Former NFL running back Rashad Jennings discusses his path to the NFL and new book in conversation with ABC Radio

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Kee/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Born into a family of athletes, Rashad Jennings had many aspirations as a kid, the biggest of which was playing running back in the NFL. Even at a young age, however, he realized his professional football dream was an uphill battle.“I grew up an overweight, chubby kid, glasses, asthma, 0.6 GPA at one point in time. Fifth string [running back] who said ‘I want to play in the NFL,’” Jennings tells ABC News, “but a lot happened from point A to point B.”Jennings grew up in Virginia and his two older brothers, Bryan and Butch, both had stints in the NFL. His mother did not want Rashad playing, knowing the physical toll it took on his brothers’ bodies. “Go on and be a lawyer or something,” she would tell him.His asthma, which he says he “literally outran,” gave doctors reservations, and he was told by medical professionals it would be better if he did not play football, but he decided to continue playing anyway.He recounts the first time he drew the attention of a college scout. His high school coaches were forced to play him due to injuries to several of his teammates. He starred, scoring touchdown after touchdown, but the college scout still rejected him, telling Jennings he needed to improve his grades to be a college athlete.The fact that the scout recognized Jennings’ athletic potential, however, marked a turning point in his youth, one that drove him to focus improving on and off the field. It set him on the path to being a professional athlete.It was his pursuit of this dream and other aspirations that inspired him to write his book The If in Life: How to Get Off Life’s Sidelines and Become Your Best Self, which was released May 8.“The ‘Gold Jacket’ was never on my mind,” he tells ABC News, referring to the jacket players receive when they are elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played eight years in the NFL, retiring in 2017, but says he was never driven to reach the hall of fame because he wants to be remembered as more than just a football player. If he is just a running back, Jennings says, he would consider that a “failure.”That mindset is the theme of his book: taking joy in the pursuit, not just the accomplishment. Proving critics wrong, outrunning asthma, and keeping his eye on his dream are the “if’s” he highlights in his book: the turning points where he had to ask himself if he really wanted to continue pursuing his NFL dream. He did just that, and continues to ask himself those questions as he takes on new goals in his life.When he joined ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, for instance, he liked the idea of learning new dance moves, but he wanted to excel and win the competition, which is exactly what he did.Now, he is a published author, and hopes to be remembered in other ways as he moves on from his NFL career.The book’s forward was written by former football player and ABC’s “Good Morning America” anchor Michael Strahan, which Jennings says is very fitting. He calls Strahan an “anomaly” because of the different things he has accomplished in his life.Jennings says Strahan’s career inspires him, and Strahan tells Jennings that he too is inspired by the former New York Giant.Although Strahan does have a gold jacket, Jennings wants to be remembered in the same way as his friend: a former football player who uses his professional career as a jumping point to do even more off the field. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. May 12, 2018 /Sports News – National Former NFL running back Rashad Jennings discusses his path to the NFL and new book in conversation with ABC Radio Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Serena Williams bares all and sings for breast cancer awareness month

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailI Touch Myself Project 2018/YouTube(NEW YORK) — Serena Williams is baring herself for breast cancer awareness month.The tennis star appears topless in a new video in which she sings the song, “I Touch Myself” while covering her breasts with her hands.The 37-year-old pro shared on social media that the video took her “out of my comfort zone” but she did it to “remind women to self-check regularly.”“Early detection is key — it saves so many lives. I just hope this helps to remind women of that,” she wrote.The video is part of the I Touch Myself Project, which was launched in 2014, in partnership with bra manufacturer Berlei and inspired by Australian singer Chrissy Amphlett, who died in 2013 after battling breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.Amphlett was the frontwoman for the Australian rock band Divinyls, whose biggest hit was 1991’s “I Touch Myself.” She was 53.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img October 1, 2018 /Sports News – National Serena Williams bares all and sings for breast cancer awareness monthlast_img read more

Southern Utah downs West Coast Baptist 96-53

first_img Tags: SUU Thunderbirds Basketball Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Andre Adams scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and four other Southern Utah players scored in double digits as the Thunderbirds downed West Coast Baptist 96-53 in Tuesday night’s season opener.Dwayne Morgan scored 17 points with eight boards, Cameron Oluyitan added 15 points, Josh Cornish had 12 and Harrison Butler 10 for Southern Utah, which had 23 assists in shooting 35 of 67 from the field (52 percent).After two early lead changes, Oluyitan hit a 3 and the Thunderbirds pulled away, leading 37-17 after a 17-0 run capped by Maizen Fausett’s 3, and 45-27 at halftime. Southern Utah made 8 of 17 3s in the second half and shot 14 of 32 from long distance overall (44 percent).Colin Cuniff scored 12 points with four 3s and Chez Lister added 10 points for the Eagles, members of the National Christian College Athletic Association. Written by November 6, 2018 /Sports News – Local Southern Utah downs West Coast Baptist 96-53last_img read more

Ravens coach John Harbaugh invites blind fan to read NFL draft pick in Braille

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBaltimore Ravens(BALTIMORE) — The Charm City just scored a touchdown with the Ravens’ heart-warming plans for the NFL draft.When the Baltimore Ravens got wind of an inspiring young fan, who regularly discusses the team with a local sports radio station, head coach John Harbaugh found the perfect way to include him in the team’s upcoming NFL draft selection.Mo Gaba, 13, a three-time cancer survivor who has been blind since he was just 9 months old, will soon make history as the first person in to read an NFL draft pick in Braille.While the superfan analyzed the upcoming draft on the Justin, Scott and Spiegel 98 Rock Morning Show, Harbaugh surprised him on the other line and shared some exciting news.“We heard about this guy named Mo that has incredible insights into the Ravens and what we do and how good we’re gonna be and we heard he’s one of our very biggest fans,” Harbaugh said. “We’re inviting Mo to announce our fourth round draft pick at our draft fest event at the Inner Harbor.“What do you think about that Mo?” Harbaugh asked.“What?! Really? I’ve never done that before,” a surprised and excited Mo said. “I’d like to do that, yeah.”“You’re gonna be the first person in the history of the NFL to announce a draft pick written on a card in Braille,” Harbough told Mo. “How amazing is that going to be?”“Whoaaa,” Mo replied, stunned at the exciting history making moment.One of the show’s hosts asked if this was the start of his budding sports broadcasting career, to which Mo confidently replied, “It’s gonna start this week.”The Ravens told ABC News that they first heard about Mo through the radio show and a local news story in March, which highlighted Mo’s incredible bond with a resource officer at his middle school.When the team heard Mo’s cancer came back for a fourth time, they sent its mascot Poe to a fundraiser for the boy on March 22. At that time, they began to consider plans to include him in the draft pick announcement, a representative for the team said.Harbaugh said the team will “roll out the red carpet” for Mo and his mom, who will attend the draft day event at Baltimore’s inner harbor on Saturday, “just like one of our draft picks.”“It’s gonna be first class all the way,” he said. “There’s gonna be tons of fans down there, our players are gonna be down there — so many of our guys are fired up to have a great day and it’s gonna be really amazing.”The video of their radio interview has been viewed on the Baltimore Ravens Twitter account more than 108,000 times as of Thursday afternoonCopyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund April 25, 2019 /Sports News – National Ravens coach John Harbaugh invites blind fan to read NFL draft pick in Braillecenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Dixie State Baseball Nets Seven On All-RMAC Team; Faces Colorado-Colorado Springs In Conference Tournament

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Tuesday, Dixie State baseball landed seven student-athletes on the various all-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams. Junior pitcher Daniel Silva has a 7-3 record and a team-best 51 strikeouts, making him the ace of the Mountain Lions’ staff. Making the first team was junior first baseman/outfielder/designated hitter Jake Engel. Freshman infielder/third baseman Tyson Fisher was named the conference’s freshman postion player of the year. All of this talent enabled the Trailblazers to earn the #3 seed in Wednesday’s RMAC conference tournament at Grand Junction, Colo. against #4 seed Colorado-Colorado Springs for an 11:00 am opening pitch. Written by Engel leads the Trailblazers in home runs with 13 while he has added 47 RBI. Hollow is Dixie State’s RBI leader with 49. Brad James Tags: All-RMAC/Brayden Bonner/Bryce Feist/Cade Spurlin/Daniel Silva/Dixie State Baseball/Evan Richards/Jack Gonzales/Jake Engel/Jayden Murray/Lane Pritchard/Matthew Clarke/Matthew McDermott/Tevita Gerber/Tyler Hollow/Tyson Fisher May 7, 2019 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Baseball Nets Seven On All-RMAC Team; Faces Colorado-Colorado Springs In Conference Tournament Additionally, senior right-handed pitcher Jayden Murray, junior right-hander Brayden Bonner, senior infielder Bryce Feist, sophomore second baseman Tyler Hollow and junior outfielder Lane Pritchard made the second team. Junior infielder Matthew Clarke leads Colorado-Colorado Springs in batting average (.385) and is followed closely by fellow junior infielder Matthew McDermott (.382) and redshirt junior infielder Jake Anderson (.380). Anderson also leads the squad in RBI with 51. Junior outfielder Evan Richards leads the Mountain Lions with 13 home runs. Junior left-hander Tevita Gerber is 3-0 on the season as well for Dixie State, giving him the best winning percentage on the staff. Murray (9-3) and sophomore left-hander Jack Gonzales (6-2) have each won 75 percent of their games for the Trailblazers on the mound this season. Murray also leads Dixie State with 82 strikeouts. The Mountain Lions come into Wednesday’s game with a record of 28-22 (20-16 in RMAC play) and as the #4 seed. Junior cather Cade Spurlin leads the 33-17 (23-13 in RMAC play) Trailblazers in batting average (.396). Fisher (.380) and Engel (.374) are closely behind him.last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 8/20

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGirls SoccerRegion 14DELTA, Utah-Savannah Nielson amassed six goals and the Delta Rabbits pounded the ALA Eagles 9-1 in Region 14 girls soccer action Tuesday. Adison Nielson also scored twice for Delta and Alexus Killian added another goal in the rout for the Rabbits.MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Catherine Miller found the net twice and Kyler Davis earned the shutout for the Maeser Lions as they blanked North Sanpete 4-0 Tuesday in Region 14 girls soccer action.ROOSEVELT, Utah-Ally Squire posted four goals and Megan Olson added two more as the Manti Templars clobbered Union 11-0 in Region 14 girls soccer action Tuesday. Brynlee Golding, Courtney Wade, Jayci Jolley, Kassidy Alder and Nicole Nelson also scored in the win for Manti. Katie Larsen earned the shutout for the Templars.Non-RegionRICHFIELD, Utah-Kate Robinson posted a pair of goals and the Richfield Wildcats outlasted the Parowan Rams 4-3 Tuesday in non-region girls soccer action. Brittan Tait and Nora Foster added a goal apiece in the win for the Wildcats.VolleyballNon-RegionWEST JORDAN, Utah-The West Jordan Jaguars swept Juab 3-0 in non-region volleyball action Tuesday, prevailing 25-13, 25-3 and 25-18.FILLMORE, Utah-The Millard Eagles prevailed over the Delta Rabbits 3-0 Tuesday in non-region volleyball action. The Eagles earned 25-18, 25-19 and 25-16 victories.RICHFIELD, Utah-The Richfield Wildcats swept Class 5-A Orem 3-0 in non-region volleyball action Tuesday. The Wildcats earned 25-15, 25-9 and 25-22 wins. Tags: Adison Nielson/ALA/Alexus Killian/Ally Squire/Catherine Miller/Delta/Kate Robinson/Kyler Davis/Savannah Nielson August 20, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 8/20 Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

ENGIE, DLVA and Air Liquide join forces to produce green hydrogen

first_img Image: ENGIE, DLVA and Air Liquide are entering into a partnership to produce green hydrogen on an industrial scale. Photo: courtesy of Frauke Feind/Pixabay. ENGIE, the Durance, Luberon, Verdon urban area (DLVA) and Air Liquide have entered into a partnership to develop the “HyGreen Provence” project to produce, store and distribute green hydrogen.The HyGreen Provence project, which commenced in 2017, will generate1,300 GWh of solar electricity, which is enough to power households of 450,000 people annually, in addition to the production of renewable hydrogen on an industrial scale through water electrolysis.Comprising of 25 municipalities and a population of 65,000, the DLVA urban area will help the project through its high levels of French sunshine, substantial land availability and a salt cavity storage site able to accommodate the large-scale centralised production of renewable hydrogen.ENGIE’s executive vice president in charge of renewables Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet said: “Entering into the partnership heralds a ground-breaking alliance between large industrial groups in France, and a local with the support of the public authorities, that will accelerate the emergence of massive renewable hydrogen production projects in France.“ENGIE is convinced of the importance of renewable hydrogen in providing “zero carbon as a service” solutions to industrial customers and the regions.”The HyGreen Provence project will be developed in multiple stagesThe hydrogen generated from the project will be used in a variety of applications such as mobility, energy and industry, both locally and regionally. Hydrogen can power all types of vehicles from light motor cars to buses, utility vehicles and trucks. The project intends to provide heat and cooling for an urban eco-district.DLVA president Bernard Jeanmet-Péralta said: “We are involved in the dynamic that is the “Vallée des Énergies” together with partners such as the Iter project, the Cadarache CEA, Géomethane and hydroelectricity in Durance.“We are thereby contributing to the energy transition in France along with leading industrialists which, through their respective expertise, bring credibility and viability to the requirement for zero carbon emissions.”The project will be developed in multiple stages with the first deliverables expected by the end of 2021 and a final phase in 2027. The HyGreen Provence project , which commenced in 2017, will include production of renewable hydrogen on an industrial scale through water electrolysislast_img read more

Western Midstream signs new service, operating, and governance agreements

first_img Western Midstreamsigns new service, operating, and governance agreements. (Courtesy: Free-Photos from Pixabay.) Today Western Midstream Partners and Occidental Petroleum Corporation announced the execution of several agreements that will enable WES to fully operate as a stand-alone business, consistent with WES’s and Occidental’s joint effort to establish WES as an independent midstream company.WES fully expects to continue its long-term and meaningful relationship with Occidental. These new agreements support WES’s ongoing and focused pursuit of third-party growth opportunities and underscore the importance of WES’s commitment to leverage its existing midstream infrastructure to attract additional Occidental and third-party volumes.“Over the last few months, WES and Occidental have worked together to execute agreements that are supportive of both companies’ intent to operate and report as two separate and distinct entities,” said Chief Executive Officer, Michael Ure.“We are excited about the operational changes that are enabled by these agreements and the governance changes that will inure to the benefit of WES and its stakeholders. Taking into account the anticipated economic impact of these recently executed agreements, we have refined our 2020 outlook that was announced with our Q3 2019 results and currently expect 2020 Adjusted EBITDA between $1.875 billion and $1.975 billion and 2020 total capital expenditures between $875 million and $950 million.”The above-described related-party agreements with Occidental were reviewed and approved by the Special Committee, which includes only independent members of the board of directors of WES’s general partner.The Special Committee was advised by Bracewell LLP, as legal counsel, and by Lazard, as financial advisor. Concurrent with the execution of these new agreements, WES’s general partner adopted an amended and restated agreement of limited partnership providing unaffiliated public unitholders significantly expanded rights to remove the WES general partner. Source: Company Press Release These new agreements support WES’s ongoing and focused pursuit of third-party growth opportunities and underscore the importance of WES’s commitment to leverage its existing midstream infrastructurelast_img read more

Senators decry Saudi ‘economic warfare’ as oil crisis squeezes US shale operators

first_imgSaudi Arabia has challenged US shale before – but this time it is differentWith the global oil industry already facing a huge challenge for survival amid the drop-off in demand caused by the escalating Covid-19 and lockdown measures to limit the spread of the pandemic, Riyadh, and its leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has come under fire for destabilising the market by choosing to “settle scores” at a time when it is already facing an unprecedented set of challenges.It is not the first time Saudi-led Opec has sought to take on US shale by flooding the market – a production binge in 2015 sent prices plummeting and shale output falling, although the attempt was ultimately unsuccessful as efficiency improvements enabled US producers to rebound quickly.But “conditions are different this time”, according to BloombergNEF.“Shale oil output has almost doubled since 2016, and due to the steep production decline of wells, constant activity is required just to keep production flat. Today’s producers are leaner, with less room to improve operations and reduce costs.” Capex reductions in the Permian and Bakken will drive down shale productionCritical shale-producing regions in the US are being severely tested by the tumbling oil prices, while analysts estimating the break-even prices of $42 per barrel in the Permian and $46 per barrel in the Bakken region being necessary – well above current levels of $25 to $26 per barrel.GlobalData oil and gas analyst Adrian Lara said: “The capital expenditure (capex) reduction of 36 key operators, accounting for 75% of total Permian production, indicates a drop of 834,000 thousand bpd in output for this group by 2020 when compared to the forecast for 2020 before the current price fall.“This is a significant reduction in shale supply, which confirms the level of reaction that this type of production has to steep price movements.“Key Permian operators will remain forced to reduce their capex given the uncertainty generated by low oil demand and the coronavirus-related economic downturn, as well as the escalating narrative between Russia and Saudi Arabia for flooding the oil market.“It is very possible that US shale supply operators further adjust their capex plans later this year, causing a larger production reduction during 2020 and 2021.“GlobalData estimates that for key operators in Bakken, a reduction of 50% in the number of rigs brings down their capex an average of 40%, and this translates into a drop of 36% in their remaining net present value (NPV).“Our modelling indicates a drop of around 170,000 bpd in total Bakken production by the end of 2020.” US shale operators struggling amid the Saudi-led oil price war (Credit: White House/Shealah Craighead) In Washington’s strongest response yet to the unfolding oil crisis sparked by Saudi Arabia and Russia, a group of Republican senators have demanded action over what they term “economic warfare” by the two oil giants against the US as shale producers fall victim to troubled markets.US shale operators in the prolific Permian and Bakken oil-producing regions are being put under significant pressure to cut costs by freefalling oil prices, which have been in steep decline since Riyadh and Moscow failed to agree Opec+ supply cuts earlier this month.The subsequent Saudi decision to ramp up its crude production and flood the market with heavily-discounted fuel has lent further disruption to this already-volatile situation, sending commodity prices plunging to their lowest in decades.Many analysts have observed the move was intended, at least in part, to undercut the US shale industry, which has been competing with Opec for market share over the past decade with cheap and abundant supplies of oil and has been critical to the Trump administration’s economic strategy. And it seems to be working. US energy dominance is ‘under direct threat’ from Saudi price warFaced with the prospect of US shale operators being squeezed to the point of going out of business, six Republican members of the Senate, including Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski wrote to secretary of state Mike Pompeo, urging him to set Saudi Arabia on a different course, either through negotiations or by leveraging the “enormously powerful tools” at the country’s disposal, including sanctions and trade restrictions.They wrote: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation have embarked upon economic warfare against the US. We choose that term carefully and understand the full weight of its meaning.“During this time of pandemic and global economic crisis, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has chosen to settle scores in the oil market. Riyadh’s motivation may be multi-faceted – to punish the Russians, to capture near-term market share, to destabilise long-term investment in American energy – but the end result is the same.“Our nation’s energy dominance, which President Trump has carefully nurtured over the past three years, is now under direct threat from a country that professes to be our ally.“By taking advantage of a confusing situation and desperate time, the kingdom risks its bilateral relationship with the US.”They add that the diplomatic alliance between Riyadh and Washington will be “difficult to preserve” if the kingdom continues to intentionally inflict “turmoil and hardship” on the US companies “at the heart” of its energy industry. Senate members have urged White House intervention to stop Saudi Arabia’s ‘score-settling’ price war, as the unfolding market crisis takes its toll on US shale oil Riyadh urged to cut ties with Opec ‘relic’ and partner with the USThe US senators demanding political action to protect their domestic oil producers from this escalating scenario called on Saudi Arabia to end its association with Opec, the organisation it nominally leads, and instead “join the US on the global stage as a free-market energy powerhouse”.They added: “An alternative path to a brighter future remains open, if only the Saudis will take it. [Opec] is a relic of a cartelised past, one that burdens the kingdom with free-riders and forces it to shoulder the lion’s share of every production decision.“Instead of investing in Russian energy projects – which may only deepen Russia’s ties to China and provide it with leverage over American allies in Europe – the kingdom should partner with the US on strategic energy infrastructure projects across the Indo-Pacific region and in the Americas.” Oil crisis has forced US shale firms to slash capital spending plansSeveral companies have already announced deep cuts to their capital spending plans for 2020, while there have been warnings that almost a third of the global shale workforce could be lost before the end of the year as producers scramble to cut costs.Analysis from BloombergNEF warns that if shale oil prices remain near or below $30 per barrel, and drilling activity drops accordingly, US output could fall by more than one million barrels per day (bpd) by the end of the year.“Some operators may struggle to survive, and the spillover could impact the broader economy,” warns the report.“Wall Street may now be reluctant to fund shale producers after years of overspending and low returns. In 2016, upstream operators issued $35bn of equity. By 2019, this equity issued had fallen to $1bn.”In the Permian Basin alone – a key shale-producing region comprising oilfields across Texas and New Mexico – GlobalData analysts have forecast an 834,000 bpd drop, while in the Bakken Formation, which spans north-western parts of the US and into Canada, a 170,000 bpd decline is expected.last_img read more

Energean, Edison agree to revised $284m deal after dropping certain assets

first_imgEnergean will gain 226mmboe 2P reserves and 2C resources through the revised deal with the associated assets producing 58.7kboed in 2019 Energean further revises deal with Edison. (Credit: aymane jdidi from Pixabay) Energean Oil and Gas and Italy-based Edison have further revised their transaction announced in 2019, reducing the consideration to be paid to the latter to $284m after excluding the Algerian and Norwegian hydrocarbon assets.After working capital, the UK-based oil and gas company anticipates paying $178m for its acquisition of Edison’s upstream operations in Egypt, Italy, the UK, Croatia, and Greece among others.Additionally, there is a further consideration of up to $100m to be paid to Edison, which will be based on the commissioning of Cassiopea development gas project in Italy.The deal is now expected to be closed within the year.Energean will gain 226 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe) 2P reserves and 2C resources through the revised deal with the associated assets producing 58.7 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (kboed) in 2019.Details of the original deal between Energean and EdisonAs per the original deal, the consideration was $750m plus the $100m contingent payment with the UK-based Energean Oil and Gas agreeing to acquire the Italian energy company’s oil and gas business – Edison Exploration and Production (Edison E&P). The original deal included nearly 90 licences across nine countries in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.Edison said that its E&P assets in Norway and Algeria will remain within the company’s scope as long as market conditions enable better valorisation. The Italian energy company confirmed its strategy to exit from E&P activities in order to focus on renewables.In April, the parties reached an agreement to exclude the Algerian assets from the deal due to regulatory hurdles in the country.Energean also got Edison to exclude the Norwegian assets from the deal after its separate deal to immediately offload Edison E&P’s UK and Norwegian subsidiaries to Neptune Energy for $280m was scrapped in March 2020.last_img read more