RHT Poonai storms off with Trophy Stall U13 title

first_imgRose Hall Town Poonai on Saturday stormed off with the Berbice Cricket Board/Trophy Stall Under-13 title after gaining first innings points against Albion at the Hampshire Community Centre Ground. Playing the two innings format under glorious sunshine and witnessed by spectators that overflowed the stands and verandahs around the ground, Albion took first strike but were bowled out for 55 with only Devin Lalbehari (12) reaching double figures.Extras contributed 17.Deraj Ramjit picked up 4-3 while Kemraj Tika chipped in with 2-8. Rose Hall Town were in danger of losing first innings points but eventually climbed to 67 all out. Tyrese Sealy top scored with 12 while Albion gifted 18 extras.In Albion’s second innings, and with a deficit of 12, they raced to 47-4 with player of the match Lalbehari (23) and Chandan Parbhodyal (17) at the crease before declaring in the hope of an outright win. Tika returned to take 3-6.With 36 runs needed for victory and light fading quickly, Rose Hall Town reached 10 without loss when the match was called off to walk away with the $50,000 first prize. Speaking to the group of youngsters, President of the Berbice Cricket Board, Hilbert Foster, reminded the teens, and a few female players, that they are the future and that he hoped to see them continuing their development as they elevate into the U15, U17 and U19 levels.Foster said that if he is re-elected when the body holds its election of office bears for 2020 later this month, there will be an added focus on youth tournaments.He also said that he will give priority as it relates to assistance to clubs with solid youth structures. Trophy Stall’s representative Daniel Samaroo encouraged the players to remain focused on their goals and stick to being disciplined.He added that the company was proud to be associated with the development of sports and to invest in helping to curb the epidemic of delinquents in the country while meaningfully engaging the children.last_img read more

Premier League clubs must back neutral venues, says LMA chief

first_img(Reuters) – The English Premier League season could be cancelled if teams did not agree to play the remaining 92 fixtures in neutral venues amid the COVID-19 pandemic, League Managers Association (LMA) chief executive Richard Bevan said yesterday. Professional soccer has been suspended since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Britain suffering the highest death toll in Europe.Discussions are continuing about resuming matches after clubs were told this month on a Premier League conference call that only neutral venues approved from a health and safety point of view will be allowed.Asked if the 2019-20 campaign would be cancelled if teams voted against playing in neutral venues, Bevan told the BBC https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/52558225: “Yes, I think that probably is correct. “The government, if they haven’t already, will be making it clear that home matches with densely populated stadia, really puts into question whether social distancing rules can be adhered to.”Brighton & Hove Albion and Aston Villa are opposed to the idea of playing their remaining games at neutral venues and LMA chief Bevan said clubs needed to get on board with the proposal if the season was to go ahead.Brighton chief Paul Barber had previously said playing in neutral venues would have a “material effect on the integrity of the competition.” Brighton are 15th but only two points clear of the relegation zone.Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow, whose club are 19th in the 20 team standings but only two points behind 16th placed West Ham United and with a game in hand, said every team had to protect its financial position.“The risk of relegation is probably a 200 million pound ($246.92 million) catastrophe for any club that mathematically could still go down,” he told talkSPORT radio. “We’re a club that prides itself on our home form. I think two-thirds of our wins this season have come at home,” added Purslow.“We’ve got six home games left to play so I think any Villa fan will agree that giving up that advantage is a massive decision for somebody running Aston Villa. I certainly wouldn’t agree to that, unless the circumstances are right.”last_img read more

Mahadeo, Adonis out of 2020 CrossFit Games

first_imgThe nation’s fittest duo, Dillon Mahadeo and Delice Adonis will now have to set their sights on the 2021 Reebok CrossFit Games. Due to current limitations on social gatherings and professional sport in particular, the field of athletes in attendance for this year’s event has been reduced, affecting the pair which made their debuts last year in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.The CrossFit Games announced that National Champions like Mahadeo and Adonis will not have their chance to compete at the 2020 Games.According to the Games’ website, the top 20 men and 20 women worldwide along with the athletes from Sanctionals will receive invites to the annual fixture which kicks off on July 7 in Aromas, California, USA.  If an athlete declines their invite, the invite passes to the next athlete.There will not be a team competition at the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games.SANCTIONALS The ten Sanctionals that were able to host in-person competitions this season will be invited to send their champions to this year’s CrossFit Games.Sanctionals invites are affected by placement in the Open. If a Sanctionals champion has already qualified through the Open, the invite passes to the next athlete. This process will hold true for this reduced field. For this reason, some invites that were extended before the government lockdowns may pass back to the original invitee. There will not be a team competition at the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSLast year, CrossFit Headquarters expanded the field of athletes in attendance at the Games to include the fittest athlete in every eligible country. In light of current constraints, it will not be possible to host the previously invited 239 national champions in Aromas. The national champion race will reset in 2021 with invites extended to champions who earn top placement in the upcoming CrossFit Open.2021  The changes above have been made in consideration of the current challenges globally. The CrossFit Games will reset for the 2021 season with the intent of returning to crowning national champions and including teams, age group athletes, and a deep field of individuals competing for the title of Fittest on Earth.last_img read more

Melania Mylioti / Julia Strunkowski – The new faces of eSports – Team Unikrn.

first_img Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward … July 20, 2020 Share Julia Strunkowski & Melania MyliotiTeam Unikrn are the world’s first, full time professional all female eSports team. Comprised of players from across Europe, they are Melania ‘Gina’ Mylioti from Greece, Julia ‘Julie’ Strunkowski of Germany, Perrine ‘Lalità’ Allesiardo and Sophia ‘Kim’ Benfakir of France, and the UK’s Camilla “Parmaviolet”.Backers are Rahul Sood’s eSports and entertainment company, Unikrn, and wagering operator Luxbet. The handpicked team will compete in CS:GO tournaments.SBC’s Sam Cooke caught up with Melania Mylioti and Julia Strunkowski to discuss the world of eSports, and what it means to be the first and only all female professional team within it.______________________________SBC: Firstly congratulations on the new team. I assume there were other offers on the table, what made joining Unikrn the most attractive option?Melania: The most attractive feature of their offer was that Unikrn wants to have a full-time professional team with some serious support from design, to marketing and sponsorships. No team before could give this option to a female lineup.SBC: Do you believe sexism is more rife in gaming communities than throughout the world of sport in general? What can be done to combat it in the field of eSports?Julia: We do believe sexism is more rife in gaming. The community is slightly younger than anywhere else.What we believe can change this would be if and when female gamers grow, and more females put them themselves out there in a professional way.  This will help. Right now it’s not like that.Being able to see male and female combined in teams would also help.SBC: How important do you feel Unikrn’s recent integrity certification programme will be in terms of helping eSports to legitimise and grow?Julia: We know that eSports is not well understood at the moment, and in many areas it’s completely unmonitored and unregulated. It’s all very new and we think that Unikrn can represent and perhaps change and influence laws in this scenario.We also think it’s cool that Unikrn has the very first eSports lawyer (Bryce Blum) under its wings!SBC: Player to fan interaction is a major part of competitive gaming. How much of this can we expect from Team Unikrn?Melania: Our fan base is very important to us. At the moment we are quite active, but expect to keep seeing more and more interactions with our fans with Unikrn now behind us.  The year ahead looks amazing!SBC: Does an all female pro gaming team offer up different options for sponsors and marketers? After all it’s a sport in which there’s a growing number of female fans with a corresponding lack of female players. Julia: We believe it definitely offers more options. We don’t want to only compete professionally, but we want to represent the female scene as well.  We hope to be role models for upcoming female gamers that want to turn pro.It’s also important to consider that this is what we love to do – we are in it for the love of the competition.SBC: With the amount of press generated from this announcement, does this increase expectation in your performances? Melania: We have had a ton a of press since our team announcement.  There is a bit of pressure, but in a good way.  We want to make everyone proud and we will strive to achieve our goals. This will take some time because what we want to achieve is becoming the first female team that can compete in the male dominated scene. This is something which has never happened before.As the CEO of Unikrn, Rahul Sood, has pointed out, Dana White once said: “There will never be a woman in the UFC”. Now the headliner for the UFC is a woman.We expect eSports will continue to mature and more women will jump in, we’re ready for them when they do!__________________________Melania Mylioti and Julia Strunkowski – Team Unikrn Share Submit Luckbox: How the return of live sport has affected esports betting July 10, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon GG.Bet scores ESL Counter-Strike & Dota 2 global partnerships July 15, 2020last_img read more

Digitain enters Bosnia with Xlive sportsbook partnership

first_img SBC Webinars and Digitain present Finding Value in Untapped Markets July 14, 2020 Share Digitain and LSports double up for simulated tennis roll out June 30, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Why reliability of service is an integral part of TVBET’s strategy August 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Industry multi-channel platform provider Digitain has announced that it has launched a new online sportsbook product in partnership with Bosnian operator Xlivebet.com, expanding its presence within Eastern European markets.The new operator will be powered by Digitain’s fully managed sportsbook platform, offering odds on 65 different sports, taking in 7,500 leagues, and more than 3,000 betting markets. It also covers 28,000 live events a month.As part of the deal, Digitain is also supplying its sportsbook solution to Xlivebet’s retail operation in the country, via an integration into the land-based betting terminals of Xlive’s sister company EEP Casino.EEP Casino is the Eastern European division of Merkur Gaming, whose games will feature exclusively on the proprietary self-service terminals.The sportsbook will initially be included on an order of 100 of the machines, one of which will be displayed on Digitain’s stand at EiG in Berlin next week, with plans to roll out another 300 in the coming months.Suren Khachatryan, Digitain CEO, said: “We have been working hard to forge new partnerships in different parts of the world, and we are very pleased to have teamed up with xlivebet.com and EEP in Bosnia.“We are also really excited to be heading to EiG for the first time, and to welcome visitors and fellow exhibitors to our stand. It’s a great chance to show off our amazing products, and to chat with our peers about the latest trends that will shape our industry in the coming months.”Dean Todorovic, Xlive CEO, commented on the sportsbook launch: “It is great to be working with Digitain who have a lot of experience in offering retail sportsbook and online casino customers like ours an excellent online alternative when it comes to enjoying sports betting.“The ability to have a proper multi-channel offering will not only provide our players with more choice, but will give us an advantage over our competitors.”last_img read more

Is beach volleyball the rising star of the Olympics in America?

first_imgBack in May when the Preakness was in Baltimore, the tour stopped at the Inner Harbor. I even met Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers during the Alibi Breakfast at Old Hilltop. I felt some of the presence of players and fans as I walked through the downtown area. It was a buzz, albeit a relatively small one. There are beach volleyball courts literally three blocks from where I live and I see folks playing socially most weeknights. And let’s be honest, everyone has played some volleyball at a picnic once or twice or in Ocean City.You don’t have to know much about the sport to realize there’s certainly something incredibly compelling about these two female phenoms, who have written the Babe Ruth-like first chapter in the history of the sport.May-Treanor & Walsh Jennings have now struck gold over the past three Olympics but can the sport catch on beyond their Olympic appearances, which act as a P.R. machine for whatever it will grow into and become in America? And not just on the far sexier women’s side of the net.And, yes, I did mention the sex. Beach volleyball has certainly got sex appeal – again on both sides of the nets — with tall, bronze, sculpted athletes and the not-easily won over crowds in London via Brasil were large and enthusiastic.Really, it was amazing to see what a tough ticket the beach volleyball games were and how the sport has evolved into a theatrical production – borrowing elements of NBA dancers, loud popular music and riveting athletes who pump the crowd up Every four years the Summer Olympic Games seem to capture the imagination of the American public and it’s the strangest thing – folks who normally wouldn’t be engaged by a 100 meter sprint on a track or a 4X100 swimming medley in a pool are suddenly glued to their TV sets awaiting the next semifinal heat and getting to know these athletes we call “world class.”And for a few weeks, we all seemingly stand at attention of the balance beam or the high dive podium. But then, almost like clockwork and presidential elections, most of these sports go back into a four-year hibernation in the minds and hearts of the American public.Some of these major international sports – like soccer or basketball – are well engrained in every facet of American life and already have a huge clamoring for the athletes who makes tens of millions of dollars “playing” their game as a vocation and not a hobby. And then there are the weightlifters and badminton players who wallow in relative obscurity, even during the Olympic Games themselves as an agate type or a footnote on the TV broadcast.But after watching parts of beach volleyball games over the first week of the Olympic Games and seeing the social media stream talking about the once-again dominant performance of Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh Jennings I’m starting to think twice about whether this is the one “niche” sport that could become far more mainstream in America in the coming decade.At WNST, we took phone calls on it. Folks were tweeting us about it. And it almost made you want to buy a ticket and watch these girls – and yes, even the fellows – play sometime soon.last_img read more

Ravens-Buccaneers preseason primer: Five players to watch

first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit www.atlanticremodeling.com to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)After undergoing more change than any Super Bowl champion in recent memory, the Ravens will offer a glimpse of their revamped roster in their preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday.The contest will offer little more than a cameo appearance for players expected to make the biggest impact in the 2013 season but will also provide welcome change for a group of players tired of working against one another after two weeks of practices in Owings Mills. Sunday’s practice at the Naval Academy in Annapolis provided a much-needed change of scenery, but a trip to Tampa will bring live-game action to a team with high expectations but also a number of veteran newcomers and rookies expected to contribute immediately.The outcome of the preseason opener won’t determine answers for any of a number of questions facing the Ravens on both sides of the football, but the game will sharpen the focus of preparation for both coaches and players after facing competition in another uniform.“They really are tired of seeing each other,” said coach John Harbaugh about the monotony of the first couple weeks of camp. “You can’t tackle to the ground, and you have to take care of one another. The game is a little bit different. The game is the game, and we’ll learn a lot. We’ll have a chance to move forward from there because there will be some things we’re expecting to see that we’ll see. But there will be other things that we’ll be surprised about – good and bad – and we’ll have to build off those things.”Thursday will mark the first preseason meeting between Baltimore and Tampa Bay, but the teams have split the regular-season series, 2-2. Their last meeting came at M&T Bank Stadium in 2010 when the Ravens won 17-10 en route to a 12-4 season that resulted in the third straight trip to the playoffs for a Harbaugh-coached team. The Ravens haven’t played a game at Raymond James Stadium since the 2006 season opener and, of course, won the first of their two Super Bowl titles in Tampa on Jan. 28, 2001.The Ravens are 40-27 all-time in the preseason and 13-7 in the Harbaugh era. Baltimore has also won 12 of its last 16 preseason games and is 19-14 in preseason road games.Unofficial (and largely speculative) injury reportThe Ravens are not required to release an injury report like they do for regular-season games, but I’ve offered my best guess on what the injury report would look like if one were to be released.Most of the players ruled to be out will come as no surprise, but the status of a few will be in question. This list, of course, will not include any veterans who may be held out of the preseason opener due to the coaching staff’s preference. Cornerback Lardarius Webb is not expected to play as he continues to be held out of most 11-on-11 sessions during practices while working his way back to 100 percent following last October’s ACL injury.Again, this is not an official injury report released by the Ravens:OUT: TE Ed Dickson (hamstring), G Marshal Yanda (shoulder), LB Jameel McClain (neck), OL Ryan Jensen (foot), DE Kapron Lewis-Moore (knee), TE Dennis Pitta (hip)DOUBTFUL: WR David Reed (groin), CB Lardarius Webb (knee)QUESTIONABLE: OL Ramon Harewood (knee), S Omar Brown (undisclosed), CB Chris Johnson (undisclosed)PROBABLE: RB Ray Rice (ankle), S James Ihedigbo (neck), DT Terrence Cody (hip/elbow)Five players to watch Thursday night1. WR Deonte ThompsonI’ve been as skeptical as anyone about the offseason praise bestowed on the second-year Florida product, but Thompson has looked increasingly comfortable working in the Ravens’ starting offense over the last week, whether it’s lining up in the slot or on the outside while Tandon Doss works inside in certain three-wide sets. Quarterback Joe Flacco complimented Thompson’s ability to work inside while also possessing unique speed for the slot position.It will be interesting to see how offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell uses Thompson in the slot as he provides a speed element that neither Anquan Boldin nor Dennis Pitta possessed, but the biggest questions will be whether the former rookie free agent can catch the football consistently — the knock on him during his collegiate career — and whether he’s strong enough to create separation against press coverage. However, Thompson has performed well enough in the spring and summer to warrant extended looks in the preseason.2. DE Chris CantyThe signings of pash-rush specialist Elvis Dumervil and free safety Michael Huff garnered more attention in the offseason, but Canty will provide the Ravens with a prototypical 5-technique defensive end (lining up over the outside shoulder of the offensive tackle), an asset they sorely lacked last season following the free-agent departure of Cory Redding. Arthur Jones was better suited to play inside and Pernell McPhee battled injuries throughout the year, forcing a banged-up Haloti Ngata to move away from his ideal spot and play outside more often. As a result, the defensive line suffered mightily against the run and getting after the quarterback.Canty’s unique combination of size, power, and arm length — he’s listed at 6-foot-7 and 317 pounds — is exactly what you’re looking for to hold up against offensive tackles at the point of attack in the running game as well as to get after the quarterback a bit and put hands up to disrupt passing lanes. If Canty can remain healthy, his dirty work upfront won’t always show up in the box score but will be as valuable as Dumervil’s ability to bring down the quarterback and Huff’s work in the secondary.3. LB Josh BynesVeteran Daryl Smith appears to be the overwhelming favorite to man the Mike inside linebacker position, but Bynes is battling Albert McClellan and second-round rookie Arthur Brown for the Will spot with most attention being paid to the Kansas State product for obvious reasons. However, Bynes has taken a large majority of the reps with the starting defense while Brown has primarily worked in sub packages and with the second-team unit.Bynes missed nearly all of last year’s training camp with a back injury but eventually worked his way back to become a valuable special-teams contributor and filled in admirably after a number of injuries at the inside linebacker position late in the season. He has been complimented by coaches for having a good mind for the game and is strong against the run, making him the early favorite to start over the undersized and inexperienced Brown, who will likely replacing Bynes in passing situations to utilize his pass-coverage ability.4. C A.Q. ShipleyShipley’s 6-foot-1, 308-pound frame doesn’t impress you, but his work at the center position has earned him plenty of reps with the starting offense in a close battle with 2012 fourth-round pick Gino Gradkowski. I’ve maintained all spring and summer that Gradkowski was the favorite, but it appears that Shipley has closed the gap over the first couple weeks of training camp.The Penn State product graded out well in his first real opportunity to play in the NFL last year with Indianapolis, but neither Shipley nor Gradkowski has great size, making you wonder if either will hold up physically against bigger opposing defensive tackles during the regular season. This might be the closest position battle of any for the Ravens this summer.5. WR Marlon BrownIf you’re looking for this year’s rookie free agent to come out of nowhere in the way that past individuals such as Thompson or LaQuan Williams or Dannell Ellerbe did, Brown is an intriguing candidate because of his 6-foot-4 frame. His final season at the University of Georgia was cut short due to a torn ACL, which limited his ability to work out for teams during the draft process and contributed to him going undrafted.Brown doesn’t possess overwhelming speed, but he’s shown a consistent ability to catch the football in practices unlike 2012 sixth-round pick and fellow big target Tommy Streeter, who is clearly behind Brown and seventh-round rookie Aaron Mellette on the depth chart. If Brown can shine while working with Tyrod Taylor and the second-team offense over the first couple preseason games, he could find himself at least in the conversation for a roster spot, especially with the Ravens desperately looking for red-zone targets in the passing game following the season-ending injury to Pitta.last_img read more

Kubiak in learning mode as much as Ravens players this spring

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — With the Ravens trying to revamp the NFL’s 29th-ranked offense from a year ago, the focus has fallen on quarterback Joe Flacco and his teammates trying to learn Gary Kubiak’s system this spring.But as players try to grasp the terminology and master the precision and timing of the West Coast offense, the Ravens’ new offensive coordinator is doing plenty of his own learning during organized team activities. Kubiak spent the offseason learning as much as he could about his new personnel, but the former Houston Texans head coach is using spring practices to determine players’ strengths and weaknesses within his system.The current objective is more about experimentation than perfection with the start of the season still three months away.“I think that’s been my challenge right now as a coach — to watch,” Kubiak said. “I’m throwing the kitchen sink at them, and then I have to kind of watch and see what sticks and what they do best. When we come back for [training] camp, I’ll probably have to cut some things down, but they’ve been very receptive. We have plenty of time from a teaching standpoint, plenty of time on the field.”Of course, Kubiak hasn’t started with a clean slate in terms of learning his players as he’s been reunited with wide receiver Jacoby Jones, who had a strong relationship with the coach in Houston. General manager Ozzie Newsome also added tight end Owen Daniels and running back Justin Forsett, two former Houston Texans with experience playing in Kubiak’s system.Those players have acted as a tutoring system for the likes of wide receivers Torrey Smith and Steve Smith, tight end Dennis Pitta, and running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce as they try to grasp a new playbook.“There are a few people in each place that kind of know the way I’ve done things and how I do things,” Kubiak said. “Jacoby has been a big asset, Owen’s been a big asset with Dennis, and Justin’s been a big asset with Ray. I think the way things got situated before we got to work has been a big positive.”The vision of Kubiak’s West Coast attack has been evident during OTAs as the passing game has been centered around shorter routes based on timing, quite a shift from the emphasis on the vertical passing game that existed under former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron in Flacco’s first five seasons. The deep ball will still be a factor with Flacco’s arm strength and speedy options such as Torrey Smith and Jones on the outside, but Steve Smith and Pitta will be the focal points in the short-to-intermediate passing game.The 35-year-old Smith will be of particular interest during training camp as the Ravens view him as more of a possession receiver, which is a departure from his reliance on speed and playing outside throughout his career.The timing and precision of Kubiak’s system requires quarterbacks to have exceptional footwork, making that one of the biggest points of emphasis for Flacco this spring beyond the mastery of the playbook and learning the responsibilities of every other player on the field. That focus has allowed Kubiak to develop a new appreciation for the seventh-year quarterback, who isn’t exactly known around the league for his mobility.“I knew he had a big arm, but I had no idea how good of an athlete he is,” Kubiak said. “[He is] a very good athlete. The things we like to do, [moving] around, the zone-pass schemes that we like to run, I think fit to a lot of his strengths. We just need to continue to get better at them. But his progress and where he’s at right now, I couldn’t be happier.”The Baltimore offense remains a work in progress with questions still surrounding the state of the offensive line as the right tackle position remains up for grabs and new center Jeremy Zuttah continues to adjust to his new surroundings. The group appears promising on paper, but offensive line coach Juan Castillo’s ability to teach Kubiak’s zone-blocking system will be scrutinized after a 2013 season that was nothing short of disastrous in terms of line play.As Kubiak pointed out on Tuesday, plenty of time remains to work out the details — like how to handle the running back position with Rice all but guaranteed to be suspended to start the season — but the Ravens are using spring practices to mold a vision of what the offense will look like with new pieces and a new philosophy in place.“That’s my challenge right now. Finding out what we do best and making sure I don’t overload them,” Kubiak said. “But I did think it was very important that we challenge them mentally as well as physically, especially throughout the course of OTAs. I told them that. I said, ‘Guys, I’m going to throw a lot at you. We need to go make some mistakes, but let’s go make them hard. We’ll figure it out and make sure on opening day we’re doing what we do best.’”Tuesday practice attendanceWith the Ravens in the midst of their final week of voluntary OTAs, a number of veteran players were absent from the field on Tuesday including linebackers Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, and Daryl Smith, defensive linemen Haloti Ngata and Chris Canty, and offensive linemen Eugene Monroe and Marshal Yanda.Others missing from practice included defensive tackle Terrence Cody (hip surgery), offensive lineman Jah Reid (calf strain), and wide receivers Kamar Aiken and Jace Davis.last_img read more

Ravens right tackle Wagner lands on injured reserve

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens will try to advance to the playoffs Sunday without starting right tackle Rick Wagner, who was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury.The second-year lineman suffered a Lisfranc sprain in the third quarter of the 25-13 loss to the Houston Texans this past week. He was carted to the locker room where he was ruled out for the remainder of the game and later seen using crutches and a walking boot.Wagner becomes the 18th Ravens player to be placed on season-ending IR during the 2014 season, one shy of the 19 that landed on IR in John Harbaugh’s first season as head coach in 2008. The 2013 fifth-round pick thrived in his first year as a starter, allowing only two sacks and grading out as the second-best right tackle in the league behind New England’s Sebastian Vollmer, according to Pro Football Focus.“Rick [had] a heck of a year,” said Harbaugh, who named Wagner the starting right tackle late . “He proved himself [and] proved the naysayers wrong. He did a great job.”The Ravens could also be without starting left tackle Eugene Monroe, who is dealing with an injured foot suffered in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss. He was seen in a walking boot after the game and was not present during Tuesday’s practice.Should Monroe be unable to play against Cleveland, the Ravens would likely move Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda out to right tackle with rookie free agent James Hurst playing left tackle. Rookie John Urschel would then play right guard in Yanda’s place.Even if Monroe does play, the Ravens could still elect to use Yanda at right tackle with Urschel at guard with that potentially being a better overall alignment than Hurst — who is better suited for the left side — playing Wagner’s position.In fact, when Monroe exited Sunday’s loss in Houston, the Ravens initially planned to play Urschel at right tackle before Yanda spoke up to declare he was sliding over. Yanda is no stranger to the right tackle position as he played there frequently earlier in his career and started during the 2010 season.“I haven’t played there [regularly] in a long time, but we’ll see what happens come Sunday,” Yanda said. “We don’t know who is healthy yet, and obviously John [Harbaugh] does the injury report. But I’ve played there before, and I’m ready to go wherever I need to play. It’s part of the deal where you have to be ready to roll.”In addition to Monroe, defensive end Chris Canty (ankle) and linebacker Terrell Suggs were not present during Tuesday’s practice. The Ravens will not release their first injury report of the week until Wednesday as they moved up their first day of on-field work to allow players to be off for Christmas on Thursday.To fill Wagner’s spot on the 53-man roster, Baltimore promoted defensive end Steven Means from the practice squad. He played the role of Texans defensive end J.J. Watt for the scout team during practices last week.The Ravens also waived defensive end Zach Thompson from the practice squad and signed reserve offensive linemen Nate Menkin and J.J. Unga. The latter spent a good portion of the 2013 season on the Ravens’ practice squad.last_img read more

Which free-agent newcomer will bring biggest impact to Ravens?

first_imgPhoto courtesy of the Baltimore RavensAs usual, the Ravens weren’t big movers and shakers in the free-agent market this offseason, but general manager Ozzie Newsome did pick his spots to augment the roster with veteran talent.Looking to improve the secondary as well as replace backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, the Ravens made three key veteran signings they hope will pay dividends during the 2015 season.Below is a look at each one as you can vote in our poll and comment below on which signing will pay the biggest dividends for the Ravens:[poll id=”21″]S Kendrick LewisAge: 27Contract: Three years, $5.4 million Synopsis: The former Texans safety was part of a game of musical safeties in the AFC this offseason as ex-Raven Darian Stewart signed with Denver and former Bronco Rahim Moore landed with Houston. Considering their issues at safety last year, the Ravens hope Lewis can play an effective deep center field after the likes of Stewart and Terrence Brooks allowed too many balls to go over their head. During spring workouts, Lewis consistently worked with the starting defense while Will Hill and Matt Elam rotated at the other safety spot. Of their three biggest free-agent signings, the Ole Miss product projects to receive the most playing time as defensive coordinator Dean Pees would like him to provide an upgrade over Stewart, who underwhelmed for much of the 2014 season.QB Matt SchaubAge: 34Contract: One year, $2 millionSynopsis: The Ravens and their fans pray that the only impact Schaub makes will come in the meeting room and on the practice field as a source of knowledge and experience to aid franchise quarterback Joe Flacco. You never want to draw too many conclusions from spring practices, but the former Texans quarterback didn’t inspire much confidence based on his play as he struggled to connect with receivers consistently and threw too many interceptions. If Schaub sees extensive playing time, it clearly means something has gone horribly wrong for the Ravens during the 2015 season. Baltimore invested real money in a backup quarterback for the first time since 2010, but I’m not convinced that Schaub will give them a much better chance to win if he needs to play than Taylor did the last couple seasons.CB Kyle ArringtonAge: 28Contract: Three years, $7 millionSynopsis: With the Ravens’ extensive injuries at the cornerback position a year ago, Newsome couldn’t afford to go into the 2015 campaign without an established veteran to go with Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb in the nickel defense. The former New England cornerback is very solid defending the slot and allows Pees to keep Webb on the outside. This signing takes pressure off the likes of fourth-round rookie Tray Walker, Rashaan Melvin, and Asa Jackson on the depth chart, but the key to the secondary’s success will be the ability of Smith and Webb to stay on the field. Arrington will have to perform and isn’t a great fit playing outside, but the Ravens paid a very reasonable price when you remember some of the bloated contracts given to free-agent corners at the start of free agency.last_img read more