Players react to semi final loss as Acheson confirms Dubai move

first_imgThe Moyle Rovers clubman confirmed after yesterdays All Ireland semi-final defeat to Mayo that he’s leaving the country.The Connaught side were 2-13 to 0-14 point winners in Croke Park and will meet either Kerry or Dublin in the final.After the game Peter Acheson confirmed he’s moving to Dubai. He’s postponed his plans in recent seasons due to commitments with the Tipperary team but says he won’t be convinced to stay a third time.Tipp’s cause wasn’t helped yesterday by the black and red cards given to Robbie Kiely and Bill Maher respectively by referee David Coldrick.Tipp manager Liam Kearns says the 10 minute period before half-time was the key passage of the match.Despite the loss Ballyporeen’s Conor Sweeney says Tipp performed very well for long spells of the game.last_img read more

MLB players counter owners’ offer with proposed 70-game schedule

first_imgMajor League Baseball players countered the owners proposal of a 60-game schedule with their own 70-game schedule on Thursday, as the two sides continued battling over a deal to begin a shortened season.The players’ counter was not received well by at least some on the owners’ side who believed they had an agreement at 60 games.The sides have apparently agreed that the players will be played their full pro-rated salaries and both sides’ proposals included expanded playoffs, creating extra revenue.“We believe this offer represents the basis for an agreement on resumption of play,” union head Tony Clark said in a statement after offering 70 games. Now, they must settle on the length of the schedule, which obviously has financial implications if the players are to be paid on a per-game basis.The difference in total player salaries between 60 and 70 games is about $250 million, or about $8.3 million per team.Owners proposed a 10-week season starting July 19 and ending Sept. 27. The players proposed adding three days at the end to accommodate the extra games.The owners also proposed adding the designated hitter to the National League in 2020 and 2021, a change likely to be embraced by the players because it creates more high-paying jobs and allows older players to remain in the game longer.“We’re at the same place,” Commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters. “We want to reach an agreement… We’re doing everything necessary to find a way to play, hopefully by agreement.” Negotiations had apparently hit a stalemate Monday, when Manfred said he was losing confidence there could be an agreement with the players. On Tuesday, Manfred and Clark met face-to-face in Phoenix for a meeting that established what Manfred later said was the “framework” of a deal.Although some on the ownership side reportedly believed the players had agreed to the 60-game plan, Clark on Thursday afternoon released a statement indicating that there was never any agreement.“In my discussions with Rob in Arizona we explored a potential pro rata framework, but I made clear repeatedly in that meeting and after it that there were a number of significant issues with what he proposed, in particular the number of games,” Clark wrote. “It is unequivocally false to suggest that any tentative agreement or other agreement was reached in that meeting. In fact, in conversations within the last 24 hours, Rob invited a counterproposal for more games that he would take back to the owners. We submitted that counterproposal today.”Manfred then responded, telling reporters: “I don’t know what Tony and I were doing there for several hours going back and forth and making trades if we weren’t reaching an agreement.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more