Wellington City Council discusses hiring a private sanitation service; Westborough Road improvements…

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council heard about possibilities of privatizing trash collection at its work session Monday. They will not likely be privatizing it anytime soon or sell off their current sanitation system any time soon.However, they might eventually expand it.They also talked about paving roads in the Westborough subdivision and ideas from the Chamber of Commerce. (See video of full meeting here – click about 6:30 into the video for the start of the meeting).As for trash collection, Wellington City Manager Shane Shields told the council he had received a proposal from a private company. They held a brief executive session to talk about dollar figures involved as that would have given an advantage other potential bidders over the company that gave them the information.There were a lot of possibilities on how it would work, but the information was provided to see if the council even wanted to go down that road.  The waste collection department currently transfers around $70,000 into the general fund, and if trash collection were outsourced that would be gone. There would also likely be jobs eliminated, though those people could apply for jobs with a company that was hired to do the work.This could also result in them having to raise rates at the transfer station, which could result in losing customers there.  They would also have to try to sell off their equipment.After the executive session, they did tell the city staff to look into things like curbside collection and could expand that operation in the future.In other matters:The council discussed paving roads in the Westborough Road area, and a few residents were in attendance. Current cost estimates are between $350,000 and $400,000.The area has some of the most expensive homes in Wellington, but it began as a dirt road.Residents of that area will be assessed part of the cost, which is to be determined later but could end up being five or 10 percent. In most subdivisions, this is done when the subdivision is built, but it was not done in this case.The residents in attendance seemed to be in agreement with that plan if they could get the road paved. It would be financed through a bond issue, and that means some percentage has to be paid by local residents. After they find out what the costs would be with different percentages assessed to residents, they may move forward.It would be next year at the earliest before it could begin.•Chamber of commerce director Annarose White told the council they want to get the high school ag shop class to build a Kiosk where they can put information about the city in a public place. The Antlers Hotel lot is the prime area being considered.It would be a way to have information available to the public, especially to visitors, when the chamber is not open.She also suggested creating some public bathrooms in the downtown area and some other improvement possibilities.p class=”p1″>Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.< Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post's comments through... RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog's comments through... RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (15) Logging you in... Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments... You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +18 Vote up Vote down Nancy · 202 weeks ago Let's not out source any more jobs. Yes, the current employees could apply with the new company but that's no guarantee they'll be hired. Then what will they do: Move? And: Give up $70,000 in income? Who would think that was a good idea? Report Reply 0 replies · active 202 weeks ago +18 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 202 weeks ago The waste collection department puts more money back into the general fund than the golf course does... Report Reply 0 replies · active 202 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Concerned citizen · 202 weeks ago Every other development in this town as well as virtually every other town includes the property owners paying for their streets and infrastructure through special assessments. This is done because the street, curbs and guttering improve the value of the adjoining property. In Westborough, the property owners chose to only put in dirt roads. I have property in town that is on a dirt road. If I wanted to get the road paved, the City would make me pay for it through specials unless it was an arterial street. Why is our Council even considering having all of the rest of our taxpayers pay to pave the streets in Westborough instead of the people living in the most expensive properties in town who will benefit from the improvements. At least Jan Korte was courageous enough to speak up about the fundamental unfairness. Are there some conflicts of interest here? Where do these council members live? Report Reply 2 replies · active 202 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 202 weeks ago Wanting to outsource is not right....this would cause problems with jobs...here and we need as many here for the citizens as possible...maybe look into possibly offering trash service on the outskirts of town to bring in more revenue...I pay $66.00 a month for once a week pick up...if the city charged the same...you might pick up some other business...just a thought... Report Reply 1 reply · active 202 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg · 202 weeks ago So just how high of a home appraisal does your house have to be before the city will even think about fixing or repaving the roads? Then on the trash service, just get on the computer and look up the rates in Wichita to see if it's a good deal or not. Report Reply 1 reply · active 202 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Cynthia Gonzales · 202 weeks ago You've already outsourced the Cafeteria and drivers from Winfield. It took Tim Gonzales all these years working by himself to deliver food to all schools in Wellington. Go back and retrive and bring back to school. He set up each school for activities and then tear down. You think outsourcing jobs will save us money. Spend money to train and retrain. Get those vehicles kept up and if you have to by new equipment so be it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 202 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Carl · 202 weeks ago Can we outsource the city council?? Report Reply 0 replies · active 202 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down notlla · 202 weeks ago Hang on to your pocket books people , I see another big raise on your utility bill. plus a lot of lost jobs . Why would anybody want to move to Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 202 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Maria H · 202 weeks ago So now we are looking to lay off workers who do a job most won't? One of those workers if a family member of mine and this would be devastating to their family. They work in town for a reason, and you want on outside source to come in? Why don't we get an outsourced Electric company to come in and we have a choice then? You pick and choose like you are God. I am appalled you would think about taking jobs away from an already ticked off town. So many citizens can barely make it as it is, then we added the electric and water hike, now cutting jobs? How are we supposed to live? I love Wellington to a point, but it is getting quite disappointing as the months and years go by. This town used to be bustling, now look at it. We citizens need to start taking over at the meetings, something. Something has just got to give. Report Reply 0 replies · active 202 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Wellington Resident · 202 weeks ago Wow wish I had purchased a house in the rich part of town. maybe then they would consider fixing the roads in my neighborhood. Us little people who live in normal neighborhoods are not as important. Report Reply 0 replies · active 202 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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What is MLB arbitration? Explaining the rules, eligibility & how the process works

first_imgIn February, teams and players will sit down to discuss salary numbers for the upcoming season, and there’s a process to it:What is MLB arbitration?Arbitration is what happens when a player and team cannot agree on a salary number for the upcoming season. A hearing is held between the club and the player, which is heard by independent arbitors. Then, the arbitors rule in favor of the player or the club.MLB arbitration rulesShould a player not have a contract for the upcoming season, and the club tender a contract, the player and club must agree on a salary number. Both parties have to agree to a number by mid-January.Should the player and the club not agree on a salary number for the upcoming season, then the team and player go to salary arbitration. The player and team both file a salary number they feel is appropriate, mostly based on the salaries of players of similar ilk and production over recent years.In a hearing in February, a panel of independent arbitors hears the case and rules either in favor of the player or the team.Oftentimes, a player and the team will agree on a salary number before officially going to arbitration, and in recent years franchises have tended to sign players to extensions, often “buying out” years of arbitration and sometimes free-agency years.Typically, players get raises during the arbitration process, but their salaries cannot be cut more than 20 percent in relation to the prior year.Who is eligible for arbitration?MLB salary arbitration is reserved for players who have at least three years of MLB service time but are not yet eligible for free agency, which is earned after six years of MLB service time. In certain cases, players who reach a certain service-time threshold are eligible for arbitration a year earlier — this is known as a Super Two player.What is a Super Two player?A Super Two player is a player who has more than two but fewer than three years of MLB service time — that’s time spent on a 25-man roster or the MLB Injured List — but ranks in the top 22 percent of service time is pooled with players who are arbitration eligible, thus accelerating the player’s arbitration clock, giving him an extra year of arbitration.The cutoff date for Super Two eligibility varies from year to year, depending on when that top 22 percent was called up/placed on a 25-man roster. In 2019, the Super Two cutoff was placed at two years, 115 days of service time, the earliest cutoff in years. Benefits of salary arbitrationPlayers on their rookie contracts have no leverage when it comes to salary, meaning the club sets the player’s salary as it sees fit (usually around league minimum). Arbitration-eligible players are more fairly paid for their contributions to their major league squad, and for the first time have a say in their salary.Cons of salary arbitrationArbitration can be a messy, vicious process; teams are trying to prove the player is worth less than what he believes he’s worth, while the player is trying to earn a raise in the years leading up to free agency. In recent years, Trevor Bauer, Marcus Stroman and Dellin Betances have been outspoken on the process, citing teams’ negativity and desire to denigrate the player during the process. Everyone talks about salary arbitration this time of year, but what is it?For the uninitiated baseball fan, players are either free agents or not. But tucked neatly amid the litany of MLB labor laws is salary arbitration — a process that happens during the dead part of winter, between the Winter Meetings and spring training.last_img read more

Australian Open qualifying delayed as smoke blankets Melbourne

first_imgThe poor air quality has already impacted the event, with the Australian Open announcing practice had also been suspended during the morning Tuesday.”Practice was temporarily suspended this morning due to poor air quality,” a statement read.Further decisions will be made based on onsite data, and in close consultation with our medical team, the Bureau of Meteorology and scientists from EPA Victoria.As always the health and safety of our players, our staff and our fans is our priority.— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 13, 2020Air quality in Melbourne has been in the “hazardous” and “very poor” range since midnight local time (8 a.m. ET Monday) in readings provided by the Environment Protection Authority Victoria. Bushfires have ravaged Australia in recent months and there have been concerns over player and spectator welfare at the year’s first grand slam tournament, with the main draw beginning Monday, Jan. 20 (Sunday in the U.S.). Australian Open qualifying was delayed Tuesday due to poor air quality as smoke from bushfires in Australia impacted Melbourne.Play was due to get underway at 10 a.m. local time (6 p.m. ET Monday), but thick smoke blanketed Melbourne, leading to it being pushed back by an hour.last_img read more

Magnus Carlsen’s reaction to beating Alireza Firouzja underlines fiery fight for chess perch

first_imgMagnus Carlsen seems to sense the growing power of 16-year-old chess phenom Alireza Firouzja and the long-term threat Firouzja poses to his chess supremacy.Their rivalry has exploded lately: No. 1 Carlsen narrowly edged Firouzja in a controversial World Blitz 2019 matchup in which his rival accused him of cheating; Firzouzja returned the favor earlier this month at the Banter Blitz Cup before Carlsen beat him again at the Magnus Carlsen Invitational on Monday. Carlsen’s reaction to this week’s victory over No. 21 Firouzja — who still remains a step behind the world’s best overall — provided a look into the intensity of a one-on-one battle that could define chess in the coming years.”Truth be told, I wanted to crush him today,” Carlsen said in a postmatch interview. “A narrow win wouldn’t make up for the fact that I actually lost to the guy. … The fact that (I didn’t sweep him) pissed me off.”MORE: How chess has carved a place in pandemic timesThe World Blitz 2019 finish established a level of animosity between Carlsen and Firouzja. After Carlsen won via time, Firouzja accused him of speaking under his breath as a means of distraction. Firouzja appealed the decision and video captured him enraged at his appeal being denied.”He was talking,” Firouzja insisted to a judge. “He’s talking during the game. He’s saying something in Norwegian, I don’t know what he’s saying.”Carlsen fell to Firouzja in the Banter Blitz Cup last week — a competition he was considered a heavy favorite to win. The final game of the match is being widely considered an instant classic. Carlsen’s 2.5-1.5 match win against Firouzja on Monday in the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, meanwhile, restored his supremacy over Firouzja — for now. It’s an advantage he clearly cares about beyond a one-off round robin tournament triumph.Carlsen is nowhere near ready to cede control of his perch atop the chess world, but Firouzja is on a mission to chase him down.last_img read more

NFL mock drafts 2020: Compare Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, Peter King, Daniel Jeremiah & other experts

first_imgWe’ve seen all kinds of mocks: with trades, without trades, the non-obvious ones and even the click-bait ones. That’s just the nature of this time of year, after all. And there’s no certainty when it comes to the NFL Draft, after all.With the 2020 NFL Draft going down on Thursday, a lot of these mocks are about to be finalized. So here’s what you need to know about the draft’s power brokers and how they think it’s going to shake out from Roger Goodell’s basement, with a few notes on each:MORE 2020 NFL DRAFT:Live grades | Pick tracker | Top 100 big boardVinnie Iyer’s mock draft (Sporting News)Sporting News’ latest mock draft, a three-round edition, was unveiled on April 20. Here’s how the first round breaks down:Pick No.TeamPlayerPositionSchool1Cincinnati BengalsJoe BurrowQBLSU2Washington RedskinsChase YoungDEOhio State3Detroit LionsJeff OkudahCBOhio State4New York GiantsTristan WirfsOTIowa5Miami DolphinsJustin HerbertQBOregon6Los Angeles ChargersTua TagovailoaQBAlabama7Carolina PanthersIsaiah SimmonsS/LBClemson8Arizona CardinalsJedrick WillsOTAlabama9Jacksonville JaguarsCJ HendersonCBFlorida10Cleveland BrownsAndrew ThomasOTGeorgia11New York JetsMekhi BectonOTLouisville12Las Vegas RaidersCeeDee LambWROklahoma13San Francisco 49ers (from Colts)Derrick Brown DTAuburn14Tampa Bay BuccaneersJerry JeudyWRAlabama15Denver BroncosHenry Ruggs IIIWRAlabama16Atlanta FalconsJavon KinlawDTSouth Carolina17Dallas CowboysK’Lavon ChaissonEDGELSU18Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)Xavier McKinneySAlabama19Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)AJ TerrellCBClemson20Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)AJ EpenesaEDGEIowa21Philadelphia EaglesKenneth MurrayLBOklahoma22Minnesota Vikings (from Bills)Justin JeffersonWRLSU23New England PatriotsTee HigginsWRClemson24New Orleans SaintsJordan LoveQBUtah State25Minnesota VikingsJeff GladneyCBTCU26Miami Dolphins (from Texans)D’Andre SwiftRBGeorgia27Seattle SeahawksYetur Gross-MatosEDGEPenn State28Baltimore RavensPatrick QueenLBLSU29Tennessee TitansZach BaunEDGE/OLBWisconsin30Green Bay PackersRoss BlacklockDTTCU31San Francisco 49ersTrevon DiggsCBAlabama32Kansas City ChiefsCesar RuizOLMichiganNoteworthy:— The Saints find their QB of the future in Jordan Love with their first-round pick. With Drew Brees’ future uncertain past the 2020 season, Love gives head coach Sean Payton a passer to mold while Brees finishes out his Hall of Fame career. His athletic traits, too, are going to give Payton something fun to play with.— The Jaguars passing on wide receivers not once, but twice, seems like a curious move. Especially for a team with limited offensive weaponry and who is currently shopping Leonard Fournette.— The Packer opt not to help the offensive side of the ball and instead take Ross Blacklock from TCU with the No. 30 pick. The Packers aren’t imperfect, but they could certainly give Aaron Rodgers some more help.MORE: SportsInsider.com’s NFL Draft betting preview and prop bets Mel Kiper’s mock draft (ESPN)Kiper’s latest mock draft was released on April 14.Pick No.TeamPlayerPositionSchool1Cincinnati BengalsJoe BurrowQBLSU2Washington RedskinsChase YoungDEOhio State3Detroit LionsDerrick BrownDTAuburn4New York GiantsTristan WirfsOTIowa5Miami DolphinsTua TagovailoaQBAlabama6Los Angeles ChargersJustin HerbertQBOregon7Carolina PanthersIsaiah SimmonsS/LBClemson8Arizona CardinalsJedrick WillsOTAlabama9Jacksonville JaguarsJeff OkudahCBOhio State10Cleveland BrownsAndrew ThomasOTGeorgia11New York JetsMekhi BectonOTLouisville12Las Vegas RaidersCJ HendersonCBFlorida13San Francisco 49ers (from Colts)Jerry JeudyWRAlabama14Tampa Bay BuccaneersJustin JeffersonWRLSU15Denver BroncosCeeDee LambWROklahoma16Atlanta FalconsK’Lavon ChaissonOLBLSU17Dallas CowboysXavier McKinneySAlabama18Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)Javon KinlawDTSouth Carolina19Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)Jordan LoveQBUtah State20Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)Austin JacksonOTUSC21Philadelphia EaglesKenneth MurrayLBOklaho,a22Minnesota Vikings (from Bills)Henry Ruggs IIIWRAlabama23New England PatriotsCesar RuizOLMichigan24New Orleans SaintsBrandon AiyukWRArizona State25Minnesota VikingsJaylon JohnsonCBUtah26Miami Dolphins (from Texans)Josh JonesOTHouston27Seattle SeahawksTee HigginsWRClemson28Baltimore RavensPatrick QueenLBLSU29Tennessee TitansYetur Gross-MatosDEPenn State30Green Bay PackersCole KmetTENotre Dame31San Francisco 49ersAntoine Winfield Jr.CB/SMinnesota32Kansas City ChiefsJonathan TaylorRBWisconsinNoteworthy:— The Packers opt to get Aaron Rodgers a franchise tight end here with Cole Kmet, with all of the big wide receivers already off the board.— The Jaguars get their Jalen Ramsey replacement with Jeff Okudah, who falls all the way to No. 9.— Drew Brees gets more offensive help in this draft, with Brandon Aiyuk going to the Saints at No. 24.MOCK DRAFT: What would happen if ‘Madden’ made every 2020 draft pick?Todd McShay’s mock draft (ESPN)McShay’s most recent mock draft released in late March.Pick No.TeamPlayerPositionSchool1Cincinnati BengalsJoe BurrowQBLSU2Washington RedskinsChase YoungDEOhio State3Detroit LionsJeff OkudahCBOhio State4New York GiantsIsaiah SimmonsLB/SClemson5Miami DolphinsTua TagovailoaQBAlabama6Los Angeles ChargersJordan LoveQBUtah State7Carolina PanthersDerrick BrownDTAuburn8Arizona CardinalsTristan WirfsOTIowa9Jacksonville JaguarsJustin HerbertQBOregon10Cleveland BrownsJedrick WillsOTAlabama11New York JetsJerry JeudyWRAlabama12Las Vegas RaidersCeeDee LambWROklahoma13San Francisco 49ers (from Colts)Henry Ruggs IIIWRAlabama14Tampa Bay BuccaneersMekhi BectonOTLouisville15Denver BroncosAndrew ThomasOTGeorgia16Atlanta FalconsJavon KinlawDTSouth Carolina17Dallas CowboysCJ HendersonCBFlorida18Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)Xavier McKinneySAlabama19Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)Antoine Winfield Jr.SMinnesota20Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)Brandon AiyukWRArizona State21Philadelphia EaglesPatrick QueenLBLSU22Minnesota Vikings (from Bills)Justin JeffersonWRLSU23New England PatriotsAJ EpenesaDEIowa24New Orleans SaintsKenneth MurrayLBOklahoma25Minnesota VikingsTrevon DiggsCBAlabama26Miami Dolphins (from Texans)Joshua JonesOTHouston27Seattle SeahawksK’Lavon ChaissonEDGELSU28Baltimore RavensRoss BlacklockDTTCU29Tennessee TitansYetur Gross-MatosEDGEPenn State30Green Bay PackersTee HigginsWRClemson31San Francisco 49ersAJ TerrellCBClemson32Kansas City ChiefsD’Andre SwiftRBGeorgiaNoteworthy:— Jordan Love gets the most respect yet, going No. 6 overall to the Chargers, and is taken before Oregon’s Justin Herbert. Herbert lands with the Jaguars at No. 9 overall to compete with Gardner Minshew. — The Eagles opt for D before help on offense, with Justin Jefferson and Tee Higgins both on the board. Interestingly enough, Brandon Aiyuk is off the board before both of those guys, going No. 20 to the Jaguars. (Hope you’re ready for the Herbert to Aiyuk connection in Jacksonville.)— Despite whispers that Denver wants to move up, they stand pat and take big tackle Andrew Thomas at 15, giving Drew Lock some much-needed protection.Daniel Jeremiah’s mock draft (NFL Network)Daniel Jeremiah released his final mock draft on Wednesday, April 22. Here’s the most recent from DJ:Pick No.TeamPlayerPositionSchool1Cincinnati BengalsJoe BurrowQBLSU2Washington RedskinsChase YoungDEOhio State3Detroit LionsJeff OkudahCBOhio State4New York GiantsTristan WirfsOTIowa5Miami DolphinsJustin HerbertQBOregon6Los Angeles ChargersTua TagovailoaQBAlabama7Carolina PanthersIsaiah SimmonsS/LBClemson8Arizona CardinalsJedrick WillsOTAlabama9Atlanta Falcons (from Jaguars)Derrick BrownDTAuburn10Cleveland BrownsAndrew ThomasOTGeorgia11New York JetsMekhi BectonOTLouisville12Las Vegas RaidersCeeDee LambWROklahoma13San Francisco 49ers (from Colts)Justin JeffersonWRLSU14Tampa Bay BuccaneersJerry JeudyWRAlabama15Denver BroncosHenry Ruggs IIIWRAlabama16Jacksonville Jaguars (from Falcons)Javon KinlawDTSouth Carolina17Dallas CowboysCJ HendersonCBFlorida18Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)Austin JacksonOTUSC19Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)AJ TerrellCBClemson20Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)K’Lavon ChaissonEDGELSU21Philadelphia EaglesKenneth MurrayLBOklahoma22Minnesota Vikings (from Bills)Jaylon JohnsonCBUtah23New England PatriotsCole KmetTENotre Dame24New Orleans SaintsJalen ReagorWRTCU25Minnesota VikingsYetur Gross-MatosEDGEPenn State26Miami Dolphins (from Texans)Cesar RuizOLMichigan27Seattle SeahawksTrevon DiggsCBAlabama28Baltimore RavensPatrick QueenLBLSU29Tennessee TitansIsaiah WilsonOTGeorgia30Green Bay PackersBrandon AiyukWRArizona State31San Francisco 49ersJeff GladneyCBTCU32Kansas City ChiefsRoss BlacklockDTTCUNoteworthy: — Could we see six offensive tackles head in the first round? Outside of the group of four, Jeremiah believes that both Georgia’s Isaiah Wilson and USC product Austin Jackson will make the first round. Some predict Jackson to fall into the top of the second.— Jerry Jeudy falls in DJ’s last mock draft, landing at the Buccaneers, pairing with Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and more. Not only does he fall, but he’s the third WR taken.— In a projected trade, the Falcons jump up to No. 9 to take Derrick Brown. Most mock drafts have Brown and the Panthers as a lock-fit at No. 7.Peter King’s mock draft (NBC Sports)Pick No.TeamPlayerPositionSchool1Cincinnati BengalsJoe BurrowQBLSU2Washington RedskinsChase YoungDEOhio State3Miami Dolphins (from Lions)Justin HerbertQBOregon4New York GiantsTristan WirfsOTIowa5Detroit Lions (from Dolphins)Jeff OkudahCBOhio State6Los Angeles ChargersAndrew ThomasOTGeorgia7Carolina PanthersDerrick BrownDTAuburn8Arizona CardinalsIsaiah SimmonsS/LBClemson9Jacksonville JaguarsCJ HendersonCBFlorida10Cleveland BrownsJedrick WillsOTAlabama11New York JetsMekhi BectonOTLouisville12Las Vegas RaidersCeeDee LambWROklahoma13New England Patriots (from 49ers)Tua TagovailoaQBAlabama14Tampa Bay BuccaneersJavon KinlawDTSouth Carolina15Denver BroncosJerry JeudyWRAlabama16Atlanta FalconsK’Lavon ChaissonOLBLSU17Dallas CowboysXavier McKinneySAlabama18Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)AJ EpenesaEDGEIowa19Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)Kristian FultonCBLSU20Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)Justin JeffersonWRLSU21Philadelphia EaglesHenry Ruggs IIIWRAlabama22Minnesota Vikings (from Bills)Trevon DiggsCBAlabama23San Francisco 49ers (from Patriots)Joshua JonesOTHouston24New Orleans SaintsAJ TerrellCBClemson25Minnesota VikingsTee HigginsWRClemson26Miami Dolphins (from Texans)Austin JacksonOTUSC27Seattle SeahawksYetur Gross-MatosEDGEPenn State28Baltimore RavensKenneth MurrayLBOklahoma29Tennessee TitansIsaiah WilsonOTGeorgia30Green Bay PackersMichael Pittmann Jr.WRUSC31Dallas Cowboys (from 49ers)Cesar RuizOLMichigan32Kansas City ChiefsJeff GladneyCBTCUNoteworthy: In the words of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell: “Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing, baby.”NFL Draft analysts can be stubborn fellows, after all. But even through that, the endless mock drafts this time of year get a little tiresome as we get ready for the real thing on April 23.  — King’s mock draft features a few trades — the Lions and Dolphins swapping the No. 3 and No. 5 picks — but none quite as interesting as the Patriots trading up to No. 13 to take Tua Tagovailoa. It’s not a move that says “desperation” but trading up doesn’t seem like it would be the MO of Bill Belichick and the rest of New England’s braintrust. Still, the idea of Belichick pairing Tagovailoa with Josh McDaniels and opening up New England’s offense is a thought-provoking concept. — The Cowboys and 49ers get together on a trade that ends up with Cesar Ruiz as a Dallas o-lineman. After the unexpected retirement of Travis Frederick, this could be the heir apparent.— The Eagles get their future playmaking deep threat to pair with Carson Wentz in Henry Ruggs III. With the Eagles in the market for a speedy receiver in recent years (bringing back DeSean Jackson; reportedly in the market for Robby Anderson), this pick falls in line with what Philly wants.last_img read more

Khabib Nurmagomedov, Justin Gaethje set for June ‘Fight Island’ battle, Dana White says

first_imgUFC president Dana White expects a  lightweight unification bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje to be staged on “Fight Island” next month.Gaethje turned his attention to a showdown with undisputed champion Nurmagomedov after beating Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 last weekend to take the interim title. Conor McGregor called out Gaethje with a social media rant Monday, but White said the Irishman will have to wait.BERNSTEIN: McGregor shows desperation with Twitter rant “Any time Conor McGregor is fighting, it’s exciting, but yeah, I’m very excited for Gaethje vs. Khabib,” White said. “I think stylistically it’s a great matchup. I’m looking forward to it.” Nurmagomedov was due to fight Ferguson in Brooklyn, N.Y., last month, but that battle could not go ahead because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has left the Russian stuck in Dagestan. Gaethje grasped his chance to replace Nurmagomedov and will now get his shot at the undefeated champ.BERNSTEIN: NBA could struggle to pull off what UFC did White said the venue that has been christened “Fight Island” — a secret location off the coast of the United States — remains under construction but should be ready for the pair to lock horns by the end of June.He told ESPN Radio Chicago: “I don’t know if it will be the first one, but it will be on ‘Fight Island,’ unless miraculously the world comes back together faster than I think it’s gonna.”White added: “Hopefully [‘Fight Island’] will be done by mid-June, and I could put on a fight that weekend that it’s done, or end of June.”last_img read more

New trial date set for September in Tibbetts murder case

first_imgMONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — A new trial date has been set for a former farmhand charged with first-degree murder in the abduction and stabbing death of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts.A judge on Friday set trial for 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera on Sept. 3 in the Poweshiek County courthouse in Montezuma. Trial had been set for April 16. Defense attorneys said they needed more time to go through a massive investigation file from prosecutors.Rivera is charged in the killing of Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student who disappeared while out for a run July 18 in Brooklyn, Iowa. Investigators recovered her body a month later in a cornfield. A medical examiner has said Tibbetts was stabbed to death.Rivera is a Mexican national who has been accused of being in the country illegally. He worked at a dairy farm a few miles from where Tibbetts disappeared.last_img read more

Study: Iowa nation’s top human, livestock waste producer

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A study shows Iowa leads the nation in the amount of human and animal waste it produces.Christopher Jones is a scientist at the University of Iowa. The Des Moines Register reports that Jones’ study shows the state of 3.2 million people and total livestock population of nearly 110 million produces as much manure as a human population of 168 million.His study indicates pigs are responsible for driving the state to the top of the rankings. Jones writes in a blog on the university’s website that Iowa is home to at least 23 million pigs.In another study, Jones found that growth in the state’s livestock population has led to a doubling of nitrate levels in two western watersheds near the largest concentrations of pigs and cattle.last_img read more

Monday February 10th Local Sports

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — Osage won the team title at the Class 2A sectional wrestling meet held in Clear Lake on Saturday. The Green Devils qualified eight wrestlers to the district meet while scoring 235.5 points. Forest City qualified five and finished second with 203.5. Algona and Hampton-Dumont-CAL tied for third with 162 points. Clear Lake had four wrestlers finish second while ending up fifth with 133 points. Garner-Hayfield-Ventura had 107 points and qualified four. MASON CITY – The No. 17 NIACC men’s basketball team topped Ellsworth 88-73 Saturday in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference contest. NIACC (19-5 overall, 6-4 in the ICCAC) has now won four straight games in the series against the Panthers. It is the second time since the school became NIACC in the 1966-67 season that the Trojans have won four straight against the Panthers. In Saturday’s contest, sophomore point guard Quentin Hardrict scored 20 points with four assists, four steals and three rebounds. Also in double figures for the Trojans were Deundra Roberson with 15 points, James Harris and Wendell Matthews with 14 points each and McKelary Robertson with 10 points. NIACC returns to action at home Wednesday in a non-conference contest against Dakota County Technical College. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m. WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The 20th ranked Iowa Hawkeye women broke open a close game late to claim a rare victory at Purdue, as you heard on KGLO Sunday afternoon. Makenzie Meyer and Kathleen Doyle both scored 22 points in an 83-71 win. It was the Hawks’ first victory at Purdue since 2013.That’s Iowa coach Lisa Bluder who says Doyle and Meyer controlled the game.Meyer scored 16 of her points in the second half.The Hawkeyes are 11-2 and have a first place showdown Thursday at 12th ranked Maryland. The Terrapins rolled to a 79-50 win over Rutgers. MASON CITY – The top-ranked NIACC women’s basketball team rolled to a 116-23 victory over Ellsworth Saturday afternoon in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference contest in the NIACC gym. NIACC, which has won 13 straight games, was led by sophomore Autam Mendez and freshman Sydney Wetlaufer with 20 points apiece. Also in double figures for the Lady Trojans were Sierra Lynch with 18 points, Shinaana Secody with 16 points, Sierra Morrow with 13 points and Sanaa Smith with 11 points. NIACC (25-1 overall, 12-0 in the ICCAC) has won 29 straight home games. The Lady Trojans are 11-0 at home in the 2019-20 season. NIACC returns to action Saturday in a league game at Iowa Central. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. in Fort Dodge. NASHUA — Nashua-Plainfield edged Denver 241 to 240.5 to win the Class 1A sectional held in Nashua on Saturday. The Huskies qualified eight for the district tournament, while Denver had 11 qualify. North Butler-Clarksville was third with 156 points and three qualifiers. West Fork was sixth with 92 points and two qualifiers, while Rockford was seventh with 33 points and one qualifier. CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – A.J. Green scored 34 points with six 3-pointers and sparked a late run as Northern Iowa rallied in the final minutes to turn aside Drake 83-73 in a key Missouri Valley Conference clash before a boisterous sellout crowd at the McLeod Center on Saturday.Green scored eight straight points to pull UNI over the top. He drained a 3-pointer with about five minutes left to play, then collared a defensive rebound and drove to the basket at the other end, lifting Northern Iowa (21-3, 10-2) into a 68-68 tie, and followed with another 3 for a 71-68 lead with 3:29 to go. The Panthers clamped down defensively, forcing Drake to go 1-for-8 from distance over the final minutes.Trae Berhow had 18 points for Northern Iowa, which won its fifth straight game. Spencer Haldeman added 12.Liam Robbins had 17 points and three blocks for the Bulldogs (16-9, 6-6). D.J. Wilkins added 16 points, Anthony Murphy 15 points.Northern Iowa takes on Illinois State at home on Wednesday. Drake takes on Missouri State on the road on Wednesday. AMES, Iowa (AP) – Solomon Young scored 20 points, Terrence Lewis added 12 points off the bench, and Iowa State held off Kansas State for a 73-63 win Saturday night.The Cyclones (10-13, 3-7 Big 12) led by as many as 21 points and played the final 13 minutes, 46 seconds without star guard Tyrese Haliburton – who sustained an injury seconds before halftime. Haliburton tried to play in the second half before asking to be removed from the game.Cartier Diarra scored 24 points to lead the Wildcats (9-14, 2-8), who used a 13-3 run to pull within four points with 7:54 remaining but could get no closer.That’s because Iowa State guard Prentiss Nixon took over – along with fellow backup Terrence Lewis. The backcourt bench duo combined for 17 of the Cyclones’ final 24 points.DaJuan Gordon added 10 points for Kansas State, which missed its first 11 shots of the game. LAKE MILLS — Lake Mills won the Class 1A sectional meet they hosted on Saturday with 238.5 points and 11 qualifiers. West Hancock was second with 198 points and six qualifiers. Central Springs was third with 162.5 points and three qualifiers. Northwood-Kensett was fourth with 141 points and four qualifiers, St. Ansgar qualified one and was fifth with 118 points. Riceville was sixth with 85 points and three qualifiers, while Newman finished seventh with 70 points and did not qualify anyone for the district meet. — Regional duals on Tuesday night== 2A at OsageOsage vs. Forest CityCrestwood vs. Emmetsburg IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeyes have a few days off before visiting Indiana on Thursday. The Hawkeyes are 8-5 in the Big Ten after a 96-72 win over Nebraska on Saturday, as you heard on KGLO. Joe Weiskamp had a career-high 30 points as the Hawkeyes moved to 17-7 overall.Weiskamp and junior center Luka Garza combined for 52 points.Iowa travels to Indiana on Thursday night. == 1A at Lake MillsLake Mills vs. Wapsie ValleyWest Hancock vs. South Winneshieklast_img read more