard.The CSL has some of the best-paid coaches and players in the world with Shanghai SIPG’s Brazilian attacking midfielder Oscar reportedly earning nearly $30 million a year.Shanghai SIPG’s Brazilian import Oscar is reported to be earning almost $30 million a year However, while many CSL players have donated masks and other equipment in the fight against the pandemic, which has caused all football to stop, there is no unified response. The CSL season was supposed to begin on February 22 but was indefinitely postponed because of the outbreak, which began in China in December before spreading worldwide. The campaign is unlikely to begin before late May at the earliest even though China says that the number of locally transmitted infections and deaths has dwindled. State-run Xinhua news agency published a lengthy article debating whether CSL clubs should follow Messi’s Barcelona and Ronaldo’s Juventus in temporarily cutting salaries by as much as 70 percent. Bayern Munich’s players have also agreed to take a pay cut, as have those at other clubs in the Bundesliga, while a similar argument is raging in the English Premier League. A video conference involving CSL clubs on Thursday will likely see salary cuts discussed, the Beijing News said. Other media went further, saying that a salary reduction will definitely be broached in Chinese Football Association (CFA) talks this week. Xinhua cited online polls of fans showing that the overwhelming majority — in one instance 90 percent of respondents — were in favour a pay cut. But it noted that some fans are against reducing salaries because, unlike in suspended European leagues, CSL teams are already in training for the new season even though it has no start date. Loading… last_img read more

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Drug issues in Indiana rank 7th in America

first_imgBatesville, In. — A new study by WalletHub analyzing 20 key areas says Indiana has the seventh worst drug problem in the United States. The study also says Washing D.C. has the worst drug-related issues in the country.A link to the full study is online here.last_img

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Too early to decide on Awoniyi’s future, says Mainz manager

first_img Loading… “Before we have reached our goal, for which we still have to collect points, there are no talks,” he said. read also:Awoniyi: Why Mainz lost against Hoffenhelm “Taiwo said in January that he did not want to move again, he feels comfortable and understood with us. After that, he just kept working on himself.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearA Little Cafe For Animal Lovers That You Will Never Want To Leave7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet Mainz coach, Achim Beierlorzer, has said it’s too soon to make a decision over the future of Taiwo Awoniyi. The striker is on-loan this season from Liverpool and has been impressive during the Bundesliga’s restart. Beierlorzer insists there’ll be time to consider whether to keep hold of the Nigerian once the season is concluded.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Pogba begins 14-day self-isolation

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Paul Pogba is making the most of his 14-day stint in self-isolation as the Manchester United star spent some quality time with his son.The midfielder was forced to quarantine last Thursday after confirming that he tested positive for the coronavirus. He and several other Premier League stars contracted the virus after enjoying some time off following the conclusion of the latest campaign.And while the World Cup winning midfielder is set to miss the start of United’s pre-season training, Pogba used the period to spend as much of it with his family.The 27-year-old took to Instagram on Wednesday to post a heartwarming picture of himself hugging his son while they lounged out in the garden.Pogba had remained in England during his time off and was pictured enjoying a night out at the swanky Cipriani Restaurant in London with his heavily pregnant wife Maria Zulay Salaues and friends.Following confirmation that Pogba contracted the virus, United told Sportsmail: “Paul has been replaced in the French squad after testing positive for Covid-19. “Everybody at United wishes him a speedy recovery ahead of the new season.”Tags: CoronavirusManchester UnitedPaul Pogbalast_img read more

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NBA legend Kobe Bryant, daughter among 9 killed in helicopter crash

first_imgBy Steve GormanCALABASAS, Calif. (Reuters) – Kobe Bryant, one of the NBA’s all-time greats whose international stardom transcended basketball, was killed on Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others on board, officials said. He was 41.Bryant rocketed to fame as an 18-year-old rookie and played 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers, 18 of them as an all-star, and winning five NBA championships. His death sent shockwaves through the National Basketball Association, which he helped propel to international prominence, and around the world.The chopper went down around 10 a.m. (1800 GMT) in hilly terrain in Calabasas, California, about 40 miles (65 km) northwest of central Los Angeles, sparking a brush fire, officials said.“There were no survivors. We have a manifest that indicates there were nine people on board the aircraft, the pilot plus eight individuals,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told a news conference, declining to identify any victims.Asked by reporters if he believed there were nine bodies at the crash site, after earlier reports indicated only five dead, Villanueva said: “That is our belief, yes.”NBA Commissioner Adam Silver confirmed Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among those killed, and sent condolences to Bryant’s wife, Vanessa.“He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary,” Silver said.A teammate from Bryant’s daughter’s basketball team, a parent of the teammate, and the pilot were also killed, NBC News reported.Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli was also killed, the Orange County Register reported, citing assistant coach Ron La Ruffa.‘KOBE WE LOVE YOU’ Reaction to Bryant’s death was swift in the basketball world and beyond.In San Antonio, the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs paid their respects by allowing the 24-second clock to expire on each of their first possessions. Bryant wore No. 24 for much of his career.“There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my niece Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed,” tweeted former Lakers teammate Shaquille O’Neal, with whom Bryant won three NBA championships and frequently feuded.“My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW,” O’Neal said.Stunned fans gathered near the Lakers’ home arena – the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles – surrounding a wreath with a message: “Kobe we love you RIP.” Some in the crowd dabbed tears as others laid flowers and basketball sneakers at the wreath.“Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players. But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete,” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the all-time NBA scoring leader and former Laker, said on Twitter.First responders put out the flames at the crash site, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department said, posting a picture of a fire truck and smoke emerging from the brush in a ravine.Bryant had been known to use a helicopter for travel since his days as a player for the Lakers, when he commuted to games in a Sikorsky S-76 chopper, the celebrity news website TMZ said.The Federal Aviation Administration identified the crashed helicopter as a Sikorsky S-76, saying in a statement that the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate.18-TIME ALL-STAR Bryant played all 20 of his National Basketball Association seasons with the Lakers, winning five championships and being named an all-star 18 times.He was the third-leading scorer in league history with 33,643 points, until LeBron James passed him on Saturday. In his final tweet, Bryant saluted James’ achievement, writing: “Continuing to move the game forward@KingJames. Much respect my brother.”Nicknamed “The Black Mamba,” he became eligible to enter the Hall of Fame this year and is certain to be selected when the 2020 class is enshrined.Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, had four daughters: Gianna, Natalia, Bianca and Capri, who was born in June 2019.Bryant’s star power translated into the entertainment world as he mingled with show-business stars in Los Angeles.In 2018, he won an Oscar for his animated short film “Dear Basketball.”But he was also accused of sexual assault in 2003 by an employee at a Colorado hotel, tarnishing his reputation and leading to a media storm to cover his trial.Bryant denied the allegations and charges eventually were dropped after the woman refused to testify.Bryant and his wife filed for divorce in 2011 after 10 years of marriage, but the couple said in 2013 they had reconciled.Bryant’s father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, also played in the NBA, and Kobe demonstrated from an early age he would surpass his father’s accomplishments.The Philadelphia native went straight from high school to the NBA, skipping the college ranks. Since he was still only 17 years old, his parents needed to co-sign his first contract with the Lakers and he played his first game with the team shortly after turning 18 in 1996.He also won two Olympic gold medals, part of the U.S. team in 2008 and 2012.He retired after the 2015-2016 NBA season because of mounting injuries. In recent years, he had focused his attention on philanthropy and business ventures.last_img read more

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Chess Pro Tour Debuts in Nigeria

first_imgThe Managing Director of FijiVentures Limited Mr Joachim Idada, who is the brain behind the tour is excited to be back after a long hiatus from the sport he promoted years back in primary and secondary schools in Lagos“Chess is life and it is a dream come true to be introducing professionalism into chess again, the chess tour will be giving the youths of Nigeria the opportunity to play the game, learn and also earn something for a living as you can see that the theme for the tour is “Changing lives”.On his part, Reverend Jonathan Ordega who is the Chairman of Orchid Hotels canvassed more support for sports that have the potential to develop the nation like chess.“Chess is one game I love a lot because it teaches you about the reality of life, when it appears you are winning watch your back, so as a nation we must embrace what will develop our capacity to compete favourably with other nations, it is quite unfortunate that in Africa we spend so much money on dance and music but we need to realize that the world is going STEM an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics” which are part of the values embedded in the game of chess”.The tour will adopt its own ranking system according to the Head of Technical Team Obinna Ogbonaya. “We won’t be using the FIDE ranking for the tour rather we have chosen an innovative way to rank the players which is by their earnings through out the tour,” he noted.Entries from all over the country are welcomed by the organisers who are ready to go all the way in the tour which comprises Players Championship, Masters’ Series, Grand Slam and the Premier League.He urged chess players who are interested in competing at the Tour to log on to www.protour-ng.com to register.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A private initiative to stimulate the pool of talents Nigeria is blessed with in the sport of chess has introduced a series of championships that will throw up established and budding chess players in the country.The championships tagged “Chess Pro Tour” will begin on March 30 and end on December 16, offering chess enthusiasts the longest event calendar in the history of the sport in Nigeria.At the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the sport property owner FijiVentures and Orchid Hotels that is the official venue partner of the tour, the events for the year were also revealed to the admiration of other stakeholders present.last_img read more

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Filmmaker to document search for Kirk Gibson home run ball

first_imgBut more than a quarter of a century later, we still aren’t sure what happened to the damn thing. How do we even sleep at night not knowing where this most important relic of L.A. sports history lies? What possesses us to continue this dark-alley pursuit.Brian Biegel, a New York-based documentarian who once wrote about how he most likely determined what happened to the 1951 Bobby Thompson “Shot Heard ‘Round The World,” wants to open up this cold case.Hand us a flashlight. We’re right behind him. The Smithsonian Channel, a spinoff of the premium cable Showtime that goes with the mantra that this is where “curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease,” has a documentary series that Biegel created and is the executive producer that is called “Sports Detectives.” It is in production and should debut later this fall.Based on Biegel’s amazing 2009 book “Miracle Ball” and a 2010 documentary he followed up with that aired on the Discovery network ‑ the movie rights have also been optioned to a major studio ‑ the blueprint for this series is clearly place. A team of investigators and historians will identify something in the sports world that has gone missing. The media ‑ count us in ‑ will help get the word out. Then, if the artifact isn’t actually found, it will at least lead viewers, and readers, on the journey to determine its fate. In the process, new information often surfaces from leads that might not have been considered before. So where’s the ball from Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game? One reported to be it was sold at auction in 2012, but it’s not been reliably authenticated. Muhammad Ali’s 1960 Olympic gold medal went missing. The story was he threw it off a bridge and into the Ohio River. Volunteers reportedly found it last July.But the fate of the Gibson ball that ended Game 1 of the ’88 Series and ignited the Dodgers’ last World Series title, is still to be determined.“This has been at the top of our list,” said Biegel. “We’re going to shake the bushes.”In “Miracle Ball,” the search to authenticate whether Biegel’s father, Jack, owned the Thomson home run ball that put the New York Giants into the World Series at the expense of the Dodgers in 1951 used modern investigative tools and methods to stir up previous evidence that had just been sitting there. Biegel started with a New York Daily News photograph of the ball landing in the Polo Grounds lef-field corner grandstand and enlisted police forensic detectives to help digitize and enlarge geometric patterns of where people were looking at it.That also got the Daily News on the case as writer Michael O’Keeffe became engaged as well in advancing the story.The entire search pulled Biegel out of a personal crisis as much as it pieced together clues and gave the increased curiosity needed some closure ‑ leading him to a nunnery in New Mexico, of all places.That same kind of methodology is how Biegel will proceed with “Sports Detectives.” There have been several stories written over the years about the Gibson ball whereabouts, but the last time it really stirred up again was in 2010, when Gibson was in L.A. to promote an auction where he was monetizing the bat, uniform and batting helmet he wore during that moment. At the time, he admitted that he had no idea what happened to the ball. He said “a young lady” sent him a photo claiming the ball hit her “in the inner thigh, kind of high on her skirt … She was all black and blue. But I’ve never, ever seen the ball.” Somewhere, that photo is with his belongings saved in a Michigan warehouse.Darrell Rovell, then with CNBC.com, followed up with a story issuing an all-point bulletin for the ball. He received more than 250 emails tips, and nearly three dozen people said they either had it or knew who did. David Davis had plenty of responses as well to a piece he wrote about it for SBNation.com in 2013.Through it all, the most solid candidate continues to be the story involving Carlos Moran, who was at the game with his niece, Jasmine.Ed Moran, Jasmine’s sister and the nephew of Carlos, made his case to the Dodgers about knowing the ball’s whereabouts, but the story was never really followed up to any great extent. What exists is a photograph that Ed he produced of Carlos and Jasmine, holding the ball, with a time stamp of Oct. 10, 1988. That’s the night of the game.Ed Moran even put up a website link at Gatherspot.com that shows the lone NBC video where he claims his relatives are in the crowd where the ball landed, and they picked it up.So where is it? It’s been given away, in someone’s garage … fill in the blanks.When Biegel and crew comes to Los Angeles early next month to begin interviews, the Moran family “are at the top of the list” he said.In the meantime, Biegel has finished a documentary for the ESPN “30 for 30” series called “The Counterfeiter,” which should air in later this summer. In that one, Biegel tells the story of a group that generated more than $100 million in San Diego forging autographs on memorabilia that belonged to Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. FBI undercover officers finally caught them in a sting operation.So if in the process of trying to convince Biegel you may know of the Gibson ball’s whereabouts, just know that he seems to have a sixth sense about this.“I’ve sort of carved out a niche in my film-making career of being kind of a sports detective,” said Biegel. “In the world of sports memorabilia, where there is something murky around every corner, I think I have kind of an innate ability to sniff out a story and follow it.”Gibson, who last managed the Arizona Diamondbacks, recently announced he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Maybe there’s a new urgency to see how this story ends.“I think with the team of experts we have assembled for this show, we will have the best chance anyone to determine the truth since it has been missing,” said Biegel, who can be reached at gibsonball1988@gmail.com.“Maybe during this go-around, someone will produce a video that we haven’t seen before. If someone is sitting on a prize that’s quite valuable, this can also be a way to get provenance that’s on the record. It’s very difficult to take something to an auction house to get it verified ‑ that goes for a Gibson ball or almost anything else.”The bounty on historic baseballs can go all over the place. Comic book king Todd McFarlane once paid $3 million for the ball Mark McGwire hit for his 70th home run in the 1998 season. Barry Bonds’ 756th career home run ball sold for more than $750,000.But something as pure and magical and distinctive as the Gibson ball?“We don’t receive a monetary gain by claiming an iconic game-used sports artifact is real, unlike some authenticators and auction houses who get paid a fee to deem an object real,” said Biegel. “Our objective is only to seek the truth.“I think the chances of anything coming forward and someone able to cash in on it will be much better due to the show.” MEASURE MEDIA MOMENTUMWHAT SMOKESThe only driver close to pulling off an Indy 500/Coca-Cola 600 doubleheader day on Sunday is Jeff Gordon, who agreed to drive the pace car for the IRL race and then compete in the NASCAR event, his final Coca-Cola 600 race before retiring. Fox Sports’ Jamie Little will travel with Gordon to document the trip, which airs in Fox’s NASCAR pre-race show (Channel 11, 2:30 p.m.) ‑ as well as tout the fact that Gordon has announced he will join the network fulltime as a race analyst starting in 2016, teaming with Darrell Waltrip and Mike Joy. ABC’s coverage of the 99th Indianapolis 500 starts with pre-race at 8 a.m. (Channel 7), green flag at 9:17 a.m., and Allen Bestwick calling it with analysts Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever, and Lindsay Czarniak as the host. Then Joy, Waltrip and Larry McReynolds call the Coca-Cola 600 (Channel 11, 3 p.m.) with Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum in the pits. NBC starts today’s race day with the F1 Monaco Grand Prix (Channel 4, 4:30 p.m.) called by Leigh Diffey, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett. It reairs later on NBCSN. WHAT CHOKESCommunity college transfer Joel McHale has drawn the short straw and will be the host for the July 15 ESPY Awards, set again for the Nokia Theater in LA Live. Remember, this year, they move from ESPN to ABC. Just because. The ESPN press release states in trying to qualify McHale’s athletic prowess: He was on the University of Washington’s football team for over a year and a half after originally being recruited for the school’s rowing program. According to a 2012 ESPN.com story about him, the 6-foot-4 walk-on tight end in 1992 never made it into a game, just the scout team. “The university had a healthy walk-on program because Don James, the coach, felt like you create the competition that will push the scholarship players to work harder,” he said. “As a walk-on, you’re friends with the other guys ‑ but you don’t have a scholarship so you kind of felt like you were members of the Dirty Dozen or the Bad News Bears. … I was very good at making the defense look good when I was on scout offense. I knew how to crumple really well and get tackled.” The white ball with Peter Ueberroth’s red-ink signature next to a 1988 World Series logo actually left a nick near the top of the barrel of Kirk Gibson’s black bat.It landed somewhere in the right field pavilion at Dodger Stadium, over Jose Canseco’s head. NBC’s TV cameras followed it’s flight.• Video: Watch Gibson’s dramatic game-winning home runAt least one Angeleno has a photo claiming proof his family once possessed it.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Red Kettle Campaign Begins for Salvation Army

first_imgRED BANK – Those at The Salvation Army Community Center at 180 Newman Springs Road hope to raise $100,000 in this year’s Red Kettle campaign.Major Elizabeth Rogan and her husband Capt. John Rogan kick off The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign, the organization’s biggest annual fundraiser.The local fundraising drive, which begins on Thanks­giving and will continue through the holidays, is part of the army’s annual nationwide campaign, the largest effort to collect money for the organization each year.Kettles, manned by unpaid volunteers and paid workers, will be located throughout the area served by the Red Bank center.“Residents of Monmouth County have been generous in the past in support of the army’s work, and we hope they will continue to respond well this year so that we can continue to help those in need in our area,” said Capt. John Rogan. He and his wife Major Elizabeth Rogan are the officers in charge of the Red Bank center.For those who would prefer to contribute to the Salvation Army online, the address is www.salvationarmynj.org/redbank.last_img read more

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Training underway for Referees and touch judges

first_imgThe training is a partnership between the PNG Rugby Football League and the PNG National Rugby League who have engaged the services of Referees Development, Richard Johnston.Johnston was Australia’s first coaching development manager and is carrying out the training  this week at the Holiday Inn, Port Moresby.The training is into its second stage with 12-15 referees and touch judges. This will later be trimmed down to 8 later in July which is stage 3.“We are all about quality, not quantity. The game is not about the referee, it’s about 26 players who play to get an outcome.“The referee is a conductor who goes out to make music, and not noise. The outcome of the game should be decided by the players and not by a bad call by the referee,” said Johnston.He went on to say that there has been a vast improvement in the knowledge of the game by referees’ in PNG over the years.“But there is a still lot of education needed about the rules of rugby league. This is not just about educating the referees’ but also the people as well.“That way we can cut down on trouble during and after games,” said Johnston.last_img read more

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Giants open OTAs with Odell Beckham Jr. in the building

first_imgThe coach didn’t know how many of the voluntary activities Beckham planned to attend or the condition of his left ankle. The ankle was broken in the fifth game of a 3-13 season that led to the firing of coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese .Shurmur said he previously spoke with Beckham about a video that surfaced online showing the 25-year-old who wants to be the NFL’s highest paid player on a bed holding what appeared to be a hand-rolled cigarette. A woman next to him had unidentified white powder on a nearby table.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownShurmur didn’t reveal what he said to Beckham. He also is not worried whether the player will be affected by the recent hype.“I really believe that Odell is a professional and he wants to be great,” said Shurmur, who expects to know more about Beckham’s ankle by the end of the week. “He understands the importance of the offseason and he’s a competitive guy and, again, we had already started communicating before all that information kind of got out there and was talked about a great deal. He’s a professional and I’m glad he’s here today.” Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments Cubs postpone home opener a day because of snow LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Oct. 8, 2017, file photo, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants have opened their first organized team activities under new coach Pat Shurmur with star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the building. Talking on a conference call Monday morning, April 9, 2018, Shurmur says he hasn’t spoken with Beckham, whose name has been prominent in trade speculation in recent months. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants have opened their first organized team activities under new coach Pat Shurmur with star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the building.Speaking on a conference call Monday, Shurmur said he hadn’t yet talked to Beckham, whose name has been prominent in trade speculation in recent months.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award When healthy, Beckham is a game-breaker. The three-time Pro Bowler has played in 47 games in his first four seasons, catching 313 passes for 4,424 yards and 38 touchdowns. He has averaged 94.1 yards. However, he can be a distraction when his emotions get the best of him on the field and when he does foolish things off the field, like taking a trip to Florida in the week leading up to a playoff game after the 2016 regular season.While Beckham’s situation dominated the 15-minute conference call, Shurmur made clear that the OTAs would be used to lay the groundwork for 2018.“For the most part, we’re trying to get things started, take advantage of the extra time we have and we want to grow away from basically what happened a year ago, the 3-13 season,” the former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator said. “We want to grow away from that and try to grow into a team that’s competing to win a division, compete in the playoffs, and then hopefully hold up that fifth Lombardi trophy.”Shurmur plans to make some changes in the way the Giants do things.“I just think it’s very important that we’re very professional, we communicate well together and then there is going to be a transfer of information,” he said. “I think we as coaches need to listen to the players, but also teach what we want them to know and then let them tell us what they’re seeing so that we know how we have to teach it further.”ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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