Chelsea had reportedly tabled a Â£62 million bid for the 24-year-old last week but Madrid, according to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, agreed the sale for â‚¬80 million.Morata is expected to leave Madrid’s training camp in the United States as soon as possible.British media reported last week that Chelsea had offered Morata a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge worth Â£150 000 a week.Real exercised a buy-back clause to bring Morata back from Juventus a year ago. He scored 20 goals in 43 appearances last season as Real retained their Champions League crown while edging Barcelona to the Spanish title.Morata had previously been linked with a move to Manchester United, but their reported interest ended after the signing of Romelu Lukaku from Everton.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Chelsea has reached an agreement to buy Spain international striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for a reported â‚¬80 million, the two clubs announced wednesday.“Chelsea Football Club and Real Madrid have agreed terms for the transfer of Alvaro Morata to Stamford Bridge,” Chelsea said on its club website.“The move is now subject to him agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.”Madrid confirmed the news as well in a brief statement on its website.“The club wishes to express its thanks for the dedication, professionalism and exemplary conduct displayed by the player over the years, spanning his time in our academy right through to his spell as a member of the first-team squad,” the statement added.
Ekundayo narrowly lost the bout in London, due to a contentious pointsâ€™ decision, against home town favourite, Gary Corcoran. Ringsiders at the prestigeâ€™s affair in London felt that the Nigerian was very unlucky not to win the bout, especially given the Briton continued use of the head.Despite this disadvantage, and suffering incredible pain from a broken hand, Ekundayo battled on, doing Nigeria proud and almost knocking his man out in the 10 rounds. The assembled dignitaries ringside, President of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control, Dr Ladipo, as well as other assembled guest, all thought the son of the soil had done enough to claim the victory.The shame of this for Nigeria is that Corcoran is now well placed for a World title shot, which had the decision gone his way â€œThe Naturalâ€ would have been in line for.However, the fighter, who along with Olusegun Ajose, represent the best chance of international sporting success in the green and white of Nigeria, now faces an uncertain future because of the cost of repairing the damaged hand. Ekundayo told reporters in London, â€œI proudly wear our countries colours into the ring, and am happy to take the bumps and bruises boxing requires, so as to bring sporting glory to Nigeria. I hope the Government, or a prominent company or individual, can help me fix my hand so I can win a world title for Nigeria.â€Ben Gray, the Commercial Agent for Ekundayo and Ajose said â€œI know many Nigerians are now really interested in boxing, because of the recent success of Anthony Joshua. I believe a lot of the countryâ€™s leaders are coming to support Anthony Joshua defending his title in Cardiff on the 28th of October. Given this interest, I hope that we can find someone to support the likes of Larry and Olusegun tooâ€.He added, â€œNigeria has a wonderful opportunity to build on this interest in AJ and deliver a long-term sporting legacy, for itself and all its boxers. We are keen to speak with any individual, or corporation, who wants to be of help Nigerian boxers win Word Titlesâ€. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former African Champion, Larry â€œThe Naturalâ€ Ekundayoâ€™s career is on the line, after breaking his hand in WBO International title contest. Ekundayo spoke with reporters in London this week, to update them after his recent brave title attempt.He told them that his career was on the line, unless he gets similar medical support that his British or American counterparts receive.The Nigerian boxer sustained a broken hand during his brave effort for the WBO Intercontinental title in London in July this year. If the funds can be found, he could be back in the ring, challenging for titles, before the end of the year.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Winning at homeBy scheduling a pseudo home game against Southern California in Metlife Stadium on Sept. 8, Syracuse sacrificed its sixth game of the year in the Carrier Dome.That means the Orange has just five chances to impress a fan base that is already apathetic toward a team that failed to win a game after Oct. 21 last season.Put simply, a bad home loss cannot happen. It would only invite the basketball fans to begin their countdown several weeks earlier.It makes the season opener against Northwestern, a team traditionally in the bottom half or middle of the Big 10 pack, a bit of a must-win game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarlier this week, USA Today ranked the eight Big East football venues from best to worst, with the Dome finishing fourth. When full, the Dome is one of the more unique venues in college football with a domed roof that captures sound and truly makes for a “Loud House.”The problem is that the Dome hasn’t been full in years. Three seasons ago, against the same Northwestern team that comes to Syracuse on Saturday, a raucous and passionate crowd was treated to a three-point thriller.Unfortunately, that scene is a rarity for modern-day SU football. When No. 11 West Virginia set foot in the Dome last season, a decent crowd of 45,265 was in attendance for a monumental SU upset. But three weeks and two losses later, 4,000 fewer fans watched Syracuse’s next home game.The fans are fickle and they want to see a winning team inside the Dome.Each of this year’s five home games is exponentially more valuable because the team has one fewer chance to win over those spectators teetering on the fence of disdain.Big plays in the passing gameQuarterback Ryan Nassib set a program record for passing yards, but he only surpassed the 300-yard mark once — against Football Championship Subdivision opponent Rhode Island. His longest pass of the season outside of that game came against South Florida when he found Alec Lemon for a 58-yard touchdown with less than four minutes remaining and the Orange trailing by 20 points. The quarterback often settled for short passes to Nick Provo, who owns the career record for receptions by an SU tight end.We’ll see if the Orange unveils a more aggressive game plan Saturday that allows Nassib to take shots down the field. SU will need to score points to win its season-opener over Northwestern, which has a dynamic quarterback in Kain Colter. The Wildcats ranked fifth out of 12 teams in the Big Ten last year in scoring offense with nearly 29 points per game.Its defense was among the worst and finished last in the league in sacks with 17. The Wildcats surrendered an average of 38.6 points per game in their first five Big Ten games in 2011, including 38 to an Indiana team that went winless in the conference and 1-11 overall.Nassib and the SU offense should be able to take more chances against a defense that enters the season with plenty of question marks.The play of Syracuse’s offensive lineSyracuse’s offensive line has three starters who have never appeared in a single game at SU. Two of those players — Ivan Foy and Lou Alexander — never convinced head coach Doug Marrone and his staff that they truly deserved the spot. The Orange’s goal of executing more “big plays” starts against Northwestern, and the performance up front will be key to making that happen.Northwestern has one of the worst defenses in the country, let alone the Big Ten. The Wildcats gave up 6.1 yards per play, had a 50-percent third-down conversion rate and had only 17 sacks.Even if Northwestern’s defense is improved in 2012, it still will not be a formidable unit. If the Orange is going to lose, it cannot be because the O-line failed to give quarterback Ryan Nassib time in the pocket.If the offensive line can’t figure out a way to hold off the Wildcats’ defense, how do you think it would do against Southern California? Or any other team, for that matter?The line has a chance to prove itself this weekend. Alexander, Foy and left tackle Sean Hickey have the chance to prove they deserve to be starters.Syracuse wants a better, less conservative offense. Building the foundation for that starts Saturday. But if the offensive line plays poorly and foils those plans, then there would be little for SU fans to feel good about going forward. Comments Published on August 29, 2012 at 1:48 am Related Stories 5 questions surrounding Syracuse in 2012 season
US lawmakers are proposing legislation which would require car makers to install sensors that alert drivers if a child is being left in a car.On average 37 children die each year in a hot car. Most of the time they were accidentally forgotten by a parent or a caregiver. Nine have died in this fashion since the year began.If proponents have their way – your car will soon provide one more alert to make sure this can’t happen.In the meantime – never leave a child in a car unattended.Do whatever it takes to remember to check your back seat.Advocates suggest tossing your purse in the back seat – or better yet, toss one of your shoes back there.Most importantly – don’t think a hot car tragedy can’t happen even on a cloudy day.Even if it is 52 degrees outside children can die from heat stroke inside a vehicle. Heat stroke sets in at 104 degrees. Human cells start to shut down at 107 degrees. And a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s.General Motors already has some of this technology in its cars.The Hot Cars Act would require it in all vehicles. It will be announced on Capital Hill Wednesday.
Nigeria’s Blessing Ighoteguonor-Okagbare ran a time of 11.03 seconds to finish fourth in the Women’s 100 meters event at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat, Morocco on Sunday.Okagbare, who ran 10.99 seconds at last week’s London IAAF meeting, failed to run her second sub-11 seconds time this year after she finished behind Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson(10.87), Ivorian Marie-Josée Ta Lou(10.90) and Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago. Next up for the 28-year-old Nigerian is the Monaco IAAF Diamond League Meeting, as preparations for next month’s 16th IAAF, World Championship in London hit top gear.She first broke 11 seconds in 2012, at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London, then ran three more sub-11 seconds that season with a personal best of 10.92 seconds at the 2012 Olympic games.Related
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.— Maple Ridge Ranch hosted it’s first farm day at the ranch. Parents, children and volunteers were able to feed the animals and take selfies with the ostriches.The Ranch is home to many not so common animals in Alpena. Saturday they made their debut. Residents learned about the animals and participated in arts and craft.Nature’s Kingdom also brought along some animals while hotdogs were being dropped on the grill.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Brunch at the HarborNext Missing girl in Oscoda County
The Super Eagles team for next Friday international friendly game for the inauguration of the ultra-modern Uyo Stadium, began training in the Akwa Ibom State capital, Tuesday morning but they could not have a feel of the new arena that has received accolades from all and sundry because the turf was still being marked.HUMBLED: Super Eagles players listen to their coach before training ahead of the return clash with Sudan on Wednesday.The team made up of entirely stars from the Nigerian league trained at the Uyo Township stadium under the watchful eyes of Assistant Coach, Dan The Bull Amokachi. He was assisted by Coach Valere Hyandonou and Goalies’ Trainer, Ike Shorunmu. The team had a feel of the much talked about Uyo Stadium later on Tuesday evening.Head Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi was still away in Abuja on some personal issues and he’s scheduled to join the team soonest. The training proper, which featured all 24 players lasted for over two hours with some of the players having a first feel of the rigorous regime of training in the Super Eagles camp.Ex-internationals James Etokebe and Patrick Udoh, came to give the team moral support during the morning session, with a sizeable number of football fans in Uyo also joining to watch their team train. Etokebe, who is now the coach of Akwa United, said he was excited that the Nigerian national team will be playing two important games in his home state and thanked Governor Godswill Akpabio for the vision to build an edifice that is now attracting not only international football but attention across the world.Udoh spoke in a similar vein and assured that fans in Uyo and environs will turn out in their numbers to support the national team in the two games they have in the city in the coming days.
Other potential options at No. 1Assuming the Bengals have the No. 1 overall pick, their only other potential option is pass rusher Chase Young. Young was the best defensive player in college football this year, and the standout defensive end has been one of the stars on Ohio State’s defense for the last two seasons. He is a potential game changer along the lines of 2014 No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, registering 16.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles in 2019.Young’s odds of being the No. 1 overall pick are +175, and he would likely be the first pick if the Giants or Redskins ended up with the selection. Those franchises both selected a quarterback in the first round last year, and both teams are looking for another piece for their championship puzzle.Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas is a perceived option at No. 1, too, with odds of +1600, but offensive linemen are the biggest question marks in the draft process. The last offensive tackle to go No. 1 was Eric Fisher, and he is perceived as a bust with just one Pro Bowl selection during his career. Joe Burrow made history on Saturday night. He earned the second-most first place votes in the history of Heisman Trophy voting en route to becoming the second LSU player to win the award. While Burrow had nine fewer first place votes than O.J. Simpson, he set the record for greatest percentage of first place votes by appearing No. 1 on 90.7 percent of voters’ ballots, and he had the most points in the history of Heisman Trophy voting. We haven’t seen a turnaround like this since Carson Palmer’s remarkable 2002 season, and like Palmer, Burrow has seen his draft stock soar. Burrow was seen as a mid-round prospect coming into the year, but he is now the odds-on favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He has surpassed quarterbacks like Justin Herbert, Tua Tagovailoa, Jake Fromm and Jacob Eason, making Burrow the headline quarterback in next year’s draft class. MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends at Sports InsiderNFL Draft odds 2020: Joe Burrow a -250 favorite to be the No. 1 pickThere are two major reasons why Burrow is the favorite to be the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft. The first reason is obvious. He is perceived as the best quarterback in this year’s class, and the position has never been more valued. Quarterbacks have been taken No. 1 overall in eight of the last 11 drafts, and players like Jared Goff, Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray were selected first overall even though many scouts gave them lower grades than elite players at other positions. No position is more important than quarterback in the modern NFL. Hitting on a quarterback in the draft makes you an immediate contender, as teams get to lock down a potential franchise player for around $4 million a year for the first four years of their contract. That allows front offices the ability to splurge in free agency at other positions, like we saw with the Chiefs this offseason.Patrick Mahomes is the league’s reigning MVP, but he is slated to make just over $9.7 million in 2019 and 2020. Having the league’s best quarterback at such a cheap price gave Kansas City the opportunity to revamp the league’s worst defense by adding Frank Clark, Alex Okafor, Tyrann Mathieu and Bashaud Breeland in the offseason. Seattle was the first team to benefit like this earlier in the decade with Russell Wilson, and Houston has splurged too thanks to Deshaun Watson. That kind of potential value means that any quarterback with a top 10 grade will likely go No. 1 overall in the draft.NFL MOCK DRAFT 2020Joe Burrow goes to Bengals; CeeDee Lamb, Tee Higgins join AFC EastThe team likely to be picking first in the 2020 NFL Draft will find it hard to pass up Burrow, too. The Bengals haven’t locked up the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft just yet, but it would be hard for the Bengals to not finish as the worst team in the league at this point. Cincinnati is 1-13 and two games worse than any other team in the NFL, so a loss in either of the Bengals’ last two games will lock down the No. 1 pick. They are slight underdogs, per the NFL betting odds, on the road against Miami this week, and they will probably be underdogs at home against Cleveland in Week 17. Cincinnati likely has an 85 to 90 percent chance of securing the No. 1 pick given its remaining schedule, and the Bengals would almost certainly select Burrow. LSU’s star quarterback played high school football in Athens, Ohio, and he began his collegiate career at Ohio State before transferring to LSU. Burrow highlighted the struggles of southeast Ohio in his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech, endearing him to many in Cincinnati.Bengals fans expect their team to draft Burrow No. 1 since neither Andy Dalton nor Ryan Finley are the answer, but there is another player who could go first overall.
Facebook326Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Community Youth ServicesCommunity Youth Services (CYS) Chief Clinical Officer, Alicia Ferris, recently offered some useful tips to help during the challenges and stress of social-distancing, closures and self isolation. Her work at CYS oversees the Integrated Counseling Division, working with young people and their families. “Please have a read as I hope it is helpful to you all in caring for yourself, each other and our community in the new world we find ourselves in at the moment” Ferris said. The word Pandemic sounds dramatic and scary but that is what we are experiencing at the moment. It’s shocking and certainly unnerving at the very least. For some of us, however, this experience can feel incredibly stressful. The amount of disruption to our every day life is making it necessary for us all to be in a somewhat constant state of adaptation and problem-solving through each new unanticipated challenge as we navigate a wide-spread health concern that is spanning the globe.Take Care of Yourself1) Self-care Isolation and Social Distancing are necessary for public health but also a recipe for poor mental health!! As such, while we follow the required and recommended public health guidelines, we also take extra measures to address our mental health and well being. Good Self-Care can address the heightened level of stress we are prone to feeling during this time of uncertainty and cascading challenges that result from this disruption in our lives. It’s important to press pause several times a day and breath, get outside, take a bath or shower, connect with family or friends or do something relaxing like meditation, listening to the birds outside or noticing the new buds and blooms of spring. Chronic stress has a negative effect on our health and wellbeing, including our immune systems!! So take a moment to take care of your heart and mind and be present.2) StructureThe impacts of isolation can sneak up on you but the first signs are typically a depressed mood or increased irritability. Being mindful of those and addressing it when it happens is key but prevention is even better. Given that our daily routines are likely disrupted through this, sometimes to a great extent, creating a new structure to your day through this time can be incredibly helpful. If you are telecommuting, try setting up a specific space in your home that you plan to work from. Your temporary “home office” should be inviting, peaceful, and allow you to focus on your work. Then plan to take timed breaks to step away from your work throughout the day. It may also be helpful to set up some new structure to starting and ending your day, given that you may no longer be leaving the house and coming home. Daily hygiene can be the first to go when we have the opportunity to stay in our pajamas all day, but it is not the best thing for our mental health. Try getting up, showering and getting dressed for the day, getting a bite of breakfast and making a quick daily to-do list before sitting down to start working.Creating new routines for kids and our relationships are important as well to help everyone adapt and adjust well during this time. There may be a need to reset some expectations of each other to keep conflict in the home to a minimum when we are home together with each other all day, every day.3) Stay ConnectedWhile we can’t hang out in groups or give each other hugs of support right now, we can certainly connect virtually to help lessen the impact of isolation. Reach out to friends and coworkers via phone or video chat to touch base. Check in on that elderly neighbor (while maintaining 6 feet of distance).4) Limit Screen Time and Stay ActiveScreen time can dramatically impact your mental health for the worse. Studies on watching television show that after the first hour of watching TV, our mood plummets in the second hour and further each hour after that. To fill down time and get your mind off things, try a good book or jigsaw puzzle. Establishing new activities to replace canceled recreational, creative or social group activities, etc is also critical. Try starting up a new hobby or getting back into an old one like finally doing those youtube classes on playing a guitar or finishing that old scrapbook or wood project you started.There is another dimension as well which is that although this outbreak affects everyone, it does not affect us all equally. Although we are all facing this bigger challenge together, we are not all facing the same types of challenges. So we need to exercise empathy towards each other and caution in making comparisons or broad statements.Homeless We hear a lot about those that are elderly or have significant medical conditions being more at risk of getting very sick or even dying from the virus. What we don’t hear as much is that those without housing are at significant risk and cannot isolate the way those that are housed can. Additionally, those that are homeless often have significantly more health concerns to begin with and have less access to facilities needed to maintain the hygiene we are hearing about everyday as a recommended precautionary measure.Financial InsecurityThose that have low-income, are living just at their means each day, or own a small business are at significant financial risk due to the shutdowns taking place. The impact on the economy has the potential to pull the rug out from under many people in our communities through reduced income or breaks in employment, or unanticipated expenses.Pre-Existing Mental Health ConditionsFor those of us that have significant mental health challenges such as anxiety, mood, trauma or obsessive-compulsive disorders, the events we are currently experiencing can be debilitating. This is obvious when you consider those who worry constantly, especially about germs, but even disorders like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Major Depressive Disorder can be exacerbated by the safety threat, potential isolation and potential loss that can come from this outbreak. Additionally, those that suffer from or are in recovery from Substance Use Disorders may have difficulty maintaining sobriety through these stressors and forced alteration of lifestyle.Counseling Tools Can HelpWith an event this big, sometimes it can be difficult to decipher what is a realistic concern and what isn’t. For those of us that manage anxiety daily in our normal lives, this can make it difficult to re-establish and maintain recovery. The common methods of treatment for anxiety, such as “reality testing”, can fail us in this new world of uncertainty, unknowns, and large-scale impacts.What we do know, is that no matter the reality outside our doors, there are tried and true evidence-based tools we can all use to stay grounded. By far the most important one is something called “Radical Acceptance”. Similar to the “Serenity Prayer” of Alcoholics Anonymous, “Radical Acceptance” is a simple but very powerful concept. It is accepting what is happening right now (instead of trying to fight it or deny it) and then focusing only on what you personally have control over and taking action in those areas. How do you know if you are trying to fight something? Generally, if the statement or thought contains the word “should”, then there is a lack of acceptance of that reality. By accepting what is and then focusing on what you can actually do about it, we empower ourselves and reduce feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and constant worry.Virtual Care is available for Mental Health ServicesThere are many other tools and resources that can help right now. Most mental health counselors at the moment are working on or have started to offer their usual in-person therapy through virtual platforms instead. This is called Telehealth or Telemedicine. It does not involve FaceTiming or Skyping with your therapist as there are strict regulations concerning security and confidentially that have to be adhered to. But certain tools or versions of tools such as Zoom, American Well, Doxy.me are allowed to be used for receiving counseling. There are hundreds out there that are safe and approved for counseling services. Some are companies themselves that you access a provider through and others are just a technology solution for your own therapist to use.Don’t forget that you are not in this alone. Please take the time to check-in with each other throughout this time. Community Youth Services is your place of employment but it is also your work family. Lets offer each other grace through this temporary challenge, wraparound each other and help each other get through this and not just survive but thrive.Community Youth Services (CYS) is currently offering virtual behavioral services to help those young people that may be feeling the effects of this pandemic. Staff are scheduling one-on-one counseling sessions will be available based on present staffing and availability via telemedicine.CYS ParticipantsOur Behavioral Health treatment programs (Multisystemic Therapy and Transitional Age Youth Support) are both able to offer services via video (telemedicine) as of last Friday, March 13. Supported Employment is also being offered through telemedicine. For those currently in therapy elsewhere, we encourage them to check in with their providers to see if telehealth is an option. Many therapists and organizations are in the process of making the switch to offer telehealth given the current circumstances.As of today, Community Youth Services IS accepting NEW participants that may be needing virtual care for mental health services! If you are, or know of a youth age 15 to 24 experiencing mental health or substance use disorders, as well families of youth ages 12 to 17 with disruptive behavior needing support, we ask you please call 360-918-7860, to get more information on the services now available to you.In addition to offering virtual services, as of Tuesday, March 17, CYS will be adjusting all other services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. CYS recognizes that we are a critical resource for young people at-risk of or that are experiencing homelessness in our community and those needing behavioral health services. We are making every effort to remain accessible and available to those who need our services, while also reducing contact and the likelihood of spreading COVID-19, adhering to the Governors statewide emergency proclamation. We are committed to continuing to provide mental health services, peer support, and outreach to the extent possible. We are taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of our participants, staff, and community during this pandemic.Our office locations in Thurston, Lewis and Mason will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until further notice. We will reassess the situation weekly and update you via our website and other social media.Essential Services programs (Rosie’s/YAS, Haven House, New Directions) are being assessed on a daily basis and will stay open with certain precautions and changes in hours or capacity levels if needed based upon staffing wellness and availability or based on quarantine recommendations if warranted.Our street outreach staff will be conducting normal outreach Monday-Friday to provide support to vulnerable community members who are unsheltered – including delivering supplies and keeping youth up to date on safety and health recommendations. Drop -In hours at Rosie’s Place will be shifted and occupancy will be limited to meet safety standards.We will be actively seeking new information from health authorities as this public health emergency evolves, and we will update our response as needed. Please visit our website at www.communityyouthservices.org or social media sites for the most updated information about our services and hours.
Mallard’s Source for sports wants to give the Killjoys a pre-game push with Team of the Week honours.The Killjoys team includes, coach K. Boss, back row, Sylvest, Meg Ablast, Ink Sling-Her, Kerowhack, Lil Miss Hell ‘N Back, D.O.Ava, Goldie Gunshow, Oso Agro, Buttermilk, McWrath, Skid Licious, Lil Squirt, Concrete Cindy, Courtney Shove and Slay Guevara. The Golden Boot is up for grabs Saturday at the NDCC Arena as the Nelson Killjoys and Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers duke it out for bragging rights in the West Kootenay Roller Derby League.The defending champion Killjoys meet the Rollers at 7 p.m. in Mountain Mayhem 5 while at 5 p.m. Valley Brutality and the Rossland Trail Rollergirls.