Arriva is investing HRK 40 million in Panturist

first_imgThe German international corporation Arriva Deutsche Bahn, which took over Osijek’s Panturist five years ago, intends to significantly increase the share capital of this company, Poslovni dnevnik writes.Back in 2013, after joining Panturist, Arriva DB recapitalized the bus transport company with HRK 23 million, raising its share capital to HRK 23,77 million. With this, it acquired an ownership share of 99,69 percent, and now, in turn, it intends to further increase its capital by issuing new shares by HRK 40 million. Following the invitation approved by the General Meeting of Shareholders, Arriva DB will subscribe and pay for new ordinary shares in the amount of HRK 10 per share, and the procedure will take place in one round as of April 4.With the new recapitalization, Arriva DB continues to strengthen its presence on the Croatian market, where, in addition to Panturist, in the meantime, less than a year ago, it also took over Rijeka’s Autotrans. On that occasion, Arriva announced that in the coming period it will focus on strengthening and providing value-added services to customers in Croatia and the region of Central and Eastern Europe.Source:Business diary Related news: ARRIVA TAKES OVER AUTOTRANS GROUP AND BECOMES A LEADING PASSENGER TRANSPORT COMPANY IN CROATIAlast_img read more

USACE Working on Damaged Levee Along Skagit River

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, has been busy over the last couple of days repairing damaged levee along Skagit River.According to the release, USACE is working on two sections of levee totaling 1,700 feet of damage, within Diking District 1, at a cost of about $938,000.“Repairs began on August 6th with all in-water work expected to be complete by August 31, the end of the “fish window” when construction crews can work in the water with the least amount of disruption to fish,” the Corps said.Damage to the levee occurred in November 2017. High flows occurred on the Skagit River with a peak flow of 90,200 cubic feet per second at the Skagit River near Mt. Vernon U.S. Geological Survey gage 12200500.USACE also added that construction-related traffic disruptions may be present in the area of Memorial Highway and Valley View Drive.Once repaired, the levee will be restored to its pre-flood 50-year level of protection in order to protect lives and property from subsequent flooding in the ensuing flood seasons.last_img read more

F1: Hamilton says Verstappen comments ‘sign of weakness’

first_img Loading… This season will see Hamilton attempt to equal Michael Schumacher’s record haul of seven world championships. The 35-year-old Mercedes driver has been the dominant force in Grand Prix racing in recent years with the Briton winning five of the last six titles.But Red Bull racer Verstappen said much of Hamilton’s success was down to the excellence of his Mercedes car, with the German marque having won the past six drivers’ and constructors’ championships – a Formula One record.“I find it funny,” said Hamilton when asked about Verstappen’s comments after taking the 2020 Mercedes for its first ‘shakedown’ run at the Silverstone circuit in central England on Friday.“I have always been known to do my talking on the track, so I tend to see that (criticism) as a sign of weakness,” added Hamilton, 13 years older than Dutch driver Verstappen.Hamilton is now in the final 12 months of a Mercedes deal worth a reported £40 million ($52 million, 48 million euros) a year.But with Italian giants Ferrari apparently distancing themselves from a move to sign Hamilton, the outstanding driver could now sign a contract extension with Mercedes. Read Also: F1: Ferrari unveil SF1000 car for coming season“It is a real privilege to be wanted to stay and to be part of a great team,” added Hamilton. “That is a great feeling, and I hope I can continue to help to contribute to the team’s success.“Every year I am trying to improve, take a step up, refine the game and the mental approach. That is the real challenge.“But I have a great team that I get to work with and every year we are extracting more from each other.” Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared6 Best Natural History Museums You Won’t Regret Visiting2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has said an apparent failure by title rival Max Verstappen to acknowledge his achievements was a “sign of weakness”.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Leverkusen reject Kai Havertz transfer request to join Chelsea

first_img Loading… However, Leverkusen’s season is not over yet – and they face Rangers in the Europa League. According to the Metro, Havertz is desperate for the chance to join Chelsea and wants a deal concluded by the end of next week. That would mean that the German would play no role in their European campaign, something that has been rejected by the club, report Bild. Lampard wants to conclude his transfer business soon Read Also: Napoli seal signing of Victor Osimhen – Report It could mean that Chelsea may have to wait as long as August 21 when the Europa League is over. At the moment, there is no nightmare scenario with the transfer very much on the table but Lampard wants to conclude business swiftly. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Best Geek Movies Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkscenter_img Kai Havertz request has been rejected by Bayer Leverkusen chiefs as he looks to secure a switch to Chelsea. The Blues have made the Germany international a top target going into the transfer window. Frank Lampard has moved quickly to secure all the signings he has demanded. Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner have already joined while further plots are planned for the likes of Nick Pope, Declan Rice and Ben Chilwell. But the next on the list is Havertz, and the midfielder is keen on making the switch. After Leverkusen failed to qualify for the Champions League through the Bundesliga, that made up the 21-year-old’s mind. And with Chelsea securing football in Europe’s most prestigious competition, that has seen the youngster decide on where he wants to go.Advertisementlast_img read more

Carl Beard June 19, 1924 – July 14, 2020

first_img\Carl Beard age 96 of West Chester, Ohio formally Brookville, Indiana passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at Heritage Springs of West Chester, Ohio. Born June 19, 1924 in Versailles, Kentucky the son of Lonnie and Aretencie (Hall) Beard.Carl was married to Betty L. Louden, worked as a Welder and a Tobacco farmer for many years and served his country in the US Army.Carl is survived by his children Carol Hatway, Sue Ellen Doer, Carl Beard and Steven Beard. Grandfather of six, great grandfather of 16 and great great grandfather of four. Brother of Harold Beard and Lucille Bryant.Preceded in death by his parents Lonnie and Aretencie Beard, wife Betty Beard and siblings Mary Ellen Winters, Vernon and Alex Beard.Services will be private. Burial will be at Sims Cemetery Brookville, Indiana. Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030 are in charge of arrangements.last_img read more

NBBF thanks President Buhari, Minister for World Cup exploit

first_imgRelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Edo poll: APC supporters commend Buhari for providing level playing field Buhari holds closed-door meeting with Ghana’s President The Nigeria Basketball Federation has thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, after the D’Tigers booked a place in the 2020 Olympic Games. Speaking immediately after their victory against China at the 2019 FIBA World Cup, the NBBF President, Engr. Musa Kida, said putting up a good show would not have been possible without the fatherly roles of President Buhari and the Minister. Kida revealed that Federal Government through the Minister called minutes before the win or burst game to encourage the team as well as brace them up for the challenge ahead. “The Minister called before the game and he actually gave a message for the team which I conveyed to them. His called before the game which gave the boys enough motivation stepping onto the court with 200 million Nigerians behind them,” Kida revealed. Commending Buhari and Dare, Kida said “The Honorable Minister called back after the match, spoke to them and thanked them on behalf of 200 million Nigerians and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari.” Kida specifically highlighted government’s financial backing which made the 2019 World Cup campaign easier for the federation. He said the gesture has shown the new policy direction of the Federal Government through the Ministry of Sports to recognise excellence. “We are sincerely thanking them for their prompt financial intervention during the hours of our dire needs. Without the financial support, maybe it would have been impossible to talk about coming to the World Cup or qualifying for the Olympics.” The NBBF President said that basketball has come to stay, while the federation will leave no stone unturned to continue putting smiles on the faces of Nigeria. Kida added: “I am not surprised that our boys went out with the Nigerian spirit, fought very hard, played hard, defended very hard and they won. Basketball in Nigeria has come to stay and we are out to shock everybody.”Tags: 2019 FIBA World Cup2020 Olympic GamesD’TigersMuhammadu BuhariMusa KidaNBBFSunday Darelast_img read more

Moyes awaits United fate

first_img “Football is a world of madness. The average manager gets sacked every 12 months and I’ve always felt Manchester United should be different, hold themselves up as a club that basically stands against what’s happening in the game. “We used to laugh at Italy 20 years ago and say it’s ridiculous what’s happening there. Now we’ve almost become accustomed to it. “I’m hoping the club will come out and clarify it, and maybe it won’t be true.” However, the England assistant coach acknowledged United’s displays this season have not helped the manager. Regarding Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Moyes’ former club Everton, Neville said: “Ten days earlier at Bayern Munich, those players were fighting for their lives. “They were playing against the best team in Europe and actually holding their own for most of that game. “Yesterday was a poor performance. Some of the performances this season have been shocking, well below the accepted levels, and it’s not doing David Moyes any favours.” Monday’s reports cited the loss to Everton as the final straw for the Glazer family, the owners of United. The Red Devils, who won the Barclays Premier League last season, are seventh in the table this time around. The defeat at Goodison Park was United’s 11th in the league and killed off any last hopes of a return to the Champions League next season, with the gap to fourth-placed Arsenal now too big to bridge. United were knocked out of this term’s Champions League by holders Bayern Munich in the last eight, having led briefly in both legs. They were eliminated from the FA Cup at the first hurdle by Swansea and were knocked out of the Capital One Cup at the semi-final stage by Sunderland. Moyes continues to paint a positive picture about the future, but he cannot hide from the statistics that show just how badly his first season at United has gone. United will end the season with their worst points total in Premier League history. They have failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since the mid-1990s, and only have an outside chance of qualifying for the Europa League. Moyes, speaking to MUTV after the defeat at Goodison, said he was hoping to end the season strongly with wins in United’s remaining four games, but the reports on Monday suggest he may not be afforded the opportunity to even see out a full campaign as United boss. ”We need to end the season on a high,” the United manager said. ”We want to finish by winning all of our games. We’ll do everything we possibly can to make that happen.” Yet another blow hit Moyes on Sunday morning when it emerged that forward Danny Welbeck was considering his future at the club following a lack of game time this year. The embarrassment among the playing staff at losing yet another game so easily was clear on Monday morning. Rio Ferdinand, who was not in the squad at Goodison Park, took to Twitter to air his feelings. ”Frustration & disappointment sums up the season so far,” the United defender wrote. Juan Mata had started to pay back some of his £37.5million price tag in recent weeks, but the Spaniard had an off-day in the game on Sunday. ”I feel very disappointed today,” United’s club-record signing wrote on his personal blog. ”This is how you feel when you spend two weeks waiting for a game, getting ready for it, and then things don’t go the way you wanted. It happened in Goodison Park and the truth is this is not the first time, as you know. ”I hate this feeling. ”What the Premiership table shows now is something that neither the club nor the fans deserve. ”I hope the next game comes as soon as possible because, as you can imagine, this bad taste makes me mad.” Moyes gave a damning critique of his team’s defending for both goals, describing it as ”rank” and ”rotten”. Manchester United manager David Moyes looked to be heading out of Old Trafford on Monday but the club insisted he has not been sacked. But the reports that his day are numbered were a reflection on the troubled campaign Moyes has experienced, missing out on Champions League football for 2014/15 and making a feeble defence of the Premier League title. Former United captain Gary Neville called on the club to break their silence and either back Moyes or confirm he is being sacked. Should he go, contenders for the post could include Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone, Holland coach Louis van Gaal, and even United veteran Ryan Giggs. Speculation about Moyes’ future intensified on Monday afternoon and Neville admits he has major concerns for the manager, urging United to clarify the situation as soon as possible. Neville told Sky Sports 1: “I fear for him. I haven’t spoken to anyone at the club today. Usually they don’t comment on anything, but they’re going to have to clarify this position quickly. “They might have to break rank and do what they don’t normally do and make a statement pretty quickly.” Neville also urged United not to follow the trend of other clubs who hire and fire every season, and instead allow Moyes the chance to show what he can do. He said: “I genuinely believe when you give a man a six-year contract that he deserves the opportunity and time and professionally the respect. Press Association Widespread reports claimed the former Everton boss would be told his time as United is up, after a dire first season in charge. Press Association Sport understands the 50-year-old Scot – appointed as successor to Sir Alex Ferguson last summer on a six-year contract – remains the Red Devils manager. last_img read more

Syracuse football training camp blog 2018: Babers has decided a starting quarterback

first_imgAug. 3Syracuse started its second day of training camp indoors where it would remain for the duration of media available practice. The team finished practice outside, though. In the brief glimpse the media had at the defense lining up in formation, it ran a drill out of the 4-2-5 spread look that is listed as the base defense in the media guide. If Syracuse sticks with the 4-2-5, it would be a shift from a 4-3 base alignment used the first two seasons under head coach Dino Babers.“The assignments aren’t changing much, it’s just matchups depending on what type of team we play,” senior linebacker Kielan Whitner said on Wednesday.  “You know, maybe they have a quicker guy in the slot and you need a smaller guy to cover that, that’s really where we come to the 4-2-5.”When Babers spoke prior to Whitner on Wednesday, he said he expected the defensive back unit to “embarrass them and make them grow up very quickly in camp,” in reference to the wide receiver unit. Redshirt senior Antwan Cordy, who has only been wearing a white jersey and not taking reps at receiver, affirmed his coach’s statement through two days of camp.  Comments Aug. 2In the first 10 minutes of practice, which is the allotted time for media viewing, the offense ran light drills while the defense stretched.Quarterbacks and receivers ran routes vs. air (rva) drills around midfield. Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey, who missed the last three games of 2017 due to a broken foot, said he’s “full go” for training camp. He noted he’s been dunking basketballs and wake surfing on the foot this summer. While Byrne looked good in his return, other parts of the offense did not in the 10 minutes available to the media. Jamal Custis struggled to hold onto the football Friday morning, at one point dropping two passes in a row, and others struggled as well. After hauling in a scrimmage touchdown Thursday, Cam Jordan hit the deck for dropping a pass. In one stretch, three consecutive players dropped passes that were right on their hands.Ravian Pierce has been a consistent threat in drills thus far for SU this week, running his routes well and bringing in the ball whenever he gets his hands on it.Eric Dungey hit his spots well Friday, finding wideouts in stride and in strong positions to catch the ball. He spent much of the early portion of practice talking with Babers, as the coach pointed out different routes as the rest of the quarterbacks and wide receivers ran through drills.Defensively, the linebacking core is working to find its chemistry and its rhythm on the field. An area of the team that had known nothing but consistency for the last four seasons is now forced to find a new core. The live practice showcased a few notes from camp. Aside from Strickland running hard, Eric Dungey may also have multiple weapons out of the slot, not just junior Sean Riley. Freshman Anthony Queeley has looked like a formidable threat out of the slot and has impressed many of the upperclassmen with his speed and ability to jump off the line.“It comes natural to him,” Riley said. “He’s really good.” At the end of spring practices, Babers said he was confident a clear No. 1 would emerge, just like in the past. But on Tuesday, Babers said it’s still a relatively open field after SU’s first scrimmage. This week of practice and the weekend’s upcoming scrimmage are chances for some of the younger players to make an impression and veteran options to solidify their standing, Babers said.“We’re just a couple weeks out,” Custis said. “… We’re all trying to come out here and step up.”Custis and Butler both echoed that at this point in camp, the receivers are trying to hone their skills and work on the nuances of the position. Aug. 7 Syracuse opened its second week of training camp in full pads Tuesday morning. No one delivered hits to another teammate in the 10 minutes allotted to media at the beginning of practice, but Syracuse head coach Dino Babers indicated there was contact through out the rest of practice.“It was good to get (pads) on. The guys were eager to do some live stuff,” Babers said. “We’ve got to pass that stuff out, we just can’t do it every day. We had some periods where we let them go a little bit and it was fun. We had some owies but we didn’t have any major injuries so that’s always good.”One key contributor with an “owie,” as Babers put it, is defensive lineman Alton Robinson, who Babers said had a sack today. Robinson’s injury remains undisclosed but he’ll be fine moving forward, Babers added. Someone updated the SU practice setlist today. That’s Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode” playing in the background which was just released with his new album this morning. Practice began with “Return of the Mack” (Mark Morrison) followed by “Mob Ties” (Drake). pic.twitter.com/S8Y0rOCOPc— Josh Schafer (@Schafer_44) August 3, 2018 But a point of concern around the position is dropped passes. Technically, coaches have emphasized watching the ball all the way into the hands. When a receiver loses the ball, it’ll likely be a drop, Butler said.The junior wideout also tied fixing drops to confidence, and getting “cooking” as camping goes along.As he catches more and more passes, Butler said Thursday, his confidence grows and like a shooter heating up in basketball, he wants the ball coming his way. That happens, and he’s “cooking,” he said. The more he’s “cooking,” the less a drop affects him.“If you have a drop,” Butler said, “you’re confident that you’ll catch the next one. You have confidence in your hands, you understand everyone drops the ball once in a while.“But you better not drop the next one.”Aug. 14Syracuse practiced with a slightly thinner roster on Tuesday, as several players were banged up following a scrimmage over the weekend.The notable absences were running back Dontae Strickland, tight end Ravian Pierce and strong safety Evan Foster, who left practice with a brace on his left ankle. Defensive lineman Kendall Coleman remained out, too, though his injury stems from before the scrimmage.“Just holding them out,” said SU head coach Dino Babers. “Guys are banged up. It was a good scrimmage. It was physical.”The scrimmage, which was first-string offense versus first-string defense, Babers said, was dominated by the defense. The offense managed to score a few touchdowns, he said, but ultimately the defense proved dominant.“No doubt I thought the defense got the best of the offense,” Babers said.As far as making impressions on the coaching staff, Babers noted some guys stood out in the scrimmage, but he and the coaching staff want to see a level of consistency in practice, too.“That was an ‘occasional,’” Babers said, leaning on his “consistently good, not occasionally great” maxim. “But they really have a chance to make a move now,” he continued.This consistency is likely needed most for the wide receivers, where the starting lineup is still murky. At the open portion of Tuesday’s practice, the receivers looked smooth in their routes and drops were infrequent, despite the sure-handed Pierce sitting out. On opposite corners of the second field were the offensive line and the running backs. The O-line worked on footwork over boards while pushing blocking pads. The backfield stepped through elevated ladders. Sophomore Chris Elmore, who is listed as a defensive lineman and fullback, wore an orange offensive jersey and practiced with the backs.On a lighter note, Syracuse didn’t kick off camp with the traditional “Smooth” by Santana featuring Rob Thomas. Syracuse’s defense shift remained a heavy topic of conversation. The move to a 4-2-5 spread defense as opposed to a previous 4-3 base alignment comes as a response to more teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference switching to spread offenses, Babers said. The 4-2-5 emphasizes covering the field with more nimble secondary players and prevent the passing attack.Some of it is also Syracuse’s personnel, Babers added. There is a lot of depth from the safety position, so in addition to adapting to the conference, he is also adapting to the roster. After practice, Babers said that upperclassmen are leading the pack — likely Jamal Custis and Devin C. Butler — but noted that a few freshmen were looking good particularly after the scrimmage. He didn’t specify which freshmen, though.“Competition is still going on,” Babers said. “… Some guys did some stuff at the first scrimmage, they’re going to have to back it up at the second scrimmage.” The defense spent the first 10 minutes of Tuesday working on outside run fits. While a defensive player filled in the role of opposing running back and tried to bounce outside, linebackers and defensive backs flooded to the ball, alternating between the right and left sides. With upturned garbage cans serving as a makeshift offensive line, defensive ends practice recognizing the play, aborting their pass rush and pursuing the back end of the play. While that happens, the linebackers and defensive backs on that side of the field flood to the ball, trying to minimize an outside gain.“The whole pursuit thing? That’s an every game thing,” Coley said.Aug. 16As the hot mornings of training camp ebb and a Sept. 1 game at Western Michigan looms, Syracuse’s wide receiver competition remains unsettled.Devin Butler, Jamal Custis, Sean Riley and Nykeim Johnson, among others, are fighting for the lion’s share of targets and likely the No. 1 job. Meanwhile, freshmen Anthony Queeley, Ed Hendrix and Taj Harris are all challenging for playing time.”This is the most ready I’ve seen freshmen come in,” Custis said Thursday.Hendrix didn’t practice Thursday, though, and wore a large brace on his right leg.The uncertainty at the position is a bit of uncharted territory for the Orange, because in both of Babers first two years, someone seized the top job during camp — Amba Etta-Tawo in 2016 and Steve Ishmael in 2017.Butler brings the most experience — 33 catches for 327 yards and a touchdown in 2017 — but beyond him, the next best pass-catching option from last year is tight end Ravian Pierce. With the defensive switch, moving to faster players, Babers still wants to have some large, heavy-hitting linebackers to induce fumbles.“You’ve got to have some body weight to hit someone that hard (to force a loose ball),” Babers said. “There’s a reason lightweights don’t fight heavyweights,” Babers said.With the switch to a 4-2-5 though, there is a chance Syracuse might start a freshman in the secondary. Andre Cisco, a defensive back out of IMG Academy (Florida), has really impressed in camp thus far, Babers said. He admitted that he won’t have a definitive idea of who’s starting until the scrimmages are over, but said Cisco is a name to watch.“He’s been doing really well in practice. I haven’t seen him in a game,” Babers said. “But in practice he’s doing really really well.” Published on August 2, 2018 at 12:52 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edu Syracuse football training camp opened Thursday, Aug. 2. The Daily Orange beat writers, Andrew Graham, Matt Liberman and Josh Schafer, will keep a running tab of updates from each SU practice this summer before the Orange’s first game at Western Michigan on Aug. 31. Follow along here and on Twitter @DOsports.Aug. 22Asked about his final season starting in eight days, assuming a nearly coach-like role and how he’s changed over the past three years, Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey mainly expressed the bittersweet nature of his senior season starting.“People probably think I’ve been here for about 20 years,” Dungey quipped. “… It’s kind of crazy. Once you’re playing, things go by fast.”Despite taking the majority of snaps at quarterback the past three seasons, Dungey and much-hyped redshirt freshman Tommy DeVito jockeyed for the starting job through fall camp. And though head coach Dino Babers said on Tuesday that the starting quarterback has been decided, he didn’t name them.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDungey, who has played in 26 games — starting 25 of those — is the only signal caller on the Orange’s roster with any live, Division 1 experience.While Babers wouldn’t name the starter, he did say he was excited to see both passers play Week one against Western Michigan.“It all depends on how the score goes,” Babers said.Dungey missed time last offseason after undergoing surgery on his right foot and DeVito started in the Spring Showcase while Dungey sat out. But it remains unlikely that DeVito has unseated Dungey from his starting role. But, baring and unexpected announcement, Dungey or DeVito will be starting on the field for the Orange next Friday.Aug. 21: Senior quarterback Eric Dungey and the other quarterbacks threw passes to wide recievers to begin practice on Tuesday. Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerRedshirt senior Antwan Cordy, who didn’t play last season due to injury, stretches with the defense before practice. Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerSyracuse will need to replace 63.6 percent of its total receiving yards from a year ago with the departure of Ervin Philips and Steve Ishmael. Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerJunior Devin C. Butler, who caught 33 passes for 327 yards in 2017, is a candidate for the top receiver spot. Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerSyracuse head coach Dino Babers noted after practice that he’s decided who the starting quarterback is. He declined to name which player it will be. Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerBabers noted that each year a reicever has stepped in to that top role. Thus far, this team hasn’t had that. Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerSyracuse’s offensive line is its most experienced group as it returns four starters from a year ago.  Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerThe Orange will host two more open practices this week, Wednesday and Thursday, before concluding training camp. Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerAug. 17Nearly a week after dominating the first scrimmage of camp, at least as far as Head Coach Dino Babers is concerned, Syracuse’s defense is ready for the second scrimmage.“Ones versus ones, ones versus twos, we’re going to dominate them,” junior cornerback Christopher Fredrick said.But despite beating back the offense, there are still questions to be answered on defense. For starters, the linebacking core is unknown. The depth chart in the defensive backfield isn’t set in stone and all this is backdropped by a shift to a 4-2-5 defense.While that change has been easy for some, Fredrick said, himself included, it’s been harder on guys who have changed positions. He named Allen Stritzinger, who moved from running back to nickel back, as an example.But, there’s help. Fredrick pointed out that Antwan Cordy, who’s spent his time at Syracuse bouncing around the secondary, has been a big help. Eric Coley, the back up strong safety, who has been practicing with the ones in Evan Foster’s absence this week, said Foster’s been an immeasurable help.“When I’m out there and he’s on the side,” Coley said. “He’s coaching from the sideline and doing everything he can.”The defensive backs also talked about how freshmen Andre Cisco and Trill Williams are adapting. Currently, Williams leads the team in camp interceptions, Fredrick said. He had two on Friday.Fredrick noted when he came to campus his freshman year, he was about 170 pounds. But Williams, he said, is already physically imposing at 6-foot-2, 202 pounds.Cisco ran with the first team during spring ball, and debuted as the starting free safety in the spring showcase. With Cordy potentially playing in the nickel, Cisco is a welcome newcomer at the position.“He’s coming along really well,” Fredrick said of Cisco. “I feel like he can really help us. I feel like he’s going to have to play.”During every portion of open practice this week, the defense has been working on outside pursuit — either pitches, handoffs or screen pass scenarios. Riley has had to take on a greater load as well entering this season. Previously he has been an alternate option, playing behind recent SU greats like Amba Etta-Tawo, Steve Ishmael and Ervin Philips. Coming into this season, as a weapon in the slot, the backfield and on returns, Riley has packed on 10 pounds of muscle for the added usage.Many players emphasized the depth that is on this team at different offensive positions. Now behind Dungey is a former four-star recruit in quarterback in Tommy DeVito as well as another threat in Chance Amie. Additionally, “thunder and lightning” as Strickland and Moe Neal refer to themselves, looked poised to take the running game to the next level. In 2017, Syracuse’s four yards per carry ranked 84th in the nation. But in camp thus far, both Neal and Strickland have performed well in drills and this morning against the defense.“I’m trying to get this team to a bowl game,” Strickland said.The lone touchdown during the media available portion of practice this morning came on a pass from redshirt-junior quarterback Clayton Welch to redshirt-freshman wide receiver Cameron Jordan, who trotted into the end zone after making an easy catch in stride past Ifeatu Melifonwu. “We need everyone on the depth chart to know what’s going on, why it’s going on and how we’re going to do it,” middle linebacker Ryan Guthrie said. “We need guys to step up, we have guys that have stepped up, so we’re ready for the challenge.”With the losses of Zaire Franklin and Parris Bennett to the NFL, the linebackers will have to work twice as hard, Guthrie said.“But we have guys that can fill their shoes, however big they may be,” Guthrie said.Aug. 9The most noise to come out of Thursday’s practice was the crack that came from Dontae Strickland steamrolling through Evan Foster in a live, 11-on-11 practice. It was the first shown to the media this training camp. “Yeah, like Dino Babers said, they’re still young in the receiving core you know,” Cordy said. “They’re just getting used to everything because most of the cornerbacks are hard to play.”Videos from Day 2 of camp: This drill will be key for Syracuse in trying to stop former SU offensive coordinator and current Western Michigan head coach Tim Lester’s multiple offense, which will likely feature heavy doses of outside runs.Aug. 10Three days after watching practice in a sling, offensive lineman Colin Byrne was in pads Friday doing drills with the rest of the offensive linemen. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Man Utd agree deal with Swansea for Daniel James

first_img Source: Sky Sports Manchester United have agreed a deal in principle for the signing of winger Daniel James from Swansea City.The 21-year-old Wales international completed his medical on Thursday at United’s Carrington training complex and personal terms have been agreed.United will pay Swansea an initial fee of £15m, plus £3m in add-ons, for James, who becomes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing as the club’s manager.The move will be finalised when FIFA’s international transfer window opens from June 11, at which stage the clubs will reveal more information about the deal.James is the first signing for United this summer, with Solskjaer expected to overhaul his squad after a difficult season for the Red Devils which saw them finish sixth in the Premier League.The winger is currently with the Wales squad ahead of European Qualifiers against Croatia (Saturday) and Hungary (Tuesday).Ryan Giggs, the Wales manager and Manchester United legend, has backed James to be a success at Old Trafford.He told Sky Sports News: “He is not only a fantastic player, but a fantastic guy as well.“He’s very level-headed and yes if it does go through, United have got a very talented and exciting player.”Asked what advice he had given to James ahead of the move, Giggs added: “Advice doesn’t change. A club like that is interested in you for what you have been doing.“Don’t try and be anyone else, don’t try and do anything different.”last_img read more

Ex-Ghana captain Stephen Appiah named among Juventus legends

first_imgEx-Ghana captain Stephen Appiah has been named as one the legends of Italian Serie A giants Juventus, according to tuttojuve.com.Appiah was signed by the Bianconeri in the summer of 2003 after a successful loan spell at Brescia from Parma.Juventus paid Parma €2 million on loan, with an option to a permanent €6 million transfer in 2004.Appiah had an impressive first season after playing in 30 Serie A matches.He also made his debut in the UEFA Champions League before going on to make 18 Serie A appearances.The 31-year-old’s decision to play for Ghana at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens cost him his place in Fabio Capello’s side. Juventus signed Brazilian Emerson and that affected his playing opportunities at the Turin. Appiah was renowned for his dribbling skills and ball winning prowess.He spent eight years in the peninsula after playing for Udinese, Parma and Brescia before being transferred to Turkish side Fenerbahce.last_img read more