Not a good night for movie stars at Emmys

first_imgThe Emmys welcomed plenty of movie stars to television’s biggest awards show, including Julia Roberts, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Spacey, Mark Ruffalo and the reigning Oscar winner for best actor, Matthew McConaughey. All were sent home empty-handed.Instead, the Emmys opted for the tried and true Monday night, giving a long goodbye kiss to “Breaking Bad” and its cast, and the fifth straight award for best comedy to ABC’s “Modern Family.”Bryan Cranston, who played the memorable meth dealer Walter White on “Breaking Bad,” won his fourth best drama actor Emmy, tying him with another four-time winner, Dennis Franz. Aaron Paul won his third supporting actor award playing Cranston’s fictional colleague in crime. Anna Gunn, who played Cranston’s wife, won for the second straight year and the series won its second consecutive best drama award.The bounty proved Emmy voters have a long memory, since the “Breaking Bad” finale aired 11 months ago.“Thank you for this wonderful farewell to our show,” creator Vince Gilligan said.“Modern Family” co-creator Steve Levitan almost seemed at a loss for something new to say as the ABC show matched the five-year winning streak of “Frasier” in its heyday. Actor Ty Burrell won a best supporting actor award.“It’s a wonder that we get to do this for a living, that we get to be the ones up here when there are so many deserving shows,” Levitan said.For much of the evening, the Emmys seemed to bask in Hollywood’s glow, especially McConaughey’s aura. He was the willing foil for jokes, particularly by Jimmy Kimmel. “You don’t belong here,” Kimmel said. “And take Julia Roberts with you.”Director Gail Mancuso of “Breaking Bad” chose to look at McConaughey as she was accepting her award. “I knew if I had to look at my cast, I would tear up,” she said backstage. “I thought, ‘what’s the next best thing? Matthew McConaughey.’ He was sitting right there.”Yet the only time McConaughey went on the stage was when he and “True Detectives” co-star Woody Harrelson were presenters. Their HBO series was the subject of much pre-show hubbub — many in Hollywood thought it should be in the miniseries category, not drama — but it proved a moot point as the major awards went elsewhere.Roberts and Ruffalo weren’t honored for their roles in the HBO movie about the early days of AIDS, “The Normal Heart,” although the project won the Emmy for best TV movie.Jumping back and forth between television and feature films isn’t as unusual as it used to be, with television in a robust creative period. But with a lot of quality work out there, names aren’t enough to guarantee an award.Emmys host Seth Meyers made note of the unusual time slot for the awards show, on a Monday (Sunday is the usual date) in late August. It was NBC’s turn to air the show, and the network didn’t want to pre-empt its lucrative Sunday night NFL football package.“If I understand television, it means the Emmys are about to be cancelled,” Meyers joked.Once the awards began, some of television’s royalty added to their trophy cases. Jim Parsons, star of television’s most popular comedy, “The Big Bang Theory,” won his fourth straight award for best comedy actor. It was the third year in a row for Julia Louis-Dreyfus of HBO’s “Veep” to win the best comic actress award.Julianna Margulies, the star of CBS’ “The Good Wife,” was the beneficiary of an especially strong season for the show, winning her second Emmy as best actress in a drama.For all the pre-show talk about new forms of television distribution, it was a good night for network television, between Margulies, Parsons and “Modern Family.” Allison Janney won a best supporting actress award for her role in the freshman CBS sitcom, “Mom.”Netflix and its biggest shows, “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black,” didn’t win any major awards.The Emmys included a touching tribute to Robin Williams, who died earlier this month, by his comedian friend Billy Crystal.“He made us laugh. Hard. Every time you saw him,” Crystal said.last_img read more

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National forests hope to keep more money for recreation

first_imgASPEN | Leaders of Colorado recreation areas are supporting a proposal in Congress that would allow a national forest to keep as much as 80 percent of the ski-area permit fees collected at the forest, including areas like the White River National Forest that gets money from Aspen Skiing Co. and other ski resort operators.The money would be used to maintain and expand outdoor recreation on public lands. It also could be used for improving ski areas, providing avalanche education and offering interpretive presentations.The amount each area gets could be reduced if the revenue is more than the forest needs.White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams said previously that a shift of funds to national firefighting efforts has significantly cut into the budget for other needs, such as trail maintenance and backcountry patrols.Because of a lack of funding, it also takes longer to process proposals by ski areas, including summer recreation expansion plans at Vail, Breckenridge and Snowmass.The White River National Forest collected about $16 million in fiscal 2014 from the 11 ski areas on the forest that use public lands, the Aspen Times reported (https://tinyurl.com/h3ufg93 ).Colorado’s ski industry trade association, Colorado Ski Country USA, said it supports the ski resort options.The bill in Congress, dubbed the Recreation Not Red-Tape Act, is in line with goals that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced recently in a call for sweeping policy changes. Jewell said the United States needs to do more to conserve public lands, waters and wildlife.Jewell said federal agencies also must reach out to a more diverse cross-section of Americans and get them interested in public lands.last_img read more

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Vermont produces record amount of maple syrup: 1.9M gallons

first_imgMONTPELIER, Vt. | Officials say Vermont has produced a record amount of maple syrup this past year, thanks to an extended season with low temperatures and more people getting into the business or expanding their operations.Vermont is by far the country’s largest producer of maple syrup. U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics show the state yielded 1.9 million gallons this year, up from 1.4 million gallons last year.New York was second with 707,000 gallons, followed by Maine, Wisconsin and New Hampshire.Overall, the country produced 4.2 million gallons.Maple syrup retails for an average of about $48 to $52 per gallon.The Vermont Agency of Agriculture’s maple specialist says the number of taps in trees in Vermont has jumped from a million about 15 years ago to nearly 5 million now.last_img read more

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Over-the-top NYC Christmas displays draw some bah-humbugs

first_img In this Dec. 14, 2016, photo, Jeffrey Diaz and his daughter Isabella look at a display of Christmas lights in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) In this Dec. 14, 2016, photo, Dyker Heights resident Lucy Spata, whose elaborate Christmas decorations along with those of her neighbors, draw thousands of onlookers to the Brooklyn Borough neighborhood each holiday season, stands in front of her home in New York. In spite of the inconveniences, Spata says she still loves how people flock in droves to see the brilliant, over-the-top spectacle each holiday season. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) In this Dec. 14, 2016, photo, bundled-up tourists from a “Tour America” group glance around the Dyker Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn Borough of New York after arriving by giant tour bus from midtown Manhattan. In recent years the number of people flooding into the neighborhood has grown exponentially as more and more tourists learn about the area’s elaborate Christmas decorations. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) NEW YORK | It’s a neighborhood Christmas display with New York City attitude: big, brash, loud and over-the-top.Blazing lights, giant toy soldiers, angels, snowmen, wise men, Santas and piped-in Sinatra caroling form an all-out barrage on the senses from nearly every house in the heart of Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights neighborhood, an annual extravaganza that draws thousands of tourists every evening by the car and busload.But all of it has some residents just wishing for a silent night. In this Dec. 14, 2016, photo, visitors to the Dyker Heights neighborhood of the Brooklyn Borough of New York gather in front of Lucy Spata’s house, as they tour the area known for it’s elaborate and over-the-top Christmas displays. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) In this Dec. 14, 2016, photo, a private home in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York is elaborately decorated for Christmas. The neighborhood, world famous for it’s over-the-top Christmas decorations, is drawing so many tourists that some residents are unhappy with all the attention. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) In this Dec. 14, 2016, photo, a sign in front of a decorated house warns visitors to keep off the premises in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of New York. While many residents welcome the crowds that flock to the area to see over-the-top Christmas decorations on private homes, not all residents are happy with the hordes of tourists. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) In this Dec. 14, 2016, photo, Tanya, Adriana and Vasyl Palinchak take a selfie in front of an elaborately-decorated home in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)center_img In this Dec. 14, 2016, photo, Jian Qing Chen, a recent arrival to New York from China’s Fujian province, snaps a cell phone photo of Christmas decorations in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. The area’s elaborate, over-the-top Christmas displays on private homes draw thousands of visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) In this Dec. 14, 2016, photo, a sign warning spectators not to come onto the property is hung in front of a lighted creche display in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of the Brooklyn Borough of New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, a giant animatronic Santa Claus towers over tourists taking photos at the elaborately-decorated Polizotto mansion in Dyker Heights neighborhood in the Brooklyn Borough of New York. The neighborhood has been drawing more tourists each year to see spectacular displays of Christmas lights and decorations like this one. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) In this Dec. 14, 2016, photo, a man and his child pass Christmas decorations in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. For years, residents in Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights section have been turning their homes into a wonderland of lights, snowmen, toy soldiers, Santas and piped-in caroling. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) In this Dec. 14, 2016, photo, Dyker Heights resident Lucy Spata, whose elaborate Christmas decorations, along with those of her neighbors, draw thousands of onlookers to the neighborhood each holiday season, stands on her street with a police officer who helped her husband maneuver his car through crowds in the Brooklyn Borough of New York. “You should see this place on weekends!” Spata said. In spite of the inconveniences, Spata still loves that people flock in droves to see the brilliant, over-the-top spectacle each year. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) “As pretty as it can be, it’s difficult,” says Linda Rebmann, 72, who has lived in Dyker Heights all her life and has only an unlit cranberry wreath on her home. “It’s a little out of hand. It’s gotten to be a bit much.”Nobody is talking about pulling the plug on the displays, which are still a source of neighborhood pride. But there has been extra grumbling this season, especially after some parking spots usually used by residents were blocked off for rows of tour buses.“This close to Christmas you can’t walk. It’s like Manhattan,” says Joyce Arpino, 55, a resident for three decades. She says she stopped decorating inside her windows because gawkers would peer inside and rap the glass. Tourists used to park in front of her house or even in her driveway until she set out some orange traffic cones.“I don’t want to sound like a Scrooge,” she says, “but it’s horrible.”To that, residents like 30-year-old Vinny Privitelli respond: lighten up.This year, he spent all of November and thousands of dollars to install strings of red and white lights on his roof and around every window and adorn his lawn with reindeer, a trio of dancing elves and a nativity scene. Privitelli admits part of the fun is trying to outdo his neighbors, some of whom hire professionals to do their displays. And he has no problem with the throngs of visitors who come to check it out.“It’s nice to see them enjoying it, that’s what we get out of it,” he says. “Everything in the news is negative, so at least we get one positive thing.”Around the corner, a crowd of 35 people stopped at another house, where every inch of the stoop and patio was packed with glowing nutcrackers, snowmen, reindeer and plastic angels.On another lawn, a 13-foot-tall, animatronic Santa Claus sat between a pair of giant toy soldiers and two carousels ablaze with lights. It was all so bright that the selfie-snapping crowds didn’t need to use a flash.“Let’s go folks. You can’t hold up traffic,” an officer inside a police van shouted at drivers stopped in the street.“I like it when they take pictures,” says Angela Peralta, whose display includes a candy cane arch over the driveway, a “Merry Christmas” banner and a waving, inflatable snowman. “People are very respectful. They say it’s beautiful.”By most accounts, the light displays became a neighborhood activity in the 1980s, and buses began bringing in tourists from Manhattan about a decade ago. Some bus tours play up the area’s Italian-American heritage, including stops at a nearby bakery for cannolis and hot chocolate.Among the bus visitors this year was Jeanne Andrews, 66, who traveled from Vincennes, Indiana, to experience Christmas in the Big Apple. She went to see the tree in Rockefeller Center and the windows at Macy’s, but this was different.“I like this because it’s so personal. Every family has something different,” she says. “I love it. I just think it’s spectacular.”last_img read more

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Battle of the sexes at Mountain Shadow

first_imgPSC golf from The Fairways Golf SocietyMonday, November 7, The Emerald – StablefordJust when we thought the rainy season had finally ended we got caught out half way round the course when the heavens opened up yet again.  Although it did not last very long, some of us got thoroughly soaked through.  It did not seem to affect most of the players however as the golf was of a very high standard with several scores under par. Bryan Neal once again took the honours with 40 points and it was nice to see John Coetzee come in second with a good score 38 as he has been struggling as of late.Near pins went to Scott Dobbins, John Coetzee, Ning Neal and Pier Cere.Playing captains Noi Emerson & Tony Duthie.1st Bryan Neal (19) 40pts2nd John Coetzee (19) 38pts3rd Scott Dobbins (0) 37pts4th Andy Crabb (22) 37ptsWednesday, November 9, Greenwood – StablefordWe had a full house today so three divisions – and thankfully not a drop of rain in sight!Surely the handicapper will catch up soon with Bryan Neal as once again he excelled in the B flight with 40 points.  But today this was not good enough to win as he was eclipsed by Eric Reginilsson with 41.We had near pins today for the Ladies and Gents and the respective winners were Koong, Ning, Yui & Yusa (Ladies) and Bryan Neal, Bob Moore & Barry Wellings (Men).A Flight1st Richard Hurley (6) 35pts2nd Pier Cere (12) 34pts3rd Shane Ruddle (2) 34ptsB Flight1st Eric Reginilsson (20) 41pts2nd Bryan Neal (19) 40pts3rd Bob Moore (17) 36ptsLadies1st Yui Bietry (9) 38pts2nd May Mitchel (20) 34pts3rd Nut (26) 34pts4th Yusa (26) 34ptsFriday, November 11, Mountain Shadow – StablefordWe had not played this course for quite some time so it was decided to give it another go and everyone seemed happy with the decision.The ladies & gents teams line up at Mountain Shadow.That man Bryan Neal took the honours once again with 39 points; there seems to be no stopping him at the moment.  Second place turned out to be a real battle with John Coetzee, just edging out Pier Cere on a back nine count 21-16 after they both came in with 37 points.Pier also had two near pins while Alan Pilkington had one and nobody managed to get on the green on the other par three.  Only one division today with sixteen players so four places.1st Bryan Neal (19) 39pts2nd John Coetzee (19) 37pts3rd Pier Cere (12) 37pts4th Alan Pilkington (8) 33ptsAlso this week we had a match-play tournament between the Fairway gentlemen and ladies.  This turned out to be a huge success with everybody thoroughly enjoying the fierce competition.  It was a real battle with both teams determined not to lose.When the men lost the first three matches recorded it did not look good for them, but somehow they battled back to win by the narrowest of margins 5 to 4 and it was really exciting as three of the matches went to the last hole.The individual match results were as follows:  Tony Duthie.(cpt) lost 1 down to Noi Emerson.(cpt); Shane Ruddle lost 3 & 2 to Yui Bietry; Don Head lost 2 & 1 to Mam; Pier Cere won 4 & 2 over Ning Neal; Frank Riley lost 1 down to Koong; Bryan Neal won 5 & 4 over Yusa; Eric Reginilsson won 3 & 2 over Nut; Bob Moore won 4 & 3 Sang; John Coetzee won 1 up over May Mitchell.An excellent time was had by one and all back at the Fairways club house and everyone was talking about when we will have the return match and what the outcome will be next time.Note:  The Fairways Driving Range and Golf Society is situated at the top of Pattaya Klang on Sukhumvit Road and plays every Sun/Mon/Wed & Friday.   Anyone wishing to play with us can call into the club house and put their names down on the lists provided or call Scott on 084 389 2379.  Transport provided if required.last_img read more

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Torrie & Lyne triumph on slow day at Green Valley

first_imgRod Torrie was the winner today in A flight with thirty nine points, which considering the reduction of seven shots off his handicap over the last six months was a very good score indeed.  Jack Fetherston, who has just arrived from Ireland, made a name for himself quickly and took second place with thirty seven points.  Declan Kelly was third with thirty five, beating Shaun Merriman in to fourth on a count back.Michael Lyne was the winner in B flight with thirty seven points and Ger Lodge took second with thirty four, beating Andy Galvin into third on a count back.  This was Andy’s second week in a row to get on the podium and he is definitely getting the hang of Green Valley now!  Tony Aston, who is just back from a visit home, was fourth with thirty two points.Andy Galvin, Teddy Lodge and Joe McArdle split the ‘2’s pot.Tuesday, Jan. 13, Mt. Shadow – StablefordWe arrived at Mountain Shadow early today and there were not many around so we teed off well before our allotted time and got round quickly as there was no one in front of us.A strong wind and fast greens kept the scoring low and none of our group managed to play to their handicap, but they couldn’t blame the course as it was in perfect condition and a pleasure to play.Brian Lalor had just arrived from Ireland at the weekend and quickly took the top spot in B flight with thirty three points, followed by Ger Lodge in second with thirty one on count back over John McGarry in third.After a spectacular meltdown on Sunday at Green Valley where he had twenty-one points on the front nine and then only nine on the back, Joe McArdle managed to hold it together today to bring in the best score and win A flight with thirty five points.  In second was Jack Fetherston with thirty one, beating Frank McGowan into third on a count back.Thursday, Jan. 15, Pattana – StablefordA lot of confusion at Pattana on Thursday, most of our friends were charged 1,200 baht for the green fee when the agreed price for the IPGC was 1,000.  When the mistake was discovered it took a long time to get the staff to agree to the proper price.  Then, when they did agree, all the people who had paid had to go back to their caddy to collect the tickets and bring them back to the cashier to get a refund.  The cashiers in Pattana are slow at the best of times taking money but when it came to giving a refund it was even worse.Eventually it was sorted out and then when we got to the tee box we discovered that our organizer had forgotten to put some of the names on the time sheet so more confusion, but at the end of the day we all got off for our game.Everyone who played today was very impressed with the course and a lot of people were asking why we don’t play it more often, so we will be adding it on to our schedule a lot more in the future.Again today, none of our golfers managed to play to their handicaps, with Jack Fetherston being the best of the day and winning A Flight with thirty five points.  Donal Lyne, on his last game with us for this year, came second with thirty three and he nudged Frank McGowan into third on a count back.Ger Lodge was the best in B Flight with thirty three points, John Fenwick was second with thirty two and John McGarry came in third with thirty one.Ger Lodge, John Deardon and Jack Fetherston shared the ‘2’s with one each.Note: The Tara Court Golf Group play every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, leaving O’Gara’s Bar and Restaurant in the Tara Court on Pratamnak  Rd. around 10.00 a.m.  Sign up either in O’Gara’s or call Joe on 089 249 1364. IPGC Golf from The Tara Court GolfSunday, Jan. 11, Green Valley – StablefordWe got off to a bad start today at Green Valley where we had to wait over an hour after our allotted tee time to get started as they were very busy and the starter let people out at a time when they had no booking.   When we did eventually get going, we moved along at a nice pace and everything went ok.  There was a nice breeze, so perfect weather for golf.  Again we had a large group out and anyone who now wants to play with us on Sundays needs to let us know early in the week to be sure of a place.John  Fetherston & Ger Lodge.last_img read more

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Another lovely day for golf

first_imgPSC Golf from BillabongWednesday, December 11 Green Valley StablefordThis dry spell and recent strong winds certainly expose the deficiencies of the Green Valley irrigation system. Small oasis of green grass are in evidence where the sprinklers are operational but situated in a desert of brown grass, which closely resembles straw, where the sprinklers are not working and there are many. The tees are a case in point. Perhaps now St. Andrews is open they may give some consideration to repairing the system.A lovely day for golf which saw Miss Yen (22) in 3rd place with 35 points but for only 1 point in three holes she might have challenged Miss Nu (15) in 2nd place with a tremendous comeback after the turn, dropping only 3 shots and included 6 pars. But Miss Nok (18) had a special day dropping only 4 shots on the way out for 23 points, 10 pars overall and a well-deserved 1st place. There was a bit of a logjam in the men’s comp with three players on 37 points. George Barrie (21) missed out for 3rd place having 5 points less on the back and losing out to Arch Armstrong (10) on the last three holes. Arch had 2 blobs on the way home which conceded 2nd place to Kevin Wild (23) who had a steady round with 7 three pointers and 1 four pointer. William Peach (20) had 43 points to win the day which brings into question someone who plays off the silver tees, walks the first 9 holes on a warm, sunny day, and drops only 5 shots on the way home.Only Auke Engelkes and Jeff North had a return for birdies on a par three.last_img read more

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Moore, Parker, Cash chosen among WNBA’s 20 greatest players

first_imgIn this March 9, 2016 file photo, basketball player Candace Parker poses at the 2016 Team USA Media Summit, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The two-time WNBA MVP helped the Americans win the gold medal in the past two Olympics. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) Swin Cash, a two-time national champion with UConn, announced she’ll retire from the WNBA after this season in a post on “The Players’ Tribune.” (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) Former players Cynthia Cooper, Yolanda Griffith, Becky Hammon, Lauren Jackson, Lisa Leslie, Deanna Nolan, Ticha Penicheiro, Katie Smith, Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson and Teresa Weatherspoon were also honored.Nolan was the only one of the former players not to be selected five years ago among the 15 greatest. Dawn Staley was on that list but didn’t make Tuesday’s group.center_img NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Moore and Candace Parker have led their teams to record starts. Now the two former MVPs are being honored as among the 20 greatest and most influential players in WNBA history.They were the youngest players on the list, which was selected by a 15-member panel and announced Tuesday. Other active players include Moore’s Minnesota teammates Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen. Seattle’s Sue Bird, Indiana’s Tamika Catchings, Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi, Chicago’s Cappie Pondexter and New York’s Swin Cash round out the current players selected.In a Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 file photo, Minnesota Lynx’s Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore and Rebekkah Brunson celebrate their 69-52 victory over the Indiana Fever in Game 5 of the WNBA basketball finals, in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Lynx have won three championships in the last five years and come as close to a dynasty as the WNBA has seen in the last 15 years.  (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs, File)last_img read more

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LA Chargers hire Anthony Lynn as head coach a day after move

first_imgIn this Sept. 25, 2016, file photo, Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn walks to the field before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Orchard Park, N.Y. The NFL will have eight minority head coaches in 2017, tying the most for the beginning of one season. With the hirings of Lynn by the San Diego Chargers and Vance Joseph by the Denver Broncos, the eight minority coaches will equal the number in 2011. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The Chargers hired Anthony Lynn as their head coach Friday night, one day after announcing their relocation to Los Angeles.The 48-year-old Lynn is a respected veteran assistant who spent the last two seasons with the Buffalo Bills. He moved up during this season from running backs coach to offensive coordinator to interim head coach, presiding over the Bills’ final game after Rex Ryan was fired.The NFL will have eight minority head coaches in 2017, tying the most for the beginning of one season. With the hirings of Lynn by the San Diego Chargers and Vance Joseph by the Denver Broncos, the eight minority coaches will equal the number in 2011.Lynn attracted extensive interest on the NFL job market, and the Chargers took a break from planning their move out of San Diego to secure a deal with him. Lynn becomes the first Black coach in franchise history.“This is really a dream come true,” Lynn said in a statement. “I want all of our fans to know that we’re going to start by putting together a great staff, and we’re going to put together a team with the heart and will of a champion. I know there’s a lot of work to be done, and I’m going to give everything I have to the Chargers, the Spanos family and the City of Los Angeles.”Lynn replaces Mike McCoy, who was fired on Jan. 1 after going 27-37 in four seasons.The coaching change coincided with the franchise upheaval caused by owner Dean Spanos’ decision to leave San Diego after 56 years to move two hours north, where the Chargers will play next season at the 30,000-seat StubHub Center in Carson before sharing the Los Angeles Rams’ palatial Inglewood stadium in 2019.Along with hiring a coaching staff and implementing a new philosophy on both sides of the ball, Lynn will have to do much of his work in likely temporary surroundings until the Chargers complete their relocation. Their training complex is expected to be in the Orange County city of Costa Mesa.“Anthony has a commanding presence and brings a no-nonsense approach,” Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said. “He is going to be a great leader, and we’re confident he’s going to lead the Chargers to great success that our fans have come to expect out of this organization.”Lynn inherits a Chargers team that won only nine games over the past two seasons following 11 consecutive years in which they made six playoff appearances and never won fewer than seven games. McCoy’s Chargers repeatedly struggled in late-game situations despite a fairly talented roster, and San Diego missed the playoffs this year for the sixth time in seven seasons.Ryan promoted Lynn to offensive coordinator in mid-September after firing Greg Roman. After Ryan was fired, Lynn ran the team for a loss to the New York Jets.Lynn helped to build a powerful running game in Buffalo, and he will have many ingredients for another ground-and-pound unit in Los Angeles. The Chargers are taking along talented running back Melvin Gordon, who rushed for 997 yards and scored 12 touchdowns last season, behind an offensive line that struggled with injuries this season.Lynn was a running back in the NFL for seven seasons despite going undrafted out of college, and he was with the Denver Broncos when they won consecutive Super Bowls in 1998 and 1999. He is also the first former Texas Tech player to become an NFL head coach.Lynn was a running backs coach for the previous 13 seasons, including the past eight spent working under Ryan with the Bills and Jets. Lynn also held the title of assistant head coach with the Jets in 2014, his sixth season in New York.He also coached running backs under Jack Del Rio in Jacksonville, Bill Parcells in Dallas, Romeo Crennel in Cleveland.“He’s had a number of great coaching influences in his life,” said John Spanos, the Chargers’ president of football operations. “As a former player who won two Super Bowls, Anthony knows firsthand what championship pedigree is all about. We couldn’t be more excited to have him lead our franchise into this exciting new era of Chargers football.”___AP Sports Writer Bernie Wilson in San Diego contributed to this report.___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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Rafa Benitez wants Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia at Real Madrid

first_img The Frenchman previously played in La Liga for Sevilla, before heading to Monaco in the summer of 2013.  New Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez has set his sights on Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, according to reports in Diario AS.  13/06/2015 Madrid have already recalled Casemiro from his loan spell at Porto, but it’s believed Benitez is still keen to add more depth to the midfield area.  CEST Upd. at 15:08 Sami Khedira has left the club for Juventus, but any move for Kondogbia would be further bad news for Asier Illarramendi and Lucas Silva, who have both struggled to hold down minutes in the first team.  Sport EN AS add that if a deal for Kondogbia cannot be completed, Roma’s Radja Nainggolan could be another potential target.last_img read more

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