INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 29: Defensive back Jalen Ramsey of Florida State runs the 40-yard dash during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 29, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The NFL Combine usually features the best prospects in the country, but this year’s scouting event will be without a few talented players because the league is not allowing players with legal troubles in their past to participate. It turns out that this includes Louisiana Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson.Ferguson had his invite from the NFL rescinded due to a battery charge resulting from a fight at McDonald’s. This physical altercation occurred while he was a freshman.After finishing his senior season at Louisiana Tech with 17.5 sacks, Ferguson put himself on the map and boosted his draft stock to an undisputed first-round pick.Now that he won’t have the chance to showcase his skills at the combine, the star pass-rusher will have to impress scouts at his pro day.In the meantime, Ferguson’s agent released a fiery statement to shed light on why the NFL should welcome any and all prospects.“No person is perfect, and people are entitled to second chances and opportunities and one would hope the NFL is an open minded Industry Leader, Diverse League and Business would want to see the best in their players, educate them and help them mature, learn and be better people,” Safarrah Lawson said.The full statement can be read here:A strong statement from agent Safarrah Lawson on #LaTech prospect Jaylon Ferguson, whose invite to the Combine was rescinded yesterday. pic.twitter.com/KuETpnVhAO— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 14, 2019There is no telling if Ferguson’s absence from the event will lower his value heading into the NFL Draft.However, not having the chance to explain how he’s matured over the course of his collegiate career will allow those question marks on his resume to linger until April.
Improvements and extensions to multi-use trails in the Central Region means hikers, bikers and walkers will have more opportunities to stay fit and have fun. MLA Becky Kent, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson, announced seven grants totalling $113,000 for trail development today, June 20, through the Recreation Facility Development Program. The trails are among 21 projects in the Central region receiving grants totalling $582,000. “Multi-use trails throughout the province give Nova Scotians a chance to enjoy fresh air and the beauty of nature while getting active and leading healthier lives,” said Ms. Kent. “Trails are among the 59 projects receiving nearly $2 million provincewide so children, youth, and families can stay fit and have fun.” The Cole Harbour Parks and Trails Association received $10,000 to upgrade the Salt Marsh Trail, which begins on Bissett Road in Cole Harbour. “This wonderful trail shows what can be achieved when governments come together to support the hard work of volunteers and the vision of a community,” said Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Mike Savage. “The Salt Marsh Trail is a great asset for our entire region, allowing people to become more active and engaged in our natural environment.” “Trails are a binding thread that connect communities and create opportunities for health, education, environment, arts, culture, heritage, recreation, active transportation, and economic development,” said Charlie Sharkey, vice chair of the association. “We value the ongoing government support for trails in and around our community, as well as for trails throughout Nova Scotia.” The grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Examples include renovations to buildings, developing and maintaining walking trails, and building and upgrading fields used for sport and recreation. The grants support Thrive!, the province’s plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. The plan has 34 main actions to create supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity. Learn more at http://thrive.novascotia.ca .