A big weekend is looming in Rwanda. The country is preparing to welcome 24 very special babies.CCTV’s Maria Galang has secured exclusive access to one proud family. And it wasn’t easy.
“This agreement addresses key strategic priorities for the league and our players while also retaining the basic player compensation structure that has been the foundation for the growth and stability of Major League Soccer,” said MLS commissioner Don Garber. Salary budgets and player benefits will increase so that by the end of the deal the average MLS player salary will jump above $500,000 with senior minimum salaries over $100,000. Free agency was expanded to include players 24 or older and five years in MLS, down from 28 with eight years in the league. Top-paid designated players will be eligible for free agency as well.Advertisement MLS commissioner Garber called the league’s new agreement with its players union a new era of partnership with players Read Also: Man City star Sterling to miss West Ham clash “We believe that the sweeping changes and increased investment in this agreement will not only be integral to the league’s continued growth, but will also move MLS closer to the systems in place in overseas leagues with which we aspire to compete.” A first-ever revenue sharing agreement between team owners and players will ensure increases in media rights revenue, expected when national and global rights deals expire in 2022, are divided between both groups, with players getting 25 percent of the boost in media revenue plus $100 million. The 26-team league will add clubs in St. Louis, Charlotte, Sacramento and Austin, Texas, over the next two years. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Association announced Thursday that they have agreed a five-year deal that would boost player salaries and free agency rights. The collective bargaining agreement, which must still be ratified by the MLS board of governors and league players, comes just over three weeks before the kickoff of the league’s 25th campaign. “Players have secured an agreement that will substantially change what it means to be an MLS player,” MLSPA executive director Bob Foose said. Loading…
Colonel Henry Biñas, city police, said these policemen were transferred to the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) headquarters. The reassignment order came out in three separate orders duly signed by Police Lieutenant Fermin Pula, chief , Administrative of the BCPO dated May 6. The BCPO chief, however, refused to give further details as to what specific instructions the policemen failed to comply with. “The five police personnel were temporarily relieved while an investigation or an evaluation of their performance because we have an instruction that they have not complied in relation to the ECQ (enhanced community quarantine),” according to Biñas. BACOLOD City – A station commander and four non-commissioned police personnel of Police Station 8 in this city were relieved from their post. Police Major Charles Gever was reassigned to administrative section of the BCPO. He was replaced by Police Executive Master Sergeant Voltaire Sy, who was from the administrative section of BCPO and designated as officer-in-charge of Police Station 8 effective May 6 based on the order of Biñas. “We all know that we have a problem on the ECQ, so we want that all of our instructions on ECQ should be followed strictly,” Biñas said. “We will give them an opportunity to give their side.”/PN Chrismar Leduna and Rusty Nino, both with the ranks of Police Corporal; and Philip Cueto and Reenmar Bernil, with the ranks of Patrolman were all transferred to the Headquarters’ Group of BCPO.
Greensburg, In. — Officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation say work on a single-span bridge on State Road 3 on Decatur County will begin in April.Franklin-based Duncan Robertson Inc. will complete the $820,140 project that will replace the aging superstructure of a concrete girder bridge over Muddy Fork Sand Creek—originally built in 1929—with a 34-foot-long concrete slab accommodating 33 feet of clear roadway side-to-side. Work is slated to begin on or after April 1, 2019.Operations will concentrate on one-half of the structure at a time. This will facilitate continuous single-lane traffic flow controlled by temporary signals at either end of the worksite. Access to driveways will be maintained at all times.The State Road 3 bridge is located one mile north of Interstate 74, 0.4 miles south of North Decatur High School.
RelatedPosts Two defeats after coronavirus-induced stoppage cost coach his job Thiago Alcantara out for three weeks Bayern in German Cup final after win over Frankfurt Jerome Boateng has been handed a two-match ban by the German Football Association following his red card in Bayern Munich’s 5-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.Former Germany centre-back Boateng was dismissed in the ninth minute of the Bundesliga match at the Allianz Arena after referee Markus Schmidt consulted VAR over his trip on Goncalo Paciencia as the last man.The DFB confirmed the suspension will not be appealed, meaning the 31-year-old will miss Bayern’s home clash with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday and the trip to Fortuna Dusseldorf after the international break.Bayern’s defeat to Frankfurt was their heaviest Bundesliga loss since going down 5-1 to Wolfsburg in April 2009 and cost head coach Niko Kovac his job.Interim boss Hansi Flick, who will be assisted by Hermann Gerland, will find himself significantly shorthanded in defence for his first league matches, with Niklas Sule and Lucas Hernandez long-term absentees.Jose Mourinho, Massimiliano Allegri and Erik ten Hag have all been touted as permanent successors to Kovac, though the Ajax boss on Monday confirmed he will not leave the Eredivisie side before the end of the season.He told reporters when asked if he plans to stay with the Dutch champions: “I can confirm that. I feel a strong connection with my team, with everyone with Ajax. I can confirm I will stay in Ajax this season.”Ten Hag, who was previously manager of Bayern’s reserve side between 2013 and 2015, added: “Bayern is a fantastic club – I felt really comfortable and really enjoyed working there. They are still in my heart, but now I am with Ajax.“I’m not a dreamer – I focus on Ajax and that’s important. I live for today, my only focus is on Ajax and tomorrow’s [Tuesday’s] game with Chelsea.”Bayern President Uli Hoeness has since revealed that he expects the Bundesliga side to appoint a new manager within the next three weeks.Regarding matters on the pitch, Bayern face Olympiacos in the Champions League on Wednesday night, with the Bavarians looking to make it four wins from four having won their previous three matches in Group B.Tags: Eintracht Frankfurt
SUPER-stock rider Elliot Vieira has set his sights on retaining the circuit record at the Bushy Park Raceway when the third leg Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) heads there this weekend.During his last outing there, the CMRC defending champion had set the lap record, a blistering 1:04.269 (one minute four point two six nine) seconds which was later reset by the home nation’s Brook Miller with a time of 1m 04.192s“Hopefully, when I go over there I can retain my circuit record. Brook is pretty quick out there so it’s going to be no easy task but I am up for the challenge,” he told Chronicle Sport.Following a damaged bike in at the second round in Trinidad due to a defective master brake cylinder, Elliot says the bike is in working condition with very minimal work to be done ahead of round three.“I’ve completely gone back to the stock brakes, the OEM, factory brakes, callipers,” he added, noting that for now, the entire bike currently just requires suspension work.“I know that I’m really far back in the points as it relates to my title defence and I’m hoping to make most of those points back up in Barbados and I will continue the fight if it is possible.”Elliot currently sits fourth in the standings with 43 points, behind Jamaica’s Robert McDonald, and his cousins Matthew (105) and Stephen (122) of Guyana.
Something has to give.When two of the county’s most well-known programs meet Saturday, each team will have reason for optimism.USC is 25-1 in non-conference games since 2002, its lone blemish coming against Kansas State in USC coach Pete Carroll’s second year.Proving point · True freshman quarterback Matt Barkley made it look easy against San Jose State last week, but the 19-year-old will have to show he can handle the pressure in front of 105,000 fans in Columbus, Ohio. – Mike Lee | Daily TrojanOhio State is undefeated in non-conference home games under head coach Jim Tressel.With intersectional matchups between top teams becoming a dying breed, anticipation is at a high for Saturday’s game between No. 3 USC (1-0) and No. 8 Ohio State (1-0) at Ohio Stadium at 5 p.m.More than 105,000 fans are expected to pack into “The Horseshoe” for ABC’s primetime game between the preseason favorites to win the Pac-10 and the Big Ten.USC has won its last six games against Ohio State, including a 35-3 romp at the Coliseum last year, but the team expects to have its hands full against a hostile crowd on the road.“We want to carry all of the same elements it takes to play well in that challenge,” USC coach Pete Carroll said earlier this week. “The difference in this game is really the noise.”The trip to Columbus is expected to be the first true test for USC, which coasted to a 56-3 win against San Jose State in the opener last week at home. All eyes will be on true freshman Matt Barkley, who will start on the road at quarterback for the first time in his career in front of a volatile Buckeye crowd.Crowd noise was pumped through loudspeakers in practice all week to prepare for the raucous venue. Beyond acclimating Barkley to the basics of going on the road, however, Carroll said the plan was to keep the status quo for his quarterback.“I would think he’s going to have fun with it,” Carroll said. “He’s going to be excited to see what it looks like to be in an on opponent’s stadium of that stature and all. I don’t think it will matter to him at all.”Ohio State narrowly escaped its opener against Navy last Saturday with a 31-27 win. The Midshipmen had a chance to tie the game with a little more than two minutes left in the fourth quarter, but an Ohio State linebacker intercepted the two-point conversion attempt and returned it for two points the other way.The close call dropped the Buckeyes three spots in the polls.“I thought we were playing fairly well to a certain degree and then we allowed some things to happen which turned it in to quite a football game,” Tressel said in a press conference.Sophomore quarterback Terrelle Pryor has become the centerpiece of the Ohio State offense after an up-and-down freshman year. Pryor rotated with Todd Boeckman in last year’s game against USC, but neither was able to get into a rhythm and the Buckeyes attack lagged.With new faces at receiver, running back and offensive line, Pryor will be depended upon to spark the Buckeyes with both his running and throwing ability.Garrett Green has emulated Pryor for the Trojans in practice, but Carroll said that he has never had a player like the 6-foot-6 Pryor while at USC.“This is a very, very unusual athlete to be this tall and this fast and have a great arm,” Carroll said. “I think you’ll see he’s not just a runner. He’s working hard to be an all-around quarterback.”The return to Columbus is a welcome opportunity for Carroll, who coached at Ohio State in 1979 as an assistant. He cited FedExField in his 2004 match against Virginia Tech as the loudest stadium he has experienced as a college coach but noted he was looking forward to Saturday night’s atmosphere.“It will be a big event for our young that haven’t been on the road before or in a situation like this,” Carroll said. “It’s an extraordinary place to play.”
Galloping down the hill, he picked out Colorado’s Ammar Moussa. Colorado entered the race looking for its third-straight national championship, and Moussa, the year before, finished in fifth. All he had to do was beat Moussa.He zeroed in. An entire pack of runners remained between Germano and Moussa. One-by-one he picked off his competition, inching closer to that Colorado jersey.Germano’s mother and sister, Sara, watched just feet from the finish line. They hadn’t expected Germano to be in the position he was in.“You see this short kid with a beard,” Sara said, “and I’m like, ‘That can’t be Philo. He shouldn’t be here already.’ And I think I turned to my mother and I was like ‘Is that Philo? Why is he here already?’”When she saw him that early, Sara thought that meant Colorado might have won.But Sara didn’t know she was seeing the crucial part of the race that might decide that. Germano was on a mission to track down Moussa. Step-by-step he inched closer, until just three steps before the line, he edged out the All-American.“‘Yes! I got Ammar,’” Germano remembered thinking. “I really didn’t know where I was but I was like, ‘I got him.’”In the final 2 kilometers, Germano soared from 53rd to 39th, making him an All-American. But more importantly, he dropped 14 points off Syracuse’s score.In the tent afterwards, SU awaited the results. The scoreboard kept switching the leads and the positions. Finally it held for a few moments, and didn’t change.Syracuse 82, Colorado 91.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorThe tent went berserk. Sara raced in after the announcement to find her brother. She told him his finish. He couldn’t believe it.The coaching staff wanted Germano around 75. Had he finished even in 53rd, SU loses. Those 14 points won Syracuse its first national championship in 64 years.“He has always thought of himself as elite,” Fox said, “even if other people haven’t, including me. And he’s proven it every time.”After the race, Germano called his father, who was watching from home. With tears rolling down his face and a shaky voice, he told Phil that he was an All-American.“It was the happiest that Philo ever was in his life,” Phil said. “I’ll never forget that.”***Two years after that legendary kick, Germano has cemented his legacy yet he doesn’t feel done.Germano wasn’t recruited to SU. He didn’t succeed when he first arrived. He faced injury and struggled to build himself from at one point being Fox’s slowest runner.“Seeing what Philo’s done,” Hehir said, “should be a huge inspiration to other runners out there who don’t think they’re good enough.”But much of that is because of the obstacles that he had to overcome to achieve his dream at his dream school. Anywhere else and none of it may have been possible.“Twenty years from now, Philo will never say, ‘Gee dad, I wonder how good I could’ve been,” Phil said. “He knows. You can’t ask for anything more than that.” Comments Published on November 15, 2017 at 9:56 pm Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Twitter Google+ In fall 2012, Albany High School head coach John Deer stood by the finish line of the New York Section II race in Saratoga. On both sides of him stood University at Albany SUNY cross-country coaches. Much of the last mile was hidden by trees. But the last 600 meters opened into a wide field. Deer watched and waited for his best runner, Philo Germano, to appear.From the finish, the crowd barely made out one runner hustling down the hill. He was small but speedy.Deer remembered UAlbany coach Roberto Vives saying, “Is that Philo? It’s Philo! It’s Philo!”Albany had never had a champion before, and Deer said at the beginning of that year it wasn’t expected to have one. The now-senior All-American at Syracuse was never expected to be the accomplished runner that he is. A walk-on wasn’t expected to lift the Orange to its first national championship since 1951. Germano knew he could. On Saturday, Germano looks to help Syracuse win its second national championship in three years and third in total. This, all from a runner who wasn’t even supposed to be here to begin with.***AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGermano had always been a two-sport athlete: running and baseball. In the beginning, he ran cross-country to get in shape for baseball, but he had never been a great runner.That changed during his junior year of high school. He became one of the best runners in Section II, and decided to drop baseball to focus on running. The following year, he validated his decision by winning the Section II Championship.On that cold November day, Germano crossed the finish line first. While everyone else celebrated, Germano instantly looked toward the following weekend in Elma, New York where Syracuse would scout the state meet.On that morning of Nov. 10, 2012, Germano eyed the SU logos from far away. Deer felt if Germano could finish in the top 10, he might draw attention from Syracuse assistant coaches Brien Bell and Adam Smith.The gun fired. Germano chugged and crossed the finish line in 13th. His final time of 16:03.4 was six full seconds behind 10th place. Deer remembered looking over at his senior, eyes locked on Bell and Smith. They never approached him.“I was mainly just disappointed about the race,” Germano said. “I had bigger goals.”Despite the letdown, the race qualified Germano for regionals, where he then earned a spot at nationals.Even though he wasn’t recruited to play at Syracuse, Germano walked onto the team his freshman year. When Bell and Smith didn’t approach him, he kept his head up and called Smith about joining the team.“His (personal records) weren’t anything jaw-dropping,” Smith said. “(But he’s) the kind of guy we look for. A good, team guy that wants to work hard.”Germano wasn’t prepared for what would happen.***Germano raced around the indoor track at Penn State in February 2014, quickly losing ground on the lead pack. Lap-by-lap, he dropped deeper. When the 5,000-meter race was over, Germano crossed the line in 13th out of 22 participants, last among all Syracuse runners. He was just a freshman walk-on who redshirted the cross-country season, but that didn’t wasn’t an excuse for him.“I absolutely blew up,” Germano said.Syracuse head coach Chris Fox and Bell pulled the freshman aside. It was his first race for Syracuse. But like himself, the coaches expected more out of him.“He wasn’t Division I ready,” Germano’s father Phil said. “Not even close. What it took to work out and prepare for the program, he was not ready for that. But he had the will and desire.”After that race, Germano’s mindset changed. He turned into a “sponge,” said then-Syracuse star Martin Hehir.Philo is probably 5-foot-5 and he walks around like he’s 6-foot-6. He doesn’t back down to a challenge.Adam SmithGradually, Germano improved. He lagged behind less and less during workouts as he adjusted to the “professional” environment his coaches established. At the end of his true freshman year, Germano was still one of the slowest runners on the team, but he felt stronger, and that strength carried into the summer, until he hit another obstacle.Germano spent that summer working as a lifeguard at Lincoln Park Pool. In between shifts, some of the lifeguards played soccer in a field next to the pool. Divots littered the field. On a hot summer day, Germano juked and ran to make a play on the ball. He kicked. His body went one way and his foot the other.“I heard a pop,” Germano said. “I kept trying to run on it. I was like ‘this isn’t real. This isn’t happening. It’s still good right?’”But it wasn’t. Germano damaged a ligament in his left foot. Just as he was beginning to gain steam as a runner, his redshirt freshman season ended as more of a rebuild from his injury. The first day he arrived on campus was his first day running that season, Germano said. Others had been training all summer, he couldn’t.Germano spent a great deal of that redshirt freshman season unable to contribute, watching his teammates travel the country and run against the nation’s best.“I’m already bottom of the pack,” he said. “And now I’m injured.”It was another season of disappointment for Germano, struggling to grasp with another missed opportunity to show he belonged. Instead of racing, the injured Germano helplessly had to watch his team compete, his sister Sara said.Once healed, he promised himself he would never feel helpless again.***Germano couldn’t believe it. Eighty-ninth at Wisconsin. He was furious. After battling back from injury the year before, he spent the summer in Syracuse training, and this race didn’t prove it.“That’s not what I wanted to do if I wanted to secure a spot,” Germano said, “to even run at nationals.”When the team arrived back in Syracuse, the first thing Germano did was shave his head. Rather than sport the flowing locks he had the entire year, he cut it all off.“I wanted something to blame,” Germano said. “I thought short-hair Philo was going to be better than long-hair Philo.”Everyone could see the change in appearance. He was more “hairodynamic,” a phrase Hehir coined. But Germano did something else that day, something no one else knew until after the season.“He didn’t want to be the guy that kept Syracuse from winning a national championship,” Phil said. “He’d just say ‘I don’t want to be that guy that holds us back.’”On the corner of his desk, sat a small post-it note. He wrote on the paper: “You are an All-American.”And improbably, he transformed into one.He wasn’t Division I ready. Not even close. What it took to work out and prepare for the program, he was not ready for that. But he had the will and desire.Phil Germano, Philo’s fatherThe ACC Championships took place in Tallahassee, Florida, just two weeks after Wisconsin. It was a hot morning at the end of October. Syracuse lined up in the pole position, Justyn Knight, Hehir and Colin Bennie up front, while Germano stood in the back of the remaining three SU runners. But he didn’t stay there.The race opened quickly, with teams sprinting ahead to reach the front of the bottlenecked course. Right up front ran Knight, Hehir and Bennie along with veterans Joel Hubbard and Dan Lennon. In the mix with them was Germano.“I’m looking at Fox like, ‘I almost feel like Philo’s too aggressive here,’” Smith said. “‘We’re going to want to tell him to hold up.’”But Fox let him run, and Germano didn’t let them down. He finished fourth for SU and 15th overall, earning Syracuse points for the first time in his career.The next week, Syracuse ran Sweet Road, as the team does before any important race. The instructions were simple: four-and-a-half mile tempo run, followed by a 90-second break and then one hard mile to finish it off.Germano had never had a great Sweet Road workout before, and as the coaches put it, that six-mile road is where champions are made. When the runners began crossing the last marker, Knight, Bennie and Hehir came in one-two-three, followed by Germano just ahead of Hubbard.“Fox and I were at the end of that mile like, ‘something’s happening here,” Smith said. “We knew he had something big in store.”Prepping for the national championship the following week, Fox’s goal for Germano was to be around 75th, Fox said. But Germano had higher expectations.The biggest test awaited at nationals. The race began like ACCs. The course thinned, and it was a race to the front to avoid getting caught in the back. Germano did just that, mixing in with his teammates toward the front. But as the race continued, he slipped. He took the first mile too fast and struggled to maintain his position.He bobbed in the 50s range and remained there for a few miles. Then, with 2 kilometers left in the race, Germano picked up speed. Gradually, over the next kilometer, he moved up, passing Hubbard to cement himself as SU’s fourth man.With about 800 meters left, runners reached the top of a hill before descending into an open straightaway. It looked like Saratoga three years earlier. When Germano hit the top of the hill, he saw Bell, who screamed, “We’re up by three points!”“That’s just enough to make you go, first of all, ‘Oh my God we can do this,’” Germano said, “and second of all, ‘This is way too close.’”
Former national U-17 head coach, Paa Kwesi Fabin, is the new head coach of Aduana Stars Football Club.The club made the development public on Friday after Fabin signed his contract to take over the technical branch of the team for the rest of the season.Fabin has signed a year’s deal with an option to extend at the end of the period.Earlier this week, Fabin was introduced to the playing body of the team to enable him familiarise himself with the squad he will be working with for the rest of the season.As quoted by footballmadeinghana.com, Fabin has said that the team has what it takes to possibly win the league title this season.Fabin’s first assignment is a match away at Dreams FC on Sunday in Dawu. Aduana Stars are currently second on the league table on 20 points.
Hack-a-DJ turned into Rout City on Sunday night at Staples Center.The Houston Rockets began fouling DeAndre Jordan with less than four minutes gone in the first quarter of Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinals series with the Clippers.It resulted in Jordan taking 28 free throw attempts in the first half, an NBA record for a playoff game. The Rockets were able to stay in the game and trailed by just six at halftime. But the Clippers went into beast mode and blew out the Rockets in the second half, coming away with a 128-95 victory before 19,490.• Photos: Clippers demolish Rockets to take 3-1 series lead The Clippers lead the series 3-1 with Game 5 slated for Tuesday night at Houston. A Clippers victory will advance them to the conference finals for the first time in franchise history.Jordan ended up shooting six more free throws in the second half. He made 14 of 34 overall, with all but four of those free throws coming via the Hack-a-DJ ploy.Clippers coach Doc Rivers was not shocked Rockets coach Kevin McHale went to it early.“You’re never surprised with it, honestly,” he said. “It’s a strategy, and again, you can use it. We’ve done it, too. I thought we handled it OK. I thought we tried to play too fast for a little stretch there trying to beat it. But … I told our guys at halftime, ‘We scored 60 points with them doing it, but we gave up too many points.’“So it’s funny, I was upset about that. I thought we were thinking about that instead of thinking about defending. In the second half I thought we did a better job of defending and the game changed.” McHale explained why he went to the strategy so early.“Well, we got Dwight in foul trouble, got in foul trouble right away,” McHale said of Dwight Howard, who took his second foul 3:40 into the game. “We were just trying to see if we could muck up the game a little bit.“We came back and tried to play small, so we thought maybe we could get them out of their rhythm a little bit.”The Clippers trailed 33-30 after one quarter, but led 60-54 at halftime. By the time the third quarter was over, they held 103-79 lead and built that cushion to as much as 37 points in the fourth.Jordan scored a game-high 26 points. He also pulled down 17 rebounds. Blake Griffin had 21 points and eight rebounds, J.J. Redick scored 18 and Chris Paul had 15 points and doled out 12 assists in his second game back after missing the first two games of the series with a hamstring strain.Austin Rivers contributed 13 points for the Clippers and Jamal Crawford 12.James Harden led Houston with 21 points, Trevor Ariza had 18 and Jason Terry 16. Harden and Ariza each grabbed eight rebounds. Jordan has been a victim of the Hack-a-DJ tactic all season. That’s what a 39.7 free-throw shooting percentage will do.“I didn’t really know how many I was shooting,” Jordan said. “I was just trying to make as many as I could for our team, and on the other end just try to get as many stops as I could in a row.”Griffin had a chat with Jordan at halftime. At that point, Jordan was 10 of 28; he was 4 of 6 in the third quarter and did not have to play in the fourth.“I said to him at halftime, ‘Look at everything that happened, look at all the things they did to slow the game down, and we’re up by six,’ “ Griffin said. “That was our message at halftime, and that was my message to him. We don’t really give ourselves any choice but to just keep going, and that’s the thing that I think is awesome about this team.”Paul was asked to talk about his team’s chance to make it to the conference finals Tuesday for the first time.“It means that us as a team have an opportunity to win on Tuesday,” he said. “Yeah, I mean, it’s about us, not about the Clippers’ franchise and all that. It’s about us in that locker room and we’ve just got to go out there and play.”Harden, who led the league this season in free-throw attempts with 10.2 per game, was 9 of 10 in this one after he shot just five in Game 3. He was told it appears the Clippers are doing a good job of holding their hands up on his drives so as not to send him to the line too much. Harden was 15 of 15 in a Game 2 victory.“Do you think so?” Harden said. “I’ve got a couple of scratches on my arm to show you. But it is what it is.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error