China to host expanded Club World Cup in 2021

first_imgSHANGHAI (Reuters) – China will host the first edition of the new, expanded 24-team Club World Cup in 2021, FIFA president Gianni Infantino told reporters yesterday following a meeting of the global soccer body’s decision-making council in Shanghai. Infantino said the competition would take place in June-July of that year and that the format, slot allocation and criteria for selecting the teams would be decided in the next few weeks.Infantino did not give an exact breakdown of slots but said there would be eight teams from Europe.The competition is also expected to feature five or six teams from South America, one from Oceania, one from host nation China and three each from the other continental confederations. Infantino also announced that the hosts for the 2030 World Cup would be chosen in 2024, although he said the Council did not discuss the possibility of allowing Asian countries to bid — something which would require a change of FIFA rules on the rotation of World Cup hosting.“It is a historic decision for football,” Infantino said of the decision to choose China for the new-look competition, adding there were no other candidates.“The new (tournament) will be a competition which anyone who loves football is looking forward to. It is the first real and true (Club) World Cup where the best clubs will compete,” he added. Infantino said the new tournament would have a “major impact” financially. “It will allow us to generate significant revenues but I want to underline this, very, very clearly …..FIFA will have zero out of this because we will reinvest this in football,” he said.The tournament has faced strong opposition from European clubs who say there is no room in the current international calendar.The Club World Cup currently consists of seven teams and is held every December. Qatar will stage the final two editions, including the one this year. Infantino said the bidding process for hosting of the 2030 World Cup would be launched in 2022 with the decisive vote at the FIFA Congress two years later.Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay have announced a four-way bid which could have sentimental value as Uruguay hosted the inaugural World Cup in 1930.The four British associations are contemplating a joint bid along with Ireland while Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece and Romania are also planning a joint bid as are Spain and Portugal. Asian countries are currently ruled out because Qatar will stage the 2022 World Cup and current regulations prevent the same continent from hosting either of the subsequent two tournaments.“We did not discuss that — we just discussed the timeline,” said Infantino when asked if the council had considered changing the rule. However, he added: “As FIFA president. ……the more bidders we have for the World Cup, the happier I am.”Infantino said FIFA would invest one billion dollars in women’s football during the current four-year cycle, double the amount originally planned. He said the extra would be taken from FIFA reserves.last_img read more

Pride hoping to ride Tridents wave to success

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Barbados Pride are hoping to use some of the momentum from Barbados Tridents’ Caribbean Premier League success to propel them in next month’s Regional Super50. Tridents produced a massive upset in the domestic T20 franchise tournament earlier this month to win the CPL for the second time, and with a few players from the championship team involved the Pride setup, head coach Emmerson Trotman wants to capitalise.“It’s nice to have a few of the Tridents players in our squad,” said Trotman.“It will be a challenge. It will be nice if we could win because it was a good summer for Barbados teams in a number of regional tournaments, so there is some extra pressure but I think the players are more than capable of managing themselves and the expectations.” Veteran left-hander Jonathan Carter, a member of the victorious Tridents side, has been named to lead Pride in this year’s November 6 to December 1 campaign.Off-spinner Ashley Nurse, left-arm spinner Joshua Bishop, batsman Leniko Boucher, all-rounder Roshon Primus along with fast bowler Chemar Holder, also featured for Tridents recently.And even though the side remains an inexperienced one especially with the West Indies players missing, Trotman said Pride were still confident of top honours. “We expect to win the tournament, obviously. It’s going to be competitive and we look forward to the challenge every year,” Trotman explained.“It’s an opportunity to expose a number of young players to a higher level of the game and I believe we have a good mix of players this year, of youth and seniors. “We are looking to do well in the tournament and all of the teams will put up a good challenge, as there is a lot of talent throughout the Caribbean, so we are looking to get it all started.” He added: “We are focussed on winning the tournament and I am not going to lower than this. But we have been successful in the past and produced a high number of international players which is very important. “If we can get three or four guys out of the group advancing to the international stage, that’s also a sign of success, but our number one priority is to win the tournament.”Pride will contest Group A in St Kitts alongside reigning champions Combined Campuses and Colleges, Jamaica Scorpions, invitational side Canada and hosts Leeward Islands. Group B, meanwhile, will be staged in Trinidad and comprises last year’s losing finalists, Guyana Jaguars, Windward Islands Volcanoes, West Indies Emerging Players, United States and hosts Red Force.Though Pride will be favoured to be one of the two teams emerging from the group to qualify for the semi-finals, Trotman said they were taking none of the other teams for granted.“We are going to take everyone seriously. You never know. In 50 overs-a-side matches, anything can happen on the day,” he warned.“All the teams are playing well and have good depth, including Canada who I have been watching play in a few ICC tournaments, so everyone will be competitive. We are very focussed.”last_img read more

`Bat your own ball’ tapeball competition on today

first_imgOrganiser James Lewis’s novelty event, the bat your own ball tapeball competition will get underway from 9am today at the Durban Park Tarmac. The event is being contested for the Prime Minister’s Trophy, a press release from the organizer stated.At stake are cash prizes for the winning and runner-up teams.On Friday, the Minister of Agriculture, knockout, Inter-Ministry dominoes competition got underway among the many government agencies.  At stake in that competition is $100,000 in prize monies for top three teams. The competitions will end Sunday at the Georgetown Football Club ground with a seven-a-side football, softball cricket, track and field and novelty events, the release stated.Trophies, medals and cash incentives are up for grabs.Interested ministries and government agencies can contact Lewis on 689-1656 or 628-1656.last_img read more

Clinical Botofago whip Aroiama 5-1

first_imgBotofago whipped Aroiama 5-1 when the Upper Demerara Football Association [UDFA] year-end football competition continued on Monday at the Mackenzie Sports Club [MSC] ground, Linden.  It was a clinical performance from the Botofago unit which controlled the tempo of the clash from the opening whistle. Shane Haynes, scorer of two goals, opened his account with a smart finish into the left side in the 11th minute to hand Botofago the lead.Antwoine Gill, another scorer of two  goals, secured his first of the evening in the 25th minute with a powerful right foot shot. The score remained unchanged heading into the halftime interval at 2-0.Upon the resumption, Lyndon Benjamin pulled one back for Aroiama with a flat strike into the right corner in the 55th minute. However, any hopes of staging a comeback was thwarted as Botofago tallied three unanswered goals in the space of six minutes. Gill sealed his brace with a well-placed effort into the roof of the net in the 73rd minute. This was followed by Haynes whose double occurred two minutes later to make it 4-1. The scoreline was then sealed in the 78th minute compliments of a Jaushawn Moore conversion in the 79th minute.Meanwhile, Net-Rockers and Silver Shattas battled to a 3-3 stalemate. The match started brightly for Net-Rockers who took the lead in the fifth minute through Omeion Wills. The aforesaid conversion proved to be the only goal of the period.However, three goals in the space of six minutes handed Silver Shattas control of the contest. George Stevens equalised in the 52nd minute with a powerful effort, before Damion Williams thumped his effort into the far corner in the 54th minute to make it 2-1.  The lead was then doubled four minutes later as the dangerous Jermaine Samuels placed his effort into the right side, beyond the reach of the custodian. Nonetheless, Net-Rockers responded in equal measure, tallying two goals within four minutes to earn a share of the spoils. The lanky Shane Luckie blasted past the opposing goalkeeper in the 80th minute to reduce the deficit. The score was then levelled in the 84th minute as Raggesh Trose netted in the 84th minute. Net-Rockers were reduced to 10 players in the dying moments, as Tyrone Lewis was issued with a red card in the 88th minute.The tournament continues tomorrow at the same venue with another doubleheader. In the opening match, Amelia’s Ward Panthers battle Topp XX from 19:00hrs while the feature match will pit Winners Connection against Capital FC at 21:00hrs.  The event features 10 teams divided in three groups. Group-A consists of Coomacka, Net Rockers and Silver Shattas, while group-B consists of Hi-Stars, Winners Connection and Capital FC.   Group-C is made up of Topp XX, Amelia’s Ward, Aroiama and Botafago. The other playing dates are December 23rd, 26th, with the semifinals pegged for the29th. The grand final will occur on January 1st.  Complete ResultsGame-1 Net-Rockers-3 vs SilverShattas-3Silver Shattas ScorersGeorge Stevens-52nd Damion Williams-54thJermaine Samuels-58th Net-Rockers Scorers Omeion Wills-5th Shane Luckie-80th Raggesh Trose-84th  Game-2Botofago-5 vs Aroiama-1Botofago Scorers Shane Haynes-11th and 75thAntwoine Gill-25th and 73rdJaushawn Moore-79th  Aroiama ScorerLyndon Benjamin-55th­last_img read more

Tough for Clijsters to get back to top level – Ivanovic

first_imgLONDON,  (Reuters) – Kim Clijsters will find it hard to compete at the top level when the WTA Tour resumes following the coronavirus pandemic, says old rival and fellow former world number one Ana Ivanovic. Belgian mother-of-three Clijsters surprised the tennis world when she announced she was making a second comeback this year.The 36-year-old four-time Grand Slam champion failed to win a match in the two tournaments she played before the coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of the season — losing to Garbine Muguruza in Dubai and Johanna Konta in Monterrey.“I have been watching some of her matches and she has been striking the ball amazingly well, but I really hope she can get back to that level to play like she used to,” Serbia’s 2008 French Open champion Ivanovic, talking to Eurosport’s Hanging out with Babsi, said yesterday. “Personally, I don’t think it’ll be easy after being out for so many years.”Clijsters first retired in 2007, taking a break to have the first of her three children, but returned within 24 months to claim three of her four Grand Slams and return to world number one in 2011. Her latest comeback could prove more challenging.“It’s amazing what she achieved. I still respect her so much, it’s just difficult to imagine now after having three kids and being out for so long to make a comeback,” Ivanovic, who retired in 2016, aged 29, said. “Not because she’s not fit, but because your body just reacts differently. When you are out of competition you realise how much fine-tuning is necessary and she’s been out a while.”With the WTA Tour on hold until at least the start of August, Ivanovic said the long stoppage could hinder the likes of older players such as 38-year-old Serena Williams, who remains one shy of equalling Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.“Some players find it easier to get used to. Some players get injured for a few months, come back and they are as strong as before,” she said. “It is very individual but you would think it would favour the younger players because it would be easier to get match fit and into match rhythm.”last_img read more

Playventure sees off the competition to win Pitch ICE

first_img Related Articles Submit Custom Spa – Alessandro Mastropasqua – Augmenting Reality March 12, 2018 All-in Translations: One Flew Over the Football’s Nest September 17, 2018 Share BetConstruct unveils Vbet virtual casino product April 30, 2018 Share StumbleUpon GamCrowd has announced that Athens-based live pool betting product provider Playventure is the winner of this year’s Pitch ICE competition.Katerina Mygiaki, PlayventurePlayventure beat 13 other start-up competitors to this year’s title. Each took part in the GamCrowd show at ICE Totally Gaming at the ExCel in early February, taking to the stage to talk to event attendees about their business idea. Alongside the winner, the show featured fantasy and social gaming ideas such as Top Flight Manager and Koodbee, gaming services suppliers, payments providers and a new responsible gambling tool.Playventure allows players to compete against other in a tournament format with the winnings distributed on a pool-betting basis.Chris North, GamCrowd Founder and the organiser of this year’s show in conjunction with Clarion Gaming, said he was pleased with the result: “I’m delighted for Playventure; they deserve the prize. They gave a great presentation, they have a great product and they were consistently promoting themselves before, during and after the show.”Katerina Mygiaki, Marketing Executive at Playventure, said of the achievement: “Live Plus winning Pitch ICE was the best thing that could happen to us. We were one of these literally-last-minute entries and we really put a lot of effort and time into making it work. From the pitch video, to the pitching process, the networking and the feedback during ICE, today we believe it all paid off.”She added: “We knew we had a great idea, an innovative product and a good team to support it, but we also knew that the competition was really high and that we had to give our best in order to win. And we did.”North added that the success of Playventure was another endorsement of the Pitch ICE process. He explained: “The winner faced stiff competition this year; the standard of entrants was very high and there were some great businesses in the line-up that I’m sure we will be hearing more from in the coming months.”He continued: “The feedback we have had from this year’s show has been tremendous and displays the level interest in the industry for supporting innovation, new ideas and entrepreneurs. We’ll be at the upcoming GiGse and EiG in October and we will be back next year for Pitch ICE 2017 as we look to build on this success.”A history of successPitch ICE has started to prove its worth to the wider industry. Gamevy, the winner of last year’s award, received further accolades this time round by winning Game to Watch for The Heist. Another Pitch ICE alumnus Fenway Games also took home an award with its SnapBet product.The two days of Pitch ICE were followed by the a Studio day on the Thursday wherein a host of industry experts and start-up advisors gave talks designed to help companies through critical stages in their business journey.North said: “We think the whole show showed clearly the sheer amount of talent within and coming to the gaming industry, but also signposted how companies and entrepreneurs need help from the off. This is what GamCrowd News and Studio is designed to do.”last_img read more

Darren Haines takes the Tipster Challenge at Catterick

first_img Related Articles Share Darren Haines, PR Director at Heavyweight Sports, has become the latest Guest to accept the Tipster Challenge, providing expert tips for each of today’s races at Catterick!Haines joined Heavyweight Sports in 2014, after serving in similar roles for Ryman and Paddy Power. The company specialises in Sports Marketing and PR, and works with some of the biggest names in the industry including Paddy Power, William Hill and Unibet.For today’s #tipsterchallenge, he will be up against SBC News, Stephen Harris, Horse Racing Guru at bettingexpert, and the experts from Timeform. Can he keep the Guests on top of the leaderboard?The action gets underway at 2:00, with all four tipsters backing the second favourite, Peach Pavlova!____________________________________2:00SBC News: Peach PavlovaParticularly encouraging debut at Thirsk, running away from 3rd place for a creditable runner up finish.bettingexpert: Peach PavlovaMade an encouraging debut at Thirsk despite looking to need the run beforehand, and can improve dramatically for that initial experience.Timeform: Peach PavlovaDoesn’t have an ideal draw in stall 11, but her debut effort was very encouraging, and she gets the nod to confirm that positive impression and score.Heavyweight Sports: Peach PavlovaRan well on debut at Thirsk, and should get today off to a flier as well at 4/1 this morning.___________________________________2:30SBC News: Noah AmorImproving form, and well set to win this after a few pull-outs left behind a pretty average field.bettingexpert: La AsomadaSets the standard on the pick of her placed form this season and will relish firm ground back at the minimum trip.Timeform: Noah AmorOn a fair mark starting out in handicap company, and he could well be worth chancing to prove the point in a pretty ordinary 3-y-o contest.Heavyweight Sports: Noah AmorSo many non-runners here have seen the race cut up, but the Middleham Park horse looks an obvious type.___________________________________3:00SBC News: FillydelphiaFinished ahead of race favourite San Cassiano at Musselburgh last month, and could surprise again.bettingexpert: San CassianoPlum draw to get a good early position, and has been shaping well in recent defeats.Timeform: San CassianoWith Pertuis a non-runner, San Cassiano heads up the list of viable winners.Heavyweight Sports: Bright ApplauseSaves his best for Catterick and looked on the way back last time after a short absence. Has won off a higher mark and should be thereabouts today.___________________________________3:30SBC News: InvermereGot back to winning ways on course and distance this month. Enhanced chances without Birkdale.bettingexpert: FiresnakeCould be a spot of value from stall one and a talented 7lb claimer in the saddle.Timeform: InvermereWith Birkdale now a non-runner, the in-form Invermere looks the horse to beat.Heavyweight Sports: BrockholesThe horse I originally liked, Birkdale, is a non-runner but Brockholes was the danger. Yard a touch out of form but the filly is almost certainly well handicapped and currently 9/2.___________________________________4:00SBC News: El PrincipeMrs Biggs has just a single win from 19 starts, so we’ll go with the other favourite, El Principe.bettingexpert: Mrs BiggsHails from a small yard enjoying a very hot spell, and could relish this marked drop down in trip.Timeform: El PrincipeLightly-raced profile makes him stand out in this low-grade sprint handicap, and he’s worth chancing to build on an encouraging reappearance to shed his maiden tag here.Heavyweight Sports: El PrincipeRan well in a competitive handicap at Doncaster, and this drop back to 6f could well suit.___________________________________4:30SBC News: Exotic GuestRunner up over 6f on his last two handicaps, and taken to go one better here.bettingexpert: AtreusHas been knocking on the door in similar races of late, and will relish the fast ground if he gets luck in the running.Timeform: Exotic GuestHas been knocking on the door in more competitive races than this recently and, provided he gets a sound pace to run at, this looks and ideal chance for him to get off the mark for the season.Heavyweight Sports: Bold SpiritWell handicapped and has the headgear back on. Could nick this from the front.___________________________________5:00SBC News: ScarpetaRunner up at Nottingham and Chelmsford in the last two races, but has found a winnable race here.bettingexpert: ArgyleHad excuses last time and looks well treated here, if he can get back to the form of his runner-up effort at Windsor in April.Timeform: ScarpetaHas been in good form in handicaps of late, and arguably didn’t make it enough of a test when runner-up at Chelmsford recently.Heavyweight Sports: Dusky RaiderScarpeta could play a part here, but Dusky Raider might well have found its distance following a recent step up.___________________________________5:30SBC News: Perfect WordsTwice a winner over this course and distance, and has found a good low draw.bettingexpert: Perfect WordsA good low draw to work from, and plenty of pace to aim at.Timeform: SeamsterSeamster and See Vermont arrive in good heart, particularly the former, so they warrant respect.Heavyweight Sports: SeamsterHard to back at 6/4, but in a tough race to pick anything from it looks to be that or an early trip to the hog roast van!___________________________________ Submit Share StumbleUpon Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Better Collective secures esports vision by acquiring HLTV.org for €35m February 28, 2020last_img read more

Ravens-Colts: Inactives and pre-game notes

first_imgBALTIMORE — Looking to keep pace with the Pittsburgh Steelers atop the AFC North, the Ravens welcome Indianapolis to town and will try to defeat the winless Colts for the first time in over a decade this afternoon.Including the postseason, Indianapolis has bested the Ravens eight straight times, but the Colts never had to do so without quarterback Peyton Manning under center. Needless to say with an 0-12 record, Indianapolis never recovered from the absence of Manning this year and has now turned to journeyman Dan Orlovsky after Curtis Painter was unable to provide a sufficient level of productivity for the Colts offense.Baltimore looks for its first nine-game home winning streak in franchise history and will try to improve to 10-3 for just the second time in the 16 years of the team (2006 being the other).Kicker Billy Cundiff (left calf) is active and will handle kicking duties today after the Ravens worked out Shayne Graham and had the veteran on standby this weekend in case Cundiff was unable to go. Should Cundiff’s calf flare up during the game, punter Sam Koch would handle kicking duties and practiced field goals during Thursday’s practice.In pregame warmups, Cundiff appeared to connect on all four of his attempts, including the longest from 48 yards. As expected, Ray Lewis is inactive for the fourth straight game, but reports persist that the veteran linebacker will aim to make his return when the Ravens travel to San Diego next Sunday night. Dannell Ellerbe will start in Lewis’ place.On an interesting note, linebacker Sergio Kindle is active for just the second time this season. His only other game this season came against the New York Jets in Week 4. Defensive tackle Brandon McKinney is inactive for the first time since the first two weeks of the season. For Indianapolis, talented tight end Dallas Clark is active and will start after missing the Colts’ last three games with a leg injury. Here are today’s inactives:BaltimoreLB Ray LewisCB Chris CarrLB Chavis WilliamsWR LaQuan WilliamsWR Tandon DossNT Brandon McKinneyRB Anthony AllenIndianapolisQB Peyton ManningWR Anthony GonzalezDB Mike HolmesLB A.J. EddsLB Kevin BentleyOT Quinn OjinnakaDE Jerry HughesFollow WNST on Twitter throughout the day as Nestor Aparcio, Drew Forrester, and I bring live coverage from M&T Bank Stadium and stay right here for post-game reaction as well as plenty of interviews in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault.last_img read more

D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 12-Game Scorecard (Games 25-36)

first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit www.atlanticremodeling.com to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)During the 2013 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will provide the “12-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, rating the club in 12-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next dozen games on the schedule.(Editor’s note: The latest 12-game increment ended on Friday, meaning the final two games of the Minnesota series weren’t considered in this latest scorecard and will be included in the next one.)To hear the full explanation from Monday morning, click HERE.1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 7-5 mark?Drew: BetterLuke: Better2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable PlayerDrew: MVP – Manny Machado; LVP – Chris DavisLuke: MVP – Manny Machado; LVP – Nolan Reimold3. Biggest surpriseDrew: The continued success of Tommy HunterLuke: How successful Manny Machado continues to be at just 20 years old4. Best thing about the 12-game stretchDrew: Finishing the long West Coast trip with a 7-4 recordLuke: The emergence of Tommy Hunter, T.J. McFarland, and Pedro Strop as useful options in the bullpen5. Twelve games from now…Drew: Chris Davis will have five home runs in the 12-game stretch.Luke: Ryan Flaherty and Nolan Reimold will no longer be regulars in the everyday lineup.6. Record in the next 12 games (*1-1 at Minnesota, two vs. San Diego, three vs. Tampa Bay, three vs. New York Yankees, two at Toronto)Drew: 7-5Luke: 6-67. Stock rising/falling over the next 12 gamesDrew: Rising – Chris Davis; Falling – Tommy HunterLuke: Rising – Pedro Strop; Falling – Freddy Garcia8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 25-36Drew: ALuke: A-last_img read more

McKinnie setting lofty goals after much different minicamp than last year

first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit www.atlanticremodeling.com to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Last year’s mandatory minicamp in Owings Mills was only the beginning of a trying season for Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie as he was held out of practices due to conditioning reasons.The Ravens weren’t happy and the problems multiplied from there as McKinnie reported late to training camp after explaining he suffered a fall outside his Florida home in late July, injuring his back in the process. He wouldn’t regain his standing within the organization for quite some time as coach John Harbaugh replaced him at left tackle with Michael Oher. McKinnie was then nearly cut before the start of the season before agent Michael George and general manager Ozzie Newsome worked out a compromise for a reduced salary that kept him in Baltimore.McKinnie didn’t start a single regular-season game at left tackle, but it all began to change after a December conversation with Harbaugh in which the two cleared the air over their respective expectations. McKinnie’s practice performance improved over the final few weeks of the regular season and he was eventually inserted in the starting lineup for the start of the postseason.The rest was history as McKinnie’s exceptional play not only protected quarterback Joe Flacco’s blindside but reshuffled an offensive line that was dominant throughout the Ravens’ run to a Super Bowl title. McKinnie carried that momentum into the offseason with an eventual return on a two-year contract and a healthy and productive spring participating in organized team activities and the mandatory minicamp without any limitations.“This time last year, I didn’t even participate, so yeah, I definitely feel a lot better in minicamp,” said McKinnie, who admitted how difficult most of last season was for the 33-year-old lineman. “You just have a lot going on mentally, but right now, I’m more focused so I can have a good year and be the best left tackle in the league.”It’s a lofty goal for a player most expected to be long gone this offseason as the Ravens would look to the draft and potential free-agent options for a long-term solution at left tackle. A late draft position and limited cap space made that a difficult proposition as the Ravens completed draft weekend with left guard Kelechi Osemele projected to be their starting left tackle.Meanwhile, McKinnie began receiving interest from the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers, taking free-agent visits and receiving offers from both teams before the Ravens jumped back into the picture. All along, McKinnie had remained in touch with Harbaugh, Oher, and new run-game coordinator Juan Castillo as he faced an uncertain future entering his 12th NFL season.And after looking like he’d be one of the least likely of the Ravens’ many unrestricted free agents to return, he became the only one of significance to stay put in an offseason filled with changes.“I always wanted to give the Ravens an option to match whatever other teams offered,” McKinnie said. “So I would tell my agent to check back to see what the Ravens have going on and we’ll decide from there.”Less than a week after the draft, McKinnie agreed to a two-year deal with a reported base value of $6.3 million and $2 million in guaranteed money.However, Harbaugh laid out the challenge that he was looking forward to seeing McKinnie come to work during offseason workouts as well as OTAs now that it was certain he’d be returning for a third season. The Baltimore coach provided positive reviews Thursday when asked whether his veteran tackle had lived up to his end of the bargain.“He moved really well in this camp,” Harbaugh said. “As well as he moved at the end of the year last year when he started practicing so well and playing so well. He looks healthy, and he will continue to work on his conditioning. That’s always for all of us, that’s always a year-round, life-round proposition. He seems to be very committed. I love the way he’s playing and his effort.”The addition of Castillo to the coaching staff has received plenty of praise from players and fellow coaches as the former Philadelphia Eagles assistant will not only oversee the running game but work with offensive line coach Andy Moeller to instruct an offensive line returning four of its five starters from last year’s postseason.Castillo’s offseason communication isn’t the only way in which McKinnie has been impressed.“He focuses on our technique, and that’s something that I kind of get away from sometimes,” McKinnie said. “Right now is a great time for us to work on our technique and me in pass protection – sitting straight back. Juan’s been a great help.”McKinnie said Thursday he feels like he’s 26 and is out to prove that he is capable of performing at a high level for more than just the four-game stretch that helped the Ravens win their second world championship.The 2002 first-round pick wants to prove he’s the best in the NFL at his position. And he knows exactly what it will take to go about proving it.“When people turn on film, they’ll just see that I’m dominating,” McKinnie said. “I just feel that I’m going to do better than everybody else this year.”Whether that lofty goal is realistic or not remains to be seen, but the Ravens will eagerly take the kind of play they saw last January and February from their starting left tackle.last_img read more