Jonathan Vilma Issues New Lawsuit Against NFL

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma just will not stop. Now, he is suing the NFL in federal court, claiming NFL commissioner Roger Goodell failed to make a timely appeal ruling regarding Vilma’s season-long suspension in connection with the league’s bounty investigation.The lawsuit filed Saturday night in U.S. District Court in New Orleans also asks for a temporary restraining order to allow Vilma to continue working if Goodell upholds the suspension.The suit contends Goodell has undermined “the integrity of the NFL and the Commissioner’s office” by handing down punishments to Vilma and others based on evidence that is either flawed or cannot be substantiated.It is the second lawsuit Vilma has filed in the matter. The first, filed in May and also in federal court in New Orleans, seeks unspecified damages from Goodell for defamation of character.In his latest filing, Vilma claims that the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement required Goodell to rule as soon as was practical following a June 18 appeal hearing. Because players, in protest, declined to present new evidence or argue their case in the hearing, Goodell should have been able to rule by June 25, the first business day after the record was closed in the matter, the lawsuit argues.“We have not yet had an opportunity to review Mr. Vilma’s improper effort to litigate a matter that is committed to a collectively bargained process,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. “There is no basis for asking a federal court to substitute its judgment for the procedures agreed upon by the NFL and NFLPA, procedures that have been in place, and have served the game well, for decades.”In his latest attack of the NFL’s handling of the bounty probe, Vilma contends punished players have only been able to see less than 1 percent of the 18,000 documents the league said it has compiled. His suit also claims that the few key pieces of evidence the league shared are flawed, including printed reproductions of handwritten notes.“The NFL’s alteration of other documents evidences that the NFL cannot substantiate the suspension, and undermines the integrity of the process,” Vilma’s lawsuit states.The lawsuit seeks to discredit a key piece of evidence outlining bounty pledges from before the NFC Championship Game against Minnesota in January 2010, and also takes aim at fired assistant coach Mike Cerullo, who, according to Vilma, produced the document for the league. read more

Mens Lacrosse No 7 Buckeyes beat No 20 Boston 159 behind dominant

Then-sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski heads for the goal in the fourth quarter during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Loyola Maryland on May 14, 2017. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThe No. 7 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team remained undefeated at home with its 15-9 victory against No. 20 Boston University Saturday afternoon.The Buckeyes (2-0) showed exactly why their ranked seventh in the country is deserved during the first half, scoring 10 goals while holding the Terriers (1-1) to just one.The first Ohio State two goals came within the first two minutes of the game. Freshman attackman J.T. Bugliosi scooped up a ground ball and fired a shot past Terrier goalie Joe McSorely to put the Buckeyes ahead early.Ohio State sophomore midfielder Christian Feliziani won the ensuing face-off seconds later and ran through an unprepared Boston defense to score his team’s second goal.An illegal procedure penalty on Ohio State in the second period resulted in a man-up advantage for the Terriers, who capitalized on the opportunity to record their first goal of the game.The Buckeyes, however, remained focused and continued their first-half dominance. They won 12-of-13 face-offs and picked up 23 ground balls compared to Boston’s 14 in the first half.“Both offensively and defensively we were clicking. I think we were moving the ball super good on offense and we were getting good chances,” Ohio State sophomore attackman Tre Leclaire said.At halftime, senior goalie Matthew Smidt said head coach Nick Myers told the Buckeyes to remain focused and to not get complacent with a nine-goal lead during the second half.“He said it’s a new ball game,” Smidt said. “You got one half and you got another half, and you’ve got to take care of business in the second half.”The Terriers came out swinging after halftime and quickly scored four unanswered goals during the third period. But junior attackman Jack Jasinski, assisted by midfielder John Kelly, scored for the Buckeyes to stop Boston’s momentum with 6:19 left in the third period.“After they had a couple goals on us I think we just took a deep breath and relied on our game plan and executed that plan,” said Leclaire.Boston outscored Ohio State 5–3 in the third period and 3–2 in the fourth, but could not overcome the first-half deficit.“We came out a little slow in the second half — partially on me — but we took a step back and we did our thing and we came out with the W,” Smidt said.Nine different Buckeyes recorded goals, with four coming from freshman midfielder Jackson Reid and three contributed by Leclaire.Smidt said the team’s goal going into the match was to keep their heads down, focus on the job that needed to be done and do it — but to have fun playing in the process.“We’re here to do a job. That’s to keep the record in here and to keep grinding,” Smidt said. “We have all our parents here and all that stuff – it’s more fun than anything. Playing in front of your home crowd is something unbelievable.”The Buckeyes will look for another home win when they face Hofstra at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Feb. 17. read more

Baseball Ohio State ends losing streak with 108 comeback win against Ohio

Ohio State freshman infielder Marcus Ernst (28) makes contact with the pitch during the March 24 contest against Hawaii at Nick Swisher Field. The Buckeyes lost 15-3. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternDespite trailing 7-3 heading into the eighth inning, Ohio State was able to rally  to end its five-game skid.In the ninth inning, the Buckeyes (17-16, 2-4 Big Ten)  scored three runs to complete the comeback Tuesday, edging out Ohio (8-22, 3-6 MAC) 10-8.Sophomore catcher Dillon Dingler was able to deliver a two-run double to left-center field to give the Buckeyes a 10-8 lead in the ninth inning. With a four-run deficit through seven innings, freshman outfielder Nolan Clegg scored on a passed ball, cutting the Bobcats’ lead to 7-4. Redshirt sophomore catcher Brent Todys then tied the game on one swing, launching a three-run home run to tie the game at 7.The Buckeyes tallied three more runs in the ninth inning on an RBI single from junior first baseman Conner Pohl and Dingler’s two-RBI double to win their first game since March 30. Todys finished with three hits and four RBI. Clegg also hit his second home run of the season, finishing the game with three RBI.  For the Bobcats, redshirt freshman designated hitter Cole Revels tallied five RBI in the game. On the mound, Ohio State freshman pitcher Will Pfenning struggled, allowing five earned runs on five hits and two walks in three innings of work. After allowing three runs in the next 4.2 innings of work, junior left-handed pitcher Andrew Magno was able to keep the Bobcats off the scoreboard for the remaining 1.1 innings, allowing one hit and striking out two. Ohio State will take on Dayton at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium. read more

Torres plans to leave Spain

first_imgFernando Torres has confirmed that he will be leaving Spain this summer, after announcing his departure from Atletico Madrid at the end of this seasonThe former Liverpool star has struggled to make an impact at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano this season and the arrival of Diego Costa in January has seen Torres fall further down the pecking order under head coach Diego Simeone.In light of his increasingly restricted opportunities at Atletico, Torres recently announced that he will be leaving his boyhood club for the second and final time at the end of the season with clubs from both the Chinese Super League and the Major Soccer League believed to be heavily interested in signing the 2010 World Cup winner.But Torres, while ruling out joining another club in Spain, did suggest to Cadena SER that he may be open to a move elsewhere in Europe.“I have not made the decision. I will say it as I have said: that I leave Atletico.” said the 34 year-old, according to Sky Sports.“I will not continue in Spain. Europe? I don’t know. One has an idea that can then change.”Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…Also looking likely to follow Torres in leaving Atletico this summer are Antoine Griezmann and goalkeeper Jan Oblak.While Torres is keen for the highly-rated duo to remain at the Spanish capital, he insisted that Atletico must prove their worth against Europe’s elite to convince the pair to stay.“I don’t know if he wants to stay. I do not speak with him about that. I would love it if he wanted to stay.” admitted Torres.“Griezmann has been third in the Ballon d’Or without winning titles. You have to offer him the possibility of winning them. He has to see Atletico at the level of the big [clubs].”And on Oblak, Torres said: “I have not seen a goalkeeper like him. He’s spectacular. I would do everything possible so that he stays. He will stay if the club lives up to his ambition.”last_img read more

Mark Hughes impressed by Danny Ings

first_imgMark Hughes has hailed Danny Ings after the striker scored in their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.Ings signed for Southampton from Liverpool on Deadline Day on a season-long loan, and he scored his second goal for the club at Selhurst Park and Hughes is pleased with his mentality.“He’s a good player. He’s got a lot of technical ability along with an eye for a goal which he’s always had in his career so it’s only early days.” Hughes told Sky Sports.“He didn’t train a great deal last week and he’s got a bit of an issue with a huge blister on the bottom of his foot that had to be numbed to allow him to play so he’s lacking a bit of match fitness.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“But goals are the lifeblood of strikers and he’s in a good place at the moment.”Mark Hughes then spoke of Southampton vital away win at Crystal Palace.He added: “They’ve got a lot of good players they can call upon but it was more about us being able to control the game for long periods.“Everybody is in a better frame of mind when you can win before an international break and we’ve been able to do it. That will help our confidence when everybody comes back in 10 days or so.”last_img read more

Well understand the managers style – Pickford

first_imgEverton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford believes he and his teammates will eventually master the style of new manager Marco Silva.The England international insists Everton’s players will continue working tirelessly on the training pitch to master Marco Silva’s demand for “easy on the eye” football.The Merseyside club are yet to lose a game so far in the current Premier League campaign with two wins and two draws to their name so far this season.However, Pickford, who made his 50th appearance for Everton in all competitions against Town, admits there is still work to be done to ensure Everton possess the tools to open up teams who come prepared to frustrate and limit the space for the Blues’ forwards to operate.“It doesn’t happen overnight but that is why we train hard every day at USM Finch Farm,” he told the club’s official website.“If we continue to do that, hopefully it makes it easier on a Saturday afternoon.”Everton still keen on signing Juve’s Moise Kean Obinna Echi – July 28, 2019 Everton are still pushing for the signature of Juventus striker Moise Kean despite the Italian champions insisting they’d only sanction the deal with a…“It will take a bit of time. The manager has come in and wants us to play good football that is easy on the eye. We have got the ability and the capability to do that. We have got to trust ourselves and if we do that, it will make it easier.“We are frustrated to concede from a set play – hopefully we can sort that out. We have been working hard on them and the gaffer is massive on set plays.“We have scored a couple of goals from them but we’ll be working hard [defending set plays]. If we can carry on scoring them at one end and start keeping them out at the other, that is how you can win games.”The Toffees go in to the first international break of the campaign unbeaten in their first five games, having scored 10 goals in the process. But Pickford knows Everton must ensure they continue to develop when the squad reconvenes after the international fixtures.“We are still unbeaten which is good. But we wanted a win on Saturday and in every game we play. We didn’t get beaten and that is a little positive from the game but we should have taken three points.“In terms of our home record, we need to be getting three points out of games like that.last_img read more

Jumpin Junction Announces New Owners

first_imgThe Millers say they plan to continue that community outreach and the same fundraising events: “We really want to be a part of this community and we feel that Jumpin’ Junction is a good way to that. We completely plan to continuing to support those events.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Jumpin’ Junction opened in 2010, in Kenai and has worked with various charities and organizations around the Kenai Peninsula. Kevin and Michelle Miller took over the business earlier this week, and said they plan to expand on what has been built over the past 7 years. Kevin: “We’re look forward to building on what Lauri has built, being part of the community and continuing to expand on what she has developed here.” Previous owner Lauri Kapp announced on Monday, that she has sold the business to a couple she believes will continue to “segue the legacy of the company into the local community.”last_img read more