Austin Jackson drafted by Miami Dolphins at 18th overall

first_imgJackson was the Dolphins’ second first-round pick of this draft, and his assignment will be to protect their first: former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, a 2017 national champion, who was selected at No. 5 overall by Miami. Jackson was the fifth offensive lineman selected in this year’s draft. “Beyond blessed that the Miami Dolphins took this bet on me,” Jackson said via Instagram. “I’m excited to get to work and prove them right.” Jackson appeared in all 39 games of his USC career, starting every game in his sophomore and junior years. He was named Pac-12 Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against Stanford in Week 2 of the 2019 season and made the 2019 All-Pac-12 First Team. Coming out of North Canyon High School in Phoenix, Jackson was the No. 35 overall recruit in the Class of 2017 as a four-star. Offensive tackle Austin Jackson was selected 18th overall by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the NFL Draft. (Sarah Ko / Daily Trojan) “I’m excited to get down there and meet up with a great group of guys and start working and see where this thing takes us,” Jackson said in a video posted to the Dolphins’ Twitter. Jackson’s first round selection should come as no surprise, as he was projected to be chosen on day one of the draft by many NFL analysts. While Jackson will likely be the only USC player selected Thursday, he is expected to join wide receiver and fellow Trojan Michael Pittman Jr. as 2020 draftees. Linebacker John Houston Jr., defensive lineman Christian Rector and offensive tackle Drew Richmond are also projected as potential late-round selections. Former Trojan Austin Jackson has found his NFL home, as the offensive tackle was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 18th overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night. Jackson became the 82nd first-round draft pick from USC of all time, the second most of any university behind Ohio State. The two schools entered the evening tied at 81, but the Buckeyes jumped in front when defensive end Chase Young and cornerback Jeff Okudah were drafted No. 2 and No. 3 overall, respectively.  “It’s no pressure at all,” Jackson said of protecting a franchise quarterback in Tagovailoa. “I’m glad I’m with a great team and a team that believes in me, and I’m just really excited to get out there with the guys and build something special.” As the youngest tackle in his draft class, Jackson will have room to grow with a Dolphins team that struggled to a 5-11 finish in 2019 — last place in the AFC East. Miami’s offense finished with the sixth-fewest total yards per game last season, including the fewest rushing yards per game with just 72.3 and the eighth-fewest points per game with 19.1. last_img read more

European action continues on Friday for Mona McSharry in Copenhagen

first_imgMona McSharry will be in 100m breaststroke action tomorrow at the European Short Course Swimming Championships.The Marlins Swimming Club, Ballyshannon woman reached the 50m breaskstroke semi-final yesterday.Today in Copenhagen, the Grange native swam a lifetime best 1:01.90 in the 100m individual medley, finishing seventh in her heat. Also today, McSharry, along with Danielle Hill, Conor Brines and Calum Bain came sixth in the senior mixed medal relay heat – the first time Ireland were represented in the event on the international stage.McSharry, who won a World Junior gold medal this year in Indianapolis, also has the 200m breaststroke on Saturday to look forward to.European action continues on Friday for Mona McSharry in Copenhagen was last modified: December 14th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallyshannonCopenhagenGrangeMona McSharrylast_img read more

Federal Judge Knocks Down Disparate Impact

first_img A federal judge ruled on Monday that the Fair Housing Act does not allow for so-called “disparate impact” claims, which are allegations that can be made based on neutral practices that may unintentionally have a discriminatory effect.U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled on Monday that only claims of direct, intentional discrimination could be made under the Fair Housing Act, which was passed in 1968. While the Fair Housing Act does not specifically state it allows disparate claims lawsuits, courts have allowed them for years.Leon said the belief of those in the Obama administration who interpret the Fair Housing Act to allow disparate impact claims “appears to be nothing more than wishful thinking on steroids.”The disparate impact rule in housing was issued by HUD in February 2013 and has since resulted in several multi-million dollar fair housing settlements against Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and other lenders.One example of a disparate impact claim occurred in 2012 in Delaware, when the National Fair Housing Alliance sued Allstate over Allstate’s refusal to insure flat-roofed houses. The suit alleged that this had a discriminatory effect on low-income minorities that were most likely to live in those houses.Leon’s ruling is a victory for opponents of the disparate impact rule such as American Insurance Association, which currently has a lawsuit pending in the U.S. District Court against HUD over a disparate impact claim.Opponents of disparate impact have one more hurdle to clear, however. The issue of whether or not disparate impact lawsuits are allowed under the Fair Housing Act is likely to be heard in the U.S. Supreme Court sometime in the next few months. In October, the Supreme Court agreed to rule on a similar case in Texas involving allegations of the disproportionate awarding of tax credits to developers who own property in low-income minority dominated neighborhoods.The U.S. Supreme Court has never issued a ruling on disparate impact claims. November 5, 2014 485 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Federal Judge Knocks Down ‘Disparate Impact’center_img Disparate Impact Fair Housing Act HUD 2014-11-05 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more