OCEAN CITY POLICE SUMMARIZED WEEK’S ACTIVITIESJune 21 – 27, 2015Calls for Service: 1018Daily Average: 145 June 26, 2015: FridayCalls for service: 178Motor Vehicle Stops: 34Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 19Alarms: 0The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 10 EMS callsDomestic violence, 900 block Wesley Ave., at 3:39amTheft, 5400 block Bay Ave., at 8:41amMotor vehicle accident, 9th St. & Atlantic Ave., at 10:20amTheft, 4900 block West Ave., at 10:43amCDS, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 1:34pmFraud, 1300 block West Ave., at 3:40pmMotor vehicle accident, 7th St. & Asbury Ave., at 3:51pmWarrant, 900 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 8:21pmTheft, 600 block Boardwalk, at 11:25pm June 25, 2015: ThursdayCalls for service: 118Motor Vehicle Stops: 5Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 9Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 12 EMS callsDWI, 900 block Bay Ave., at 12:21amCriminal mischief, 1200 block Boardwalk, at 3:42amTheft, 800 West Ave., one in custody, at 9:45amTheft, 1700 block Simpson Ave., at 11:39amMotor vehicle accident, 200 block Bay Ave., at 2:17pmTheft, 900 block Boardwalk, at 7:58pmFight, 200 block 9th St., at 11:30pm June 24, 2015: WednesdayCalls for service: 140Motor Vehicle Stops: 20Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 16Alarms: 6The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 7 EMS callsTheft, Central Rd., at 9:42amTheft, 1200 block Boardwalk, at 1:28pmTheft, Waterway Rd., at 2:00pmMotor vehicle accident., W. Station Rd., at 2:55pmTheft, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 7:46pmMotor vehicle accident, Moorlyn Terr., at 10:59pm June 22, 2015: Monday Calls for service: 168Motor Vehicle Stops: 26Motor Vehicle Accidents: 4Property Checks: 23Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 12 Fire and 17 EMS callsBurglary, 800 block Atlantic Ave., at 3:16amWarrant, 100 block West Ave., one in custody, at 4:20amMotor vehicle accident, 8th St. & Bay Ave., at 10:24amMotor vehicle accident, Route 52, at 11:04amTheft, 5100 block Central Ave., at 11:17amMotor vehicle accident, Delancey Pl., & Atlantic Ave., at 2:03pmMotor vehicle accident, 5th St. & Asbury Ave., at 5:05pm June 21, 2015: Sunday Calls for service: 137Motor Vehicle Stops: 37Motor Vehicle Accidents: 4Property Checks: 18Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 12 Fire and 8 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 2300 block Wesley Ave., at 3:37amCriminal mischief, 10th St., at 8:49amTheft, Glenwood Dr., at 11:11amTheft, Central Rd., at 3:26pmMotor vehicle accident, 3400 block Simpson Ave., at 4:01pmTheft, 34th St., at 4:30pmMotor vehicle accident, St. James Pl., at 5:42pmMotor vehicle accident, Ocean rd., at 10:37pm June 27, 2015: Saturday Calls for service: 141Motor Vehicle Stops: 32Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 18Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 12 fire and 11 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 14th St. & Bay Ave., at 11:16amFraud, 500 block 8th St., at 12:01pmTheft, 4400 block West Ave., at 12:20pmBurglary, 900 block West Ave., at 12:20pmTheft, 1000 block Central Ave., at 1:51pmFraud, 2400 block Asbury Ave., at 2:14pmFraud, 2900 block Wesley Ave., at 7:18pmCDS, 5500 block Central Ave., at 11:00pm June 23, 2015: TuesdayCalls for service: 136Motor Vehicle Stops: 24Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 25Alarms: 14The Police Department assisted with 15 fire and 14 EMS callsDisorderly, 500 block Bay Ave., at 2:38amWarrant, 600 block Ocean Ave., one in custody, at 9:52amFraud, 800 block 4th St., at 11:17amMotor vehicle accident, 34th St. & Simpson Ave., at 3:03pmMotor vehicle accident, 18th St. & Bay Ave., at 4:20pmTheft, 900 block Asbury Ave., at 5:50pm PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street. Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations.Boardwalk merchants are reminded that they are only allowed to put merchandise for sale or display on the boardwalk during approved city events. Ocean City Police Department
Just a couple days after rocking out with Jack White, the beloved band known as Pearl Jam descended on the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival for a jam packed set of music. Though their set was delayed due to weather, Pearl Jam delivered an all-around incredible performance that lasted well past 1:30 in the morning.The Pearl Jam set rocked hard with some of their biggest classics, like “Jeremy,” “Even Flow,” “Better Man” and more, and also featured some choice covers of tunes like Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” and Joe Strummer’s “Arms Aloft.” They closed out the show by playing their original classic “Alive,” before jamming one more time on Neil Young’s “Rockin In The Free World.”The band is celebrating their 25th anniversary in style, and will continue the festivities with sets at Ride Festival and Pemberton Music Festival in July. Check out last night’s setlist below.Edit this setlist | More Pearl Jam setlists
Only 39 percent of the nearly 10,000 North American plant species threatened with extinction are being maintained in collections, according to the first comprehensive listing of the threatened plant species in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.The North American Collections Assessment (NACA) — conducted collaboratively by Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, Botanic Gardens Conservation International U.S., and the U.S. Botanic Garden — found that only 3,681 of North America’s 9,494 most threatened plant species are maintained in 230 collections across the continent.Although the protection of natural habitats remains the highest priority, maintaining rare species in seed banks or living collections — such as those in public gardens and conservation organizations — provides an insurance policy against future loss. Such collections have also been valuable in restoring natural populations.“Until this point, nobody knew which rare North American plants were safeguarded in collections,” said Michael Dosmann, curator of living collections at the Arnold Arboretum and one of the report’s authors. “Perhaps even worse is that we didn’t have a clue which ones were not in cultivation. These are the species of greater priority for collection and preservation.”“This report is a wonderful illustration of the Arboretum’s critical role in shaping the national and international agenda for the preservation of rare and endangered biodiversity,” said William “Ned” Friedman, director of the Arnold Arboretum and Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.Assessment results indicate that North America did not reach the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation’s (GSPC) Target 8 goal set in 2002, which called for 60 percent of threatened plant species to be protected in collections by 2010. While botanical organizations across Canada, Mexico, and the United States are making progress to achieve this, the report found that 3,500 or more additional threatened plant species will need to be added to collections to meet the new GSPC goal of conserving 75 percent of known threatened species in North America by 2020. This will require nearly doubling the current capacity.“These assessment results are hopeful, but also a call to action,” said Andrea Kramer, Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) U.S. executive director and the report’s senior author. “For many public gardens, this marks the first time their potential to assist in the conservation effort has been recognized. We hope this is a watershed moment.”To address the need to increase capacity, the assessment calls for the strengthening of conservation networks and collaboration in conservation planning and data sharing. One solution is for institutions to contribute plant lists to BGCI’s PlantSearch database and update them regularly. It is also crucial to increase cooperation and coordination among a broad and diverse network of gardens and conservation organizations with different expertise and resources.The Arboretum’s roleReflecting on the Arboretum’s contributions to the assessment, Friedman said, “The strong emphasis on the curation of the Arboretum’s living collections, along with the many fellowships offered to train the next generation of plant and conservation biologists, was central to making this seminal study come to fruition.” Said Dosmann: “Another one of the lessons we learned from this assessment is just how important it is to curate for conservation. Curators and horticulturists have not always considered conservation value as they go about their routines. Yet by participating in this assessment, many for the very first time saw the direct value of their plants in bolstering efforts to conserve our threatened flora. We hope this becomes a new paradigm in collections management.”This new paradigm — fully integrating the conservation ethic into curatorial practices —stems out of recent work at the Arboretum. Its living collection is one of the world’s most diverse and well-documented assemblages of trees, shrubs, and vines. Roughly 15,000 accessioned plants are cultivated in the outdoor museum, representing some 4,000 different taxa, or kinds (e.g., species, subspecies, or cultivated varieties), from temperate regions of the world — particularly Asia and North America. While it is obvious that some of these are threatened in their native habitat, determining their conservation value is not always simple.Why the challenge? For one, threat rankings are assigned by many organizations around the world, and can be applied at a range of scales. For instance, the Red Lists compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature are at the global level, while individual countries may maintain their own. Complicating things further is that definitions of conservation status among international, national, and regional groups are not always uniform. Lastly, some rankings are unreliable because of data deficiencies.In 2008, Dosmann hired Abby Hird as a Putnam Research Fellow to address this issue at the Arboretum.“When I came to the Arboretum,” said Hird, who now works for BGCI U.S. and was a co-author on the report, “Michael asked me to answer one little question: ‘What is the conservation value of the living collections?’ Little did we know that it would take nearly two years to build a pragmatic conservation assessment model for living plant collections.”Hird’s work at the Arboretum determined that when a wide net is cast (looking at threats from global to local scales) approximately 11 percent of the species growing in its living collections are threatened with extinction. This knowledge is now applied at multiple levels of collections management, from setting new acquisition targets to elevating horticultural maintenance and curatorial regimes for those plants in greatest peril.Applying the Arboretum’s approach more broadly seemed a logical next step, and when the chance to collaborate on the NACA with BGCI U.S. and the U.S. Botanic Garden came up, Dosmann and Hird were on board. Hird, whose fellowship was just ending, went to work for BGCI U.S. yet remained at the Arboretum as a research associate.“It was exciting to extend the collections assessment I did as Putnam Fellow to the continental scale for BGCI’s NACA,” said Hird.And just how many of the Arboretum’s plants contributed to the NACA report? “Forty-seven of the North American species in our collections are threatened in their native range,” notes Dosmann. “We not only will work to preserve and research these rarities, but we can set our eyes upon additional species not in our collection — yet.”More information and the full North American Collections Assessment report.
The Carolina Youth Mountain Bike League season has come to a close, causing everyone involved to say, “Awwwwww!”It was a very fun season for the kids as well as the parents who watched their budding bikers take their riding to another level. The parents, who in the beginning made fun of soccer parents, acted just like soccer parents by the end. We told our kids just to have fun, and then followed them through the woods donning our bikes and running shoes, shouting at them to pedal harder as they crossed the finish line. The 6 and under category seemed to be the most popular bracket, with the most rabid of parents, myself included. I’m pretty certain that I heard someone shouting from the sidelines, “Go Bettina!” as I was pushing my 3-year-old as fast as possible, despite poor little Poppy being driven into the ditch. I started with him, thinking I wanted to keep him safe from the 19 other riders, ranging from 2-6 years old. He may be able to ride without training wheels, but he’s not all that steady. Despite being passed by most of the crowd he was certain that he’d won when he was presented with a certificate. I did not tell him any differently.The kids, who thought they were tagging along onto their parents’ passions, ingrained their own love of bikes and have started to learn about riding with buddies. After the race, Elijah, Ian, and Jubal decided to do the loop again. It was a well-marked trail, with adults at various intersections, so I encouraged them to go. I was so excited for them to go on a buddy ride. We parents advised them to stay together no matter what, stay on the trail and come directly back. What we hadn’t realized was that the short loop had been changed to a bigger loop, of three miles, for the bigger kids. After 40 minutes we began panicking and headed out onto the trails in search. They all came in together with stories of hard climbs and mechanicals, which left us parents relieved and beaming.The most popular category was for 7/8 year-old boys, which means the league will only get more competitive each year from here out. More girls are needed – especially in the 13-16 year-old categories. All of the people I’ve known and ridden with for the last ten years seem to have 8-year-old boys, so we need to recruit more girls.Race Coordinator Todd Branham did a remarkable job and made it fun for everyone. He was patient while surrounded by chaos, and put on a stress-free event that will only keep our sport alive for years to come. For the 7/8 year-old girls, Skylar Bovine of Whitsett, took first place in the series. Maggie Sanders of Asheville took second and Greta Kjellquist of Asheville took third.For the 7/8 year-old boys, Quinn McMullan of Asheville took first, Elijah Freese of Asheville took second (YES!) and Rowan McMullan took third.For the 9/10 year-old girls, Emily Trusler of Brevard took first, Megan Smailes of Black Mountain took second, and Sunshine Pugh of Asheville took third.For the 9/10 year-old boys, Jacob Martin of Columbia, SC took first, Nicholas Leiter of Asheville took second, and Logan Pelton of Columbia, SC took third.For the 11/12 year-old girls, Hannah Dickson of Brevard took first, Hannah Feinsilber of Black Mountain took second, and Mary Pharr of Tuxedo took third.For the 9/10 year-old boys, Bergen Khare of Brevard took first, Bryce Spradlin of Brevard took second and Aidan Spradlin of Brevard took third.For the 13/14 year-old girls, Anna Freeman of Arden took first, Margot Clyburn of Taylorsville took second and Lucy Pharr of Tuxedo took third.For the 13/14 year-old boys, Caleb Spradlin of Brevard took first, Henry Khare of Brevard took second, and Taylor Crabtree of Fletcher took third.For the 15/16 year-old girls, Annie Pharr of Tuxedo took first and Hannah McLeod of Waynesville took second.For the 15/16 year-old boys, Nicholas Brown of Greenville, SC took first, William Solesbee of Asheville took second, and Alex Biggs of Arden took third.For the 17/18 year-old boys, Derek Hurst of White, TN took first, Christian Strangefel of Arden took second, and Adam Steurer of Mills River took third.
The new plan envisions a reduction in total revenues of the Croatian Tourist Board for this year of about 35 percent compared to the original plan, while a reduction of about 40 percent is projected on the expenditure side. Cover photo: TZ Opatija / Marin Ćuk Vurnek A session of the Tourist Board of the Croatian Tourist Board was held in Opatija. “We approached the amendments to the CNTB Annual Work Program and Financial Plan due to extraordinary circumstances that arose as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic, which is still strongly influencing global tourism trends. The new plan ensures the continuity of promotional activities on the foreign market through joint promotional activities for the main summer part of the tourist year, which we will implement in cooperation with the system of tourist boards and key partners in selected markets.”, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić, emphasizing that intensive promotional campaigns in European emitting markets have been underway since the beginning of June, and that a strong promotion of tourism on the domestic market will begin soon. By the decisions of the Tourist Council, the budgets for the implementation of new joint promotional activities in 2020 with regional tourist boards by which the CNTB will co-finance up to 50 percent of the value of media plans for destination advertising, as well as for cooperation with foreign tour operators and carriers who promote their programs for Croatia and operate in foreign markets including Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Italy and the United Kingdom. “Due to the COVID pandemic, where tourism is the most affected industry, we found ourselves in a situation of preserving health, as well as jobs, where our Government provided direct assistance to half a million employees, as well as a number of benefits for businesses. Thus, we have introduced a number of relief measures for businessmen in tourism and catering, and today we sent to the e-Consultation changes to the regulations on tourist membership fees, which reduce the prescribed lump sum amounts by 50 percent.” pointed out Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli commenting on the current situation in the economy. It was held today in Opatija 68th session of the Tourist Council on which the members of the council, adopted amendments Annual work program and financial plan of the CNTB in 2020.
Biden called Friday for justice for George Floyd, the black man killed by a white police officer in Minnesota, and said it was time to heal the “open wound” of systemic racism in the United States.”The very soul of America is at stake,” the former vice president said in remarks broadcast online from his Delaware home.The 77-year-old presumptive Democratic presidential nominee denounced what he called an “act of brutality” against Floyd and said he had spoken with members of his family.”We need justice for George Floyd,” he said. Floyd’s death triggered three nights of rioting in Minneapolis and protests against policy brutality in other US cities.”The original sin of this country still stains our nation today,” Biden said in a reference to slavery.”Sometimes we manage to overlook it,” he said. “But it’s always there.””We’re a country with an open wound,” Biden said. “And it’s long past time that we made the promise of this nation real for all people.”The Democrat also directed some criticism at his November election opponent, President Donald Trump, although he didn’t mention him by name.”This is no time for incendiary tweets,” he said.”It’s no time to encourage violence,” Biden said of a Trump threat to potentially shoot looters.”This is a national crisis and we need real leadership right now,” Biden said, “leadership that will bring everybody to the table so we can take measures to root out systemic racism.””With our complacency, our silence, we are complicit in perpetuating these cycles of violence,” he said.Derek Chauvin, the policeman accused of killing Floyd by kneeling on his neck for several minutes, was taken into custody on Friday and is facing charges of third degree murder and manslaughter.Topics : US presidential candidate Joe Biden on Sunday condemned the violence of race protests that have erupted across the United States but said Americans had a right to demonstrate.”Protesting such brutality is right and necessary. It’s an utterly American response,” the Democratic White House hopeful said in a statement.”But burning down communities and needless destruction is not. Violence that endangers lives is not. Violence that guts and shutters businesses that serve the community is not.”
OMSA said: “The offshore service industry is deeply disappointed in the Administration’s decision to delay the revocation of letter rulings that would correctly enforce the Jones Act and put American mariners first,” said Aaron Smith, President and CEO of the Offshore Marine Service Association.“This decision to move to a regulatory review process is deeply damaging to the American crews, shipyards, and companies who have waited more than eight years while the Administration studied taking corrective action. Additionally, during this time our industry has invested more than $2 billion to ensure offshore production and exploration would not be disrupted, while foreign interests lobbied the U.S. government to promote their own economic interests through their promotion of false statements and scare tactics. We call on President Donald J. Trump to take immediate action and correct these damaging rulings that have continued to put foreign companies first and American companies and workers last.”Offshore Energy Today Staff The American Petroleum Institute, which has been against the proposed changes from the start, welcomed the news on Wednesday. The API had alleged that the changes, as they were proposed, could have had “widespread negative impacts on American jobs.”“Withdrawing the proposed changes protects U.S. energy security and allows for consumers and businesses to continue benefitting from America’s energy renaissance,” said API Upstream Director Erik Milito. “A recent report projected that this proposal could have resulted in the loss of thousands of American jobs, reduced U.S. oil and natural gas production, and diminished revenues for federal and state government.“By rescinding the proposal, CBP has decided not to impose potentially serious limitations to the industry’s ability to safely, effectively, and economically operate. The responsible development of America’s abundant oil and natural gas resources is a critical part of a forward-looking energy policy that will secure our energy future and help meet our nation’s energy needs.”The International Marine Contractors Association has been vocal about the proposed changes, and has been campaigning against them.The IMCA has previously said that the proposed changes on the marine construction vessel market, could effectively stop deepwater developments in the U.S. because there would be no domestic capacity to install the facilities. In a statement following the withdrawal of the proposed Jones Act revision, the IMCA CEO Allen Leatt, said: “Members of the International Marine Contractors Association with vessels active in U.S. waters, together with their clients, welcome the decision by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agency to withdraw its proposed revocation of longstanding decisions made over the last 40 years concerning the Jones Act. The proposals, which would have represented a major change in maritime policy if enacted, had been forecast to result in a substantial GDP loss coupled with significant American job losses along the entire U.S. Gulf coast.“Now that the CBP proposal has been withdrawn, IMCA and its members, look forward to working with CBP and other regulatory and industry stakeholders to consider ways to conduct complex operations offshore under the Jones Act. This development will greatly assist in providing operators and international contractors the confidence they need to continue investing in the Gulf of Mexico, and continuing to create American jobs and prosperity.”While the API and IMCA have welcomed the new the U.S. offshore vessel owners and operators do not appreciate the move. Responding to the latest CBP move the Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA), representing 250 member companies in the U.S. said the decision “hurts American workers, vessel owners and U.S. shipbuilders and prevents the creation of 3,200 new American jobs.”OMSA deeply disappointed The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has withdrawn its proposal to amend the Jones Act in a way that would have made a bulk of international offshore vessels banned from operating in the U.S. waters.The Jones Act, passed in 1920 prevents foreign-flagged ships from shipping merchandise between points in the United States. Under the coastwise laws, only a vessel that is built in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, documented under U.S. registry, and crewed by U.S. seafarers may “provide any part of the transportation of merchandise by water, or by land and water, between points in the United States to which the coastwise laws apply.”The U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) had proposed for the Jones Act to cover offshore construction vessels, which have so far been exempted.While the foreign-built and flagged ships have been prevented from transporting merchandise between the U.S. coastwise points, over the years some exceptions have been made for construction vessels working in the offshore oil and gas industry.The foreign construction vessels have been allowed to carry aboard pipeline repair material; anodes; pipeline connectors; wellhead equipment, valves, and valve guards; damaged pipeline; and platform repair material. This has not been seen as a Jones Act violation because the goods have been seen as a necessary equipment.However, had the CBP proposal materialized, foreign-flagged vessels would not have been able to carry any of the “items” listed above, and would be violating law if they did.U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday said: “Based on the many substantive comments CBP received, both supporting and opposing the proposed action, and CBP’s further research on the issue, we conclude that the Agency’s notice of proposed modification and revocation of the various ruling letters relating to the Jones Act should be reconsidered. Accordingly, CBP is withdrawing its proposed action relating to the modification of HQ 101925 and revision of rulings determining certain articles are vessel equipment under T.D. 49815(4), as set forth in the January 18, 2017 notice.”API pleased
The Telegraph 16 February 2017Family First Comment: Superb commentary: “People in society expect the Church to believe and teach the Bible. What other authority can the Church have? … The undeniable truth is that the Church can’t give its blessing to same-sex marriages when its sole source of authority does not.”Wednesday’s vote in Synod was not a victory for the LGBT lobby. In whatever way that vote in synod is spun, the real issue is not about same-sex marriage but about the authority of the Bible in the Church of England.The effect of the vote is that there is no change in doctrine or practice. Marriage remains, as it has for all Christendom, a lifelong union between a man and a woman.This moment presents a great opportunity for the House of Bishops to embrace that truth and to act to uphold it firmly within the Church, disciplining those who would seek to abandon the authority of the Bible, and whose actions will eventually bring down the Church by actively denying that truth.The Bishops’ Report on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships was in danger of weakening the Church’s teaching. It sought to hold together two positions that are irreconcilable – the orthodox position holding to the teaching of Jesus Christ, and the alternative which seeks to revise his teaching by insisting on acceptance of same-sex marriage.People in society expect the Church to believe and teach the Bible. What other authority can the Church have?Moreover, God’s people are called to be “set apart” and clergy are supposed to be examples to their people. Today, however, a crucial faultline has opened up in the Church of England because it has permitted those who openly defy the teaching of Jesus into positions of authority and influence. Male clergy who declare to Synod their “marriages” to other men are applauded, despite the fact that this is directly contrary to the Church’s own teaching.READ MORE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/16/time-church-england-lay-law-marriage/
Update on the latest sports March 20, 2020 The 42-year-old quarterback who spent the first 20 years of his career with the New England Patriots announced his decision Friday in an Instagram post and thanked the Bucs for the opportunity.The deal guarantees $50 million and includes a $10 million signing bonus and $15 million salary for 2020. The signing comes three days after Brady announced on social media that he would not return to New England, ending his historic run with the Patriots.He joins an offense that led the NFL in passing yards last season. The aerial attack features a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, along with tight ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate.In other NFL news:— Running back Todd Gurley has accepted a contract with the Falcons, one day after being released by the Los Angeles Rams. The one-year, $6 million agreement was confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the deal, who also says Gurley needs to pass a physical. Gurley rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three of his five seasons with the Rams, but he ran for a career-low 857 yards last year. UNDATED (AP) — Georgia guard Anthony Edwards has announced his plans to enter the NBA draft after leading all NCAA freshmen in scoring.Edwards’ spot in the next NBA draft was expected even before he played his first game for the Bulldogs. The Atlanta product was one of the nation’s top recruits last season and has been regarded as one of the top draft prospects.The 6-foot-5 Edwards averaged 19.1 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Bulldogs.In other college basketball news:— Loyola Marymount has hired Stan Johnson as its basketball coach, replacing Mike Dunlap. Johnson spent the last five years at Marquette, most recently as associate head coach. The Golden Eagles reached the NCAA Tournament in 2017 and 2019. He was also on coaching staffs at Arizona State, Drake, Utah and Cal State Northridge. Dunlap was dismissed on March 8 after going 81-108 in six seasons. The 21-year-old Harper just finished his senior season at Boston University matching his career high with 37 points and a career-best 14 goals. The 5-foot-7, 150-pound forward finished 15th in the NCAA among all skaters averaging 1.16 points a game and was second on his team in points to David Farrance, also a Predators’ prospect.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MICHIGAN STATE-LAWSUITJudge says lawsuit filed by MSU football staffer should be dismissedDETROIT (AP) — A federal judge has recommended that a former Michigan State football staff member’s claims against former Spartans football coach Mark Dantonio, former athletic director Mark Hollis and former school President Lou Anna Simon should be dismissed.Curtis Blackwell filed a lawsuit in November 2018 claiming his employment agreement was violated when he was disciplined while the school addressed sexual assault allegations against three players in 2017. Dantonio, Hollis and Simon were named as defendants in the suit. Two MSU police detectives were also named as defendants. — The Bills have confirmed they are acquiring receiver Stefon Diggs in a multi-draft-pick trade with the Vikings. The trade was agreed to Monday and announced Friday by both teams. Minnesota gets four draft choices, including the 22nd overall in the upcoming draft. Diggs has topped 1,000 yards receiving each of his past two years.— The Steelers have agreed to terms with veteran tight end Eric Ebron, giving quarterback Ben Roethlisberger another proven red zone target. Ebron reached the Pro Bowl in 2018 while catching 13 touchdowns but was limited most of last season while battling an ankle injury. The Steelers also agreed to terms with guard Stefen Wisniewski, a Pittsburgh native.— The Broncos have worked out a two-year deal with former Chargers running back Melvin Gordon. A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that it’s worth $16 million with all but $2.5 million guaranteed. The two-time Pro Bowl selection has three dozen rushing touchdowns over the last four seasons and 47 touchdowns overall. Gordon totaled 908 scrimmage yards after recording over 1,200 scrimmage yards in three straight seasons from 2016 to ’18.— Saints left guard Andrus Peat has agreed to a five-year, $57.5 million contract that keeps him in New Orleans. The package virtually ensures the entire 2019 starting offensive line will return.— Defensive end Everson Griffen and his agent say they were unable to come to contract terms with the Vikings due to salary-cap constraints. Griffen is the longest-tenured player on the Vikes, having played 10 seasons in purple and recording eight sacks in 2019. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSUSA Swimming wants Olympic postponementUNDATED (AP) — The head of USA Swimming is calling for a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics.CEO Tim Hinchey has sent a letter to leadership at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee urging it to push for a 12-month delay. In his letter, Hinchey noted the unimaginable disruptions athletes have experienced during the coronavirus crisis.The committee didn’t immediately respond to the letter. But earlier Friday, its leaders said there was no rush to postpone the Olympics. In other virus-related developments:— The Florida Panthers have been told by the state Department of Health that a part-time employee at the team’s arena tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee tested positive on March 15 and is self-quarantined while receiving medical care.— The XFL has canceled the remainder of its return season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Oliver Luck released a statement saying the decision was made “with the health and safety of the entire XFL family as our top priority.”— The National Women’s Soccer League is delaying the start of the regular season because of the coronavirus. The league announced Friday that it is imposing a moratorium on training through April 5. The season was slated to begin on April 18.— Formula One is setting up a series of virtual races to replace postponed or canceled Grand Prix events. The series says a “number of current F1 drivers” will take part in the races, with the first set for Sunday. The Yankees announced two weeks ago that Judge had a stress fracture to his first right rib. Judge says the bone is “healing the way it should be.”The 27-year-old didn’t play in any spring training games because of soreness in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder.With opening day pushed back into mid-May at the earliest due to the coronavirus outbreak, Judge has more time to recover without missing games.Also around the majors:— Hard-throwing Padres reliever Andres Munoz and minor leaguer Reggie Lawson have undergone Tommy John surgery. Munoz made his major league debut for San Diego last season, going 1-1 with a 3.91 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 23 innings over 22 games. The 22-year-old Lawson was 3-1 with a 5.20 ERA in six starts with Double-A Amarillo last season before being shut down by elbow pain. — The Cowboys are bringing back several of their depth players, reaching agreements with linebackers Joe Thomas and Justin March, Dallas also re-signed offensive lineman Joe Looney and worked out a deal with safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.MLB-NEWSJudge reveals he had collapsed lung, says rib improvingUNDATED — New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has revealed he had a collapsed lung that has healed and said his broken rib is improving.Judge had a CT scan on Friday and he said it showed that a “pneumothorax came back completely gone.” Associated Press — North Florida and men’s basketball coach Matthew Driscoll have agreed to a three-year contract extension that runs through 2025. Driscoll has spent the last 11 seasons at UNF and led the Ospreys to the NCAA Tournament in 2015. He is 184-179 at UNF, with 105 of those wins coming in Atlantic Sun Conference play.— UAB has hired former Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy to lead its basketball program, giving him a six-year contract. The school didn’t disclose contract details, and the hiring pends official approval by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees. Kennedy replaces Robert Ehsan, who lasted four seasons as the Blazers head coach.NHL-PREDATORS-HARPERPredators sign prospect to entry-level dealNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed forward Patrick Harper to a two-year, entry-level contract. UNDATED (AP) — Dayton star Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) is the lone unanimous first-team choice to The Associated Press college basketball All-America team.Toppin is Dayton’s first first-team AP All-American after averaging 20 points. 7.0 rebounds and shooting 63% in a breakout season. The 6-foot-9 sophomore helped the third-ranked Flyers match the program’s highest ranking in the final AP Top 25.Toppin is joined on the First Team by Iowa’s Luka Garza, Marquette’s Markus Howard, Myles Powell of Seton Hall and Oregon’s Payton Pritchard.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSBulldogs losing Edwards to NBA draft Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSTom Brady signs with BuccaneersUNDATED (AP) — Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady has signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, saying he is embarking on a “new football journey.” — The LPGA Tour commissioner has provided a little hope amid more postponements. He says the ANA Inspiration has been rescheduled for Sept. 10-13. The LPGA’s first major in the California desert had been scheduled for April 2-5. It’s the first postponed LPGA event to be rescheduled.— All rugby in England below the top-flight Premiership has been canceled for the season. The chief executive of the Rugby Football Union says the decision was taken “to assist with long-term planning and provide clarity to the game at a time of continuous change” during the virus outbreak.— The Olympic flame has arrived in Japan from Greece and was greeted in a scaled-down ceremony at an air base in northern Japan. The flame touched down Friday amid questions about whether the Tokyo Games can open as scheduled on July 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-AP ALL-AMERICANSToppin a unanimous All-American Magistrate Judge Sally J. Berens said in a filing that the case against Dantonio, Hollis and Simon “appears to have been prosecuted for an improper purpose and should be dismissed.” Berens did not recommend dismissing the claims against the detectives.BASKETBALL-OBIT-ERICKSONFormer Bucks GM, Wisconsin coach diesLENEXA, Kansas (AP) — Former Milwaukee Bucks general manager and Wisconsin men’s basketball coach John Erickson has died at 92.Erickson served as the Bucks’ general manager from 1968-70. He was in that role when the Bucks won a coin flip with the Phoenix Suns and earned the right to select eventual NBA career scoring leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then known as Lew Alcindor, with the first pick in the 1969 NBA draft.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
The 2016 Nigerian International Athletes Association (NIAA) convention will be a gathering of sports stars from across the globe according to the official programme of the event released by association’s President, Professor Grace Apiafi.Former NFL star Christian Okoye, world record holder in long jump Mike Powell, Seoul ’88Olympics gold medalist in 400m hurdles Andre Phillips, 400m winner at the same games Steve Lewis, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson and Barcelona 92 bronze medalist Beatrice Utodu-Okoye are a few of the former sports stars that will attend the event.The convention is slated for October 8, 2016 at Doubletree Hotel, North Vineyard, Ontario,California.According to Professor Apiafi, Okoye who is founder and president California Sports Hall of Fame will be a special guest. Okoye started his sports career in track and field before switching to American Football in 1987; he played for Kansas City Chiefs between 1987 and1992.Okoye was known for his powerful running style and ability to break tackles had six seasons in the NFL saw a league rushing title in 1989, two Pro BHe was selected by UPI as the American Football Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year and earned a trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. Canadian sprinter Johnson will be signing books at the banquet and gala in the evening.Powell, the world record holder in long jump, two- time world champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist will grace the occasion to lend his support to track and field in Nigeria and Africa.Other track starts expected at the convention include Chidi Imoh, Innocent Egbunike, Adewale Olukoju and a host of other former Nigerian athletes based in the United States.Apiafi restated that the focus of the NIAA going forward is to provide needy and disadvantaged youths in Nigeria with the resources and support to achieve their God given potential in education and sports while brining honor and glory to their country. Also, four members of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas will be honoured at the eventShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram