Danes Seek Geotechnical Investigators

first_imgDenmark’s Sønderborg Affald A/S has invited bids for geotechnical investigation services on the proposed Lillebælt Syd nearshore wind farm situated between the islands of Als and Funen (Fyn), Denmark.The wind farm will have the capacity of up to 160MW and will feature between 20 and 44 wind turbines ranging in capacity from 3.6MW to 8MW, the developer said.The type of foundations is yet to be determined and will either be monopiles, gravity-based foundations or suction buckets.The work is part of the initial investigations alongside an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).The objective of the works is to verify the ground conditions investigated by the geophysical survey and to establish design parameters for the geotechnical design of the foundations.The final reporting is in May 2018, Sønderborg Affald said.The tender will remain open until 23 January 2018.In June 2017, the Danish Energy Agency granted a permission to Sønderborg Forsyningsservice A/S to explore the possibility of developing an offshore wind farm in the area between the two islands.The permit, valid until December 2018, allows the developer to conduct preliminary investigations for the establishment of offshore wind turbines in an area northeast of Als.Following the completion of investigations, Sønderborg Forsyningsservice will submit a preliminary report as well as the EIA to the Danish Energy Agency.last_img read more

Mixed injury news for QPR

first_imgQPR suffered mixed news on the injury front on Sunday with the relief that Charlie Austin will only miss one game tempered by confirmation that defenders Richard Dunne and Nedum Onuoha face longer spells on the sidelines. “It’s been hugely unsettling. It’s not nice, but we have to get on with the challenge ahead. “It was definitely a surprise, once the chairman said Harry was going to remain as manager, that’s what we thought was going to happen until the end of the season. “We didn’t see it coming as I’m sure nobody else did in football.” Tim Sherwood remains the clear favourite to fill the vacancy at Loftus Road, having worked with both Ramsey and director of football Les Ferdinand at Tottenham. Real Madrid assistant manager Paul Clement and Derby manager Steve McClaren have also been linked with the post. “I’m not going to say who I think should be in charge, I’m a player, I do as I’m told,” Henry said. “I’ve heard good things about (Sherwood), I’ve heard he’s a good coach. “I know from the type of player he was, he expects players to give 100 per cent and he likes English players as well. “But whoever comes in – everybody’s on board, nobody in the changing room is causing any problems or moaning about who might come in. “Whoever comes in will want to change a few things and hopefully that keeps us in the league.” Ramsey made four changes to the starting line-up against Southampton, including a recall for out-of-favour forward Adel Taarabt. Taarabt was branded “overweight” by Redknapp in October and the Moroccan struggled to make an impact before being replaced in the second half. “Adel is a good lad, contrary to belief he’s a good person to have around the place,” Henry added. “I don’t think I’ve played with a better player than Adel. “His ability is frightening at times and if he can get himself into the form he’s shown in previous years for QPR where he wins games almost by himself, who wouldn’t want someone like that around the place?” Redknapp, meanwhile, believes there is “every chance” that Sherwood could replace him as Hoops manager. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek programme, the 67-year-old said: “I would think there’s every chance that Tim would go there. “Les (Ferdinand) is there and Chris Ramsey, and they’ve brought a chief scout in from Tottenham, so it’s pretty much set up for Tim. “But I don’t know for sure. Tony (Fernandes, QPR owner) didn’t say to me he was going to bring Tim in. I just hope whoever comes in can keep the team up.” Onuoha also sustained a hamstring problem which will keep him out for three to four weeks. Irishman Dunne, 35, has started 17 of Rangers’ 24 Premier League matches so far this season, while Onuoha has featured 12 times, with 11 of those appearances coming in the starting XI. Meanwhile, QPR midfielder Karl Henry has admitted Harry Redknapp’s resignation was “hugely unsettling” for the team, but insisted they still believed they would avoid the drop this season. QPR are second bottom, having lost five consecutive matches in all competitions. Chris Ramsey and Kevin Bond are expected to remain in charge for Tuesday’s game at Sunderland, with the club yet to appoint a permanent successor to Redknapp, who resigned last week. “Times of uncertainty are not nice,” Henry said. “But we’re professionals, we have to come in and get on with it. “I’ve certainly had managerial changes in my career and it’s part of football, it’s the nature of the beast. All three sustained injuries in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton at Loftus Road, with Austin and Dunne leaving the ground on crutches. While 13-goal top scorer Austin is only set to miss the midweek encounter with Sunderland with bruising to his right foot, the club confirmed on Sunday afternoon that Dunne will be out for up to three months having suffered a medial cruciate ligament injury in his right knee. Press Associationlast_img read more

Allardyce: I’d have inspired Ade

first_imgSam Allardyce believes he could have got the best out of Emmanuel Adebayor had he been able to land the Tottenham striker in January. Although he is one of Mauricio Pochettino’s three captains, the Argentinian would not have stood in the way of Adebayor leaving the club in January – with suggestions chairman Daniel Levy was the man who vetoed a loan deal to rivals West Ham. That leaves the 30-year-old as part of Pochettino’s squad but, with Harry Kane in fine form, first-team opportunities are still likely to remain at a premium for Adebayor, although Allardyce admitted he would have relished the prospect of working with the former Arsenal and Manchester City man – despite his reputation for causing unrest. “Goals,” was Allardyce’s simple reply when asked what the signing of Adebayor would have brought to West Ham. “If you see where he has gone and his initial impact at where he has been would be that he comes into a football club and scores goals on a regular basis. “There is obviously one of those players that you have to look at him and as a manager and say ‘how do I react with him and interact with him and on the basis of how well I interact is on the basis of how well he plays for us’. “So you use your management skills in terms of looking at his personality, like you do with most players and talking about wanting the best out of him while you are here, and wanting him to enjoy your football and do what you do best – play and score goals. “I never really think I have anybody signed until I know they are at the training ground at the final pieces, however long, or short the contract is. It looked a really good possibility but I was keeping my fingers and toes crossed. “If you are in the transfer window and a quality player comes your way and you think he is a quality player, some people say ‘do you need a player in that position?’ – but the bottom line is that he is a quality player. “If you can get him, for me you get him if you can afford him. That is what we tried to do. There was such a short time frame at that time it was not possible to be pulled off.” Any frustrations at not getting a last-minute deal for Adebayor over the line on transfer deadline day would have been magnified when club-record signing Andy Carroll was ruled out for the remainder of the season after undergoing knee surgery. Allardyce conceded Adebayor would have been the perfect fit to step in with Carroll sidelined but has now called on the likes of Enner Valencia, Carlton Cole, Diafra Sakho and new arrival Nene to prove their worth. “Any player with the ability that he has got is my kind of player,” he added of Adebayor. “Particularly with a relatively good goalscoring record. There can be the odd blip that happens with a player of his character but sometimes you deal with that as a manager. “You don’t want it to be easy week in and week out. you want some challenges. You set yourself the challenge that you hope he can make a difference to your team. But it was not to be. “We have players here that have got to perform from now to the end of the season. There is no let up. “They can’t take it easy and sit back on what they have done in the past and they have got to continue to strive for the future and hit the levels we have performed at for most of the season.” Press Association West Ham came close to completing a loan move for the Togolese, who is likely to be consigned to the bench when the Hammers travel to face their London rivals at White Hart Lane on Sunday, on the final day of the January transfer window. Adebayor has played just three times for Spurs since their defeat to Stoke on November 9 and has also been the recipient of jeers from home fans during that time. last_img read more

Sign Up Here to Attend World Series Watch Party in WPB

first_imgThe Nationals and Astros have something in common other than meeting each other in the World Series.Both teams hold spring training in the same West Palm Beach complex and no two teams who train in the same place have ever met in the World Series, until now.By next spring a World Series champion banner will be at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.Both the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals will meet in the best of seven series after starting the spring at the same complex at 45th St and Haverhill.The Fitteam Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is just three years old after it was built with funding from the state, Palm Beach County and West Palm Beach.This Friday the ballpark will host a Game 3 watch party. Admission is free and vouchers are available online here at this link.last_img

Officials clinic

first_img admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) Latest Posts Biocenter_img ORONO — The Maine Association of USA Track and Field will conduct a track and field officials’ clinic on Sunday, April 5 in Orono at the town council chambers, Town Office Building, 59 Main Street. Registration is at 12:30 p.m. and the clinic will run from 1 to 4:30 p.m.The clinic is for anyone interested in officiating track and field at the youth, high school, or college levels and/or becoming certified or re-certified.Don Berry, master official in the sport and the certification chairman for Maine USATF, will conduct the clinic. The clinic is designed to provide both a beginning and advanced levels on instruction and will cover all aspects of track and field officiating and rules review.Track coaches and track parents who want to learn more about the rules are welcome to attend the clinic.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textPlease contact Mary Cady, master official and meet director, if you plan to attend or have questions, at 866-5674 or marycady@maine.edu.There is no cost for the clinic. Track rulebooks will be provided for purchase, as will testing material. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

Chanderpaul passes 26 000 first class runs but Jaguars facing defeat

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) — Veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul passed 26 000 first class runs and was once against standing between Guyana Jaguars and defeat, as Barbados Pride took a stranglehold of their eighth round contest here Saturday.At age 42, the West Indies legend’s powers showed no signs of wane as he carved out exactly 50 in Jaguars first innings as they collapsed to 250 all out, in reply to Pride’s mammoth 480 for three declared, on the penultimate day at Kensington Oval.Forced to follow on by 230 runs, Jaguars were slumping at 78 for three after losing two quick wickets but Chanderpaul once again came to their rescue and was unbeaten on 30 at the close, with the visitors tentatively placed at 119 for three.Today is a rest day to accommodate the Twenty20 International between West Indies and Pakistan at the venue but Jaguars — still 111 runs adrift of making Pride bat again — will require a Herculean effort on Monday’s final day to avoid defeat.Attacking opener Shimron Hetmyer made 28 off 24 balls with six fours, in a 44-run opening stand with Rajindra Chandrika, before driving off-spinner Ashley Nurse to substitute Justin Greaves at cover, off the second ball after tea.Chandrika, who spent nearly 1-1/4 hours over 23, put on 26 for the second wicket with captain Leon Johnson (16) but perished when he struck a return catch back to left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican.With eight runs added, Johnson was taken at the wicket off Nurse, who finished with two for 33.Chanderpaul, however, combined with Vishaul Singh (14 not out) to stabilise the innings in an unbroken 41-run, fourth wicket stand.Earlier, wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble top-scored with an attractive 77 and Raymon Reifer got 31, but Jaguars wasted a promising position of 239 for five as they lost their last five wickets for just 11 runs.Fast bowler Miguel Cummins as the chief destroyer with five for 41 while off-spinner Roston Chase picked up four for 46.Resuming the day on 119 for four, Jaguars lost Reifer in the day’s seventh over after he had added just six to his overnight 25, leaving Chanderpaul and Bramble to rescue the innings in a 106-run sixth wicket stand.Chanderpaul, unbeaten on 15 overnight, achieved 26 000 runs in his 357th first class match when he reached 19. He went on to face 197 balls in just over 4-1/2 hours at the crease and struck four fours and a six.Bramble was positive from the outset, and his knock came from just 115 deliveries in 128 minutes and included 12 fours and a six.Once he was lbw to Cummins in the 10th over after lunch, Jaguars collapsed as Cummins ran through the lower order.PRIDE 1st Innings 480-3 decl.Jaguars 1st Innings(overnight 119 for four)S Hetmyer c Alleyne b Cummins 1R Chandrika c (sub) Greaves b Chase 24*L Johnson lbw b Chase 15V Singh c wkp Dowrich b Stoute 15S Chanderpaul c Nurse b Chase 50R Reifer c wkp Dowrich b Cummins 31+A Bramble lbw b Cummins 77R Shepherd lbw b Chase 0D Bishoo c Brathwaite b Cummins 0C Pestano lbw b Cummins 0G Motie not out 5Extras (b9, lb13, w1, nb9) 32TOTAL (all out, 89.2 overs) 250Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-56, 3-64, 4-86, 5-133, 6-239, 7-244, 8-245, 9-245, 10-250.Bowling: Cummins 18.2-4-41-5 (nb5), Harding 12-1-45-0 (w1, nb4), Stoute 16-6-36-1, Chase 29-11-46-4, Nurse 8-2-32-0, Warrican 6-0-28-0.JAGUARS 2nd Innings (following-on)S Hetmyer c (sub) Greaves b Nurse 28R Chandrika c and b Warrican 23*L Johnson c wkp Dowrich b Nurse 16Extras (b1, lb2, w1, nb4) 8TOTAL (3 wkts, 40 overs) 119Fall of wickets: 1-44, 2-70, 3-78.Bowling: Cummins 4-0-16-0 (nb2), Chase 7-2-19-0, Harding 5-1-19-0 (nb2), Nurse 12-1-33-2 (w1), Warrican 8-2-19-1, Stoute 3-1-9-0, Brathwaite 1-0-1-0.Position: Jaguars require a further 111 runs to avoid an innings defeat.last_img read more

Hope for Hetmyer!

first_img– Grave underscores way back into the team(CMC) – Left-handers Shimron Hetmyer and Evin Lewis could find themselves in with a chance of redemption shortly, after failed fitness assessments ruled them out of this month’s one-day tour of Sri Lanka.Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief executive, Johnny Grave, revealed Monday that fitness assessments were conducted on a biannual basis with the next one scheduled for June, but players who failed assessments could also be re-appraised.“In our strength and conditioning policy, they’re tested twice every year. Obviously, players will be re-tested if they fail,” Grave told the Newsday publication here.“The next testing is due in June. Players have to be at a minimum standard in order to be considered for selection.”In announcing the 15-man squad for the Sri Lanka series, on Monday, chief selector Roger Harper said both Hetmyer and Lewis had “come up short in the fitness test”.He added: “Hetmyer appeared to be getting his act together and was an integral part of the team’s batting group.”If Hetmyer was forced to wait until June for the second fitness assessment, he would almost certainly miss out on West Indies’ three-Test tour of England, June 4-29.The 23-year-old has been a fixture in the Test squad ever since making his debut two-and-a-half years ago, playing 16 matches and hitting five half-centuries.Both he and Lewis featured in the Ireland series last month with contrasting success but then failed fitness tests conducted last week by Windies men’s team strength and conditioning coach, Ronald Rogers and CWI’s sports science and medicine manager Dr Oba Gulston.Lewis emerged as Man-of-the-Series following the Ireland ODIs but Hetmyer was dropped after failing in the two opening matches in Bridgetown, though he retained his spot for the three T20 Internationals which followed.And with West Indies set to undertake a hectic itinerary this year – including the T20 World Cup in October – both players will be under pressure to prove their fitness under the new minimum requirements.Grave said the fitness assessments were a critical component of the selection process and stressed the importance of players meeting the required standards.“The fitness tests do two things. One, they make sure that you fit the minimum standards required for selection. The other one is  every player has a personal target to hit,” the Englishman explained.“If you miss your personal target, you can be fined two weeks’ wages. So, there are two elements to the fitness tests.“In terms of injuries, players will conduct what is called a return-to-play policy. So, the medical screenings are for players who are carrying injuries (separately).”As such, left-arm spinner Fabian Allen and left-handed batsman Nicholas Pooran – both of whom recovered from recent injuries to be included in the ODI squad to Sri Lanka – did not undergo the recent fitness assessments.last_img read more

Women’s hoops molding into Kelsey’s philosophy

first_imgNobody ever said it was going to be an easy transition for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team under a new coach and a new system. But what the record of the Badgers doesn’t reflect is the team is finally showing signs of the team head coach Bobbie Kelsey knows they can be.Losers of seven of their last eight games, including a six game slide which lasted almost an entire month, the Badgers (5-12, 1-4) snapped their losing streak by winning their first conference game on the road against Illinois 70-67 on Jan. 8 and continued their solid play by taking No. 15/23 Nebraska down to the wire at the Kohl Center before falling to the Huskers 75-69 on Jan. 12.Offensively, the Badgers were struggling to find an answer during their six-game losing streak. Although facing difficult competition, including four straight games against ranked opponents, the Badgers only averaged 51.5 points per game during their skid. But in the past two games, the Badgers are averaging 69.5 points, significantly higher than the 56.8 points the team averages per game for the entire season and the points averaged during the six-game slide.For senior guard Jade Davis, the recent improvement is a result of the team’s growing understanding of coach Kelsey’s offense through the continued experience of games and practice.“The games are fast. If you don’t understand the offense, initially it’s hard to see it with fast movement and knowing where to be,” Davis said. “It definitely takes knowing it in-depth in practice and the experience in the games to help make it what it is. We’re understanding the offense a lot more; we’re not settling for the first look. We’re doing the little things now. We’re not settling with just being out there.”Junior guard Taylor Wurtz voiced the same belief: The Badgers’ recent improved play is a reflection of the work they put in every day in practice.“Everything starts with practice,” Wurtz said. “We’ve been coming into practice knowing we have to improve. We’re working really hard and that’s been huge. We’ve picked it up in the games too; we always go in with the underdog mentality and give it our all.”While the Badgers appear to be breaking through offensively, they are still struggling to find a rhythm on defense this year. The Badgers rank 324 out of 336 teams ranked in Division I women’s basketball in field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents on average to shoot 44.1 percent from the floor. In the past eight games, the Badgers have stayed true to that trend, allowing opponents on average to shoot 46.7 percent from the floor.For Davis, the high numbers opponents have been shooting from the floor comes from the Badgers not containing opposing players from getting into the lane.“We’ve been giving up a lot of layups,” Davis said. “Coach has been preaching one-on-one containment and stopping the fast breaks. The high percentage comes from us giving up layups and a lot of easy looks.”Efforts to stop that trend have been incorporated every day in practice.“As far as the one-on-one drives go, we’ve been working on that every day in practice,” Kelsey said. “Some of it’s technique, but most of it’s will. You can’t let a person go one direction with it and not force them to handle the ball at all to score. It’s a personal pride thing; you have to dig in and stop somebody.”For Kelsey, the defensive struggles can be linked to offensive issues as well. While the Badgers are giving up a high percentage from the floor, Wisconsin is struggling to match their opponent’s production, shooting 38.7 percent on average. If the Badgers are to compete down the stretch, they will need to outshoot their opponents until they fix their defensive struggles.“The problem is all the other players we face can shoot,” Kelsey said. “You can’t really leave any of the players we’ve faced on other teams because they don’t have any weak shooters. That’s been a little tough, and that’s why I tell our players it’s important for us to hit shots because when they leave certain players on our team open, we have to knock them down. We have to do what people are doing to us; our entire team needs to be able to consistently make the open looks so other teams will have to respect us like we have with them.While the Badgers enter a favorable stretch on their schedule where the team will face five straight unranked opponents, including three at home, Kelsey and Davis see the team on the right track to fixing their struggles.“We’re keying in on the things we need to do to get better,” Kelsey said. “We’re working on taking away the other team’s favorite tendencies offensively. You can’t leave the best players open.”last_img read more

Notre Dame football 2019: Schedule, roster, recruiting and three questions for Fighting Irish

first_imgBrian Kelly enters his 10th season as Notre Dame’s coach looking to build on the program’s first appearance in the College Football Playoff.The Irish in 2018 finished 12-0 in the regular season for the second time under Kelly before suffering a 30-3 loss to Clemson in the CFP semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic. Notre Dame will take the next step with quarterback Ian Book, who stayed on the fringe of the Heisman Trophy conversation throughout that banner regular season. MORE: SN’s pre-preseason rankings for 2019Kelly is just the fifth coach to last a decade or more in South Bend. The other four (Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Lou Holtz) have national championships. That will always be the expectation.Notre Dame is ranked No. 8 in Sporting News’ pre-preseason top 25 for 2019. To prove it and get back to the CFP, the Irish will have to get through another tough schedule.Here’s a closer look at the Irish heading into 2019:Notre Dame football schedule 2019DateOpponentLocationSept. 2at LouisvilleLouisville, Ky.Sept. 7ByeOffSept. 14New MexicoNotre Dame, Ind.Sept. 21at No. 3 GeorgiaAthens, Ga.Sept. 28VirginiaNotre Dame, Ind.Oct. 5Bowling GreenNotre Dame, Ind.Oct. 12USCNotre Dame, Ind.Oct. 19ByeOffOct. 26at No. 10 MichiganAnn Arbor, Mich.Nov. 2Virginia TechSouth Bend. Ind.Nov. 9at DukeDurham, N.C.Nov. 16NavyNotre Dame, Ind.Nov. 23Boston CollegeNotre Dame, Ind.Nov. 30at No. 21 StanfordStanford, Calif.MORE: Independent 2019 primerNotre Dame football recruiting 2019Notre Dame had the No. 15 class in the FBS according to 247Sports’ Composite team rankings. The Irish have become a destination for top offensive linemen, and four-star center Zeke Corell and tackle Quinn Carroll were the biggest hauls this year. Safety Kyle Hamilton will arrive in the spring and could contribute early. Cornerback Isaiah Rutherford is another player to watch. Kelly continues to add depth to a talented roster.Notre Dame football roster 2019Notre Dame’s football roster will be updated in the spring and fall here.MORE: Early predictions for 2019 seasonWhat to watch from Notre Dame in 20191. How will Book improve?Book was a difference-maker at quarterback for the Irish once he took the starting job for good from Brandon Wimbush. Book finished with 2,628 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Book’s mobility and accuracy were good, until the Clemson game. He completed just 50 percent of his passes in that loss and threw an interception. The schedule features tough road games at Georgia, Michigan and Stanford. Those are the games where Book will have to be at his best this season. Kelly is known for shuffling quarterbacks every season, and Phil Jurkovec is next in line.2. Which skill players step up? Notre Dame loses its top running back in Dexter Williams and top receiver in Miles Boykin. Those two gamebreakers combined for 21 touchdowns in 2018. Jafar Armstrong and Tony Jones Jr. will split carries early in the season, and Chase Claypool, Chris Finke and Cole Kmet are reliable targets for Book. Still, the Irish will need go-to guys in both. The good news is they will be able to develop behind the same strong offensive line that features senior All-American candidates Tommy Kraemer and Liam Eichenberg.3. Who takes on leadership on D?The Irish several key pieces from a tough defense, including All-Americans Jerry Tillery and Julian Love. Team leaders Te’Von Coney and Drue Tranquill also are gone. Those players were all key pieces on a defense that allowed 18.2 points per game. Julian Okwara is the best returning pass-rusher with 6.5 sacks in 2018. Linebackers Asmar Bilal and Khalid Kareem are candidates to fill that leadership void, and the secondary returns Alohi Gilman and Jalen Elliott.last_img read more

Secret massages, old grudges ruined Aaron Rodgers-Mike McCarthy relationship, report says

first_imgWell it seems there was a lot going on within the Packers organization that led to the eventual firing of former head coach Mike McCarthy.In a lengthy report on the dynamic between McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Bleacher Report indicated several potential factors that brought down what many believed would be an NFL dynasty — some more interesting than others. According to former Packers running back Ryan Grant, the marriage between McCarthy and Rodgers was doomed from the start because McCarthy came to the team in 2006 after being the offensive coordinator for the 49ers where he drafted Alex Smith No. 1 overall in 2005.Rodgers, as we all know, fell to the Packers at No. 24 that year. Related News Jordy Nelson: It ‘would be hard to say no’ if Aaron Rodgers asked me to un-retire Here’s the full quote from Mike McCarthy, who I spoke to about an hour ago. Certainly hasn’t lost his sense of humor. pic.twitter.com/bmDEQbJDTr— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 4, 2019McCarthy was a head coaching hopeful this offseason, but was passed over by the eight NFL teams with a vacancy.Matt LaFleur, 39, was hired by Green Bay to replace McCarthy and has a blank slate to build a relationship with arguably the most talented quarterback in the NFL. However, LaFleur told ESPN earlier this week he’s yet to meet with Rodgers since his hiring.Read the full Bleacher Report piece on Rodgers and McCarthy here .center_img “Aaron’s always had a chip on his shoulder with Mike,” Grant said. “The guy who ended up becoming your coach passed on you when he had a chance. Aaron was upset that Mike passed on him — that Mike actually verbally said that Alex Smith was a better quarterback.”McCarthy actually told Sports Illustrated in 2015 that Rodgers took every opportunity to remind him of that then-decade old slight.“We play Kansas City in Week 3,” McCarthy said. “We won’t make it through the first half of that week without him saying something. I’m certain.”That ill will from 2005 was just the tip of the iceberg that wore away at Rodgers, who found fault in McCarthy’s play calls, coaching staff decisions and general “football IQ” but rarely spoke up earnestly.Aaron Rodgers to Mike McCarthy pic.twitter.com/K3Z221dWaE— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) April 4, 2019Rodgers instead, according to a cited source, chose to be passive aggressive and “conflict-averse.””I guarantee you, (Rodgers) never — maybe once or twice — but mostly never, ever addressed any of those things with Mike,” an anonymous source told Bleacher Report. “Which means all it did was fester and poison it.”The oddest tidbit offered in the report tackled McCarthy’s massage schedule.McCarthy allegedly scheduled secret massages in his office while allowing assistants to run team meetings. He may not have been getting a massage during every missed meeting, but all it took was one for the team to notice, take hold of the theory and mentally ding McCarthy for checking out.”If you’re not a part of meetings, and then you’re trying to be pissed about execution, nobody’s going to really respect you,” one former front-office member from the McCarthy-Rodgers era told Bleacher Report. “They’re going to look at you like, ‘Where have you been all week?’ It sounded like he was really just chilling.”McCarthy pushed back on that piece of reporting, per NFL Media.”I wouldn’t even know where to start and stop with the article,” he said, in part. “To say I skipped a team meeting for a massage is utterly absurd.” Mike McCarthy on Packers firing: ‘It couldn’t have been handled any worse’last_img read more