Lewis, Moss, Owens, Urlacher highlight 8-person Hall class

first_imgLewis is widely considered one of the greatest middle linebackers, winning two AP Defensive Player of the Year awards and earning eight All-Pro selections. He anchored a dominant defense for the 2000 Baltimore Ravens in a season that ended with him winning Super Bowl MVP, then retired as a champion after Baltimore closed his last season with a title win over San Francisco in February 2013.“Growing up as a child, I know what that looked like, Mike Singletary, Dick Butkus,” Lewis said. “Who dreams of being in that category, sitting with those guys?”Lewis joined tackle Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens voted into the Hall of Fame as both of the team’s first-round picks in its initial season of 1996 received the high honor.Lewis’ career was also marked by legal problems off the field. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice after initially being charged with murder in connection with two killings following a Super Bowl party in Atlanta in January 2000. Lewis was also fined $250,000 by the NFL.Urlacher wasn’t far behind Lewis with his play on the field and is the latest in a line of great Chicago middle linebackers to make the Hall, joining Butkus, Singletary and Bill George. He was the Defensive Player of the Year of 2005 and joined Lewis on the 2000s all-decade team.Dawkins spent most of his 16-year career in Philadelphia, earning five first-team All-Pro selections for his versatility that included 37 career interceptions and 26 career sacks. He became the first player in NFL history with a sack, interception, fumble recovery and touchdown catch in the same game against Houston in 2002.Kramer got passed over 10 times previously as a finalist before finally getting enough votes as a senior to become the 14th member of the Vince Lombardi Packers to make the Hall. Kramer helped anchor the Green Bay line for 11 seasons, winning six NFL titles and making the block that cleared the way for Bart Starr’s TD sneak in the “Ice Bowl” for the 1967 NFL championship.Brazile was a finalist for the first time after a 10-year career for the Houston Oilers that included five straight All-Pro selections.Beathard, also not on hand Saturday, helped build four Super Bowl champions in Miami and Washington and made seven trips to the title game during more than three decades as a personnel executive with a sharp eye for talent.Five offensive linemen were among the 15 finalists, with tackle Joe Jacoby getting eliminated in voting that reduced the candidates to 10, and tackle Tony Boselli, guards Alan Faneca and Steve Hutchinson, and center Kevin Mawae getting cut in the next round of voting. MOST READ Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Patriots’ Brady wins 3rd MVP ahead of Super Bowl vs Eagles Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The door knocked and I started getting excited,” Moss said of Hall of Fame President David Baker alerting him he has been elected. “All the emotions caught the best of me because it’s been a long journey and it ends in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tears of joy.”Moss burst on the scene as a rookie in Minnesota in 1998 when he caught a league-leading 17 TD catches and helped lead the Vikings to the NFC title game. His combination of speed and athleticism made him the game’s most dangerous big-play threat and led to the phrase “You got Mossed” for embarrassed defensive backs.He led the NFL in TD catches five times, including his record 23 for New England in 2007, and earned four All-Pro selections. He finished his career with 982 catches for 15,292 yards and ranks second all-time with 156 TD receptions.Owens, who didn’t attend the announcement, entered the league as a third-round pick by San Francisco in 1996 but developed into a star known for some memorable playoff appearances, including his winning 25-yard TD catch to beat Green Bay in 1999; his 177 yards in a comeback win against the Giants in 2003; and his nine catches for 122 yards in the 2004 Super Bowl against New England just seven weeks after breaking his leg.Owens ranks second to Jerry Rice with 15,934 yards receiving and is third on the all-time touchdowns receiving list with 153.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right trackcenter_img LATEST STORIES View comments FILE – In this Aug. 17, 2012, file photo, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis reacts as he is introduced before an NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions in Baltimore. Lewis was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)MINNEAPOLIS — Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher terrorized opposing offenses from the middle of the field. Randy Moss and Terrell Owens did the same to defenses on the outside.The two hard-hitting linebackers and two big-play receivers highlighted an eight-person class voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Safety Brian Dawkins also received at least 80 percent support from the 47 Hall of Fame voters, along with contributor Bobby Beathard and senior nominees Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cornerback Ty Law also made it to the final 10 in his second time on the ballot. Defensive backs John Lynch and Everson Walls, receiver Isaac Bruce and running back Edgerrin James were the other candidates eliminated in the first cuts.“I’m glad I didn’t have to vote for this class,” Urlacher said. “It’s a great class.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But the biggest stars of the class are the two linebackers that made it on their first tries, and the pair of lightning-rod receiver who sometimes caused as many problems for their own teams as for the opposition. Moss also made it on his first try, while Owens needed to wait for his third year on the ballot to get enough support.“I’ve been going a long time. And now I can finally rest,” Lewis said. “I want to go fishing with a cigar now and just sit back. I don’t want to work out every day now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMoss and Owens each played for five teams in their careers as they often wore out their welcome with their inability to get along with teammates and coaches at times.But at their best, there were few players ever able to strike fear in defenses as much as Moss and Owens, who were both all-decade selections for the 2000s. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

New South Korea coach targets Asian title

first_imgBoxing on the ropes, ducking an Olympic knockout at Asian Games “I will try to achieve an ambitious goal with South Korea, which is to win the Asian Cup and qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup,” Bento said in his first meeting with the media on Thursday in Seoul. “It’s going to be a long project, but I’ll also use this opportunity to take South Korean soccer to the next level.”Bento, who also has experience in Brazil, Greece and China, has a chance to evaluate his players in person when he names his first roster on Monday ahead of two friendly games on home soil. Korea takes on Costa Rica on Sep.7 and then Chile four days later.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We have so many talented young players, so we should give them an opportunity,” he said. “We’ll have two friendly matches next month, and it’s my opportunity to check the players.”Bento has been busy watching videos of his new team, which exited the 2018 World Cup under Shin Tae-yong at the group stage despite defeating Germany in the final game in Russia. View comments Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “There are players who competed in the qualifying rounds for the World Cup but didn’t go to Russia,” he said. “I’ll finalize the roster once I review all the players.”South Korea has been drawn with China, the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan in the Asian Cup.“We will be playing opposition that will be defensive and we need to find a way to solve those issues,” Bento said.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? FILE – In this Sept. 29, 2016 file photo, then Olympiakos’ coach Paulo Bento holds the ball during the Europa League Group B soccer match between Olympiakos and APOEL at Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus port, near Athens. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)SEOUL, South Korea— New South Korea coach Paulo Bento wants to bring the Asian Cup back to Seoul for the first time since 1960.The former Portugal and Sporting Lisbon boss was appointed last week to take the Taeguk Warriors to the 2022 World Cup but the 49 year-old first wants continental success in January.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Ndikumana eyes Burundi number one spot

first_img“I feel that I have improved a lot as a player since I joined Sofapaka because I have played regularly and also, I have done well for the team so far. The award I got in March was no fluke and it is such that encourage me to work harder and wear the number one jersey,” Ndikumana told Capital Sport.The keeper arrived at Sofapaka at the end of November from DR Congo top side St. Elloi Lupopo.Despite taking long to make his debut due to a delay in paperwork, the keeper ultimately made his mark, making Batoto ba Mungu’s number one shirt his own.Sofapaka FC keeper Justin Ndikumana poses with his Kenyan Premier League/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) player of the month award for March.He made his debut coming on as a second half substitute against Tusker on January 5, coming on for the injured Richard Aimo with Sofapaka already losing 3-2. He went on to keep a clean sheet.Since then, Ndikumana has started the subsequent 24 league matches, keeping 13 clean sheets in those 24. He hopes that he can translate this form into the national team and as well help The Swallows get into the round of 16 at the Cup of Nations.‘We are not going to Cairo as visitors but we are going there to compete. We have shown what we can do in the qualifiers and we want to show the rest of the continent that we are a big team. In the least, our target will be to get to the round of 16,” Ndikumana opined.Burundi are in a tough group for the Cup of Nations as they have been drawn in Group B together with Nigeria, fellow debutants Madagascar and Paul Put’s Guinea.“It is a tough group but they are men like we are. It is only 90 minutes on the pitch that will talk. We are ready for them and will give our best to see to it that we show the world what Burundi is capable of,” the keeper added.Sofapaka keeper Justin Ndikumana in action during their league match against Chemelil Sugar at the Chemelil Complex in Awasi. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, before he can focus on the Cup of Nations with Burundi, Ndikumana will keep his focus on the Kenyan premier League where he hopes to help the team to finish second after the KPL title slipped away from their hands.“We lost to Gor Mahia last weekend and that essentially meant that our campaign was over. That is behind our backs, we now focus on the remaining part of the season. These four games that remain are crucial for us and we need to ensure we win,” stated Ndikumana.Sofapaka travel to Bungoma to take on Nzoia Sugar on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sofapaka keeper Justin Ndikumana shouts out instruction to his defense during their league match against Gor Mahia at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on May 13, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 17 – Despite playing second fiddle to Jonathan Nahimana in the entire 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification phase, Sofapaka shot stopper Justin Ndikumana says he is rolling his sleeves to challenge for the number one spot when Burundi plays at the tournament in Egypt next month.Ndikumana who has been impressive since joining Sofapaka at the start of the new campaign, include earning a player of the month gong in March, believes he has come of age and is equal to the task if given the opportunity.last_img read more

ENTERPRISE TOWN COMES TO BUNCRANA – PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgENTERPRISE TOWN COMES TO BUNCRANA – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: April 15th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranadonegalEnterprise Townlast_img read more

Sheriff Baca has support, funds to win re-election

first_imgFor years, Sheriff Lee Baca had a statue of a Buddhist warrior in his office, a gift from someone who thought the symbol of strength and peace reflected the sheriff’s character. But the statue now rests in the undersheriff’s office. “The undersheriff liked it, and I have a tendency when people like what I have, I give it to them,” said Baca, who faces four challengers in his June 6 bid for a third term. More recently, Baca videotaped a birthday message for Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and wrote a letter in support of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility outside Leona Valley with ties to the church. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“A law enforcement agency that does not have strong relationships with the religious community is basically exempting one of the great tools of public safety, and I just think public safety needs all the help it can get,” Baca said Friday, his 64th birthday. “Without the religious community, our crime would be doubled or tripled.” Political experts expect Baca to win re-election, largely because he has reached out to diverse ethnic and religious groups throughout the nation’s biggest county who admire his offbeat approach to law enforcement. He’s also got a $1 million campaign war chest – more than twice as much as his four challengers combined. “It’s tough to unseat an incumbent, but when you have challengers with little resources, it’s an enormous task,” said political consultant Rich Lichtenstein. During his two terms in office, the sheriff has sought to change the reputation of a department with a racist and sexist past and open it up to public scrutiny with the creation of the Office of Independent Review, which oversees internal investigations. Baca, who holds a doctorate in public administration from USC, is especially proud of creating the LASD University to help his employees obtain higher degrees, spearheading efforts to build a new crime lab set to open in January at Cal State Los Angeles, and the upcoming opening of a sheriff’s station in Palmdale. He also touts the creation of programs to rehabilitate substance abusers, spousal batterers and the mentally ill throughout the county. But Baca, who earns $249,603 per year, has faced accusations that he’s mismanaged his department’s $2 billion-a-year budget and allowed violence and racial tensions to fester in the jails, which exploded in rioting earlier this year. His opponents, including three members of his own department, say Baca made critical errors in suspending deputy hiring and closing jails a few years ago. The department is hundreds of deputies below its authorized strength, and Baca has granted early releases to more than 150,000 inmates, including thousands who committed violent crimes shortly after leaving jail. Challenger Paul L. Jernigan Jr., a sheriff’s sergeant, said he’s seen an increase in recent years in “frequent fliers,” repeat offenders who cycle in and out of the jails. “I find I’m handling the arrest of someone for the same crime I handled with them six months ago,” said Jernigan, an 18-year veteran. “When I question them, they said, `I only did 10 days in jail. I steal cars for a living and by the time you caught me again, I had stolen 30 to 40 cars, getting $200 to $400 a pop. It’s easy money.’ “It sends a message to criminals that crime does pay.” If elected, retired sheriff’s Capt. Ken Masse said he intends to go through the entire budget and eliminate waste and unnecessary programs, freeing up funds to hire more deputies and fix the jails. “I know from years of experience that there is a lot of waste,” said Masse, who was endorsed by the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs. He said the most important thing the department needs to do is restore its staffing levels. “In the last four years, more than 400 deputies have left the department to go to other agencies,” Masse said. “The morale in the department is the lowest I’ve personally ever seen it in my 35 years.” Opponents also criticize Baca for his plans to have inmates build a pond for employees at the North Facility at Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic. “When our people see him intent on building a meditation pond and building trails to walk on instead of trying to repair our infrastructure problems and not providing the resources and tools we need, they say our priorities are all wrong,” said Capt. Ray Leyva, a 25-year department veteran who oversees the North Facility and is vying for the sheriff’s job. If elected, Leyva said he won’t seek a quarter-cent sales tax increase or a bond measure to raise money for law enforcement. Baca said those measures are still in the planning stages. “We have the money in our budget to get refocused on making infrastructure changes and supporting without going to the people for another tax increase, or up to a $750 million bond measure,” Leyva said. The only outsider running for sheriff is Glendale Police Department Lt. Don Meredith, who said he would focus on recruiting military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. “In the city where I work, we have recruited a number of prominent and decorated veterans,” said Meredith, who has been a police officer for 34 years. “You can create an environment that is attractive to officers from throughout the country who would want to transfer here.” Baca said his challengers aren’t qualified for the job and noted that a recent pay raise and an aggressive recruitment campaign have reduced deputy vacancies from 1,100 to 700 now. He expects that number to fall to 400 by the end of the year. Baca said he’s already added 2,000 beds to the jail system and expects to add 1,000 more by the year’s end. “We’re rebuilding the entire jail system in the county so that we’re making more efficient use of our jail space,” Baca said. “We also have a current plan in place that allows us to enhance our unincorporated patrol staffing.” If re-elected, Baca said, he intends to continue to embrace all the cultures in the county. And as the official who would coordinate the response to any terrorist attack, Baca has made a special effort to reach out to the Muslim-American community. “Our strong premise in Los Angeles is that Muslim Americans are the most capable of turning the tide against terrorism,” Baca said. “And we have a very vibrant leadership of Muslim Americans in Southern California who are totally opposed to terrorism, and this is a very important social development that helps not only protect the United States, but Southern California.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Celtic to keep Patrick Roberts until the end of the season

first_img There was an opportunity for the winger to join the Under-20 England World Cup squad 1 Celtic have confirmed that Patrick Roberts will remain at the club until the end of the season and be available for the William Hill Scottish Cup final.There was an opportunity for the 20-year-old winger, on loan from Manchester City, to join the England squad for the forthcoming Under-20 World Cup tournament in South Korea.However, he will stay for the four remaining Ladbrokes Premiership fixtures and the showpiece against Aberdeen at the national stadium on May 27, where the Hoops hope to complete the domestic treble.Roberts told Celtic’s official website: “I have enjoyed my time with Celtic immensely and from day one at the club it has felt like home.“It is a special place and it has been a privilege to be part of the success we have enjoyed.“We have had a brilliant season so far and in such a special year for the club I want to be part of everything here.“It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and now I will focus on continuing to do all I can for Celtic.“I spoke to the gaffer and this is just something I really wanted to do.“I have a great relationship with everyone around the England squad and I wish all the other lads and the management and backroom team the very best for the World Cup in South Korea.”last_img read more

Fans will love what Kieran Trippier’s dad had to say about the England star

first_imgEngland star Kieran Trippier has made his dad extremely proud after his incredible World Cup heroics.The Tottenham Hotspur defender, who starts against Sweden in their quarter-final clash on Saturday, has created 12 chances at the World Cup in Russia 2 2 And his dad, Chris, told talkSPORT he cannot believe just how well his son is doing for the Three Lions!“It’s just an unbelievable feeling what we’re going through, for all the family and friends,” he said.“We always knew that Kieran would be a good player but to get to this level is just amazing.”It is almost incredulous to think Trippier was not guaranteed a place at Spurs last summer – even when stalwart Kyle Walker left to join Manchester City. “I’m bursting with pride!”@Trippier2’s dad and brother chat to @HughWizzy before #ENGSWEThis is great 🙌 #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/HVXHWPVVBY— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 7, 2018 However, thanks to the hard work put in by the former Burnley man and the love and support of his family friend, he is ready to carry England to the last four in Russia.Chris Trippier added: “It’s just a proud, proud moment for all of us – I’m bursting with pride.“When he stepped up the other night to take that penalty my heart was pounding!“I’m just over the moon for him because he’s worked so so hard to get where he is today and I just wish him all the best.“He deserves all the credit he gets.”You can listen to the Sweden v England game live on talkSPORT from 3pm from Samara by following this link.Check out the incredible video below! Trippier’s delivery at the tournament has won praise last_img read more

YACHT CREW RESCUED OFF NORTH DONEGAL COAST

first_imgTWO people have been rescued from their yacht off the north Donegal coast.The Sligo Rescue 118 helicopter and the Greencastle Coast Guard crews responded to a May Day call picked up by Malin Head Coast Guard on Monday afternoon.The yacht was heading towards rocks, five miles north of Greencastle at the time. The Greencastle boat team were able to get a line to the yacht and the RiB crew took over the tow back into Greencastle.The helicopter crew were stood down as the rescue operation was completed. YACHT CREW RESCUED OFF NORTH DONEGAL COAST was last modified: June 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GreencastleMalin Head Coast GuardYACHT CREW RESCUED OFF NORTH DONEGAL COASTlast_img read more

Latest Vioxx trial ends with hung jury

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HOUSTON (AP) – The nation’s first federal Vioxx trial ended Monday with a hung jury, but the case involving the 2001 death of a Florida man who took the once-popular painkiller for a month will be retried, a judge said. The mistrial leaves Vioxx’s maker Merck & Co. with the prospect of facing a new jury that could hear allegations that the company withheld information from the New England Journal of Medicine about a 2000 Vioxx study so the drug would appear safer than it was. Merck shares fell almost 3 percent as the trial’s outcome shook investors worried about the company’s liability in the thousands of pending Vioxx cases; Merck has already lost one state-level case and won another. Only one of the nine jurors refused to absolve Merck of liability, two jurors who voted in favor of the drugmaker told The Associated Press. One of the jurors, Amanda Toungate, said she didn’t believe the drug caused Richard “Dicky” Irvin’s 2001 death, but added that Merck should have done a better job telling patients about Vioxx’s risks. “He had too many other risk factors,” said Toungate. Merck lead attorney Phil Beck said that he could not confirm the 8-1 jury split because the judge instructed lawyers not to contact the jurors. ” If it is accurate, it’s very gratifying; 8-to-1 is good enough to win in almost every state court in the country, including Texas. But in the federal system you need to win 9-0 and hopefully next time we’ll get all nine votes,” he told the Associated Press. About 20 million people took Vioxx before Merck withdrew what had become a $2.5 billion seller from the market last year when a separate, longer-term study showed it could double risk of heart attack or stroke if taken for 18 months or longer. “You can’t lie to people like the New England Journal of Medicine and get away with it,” said plaintiff’s lawyer Jere Beasley. “We look forward to the next trial.” Beck said last week’s revelations from the medical journal would be a “non-issue” in a retrial and that Merck supplied all the updated safety data to the Food and Drug Administration before the journal article was published. The jury’s inability to reach a unanimous verdict apparently was unrelated to the journal revelations that came late last week, after deliberations began. The journal reported Thursday that authors of a report about the Merck-funded study – including Merck’s head of clinical trials and a key witness for Merck, Dr. Alise Reicin – omitted three patients’ heart attacks in the data they submitted to the journal, making it appear that Vioxx caused four times, rather than five times, as many heart attacks as the painkiller naproxen. The 2000 study, called VIGOR, has figured heavily in the first three Vioxx trials to reach juries – one in a Texas state court that Merck lost, another in its home state of New Jersey that the company won, and in the federal case held in Houston. Merck disclosed the full amount of heart attacks to the FDA that year. “The FDA based all of its safety decisions and labeling and approval decisions … on the full updated information,” Beck said, meaning the data that said Vioxx caused five times as many heart attacks as naproxen. The mistrial means Merck gained no momentum in its battle against about 7,000 pending state and federal Vioxx lawsuits and potentially billions of dollars in payouts. The nine-member jury was about 20 minutes into its fourth day of deliberations when U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon called the jurors in and reminded them they had agreed Saturday to reach a verdict in a “reasonable time.” “It has now been a reasonable time. We cannot get a verdict,” Fallon said, declaring a mistrial. Federal litigation requires a unanimous verdict. Merck attorney Beck said Fallon gave the jury enough time. “At some point if you are a judge you have to make a tough call and you say, you know what? they have been at it long enough and if I make them stay any longer, then people are going to be questioning whether the verdict … really reflects the consent of nine people or not.” The jury couldn’t decide whether Merck was liable in Richard “Dicky” Irvin’s 2001 death and whether the company failed to issue safety warnings that the drug could have serious cardiovascular side effects. Merck argued that Vioxx was not a factor in Irvin’s death because he took the drug for about a month, and the long-term study that led to the drug’s withdrawal last year showed dangers only after 18 months’ use. The company blamed his death on clogged arteries and a blood clot that led to the heart attack. Irvin, a former college football player who managed a wholesale seafood company in St. Augustine, Fla., got a prescription for Vioxx from his son-in-law, an emergency-room physician, without a medical checkup. His wife, Evelyn Irvin Plunkett, alleged that Vioxx – which inhibits an enzyme that promotes inflammation and thins the blood – led to the clot formation. She said Monday she believed she had to convince a jury that Vioxx was the culprit. “I knew in my heart my husband had died because of Vioxx and I had to push forward (with a lawsuit) because of that,” Plunkett said outside the courtroom. “A lot of people have been injured, hurt, died because of that drug.” Beck and Beasley both said Fallon instructed jurors not to talk to the attorneys or the media, so neither attorney knew how the jury was split. Juror identities were not revealed, nor did Fallon make them available to discuss their difficulty in reaching a verdict. Beasley said the plaintiff’s team hopes to present the journal allegations and more evidence in a retrial than the Houston jury heard. “We are not going to quit,” Beasley said. Beck said Merck was confident in its defense, even though the company rested its case without calling a cardiologist to testify. “It is neither a moral victory nor a moral defeat for either side. To me, we failed to get a verdict. That happens sometimes. We are going to try again and we are going to do our best to win next time,” he said. In the first case, a Texas state jury slapped Merck with a $253 million verdict, which will be reduced to $26.1 million at most because of state caps on punitive damages. Merck is expected to appeal. In November jurors in Merck’s home state of New Jersey absolved Merck of liability, leaving nothing for an Idaho man who survived a heart attack after taking the drug intermittently for two months. Of the 21 witnesses who testified in the federal trial, four testified on Merck’s behalf. The plaintiff’s witnesses included Dr. Eric Topol, chairman of the cardiovascular medicine department of the Cleveland Clinic and a vocal critic of Vioxx, who said the drug can cause heart attacks any time after a patient begins taking it. Testimony in the federal case ended in less than two weeks, while the state trials lasted three and four times as long. Fallon has said he intends to meet with lawyers about the possibility of a global settlement after the fourth federal trial wraps up. The judge said he would confer with attorneys next week to set a retrial date. Beck said the retrial would likely be in February in its original venue of New Orleans. The trial was moved to Houston because of hurricane damage. The next state trial is scheduled for Feb. 27 in New Jersey. Merck shares fell 72 cents, or 2.5 percent, to close at $28.41 Monday on the New York Stock Exchange. 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MORE PICTURES FROM YOUR ST PATRICK’S DAY

first_imgHERE’S more of your memories from St Patrick’s Day 2014!Pictured is Kerrie McGee from Falcarragh wearing her Donegal jersey with pride with US soldiers at St Patricks Day parade on 5th Avenue.Thumbs up for the Crickamore band outside Acres chapel in Burtonport.  The band are going the wrong way at the parade in Dungloe.  Even the dogs are getting into the spirit of things at the parade in Letterkenny.On parade in Lettermacaward.Picture of Donegal Town Reunion Band parading 25 years later.Enjoying the parade in Letermacaward.Huge crowd enjoying the parade in Carrigart. Pic by Martin Fleming. On the march at the parade in Carrigart. Pic by Martin Fleming.Michael Gillespie on the march with the Mulaghduff band at the St.Patrick’s Day parade in New York. The Mullaghduff band flying the Donegal flag in New York.Spiderman enjoying the parade in Lifford.The Mullaghduff band still marching late at night in the big apple.  MORE PICTURES FROM YOUR ST PATRICK’S DAY was last modified: March 18th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DD PICTURE SPECIAL: St.Patrick’s Day ParadesdonegalFeaturesnewslast_img read more