New York Giants co-owner John Mara has revealed that head coach Tom Coughlin will not be the one who decides when he leaves the club.
Coughlin has guided the Giants to two Super Bowl wins over the New England Patriots in the 2007 and 2011 seasons, but his team has struggled in the past two years.
The 67-year-old’s contract ends after the 2015 campaign, but Mara has admitted that the head coach will not be the one who chooses when to end his affiliation with the club.
“Does anybody ever earn that right? That’s just not the way this business is in this day and age,” Mara told the New York Post.
“Let’s hope that it goes that way, but we haven’t even had that discussion yet. … We’re just looking forward to the next couple of seasons.”
The Giants finished with a 7-9 record in the 2013 season.
India have reached 11-0 at lunch on day three of the second Test at Lord’s after bowling England out for 319 this morning, leaving the home side with a 24-run lead at the end of the first innings.
With England resuming on 219-6 this morning, Liam Plunkett hit his maiden Test half-century to guide the home side past India’s total.
However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar continued to cause problems for the English batsman, dismissing Ben Stokes for a duck before Stuart Broad (4) followed in the same over after facing just two balls, leaving the spinner with figures of 6-82.
James Anderson looked sharp as he hit 19 off 21 balls, but edged a Ravindra Jadeja ball to Ajinkya Rahane to bring England’s innings to an end shortly before the lunch break.
There was enough time for India to begin their second innings before the interval, with Shikhar Dhawan adding 10 runs before the break, while Murali Vijay is yet to get off the mark.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has revealed his love for the team as he continues to wait on an offer of a long-term contract.
Smith is seen as an important player for Kansas, although he is yet to put pen to paper on a deal despite holding conversations with the team for the past few months.
“I love Kansas City, I love the coaching staff, the players,” said Smith, according to the NFL’s official website.
“But when you’re talking about this many years and that type of deal, you want it done right. You want both sides happy, and you want it to be something that is going to last and you can play out. A lot of things go into it.”
The new NFL season gets underway on September 4.
Gary Ballance believes that his second Lord’s century of the summer has given England the platform from which they can win the second Test against India.
The left-hander made 110 to add to his ton against Sri Lanka at the Home of Cricket in June as England closed day two on 219-6, 76 runs adrift of the tourists.
Ballance and Moeen Ali were both dismissed shortly before the close of play, but the Yorkshire batsman has insisted that the hosts’ lower order can steer them to a first-innings lead on a “good pitch”.
He told Sky Sports News: “It’s a great place to play cricket and it’s gone well this season. It was quite a tough pitch this morning but once you got in, it was a good day to score runs.
“We lost a few wickets early on and to be fair they bowled well, but [Ian Bell] and I tried to hang in and scrap, thinking ‘hopefully the runs will come later on’ and they did.
“It’s still a good pitch and if we can keep them in the field a bit longer we can get a good lead.”
It was the third time that Ballance had reached three figures at Lord’s this season, after he made 130 for Yorkshire against Middlesex in County Championship Division One action.
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has insisted that he is confident the club can recruit the players needed to be competitive in the Championship this season.
Manager Jose Riga cancelled the pre-season tour of Spain to concentrate on bringing in new players following the exit of 27 members of the squad at the end of the previous campaign, but Oyston is hopeful that the side will look much stronger by the end of the summer.
“I see absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t be able to recruit sufficient numbers and quality to be able to compete in the Championship, the chairman revealed on the club’s website. “The main thing people want to see is players signing for us and I think once we get some signed, and everything settles down, then we’ll soon forget about some of the problems.
“We’re finding it difficult to land some of the players we’ve been chasing.
“That’s always the case, but unfortunately it’s with the backdrop of not having many players, so it probably focuses things a little more than would normally be the case.”
Blackpool begin their Championship campaign against Nottingham Forest on August 9.
England have taken a further four wickets in the afternoon session against India on day one of the second Test at Lord’s as the tourists reach tea on 140-6.
The hosts struggled in the morning with numerous drop catches, but seamers James Anderson and Liam Plunkett found the breakthrough by dismissing Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay as India reached Virat Kholi (25) edged to Matt Prior, while Cheteshwar Pujara was the next to fall after India surpassed 100 runs.
The 26-year-old was bowled out by Ben Stokes after hitting 28 from 174 balls, and was replaced by MS Dhoni, who was subjected to a few boos from the Lord’s crowd.
However, the captain walked back to the pavilion not long later after Stuart Broad nabbed his first wicket of the Test following a delivery, which was edged to Prior and left Dhoni with just one run to his innings.
Ravindra Jadeja was the next to fall for just three after he was sent packing by Moeen Ali for an lbw.
Ajinkya Rahane (26 not out) and Stuart Binny (6 not out) will return to the crease for the evening session.
British golfer Ian Poulter has prepared for this week’s Open Championship at Hoylake by producing a host of trick shots.
The 38-year-old, who is fit to play despite a recent wrist injury, juggled a golf ball on his club, before going on to skim the head off a pint of Stella Artois, who are the official beer and cider sponsor of the four-day tournament.
Poulter’s best performance at the event came back in 2008 when he finished second to Ireland’s Padraig Harrington.
Watch him display his skill below:
Power forward Chandler Parsons will join the Dallas Mavericks after the Houston Rockets decided not to match the offer-sheet presented to the player.
The Mavericks offered the 25-year-old a three-year deal worth $46m (£26.9m), but due to the terms of his contract the Rockets were allowed to try to retain him on the same deal.
However, Houston passed up the opportunity and now Parsons is eagerly anticipating starting life at his new club.
He told ESPN: “I really appreciate the opportunity Houston gave me and I had three great years there, but I am really excited for the next chapter of my career in Dallas – to play with one of the greatest players in Dirk [Nowitzki] and a terrific owner in Mark Cuban.”
Parsons averaged 16.6 points a game for the Rockets last season.
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has agreed to a new four-year deal with the franchise which will make him the highest-paid tight end in NFL history.
The deal is reportedly worth over £23m and surpasses the previous record contract signed by Indianapolis Colts star Dallas Clark back in 2008.
Following on from an arbitration hearing in which Graham pushed to be declared a wide receiver in order to chase a more lucrative contract, it appears as though the two parties have reached a settlement.
Graham has led all NFL players with 36 touchdown catches while averaging 90 catches, 1,169 yards and 12 touchdowns per season over the past three years.
Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo is reportedly unlikely to agree to a long-term extension with the franchise before Tuesday’s deadline.
The 27-year-old had the franchise tag placed on him earlier this off-season but he is believed to be chasing a long-term contract.
Orakpo had a 10-sack season last year and has never recorded fewer than seven in a full campaign, however it appears as though the Redskins will not offer new terms in time, according to CNN.
Rookie coach Jay Gruden has previously been quoted as saying that he would be willing to allow Orakpo to play out his franchise tag and “see what happens”.