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Patrick Mahomes contract: Chiefs sign QB to 10-year extension, reportedly the richest in sports history

first_imgThere’s no quarterback like Patrick Mahomes, and now there’s no contract like his, either.The Kansas City signal-caller, fresh off a miraculous Super Bowl run and a year removed from being named NFL MVP, has agreed to a 10-year contract extension with the club. The deal was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. We have signed QB Patrick Mahomes to a 10 year extension. Mahomes secured with Chiefs for the next 12 seasons. pic.twitter.com/ZsADdVkvxZ— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) July 6, 2020Here to stay. . .! ⏰⏰ pic.twitter.com/mfwMga3Kl0— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) July 6, 2020The sides had a mutual desire to get a long-term deal done, and they expressed it after the Chiefs exercised the fifth-year option on Mahomes’ rookie contract last April. The option for the 2021 season was worth an estimated $25 million.MORE: Here are the NFL’s highest-paid quarterbacksIn two years as Kansas City’s No. 1 signal-caller, the Texas Tech product has thrown 76 touchdowns, including a rookie-record 50 in his first full season in 2018. Mahomes missed time in 2019 with an injured knee but still threw 26 touchdowns to just five interceptions, and Kansas city was 11-3 in games he started. Chiefs and QB Patrick Mahomes have reached agreement on a 10-year — 10-year! — contract extension that ties him to Kansas City through the 2031 season, league sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 6, 2020The pact reportedly is worth a maximum of $503 million, which would make this the richest contract in North American sports history in terms of overall dollars. Mike Trout’s 12-year, $426 million extension with MLB’s Los Angeles Angels had led the list. The #Chiefs and QB Patrick Mahomes have agreed to terms on a 10-year extension worth $503 million, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. He gets $477M in guarantee mechanisms and gives the ability for Mahomes to have outs if the guarantee mechanisms aren’t exercised. No trade clause— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 6, 2020Final Patrick Mahomes’ deal:10-year extension worth up to $503 million.It includes $477 in guarantee mechanisms and the ability for Mahomes to have outs if guarantee mechanisms aren’t exercised.Mahomes was represented on the deal by @chriscabott and @leighsteinberg.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 6, 2020ProFootballTalk.com reported Mahomes’ contract breaks down this way:$10 million signing bonus.$124.7 million in base salaries.$337.2 million in roster bonuses.$5.6 million in workout bonuses.$25 million in incentives.Now that KC has announced the agreement, Mahomes is in a position to stay in a Chiefs uniform for the next 12 years.last_img read more

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Tiger Woods will be ready to go despite five-month break, Dustin Johnson believes

first_imgMORE: Ryder Cup postponed to 2021Johnson, who has missed the past two tournaments after winning the Travelers Championship, has no doubt the 15-time major champion will be ready.”Obviously it’s tough to simulate competition, but if anybody will be ready to play after not playing for five months, I think Tiger will be,” he told a news conference.”I don’t think he would come back and play this week if he wasn’t ready.” Dustin Johnson believes Tiger Woods will be ready to go at the Memorial Tournament, his first event in five months.Woods will play on the PGA Tour for the first time since February when the event begins Thursday at Muirfield Village in Ohio. Madness at Muirfield, courtesy of @TigerWoods.The fans were sent into a frenzy in 2018. #TOURVault pic.twitter.com/CPcG9ZSiGX— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 14, 2020Johnson, the world No. 4, said the biggest challenge after a break was being mentally switched on.”For me it’s mostly the mental game, really, is the hardest, just to get into competition mode and to remember you’re playing in a golf tournament and not just at home playing for fun,” he said.”You know, just to obviously play in a competition, you think a little bit differently than you do when you’re just out there slapping it around with your buddies.”last_img read more

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FIFA 21 cover star: Kylian Mbappe will appear on all three editions

first_img https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/a9/78/embed-only-fifa-21-champions-cover-kylian-mbappe_w24z5maauudl19w57e82b8yvc.jpg?t=1998970947&w=500&quality=80With the FIFA 21 cover star question now resolved, some players might be eyeing up the FIFA 22 cover and there remains no shortage of alternatives to the two current front-runners.Rising stars such as Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho have been dazzling fans over the past few seasons, with each of them cultivating their own unique “brand” on the pitch, replete with memorable celebrations.Mbappe’s PSG team-mate Neymar is another strong contender and has history with EA Sports, having featured on the revamped cover of FIFA 19, though the Brazilian would undoubtedly prefer to have sole billing.Every year, FIFA fans across the world are invited to vote for the player they would most like to see on the cover of the game, which, while it may not ultimately be heeded, gives EA Sports an indication of who might be the popular choice.Some of the candidates on the FIFPlay website vote, for example, included Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and the veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Tottenham forward Heung-min Son is a popular suggestion for many who play the game, alongside the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Kevin De Bruyne and Christian Pulisic.As mentioned, licensing agreements that exist with Konami mean that Barcelona and Juventus players are highly unlikely to feature on the front cover of FIFA for now. So, in addition to Messi and Ronaldo, it would appear to rule out popular players such as Antoine Griezmann, Paulo Dybala, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho. Video games have become enmeshed with real life and that is particularly true when it comes to soccer, with clubs and players devoting more time to virtual pursuits.EA Sports’ FIFA series is one of the biggest, best-selling video game franchises in the world, with millions of avid gamers — including professionals — immersing themselves into the world of Ultimate Team on an annual basis. Getting on the cover of FIFA is now a matter of great prestige for soccer players, not to mention financially rewarding thanks to the associated marketing and branding. EA Sports EA Sports https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/5b/93/embed-only-fifa-21-ultimate-cover-kylian-mbappe_s3lkqy4iukz717b06jrqktvn8.jpg?t=1998970947&w=500&quality=80Who was the last FIFA cover star?Real Madrid playmaker Eden Hazard was the cover star of FIFA 20 on the standard edition of the game. Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was the face of the Champions edition.Zinedine Zidane was the star of FIFA 20 Ultimate edition as EA Sports trumpeted the former Real Madrid player’s long-awaited arrival as an Icon in the game’s Ultimate Team mode. So, who will be on the cover of FIFA 21 when it comes out? Who is the FIFA 21 cover star?EA Sports has confirmed that Kylian Mbappe will be the global cover star of FIFA 21.The Paris Saint-Germain forward will feature as the face of all three editions — standard, Champions and Ultimate — in a departure from the previous approach of having three different players for each cover.It is no surprise to see the French attacker grace the cover of the game. The first glimpse in the trailer most prominently featured Mbappe and the World Cup winner is generally one of the most sought-after players on FIFA and he represents one of the new generation filling the boots of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Messi, of course, is considered a perennial contender for the FIFA front cover, but his situation is complicated somewhat by the fact that Barcelona has an exclusive partnership with Konami’s eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer game. Similarly, Ronaldo is not on the FIFA 21 cover due to Juventus’ partnership with Konami.As well as Mbappe, the first-look video featured a number of images of Liverpool players and fans, with Virgil van Dijk standing out.The Dutchman featured on the cover of FIFA 20 and ran Messi close in the 2019 Ballon d’Or voting, so it would not have been a surprise to see him feature alongside Mbappe, but he will have to accept his lot. GameCover star(s)FIFA 20Eden Hazard / Virgil van Dijk / Zinedine ZidaneFIFA 19Cristiano Ronaldo / Neymar / Kevin De Bruyne / Paulo DybalaFIFA 18Cristiano RonaldoFIFA 17Marco ReusFIFA 16Lionel MessiFIFA 15Lionel MessiFIFA 14Lionel MessiFIFA 13Lionel MessiFIFA 12Wayne Rooney / KakaFIFA 11Wayne Rooney / KakaFIFA 10Wayne RooneyFIFA 19 had a more complicated situation regarding the cover star, with Ronaldo being replaced by the trio of Neymar, Kevin De Bruyne and Paulo Dybala mid-way through the season.Ronaldo had been appearing as the sole face on the cover of the game for the second time after also being the front of FIFA 18. A few years before the Portugal star took up occupancy on the cover, his eternal rival Messi had been the undisputed face of FIFA, appearing on the covers of FIFA 13, FIFA 14, FIFA 15 and FIFA 16.The Argentina international was succeeded by Germany and Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus on FIFA 17, and Wayne Rooney was the main man for FIFA before Messi, alongside Kaka.last_img read more

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Jamal Adams trashes Adam Gase, explains what went wrong with the Jets

first_imgIn June, it was reported by ESPN that Jamal Adams wanted to be traded as a result of his frustration with the team’s negotiations for a long-term contract.Adams’ behavior since then has supported that, including the time he told a Cowboys fan that he’s trying to get traded to Dallas. ESPN’s report said the Jets did not want to trade him, but that the safety could “force their hand by being disruptive and staging a training camp holdout.”  While Adams hasn’t been shy about posting on social media, he made his first public interview since the reported trade demand. He spoke with the New York Daily News about why he doesn’t like head coach Adam Gase, and why he wants to move on.MORE: Sporting News ranks top running backs of 2020″I don’t feel like he’s the right leader for this organization to reach the Promised Land,” Adams said about Gase. “As a leader, what really bothers me is that he doesn’t have a relationship with everybody in the building. At the end of the day, he doesn’t address the team. If there’s a problem in the locker room, he lets another coach address the team. If we’re playing s—y and we’re losing, he doesn’t address the entire team as a group at halftime. He’ll walk out of the locker room and let another coach handle it.”The Daily News report goes into much more detail, but Adams is essentially upset with how the Jets handled contract negotiations. He claims the team said it wanted to give him a long-term deal, but then didn’t send a proposal.”If they would have just simply said, ‘You know what, Jamal — we’re not going to look to pay you this year, we want to keep adding players — I would have respected that more,” Adams told the Daily News. “I would say, ‘You know what? I respect it. As a man, I get it. I understand it’s a business.’ But for them to tell me that they’re going to pay me and then not send over a proposal after they said that’s what they were going to, that’s where we go wrong. And then for you to ignore me, that’s why I have a problem.”MORE: Sporting News ranks top wide receivers of 2020 The turning point, Adams said, is when general manager Joe Douglas wanted Adams to prove his loyalty to the franchise. The safety felt he had done that already in his years with the franchise and told the Daily News he felt insulted by the request.ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Adams wanted to be traded to one of seven teams: Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. Despite ESPN’s initial report that Adams may hold out of training camp, the safety told the Daily News he will report. However, he still would like to be traded.last_img read more

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Iowans with spinal injuries seek Medicaid changes

first_imgDES MOINES — A group of Iowans with profound spinal injuries is urging legislators to make changes in Medicaid benefits that help them navigate life while confined to a wheelchair. Michele Meadors of Des Moines said the switch to private management of Medicaid in 2016 has forced some wheelchair-bound Iowans into a long-term care facility.“I pray it never happens to you, but if it does, you’d better thank one of us for paving the way to make sure your life is worth living,” Meadors said during a news conference at the capitol.Jen Wolff of Waverly is another of the more than 300 members of the Iowa chapter of the United Spinal Association.“I think it’s time legislators see people with disabilities not as a sick person, not as a person who’s home-bound or wheelchair-bound, not somebody who’s a drain on the system, but people who want to give back to the state of Iowa,” Wolff said during the news conference.Tucker Cassidy is a quadriplegic from Waterloo who was featured in one of the campaign ads Democratic candidate for governor Fred Hubbell ran last year. Cassidy said he still has trouble arranging daily care through the private company that manages his Medicaid benefits.“If I can’t get out of bed in the morning, how am I supposed to do anything, let alone work?” Cassidy asked.According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 60,000 Iowans have a disability that makes it difficult to perform “self-care activities” like showering or dressing.last_img read more

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Thursday April 25th Local Sports

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched eight dominant innings, and Carlos Correa, Michael Brantley and Josh Reddick all homered to lead the Houston Astros to a 7-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. Verlander retired the first 10 batters before Jorge Polanco homered in the fourth inning for the lone Twins run. Verlander retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced. He gave up one run and four hits while striking out eight to win his seventh straight decision dating back to last season. MARSHALLTOWN — Marshalltown scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to edge NIACC 11-10 in non-conference baseball Wednesday afternoon. Ross Cochran was 5-for-5 with a homer, three runs scored and two runs batted in. Fox Leum had a homer and three RBI, while Jacob Hansen also knocked in a pair of runs. The Trojans jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings but struck out 16 times at the plate in the loss. NIACC is 20-21 overall and will host Iowa Central in a four-game series this weekend. The series has been adjusted, with Saturday’s games being moved to Friday with the doubleheader starting at 4 o’clock. Sunday’s doubleheader at Roosevelt Field is scheduled for 1 o’clock. == Enke is Clear Lake’s all-time leader in pass receptions and receiving yards with 92 catches for 1568 yards. Enke says after looking at a couple of schools, heading to UNI felt like the right decision.Enke will likely redshirt and feels like he can fit into being part of the Panther passing game. IOWA FALLS — The NIACC softball team picked up a conference doubleheader sweep at Ellsworth on Wednesday afternoon. The Lady Trojans used a five-run fifth in the opener to get an 8-0 five-inning win. Kristen Peka fired a no-hitter, striking out ten. Morgan Kelley had a bases-clearing double while Kaci Sherwood had a homer and two runs batted in. NIACC also took the nightcap 6-0. Kylie Sherwood had a one-hit shutout from the circle, striking out three. Kaci Sherwood had three more runs batted in while Hannah Faktor was 2-for-5 with an RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases. NIACC improves to 23-13 overall and 15-5 in the conference. The Lady Trojans were scheduled to travel to Marshalltown today but that doubleheader has been cancelled. NIACC is scheduled to host Southwestern on Saturday and DMACC on Sunday, both days being doubleheaders that start at noon. Listen  back to our full interviews with each player and DeVries below: DES MOINES — Iowa basketball star Megan Gustafson was in the House AND the Senate Wednesday as Iowa legislators passed resolutions recognizing her achievements.Senator Joe Bolkcom of Iowa City read some of the stats from Gustafson’s senior year. “She became a consensus first team All American,” Bolkcom said,”…and became the 4th player in women’s basketball history to score a thousand points in a single season.”Lawmakers read through the many awards Gustafson won and also praised her for being a two-time Big Ten Academic All-American. Senator Zach Wahls of Iowa City read the closing lines of a resolution honoring Gustafson . “The Senate hereby recognizes and congratulates Megan Gustafson for her outstanding career at the University of Iowa and wishes her continued success during her Women’s Basketball Association career,” Wahls said.The same document was read aloud in the House. Gustafson got long ovations from lawmakers, their staff and visitors watching the proceedings. It was announced on Wednesday night at the Iowa women’s basketball team’s season-end celebration that Gustafson’s jersey number 10 would be retired during a ceremony at a later date. == Drew Enke== Tate Storbeck== Chase Stuver== Jared DeVries == Stuver was Clear Lake’s second-leading tackler and now is heading to a Waldorf program that has had a 15-8 record the last two seasons, including an 11-4 two-year mark and back-to-back second place finishes in the North Star Athletic Association. He says there’s a chance he may be able to crack into the lineup right away as a middle linebacker.Stuver says his time at Clear Lake has helped prepare him for college football.== Clear Lake coach Jared DeVries credits the hard work of the players in their advancement to the next level. CLEAR LAKE — Three Clear Lake football players have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their careers. Drew Enke and Tate Storbeck are headed to Northern Iowa, while Chase Stuver is heading to Waldorf. NASHVILLE — The NFL Draft begins tonight and it could be a big evening for a pair of Iowa standouts. Noah Fant says he goes into the draft not knowing where he will end up.Considered a tough matchup in the pass game Fant used the combine and workouts to show he is also a good blocker in the run game.Fant says he has had no trouble ignoring all the mock drafts.TJ Hockenson was the Mackey Award winner and is considered a likely top 10 selection. Wherever he ends up Hockenson says he is ready for football to become his job.Hockenson will be in Nashville for the draft and is ready to have it over with.Hockenson says once the draft is over the focus changes.The NFL Draft is being held in Nashville over the next three days. == Storbeck this past season had 179 yards receiving as a tight end and led the Lions in tackles. He says he loves the UNI campus and will find a place to contribute whether it’s on offense or defense.Storbeck says the Clear Lake football program has helped him become a better athlete.Storbeck and Enke will join Jared Penning, who signed with UNI back in December, as well as current Panther Sean Wendel on campus next fall.last_img read more

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Tuesday May 21st KGLO Morning News

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Iowa manager to retire after inquiry found hostile workplace

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa administrator is planning to retire after a state investigation blamed her for creating a hostile work environment for judges who rule on unemployment benefits disputes.Newly filed records show that Emily Chafa, chief of the unemployment insurance appeals bureau at Iowa Workforce Development, was abruptly removed from the building March 8 and kept on paid leave for one month.In April, the investigation concluded that Chafa had treated subordinates “disrespectfully and discourteously which has created an uncomfortable, unprofessional work environment.” She was given the equivalent of a three-day suspension and ordered to make changes.Chafa disputes the finding and is appealing her discipline, saying the state hasn’t given specifics of her alleged inappropriate behavior. Earlier this month, her attorney complained that Chafa has been locked out of her email and office while on vacation ahead of a July 11 retirement date.For months, Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend and her staff had refused to confirm the removal, leave and investigation of Chafa.last_img read more

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Tuesday August 20th “The Midday Report”

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Farmers and ranchers, including one from Clear Lake, gather in Omaha to protest cattle prices

first_imgOMAHA — Nearly 400 farmers and ranchers gathered in Omaha Wednesday for a rally to protest low cattle prices and high profits for beef processors. Organizers say meat packers are manipulating the cattle markets and the Trump Administration must take action.Chris Petersen, a hog farmer from Clear Lake, was among those who spoke.“Fight like hell!” Petersen said. “It’s our culture. It’s our future. Do the consumers of this country want corporate controlled agriculture feeding them or family-farm agriculture?”Petersen said there are few independent pork producers like him left after packers started owning the hog barns and the pigs inside — and hiring farmers to do the work.“Don’t let that happen to your cattle guys. Don’t,” Petersen said. “They done it the chickens. They done it to the pigs. Now they’re after the cattle.”Another speaker compared the cattle market to “fantasy football” — saying cattle prices aren’t real. Rally-goers also are pressing the Trump Administration to reinstate “country-of-origin” labeling so consumers know if they’re buying beef from US producers or beef that’s been shipped in from another country.According to the latest federal data, there were roughly 25,000 cattle operations in Iowa in 2017 and, on January 1 st of 2019, there were nearly four million head of cattle on feed or in the pasture.last_img read more

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