Gregg Allman ‘Midnight Rider’ Wrongful Death Lawsuit Dropped

first_imgFollowing the tragic accident that killed crew member Sarah Elizabeth Jones (details here) on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, Allman and his manager Michael Lehman were among the defendants involved with the subsequent lawsuits. Today, however, we have learned that Allman and Lehman are to dismissed with prejudice, meaning they will be cleared from all involvement with the accident.Lehman said, “Gregg and I are pleased that the claims against us have been dismissed, but it’s still with a heavy heart. We continue to have great empathy for the pain Sarah’s family is enduring and for the other members of the crew who were injured.” Allman continued, saying, “We know that this news doesn’t bring Sarah back. This was a terrible tragedy. Sarah’s memory must be an ongoing testament to film safety.” The producers and directors of Midnight Rider still face a wrongful death lawsuit from Jones’ family.last_img read more

Austin Dillon making good on his bracket-busting promise

first_imgAustin Dillon is delivering on his NASCAR Playoffs Media Day promise to “mess up a lot of brackets.”The Richard Childress Racing driver wasted no time backing up his runner-up finish at Darlington Raceway to open the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. A fourth-place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway — his first-ever run of back-to-back top-five finishes at the Cup level —  have catapulted Dillon into a strong spot heading into the Round of 16 finale at Bristol Motor Speedway.Dillon now sits at a +36 position on the cutline and a sixth-place spot in the standings — knocking on the door of playoff advancement with one race to go in the Round of 16. He is also only one of two drivers — Joey Logano is the other — with back-to-back top fives to open the playoffs.RELATED: Quick analysis of Richmond race | Keselowski scores win at Richmond“I felt that our team has turned the corner the last couple weeks and I felt like RCR as a whole has had speed all year,” Dillon said. “Between myself, Justin (Alexander, crew chief), my engineer Billy Scott, spotter Brandon (Benesch) and everybody at the shop — our mechanics — we got a really good team. We’ve shown a lot of speed this year and didn’t get some of the finishes that we deserved.”Dillon noted he had circled Richmond coming into the playoffs as a track where his crew could win, given his two top-six finishes in the previous three races there. He also noted driving up through the field “four times” into the top five at Martinsville Speedway in June before the car overheated.Dillon parlayed two second-place stage finishes into 18 stage points to grow his cushion to the cutline, but it wasn’t as easy as it looked on the points sheet. The 30-year-old had to overcome a speeding penalty after Stage 1 but rallied to get his track position back. The speeding penalty was the sixth of the season on pit road for Dillon, according to the NBCSN telecast. He later missed getting to pit road on Lap 336 while running sixth in a strategy play to bring everyone with him for fresh Goodyear tires.“I wish I wouldn’t have had the speeding penalty but we overcame that,” Dillon said. “I should have been a little more patient trying to get to pit road there to drag everybody down and it cost us a little bit of time. Either way, what a night for our team. I’ve been pretty confident in this team all year and now it’s starting to show more and more because we are getting finishes.”The race marked a career-best laps led in one race by Dillon — 55 — who first passed polesitter Kevin Harvick for the lead on Lap 21 and led late in Stage 2 before passed by eventual race winner Brad Keselowski with 18 to go in the stage.Those finishes are catching the attention of his competitors. Martin Truex Jr., the runner-up at Richmond, noted the No. 3 car has “taken a big step forward, so that’s cool to see.”This is a big moment for Dillon, a seven-year veteran of the Cup Series. While he has three Cup wins and has qualified for the playoffs four times (counting this season), he has only advanced out of the Round of 16 once.“I feel like I’ve matured as a driver,” Dillon said. “I’m in that age zone where things start clicking a little bit. You notice these guys when they get a little older in age that stuff starts coming to them really well and some people do it faster than others, but it’s a good time right now for me and the 3 team and everybody at RCR.“We want to keep seizing the moment. We get these opportunities to start up front, collect as much as we can. I’m not disappointed. Unbelievable top fives back to back, but that car was pretty impressive. Definitely could have finished second and had a shot at Brad (Keselowski) I feel like. We weren’t that great on a short run, but long-run speed I don’t think anybody had much for us.”last_img read more

Hillsborough: Police solicitor and senior officers charged

first_imgA solicitor is among six people who have been charged with criminal offences in relation to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster and its aftermath, the Crown Prosecution Service announced today.Peter Metcalf acted for South Yorkshire Police during the Taylor inquiry and the first inquests. He is charged with doing acts with intent to pervert the course of public justice relating to material changes made to witness statements.The CPS says Metcalf was instructed by Municipal Mutual Insurance to represent the interests of the force at the Taylor Inquiry and in any civil litigation that might result from the Hillsborough disaster. According to the CPS statement, he reviewed the accounts provided by the officers and made suggestions for alterations, deletions and amendments. The CPS alleges these were directly relevant to the Salmon letter issued by the Taylor Inquiry and for which there appears to be no justification.Also charged are:David Duckenfield, who was the Match Commander for South Yorkshire Police on the day of the disaster;Graham Henry Mackrell, who was Sheffield Wednesday Football Club’s company secretary and safety officer at the time of the disaster in 1989;Former Chief Superintendent Donald Denton of South Yorkshire Police;Former Detective Chief Inspector Alan Foster of South Yorkshire Police;Norman Bettison, a former officer with South Yorkshire Police and subsequently Chief Constable of Merseyside and West Yorkshire Police.All defendants except Duckenfield will appear at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on 9 August.Sue Hemming, head of the CPS special crime and counter terrorism division, said: ‘Criminal proceedings have now commenced and the defendants have a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.’According to the Law Society’s Find a Solicitor service, Metcalf was admitted as a solicitor in June 1977 and now works as a locum.The Gazette called Metcalf’s office and was told he has no comment to make about Hillsborough.An SRA spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of the CPS’s statement. We continue to work closely with other authorities involved in this matter. We will now await the conclusion of this case before deciding on appropriate action.’last_img read more

Elite Football League of India

first_img 1 Share this post Xodius Now there will be another place to play if there is a lockout in 2020 something. Staying on topic though I liked every logo and loved the defenders helmet the best. Members GriffinM6 Sign in to follow this   Posted August 7, 2011 We the North! Moderators 1 1 Posted August 7, 2011 SportsLogos.Net 55 Members Followers 0 SportsLogos.Net 9,940 posts Do you has the five bucks? Link to post Page 1 of 7   Link to post 1,264 Share on other sites 0 0 3,287 touchdownindia Link to post Just saw this from a post on the UniWatch site. Wow. Talk about bringing a professional look to a professional league! So much so I used TouchdownIndia as my username.http://www.gameplancreative.com/clients/efli/efli_launch/index.htmlSo this newbie posted this in a few threads, so I thought I’d help him out. The stuff is somewhat generic, like a small league here that ive seen logos for. But none of them are really bad.The league will start next year, and was just announced August 5th. Ditka, Jawarski, and Brandon Chillar were investors in this. I thought this was really interesting, too.Future ExpansionLeague officials plan to double the number of teams for the 2013-2014 season and four in each following season until 2022. This expansion would mean that the EFLI would boast 52 teams, one for each Indian city with 1 million or more residents. 18 Share this post microdragon 0 0 7,146 6 Posted August 8, 2011 21,575 raysox I noticed the address on the website is Chicago, IL. Don’t tell me. You guys outsourced management to the States? Panthers Link to post touchdownindia Share on other sites touchdownindia Members Share on other sites Posted August 8, 2011 LMU Panthers LMU Link to post 4,078 Share on other sites 0 26,933 posts Location:Torrance, California thespleenenator Members 34 Location:Tampa, FL 18 Share on other sites Share on other sites 89 4 Jamikel Sports Logos Sport Not affiliated with sportslogos.net Recommended Posts raysox 2,271 Lee. 0 71 Location:College 55 Share this post Share this post rams80 7,014 posts 1,264 10,968 posts 4 2,271 Share on other sites Elite Football League of India neo_prankster Share this post FiddySicks 34 Share on other sites 10,716 2,305 7,014 posts Members Members Posted August 6, 2011 Share on other sites Moderators 3,287 Link to post 419 Share on other sites Share on other sites 0 Share on other sites 6 2,271 Location:Tampa GriffinM6 what the hell is ccslc? 1 Link to post Share this post Location:Canada’s Vacation Paradise 10,716 Posted August 8, 2011 1 Share this post Link to post 1 3 3,287 7,146 Members Share this post So, O’Grady has to go to India for business now. Fascinating. 89 Location:North Carolina Location:Cincinnati Members Sports Logo News 0 Share this post 28-9, Sweet 16? Yeah, I’ll take that. Lee. Members 21,575 34 Link to post 133 posts Forums Home Share this post 419 Brian in Boston 0 The artist formally known as Bucfan56 None of the logos are bad, and I actually like some of the color schemes.However, I hate the league name.Either should just be Elite Football League…or Indian Football League. I rarely like when an acronym is used with an “and, in, the, etc” also in there. I love every logo. Well done. Share on other sites thespleenenator 71 touchdownindia Posted August 8, 2011 28-9, Sweet 16? Yeah, I’ll take that. So, O’Grady has to go to India for business now. Fascinating.You may be on to something… Share on other sites Page 1 of 7   The logos are awesome, but the helmet are quite generic. Would’ve liked to see some more time put into the design of them.center_img Banned Epiphany: It’s called the elite football league of India. Does that mean there’s a pretty good football league of India, followed by the average football league of India, and finally the bad football league of India? What if more leagues became more descriptive of themselves? The vastly overpaid steroid powered baseball league of America and one Canadian team? Or the inaccurate ethnic representation of the United Sates and one Canadian team basketball league? Or perhaps the whiny 300 pound men who throw tantrums at 5 million dollar checks football league of the united states? And finally, the nobody really cares except for a few teams where its cold hockey league of united states but mainly Canada? It’s thoughts like these that prevent me from having maintaining a long term relationship. 69 posts Posted August 7, 2011 Share on other sites Link to post Posted August 6, 2011 0 71 Location:Sacramento, California IceCap $1 Cans of PBR 6,930 posts Prev Link to post Posted August 6, 2011 neo_prankster 133 posts Posted August 7, 2011 Share this post Share this post Next 0 Brian in Boston Link to post 26,438 posts Share this post Share this post Favourite Logos:All WLAF logos, Bucs pirate flag, Arizona State pitchfork, Notre Dame leprechaun, Albany Firebirds, Iowa Barnstormers, SD State eagle warrior 0 0 TouchdownIndia is Tom. Just waiting for proof for permaban purposes. Link to post IceCap To all new posters: please search for the members “bricknivy”, “meangreen”, “spanishinquisition”, and am I missing anyone else Tom?Or just look for previous mentions of gameplan creative. 0 My favorites of the bunch are Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi.try thishttp://www.efli.com/team-logos.php 1,240 posts By raysox, August 6, 2011 in Sports Logo News thespleenenator 45,948 posts Members Cola Link to post Location:College Share on other sites 71 Forums Home 10,716 My favorites of the bunch are Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi. Sport 1 Posted August 7, 2011 1,264 Posted August 8, 2011 I really like the Vipers color scheme and helmets. 0 microdragon 23,667 posts 4,793 posts Wow. A red tiger logo for a team called the Black Tigers. Gameplan Creative really dropped the ball. 21,575 2,305 Posted August 7, 2011 2018 NFC West Champs! Banned touchdownindia Prev Peachy Thanks for popping by, Mr. O’Grady. Couldn’t resist a bit of self-promotion, huh? 0 419 5 13,075 Location:St. Petersburg, FL 1 Share this post Posted August 7, 2011 1 1 55 Banned 18 0 13,075 FiddySicks Sports Logo News 71 4,078 Cola Favourite Logos:Pensacola Blue Wahoos Primary Posted August 6, 2011 4,078 Sports Logos touchdownindia 0 Share this post thespleenenator Xodius 2 Share on other sites 3 Link to post Members Favourite Logos:Sacramento Republic FC Followers 0 Hi Brian- Hope you are well. You humor, wit and dry sense of humor have been missed. How have you been? Congratulations on the Stanley Cup win by the way. The launch of a new American-style football league in a country the size (and income potential) of India is an ENORMOUS story. How a League brands itself and its’ teams identities a perfect topic for sites such as Creamer, UniWatch and other sports branding blogs. I look forward to feedback from Creamer and UniWatchers since there are still small things we want to work out on the marks and this forum is ideal to listen to ideas and suggestions for the new League. Forum members, please let me know your thoughts? I welcome the chance to take suggestions and make those for the next wave of revisions moving forward.I hope you enjoy the new work and the chance to dialogue on a project of this scope. 71 0 133 posts Posted August 6, 2011 1 Link to post Posted August 8, 2011 Members 707 posts Members 0 Thanks everyone for all the positive words and ideas. It’s refreshing to see a new group on the Creamer site who embrace what they see and not succumb to the “mob” mentality of the old forum members from the back in the day. A breath of fresh air and greatly appreciated by the designers who did such a great job on the EFLI brand identity. Special thanks to Chris Creamer and RaySox for allowing us a forum to present our work. Greatly appreciated. And please continue to provide your feedback, it’s already stirred some new thinking. Link to post Location:Atlanta 0 Share on other sites Share this post 12,366 posts Share this post 31,371 posts rams80 0 0 89 2,305 7,146 Banned 35,626 posts Location:Back to Back division titles! First time since 78-79 (!!) Sign in to follow this   I love how the Gladiators logo is clearly based on Russell Crowe’s helmet from the movie of the same name. Next Elite Football League of India All Activity Posted August 8, 2011 Share on other sites Share on other sites 2 Posted August 6, 2011 Jamikel Banned 5 All Activity http://www.demotix.com/news/777860/elite-football-league-india-launched-mumbaihttp://www.gameplancreative.com/clients/efli/efli_launch/index.htmlElite Football League of India launched – MumbaiAmerica?s top sport and one of the world’s most powerful economic forces in professional sports, American football, is all set to change the sporting landscape in India with the launch of the Elite Football League of India. 5th August 2011America?s top sport and one of the world’s most powerful economic forces in professional sports ? American football ? is all set to change the sporting landscape in India with the launch of the Elite Football League of India(EFLI). The inaugural season of the EFLI will be played from November 2012through to February 2013.The first season of EFLI will be held at a custom-fit stadium in Pune between eight teams from Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Bhubaneswar, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Punjab and hosts Pune. Each team will play the other twice, which adds up to 56 games plus two play-off games to decide the top teams. One of the country?s leading sports broadcasters is on-board with the story with the intention of being the official broadcast partner and will air the games, including the Saturday and Sunday games as well as 13 Monday Night Football games.Speaking at the inauguration, Sunday Zeller, Founder, EFLI said, ?The launch of EFLI in India is a momentous occasion for us and indeed for the game. American Football is an inherent part of the American way of life. With a history of over 100 years, the game has acquired cult status in US, which can be mapped alongside its history. India has been known to assimilate cultures like very few countries have done, and that, coupled with the immense pool of talent makes it an ideal choice for a concept like EFLI. We are certain that these factors will combine to make India a force to reckon with in this great game of American Football, apart from creating the most lucrative sports league in the country.?The EFLI will comprise of Indian players and coaching staff who will be ably supported by professionals from American teams. One of the purposes of EFLI is to promote football as a culture and to do that a lot of programmes will be conducted at schools and colleges across India to provide opportunities for deserving candidates at the grassroots level. In the subsequent seasons, similar programmes will be conducted in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan. The idea is to eventually attract talent from all these nations to be a part of EFLI which will add a lot of flavour to the league.The EFLI will work on a franchisee model, and like all franchise sports, the team ownership will be determined through auctions. What differentiates EFLI from other sports operating on the same model is that the bidding for ownership would be open to Indian and non-Indian bidders alike, making it the first truly international sport league in India. The games will be broadcast on television and will be well supportedby other forms of marketing including the very attractive merchandising model which has proven its worth in recent years. In addition, are the opportunities present in the electronic, fantasy gaming and new media platforms all of which offer explosive potential to brands for consumers outreach.Talking at the opportunities offered by EFLI, Richard Whelan, CEO, EFLI said, ?With a population of over a billion and one of the highest rates of economic growth, India is beyond doubt a great market for the sports and entertainment sectors. A concept like EFLI presents a huge opportunity and the perfect platform for brands, both, currently operating in India and thoseplanning to enter the Indian market, to get visibility and reach out to theirpotential consumers.?The EFLI has been working with the Government of India and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to bring this sport to India. The SAI recently allowed its facility in Balewadi (Pune) to be used for an orientation programme conducted by EFLI. SAI has also consented to support such programmes across other major cities which will host similar programmes in due course of time. On its part, the Elite Football Federation ofIndia (EFFI) will share 15% of its revenue with the Ministry of Sports, Government of India which will go towards maintaining many of its ongoingprogrammes and facilities.Speaking about the partnership, Manohar Bangera, COO, EFLI, said, ?Sport as a culture and way of life is a relatively recent phenomenon in India. While the government agencies do their bit to promote sport, in our opinion, the private organisations including sports governing bodies and corporates have as much responsibility. We are glad that the Government of India and the Sports Authority of India have been very forthcoming and supportive for EFLI and hopethat this is just the beginning of a historical and mutually beneficial partnership.? 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Lewis provided identity for lost generation of football fans

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — The truth is I don’t know if Ray Lewis is the greatest middle linebacker to ever play the game.Watching the best player in the history of the Baltimore Ravens over these last 17 years is an alarming contrast to the unofficial numbers, grainy images, and slow-motion video clips of yesteryear, my only exposure to seeing some of the NFL’s greatest at the position who played in a different era of professional football.Dick Butkus, Ray Nitschke, and Sam Huff were all retired a decade or more before I was born.I was still in diapers when Jack Lambert’s career was cut short by a debilitating toe injury.I don’t vividly recall the prime years of Mike Singletary roaming the middle of the vaunted Chicago Bears defense in the 1980s.But I will never forget Lewis punishing running backs, showing impeccable sideline-to-sideline pursuit, and displaying the cover skills of a safety in his prime years. The bone-crushing hits over the middle will be shown on NFL Films in the many years to come.The assessments of where Lewis stacks up with those other individuals will be made by others, but 13 Pro Bowls, 10 All-Pro selections, and two AP Defensive Player of the Year awards are more than enough to seal Lewis’ first-ballot arrival in Canton in the summer of 2018. His leadership and work ethic are unquestioned for anyone having the privilege to play with the 37-year-old over the course of his career.Selected with the 26th overall pick of the 1996 draft, Lewis has been a member of the Ravens organization for every game of its existence in Baltimore. He taught us to “raise the roof” at Memorial Stadium, to “let the dogs out” in 2000, and to get “hot in here” when walking out of the tunnel at M&T Bank Stadium for the last decade. The fan base stood by him as he was tried for double murder following Super Bowl XXXIV and watched him rehabilitate his image after charges were eventually dropped and he pled guilty to obstruction of justice. To his credit, there hasn’t even been a whisper of off-field trouble for the linebacker ever since.And the ultimate glory was realized as Lewis was named Most Valuable Player in the Ravens’ 34-7 win over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. The performance capped off an incredible postseason run that included an interception wrestled away from Tennessee running back Eddie George in a divisional round win over the Titans that might be the signature moment of the linebacker’s career.The end of his run has been pondered for years, but it was a reality no one was quite ready for as Lewis made his announcement just over 11 weeks removed from a torn triceps that threatened to end his season. And the news made his improbable comeback and a wild-card meeting with the Indianapolis Colts fall to the background immediately.“Everything that starts has an end. It’s just life,” Lewis said on Wednesday. “Today I told my team that this would be my last ride. And I told them I was just at so much peace in where I am with my decision because of everything that I’ve done in this league.”What a ride it’s been for the last 17 years in Baltimore.Simply put, Ray Lewis is the Baltimore Ravens and the Baltimore Ravens are Ray Lewis. That will begin to change with the Hall of Fame linebacker walking away from the game after this season, but it’s the simplest way to express his significance to this franchise and to this city.Nowadays, we’re so quick to label players as “great” and even “legendary” without realizing how special such terms truly are, but Lewis is deserving of those distinctions. Where he ranks in the hierarchy of the NFL’s top defensive players of all time is debatable, but you won’t find a player who impacted a city and a fan base in quite the same way as Lewis.And that’s where the line blurs for me as a reporter and native Baltimorean at the age of 29.Being part of a generation that grew up without football in our formative years, we settled for second-hand stories of Johnny Unitas and Lenny Moore and Art Donovan from our parents and grandparents. It was a heritage we cherished, mind you, but we could never fully understand it as our own while enduring quiet autumn Sundays and seeing Memorial Stadium dormant at the end of each baseball season.But the Ravens’ arrival — and Lewis specifically — provided our own stories to one day pass along to our children and grandchildren. It wasn’t the same as the Baltimore Colts, but it didn’t need to be. It was new and it was ours, with No. 52 leading the way as the best player on Baltimore’s NFL team. He provided a football identity to a town stripped of one for 13 years.We were no longer chasing what felt like ghosts of the Memorial Stadium gridiron but instead could watch Lewis chase down ball carriers with our own eyes. More than anything, he gave us an overwhelming sense of pride.CONTINUE ON NEXT PAGE >>>last_img read more