Burlington Flood Protection Plan on Display

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, has released a draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment for proposed alterations to the existing levee system, as well as constructing new flood risk reduction features in Burlington, North Dakota.There has been a history of flooding along the Souris River (also referred to as the Mouse River) in north-central North Dakota. In 2011, the flood of record occurred in the Souris River Basin, causing more than $1 billion in damages to homes, businesses, public facilities and infrastructure along the entire length of the Souris River.The Souris River Joint Water Resource Board is pursuing a plan to reduce future flood risks throughout the U.S. portions of the Souris River Basin by constructing a series of new levees, floodwalls and other flood risk reduction features.This plan has become known locally as the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project. The Corps of Engineers completed a final programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Mouse River plan in July 2017 and issued its Record of Decision on the project December 19, 2017.Much of the information presented in the programmatic EIS is incorporated by reference in the draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment, while still addressing site-specific impacts resulting from the Burlington phase of the project, said USACE.The comment period ends November 4, 2019.last_img read more

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Saipem Lands €750M in Offshore Wind Sector

first_imgSaipem has been awarded a contract by the French company EDF Renewables for the construction of the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) wind farm offshore Scotland.This is the first turn-key project awarded to Saipem in the offshore wind farm sector.The scope of work consists of the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of 54 steel foundation jackets for an equivalent number of wind turbines with a capacity of around 8MW each, 2 steel foundation jackets for the offshore electrical substations and the transportation and installation of the relevant topsides.These jackets will be manufactured partly at a Saipem owned yard and partly in fabrication facilities located in Scotland. The jackets will be placed on piles at depths ranging from 40 to 60 meters.Offshore installation activities will be carried out by the crane vessel Saipem 7000, which has a consolidated track record of operations in the North Sea.Francesco Racheli, chief operating officer of the Saipem E&C Offshore Division, said: “This EPCI contract awarded by EDF Renewables marks a key milestone in the pursuit of our strategy to become a reference player for large offshore wind farm developments and, more extensively, in the sphere of energy transition. This important achievement has been made possible thanks to our capabilities and expertise in engineering, fabrication and installation as well as to our assets, particularly suited to projects of this kind. Our collaboration with EDF Renewables and with the entire supply chain will allow us to contribute to the generation of 450 megawatts of green energy, fostering the utilisation of local supply chain and expertise to provide the most competitive solution to our stakeholders and clients and execute a successful project.”Furthermore, Saipem has been awarded a new contract for the Formosa 2 offshore wind farm project.The scope of work entails the supply of material and fabrication of 32 foundation jackets for an equivalent number of wind turbine generators.The wind farm is being developed by a partnership between Macquarie’s Green Investment Group and Swancor Renewable Energy, offshore Miaoli County on the West coast of Taiwan.Construction works for the project are scheduled to begin early 2020.The overall amount of these two new contracts corresponds to approximately 750 million euro, representing more than 15% of the E&C Offshore Division order intake year-to-date.last_img read more

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Murder rap puts man behind bars

first_imgPolice officers served the warrant issued by Judge Nilo Sarsaba of the Regional Trial Court Branch 55 in Himamaylan City. The suspect was detained in the custodial facility of the Himamaylan City police station.No bail bond was recommended for his temporary liberty./PN The 39-year-old Jun Rey Valdimar was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 5:30 a.m. on June 12, a police report showed.center_img BACOLOD City – A murder suspect was arrested in Barangay Buenavista, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental.last_img read more

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Double deal delight for Bournemouth

first_img Press Association Tomlin joined Max Gradel in signing for the Cherries on Tuesday, the forward penning a three-year contract to complete his rise through the ranks. Gradel signed a four-year contract after switching from French club St Etienne for an undisclosed fee. The 26-year-old Tomlin was released by hometown club Leicester before impressing at non-League Rushden and Diamonds and then Peterborough. He scored 10 goals for Boro last term and has been watched by Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and his assistant Jason Tindall for some time. “Lee is a player who we are excited about and will get fans off their seats,” chief executive Neill Blake said on Bournemouth’s official website. “He is someone we have followed for some time and believe will fit seamlessly into Eddie and Jason’s plans. “The promotion race in the Championship last season was incredibly competitive and Lee was a key figure in a Middlesbrough side who went very close to going up. “We believe he is ready to make the step up and look forward to seeing him play in the Premier League. “Like the club, he has had to work hard to get to this point and is eager to make the most of this opportunity. “We are very pleased with the business we have done this week, and on the whole this summer, and feel it is a marker of our ambitions this season.” Gradel believes the Cherries are unrecognisable now from the club he played for in 2007-08. He was twice loaned to Bournemouth eight seasons ago, when they were deducted 10 points by the Football League for entering administration and were relegated to League Two. The turnaround since then has been dramatic. They host Aston Villa at the Vitality Stadium in their first ever Premier League fixture on Saturday. Gradel was the seventh signing of a busy summer – Tomlin the eighth – and there is optimism that Howe can establish them in Europe’s most competitive division. “It feels a little bit strange because everything has changed,” the 27-year-old said. “When I first arrived today I didn’t recognise the club, but I am very happy to see it is all moving in a good direction. “It’s a good feeling. I am so happy. I had a great time here before so I’m very excited to be back. “Not many people will understand why I came to Bournemouth. I had offers for more money and bigger clubs but in football you have to go where you will be happy.” Bournemouth have continued preparations for their maiden season in the Premier League by signing Lee Tomlin from Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee.last_img read more

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NWS: Ice Pellets, Not Snow, Fell in South Florida on Wednesday

first_imgIn addition, meteorologists with our TV news partner, WPTV NewsChannel 5, say it is also  possible that gusty winds pushed cold air and graupel down from the clouds, and it simply did not have a chance to melt before hitting the ground.The one and only time our region has actually seen snow was on January 19, 1977. Most of the flakes melted on impact. The cold weather brought out more than just the layers of clothing for some local residents Wednesday. It also brought hopes of snow in South FloridaHowever, the National Weather Service clarifies that Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast did not get snow flurries on Wednesday, as those residents originally thought.According to the NWS, what fell during the morning and afternoon hours could be graupel, a soft ice pellet-looking precipitation. It might also simply have been small hail.A statement from the weather service reads: “Graupel forms in the same way as hail except the diameter is less than 5 millimeters. It usually grows by soft hail processes.”Jan 22 @ 520 pm – Light rain showers mixed with graupel are occurring across the east coast of south Florida this evening. This is NOT snow. It’s too warm for snow to occur. #flwx pic.twitter.com/ljpqHCQkvP— NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) January 22, 2020last_img read more

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GSA on Top in Class C Baseball

first_img Bio Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 ELLSWORTH — The Bucksport Golden Bucks have climbed to third place in the Maine Principals’ Association Eastern Maine Class B standings, trailing only Waterville and Rockland.John Carlin of the Ellsworth Eagles delivers a pitch during his two-hit shutout of the Caribou Vikings on Saturday at Ellsworth.—HUGH BOWDENBucksport improved its record to 6-1 on Tuesday with a 4-0 shutout of the Old Town CoyotesOn the field, the Ellsworth Eagles also have established themselves as one of the better teams in Eastern Maine Class B with a record of 6-2 as the baseball season nears the midway point.But one would never know it from the MPA’s Heal point standings this week.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe standings, supposedly including games through Saturday, placed the Eagles 16th among 21 teams with only a 3-1 record and did not include Ellsworth’s doubleheader win over previously undefeated Caribou on Saturday. The hard-luck Mount Desert Island Trojans, ranked 13th, are just 2-5 so far, but four of those five losses have been by either one or two runs.In Class C, the George Stevens Academy Eagles — after losing their first two games — have reeled off six straight wins and sit atop the Class C standings.That’s due in part to standout senior righthanded pitcher Peter Dickinson.In three complete game efforts so far on the mound, Dickinson has gone 2-1, allowing just seven hits and striking out a whopping 38 batters.Also in Class C, the struggling Sumner Tigers are now 1-6 and are ranked 13th. And in Class D, the 3-2 Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners are ranked sixth. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest Posts Latest posts by admin (see all)center_img State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 admin House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

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Ellsworth’s Wagstaff to play baseball at Southern New Hampshire University

first_img Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 ELLSWORTH — Conner Wagstaff’s first day of college is still more than a year away, but one of the biggest decisions of his life is now behind him.Over the past two seasons, Wagstaff’s prowess on the pitcher’s mound has made him one of the top pitchers in both the Penobscot Valley Conference and all of Maine. In about a year’s time, the Ellsworth baseball standout will be taking his skills to the next level with one of New England’s best Division II programs.Wagstaff took the next step in his baseball career July 29 when he committed to play for the Southern New Hampshire University. The senior-to-be will be a starting pitcher for the Penmen, who are fresh off a berth in the 2018 Division II College World Series.“I had a lot of options, but I kept going back to this one and just think it’s the best fit for me,” Wagstaff said. “They really showed throughout the entire process that they really wanted me to be there, and the coaches, the program’s reputation, the educational opportunity and the campus really blew me away.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWagstaff’s 2.12 earned-run average, 11-2 record and 117 strikeouts over the past two regular seasons have been among the state’s best and have helped Ellsworth to a 30-8 record during that span. He was selected as an All-PVC first-teamer both years and was chosen for the Maine Baseball Coaches Association Underclassman Showcase Game in June.Wagstaff got offers from more than a half-dozen schools, including Maine and Rhode Island. Yet the conversations he had with Southern New Hampshire head coach Scott Loiseau sold him on the program, and a great campus visit and generous scholarship package were enough for him to accept the school’s offer.Conner Wagstaff poses for a picture with his sister, Hannah, during a recent visit to Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H. Wagstaff will receive 90 percent of a full scholarship offer to attend the university. TODD WAGSTAFF PHOTO“They told him right away, ‘Listen, you’re a starting pitcher, and we’re going to give you opportunities right away and get you the innings,’” said Wagstaff’s father, Todd. “He’s going to get 90 percent of a full scholarship at a school he likes and is going to play for a program that’s the right fit, and you can’t argue with that.”The decisive moment came on a Sunday evening three days after Wagstaff’s visit to Southern New Hampshire’s Manchester campus. After a day of play at a Maine Lightning AAU tournament, he called up Loiseau to inform him of his intent to play for the team.“We got into the hotel one night after a game, and I called him to let him know I was interested,” Wagstaff said. “He called me and asked, ‘Does that mean you’re coming to SNHU?’ It was a split-second second decision right there, but I said, ‘Yes, I’m coming.’”Although the decision was made in a mere moment, it was still one in which Wagstaff had the utmost confidence. He talked with his parents minutes after verbally committing, and there was no doubt in anyone’s mind he had made the right choice.“I think it took us like five minutes,” Wagstaff said. “They knew how much I liked the place, and when I told them what the offer was, everyone was so excited.”Baseball is Wagstaff’s favorite sport, but he has another love: soccer. After playing for current varsity coach Paul Lock in middle school, he had hoped to play both sports when he reached the high school level.Those ambitions had to be put on hold at the beginning of Wagstaff’s freshman year when he suffered a concussion playing soccer. It wasn’t until about a month ago that his neurologist cleared him to play the sport again, but a conversation with Mike Clough, Ellsworth’s pitching coach, convinced him that sticking to baseball would be the smartest — and safest — option.“He basically sat me down and said, ‘Conner you’re a baseball player,’” Wagstaff said. “I really wanted to play soccer my senior year, but everything he said was absolutely right and what I needed to hear. It would be bad if I got another concussion, and this is too big of an opportunity to take and throw away.”Wagstaff, though, can now spend the fall and winter sharpening his skills for the college game. Come spring, he and fellow senior Matt Burnett will form a dynamic duo on the mound as Ellsworth tries to make another deep playoff run.“I want to be able to enjoy my senior year, but I still can’t wait to get out there and put on that EHS uniform again,” Wagstaff said. “I think we’re going to have another great year, and I can’t wait for that.” Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.center_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Bio MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgAfter having a record 15 of the 32 players in the first round of the draft come from the SEC, another 10 came off the board in Round 2.Seven more wide receivers went in the second round, one more than in Day 1. The wideouts included Florida’s Van Jefferson to the Rams and Baylor’s Denzel Mims to the Jets. With 13 receivers taken in the first two rounds, it breaks the record of 12 set in 2014.Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts was selected by the in the second round with the 53rd overall pick. He was the fifth QB selected in the draft, and the first in the second round.Round 2 was the running back round, with five high-profile players coming off the board. Green Bay used a second-round pick on running back A.J. Dillon, taking the Boston College workhorse with the 62nd overall selection.Now, the quarterbacks are waiting. After four quarterbacks went off the board in the first round of the NFL Draft, Jalen Hurts of Oklahoma was the only QB taken in rounds two and three on Friday. That means Saturday when rounds four through seven are completed, notable passers Jacob Eason of Washington and Jake Fromm of Georgia will be available. And more than a few other intriguing players, especially if you look outside the Power Five schools. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSAchiuwa turning proUNDATED (AP) — Memphis freshman Precious Achiuwa has announced he will enter the NBA draft, saying he has dreamed of “playing in the NBA since I picked up the game.” The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Nigerian-born star is projected as a likely first-rounder and possible lottery pick. Achiuwa became the first player in the American Athletic Conference named both player and freshman of the year, averaging 15.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game after arriving as one of the nation’s top prospects.In other college basketball news:— Texas has landed top basketball recruit Greg Brown III, who had listed the G League as a possibility before decided to attend the college where his father played football. The 6-foot-9 forward from Austin is expected to play just one year in college before turning pro. He had long listed Texas among his top college choices but in the last few days had listed the G League as a possibility. Associated Press April 25, 2020 Update on the latest in sports: The Anderson Survivors Legal Team says its clients include Robert Stone, the first to speak publicly about allegations of abuse against Anderson, and female accusers.BASEBALL-OBIT-DALKOWSKIFlame-thrower Dalkowski diesUNDATED (AP) — The hard-throwing, wild left-hander whose minor league career inspired the creation of Nuke LaLoosh in the movie “Bull Durham,” has died.Steve Dalkowski died Sunday at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. His sister, Patricia Cain, said Friday he had several pre-existing conditions that were complicated when he became infected with the new coronavirus. Dalkowski had been in assisted living for 26 years because of alcoholic dementia. Dalkowski never reached the major leagues but was said to have thrown well over 100 mph. According to “Bull Durham” director and writer Ron Shelton, Ted Williams told him Dalkowski was the fastest he ever saw after facing the southpaw during batting practice at spring training in 1963.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNationals manager expects a 2020 seasonUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo expects there will be a 2020 major league season. In a conference call Friday, Rizzo said: “I’m optimistic, as is the commissioner, that we’ll have baseball in 2020.”The GM said the team’s owners have committed to giving Nationals employees full salary and benefits through the end of May. Baseball has been on hold since last month because of the coronavirus pandemic.In other developments related to the pandemic: The first night of this week’s NFL draft averaged 15.6 million viewers on television, easily shattering the record set six years ago.The first round was aired on ABC, ESPN, the NFL Network and ESPN Deportes. Viewership peaked from 8:45-9 p.m. EDT when 19.6 million people tuned in, according to Nielsen. That is up 37% over last year’s 11.4 million.The previous high was 12.4 million in 2014, when the draft was held in early May.The draft was the first live U.S. sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic. The draft originally was to be held in Las Vegas but is taking place virtually.The draft resumed from with second- and third-round selections. — Triathlon’s world series grand final in Edmonton, Alberta, in August has been canceled because of the pandemic. The decision was inevitable after the Canadian province’s chief medical officer extended the provincial ban on all gatherings of more than 15 people through summer. Edmonton’s triathlon was scheduled for Aug. 17-23.— The International Olympic Committee is allocating more than $25 million to cover extra athlete and team costs related to the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games. The IOC says an extra $15 million will go to a program helping 1,600 athletes from 185 less well-funded countries prepare for the games in 2021. More than $10 million is available for national Olympic bodies to cover additional operational costs such as travel and accommodation for officials.— FIFA (FEE’-fuh) says advance payments of $500,000 are being sent to member associations to cover running costs during the coronavirus pandemic. Each of the 211 member associations is entitled to $6 million from FIFA spread over the four-year World Cup cycle. International soccer’s governing body says the next installment due in July will now be paid in the coming days along with other payments due from last year. FIFA president Gianni Infantino says the soccer body has a duty “to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs.”— The German Cup soccer final has been postponed indefinitely and will likely take place without fans. The German soccer federation says the final will no longer be played on May 23 in Berlin as planned but it’s still sticking to a June 30 deadline to finish the season. There are no dates for the postponed semifinals, which were originally scheduled to be played this week.— A tropical island in the South Pacific is likely to be the only venue in the world hosting a competitive cricket final on Saturday, as most international sport remains shuttered around the globe. Vanuatu (vah-noo-AH’-too) Cricket Association chief executive Shane Deitz is inviting anyone missing live action to tune in to a live stream. Vanuatu went into lock down late last month as a precaution during the coranavirus pandemic and was then hit hit by a destructive cyclone on April 6. The lockdown and closed borders meant there were no reported cases of COVID-19 in Vanuatu. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-DRAFTFirst night of NFL draft draws record 15.6 million viewersUNDATED (AP) — Housebound football fans gave the NFL a huge boost on Thursday. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SCHEDULENCAA OKs 28- or 29-game schedules for upcoming hoops seasonINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA is giving teams new scheduling options for the 2020-21 season.The Division I Council has approved a proposal to give men’s basketball programs choices with 28- and 29-game schedules.The council vote still must be reviewed by the NCAA Board of Directors and won’t be considered final until the conclusion of its board meeting on Wednesday. Coroner says Cougars player died of acute intoxicationPULLMAN, Wash. (AP)— The Whitman County coroner says acute intoxication was the cause of death for a Washington State football player last month.Coroner Annie Pillers said Friday that 22-year-old Bryce Beekman died after consuming a combination of fentanyl and promethazine. She ruled the death as accidental.The senior defensive back from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was found dead in his Pullman apartment March 23.Beekman started all 13 games last season for Washington State after transferring from Arizona Western College. The proposal will allow schools that schedule 28 regular-season game to participate in one multiple-team event of up to three games. Programs with 29-game regular-season schedules can participate in a multiple-team event with up to two games.A team that does not participate in a multiple-team event can have up to 29 regular-season games.MLB-DODGERS-LAWSUITDodgers sued over parking lot attackLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are being sued for negligence by a man who was attacked in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium and left with brain damage. Lawyers for Rafael Reyna and his wife announced the suit, which contends that the stadium lacked adequate security.Rafael Reyna was attacked while walking to his car shortly after midnight following a Dodgers game against Arizona on March 30, 2019. Reyna suffered a brain injury when his head hit the pavement.The suit says he spent days in a medically induced coma and still suffers effects of the injury.A team spokesman said the Dodgers had no comment on the suit.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WASHINGTON STATE-PLAYER DEATH In other NFL news:— The Texans have agreed to a three-year, $66 million contract extension with left tackle Laremy Tunsil, according to a person familiar with the situation. He had one year left on his current contract that will pay him more than $10 million this season. Tunsil was named to his first Pro Bowl last season after being acquiring from Miami in August.— Patriots center David Andrews says he is ready to return after missing all of last season with blood clots in his lungs. He says he’s excited to have the opportunity to play again, whenever and however the NFL season begins. Andrews has played four seasons for New England. In 2018, he started every game and participated in 99% of the offensive snaps.— Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) now knows where he’ll play next, but he still doesn’t know when. The Dolphins selected him with the fifth overall pick in Thursday’s draft and are willing to wait until 2021 while Tugavailoa continues to recover from a major hip injury. Tugavailoa says doctors have indicated he’s on schedule for a return this year. General manager Chris Grier said the Dolphins are comfortable about Tagovailoa’s health, despite a long injury history.— The older brother of Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has died. Jace Prescott was 31. The Cowboys confirmed the older Prescott’s death yesterday in a brief statement. There was no information on how or where he died. Jace Prescott was an offensive lineman a decade ago at Northwestern State, where he played three years and started all 11 games in his final season. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTORU. of Michigan facing more legal action over alleged abuseANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A legal team that says it represents more than 100 people who allege they were abused by a University of Michigan sports doctor on Friday announced the first step in filing a lawsuit against the school.The Anderson Survivors Legal Team said it has filed 20-plus notices of intent to sue the Ann Arbor school, its board and Dr. Robert Anderson’s estate. A lawsuit would be among a rising wave of legal action against the school, which is investigating allegations of decades of sexual abuse by Anderson.The university has acknowledged some campus employees were aware of accusations against Anderson before a 2018 complaint that led to a police investigation. — The Cape Cod League executive committee has announced the cancellation of the 2020 season, saying the unanimous vote was based on the health concerns and safety needs of all involved. The 10-team league is the top summer competition for college baseball players and was scheduled to run from mid-June until August. The league was founded in 1885 and had not missed a season since 1945, the last year of World War II.— A Summer X Games stop in Minneapolis scheduled for July has been canceled due to the coronavirus. The action-sports event in Minneapolis was to be the fourth and final go-around in the city. The deal was originally for 2017 and ’18, but two more years were added after a successful first year. The X Games plans to bring regular and original programming through the World of X Games TV series and on digital and social channels. They will kick off an event called “Real Street” in May. It’s an all-video, all-street skateboarding competition shown on XGames.com.— The rest of the Dutch soccer league has been canceled without a champion declared. Ajax was level on points with second-placed AZ Alkmaar but ahead on goal difference when the league was suspended on March 12. The Dutch soccer federation added it will allocate Champions League and Europa League spots by the current standings. The federation’s decision sparked instant complaints from clubs who felt they had lost out.— Manchester United vice chairman Ed Woodward has told fans there will be reduced spending on players due to the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. English Premier League games have not been played for more than six weeks and stadiums are due to be closed to fans when the season resumes in June at the earliest.— The U.S. Junior Amateur and the U.S. Girls’ Junior golf championships have been canceled. That makes six USGA championships that have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Junior Amateur was to be played July 20-25 at Hazeltine National outside Minneapolis. The U.S. Girls’ Junior was scheduled for July 13-18 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The USGA says it wouldn’t be able to hold qualifying for its two premier junior championships because of health guidelines. State associations were to hold 100 qualifying events in 41 states between May and July. NFL-NEWSGoff creates cap room for Rams to sign Floyd, RobinsonUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams announced the signings of linebacker Leonard Floyd and defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson on Friday after quarterback Jared Goff restructured his contract to create salary cap room.Floyd and Robinson agreed to join the Rams as free agents several weeks ago, but the announcements of their deals were delayed because they hadn’t been able to complete their physical exams because of the pandemic.Goff agreed last year to a four-year contract extension with an NFL-record $110 million guaranteed. The extension doesn’t begin until the 2021 season, but Goff agreed to restructure the deal’s money distribution to create breathing room for the Rams.last_img read more

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Chuck Richards, one of Syracuse’s 1st true centers, shot underhand, played in the NBA and worked for the FBI

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ At 6-foot-6 out of high school, he arrived at West Point in 1960 as the tallest player ever to represent a service school in the United States, according to Sports Illustrated. His shoulders were narrow and his arms long. Every day, he jumped rope to sharpen his reflexes. When he realized his basketball days could extend past the college level, he considered transferring. Syracuse, a budding program near his hometown, seemed to make sense. He finished up his last year at West Point, and enrolled at SU in the fall of 1963.A soft, smooth jump shot and several post moves made Richards an immediate impact player. The beneficiary of Bing’s ball-handling and shooting skills, he rolled toward the basket after setting screens and found open space inside. Defenders often doubled Bing, leaving Richards open. Richards’ combination of scoring and rebounding helped him become a team captain.In September 1963, Richards said, he first saw an underclassman during a team pickup game at Archbold Gymnasium. They played five-on-five games before official practices started later in the semester, and they rotated between games. A tall, skinny player with glasses who’d just been promoted from walk-on to scholarship guard walked from the locker room onto the court.“What?” Richards remembers thinking. “He wants to play with us?”The player was Boeheim.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerDuring a brief pro career, when the NBA minimum salary was $7,500, Richards decided the money wasn’t enough to keep playing. He went to the FBI Academy in July 1968 and became a special agent, relocating to Charlotte in 1970.In 1984 or 1985, Richards said, he was part of one of his most memorable missions: a 10-man FBI unit that advised pro and college athletes on how to stay out of trouble. He advised ACC schools, discussed bribery, gambling and drugs with athletes and he met with the New York Yankees several times, including one spring training when Hall of Famer Yogi Berra managed the team.“In the FBI, one day I did bank robberies, the next day I did civil rights violations and stolen cars,” Richards said. “I couldn’t rebound or score points anymore, but I could put people in jail.”All these years later, he hasn’t forgotten Syracuse — grabbing snacks at the Varsity on South Crouse Avenue and playing at Manley Field House, mostly — or his Poland, New York hometown. A piece of the Carrier Dome court sits in his living room, alongside a photograph of himself and Bing. His FBI badge hangs on the wall and a Dome replica sits on a bookshelf.He said watching Syracuse on Wednesday night will rekindle memories of his days as a young center, when he played alongside the man still on the SU sideline.“I loved Syracuse,” Richards said. “Playing with Bing and Jimmy (Boeheim) is something that’ll always stay with me.” Published on March 13, 2019 at 6:22 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chuck Richards remembered the way he shot free throws. He fixed his eyes on the front of the rim and bounced the ball three times. Richards, a former Syracuse center from 1963-65, bent at the waist — his legs always shoulder-width apart — and would inhale and exhale, before picking up his dribble.Then the twist: He lowered the ball to his knees and swung up with both hands, underhand.Tuesday morning at his suburban home in Charlotte, Richards demonstrated the form built over at least 100 free throws per day. In his career, he made more free throws than field goals. For two seasons, Richards started at center for the Orange, averaging 18.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. At 6-foot-9, he developed a reputation as one of SU’s first true centers, dominating pick-and-roll situations with SU legend Dave Bing.But Richards he became equally as known for something else: an underhand free-throw stroke that enabled him to make 75.9 percent of his career free throws at Syracuse. Richards, now 77, looked back to his two seasons in central New York, when he met his wife, Carol, and played alongside Jim Boeheim. After a brief professional career, he spent nearly three decades as a special agent in the FBI, investigating cases and counseling top athletes.At the ACC tournament Wednesday night, he’ll attend Syracuse’s (19-12, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) matchup against Pittsburgh at the Spectrum Center, a short drive from his home.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When I go, I still keep my orange uniform on underneath in case Jimmy (Boeheim) needs me,” Richards joked. “I think I could still give him 10 and 10.” Commentslast_img read more

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Dangerous weather halts US Open

first_imgThe first round of the US Open at Merion Golf Club has been suspended due to dangerous weather conditions after less than two hours of play.England’s Ian Poulter had birdied his opening three holes to be three-under and take a one shot lead from Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts (seven holes), American Charley Hoffman (two holes) and South Africans Tim Clark (four holes) and Charl Schwartzel (four holes) who are all at two under par.Jason Day and Aaron Baddeley were the only Australians to get any golf in with Day tied 12th after opening with two pars.The Queenslander had birdie chances of 18 and 12 feet but was unable to convert. Baddeley bogeyed two of three holes to be two-over in a tie for 43rd.The delay means 103 of the 156-man field are yet to start or finish a hole.Adam Scott was due to start his assault in the afternoon wave with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy but may not yet get to play as a huge storm approaches the course. They will certainly be hard pressed to complete a full round.Geoff Ogilvy, Marc Leishman, Marcus Fraser, John Senden, Mathew Goggin and Alistair Presnell were also due out in the afternoon wavelast_img read more

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