Premier aim for second win in NFL

first_imgThrow-in at Semple Stadium is at 2 o’clock.Tipp FM’s coverage of the match gets underway at 1.50pm and will be brought to you in association with Cleary Motors Renault, Thurles and O’Donovan Marquees, Birdhill. The Premier’s second opponents in Division 3 are Sligo.Some are suggesting that victory over the Yeats County will put Liam Kearns’ side right in the heart of the promotion battle.However, the Tipp boss believes that such talk is a little premature.last_img

Is NHL labor peace on the horizon?

first_imgThe current CBA expires in just over three years. However, the league can opt out Sept. 1, while the PA can do so on Sept. 15. If one or the other goes that route, the CBA will expire in Sept. 2020. That could set the stage for another lockout.NHL farm system rankings: Best, worst prospect pipelines for 2019-20, from 1 to 31Neither Daly nor PA director Donald Fehr indicated if their respective sides intend to use their opt-out clause. Daly told Johnston there seemed to be a lot of agreement regarding the general state of things. He felt there wasn’t a huge sticking point on any of the issues discussed thus far.The deputy commissioner’s remarks echoed those by league commissioner Gary Bettman. Prior to the 2019 NHL All-Star Game last January, Bettman told reporters talks between the two sides were cordial and constructive. At the same time, PA representative Mathieu Schneider indicated there was a lack of tension compared to the previous round of CBA negotiations.With three lockouts (1994-95, 2004-05 and 2012-13) on his resume, Bettman seems intent on avoiding a fourth. Last November, the New York Post’s Larry Brooks reported the league was doing all it could to prevent another work stoppage.Daly didn’t indicate if escrow was part of the recent discussions but it’s bound to be the biggest stumbling block. Other issues, such as Olympic participation and post-career medical coverage, are also of concern to the players but none are as potentially contentious as escrow.The current system ensures a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue (HRR) between the league and the players. During each season, a predetermined percentage is clawed back from the players’ paychecks and put into a separate fund. Once the full HRR for that season is determined, the players learn how much of that money will be refunded to them.The problem for the players is as much as 15 percent can be withheld from their pay during the season. What they get back by season’s end is often less than what was originally deducted.In June, the Associated Press’ Stephen Whyno reported the players lost upward of 10 percent of their pay to escrow over the last seven seasons. In a survey of the 31 NHL player reps, Whyno said 25 of them consider escrow the biggest bargaining issue.The claw-backs could be reduced by cutting salaries, but the players won’t be interested in that notion.Eliminating escrow won’t fly with the league as it is seen as an essential component toward achieving a 50-50 balance of revenue.NHL home jersey rankings: The best and worst looks for 2019-20The PA could eliminate or reduce their annual salary-cap escalator clause, used to increase the salary cap by up to five percent each year based on revenue projections. In recent years, the PA has voted for only marginal increases as a way of reducing escrow payments. The downside to this is players due to become free agents could receive less than they would have with the escalator clause.Meanwhile, there are three possible outcomes to the current negotiations. Last Friday, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston he was “cautiously optimistic” over the direction of collective bargaining talks with the NHL Players’ Association. In fact, he felt the two sides could agree to stage a World Cup of Hockey in 2021 if the current CBA is extended or renewed.Johnston also reported representatives from the league and the PA met throughout the summer and will sit down together again this week. Meanwhile, both sides have an opportunity next month to exercise their respective early-out options. The first and obvious best-case scenario sees both sides announcing they’ve hammered out a new CBA. It would probably go into effect next September to allow both sides a year to adjust for the potential changes under the new agreement.They could also decide not to take the early out and continue negotiations with an eye on reaching a new agreement before the 2022 expiration. That seems the least likely outcome. Given the current pace of discussions, both sides seem keen on a new deal sooner rather than later.Finally, one or the other could take the early out, triggering the countdown toward a lockout next September if an agreement isn’t reached by then.last_img read more

Lakers’ Lebron James taking time to heal groin injury

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Asiad star to miss match vs Azkals, but South Korea still team to beat “We are obviously not going to rush him back,” Walton said.James suffered a strained groin during the Lakers’ 127-101 blowout road win over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissTeam doctors officially diagnosed James with the injured groin after an MRI exam on Wednesday. He was placed on the injury list and labeled day-to-day.James did not travel with the team to Sacramento. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “I take a lot of pride in (staying healthy),” James said after the Warriors game. “It’s more than anything being available to my teammates, to my coaching staff — that is something I take more personal than anything.“Hopefully it is not a long thing and I can get back on the floor as soon as possible.”James has not been officially ruled out of Friday’s home game against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Kings visit Los Angeles for a rematch Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Los Angeles — The Los Angeles Lakers will have to get used to life without LeBron James when they face the Sacramento Kings on Thursday.Lakers head coach Luke Walton said their game plan will change without James leading the charge and hinted that their star player could be out for a period of time.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more