George Kittle doesn’t want a tight end contract from the 49ers; he wants ‘a George Kittle deal’

first_imgGeorge Kittle’s contract situation is worth watching because of the combination of two factors. The 26-year-old All-Pro is right to aim for a salary well north of what the NFL’s top tight ends earn. And the 49ers, if they so choose, could get away with not paying Kittle what he wants.And what he wants, his agent Jack Bechta recently told NFL Network, appears to be something more like what the NFL’s top wide receivers are making. “I don’t care about the tight end market,” Bechta said, via ESPN. “I’m being paid to do a George Kittle deal.”MORE: The NFL’s 25 highest-paid playersKittle is scheduled to earn $2.13 million (including a performance bonus) in 2020, the fourth and final year of a rookie contract that has averaged $674,572 per year since the 49ers drafted him in the fifth round in 2017. Which is a joke compared to the money Kittle’s top-of-the-line tight end peers are making.Below are the NFL’s highest-paid tight ends in terms of average annual salary, via Spotrac:Hunter Henry, Chargers — $10.607 millionAustin Hooper, Browns — $10.5 millionTravis Kelce, Chiefs — $9.4 millionRob Gronkowski, Buccaneers — $9 millionKyle Rudolph, Vikings — $9 millionZach Ertz, Eagles — $8.5 millionJimmy Graham, Bears — $8 millionJared Cook, Saints — $7.5 millionDarren Waller, Raiders — $7.45 millionTyler Higbee, Rams — $7.25 millionYes, Kittle making roughly a quarter of Jimmy Graham’s salary in 2020 would be ridiculous given the former’s undeniable impact, but the 49ers have leverage. San Francisco in theory could let Kittle play out the upcoming season on his current salary and then franchise tag him in 2021.Hunter Henry’s tag amount this year makes him the NFL’s highest-paid tight end at $10.6 million, which presumably is much less than the salary Kittle is seeking. In that sense, if Kittle is looking for wide receiver-like money in the $15 million-or-more range, even a second consecutive tag in 2022 would save the 49ers money. But don’t expect too much hardball from a team that appears to value a player who was such a crucial part of its Super Bowl run last season.”George isn’t going anywhere,” 49ers general manager John Lynch recently told KGMZ-FM 95.7 The Game. “We’re going to work hard to try to get it done. I think they’ve got motivation just to reset the tight end market, as do we for him. It’s just finding that sweet spot, where that is.”When that happens, I don’t know. But we’re working hard, as are they, to try to make that happen. George is going to be a part of the 49ers for a long, long time.”last_img read more

Golf bodies welcome restriction easing

first_img Following updated lockdown guidance from the Government, to be implemented on 4 July, golf bodies in England have welcomed the changes but have made clear they remain vigilant as golfers and staff begin to return to play and work.As part of its regular series of meetings with golf bodies, The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf met immediately after the Prime Minister’s Statement on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the upcoming changes and their implementation, as well as how the industry is responding to current Government regulation.Speaking on behalf of the Group, its Chairman – Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire – Craig Tracey said: “Golf as an industry worked hard to be one of the first sports to resume as restrictions were lifted.  All industry bodies involved in the Group have worked closely together to ensure adherence to lockdown rules have been implemented, sharing their experience to ensure golfers, club staff, and the wider industry, have returned securely.“The feedback we have received is that golfers have returned to the sport with enthusiasm, and did so complying to social distancing rules.  Those who have been working should be praised for their part in ensuring that smooth transition and are confident the easing of restrictions will be no different.”On the timing of the relaxed rules, Tracey added: “For those of us in England, we have been given time to consider the new rules which should be used to consider the implications fully and put in place the necessary steps the sport needs to continue to rebound quickly and – above all – safely.”England Golf CEO Jeremy Tomlinson said “The work done by those involved in golf during lockdown has been tremendous and that has enabled us to respond quickly and decisively.  Like all, we welcome the safe easing of restrictions and look forward to welcoming back even more people – players and staff – to golf.  That we have been given time to prepare the changes and the way in which the guidance has been presented is very helpful to clubs, shops and the wider industry.”Rob Maxfield, CEO of The PGA, said “Golf professionals have been working incredibly hard in recent weeks since golf returned and with restrictions easing, we hope to see more people getting to clubs throughout England and the UK.  We will encourage our members to review the updated guidance and put in place the steps they need to ensure people can back onto courses as soon as possible.” 24 Jun 2020 Golf bodies welcome restriction easing Tags: Coronaviruslast_img read more

Hashim Amla talks up Yuvraj Singh influence in Abu Dhabi T10 league

first_imgAdvertisement a6y8siNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5zWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecrh0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bkmWould you ever consider trying this?😱93uCan your students do this? 🌚6kmy7Roller skating! Powered by Firework Yuvraj Singh is set to return to cricket with Maratha Arabians in the Abu Dhabi T10 league and former South African batsman Hashim Amla reckons that his involvement will influence the youngsters by all means. There are inadequate number of Indian players in various T20 leagues round the globe, but with Yuvraj’s inclusion in the Abu Dhabi league, the Protea batter is confident that the young players will take notes from the former world cup winning all-rounder.Advertisement “I suppose you want cricketers from all over the world and Yuvraj now is involved and that is fantastic. It is difficult to comment because Indian cricket have their own set of regulations. But to have Yuvraj involved in T10 and to have youngsters being able to play with him, he has been a fantastic cricketer for 20-odd years and he has got so much to add value to. It is just great having him around and there is no doubt that youngsters will look to feed off him,” said Amla, who has been picked up by the Karnataka Tuskers as their icon player.Advertisement Amla himself is also excited about cricket’s newest format, saying, “I am very excited. T10 is a new format in the sense that it has been around for only three or four years. But it has been around for many years in our backyards and when we were growing up playing with our friends. But to have it on a professional level is fantastic. The first few editions have been spoken of very highly and I am excited to be a part of it and see how it progresses and different skills it allows you to bring to the table.”Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Volunteer Lawyers Lend a Hand to Sandy Victims

first_imgBy John BurtonHAZLET – Cathy Keenan and her colleagues see lots of people seeking legal assistance for Super Storm Sandy matters. They know the storm was only the beginning of what has been an overwhelming period as clients look to address a variety issues.“I think this storm has been so devastating to people on so many levels. They have been fighting through so many battles and barriers along the way,” said Keenan about her work with Vol­unteer Lawyers for Justice, an organization that has been conducting legal clinics in Hudson and Monmouth counties and will be shortly holding them in Ocean as well.Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, a Newark-based not-for-profit law firm, has been holding clinics at Brookdale Community College’s North­ern Monmouth Higher Edu­cation Center, 1 Crown Plaza, Hazlet, every other Friday morning for the last few months.During those sessions, conducted by lawyers who donate their time and expertise, she and her colleagues have seen people who have had their homes destroyed or severely damaged from the October storm that ravaged the shore. They are seeing people coming for a variety of legal concerns.“The overwhelming issue is insurance-related problems,” said Keenan, who is the director of pro bono services.What she and other lawyers are hearing is that homeowners are saying insurance companies aren’t paying anywhere near what it will take to rebuild or repair and what is actually covered through homeowners and flood insurance, she said.There are people who are coming to the legal clinics who have had Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deny their claims. Others have landlord-tenant issues, such as difficulty getting back security deposits on apartments tenants were forced to vacate because of the storm and retrieving personal items left in apartments, she said.There are also some people who are complaining about what appears to be unscrupulous workmen or who simply have difficulty understanding contract language.On top of that, the clinic’s lawyers are seeing homeowners who find themselves continually at odds with mortgage companies, a situation that existed before the storm and is now at panic point. “Even before the storm they were to the point where foreclosure may have been close to being their future,” Keenan said, “and now that’s a reality.”As many clients as there are that come to the clinic, held 9 a.m. to noon (the next to be held on May 3), there are different stories and different problems to be addressed. Some of their concerns can be remedied with a lawyer review of insurance policies or FEMA application; others need more detailed legal work, which Volunteer Lawyers for Justice may be able to provide following a review of the potential client’s situation and finances.But the one constant she has found working with people who have had their lives turned upside down is: “Pretty much every single person who comes in has a compelling story,” Keenan said.Louis Ricciardi, a lawyer who works full time for Citigroup and lives in Monmouth County, has begun – with the support of his employer – offering his time to the clinic. “It’s been heart-wrenching to hear their stories,” he said.He spoke of one Ortley Beach man who told of seeing his home destroyed in the storm. The man seemed to be holding up pretty well while detailing the events, but then became emotional as the story unfolded. Ricciardi pulled his chair and sat next to the client offering a willing ear along with the legal advice.“I think it was helpful, not just from a legal standpoint but from a mental anguish standpoint to have someone to talk to,” Ricciardi said.“This is something I wanted to do,” to offer his help for those who live in the same area he lives. “This hit close to home,” said Ricciardi, a Morganville resident.“The vast number of people who are coming in are people who’ve lost everything – and in many cases could barely afford (their home) before the storm – and now have to negotiate their way through a very complicated insurance system,” said Keenan, a Freehold resident.“We have lawyers who are willing to help,” she said.Volunteer Lawyers for Justice has been operating for 13 years, primarily in Essex County, and more recently in the state’s northern counties. Since February it has branched out working with the New Jersey Bar Associ­ation to offer assistance to Sandy victims, through a toll-free hotline (855-301-2525) and through the clinics.Anyone needing additional legal assistance beyond what is offered at the clinic can apply with the organization, which will evaluate the clients’ finances and resources to determine eligibility.For Sandy victims, the organization’s board of trustees has broadened the eligibility to 300 percent of the federal poverty level. That means a family of four earning $71,000 a year, would qualify for assistance, Keenan said.“I would encourage people to err on the side of contacting us,” if they don’t think they will be eligible, Keenan said.“Anyone, regardless of their financial status can walk into the legal clinic and at least get a consultation, some advice and brief legal assistance.”last_img read more

Canucks Suffer 2-1 Overtime Defeat At Hands of Blackhawks

first_img A huge part of the Canucks’ success killing penalties tonight was their complete domination of Chicago in the faceoff circle.  The Canucks won 60% of their draws tonight. The Canucks are still struggling to put a totally complete game together.  That said, tonight they can be proud that they played as a team, stuck up for each other, and limited Chicago’s scoring chances.  Their goals will come, especially if they continue to put forth the effort we saw tonight. IF THIS WERE A PLAYOFF GAMETonight basically was a playoff game and was decided in overtime, no shootout required.  The only way to conclude here is that this would have been a playoff loss.  The Canucks are now 2-3 since I started gauging the games in this manner. PARTING SHOTSBroadcast Observation of the Night:  TSN broadcast the game tonight and while I’m not a huge Chris Cuthbert guy, I love Ray Ferraro.  His experience as a player shines through as he’s able to provide insight as to what might or might not be going on within the team over the course of the game, in addition to his excellent analysis of the play.I thought the panel had good segments in the first and second intermissions as they analysed and discussed the Keith/Sedin incident.  Aaron Ward seems to have taken on a liking of the Canucks over the course of the season, as he hardly says anything overtly negative about them.Looking ahead: Vancouver flew to Dallas directly following tonight’s game, where they will face the surging Stars tomorrow night. Amazingly, Daniel wasn’t credited for a hit when he hit Keith (he actually hit someone else on that shift as well). As a result, there just weren’t a lot of opportunities for the team to get at him.  When they did, he refused to answer the bell.  There really wasn’t much the Canucks could do. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.Most of the chatter surrounding the Vancouver Canucks’ recent swoon has centered around their lack of effort and the appearance of coasting as they finish off the regular season.  Tonight’s game in Chicago was viewed by many as an opportunity for the Canucks to up the ante as they ready themselves for the playoffs.  The  team did just that, playing an inspired game, but came out on the wrong end of a 2-1 overtime decision to the rival Blackhawks.  Unfortunately, this increase in intensity may have cost the Canucks leading goal scorer, Daniel Sedin.Tonight’s game really has two storylines.  One is of the game itself, which featured stellar play by Canuck goaltender Roberto Luongo and some intense, uptempo, pressing hockey from the Canucks through much of the first and third periods, play which should comfort most of the fan base and prove they can bring it when they need to. The second storyline, however, centres around a brutal cheap shot delivered to Daniel from Norris-trophy winner Duncan Keith, which knocked Sedin out of the game with what is widely being speculated as either a concussion or a fractured jaw.  The Canucks’ attempts to exact some level of retribution on Chicago through most of the second period continued this story, the attempts to enforce hockey’s outdated “code” putting the Canucks on the penalty kill for a total of 10 minutes in the middle frame, which slanted most of the play in the Blackhawks’ favour.Vancouver opened the scoring in the first minute after a tremendous cross ice pass out of their zone by Sammy Pahlsson to Jannik Hansen, who used his speed to go around Johnny Oduya and beat Chicago starter Corey Crawford. From that point, Vancouver was handed three consecutive power plays, however, the power play struggled and they weren’t able to generate much of anything against Chicago’s penalty kill.During the second power play, Daniel hit Keith in the corner just after Keith had moved the puck up ice.  It was a rare hit by Daniel, and unfortunately, his shoulder hit Keith’s head, the play going unpenalized. Four shifts later, Keith retaliated by delivering a dirty, cheap elbow to Daniel’s face in the neutral zone, just after Daniel turned around to chase the puck (which at the time was about 15 feet in the air headed into the Chicago zone).  Keith made no attempt to chase the puck and it is patently obvious that the hit was intentional and was meant to injure. The officials, who had attempted to clamp down on the two teams in the early going, assessed only a minor penalty to Keith for elbowing.  Daniel played the next shift on the ensuring power play, but did not return.The Blackhawks tied the game three minutes into the second period after Marian Hossa’s pass from behind the net went off Pahlsson into the slot onto Patrick Kane’s stick, where he shot it into the net past a frozen Luongo.  After the goal, Kane celebrated as though he had just won the Stanley Cup (literally it looked like his celebration from his Cup winning goal against Philadelphia in 2010).From that point forth, the Canucks did their best to enforce “the code” and avenge the dirty hit on Daniel by targeting Keith every chance they got.  Unfortunately, Keith did not oblige, which led only to a multitude of scrums. The referees, tonight clearly not righting previous wrongs, kept sending Canucks to the penalty box with extra minor penalties.  Daniel’s brother Henrik, clearly upset with what had happened both as a brother and as team captain, also took a couple of minors in the latter half of the period.  The goaltender intereference call on him was especially weak.The Canucks came out for the third period with a renewed focus on playing hockey and were the better team for most of the final stanza.  They generated a number of quality scoring chances and hit the post twice, with another shot going off the inside of Crawford’s skate and through the crease. They played with the passion and fire that we have all come to expect.  It was a welcome sight for sore eyes given the uninspired play we’ve seen from them of late.  They were unable to get anything past Crawford and into the net, however, and the game went to overtime. I felt that Lapierre, Weise, and Kassian all had some effective shifts in a more physical role.  Still I’d like to see just a bit more out of these guys, especially considering the Keith/Sedin incident.  Kassian did his best to lay some hits out there and stood up to the Blackhawks when challenged. The Canucks outhit Chicago 38-24.  This is a great indicator that the Canucks can turn it up when required. Many people will be upset with the perceived lack of response by the Canucks after the hit.  I saw the game unfold differently – immediately following the hit, the team was on the power play, which for obvious reasons isn’t a good time to exact revenge.  The period then ran out shortly thereafter.  In the second, the team took after him every chance they got, but after the most major scrum halfway through the period, he was assessed 14 minutes in penalties.  By the time he was back on the ice, the Canucks had turned their attention to getting the go ahead goal. The Kesler-Booth combination was more quiet tonight as Higgins was moved down to the third line to accommodate Raymond’s return to the lineup. During overtime, the Canucks did not play well and they eventually succumbed to the Blackhawks after an odd-man rush against saw an Oduya shot go off Andrew Shaw’s shinguard past Luongo.  The play came after Vancouver had a promising foray into the offensive zone, unfortunately Henrik was caught up ice and wasn’t able to backcheck in time to make a difference on the play.For many reasons, Canucks fans should be happy with what they saw tonight from the team – it was a step in the right direction.  The team played with a fire and intensity that has been seldom seen of late.  They played well defensively and didn’t give up an abundance of grade A scoring chances.  When they did, Luongo was there and as a result had a tremendous game.  The penalty kill was extremely effective. Finally, while the second period was spent in their own zone killing penalties, they were the better team for the bulk of the first and third periods.The hit on Daniel, if his injury isn’t severe, may prove to be a positive as it will hopefully spark the team and give them something to rally around.  In a season where motivation has been difficult to manufacture, they have now found it.  It’s up to the team to see what they can do with it. BUSH LEAGUE NHL CONTINUES TO DEAL INCORRECTLY WITH SERIOUS ON-ICE INCIDENTSThe fact the Keith hit was not assessed a five minute major and a game misconduct is abhorrent and is indicative of the bush-league state of officiating in the NHL.  From the NHL Rulebook, Rule 21: 21.1 Match Penalty – A match penalty involves the suspension of a player for the balance of the game and the offender shall be ordered to the dressing room immediately.A match penalty shall be imposed on any player who deliberately attempts to injure or who deliberately injures an opponent in any manner.Daniel was injured on the play.  The hit was delivered in a deliberate manner.  It seems clear this should have resulted in a five minute man advantage for Vancouver – however, it was assessed the same penalty as little-used Brandon Bollig was assessed just seven minutes earlier for a harmless glove to the face of Zack Kassian. Quite frankly, the inconsistency of the league’s officiating is a farce.  Referees are ludicrously hesitant to dole out a five minute major for anything other than fighting, which is always an offsetting penalty.  The fact that a player can go out and head-hunt, the only consequence being a measly two minute minor, pretty much tells you everything you need to know about how this league wants to conduct its business. For all the talk of skill and speed and everything that is great about the game, it’s all complete and utter lip service.  The league can say what it wants, but its actions paint a much different picture.The panel on TSN discussed the severity of the play and the likely suspension that will be handed down by Brendan Shanahan.  Bob McKenzie correctly pointed out that as far as the Canucks are concerned, the number of games meted out is irrelevant, especially if Daniel, the team’s leading goal scorer and one of its key players, is out for any length of time.Canucks Nation will wait with baited breath for news from the Canucks tomorrow regarding Daniel’s injury.  He did play one shift after the hit, but took himself out of the game thereafter.  There are rumours tonight that it could be a fractured jaw, as TSN reported he went into the X-ray room with a doctor.The pain from a fractured jaw would be so intense that it’s unlikely Daniel would have told training staff on the bench that he was “OK”, which he did after he got to the bench, and even more unlikely that he would have played the next shift. He looked a bit glazed over, and for those reasons, I believe that Daniel suffered a concussion – or at a minimum was held out of the remainder of the game to monitor him for this purpose.  With any luck, Daniel will have travelled with the team to Dallas tonight and be no worse for wear tomorrow.The downside of this hit is much worse.  If it’s a fractured jaw, this would be a six to eight week injury.  If a concussion, Daniel may be unavailable to the team for as little as a game or two, or at worst, for the remainder of the season, including the playoffs. I hope Shanahan bears this in mind when he figures out what to do with Keith, but my guess is that he will receive, at most, a meaningless three game vacation. GAME OBSERVATIONS Mason Raymond had one of his most effective games of the season tonight.  He was fast and, for a change, got to the middle of the ice where he was able to create a number of dangerous scoring chances.  This is the Raymond we saw immediately after he returned from injury earlier this season.  When he’s on his game like this, he can still be an effective player.  He started the game playing with Kesler and Booth, but after Daniel’s injury, played a lot of shifts with Henrik. There was an Alex Edler sighting!  He played pretty well tonight and was noticeable both offensively and defensively, even delivering a solid hit on Shaw in the first period.  Definitely a step in the right direction. Andrew Alberts drew into the game (his first in the last 10) and played very well.  I have been saying this all year, but I like the physical presence he provides on the back end.  He’s definitely not the fastest player, but he can be a very effective defenseman. Kane’s celebration of his tying goal was over the top.last_img read more

HIGHLY REGARDED VALE DORI MAKES U.S. DEBUT AND HEADS SOLID FIELD IN SUNDAY’S $75,000 SOUTHERN TRUCE STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES

first_imgLIVING THE LIFE: Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke for the first time in the All American, this 6-year-old Irish-bred mare pressed the pace and prevailed in game fashion by a neck in garnering her third North American graded stakes win. With a lengthy graded stakes resume that includes a third place finish in Santa Anita’s Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Santa Margarita Stakes three starts back on March 19, Living The Life has recency, class and good tactical speed in her corner and will thus command plenty of respect at the betting windows. Owned by HnR Nothhaft Horse Racing, LLC, she is 33-10-5-4 overall with earnings of $948,049. SHOW STEALER: George Krikorian’s homebred 4-year-old filly by Eskendereya bobbled at the break but went on to a solid come from behind head victory here in a 1 1/16 miles allowance on May 26 and will try graded stakes competition for the first time on Sunday. Trained by Art Sherman, she has two wins and a second from her last four starts dating back to Dec. 19 at Los Alamitos. With Tyler Baze engaged to ride back for the fourth consecutive time, Show Stealer could benefit from a fast early pace. She has earnings of $155,760 from an overall mark of 17-3-2-2. SHARP VETERAN LIVING THE LIFE, STREAKING COMEBACKER BELLE HILL & SHOW STEALER ALL PROMINENT AMONG FIELD OF EIGHT FILLIES & MARES BELLE HILL: Idle since winning the Grade III, one mile turf Autumn Miss Stakes when conditioned by Seattle-based Larry Ross, this 4-year-old Sky Mesa filly rattled off three consecutive stakes wins at Emerald Downs prior to trying turf for the first time in her Southern California debut. Transferred to Mandella shortly after the Autumn Miss, Belle Hill has a solid work tab (including a pair of bullets) for her return and appears armed and very dangerous with Flavien Prat committed to ride for the first time. Owned by Aithon Stable, she has five wins and a third from seven starts and has earnings of $173,220. ARCADIA, Calif. (June 30, 2016)–Beaten just 1 ½ lengths when running fourth in the Group II,   1 3/16 miles UAE Derby by top male Lani on March 26, Argentine-bred Vale Dori heads a solid field of eight fillies and mares Sunday in the $75,000 Southern Truce Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Bob Baffert, she was indeed flattered when Lani went on to run third in the Grade I Belmont Stakes on June 11.The competition runs deep in the Southern Truce, as trainer Gary Mandella’s veteran 6-year-old mare, Living The Life, comes off a victory over males in the Grade III, one mile (Tapeta) All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields May 30, Richard Mandella’s Belle Hill, idle since Oct. 17, seeks her fifth consecutive win and trainer Art Sherman’s sharp recent allowance winner Show Stealer all bring strong credentials to the party at a mile and a sixteenth.center_img Living the Life–Drayden Van Dyke–124Vale Dori–Rafael Bejarano–120Divina Comedia–Joe Talamo–120Belle Hill–Flavien Prat–124Gloryzapper–Mike Smith–120Jolene–Gary Stevens–120Show Stealer–Tyler Baze–120Moyo Honey–Victor Espinoza–120First post time on Sunday is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and morning line information, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com. THE $75,000 SOUTHERN TRUCE STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 9 (of 9)                                 Approximate post time 5:30 p.m. PDT                 VALE DORI: A 4-year-old filly, she’ll make her U.S. debut with leading man Rafael Bejarano up and given the fact she showed ample speed routing in the UAE, it would be no surprise to see her on or near the early lead Sunday. Second, beaten three quarters of a length two starts back in the Grade III,   1 3/16 miles UAE Oaks on March 3, she has two wins and as many seconds from five starts. Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, Vale Dori has earnings of $199,183.last_img read more