Maryland Staffers Placed On Leave Following Jordan McNair’s Death

first_imgA general view of Maryland's football stadium.COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on November 3, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)On Friday afternoon, a report from ESPN revealed the cause of death for Maryland football player Jordan McNair. The offensive lineman was hospitalized following a team workout.He passed away days later, on June 13. ESPN reported McNair passed away due to heatstroke he suffered during the workout.His tragic death stemmed from a workout on an 80-degree day, in which players ran 10 110-yard sprints. The report from ESPN shared the scary details surrounding McNair’s death, which called into question the Maryland training staff.Following ESPN’s report, Maryland placed several staffers on leave. Here’s more from ESPN.Athletic director Damon Evans informed the team on Saturday that head football athletic trainer Wes Robinson, director of athletic training Steve Nordwall, and Rick Court, Maryland’s assistant athletics director for sports performance, were placed on administrative leave, according to people at the meeting.This news comes after players present at the workout told ESPN that McNair could not finish the workout on his own. The report alleges multiple trainers essentially dragged him across the finish, after he already began exhibiting signs of serious fatigue.An attorney for the McNair family told ESPN that a lawsuit is very likely. Considering these troubling details, that is completely unsurprising.[ESPN]last_img read more

Nicole Gibbs pulls out of French Open after cancer diagnosis

first_img Reuters New YorkMay 14, 2019UPDATED: May 14, 2019 10:26 IST Nicole Gibbs said she has salivary gland cancer and that is why puled out of the French Open (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNicole Gibbs pulled out of the 2019 French OpenShe has been diagnosed with salivary gland cancerShe said that she will have surgery on FridayAmerican Nicole Gibbs said on Monday she will miss the rest of the clay court season including this month’s French Open after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.The 26-year-old world number 116 said that about a month ago a dentist alerted her to a growth on the roof of her mouth and a biopsy revealed she had salivary gland cancer.”Fortunately, this form of cancer has a great prognosis and my surgeon is confident that surgery alone will be sufficient treatment,” she wrote on Twitter, adding that she will have surgery on Friday.”He even okayed me to play an extra couple (of) tournaments these past few weeks which served as a nice distraction.”Quick update ???????? pic.twitter.com/NkODqVreVINicole Gibbs (@Gibbsyyyy) May 13, 2019The Stanford University product said her goal was to be back for Wimbledon qualifying at the end of June.”I am feeling extremely grateful for the UCLA health network that’s been taking amazing care of me, and for rock solid friends and family who are helping me every step of the way,” she said. “See you back on the court soon.”Also Read | Returning Serena starts clay campaign with routine Rome winFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Nicole GibbsFollow French OpenFollow Cancer Nicole Gibbs pulls out of French Open after cancer diagnosisNicole Gibbs was forced to pull out of the French Open after she was diagnosed with salivary gland cancer. Nicole took to social media to inform her fans that she will have surgery on Friday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Agrium defiant as top investor moves to shake up board

CALGARY — Agrium Inc. was defiant Monday as its largest shareholder, New York hedge fund Jana Partners LLC, demanded five new directors be added to the Canadian agriculture giant’s board.The company (TSX:AGU) dismissed Jana Partners LLC’s latest move as “almost certain to fail” and vowed to stick with its current strategy.The nominees Jana is proposing include the fund’s founder Barry Rosenstein and former Liberal agriculture minister Lyle Vanclief. Also on the slate are three men with the executive experience in retail and distribution that Jana says is lacking.“Agrium’s board has had every opportunity to respond constructively to our analysis and instead simply attempted to avoid the issues,” Rosenstein said in a statement announcing the board challenge.Among other things, Jana wants Agrium to spin off its retail business, which supplies farmers with fertilizers, seeds and other products, from the part of its business that produces fertilizer.In a statement, Agrium CEO Mike Wilson said the board’s independent directors spent two months evaluating Jana’s ideas with its independent financial adviser, Morgan Stanley, before unanimously deciding the retail spinoff was a bad idea.“The facts are straightforward. Agrium remains committed to its highly successful integrated strategy,” Wilson said.“Jana has been trying for over six months to obtain support for its idea that Agrium should spin off or sell its retail operations. Agrium’s shareholders have overwhelmingly rejected Jana’s ideas. As a result, we believe Jana’s attempt to run its own slate for Agrium’s board is almost certain to fail.”A source familiar with Jana’s thinking said the fund has not decided which of Agrium’s 11 board members it’s looking to replace, but it will probably “lean heavily” on the group Agrium has previously cited as having adequate distribution experience.Most of Jana’s nominees are American and it wants to make sure enough Canadians remain on the board, “so you can also assume that Americans will probably be more targeted heavily,” the source said.When it comes to replacing Wilson as CEO, the source said Jana hasn’t “gone there” and “that would obviously be a significant escalation.”In its more than decade-long history, all of Jana’s campaigns have been resolved with management before coming to a shareholder vote.“Maybe this will be the first,” the source said. “We’ll see.”Jana has said the retail spinoff, and a better focus on cost management and capital allocation, could add $50 to Agrium’s share price.Recently Agrium has bumped up its dividend and bought back $900 million in stock — moves Jana has applauded.Jana’s statement on Monday accused the current Agrium board of failing to address it’s criticism. It also accused Agrium of failing to keep shareholders informed — particularly about the weakness of its third-quarter financial results, which generally missed analyst expectations.Besides Vanclief and Rosenstein, Jana is proposing David Bullock — a former chief operating officer of United Agri Products, which was acquired by Agrium several years ago; Stephen Clark, a former CEO of Brenntag North America, and Mitchell Jacobson, chairman and a shareholder of MSC Industrial Direct Co. Inc. (NYSE:MSM).Agrium shares rose about two per cent to $99.95 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more