Redskins fire President Bruce Allen, eye Ron Rivera to coach

first_img Bruce Allen was mocked four years ago when he proclaimed that his perennially last-place Washington Redskins were “winning off the field.” More eye rolls arrived recently when Allen defended the club’s “culture.”After a lot of losing on the field and all manner of public relations disasters off it, Allen is out as president of the NFL team once coached by his father. He was fired Monday, a move announced by owner Daniel Snyder a day after a 3-13 debacle of a season was capped by“As this season concludes, Bruce Allen has been relieved of his duties as president of the Washington Redskins and is no longer with the organization,” Snyder said in a statement issued by the team. “Like our passionate fan base, I recognize we have not lived up to the high standards set by great Redskins teams, coaches and players who have come before us. As we reevaluate our team leadership, culture and process for winning football games, I am excited for the opportunities that lie ahead to renew our singular focus and purpose of bringing championship football back to Washington.”From the outset of the 2010 season, the Redskins went 62-97-1 with Allen serving as Snyder’s right-hand man, a stretch that featured only two playoff appearances and zero playoff victories. Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 30th December, 2019 23:34 IST “These guys that are taking the blame and taking that on, it’s on all of us in this building,” said injured quarterback Alex Smith, who spent significant time with Allen and Snyder this season. “We’re all responsible for it.” Under Allen’s watch, the issues away from the field included: It was also during that occasionally contentious session with reporters that Allen declared he would do anything to help the team win more games, vowing: “If it meant mowing that lawn out there every Tuesday, I would mow the lawn every darn Tuesday.”During another rare appearance to take questions from the media, at the news conference to announce Gruden’s dismissal in October, Allen objected to questions about widespread criticism of the way things are run at Redskins Park by asserting: “The culture is actually damn good.”Norman believes Rivera could fix the culture around the Redskins if he gets the job. Last Updated: 30th December, 2019 23:34 IST Redskins Fire President Bruce Allen, Eye Ron Rivera To Coach Bruce Allen was mocked four years ago when he proclaimed that his perennially last-place Washington Redskins were “winning off the field.” More eye rolls arrived recently when Allen defended the club’s “culture.” COMMENT There could be another important move soon, too:“He gets the best out of players. Simple as that,” said cornerback Josh Norman, who played for Rivera in Carolina. “And not just players, but men. He builds men and guys and also builds character.”Norman said the culture would be entirely different if Rivera gets the job. It has been an issue with Allen in charge, and even quarterback Case Keenum on Monday said of the organization, “I think there are some cultural things that need to be addressed.”Allen was hired as Washington’s executive VP and general manager in December 2009, then promoted to president in May 2014.Only once in Allen’s tumultuous tenure did Washington even manage to win as many 10 games and it finished at the bottom of the NFC East five times.Just one team in the 32-club NFL had a worse record this season, and the Redskins own the No. 2 pick in the next draft.Jay Gruden, who was given a contract extension by Allen, wasSo the always-in-disarray Redskins are now in need of a president, a general manager and a coach; whoever is hired to those jobs will need to oversee a massive rebuilding project.That includes fixing the roster and a reputation that has alienated fans to the point that the team’s home stadium often had thousands of empty seats and plenty of spectators cheering for the opponent.center_img Associated Press Television News LIVE TV this season’s holdout by Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams, whom Allen refused to trade and who the messy firing of GM Scot McCloughan in 2017; the acknowledgment that the team’s seemingly endless home sellout streak was over, followed by the house-cleaning after last season of new executives in charge of business matters; the costly trade for, and ugly divorce from, Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III; the mostly unsuccessful coaching stint of, and ugly divorce from, costly coach Mike Shahanan; the tens of millions of dollars given to Kirk Cousins (or, as Allen repeatedly called him, for some reason, “Kurt”) as the league’s first QB to play under the franchise tag more than once; eventually, he was allowed to leave as a free agent, with the Redskins receiving nothing in return. “I feel like you’ll see a difference,” he said. “I’ll put it like that. From what you see now to what you’ll see if this is the case, it’ll be a night and day swap.” WATCH US LIVE For all of the Redskins’ poor game results during Snyder’s 20 years as owner — never once managing to win 11 games in a season in that span — it was Allen who infamously tried to downplay the importance of the losing by boasting at a news conference after the 2014 season that the team’s charitable foundation “does a fantastic job,” which meant, he said, “We’re winning off the field.” Allen previously worked as an executive for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders.He is the son of late Pro Football Hall of Fame member George Allen, who led the Redskins to one Super Bowl appearance while coaching them from 1971-77. Allen’s brother, George, is a former Virginia governor and U.S. senator. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

“Muntari doesn’t have to apologize” – Govt tells Dzamefe Commission

first_imgSulley Muntari can be selected to play for Ghana again, even if he decides not to apologize. And even then, he is not required to do so as a condition for his return, as the Ghana Football Association have always sworn he must.That’s according to the Government of Ghana’s White Paper released on Thursday following the 400-paged report of Justice Senyo Dzamefe-led Commission of Inquiry.The Milan player has been on an indefinite suspension since the infamous fiasco in Brazil where Ghana’s World Cup campaign degenerated into a farce. The player had been embroiled in fisticuffs with a Ghana FA official, Moses Armah.But according to the white paper, an apology from Sulley should be done on his volition and must not forced.It read: “Any apology from Mr. Sulley Muntari as recommended should be a voluntary act of contrition on his part but should not be made a condition for his recall into the team.” The Ghana FA has long promised that the only way the Milan man would be considered for selection was if he apologised to all stakeholders in the matter. In support, the World Cup Commission of Inquiry also recommended similar conditions as follows:– An unconditional apology to Mr. Moses Armah– An unconditional apology to the President of the Republic of Ghana, the Commission and to Ghanaians in general.– Referral to a psychologist for counseling and /or undergo anger therapySeveral chancesThis opens the way for the player to get back into the team, should he feel like it is needed, especially at a time when Sulley has been declared surplus to rquirements at Milan and is on his way out.He has had the chance to publicly apologize for the incidents in South America through the work of the 2014 World Cup Commission led by Justice Senyo Dzamefe. But all attempts to get his side of the story have proved futile.Speaking to the state-owned Graphic Sports newspaper last December, a member of the Commission, Moses Foh Amoaning, said his outfit had tried engaging Muntari via Skype, but the player had declined the request. saying he [Muntari] did not have access to the Skype facility. Foh Amoaning also said the Commission had spoken with Muntari’s father to persuade his son to co-operate – all to avail.Avram Grant’s view Should Muntari return soon, it will be Avram Grant who would have to work with the player.The Isaeli’s view on the matter is clear, having told the media at his unveiling that he was keen to talk to Muntari, Kevin-Prince Boateng (who is also on indefinite suspension), or any other Ghanaian player so long as the players accepted his tenets at all times.He said in December: “I think when you are going into a new situation you don’t need to look at the past. You need to look for a new beginning, but to see the good things and the bad things from the past and learn the things that we can do better.”But the Ghana FA, on their part, have stated on several platforms their openness to forgive the player, but only if he shows public remorse for his actions.Bring him back Veteran broadcaster Kwabena Yeboah has always wanted the controversial midfielder back in the Black Stars setup, arguing that it’s time for the experience of the 30-year old.”Sulley is one of the most consistent players we have hard in the past, and I think that if somebody deserves to play again Sulley should be considered,” Yeboah said in April.But his return, should it happen, would divide popular opinion as many feel the player’s famous temper remains a problem. Yeboah however feels that midfielder’s service to the country in the last decade must count for something. “He has never turned his back on the Black Stars. he has been loyal through thick and thin and I don’t see why he is still not in this team,” the broadcaster told Accra-based Happy FM. – Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

Dodgers let big early lead slip away in loss to Rangers

first_imgUP NEXT: Dodgers (LHP Alex Wood) at Padres (RHP Garrett Richards), Monday, 1:10 p.m., Peoria Sports Complex, SportsNet LA, AM 570Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire THE GAME: The Texas Rangers scored eight runs in their last three at-bats, erasing a 7-1 lead and handing the Dodgers a 9-8 defeat Sunday afternoon at Surprise Stadium.PITCHING REPORT: Julio Urias was sharp in his first start (second appearance) of the spring. He allowed one hit in three scoreless innings, striking out three, walking one and hitting a batter. … Kenley Jansen gave up his first run of the spring on a solo home run by Todd Frazier. … Bullpen candidate Adam Kolarek didn’t help his cause in the fifth inning, allowing four runs on a single, double, walk and three-run homer by Nick Solak, a right-handed hitter. With the new three-batter minimum rule in place, the lefty specialist Kolarek is being evaluated this spring for his ability to retire right-handed hitters. … Dennis Santana continued to impress, turning in his sixth scoreless appearance of the spring. He replaced Kolarek and struck out the only batter he faced.HITTING REPORT: Will Smith was 2 for 19 before a two-run double in the first inning. … Cody Thomas hit his fifth home run of the spring. That ties for the Cactus League lead. … The Rangers struggled with a bright sun, leading to a three-run inning for the Dodgers in the fourth. Gavin Lux and Zach McKinstry had clean singles. But AJ Pollock’s pop fly dropped in, scoring a run, and Corey Seager’s fly ball to center field was lost in the sun, allowing another run to score. … Seager was 2 for 3 and is batting .333 (7 for 21) this spring.INJURY REPORT: Former Dodgers prospect Willie Calhoun, who was traded to the Rangers as part of the Yu Darvish deal in 2017, was hit in the face by a pitch from Urias in the first inning. The 95-mph fastball appeared to catch the side of Calhoun’s helmet and the right side of his jaw. Calhoun remained on his knees near home plate for some time as trainers treated him. He was eventually helped off the field and taken to a Phoenix hospital. A CT scan showed Calhoun suffered a fracture in his jaw. Calhoun and Urias were teammates at Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2017. “I wasn’t myself after that,” Urias said of the fastball that got away from him. The two were teammates in OKC in 2017 and after the inning Urias asked Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor for Calhoun’s phone number so he can check on him. “He’s going to be in my prayers,” Urias said through an interpreter. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Tom Brady-era Patriots will leave complicated legacy whenever their dynasty finally ends

first_img“I don’t know what the future is, and I’m not going to predict it,” he told reporters. “I was proud to be a part of this team, not only this year but every year. No one needs to make choices at this point. I love playing football. I love playing for this team. I love playing for this team for two decades and winning a lot of games.”So maybe no one must make a final decision at this point on how to view what the Patriots have brought us since that night in January 2002, when Adam Vinatieri kicked a snowball through the uprights and delivered the first of 30 postseason victories accumulated prior to the club’s surprisingly difficult 2019 season.When the end does arrive, though, acclaim will not be unanimous. Only he knows what is next. Well, maybe he’s told Gisele something.MORE: Analyzing Brady’s options for 2020In one sense, though, we will not see the end of the current Patriots regime at least until the NFL rules on the latest “-gate” involving the organization. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the league is expected to impose discipline  for an episode involving a team-affiliated video crew recording activity on the Bengals’ sideline in advance of the Pats’ visit to Cincinnati. Schefter said a decision would come within two weeks, though the league responded by labeling any such report speculative .MORE: Did Patriots cheat by videotaping Bengals?If the Patriots are punished, then they will own half as many sanctions for competitive infractions (three) as they do Lombardi Trophies (six).It is hard to imagine fans of the league — fans of other teams in the league, to be more specific — holding the Patriots dynasty in the same esteem as NBA fans do the 1990s Chicago Bulls. There is a reverence about what Michael Jordan and his teammates accomplished that is so enduring,  ESPN is soon to air a documentary series  on them that has as many episodes as “Band of Brothers.”MORE: A timeline of Patriots scandals, from Spygate to Deflategate and moreThe Patriots’ legacy might be more complicated than any great team in any sport, ever.As Brady watched most of his last chance to extend his 2019 season chewed up by Titans running back Derrick Henry, the Titans’ offense consuming 11 minutes, 10 seconds of the final quarter at Gillette Stadium, and as CBS announcers Jim Nantz and Tony Romo discussed whether this would be the quarterback’s last game or just his last in New England, I began to contemplate that subject. I decided to follow the course most anyone would in the year 2020.I devised a Twitter poll.It read:”If that is the end, how will you view the Patriots’ dynasty?1- With unflinching respect2 – With a skeptical eye”The responses were almost evenly split, with 51 percent choosing the negative response. And that is precisely the point.”I can’t stand them,” said Jets fan Chris Gabriele , “but they have been the greatest dynasty in sports and I respect what they have done.”“Patriots are the Lance Armstrong of the NFL,” said Steelers fan Evan Jenkins .Brady was not saying after the game whether he would return to New England or to the NFL , although he was more affirmative on the latter question, saying retirement is “pretty unlikely” at this point.VIDEO: Brady’s postgame comments It began in the snow and, quite possibly, ended in the rain. The Patriots’ victory 18 years ago in a playoff game against the Raiders that was buried in a blizzard and clouded by the controversy over the “Tuck Rule” launched an unprecedented reign over the NFL. That reign might have concluded with a soaked Logan Ryan returning a Tom Brady pass for a pick-six late Saturday.Brady unofficially completed his contract with the Patriots when the final whistle blew on the Titans’ 20-13 victory in the NFL wild-card round. He is about to become a free agent. He also is about to become 43 years old, an age that saw Roger Staubach, John Elway, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning long retired.last_img read more