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  • Stormin’ Norman pulls no punches

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  • Baldry’s blueprint

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  • After a home with solar power? These are the areas you’re most likely to find it

    first_img“But when you look at it from the air, you can observe in incredible detail the renewable energy uptake occurring across our country,’’ he said.Mr Preston said they had noticed a dramatic change in the “rooftop landscape’’ in the past ten years with many more solar panels installed.Pacific Pines in 2011. Picture: nearmap Solar panels are becoming much more popular on Queensland homes.THE number of properties with solar power is soaring with Queensland regions leading the charge.According to aerial imagery company Nearmap last year 1078 megawatts of rooftop solar systems were installed throughout Australia.North Bundaberg in 2011, before solar installations took off. Picture: NearmapIn a graphic display of just how many new solar installations there have been, nearmap.com.au has matched its aerial photography with Clean Energy Regulator data which revealed the postcodes in Australia with the highest rooftop solar uptake since 2001.Seven out of the top ten postcodes were in Queensland, with the other three in Western Australia.North Bundaberg underwent a surge in solar installations by September 2017. Picture: NearmapNorth Bundaberg took out top spot, with 11,756 homes installed with solar units, second was Erskine in Western Australia with 11,409 units installed since 2001 and third was Nikenbah with 10,517 units installed.HOLLYWOOD GLAM HOME FOR SALE AGAINFIRST HOME BUYERS TARGETTING THIS AREARegional and coastal towns featured prominently in the list.Nearmap executive Shane Preston said it could be hard to see just how much of an impact solar power was having from the ground.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNot many solar panels to see in Caloundra in 2011. Picture: neamap And he predicted it would continue.“As the benefits of renewable energies like solar continue to surface, we can expect to see more demand for installations,’’ he said.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:10Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:10 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenPrestige property with Elizabeth Tilley09:10AUSTRALIA’S TOP TEN SOLAR POSTCODESBundaberg North – 11,756Erskine – 11,409Nikenbah – 10,517Caloundra – 9308Toowoomba – 8580Hocking – 8416Pacific Pines – 7724Mackay – 7263Raceview – 7295Canning Vale – 7116last_img read more

  • Vattenfall reports lower Q2 wind figures, announces resignation of CEO

    first_imgLooking at the first six months of the year, net sales and underlying operating profit for the wind energy unit increased as a result of new capacity and higher production from strong winds early in the year. The new capacity that contributed to higher first half figures is mainly attributed to the Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm in Denmark. The H1 results were also partly offset by lower electricity prices. Hall, who has held the position for the past six years, will resign no later than 31 January 2021. On the same day it reported its financial results, Vattenfall also announced its President and CEO Magnus Hall decided to leave the company. Vattenfall’s results for the second quarter of the year show a decrease in net sales and underlying operating profit of its wind business, compered to the same period in 2019. “The Board will now start the recruitment process for a new President and CEO with the goal to make a smooth succession. Vattenfall’s existing strategy and financial targets remain unchanged”, said Lars G Nordström, Vattenfall’s Chairman of the Board of Directors. Vattenfall’s wind unit had a net sales of SEK 2.2 billion (approximaterly EUR 215 million) in Q2, while in the same period last year this stood at SEK 2.76 billion (approx. EUR 270 million). Second quarter’s underlying operating profit was SEK -144 million (approx. EUR -14 million); in Q2 2019 it was SEK 365 million (apprpx. EUR 35 million). The company posted the Q2 results on 21 July, stating that the decrease is due to lower wind speeds, lower electricity prices and lower availability, mainly in offshore wind. last_img read more

  • Saints seal Lovren deal

    first_imgSouthampton have signed Lyon and Croatia defender Dejan Lovren on a four-year contract. Press Association The Saints announced the deal on their official Twitter feed. Lovren makes the hop across the English channel having spent three seasons with Lyon, winning the Coupe de France with last year. center_img Having started out with Dinamo Zagreb he won the first of his 17 international caps during his four-year spell with them, although he did spend time out on loan with Inter Zapresic. “I’ve spoken a lot with the chairman and the coach, and this is a great project,” Lovren said on the club’s official website after completing his move for an undisclosed fee. “They told me a lot of positive things, and I know the history of the club. It’s a big club and I’m very happy that I can be a part of it.” Lovren, who was courted by a number of other European sides, admitted the lure of the Premier League had proved too strong. “After three and a half years in France, it was a dream to play in the Premier League. Now the dream has come true,” he said. “I have it in my mind to do something big, and I see the same thing in the club. “We are a young team, and I am a young player also so I hope I will stay here for a long time.” last_img read more

  • SC St. looks to end streak vs Delaware St.

    first_imgDID YOU KNOW: Delaware State is ranked first in Division I with an average of 75.9 possessions per game.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com,Update on the latest sports February 9, 2020 SC St. looks to end streak vs Delaware St. Associated Press center_img .MEAC IMPROVEMENT: The Bulldogs have scored 71.9 points per game across nine conference games, an improvement from the 63.5 per game they recorded in non-conference play.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: John Crosby has either made or assisted on 41 percent of all Delaware State field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 16 field goals and 13 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 71: Delaware State is 0-18 when it allows at least 71 points and 3-1 when it holds opponents to less than 71.STREAK STATS: Delaware State has lost its last nine road games, scoring 64.6 points, while allowing 88.3 per game. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDelaware State (3-19, 2-6) vs. South Carolina State (9-12, 4-5)Smith-Hammond-Middleton Center, Orangeburg, South Carolina; Monday, 7:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Delaware State looks to extend South Carolina State’s conference losing streak to five games. South Carolina State’s last MEAC win came against the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks 68-53 on Jan. 20. Delaware State fell short in an 85-57 game at Norfolk State on Saturday.last_img read more

  • The Latest: AP source: Falcons acquire Hurst from Ravens

    first_imgThe Atlanta Falcons have acquired tight end Hayden Hurst from the Baltimore Ravens, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the trade won’t be officially announced before the NFL’s business year begins Wednesday.The Falcons also acquired a 2020 fourth-round pick from the Ravens. Baltimore acquired second and fifth-round picks in this year’s draft from the Falcons.The Falcons needed help at tight end after losing two-time Pro Bowler Austin Hooper to free agency. The Falcons cut backup tight end Luke Stocker on Monday, one of several moves to clear cap space. The Falcons also cut offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo and are releasing running back Devonta Freeman and cornerback Desmond Trufant. The cuts will clear $12.15 million in salary cap space before Wednesday’s start of free agency. Before the moves, the Falcons ranked 31st in the league with less than $1 million in cap space.Freeman, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Sunday, ran for 656 yards and two touchdowns in 2019. The Falcons ranked only 30th in the league in rushing with 85.1 yards per game and now may look for help at running back in free agency and the NFL draft. Freeman hasn’t played a full season since his second Pro Bowl season in 2016, the last year he ran for at least 1,000 yards. He played in only two games in 2018.The 29-year-old Trufant was a first-round pick in 2013. Trufant started nine games last season before he was placed on injured reserve with a broken forearm. He has 13 interceptions in his seven-year career, including a career-high four last season.Sambrailo signed a three-year deal before the 2019 season but played in 13 games only as a backup. The Falcons drafted Kaleb McGary last year to start at right tackle, and Jake Matthews is a fixture at left tackle. Cleveland also tendered exclusive tags to free agents Pharoah Brown, Dontrell Hilliard and KhaDarel Hodge.Hunt was banned from the first eight games last season by the league or two physical altercations while he was with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Cleveland-area native was primarily a blocker for Pro Bowler Nick Chubb, but he rushed for 179 yards and scored two touchdowns. He also caught 37 passes for 285 yards and a TD.With more than $60 million of salary-cap space, Cleveland is expected to be active in free agency, with offensive tackle a priority.— Tom Withers reporting.___ ___4:25 p.m.The San Francisco 49ers have traded star defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for the No. 13 pick in this year’s draft.A person familiar with the deal said Buckner will receive a new contract worth $21 million a year from the Colts. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal and contract can’t be finalized until the start of the league year Wednesday.The trade of Buckner came almost immediately after the 49ers announced a deal to keep defensive lineman Arik Armstead with a five-year contract worth up to $85 million before he hit the open market. The Latest: AP source: Falcons acquire Hurst from Ravens New coach Ron Rivera and his regime liked Bostic enough to bring the veteran back. The soon-to-be 29-year-old will play in a different system under new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio.Bostic is entering his seventh pro season after previously spending time with the Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers. He has 419 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks in 86 regular-season games.Washington is expected to be a major player in free agency after releasing tight end Jordan Reed, cornerback Josh Norman and wide receiver Paul Richardson to clear salary-cap space. The team already put the nonexclusive franchise tag on starting right guard Brandon Scherff for $14.781 million.The Redskins are stocked along the defensive line with 2017 and 2018 first-round picks Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne and could select Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young with the second overall pick. They also have Ryan Kerrigan and Ryan Anderson as outside linebackers and impressive 2019 pick Cole Holcomb inside to pair with Bostic.— Stephen Whyno reporting from Washington ___4:55 p.m.A person with knowledge of the move said the Redskins on Monday agreed to re-sign inside linebacker Jon Bostic to a $6.6 million, two-year deal.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract cannot be official until the start of the new league year Wednesday. The NFL negotiating period began Monday.Bostic is staying with Washington after just one season there. He was tied for second on the team with 105 tackles in 2019. Atlanta had two second-round picks in this year’s draft, No. 47 and No. 55 overall. The Ravens acquired the No. 55 pick.Hurst played in 16 games with Baltimore in 2019, including four starts. Early on, it became evident that another tight end, Mark Andrews, would be quarterback Lamar Jackson’s favorite option.Hurst finished with 30 catches — third among Ravens tight ends — for 349 yards and two touchdowns. Andrews had a team-high 64 receptions for 852 yards and 10 TDs, and 270-pound tight end Nick Boyle had 31 catches for 321 yards.Hurst, the No. 25 overall pick in the 2018 draft from South Carolina, started only four games for Baltimore over two seasons. He missed the first four games of the 2018 season with a foot injury.— Charles Odum in Atlanta and David Ginsburg in Owings Mills, Md. — Josh Dubow in Santa Clara, California___4:20 p.m.The San Francisco 49ers have signed defensive lineman Arik Armstead to a five-year contract worth up to $85 million before he hit the market as a free agent.The defending NFC champion Niners locked up one of the key pieces of their defense with a long-term deal instead of using the franchise tag. Armstead was a first-round pick for San Francisco in 2015 but didn’t make a big impact in his first four seasons in the league as he dealt with injuries that limited his playing time in 2016-17 and finding the right fit for his skills.___4:15 p.m.Ben Watson is hanging up his cleats for the second time. The 39-year-old tight end announced his retirement in a message on Twitter on Monday, marking the end of a 15-year NFL career that included two stints in New England, as well as stops in Cleveland, New Orleans and Baltimore. 1:45 p.m.The Indianapolis Colts have released defensive tackle Margus Hunt and will re-sign receiver Daurice Fountain.Releasing Hunt will save the Colts roughly $4 million against the cap.He signed a two-year deal worth $9.1 million last year after having his best season in the NFL. But he lost the starting job in 2019 and wound up with 17 tackles, no sacks and no tackles for loss.Fountain spent all of last season on injured reserve after suffering a dislocated and fractured left ankle in training camp. The Colts offered the exclusive free agent a one-year tender, which his agent, Andy Simms, says he will sign. Fountain was Indy’s fifth-round pick in 2018. Williams played in eight games with five starts for the Giants. The former Southern California player had 26 tackles, a half-sack, two tackles for loss, 11 quarterback hits, two passes defended and a forced fumble.The Giants also made a qualifying offer to placekicker Aldrick Rosas, a restricted free agent.— Tom Canavan reporting.___11:40 a.m. The New York Giants have placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on defensive tackle Leonard Williams two before the 2015 first-round draft choice was to become an unrestricted free agent.A franchise tag allows the two sides to work on a long-term contract. If there is no contract agreement before July 15, Williams will play this coming season under the one-year deal. His salary will be a calculation based on the average of the top five salaries from his position, expected to be around $16 million.Williams is free to negotiate with other teams when the free agency signing period begins Wednesday. If he signs a contract with another team, the Giants will receive two first-round draft choices as compensation.New York acquired Williams from the Jets for two draft choices on Oct. 29: a third-round selection in 2020 and a second choice that is a conditional fifth-rounder in 2021.Williams is the first Giants player to receive a tag since another defensive lineman, Jason Pierre-Paul, in 2015. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on NFL’s free agency. Teams were required to use franchise tags on players by noon EDT Monday. Teams can negotiate with representatives of free agents for the next two days but cannot finalize any agreements. (all times EDT):___5:10 p.m. More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 3:45 p.m.A person familiar with the negotiations says defensive end Shaq Lawson has agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract with the Miami Dolphins.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL free-agent signing period hasn’t started. The contract could be worth up to $36 million, and $21 million will be guaranteed.Lawson spent his first four NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills and last year had a career-high 6 1/2 sacks, which would have led the Dolphins. He was a first-round draft pick by the Bills in 2016.__ Steven Wine in Miami, with John Wawrow in Buffalo contributing. The move had been anticipated ever since coach Bruce Arians stated late last season that the 27-year-old Barrett “ain’t going anywhere” after setting a team record with 19½ sacks in 2019.Barrett signed a one-year, $4 million contract in free agency with the Bucs last winter after spending the first five seasons of his career with the Denver Broncos. The franchise tag for an outside linebacker calls for a salary of about $16 million for 2020.The decision to place the franchise tag on Barrett also means quarterback Jameis Winston will become an unrestricted free agent if Tampa Bay does not re-sign the No. 1 overall pick from the 2015 draft by Wednesday.Winston led the NFL with 5,109 passing yards last season, but also became the first player in league history to throw for at least 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in a season.___ — Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis___12:55 p.m.The Atlanta Falcons will dramatically boost their financial flexibility by releasing three high-priced veterans — running back Devonta Freeman, cornerback Desmond Trufant and offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo.The Falcons announced the Sambrailo move on Monday. The team is finalizing the moves with Freeman and Trufant, former Pro Bowl players who had been considered foundation players for the franchise. Financial constraints made the moves necessary. ___12:50 p.m.The Buffalo Bills have announced re-signing offensive lineman Quinton Spain to a three-year contract.The deal with the pending unrestricted free agent was agreed to Thursday. Spain was completing a one-year contract he signed with Buffalo a year ago as part of the team’s major overhaul of its offensive line.Spain is a fifth-year player who started 16 games at left guard and finished with the second-most snaps on offense for the Bills last season. — Michael Marot reporting from Indianapolis.__1:15 p.m.The Browns are working toward a deal with two-time Pro Bowl free agent tight end Austin Hooper, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.Hooper was one of the main free agency targets for Cleveland, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because teams can’t officially announce deals until Wednesday. The 26-year-old Kwiatkoski was a fourth-round pick by Chicago in 2016. He had his most extensive playing time last year when he had career bests with 76 tackles, three sacks, one interception and four passes defensed.— Josh Dubow reporting from Alameda, California___1:55 p.m.Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers has agreed to terms on a $30 million, three-year contract with the Miami Dolphins. He appeared in 10 games for the Patriots in 2019, catching 17 passes for 173 yards.___3:55 p.m.The Dallas Cowboys are moving forward with their plan to replace record-setting tight end Jason Witten.The Cowboys have re-signed Blake Jarwin, giving their fourth-year player a $24 million, three-year contract with $9 million guaranteed. The move came a few weeks after Witten said he wanted to keep playing, even if it wasn’t in Dallas. ___4:35 p.m.The Panthers have released longtime special teams player Colin Jones.The 32-year-old Jones played eight seasons with the Panthers, also serving as a reserve safety. He led the team in special teams tackles with nine in 2019 and finished his career in Carolina with 61 special teams tackles, second-most in franchise history.— Steve Reed reporting from Charlotte, N.C. 12:55 p.m.The Patriots have placed a franchise tag on Patriots left guard Joe Thuney, his agent Michael McCartney said in a tweet shortly before the start of the legal tampering period.Thuney, a third-round pick in 2016, has been one of the most dependable pieces on the Patriots’ offensive line over the past four seasons. The nonexclusive tag is expected to cost the Patriots around $14.7 million this upcoming season.If he had hit free agency Thuney was expected to be one of the most sought-after guards on the market. He has not missed a single game and wasn’t whistled for a single penalty in 2019.— Kyle Hightower, reporting from Boston Associated Press The Cardinals traded for Drake midway through last season and he quickly became a major part of their offense. The 26-year-old ran for 643 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games, including a four-touchdown game against Cleveland in Week 15.The projected transition tag salary number for a running back is about $10 million, according to overthecap.com.— David Brandt reporting.___12:30 p.m. The Kansas City Chiefs have placed the nonexclusive franchise tag on Chris Jones, raising the possibility that the Pro Bowl defensive tackle will remain with the Super Bowl champions for at least one more season.The nonexclusive tag means Jones must be offered a one-year contract for no less than the average of the top five salary cap hits at defensive tackle for the previous five years. It also means that if Jones signs an offer sheet from another team, the Chiefs can match that offer or let him go and receive two first-round picks as compensation.Jones had 15 1/5 sacks two seasons ago, which spurred his desire for a long-term deal. He wound up skipping the entire offseason when that didn’t happen, but he returned in time for training camp and started 12 of 13 games. He finished with nine sacks and help the Chiefs win their first Super Bowl title since 1970.— Dave Skretta reporting.___ March 16, 2020 11:30 a.m.The Cleveland Browns opened free agency by placing a second-round tender on running back Kareem Hunt, who played eight games last season after returning from an NFL suspension.Hunt is a restricted free agent and can negotiate with other teams about a contract. If he reaches an agreement elsewhere, Cleveland can match any offer. If the Browns decide not to match the offer, they would receive a second-round draft pick from the team that signs him.The Browns also released veteran safety Morgan Burnett, creating another need as the team moves into free agency amid nationwide shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Burnett suffered a torn Achilles tendon last season and missed the final six games. Hooper has spent the past four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. He’s had more than 70 catches the past two seasons.NFL Network reported the sides have agreed to terms on a package that will make Hooper the NFL’s highest-paid tight end.By adding the 25-year-old Hooper, the Browns will have another offensive playmaker for quarterback Baker Mayfield, who struggled in his second NFL season. Hooper will be a dependable option to go along with star wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry and running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.New Browns coach Kevin Stefanski preferred to run two-tight end formations during his one season as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator. Hooper could be paired with 2017 first-round pick David Njoku, who missed most of last season with a broken wrist suffered in Week 2.Hooper had 75 catches for 787 yards and six touchdowns last season. Foster turned 34 in January and the Steelers have several placements ready. Though he had a year left on the two-year, $8.25 million extension he signed in 2019, Foster figured to become a salary cap casualty if he didn’t decide to step away from the game. The Steelers are in the process of clearing cap space after placing a franchise tag on outside linebacker Bud Dupree earlier Monday. —- Will Graves reporting from Pittsburgh___2:40 p.m.A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the Dallas Cowboys and tight end Blake Jarwin have agreed on a $24 million, three-year contract. Watson retires with 547 catches for 6,058 yards and 44 touchdowns. He was drafted by the Patriots in 2004, winning a Super Bowl ring as a rookie. He spent his first six seasons in New England. “I entered this league with a duffel bag and a dream,” Watson wrote in his Twitter post. “I exit holding the loving hand of my best friend, my wife of 14 years, and the (seven) tender gifts God has graciously given us to lead and love.”His best season was in 2015 with New Orleans when he caught 74 passes for 825 yards and six touchdowns — all career highs.He initially planned to retire following the 2018 season but was courted by several teams. The Patriots eventually signed him to a one-year, $3 million deal as they looked to fill the hole created by the retirement of Rob Gronkowski.He began his last NFL season by serving a four-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance following his final season in New Orleans in 2018. ___12:55 p.m.The Minnesota Vikings have placed the franchise tag on safety Anthony Harris, according to a person with knowledge of the decision.The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the one-year, $11.441 million contract was not finalized. Harris was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, after a breakout 2019 season.The Vikings cleared salary-cap space to keep Harris by agreeing to a two-year, $66 million contract extension with quarterback Kirk Cousins that reduced his salary-cap hit for 2020 by $10 million. The Vikings also agreed to a new four-year, $12.25 million contract with fullback C.J. Ham, who was set to be a restricted free agent. Spain’s return assures Buffalo’s offensive line has the potential of returning fully intact.— John Wawrow reporting from Buffalo, New York.___12:40 p.m.The Arizona Cardinals have placed the transition tag on running back Kenyan Drake, which allows the team to match any offer he receives from another team during free agency. — Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland.___1 p.m.The Bengals used their franchise tag on A.J. Green, giving them time to try to work out a long-term deal with the star who is one of the most accomplished receivers in franchise history and would be a vital part of breaking in a new quarterback.Green, 31, wants to finish his career in Cincinnati, where he has put down roots. Although he’s open to a multi-year extension that would pay him as an elite receiver, he has objected to staying for only one more season on a franchise designation. ___2:30 p.m.A person familiar with the deal says free agent linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski has agreed to a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Kwiatkoski can’t officially sign the deal until the new league year starts on Wednesday.The Raiders are in dire need of upgrades at linebacker after a revolving door at the position the past few years. The only linebacker who started a game last season that is still under contract with the Raiders is Marquel Lee. The deal was confirmed by Flowers’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who said $19.95 million is guaranteed.Flowers played for the Miami Hurricanes, was a first-round draft pick by the New York Giants in 2015 and started 46 games at tackle for them in his first three NFL seasons.He started all 16 games last year for Washington, splitting his time between guard and tackle.The Dolphins are in the market for four starting offensive linemen in free agency and the draft.___ Witten set a club record by spending 16 seasons with the Cowboys, the most recent last season after retiring and spending one year in broadcasting. The 37-year-old is also the Dallas leader in catches and yards receiving. Witten is one receiving touchdown behind Dez Bryant’s career franchise record of 73.Jarwin had 365 yards receiving and three touchdowns last season. The fourth-year pro tied the Dallas club record for touchdowns receiving in a game for a tight end in 2018 with three in the regular-season finale at the New York Giants. Those were the first three TDs of his career.The 25-year-old Jarwin joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and spent most of that season on the practice squad.— Schuyler Dixon in Dallas___ ___3:35 p.m.Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster is retiring.The 11-year veteran made the announcement on Instagram, saying “when the time comes, you just know and now is a time for me to take a bow.”Foster made the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Tennessee in 2009. He became a steadying force on a unit that evolved into one of the league’s best, helping pave the way for a high-powered offense that led Pittsburgh to four straight playoff appearances from 2014-17. Green has said he’ll skip voluntary offseason workouts if he’s tagged. The Bengals are expected to take Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow or another quarterback with the first overall pick in the draft, and having Green in offseason workouts would accelerate a rookie’s development.The Bengals are free to negotiate with Green on a long-term deal through July 15.___12:55 p.m.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed their franchise tag on linebacker Shaquil Barrett, who led the NFL in sacks last season. The agreement essentially means the Cowboys believe Jarwin can replace Jason Witten as the starter.Witten has said he wants to return for a 17th season, but the Cowboys haven’t indicated it will be with them. Witten set the club record by spending 16 seasons with Dallas, the most recent after taking a year off to try broadcasting.The person said the deal includes $9 million guaranteed. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because deals can’t become official until the league year begins. That’s supposed to be Wednesday.Jarwin had 365 yards receiving and three touchdowns last season. The fourth-year pro tied the Dallas club record for touchdowns receiving in a game for a tight end in 2018, when he had three in the regular-season finale at the New York Giants. Those were the first three TDs of his career.— Schuyler Dixon in Dallaslast_img read more

  • Third South Florida pedestrian killed by train

    first_imgA pedestrian in Broward County became the third train fatality this week after he was struck and killed by Tuesday morning, authorities said. Tuesday’s incident happened shortly after 10:30 a.m. on the CSX tracks at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, near North Andrews Avenue and Hammondville Road, about 5 miles south of Boca Raton. The victim was a man believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s, Pompano Beach Fire Rescue spokeswoman Sandra King said.Witnesses told investigators the man tried to dodge the train. The train did not stop, and it is believed that its conductor was not aware that someone had been hit. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death, which came three days after a man was struck and killed in Lake Worth near the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. On June 20, a 29-year-old pedestrian from Boca Raton was killed by a Brightline train in what police said was a suicide. Six people in Palm Beach County have been struck and killed by Brightline trains since the beginning of the year, when service began between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The line, which uses the FEC tracks, now offers service to Miami.last_img read more

  • ESPN changes course, decides to broadcast 2020 WNBA Draft on main channel instead of ESPN2

    first_imgThe 2020 WNBA Draft will take place on April 17 in a virtual format due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert will not have a hall full of people to react to the names she calls when announcing selections; top prospects will be asked to enjoy the night via video conference rather than in person.That is unlikely to take away from the draw of the event. After the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament, it’s a golden chance for women’s basketball to be celebrated. The first-round talent — including consensus projected No. 1 pick Sabrina Ionescu — is phenomenal, and there aren’t other sporting events for the draft to compete with. It is expected to be a landmark occasion for the league. . @OregonWBB guard @sabrina_i20 putting @espn on notice that there is only one @NCAA player who wears the crown when it comes to triple-doubles, and HER name is Sabrina Ionescu #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/kus2djjFSe— Ronald Clark KCBD (@JournalistClark) March 25, 2019She shared her thoughts Thursday about the draft channel at about the same time Sporting News learned of ESPN’s change of heart.This should be on ESPN!!! But that’s just my opinion🤪 https://t.co/CLMUhb4cwb— Sabrina Ionescu (@sabrina_i20) March 26, 2020After Ionescu is presumably selected No. 1 overall by the New York Liberty, her Oregon teammate, Satou Sabally, Baylor forward Lauren Cox and Texas A&M guard Chennedy Carter are expected to follow in some order.The Dallas Wings have both the No. 2 and No. 5 selections in this year’s draft. Following an initial announcement Thursday morning that the draft would be relegated to ESPN2, an ESPN official told Sporting News on Thursday afternoon that the network had changed course and would air the event on its main channel with coverage starting at 7 p.m. ET.I’m told ESPN has changed course and will broadcast the draft on its main channel rather than ESPN2 with coverage beginning at 7 ET. https://t.co/FHxER1UFjK— Dan Bernstein (@dan_bernstein_) March 26, 2020MISSING MARCH MADNESS: Playing out full schedule, scores for 2020 NCAA TournamentIonescu became one of the best-known women’s college basketball players in recent years, and her upcoming selection to the WNBA will be a big deal for the sport. The national player of the year averaged 18 points, 7.7 assists and 7.3 rebounds per game in her four years at Oregon, and the Ducks would have been leading championship contenders had they been able to compete this month.Last year, Ionescu criticized ESPN (and sports media in general) for not giving women’s sports enough of a platform.last_img read more

  • Road to redemption

    first_imgRenaldo Balkman (34) and Justin Brownlee (32) get some pointers from veteran Dondon Hontiveros (left). —TRISTANTAMAYO/INQUIRER.NETThe seeds of redemption were planted over 12,000 kilometers away from Manila, at Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo in Seville, Spain. Two players far from home sharing a short talk and a promise—I’ll help open doors for you, said one; I’ll win you a title, replied the other.On Wednesday night, in a far less impressive stadium and under the lights of a tournament with less prestige, signs of life sprouted from those seeds. It isn’t full bloom just yet—the extent of forgiveness Philippine basketball is willing to extend to Renaldo Balkman is something only time can tell. But at least, something pushed itself out of the soil, allowing the import who left in a veil of infamy to begin taking that road to redemption.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “What happened years back was really an isolated incident, and at the end of the day no one’s perfect,” said Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag. “We all make mistakes and he’s said numerous times he’s regretful of what happened. Hopefully this issue will be dead and he’ll be able to make a much better impression here in the Philippines.”Alapag opened the door for Balkman’s return, something that seemed implausible after the events of March 2013, when the former New York Knick shoved Petron (San Miguel Beer) teammate Ronald Tubid and choked Arwind Santos in a bizarre ending to a loss to Alaska during a PBA Commissioner’s Cup match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThat resulted in a P250,000 fine and a permanent ban from the league.But Alapag offered him a chance to play in Manila again when the two met in the 2014 World Cup in Spain, where Balkman’s Puerto Rico defeated Gilas Pilipinas, 77-73, in a Group B match. 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Now, he doesn’t need to look far to understand what it means to be loved by a basketball-crazy archipelago.Brownlee, who steered Barangay Ginebra, the PBA’s most popular squad, to back-to-back Governors’ Cup titles—the first of which broke a long title drought—was showered with the most iconic cheer in Philippine basketball right from the get-go.“That was very special,” said Brownlee of the “Gi-ne-bra!” chants that greeted him.“I know I’m here in Alab—this is a great team, a great organization and a great company, and everything,” added Brownlee who finished with 29 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists. “[But] it’s always going to feel great to hear that chant no matter where I am.”Balkman knows a title can earn him a semblance of that love. But for now, he is content with being welcomed with open arms.“It felt good, the reception, and I didn’t expect it. The past is the past,” said Balkman. “I did lots of things since then and tonight, it wasn’t on my mind, it wasn’t on my head. I just went out there to play basketball.”And play he did. Brownlee, highly instrumental in the victory, had a hand in all the points in an 8-0 run that gave Alab a 68-63 lead entering the fourth. He hit two triples and fed Balkman for a dunk to highlight the rally.But even he admitted how much of an impact Balkman made.“It was a great opportunity and an honor to be able to play for a guy like him,” said Brownlee. “He’s an intelligent player and playing with somebody like that with a lot of knowledge in basketball, and also a great guy, it’s a blessing for me and my career. I’ll definitely take advantage of that.”Alab later opened the fourth with a 12-3 run to build an 81-66 lead with Balkman capping off the spurt with a breakaway two-hand flush. Alforque, Lazaro book finals seatscenter_img Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “When I saw him in Spain, he said ‘if you ever get to coaching and the door opens for me to come back to Manila, I’m willing to play for you,’” said Alapag.That door opened wide after a poor start by Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League—Alapag’s first foray into coaching. Needing a season reboot fast, Alapag hooked up with Balkman and brought in Barangay Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee to replace original imports Reggie Okosa and Ivan Johnson.On Wednesday night, at Filoil Arena, the pair showed their worth, leading Alab past Westports Malaysia, 90-79.“I played against him as a player, now he’s my coach. It’s a blessing for me to be given that chance,” said Balkman, who compiled 17 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and two blocks.“We talked about it a couple of years ago. He always told me that if he had a chance to coach me he would and that’s what happened. Right now, I’m still thanking him because he kept his promise so I’ll keep my promise of winning him a championship.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It was the first of many highlights Balkman hopes to put together. And if he assembles enough of them to push Alab Pilipinas to the title, he may just redeem himself sooner than he expected.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img read more