Home-sharing startup Airbnb on Wednesday said it has confidentially filed with US regulators for an initial public offering.The number of shares and price has yet to be determined, according to the San Francisco-based company.The move comes as the travel industry suffers an economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic amid slowdowns in tourism. “Eventually, the market will reflect the unemployment. So better to IPO before things get really bad and they have to wait a few years.”Airbnb has been working with local authorities, charities and tourist agencies to entice potential visitors and stimulate economic activity.”The travel industry, including Airbnb has been hit hard by COVID-19 and there will continue to be tremendous uncertainty,” the company said in a June blog post.”But, our booking data shows that travel is beginning to bounce back.”Earlier this year the company slashed a quarter of its workforce — around 1,900 people — as the coronavirus pandemic crushed the travel industry.The cuts were needed for the company to survive until people started traveling again, Airbnb co-founder and chief executive Brian Chesky said in a blog post at the time.The company recently announced new cleaning “protocols” to reassure travelers. Airbnb last week began testing in Britain, France and Spain a ban on people younger than 25 with fewer than three positive ratings from renting entire homes close to where they live to avoid them being used for big parties.It followed similar measures in the United States and Canada, and a strengthening of an Airbnb ban on gatherings that violate public health mandates in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Airbnb began cracking down last year as rowdy parties were causing problems with neighbors, and the coronavirus pandemic ramped up concern about events where social distancing measures are flouted. Airbnb recently said it had seen bookings begin to “bounce back” and unveiled an initiative to promote short-range travel as pandemic restrictions ease.”It does look like people are a bit more comfortable going someplace and staying in a person’s house instead of a hotel,” said technology analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group.Chances that the US stock market could crater later this year due to unemployment and ebbing stimulus money was likely a factor in the decision by Airbnb to go public at a time when the travel industry is struggling, the analyst added.”Airbnb is moving now because the market is hot, people are staying at Airbnb properties, and the market could go south,” Enderle said. Topics :
By Greg AregoniLUXEMBURG, Wis. – This Thursday night, July 3, motors will be cranked at Luxemburg Speedway and the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified winner will earn $1,000. “We decided we wanted our drivers and fans to be able to spend the holiday with their families. We know a lot of the Luxemburg Speedway crowd enjoys the fireworks and family time,” said Gene Mathu, track promoter.This will be a regular point night in all five divisions. Racing goes green at 7 p.m. Pepsi, the Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce and The 54 Run will be sponsoring the show. Benji LaCrosse won last Friday’s IMCA Modified feature and $2,500 after starting 20th. The winner on Thursday becomes a candidate for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot if not already vote eligible. Brandon Czarapata got back to his winning ways in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars last week. He was able to cut into the point lead of Rod Snellenberger by two and now trails by six points in his quest for a third straight title. Tracy Wassenberg visited from Shawano and then visited victory lane again in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division. He picked up his third win of the season. Andy Kleczka had a late race charge to second and increased his point lead. Derek Moede has a four-point cushion over Dan Van Pay. There are five drivers within eight marks. Marcus Moede was the highest finishing IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock in Friday night’s challenge race.
However, the task is likely to be significantly more difficult when they run out against the Italians and 20-year-old Oxford midfielder O’Dowda is under no illusions as to what lies ahead. He told FAI TV: “I think we are ready. We have been putting in the performances as well like we did against Lithuania, so hopefully we can do that against Italy. “We are all bonding really well, we all get on well – we have got a good group here and we have got the best chance to go into the Italy game and get three points there. That would be good. “We know it’s going to be a hard game – the players there will probably be playing in the Champions League in a few years’ time – but we are all going to be ready.” O’Dowda will go into the game full of confidence on a personal level having scored his first goal for Ireland against the Lithuanians. Noel King’s side will head for Vicenza on Tuesday boasting a 100 per cent record after their opening three fixtures, which have brought home and away victories over Andorra and Friday’s 3-0 success against Lithuania in Waterford. As a result, they sit proudly at the top of Group 2 having played a game more than both their hosts and Serbia, who have each won their first two matches of the campaign. Callum O’Dowda is backing the Republic of Ireland to go toe-to-toe with Champions League stars of the future when they continue their European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign in Italy. Press Association
Garde has overseen eight of the games during that miserable run, which has put Villa on course to drop out of the top flight for the first time since 1987. However, the Frenchman says he will stay to guide them out of the Sky Bet Championship if they are relegated and that the club want him to. “Yes – both answers are yes,” he said. “I have got a very good feeling in my mind. “In every football club there are some difficulties and problems. “Of course I thought we would have won earlier, but I knew when you come to a club that has played 11 and lost nine you don’t expect to find everything going well. “If they are, you do not get the call to come in. “I knew it would be difficult but now I am full of confidence for what we can achieve in this club.” Chief executive Tom Fox also believes Garde will be at Villa for the long haul after replacing Tim Sherwood in November. The former Lyon boss penned a three-and-a-half year deal at Villa Park in November, but has been unable to bring about a change in fortunes. Villa head to fellow strugglers Sunderland on Saturday sat bottom of the Barclays Premier League and 11 points from safety thanks to an 18-match winless streak. Press Association He added: “We are building something special and Remi Garde is a massive part of what we are trying to build.” Villa are four points behind second-bottom Sunderland, having not won since the opening day of the season. Monday’s 2-0 defeat at Norwich saw them lose further ground, but Garde refused to label the Stadium of Light encounter as their last survival hope. “It’s a very important game but this is not the last chance we will have,” he said. Remi Garde insists he will stay at Aston Villa even if they are relegated.
NASA says that SpaceX could be ready to launch two astronauts aboard the company’s Crew Dragon capsule by the end of the year.The Commercial Crew Program is the end result of a series of NASA-funded industry competitions in the wake of the space shuttle’s retirement.Following an April test flight explosion, NASA’s Kathy Lueders said SpaceX is working to get the newly assigned Demo 2 capsule ready for flight “by the end of the year.”Do you feel that NASA and SpaceX are pressing forward with this program too fast?
An Oklahoma police officer is behind bars on murder charges in Florida in connection to the death of his police chief.Officials say 44-year-old Lucky Miller was found dead in his Hilton hotel room Sunday evening after security was called to the room over reports of a disturbance.Michael Patrick Nealey, 49, was arrested and charged with murder Monday after what authorities described as an alcohol-fueled brawl in a Florida Panhandle hotel room between himself and the victim.Police said there was no weapon found at the scene, and a cause of death has not been revealed at this time.The lawmen traveled to the sunshine state for a conference and were staying at the Hilton hotel in Pensacola Beach, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.Nealey is being held at the Escambia County Jail without bond.He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 5.An interim police chief has been appointed to the town of Mannford, Okla. for the time being.Miller had been police chief since 2007 and is survived by his wife, Amber, and three children, city officials said.“We are heartbroken by the news,” Mannford Mayor Tyler Buttram said in a statement Monday. “Please keep both families in your prayers as we work to move forward.”No other information is available at this time.
Game 5 is Tuesday.NFL-SCHEDULENewton runs for 2 TDs, Patriots hold off Dolphins 21-11UNDATED (AP) — The New England Patriots’ new quarterback had a better day than the old one.Cam Newton rushed for two touchdowns and the Pats held on to beat the Dolphins 21-11. Newton rushed for 15 times for 75 yards and threw for 155 yards. He guided an offensive attack that did most of its damage on the ground in their first game since the departure of Tom Brady this offseason. Sony Michel added a game-clinching TD run for New England. There was no change at the very top: Preseason No. 1 Clemson received 60 of 61 first place-votes this week.Alabama moved up to No. 2. Oklahoma is No. 3, followed by Georgia and Florida. Defending champion LSU, with one first-place vote, is No. 6.Among the new teams in the rankings were Sun Belt powerhouses Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 19 and Appalachian State at No. 24. Louisiana-Lafayette was last ranked in 1943.LPGA-ANA INSPIRATIONLee wins LPGA major It was a comeback within a comeback as the Nuggets turned a 19-point, third-quarter deficit into a 13-point win over the Clippers, 111-98. Denver outscored Los Angeles, 62-27 over a dizzying 20-minute stretch of the second half.Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kich) had 34 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for Denver, which also faced a 3-1 series deficit before downing Utah. Jamal Murray scored 21 for the Nuggets, who also got 16 from Gary Harris.Paul George had 33 points and Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard scored 25 for the Clippers.NBA-ROCKETS-D’ANTONIAP source: D’Antoni tells Rockets he’s not coming back RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Mirim Lee birdied the first playoff hole to capture the ANA Inspiration.Lee chipped in three times Sunday, the last one for eagle on the final hole that got her into a three-way playoff. She was never in the lead at any point until she calmly holed a 5-foot birdie putt on the 18th to beat Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson, who each had the lead on the back nine.Lee closed with a 5-under 67 to finish at minus-15.PGA-SAFEWAY OPENCink ends victory drought Associated Press The gem comes less than a month after Lucas Giolito (jee-oh-LEE’-toh) threw a no-hitter for the White Sox.David Bote (BOH’-tee) belted a two-run homer and had three RBIs for Chicago.Elsewhere in the majors:— Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) tied Willie Mays for fifth place on the career homer list with his 660th, a two-run shot in the eighth inning of the Angels’ 5-3 victory against the Rockies. Winning pitcher Andrew Heaney threw seven efficient innings, allowing three runs and no walks while striking out eight. — Mookie Betts’ two-run homer highlighted a four-run fifth inning and Chris Taylor added a three-run shot as the Dodgers thumped the Astros, 8-1. Eight relievers combined on a four-hitter, with winning pitcher Victor González working two scoreless frames. The second-seeded Thiem is the first man in 71 years to win tournament after dropping the first two sets of the final, storming back to beat No. 5 Alexander Zverev (ZVEHR’-ehv), 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6. It’s the first time the men’s final has been decided by a fifth-set tiebreak.Thiem entered Sunday with an 0-3 career record in major title matches. This was Zverev’s debut in a Grand Slam final.T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLLLa.-Lafayette leads 10 new teams in rankingsUNDATED (AP) — Louisiana-Lafayette and Appalachian State are among 10 new teams ranked in first regular-season Associated Press college football poll, which was stripped of the teams not yet scheduled to play a fall season. Update on the latest sports SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Miguel Angel Jimenez has completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Sanford International, the PGA Tour Champions’ first event with fans since returning from a break for the coronavirus pandemic.Jimenez closed with a 5-under 65 at Minehaha Country Club to beat Steve Flesch by a stroke. The 56-year-old Spanish star won for the second time this season and 10th on the 50-and -over tour.F1-TUSCAN GPHamilton wins hectic Tuscan GP, demands justice for TaylorMUGELLO, Italy (AP) — Lewis Hamilton won a hectic Tuscan Grand Prix to clinch his 90th Formula One win and move one behind Michael Schumacher’s record. — DeAndre Hopkins had a career-high 14 catches for 151 yards in his Arizona debut and set up Kenyan Drake’s 1-yard TD run with 5:03 to help the Cardinals down the 49ers, 24-20. Kyler Murray threw for 230 yards and a touchdown and ran for 90 yards and another score to help the Cardinals overcome a pair of fourth-quarter deficits. — Heisman winner Joe Burrow ran 23 yards untouched for a touchdown in his NFL debut, but the Bengals were beaten by the Chargers, 16-13. A line anchored by Joey Bosa (BOH’-sah) and Melvin Ingram III held the quarterback from national champion LSU to 23 of 36 passing for 192 yards with three sacks and a costly interception.— Lamar Jackson threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns to help the Ravens beat the Browns 38-6, ruining Kevin Stefanski’s debut as Cleveland’s head coach. Jackson completed 20 of 25 passes and racked up a team-high 45 yards on the ground.— Peyton Barber ran for two touchdowns while quarterback Dwayne Haskins rallied Washington from a 17-point deficit to beat the Eagles 27-17 in coach Ron Rivera’s debut. Carson Wentz was sacked eight times and threw two costly interceptions behind an injury-depleted offense line featuring two guys starting their first career games. — Josh Allen led three consecutive first-half touchdown drives and the Bills overcame their own sloppiness and injuries to two starting linebackers in a 27-17 win over the Jets. Allen finished 33 of 46 for 312 yards in becoming Buffalo’s first player to top 300 yards since Tyrod Taylor in 2016. — Mike Clevinger threw a two-hitter for his second career shutout, guiding the Padres to a 6-0 stifling of the Giants in Game 1 of a twinbill. Greg Garcia and Wil Myers each had a two-run single off Johnny Cueto (KWAY’-toh). — The Padres completed a sweep as Jurickson Profar (JUR’-ihk-sehn PROH’-fahr) hit a go-ahead RBI single in the fifth inning of a 3-1 victory against San Francisco. Wil Myers hit a solo homer in San Diego’s seventh win in a row.— Eugenio (ay-oo-HEH’-nee-oh) Suárez hit his team-leading 13th home run in the eighth and Aristides (ar-ihs-TEH’-dees) Aquino added a two-run homer in the ninth to complete the Reds’ comeback from a 5-3 deficit in a 10-5 win over the Cardinals. Andrew Miller loaded the bases with a hit batter, followed with a tying four-pitch walk and a wild pitch that put the Reds ahead in a three-run seventh.— Adam Duvall and Ozzie Albies each hit a two-run homer off a laboring Max Scherzer to power the Braves past the Nationals, 8-4. Kyle Wright pitched six innings for his first major league win, helping the NL East leaders take three of four from Washington. — Rookie Sixto Sánchez pitched a three-hitter over seven innings for his first complete game in five major league starts, leading the Marlins over the Phillies, 2-1 in a doubleheader opener. Miami went ahead on RBI singles by Corey Dickerson and Starling Marte. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFS-CLIPPERS/NUGGETSNuggets do it again, taking Clippers to Game 7 in WestLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have done it again, climbing back from a 3-1 deficit for the second consecutive NBA playoffs series. — Braxton Garrett allowed three hits over five innings to win his major league debut, helping the Marlins crush Philadelphia in the nightcap. The Marlins moved a half-game ahead of the Phils for second place in the NL East.— Eloy (EE’-loy) Jiménez homered and Yoán Moncada supplied three hits in the White Sox’s fourth win in a row, 5-2 versus the Tigers. Jiménez had two hits and two RBIs for the White Sox, who have won eight of nine overall. — Nelson Cruz belted his 16th homer and the Twins completed a weekend sweep by downing the fading Indians, 7-5. Marwin Gonzalez, Ryan Jeffers and Josh Donaldson also connected, helping Minnesota win for the 10th time in 12 games and stay one game behind the AL Central-leading White Sox.— Rougned Odor (ROOG’-nehd oh-DOHR’) crushed a tiebreaking, three-run homer and ace Lance Lynn struck out a season-high 10 in seven innings of the Rangers’ 6-3 win over the Athletics. Lynn retired 17 straight at one point and Odor homered for the third time in four games.— Christian Vázquez and Christian Arroyo went deep for the Red Sox in a 6-3 win and a four-game split of their series with the Rays. Martín (mahr-TEEN’) Pérez gave up three runs and five hits over five innings. Gray on ILUNDATED (AP) — Reds pitcher Sonny Gray has been placed on the 10-day injured list because a strain on the right side of his mid-back, a move retroactive to Friday. Gray allowed five runs, six hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings at the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. He is 5-3 with a 3.94 ERA in nine starts but has allowed 11 runs in his last two outings after giving up just nine earned runs in 41 2/3 innings over his first seven. TENNIS-U.S. OPENThiem rallies to beat Zverev in U.S. Open finalNEW YORK (AP) — Dominic Thiem (teem) has earned his first major title while making history at the U.S. Open. The first F1 race on a track with super-fast corners usually used by MotoGP riders was incident-packed throughout. Two crashes on the first seven laps saw six drivers go out and a red flag suspended the race for the first time after the second one. A second red flag late in the race gave Valtteri Bottas another chance to beat race leader Hamilton if he made a strong start from second. But Hamilton held firm to extend his championship leader over Bottas. NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Stewart Cink has won the season-opening Safeway Open at 47 years old for his seventh PGA Tour victory and first since the 2009 British Open.Cink closed with a 7-under 65, rebounding from a bogey on the 17th with a birdie on the 18th for a two-stroke victory over Harry Higgs.Cink is the oldest PGA Tour winner since Phil Mickelson at 48 at Pebble Beach in February 2019.PGA TOUR CHAMPIONSJimenez wins The Lightning are one win away from their first trip to the Stanley Cup final since 2015 following a 4-1 win over the Islanders.The Lightning’s first two goals came 12 seconds apart midway through the second period. Blake Coleman tied it 15 seconds after Brock Nelson gave the Islanders the lead. Ondrej Palat (AHN’-dray pah-LAHT’) made it 2-1 at the 11:54 mark.Bayden Point added an insurance goal 3:33 into the third, returning to the ice after a one-game injury absence.Pat Maroon added an empty-netter and Andre Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) made 26 saves for Tampa Bay.Isles netminder Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) was brilliant at times while stopping 32 of 35 shots. Brady was intercepted twice in his Tampa Bay debut, a 34-23 loss to the Saints. The first of Brady’s interceptions led to Alvin Kamara’s (kah-MAH’-rahz) 6-yard touchdown run. The second pick thrown by the new, 43-year-old Bucs QB was returned 36 yards for a touchdown by Janoris Jenkins.Kamara scored touchdowns running and receiving, and 41-year-old Drew Brees (breez) passed for 160 yards and two TDs with no turnovers.Elsewhere in the NFL:— The Rams opened their new stadium with a victory as Malcolm Brown rushed for a career-high 79 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-17 win over the Cowboys. Jared Goff passed for 275 yards as the Rams improved to 4-0 in openers under coach Sean McVay.Robert Woods had six catches for 105 yards to help the Rams improve to 4-0 in season openers under coach Sean McVay and spoiled the debut of Mike McCarthy, Dallas’ first new head coach in a decade. September 13, 2020 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says head coach Mike D’Antoni has told the Houston Rockets that he won’t be back next season.It was not totally unexpected. The Rockets and D’Antoni couldn’t agree on an extension last year, meaning he was coaching this season with no guarantee of his future in Houston. NHL-SCHEDULELightning down Isles for 3-1 leadEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning used a quick-strike attack to take a three-games-to-one lead in the NHL’s Eastern Conference final. — Gardner Minshew threw three touchdown passes, including a 22-yarder to Keelan Cole in the fourth quarter of the Jaguars’ 27-20 victory over the Colts. Ninshew completed 19 of 20 passes for 173 yards and no turnovers. — Josh Jacobs ran for 93 yards and three touchdowns, Derek Carr threw for 239 yards and a score as the Raiders hung on to beat the Panthers, 34-30 to spoil Matt Rhule’s coaching debut. Jacobs’ 6-yard touchdown run around the right end with 4:14 left in the game put the Raiders ahead for good after they’d surrendered a 12-point fourth-quarter lead. — Mitchell Trubisky lofted a 27-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass to Anthony Miller with 1:54 remaining to lift the Bears over the Liongs, 27-23. Detroit drove to the Chicago 16 with a chance to win before rookie running back D’Andre Swift dropped a pass in the end zone and Matthew Stafford threw another incompletion as time expired. — Aaron Rodgers began his 13th season as the Packers’ starting quarterback by passing for 364 yards and four touchdowns in a 43-34 win against the Vikings. Davante Adams had a career-high, franchise-record-tying 14 catches for 156 yards and two scores. — Russell Wilson threw for four TDs to lead the Seahawks to a 38-25 victory over the Falcons. Wilson completed 31 of 35 passes for 322 yards, throwing a pair of TD passes in the first quarter and two more in the third. Atlanta’s Matt Ryan threw for 450 yards in a losing effort. — Lourdes Gurriel (gur-ee-EHYL’) Jr. hit a home run completely out of Sahlen Field and Hyun Jin Ryu allowed one run over six innings of the Blue Jays’ 7-3 verdict over the Mets. Santiago Espinal hit a three-run double in a five-run sixth as Toronto remained a half-game ahead of the Yanks for second place in the AL East. — Gleyber (GLAY’-bur) Torres delivered a two-run double with two out in the eighth to send the Yankees to their fifth straight win, 3-1 over the Orioles. New York received one-hit, scoreless relief after J.A. Happ worked the first five innings.— Brad Keller pitched his first major league shutout, tossing a five-hitter in the Royals’ sixth straight win, 11-0 over the Pirates. Salvador Pérez and Hunter Dozier homered for Kansas City, which had seven players with at least one RBI.— The Mariners cruised to a 7-3 win over the Diamondbacks as Donovan Walton drove in three runs. Jose Marmolejos (mahr-moh-LAY’-hohs) had two hits and drove in a run, helping Seattle take two of three in the series. MLB-NEWS MLB-SCHEDULEMills gets no-hitterUNDATED (AP) — Second City has become No-Hit Nation.Alec Mills has tossed baseball’s second no-hitter of the season, with both coming from Chicago hurlers. He became the 16th Cubs pitcher to toss a no-no by going the distance for the first time in his major league career, beating the Brewers’ 12-0.Mills got Jace (jays) Peterson to hit a routine grounder to shortstop Javier Baez with two outs in the ninth.
Published on April 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments Swimming. That’s probably what sophomore Kelly Saco would be doing if she were not playing first base for the Syracuse softball team.‘Hands down,’ Saco said. ‘I learned how to swim before I learned how to walk.’ Kelly’s mother, Dacyl, swam for Syracuse and later went on to compete in approximately a half-dozen events as a 17-year-old in the 1976 Olympics for Venezuela. ‘You have to have the heart and the desire to be a swimmer. Otherwise, it’s not for you,’ Dacyl said. ‘You have to love the sport.’But growing up in the softball talent-rich suburbs of Miami, the younger Saco grew to love softball. The basepaths appealed more to her than the starting blocks. And now as a first baseman at SU, Saco is a part of a talented sophomore class that is leading the Orange in the 2010 season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThus far this season, Saco has started at first base in all 35 games for the Orange (19-16, 5-3 Big East). Saco and her Syracuse squad will travel to Ithaca, N.Y., Thursday afternoon to play Cornell in a doubleheader.The sophomore is coming off a season in 2009 where she hit .263 (26-for-99) and ranked fourth on the team with five home runs as primarily the team’s designated hitter. This season, Saco has been one-half of the right side of SU’s infield, which also returns fellow sophomore Stephanie Watts to second base. But Saco can still trace her competitive nature to her grassroots in the pool. She started competitive swimming before the age of 10 and spent most middle school mornings and afternoons training. With high school on the horizon, Saco started to delve into both swimming and softball heavily. She began to tackle the modern-day challenge that is the two-sport athlete. Kelly’s mother can attest to the long hours.‘A lot of her friends quit,’ Dacyl said. ‘Everybody wants to go to parties, to have fun, and to not worry about practice or where they will be that weekend.’In high school, as both a pitcher and first baseman, the younger Saco helped lead her Miami Palmetto team to a 2008 state championship. The endurance she garnered from hours in the pool translated to the mound. She was able to pitch additional innings. When the opposing pitcher was tired, Saco had something extra.‘If you are truly a swimmer, you can play any other sport,’ Saco said. ‘It is very competitive and it can help you from head to toe.’A lot of athletes turn to swimming to increase recovery time and to build strength. The minimum break for a swimmer might be just a single week out of the year. With a younger brother currently on a swimming scholarship at LSU, the Saco family is well adept to the physical advantages of the sport.Kelly’s goal as a child was to follow her mother’s path and make it to the Olympics. But when the IOC dropped softball from the 2012 Games, her plans shifted slightly. She then moved her focus to playing for a competitive softball team in college, and hasn’t looked back since.Saco will continue to fill the niche head coach Leigh Ross has slotted for her. No matter if it was in the pool or on first base, where she learned what it is to be an athlete. ‘She knew it, she understood it,’ Dacyl admits, ‘and she said, ‘OK, this is what I want. I want to play in college, and I want to be good at it.”email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+
Mario Balotelli’s father Thomas Barwuah has accused some unnamed Ghana FA officials of demanding some money to aid in the invitation of his son Enoch Barwuah to the Ghana national team.Unlike the AC Milan striker who naturalized for the Azzurris of Italy, Enoch – the last brother of Mario, has openly declared his readiness to play for Ghana but the 23-year-old striker is yet to catch the attention.However, his father has made a on a local radio station in Ghana, claiming some unnamed Ghana FA officials asked him for money and requested to personally manage the player before offering him a place in the Ghana national team.”They paid us a visit in Italy and I learnt they were ready to invite Enoch to play for Ghana in a tournament in South Africa but he asked us to pay and manage my son in addition and I strongly objected to his proposal, he told Asempa FM.Enoch, who said in 2014 being a brother to Mario Balotelli “is a disadvantage in the world of football”, plays for Italian Serie D side Rapallo Bogliasco.The father also reveals Mario has turned his attention back to the family after initially abandoning them. “Mario has reunited with us and he understands his biological grounding very well which makes me happy,” he added.Balotelli was born in Palermo to Ghanaian immigrant parents but the former Inter Milan striker was adopted by an Italian family at a tender age, leading to him commit his international future to Italy.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Final thoughts:Jordy Nelson (2008, second round), Matthews (2009, first round) and Cobb (2011, second round) were invaluable pieces of the Super Bowl-contending Packers’ roster that gradually deteriorated. Gutekunst needs to deliver those type of pieces in this draft.Green Bay hit its areas of need via free agency, but this draft needs to come with a few difference makers that can help the Packers close the gap with the Bears and Vikings in the NFC North. A two-pick combination of Bush, White or Oliver on defense and Brown, Hockenson or Metcalf would be the next step in getting there. The 2019 NFL Draft is a pivotal point for the Packers, a franchise that lost the NFC North crown over the last two seasons.The Packers have a new head coach in Matt LaFleur, and GM Brian Gutekunst is tasked with building on the strong moves the team made in free agency. Now comes the NFL Draft from April 25-27, and Green Bay has two first-round picks and 10 picks overall to work with. Green Bay will have to address the loss of veterans Randall Cobb, Clay Matthews and Nick Perry in this draft. You can expect Gutekunst to keep that youth movement going.SN’s NFL DRAFT HQ:Iyer’s mock draft | Live pick tracker | TV scheduleHere is a look at how the draft might shake out for Green Bay.Packers NFL Draft picks RoundPickFirstNo. 12FirstNo. 30SecondNo. 44ThirdNo. 75FourthNo. 114FourthNo. 118FifthNo. 150SixthNo. 185SixthNo. 194SeventhNo. 226Packers’ NFL Draft team needs Linebacker: Blake Martinez has developed into a leader, but Jake Ryan left via free agency and Oren Burks struggled with injury issues as a rookie. This was a position Matthews frequented the last few seasons. A long-term solution is needed, and there are two coveted targets in the first round.Wide receiver: Davante Adams is a star, but what once was the deepest unit on the roster now counts on a little too much youth at the position. Geronimo Allison battled injuries last season, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown flashed their talent at times but also caught just 59 of 109 targets. Green Bay needs more from this group.Edge rusher: Kyler Fackrell’s emergence last year made it easier to let Matthews go, and Green Bay added Preston Smith via free agency. They still could use more help generating pressure off the edge, and this draft is stocked with talent.Tight end: Green Bay still has Jimmy Graham on the roster, and he was the second-most frequent target for Rodgers. This draft has depth at the position, however, and it would not hurt to give Rodgers another red-zone target.Interior line: The Packers signed Billy Turner from Denver, but this unit lacks depth each season and needs to protect Rodgers better. He took 49 sacks last season.Packers mock draft 2019 First-round plan:Devin Bush, LB, Michigan (No. 12) Martinez has one year left on his contract, and Bush was one of the best side-to-side linebackers in college football last season. He’s a hard-hitter who had 11 passes defensed the last two years with Michigan.Of course, this assumes LSU’s Devin White will be off the board. If the Packers can land either one of these linebackers who put on a show at the NFL Combine, then that would be a win for defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma (No. 30) Brown will need to fall this far, but “Hollywood” could come in and be that impact receiver in this offense. He averaged 18.3 yards per reception the last two years and would be the first receiver taken if not for a lisfranc injury that required surgery. It’s a risky pick, but one that could pay off if Brown falls into Green Bay’s lap.MORE: Full NFL mock draft for 2019Second-guessing that plan:Some mocks have the Packers taking Ole Miss receiver D.K. Metcalf, the NFL Combine superstar who will conjure up memories of Sterling Sharpe, at No. 12. If not Metcalf, Green Bay could take Iowa’s Dustin Hockenson or Houston’s Ed Oliver with its first pick. The Oliver pick would be a steal in that spot.From there, Green Bay could look at Clemson’s Christian Wilkins at No. 30 to increase depth on the interior around Kenny Clark.Don’t be surprised if…… Green Bay trades one of its first-round picks. There is depth at defensive line and edge rusher, and the Packers could fortify those positions on Day 2 and pile up even more picks. The No. 12 pick, in particular, could be sought after by a team looking to grab one of those pass rushers.The Packers have the flexibility to move up and down the board, and Gutekunst can take advantage of that.Day 2 plan:The Packers also have the No. 44 pick in the second round, and there is some late draft buzz on Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, who threw for 12,193 yards, 99 TDs and 39 interceptions with Missouri the last four seasons. Lock could learn behind Rodgers for a few seasons.If Green Bay waits on tight end — and that should be the plan — then Texas A&M’s Jace Sternberger could be a value pick on Day 2. If the Packers do not take tackle Dalton Risner in the first round, then Washington’s Kaleb McGary could be the go-to pick on Day 2.Day 3 sleeper:Benny Snell, RB, Kentucky (fifth round) Snell averaged more than 5.0 yards per carry and had three 1,000-yard seasons in the SEC. He’s the perfect physical runner to complement Aaron Jones, who has struggled with injuries the last two seasons, and Jamaal Williams, who has been valuable in pass protection but averages just 3.7 yards per carry for his career.You saw the success C.J. Anderson had in Los Angeles. Snell could be that type of back in the new-look offense. If not Snell, keep an eye on Memphis’ Darrell Henderson, a multi-purpose back, or Stanford’s Bryce Love, a Heisman Trophy runner-up who dealt with injuries last season.MORE NFL DRAFT 2019: Dates, start time, full pick order