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Government parenting advice is ‘corrosive and harmful’ – UK report

first_imgTelegraph 21 June 2013Official Government advice telling people how to bring young children up should be torn up because it is “corrosive and harmful” and can damage family life, a new academic report argues.The so-called “positive parenting” approach which involves avoiding punishment or even criticism while constantly accentuating the positive can do more harm than good and simply “sets parents up to fail”, it concludes.In the study, published in the journal Ethics and Education, Helen Reece, an expert in family law at the London School of Economics, argues that the official obsession with being “nice” to children all of the time is “arduous, if not impossible” and can simply destroy the spontaneity of the parent-child relationship. She argues that in extreme cases it has led to parents involved in contact or care cases being judged against an impossible standard and then unfairly marked down by social workers and even judges with major consequences for the rest of their lives.…Ms Reece called for the Government to remove advice on such issues from officialguidelines while still giving parents important information on matters such as asafe temperature for a baby or nutrition.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationadvice/10134992/Government-parenting-advice-is-corrosive-and-harmful-report-finds.html?fblast_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs And lady Cardinals Split Volleyball Battle

first_imgThe Batesville 7th Grade Volleyball team lost to cross town rivalry St. Louis: 25-23 and 25-12. Margaret Wilson led the team with 3 aces and great dig from the back row. Following was Renee’ Lecher and Sydney Slavin with 2 aces, and Elena Kuisel with 1 aces. Kaylin Hinners had 5 good serves and no misses. Kaylie Raver led the team with 3 kills. Lecher and Slavin each added 1 kill each. Annie Shane and Laura Schwegman each had one good hit. Sara Lamping and Taylor Blanton played strong at the net. Their record is 3-6. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Megan Werner.The BMS 8th Grade Volleyball team started sluggish, but perked up to beat St. Louis 25-10, 25-11.  The Bulldogs had strong serving.  Cayman Werner served 17 straight points including 14 aces in game 1.  Laney Walsman added 10 points, with 7 aces.  Isabelle Westerfeld add 5 points with 3 aces, and Kaitlyn Sarringhaus earned 2 points. Jadyn Harrington and Werner each earned 3 kills from the front line.  Tiffany Hawker added 1 kill.  Timbre Davies, Samantha Kessens, and Kennedy Westrick were all reliable in their solid play.  Ashlee Cornn supported the team although she was unable to play. The team is now 6-3. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.The St. Louis Cardinals 7th Grade Volleyball team came out on top against the Batesville Middle School Bulldogs 25-23, 25-12. In the first set, the Cardinals and Bulldogs was trading points back and forth until Kate Weber served 7 straight points to push the Cardinals ahead. Then the Cardinals fell on their heels to allow the Bulldogs to control the game until Izzi Price was able to serve 3 aces in a row to help the Cardinals to win the first set. The 2nd set was controlled by the Cardinals from the first serve. Isabelle Wonnell led the team with 10 points followed by Kate Weber 9 points, Maggie Beiser 6 points, Izzi Price 5 points, Lilly Schebler 2 points and Ingrid Tuveson and Ava Owens with 1 point each. Catherine Streator commanded the net for the offense as Ella Moster and Rhea Miller passed the ball solidly to help setup the plays.The 8th Grade Lady Cardinal St. Louis Volleyball team was defeated by the Batesville Middle School Bulldogs 25-10, 25-11. The Cardinals started off strong in the first set but struggled to pick up the Bulldogs serve. Audrey Beiser and Mary Hunter led the team with 3 points each followed by Megan Raab and Ingrid Tuveson with 2 points each. Emma Livers had the only kill for the game. Ella Moster, Rhea Miller and Izzi Price was good support on the court for the team so Maggie Beiser could set the ball.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.last_img read more

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Mazzarri quits as Torino coach

first_imgRelatedPosts Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge Former Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri has left Serie A side Torino by mutual consent, with Moreno Longo brought in as his replacement. Mazzarri leaves Torino after two years in charge with the club in 12th place in Serie A, 11 points above the drop zone. Pressure had begun to mount after Mazzarri’s side lost 0-7 at home to Atalanta just over a week ago, and they were then beaten 4-0 at the weekend by relegation-threatened Lecce. A club statement read: “The President Urbano Cairo and the coach Walter Mazzarri, after an in-depth analysis on the set of situations that have now arisen, shared the decision to end the professional relationship early. “The club wishes to thank the coach and all of his staff for the commitment, fairness, and professionalism shown in these last two years.” The appointment of Longo, a former Torino player, follows a run of four straight defeats in all competitions and will be his second managerial position in Serie A, having previously managed Frosinone. Marrazzi, who led Torino to a seventh-placed finish last season, previously managed Premier League side Watford during the 2016/17 season. However, his time at Vicarage Road was widely seen as a failure, despite leading the club away from the relegation zone and into 17th. The Italian was let go by the Watford board in 2017 and replaced by Marco Silva, before taking the Torino post in January 2018.Tags: Moreno LongoSerie ATorinoWalter Mazzarrilast_img read more

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Dele-Bashiru joins Sheffield Wednesday

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Sheffield Wednesday have signed Manchester City midfielder Fisayo Dele-Bashiru for an undisclosed fee.The 19-year-old came through the youth ranks at City, having first joined the club aged eight, but failed to make a first-team appearance for the Premier League side. Wednesday said “the intention” is for the teenager to “breakthrough” as a senior player at Hillsborough.“I am confident it will fall into place for me here,” Dele-Bashiru said.“I’m at an age now where I want to be playing first team football. I know there are other players in the same position but competition for places is a positive.”Dele-Bashiru, whose brother Tom is at Watford having also come through the City ranks, is Garry Monk’s first summer signing – although the length of the deal has not been disclosed.“The manager has shown a desire to bring me to the club and that means a lot,” Dele-Bashiru said. “He has a good CV and I’m sure this is the right platform for me at this stage of my career.” Tags: Fisayo Dele-BashiruManchester CityPremier LeagueSheffield Wednesdaylast_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgRizzo said the ailing employee was at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, and now is home after his quarantine ended. Rizzo said the employee is fever-free and symptom-free.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The chief executive of the Tokyo Games says he can’t guarantee the postponed Olympics will be staged next year because the coronavirus continues to spread in Japan. The country issued an emergency declaration this week to battle the virus. Organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto says “I don’t think anyone would be able to say if it is going to be possible to get it under control by next July or not. We certainly are not in a position to give you a clear answer.” The Olympics were postponed last month with a new opening set for July 23, 2021, followed by the Paralympics on Aug. 24.— The U.S. Olympic swimming trials have been rescheduled for June 13-20, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska. The trials were initially scheduled for June 21-28 and are the sole qualifier for U.S. Olympic team, with the top two finishers in each event earning a trip to Tokyo. The original 15-session, eight-day schedule will remain for the rescheduled trials.— Florida State offensive lineman Andrew Boselli says he and his famous father are both recovering from COVID-19. The son of former NFL lineman Tony Boselli writes on Florida State’s athletic department website that he dealt with the worst of the virus for about three days. The Seminoles lineman wrote he “spent days feeling miserable” and his healthy 47-year-old father with no underlying health conditions “spent three days in the intensive care unit.” Tony Boselli is now back home. MacDermid has become a regular on the blue line for the Kings this season, getting three goals and five assists in a career-high 45 games. He has scored 13 points with 115 penalty minutes during parts of three seasons with Los Angeles.NHL-STAPLETON OBITEx-Blackhawks blueliner Stapleton diesTORONTO (AP) — Former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Pat Stapleton has died at 79.The three-time Second Team All-Star was on Canada’s Summit Series squad in 1972 and is alleged to have claimed the puck from Paul Henderson’s series-winning goal over the Soviet Union. He played eight seasons with the Blackhawks from 1956-66 to 1972-73, helping them to Stanley Cup final appearances in 1971 and 1973. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCOLLEGE BASKETBALL-IOWA-GARZAIowa’s Garza enters draft, keeps college eligibility for nowUNDATED (AP) — Iowa’s Luka Garza and Duke’s Vernon Carey Jr. head the latest cluster of college basketball players who are testing their potential value in the upcoming NBA draft. Garza has announced he’ll enter the draft process without an agent so he can maintain his college eligibility. The All-America center was runner-up to Dayton’s Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) for Associated Press national player of the year after becoming the first Big Ten player in 26 years to average at least 26 points per game in conference play.Garza scored a school-record 740 points this season, breaking the program’s 50-year old record.Carey Jr. is entering the NBA draft after being named the ACC’s player of the year and newcomer of the year by The Associated Press. He had been considered a likely one-and-done prospect and projected first-round pick.Carey averaged team highs of 17.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks while shooting 57.7% as a physical inside presence.Creighton guard Ty-Shon Alexander declared for the draft with the option to return to school for his final season of eligibility. Alexander was named to the All-Big East first team after leading the Bluejays with 16.9 points per game. He said Friday he would go through the evaluation process by league executives to determine if he should stay in the June 25 draft or withdrawal by the May 29 deadline. — The XFL has suspended operations and laid off its employees. Employees were told of the layoffs Friday during an in-house conference call. The upstart league backed by WWE canceled the remainder of its season last month because of the coronavirus pandemic, but promised to be back in 2021. The moves have left the league’s future in doubt. The XFL has eight franchises and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule.— Blake Snell, Juan Soto and Bo Bichette are among the baseball stars switching over to PlayStation with America’s pastime on hold. One player from each of the 30 major league teams has signed on to play a round-robin regular season on the MLB The Show video game with the real season on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. Snell, a Cy Young Award winner with Tampa Bay, will face Cincinnati reliever Amir Garrett in the opener Friday night. That matchup will air on Snell’s Twitch feed, and other games will be streamed via Twitch and YouTube with MLB Network host Robert Flores providing commentary.— New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban (SOO’-ban) and the NHL are bringing something new to television Saturday for fans dealing with the isolation and hardships caused by the coronavirus outbreak. It’s NHL Hat Trick Trivia. Subban is the host of the weekly 30-minute show in which contestants will answer up to three hockey trivia questions for prizes, the top one being two tickets to any game next season. Everything is filmed remotely with Subban hosting the show from his living room in Los Angeles, in the house he shares with fiancee and Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn. Contestants are filmed at their homes and there is a guest player every week.— Basketball’s Sabrina Ionescu, soccer’s Carli Lloyd and swimming’s Katie Ledecky are among the athletes who will help young girls and women stay mentally and physically fit during the coronavirus pandemic. The Women’s Sports Foundation and Yahoo Sports are launching #WeKeepPlaying, a live-stream event on Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT. They’ll join tennis great Billie Jean King and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in taking questions from young athletes and providing tips on resilience and training. Sports broadcaster Cari Champion will moderate the hour discussion, streamed on YahooSports.com.— The defending soccer champions in Belarus have started putting mannequins in the stands as fans stay away from stadiums because of the coronavirus. Dynamo Brest has been selling “virtual tickets” to games. Those give foreign fans the right to have a mannequin with a cut-out photo attached. It comes as fans at many clubs have said they will boycott games because the virus makes going to the stadium too risky. Keeping sports arenas open has been part of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s unconventional approach to the coronavirus. He has said there is no need to close workplaces and public events. — Former University of Georgia standout running back Todd Gurley has formally agreed to a one-year contract with the Falcons, pending a physical. The framework of the deal was agreed to on March 20, less than 24 hours after Gurley was released by the Rams, and finalized this week. He was one of the NFL’s top running backs with the Rams and says he has no doubt he can still meet that standard. — The Cowboys have signed cornerback Saivion Smith, adding the former XFL player about the same time the spring league announced it was suspending operations. Smith played for Houston, which was the only undefeated team in the XFL when the league stopped playing last month after five games because of the new coronavirus outbreak. Smith led Alabama with three interceptions in his only season in 2018.NHL-KINGS-MACDERMIDLA Kings sign MacDermid to 2-year contract extensionLOS ANGELES (AP) — Defenseman Kurtis MacDermid has agreed to a two-year, $1.75 million contract extension through the 2021-22 season with the Los Angeles Kings.center_img Josh Green is the latest Arizona freshman to declare for the draft, joining Nico Mannion and Zeke Nnaji in leaving early. The Australian-born Green is projected to be a first-round pick after averaging 12 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists during his lone season with the Wildcats. The athletic, 6-foot-6 guard grew up in Sydney before his family moved to Phoenix.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNationals report 1 positive test, not a playerUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says a non-playing team employee tested positive for the coronavirus and is “on the road to getting better.”Rizzo says no players for the reigning World Series champions have shown any symptoms of COVID-19 at any point and so no one has been tested. He said the team’s medical staff checks in each day with every player and staff member. Update on the latest sports NHL-WEBSTER OBITEx-NHL, WHA forward Webster diesUNDATED (AP) — Former NHL and WHA player and head coach Tom Webster has died at 71, according to the Carolina Hurricanes.Webster’s playing career took off once he jumped to the WHA, where he had 220 goals and 425 points in 352 games over six seasons with the New England and Hartford Whalers from 1972-78. He later went on to coach the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 11, 2020 NFL-NEWSReport: Brees to join NBC after playing career endsUNDATED (AP) — The New York Post is reporting that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (breez) will join NBC after he retires.The 41-year old Brees will be going into his 20th NFL season this year and is signed through 2021. He is expected to begin as an analyst on Notre Dame games and in the studio for “Football Night in America” before eventually moving into the “Sunday Night Football” booth.In other NFL news:last_img read more

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Worst sports broadcaster

first_imgPoppySeveral names come to mind when asked whom the worst sports broadcaster is, but courtesy of YouTube;, only one sticks out.That man is Ball State University’s own sports reporter Brian Collins, better known by his infamous catchphrase, “Boom goes the dynamite.”His sportscast was doomed from the start, as the only thing he was able to spit out was a simple hello.Maybe it was inexperience, maybe it was nerves or maybe it was teleprompter problems, but whatever it was, it was bad.From the very first graphic, Collins is unable to construct a complete sentence of any sort, stuttering faster than Porky the Pig trying to say, “That’s all folks!”But that’s not the worst of Collins’ broadcast, his transitions are just plain awkward: “Oh, no … We’re going to move on now.”As if that’s not bad enough, then he loses his place and just completely stops talking during the middle of a highlight! I guess silence is better than him trying to complete his first sentence, but you can hear him ruffling through his papers, grumbling like Napoleon Dynamite and finally looking to someone off camera with a frightened look as if he’s on the verge of crying.But at least he was on cue with the footage at this point, because once the Indiana Pacers’ highlight comes around, he’s done for.Collins falls way behind the highlight reel and starts to talk extremely fast to catch up. He then clumsily falls silent once again. This is where his catchphrase comes out.”Later he gets the rebound, passes it to the man, shoots it, and boom goes the dynamite.”So smooth, so cool, it seems as if he might finally be getting on track. Nope, Collins goes on to mispronounce names and then just finally gives up by giving a simple “yup” for his good-bye to the news anchor.Worst. Sports Broadcaster. Ever.McGrathI need to preface my choice for worst broadcaster with this important note. I am speaking about this person solely as a broadcaster. This man was a great player (Hall of Fame in my book), an even better person and is an inspiration to all.That being said, Ron Santo is without a doubt the worst sports broadcaster on the face of the planet. He adds next to nothing to any Cubs radio broadcast and what he does add is usually poorly spoken, way off base and generally just terrible. Santo is to radio broadcasters what Ahmad Carroll is to lock-down cornerbacks. First off, no one in the radio business has a harder job than Pat Hughes, who basically has to serve as both play-by-play man and color commentator for 95 percent of the game. The other five percent or so he has to put up with hearing Santo either yelling something over his voice (the biggest peeve and cardinal rule of broadcasting is to NEVER talk over each other) like some drunken fan or making some comment that is always ruined by his referring to the Cubs as “we.”While he was a star for the Cubs for quite some time and is now part of their broadcast team, the simple fact is that even if a fan is in the booth, he shouldn’t be so bold as to refer to the team as we. Ever. It is the single most annoying and unprofessional thing a broadcaster can do. Santo’s comments are usually almost incomprehensible, bordering on senile or just elementary. Once, I heard him actually say, “Strike three here would be a strikeout. (pause) And that would be great for us.”I screamed loud enough to cause the car next to me on I-90 look over. Ron Santo: Great person. Horrific broadcaster.last_img read more

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Catch or No Catch: Football is the United States’ binge-watching sport of choice

first_imgTo paraphrase the great Patches O’Houlihan: if you can binge-watch a show, you can binge-watch a sport. I think that plays — and if it doesn’t, let me know. You know where to find me: in my man cave, getting paler by the minute, watching a sport I love. Or at the sports bar, with the other people who can’t figure out how to better spend their fall weekends. One thing’s for sure: I’ll be there all weekend. We live in a society. No, wait, that’s a stupid way to start a column.  We started scarfing entire seasons down in a single sitting. Hell, sometimes we scarf down an entire show, and not just those HBO limited series (as good as they are). We abandoned our healthy media consumption diets in lieu of binge-eating — er, binge-watching — and nothing was the same. We live in a binge-watching society. There — that’s much better. Matthew Philips is a senior writing about football. He is also a former lifestyle editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Catch or No Catch,” runs every other Tuesday. All that leaves for live television is sports, and considering stagnated or falling overnight ratings in nearly all major sports leagues over the past several years, that’s not even a lock anymore.  But seriously, we do. I’d hypothesize that it started some time around the rise of digital streaming in the early 2010s when everyone found out Netflix was a thing. Since then, we haven’t looked back. We said goodbye to recording shows we couldn’t catch live; we dumped our cable boxes in the trash; we stopped consuming our favorite shows episodically.  Football games simply aren’t enough for football fans either. Football-centric, binge-worthy reality television shows have become increasingly popular in the last several years, and not just among the most hardcore football fans. Shows like Netflix’s “QB1: Beyond the Lights” and “Last Chance U,” as well as HBO’s “Hard Knocks” and “24/7 College Football” are among the services’ most popular programs. On top of that, if real-life football drama wasn’t enough, scripted shows like “Friday Night Lights,” “Ballers” and “All-American” are popular among consumers who couldn’t even tell you how many yards are required for a first down. Despite the sheer volume of well-researched and evidence-based hoopla surrounding football and its long-term physical and mental consequences, the sport is doing better than ever. Important college football games rank among the highest-rated cable presentations each year, and NFL ratings have soared since a brief decline two seasons ago.center_img Still, for the rest of you well-adjusted fans, there’s March Madness. March Madness’ popularity continues to rise, and it’s not hard to understand why. Your coworkers and friends may boast of their stamina and bad habits during the month of March, but, for many football fans, that’s every weekend from September until the Super Bowl. Every Saturday and Sunday, college and professional football dominate. What’s driving this boost? A dedicated fanbase with a hunger for more and, simply, better marketing of its stars. College football fans were so thirsty for the start of the season that this year’s season opener between the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida Gators was ESPN’s highest-rated game since 2016. In fact, football fans are so thirsty for football year-round that the WWE’s Vince McMahon thinks a spring football league will be financially viable as soon as February 2020. NFL Sunday Ticket, which allows fans to catch every single out-of-market NFL game, has existed since 1994 (!). NFL RedZone, a channel that sporadically jumps to every scoring play in every game, has existed since 2009. If sitting in front of the TV all day watching different episodes of a single sport isn’t binge-watching, I have no idea what is. Despite what so-called “experts” may say, football isn’t going anywhere. Quite the contrary, it seems that the sport has been waiting a long time for this cultural shift to shorter attention spans and massive overstimulation. In fact, it’s up to its gills with programs that can entice even the most casual fan to dive into football obsession headfirst. But there is still one sport that has fans foaming more than a pack of wild dogs for a piece of red meat: football. Duh-duh-duh-duh, da-na da-na! Duh-duh-duh-duh, da-na da-na! For those of you who didn’t get that, that’s ESPN’s Monday Night Football theme. For those of you who did … get outside, dude.  The craziest part? This happened long before streaming was a thing. Football has been America’s binge-watching sport for a while (if you’ve ever noticed the faction of drunk men and women in football jerseys on the weekends). The only things that we had left to catch live on television were news and sports. And we already know the consequences of binge-watching cable news — just ask voters in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania (just kidding, I love my Midwestern fam).last_img read more

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Injuries to the defense have given Allie Olnowich more playing time

first_imgAllie Olnowich doesn’t grip her stick as hard now as she did her first two years at Syracuse. She’s picking her head up more, looking up the ice to pick out passes. Olnowich will hold the puck in the defensive zone if she needs to, but she’s more comfortable with it on her stick. She’s taken advantage of space in the offensive zone, now less afraid to shoot.Before this year, Olnowich didn’t get much ice time. Some games, Olnowich didn’t know whether she would be in uniform or watching home games from the stands. It drove the defender to appreciate any playing time she did get.“I used to be like, if I made a mistake, that might be it for the game, the weekend, who knows,” Olnowich said. “But now, I can take a deep breath, I can step back.”To start her junior campaign, she was still listed as the seventh defender. Syracuse (8-19-3, 8-6-2 College Hockey America) had a wealth of talent to choose from at the back — redshirt senior Dakota Derrer, sophomores Jessica DiGirolamo and Kristen Siermachesky and captain Allie Munroe. But when Derrer suffered a career-ending injury in November, it moved Olnowich to the sixth defender spot. In January, Lindsay Eastwood was sidelined with illness, and Siermachesky went out with an upper body injury leaving Syracuse with four defenders. Olnowich earned her first career start on Jan. 29 against Cornell, and her frequent time on the ice has stuck.During summers, the junior from Chatham, New Jersey, worked out five times a week following a packet put together by Corey Parker, SU’s Olympic Sports strength and conditioning coach. She wanted tangible improvements for when her opportunity came.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSince, Olnowich has made five-straight starts, only picking up one goal. But what’s stood out is her “intuitive” play, SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. She’s chipped pucks out of the defensive zone and generally doesn’t commit turnovers.“She’s getting her head up,” Flanagan said. “It’s really all confidence. The ability has always been there.”Olnowich is also one of the most disciplined players on SU, having committed just five penalties this season. Team discipline, avoiding turnovers and penalties, is one of the Orange’s core values.She’s played on the first line with Munroe, who has encouraged Olnowich since the latter first stepped on campus. Olnowich said she spends a lot of time at Munroe’s apartment, and on the ice, Munroe picks out the little things for Olnowich to improve on, like defensive zone positioning or missed passing opportunities.Syracuse’s winter break trip to Montreal during a 10-game losing streak was a turning point for the Orange and Olnowich, she said. The exhibitions prepped the Orange heading into the brunt of their conference schedule, as they won all three games. Since then, the team has gone 4-3-2 in CHA play, and in three of Olnowich’s five starts, the Orange have allowed one or fewer goals.“I think we played some of our best hockey up there,” Olnowich said of the tournament. “So hopefully that’ll translate into playoffs as well.”With four games left in the regular season, Syracuse sits third in CHA. It earned just one of four available points this weekend against RIT in a home-and-home, but the defense gave up only two goals in both matchups. SU’s back end will need to continue limiting opposition offenses, given the Orange’s finishing struggles. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 17, 2019 at 10:29 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder center_img Commentslast_img read more

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Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini lose FIFA appeals but bans reduced from eight to six years

first_imgSepp Blatter and Michel Platini have had their bans from football reduced from eight years to six, FIFA has announced.The pair had hoped to have the suspensions lifted entirely but the world governing body’s appeal committee dismissed their cases. They added that “activities and services rendered to FIFA, UEFA and football” were mitigating factors.Blatter, the former FIFA president and Platini, the UEFA chief, were suspended in December over a £1.3 million “disloyal” payment made by FIFA to the Frenchman in 2011.“Following the hearings of Mr Platini and Mr Blatter held in Zurich on 15 and 16 February 2016 respectively, the Appeal Committee has decided as follows,” a statement from FIFA began.“Mr Platini’s and Mr Blatter’s appeals are dismissed. The Appeal Committee concurred with the findings of the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee in the sense that the evidence available in the present case is not sufficient to establish a breach of article 21 of the FIFA Code of Ethics (Bribery and corruption).“Consequently, the appeal lodged by the investigatory chamber for a life ban from all football-related activity was also dismissed. “While agreeing with the principles and arguments presented by the adjudicatory chamber in its calculation of the sanction, the Appeal Committee determined that some strong mitigating factors for Mr Platini and Mr Blatter were not taken into account when establishing the sanction.“In this sense, amongst others, the Appeal Committee considered that Mr Platini’s and Mr Blatter’s activities and the services they had rendered to FIFA, UEFA and football in general over the years should deserve appropriate recognition as a mitigating factor.“Thus, after carefully analysing and taking into consideration the exceptional mitigating circumstances of the cases, it was determined that a one-year reduction of the five-year ban for a breach of art. 20 of the FCE was proper, and similarly a one-year reduction of the three-year ban for the other breaches was also proper.“In summary: Michel Platini is banned from taking part in any football-related activity (administrative, sports or other) at national and international level for a period of six years as from 8 October 2015.“Joseph S. Blatter is banned from taking part in any football-related activity (administrative, sports or other) at national and international level for a period of six years as from 8 October 2015.” The FIFA presidential election is scheduled to take place on Friday.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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