Norwegian pension fund manager KLP divests from coal industry

first_imgNorway’s largest pension fund manager KLP is divesting from coal companies and committing to investing an extra NOK500m (€60m) in increased renewable energy capacity.It said it was doing this to contribute to the “urgently needed” switch from fossil fuel to renewable energy.KLP defines coal companies as coal mining companies and coal-fired power companies that derive a large proportion of their revenues from coal.At the very least, KLP will exclude those with 50% of revenues from coal-based business activities. The names of the companies to be excluded will be published in an updated KLP list on 1 December.KLP’s divestment from coal companies also applies to the KLP funds.The public service pensions provider said preliminary estimates showed the divestment would lead to the sale of shares and bonds worth just under NOK500m.At present, the divestment does not apply to oil and gas companies.KLP said this was because coal companies were considered to have the largest negative impact, both in terms of carbon emissions per unit of energy produced and local pollution in the vicinity of the coal-based facilities, even though there are significant variations between the different types of oil, gas and coal.But KLP also said a withdrawal of investments in oil and gas companies would probably have a material impact on future returns, unlike the retreat from coal company stocks.At the request of the Norwegian municipality of Eide, one of its customers, KLP carried out an assessment on the feasibility of pulling its investments out of oil, gas and coal companies without affecting future returns, in order to contribute to a better environment.The report found no support for the “stranded assets” hypothesis, which posits that investments in companies with major fossil fuel reserves represent a greater financial risk than is normal for this type of undertaking.It said: “On the contrary, a divestment from all fossil fuel companies would significantly increase KLP’s risk, particularly with respect to Norwegian shares.“However, depending on the definition applied, divestment from coal companies alone would not represent any significant financial risk for KLP.”Sverre Thornes, chief executive at KLP, said: “KLP will continue to be an active and engaged owner of the companies in which we invest, with a clear ambition to influence them to take responsibility for lower greenhouse gas emissions.”The KLP Group, with total assets of NOK470bn, is already a major investor in renewable energy, with NOK19bn invested in Norway alone.Last year, it also established a partnership with Norfund for direct investment in renewable energy and finance.The additional NOK500m will be used for direct investments in increased renewable energy capacity in emerging economies, where KLP considers the need to be greatest.last_img read more

Won but Lost More

first_imgSports writers were worried that LeBron James would lose another NBA Championship.  Of course, this did not happen.  If it had happened, he would not have been alone.  Jack Nicklaus won 18 major titles but had 19 near misses in his long golf career.Elgin Baylor and Jerry West (LA Lakers) lost 8 NBA finals–7 of them as teammates.  West was the only one of the two who won an NBA title as Baylor had already retired by then.  Gordie Howe of the Redwings won 4 Stanley Cups but lost it 7 different times.Elston Howard and PeeWee Reese competed many times in the World Series as members of the Yankees and Dodgers.  Howard won 4 rings but lost 5.  PeeWee only won one title as a Dodger.  As you can see, even Hall of Famers do not win all the time.  In fact, it is rare that anyone wins more than they lose in most sports endeavors.last_img read more

O’Mahony hails Ireland’s fight

first_imgIreland’s raw desire shocked Wales into RBS 6 Nations submission, according to man-of-the-match Peter O’Mahony. O’Mahony praised forwards coach John Plumtree for his new raft of ideas and methods that had elevated Ireland’s driving game to new heights in their two-straight Six Nations wins so far this term. But he also laid credit at the door of line-out gurus like captain Paul O’Connell and hooker Rory Best, for their endless hours of analysis and meticulous tinkering. “John has put a big emphasis on our maul and our line-out, he wants us to be a great mauling and line-out team,” said O’Mahony. “You’ve guys there like Paul O’Connell, Devin Toner, Rory Best, Sean Cronin and Dan Tuohy – these guys spent an awesome amount of time on laptops and a savage amount of work. “Credit has to go to all of them. “John has put in great structures put the players are really driving that on.” Ireland will now chase the Triple Crown when they face England at Twickenham on February 22. O’Mahony said captain O’Connell sought a “statement” performance from Ireland against Wales that his side duly delivered. Despite Ireland’s flawless start to the tournament, O’Mahony believes it is too soon to be talking titles. “You all know the way Paul gets stuck in and he’ll lead from the front always, he was looking to put a statement in and it was a good one,” said O’Mahony. “It was a good way to start for us, it was a great team performance but we won’t be getting carried away. “We’ll give plaudits for the boys but we have a lot of work to do especially going to Twickenham for a seriously physical game. “We have a lot of work to do over the next two weeks. “It’s always a huge game against England. “It is always savagely physical, a game you love playing in an Irish jersey.” Ireland will reconvene in a training camp later this week ahead of the first fallow weekend of the Six Nations sequence. With two weeks to prepare to face England, head coach Joe Schmidt has plenty of time to switch the gameplan again. Schmidt’s bullish tight-game blueprint for Saturday caught Wales off guard. The Ireland boss claimed that was entirely based around expecting horrid weather that never quite materialised. Schmidt is canny enough to play down his influential interventions at every turn, and O’Mahony said it is too early to know just how Ireland will approach their Twickenham showdown. “The weather justified a lot of what we did [against Wales],” O’Mahony added. “We knew the maul was going to be important in a tight game. “We could see that coming earlier in the week with the forecast so that played a big factor. “We haven’t looked at England yet so it will be interesting to see how we approach that.” Head coach Warren Gatland was forced to concede Wales had few answers, and had struggled for emotional intensity. O’Mahony hailed Ireland’s “savage” training-ground work to hone their technically-sound driving maul, but pinpointed that mental edge as vital to victory. “A lot of that has to go down to the fight and the want that we showed,” said O’Mahony. “At the end of the day we wanted it more than they did, that was evident by the end of it. “I don’t think the scoreline flattered us, but we fought for everything. “That is where we need to be at, we need to be fighting for every 50:50 ball, everything that goes on the ground. “They are the ones that make the difference.” Ulstermen Chris Henry and Paddy Jackson both claimed first international tries as Ireland plundered match-winning dividend from their driving maul. Relentless flanker O’Mahony overwhelmed much-vaunted Sam Warburton at the pivotal battle of the breakdown in Ireland’s 26-3 demolition of Wales on Saturday. The 24-year-old Munster captain spearheaded Ireland’s controlled aggression and fire, completely catching Wales unawares. Press Associationlast_img read more

Lazio rule out Van Persie move

first_img Van Persie, who is tied to United for another season, was spotted in Rome this week, leading to speculation that the 31-year-old could join Lazio. “On Van Persie, all I can say is that I respect him as a striker but unfortunately, he is outside our parameters,” Tare told Lazio Style Radio. “There has never been a meeting, this is gossip, not transfer news. Press Association Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has ruled out a move for Robin van Persie, claiming the Manchester United forward is “unfortunately, outside our parameters”.center_img “We don’t want to create illusions, this is not true.” Van Persie moved to Old Trafford from Arsenal in the summer of 2012 and scored 26 goals and set up eight more in 38 Premier League appearances in his first season with the team. The Holland captain has struggled to show the same form the past two years, scoring 12 league goals in the 2013-14 campaign and just 10 this season. Van Persie claimed last week while on international duty with Holland that he needed to evaluate his future. Lazio, coached by Stefano Pioli, finished third in Serie A to assure themselves of a spot in next season’s Champions League qualifying round. last_img read more

City : Uncovering an explorer: Officials worked to clean paint off prominent Columbus statue

first_img Published on November 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments While some brave shoppers were out early Friday in search of the best Black Friday deals, at least one person went out of his or her way to send a message.The Christopher Columbus monument, located in Columbus Square in downtown Syracuse, was vandalized Friday. Red paint was splashed on the monument as well as the message: ‘500 years of genocide and imperialism; wake up.’Syracuse Police Department spokesman Sgt. Tom Connellan said police were notified early Friday that there was damage to the monument. They filed a police report and a detective is working on the case. So far, he said there are no suspects and no indication as to what the graffiti means.The Columbus monument was built in 1934 by Italian immigrants as a tribute to Columbus, according to the Preservation Association of Central New York’s website. The Italian-Americans wanted to dedicate the monument to the city of Syracuse as thanks for finding work there upon immigrating to America. It has been the focal point of downtown Columbus Square since its completion.Pete O’Connor, commissioner of the Syracuse Department of Public Works, said after they were notified of the vandalism, he sent a crew to take off the paint.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘There’s a city crew called Steel Trades,’ O’Connor said. ‘They have painters, carpenters, electricians and plumbers. Since the monument involved paint, we called on them to get it off using a high-powered steam gun.’The workers determined that whoever vandalized the statue filled balloons and latex gloves with paint and threw them at the monument, according to a Nov. 25 article by The Post-Standard.O’Connor said it took his crew about five hours to completely remove the paint. The bronze sculpture of Columbus atop the monument, which stands at 11 feet tall, was splashed with paint, so the crew used a bucket truck to remove it.The Department of Public Works crew was done by 11 a.m. and then they completed the rest of the work they were scheduled to do that day.O’Connor said it was fairly easy for his crew to remove all the paint because of the cooler temperature Thursday night into Friday morning. Had it been any warmer, the paint would have been sticky, and it would have been harder for the crew to remove.This isn’t the first time there have been vandalized buildings in the area, Sgt. Connellan said, but ‘this was a specific act of public vandalism.’In Oct. 2010, the door of the Westcott Community Center was sprayed with white paint and graffiti. It was the third incident in three weeks in the Westcott area. But Connellan said graffiti usually isn’t a problem.He said: ‘We usually get calls about petty graffiti on public or private property, but it’s almost always sporadic occurrences.’hawentz@syr.edu center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

GHPL: More goals scored in second halves in first round

first_imgIt turns out that in the 15 rounds of matches played in the Ghana Premier League, second halves turned out to be more productive than the first 45 minutes of matches.This was captured in the general statistics  of the league shared by the Ghana FA on Tuesday.The information stated that 150 goals were scored in the second half of matches played as compared to the 127 scored in the first halves.The stats also said that Week 1 of the league had 16 second half goals which was the highest of all the match weeks of the first round.In that week, the following matches had goals in their second halves:Dreams vs King Faisal, Hearts vs Berekum Chelsea, Liberty vs Legon Cities, Karela vs WAFA, Dwarfs vs Medeama, Aduana Stars vs Inter Allies, AshGold vs Great Olympics, Bechem United vs Elmina Sharks.The highest number of first half goals (13) was scored in Week 10 and in that week, the following matches saw those first half goals:Hearts vs Bechem United, Medeama vs Elmina Sharks, Liberty vs Aduana Stars, Dwarfs vs Karela, Berekum Chelsea vs Inter Allies, Legon Cities vs Great Olympics, and Eleven Wonders vs King Faisal.The trend was studied over the 133 matches played in the first round.The league has been on a freeze from March 15 due to the Coronavirus pandemic in Ghana.last_img read more

GPL Review: Kotoko search for win, Hearts held but Samuel Tetteh dominates headlines

first_imgThe matchday began on Saturday with a draw, but Sunday produced 15 goals across the grounds. Here’s the summary.Kotoko 2-2 MedeamaAsante Kotoko and Medeama are winless Match Day 3 of the Ghana Premier League after a 2-2 draw between both sides at the Baba Yara Stadium. Kotoko twice took the lead but were on both occasions pegged back by stunners as the Tarkwa side gained their first point after three games.Benett Ofori opened the scoring after he benefited from a mistake from goalkeeper Michael Sai to slot home into an empty net.The goal did not deter Medeama as they equalized minutes before the break when Malik Akowuah scored with an absolute beauty of a free kick.New signing Michael Yeboah restored Kotoko’s lead after being gifted the ball but substitute  Bismack Oppong saved the best for the last home thumping home the leveler from distance.–Wa All Stars 0-0 Liberty  Liberty Professionals earned a hard fought point from All Stars after holding them to a 0-0 draw at the Wa ParkAll Stars were playing hoping to grab all three points to extend their hundred per cent record but could not manage to break down the visitors defence despite the presence of Joel Famayeh. Liberty tried a number of times to win the game but All Stars also defended gallantly. The hosts still remain unbeaten and yet to concede a goal. Bechem United continued their fine home run with 1-0 victory over New Edubiase United at the Nana Fosu Gyeabour Park .Aminu Mohammed got the match winner to hand all three points to the home side in the 69th minute when the game was heading towards a barren draw. Aminu Mohammed’s shot from distance deflected to beat goalie Benjamin Mensah.–Dwarfs 0-0 Hearts The Phobians maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a hard fought 0-0 draw game to Cape Coast Ebusua Dwarfs.There was so much at stake for both sides as they played an intriguing game infront of an expectant crowd.J.E Sarpong sprung a surprise leaving division one goal king Bright Lukman on the bench.Dwarfs began the game well and dominated possession but failed to carve an opening by a well marshalled Hearts defence.Hearts grew in confidence as the game wore on but chances were few and far between both sides.A point well taken for both sides._ WAFA 5-0 HasaacasGhana winger Samuel Tetteh became the first player to score a hat-trick in the 2016 Ghana Premier League season as he helped WAFA thrash Sekondi Hasaacas 5-0 defeat at Sogakope Park.Charles Boateng registered his second goal of the campaign on the brink of halftime after the Sogakope side had dominated possession for large portions.Gideon Waja added the second just after halftime after a fine interplay by the youngsters. Samuel Tetteh then took center stage bagging a hat-trick in the space of 30 minutes His first came after a brilliant individual solo run,before being set up to score his second and third.Stephen Manu headed home the only goal of the game as Techiman City posted  a 1-0 win over Aduana Stars at the Ohene Ameyaw Park in Techiman. The 28-year-old forward scored the solitary goal of the game late in the first-half but missing from the spot.City were presented with a huge opportunity to put themselves ahead but Stephen Manu who was playing his maiden game for the debutantes fired his effort into the crossbar. But the former Asante Kotoko atoned for his penalty miss when he cruised the noisy City fans into a chanting mood when he rose above two Aduana defenders to plant a firm header into Stephen Adams’ net.Aduana are now rock bottom after three defeats. –Inter Allies 2-2 Dreams FCDreams FC preserved their unbeaten run after holding Inter Allies to a 2-2 stalemate at the Tema Sports StadiumPromising striker Lawrence Bekui scored a brace in either half but a Inter Allies rallied from behind on both occasions with goals coming from Evans Mensah and former Asante Kotoko midfielder Prince Baffoe. The game which was attended by Black Stars coach Avram Grnat produced fine blend of attacking football. Inter Allies will however feel let down after missing a penalty when Mozart Adjetey saved Wahab Ackwei’s kick._AshGold 0-0 Chelsea (Saturday)  The Len Clay Stadium gave this season’s Ghana top flight its first goalless draw when AshGold hosted Berekum Chelsea. It will be a decent result from the Blues, who now have four points from three games. AshGold came into the game with some changes to the side that lost 3-1 in Algeria last Sunday in the Caf Champions League qualifier. Key among them was the benching of Ghana goalie Fatau Dauda. The game was characterised by very poor finishing by both teams but Chelsea will be happy with the exuberance of former Ghana starlet Sadick Adams. Also of note was the prowess of AshGold goalkeeper Ahmed Tijani. Next for Chelsea will be a home game against Kotoko. AshGold travel to Sekondi and face Hasaacas.THE TABLE–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

NFL Draft prospects 2019: Best players by position; big board of top 100 overall

first_img LinebackersRankPlayer1.Devin White, LSU2.Devin Bush, Michigan3.Mack Wilson, Alabama4.Te’Von Coney, Notre Dame5.T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin6.Khailil Hodge, BuffaloCornerbacksRankPlayer1.Greedy Williams, LSU2.Byron Murphy, Washington3.Deandre Baker, Georgia4.Treyvon Mullen, Clemson5.Rock Ya-Sin, Temple6.Julian Love, Notre Dame7.Amani Oruwariye, Penn State8.Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt9.Lonnie Johnson, KentuckySafetiesRankPlayer1.Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State2.Taylor Rapp, Washington3.Nasir Adderley, Delaware4.Juan Thornhill, Virginia5.Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida6.Deionte Thompson, Alabama7.Jacquan Johnson, Miami8.Amani Hooker, Iowa Offensive tacklesRankPlayer1.Jawaan Taylor, Florida2.Andre Dillard, Washington State3.Cody Ford, Oklahoma4.Jonah Williams, Alabama5.Kaleb McGary, Washington6.Dalton Risner, Kansas State7.Greg Little, Ole Miss8.Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia9.David Edwards, Wisconsin10.Tytus Howard, Alabama StateGuardsRankPlayer1.Chris Lidstrom, Boston College2.Michael Dieter, Wisconsin3.Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin4.Michael Jordan, Ohio StateCentersRankPlayer1.Garrett Bradbury, N.C. State2.Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State3.Erik McCoy, Texas A&MDefensive ends/outside linebackers (edge rushers)RankPlayer1.Nick Bosa, Ohio State2.Josh Allen, Kentucky3.Montez Sweat, Mississippi State4.Clelin Ferrell, Clemson5.Brian Burns, Florida State6.Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech7.Jachai Polite, Florida8.Zach Allen, Boston College9.Joe Jackson, Miami10.Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion11.Charles Omenihu, Texas12.De’Andre Walker, Georgia13.Chase Winovich, Michigan14.Austin Bryant, Clemson15.Christian Miller, AlabamaDefensive tacklesRankPlayer1.Quinnen Williams, Alabama2.Rashan Gary, Michigan3.Ed Oliver, Houston4.Dexter Lawrence, Clemson5.Christian Wilkins, Clemson6.Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame7.Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State8.Gerald Willis, Miami9.Isaiah Buggs, Alabama10.Greg Gaines, Washington 21. Byron Murphy, CB, WashingtonWhat Murphy gives up in size (5-11, 170 pounds) and press coverage potential, he makes up for in speed, aggressiveness and ball-hawking skills.22. Garrett Bradbury, C, N.C. StateAt 6-3, 306 pounds, Bradbury has the smarts, leadership qualities, agility and strength needed to be a long-term NFL starter at his position.23. Irv Smith, TE, AlabamaSmith is a technically sound run blocker and route runner who has shown some vertical receiving juice to go with compact size (6-3, 243 pounds).24. Dexter Lawrence, DT, ClemsonLawrence is a textbook inside run-stuffer with ideal size (6-4, 351 pounds) to both occupy and engulf overmatched blockers.25. Marquise Brown, WR, OklahomaBrown offers plenty of flash as a field-stretching receiver at 5-10, 160 pounds. He has elite vertical speed, plus great quickness going into and coming out of routes.26. Deandre Baker, CB, GeorgiaBaker plays bigger than his size (5-11, 185 pounds) and can give any team a smart, physical coverage presence.27. Jaylon Ferguson, OLB/DE, Louisiana TechCarrying some nice pop as a pass-rusher and having been productive in that area, Ferguson will get on the field first in the NFL as a big (6-5, 269 pounds), natural run-stopper on the edge.28. Christian Wilkins, DT, ClemsonWilkins brings size at 6-4, 315 pounds, and he is the most versatile of the Tigers’ first round-worthy linemen. He is equally adept at controlling blocks vs. the run and getting to the passer.29. Kaleb McGary, OT, WashingtonMcGary has moved up the board as he has proved to scouts he can match his massive frame (6-7, 317 pounds) with power and explosiveness. He is athletic enough to handle at least starting at right tackle before rounding out his footwork and agility to possibly play on the left side.30. Drew Lock, QB, MissouriEntering the draft as a four-year starter from Missouri, Lock has the arm to go with his ideal size at 6-4, 225 pounds. He also has the fearlessness and elusiveness NFL teams like in an aggressive, downfield passer. 51. Damien Harris, RB, Alabama52. Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina53. Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple54. Te’Von Coney, ILB, Notre Dame55. Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State56. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida57. Joe Jackson, DE, Miami58. Will Grier, QB, West Virginia59. Deionte Thompson, S, AlabamaMORE: How to watch, live stream the draft60. Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis61. Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame62. Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State63. Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College64. David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin65. Gerald Willis III, DT, Miami66. Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State67. Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State68. T.J. Edwards, OLB, Wisconsin69. Devin Singletary, RB, Florida AtlanticMORE: Most painful NFL Draft slides ever70. Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt71. Jacquan Johnson, S, Miami72. Elgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi State73. Eiijah Holyfield, RB, Georgia74. Oshane Ximines, DE, Old Dominion75. Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford76. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford77. Dexter Williams, RB, Notre Dame78. Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia79. Charles Omenihu, DE, TexasMORE: Each team’s worst-ever draft regret80. Ryan Finley, QB, N.C. State81. L.J. Scott, RB, Michigan State82. Isaiah Buggs, DT, Alabama83. Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo84. Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M85. Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State86. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford87. D’Andre Walker, OLB/DE, Georgia88. Michael Dieter, G, Wisconsin89. Chase Winovich, DE, MichiganMORE: Ranking all first-round QBs since 2000 SN’s NFL DRAFT HQ:Live pick tracker | TV schedule | Day 1 winners & losersNFL Draft prospects: Big board of top 100 players1. Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio StateBosa, at 6-3, 270 pounds, can be dominant rushing the passer from any spot with his strength, length and smarts. He carries more explosive upside than brother Joey of the Chargers.2. Josh Allen, OLB/DE, KentuckyAllen is loaded with moves to get to the quarterback at a sleek 6-4, 258 pounds. He also has the athleticism to help in second-level pass coverage.3. Quinnen Williams, DT, AlabamaWilliams shot up the draft board as a disruptive interior force for the Crimson Tide. His massive frame (6-4, 295 pounds) suggests he has Aaron Donald-like potential.4. Rashan Gary, DT/DE, MichiganGary is a high-upside, versatile player. He uses his hands, power and big frame at 6-5, 280 pounds to occupy run-blockers, and he also has some intriguing inside pass-rush ability.5. Montez Sweat, OLB/DE, Mississippi StateSweat brings ideal size (6-6, 241 pounds) and relentless productivity as an edge pass-rusher. He fits well in either a 4-3 or a 3-4 scheme.MORE NFL DRAFT:• 7 safest prospects in 2019• 7 riskiest prospects in 2019• Derek Carr to Redskins and other player-for-pick trades6. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole MissMetcalf is a classic size-speed prospect at 6-4, 230 pounds who can both stretch the field and use his strength to catch contested balls in traffic and in the red zone.7. T.J. Hockenson, TE, IowaHockenson has the ideal size at 6-5, 243 pounds to do anything and everything at tight end with his hands, physicality, smarts and agility. He can be the next great all-around player at the position.8. Clelin Ferrell, DE, ClemsonFerrell’s size at 6-5, 260 pounds provides a good baseline as an outside run-stopper and explosiveness as a pass-rusher.9. Ed Oliver, DT/DE, HoustonOliver has slipped only because there’s a question of what position he fits best on the defensive line. He has become more of an end/tackle tweener at 6-1, 274 pounds in many scouts’ eyes rather than a can’t-miss inside pass-rush presence. But he is still an elite line prospect.10. Devin White, ILB, LSUWhite shows top-end athleticism while covering ground against the run, and he has good enough instincts to be a top intermediate cover man. At 6-0, 240 pounds, he is easily the rangiest defender in the 2019 class. 90. Beau Benzschawel, G, Wisconsin91. Andy Isabella, WR, UMass92. Michael Jordan, G, Ohio State93. Amani Hooker, S, Iowa94. Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State95. Emanuel Hall, WR Missouri96. Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma97. Miles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame98. Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M99. Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia100. Clayton Thorson, QB, NorthwesternMORE: Each team’s worst-ever NFL Draft pickNFL Draft prospects: Ranking best players by positionQuarterbacksRankPlayer1.Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State2.Kyler Murray, Oklahoma3.Drew Lock, Missouri4.Daniel Jones, Duke5.Will Grier, West Virginia6.Ryan Finley, N.C. State7.Clayton Thorson, Northwestern8.Tyree Jackson, Buffalo9.Brett Rypien, Boise State10.Jarrett Stidham, Auburn11.Gardner Minshew, Washington State12.Jordan Ta’amu, Ole Miss13.Easton Stick, North Dakota StateRunning backsRankPlayer1.Josh Jacobs, Alabama2.David Montgomery, Iowa State3.Damien Harris, Alabama4.Darrell Henderson, Memphis5.Miles Sanders, Penn State6.Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic7.Elijah Holyfield, Georgia8.Dexter Williams, Notre Dame9.L.J. Scott, Michigan State10.Bryce Love, Stanford11.Justice Hill, Oklahoma State12.Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma13.Benny Snell, Kentucky14.Mike Weber, Ohio State15.Karan Higdon, Michigan16.Myles Gaskin, Washington17.Ryquell Armstead, TempleWide receiversRankPlayer1.D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss2.Marquise Brown, Oklahoma3.N’Keal Harry, Arizona State4.Kelvin Harmon, N.C. State5.A.J. Brown, Ole Miss6.Hakeem Butler, Iowa State7.Deebo Samuel, South Carolina8.Parris Campbell, Ohio State9.Terry McLaurin, Ohio State10.J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford11.Riley Ridley, Georgia12.Anthony Johnson, Buffalo13.Emanuel Hall, Missouri14.Andy Isabella, Massachusetts15.Miles Boykin, Notre Dame16.Mecole Hardman, GeorgiaTight endsRankPlayer1.T.J. Hockenson, Iowa2.Irv Smith, Alabama3.Noah Fant, Iowa4.Kaden Smith, Stanford5.Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M6.Foster Moreau, LSU7.Josh Oliver, San Jose State The 2019 NFL Draft is fast approaching, and the stocks of players on every draft board have started to settle. As teams have gotten closer looks at the top prospects from the NFL Combine through the pro day workouts in March, many have risen or fallen.Here is a look at the best 100 players available in the 2019 NFL Draft regardless of position, and how high each might be picked in relation to other players based on team needs, position scarcity and other factors. Also included are the rankings of the best players in the 2019 NFL Draft by position. 31. Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas StateRisner is a technically sound lineman with a mean streak to pair with his physicality. He is being undersold as a pass blocker, but he is already a huge (6-3, 308 pounds) asset in the running game.32. Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi StateAbram (5-11, 205 pounds) is a physical run defender who has shown he can be more than a clean-up man in the box. He also can use his position-ideal frame well in coverage.33. N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona StateAt 6-4, 216 pounds, Harry is a matchup nightmare through the red zone. He also can be a strong deep threat.34. Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre DameTillery was a beast as a three-technique at Notre Dame. At 6-7, 305 pounds, he matured well with his play and temperament to unleash the best of his inside pass-rush skills.35. Trayvon Mullen, CB, ClemsonMullen is emerging after an up-and-down 2018 season to stand out with his size (6-1, 194 pounds), speed, length and physicality.36. Noah Fant, TE, IowaLike his Iowa teammate Hockenson, Fant is an athletic receiver. But at 6-4, 232 pounds, he needs some work to develop into a reliable in-line blocker.37. Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. StateAs a deep threat, Harmon’s size (6-3, 214 pounds) and speed stand out. But he is also a savvy route-runner and a tough, willing blocker.38. Daniel Jones, QB, DukeJones has all-around, pro-tailored skills to go with his ideal size at 6-5, 220 pounds. He also has bonus qualities with his tough physical and mental make-up.39. Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio StateJones is a natural inside pass-rusher who needs some bulking (6-3, 283 pounds) and coaching before he can be used consistently on running downs. But he can develop quickly in that area.40. A.J. Brown, WR, Ole MissBrown, at 6-1, 230 pounds, fits the profile as a No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL. He is a strong-handed, reliable route runner who is tough enough to make big plays after the catch, even in traffic.NFL DRAFT PLANS:Steelers | Cowboys | Browns | Dolphins41. Greg Little, OT, Ole MissLittle has the size (6-5, 325 pounds), agility and athleticism to suggest great upside as a pass protector, but his technique needs refinement, and he must learn how to better use his strength to his advantage.42. Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa StateButler has a massive frame for the position at 6-6, 225 pounds. He can dominate in going up to get balls in traffic, especially in the red zone.43. Taylor Rapp, S, WashingtonAt 6-0, 212 pounds, Rapp plays like an extra linebacker with his work in run support. He also is capable against the pass, at his best when blitzing and covering a short area.44. Nasir Adderley, S, DelawareAdderley has a good blend of cornerback coverage traits and physical tackling against the run and after the catch, playing longer and meaner than size at 6-0, 200 pounds.45. Mack Wilson, ILB, AlabamaWilson has the size (6-2, 236 pounds), ranginess and toughness against the run to be the next solid inside clean-up man from the Tide.46. David Montgomery, RB, Iowa StateAt 5-11, 216 pounds, Montgomery has emerged as a strong, all-around feature back prospect. He finishes runs strong and has shown some good hands and wiggle as a receiver.47. Jachai Polite, OLB/DE, FloridaAlthough a little undersized at 6-2, 242 pounds, Polite’s speed and athleticism are off the charts. He is a freak who channels some of former Gator Jevon Kearse. He just needs to harness it better.48. Juan Thornhill, S, VirginiaThornhill has great size (6-0, 210 pounds), smarts and coverage skills. He also cleans up well against the run.49. Yodny Cajuste, OT, West VirginiaCajuste plays with good power and length at 6-5, 315 pounds, and he is best pure edge run blocker in the class. He needs to become a smoother pass protector in order to be trusted on the left side.50. Zach Allen, DE, Boston CollegeAt 6-5, 280 pounds, Allen is a big, smart, strong, high-effort player who excels at stopping the run. He has room to grow as a pass-rusher, too. 11. Jawaan Taylor, OT, FloridaTaylor offers great agility, smarts and technique to handle most athletic edge-rushers given his size at 6-5, 334 pounds. Scouts have learned that he is meant to be a left tackle.12. Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio StateHaskins cemented his stock late in the Buckeyes’ 2018 season, when he had some jaw-dropping games with his big arm and downfield accuracy. He has ideal size as a strong pocket passer (6-3, 220 pounds) and is advanced in reading defenses.13. Devin Bush, ILB, MichiganBush cleans up against the run with his quickness, and at 5-10, 225 pounds, he has all the attributes teams need in a cover linebacker. Little separates him and Devin White now.14. Andre Dillard, OT, Washington StateDillard is light on feet for his size (6-5, 306 pounds) and carries all the natural pass-protection skills NFL teams love.15. Cody Ford, OT, OklahomaFord is a tough mauler at 6-4, 330 pounds who can open running lanes from right tackle. He is athletic enough to develop into a top pass-blocker in time, too.16. Josh Jacobs, RB, AlabamaA smart, complete back at 5-10, 216 pounds who runs with good vision and power, Jacobs is equally elusive as an outside runner and receiver.17. Greedy Williams, CB, LSUWilliams carries a long, lean frame at 6-3, 184 pounds with rare speed, quickness and agility for his size. He is not the most physical player, but he is fundamentally sound in coverage, and he uses his length well at the line to break up routes.18. Kyler Murray, QB, OklahomaMurray has some “it” qualities at quarterback to go along with his Heisman Trophy-winning passing and running. He lacks ideal size at 5-10, 195 pounds and is not the pocket prototype, but his playmaking flair is attractive enough for him to be drafted earlier than his profile suggests.19. Jonah Williams, OT, AlabamaWilliams is a smooth pass protector who also is big enough at 6-5, 301 pounds to pave the way in the running game.20. Brian Burns, DE/OLB, Florida StateComing off 15.5 sacks in his final Seminoles season, Burns is a dynamic edge pass-rusher and athlete. At 6-5, 231 pounds, he needs to get a little tougher in order to be used on running downs in the NFL.last_img read more

Highlights: Lakers’ LeBron James hits buzzer-beater, records double-double in first half against Warriors

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lonzo Ball made his preseason debut for the Lakers off the bench. He was also on the other end of an alley-oop from James early in the second quarter. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years LeBron James scored 15 points with 10 rebounds and five assists for the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half of a preseason game in Las Vegas against the Golden State Warriors.The Lakers went to the locker room for halftime with a 61-57 lead over the Warriors. James did not start the second quarter.James put together a number of highlight plays during his 17 minutes in the game. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img read more

Asmir Begovic’s Goalkeeping Academy to start working in September

first_imgAfter the great success achieved by the summer camp that took place in Sarajevo in June, football player of the National football team of BiH and English Premier League Bournemouth’s goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic, decided to open a special school for goalkeepers in the capital city of BiH.Academy Asmir Begovic should be a place for boys and girls between the age of 8 and 18 years that will provide the best conditions for their work, professional environment and a great opportunity for individual progress.“I have a desire to start this kind of project for a long time. I already said that our country has a great goalkeeping tradition, and I witnessed that we have very talented young boys and girls who have a great desire to work and our goal is to give them the opportunity to further develop and fulfil their ambitions,” stated Begovic, who will make a detailed plan and program and monitor the progress of each and every participant together with his team of coaches from BiH and England.Academy Asmir Begovic, whose partner will be the School of Football Valter Sarajevo, will start working in the first week of September 2018.Everyone interested can obtain all the necessary information by calling the phone number +387 62 096777 and all applications can be submitted via the website (akademija.asmir1.com).The number of participants is limited.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more