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With the majority of the defensive line over thirty, the future of Brian Orakpo up in the air, and the secondary being wide open, the Redskins can still use a best-player-available approach to the draft because they need young talent all across the defense. Photo via: http://www.nflrush.com/gallery/raiders/1809The Washington Redskins now boast one of the most dangerous offenses in football. The Redskins have a core of young talented players on this side of the ball all under thirty, including RGIII, Alfred Morris, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Andre Roberts, Jordan Reed, and Trent Williams.The Redskins defense is another story. Although the Redskins have players such as: David Amerson (22), Ryan Kerrigan (25), Brian Orkapo (27), Chris Baker (26), and Perry Riley Jr. (25), the Redskins must get younger on defense. Although Orakpo is only 27 his future with the Redskins is uncertain, if he doesn’t sign a long term contract before the season starts he will play on the franchise tag and be a free agent once again at the end of the season. Although I look for the Redskins to take a best-player-available approach to this draft, I think the defense will be a focus this May. With safety still a big question mark, and a defensive line that is a combination of older, and unproved players, and the uncertain future of Orakpo I look for the Redskins to add young playmakers in the draft to compete for playing time. The popular pick is for the Redskins to take an OT with 34. However, I’m not sure a tackle will be available at 34 that will be truly worth a pick that high; which is why I look for the Redskins to address their defense with their first pick. Now that the Redskins boast an offense with scary potential, the Redskins must make an effort to get younger on defense. It doesn’t matter how good the offense is over the next couple of years if the defense remains a liability. With such a talented offense, if the Redskins can add young talent to their defense the Redskins could be a force for years to come. The Redskins draft visits have also indicated this, with defensive ends, defensive backs, and linebackers all participating in pre-draft visits. The defensive players the Redskin’s have brought in for visits vary from projected second round picks to late round selections, which shows the Redskin’s interest in addressing the defense throughout the draft. I would be surprised if the Redskin’s didn’t come out of the draft with more defensive selections than offensive selections.Please follow and like us: The Redskins defense will rely on quite a few players that are 30 years or older in the 2014 season, including Ryan Clark (34), Jason Hatcher (31), Brandon Meriweather (30), Barry Cofield (30), Stephen Bowen (30), and DeAngelo Hall (30).
By JARROD POTTER CHEAP runs at the death blew out a fairly even clash between Pakenham Pumas Baseball Club and…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.
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It’s only October, but we have a good old fashion showdown in the Murdoch Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.Division-leading Nelson Leafs play host to second-place Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the first meeting of the season between the two West Kootenay combatants Tuesday at the NDCC Arena.“It’s exciting the guys are starting to believe, but this will be a good test for us,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida.Both teams enter the contest on a roll to start the KIJHL season.Nelson has won five consecutive games after losing two of its first three — the second setback coming in overtime to Kelowna.In the Beaver Valley, the Hawks, under the guidance of seasoned KIJHL veteran coach Terry Jones, have lost just once in six games and sit only three points behind the Leafs in Murdoch Division standings.“Beaver Valley is a strong, disciplined coached team,” said Maida of the upcoming clash.“Terry (Jones) has been around the league a long time and it looks like he has his team playing very well.”Snipers Ryan Edwards and Chris Derochie along with 16-year-old rookie Craig Martin lead Beaver Valley in scoring.All three players have more points this season than the top scorer on the Leafs, Matti Jmaeff.Last season Beaver Valley dominated the Leafs, winning the season [email protected]
A sluggish start cost the Dam Inn its first defeat of the season as defending champion Castlegar Vikings edged Mates 33-28 in West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League action Sunday at Mount Sentinel Field.The loss drops the Mates to 4-1, two points in front of Nelson’s Our Glass Ogs.Castlegar, starting the season off on the wrong foot, won for the second time this season.Dam The Inn Mates started off very sluggishly in the first half allowing the Vikes to pick apart their injury-depleted secondary. Using a two-quarterback rotation Castlegar routinely hooked up with their wideouts on large yardage gains as the Mates were missing several key players on defence.Castlegar quarterback John Lloyd led the Vikes charge throwing multiple touchdowns, giving the victors a 20 -6 lead at the half. Lloyd hooked up with Brody Sakaluk, Steve Mota, Jay Trower, Jaime Simpson and Carl Perepolkin.In the second half the Mates seemed to have new life. They started running new defensive schemes; elaborate blitz packages and a zone defence that threw off the quarterbacking tandem of the Vikes. Soon enough they were forcing three and outs and had a crucial pick to get the themselves to within one possession of taking the lead. Joel Devito had a pick and two TD’s for the mates, while Jeff Hodge and Kyle Niminiken also intercepted the Vikings quarterbacks. Kelly Voykin tossed three TD passes, two to Devito and adding another to John Parker. It was however, too little too late for the Dam Inn Mates when just as the time was about to run out and the Mates getting in position to tie the game up, the Vikes got a game ending interception. The league resumes Sunday at Mount Sentinel with Nelson Our Glass playing the Dam Inn Mates in a battle top two clubs at 11 a.m. while Castlegar Vikes face the Trail Thundercats at 1 p.m.— with files from Adam Pearl
1 Arsene Wenger has confirmed Nigeria-born starlet Alex Iwobi will NOT be sent out on loan this season.Iwobi, the nephew of Jay-Jay Okocha, starred in Saturday’s 6-0 Emirates Cup rout over Lyon, and punctuated the performance with a goal.Wenger has often sent his young academy products out on loan before their full graduation to the first team, with Jack Wilshere’s successful 2010 spell to Bolton an example.But Wenger says 19-year-old Iwobi will be going nowhere, hinting at further senior involvement for the attacker. He said: “Some players might go out on loan but at the moment Alex Iwobi will stay with us.“But for the other young players I have to decide if they need an experience somewhere to play for a first team on a regular basis to finish their education.“It’s always difficult to decide that because if they go out then don’t play, they waste their time because here they practice with top-level players. So that’s always very sensitive.” Alex Iwobi
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“The warrant was itself unlawfully sought, unlawfully issued and unlawfully executed,” Ferro’s attorneys claimed in the documents. Prosecutors had yet to file a response. Calls to the U.S. Attorney’s Office were not returned Friday. Ferro was arrested April 14 after state and federal authorities raided his home and reported finding more than 1,300 weapons, though the indictment mentions only 17 guns and a hand grenade. Ferro allegedly told federal investigators that the weapons were being stored for Alpha 66, a Florida-based paramilitary group that for decades has plotted the overthrow of Cuban leader Fidel Castro. However, a spokesman for the group has denied that Ferro was a member. Ferro is not allowed to have a gun because he was convicted of possessing illegal explosives in 1992. Authorities said they found five pounds of C-4 explosive at a Pomona chicken ranch where they claimed Ferro was running a camp to train Mexican nationals to overthrow Castro. Ferro’s trial is scheduled to begin in December.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RIVERSIDE – A Cuban exile facing federal weapons charges after authorities seized more than 1,300 guns and explosives inside his San Bernardino County home is claiming that government agents used illegal search warrants to make the seizures, according to court documents released this week. Authorities found 62-year-old Robert Ferro of Upland in April as they were searching for Frank Beltran, who was suspected of killing his wife and a police officer. Beltran’s former brother-in-law, a convicted felon, told police that Ferro had helped harbor Beltran. Ferro’s lawyers claim that it was just as likely the informant had harbored Beltran, and was trying to avoid prosecution under the three strikes law.
New Zealand have won all of their five matches in the ongoing World Cup so farDaniel Vettori passed 300 wickets in one-day internationals as New Zealand cruised to a six-wicket win over Afghanistan in their ICC World Cup match on Sunday.Afghanistan was bowled out for 186 – the fourth time in five matches that New Zealand has kept an opponent under 200 runs – and the hosts passed that total with 13.5 overs to spare.The 36-year-old left-arm spinner Vettori needed two wickets to reach 300 and started ideally by bowling Usman Ghani with his first delivery.Vettori (4-18) reached the milestone when he bowled Nawroz Mangal for 27. He then dismissed Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi (6) and wicketkeeper Afsar Zazai (0) with consecutive deliveries as Afghanistan slumped to 59-6.Trent Boult supported Vettori, taking 3-34 and joining teammate Tim Southee as the leading wicket-taker at this World Cup with 13 dismissals. Vettori is third with 12 as New Zealand bowlers occupy the first three placings on the wicket-taking list.Afghanistan was playing its third match in a week in which it has traveled almost 10,000 kilometers (6,000 miles) – from Dunedin to Perth and then to Napier – and was coming off a 275-run loss to Australia.The frayed confidence from that game was evident as it lost opener Javed Ahmadi, lbw to Boult, to only the ninth ball of its innings and Ghani five balls later which it was 6-2. Boult then dismissed Asghar Stanikzai (9) and Vettori’s quick three wickets put Afghanistan at strong risk of a sub-100 score.advertisementBut Samiullah Shenwari, Afghanistan’s most consistent batsman, combined in an 86-run partnership with the eighth man in, Najibullah Zadran, to halt the decline.Shenwari played the disciplined sheet-anchor role as Najibullah went for his shots, lacing seven fours and two sixes. He was finally out for 56 off as many balls.Corey Anderson hit Shenwari in the back of the helmet which a bouncer. He was momentarily stunned and later called for medical assistance but continued undeterred. His was the ninth wicket to fall, having made 54 off 110 balls.New Zealand’s batting lineup made what is becoming a trademark barnstorming start. Brendon McCullum made 42 from just 19 balls in a 53-run opening partnership with Martin Guptill, who top-scored with 57.McCullum hit six fours and a six off Mohammad Nabi, but was bowled next ball.Guptill and Kane Williamson (33) put on 58 for the second wicket before Williamson was caught by Shenwari from the bowling of Shapoor Zadran. Guptill went on to his first half century at the tournament from 69 balls before being run out by Shenwari’s throw.Grant Elliott (19) was also run out but Ross Taylor (24) and Corey Anderson (7) steered New Zealand to 188-4.
Monday night, we asked our Michigan fan base – which is over 50,000 strong on Facebook – to send us photos of their coolest Wolverines gear ahead of the 2016 season. The response has been above and beyond what we could have ever expected. It turns out there are some seriously creative UM fans out there.We’re going to highlight the best 21 items we were sent. Warning – if you’re a Michigan supporter, you may feel a bit inferior after scrolling through the list. Let’s get started:1. This 1988 Chevy Caprice, decked out in Michigan colors and logos. Sent over by a fan named Lee. 2. This Wolverines-themed mailbox, complete with goal posts. Sent over by a fan named Michelle.3. This Ford Mustang, painted with Michigan’s color scheme. Sent in by a fan named Jeff.4. This Michigan-themed SeaDoo. Sent over by a fan named David.5. This Michigan-colored ice fishing sled. Sent over by a fan named Allen.6. These Michigan helmet-themed surfboards. Sent over by a fan named Tim.7. This Ohio-shaped Michigan carving. Sent over by a fan named Shannon.8. This Michigan-themed Dodge Ram 1300, which even has the Michigan state outline near the tail. Sent over by a fan named Benji.9. These Michigan-themed Converse shoes, sent over by a fan named Patti.10. This old-school automobile, which looks like a 1930 Ford Model A, decked out in Michigan colors and logos. Sent over by a fan named Bob. 11. These Michigan colored booties, sent over by a fan named John.12. This Michigan-themed toilet, complete with Ohio State’s logo in the proper spot. Sent over by an anonymous fan.13. This Michigan-themed camper, called the Schembechler Shack – which you can actually rent. Sent over by a fan named Adam.14. This Michigan lamp, which features an aerial of the team’s stadium. Sent over by a fan named Yvonne.15. This awesome Michigan fan cave, which even features yard lines along the walls. Sent in by a fan named Jake.16. This Michigan wood carving, which features the program logo. Sent over by a fan named John.17. This Michigan-themed motorcycle, sent over by a fan named Troy.18. This accent wall, dedicated to Michigan’s stadium – The Big House. Sent in by a fan named Dennis.19. This hilarious birdhouse combo, which shows a clean Michigan house and a crapped-on Michigan State house. Sent in by a fan named Sherry.20. This metal 360-degree lawn decoration, which features Michigan’s “M” logo. Sent in by a fan named Dan.21. This 1950-era Chevy Stepside, with Michigan logos on the body and the spare tire case. Sent over by a fan named Jim.Think you’ve got these people beat? Let us know!