2. Miami Dolphins (25 percent)The Dolphins are changing things up, turning from Adam Gase to new coach Brian Flores and offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea, both formerly with the Patriots. Without Gase, Ryan Tannehill likely will not continue as the team’s starting QB. Flores and new GM Chris Grier want to bring a fresh attitude to the game’s most important position as part of their rebuild.Miami cutting Tannehill seems more probable than not, as the Dolphins are headed toward a scenario similar to what the Broncos just did in choosing to pay Flacco instead of (soon) continuing to pay Case Keenum. Foles is also younger than Tannehill (by a half-year) and has proved to have a higher ceiling while Tannehill has plateaued at mediocrity.Foles would be the face of Miami’s overhauled offense, not just a bridge QB. And with the No. 12 overall pick in the draft, the Dolphins are not guaranteed to land a rookie passer who would be a viable starter in the short term. As defensive coordinator in New England, Flores witnessed Foles’ ability to carry a team with fearlessness like he did in Super Bowl 52. That’s the kind of renewed veteran life Miami could use at QB while going after New England twice a season in the AFC East.1. Jacksonville Jaguars (35 percent)Even more obvious than the Dolphins’ split with Tannehill is the impending divorce between the Jaguars and Blake Bortles. Of all the teams in the mix for Foles, the Jaguars are most capable of winning big now thanks to the defense and running game that made them a playoff power in 2017. Dropping the highly dependent Bortles for the high-reward Foles is Jacksonville’s most direct path to getting back on track. NFL FREE AGENCY:Ranking top players by positionFoles rumors are swirling around six teams most. Here’s ranking Foles’ chances of signing with each.6. Oakland Raiders (5 percent)First there is the matter of Oakland trading Derek Carr, because the Raiders will not spend big money on two veteran QBs. And while coach Jon Gruden might have more affinity for Foles as a passer and want to bring in his own guy, new general manager Mike Mayock is leaning toward sticking with Carr.In order to make all the pieces work, the Raiders would need to believe Foles is a big upgrade over Carr. There’s still a small chance Foles will play for Oakland, against which he threw seven touchdown passes in a game back in 2013.5. Cincinnati Bengals (7 percent)There is a long dot connection to make here. The Bengals’ new coach, former Rams offensive coordinator Zac Taylor, is the brother of Eagles QB coach Press Taylor. From Foles’ perspective, he also would inherit the keys to an offense rich in skill with A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and Joe Mixon. But the Bengals would need to move on from Andy Dalton, who at 31 is only one year older than Foles and still has two years left on his contract.This would be a bold move for a rookie coach, steering an organization that doesn’t like to rock the boat toward a completely new shore. Signing Foles to replace Dalton is probably a smart move for Cincinnati to consider, but it’s not happening.2019 NFL DRAFT:Big board of top 100 players4. Washington Redskins (10 percent)Before the Redskins can even think about going after Foles, given their limited cap space, they would need to cut Alex Smith and give up on his chances for a healthy return in the near future. As of now, that seems like something they are reluctant to do. Should the Redskins move on Smith, though, the conversation would then be more about whether they have anything special to offer Foles other than a starting gig.Coach Jay Gruden and new offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell can keep Foles in a comfort zone with their West Coast scheme. The Redskins also have a good pass-protecting line when it’s healthy. But their skill-player and defensive concerns are downsides, and even if they can get Smith’s contract off the books, they likely will be too cap-strapped to give Foles his best offer.3. New York Giants (18 percent)The Giants parting with Eli Manning in 2019 is much more likely than the Raiders with Carr, the Bengals with Dalton or the Redskins with Smith. Coach Pat Shurmur thinks Manning can still be a good starter, but GM Dave Gettleman has stopped short of saying the team remains committed to the veteran QB.Foles (30) is much younger than Manning (38). Shurmur has a direct connection with Foles, having coached him early in the QB’s career while serving as Eagles offensive coordinator under coach Andy Reid. The idea of Foles throwing to Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram is appealing, too.But the Giants might not be interested in overpaying for Foles’ services, and they are positioned to instead draft a QB at No. 6 overall (Dwayne Haskins?) who can push for the job right away with Manning as a built-in fallback plan.Foles should jump at the chance to sign should New York extend a reasonable offer in free agency, but this is more about whether the offer will come at all. NIck Foles will not be returning to the Eagles after declining his $20 million option for 2019. That officially makes him the top quarterback prize in this year’s free-agent class.The Broncos, who once had significant interest, opted instead to trade for Joe Flacco as their veteran stopgap option. That still leaves several QB-deficient teams for which Foles will be a hot topic of discussion heading into free agency. The Jaguars are the most cap-strapped team in the league, but by cutting Bortles and a few others, they would have the resources to give Foles a competitive long-term offer. Their offense is perfectly tailored to Foles with coordinator John DeFilippo, Foles’ former QB coach in Philly. Dede Westbrook and D.J. Chark also are two young wide receivers who mesh with Foles’ strengths as a downfield passer.There’s a good chance Foles will relocate to Florida to play for his fourth NFL team. It might come down to which team — the Dolphins or the Jaguars — is less interested in diving into QB draft class pool that features several unknown quantities beyond Haskins.In that case, of these two teams, the one that doesn’t go for Foles in March might be the favorite to draft Kyler Murray in April.
Wellington Police notes for Tuesday, October 29, 2013:â€¢8:30 a.m. Officers took a report of a domestic dispute by known subjects in the 800 block S. C, Wellington.â€¢9 a.m. Officers took a report of found property in the 600 block S. Fair, Wellington.â€¢10:22 a.m. Officers investigated criminal use of a financial card by a known suspect in the 400 block Circle Dr, Wellington.â€¢1:11 p.m. Officers investigated a battery by a known suspect in the 1100 block S. C, Wellington.â€¢2:41 p.m. Lisa M. Roberts, 31, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with expired registration.â€¢4:04 p.m. Officers took a report of a suicide attempt by a known subject in the 1300 block N. C, Wellington.â€¢8:46 p.m. Trumell B. Payton, 49, Westlake, La. was arrested, charged and confined with driving while license is suspended, no proof of insurance and noise violation.
The team from City of Newcastle Golf Club in Northumberland can look forward to a trip to France next month after storming through the field to win the English Men’s Champion Club tournament at Romford Golf Club in Essex.The Northumbrian club will be England’s representatives at the European Men’s Club Trophy at Golf du Medoc on October 24-26 after claiming their national Club title for the second time in the last three years.The victory also made up for the disappointment of narrowly missing out on defending the title last year when they finished runners-up to Castle Royal at Huddersfield.The City of Newcastle team comprising Alex Dixon, Phil Ridden and Andrew Minnikin started the final round on two over par 215 and seven shots off the pace set by Royal Lytham & St Annes but they shaved nine shots off that score in the second round with Dixon carding a four under par 67, Ridden shooting a 68 and Minnikin contributing a level par 71.That was enough to see them claim a four-shot victory over Chelmsford Golf Club in Essex on five under par 421 with Northamptonshire County one shot further back on level par 426.“We’re really overjoyed,” said the winning team manager Simon Coultas. “It didn’t look likely after yesterday but we battled away and in the end it proved to be enough.“This tournament has been very good to us over the last three years,” he added. “We’ve got three or four really good county players at the club and that’s held us in good stead.“Alex and Phil were in the team that won in 2017 so they know what it’s like to represent England in Europe. We’re looking forwards to it already.”“I think playing early today probably helped us,” said Dixon. “We were able to post and score and then sit back and let the others try and catch us. I’d always rather do that than have to do the chasing.“We finished third in the team event in France two years ago so it would be great if we could do better than that,” he added. “Phil and I know what it’s all about so we will be able to give Andrew so pointers.”The Chelmsford team comprising Arron Edwards-Hill, Shay McQueen and Brandon Meads were tied for second place with Northamptonshire County on three under par 210 after the opening day with their score helped in no small measure by a 64 from Arron Edwards-Hill and he went on to card a 69 in the second round while Meads shot a 70 and McQueen posted a 76.Edward-Hill’s consolation for seeing his team lose out to City of Newcastle was that his nine-under par 133 total was enough to see him clinch a single shot victory over Northamptonshire County’s Callum Farr for the individual title with Tom Speyer from Harpenden Golf Club in Hertfordshire finishing third after carding two rounds of 68.Farr shot a 65 and a 69 which helped his club finish third in the team event with his teammates Corey Neville and Charlie Salter closing with a 73 and a 74 to finish on level par 426.The second day proved to be something of a disappointment for Royal Lytham & St Annes representatives Callan Barrow, Harry Talarczyk and Jamie Van Wyke who combined to shoot a five-under par 210 on the opening day but then drifted out of contention with a six over par 219 on the second day to finish fourth on 427.For the second day in a row Barrow produced his club’s best score by adding a one over par 72 to his opening 68. Talarczyk carded a 73 while Van Wyke shot a 74. 22 Sep 2019 City of Newcastle are champions after finding their rhythm to depose Lytham Tags: English Champion Club
Red Bank Mayor Pat Menna, pictured with Bella, his 14-year old canine companion who died in January, has ushered in inititiatives that offer additional protections for pets. Photo courtesy Pat MennaRED BANK – Pets certainly deserve our protection and Red Bank’s mayor is making that a priority, winning support from Sen. Jennifer Beck. “There has to be a recognition that we owe a special responsibility to pets,” said Mayor Pasquale Menna, a longtime dog owner, referencing some steps the borough has taken recently to ensure greater protection for pets and animals and to shore up penalties for those who don’t adhere to their responsibilities. “They’re not toys; it’s a lifetime commitment, that continues after the cuteness of the puppy stage is over,” Menna continued, speaking of pet owners’ responsibilities.The borough council had adopted an ordinance at its March 11 meeting that puts in place stricter requirements – including limiting tethering a dog to no more than seven hours in a 24- hour period and prohibiting tethering during unduly hot and cold temperatures or inclement weather among other restrictions – and sterner penalties for dog owners who keep their pets tethered for long periods. The ordinance also requires any driver who injures an animal to immediately stop, provide assistance and contact the police to report it.A conviction for violating the ordinance has fines ranging upward of $1,000, according to the ordinance.Menna, a lawyer who has worked as a prosecutor in a number of municipalities for many years, has found, “penalties for animal cruelty are woefully insufficient.”Those who do commit acts of animal cruelty have a fairly high rate of recidivism and can be inclined toward “transferring a lot of that aggression onto humans,” numerous studies have indicated, he pointed out.“It’s a social problem that has to be nipped in the bud,” Menna said.Menna noted during the March 19-20 snowstorm a dog owner kept the pet out on a short leash for hours during the storm. That may not have been animal cruelty under state statute. But, “Is that a violation of the tethering law? Yes it is,” the mayor asked and answered.The council is now considering an ordinance that would place additional requirements on pet stores and breeders to protect the animals and customers. There hasn’t been any concerns with how the borough’s one pet shop has operated, “But I think it’s the responsible thing to do,” the mayor said.The council last year took another step in support of animals with the adoption of resolution asking state legislators to endorse a plan that could save some cats and dogs used in medical research. The resolution was inspired by a Minnesota law allowing healthy animals used in research to be placed up for adoption, instead of being largely euthanize, as has been the practice.Red Bank was the first municipality in the state to pass the resolution and since then 30 others have joined in, according to Menna.And Sen. Beck, (R-11), a borough resident and former councilwoman, has heard the call and offered her support.Beck has introduced a bill in the Senate dovetailing off the Red Bank resolution based upon her conversation with Menna, the senator said.“This will reinforce that our society and community in New Jersey would like to see these animals find a loving home,” Beck said.Beck, who said “I am truly an animal lover,” has another bill in committee presently, commonly called “Cheyenne’s Bill,” that would require mental health evaluations for those older than 18, charged and convicted of animal abuse and the results would be in a state attorney general’s database. State law mandates only for minors but not for adults.This bill was in response to an animal trainer charged with abusing animals in his care, according to Beck.Menna last year advocated for and council approved a measure to have what was called the “Dog Days of Summer” – closing the eastern end of Monmouth Street to vehicular traffic one weekday evening a week, allowing owners to walk freely with their leashed pets. Many non-food businesses on the street cooperated and permitted the two- and four-legged customers the run of the space, often offering treats for the pet.He hopes to again have a designated night to do it this summer and he would like to see more businesses follow suit. Menna would like to have restaurants and other food establishments eventually permitted to allow well-behaved pets on premises – a common practice in European cities, he said.State statute has long prohibited non-service animals from retail and wholesale food establishments, for health and safety concerns, according to David Henry health officer for the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission.Menna, on the other hand, contended that approach is “antiquated” and will hopefully be revisited.If he had been asked about 14 years ago if he was an “animal lover,” Menna suspected his answer would have been not really. But now, having had 14 years with Bella, his pet yellow lab who died in January, he acknowledged his answer is different.“The more time you spend with animals,” he maintained, “the more you wish a lot more people were like animals.”— By John Burton