Members of Transport Workers Union at MTA hearing.With New York City subways in crisis, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board met again on July 26. Hundreds of people, including many with disabilities, came out to protest.It doesn’t bother the MTA board that the transit fare now costs 55 times what it did in 1948. Or that only one-out-of-four subway stations are accessible to people for whom navigating stairs is a problem. (AM New York, July 20)The MTA board’s fundamental job is to ensure that $2.2 billion in tax-free interest is paid to the banks every year on its $34 billion debt. (Gothamist, Feb. 12, 2015)The day before the board meeting, MTA Chairperson Joe Lhota announced his plan to meet the subway emergency. Lhota, who was racist Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s right-hand crony, finally recognized that more workers had to be hired.But Lhota’s other “solutions” include ripping out seats on subway cars to create more standing room. Workers, particularly the elderly, shouldn’t have to pay $2.75 to travel in sardine cans.The MTA needs to order hundreds of new subway cars and buses. The R32 cars, for example, in service on the A, C, J and Z trains, are 52 years old.Many of the subway lines are at least a century old. The MTA blames delays not on deferred maintenance but on commuters who drop litter on the rails, which can cause track fires. One MTA board member, Charles G. Moerdler, even called passengers who eat on the train “pigs.”The MTA has actually guaranteed more litter by ripping out trash cans at several stations, including the very busy Main Street stop in Flushing, Queens. Lhota wants to crack down on littering “pigs” by encouraging the real pigs to hand out more littering tickets.“Broken windows” police harassment won’t prevent derailments like the one in Harlem this June. And killer cops can’t use their weapons to fix and maintain the signal system.At its meeting in May, the MTA board cut off public comments before all speakers had an opportunity to express their concerns, and its members left the room to finish their meeting elsewhere. It’s clear that most MTA board members are not listening to people’s concerns.But the people demanded that they be heard, and on July 26 some 61 speakers signed up for public comments.A member of Transit Workers Union Local 100, Vanessa Jones, brought to the board’s attention the physical and verbal abuse that MTA workers face from frustrated commuters.A representative from the Access-a-Ride Reform Group (AARRG!), Yesenia Torres, called for a declaration of a state of emergency for the Access-a-Ride system until needed changes are made. Disability rights groups have been turning out for every meeting for the last three months. They said they will continue to pack the board meetings until their demands are met.Steve Millies, a member of the Workers Defense Committee, added to this, saying it was outrageous that Chairperson Lhota’s plan did not include anything about the Access-a-Ride system.The Workers Defense Committee, which formed on May Day this year to protect striking workers, is currently raising funds and helping with the legal defense of Darryl Goodwin, an MTA worker and member of TWU Local 100. Goodwin was charged with obstruction of justice, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest for allegedly failing to help a New York Police Department lieutenant get through a turnstile in pursuit of a shoplifter. Police charged Goodwin even though all cops have MetroCards and gate keys and Goodwin was assisting a passenger at the time. According to MTA rules, assisting a passenger takes priority before helping anyone requesting gate access.Other speakers criticized the board’s plan to expand the number of cops in the subway. They emphasized that the real crime was the high fare, and placed the blame on the banks and the enormous portion of the MTA budget that goes toward debt servicing.“We hear in the media arguments about $450 million that’s supposed to come from the city … but that’s a drop in the bucket compared to the tens of billions of dollars that the MTA owes to the banks and Wall Street in debt service,” said Tony Murphy, another member of the WDC. “The banks are looting public transportation.”It’s clear that the real representatives of the people were in the boardroom that day, but they weren’t the ones convened around the table. If all groups attending the meeting started working together, New Yorkers could have a real People’s MTA.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Femi Solaja with agency reportRivers United will face ABS FC in a rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game this afternoon in Port Harcourt.United have underwhelmed this season and need a win against the newly-promoted side to get their campaign back on track.ABS FC come into the game on the back of a 0-2 reverse to Abia Warriors in Umuahia last Sunday and will be looking to bounce back with a positive result in Port Harcourt.Technical adviser of ABS, Henry Makinwa knows there is a need to produce a positive response particularly as ABS have yet to win in their last five NPFL matches. “My expectations are that we are going to win; we want to win. “Our ambition is to win all games if it’s possible. “Tomorrow (Thursday) is one of the games and we are going to give our best to win the game,” he told the club’s official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng. United are also desperate for a win and Technical Manager, Stanley Eguma, is eager to see his side return to winning ways against plucky opposition.“We are really preparing for the game (against ABS because) at this stage we need good results.“We need to win, especially at home; our position on the log is low and we really need to get these three points to start moving up. “I know ABS is a very strong, young and energetic team; they have a lot of youthful players and can cause an upset on Thursday. “We have to work very hard and not take them for granted. “We have to work hard, put our acts together and secure all three points against ABS; that’s our mission now,” Eguma said.Meanwhile, there is happier news from the infirmary for Rivers United as right back Chigozie Ihunda is nearing a return to action following a long-term injury.Ihunda injured his left knee in United’s 1-0 win over Warri Wolves in an NPFL game decided at the Warri City Stadium on May 8, 2016.The versatile footballer subsequently underwent keyhole and open surgeries in Delhi, India, on December 26, 2016 to repair the damage.He was given a timeline of six months for return to active competition and his recovery is already ahead of schedule, according to Head of the Rivers United FC medical unit, Dr Chukwuemeka Agi.“Ihunda has been undergoing physiotherapy and is already walking without the aid of crutches.“We expect him to be back in action by June this year but it could be earlier depending on how things progress,” he said. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
A New York woman who was captured on a now viral video where she falsely called the police on a black man saying he was threatening her life, has since been fired from her job.The incident occurred on Monday in an area of Central Park known for bird watching.According to the parties involved, a man who allegedly visited the park to bird watch, asked the woman to put their dog on a leash as it is the policy in that area of the park due to the birds. The woman refused and that’s when the man says he pulled out treats to lure the dog over in an attempt to get the woman to put the dog on a leash. The conversation quickly becomes heated at which point, the man began recording the incident.In the video, the woman asks the man to stop recording her as she approaches him with her dog. The man then replied “stop walking towards me.”That’s when the woman threatens to call the police and claim that an African American man was threatening her life. Within seconds she did just that.Authorities reported that they arrived to the scene around 8:00 pm and acknowledge that the two had an argument but decided to go their separate ways:“Upon arrival, police determined two individuals had engaged in a verbal dispute,” an NYPD spokesperson said. “There were no arrests or summonses issued and both parties went on their way.While no one legal consequences occurred, due to the now viral video, her place of employment has since decided to terminate her after further review of the video. The woman has also returned the dog to the shelter from which she originally purchased the animal after those who watched the video expressed concern for how the woman was handling the dog. While the woman refused to put the dog on a leash, she was seen holding the dog in the air by it’s collar as it yelped and struggled to break free.
11 Aug 2020 Senior Women’s Stroke Play – Day One: Mayne turns up the heat The only thing hotter than the conditions on day one of the Senior Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Frilford Heath Golf Club was Amanda Mayne’s putter.The Somerset golfer was the only player under par on a day when the stifling heat of 35 degrees centigrade made scoring incredibly difficult on the Green Course at the Oxfordshire venue.The former England international racked up five birdies on her way to a two-under par round of 68 – giving her a three-shot lead going into tomorrow’s second round of the 54-hole championship.After a draining four hours in the worst of the heat, Mayne said: “I was quite solid and my putter was very hot – the weather was very hot too!“I’m very happy with my score.”Until Mayne’s late charge, the best of the day looked like being a one-over par round of 71 which had been achieved by no fewer than four players – Fiona Edmond, Kate Evans, Jackie Foster and Jane Rees.The quartet are tied in second place after a gruelling challenge.Evans (pictured below, centre) used local knowledge – she’s a member at Frilford Heath – to good advantage.She added: “I’m originally from Northern Ireland – this is very hot for me as you can tell from my very red face.“Tomorrow my group starts at mid-day so it will be probably even worse. Good luck to everyone. It’s a battle to survive in that heat.“I played very steadily. It’s my own course and I know the greens and I putted very well.”Another of the players tied for second is England international Foster.The golfer from Bishops Stortford in Hertfordshire is no stranger to doing well in this event. Last year she finished runner-up to winner Aileen Greenfield and won the championship in both 2016 and 2017.This year, the expectations are low, but the competitive spirit remains intact.She said: “I haven’t played much competitive golf, I’m just here to enjoy it.“It was nice to be out earlyish and avoid the worst of the heat.“I’m happy with a 71.”Defending champion Greenfield remains in the hunt too after a three-over par round of 73 left the Pyecombe golfer in a tie with four others in eighth spot.After a second round of stroke play, the top 45 and ties will make their way into the final day’s play on Thursday.In the handicap competition, Surrey’s Kathleen Lucey leads the way a shot clear of Andrea Sims with that competition concluding after a further 18 holes on Wednesday.Details of the first day’s play are available on the Senior Women’s Amateur Stroke Play homepage.
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SharePrint RelatedTable Mountain Travel Bug® Hotel – GC31WXR – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – September 17, 2012September 17, 2012In “Community”The Most Found Geocache in the WorldMay 19, 2013In “Community”I hope you packed your paddle. — Amsterdam Urban 2 – Under the Bridge (GC921) — Geocache of the Week Video EditionNovember 13, 2013In “Community” Share with your Friends:More Cache log near cache locationGeocaching as a tourist doubles the joy of sightseeing. Not only do you see what all other tourists see, but you unlock a hidden a treasure along the way.Fontana di Trevi (GC1QC5D) offers Italian tourists the chance to see the fabled fountain just north of the city center and log a smiley nearby.The cache was hidden by nemrodek in 2009. The difficulty two, terrain one has been found by geocachers visiting Rome from around the world. Fontana di Trevi has been logged more than 2000 times – making it one of the most popular geocaches in all of Italy.The cache page understates the obvious, warning that the “cache is in an extremely muggled area.” Some other advice on the cache page offer geocachers a chance to potentially return to Rome. The cache page reads, “Legend has it you will return to Rome if you throw a coin into the water. You should toss it over your shoulder with your back to the fountain.”One log reads, “Yes – we are in Rome – and we are not only looking at all the fantastic sites and monuments of ancient history… we’re also searching some geocaches… surprisingly easy to get and hide again – though there are quadrillions of people around – but they’re all just staring at the fountain. Good for us. 🙂 ”View of Fountana di TreviContinue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected]
Argentina’s forwards Lionel Messi (L) and Mauro Icardi talk during a training session in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires, on August 29, 2017 ahead of their FIFA World Cup qualifier football match against Uruguay. / AFP PHOTO / Juan MABROMATALuis Suarez could yet line up against Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi on Thursday as South America’s battle for 2018 World Cup places resumes with Argentina’s trip to Uruguay the pick of the fixtures.With leaders Brazil already locking up their place at next year’s tournament, attention turns to the tussle for the three remaining automatic berths on offer in the marathon 10-team qualifying tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES A 6-0 romp over lowly Singapore provided a further clue that Sampaoli, who favours an aggressive, attacking style, may already have begun to have an influence.Higuain axedSampaoli served notice of his determination to invigorate Argentina’s ranks by axing striker Gonzalo Higuain in favour of Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi.Icardi is expected to start at the apex of a front three with Messi and Juventus prodigy Paulo Dybala lurking just behind.Argentina’s path to Russia has been complicated by the Court of Arbtitration for Sport ruling on Tuesday that confirmed a sanction against Bolivia for fielding an ineligible player in their September 2016 0-0 draw with Chile.ADVERTISEMENT FIFA later converted that result to a 3-0 win for Chile, a ruling that means Sampaoli’s former team now have a one-point advantage over the fifth-placed Argentines.“Now we have to play catch-up to get to the World Cup,” Sampaoli said Tuesday.Uruguay meanwhile are sweating on the fitness of Barcelona star Suarez.The 30-year-old talisman was initially ruled out of the fixture through injury but has travelled back to his homeland to train with the team.Veteran coach Oscar Tabarez hinted Suarez may yet make a dramatic return on Thursday, declining to rule out the striker.“He has shown signs of recovery that have rather surprised us,” Tabarez said.If Suarez fails to win his fitness battle, Uruguay will once again turn to in-form Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, who is the top scorer in the qualifying competition with nine goals.“It is a very, very difficult match… We will see who has the most guts for it,” said Tabarez.Elsewhere on Thursday, second-placed Colombia will aim to edge closer to qualification with an away victory over already-eliminated Venezuela.Fourth-placed Chile meanwhile host Paraguay in Santiago as they aim to remain ahead of Argentina in the qualifying positions. Colombia are second in the standings on 24 points while Uruguay and Chile occupy the other two automatic spots on 23 points.It means that fifth-placed Argentina have little margin for error as they head to Montevideo’s Estadio Centenario for the latest instalment of their historic rivalry with the Uruguayans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutArgentina have spluttered their way through the qualifiers so far, notching only six wins in 14 games, but have shown signs of life under new coach Jorge Sampaoli.Sampaoli, who masterminded Chile’s victory at the 2015 Copa America, took control of the ‘Albiceleste’ in May, and began his reign with a morale-boosting 1-0 win over Brazil in a friendly in June. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Athletes raise millions for Texas flood disaster Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brazil will have the luxury of being able to treat their game against Ecuador in Porto Alegre as a training exercise after securing qualification in their last outing, a 3-0 win over Paraguay in March — their eighth consecutive victory.The game may see Brazil coach Tite select Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, who has not played for the Premier League team this season amid a transfer saga involving Barcelona. MOST READ
BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Briefs MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “It’s been really hard. Eighteen months, a lot of ups and downs. It was tricky just to get back on the court competing again,” said Murray, who had a noticeable limp between points but didn’t show many injury signs during rallies of strain from his troublesome hip. “I’m happy I’m back out here competing again.”He appeared stiff and rusty to start the match but managed to chase down Duckworth’s chips and drop shots and moved across court well, twice manufacturing forehand winners from defensive positions on important points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionWinner of three majors and a five-time finalist at the Australian Open, Murray is playing on a protected ranking in Brisbane after sliding to No. 240 in a 2018 season in which he finished 7-5 from 12 matches after surgery on his right hip in January. He missed the last five weeks of the season with an ankle injury.“I want to try to enjoy it as much as I can,” Murray, a two-time champion in Brisbane, told the crowd in a post-match interview. “I’m not sure how much longer it’s going to last.” He had ankle surgery in November and played one match at an exhibition tournament before traveling to Australia to build up for the season’s first Grand Slam tournament.In first-round women’s matches, Johanna Konta ousted No. 3-seeded Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-3 to set up a second-round meeting with Ajla Tomljanovic, who beat Katerina Siniakova 1-6, 6-3, 6-0.Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open champion, finished last season in the top 10 for the first time and is more concerned about the Australian Open later this month than recording a loss in her season-opener in Brisbane.“I’m always like ‘It’s going to work out, like in the long run … when it really matters, when it’s really important,’” she said. “Just doing little things now to try to help me in the long run.“It’s the first match of the year — I have like 80 more matches to go,” she added. “Ask me in November what I think about my first-round loss in Brisbane.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a shot during his match against James Duckworth of Australia at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)BRISBANE, Australia — Andy Murray doesn’t know how long his latest comeback can last, so he’s planning on making the most of it.The 31-year-old Murray returned to competitive tennis for the first time since September and gradually warmed into it, going on a late roll to take the last four games in a 6-3, 6-4 win over Australian wildcard entry James Duckworth at the Brisbane International on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal is also scheduled this week to play his first competitive match since September, but he is taking a cautious approach after being restricted to nine tournaments last year because of injuries.“After the surgeries, I don’t want to do it a step back. I want to move forward,” he said. “After all I suffered last year in terms of injuries, I don’t want to do mistakes in terms of playing without being 100 percent.”Nadal is set to play either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second round on Thursday.“I’m here, so I hope to be ready for it. My goal is, of course, to be on court on Thursday and to be on court with a positive feeling.”Despite the disruptions last season, Nadal won his 11th French Open title and reached the semifinals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, where he had to retire because of an injury, and finished the season ranked No. 2.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Lassiter played all 11 elimination round games for the Beermen where he averaged 14.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, while shooting the ball at 44 percent from beyond the arc and this accumulated stress is what the 6-foot-2 wingman thinks caused his injury.The Beermen also fought through a tough three-game series against TNT during the quarterfinals.“I think it’s just an accumulation of the games maybe and the past series was really physical,” said Lassiter. “Hopefully the time we get is the time I get to recover.”While he is itching to get back on the floor, he’s also happy to see Matt Ganuelas-Rosser step up during his absence.Ganuelas-Rosser averaged six points, six rebounds, and six assists while playing upwards of 31 minutes a game as the Beermen’s offguard in Games 4 and 5 of the series.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MANILA, Philippines—Back spasms have sidelined Marcio Lassiter in San Miguel’s semifinals series against Phoenix in the PBA Philippine Cup, but the sweet-shooting gunner is hoping to back in the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated For Raptors, guard Kyle Lowry might be as valuable as ever PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I feel like it’s bittersweet because it’s great to see Matt step up, Von [Pessumal] step up, a lot of guys who don’t necessarily play a lot but were able to make some plays and prove that they can play,” said Lassiter.“It was really good to see and at the same time I can cheer for them as they always cheer for me. It was just great to see that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lassiter first sat out the Beermen’s 92-90 Game 3 loss but the Beermen quickly adapted to his absence and closed out the series in Game 5, 105-94, Thursday at Cuneta Astrodome.“It’s not exactly where I can play at a hundred percent, it’s not concerning but I want to make sure it gets to 100 percent,” said Lassiter who was in uniform but did not play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe first game of the finals is set on May 1 with San Miguel waiting for the winner of the series between Rain or Shine and Magnolia with the Hotshots holding a 3-2 series lead.“Hopefully I’ll have time to recuperate, I’m glad we’re able to win tonight so we can have some time to rest and recover.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Our next number belongs to an under-the-radar cowboy back who could have a significant role in the offense in 2017.How he got to OSUAbbott came to Oklahoma State as a preferred walk-on as part of the 2014 class. He played quarterback for his dad, former NFL Football Giant and now head coach at Liberal High School (Kan.). Abbott (the younger) held scholarship offers from the likes of UTSA, Wyoming and Tulsa, but chose OSU with the hopes of earning a scholarship.What he’s down in StillwaterAfter a redshirt year in 2014, Abbott saw the field in two games in 2015 and 12 in 2016, mostly on special teams. During spring practice, Mike Gundy said Abbott was twice the player he was a year ago.AdChoices广告Role in 2017Abbott resides near the top of a pretty inexperienced cowboy back group. While that inexperience and an embarrassment of riches at wide receiver may lead to more four-wide sets, the cowboy back isn’t going anywhere.Abbott talked about where the group is as whole during the spring.“We’re a young group, not a lot of starts.” Abbott told Scout, “Just come out here early, try to get a lot of work in before practice, just get everything down best we can. You know experience is hard to come by at our position group, so we’re just trying to get in as many reps as we can.”It was hard to come by and has been since Abbott arrived in Stillwater. He’s sat behind the likes of Jeremy Seaton, Blake Jarwin, Zac Veatch and even fellow junior cowboy back Keenen Brown. But Seaton, Jarwin and Veatch have all moved on. And there’s an opening for the upperclassmen to make a name on offense.Mason Rudolph talked about the hybrid position on Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days.“Britton, as well as Keenen, played sparingly last year,” Rudolph told PFB. “They kind of know the scheme. They know what that position is about. They’re going to be able to do a good job for us whether it’s blocking or catching the ball, as a check-down in the flats.”Abbott fits more into the Zac Veatch, blocking fullback role but has the ability to catch passes.Noteworthy stats and highlightsWas named the Kansas Class 5A Player of the Year his senior season after throwing for over 3,000 yards, rushing for over 1,200 and was responsible for 49 touchdowns.