Five former TCU football players selected in inaugural XFL draft

first_imgTwitter Linkedin 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Previous article25 years of legacy: Women and gender studies at TCUNext articleVolleyball swept by Kansas on the road Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jack Wallace TCU taking the field against SMU. Photo by Hunter Smith Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ printTCU running back Kyle Hicks carries the football against the Oklahoma Sooners. (Photo By Sam Bruton/TCU Photographer)TCU football is no stranger to sending graduates to play in the professional tier, and that tradition continued with the rebirth of the XFL. Five former Frogs were chosen by XFL squads in preparation for the revival this upcoming February of the once WWE-controlled league.The draft format consisted of five phases, the first four with 10 rounds each, and then an “open draft” phase of 30 rounds, usually for special teams players. The first four rounds consist of offensive skill positions, offensive linemen, defensive front seven, and defensive backs.In the opening round, former running back Kyle Hicks was selected by the Houston Roughnecks as their first running back selection. Hicks’ accolades throughout his TCU career include an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 selection in 2016. Houston also selected Tayo Fabuluje, an offensive tackle who played in the 2012 season for the Frogs. He was originally drafted in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears.The Seattle Dragons picked Stansly Maponga as the third overall pick in the defensive front seven phase. Maponga played from 2011-12 at TCU and was selected to the All-Big 12 First Team and AP All-Big 12 Second Teams in 2012. The final defensive Frog off the board was Ranthong Texada, one of TCU’s best defensive backs in recent memory. Texada’s accolades include 2014 Scout.com Second-Team Freshman All-American, 2016 Honorable Mention All-Big 12, and 2017 AP First-Team All-Big 12. Cole Hunt, a former TCU grad transfer tight end from Rice, was the final Frog selection in the XFL draft. Hunt was taken by the St. Louis Battlehawks. Hunt earned an Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 and First-Team Academic All-Big 12 nod in his sole season at TCU.The local XFL team, the Dallas Renegades, did not draft any Horned Frogs but will host five home games at Globe Life Park in Arlington starting the week after Super Bowl Sunday. Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ ReddIt Facebook TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360.center_img 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Twitter + posts Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Facebook Linkedin ReddIt TCU News Now 4/28/2021 TAGSfootballsportsXFL Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

The Armed Forces Return to Operations in Rio de Janeiro

first_imgBy Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo September 01, 2017 The Armed Forces are back on the streets of Rio de Janeiro for Operation “Rio Quer Segurança e Paz (Rio wants Security and Peace).” Since the United Nations Conference on the Environment & Development, or Rio 92, the Armed Forces have undertaken overt police missions in Rio de Janeiro to ensure security at major events on at least six occasions (Rio + 20 in 2012, World Youth Day in 2013, the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2015 World Military Games, and the 2016 Olympic Games). At other times, the Armed Forces have been called in to pacify slum communities, such as Alemão complex in 2010, and Maré complex in 2014. In these cases, the Armed Forces operate within the legal limits of Law and Order Assurance (GLO, per its Portuguese acronym) operations under presidential decrees, when the resources of traditional law enforcement agencies are stretched to the limit or in severe situations of public disorder. GLO provides military forces with temporary authorization to operate with police powers for a limited time. Although these operations are generally successful, the reality is that once the Armed Forces leave the area of operations, the initial problems quickly return. Accordingly, the federal government has promised that this time, the operations will be different. The Armed Forces will provide support to state and federal security forces in order to defeat criminal organizations. Intelligence, integration, and surprise For this purpose, the Armed Forces have formed a joint staff at the Eastern Military Command Headquarters, in Rio de Janeiro, to plan integrated operations to be undertaken by the three branches. An intelligence unit has been formed in the state, in which general officers from the Army, Navy, and Air Force work together with the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, the Federal Police, and other state and municipal law enforcement agencies. Under the current decree, the operation will last until December 31st, but the federal government has emphasized that this deadline was a bureaucratic requirement and that it will be extended until the end of 2018. “On other occasions in which the Armed Forces have been sent to Rio de Janeiro, the purpose was to provide the population with the necessary security so that a special event could take place. Thus, the Armed Forces implemented patrols for a certain time, providing the population with a sensation of security. This is a fleeting sensation of security, which does not solve the ongoing public security issue in Rio de Janeiro,” admitted Brazilian Army Colonel Roberto Itamar, the spokesperson for the Eastern Military Command and the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces. “The purpose of the National Public Security Plan for Rio de Janeiro is precisely to fight organized crime by reducing the crime rate and weakening and disarming criminal organizations, in order to provide the population with a permanent sensation of security,” he added According to Col. Itamar, GLO will undertake occasional operations with specific objectives. These operations will be based on intelligence work, integration of the security forces, and the element of surprise. “This is the first time that the Armed Forces have been deployed in this manner. It is important for the population to understand that it will not be seeing military personnel in the streets giving them a temporary sensation of security. The state forces have not been exhausted. Rather, these forces are being used. Law enforcement operations are occurring normally. Some will be supported by the Armed Forces, others will not,” he explained. The number of men involved depends on the mission The first operation under the new GLO took place on July 28th with the mobilization of more than 10,000 federal forces, including 8,500 from the Armed Forces, 620 from the National Public Security Force, comprising federal police officers and police officers from the state law enforcement agencies, as well as 1,120 from the Federal Highway Police. Reconnaissance and acclimatization operations were conducted. Troops were also deployed at different locations around the city and they patrolled several areas. The force is not a fixed one, according to Col. Itamar, and will depend on the operation. “Those were the numbers for this first operation; future operations may be smaller or larger depending on the demands of the mission stipulated for the particular operation,” he said. The second operation, called Onerat, held on August 5th, involved almost 5,000 men from the security forces, including 3,600 Armed Forces personnel. It was conducted in the Lins Complex, comprising 12 slum communities on the north side of Rio de Janeiro. The operation resulted in 15 arrests and the seizure of three pistols, two grenades, four radios, 16 vehicles, one motorcycle, four kilograms of cocaine, and 13 kilograms of marijuana. “The trinomial of intelligence, integration, and surprise elements will remain intact. We want to refine and improve each of these components to obtain bigger and better results. In terms of integration and coordination, both operations were successful,” stated Minister of Defense Raul Jungmann, after an August 8th meeting with 10 federal lower house representatives from the state of Rio de Janeiro to discuss law enforcement initiatives under Operation “Rio Quer Segurança e Paz).” “I want to make it clear to criminals and outlaws that there is no sanctuary, that there will be no space or place where we cannot undertake an operation or several operations, based on our intelligence,” added Jungmann. The population of Rio de Janeiro seems to approve the deployment of military personnel throughout the state. One survey conducted by the Brazilian Institute of Opinion and Statistics, and ordered by the Special Secretariat for Social Communication of the president’s office, revealed that 90 percent of the population recognized the importance of the Armed Forces in reducing violence, and that 60 percent had already noticed improvement with the presence of federal troops. The survey was conducted by telephone between August 4th and 7th, while the first two operations were still ongoing. The security forces conducted a third operation, called Dose Dupla, on August 16th. This time it was conducted in Niterói, in the metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro. The Armed Forces were responsible for cordoning off several slum communities. The operation involved 2,605 military personnel, including 1,588 from the Army, 817 from the Navy, 200 from the Air Force, 300 from the Civil Police, and 250 from the Military Police. Operation Dose Dupla was launched after six months of investigations and more than 10,000 hours of telephone intercepts, and resulted in the arrest of 16 adults and two teenagers, as well as eight rifle magazines, two sets of body armor, three radio transmitters, one kilogram of marijuana, 100 tubes of cocaine, and bookkeeping material.last_img read more

National summit to address business readiness for flu pandemic

first_imgFeb 1, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A national conference scheduled Feb 14 and 15 in Minneapolis will give business leaders an opportunity to learn from experts about the risk of pandemic influenza and help figure out how their industries can prepare for it. The long list of speakers for the conference includes Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Michael Leavitt; former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson; CIDRAP Director Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH; and writer and scholar John Barry, author of The Great Influenza, a lengthy account of the 1918 flu pandemic. Ted Koppel, former host of the ABC News show “Nightline,” will speak at a Feb 14 evening banquet. Planners describe the summit as the first of its type on a national scale. “I think it’s the first conference of its kind to bring together all the various industry sectors to actually work towards determining and addressing current gaps in planning” for the business community, said Osterholm. He added that some “solutions have been identified in one or more business sectors but not generally made available to other sectors.” Olson said he expects the meeting will attract mostly larger companies, giving them a chance to compare notes on their preparedness measures. “We’re hoping to share some of that information with small and medium-sized companies at a later date,” he said. “We can no longer assume that business continuity plans for both our multinational companies and small businesses, largely based on a concept of a regional event of a limited duration, will approximate the actual impact and consequence of an influenza pandemic,” Osterholm said in congressional testimony in December. “Rather, I believe an influenza pandemic will be like a 12- to 18-month global blizzard that will ultimately change the world as we know it today.” Beauchesne commented in a University of Minnesota news release, “Pandemic influenza needs to be on the minds of all organizations. It is not an ‘if’ but ‘when’ scenario. This is a critical event that should be a priority for all our members.” Besides those mentioned above, some of the other speakers and panelists are Ann Beauchesne, executive director of homeland security for the US Chamber of Commerce; former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson; Sherry Cooper, global economic strategist with Harris Bank and BMO Financial Group in Toronto; Richard Knox, science correspondent with National Public Radio; Jeffrey Levi, senior policy adviser at Trust for America’s Health; and Stewart Simonson, assistant director for public health emergency preparedness in the US Department of Health and Human Services.center_img David Olson, president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, said the conference will give businesses a chance to prepare for disasters in general. “We obviously hope that a pandemic flu situation never arises, but we think this is a great opportunity for businesses to plan for any kind of disaster, whether it be flood, fire, or tornado,” he told CIDRAP News. “If they’re going to be prepared for flu, my guess is everything else is going to be less [difficult] than that.” The premise of the conference is that pandemic flu is a major global threat and that traditional business security and disaster-response plans will not be adequate for dealing with it, according to CIDRAP officials. The conference will include expert speakers and panel discussions on topics affecting all industries, such as legal issues, healthcare, infrastructure, human resources, government support, and risk communication. After the general presentations, participants will gather with others from their own industry to discuss continuity planning. Sessions are planned for 11 different sectors, such as healthcare, manufacturing, agriculture and food, energy, transportation and warehousing, and construction and real estate. The meeting, called “Business Planning for Pandemic Influenza: A National Summit,” is being organized by the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), publisher of this Web site. The United States and Minnesota Chambers of Commerce are cosponsoring the event, to be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Osterholm said he hopes the meeting will be the beginning of an ongoing effort to help the private sector prepare for pandemic flu. “No one knows if the current situation [with avian flu] will lead to a pandemic, but regardless if it does, there will be another pandemic,” he said “Any preparedness efforts we can make in this global just-in-time economy will be an investment well spent.”last_img read more

Watch for important yield-determining factors as planted corn moves forward

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Roy A. Ulrich, DEKALB/Asgrow technical agronomistThe long fight with Mother Nature that started in the fall with harvest rolled right into spring and never really relented. As a result, the growing season of 2019 started out by challenging the plans that growers and agronomists had developed over the winter months to produce the highest yields possible while striving for the best return per acre. While most of those plans did not include a mid- to late-May and into June planting dates for corn and soybeans, that is when some growers finally found a dry period to put crops in the ground. Now is the time to reexamine those plans to see which of the yield determining factors could still have a positive influence on the corn crop in 2019.After all, according to Dr. Bob Nielson from Purdue University only “12 to 16% of the overall yield variability is actually impacted by the delayed planting date.” There is still a very high percentage of the overall yield that we can influence. If you’re interested in how planting date influences overall yield potential, you can find the rest of Nielson’s article at https://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/corn/news/timeless/PltDateCornYld.html.The first yield-determining factor in corn that most of you have already assessed is plant population. What kind of plant populations do you have out in your fields and how even and consistently did those stands emerge? The later planting date allowed for warmer soils and the adequate moisture at planting has set up many fields with near perfect stands. So, in many situations this first yield-determining factor is of to a good start with an almost ideal number of plants per acre.The next yield-determining factor that is currently being set in many corn fields is ear girth. The number of rows around on an ear of corn are set during the V5 to V6 growth stages and has a major impact on final yields. While product genetics have an impact on the average ear girth, environmental factors like weather, nutrient availability, weed competition, etc. can all have an impact on ear girth as well.By reducing stress from weed competition or lack of nutrient availability, we can maximize overall yield potential. From a weed competition standpoint keeping fields weed free and controlling both broadleaf and grass weeds before they reach 4 inches in height not only minimizes competition for sunlight water and nutrients, it also increases the effectiveness of chemical applications.Regarding nutrient availability, many growers are in the middle of sidedress applications and with the crop at its current stage it requires almost 75% of its nitrogen still to be up taken into the plant. We are getting ready to enter the growth stage in corn when it requires nearly 8 pounds of nitrogen per acre per day. With such a high percentage of nitrogen needed for crop growth and grain fill still to be taken up by the plant, reducing nitrogen rates just because of a later start could negatively impact overall yield potential.The next biggest hurdle in determining overall yield potential in corn is successful pollination, which sets up the maximum number of kernels per ear. After pollination you can more accurately assess that maximum yield potential for a field and we can begin to scout to see if any foliar diseases need to be managed to maximize the grain fill.The late start in 2019 has only slightly influenced the yield potential and there is plenty of growing season left to determine how much corn you put in the bins this fall. One of the ways to reduce the size of that number is to ignore one of these important yield-determining factors.last_img read more

“SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH”

first_imgAnother snap shot of happenings from around Australia… · A 3400km round trip is on the cards for teams from Kununurra as they head to the North West Touch Championships in Port Hedland on 5th – 6th June. Teams will also travel from Broome, Derby, Karratha, Tom Price, Newman and Paraburdoo. · The TouchWest 18s State squads have met in Perth to begin preparations for the 2004 18 years & Under National Touch Championships and South Australia held their 18 years & Under trials on May 29-30. · 3 weeks today until the Australian Senior teams venture to South Africa, England and Jersey! · Victoria touch have released their new website, looks good! · The Queensland teams for the 2004 State of Origin have been released on the Queensland Touch website; check it out if you’re an interested Queenslander or just a NSW spy. · Queensland will be holding their 2004 Galvin’s Landscaping Junior State Cup in the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains. The tournament will be held from July 9-11, with boys and girls divisions in 11 years and under, 13 years and under, 15 years and under, 17 years and under. · Incidentally, a quick Internet tourism search on the Glasshouse Mountains found that according to Aboriginal legend the mountains form a family, with Tibrogargan being the father at 364 metres and Beerwah being the mother at 555 metres. They had many children – Coonowrin (the eldest), Beerburrum, the Tunbubudla twins, Coochin, Ngungun, Tibberoowuccum, Miketeebumulgrai and Elimbah. Check out the full story on http://sunshinecoast.wheretostay.com.au/article/auglassh · Central Coast and Newcastle Uni claimed the Mens and Womens Open titles at the 2004 NSW Country Championships, while the Hunter Western Hornets were named Champion Permit and Newcastle City were the Club Champions. Check out the full story or go to the NSW website for more details. · Congratulations to all the `Player of the Final’ recipients at the 2004 NSW Country Championships: Mens Open: Dean Wilbow (Central Coast) Womens Open: Linda Poolman (Newcastle Uni) Womens 18’s: Leica Le Brocq (Tamworth) Mens 18’s: Patrick Smith (Kempsey) Womens 23’s: Rebecca Lang (Wallsend) Mens 23’s: Jason Scott (Wallsend) Mixed Open: Cherie & Darren Marsh (Kiama) Womens O/30’s: Renae Sealey (Wollongong) Mens O/30’s: Nathan Warren (Peninsula) Womens O/35’s: Lyn Eason (Forster) Men’s O/35’s: Robbie McCormack (Newcastle City) Womens O/40’s: Cherie Green (Newcastle City) Mens O/40’s: Mark Koch (Forster Toncurry) Mens O/45’s: Rodney Byrne (Wagga) Men’s O/50’s: Michael Gallagher (Newcastle City) · The Uni of Canberra are continuing their strong touch tradition, leading both the Mens and Womens Premier League competition in ACT touch. All results can be found on the ACT touch website. · Tassie touch will be holding their selection trials for the 2004 Australia Cup; they will be Sunday 13th June in Launceston and Sunday 20th June in Hobart. Contact Tasmania touch for more info. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img

11W Pays Homage To Ezekiel Elliott With An “85 Yards Through The Heart Of The South” T-Shirt

first_imgEzekiel Elliott running the ball for Ohio State.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs up field during the first half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Back on January 1, the Ohio State Buckeyes shocked the college football world when they knocked off the No. 1-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl. Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott ran all over Alabama, racking up 230 yards on just 20 carries. His most important run came late in the fourth quarter, as he broke off an 85-yard score with his team ahead by less than a touchdown.The guys over at Eleven Warriors have put together an incredible tee shirt to commemorate the play. It’s titled “85 Yards Through The Heart Of The South”, and it features a graphic of the play diagram. Check it out:Here’s a clip of the play, if you haven’t seen it before. Ohio State fans certainly have.You can pick one up here. We imagine that there won’t be too many orders coming from the Yellowhammer state.last_img read more