FIFPRO wants specific measures to protect players from overload

first_imgThe global footballers’ union FIFPRO wants concrete safeguards to protect players from fixture overload and the consequent risk of injury.This demand has come as the sport catches up with a backlog of matches following the novel coronavirus stoppage. FIFPRO general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann told Reuters that the union was talking to European clubs and leagues to find ways of protecting players.The sport is already facing an overcrowded calendar for the next three years.“There is the big question of how we manage the load in a very condensed period,” he said.“We can’t just leave it to the mercy of individual decisions because we know how big the pressure is on the players and nobody is going to benefit from additional injuries.”The new coronavirus halted football for three to four months around Europe and longer in some other parts of the world. Bu, rather than shorten competition formats and eliminate fixtures, most federations and leagues are simply cramming them into a shorter period of time, producing a concertina effect.The only major exception is UEFA’s Champions League and Europa League where UEFA has replaced two leg ties with single leg ties for the end of this season and the start of next.“From now to three years ahead, the calendar is completely overloaded,” said Baer-Hoffman.“The only solution is to put a framework in place to manage the load and guarantee recovery periods,” he added, citing two mandatory rest periods per year as an example of a rule that could be implemented.“We need sensible rules based on medically-approved safety standards.” FIFPRO had expressed concern about player overload even before the coronavirus stoppage.A report last year said players needed five days’ rest between matches – compared to two to thee days at present in England and Italy.One example FIFPRO gave in that report was FC Barcelona’s Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic who it said had played 68 games between May 2018 and June 2019.One idea proposed would be a so-called match cap to limit the number of games for players in a season, but not clubs.RelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Baer-Hoffmann said that with the first round of South American World Cup qualifiers pencilled in for October, the restart of internationals had led to some concern.The concern is that players may travel to countries where coronavirus cases are still surging.“We need to ensure that players are not put under pressure to travel to countries where the pandemic may still be a threat. Otherwise, it’s not going to be sustainable,” he said.Similarly, FIFPRO is worried about leagues starting in countries where infection rates are still high.“In certain countries, health standards are not what we will want.“Commercial pressures are overriding health and safety precautions and players are vulnerable to pressure, because they need to play to put food on the table,” he said.Reuters/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusFIFProFixture overloadlast_img read more

MBB : SU zone holds Walker to season-low point total

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ HARTFORD, Conn. — Dion Waiters laughed because it was so obvious. To describe Syracuse’s defensive game plan required only one word.‘Kemba,’ Waiters said.Kemba. That simple. Stopping Connecticut’s National Player of the Year candidate in Kemba Walker was SU’s key to victory on the defensive end.And stop him Waiters and the No. 17 Orange did Tuesday. Stopped the nation’s second-leading scorer, holding him to eight points, 16 fewer than his season average. Stopped him after four games of Syracuse’s 2-3 zone being exposed by players less talented than Walker. Stopped him en route to a 66-58 victory over the Huskies on the road.‘We know what he’s capable of doing,’ Waiters said. ‘He can take over a game. So our whole focus is just stopping him.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut stopping him was anything but simple. It required precise attention devoted to Walker, making other players beat the SU zone. It required all five Orange defenders. And it required a complete turnaround from Syracuse’s defensive performances during its four-game losing streak.And things didn’t look good to start. Orchestrating the offense, Walker picked apart the zone with crisp passes. Left and right. Finally, to the middle, where he found Alex Oriakhi for the game’s first basket. On Connecticut’s next possession, Roscoe Smith found Walker beyond the arc.Swish. And in a 5-0 Husky run to start the game, Walker was involved in both scores.‘Obviously,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, ‘we got off to a very bad start.’It had to bring up signs of the Orange’s defensive struggles in its past four games. But from there, SU stifled UConn’s offense. And most importantly, it stifled Walker.Syracuse did so by keeping a watchful eye on him at all times. When Walker got the ball at the top of the key, SU’s rotating guard trio of Scoop Jardine, Brandon Triche and Waiters didn’t let him get into the lane. When he got the ball beyond the 3-point line on either side, Kris Joseph or Rick Jackson shaded out of their spots. When he got into the lane, Baye Moussa Keita altered his shots.And it all added up to Walker’s worst statistical offensive performance of the season. The only time he has been held to single digits in the scoring column. Just 3-of-14 shooting from the field, including 1-of-6 from 3-point range.‘I think, as a team, we did it,’ Triche said of stopping Walker. ‘Me and Scoop, we more so focused on keeping him in front. If he got screened, I was going to be there to keep (Walker) out of the lane. Make sure I slam my feet and not give up easy shots.’Walker, for his part, was more frustrated than he has been all season. Later in the game, orchestrating the offense, he couldn’t find the openings like he did in those first two possessions.He made poor decisions, trying on one possession to fit through the slimmest of holes in the zone to drive to the lane. Meanwhile, fellow Connecticut guard Jeremy Lamb carried the weight with 22 points on the night.Lamb was the only player whose performance UConn head coach Jim Calhoun would discuss after the game. Everyone else, including Walker, didn’t play well. Walker wasn’t there to lead a Husky comeback with Lamb.‘They just had two guys on me,’ Walker said. ‘They tried to make somebody else beat them besides me.’But that somebody else — Lamb — couldn’t do it alone. And in the game’s final seconds, it was Walker who tried to take over.Running down the court with 31 seconds to play and his team down by six, Walker went to the right side of the Syracuse zone. This time, Joseph stepped up. He stole the ball as Walker fell to the ground.‘It felt good,’ Joseph said of SU’s defensive performance. ‘We hadn’t won in about two weeks.’And that two-week losing streak ended thanks to execution. Delicate execution of the simple premise Waiters and the Orange keyed on all along.‘We know how dangerous Kemba is,’ Waiters said. ‘We had to make him continue to take tough shots. And make the other guys, the other guards — the freshmen — make them do something.’ Published on February 2, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

USC Viterbi open house showcases student projects

first_imgNearly 2,200 students, teachers and parents from across 28 schools attended the USC Viterbi Robotics Open House, an annual event sponsored by the Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems. Robotics researchers from the Viterbi School of Engineering made a comprehensive exhibition of all the research activities that are in progress at Viterbi.The principle organizers of the event were Maja Mataric, vice dean of research, and Katie Mills, outreach administrator for Viterbi.The event is part of the ongoing outreach efforts of Viterbi Adopt-a-School, Adopt-a-Teacher program, which aims to motivate the next generation of engineers with the creativity and possibilities of science, technology, engineering, math and machines.“USC has a relationship with a number of schools that are part of what is called as the ‘USC Family of Schools,’” said Michelle Flowers Taylor, director of the Institute of Engineering Community and Cultural Competence. “We have this ongoing relationship with schools in the area, and we engage the students and their teachers in various on-campus activities in our schools to help really provide an exposure to the students to engineering and computer science.”Graduate and postdoctoral students talked about what robotics is and how they first became interested in engineering, in addition to showing them application specific robots that they have developed. One example is Scribbler, a bot designed and programmed by Colin Quinsey, a biomedical engineer, that autonomously finds its way through a maze drawn in black ink on paper. Quinsey, talked about assembling sensors and actuators in a sized chassis which act as the eyes, ears and limbs of the robot.“A lot of our projects are open ended,” Quinsey said. “We don’t have instruction based projects, rather this is a task that you have to do and you have to solve it in whatever manner you can”.The USC VexU Robotics team, a multidisciplinary mechatronics design team and a finalist in the 2016 Vex World Competition for the design, fabrication and programming of its custom built robots, also put up a display.Students were also shown the possibilities of controlling robots through brainwaves. Ali Marjaninejad, a doctoral candidate in biomedical engineering and Chris Lynn, a postdoctoral  student in brain body dynamics, talked about their “Modellers” research which has been ongoing in collaboration with the Caltech David Andersen Lab. The research goes a long way to help patients with disabilities mimic the abilities of a normal person with mechanical prosthetic. Marjaninejad and Lynn explained how electrodes arranged on the brain surface of a subject carried signals to the robot controller which acted to the accord of the user.“I’m studying the physiology of movement and muscle control, particularly manual dexterity,” Lynn said. “We are doing this to learn not only how dexterity is possible, but also using small hand manipulation tasks in order to quantify and characterize disease states.”Zhi Su, a biomedical engineer, put up a display of robotic arm which could drive a screw into a machine.“The way my project works is actually very intuitive,” Su said. “Robots have a memory of their previous experience with one form of objects and then use the experience to do other forms of different objects.”last_img read more

Syracuse falls to UNLV, beats Yale in first two games of Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational

first_imgSyracuse split its doubleheader on Friday against UNLV and Yale in the Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational in Houston, Texas. For the third time this season, SU lost its first game of the day and won its second.In its first game, the Orange (6-4) fell to UNLV (9-3), 3-0, despite matching the Rebels in hits, 3-3. Starting in the circle for SU was Alexa Romero, who was named ACC co-pitcher of the week three days ago after pitching a perfect game and six scoreless innings against Sacramento State and Cal Poly, respectively.The sophomore held the Rebels hitless for the first three innings before Janine Petmecky, UNLV’s starting pitcher, doubled down the right field line to drive in Jadelyn Yadao-Valdez. After tallying a hit in each of the first two innings, Syracuse managed just one baserunner over the next three innings. In the top of the sixth, two hit by pitches and a walk allowed the Orange to load the bases, but freshman Miranda Hearn flew out to center, ending the inning.In the bottom of the sixth, two walks and a single filled the bases for UNLV with one out. Mia Trejo doubled to center, driving in two runs and extending her team’s lead to three. SU mustered a two-out walk in the seventh, but Petmecky remained steady and forced Toni Martin to pop out to second base, ending the game.In a complete game performance, Petmecky struck out seven and allowed three hits, while Romero struck out five in four and two-thirds innings. In relief, Hearn pitched one and one-third inning, allowing two runs.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse bounced back in its second game of the day by defeating Yale (0-1), 8-2, behind a two-hit, four-RBI performance from Bryce Holmgren. A dominant performance from SU’s offense saw eight different players register a hit, and five different players drive in at least one run. The Orange took care of business with runners on base, leaving just five on base compared to the Bulldogs’ six.Syracuse jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Andrea Bombace reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Neli Casares-Maher. The Bulldogs evened the score in the third off an RBI-double by Annie Tarte. In the bottom of the inning, Holmgren recorded her first hit and RBI of the game, driving in Sammy Fernandez.AnnaMarie Gatti started in the circle for SU, lasting five innings, striking out two and allowing one run on two hits. In relief, Baylee Douglass pitched two innings, giving up two hits and a run.The Orange’s bats got busy in the fifth, starting with a leadoff solo home run from Martin. Three batters later, Holmgren belted a double to left-center, driving in two more runs. RBI from Gabby Teran and Hannah Dossett rounded out a five-run inning for Syracuse. Both teams tacked on a run in the sixth inning to make the score 8-2.SU will resume play in the Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational tomorrow afternoon with games against The University of Texas at San Antonio and Houston at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m., respectively. Comments Published on February 23, 2018 at 4:38 pm Contact David: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

New football panel members grasp opportunities

first_imgLiam Kearns believes Colm O’Shaughnessy, Niall Donovan and Alan Maloney could be added to that list. The unavailability of many regular panel members has led to the promotion of some members of the U21 side that performed so well during Tipp’s run to the All-Ireland final in that grade last year.The Premier County drew with Limerick in their opening National League fixture last weekend and continue their Division 3 campaign against Clare in Tipperary Town on Sunday.Some analysts thought the likes of Josh Keane and Jimmy Feehan performed very well in Kilmallock.last_img read more

RTSmunity extends esports partnership with Sazkabet

first_imgShare SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 RTSmunity extends partnership with forBET August 7, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Esports trading and risk management specialist RTSmunity has extended its partnership with Sazkabet, the flagship sportsbook property of Czech gambling conglomerate SAZKA Group. The collaboration is extended following the success of Sazkabet’s inaugural esports competition in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, expanding its brand presence to new audiences. The esports odds and trading provider teamed up with Sazkabet in March 2020 to provide comprehensive betting offerings for the Sazka eLEAGUE to customers in the Czech Republic. Pavol Krasnovský, CEO of RTSmunity stated: “When we saw the concept and plans for Sazka eLEAGUE, we were pleasantly surprised, because that is exactly what we were missing on our domestic market. We immediately knew that we wanted to be a part of this, and I am glad we can contribute to the growth of esports in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Watching the rapid expansion of esports all over the world, this was just a matter of time, and we are very confident that Sazkabet will be successful with their own league.” The esports competition, which boasted a $100,000 prize pool, was created with the goal of building up the local esports ecosystem. Sazkabet came up with an overall plan of an esports league with spring and autumn splits in both Counter Strike and Dota 2.Jan Horyna, the director of iGaming division at Sazkabet added: “Sazka eLEAGUE is not a one shot project for us, this is something that we want to build up to a stage where young esports players can really see a future. We did similar projects in traditional sports, and now we want to provide a platform to every passionate esports fan out there.“As for the cooperation with RTSmunity, we can say that we are lucky to have the best esports odds provider sitting right “next to us” here in Prague. That made the start of our cooperation really smooth, and we plan to extend the cooperation further in future. Two Czech companies working on the best Czech esports league, that sounds great to me.” ESI Digital Summit: Esports nuances need to be understood for the sake of integrity May 29, 2020last_img read more

‘Peter Pan’ gallivants on to the stage at Thunder Bay Theatre

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — A classic tale with magical twists takes over the stage these next few weekends at the Thunder Bay Theatre.Peter Pan comes to the sunrise side starting Friday, November 24. The production feature high school students and professionals telling the tale of Peter and his sidekick Tinkerbell on their adventures through Neverland. The Alpena High School Masquers have a few of their actors highlighting the cast including Thomas Jore who plays Smee.“They can look forward to all of the comedy, all of the emotions the show brings, dances, the songs,” said Jore. “It’s going to be one heck of a ride.”Actors will have an added twist on the stage, but it should bring quite a bit of fun and excitement.“We have a live dog in our show playing Nana, so it’s been really fun to see how the kids and our professionals interact with something as unpredictable as six month old puppy on stage and to see some of their best work comes when they have to just act in the moment and figure out what to do with the dog, ” said Director Molly Stricker.Stricker also talked about how impressed she has been with the high school students and their professional attitudes toward the work. This marks a full circle feeling for the AHS graduate as she played Peter back in a fifth grade.This action packed fairy tale runs every Thursday through Sunday up until December 9th. Tickets are available at the door, or grab your tickets online at the Thunder Bay Theatre website.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: AHS Masquers Club, Alpena High School, fairytale, Musical, Neverland, Peter Pan, Smee, Thunder Bay TheatreContinue ReadingPrevious Father says of deceased baby, he ‘wanted to be closer to his spirit’Next Alpena Christmas tree is lit, Santa’s backlast_img read more

Referees promise professional standards

first_imgPremier League referees promise a good season as they also pledge to ensure professional standards.The referees body, the Referees Association of Ghana (RAG) and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) together with the Premier League Board (PLB) met on Friday to discuss other matters and the new season on Sunday.RAG also assured the GFA and the league organizers of an improved performance from the previous season.After hailing the referees for their performances last season, the GFA also demanded of them to crackdown on ball-boys who intentionally disrupt play by throwing extra balls onto the pitch during matches.The GFA told the meeting that it is seeking sponsorship as well as an insurance package for referees in the Ghana Premier League to help improve their conditions of service.RAG were also assured that, efforts are being made to clear some of the outstanding payments from the matches they officiated in the second-half of last season.last_img read more

Hearts of Oak appoint two new board of directors

first_imgHearts of Oak have appointed Thomas Kwesi and Eric Barimah-Atuahene as board of directors of the club.Their appointment was confirmed at the fifth Annual General Meeting held at the Accra International Conference center.Barima Atuahene is currently the chairman of the club’s National Chapters Committee while Esso joins the board as a replacement to Apiigy Afenu.Addressing the shareholders at the conference, board chairman Togbe Afede was elated to have both members on board and was particularly pleased by the fact that the supporters of the club  were now represented on the board.”We have NCC represented on the Board and that was my idea right from the beginning when we took over endorsed by the Board.” “The delay in Mr. Atuahene joining the Board as we explained was because we had to do it properly, consistent with the demands of our regulations and Companies Code.” Both men join the board with great expertise with Atuahene adding his knowledge via his experience on the supporters front as well as an ex-management member while Esso joins with a solid financial background following his work with SAS Financial Group as well as experience in auditing, accounting, taxation and investment banking.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more