Update on the latest sports February 5, 2020 Associated Press Two people with the situation say Robert Covington is going to the Houston Rockets and Clint Capela is going to the Atlanta Hawks as part of the complicated trade. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade has not received league approval.Covington and Jordan Bell will join the Rockets from Minnesota, while Capela and Nene are leaving the Rockets for the Hawks. The Timberwolves will add soon-to-be restricted free agents Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez (WAHN’-choh hur-nahn-GOH’-mehz) from Denver, and the Nuggets get Shabazz Napier from Minnesota plus a first-round pick from Houston.But wait, there’s more.Jarred Vanderbilt is leaving Denver for Minnesota, and the Nuggets are getting Keita Bates-Diop (DEE’-ahp) and Noah Vonleh (VAHN’-lay) from the Timberwolves as well as Evan Turner from the Hawks. The injured Gerald Green also goes to Denver from Houston to help make the math work and is likely to be waived once the deal is final. Atlanta will also have to make another move to finalize the trade since it must first clear a roster spot. ESPN reported Wednesday that the Hawks would waive Chandler Parsons to clear the necessary space.MLB-NEWS Mickelson is No. 72 in the world. He can avoid qualifying by getting into the top 60 on May 18 following the PGA Championship or once the final ranking before the U.S. Open is held on June 15.KOBE BRYANT-ITALYItalian team retires Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 in tributeRIETI, Italy (AP) — The first Italian basketball team that Kobe Bryant’s father played for has retired the Lakers superstar’s jersey to the rafters in a pregame ceremony Wednesday.NPC Rieti hoisted a gold Lakers’ jersey with Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 to the ceiling of the arena as a recording of his lineup introduction from his NBA playing days was played. Rieti was where Joe Bryant made his Italian basketball debut in 1984, when Kobe was 6 years old. — The Braves have defeated Shane Greene in the first salary arbitration case this year. The reliever will be paid $6.25 million instead of his request for $6.75 million. The 31-year-old right-hander was a first-time All-Star last year before finishing the season with a 2.30 ERA, 64 strikeouts and 17 walks over 62 2/3 innings for the Tigers and Atlanta.— The Reds and right-hander Pedro Strop (strohp) have finalized a one-year package worth $1,825,000, their first offseason move to upgrade the bullpen. A hamstring injury limited him to 50 appearances last season, when he went 2-5 with a 4.97 ERA, 10 saves and six blown saves.— The Cubs have invited former closer Brandon Morrow to spring training after buying out his contract last November. Morrow hasn’t pitched since July 2018 because of a bone bruise that required surgery. He had 22 saves and a 1.47 ERA in 35 games when he was shut down in the summer of 2018.— The Phillies have signed infielder Logan Forsythe and right-handers Anthony Swarzak, Blake Parker and Trevor Kelley to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.— Major League Baseball is returning to the Dominican Republic for the first time in 20 years. The Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers will play a spring training game in Santo Domingo on March 7. MLB has never played a regular-season game in the Dominican Republic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-FOUR-TEAM TRADEAP sources: Covington, Capela on move in 4-team tradeUNDATED (AP) — Twelve players and at least three draft picks are part of a four-team trade that was hammered out on the eve of the NBA trade deadline. NFL-CHIEFS-SUPER BOWL PARADEChiefs get warm reception in chilly paradeKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Kansas City Chiefs fans braved sub-freezing wind chills on Wednesday to celebrate the team’s first Super Bowl victory in 50 years.Fans lined the 2-mile parade route to thank their football heroes for bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Kansas City and ending a Super Bowl drought that began after the Chiefs won Super Bowl IV in 1970.Quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ) struggled with a strained voice but said the championship fulfilled two goals he set when he became the team’s starter. Óne was to bring the Lamar Hunt Trophy back to Kansas City as AFC champs, and the second was to win a Super Bowl for head coach Andy Reid. The Hunt Trophy is named after the original owner of the Chiefs. Meanwhile, the rival Steelers have given their general manager a contract extension. Kevin Colbert is now signed through the 2021 draft after considering retirement.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SIGNING DAYSEC enjoys recruiting bonanzaUNDATED (AP) — The SEC has dominated the recruiting landscape even more than usual this year.The conference had six of the nation’s top eight classes as the remaining unsigned football prospects finalized their college plans Wednesday. That’s according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports. NFL-NEWSBrowns introduce new GMUNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have introduced Andrew Berry as their new general manager.The 32-year-old Berry is believed to be the youngest GM in NFL history, and he’s the second current African-American GM in the NFL. He joked he didn’t receive an upgraded parking space upon his return to Cleveland, where he was vice president of player personnel from 2016-18 under GM Sashi Brown.Berry spent last season in the Philadelphia Eagles’ front office. Yanks’ Paxton out until at least MayUNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees have announced some bad news concerning their starting rotation.Left-hander James Paxton has had back surgery for a herniated disk and is expected to be sidelined until May or June. The Yankees estimated Paxton’s approximate timeline to pitch in a major league game as three-to-four months.The injury weakens a Yankees rotation already missing right-hander Domingo Germán, who must serve the final 63 games of an 81-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Germán is eligible to return June 5, barring any postponements.In other baseball news: The rankings included No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 LSU, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 7 Auburn and No. 8 Florida. Only Clemson at No. 3 and Ohio State at No. 5 broke things up.US OPEN-MICKELSONMickelson says he won’t accept US Open exemptionPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Phil Mickelson is still not exempt for the U.S. Open and says he won’t accept a special invitation.The U.S. Open is the one major keeping Mickelson from the career Grand Slam and no other major has given him more grief. He has had a record six runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open, most recently at Merion in 2013.
Man Utd Transfer Watch: Four centre-backs Solskjaer should targetby Phillip Ekuwem10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFollowing Jose Mourinho’s exit, Manchester United are looking to get their season back on track under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s guidance going into the second-half of the season. Considering the team’s defensive woes, the one area United undoubtedly need to bolster is their backline, primarily the centre-back position. Eric Bailly’s future at the club is currently uncertain, and the likes of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are evidently not good enough to turn out for United on a regular basis.As such, here’s a look at four centre-backs United could realistically sign in January…Toby AlderweireldIt’s no secret that Manchester United are huge admirers of the Belgian centre-back having made attempts to sign him in previous transfer windows. Alderweireld has been a consistent performer at Tottenham since his arrival at the club, but with his proposed one-year contract extension at Spurs set to trigger a £25m release clause, Manchester United could snap him up at a relatively cheap price.Alderweireld is good with the ball at his feet and even better at preventing players from penetrating his side’s defensive line. He’s one of the best defenders in the Premier League and would be an excellent addition to United’s backline.Video Courtesy of Mathews FootballAndreas GranqvistAndreas Granqvist would be a more temporary option, but a good one nonetheless. The Helsingborgs man has been linked with a move to Manchester United since October.The 33-year-old was one of the best defenders in the World Cup back in June, as he marked players tightly and made key interceptions against highly skilled opponents. He also showcased his ability from spot-kicks, although should he sign for United, it’s unlikely that Pogba will give up his penalty taking duties.Granqvist has previously said that an offer from Manchester United would be ‘very hard’ to turn down, so should Solskjaer’s side table a concrete offer for the Swedish defender he’s likely to make the switch.Video Courtesy of Defence is an ArtDiego GodinGodin has a lot to offer United in terms of leadership and defensive contributions. The Uruguay international has been an integral part of both his national team set-up and Atletico Madrid for many years, so much so that he’s widely regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation.He’s reportedly got a £20m release clause which won’t be any trouble for United to pay, but the main hurdle is getting him to make the switch as he’s rejected offers from the club in the past.Godin would add a much-needed layer of protection to Manchester United’s back four considering his expertise in dealing with tricky and pacey forwards having face a number of world-class attackers with great success throughout his career.Video Courtesy of HN FootballHarry MaguireManchester United’s pursuit of Harry Maguire ended last summer because club chairman Ed Woodward refused to meet Leicester City’s valuation of the English centre-back.United have a much bigger need for a quality centre-back than they did back in August having already played through half of the season with defensive problems. The Leicester man has Premier League experience and World Cup experience so he knows what it is to play under pressure in massive games. Leicester are likely to demand a similar fee to what they asked for in August but whether United would take the same stance they did back then is unknown – one thing’s for sure, though – they need Maguire’s quality.Video Courtesy of Scouting Football TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorPhillip Ekuwem FollowShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool favourites to land Exeter teen Ben Chrisene ahead of Chelsea – after inviteby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are favourites to land Exeter City teen Ben Chrisene – after bringing him up to Merseyside.Midfield talent Chrisene, 15, is already the youngest ever player to appear for the Devon side and an England youth cap.And now the Kop want to beat Chelsea to his signature, with an invite to play for their youth team this weekend, says The Sun.Exeter know their latest discovery will leave and are cooperating with the move as long as they collect a decent sum.Liverpool have been after Chrisene for months but Frank Lampard took a personal interest by contacting the kid who followed Ethan Ampadu through the Exeter ranks.
New Delhi: The World Championship gold has healed the wounds of all past final debacles except the Rio Olympics, says Indian badminton ace P V Sindhu, who has kept an empty space in her trophy cabinet for the top prize, which she hopes to claim in Tokyo next year. An Olympic silver-medallist, Sindhu clinched the historic World Championship gold at Basel after beating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7 21-7 in her third successive final. Before that historic day, the 24-year-old Indian faced incessant for losing lost in the finals of major events such as the Rio Games, World Championships (2017, 2018), 2017 Dubai Super Series Finals, the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the Jakarta Asian Games. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”It (World Championships gold) takes care of all those losses. People have been talking about my final phobia, how I take pressure in the finals and I can say I gave the answer with my racquet,” Sindhu, who has been recommended for Padma Bhushan, told PTI in an interview. “But Olympics is a completely different feeling. Rio (Games) and World Championship gave me different memories, but, yeah, one gold medal is missing, so definitely I will work hard for that and would love to see myself win that Olympic gold at Tokyo. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”There is a vacant space (laughs) in my cabinet for that gold. The Olympic qualification is on and this win will give me the confidence to go further.” Sindhu, however, says the path to the Tokyo Olympic gold will be a tough one as now her opponents will look to exploit her weaknesses and she will need to add something new to her game to achieve success. “(Rio) 2016 was my first Olympics and nobody knew me much. I was just one of the players but after Rio, everything changed and now after the world championship, everybody will try and learn new things. I should also learn new things in each tournament, because people will have some kind of strategy for me,” she said. “I have been working with Kim. She had some changes for me and it helped me. But now I have to learn few new things. I need to work on net-play.” Ranked fifth in the World currently, Sindhu has virtually sealed her Olympic qualification. A higher ranking will help her avoid meeting top players when the draw is made at the Tokyo Games but Sindhu said she is unfazed about standings. “Ranking matters because the draw depends on it but I don’t really think about it because if I can play well, it will come up. At the end of the day, you will have to beat these top players again to achieve the gold,” she said. Asked if achieving the world No. 1 ranking is on her mind, the former world No. 2 said: “Yeah… but I am not very particular about ranking and for now it is Olympics, it is ultimate goal, so after that it will be step by step. “Next for me is China, so focusing on that,” said the Hyderabadi, who is taking part in the China Open (September 17) and Korea Open (September 24) in the next two weeks. While Sindhu and Saina Nehwal have put Indian badminton on top, there is a dearth of quality women’s singles players in the country beyond them. On whether she is concerned about lack of women’s singles players, Sindhu said: “Well, after me and Saina, there is a little bit of gap. There are some junior players but it will take time. It is not going to be easy. “A lot of players from other countries are doing well at the junior level whether it is Korea, Thailand or China. So I think it will take a few years till we have some players coming up. “But they need to work hard. They have to be smart and be strong themselves about what they want,” she signed off.
VAUGHAN, Ont. – Cara Operations Ltd. (TSX:CARA) says company-wide and same store sales were up in the third quarter after it acquired more brands and looked to revitalize existing restaurants.The company says total sales came in at $684.7 million for the 13 weeks ending Sept. 24, up 37 per cent or $184.6 million from the same period a year earlier.Cara says the increase in overall sales was driven by its acquisitions of St-Hubert and Original Joe’s last year, as well as the addition of 42 restaurants it opened.Same store sales were up 0.9 per cent to make for a flat year to date, which company CEO Bill Gregson says is not enough but an encouraging positive trend.Cara says it had net earnings of $21.2 million or $0.35 per share for the quarter, compared with net earnings $14.9 million or $0.29 per share for the same period last year.The company, founded in 1883, manages a wide range of restaurant brands including Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, Milestones and Montana’s.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Campbell Soup will spend $4.87 billion in cash for Snyder’s-Lance, gorging on a snack market that has grown increasingly competitive.The soup maker said Monday that the acquisition will allow it to expand its distribution channels in the crowded field.Campbell Soup Co., based in Camden, New Jersey, is paying $50 per share, a 6.8 per cent premium to Snyder’s-Lance’s closing price Friday. That’s about a 27 per cent premium to the stock’s close last Wednesday, just before rumours of a deal began to circulate.Snyder’s-Lance, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, makes pretzels and chips. Its most well-known brands include Snyder’s of Hanover, Kettle Brand and Pop Secret. It will join the Campbell’s division that makes Pepperidge Farm and Goldfish crackers.The Snyder’s-Lance purchase marks Campbell’s sixth and largest acquisition over the last five years. It bought beverage-maker Bolthouse Farms in 2012, baby food company Plum and biscuit company Kelsen in 2013, hummus and salsa maker Garden Fresh in 2015, and soup maker Pacific Foods in 2017.In midday trading, Campbell Soup shares added 36 cents to $49.95. Snyder’s-Lance gained $3.10, or 6.6 per cent, to $49.89.
Phallon Stoutenburg, Outreach and Housing Co-ordinator of the Fort St John Women’s Resource Society was ecstatic about the fundraiser. “Thanks to the wonderful overwhelming support from the community between August to Christmas, the pantry at the outreach store is still doing ok. But we are still averaging 500 clients per month so all support is welcome.”The final count of the number of non-perishables donated will not be known until the end of the week, but it is clear that this year’s event surpassed the goals and expectations based on last years fundraiser. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Scissors were flying at Studio 105 on Saturday. The Studio hosted the 2nd Annual Cuts for Cans event with all proceeds going to the Fort St John Women’s Resource Society.In exchange for a non-perishable food donation, people received complimentary haircuts courtesy of seven stylists from Studio 105. The event ran from 10am-3pm on a first come, first serve basis. In 2017, the event resulted in seventy-eight haircuts in six hours, but by the three-hour mark, that number was already surpassed.
Councillors also voted in favour of the City giving letters of support for several non-profit organizations seeking grant funding. The North Peace Seniors Mouth-Eye-Foot Care Foundation, Fort St. John Association for Community Living, and the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society are all applying for a $10,000 grant from BC Hydro’s GO Fund. The fund was set up by Hydro as part of the Site C dam’s construction and is administered by NDIT. Council also voted to give the Fort St. John Community Action Team a letter of support for their application to get $100,000 in funding for the Overdose Emergency Response Centre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — According to the City of Fort St. John’s draft financial statements that were presented to councillors on Monday, the City ended up with a surplus of $29.8 million in 2017.Alan Bone from Sander Rose Bone Grindle LLP made the presentation of the the draft statement to councillors, saying that overall, the City is in good shape financially. Fort St. John had 41.2 million in net financial assets at the end of last year, with revenues of $87.2 million, and expenses of $57.4 million.Council also awarded two contracts to purchase new pieces of equipment for its Public Works department. Burnaby-based Vimar Equipment Ltd. was the lone bidder for the contract to provide the City with a new sewer cleaner/hydro excavator unit, for a total of $476,395. The City will also be getting $125,000 to trade in its existing unit that was bought in 2007. Councillors also approved a tender to Surrey-based Falcon Equipment Ltd. to buy two new loader-mounted snowblowers for $285,111, which came in nearly $115,000 lower than what the City had budgeted for snowblower purchases this year.
CHETWYND, B.C. – With the Province conducting a socio-economic study regarding the proposed economic impact of Section 11 and Partnership Agreements for caribou recovery and habitat protection, the District of Chetwynd is also gathering data to help project those numbers.In a post on the District’s Facebook page, they are asking residents and businesses to fill out and submit surveys in order to get a better understanding of how the caribou recovery could affect the community.Within the survey, it asks business owners and residents what their employment is and what possible impacts the recovery program would have on them. All surveys must be completed and submitted no later than Friday, May 17, 2019.Survey submissions can be sent via email, [email protected], or in-person at the District of Chetwynd or the Chamber of Commerce offices.The socio-economic study survey can be found on the District of Chetwynd’s website.
Kolkata: England all-rounder Joe Denly is looking at the ongoing Indian Premier League to impress upon the national selectors and guarantee his place in this year’s World Cup squad. Denly’s form in white ball cricket for Kent in 2018 has brought him on the selectors’ radar for a spot in England’s World Cup squad. He recorded an average of 70.28 in the Royal London One-Day Cup for Kent, besides scoring 409 runs in 12 innings — including two fifties and a hundred — in the Vitality Blast. With his part-time leg-spin, Denly also scalped 20 wickets at an average of 16.75 and an economy rate of 7.76. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHaving also played in the recent T20I series against the West Indies, Denly hopes to get selectors’ attention by doing well for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. “I want to play as many games as I can. It’s important leading up to the World Cup. Hopefully I get some game time here and can contribute to some good performances. And then hopefully the England selectors will be watching them,” said Denly, who recently made his Test debut for England in the lost series against the West Indies. KKR boast of a star-studded foreign players line-up and Denly is still waiting in the pipeline for a dream IPL debut. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We have some good players in the franchise and I think it’s a great position to be in. Hopefully, I can put my hands up and be in games,” he said. “I am coming here on the back of a busy winter. I have been to the West Indies and Sri Lanka. I am used to these hot conditions. So I feel like I am well acclimatised and ready to go.” Hosts England are considered as strong favourites to lift their maiden World Cup title this year, but Denly thinks otherwise and said their sole aim would be to play their best cricket in every game.