No Spurs, Man Utd offers; Real Madrid players want nothing to do with Bale

first_img Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThese Films Were Sued For The Weirdest Reasons12 Marvel Superheroes Before The Fame8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeTop 8 Most Fun Sylvester Stallone Movies read also:Tottenham in talks over Bale return – agent “The coach (Zinedine Zidane) doesn’t even want to see him. “The squad, and especially the hard core, want nothing to do with Gareth and agree with the coach.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Real Madrid are waiting for a first offer to arrive for outcast Gareth Bale. While agent Jonathan Barnett has claimed Bale wishes to return to Tottenham this summer, Real are yet to field any firm offer either from the Londoners or fellow suitors Manchester United. That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, while speaking on El Chiringuito de Jugones. “There is a problem, and it is that it is rumoured that Manchester United has come for Bale, and they tell me from the top that no one has come, but hopefully they will come,” revealed Inda.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

East Central FFA Competes in Forestry CDE

first_imgSt. Leon, IN—On November 14th, 13 members from the East Central FFA Chapter competed in the Area 1 Forestry Career Development Event at South Ripley High School. Contestants had to use their skills in forestry to complete an exam and identify different species of trees by their leaves, seeds, and wood samples. East Central’s top-ranking team placed 2nd. That team consisted of Madison Shumate, Madison McAdams, Alex Dudley, and Heath Doll.  This team has the opportunity to compete at the state contest on December 14th. Other members that competed include Adrien King, Bradley Kolb, Elizabeth Stout, Lewis Darringer, Kylee Starost, and Evan Kuhn. We also had 3 middle school members compete including Danny Callahan, Lloyd Darringer, and Issac Hartman. Our top placing individual was Madison Shumate placing 5th overall. Congrats to all members that participated!last_img read more

Pellegrini won’t change his outlook

first_img The Chilean pointed to the goals against column in City’s defence and responded to Sam Allardyce’s comments last month that Mangala had been left exposed at West Ham by referencing his side’s prolific record against the Hammers last season. “When you are a manager and win you have all the solutions,” Pellegrini said. “The same manager (Allardyce), we last year scored 14 goals (in four games against West Ham) and he didn’t have the solution. “We are conceding goals but we are the third best defence in the league, with one more goal (conceded) than Chelsea. “So be careful, we’re not so bad.” While Pellegrini might be glad of the break, QPR’s momentum has been halted after four impressive performances in succession, albeit with just four points claimed. The defeat of Aston Villa, draw with City and losses to Liverpool and Chelsea have shown a marked improvement in Harry Redknapp’s side. There is a togetherness and spirit, epitomised by midfielder Karl Henry. “Karl wasn’t in my team at the end of last season in the Championship,” Redknapp said. “Now he’s got back in and is going to be very hard to shift. “If you’ve got people doing that then you’ve got a chance (of survival).” Charlie Austin’s goals give QPR an opportunity, too. He was a menace throughout against City, scoring his sixth of the season and fourth goal in three games in front of England boss Roy Hodgson. Redknapp, who signed Austin from Burnley, tried to play down the talk of an England call-up for the former non-League player, whose grandfather he knows well. “His granddad Ozzy is my mate,” added Redknapp, who recalled a conversation when he was boss at Tottenham. “‘Have a look at my grandson, Harry.’ I asked who he was playing for and he said Hungerford. I’m managing in the Premier League – I’m not going to nip down to Hungerford Town. “I couldn’t see him getting in the Tottenham team when he was at Poole Town. I thought he’s not better than (Jermain) Defoe or (Rafael) van der Vaart. “When he was at Swindon he said ‘my Charlie’s doing well’. I only know Ozzy as Ozzy, I didn’t realise he was called Austin. I suddenly realised who Charlie was. “He’s a great lad and appreciates being a footballer. He’s a fantastic boy, he really is. “Roy has seen him here. He’ll make a decision whether he’s up to it. He’s got to keep scoring goals and if he keeps doing that then he’s got a chance.” Joey Barton compared Austin to Rickie Lambert, who is in the England squad. Barton said: “If you’re not playing for Liverpool – who can’t really hit a cow’s a*** with a banjo at the minute in terms of their frontline – and you can’t get a game for them how do you get in the England squad?” Barton has Austin in his Fantasy Football team. “My mates before the Villa game were giving him a load of stick because he hadn’t scored,” Barton added. “They took him out and I kept faith with him and he has produced for me.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has vowed to stick to his tried and tested approach to arrest the champions’ poor run of form. The international break comes after one win in six matches for City, with their Champions League future teetering on the edge and with them eight points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea. The latest blow came against survival hopefuls QPR in a 2-2 draw when City were outplayed bar Sergio Aguero’s brilliance and double strike. Pellegrini, though, insisted he would not compromise his plans. “We don’t have any doubts,” Pellegrini said. “We will continue to work in the same way we are doing. “We’ll continue to play the style of play we always do. And especially for me, when you have a bad moment you must have more trust in what you do. “It’s important to have the national break in this moment. “We are maybe not in a very good moment but the team continued fighting, continued working until the end. We tried to win. “We had a lot of chances to score. We didn’t do it. That’s why we just drew.” Pellegrini made some alterations following the midweek loss to CSKA Moscow – four changes in personnel and a change in shape to a 4-4-1-1 – but City were still susceptible in defence, particularly without Vincent Kompany as Eliaquim Mangala struggled. Press Associationlast_img read more

Aaron Ramsey calls for video technology after disallowed goal

first_imgArsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has called for video technology to help officials get big decisions correct after seeing his effort against Liverpool wrongly chalked off for offside. Press Association The Wales midfielder struck in the first half of Monday’s 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium but was deemed offside when collecting Santi Cazorla’s pass and finishing past Simon Mignolet. However, replays showed he was in line with Martin Skrtel and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said after the game he knew Ramsey was onside even though he was watching from his technical area. Ramsey’s would-be goal came in a first half that was ultimately dominated by Liverpool, who came up against an inspired Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal as he kept out Benteke’s close-range strike and tipped a superb Coutinho effort on to the post – the second time the Brazilian hit the frame of the goal. After the break it was a different story as the hosts looked for their first away win of the season, but to no avail. “We tried to push for the goal but it didn’t quite happen,” Ramsey said. “A few times they went on the counter attack. Our goalkeeper pulled off some good saves. It was frustrating that we could not get the goal. “It is important not to lose the big games and get something out of them, which we have managed to do. Hopefully we beat Newcastle and go on a bit of a run after the international break.” Liverpool remain unbeaten from their opening three games having seen off both Stoke and Bournemouth leading into Monday night’s encounter. They have also yet to concede a goal and defender Dejan Lovren has started to form a good understanding with Skrtel – something the former Southampton man wants to build on in the coming weeks. “I’d say we’re disappointed not to have won,” Lovren told Liverpool’s official website. “Especially in the first half we had so many chances. They also had some good chances but I think we were defensively perfect and everyone did a great job. We need to continue like this and the goals will come. “The first thing for us was not to concede and then after that to finish (chances). Cech was amazing and made a brilliant save from Benteke on the line, but in the end, it’s a good point because we know it’s tough here every time.” It is the second time in a week that officials have got a big call wrong, with the Premier League feeling the need to contact clubs in the last seven days to clarify a change in the rulings. Ironically, it was Liverpool who again benefited as Christian Benteke’s match-winning strike against Bournemouth was not ruled out despite Philippe Coutinho appearing to be offside. And Ramsey wants referees to be given the support of video replays to make sure the game does not continue to be marred by incorrect decisions. “Of course,” he replied when asked if players want technology to be used. “On another day we should have been 1-0 up. To look at a video for 20 seconds would maybe have changed the outcome of the game. “The replays suggest I was onside so it should have stood. But the linesman thought it was offside. Those things happen. “I thought I held my run and I thought I was onside. I took a glance over just to make sure and the flag was up. “I think we can take a leaf out of rugby. They do it really well. You see on the screens, they go up there for 20 seconds and they get the decision right in the end. Football can learn something from that.” last_img read more

ICC investigating approach during Windies, Zimbabwe series

first_imgLONDON, England (CMC) – Cricket’s world governing body, the ICC, is investigating an approach made to Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer to fix parts of the recent two-Test series against West Indies.Media reports yesterday said that Cremer had rejected the approach, allegedly from a former Zimbabwe Cricket board member prior to the first Test on October 21, and reported the incident to head coach Heath Streak.The matter was referred to Zimbabwe Cricket and then to the ICC who has since confirmed that its Anti-Corruption Unit was investigating.“The ICC can confirm that there is an ACU ongoing investigation in Zimbabwe and because there is an ongoing investigation, I cannot share any further details,” an ICC spokesperson said was quoted as saying.The Test, played at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, saw West Indies win by an innings and 17 runs inside four days.Zimbabwe, however, hung on for a draw in the second Test at the same venue, leaving the Caribbean side with a 1-0 series win.last_img read more

Students reestablish Phi Kappa Tau fraternity after 30-year hiatus

first_imgNow entering its second operating semester, Phi Kappa Tau is promoting a staunch policy against hazing, since numerous fraternities have lost recognition due to hazing violations in recent years.  After a 30-year hiatus, Phi Kappa Tau fraternity was officially approved by the University last year to return to Greek Row. Over the past year, the fraternity has grown and now marks USC’s largest Greek expansion in five years.  After experiencing financial troubles in 1988 that led to its eventual dissolution, students reestablished the fraternity with a focus on anti-hazing policies and strengthening community relationships. Additionally, Novosel received the award for Emerging Greek Leader of the Year for his efforts in coordinating the expansion. “Our founding was predicated upon a similar [anti-hazing] circumstance. [The founding members] saw that as an opportunity to change [hazing culture]” Thompson said of the USC chapter. Phi Kappa Tau fraternity returned to Greek Row, marking the largest expansion at USC in the past five years. (Krystal Gallegos | Daily Trojan) The Daily Trojan regrets this error. Phi Kappa Tau, which was established as USC’s fourth fraternity in 1918, gained 30 members at the end of the 2018-19 school year. Novosel said IFC and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Leadership and Development worked together to assess the organization’s proposal. Once the proposal was approved last October, the national organization began recruitment for leadership positions within the chapter as part of the reestablishment process. According to Phi Kappa Tau Vice President of Alumni Relations Beau Classen, many alumni continued the organization’s traditions throughout the chapter’s 30-year hiatus. Novosel, a senior majoring in business administration, said the fraternity’s Chairman of the Board of Governors Rick Rice hosted weekly tailgates for alumni and was a major player in advocating for the chapter’s reestablishment.  “The membership that they were able to achieve in their first semester on campus is nothing short of impressive,” Mendoza said. “I think it’s a testament to the strength of Greek life that they’re already seeing so much success.” According to Novosel, the summer-long recruitment process required in-person visits with members of the national organization, speeches outlining their qualifications and phone interviews with higher-ranked staff at the national headquarters in Oxford, Ohio.  “Our chapter was always in good standing and was never kicked off for hazing or anything like that,” Phi Kappa Tau president Seth Novosel said. Phi Kappa Tau’s progress was also recognized at the IFC’s awards ceremony. The fraternity was recognized with the Rise of Troy award for its excellence in recruitment.  “I think they just wanted their fraternity back [and] they just wanted kids to have the same bond they did,” said Classen, a senior majoring in communication.  The national organization also had to get approval from the Interfraternity Council to reestablish the chapter, IFC President Matteo Mendoza said.  According to Novosel, the University previously restricted Greek life to its 23 fraternities. He said Phi Kappa Tau waited for an opening to reestablish their chapter, which came when several hazing allegations resulted in some fraternities losing recognition on campus in the last five years. Novosel said he is proud of the efforts the IFC is making to move away from a supposed hazing culture. “I think Matteo has done a fantastic job of really making a change on this culture and I think this year we are really going to notice that change,” Novosel said. The University officially opened expansion opportunities in 2016, Novosel said. Alongside Rice and other alumni, Phi Kappa Tau’s national organization approached USC about restarting their chapter. Darryl Thompson, associate director of organizational growth, said the national chapter met with USC in spring 2016 to consider bringing the chapter back to campus. This article was updated at 8:43 a.m. on Aug. 29. An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Phi Kappa Tau was officially reestablished in Spring 2019. The fraternity was officially reestablished in Fall 2018.last_img read more

Man Utd Edges St Etienne to Cruise into Europa Last 16

first_imgMkhitaryan has been involved in five goals – scoring three and creating two – in his last six games and would have been a likely starter at Wembley.Despite leading 3-0 from the first leg at Old Trafford last week, Mourinho showed how highly he values success in this competition – which offers a route into next season’s Champions League to the winners – by picking a strong starting line-up.Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba were restored to the starting line-up after making a decisive contribution off the bench against Blackburn in the FA Cup on Sunday – the Frenchman teeing up the Swede to score the winning goal.There was none of the early match defensive jitters from United, and centre-back Bailly in particular, that had brought a rebuke from Mourinho following the first leg in which he accused his players of not having been focussed enough.And it took just 16 minutes for United to extinguish any fanciful hopes the hosts might have harboured of mounting a memorable comeback – when the opening goal came, it was almost too easy.Juan Mata used Daley Blind as a decoy to make space for himself down the left and his pinpoint cross was met by Mkhitaryan, dissecting the home centre-halves, to flick past the helpless Stephane Ruffier in the home goal.By then the visitors had already established control of the ball in midfield and looked comfortable spraying it around patiently.Mourinho was forced into an early change as Mkhitaryan seemed to tweak his hamstring and was replaced by Marcus Rashford on 25 minutes.United looked by far the more dangerous of the two sides but St Etienne did sound a warning from a set-piece seven minutes from the break as Jordan Veretout picked out Loic Perrin, only for the captain to head straight at Sergio Romero, celebrating his 30th birthday.It was, at least, the Ligue 1 side’s first effort on target over the two legs.Roared on by a passionate home crowd at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard, St Etienne played with energy at the start of the second half but it was United who should have doubled their lead as Marouane Fellaini fired into the side-netting when well placed.Things got interesting just after the hour mark as Bailly was sent-off for picking up two bookings in three minutes – the second when he clearly won the ball in a challenge with Romain Hamouma – much to Mourinho’s obvious annoyance.Mourinho had to quickly rejig, with centre-back Marcus Rojo replacing Mata and United shutting up shop.St Etienne were reduced to Florentin Pogba, Paul’s brother, trying his luck with a volley from 30 yards that sailed wide, summing up their impotency in front of goal over the two legs.Rashford’s pace was causing St Etienne problems and he clipped a ball over the top from Blind across the face of goal.Tougher nights in Europe than this await United, but at least it gave them a chance to quickly turn their attention to Southampton.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored but was then forced off with a hamstring injury as Manchester United cruised into the Europa League last 16 with a 1-0 win at St Etienne yesterday.That completed a 4-0 aggregate victory in the last 32 tie, although United finished the match with 10 men after Eric Bailly was dismissed for two yellow cards in quick succession.Manager Jose Mourinho will face an anxious wait ahead of Sunday’s English League Cup final against Southampton at Wembley to see if his Armenian playmaker is fit.last_img read more

Indiana Pacers appoint Robert “Cody” Parrent as Director of Esports Operations

first_imgEsports Insider says: More and more appointments are now emerging as esports initiatives gather pace out in the States. We’re looking forward to the league getting underway next year. The NBA team Indiana Pacers announced last week that Robert “Cody” Parrent is to join the organisation as their Director of Esports Operations.Robert will report directly to Kelly Krauskopf, the Senior Vice President of the Pacers. The Pacers have yet to make a huge move in esports, yet are one of the 17 confirmed NBA teams who are set to participate in the NBA 2K League’s inaugural season which gets underway next year. Whilst Parrent is not an overly familiar name in the esports industry, he brings a wealth of business experience and work in and around the esports space. In the business world, he spent time at Berry Plastics Corp., as an IMS Business Analyst and recently was a Co-Owner of Blue Commerce LLC, a company engaged in market research and Ecommerce. The release also adds that Parrent was an active member of the Evansville community, where he attended university. He was an Associate Head Coach with the Evansville Soccer Club and volunteered with a variety of organisations and charities. “Cody brings solid competitive gaming experience in many esports titles such as Halo, CS:GO, FIFA, and NBA 2K,” said Krauskopf. “He has built numerous connections in the NBA 2K community through his background in developing the 2KLab which focuses on analysing data from the 2K video game franchise in order to give players an edge over the competition. We are fortunate to have him leading our operation.”“I am honored to become a member of the Pacers team and look forward to developing a first-class esports operation here in Indianapolis,” said Parrent, who earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. “I have been involved in the esports community since 2006 and am passionate about being a part of the movement of competitive gaming into the mainstream.”last_img read more

Lakers fail to land Anthony Davis, but trade Zubac and Beasley to Clippers for Muscala

first_imgThe locker room breathed a sigh of relief. Kyle Kuzma said he had received indications that no deal with Davis was happening shortly after the Lakers’ loss to the Pacers on Tuesday, and that he had somewhat settled down since then knowing that he wouldn’t be shipped away to New Orleans.“I can actually pick up my phone and relax and text people,” he said. “People wanna talk to me without asking about getting traded.”While Zubac (8.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg) was the starting center during the past few weeks, JaVale McGee was the original starter when the season began and has now recovered from his pneumonia. The Lakers can also lean on veteran Tyson Chandler, who has sat out several games during the past few weeks for rest.Beasley had been in and out of the rotation while dealing with his mother’s illness and subsequent death early in the season. His Lakers tenure seemed to reach a turning point this week when it was reported he feuded with Walton after Saturday’s loss at Golden State. He released a statement to Yahoo Sports refuting the confrontation was serious, and told the Southern California News Group on Tuesday that the encounter “should never have left the locker room.”The Lakers are coming off their most lopsided loss of the season, a 42-point defeat against the Indiana Pacers. In a week when Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kuzma, Zubac and Beasley were all closely associated with trade scenarios with Davis, many of them acknowledged that they at least had seen or heard the speculation around their futures.Even Walton admitted it was a more wild deadline week than he was used to.“There is a lot this year, been a lot around our team, probably more so with the amount of media that covers all this stuff now, and the amount of rumors that get reported,” he said. “It’s probably more than most but, yeah, there’s been a lot of coverage on it.”Mirjam Swanson contributed to this report. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWhat the Lakers did come away with was Muscala, a 27-year-old, 6-foot-11 forward who spent most of the season with the Philadelphia 76ers (7.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg) as a bench player. He was acquired by the Clippers on Wednesday in a six-player deal that sent Tobias Harris to Philadelphia and never played a game for the other L.A. franchise.The Lakers made just one other move in the days before the deadline, trading rookie Svi Mykhailiuk and a second-round pick for Detroit’s Reggie Bullock, who is planning to join the team this weekend in Philadelphia.“Excited to have Reggie,” Coach Luke Walton said. “This guy, he’s a proven shooter, he’s got good size. … He’s meeting us in Philly tomorrow, and just excited to get to work with him.”There is also a loose end created by Thursday’s deal: an open roster spot. Letting the deadline pass with a spot open indicates the Lakers are ready to look at the buyout market, and notably Carmelo Anthony, a close friend of LeBron James, has been sitting on the shelf for most of the season and is available to be picked up.Otherwise, the Lakers (27-27) seem ready to move forward for the rest of the season with the roster looking relatively similar to how it was just a week ago. BOSTON — The Lakers made a trade at the deadline, but nowhere close to the scope of the one that’s been the root of a storm of speculation for the last week and a half.Aiming for more shooting, the Lakers dealt center Ivica Zubac and forward Michael Beasley in an across-the-hall trade with the Clippers for forward Mike Muscala, a league source confirmed.The relatively small-scale trade for a rotation player with an hour left until Thursday’s noon PT deadline was a much less ambitious move than the Lakers entered the week considering. A majority of the roster, as well as draft picks and salary-cap space, had been discussed as potential assets in a megadeal for New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis. A roaring buzz about the Lakers and Davis has encircled the team since he requested a trade Jan. 28 through his agent.But after all the drama, including some players acknowledging the trade rumors had affected their play, the Lakers didn’t, or possibly couldn’t, make the deal happen. That means Davis, who has not played since his trade request, will be on the New Orleans roster until the summer, at which point other teams – notably the Boston Celtics – can get involved in the bidding.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NFL news and notes: Antonio Brown finds certified helmet; Cowboys extend…Jaylon Smith?

first_imgThe drama appears to be cooling off in Oakland, but things could really start heating up in Dallas.With one player nearing the end of his equipment dilemma, another is only digging himself into a deeper hole as he likely prepares to extend his contract holdout into the regular season. Raiders’ Jon Gruden: Antonio Brown ‘ready to go’ after using certified helmet Giants’ Pat Shurmur responds to criticism from Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr. Drew Lock injury update: Broncos QB to ‘miss some time’ with thumb sprain, report says One video you have to seeCarli Lloyd stopped by Eagles practice and showed Jake Elliott how it’s done.Have the @Eagles signed a new kicker? Not exactly, but world champion soccer player @CarliLloyd stopped by the Birds’ practice and showed off her leg with some impressive field goals. More coverage from camp –> https://t.co/W0jcOtic9G pic.twitter.com/sEgOMupWRb— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) August 20, 2019Tuesday’s tweet of the dayTroy Polamalu is back, and he took down Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes with two fingers.Are you #TeamOffense with @Patrickmahomes or #TeamDefense with @Tpolamalu? Let the rivalry begin.🔥 #OffenseDefense https://t.co/zDQYRf14sd— Head & Shoulders (@Headshoulders) August 20, 2019 Three things that matterAntonio Brown helmetgate could be nearing an endRaiders coach Jon Gruden told reporters the star receiver participated in Tuesday’s practice at the team’s facility with a certified helmet, which is a step in a positive direction considering Brown’s other headgear has either been removed from the NFL’s approved list or failed testing in recent weeks.”He’s all in and ready to go,” Gruden said. “That’s my understanding. Really happy to have him out here. He’s a great player.” Related News If there are no further setbacks with his latest helmet, Brown could be ready to make his Oakland debut next month when the Raiders open the regular season against the Broncos.Cowboys extend Jaylon SmithTurns out, the first lucrative deal that Dallas is willing to give out ahead of the 2019 season won’t be to Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott or Amari Cooper. Instead, the Cowboys agreed to an extension with Smith, who was in the final season of the four-year, $6.49 million contract he signed when he was drafted by Dallas in the second round in 2016. It’s worth noting the linebacker missed all of 2017 with a leg injury but Smith has since bounced back and started in 22 of his 32 career games, including all 16 in 2018.Still, the news can’t be sitting well with Elliott amid his holdout.Andrew Luck won’t practice this weekThe Colts quarterback has been limited to just three practices since April and he won’t be getting any extra work this week, as coach Frank Reich said Luck will continue to be held out. Reich noted the issue remains a matter of “full speed movement vs. pain threshold,” though it doesn’t bode well for Luck considering the team wants to decide by the third preseason game whether he will be able to start. Given Luck’s latest setback, it’s looking like backup Jacoby Brissett will assume the opening-game starting role.Two things that don’t matterDemaryius Thomas activated from PUP listThe Patriots wide receiver took a big step in his rehab from an Achilles tear in December as he took the practice field Tuesday in a jersey and helmet. Thomas’ season was cut short after he was traded to the Texans from the Broncos last year, but he appears ready to turn around his production decline after reportedly being moved off the physically unable to perform list and onto the active roster.Julio Jones could finally be on the verge of getting paidThe wide receiver’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, is in Atlanta to reportedly try to nail down a deal for his client this week. Jones, who is set to earn $9.6 million in 2019, has two years left on the five-year contract worth $71 million he signed in 2015.”Yeah my agent is in town,” Jones said, per the team’s official website. “There’s nothing for me to report, just front office business with my agent.”Jones had sat out amid his contract holdout in 2018 but took a different approach this year, and it seems to be paying off.last_img read more