Meeting to discuss Wallace’s tenure cancelled

first_imgLawyers have advised the United TT Football Association (TTFA) to cancel their meeting which was billed for yesterday, as the situation involving the former TTFA executive and FIFA is still in court. United TTFA members (the former TTFA executive) Keith Look Loy, Clynt Taylor, Susan Joseph-Warrick, Joseph Sam Phillip and Anthony Harford distanced themselves from former TTFA president William Wallace earlier this week, who is also a member of the United TTFA.Look Loy and company said they are disappointed that Wallace made unilateral decisions concerning contracts.In a media release on Tuesday, signed by Look Loy, Taylor, Joseph-Warrick, Phillip and Harford, said, “We have determined to immediately call a virtual general meeting of TTFA’s membership (via Zoom), on Saturday 20 June at 2 pm.” The release said the meeting is intended to allow the members the opportunity to give their thoughts on the decisions made by Wallace during his tenure. On Friday, Look Loy said, “No (it is off), the lawyers have said because it is in court don’t worry with that…so we following that.”The United TTFA, including Wallace, is currently in a court battle against FIFA for taking over the affairs of the local governing body in March, claiming FIFA has no right to interfere with democratically elected officials. Matthew Gayle, Dr Emir Crowne, Jason Jones and Crystal Paul are representing the United TTFA.Wallace was elected TTFA president in November 2019, replacing David John-Williams. Wallace and his executive led the TTFA until March 2020, before FIFA appointed a normalisation committee to run TTFA which included getting rid of the $50 million debt facing the local football body. Eyebrows have been raised concerning some of the contracts during Wallace’s tenure.Wallace said he will address all concerns raised during his time in office over the next week.Wallace told Newsday on Friday, “Right now I am not speaking about anything, but I will be making a statement when I am ready…I am going to do a full disclosure on all of this in due course along with the supporting documents.” Among the contracts that are controversial is one currently held by national men’s coach Terry Fenwick.Englishman Fenwick, who has lived in TT for over 20 years, was hired in December 2019 to replace Dennis Lawrence as coach after the TTFA board voted 8-1 with the understanding that he would be paid US$17,500 per month with other bonuses. In the incentive package, Fenwick would start earning US$20,000 a month if the team qualified for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup. However, then TTFA president Wallace, general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan and Fenwick signed an agreement that meant the national coach would receive a starting salary of US$20,000 per month and it would increase to US$25,000 if the team qualified for the Gold Cup. This was not approved by the TTFA board.It was initially reported that the additional US$2,500 per month came through sponsorship (not revealed) as Fenwick was not satisfied with his contract. The US$2,500 extra was included on the main contract instead of a separate contract. Wallace acknowledged changing the terms of Fenwick’s contract with a 14 per cent increase but insisted that extra US$2,500 monthly would not be a burden on the TTFA, as it would be paid by a benefactor whom he declined to name.Fenwick’s contract does not include details of any external arrangement and says only that the TTFA must pay his US$20,000 salary.Englishman Peter Miller claimed he was the mysterious benefactor who would pay US$2,500 a month to Fenwick to make up the US$20,000 salary Fenwick was asking for.Miller said he mediated the deal between Fenwick and the TTFA and decided to sacrifice US$2,500 of his own salary to get the deal done. TTFA’s contract with Miller is also being questioned.Wallace had denied that Miller was the TTFA marketing director and said the Englishman’s contract was conditional on the sponsorship he brought in.He told online news site Wired868, “His payment was contingent on what he brings to the TTFA. It is based on the whole roll out of sponsorships with Miller who then has to pay his other people from that. If you didn’t bring anything then you have nothing to get.” But according to the contract seen by Newsday, Miller was contracted for 24 months at US$25,000 per month, with options for two one-year extensions. The first page of the contract says Miller is “hereinafter referred to as the Marketing Director.” (Reprinted from Trinidad Newsday)last_img read more

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Sarri denies row with Pjanic, confident of Ronaldo rebound

first_imgMILAN, (Reuters) – Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri has rubbished suggestions of a falling out with midfielder Miralem Pjanic and is confident Cristiano Ronaldo will quickly bounce back from disappointing restart to the season. Sarri has quickly found himself under pressure after Juventus were beaten on penalties by Napoli in Wednesday’s Coppa Italia final.The only other game they have contested since the three-month stoppage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic was the Coppa semi-final at home to AC Milan five days earlier, which also ended 0-0 after Ronaldo missed a penalty.On Sunday, La Stampa newspaper suggested that relations between Sarri and Pjanic had gone frosty with the Bosnian set to benched at Bologna on Monday when leaders Juve, who are one point ahead of Lazio, resume their Serie A campaign. “The story of my row with Pjanic is one of the biggest hoaxes of the season,” Sarri told Sky Sport Italia. “I talk a lot with Miralem, maybe he’s one of the guys I have the most interesting and meaningful discussions with.Similarly, there were no problems with 35-year-old Ronaldo, he said.“I spoke to Cristiano again yesterday, alone and for a long time. He mustn’t lose his confidence, I hope that from tomorrow the fantastic player of old will come back. It’s just that he’s not physically at his best right now.” Sarri said he had dispensed with the idea of using Ronaldo as a centre forward, which he briefly tried against Milan. “He has scored 700 goals by starting slightly wide of centre, that’s his preference and that is normal,” he said.He added that it was time to forget about Wednesday’s defeat.“Losing a trophy is always something that weighs on you, and brings disappointment and bitterness,” he said. “But that’s the situation. We need to move on and think about the next few games without being influenced by something we’ve lost.”last_img read more

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UKGC aims to implement new consumer focused business plan

first_imgShare UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Updating the industry, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has set out a new consumer focused business plan which it will aim to integrate over the coming year.UKGC management detailed that the plan would cover three direct themesBuilding on vital work to protect the most vulnerable, and set standards for responsible and safe gamblingEnsuring markets are fair and open for consumers by tackling problems with online marketing, terms and conditions, and unsolicited textsGiving consumers confidence that markets are not rigged, or subject to fixing, and otherwise are kept free from crime.Furthermore the business plan will set out how the UKGC will support stakeholders in statutory responsibilities by way of five strategic objectives:Empowering and protecting consumersRaising standards across all gambling sectorsBuilding partnerships and understanding, both domestically and internationallyEnsuring fair play on the National LotteryImproving regulationUKGC governance further noted that the plan was needed as part of its new three-year National Responsible Gambling Strategy, which aims to implement new policy on tackling crime and money laundering, and reviewing enforcement policies and practices to promote credible deterrence.Gambling Commission chairman Philip Graf commented on the plan “This business plan shows a further strengthening of our focus on the consumer” Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020last_img read more

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Mediatech Solutions extends payments arm with Paymagnet partnership

first_img Submit Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Carousel enters US market with Colorado licence May 11, 2020 Carousel Group bolsters mobile engagement capacity with Wiraya solutions May 8, 2019 Carousel orders recruitment drive by promoting Littin to Digital lead May 4, 2020 Industry omni-channel platform provider Mediatech Solutions has agreed a deal to partner with Paymagnet.com, the providers of a new payment system which can process credit card payments directly through sensors on a smartphone.The agreement will see Mediatech integrate Paymagnet into its market-leading IRIS platform, initially for existing customers in European markets.Paymagnet allows merchants to accept card payments using just an NFC-enabled smartphone. With the placement of NFC tags, casino players will be able to top up at terminals with their credit card through a simple app.It supports contactless MasterCard and Visa payments without the need for a POS system, infrastructure or wallet.Mediatech Solutions executive director Daniel Graetzer said: “We pride ourselves on offering an unparalleled omni-channel experience, so any provider which offers innovative solutions in this field will always be of interest.“Paymagnet’s payment system is easily integrated and will further bolster our extensive offer of more than 1,500 games and payment providers that operators using our IRIS platform enjoy.”Paymagnet executive director, EMEA Martin Glettler added: “Paymagnet was designed to allow casino players to pay with their cards and it is already proving extremely popular among customers, operators and platform providers.“We are delighted to be integrating with Mediatech, a company which leads the way when it comes to omni-channel gaming and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership.”last_img read more

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens for Week 2

first_imgBelow are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the 24-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2012 season using the following point system:No. 1 – 7 pointsNo. 2 – 6 pointsNo. 3 – 5 pointsNo. 4 – 4 pointsNo. 5 – 3 pointsNo. 6 – 2 pointsNo. 7 – 1 pointYou can hear Luke’s explanation HERE while Drew’s list can be found HERE.Luke Jones’ Top 7 …7) Courtney Upshaw6) Lardarius Webb5) Dennis Pitta4) Albert McClellan3) Marshal Yanda2) Ray Rice1) Justin TuckerDrew Forrester’s Top 7 … 7) Vonta Leach6) Courtney Upshaw5) Bernard Pollard4) Lardarius Webb3) Dennis Pitta2) Ray Rice1) Justin TuckerSEASON TO DATE: Luke Jones:1. Ray Rice (12 points)2. Marshal Yanda (9 points)3. Dennis Pitta (8 points)4. Joe Flacco (7 points)4. Justin Tucker (7 points)6. Albert McClellan (4 points)7. Bernard Pollard (3 points)8. Haloti Ngata (2 points)8. Lardarius Webb (2 points)10. Ray Lewis (1 point)10. Courtney Upshaw (1 point)Drew Forrester:1. Dennis Pitta (10 points)2. Justin Tucker (9 points)2. Bernard Pollard (9 points)4. Joe Flacco (7 points)5. Ray Rice (6 points)6. Ray Lewis (4 points)6. Lardarius Webb (4 points)8. Kelechi Osemele (3 points)9. Courtney Upshaw (2 points)10. Ramon Harewood (1 point)10. Vonta Leach (1 point)last_img read more

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McClain cleared to return to practice after 10-month absence

first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit www.atlanticremodeling.com to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)OWINGS MILLS, Md. — More than 10 months after suffering a spinal cord contusion that threatened his football future, inside linebacker Jameel McClain returned to practice on Wednesday as the Ravens continued preparations for the Pittsburgh Steelers.McClain remains on the reserve physically unable to perform list for now, but his return to the practice field triggered the start of a 21-day window in which the sixth-year linebacker may practice. Though he may return prior to the end of the three-week period, McClain must be added to the active roster at the end of the window or placed on season-ending injured reserve.Coach John Harbaugh confirmed that McClain has been cleared to return to the football field after recovering from a spinal cord injury suffered against the Washington Redskins on Dec. 9 of last season, but no decision has been made on his status against Pittsburgh on Sunday. The Ravens have their bye in Week 8, making it plausible that they would ease McClain back into practices this week with the thought of activating him after the bye.“We’re going to practice Jameel McClain today,” Harbaugh said prior to practice. “He’s eligible to do that. We do not know what that means for this week, next week, or the week after. We do know that it means within three weeks that we’ve got to make a decision about whether we’d put him on the 53-man roster. We’ll just have to see how it goes with that.”How McClain will fit within the defense remains to be seen as inside linebacker Daryl Smith has been arguably the biggest surprise of the season and has handled making the calls in the defensive huddle admirably through the first six weeks of the season. Having made 45 starts in his NFL career, McClain could potentially unseat Josh Bynes at the weakside inside linebacker spot, a position he played next to the retired Ray Lewis in past seasons.For now, McClain is pleased to prove doubters wrong about his ability to return to football and will work to get himself back into football shape after continuing to work out and attend meetings at the team’s Owings Mills facility since he was injured late last season. The Syracuse product and Philadelphia native feels he’s ready to play right away but acknowledged that the coaches and training staff will ultimately decide when he returns to game action.However, the itch is there for McClain to return to action with his injury fully healed.“You understand the feeling of watching people play day in and day out,” said McClain, who admitted using his doubters as motivation to keep working hard as his spinal cord healed. “Getting to see my teammates put their pads on and go out and do work while I had to stand around and watch, it’s no doubt that I’m itching. I’m preparing myself mentally and especially physically coming into this game.”Cody returns to practice; Bynes, Canty sidelinedIn addition to McClain, defensive tackle Terrence Cody returned to the practice field on Wednesday for the first time since injuring his knee in the first quarter of the Ravens’ win over the Houston Texans on Sept. 22.Cody has missed three straight games but practiced on a limited basis after telling reporters last week that he was moving closer to a return to action. Rookie Brandon Williams has taken Cody’s place in several defensive sub packages, which will make for an interesting competition for reps between the first-year player and Cody, who is scheduled to become a free agent after the season.Inside linebackers Josh Bynes and Albert McClellan and defensive end Chris Canty (thigh) were absent from Wednesday’s practice, making McClain’s return a welcome sight for a lighter group of inside linebackers. While McClellan has missed the last two weeks of practice — though he’s played in each of the last two games — Harbaugh revealed that Bynes is dealing with a finger injury.“Josh Bynes has an infection in his finger, which he cut a couple of weeks ago,” Harbaugh said. “He was actually in the hospital last night with it. He got good news. It’s good — it’s clearing up.”Canty was present and dressed out to work during the portion of practice open to the media before being listed as a non-participant, perhaps indicating a day of rest for the veteran defensive lineman.Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (hip and elbow) was practicing after straining his elbow in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers.Wednesday’s injury reportBALTIMOREDID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB Josh Bynes (thigh, finger), DE Chris Canty (thigh), LB Albert McClellan (shoulder)LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Chykie Brown (thigh), DT Terrence Cody (knee), C Ryan Jensen (foot), DT Haloti Ngata (elbow), LB Courtney Upshaw (foot), CB Lardarius Webb (thigh)FULL PARTICIPATION: LB Jameel McClain (neck), DT Marcus Spears (knee), WR Brandon Stokley (thigh)PITTSBURGHOUT: WR Markus Wheaton (finger)DID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB Jarvis Jones (head)LIMITED PARTICIPATION: T Marcus Gilbert (quad), DE Brett Keisel (abdomen), TE Heath Miller (non-injury related), LB LaMarr Woodley (knee)last_img read more

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Ravens’ 2014 draft may prove strong, but immediate questions remain

first_imgAssessing the Ravens’ 2014 draft now is akin to judging a gift based solely on its wrapping paper.Only time will tell how many of their nine selections will pay dividends in 2014 and beyond. Even assistant general manager Eric DeCosta acknowledged recently that the evaluation process is as much art as it is science — and luck — with a number of variables ranging from talent and intelligence to health and work ethic determining how successful a player will be.But the initial reaction to what the Ravens accomplished over the weekend and how it specifically relates to the 2014 season? Underwhelming and redundant.It has little to do with questioning the quality of players they selected as much as it felt like a repeat of the 2013 draft with an overwhelming emphasis on defense — at the same positions — for a second consecutive year. After selecting a safety (Matt Elam), an inside linebacker (Arthur Brown), and a defensive tackle (Brandon Williams) with their first three picks last year, general manager Ozzie Newsome grabbed an inside linebacker (C.J. Mosley), a defensive tackle (Timmy Jernigan), and another safety (Terrence Brooks) with his first three selections over the weekend.“You never know what kind of shape the draft is going to take,” DeCosta said Saturday evening. “We go into it blind, and this just ended up being really a draft about substance. We got guys that we think are going to be here for a long time and are going to help us win games. They’re guys in the fourth quarter that should be big-time players for us over time.”It would be unfair to strongly doubt the talents of Mosley or Jernigan — two players viewed as top 20 talents by more than a few draft pundits — or the potential of Brooks to become defensive coordinator Dean Pees’ starting free safety as early as this coming season. But it is reasonable to question what the selections of Mosley and Jernigan mean for Brown and Williams, two players many expected to step into starting roles this season.Of course, the Ravens would privately tell you they’ve found the eventual successors for veterans Daryl Smith, Haloti Ngata, and even Chris Canty after grabbing 5-technique defensive end Brent Urban with their first choice on Day 3 of the draft. But that doesn’t sound like dramatic improvement for this season as the Ravens try to bounce back from an 8-8 record and the first non-playoff season of the John Harbaugh era.While no one would confuse the league’s 12th-ranked defense with the 2000 Ravens a year ago, it was the offense that was the biggest culprit that needed major reconstructive surgery this offseason.It’s true that the Ravens have already worked to address the league’s 29th-ranked offense with the hiring of new coordinator Gary Kubiak, the free-agent additions of 35-year-old receiver Steve Smith and 31-year-old tight end Owen Daniels, and the trade for Tampa Bay center Jeremy Zuttah, but the need for a right tackle and the desire for another impact pass-catcher virtually went untouched this weekend. Yes, the Ravens will always take the best talent available, but the fact that they’ve taken only one offensive player in the first three rounds in the last two years — out of a total of seven choices — is concerning for that side of the football.Third-round tight end Crockett Gillmore has encouraging upside, but many consider him more of a developmental prospect than someone ready to contribute this year behind Dennis Pitta and Daniels. And while the organization thinks fourth-round running back Lorenzo Taliaferro could be one of the steals of the entire draft, the 230-pound back will need to prove his accomplishments at FCS school Coastal Carolina will translate to the next level.Are those additions enough to not just improve but dramatically improve what was an abysmal offense a year ago?“We’re all laughing because the whole board was stacked toward the offense,” said Newsome at the conclusion of the third round. “But Eric has made the comment several times that we’re being contrary — everybody else in this league is drafting offensive players and we’ve been drafting defensive players. But it was stacked more toward the offensive side, but the way it fell for us, it’s been the defensive players.”Truth be told, the Ravens are higher on second-year linemen Rick Wagner and Ryan Jensen than most assume as the former is currently projected to be the starting right tackle with the season just under four months away. But considering the albatross that was the offensive line for a franchise-worst running game a year ago, Penn State guard John Urschel being the lone lineman selected by Newsome — in the fifth round — understandably raises eyebrows.And even after their other defensive additions, the Ravens’ decision not to draft a cornerback after the free-agent departure of Corey Graham will also put more pressure on Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson as they compete for the No. 3 corner spot.That’s plenty of dependence on former late-round draft picks who’ve made little impact in their time with the Ravens.“We need to give these young guys a chance,” Newsome said. “I think guys should fail on the field, so we’re going to give these guys the opportunity to fail on the field. That way we know whether they can [play] or not. But we feel real good about them. And the other aspect of that, bringing in a new set of coaches, and they’re getting a chance to put their eyes on them, and they feel good about the young guys that we drafted last year.”That message sounds contradictory to how some now view the 2013 selections of Brown and Williams after Mosley and Jernigan were picked in this year’s draft. There’s no shame in acknowledging Mosley and Jernigan as superior prospects on their board, but it’s only natural to wonder if the Ravens feel they whiffed on last year’s class more than they lead on.Make no mistake, the draft should always be about the long run, but that doesn’t prohibit a team from immediately improving its prospects for this season, which leaves this weekend with questions still unanswered.The truth is the Ravens won a Super Bowl based largely on offense two years ago but have been more committed to improving the defensive side of the ball ever since. And though the defensive-minded Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl in February, the Ravens’ tireless dedication to defense doesn’t appear to mesh with what the league has become as DeCosta even pointed out over the weekend.“We’ve added a nice influx of young defensive talent,” DeCosta said. “We’ve always been known as a team that has prided itself on defense. This is a blue-collar community, and I think they’re going to enjoy watching these guys play.”Maybe so, but fans will also continue to hold their breath about the offense until the Ravens prove otherwise.last_img read more

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Sizing up the post-minicamp 2016 Ravens roster

first_imgWith mandatory minicamp behind them and training camp several weeks away, the Ravens turn their attention toward the preseason and eventually trimming the current offseason roster down to 53 by the start of the regular season.Little should be taken away from voluntary organized team activities and three mandatory practices — conducted without live contact — but my still-too-early look at the roster suggests as many as 43 players would be considered locks if the deadline to trim the roster took place in late June. My rough assessment of the 89 players currently on the roster lists 26 on the bubble. Not all bubble players are on equal footing, of course, with some positions lacking quality depth and others enjoying an abundance of talent.Though general manager Ozzie Newsome, coach John Harbaugh, and the rest of the coaching staff and front office pay attention to the numbers at each position, trying to pinpoint a specific number of wide receivers or cornerbacks or linebackers isn’t the most accurate way of projecting the roster. The Ravens are looking for reserves who can excel on special teams in addition to their designated position, so they will look carefully at players’ other abilities and overall athleticism in addition to what they bring to their specific position when filling out the bottom of the roster.Of course, this breakdown could change at any point and certainly by the first day of training camp if any individuals report to Owings Mills in poor physical condition or have not done the necessary mental preparation for the summer.The numbers in parentheses indicate the total number of players currently on the roster at that given position. As we move into the preseason, I’ll provide updated looks as well as projections of who’s in and who’s out during the different stages of the summer.QUARTERBACKS (4)LOCK: Joe Flacco, Ryan MallettBUBBLE: NoneLONG SHOT: Josh Johnson, Jerrod Johnson Skinny: Mallett has his moments impressing you with his strong throwing arm, but he also made too many ill-advised plays this spring. Needless to say, the Ravens have to be happy that Flacco is on track to be on the field for the first day of training camp.RUNNING BACKS & FULLBACKS (7)LOCK: Justin Forsett, Kyle Juszczyk, Buck Allen, Kenneth DixonBUBBLE: Terrance West, Lorenzo TaliaferroLONG SHOT: Trent Richardson Skinny: There is plenty of NFL-caliber talent in this group of tailbacks, but the question is whether there is a legitimate No. 1 option to stand out from the rest. Richardson is a nice comeback story, but hamstring and knee injuries clearly have him lagging behind the rest of the group.WIDE RECEIVERS (10)LOCK: Steve Smith, Kamar Aiken, Breshad Perriman, Mike Wallace, Chris MooreBUBBLE: Michael Campanaro, Jeremy Butler, Keenan Reynolds, Chris Matthews, Kaelin ClayLONG SHOT: None Skinny: This group lacks clarity with the current status of Smith and Perriman, but the competition for what figures to be one or two spots among these bubble receivers will be fascinating. Reynolds has plenty of fans in his corner, but don’t sleep on Clay as a return specialist after a good spring.TIGHT ENDS (7)LOCK: Benjamin Watson, Crockett Gillmore, Maxx WilliamsBUBBLE: Dennis Pitta, Darren WallerLONG SHOT: Daniel BrownSUSPENDED: Nick Boyle Skinny: Pitta being listed on the bubble player has more to do with his health and how he’ll respond to live contact this summer than his playing ability. Waller winning a roster spot won’t be easy, but his versatility to also play receiver and his special-teams ability shouldn’t count him out.OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (15)LOCK: Marshal Yanda, Ronnie Stanley, Rick Wagner, Jeremy Zuttah, John Urschel, Alex Lewis, Ryan JensenBUBBLE: James Hurst, De’Ondre Wesley, Vladimir DucasseLONG SHOT: Anthony Fabiano, Matt Skura, Jarell Broxton, Blaine Clausell, Stephane Newbot Skinny: The early reviews for Stanley have been positive, but it’s fair to be concerned about the tackle depth following Eugene Monroe’s release. Lewis primarily worked at guard this spring, but he could unseat Hurst as the team’s swing tackle or the Ravens could add a veteran to the mix.DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (10)LOCK: Brandon Williams, Timmy Jernigan, Lawrence Guy, Carl Davis, Bronson Kaufusi, Willie HenryBUBBLE: Brent Urban, Kapron Lewis-MooreLONG SHOT: Trevon Coley, Michael Pierce Skinny: The Ravens are loaded along the defensive line, so it will be interesting to see how many of these young players they will ultimately keep. Urban is more than likely on the good side of the bubble, but he needs to stay healthy and show more than he did in his first NFL action late last season.INSIDE LINEBACKERS (6)LOCK: C.J. Mosley, Zachary Orr, Albert McClellanBUBBLE: Arthur BrownLONG SHOT: Cavellis Luckett, Patrick Onwuasor Skinny: There may not be a more interesting competition in camp than this one as the Ravens have chosen to this point not to add a veteran to replace Daryl Smith. Orr appears to be the favorite to start next to Mosley, but Baltimore has experimented with moving second-rounder Kamalei Correa inside.OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (9)LOCK: Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Za’Darius Smith, Kamalei CorreaBUBBLE: Matt Judon, Victor Ochi, Chris CarterLONG SHOT: Brennen Beyer, Mario Ojemudia Skinny: The Ravens have numbers here, but what can they really expect from Suggs, who is still working his way back from last September’s Achilles tendon injury? Judon and Ochi are green players, but they provide upside as potential situational pass-rushing options.CORNERBACKS (10)LOCK: Jimmy Smith, Shareece Wright, Jerraud Powers, Tavon YoungBUBBLE: Will Davis, Sheldon Price, Maurice Canady, Kyle ArringtonLONG SHOT: Julian WilsonINJURED RESERVE: Jumal Rolle Skinny: New secondary coach Leslie Frazier has several slot cornerbacks, but outside depth is thin behind Smith and Wright with Davis coming back from a serious knee injury and Sheldon Price lacking experience. The veteran Arrington took a pay cut this offseason and is firmly on the bubble.SAFETIES (7)LOCK: Eric Weddle, Lardarius WebbBUBBLE: Kendrick Lewis, Terrence Brooks, Matt Elam, Anthony LevineLONG SHOT: Sam BrownSkinny: The Ravens are committed to Weddle and Webb as their starting safeties, but what happens after that is anyone’s guess. It’s possible that all four of these “bubble” safeties could make the roster, but there isn’t much separation among them at this point.SPECIALISTS (4)LOCK: Sam Koch, Morgan Cox, Justin TuckerBUBBLE: NoneLONG SHOT: Wil Lutz Skinny: With Koch and Cox signing long-term deals in the last calendar year and Tucker receiving the franchise tag this offseason, the Ravens are set at these spots with Lutz expected to merely share some practice reps this summer.last_img read more

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Six key Ravens players likely out for Sunday’s game

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens will be trying to snap a two-game losing streak without the benefit of several key players for Sunday’s meeting with the New York Giants.In the final injury report of the week, Baltimore not only ruled out outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (foot) for Sunday’s game, but wide receiver Steve Smith (ankle), right guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder), inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (hamstring), left tackle Ronnie Stanley (foot), and return specialist Devin Hester (thigh) were all listed as doubtful to play in Week 6. The rookie Stanley returned to practice on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday, but it’s apparent that he’s not fully recovered from the foot ailment that sidelined him for each of the last two games.The injury saga of last season is a given, but it’s difficult to recall many single-game injury reports as sobering as this week’s for the 3-2 Ravens.The only good news for the Ravens on Friday was the return of right tackle Rick Wagner (thigh) to the practice field, but he was still listed as questionable after leaving last Sunday’s loss at halftime. Linebacker Albert McClellan (calf), wide receiver Mike Wallace (ribs), and cornerback Shareece Wright (back) are all questionable, but Wallace and Wright were full participants in the final two practices of the week.New coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will try to reverse the fortunes of the league’s 22nd-ranked offense, but it won’t be easy with his top wide receiver and arguably his two best offensive linemen all unlikely to play against the Giants. The Ravens will likely try to combat their offensive line woes by committing more heavily to run, something former offensive coordinator Marc Trestman had been reluctant to do during his 21-game tenure with Baltimore.Defensively, the Ravens are clearly hurting at linebacker, and the appearance of the versatile McClellan on Friday’s injury report only complicates matters with Dumervil officially out and Mosley unlikely to play after injuring his hamstring last Sunday. Inside linebacker Zach Orr will be entrusted to relay calls in the defensive huddle in place of Mosley while young linebackers Matt Judon and Kamalei Correa could see bigger defensive roles on Sunday.With Hester unlikely to play, the Ravens could turn to the likes of rookie wide receiver Chris Moore, rookie cornerback Tavon Young, and veteran safety Lardarius Webb for help at the kick and punt return spots.The Giants aren’t dealing with as many injury concerns, but head coach Ben McAdoo did rule out starting safety Nat Berhe (concussion) and starting right tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf). Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (groin) is questionable, but he took part in practices on a limited basis this week.The referee for Sunday’s game will be Jeff Triplette.Sunday’s Weather.com forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with the temperature reaching 70 degrees and winds five to 10 miles per hour.Below is the final injury report for Week 6:BALTIMOREOUT: LB Elvis Dumervil (foot)DOUBTFUL: RS Devin Hester (thigh), LB C.J. Mosley (thigh), WR Steve Smith (ankle), OT Ronnie Stanley (foot), G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)QUESTIONABLE: S Kendrick Lewis (thigh), LB Albert McClellan (calf), WR Mike Wallace (chest), OT Rick Wagner (thigh), CB Shareece Wright (back)NEW YORKOUT: S Nat Berhe (concussion), OT Marshall Newhouse (calf), S Darian Thompson (foot)QUESTIONABLE: CB Eli Apple (groin), WR Dwayne Harris (toe), RB Rashad Jennings (thumb), LB Devon Kennard (concussion), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (groin), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin)last_img read more

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Enyimba Beat 10-Man Plateau To Move Into NPFL Top 5 As Champions Fail In…

first_imgEnyimba have moved into the top five of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) after they saw off 10-man Plateau United 1-0 at home in a Matchday 8 clash.Diminutive winger Stanley Dimgba was the hero for the hosts as he scored an 11th minute penalty to give his side the maximum points after Elijah Ogene was penalised for handball in the box.The victory was enough to take Paul Aigbogun’s men six places from 11th to 5th spot with 13 points from the 8 league games played while defending champions Plateau United (15 points) stay in second place and also fail in the bid to usurp current leaders Akwa United into top spot.RelatedNPFL Watch: Enyimba, Plateau Boost Top Three Pursuit With VictoriesMarch 29, 2018In “Nigeria”NPFL Review (Rescheduled Games): Champions Plateau United Secure Top Four Spot With Draw At Akwa As Enyimba, IfeanyiUbah Clash Ends In StalemateMay 10, 2018In “Nigeria”NPFL Matchday 18 Review (Monday): Rivers United, Plateau United Earn Valuable PointApril 24, 2018In “Nigeria”last_img read more

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