Talented tandem of Olsen and Dissly at tight end for Seattle

first_img FOLLOW US First Published: 26th August, 2020 06:03 IST COMMENT Associated Press Television News When Greg Olsen put off a broadcasting career for at least one more season in the NFL, he was looking for a different experience.Not better than what he had in his previous stops in Chicago or Carolina — both places he thoroughly enjoyed. Just different.“There’s a lot of energy, as you said. The first day I’m looking around like, ‘What the hell?’” Olsen said of his first practice with the Seattle Seahawks. “It’s just not something I’m used to. But it’s fun. It’s contagious. You find yourself really enjoying practice, really looking forward to practice. The coaches are into it. The staff is into it. I mean, if you’re on the field, everyone at any moment could bust into a celebration.”Olsen decided in the offseason to stay on the field and not move to the press box quite yet, hoping to prove, even at 35 years old, he can still be one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the NFL.But he’ll be part of a deep group of tight ends with the Seahawks that also includes the return of Will Dissly after his previous two seasons were cut short by major injuries.“The best thing is they’re both the same type of guy,” Seattle offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said. “They’re all in. They love it. They love to compete. They love football. Football is important to them. It’s not about them, they’re very selfless. So yes, it is exciting.”It’s a position of great depth for Seattle that goes beyond just Olsen and Dissly. Seattle also brought back Jacob Hollister and Luke Willson and took rookie Stephen Sullivan late in the draft as a developmental project.But Olsen and Dissly will be the primary options. For Olsen, it’s his first training camp in a different location since 2011, when he first arrived in Carolina. So acclimating to a new camp has been part of the challenge on top of learning Seattle’s offense.“It’s probably as talented a group as I’ve been in from top to bottom,” Olsen said. “We’re getting six guys reps, which is probably the most in any camp that I’ve been a part of.”Olsen hasn’t played a full season since 2017, but last year appeared in 14 games for the Panthers and had 52 receptions. He may not be the target he was in the mid-2010s, when he had four straight seasons of more than 70 receptions, but with how Seattle uses the tight end in its offensive packages he can still be a major factor.Dissly had his rookie season in 2018 cut short after just four games because of a torn patellar tendon. He rehabbed to get himself ready for the 2019 season, only to have his second year end after six games due to an Achilles tendon injury. When he got hurt against Cleveland, Dissly already had 23 receptions and four touchdowns and was on his way to a breakout type season.Seattle coach Pete Carroll said the reports he received from where Dissly did his rehab work in Southern California were unlike any he’d heard before. Dissly was determined not to be limited when the Seahawks began training camp earlier this month.“We’re thrilled about Will’s progress,” Carroll said. “But then again because of the way he’s been, I’m not surprised that somebody would say that he’s been the hardest worker, the most diligent grittiest guy that they’ve ever seen come through the program.”Dissly said having consecutive seasons cut short by major injuries was tough mentally, but going through the rehab work on his knee helped in committing to what was needed to recover from the Achilles injury.“Everyone was there for me, giving me support, telling me I could do it and just encouraged me to stay strong and be positive,” Dissly said. “It was hard to stay in the dumps when you had that much support. Once we got the ball rolling, it was kind of go into to work mode. Surgery was really successful and then it was just my job to get back and prove those people right that were counting on me to get back.”NOTES: Seahawks SS Jamal Adams practiced Tuesday with a large protective wrap around his left hand. It did not affect his ability to take part in practice and Carroll is expected to address Adams’ situation after the team’s second scrimmage on Wednesday. … WR Phillip Dorsett missed his second straight practice with a sore foot.Image credits: AP WATCH US LIVEcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By LIVE TV Last Updated: 26th August, 2020 06:03 IST Talented Tandem Of Olsen And Dissly At Tight End For Seattle When Greg Olsen put off a broadcasting career for at least one more season in the NFL, he was looking for a different experiencelast_img read more

David Fletcher continues to impress in the Angels outfield

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Allen, who lost his job as the Angels closer shortly before going on the injured list with a back problem, said he was encouraged on Sunday because he got some swings and misses with his fastball and “locked up a guy with a breaking ball.”“Those things tell me my stuff is tightening up,” he said, “but we definitely have a ways to go.”ALSOShohei Ohtani got his first day off after playing five straight games since being activated from the disabled list. Ausmus said he’s not sure how often he’ll need to give Ohtani days off, but they will probably be against left-handed pitchers. The Angels are facing three righties this week in Minnesota. …Andrelton Simmons has grounded into a major league leading 12 double plays, including two more on Sunday. Ausmus said he had no explanation for that surprising stat. “I feel like that pace should slow down quite a bit,” he said. “The one thing I’ll say about double plays is you are normally hitting the ball hard on the ground, so he’s probably hitting the ball pretty hard. It’s just going at someone.” …Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone BALTIMORE — Not long after David Fletcher made a diving catch to save two or three runs in the eighth inning on Sunday, Brad Ausmus declared that Fletcher has reached a new level in his transition to the outfield.“I’m very comfortable with Fletch in left field,” the Angels manager said. “I no longer think of him as an infielder playing the outfield.”Fletcher had never played any outfield until he went out to right for a few innings late in games last year. This spring the Angels worked him out in left a little, but as recently as the first week of the season, Ausmus said he didn’t think Fletcher was ready for more than an occasional appearance in the outfield.That all changed about a week later, when Mike Trout’s groin injury pushed Ausmus to use Fletcher in the outfield for six straight games. Tommy La Stella reached base on catcher’s interference when his bat clipped the glove of catcher Pedro Severino in the second inning. It is the major-league leading fourth time that La Stella has gotten on base that way this season. …The Angels officially released Peter Bourjos, who had been designated for assignment earlier in the week and then placed on release waivers. …Zack Cozart had a single and a walk. Cozart has reached base at least once in all five of the games he’s played since coming off the injured list.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Tyler Skaggs, 3-3, 4.70) at Twins (RHP José Berrios, 6-1, 2.53), 4:40 p.m., Fox Sports West Now, Ausmus said he has no more reluctance to use Fletcher in left when that’s the Angels best offensive lineup, most likely against a left-handed pitcher.“There’s nothing he can’t do,” Ausmus said. “Fletch always seems to amaze not only me, but his teammates. He’s got very good baseball instincts. You could probably drop him anywhere on the field and he’d be fine.”ALLEN’S PROGRESSCody Allen has appeared in three games since coming off the injured list on Tuesday, allowing two runs in the first and none in either of the next two.Ironically, Allen said his best stuff was in that first game, when he gave up a two-run homer. He didn’t seem thrilled with his performances in either of the other two, although he’s optimistic about the progress.“I am looking forward to getting back out there the next time,” Allen said after pitching a scoreless inning on Sunday. “I feel like every time I get out there I am taking something away from it to adjust the next time.”last_img read more

June kickoff for qualifiers to 2022 World Cup of 32 or 48 teams

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history FILE – In this Sunday, July 15, 2018 file photo, France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris holds the trophy aloft after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. France won the final 4-2. FIFA says its committee for organizing competitions confirms the Asian Football Confederation will kick off the global program. This gives FIFA until early-June to decide on organizing a 32-team World Cup hosted by Qatar, or a 48-team event spreading games around the Middle East. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)ZURICH — Qualifying games for the 2022 World Cup will begin in Asia in June, though political tensions between Qatar and its neighbors means FIFA’s push to expand the tournament is still uncertain.FIFA’s committee for organizing competitions confirmed on Monday the Asian Football Confederation will kick off the global program. Details from other continents “will follow in due course.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief MOST READ FIFA’s decision making runs through its ruling council meeting next week in Miami, and again in Paris days before the June 5 congress of 211 member federations.FIFA members could favor giving themselves 16 more qualifying slots regardless of diplomatic tensions caused by an ongoing boycott of Qatar by regional rivals.Pressure on Qatar has been led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. If Qatar eventually agrees to share hosting, Kuwait and Oman are thought more acceptable options.A June kickoff for qualifying leaves up to three years to complete a program that typically runs to more than 800 games.Qualifying for the 2018 World Cup took 2 1/2 years, from a preliminary game in March 2015 between East Timor and Mongolia through a November 2017 playoff involving Peru and New Zealand.ADVERTISEMENT PBA D-League: Letran banks on big men to thump AMA Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments This gives FIFA until early June to decide on organizing a 32-team World Cup hosted by Qatar, or a 48-team event which would need to spread games around the Middle East.FIFA President Gianni Infantino has persistently pushed for an expanded World Cup, despite a limit of 28 days to play the tournament from Nov. 21-Dec. 18.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHowever, Qatar seems unlikely to agree on giving up some of the hosting rights it won in 2010.Qatar is building just eight stadiums for a 64-game tournament while 12 is the ideal number for 48 teams playing 80 games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more


first_imgResidents of Laghey may know if their post office is to open again soon when they meet management from An Post in September.The much-needed service has been closed now for more than six weeks after a note appeared on the office window.The sign simply informed customers that due to circumstances beyond An Post’s control, the post office was closed. Management are making no official comment on the matter but it is believed an incident at the post office is being investigated.A committee set-up by local residents following the closure of the post office has now been told that management at An Post will meet them to discuss the matter.A public meeting held recently in the village was attended by more than 100 people including Deputies Thomas Pringle and Pearse Doherty.Because management form An Post are on holiday leave at present, no date could be given for the meeting. EndsLAGHEY RESIDENTS HOPING AN POST BOSSES WILL DELIVER ON MEETING SOON was last modified: August 26th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An Postlaghey post officelast_img read more