Twitter/@CanesFootballTo say that Miami is off to a fast start in recruiting is a massive understatement. The U already has 20 commits for its 2016 class, six for the class of 2017, and three for 2018. Perhaps most impressively, all 29 players from from Florida, with most of them coming from the Miami area. Al Golden and his staff will apparently barnstorm the state over the next three weeks in recruiting, and put together a very impressive map of the 29 current commits.Tomorrow. Day 1 of 3 straight weeks in the F-L-A!!! #Swag16, #Squad17 & #Storm18, we are coming for !!! pic.twitter.com/8Nqv9DrnFV— Hurricanes Football (@CanesFootball) May 4, 2015Miami currently has the No. 2 ranked classes in each of the next three years. Al Golden is probably coaching for his job this fault, but coming out of the gates like this on the recruiting trail won’t hurt his status either.
Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, has announced that a socio-economic census is to be conducted on the Pedro Cays to determine, among other things, the number of persons occupying those areas and the extent and status of infrastructure, to which they have access. “It cannot be that we have (for example) a population of one thousand people on the cays, without (adequate) sanitary conveniences and other things. We are (also) going to make sure that those people who are on the cays are (there) legitimately, to deal with fishing,” the Minister said, while addressing Friday’s (Nov. 9) launch of the Caribbean Fish Sanctuary Partnership Initiative (C-FISH) in Bluefields, Westmoreland. His comments came against the background of recent reports of the prevailing unsanitary conditions at the Pedro Cays, which are situated south of Jamaica. The cays are frequented by fisher-folk, mainly from southern parishes, who make their livelihood from fishing activities in that region. In the wake of the reports, Mr. Clarke announced plans for a major clean-up of the cays, at a cost of $4 million, in collaboration with several government and non government agencies and stakeholders. Meanwhile, the Minister also announced plans to institute a programme of “sustainable management” at the cays, on completion of the clean-up effort. In underscoring the need for this undertaking, Mr. Clarke contended that it was in the nation’s interest that the current “unregulated” situation there be addressed. In noting that the fisheries industry had sustained damage and dislocation amounting to approximately $90 million, consequent on the recent passage of Hurricane Sandy, Minister Clarke gave the assurance that his Ministry was moving with dispatch to provide relief to the sector’s stakeholders. The Caribbean Fish Sanctuary Partnership Initiative (C-FISH) is a four year £2.1 million ($302 million) project, being funded under United Kingdom-based Department for International Development (DFID). It will facilitate the provision grant funding and technical support to fish sanctuary operations in Jamaica, Grenada, St. Lucia, Dominica, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Jamaica is earmarked to receive some US$400,000 ($36 million) in this regard. The project’s implementation across the region is being spearheaded by the Caribbean Climate Change Centre (CCCC).
Tehran: Iran on Sunday dismissed US accusations it was behind drone attacks on Saudi oil installations, suggesting the United States was seeking a pretext to retaliate against the Islamic republic. “Such fruitless and blind accusations and remarks are incomprehensible and meaningless,” foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi was quoted as saying in a statement. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned Iran after Saturday’s attacks, which knocked out half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USYemen’s Iran-aligned Shiite Huthi rebels claimed responsibility for the drone strikes, but Pompeo said “there is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen”. “The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression,” the top US diplomat tweeted. Mousavi said the US allegations over the pre-dawn strikes on Abqaiq and Khurais in Eastern Province were meant to justify actions against Iran. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Such remarks… are more like plotting by intelligence and secret organisations to damage the reputation of a country and create a framework for future actions,” he said. Tehran and Washington have been at loggerheads since May last year when President Donald Trump pulled out of a 2015 deal that promised Iran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear programme. Since the withdrawal, the United States has slapped crippling sanctions on Iran as part of a campaign of “maximum pressure” and the Islamic republic has responded by reducing its commitments to the nuclear accord. “The Americans have taken the policy of ‘maximum pressure’ which has apparently turned into ‘maximum lying’ due to their failures,” said Mousavi. The arch-foes were on the cusp of confrontation in June when Iran downed a US drone and Trump ordered retaliatory strikes before cancelling them at the last minute. In remarks published Sunday, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ aerospace arm said Iran’s missiles could hit US bases and ships within a range of 2,000 kilometres (about 1,240 miles). “Neither us nor the Americans want a war,” Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh said, quoted by Tasnim news agency, which is considered close to the Guards. “Of course, some forces facing each other in the field could do something, by which a war could start,” the commander said. “We have always prepared ourselves for a full-fledged war… everyone should know that all American bases and their vessels in a 2,000-kilometre range can be targeted by our missiles,” he added.
It takes a great athlete to reach his dream of playing in the NFL. It takes a special kind of person to move on after accomplishing that lifelong goal. Described as a “finisher” by his high school football coach, Michael Wiley, a former Ohio State football player and Dallas Cowboy for four years, has moved forward with life toward new goal after living out his dream of playing in the NFL. Whether it is teaching young teenagers about the importance of school or developing business ideas, Wiley’s ambition is allowing him to find his place in a world outside of sports. After cementing himself as the best player Ed Carberry ever coached at Monte Vista High School, Wiley found success on the field at OSU. Wiley did well on and off the field and realized his dream in 2000 when the Dallas Cowboys drafted him. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry, but injuries ended his career. “I still feel like I left with something to prove,” Wiley said. At the age of 25, his dream was over. After football, Wiley went back to school because he promised his mom he would get his degree. But after getting married, having two kids, and opening the After Five Lounge restaurant and bar in 2007, school was not a priority. One evening, his wife of seven years, Quiana Wiley, asked him: “How would the kids look at you without a college degree?” Those words triggered something in Wiley. Nearly a decade after leaving school for the NFL, while working full-time and raising a family, he finished what he had started and graduated in 2008 with a degree in sociology. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” Wiley said. “It is definitely my proudest accomplishment.” “I was very proud of Michael for going back,” Quiana Wiley said. Dee Miller, a former college teammate, said Wiley remains the same confident individual he first met. “Wiley came here with a California swag, but it was well deserved,” Miller said laughing. “He was confident but not cocky.” Miller went through the same difficult transition from being an NFL player to living in the “real world.” He said he was happy Wiley went back for his degree. “It’s fulfilling to see him grow as a young man to a mature, older man,” he said. Wiley closed the After Five Lounge in 2009 but is currently brainstorming business ideas for the future. He wants to be seen as “Michael Wiley: the businessman,” not as a former athlete in business, he said. When asked what he still has left to accomplish, he answered: “Everything.” Wiley,32, is currently a store manager at Kroger grocery store. He said he enjoys his job because he gets to help employees and meet fans. He said he never has a dull moment and learns something new every day. Chris Masten, another Kroger employee, said, “They always take the good people. If he gets a store, I told him to call me. I’ll be the first one to work for him.” Wiley promotes the importance of school to his younger workers. He sees it as “coaching younger kids.” Wiley has “lessons of the day” where he asks each of them what they learned in school that day. Wiley knows first-hand that education opens more doors, and he hopes to help his workers realize that. Despite having to leave behind a sport that he dedicated much of his life to, Wiley said he would not have done anything differently except “go to USC and get out of this damn cold,” he said. “The game has been good to me. I appreciate what Ohio State gave to me. I appreciate what Monte Vista gave to me. I appreciate what Dallas gave to me. They showed me something that otherwise I wouldn’t have experienced, and for that I am thankful,” Wiley said. His Facebook “about me” box reads “Lived 1 Dream Now Living Another 1!” He hopes to finish life strong. Wiley would like to be remembered as a “fun guy, honest person. From day one to now, I’ve never changed,” he said. “What you see is what you get.”
Jen Malik, a second-year graduate student in biomedical engineering, pedals during a competition as a member of the Ohio State cycling team.Credit: Courtesy of Jen MalikThe Ohio State cycling team is looking to build upon last year’s success, when it saw two of its riders qualify for and compete in nationals.Riders Frankie Gonzalez and Jen Malik powered the club after reforming following a nonexistent season. Now the team is trying to grow the club and climb to greater heights. Gonzalez said he is hoping the team can accomplish even more than last year.“I was happy to be able to get top five in a few of the races and be able to score enough points, along with Jen, to get the team to qualify,” Gonzalez said. “I’m definitely happy for that to happen, happy to participate in nationals, but I think the club has a lot (of room) to grow. There are a lot of aspects that we could do better as a club.”Gonzalez, a second-year in mechanical engineering, has a strong cycling background in Florida, where he is from. He told The Lantern that he competed in the U.S. Junior National Championships the past four years and was the Florida state champion in the junior ranks in 2014. He said he picked up cycling at the age of 13 with his father as a way to stay in shape.Now he is helping to bring back the OSU cycling club from the dead.Malik, a second-year graduate student in biomedical engineering, is still relatively new to the sport, as she picked up competitive cycling in August 2014. Malik said she hopes the team can continue to add members, while staying competitive.“I really want to grow the cycling community and cycling team at OSU,” Malik said. “We only have three competing members on the team right now. Helping people become more confident in racing and basically giving them the opportunities that I was afforded from people helping me race (are my goals).”Malik said the team has worked hard to get to this point — earning sponsorships to pay for bikes, travel expenses and lodging — and even overcame some tough injuries. During one competition, Malik was tangled up in a crash.“It was probably my worst wreck to date,” Malik said. “We were going downhill, and someone got a little nervous in the group and overlapped wheels and then went down. Five of us ended up going down. I was out for about a month. I hit my head pretty hard and got a pretty severe concussion.”During the time she was injured, she said she was thankful to her professors and to OSU for allowing her to fully recover, as she had to miss a stretch of classes from severe headaches.Now that the team has a full season under its belt, the members are moving toward the next step: finding a coach to help guide them.Both Gonzalez and Malik said not having a coach has an impact on their team cohesion and focus, but it will not stop them from competing next year.“Not having a coach makes it an environment that isn’t very disciplined,” Gonzalez said. “It makes the club feel very casual. I personally have a coach, that’s what keeps me disciplined. If the club does go the route that we’re going down, which is becoming more focused, I think that the club would need a coach.”More riders would be a plus as well, Malik said, as she said that ideally she would like to see OSU bring eight riders to nationals.“I would love to bring a full team to nationals. This year we only had two of us go, but it would be really nice to see four girls and four guys competing at nationals,” Malik said. “Our school is huge — there is no reason that we only have three people showing up. Really, it would be nice if we could just increase our presence.”Malik said anyone who thinks they can help the team compete, or just has an overall interest in competitive cycling, should look into the club.“Although it may seem intimidating, just show up and try it, everyone is really nice,” Malik said. “It’s a great ways to meet new friends.”She said that OSU students who may be interested in joining the club can contact her at [email protected] or visit the club’s table at the upcoming Student Involvement Fair on August 23.Malik said there are different levels of competition, and new riders are rarely thrown into the fire against experienced riders. However, OSU does compete in the MidWest Collegiate Cycling Conference, which pits OSU against stiff competition on a regular basis.“Our conference is one of the hardest conferences (to compete in),” she said. “Marian (University) is the national champion consistently. It’s actually really nice, because we are exposed to some of the most intense competition.”Malik totaled 310 total points last season in Cyclo-cross for OSU, which was second highest in Women’s A’s, according to statistics on the MWCCC website.She said Cyclo-cross takes place in the fall and is a hybrid between mountain biking and road biking, where riders compete off-terrain for 40 to 60 minutes, completing laps around a 1.5- to two-mile course. She competed in road races, too, last year.Malik has another two or three years of competition left at OSU, during which she hopes to earn a pro contract for Cyclo-cross, which she said could happen soon. For now, however, she is focused on improving race results.“I would really like, within the next year or two, to place in the top five at collegiate nationals for Cyclo-cross, and then have two top 10 finishes at collegiate nationals for road,” Malik said.Gonzalez competes in several cycling events, too, but specializes in road races, which are typically longer, testing a rider’s endurance. He said that he has his sights set on continuing his cycling career as long as possible.“My ultimate goal would be to ride in the European races, possibly the Tour de France, the highest level of the sport, but I know that being a cyclist and being in the world of cycling is definitely a road that is very challenging to go down,” Gonzalez said. “(I’m) going to school and getting a great education and having a good time at Ohio State, but I definitely want to see if I can push as far as I can go in the sport.”Gonzalez has been training and competing over the summer in Florida, as he waits for road season to pick back up in the spring. He said he is hoping to build on last year and is looking to pick up a few wins for OSU.“Personally, I want to qualify for nationals again, possibly win a race or two leading up to nationals and be a little more focused on the bike,” he said. “(I want to) be focused on training and also balance school — just, overall improvement and growing the club, for sure.”
Major League Soccer side DC United have confirmed that Wayne Rooney has joined them on a three-a-half-year dealThe former England captain will complete his move when the US transfer window officially opens on July 10.While no transfer fee has been included, it is understood that DC United will be paying Rooney’s current club Everton a compensation package for the loss of their captain and main striker.The 32-year-old will become the highest paid player in DC United’s history in a deal worth £10m and is expected to make his debut at the opening of the club’s new 20,000-capacity Audi Field Stadium on July 14.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Moving to America and MLS fulfils another career ambition for me,” Rooney told the club website.“I have the hunger to be a success here and will give DC 100% – as I have always done for every team I have ever played for. Now I can’t wait to get on the pitch in a United shirt and join my new teammates to bring success to this club.”After nearly 16 years of Premier League football, Rooney leaves as the league’s second-highest goalscorer with 208 goals.
Robert Lewandowski will remain at Bayern Munich for this season, confirmed manager Niko KovacThe Polish superstar has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid and Manchester United over the past year with his agent, Mino Raiola, announcing earlier this summer that Lewandowski wishes to leave the Allianz Arena in pursuit of a new challenge.But Bayern have been determined to hold on to their main goalscorer, even though Kovac had conceded that the 29-year-old had expressed an interest in leaving.But the new Bavaria boss has now announced that, after face-to-face talks with Lewandowski last week, that he will remain at Munich for the upcoming season.Kovac told SportBild: “It’s true that Robert and I had a conversation last week.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Robert knows how I think about him and what I think of him. The whole club knows the qualities he owns.“He is certainly among the top three strikers in this position worldwide. We certainly will not give it up.“That’s the statement I gave him. Robert accepted that. I really enjoyed that.”Lewandowski has scored 151 goals in 195 games for Bayern.
For Marouane Fellaini, the competition in the English Premier League is growing every day but United is not far from City according to himManchester United is currently in the eight positions of the English Premier League.The Red Devils have 20 points, 12 behind leader Manchester City.And for United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, competition is growing in the English tournament.“I remember when I arrived in England it was a top four, now it is a top six, so every year it is more difficult,” he told Sky Sports.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Next season we will see how it changes and in two and three years I think every year it is more difficult, the intensity is higher, so that’s why the Premier League is attractive.”“Manchester City are strong, but I think they will lose. Ok, they are very good and they have good players but it’s possible to beat them,” he added.“We lost, but we have the second game at Old Trafford and we will see.”“They are very confident, all of them, they play good football, they play attacking football and they have a good dynamic,” he commented.
The Leicester City manager has talked good things about the Italian boss of English Premier League club FulhamLeicester City and Fulham will face each other this weekend.And the current Foxes boss Claude Puel has praised the work his predecessor Claudio Ranieri, now with Fulham, made at the club.“He knows the situation in the Premier League, he knows the difficulties,” Puel told The Leicester Mercury.“Claudio is a true gentleman.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He has a lot of experience at other clubs, with different players, the culture,” he added.“It’s incredible he continues in this way – like a drug.”“Because he likes this, I don’t know if I’ll be managing at his age – but it is an example for a lot of other managers,” he explained.“In the Premier League, you can have managers with different philosophies, different styles of play.”
The wife of Yannick Carrasco, Noemie Happart, has welcomed interest from Premier League clubs and confirmed they want to leave China and return to Europe.Carrasco left Atletico Madrid in February 2018 to sign for Dalian Yifang and has scored seven goals in 25 appearances so far for the Chinese Super League club.Recent reports suggest he’s unhappy in the far east and is looking to move in the January transfer window.Arsenal and Manchester United were reportedly offered the player, but Unai Emery’s statement that the club will only bring in players on loan might scupper the deal.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.Carrasco’s wife, Noemie Happart has confirmed the reports linking her husband to Arsenal and Manchester United.“There are a lot of things going on, he has been called by a lot of clubs,” Happart told Belgian TV Show RTBF.“A lot of clubs are interested, nothing concrete, nothing has been signed yet.“Yes, they [Arsenal and Manchester United] are interested. I do not hide it, but nothing is signed.”