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first_imgFrank Furedi – The Australian 26 Nov 2011AS far as the American Academy of Pediatrics is concerned you can never drug children early enough. In their recently published guidelines they recommend that children as young as four can be treated with the psycho-stimulant drug Ritalin. These new guidelines issued by the academy at its annual conference in Boston proposed that preschool children who show symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity should be evaluated for pharmacological intervention. “Treating children at a young age is important, because when we can identify them earlier and provide appropriate treatment, we can increase their chances of succeeding in school,” was how Mark Wolraich, one of the authors of the guidelines, justified this proposal.The targeting of preschoolers by the academy is an integral part of a disturbing tendency to advocate medical and pharmaceutical intervention as a legitimate option for the management of childhood behaviour. The campaign, which has as its premise the conviction that children’s behavioural problems represent a marker for mental illness, implicitly assumed a coercive and intrusive form. In Australia, draft guidelines being considered by the National Health and Medical Research Council threaten parents who refuse to medicate children diagnosed with ADHD with being referred to child protection authorities.….It is important to realise that what drives the steady expansion of the diagnosis of ADHD among children is not the discovery of a hitherto unknown medical condition, but the cultural redefinition of some of the normal existential problems of childhood. In the eyes of the supporters of early-years medicalisation, virtually every manifestation of a child’s behaviour can be diagnosed as a medical issue. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/instead-of-drugs-children-need-a-good-dose-of-parenting/story-e6frg6zo-1226206496448last_img read more


first_img Loading… So far the PFA’s position is that pay cuts are not needed because of the chance of the leagues will recommence. Taylor stated: “There is no need to make a cut if the season is completed.” Premier League fixtures are currently suspended until April 30 due to the coronavirus crisis ( Read Also: Liverpool join Man Utd, Real Madrid to fight for Osimhen However, this stance is contentious and even some club chiefs have criticised it. Taylor is set to meet with the ELF and Premier League on Wednesday for a final showdown in discussions amid the coronavirus pandemic. It is reported that Championship sides have already made a £5million loss because of the current climate, while many club directors are ‘desperate’ for guidance from the EFL with regard to wage deferrals and cuts FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets10 Greatest Disney Female Villains We Love Anywayscenter_img PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has vowed to block plans to cut Premier League players’ wages as the debate over the coronavirus crisis rumbles on. And the former Bolton and Birmingham winger also said that the union will want to know the financial position of a club before it offers them a deferral, meaning that clubs will only be offered monetary relief based on their own merits and it won’t be a one-size-fits-all scenario. PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has vowed to block plans to cut player wages A majority of clubs in the EFL are looking to defer wage payments owing to the current coronavirus pandemic but Taylor is concerned some may use the current climate to cash in. He told the Daily Mail : “We don’t just want anyone taking advantage of this crisis to suit their own ends. A request for deferral of wages has to be realistic and meaningful and needs due diligence. Players have their own welfare to think about.” The report goes on to state that there are at least three known clubs who have requested that players take a cut in salary as to ensure staff members are protected, only to be told by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) they are unable to agree without the consent of the trade union. Taylor continued: “Inevitably clubs are putting it to players — the captain or the PFA delegate. But we are encouraging players not to accept that. “One group (accepting a deferral or cut) makes players at other clubs feel uncomfortable. We would rather do it with everyone, including us, involved.”last_img read more


first_imgRead Also: EPL stars consider legal action as pay cut talks continueThe Italian champions estimated the cuts would have “a positive impact of 90 million euros on the 2019/2020 financial year”.The Italian footballers’ association (AIC) has rejected attempts by clubs to cut salaries.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetThe Best Cars Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?This Nation Is Almost Impossible To InvadeHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World? Serie A’s Brescia, who want the Italian season stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic, announced on Wednesday their players have agreed to salary cuts. Brescia players, including Mario Balotelli, argue with the referee during a game at Juventus on February 16 in Turin In a statement adressed to season-ticket holders, president Massimo Cellino praised “the great sensitivity and responsibility shown by our players who, almost all, have accepted very quickly the proposals to reduce salaries, in order to protect the integrity of the club in such a delicate moment”. No details were given on how much players at the promoted club, who include Italian international Mario Balotelli, had agreed to forego.Advertisement The town of Brescia is at the epicentre of Italy’s coronavirus crisis, with nearly 10,000 people infected by the virus. “The club would like to avoid resuming (the season) out of respect for the sad reality of Brescia,” the team added. They were promoted to the top flight last season and are currently bottom of the table, nine points from safety. League leaders Juventus announced late last month that they had cut their players’ and coach Maurizio Sarri’s salaries over the period from March to June. Loading… last_img read more


first_imgStatewide—New data is providing fresh hope in the fight against cancer. An annual report from the American Cancer Society reveals the cancer death rate fell 2.2% between 2016 and 2017, the largest ever decline in a single year.Carolyn Bruzdzinski, vice president for Cancer Control for the American Cancer Society North Central Region, says the progress is encouraging and empowering, noting that cancer mortality rates have decreased 29% overall since 1991. “That’s 2.9 million people that did not die,” she points out. “So, it is pretty exciting.“Cancer is the one disease that we are seeing a decrease in death rates and mortality rates. If you look at any of the major chronic diseases, other areas have kind of plateaued.” The report cites reduced mortality for melanoma and lung cancer as a driver of the overall drop in cancer mortality rates. Bruzdzinski says advances in cancer research and treatment options also are behind the decline, as well as advocacy efforts to improve access to health care.She says, unfortunately, progress slowed for colorectal, breast and prostate cancers, which are amenable to early detection. “It is really critically important that we continue to educate and get people to get screened,” Bruzdzinski states. “There’s so many more people that should be getting screened, and that obviously leads to better outcomes.”Bruzdzinski encourages the continued expansion of cancer research. “Bottom line is, investment in research for across-the-board therapies and new ways of preventing and early detection and then putting those things into practice, having people adopt those cancer-preventing behaviors,” she states.Roughly 606,000 Americans are expected to die from cancer in 2020, including more than 13,000 people in Indiana.last_img read more


first_imgThe Rugby Football Union will begin consulting with staff before announcing the redundancies at the end of August, chief executive Bill Sweeney said on Monday.“To ensure we have a sustainable RFU we have announced to colleagues that it is proposed that the total number of roles across the organisation will reduce by 139,” he wrote on the union website.“We have already made some significant cost savings. We furloughed 60% of our organisation; implemented a three-month pay reduction which has been extended for some; introduced pension pauses; and refined business planning and introduced stadium and office running efficiencies to reduce costs.“Unfortunately, this is not enough to run a sustainable operation and safeguard our future.”Sweeney predicts it will take five years for the RFU to recover, and the union will lose 20% of its normal revenue over that period. The Latest: England rugby laying off 139 staff Associated Press July 6, 2020 ___Frances Tiafoe will not play in the World TeamTennis season after testing positive for the coronavirus.The American was playing in a weekend tournament in Atlanta and was tested after feeling symptoms during his match on Friday. He withdrew from the event the following day and said he was following the recommended quarantine protocol.He was set to play for the Washington Kastles during the World TeamTennis season, set for July 12 to Aug. 2. It’s being played entirely at The Greenbrier in West Virginia because of the pandemic, instead of around the country as usual.Under league rules, a player had to test negative before being allowed to travel to the resort. The league announced Monday that because Tiafoe’s positive test was within the advance travel window, he was ineligible to compete this season. But the Titans say the coronavirus pandemic makes it “increasingly likely” that NFL teams will be playing in front of fewer fans this season.___The National Hockey League says 35 total players have tested positive for the coronavirus over roughly the past month.The league says 23 of 396 players checked for COVID-19 at team facilities have tested positive since voluntary workouts began June 8, a 5% rate. In that same period of time, it is aware of 12 additional positive test results.The NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Sunday night agreed on protocols to start training camps and resume the season. That includes daily testing once games get under way for players, coaches and staff. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___England rugby will lay off 139 positions because it expects to lose 107 million pounds ($134 million) in revenue in the short term. Markakis became the second Braves player to opt out. Over the weekend, pitcher Félix Hernández said he wouldn’t play this year.Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Colorado outfielder Ian Desmond are among the other players who have opted out.Following nine seasons with Baltimore, Markakis was entering his sixth season with Atlanta. He was competing for a spot in a crowded Braves outfield following the offseason signing of Marcel Ozuna.Manager Brian Snitker plans to play Ozuna and Ronald Acuña Jr. every game, though Ozuna could be the designated hitter. Markakis, Ender Inciarte, Adam Duvall and others were competing other spots and were joined by rookies Cristian Pache and Drew Waters.Markakis hit .285 with nine homers and 62 RBIs in 2019, a year after he was an All-Star. He said he doesn’t know how opting out could affect his hopes for playing in 2021.center_img ___Count the Tennessee Titans among the NFL teams offering season-ticket holders the option of opting out of this season and putting that money toward 2021 or getting a refund.The Titans sent a letter to their season-ticket holders Monday. The team also posted a notice on its website.Tennessee told season-ticket holders the team suspended any payment plans July 1 for this season.Team officials will be working with state and local governments on how many fans will be allowed to attend games at Nissan Stadium, which seats approximately 69,143. ___Two players on the Indiana Fever were among the seven positive tests for the coronavirus across the WNBA, the team announced.The league and teams didn’t reveal who the players were. All 137 WNBA players were tested over the past week as the teams prepared to head to Florida on Monday for the upcoming season, which will be played at IMG Academy.The Fever will delay their travel by at least five days to self-quarantine in case any of them came into close contact with the infected players.The WNBA hopes to start training camp later this week, with the regular season set to begin around July 24. Tiafoe, a quarterfinalist at the 2019 Australian Open, will not be paid for this season.______Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has opted out of the 2020 season.The 36-year-old Markakis said he was uneasy about playing the season without fans and then was swayed by his telephone conversation with teammate Freddie Freeman, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has fever and other symptoms.“Just hearing him, the way he sounded on the phone, it was tough,” Markakis said Monday. “It was kind of eye-opening. What everything that’s going on, not just with baseball but all over the world, it makes you open your eyes.” Major League Baseball and the players’ association announced Friday that 31 players and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during intake for the resumption of training, a rate of 1.2%. Teams resumed workouts Friday for the first time since the coronavirus interrupted spring training on March 12, two weeks before the season was to start.___The Washington Nationals have canceled Monday morning’s team workout because of COVID-19 testing delays.Players and staff were tested Friday, and general manager Mike Rizzo says the team still hasn’t received its results. Rizzo said it’s not safe to continue holding camp without accurate and timely testing and that the workout was canceled to prevent putting players and staff at risk.Rizzo says: Major League Baseball “needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.” Resuming is contingent on each side approving an extension of the collective bargaining agreement and the return to play agreement.___Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says shortstop Luis Urias and pitcher Angel Perdomo tested positive for COVID-19 before the intake process.Counsell says both players are asymptomatic.This marks the second setback for Urias since the Brewers acquired him from San Diego in November. Urias, who is expected to compete with incumbent Orlando Arcia for the starting shortstop job, underwent surgery in January to repair a broken bone in his left hand. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more


first_imgI never thought I’d be saying this, but I’d like to commend Bud Selig for taking a stand on MLB steroid use. Sure, it came a decade or two late, and it may never have happened without the House of Representatives breathing down his back, but the commissioner has finally made a meaningful proposal.Perhaps tired of watching the national pastime evolve into a high-priced science fair, or perhaps just tired of being ridiculed by everyone from college sports desks to the U.S. Congress, Selig is finally putting his foot down.The commissioner has proposed a radical new steroid plan that would include a 50-game suspension for the first positive test, a 100-game suspension for the second offense and a lifetime ban from baseball for three positive tests. The new proposal would also call for an independent testing body and include testing for amphetamines, which some baseball insiders have suggested are far more prevalent than steroids in MLB clubhouses.Selig’s proposal would revolutionize the MLB steroid policy, which currently calls for a laughable 10-day suspension for the first positive test, which increases to a trivial 30 days for a second offense and 60 days for a third. The current policy does not call for a yearlong suspension until the fourth positive test and never requires a lifetime ban (after five tests, a player is subject to discipline at the commissioner’s discretion).Last season, Selig finally abandoned the “see no evil” approach after years of denying the painfully obvious. Thanks to Congressional pressure, the commissioner has moved on from symbolic baby steps. Now, the sports world will find out just how dedicated players’ union head Donald Fehr is to destroying our national pastime.If the union agrees to Selig’s proposal, baseball will finally have a meaningful steroid policy. Granted, the proposed policy is nowhere near what MLB really needs — Selig’s proposal falls well short of the Olympic standard, which calls for a two-year ban after the first positive test and a lifetime ban for two-time offenders — but it’s a major step in the right direction. Of course, the union has to agree.The ball is now in Fehr’s court, which is probably the worst place it could possibly end up. Fehr has spent years defending the players’ right to use steroids, and don’t expect him to stop now.Fehr may have signed off on Selig’s last proposal in the face of tremendous public and congressional pressure, but that was nothing more than a meaningless gesture aimed at convincing fans and politicians that MLB officials actually have some interest in preserving the game’s integrity. This time, Fehr is faced with a policy that actually means something. Let the backpedaling begin.Fehr has already begun to barricade himself against Selig’s proposal. He has agreed to discuss it, but he has made it perfectly clear that he wants to do no more than that.In a letter responding to Selig’s proposal, Fehr did not sound like someone who wanted to revolutionize the MLB steroid policy. He sounded a lot more like, well, Donald Fehr.“I am not aware of anything relating to the operation of our program this year which suggests that it is not working,” Fehr wrote in his letter to the commissioner. “Nor have you so asserted. Notwithstanding that, however, you now request that we further modify our agreement.”Perhaps Mr. Fehr is not aware that half a dozen players have already tested positive for steroids this season, and it’s only been a month since opening day. Some might consider that an indication that the current program needs a little work.But Donald Fehr is not like most people. Fehr is pleased with the current system because the current system allows his union members to use steroids and risk nothing more than a 10-day vacation. Fehr is willing to talk, but he wants no part of a real steroid policy.However, Fehr will not be able to simply brush this off. The continued threat of congressional intervention forces the players’ union to listen to what Selig has to say. These days, the union needs a better excuse than “the players don’t like being tested.”Fehr has made it clear that he will not sign a meaningful steroid policy unless John McCain personally drags his hand across the page. The thing is, McCain may just be willing to do it.Fehr and company can’t defend the current policy forever. Public outcry is mounting. Congress is on the case. The president mentioned steroids in his State of the Union address. Denial is no longer an option.Fehr can draw this out as long as he wants, but eventually he’ll have to give in. If baseball doesn’t change its policy, Congress will do it for them. Either way, a decent policy should be on the way. For the first time in years, there just might be a reason to be optimistic about the integrity of our national pastime.last_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 21, 2013 at 11:40 pm Five weeks ago, Syracuse faced a language barrier. A new coaching staff meant new faces, new principles on both sides of the ball, new terminology and new wrinkles in offensive and defensive systems. Players who had mastered the playbook under the old regime faced a new challenge that would last through much of the spring season.But what started five weeks ago ended on Saturday in the Orange’s Spring Game. The Orange team — the starters — beat the Blue team 27-10, led by the arm of Terrel Hunt and the legs of a running back corps looking to power Syracuse once again. There was nothing sensational about either team, but there was enough to show that the Orange is heading in the right direction going into the Atlantic Coast Conference.Despite the changes with the coaching staff, despite losing a record-breaking quarterback and his go-to wide receiver, Syracuse is in a good spot. What was new five weeks ago has now become normal for the Orange.“I think the biggest thing is we’ve been working toward the language barriers, the nomenclature, the different terms in the offense and the defense,” head coach Scott Shafer said. “We kind of ironed that out after our first four or five practices, and then I started to feel a little bit more comfortable with the kids speaking the same language.”Soon enough, there will be even more players who will need to learn that same language. When the rest of Syracuse’s recruiting class arrives — something Shafer said he’s excited for — it will only bolster the roster further and increase the competition at several positions. In turn, those competitions will continue to drive the team through training camp. There’s been no lack of intensity through spring practices, no lack of aggressiveness.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPerhaps not having a starting quarterback is best for Syracuse. The Orange lost Ryan Nassib to graduation after he finished a record-breaking season, capped with a Pinstripe Bowl victory. Nassib might be a first-round pick in this week’s NFL Draft. Syracuse has to replace him. It’s created a competition that has no conclusion in sight quite yet.Hunt was impressive on Saturday. He’s seen action in one game in his collegiate career, but looked poised in the Spring Game. He unleashed a beautiful, 49-yard touchdown pass to Jarrod West down the left sideline. Hunt finished the game 19-for-29 and threw for 209 yards.His competitors, John Kinder and Charley Loeb, both went 11-for-20 and threw for 55 yards combined. They didn’t get as many snaps, but they got enough to prove Hunt has the edge in the quarterback competition. And when Oklahoma transfer Drew Allen arrives this summer, followed by incoming freshmen Austin Wilson and Mitch Kimble, that competition will only get more intense.“My work’s not finished. It was a battle and the battle’s not over because we have another quarterback coming in, two more freshmen,” Hunt said. “I’m not counting anybody out. They’re good for competition. If I’m the frontrunner now, I want to do that all through camp.”At running back, Jerome Smith looked every bit the barreling, menacing force in the backfield that put Syracuse on his back this past season. Right on his heels, though, was sophomore George Morris II, who didn’t play last year but has left Syracuse fans drooling over his talent and potential in the spring. Add Prince-Tyson Gulley — who missed spring practice after having surgery to repair an upper body injury — to the mix in training camp and the Orange has a lethal, three-headed monster at running back.On defense, junior college transfer linebacker Josh Kirkland delivered a couple of crushing hits, including one in the fourth quarter that drew a collective “Ooh” from the Carrier Dome crowd. Sophomore cornerback Julian Whigham was all over the place, breaking up passes all afternoon.There were ample good signs for Syracuse. Of course, these impressive performances didn’t come against Clemson, Florida State or even Georgia Tech. It was in a Spring Game, little more than a highly attended — by Syracuse standards — practice.But there were enough to show the Orange will be competitive in its new conference. Syracuse’s players have learned the changes ushered in by the new coaching staff, a period of transition that wasn’t necessarily enjoyable in the beginning.“It’s a little different,” West said. “It’s a little frustrating at first, but then when you start to get it and start to settle in, it’s a lot of fun.”Syracuse underwent a major transition in these past four months, but it’s been settled these past five weeks. Optimism replaced skepticism and hope replaced worry.One transition is about completed, while a transition to a new league will begin soon. Syracuse looks poised to overcome that transition with just as much success.  Commentslast_img read more


first_imgThere are questions that have pestered at the mind of mankind for millennia:Why are we here?Which came first, the chicken or the egg?When the NCAA Tournament comes around and your team is forced to remain on the outside looking in, like a cat locked out of the house scratching at the screen door, does one root for the success of their conference?Of the three questions, it is of the last that I am most dubious we will ever derive an answer.There are two schools of thought. On the one hand, success from the Big Ten shines a positive light on the Badger programs. If multiple Big Ten teams make deep runs in the Tournament, then we can look at our team and exclaim how indeed we were actually talented, but held back by stellar competition all year.Men’s basketball: Andy Van Vliet asks for release, looking to transferUniversity of Wisconsin men’s basketball player and Badger big man Andy Van Vliet announced his decision to transfer away from Read…The second, perhaps less nuanced argument, for some reason just feels more persuasive.Hell no. I’m not rooting for the Buckeyes, Wolverines, Gophers or any other conference foe. Those sorry excuses for programs have been enemies for years, and just because the NCAA forgot to send us an invite to the Big Dance doesn’t mean we should root for evil incarnate.I tend to ascribe to the latter conviction.Regardless, we all remain interested to see how our familiar friends have either faltered or flown this March.MichiganMuch to the dismay of all those with a beating heart and a moderate awareness of the world around them, the University of Michigan remains alive in the bracket’s Western region. Michigan was seeded No. 3 in what was the easiest quarter of the bracket — until the University of Virginia and Arizona both decided they would rather return to their studies than play in any more games in a bothersome basketball tournament, leaving the South wide open.March Madness: NCAA Tournament East opening round previewMarch Madness is finally here. Despite the obvious miscarriage of cosmic justice that resulted in a Badger-less tournament, it is Read…In the Wolverine’s first match-up against the No. 14 seed University of Montana, Michigan fell behind early 10–0. Many blamed the 10-day layover from their last game in the Big Ten Tournament, but Big Blue never truly had much of an issue.Thanks to a huge effort from junior guard Charles Matthews, who dropped 20 points and grabbed 11 boards, Michigan was able to coast out to a 61–47 victory and advance to the second round of the tournament.They moved on to face the University of Houston, and provided Wisconsin fans with a truly heartbreaking affront to Bucky’s dignity.They won in the most glorious of March fashions. A game-winner, buzzer-beating, Badger-dejecting three-pointer. It wasn’t the mere act of their timely hooping that hits so close to home, rather the perpetrator. Milwaukee born, four-star recruit Jordan Poole hit the dagger with time expiring to send the Michigan Wolverines to the Sweet Sixteen. I’m not sure why Poole chose Michigan, but I bet it wasn’t for the company.Ohio StateAlso in the Western region, The Ohio State University snagged a No. 4 seed and drew a meeting with South Dakota State University and their star forward Mike Daum in the first round.March Madness: NCAA Tournament Midwest opening round previewMarch Madness is finally here. Despite the obvious miscarriage of cosmic justice that resulted in a Badger-less tournament, it is Read…The game was back-and-forth for much of the contest, and seemed to have the makings of an upset. Instead, SDSU let their inexperience show. They fouled OSU’s Kam Williams on a pair of three-point attempts late to cement the Buckeye win.In the second round, Ohio State faced the Gonzaga Bulldogs in an all-out offensive clinic. The Buckeyes received top-notch scoring outings by Kam Williams, 19 points, and Keita Bates-Diop, who poured in 28 points.It wouldn’t be enough however, as Gonzaga’s scoring attack was too much for OSU, and the Bulldogs would advance after a 90–84 victory.Michigan StateMichigan State University locked down the No. 3 seed thanks to a solid season and a Big Ten regular season title.They played Bucknell in the opening game, and looked a bit shaky from the start. Though eventually sliding past the Bisons and into the second round to face the Syracuse Orange, the Spartans displayed an uninspired performance indicative of things to come. Against Bucknell, MSU struggled to contain Bison senior forward Zach Thomas. Thomas had 20 points in the first half alone, and would finish with 27 before fouling out toward the end of the game.Next up was Syracuse and Jim Boeheim’s pesky zone defense. The suffocating defense forced Michigan State to settle for three-pointers, of which they were just 80–37.The final score, 55–53, saw Syracuse advance and leave Michigan State in the dust wondering what happened. Needless to say, when both team’s combined score barely eclipses the century mark, it is not the most entertaining basketball. I don’t care if their zone works, it is boring and as such it should be illegal.PurdueAs the No. 2 seed in the Eastern region, the Purdue University Boilermakers claimed the highest seed of any Big Ten. So far, it seems they’ve earned it.Men’s basketball: NCAA Tournament released, March Madness begins ThursdayAfter a down year for basketball in Wisconsin, the streets will be unusually quiet in Madison this March, but that Read…In the first foray into the tournament Purdue took on California State University, Fullerton and dismissed them with ease 74–48. Though the win came easy, it was not without a cost. In the game Purdue lost their center Isaac Haas to a broken elbow, he will be inactive for the remainder of the tournament.In the second game, Purdue locked horns with Indiana competitor Butler. It was clear Purdue missed Haas, as late in the second half the Boilermakers blew a ten point lead, which was whittled down to just 2 points with a minute to go.Purdue was bailed out by a missed three-pointer by Butler’s Kelan Martin, and they escaped the game and danced into the Sweet Sixteen with a close 76–73 win.Both Michigan and Purdue remain, carrying the hopes, or perhaps ill-wishes, of the rest of the conference on their shoulders.last_img read more


first_imgThe National Hurling League semi-final tomorrow will see Tipperary take on Munster rivals Waterford in Nowlan Park. The Tipp team was announced last night and it sees Darren Gleeson and John O’Dwyer return after their recent injuries, Conor O’Brien and Shane McGrath replace the injured Cathal Barrett and Kieran Bergin, while the big news is the addition of Seamus Callanan to the full forward line after his successful red card appeal last night.So the team lines out as follows: Darren Gleeson (Portroe),  Paddy Stapleton (Borris Ileigh), Conor O’Mahony (Newport), Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty), Michael Breen (Ballina), Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), James Woodlock (Drom & Inch), Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Brendan Maher Capt., (Borris Ileigh), Jason Forde (Silvermines), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Patrick Maher (Lorrha Dorrha), Niall O’Meara (Kilruane McDonaghs).Meanwhile, Waterford have made two changes from their defeat of Galway.Stephen O’Keeffe replaces Ian O’Regan, while Tom Devine comes in for Stephen Bennett.last_img read more


first_imgCheck out the video below: Former Barcelona star, Ronaldinho, has had a tough time lately, spending a month in a Paraguayan jail for entering the country with a fake passport.His career also fizzled out long before it was expected to and he was nowhere near the dazzling player he had once been.However, at his peak, Ronaldinho was unstoppable.He had a storied career that spanned just over two decades, playing for some of Europe’s biggest sides including Barcelona and AC Milan.He enjoyed the most successful period of his career at the Catalan club, where he scored 94 goals and assisted 71 more.He was also named the World Footballer of the Year in 2004 and 2005, winning the Ballon d’Or in 2005.Ronaldinho’s love for the game was apparent every time he took to the field, with his famous smile remaining in place as he danced past markers, rolled away from tackles and made almost impossible passes.Before Neymar and Messi, Ronaldinho was the ultimate entertainer and remains untouched by either of them in terms of pure genius.A two-minute video, posted by Twitter User, AllThingsSeleção captured some of Ronaldinho’s best moments of the field and perfectly encapsulated why the Brazilian was loved by all in his heyday.On Twitter, some people admitted that watching Ronaldinho was what got them to love football while others were just in awe of his brilliance. More from Citi Sportslast_img read more