Mexican Soldiers Arrest Man Alleged to Be Responsible for Killings in Tamaulipas

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first_imgBy Dialogo April 21, 2011 On 16 April, Mexican military personnel detained a leader of the Los Zetas cartel accused of being the alleged instigator of the murders of 145 people whose bodies were dug up this month in the town of San Fernando (Tamaulipas, in northeastern Mexico), the Secretariat of the Navy announced. “Martín Omar Estrada Luna, alias ‘El Kilo’ [‘The Kilo’], an alleged leader of Los Zetas in the San Fernando trafficking territory, was taken into custody,” the secretariat said in a statement. The detainee is “alleged to be linked to the recent discovery of clandestine graves with corpses” in San Fernando, according to the text. Previously, Navy Secretary Mariano Saynez affirmed on his Twitter account that ‘El Kilo’ is the “alleged instigator and principal in the San Fernando murders.” In the statement, he was also described as “alleged to be responsible for the deaths of the seventy-two migrants whose bodies were found in the same municipality in August,” a massacre that has also been attributed to Los Zetas. The federal public prosecutor’s office had been offering a reward of 1.3 million dollars for information leading to the suspect’s detention. Five other individuals were detained in Saturday’s military operation, bringing to thirty-nine the number of those alleged to be involved in the multiple homicides who are now being held by the authorities, including sixteen San Fernando municipal police officers. A series of reports of bus hijackings in the area alerted the authorities, who since 1 April have found a score of clandestine graves in San Fernando, a municipality of around six thousand square kilometers, located 160 km from Mexico’s border with the United States. In the excavations, 145 bodies have been found, and some of them are suspected to belong to Mexican and foreign migrants who were on their way to the United States. At present, only one foreign victim has been identified, a Guatemalan, but many more Central Americans, and even three Americans, have been reported missing in the region. Now in conflict with their former bosses from the Gulf cartel in Tamaulipas and other regions, Los Zetas have seen their income from drug trafficking decline and are turning to other crimes, such as the kidnapping of migrants, in order to finance their operations. Los Zetas are led by former elite military personnel who deserted. The government blames the Mexican cartels for the majority of the more than 34,600 murders committed as of the end of 2010 in the context of the military anti-drug offensive launched in December 2006.last_img read more

DARPA director speaks on the role of technology

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first_imgArati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, spoke to students and faculty in a presentation titled “Next: Breakthrough Technologies for National Security” at the Viterbi School of Engineering Wednesday afternoon.DARPA is an agency of the United States Department of Defense that is primarily focused on scientific research and technological advancement. The agency conducts research in fields such as math, science and medicine, and develops technology for the United States military.Before becoming director of DARPA in June 2012, Prabhakar founded the agency’s Microelectronics Technology Office and served as the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology under President Bill Clinton. Prabhakar also worked with startup tech companies as a partner with venture capital firm U.S. Venture Partners.Prabhakar began her presentation by providing a brief history of the agency. She explained what role DARPA was intended to fill in United States national security.Originally called the Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA was founded in 1958. The agency was created to fill the need for scientific advancement and technological progress in the aftermath of the Russian launch of Sputnik.“When you talk to our colleagues in the Army and the Navy and the Air Force and the Marine Corps, they know us as the place from which technology emerged,” Prabhakar said. “They know us as the place where infrared night-vision technology, communications technology, positioning technology, emerged.”The majority of Prabhakar’s talk, however, was focused on the future. She spoke about some of DARPA’s current goals and how the agency responds to the concerns raised by new technology.According to Prabhakar, one of DARPA’s main areas of focus is space and satellite technology. These technologies are not only important in day-to-day civilian life, but in war zones and military activity as well.“We are phenomenally dependent on space,” Prabhakar said, citing satellite usage in technologies such as GPS, communication and imaging. “We simply cannot fight without the greatest advantage that we have.”Biological technologies were another important part of DARPA’s current work, Prabahakr said. She showed the audience a few projects that are currently being developed that would advance the speed of medicine. Engineered bio-organisms that can help treat disease and allow for more efficient diagnosis technology were among the projects mentioned.Prabhakar also stated that DARPA was conducting research on brain function in order to learn more about                                                           little-understood biological processes. She shared a video of a quadriplegic woman who, through electric ports connected to her brain, was able to control a robotic arm as easily as a healthy person controlling his or her own arm.“That for me was the real ‘Aha!’ moment,” Prabhakar said. “A door opened. We’re learning fundamental things about how the brain interacts with the physical world. It’s easy to imagine a future where we start harvesting that kind of information to start changing how humans interact with more complex systems.”The ethical implications of new technology and the potential consequences of scientific advancement are also a concern of DARPA, Prabhakar said.“Today’s national security threat is not just that kind of nation-state threat,” she said. “Because of easily available capital and technology, we have to be cognizant of the wide range of threats. It’s sobering to think about how these technologies might be used.”She concluded her presentation by saying it is DARPA’s responsibility to investigate the new technologies and propose important ethical questions, but society will be the one to provide the final answers.“I don’t want to live in a society where a bunch of technologists in the national security business make up answers to these deeply societal questions,” Prabhakar said. “Our role [as a society] is to raise the issue, engage the people and show them what the technology can and can’t do.”last_img read more

Gallery: Limpopo, gateway to the north

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first_imgHome to the growing city of Polokwane, Limpopo is known as the “gateway to the great north”. It is the perfect stepping stone to the wonders of the Kruger National Park. A notable Limpopo attraction is the Mapungubwe Unesco World Heritage site, where the remains of a thriving African kingdom offer insights into a rich cultural heritage that has stood the test of time.The giant baobab tree at Mapungubwe. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)It’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”.To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.Limpopo, South Africa’s northernmost province, is best known for its rich tribal cultures and wild territories where the Big Five roam. Mapungubwe – “place of the stone of wisdom” – was South Africa’s first kingdom, the subcontinent’s largest realm for 400 years before it was abandoned in the 14th century. Its highly sophisticated people traded gold and ivory with China, India and Egypt. Today it is a Unesco World Heritage site. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) The visitor’s centre at the Mapungubwe World Heritage site. The site lies on the open savannah of the Mapungubwe National Park, at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) The famous gold rhino unearthed by archaeologists at Mapungubwe. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) Inside the state-of-the-art visitors’ centre at Mapungubwe you get to see the ancient civilization’s artefacts up close. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) An aerial view of the Legend Golf and Safari Resort in Limpopo. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) White lion cubs at the Legend Wildlife and Cultural Centre in Limpopo. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) A waterfall and lush subtropical landscape near the city of Tzaneen in the north of Limpopo. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) A traditional Venda homestead in Limpopo. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) The dam at Serenity Forest Lodge. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) Textile artist Solomon Mohati at work at the Kaross Textile Factory in Limpopo. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) Colourful handcrafted textiles on display at the Kaross Textile Factory in Limpopo. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) Mashovhela Bush Lodge near the town of Louis Trichardt. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) The Mall of the North in the city of Polokwane. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) Polokwane, the capital city of Limpopo. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) A herd of elephants get relief from the Limpopo heat in the Kruger National Park. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Marihugh named Ohio Farm Bureau senior director, partnerships and member services

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest John Marihugh of Columbus has been promoted to senior director, partnerships and member services for Ohio Farm Bureau. In his role, which is under the newly created strategic partnerships arm of the organization, he will focus on leading the coordination, development and implementation of new member benefits, alternative revenue discovery and partnership development.Marihugh has an extensive business background, having managed and consulted in multiple industries and holds an accounting degree from Cedarville University. He actively assists in a family farm operation in northwest Ohio and coaches travel baseball in Hilliard. He and his wife, Kirsten, have three children and are active members at Northwest Chapel, in Dublin.Ohio Farm Bureau members qualify for special discounts and savings programs with partners such as Nationwide, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Ford, Case IH, CAT, Grainger, Sherwin Williams and others. Benefits include products and services that help with finances; family and small business needs; auto; farm and small acreage equipment; and health and wellness.last_img read more

Stay On Message

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first_imgA few years ago, I spoke to a big sales organization. Their leadership team was brilliant. They were all on message, and the message was powerful. But it fell flat with the sales force. I wasn’t sure why it didn’t inspire them. For some reason it just didn’t resonate.It’s always nice to be invited back to speak, and I was fortunate to have an opportunity to speak to this same sales organization a year later. Their leadership team was once again brilliant in their delivery. They were all on message. But this time, the message was different. The salespeople seemed to enjoy their sales conference, but they weren’t inspired to act, and the message again didn’t seem to resonate.I was invited back a third time. As they were preparing me to incorporate my message into this year’s theme, I recognized that the message had changed a third time. That’s three changes in three years. It was then that I realized why nothing seemed to inspire or resonate with the sales force: the message changes every year.Two Kinds of Sales OrganizationsAs I have spoken to sales organizations, I have found there are two kinds of sales organizations.One type changes their theme and their message each year. This group believes that their organizational priorities need to change from year to year. They believe their theme needs to change, the message needs to change, and the content needs to change. Other than the people, it’s difficult to know it’s the same sales organization.The other type of sales organization doesn’t ever really change their message. Unlike the first group, these companies know exactly who they are, exactly what they do, and exactly why they do. They never really change the message because it doesn’t need to change. This group seeks better execution and more true believers. They know that their conference is about reiterating the message and winning hearts and minds.It’s hard to be inspired when every year the message changes. How can you believe that this year’s shiny object is going to solve all of your problems and bring success when “who you are” and “what you do” has changed three times in three years? The sales force simply waits you out. And they’re right to. If you really need to make change, you need to draw a line in the sand and stay on message until you get the change you need.The reason people are energized by the same message (even though it might be delivered using different words and ideas), is because it provides meaning. The repetition deepens the belief. It means the path you are on is the right path and that it leads to success.The trick is to stay on message.QuestionsDo you stay on message? Does your company stay on message? Or does the message continually change?How long does it take to execute real change? How much can you accomplish in a year?How do you stay on message while still providing inspiration and something to motivate your team?Why is “new” always so tempting?last_img read more

Australian Teams In Camp This Weekend

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first_imgThe Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open teams will use the weekend as an opportunity to train and play trial games in a training camp environment before they travel to Mudgee on Tuesday. With the Australian teams chosen following a camp in Sydney three weeks ago, this weekend’s camp is the perfect opportunity for the sides to train after teams were announced earlier this month. The Australian Women’s Open team will see six debutants take to the field in the series, with coach Peter Bell saying this weekend will be a great opportunity for the team to gel before travelling to Mudgee.“I don’t think we’ve ever had half the Australian team turnover from one tournament to another so it’s exciting that we’ve got a lot of young girls coming through and we’re having to blood a lot of new people but I think the positive side of it is that we’re doing it so early in the cycle,” Bell said. “Everyone is just thrilled to be a part of it, there’s a really good feeling in the Women’s team.”Nine players will debut for the Australian Mixed Open team at an Open level in Mudgee and coach Micheal Lovett says this weekend is very important for his side in the lead up to next week’s event. “We looked at some of the fringe players in the Men’s and Women’s Open teams to play Mixed which we did, we took four players back, two from the Men’s and two from the Women’s which means some of the work we had done at the initial camp three weeks ago has to be rehashed,” Lovett said. “At the end of the day when you get an opportunity to represent your country it is all about what you can do. It doesn’t matter what the lead in is you are wearing your nation’s crest on your chest and that’s what’s important.”With 12 players out of his World Cup winning side returning for the event in Mudgee, Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad, says this weekend’s camp will be a good opportunity to finish off their preparation. “We’ve been together a while now, it’s just about polishing off our combinations again and just refresh our memories on our policies and playing together and those kinds of things. All I want is to get some familiarity about our game and some consistency about our game, I’ll be happy with that,” Trad said. Robert Nakhla returns to the Men’s Open team after his debut in 2009, while 2011 World Cup Mixed Open representative, Troy Malcolm and 2007 World Cup Mixed Open representative, Matt Tope, have also been named in the side. The only debutant in the team is Sydney’s Daniel Barton, with Trad saying that all four have fit into the team really well. “A couple of them have been around for a while…they are very, very happy that they have taken that final step and of course, we’ve got young Daniel Barton, this is his first time ever at an international level and he hasn’t even played Origin. He’s a bit of a kid in a candy store at the moment, eyes wide open, big smile on his face and he looks like he’s enjoying every moment of it,” Trad said. “That’s really good, not just for him obviously it’s very exciting for him, but for the rest of the team to see the enjoyment and excitement that people still get from making Touch Football representation at this level.” Stay tuned to the website for previews of the Trans Tasman with each of the Australian coaches in the lead up to the 2012 Trans Tasman Test Series in Mudgee, New South Wales from Thursday, April 26 until Saturday, April 28 2012. There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following ways:Websites:www.austouch.com.auhttp://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-6460-0-0-0 Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets)YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

18 days agoLiverpool hopeful Salah avoided serious injury

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool hopeful Salah avoided serious injuryby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are hopeful Mohamed Salah has avoided a serious injury after a challenge from Hamza Choudhury in the win over Leicester City on Saturday.Salah limped off the Anfield turf after Choudhury chopped him from behind.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was fuming over the incident, insisting the midfielder should have been sent off instead of cautioned.The Mirror says Liverpool are confident Salah will return to full fitness by the end of the international break.There were fears the Egyptian had suffered an Achilles injury. last_img read more

DeSean Jackson Makes His Teams Better

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TeamYearsYear beforeFirst yearLast yearYear after DeSean Jackson makes the offense betterNet yards gained per team passing attempt for DeSean Jackson’s teams, by when he was on the team Net yards per pass attempt counts sacks as pass plays and subtracts those yards from the total passing yards.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Pass yards5,53540,772 Net yards/pass play5.636.56 DeSean Jackson may seem like a pedestrian NFL wide receiver — very talented but far from spectacular in an era when wideouts regularly post 100-catch campaigns. Since he came into the NFL in 2008, Jackson is 17th overall in receptions and 15th in touchdown catches.But Jackson, now with Philadelphia, has led the NFL four times in yards per receptions, including last year for the Buccaneers at age 32. That’s more than any other player in NFL history.1Since 1932, when the NFL began keeping individual statistics. And his electrifying speed seems to dramatically enhance his team’s overall passing game. Having Jackson in uniform has boosted the yards per pass play of his teams. And when he’s gone, his former teams have quickly lost these games. That bad news for Tampa Bay, Jackson’s team last year, which had the 23rd best season in the statistic since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.Jackson’s newest quarterback noticed quickly that Jackson’s ability to take the top off the defense by getting behind the secondary makes the rest of the field easier to attack. Defenses have no choice but to play deeper.“(This) takes pressure off all the other guys,” Carson Wentz said. “He’ll open up a lot of things underneath, we truly believe. … He just threatens defenders in a different way.”Still, teams seem to have a hard time reconciling Jackson’s team value with his often underwhelming personal statistics. Since he broke into the league, he’s been on four squads, if you count his two stints with Philadelphia.Jackson’s nomadic career makes it easier to quantify his impact. This effect can be seen at the team level when looking at how they perform during Jackson’s stay there compared with before as well as immediately after he leaves. Tampa Bay2017-186.46.87.7? Philadelphia2008-1366.27.46.7 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Yards per pass by when Jackson joined the team Washington2014-165.76.77.66.5 StatWithoutWith Pass attempts8615,478 Jackson’s active-and-inactive effect is even more pronounced than the difference before and after he joined his teams, at 1.03 yards per pass play.Not surprisingly, given the impact of yards per pass play on wins and losses, Jackson’s teams with him inactive are 8-15 (.348 win percentage) compared with 75-76-2 (.497) when he plays.It’s also possible that the effect Jackson seems to be creating for his team is really just a result of his own efficiency. After all, he’s averaged 9.7 yards on the 1,057 passes he’s been thrown in his career, counting incompletions.But last year, Jackson’s ability to threaten defenses deep did seem to significantly benefit his team’s primary receiver. Mike Evans averaged a career-best 11.0 yards every time a pass was thrown his way, a startling 2.4 yards greater than his prior season high (in 2014). And Evans was thrown the ball 138 times, nearly twice as frequently as Jackson (74 targets). For Washington, Jackson’s tight end teammate Vernon Davis (2016) boosted his yards per target by over 3.0 yards from the prior year. And another Washington tight end, Jordan Reed, averaged 7.8 yards per target with Jackson from 2014 to 2016 and since has dropped to just 6.5. During Jackson’s last stint in Philly, Riley Cooper averaged 9.9 yards per target, 10th-best in the league that year. But the next year, without Jackson, that collapsed to 6.1. Cooper has been out of the NFL since 2015.The question now is whetherJackson can be expected to maintain his fleet feet entering his age-33 season. The Eagles sure seem to think so, awarding him a three-year, $27.9 million contract this offseason with more than half the money guaranteed.Jackson’s 18.9 yards per catch in his age-32 season was third-most since the merger (minimum 40 catches). The average age-33 season of the other seven receivers with more than 17.0 yards at age 32 was 53 catches for 769 yards. Two of them, Irving Fryar and Frank Lewis, subsequently made the Pro Bowl. Another, Steve Smith, had two 1,000-yard seasons. But unlike Jackson, none of these other seven receivers led the NFL in yards per reception even once, never mind a record-setting four times.While there’s no way to know for certain the player the Eagles have, there’s little question about what Jackson has been so far in his career. The numbers in Jackson’s last year with his teams are especially noteworthy. Among all teams since 1970 — that’s out of 1,445 team seasons in the period — they rank 57th (2013 Philadelphia), 32nd (2016 Washington) and 23rd (2018 Tampa Bay) in yards per pass play.2Using net yards per attempt, which counts sacks as pass plays and subtracts those yards from the total passing yards. This means each one finished in the 95th percentile or better.Each of Jackson’s teams immediately gained in passing efficiency once he arrived. And both Philadelphia and Washington significantly declined once he left, by nearly 1 yard net per pass play. To put that into context, ranking last year’s teams by that measure, just 0.9 net yards per attempt separated the ninth-ranked Colts (6.7) and the 25th-ranked Lions (5.8). Those teams were 10-6 and 6-10, respectively, which is not surprising given that teams that win the yards-per-pass-play stat by any margin have won about 74 percent of games since the merger, according to my reporting for The Wall Street Journal.Of course, it’s possible that these teams became more prolific at passing coincidentally upon Jackson’s arrival, via coaching, play-calling, quarterback performance or the skills of the team’s other receivers. Jackson has struggled with durability during his career, missing nine games in his first stint with the Eagles, eight with Washington and six with the Buccaneers. So if there is a significant Jackson effect, it should be apparent when looking at his team’s performance when he plays versus when he’s inactive. And it is: The splits on Jackson’s teams when he’s on and off the field read more

Back where he belongs former Buckeye Nugent back kicking in Ohio

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Mike Nugent was not used to being home at this time of year. After becoming a beloved place kicker as a Buckeye and playing for four seasons with the New York Jets in the NFL, Nugent was in an unfamiliar place last season. He was sitting at home on his couch in Columbus, watching NFL games on Sundays with his brother, Kevin. “He’d kind of been the man since high school and college, so it was definitely a reality check,” Kevin said. What a difference a year makes. Nugent is now the starting kicker for the Cincinnati Bengals and received the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month award for September. “I was working with my coaches a lot, but we didn’t re-invent the wheel or anything,” Nugent said. “We made a few changes here and there, and I feel like I’ve been hitting the ball much more consistently.” Although his recent success shouldn’t come as a surprise to any Ohio State follower, the inconsistencies and unemployment issues he suffered through a year ago certainly could have. At OSU, Nugent was automatic. He holds the school record for field goal percentage for a career (82 percent) and a season (89 percent in 2002). His most accurate season coincided with the Buckeyes’ last National Championship win 2003. “My favorite memory was the National Championship game because we were big underdogs,” Nugent said. “It’s great going into a game knowing that you have nothing to lose. And to come out on top, that was definitely my greatest memory at Ohio State.” Nugent’s accuracy wasn’t the only trait that OSU fans loved about him. He was also clutch when the game was on the line. In fact, approaching any hardcore Buckeye fan and saying the words “55 yards against Marshall” will immediately conjure up images of a game-winning kick in 2004. “For OSU fans it was unexpectedly close at 21-21, and he kicks a 55-yard field goal on the last play of the game to win the game,” said Jack Park, OSU football historian. “He was accurate, dependable, could kick from a long distance, and is a very likeable person.” Kevin Nugent, a former OSU men’s soccer player, mentioned that kick as one of his favorites. “As far as a single kick, the one that sticks out in my mind was the kick against Marshall in his senior year,” he said.   When Nugent’s OSU career ended, he entered the 2005 NFL Draft. The Jets desperately needed an accurate kicker. Facing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs that year, Jets incumbent Doug Brien missed two consecutive game-winning field goals. The Steelers went on to win the game in overtime, and the Jets were out of the playoffs. Hoping to avoid having similar issues the following season, the Jets selected Nugent in the second round of the draft (47th overall). It was the highest position of any kicker selected in the last decade, save for Sebastian Janikowski, who was a first-round pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2000. Kickers typically aren’t selected until at least the fifth round. To his credit, Nugent wouldn’t allow himself to feel pressured by the early selection. “I was really happy to be drafted by the Jets, it was a lot of fun playing there,” Nugent said. “As far as the pressure, I felt like the only pressure I should really experience was the pressure I put on myself.” After three years in New York, Nugent suffered a torn quadriceps injury in the first game of his fourth season. The Jets brought in veteran kicker Jay Feely, who kept the starting job for the remainder of the year. “I was in a contract year, and I had to make a decision whether or not I wanted to re-sign with Jets,” Nugent said. “It just got to a point where I thought maybe there were other opportunities out there to play for a different team.” His first opportunity came as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009. In four games, Nugent made only two of his six attempts. He was then released by the Bucs. “It was kind of a shock that he didn’t start out very well,” Kevin Nugent said. “He was hoping that they’d continue on with him, but we got another shock when he was released.” Although it would have been easy to blame the quadriceps injury from the previous year for his inconsistencies, Nugent refused to do so. “The injury felt fine,” Nugent said. “I was missing some longer field goals and just wasn’t hitting the ball the way I wanted to.” He signed on with the Arizona Cardinals in December 2009 as a temporary replacement for Cardinals starter Neil Rackers and was released when Rackers returned two weeks later. This was the same guy who Buckeye teammates cheered as soon as his foot hit the ball because they assumed every kick was splitting the uprights. Yet here he was, unemployed, watching the games at home. “That was tough, just sitting on Sundays and watching games,” Nugent said. “You want to be out there, having people watch you instead of you watching them. “It’s one of those things where you’re watching and keeping an eye out on what’s going on, who’s kicking well and who’s not,” he said. “You never wish for others to miss, but it’s tough to cheer for people when they’re all in the same position you want to be in.” Kevin agreed that it was a tough time for his brother. “He’s always worked hard and he’s usually done pretty well, so it was hard,” Kevin said. “You’re kind of just sitting back and hoping for a team to call.” There are only 32 teams in the NFL, so there aren’t many kicking positions to fill. Still, NFL coaches are notorious for losing faith in their starting kickers. “I think I was flown to six or seven different places for a workout,” Nugent said. With the 2010 NFL season fast approaching, the Bengals brought in Nugent to compete with Dave Rayner for the starting job. Nugent won the job in camp and hasn’t looked back.   He’s made 10 out of 11 attempts this season. His only miss of the year was a blocked kick in last Sunday’s contest against the Cleveland Browns. If Nugent is able to finish this season in a similar fashion to the way he’s started it, he won’t have to worry about waiting for a phone call in the offseason. read more

Zidane beats Guardiola as worlds most popular coach

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first_imgReal Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has beaten Pep Guardiola to be named the world’s most popular coach in the worldIn a voting poll conducted by Marca, the biggest managerial names in world football were rated on the following aspects: trajectory, social media, website, relationship with media, messages, non-verbal communication, supporters, social sportsmanship responsibilities, branded content and leadership.Zidane, who has now guided Real to a record-equalling three consecutive Champions League crowns after last weekend’s 3-1 over Liverpool at Kiev, narrowly beat Manchester City boss Guardiola to top the poll with Massimiliano Allegri completing the top three.New Arsenal manager Unai Emery was fifth, while Ernesto Valverde only came in eighth place in the rankings after guiding Barcelona to a domestic double in record-breaking fashion in his first season in charge.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.The normally out-spoken Jose Mourinho completed the top 10.Top 10 most reputable coaches in world footballZinedine Zidane – 79.3Pep Guardiola – 78.9Massimiliano Allegri – 78.1Diego Simeone – 75.6Unai Emery – 69.5Jurgen Klopp – 69.1Julen Lopetegui – 68.3Ernesto Valverde – 65.5Mauricio Pochettino – 61.7Jose Mourinho – 58.1last_img read more