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Month: August 2020

TTFA lawyers warn bank

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – As the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) continues its fight against FIFA taking over administration of the organization, its ousted president William Wallace has warned First Citizens Bank against changing the signatories on the association’s accounts there. Wallace, through lawyers representing the TTFA in its challenge to FIFA appointing a normalization committee to replace the association’s board, has reportedly written to the bank warning that legal action would be taken if it was discovered that signatories or any other information was changed without the required authorization.“Since the elections held in November 2019, following which Mr William Wallace was duly elected president of the TTFA and subsequent thereto added as a signatory to the accounts, there has been no further change,” the lawyers wrote in an April 17 letter, according to Sports Max.“Any attempts to change the signatories on the account which may have already been made in March or April 2020 or attempts which may be made hereafter without the express approval of Mr William Wallace and/or the duly elected executives is unauthorized. “Should it come to light that the bank has provided any confidential information to, or acted to make any changes in respect to the TTFA accounts…my clients shall without delay approach the High Court or urgent assistance in preventing or stopping any breach or unlawful interference,” it added.A normalization headed by a local businessman was appointed by FIFA to take charge of TTFA’s operations late last month, after an assessment by football’s world governing body and continental body CONCACAF found that “extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt” had left the local body “facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity”.The committee, which will have up to two years to carry out its work, has to create a debt repayment plan for the embattled TTFA, review the local governing body’s statutes and ensure their adherence to FIFA regulations, and oversee new elections. But the TTFA is challenging FIFA’s takeover at the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Switzerland.In the correspondence to First Citizens Bank, the TTFA’s lawyers made it clear that as far as they were concerned, FIFA had no standing to touch the association’s bank accounts.“My client would like to believe that in the modern banking context which is set against a backdrop of robust due diligence, no mere letter from a body with no legal standing in Trinidad and Tobago, could usurp the due authority of the TTFA Board of Directors and/or induce the bank to breach its contract with the TTFA,” they wrote. Last week, FIFA insisted that its normalization committee remains the sole authority for football governance here, after Wallace sent a letter to the Trinidad government stating that he and his executive remained the constitutionally elected leaders of the TTFA.last_img read more

William Hill fears for Welsh success at Euro 2016

first_img MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Rupert Adams, William Hill.William Hill has confirmed that they are fearing for a fairy-tale Welsh success in the Euro 2016 final on Sunday. The bookmaker has made Germany and France joint 7/4 favourites to win the tournament, but they are hoping that big outsiders Wales fail to emulate the Leicester City story.Wales are currently 8/1, but William Hill have racked up seven figure liabilities should they win the tournament. Chris Coleman’s side are in semi-final action against Portugal in Lyon on Wednesday, whilst joint favourites Germany and France face off in Marseille a day later.Rupert Adams, Media Relations at William Hill, said: “Just about everyone who backed Leicester to win the Premier League seems to have lumped on Wales, and we could be about to see the second football fairy-tale of the year. That said it has been a tournament of surprises, and so far it has been one of our best ever tournaments.”The first semi-final has been billed as a battle between Real Madrid ‘Galacticos’, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. Bale is second in the top goalscorers list behind only Antoine Griezmann, and 6/1 to win the Golden Boot. Meanwhile, Ronaldo is priced at 7/1 despite only managing a brace against Hungary so far.William Hill Euro 2016 Odds:France & Germany – 7/4Portugal – 7/2Wales – 8/1 FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020last_img read more

David Clifton: Licensing Expert – UKGC views on “getting the balance right”

first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020center_img All in all, both the Annual Report and Philip Graf’s speech effectively present to the UK gambling industry an end of term report that says: “some progress but more can, and must, be achieved”.__________________________The Commission’s Annual Report 2015/16 can be accessed at http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/pdf/Annual-report-and-accounts-2015-16.pdfPhilip Graf’s RSA speech is available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uKBLHrYbjI__________________________David Clifton – Director – Clifton Davies Consultancy Limited Related Articles UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Two developments have occurred over the last month that have provided some considerable insight into the Gambling Commission’s present and future regulatory priorities.The first is publication of the Commission’s Annual Report for 2015/16. The second is a speech entitled “Gambling: Getting the balance right” given by Philip Graf at the Royal Society of Arts as he comes to the end of his five-year term as Chairman of the Commission.Not surprisingly, common themes arise in both, although Philip Graf’s speech was understandably rather more personalized in both its tone and its content. He focused on the challenges facing both (a) the gambling industry and (b) the politicians and regulators who seek to protect the consumer. He described “achieving a balance between enabling the consumer and protecting the consumer” as “the central dilemma” for the regulator.What is clear from both the Annual Report and the Chairman’s speech is that all operators licensed by the Commission need to ensure that an ongoing focus on the risks of gambling-related harm and money laundering is located at the heart of their business strategies.On the subject of money laundering, all remote and non-remote casino operators need to take note that on 28 July the Commission published the 3rd edition of its AML guidance. It has come into force with immediate effect. This new edition can be accessed on the Commission’s website or at http://cliftondavies.com/new-aml-guidance-remote-non-remote-casinos/. An updated version of the Commission’s POCA 2002 advice to non-casino operators is to be published later in the year.As is clear from public statements published on the Commission’s website recording the voluntary settlements concluded:this year with the likes of Gala Coral, Paddy Power and Betfred andlast year with various casino operators,the Commission places responsibility with operators at board and owner level to (a) put in place and maintain effective AML controls and (b) fulfill their obligations to minimize gambling-related harm.In relation to gambling-related harm, in his RSA speech Philip Graf spoke of the need for the industry not to kid itself that fairly static problem gambling figures are simply a measure of problem gambling. He said that the industry should instead:think about those at risk andunderstand what gambling-related harm means and the breadth of impact it has in an environment where the growth of gambling advertising has resulted in a “normalization of gambling”.In the same vein, he warned of the likelihood that in future the Commission will look at an increased impact of penalties on individual PML holders if it remains of the view that lessons are not being learned by the industry from the interventions that have resulted in all such voluntary settlements.The Chairman’s overview statement at the beginning of the Annual Report says that important insight into how industry leaders are stepping up to the above challenges will be provided by:the new social responsibility code requirements – the updated version of the LCCP that will come into force on 31 October 2016 have just been published and can be accessed on the Commission’s website or at http://cliftondavies.com/gambling-commission-publishes-updated-lccp/ – andthe recently introduced annual assurance statements which in his RSA speech he described as being “very much about changing peoples’ behaviour”, adding that the evidence of the first year’s pilot scheme has illustrated that it is likely there is “some way to go” – the Commission has since announced its intention to hold workshops in August and September, which will include guidance on best practice, including answering the difficult question posed to operators on “revenue from problem or at risk gambling”.The Commission is expecting both Heads of Compliance and Chief Executives to attend those workshops, underlining its commitment to holding to account boards and owners of licence-holding companies. Its Annual Report warns that all such persons “need to accept the risks to consumers and the risk from criminal activity as just as fundamental a part of the culture of their business as commercial risk”.Philip Graf went further in his speech, describing it as fundamentally important that the Commission holds to account chairs of boards, audit & risk committees and remuneration committees, commenting that all too often the engagement with the Commission is instead at Compliance Manager level. He made it clear that he believes that a focus on such senior personnel will provide a “chance to see real change occurring in their approach to regulation”.In terms of challenges facing (and future focus on the part of) the Commission, Philip Graf spoke of:the need for better evidence and a broader understanding of gambling-related harm in the context of it being a public health issue,the need for greater funding of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board strategy, resulting in more credible research,the need for the Commission to build greater fintech expertise,an increased focus on consumer protection, advertising, bonuses and offers, terms and conditions and management of customer funds,the “increasingly important” need for the Commission to build partnerships and to develop the “agility” to respond quickly to change and its regulatory implications, andhis plea that the Government adopts a “coherent approach” towards gambling, including a need for (a) some strategic joined-up thinking within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and (b) the three DCMS ministers with responsibility for digital strategy, child protection and gambling respectively to sit in a room together to talk about gambling issues and to engage with the Department of Health.He also echoed a comment by Sarah Harrison, the Commission’s Chief Executive (in the Annual Report) that eSports represents an area for continuing future focus. The Annual Report described the growing market in eSports and computer gaming as having “the scope to present issues for regulation and player protection”, described as ranging “from the emergence of real money eSports betting markets to trading in-game items which blur the lines between gambling and social gaming”.At the conclusion of his speech, Philip Graf touched on what he believes to be the challenges facing the industry, including:the concerns raised in relation to gaming machines (principally the lack of real evidence about FOBTs and “the legitimate concern about harm” that they raise, although he commented that, in his opinion, “stake reduction is not the answer on its own”)a perceived reduction of trust in gamblingincreasing pressures on land-based gambling businesses seeking to compete with the digital worldin terms of maintenance of business reputation in relation to social responsibility, the need for “real leadership” and “ownership engagement” to bring about “a culture change from the top”, which he said involves:role modeling at the top,training and development,systems and processes that allow for such change andincentives in the broadest senselast_img read more

Morning Reaction Orioles 10-Game Scorecard (Games 86-95)

first_imgAfter a hiatus covering vacation time and the All-Star break, the Orioles “10-Game Scorecard” returns for the second half of the season.As was the case in the first half, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones rate the club in 10-game increments in a number of categories and begin looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next 10 games on the schedule.To hear the full explanation from Monday morning, click HERE.1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 6-4 mark?Drew: BetterLuke: Worse2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable PlayerDrew: MVP – Nick Markakis; LVP – Jim JohnsonLuke: MVP – Nick Markakis; LVP – Luis Ayala3. Biggest surpriseDrew: The Orioles bouncing back after the embarrassing 19-7 loss in MinnesotaLuke: The excellent run through the starting rotation over the last five games4. Best thing about the 10-game stretchDrew: Nick Markakis stabilizing the leadoff spotLuke: Nick Markakis showing no lingering effects of wrist surgery5. Ten games from now…Drew: The Orioles will still be in the thick of the playoff race.Luke: The club will not have added any impact starting pitchers at the deadline.6. Record in the next 10 games (one at Cleveland, three with Tampa Bay, three with Oakland, three at New York)Drew: 5-5Luke: 4-67. Stock rising/falling over the next 10 gamesDrew: Rising – Wilson Betemit (offensively); Falling – Miguel GonzalezLuke: Rising – Zach Britton; Falling – Chris Tillman8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 86-95Drew: ALuke: B+last_img read more

In fifth year with Ravens, Harbaugh faces biggest challenge yet

first_imgUpon learning that Ray Rice had agreed to a five-year contract with the Ravens just minutes before the franchise tag deadline last week, my thoughts weren’t of the Pro Bowl running back or quarterback Joe Flacco, who’s next in line to receive a big payday.Instead, I couldn’t help but think John Harbaugh was breathing a sigh of relief after the most trying offseason of his tenure in Baltimore. Knowing his best offensive player would be present for the start of training camp was a far more welcoming piece of news than the possibility of a lengthy holdout dragging into the preseason — or even longer.Frankly, he needed the good news after an offseason that provided more disappointment than good in the eyes of many observers.The only head coach in NFL history to win a playoff game in each of his first four seasons, Harbaugh has faced little adversity compared to most peers in the challenging and impatient world in which an NFL head coach tries to survive. Other than maybe the select few who own a Super Bowl title, you won’t find an individual with more job security in the league and rightfully so.Harbaugh has done an outstanding job since coming to Baltimore in 2008, but the last six months have been anything but smooth for the defending AFC North champions.Headlining the list of misfortune was the partially-torn Achilles tendon suffered by 2011 AP Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs. The Pro Bowl linebacker has vowed to return to action this season, but whether he can provide any significant impact remains in serious doubt. To make matters worse, the same injury struck defensive end Michael McAdoo, who was far from a sure thing but represented an intriguing project to provide some of the pass-rushing void left behind in Suggs’ absence.A salary-cap crunch led to the departure of Pro Bowl left guard Ben Grubbs and other contributing veterans such as Jarret Johnson, Cory Redding, Tom Zbikowski, and Haruki Nakamura in free agency. And despite general manager Ozzie Newsome stating the need to upgrade the offensive line as a top priority, the Ravens managed only to add 35-year-old guard Bobbie Williams while drafting a pair of talented but unproven linemen in Kelechi Osemele and Gino Gradkowski.Ed Reed’s decision to skip mandatory minicamp and cryptic comments regarding his desire for a new contract have left everyone wondering what his frame of mind will be if and when he reports for training camp this week. The head coach didn’t even receive a heads-up from the All-Pro safety of his intentions to skip the three-day camp in early June, so you just don’t know what to make of Reed at this stage of his career in Baltimore.And, of course, this all came under the shadow of what transpired in the final seconds of the AFC Championship game in January.The Lee Evans drop in the end zone.The Billy Cundiff miss from 32 yards.Even the law of averages is working against the Ravens as they’re the only team in the NFL to have made the postseason in each of the last four years. That run is bound to end at some point in the not-for-long nature of the league.Are the Ravens in danger of experiencing a hangover in 2012?“I would probably not use that term. Take two Aspirin. That’s what you usually do, right?” said Harbaugh in late May, drawing laughter from gathered media. “I don’t think we have that problem. I don’t think it’s an issue. You go back to work; it’s a new season.”Yes, the Ravens go back to work full-time this week, but the challenges faced over the last six months make it all the more difficult to turn their backs on how close they came to advancing to the Super Bowl for the first time in 11 years. The margin for error is so small in advancing to that stage, and all it takes is a key injury or a couple plays swinging in the opposite direction to derail the journey back to that same point.If anyone is equipped to handle such a position, it’s Harbaugh, whose biggest strength is managing people and providing exceptional leadership. His motivational tools and phrases to unite his players may not always be home runs — in the same way a comedian won’t bat 1.000 with all his jokes — but the Baltimore locker room has been united from the first day he arrived over four years ago.Even so, as players hit the practice field in the summer heat of Owings Mills this week, it’s only human nature to look around at who’s missing — Suggs and the departed veterans — and think back to that Sunday in Foxborough six months ago, even if only for a moment or two.They’re bound to wonder if they missed their chance.“We’ve got lots of things to accomplish, things that we have yet to accomplish,” Harbaugh said. “The team that won the Super Bowl last year, it’s a new year for them, too, and they have a lot to accomplish this year, too. No matter what you did in the past, you have to go to work the next year, and that’s what we do. We’ve done it every year.”Continue >>>last_img read more

Flacco set to take home $52 million in guaranteed money

first_imgAs is the case with any NFL contract, the devil is in the details as we begin to see how the six-year, $120.6 million contract signed by Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is structured.The deal will officially be signed Monday and pays the 28-year-old $62 million over the first three years of the deal and $52 million in guaranteed money. The Ravens will benefit in the short term from a $6.8 million cap number for the 2013 season, which is less than half of the $14.9 million he would have received if designated with the non-exclusive franchise tag.According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the 2008 first-round pick receives a $29 million signing bonus and option bonuses of $15 million and $7 million built into the contract. This brings Flacco’s take-home amount to $30 million in the first season, $51 million in the first two years, and $62 million by the conclusion of the 2015 season.His 2016 number is where the deal becomes interesting — and perilous — for the Ravens as Flacco would count for $29 million against the salary cap. The NFL’s new television deal set to kick in next season is expected to increase the cap substantially by 2015, but it’s difficult to imagine general manager Ozzie Newsome digesting that 2016 cap number, making an extension likely after the first three years of the deal.With those details in mind, Flacco’s deal is essentially a three-year contract with the Ravens all but certain to address the remainder of the deal prior to the 2016 season.last_img read more

The latest #WNSTSweet16 is a laughing matter

first_imgChampionship trophies tarnish and the details from box scores fade from memory over the years, but the way our sports figures made us feel is never forgotten as this week’s #WNSTSweet16 examines some of the biggest sports personalities to grace the Charm City with their presence.This week’s list is not only open to local athletes but managers, coaches, broadcasters, and even super fans who gained notoriety from their unique personalities. Many were known as goofballs because of their naturally-comedic traits while a few may have qualified through actions that merely came across as humorous in the eyes of others.There are no statistics for humor on which to rate these individuals, but there’s no shortage of goofballs who still resonate with the local community years after their time in the public eye — and even on this earth, in some cases — has come to an end.With April Fools’ Day only a week away, we honor the #WNSTSweet16 local sports goofballs who were as memorable for their personalities as anything else they accomplished:Continue to next page for No. 16last_img read more

Ravens-Cowboys preseason primer: Five players to watch

first_imgThe Ravens will try to build on an encouraging performance in their preseason opener as they travel to Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys in their second preseason game of the summer.Observers were abuzz over an impressive 10-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown in the starting offense’s only work of the night against San Francisco, but the Ravens have acknowledged throughout the week that they can’t put too much stock into one possession. Even with plenty of strides already taken throughout training camp to grasp new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system, there is plenty of work remaining before the Ravens kick off the regular season against Cincinnati on Sept. 7.“You have an opportunity to really see progress,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “You’re in a crucible, and every single day, it’s all you do. It’s wall-to-wall football. It’s morning to night. You go to sleep and you wake up, and you’re back at football. There’s no escape. There’s nowhere to hide, [and] there’s nowhere to run. It’s all football all the time, so you make progress rapidly, but you have to because you have a long way to go.”Harbaugh confirmed starters are expected to receive more playing time against the Cowboys than they did against San Francisco, but the first units will receive their most extensive work against Washington in the third preseason game next weekend.The Ravens are expected to continue giving running back Ray Rice first-team reps along with top backup Bernard Pierce before focusing more on the latter next week with Rice suspended for the first two games of the regular season.“Normally, in the second preseason game you get a quarter, maybe a little more than a quarter,” Harbaugh said. “Some of that will be individualized for different players; we’ll have some play counts for a few guys, including Joe [Flacco] and some of the defensive players. We’ll see how it goes, but basically, about a quarter is what you’re looking at — maybe more. It could get close to a half; it could even be a half for some of the starters.”Saturday will be the first preseason meeting between the Ravens and the Cowboys, but Baltimore owns the 4-0 edge in the regular season and will be making its first visit to AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The Ravens are 43-29 all-time in the preseason and have a 16-9 preseason mark in the Harbaugh era.Unofficial (and largely speculative) injury reportThe Ravens are not required to release an injury report like they do for regular-season games, but I’ve offered my best guess on what the injury report would look like if one were to be released ahead of Saturday night’s game against Dallas.Most of the players ruled to be out will come as no surprise, but the status of a few will be in question. This list, of course, will not include any veterans who may be held out of the preseason opener due to the coaching staff’s preference. Cornerback Lardarius Webb is not expected to play in the second preseason game as he’s been sidelined with a lower back injury since July 25.Again, this is not an official injury report released by the Ravens:OUT: CB Lardarius Webb (back), G Will Rackley (head), DT Terrence Cody (hip), DE Kapron Lewis-Moore (Achilles tendon), DE Brent Urban (knee)DOUBTFUL: CB Asa Jackson (ankle)QUESTIONABLE: TE Owen Daniels (unspecified)PROBABLE: LB Daryl Smith (groin), S Brynden Trawick (back), OL Ryan Jensen (leg)Five players to watch Saturday night1. C Jeremy ZuttahWhile many pointed to the success of right tackle Rick Wagner in the first preseason game, the new Baltimore center appeared to make calls at the line successfully as the starting offense ran the ball effectively and protected Flacco. Zuttah isn’t dramatically bigger than 2013 starter Gino Gradkowski, but he’s held up well physically as a run blocker and in pass protection. The offensive line will remain under heavy scrutiny through the early portion of the series, but the reviews for Zuttah have been positive and the overall concern at the center position last year at this time appears to be a distant memory.“The thing about Jeremy, he is a professional in every way,” offensive line coach Juan Castillo said. “He is smart, and he studies the game. For him, too, it’s a different technique, and he’s been working very hard at the fundamentals and trying to do the things the way we do it here in Baltimore.”2. S Terrence BrooksIt was no secret that Brooks was lagging behind in the competition at free safety due to concerns with him grasping the intricacies of the defense, but injuries to Webb and Jackson at the cornerback position have prompted the Ravens to take a look at the Florida State product in the nickel spot, a position he played with the Seminoles. The shift is more of a reflection on how shallow the cornerback depth is at this point, but Brooks may find the nickel and dime packages as his best chance to see the field for meaningful defensive snaps to start his rookie season.“Everybody is an option right now. We’re just trying to find guys,” said defensive coordinator Dean Pees on the No. 3 cornerback spot. “We’re moving guys around a little bit. We have two more games to experiment with where we want to put guys and see where they fit getting ready for the season. The first two games are [about] playing everybody [to] see what we have, and then after that, we have to start honing in. But we’ll move a bunch of guys around. Terrence is playing well; he’s playing hard. He’s a multi-position guy like all of our guys really are. It’s a possibility.”3. WR Kamar AikenThe 2013 practice squad member has turned plenty of heads and certainly took advantage of his opportunity in the preseason opener with four catches for 46 yards on six targets and 29 offensive snaps. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound wideout appears to be competing closely with Deonte Thompson for a potential roster spot, but Aiken has outplayed the incumbent member of the 53-man roster and can further improve his chances by building on what he did against the 49ers. Of course, special-teams contributions will play a major part in determining whether Aiken finds himself on the active roster.“He is explosive and he’s big,” offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said. “I tell you, in all my years in the league, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen as competitive a situation as we have at receiver right now. I would have no chance telling John [Harbaugh] which five or six I would want right now, and that’s a good thing as a coach.”4. DL DeAngelo TysonThe 2012 seventh-round pick has been a steady member of the defensive line rotation in his first two seasons, but season-ending injuries to young defensive ends Brent Urban and Kapron Lewis-Moore may force the Ravens to use Tyson more exclusively at the 5-technique spot to spell veteran Chris Canty. The University of Georgia product can play multiple spots on the defensive line, so it will be a blow to their overall versatility in the trenches if Pees must use Tyson outside, but his presence has become much more important with the overall depth taking a hit this summer.“The next guy will be up, and we’ll find a way to do it,” said Harbaugh about the injuries to Urban and Lewis-Moore. “There are always going to be injuries. You adapt, you adjust and you fill out your positions.”5. TE Crockett GillmoreThe Ravens insist the veteran tight end Daniels isn’t injured, but it’s clear there are some physical concerns with him missing two straight practices following an off-day and not showing great separation while running routes in practices. These factors could open the door for Gillmore to receive more opportunities with the starting offense against Dallas and beyond. It’s been an inconsistent summer for the Colorado State product as a blocker and as a receiver, but that’s to be expected from a third-round pick who will be counted on to be used to some degree with neither Daniels nor starter Dennis Pitta considered particularly strong blockers.“Crockett is a good football player,” Pitta said earlier this summer. “He’s a tough kid and he’s big and physical and a great blocker at the point of attack. I think that’s what stood out the most this early on. He’s going to be a valuable asset for this offense moving forward.”last_img read more

Marty Conway on NFL culture: “It’s a media relations experience”

first_imgSports & Marketing Executive Marty Conway is a regular guest of ours at WNST. He talks all things sports business, including the quick shelf life of NFL coaches in today’s day and age.Also, Marty and Nestor discuss the differences between the Orioles and Ravens, both on and off the field, including fan expectations.Audio Playerhttp://c631904.r4.cf2.rackcdn.com/Marty%20Conway%20010415%20.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img

S. Smith, Mosley questionable to play against Pittsburgh

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — If Steve Smith says his right ankle is ready to go, the Ravens will welcome the veteran wide receiver back to action for Sunday’s critical AFC North meeting with Pittsburgh.The 37-year-old participated in practice for the second straight day on Friday and was listed as questionable to play against the Steelers. Head coach John Harbaugh told reporters that Smith only worked on a limited basis as he did the previous day, but he was officially listed as a full participant for the walk-through practice.Smith was not present for the portions of practices open to media on Thursday or Friday, making it difficult to gauge where he is health-wise or just how many reps he took. He hasn’t played in a game since spraining his right ankle in the first quarter of the Week 5 loss to Washington on Oct. 9.“We’ll just see where he’s at,” said Harbaugh about the injury that’s sidelined Smith for nearly three full games. “I didn’t have any expectations for it beforehand. I just wait for the trainers to say [he’s ready] and the player, of course. It’s that type of a thing, too. When everybody says the player is ready to go, we put him out there. That’s how we do it.”The 16th-year receiver was not in the locker room after Friday’s practice to speak with reporters.The Ravens also listed inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (hamstring) as questionable after he took part in practices on a limited basis all week. He was upgraded to full participation on Friday and appears to be a good bet to make his return after a two-game absence.Baltimore officially ruled out linebackers Elvis Dumervil (foot) and Kamalei Correa (thigh) as well as tight end Crockett Gillmore (thigh) after all three missed the entire week of practice. Cornerback Shareece Wright is doubtful to play as he continues to nurse a hamstring injury that kept him out of practices on Thursday and Friday.Despite being full participants in practice all week, linebacker Terrell Suggs (biceps), offensive linemen Marshal Yanda (left shoulder) and Ronnie Stanley (foot), safety Lardarius Webb (hamstring), and cornerback Tavon Young (concussion) were all designated as questionable. All five are expected to play against the Steelers, however.It remains to be seen whether Baltimore will activate safety Matt Elam in time for Sunday’s game. Elam has taken part in all practices over the last two weeks, but a roster move would need to be made by 4 p.m. on Saturday for the 2013 first-round pick to play against Pittsburgh.To no surprise, the Steelers listed quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (left knee) as questionable after he practiced on a limited basis all week. Reports this week have indicated that he will start against the Ravens despite undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus less than three weeks ago.Backup running back DeAngelo Williams (knee) and cornerback William Gay (foot) were also designated as questionable by Pittsburgh.The referee for Sunday’s game will be John Hussey.According to Weather.com, Sunday’s forecast in Baltimore calls for sunny skies with temperatures reaching the mid-60s and winds up to 11 miles per hour.Below is the final injury report for Sunday’s game:BALTIMOREOUT: LB Kamalei Correa (thigh), LB Elvis Dumervil (foot), TE Crockett Gillmore (thigh)DOUBTFUL: CB Shareece Wright (thigh)QUESTIONABLE: LB C.J. Mosley (thigh), WR Steve Smith (ankle), OT Ronnie Stanley (foot), LB Terrell Suggs (biceps), S Lardarius Webb (thigh), G Marshal Yanda (shoulder), CB Tavon Young (concussion)PITTSBURGHOUT: C Cody Wallace (knee)QUESTIONABLE: CB William Gay (foot), QB Ben Roethlisberger (left knee), RB DeAngelo Williams (knee)last_img read more