first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By 1 month ago Dwayne Johnson suggests Washington Ballers as new name for Washington Football Team Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera has been diagnosed with squamous cell cancer in the neck, the coach told ESPN on Thursday. The 58-year-old shared the news with the team, confirming that the cancer “is in its early stages and is considered very treatable and curable.”Ron Rivera says the diagnosis changes nothing and that he still plans to coach Washington this season.  FOLLOW US 1 month ago Washington Football Team: Fans hilariously mock Dan Snyder’s “lack of creativity” Last Updated: 21st August, 2020 10:47 IST Washington Football Team Head Coach Ron Rivera Diagnosed With Cancer In The Neck Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera has been diagnosed with squamous cell cancer of the neck. Rivera plans to continue coaching this season. Sujay Chakraborty WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV 1 month ago Exeter Chiefs to spend more than £1 million for Washington Redskins-like rebrand 3 weeks ago Mike Tyson declares himself “the best ever” as he sweats it out ahead of Roy Jones fight Also Read | Florida’s Carter Dedicates Season To Virus Victims, FightersWashington Football Team HC Rivera discusses plans to continue coaching after cancer diagnosisThe former Carolina Panthers coach told ESPN that the doctors have encouraged him to keep coaching if he feels strong enough, which Rivera believes he does. Rivera further noted that the Washington Football Team has a backup plan in case he is unable to continue.While the head coach did not get into details, current Washington defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio could be the likely candidate to take over the reins, if needed. Del Rio, 57, served as the head coach of Jacksonville Jaguars between 2003 and 2011 and Oakland Raiders between 2015 and 2017. Del Rio joined Washington alongside Ron Rivera in January of this year. Also Read | Fox Says Brennaman Won’t Announce NFL Games After SlurSince his appointment as the head coach of the Washington Football Team, Ron Rivera has overseen a period of transition at the franchise. The organisation was forced to drop its controversial ‘Redskins’ nickname after pressure from sponsors, fans and political groups reached its pinnacle. The experienced NFL coach has reportedly been a key figure in trying to keep the football matters separate from the off-field issues. If reports are to be believed, Rivera will have a role in helping decide the new team name and mascot for the franchise. Having played for the Chicago Bears between 1984 and 1992, Rivera started as a defensive quality control coach at the Bears before quickly moving to other coaching endeavours at teams like Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers (now LA Chargers). His first and only head coach job came with the Carolina Panthers, where he spent nine years. The 58-year-old led the Panthers to the Super Bowl after going 15-1 during the 2015 regular season. While the Panthers were eventually beaten in Super Bowl 50 to the Denver Broncos, Rivera picked up NFL Coach of the Year award, his second in three years, that season. Rivera left the Panthers with a 76-63-1 (win-loss-tie) record, reaching the playoff four times in nine seasons. On January 1, 2020, Rivera became the 30th coach of the Washington Football Team. Also Read | Falcons’ Neal, Back From Achilles Injury, Feels 100 PercentAlso Read | Chiefs To Prohibit Native American Imagery At Arrowhead(Image Credits: AP) 2 weeks ago Ex-Washington RB Derrius Guice accused of sexual assault by two former LSU students COMMENT WE RECOMMEND First Published: 21st August, 2020 10:47 ISTlast_img read more

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Perhaps the No. 1 most joyful thing about Oxford’s High School baseball team’s entry into the 2015 Class 2A-A State Tournament in Great Bend is it came so unexpectedly.Oxford was 8-11 and the fourth seed going into the Central-Burden regional tournament. Then they knocked out West Elk in a hard-fought battle. The Wildcats then stunned the world by knocking off 18-2 Udall before beating Cedar Vale-Dexter in the championship game.Consider this, Oxford is 11-11 and has as many as six freshmen and two sophomores at once. And they are going back to the state tournament for the first time since 2006.Now Oxford is set to play in the state tournament on Thursday. Here are 10 things to know about the Oxford Wildcat baseball team and the tournament ahead. Just a note, Sumner Newscow will be providing live tweets of the first round contest.1. The who, what, where’s of state tournament ahead. Oxford is scheduled to play Moscow in the first round of the single elimination tournament at Great Bend Sports Complex. Originally, that game was set for 6:30 p.m.  But because of the stormy weather Kansas has had lately, KSHSAA officials are taking no chances. The KSHSAA sent out an e-mail stating that each game will start approximately 30 minutes after the previous game.  So it might behoove the Wildcat fans to get there earlier than 6:30. A baseball game lasts about 90 minutes and the first game starts at 11 a.m.The tournament is single elimination. If Oxford wins then it will play after the 10 a.m. semifinal game against the winner of Medicine Lodge (19-4) vs. Olathe Heritage Christian Academy (10-13). The full bracket is here.2. Thursday’s weather forecast in Great Bend. Like the rainy weather has been cooperative anytime this month. Tomorrow, Great Bend is predicted to have 40 percent chance of rain. On Friday, the likelihood of rain increases to 60 percent. Keep an umbrella handy, and don’t be surprised that your trip to Great Bend will require some waiting time.3. So where is Moscow? Moscow comes into the tournament at 17-5 as the third seed. It is located in southwest Kansas between Hugoton and Satanta — or north of Liberal, or in no man’s land. Moscow won the Syracuse Regional just east of the Kansas-Colorado state line which included Elkhart, Loti-Wichita County, Satanta and Syracuse.4. The scouting report.Oxford head baseball coach Kyle Green said Moscow is senior loaded with a lefty pitcher by the name of Tad Stuckey.“He’s got a decent fastball but from what I’ve been told his curve is a plus,” Green said.Offensively, Moscow gets most of its run production from Stuckey, and second baseman Alexis Manriquez, both seniors. Also, freshman Jalen Shaddix had six RBIs in the regional final.5. What Oxford needs to do to win.Continue to play the small ball better than the others. Interestingly, Oxford goes into the state tournament with no home runs and one triple this season. But they play smart on bases, much like the Kansas City Royals.“We have to keep the same formula that led us on this run,” Green said. “Our pitchers have to pound the zone, be efficient, play error free baseball and get some timely hitting.“Do the ordinary things well and the baseball gods will take care of us.”6. The Wildkittens? As mentioned above, the Wildcats are relatively young with two senior starters and the rest being underclassmen.“The best line I heard from Oggie Shimkus is we are like the Oxford ‘Wildkittens,” Green said. “These kids have handed the pressure so well. They are unique.”7. Oxford has two seniors – but they are good. Shimkus is a senior who has played a ton of baseball. He has the team’s highest on-base-percentage of .459 with a .333 batting average. Derek Williams has a .214 batting average and his OBP is .321.8. And then there is that youth.The two sophomores Oxford starts have played a bunch in the summer. Dylan Reuter has played on various summer teams and started last year. Grant Smith also started last year and has played a pile of summer ball.“All of the freshman have played the bulk of their summer careers for Kenny Thomas and have had success,” Green said. “I was worried about the pressure factor going into the Udall and Cedar Vale-Dexter games in region. But all of those kids have been in big games throughout their careers. It was just another game to them.”9. The traveling Oxford team…With the Oxford field being under water, the Wildcats have been all over the place practicing. On Monday, they were at the Armory in Wellington. Tuesday they practiced at the Hafner Center at Cowley County Community College.“They are just excited to now be part of the Oxford baseball tradition, now that they’ve gotten back to state,” Green said. “This is our ninth trip to state if you count state tournament from the late 1950s and early 1960s. But this is the first time since 2006. We are glad to be back.”10. Season statistics of Oxford’s team…The full batting and pitching stats can be found here: Oxford 2015 season statistics up to state tournamentFollow us on Twitter.last_img read more