Ray Rice says his “window for playing is closing”

first_imgIn this Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice sits on the sideline in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Baltimore.  (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)Ray Rice is still hoping to return to the NFL, though he says he’s running out of time.Rice has not played in the league since being suspended at the start of the 2014 season for domestic violence. He told NJ.com on Thursday he knows he probably won’t get another opportunity.“I don’t want to ever say I’m giving up, because that’s never going to be me,” Rice said before playing in Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton’s charity softball game. “I’m happy. I’m in the best shape of my life, and I know if it doesn’t happen this year, it’s probably something I have to deal with. But you know what? It’s not the end of my life.“I know that the window for playing is closing. But if my window closes, I’m going to make sure I open up a thousand more opportunities for kids, to give them an opportunity to pick up where I left off. That’s where I’m at. I’ve got three Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl. There’s a lot of people that can’t go out there and do what I did. But I don’t want it to end that way, it’s safe to say.”In this March 11, 2013 file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, left, poses with his daughter, Rayven, and Janay Palmer as they arrive for a screening of a new film released on DVD that chronicles the team’s championship NFL football season in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)Rice was suspended indefinitely by the NFL in September 2014 and was released by the Ravens when a video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancee in an elevator. His suspension was later overturned by a neutral arbitrator, but he hasn’t signed with another team.The 29-year-old Rice played six seasons for Baltimore. He ran for 6,180 yards and 37 TDs.last_img read more

A hole lot of fun

first_imgThe Rotary Club of Bunyip-Garfield is gearing up for its annual golf day. Held on Wednesday 7 March at the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Leafs finish exhibition season by scoring 5-5 tie against Beaver Valley

first_imgThe win for Creston avenged a 4-3 loss Friday in the East Kootenay City to Nelson.Nelson opened the four-game preseason schedule by playing to a 4-4 tie against the Nitehawks Wednesday in Fruitvale.The Leafs remain a work in progress as coach Dave McLellan continues to search for players.Nelson is expecting a Western Hockey League cut in camp early this week.The Leafs begin the 2014-15 KIJHL regular season Friday against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Game time is 7 p.m.Saturday Nelson hosts Castlegar Rebels.The Leafs play six of seven games in September at home. The Nelson Leafs completed the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition season with a 5-5 tie against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Sunday at the NDCC Arena.The game was the third in three days and fourth in five nights for the Leafs.Rayce Miller, Robson Cramer, Blair Andrews, Patrick Croome and Matt MacDonald scored for Nelson.Three different goalies played the game for Nelson.Saturday, Creston scored a 4-2 victory over Nelson in the Heritage City.The Leafs struggled through two periods before outshooting the Thunder Cats 18-7 in the third period.last_img read more

Northwestern State Student-Athletes Raise Funds for St. Jude

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – The Northwestern State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee completed its 2014 “Pop Tab” drive to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. With the help of other student organizations on campus, Northwestern State collected a record total 814 pounds of tabs. Sam Houston State finished behind Northwestern State for the third consecutive year, collecting 313.5 pounds of pop tabs. McNeese State finished third with 235.1 pounds followed by Central Arkansas (172.8) and Lamar (100.4) as the only Southland schools to collect more than 100 pounds. As a conference, 1,731.6 pounds of pull tabs were collected for the Ronald McDonald House. The “Pop Tab Drive” is one of several community service projects Northwestern State student-athletes undertake to help the Natchitoches community. Demon student-athletes also take part in activities that support organizations such as Samaritan’s Feet, Operation Support Our Troops, American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, Can River Children’s Home and many other local community groups. The entire Northwestern State campus, including SAAC, Greek Life, Student Activities and other on-campus organizations, contributed to the drive.center_img The total earned Northwestern State the Southland Conference “Pop Tab Drive” championship for the third consecutive year with the Demons collecting more than all the other participating league members. Demon student-athletes collected pop tabs from soft drink cans, which will be turned over for recycling and the money will go to St. Jude’s. The 2014 total was more than 500 pounds than the previous record of 297.6 pounds set by Northwestern State during the 2011-12 academic year.last_img read more

Toppling Sevilla would rubber-stamp Klopp’s red revolution

first_imgJurgen Klopp, who has breathed new life into Liverpool in his seven months in charge, would seal his place in the hearts of the club’s supporters if he pulls off victory over Sevilla in Wednesday’s Europa League final (9.45pm)It would bring Liverpool’s first European trophy since the famous fightback against AC Milan in the Champions League final in Istanbul in 2005.Klopp conjured up the spirit of that historic win in the extraordinary quarter-final performance over his former club Borussia Dortmund when the Reds turned a 3-1 halftime deficit in the second leg into a stunning 4-3 victory in stoppage time.Sevilla, current holders, might be a different matter though. Klopp will be up against coach Unai Emery, whose side have won the last two editions of the tournament and hold a record four UEFA Cup/Europa League triumphs, all in the last decade.Sevilla had an easier path to the final, beating Shakhtar Donetsk 5-3 on aggregate in the semis, although they needed a penalty shootout to overcome fellow Spaniards Athletic Bilbao in the last eight.Sevilla have endured a disappointing domestic campaign, finishing seventh in La Liga and failing to win a single away game, the only team in Europe’s top five leagues to do so.Liverpool’s season has not been dissimilar.Klopp’s team have ended in eighth place in the Premier League, their lowest finish since 2012.The charismatic German has proved a master of the big occasion, however, knocking out Manchester United and Villarreal as well as Dortmund with his trademark game plan of high intensity pressing.He will be looking for the same high octane performance against Sevilla.“There will be challenges all over the pitch. There will be a lot of fight, for sure; you cannot win a cup with just a little bit of playing football,” Klopp told UEFA.com.“You have to show that you’re really ready for the big moments.”Klopp must decide whether to start with captain Jordan Henderson, who only returned from a knee injury by playing half an hour as a substitute in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion.Emery, who has no new injury concerns from the semi-final, is banking on his team’s mental resilience to become the first coach to win three consecutive Europa League trophies.“The fact that this is our third consecutive final demonstrates how focused and hungry we have been to do well in the Europa League, and win it,” he said.“That means competing – standing up to be counted throughout the 90 minutes.”last_img read more

Warriors’ Klay Thompson leaves Game 6 after scary fall

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption So he emerged from the tunnel, took his free throws and made both. He then left the game a few seconds later, jogging to the locker room.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next John Calipari signs $86 million, 10-year extension with Kentucky Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption LATEST STORIES View comments Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughingcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 13: Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after hurting his leg against the Toronto Raptors in the second half during Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFPKlay Thompson got hurt in a scary fall, left the floor — and came back to make free throws.Thompson took a very awkward landing and his knee bent abnormally when he was fouled on a drive. He left the floor during a time-out, but if he didn’t shoot the free throws he would have been ineligible to come back.ADVERTISEMENT Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Baylast_img read more

#KicksStalker: Top draft pick Zion Williamson inks deal with Jordan brand

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? FILE – Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans warms up on the court before a semifinal game of the 2019 NBA Summer League against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPNBA number one draft pick Zion Williamson has inked a multiyear shoe deal with Nike affiliated Jordan Brand, the emerging star and the company said Tuesday.The announcement comes five months after Williamson missed a string of Duke University games after he suffered a sprained right knee when his Nike shoe blew apart during contest against arch-rivals North Carolina.ADVERTISEMENT Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted “I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of the Jordan Brand family,” said Williamson, who was chosen first overall in the June draft by the New Orleans Pelicans.“Since I was a kid, I dreamed of making it to the league and having the type of impact on the game Michael Jordan had and continues to have today. He was one of those special athletes I looked up to, and I really can’t express how happy and excited I am for this journey.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe deal, whose terms were not announced, comes after Williamson spent months contemplating offers from rival manufacturers.It made headlines when he sported Puma shoes at the NBA summer league in Las Vegas with celebrity website TMZ reporting PUMA were a “major contender” to ink the coveted youngster. ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Jordan Brand — which grew out of NBA icon Michael Jordan’s long relationship with Nike — confirmed the signing.Jordan himself, a six-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls who now owns the Charlotte Hornets, lauded Williamson’s “incredible determination, character and play.”“He’s an essential part of the new talent that will help lead the brand into the future,” Jordan said. “He told us he would ‘shock the world,’ and asked us to believe him. We do.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Benefits of township livingcenter_img LATEST STORIES Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists MOST READ Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Golden age: sprinter Justin Gatlin still feeling spry at 37 MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian View commentslast_img read more

Police nab teen for drinking spree murder

first_imgAfter two days on the run, the Police have arrested the 16-year-old boy who reportedly stabbed a labourer to death at Leonora, West Coast Demerara (WCD), on Monday during a drinking spree.Dead is 37-year-old Kawal Shivnauth, also called “Rupee”, of Wine Bush,Dead: Kawall ShivnauthLeonora. The teenage suspect was reportedly hiding in Matthew’s Ridge, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini), where he resides and was preparing to travel further into the interior when the Police swooped down on him.Reports are the now dead man was stabbed in the heart and also sustained slashes to his lower abdomen and hand.It was reported that Shivnauth and the suspect were consuming alcohol when an argument ensued between them after the teenager accused the now dead man of “troubling” his sister. During the argument, Shivnauth collected a bottle and struck the teenager to his forehead.The teenager reportedly walked away but after he realised that he was bleeding, he confronted Shivnauth and it was at this time, he whipped out a knife and stabbed him. The injured man was rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.At the scene, persons related that the teenager was new to the community and was never involved in fights with anyone. One man reported that he was running along the sea dam when he heard an argument and upon checking, he saw the two men arguing. The argument, he recounted, was about the now dead man troubling the suspect’s sister.He said soon after, the argument escalated. It was Shivnauth who threw the first blow and after the young man realised he was injured, he stabbed the victim and ran from the scene, the eyewitness related.However, Police acting on information received, contacted their colleagues in Matthew’s Ridge and the teenager was arrested. He is expected to be charged with murder.last_img read more

New Premier League squad numbers: Chelsea shock and Liverpool signing follows in Gerrard’s footsteps

first_img 14 14 Teams used to line up in shirts 1-11 before 1993, when the the Football Association decided to switch to permanently assigned numbers. That paved the way for superstars to pick and choose which digit they wore on their backs and great importance is now placed on them.Some superstitious players will only wear certain numerals, while some, like Mario Balotelli (45), opt for numbers which add up to their preferred one when it is already taken by a team-mate.Meanwhile, at elite clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United, the weight of a squad number can sometimes hang heavy on player.At Anfield only Luis Suarez in recent years has been able to wear the No.7 made famous by Kevin Keegan and Kenny Dalglish, while at Old Trafford Antonio Valencia recently relinquished the No.7 shirt after one season as he struggled for form.So which numbers have some of this summer’s signings in the Premier League chosen to adopt? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see which stars have picked their shirt numbers… Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – 11 – Click right for more new Premier League squad numbers… – The Brazilian star has signed for the Reds in a £29m deal from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim and will sport the No.11 shirt. In the Premier League era, no Liverpool player has worn the number with distinction, apart from Jamie Redknapp, so he has the chance to make it his own at Anfield. Asmir Begovic (Chelsea) – 1 – Click right for more new Premier League squad numbers… – Could there be a shock on the cards at Stamford Bridge next season? The ex-Stoke shot-stopper has picked up the No.1 shirt at Chelsea, which was vacated by Petr Cech, ahead of Thibaut Courtois, who stays in the No.13 jersey. 14 14 14 Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) – 14 – Click right for more new Premier League squad numbers… – Having previously worn the number four shirt at Newcastle and Paris Saint-Germain, the Frenchman has been left with 14 at Selhurst Park following Brede Hangeland’s contract extension in south London. Divock Origi (Liverpool) – 27 – Click right for more new Premier League squad numbers… – Just like new team-mate Ings, Belgian starlet Origi has also gone for a high number at Anfield. Philipp Degen last sported the number 27 in 2010, Gregory Vignal also had it for four years between 2000 and 2004, and previous to that it was Haukur Ingi Gudnason and Paul Dalglish. Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) – 19 – Click right for more new Premier League squad numbers… – During his last spell at Goodison Park, Deulofeu wore the No.10 shirt and excelled on Merseyside. This time out he’s been lumbered with 19 as Romelu Lukaku is currently sporting his old number. Pedro Obiang (West Ham) – 14 – Click right for more new Premier League squad numbers… – One of several new signings already at Upton Park, the former Sampdoria man has picked up Ravel Morrison’s old shirt. The midfielder will surely be less trouble than the ex-Man United youngster. James Milner (Liverpool) – 7 – Click right for more new Premier League squad numbers… – It takes a brave man to pick up the No.7 shirt, and the England international, signed on a free transfer, has done just that. He follows in the footsteps of Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish, Steve McManaman and Luis Suarez. Good luck, James! Danny Ings (Liverpool) – 28 – Click right for more new Premier League squad numbers… – The Burnley striker, perhaps wisely, has opted against a series of lower numbers available to him and plumped for a shirt previously worn by Christian Poulsen back in 2011. Before that Damien Plessis, Stephen Warnock, Bruno Cheyrou, Richie Partridge and (whisper it quietly) Steven Gerrard wore it also in his early days. Petr Cech (Arsenal) – 33 – Click right for more new Premier League squad numbers… – With Wojciech Szczesny wearing the No.1 shirt and David Ospina No.13, the usual picks for a goalkeeper, Petr Cech wasn’t exactly spoilt for choice. But the Czech star has adopted No.33 as, explained by the man himself, he’s 33 and has made 333 Premier League appearances. 14 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 7 – Click right for more new Premier League squad numbers… – The England flyer’s huge £49million move to Man City from Liverpool has been completed and he’s snared the No.7 left behind by James Milner, who has traded places with him at Anfield. It could also give us a clue that he may be seen as a right winger at the Etihad Stadium. 14 Tom Cleverley (Everton) – 15 – Click right for more new Premier League squad numbers… – After joining on a free transfer, the ex-Man United man has wasted no time in filling Sylvain Distain’s old shirt number. The Frenchman wore it for six years and was a hero at the back for the Toffees. The midfielder has plenty to live up to. 14 14 Radamel Falcao (Chelsea) – 9 – Click right for more new Premier League squad numbers… – He might not have been a hit at Manchester United but he’s still earned the right to wear the classic number for a striker at Stamford Bridge. He follows in the footsteps of such legendary Blues as, er, Khalid Boulahrouz, Steve Sidwell, Franco Di Santo and Fernando Torres… He can’t do any worse, right? 14 14 14 14 Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) – 2 – Click right for more new Premier League squad numbers… – The England right-back has, quite luckily, been able to pick up the classic No.2 shirt with previous owner Glen Johnson being released by the Reds at the end of last season. Clyne has now been able to sport the number at all three of his clubs, having worn it at Southampton and Crystal Palace. 14 John Stones (Everton) – 5 – He might not be a new signing at Goodison Park but England international Stones has opted to change his number to a lower digit. Samuel Eto’o held the No.5 jersey last season and before that it was the staple shirt for a defensive star on Merseyside. John Heitinga, Joleon Lescott, David Weir and Dave Watson are the only other men to wear it in the Premier League era. It’s also the number Stones wore at the European Under-21 Championship.last_img read more

Liverpool and Tottenham likely to miss out on Serie A-bound striker

first_img1 Liverpool and Tottenham are set to miss out on the signing of Ezequiel Lavezzi with the player’s agent due to fly to Italy for talks with Juventus and Inter Milan.The Argentina international is coming into the final six months of his contract at Paris Saint-Germain and is unlikely to pen an extension.It means the 30-year-old will be available on a free in the summer and clubs across Europe are keen to snap him up.Both Liverpool and Tottenham explored the possibility of signing Lavezzi last summer, while Arsenal were after the winger during his Napoli days.However, according to reports in Italy, Premier League clubs are set to miss out as the Argentine’s agent flies to Italy for talks with Serie A sides.Juventus and Inter both want Lavezzi and it will now be a straight fight between them to tie up a deal with the player. Ezequiel Lavezzi last_img read more