East Mississippi Community College quarterback John Franklin III left Florida State and is now a three-star QB prospect with two years of eligibility left.AUBURN – With their newest verbal commitment, Auburn has hopes they’ve found their dual-threat quarterback for their offense in John Franklin III.[tweet https://twitter.com/jf3_5/status/662011887903768576%5DThe former Florida State quarterback, who spent this past season at East Mississippi Community College, announced his verbal pledge to Auburn on Wednesday afternoon on his Twitter account. Franklin is eligible to sign with Auburn in the early junior college period starting on Dec. 16 giving him the option to enroll in January and be eligible to participate in the upcoming spring drills.“The wait is over,” Franklin tweeted Wednesday. “Ready to start my new journey and soar with the War Eagles on the Plains come January.”Franklin had 16 total touchdowns (nine rushing, seven passing) and 1,184 total yards (733 passing and 451 rushing) this year as he was lined up at quarterback and wide receiver in his one season at EMCC.Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee was on the sidelines for EMCC’s game against Mississippi Delta on Oct. 22 when Franklin III had six scores (five rushing and a passing touchdown) in a 48-0 victory.“Our system is about going as fast as we can and getting the football out of the quarterback’s hand as quickly as possible,” East Mississippi Community College head coach Buddy Stephens said. “The system is so similar to what Gus Malzahn wants to run at Auburn that it’s a perfect fit for both them and for John.”Franklin announced his intention to transfer from Florida State 10 days after the Seminoles accepted former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson to the team this past summer. Franklin, a 6-foot-1, 183-pound prospect was a three-star dual-threat quarterback in the 2012 recruiting class.“This wasn’t a kid that needed to go to junior college because of academics because we’re talking about a kid with a 3.5 GPA but he came here with the objective of wanting another opportunity at a big school,” Stephens said.Franklin is the fourth EMCC quarterback that has been signed to play at a Southeastern Conference school since Stephens brought his wide-open, tempo spread offense to the program in 2008. Former EMCC quarterbacks Randall Mackey, Bo Wallace and Chad Kelly are signed with Ole Miss.“This is a long time coming for me today because Huntsville is my home so I’ve tried to get a great player to Auburn for years,” Stephens said. “I’m thrilled to death John Franklin has a chance to go there and work with Gus Malzahn and Rhett Lashlee with what they do.”Franklin has been working with EMCC quarterback Clint Trickett, who was the former starting quarterback at West Virginia, on his throwing mechanics.Franklin’s skill set has the chance to remind fans of Nick Marshall’s two-year tenure at Auburn as Franklin was a member of Florida State’s Atlantic Coast Conference champion 4×100 relay team and advanced to the finals in the 100-meter dash at the ACC Outdoor Championships. Franklin was timed at high school camps at 4.38 in the 40-yard dash.“He’s got that world class speed of an athlete that we played at quarterback, wide receiver and even safety,” Stephens said. “He’s without a doubt the fastest players I’ve ever had at quarterback.”
Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis is planning an ambitious attempt to land Chelsea striker Demba Ba, according to the Daily Mirror.Ba, who has been linked with his former clubs Newcastle and West Ham, almost signed for Stoke when Pulis was in charge at the Britannia Stadium.And Pulis is reported to be planning a bid to take him to south London on loan.AdChoices广告Fulham are keen on Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand, according to The Guardian.Bertrand has been tipped to join Liverpool but the Daily Mirror claims Chelsea are reluctant to do business with the Anfield club because Victor Moses has played only six times since joining them on loan from the Blues.The Mirror also says Juan Mata will discuss his Chelsea future this week and could opt to return to Spain and join Atletico Madrid despite apparent interest from Inter Milan and Napoli. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
A round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving Chelsea…Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah is reportedly in line for a return to Reading on loan.The England Under-21 international spent the second half of last season on loan with the Championship club, playing under former Chelsea man Steve Clarke.AdChoices广告And ESPN believe Royals boss Clarke is set to re-sign Chalobah, 20, in what would be the player’s sixth loan move.Chalobah is yet to make a first-team appearance for ChelseaYesterday, Italian media reports suggested Chelsea duo Kurt Zouma and Ramires are wanted by Roma and Juventus respectively.Walter Sabatini, Roma’s sporting director, is reported to have held talks with the Blues about a potential loan deal for Zouma.And Juve are said to have targeted Ramires because midfielders Sami Khedira and Kwadwo Asamoah are out injured.Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebook
(Reuters) – Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir yesterday announced his retirement from test matches with immediate effect, but reaffirmed his commitment to playing white-ball cricket. Amir, who was jailed in 2011 for his part in a spot-fixing scandal, featured in 36 tests, taking 119 wickets at an average of 30.47.“It has been an honour to represent Pakistan in the pinnacle and traditional format of the game,” the 27-year-old, who made his test debut against Sri Lanka in Galle in July 2009, said in a statement.“I, however, have decided to move away from the longer version so I can concentrate on white-ball cricket. “Playing for Pakistan remains my ultimate desire and objective, and I will try my best to be in the best physical shape to contribute in the team’s upcoming challenges, including next year’s ICC T20 World Cup.”Amir was one of three Pakistan players jailed for his part in a spot-fixing scandal against England the previous year, when he was only 18.After serving three months in prison and a five-year ban from all forms of cricket, Amir returned to the Pakistan squad in Jan. 2016. The left-arm bowler has since excelled in limited-overs cricket, helping Pakistan to the Champions Trophy title in 2017.Amir was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan in the recent 50-overs World Cup in England with 17 wickets but the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side finished fifth in the group stage and narrowly missed out on a semi-final spot.“He overcame adversity as a young cricketer and came back stronger not only as a cricketer but also as a better human being,” Pakistan Cricket Board managing director Wasim Khan said. “His skill, on the field, and his personality will be missed in the dressing room in the longer format.”
Five-time World Best Player, Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly proposed to his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez after two years of dating.The couple met in June 2016 while Georgina was working at Gucci and he was at Real Madrid, they have since been together.According to Correio da Manha, a reputable Portuguese media outlet, Ronaldo has decided to marry Georgina after two years together and she has accepted his proposal.Georgina and Ronaldo have been living together for a while and already have a one-year-old daughter together named Alana Martina.Neither of the duo have disclosed any details about a possible wedding but the report states that she already has started making plans for their union and trying out dresses for the occasions.The younger Georgina has been taking care of their daughter together and three other children and has backed the Portuguese superstar despite rape allegations levelled against him by an American woman named Kathryn Mayorga.Ronaldo’s mother already gave her backing for the union between the two when she granted an interview earlier in the year.She said, “She is the mother of my grand-daughter. She is a future daughter-in-law. She’s not my daughter-in-law yet. She’s a future daughter-in-law. She’s a very calm person.”Ronaldo is expected to return to action when Juventus take on SPAL in their next league fixture scheduled for Saturday, November 24.Related
Nigeria have qualified for the final of the 12th African Games currently underway in Rabat, Morocco after thrashing favourites Algeria 3-0 in the semi-final, ending a 12-year wait for a final spot for the West African side.Nigeria have won the competition twice, however, they have failed to get a shot at the gold medal since 2007, when they last won in Algiers.Having advanced to the semi-final for the third time in four attempts, the Falconets were hoping to subdue the Desert Foxes to boost their chance to reclaim the glory on North African soil.Nigeria started on a high as they dominated possession before Cynthia Aku opened the scoring after finishing off Monday Gift’s fine build-up in the 16th minute, Goal reports.Ten minutes later, Rivers Angels’ Aku hit her brace after she again benefited from a sumptuous pass from captain Gift to double the advantage for Nigeria.With the victory and qualification, coach Danjuma, who is celebrating his birthday, has led the nation to the final for the first time on the second attempt, after he failed to achieve the feat in Brazzaville four years ago. Nigeria will take on the winner between Cameroon and hosts Morocco in the final at the Boubker Aamar Stadium on August 29.RelatedINSIDE AFCON 2019: Nigeria Battle Algeria as They Inch a Step Closer to Continental GloryJuly 13, 2019In “AFCON”INSIDE AFCON 2019: Win Over Nigeria Shows We Can Win Title – Mahrez (AUDIO)July 15, 2019In “AFCON”CAF Reveals Prize Money for #AFCON2019 ParticipantsJuly 20, 2019In “AFCON”
Mike Watson Images/iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — A Delta Airlines flight turned around shortly after takeoff from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Thursday night after a passenger allegedly assaulted a flight attendant, according to an airport spokesperson.A passenger assaulted a flight attendant in the Boeing 767’s first class cabin about 45 minutes after the Beijing-bound flight departed, the spokesperson said, adding that there was no information to suggest that it was a national security threat. The FBI also said the incident did not appear to be such a threat.And contrary to some reports, there is no information to suggest anyone attempted to breach the cockpit, both the airport and Delta said.Several passengers tried to subdue the individual, and two people — a passenger and a flight attendant — were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries in connection with the incident.Delta flight 129 then turned around and landed safely at 7:10 p.m.The suspect, a 23-year-old man from Florida, was arrested by Port of Seattle Police and transferred to a federal detention center, according to the FBI, which is investigating the incident with the Port of Seattle.He reportedly refused treatment for any injuries he might have sustained when he was taken down by fellow passengers.Delta confirmed the incident in a statement, saying, “Flight 129 returned to Seattle following a security incident with a passenger. The passenger was restrained on board and was removed from the flight by law enforcement without further incident when the aircraft arrived back in Seattle.” There were 207 passengers on board, according to Delta.The Atlanta-based airline said the flight would re-depart for Beijing later on Thursday. The suspect is scheduled to appear in court in Seattle at 5 p.m. ET on Friday.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related
Scores from Friday night: Girls:Valley Center 55 Wellington 43West Elk 52 Caldwell 30Sedan 46 Oxford 31South Haven 61 Cedar Vale-Dexter 24.Argonia vs. Flinthills – n/a.Boys:Circle 74 Wellington 55Caldwell 47 West Elk 32Sedan 46 Oxford 34Cedar Vale-Dexter 54 South Haven 32.Argonia vs. Flinthills – n/a.Circle JV 57 Wellington 43.
There was more excellent golf as Big Steve Truelove (c/h 9) was right in the mix with 40 points, followed by Nigel Perry (24) and Dick Warberg (21) with 39 points each. Finally John Davis (14) got the final call on count back with 38 points. Wow. Maybe a layoff is good once in a while.We also celebrated Lek’s birthday when we got back to base. Lek is the owner of the BJ’s Holiday Lodge, the place Tropical Golfers call home. The Tropical Golf GroupFriday, April 21, Crystal Bay – StablefordThe Songkran break is over, people are slowly filtering back into town or emerging from hibernation, and it’s time to get back to the golf. Ahhh… if only all that water had been saved for the golf courses. After the “What did you do during Songkran?” conversations, nineteen golfers saddled up and headed out last Friday.Our return to golf was to Crystal Bay. Yes, start on an easier one and we were assigned the B & C courses. Some people hadn’t seen the B-course before or often, and it is probably the most scenic and difficult of the three. The course overall was in good to excellent condition. At least Crystal Bay knows to leave some grass on the fairways and the greens were quite acceptable.Bob Watson celebrates with birthday girl Lek.The day was rather hot, but an earlier tee time helped avoid some of the worst temperatures. After a layoff you would think the scores would be worse than usual. Well you would be wrong. Scores were quite good and unless you shot well clear of your handicap your job was to sit and clap.What to say about Bob Watson? Awesome, amazing, bow down to thee uber-golfer! Bob won the day with 42 points off his minuscule 7-handicap. Those good with math will realize Bob shot 73 gross, a single lipped-out putt over par. Those who normally gripe about winners by saying “But look at his handicap” go mute. Near Pins: Tom Herrington, Barry Elphick, Mick Coghlan, Gerd Riedler.Best Nines (non-winner): Derek Brook, Mick Coghlan.
6/13 Net points won Winners 2 61% 4/7 2nd serve win percentage 6/10 14 Aces 25 67 5 Double faults 50% 11 33% 0/3 77% 1st serve win percentage Break points won Muguruza beat the in-form Williams in their first meeting on grass 7-5 6-0 as the Spanish 14th seed emulated her coach Conchita Martinez’s memorable triumph in 1994 and made up for her own pain of losing to Serena Williams two years ago to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish.Back in the All England Club final after an eight-year absence, Williams, 37, was hoping to become both the oldest Wimbledon and major winner since the Open era began in 1968, but was unable to claim a sixth Wimbledon title as Muguruza’s power proved too hot to handle.Williams created the first opening of what was turning into a slug-fest in the fifth game, but she netted a presentable opportunity on the forehand side.The 23-year-old held before driving her forehand long with her own break point chance in the next game.Under the Centre Court roof it was Williams who turned the screw with some juicy groundstrokes to earn two set points. But the Spaniard held steady following a tumultuous 19-shot rally to come through under immense pressure.And Muguruza made Williams pay with a break in the 11th game before delighting her temporary coach for Wimbledon, Martinez, by holding an intensely physical service game to take it 7-5 after 51 minutes of action.A double fault by veteran Williams handed Muguruza a break at the start of the second set as she began to crumble.Two more breaks of Williams’ serve followed as Muguruza took a stranglehold of the final as Venus seemed to hit a mental and physical wall and she closed out a bagel set with a successful Hawk-Eye challenge to put the beleaguered American out of her misery.Muguruza will take home a cool £2.2m in prize money, with runner-up Williams, in the Wimbledon final for the first time in eight years, netting £1.1m.Garbine Muguruza v Venus Williams: Match Stats1 17 3 Unforced errors Total points won 50