Odisha to host national football team camps

first_imgBhubaneswar: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Odisha government under which Odisha will host the national team camps as well as act as the home of the Indian Arrows.The MoU was signed in the presence of state Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at a packed Kalinga Stadium complex here on Monday.As per the MoU, the training and connected infrastructure like gymnasiums, swimming pool, etc, will be housed at the Kalinga Stadium Complex.Thanking the state government, AIFF President Praful Patel said: “I need to thank the Odisha government and Naveen Patnaik for wholeheartedly supporting Indian Football as part of their overall support for the development of sports. It is a very encouraging sign that more and more state governments are coming up to support Indian Football.”AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said: “We laud this unprecedented initiative taken by the government of Odisha under the leadership of Naveen Patnaik. I am confident the MoU will help Indian Football, as well as benefit further development of the sport in Odisha.”The Indian U-15 national team, as well as the Indian Arrows consisting of a bulk of Indian U-17 World Cup players, have been utilizing the infrastructure here in their quest to further enhance the development of the team.The occasion coincided with the unveiling of the hockey World Cup 2018 trophy. The hockey World Cup is slated to be held at the Kalinga Stadium from November 28 to December 16. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

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The Latest: Some Spanish soccer clubs resume training

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Spanish soccer teams have resumed individual training after nearly two months of confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Some Spanish soccer clubs resume training Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has complained about being “harassed” and says his family has been “torn apart” after admitting to breaking social-distancing rules again during the coronavirus pandemic.British newspaper The Sun reports that Walker breached regulations three times in a 24-hour period this week by visiting family members and going on a cycle ride with a friend.The England international apologized last month for hosting a party at his home during the lockdown.Walker posted a long statement on Twitter saying he feels he is being followed constantly while also raising mental health concerns.Walker writes “this is no longer solely affecting me but affecting the health of my family and my young children too.” ___Soccer teams will be allowed to use two extra substitutes per match to protect players during a backlog of games caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The International Football Association Board says competition organizers can now approve teams making five changes with a sixth in extra time.IFAB says the temporary rule is available to “competitions which have either started or are intended to start, but are scheduled to be completed by Dec. 31.”Leagues which typically end in May face a congested program into July and August to complete their season. Associated Press May 8, 2020 Barcelona, Sevilla, Villarreal and other clubs have returned to action after the Spanish government loosened some of the lockdown restrictions that had been in place since mid-March.Atlético Madrid is set to resume its activities on Saturday and Real Madrid’s players will be back on the field on Monday.Barcelona’s players were practicing at different parts of the team’s training camp to avoid contact with each other. Coach Quique Setién was wearing gloves and a mask as he watched from afar as players ran their drills. Players had their regular training uniforms but no masks or gloves while on the field.Lionel Messi was seen juggling the ball by himself at one point.All players, coaches and club employees were tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to practice. The league has not yet released results but some local media reports said three yet-to-be-named players tested positive. The information has not been independently confirmed. A further IFAB decision is needed to extend the rule into next season’s competitions and national team games in 2021.___Rafael Nadal says Novak Djokovic will need to be vaccinated to keep playing if tennis bodies make coronavirus shots obligatory once they become available.Nadal tells Spanish newspaper La Voz de Galicia this week that Djokovic and all players will have to follow the rules when tennis eventually returns to action.Nadal says no one can be forced to take the vaccine and everyone should be free to make their choices but all players will have to comply if tennis officials require “vaccination to travel” and to “protect” everyone on the tour. Inter had to delay the resumption of training earlier in the week because not everyone on the team had been tested for COVID-19.The club says all tests have now come back negative and that “optional individual training sessions will begin this afternoon.”AC Milan has also reopened its training center for its players.Most of the other Italian league clubs had already resumed training on an individual basis this week before full team training restarts on May 18.___ Djokovic recently said he was against taking a vaccine for the coronavirus even if it became mandatory to travel. He later said he was open to changing his mind.Nadal says “Djokovic will have to be vaccinated if he wants to keep playing tennis at the top level.”He says that “if the ATP or the International Tennis Federation obligates us to take the vaccine to play tennis then we will have to do it.”___Inter Milan players can resume training at the club’s Suning Center after everyone from the first team tested negative for the coronavirus. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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Films to stream for free on Kanopy

first_imgTold through the mischievous eyes of 6-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), the audience watches her life at a motel next to Walt Disney World in Orlando. Although born and raised in poverty, Moonee is always adaptable to changes and showcases the fun-loving and free-spirited nature of a child. The director of the film, Sean Baker, uses marvelous cinematic editing and color grading to make the story realistic and refreshing. His cinematography, notably the final scene shot on iPhone 6s, alludes to the ironic fact that people living next to the magical and dreamy Disney World do not have the luxury to achieve their dreams because they are struggling with extreme poverty. This idea brings a sad tone to the plot, yet the movie is still full of childish fantasies and joyful adventures, exhibiting a positive surge of energy and strong hopes for life and the future. “Moonlight” Directed by Greta Gerwig, this melancholic yet heartwarming film chronicles a 17-year-old girl trying to establish her personal identity while balancing her relationships with her mother and friends. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) is bored of her mundane life in Sacramento and wishes to start an exciting new life in a bustling city on the East Coast.  Ever since “The Joy Luck Club” made its debut 27 years ago, Hollywood has rarely made films featuring a majority Asian American cast. “The Farewell,” directed by Lulu Wang, made a difference by telling a story about a Chinese American family and their decision to not inform their grandmother that she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Billi (Awkwafina) believes her grandmother has the right to know about the situation, while her relatives think the truth will hurt their grandma even more. The movie displays the differences between Western and Eastern cultures and the clashes between modern and traditional ideas. However, the emotion the story evokes and the universal themes of life and death enable all audiences to find a connection in some form or another, making the movie worth watching. “Lady Bird” Without any spoilers, here are some notable films that you should consider watching on Kanopy.  “The Florida Project” Are you interested in watching your favorite films for free? Instead of spending money each month on a handful of streaming services, why not save and find your favorite films for free on Kanopy?  “Ex Machina” Design: Mia Islas Kanopy is an online video streaming platform offering more than 30,000 free movies and documentaries from around the world for students. All it takes to start watching is your public or University library card.  A critically acclaimed film and the Oscars Best Motion Picture winner in 2017, “Moonlight” is a coming-of-age story vividly depicting a young boy’s journey to self-discovery while growing up in a Black community in Miami. “Moonlight” touches on topics such as single-parent families, campus bullying and drug abuse. Both the acting and directing of the film are brilliant. The main character, Chiron, is played by three different actors, Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders and Trevante Rhodes, to show his life from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. The actors’ skillful performance seamlessly portray Chiron’s personality consistently and persuasively, making the audience believe that Chiron was played by one actor the entire time. Director Barry Jenkins uses strong narratives that make the story beautiful and exquisite, displaying a painfully honest depiction of the Black experience of realizing sexuality while living in poverty. Released in 2014, “Ex Machina” is a well-produced science fiction thriller about artificial intelligence. Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) is a young man hired by a technology company to test a newly developed humanoid robot. As the android grows more humanlike, Caleb finds himself lost between his illusions of the robot and reality. This enthralling movie discusses topics that continue to impact our society in significant ways, including how technology deprives people of privacy and the potential influences AI may have on humans. Directed by Alex Garland, The suspenseful plot and stationary setting of the story make the film intense yet dazzling.  However, Lady Bird’s desire to leave home and her need for attention and recognition prevent her from building closer relationships with those who care about her most. Audience members may find themselves relating to the fearless and determined young characters and the uncertainties they encounter during adolescence. The faithful record of the trials and tribulations that teenagers go through and the conflicts they may have with their parents make this movie especially appealing to young adult viewers.  “The Farewell”last_img read more

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Freddie Crittenden develops as mentor for David Gilstrap, helps duo excel for Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ David Gilstrap is inspired by Freddie Crittenden’s work ethic and drive. Crittenden insists it’s his freshman teammate that has made him become a better role model.“Since the first day we met we kind of had this chemistry,” said Crittenden, a sophomore hurdler. “We’re kind of like the same person.”Gilstrap and Crittenden, two of Syracuse’s top hurdlers, share a similar sense of humor, think alike and even simultaneously burst into spontaneous dance when random music comes on. This season, they will use what they have learned from one another as motivation as they train for the beginning of the outdoor track season.Before they were close friends and Gilstrap was still in high school, the freshman said he would stalk Crittenden, admiring his soon-to-be teammate’s “flawless form.” Gilstrap said he knew Crittenden, who qualified for the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championships this season, was really good. His intensity, however, has been on another level. “It’s all or nothing. Like for him, it’s balls to the walls,” Gilstrap said. “You have to be on point. There’s no slacking. If you slack, he will definitely get on you.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite this, Crittenden isn’t afraid to praise a job well done. When he heard that Gilstrap was in the ACC finals, the sophomore told him it was a result of the hard work and dedication his teammate had poured in up to that point. Dave Hegland, Syracuse’s assistant coach, said he believes Gilstrap has benefitted from having older guys like Crittenden to look up to. Hegland praised Gilstrap’s willingness to be coached, desire to learn and ability to make quick adjustments. “You can tell him something once and he’ll change it right away,” Hegland said. “… He’s done a fantastic job for us.”Crittenden said he also sees a lot in Gilstrap, who is already running practice times faster than his own were at this point last year. And while Gilstrap has blossomed under the influence of his more experienced friend, Critttenden is quick to point out that he has also learned from his younger teammate. Gilstrap, who has remained dedicated to his schedule of 8 a.m. classes and healthy eating, has motivated Crittenden to work harder and improve himself. “He’s shown me more than he knows,” Crittenden said. “Him showing me stuff has made me better. He sees me as what I am now, (but) I’ve grown from seeing him.”Despite qualifying for the ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships, a hamstring injury prevented Crittenden from participating. With younger runners like Gilstrap looking up to him, the sophomore is making it a point to take better care of himself. Crittenden is hoping a more aggressive regiment of stretching, healthy eating, sleeping and baths will translate into a long and injury-free outdoor season.“Going into outdoors this year, I have kind of a chip on my shoulder,” Crittenden said. “I kind of went into it last year like, ‘Oh there’s no pressure, this is only my first year.’ But this year I’m older and faster and stronger; people know who I am. “I have younger athletes like David, Pascal (Bastien), Kashief (Miller) looking up to me and stuff and I’m going to have to be an example.”Crittenden made it no secret that Gilstrap’s dedication to his studies and training every day have greatly inspired him. Now, the sophomore is prepared to kick up his intensity in another area to become the role model he feels he needs to be while Gilstrap takes the opportunity to improve next to his friend in stride.“I’m going to push him as hard as I can because I know he can do a lot this year,” Crittenden said. “Even though sometimes he may not think he can, I think he can do a lot this year and I’m looking forward to him being right on my hip.” Comments Published on March 18, 2015 at 12:01 am Contact Matt: mralex01@syr.edulast_img read more

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Schnur seeks Calif. fundraising reform

first_imgFifteen states, including Texas and Florida, have put rules on the books banning political contributions while their state legislatures are in session. Now, Dan Schnur, director of USC’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, is looking to add California’s name to the list.“I have put together a proposal that would ban all legislative fundraising and all fundraising for statewide officeholders at any time that the Legislature is in session,” said Schnur, a former chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission.Currently, California bans contributions from lobbyists during the legislative session, but does not ban other fundraising. Though Schnur said this rule is well meaning, it does not prevent other contributors from writing a check during the session.“Under the current system, the majority of legislators can attend fundraisers at breakfast, lunch and dinner every day they are in Sacramento,” he said.Schnur’s proposal would limit all contributions during the legislative session, a regulation Schnur believes is necessary to “weaken the link between political giving and government activity.”“Like it or not, fundraising is a legitimate political activity,” Schnur said. “But legislating is a legitimate political activity too. And they shouldn’t be done simultaneously.”Schnur said the ban could produce several positive outcomes, such as increasing bipartisanship, reducing the appearance of impropriety and curbing the purchase of access during key votes.“A check that’s written six months before a legislative vote is not going to offer nearly as strong a quid pro quo as that same check written 15 minutes before that same vote,” he said.California legislative sessions typically run from early January to the end of August, with spring and summer breaks and two short sessions in September and December. But because legislative sessions can conceivably be any length, Schnur said the proposed ban would stay in effect for 72 hours after the legislative session ended.“That way they can’t go out of session at 4 o’clock, hold a fundraising dinner and come back in at 7 [p.m.],” Schnur said. “Or what they do in Illinois — and this is especially appalling — Monday is fundraising day in Springfield and then Tuesday through Friday they legislate.”The ban might also result in more contributions to politicians on the basis of ideology and philosophy, rather than to influence a particular bill, according to Schnur.For Schnur, tackling campaign fundraising is the next logical step in reforming the state’s political system. He said adding a ban would strengthen two recent political reforms — the top-two primary and redistricting reform — by allowing for more bipartisanship to take place in Sacramento.“They combine to create an environment where those legislators who are so inclined will have a safe space from which to work with members of the other party,” Schnur said.A longtime Republican consultant, Schnur changed his party identification from Republican to “decline to state” in March 2011 to allow him to better campaign for political reform.“This was not a matter of repudiating either political party, it was simply a matter of recognizing that in order to be an effective and credible reform advocate, it couldn’t be done from either major party,” said Schnur, who believes the ban would affect both parties equally.Schnur plans to move forward with the ban by first reaching out to legislators, a group that Schnur recognizes might be reluctant to throw its weight behind such a proposal.“As is the case with any political reform, by definition, anyone who has succeeded under the current rules is probably not going to be all that excited about seeing them changed,” he said.Schnur also plans to reach out to those seeking statewide office and encouraging them to include the ban in their platforms. If all else fails, Schnur said a ballot initiative would be an option.Though there has yet to be polling to measure public opinion on the proposal, Schnur said he believes voters will be on his side.“While I’m not a soothsayer, I’d be willing to bet if you asked voters if they thought their elected representatives should have to forgo fundraising until their legislative responsibilities are completed each year, you’d probably get a pretty strong ‘yes’ vote,” he said.Schnur is also currently in the process of working to organize a series of conferences on political reform, including the fundraising ban proposal, at colleges throughout the state.last_img read more

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Why Tyler Roberson can be a consistently dominant rebounder for Syracuse

first_imgST. LOUIS – A video of Baylor’s Taurean Prince describing what a rebound is went viral after the Bears’ loss to Yale in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament. The simple question posed to Prince after the game: “How does Yale outrebound Baylor?”“You go up and grab the ball off the rim when it comes off and then you grab it with two hands,” Prince said, straight-faced but with more than a hint of sarcasm, “and you come down with it and that’s considered a rebound. So they got more of those than we did.”That may be how the majority of rebounds come, but the way Syracuse’s Tyler Roberson has asserted himself as a force on the boards this season extends beyond that. Many of Roberson’s rebounds come in scrums, where he doesn’t grasp the ball with two hands at its peak, but rather tips it with one. Then it’s back to two feet on the ground for each player involved and the aerial competition for a ball still in the air ensues.Roberson’s second jump, the height of his jump to contest for a tipped ball after he’s already jumped once, is what allows him to corral 50-50 balls in the air. He’s totaled 27 rebounds in the 66 minutes he’s played during the NCAA Tournament — averaging a rebound about every two minutes and 27 seconds he’s on the court — and provided a boost on the glass for a Syracuse (21-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) team seeded 10th in the Midwest Region, but set for a matchup with No. 11 seed Gonzaga (28-7, 15-3 West Coast) in the Sweet 16 in Chicago on Friday night.“His second jump, which is I think a rarity, his second jump is as quick and as explosive as his first,” said Dave Boff, Roberson’s coach at Roselle Catholic (New Jersey) High School. “I think that that really helps him get a lot of those second-tip rebounds that a lot of guys don’t get.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAgainst Middle Tennessee State in the Round of 32, Roberson grabbed eight rebounds in the first half. On one sequence, he blocked a Reggie Upshaw shot, tipped the ball up in the air before others contested it and eventually came down with the ball secured in his two hands.Later in the half, MTSU’s Perrin Buford missed a jump shot but followed the ball when it hit off the rim and tipped it up in the air. Roberson skied over Buford near Syracuse’s bench and secured the ball at its peak. He drew a foul while curling his left arm around the ball and untangling his right from Buford’s grasp.Roberson’s father, Edmon Roberson, said his son’s vertical jump hasn’t been measured since his freshman year of college, but that he boasts a 7-foot-3 wingspan. DraftExpress.com has measured prospects’ wing span-height relationship since 1987. There have been 82 players evaluated during that period that are measured at Roberson’s height of 6 feet 8 inches. Of that sample size, the average wingspan was 7 feet, one-sixth inch, giving Roberson an almost 3-inch advantage over the standard in addition to his second bounce off the ground.“I think it’s my second jump and also just going after it,” Roberson said. “Coach Boff is definitely right. I think it’s really crucial. It really helps me get a lot rebounds.”Up next for Roberson and the Syracuse frontcourt is Gonzaga, which boasts 6-foot-11 Domantas Sabonis. The Lithuanian has grabbed 26 rebounds in the Bulldogs’ first two Tournament wins and averages 11.7 on the season. Roberson is more than three rebounds below that at 8.4 boards per game and his inconsistency on the glass, which SU head coach Jim Boeheim has harped, has plagued his average.By total rebounds per game, Sabonis is the best rebounder Syracuse will face all season. He ranks seventh in the country in that category, but a year ago his wingspan was measured at 6 feet 10.5 inches, according to DraftExpress.Syracuse will counter the player who anchors the Bulldogs down low with the length of Roberson and Tyler Lydon, and possibly even the bounce of Malachi Richardson. But the Orange’s ability to neutralize one of the country’s best rebounders on the glass may hinge in part on the length of one player’s arms and the capability of his two feet.“He has a quick jump and if we can’t get it and we can kind of get it up in the air, we’ve got guys that have a lot of quick twitches,” SU assistant coach Adrian Autry said. “They get up off the ground fast, especially Tyler Roberson.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 23, 2016 at 9:44 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

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First men’s tournament game in 18 years tonight

first_imgAt the beginning of the season, the Wisconsin Badgers soccer team’s goal was to make the NCAA tournament. And now, the guys in red have exceeded even their own expectations by clinching home field advantage in the first round of the NCAA tournament. As their tournament matchup fast approaches, the Badgers are now shifting their goals toward making a run in the NCAA tournament.“At the beginning of the season we said we wanted to make the tournament,” senior AJ Cochran said. “We are leaving those goals behind us now, and our new goal is to win the game ahead of us.”The Badgers are excited to be playing at home once again. Wisconsin is 9-0 at home this season with wins against three tournament teams, including ninth-seeded Marquette and 11th-seeded Michigan State.“We are so excited to play at home,” junior Jacob Brindle said. “We know our field. We love our fans. It should be a great atmosphere and a great game.”The appearance in the tournament is Wisconsin’s second appearance in the history of the program and the first since 1995 when the Badgers ran the table in the tournament to win the National Championship.The field this year hosts seven teams the Badgers have played already this season. Against those tournament teams Wisconsin finished 5-2-1 with their losses coming against Northwestern — a team they had beaten earlier — and Big Ten regular season champion Penn State. That’s not to say it will be smooth sailing for the Badgers, as Wisconsin has a tough road of solid opponents ahead of them.First, Wisconsin will welcome the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers to the McClimon Center for the first time this year after coming to a 1-1 draw with the squad on Oct. 23. The game was a hard fought battle that witnessed the two goals within 30 seconds of one another.“We tied 1-1 early in the season at their place,” Brindle said. “We are just excited to get them at home now.”“It’s nice to be hosting them,” head coach John Trask added. “I’d much rather play them at home than at their facility. They’ve got a pretty rabid fan base, and I’m sure plenty of them will make the trip up to Madison.The Panthers struck first on a penalty kick in that game while Brindle, the Badgers’ top goal scorer, was able to tie the game again on a header from the back post.The two teams remained deadlocked through two overtimes, forcing both sides to stop as they called a draw. However, this time there will be no draw and a winner will have to be named to move on to fourth-seeded Notre Dame.Notre Dame received a bye in the first round after finishing the season with just one loss to Virginia in late October. If Wisconsin is able to handle Milwaukee they will surely have their work cut out for them against one of the most impressive sides in the country.One thing that may instill some confidence in that game would be Big Ten opponent Northwestern’s performance against Notre Dame earlier in the season. The Wildcats were able to hold Notre Dame to one goal as they held out for a draw against the Fighting Irish.The Badgers also have the advantage of coming from one of the most consistent conferences in the country. With Indiana clinching the automatic bid for the Big Ten, the conference will be represented by five of their seven teams. Only Ohio State and Michigan are on the outside looking in this season.In addition, Maryland, who will be coming into the Big Ten next year, snagged the fifth overall seed.Trask credits the success of the program this year to their commitment to doing things the “Badger Way.”“The thing I’m proudest about is, you hear about this in other sports around here, we have a Badger Way of doing things,” Trask said. “We play possession soccer, we are focused, we are disciplined. It’s what football has here, it’s definitely what Bo Ryan has here. Year-to-year the same philosophy is engrained in our players, and that’s a step in the right direction for us.”If Trask sticks to the philosophy the Badgers have a very good chance to pick up their performance, make a few upsets and take a chance at making a deep run in the NCAA tournament.“I think there’s more in this team,” Trask said. “I’ve said it consistently to them. I’ll say it publicly. I still don’t think we’ve seen the best soccer out of this group of players. And that’s what we’ll be striving for on the practice field this afternoon and hopefully come match time at 7:00 on Thursday. It should be a spectacular show.”last_img read more

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Hogan: Tipp need to get back to basics

first_imgFormer Tipperary Hurling manager Ken Hogan says the Senior team just have move on now and focus on preparations for the qualifiers.The Tipp FM analyst and hurling legend doesn’t believe that there will be dissent in the camp after Cathal Barrett’s removal from the panel over disciplinary issues.Hogan says the squad has the breathing space now to recover after the Cork loss and its time Michael Ryan’s men get back to what they do best. Photo © Tipperary GAAlast_img

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