First Published: 25th August, 2020 07:22 IST Last Updated: 25th August, 2020 07:22 IST Browns Rookie Safety Delpit Carted Off With Practice Injury Browns rookie safety Grant Delpit was carted off the practice field Monday with an apparent lower leg injury, the latest Cleveland player to go down in what has been a tough training camp so far Associated Press Television News LIVE TV COMMENT Browns rookie safety Grant Delpit was carted off the practice field Monday with an apparent lower leg injury, the latest Cleveland player to go down in what has been a tough training camp so far.A second-round pick from national champion LSU, Delpit was expected to start this season. The 6-foot-2, 213-pounder went down early in the workout. He was seen pounding the ground in frustration before being taken inside the team’s facility.The team had no immediate word on Delpit’s condition.Shortly after Delpit got hurt, starting cornerback Greedy Williams left the field accompanied by athletic trainers. Williams and Delpit were college teammates.Since camp opened, the Browns have had several players get hurt, most notably starting linebacker Mack Wilson, who is waiting to find out if he needs season-ending surgery.Cornerback Kevin Johnson sustained a lacerated liver when he was fallen on by rookie tight end Harrison Bryant last week. Johnson spent two days at University Hospital before being released on Saturday.Also, Browns Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb suffered a concussion last week when he was thrown down by Wilson. The team is without starting center JC Tretter. He underwent knee surgery on the eve of camp opening and it’s not known how long he’ll be out.Image credits: AP Written By WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US
If the Chargers score a touchdown, but there’s no one around to see it, did it actually happen?In an interview with Marcus Cromartie, former Chargers running back and current Bronco Melvin Gordon may have answered the question. When Marcus Cromartie asked if Gordon will be prepared to play in stadiums where no fans are present due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gordon said that his former team prepared him for the situation. In 2020, the plan is to move into SoFi Stadium, which could see attendance figures skyrocket — if L.A. fans show up. SoFi Stadium, which will be shared with the Rams, has the seating to allow for up to 100,000 for special events with normal gamedays allowing for 70,000 fans.Still, the amount of Chargers fans in the building in 2019 were seemingly minimal, with one of the most glaring examples a Los Angeles “home” game vs. the Raiders in December 2019, when (now) Las Vegas fans hijacked the Chargers’ home field.Well, if nothing else, at least the Chargers have sweet-ass uniforms heading into the 2020 season . Even if no one will be around to see them. I asked former Chargers and current @Broncos RB @Melvingordon25 about the possibility of playing in “fanless stadiums” and his response was PRICELESS! #NFL pic.twitter.com/ErGo5tr2Oc— Marcus Cromartie (@Cromartie_M) May 28, 2020″Bro, we didn’t have fans anyway,” Gordon quips. “Man, we didn’t have many Charger fans — man, I’ll be honest — we didn’t have many Charger fans at the game. Much loyalty, love. But we didn’t have many. So I’m not missing — I ain’t really missing out on much.”MORE: Here are the new rules for the NFL in 2020To Gordon’s point, the Chargers ranked dead last in the NFL in attendance in 2019, drawing an average of just over 31,000 fans per game. In their defense, that’s at capacity, though, as their last digs didn’t have the 70,000 to 80,000-plus seating capacity of most NFL stadiums these days. Though, L.A. has come under fire for ditching San Diego and leaving their loyal fan base behind in the process.
ROAC-FED participants posed for photo after the opening ceremony in Monrovia.-Says Gov’t’s Pro-Poor Agenda focuses on roads so as to enhance economic transformationFinance and Development Planning Minister Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., has assumed the presidency of the Network of National Authorizing Officers Support Unit in West Africa of the European Development Fund (ROAC-FED) in West Africa.Minister Tweah took over from his predecessor, Ansumana Touray, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs in The Gambia.Speaking at the opening of the 9th Annual ROAC-FED regional meeting in Monrovia on Wednesday, January 16, he pledged to continue the great work that has already been started by his colleagues. The three-day meeting, which began yesterday, is expected to run up to Friday, January 18.“We will build on the experiences gained since 2006 when the first ROAC-FED meeting was held in Conakry, Guinea,’’ Minister Tweah assured.The annual gathering is to provide the National Authorizing Offices and Regional Integration Organizations within the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Region a platform to exchange knowledge and experiences and deliberate on issues arising from the implementation of the European Development Fund’s projects.Minister Tweah, who is also the National Authorizing Officer of Liberia, said Liberia’s leadership of the ROAC–FED will work closely with other West African countries and with the European Union, to stretch the impact of ROAC-FED resources in member countries through stronger collaboration and technical meetings.Tweah used the occasion to recognize the numerous contributions of the European Union. He described the EU as a critical partner in West Africa, especially in consideration of the vital role it continues to play in the transformation of the space of the sub-region’s infrastructure.Tweah also informed his colleagues that at the just-ended Economic Conservatives and Reformist Group Africa Summit held in Brussels, he made a plea to the continent’s international development partners to move faster in closing the infrastructure gap in Africa, something he said without which there is no hope for sustained private sector-led growth.He called on West African Governments to redefine their partnership with the European Union in order to ensure sustained private sector-led growthMinister Tweah named roads and electricity infrastructure as binding constraints to Africa’s transformation and that the resource requirements for addressing these constraints are huge.Tweah revealed that the European External Investment Program has allocated around 1 billion Euros to support businesses and infrastructure in Africa.He called on his colleagues to remain in the driver’s seat for their own development and focus on technical issues that can enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of development programming and delivery under the European Development Fund as well as deepening EU-West Africa partnership.Meanwhile, Tweah disclosed that Liberia has been able to address some of the critical reasons that led to EU withdrawal from the country’s road financing.He named the setting up of an Operational Road Fund, which generates about US$35 million annually, as one of those critical issues addressed.According to him, the government’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development focuses on roads so as to enhance the country’s economic transformation.Outgoing president of ROAC-FED Ansumana Touray said the hosting of the meeting in Monrovia coincided with a historic moment in the country’s democracy after an internationally recognized election.He said the importance of the 9th ROAC-FED cannot be overemphasized, considering the development challenges that ECOWAS countries are faced with, such as: terrorism, climate change, migration, poverty and food insecurity.These challenges, according to him, are the crux of “our engagement with the European Union. Therefore, this meeting provides us with an opportunity to discuss these mainly from the perspectives of our various national and regional indicative programs.”Touray recalled that during the 8th ROAC-FED meeting in Banjul in 2018, certain recommendations were made, namely, that ECOWAS and UEMOA (West Africa Monetary & Economic Union) Commissions should conduct a study on using implementing agencies and its impact on local EU assistance; Heads of State should be duly informed of the challenges faced by the ECOWAS and UEMOA Commissions in the implementation of the Regional Indicative Programs (RIPs); an efficient monitoring and communication mechanism should be set up within the framework of the EDF; set up a regional platform for monitoring RIP projects, including projects from the Africa Investment Facility and those of the EU Emergency Trust Fund; and Operationalize the ECOWAS EDF support cell and strengthen the UEMOA EDF (European Development Fund) support unit.The ROAC-FED was established to enable National Authorizing Offices of the European Development Fund to share and communicate technical and development experiences in order to enhance the effectiveness and impact of EDF.Meanwhile, the ongoing ROAC-FED meeting is being attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Gbehzohngar Milton Findley, Deputy Ministers of Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and representatives from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and host Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)