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Packers lost Khalil Mack bid because Raiders didn’t like draft pick, says Green Bay CEO

first_img NFL decision on Tyreek Hill ‘stuns’ league observers NFL free agency news: Bills add veteran safety Kurt Coleman as Rafael Bush retires Green Bay really wanted to trade for Khalil Mack last year, but Oakland apparently thought the Packers were too good, so to speak.A little explanation is in order. As reported last summer, Green Bay was one of the front-runners to land the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The Raiders, of course, ended up trading Mack to the Bears for first-round picks in 2019 and 2020, a third-round pick in 2020 and a sixth-round pick in 2019. Sean McVay says Rams’ Super Bowl loss on his mind ‘every minute’ Green Bay President and CEO Mark Murphy told 105.7 The Fan in Milwaukee that the Packers “aggressively” pursued Mack, but he thinks the Raiders assumed the Packers would finish with a better record than the Bears last year, and thus the Bears would have a better draft position.“Well the whole Khalil Mack thing. It’s not that we didn’t try,” Murphy said. “We were aggressive. We wanted to sign him. I think, ironically, the Raiders took the Bears offer because they thought they would be a better draft pick.” Related News We all know what happened after the trade. The Bears, thanks in large part to Mack, went on to finish 12-4 and win the NFC Central. The Packers finished 6-9-1. As a result, Green Bay had the 12th overall pick, while the Raiders ended up picking 24th with the pick they acquired from Chicago for Mack.Murphy did concede that it might not have made financial sense for the Packers to acquire Mack, who ended up signing a six-year deal reportedly worth $141 million, after signing quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a record-breaking four-year, $134 million deal.“I don’t know if it is good to have the highest-paid offensive player in the league, and the highest-paid defensive player in the league,” Murphy said. “Is that a good way to build a team?”last_img read more

Daniels will try to play for Broncos today

first_imgAfter injuring his toe against Cal State Dominguez Hills Feb. 24, Daniels had little physical activity last week and didn’t play in a win over Cal State Los Angeles and a loss to Cal State Bakersfield last weekend. He has been able to test it out this week. “He’s going to give it a shot,” Cal Poly coach Greg Kamansky said. “Obviously, he’ll be very limited.” Kamansky said he wasn’t planning on having Daniels start, and his playing time would be dependent on how much pain he feels. Daniels has been a key part of the Broncos’ success this season. He is third on the team with 11.5 points per game, and tied for second in rebounding with 4.7. Daniels also leads the team in field goal percentage. Starting junior center Kaelen Daniels, out last weekend after jamming his toe, will try to play today in the opener of the NCAA Division II West Regional at Humboldt State’s East Gym. Third-seeded Cal Poly (20-7) plays sixth-seeded Seattle (19-8) in the first quarterfinal today at noon. A win would advance the Broncos to Saturday’s 5 p.m. regional semifinal against either second-seeded Cal State San Bernardino or seventh-seeded BYU-Hawaii. The question for the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team this week is: Will he or won’t he? And the answer is, he’ll try. center_img “I don’t want to think we have to have him, but he’s always a good asset to have,” senior guard Billy Hofman said earlier in the week. In Daniels’ absence last week, junior Kevin Neveu started in his place and both he and sophomore Kyle Krause played more minutes. Neveu is averaging 5.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 14.5 minutes, while Krause is averaging 1.8 points, 0.9 rebounds and 7.4 minutes. Last weekend, they both had a tendency to pick up fouls. Neveu averaged 5.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 fouls in 18.5 minutes in the two games, while Krause’s numbers were 4.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.5 fouls in 16.0 minutes. “Kevin and Kyle are very capable. They just have to go out and do it,” Kamansky said. Cal Poly is led by first-team all California Collegiate Athletic Association players senior Dion Cook (17.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and sophomore Larry Gordon (11.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg). The Broncos also have CCAA freshman of the year Donnelle Booker (5.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg). Cook is capable of carrying a team. He scored 31 of his career-high 39 points in the second half of a 70-69 overtime victory against Cal State Dominguez Hills Feb. 24. Cal Poly hasn’t played Seattle since losing to the Redhawks in the second game of the 2005-06 season, 79-72 at Seattle. This is the Broncos’ fourth postseason trip in the last five years and Seattle’s first as a Division II school. Seattle, which won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, has won seven straight games. Despite winning the conference, Seattle had no first-team all-conference players. Starting senior guards Ryan Webb (10.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 6.6 apg) and Sam Kirby (13.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.1 apg) both made the second team. Seattle does have more size than Cal Poly. Senior David White, a GNAC honorable mention, is 6-foot-11, and averages 9.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. Cal Poly has no player taller than the 6-8 Krause. “They’ve got a 6-11 guy, and their guards Kirby and Webb are very good,” Kamansky said. “We will have to play very well to win this game.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Liberation lawmaker claims recent Assembly policies limit press freedom

first_imgNational Liberation Party (PLN) lawmaker Rolando González Ulloa on Wednesday morning filed an appeal with the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, that challenges a directive by the Legislative Assembly’s directorate prohibiting officials from providing information or statements to the press without approval by the Assembly’s executive director.Assembly President Henry Mora Jiménez, from the ruling Citizen Action Party (PAC), and secretaries Jorge Rodríguez Araya and Luis Vásquez Castro, from the Social Christian Unity Party, signed the directive on Dec. 10, 2014. It was disclosed to Assembly officials in an internal memo this week.The memo explains that all information required by members of the media must be approved and channeled through the Assembly’s executive director, Antonio Ayales Esna.“The measure aims to provide effective, official, clear and concise information. It does not intend to block communication bridges. The goal is to maintain order and unity in the delivery of official documentation,” the document states.Vázquez denied that the move limits access to information.“We are enforcing a 2009 agreement that is currently being used in all public offices; we are simply naming an official spokesperson. The move is necessary because some people here have distributed information and documents regarding decisions that haven’t yet been approved,” he said.Earlier on Wednesday, González filed the complaint asking Sala IV justices to revoke the directorate’s policy because “it constitutes a threat to freedom of expression, of accessing information and of the press in our country,” he said at a press conference later that day.González told reporters that the directorate’s latest agreement “is one of 11 consecutive decisions – all related to the government and to PAC and its allies – where threats to press freedom are evident.”The legislator cited a directive by Casa Presidencial last year to filter all public agencies’ communications to the media. He also mentioned criticisms, negative remarks and calls to boycott media outlets made by Presidency Minister Melvin Jiménez, PAC President Kattia Martin and former Broad Front Party presidential candidate José María Villalta.In addition, González said he filed a separate appeal with the Sala IV against minister Jiménez for refusing to comply with a request to deliver a report on the log of Casa Presidencial’s incoming and outgoing visitors from December to January.“The Constitutional Chamber will tell us if that information is confidential or not,” the Liberation legislator said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Legislative Assembly reverses order restricting access to information Costa Rican lawmakers reject 2015 budget, Assembly president passes it anyway Less-than-impressive: It’s been a year of few achievements by Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly Setback for Solís: Opposition parties gain control of Costa Rica’s legislative directoratelast_img read more