Analysis by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow â€” It is hard to blame Mayor Shelly Hansel for feeling a little frustrated after last Tuesday’s town hall meeting in Wellington. The meeting is one she tries to have every month to allow citizen input and to ask questions. She heard a lot of criticism, hand wringing and rumors of $12 million missing from the city coffers. There were also complaints later about the meeting itself, as some alleged it may have violated the open meetings rules since a majority of council members were there.At the same time people complained about the city not being open, and even city officials wondered how they can get information out to the public in a more effective manner.It is perhaps a reflection of the general mistrust of government that pervades our society these days. Government is not perfect, but very few people are either. Hansel expressed frustration for the “sky is falling” mentality that seems to pervade the city at times.“You cannot just say ‘Wellington sucks,’ get pouty and throw your arms up and quit,” she told the group at the town hall meeting.Â “I am glad you are here. It shows you care. But you need to be involved in the process.â€Before the meeting even began Hansel talked with the audience and media representatives about the meeting itself. Council members were there, though there was not a majority until after the meeting started. At the meeting no one objected to city council members being there and the general consensus was that there was no problem.Â They did check with their attorney, and were told that if no council members spoke, it was not a violation of the open meetings rules.That goes along with what the bylaws set by the Kansas State Attorney Generalâ€™s Office. According to the law, municipal board members – even a majority – may attend public functions. It says they must not discuss city business privately. They did discuss some early on by answering questions, but they never discussed anything privately or between themselves. Later, Hansel reported to Sumner Newscow that the city has turned itself in to the Attorney General’s office as a precautionary measure to make sure no open meeting law act is violated.Hansel again explained the alleged missing money, which was at first rumored to be just over $1 million â€” a figure which has bloomed to $12 million as of last week. That all came about because of a statement by city financial advisor John Haas, who explained that their reserves had dropped to a level that could affect the city bond ratings.He said he “did not know” where the money had gone, and that led some to think there was money missing.Hansel noted this has been explained many times, but she explained it again anyway. It is not that the money cannot be accounted for, but if you put it into a general fund, it is impossible to say what an individual dollar went for. Hansel noted that all the money has been accounted. “I was a reporter for 15 years. If there was something shady going on I would be calling people,â€ Hansel said. â€œWe may not have communicated it as well, but I do not feel there was anything done wrong.â€Also at the meeting people objected to repairs being made at Worden Park’s parking lot. It is true not everyone will use that parking lot, and it is going to cost the city $75,000.However, Hansel said it is a quality of life issue and the city has a chance to save money by doing it now.She wants to see the city progress.“You could sit here and spend no money and do nothing and problems would get worse,” she said.Hansel agreed that the city has been losing population, and that means the tax base has shrunk, making paying for things more difficult.She wants to find out what to do in order to reverse that trend, to take positive action.Hansel hopes to continue holding town hall meetings, and she also hopes the public will get more involved.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (7) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +11 Vote up Vote down Ray · 251 weeks ago It would make more sense for the City Manager to answer questions reference where the money went. Not the mayor. The mayor is an elected face that works part time at best and should not be the voice of the city managers office. Why us it that the city manager at important times in meetings seems confused and defers questions to Shane Shields. Should the buck not stop with him for answers. Love or hate Gus Collins he would stand and take the heat and be leading the charge to fix a situation. Roy is no leader and hides behind many at city hall and the council. We should never see a display where the mayor calls out a former city council person in a town hall meeting. It appears like finger pointing and unprofessional. Isn’t that what your saying the public is being right now James. I agree we need to come together but sometimes the voice of Wellington needs to say less and listen more. Report Reply 0 replies · active 251 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down jeff · 251 weeks ago Trust is something we earn. It is not bestowed on anyone. Right now, we have a serious trust situation. The “veil of secrecy” and “executive sessions” and in-your-face raising of rates and constantly defending the actions to a beleaguered, cash-strapped citizenry just exacerbates it. Trying to defend or honey-coat it is insulting. Report Reply 0 replies · active 251 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Meryl · 251 weeks ago It has been several years since I took college Composition, but I remember multiple sources being required to validate a story. Thanks for going out of your way to only speak to the mayor, James. Also, the mayor said the city turned itself in to the state because of the meeting violation last week, and you said there was no violation? Seems like there might have been a violation if they felt they needed to turn themselves in. Maybe checking with the city attorney or the attorney general would be a good idea? But, that would require some effort, right? It seems to me that James Jordan has shown that he might not be the guy to write about the happenings at the city. Report Reply 0 replies · active 251 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down michelle · 251 weeks ago If all the money is supposible all accountable then why can’t the city explain where it went we all know that most of the money if not has help bail out hospital for years and that we people don’t get our bills paid for us and if we are late its a late feed added and we are lucky if we get extion on our bill for a week after due date that ain’t fair to this city but yet everyone wants this town to grow well its not going if things keep on the raise this town will be a ghost town which is getting that way now Report Reply 3 replies · active 251 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down randy · 251 weeks ago you are so right Michelle, All the money should be accounted for, but they say that they can actually tells us where it went except the general fund. Interesting, yes wellington will be a ghost town in 3-5 yrs . And to spend 75,000 for warden park, but nothing to sellars park is a slap in the face to wellington. Im sure that 75,000 would build a nice locker room for football team and or other teams at sellars park. But that makes too much since to improve a traditional park then a park that’s used 3 months of the yr. Report Reply -1 Vote up Vote down brenda · 251 weeks ago so they claim its all accounted for in the general fund but okay that means it could of been used for personal purposes and nobody knows because it wasn’t accounted for after transition of the money. Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down Larry · 251 weeks ago Building locker rooms for the school district is not the responsibility of the city. I am sure that if they would have done that several of you would have be complaining that they city shouldn’t not have done that. The citizens elect the people that they want to run the city and good or bad that is what you did, and yet you are not even willing to give them a chance to do it. Also a note to everyone on here, Wellington is not the only town or city that is having problems. they all do. Trust me on this, I would trade my utilities bills for yours any day and I would be very happy and you would be shocked even more than you are now. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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by Pam Strader, Sumner Newscow â€” McDonaldâ€™s Sewing and Vacuum is celebrating their 13th anniversary with big sales and savings. They have BLACK FRIDAY sales EVERY DAY through Monday, November 30, 2015.Â These sales include: â€¢25% off ALL Husqvarna Viking Sewing, Quilting, and Embroidery Machines (excludes Designer Epic or Premier Software) â€¢25% off Viking Brand Notions, & Accessories. â€¢New Sewing machines starting at $149 â€¢New embroidery machines (with software!) starting at $1349 â€¢New 16 inch quilting machines with stitch regulator starting at $5699 â€¢Sale limited to stock on hand. Better hurry, don’t miss out! McDonaldâ€™s Sewing and Vacuum opened their doors in 2002 at 314 S. Summit, Arkansas City, Kansas (Phone:Â 620-441-0939) and expanded the business to include 316 S. .Summit in 2014.Â In February 2010, McDonaldsÂ opened a second location at 609 N. Baltimore, Derby, Kansas (Phone: 316-789-8484). Â In 2013, the Derby location expanded to include the space at 611 N. Baltimore. McDonaldâ€™s Sewing and Vacuum is the premiere dealer for Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machines. They also service and repair all makes and models of sewing machines, quilting machines, and embroidery machines.Â Repair estimates are always FREE. Â Trade-ins are accepted when you purchase a sewing, quilting or embroidery machine at McDonaldâ€™s Sewing and Vacuum McDonalds offers new user classes at both locations for customers who purchase new sewing machines.Â They also host sewing events on a regular basis.Â December 5th will be a â€œLace Angelâ€ sew along.Â Customers can buy the kit and sew along with us in Arkansas City.Â In January, there will be a quilting event with a Viking professional educator showing the Platinum 16 quilting machine.Â Follow the events and class schedules on their website www.mcdonaldsvacuums.com . With over 30 years experience,Â McDonaldâ€™s Sewing and Vacuum is factory authorized and trained to work on most brands of vacuums, including Dyson, Simplicity, Oreck, Electrolux, Hoover, Eureka, Dirt Devil, Rug Doctor, Royal and many more. Â McDonaldâ€™s is the only authorized Dyson brand vacuum repair center in the area.Â McDonaldâ€™s also offers free repair estimates on their vacuum servicing.Â Belts, bags and replacements parts for your vacuum – youâ€™ll find them at McDonaldâ€™s.Â Â And donâ€™t forget they take trade-ins on vacuums too!Â Owner Patrick McDonald and his staff are not only knowledgable about sewing and vacuums but Mr. McDonald is also the proud owner of McDonaldâ€™s Used Books,and McDonald Computer Service, both located in downtown Arkansas City.Â Make that short drive to Derby or Arkansas City to see all McDonaldâ€™s Sewing and Vacuum has to offer.Â You wonâ€™t be disappointed!Â The friendly and experienced staff are waiting to assist you with a great deal on a new or used sewing machine and/or accessories or a new or used vacuum. And donâ€™t forget they offer service and repairs on your current equipment.Â Â Hours: Â Monday-Friday 9:30-5:30 / Saturdays 9:30-4:00 (Closed on Sundays and Thanksgiving Day.) Check out their Facebook Page here to keep up to date with specials and other announcements.Â
Wellington Police notes for Thursday, December 3, 2015â€¢8:17 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 300 block S. Blaine, Wellington.â€¢8:45 a.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 300 block W. 8th, Wellington involved an unknown vehicle and a fixed object/sign owned by Kansas Department of Transportation.â€¢9:21 a.m. Officers investigated a theft by a known suspect in the 500 block S. H, Wellington.â€¢2:45 p.m. Nickolas W. Brown, 22, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with dog at large.â€¢5:40 p.m. Manda K. Wells, 41, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with expired registration and no proof of insurance.â€¢7:52 p.m. Officers investigated a battery in the 1200 block of E Lincoln.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
This video was produced by Sam Ledesma and is sponsored by the Bank of Commerce.â€”â€”â€”by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Ten things to know about the Wellington sub-state basketball tournament starting tonight:1. The scheduleâ€¦Girls: Thursday â€” Winfield (7-13) vs. Rose Hill (12-8), 6 p.m.; Mulvane (1-19) at Wellington (20-0), 7:30. Saturday, 6 p.m. â€” Championship.Boys:Â Friday â€” Mulvane (2-18) vs. Rose Hill (6-14), 6 p.m.; Winfield (1-19) at Wellington (10-10), 7:30. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. â€” Championship.All games are single elimination. 2. The last time Wellington hosted a sub-state tournamentâ€¦ Since building the new high school gymnasium, Wellington has hosted three sub-states including this one. The last one was in 2009. Come early if you want a good parking spot. 3. Whatâ€™s in store for the Wellington girlsâ€¦ Wellington is ranked No. 2 in the state in both the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association and Topeka Capital-Journal polls. But the Lady Dukes have a lot of work to do. Tonight, they must beat a one-win team against Mulvane at 7:30 p.m. If Wellington can get past theÂ Wildcats, then things get really interesting taking on the winner of the other first round game: Rose Hill vs. Winfield. 4. Which team poses the greatest threat for the Lady Dukes in sub-state?â€¦ Pick your poison. We will go with Winfield first. The Vikings, as most Lady Dukes fans remember, gave Wellington its closest contest of the year. The Crusaders won 46-43 which came down to a last second missed Viking 3-pointer. That was the game in which the Crusaders went into a stall for almost three minutes trying to lure Winfield out of its zone defense. Winfield is 7-13, which considering how it played against Wellington, seems like an underachievement. Vikings lost to Rose Hill by 12 points after the Wellington game and had big losses to Ark City and Buhler, before winning by one over El Dorado. So this team is most certainly a head scratcher. The Vikings are led by Abby Berthoff which averages 11.3 ppg, and Hanna Winged with 6.9 ppg. This group of seniors were very, very good in middle school. Similar success hasnâ€™t quite materialized in high school, though. But the Vikings will undoubtedly be looking to make some noise together for their final post season run. 5. That brings us to Rose Hillâ€¦ Wellington has not played Rose Hill this year. The Rockets lost 49-41 to Goddard in the second round of the Haven Tournament before beating Cheney 65-52 for third place. It was clear then that this team will pose a giant hurdle for the Crusaders to leap over during sub-state. The Rockets are 12-8, and have gone 7-1 since that tournament. Their only loss was to McPherson, a 48-41 come-from-behind victory for the Bullpups. Rose Hill has a Derby transfer as well. Kylie Woods scores 8.5 ppg. When she became eligible in January, she was instantly made the Rockets better. The leading scorer is Anna Van Driel that averages 14.1 ppg and Mackenzie Herman, who averages 12.1. What the Lady Rockets will do is match-up zone you to death. This team is very young with just one senior on the roster.6. So where does this leave Wellington?â€¦ The Crusaders are no doubt the favorites, but this is post season where everyone has a 0-0 record. The Crusaders have averaged 58.2 ppg this season, with an unreal field goal percentage of 47 percent. Wellington is also currently in line of breaking the state three-point percentage record which was set by the Frontenac girls in 2002. Grace Mitchell leads the league with 21.4 ppg with Lauryn Snipes at sixth with 11.5 ppg, and Avery Rusk seventh with 11.2. The Crusaders are healthy and seemed to have come off playing two of their best games of the season last week. Playing at home in front of a packed house should help as well. 7. A great opportunity for the Wellington boysâ€¦Could Wellington get two teams in the state tournament for the first time in its history? The Crusader boys hope to do their part as well. They sport a 10-10 record, not outstanding, but good enough to garner a top seed in this particular sub-state. Rose Hill is sitting at 6-14, Mulvane at 2-18, and Winfield at 1-19. Wellington boys are hoping for a second consecutive state tournament berth after ousting these same two teams last season. The Crusader boys, though, canâ€™t take anything for granted during a season of ups and downs. Last week was proof of Wellingtonâ€™s inconsistent season. The Gentleman Dukes had an outstanding 62-50 victory over Circle on Tuesday, only to lose 51-48 to Clearwater two nights later – in a game the Crusaders clearly could have won with an average shooting performance.8. Whatâ€™s in store for the Wellington boys this weekâ€¦ The Crusaders play a Winfield team this Friday that gave the Crusaders fits 70-62 in a regular season game. Granted, it was one of those Tuesday nights for Wellington, but it illustrates what a dangerous team the Vikings can be. Winfield has had an atrocious season, with one victory over Mulvane 67-65 on Jan. 15. Winfield has been playing a young roster all season.Â 9. And again there is Rose Hillâ€¦ If the Dukes can get past the Vikings on Friday, and Rose Hill beats Mulvane as expected, that will set up a showdown with Rose Hill in a rematch of last year’s sub-state championship. And like the girls, this is a game Wellington probably should win, but the potential for a loss is very real.Â Wellington will have to deal with a dual threat of Parker Austin, who averages 13.8 ppg and Brett Bonar with 12.4 ppg. They finished fourth and fifth on the scoring leader list for AV-CTL Div. III. Wellington never played Rose Hill this season, but the two teams have shared plenty of common opponents and have shared similar results.10. So where does this leave Wellington?â€¦ When Wellington gets into an offensive groove, it can run with the best of them. The sophomore duo team of A.J. Snipes and Ian King have been averaging in double figures all season. Snipes, the third leading scorer in the league, averages 16.3 ppg. King which is sixth, averaging 12.6. The Phelps brothers have turned in similar stats. Cade Phelps had 9.9 ppg while Connor has 9.3. Obviously, Snipes is Wellingtonâ€™s go-to player and will need to come up big down the stretch. King, who has 145 rebounds this season, though, may be the key factor in this tournament. His inside game and physicality could lift the Crusaders up to their second consecutive trip to Salina. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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This is the XFL (again).Everything from the teams and rosters to the schedule is set for Vince McMahon and Alpha Entertainment LLC’ 2020 reboot of the professional football league. (XFL) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/54/2e/xfl-team-logos-082119-ftr_k8qxioeteql718tyaxwzlrn68.png?t=-1256876396&w=500&quality=80 Here is all you need to know about the XFL, including the team names, a full schedule for the 2020 season and playoffs, and the rules difference between the XFL vs. the NFL, plus the teams and coaches involved.MORE: The best, worst XFL 2020 team names and logos, rankedContents:What is the XFL?What was the original XFL?XFL team names for 2020XFL coaches, players, rostersXFL 2020 scheduleXFL rules vs NFLWhat is the XFL?In 2018, Alpha Entertainment announced the formation of the XFL, which will have a 10-week season beginning in 2020. McMahon is heavily invested in the new league, and he is expecting to spend $500 million to back that up. According to ESPN.com, McMahon sold $100 million in WWE stock to help finance the new league, which is expected to begin play Feb. 8, 2020 — the week after Super Bowl 54.Disney-owned ABC, ESPN and ESPN2, along with Fox, FS1 and FS2, will televise XFL games.What was the original XFL?McMahon led the push for the first XFL, which was a WWE venture televised on NBC in 2001. Executive Dick Ebersol and McMahon were trying to compete with the NFL.The XFL did introduce innovations like the Skycam, and there were cult heroes created such as Rod “He Hate Me” Smart, but ratings dwindled after the first week, and the league had more gimmicks than substance.McMahon has promised to keep the focus on football this time around, but there will be differences from the NFL on the field.XFL team names for 2020Dallas RenegadesHouston RoughnecksLos Angeles WildcatsNew York GuardiansSt. Louis BattleHawksSeattle DragonsTampa Bay VipersD.C. Defenders — Continuous clock. The clock would run continuously until the two-minute mark, at which time the clock would stop after all scrimmage plays.— 25-second play clock. The NFL uses a 40-second clock.— 30-second instant replay clock. No more long breaks for replay reviews. XFL coaches, players, rosters for 2020The XFL’s inaugural draft was completed in October with a total of 568 players joining the eight original franchises. Here are the complete draft results and rosters for every XFL team. Sporting News also ranked each team based on the entertainment value of their roster.Dallas RenegadesCoach/GM: Bob StoopsStadium: Globe Life Park (Arlington, Texas)Stoops will return to coaching after retiring from Oklahoma in 2016 with a 190-48 record. Dallas hired Hal Mumme, one of the founders of the “Air Raid” offense, as its offensive coordinator. Houston RoughnecksPresident: Brian Michael CooperCoach/GM: June JonesStadium: TDECU Stadium (Houston, Texas)Jones served as wide receivers coach for the Houston Gamblers in the USFL in 1984. He has professional coaching stints in the USFL, CFL and NFL on his resume, and he will bring that worldly experience to the franchise.Los Angeles WildcatsPresident: Heather Brooks KaratzCoach/GM: Winston MossStadium: Dignity Health Sports Park (Carson, Cailf.)Los Angeles is one of the two returning XFL markets, and Moss, a former Raiders linebacker, takes over as the head coach after almost two decades as an assistant in the NFL.New York GuardiansPresident: Janet SuchCoach/GM: Kevin GilbrideStadium: MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)New York is the other city that had an original XFL franchise, and it gives the league one of two major markets on the East Coast. Gilbride was an assistant for the Giants from 2004-13. He was part of two Super Bowl-championship teams.St. Louis BattleHawksCoach/GM: Jonathan HayesStadium: The Dome at America’s Center (St. Louis, Mo.)St. Louis gets back into professional football after watching the Rams leave for Los Angeles. Hayes played tight end for the Steelers and Chiefs before a long stint as the Bengals tight ends coach from 2003-18.Seattle DragonsPresident: Ryan GutafsonCoach/GM: Jim ZornStadium: CenturyLink Field (Seattle, Wash.)The Seahawks have a decided home-field advantage. Will this Seattle franchise enjoy the same feeling? Zorn played quarterback for Seattle from 1976-84 and returned as an offensive assistant before a head-coaching stint with the Redskins.Tampa Bay VipersCoach/GM: Marc TrestmanStadium: Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)The Tampa Bay market had success with the USFL and Arena football, and this will be another chance. Trestman won three Grey Cups as the head coach in Montreal before a two-year stint with the Chicago Bears.D.C. DefendersPresident: Erik MosesCoach/GM: Pep HamiltonStadium: Audi Field (Washington, D.C.)Washington did not have a franchise in the original XFL, but it did have a USFL team that enjoyed success at the professional level. That was also during the Redskins’ heyday. Hamilton last served as offensive coordinator at Michigan from 2017-18.XFL 2020 scheduleThe XFL schedule for 2020 runs 12 weeks beginning in February through April with 43 game in all, including playoffs, to determine the champion of the rebooted football league.The league opens Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 — the weekend after Super Bowl 54 — and regular season will span 10 weeks through April 12. Two playoff games are scheduled for April 18 and April 19, with its championship game on April 26.Week 1Saturday, Feb. 8GameKickoff timeTV channelSeattle Dragons at D.C Defenders2 p.m. ETABCLos Angeles Wildcats at Houston Roughnecks5 p.m. ETFoxSunday, Feb. 9GameKickoff timeTV channelTampa Bay Vipers at New York Guardians2 p.m. ETFoxSt. Louis BattleHawks at Dallas Renegades5 p.m. ETESPNWeek 2Saturday, Feb. 15GameKickoff timeTV channelNew York Guardians at D.C. Defenders2 p.m. ETABCTampa Bay Vipers at Seattle Dragons5 p.m. ETFoxSunday, Feb. 16GameKickoff timeTV channelDallas Renegades at Los Angeles Wildcats3 p.m. ETABCSt. Louis BattleHawks at Houston Roughnecks6 p.m. ETFS1Week 3Saturday, Feb. 22GameKickoff timeTV channelHouston Roughnecks at Tampa Bay Vipers2 p.m. ETABCDallas Renegades at Seattle Dragons5 p.m. ETFoxSunday, Feb. 23GameKickoff timeTV channelNew York Guardians at St. Louis BattleHawks3 p.m. ETESPND.C. Defenders at Los Angeles Wildcats6 p.m. ETFS1Week 4Saturday, Feb. 29GameKickoff timeTV channelLos Angeles Wildcats at New York Guardians2 p.m. ETABCSeattle Dragons at St. Louis BattleHawks5 p.m. ETFoxSunday, March 1GameKickoff timeTV channelHouston Roughnecks at Dallas Renegades4 p.m. ETFS1D.C. Defenders at Tampa Bay Vipers7 p.m. ETESPN2Week 5Saturday, March 7GameKickoff timeTV channelSeattle Dragons at Houston Roughnecks2 p.m. ETABCNew York Guardians at Dallas Renegades5 p.m. ETFoxSunday, March 8GameKickoff timeTV channelSt. Louis BattleHawks at D.C. Defenders3 p.m. ETFS1Tampa Bay Vipers at Los Angeles Wildcats9 p.m. ETESPNWeek 6Saturday, March 14GameKickoff timeTV channelHouston Roughnecks at New York Guardians2 p.m. ETABCSt. Louis BattleHawks at Tampa Bay Vipers5 p.m. ETFS2Sunday, March 15GameKickoff timeTV channelDallas Renegades at D.C. Defenders4 p.m. ETFS1Los Angeles Wildcats at Seattle Dragons7 p.m. ETESPNWeek 7Saturday, March 21GameKickoff timeTV channelDallas Renegades at Tampa Bay Vipers2 p.m. ETABCLos Angeles Wildcats at St. Louis BattleHawks5 p.m. ETFoxSunday, March 22GameKickoff timeTV channelNew York Guardians at Seattle Dragons3 p.m. ETABCD.C. Defenders at Houston Roughnecks6 p.m. ETFS1Week 8Saturday, March 28GameKickoff timeTV channelTampa Bay Vipers at D.C. Defenders2 p.m. ETABCSt. Louis BattleHawks at New York Guardians5 p.m. ETFoxSunday, March 29GameKickoff timeTV channelHouston Roughnecks at Los Angeles Wildcats3 p.m. ETABCSeattle Dragons at Dallas Renegades6 p.m. ETFS1Week 9Thursday, April 2GameKickoff timeTV channelDallas Renegades at Houston Roughnecks8 p.m. ETFoxSaturday, April 4GameKickoff timeTV channelD.C. Defenders at New York Guardians2 p.m. ETABCSunday, April 5GameKickoff timeTV channelTampa Bay Vipers at St. Louis BattleHawks12 p.m. ETESPNSeattle Dragons at Los Angeles Wildcats6 p.m. ETFS1Week 10Thursday, April 9GameKickoff timeTV channelLos Angeles Wildcats at Dallas Renegades8 p.m. ETFoxSaturday, April 10GameKickoff timeTV channelHouston Roughnecks at Seattle Dragons2 p.m. ETABCSunday, April 12GameKickoff timeTV channelD.C Defenders at St. Louis BattleHawksTBDABCNew York Guardians at Tampa Bay VipersTBDFS1XFL POWER RANKINGS: Best, worst rosters by entertainment valueXFL playoffs schedule 2020Following the regular season, the top two teams in each division, East and West, will square off for the right to play for the XFL championship. The East Final is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, and the West Final will be held Sunday, April 19.The first-place team in each division will host its respective division final.East and West FinalsSaturday, April 18GameKickoff timeTV channelEast No. 2 at East No. 13 p.m. ETFoxSunday, April 19GameKickoff timeTV channelWest No. 2 at West No. 13 p.m. ETESPNChampionshipSunday, April 26GameKickoff timeTV channelEast vs. West3 p.m. ETESPNDifference between XFL vs. NFLThe XFL announced its rules in January, including two key differences in overtime and kickoffs. Here’s a full explainer on the XFL rules vs. NFL.According to the XFL, it aims to be “faster, with more plays, less stall, fewer interruptions and no gimmicks.”From the XFL’s official site: “We’re sifting through the thousands of suggestions and recommendations we’ve received from fans, players, coaches and experts on ways to improve the game. Bottom line: every element of the game is under review to see where we can make improvements. We are already field-testing each potential change and if we approve it, you will see it. If not, it’s trash.”The following are potential rule differences between the XFL and the NFL based on various media reports.— More than one forward pass. The XFL could allow more than one forward pass on a play, as long as those passes come from behind the line of scrimmage. So, in essence, double forward passes would be allowed on some level. Offensive linemen would not be allowed to advance downfield before a forward pass crosses the line of scrimmage.— No fair catches (like the first time). The kicking team would have to give a returner at least five yards of space to catch the ball.— Closer kickoffs. Teams would be separated by five yards on kickoffs instead of 10 yards, and no surprise onside kicks would be allowed.— No extra points, but you can go for one, two or three. Teams would be able to go for one from the 2-yard line, go for two from the 5-yard line or go for three from the 10-yard line after touchdowns. This would have the potential to be one of the most exciting rule changes.— Overtime shootout. In overtime, each team would get five plays from the 5-yard line, and they get one point each time they reach the end zone. Turnovers would be worth one point each, too. Both teams would get five attempts, and each team’s offense and defense would be on the field at the same time, on opposite ends of the field. (Think penalty kicks in soccer.) It could be fun.
Washington CapitalsThe Capitals have been led by Norris Trophy candidate John Carlson this season. The 30-year-old blueliner has posted 75 points but the rest of the defensemen have combined for 77.Byfuglien could plug right in and be a high-scoring defenseman, with Washington having the second-highest scoring offense, averaging 3.42 goals-for-per-game. He would also improve the Capitals defense, which ranks 18th in the league allowing 3.07 GA/G.Defensemen Radko Gudas, trade-deadline acquisition Brenden Dillon and Jonas Siegenthaler are all set to become free agents this offseason. According to TSN’s Frank Seravalli, Byfuglien sacrificed the remaining $14 million on his contract, which was set to expire after next season. The NHL confirmed to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun that Byfuglien will not be able to sign with a team for the 2019-20 season, should it resume.And as obvious as it may be, but I checked again anyway, the NHL confirms Byfuglien can’t sign with a team for the rest of this season (if there is one). Earliest he can sign is for next season. https://t.co/H7rzmxdQ1p— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 17, 2020It’s still unclear whether Byfuglien will lace up the skates again, but he is surely a wanted commodity for many teams should he decide to play next season. The three-time All-Star has tallied 525 points in 869 career games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Atlanta/Winnipeg.Here are five possible destinations for Byfuglien.Toronto Maple LeafsLike previous years, Toronto’s defense was an area of concern all season long. Injuries plagued the Leafs’ blue line, and the team was tied for the sixth-worst defense in the league this season (3.17 goals-against-per-game).The Maple Leafs have three defensemen set to become free agents in Tyson Barrie, Cody Ceci and Travis Dermott, which should clear up some cap space. According to CapFriendly, the Maple Leafs are currently slated to have $7 million to work with.MORE: NHL free agency 2020: List of best available playersByfuglien would provide an offensively productive, puck-moving defenseman on the blue line, especially if Barrie departs this offseason. With a full season off, he would probably also come at a relatively low cost for the cap-strained Leafs.Florida PanthersSimilar to the Maple Leafs, the Panthers have had a leaky defense this season, ranking tied-for-third in GA/G (3.25). Despite that, the Panthers were right on the playoff bubble before the season paused.Panthers defensemen Mark Pysyk and MacKenzie Weegar are set to become free agents after the season. Byfuglien could replace Pysyk as one of Florida’s right-handed defenseman while also adding a physical presence. The Panthers ranked 27th in hits per game (18.1) this season while Byfuglien has tallied at least 200 hits four times in his career.Buffalo SabresBuffalo could be an interesting landing spot for the Sabres should they decide not to re-sign restricted free agent Brandon Montour. The 26-year-old defenseman scored 18 points in 54 games in 2019-20.After strong starts to begin each of the last two seasons, the Sabres faded out of playoff contention by January and have not made the playoffs since 2011. Buffalo’s defense ranks the 10th-worst in the league allowing 3.12 goals against.The Sabres need help on the back end and could be one of the most aggressive teams in the offseason as they will have $36 million in cap space, per CapFriendly. NHL free agency 2020: Complete list of all 31 teams UFA, RFA playersNashville PredatorsThe Predators clawed back into a playoff spot under new head coach John Hynes before the season was paused. What has defined the Predators in recent years has been their defense, but this season they have taken a step backward.In the two previous years, Nashville had the league’s stingiest defense allowing just 2.54 GA/G; this season, they’re 21st (3.10).Nashville is set to have three defensemen become free agents in Yannick Weber, Dan Hamhuis and Korbinian Holzer. Byfuglien would give them two solid defensive pairings with Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm. The Dustin Byfuglien saga came to a conclusion Friday as the defenseman agreed to mutually terminate his contract with the Winnipeg Jets.Byfuglien was suspended in September after he failed to report to training camp while mulling retirement. The 35-year-old then underwent ankle surgery in October, putting his NHL future in limbo.
In Sunday’s broadcast of “The Last Dance” on ESPN, Michael Jordan told the story of how he came to sign with Nike at the beginning of his pro career.Everyone knows how that story ends: Jordan launching his line of Air Jordans, the most footwear brand in all of sports. But what many didn’t know is that the deal almost didn’t happen. In fact, Jordan didn’t even want to meet with Nike and had planned to sign with Adidas. Nike, meanwhile, made Jordan an offer he couldn’t refuse, offering a deal in the neighborhood of $250,000 — more than most of the top players were getting paid at the time — along with his own signature line.Turns out, mom does know best.Michael Jordan only went to go hear Nike’s pitch about a shoe deal because his mom told him to.Now he’s worth $2 Billion.Remember kids, listen to your mom!— Ryan Decker (@RDeckerWboy) May 4, 2020 His mother made him attend the Nike meeting.Jordan said in the documentary that he preferred the style of Adidas shoes. The company was in a period of upper-level transition at the time, though, and told Jordan they couldn’t make the shoes work. They didn’t even make him an offer.Adidas blew it with MJ and Bron Bron. Tough scene.— Aye throw that Boyz II Men on (@DragonflyJonez) May 4, 2020MORE: Jordan calls out Horace Grant as locker room snitch
Baltimore should get a handful of prime-time games, too. Here is a complete breakdown of the Baltimore Ravens’ 2020 schedule, including dates and start times for all 16 games and our early prediction.NFL OFFSEASON 2020:Draft grades | Power rankings | Best free agents availableBaltimore Ravens schedule 2020 Here is the complete Baltimore Ravens schedule for the 2020 NFL season:WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTV1Sept. 13vs. Browns1 p.m. ETCBS2Sept. 20at Texans4:25 p.m. ETCBS3Sept. 28vs. Chiefs (MNF)8:15 p.m. ETESPN4Oct. 4at Redskins1 p.m. ETCBS5Oct. 11vs. Bengals1 p.m. ETCBS6Oct. 18at Eagles1 p.m. ETCBS7Oct. 25vs. Steelers1 p.m. ETCBS8BYE———9Nov. 8at Colts1 p.m. ETCBS10Nov. 15at Patriots (SNF)8:20 p.m. ETNBC11Nov. 22vs. Titans1 p.m. ETCBS12Nov. 26at Steelers (Thanksgiving)8:20 p.m. ETNBC13Dec. 3vs. Cowboys (TNF)8:20 p.m. ETFox/NFLN/Amazon14Dec. 14at Browns (MNF)8:15 p.m. ETESPN15Dec. 20vs. Jaguars1 p.m. ETCBS16Dec. 27vs. Giants1 p.m. ETCBS17Jan. 3at Bengals1 p.m. ETCBS(For Canadian viewers, each game can be streamed on DAZN.)Dallas and Kansas City look like the most-intriguing home games. That marks just the sixth meeting between the Ravens and Cowboys, and Baltimore 4-1. The Chiefs offer an opportunity to see the last two MVP quarterbacks in action. Jackson and Patrick Mahomes II should put on a show in that one. Kansas City beat Baltimore in a 33-28 thriller in 2019, and we expect more of the same. Ravens strength of schedule & predictionBaltimore’s opponents had a 112-144 record last season, which makes the Ravens’ record the easiest in the league when it comes to last year’s record. That could be a little misleading knowing that seven games are against teams that won six games or less last season. That includes two apiece with Cincinnati and Cleveland – teams that improved significantly in the offseason. Toughest tests: New England and Houston are two of the three teams on Baltimore’s schedule that won 10 or more games last season. Both of those games are on the road. The Texans will be looking for revenge after a 41-7 loss last season, and it’s always exciting to get Jackson and Deshaun Watson on the same field. Despite two playoff victories at Gillette Stadium, Baltimore has never won a regular-season game at New England. That 0-5 record will put to the test. MORE: Strength of schedule for all 32 teams in 2020Biggest breaks: Tennessee and Kansas City are the only teams on Baltimore’s schedule who won more than three road games last season. The Ravens should be able to take advantage of that home schedule, especially if they can take care of business against the AFC North. Remember, Cleveland beat Baltimore 40-25 in Week 4 last season in what turned out to be one of the more head-scratching results of the entire season. Bottom line: It’s asking too much to win 14 games again, but Baltimore should be able to take advantage of that favorable schedule at home to keep pace with the other Super Bowl contenders in the AFC. It still starts with the AFC North. The Ravens are 8-4 in the division the last two seasons, which isn’t significantly better than Pittsburgh (7-4-1) or Cleveland (6-5-1). Cincinnati (2-10) should be better with Joe Burrow, too. That said, Baltimore remains the team to beat in the division. Record prediction: 12-4 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson led the Baltimore Ravens to a 14-2 record in 2019 – a mark that will be difficult to replicate given one of the NFL’s tougher schedules in 2020.That first-place schedule includes conference games against New England, Kansas City and Tennessee – which shocked the Ravens in the AFC Divisional playoffs last season. Baltimore will face the AFC South and NFC East this season, and the AFC North should be improved across the board.
Ben Roethisberger is clean-shaven and throwing crisp passes again.For a Steelers team that suffered from poor quarterback play in Roethlisberger’s absence last season, the veteran’s pass velocity in workouts with teammates this week has offered encouragement. Wide receiver Ryan Switzer shared his impression of the sessions with The Athletic, saying Roethisberger doesn’t look like someone returning from elbow surgery.”Man, he let it rip,” Switzer said. “There was no restraint, no hesitancy, he was just out there. He has been throwing like that for a while and, in my opinion at least, getting out there on that field for the first time and throwing full-speed routes was refreshing. The control factor was taken out of it. He was out there and he was throwing. Did some off-schedule stuff. No restraints. He threw everything — across his body. Everything.”Feels good to be back out there with my guys! @TeamJuJu @JamesConner_ @Switz pic.twitter.com/hAlOwr7Ias— BigBen7.com (@_BigBen7) May 18, 2020MORE: Must-watch games on 2020 NFL scheduleTop Pittsburgh receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster also participated in the workouts and apparently gave Big Ben high marks as well. “You know, like when the ball cuts through the air and you can hear that ‘pfft-pfft-pfft’ sound?” Switzer said. “That’s what JuJu said it sounded like.”Roethlisberger played in two games last year before undergoing surgery. He’s 38 years old, and the Steelers have reportedly been examining ways to shore up the quarterback position for the future, briefly considering adding Jameis Winston as a backup before sticking to their current crop of passers.But this is still Roethlisberger’s team, and it will likely go as far as his throwing arm allows.