Offshore driller Noble Corporation has bought a new Gusto MSC CJ46 design jack-up rig from Singapore’s rig builder PaxOcean Group. The driller has already secured an initial contract for the newbuild rig. Gusto MSC CJ46 jack-up design; Source: Gusto MSCThe newbuild jack-up, to be named the Noble Johnny Whitstine, was built at the PaxOcean Graha shipyard in Batam, Indonesia.The rig design for moderate environments allows for operations in water depths of up to 375 feet and well depths of 30,000 feet.Noble said on Friday that it paid $33.75 million of the $93.75 million purchase price in cash, with the remainder of the purchase price, or $60 million seller-financed at a 4.25% interest rate paid in cash and 1.25% paid in kind over the term of the financing.The company used existing cash balances for the initial payment, and the secured seller-financed amount would be repaid in four years.Noble also has an option for the purchase of a second newbuild CJ46 jack-up from PaxOcean.Per Noble, a modern drilling control system and versatile 70 ft. x 40 ft. envelope cantilever skidding system equipped with two blow out preventers contribute to the rig’s enhanced drilling capabilities.In connection with the purchase, Noble entered into a new drilling contract in the Middle East region with a three-year primary term, plus a one-year option, with an expected start in early 2019.The company didn’t say who the client was nor did it disclose the value of the contract.Julie J. Robertson, chairman, president, and CEO of Noble Corporation, said: “With our premium jack-up rig fleet fully committed through late-2018, and further evidence of rising jack-up demand into 2019, we remain focused on growth opportunities that reinforce our competitive position.“This attractive acquisition of a proven and highly versatile jack-up design will provide us with a near-term contract commitment and future opportunities where growing customer demand is evident.”
Press Association Joel Robles, who was with Martinez at Wigan, is deputising and, while the Toffees boss is happy with him, he may look to bring in another stopper. “I thought Joel was very calm against Stoke and did well against Newcastle. But we will assess whether we need cover,” the Spaniard added. Martinez said Howard’s injury was unsual and admitted that it was a big blow to lose a player of his experience. “He’s picked up a calf injury in his left calf and that’s something that as a goalkeeper is really unusual. It happened just kicking the ball against Stoke. ” Tim is going to be a huge miss, not just on the pitch but being around the place and having the calmness that he gives to the younger players and the know how that he brings to the dressing room. “Tim is a big game player. When he plays for the national team in tournaments and when he plays for us he’s used to that scrutiny and responsibility and he just embraces it. “That’s something that we need to have spread out throughout the squad. We need that big game, big team mentality and (to) cope with the expectations and whatever surrounds the performance.” Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard will miss the next five to six weeks with a calf injury, manager Roberto Martinez has said. The American missed Sunday’s loss at Newcastle with the injury suffered against Stoke on Boxing Day, and is now set to miss out until well into 2015. “Tim Howard will be out between five and six weeks with a calf injury,” Martinez said at his press conference ahead of the New Year’s Day game against Hull.
This is Nashville SC’s first season in MLS. The team dropped its first two matches of the season before the league shut down on March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic.___The Big East joined the growing list of conferences not playing sports in the fall. The conference announced that men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball and field hockey won’t be contested. Georgetown is the defending national champions in men’s soccer.Teams will still be allowed to practice and have team activities that are consistent with individual campus policies.Men’s and women’s basketball are not affected at this time and will be evaluated at a later point. Associated Press The Birmingham, Alabama-based conference’s Board of Directors cited health and safety of athletes and others on campus, mandatory participation protocols from the NCAA Board of Governors and the cancellation of Division II fall championships.The league said it would evaluation options for spring seasons in football, soccer and volleyball.___The Washington Football Team will at least begin the NFL season playing without fans in its stadium.The team formerly known as the Redskins says it plans to play home games at an empty FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, “out of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.” The decision can be reevaluated if conditions improve throughout the course of the season. The conference’s Board of Athletic Administrators also agreed to reduce the number of NJAC games played by each team from 18 to 9 for both men and women.The conference members are Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City University, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Newark, Rutgers-Camden, Stockton University, The College of New Jersey and William Paterson.___The Division II Gulf South Conference is postponing competition in football, basketball, soccer and volleyball until at least Jan. 1.The league noted that the NCAA has identified those as high-risk contact sports that are subject to significant testing requirements for all student-athletes and personnel. ___The Big South Conference has decided to delay its fall sports seasons with the hopes of playing in the spring. But it will allow football-playing members to schedule up to four nonconference games in the fall at their own discretion.Commissioner Kyle Kallander says the decision was made to protect student-athletes during the coronavirus pandemic. He says the league hopes to play conference football, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball in conjunction with its spring sports and still crown champions in all 19 of its sports.___The Division III New Jersey Athletic Conference has decided the delay the start of conference play in basketball until Jan. 20 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Lauscha said the Saints “remain cautiously optimistic” that fans may be able to attend the Sept. 27 game vs. Green Bay.___Nashville SC is finally about to play its first game since March, with an assistant coach filling in as manager due to a late COVID-19 test result.Assistant coach Steve Guppy will be filling in for coach Gary Smith. Nashville announced Wednesday afternoon that Smith could not travel with the team because of COVID-19 testing results that eventually came up negative. The result was not available before the team left for Wednesday night’s game against FC Dallas in Texas.Nashville never competed in Major League Soccer’s MLS is Back tournament in Florida because nine players tested positive for the coronavirus. That forced Nashville to become the second team to withdraw, joining FC Dallas after that team had 10 players and a coach test positive. The Latest: No fans for Saints home opener against Bucs Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The New Orleans Saints have announced their opening game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Superdome will be held without fans because of unfavorable COVID-19 trends in Louisiana. The decision Wednesday evening means fans won’t have a chance to attend six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady’s first game with his new club since leaving his only other team, the New England Patriots, for Tampa Bay.Saints President Dennis Lauscha says owner Gayle Benson’s “overriding directive and priority is the health and safety of our fans, our employees, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome staff and all of the coaches and players.”Lauscha says the club has been working with medical, health and safety professionals, state and local authorities, and the NFL to determine how and if the Superdome could safely host fans this season.The Saints and government officials concluded that at this time, regional and statewide trends regarding positive coronavirus cases do not meet health and safety standards the club established to host fans in the dome.New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell said decisions about Saints home games “will be guided by data, and until we get to where we need to be, we will have to support the Saints from the sidelines at home.” ___President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he has spoken with Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and LSU head coach Ed Orgeron about moving forward with the football season.Lawrence has helped spearhead the #WeWantToPlay movement. That’s a coalition of players calling on colleges not to cancel the upcoming season because of coronavirus concerns and give student-athletes greater say as it considers safety issues.Trump said Orgeron “feels his players just want to be out there.” The president said he’s hopeful that both college and high school football would be played in the fall. The Big Ten and Pac-12 said Tuesday they were postponing their football seasons. August 12, 2020 “This decision was not an easy one,” owner Dan Snyder said. “But after several discussions with federal, state and local officials – along with input from some of the nation’s foremost medical experts, based right here in the nation’s capital – we are confident that it is the right one.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
The Sports Federation of B&H, with the assistance of former and active athletes, selects for the 69th time the most successful athletes and sports teams in B&H.A jury, led by the President Nihad Selimović and Vice Presidents Muhamed Bikić and Merima Softić decided for the selection of the most successful athletes and sports teams of B&H in 2013. The jury has estimated sports results achieved last year in all sports disciplines.A press conference will be held on this occasion at the premises of the Sports Federation of B&H on Thursday at 12:00.The official announcement of the best athletes and sports teams will be done on the same day at the National Theater at 20:00, announced Sports Federation of B&H. (Fena)
A.J. Green has taken a positive step in his recovery from an ankle injury that has delayed his season debut. Green was seen on the rehab field running during practice this week and even made a few catches, according to Cincinnati.com, which reported “the wideout is inching closer at a return.” Coach Zac Taylor provided an update on Green’s, saying the receiver has progressed well.“I take it week-to-week with him. He’s making the progress that we anticipated him making. There hasn’t been any setbacks,” Taylor said. “He’s making steady progress.” Related News “He’s certainly turned in the right direction,” Taylor said. “I don’t want to give any timeline — next week, the week after, week after that. I don’t want to get into that stuff. It will be exciting when we get him back.”Green, 31, has made seven Pro Bowls over his eight-year career, which has all been spent with Cincinnati. He caught 46 passes for 694 yards with six touchdowns in nine games last season. The Bengals (0-3) will travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers on Monday with kickoff set for 8:15 p.m. ET. Saquon Barkley injury update: Giants star (ankle) says he can beat timetable for return, report says Matthew Stafford injury update: Lions QB expected to play vs. Chiefs Despite Green advancing through rehab, Taylor and the Bengals haven’t given a specific timetable for the receiver’s return.”I really hate to make a prediction on what his timeline is,” Taylor said earlier this week (per Cincinnati.com). “Because I think he’s making the progress, we expect him to make.” Green suffered the injury early in training camp and underwent surgery in late July. He had his walking boot removed earlier this month. Dak Prescott contract: Cowboys, QB not close on new deal, report says