Premier League stand firm

first_imgThe Premier League sees no reason to change the current rules which ban standing areas in top-flight grounds. The Football League is to ask the Government to review the laws which were brought in after the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, while Aston Villa said they want to trial the use of ‘rail-seats’ to promote the introduction of safe standing in the Premier League. A Premier League spokesman told Press Association Sport however: “We support the current legislation and see no reason to change it.” Several top-flight clubs including Manchester City are understood to be open-minded about allowing rail seating – where seats can be locked upright to allow standing and there are safety barriers between each row. Hillsborough cost the lives of 96 Liverpool fans and the Merseyside club back the Hillsborough Family Support Group, which has voted unanimously to oppose any reintroduction of standing areas. On Wednesday, Bristol City installed a block of rail seats at their Ashton Gate home, the first at an English football ground – but only Bristol Rugby supporters will be able to use them. Aston Villa’s football operations manager Lee Preece confirmed his club are keen to further the campaign. He said: “We at Aston Villa have said we are quite happy to use an area of Villa Park as a trial so the Premier League, the authorities and the government can see a safe standing area in practice.” The Football Supporters’ Federation has long been an advocate of rail seating and believes that the green light from the Football League’s 72 clubs at their meeting last week is a big step forward. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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2015 Mary Kline Classic: 6 Syracuse players of interest to watch

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The fifth-annual Mary Kline Classic to benefit cancer research takes place Saturday at West Orange (New Jersey) High School, and a combination of six Syracuse signees, commits and offerees will be participating.An underclassmen all-star game will be at 6 p.m., followed by a 3-point shooting contest, a dunk contest and the senior all-star game to conclude the night. Former and current Syracuse players to participate in the event include Tyler Ennis, Tyler Roberson, Chris McCullough and B.J. Johnson.Here are the players in the 2015 classic that SU fans will want to keep an eye on:Moustapha DiagneIn the past two years Syracuse’s Class of 2015 had three participants in the event with Malachi Richardson, Frank Howard and Diagne. But this year Diagne is the lone member of the class that will be in West Orange on Saturday, and will provide a glimpse of what the Orange may see at the backup power forward spot next season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe stands at 6 feet 8 inches and weighs 240 pounds according to Scout.com, and could see significant time in the low block behind Tyler Roberson if DaJuan Coleman isn’t fully healthy and if Chinonso Obokoh doesn’t materialize into a reliable option.Matthew MoyerMoyer stands as the lone verbal commit in SU’s Class of 2016, and will be participating in the underclassmen game on Saturday. He too is 6 feet 8 inches, per Scout, but is more of a lanky forward at 215 pounds.Moyer recently decided to transfer to South Kent (Connecticut) School from Ohio to play his senior season. ESPN has Moyer rated as the No. 58 prospect in his class.Sedee KeitaKeita has been offered by the Orange and is a member of the Class of 2016. Scout has him as a three-star prospect standing at 6 feet 9 inches, with offers from Iowa State, UNLV and Xavier, among others.ESPN slots Keita at No. 57 in the 2016 class and he played his junior season at 22 Feet Academy in Greenville, South Carolina. He’ll be playing in the underclassmen game along with Moyer.Jordan TuckerTucker is a four-star small forward in the Class of 2017 from White Plains, New York. He’s received an offer from the Orange, and has picked up the same from Arizona, Oklahoma and Villanova, among others, per Scout.Scout has him as the No. 27 prospect in his class and he is concluding his sophomore year at Archbishop Stepinac (New York) High School.Trevon DuvalDuval, a five-star point guard in the Class of 2017, has received an offer from Syracuse and is rated the No. 17 prospect in his class by Scout. He’s from St. Benedict’s Prep in New Jersey and stands at 6 feet 3 inches and 170 pounds.He’s one of two five-stars, along with Mohamed Bamba, to be offered by SU in the Class of 2017 and will be in the first game with Moyer, Keita and Tucker.Nick RichardsOne of the Orange’s more recent offers went out to The Patrick School (New Jersey) center Nick Richards. The 6-foot-11, 250-pound big man from the Class of 2017 has offers from Kansas and UCLA as well, according to ESPN.He’s listed as the No. 22 prospect in the class by Scout, and will be one of four Syracuse offerees in the underclassmen game. Comments Published on May 29, 2015 at 7:17 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

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Beat writers predict close result for Syracuse on the road at Georgia Tech

first_imgSyracuse (15-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) squares off against Georgia Tech (10-11, 3-5) on Wednesday night at Atlanta’s McCamish Pavilion. The Orange enters the game riding a three-game winning streak including its most recent win over Pittsburgh on Saturday night. It was SU’s first win on the road in ACC play.Here are our beat writers predictions for the game.Matthew Gutierrez (18-3)Bee stingGeorgia Tech 67, Syracuse 61It’s admirable what Yellow Jackets head coach Josh Pastner has done in Atlanta. He inherited a team a season ago that was returning not a single player who averaged more than 5.0 points per game. All he did was take GT, picked to finish 14th out of 15 ACC teams, to the NIT finals. On Sunday night, his unit nearly beat No. 20 Clemson. Georgia Tech has beaten Miami and Notre Dame this season, too, so GT should have its way at home against the Orange this week. Syracuse gave little reason to believe against Pittsburgh that it can pick up a second road win in conference play, at least for now.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSam Fortier (17-4)Welcome to AtlantaSyracuse 58, Georgia Tech 55These are two of the ACC’s worst offensive teams — each rank in the bottom quartile for effective field goal percentage — so expect a defensive battle on Wednesday night. That would favor the Orange, which has one of the nation’s best defenses that can block shots and nab steals with the best of ’em. As tough it is to win on the road in the ACC, the Orange should grind it out with the Yellow Jackets and rely on Tyus Battle and Frank Howard to “fill it up,” as GT head coach Josh Pastner said on Wednesday. Plus, Syracuse needs this one bad to avoid putting itself in a deep hole for its postseason chances.Tomer Langer (16-5)The big oneSyracuse 64, Georgia Tech 59This is arguably Syracuse’s most important game left on the schedule in the sense that its the most winnable road game remaining. Georgia Tech has a stifling defense but really struggles to score. Syracuse is similar, but there are two key distinctions. The Orange’s defense is stronger, and it’ll have the best player on the floor in Tyus Battle. Syracuse picks up a big road win and improves its winning streak to four. Comments Published on January 30, 2018 at 8:16 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Korger: Breaking down the Uthoff transfer controversy

first_imgAs it currenty stands, Jarrod Uthoff, who redshirted in his first year at Wisconsin, cannot transfer to 25 schools as dcided by Bo Ryan.[/media-credit]How long has it been since a player on the Wisconsin men’s basketball team transferred out of the program? Seriously, can anyone tell me?These were the questions I methodically repeated to every die-hard Badger fan I knew Tuesday. Every time, I received the same puzzled look, as various men of self-proclaimed sports wisdom (most close to my own age) scrunched up their faces in frustration at the revealed gap in their knowledge.Whatever the case, the Badgers have been bitten by the transfer bug this spring, as redshirt freshman Jarrod Uthoff’s request to leave the program became increasingly public this past week,  even being discussed in a segment on ESPN Radio’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.”But, like a spoiled gallon of milk that stinks up your fridge, the attention was for all the wrong reasons.Cowherd and others in the media have raised an outcry at the actions of Bo Ryan in placing seemingly harsh restrictions on where Uthoff can transfer. The list of no-no schools for the freshman includes every school in the Big Ten and ACC as well as Marquette and Iowa State.That’s 25 schools. And I thought my graduate school choices were limited.However, there are reasons behind Ryan’s decision to play the disciplinarian role similar to Dean Wormer in “Animal House” putting Delta Tau Chi on double-secret probation.The reason Ryan doesn’t want Uthoff to go to any Big Ten school is obvious. Think about it like this: Microsoft wouldn’t want a promising, upcoming employee who learned the system and company to go to Apple. There’s really nothing wrong with Ryan not wanting a player who learned inside the program to go to a team that he could potentially face two to three times in a given season.That’s why this situation isn’t even remotely similar to Wisconsin reeling in Ben Brust from his de-commitment to Iowa. Brust never spent a single season at Iowa like Uthoff did at Wisconsin, but rather sought to pull away from the Hawkeyes because they fired former head coach Todd Lickliter. Brust originally committed to Iowa prior to his senior year, so when Lickliter, the man who recruited him, was fired at the conclusion of the 2009-2010 season, Brust felt no reason to retain his commitment. Therefore, calling Bo Ryan hypocritical on this evidence is severely flawed.As far as the ACC restriction, one of the only plausible reasons I can come up with is that Ryan doesn’t want to risk facing an ACC-Big Ten challenge opponent that has Uthoff on it with an insider scouting report. The same line of thought goes with the Marquette restriction.But the blacklisting of Iowa State goes a bit deeper than a seasonal matchup. The Badgers are not scheduled to meet Iowa State anytime in the distant future, so perhaps Ryan has some notion that the Cyclones – a program under Fred Hoiberg that has been bolstered by several transfers in recent years – hoped to scavenge his loss.It would make sense after all, if Uthoff showed interest in Iowa State; Uthoff is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he led Jefferson High School to a Class 4A state tournament appearance while being named the 2011 Mr. Basketball of Iowa.Maybe Uthoff truly didn’t fit in to Ryan’s grinding style of offense. Perhaps Uthoff felt uncomfortable with the fact that the Badgers recruited and signed the talented Sam Dekker behind him, meaning Uthoff would have to fight with Dekker for playing time if the incoming freshman didn’t redshirt.Whatever the case, Ryan is making a message loud and clear throughout the country. If you come to Wisconsin, you’re expected to stay committed. While other coaches throughout college basketball have taken similar stances with restrictions on players transferring (albeit, without the sheer number of restricted schools in this instance) only to submit or regress on the decision after public pressure, Ryan has a reputation of sticking to his decisions, which may force Uthoff to leave with slim pickings.But is Ryan’s decision the right one? It’s understandable if the coach feels a bit spited. With Uthoff just recently announcing his transfer, the Badgers lose a considerable talent that looked to challenge Mike Bruesewitz for playing time at the three spot. Now, with the 2012 recruiting period over, the Badgers will be forced to wait another year and to address the loss of a player who was supposed to be a future starter in the program.Yet with all things set aside, Ryan should also do his best to get this matter taken care of as soon as possible. Not that Wisconsin basketball brings in the most heralded prep players, but this story could be a bit intimidating to interested high school recruits.Sometimes – as many of my fellow college students can relate – you don’t always know what you want or what’s best for you when making decisions at 17 and 18. Just remember, these basketball recruits have to make their college choices the same way you did, with that nagging uncertainty and stress of making the right decision of where to spend the next four years of their lives.Just like any college student may transfer if the school he attends isn’t the right fit, Uthoff should be allowed to do the same. I can understand the reasons for the restricted schools, but Ryan can beat any team in the conference or country with his style, regardless of what Uthoff would reveal. After all, it isn’t exactly a secret what Wisconsin plans to do every time it steps out on the court anyway.So when the time for the decision comes, Ryan should just let Uthoff go where he pleases. While nobody knows all of the details or the entire situation surrounding the transfer, Uthoff should not be punished for wanting to pursue his athletic dreams elsewhere.After all, if he’s the first notable player to leave Wisconsin since Sam Okey in 1998, I think Bo and the Badgers are doing just fine.Nick is a senior majoring in English and history. Have questions or comments about the column? Let him know at nkorger@badgerherald.comlast_img read more

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Baseball holds home field, wins weekend series 2-1

first_imgThe baseball team welcomed Wake Forest to Dedeaux Field this weekend, and the Trojans nabbed their first series win of the season to push their record above .500.The No. 21 Trojans took down the Demon Deacons 2-1 in the three-game series winning the first one 9-4 before dropping a 4-5 loss on Saturday. USC finished strong though with a 2-1 performance Sunday afternoon.The team still sat even with a 3-3 record  when Sunday rolled around for the series finale. Senior Brent Wheatley took the mound, and the right-hander locked horns with Wake Forest sophomore Drew Loepprich in a pitchers duel. Wheatley turned in six strong innings of work, scattering one run, three hits and two walks throughout while striking out six batters, and the Trojans and Demon Deacons remained knotted at one run apiece through the top of the eighth inning.USC finally broke the deadlock in the bottom of the eighth. Senior outfielder David Oppenheim drew a one-out walk and redshirt junior Reggie Southall was put in as a pinch-runner. He promptly swiped second base and moved to third on a ground ball from junior catcher Jeremy Martinez, and Oppenheim scored on a wild pitch to push the Trojans in front. A clean inning from senior closer Marc Huberman sealed a 2-1 USC win and the team’s first series win of the season.Head coach Dan Hubbs praised his players’ fighting spirit when facing a pitcher who was on his game.“I was proud of them for grinding out a game,” Hubbs said. “We put up some runs over the first two days, and then we showed we could win a 2-1 game.”After a tough outing to begin his season last weekend, Wheatley said he took a simplified approach into Sunday’s start, and it paid dividends.“I had a different mentality,” he said. “I was just trying to throw hard and make good pitches.”Two games led up to Sunday’s deciding contest. Senior pitcher Kyle Davis toed the rubber for the Trojans to kick off the series on Friday, and the veteran right-hander turned in seven strong innings, however, he allowed four runs in a sloppy fifth inning. Martinez and freshman centerfielder Lars Nootbaar had big nights at the plate as the USC bats backed up their ace in a 9-4 win.“We saw the fastball a lot, and we took advantage of it,” Nootbaar said.Martinez, who smashed his first home run of the season on Friday, also tipped his hat to associate head coach Matt Curtis for preparing the offense for the Demon Deacons’ pitchers.“Give a lot of credit to coach Curtis,” Martinez said. “We had a scouting report … so I was just trying to stay inside, put a good swing, and [the ball] just happened to run right into my barrel.”Junior pitcher Bernardo Flores started game two, and like Davis the night before, fought through one tough inning but was sharp otherwise, allowing four runs across six frames of work. Flores left the game with the score knotted at four thanks to a game-tying solo shot from sophomore third baseman Adalberto Carrillo— his second of the season. Redshirt junior Joe Navilhon replaced Flores and struck out the side in order in his first inning of relief.After cruising through two innings, however, Navilhon ran into trouble in the top of the ninth. The right-hander made an errant throw to first base on a leadoff bunt attempt, and freshman first baseman Dillon Paulson dropped the throw from Carrillo on the subsequent sacrifice bunt.Senior pitcher Brooks Kriske then entered the game to try to put out the fire, but Martinez fired a low throw past Carrillo trying to pick off the runner at third, scoring the go-ahead run. The Trojans committed three errors in one inning and were unable to rally in the bottom of the ninth, dropping a 4-5 contest to set up Sunday’s deciding game.Although he was disappointed with the ninth inning fiasco, Hubbs said it shouldn’t have come down to that at all.“That’s not where the game was lost,” Hubbs said. “The game was lost when we left 14 guys on base. We had all sorts of opportunities to score a lot of runs, and we didn’t.”It is still early in the season, however, and Hubbs said his squad, carrying high expectations, just needed to settle down.“A lot of guys did some good things,” Hubbs said. “We just have to have some guys be able to relax in the moment and get it done.”Next up, the Trojans hit the road on Tuesday for a tough tilt against Long Beach State before a weekend that includes hosting Oklahoma and Mississippi State as well as the annual game against UCLA at Dodger Stadium on Sunday.last_img read more

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NFSC, Fans Congress to Flag off Red Card Campaign

first_imgAccording to Ikpea, “Day 1 of the event will be streamed live online and will witness a show tagged :” Total Red Card “which will entail the participant of approximately 30,000 fans in simultaneous raising up of Red Cards in a symbolic mass campaign against the escalating deaths on the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert.“There is a need to enlighten our citizens on the dangers of taking this huge risk of travelling to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea or across the Sahara Desert.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram National Chairman of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC), Rev. Samuel Ikpea and an estimated 30,000 football fans are set to make the ‘Red Card’ campaign a reality in the bid to help put an end to escalating deaths of Nigerians and other migrants on the Mediterranean Sea and the harrowing experiences in Libyan slave camps.The two days event scheduled to begin tomorrow with an elaborate road show through the streets of Lagos will see captains of industries, footballers and officials of the supporters club raise awareness on the ills of trying to migrate to Europe using the same routes where some Nigerians have been turned into slaves in Libya.There is going to be a brief real-time and digitally relayed endorsement messages from CAF, FIFA, UNHCR and other international sports and humanitarian agencies– including special Sports Business and SME (Small and medium scale enterprises).last_img read more

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Pre-World Cup Friendly: Bolasie to Lead DR Congo against Eagles

first_imgEverton star forward Yannick Bolasie will lead a 32-man DR Congo squad dominated by overseas pros for a May 28 World Cup warm-up against Nigeria in Port Harcourt.Other top pros stars are Paul Jose Mpoku (Standard Liege/Belgium), Benik Afobe (Bournemouth), Cedric Bakambu (China) and Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle United).DRC will use this match to prepare for a 2019 AFCON qualifier against Liberia. The team will fly into Nigeria on a special chartered flight on May 25.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

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AffiliateINSIDER delivers practical skills to complement ‘on the job’ training

first_imgShare The launch of the bespoke Affiliate Manager Coaching Academy from AffiliateINSIDER means that affiliate managers in the iGaming sector now have an opportunity to access over two decades of affiliate marketing strategies, tactics and expertise.Founded by Lee-Ann Johnstone, the CEO of news, training and events business AffiliateINSIDER, this new academy aids skills development for affiliate managers and graduates entering the digital marketplace.Delivered in exclusive training venues to provide bespoke and tailored classes, it is built around proven strategies for helping affiliate programmes grow. Only up to a maximum of 10 delegates are permitted to enable significant 1 on 1 time within an intense learning schedule.The advanced one-day program is tailored according to a pre-course questionnaire designed to customise content delivery to the delegates in the room. It is then backed up with a 90-day action plan from the tactics learnt on the day and includes a 30-minute personal Skype coaching call, while a detailed workbook and course notes are available to take away.Johnstone commented: “The affiliate coaching academy is an extension of the strategy and skills I’ve learnt working in this industry for almost two decades. It’s about helping promoting best practice and continued skills development coupled with a practical implementation of affiliate marketing techniques.”She continued: “Our course content gives candidates the skills they need to grow their affiliate programme reach, negotiate the right commercials and build successful affiliate relationships.“Affiliate marketing is an exciting fast-changing digital medium, but one that has predominantly been led by on the job training, which means skills are passed down and can become dated. It’s therefore vital that we create content and course structures that promote skills development and digital learnings for affiliate managers to remain at the top of their game!”Rasmus Sojmark is the founder and CEO of SBC, a leading news and events company for the sports betting industry that joined forces with Johnstone in November of last year to launch the AffiliateINSIDER.Sojmark added: “The Affiliate Coaching Academy is a natural extension of the AffiliateINSIDER ethos to promote skills development and knowledge sharing in the affiliate space. For this reason, launching this exclusive academy made sense on so many levels.“Our clients and partners can now benefit from tailor made learning opportunities and access a level of skills development not offered anywhere else. Lee-Ann has a vast amount of experience working across a wide range of industries, which is what makes this opportunity so unique.“We are very excited to offer this service to both individuals and companies who wish to grow their affiliate business and improve their affiliate partnerships .”For more information about the course content and booking dates, please contact AffiliateINSIDER sales team: sales@affiliateinsider.com SBC’s Barcelona Summit to become digital-only event May 29, 2020 Submit Global audience gears up for opening day of SBC Digital Summit April 26, 2020 StumbleUpon SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital 2020 announces free ticket initiative July 21, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more

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MS Dhoni’s future important point in agenda as selectors meet ahead of Bangladesh series

first_imgAdvertisement zz0lpsNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsahWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E73zn( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5nusWould you ever consider trying this?😱v0tt8nCan your students do this? 🌚mw8sRoller skating! Powered by Firework As Sourav Ganguly takes his position as the new BCCI president, a lot of decisions will have to be taken that would decide the course of the Indian team in the near future.Advertisement  The Dhoni hiatus is one area that Ganguly will have to discuss with the former Indian Captain.Advertisement Ganguly is also expecting to meet Kohli after the South Africa series. The meet will primarily be to discuss the possibility of Kohli skipping the Bangladesh t20 series for fitness purposes.“I will meet him (Kohli) just like a BCCI president meets the Indian captain. It’s upto him to decide if he wants rest,” Ganguly told reporters.Advertisement Team selection issues will also bother Ganguly. Nadeem or Kuldeep will be a big call and should Rishabh Pant be played over the freshly recovered Wriddhiman Saha. Advertisementlast_img read more

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