Sandy Aid Passes Congress, Long Island Pols Cheer

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, left, who went to Washington D.C. Tuesday to lobby for Sandy aid, meet with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Reps. Peter King and Steve Israel.Seventy eight days after Sandy, the remaining $51 billion of the $60-billion northeast aid package finally passed the U.S. House of Representatives, sparking praise from Long Island lawmakers who two weeks ago were at war with the Republican majority that initially snubbed superstorm survivors.“Tonight’s vote to provide $60 billion in Hurricane Sandy relief was an outstanding victory,” said Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who famously blasted House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for the delays. “It is unfortunate that we had to fight so hard to be treated the same as every other state has been treated. But we did fight this bias against the northeast and thank god our residents won.”Rep.  Steve Israel (D-Huntington) said, “New Yorkers can finally rest assured that help is on its way. I’m delighted that the House finally passed the Sandy relief bill, but the real heroes are the New Yorkers rebuilding their lives, homes, and businesses.”New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy released a joint statement saying, “We are grateful to those members of Congress who today pulled together in a unified, bipartisan coalition to assist millions of their fellow Americans … at their greatest time of need.”U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said he expects the bill to easily pass the Senate and be sent to the President’s desk for signing.last_img read more

Matthew’s brilliant century hands Barbados eight-wicket win over Jamaica

first_imgBy Michelangelo JacobusDefending champions Barbados took on Jamaica in a top-of-the-table clash as the Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 continued at the GCC ground, Bourda.Jamaica won the toss and elected to bat, but were stifled by the Barbados bowling attack and could only muster 214-6 which Barbados chased down in 35.3 overs .Haley Matthews led with a brilliant century while Kycia Knight once again played a supporting role with an unbeaten half-century to hand Barbados victory by eight wickets.The win means Barbados have now cemented their status as favourites to retain the trophy.Jamaica took first strike and found scoring tough as Barbados tightened the screws with some quality bowling. However, Jamaica’s in-form skipper, Stafanie Taylor, once again led from the front. Fresh off a match-winning century against host nation Guyana in their last match, she once again showed her quality, composing a patient 80 (117 deliveries) which included four boundaries, to lead her side to a par total of 214-6.At one point, the Jamaicans looked set for a big score at 120-2 with Taylor and her deputy, Chedean Nation, at the crease, but the Bajan bowlers were tight in their line and length with Hayley Matthews turning in a good spell to eventually restrict the Jamaicans to just 214.Three of Barbados’ bowlers shared the wickets evenly with Hayley Matthews taking 2-36 from her 10 overs while Shenika Bruce and Shamilia Connell had figures of 2-32 (6 overs) and 2-34 (9 overs respectively).Chasing 215 for victory, Matthews began the innings by slapping the first ball through the offside for four before adding another with a crunching drive.She was especially severe on Karla Cohen, carrying her for a six and two fours in the third over as Barbados raced away.Barbados brought up their 50 in the eighth over and by then the game looked to have gotten away from Jamaica.Matthews offered a chance when she was on 68, chipping Stafanie Taylor to mid-off who was unable to hold on to a brilliant effort.Meanwhile Kycia Knight was her able supporter with a solid half century and by the time Matthews fell, bowled by Nation for a well played 108 (101 balls, 14x4s, 2x6s), victory was well in sight.Enter Deandra Dottin who knocked off the remaining runs to end the innings unbeaten on 23 off 13 deliveries with two fours and two sixes.Barbados will next face Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday.last_img read more

What Joe couldn’t do, maybe Dillon can

first_imgThe comparison began the minute running back Joe McKnight committed to play football for USC rather than homestate Louisiana State University in 2007.He was going to be the next Reggie Bush.Bush, who declared for the NFL draft in 2006, left a legacy at USC after winning the Heisman Trophy in 2005 and cementing his place as one of the best running backs the Trojans have ever seen grace the Coliseum.His 2005 rushing numbers: 1,740 yards, 16 touchdowns and an average of 8.7 yards per carry.His 2005 receiving numbers: 37 receptions for 478 yards, two touchdowns and an average of 12.9 yards per reception.And after returning one punt for a touchdown early in the season, Bush simply didn’t receive many more punts to return. Opposing teams opted to kick the ball out of bounds rather than deal with the superstar who had skills that made five-star recruits look like they were playing the wrong sport.Bush’s final line was staggering, and he rightfully took home the Heisman Trophy following his junior campaign.Then, like many expected, he turned pro.USC was left without the flair and excitement that Bush provided when the Trojans played the 2006 season, but 2007 was to be different.Joe McKnight was to be the new man.The new Bush.But he never was.McKnight showed glimpses of greatness at times, but he battled injury problems throughout his stay in the Cardinal and Gold, and he never did seem to grasp the concept of holding onto the ball all that well.Only after declaring for the NFL draft after the 2009 season did McKnight state that the lofty expectations placed on him to be the next Reggie Bush negatively affected his play on the field.“I could have been better,” he said.“That’s what my biggest problem was, trying to be so much like [Bush], instead of just being Joe McKnight and playing Joe McKnight football,” he added.McKnight’s most recent season, his best at USC, ended with 1,014 rushing yards, eight rushing touchdowns and an average of 6.2 yards per carry. He also caught 22 passes for 146 yards, but didn’t score a single receiving touchdown.Those stats are very un-Bushian.So now, the question still remains.Who is the “next Reggie Bush?”That may be impossible to answer. Maybe, just like the NBA question of who is the next Michael Jordan, there is no one that can fill Bush’s cleats.Maybe Trojan football will never see another star juke, jump and, yes, even push like Bush did during his time at USC.Or maybe, just maybe, the next Bush has arrived.Lane Kiffin seems to believe in the latter.The new USC head coach has compared new freshman running back Dillon Baxter to none other than No. 5 himself.And unlike McKnight, Baxter, who graduated early from high school so he could enroll at USC in January and participate in spring practice, likes the comparison.“It’s an honor to be compared to Reggie Bush,” the 19-year-old said.Just like Bush, Baxter hails from San Diego and possesses the quick, make-you-miss moves that Bush had in college.Nothing can be proven until the season begins and Baxter shows what he can contribute as a Trojan, but early in spring practice Baxter is being used at a number of different positions, similar to Bush. Baxter has seen time at running back, receiver and even quarterback on the field.“Hopefully, I’ll get all these positions down,” Baxter said. “I’m not sure where I’ll be playing. They’re going to move me around once I get all the running back plays down.”At Mission Bay High School, Baxter impressed recruits by not only rushing for 2,974 yards but also throwing for 1,922 yards as quarterback.Those are skills even Bush didn’t bring with him to the college level.Baxter has all the potential to make the big plays with his arm and legs.Maybe it’s time to dust off No. 5’s old cleats. We might have a perfect fit.“Soft Hands” runs on Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Jon at jhaber@usc.edu.last_img read more

Arteta opens the door to 6 players

first_img5 Mikel Arteta took control of Arsenal midway through the season and settled for the team they gave him on the winter market, except for a few tweaks such as the return of the injured Cédric Soares (Southampton). But once summer arrives it will be time to start building your own project and to meet the objectives for which you were hired. Matteo Guendouzi does not have the same role with his new coach as he did with Unai Emery. The French midfielder plays less than when he arrived and although he was aiming for a future player, a little discussion with Arteta would have been enough to waste minutes. He does not seem to be the type of midfielder that the coach is looking for, who knows that due to his youth and quality they would cash in on him to be able to bring someone who is more suited to what he is looking for.Sokratis Pasathopoulos Sokratis Pasathopoulos usually plays at Arsenal even when they put him on the side. It is a key piece in the current behind of the English set, but the problem is that it may not be in the future. Pablo Marí would occupy his central position with David Luiz and if Soares recovers he would no longer have a place on the right wing. Even more so if Layvin ends up landing Kurzawa (PSG). In addition, his age indicates that although it is now important, in the near future it will be expendable, so the time to sell him would be this summer.Mesut Ozil This project will depend a lot on the future of the Premier League, since it will not be the same to get into positions of Champions Leaguewhat Europa LeagueAnd obviously the budget will be much lower if they don’t get a European place for the next course. While the Spanish coach thinks about how to make next year’s squad and with part of the work done in defense, first he wants to focus on the casualties and thus have more leeway to bring in more and better footballers. As published Mirror, up to six ensemble members gunner they have the door open to leave.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 14 10 Mesut Özil has been the most benefited by the change of coach and despite the fact that the Spanish would like the midfielder to return to what he was, he is aware that his current salary is a major impediment to managing the salary cap. The German has had the label of transferable for a long time, with no teams really interested in taking over his entire record. Arsenal are very willing to listen to offers for him, although if it were not for his record, Arteta would not have so much trouble taking it from him. 77 Premier League* Data updated as of March 17, 2020 29 Ainsley Maitland-Niles is on the exit ramp. The Spanish coach is not convinced by the footballer, whom he has used as a substitute for Bellerín, although lately it was left out of the calls. The youth squad prefers to play indoors than on the right side, and Arteta would have no reason to try to retain him, so he would make it easier for him to find an option that suits the club and the player.Henrikh Mkhitaryan Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the issue that matters most in London. There are few strikers of his level in the market and although he likes the city, his ambition is to play the Champions League, something that is not currently guaranteed. The Barcelona He was interested in him at the time and it would be a great opportunity for the Gabonese, who would decide his future in the summer based on the results obtained. The trick of Arsenal, if he did not succeed, would be to try to renew him or try to surround him with great footballers to convince him that his goals will be achieved in the next course. It will be difficult to change his mind, so if they do not enter the Champions League and knowing that his contract expires in 2021, they would rush to sell him and get a cut for his best player.Ainsley Maitland-Niles fifteen Henrikh Mkhitaryan has fulfilled what was expected of him when he was traded for Alexis Sánchez in one of the worst operations remembered in Premier League history (Neither they nor Manchester United benefited from that). The Armenian player has been loaned in the Rome, highlighting the fair but without shining. Perhaps it is the perfect time to try to sell him (he already said that he did not even discuss the salary because he was not happy in England), especially knowing that you have a sign on ItalyAlthough Arteta would not rule out keeping it if necessary.Matteo Guendouzilast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The future at running back seems pretty set for the Arizona Cardinals, with the emergence of young running backs Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor and the offseason addition of Jonathan Dwyer.But in NFL.com’s fictional All-Time Draft, the Cardinals dug deep into the pool of Hall of Famers and came out with one of the greatest backs ever to play the game at No. 20: Walter Payton.“This could be a sweet pick for them with Walter Payton out of Jackson State,” said NFL.com fantasy editor Michael Fabiano. “Can Walter Payton make an impact going from a small school to the National Football League? We’ll see what happens.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Payton, a three-time NFL MVP and 1985 Super Champion, scored 110 career touchdowns and rush for a league record 16,726 yards during his 12-year tenure with the Chicago Bears from 1976-1987.The nine-time Pro Bowler was inducted into Canton back in 1993.Obviously, it’s nothing more than some interesting filler before the league’s actual selection show begins on May 8.Nonetheless, it’s nice to dream once in awhile.“I like Payton, he can do everything,” said NFL.com analyst Elliot Harrison. “I’ll tell you what you have to look out for, Walter Payton can throw the halfback option. It’d be interesting to see that come back into the game. This guy is as durable as it gets. I like the pick.”Something tells us, Harrison wouldn’t be alone with that final thought. Top Stories last_img read more