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Here Comes The FXFL …New developmental league launching in fall

first_imgIn this Oct. 4, 2009, file photo, Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris (91) celebrate with Charles Tillman, left, after an interception during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Chicago. Former NFL players Tommie Harris and Eric Bassey are the first owners of a team in the new FXFL developmental league, which plans to launch in October as a developmental league, with no NFL affiliation but with lots of intriguing ideas. Harris and Bassey will own the Austin franchise, with other teams to be located in the New York and Boston areas; Omaha, Nebraska; Portland, Oregon; and a city in Florida yet to be determined. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Six teams, 40-man rosters, limited salaries — and perhaps no punts, kickoffs or extra-point placements.A home for players who can’t crack the big time to hone their skills for another shot at the NFL. Maybe even a place for collegians not yet eligible for the NFL to grow their games.The Fall Experimental Football League plans to launch in October as a developmental league, with no NFL affiliation but with lots of intriguing ideas.“Given the current Division I landscape in football and the collective bargaining agreement the NFL has with the union, there is more than ever a need for another platform out there,” says Brian Woods, the FXFL commissioner. “A platform like for basketball and baseball players.“Pro football has nothing. The NFL has the practice squad, but it does not develop players because they don’t get into games. You don’t develop if you aren’t getting on the field.”In this image released by the Fall Experimental Football League shows the league’s logo. (AP Photo/Fall Experimental Football League)Woods, an attorney who played at Mississippi and coached as a graduate assistant at Iowa State, wouldn’t mind having a tie-in with the big boys, but that’s not immediately on the agenda. The FXFL will field teams in the New York and Boston areas; Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; Omaha, Nebraska; and in Florida. No city has been announced for the Florida franchise.Former NFL players Tommie Harris, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, and Eric Bassey have purchased the Austin franchise.In this Aug. 1, 2008, file photo, St. Louis Rams cornerback Eric Bassey takes part in drills during NFL football training camp at Concordia University in Mequon, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)The teams will play six games this fall in minor league baseball stadiums, with an emphasis on gaining experience. The main idea is to advance the talents of players, coaches, officials and front office executives, something NFL football operations chief Troy Vincent said in April his league is looking into for the future.“Our long-term goal is to establish a partnership with the NFL,” Woods says, “and we feel can do that on many platforms. It would give them a way to work with younger players that they don’t currently have. We can help them train prospective NFL officials — in the NBA, every referee entering the league (in recent years) comes from NBA Developmental League.“We can be a testing ground for proposed rules, too.”That’s where the FXFL’s creation gets particularly noteworthy. The status quo, on and off the field, will not necessarily apply.The league is contemplating eliminating the kicking game, which might take away excitement with no kickoff or punt returns, but add fan enthusiasm for extra points, which would be a required 2-point conversion.“We’ll get a chance to experiment,” says Bassey, a former Rams defensive back, “and doing a little bit of everything here.”That would include looking at college underclassmen and even high school players, a no-no for the NFL.Mainly, the core of FXFL players will be no more than two years removed from their college careers, with the majority coming from that year’s draft class. That would include players cut in training camp or those who never even got a look from the NFL.That approach would not impact the NCAA, and the league says it won’t actively recruit players who are still enrolled. But Woods explains that some players could come from the ranks the NFL doesn’t touch.“We are not ruling out the possibility of working with players who have hardships,” he said. “We’ll look at it on case-by-case basis. There might even be a situation for a player right out of high school who might not want to go to college.”The FXFL has a television deal in the works, Woods said, but details have not been released. Games will be played on weeknights, mostly Wednesdays, although the league is considering some Friday night contests in its Northeast locations where high school football is not overwhelmingly popular.To enhance local interest, the league will give each team territorial rights, so the Austin franchise has first shot at players from Texas, for example.Salaries will be $1,000 a week for the players. Coaches will draw from a pool of around $110,000 for the staff.Woods and the team owners will work on setting up host families for the players, similar to what minor league baseball and hockey do. That saves on costs, but also makes the players more a part of the community.“This league will provide the opportunity for players who otherwise might not get it,” Bassey says. “There’s those 100-150 players who don’t get drafted and this would be a perfect opportunity for them. We’re talking about extremely good athletes, and we will set up a platform for those guys to get an opportunity to prove themselves.“Sometimes they are not ready to play at that pace of the NFL when they get out of school. Maybe they just need that one year or two years that we can provide. Or the environment in college might not have been a proper forum for them.”last_img read more

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PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $80,136 INTO THURSDAY AT SANTA ANITA & THE TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD EXCEED $500,000; FIRST POST TIME FOR AN EIGHT-RACE PROGRAM IS AT 1 P.M.

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2016)–There is a Pick Six carryover of $80,136 into Thursday at Santa Anita and it’s expected Thursday’s total Pick Six pool will exceed $500,000.With the Pick Six beginning with race three, first post time for an eight-race card on Thursday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img

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RCMP intercept drugs bound for Fort St. John

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP Drug Section with the assistance of the Regional Traffic Sections, intercepted a significant quantity of cocaine, marijuana and pills.On August 6th at approximately 10am, the Fort St. John RCMP conducted a vehicle stop with three occupants who were suspected of transporting the drugs from the Lower Mainland.  The vehicle was stopped on the Alaska Highway just south of the Kiskatinaw Bridge.  A search of the vehicle revealed close to one pound of cocaine, over 2 pounds of marijuana and a number of pills believed to be ecstacy.   The RCMP estimate the drugs had a street value of over $500,000.- Advertisement -A 20 year old female and two males, both age 20, are facing charges for possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and the possession of ecstacy for the purpose of trafficking.Both males have been remanded in custody until they appear before a judge next week.  The female has been released on bail conditions.If you would like to report drug activity, please contact the Fort St. John RCMP Detachment at 250-787-8140 or you can remain anonymous and call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go online to www.crimestoppersfsj.caAdvertisementlast_img read more

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Mane and Firmino spare Alisson’s blushes after Liverpool goalkeeper’s howler

first_img 4 4 Leicester started the second half brightly as James Maddison wriggled through the Liverpool defence only to have his shot blocked at the last moment by a sprawling Joe Gomez.In the 58th minute, Jurgen Klopp watched on in despair as his star man Salah wasted a four-on-two opportunity and five minutes later the side were made to pay.Under pressure from the Foxes’ forwards, Virgil van Dijk played a poor pass back to Alisson who opted to try and take Kelechi Iheanacho on with his feet before losing the ball and conceding as a result.The £67m goalkeeper was left with egg on his face as Iheanacho robbed him of possession and picked out Rachid Ghezzal who finished to put his side back in the game.However, Liverpool held on to secure the three points and maintain their 100% record at the start of the new Premier League season with four wins from four matches. Liverpool survived a goalkeeping shocker from Alisson and maintained their 100% record in the Premier League with a 2-1 win at Leicester on Saturday.The Reds ultimately emerged victorious at the King Power Stadium as goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino rendered their ‘keeper’s second half mistake irrelevant. Roberto Firmino doubled Liverpool’s lead in the 45th minute STAR MAN: Sadio ManeOnce again Mane stole the show for Liverpool in what was a rare underwhelming display from Mohamed Salah. The Senegal international netted his fourth of the season early on and was the constant in his team’s attacking threat.MOMENT OF THE MATCH:While it ultimately didn’t prove crucial, Alisson’s mistake will still be the major talking point from today’s game. When you spend £62m to replace an error-prone goalkeeper, the last thing you want to see is your new signing dilly-dallying on the ball, being tackled and then costing you a goal.MATCH STATS: LINE-UPS:Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino.Subs: Mignolet, Keita, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Shaqiri, Matip.Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Albrighton, Mendy, Ndidi, Ghezzal, Maddison, Gray.Subs: Ward, Fuchs, Evans, Amartey, Iborra, Okazaki, Iheanacho.center_img 4 Jurgen Klopp’s men stormed out of the blocks in the first half as Roberto Firmino forced a save out of Kasper Schmeichel within four minutes before Mo Salah surprisingly put his rebound effort wide.It didn’t take long for the Reds’ attack to put things right as Salah fed Andrew Robertson down the left just six minutes later. The Scottish defender pulled the ball back to Sadio Mane who lashed his side ahead from close range.The Reds controlled much of the remainder of the half and doubled their advantage seconds before the break as Roberto Firmino nodded in a simple header from a James Milner corner. Sadio Mane put Liverpool 1-0 up after ten minutes 4 Salah was not at his brilliant best and Xherdan Shaqiri replaced him late in the second half last_img read more

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