Home quarantine for repatriated Antique OFWs, LSIs starting today

first_imgThe kits will be used by their respective municipal health offices to test OFWs, LSIs and constituents. A total of 1,625 LSIs, particularly sugar migrants, and 188 OFWs have returned in this province after being stranded in different parts of the country due to travel restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19.Each municipality in this province has one virus quarantine facility.Cadiao, meanwhile, distributed 50 rapid diagnostic test kits each to all the mayors after the meeting. “We have purchased P15 million worth of test kits,” the governor stressed. This was announced by Gov. Rhodora Cadiao during a meeting with the League of Municipalities in the Philippines-Antique chapter and the Antique Inter-Agency Task force on COVID-19 at the Binirayan Gymnasium here on May 29.  The repatriates, however, should prove first that they do not exhibit signs and symptoms of the virus such as fever and dry cough before they will be allowed to do so. Another batch of Antiqueño overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) return home on May 31 after being stranded in Metro Manila due to travel restrictions imposed to suppress the spread of coronavirus disease 2019. Gov. Rhodora Cadiao said OFWs and locally stranded individuals are allowed to finish their mandatory 14-day isolation in their homes starting today if they do not show symptoms of the virus. PDRRMO-ANTIQUEcenter_img “The Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) would also monitor them daily,” he added. Provincial health officer Dr. Leoncio Abiera, for his part, said those who will undergo home quarantine should make sure that they stay inside their rooms to avoid spreading COVID-19 to their family members. SAN JOSE, Antique – Antiqueño overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who were repatriated and are currently undergoing mandatory 14-day isolation at coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) quarantine centers in their respective towns would be allowed to complete their isolation in their own houses starting today. She added that the fund for the purchase of the test kits was taken from the Bayanihan Grant provided by the national government.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Team Nigeria win gold, silver, bronze at African Track Championship

first_imgRelatedPosts Igali praises Team Nigeria’s performance in Rome tournament Team Nigeria wins 11 medals at African Track Championship Tokyo 2020: Team Nigeria to participate in 11 sports Team Nigeria at the ongoing African Track Cycling Championship in Cairo, Egypt have won one gold, one silver and a bronze. The championship, organised by the African Cycling Confederation, began on Thursday and will end on Sunday. According to the competition’s website, Grace Ayuba won gold in the junior category from the scratch 7.5km event. Former world number five on track cycling in the junior category, Mary Samuel, led the Nigeria team to win silver in team pursuit women elite. Others in the team are Tawakalt Yekeem, Ese Ukpesersye and Rita Oven. Team Nigeria also won a bronze in the team sprint women elite as the championship continues.Tags: Africa Track ChampionshipsAfrican Cycling ConfederationGrace AyubaTeam Nigerialast_img read more

Rodgers asked to explain comments

first_img Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been asked for “his observations” following his recent comments about referee Lee Mason, the Football Association has confirmed. An FA spokesman said: “We have contacted Brendan Rodgers to seek his observations in relation to his post-match comments made following the game at Manchester City.” Rodgers has until January 2 to respond to the FA’s request. The FA will then consider whether any further action is necessary. Rodgers could be warned as to his future conduct or hit with a financial penalty if found guilty of any charge. Rodgers has insisted his remarks were not intended as an attack on Mason’s integrity. The Northern Irishman feels he was making a valid point about where Mason is from and indicated, as he met the press to preview Sunday’s game at Chelsea, that he would stress that to the FA. He said: “I was only speaking honestly after the game. “I think the FA and the Referees’ Association know perfectly well I am someone who engages in supporting the referees. Rodgers questioned the decision to appoint Mason to his side’s Boxing Day Barclays Premier League defeat at Manchester City because he is from the Greater Manchester area. The Reds boss had been frustrated by a number of decisions made by Bolton official Mason and his assistants during the 2-1 loss at the Etihad Stadium. “I am not on that berates referees at all after games, I always respect them. I ask my staff to be respectful. “In terms of geography, I certainly wasn’t questioning the integrity of referees. “It was more the logic of it in terms of having a referee from that part of the world refereeing a game in Manchester. “I wouldn’t suspect that Mike Dean, from the Wirral, has refereed many games for Liverpool over the years.” Dean, incidentally, was dropped from officiating at the 2006 FA Cup final between Liverpool and West Ham for geographical reasons. Rodgers, formerly manager of Watford, Reading and Swansea, believes he has maintained high standards of behaviour throughout his career and his post-match comments were delivered in a calm, considered manner. He said: “I think if you look at my record since I have been a manager, I have never had any indiscretions whatsoever. “I never get involved in that way of working, I don’t play games. “I am sure that is something they will look at but I will always fight my corner. “That is the type I am, and always will be, but I respect the authorities. We will see what happens.” Rodgers was certainly not willing to backtrack on any of his complaints about the decisions he had issues with. Liverpool’s primary source of frustration was an incorrect offside call in the first half when Raheem Sterling was clean through. Luis Suarez was also denied a free-kick on the edge of the area and a penalty after clashes with Joleon Lescott later in the game. Rodgers said: “I think it was continuous throughout the game – the decision-making being poor. I think there was evidence of that. “I have to speak on behalf of the supporters of this club – this club is an emotional investment for many millions of people throughout the world. As the manager I represent them. “I am sure wherever they were throughout the world they would have been asking questions on the decision-making. I repeat, I didn’t think it was so good. “My team was brilliant, confident, creative and consistent in their attitude in the game but we had no help whatsoever.” City’s victory knocked Liverpool from the top of the table down to fourth. But the Reds more than matched the title favourites and threatened their 100 per cent home record more than any other side this season. Philippe Coutinho gave them a 24th-minute lead before Vincent Kompany and Alvaro Negredo replied before half-time. Aside from the controversies, Liverpool had other chances to respond, most notably when Joe Hart saved well from Coutinho and Sterling blazed over from close range. Rodgers said: “We went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in Europe. We take great confidence from that. “When you miss the chances we missed, and play as well as we did, it is disappointing not to get a result. “That was a big statement from us.” The task is now to maintain those standards against another title challenger at Stamford Bridge. Rodgers said: “At this moment in time we are just focusing on the next game and that is all we have done during the course of this calendar year. “That has served us well. Let’s see where it takes us.” last_img read more

Bruce rues decisions against Hull

first_imgSteve Bruce felt two controversial decisions cost his Hull side the chance of easing their relegation worries at Swansea. Hull remain three points above the Barclays Premier League drop zone after losing 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium, but Tigers boss Bruce was upset with the nature of Swansea’s second goal from Bafetimbi Gomis and the 53rd minute red card shown to Tigers midfielder David Meyler. “We were nowhere near good enough in the first half but two big decisions have gone against us,” Bruce said. Press Association “We did that in the second half, we showed far more urgency but you don’t usually get something out of a game when you go down to 10 men.” Swansea manager Garry Monk confirmed Naughton had gone to hospital to have his swollen ankle assessed. “We hope it’s not a serious injury and Naughton is the only negative on the day,” Monk said. “It was a genuine 50-50 ball for both players to have and my initial reaction was that it was bad challenge. “I don’t think there was any malice from the player but you always run that risk when your foot goes over the ball.” Swansea’s win took them to within a point of their best Premier League points total of 47 with seven games of the season remaining and Monk said beating that mark continues to drive his players on. “Everyone has said we’re not fighting relegation, we’re not fighting for Europe – what are we fighting for?” Monk said. “But we’ve got our own targets and our plan is to surpass that points total. “I warned the players at half-time that Hull were fighting for their lives and they would throw caution to the wind but the commitment and desire was there from my team and ultimately we go that deserved third goal.” “Gomis’ goal is a fantastic piece of individual skill but he is five yards offside. “When the ball comes back into the box we’ve had a collision between two of our players because they are worried about Gomis’ whereabouts.” Gomis’ acrobatic scissors kick gave Swansea a 2-0 cushion close to half-time but Paul McShane pulled one back five minutes after the break and Bruce felt his side could get something from the game. But Meyler was sent off three minutes later for clattering into Swansea full-back Kyle Naughton, who took no further part in the game and was later sent to hospital for x-rays on his damaged ankle. “I’m sure half of you press lads will say it’s harsh and the other half will say it deserves a red card,” Bruce said. “I’ve now seen it six times from three angles and three of them I think it’s a perfectly decent challenge and the other three he takes part of the ball but his leg collides with the player. “The referee’s given the decision by what he sees, and from his angle he might see it as reckless, but you may as well say in these grey areas you’re not allowed to tackle on the floor. “We all want our team to fight and compete because that’s what the Premier League is, and I’m ranting and raving at my team at half-time to make sure there are a few challenges and we make a fist of it. last_img read more

Berghuis inspired by Van Persie

first_img Press Association Watford forward Steven Berghuis has revealed that Robin van Persie inspired him to join the Barclays Premier League. Berghuis became one of many summer recruits to the club’s ever-growing multi-national squad when he arrived from AZ Alkmaar for £4.6million in July. Van Persie, the sole survivor of an influential generation of Dutch Premier League footballers that included Dennis Bergkamp, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Arjen Robben and Dirk Kuyt, left Manchester United for Fenerbahce only days earlier but his influence on the 23-year-old winger remains. center_img “Of course (I’d like to emulate them),” said Berghuis. “I followed Van Persie the most in my youth, Bergkamp a little bit and Van Nistelrooy. I think Van Persie is my favourite of the three. “He is left-footed, creative and always tries to show nice things, he’s nice to watch. “I like to play with my left (foot) from the right, and try to create chances. Always playing forward. “I like to play from the right. At AZ (Alkmaar) when I was playing good it was always from there.” Nathan Ake, who has joined Watford on loan from Chelsea, is another Dutchman in the Hornets’ squad. While at present there are concerns about the limited opportunities available to young Premier League footballers, Berghuis felt he had to seize the opportunity to move to England while the option remained because of a belief that Dutch football is in decline. “I spoke with (QPR’s) Leroy Fer (about the Premier League),” he said. “I spoke with (Middlesbrough’s) Dwight Tiendalli also. They all told me I have to (join the Premier League) because it is an amazing competition. And also with my age I think I had to do it. “In Holland the level is going down and the clubs in other countries don’t look a lot at Holland anymore because the level is going down, I think. “I had an injury last year where I broke my foot, you never know if that can happen again. So I had to take this chance and it is a beautiful club.” last_img read more

Olivero: Poor early play from SU illustrates lingering weaknesses

first_img Published on September 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm You are right, Doug Marrone. It was not ‘Here we go again.’ This Syracuse football team did not melt down against Maine for the entirety of its 38-14 win Saturday. It wasn’t Akron 2008, part deux. It did not become what could have been a loss worse than any of Greg Robinson’s 37. And, boy, were there some bad ones. The Orange roared back Saturday night –– albeit against a team that failed to score against Albany –– to the tune of 31 unanswered points against the Black Bears. In the second half, SU played the part of the BCS conference team bullying a second-division foe, playing in its biggest game of the year. Yes, SU got the job done. And the win. But what the Orange did not show is the swagger the team has so openly spoken of thus far this season. That mentality of punching not Maine’s Warren Smith, but Jake Locker, in the mouth. The first half Saturday couldn’t have been the furthest thing from it. The Orange coddled the Black Bears. Maine punched Syracuse in the mouth — again. Against the team that failed to score against Albany, the Orange outgained the Black Bears by only one yard in the first half (129-128).AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Easy catches were dropped (hello, Alec Lemon). Coverage assignments were blown wide open (hello, Mike Holmes), only to have a Maine wide receiver do what wide receivers from Maine do: Drop surefire touchdown passes in the biggest moment of their careers (hello, Derek Session). Punt returns were muffed (hello, Steve Rene). And clear, immature penalties were committed (hello, Phillip Thomas). Many. All, against Maine. SU did what it needed to do. But in a young season in which not a single Big East team is capitalizing on, seemingly, everyone else’s empty performances (hello, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Cincinnati and Louisville), the Orange failed to capitalize on an opportunity to prove to the rest of the fledgling conference that it should be considered a contender. ‘I am disappointed with the way we played offensively,’ Marrone said. ‘I don’t think we looked like we were ready to take that field. That’s not how we have been in the last two games.’ Syracuse in no way, shape or form played with that swagger in a complete sense Saturday. They couldn’t have, and a 14-10 deficit to Maine with 35 seconds left in the first half is proof of that. SU looked like the Orange of the Robinson days. To SU fans, that first 29:25 felt exactly like ‘Here we go again.’ And simply because of that reason — because the Orange failed to show up in the first half of its home opener after 40 days of swag-talking since practices opened on Aug. 9 — the Orange can’t peddle that it has swagger moving forward at this point in the season. After being blitzed by Jake Locker and Washington, SU followed it up by being blitzed by Warren Smith and Maine in the first half Saturday. Sure, those 10 true freshmen are still getting their feet wet. Sure, Ryan Nassib set a school record with five touchdown passes. Sure, the entire offense had to adjust to game planning the passing attack without Aaron Weaver. Sure, the second half was exactly what Doug Marrone was expecting. But the first half wasn’t. It was a 30-minute bear trap for the Orange. And in the middle of that bear trap in the second quarter, wrestling Maine offensive tackle Joseph Hook was SU defensive tackle Andrew Lewis. With his team down, Lewis was down as well, pinned to the Carrier Dome turf by Hook like an opponent of Iowa wrestling. It wasn’t quite a punch in the mouth, but with the bear trap came a shove from Hook. All Lewis could do was flail his arm hopelessly in response. No jab. No cross. No hook. It was ‘Here we go again.’ And with a little bit of that sentiment still lingering, that swagger can’t be taken seriously. Said Marrone: ‘Are there things to clean up? Absolutely.’ Tony Olivero is an assistant sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at aolivero@syr.edu. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC tennis hosts first round of NCAAs

first_imgIt’s that time of year again — the moment that USC’s men’s and women’s tennis teams have been preparing for all season long. The NCAA tennis team championships are beginning on May 9, and the Trojan squads are prepared to make themselves heard.Both the Trojans and the Women of Troy will face off against the Idaho Vandals in the first round of the tournament at USC’s Marks Stadium from May 9-11.USC’s men’s tennis team, the top-ranked squad in the nation, earned the No. 1 overall seed in the 64-team tournament and will host Idaho on May 10 at noon.“It’s an honor and it’s a privilege to be the No. 1 seed, and that’s great,” said USC head coach Peter Smith. “But that and a dollar will get you a cup of coffee — it’s really meaningless. I’m not really ever into what we’ve done, it’s all about what we’re gonna do.”The Trojans boast a 26-3 overall record heading into the NCAA tournament, highlighted by two wins over crosstown rival UCLA, a run to the championships of the ITA Team National Indoor Tournament and a perfect 7-0 mark in Pac-12 play.Heading into NCAAs, though, the team will have to bounce back from last weekend’s loss in the Pac-12 championship match to the Bruins (22-3, 6-1). In that match, the Trojans ceded the doubles point and couldn’t pull their weight in singles, despite wins on the top two courts by junior Yannick Hanfmann and senior co-captain Ray Sarmiento.In the first round of NCAAs, USC will host unranked Idaho (11-13, 2-1 Western Athletic Conderence), who received an automatic bid to the tournament by winning the WAC tournament. Idaho has no players ranked in singles or doubles by the ITA, but is riding a season-high four-match winning streak.Should the Trojans defeat the Vandals in the first round, they would face the winner of the first-round matchup between No. 28 Oklahoma State and No. 43 Michigan in a second-round tilt on May 11 at 1 p.m. The Cowboys are the second-seeded team in the West regional and boast a 21-7 record, while the Wolverines have put together a 16-12 record this season.In the time leading up to the tournament, the Trojans are focusing on sharpening their skills.“I think these two weeks are gonna be key for what’s gonna happen at the NCAAs,” said junior Roberto Quiroz, who has won 17 straight matches. “We have to push ourselves and try to get better every day to give ourselves a chance to win it.”Last year, the Trojans breezed through the first two rounds of the tournament and the Round of 16. This set up a quarterfinal tilt against Ohio State in which the Buckeyes were able to end USC’s drive for a fifth straight national championship.Smith asserts that this team has a better shot of making a deep run in the tournament than last year’s team did.“I think we’re a lot closer [than last year’s squad],” Smith said. “I think everybody mostly has their egos in check, I think everybody is team-oriented, team-first. And so I think the culture of this team is a lot better than the culture of that team. I would say culture wins out over talent, 99 times out of 100.”And while USC’s men’s team appears even stronger than it did at this time last year, USC’s women’s squad has had quite a rocky season.Last year around this time, the Women of Troy earned the No. 5 overall seed after going 21-2 on the season. This time around, USC’s 13th-ranked women’s team is 16-7 and is heading into the NCAA tournament as the No. 16 seed. Though the team hasn’t put together quite as impressive of a record as it did last season, some members still found success at this year’s Pac-12 championships.Though the men’s conference tournament is a team competition, the women play in singles or doubles only, and USC’s women put on a dominant performance last weekend in Ojai, Calif.Junior Zoë Scandalis, ranked No. 27 in the nation, defeated four nationally ranked opponents (two of whom were ranked higher than the San Diego native) on her way to the title match, where she faced off against UCLA’s Jennifer Brady. Scandalis lost in straight sets but demonstrated impressive resolve in making it to the finals.Additionally, junior Giuliana Olmos won the Pac-12 singles invitational crown.Olmos continued her winning ways in doubles that day with Christian. In its first tournament together all season, the duo worked its way to a spot in the finals against top-seeded Kristie Ahn and Carol Zhao of Stanford. The Women of Troy kept their composure and upset the Cardinal duo, 6-3, 6-3. With the win, Christian earned her third consecutive Pac-12 doubles crown, having won the title with Santamaria twice before.“We are very excited about our results at the Pac-12 championship with a doubles victory and a finalist in singles,” said USC women’s head coach Richard Gallien. “Giuliana winning the invitational was a great boost for her as well.”This success will provide the team some momentum heading into NCAAs against a 19-5 Idaho squad that, despite having no ranked players, just won the WAC championship. The Women of Troy will face Idaho on May 9 at 2 p.m.If the Women of Troy come out on top against the Vandals, the team will face the winner of the match between No. 17 Michigan and No. 71 Fresno State. Though nothing is guaranteed, Gallien hopes to use the home-court advantage to defeat Idaho and face the challenge of Michigan in the second round on May 11 at 3 p.m.“We are fired up to host the first two rounds of the NCAAs,” Gallien said. “We need to get by a tough Idaho squad and Michigan team to move on, but we are healthy and confident so I know we are going to be ready to really compete our very best.”Despite losing star player Santamaria for the season due to an ACL injury, the team is attempting to make a deep run in the tournament relative to last year.In 2013, the Women of Troy blazed through the opening two rounds at Marks Stadium but couldn’t produce a victory over Stanford in the Round of 16, falling 4-3.Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams are determined to make it past the first two rounds in Los Angeles and move on to more competitive play in Athens, Ga. Though it will be a long run to the finish line, Smith is convinced that if his Trojans put in the work, they will have what it takes to bring home their fifth national championship trophy in six years.“Right now, it’s, ‘How much does the team want to suffer in the next two weeks?’” Smith said on a sweltering 90-degree day. “If we want to suffer, then we’ve got a chance. I hope it’s hot like this every single day. It’s miserable, and it’s great. It’s gonna be miserable in Athens, and we’re gonna have to play through that miserableness to be successful.”USC’s teams have spent all season preparing for this tournament and know that they have to perform their best to come out on top.Sarmiento says the Trojans are reveling in the chance to display their talents and prove their worth as the No. 1 team in the country.“Obviously we have a target on our back, but that’s a good thing,” Sarmiento said. “We’ll always be ready.”last_img read more

FCPPL preview: WAFA v Bechem United is on today

first_imgMatchday 25 of the league begins on Friday with this game as three separate days will be used for all eight games across the country.In Sogakope, WAFA, who sit fourth on the log, host Bechem United.WAFA will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to Liberty Professionals and have the advantage as they play at their home grounds.Looking at the last three games for both teams, WAFA has lost twice and won one while Bechem United have the same results in losing twice and winning once.Bechem United won their last match against second placed team Berekum Chelsea but they’ll know that WAFA have won all their last three matches at home.Conversely, Bechem United have lost all their last three matches away and would want to end that poor form. The last time the two sides clashed at Bechem United’s home, the matched ended 1-1.Bechem United took the lead through Noah Martey and WAFA scored the equalizer with Koranteng Kennedy’s strike.FormWAFA (4th) last five matches: L W L W LBechem United(12th) last five matches: L W L L W –CLICK TO READ: Matchday 24 review – 7 things we learned CLICK TO READ: Editorial – No suspicious refereeing, please!– For live updates of this game from 3pm, follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Dolphins mock draft 2019: Predicting picks, NFL Draft plan, sleepers for Miami

first_imgSN’s NFL DRAFT HQ:Iyer’s mock draft | Live pick tracker | TV scheduleThe Dolphins have the standard seven picks, only without a pick in the sixth round. Look for their 2019 NFL Draft plan to focus on getting solid contributors vs. reaching for prospects. The positional emphasis will be where the defensive-minded Flores needs the most help to get better results in the near future.Dolphins NFL Draft picksRoundPickFirstNo. 13SecondNo. 48ThirdNo. 78FourthNo. 116FifthNo. 151SeventhNo. 233 (from Titans)SeventhNo. 234 (from Steelers through Browns)Dolphins’ NFL Draft team needsDefensive end: Cameron Wake, who has the second most sacks in franchise history, is now playing for the Titans. Andre Branch and William Hayes are also former Dolphins. Flores needs to find his version of Trey Flowers.Defensive tackle: The team moved on from Ndamukong Suh last offseason and is still working to re-establish the strength and depth of this positional rotation.Guard: Josh Sitton retired, and neither Ted Larsen nor Travis Swanson were retained as free agents on the inside. They have weak young options around center Daniel Kilgore.Quarterback: The Dolphins will think about taking a QB as a potential future starter, but they might table it to the 2020 first round with Fitzpatrick stopping the gap.Offensive tackle: The team lost Ja’Wuan James in free agency, so the right side needs to be addressed. They also have no depth behind 2016 first-round left tackle Laremy Tunsil.Defensive back: Minkah Fitzpatrick was the team’s 2017 first-round pick to round out safety, and Xavien Howard is one of the league’s best young corners, but Miami could use some subpackage help and depth.Dolphins mock draft 2019First-round plan:No. 13: Ed Oliver, DL, HoustonThe Dolphins can start off with a bang because they are well positioned to get exactly what they need most — either an edge pass-rusher or strong inside disruptor for Flores. Should Oliver (6-2, 287 pounds) still be available, he can give Flores and new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham a lot of both for their hybrid scheme. Oliver is a bit of a ‘tweener with no natural position, but Miami can use that to its advantage to move him up front and get the most of his up-field push.MORE: Full NFL mock draft for 2019Second-guessing that plan:Should the Dolphins go defensive front no matter what, Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell and Florida State’s Brian Burns also will be considerations, regardless of Oliver’s availability. Ferrell offers a flipside outside-to-inside versatility to Oliver, while Burns carries more explosive pass-rush potential.The Dolphins can also go offensive line first should Oklahoma’s Cody Ford (6-4, 329 pounds), who can be a mauling force at either guard or right tackle, remain on the board. To a slightly lesser degree, Alabama’s Jonah Williams has similar appeal.Last but not least, how about quarterback? Assuming Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins are off the board, the Dolphins will be tempted by Missouri’s Drew Lock more so than Duke’s Daniel Jones. Bottom line: For Grier, “best available player” will line up with most of the Dolphins’ top needs. The heat is on Miami to nail the first pick with a cornerstone for Flores. Don’t be surprised if …… the Dolphins trade down without any hesitation. The fact that they can go in multiple directions with No. 13 also works in their favor, because they can trade the pick to a team that is more desperate or locked on to a particular player or particular position. Miami is in the long game, and getting an extra pick to further stockpile talent is smart.The Dolphins should be happy they’re a ahead of the Redskins, Panthers and Giants (picks 15-17), as those teams could take players that either end (quarterback, edge rusher) or begin (wide receiver, tight end) a positional talent tier. The Dolphins might not need to work hard to find a willing trade partner.Day 2 plan:The Dolphins’ best offensive line option at No. 48 might be Ole Miss tackle Greg Little (6-5, 310 pounds). He is solid and smooth enough to start at right tackle as a rookie to flank fellow former Rebel Tunsil. They also can think of boosting their secondary with one of two versatile players, Virginia’s Juan Thornhill or Notre Dame’s Julian Love, with Temple’s Rock Ya-Sin being close to a no-brainer if he were to fall. For defensive end, regardless of their pick in Round 1, Michigan’s Chase Winovich should be firmly in play for the second round.At No. 78, Yodny Cajuste (6-5, 231 pounds), a Miami native, comes into focus first for offensive tackle. The Dolphins also might have their choice of two Wisconsin offensive line prospects, tackle David Edwards (6-6, 308) or guard Michael Dieter (6-5, 309 pounds). Down the route of defensive line versatility, an ideal prospect with that pick is Old Dominion’s Oshane Ximines (6-3, 253 pounds).Day 3 sleeper:Clayton Thorson, QB, NorthwesternThe Dolphins might be targeting Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa or Oregon’s Justin Herbert to be their true next franchise guy in the first round of the 2020 draft, but for now, it would serve them well to upgrade their backup situation behind Fitzpatrick. Offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea could use a smart developmental project. Thorson (6-4, 222) has prototypical size to go with a big arm, athleticism and toughness. The trick with him is getting him more consistent by improving his footwork, mechanics, pocket awareness and decision making.Thorson might go in the third round, but he is more likely to be the first QB taken on Day 3. Using No. 116 overall on him in the fourth round makes more sense for Miami.MORE: Dolphins sign AAF sack leader Final thoughts:The Dolphins are copycatting the Lions and Titans in trying to copycat the Patriots. A change in identity and operational sensibility does not come overnight. In Miami’s case, it requires considerable roster overhaul.There is reason to be optimistic that both Grier and Flores learned from Bill Belichick and will lead the Dolphins to the right personnel by seeing eye-to-eye on talent, round by methodical round. Whether they stick with seven picks or expend the haul, this lines up to be the Dolphins’ best draft since they got Tunsil, Howard and running back Kenyan Drake with consecutive picks in 2016.center_img The Dolphins got tired of floating in the NFL’s muddled middle and are doing something about it this offseason. They are trusting the combination of general manager Chris Grier and rookie coach Brian Flores to do things in a different way: Rebuilding with patience and through the draft.For Miami, given the rival AFC East organization from which both Grier and Flores came, that means more of the New England way. The team has avoided splashy moves in free agency, with the biggest being the trade of Ryan Tannehill and the signing of Ryan Fitzpatrick as the new bridge quarterback.last_img read more

De’Aaron Fox has no conditioning issues ahead of Lakers workout

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“He was productive on the court. But off the court, he was a great leader and tried to contribute to the team,” Humphries said. “I know he helped me a lot on the court and off the court when I wasn’t having the best games and stuff like that. He’s one of those players that can lift a team really quickly. It was really cool playing with him.”The six players the Lakers worked out on Monday are either candidates for the team to consider with its late first-round pick (No. 28) or as possible additions to its summer league roster. The group was heavy on experienced college players, with Kansas State senior forward Wesley Iwundu, Arizona State guard Torian Graham, Vanderbilt senior forward Luke Kornet, Georgetown senior guard Rodney Pryor and SMU senior forward Ben Moore joining Humphries.Humphries is projected as a second-round pick after averaging only 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds while shooting 51.1 percent with the Wildcats. After touting his versatility as a post player and shooter, Humphries also said the Wildcats’ ability to produce multiple NBA players year after year will help him and Fox adapt well to the rigors of pro basketball.“We know exactly what the pressures are, what to bring and what to expect,” Humphries said. “That’s kind of the culture they teach us at Kentucky. We have scouts everywhere we go. We’re used to it. We block it out.”Role acceptance EL SEGUNDO >> When the Lakers host their next pre-draft workout for a potential No. 2 draft pick on Tuesday, it is unlikely they will fret about the player’s conditioning.Kentucky freshman guard De’Aaron Fox has cemented himself among most NBA talent evaluators as a top-five pick partly because of his speed. So when Fox works out for the Lakers on Tuesday at their practice facility, the front office and coaching staff might want to have a stopwatch.“I’m seven-foot, so you can imagine it’s hard to keep up with him,” said Kentucky sophomore forward Isaac Humphries, who was among the latest wave of players who worked out for the Lakers on Monday. “It was good because I’ve never played on a team where transition was so easy. Our transition offense was our bread and butter. It showed pretty much the whole year.”Most NBA talent evaluators believe the Lakers will select UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball, who worked out with them last week. But even if the Lakers are intrigued with his leadership potential, passing and scoring, some observers thought Ball struggled with his conditioning. That appears unlikely to be an issue with Fox. Though Ball and Markelle Fultz are projected higher because of their potential as scorers, Fox has stood out for his defense and speed. He averaged 16.7 points, 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 47.9 percent from the field with the Wildcats. The Lakers regret not acting aggressively enough to retain Kent Bazemore as a free agent in 2014, and Lakers coach Luke Walton has plenty of respect for Warriors forward Andre Iguodala, who he played with at the University of Arizona and then coached at Golden State. The Lakers could find a player of that caliber in Iwundu, who might be available with the 28th pick.Iwundu has been busy, having already worked out with the Clippers, San Antonio, Indiana, Milwaukee, Sacramento, Orlando, Miami, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Toronto, Brooklyn, Atlanta and Utah. He also has future workouts scheduled with Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Portland and New York.“Those are guys that affect the game in so many ways without scoring,” Iwundu said of Bazemore and Iguodala. “I feel like that’s my type of game.”Iwundu described himself as “a very position-less guy,” who can guard both guards and forwards. He averaged 13 points and 6.3 rebounds on 52 percent shooting during his senior season while usually charged with defending an opponent’s top players, including Kansas guard/forward Josh Jackson.“Great player; very athletic,” Iwundu said of Jackson, who worked out for the Lakers in Sacramento last week. “He’s another guy who I see that can do a lot of things on the court.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more