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Metro Sport ReporterMonday 11 May 2020 2:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.9kShares Arsenal have no plans for second Dani Ceballos loan Arsenal have no purchase option for Dani Ceballos in their agreement with Real Madrid (Getty Images)Arsenal are not planning to extend Dani Ceballos’ loan for another season, according to reports in Spain.The 23-year-old was signed on loan from Real Madrid last summer with Unai Emery playing a key role in convincing the midfielder to join the Gunners.Ceballos impressed in his first few matches for Arsenal but he then suffered a hamstring injury in November which kept him out for nearly three months.Mikel Arteta, who replaced Emery as manager in December, kept Ceballos on the bench for several games before reintroducing to the team.ADVERTISEMENTThe Spaniard had started in Arsenal’s last three Premier League fixtures before the coronavirus outbreak halted the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal are now hopeful of reaching an agreement with Madrid which will keep Ceballos on loan at the club until the current Premier League campaign can be completed. Dani Ceballos returned from injury shortly before coronavirus halted the Premier League season (Getty Images)But according to El Confidencial, Arsenal have no plans to keep Ceballos on loan for a second season and they do not have a purchase option in their current agreement with Madrid.Ceballos, who ruled out a potential move to Sevilla last week, is keen to become a regular at Real Madrid but so far he has been unable to convince Zinedine Zidane.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityIn an interview with AS last week, Emery predicted that Ceballos will play a key role for Arsenal when the season resumes.‘Dani is a player who has excellent qualities and an incredible mentality: he wants to succeed,’ said the former Arsenal manager.‘For Arsenal it was a great market opportunity.‘He played with me, then he was injured and he was out for a long time, he has recovered and now, when the league resumes, he will certainly demonstrate his qualities again.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisement Advertisement
Education, Jobs That Pay, Press Release, Workforce Development Kreamer, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today visited Wood-Mode, Snyder County’s largest employer, to highlight job training at Pennsylvania manufacturers. He joined company and local leaders to tour the nation’s leading manufacturer of custom cabinets.“Having built a similar business, I understand that companies want to hire skilled workers in order to expand and grow, and new businesses will only come to a state that invests in training talented people,” said Governor Wolf. “This tour of Wood-Mode’s state-of-the-art facility is another reminder of the importance of workforce training, whether those workers live in rural communities or our biggest cities.”Wood-Mode, which celebrated its 75th anniversary last year, has a workforce that includes three generations of highly skilled on-site craftsmen who perform the majority of the company’s cabinetry-making process by hand in combination with advanced technology and automation.To help employees gain new skills, the company participates in the state’s WEDnetPA program, which enables companies to provide job training through a network of 27 universities, colleges and partner experts. More than 50 Wood-Mode employees have gained training through WEDnetPA at Penn State University’s Innovative Manufacturing Center and other partner institutions. The training included lean manufacturing, A3 thinking and value stream mapping, standard work and root cause analysis, and project management.“For 75 years, we have maintained success by carefully balancing time-honored craftsmanship while embracing evolving products and technologies,” said Robert Gronlund, a second-generation family owner. “From six employees in 1942 to more than 1,000 employees throughout our 1.3 million square foot facility, our commitment to training and development is vital to our success as we pass skills and techniques from one generation to the next.”Governor Wolf has made job training a priority in Pennsylvania and is expanding apprenticeship and job programs so workers and students get the hands-on experience they need for good-paying jobs and to create the talented workforce that businesses need now and in the future.Under Governor Wolf, Pennsylvania ranks near the top of states for apprenticeships and the Department of Labor and Industry is working closely with businesses and schools to expand those opportunities. Today, Pennsylvania has 750 apprenticeship programs and 15,000 apprentices, which is creating a pipeline of ready-to-work talent.The Wolf administration has also increased the number of students in career and technical programs by 42 percent, and the state is a national leader in the high-growth fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.Pennsylvania is fourth in the number of STEM graduates and is in the top 10 of states for technology and innovation and employment in STEM jobs. The governor is committed to boosting the number of students in STEM majors at state-supported post-secondary institutions to 10,000 by the year 2020 and making sure every student has access to a robust computer science curriculum. Governor Wolf Tours Wood-Mode in Snyder County to Highlight Job Training January 04, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Danny Lauer became a first-time Wild West Modified Shootout winner Saturday at Southern Oregon Speedway. The $1,000 IMCA Modified checkers put him on the ballot for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography)By Ben DeatherageWHITE CITY, Ore. (June 24) – Danny Lauer scorched the Wild West Modified Shootout field on a scorching Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.Lauer’s $1,000 IMCA Modified win came on a day when the mercury hit 100 and then some. The new Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier won his career-first Shootout feature after a disappointing 17th place outing in the opener the night before at Yreka.Ethan Dotson took control right off the bat at White City but was overtaken on the fifth circuit by fellow Californian Lauer.Lauer built comfortable leads that were erased by cautions. Despite the restarts, Lauer held on the rest of the distance to become the 16th different main event winner in the history of the Wild West Modified Shootout.John Campos found some redemption for his post-race disqualification from the opening night feature and finished second, followed by Collen Winebarger, Mark Wauge and Friday winner Nick Trenchard.Trenchard made his way into the Saturday show by winning the “B” featureFeature results – 1. Danny Lauer; 2. John Campos; 3. Collen Winebarger; 4. Mark Wauge; 5. Nick Trenchard; 6. Bricen James; 7. Grey Ferrando; 8. Jesse Williamson; 9. 1Randy Brown; 10. Wade Taylor; 11. Chase Neiman; 12. Albert Gill; 13. James Welshonse; 14. Ethan Dotson; 15. Preston Jones; 16. Tripp Gaylord; 17. Chris Neiman; 18. Steven Sturdevant; 19. Larry McKracken; 20. Ryan Gaylord.
Martin Jol has told his players they are better off at Fulham as he bids to keep his squad intact this summer. Press Association “There is a lot of evidence of players leaving this club and they had a better time here, maybe 80 or 90 per cent of the players. But that is quite arrogant to say, because other players go on to bigger clubs. “Was there one player going to a top club or another club and did better than here? I don’t think so. But I won’t be that arrogant to say he (the player, Jol refused to name names) should have stayed because maybe they could get 100 per cent more (in wages). “It’s about them, they have to make their mind up. The players who are here, like Dimitar (Berbatov), Sascha Riether, even Mladen Petric, they all like it here. And (Mark) Schwarzer. I think they would like to stay.” Despite departures of the likes of Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele, Jol believes Fulham’s record in retaining players is good. “We want to keep our best players and we’ve been quite successful up until now,” he said. “I really thought we could end up with a problem with, for example Brede (Hangeland, the captain). “I feel up until now we’re capable of keeping our best players. It’s only about two or three other players and we’re working hard on that front to keep them here.” Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash at Craven Cottage is a timely reminder for any Fulham player with designs on a move that life is not always better away from west London, with Pavel Pogrebnyak returning with relegated Reading. Fulham have 11 players who are out of contract or at the end of their loan deals this summer and Jol is confident of retaining them, while respecting a professional desire to move on, if they make that choice. “You can use that cliche the grass is always greener here, probably, and not at another place,” Jol said.
Authorities in West Palm Beach are reporting that a man has died after he was struck by a train near Palm Beach Lakes Blvd Monday morning.Witnesses reported that the man was walking west along the 100 block of Palm Beach Lakes Blvd around 5:00 am when he was struck by a Tri-Rail traveling in the southbound direction.Officials have since identified the victim as 37-year-old Randall Felton of West Palm Beach, however, no other details are available at this time.
ELLSWORTH — Peewee wrestling season is almost under way.Starting Feb. 9, Little Eagles Wrestling Club practices will be held Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School.Two new coaches have joined the program: Logan Walsh, owner of Wrestlers Way in Ellsworth, and last year’s Ellsworth High School 152-pound state champion, Connor Petros.Michelle Hamby, president of the Little Eagles Wrestling Club, said the program is open to children ages pre-kindergarten to eighth grade from all communities, not just Ellsworth.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Everybody is invited to experience a practice,” Hamby said. “Come check it out, and see what you think.”There is an optional registration fee of $25 per wrestler. Singlets as well as tournament and travel expenses are paid for by the program.“The whole purpose of this program is to teach kids the fundamentals,” Hamby said. “Our tournament will fund us for most of the year.”Ellsworth High School will host the fourth annual Little Eagles Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, March 5. High school and University of Maine-Orono wrestlers will help run the event.The Little Eagles are also scheduled to attend six other optional tournaments throughout the season.For more information, like the “Ellsworth Little Eagles Wrestling” Facebook page, or contact Hamby at Ellsworthlittleeagleswrestling@gmail.com or call/text 812-1045.Little Eagles Wrestling Tournament Ellsworth High School will host the fourth annual Little Eagles Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, March 5. The event will be conducted in a round-robin format with staggered weigh-in and wrestling times.Tournament cost per wrestler is $15 pre-registration or $20 at the door. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 per student and $10 per family.For wrestlers ages pre-kindergarten to fourth grade, weigh-ins begin at 8:30 a.m., and competition starts at 9:30. For wrestlers in fifth-eighth grade, weigh-ins begin at 11:30 a.m., and competition starts at 12:30 p.m. Weight classes will be determined at weigh-ins.Each division will wrestle until finished, and then go to the auditorium for awards. Trophies will be awarded to all champions, and medals will be given to second-, third- and fourth-place finishers.All-day concessions will be served, including breakfast sandwiches, coffee, muffins and fruit in the morning and chili, pizza, subs, hot dogs and more the rest of the day.A Chinese auction and 50/50 raffles will also take place throughout the tournament. All proceeds will benefit the program.To pre-register, email wrestler information (name, age, grade, experience and estimated weight) to Ellsworthlittleeagleswrestling@gmail.com.
Birmingham: Mitchell Santner said New Zealand could not afford to take “dangerous” Pakistan lightly as they attempt to seal their place in the World Cup semi-finals in Birmingham on Wednesday. Unbeaten New Zealand have 11 points from five victories and a rained-off game while Pakistan must win to keep alive their chances of qualifying for the last four.“Obviously, they’ve had a pretty good record over here,” said the spinning all-rounder on the eve of the match at Edgbaston.“They won the Champions Trophy a couple of years ago and they’ve come off a pretty good win against South Africa.” “We’re at the top at the moment (before the England v Australia result), but we can’t take any games lightly.”Santner praised Pakistan’s varied bowling attack.“Their bowling attack on the whole is very good. They’ve got some very good seam bowlers as well as spin bowlers. We’re aware of their strengths, and I think Wahab (Riaz) back into their team is very good for them.”“(Mohammad) Amir is bowling very well as well,” added Santner of the left-arm paceman, who has 15 wickets in five matches.Santner said Pakistan, who have lost three matches at the World Cup so far, had the ability to raise their game despite their troubles.“They took down England and took down South Africa the other day,” he said.“When they’re hot, they’re really hot. We have to, obviously, find ways of trying to cool them down when they’re like that.”The left-handed batsman said skipper Kane Williamson was key to New Zealand’s batting strength.“He’s coming off two hundreds, and the one against South Africa the other night was pretty special,” he said.“It didn’t look, I guess, as fluid, his innings, but that’s what made it so good.” For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
March 24, 2020 In a statement, the group said that while it commended the IOC for its decision, it also pressed the committee to engage with athletes while deciding on a new date for the Olympics.The statement said, “As shown over the past several weeks, no athletes, no Games.”___World swimming body FINA says it will talk to the Japanese organizers of the 2021 world championships about a possible schedule clash with the Tokyo Olympics.The championships are planned for July 16-Aug. 1 in Fukuoka. Associated Press “When you do something on a grand scale, you want to do it right,” she told The Associated Press. “Give time for the world to heal. I can’t imagine the enthusiasm that’s going to be coming next year, with the whole world coming together to watch this. I know the Japanese people are going to make the best of this.”A three-time beach volleyball gold medalist, Walsh Jennings was in position to make the 2020 Games with new partner Brooke Sweat. They’re treating the coronavirus shutdown like an offseason, staying home with their families and working out on their own.California authorities have taken down the nets all along the Los Angeles-area beaches to discourage people from gathering. Walsh Jennings and her husband, beach volleyball pro Casey Jennings, put up a mini-net in their yard.Walsh Jennings says she understands why the IOC wanted to wait to make the decision.“Can you imagine making this decision after how many years and how much blood and sweat on a global level? People are having a problem calling off weddings, and calling off little tournaments, so imagine with all the billions of dollars that’s gone into this,” she said. “They have a grieving process to go through. They have so many moving parts to think about.” The IOC has been advised by the WHO, which said Monday the pandemic is accelerating.Bach says the original health issue for hosting the Tokyo Olympics was “could Japan offer a safe welcome” and the IOC was confident it could.___The Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed until 2021.The International Olympic Committee along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers have decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. Bach says the exact dates is a question for the Tokyo organizing committee and an International Olympic Committee panel overseeing the preparations.Swimming and track have their biennial world championships scheduled to start in July or August 2021.___IOC president Thomas Bach says “alarming figures” in the past few days about the coronavirus were key to deciding the Tokyo Olympics must be postponed.Bach cites the World Health Organization “saying in the last couple of hours that Africa has to prepare for the worst.” Football Federation Australia chief executive James Johnson says the latest measures imposed by the federal government made it impossible for the A-League to continue. The league had only a few regular-season games remaining before the playoffs. Johnson said the postponement will be reviewed on April 22.Johnson says “as a national competition played in all parts of Australia, as well as New Zealand, mission complicated became mission impossible.”Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Melbourne City at an empty stadium on Monday was the last game completed. Sydney FC leads the standings with 48 points after 20 games.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Road race world champion Mads Pedersen of Denmark says he is happy the International Olympic Committee made the decision to postpone the Tokyo Games on Tuesday rather than wait weeks or even two months.Pedersen would have been among the favorites to win cycling gold this summer. He says he’s sorry for the athletes who had planned their seasons around the Olympics. But he ultimately calls it the right decision, saying that “it shows that we are thinking above the sport and making everyone’s health the priority.”The world cycling calendar has been suspended since the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Officials have not decided whether the Tour de France will carry on this July, but most of the events leading up to the Grand Tour race have been canceled or postponed.___The Montreal Canadiens are temporarily laying off 60% of employees while the National Hockey League season is suspended. He is giving Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund $400,000. He is giving $75,000 to Feeding Northeast Florida. He is giving $75,000 to The Clara White Mission to provide food and care for the city’s homeless. He is giving the Jacksonville Public Education Fund $50,000 to provide needed supplies and technology to students and teachers as they make the transition to digital home learning.He also is giving the local chapter of the American Red Cross $50,000 in support of Anheuser-Busch’s initiative to support the continuation of blood drives throughout the country.Additional allocations will be made as the pandemic evolves and its effects on Jacksonville and northeast Florida residents continue to be realized.___The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have done an about-face on cutting salaries for employees making more than $100,000. A day after announcing the temporary 20% pay cuts because of the economics effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the teams’ co-owners rescinded them. World Athletics says it is talking with organizers about “alternative dates, including dates in 2022.”The championships in Eugene are due to run from Aug. 6-15, 2021. That would conflict with the Olympics if the same July-August slot as originally planned for 2020 is used next year.World Athletics adds that it is looking at a new qualification system to account for the postponement and for the havoc wreaked on the 2020 schedule by the coronavirus outbreak.___The president of the International Paralympic Committee says postponing the Olympics and Paralympics to 2021 was “the only logical option.” Japan’s NHK public television says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose a one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics during talks with IOC President Thomas Bach.Abe says a postponement is unavoidable if the 2020 Games cannot be held in a complete manner amid the coronavirus pandemic.Abe held telephone talks with Bach after IOC said it would make a decision on the Tokyo Games over the next four weeks.___The European club rugby finals in May have been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment CEO Scott O’Neil announced the move in a letter posted on the Devils’ website.The cuts are scheduled to last for three months and will amount to roughly 6% of the employees’ yearly salary if the pandemic subsides.The Devils of the NHL and the Sixers of the NBA are owned by Josh Harris and David Blitzer, who are the founders of HBSE.___Modern pentathlon has canceled the remainder of its World Cup season and postponed the world championships from May to September or October. ___Organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics say the IOC and the Japanese government have ”chosen the best possible scenario” in postponing the Tokyo Games until next year.The Paris organizers said in a statement Tuesday that “postponing the world’s biggest sporting event is not an easy decision,” but that the IOC did the right thing in listening to “the concerns of the sports world.”The statement added that the ”postponement of the Tokyo Games will make it possible to offer the athletes optimal conditions for preparation and competition.”___ If an exact one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics is agreed upon, it would take place July 23-Aug. 8.FINA says talks with Japanese officials will “determine flexibility around the dates of the competition, if necessary and in agreement with the IOC.”The governing body cites priorities including “athlete wellbeing and maximizing opportunities for aquatics stars to compete at the highest level.”___The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have cut salaries for employees making more than $100,000 and put them on a four-day work week as the franchises deal with the impact of the coronavirus. The four remaining World Cups — two in Sofia, Bulgaria, another in Budapest, Hungary, and the final in Seoul — had already been pushed to May and June but have now been officially canceled.The worlds, relocated from Xiamen, China, to Cancun, Mexico, and set for May 25-31, were rescheduled. The new dates were to be determined.Governing body UIPM says it welcomed the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and will finalize plans to revise qualification.___The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, could be moved from 2021 to 2022 after the Olympics were postponed. The Latest: Jags, Cards donate $1M for virus crisis response The Paralympics are governed by the same contract as the Tokyo Olympics.IPC president Andrew Parsons says “by taking this decision now, everyone involved in the Paralympic Movement, including all Para athletes, can fully focus on their own health and well-being and staying safe during this unprecedented and difficult time.”___USA Cycling chief executive Rob DeMartini tells The Associated Press that athletes were surveyed over the weekend by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and that the consensus was that postponing the Tokyo Games was the correct call.DeMartini says “training disruption and qualification challenges are too big to overcome even if the environment returns to a degree of normal by late summer.” Governing body European Professional Club Rugby announced the decision a day after a conference call by the board.The Champions Cup and second-tier Challenge Cup had already suspended the quarterfinals scheduled for next month. Now the semifinals on May 1-3 and the finals in Marseille set for May 22-23 are off.EPCR says it “remains committed to completing the 2019-20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season.”___The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start Thursday as planned in northeastern Fukushima prefecture but with no torch, no torchbearers and no public because of the coronavirus outbreak. Co-owner Josh Harris says after listening to his staff and players, it’s clear that the pay cuts was the wrong decision.“This is an extraordinary time in our world — unlike any most of us have ever lived through before — and ordinary business decisions are not enough to meet the moment. To our staff and fans, I apologize for getting this wrong.”The teams did not say whether they plan to maintain a four-day work week, which was part of the cuts. Employees benefits were never changed and the teams plan on keeping their 1,500 hourly workers paid throughout the regular season. The NHL’s Devils and the NBA’s Sixers are owned by Harris and David Blitzer, who are the founders of Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment.___Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings says it was the “responsible choice” to postpone the Olympics. The Cardinals are working with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to launch an initiative that will help fund protective equipment for medical personnel, support nonprofits like food banks and homeless shelters, and provide disadvantaged students with technology to help with online learning.Cardinals President Michael Bidwell said in a statement that “this unprecedented crisis has us asking what we can do to help and what might have the greatest impact. We are grateful for the creation of this relief fund, are proud to support its critically important mission and hope that others throughout the community can join this effort in whatever way that they are able.”___Jacksonville’s Shad Khan is the latest NFL owner to donate money to help during the coronavirus pandemic.Khan committed $1 million to northeast Florida’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to his proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bach had previously said the IOC would make an announcement about postponing the 2020 Olympics in the next four weeks.___ Taiwan’s professional baseball league has set April 11 as the revised date for opening day.The start of the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League’s season has been delayed twice this month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The CPBL’s website says the opening game would go ahead in a closed stadium but there could be up to 150 season ticket holders allowed entry under strict social distancing guidelines if the government approves.Sports leagues across Asia have been postponed or suspended because of the virus outbreak. The professional baseball and soccer leagues in Japan are aiming to start or resume their seasons in late April.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals have made a $1 million donation to help those in the state affected by the coronavirus pandemic. DeMartini says that he is a fan of a “soonest possible” reschedule but not until the situation is a bit more predictable. That could mean early in 2021 or an Olympics that is pushed into the fall of next year.DeMartini says “we just need to be sure everything is being done to protect their safety.”___IOC president Thomas Bach says he did not discuss new dates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.One option would be July 23-Aug. 8. That is exactly one year from the now-postponed July 24-Aug. 9 dates. There will be an Olympic flame carried in a lantern and transported by a vehicle along what organizers hope will be empty roadsides.The Tokyo Games and the relay have been caught in limbo since International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said four weeks were needed to decide on an inevitable postponement of the planned opening on July 24. He has ruled out a cancellation.___Australian soccer’s A-League has suspended its season indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.That brings an end to all professional football competitions in Australia and New Zealand. Groupe CH, which owns hockey’s most storied club, says the layoffs go into effect March 30. Groupe CH also is establishing a $6 million assistance fund that will enhance employment insurance to make sure employees receive 80% of their salary for the following eight weeks and be available for loans to employees.Owner Geoff Molson says: “We are working extremely hard to limit the impact this situation will have on our employees.”___One of the key worldwide athlete groups that called for postponement of the Tokyo Games termed the IOC’s announcement a “bittersweet victory.”The group Global Athlete says it was appropriate for the International Olympic Committee to make the call Tuesday, instead of on a four-week timeline that it had suggested over the weekend.
Jake Butt says he was tempted to quit during latest comeback “I’m really happy I stuck with it because I do feel really, really good out there,” Butt added. “I feel like I can still play in this league and I can contribute, I can even get much better than I am right now. So, I think that’s a lesson that I’ve definitely learned through this that everybody can learn is that bad days are going to come, tough days are going to come, but you can’t quit, you’ve just got to keep showing up.”Notes: Four players were absent from practice Wednesday, including Fant, who was sick. Fangio made a point of saying, “not COVID sick, but normal sick, that’s what he’s got.” … Also out were OLB Bradley Chubb (rest), CB Davonte Harris (bruised knee) and Vannett (concussion).___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___ In 2018, he played in three games before suffering a third torn ACL, and last year his comeback was interrupted by yet another operation to clean out a torn meniscus. He hoped to return for the final month in 2019 but Lock got the activation nod instead after recovering from a thumb injury.Butt has spent more of his pro career in the training room than he has on the football field. “You’re still part of the team but you also feel miles away,” Butt said. “I would say honestly that’s probably the hardest part about rehab is it can get a little bit lonely and that’s where you start to build yourself up mentally. And throughout all three of my ACLs I think I’ve come out of the rehab more mentally tough than I was going into it.”Yet, Butt acknowledged there were some dark days during his latest comeback that made him seriously contemplate walking away from football.“There were a lot of days I really wanted to quit,” Butt said. “There was a lot of days I was really down on myself, questioning myself, questioning why I’m even doing this kind of thing? And for me it’s my support group, my teammates, my friends and maybe just a little bit of craziness that I’ve had implanted from my parents and my family growing up that you can’t quit and just show up tomorrow. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Jake Butt is equal parts unfortunate and unflappable.In three seasons with the Denver Broncos, the star-crossed tight end from Michigan has played in as many games (three) as he’s had major knee surgeries, each of which required a clean-up procedure.So, that’s six operations to go with his eight career catches for 85 yards. Associated Press August 19, 2020 Yet, in a talented tight end corps that features 2019 first-rounder Noah Fant, rookie Albert Okwuegbunam, free agent Nick Vannett and veterans Troy Fumagalli and Andrew Beck, it’s Butt who’s been turning heads at training camp so far.Just months after contemplating walking away from football, Butt has drawn high praise from his head coach and his quarterback this week with Drew Lock declaring, “There’s nobody in our locker room that doesn’t want to see Jake Butt succeed.”Butt appreciates the sentiment but wants to put his health issues behind him.“Man, it means a lot quite honestly,” Butt said Wednesday after another spectacular practice. “Guys have seen what I’ve been through and if you’ve been through an ACL you know how hard one is. When you go through three, it means a lot to get that recognition from your comrades, your teachers, your coaches. But for me, I’m healthy. It’s part of my story but I’m out there, I’m out there playing ball, I’m not looking back. I don’t have any excuses.”Butt first tore an ACL during spring drills his sophomore season at Michigan and he tore the other one in his final game for the Wolverines, in the Orange Bowl. The Broncos drafted him three months later but he spent his rookie year on IR. More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL