Kliff Kingsbury leaves USC for NFL job

first_imgGoing pro· Former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury was briefly hired as a USC offensive coordinator. (Photo from Bleacher Report/Twitter)USC offensive coordinator  and quarterbacks coach Kliff Kingsbury is leaving the team to take the head coach position with the Arizona Cardinals, according to Fox Sports. Kingsbury, who was hired on Dec. 5, will depart without coaching a single game for the Trojans.Kingsbury replaced Tee Martin as offensive coordinator 10 days after being fired from his position as head coach at Texas Tech, Kingsbury’s alma mater. The 39-year-old coach accepted the position at USC despite reports of significant interest from NFL teams.However, in the last week, Kingsbury’s future with the program was subjected to serious doubt. Reports that NFL teams wanted to interview Kingsbury for their head coaching positions resurfaced, but Athletic Director Lynn Swann blocked the Cardinals and New York Jets from interviewing Kingsbury, ESPN reported. NBC’s Pro Football Talk reported Saturday that Kingsbury could use the small buyout in his contract to leave the program and be free to interview with NFL teams. However, Swann then modified his stance and allowed NFL teams to talk to Kingsbury.Kingsbury interviewed with the Jets on Monday, according to The Athletic. NFL Network subsequently reported that Kingsbury was being interviewed by the Cardinals Tuesday morning — hours later, Kingsbury made the jump to the NFL, leaving USC’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach positions vacant once more.Although Kingsbury’s Red Raider teams struggled on the defensive end, he was widely pegged as the perfect candidate to improve a Trojan offense that underachieved in 2018. His sudden departure might be hard to fathom in the moment, but Swann and Helton will need to resume their search for a new talented offensive mind.Utah State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach David Yost is a potential candidate. The Aggies rode a prolific offense to a 10-2 record in 2018, as their 47.5 points per game ranked second in the nation. At USC, Yost would fill the same role as at Utah State while making an upward move to one of the blue-blood football programs in the country. Fans may question Yost’s accomplishments because they came at the expense of non-Power 5 opponents, but Utah State was competitive in matchups with ranked teams Michigan State and Boise State. In addition, the performance of Aggies sophomore quarterback Jordan Love would be encouraging for USC fans looking for growth from freshman signal-caller JT Daniels.Fresno State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kalen DeBoer is another possible solution because of his ability to improve struggling offenses. When DeBoer took over at Eastern Michigan in 2014, the Eagles ranked No. 124 in total offense. By DeBoer’s final season in 2016, the Eagles ranked No. 35. Similarly, Fresno State ranked No. 127 in offensive efficiency in 2016, the year before DeBoer arrived, but it finished last season at No. 35.last_img read more

Altenar powers first sportsbook platform for Lottoland

first_img Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Altenar increases global scale with new sports betting platform May 14, 2020 Sportsbook provider Altenar has penned a new agreement with Lottoland which will see it provide a fully managed sports betting platform for the online lotto provider.The deal has brought about the first sportsbook launch for Lottoland. It was debuted in select markets in 2019, and there are plans to expand globally throughout 2020.“We are very happy to be working with Lottoland on their first sportsbook,” said Altenar Commercial Director Domenico Mazzola on the deal. “The whole team is very proud that the product is now live.”Altenar Chief Executive Officer Stanislav Silin added: “The deal with Lottoland is important to Altenar, and we appreciate the trust placed in our product and company to deliver such an important vertical for Lottoland’s global expansion strategy.”“We are looking forward to a long-term cooperation together, and are going to do our best to ensure our sports betting solution provides the necessary technological edge and flexibility for Lottoland.”Mazzola emphasised that Lottoland had chosen Altenar for its “flexible approach and customisation of the software”, which has been tailor-made to fit the needs of the online lotto provider.Nigel Birrell, CEO of Lottoland, said: “We are thrilled to be incorporating a sportsbook platform into our product offering for Lottoland players. Our customers are at the heart of what we do, and for that reason we are very pleased to be providing a one stop shop for lottery betting, gaming and sports.“Having Altenar at the helm of its development means that we can truly focus on customer experience, with competitive pricing, ease of use, market variety and a frictionless user journeys all being incorporated into the design. We are very excited to see the finished product live on our site.”last_img read more

Judge dismisses discrimination & retaliation lawsuit against individual defendants, but trial will continue against Mason City school district as a whole

first_imgMASON CITY — A district judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the superintendent, the current human resources director and the school board president of the Mason City Community School District, but a former employee’s claims of discrimination and retaliation against the entire school district will move forward.Former human resources director Jodie Anderson filed the lawsuit last July against the school district, superintendent Dave Versteeg, board president Jodi Draper and human resources director Tom Drzycimski. Anderson, who served the school district between July 2015 and when she resigned in June 2017, claims she complained about the school district paying male employees more than female employees, and that there was retaliation against her.Anderson asked to have Drzycimski removed from the lawsuit last September, and now District Judge DeDra Schroeder has ruled that Versteeg and Draper are dismissed as defendants in the lawsuit. Schroeder in her ruling says that Versteeg was not hired by the district until a month after Anderson’s resignation, and Draper as an individual member of the school board cannot be held liable for the actions of the school board as a whole.A trial date for Anderson’s lawsuit against the school district has not been set.last_img read more

Female pitching star leads all-male team to Little League World Series

first_imgIn this Aug. 6, 2014, photo, Pennsylvania pitcher Mo’Ne Davis follows through on a throw prior to facing the District of Columbia in the Little League Eastern Regionals at Breen Stadium in Bristol, Conn., Davis and New Jersey’s Kayla Roncin are competing to make it to the Little League World Series, a rare feat for girls. But to get there, one girls’ team may have to knock off the other’s team. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Female pitcher Mo’Ne Davis led her team into the Little League World Series, throwing a three-hitter Sunday to lead Taney Youth Baseball Association Little League of Philadelphia to an 8-0 victory over a squad from Delaware.Mo’Ne struck out six in the six-inning game in the Mid-Atlantic Regional championship game.The 13-year-old will become only the 17th girl to play in the Little League World Series in 68 years. It starts Thursday in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.It was her second win over Delaware-Newark National Little League in the regional. She struck out 10 in the previous victory.Taney’s Jahli Hendricks, left, Scott Bandura, in the background, Mo’ne Davis, right, leap for joy after securing the last two outs on a doubleplay to end the sixth inning and win the Eastern Division Championship over the Newark Nationals Sunday Aug. 10, 2014 in Bristol., Conn. Taney will go on to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Michael Bryant)Clutch has the story:Davis is an honor roll 8th grader and has played for a travel baseball team since she was 7. In a climate that pressures girls to switch over to softball teams before they become teenagers, Davis has held strong and shown her teammates that baseball is the only game for her. It’s often mistakenly assumed that softball is essentially the same as baseball, and while softball has plenty of merits (including its own Little League World Series), the two sports are hardly identical.Girls who love baseball rarely have female leagues to join and often have to fight their way onto all-male teams. Even after being allowed to play, these young women may frequently have to justify their presence on the team.Davis and March stand as awesome public proof that girls can play right alongside the boys — and excel at it. While it’s not fair that Davis carries the pressure of representing all young women in baseball, a lot of sports fans seem to see her that way. The good news is that she’s an awesome role model and totally cut out for the job.Hopefully, in a more equal future, a token trailblazing female on a sports team won’t be the big news that it is today. Even if you’re not a baseball fan, it might be worth switching on ESPN to see these two ladies take the field this weekend! Read more.In this Aug. 6, 2014, photo, Pennsylvania’s Mo’Ne Davis steps on first as she beats the throw on a single against the District of Columbia during a baseball game in the Little League Eastern Regionals at Breen Stadium in Bristol, Conn. Davis and New Jersey’s Kayla Roncin are competing to make it to the Little League World Series, a rare feat for girls. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)last_img read more