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Giants hire Alyssa Nakken as first female coach in MLB history

Giants hire Alyssa Nakken as first female coach in MLB history

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Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The San Francisco Giants have hired Alyssa Nakken, making the former softball standout the first female coach in Major League Baseball history. San Francisco announced the hiring of Nakken and Mark Hallberg as assistant coaches Thursday. Nakken, 29, was a star first baseman at Sacramento State before earning a master's degree in sports management from the University of San Francisco. She joined the Giants in 2014 as an intern in the baseball operations department. "Alyssa and Mark are highly respected members of the organization and I'm delighted that they will now focus their talents on helping to build a winning culture in the clubhouse," Kapler said in a statement. "In every organization, environment affects performance, and baseball clubhouses are no different. "That...
Giants to hire Patriots special teams coach Joe Judge

Giants to hire Patriots special teams coach Joe Judge

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Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The New York Giants are finalizing a deal to make New England Patriots special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach Joe Judge their next head coach. Sources informed NFL Network and ESPN of the Giants' plan to hire Judge Tuesday. Judge spent eight seasons with the Patriots. He was named Patriots special teams coordinator in 2015, before adding the role of wide receivers coach before the 2019 season. Baylor coach Matt Rhule was also linked to the job, before being hired to coach the Carolina Panthers. The Giants fired coach Pat Shurmur Dec. 30. Shurmur was 9-23 in two seasons as Giants coach. The Giants were 4-12 during their 2019 campaign. Sources told NFL Network Judge also had an offer to be head coach at Mississippi State, but delayed his decision before taking t...
Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz ruled out vs. New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz ruled out vs. New York Giants

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Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz was ruled out for Sunday's regular-season finale against the New York Giants with back and rib injuries, the team announced Friday. League sources told ESPN and NFL Media that Ertz sustained a fractured rib in last week's game against the Dallas Cowboys. According to the team's official injury report, the veteran pass-catcher failed to practice this week and was later ruled out. Ertz suffered the rib injury after he took a hard hit from Cowboys safety Xavier Woods in the first quarter Sunday. He entered the locker room but returned to finish the game, recording four catches for 28 yards against Dallas. "Medically, I want to make sure he's 100 percent," Eagles head coach Doug Pederson told reporters Friday. "Zach is a tough guy. I k...
BritBox joins battle of the streaming giants

BritBox joins battle of the streaming giants

Entertainment
BritBox - the new paid-for streaming service from the BBC and ITV - has launched.The joint-venture platform will also show content from Channel 4 and Channel 5. Image: Olivia Colman as DS Ellie Miller and David Tennant as DI Alec Hardy in Broadchurch. Pic: ITV It the first time programmes from the UK's main terrestrial channels will be available through one catch-up service.BritBox was successfully launched in America more than two years ago, with a specially curated catalogue of content, and now has 650,000 subscribers.The majority of UK content will be classic series - including Fawlty Towers, Blackadder and Absolutely Fabulous. Advertisement More r...
New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley running, cutting after ankle injury

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley running, cutting after ankle injury

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Oct. 2 (UPI) -- New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley was running and cutting on the practice field Wednesday after suffering a high ankle sprain against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers less than two weeks ago. Barkley was seen stretching and working out with the Giants' medical staff on a side field. Despite his light workout, the Giants listed him as a non-participant during Wednesday's practice, according to the team's official injury report. Giants head coach Pat Shurmur didn't rule out Barkley for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, but it remains unlikely that he plays. League sources told ESPN that Barkley is eyeing a return the following week, when the Giants visit the New England Patriots on Oct. 10. "I don't know yet," Shurmur said about the tailback's availability...