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NFL training camp 2019: AFC South preview

first_imgTeam on the riseJacksonville JaguarsCalling the Jaguars a team on the rise two seasons after they made the AFC championship feels wrong, but there is no denying it’s right. There”s no denying the NFL is a quarterback-driven league, and it appears Jacksonville finally has a quarterback. Nick Foles signed four-year, $88 million deal with the team this offseason and will replace much-maligned Blake Bortles. Simply having a QB who can protect the ball will go a long way for the team’s defense and for getting Leonard Fournette some room to run.Team on the declineHouston TexansThere are several ways the Texans are on the rise. They added a couple of offensive linemen early in the draft, which should help the team protect quarterback Deshaun Watson. The young QB has another year under his belt, and younger defenders like Justin Reid should be primed to improve this season.But the team is in the middle of a contract disagreement with Jadeveon Clowney that might lead to a holdout. The offensive linemen the team drafted are a ways away from being great, plus the team let shutdown cornerback Tyrann Mathieu go for virtually nothing and they’ll go through the 2019 season without a general manager after firing Brian Gaine after one year running the team.Oh yeah, and Bill O’Brien still has issues with simple clock and game management. That’s a team that could easily decline.Rookies to watchJosh Allen, LB, Jaguars: As if the Jaguars didn’t already have enough pass-rushing talent, the Raiders and Giants passed on Allen who might have been the best player in college football with Kentucky last year. He’s going to make an already scary front seven for the Jaguars even more terrifying. Kahale Warring, TE, Texans: A former water polo player who really came into his own at San Diego State last year, Warring gives Watson a tight end who can finally scare a defense with his pass-catching and could be an intriguing part of the offense for the next several years.Player spotlightDarius Leonard Leonard completely changed the feel of the Colts defense as a rookie in 2018. He finished the season with 163 tackles, four forced fumbles and two interceptions and turned Indianapolis’ defense from one to be laughed at into one to be cautious about. His performance in 2019 could go a long way toward continuing to make the team’s defense better — or letting it regress back to where it was before. If he is what he was last year, then the Colts should continue to get better. If he’s not, then Andrew Luck will be pressing again on offense.Key injuriesAndrew Luck, calf: The Colts quarterback, who’ll be 30 in September, was forced to miss all of the team’s offseason workouts because of a lingering calf injury, but the team doesn’t seem too concerned about his long-term outlook. However, the Colts weren’t concerned about his shoulder either when he missed all of 2017. This could be something of concern — or it might not be. It’s just another part of the long-running concerns about Luck’s health that always seem to plague his career. NFL training camp 2019: AFC North preview All that leads to speculation that this division is up for grabs, and while there may not be a 13-win team in it in 2019, there may not be a team worse than .500 when all is said and done.Here’s the outlook for the AFC South heading into training camp: Related Newscenter_img NFL training camp 2019: AFC East preview The Texans won AFC South last season, but this division might be as competitive as it has been in a long time in 2019.Andrew Luck is back to his old self, the Jaguars added a quarterback who can throw the ball and the Titans seemed to find an identity in the running game last year.last_img read more


Museveni flags off Ugandan team

first_imgPresident Museveni flags of Uganda’s team to Rio. The team was introduced to her by Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni and Uganda Athletics Federation president Dominic Otuchet. PHOTOS PPUPHOTOGRAPHS: President Yoweri Museveni has today flagged off Uganda’s team to the Olympics. The President reiterated the values of sports and asked the team to observe discipline. The athletes at the function at State House comprised 14 athletes who fly out to Rio tomorrow. The first batch of boxers and swimmers is already in Rio while the marathoners, led by Stephen Kiprotich, are in high-altitude camp in Bukwo.  He handed the flag to Joshua Cheptegei and Winnie Nanyondo (Click to read Uganda’s SCHEDULE at games) Boxing – Fly Ronald Serugo vs Narek Abgaryan of ArmeniaSunday August 14 Day 9Women’s marathonMonday August 15 Day 10Men’s 3000m steeplechase round 1Women 3000m steeplecahse finalTuesday August 16 Day 11Women’s 5000m round 1Men’s 1500m round 1Wed August 17 Day Day 12Men’s 5000m round 1women’s 800m round 1Men’s steeplecahse finalThursday August 18 Day 13Men’s 1500m semifinalMen’s 800m semifinalFriday August 19 Day 14women’s 5000m finalSaturday August 20 Day 15Men’s 1500m finalWomen’s 800m finalMen’s 5000m finalSunday August 21 Day 16Men’s Marathon finalShare on: WhatsApp Uganda’s scheduleSunday August 7 (7pm)Boxing – L/heavy Kennedy Katende  vs Britain’s Joshua BuataziSunday August 7Swimming – Jamila Lunkuse 100m breaststroke (7.30pm)Thursday August 11Joshua Ekirikubinza Men’s 50 m freestyleFriday August 12 Day 7Women’s 10000m women finalSaturday August 13 Day 8Women’s 3000m Steeplechase round 110000m men finalAugust 13last_img read more


England teenagers to target Fairhaven team titles

first_img27 Apr 2017 England teenagers to target Fairhaven team titles A dozen of England’s leading young players will make up mixed teams for the Nations Cup competition at next week’s Fairhaven Trophies. The international U18 championship will be played over 72 holes at Fairhaven Golf Club, Lancashire, from 5-7 May. The team event takes place over the first 36 holes, with the best two scores from three counting in each round. The players in the four England teams are all members of England Golf squads.They are: Team One: Michael Gilbert, 16, (Chelmsford, Essex), Harry Goddard, 17, (Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire) and Lily May Humphreys, 15, (Stoke by Nayland, Essex). All three are England U18 internationals. Gilbert  won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters; Goddard is the Daily Telegraph Junior Champion; Humphreys is defending the girls’ title at the Fairhaven Trophies and is also the English U16 girls’ champion. Team Two: Jack Cope, 17, (Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire), Danny Daniels, 18, (Essendon, Hertfordshire) and Amelia Williamson, 16, (Royal Cromer, Norfolk). Cope and Daniels were in England’s winning team at last year’s Canadian International Junior Challenge; Williamson (image © Stills Photography) is a girl international and has just won the Gold Rose for her combined performance in the Roehampton Gold Cup and the Hampshire Rose. Team Three: Barclay Brown, 16, (Hallamshire, Yorkshire), Conor Gough, 14, (Stoke Park, BB&O) and Caitlin Whitehead, 14, (Kendal, Cumbria). This is an U16 combination bringing together Brown, an England U16 international; Gough, the English U14 boys’ champion; and Whitehead, the winner of the 2016 Scottish U14 girls’ championship. Team Four: Tom Cleaton, 17, (Rugby, Warwickshire), Kristian Tannum-Donaldson, 17, (Buckinghamshire, BB&O) and Martha Lewis, 17, (St George’s Hill, Surrey) Cleaton was eighth in the recent Peter McEvoy Trophy; Tannum Donaldson also helped England win the Canadian International Junior Challenge; and Lewis was fourth in the Scottish girls’ open championship earlier this month.last_img read more