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BUFFALO, NY — The NFL has its first full-time female coach.Kathryn Smith was promoted by the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday night to take over as special teams quality control coach on Rex Ryan’s staff.She will assist special teams coordinator Danny Crossman and his assistant Eric Smith, filling the role that opened after Michael Hamlin was not retained following the season.Smith’s appointment comes after Jen Welter served a six-week training camp internship last summer coaching inside linebackers for the Arizona Cardinals.Smith is well-known within the Bills staff after spending this season as an administrative assistant for the team’s assistant coaches. She spent the past seven years working alongside Ryan.She was the New York Jets player personnel assistant when Ryan took over as coach in 2009. Smith then served as Ryan’s assistant in 2014, his final year in New York before he was fired and then hired by the Bills.“She certainly deserves this promotion based on her knowledge and strong commitment, just to name a couple of her outstanding qualities,” Ryan said in a statement released by the team. “She has proven that she’s ready for the next step, so I’m excited and proud for her with this opportunity.”Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito expressed his support for Smith in a tweet.“Congrats Kathryn!! I know you will do a great job,” Incognito said in a post that included a thumb’s up and smiley face.This is not the first time the Bills broke the gender barrier. Linda Bogdan, in 1986, became the NFL’s first female scout, when she joined the team’s player personnel department. Bogdan, who died in 2009, was the daughter of late Bills Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson.Several NFL teams have employed women in prominent roles in the front office. Amy Trask was the Raiders’ chief executive officer for owner Al Davis from 1997 until she resigned in 2013.The Jets promoted long-time executive Jacqueline Davidson to director of football administration last season. She was previously the team’s manager of football administration.Dawn Aponte is Miami’s executive vice president of football administration, and has been involved in the front offices of the Dolphins, Jets, Browns and the NFL for 25 years.Among others on a quickly growing list of high-ranking women in NFL franchises include Katie Blackburn, Cincinnati’s executive vice president; Jeanne Bonk, San Diego’s executive vice president and chief financial officer; and Hannah Gordon, San Francisco’s vice president of legal and government affairs.But Smith’s promotion is the latest step for women getting a chance to join the coaching ranks of North America’s major professional sports.In August 2014, former WNBA player Becky Hammon was hired by the San Antonio Spurs to join coach Gregg Popovich’s staff, making her the NBA’s first full-time paid female assistant coach.Last month, the Seattle Mariners hired Amanda Hopkins as an area scout. In announcing the hiring, the team said Hopkins is believed to be the first female hired as a full-time scout by a major league team since the 1950s.In promoting Smith, Ryan said he consulted with Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.“You can see the success some of these young ladies are having in the coaching profession, such as the young lady that is an assistant to coach Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs, and realize how exciting this is for women like Kathryn Smith as well as the Bills organization,” Ryan said.Smith has 13 seasons of NFL experience, and began her career in 2003 as a Jets game-day/special events intern. Two years later, the Jets promoted her to become a college scouting intern, and eventually became the team’s player personnel assistant in 2007.___AP Sports Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to the fourth round at Melbourne Park with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.Tsitsipas broke the Georgian player’s serve to take a 4-3 lead, then had a match point on Basilashvili’s serve at 5-3. He served out the match in the next game, winning when Basilashvili hit a forehand into the net.Tsitsipas is the first Greek man to reach the round of 16 at two tennis majors. Next he will face defending champion Roger Federer. The six-time champion conceded only three points on his first serve in a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 win over 21-year-old American Taylor Fritz, who was bidding to reach the fourth round at a major for the first time..Tsitsipas received a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct from chair umpire Alexandra Robein when he became angry after having his service broken while serving for the third set at 5-4. While serving for the first set, he had to stop because of a screaming infant in the Margaret Court Arena crowd.Rain and wet courts continued to delay the start of play on all the outside courts. Play went ahead on the three main show courts with the stadium roofs closed.Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas smiles as he leaves the court after defeating Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)_____12:20 p.m.Greek stars Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari featured on two of the three main show courts at Melbourne Park as rain delayed the start of play on outside courts.It’s the first time a Greek man and woman have advanced to the third round at the same Grand Slam tournament since 1936.At Rod Laver Arena, Sakkari lost the first set to Ashleigh Barty 7-5 and the Australian received treatment for an apparent stomach muscle issue at the end of the first set. A group of young men in blue t-shirts were vocal supporters of Sakkari, chanting Greek songs that echoed around the closed-roof arena.Over at adjoining Margaret Court Arena, Tsitsipas took the opening set 6-3 against Nikoloz Basilashvili but the Georgian player won the second by the same score.Tsitsipas was having to deal with an inconsistent ball toss, a bird trapped inside the arena that frequently swooped low over the court and a chair umpire that mispronounced his name.One Greek fan frequently began a slow clap just before Tsitsipas’ serves and yelled “go go go.” With the Greek player trailing 3-0 in the second set, moral support appeared to be on the way: Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach, came down the stairs and headed to his player’s box. Tsitsipas trains at the Mouratoglou Academy in France.TweetPinShare1515 Shares
Juventus 3 Crotone 0: Bianconeri warm up for Napoli clash with routine win Omnisport Last updated 1 year ago 05:38 11/27/17 Getty Images Juventus had the best possible preparation for Friday’s mouth-watering clash against Napoli with a routine win over Crotone. Juventus returned to winning ways in Serie A as goals from Mario Mandzukic, Mattia De Sciglio and Medhi Benatia secured a comfortable 3-0 win over Crotone at the Allianz Stadium.Massimiliano Allegri’s side suffered a surprise 3-2 defeat to Sampdoria last weekend, but bounced back in style to keep the pressure on Inter and Napoli, who had both won earlier in the weekend.Juve now travel to league leaders Napoli on Friday knowing that a win will put them just one point behind Maurizio Sarri’s high-flying side at the summit of Serie A. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Bianconeri dominated throughout and should have opened the scoring in the first half, but Blaise Matuidi squandered two golden opportunities to open his account for the club following his move from Paris Saint-Germain.However, Mandzukic eased any nerves in the 51st minute with a fine header, as Juve equalled their own Serie A record of scoring in 43 consecutive league games.Substitute De Sciglio then scored the first senior goal of his career with a superb strike from distance on the hour before Benatia tapped in from close-range to complete the scoring in the 71st minute.A goal worth the wait!Congratulations @mattia_desci on your first @SerieA_TIM strike!#JuveCrotone #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/uRU1t5mFu3— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 26, 2017Juventus, who handed a belated debut to Benedikt Howedes following his loan move from Schalke in August, started on the front foot and should have been ahead after four minutes.Matuidi collected Douglas Costa’s pass just inside the penalty area but, after seeing off the attentions of two Crotone defenders, he flashed his shot wide of Alex Cordaz’s right post.The well-organised visitors kept Juve at bay for the opening half hour, limiting them to shots from distance and hopeful crosses, which were comfortably dealt with by defenders Arlind Ajeti, Federico Ceccherini and Mario Sampirisi.France international Matuidi again came close to breaking the deadlock 10 minutes before the break, heading agonisingly wide from Costa’s clipped cross.Cordaz then got down well to push away Alex Sandro’s fierce drive, while Mandzukic headed just wide as Juve cranked up the pressure before the interval.Benny ‘s out orders early on in his debut. #JuveCrotone pic.twitter.com/U9zd06ztxo— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 26, 2017 Juve’s relentless approach paid off six minutes into the second half as Mandzukic scored just his third league goal of the season.Andrea Barzagli roamed into space down the right and whipped in a cross that the Croatian expertly guided into the corner with his head, giving Cordaz no chance.De Sciglio replaced Stephan Lichtsteiner after 56 minutes and, just four minutes later, he crashed in a stunning long-range drive with just his third touch of the ball to double Juve’s advantage – his first goal in over 180 appearances for club and country.Juve then got their third 11 minutes later when substitute Miralem Pjanic’s cross was parried by Cordaz into the path of Benatia, who had the simple task of slotting home from inside the six-yard box. KEY OPTA STATS- Mario Mandzukic has opened the scoring in all three of their Serie A games against Crotone.- Mandzukic has scored three goals in Serie A this season, all in home games.- Mattia De Sciglio scored his first Serie A goal in his 112th game.- Miralem Pjanic played his 200th Serie A game.- Crotone have conceded the most headed goals in Serie A this season (6).- Juventus have scored the most goals from outside the box in Serie A this season (8). read more
Five-star defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. is an imposing figure, standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 293 pounds. Beckner possesses an impressive physical stature but showed an equally powerful emotional side as he broke down in tears this morning before announcing his decision to sign with Missouri. Beckner hails from East St. Louis, Ill., a city that has been hit hard by poverty and crime. It’s awesome seeing how much this moment meant for Beckner and the family members that surrounded him. Good luck to the young man as he stays local.
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery voiced his admiration for Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos, who is reportedly poised to join the Premier League side.The Madrid midfielder Ceballos is on the verge of completing a season-long loan move to Arsenal, with the Gunners will paying a loan fee for the 22-year-old, while also covering his wages – believed to be around £3m a year.It has been a slow transfer window for Arsenal, who have been linked with Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney, Saint-Etienne teenager William Saliba and Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Asked about Spain international Ceballos on the eve of Tuesday’s International Champions Cup clash against Madrid in Maryland, Emery told reporters: “We were speaking about the possibility to sign one player on loan and we have different names.”The club was working on that. Ceballos is a very good player, I know him from Betis at the beginning and also at Real Madrid.”He played very well with the under-21s, they won with his national team in this competition.” Arsenal head into Tuesday’s match having won all three of their pre-season games in the United States.The Gunners have beaten Colorado Rapids 3-0, Bayern Munich 2-1 and Fiorentina 3-0 with a number of their youngsters impressing, including Eddie Nketiah, who has provided three goals so far. “We started to play against Colorado Rapids with a lot of young players and progressively we are using less minutes and to share with the experienced players,” Emery said when asked about Arsenal’s young players.”It depends on the matches. Tomorrow, at the beginning I want to take more minutes with the players thinking about our progress for the first match against Newcastle.”But also, we are going to use some young players at the beginning or during the match to continue trying with this difficult capacity against Real Madrid.”After facing Real Madrid, Arsenal will face Lyon in the Emirates Cup in London on Sunday before visiting Angers and Barcelona to conclude their pre-season.The Gunners will then begin the Premier League campaign at Newcastle on August 11.
Dejan Lovren’s proposed move from Liverpool to Roma is off, Goal can confirm.The Croatia defender was the subject of strong interest from the Serie A side, and was ready to call time on his five-year Anfield career as he looks to secure first-team football.Roma had indicated they would be prepared for pay an initial £15 million ($18m) to sign the 30-year-old, with Liverpool ready to reluctantly allow the centre-back to leave. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But the Reds have become frustrated by what they feel are the Italian club’s attempts to unsettle the player and then secure him on the cheap. Despite negotiations this week, Roma did not come up with a firm proposal for a permanent move, instead using Italian-based intermediaries to try and negotiate a cut-price loan deal, which was immediately rejected. Negotiations now have been halted, leaving Roma boss Paulo Fonseca frustrated, and his club forced to turn to alternative targets, including Besiktas’ Domagoj Vida – an international team-mate of Lovren’s – and Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo.As for Lovren, he could still leave Liverpool before the end of the month, with AC Milan now in the driving seat – although it remains to be seen if the Rossoneri would be prepared to meet the Reds’ asking price.Lovren was not in the squad for Liverpool’s Premier League opener with Norwich last Friday, and missed Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea in Istanbul due to illness. He could return to the squad for Saturday’s game against his former club Southampton at St Mary’s.Naby Keita, though, will miss out due to a hip muscle injury sustained in training on Tuesday, with Jurgen Klopp admitting he does not know how long the Guinea midfielder will be sidelined for.Liverpool also have concerns over goalkeeper Adrian, who suffered an ankle injury in bizarre fashion following the Super Cup win.”I don’t understand why in the world of social media when we are all together, a supporter jumped over something and kicked [Adrian’s] ankle,” Klopp told his Friday press conference. “It is swollen but we have to see. Apart from that it was a brilliant night for him.”Liverpool have Andy Lonergan, the veteran goalkeeper, on standby to start against Southampton, while youngster Caiomhin Kelleher could be in the squad having recovered from a broken wrist.Klopp did, however, confirm that Adrian’s ankle was better than first feared, and an assessment will be made before the team travel on Friday evening.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks the field between quarters against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley made a somewhat surprising admission about quarterback Jalen Hurts ahead of the 2019 season.The former Alabama star is expected to start behind center for the Sooners in 2019, though he apparently hasn’t won the job yet.Riley said at Big 12 Media Days on Monday that Hurts still needs to win the job. Riley had been asked what sets Hurts apart from the rest of Oklahoma’s quarterbacks.“He’s gotta win the job first,” Riley said. “If he wins the job, then we’ll talk about that.” It would be hugely surprising if Hurts did not start at Oklahoma when the 2019 regular season begins in a little more than a month.The Sooners have a couple of talented quarterbacks, though none have close to the experience of Hurts.Oklahoma is set to begin its season on Sept. 1 against Houston.Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. E.T. on ABC.
zoom Oslo-listed bulker owner Songa Bulk ASA has entered into an agreement to acquire a 2012-built Kamsarmax bulker built at Tsuneishi in Japan.Songa Bulk said it would establish a wholly-owned subsidiary to take delivery of the 82,188 DWT vessel, set to take place in October 2017.The latest acquisition brings the company’s fleet to 15 vessels, which resulted in an investment worth USD 279.6 million.The vessels include two Capesizes, ten Kamsarmaxes, one Ultramax and two Supramaxes.The purchase comes on the heels of the buying spree from August when the Norwegian shipowner bought three second-hand Kamsarmaxes.Prompted by attractive second-hand prices, Songa Bulk announced last month it would be looking into more ship acquisitions.To this end, the company completed a tap issue of USD 45 million in its Senior Secured Callable Bond Issue, the net proceeds of which have been earmarked for the financing of bulker acquisitions. The total nominal amount outstanding in the bond following the tap issue will be USD 120 million.
zoomImage by Navingo French shipping major CMA CGM has reached an agreement to purchase a 10% equity interest in CSP Zeebrugge Terminal from CHINA SHIPPING Ports.The interest in the terminal was acquired through CMA CGM’s wholly-owned subsidiary CMA Terminals.“Through this investment, CMA CGM is pleased to develop its strategic partnership with COSCO SHIPPING Ports and to be part of Zeebrugge Terminal’s future,” Farid T. Salem, Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, said.The shipping firm accounted for one third of the total throughput of CSP Zeebrugge terminal in 2017.The parties informed that the strategic partnership between CMA CGM and COSCO SHIPPING Ports should foster the development of CSP Zeebrugge into a major hub port in Northwest Europe.“Zeebrugge enjoys a central location in Europe which, combined with CMA CGM service offering and customer-centric strategy, will offer many new opportunities to the Group’s customers. This investment is in line with the Group’s global strategy and will strengthen CMA CGM’s position in the deep-sea container trades,” Salem added.COSCO SHIPPING Ports completed the acquisition of the remaining 76% equity interest in CSP Zeebrugge terminal in November 2017 and made it a wholly-owned subsidiary.