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Kieran Trippier gives positive update on Newcastle United comeback recovery

Newcastle United comeback recovery - Kieran Trippier issues positive update (Author: Gardener)

Kieran TrippierJust 318 minutes but to most Newcastle United fans Kieran Trippier is the best right-back they've seen in black and white in a long time, quite possibly ever. Having helped Atletico Madrid win the title and been voted La Liga Team of the Year just a few months earlier, as well as starting and assisting for England in the EURO final, it was quite an impressive first signing for the newcomers Owners of Newcastle United and Eddie Howe. Just those 318 minutes so far but the four Premier League games that Kieran Trippier has started has resulted in ten points AND he has taken two vital free kicks to help massively in winning two of those games. The only downside is that Newcastle United were without the England international after breaking a foot in their 1-0 win over Aston Villa. Now, 39 days later, Kieran Trippier has given a positive update (see below) from Dubai, saying: "My recovery is going really well. My ankle isn't as tight anymore... I'm just looking forward to moving forward with my recovery now." That all sounds very positive and would be a huge bonus if Kieran Trippier could come back soon, as at one point it sounded like it was he was barred for the season. On Tuesday, Eddie Howe also gave a positive update (see below) on the situation with Kieran Trippier, saying: "I think touch wood if he can get through the early stages of coming out in his boots and then make progress pretty quickly, he is one that we hope to see back in action soon.” Eddie Howe seems to be implying that we're more likely to see Trippier back in action sooner than Callum Wilson. Media reports over the past week had indicated that both Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson were targeting a potential return for Palace's home game on Wednesday 20 April. However, earlier this week it was even claimed that Wolves could be home on Friday 8 April if Trippier could be available. Reading between the lines perhaps the most likely and realistic scenario is that it could be the home game between these two if Kieran Trippier is back in the matchday squad on Sunday 17 April when Leicester visits St James Park . While Newcastle United is obviously the focus for us as fans, it is imperative that Kieran Trippier is available for England again as soon as possible with the World Cup in Qatar now less than eight months away. Trippier obviously missed that March meeting and the England games, but there is a very important team meeting in June that will surely be key for many of those hoping to make the final cut for Qatar in November and December 2022 . Between June 4th and June 14th, England have four games as part of their clash. Hoping Kieran Trippier is fully fit and committed, we're keeping our fingers crossed that any relegation fears have been put to bed and we look forward to a truly progressive 2022/23 season with Newcastle United and the World Cup with England. Kieran Trippier speaking to NUFC TV in Dubai - Thursday 24 March 2022: "I'm just looking forward to moving forward with my recovery now." it's a lot worse than it actually is. "You're on crutches, so it looks bad. "For me it was just mentally important that I obviously get out of my shoe at the right time and also [get rid of] the crutches." "I'm in a good place [mentally] since I got hurt. "I'm just happy to be doing my rehab here with the team and look forward to moving my rehab forward and coming back quickly." Eddie Howe gives an official update on Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson's progress on the club's website recovering from their respective injuries/surgery – Tuesday 22 March 2022: “I would say they [Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson] are on schedule from where they received their respective injuries, but I wouldn't necessarily say early. “You have to be very careful with Callum's injury; that we don't push him backwards too quickly and he ends up injuring himself again because the hamstring/calf is a very sensitive area of ​​the body and you need to make sure it's strong enough to withstand a heavy load. [It's] a bone injury and I think touch wood, if he can get through the early stages of coming out in his boots and then make progress pretty quickly, hopefully we could see him back in action soon.

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NRL legend tells Tigers to cut Madge loose and install Sheens

'He's like Wayne in the Broncos': NRL legend tells Tigers to 'cut loose' Madge and install Sheens (Author: Gardener)

MadgeCorey Parker has urged the Tigers to cut ties with Michael Maguire immediately and name Tim Sheens as interim manager for the remainder of the season. As the pressure mounts on Maguire and his 0-3 Tigers, Parker believes the time may be right to bring a new voice to the team, especially one as respected and with as much experience behind it as Sheens. "Cut him now and Tim Sheens goes in as janitor and then grades it at the end of the year," Parker said on The Fox League podcast. Stream every game of every round of the 2022 NRL Telstra Premiership season live and ad-free during gameplay on Kayo. New to Kayo? "That was discussed during the game," James Hooper said. "But whether it will happen is too early to say." Parker believes changing the voice players hear every day and replacing it with one of the greatest thinkers in rugby league history could be the power switch , which the Tigers need to turn their fortunes around. "First of all, there's going to be an initial change right away," Parker said. "If Tim Sheens took over, there would be an immediate first change from the players' perspective. From the coach. All of this is change. "So there was a policy and things aren't working for some reason. It's nothing personal with Madge Maguire. EARLY MAIL: Two Broncos stars under cloud of injuries; Krieger 'likely' to return Cowboys' $1.8M six-club war for teen freak 'He's a great guy. I know him personally. He's a great coach. Tim Sheen's figurehead. He's like Wayne Bennett in the Broncos. “So the playgroup immediately has a different attitude when they go to practice. “I'm sure Tim is the thinker. He's the best thinker I've ever encountered in the game. “They come to training with a different attitude. There would just be a few different things here and there.” While Sheens turns 72 in October, Parker believes he still has what it takes to be a full-time NRL coach and he might relish the chance, too to train next season. "You just don't know what's going to happen. In the end, you know what, I reckon he'd be walking around for another year. Play Now “Wayne Bennett is 72 years old and about to take over a franchise club. Tim Sheens is in the same boat.” However, Parker acknowledges that you need a playgroup that has the leadership to inspire the change Sheens could bring to the field. "It happened to us once with the Broncos," Parker said of a coaching change. “You need a good, strong leadership group to be fair and to help you get through this. "You have to have the players all on your side because that's out of their control. “Go back to the things you can control. "But you can control how they show up, and if Tim Sheens gets on board well, things will change because you see a different face and you hear a different voice and it's different ideas and it's Tim Sheens." Parker played internationally for the Kangaroos under Sheens and believes he's just the kind of innovative thinker the Tigers need to break free from their funk. Get the latest NRL news, highlights and analysis straight to your inbox with Fox Sports Sportmail. "I played under him for Australia and he was great," said Parker. “A truly innovative thinker about the game. "The way he thinks about the game and the way he tries to articulate moveable defensive lines to tire out centre-forwards and accentuate some stars' attack. "He's actually really thinking about the game where someone like a Wayne Bennett knows how to get the best out of the individual and you just have natural ability and that's going to come to the fore. "But I know Tim Sheens wants to be the poster boy and want to lead this team. You see the risk. "And that can happen pretty quickly. You can win a game and get that feeling in the group. One new voice and it could happen real quick.”

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England fans showered misery on Maguire after booing him

SAMI MOKBEL: England fans need one target: Harry Maguire happens to be in their crosshairs. That's life for the pressured Manchester United captain at the moment. (Author: Gardener)

EnglandThey hope Harry Maguire has a thick skin. If not, it could take time for the embattled England defender. In truth, there were actually a few boos here at Wembley on Saturday afternoon as Maguire's name was read over the public address system as England prepared to face Switzerland. It largely stayed under the radar at the time; there was actually only a few cheers - and that long before kick-off in front of a half-empty stadium. Harry Maguire needs a thick skin after being booed by English fans in the win against Ivory Coast Maguire is having a difficult season and mockery from the crowd won't help him. the boos were fully audible against the Ivory Coast. First, before the first whistle when his name was confirmed as the starter and just in case Maguire hadn't clocked, there was more on his first touch of the ball. The merits of a group of fans mocking one of their own players is a different argument altogether. Are those who booed Maguire's season well informed? Maguire is in the crosshairs of England fans which just sums up the bad luck Maguire is having. But for some reason, England fans need a target: it just so happens that Maguire is in their crosshairs. Instead, those problems were rammed down his throat by the very people who hailed him as a national hero during last summer's unforgettable run to the finals of the European Championship. Maguire found out firsthand Tuesday night. It should at least give the centre-back some consolation that quartering has not been maintained; one could actually imagine the boos being a simple case of train jumps rather than anything more sinister. He was slammed by fans and pundits for bad mistakes in Man United's up and down season. At the end of the first half, the 29-year-old even received applause, first for impeccably controlling an awkward ball that fell out of the air. All of this may not sound like much, but it will mean everything to Maguire. Small steps; Perhaps that's his best route back to the form Gareth Southgate believes he's capable of. Despite difficult questioning, the England manager has staunchly defended Maguire for the past 10 days. He shone for England under Gareth Southgate and remains a trusted footman for him. He was one of the brightest lights in Southgate's successful six-year reign; It's only right that he feels a measure of loyalty to one of his most trusted foot soldiers. But how loyal Southgate can continue to be if Maguire's club form doesn't improve ahead of the World Cup is another question. Of course, the head coach of the national team hopes that it won't come to that. Likewise, however, Southgate should prepare for the unthinkable. The arrival of Marc Guehi at Crystal Palace, who has reportedly made a deep impression on Southgate on his first international appearance, offers Southgate an intriguing option. Conor Coady, Tyrone Mings, Fikayo Tomori and Ben White will also have real aspirations to replace the ailing defender at the heart of the English rearguard alongside John Stones should Southgate decide Maguire's place is in jeopardy. Maguire will now return to Old Trafford in hopes of restoring his shattered confidence. The unpredictability that has engulfed United's season so far is hardly the kind of platform Maguire would find to put himself together. Maguire still has time on his side and has eight months to turn things around and keep his place in England ahead of the World Cup. Under Ralph Rangnick there is little sign of these conditions improving by the end of the season, meaning Maguire has no choice but to make the best of a difficult situation. And who knows what the next season will bring. A new club manager, new hope but above all - better performance. What Maguire knows for sure is that he has eight months to turn things around. You won't captain Manchester United, play in a World Cup semi-final and a European Championship final if you're not. Southgate will be banking on his main defender to silence the boos once and for all.

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Harry Maguire rises above boos to remain determined for England

The Manchester United captain was greeted with ridicule before kick-off but slowly silenced his critics (Author: Gardener)

Harry MaguireMidway through the first half of England's comfortable win over Ivory Coast, there was a moment when a misplaced back pass shot up in the air and began falling over Harry Maguire's head. It's a sizeable head, as you may have heard, and was once enough to earn it iconic status among the devotees who follow it. Though Maguire is built like your archetypal middle half, a bit top-heavy and as wide as he is tall, Maguire's talent is in his feet. When the ball fell out of the sky above him, he didn't head it away. Instead, he backed away, straightened up and lifted out of the air with one of the best first touches seen all night at Wembley Stadium, drawing a wave of applause and soft coos from the crowd. Wembley's reaction to that first touch was very different from that which followed Maguire's name before kick-off, when a small but vocal minority of those present inexplicably booed their own player. It also wasn't the first time it's happened to Maguire recently. It was a new and depressing low in the United captain's career at Old Trafford and just as disappointing as the reaction here at Wembley. There was a similar hoot in the hour before Saturday's kick-off against Switzerland, when he was announced as one of the substitutes. This time, however, it was louder and more sustained than either of those incidents, albeit just as inexplicable. Maguire's name was first booed when it was read aloud on Wembley's PA system as part of the starting line-up. His first touch here was then greeted with a similar amount of derision. Every time the ball came near him for those first few minutes, there were boos again, but a little more quietly, until there were no boos at all. Not long after that tender first touch and applause, the English band began playing along to Maguire's song, to the tune of "La Bamba". A signature dart forward with the ball from Maguire from deep within his own territory soon followed. Watch a replay of the second, you'll notice that Maguire's direct forward pass also leads to Raheem Sterling's. The centre-back's ability on the ball - both passing and dribbling - is a drastically underrated aspect of his game. It was one of the reasons why he was so quickly promoted to centre-back by Gareth Southgate shortly after making his international debut and the England manager stressed the point earlier this week when asked about Maguire's recent unwellness. "We have a player here who was exceptional for England and in John [Stones] almost changed the kind of football we've been able to play from behind over time." Perhaps the most annoying aspect of Maguire's boos was that he , although even his staunchest supporters would concede he has been desperately bad for United at times this season, has practically always performed well for his country. With a clean sheet and a hand in both goals, it was another performance that made England look like a better team with Maguire in the squad. Southgate reiterated that point and repeated it again this week. “He was a cult hero for England and he was instrumental in helping us reach a World Cup semi-final and European Championship final in a tournament where he was one of the players of the tournament and was named in the team with the tournament. " He couldn't have done much more to earn the respect of his own supporters. But as Southgate would certainly agree, that's not really the point either. Regardless of how Maguire has played for England and regardless of how he has played for England United has performed he deserves better than to be booed by his own both at club and international level.Every player does.These recent incidents at both Old Trafford and Wembley are depressing reactions to a player's form , which is far better than its critics believe.

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Gareth Southgate slams fans who booed Harry Maguire ahead of Wembley win

Gareth Southgate and Jack Grealish defend Harry Maguire after ridiculous pre-game boos from the Wembley crowd; England extended their unbeaten run to 22 games with a 3-0 win over Ivory Coast in their last international match before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (Author: Gardener)

Harry MaguireGareth Southgate lashed out at England fans who booed Harry Maguire ahead of the Ivory Coast win, while Jack Grealish called the abuse "ridiculous". Raheem Sterling scored and set up another for Ollie Watkins before Tyrone Mings' header added the finishing touch to the game as England beat 10-man Ivory Coast 3-0 at Wembley. However, there had been a big topic of conversation before kick-off when Maguire's name was booed while being read out. The Manchester United captain is having a difficult season with his club but Southgate called the abuse of a player who helped England to a World Cup semi-final and a European Championship final "a joke". An absolute joke," Southgate told Sky Sports. "What he did for us and how he performed for England was phenomenal. He's wearing an England shirt and you shouldn't just support someone in an England shirt, if they're playing at the level that they are they should be fully committed. “He was pretty much flawless, coming from behind on the first goal and being involved in the second goal. This team is totally united. We know people have difficult moments but he's a top player and he'll get through it.” They are real England fans. And some are influenced by whatever, I don't know if it's social media, players who have played before that influence opinion... Obviously his club situation is difficult but he wears an England shirt. "I remember a few decades ago some players in an England shirt were booed - that was never acceptable. I never got it. Why should people play better? Fans should always stand behind their team.” Maguire's name was chanted by fans throughout the game and Southgate accepted that not everyone would hit on the defender but insisted England would need Maguire at his best if they were to do well in Qatar . At one end of the floor we have a hardcore section of fans playing his song. But we're either all in this together or we're not," Southgate said. "Don't think for a minute that the other players aren't going to look at that thought, 'this could be me one day'. And that was one of the problems of playing for England. The players thought: "I want to go because if it gets a bit difficult, the audience will turn against me". They are all outstanding players. "We need Harry Maguire playing well to have any chance of doing well. We're not going to win a World Cup with players with three or four caps. That hasn't happened in the history of the game. We need our experienced players well , especially in positions like that." He's also, in my opinion, the best central defender at his club. I can't remember a player being in the spotlight like that. "That sentiment was shared by Maguire's team-mate Jack Grealish, who said he liked the team it not. "I personally find it ridiculous," Grealish said. Our first two goals, the first from him driving the ball out, the second from driving a bit and passing to Ollie. The team didn't like that. Harry is a strong willed person. His performance tonight will have done him a lot of good. It's not nice to hear, but you have a job to do. "We had a great relationship with the fans at last year's EURO and we need to keep that up at the World Cup." With the World Cup draw taking place on Friday, Southgate says England are now in a position where they will be among the favorites to lift the trophy in Qatar. However, he says his team must learn from past mistakes - including one in the friendly against Ivory Coast. "We're part of a group of teams that can win the World Cup," said Southgate. “We have to be flawless for that. It's an exciting group of players to work with but we have to keep pushing. "Now we have more evidence of results and more expectations," he said. "England have their place at the World Cup Booked in Qatar in 2022 - but what are the key dates and kick- And what happens to the Premier League once the World Cup is underway?

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Gareth Southgate slams fans who booed Harry Maguire ahead of Wembley win

Gareth Southgate and Jack Grealish defend Harry Maguire after ridiculous pre-game boos from the Wembley crowd; England extended their unbeaten run to 22 games with a 3-0 win over Ivory Coast in their last international match before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (Author: Gardener)

Harry MaguireGareth Southgate lashed out at England fans who booed Harry Maguire ahead of the Ivory Coast win, while Jack Grealish called the abuse "ridiculous". Raheem Sterling scored and set up another for Ollie Watkins before Tyrone Mings' header added the finishing touch to the game as England beat 10-man Ivory Coast 3-0 at Wembley. However, there had been a big topic of conversation before kick-off when Maguire's name was booed while being read out. The Manchester United captain is having a difficult season with his club but Southgate called the abuse of a player who helped England to a World Cup semi-final and a European Championship final "a joke". An absolute joke," Southgate told Sky Sports. "What he did for us and how he performed for England was phenomenal. He's wearing an England shirt and you shouldn't just support someone in an England shirt, if they're playing at the level that they are they should be fully committed. “He was pretty much flawless, coming from behind on the first goal and being involved in the second goal. This team is totally united. We know people have difficult moments but he's a top player and he'll get through it.” They are real England fans. And some are influenced by whatever, I don't know if it's social media, players who have played before that influence opinion... Obviously his club situation is difficult but he wears an England shirt. "I remember a few decades ago some players in an England shirt were booed - that was never acceptable. I never got it. Why should people play better? Fans should always stand behind their team.” Maguire's name was chanted by fans throughout the game and Southgate accepted that not everyone would hit on the defender but insisted England would need Maguire at his best if they were to do well in Qatar . At one end of the floor we have a hardcore section of fans playing his song. But we're either all in this together or we're not," Southgate said. "Don't think for a minute that the other players aren't going to look at that thought, 'this could be me one day'. And that was one of the problems of playing for England. The players thought: "I want to go because if it gets a bit difficult, the audience will turn against me". They are all outstanding players. "We need Harry Maguire playing well to have any chance of doing well. We're not going to win a World Cup with players with three or four caps. That hasn't happened in the history of the game. We need our experienced players well , especially in positions like that." He's also, in my opinion, the best central defender at his club. I can't remember a player being in the spotlight like that. "That sentiment was shared by Maguire's team-mate Jack Grealish, who said he liked the team it not. "I personally find it ridiculous," Grealish said. Our first two goals, the first from him driving the ball out, the second from driving a bit and passing to Ollie. The team didn't like that. Harry is a strong willed person. His performance tonight will have done him a lot of good. It's not nice to hear, but you have a job to do. "We had a great relationship with the fans at last year's EURO and we need to keep that up at the World Cup." With the World Cup draw taking place on Friday, Southgate says England are now in a position where they will be among the favorites to lift the trophy in Qatar. However, he says his team must learn from past mistakes - including one in the friendly against Ivory Coast. "We're part of a group of teams that can win the World Cup," said Southgate. “We have to be flawless for that. It's an exciting group of players to work with but we have to keep pushing. "Now we have more evidence of results and more expectations," he said. "England have their place at the World Cup Booked in Qatar in 2022 - but what are the key dates and kick- And what happens to the Premier League once the World Cup is underway?

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from Coleen 'Bully' claims to wedding snubs

THE Loose Women Ladies are hired for their big opinions and no-nonsense attitude. So it's no wonder that TV discussions often get pretty heated - and sometimes off the beaten path... (Author: Gardener)

Coleen 'Bully'THE Loose Women Ladies are hired for their big opinions and no-nonsense attitude. This week, Linda Robson addressed rumors of a rift between her and her Loose Women co-stars, telling the Mail: "Just because it's a women's show people keep asking, 'Are we moving forward?'. But despite Linda's claims, there's certainly been fireworks over the years. Last year, Nadia Sawalha told The Sun the ladies "can have the most powerful arguments - not even necessarily on air. I mean when we have the pre-meeting, when we decide what to talk about." Things couldn't have been more awkward when Carol McGiffin didn't receive an invitation to Andrea McLean's wedding in 2017 - despite all the other ladies from Loose Women attending the big day. Rather than remain bland, Carol wrote about the snub in her column for Best magazine, saying bluntly, "I'm happy for them both, even though I wasn't invited to the wedding." She added, "Andrea made it, two To accommodate weddings in less time than I was engaged to Mark, which is a bit embarrassing to say the least.” However, there were no awkward feelings left as the couple joked about it ahead of Andrea's departure from Loose Women in 2020. Coleen Nolan is often the one who makes the rest of the panel giggle instead of starting fights — but she's been the focus of some drama over the years. In 2020, Denise unfollowed her after Melanie Blake, the former singer's manager, shared a rant about Nadia Sawalha. Alongside a video of Nadia speaking out about body shaming, Melanie slammed her "be kind" speeches and accused her of having a "bad side". But Coleen - and many of her co-stars - insisted that wasn't true, and she announced she was going through a trial in January last year. She wrote: "I'm so sorry we couldn't say what we had planned for today but my lawyer advised me to go through the court process but rest assured you will hear the outcome of this and I will share it will if i can. Coleen was also at the center of Loose Women's most notorious showdown of all time when an interview with Kim Woodburn went haywire in 2018. The Nolans' sister was forced to deny being a bully after she and sister Linda were accused of bullying each other for allying her former Celebrity Big Brother co-star. The interview ended with Kim storming off the set, exclaiming, "I wouldn't want to sit and talk with lying trash. Coleen left Loose Women for a while because of all the backlash, which she received afterwards - and said she cried for 10 days. Saira Khan left Loose Women early last year - but she certainly hasn't left quietly. The former Apprentice star called the ITV daytime show 'too toxic' and said She is "absolutely not" friends with the entire lineup of the show.She told Platinum magazine: "People think you're best friends with everyone on Loose Women. Then follow e she no longer resembles many of her co-stars, including Nadia Sawalha and Kaye Adams, with whom she often shared the panel. She wrote: "I love Loose woman. "It's not how women should be represented, so it's nice that they refreshed the panel and we can talk about politics, fashion designers and whatever else is going on that week." Loose Women's stalwart, Denise Welch, was Not happy with her comments, she hit back: "Unfortunately, the ratings indicate that most viewers disagree with you," before deleting the tweet. It came after Janet Street-Porter lost her temper with the on-air singer, snapping: "I'm happiest when I'm not sitting next to you Myleene!" Carol McGiffin took aim at show producers when she wasn't invited to appear on the panel to celebrate 18 years of Loose Women in 2017. Responding to a fan who asked her whereabouts, she swiped, "Don't be silly Aaron I've only done it 13 years and 1,000+ shows why would I even be asked?" She posted a tweet from the official account of the show, adding, "Yeah don't miss the show because sooooo many of these 'amazing' women won't be on it!" returned to the panel - and has been back ever since. Kaye was embroiled in one of many rows over Covid last year when Denise began calling for 'anarchy'. Denise announced: 'I will no longer abide by rules that make absolutely no sense." And when Kaye said it would lead to chaos, she hit back, "Maybe there has to be a little bit of anarchy." The Scottish hostess told her bluntly, "To be brutal when I'm on you or Profe If Chris Whitty has to hear, I'll go with Professor Chris Whitty." Denise snapped, "Go with Chris Whitty and be in lockdown forever - it's up to you." It's safe to say that these ladies from Loose Women are a fiery bunch!

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Why are Joe Buck and Al Michaels getting huge new deals? You can thank Amazon and John Madden

Why do networks pay lead announcers and analysts so much money? Because they can. (Author: Gardener)

Joe BuckA confluence of John Madden, Tony Romo, Amazon, and the billions of dollars that networks have spent on the rights to NFL games have, in most cases, made talking about the games more profitable than actually playing in them . A league that can't stop moving staff this offseason as big players switch teams has been mirrored by movement in the broadcast booth - and for huge bucks. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman joined ESPN from Fox for Monday Night Football, with Buck getting $75 million over five years (the same as George Kittle makes for the 49ers) and Aikman just north of that. Al Michaels made the three-year move from NBC to Amazon, which picked up the package Thursday night, in a deal reported between $10 million and $15 million a year. He will be partnered with Kirk Herbstreit, who will keep his college football duties at ESPN for $6 million and likely make at least that much from Amazon. Nantz, who checks in at a reported $10.5 million, is sticking with Romo, the man who kickstarted all the big bucks with perfectly timed free agency in 2018, when he went from $3 million to more than $17 million Stay on CBS than jump to ESPN. So much money is being thrown around that Rams coach Sean McVay and 49ers GM John Lynch have been wooed by Amazon and listened to the pitch. Lynch could have tripled his annual salary at the 49ers from $5 million to $15 million, according to the New York Post, but chose to stay in the game at a competitive level. "I can't believe they pay that much for people to talk about football," Lynch told the NFL Scouting Combine. Since pretty much everyone agrees that fans don't tune in to broadcast team based games, how is that possible? Madden, the late Hall of Famer coach and the gold standard for analysts, has changed the game to the point that networks are always looking for another version of him. Romo's 2018 pay rise reset the market, and getting out of Amazon's deep pockets added another candidate to the top broadcasters. "The market itself right now is unlike any market for NFL broadcasters we've seen," said Richard Deitsch of The Athletic, a veteran media reporter. "That's because a new player shows up with a wheelbarrow full of money." Because the NFL is spread across so many networks, the earning potential is greater. Football not only dominates the sport, it dominates all of American entertainment.” A little over a year ago, the NFL signed deals with CBS, NBC, ESPN/ABC, Fox and Amazon totaling $110 billion. Andrew Brandt, a former Green Bay Packers manager and professor of sports business at Villanova, said the impact of this deal is profound. "It's overwhelming, to the point where ratings don't even matter anymore," Brandt said on the Rich Eisen podcast. “People talk about ratings, but who cares? Reviews are irrelevant because they made these deals. And if the ratings keep going up, the networks will look like they got the good deal and not the NFL." Regarding the money being paid to the announcers, Brandt said, "My point is if it's 20 Billions of dollars are at ESPN or Fox or CBS or NBC, then what's $15 million a year for a network? It's just part of the program. As former ESPN exec John Skipper, now CEO of a new company called Meadowlark Media, put it on the Dan LeBetard podcast, “The race to hire is all about inner pride, right? We want to present a good game. We want the media to suggest that we have a great booth, and the people who are very good at it are very rare.” Because of this, the really big money goes to a select few “in their own area code,” Deitsch said , who estimates that announcers and analysts who aren't on the No. 1 team are closer to "high six digits and low seven digits" when they were hired and how many years they worked. "The crazy money you read about is at the top," Deitsch said. - For someone who criticizes college football players who sit out bowl games "because they don't love the game" while protecting their financial interests from the draft, Herbstreit seems pretty good at maximizing his own dollar value . Probably because he loves to announce. - Giants announcer Duane Kuiper said he and Mike Krukow will be doing 20 road games in the studio on NBC Sports Bay Area this year, with Jon Miller and Dave Flemming doing the bulk of the radio travel for KNBR. A Giants spokesman said they are still in the process of finalizing their road TV plans. The A's will have both radio and television crews traveling with the team. For A's play-by-play announcer Ken Korach, it's the first time he's called a road game since 2019. – Bill Walton was at KNBR on Wednesday with Tom Tolbert and Adam Copeland. Tolbert said, "Bill, what's up?" Walton's reply was 32 minutes long. It's even too big for the borderless internet. You can find it on the KNBR website with the other podcasts.

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New MP Paulette Hamilton once called for "rebellion" against the government

In 2015, at an event titled The Ballot or the Bullet: Does Your Vote Count?, Ms Hamilton claimed she could not decide between voting and armed struggle as the best way to achieve political goals. (Author: Gardener)

Paulette HamiltonLabor secured a by-election victory yesterday despite its candidate once proposing an "uprising" against the government. The winner, Paulette Hamilton, 59, becomes Birmingham's first black MP. The Erdington by-election was sparked by the death of veteran Labor politician Jack Dromey, who had held the seat since 2010. While the former nurse slightly increased her party's share of the vote to 55.5 percent from 50.3 percent in 2019, turnout rose by just 27 percent, suggesting the campaign failed to inspire voters. It came after footage surfaced of her describing how she felt torn between democracy and an anti-government rebellion. In 2015, at an event called The Ballot or the Bullet: Does Your Vote Count?, organized by the Black Unity organization, Ms Hamilton claimed she was unable to distinguish between voting and an armed struggle as to decide the best way to achieve political goals. In footage revealed by GB News, she said: "So you're talking about the bullet or the vote. So I'm very torn.' Ms Hamilton also said it's sometimes necessary "to infiltrate other systems if you want to make money". Speaking at the event, she referred to the Trojan Horse affair, an alleged Islamist plot to take over some Birmingham schools. She said: “We had Trojan Horse on the council. “What then happened was that a lot of the schools, inner-city schools in Birmingham, certain schools, the Muslim families that filled the schools, arranged for them to take the governorships. “When they took over the governorships, they made sure that the leaders of these schools were people who wanted to make their case. Sir Keir Starmer refused to suspend her despite her comments questioning the value of democracy surfacing ahead of Thursday's by-election. Mr Dromey, the husband of former Labor Deputy Leader Harriet Harman, held the Erdington seat for the party in 2019 by a majority of 3,601. Ms Hamilton has been a Birmingham City Councilor for 17 years and is currently a cabinet member for Health and Social Care. When asked about her win, she said she was "exhausted but delighted". In her victory speech, Ms Hamilton thanked her Labor colleagues for their support "through four storms" during the campaign and her bereavement. She said: "But I also want to say a special thank you to Keir Starmer for his endless support - even when my dad died they were there, they wrapped me in cotton and they supported me, and my dad isn't even buried yet, but they were there when I cried.' A Labor Party spokesman said: "In Paulette, the people of Birmingham Erdington have elected a great local champion. We are delighted that this campaign has elected the first black MP from a Birmingham constituency.'

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University Challenge viewers swarm with a contestant after a gesture to the opposing team

BBC Two viewers went wild during yesterday's edition of University Challenge. Most raved about University of Reading team captain Michael Hutchinson on the show as he made some sort of... (Author: Gardener)

University ChallengeBBC Two viewers went wild during yesterday's edition of University Challenge. Most raved about University of Reading team captain Michael Hutchinson on the show as he made a friendly gesture to his opponents. The University of Reading has reached the next round and is in the semi-finals of the popular quiz show. While some fans of the program were happy the team emerged victorious from their game against St John's College, Cambridge, others could not get over Reading team captain Michael. The University Challenge candidate, who was unanimously referred to by his last name on social media, applauded the losing team at the end of the game. "Hutchinson though," one viewer simply wrote next to a heart-over-eye emoji. "Didn't get it right at the University Challenge tonight because Hutchinson distracted me," added another, obviously smitten with Michael. A third fan of the show chimed in: "Can we all agree that Reading, Hutchinson is our favourite? Intelligent, humble and a nice guy who congratulates the losing team on the show." "Got scolded by my husband for clapping at the end of the University Challenge because the University of Reading wouldn't hear me!" she wrote first. Before adding: "What an excellent Captain Hutchinson is - applauds St John's at the beginning and at the end. Another viewer reacted to Reading's win with a self-explanatory James Bond GIF, writing, "Hutchinson right now." One fan assured that Michael would become "everyone's favorite teacher," commenting that he was "a stand-up guy." ' is in history and Sylvian Jesudoss, who is doing a PhD in marketing. Michael led his team to victory last night as they beat Cambridge by 75 points after losing a previous game to Imperial College London. Luckily for viewers who are increasingly loving The Reading Hunk, Michael's team was able to secure their place in the semifinals. Much like University Challenge fans, Michael took to Twitter to share his joy after beating St. John's Me, so we went into this one with the intention of humming like windmills during a bar brawl," he wrote.

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