Notes and nuggets for the LPGA’s closing stretch

first_imgThe PGA Tour’s youth movement has nothing on the LPGA’s. Of course, if you follow the LPGA, you’ve been watching the women’s game get younger for a long time now. But have you checked out the Rolex Women’s World Rankings lately? Yes, 18-year-old Lydia Ko tops the rankings, the youngest No. 1 in the history of the men’s or women’s game, but she has a lot of youthful company. Five of the top 17 players in the women’s world rankings are LPGA rookies. And Ko’s not even a rookie. If In Gee Chun had claimed tour membership after her U.S. Women’s Open victory, six of the top 17 in the world would be LPGA rookies. That’s absurd, but it speaks to the remarkable strength of this year’s LPGA rookie class, which has claimed six titles this season. Some news, notes and nuggets with just three events left on the 2015 LPGA schedule: More on youth being served – Sei Young Kim is 22 years old, but she’s the old woman among the four winners on the fall Asian swing so far. Ko, 18, won in Taiwan, Lexi Thompson, 20, won in South Korea and Jessica Korda won in Malaysia. Korda is a month younger than Kim, who won in China. • The average age of a PGA Tour winner this calendar year is 30.2 years old. • The average age of an LPGA winner is 23.6. • The average age of the top 10 men in the Official World Golf Ranking is 32.6 years old. • The average age of the top 10 women in the Rolex World Rankings is 23.5 years old. By the way, here are those five LPGA rookies among the top 17 in the world rankings: No. 7 Sei Young Kim, No. 9 Hyo Joo Kim, No. 15 Minjee Lee, No. 16 Ha Na Jang and No. 17 Brooke Henderson. Lewis leads the field in Japan – Lewis returns to a course she has conquered before as she seeks to claim her first victory this season in the finale of the fall Asian swing. Lewis won the Toto Japan Classic in 2012 at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club when the event was played as the Mizuno Classic.  Though Lewis hasn’t won this season, she is third on the LPGA money list with $1,832,425 in earnings. That’s a tour record for the most money any woman has won in a season without a victory. Lewis has six second-place finishes and three third-place finishes this season. The field this week includes three of the top 10 players in the world with No. 4 Lexi Thompson and No. 9 Hyo Joo Kim joining No. 3 Lewis. Michelle Wie, Karrie Webb, Paula Creamer and Yani Tseng are among other headliners playing. Who’s on the CME Globe top-three points bubble? – The top three players on the points list are guaranteed to win the CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot if any of the three wins the season-ending Tour Championship. Ko has clinched the No. 1 spot for the points re-set in Naples, Park has clinched the No. 2 spot and Lewis is still in a little tussle with Sei Young Kim and Lexi Thompson for the No. 3 spot, though Lewis could clinch that in Japan this week. Lewis is third in CME points with Kim trailing her by 243 points and Thompson trailing her by 683. The winner of an LPGA tournament gets 500 points, second place gets 300 points and third 190 points with points awarded through 40th place. Kim isn’t playing in Japan this week but will play Lorena Ochoa’s event next week in Mexico. Lewis isn’t playing in Mexico. Thompson is playing in both Japan and Mexico. If Lewis finishes second or better in Japan, Kim can’t catch her. If Lewis wins in Japan, neither can Thompson. Who’s on the CME Globe top-nine points bubble? – Only the top nine players after the points re-set at the Tour Championship have a shot at winning the $1 million jackpot. Shanshan Feng holds the ninth spot in this week’s points standings, but she’s vulnerable. She isn’t playing in Japan or Mexico. Every player sitting 10th through 18th in points has a chance to pass Feng. Also, Chella Choi at 20th remains mathematically alive for a top-nine spot in the re-set because she’s playing in both Japan and Mexico. So are Azahara Munoz at 32nd and Pornanong Phatlum at 33rd, but Munoz and Phatlum will have to win in both Japan and Mexico to pass Feng. A Wie bit close to the top-72 bubble – The top 72 in CME points qualify for the Tour Championship. So do any players tied for 72nd. Min Lee holds the 72nd spot in points, but the most notable story near the bubble is Michelle Wie. She enters the Toto Japan Classic 65th in points, and she isn’t guaranteed a spot in Naples just yet. There are 10 players competing in Japan who trail Wie in CME points. If eight of them pass her this week, Wie gets bumped to 73rd on the point list. Wie isn’t playing the Lorena Ochoa Invitational next week. Yes, it would take an unlikely cosmic alignment of the stars for Wie not to qualify for the CME Group Tour Championship, but the LPGA doesn’t divide up CME points for players who finish in ties, the way it does for money. For example, if Mina Harigae, Marina Alex and Maria McBride all finish tied for second in Japan, they’ll each get the 300 points that comes with a second-place finish. That’s why Wie isn’t mathematically guaranteed a spot just yet.last_img read more

Culturalist Challenge! Rank the Top 10 First-Time Tony-Nominated Performers You’re Rooting For

first_img View Comments STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.The 72nd annual Tony Awards are one week away! We could not be more excited for Broadway’s biggest night. As previously announced, Tony nominees Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban will emcee the ceremony, and a slew of stars are scheduled to make appearances and present the evening’s coveted trophies. This year’s categories are jam-packed with talent, and 25 of the performers are celebrating a first-time Tony nomination. We want to know which newbie nominees you’ll be rooting for on June 10. Broadway.com Producer Ryan Carmichael got the Tony party started with his top 10 picks. Time to share yours!center_img Amy Schumer, Ashley Park & Brian Tyree Henry(Photos: Getty Images, Caitlin McNaney & Emilio Madrid-Kuser; Composite by Ryan Casey)last_img read more

Researchers collaborate in development of brain-friendly interfaces

first_img“This is not by any means the device that you’re going to implant into a patient,” said Karumbaiah, an assistant professor of animal and dairy science in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “This is proof of concept that extracellular matrix can be used to ensheathe a functioning electrode without the use of any other foreign or synthetic materials.”Implantable neural prosthetic devices in the brain have been around for almost two decades, helping people living with limb loss and spinal cord injury become more independent. However, not only do neural prosthetic devices suffer from immune-system rejection, but most are believed to eventually fail because of a mismatch between the soft brain tissue and the rigid devices.The collaboration, led by Wen Shen and Mark Allen of the University of Pennsylvania, found that the extracellular matrix derived electrodes adapted to the mechanical properties of brain tissue and were capable of acquiring neural recordings from the brain cortex.“Neural interface technology is literally mind boggling, considering that one might someday control a prosthetic limb with one’s own thoughts,” Karumbaiah said.The study’s joint collaborators were Ravi Bellamkonda, who conceived the new approach and is chair of the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, as well as Allen, who at the time was director of the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology.“Hopefully, once we converge upon the nanofabrication techniques that would enable these to be clinically translational, this same methodology could then be applied in getting these extracellular matrix derived electrodes to be the next wave of brain implants,” Karumbaiah said.Currently, one out of every 190 Americans is living with limb loss, according to the National Institutes of Health. There is a significant burden in cost of care and quality of life for people suffering from this disability.The research team is one part of many in the prosthesis industry, which includes those who design the robotics for the artificial limbs, others who make the neural prosthetic devices and developers who design the software that decodes the neural signal.“What neural prosthetic devices do is communicate seamlessly to an external prosthesis,” Karumbaiah said, “providing independence of function without having to have a person or a facility dedicated to their care.”Karumbaiah hopes further collaboration will allow them to make positive changes in the industry, saying that, “it’s the researcher-to-industry kind of conversation that now needs to take place, where companies need to come in and ask: ‘What have you learned? How are the devices deficient, and how can we make them better?’” Share Share on Twitter Pinterest Share on Facebookcenter_img Email LinkedIn Recent research published in the journal Microsystems & Nanoengineering could eventually change the way people living with prosthetics and spinal cord injury lead their lives.Instead of using neural prosthetic devices–which suffer from immune-system rejection and are believed to fail due to a material and mechanical mismatch–a multi-institutional team, including Lohitash Karumbaiah of the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center, has developed a brain-friendly extracellular matrix environment of neuronal cells that contain very little foreign material. These by-design electrodes are shielded by a covering that the brain recognizes as part of its own composition.Although once believed to be devoid of immune cells and therefore of immune responses, the brain is now recognized to have its own immune system that protects it against foreign invaders.last_img read more

Liburnia claims Croatian record (video)

first_imgEach of the barges weighed 650 tonnes and measured 60 m in length and were lifted onboard Hansa Heavy Lift’s HL RICHARDS BAY in Rijeka, before the ship, under Liburnia’s charter, proceeded to Colombia.Liburnia Maritime Agency recently joined the Global Project Logistics Network as a member in Croatia.Each of the barges weighed 650 tonnes and measured 60 m in length and were lifted onboard Hansa Heavy Lift’s HL RICHARDS BAY in Rijeka, before the ship, under Liburnia’s charter, proceeded to Colombia.Liburnia Maritime Agency recently joined the Global Project Logistics Network as a member in Croatia.Watch a video of this project here:     www.liburniamar.hrwww.gpln.netlast_img read more

Harvest Produce, Seafood, Literature, Light Shows, Cycle Racing, Motor Sport – Region Offers Six…

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInA Spectacular Series of Autumn Events Will Showcase Dumfries and GallowaySix major festivals and sporting events will give visitors the chance to enjoy the food, drink, culture and countryside of Dumfries and Galloway in all its rich variety.There’s everything from top-flight cycle racing and motorsport through to the finest foods from farm and sea, plus literature and a festival of light.These take place in picturesque places like Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town, Castle Douglas Food Town, Kirkcudbright Artists’ Town, at the regenerated port of Stranraer and through the hills and lanes of Galloway.The six attractions, which are all supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Major Festivals and Events Strategy 2018-21, are:OVO Energy Tour of Britain Stage One, 7 September, KirkcudbrightHarvest Food Festival, 7-8 September, Castle DouglasStranraer Oyster Festival, 13-15 SeptemberThe Galloway Hills Rally, 14 SeptemberWigtown Book Festival, 27 September to 6 OctoberKirkcudbright Festival of Light “Illuminaire”10-13 OctoberThis year’s first Stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, the UK’s blue riband cycling race and our equivalent to the Tour De France, is a testing slog of more than 120 miles between Glasgow and Kirkcudbright. More than 9,000 spectators are forecast to gather and enjoy the cycling festivities in anticipation of a heart-stopping sprint finish in Kirkcudbright town centre.Peter Hodges, OVO Energy Tour of Britain PR and Marketing Manager, said:“We are delighted to be bringing the tour to Kirkcudbright for the first time to conclude our opening stage. The first day of the race is always an exciting finish, so we’d encourage sports fans from across the south of Scotland and north of England to come and enjoy Kirkcudbright and celebrate what will be a great occasion.”Sarah-Jane Allsopp,organiser of the third annual Castle Douglas Harvest Food Festival, said: “The produce from Dumfries and Galloway is simply amazing, we really want to shout about it. So we are inviting people along to celebrate a weekend of artisan food and superb cooking in the lovely town of Castle Douglas.“Highlights include our fabulous beef, including from the region’s distinctive Belties and our dairy – the chances are that any of the Scottish milk you drink today will come from our region.“The festival is a chance to enjoy everything from cheese to chocolate and ice cream to scallops.”Castle Douglas will be hosting events celebrity chefs like Masterchef winner Gary Maclean and Ian McAndrew, winner of Scotland’s Chef of the Year.The following weekend, the Stranraer Oyster Festival will be welcoming celebrity chef Tony Singh MBE – famed for his love of Scottish produce.The oyster festival is now in its third year and is proving a huge success – in 2018 it attracted 14,000 people and has generated spend in the region of £900,000 to £1.1m for the area’s economy.Romano Petrucci, Chairman of the Stranraer Development Trust, which organises the festival said:“We have Scotland’s last remaining wild, native oyster fishery – and these oysters are sought after around the world.“Stranraer Oyster Festival has made experiencing our exceptional native oysters much more accessible, but the festival isn’t just about the oysters themselves. It’s a real celebration of the people and the place of Stranraer, and we’ve designed a programme that’s packed with fun and flavour, in a beautiful central location with views up Loch Ryan and out to Ailsa Craig.”This year’s festival will combine food tourism experiences with family friendly entertainment, everything from silent discos to kite making and fireworks to live music.Stranraer faced major economic challenges when the ferry terminal for Northern Ireland was moved out of town. The oyster festival was one response – a community-led tourism extravaganza, delivered with a passion and energy that makes the most of the town’s natural assets.Councillor Adam Wilson, Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Major Events Champion, said:“Dumfries and Galloway is always a beautiful region to visit, at any time. It’s a destination perfect to come to, to relax and unwind. Our programme of major events this autumn is exceptional, and will add so much to the visitor experience and quality of life for residents. Be it books or bikes, rally cars or oyster festivals you covet, come to Dumfries and Galloway.”The Wigtown Book Festival has been a leader in Dumfries and Galloway – showing how cultural festivals can help regenerate fragile economies (generating around £3.75m annually for the economy).The event is now among the best-loved of its kind in Scotland, allowing visitors to meet some of the leading writers in the UK in the delightful and intimate atmosphere of Scotland’s National Book Town.George Moore, Wigtown Festival Company Trustee, said:“This will be the 21stWigtown Book Festival, and each year it is even more special. We will have an abundance of authors and well-known names, with a huge amount to do for visitors of every age and interest.“As a trailblazer for the region we are enormously pleased to see how many other autumn festivals and events have sprung up which help celebrate Dumfries and Galloway in their own individual ways.”The Book Festival programme for 2019 is now out and can be accessed at http://www.wigtownbookfestival.com/.From the Book Town to the Artists’ Town; this year will also see the second Illuminaire Festival in Kirkcudbright – the artists’ town which is now home to the superb £3.2 million Kirkcudbright Galleries.Colin Saul, from Illuminaire, said:“Last year the community really got behind the idea of a Kirkcudbright Festival of Light, so we are very much looking forward to lighting up the town a second time.“Autumn is a wonderful time to visit Kirkcudbright, to take part in the events we are setting up, explore the area and appreciate why so many generations of painters came here for inspiration.”This year’s Galloway Hills Rally, which is jointly run by Solway, Machars and East Ayrshire Car Clubs, will be especially exciting as it’s the final round of both the Scottish Rally Championship and British Rally Championship.Kirsty Riddick, a member of the organising committee, said:“It’s our 46thrally and is set to be the biggest yet. And the fact that it’s the final round of the British and Scottish Rally Championships means the stakes will be very high for the drivers – and that we can all look forward to a hugely exciting event.”Dumfries and Galloway Council is committed to highlighting all the south-west Scottish region has to offer through events and festivals – which allow visitors to experience its rich variety.VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director, Paula Ward, said: “Dumfries and Galloway’s rich and diverse portfolio of events, including Wigtown Book Festival, OVO Energy Tour of Britain and the Stranraer Oyster Festival, continue to play a crucial role in the country’s visitor economy. Not only do they generate both economic and social benefits for local communities, but further help to stimulate domestic tourism, as well as build on Scotland’s strong reputation as the perfect stage for events.”last_img read more

WWE Summerslam Hot Takes

first_imgWWE Summerslam 2017 absolutely delivered tonight from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  There were several upsets, surprises and smart booking decisions.  The WWE had a great summer and continued that trend with their biggest party of the summer.  Here are some hot takes from tonight’s excellent event! Natalya defeated Naomi (c) by submissionNatalya is the best pound for pound women’s wrestler on the roster and Naomi has been awful as champion.  Let’s hope this leads to some classic matches with Natalya defending the title against Charlotte very soon. Five title changes, but the biggest four staying put.Tonight, saw a record, 5 title changes as both women’s belts changed hands and both tag titles, along with the 205 Cruiserweight title swap.  However, after the madness, it needs to be pointed out that the 4 top singles titles are staying with the men who brought them to town.  The Miz, AJ Styles, Brock Lesnar and Jinder Mahal all remain champions with the four biggest belts in the company.  Showing exacly how much faith WWE creative has in their major single title holders. Big Cass defeated Big ShowI’m not even going to brag that I called this one back in June when the whole mystery angle started.  This entire feud was awful, and did nothing for anyone.  Ray Charles could have predicted this one months ago as well.  I simply pray that this is it for this feud and everyone moves on to new things quickly.  Hard to believe Big Show was a WCW World Champ, WWF World Champ, ECW World Champ and WWE World Champ.  What happened? Randy Orton defeated Rusev in 10 seconds! Smart! Neville defeated Akira Tozawa (c) Why they took the belt off Neville for five days made very little sense to begin with.  Perhaps to show he is beatable and cause a certain amount of suspense in his matches moving forward as he had looked so dominant before this.  Either way, smart to put the strap back on him.  Tozawa is done. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins defeated Cesaro and Sheamus (c)Great match, and third longest of the night.  Ambrose regains his relevance and Rollins proves he can work wonders with anyone.  I’d be all for a Roman Reigns re-union as well.  Time will tell as this one is long from being over but the prospects are very exciting. John Cena vs Baron Corbin opened the PPV portion of the card with Cena crushing Corbin. The Franchise and the man who was just the MITB winner jerk the curtain tonight?  A strange move to say the least.  Cena hasn’t been around much as of late and he just lost cleanly to Shinsuke Nakamura before this.  Perhaps we are witnessing a slight punishment for taking so much time off?  It would seem odd, but maybe it was more so punishment for Corbin to further his burying, time will tell. Finn Bálor defeated Bray WyattAs cool as it was to see Balor as the Demon King.  It is every bit as sad to see how little the WWE thinks of Wyatt.  He will be back on Smackdown soon, after the next shake up.  No one will remember that Wyatt won this past Monday on RAW.  People will always remember the Demon King. The Miz and The Miztourage (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) (with Maryse) defeated The Hardy Boyz (Jeff and Matt Hardy) and Jason Jordan.  The Hardy Boyz can’t buy a win and it will only to lead to them being broken very soon.  I feel as though I have been saying that for several months now, but it remains true.  Jason Jordan continues to look good.  I guess that HHH vs Angle match won’t happen until mania, as there were rumors of it starting tonight but we are a ways away from that. How do the Hardy Boyz go from having the best moment of the night at WrestleMania, to losing on the pre show?center_img Related TopicsBaron CorbinJinder MahalJohn CenaWWEWWE Summerslam The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso) defeated The New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods) (c) The New Day loses the tag championship in what has been a stellar feud.  Look for this one to continue and it should.  However, it is only a matter of time before one of The New Day turns heel, so I wouldn’t expect them to get the titles back. Brock Lesnar (c) (with Paul Heyman) defeated Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns, and Samoa JoeStrowman showed how you can lose but still win.  He didn’t take the pin fall and he looked amazing putting Lesnar through several tables at ringside.  Great match, great suspense.  Anything short of a Goldberg comeback, and Lesnar will have this belt for a while until losing it to Reigns at WrestleMania 34.They are building towards that story very well as Lesnar being the only mountain Reigns can’t seem to climb.  He will, and it will be at Mania, tonight pretty much assured us of that.  Where does Joe go from here? Sasha Banks defeated Alexa Bliss (c) by submissionThis match was excellent just as I thought it would be!  Both women are at the top of their games and I would also expect this one to continue as well it should! Banks starting to stack up the title runs!  Perhaps this one will last longer then two weeks and people can actually remember it. Mike Kanelis and Maria were not on the card.  Already left of a major PPV, not a good sign for this couple on Smackdown. Kanelis may be heading for a repackaging soon. Not to mention, no Sami Zayn or Dolph Ziggler.  No Charlotte, no Lana and several other big names on Smackdown left off the card.  Interesting that a 5 hour long card with 13 matches would have so many vacancies.  Despite that, still a very solid card! AJ Styles (c) defeated Kevin OwensAJ Styles has one of, if not, the best match of the night!  Is anyone really surprised?  They need to keep him on Smackdown for the next five years and let him carry the brand.  Styles really can be the face that runs the place if they let him and listen to the fans.  Owens also showed just how darn good he can be as well. Jinder Mahal (c) (with The Singh Brothers) defeated Shinsuke NakamuraExcellent pre-match packages to get everyone hyped.  In a way it reminded me of Goldberg losing to HHH at Summerslam 2003.  You have the red hot newcomer everyone loves against the hated champ.  It almost seemed like a forgone conclusion that the baby face would win the belt, then it becomes swerve city!  At this point, the WWE has to, and I mean HAS TOO, leave the belt on Mahal until atleast Survivor Series if not the Rumble until Styles beats him.  He has become one of the top heels in the company and had a tremendous work ethic outside of the ring, he deserves his just desserts! Vince McKeelast_img read more

Alabama notes: QBs will be evaluated before scrimmage

first_imgAlabama true freshman quarterback Blake Barnett has reportedly shown promise during preseason camp.Alabama true freshman quarterback Blake Barnett has reportedly shown promise during preseason camp.TUSCALOOSA – For the last several months, the biggest question at Alabama centered around the ongoing quarterback competition.And while naming any definitive winner still appears a ways off, it seems the Crimson Tide coaching staff is going to move one step closer to that ultimate goal before this Saturday’s first scrimmage.Alabama head coach Nick Saban indicated Wednesday that he anticipates sitting down and evaluating where each of the five quarterbacks on the roster stand at this point in order to best divvy up scrimmage reps Saturday.“We’re going to have to make some evaluations before the scrimmage so that they get a number of reps that we can evaluate how they do out there when the live bullets fly,” Saban said. “So that’s one thing we’ll try to get done between now and (the scrimmage).”The Tide’s first scrimmage will take place Saturday, 10 days and 12 practices into preseason camp, from inside Bryant-Denny, where — as Saban has said before — the coaching staff will be looking for someone, anyone, to “take the bull by the horns.”Among those vying for the starting job, senior Jake Coker still appears to be the front-runner based on early practice reps with the first-team offense, followed by junior Alec Morris, redshirt freshman David Cornwell, sophomore Cooper Bateman and true freshman Blake Barnett.Whether or not all five quarterbacks continue to see equal reps during Saturday’s scrimmage has yet to be determined.But, until then, the rest of Alabama’s offense will simply wait patiently and work with whomever is distributing the ball at any given moment.“They can all go out there and run the plays accordingly, so you call the play and as long as they run it efficiently, it doesn’t matter who’s back there,” senior tailback Kenyan Drake said.Still, according to second-year offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, the sheer amount of viable candidates for the quarterback job has made installing a particular offense difficult this preseason, with the plan to design it around the starting quarterback.“That’s a little bit difficult because we don’t know who it is yet,” Kiffin said Sunday. “We’re kind of doing a bunch of different stuff and new things like we always do in the offseason. Once we figure it out who it is, we’ll work the system that they do best.”Of course, the Tide coaches have no intention of forcing the issue and simply cutting down the competition for the sake of reps.“As far as having five quarterbacks, it does make things difficult,” Kiffin said. “But another way to look at is if you eliminate one or two, you might be eliminating the wrong guy.“We sat up here one year ago, and we didn’t know who our quarterback was going to be at that time. So you have to let it play out and let them decide.”The first step to ultimately determining who will be the opening game starter will likely take place this weekend, either during the scrimmage or a little before.Saban high on freshman DB’s It’s not too often that a freshman defensive back comes in and is tried at multiple positions at once at Alabama.That’s been the case for five-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, who has worked with the first defensive group at cornerback and star during the media’s viewing periods of practice.Fitzpatrick enrolled at Alabama this summer, but is already impressing his coaches and teammates with Saban stating that Fitzpatrick has done a “a really, really good job.”“He’s very instinctive and learns quickly, understands concepts,” Saban said of Fitzpatrick. “He’s probably going to a be a guy that, if he continues to progress, could make some contribution for us this year.”Added Tide linebacker Reggie Ragland, “You can tell he’s focused in. He comes from a great background, family. I know his dad was really, really tough, just making sure he does the right things, and you can just tell, it shows, when he’s on the field, you can tell he’s mature out there on the field. You can tell he’s doing what he has to do on and off the field.“You know how most freshmen hit that wall when they first get to camp. You can tell he ain’t hit that wall yet, and he’s still out there focused in, looking good out there, moving around, just like he’s been out there for years.”Saban also touched on two other freshman defensive backs in Ronnie Harrison and Kendall Sheffield. Harrison, who enrolled in January, is another young player Saban believes will “make a contribution this year.”As for Sheffield, he’ll have to get over the “thinking too much” hurdle that young players often run into.“I think in Kendall’s case he has shown a tremendous amount of ability — a very talented guy, works hard,” Saban said. “But I think right now some of these young guys get a little bit of a learning overload. They’re thinking about what they have to do rather than just reacting and doing it. And you never know how long it’s going to take to exactly come out of that. If Kendall can come out of it, he’ll probably contribute as well.”Jenningsout for ‘awhile”: Alabama freshman outside linebacker/defensive end Anfernee Jennings won’t participate in any football related activities after failing a physical, Saban announced Wednesday.Jennings arrived this summer with a “slipped disc in his back” and has since had a procedure.“He’ll be awhile before he’s cleared to go,” Saban said. “He’s cleared for rehab purposes but not really here to participate in camp.”Jennings is still on scholarship and will continue to take classes. He is not a part of the Tide’s 105-man camp roster. The roster will expand once school starts.Jennings, a former four-star prospect, had 170 tackles, 14 sacks and nine pass breaks as a senior at Dadeville High School last year.Injury update: Wide receiver Chris Black (ankle) and cornerback Marlon Humphrey (pulled muscle) are slowly working themselves back from their injuries.During the media’s viewing period of practice on Wednesday, Black ran a few routes, but was limited on others. Humphrey, however, mostly watched drills.Saban said both are “making progress,” but are still listed as “day-to-day” on when they’ll be full participants.Black, who has 267 receiving yards and two touchdowns for his career, is expected to be one of the Tide’s top receiving targets. Humphrey, who redshirted last year, is competing for a spot in a crowded secondary.last_img read more

Doctors raise concerns about return of EPL

first_imgSoccer One issue that the senior medics have sought assurances over includes their own liability and insurance cover if players contract the virus. The Premier League has also been asked to provide some clarity over medical protocols, testing and player welfare. The Premier League is hopeful of a potential 8 June resumption. The 20 club doctors have been holding their own discussions about Project Restart – the label given to plans to resume action – with a view to feeding their thoughts into the Premier League’s leadership. A Premier League source told the BBC that they viewed the move by the medics as a natural part of the process with clubs, and a means of reaching “the best possible set of protocols”. They also confirmed that the league was in talks with insurance companies over the issue of club and doctor liability, and that this would be brought up with government representatives this week. The Premier League is represented on a cross-sport working group of medical experts and public health officials with the panel devising the health and hygiene measures that players, managers and club staff will be asked to agree to before full training and then competition can resume, but only if the government deems it safe to do so. The British government is set to review its lockdown measures later this week, with the Premier League meeting to vote on the plans early next week. A number of players and sports medics have already voiced their concerns about whether it is safe to return to action. – BBClast_img read more