Breakdancing, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing have been touted as the favourites to be included as additional sports on the Olympic Games programme for Paris 2024.French radio station France Info has claimed a final decision is expected to be made by organisers on Thursday (February 21). This has reportedly been denied by Paris 2024.Paris 2024 is due to submit its recommendations for new sports before the International Olympic Committee Executive Board is due to meet in Lausanne from March 26 to 28. The IOC Session in June will then offer provisional approval before the new additions are officially confirmed by the Executive Board in December 2020.Sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing were all included on the Tokyo 2020 programme as additional sports.The trio are hoping to remain on the programme, along with baseball/softball and karate, which were also added by Japanese organisers.Breakdancing’s prospects are believed to have been boosted by the sport’s appearance at the last year’s Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.The Games in Argentina’s capital city marked breakdancing’s debut at an Olympic competition.A proposal for breakdancing’s inclusion was put forward by the French Dance Sport Federation led by Charles Ferreira.Breakdancing’s potential inclusion has earned criticism in some quarters, however, with a debate over who represents the sport emerging.The World Dance Sport Federation (WDSF) is responsible for overseeing the sport’s inclusion at Buenos Aires 2018.Erwin Mahroug, President of breakdancing media company bboyworld, has claimed the community has not been involved in any attempts to include it at Paris 2024.The company, which claim it has over five million subscribers, helped in the selection of breakdancers at Buenos Aires 2018.Mahroug wrote that the “breakin community was quite angry on how the Youth Olympic Games unfolded and voiced their negative opinion throughout various global media platforms”, adding that a lobbyist and owner of an investment company have been behind the effort.“These two individuals have projected to the WDSF and the IOC that they are the voice of the breakin community,” Mahroug wrote.“However, this is not the case.“Up until the leak of the news that the IOC will be voting on whether breakin will be included in the 2024 Games, the breakin community has been in the dark.“We will not engage, again, to support these two individuals.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
UW forward Brianna Decker is familiar with North Dakota\’s talented Lamoreaux sisters, having played at Shattuck St. Mary\’s with the two.[/media-credit]The Badgers are not the only team with two returning Olympians who have turned their teams around. Surprised?After its second loss of the season, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team heads on the road to face a revamped North Dakota squad.Suffering their first loss at home to Minnesota-Duluth, Wisconsin has to regroup as it faces a North Dakota team that, previously not the strongest WCHA squad, welcomed sisters Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, who turned the Sioux into a third place team.Knowing they are a tough team, the Badgers know they will have to keep their eyes on the Lamoureuxs.Head coach Mark Johnson coached the Lamoureuxs last year as part of the Olympic team.“They have great stick skills, can beat you one-on-one, and have the ability to get the puck in the net with great shots and scoring ability,” Johnson said. “Whether you’re playing defense or you’re one of the forwards on the ice, if you get in a battle with them you have to be prepared to make sure you don’t get beaten. Easier said than done. They’re very strong on their skates, they’re very strong physically.”Johnson is not the only one with some experience with the Lamoureuxs. Sophomore forward Brianna Decker skated with the sisters in high school.“I played with them for three years at Shattuck, so I kind of know how they play,” Decker said. “We know that they are their two main players and strength to their team. We’re just going to have to come out as a whole. I think our team as a whole should be able to handle them. They’re great players, so we’ll just have to prepare for their skills.”Despite being fresh off a loss and about to hit the road, the Badgers are confident they will be able to turn things around.UW feels it did not play its best last weekend, and the Badgers are hoping to make up for it.“It’s away, so the home team will have the advantage with the line changes and stuff like that, but hopefully we’ll be able to bounce back and maybe get some revenge for last weekend,” Decker said. “We know we didn’t play our best on Sunday so hopefully we’ll be able to come back against North Dakota with that power and strength we have on our team.”One thing the Badgers are focusing on is being more consistent. Wisconsin has had a strong season thus far, but last weekend, after a strong win on Friday, it looked very different on Sunday, scoring in the first minute only.Sophomore defender Saige Pacholok noted UW’s need to cut down on mistakes and continue to play confidently.“Consistency is key,” Pacholok said. “We’re not all going to have perfect games. Like Coach said, you can’t go a game without making mistakes, but we have to limit them as much as possible. Play confident, play as a team; communication is a big thing I think.”Even though it did not have quite the success it wanted last weekend, Wisconsin feels Minnesota-Duluth was a good way to prepare for North Dakota.With a strong offensive attack in the Lamoureaux sisters and the confidence a winning season has given the rest of the Fighting Souix squad, the Badgers know a tough fight is in store.“Us defensemen, especially, have been working on passing the puck quick, tape-to-tape passes; I think that’s key,” Pacholok said. “Moving the puck, let the puck do the work for us, I think it’ll be really handy for us this weekend.”
Related Stories SELF-DESTRUCTION: Flurry of 2nd-half turnovers, mistakes by Syracuse lead to frustrating loss to RutgersAfter disappointing loss, time for players to take blameKrautman’s woes continue in loss to Rutgers; Thomas returns to field after taking bit hit Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm Contact Chris: email@example.com | @chris_iseman PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Jawan Jamison wore the target.On a Rutgers offense that’s been uninspiring this season, the Scarlet Knights running back has the ability to singlehandedly tilt the game in his team’s favor. Against Syracuse, he was mostly a nonfactor, as he could only muster 64 yards.The Orange’s defense did almost everything it needed to do, but it did not matter. Despite giving the offense more than enough chances, members of the unit took on a team-first attitude. They maintained they were not frustrated that that their efforts were mostly negated by Syracuse’s costly turnovers. In a game where SU’s defense was not flawless, but stout nonetheless, the Orange (2-4, 1-1 Big East) never took advantage and handed the Scarlet Knights (6-0, 2-0) a 23-15 win at High Point Solutions Stadium on Saturday.“Whatever the team needed, that’s what we’re going to do,” linebacker Siriki Diabate said. “If the team needs us to be out there the whole game, we’re going to be out there the whole game. We’ve got to make a stop. We’ve got to find a way to win.”Syracuse’s defense was on the field about four minutes longer than Rutgers’. It seemed much longer. Though the unit made mistakes, its performance should have been enough for SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRutgers quarterback Gary Nova was held to 157 passing yards. Jamison, the Big East’s rushing leader at 112.5 yards per game, had run for at least 100 yards in each game this season, and seven of the last eight dating back to last year. But the Scarlet Knights finished with only 85 rushing yards on Saturday.Shut him down, and suddenly the door to a win opens wider. Or at least that was how it was supposed to be.On Rutgers’ first play of the game, quarterback Gary Nova handed off to Jamison. The running back rushed for no gain. The next play, Jamison earned two yards. He could not get anything going as the Syracuse defense executed its plan of attack.“That’s just who we are as a defense. We stop the run first and we earn the right to rush the passer,” defensive tackle Deon Goggins said. “That’s a goal of ours, stop the run, especially these backs coming in, rushing for a hundred and something every game.”Even when it was not stopping Jamison, the defense repeatedly gave SU opportunities to score.With Rutgers leading 17-7 at the end of the third quarter, the Orange could still come back. A couple of well-played drives could have swung the momentum. SU’s defense forced a Scarlet Knights’ three-and-out as Rutgers back-up tailback Savon Huggins ran for a total of 2 yards during the series.Syracuse could start chipping away from the opening seconds of the final quarter thanks to a well-played series by its defense. Except Steve Rene, back to take the punt, dropped the ball.RU recovered, and the Orange defense was right back out on the field.“I thought our defense did a very nice job during the game,” head coach Doug Marrone said. “The whole course of the game, despite being put in some very difficult situations.”Syracuse forced Rutgers into a situation it hasn’t dealt with this season. An offense that’s already lackluster lost its brightest hope each time Jamison was stuffed for a short gain.In the Scarlet Knights’ previous two Big East games, against South Florida and Connecticut, he ran for 151 and 110 yards, respectively.On Saturday, Jamison’s unspectacular numbers blended into the stat sheet.RU had to abandon its running game and resort to the air. Wide receiver Brandon Coleman finished with 104 yards, but one of his six catches was for 43 yards. Goggins said he was surprised Rutgers started passing so much so early. He only expected that if Syracuse was winning, he said.Goggins said to compensate for SU’s offensive mistakes, the defense needs to force more turnovers. Still, Goggins and his unit should not have needed anything extra on Saturday.They found an answer few other teams have in taking Jamison out of the game. But it was not enough.“It was a good thing on the stat sheet,” Goggins said. “But it doesn’t mean anything if we don’t come together as a team and win.” Comments
Published on February 25, 2014 at 11:17 pm Contact Connor: firstname.lastname@example.org | @connorgrossman Syracuse will rely on senior leadership to stabilize a young team seeking to advance to its second consecutive College Hockey of America championship game.Seniors goalkeeper Jenesica Drinkwater and defenders Caitlin Roach and Brittney Krebs have been anchors for the Orange (18-13-3, 9-8-3 CHA) on defense this season. Drinkwater has been the go-to goalie for head coach Paul Flanagan since senior goalkeeper Kallie Billadeau went down with a season-ending injury, and Krebs and Roach are ranked first and second respectively for most blocked shots on the team. All three have been essential to SU’s success this season and have come a long way since their days together as freshmen.“All of them have lent a lot of stability to our program and their team,” Flanagan said. “The leadership from them almost goes without saying.”The senior class extends past just those three individuals, with eight players in all headed toward their last postseason. They have experienced moderate playoff success, but have lost to Mercyhurst to end each of the last three seasons.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“This year we’re more of the underdogs,” Drinkwater said, “People are already starting to underestimate us. “But I think that’s the best way for us to come in and take the championship. We deserve it.”That’s been the goal for them since they first walked into Tennity Ice Pavilion as freshmen.All three players laughed and shook their heads as they recalled their playing days four years ago. Krebs remembers how scared she was when she first stepped on the ice.“My God, it was really scary for me,” Krebs said, “it took some time to get comfortable but it was great having some of the older players take us under their wing.”After going through the experience as young players themselves, the three of them have gone out of their way to provide the same leadership and role model status to younger players that was provided to them.Flanagan has praised their leadership on and off the ice. On the ice, Drinkwater, Roach and Krebs are all turning in their best seasons yet as seniors.Drinkwater isn’t particularly surprised.“Us three have really stepped up this season,” she said, “I mean, it is your senior year.“You don’t want to go out thinking, ‘Aw man, I didn’t do this right or I didn’t do that right.’”All three seniors have faced substantial adversity in their time playing for Flanagan. Drinkwater was prepared to split time with Billadeau in the net this year, but was forced to step up to play nearly every minute of the past 21 games since Billadeau was forced out due to injury.Krebs has built her confidence to an all-time high. Bouncing back from two lackluster seasons to start her collegiate career, she is now on the cusp of leading the team in blocked shots for the second consecutive year. The adversity for Roach has been overwhelming, starting her hockey career at Syracuse by breaking and then re-breaking her collarbone, followed by appendicitis.Roach recognized her weaknesses from her early playing days and made a point to get better each year.“I played scared my freshman year,” Roach said, “But I had a good group of girls behind me who had my back and helped me want to get better each year.”As the seniors lead their squad in a week’s worth of practices leading up to a weekend playoff series, the mantra being spread by the elders of the team is clear.“Going out with no regrets is probably the best thing we can do,” Drinkwater said, “And hey, if we can go out like that, that’s the best way to go.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Facebook Twitter Google+ HAMILTON, N.Y. — As field temperatures approached triple digits at Beyer-Small ’76 Field, Syracuse’s depth was tested.It came through for the Orange (2-1-2), though, as SU pressed and subbed heavily in its 4-0 victory over UMass-Lowell (2-3) Friday in the Colgate Nike Classic.“Our game was to press them 100 percent as long as we could,” SU midfielder Emma Firenze said. “Our coaches said we were going to rotate a lot of players to keep the pace.”Firenze was one of seven players to come off the bench in the first half as she joined forward Maya Pitts at the forefront of SU’s four-goal outing. Pitts registered four shots and used her speed and agility to stretch the UMass-Lowell back line while fellow strikers Alexis Koval and Sheridan Street each came off the bench and recorded a shot.Pitts entered the match for Alex Lamontagne at 20:40 of the first half and immediately took hold. On the first offensive possession after she entered, Pitts rushed down the left wing and sent a through ball for Firenze that skimmed just out of reach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We had to get fresh legs in. I think the bench did a really good job coming in and making an impact,” Pitts said. “We definitely had the space to shoot, so if I saw I had an open shot, I wanted to take it. There were just so many shots open that we had to take our advantages.”At 23:57, Pitts took a shot from straight on that was turned aside by River Hawks’ goalkeeper Jill Carlson. Three minutes later – one minute before Jackie Firenze scored to make it 1-0 – Pitts took another shot that sailed wide.“She gives us something that we don’t have in other spots,” head coach Phil Wheddon said of Pitts. “She’s strong, powerful, she looks for the goal. She’s hungry to score.”Because of the heat, after Firenze’s goal, the referees chose to take a water break. But after the short break, Syracuse couldn’t muster much production in the final third. Especially in the final ten minutes of the half, SU couldn’t connect on any combination plays.But Syracuse took full advantage of the halftime break. The Orange didn’t come onto the field until the halftime clock hit 0:00, and didn’t come off its bench until the referee blew his air horn twice.“You really have to play feet and try to get your breath when you can, and when you do get subbed off, hydrate,” Pitts said. “In the second half I think we all came out hydrated and refreshed and came out strong.”In the first five minutes of the second half, SU forward Stephanie Skilton scored twice, putting the game out of reach.SU didn’t make any substitutions before Lamontagne’s goal to extend the lead to 4-0. Emma Firenze and Pitts came on in the 66th and 71st minutes, respectively, and Koval came on to relieve Skilton with less than eight minutes remaining in regulation.Syracuse’s bench recorded 26 percent of the shots the team took and gave its starters much-needed breathers in the first half.“We had to be sensible on a very, very hot day to rotate those players to make sure we have some energy left for Sunday’s game (against Vermont at 11 a.m.),” Wheddon said. “And all of our players know they’re going to contribute at some point.” Comments Published on September 5, 2014 at 7:49 pm Contact Josh: email@example.com
Defending champion, D’Tigers of Nigeria began their Afrobasket title defense with a narrow 78-77 victory over fellow West African nation, Côte d’Ivoire in Tunis, Tunisia on Friday.Team captain, Ike Diogu was in unstoppable form as he provided 31 points and 8 rebounds to ensure Nigeria survived Côte d’Ivoire’s second half fight back.Ike Iroegbu also scored 15 points and 7 assists.Washington Wizards center, Daniel Ochefu did not make his Afrobasket debut as he was not seen with the team.Points Per Quarter1st: Nigeria 17-11 Côte d’Ivoire2nd: Nigeria 25-22 Côte d’Ivoire3rd: Nigeria 11-17 Côte d’Ivoire4th: Nigeria 25-27 Côte d’Ivoire Video Credit: Youtube – FIBARelated2017 Afrobasket: D’Tigers Edge Past Côte d’Ivoire To Begin Title Defence With A VictorySeptember 8, 2017In “National Team”VIDEO: Watch How D’Tigress Crush Côte d’Ivoire To Make AfroBasket Semi FinalAugust 26, 2017In “Nigeria”#AfroBasket2017: D’Tigers Fall To DR Congo In TunisSeptember 10, 2017In “National Team”
Former Portugal winger Luis Figo launched his campaign for the FIFA presidency on Thursday by revealing plans to expand the World Cup to up to 48 teams.Unveiling his manifesto at Wembley Stadium in London, the 42-year-old said the expansion of the quadrennial tournament from its current 32-team format would be “weighted towards non-European teams”.One of his proposals for the World Cup is to split it into two 24-team tournaments played simultaneously on two different continents, followed by a final knockout stage in one country.Another of his key proposals is the distribution of half of FIFA’s wealth – $2.5-billion (2.19-billion euros) – directly to its member associations for spending on grassroots football.The former Barcelona and Real Madrid superstar also called for the restoration of the ‘old’ interpretation of the offside rule, “where a player is judged offside whether directly involved in the play or not”.Figo is standing against incumbent Sepp Blatter, Dutch football chief Michael van Praag and FIFA vice-president for Asia Prince Ali bin Al Hussein in the FIFA presidential election on May 29.
CINCINNATI – Josh Beckett has pitched his home games in Los Angeles for almost two years now, and he’d almost forgotten what it was like to sit through a rain delay.He handled this one with no problemThe right-hander waited more than 2 hours to make his start Tuesday night, but once he got on the mound, he was on top of his game. Beckett allowed two hits in six shutout innings, Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run single and the Dodgers defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-1.“Sitting around today was tough,” the 34-year-old Beckett said. “I’m not 23 anymore. I was ready to go at 7:10. I spent a lot of time in the weight room trying to stay loose. I felt fine.” Beckett (4-3), who had endured two consecutive 2-1 losses since his no-hitter May 25 in Philadelphia, finished with seven strikeouts and one walk. He also hit a batter with a pitch.“Actually, I felt like it was his cleanest game since the no-hitter,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “The ball was coming out better. He had a better changeup, and he kept the ball down.”Beckett echoed Mattingly’s assessment.“I felt like it was a clean outing,” he said.He also enjoyed better support from his offense, which scored more runs in one inning than it had in his previous two starts combined. Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Justin Turner led the Los Angeles lineup with two hits apiece. Beckett got into the act with a single of his own for the Dodgers, who have won three straight and four of five.“Josh’s performance today is what he’s been giving us all year,” Ethier said. “We haven’t been producing many runs for him.”Mike Leake, reached for a season-high five runs in his previous start Thursday against San Francisco, allowed five more and a season-high nine hits in 5 1-3 innings. Leake (3-6), who lost seven games last season, had seven strikeouts and one walk.“It was a weird night,” said Leake, bothered by a stiff neck in his previous three starts. “I missed some spots. I got some groundballs, but they found holes. I didn’t do my job today.”Reds first baseman Joey Votto, activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game after missing 23 games with a strained quadriceps in his left knee, went 1 for 3 with a single, two strikeouts and a walk.After the start was delayed by rain for 2 hours, 5 minutes, the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the second on Gonzalez’s leadoff double and Ethier’s one-out double.Beckett helped himself in a three-run fifth after Turner led off with a single. With one out, the pitcher faked a bunt and hit a chopper over charging third baseman Todd Frazier for his third hit in 23 at-bats this season.“I saw him charging,” Beckett said. “He was playing so shallow already. I took a shot.”Turner scored on Dee Gordon’s double, and Ramirez drove in both runners with a single to right field.That pretty much gave the Dodgers control. The largest deficit overcome by the Reds to win this season is two runs.Cincinnati manager Bryan Price was impressed with the Dodgers’ approach.“They did a nice job of putting the ball in play,” Price said. “They ran some balls through the infield. They had enough team speed to get some good reads off the bat and score off that line drive to right.”The Dodgers added a run in the sixth on Matt Kemp’s one-out walk and back-to-back singles by Ethier and Turner, who has four consecutive multihit games. Puig singled, stole second and scored on Gonzalez’s second double in the seventh.Ethier is hitting .467 (7 for 15) with six RBIs against Leake.The Reds avoided being shut out on Jay Bruce’s leadoff double, Devin Mesoraco’s infield single and Zack Cozart’s one-out RBI single in the seventh. Mesoraco snapped a career-worst, 0-for-19 slump. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Sumner Newscow report â€”Wayne Bradford of 406 S. Blaine in Wellington was transferred to Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita after suffering from smoke inhalation and burns from a Thursday evening fire in a detached garage for which he lived.The Wellington Fire Department responded to a Sumner County 911 call at 8:25 p.m. Thursday.Upon arrival, the WFD found flames and heavy smoke coming from the garage. Firefighter began fire suppression when notified that an individual may be in the structure. Firefighters entered the structure and found one male, unconscious, who was dragged from the building and taken to St. Francis via Wellington Fire/EMS. He is listed in critical condition.Firefighters also removed a dog from the structure that was given oxygen on the scene. The dog survived and was taken to a veterinarian by Wellington Police.The cause of fire is still under investigation. The cause is unknown but there is speculation that the chimney flue may have been plugged. There was an estimated $10,000 to structure and contents. There wer 24 personnel on the scene that included three fire engines, one ladder, two ambulances and three pickups. Oxford, Belle Plaine and Mayfield Fire Departments provided mutual aid.Other agencies assisting included: Wellington Police, Sumner County Sheriff, Wellington Electric and Sumner County Emergency Management.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
Are MLB players safe from the coronavirus at summer training camps? Kris Bryant doesn’t think so.The Cubs third baseman believes his team gets tested too infrequently. According to the return-to-play agreement between MLB and the players union, players were promised they would be tested every other day and receive results within 24 to 48 hours.Speaking with reporters on Monday, Bryant said that some players had only been tested once within seven days.”I don’t want to be insensitive to people who haven’t been able to get tests, but as the country gets access to more of those, it’s appropriate to talk about our situation here,” Bryant said Monday. “What we agreed to was testing every other day, and we’ve had guys who showed up on Sunday [June 28] and hadn’t got tested again [until] seven days later. And you don’t get the results until two days later. That’s nine days without knowing.”If we want this to succeed, we have to figure this out. I wanted to play this year because I thought it would be safe. Honestly, I don’t really feel that.”Despite testing delays, MLB plans to start a 60-game season July 23. MLB’s regular season begins on July 23rd with two great matchups. pic.twitter.com/jXH6OO8Doc— MLB (@MLB) July 6, 2020MORE: MLB players opting out of 2020 seasonMLB released a statement about the testing delays on Monday. The league said the results for 98 percent of the samples taken from June 27 to July 3 have been reported as of Sunday night and added that 86 samples out of 3,740 remained pending as of Monday morning.”Our plan required extensive delivery and shipping services, including proactive special accommodations to account for the holiday weekend,” the statement read. “The vast majority of those deliveries occurred without incident and allowed the protocols to function as planned. “Unfortunately, several situations included unforeseen delays. We have addressed the delays caused by the holiday weekend and do not expect a recurrence.”As of Tuesday, six MLB teams have canceled practices and workouts because of concerns about the testing delays.”If we can’t really nail the easy part, which is right now, just our players, we have a big problem,” Bryant said.