Spaniard out to make it five wins in a row at Grand Prix of The Americas.

Apr 19, 2017

Spaniard out to make it five wins in a row at Grand Prix of The Americas.

Marc Marquez understands that he faces a fierce fight in Austin, Texas this weekend if he wants to maintain his perfect MotoGP win record at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas.

The Spaniard won the first ever race at the Circuit of the Americas in 2013 from pole position as a rookie, then followed up further grid-topping qualifying days with victories in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

This season, however, the Repsol Honda rider has seen emerging star Maverick Viñales open up the campaign by winning the Grand Prix of Qatar and Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina to build a healthy 37-point championship lead over him.

The 24-year-old Marquez claimed pole position last time out at the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo to lift his spirits, even if he was forced to retire early in the race following a crash on lap three.

He told Relatos Solidarios, “Maverick’s debut has been unbelievable, the perfect debut. But it was something that everyone could predict a little, this is how it was in the preseason.

“We need a bit of stability because Viñales has won twice already and Valentino (Rossi) has been on the podium twice. Both Yamahas appear to be very competitive.

“If there’s a chance of winning in Austin, I will try. We must learn from the error in Argentina. I insist that a podium finish would be ideal to regain some stability.

“Texas is a circuit that I like. I like the layout of the track, as it has many different types of sections and corners and lots of elevation changes.”

Meanwhile Viñales knows all too well that he must not get complacent with the likes of Marquez, Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso, Scott Redding and Cal Crutchlow all poised to take advantage of any lapse in concentration.

The Yamaha rider explained, “We’re going to work hard. Texas is a really good track for me, I always feel really good [with the] changes of direction, fast corners and hard braking.”

Cortesia: Red Bull

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NFL Offseason Workout Program Dates Announced

Apr 4, 2017
NFL Offseason Workout Program Dates Announced

NFL OFFSEASON WORKOUT PROGRAM DATES ANNOUNCED

Voluntary offseason workout programs are intended to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players.  The calendar for 2017 is below.

As per Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each club’s official, voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases:

Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.

Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.

Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs”. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

Article 22 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. This minicamp, noted below, must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program.

New head coaches are entitled to conduct an additional voluntary veteran minicamp.  Any voluntary minicamp for veteran players must be conducted prior to the NFL Draft (April 27-29), but no earlier than week three of the club’s offseason workout program and after at least one week of the two weeks of Phase One activities that the clubs may hold pursuant to Article 21. This year, five clubs will hold voluntary veteran minicamps, as noted below.

Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2017 may begin on May 15. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-NFL Draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft. The dates of each club’s post-draft rookie minicamps will be circulated at a later date.

For specific information and detailed offseason program rules, please see Articles 21 and 22 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (beginning on page 131), available on nflcommunications.com.

The NFL Offseason Workout Program calendar (dates are tentative and subject to change at the discretion of individual clubs):

ARIZONA                  First Day:                                      April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 16-18, May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1-2

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 6-8

ATLANTA                 First Day:                                      April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 30, June 1-2, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                   Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

BALTIMORE            First Day:                                      April 17

                                   OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

BUFFALO                 First Day:                                      April 3

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 16-18, May 23-25, June 5-8

                                    Voluntary Minicamp:                  April 18-20

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

CAROLINA              First Day:                                      April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 6, June 8-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

CHICAGO                 First Day:                                      April 18

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 22-23, May 25, May 30, June 1-2, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

CINCINNATI             First Day:                                      April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

CLEVELAND           First Day:                                      April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

DALLAS                   First Day:                                      April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-7

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

DENVER                   First Day:                                      April 10

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Voluntary Minicamp:                  April 25-27

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

DETROIT                  First Day:                                      April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

GREEN BAY            First Day:                                      April 18

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 22-24, May 31, June 1-2, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

HOUSTON                First Day:                                      April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 22-23, May 25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

INDIANAPOLIS       First Day:                                      April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 22-23, May 25, May 31, June 1-2, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

JACKSONVILLE     First Day:                                     April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23, May 25-26, May 30, June 1-2, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

KANSAS CITY         First Day:                                     April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 6-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

LA CHARGERS       First Day:                                     April 3

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 16-18, May 23-25, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Voluntary Minicamp:                  April 25-27

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

LA RAMS                  First Day:                                     April 10

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Voluntary Minicamp:                  April 25-27

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15


MIAMI                        First Day:                                      April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

MINNESOTA            First Day:                                      April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

NEW ENGLAND      First Day:                                      April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 22-23, May 25, May 31, June 1, June 12-13, June 15

                                      Mandatory Minicamp:               June 6-8

NEW ORLEANS      First Day:                                      April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

NEW YORK GIANTS    First Day:                                April 18

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 22-23, May 25, May 30-31, June 2, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

NEW YORK JETS   First Day:                                      April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

OAKLAND                First Day:                                     April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 22-23, May 25, May 30-31, June 2, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

PHILADELPHIA      First Day:                                      April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

PITTSBURGH          First Day:                                      April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

SAN FRANCISCO  First Day:                                      April 10

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 22-23, May 25, May 30-31, June 2, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Voluntary Minicamp:                  April 25-27

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

SEATTLE                  First Day:                                      April 18

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 30, June 1-2, June 5-6, June 8-9

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

TAMPA BAY            First Day:                                       April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

TENNESSEE           First Day:                                      April 17

                                    OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

WASHINGTON        First Day:                                      April 17

                                   OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1, June 5-8

                                    Mandatory Minicamp:                June 13-15

Cortesia:NFL

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Meeke closes on Mexico win

Apr 3, 2017

Meeke closes on Mexico win

Kris Meeke takes 30.9sec lead over Séb Ogier at Rally Guanajuato Mexico.

The Briton won just one of the nine speed tests, most on dirt roads in the mountains near León, but it was a decisive victory. While Meeke carried out a planned attack to perfection, Ogier spun and a deficit of just over 20sec became almost twice that.

The duo traded seconds through the opening four special stages before Meeke pounced in his Citroën C3. Ogier promised this morning it would not be an ‘all or nothing’ day, and after pirouetting at a hairpin bend, he signalled his challenge was over.

“It has been a perfect weekend so far. That was going to be the defining loop of the rally. I had to make it stick on this loop and it worked,” said Meeke, who gambled with hard compound Michelin tyres despite the threat of rain. Fortunately for him it stayed dry.

Ogier won two tests in his Ford Fiesta and ended 39.6sec clear of Thierry Neuville, who also won a stage. The misfire which slowed Neuville’s Hyundai i20 Coupe last night, along with team-mates Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo, was traced to a blocked fuel filter and all three cars ran cleanly today.

Neuville regretted opting for soft tyres this afternoon when forecast rain failed to arrive, but with a large gap in front and behind, an error-free day kept him on course for strong points.

Ott Tänak was fourth in a Fiesta. The Estonian struggled for confidence in his car’s set-up this morning but headed a frustrated Hayden Paddon. The Kiwi punctured after hitting a rock and experimented with new settings in a bid to find his pace.

Jari-Matti Latvala overhauled Toyota Yaris team-mate Juho Hänninen for sixth in the penultimate stage. Latvala overcame morning brake problems and punctured after hitting the same rock as Paddon.

Just finishing was a victory for Hänninen. Struck down by sickness, he persevered and by the day’s end his health was improving.

Sunday’s final leg comprises two tests. After a mid-morning start, crews drive the 32.96km La Calera ahead of the 21.94km Derramadero live TV Power Stage, which offers bonus points for the fastest five drivers.

Cortesia: Red Bull Newsroom

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Cameron Jordan, Byron Maxwell and Delanie Walker to Participate in NFL-USO Tour to Southwest Asia

Mar 31, 2017

CAMERON JORDAN, BYRON MAXWELL AND DELANIE WALKER 

TO PARTICIPATE IN NFL-USO TOUR TO SOUTHWEST ASIA

 

New Orleans Saints defensive end CAMERON JORDAN, Miami Dolphins cornerback BYRON MAXWELL and Tennessee Titans tight end DELANIE WALKER will embark on a week-long NFL-USO tour to Southwest Asia to visit U.S. troops and their families at military bases, the NFL announced today. These NFL ambassadors were selected to participate in the tour for their excellence on and off the field and charitable endeavors.

An extension of Salute to Service, the League’s year-long military appreciation campaign, this year’s NFL-USO tour will feature an array of base activities from military-themed athletic competitions and unit visits to one-on-one meetings with base leadership at four locations in three countries. The players will also spend quality time with service members and their families, as well as pass out two sports-themed USO2GO kits designed to help service members in remote locations relax and recharge.

“The NFL is pleased to work with the USO on another goodwill tour and provide players with the chance to engage with service men and women. These brave individuals in uniform, who fight for our safety every day, are true heroes and represent the spirit for which our country stands,” said NFL Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility ANNA ISAACSON. “The players participating in this tour are profoundly appreciative of military members and now have the chance to say ‘thank you’ in person.”

For over 50 years, the NFL and USO have worked together to support the military and connect service members to family, home and country. In 1966, the NFL teamed with the USO and became the first sports organization to send players on a tour to Vietnam and other parts of the Far East. Since then, more than 250 NFL players, coaches and executives, including TERRY BRADSHAW, BILL COWHER, FRANCO HARRIS, LARRY FITZGERALD, LYNN SWANN and J.J. WATT, have visited troops on NFL-USO tours in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Kuwait and Somalia. In 2008 Commissioner ROGER GOODELL became the first sports commissioner to visit the troops overseas as part of a USO tour when he visited Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The USO cannot say enough about the incredible support and generosity of the NFL over the last 51 years,” said USO CEO and President J.D. CROUCH. “Their ongoing commitment as a Force Behind the Forces plays a major role in helping the USO fulfill its mission of strengthening our service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country. We are proud to work with the NFL on yet another entertainment tour, and look forward to bringing smiles and a piece of home to the many service members stationed in Southwest Asia.”

In addition to overseas morale-building visits, the NFL has supported several different USO projects through Salute to Service, and earlier this year, announced a $5M commitment to the USO over the next three years to support the expansion and refurbishment of USO centers and programming.

Below is information on players participating in this year’s NFL-USO tour. For more information on the USO please visit uso.org.

CAMERON JORDAN (New Orleans Saints)

Cameron Jordan anchored the defensive line in his fifth NFL season, recording 61 tackles (40 solo), 10 sacks for a total loss of 67 yards, seven passes defensed, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries and was selected to his second career Pro Bowl. His 10 sacks tied for 15th in the NFL. It marked the second time in his career that he’s posted at least 10 takedowns, making him just the ninth Saint with multiple double-digit sack seasons. Jordan also tied for ninth in the league in defensive fumble recoveries. An explosive and physical defensive end, the former University of California standout possesses the combination of size, speed and strength to play defensive end in either a 3-4 or 4-3 alignment. Jordan has appeared in 80 games with 79 starts, posting career totals of 327 stops (188 solo), 39 quarterback takedowns, 25 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries.

The son of a long-time NFL veteran, Jordan learned very early the importance of giving back. Jordan frequently spreads positive messages about the importance of literacy and character development to students in both elementary and high school throughout the school year, as well as during the Saints/United Way Annual Community Patrol Summer Camps. He is the designated LIVE UNITED player representing the Saints and the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.  As the key spokesman of the Saints/Copeland’s Kids Club, he hosts a football skills camp every year for all members and helps to promote the NFL’s PLAY 60 message through various initiatives, but most often, via team-sponsored Junior Training Camps and Playworks Louisiana visits.

Jordan also has a special place in his heart for all events related to uplifting the New Orleans community and practicing goodwill during the holiday season by participating in team turkey giveaways and Christmas gift giveaways. Year-round, he never hesitates to volunteer for any hospital visit, military initiative, or health-related initiatives such as Breast Cancer awareness visits.

BYRON MAXWELL (Miami Dolphins)

Byron Maxwell was acquired by the Dolphins in a trade from Philadelphia in March 2016 and was originally drafted by the Seahawks in 2011. In 2016 he started 13 games and recorded 53 tackles (43 solo), two interceptions, 15 passes defensed and four forced fumbles. He was second in the NFL among defensive backs with four forced fumbles and tied for 13th in the league with 15 passes defensed. His 15 passes defensed this season are the most by a Dolphins player since 2008 (Andre Goodman).

A native of North Charleston, S.C., Maxwell dedicates a significant amount of time and resources to his community through Maxwell’s Way, a foundation serving area residents. The foundation’s mission is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge and strengthen communities. Maxwell is committed to enhancing the lives of youth and providing them with chances at upward mobility by partnering with organizations and institutions of learning. In addition to actively serving his hometown, Maxwell is a pillar of the Miami community, regularly partaking in Dolphins community events. This past Thanksgiving, he and fellow teammates teamed with Publix to host students from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach countries to shop for Thanksgiving meals. Additionally, Maxwell joined teammates and Dolphins executives in the seventh edition of Dolphins Cancer Challenge, a fundraiser including 4,000 cancer fighters who joined together to tackle cancer. This year’s event featured the largest turnout of participants in its history and raised funds for cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

DELANIE WALKER (Tennessee Titans)

The Titans targeted Delanie Walker early in the 2013 free agency period to bring physicality, versatility and leadership to the offense. He has delivered that and more, becoming one of the NFL’s top play-making tight ends. The tight end brings a unique element to the offense and poses match-up problems for defenses with his ability to line up in the backfield, on the line, in the slot and as a wideout. The 6-foot-2-inch, 248-pounder spent the first seven years of his career with the San Francisco 49ers after being selected in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. His first three seasons in Tennessee arguably resulted in the best three-year stretch in franchise history by a player at his position. During that time, his 217 receptions and 2,549 receiving yards (to go with 16 touchdowns) set a franchise high for a tight end in any consecutive three-year period, and his reception and yardage totals ranked third and fourth, respectively, in the NFL in that timespan. In 2015, he set the single-season franchise records among tight ends with 94 receptions and 1,088 receiving yards, leading to his first career Pro Bowl invitation.

Walker was named the Tennessee Titans Community Man of the Year in 2013 and 2015, due in large part to his tireless work with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. He teamed with MADD to help raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving after losing his aunt and uncle in a horrific accident near New Orleans after Super Bowl XLVII. The morning after San Francisco’s loss to Baltimore at the Superdome, an alleged drunk driver killed Alice and Bryan Young only hours after Walker hugged Alice and Bryan at the team’s postgame party. In addition to his work with MADD, Walker is an ambassador with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office’s “Booze It and Lose It” campaign. During the 2016 offseason, Walker spearheaded a benefit dinner and auction for his foundation called “Carving It Up with Delanie Walker.” He also launched “Delanie Walker’s Imagination Station” at Fall-Hamilton Elementary School in collaboration with Scholastic Book Fairs to provide a new fully-furnished reading room for students.

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NFL NAMES DR. ALLEN SILLS CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

Mar 27, 2017

NFL NAMES DR. ALLEN SILLS CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

Commissioner Goodell Appoints Esteemed Neurosurgeon

to Advance NFL’s Health and Safety Efforts

 

NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL today named DR. ALLEN SILLS as the NFL’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), a new full-time position based in New York.

 

Dr. Sills joins the NFL from Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he serves as Professor of Neurological Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, and Founder and Co-Director of the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center.

 

Dr. Sills, a neurosurgeon who has specialized in the treatment of athletes, will strengthen the NFL’s ongoing efforts to advance the health and safety of the sport. He will work closely with team medical staffs across the league, the NFL Players Association and its advisors and the many medical and scientific experts who comprise the NFL’s medical committees and guide the NFL’s health and research efforts.

 

“There is no higher priority for the NFL than player health and safety and we continually seek to raise our standards and then surpass them,” said Commissioner Goodell. “We sought a highly-credentialed physician and leader with experience as a clinician and researcher, and Dr. Sills’ extensive experience caring for athletes makes him the right choice for this important position.”

 

“We conducted an intensive international search which included many leading experts in sports medicine,” said Dr. John York, Co-chairman, San Francisco 49ers and Chairman of the NFL Owners’ Health and Safety Advisory Committee.  “Dr. Sills stood out among the highly credentialed and qualified applicants.”

 

The appointment follows a rigorous search conducted by a premier panel of health and medical experts led by DR. BETSY NABEL, Chief Health and Medical Advisor to the NFL and President of Brigham Health, and including DR. ROB HEYER, President of the NFL Physicians Society and Team Internist for the Carolina Panthers, RONNIE BARNES, Senior Vice President, Medical Services and Head Athletic Trainer for the New York Giants, DR. ROBERT CANTU, Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery and Co-Director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, Boston University School of Medicine, and PETER FOSS, GE Healthcare.

 

The panel worked closely with DR. JOHN YORK, and JEFF MILLER, NFL Executive Vice President of Health and Safety Initiatives. The NFL consulted with the NFL Players Association, including interviewing the final candidates. Dr. Sills will be reporting to Miller.

 

“I have been impressed by the talent and experience of the candidates I have met during this process,” said Dr. Betsy Nabel. “Dr. Sills has years of experience on the frontlines of both research and patient care, and I am confident that Dr. Sills will use this platform to continue his work to improve sports health and safety in the NFL and for all athletes.”

 

“Hiring Dr. Sills is a touchdown for the NFL,” said Dr. Robert Cantu. “He is an international leader for his work on concussions in sports. I look forward to working with him to further advance the NFL’s ongoing commitment to the health and safety of sports.”

 

Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Sills has worked with numerous professional and collegiate sports programs. In addition to providing care for players on NFL sidelines as an Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultant, he has served as a neurological consultant to the NCAA and the International Equestrian Foundation (FEI). He has also worked as consulting neurosurgeon for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, the NHL’s Nashville Predators, the US Equestrian Foundation and all Vanderbilt University, Belmont University and Mississippi State University athletic teams.

 

“Allen Sills is an exceptional leader who will bring the perspective of a practicing neurosurgeon to this important position,” said Dr. Reid Thompson, Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “He is an avid athlete and gifted surgeon with a passion for the care of elite athletes. With a combination of energy, vision and absolute integrity he is an inspired choice to become the first Chief Medical Officer of the NFL.”

 

Dr. Sills is an active researcher who has published more than 150 scientific articles and presentations including more than 40 in the last five years on the topic of sports concussion. Heis a member of the Concussion in Sport Group, which publishes international standards regarding concussion in sport. Dr. Sills is also a fellow of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American College of Surgeons and currently serves as Section Editor for Sports and Rehabilitation for the journal Neurosurgery.

 

Previously, Dr. Sills has served as Founder and Executive Director, Memphis Regional Brain Tumor Center; Director of the Neuroscience Institute at Methodist University Hospital, Memphis; Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee, Memphis and the Semmes-Murphey Clinic; and Chief, Division of Neurosurgery at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

 

Dr. Sills graduated summa cum laude from Mississippi State University with a degree in engineering and received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, where he also completed his internship in General Surgery, his residency training in Neurological Surgery and an NIH-funded Neuro-Oncology Fellowship.

 

Dr. Sills and his wife Shawne live in Tennessee and have four children. He serves on the Board of Directors for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County Tennessee and has served as a youth baseball coach for more than 20 years.

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LA Galaxy, AEG y Los Angeles Chargers anuncian mejoras al StubHub Center

Mar 3, 2017

LA Galaxy, AEG y Los Angeles Chargers anuncian mejoras al StubHub Center

Galaxy y AEG han invertido más de $35 millones en el estadio desde el 2013; StubHub Center contará con varias actualizaciones a las instalaciones, incluyendo una pantalla LED en la cabecera sur del estadio, tableros de patrocinio LED, palcos renovados, renovaciones de vestidores y asientos preferentes actualizados

 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Viernes, 3 de febrero, 2017) –LA Galaxy, AEG y Los Angeles Chargers anunciaron hoy varias inversiones para mejorar las instalaciones y la experiencia de los aficionados en el StubHub Center previo a los inicios de la temporada 2017 de Major League Soccer (MLS) y la temporada 2017 de National Football League (NFL). Destacando las mejoras multifacéticas al StubHub Center, sumando ya más de $35 millones de dólares desde el 2013, incluyen una pantalla de video de 20-pies por 52-pies en la cabecera del sur del estadio, renovaciones de palcos en el estadio, renovaciones de vestidores, actualización de los asientos en la zona preferente, y tableros de patrocinio de primer nivel, entre otras. Construcción en el StubHub Center ya ha empezado y no afectará los partidos del LA Galaxy.

 

“Un elemento clave de nuestra filosofía es continuamente re-invertir en nuestras propiedades en todo el mundo para mejorar la experiencia de los aficionados en nuestras instalaciones. Estas mejoras adicionales establecerán al StubHub Center como la mejor sede y la más versátil y avanzada en Norteamérica”, dijo Dan Beckerman, Presidente y CEO de AEG. “AEG y el LA Galaxy han trabajado estrechamente para mejorar la experiencia y el ambiente en el StubHub Center, implementando mejoras multifacéticas. Esta inversión beneficiará en gran medida a nuestros aficionados, atletas y socios”.

 

Como parte de las mejores a la experiencia de aficionados del StubHub Center, una pantalla LED de video con medidas de 20 pies por 52 pies y 1040 pies cuadrados será construida en la cabecera sur del estadio para complementar la pantalla gigante de GalaxyTV ubicada en la cabecera norte. Adicionalmente, se renovarán los asientos en la zona preferente en las secciones 110-112, ubicadas a media cancha, y renovaciones adicionales a los palcos del StubHub Center.  En las secciones de la tribuna alta del StubHub Center, nuevos asientos que se inclinan hacia arriba serán instaladas para reemplazar las gradas. Tableros de patrocinio LED de primer nivel también serán instalados alrededor del StubHub Center

 

A principios de este mes, el LA Galaxy y StubHub Center anunciaron una asociación con Long Beach Transit que mejorará el transporte al estadio ofreciendo un servicio de transporte gratuito llamado Galaxy Express hacia y desde StubHub Center desde dos centros de tránsito locales los días de partido del LA Galaxy.

 

El Galaxy Express operará cada 10 minutos comenzando 90 minutos antes del inicio del partido y permanecerá en servicio hasta el minuto 15 del partido. El autobús después operará por 45 minutos después de que finalice el partido. Galaxy Express recogerá a los aficionados de fútbol en la Harbor Gateway Transit Center y en Del Amo Station de la Metro Blue Line y los llevará al StubHub Center. El estacionamiento en ambas estaciones es gratuito.

 

El año pasado, StubHub Center se convirtió en el primer estadio de fútbol de la MLS en iluminar el campo de juego utilizando luces LED. Las nuevas y mejoradas luces utilizan más de un 60 por ciento menos de energía que la iluminación anterior y ofrecen una mejor vista para los aficionados en el estadio y por medio de la trasmisión televisiva.

 

Desde el 2013, el LA Galaxy ha invertido más de $ 35 millones de dólares en el StubHub Center, incluyendo la instalación de la pantalla de vídeo LED, la adición del Club Premium todo incluido Jim Beam Champions Lounge y actualizaciones al American Express Stadium Club. El LA Galaxy ha creado nuevos vestuarios para el LA Galaxy, Galaxy II y equipos de la Academia del LA Galaxy en el StubHub Center, convirtiéndolo en el único club en los Estados Unidos que ofrece el uso de la misma ubicación e instalaciones para jugadores desde la academia hasta los jugadores del primer equipo.

 

StubHub Center, el primer estadio de fútbol e instalaciones de entrenamiento de la MLS, ha servido como sede de algunos de los mayores partidos de fútbol en la zona desde su apertura en el 2003, incluyendo las Copas MLS en 2011, 2012 y 2014, todas ganadas por el Galaxy.

 

ACTUALIZACIONES AL STUBHUB CENTER

  • AEG, LA Galaxy y Los Angeles Chargers invirtieron en el StubHub Center antes del inicio de la temporada 2017 de la MLS y de la temporada 2017 de la NFL
  • AEG y LA Galaxy han invertido más de $35M en el StubHub Center desde 2013
  • Una nueva pantalla de video LED de 20-pies por 52-pies y 1,040 pies cuadrados en la cabecera sur del estadio que complementará con GalaxyTV, la pantalla gigante más grande de la MLS
  • Actualizaciones de palcos en el StubHub Center
  • Tableros de patrocinio LED de primer nivel alrededor del StubHub Center
  • Actualizaciones a los asientos de la zona preferente en las secciones 110-112
  • Asientos que se inclinan hacia arriba en la sección de la tribuna alta que remplazarán las gradas

 

Administrado por AEG Facilities, la instalación con financiación privada fue desarrollada por AEG en un sitio de 125 acres en las instalaciones de California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) en Carson, California. StubHub Center también cuenta con un estadio de tenis para 8,000 personas, una instalación de atletismo con 2,000 asientos con pista de atletismo y un velódromo bajo techo que cuenta con 2,450 asientos – el VELO Sports Center – de ciclismo en pista. StubHub Center es también el hogar del centro de alto rendimiento de la United States Tennis Association (USTA), la sede principal de entrenamiento de la U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) y de EXOS, un centro internacional de formación para los deportistas de élite y atletas profesionales.

 

En enero, fue anunciado que StubHub Center servirá como la casa temporal de los Chargers, quienes se han trasladado a Los Ángeles, para la temporada 2017 de la NFL.

 

LA Galaxy abrirá la temporada regular 2017 de la MLS con un partido en el StubHub Center el sábado, 4 de marzo a la 1 p.m. PT ante FC Dallas. Boletos de temporada del LA Galaxy para la campaña 2017 ya están a la venta. Abonados y aficionados del Galaxy pueden visitar el sitio web www.lagalaxy.com/tickets/seasontickets para asegurar sus paquetes de boletos de la temporada 2017 del LA Galaxy.

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FRANCHISE PLAYERS NAMED

Mar 3, 2017

FRANCHISE PLAYERS NAMED

Franchise player designations were announced today for the 2017 NFL free agency signing period, which begins at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 9.

A club can designate one “franchise” player or one “transition” player among its veteran free agents.

The salary offer by a player’s club determines whether the franchise player designation is exclusive or non-exclusive.

An “exclusive” franchise player – not free to sign with another club – is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position for the current year as of the end of the restricted free agent signing period on April 21; or (ii) the amount of the required tender for a “non-exclusive” franchise player, as explained below.

Article 10, Section 2(a)(i) of the CBA sets forth the methodology, known as the “Cap Percentage Average,” for calculating the required tender for such a player:

The Nonexclusive Franchise Tender shall be a one year NFL Player Contract for (A) the average of the five largest Prior Year Salaries for players at the position . . . at which the Franchise Player participated in the most plays during the prior League Year, which average shall be calculated by: (1) summing the amounts of the Franchise Tags for players at that position for the five preceding League Years; (2) dividing the resulting amount by the sum of the Salary Caps for the five preceding League Years . . . ; and (3) multiplying the resulting percentage by the Salary Cap for the upcoming League Year . . . (the “Cap Percentage Average”) . . . ; or (B) 120% of his Prior Year Salary, whichever is greater . . . .

If a club extends a required tender to a non-exclusive franchise player pursuant to this section, the player shall be permitted to negotiate a player contract with any club, except that draft choice compensation of two first-round draft selections shall be made in the event he signs with a new club.

The signing period for franchise players begins at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on March 9 and ends on the Tuesday following the 10th week of the season (November 14).

This year, two players (Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh and Kirk Cousins, Washington) were designated as exclusive franchise players.  Five players were designated as non-exclusive franchise players.  No players were designated as transition players.

2017 FRANCHISE PLAYERS

Club Player Position
Arizona Chandler Jones LB
Carolina Kawann Short DT
Los Angeles Chargers Melvin Ingram LB
Los Angeles Rams Trumaine Johnson CB
New York Giants Jason Pierre-Paul DE
Pittsburgh Le’Veon Bell* RB
Washington Kirk Cousins* QB

 

*Denotes Exclusive Franchise Player

The Salary Cap for the 2017 league year has been set at $167,000,000 per club. The resulting 2017 Cap Percentage Average (“CPA”) tenders for nonexclusive franchise players are as follows:

                                NON-EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE PLAYERS

Position Tender Amount
Quarterback $ 21,268,000
Running Back $ 12,120,000
Wide Receiver $ 15,682,000
Tight End $   9,780,000
Offensive Linemen $ 14,271,000
Defensive End $ 16,934,000
Defensive Tackle $ 13,387,000
Linebacker $ 14,550,000
Cornerback $ 14,212,000
Safety $ 10,896,000
Kicker/Punter $   4,835,000
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Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show Is Most-Watched Musical Event In History Across All Platforms

Feb 20, 2017

PEPSI ZERO SUGAR SUPER BOWL LI HALFTIME SHOW

IS MOST-WATCHED MUSICAL EVENT IN

HISTORY ACROSS ALL PLATFORMS  

 

The NFL today announced that the PEPSI ZERO SUGAR SUPER BOWL LI HALFTIME SHOW featuring global superstar LADY GAGA is the most-watched musical event of all-time across all platforms and the most-watched Super Bowl halftime performance in history through broadcast and digital channels.

 

Nearly 118 million viewers tuned into the performance on the FOX broadcast network. In addition, Lady Gaga’s performance at NRG Stadium in Houston is the most-viewed content on NFL’s digital platforms, including but not limited to NFL.com, NFL Mobile, Twitter, YouTube, and Giphy. Through these channels, the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show reached at least 150 million unique people, garnering more than 80 million views and totaling 260 million minutes watched.

 

“We were thrilled to collaborate with Lady Gaga – one of the most talented and versatile performers in the world – on the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show,” said MARK QUENZEL, NFL Network’s Senior Vice President of Programming and Production. “The Halftime show provides the ultimate world stage for an artist. Through her incredible music, choreography and unifying message, Lady Gaga created a unique performance that will remembered for years to come.”

 

YouTube

  • The Halftime Show is the most-watched video on the NFL’s YouTube channel, with more than 24 million views and more than 140 million minutes watched.
  • If Lady Gaga’s performance was its own NFL week on YouTube, it would be the fifth-highest watched week of all-time.

 

Twitter

  • During Lady Gaga’s live performance, there were 2.2 million real-time tweets about the #PepsiHalftime show, as well as a total of 5.1 million tweets about the performance leading up to, during, and in the 10 minutes following.
  • @NFL’s tweet drove 47 thousand retweets and 29 thousand likes.

 

Facebook

  • More than 49 million video views, and more than 5 million reactions, comments, and shares.

 

 

Giphy

  • GIFs from the Halftime show generated more than 75 million views across GIPHY’s network.
  • Four of the top ten most-viewed GIFs of the night were from the performance.

 

The Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show, an NFL NETWORK PRODUCTION, was executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER and directed by HAMISH HAMILTON. This year’s performance was broadcast in 180 countries and territories, reaching millions of fans around the world.

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SAPRISSA EN ZONA DE CLASIFICACIÓN

Feb 6, 2017

SAPRISSA EN ZONA DE CLASIFICACIÓN

SAPRISSA 2 ALAJUELA 1

Jornada 8, Estadio Ricardo Saprissa

En un nuevo clásico Nacional es Saprissa que se pone adelante en el marcador al minuto 3 por intermedio del delantero Daniel Colindres , pero la liga llega a la igualdad al minuto 12 con la anotación de Kenner Gutiérrez , finalizando el primer tiempo igualados en el marcador.

Ya en el complemento es Saprissa quien busca el partido y al minuto 12  Julio Cascante le da el segundo gol a el equipo morado, el triunfo  y metiéndolo en zona de clasificación ,terminando el encuentro con victoria Saprissista.

Nota: David Urbina

Fotografia: Josue Rodriguez

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Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn Named 2016 Salute to Service Award Recipient

Feb 3, 2017

ATLANTA FALCONS HEAD COACH DAN QUINN

NAMED 2016 SALUTE TO SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT

 

Quinn’s commitment to supporting the military and their families

 to be recognized at NFL Honors in Houston

 

The NFL and USAA awarded Atlanta Falcons head coach DAN QUINN with the 2016 “Salute to Service Award presented by USAA,” the league’s Official Military Appreciation Sponsor. The award was created to acknowledge the exceptional efforts by members of the NFL community to honor and support members of the military community.

Quinn, who will coach his Atlanta Falcons against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI, will be recognized tomorrow night at NFL Honors in Houston. USAA, a leading provider of insurance and other services to U.S. military members, veterans and their families, will contribute $25,000 in Quinn’s honor to the official aid societies representing all five military branches.

“Coach Quinn truly embodies the spirit of our Salute to Service Award. Though he has no direct ties to the military, he’s made it his personal charge to show appreciation for their service and sacrifice,” said Vice Admiral (Ret.) JOHN BIRD, USAA’s senior vice president of military affairs. “Coach Quinn is a very deserving recipient of this year’s award, and we wish him luck in Super Bowl LI, knowing that he has already made the NFL and the military community very proud.”

Coach Quinn has always connected with the word “team” and acknowledges that the military serves as the word’s true definition. Since entering his second season with the Atlanta Falcons, Coach Quinn has wasted no time giving back to the military community in Georgia. During the spring of 2016, Coach Quinn hosted the 2nd Annual Rookie Club Olympics at the Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, where he invited 100 military members from Fort Benning, Georgia to participate. He and his staff created the event as a way for NFL players and the military community to unite and work together as a team.

Coach Quinn hosts a “Military Day” at Training Camp and 20 military members at each Atlanta Falcons home game throughout the season. In addition, he provided a special opportunity for families of fallen soldiers with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) this season when he hosted 63 families at the Atlanta Falcons Salute to Service game in November. All of the families were invited to a VIP visit to practice, and each family was provided a one-night hotel stay in Atlanta – all courtesy of Coach Quinn. Each player wore the initials of a fallen hero on their helmet, during practice and on gameday, and provided the families with a replica helmet of their player with a personalized note in honor of their hero. Additionally, this past offseason Coach Quinn led four Atlanta Falcons players on a week-long USO Tour through the Pacific, including stops in Guam and Hawaii.

In November 2016, all 32 NFL clubs nominated coaches, active and retired players, and team executives and personnel who best demonstrated support for the military community. The submissions were evaluated by a panel of judges, including last year’s award recipient, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver VINCENT JACKSON. Nominees’ credentials are evaluated based on the positive effect of the individual’s efforts on the military community, the type of service conducted, the thoroughness of the program and level of commitment.

The panel of judges, consisting of representatives from the U.S. military, the NFL and USAA, includes:

  • VICE ADMIRAL JOHN BIRD (Ret.), U.S. Navy veteran and USAA Senior Vice President of Military Affairs
  • ROCKY BLEIER, U.S. Army veteran and four-time Super Bowl champion
  • CHAD HENNINGS, Air Force Academy graduate and three-time Super Bowl champion
  • VINCENT JACKSON, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver and 2015 Salute to Service Award recipient
  • TOD LEIWEKE, NFL Chief Operating Officer
  • JIM MORA, SR., Marine Corps veteran and former NFL head coach
  • ROGER STAUBACH, Naval Academy graduate, NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and Super Bowl MVP

 

Below is the list of previous Salute to Service Award recipients.

YEAR WINNER TEAM
2015 Vincent Jackson Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2014 Jared Allen Chicago Bears
2013 John Harbaugh (Head Coach) Baltimore Ravens
2012 Charles Tillman Chicago Bears
2011 K.S. “Bud” Adams Jr. (Late Owner) Tennessee Titans
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