—Houston outfielder Josh Reddick says he and other players have received death threats in the wake of the team’s sign-stealing scandal. Reddick told reporters in Florida that he received threats on social media and people have commented on pictures of his infant twins, saying they hope they get cancer. He said teammates have received threatening messages and he thinks it will be scary for his wife and children to join him on the road this season.EQUAL PAYAmerican women seek more than $66M in damages from US SoccerUNDATED (AP) — Players on the U.S. women’s national team are seeking more than $66 million in damages as part of their gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation.The damages were included in slew of papers filed Thursday night in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles ahead of a trial scheduled to start May 5. Update on the latest sports HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State and the family of the late head football coach Joe Paterno announced Friday they have resolved “outstanding issues” that had divided them, eight years after he was fired following assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s child molestation arrest. Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse in 2012 and is serving a 30–to-60 year prison sentence.The university issued a statement, read by the chairman of the university board at a meeting, that it had agreed to pay “certain of the Paterno family’s expenses” and wished to move forward. The amount was not disclosed.The deal ends a lawsuit against the university by the Paternos’ son Jay Paterno, who is currently a member of the Penn State board. Jay Paterno had claimed the university-commissioned report into the scandal had unfairly tarnished him and made him unable to find work as a football coach.Joe Paterno was 85 when he died of cancer-related complications in January 2012.NHL-NEWS Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL LABORUnion committee rejects NFL labor deal; player reps to voteNEW YORK (AP) — The NFL players’ union executive committee voted 6-5 Friday to recommend rejecting the terms of a labor deal approved by NFL owners the previous day. In other NHL news:— The NHL-leading Boston Bruins have freed up salary cap space by trading veteran forward David Backes (BAK’-ehs) and a first-round draft pick to the Anaheim Ducks for forward Ondrej Kase (AHN’-dray KAH’-shah). Anaheim also acquired 20-year-old prospect defenseman Axel Andersson in the deal completed three days before the NHL’s trade deadline.— The Buffalo Sabres have placed suspended defenseman Zach Bogosian on unconditional waivers with the intention of terminating his contract. The move puts the Sabres in position to part ways with a disgruntled player who asked to be traded earlier this season and spent the past week refusing to report to the minors. Bogosian will have an opportunity to sign with another team to finish out the season.MLB-INDIANS-CARRASCO INJURYIndians RHP Carrasco day to day with mild hip flexor strain About 80,000 people are needed at the Olympics to provide free work which the IOC calls “key support to ensure the success of the games.”Tokyo organizers said the postponed sessions are “part of efforts to prevent the spread of infection of the novel coronavirus.” GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco has been diagnosed with a mild strain of his right hip flexor after feeling discomfort while doing squats in the weight room during spring training.The team said Friday that Carrasco was considered day to day after an MRI revealed the strain.Manager Terry Francona said Carrasco felt something in his upper leg when squatting on Wednesday.The 32-year-old pitcher made an inspiring comeback last season after being diagnosed with leukemia. He revealed that in June and returned as a reliever in September after treatment.In other MLB news: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOR INVESTIGATIONDocuments: Michigan student says he reported doctor’s abuseANN ARBOR, Michigan (AP) — Documents show a doctor continued to work at the University of Michigan for decades after a supervisor confronted him about allegations of sex abuse. According to the documents released to The Associated Press on Friday, one former student told investigators that Dr. Robert E. Anderson was known by student athletes as “Dr. Drop your drawers Anderson.” That man says he told his wrestling coach and others that Anderson molested him during a medical exam in the 1970s. The documents say a former vice president of student life told police he had no idea that Anderson had remained at the school for decades after he confronted the doctor about the allegations.PENN STATE-ABUSEPenn State settles ‘outstanding issues’ with Paterno family Among the documents filed were the separate collective bargaining agreements of the U.S. men’s and women’s teams, which had not previously been made public.Players on the women’s national team sued the federation last March alleging institutionalized gender discrimination that includes inequitable compensation between the men’s and women’s teams.LUGE-TRACK SAFETYUS, others pull out of Luge World Cup, citing safetyUNDATED (AP) — The U.S. has pulled its entire team out of this weekend’s series of World Cup luge races in Winterberg, Germany, while athletes from many nations are protesting what they are calling unsafe ice conditions. February 21, 2020 Blue Jackets lose their top scorerUNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost their top goal-scorer for the rest of the season. The team says forward Oliver Bjorkstrand fractured an ankle in Thursday night’s loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Friday that Bjorkstrand will be out eight to 10 weeks and might need surgery.Bjorkstrand has 21 goals and 15 assists with 12 penalty minutes in 49 games this season. He leads the club in goals, winning goals with five and multipoint games with 11.Columbus leads the NHL in man-games lost to injury this season. Also sidelined this season: All-Star defenseman Seth Jones, forwards Cam Atkinson and Josh Anderson and goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (YOH’-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH’-loh). Austria has also withdrawn its entire team from the weekend events and even several sliders from Germany — on home ice, no less — have said they are not willing to race this weekend. The International Luge Federation offered a compromise of sorts Friday by saying it would shorten the race distance, but even that did not solve the intense disagreement between sliders and officials over the safety issue.Sliders from many nations have said there is too much ice buildup on certain curves, which significantly increases the chance of crashing.OLYMPIC VOLUNTEERS-CHINA OUTBREAKTokyo delays Olympic volunteer training because of virusTOKYO (AP) — While again stating there are no plans to cancel or delay the Tokyo Olympics, local organizers postponed training sessions for volunteers on Friday for at least two months because of the virus outbreak spreading from China. The owners’ proposal features a 17-game season, shorter preseason, larger rosters and limits on the number of international games. It will next be voted on by the 32 player representatives. Even if they reject it, the union is expected to bring the plan to the entire membership. Objections to an expanded regular season are considered the main stumbling block for player approval.If the NFLPA does not approve the terms, the current collective bargaining agreement, which expires in March 2021, would remain in effect and further talks would be required.In other NFL news:— The Chicago Bears have waived cornerback Prince Amukamara and speedy receiver Taylor Gabriel. Amukamara started 42 games over the past three seasons and gave the Bears a physical presence in the backfield. He was limited by a hamstring injury late last season and missed a game. Gabriel has 2,860 yards and 14 touchdown catches in six years with three teams. He caught 67 passes for 688 yards in 2018 after signing with the Bears but was limited because of concussions.— The Jacksonville Jaguars exercised contract options on receiver Chris Conley and free safety Jarrod Wilson. The moves potentially eliminate two areas of need for the team heading into free agency and the draft. The Jaguars now have Conley under contract through 2020 and Wilson through 2021. Wilson started all 16 games last season and led the team with 73 tackles and 1,186 snaps.
Champions Manchester City fell eight points behind Liverpool in the title race after suffering a shock home defeat against Wolves.Adama Traore scored twice in the final 10 minutes as Wolves won in the top flight at Manchester City for the first time since 1979.Traore scored the first 10 minutes from time as the visitors capitalised on a mistake from Joao Cancelo. He added a second on the break deep into injury time. City have now dropped five points in their opening four home games of the season, having dropped just three in the whole of last season and seven the year before that.David Silva came closest for the hosts when he hit the bar with a second-half free-kick. Raheem Sterling also had a shot blocked in the scramble that followed.It was only the second time in 45 league games that City have failed to score. The last time that happened at home in the league was against Huddersfield in May 2018, by which time they had already won their first title of the Guardiola era.Traore had not scored since September 2018 but the £18m man made no mistake as Wolves twice broke clear of the home defence. Raul Jimenez provided the assist on both occasions.It is 20 years since Wolves last beat City away from Molineux and 40 since they did so in the top flight. The impact of this victory could have a significant bearing on the title race, so fine are the margins in the battle between the champions and leaders Liverpool.City and Wolves had both been engaged in European combat this week – and the fact City were at home, rather than travelling 4,000 miles to Turkey and back – and had an additional two days’ rest, should have given them a clear advantage.That they failed to make the most of it was almost entirely due to their own failings.Through either misplaced passes by Riyad Mahrez or Nicolas Otamendi, or the latter man needlessly charging out of position, Wolves forwards were allowed to run free three times in the opening half, straight down the middle of the pitch.Patrick Cutrone screwed one opportunity badly wide and Jimenez appeared to be clipped in the penalty area by Fernandinho, costing him a shooting chance. In between, Fernandinho, currently operating as a makeshift central defender, denied both men with a magnificent double block.City thought they had survived the worst. But as they pushed for a winner in the final 10 minutes, their mistakes finally cost them.This time, Cancelo lost possession, allowing Jimenez to race on. As Otamendi slipped, the Mexican rolled the ball to Traore, who finished cleanly.As City’s desperation increased, Traore’s pace was too much for them. And in the final minute of stoppage time, Jimenez again fed the £18m signing from Middlesbrough, who completed his first double since February 2018, when he was still on Teesside.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Julia Poe | Daily TrojanThis week’s edition of Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback was headlined by a bold prediction: “This is going to be the most talked-about [NFL] draft in history.” That quote came from Gil Brandt, the Dallas Cowboys’ former vice president and the NFL’s current go-to draft guru. If anyone can make an accurate gambit on the future of the league, Brandt, who spent three decades with the Cowboys, would be your man. Yet somehow, the prediction of a life-changing, league-altering draft seems almost too good to be true.There are only two weeks left until this year’s NFL Draft is underway in Texas. But is Dallas really capable of changing all that much? After all, those three days of lottery picks could be described as the most overhyped event of every year of pro football. The same storyline seems to play out on an annual basis. A few prayers for Cleveland, a few misty-eyed moments over touching stories of players who overcame adversity, and then the smoke settles and the real work begins. I’m not saying that the draft isn’t important. The players selected over those three days set the tone and the foundation of the future of every team in the league. But the draft is a bit of a shot in the dark. For the past year, scouts at every team have been doing their best to predict the future value of a player, and that isn’t an exact science.Every football fan knows this story. Todd Marinovich was picked before Brett Favre. Tom Brady went 199th overall. All too often, the greatest stars are overlooked or ignored in the draft, and those who go in the first round end up peaking in college.Even former Trojans have seen this play out. Former USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, for instance, was a second-round pick last year, then burst onto the scene with the Steelers to become a household name in Pittsburgh and around the NFL. Smith-Schuster ended up posting better stats and making a bigger impact on his team than other first-round picks, such as Corey Davis and Mike Williams, were able to at their respective teams.The draft process is ultimately unpredictable, a series of well-researched guesses that sometimes pan out and sometimes crash and burn. So why might this draft be the one that changes everything? Perhaps because it’s stacked with an unbelievably expansive lineup of dependable future stars.We’ll get to the quarterbacks, but first, when talking about this draft, you have to talk about Saquon Barkley. The former Nittany Lion has every tool in his belt to become an All-Pro player in a handful of years. He’s powerful, he’s explosive and when he has the ball, it’s impossible to tear your eyes away from him. If you watched Barkley play a single snap last season, you know that any team can depend on him to shoulder the run game of an offense, even as a rookie. In any given year, Barkley would probably go in the top four. But not this year. And that’s because of the quarterback class, a group of five young players who each have the potential to become something special.A lot of scouts, analysts and fans have argued that this class isn’t all that special because of the obvious question marks surrounding each quarterback. Josh Allen has the arm, but not the accuracy. Sam Darnold has the go-get-it attitude and the natural vision, but he tosses too many interceptions. Josh Rosen talks too much; Lamar Jackson runs too often; Baker Mayfield is, well, Baker Mayfield.But in my opinion, the focus of these criticisms proves the difference between this quarterback class and those of the past. Many of the critiques brought up for each of these quarterbacks define how the young player might not become a star. But I think it’s hard to argue that each of these five athletes will become consistent, dependable starters. And at least a few of them will grow to become stars.This is how this year’s draft could change everything. As the day nears, many experts are predicting that the first five picks could easily be quarterbacks, with Rosen and Darnold expected to take the first and second slots. This means that the frontrunners of five teams could be completely different next year. Even more importantly, it means that five teams could have veritable superstars in the making running the show next season.If anyone needs proof of how quickly a young quarterback can make a difference, they only have to look east to Philadelphia, which is still basking in the glow of the Super Bowl victory that Carson Wentz set up in his sophomore season. The Eagles traded up to clinch Wentz in the 2016 Draft, and after an impressive showing as a rookie, he went on to lay the foundation for the dangerous Philly offense that overthrew Brady this season.The coming-of-age season for Wentz was only the beginning of a shift that is soon to develop throughout the NFL, with Patrick Mahomes taking over the reins in Kansas City and Deshaun Watson returning to full health in Houston. The addition of five new quarterbacks with the potential to make similarly big splashes in their rookie seasons means that this is going to be an explosive year of football to watch.This year, the NFL has a major shakeup in the works. Fans across the league better strap in and prepare for the ride.Julia Poe is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs Tuesdays.
When Snail Mail Works BestAccording to CreditCards.com one in four Americans aren’t completely sold on the idea of mobile payments with security and privacy being the number one concern (64%).If you, too, are skeptical of online bill pay or just prefer doing things the old-fashioned way (or simply can’t pay certain bills electronically like my disability insurance premium) then load up on envelopes and stamps and gear up to mail in your payments.Just be sure to leave ample time to place a check in the mail prior to the bill’s due date. Keep an eye on your bank account to make sure the payment goes through. If you notice the payment has yet to be collected and the due date is nearing, follow up with the vendor as soon as possible to avoid getting slapped with a late fee. If for some reason your check gets lost in the mail, you can sometimes pay over the phone at the last minute and avoid any late charges.This tactic could work well for you if:You’re just not willing to automate.You can carve out time every week (or every few days) to review bills as they arrive online (or in the mail) and promptly send payment.You’re good with following up and checking your bank statement to verify if and when bills got cleared.You keep a nice stash of stamps around. Confession: I missed a payment on my Banana Republic store card back in my early 20’s. I simply forgot to mail in the check and it continued to haunt me for years to come. Not only did I get slapped with a $25 late fee (plus interest), the tardiness stained my credit report and cost me precious FICO points.When I went to apply for a mortgage a few years later, the loan underwriter wanted an explanation for that late payment. [Never mind that my credit score had recovered nicely and that I had never missed a payment since.]Needless to say that one misstep was costly and embarrassing.But it taught me a number of lessons, most notably that, for me, my best bill payment strategy was to automate as many bills as possible, all to eliminate the risk of missing payment deadlines.I also reckoned that many store cards are not nearly worth the initial 20% shopping discount they boast if you end up carrying a balance.I’m willing to bet that many of us, like I, have a late payment story or two…or possibly several. If you look at the behavior of Mint users, alone, during the first half of this year nearly one in five missed a credit card payment. The strange thing, too, is that many of these late payers had enough money in their accounts to pay their bills. The culprit? Forgetfulness.In a perfect world, we would automate all our bills, free of fraud concerns and financial constraints, and have ample cash in the bank to cover our expenses.But forgetfulness, a lack of organization and for many, not having sufficient funds, can get in the way. More than half of Americans (55%) are living paycheck to paycheck, spending as much as we make each month, according to a 2014 Pew study.If you’re struggling to figure out your ideal bill pay “system,” here are some suggestions – some tech-driven, some more old-fashioned. The good news is, there’s not really a wrong method for paying your bills, so long as it ensures you do so on time every time. Have a question for Farnoosh? You can submit your questions via Twitter @Farnoosh, Facebook or email at Farnoosh@farnoosh.tv (please note “Mint Blog” in the subject line).Farnoosh Torabi is America’s leading personal finance authority hooked on helping Americans live their richest, happiest lives. From her early days reporting for Money Magazine to now hosting a primetime series on CNBC and writing monthly for O, The Oprah Magazine, she’s become our favorite go-to money expert and friend.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedHow to Stay on Top of Bills When You Have Cash Flow Issues: A Freelancer’s GuideAugust 14, 2019In “Budgeting”How I Finally Built an Emergency SavingsSeptember 12, 2018In “Saving”College Students: Here are The Biggest Financial Mistakes You Need to AvoidAugust 21, 2018In “Budgeting” Good Bill Behavior For AllHere’s some parting advice that I think is important for all of us to practice, regardless of which bill pay route we take.Sign up for paperless statements. Even if you don’t like to automatically pay your bills, consider at least going green with your statements. You’re free to check your bill payment status online, as well as the breakdown of your bill whenever you want. This saves clutter and it’s really good for the environment.Review your bills throughout the month as they come ready. Check for overcharges. Don’t pay more than you have to.Keep sufficient funds in your checking account. This means you’ll have to become familiar with how much your bills amount to. Some are exactly the same every time. Others will vary. Keep track of your spending and, if it helps, keep a minimum amount tucked away in savings equal to the total of all your monthly bills so you never run short. New from Mint – Bill TrackingMint is currently rolling out even more features to help users stay on top of their bills. Remember that stat I shared earlier on Mint users and missed payments? Well they took notice and are releasing the functionality to help people avoid this money trap.If you’re currently a Mint user, keep an eye out for the new Bills section of the product. You can link your utility bills, rent/mortgage payments, and even offline payments to your Mint account and it’ll help remind you of what’s due and when.This payment works best if:You feel like your billing system is all over the place and need some help getting organizedYou’re stressed about whether or not you have enough money to cover your upcoming bills (allows you to see what else is coming up)You want someone else to “remember it” for you Link Payments to a Credit CardI’ll begin by sharing with you my personal bill payment method. I pay almost every possible bill I can – from Netflix to my nanny’s salary – with my credit card. The charges come through at various points throughout the month and land on my credit card. My credit card, in this way, acts like my central payment center. Then on the 25th of every month my credit card receives automatic funds from my checking account to fulfill my month’s balance.In effect, my cash doesn’t leave my bank to pay any of my bills until my credit card knocks on my door and asks me to pay up towards the end of month.This payment works best if:Many of your bills can be paid via a credit card.You know you’ll have sufficient funds in your bank account towards the end of the month to reconcile your credit card bill in full every time.You seek a very streamlined system that takes advantage of automatic bill pay.To help you stay on trackPay Throughout the MonthIf the above strategy makes you nervous because you’re not always sure you’ll have sufficient funds in your bank account to pay your entire credit card bill each month, consider a system that has you paying each bill as it comes due.Admittedly this method takes more effort to ensure you never miss a payment, since a typical household may have more than a dozen recurring bills (e.g. utilities, housing, cell phone, taxes, student loans, car payment, subscriptions, insurance, etc.). There are many deadlines to keep track of.For this strategy you’ll want to use a trusted web calendar where you can highlight when bills are due. Preferably this calendar also lets you assign alerts to yourself so you always know when bills are coming due. Google Calendar lets you do all of this and share your bill payment due dates with others.If it’s a bill you can pay electronically, then setting the alert a day or two before the due date could suffice. If it’s a bill that you need to pay via snail mail, give yourself at least a one-week head’s up. (And be sure to keep reading for specific advice around an overall snail-mail bill pay method.)One bill I always place in my calendar is my disability insurance premium. For some reason, I cannot pay it electronically. The insurer only accepts checks. It’s due once a year and if I miss it, I’m totally ruined because then the whole policy shuts off. It’s kind of scary.This payment system could be for you if:You don’t want to risk running short of cash at the end of the month before needing to pay your bills at once.You want a system that leaves with you a real time sense of how much cash you have on hand after each bill gets paid – so you don’t overspend on other things.You’re really organized. Post navigation