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The state of refereeing in Guyana and by extension football

first_imgDear Editor,Congratulations are in order regarding the performance of our overseas Guyana Women’s team. I am still concerned that there is no evidence of football development in Guyana. Again, we have no clubs except for rubber stamping associations.UDFA was again in the spotlight with the head of referees in Linden bringing the game into disrepute after being missed directed by Mr Wayne Forde and team of the GFF. If the Referees’ Association, which should form the referees’ committee of the GFF, is not allowed to function, then the game will continue to go further into a state of irreversible damage.Mr Forde, please save our football and the future of our youths by leaving, since you are clueless as to what is required to effect growth into Guyana’s football. Your adviser, Mr Richard Gordon, is being paid to do what after all these years? He was hopeless as the General Secretary of the TTFF, therefore, what help could he bring to the table in Guyana. Jack Austin Warner was the defector President and General Secretary of the TTFF. Never in the history of Guyana did we have to import any administrator at any level. This is disrespectful and disgraceful to all of Guyana.What continues to amuse me is that former Head of the GDF, Mr Lovell, and Head of our Demerara Harbour Bridge, Rawltson Adams, sits idly and allows Forde to make a fool of them or are you both clueless and hopeless as he? Are you comfortable collecting monies under false pretence while the football ship continues to drift without a sail?In my last letter some weeks ago, I had asked President Forde and by extension, the two VPs, regarding the monies (US$50, 000) received from FIFA for development of referees in Guyana. To date, neither the Associations nor the Custodians of Football in Guyana have been informed regarding these funds. It begs the question if the two Vice Presidents or General Secretary have any knowledge of the use and or misuse of these funds. Take note (VPs) of what has happened to your peers in the Cayman and other parts of the world. You are accountable.Additionally, upon review of the GFF financial statements, this item is not adequately disclosed, which again begs the question as to the competence of the financial officer and the auditors. The police and FIFA need to be called in to investigate the financial mismanagement and possible misappropriation of funds. The silence of the executives and the Associations are deafening.To this date of writing, referees attached to the GFF remain unpaid while those attached to Banks DIH, a new footballing body, were already paid. Additionally, I am reliably informed that this is just the tip of the iceberg since your creditor’s listing keeps growing each day. Some creditors have already taken court action for none payments. Mr President, where are the funds from FIFA?Sir, in conclusion, let me remind you, since you seem very ignorant of the fact, that the referees are the custodians of the laws of the game with the mandate to execute same – not the administrator, including you. Without the effective, unbiased interpretation of these laws and its execution, our matches are nothing more than scrubby, not football.Mr Forde, please pay the referees their outstanding funds and stop interfering with its functioning by suspending our referees without fair play and blocking their appointment.What kind of a President are you? The President who promotes crime, corruption and indiscipline. What about the player from Linden who you rushed for training in Brazil? After he had thrown water into the referee’s face during a match without the matter even gracing the presence of the disciplinary committee. Take a page from the Boxing Association regarding discipline of players.At the end of the day, Sir, you would lose, football will always be the winner. The game is bigger than you, FIFA and CONCACAF.The Caribbean is in a far worse state than ever in its history after Jack Warner because of lack of or no leadership at all.Regards,Thomas BowenBusinessman andformer footballerlast_img read more

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Another body found in Corentyne backdam

first_imgThe body of a fisherman was on Wednesday afternoon discovered in a pound in the backlands of Number 68Dead: Havan ChandarpaulVillage, Corentyne, and family members believe he was sexually assaulted before being killed.The dead man has been identified as Havan Chandarpaul, age 28, a fisherman of Number 68 Village, Corentyne. His body was discovered at about 16:30h in a pond about half a mile into the backdam.In a release, the Police said initial investigations revealed that the deceased left home on Monday, August 22, at about 20:00h for an unknown destination and never returned. A missing persons report was made on August 24, and a search was subsequently launched.Havan Chandarpaul’s body was found floating face upward in a pond with marks of violence on his body. A suspect is in custody assisting with the investigation, the release added.Reports are that two boys taking their sheep home from the backdam discovered the body and reported it to his parents.The dead man’s mother, Seerani Chandarpaul, said he left home on Monday dressed in a blue shirt, white pants, and white cap. When he was found, he was only wearing his underpants.An uncle of the dead man, Mahendranauth Doolchand, told Guyana Times that the body bore marks of violence. According to Doolchand, there was a laceration on the right side of the head and two on the left side. He said the back also carried a similar wound while his right shoulder seemed to have been fractured. The veins to each of his ankles were severed and his hands were bound behind his back, Doolchand said.He said there were marks on the body to suggest that he was also sexually assaulted.Meanwhile, an autopsy conducted on the body on Thursday by forensic Pathologist, Dr Vivekanand Bridgemohan revealed Chandarpaul died as a result of shock and hemorrhage as a result of a fractured skull.According to the dead man’s mother, there are two suspects. One she gave as an alleged drug dealer, known only as “Tariq” (only name given) who lives in the community and the other a married woman, whose son, she said, was in a relationship with Chandarpaul.The grieving mother said she suspects “Tariq” is involved in the murder of her son.According to her, over the past two months, her son received numerous threats to his life from the accused. She referred to him as a drug retailer who her son recently stole three ducks from. On Tuesday, the matter was settled when she paid “Tariq” $25,000 in open court.According to the mother of two, her now dead son was a frequent user of narcotics but never purchased from “Tariq”, something he was not pleased with.Following the discovery, Police went in search of the suspect and found him at a gambling shop. He and all those present were taken into custody.Most of those detained were subsequently released. Police also took into custody the married woman’s son with whom the now dead man reportedly shared a relationship with.In December 2011, Chandrapaul was charged and placed before the court after being suspected to be part of a notorious pirate gang. One year later, he was released from prison.Police continue to investigate his death. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

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Corriverton Mayor bypasses LGC and hires tractor operator

first_img– says had written to LGC without a responseCorriverton Mayor Winston Robert on Tuesday hired a tractor operator without consulting with the Local Government Commission (LGC), as is mandated.The Municipality has for some time been waiting on the Commission to employ a tractor operator and a revenue clerk.Corriverton MayorWinston RobertsAccording to Mayor Roberts, the Municipality of Corriverton is being stifled by the LGC. Several letters have been dispatched to the Commission to have the vacancies filed with urgency, but there was no response.“We are waiting on them to come and do the interviews. They say that we cannot do the interviews just like that. Today [Tuesday] I took it upon myself with the councillors to go ahead and employ a tractor operator. Whereby, we wrote a letter to them informing them of our actions with the signature of all the councillors. We had to do it,” the Mayor noted.Residents say the Municipality has not been collecting solid waste in a timely manner, which has led to a pile-up of garbage in residential areas.“We only have one operator and we are supposed to have two. We have our daily work in the market. We have to clean the fishery. So, I could not wait any longer on the Local Government Commission to come and make that decision for us. I took the chance off of my own. I am willing for them to prosecute me at any time for my decision,” the Mayor told this publication on Tuesday.When asked for a comment, LGC Head Mortimer Mingo declined.Mayor Roberts related that for the past week, the Municipality has only had one operator, thus, making it very difficult for it to properly manage solid waste.“He is a senior officer who will come off of the job in October. He has a backlog of 46 days leave and he chose to take the leave; that is within his rights but then we cannot sit and wait on the Local Government Commission to come and interview applicants and thenThe garbage pile-up in Corrivertonto wait five or six months for them to have the person employed. Who will pick up our garbage? Who will clean the fishery? What will become of our community? So, I went ahead with what I had to do,” the town’s Mayor boldly stated.Mayor Roberts highlighted that before the employment on Tuesday, he sought the advice on the Council but more so, he stressed that the reason for hiring the operator was to ensure that the town remains clean.last_img read more

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Top 10 REVEALED! How much TV money Europe’s top clubs earned

first_img =1. Real Madrid and Barcelona – €140m earned from TV money for 2013/14 league season – By far and away the highest earning teams in Europe, in terms of TV money are and will probably continue to be Real Madrid and Barcelona. The Spanish giants boast a duopoly of La Liga broadcast money, picking up a reported €140m each last season. The duo annually pick up around three-and-a-half times as much as the next Spanish team – Valencia earned €48m for the same period – and close to eight times as much as last season’s bottom placed club Almeria (who pocketed just €18m). 8. Everton – €102m earned from TV money for 2013/14 league season – Click the arrow to see who is number one – The Toffees enjoyed another strong season last year, narrowly missing out on a top four finish. That placing helped the Merseysiders break through the €100m barrier for TV earnings and while they aren’t faring anywhere near as well this year, they should pick up a similar amount. 10 3. Man City – €115.8m earned from TV money for 2013/14 league season – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Last season’s Premier League champions, Man City collected a well-deserved €115.8m in league TV money, but they were not England’s highest earners in this regard. 7. Man United – €106.9m earned from TV money for 2013/14 league season – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Last season was certainly one to forget for the Red Devils on the pitch, but off of it was a different story. Healthy commercial growth paired with increased TV revenue was a massive positive for the club. Despite finishing the campaign in seventh, United pocketed €106.9m in TV money. That is more than Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen combined. 10 10. Newcastle United – €92.8m earned from TV money for 2013/14 league season – Click the arrow to see which clubs earned the most TV money in European football last season… – In 10th place it’s the Magpies who, despite finishing the season in 10th, still pocketed a reported €92.8m in television money alone. That figure is over two-and-a-half times as much as Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. With the current campaign looking to be heading in the same direction, expect Newcastle to collect a similar amount this time around. 10 9. Juventus – €94m earned from TV money for 2013/14 league season – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Last season, Serie A TV rights saw the league make a reported total of €841.1m, but by far and away the highest earners were champions Juventus, who pocketed 11 per-cent of the pot. To put it into perspective, that princely sum is more than Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille’s combined TV earnings for last year. 5. Arsenal – €111.4m earned from TV money for 2013/14 league season – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Perennial top four finishers, Arsenal’s lack of a title challenge towards the business end of last season didn’t seem to affect the Gunners’ TV earnings too much, with Premier League broadcasting earning the club a reported €111.4m. While their league position is under greater threat this year, it has been forecast that they will pocket even more for the current campaign. 10 10 6. Tottenham – €107.6m earned from TV money for 2013/14 league season – Click the arrow to see who is number one – The North Londoners were frequently seen on television screens on Sundays, due largely to their participation in the Europa League. The result was a cool €107.6m earned through broadcast revenue. 2. Liverpool – €117m earned from TV money for 2013/14 league season – Click the arrow to see who is number one – That honour goes to Liverpool, who pocketed a massive €117m as broadcasters intently focused on their failed title challenge. It was the highest amount earned by an English club by far, but it comes nowhere near the most for a European side. 10 4. Chelsea – €112.9m earned from TV money for 2013/14 league season – Click the arrow to see who is number one – The Blues look like being runaway winners of the Premier League this season, but last year they could only reach fourth spot in the TV money table. Chelsea picked up a reported €112.9m from Premier League screening rights alone. 10 10 10 The power of football broadcasting rights has grown to unprecedented levels in recent years, and that looks set to continue as media heavyweights battle it out in the latest round of Premier League TV bidding.It has been estimated that screening English football will be worth an estimated £4.4bn for the period 2017/19, but how does that measure up to the rest of Europe?We took a look at the reported earnings of the continents’ biggest clubs in terms of TV money and the figures are astounding.Despite being the highest earners in Germany – picking up €36.9m in TV money last season – Bayern Munich are nowhere near the top ten, neither are Borussia Dortmund (€35.5m), French champions Paris Saint-Germain (€44.6m) and even Italian giants Inter Milan, who earned a pretty sizable €80.4m for the same period.But who makes the top ten? Click the arrow above to find out… 10last_img read more

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Bush pushes Dems to pass war funding

first_imgThe House has passed a $50 billion bill that would keep war operations afloat for several more months, but set a goal of bringing most troops home by December 2008. After Bush threatened to veto the measure, Senate Republicans have blocked it. In turn, Democratic leaders say they won’t send Bush a war spending bill this year at all. In response, Pentagon officials began saying the military will have to take drastic steps next month if it doesn’t get the money soon. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered the Army and Marine Corps to begin planning for a series of expected cutbacks, including civilian layoffs, termination of contracts and reduced operations at bases. Bush reiterated that theme at the Pentagon, backed by Vice President Dick Cheney and military leaders. “Congress limits how much money can be moved from one account to the other,” Bush said. “Secretary Gates has already notified Congress that he will transfer money from accounts to fund other activities of the military services to pay for current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan – and no more money can be moved.” The standoff between Democrats and the White House plays well with a fiercely anti-war Democratic support base. But it gives Bush an opportunity to hammer Democrats for not supporting troops, which is what he did during his Pentagon visit. “Let us tell our men and women in uniform that we will give them what they need to succeed in their missions, without strings and without delay,” Bush said. “I ask Congress to provide this essential funding to our troops before the members leave on their Christmas vacation.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush sternly pressed Democrats to approve money to fund the Iraq war “without strings and without delay” before leaving town for the Christmas holidays, something congressional leaders have already indicated they will not do. After more failed attempts to pass legislation ordering troops home from Iraq, Democrats have said they plan to sit on Bush’s $196 billion request for war spending until next year. Bush said this will push the Pentagon toward an accounting nightmare and affect the military’s ability to do its job protecting the country. “The American people expect us to work together to support our troops. That’s what they want,” Bush said Thursday after spending two hours meeting at the Pentagon with military leaders. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“They do not want the government to create needless uncertainty for those defending our country and uncertainty for their families. They do not want disputes in Washington to undermine our troops in Iraq just as they’re seeing clear signs of success.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., responded that Democrats will get troops the money they need as part of a “war strategy worthy of their sacrifices.” “Bush Republicans have indefinitely committed our military to a civil war that has taken a tremendous toll on our troops and our ability to respond to other very real threats around the world,” Reid said. Meanwhile, there was at least a sign of a potential breakthrough. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., said Thursday that after talking with Bush’s adviser on the Iraq war, he thinks Congress and the White House might be able to end the showdown on war funding. After a phone conversation on Wednesday initiated by Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, Murtha said he’s “more optimistic that there’s a possibility now.” Murtha, chairman of the defense appropriations subcommittee, said one possible area where he thinks Democratic leaders could compromise is on a date to end the war. He said Democratic leaders want Bush to “sit down and work out a plan with the Congress so that we work this whole thing out.” last_img read more

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Guadalajara holds its destiny

first_imgGuadalajara stands two games from a return trip to Copa Libertadores, South America’s club soccer championship, and needs only a tie and maybe less tonight against Necaxa at Home Depot Center to reach an InterLiga final. Guadalajara, which reached the Copa Libertadores semifinals last summer, is atop Group B after two rounds of InterLiga play in Texas. Doubleheaders tonight and Wednesday at HDC will determine four finalists, and Sunday’s games at HDC will decide Mexico’s final two entrants in the South American championship. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Group A leader Monterrey, which faces Pachuca on Wednesday, is seeking consolation after a controversial loss last month to Toluca in Mexico’s Primera Division Apertura final. last_img read more

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HALF WAY THERE FOR THE MOTIV8 CONTESTANTS

first_imgAs the contestants reach the half way point in their training regime for Gaelforce North, we’ve decided to give you an update on how each is performing……Here goes!Motiv8 LK Fitness Classes are open to members of the public, with new fitness enthusiasts particularly welcome! For timetables and further information on Motiv8 LK see www.motiv8fitness.eu or www.facebook.com/motiv8lk The team at Motiv8 Fitness have also announced the creation of a online donation page for chosen charity Donegal Action for Cancer Care, log on to www.mycharity.ie/charity/dacc if you’ve like to contribute to this worthy charity. Further details of fundraising activities will be announced soon.Meet The CelebritiesGerry McMonagle Letterkenny’s very own town mayor, Gerry ‘The Boss’ McMonagle was the first to sign up for the Motiv8 LK Challenge. Since the event started the big Derry man hasn’t missed a training session and was rewarded with his endeavours so far by being awarded Motiv8 LK Trainer of the week recently. In fact, some people thought that Gerry had moved into the Town Park permanently, he’s spending so much time training there! There’ll be no mistaking Gerry on Gaelforce now in his bright yellow t-shirt!!Joanne Sweeney-BurkeJoanne ‘The Apprentice’ Sweeney-Burke is well used to a challenging competition in the media spot light as she won her way to last year’s Apprentice final on TV3. The Media Box Owner has stated that her driven personality has helped to get her to where she is today. Recent conversations with cyclist Stephen Roche may give the Downings native the edge when navigating the hills around Glenveagh on June 23rd!John WatsonJohn ‘Hire Me’ Watson has never been one to turn down a challenge and the adopted Termon man is already seeing the benefits of his new healthier lifestyle …although to the detriment of Mountain Top’s Pizza! Although rather quiet after the end of the Premiership Season, John has been a lively and entertaining competitor in Motiv8 LK and he’s taking the training so seriously, it’s alleged that he now sleeps with a set of kettle-bells (well during work hours anyway)!Paul RodgersPaul ‘The Glass Man’ Rodgers states Italian among his favourite foods. However the Bolognese has been ditched for the bike in Paul’s determination to succeed in Motiv8 LK. Even a family wedding in Portugal couldn’t disrupt his training schedule. However, it did make for some confusion as he repeatedly ran up the alter steps during the ceremony, complete with kettle-bells in arms humming eye of the tiger! Toni KellyToni ‘RPM’ Kelly better known for her sporting pursuits on the rally circuit rather than the triathlon circuit, has taken to the Motiv8 LK Challenge like a duck to water. Although taking some initial persuasion to take part in Motiv8 LK, Toni’s dedication and attendance has paid off. Rumour has it for the upcoming Donegal Rally that the RPM presenter could ditch the type R for a pair of trainers as she makes her way around the circuit!Barry MackeyBarry ‘Sign of The Times’ Mackey could yet claim the unsung hero of Motiv8LK title. Injury set-backs and jibes from fellow competitors (namely Watson) have only acted as an increased motivator for the Ard O’Donnell Sign-Maker. After close scrutiny of Barry’s lifestyle we believe we’ve found the key to his drive and relentless energy – The post-training bowl of porridge in Macs Mace as well as the prospect of beating John Watson! Cathal SheridanCathal ‘Silk Cut’ Sheridan initially missed the first two weeks training. However since then ‘sick note’ has made a tremendous effort in all training sessions. The C&M Embroidery owner like most of the others has never before taken part in a triathlon and he’s taking his training regime is so disciplined seriously that the cigarette break has almost been completely eradicated from the Rathmullan man’s daily routine!Gavin McDaidThe battle of the media gurus is completed by Greenlight Media Co-Founder Gavin ‘Angry Tiger’ McDaid. Gavin’s stated that the imminent arrival of his new born has helped give him part of the incentive for taking part in Motiv8 LK. His work colleagues claim his interest in fitness has reached unprecedented levels, with videos of spinning bikes and how to perform the perfect press-up now making up his extended you tube play list…..Mick MurphyBallina native Mick ‘The Coach’ Murphy is the final celebrity Motiv8 LK contestant. Mick is well known in GAA circles as County Coaching Officer as well as his involvement in Glenswilly GAA club. Mick has been making gallant strides since training commenced and if his fitness level continues to rise as the same rate, it’s alleged he could see championship game time alongside his son Michael. Jim McGuinness is monitoring Mick’s progress with a watchful eye….HALF WAY THERE FOR THE MOTIV8 CONTESTANTS was last modified: May 23rd, 2012 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)last_img read more

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FEARS FOR BEDS AND SURGERY AS HSE BUDGET IN DONEGAL OVERSPENDS BY €7MILLION

first_imgThere are huge fears this evening for many medical services across Co Donegal following the news that the HSE West budget has encountered a huge over-run.Country-wide the budget has gone over by €50 million for the first half of the year while in Donegal that overspend is understood to be in the region of over €7 million.If the spending trend continues, there are genuine fears that services at all levels will have to be cut to stop the overspend from continuing. This could mean the closure of beds and surgery in centres across Donegal.A meeting in Galway of all departmental heads was told the overspend has gone into dangerous territory.Union spokesman Richie Carruthers said management including those at Letterkenny General Hospital are swimming against the tide.“We need talks because there is no way that we can continue like this. Something needs to be done and people need to be honest about where we are. “Of course we are talking about the cancellation of surgery and this is being done already.“There is no way we can continue like this and if cutbacks are introduced to try and stop this overspend trend then it will spell disaster for patients,” he said.Today’s news will not come as a surprise to donegaldaily.com readers. We reported a €6M overspend in July here https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/07/29/letterkenny-general-to-lose-24-hour-ae-in-cutbacks/FEARS FOR BEDS AND SURGERY AS HSE BUDGET IN DONEGAL OVERSPENDS BY €7MILLION was last modified: September 28th, 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:HSELetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

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SEAMUS COLEMAN TO BE PART OF MAN UNITED €54M TRANSFER BID – REPORT

first_imgSeamus ColemanREPORTS in Britain today are again linking Seamus Coleman with a summer move to Manchester United.The Killybegs man has been a star performer with Everton this season.Reports say David Moyes is prepared to pay the Merseysiders Stg£20M for Coleman and a further Stg£25M for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw – taking the total spend to £45M (€54M). Coleman is a Man United fan but is said to be very happy at Everton who are looking more likely to be playing in Europe next year than the Old Trafford side.The Toffees travel to Spurs today where Coleman will make his return after a hamstring injury. SEAMUS COLEMAN TO BE PART OF MAN UNITED €54M TRANSFER BID – REPORT was last modified: February 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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:evertonman unitedseamus colemantransferlast_img read more

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Warriors Profiles: Can Kevon Looney prove that he belongs in this mix?

first_imgWhat do weight loss, player options and solid playoff performances have in common? Each have played a role in this big man’s career with the Warriors. Find out how in our latest profile on the countdown to opening night.(In case you missed them previously, here are the first installations of our ‘Game Faces’ feature, profiles on Jacob Evans, Jonas Jerebko, Quinn Cook and Damian Jones. Dope images provided by Jose Carlos Fajardo)Kevon LooneyContract: 1 year / $1,567,007Outlook: The start …last_img read more