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Reporters Without Borders calls on candidates in presidential election to make commitment to respect press freedom

first_img RwandaAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out more RwandaAfrica Reports August 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders calls on candidates in presidential election to make commitment to respect press freedom With the presidential election in Rwanda just one week away, Reporters Without Borders has called on each of the four candidates to make a personal commitment to respect press freedom.”We urge you to take a public stand on this issue and to recommend concretemeasures to promote press freedom,” the organisation said to each of thefour candidates. The candidates include current President Paul Kagame,former prime minister Faustin Twagiramungu, former parliamentarianJean-Népomuscène Nayinzira and Alivera Mukabaramba, the first woman to joina presidential election race in Rwanda.”News coverage is all the same in Rwanda, and the few independent newspapersthat do exist operate in difficult circumstances,” the organisationunderlined, while recalling that these publications are quite often thetarget of administrative harassment. Reporters Without Borders also recalled that the first issue of one such independent paper, “Indorerwamo”, was seized by police in April 2003.Reporters Without Borders also deplored the fact that Rwanda remains one of the last countries in the region and on the African continent to not have any private audio-visual media outlets. In fact, Rwandan authorities point to the example of thebroadcaster Milles Collines Free Radio-television in order to highlight thepotential danger that private radio stations could represent for thecountry. Reporters Without Borders considers this argument to be obsolete in the current context.Reporters Without Borders also raised the cases of Dominique Makeli and Tatiana Mukakibibi, two imprisoned journalists whom it has supported for many years. The organisation believes these journalists did nothing more than exercise their professional duties and has urged the presidential candidates to make a commitment to release them both as soon as possible.Makeli, formerly with Radio Rwanda, has been detained in Kigali’s centralprison since 1994. Kigali State Prosecutor Sylvaire Gatambiye told Reporters Without Borders in October 2001 that Makeli had “incited people to genocide with his reports.” In May 1994, the journalist covered an alleged apparition of the Virgin Mary in the western town of Kibeho and had reported her supposed words, “The parent is in heaven.” The prosecutor said that at the time, this would have meant”President (Juvenal) Habyarimana is in heaven.” Listeners would haveinterpreted this as divine support for the former president and, byextension, the policy of exterminating Tutsis. Reporters Without Borders obtained a recording of the broadcast and played it to several Rwandans. None interpreted it to be an incitement to hatred.Mukakibibi was an on-air host and programme producer at Radio Rwanda. Shehosted entertainment and music programmes. On 6 April 1994, she was onassignment in Cyangugu, in eastern Rwanda. On 4 July 1994, Mukakibibi soughtrefuge with other journalists in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Shereturned to Rwanda on 10 August and went to Kapgayi (near Gitarama), whereshe had started working with Father André Sibomana. Police arrested her ather Ntenyo (Gitarama) home in early October 1996. She was thrown into acommon cell, where she is still being held in very harsh conditions.In the months following her arrest, the journalist was accused of eithermurdering Eugène Bwanamudogo or having him killed. Bwanamudogo was a Tutsi who produced radio programmes for the Ministry of Agriculture. A witness who was living with Mukakibibi at the time of the genocide told Reporters Without Borders that she could not have killed Bwanamudogo because he had reportedly died during the first days of the genocide, when the journalist was on assignment in Cyangugu. Moreover, one of Bwanamudogo’s brothers reportedly told this samewitness that his brother was killed by soldiers. Mukakibibi is thought tohave been arrested at the instigation of Bwanamudogo’s sister Laetitia. Thetwo families were rivals. The journalist’s brother, Damascène Muhinda,allegedly took part in the massacre of several of Bwanamudogo’s familymembers. February 13, 2020 Find out more News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent News April 6, 2020 Find out morecenter_img News to go further Organisation The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist RSF_en Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Rwandalast_img read more

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Woman arrested after flashing gun through the sunroof of her SUV

first_imgPolice arrested a 21-year-old woman who flashed a gun outside the sunroof of her SUV while driving on I-95, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.State troopers received multiple calls Friday afternoon about a gray Volkswagen Tiguan in which the driver was waving a gun through the sunroof while traveling southbound on I-95 in Palm Beach County, FHP Lt. Yanko Reyes said.A witness followed the vehicle while call alerting officials. The driver, Dwuarya Thomas, ventually stopped near the Atlantic Avenue exit in Delray Beach and was arrested.Thomas faces charges of improper display of a firearm and driving under the influence.She was released on her own recognizance. As a condition of her supervised release, Thomas must avoid alcohol or illegal drugs and submit to random drug testing.last_img read more

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Trojans sneak by Stanford on late field goal

first_imgSenior kicker Andre Heidari played the role of hero for the second straight season on Saturday, helping the USC football team steal a 13-10 win over Stanford with a dramatic late field goal. Heidari’s career-long 53-yarder came with 2:30 left in the fourth quarter, leaving the No. 13 Cardinal (1-1, 0-1 Pac-12) one last chance to win or tie the game. Senior linebacker J.R. Tavai ended that opportunity, sacking Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan to force a fumble at the USC 27-yard-line with 19 seconds remaining. Redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler then kneeled to seal the victory for the No. 14 Trojans (2-0, 1-0). The play marked Tavai’s first career forced fumble.“To be honest it felt like a normal play,” Tavai said. “But making a play that big comes once in a while. When the opportunity comes, you just gotta take it.”The USC defense looked shaky for large stretches of the game, but was saved by a less than impressive showing from the Cardinal in the redzone. Stanford took the ball inside the Trojans’ 25-yard-line seven times, only managing to score twice. USC head coach Steve Sarkisian was impressed by his defense’s ability to bend but not break.“If we weren’t a strong-willed team there’s a lot of times we could’ve folded,” the first-year coach said. “Couldn’t be prouder of a defense in the red zone. It was a huge point of emphasis coming into the game.”The first half was a story of missed opportunity for the Cardinal offense. The team drove all the way to the USC 21-yard line on its opening drive, but settled for a long field goal try after a 15-yard tripping penalty. Jordan Williamson’s field goal attempt went wide, setting the stage for the Trojans’ first score. Kessler started the game a perfect four-for-four, including a 10-yard strike to sophomore running back Justin Davis that put the Trojans on the Stanford one-yard-line. Davis punched in a touchdown on the next play. USC converted three third downs on its only first-quarter drive, wearing down Stanford’s front seven with an up-tempo attack. Davis’ touchdown was the Stockton, California native’s first score of the season and the seventh of his career.The Cardinal again found themselves in the redzone on their second series, but the offense’s hopes were thwarted after a direct snap sailed over wide receiver Ty Montgomery’s head for a loss of 16 yards. Stanford head coach David Shaw elected to punt from the USC 29-yard-line, leading to a three-and-out for USC. This resulted in redshirt junior punter Kris Albarado finally seeing the field, his first action in over five quarters of play.Stanford’s third trip to the redzone finally paid off in the form of a two-yard yard touchdown from fullback Patrick Skov. Hogan looked strong on the drive, completing passes of 20-plus yards to running back Remound Wright and tight end Anthony Hooper. USC’s secondary looked lost as Hogan was consistently able to find wide open receivers, a trend that would continue for most of the day.The Trojans’ next drive stalled after Stanford’s Peter Kalambayi sacked Kessler for 10-yard loss directly after an intentional grounding call. The two teams racked up a combined 155 penalty yards over the course of the game, with the Trojans accounting for 10 total penalties. One of those penalties, a third-quarter targeting call on senior linebacker Hayes Pullard, resulted in Pullard’s automatic ejection. Athletic Director Pat Haden came to the sideline to question the call, later explaining that Sarkisian did not want to risk arguing with officials after an earlier sideline warning. Pullard will be forced to miss the first half of next week’s game at Boston College as well.Stanford took its only lead of the contest just before halftime on a 33-yard field goal from Williamson, who would finish the game just one-for-three in field goal opportunities. The Trojans would tie the game late in the third quarter on a 25-yard kick from Heidari, setting up the game’s thrilling final chapter.A promising USC drive to open the fourth quarter ended on a fourth-down attempt at the Stanford 35-yard-line, when junior wideout Nelson Agholor was unable to hold onto a Kessler pass. The Cardinal appeared like they were going to take the lead on their next series, when Hogan found tight end Anthony Hooper wide open near the end zone. The play was called back after an illegal chop block, however, and Stanford would eventually be forced to punt. USC would take the ball back at its own seven-yard-line, starting a 58-yard drive that would culminate in Heidari’s go ahead field goal. The Bakersfield, California native kicked a similar game-winner in last year’s 20-17 upset of the Cardinal.“As a kicker you always have to be ready every time you step on the field,” Heidari said. “I’m just glad I got the opportunity.”Redshirt junior tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen carried the load for the Trojans, finishing with 23 carries and a career-best 157 yards. Kessler, who only attempted 10 passes in the first half, finished 15-of-22 with 135 yards. The quarterback is now 2-0 against the Cardinal.“The team has been through a lot, and you don’t always hear me say it,” Kessler said. “The guys fight hard and never give up. As a quarterback, that’s all you can ask for.”Agholor reached a career-high with nine receptions, picking up 91 yards along the way.Though it was in no way pretty, Sarkisian was impressed with how things turned out.“Obviously it’s a really exciting win,” Sarkisian said. “I have all the respect in the world for Stanford. They play the game hard. They play it right. They don’t give you much and you have to earn everything you get.”The Trojans next game comes at Boston College next week. For photos from the game, visit our gallery.last_img read more

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Miller: Lonzo Ball brings a little magic with him to the Lakers

first_imgEL SEGUNDO >> He was called “a great leader” with an “incredible basketball IQ” who has “greatness written all over him.”In paying Lonzo Ball the ultimate compliment, Magic Johnson even likened the newest Laker to Magic Johnson.Then Rob Pelinka, the team’s general manager, described Ball as an “unbelievable person and player” with “transcendent talent” who “is a perfect fit here.”Somewhere along the way Friday, Pelinka also explained that he prefers to make his points by telling stories because “in press conferences I don’t like a lot of hyperbole.” And yet, Magic was wise enough to attempt to quiet the trembling anticipation by reminding everyone that the broken-down Lakers remain very much under repair.“We want expectations,” he said. “We want to win championships here. We’ve got to get the right people in place to do that, but we’re building every step.”Then, to confirm that he understands the process will require time, Johnson added, “I’m not crazy.”As for crazy …“I don’t think the Lakers are going to make the playoffs,” LaVar Ball announced. “I know they’re going to make the playoffs.”Yes, Lonzo’s dad doubled-down Friday on the prediction he made during the draft, forecasting a postseason berth for a team that could accurately count 27 wins as an improvement.Moments later, a Lakers publicist, possibly spooked, intervened to proclaim that LaVar was no longer available for interviews, at which point he was whisked away, before stopping to talk to a reporter from ESPN for another 10 minutes.LaVar, of course, is most famous for being most famous, his often-outlandish comments as spectacular and viewer-friendly as his oldest son’s passes.This day and this setting, however, made for the ideal environment to ask the following question:What happens now if everything everyone said here actually does come true? Everything? All the potential? The possibilities? The promises? Scary, isn’t it?OK, that’s more like six questions. But, when it comes to Lonzo Ball, things just seem to happen in excess.You know, LaVar has been right an awful lot, including his long-ago pronouncement that Lonzo would play for the Lakers.And history does say this franchise always has found a way to land on its championship feet.Ball fixed the cultural at UCLA by doing nothing more than arriving, his pass-first mentality a program-changer. The NBA, remember, is the same league in which Golden State just proved unselfishness can lead to titles.“Watching so much tape of him, you see yourself,” Johnson said. “You see Jason Kidd. You see guys who can see the floor and make the correct pass. … I was blown away by that.”The Lakers expect Ball to be so good that his assists won’t be limited to the court, Johnson explaining that other players will be drawn to the team by the opportunity to join a point guard who’ll make them look better.We’ve heard this kind of thing around here before. More than once, in fact. But already there is action behind the words, Johnson dealing away another No. 2 overall pick, the still-developing D’Angelo Russell, in favor of Ball.“What I needed,” Magic said flatly, “was a leader.”Johnson called Ball, even before he held up his No. 2 jersey for his first official local photo-op as a Laker, the franchise’s “new face.”This was particularly notable because the franchise’s face, since the 2012-13 season, has been slathered in clown makeup.“I’m going to put a little pressure on you right now,” Johnson said, glancing in Ball’s direction. “Look to your right. There’s some jerseys hanging on that wall. We expect a ‘Ball’ jersey hanging up there one day, all right?”Johnson was talking about the Lakers’ retired numbers. The moment seemed quaint, even after remembering Mitch Kupchak once said the same thing to Dwight Howard.That memory is buried in the past, now more than ever. These Lakers instead are celebrating their grand fortune and hopeful future, feeling every bit like a real lottery winner.“We had a 15-percent chance to be up here today,” Pelinka said, recalling how the pingpong balls fell the Lakers’ way. “It’s crazy to think of it coming true.”Crazier still is thinking what could come true next. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHonest. He really said that. Not a lot of hyperbole.Well, in a news conference drunk on hyperbole, the Lakers introduced their latest top pick, Ball’s presence also swelling the room with the sort of optimism foreign to this franchise for years now.Taken No. 2 overall Thursday, he clearly was No. 1 in the hearts and souls of Johnson and Pelinka – but only because there isn’t a numerical expression higher than No. 1.“I’m happy,” Johnson said. “I’m excited. Laker fans should be excited. We’re back.”It was difficult not to be swept up in the fuzzy feel-good, an organization that has lost 72 percent of its games over the past four seasons suddenly captured best in Johnson’s still impossibly infectious smile.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Fantasy Injury Updates: Is Damien Williams playing Monday night? (Updated)

first_imgIs LeSean McCoy playing Monday night?​UPDATE: McCoy is officially ACTIVE. There really hasn’t been progress on this front throughout the week. McCoy was an unexpected healthy scratch last week, and Andy Reid said after the game that the Chiefs just want Shady to be healthy down the stretch of the season. With Kansas City’s bye next week, could that mean McCoy sits another week and gets a three-week break?McCoy playing really just murkies the waters in what otherwise would be a Williams-dominated backfield. We wouldn’t want to rely on McCoy in fantasy even if he’s active, but if you’re somehow stuck with him right now and he’s scratched again, hopefully Darrel Williams is available for you. If it’s the FLEX spot of your lineup, you might also be able to add KC wide receivers Demarcus Robinson or Mecole Hardman, or L.A. wideout Andre Patton. Damien Williams is listed as questionable heading into Chiefs vs. Chargers on Monday Night Football from Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Williams left Kansas City earlier in the week for a personal matter. He’s rejoined the Chiefs and should be good to go for Monday night, though. It’ll still be worth confirming his status ahead of kickoff, especially with LeSean McCoy still potentially in the doghouse.The official active/inactive report drops about 6:50 p.m. ET, and we’ll have updates through that time here and on Twitter @SN_Fantasy. MORE MNF: DraftKings ShowdownIs Damien Williams playing Monday night?UPDATE: Williams is officially ACTIVE.Williams wasn’t dealing with an injury, so the fact that he rejoined the Chiefs means he should be active on Monday night. Last week, he saw about three-quarters of the KC running back snaps, a season high that was helped by LeSean McCoy being a healthy scratch.The Chargers allow the eighth-most fantasy points to RBs. If you’ve waited this long with Williams, you’re almost surely playing him, but if there was any question, he should be in your lineup. However, if you were choosing between him and Melvin Gordon, Gordon would be the better play. We’d play Williams ahead of Austin Ekeler, though.last_img read more

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Sumner Sheriff weekly jail bookings: Dec. 7 to Dec. 12, 2015

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for Dec. 7 to Dec. 12, 2015 weekly jail bookings are as follows:  Coleman, Tondrea D.39Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSGSOProbation Violation12/8/15 Ramirez, Daniel30Mayetta, KSCowley County Prison KDOCSUSOProbation Violation12/10/15 NameAgeHome TownArrest locationAgencyChargesArrest date Cassube, Nina K.32Wichita, KSKanas Star Casino, Mulvane, KSSUSOPossession of opiate, opium, narcotic or certain stimulant12/11/15 Lira, Cory  W.34Wellington, KS400 N. Douglas, Wellington, KSWPDDistribute opiate, Use communication facility; Poss of opiate12/12/15 Sedgwick Co3 Barber Co0 Myers, Matriell Deshone42Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSGSOFailure to appear12/7/15 Oxford PD0 KHP2 Martin, Brooke A.19Conway Springs, KS2022 E. 16th, Wellington, KSWPDTheft of prop/services12/11/15 Cox, Kenneth E. Jr.30Sacramento, CAI-35 MP14, Wellington, KSKHPPoss of opiate, Use/poss w/intent to use drug paraphernalia, Driving while license cancelled, vehicles unlawful acts registration12/7/15 Sumner Co13 Meridith, Heather B.42Wellington, KS617 N. Morning Side Dr., Wellington, KSSUSODomestic Battery/ Assault/ Disorderly Conduct12/9/15 Dine, Howard E.29Haysville, KS211 N. SecondMPDAggravated Arson12/9/15 Crittenden, Veryl D. M.39Eureka, KSGreenwood County Jail, Eureka, KSSUSOGiving a worthless check/ Contempt of court12/7/15 Triplett, Brian H.43Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSGSOProbation violation (X2)12/7/15 Mulvane PD1 Young, Paul B.41Wichita, KS772 Kansas Star Dr.SUSOPossession of opiate, opium, narcotic or certain stimulant12/11/15center_img Catache, Jason G.32Newton, KSHarvey County JailSUSOFailure to Appear12/8/15 Bail Bondsman0 Wheeler, Tina L.46South Haven, KS501 N. Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence12/10/15 Rodrigues, Erick A22Arlington, TXS. I-35 MM #8, South Haven, KSKHPDriving While Suspended12/8/15 Caldwell PD0 Rowe, Nathan S.23Wellington, KS501 N. Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOProbation Violation12/8/15 Vaughters, Jessica L.26Belle Plaine, KS737 E. 112th Ave. NSUSOProbation Violation12/9/15 Brown, Jessie W.28Wellington, KS400 N. A. St., Wellington, KSSUSOTheft of prop/services / Failure to Appear12/8/15 Yonts, Ami E.42Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSUSODriving While Suspended/ Possession of hallucinogenic drug/ Possession of paraphernalia/ Possess w/ intent to use drug paraphernalia/ Possession of Methamphetamine12/8/15 Mullins, Elroy R.30Wichita, KS501 N. Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOServing sentence12/7/15 Total23 Belle Plaine PD0 Conway Springs PD0 Barnes, Edgar V.26Wellington, KS211 E. 3rd St., Wellington, KSWPDDomestic Battery12/10/15 Olson, Andrew T.38Wellington, KS909 W. 16th, Wellington, KSWPDDomestic battery, Battery, Criminal damage to property12/12/15 Williams, Timothy G.45Wellington, KS610 E. Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOServing sentence12/12/15 KRGC Wellington PD4last_img read more

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Local Roundup: Hoopa’s Roger Sanderson dominating Cal-Ore racing circuit

first_imgHoopa >> Hoopa’s Roger Sanderson won the ‘Hydro Heritage’ race at the annual Father’s Day event of the Cal-Ore River Racers circuit Sunday in Hoopa.Sanderson won the Hoopa Valley Tribe hosted ‘Hydro Heritage’ race on the Trinity River starting from the pole and taking first-place in each of the 6-legs from Hoopa upriver to Tish Tang Park.It was Sanderson’s third consecutive win in as many races to begin the 2017 season. The four-time Club Champion has now won five straight events dating back …last_img read more

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‘Like champions:’ UST posts emotional win to end nightmare season

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:13UAAP Season 80 preview: UST Growling Tigers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 READ: UST averts winless season, beats UEThe win also marked the end of one of the darkest times in the school’s rich basketball history after the Tigers dropped their first 13 games of the season-17 straight dating back to last season-easily their worst performance in the UAAP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter the buzzer, Lee shared a moment with his coach Boy Sablan, who took majority of the flak for all the losing.“We endured a lot and that made us players closer to coach because we always want to make up for the losses,” said the 5-foot-8 playmaker. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ “We were beaten, but we continue to fight until we get the win. We always fall short, but even though we’re losing, we still stick together, go back in training, and try to correct our mistakes.”The 20-year-old was also touched to see the support of the UST community, which came out at the Smart Araneta Coliseum for the team’s final game.“For me, whenever they cheer, it’s really a big boost for us, especially when we got the lead. I feel like we have someone backing us up and won’t let us down. So we don’t want to let them down,” he said.And as UST turns the page and move on from this nightmare of a campaign, Lee is hopeful that the Growling Tigers will be a much better team.“This is not just for coach Boy, but also for the whole UST community,” he said. “I hope whatever we endured will be a lesson for us, an inspiration for the next season. I hope we can recover next year.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pasaol pleased with UE’s campaign despite 3-11 record LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding UST Growling Tigers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas may have had a tumultuous season, but Marvin Lee found relief after the Growling Tigers escaped the ignominy of ending UAAP Season 80 without a win.“It feels good to win. It’s like we feel like champions. I just thank the Lord because he fulfilled my wish for us to win at least one, that we won’t be 0-14,” said the UST captain a thrilling 88-85 victory over University of the East on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Jets Ink Runners Forte, Robinson

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Jets’ backfield makeover is in motion.The Jets announced March 10 that they signed free-agent running backs Matt Forte and Khiry Robinson. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that the Jets also agreed in principle to re-sign running back Bilal Powell.Financial terms weren’t immediately disclosed, but it is a three-year deal for Forte and one year for Robinson. As for Powell, it’s also a three-year contract, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the Jets had not announced the signing.The team announced earlier in the day that it re-signed backup tight end Zach Sudfeld (one year) and tendered a one-year offer worth $1.671 million to restricted free agent wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins.After spending his first eight NFL seasons in Chicago, Forte comes to the Jets on a three-year deal and will likely replace the departed Chris Ivory as the starter.Forte, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, ranks second in Bears history to Hall of Famer Walter Payton in several categories, including yards rushing, receptions and yards from scrimmage.His 64 touchdowns (45 rushing, 19 receiving) rank third behind Payton and Neal Anderson. Forte also set the NFL’s single-season record for receptions by a running back with 102 in 2014.In an Instagram post early March 11, Forte said he was excited “to play for yet another legendary organization.” He added that the team’s “passionate” fans and the culture being instilled by coach Todd Bowles “were a huge draw” for him to sign with the Jets. Forte also posted a retouched photo of himself running with the football in Jets green and white.“I hope to bring a championship home,” Forte wrote, “as well as a rushing title Like one of your greats, Curtis Martin. @nyjets J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets!”Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall — acquired by New York from Chicago last offseason — posted a picture of himself and Forte on the turf during their Bears days on Instagram on Wednesday when the sides reached an agreement. Marshall also posted “I Wuv You!!!!” and urged Jets fans to “follow your new WorkHorse.”Forte is 30, though — considered an age of decline for NFL running backs — and the Bears chose not to offer him a contract. With the Jets, it appears Forte won’t need to carry the bulk of the workload with both Robinson and Powell also on board.While Ivory, who signed with Jacksonville, was a physical presence, Forte gives New York a more dangerous pass-catching threat out of the backfield. His 12,718 all-purpose yards since he entered the league in 2008 lead the NFL during that span.He missed three games with a knee injury last season, but still ran for 898 yards and four touchdowns, and caught 44 passes for 389 yards and three TDs while splitting time with Jeremy Langford and Ka’Deem Carey.Robinson is a strong and versatile back coming off a broken leg suffered last November against the Giants.He was a restricted free agent, but the Saints opted to not extend him an offer, making him a free agent.“Another ones trash, is another mans whaaaa??!” Robinson posted on his Twitter account Thursday afternoon.Robinson, 26, has rushed for 766 yards and eight TDs in three seasons, and caught 25 passes for 178 yards with New Orleans. He was signed by the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of West Texas A&M in 2013.Powell set a career high with 47 receptions for 388 yards and two touchdowns last season, while finishing with 313 yards rushing and a TD as the backup to Ivory.A fourth-round draft pick out of Louisville in 2011, the 27-year-old Powell has rushed for 1,609 yards and seven TDs and caught 112 passes for 899 yards and two scores in five seasons. He has never lost a fumble.He missed four games in the middle of last season with a high ankle sprain, but was a key part of the Jets’ playoff push.During New York’s late-season five-game winning streak, Powell caught 27 passes for 232 yards and two scores and also ran for 162 yards on 28 carries while complementing Ivory. A sore ankle sidelined him in the season-ending loss to Buffalo.Sudfeld missed last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during minicamp last June. He has 10 career catches for 148 yards and established himself as a solid special teams player, leading the Jets in kick coverage tackles in 2014.Thompkins had 17 catches for 165 yards in seven games last season after signing in October. New York has the right of first refusal if another team offers Thompkins a deal that equals or is greater than $1.671 million. The Jets would also receive no compensation if he signs elsewhere.___DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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10 months agoWATCH: Liverpool defender Van Dijk shuts down Sokratis in Salah row

first_imgWATCH: Liverpool defender Van Dijk shuts down Sokratis in Salah rowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk stepped in to end the halftime row between teammate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal defender Sokratis during Sunday’s 5-1 rout.The Reds centre-back and Gunners defender had to be separated as tempers flared, but the situation was quickly brought under control.Moments before the spat Sokratis could be seen walking off the pitch alongside Mohamed Salah, who netted Liverpool’s fourth goal from the penalty spot.It seems the Greek defender was angry Salah went down a little too easily in the penalty area and wanted last season’s Golden Boot winner to know all about it.Seeing Sokratis shouting at Salah, Van Dijk responded by running over to the Arsenal man and squaring up to him.Sokratis was picking on Mo Salah again for the penalty.Guess who promptly puts a lid on it? #LIVARS#LFC#VanDijkpic.twitter.com/9jU2XkQfML— Léon (@srijandeep) December 29, 2018 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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