Comparisons push Jalen Hurd to be ‘best in the country’

first_imgJalen Hurd moves the ball in a 2014 game at Neyland Stadium.Jalen Hurd moves the ball in a 2014 game at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd (1) dives in for a touchdown past Bowling Green linebacker Austin Valdez (16) during the first half at Nissan Stadium in September.Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd (1) dives in for a touchdown past Bowling Green linebacker Austin Valdez (16) during the first half at Nissan Stadium in September. University of Tennessee sophomore tailback Jalen Hurd poses for a photo with a young fan during an autograph-signing session on Friday evening. Hurd had his jersey retired by Beech High School during halftime of the Buccaneers' home opener against Rossview.University of Tennessee sophomore tailback Jalen Hurd poses for a photo with a young fan during an autograph-signing session on Friday evening. Hurd had his jersey retired by Beech High School during halftime of the Buccaneers’ home opener against Rossview. Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd (1) powers past Bowling Green defensive back Eilar Hardy (4) during the game in September.Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd (1) powers past Bowling Green defensive back Eilar Hardy (4) during the game in September. Tennessee teammates congratulate running back Jalen Hurd (1) after his touchdown against Bowling Green at Nissan Stadium in September.Tennessee teammates congratulate running back Jalen Hurd (1) after his touchdown against Bowling Green at Nissan Stadium in September. Beech running back Jalen HurdBeech running back Jalen Hurd Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd (1) changes direction as he meets South Carolina Gamecocks linebacker T.J. Holloman (11) in Knoxville on Nov. 7.Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd (1) changes direction as he meets South Carolina Gamecocks linebacker T.J. Holloman (11) in Knoxville on Nov. 7. Jalen Hurd playing for the Goodlettsville Trojans.Jalen Hurd playing for the Goodlettsville Trojans. Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd (1) walks down the field to join his teammates in celebrating their win over South Carolina at Neyland Stadium.Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd (1) walks down the field to join his teammates in celebrating their win over South Carolina at Neyland Stadium. Vols sophomore tailback Jalen Hurd has his Beech jersey retired at halftime of a game against Rossview. Pictured (from left) are Beech coach Anthony Crabtree, Hurd, Beech athletics director Kristi Utley and Beech principal Kenneth Powell.Vols sophomore tailback Jalen Hurd has his Beech jersey retired at halftime of a game against Rossview. Pictured (from left) are Beech coach Anthony Crabtree, Hurd, Beech athletics director Kristi Utley and Beech principal Kenneth Powell.center_img Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd (1) gets a break on the sidelines during the South Carolina game.Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd (1) gets a break on the sidelines during the South Carolina game. Beech running back Jalen Hurd poses for a photograph at his home in Hendersonville in 2013.Beech running back Jalen Hurd poses for a photograph at his home in Hendersonville in 2013. Jalen Hurd (18), in his playing days at Beech.Jalen Hurd (18), in his playing days at Beech. Beech's Jalen Hurd and other players walk onto the field after a 42-39 win over Station Camp in 2013.Beech’s Jalen Hurd and other players walk onto the field after a 42-39 win over Station Camp in 2013. Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd (1) puts a stiffarm on Bowling Green defensive back Darrell Hunter (1) as the University of Tennessee plays Bowling Green.Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd (1) puts a stiffarm on Bowling Green defensive back Darrell Hunter (1) as the University of Tennessee plays Bowling Green. Vols coach Butch Jones said running back Jalen Hurd was disciplined internally following a Dec. 3 incident in which he was arrested by citation for underage drinking.Vols coach Butch Jones said running back Jalen Hurd was disciplined internally following a Dec. 3 incident in which he was arrested by citation for underage drinking.KNOXVILLE — Before LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Alabama’s Derrick Henry stood in Jalen Hurd’s way, there was Dorian Carter.Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd (1) celebrates Tennessee's win over South Carolina.Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd (1) celebrates Tennessee’s win over South Carolina. Before Hurd became one of the SEC’s premier running backs, he had to prove that he was the best running back at Beech High School.Even for the best football player Beech has ever produced, the starting job wasn’t automatic for Hurd. For a time, the coaching staff believed that Carter had the greater potential of the two.As quickly as Hurd later proved he belonged in the conversation about the best young college backs in the country, he showed Beech coach Anthony Crabtree the player he had the potential to become.Despite beginning his football career at age 5 as a tailback for the Goodlettsville Trojans, Hurd was forced to begin his high school career as a receiver.Vols: Tackling Derrick Henry similar to Jalen HurdOn one play in particular, a fade route, Hurd raced down the sideline, leaped over the defensive back and snatched the ball off his back.“For a kid that was supposedly a tailback, that stood out to me as a really skilled football player,” Crabtree said of the catch four years later. ” … Those guys at Beech High School are one-in-a-lifetime for coaches.”The Buccaneers went on to win the Class 5A state title.Hurd caught Carter, now at Tennessee Tech, for the starting running back job soon after the miraculous catch. He’s still chasing Fournette and Henry.“I kind of always compare myself to others,” Hurd said earlier this month. “Any running back’s going to compare themselves to other really good running backs in college football.” It’s in the genes Jalen Hurd played middle school and freshman ball at Montgomery Bell Academy. He transferred to Beech prior to his sophomore season.Jalen Hurd played middle school and freshman ball at Montgomery Bell Academy. He transferred to Beech prior to his sophomore season.The son of two athletes, Hurd was always going to be one himself. His mother, Tara Smotherman, was a Junior Olympian in long-distance running. His father, Jay Hurd, played football for Tennessee State.The younger Hurd played on two Dixie Youth World Series teams and experimented with skateboarding before focusing exclusively on football after his freshman year, which he spent at Montgomery Bell Academy. He lacked the patience necessary to hit off-speed pitches, and skateboarding was never more than a hobby.Football was always his passion and, for a 10-pound baby, a logical choice. His natural tackling ability from an early age should have made Hurd a natural fit for defense. Stubborn, he didn’t go for it, choosing to play running back.“Should his ideal position probably have been on the defensive side? Maybe,” Smotherman said. “But he loves running back. He wants the ball in his hands. I think he likes the glory of offense.”Hurd’s agility and field vision made it seem as if he was playing a different sport altogether from the children he played with on the Goodlettsville Trojans youth teams.But talent can take a player only so far. Hurd supplemented that talent with an insatiable work ethic, one that began manifesting itself early and still is apparent today. Wanting to be the best Hurd grew up on a cul-de-sac, one that stretches at an incline for an eighth of a mile. On the hottest of Middle Tennessee summer afternoons, with the thermometer cracking triple digits, Hurd would ascend and descend that hill as neighborhood children gawked. Why, they wondered, would anyone subject themselves to such torture?“He would come in and look like he was at the swimming pool,” said Arthur Smotherman, Hurd’s stepfather. “That was just his mentality. That’s the mentality he’s always had. You didn’t need to tell him to work harder.”Hurd answered matter-of-factly when asked what motivated him to spend so much of his time on that hill.Jalen Hurd calls jersey retirement ‘awesome experience’“I just wanted to be the best in the country,” he said.That desire got Hurd noticed by Keith Wade, a personal trainer at Just Be Fit Fitness Center in White House and one of the most important people to Hurd’s physical development. Wade would watch, awestruck, as Hurd worked out at the gym. When he ran into Hurd’s stepfather at the grocery store one day, he pounced. Wade was convinced Hurd would make an excellent protege.When Hurd began working with Wade in the summer leading up to his sophomore year, Hurd weighed 195, approximately 55 pounds below his current playing weight. He had the body of a receiver, not the bruising running back that he so fervently insisted upon being.Beech High senior running back Jalen Hurd was selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl presentation jersey during his senior season.Beech High senior running back Jalen Hurd was selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl presentation jersey during his senior season.But when they began agility training, Wade saw the way Hurd moved. Wade said he thought that, if Hurd could add weight, then his future would be as a running back. He added 15 pounds of muscle that summer.“His work ethic supercedes his talent,” Wade said of Hurd. “That’s what makes him special. He’s the hardest worker I’ve ever been around.” Injury shortens senior season As a junior, he rushed for 3,357 yards as he led Beech to a state championship season. He played just one game of his senior year because of a shoulder injury. By that time, though, Hurd had committed to Tennessee.If it weren’t for Butch Jones, Hurd admits he might have gone elsewhere, possibly Ohio State. Under then-head coach Derek Dooley, the Vols were almost a non-factor in Hurd’s recruitment. From the day Jones was hired, the new coach was determined to make sure that the talented running back did not pull his commitment.“As soon as coach Jones was hired as the head football coach, he was at my school like the next day,” Hurd said. “That means a lot to me.”For Hurd, choosing Tennessee over schools that were further along came down to wanting to play for his home-state school while also rebuilding a longtime power back into relevancy.“I knew it wasn’t going to just be a quick fix,” Hurd said. “I came here to do that.” Becoming a Vol Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd (1) puts on his helmet as he prepares to warm up before the University of Tennessee plays South Carolina at Neyland Stadium on Nov. 7.Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd (1) puts on his helmet as he prepares to warm up before the University of Tennessee plays South Carolina at Neyland Stadium on Nov. 7.The senior-year shoulder injury cost Hurd offseason strength training, and when he arrived on campus in January 2014, he knew he had to develop his upper body to reach the highest level. He finished his freshman year just shy of 900 rushing yards and emerged as one of the country’s most promising young running backs.The next few months, though, held the key to his future.Hurd called Wade on the day after this spring’s Orange and White Game. It’s a day most players choose to take off. But not him. Perhaps his mind was on Fournette and Henry. Hurd was in the middle of an offseason in which he would add almost 15 pounds, weight that he says “just keeps you healthy. I feel more explosive, have more power and can just move people better.”Hurd has managed to surpass his 2014 pace — reaching 1,038 yards with a career-high 151 against Missouri — despite sharing carries with junior-college transfer Alvin Kamara. Together, Hurd and Kamara comprise the team’s “chain-moving gang,” keeping drives alive with first downs.SPANNING THE SEC: Check in for the latest news, notes, scores and more for one of college football’s best conferences! Hurd has kept a watchful eye on Kamara since the latter joined the team in January. But Kamara isn’t the only back  Hurd observes closely.Just as Hurd would watch YouTube videos of Eddie George — another tall, sturdy back with Nashville ties — while growing up, he now reviews film of Fournette and Henry after their games each week.Running behind a still-developing offensive line, Hurd will finish behind the pair of Heisman Trophy contenders in production this season. That won’t stop him from trying to catch them in 2016, though.“He wants everybody in America to know that he’s as good as they are as well,” Arthur Smotherman said.Reach Matt Slovin at mslovin@tennessean.com or on Twitter @MattSlovin. JALEN HURD FILE Born: Jan. 23, 1996 High school: Beech Major: Undeclared Family: Mother, Tara Smotherman, was a Junior Olympian. Father, Jay Hurd, played college football. 2014 stats: Led Vols with 899 yards off 190 carries; seven total touchdowns 2015 stats: Leading Vols with 1,038 yards off 234 carries; 12 total touchdowns Honors: Rated five stars out of Beech by 247Sports; Preseason third-team All-SEC by multiple outlets prior to this season; Participated in 2014 U.S. Army All-American Game; Tennessee Mr. Football in 2012 Loves to watch: Adrian Peterson and Eddie George Quote: “I don’t think I lost a game until I was in fifth or sixth grade. My sophomore  year, we lost four or five games, then junior year, we didn’t lose. I haven’t really lost that many times in my life, so yeah, I hate to lose.” — Hurd on his mentality on the fieldlast_img read more

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Alabama’s Derrick Henry is big winner at CFB awards with Maxwell Trophy, Doak Walker Award

first_imgAlabama junior running back Derrick Henry was the biggest winner Thursday at the College Football Awards in Atlanta, being awarded the Maxwell Trophy as the sport’s player of the year and the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back.Henry set the SEC’s single-season rushing mark with 1,986 yards and tied the SEC record with four games with 200 or more rushing yards. The other finalists were LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey.Five players have won both the Maxwell and Doak Walker awards, and three have gone on to win the Heisman Trophy.Clemson sophomore Deshaun Watson won the Davey O’Brien Award as college football’s best quarterback.Watson, who is ninth in passing yards and touchdowns and 11th in pass efficiency, is the first Clemson quarterback to win the award.The other finalists were TCU’s Trevone Boykin and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.The other individual awards announced Thursday:► Baylor junior Corey Coleman won the Biletnikoff Award as the top receiver. The other finalists were TCU’s Josh Doctson and Mississippi’s Laquon Treadwell.► Utah senior Tom Hackett won the Ray Guy Award as the top punter for the second consecutive season. He joins Baylor’s Daniel Sepulveda and Louisiana Tech’s Ryan Allen as two-time winners. The other finalists were San Jose State’s Michael Carrizosa and Colorado State’s Hayden Hunt. ► Stanford junior Josh Garnett won the Outland Trophy as the the top interior lineman. The other finalists were Spencer Drango of Baylor and A’Shawn Robinson of Alabama. Garnett is the first Stanford player to win the award.► Iowa junior Desmond King won The Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back ahead of finalists Jeremy Cash of Duke and Vernon Hargreaves III of Florida. King is the first Iowa player to win the award.► UCLA senior Ka’imi Fairbairn won the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker ahead of finalists Jake Elliott of Memphis and Auburn’s Daniel Carlson.► Temple senior Tyler Matakevich, who won the Nagurski Award on Monday night, added to his credentials on Thursday by winning the Bednarik Award as the top defensive player. The other finalists for the award were Penn State’s Carl Nassib and Alabama’s Reggie Ragland.COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERSlast_img read more

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KHL announces changes in division line-ups, “Dinamo” will play elsewhere

first_imgRiga “Dinamo” hockey players Photo: Raimonds Volonts / Riga “Dinamo”The Continental Hockey League (KHL) has announced that changes in the composition of the divisions are expected in the 2020/2021 season. Riga’s “Dinamo”, which was previously one of the six teams in the Bobrov division, will take the place of “Sochi” in the Tarasov division next season, while the resort town team will go in the opposite direction.Last season, Dinamo played in the Bobrov division with the St. Petersburg SKA, Helsinki Jokerit, Moscow Dynamo, Masakwa Spartak and Cherepovets Severstal, but next season with Dynamo will be one of the five units of the Tarasov division. Rigans will take the place of “Sochi” in the Tarasov division, who will play in the Boborov division in the future, while “Dynamo” will exchange places with “Vityaz” of the Moscow region.Castling before the 2020/2021 season. pic.twitter.com/sZCqXTfXUM– KHL (@khl) August 15, 2020In the 2020/2021 season, Riga “Dinamo” will play in the same division as Yaroslavl “Lokomotiv”, Moscow CSKA, Minsk “Dinamo” and Moscow “Dynamo”.The composition of the other divisions will also change. Nizhny Novgorod’s Torpedo will leave the Tarasov division, where there will now be less than one team, and start the upcoming season in the Harlamov division. Novosibrsk “Sibir”, in turn, will travel from the Harlamov division to the Chernihiv division.The 2020/2021 KHL season will start on September 2, while the first game of the Riga “Dinamo” season will be played on September 3 against Nursultana “Barys”. The matches will be followed on September 5 against Jokerit in Helsinki, on September 8 against Vityaz in the Moscow region and on September 11 against Neftekhimik in Nizhny Novgorod.The first series of away races will start on September 14 in Novosibirsk against “Sibir”, then they will go to Khabarovsk, where a game with “Amur” is scheduled for September 16, and the trip will end on September 18 in Nursultan against “Barys”.2020/2021 All teams will play 60 games in the 2006 KHL Regular Championship [pa 30 mačiem savā laukumā un izbraukumā], after the results of which the 16 teams will be determined [pa astoņām komandām Rietumu un Austrumu konferencēs], which will continue the fight for the Gagarin Cup.last_img read more

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Kickboxing match in Bangkok leads to spike in infections

first_img  Kickboxing aficionados came from all over Thailand to attend a major Muay Thai match at Bangkok’s indoor Lumpini Stadium on March 6. Dozens or more went home unknowingly carrying the coronavirus.The wayward boxing fans led an inevitable rise in infections this month that forced the government to abandon its less than sturdy approach to combating COVID-19 that has failed to inspire public confidence.As of Friday, confirmed cases from three boxing stadiums in Bangkok totaled 72, more than a fifth of the national toll of 322. An actor, a major-general, a politician, a boxing trainer and a slew of ordinary fans are among the coronavirus cases from the March 6 event.It’s feared hundreds more in all corners of the country could be viral time bombs. Health officials take the threat seriously.”The more people who report themselves, the easier it is for us to track down others with the virus before it’s too late.” said Dr. Thaveesin Visanuyothin, a spokesman for the Public Health Ministry.But even as Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha this past week announced measures to fight the spread of COVID-19 — including postponing a major three-day holiday, shutting down schools and allowing provincial governors to close any gathering spaces — he insisted the country was not going into shutdown.He told his countrymen the crisis had not yet reached Phase 3, a pandemic that would be triggered by significant domestic transmission of the virus. How that would be determined is hard to judge, especially because Prayuth’s government has been criticized for a lack of transparency and consistency in releasing information.Even a crackdown implemented this week on arrivals sends a mixed message. Instead of banning international flights, as several nations have done, foreign visitors must have health certificates affirming they are free of the virus. The requirement is impractical, because in many if not most countries, it’s hard to even get tested without showing symptoms of the illness.Any illusion that Thailand would somehow avoid a spike in infections was dispelled this month with the discovery of a cluster case from a single discrete source. The infected people were a group of millennials who were reported to have been partying at an upmarket Bangkok nightspot with a visitor from Hong Kong. Health authorities scolded the partygoers for sharing drinks and cigarettes.Just days later, a local celebrity in Muay Thai circles posted a message on his Instagram account. Muay Thai is the national sport, with a devoted fan base nationwide spanning social classes.”This is NOT a joke, for those that have been in close contact with me the last few days please take precautions. I have the Covid-19 virus#covid 19,” said the March 13 message from Matthew Deane Chanthavanij, next to a video of him wearing a black surgical mask.Some people initially derided his post as a publicity stunt, for which he could be criminally prosecuted. It also exposed a second, potentially more dangerous cluster: the Lumpini Stadium boxing crowd.Matthew Deane, as he is usually called, is an actor, model, singer and athlete. The 41-year-old Australian-born Eurasian is also a serious devotee of Muay Thai, and even owns a boxing gym.He was a master of ceremonies at the Lumpini Stadium match, stepping into the ring to interview boxers and promoters and hand out prizes to winners of a raffle.The air-conditioned hall was hosting the first big Muay Thai event of the season. Eleven bouts started at 6 p.m and ended just after midnight. The crowd of about 5,000 roared every time punches and kicks were exchanged.“We were squeezed against each other. Normally the place isn’t that crowded,” said Suwan Jitpinit, who traveled from his hometown in Sukhothai province, a 420-kilometer (260-mile) drive.“At other regular events, there would be about 1,500 to 2,000 people in the stadium but because this was a special match, there were many more people,” recalled the 37-year-old boxing critic. He stayed in Bangkok for a match at another stadium before going home on March 10.On the drive home, he began to feel feverish and was shivering so much he had to ask someone else to drive. When he arrived that evening, he went to a local hospital and was diagnosed with tonsillitis. Not feeling any better three days later, he sought help from a bigger hospital in nearby Phitsanulok.After hearing the news about Matthew Deane, he asked to be tested for coronavirus. The result came back positive. His wife was infected too, and their village in Sukhothai is now under quarantine.Ordinary boxing fans from other provinces, both near Bangkok and in the north, the northeast and the south, have also tested positive for the disease.Among them: a local politician who is especially diligent in attending to his constituents in a province east of Bangkok.According to reports in the Thai media, between the time he attended the Lumpini match and when he tested positive, Kitti Paopiamsap, head of the Chachoengsao provincial administration organization, attended six weddings, six funerals, three community meetings (two of them with the elderly), three Buddhist ordinations, three fairs and at least four other public meetings.”It is sad that the boxing event has aggravated the situation,” said Pinit Polkhan, who shared announcing duties with Matthew Deane and like him caught the virus. “Certainly, the boxing industry is taking a hard hit, and the whole country as well.” Written By Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 21st March, 2020 10:28 IST Kickboxing Match In Bangkok Leads To Spike In Infections  Kickboxing aficionados came from all over Thailand to attend a major Muay Thai match at Bangkok’s indoor Lumpini Stadium on March 6. Dozens or more went home unknowingly carrying the coronavirus. First Published: 21st March, 2020 10:28 IST LIVE TVcenter_img WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Results for three of today’s four senior club hurling games in Tipperary

first_imgBorris-Ileigh v Toomevara in Nenagh | Photo (c) Tipp FM Three of today’s four games in the Tipperary Senior Club Hurling Championship have now been decided.In the 3 o’clock throw-in, Éire Óg Annacarthy and Clonoulty Rossmore battled it out in Round 1 in Semple Stadium.At half-time Clonoulty went into the dressing room with a goal and a point to spare over Éire Óg and in the second half they managed to extend that lead, leaving an 8 point deficit at the finish. The final score was Clonoulty Rossmore: 2-18, Éire Óg Annacarthy: 16 points.In today’s earlier games, Borris-Ileigh and Toomevara played out an exciting match in Nenagh as it finished Toomevara 1-18 to the reigning county champions’ 21 points.Speaking to Tipp FM Sport after the game, Toomevara Manager, Eoin Brislane gave his reaction to the draw:“Ah yeah, I think it was a fair result in the end. I suppose, we were in a great position today coming in because we were playing the Munster champions and All-Ireland finalists – a super team who were on the road for the last four years with Johnny Kelly.“So, the way we looked at it was, we had the free shot. No-one was giving us a chance of winning today. We were happy with the performance. Of course, we’d like to win the game and we had chances to win the game. But we’re happy.”And Borris-Ileigh manager, Johnny Kelly agrees a draw was the fairest result:“We performed pretty well but I have to give credit to Toomevara – they played really well as well. So it was a good game overall, let’s be fair.“When you have two good teams like that going at it and we come out with a draw, we’re happy with that.“Yes, we have things to look at certainly but overall it’s the nature of it – when you look around even this county and other counties and you see there’s a number of shocks and near misses.”It wasn’t quite as tight in the end for Burgess and Upperchurch Drombane in the second 1 o’clock start, despite the two sides matching each other almost point for point all the way up along.However, Upperchurch proved too strong for their Burgess counterparts and ran out 21 points to 16 points winners.Tipp FM’s Stephen Gleeson was there for that game and gave a rundown afterwards:“The teams were level enough in the first half with Burgess going in 9 points to 7 up at the break. Stephen Murray was their scorer-in-chief and he hit six points in total for them in frees.“For Upperchurch Drombane, Páidí Green hit six, with four from frees. The star of the afternoon for Upperchurch though was Gavin Ryan with five points from centre-back.“Niall Grant also added three points alongside Mikey Lee as well.“Upperchurch really assumed control in the last 10 minutes of this game, pushing clear to edge out 5 points winners in the end.”The final senior championship game this evening then will see Nenagh Éire Óg and Holycross Ballycahill clashing in Semple Stadium.We’ll bring you full live commentary from that game at 7 o’clock.Tipp FMs super hurling weekend is brought to you by Nenagh, Thurles and Templemore Credit Unions.last_img read more

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Hamilton expects drivers to stand united against racism

first_img(Reuters) – Six-times world champion Lewis Hamilton expects Formula One drivers to be united against racism at Sunday’s season-opening Austrian Grand Prix, and that could mean taking a knee before the start. There has been plenty of speculation about how the Mercedes driver might signal his support for the Black Lives Matter movement and those campaigning against racial injustice and inequality.Speaking to reporters via video link at the Red Bull Ring, with a padlocked chain around his neck, the 35-year-old Briton said the drivers had not all spoken to each other but he was sure they would.Hamilton, the sport’s only Black driver, added that he had not prioritised “a plan to come and kneel at the start line” but “we’ll see on Sunday”. “I think whatever we do, we’ll try to do it united,” he said.“I think it’s really important that we remain united or become united in this sport,” said Hamilton, who will be racing in black overalls and a black car with the message “End Racism” on it.The champion last month criticised those, including “the biggest of stars”, who had stayed silent on the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died after a white U.S. police officer knelt on his neck. He explained that he had been referring to the industry as a whole, rather than rivals.“Our voices are powerful and if we bring them together collectively we can have a huge impact,” Hamilton said.“It’s the first race. Already as a team we have shown quite a big acknowledgement of where we are in society today and that we are not standing still, we are moving ahead. “We will I’m sure as drivers all stand to represent something.”Sunday’s race will end nearly four months of waiting for the season to start after the scheduled March 15 opener in Australia was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Drivers and teams must all wear face masks and operate in “bubbles” in Austria to minimise the risk of spreading the disease, with regular tests. Hamilton, a vegan who is also outspoken on the environment and animal welfare, made clear he was wearing a cotton mask rather than a single-use disposable one.“I’m wearing a cloth mask right now. I have not worn any of the paper ones because they are ending up in the oceans,” he said.last_img read more

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Ravens grant second interviews to Wilson, Shanahan for coordinator job

first_imgMaking a good impression with head coach John Harbaugh upon interviewing for the Ravens’ vacant offensive coordinator job on Wednesday, Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson will meet with team officials for a second interview.According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the 52-year-old is scheduled to meet with the Ravens in Owings Mills on Friday, a development that certainly bodes well for his candidacy. With general manager Ozzie Newsome and assistant general manager Eric DeCosta among the team executives in Mobile, Ala. for the Senior Bowl this week, the second interview would presumably allow them to meet and help evaluate Wilson as the potential choice to replace Jim Caldwell.The Ravens are also scheduled to meet with current wide receivers coach Jim Hostler and former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for second interviews, per a report from The Sun.It remains unknown whether former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will receive a second interview as he was the other candidate who was confirmed by Harbaugh earlier this week.Of the four known candidates, Wilson is the only one without NFL experience as an offensive coordinator, but he has spent the last seven years with the Steelers and was considered the favorite to become their coordinator in 2012 before he was seriously injured in a house fire. Wilson carries 16 years of NFL coaching experience on his resume and reportedly handled increased duties late last season as Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley came under fire.The Ravens haven’t specified a clear timetable for when they’d like to have their new offensive coordinator in place, but Harbaugh told the team’s official website earlier in the week that he’d like to wrap up the process shortly with the search now in the midst of its second week.last_img read more

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GFA Exec. Com, member backs Maxwell Konadu to manage both Kotoko and Black Stars

first_imgExecutive Committee Member of the Ghana Football Association George Afriyie has backed new Black Stars assistant coach Maxwell Konadu to effectively manage combine the Black Stars role and that of Asante Kotoko.The GFA’s decision to permit Coach Maxwell Konadu to hold onto his position as Kumasi Asante Kotoko coach has suffered some criticisms.The management of Kotoko wants to maintain the man who has led them to their first premier league title in four years this season.But there are concerns that he might not be effective in combining the two pressure jobs.According to George Afriyie who doubles as an emergency committee member of the GFA, Maxwell Konadu can manage it professionally.“Maxwell himself has told us that he can manage the two jobs and that is the most important thing”. He told JOY Sports “I don’t see any conflict in handling the two jobs it depends on how you approach it and I believe if you are you van do it”.The Football Association confirmed the Kotoko coach as assistant to Kwasi Appiah on Thursday.last_img read more

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Whatever it takes: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ reportedly clocks in at over three hours

first_imgMarvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — With so many plot threads to tie up — and superhero dust to vacuum — it’s no surprise Avengers: Endgame will need some extra time to bring the events of last year’s Infinity War to a satisfying conclusion.About three hours and two minutes’ worth, evidently. The website for the theater chain AMC has posted the alleged running time of the film, under the code name Extra.In an interview with Collider last month, sibling directors Joe and Anthony Russo had mentioned that early cuts of the movie were clocking in at over three hours — and no, nobody who saw the advance screenings left for a bathroom break.At the time, Joe noted, “We’re still at the three-hour mark. I think the studio is down with what the best story is.” He added, “When you have to tell a really complicated story and you want strong emotional moments with the characters, it just requires a certain amount of real estate. This one, in particular, feels like three hours’ worth of real estate.” A three-hour, two-minute running time would make Avengers: Endgame the longest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by a mile. By comparison, its immediate predecessor, last year’s Infinity War, was a then-longest two hours, 40 minutes. For the record, the shortest of the MCU films, 2011’s Thor, clocked in at a downright skimpy hour and 54 minutes. Here are the run times of all the other Marvel Studios films: Iron Man (2008) – 2 hours, 6 minutesThe Incredible Hulk (2008) – 1 hour, 52 minutesIron Man 2 (2010) – 2 hours, 5 minutesCaptain America: The First Avenger (2011) – 2 hours, 4 minutesThe Avengers (2012) – 2 hours, 23 minutesIron Man 3 (2013) – 2 hours, 11 minutesThor: The Dark World (2013) – 1 hour, 52 minutesCaptain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) – 2 hours, 16 minutesGuardians of the Galaxy (2017) – 2 hours, 2 minutesAvengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – 2 hours, 21 minutesCaptain America: Civil War (2016) – 2 hours, 27 minutesDoctor Strange (2016) – 1 hour, 55 minutesGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – (2017) 2 hours, 17 minutesSpider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – 2 hours, 13 minutesThor: Ragnarok (2017) – 2 hours, 10 minutesBlack Panther (2018) – 2 hours, 14 minutesAnt-Man and the Wasp (2018) 2 hours, 5 minutes Captain Marvel (2019) – 2 hours, 5 minutesMarvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Sergey Gorkov brushes off questions about meeting with Jared Kushner

first_imgNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Russia) —  A top Russian bank official who met privately with Jared Kushner shortly after Donald Trump’s election brushed off questions Thursday about the purpose of the meeting, which was scheduled at the request of Russia’s U.S. ambassador and came at a time Kushner’s real estate business was confronting significant financial stress.“We have absolutely nothing to add,” said Sergey Gorkov, who heads the U.S. office of VneshEconomBank, or VEB, when questioned by reporters at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. “We have a lot of meetings.”Gorkov and Kushner have provided conflicting accounts of the meeting, and congressional sources tell ABC News that the episode raised red flags for investigators, in part because the United States has imposed economic sanctions on the bank due to its political ties in Russia.“The question is … why [meet with] a Russian bank that is sanctioned, and has been sanctioned since 2014?” said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) who serves on the House Intelligence Committee. “Why is this the first priority, or one of the first priorities that Mr. Kushner is taking on as a member of the President’s staff?”The White House confirmed in March that Kushner met in December with Gorkov at the suggestion of the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, following a report on the meeting in The New York Times. A senior White House official told ABC News at that time that Kushner’s conversation with Gorkov was “general and inconsequential” and that Kushner took the meeting as part of his campaign role of interfacing with foreign dignitaries.The bank, however, described the meeting differently, charactering the discussions as “negotiations” in a statement provided to ABC News.“During 2016, when preparing the new Vnesheconombank’s Strategy, the Bank’s CEOs repeatedly met with representatives of the leading global financial institutions in Europe, Asia and America,” the statement reads. “In the course of negotiations the parties discussed the business practices applied by foreign development banks, as well as most promising business lines and sectors. The roadshow meetings devoted to Vnesheconombank’s Strategy 2021 were held with representatives of major US banks and business circles, including the CEO of Kushner Companies Mr. Jared Kushner.”At the time, Kushner Companies, the family’s real estate firm, was in the midst of what it has described in public statements as “active, advanced negotiations … with a number of potential investors” about the redevelopment of the financially troubled skyscraper it owns at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York City.On March 24, congressional Democrats released a letter expressing concern about the company’s potential entanglements with foreign partners in the proposed refinancing of the building as well as the continued uncertainty about the extent to which Kushner has separated himself from the family real estate business, which he oversaw until recently.“Even if Mr. Kushner has in fact divested from 666 Fifth Avenue, it appears his immediate family stands to benefit from a deal with [Chinese holding company] Anbang, potentially violating federal ethics laws that bar ‘an employee [from using] his public office for his own private gain … or for the private gain of friends, relatives or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity,’” reads the letter signed by Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, and Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Tom Carper of Delaware, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Gary Peters of Michigan.Kushner, 36, who is married to President Trump’s daughter Ivanka, played a central role in his father-in-law’s 2016 campaign. After he took a White House job as a special assistant to President Trump, he took steps to divest in some aspects of his family’s vast real estate empire, including the Midtown Manhattan skyscraper — though questions remain about exactly what financial interest he still may hold.The White House has consistently defended Kushner, saying the meetings he held during the transition were intended to build relationships with foreign officials.“Mr. Kushner was acting in his capacity as a transition official and had many similar discussions with foreign representatives after the election,” said Hope Hicks, a White House spokeswoman, in a statement. “In these meetings, Mr. Kushner worked to build relationships that would help advance the President’s foreign policy goals. For example, he also started conversations with leaders from Saudi Arabia that led to the President’s recent successful international trip. Mr. Kushner has consistently said that he will share what he knows about these meetings, and the details pertaining to, which were previously reported in March.”To date, neither Kushner nor the family real estate firm has explained the nature of the meeting with VEB. An official representing the Kushner firm responded to ABC News’ questions Wednesday evening, saying Kushner was the only executive from his family’s real estate firm to attend.“VEB is not providing financing, lending or any other services to Kushner Companies,” the official said.Congressional sources told ABC News they have additional concerns about interactions with VEB Bank because of the recent involvement of a senior VEB executive, Evgeny Buryakov, in a Russian spy ring dismantled by the FBI. Buryakov was sentenced to 30 months in prison for gathering intelligence for the Russian Federation as an agent under nonofficial cover, known as NOC.He has since been deported to Russia, but throughout the episode, VEB Bank financed Buryakov’s legal fees.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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