Lamar Jackson thanked the entire Baltimore Ravens’ offensive line by gifting them Rolex watches on Christmas Eve.Linemen Bradley Bozeman and Ronnie Stanley shared videos of their watches on social media. You know @Lj_era8 had to hook the O-line up 🥶Via @megatronnie pic.twitter.com/D0NUzAYrVS— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 24, 2019The 22-year-old quarterback, who is the frontrunner to win NFL MVP this season, knows they have played a pivotal role in helping him lead the league with 36 touchdown passes through 15 games.Santa @Lj_era8 🎅(Via @BSBoze) pic.twitter.com/z6Qw6nDpch— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 24, 2019MORE: Ravens will rest Lamar Jackson vs. Steelers in Week 17From Ravens.com:”Jackson has taken just 23 sacks, which is the third-fewest of any quarterback who has started every game this year. Only the Rams’ Jared Goff (21) and Cowboys’ Dak Prescott (20) have taken fewer sacks. Baltimore’s offensive line has also paved the way for Jackson’s 1,206 rushing yards.” Jackson reportedly shut down several stores while Christmas shopping on Monday night at a Virginia mall.lamar jackson is at tyson’s omg pic.twitter.com/mH2fTAKnLA— katie (@katieoliver25) December 24, 2019Will the linemen get a super bowl ring to go with the Rolex?The team is off to a good start, as they’ve secured the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC for the first time in franchise history.
NEW ORLEANS — After a long layoff, the College Football Playoff championship game is finally here.The matchup between No. 1 LSU (14-0) and No. 3 Clemson (14-0) will close out the 2019 college football season. We’ll find out who the real Tigers from Death Valley are, but it’s much more than that. This teams faces perhaps more pressure than any of the prior teams because of the climb it made through the SEC, beating so many top-10 opponents. Ed Orgeron could become the sixth active FBS coach to win a national championship. Burrow won the Heisman Trophy. They have another national championship on the tee in their backyard.It’s a moment that means a lot to Orgeron, who refuses to put the spotlight on himself.”To see the joy on our team’s face when we win, to see the elation of the people of Louisiana, that means the world to me, and I’m more of a giver,” Orgeron said. “I just like to see all the people happy. And I know how much it means to them, so it puts a little internal motivation in myself to win it for the people of Louisiana.” Both teams have so much at stake in a matchup that will shape narratives for the 2020 season and beyond. Here’s a look at the five biggest storylines that will be settled at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday:MORE: LSU vs. Clemson odds, predictions, trends for CFP title gameWill the ACC trump the SEC?The ACC has been a punching bag throughout the season, with the perception that it gives Clemson a free ride to the Playoff. Clemson, however, can claim the conference’s third national championship of the CFP era. That would be more than the SEC, which also has two through five years.SEC fans might scoff at that, knowing the conference had a 7-2 bowl record, which is much better than the 4-6 record the ACC put up this season. Yet the SEC built its reputation on dominance in the Bowl Championship Series, and that is still a point of pride that can’t be understated.”It’s always going to be about LSU, but we have pride in being in the SEC,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said at media days on Saturday. “Obviously I know a lot of people in the SEC. I think it’s the greatest conference in the United States.”An LSU victory would reinforce that, and end one of the most impressive streaks in the nation.MORE: SN’s way-too-early top 25 for 2020Will Clemson win its 30th straight game?Clemson can become the latest team to win 30 consecutive games if it can beat LSU for its second straight national championship. A total of 13 schools have done that, the last of which came from USC’s 34-game win streak from 2003-05. Florida State won 29 straight games before losing to Oregon in the first College Football Playoff semifinal at the Rose Bowl.This is a chance for Clemson to join some rare company, and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said his players know the significance of the moment — even if it’s not the focus.”Regardless of what happens in the game tomorrow night, it’s really been a historic run,” Swinney said. “To win two out of the last three national championships is amazing. I’m just super proud of all of our teams that have worked so hard to just be the best they can be, and that’s really our goal.”How will Joe Burrow cap Heisman season?LSU’s Joe Burrow is making his first start in a championship situation since leading Athens High School to the Ohio Division III state championship game in 2014. He sees links in the two starts despite the very-different stages.”I kind of said before the season, when you’re around championship football teams, something just kind of feels different,” Burrow said at media days. “Going back to high school, that’s the last time I kind of felt that. We felt it this offseason.”Of course, Burrow has the chance to put a final signature on one of the greatest single seasons in college football history. He passed for 5,208 yards, 55 touchdowns and just six interceptions, and he can join the other 15 Heisman winners who tacked on a national championship in the same season. Alabama’s Derrick Henry was the last player to accomplish that in 2015.MORE: Sporting News expert picks for CFP title gameWill Trevor Lawrence ever lose?Trevor Lawrence is 25-0 as a starter, and that invincibility factor took on a new meaning when he led Clemson back from a 16-0 deficit in the 29-23 victory against No. 2 Ohio State in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.Lawrence has done that with a next-game-up-approach.”You just get so focused on the next one and being great where you are and just winning the next game,” Lawrence said. “You don’t really think about all the ones that you won before and what you may win again. I think it’s just you get so focused on winning the next one that you get caught up in that, which is a good thing.”Lawrence is presumed to be the No. 1 pick in 2021, and he has a chance to win a second national championship as a starter, all before his junior season. He’s still on a path where could be considered the greatest college football quarterback — perhaps player — of all time. Will he put on the same show he did in last year’s 44-16 domination of Alabama?Will LSU complete dream season?LSU won national championship games at the Sugar Bowl in 1959, 2004 and 2008 and lost the last try there in 2012.
After a successful winter program, the Steve Nash Youth Basketball is making a return for its spring session beginning Wednesday at the Hume Elementary Gym in Nelson.The Spring session runs from Wednesday (April 6th) to May 25th (8 sessions) from 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.For complete information — membership Includes: Basketball, Reversible Jersey, T-Shirt, Basketball BC membership including supplementary insurance coverage — as well as online registration, go to www.NelsonBasketball.ca website. Coaches are from the L.V. Rogers Senior Bombers, including head coach Jeremy Phelan.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the future basketball stars with Team of the Week honours.
– says act breaches law, intended to frustrate election preparationsIn a letter to the President, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman claimed that the agency needed $3.5 billion to start preparations for elections. Yet it has millions that were budgeted for them but not disbursed and no articulate plan for spending the money.The Guyana Elections CommissionThis is according to People’s Progressive Party (PPP) nominated Commissioner, Bibi Shadick, who was at the time speaking during a press conference called after another botched meeting at GECOM on Tuesday.“From $2 billion for ordinary elections, it has gone to $3.5 billion. And their plan is to hold it after house-to-house registration, for which they have $3.5 billion. So that money is there. So what is this money for? Nobody can tell me.”“Now this is a Chairman asking for $3.5 billion extra to what they got, that was appropriated but never disbursed to GECOM, contrary to law. According to the CEO, every quarter they have to request. And that’s not for constitutional agencies, which have all their money.”According to Shadick, over $5 billion was appropriated for GECOM in the National Assembly. At the time, none other than Finance Minister Winston Jordan had declared to the Assembly that the money would be a lump sum to be used by the Commission.The Commissioner noted that this indicates that there was never any sincere plan to hold elections. Shadick said that GECOM has been deliberately dragging its feet at every turn. Shadick also revealed that the secretariat deliberately took little to no steps to update the voters’ list and is now claiming that there is too little time for logistical preparations.She observed that GECOM has two main functions; to hold elections and to register electors. According to Shadick, GECOM has failed miserably in both of its constitutional mandates, particularly considering the soon to be elapsed 90-day timeline. Efforts to contact officials from the Finance Ministry were futile.Constitutional budgetLast year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had announced that $5.4 billion has been allocated in the 2019 Budget for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to hold the 2020 General and Regional Elections.During his budget presentation in the National Assembly that afternoon, Jordan explained that of this amount, nearly 3 billion will go towards preparations for the elections which are constitutionally due by August 2020.In reference to the poor voter turnout at the most recent Local Government Elections, he had said that this is an indication of the low level of confidence citizens have in the Local Government system, which all stakeholders should work to address.Despite the availability of cash, calls have been made by various stakeholders including foreign diplomats here for the Government to abide by the Constitution and set a date for elections since the December 21, 2018, passage of the motion of no-confidence against the APNU/AFC coalition,Recently, British High Commissioner to Guyana Greg Quinn in an exclusive interview with Guyana Times reminded that the clock is ticking on the constitutional three-month deadline for holding elections. This observation was repeated just a few days ago.Additionally, representatives from the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) have also echoed similar calls in February for the Guyana Government to adhere to the Constitution.The Opposition, People’s Progressive Party (PPP), has already written several international bodies and representatives asking that they do not recognise the coalition Government after March 21 if there is no extension.
Dead: Gavin LawrieTwenty-six-year-old Glensford Stephen, a father of two of Dartmouth Village, Essequibo Coast, was on Wednesday slapped with four counts of causing by dangerous driving when he appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court.It is alleged that on May 13, 2016, the defendant drove minibus BRR 3943, in a manner dangerous to the public thereby causing the death of Gavin Lawrie, 19; Levon Grey, 45; Esan Cornette, 19 and Stefon Benn, 19.The driver was represented by Attorney-at-Law Dexter Todd, who requested that reasonable bail be granted toAccused driver: Glenford Stephenthe defendant.However, Police Prosecutor Khemraj Ramsewack objected to bail, citing the prevalence and the seriousness of the offence.He pointed out to the Court that an additional eight persons were still hospitalised as a result of the accident. As such, Stephen was remanded to prison.The case will continue on June 8, 2016.According to reports about 23:00h on May 13, Stephen who was driving his minibus was heading south along the Richmond Public Road when he collided with a 212 blue car, PMM 5867, which was heading north. At the time of the accident, the minibus had 16 passengers while the car was driven by the deceased Gavin Lawrie, and had four passengers.Dead Esan CornetteThe accident has thus far claimed four lives.
Shortstop Rafael Furcal, who will fill whichever spot Pierre doesn’t, hasn’t arrived in spring camp yet and isn’t required to until Tuesday. “I went through a similar situation in Florida with Luis Castillo, who was an established leadoff man and a great leadoff man,” said Pierre, who was traded to the Marlins by Colorado after a 2002 season in which Castillo had a 35-game hitting streak. “I have batted second before and I know Furcal is a great leadoff man who did a great job last year. It won’t change my approach. I always try to take pitches, regardless.” Manager Grady Little plans to try both Pierre-Furcal and Furcal-Pierre alignments during Grapefruit League games before deciding on a lineup for the regular season. Little has promised only that once he decides, he won’t change unless the alignment fails to produce over time. In other words, he won’t flip the left-handed-hitting Pierre and switch-hitting Furcal just because the Dodgers are facing a certain pitcher. Although he has spent the majority of his career leading off – including 158 games with the Chicago Cubs last season – Pierre’s lifetime on-base percentage (.350) is low for a leadoff man. Pierre says that statistic is misleading. “I try to get my walks,” Pierre said. “I rarely swing at first pitches and I get a lot of 2-0, 3-1 counts. But I usually won’t take a pitch just off the plate because I don’t trust the umpire to call it a ball, and I also expand my zone a little bit with two strikes.” VERO BEACH, Fla. – Juan Pierre refused to fan any controversial flames Saturday when addressing one of the off-season’s hot-button issues for the first time. The fleet center fielder, whom the Dodgers signed to a five-year, $44 million contract in November, said he has no preference between batting first or second in the lineup. Pierre has two factors working against him. First, he is such a lethal stolen-base threat – he has stolen as many as 65 in a season – that pitchers are hesitant to walk him. Pitchers who fall behind in the count aren’t afraid to come back with meaty fastballs because Pierre never has hit more than three home runs in a season. “They know if they keep it over the plate, the worst they’re going to give up is probably a double,” Pierre said. “It’s kind of a catch-22 situation.” You can add non-roster right-hander Joe Mays, whom the Dodgers signed less than two weeks ago, to the long list of those battling for the fifth spot in the starting rotation. Little said before Saturday’s first workout of the spring for pitchers and catchers that Mays will be kept on a starter’s throwing program at least through the early part of camp. “He has a good history,” Little said. “He will be given the opportunity to make this ballclub, and we will certainly try to put him in a position he is most comfortable with.” Mays, 31, has spent most of his seven-year career in the majors as a starter, but his overall success has been spotty. He is 48-70 with a 5.05 ERA after six seasons with Minnesota and splitting last year between Cincinnati and Kansas City. Several of the Dodgers’ brain trust walked out to Holman Stadium together for the start of the morning workout. But when they broke off into various side conversations, special assistant Bill Mueller found himself standing alone in the right-field corner, watching what should have been his teammates going through their paces with strength coach Doug Jarrow. Mueller, the former third baseman and batting champion who signed a two-year, $9.5 million free-agent deal with the Dodgers before last season, was forced into early retirement and a front-office career because of a knee injury. “It’s always difficult to not be playing when you feel like your skills are at a level where you still could play,” Mueller said. “But that’s the way it is. “I still love the game, and that’s why I wanted to do what I’m doing now.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Burglary, felony theft and auto theft either decreased slightly or saw no change, but they were offset by gains in robberies – 75 cases, up from 68 in 2005, and rape, which saw three more for a total of 13. The slight dip followed a 3 percent drop in violent crime from 2005 in the city of 105,400, said Sgt. Kevin Grandalski, a Burbank police spokesman. “Although you have fluctuations in there, your overall crime rate has always decreased over the last three years,” he said. “The other thing to keep in mind is population is increasing. You might expect crime to increase, but we’re able to decrease crime.” In Glendale, violent crime increased 4 percent in 2006, with 4,301 cases reported. Burglaries and auto theft decreased from 2005, and homicides fell 90 percent, to two from 19 cases, a figure inflated by the Metrolink crash two years ago in which 11 people were killed. But robberies increased 22 percent with 167 cases reported, and auto burglaries jumped 24 percent with 774 cases. Violent crime slipped slightly in 2006 in Burbank compared with a year ago, while Glendale saw a small bump, according to preliminary police tallies. A count of incidents ranging from homicide and rape to assault, robbery and auto theft in the 12-month period ending Dec. 31 was obtained this week from police in both cities. But authorities said the raw data still have to be reviewed before they submit a final report to the FBI, which tracks violent crime across the nation. In Burbank, violent crime fell about 1 percent, with 2,974 cases reported, police said. Though the numbers might raise eyebrows, Capt. Ray Edey said there is no cause for long-term concern as crime has generally trended down for the city of 207,000 in recent years. “We’re confident it’s not an indication of things to come,” he said. email@example.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The B.C. Federation of Labour and the B.C. Nurses’ Union are expected to make separate announcements of support for teachers who began a full-scale strike back in June.The union representing B.C. Hydro workers is also voting this week on whether to lend $100,000 to the teachers’ union.Teachers will vote today on their union’s proposal to end the strike if government agrees to binding arbitration, though the government has rejected the idea.- Advertisement -With files from the Canadian Press
Out? Andre Schurrle – Click the arrow for more – The German World Cup winner has been on the fringes of the first-team this season, and despite Mourinho’s insistence he is not for sale, a big offer could prove irresistible. Schurrle started the FA Cup win over Watford, but was hauled off half-time along with being replaced at the break in the previous game against Southampton, and he was left out of the squad altogether for the Newcastle game. German clubs Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund look the most likely destination for Schurrle and a return to his homeland seems imminent in the coming weeks. Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea are still just candidates in the title race despite the Blues’ two-point lead over champions Manchester City.Chelsea have seen a eight-point lead at top of the league evaporate in recent weeks, coupled with the humiliating New Years’ Day loss at Tottenham Hotspur.Mourinho maintains the Blues are unlikely to do business this month but after the departures of Juan Mata and Kevin De Bruyne last January, anything is possible at the Bridge.Defence and attack look to be Chelsea’s most pressing concerns, with Gary Cahill suffering a dip in form, while forwards Diego Costa, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy have all had fitness concerns at different stages this season.Click the arrow above to check out Chelsea’s possible January ins and outs.Chelsea fans, who would you like to see to see arrive at Stamford Bridge? Comment below… In? Raphael Varane – Click the arrow for more – Ever since last season, the Blues have been linked with a move for the Frenchman who played under Mourinho at Real Madrid. Varane is already one of the world’s best defenders comfortable in possession, quick and a good reader of the game and he would be the ideal long-term heir to John Terry. Madrid would be reluctant to sell, and it will take a sizeable bid to prize the 21-year-old from the Spanish capital. In? Mattia Destro – Click the arrow for more – The Blues were reportedly interested in the Italian forward in the summer and it would be no surprise to see Mourinho return for the 23-year-old this month. Diego Costa has been a sensation this season, but with Chelsea still firing on all four fronts Premier League, Champions League, Capital One Cup and FA Cup and Didier Drogba and Loic Remy struggling with fitness, a move for the striker could materialise. Moreover, Costa has ensured his own fitness issues and a quality replacement would enable Mourinho to rest his star striker and complement his attacking options. 4 Out? Mohamed Salah – The Egypt international has made just nine starts for the Blues since his £11m move from Swiss side Basel last January. The 24-year-old has failed to make an impression at Stamford Bridge and so far this season, Salah has featured sparingly with appearances restricted to the Capital One Cup and cameo roles off the bench in the league. Besiktas president Fikret Orman confirmed he is trying to close a deal for Salah and he was present at Chelsea’s win against Newcastle, while German side Hamburg also want the Egyptian but on loan. 4 4 4
Uganda had started brightly, pinning Eritrea in their own half.They thought they had broken the lead after 12 minutes, but Allan Okello’s header off a Mustafa Kiiza freekick was ruled out for offside.Uganda kept pushing, though Eritrea were compact and left little spaces just like they did against Kenya in the semis. But, their resistance was finally broken in the 32nd minutes.A defense splitting pass from Okello was met with an equally brilliant run by Anukani who broke into the box and simply placed the ball beyond the Eritrean keeper.On the other end, Eritrea almost made an immediate response but Uganda had had their keeper Charles Lukwago to thank after his trailing leg turned Ali Suleman’s shot from inside the box behind for a corner.Uganda should have been 2-0 up at the break but Fahad Bayo’s header off a Viane Sekajugo cross went straight to the keeper.In the second half Eritrea came in with an ambition to get an early goal but found it hard to make the right decisions in the fi al third of attack.The closest they came was in the 63rd minute when Robel Kidane’s shot from a Deyben Hintseab pass went over.Uganda picked the cue and took the game to comfort, Kiiza scoring with a low shot after the Eritrean backline failed to clear a cross from Karim Watambala.Uganda Cranes midfielder Bright Anukani vies for the ball with Eritrea’s Deyben Hintseab at the final of the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala on December 19, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe goal punctured Eritrean spirits and the Ugandans got their hold with Okello forcing the keeper into two good saves while Anukani had a shot from range go just over.Substitute Joel Madondo drove the final nail on Eritrea’s coffin when he slammed the ball home from close range after running into a Ben Ochen cross from the left.With their fans behind them, Uganda managed to hold on to the lead and celebrate another victory on home soil, just as they did when they last hosted the tournament in 2012.0Shares0000(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Uganda Cranes players celebrate after winning the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala on December 19, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 19 – Hosts Uganda Cranes beat Eritrea 3-0 to clinch a record extending 15th CECAFA Senior Challenge title at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala on Thursday afternoon.Goals neither half from Bright Anukani, Mustafa Kiizaand Joel Madondo handed the home side victory and a title at last for head coach Jonathan McKinstry who coincidentally lost it to Uganda in the 2015 final in Ethiopia with his former employers Rwanda.