Since USC can’t get Vince Lombardi (dead), Knute Rockne (same) or Bill Belichick (too warm in SoCal), some have suggested they might tap the head ball coach in Stillwater to see if he’s interested. Here’s how that’s going to go.USC: Do you want to leave the place where you only have to win eight or nine games a year and if you win more than that they consider electing you to office because all the pressure is on the coach to the south of you even though you’ve been better at turning mediocre talent into really good teams and bail on the multi-million dollar ranch house you just built to come take over for someone who we had to fire for alcohol issues and who might have been drunk during a conference game for a school that is the most glamorous football team (possibly college or pro) in the state and live in one of the most-populous cities in the world where the pressure is insanely high and if you don’t win 10 games they’ll FedEx you copies of the Matt Leinart/Reggie Bush 30 for 30 and make all kinds of inappropriate O.J. Simpson jokes about your family; we can offer you twice your current salary which after taxes will be half your current salary and give your family five tickets to every Taylor Swift concert in the Staples Center. What do you say?AdChoices广告Mike Gundy: Nah.Gundy has been sporting this smug “I know something you don’t about this team” grin all summer. (via @osuathletics) pic.twitter.com/YnOShEl1Zw— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 12, 2015 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Unfortunately, College Gameday announced they will air their popular broadcast in Tuscaloosa this weekend over Stillwater in what will be a battle of two undefeated Big 12 teams on Saturday. But the next best thing, SportsCenter on the road, is planning to make its way to Stillwater.No College Gameday in Stillwater, but per @jeanninee12, ESPN will film SportsCenter live on #OKstate’s campus Saturday from 6 to 8 a.m.— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) November 2, 2015SportsCenter on the road is a two-hour program, which includes special guests and interviews related to the location. It will be aired just before the start of College Gameday on Saturday morning.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I think it’s safe to say if I’m picking a home, I probably wouldn’t be too choosy about which home to pick between Mike Gundy and Bob Stoops. [Assuming I have a couple milly to throw away]. But just for fun, how do the two head ball coaches homes compare? Here’s some pictures from Mike Gundy’s abode (Courtesy of extreme campers from 2015):And here’s a few photos from Stoops house, and a slight video tour from a pool party over the weekend:https://twitter.com/RuizMaria15/status/632339499477917696Some fun had @OU_CoachStoops’ house this evening.?? ➡️ https://t.co/jpB2R6EvJlhttps://t.co/KE2SOv82Yt— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) August 13, 2016I’d bet that Stoops house probably doesn’t draw comparisons to the Bass Pro House, but either way, it would be preetttyy dang difficult to pick between the two. Fortunately for us all, we’ll probably never have to choose. ?
16Taj WilliamsTCUJr.WR93364319.48 26Josh MaloneTennesseeJr.WR103564818.51 25Deandre ThompkinsPenn St.So.WR91935318.58 1Jalen RobinetteAir ForceSr.WR102876027.14 19Carlos HendersonLouisiana TechJr.WR1061117919.33 21Jimmy WilliamsEast CarolinaSr.WR103771119.22 RankNameTeamClPositionGRecRec YdsAvg 6Jon’Vea JohnsonToledoSo.WR103470020.59 24Cedrick WilsonBoise St.Jr.WR104482718.80 3Jaylen SmithLouisvilleSo.WR102248722.14 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 2Jeff BadetKentuckyJr.WR102354523.70 11Chico McClatcherWashingtonSo.WR92040120.05 7Cody ThompsonToledoJr.WR1050102120.42 13Deon CainClemsonSo.WR102549419.76 14Donald GrayMississippi St.Jr.WR103058719.57 4Ahmmon RichardsMiami (FL)Fr.WR103473221.53 5Jester WeahPittsburghJr.WR102860121.46 10James WashingtonOklahoma St.Jr.WR1056113220.21 22Josh ReynoldsTexas A&MSr.WR103974119.00 12Shelton GibsonWest VirginiaJr.WR93570120.03 20Stephen LouisNorth Carolina St.So.WR102446319.29 27Dede WestbrookOklahomaSr.WR1068125418.44 18Deangelo YanceyPurdueSr.WR103771819.41 23RJ TurnerLa.-MonroeSo.WR102343318.83 James Washington has been named one of ten semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, which is given to the country’s most outstanding receiver regardless of position. Washington has recorded 56 receptions for 1132 yards and 9 touchdowns this season. Here are the other semifinalists that were named Monday morning:Austin Carr, NorthwesternCorey Davis, Western MichiganAmba Etta-Tawo, SyracuseCarlos Henderson, Louisiana TechIsaiah “Zay”Jones, East CarolinaJohn Ross, WashingtonTaywan Taylor, Western KentuckyTrent Taylor, Louisiana TechJames Washington, Oklahoma StateDede Westbrook, OklahomaWashington is No. 8 in total receiving yards on the season in the country, but what hurts him is his volume. He ranks 41st in total receptions per game with just 5.6 receptions per game. That’s a testament to what he has been able to do in his limited touches, still sitting in the top 10 in total receiving yards per game at 113.2.Here is how he stacks up in yards per reception (via NCAA.com) 17Kevin KutcheraSouth Ala.Sr.WR92446619.42 15Kevin StephersonNotre DameFr.DB102141019.52 9Mikah HolderSan Diego St.Jr.WR92142620.29 The three Biletnikoff finalists will be announced on Nov. 21, and the award winner will be named on Dec. 8 on the Home Depot College Football Awards Show. 8Josh StewartUTSAJr.WR102959120.38
Offensive lineman Victor Salako was not selected in the NFL draft and did not sign an undrafted free agent deal like several other departing Cowboys, however he’s still getting a shot at the next level.According to SB Nation, Salako is one of 20 players who is being brought in on a rookie minicamp tryout with the Philadelphia Eagles, which began on Friday. Salako joins Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans and Tulsa wide receiver Keevan Lucas among local products getting a shot with the franchise.Salako joined the football program in 2015 after the UAB football program dissolved and was an immediate plug-and-play left tackle for OSU, proving to be one of the more durable and reliable big men on the offensive front that produced 2,550 yards on the ground and helped freshman running back Justice Hill earn All-American status in the 2016 season.The Eagles signed just one undrafted free agent offensive lineman, center Tyler Orlosky, and did not draft an offensive linemen in the NFL draft. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. On the first rush of his college career, freshman J.D. King went for two yards. On his second, he went 71 yards to the house for the first touchdown of his career. It was a beauty, too, as he was untouched throughout.It was also Oklahoma State’s longest rushing play since 2011.Oklahoma State has now scored on four of its first five possessions and is averaging 12.3 yards per play. They lead 28-14 in the middle of the second quarter.WATCH: Hail to the King! J.D. King goes 71 yards to put #OKState up 28-7! pic.twitter.com/ME0UqldbbH— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 1, 2017AdChoices广告
Davide Astori Fiorentina captain Davide Astori dies aged 31 Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 19:13 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(23) Getty/Goal Fiorentina Udinese v Fiorentina Udinese Serie A The Italy international had been capped 14 times by his country and was a vital member of the Viola’s squad Fiorentina have confirmed that club captain Davide Astori has passed away. The 31-year-old centre-back had been capped 14 times by Italy and had enjoyed a professional career spanning 12 years.Astori and his team-mates were preparing to face Udinese in a Serie A fixture on Sunday before Fiorentina announced the tragic news ahead of the game, which has now been cancelled. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “Fiorentina are profoundly shaken and forced to announce that their captain Davide Astori has died,” a statement posted on the club’s official website reads.”For this terrible and delicate situation, and above all out of respect for his family, we appeal to the sensitivity of the media.”Astori started out at AC Milan, where he never played a Serie A match, before moving to Cagliari, the club where he made his big breakthrough.He turned out 174 times for the Sardinians in a six-year spell, during which he made his national team debut with the Azzurri.In 2014, he was sent on loan to Roma and then a year later made a similar transfer to Fiorentina, but with an obligation to buy at the end of the season.Astori had established himself as a vital member of the squad and had turned out 27 times for the side ranked 10th in the Serie A standings this term.The news has been met with huge shock and messages of condolences from the football world , with clubs and players from across the globe sending words of support to Astori’s family.It has also been confirmed that, as well as the Udinese vs Fiorentina game, the remaining six Serie A matches due to be played on Sunday have been cancelled as a mark of respect following Astori’s death.
Transfers Neymar or Mbappe for Real Madrid? Valdano makes his transfer pick Chris Burton 21:57 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gettyimages Transfers Real Madrid Kylian Mbappé Neymar PSG Ligue 1 Primera División The former Blancos player and director coach believes a summer raid on Paris Saint-Germain should bring a French star to Spain rather than a Brazilian Real Madrid have been told advised to snap up Kylian Mbappe during any summer raid on Paris Saint-Germain, with Jorge Valdano considering the Frenchman to be preferable to Neymar.The Blancos have long been linked with a move for the Brazil international, with speculation having rumbled on since the former Barcelona star completed a record-breaking €222 million switch to France in the summer of 2017.That interest is reported to have been stepped up during World Cup 2018, although Madrid have moved to distance themselves from talk of a €310m (£275m/$360m) bid being tabled. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Valdano can understand why Real are interested in Neymar, with his commercial value as important as his sporting ability, but feels that the best option on PSG’s books would be Mbappe – with the teenage striker currently starring in Russia on a global stage.The former Blancos player and coach told Onda Cero: “Neymar would have plenty of value in terms of both marketing and football.“I think Madrid have interest in him, but I do not know about any offers or any potential bids but it would be nearly impossible to sign a player who can sell a lot like him.“I would prefer if they go for Mbappe as he would be a long-term investment because he is six years younger and is already at the top level.“He scores lot of goals, plays direct attacking football, breaks through defences and he will define the next decade of football, he reminds me of Ronaldo Nazario.“I believe Mbappe is also a good person.”Mbappe is due to complete a €180m move to PSG this summer, with Monaco having sanctioned an initial loan deal for 2017-18.Madrid were keen before that agreement was reached, with a fee having been agreed to take him to Spain.Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev told Canal+: “I remember we were training when we got the call from Real Madrid and accepted the €180m offer for Mbappe.”Later, I saw him and told him ‘we have received an offer that was impossible to refuse from the club of your dreams so tell me your answer’. We never wanted to make the choice for him, it was up to him to make his decision.”He told me that he wanted to go to Paris and, after that, there were so many details that had to be resolved that, until the final moments, I doubted the deal.”It could be that Real’s interest is rekindled, but PSG are reluctant to part with any of their prized assets and will be doing their utmost to fend off any interest in Neymar and Mbappe.
British tennis star Andy Murray has announced that he has raised an incredible total of more than £83,000 for UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, through his Andy’s Aces initiative.In September 2015 Andy, who was crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year in December, announced that for every ace he hit until the end of the year, he would donate £50 to Unicef to support their work to help children whose worlds have been turned upside down by the conflict in Syria.As well as asking his fans to donate to support the initiative, Andy’s sponsors Standard Life and Under Armour, along with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) vowed to match each donation Andy made, meaning every ace raised £250 for children in danger. Standard Life’s employees also got involved with the fundraising for Syria and the money raised was matched by Standard Life, adding £20,000 to the total. Additional funds were also raised through the Tie Break Tens tournament and the ATP ACES for Charity programme who donated £10,120 ($15,000). From 29th October 2015, all UK public donations were aid matched by the UK Government.The total of over £83,000 could provide over 16,000 children with blankets to help keep them safe and warm.UNICEF UK supporter Murray explained: “I remember watching the news last summer and deciding I wanted to do something to help some of the millions of children whose lives have turned upside down by the situation in Syria. It’s amazing that we’ve been able to raise so much, and I’m very grateful to my sponsors and fans for their help in this – I couldn’t have done it without them. I know how hard UNICEF are working to support these children, and millions of others around the world and I’m proud to have been able to help.”Unicef UK Executive Director, David Bull, said: “All of us here at Unicef UK are incredibly grateful to Andy for his continued support. Almost five years into the conflict, Syria remains one of the most dangerous places to be a child and millions of children have lost loved ones, homes and schools. Their world has been turned upside down by the conflict and humanitarian needs are becoming ever more urgent. The support of Andy, his fans and the wider tennis community will help us provide support for children who have lost so much.”If you’d like to support Andy’s Aces, and UNICEF’s work for the children of Syria, it’s not too late. Text ACE to 70800 to donate £5 or click here.
6 March 2007The United Nations refugee agency today launched a $56.1-million appeal to help more than 125,000 southern Sudanese refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) return home this year and reintegrate into their communities in a region where two decades of civil war uprooted some 4.5 million people. The United Nations refugee agency today launched a $56.1-million appeal to help more than 125,000 southern Sudanese refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) return home this year and reintegrate into their communities in a region where two decades of civil war uprooted some 4.5 million people. Since a peace deal was signed in January 2005 between the Sudanese Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLA), an estimated 102,000 refugees have already returned home, including 32,400 under the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) voluntary repatriation programme. An estimated 850,000 IDPs have also returned to south Sudan, mostly using their own means. “Against a backdrop of landmines, human rights abuses and the almost total destruction of infrastructure and services, ensuring return and reintegration in safety and dignity and contributing to rebuilding economic, social, civil and political life are major undertakings, not just for UNHCR but for all partners involved,” the agency said in launching the appeal. “Despite considerable achievements during the past two years, many receiving communities are still struggling to absorb returnees.” This year’s appeal aims to assist the return from nearby countries of 102,000 refugees and 25,000 IDPs, providing returnees with reintegration packages, rehabilitating health clinics and schools, and improving shelter and sanitation. Along with partners and humanitarian organizations and working closely with the Sudanese government, UNHCR will also help to monitor the human rights situation of some 1.8 million IDPs around Khartoum, the capital, and Kassala state, providing accurate information on areas of origin so they can make informed decisions about returning. Conditions in return areas, including security, water, health and education are major factors for refugees and IDPs deciding to go home. As part of the joint UN work programme for 2007, UNHCR plans to rehabilitate and construct 65 boreholes, and rehabilitate 60 health clinics and 30 schools in areas of high refugee return. Last year, UNHCR received more than $63 million for its south Sudan operations. In a related development today, the agency today resumed the voluntary repatriation of Sudanese refugees living in north-west Uganda after it was halted in mid-January because of an outbreak of meningitis. The disease has now been contained. When the peace agreement for southern Sudan was signed, there were an estimated 6.7 million IDPs in Africa’s largest country, including 2 million from the separate conflict in the western Darfur region, and some 550,000 refugees in neighbouring countries.
In Beijing, the mood was upbeat ahead of the Prime Minister’s arrival. “We commend the Sri Lankan government’s positive policies towards China and are ready to jointly consolidate the traditional friendship, and deepen pragmatic cooperation through this visit, pushing the China-Sri Lanka strategic cooperative partnership to new heights”, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei, ahead of the visit.Analysts say that the doors are now wide open to deepen Colombo-Beijing ties in all fields, including defence. Wickremasinghe arrives soon after Beijing hosted Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli of Nepal, a visit that has signed a major transit agreement as part of Beijing’s Belt and Road connectivity initiative. “We are looking at the Chinese participation in the logistics hub of Sri Lanka as well as further investments in the real-estate sector”, Wickremesinghe said. Xinhua had earlier reported that Sri Lanka hopes to strengthen its defence ties with China this year. It had paraphrased remarks by Sri Lankan defence secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi that “China supported Sri Lanka to end the war against Tamil Tiger rebels and the government is in discussions to further strengthen the defence relations between the two countries”. (Colombo Gazette) The signals that Sri Lanka was set to resume the project were loud and clear when in Davos, Mr. Wickremesinghe announced that impediments to big-ticket China-funded infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka had been removed. “So, we are going ahead with many of those projects, including the Port City,” he said. But going beyond infrastructure, the Sri Lankans are seeking Chinese investments in their capital-starved country. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrives in Beijing today on an upbeat note after his government cleared the stalled $1.4 billion Colombo Port City, which had become an irritant in the ties between the two countries after a change of guard in Sri Lanka, The Hindu newspaper reported.The Cabinet had formally cleared the project last month, paving the way for Wickremesinghe’s visit. The decks were cleared after Sri Lanka’s International Trade and Strategic Development Minister Malik Samarawickrama visited China and held talks with the Chinese authorities on a cluster of issues, including the Port City Project. China also attaches centrality to Sri Lanka to amplify its Maritime Silk Road — an oceanic connectivity initiative that covers the Indian Ocean. In a bid to anchor their presence in the Indian Ocean, the Chinese have also been engaged in developing Pakistan’s Gwadar Port. China is also establishing Djibouti in the Horn of Africa as a military base to service logistical needs of Chinese warships.The expansion of the Hambantota Port, to which Mr. Wickremasinghe alluded, is expected to cement China-funded infrastructure along a string of Indian Ocean ports, starting from Myanmar’s port of Kyaukphyu, within the ambit of the Maritime Silk Road.Observers say that China’s growing influence in South Asia poses a challenge to New Delhi, which could do well to revamp of its neighbourhood policy.
Officials also insisted that the Chinese had no issue working with the Sri Lanka Navy at the Hambantota port. Local officials working with the Chinese company operating the port said that the port security is in the hands of the Sri Lanka Navy. On 09th December last year two Sri Lankan companies established under the concession agreement namely, Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) and Hambantota International Port Services Co. (Pvt) Ltd. (HIPS) officially took over the Hambantota Port thereby making the concluded concession agreement effective. (Colombo Gazette)Pictures by Lalith Perera Officials at the Hambantota port insisted that the Navy will be in charge of security at the port and not the Chinese.A group of journalists were taken on a visit to the port to see first hand some aspects of the port and to be briefed on future operations. China Merchant Port Holdings Limited (CM Port) handles the operations of the Hambantota Port.The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and the Government of Sri Lanka entered into a Concession Agreement with China Merchant Port Holdings Limited of Hong Kong in July last year for the management, operation and development of the Hambantota Port on a Public Private Partnership model.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is particularly worried that people who cannot provide valid identity or travel documents promptly will not have access to regular asylum procedures and will not be allowed to claim humanitarian status if the reforms go ahead, spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis said. Briefing reporters in Geneva, Ms. Pagonis said UNHCR has submitted its comments about the planned changes to Switzerland’s Federal Office for Refugees as part of its role to supervise national and international laws affecting refugees. She said UNHCR’s submission included several measures designed to improve the efficiency of the asylum system without jeopardizing principle of fairness. UNHCR is concerned that many refugees who do not have identity or travel documents for valid reasons may be punished under the proposals. In many cases, refugees cannot obtain papers before they flee their homeland or the papers were either confiscated by authorities or never issued in the first place. Other genuine refugees have their identity or travel documents stolen or destroyed by people-smuggling networks, Ms. Pagonis said. The agency said it fears the changes could breach both the spirit and the letter of the 1951 UN Convention on the rights and status of refugees. Earlier this year UNHCR released figures showing an 18 per cent slump in the number of people seeking asylum in Europe between the first quarter of this year and the last three months of 2003, part of a worldwide trend that started two years ago. Ms. Pagonis said “there appears to be no need for governments to focus so single-mindedly on restrictive revisions of their asylum laws.” To reduce numbers, receiver countries should devote more energy to solving problems in the regions where asylum-seekers have fled, she added.
From July 21 to Sept. 12, 2014 Brock University will run a larviciding program under the authority of the Region’s Medical Officer of Health to control larval mosquitoes and prevent the possible spread of West Nile virus.The larvicide Methoprene will be applied by direct hand application into catch basins at Brock University-owned and leased properties in Niagara. The biological larvicide Bti may be placed by direct hand application into selected bodies of surface water, such as ditches and ponds, depending on results of tests for the presence of mosquito larvae.Signs will be posted at surface water locations where Bti is applied. All larvicides will be applied by Ministry of the Environment-licensed applicators.For details on the exact locations and dates of treatments, please contact Facilities Management Customer Service at ext. 3717 or by emailing Facilities Management.
Billy Price and the Buckeyes prepare to take the field for warmups prior to the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor
Marcellus Wiley, a former Pro Bowl NFL player, is among about 250 more players who have added their names to a lawsuit accusing NFL teams of illegally dispensing powerful narcotics and other drugs to keep players on the field without regard for their long-term health.”The first thing people ask is,’ knowing what happened, would you do it again?”’ said Wiley, currently an ESPN analyst. ”No. No, I wouldn’t.”The lawsuit was originally filed May 20 in U.S. District Court in northern California and amended Wednesday to add 250 more players, bringing the total to 750 plaintiffs. Wiley, who played in Buffalo, San Diego, Dallas and Jacksonville from 1997-2006, is the ninth player identified by name, joining former Chicago Bears Jim McMahon, Richard Dent and Keith Van Horne, Jeremy Newberry and others.The lawsuit, which is seeking class certification, covers the years 1968-2008. It contends team physicians and trainers across the NFL routinely – and often illegally – provided powerful narcotics and other controlled substances on game days to mask the pain.Among them were the painkillers Percodan, Percocet and Vicodin, anti-inflammatories such as Toradol, and sleep aids such as Ambien. Lead attorney Steven Silverman said some teams filled out prescriptions in players’ names without their knowledge or consent. He said those drugs were then ”handed out like candy at Halloween” and often combined in ”cocktails.”NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league had no comment.The former players have reported a range of debilitating effects, from chronic muscle and bone ailments to permanent nerve and organ damage, and addiction. The players contend those health problems came from drug use, but many of the conditions aren’t tied to the use of painkillers.Six of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, including McMahon and Van Horne, were also parties to the concussion-related class-action lawsuit filed against the NFL less than a year ago. The NFL agreed to pay $765 million to settle that case – without acknowledging it concealed the risks of concussions from former players. A federal judge has yet to approve the settlement, expressing concern the amount is too small.Wiley, 39, was not part of the concussion lawsuit, but decided to join former players in this one after suffering partial renal failure in April, despite no history of kidney problems. Wiley said he took ”multiple injections” of painkillers over the course of a season to cope with an injury that then-San Diego team physician Dr. David Chao diagnosed as severe groin sprain. After the season, an independent doctor diagnosed a torn abdominal wall that required surgery.”You can’t walk into a doctor’s office and say, ”Give me this, give me that, just to get through the day.’ Somebody would shut the place down,” Wiley said in a telephone interview. ”But that’s what was going on in the NFL. It’s easy to get mesmerized. I won’t deny that; there’s this ‘play through-the-pain, fall-on-the-sword’ culture, and somebody in line ready to step up and take your place.”And the next question when people hear about this stuff is ‘Where’s the personal responsibility?’ Well, I’m not a medical doctor,” he added, ”But I did take the word of a medical doctor who took an oath to get me through not just one game, or one season, but a lifetime. Meanwhile, he’s getting paid by how many bodies he gets out on the field.”Chao stepped down as San Diego’s team physician last June, after the NFL Players Association called for him to be replaced and filed a complaint. An independent panel cleared Chao.In April, as part of a stipulated settlement, Chao was placed on probation by the Medical Board of California. His license was also revoked, but that action was stayed while he remains on probation. He was accused of committing gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and acts of dishonesty or corruption.Chao was also found liable of malpractice in 2012 in a case involving a regular patient, not a Chargers player, with a judgment of nearly $5.2 million. Records also show he has been publicly reprimanded by the board and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.The lawsuit’s main burden is proving cause and effect – that use of painkillers in the past caused the chronic problems the players face now. The players also would have to show that they are suffering those problems at a greater rate than other people their age, and that it’s not due to other risk factors such as obesity, smoking and family history.
Ohio State football is scheduled to play a home-and-home series against Texas in 2022 and 2023, the athletic department announced Wednesday. “Playing a program like the University of Texas always creates remarkable experiences for our players and fans,” athletic director Gene Smith said in a released statement. “Our last series with the Longhorns contributed to the great history and tradition that Buckeye Nation enjoys.” The Buckeyes are 1-2 against the Longhorns, having only faced them three times in school history. OSU faced Texas in a home-and-home series in 2005, 2006 and, again, in the in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl. OSU is scheduled to travel to Austin on Sept. 17, 2022 and to host the Longhorns a little more than a year later on Sept. 16, 2023 in Ohio Stadium, and the announcement of the series with the Longhorns is almost the most recent agreement to be finalized with a prominent Texan team. On Oct. 2, OSU announced that its football team is slated to play a home-and-home football series against Texas Christian University in 2018 and 2019. “Competing against programs from the state of Texas has always offered exciting experiences for our players and fans,” Smith said. “TCU continues to be one of the top football programs in the country.” 2018’s game is scheduled to be played Sept. 15 in Forth Worth, Texas while the 2019 contest is scheduled to be hosted on Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU has played TCU six times in school history and is 4-1-1 against the Horned Frogs.
Stay on target ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Teases Troubled Patrick StewartHow Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’ Star Trek: Discovery’s Season 2 trailer is here and a new dark character is stirring up trouble in the galaxy.On Thursday, CBS All Access released the Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 trailer on its YouTube Channel. The season highlights the arrival of the Red Angel, an intergalactic villain who aims to destroy civilization. Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 will premiere on CBS All Access on January 17, 2019.In the trailer, the USS Discovery crew is trying to prepare for Red Angel’s visit. Red Angel typically announces its presence with seven red signals, leaving the ship’s team to decode them quickly before it’s too late. You’ll see space battles between the USS Discovery’s group and other enemies, as they try to fight for control over the galaxy.The second season will take place about a decade before the the time period of the original Star Trek series. Returning cast members include Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham, Doug Jones as Saru, and Anthony Rapp as Paul Stamets.Stream Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery here.More on Geek.com:‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Remembers What ‘Star Trek’ Is About Starfleet Begins to Mirror the Terrans on ‘Stark Trek: Discovery’Carbon Nanotubes Make ‘Star Trek’ Replicators Real
PORTLAND — Muslims in Portland thanked the community for its support and said they were raising money for the families of two men who were killed when they came to the defense of two young women — one wearing a hijab — who were targeted by an anti-Muslim rant.“I am very thankful as a Muslim, I am very thankful as a Portlander … that we stand together here as one,” Muhammad A. Najieb, an imam at the Muslim Community Center, said Saturday.The two young women “could have been the victims, but three heroes jumped in and supported them,” he said. A fundraising page launched by his group for the families of the dead men, a surviving victim and the two young women had raised more than $300,000 by Sunday evening.Police said they’ll examine what appears to be the extremist ideology of suspect Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, who is accused of killing the two men Friday. Christian’s social media postings indicate an affinity for Nazis and political violence.
A Star-Studded lineup of international writers, including Commonwealth Prize winner Aminatta Forna from Sierra Leone, Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson and Orange Prize winners Linda Grant and Madeline Miller, will lend glamour to the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival scehduled for 24-28 February.Commenting on the international line-up, the festival co-director and historical novelist William Dalrymple said on Friday: ‘It is going to be an absolutely extraordinary five days and I only wish it were possible to clone oneself so that one could attend five sessions simultaneously.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dalrymple said the ‘non-fiction list was especially strong this year’.‘We have no less than three winners of the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction – Frank Dikkoter on Mao, Wade Davis on Everest and Orlando Figes on Stalin’s purges _ while Pulitzer winner Andrew Solomon will speak on his remarkable new book, Far From the Tree, he added.In a communique, the organisers said the festival will also introduce Indian audiences and readers to noted British historical novelist Lawrence Norfolk and three of Britain’s most popular literary writers – Sebastian Faulks, Deborah Moggach and Zoe Heller – whose award-winning books have been adapted into the highly acclaimed movies Birdsong, Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Exotic Marigold Hotel and Notes on a Scandal.The festival will also host Abraham Verghese – one of the leading writers of Indian origin in the US and two of the ‘most respected novelists in the Arab world, Ahdaf Soueif and Tahar Ben Jalloun’.It will also bring back South Asian sensations Nadeem Aslam and Mohammad Hanif and will introduce Jamil Ahmad, along with Ariel Dorfman, a playwright and author from Chile.‘From Harvard, we have Diana Eck, whose book India: A Sacred Geography has been one of the hits of the past year, philosopher Michael Sandel, who will bring his popular BBC Radio 4 series The Public Philosopher, to Jaipur and leading cultural theorist Homi Bhabha’.Beside the international stars, the festival will host literature in 17 Indian languages as well.