Month: August 2020

GCC takes first innings points from GDF

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first_imgThe Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) clinched first innings honours from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and ended day one of their Noble House Seafoods, second-division, two-day contest firmly in command on 145-3.  They are ahead by 54 runs. The day’s proceedings saw GDF winning the toss and electing to bat. They were then bundled out for 91 with Damion Ross top-scoring with 35. Left-arm spinner Stephon Wilson ended as the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-28 as Carlos LaRose (2-16) and Darius Andrews (2-3) supported.GCC in their first innings response, ended day one on 145 – 3 with a first-innings advantage. West Indies youth batsman Mavendra Dindyal flowed well during his knock of 72 while Thaddeus Lovell made 37. Play begins at 10:30hrs today.last_img read more

Kobe, daughter die in helicopter crash

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first_img(Reuters) – The sporting world was plunged into mourning yesterday as news of Kobe Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash spread leaving the rich and famous, presidents, Hall of Famers and ordinary fans stunned. A true global superstar, the depth of Bryant’s popularity quickly surfaced as reports were confirmed that the Los Angeles Lakers great had been killed along with his daughter Gianna and seven others when his helicopter crashed in a remote field near the city of Calabasas.As the deaths were confirmed social media exploded in grief while television programming was interrupted to report on the tragedy with video showing smoke billowing from the crash site as first responders put out the flames.U.S. President Donald Trump was among the first to take to Twitter to express his shock. “Reports are that basketball great Kobe Bryant and three others have been killed in a helicopter crash in California. That is terrible news!” tweeted Trump. Trump and former U.S. President Barack Obama agree on little but were united in their grief over the five-time NBA champion’s untimely passing. “Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents,” Obama wrote on Twitter.Where Bryant’s death hit close to home was on the basketball courts, where his skill and personality made him one of world’s most recognisable and popular athletes.“The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. “He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary: five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, 18 NBA All-Star selections, and two Olympic gold medals.“He will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability.”But perhaps it was three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade who best expressed the disbelief and sadness that washed over the league, tweeting: “Nooooooooooo God please No!” Two of the greatest players of all-time, Hall of Famers Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, praised Bryant as one of the best ever to set foot on the court but noted he was an even better person.“Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players,” tweeted Abdul-Jabaar. “But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete.”No group was left more devastated than the Lakers family that Bryant had been a part of for 20 seasons as a player. “As I try to write this post, my mind is racing. I’m in disbelief and have been crying all morning over this devastating news that Kobe and his young daughter, Gigi have passed away in a helicopter crash. Cookie and I are heartbroken,” Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson wrote on Twitter.As a slate of NBA games tipped off yesterday, teams and players searched for ways to pay tribute to the man they knew as “Mamba”.The NBA champions Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs honoured Bryant by both choosing to run out the shot clock on their opening possessions.It was not just basketball fans left blindsided by Bryant’s death, as tributes poured in from other athletes, other sports, on other fields, golf courses and arenas around the globe. In France, Brazil soccer international Neymar dedicated his goal scored from a penalty for Paris St Germain at Lille in a Ligue 1 match yesterday to Bryant, holding up two and four fingers (Bryant’s retired jersey number), putting his hands together in prayer and bowing before the crowd.“It’s very sad for the world of sport and for all of us, not just for the basketball fans as he did so much for sport in general,” said Neymar. “I hope he will rest in peace.”“A legend in one sport who loved, and was loved in, ours,” tweeted FIFA, world soccer’s governing body. It was not just the sports world left crushed as Bryant’s popularity cut across cultures and countries.Being a Hollywood fixture, the death of Bryant, who also won an Oscar to go along with his five NBA titles, sent shockwaves through the music, entertainment and business worlds as well.“It can’t be. You always encouraged me mamba. Gave me some of the best quotes that we smile about to this day! Love you man!” tweeted singer Justin Bieber. At the end of the day those impacted most, however, were Bryant’s ordinary fans, who took to social media in millions in an outpouring of sadness.“Feels like a bad dream,” wrote Twitter user @mischiefluis. “Kobe’s the reason I love the game. My super hero. My heart breaks for his family and the other 4 individuals involved.“Let’s keep the memory of Kobe alive.”last_img read more

Kenya bars athletes from global travel over coronavirus worries

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first_imgNAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s athletics authority said yesterday it had barred its athletes from travelling to international events due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. The announcement could affect some high-profile races over the next few weeks, including the highly-anticipated showdown at the London Marathon between Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele, the only men to go under two hours, two minutes for the distance. The race is scheduled for April 26.More than 126,000 people have been infected globally by the virus and more than 4,600 have died, according to a Reuters tally based on official announcements.The East African nation, which has not had a confirmed case of the virus, boasts some of the world’s top athletes, who regularly win medals at premier competitions in Europe, Asia and North America. “Following a directive from the Government of Kenya and due to the global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, Athletics Kenya has suspended all clearance and travel to international events for athletes,” Athletics Kenya said in a statement.“In a bid to safeguard the athletes and consequently the country from the virus, we urge all athletes to cancel travel arrangements for the next one month pending further communication.”Bernard Ouma, who coaches 1,500m world champion Timothy Cheruiyot, told Reuters yesterday: “Collectively we are taking precautions just as the country is taking precautions. “The risk of importation is what we are trying to avoid. So whatever measures are being taken by the authorities we will abide with them.“At the end of the day it’s about health … if by travelling you will get sick, then you avoid travelling.”Kenyan half marathon world record holder Geoffrey Kamworor told Reuters that the situation was a crisis. “It’s really a bad thing and we have to bear with the situation and we give it time,” he said, when asked about the outbreak and its potential impact on the Olympics.A host of sporting events around the world have been cancelled or postponed as countries try to contain the spread of the virus by discouraging mass gatherings.There are growing concerns that the outbreak may impact this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, though organisers say they are pressing ahead with the schedule. Late on Wednesday, the National Basketball Association (NBA) said it was suspending the season until further notice after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus. The pandemic has disrupted other sporting events in North America while soccer matches in Europe have also been hit hard, with many high-profile fixtures taking place in empty stadiums.last_img read more

England players donate, take pay cuts amid coronavirus shutdown

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first_imgLONDON, (Reuters) – England’s centrally contracted male cricketers will donate 500,000 pounds ($613,000) to the Board and charities while their women’s team counterparts have volunteered a three-month pay cut amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the players’ association (PCA) said. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has said the season will not start before May 28 and speculation has been mounting over how their leading players would respond to the situation.“Following a meeting today of all of the England men’s centrally contracted cricketers, the players have agreed to make an initial donation of £0.5m to the ECB and to selected good causes …” the Professional Cricketers’ Association said in a statement on Friday.“This contribution is the equivalent of all of the England centrally contracted players taking a 20% reduction in their monthly retainers for the next three months. “The players will continue to discuss with the ECB the challenging situation faced by the game and society as a whole and will consider how best to support the ECB and both the cricketing and wider community going forward.”The ECB’s centrally contracted women players have volunteered to take a salary reduction for the months of April, May and June in line with their coaches and support staff.England women’s captain Heather Knight said: “All the players felt like it was the right response in the current climate to take a pay cut in line with what our support staff are taking. “We know how the current situation is affecting the game and we want to help as much as we can.“We will be discussing with the ECB further ways we can help the game in the coming weeks,” added Knight, who has signed up with the National Health Service (NHS) as a volunteer.The ECB has announced a 61 million pounds aid package to help the local game withstand the financial impact of the pandemic. Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler is currently auctioning the shirt he wore in England’s 2019 World Cup final victory to raise funds for efforts to fight the coronavirus.last_img read more

BOS Sponsor Profile – Bryan Blake – Secure Trading

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first_img Share StumbleUpon Share Submit LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Related Articles Secure Trading has been confirmed as a sponsor for the Networking Break on the first day of Betting on Sports (BOS). The company is also sponsoring the ‘New Faces’ panel, featuring representatives from Cyberplay, LeoVegas and Sun Bets.Established in 1997 and headquartered in London, Secure Trading has provided a specialist service to the gaming sector since its inception. A worldwide footprint and network ensures they can deliver tailored solutions to the biggest players in the industry.Before the conference, we caught up with Bryan Blake, Head of iGaming at Secure Trading, and the headline speaker in our Betting on Payments breakout session at BOS.SBC: What do you find most appealing about Betting on Sports?BB: Having known about and attended SBC conferences for several years, it will be the first time Secure Trading has sponsored an event, and we are very much looking forward to it!This conference will no doubt be one of the best in 2016, having such a strong attendee list and being uniquely dedicated to the sports betting side of our industry. As a global payments company specifically focused on iGaming, we are passionate about staying ahead of the curve and ensuring we know everything that is happening in this space, and this conference will assist us in doing so.SBC: What are you looking forward to being debated in the conference area?BB: With such a great mix of senior attendees and speakers, there will be a lot of debate following the Euros and the Olympics; this coupled with the Brexit, will no doubt offer some very interesting opinions from panel members.Payments is arguably the most important part in a business ecosystem. Without operators getting their deposits, and players getting their winnings, the system breaks and the competition moves in.As a specialist global payments company, we want to really understand our operators’ business models and, not only support them in their current situation, but future-proof them as they expand and grow. Many of the topics being discussed over the conference reiterate the importance of the internal set up of a business, and it is always exciting to gain expert opinions on this.SBC: How can the betting industry make itself more appealing to wider sports consumers and stakeholders?BB: The public’s perception of the sports betting industry has definitely changed over the years; people see gaming companies very much involved with the sponsoring of high profile sporting events. A continuation of TV advertising and marketing will be key to continue the trend.SBC: Apart from football, what do you think is the most interesting thing to bet on?BB: This question is a difficult one. My main sport is rugby and I do enjoy betting on the international games as, when you are a player, you think you know what will happen in the next play of the game. This is enjoyable for me as I could always be wrong (which is normally the case).SBC: What does the rest of 2016 have in-store for you?BB: Secure Trading is currently going through a growth phase, and we have been strategically aligning our business as we grow our European acquiring bank. 2016 has been a great year for investment and, with the significant number of operators partnering with us, we are working closely to ensure each one surpasses their KPI’s with us.We have a continued focus on being a global payments company, with tried and tested experience in the global iGaming space. Having our EU acquiring bank has ensured we have firm roots in supporting our EU operators, whilst our US iGaming platform (ST1) is seeing fantastic growth considering how difficult this market is.On a personal note, my main focus is to ensure we are the go to company for gambling operators who want experience, reliability and a proactive attitude.___________________________________For more information about Betting on Sports, contact andy@sbcnews.co.ukFor sponsorship opportunities, contact sales@sbcnews.co.ukTo purchase your tickets, go to www.sbcevents.co.uklast_img read more

Eurobet Italia boosts retail sports content with Perform Group streaming partnership

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first_img CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Gala Coral European betting subsidiary Eurobet has partnered with sports media rights distributor Perform Group (Perform), integrating its new live streaming product within its 200 Retail betting points in Italy.Partnering with Perform, Eurobet Italian properties will gain better flexibility and scheduling of sports content to engage its retail customer base.Perform content services will provide access to 16,500 video matches, including La Liga and WTA Premier, and 100,000 match visualisations per year, incorporating live on-screen match action tracking. The service is available for major sporting competitions, such as the English Premier League.Further sports content will include; tennis, basketball, ice hockey and cricket, with its broadcast available in multiple languages.The streaming partnership will further be supported by Perform sports data and insight divisions’ Watch&Bet and RunningBall.Eurobet  governance stated that it was pleased to upgrade its retail sports content to a ‘comprehensive package’ supported by Perform Group, Carlo di Maio, EUROBET’s Sportsbook Director, commented on the partnership.“We are very pleased to have introduced the Eurobet Sports Channel to our Retail. Customers can now – in-shop – watch and bet live on major competitions not covered by standard TV channels”. Submit Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 StumbleUpon TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020last_img read more

Gausman Call-Up Seems Like Desperation

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first_imgMost of the top 100 prospects in baseball make it known when they are ready to make the jump to the MLB. When making a significant call-up, there is only a select few reasons to do so; desperation is not one of them.  Taking into the account how volatile the pitching position is, the Orioles may be making a drastic mistake with Kevin Gausman.Most players are at least awarded a full season in the minors (and especially pitchers), before making their way to the big leagues.  Yet Gausman has a total of 60. 4 innings logged between Low A, High A and AA ball, with the team.  He has only amassed over seven innings twice in that span; a situation the Orioles are hoping to generate on a regular basis with him.There is only a select few pitchers to make a major impact with such little seasoning in the minors, namely Stephen Strasburg; who was arguably the greatest pitching prospect to ever enter the majors.  Since his 2010 debut as starter, he had Tommy John surgery, had his innings limited so much he did not appear in the Nationals first playoff appearance and is performing well under expectations in 2013 (2-5 W/L record).Gausman is nowhere near that type of talent and has not dominated the minor leagues, to think he could ever get to that level.   His most recent start has been the best of his professional career, going six innings, with ten strikeouts, one walk and one earned run.  But before that, he only went 4.2 innings with three walks and three hits on April 5th.The Orioles knee-jerk reaction to one good start, a stretch of six straight losses for the big league club and a depleted pitching staff, have led to Gausman’s debut on Thursday night in Toronto.  They will say there were no other options, but they recently sent down Steve Johnson and Jair Jurrjens, after one underwhelming start.  Both should get another shot with the club, but the team seems  insistent on generating some buzz during their low point of the season.This move is in direct correlation with the Orioles lack of production in the offseason.  With key subtractions to the rotation and bullpen, a once deep pitching core lacks arms to fill in.  Thrusting Gausman into action early could have been avoided with keeping their playoff team intact or making price-effective pitching options that flooded the market before the season started.The argument that Manny Machado was successful in his early call-up last year is a moot point, because most of his success in 2012 came because of his fielding prowess, not his ability at the plate.  If he were a below-average fielder, people would have questioned the move to risk their future franchise player.  Machado also spent over a full season in the minors before his call-up, just like other phenoms like, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper.Gausman has yet to face failure in his baseball career, like most high prospects, which is an attribute every player must learn to adjust to before becoming successful.  How will he react after getting hit up for more than two runs or having to get out of inning with RISP and one out?  If he is not mentally ready to take on those daunting tasks, which even great pitchers face on a regular basis, his development could be set back drastically.In Baltimore, they should be all too familiar with these situations, watching pitchers like Zach Britton and Brian Matusz display early success, to only be demoted after not handling adversity.  Will the Orioles have to send Gausman back down after a few starts?Gausman could help the Orioles get back on pace but the odds are against him.  The Orioles are putting a player, they are dependent on for their long-term future, in a bad spot and risking his career over a bad week of baseball.last_img read more

Jacoby Jones passes conditioning test second time around

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first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit www.atlanticremodeling.com to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)Raising eyebrows after failing his first attempt at the conditioning test earlier this week, Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones has reportedly passed it on the second try.According to an NFL Network report, the 29-year-old is now eligible to practice as the Ravens gather for their first full-team workout of training camp on Thursday afternoon. John Harbaugh didn’t sound overly concerned about Jones’ hiccup when asked about it on Tuesday, expressing confidence that the Pro Bowl return specialist would pass it when given a second opportunity. However, the Ravens coach also wasn’t giving Jones a free pass after he was placed on the non-football injury list, which clearly sent a message to the “Dancing With the Stars” contestant. “He’s really close on it,” Harbaugh said. “Never make any excuses for him — he should pass it — but he was traveling and things like that. We’ll see. It’s up to him. It’s his job to do. That’s the fact. Facts are stubborn things.”Jones will compete for Baltimore’s second starting receiver job opposite Torrey Smith this season. The Ravens announced Thursday morning that safety Anthony Levine has been placed on the active physically unable to perform list, joining inside linebacker Jameel McClain (neck) and right guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder) as players currently sidelined. Rookie defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore (knee) remains on the non-football injury list.last_img read more

D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens – Week 11

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first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit www.atlanticremodeling.com to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)Below are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the 23-20 overtime loss against the Chicago Bears in Week 11. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2013 season using the following point system:No. 1 – 7 pointsNo. 2 – 6 pointsNo. 3 – 5 pointsNo. 4 – 4 pointsNo. 5 – 3 pointsNo. 6 – 2 pointsNo. 7 – 1 pointYou can listen to their full explanation HERE.Luke Jones’ Top 7 …7) Justin Tucker6) Chris Canty5) Sam Koch4) A.Q. Shipley3) Marshal Yanda2) Jimmy Smith1) Ray RiceDrew Forrester’s Top 7 …CONTINUE ON NEXT PAGE >>>>>last_img read more

B&B Rapid Fire: Manziel, Elam, Winston and More

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first_imgBrett 1: After a conference game between Utah Valley and New Mexico State, a brawl broke out on the court, when a player threw the basketball at his opponent (Watch the Video HERE).  Players, coaches and even fans began throwing punches after a court-storming.  Should the NCAA ban court-storming, citing safety issues for everyone involved?BK: Although the Southeastern Conference has had success in banning the joyous, silly tradition, I do not think that the NCAA has the willpower or ability to get involved. This particular incident is very sad, as two schools made national news for the wrong reasons. I hope that we can get back to rooting for our respective teams, enjoying rivalries for what they are, and allow college students to enjoy a major victory with their team.Barry 2: We mentioned a couple of weeks ago that Seahawks QB, Russell Wilson, was working out with the Texas Rangers during Spring Training (read our reaction HERE).  Now Heisman winner and National Championship QB, Jameis Winston is playing baseball for Florida State during the football off season. Do you think he could be a professional two-sport star?BD: Like I mentioned before, I am not opposed to the idea of another Deion Sanders or Brian Jordan or Bo Jackson, wrecking havoc in two different sports.  The problem is none of those athletes were a QB; it just takes too much dedication in preparation to become elite in the NFL.  Winston could be the first overall pick in next year’s NFL draft, which means he will have the added pressure of performing right away. Taking time away from the mental grind that is involved in not only mastering an offensive scheme, but  earning the respect of your teammates as the face of the franchise and leader of the team, would simply be a mistake. Brett 2: Thankfully ESPN analyst (and QB guru), Ron Jaworski stated that he would not take Texas A&M QB, Johnny Manziel, in the first three rounds of the upcoming draft (making me feel much better about my analysis).  You already know that I do not believe he is a first round prospect (let alone a top 10 pick, as heard HERE), but what is your reaction to “Jaws” analysis on the controversial former Heisman winner?BK: Jaworski’s analysis on Manziel may not be popular, but it is more accurate than those experts who consider Johnny Football to be a top 10 prospect. The success of Russell Wilson, a shorter quarterback with abnormally large hands and great awareness, has paved the way for Manziel to be fairly evaluated. However, there are a lot of question marks when it comes to Manziel, both as a person as a player. Teams in the top 10 who are in the market for a quarterback (Jacksonville, Cleveland, Oakland) would all be making a mistake to use their first selection on Manziel. By giving Manziel a mid-round grade, Jaworski is essentially saying that the former Heisman winner would be best served in a backup role to start his career, with the potential to become a starter. Following the NFL Combine, Manziel still appears to be a top 10 pick, but teams would be wise to take note of the dissenting opinion. Barry 3: This NFL off season, most players are taking time off relaxing, preparing their minds and bodies for another grueling  season. Well, Ravens second year Safety, Matt Elam, has a different approach; he took a job as a shoe salesman at Finish Line to gain a better understanding of the business (which he plans to invest in the future).  What is your reaction to Elam taking a job this off season, preparing for his life after football?BD: After the past couple weeks of bad news for the Ravens, this definitely uplifts the spirits, when looking at a young man that just simply gets “it.”  Elam obviously already has an understanding that football does not last forever, while preparing for a career after he hangs up his cleats.  Realistically, he could only hope to last in the NFL for the next decade; meaning he needs to find a way to occupy his time for the following 40-50 years of his life.  Add in the fact that with his notoriety as a professional athlete, the money he does make while on the field, will likely not last to support his family in the future.  Elam has proven to be a smart and mature young man beyond his years, with his humility to clock in and out of a “low-paying” job; professional sports needs more people like this. By: Brett Dickinson and Barry KamenEach week on the Brett & Barry Show (Saturdays 9am-12pm), we gather each others’ analysis of the big news stories and headlines of the week for a couple minutes a piece in a segment we call Rapid Fire.  We will post our answers in blog form every week to a visual version, with links to our segment in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault.Listen HERE to last week’s Rapid Fire Segment.Barry 1: During the first week of Spring Training, Frank Robinson visited the Orioles in Sarasota, where he bumped into prospect Josh Hart in the hallway of the facility.  When Hart did not recognize the Hall of Famer, Manager Buck Showalter assigned him a research report on Robinson’s career and impact for the organization and the MLB.  What is your reaction to Showalter handing out a homework assignment to the 19 year old prospect?BD: I absolutely love this move by Buck, as a man that knows baseball and the history of the game.  I think more players need to understand how they received the opportunity to be on a major league roster; it started with players, like Frank Robinson, paving the way.  A lot is lost with younger generations, when it comes to appreciation for those who changed the game for the better.  Josh Hart will not only be a smarter person because of this “assignment,” but a better ball player as well.  He has the opportunity to make millions upon millions of dollars in the near future, which would not have been possible without Frank Robinson. Brett 3: Reports came out that the Browns tried to work out a deal to trade for San Francisco 49ers Head Coach, Jim Harbaugh. Looking at a deal that would cost multiple draft picks, for a coach who has led his team to three straight championship games (and one Super Bowl loss).  Would you make such a deal if you were either team?BK: The Cleveland Browns should not be ashamed to admit that they were interested in Jim Harbaugh. He has proven himself to be one of the top coaches in both college and professional football, and his track record of taking bad teams and turning them into winners speaks for itself. The Browns have not had the proper leadership in place for quite some time, and getting a man like Harbaugh via trade makes sense, no matter what the cost. Unlike Robert Griffin III, there isn’t an injury risk associated with dealing a number of high draft picks.If I were the San Francisco 49ers, I would have entertained, but not accepted an offer for Harbaugh. While the 49ers could absolutely put the extra draft picks to good use, there is no way of putting a value on Harbaugh’s relationship with QB Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers are just too close to winning the Super Bowl to make such a drastic change.last_img read more