September 19

Junior development lacking in PNG

first_imgRugby Union BY FRANKIY KAPIN If you are over age don’t play underage but this ill practice is common breaching the duty of care in almost every sport in Papua New Guinea. In PNG, there is a concern of negligence when dealing with children and their participation in sports including development programs. It is also a challenge in PNG where there are many sub-standard competitions that are unregulated. And while junior development in sports is something lacking in PNG, every code needs to step up junior development or it’s a waste of time playing sports. On Friday, the Morobe schools rugby program celebrated 25 years of existence until 2018 and has been challenged to play by the rules and honesty moving on for many years to come ahead. Momase regional PNG Sports Foundation director Geoffrey Gideon made the remark in the post mortem of the Morobe Schools Rugby Development program end of the year review as well signifying 25 years of the development program in the Morobe province. Gideon said 25 years is too many years and frankly speaking he called on the teachers in charge who are as well the coaches of school aged children participating in sporting development programs like the Morobe Schools Rugby to seriously consider ethical practice and coaching by the law. Gideon said coaches’ code of ethics provides behavioral standards for teachers as coaches. He urged teachers as coaches to step up their competence level. “While we should be treated with respect and openness, self-improvement opportunities are matched with a level of coaching appropriate to their level of competence,” Gideon said. Gideon outline ethics covers respect, dignity for all, ensuring positive experience, fairness and honesty and professionally accepting responsibility for your actions as the coach. He added that committing to providing quality service, operate by the rules and spirit of the sport, avoid inappropriate contact and refraining from personal abuse and harassment towards athletes is necessary to skills development. He added as well providing safe training and competition environment and concern to sick or injured athlete. Development Manager Robin Tarere met with sporting heads of schools participating in the schools program in Lae and the outskirts of Lae City for the review and evaluation of the recent schools rugby carnival as well review of the program at the end of 2018. Tarere highlighted that since starting in 1992, over 50,000 primary and high school children have gone through the program, some are already parents and have their kids now coming through the program. Tarere said over the 25 years the program increased participation from four schools to now 40 schools from elementary, primary and secondary and is the greatest achievement for the program.last_img read more

September 18

Cameron warns of `serious decisions’ to deal with player commitment

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Controversial Cricket West Indies president, Dave Cameron, has questioned the commitment of West Indies players and has warned that “serious decisions” will be taken at board level to curb the problem.Speaking in a radio interview here in the wake of the Windies historic series whitewash to Bangladesh in the two-Test last week, Cameron said the board was spending “millions of dollars” to develop players but was not managing to maximise its investment.“Part of our challenge is we’re having players who are going in and out of the system, they’re not fit enough and we spend millions of dollars on bringing them to where they’re at and we need players to commit to West Indies,” Cameron said.A CWI board meeting was held in Trinidad and Tobago last weekend which Cameron said would have been used to come to “serious decisions” on what is referred to as the “West Indies cricket first policy”.The policy urges players to prioritise West Indies availability over global Twenty20 leagues, with the aim of ensuring the best squad at all times for international tours.Cameron hinted that at the moment, players seemed to be distracted by the lure of the lucrative short format franchise cricket.“Everybody wants the game to be over in three hours and we all want to get rich very, very quickly,” he contended.For the ongoing three-match one-day series in Bangladesh, West Indies are again without several first-choice players like Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell.While Gayle indicated his unavailability prior to the India tour last October, mystery surrounds the omission of Lewis, Narine and Russell especially since the trio turned out in the T10 League in Sharjah earlier this month.In the past, West Indies selectors have struggled with player unavailability due to contractual commitments to foreign franchises, and were forced to do without several players for their World Cup qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe last March.Cameron argued the Caribbean was perhaps the only jurisdiction where players were allowed to freely flout national selection.“It’s not an outcry across the region because West Indies is not one country. If this was South Africa, we would not allow our players to be playing other events while West Indies is playing cricket. There would be a national outcry and players would be banned and all kind of things but it’s ok,” he pointed out.“We seemingly don’t have the moral authority to choose people to play for us even though we spend millions of dollars developing these athletes. I think we need some kind of a public forum where everybody can get get behind us.”At last weekend’s board meeting, CWI were also expected to discuss vacant head coach position of the men’s team, following the recent resignation of Australian Stuart Law.last_img read more

September 17

Ole Miss making late surge for 4-star Florida State commit

first_imgOle Miss is making a late surge for East Mississippi standout D.J. Jones.The four-star Florida State pledge calls himself “60 percent” committed, adding that the Rebels are the Seminoles’ “biggest threat.”“Ole Miss, man, I’m just really loving them right now,” the defensive tackle said. “They’re making things tough.”Currently, Jones lists a top five of Florida State, South Carolina, Auburn, Alabama and Ole Miss.The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder plans to make his final decision on JUCO signing day, which is Dec. 17.He has an official visit scheduled to Alabama next week.“I still have some thinking to do,” Jones said. “Lots and lots of thinking.”Jones, a South Carolina native, has visited Oxford several times before but took his official visit to watch Ole Miss take home an Egg Bowl win against No. 4 Mississippi State.“I’ve always been really impressed with Ole Miss, but the visit really sold me on it,” Jones said. “It’s a great place, and I just love the coaching staff.”Jones, ranked the No. 6 overall JUCO prospect by, calls Ole Miss the “complete package.”“They’re one of the best defenses in the country – if not the best. I love how they use that defensive line,” Jones said. “And I don’t want to play with a bunch of scrubs. They have so much talent like (Robert) Nkemdiche. It would take attention away from me and let me make plays.”Jones also says he feels “closest” with Ole Miss’ coaching staff, specifically defensive line coach Chris Kiffin.“Coach Kiffin and coach (Hugh) Freeze have just been so honest and real, like so much more real than a lot of other schools,” Jones said. “I like that a lot. They just tell you how it is. No games.”last_img read more

September 16

Player set to arrive at Man United in 2 days –…

first_imgThe former Watford striker is currently with Shanghai Shenhua and will arrive at the Old Trafford club on loan.There’s no length given for the loan period, but presumably it’s until the end of the current season.Ole Gunnar Solkskjaer has been looking for a striker since before the summer window closed, given the exit of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan, and it’s become very clear that Manchester United have been scraping around at the end of January trying to get any option they can.Joshua King has spent much of Friday being linked with a move to Manchester United, but it looks like he’s missed out to Ighalo.Tuttomercatoweb are also reporting Ighalo to the Premier League club has ‘total agreement’ and it’s just a case of getting the paperwork done through the TMS system.This one looks like a genuine Deadline Day Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndo According to a late Deadline Day exclusive from Foot Mercato, Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Odion Ighalo.last_img read more

September 16

How to fit some fitness into your work day

first_img10 ways to be more active during the work dayWe’re sitting too much and it’s dangerous. The average American spends more than seven hours sitting every day, and the more time you sit, the higher your risk of serious, potentially life-threatening health problems such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. So, what can you do about it?Fortunately, there are simple changes you can make during the day – anywhere, even at the work place – to improve your wellness and reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes. As part of the American Diabetes Association’s(R) Wellness Lives Here(SM) initiative, the Association encourages everyone to get active for National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day(SM) with these 10 tips for the workplace and beyond.Park a few blocks away from the office each morning and walk to work.This allows you to start off your mornings energized and ready to take on the workday. If you take public transportation, get off one stop earlier to squeeze in some light exercise before 8 a.m.Take the stairs instead of the elevator.Waiting for the elevator often takes just as long as walking up the stairs, so why not use this opportunity to get your heart rate up? Plus, you’ll get the chance to work your leg muscles.Get up and move around the office once every 90 minutes.When you’re nose-deep in work, it’s easy to lose track of time. Set up reminders on your phone or email every 60-90 minutes to get up and do a quick lap around the office. You can use this time to fill up your water bottle, go to the bathroom or catch up with coworkers.Ask questions and discuss issues face-to-face.Rather than sending an email every time you have a question, go to your coworker’s office to discuss the issue face-to-face. This gives you a good excuse to get moving and a chance to more effectively hash out solutions in person.Use your lunch break to move around outside.So many Americans today work through their lunch break. When possible, take advantage of this time to walk outside and soak in the nice weather. Fresh air and vitamin D are often all you need to stay focused and push through the afternoon slump.Stand up and stretch.If you don’t have time to walk around the office every 90 minutes, use the opportunity to stand up and stretch instead. Stretching is a great way to increase energy levels, reduce muscle tension and get your body moving.Pace around the office during conference calls.Conference calls are the perfect time to be active. Put clients and coworkers on speaker, or use your mobile phone during meetings to move around without any trouble.Do chair exercises at your desk.You’ve been wanting to tone your arms for the summer – why not achieve your goals at the office? When you need a break, do a few reps of chair sits. You can even alternate between chair exercises and push ups!Hold standing or walking meetings.Many coworkers will welcome the opportunity to stand and stretch their legs for a moment. If you have a two-person meeting, consider going for a walk.Fidget when you work.Small movements and quick exercise breaks add up, especially in a sedentary work place, so challenge yourself to stand, stretch or even tap a foot to bring motion into otherwise still parts of your day. Just remember to keep it professional!Making a point to move throughout the day puts you on the right track toward wellness. For more ideas on how to increase physical activity and maintain a healthy lifestyle, download the Association’s e-tool kit today to incorporate the principles and activities of National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day into the workday and beyond.Brandpointcontent.comlast_img read more

August 28

Tyson Fury’s Morecambe haunts like his local pub, gym and cafe where they trim fat off his bacon

first_img What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING Amazing Controlled Building Demolition You Probably Haven’t Seen Before Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. People Slammed By Massive Waves 4center_img 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 WHENEVER Tyson Fury steps into the ring, you can bet the people of Morecambe will be cheering on their local hero.The Gypsy King made the fading seaside town his permanent home in 2011, and has since become its most famous resident.Travel poster from the 1950s for Morecambe, claiming it is ‘The home of health and sunshine’Credit: Corbis – GettyTyson Fury lives in Morecambe and has become a pillar of their communityCredit: Getty Images – GettyAnd over the years, the self-confessed lineal heavyweight champion of the world hasn’t wasted any time in getting familiar with his surroundings, becoming a pillar of the community.From gruelling morning runs with Joe Public ‘Rocky-style’ to enjoying a family meal at the Morecambe Hotel and Restaurant with wife Paris, and their five children, Fury has ingratiated himself into seaside society.What he eats is dependent on whether he’s got a fight or not. If he has a fight coming up, he’ll order a breakfast box but will ask to have the fat cut off the baconMegan Wilson of the Bayview Cabin CafeQuietly going about his life, he’s participated in charity work for children’s hospitals, offered help and advice to aspiring boxers and supported local businesses.That’s why the boxer, a reformed character after his battle with depression, drug and alcohol abuse, is a real man of the people in these parts.HOME FIT FOR A KINGFury, Paris and kids Prince John James, Venezuela, Prince Tyson Fury II, Valencia, and Prince Adonis Amaziah live in the area.Their five-bed, four-bathroom home is worth around £550,000, according to Zoopla.That figure dwarfs the average property price in the area of £340,000, and is the most impressive home on the street.But if you have designs on Fury’s home, forget it because he’s not moving any time soon.“I used to train there (Lancaster and Morecambe) early in my career and I fell in love with the place and I’m still there today and I’ll probably never leave,” he once said.For his weekly shop, Fury and his clan normally stock up their fridge at the very modest Spar supermarket.Fury lives in a five-bedroom home in MorecambeThe property is worth around £550,000, according to ZooplaFury shuns major supermarket chains, preferring to shop at the local SparTHE MORNING RUNMornings for Fury often start with a jog along the four-and-half-mile-long Morecambe Promenade.And without fail, even when it is at its chilliest and wettest, he’s joined by a swarm of fans who join the brawler, who organises the meet, for a workout.The starting point is the VVV Health and Leisure Club, which was a haunt for Fury before it closed down in summer 2019.“Everybody is welcome. Men, women, children,” Fury told the Lancashire Post in 2015, before his bout with Wladimir Klitschko.And he’s eager to pass on his life experiences during the run too.“There is no bad conversation, there’s nothing, just pure boxing talk, general knowledge, life, nice and sensible stuff,” he said.Fury has also been known to stop and chat with well-wishers, often signing autographs if asked.Seafront promenade and beach in the seaside resort of Morecambe in summerCredit: AlamyLocals often meet up with Fury at the now closed VVV Health Club to join him on his runFOOD FOR THOUGHTAlongside the bay lies the Bayview Cabin, a tiny sea front establishment that sells fast food, drinks and ice cream to locals and tourists.Fury is a regular, often grabbing a hearty breakfast from Megan Wilson, 20, who serves there and knows when he’s in training mode.“What he gets to eat is dependent on whether he’s got a fight or not,” she told SunSport.“Sometimes he’ll order a big breakfast, but sometimes he watches his weight and tries to get something healthier.“If he has a fight coming up, he’ll order a breakfast box but will ask to have the fat cut off the bacon.”Wilson added: “He’s lovely customer, he’s very open and funny and will talk about whatever you like.“If you ask him a question about his boxing, he always gives a very honest answer.”The Bayview Cabin is a favourite breakfast spot of Fury’sMegan Wilson revealed she knows when Fury is training for a big fight because he has the fat cut off his baconTHE LOCALShould Tyson fancy a drink and a nice meal with Paris, the family often head to The Morecambe Hotel and Restaurant, where they can gobble down a variety of grilled dishes, pies, and sandwiches from the menu.The two are on familiar terms with bar staff, who wouldn’t talk to SunSport until conferring with Paris first.In 2016, Fury was filmed partying at the Kings Head with a group of mates – just days before he tested positive for cocaine.A barmaid who didn’t want to be named said she hadn’t seen Fury in there, but in March 2019 saw him taking pictures with fans at the Strawberry Gardens pub in Heysham on St Patrick’s Day. Fury has also been known to indulge in a bevvy at the Crafty Scholar, a boozer that shows live sporting events and attracts the travelling community.The Morecambe Hotel and Restaurant is a favourite dinner spot for Fury and his familyFury and Paris step out for date night at The Morecambe Hotel and RestaurantTHE GYPSY QUEENParis, 29, met Fury when she was 15 at the wedding of a mutual friend, and they married in her hometown of Doncaster, South Yorkshire in 2008.In keeping with the travellers’ tradition they didn’t sleep together until their wedding night.Paris explained: “Even after we got engaged, Tyson would sleep in a caravan at my parents’ home, while I slept inside the house.”As Fury has gone on to conquer the world, Paris has become a celebrity in her own right.Paris Fury has become a celebrity in her own right in MorecambeGlamorous Paris has been seen around town with an ITV camera crew following her aroundParis gets her nails and hair done at Vogue Hair and BeautyBOX CLEVERBoxing trainer Bob Howard, 51, ran Lancaster Boys’ Club for two decades, and then Lancaster Boxing Club for a further five years until it closed down a few years ago.A friend of Fury’s, he worked with the Gypsy King’s cousins Phil and Hughie – teaching them the art of fighting in the ring.“I’ve known Tyson since he was around ten years old through to amateur and until today,” Howard told SunSport.“He used to come along with Phil and Hughie, and he lived for boxing.“We’d often had boxing competitions around the country and Tyson was the heavyweight in our team.“And truth be told, he beat up every kid.”Another of Fury’s pals, WBC International Featherweight champ Issac Lowe, featured on the undercard of Fury vs Schwarz, after he previously fought before Wilder vs Fury at the Staples Center in Los Angeles last year.Howard trained Lowe, who also lives in Morecambe, up until his tenth pro fight, and talked about the close bond Fury and Love have, including when the Gypsy King talked the Westgate Warrior out of walking away from the ring.“He’s always been in close contact with Issac,” Howard divulged.As an amateur Fury showed lots of promise revealed old trainer Bob HowardCredit: PA:Empics SportFury and Lowe have built up a big friendship over the yearsCredit: Sportsfile – SubscriptionLowe nearly packed boxing in until an intervention from Fury convinced him otherwiseCredit: Instagram / @isaaclowe6“There were times when Issac felt that he hadn’t had the opportunities and the fights he deserved and had had enough of this game.“But Tyson kept pushing him along, telling him to keep going and that he’ll get there in the end.“That’s why they’re close friends, because they are so encouraging with each other.”In keeping with his nice-guy persona, Howard recalled how Fury became a mentor for the youngsters that trained in his -gym, and never missed a presentation night.“He’d always come in, even if he wasn’t sparring, to hand out trophies to some of the boys.“Not only would he gee up the lads, he would be there all night, talking to people, offering them insights into the sport and aiming to please everyone.“And any charity events, Tyson was there – whether he’d be signing boxing gloves for an auction or handing out toys in a children’s hospital. Nothing is ever a chore for him.”THE PEOPLE’S CHAMPIONBack in 2015 Fury declared that he wanted to become an MP one dayCredit: PA:Press AssociationThe Irish Sea at Morecambe is a bracing place to paddleCredit: Hulton Archive – GettyBack in 2015, Fury revealed a genuine ambition of one day becoming an MP for Morecambe.He revealed: “I want to make a change for the better for the place I live.“I believe that I will succeed because of the influence I have over the people from the town.”Current Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris, who represents the Conservative Party, wouldn’t be drawn on Tyson’s chances of a political career.However, he did speak of Morecambe’s delight at Fury’s success.“Tyson Fury is a heroic sportsman, who as a former world champion, we are all proud in Morecambe and Lunesdale of his sporting achievements,” Morris told SunSport.That’s a sentiment the people of Morecambe are always sure to get behind when Tyson steps into the ring.Conor McGregor stunned by Tyson Fury’s lightning-quick reflexes as boxer trains ahead of Tom Schwarz fight Source: Boxing – read more

August 28

Watch now: Jamie Foxx makes beautiful music in the teaser for Disney/Pixar movie ‘Soul’

first_imgDisney/Pixar(LOS ANGELES) — The first peek at Soul, the upcoming Pixar film featuring the voices of Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Phylicia Rashad, Hamilton‘s Daveed Diggs and The Roots drummer Questlove, is now online. Foxx voices a jazz musician who meets an unexpected end, only to discover a fantastical place that teaches him “what it truly means to have a soul.”The movie features a score from Nine Inch Nails duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who previously won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for their soundtrack for The Social Network, and a Grammy for the soundtrack for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The pair’s musical collaborations can also be heard on HBO’s ongoing Watchmen series. Reznor and Ross’ score, which is said to “drift between the real and soul worlds,” will be accompanied by original jazz music written by The Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste.Pixar is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

August 25

Hollywood Week: “American Idol” gets through Lines of Ten & Group Rounds in one episode

first_imgABC/Eric McCandless(HOLLYWOOD) — Things are moving quickly on the new season of American Idol. On Monday night’s episode, 169 hopefuls arrived at the Dolby Theatre for Hollywood Week, but only 24 will survive.  By the time the show ended, both the initial “Lines of 10” round and the dreaded group round were over and done with.Lines of 10The first hour saw the contestants take the stage in groups of ten, with each performing a brief solo.  A huge number of the contestants who made the biggest impressions in the audition rounds made it through the first cut, as judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie applied the tried-and-true “When I call your name, step forward” trick.  Among the standouts who survived the first round:Layla Spring, Kentucky girl whose adorable little sister Dixie accompanied her to HollywoodAlyssa Raghu, 15-year-old daddy’s girl with an effortless voiceTrevor McBane, soulful, hat-wearing 21-year-old goat farmerCaleb Lee Hutchinson, deep-voiced country singerCatie Turner, awkward guitar-playing girl with glasses who was the very first to audition this seasonNoah Davis, red-cheeked alpaca-loving Arkansas boy who loves saying “wig”Jonny Brenns, who lied to his parents about auditioning, and had Lionel sing to his mom when he made itTrevor Holmes, “dreamboat” who flirted like crazy with Katy while his girlfriend watchedAda Vox, drag queen from season 12Lee Vasi, girl with cornrows who sang the Commodores’ song “Zoom” with Lionel RichieMaddie Zahm, girl who teaches music to disabled kids; brought student Marcus with her to the auditionJurnee, petite powerhouse vocalist whose wife is in the militaryThe biggest dramatic moment during the Lines of 10 came with 17-year-old twins Julian and Milo Sposato.  After each sang separately, the judges put Milo through, leaving Julian behind. Other memorable singers who were cut: partially paralyzed engaged singer David Francisco, and deep-voiced Sinatra-style crooner Zach D’Onofrio, who danced with Katy during his audition.Group RoundThe second hour of the show was dedicated to Group Round, but unlike past years, we saw very little drama and infighting — probably because the entire thing was compressed into 60 minutes.  A few forgot the lyrics, while others were hoarse, but the only real problematic moments came from Milo Sposato and Laine Hardy.Egged on by his bossy mom, Mileo appeared to be pulling a diva move by insisting on singing his verse of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” a cappella.  But it all worked out and he and all the members of his group, Superdope Hotness, made it through.  Laine, the only boy in a group called The Soul 4’s, wasn’t happy about singing “Love Yourself” and didn’t seem to be pulling his weight.  But he was one of only two who made it through from his group.A standout group performance was the first one, by God’s Diversity, who sang Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” and were flawless. Four of the five got through, including Thaddeus Johnson, Shannon O’Hara and Michael J. Woodard.The Gurope, which included Maddie Zahm, couldn’t remember the lyrics to the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” to save their lives, but Maddie made up lyrics on the spot, and managed to make it through, along with two of her group mates.TACO — so named because after their performance they predicted the judges would “TACO ’bout us” — sounded great on “La La La” by Naughty Boy.  That group included Catie Turner and Alyssa Raghu, who both made it through, along with another contestant.The one truly cruel moment of Group Round came when the final group, four girls called Don’t Touch, performed “Me & My Broken Heart” by Rixton.  When they were done, Katy told them they only had room for three, and asked one of them to volunteer to go home.  Unbelievably, Crystal Alicea, the most insecure member, said she’d leave, and started to cry.  “Oh, sweetie, don’t cry,” said Katy. “You’re ALL going through!”  Ha, ha, funny. Not.Tune in Sunday night, April 1, for the Solo Rounds, as the remaining contestants are whittle down to 24.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Related Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

August 14

Practices becoming fewer for Jazz under new NBA schedule

first_img Jazz searching for consistency as they head into Wednesday night’s game at Washington Former Jazzman John Crotty enjoying his time as Miami broadcaster Related Mitchell shines for Jazz, but can’t come up with game-winner in loss to Heat Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic reportedly ‘intrigued’ by Utah Jazz When you’re playing every other day, it’s hard to find time to practice. A lot of times you still feel you still need a day of rest even if that doesn’t mean a day off completely, your practices are modified to reflect that. – Utah Jazz head coach Quin SnyderWASHINGTON — The Utah Jazz actually held a practice on Monday, at the University of Miami, after they opted to stay in the warmer weather for a couple of extra days rather than moving north to Washington as originally planned.It’s the first time the Jazz have held an actual practice in nearly a month (they have had several day-of-game shootarounds) as practices have become rarer for the team this year.The new NBA schedule for the 2017-18 season, which is two weeks longer than in the past, was designed to keep players fresher during the season and to hopefully keep coaches from resting players as often as in recent years.With a couple of extra weeks tacked on at the beginning of the season, teams have fewer back-to-backs and no more four-games-in five-night sets.It may seem incongruous, but the new schedule has actually allowed for fewer practice opportunities for teams than in recent years.That’s because in the past teams would have more space between some of those four-games-in-five-nights stretches, while now teams are playing a lot of every-other-day schedules and a lot of coaches are opting to not hold practices in between two games.For instance, the Utah Jazz held only one practice the whole month of December, back on Dec. 11 when they had three days off between games at Milwaukee and Chicago. The only other times they had more than a day in between games was during the Christmas holidays and coach Quin Snyder opted not to hold practice.“Myself personally, I didn’t see it coming the way it’s played out,” said Snyder. “What’s happened a little bit with the NBA schedule, when you had four in five nights, you at least had two days where you get a practice in. When you’re playing every other day, it’s hard to find time to practice. A lot of times you still feel you still need a day of rest even if that doesn’t mean a day off completely, your practices are modified to reflect that.”Snyder says several factors go into the decision of whether or not to hold practices. He said the first year he was with the Jazz, the team practiced as much as possible and that shootarounds were like practices “because we felt we had so much teaching to do” with the younger players.“The youth of your team, the experience of your team, the time of the season — traditionally we’ve tapered as the season has gone on. Invariably you’ll see some things you really need to work on and maybe the priority is there over fatigue.”The Jazz aren’t likely to practice Tuesday when they’ll be traveling up to Washington.Looking ahead on the schedule, the Jazz could fit in a practice between the last game of this road trip Friday night and the home game against Indiana on the 15th, unless Snyder wants to give his team added rest after a nine-day road trip. After that, there is a three-day gap between a game in Toronto on Jan. 26 and Golden State on the 30th, but not many other opportunities before the All-Star break.‘DEVON’ THE DUNKER: Donovan Mitchell has certainly been making a name for himself this year with his exciting play as a rookie in the NBA. But not everyone knows who he is yet.While showing highlights of his impressive 27-point performance Sunday against the Heat, including his one-handed catch-and-dunk, a Miami sportscaster called him “DeVon” Mitchell.JAZZ NOTES: Derrick Favors, who was in and out of the lineup in the fourth quarter Sunday, went through portions of practice Monday and is listed as “probable” with a right ankle sprain . . . With his 27-point performance against Miami, Mitchell raised his scoring average to 18.5 ppg, the best on the team and highest among NBA rookies . . . The Washington Wizards, Utah’s Wednesday opponent, have the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference, but the Jazz have beaten the Wizards handily the last three times they met. Last month at Vivint Arena, the Jazz beat the Wizards 116-69 and last year in Washington, they took a 102-92 victory in D.C. as well as a 95-88 win at home . . . The Jazz conclude their road trip on Friday night against Charlotte and return home to play Indiana Monday night . . . By beating Utah for the second time on Sunday, Miami swept the season series for only the fifth time in history. It’s a mystery why NBA Eastern teams have the edge over West teams this seasonlast_img read more

August 12

Pop Warner bans kickoffs in 3 youngest age divisions

first_img2013 CHAMPIONS—This year’s champions are the Lincoln Larimer Termites. (Courier File Photo)LANGHORNE, Pa. (AP) _ Pop Warner said May 12 it is eliminating kickoffs in its three youngest football divisions, another safety-focused rules change sure to be noticed and discussed at higher levels of the game.The ban will begin this fall. Instead of kickoffs, the ball will be placed at the 35-yard line to start each half and following scores in the Tiny Mite (ages 5-7), Mitey Mite (7-9) and Junior Pee Wee (8-10) divisions.The organization, which began in 1929 and has 225,000 athletes enrolled in football ages 5-15, said it will review the results of the rules change after next season as it considers implementing the same ban in older age divisions.Pop Warner also announced a further reduction in contact time during practice, meaning the players will not be hitting, blocking or tackling each other as much. The 33 percent rule that was implemented in 2012 is being lowered, to 25 percent, for all divisions.“We are constantly working to make the game safer and better for our young athletes, and we think this move is an important step in that direction,” said Jon Butler, Pop Warner’s executive director. “Eliminating kickoffs at this level adds another layer of safety without changing the nature of this great game.”The NFL has wrestled with kickoffs as well in hopes of reducing high-speed collisions by players that can lead to injuries. In 2011, kickoffs were moved from the 30 to the 35-yard line, dramatically increasing the number of touchbacks, where the ball was not returned by the receiving team. Earlier this year, the NFL approved a one-year trial in which the ball will be placed at the 25-yard line after touchbacks on kickoffs instead of at the 20, added incentive for the receiving team.The Pop Warner moves come about a month after the organization settled a lawsuit brought by a Wisconsin woman who alleged her 25-year-old son’s suicide in 2012 resulted from brain injuries he suffered while playing youth football. Debra Pyka was seeking at least $5 million from the Langhorne, Pennsylvania-based Pop Warner Little Scholars, the Pop Warner Foundation and their insurance company.The federal lawsuit alleged Joseph Chernach suffered from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, and also had post-concussion syndrome. The suit alleged the conditions were caused by playing in a Pop Warner league from 1997-2000, beginning when he was 11.Earlier this week, 18-year-old Donnovan Hill died at a California hospital of complications from surgery related to management of his injury, a family attorney said. Hill was largely paralyzed from an injury he suffered during a 2011 Pop Warner game when he was 13. He and his mother reached a seven-figure settlement with the organization after filing a lawsuit claiming the league had promoted a dangerous headfirst tackling technique.In 2010, Pop Warner implemented a youth sport concussion policy that said any player removed from a practice or game due to a head injury may not return until evaluated and cleared by a licensed medical professional. Two years later, Pop Warner banned full-speed, head-on blocking and tackling drills in which players are lined up more than three yards apart.The organization has a total enrollment of 325,000 including football cheer and dance, and its enrollment number of 225,000 in football has been flat since 2012.___Online:Pop Warner: read more