Patriots sign last remaining draft pick, 2nd-rounder Dugger

first_img The New England Patriots on Wednesday signed second-round draft pick Kyle Dugger, a defensive back and punt returner from Lenoir-Rhyne.He was the last member of the team’s 2020 draft class who had been unsigned.Dugger, 24, had 237 tackles, 10 interceptions and six forced fumbles in college while also returning 67 punts for a school-record 929 yards and six touchdowns. He received the Cliff Harris Award as the best defensive player in NCAA Division II.The Patriots have signed 10 draft picks and 16 undrafted free agents. WATCH US LIVE Written By Last Updated: 21st May, 2020 06:33 IST Patriots Sign Last Remaining Draft Pick, 2nd-rounder Dugger The New England Patriots on Wednesday signed second-round draft pick Kyle Dugger, a defensive back and punt returner from Lenoir-Rhyne. Associated Press Television News COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 21st May, 2020 06:33 IST LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

NPFL: Abdu Maikaba Attributes Plateau United Strong Start To Better Players (AUDIO)

first_imgPlateau United head coach Abdu Maikaba says the club’s stellar recruitment in the offseason and a gruelling preseason programme are contributory factors to his side’s impressive start to the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).Plateau United walloped Lobi Stars 3-1 in Sunday’s opener with Nerot Silas and Amos Gyang scoring either side of a Solomon Kwambe own goal at the New Zaria Road Stadium to put them on top the log.United’s strong start contrasts markedly with their start to last season when they were held to a goalless draw by FC Ifeanyiubah in a fixture marred by horrible fan violence which led to a fine and banishment from Jos and cast a pall over the rest of their season from which they never really recovered.It was a decidedly different atmosphere and result this time around and Maikaba said having players who fit into his philosophy has helped.Download Audio“We recruited players that will fit the philosophy, that was the first step, and we worked so hard during the pre-season and I believe that is the result we are seeing now,” he told newsmen after the game.Maikaba joined the Jos side last season from Akwa United with whom he won the 2017 Aiteo Cup and was handed an expensively assembled squad with the remit to challenge for the title.What ensued instead was a disaster with United escaping relegation by the skin of their teeth finishing level on 30 points with Gombe United but surviving because of a superior goals difference.That experience Maikaba says is done and dusted with their target for this season firmly set on finishing “on the top”. “As I always say, the target is to finish on the top. We want to compete at the top and that is the target. The boys know about that, the management knows it and we are all in line with that thinking.”Download AudioPlateau United are away at Jigawa Golden Stars on Match Day two on 10 November.RelatedAUDIO: Our Target Is To Win The League – MaikabaJuly 5, 2017In “Nigeria”Angelo Da CostaJune 30, 2017Similar postAUDIO: Maikaba Confident of NPFL TriumphAugust 1, 2017In “Nigeria”last_img read more

City asks for no Cemex contact

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – City officials are prevailing on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to heed the voice of 250,000 local residents – this as Election Day approaches – and cancel any plans to meet with Cemex officials during a trade mission next month to Mexico. The city has spent about $7 million battling the 56.1-million-ton sand and gravel mine planned on the outskirts of town, and voiced opposition to the Mexican conglomerate’s project in a recent letter to the governor. The four-page letter asks Schwarzenegger to demonstrate his “well-known commitment to preserving the quality of life for all Californians.” Santa Clarita City Council members desire a face-to-face meeting with the governor, preferably before Cemex officials have his ear, the city’s government liaison said. “(City Council members) do not believe it is appropriate for the governor to meet with (officials) of Cemex in Mexico when we have this issue in the Santa Clarita Valley that directly affects his constituents,” said Michael Murphy, the city’s intergovernment relations officer. “It’s probably more appropriate he hear the view of his constituents first.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsSchwarzenegger plans to visit Mexico City on Nov. 9 and Monterrey the following day, but has no confirmed meeting with Cemex. Election Day is Nov. 7 and the governor faces Democratic challenger Phil Angelides. “Everything is tentative,” said Margita Thompson, Schwarzenegger’s press secretary. “We understand the residents of Santa Clarita feel passionately about this issue. That’s why we want to make sure they have the opportunity to meet with people in this office, to lay out their case and see how we can move forward.” Thompson said the office received a press release from the city but could not confirm the letter was received. Cemex was granted mining rights by the federal Bureau of Land Management in 1990. The county had rejected the mine, but conceded when Cemex filed a lawsuit in federal court. County supervisors granted the mining permit in June 2004 under a court-approved consent decree. Federal courts have repeatedly rejected the city’s claims that the consent decree allows the federal government to disregard state environmental law. On Oct. 3, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the city’s lawsuit, effectively stopping it from fighting the decree any further. City officials acknowledge mining has been a key enterprise for decades and say they would not object to mining on the property at historic levels of 300,000 tons a year. They say the “mega-mine” is 16 times that amount. Officials say they are conveying the concerns of a broad-based 8,000-member coalition. The group coalesced after individuals and organizations filled out forms on the city’s Web site and sent pre-addressed postcards provided by the city to other government officials. Murphy said the city has simply provided the vehicle to carry the messages beyond its borders. Cemex is the third-largest cement manufacturer in the world and the largest producer of ready mix. Its operations span 50 countries on four continents and the company would open its doors wide during the governor’s visit. “It is unfair for the city to ask the governor not to represent the interests of the rest of the state and people of California,” said Susana Duarte, a spokeswoman for the company. “I am sure his goals in this trade mission are much larger than just a medium-sized mine in the back of a canyon whose only purpose is to fulfill the dire need for aggregate in L.A. County.” Murphy said Cemex must obtain permits from the state to operate the mine. Departments under the governor’s purview would make decisions about granting the permits. “He, certainly as the leader of the state of California, has the opportunity to say to Cemex `This mega-mining proposal is not good for California, not good for my constituents and I don’t support it,” Murphy said. “You need to find a suitable compromise position with the citizens of the Santa Clarita Valley.”‘160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img