ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Are you doing board succession planning? In the midst of a pandemic, it may be easy to put some things off, especially when boards and committees aren’t meeting in person. But it is important to plan ahead for director turnover no matter what is going on in the world.Some things in the world might stop because of the pandemic, but here are examples of board turnover issues that have happened at credit unions that I have talked to within the last few months. These are examples of things that can happen to any credit union at any time. That’s why it’s so important to have an up-to-date board succession plan.A credit union recently had to ask one of its board members to resign from the board because of early dementia. Now one of their board members has cancer and will have to leave the board. These were unanticipated departures, both involving individuals under 70 years of age.Two credit unions merged and decided to combine the boards and over time reduce the size of the board. The newly combined board has only one female board member.
Press Association Albion chairman Jeremy Peace has maintained Albion are not looking to sell the 22-year-old, and his resolve has not been broken by Tottenham’s opening offers. There needs to be a huge change from Spurs for the deal to happen, but former Redknapp expects Berahino to eventually move to White Hart Lane. “It’s only a game of poker at the moment between (Tottenham chairman) Daniel Levy and Jeremy Peace,” former Tottenham boss Redknapp told talkSPORT. “Jeremy Peace holds all the aces in that situation because Tottenham are desperate for a striker – he’s the one they’ve identified, so I think the deal will happen before the deadline. “Everything’s probably all done with the player behind the scenes. He probably has a good idea about where he’s going to live, even. “All it is now is a game of bluff between the two chairmen, who are trying to get the best deal for their clubs. “In this case, and in Everton’s case with John Stones, the aces are held by the clubs with the players, because they are two players who are really wanted and they’ll squeeze another million or two out of the deal, for sure. “Spurs need something at the moment and Berahino’s a good young player, there’s no doubt about that. “I think it’s a good deal for both clubs and I don’t think (West Brom manager) Tony Pulis is going to lose any sleep over losing him. “He’s got a few strikers at the club and he’ll be quite happy now to take the money and not have an unhappy man at his club.” Spurs have had two bids rejected for the Albion striker, who saw a transfer request dismissed by his club on Monday. Press Association Sport understands the Baggies are believed to be aggravated by the north London club’s approach, with Spurs’ last bid on Tuesday understood to rise to £21million only with a series of lengthy add-ons and clauses. Harry Redknapp believes Saido Berahino will join Tottenham, but insisted West Brom hold the trump cards.
Fantasy Football Outlook: Ryan Tannnehill returns to TitansTannehill was a revelation for Tennessee after taking over for Marcus Mariota in Week 6 against Denver. In 13 starts (counting the playoffs), he threw for 2,967 yards, 27 TDs, and six INTs while completing 67.9 percent of his passes. He also ran for 216 yards and five TDs. Strictly looking at the regular season, he finished No. 9 among QBs in fantasy points per game (four-point passing TD leagues), according to Fantasy Pros, though if you throw out his Week 1 mop-up appearance, he would actually be tied for sixth with Patrick Mahomes (20.9). Tannehill obviously took to Tennessee’s offense, which, despite being run-oriented, still afforded him chances to make plays downfield. That should be the case again next season, but there’s reason to think Tannehill’s emergence — at least from a fantasy standpoint — was lightning in a bottle. Tennessee threw the second-fewest passes in the NFL last season (448), trailing only Baltimore. With young, talented receivers like A.J. Brown and Corey Davis, Tannehill managed to make the most of his opportunities, connecting for several big plays. If he’s not as efficient in 2020 or the big plays dry up, then he’ll have pedestrian passing numbers. Tannehill’s mobility will help him pad his stats slightly, but he’s not exactly a “running quarterback.” He either needs to pass more or be hyper efficient. The former could happen naturally when you factor in just how few overall plays Tennessee ran last season (949, third fewest), but Tannehill is unlikely to see a huge bump in his attempts per game given the offensive mindset of the team. The latter could also happen again, but clearly the margin for error is slim. As it stands, Tannehill figures to be a borderline starter when drafts roll around late next summer. You can find higher-upside QBs based simply on volume, but Tannehill will be a safe mid-round pick who will be a reliable backup, if nothing else. Fantasy Football Outlook: Derrick Henry franchised by TitansHenry frustrated fantasy owners for much of his first three seasons. We knew he was talented, but he could never put it all together. It wasn’t just because of playing time — Henry wasn’t great when on the field, averaging 3.7 yards per carry through Week 12 in 2018. From that point on, he simply became one of the best backs in the NFL. He finished ’18 with a four-game surge for the ages: 87 carries, 585 yards, seven TDs. He carried that over to ’19, rushing for 1,540 yards (5.1 yards per carry) and 16 TDs. He punctuated his breakout season with 446 yards and two TDs in three playoff games. The Titans will likely make it a priority to re-sign tackle Jack Conklin, and as long as the offensive line is strong again, the 26-year-old Henry should be in line for another high-volume, highly productive season in 2020. Of course, there are some potential worries, starting with the very real possibility he holds out. As we’ve seen the past couple seasons, running backs want to get long-term contracts while they can, and even with a franchise tag salary of $12.5 million, Henry will be looking for more security. Given his physical running style, it makes sense. If Henry holds out, anything can happen, and that includes a late/sluggish start to the season. To be fair, that could happen even if he gets paid, but for now we’ll all have to wait and see. The other issue with Henry is his lack of receiving ability. With just 57 catches in four seasons, his value takes a slight hit in PPR leagues. Tennessee released Dion Lewis already this offseason, but we expect them to bring in another complement to Henry who will be more active in the receiving game. As long as Henry can withstand 300 carries, he’ll still have plenty of value in all formats, but if that number — or his efficiency — goes down, then Henry will becomes more of a worry.Assuming Henry isn’t going to hold out, he’ll be a sure first-round pick next year, but until he’s in camp, there will be a lot of trepidation about pulling the trigger on him. Fantasy Football Outlook: A.J. Brown, other Titans receivers bolstered by Tannehill newsA.J. Brown finished his rookie season No. 10 in fantasy points among WRs (non-PPR), and if you just look at the 10 games Tannehill started, he would have finished fourth in fantasy points per game at the position (12.6). At 6-0, 226 pounds, Brown is a fast, physical receiver who thrived in the Titans’ ball-control offense. With Tannehill under center, he relied a little less on big plays, but no one is going to mistake him for Michael Thomas. Big plays are a big part of his game — and his fantasy value — and even if we expect him to be more reliable and a better all-around receiver in his second season, we know he’ll need some long gains to really pay off. We can’t say Tannehill is the “best” quarterback for Brown, but at least we know he’s one who works well for him. Ultimately, we view Tannehill’s return as good news for the talented young receiver. The two have a solid rapport, and it should only get better this season. Because of Brown’s age and ability, fantasy owners will likely be too excited about him heading into next season, but he’s conservatively a WR2 in standard leagues. His value takes a hit in PPR leagues, but he can still produce there. Like Tannehill, his margin for error is slim because of just how infrequently Tennessee passes, but if you can live with the inconsistency, Brown should be more good than bad. Corey Davis (three catches, 4.7 targets, 40.4 yards per game with Tannehill starting) will probably never be a consistent fantasy threat on Tennessee, but Tannehill also represents some stability for him. As long as Tennessee’s offense as a whole is strong, that can only help Davis. Perhaps the most interesting receiving threat for the Titans is Jonnu Smith. The athletic, fourth-year tight end had four games with at least 60 receiving yards when Tannehill started. (To be fair, he also had two games with zero targets.) With veteran Delanie Walker out of the picture, Smith has a chance to really break out next year. Expect to see him on a lot of preseason sleeper lists. The Titans had a busy start to NFL free agency, and all they did was keep two of their own players. Ryan Tannehill signed a four-year, $118-million deal on Sunday, and Derrick Henry received the franchise tag on Monday. Clearly, Tennessee is looking to run back the formula that led it to the AFC Championship game last year, and barring a Henry holdout (a very real possibility), fantasy football owners should be happy with that news. For coverage of all the latest NFL signings and rumors, check out SN’s live free agency tracker.
The first phase allows 50 percent of non-player personnel to be permitted into the facility, as well as players who are continuing rehab and therapy that they began before facilities were ordered closed in late March.”While these protocols have been carefully developed and reflect best practices,” Goodell wrote, ”they can also be adapted and supplemented to ensure compliance with any state and local public health requirements.”The second phase, which Goodell wrote is actively being worked on, involves increasing the number of staff members and players. He said he expects to have those procedures in place soon. FLASHBACK: Goodell tells teams to close facilities “The protocols are intended to allow for a safe and phased reopening,” Goodell said in the memo. The NFL has laid out a plan for all 32 teams to have their facilities prepared to be reopened by Friday, May 15.Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to all teams Wednesday informing them of the protocols put in place to have their complexes ready to open. He said he will then advise them as to when they can formally allow personnel to enter.
Napoli coach Ancelotti: We beat Liverpool with the long ball!by Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti was delighted with his players for victory over Champions League opponents Liverpool.Dries Mertens converted a penalty and Fernando Llorente made the most of a Virgil van Dijk error at the Stadio San Paolo for a 2-0 result.“It’s always tough against Liverpool, from the first minute to the last. We had to sacrifice ourselves, but without losing our identity,” Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia.“We tried a bit too hard to play it out from the back and lost some dangerous balls, while they were aggressive in their pressing.“The game was always in the balance, but I particularly appreciated the way we defended with the basics when it was still 0-0 and that’s what allowed us to have those late chances.“I want to see a team that believes in itself and its quality. I really liked the way we played when we weren’t in control. Llorente helped out, the players were tired and the first goal was from a long ball – which isn’t our usual approach, but it’s not an insult to do that sometimes. This team must know how to do everything.“We brought in important players who improve the quality level of the squad and have different characteristics to what we had before. I have to keep them motivated and that’s not easy, especially when UEFA still have this rule forcing you to keep a short bench and it’s painful sending players to the stands.”He added: “We felt confident on the second goal, it was near the end and we were a goal up. You can press high at times, not at others, it’s about maintaining your identity and also being able to do everything. I liked our quality, but also how we played ‘ugly’ when we needed to.“I asked Giovanni Di Lorenzo how many Champions League games he’d played before and he said none. Oh well, it wasn’t bad! The same goes for Alex Meret, that was his debut, as well.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Green says Hudson-Odoi can match Hazard Chelsea successby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRob Green says Callum Hudson-Odoi can match Eden Hazard’s success at Chelsea.Green played alongside the 18-year-old at Chelsea last season, and saw the youngster left out on a regular basis by Maurizio Sarri.Green told BBC Sport when asked if Hudson-Odoi can match Hazard’s legacy at Chelsea: “He’s got the potential, he’s got to work on his power, once he’s got the ball he needs to stay on the ball, just the strength around his pace.“I think when he grows up and matures, that’s when you’ll see it.“He’s got such a long time in the game now, he’s not the same player as Eden Hazard, but there’s no reason when he cannot do what Hazard did at Chelsea in the last seven or eight years.”
Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD)The Canadian Press TORONTO — North American markets plunged to start a shortened trading week as political uncertainties sent the Dow Jones industrial average to its worst ever Christmas Eve trading session and the price of crude oil falling to its lowest level since the summer of 2016.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 155.25 points at 13,780.19. The Toronto Stock Exchange closed at 1 p.m. and reopens Thursday after a two-day holiday.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 653.17 points to 21,792.20. The S&P 500 index was down 65.52 points at 2,351.10, while the Nasdaq composite was down 140.07 points at 6,192.92.The Canadian dollar traded at 73.59 cents US, compared with average of 73.71 cents US on Friday.The February crude contract was down US$2.94 at US$42.65 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was down 3.27 cents at $3.42 per mmBTU.The settled February gold contract was up $13.70 at US$1,271.80 an ounce and the settled March copper contract was down 1.3 cents at US$2.66 a pound.
Ohio State freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to pass in the offensive zone against Stanford on Feb. 24 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: James King | Lantern reporterEarly struggles plagued the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team yet again. This time it was costly. The Buckeyes (3-1) dropped their first game of the year, 19-9, to the No. 15 Stanford Cardinal (2-3) by digging themselves into a four-goal deficit in the first 12 minutes of the game. This marks the fifth time the Cardinal have taken down the Buckeyes in the last five seasons, with OSU’s last win coming in 2012.“We knew Stanford was going to give us a complete game,” OSU coach Alexis Venechanos said. “So we knew we were going to need a complete game.”Stanford dominated the ball in the early goings in large part due to OSU’s 12 first-half turnovers. The Cardinal would capitalize off of the Buckeyes’ mistakes with their first goal from junior midfielder Kelly Myers coming at the 25:45 mark. Stanford would then grab three more unassisted goals from sophomore midfielder Genesis Lucero, senior attacker Elizabeth Cusick and senior attacker Anna Salemo.OSU, as they’ve done before, found a way to close the goal gap quickly. Sophomore midfielder Baley Parrott netted the first goal for the Scarlet and Gray with 15:46 remaining in the first half. Within five minutes of Parrott’s seventh goal of the season, the game was tied.“We know the team we are,” junior attacker Molly Wood said. “We’ve been in those positions this season already, where we were down, and we do find that in those situations we stay calm.”Freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez would score her first of two goals on the day, which was followed shortly by Wood’s seventh score of the year. Freshman midfielder Sage Darling, who made her first appearance of the season last game against Cincinnati, would score her first collegiate goal to tie the game at four.Stanford responded, going on a 4-1 scoring run to close out the half, sending them to the locker room with an 8-5 lead. The Buckeyes struggled to gain and keep possession throughout the first half, only winning six of 14 draw controls. And despite having 18 less fouls than the Cardinal’s 31, it only correlated to two free-position goals in the first half.OSU won the opening draw of the second half and struck first off of two goals from Wood in the first 71 seconds, narrowing the Cardinal lead to just one. Wood has scored back-to-back hat tricks, putting her season point total at 12.Stanford stretched its lead back to four with 25:04 remaining in the game. The Cardinal’s senior attacker Kelsey Murray would be responsible for two of the goals in that span, her third and fourth of the game, putting her one shy of her season high for goals in a game.“At halftime it was reachable, ” Venechanos said. “And then, we just didn’t have that opportunity to make our own run. Stanford had the next five or six possessions and we didn’t make any stops.”Parrott would connect on her second goal of the evening before Stanford would go on a three-goal run to extend their lead to six, 14-8, with 19:59 left in the game. At the 16:27 mark, Wood found the net yet again, giving her four on the day, this time off an assist from freshman midfielder Alex Vander Molen. It was her 10th assist of the season, putting her at a Big Ten best 2.5 assist per game.“I thought we had one more run in us to be honest,” Venechanos said. “But maybe (the game) was a little bit physical and emotional so mentality wise, we didn’t have enough gas.”It was a physical game. There were 75 fouls between the two teams, with Stanford being assessed four yellow cards to OSU’s three.Stanford would go on to push their lead out to eight by scoring four consecutive goals for a second time in the contest. The run included a goal from Salemo, giving her her first hat trick of the season.The Buckeyes would allow two more goals before the game was over, giving Stanford the eventual 19-9 victory. OSU allowed a season-high 36 shots against Stanford and when coupling that with 16 turnovers, it does not add up to a stellar outing.“If you give a team almost 40 shots they are going to have an opportunity to execute,” Venechanos said. “And they did.”Now the Buckeyes turn their attention to Sunday’s matchup against the California Golden Bears (1-2) in Ohio Stadium at noon. “The good news is we have another game in 48 hours,” Venechanos said. “Credit to Stanford, they beat us. But we’ve got to get better from this.”
Then-sophomore shortstop/second baseman Maddy McIntyre throws the ball during a game against Michigan State April 24 at Buckeye Field. OSU won, 6-3.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorDespite dropping four of its five games at the FAU Kickoff Classic, the Ohio State women’s softball team is confident its record is not indicative of its potential.OSU (1-4, 0-0) is set to continue its early season tournament schedule against Cal State Northridge Friday at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas. The team is also scheduled to play Long Beach State later that day. The Buckeyes are then slated to take on No. 1 Florida and No. 10 Oregon Saturday, as well as Utah Valley Sunday.Even though facing two top 10 teams in one day is a tall order, coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said she expects the Buckeyes to rise to the occasion.“Those kids are pretty pumped up,” Schoenly said Tuesday. “I don’t worry one bit that they’ll be up for those games.”Junior shortstop/second baseman Maddy McIntyre said the team is focused on Cal State Northridge and then will take it game by game from there.“We always have the same high level of intensity,” McIntyre said Tuesday. “We take the positives and roll with what we know we’re good at.”However, one of the things it’s working on is keeping its pitchers in longer, Schoenly said.“We are working on their stamina and reducing the amount of pitches they throw earlier in the game,” Schoenly said. “If we go at batters more aggressively earlier so (the pitchers) can last longer, that would be the No. 1 way to help.”Overall, though, McIntyre said she is pleased with where the team stands.“We’re right where we want to be,” McIntyre said. “We had a lot of players stand out (last weekend) and make some big plays for us.”One of those standout players was junior outfielder Caitlin Conrad, who finished the FAU Kickoff Classic batting 7-14, including two home runs, five RBIs, three doubles and a triple.Schoenly said after Conrad spent the majority of last season batting ninth in the lineup, she has worked hard to become one of the Buckeyes’ offensive leaders and now bats third.“She is a junior now and I feel like she has done what she needed to do to be in that situation,” Schoenly said. “We like to put all of our hot hitters together and right now, she’s there.”Defensively, Schoenly said the outfield has great communication skills and aggressiveness. Conrad is joined in the outfield by sophomore Cammi Prantl and junior Taylor Watkins.“They were diving all over the place. We had a couple of assists out there and Cammi Prantl dove head first into the fence. Taylor had four diving catches, they were unreal,” Schoenly said.As the Buckeyes begin to play more games, Schoenly expects the team to improve throughout the season.“For the pitchers to throw back-to-back-to-back days, it’s something they grow into as the season goes on. I think, for our pitchers, the more they do that, the better they get at it,” Schoenly said. “I think playing that many games helps our hitters too because they see so many different pitchers and so many different types of pitches.”OSU’s game against Cal State Northridge Friday is set for 4:30 p.m., followed by a game against Long Beach State at 6:45 p.m.
OSU senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell (17) prepares to hit the ball during a match against Florida State on Sept. 6 at St. John Arena. Credit: Ashley Roudebush / For The LanternWith a demanding Big Ten schedule looming, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team has one more opportunity for a tune-up before it begins conference play.Coming off two straight tournament wins and riding an eight-match winning streak, No. 13 OSU is scheduled to head north this weekend to play in the Golden Grizzlies Invitational in Rochester, Michigan.On Friday, OSU is set to play Eastern Illinois (5-5) at noon and Western Michigan (2-9) at 7 p.m., followed by a match against host Oakland (3-7) on Saturday at 2 p.m.Although his squad is playing three teams with underwhelming records, coach Geoff Carlston said he is prepared to get the best shot of each one.“They’re not going to be as physical as Arizona, but they’re going to pass and play defense probably better than a lot of teams we’ve seen,” Carlston said. “So they’re going to make you earn it. If you’re making tons of mistakes, you’re going to lose.”Carlston said he is pleased with the start that his team has gotten off to this season, but is preaching balance to his players as they head into the weekend and look ahead to their conference schedule.“You can’t get bummed out when you lose because you can play really well and lose,” Carlston said. “And you sometimes you can grind out wins and you can’t feel like you’re the best team in the world, either. You just have to stay steady and confident.”Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell said keeping the focus on playing together as a team and controlling the tempo of the game will be important if the Buckeyes want to extend their winning streak.“I know that these teams this weekend aren’t necessarily ranked like we had played the previous weekends, but everyone’s good at what they do,” Campbell said.Carlston has kept practice light during the short week to keep his players fresh as OSU gets into the grind of its schedule.“With our Big Ten schedule and how it shapes up, if we’re going to rest a little bit, this is the time to do it,” he said.Versatility at setterBoth OSU setters have seen plenty of playing time in the early going of the season. Freshman Taylor Hughes leads the Buckeyes with 198 assists, but senior Emily Ruetter is not far behind with 172.Carlston compared the situation to what’s going on at quarterback for the OSU football team with Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett.“We have two very good setters,” he said. “They are very different personalities. You’re going to get a different look. Emily is just steady, steady, steady, and Taylor Hughes is more physical … The two of them together is a really neat combination.”León wins Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the WeekAfter being named the most valuable player of the Blackbird Invitational last weekend, the awards didn’t stop there for Valeria León. The junior libero was also named the Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week — alongside Michigan State middle blocker Megan Tompkins — for her efforts in Brooklyn, New York.León had a tournament-high 71 digs, including 35 against then-No. 13 Arizona, the second-best single-game total in OSU history. She has been named to the all-tournament team in all three of OSU’s non-conference competitions. León said she feels that she’s playing at the top of her game right now.“I feel like I worked really hard this summer and preseason,” she said. “I feel like my hard work is just finally paying off. We can only get better from here.”What’s next?The conference schedule is scheduled to begin for the Buckeyes on Sept. 23 when they host No. 23 Minnesota at St. John Arena, the first of four straight home matchups to kick off Big Ten play.