Pep Guardiola has revealed he is weighing up multiple offers from England as elite Premier League clubs battle to attract the Bayern Munich manager. The Spaniard last month revealed he would be leaving Bayern at the end of this season, and on Tuesday confirmed his next move, providing he can find the right club, would be to the Premier League. Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal could all be potential employers for the former Barcelona boss. “The reason not to renew my contract with Bayern Munich, is very simple: I want to train in England’s Premier League. That’s the only reason,” Guardiola said. “I have several offers, but have not yet committed myself. When I have a new club, the club will communicate that. “At the moment, I can’t say anything else because nothing is fixed.” Bayern wanted to keep Guardiola, but he wants to experience the Premier League in his career. “I need at this moment in my career a new challenge,” the 44-year-old told a media conference, according to Bayern’s official website. “If I were 60 or 65 I would’ve stayed, but I think I am too young. I need a new challenge. “It was a dream, it is a dream. I am very grateful to Bayern for this huge opportunity. “I’m going to give the best to the last day.” Press Association Guardiola took over from Jupp Heynckes in the summer of 2013 on a three-year contract and has won back-to-back Bundesliga titles, as well as the DFB-Pokal, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. That haul is almost certainly going to be added to this season, complementing an impressive trophy collection that includes, among others, two Champions League and three Primera Division titles from his time as Barcelona boss. It is no wonder there is so much interest from Premier League clubs in Guardiola, with Manchester City the bookmakers’ favourites. The Spaniard previously worked with City’s chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain during his time at Barcelona. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is said to be a great admirer of Guardiola and is on the look-out for a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho, with Guus Hiddink in interim charge at Stamford Bridge until the end of the season. As for United, Louis van Gaal’s immediate future seems secure, but the club could possibly be tempted to replace one former Bayern Munich boss with another. Arsenal, meanwhile, will have a challenging task to replace the long-serving Arsene Wenger when the Frenchman opts to leave, with the Gunners offering a more secure option than Chelsea in the British capital. Wenger, however, could stay on at the Emirates Stadium next season. Guardiola paid tribute to the man who will be his successor at Bayern, Carlo Ancelotti, and hopes to ensure a smooth transition. “I think this is a perfect decision for the club and I wish Carlo the best,” added Guardiola, whose main target is the Champions League this season. “I’ll continue to work here to pass Carlo the best team.”
Florida officials say an elderly woman was mauled to death by her own dog while another man was hospitalized with serious injuries.According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Carolyn Varanese, 84, was attacked by her dog and was pronounced dead at the scene. Another man, Joseph Varanese, 57, was also attacked and taken to Northwest Medical Center in Margate, Florida.Police did not reveal what caused the dog to attack, or what breed the dog was.The dog is now in the custody of the Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Center.An investigation on the attack continues.
DESCRIBING the unpleasant events at the close of Bangladesh’s successful chase at the Under-19 World Cup final on Sunday as “unedifying”, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has heavily sanctioned three Bangladesh and two India players for breaching the governing body’s Code of Conduct.India leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi, the leading wicket-taker in the tournament, was found guilty on two counts, while fast bowler Akash Singh and the Bangladesh trio of Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan were charged with violating one article of the code.While all five players were held guilty of breaching Article 2.21 of the ICC’s Code of Conduct, which deals with bringing the game into disrepute, Bishnoi was also found guilty of violating Article 2.5, which pertains to the use of “language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal.”All five players were slapped with varying suspension points, with Hridoy bearing the stiffest penalty of 10 suspension points, which equate to six demerit points. Both Hossain and Singh were handed eight suspension points (six demerit) while Hasan was given four suspension points (five demerit).Bishnoi was handed a total of seven demerit points: five for breaching Article 2.21 and another two for the manner in which he celebrated the dismissal of Avishek Das in the 23rd over of the Bangladesh innings, which breached Article 2.5.All the above points will remain on the players’ records for two years and apply to upcoming international matches – at the Under-19 or senior level – they are likely to participate in. One suspension point equals to a player being ineligible for one ODI or T20I, Under-19 or A team international match.Match officials, including on-field umpires Sam Nogajski and Adrian Holdstock, third umpire Ravindra Wimalasiri and fourth umpire Patrick Bongni Jele, levelled the charges against the players, with the final penalty proposed by the match referee, Graeme Labrooy.There was a lot of aggression on both sides through the final, a low-scoring thriller in which Bangladesh chased down a revised target of 170 with only three wickets left.Players engaged in several short exchanges since the second over of the match that culminated in some players from both sides being involved in pushing and shoving and, in the process, causing damage to a Bangladesh flag.Both captains condemned the behaviour on their players’ part. Priyam Garg, the India captain, said the opposition’s reaction was “dirty” while his opposite number, Akbar Ali, was “sorry” on behalf of his team, admitting that emotions needed to be kept in check without spoiling the fabric of the “gentleman’s game”.Geoff Allardice, the ICC general manager cricket, said it was “disappointing” to see a final that was “hard-fought” ending with players being sanctioned.“The match was hard-fought, as you would expect in an ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup Final, but the elation and disappointment experienced by some players after the game spilled over into unedifying scenes that have no place in our sport,” he said in an ICC release issued on Monday.“Respect is at the very heart of the spirit of cricket, and players are expected to show self-discipline, congratulate the opposition on their successes and enjoy the success of their own team.“It is disappointing that Code of Conduct charges needed to be laid after such a closely contested match, but it is important to reinforce the standard of behaviour that will be expected of these young players should they transition to senior international cricket.” (ESPN Cricinfo)
The coach is understood to be employed on $48,000 per month salary and will aim to make an immediate impact when Nigeria tackle Tanzania in Uyo on September 3, in an Africa Cup of Nations fixture that amounts to a mere window dressing.His credentials will, however, be touted when the Eagles visit Zambia in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in Ndola on October 8.According to sources, Rohr, who has worked at club level in France, Austria, Switzerland and Tunisia before coaching Gabon (2010-2012) and the Niger (2012-2014), complied with advice of his agents by domiciling copies of his contract with the German Embassy in Abuja and the international football governing body headquarters in Zurich.The move is a safety net that will guarantee his interests by making a third party, notably FIFA to intervene in the future if he is embroiled in unresolved contract disputes with the Nigerian federation.It is believed that FIFA can mediate between the parties if the disputes are complex given it is already in possession of the contract’s paperwork.NFF is famed for causing high profile feuds with coaches it engages over matters concerning breaches of agreed contract.National U-23 coach, Samson Siasia, whose team won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Rio, only at the weekend, severed ties with NFF, citing failure to pay five months salaries on top of acrimonious relationship he had with authorities during the games.The NFF and its immediate past national coach, Sunday Oliseh, still occasionally trade tirades about allegations bothering on outstanding salaries to the former international midfielder and his assistants.Oliseh, who caused a stir by ditching the team few days before crucial Africa Cup qualifying fixtures against Egypt in March, claimed he and his assistants, Tijjani Babangida and Jean Francois Losciuto were owed salaries and medical bills.￼￼He also alleged that he incurred $4,000, his personal money, as feeding expenses on the Home based national team when the team camped in Pretoria, before the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Rwanda.At the time they died in June, both Stephen Keshi and Shaibu Amodu, were still owed by NFF for services rendered as national coach and technical director of the federation respectively.Meanwhile, Eagles will open camp in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State today for Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Tanzania.Home –boys Emmanuel Daniel, Ikechukwu Ezenwa (goalkeepers) and Jamiu Alimi (defender) are expected in Uyo today alongside a number of overseas –based professionals,including defender William Troost-Ekong and forward Odion Ighalo.Team captain Mikel John Obi, fresh from leading the Nigeria U23 to Olympic bronze in Brazil, is expected to arrive at the team’s Le Meridien Hotel tomorrow.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Camp opens for Tanzania clash today Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaSuper Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has lodged copies of his contract agreement with the International governing body, FIFA and the German Embassy in Abuja, THISDAY understood last night.The 63-year-old coach, a former development officer with German Football Association (DFB), was early this month, offered a two-year deal by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to steer the Super Eagles to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism has partnered with AOL’s online news source, Patch.com, as part of a new PatchU program, which unites the site with 13 journalism programs at universities across the nation.Patch provides comprehensive hyperlocal news to cities that typically do not receive much media attention, said William Nance, vice president of developing business group at Patch Media.“We’re committed to being a member of the community. That’s how we build business up,” he said.The hyperlocal business model of reporting news in specific cities has helped Patch grow into a trusted news source for local issues in cities around the nation, Nance said.Since it began reporting in three cities in New Jersey in February 2009, Patch has grown to cover the news in numerous cities across 16 states and Washington, D.C. Patch launched a site in its 100th community in August, and AOL announced plans to expand to more than 500 neighborhoods in 20 states by the end of the year.To help reach out to a different kind of community, Patch began the PatchU program, where journalism students will work with Patch editors to report on local news in areas near their campuses.“Over time we expect to expand to other universities,” Nance said. “It helps us become a part of the discussions around the future of journalism.”Annenberg’s involvement with PatchU began when Marcia Parker, West Coast editorial director for Patch, collaborated with Sandy Tolan, an associate professor of journalism at Annenberg, after the two worked together on a state-wide investigative reporting project in March.“We talked about how we could do something that was really local but also had depth,” Tolan said. “I originally thought of the idea of having all the reporting for one class be in one square mile of a city.”Now a reality, Tolan’s “One Square Mile” launched this fall with eight students who cover one square mile of Westfield in Culver City.“It’s not really like a class; I consider it more of an editor-reporter relationship. It’s almost run as workshops that try to replicate what it’s like in the newsroom,” Tolan said.Students are responsible for hunting down stories about education, crime, entertainment and culture in the area, Tolan said. She and Parker edit the students’ stories before sending them to local Patch editors who cover Culver City.“We’re inventing this [project] as we go — the spirit of invention and innovation is at the heart of this,” Tolan said. “We’re among a group of schools that are trying to help lead students into an uncertain world of multimedia journalism.”School of Journalism Director Geneva Overholser said the partnership fits into a larger scope of collaborations between USC and other media organizations.“This class creates interesting journalism at a time when journalism is reinventing itself,” she said. “One of the most promising aspects [of new journalism] is collaborations.”Tolan agreed that this project is a way for Annenberg to help lead students into an uncertain world of multimedia journalism.Because Patch feels the pressure of the changes and challenges in the field of journalism, it has enlisted the help of the universities through PatchU, Nance said.“Annenberg is one of the top journalism programs in the U.S.,” he said. “We’ve got such a focus on good journalists; Patch wants to make sure they have good partnerships with good journalism programs.”So far, there are no set plans for Annenberg to continue with the PatchU program after this semester, Overholser said. Patch hopes, however, that this partnership will continue to benefit both itself and Annenberg, Nance said.“It helps [Patch] become a part of the discussions around the future of journalism [and] what content and economic models will work,” Nance said. “We want to be in a relationship where these conversations are occurring.”
While the University of Wisconsin’s overall athletic performance has stayed roughly the same, if not better than it was in 2011, the economic impact their athletic program has had on the state in that time has fallen by more than one-third.While construction spending by the athletic department has decreased since 2011, according to a UW official, this decrease only accounts for some of the drop.The economic impact study — produced by Philadelphia consulting firm Econsult Solutions, Inc. — also showed that Badgers sports support 4,480 jobs in Wisconsin, another decrease compared to 2011.Even with the decrease, there shouldn’t be any reason to worry, UW Senior Associate Athletic Director Justin Doherty told the Wisconsin State Journal.Men’s Basketball: Changing of the Gard, Carlson and Crowl bring massive talent boostTwin Cities native Ben Carlson verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team Wednesday afternoon. In-state recruiting has Read…The economic impact report showed a current average annual income of $610 million, compared to $970 million in 2011. Adjusted for today’s inflation, the 2011 report showed an impact of $1.1 billion along with 8,853 jobs.Both of these numbers represent drastic changes overall, but Doherty said much of the change here can be attributed to the planned costs for the construction of LaBahn Arena, which opened in 2012, and the Stephen M. Bennett Student-Athlete Performance Center, which opened in 2014.The 2019 report did not factor in upcoming major projects at the Kohl Center and Camp Randall Stadium.But even with those projects taken out of the picture, there still seems to be a major discrepancy. For example, why have the jobs been cut nearly in half?Doherty said that can be attributed to Econsult Solutions taking a conservative approach in their report this year. This year’s data also showed a $395 million annual impact for Madison and nearly 2 million visitors to the city per year.Bucky Badger: History, people behind beloved mascotBuckingham Ulysses Badger — more commonly known as Bucky Badger or just Bucky to University of Wisconsin students and alumni Read…Overall, the report estimated that tourism from UW sporting events results in $203 million in spending across the state. Athletic Director Barry Alvarez contributed to a news release after the report became public.“The fact that Badgers Athletics has such an impact on our city, region and state is a great source of pride for us,” Alvarez said. “Our athletic program is woven into the fabric of not only the Madison area, but all over our great state.”Wisconsin football is a major driving force of revenue for the city of Madison and the state of Wisconsin, drawing over 70,000 fans per game.Each Badger home football game contributes $16 million to the Wisconsin economy, but they still averaged 15,000 no-shows per game last season, their lowest attendance rate since at least 2006, when UW began keeping track of total ticket scans per game.This drop in attendance may be one of many factors to blame for the decreased revenue in 2019, but Doherty stated the report won’t have large direct impact on how UW manages its athletics operations.“We can say a football weekend at Wisconsin is a big economic driver or really has a big impact on the area or the city or the region or the state, but doing this project puts numbers to it that you can point to and hang your hat on,” Doherty said.Football: How Jonathan Taylor can take down Heisman favoritesWhen Jonathon Taylor burst onto the scene back in 2017, it was immediately clear he was the new face of Read…The budget for UW Athletics has increased consistently over the last several years, sitting at $159.4 million for the 2019-20 school year, up 11% from last year and 61% from five years ago. In all, the UW Athletic Department has more than 900 athletes in 23 sports, with nearly 400 full-time staff members.Wisconsin’s athletic department will continue to move forward with numerous projects at their sports facilities, including renovations of Camp Randall, the Kohl Center and the UW Field House.The master plan also includes updates at the McClimon Track/Soccer Complex and Nielsen Tennis Stadium, along with the new Nicholas Recreation Center which is being partially funded by the revenue generated by the UW Athletic Department. Even with UW Athletics having a decreased economic impact compared to the 2011 report, it is safe to say that UW Athletics is thriving under Barry Alvarez, who has brought Wisconsin sports back to prominence since taking over as head coach of the football team in 1990.
They make it look so graceful and easy as they moved around the ring, countering each other at every turn. The IWGP junior heavyweight champion was trying to do the impossible, beat the reigning IWGP heavyweight champion. But it didn’t feel impossible during the match the way he fought with such heart and determination.Ospreay hit Okada with about everything in his arsenal but couldn’t keep him down. Just when he was one Stormbreaker away from the win, Okada found yet another counter and hit a pair of Rainmakers for the win.A magnificent match and an awesome showcase of two wrestlers at the top of their game. New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 29 ended in epic fashion Monday morning with Kota Ibushi defeating Jay White in the finals of the grueling tournament. The win earned him a briefcase awarding him a match against Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP heavyweight championship at Wrestle Kingdom 14 taking place on Jan. 4 and 5 at the Tokyo Dome.The tournament once again lived up to the hype with incredible action over its six weeks in a showcase of strong-style wrestling with some of the best matches of the year. Every night featured awesome action and played out in dramatic fashion as to who would win each block and face off in the finals. In the end, the popular Ibushi outlasted the field and earned the title shot.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWith the tournament now over, here’s a look at the top ten matches of the NJPW G1 Climax 29. 10. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Will Ospreay (Night 17)Even though both of them were out of the running for the “A” block at this point in the tournament, it didn’t stop either from bringing their “A” game. This was old school versus new school with the veteran Tanahashi against the youngster Ospreay. Tanahashi knew he had to slow down and ground the high flying Ospreay so he continually went after his knee and even put on a Cloverleaf at one point. That didn’t keep Ospreay down for too long and he kept on the offensive from a shooting star press to an Oscutter and finally hitting his Stormbreaker to get the win. 9. Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi (Night 17)本日8月12日15:00 いよいよ🏆優勝決定戦🏆#新日本プロレス 真夏の最強戦士決定戦『HEIWA Presents G1 CLIMAX 29』日本武道館にて行われたAブロック最終公式戦の試合結果をお届け!!#新日本プロレスワールド では全19大会をLIVE配信▶︎https://t.co/Tj7UBJ4PjP#njpw #njpwworld #G1Climax #g129 pic.twitter.com/STAaiwQM8D— njpwworld (@njpwworld) August 12, 2019That same night saw this brilliant showdown with the winner advancing to the finals. Ibushi showed so much emotion and wanted so badly to win this tournament but he had to get through everything the IWGP champion offered to get there. Even when Okada leveled him with a shotgun drop kick, Ibushi immediately fired back with a big lariat. He simply would not be denied, and when he connected with the Kamigoye twice in a row, he got that pleasing win to take the “A” block. As good as this was, there was still a feeling that they could get to another level when they square off again at Wrestle Kingdom. 8. SANADA vs. Kazuchika Okada (Night 13)Okada had SANADA’s number going into the match having beaten him six previous times. So, the question was whether the streak would continue or would SANADA finally beat the champion and get the biggest win of his career. The answer would be the latter.This went down to the wire of the 30-minute time limit with both men laying on the mat exhausted after hitting each other with just about every move in their arsenal. When Okada went to finish him off with yet another Rainmaker, SANADA turned it into a pop-up TKO and quickly capitalized on the moment by hitting back-to-back moonsaults to score the win with just 12 seconds remaining in a dramatic finish. 7. Will Ospreay vs. Kota Ibushi (Night 5)The expectations for this match were incredibly high even before the G1 began and many wondered how far they would push the boundaries of risk-taking to put on a classic match.It never came down to that as they had a fantastic match without going too far. They were pretty much forced to do that with Ospreay dealing with a bad neck and Ibushi slowed down to an ankle injury. That turned into the focus of the match with each going after the other’s weak spot. There was still plenty of athleticism and storytelling with minimal risks with Ibushi winning their latest great encounter. 6. Shingo Takagi vs. Tomohiro Ishii (Night 16)This was an absolute war of attrition as these two blasted each other with hard-hitting moves over and over. And they never stopped as they kept up a brisk pace for nearly 23 minutes.It’s exhausting just watching this match and flinching every time either connected with a move. Takagi, who was considered a junior heavyweight before the tournament, hit his Pumping Bomber not once, not twice, but three times with Ishii surviving each one. It took a Last of the Dragon at that point for Takagi to beat the tough veteran and prove he belongs in the heavyweight division going forward.5. Shingo Takagi vs. Tetsuya Naito (Night 14)The tournament had already passed the halfway point going into this match and Naito, the reigning IWGP Intercontinental champion and one of the favorites entering the G1, was only 3-3 and still looking for a signature moment. He got it here.This was that classic slow start match that built to a crescendo as it progressed. Takagi looked like he had something to prove as he connected with lariats and suplexes while Naito kept trying to hit his trademark Destino. After nearly 27 minutes, Naito finally hit a Canadian Destroyer and two Destinos later he got thehard-foughtt win over his LIJ brethren. 4. Jon Moxley vs. Tomohiro Ishii (Night 6)An all action war as they used everything but the proverbial kitchen sink against one another. The wild brawl spilled into the crowd but the referee used his better judgment in not counting these men out or else facing a possibly riot from the crowd who didn’t care one bit about rules.The typically grounded Ishii even went to the top rope and hit a splash on Moxley that set him crashing through a table. Somehow, Ambrose survived to the end while scoring the victory and earning the respect of the Japanese audience. This is far from the Dean Ambrose we saw for years in WWE; this is someone not handcuffed by any limits and fits so much better with this system and style in NJPW. 3. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kota Ibushi (Night 13)By the end of this one, it felt like a changing of the guard with Ibushi winning an emotional match. The “Ace” has been the featured star for so many years, but now he’s 42 with plenty of wear and tear on his body.That doesn’t mean he can’t deliver an incredible match, though. As arguably the best storyteller in all of wrestling, he relied more on emotion than big moves he tried to keep Ibushi grounded while selling his bad knees.Ibushi simply had too much in the tank as he withstood a High Fly Flow before connecting with his Kamigoye to score the emotional win that left him in tears. 2. Kota Ibushi vs. Jay White (Finals).@ibushi_kota ‘Bomaye’#njpwworld Watch now▶︎https://t.co/0TnZqjDwqO#njpw #G1Climax #g129 pic.twitter.com/efJzSPGE6U— njpwworld (@njpwworld) August 12, 2019The crowd at Budokan Hall were electric as they came out to the ring, firmly behind the beloved Ibushi and hoping that he would defeat the most hated man in New Japan.NJPW referee Red Shoes sent Bullet Club to the back before the bell to truly make this a 1-on-1 contest and it was that way for most of the match. But after he went down, it opened the door for Gedo to come back and help White but Ibushi wouldn’t be denied.Give White credit for surviving the Bomaye twice and but when Ibushi hit it a third time, that was the finishing blow as the crowd exploded in cheers. This was a heart-pounding roller coaster that took everyone on an incredible ride, especially considering the stakes. 1. Will Ospreay vs. Kazuchika Okada (Night 7)Ospreay and Okada have such great chemistry together that is nearly impossible for them to not have a great match. And this was a special one.
When the Steelers drafted Mason Rudolph in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, at No. 76 overall, the quarterback was not exactly welcomed with open arms in Pittsburgh.Critics of the pick pointed to areas of weakness on the team that could have — and, in their estimation, should have — been addressed so early in the selection process. 2842017Sr. 379In 2017, Rudolph was a third-team All-American selection. He also won the 2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, “which is presented to the college senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with his class who, in addition to accomplishments on the field, is judged on character, citizenship, scholastic achievement and leadership qualities.”Some other college career accomplishments, courtesy of his Oklahoma State bio:Led the Cowboys to a 32-9 record as a starter, including 10 victories in games in which OSU trailed during the second half.Beat every team in the Big 12 during his career.Finished his career holding no fewer than 54 school records, including single-season and career marks for passing yards, passing touchdowns and pass efficiency.His 13,618 career passing yards ranks fourth in Big 12 history.His career mark of 324.2 passing yards per game is third in Big 12 history.Among FBS quarterbacks active in 2017, he ranked in the top three in passing yards per completion, passing yards per attempt, total passing yards, passing yards per game, total offense and total offense yards per play.MORE: Steelers’ Mason Rudolph draft pick now seems shrewd at worst, genius at bestMason Rudolph’s Steelers contract, salaryRudolph has a long way to go in his quest to convince the Steelers he is worthy of being a long-term starting QB in the NFL, and Roethlisberger claims he will return next season, but let’s operate under the hypothetical that is the 24-year-old remaining the starter in Pittsburgh beyond 2019.He would be an absolute steal salary-wise.As a third-round pick in 2017, Rudolph agreed to a rookie contract that would pay him $3,921,886 over four years. Only $932,264 of that was guaranteed, and it will be paid to Rudolph via signing bonuses over the four-year deal.Rudolph’s base salary in 2019 is $658,267, not including his signing bonus of $233,066. He carries a cap hit of $891,333 and a dead cap value of $699,198.Because Rudolph’s base salary will rise in 2020 and again in 2021 before he is scheduled to hit free agency in 2022, his average annual salary with the Steelers is $980,472.Rudolph’s cap hit in 2019 takes up just 0.43 percent of the Steelers’ space. In comparison, Roethlisberger before he was put on injured reserve took up 12.66 percent of the Steelers’ cap space with his $26.2 million cap hit. TDsINTs2014Fr. 3498657.0853 In 2013, when Rudolph was still a senior at Northwestern, Sporting News featured Rock Hill, which is known as “Football City, USA” to locals. At the time, Miami had the most players in the NFL at 24, but that was a rate of one per 17,254 people. Rock Hill was producing one NFL player per 8,512 people.”It’s just part of the city,” Richardson told SN. “There are athletes all over this town, and they are split between three schools. You talk about freakish talent. It’s a freakish city when it comes to that.”Yet Rudolph was successful as a high-school quarterback. Below are some of his accolades, again via his Oklahoma State bio:Led Northwestern to a 62-35 victory over Stratford in the South Carolina 4A Division II championship game, completing 40-of-57 passes for 488 yards with eight touchdown passes and only one interception.Totaled 4,377 passing yards with 64 touchdown passes and 8 interceptions as a senior; also rushed for 543 yards on 129 carries with a 4.2 average and 16 touchdowns.Threw for 10,986 yards in three seasons.Named MVP of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. Roughly 17 months after Rudolph was drafted, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger aggravated an elbow injury and was lost to a season-ending surgery. As SN’s Mike DeCourcy wrote in the wake of Roethlisberger’s injury, suddenly, Pittsburgh’s selection of Rudolph, now 24, seemed shrewd at worst and genius at best.The Steelers entered Monday night’s game against the Bengals with an 0-3 record. They were blown out by the Patriots with Rothlisberger to open the 2019 season. Big Ben went down in their Week 2 loss to the Seahawks, and turnovers plagued Rudolph’s first career start, a loss to the 49ers.NFL POWER RANKINGS:Steelers looking to stop their free-fallAs noted by Pro Football Talk, in order to avoid their worst season in 50 years, the Steelers need to win at least five of their next 13 games. Rudolph’s play will go along way in determining whether Pittsburgh can emerge with a respectable record, let alone a playoff berth, at season’s end.Ironically, this is not the first time Rudolph has earned his chance as a starting QB thanks to injuries suffered by players ahead of him on the depth chart. In 2014, his true freshman season at Oklahoma State, Rudolph started the Cowboys’ final two games of the year after both the starting QB and his backup got hurt.A few years later, Rudolph left Oklahoma State as the winningest QB in program history.Mason Rudolph’s college careerAmong the reasons the Steelers’ third-round draft choice in 2018 was notable: It was the team’s second consecutive selection of a player from Oklahoma State. Wide receiver James Washington was picked in the second round, just 16 spots ahead of his college quarterback.Big-time offensive numbers have become the norm for Cowboys teams under coach Mike Gundy, who has been State’s head coach since 2005, and that certainly was the case when Rudolph was leading the charge. In 2016, he threw for 540 yards against Pittsburgh. He recorded a total of 5 passing touchdowns in a single game four times during his college career.Below are Rudolph’s passing stats from Oklahoma State:YearClass 2192016Jr. Mason Rudolph is as big as Big BenRoethlisberger will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame five years after he retires, so it’s silly at this point to even dream about Rudolph matching the 37-year-old veteran in terms of on-field production.But at least Rudolph looks the part. The Steelers list Rudolph at 6-5, 235 pounds, and they list Roethlisberger at 6-5, 240 pounds.Of course, Big Ben is a future Hall of Famer in part because of his unique mobility for such a large QB. Rudolph ran a respectable 4.9-second 40-yard dash at the 2018 NFL Combine, but his speed isn’t as important as his pocket presence, an area in which Roethlisberger has excelled.Mason Rudolph comes from an impressive high-school pipelineRudolph played for coach Kyle Richardson at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, S.C., a city just outside of Charlotte. That’s the same high school that produced current NFL players Johnathan Joseph, Benjamin Watson and Cordarrelle Patterson, and it’s the same city that produced Jadeveon Clowney and Stephon Gilmore, among other NFL greats. 1328444863.44091 642015So. 1331848965.04904 GamesComp.Att.Pct.Yards 1326442462.33770
Reminder: Check back for frequent updates during the week.MORE WEEK 10 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWeek 10 Fantasy PPR Rankings: RBsThese rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.RankPlayer1Christian McCaffrey, CAR @ GB2Saquon Barkley, NYG @ NYJ3Alvin Kamara, NO vs. ATL4Dalvin Cook, MIN @ DAL5Ezekiel Elliott, DAL vs. MIN6Le’Veon Bell, NYJ vs. NYG7Derrick Henry, TEN vs. KC8Josh Jacobs, OAK vs. LAC9David Johnson, ARZ @ TB10Nick Chubb, CLE vs. BUF11Marlon Mack, IND vs. MIA12Mark Ingram, BAL @ CIN13Jaylen Samuels, PIT vs. LAR14Todd Gurley, LAR @ PIT15Devin Singletary, BUF @ CLE16David Montgomery, CHI vs. DET17Devonta Freeman, ATL @ NO18Aaron Jones, GB vs. CAR19Chris Carson, SEA @ SF20Damien Williams, KC @ TEN21Tevin Coleman, SF vs. SEA22Joe Mixon, CIN vs. BAL23Melvin Gordon, LAC @ OAK24Austin Ekeler, LAC @ OAK25Ronald Jones, TB vs. ARZ26Kenyan Drake, ARZ @ TB27Jamaal Williams, GB vs. CAR28Matt Breida, SF vs. SEA29Ty Johnson, DET @ CHI30Trey Edmunds, PIT vs. LAR31Latavius Murray, NO vs. ATL32Gus Edwards, BAL @ CIN33Nyheim Hines, IND vs. MIA34Tarik Cohen, CHI vs. DET35J.D. McKissic, DET @ CHI36Kareem Hunt, CLE vs. BUF37Kalen Ballage, MIA @ IND38Peyton Barber, TB vs. ARZ39Frank Gore, BUF @ CLE40LeSean McCoy, KC @ TEN41Dare Ogunbowale, TB vs. ARZ42Alexander Mattison, MIN @ DAL43Jordan Wilkins, IND vs. MIA44Rashaad Penny, SEA @ SF45Darrel Williams, KC @ TEN46Giovani Bernard, CIN vs. BAL47Dion Lewis, TEN vs. KC48Raheem Mostert, SF vs. SEA49Darrell Henderson, LAR @ PIT50Tony Pollard, DAL vs. MIN51Dontrell Hilliard, CLE vs. BUF52C.J. Prosise, SEA vs. BAL53Wayne Gallman, NYG @ NYJ We need to talk about Jaylen Samuels. If you’re looking through last Sunday’s stats and trying to find a big riser for our Week 10 fantasy RB PPR rankings, it would look a lot like Samuels. He was targeted 13 times in Week 9, almost all on dump-off passes from Mason Rudolph. Samuels caught all 13 for 73 yards. He stunk on the ground — eight carries for 10 yards sounds way too much like recent-vintage Joe Mixon — but it’s still a massive PPR day for Samuels. Of course, James Conner’s absence is most of the reason for it, and if Conner is back from his shoulder injury, Samuels becomes a secondary option and Conner probably soaks up most of those dump-off passes. The moral of the story, apparently, is start Mason Rudolph’s starting RB in your PPR leagues.Devin Singletary and Damien Williams both had breakouts of their own sort Sunday and deserve extra PPR consideration. Singletary had seemed like a PPR-only back, but 20 carries Sunday threw that out the window. He should start in every format in Week 10 against the Browns. Williams, too, was, at best, a PPR-only back the past few weeks, but it appears he’s again leapfrogged LeSean McCoy and should start in basically every format this week in Tennessee. WEEK 10 NON-PPR RANKINGSQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerYou also have to continue to be encouraged by Mark Walton’s semi-involvement in the Miami passing game, as in a game in which the Dolphins were winning Walton still received four targets. He remains a more appealing PPR option than his stature as Dolphins starting RB makes him seem. (Update: Walton has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Starter Kalen Ballage is not a pass-catching option, and it remains to be seen who the Dolphins tab to fill that role.) His former teammate, Kenyan Drake, had four catches for 52 yards in his Arizona debut as the Cardinals tried to set up screens for him with some success. That’s a less certain situation going forward, though, as both David Johnson (ankle, back) and Chase Edmonds (hamstring) should return soon from injuries to muddy the waters.WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Wide receiver | Tight endIf you’re looking down at the passing-specialist RBs in the rankings, Nyheim Hines has a great matchup this week against the Dolphins. And in Detroit, J.D. McKissic had four targets in Week 9, including a touchdown, and should continue to be the passing-down back for the Lions. That’s a role Detroit may not need a ton in Week 10 against the Bears, though.WEEK 10 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPLeonard Fournette is the big name on bye in Week 10. Beyond him, a number of committees are off: Denver (Royce Freeman/Phillip Lindsay), Houston (Carlos Hyde/Duke Johnson), New England (Sony Michel/James White), Philadelphia (Miles Sanders/Jordan Howard). Washington (Adrian Peterson) is also idle. If you need a replacement, look first at potentially available in some leagues Singletary and Ronald Jones, and if they’re on rosters, maybe try out Hines or McKissic or Kareem Hunt (vs. Bills) in his season debut. It’s unclear just how many snaps Hunt will play, but it’s likely he will be more involved on passing downs. MORE WEEK 10:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Snap counts | Trade values | Fantasy playoff SOS
New English champion Harry Ellis (Meon Valley, Hampshire, IoW & CI) and Nick Marsh (Huddersfield, Yorkshire), a quarter finalist in the British Boys Championship, have been selected in a team of four to represent the England Golf in the Canadian International Junior Challenge at Oslerbrook Golf and Country Club in Ontario on 11th – 13th September. They will be joined by Cameron Massey (Chorlton cum Hardy, Cheshire) and Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire). English players have enjoyed considerable success in this team event, winning the title in the past four years but only once taking the individual medal. Ellis, 17, became the youngest ever winner of the English Amateur Championship when he beat Henry Tomlinson (Royal Lytham & St Anne’s, Lancashire) in the 36-hole final at Silloth-on-Solway last month. It earned the former under 16 cap a successful debut in the Home Internationals at Glasgow Gailes. Marsh, 17 reached the last eight of the British Boys, and was unbeaten in his six games in the Boys Home Internationals, winning five, then helped Yorkshire win the Boys County Championship at Cotswold Hills recently. He also represented England in the European Boys Team Championships in Sweden in July. Massey, 17, became an under 16 international last year when he represented England against Scotland and Wales. This year, he has finished fifth in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and equal 12th in the Fairhaven Trophy. Moore, 15, was the English under 14 champion last year when he was also capped by England at under 16 and schools levels. This year, he has finished fourth in the McEvoy Trophy, fifth in the European Young Masters in Hungary and sixth in the Douglas Johns Trophy. Recently, he was in the winning England team against Spain in the annual under 16 international at Pannal. The Canadian International Junior Challenge, now in its 6th year, is one of the marquee events conducted by the Canadian Junior Golf Association and is the only multi-team international junior golf championship conducted in Canada. It is a team event played over 54 holes of stroke play with the three best scores each day to count. There is also an individual prize. 6 Sep 2012 England youngsters seek fifth successive victory in Canada