Vulcan and Gateway on horizon

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Boskalis to Dredge Port-La-Nouvelle in France

first_imgThe Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region has awarded a contract for the port expansion of Port-La-Nouvelle, in south-western France, to the consortium formed by Bouygues Travaux Publics (lead company) and Boskalis Nederland BV.The total value of the project amounts to €199 million, for an overall project cost of €237 million, forming part of the Region’s program for construction and coastline development.With the dredging completed, the port of Port-La-Nouvelle will provide a draft of 14.5 meters, compared to the 8-meter draft offered by the current port.The port extension will serve the double purpose of developing existing traffic and accommodating new projects, particular in connection with new energies.Bouygues Travaux Publics and its partners will be responsible for the Package 1, consisting of the creation of a harbor by extending the current southern seawall (600 meters long), constructing a northern seawall (2,430 meters long) and demolishing an existing seawall.All the seawalls will be reinforced by an upper layer of Accropodes™ of between 18 and 45 tonnes, pre-manufactured at the site. These very highly resistant concrete blocks are designed to resist the action of waves on the seawalls.According to the contractor, works on the project are underway now with the completion set for mid-2023.last_img read more

Today’s Cannabis Linked To Violence – New Study

first_imgSayNopeToDope NZ Media Release 8 June 2020A large study just published by a team from Montreal University in Canada has found that people who regularly smoke cannabis are almost three times more likely to commit a violent offence as those who abstain from the drug.The paper entitled “Association Between the Use of Cannabis and Physical Violence in Youths: A Meta-Analytical Investigation” and published in the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) American Journal of Psychiatry did a meta-analysis of 30 studies which covered 296,815 people up to the age of 30.The study found that over time, prolonged cannabis use profoundly alters the brain, making the user less able to control their temper, and that addicts may also suffer from withdrawal symptoms, making them irritable and prone to lashing out. Psychiatrist Professor Sir Robin Murray, a world-leading expert on the neurological impact of the drug, was quoted in the media saying that the link between cannabis use and violence was a ‘neglected area’.The researchers say that while ‘the [scientific] literature has shown that cannabis use may lead to violent behaviours and aggression; however, this association has been inconsistent’ – with some studies showing a relationship and others not – their meta-analysis found users were more than twice as likely (2.15 times) to have committed a violent offence as non-users. Among ‘persistent heavy users’, the risk of violence was 2.81 times higher.This follows a study published just last month in the journal JAMA Psychiatry which found that the use of high-potency cannabis was associated with a significant increase in the frequency of cannabis use, likelihood of cannabis problems, and likelihood of anxiety disorder. In addition, high-potency weed users are more likely to use weed at least once a week, twice as likely to have used illicit drugs within the past 12 months, and more than three times as likely to be tobacco smokers. Significantly, the study defined high potency as “typically ≥10% THC”. According to the proposed New Zealand legislation, THC levels (the psychoactive chemical in cannabis) are initially set at 15% THC for smoking.“This latest study simply reinforces what we already know. Today’s cannabis is a significantly harder more potent drug causing greater harms than the pot of the 90’s or earlier. The use of cannabis is associated with increased risks of a number of adverse outcomes including educational delay, welfare dependence, increased risks of psychotic symptoms, major depression, increased risks of motor vehicle accidents, increased risks of tobacco use, increased risks of other illicit drug use, and respiratory impairment,” says spokesperson Aaron Ironside.“At a time when New Zealand’s mental health system is bursting at the seams, why would we go and legitimise a mind-altering product which will simply add to social harm?”ENDSlast_img read more

​Man Utd hoping to secure three more signings

first_imgManchester United are hoping to seal three more signings before the transfer window closes. The Red Devils have only secured Donny van de Beek for the first team. The Dutch midfielder arrives to provide competition in those positions. According to the Manchester Evening News, United want to sign Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid, along with a centre-back and striker. read also:Man Utd prepare massive bid for Dortmund star valued at £108mAdvertisement Loading… They do want Jadon Sancho, but may be priced out of a move for the Borussia Dortmund winger. Their forward targets include Moussa Dembele, Joshua King and others. It is unclear who they would chase at centre-back, but David Upamecano is a long term target. However, the Frenchman may be pursued next term. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

EPL: City target Villa’s scalp

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Martinez completes £20m Aston Villa move Man City vs. Aston VillaVenue: Etihad StadiumKick off: 12:30PMManchester City resume Premier League action this afternoon with a game against Aston Villa at the Etihad.The Premier League champions will hope that they continue to make up ground on leaders Liverpool, who are six points ahead of them in the Premier League.Pep Guardiola’s men have responded in ideal fashion to suffering a damaging 2-0 defeat at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers prior to the international break.The Citizens claimed a comfortable 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, who are something of a bogey team, ahead of recovering from going a goal down to thrash Atalanta 5-1 in the Champions League.As domestic football returns to the Etihad this weekend, City players will know that slipping up at home even once more this season could have fatal consequences for their title defence.Following consecutive years during which it seemed as if nobody could touch them, the Premier League champions possess greater firepower than ever but perhaps have more question marks surrounding their capacity to hold firm at the back.Indeed, in the wake of Vincent Kompany’s departure, combined with injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones, it has been demonstrated by both Norwich City and Wolves that hitting City with fast counter-attacks down the middle of the pitch can open up gaps in behind.This current impediment, along with more intangible factors like “pedigree” and “heritage”, may combine to explain why City could struggle in Europe again this season – a problem that is preventing this side from joining the pantheon of the game’s very best teams.However, when it comes to these games at home against lesser opponents, City will always back their attacking unit to substantially outscore whomever they come up against.Today’s visitors will take heart from the blueprint laid down by Wolves but must also be conscious of the fact that this City team has scored 21 goals in six home games since August.The story of Villa this season has been one of a team which has almost visibly grown into its skin since the opening weekend.Defeats to Bournemouth and Crystal Palace along with a tepid home draw with West Ham United during the club’s opening four league games were indicative of a team which, although solid at the back, looked to be missing something going forward.However, it seems as if a 3-2 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates, which saw the visitors take the lead twice and lose the game to a last minute goal, served as something of a turning point when it came to the intensity of Villa’s performances.Since that loss, Smith’s side has managed at least two goals in every game, including an impressive 5-1 victory over Norwich at Carrow Road that was hallmarked by a front three of Jack Grealish, Anwar El Ghazi and Wesley cutting through the Canaries at will.Moreover, the Villans have been bolstered by the strong form of attacking midfielder John McGinn, with the Scot scoring three goals and claiming one assist this term, often making smart late runs to join attacks and create overloads through the middle.If Villa are to pull off one of the shocks of the season at the Etihad this weekend, the aforementioned attacking quartet must make use of any pocket of space that happens to come their way. Watford, for example, actually had an excellent chance to equalise after just five minutes at the Etihad, only to squander it and end up losing 8-0.Smith has so far refused to deviate from a rigid 4-3-3 system, whose primary aim is for the team to attack and defend as one unit, and will need his players to function as one perfectly unified entity if they are to succeed at keeping this City team at arm’s length.Then again, as every team knows, even being perfect against such a litany of superstars can sometimes not be quite enough. Manchester City possible XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Fernandinho, Mendy, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Silva, Bernardo, Sterling, Jesus.Aston Villa possible XI: Heaton, Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Targett, Nakamba, Hourihane, McGinn, El Ghazi, Grealish, Wesley.Tags: Aston VillaEPLManchester Citylast_img read more

Sunderland winger Emanuele Giaccherini joins Serie A Bologna

first_img Press Association Giaccherini has now returned to full fitness but will feel his way back into the game with Delio Rossi’s Bologna, who have started the new Italian season with two defeats having won the Serie B play-off final in June. A statement published on bolognafc.it on Monday evening confirmed the 21-time Italy international had moved to the Stadio Renato dall’Ara. The Tuscan forged his reputation with Cesena, earning a move to Juventus in 2011 and winning the Scudetto in both his years in Turin. Impressive performances for Italy at Euro 2012 helped raise his profile and he scored the fastest goal in Azzurri history during a friendly meeting with Haiti in June 2013. The 30-year-old joined the Black Cats from Juventus in July 2013 and made 24 Barclays Premier League appearances, scoring four goals, during his first season with the club. An ankle injury and subsequent surgery restricted him to only eight league appearances during the 2014-15 campaign, however. center_img Sunderland have allowed Italy winger Emanuele Giaccherini to join newly-promoted Serie A side Bologna on a season-long loan.last_img read more

Thomas Hitzlsperger: Standards have dropped in the Premier League

first_img The Premier League risks losing a starting berth in the Champions League from the 2017-18 season if it suffers a repeat of last season, when no side made it to the quarter-final stages in either the Champions League or the Europa League. That poor form in Europe reflects a worrying trend, according to Hitzlsperger, who thinks the extra income clubs are receiving is not being put to the best possible use. “The level of the league has dropped in recent years,” he told Germany’s Kicker magazine. “Their lack of success in Europe shows it. “Many people are talking about all the money they Premier League clubs have at their disposal, but you are seeing what happens when they don’t use it properly.” Bundesliga clubs have benefited in part from the Premier League’s new spending power, with players such as Shinji Okazaki and Heung-Min Son moving to England for fees many other clubs would not even have considered paying. Hitzlsperger concedes that the overall drop in standards has at least made the league more exciting and admits he has been impressed by Leicester’s surge this season. “The positive thing is it is making the league more exciting,” Hitzlsperger said. “(Leicester) have been sensational and they could possibly create a bit of an upset. I reckon they could finish sixth.” Former Aston Villa, West Ham United and Everton midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger says the standard of football in the Premier League is dropping, despite a lucrative new television deal which is set to make English clubs the richest on the continent.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Associated Press — The Oakland Athletics had a member of their organization test positive for COVID-19, causing Major League Baseball to postpone the team’s game Sunday against the Houston Astros. The finale of the A’s three-game series at Minute Maid Park was called off less than four hours before it was scheduled to start. COVID-19 testing has now postponed 38 games. All 30 major league teams played Saturday the same day for the first time since July 26.MLB-NEWSDodgers set NL home run mark for month with 57 in AugustUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers set the National League record for home runs in a month with their 57th in their final game of August. Cody Bellinger’s two-run homer in the third inning was the third of the game for LA at Texas. It broke the previous record of 56 set by the Atlanta Braves in June 2019. Corey Seager hit a solo shot in the first, and Will Smith added one in the second to pull even with the Braves. August 30, 2020 The Dodgers are off Monday, the final day of August.In other MLB news:— The New York Mets have placed struggling pitchers Dellin Betances and Steven Matz on the injured list, one day after they both made appearances against the New York Yankees. Betances landed on the injured list with right lat tightness. Matz was placed on the IL with left shoulder discomfort. — The Chicago Cubs have acquired José Martínez in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, giving manager David Ross another option at designated hitter. The 32-year-old Martínez is a .294 hitter with 43 homers and 182 RBIs in 422 major league games. Tampa Bay acquired two players to be named or cash considerations in the deal with Chicago. The Rays also promoted outfielder Randy Arozarena from its alternate training site.— The Atlanta Braves have acquired left-hander Tommy Milone from the Baltimore Orioles for two players to be named. The division-leading Braves have struggled to put together a rotation behind Max Fried, who is 5-0 with a 1.35 ERA. Ian Anderson is the only other Atlanta starter to earn a win this season. The Braves are also likely to pursue additional help ahead of Monday’s trade deadline. MLB-SCHEDULEYankees beat Mets in opener of doubleheaderUNDATED (AP) —Aaron Hicks capped a five-run rally with a tying two-run homer off Edwin Diaz in the seventh inning, Gio Urshela singled in the winning run in the eighth and the New York Yankees beat the crosstown Mets 8-7 in the opener of a doubleheader. The Yankees trailed 7-2 with two outs in the final inning of the seven-inning game before rallying against Jared Hughes and Diaz. Mets third baseman Andrés Giménez made a throwing error, and Hughes walked a batter and plunked another to load the bases before Luke Voit hit a check-swing, two-run single against the shift to pull within 7-4. — The San Diego Padres picked up slugger Mitch Moreland in a trade Sunday with Boston. In exchange, the Red Sox acquired a pair of prospects from San Diego, outfielder Jeisson Rosario and infielder Hudson Potts. — The Colorado Rockies have acquired right-handed reliever Mychal Givens from the Baltimore Orioles for prospects and cash considerations. As part of the deal, the Orioles received infielders Tyler Nevin and Terrin Vavra, along with a player to be named later and cash considerations. NFL-JAGUARS-VIKINGS TRADEAP source: Jaguars trading Ngakoue to Vikings for 2 picksJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Disgruntled pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue (yah-NEEK’ en-GAH’-kway) is headed north, far away from Jacksonville. — Bobby Dalbec hit a two-run homer in his major league debut, Rafael Devers hit a pair of home runs, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Washington Nationals 9-5. The 25-year-old Dalbec started hours after Boston traded first baseman Mitch Moreland to San Diego. Dalbec struck out in his first at-bat before taking Javy Guerra deep over Pesky’s Pole in right field in the third inning. Devers had a two-run blast and a solo shot. Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run homer and Kevin Plawecki added two RBIs for the Red Sox. Reliever Josh Osich tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.— Willy Adames hit a grand slam and the surging Tampa Bay Rays beat the Miami Marlins 12-7 on Sunday to finish a three-game sweep. Joey Wendle, Yoshi Tsutsugo and Kevin Kiermaier also went deep for the Rays, who have won 12 of their last 14 and have beaten Miami eight straight times since 2018. Tampa Bay improved to an American League-best 13 games over .500. Blake Snell allowed two runs on four hits in five innings to get the win. Miami starter Sandy Alcantara was lifted after loading the bases with no outs in the fifth. Adames greeted reliever Robert Dugger with his grand slam.— Josh Bell and Gregory Polanco homered off Brandon Woodruff and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1. Bell broke a 1-all tie in the fourth with a towering, two-run blast that hit an SUV parked well above the wall in right-center as part of a promotion. The Pirates stayed in front the rest of the way to hand Woodruff a rare loss at Miller Park. The right-hander entered Sunday having gone 10-0 with a 2.89 ERA in 16 home starts over the past two seasons. He struck out seven but allowed four runs, four hits and three walks in five innings.— Teoscar Hernández delivered a two-run single with two out in the ninth inning to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Hernández came up with the bases loaded and lined a single to left field, scoring pinch runner Santiago Espinal and Randal Grichuk. Ryan Mountcastle homered twice for Baltimore, which lost its fifth straight. Hernández had two hits for Toronto, winners of four in a row.— Jonathan Schoop hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning, and the Detroit Tigers finished off a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 3-2 victory. Tyler Alexander pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for Detroit, which handed Twins starter Kenta Maeda his first loss of the season. Jeimer Candelario also homered for the Tigers, and Jorge Polanco went deep for the Twins. Rookie Casey Mize allowed two runs in three innings as Detroit’s starter. Hamilton wins Belgian GP, now 2 behind Schumacher’s record SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Lewis Hamilton led from start to finish at the Belgian Grand Prix to clinch his 89th career win and move two behind Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record.The world champion was untroubled from pole position, beating his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas by eight seconds and finishing 15 seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was fourth and grabbed an extra point for the fastest lap.Hamilton’s fifth win from seven races also extended his championship lead over Verstappen to 47 points with Bottas drifting back in third. Hamilton is odds-on to win a seventh title to tie Schumacher’s record.CYCLING-TOUR DE FRANCE Update on the latest sports A person familiar with the trade says the Jaguars have agreed to send Ngakoue to the Minnesota Vikings for a second-round draft pick in 2021 and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2022. The person said Ngakoue agreed to rework his 2020 salary to get out of Jacksonville. Ngakoue still has to sign his one-year franchise tender with the Jaguars to make the deal happen. He had been the league’s only franchise-tagged player unsigned, opting to turn down an offer that would have guaranteed him $17.8 million this season.In other NFL news:— New York Jets rookie running back La’Mical Perine injured his left ankle during the team’s practice at MetLife Stadium and his status was uncertain. Perine took a screen pass from Mike White and gained a few yards before going down awkwardly on the tackle. New York’s acquisition of running back Kalen Ballage from Miami on Thursday fell through after he failed his physical. Ballage reverted back to the Dolphins’ roster and voided the trade.F1-BELGIAN GP Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSClippers eliminate MavsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had 33 points and 14 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers eliminated Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks from the playoffs with a 111-97 victory in Game 6 of the first-round series. Elsewhere in the majors:__ Adam Wainwright turned back the clock with a complete game on his 39th birthday as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Sunday. The oldest active player in the majors, Wainwright threw a four-hitter for his 23rd career complete game and first in four years. The Cardinals snapped a four-game skid in which they scored six total runs. Dexter Fowler homered and had three RBIs for St. Louis, which stopped Cleveland’s four-game winning streak. The Indians had won nine in a row on the road. Wainwright settled in after allowing a two-run homer to Tyler Naquin in the second inning. The right-hander struck out nine and walked two.__ Cody Bellinger’s two-run homer gave Los Angeles the National League record for long balls in a month at 57, and the Dodgers beat the Texas Rangers 7-2. Corey Seager and Will Smith put the Dodgers in position to break Atlanta’s mark of 56 home runs from June 2019 with solo shots in the first and second innings. Bellinger’s 10th of the season came in the third in LA’s final game of August. The Dodgers have won 12 straight series to start the season. That’s tied for the fifth-best season-opening run since 1969.__ Chicago’s starting outfield of Kyle Schwarber, Jason Heyward and Ian Happ each homered twice, and the Cubs pounded the Cincinnati Reds 10-1 for a split of their four-game series. Schwarber hit the first and the last of the Cubs’ season-high six homers, belting a solo drive in the fourth inning against Luis Castillo and a grand slam off José De León in the ninth. Heyward connected for solo drives in the fourth and sixth, and Happ hit a two-run shot in the fifth and a solo homer in the seventh. Joey Votto homered in the sixth for Cincinnati, which rallied for a doubleheader split against Chicago on Saturday. Castillo allowed four runs and five hits in five innings.— Prized rookie Luis Robert hit his first game-ending homer, a three-run drive in the 10th inning that gave the Chicago White Sox a 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Dane Dunning threw five no-hit innings before being pulled from his second major league start, and the surging White Sox won for the 11th time in 13 games to move into a first-place tie with Cleveland in the AL Central. Kansas City reliever Tyler Zuber intentionally walked José Abreu to start the 10th, putting runners on first and second. James McCann struck out, but Robert drove the next pitch to left field for his ninth home run — tops among big league rookies. Doncic capped a superb first postseason with 38 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, keeping it interesting into the fourth quarter even while playing without injured teammate Kristaps Porzingis. But with Leonard reaching the 30-point mark for his career-best fifth straight playoff game and a strong defensive effort, the Clippers simply had too many answers. During the game Clippers forward Marcus Morris was ejected after a hard foul against the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic in the first quarter after swinging his arm down and striking a driving Doncic in the head or neck area.The No. 2 seed in the Western Conference advances to a second-round meeting with either Denver or Utah.In other playoff action:—Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart each scored 21 points, Kemba Walker added 18 points and 10 assists and the Celtics never trailed on the way to beating the Raptors 112-94 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Sunday. Kyle Lowry had 17 points for Toronto, which got 15 from Serge Ibaka and 13 from Pascal Siakam on a day where he was slowed big-time by early foul trouble. The Raptors are 1-4 against Boston this season. Alaphilippe wins stage 2 at Tour de FranceNICE, France (AP) — French rider Julian Alaphilippe has dedicated his win in Stage 2 of the Tour de France to his father who died in June. Racing across the finish line Sunday, Alaphilippe kissed his finger and raised it to the sky. Alaphilippe timed his final sprint with precision to hold off two pursuers and the main pack furiously gaining ground on the finishing straight in the picture-postcard Mediterranean city of Nice. He is now back in the race leader’s iconic yellow jersey after holding the race lead for 14 days in the 2019 edition. Alaphilippe has a four-second lead over Adam Yates ahead of Monday’s hilly Stage 3 from Nice to Sisteron.NASCAR-JOHNSON’S END Jimmie Johnson proud of ending NASCAR career with 7 titlesDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson is reflecting on his legacy after getting knocked out of playoff contention Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Johnson was running near the front of the pack most of the night and was in position to make the playoffs until Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano made contact and started a multi-car melee that collected Johnson and nine others with less than two laps to go. Johnson posted a picture on Instagram of his battered No. 48 Chevrolet that was caught up in a late-race wreck. The crash meant his racing career would end without a record-setting eighth Cup Series championship. Johnson wrote that he was proud to end his career with seven titles. Johnson is retiring from full-time Cup competition at the end of this season.last_img read more

Nine Nigerians Feature for Arsenal in Premier League 2 Opener

first_imgNine players of Nigerian descent were on show at London Colney as Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by Southampton B in the Premier League 2 Division 1 curtain raiser yesterday.Left-back Tolaji Bola and central midfielder Miguel Azeez were joined in Arsenal’s starting lineup by Daniel Oyegoke, James Olayinka, Ryan Alebiosu and Folarin Balogun, while summer signing from Huddersfield Town, Tim Akinola entered the game as a substitute at minute 63.As for Southampton, Belgium youth international Kazeem Olaigbe started while former Arsenal schoolboy David Agbontohoma entered the fray in the 84th minute. Arsenal’s Ben Cottrell slotted past goalkeeper Harry Lewis from close range to open the scoring in the 11th minute but the Saints got back on level terms through Josh Sims three minutes after the restart.Kegs Chauke scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 64th minute.Republic of Ireland U19 center back Mazeed Ogungbo watched proceedings from the bench for the entirety of the game and his Arsenal teammate Arthur Okonkwo wasn’t included in the matchday squad.Tim Akinola has now made two competitive appearances for Arsenal’s youth teams this season, having featured off the bench in the EFL Trophy win against Ipswich Town on September 8.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Trojans impress scouts in Pro Day drills

first_imgWhat Wednesday’s NFL Pro Day lacked in depth and quantity, it surely made up in the star quality of offensive tackle Tyron Smith.Despite an uncharacteristically lackluster showing from the USC overall, the 6-foot-5, now-310-pound Smith might have moved himself into the discussion to be a top-10 pick in next month’s NFL draft.Doing work · Despite a disappointing 40-yard dash time, wide receiver Ronald Johnson had a solid showing in the individual drills. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan In an effort to improve his first-round stock, Smith added 30 pounds of bulk to his playing weight of 285 pounds, while still retaining his above-average athleticism. Though he only ran a decent 4.92-second 40-yard dash, Smith hit 31 reps on the bench press and displayed quick feet and fluid movement in individual drills.“I wanted to run faster [and get to a] 4.8 and I was mad when I found out I was at a 4.9,” Smith said with a laugh. “I feel like overall I did good today.”With Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett in attendance (validating rumors about Dallas’ interest in Smith at No. 9), it looks as if Smith’s draft stock is truly on the rise as the Detroit Lions (No. 13) also came out in full force to watch the heralded junior prospect.“From here on out, I just want to improve upon my speed and strength and work on my technique,” Smith said.Among the other lineman, senior offensive tackle Butch Lewis showed up at a lean 311 pounds, and, although overshadowed by Smith, was nonetheless impressive in workouts.Tight end Jordan Cameron wowed scouts during position drills, showing off strong hands and field speed that correlates well with his combine numbers (a 4.59-second 40-yard dash).As Cincinnati Bengals tight end coach Jordan Hayes gave advice to Cameron throughout the day, the 6-foot-5 senior displayed excellent body control and a knack for snagging balls away from his body.Although the BYU transfer played sparingly for the Trojans until this past fall, Cameron still projects as a mid-round pick because of his unique athleticism at the tight end position.“I think I did really well today and just showed off what I can do,” Cameron said. “I need to get better at blocking and get a little more experience under my belt, but I’ll be fine.”Wide receiver Ronald Johnson posted an underwhelming 4.49-second 40-yard dash time, but helped his stock during individual drills, where he rarely missed a pass and showed great burst coming out of his cuts.Throwing to Johnson, quarterback Mitch Mustain looked to be in peak physical shape, weighing in at a solid 221 pounds. During the passing drills, the former Arkansas quarterback had some zip on his passes to go along with a fundamentally sound approach behind center.On the defensive side of the ball, cornerback Shareece Wright came down with a possibly serious knee injury after he caught his foot in the ground during ball drills.The biggest surprise of the day came from outside linebacker prospect Malcolm Smith. Not invited to the combine, the 225-pound Smith ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash, reached 28 reps on the bench and looked just as good during individual drills.With visits with the Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks coming up, Smith is hoping to lock up a draft spot, especially with the current NFL lockout and teams’ inability to sign free agents.last_img read more