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Liu named Horrigan Award winner by PFWA

Liu named Horrigan Award winner by PFWA

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Former NFL senior director of football communications Randall Liu was named the 2018 Jack Horrigan Award winner, the Professional Football Writers of America announced Friday. Liu, who spent 18 years on the league's communications staff, is the eighth current or former NFL employee to receive the award from the PFWA. Liu, who left the NFL to join CBS Sports as vice president of communications in May 2018, was nominated for the Horrigan Award for his professionalism, promptness, candor and effectiveness in coordinating media access at the NFL's major events, including the Super Bowl. The award is presently annually to the league or club official for his or her qualities and professional style in helping the pro football writers do their job. It is named for Horrigan, a sportswriter fo...
Don't repeat this mistake from a $559 million Powerball winner

Don't repeat this mistake from a $559 million Powerball winner

Finance
A recent Powerball winner discovered the hard way that trying to remain anonymous after hitting a huge jackpot takes some advance planning.Known only as Jane Doe, the New Hampshire woman who won $ 559.7 million in the Jan. 6 Powerball drawing collected her after-tax winnings of $ 264 million on Wednesday. However, whether she can maintain her anonymity remains in the hands of a judge.At issue is the fact that she signed her name on the back of the ticket upon discovering she won. This is standard advice from lottery experts, because if you are somehow separated from the ticket, your signature should help ensure you still get the prize.However, in this instance, it also meant the winner gave up her ability to shield her identity from the public.New Hampshire law allows lottery officials to...
Ray BLK: Sound of 2017 winner looks back

Ray BLK: Sound of 2017 winner looks back

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Ray BLK never expected to win the BBC's Sound of 2017."I just remember thinking it was a prank," she laughs. "I wasn't prepared for it at all."The soul singer was the first unsigned artist to top the annual list, which predicts the biggest new stars in music - but she resisted the temptation to rush out an album."It would have been too soon," she says. "People were only just getting to know me at that point."On her first single of 2017, Patience (Freestyle), the 24-year-old explained she'd only bother us when she had something to say. "They're running just to get in first place / I'm walking, going at my own pace," she sang. "They say slow and steady wins the race."That's not to say Ray, who was born Rita Ekwere in Nigeria, has been dragging her heels. Over the last 12 months, she's appear...
Van Dijk scores winner on debut as Liverpool beat Everton

Van Dijk scores winner on debut as Liverpool beat Everton

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Virgil van Dijk scored the winner on his debut following his £75m move to Liverpool as the Reds edged past Everton to move into the fourth round of the FA Cup.Van Dijk, the most expensive defender in world football after his move from Southampton earlier this week, headed in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's 84th-minute corner to decide a frantic Merseyside derby at Anfield.Gylfi Sigurdsson had equalised with a curled finish from 20 yards after a quick breakaway move involving Yannick Bolasie, Ademola Lookman and Phil Jagielka.Hosts Liverpool had gone ahead in the first half through James Milner's penalty after Mason Holgate pulled back Adam Lallana.Holgate was also involved in a controversial incident with Roberto Firmino, with the Everton man pushing his opponent off the field and over an advert
Portugal's Eurovision winner Salvador Sobral has heart transplant

Portugal's Eurovision winner Salvador Sobral has heart transplant

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Portugal's celebrated Eurovision Song Contest winner, Salvador Sobral, is recovering in hospital after undergoing a heart transplant.Surgeons at the Santa Cruz Hospital in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, said the 27-year-old was "doing well".Sobral, who suffered from a longstanding heart condition, won this year's contest with the love song Amar Pelos Dois (Love for Both of Us).It was the first time Portugal had taken the title."The surgery went well," said surgeon Miguel Abecasis, quoted by the Publico daily (in Portuguese)."He was very well prepared. He is a young man who understood the difficulties of this type of procedure."Mr Abecasis said that before Friday's operation the singer had wished him "good luck".The recovery would take a long time, Mr Abecasis added, but said that if all w...