Swiss FA issue statement after Granit Xhaka tells Arsenal fans to ‘f*** off’

first_img Comment Advertisement Tom OlverTuesday 29 Oct 2019 12:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.5kShares Granit Xhaka told Arsenal fans to ‘f*** off’ during the side’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)The Swiss FA have given Granit Xhaka their full backing after the midfielder put his Arsenal career in jeopardy by swearing at fans during the side’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.Xhaka was replaced by Bukayo Saka in the 61st minute at the Emirates – after Arsenal had thrown away a two-goal lead – and supporters began booing the 27-year-old as he casually strolled off the pitch.After tossing the captain’s armband at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and cupping his ear to the crowd, Xhaka told supporters to ‘f*** off’ and stormed straight down the tunnel.Unai Emery hinted after the final whistle that Xhaka could be stripped of the captaincy and Arsenal legends such as Ian Wright, Emmanuel Petit and Nigel Winterburn have blasted the Switzerland international.ADVERTISEMENT Emery: Granit Xhaka was wrong to swear at fansTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:45FullscreenEmery: Granit Xhaka was wrong to swear at fans is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Xhaka has reportedly snubbed Arsenal’s request to issue an apology to fans and looks set to receive a hefty fine from the club for his actions on Sunday afternoon.AdvertisementAdvertisementDespite Xhaka’s behaviour, the Swiss FA have thrown their support behind the player and confirmed that he will remain as captain of the international side.‘We are in contact with Granit,’ a Swiss FA spokesperson told The Evening Standard. ‘We appreciate the qualities and the importance he possesses for the national team.‘As a result, his standing will not change.’ Advertisement Xhaka headed straight down the tunnel after swearing at fans (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown believes Arsenal manager Emery is partly to blame for Xhaka’s shocking outburst at the weekend.‘Sunday was not the first time Granit Xhaka has been jeered by his own fans,’ Keown said in his Daily Mail column.‘It happened on September 22 too, when Aston Villa visited. Villa were leading 2-1 at the time, then Xhaka was substituted and serenaded by boos.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Arsenal, despite being down to 10 men, went on to win 3-2 without the midfielder. Then five days later, Unai Emery names Xhaka as captain anyway.‘Emery is as much to blame as anyone. If you let the players pick their skipper, then it becomes a popularity contest and that is not what leadership is about.‘I’ve never had a manager who decided the captaincy that way and, for me, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still the safer bet.’Should Xhaka be stripped of Arsenal’s captaincy?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: James Milner rates Liverpool’s title chances and names Wilfried Zaha as his toughest ever opponent Swiss FA issue statement after Granit Xhaka tells Arsenal fans to ‘f*** off’last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces More Than $2 Million in Teacher in the Workplace Grants to Help Students and Businesses Thrive

first_imgGranteeGrant TitleAward Amount Berks County WDBBerks County Career Pathways Alliance: Capacity Building for the Inside Berks Business Educator Internship Program$50,000 Lackawanna County WDBEducators in the Workplace – Bridging the Gap Between Education and Business$50,000 June 13, 2018 Lehigh Valley WDBCatasauqua Area School District Educator in the Workplace$17,600 Economy,  Education,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today continued his commitment to helping students gain the education and job skills they and their employers need to succeed in a global economy by announcing the award of more than $2 million in Teacher in the Workplace grants to 48 programs across the commonwealth.“A 21st century economy demands a technically skilled, well-prepared workforce and my administration is dedicated to helping our young people get the skills they need to succeed,” Governor Wolf said. “These funds will provide educators with a more thorough understanding of the skills necessary to thrive in the workplace, make curriculum more employer-relevant, and help ensure that students are career-ready upon graduation.”The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) awarded the grants through local workforce development boards (LWDBs) across Pennsylvania. The grants allow teachers, counselors and school administrators to interact directly with industry and business leaders to learn about industry trends, needs and opportunities. This first-hand experience and knowledge can then be used to enhance classroom instruction, student learning, and career readiness.“What Pennsylvania businesses need to grow and expand are skilled workers,” said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “Teacher in the Workplace programs provide educators with opportunities to interact at local businesses to obtain a better understanding of in-demand careers, and the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace, which helps to provide students with the work-relevant skills that employers require.“Engaging employers in order to help students connect to the world beyond the classroom is one of the reasons why Governor Wolf has proposed a new $50 million investment through PAsmart. Included in the proposal is $5 million to promote business-education partnerships in a K-12 environment where career awareness and exploration activities help develop a future pipeline of workers.”PAsmart would improve coordination across commonwealth agencies and also invest $7 million in apprenticeships, $25 million in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and computer science education, $10 million for innovative approaches to help students and workers get skills training for STEM and other in-demand careers, and $3 million to support Industry Partnerships.Teacher in the Workplace programs allow teachers, counselors and school administrators to interact directly with industry and business leaders to learn about industry trends, needs and opportunities. This first-hand experience and knowledge can then be used to enhance classroom instruction, student learning, and career readiness.Following is a list of Teacher in the Workplace grant recipients and amounts awarded. Northwest WDBTeacher in the Workplace – Clarion, Forest, and Venango Counties$49,960 South Central WDBLebanon Educator-Workplace Partnership$50,000 Southern Alleghenies WDBTeacher in the Workplace$40,000 South Central WDBFrAY STEM Ecosystem Educator in the Workplace$30,897 Central WDBTeacher in the Workplace Externship Program$11,693 Bucks County WDBEducation and Industry Partnership$50,000 Philadelphia WorksLegacy Pathways – Legacy Bridges NASA Legends & Trail Blazers STEM Institute$50,000 North Central WDBEducator in the Workplace – Clearfield and Jefferson Counties$49,960 Lehigh Valley WDBTeacher in the Manufacturing Workplace$50,000 South Central WDBEducator in the Workplace Grant$50,000 Philadelphia WorksConnecting Philadelphia Educators and Local Energy Workforce Opportunities$50,000 Central WDBNurturing Tomorrow’s Workforce Today in Central PA$49,170 Luzerne-Schuylkill WDBEducating from the Workplace to the Classroom$33,889 Montgomery WDBReimagining College and Career Pathways$25,784 South Central WDBWest Shore Teacher in the Workplace STEM Academy$35,071 South Central WDBLeadership Academy Honors Track – Skilled Trades/Apprenticeship Focus$50,000 Governor Wolf Announces More Than $2 Million in Teacher in the Workplace Grants to Help Students and Businesses Thrive Philadelphia WorksTeachers in the Healthcare Workplace$50,000 Northern Tier WDBTioga County Career Ready Rounds$19,912 Westmoreland-Fayette WDBFayette Future Workforce$50,000 Montgomery WDBThe Central Montco Technical High School Auto Body Learning Educator Experience$5,000 North Central WDBEducator in the Workplace – IU9 Service Region$50,000center_img Philadelphia WorksTeacher in the Workplace STEM Fellowship$50,000 West Central WDBTeacher in the Workplace$50,000 Southwest Corner WDBSouthwest Corner/Trinity High School Teacher in the Workplace$19,480 Philadelphia WorksAdditive Manufacturing and the Workforce of the Future$26,700 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter South Central WDBLeadership Academy Honors Track – Manufacturing$50,000 Luzerne-Schuylkill WDBImpact: Leadership in Education$35,000 Lancaster County WDBProject RELATE: Reciprocal Learning Among Teachers and Employers$50,000 Philadelphia WorksAspira Charter Middle Schools Energy Efficiency/Environmental Remediation$50,000 Three Rivers WDBConsortium of Teacher in the Workplace$50,000 South Central WDBLeadership Academy Honors Track – Accounting/Business$50,000 Delaware County WDBPreparing Students for the Future: Making the Connection between Industry and Classroom Instruction$14,112 South Central WDBLeadership Academy Honors Track – Healthcare$50,000 Pocono Counties WDBEmployers and Educators: Bridging the Gap$50,000 Montgomery WDBReal-world STEM Learning to Enhance Curriculum and Instruction$50,000 Central WDBFuture Ready in Williamsport, PA$26,343 Three Rivers WDBEducators Corporations Partnership for STEM Learning$50,000 Tri-County WDBTeacher in the Workplace – Armstrong and Indiana Counties$49,960 Tri-County WDBTri-County Teacher in the Workplace Program$50,000 Northwest WDBNWPA Teacher in the Workplace$50,000 Central WDBProject BEST: Business and Education Standing Together$36,850 Tri-County WDBEducator Implementation of the Academic Standards for Career Education and Work in an Authentic Environment$50,000 Luzerne-Schuylkill WDBBridging the Workplace, Classroom, and Out of School Time Environment$50,000 Westmoreland-Fayette WDBWorkforce Forum Pathway Learning Community$50,000 The Teacher in the Workplace grants are funded through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. Federal dollars financed 96.8 percent or $2,027,381 of the TIW grants. LWDB’s provided matching funds for 3.2 percent or $330,452 for these projects. For more information and detailed summaries of the funded projects, visit L&I’s website.For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart. Chester County WDBThe Chester County STEM Leadership Academy$50,000last_img read more

Floating Wind Pushes France Up Renewables Attractiveness Ladder

first_imgFrance has moved up two positions and is now the third most attractive destination globally for investment in renewable energy due in part to a new focus on floating offshore wind.This is according to the 53rd EY Renewable energy country attractiveness index (RECAI).As reported earlier, France intends to issue offshore wind tenders with a combined capacity of up to 6GW by 2028, up to 3GW of which could potentially be floating wind capacity. The country has also approved several pilot floating wind projectsGlobally, mainland China and the US remain at first and second positions respectively on the top 40 ranking.The UK has retained its position as the eighth most attractive destination globally for investment in renewable energy, buoyed by the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, EY said.The UK has unveiled plans for offshore wind to supply 30% of its electricity by 2030, up from just 6.2% in 2017. The Offshore Wind Sector Deal, unveiled in March, also aims to treble the number of people employed in the sector, to 27,000, by 2030.By that date, the UK government is targeting 30GW of offshore wind, compared with 8.2GW by the end of last year.Ben Warren, EY Global Power & Utilities Corporate Finance Leader and RECAI Chief Editor, said: “While the Offshore Wind Deal is extremely positive news for the UK renewables sector and will help to attract significant investment over the coming years, the announcement regrettably follows the withdrawal of support for onshore renewables in 2016 that has slowed UK sector growth.”The global renewable energy industry is entering a new phase of subsidy-free growth, EY said. The latest edition of RECAI examines two related characteristics of this new landscape: how projects are grappling with new-found exposure to wholesale power prices and market imbalance – known as merchant risk – and the growing role of corporate energy buyers in underwriting clean energy projects.“Europe has led the way with unsubsidised projects in areas with good renewable resources, and multiple projects across the Nordics, UK, and Spain are being developed – backed by private investment and corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) to provide the required stability,” Warren said.“For the renewable energy market overall, however, a future without government subsidy is one that will no longer be vulnerable to sudden shifts in policy, or to retroactive changes to promised tariffs. It will be one where market forces impose discipline, drive efficiencies and accelerate the cost reductions that have allowed the sector to stand on its own two feet.”Looking ahead, Warren said that the outlook for the global renewables sector remains extremely exciting.”As renewable generation continues to become more and more affordable; increased levels of penetration are beyond doubt. It is perhaps the integration of renewables into the wider energy ecosystem, the sector’s contribution to the emerging low carbon e-mobility market and the integration with storage technology that will ultimately define the future for renewables,”  Warren said.last_img read more

Area Boys & Girls Basketball Scores (1-11)

first_imgWRBI Area High School Basketball Scores.Boys Scores   (1-11)Ripley County Tourney @ BatesvilleConsolation Game:  Milan  66     Jac-Cen-Del  57Championship Game:  Batesville  68     South Ripley  47Rivertown Classic @ South DearbornChampionship Game:  Switzerland County  66     Lawrenceburg  58Greensburg  46     Connersville  39Union County  63     Franklin County  50Eastern Hancock  70     Oldenburg Academy  63Indian Creek  70    South Decatur  53Providence  42     Shawe Memorial  21Crothersville  73     Southwestern Hanover  63Hauser  85     Columbus Christian  74Edinburgh  58     Fall Creek Academy  42Columbus North  91     Jennings County  52Girls Scores   (1-11)Rivertown Classic @ South DearbornChampionship Game:  Switzerland County  53    Lawrenceburg  43Rushville  54     East Central  48Indian Creek  60     North Decatur  45Madison  74     Austin  41last_img read more

Yaya Toure backs Drogba’s bid for Ivorian FA presidency

first_imgRelatedPosts Drogba joins race for Ivorian Football Federation presidency Drogba’s election hopes suffer serious blow I’m greatest African football, better than Drogba, Diouf — Eto’o Yaya Toure is backing former Ivory Coast teammate Didier Drogba’s bid to become president of the Ivorian Football Association (FIF).“It’s time for change in our football. It needs modernity,” said Toure. “When I say I support Drogba, it’s also for the good of the country, to have a former player of his kind investing himself in Africa.”Drogba represented his country 105 times and announced his intention to run for the post back in September.However, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, no date has been scheduled for the election.The former Ivory Coast captain faces competition from incumbent Sory Diabate and FIF vice-president Idriss Diallo.Despite support from Toure, not all players have backed Drogba’s bid. The union of former Ivorian football players have backed Diabate over Drogba.Speaking on his Instagram page, Toure told his followers: “Didier was my big brother, my captain. People talked a lot about us but we were always calm, wise. We know each other.“Too many people tried to criticise him, the press, fans.”Current players from Ivory Coast will be given an opportunity to vote and Toure, the four-time African footballer of the year who led his country to victory in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations said: “I know he is looking for support and I hope he will get it from some of the voters, presidents of clubs or AFI (Ivorian Association of Football Players).”Tags: Didier DrogbaIvorian FAYaya Tourelast_img read more

Jaguars crush Red Force by innings and 217 runs

first_img…Veerasammy Permaul bags match haul of 10 for 97TAROUBA, Trinidad, (CMC) – Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul snatched three of the four remaining wickets to end with five in the innings and nine in the match, as Guyana Jaguars routed Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by an innings and 217 runs in their fourth round match here Sunday.Skipper Leon Johnson was named Player-of-the-Match for his splendid innings of 163 in the first innings.Resuming the final day of the day/night encounter at the Brian Lara Stadium on 108 for six in their innings and with little hope of saving the match, the hosts were dismissed for 175, 10 minutes before lunch to hand Jaguars their third win of the Regional Four-Day Championship.Imran Khan and Daniel St Clair, both not out overnight, made joint top scores of 28 while captain Denesh Ramdin, batting at number nine, finished unbeaten on 22.Permaul claimed five for 54 to end with match figures of nine for 97.The victory saw the three-time reigning champions move to 64.8 points, extending their lead at the top of the table to 20 points over second placed Leeward Islands Hurricanes.Red Force, meanwhile, suffered their first loss of the tournament slipped to fourth on 41.8 points after starting the round in second spot.Jaguars did not have to wait long to find their first success when St Clair perished in the day’s second over after adding just two, caught at the wicket off Permaul with the total on 112.Imran Khan, on 20 at the start, also fell to the combination of Permaul and wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble who also snared catches to account for the last two batsmen Bryan Charles (1) and Sheldon Cottrell (7).Ramdin consumed 80 balls at the crease with two boundaries in a desperate attempt to extend their match past the first interval but Permaul had other ideas.JAGUARS 1st Innings 484 for eight declaredRed Force 1st Innings 120Red Force 2nd Innings (following on)K Hope c Hemraj b Permaul 5+A Jangoo c Rutherford b Paul 19Y Cariah c wkpr Bramble b Paul 14J Mohammed lbw b Permaul 8T Webster lbw b Paul 6R Primus b Paul 0I Khan c wkpr Bramble b Permaul 28D St Clair c wkpr Bramble b Permaul 28*D Ramdin not out 22B Charles c wkpr Bramble b Motie 1S Cottrell c wkpr Bramble b Permaul 7Extras (b1, lb3, nb5) 9TOTAL (all out, 75.1 overs) 147Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-39, 3-47, 4-56, 5-56, 6-62, 7-112, 8-123, 9-138Bowling: Joseph 7-1-28-0 (nb3); Permaul 32.1-16-54-5; Paul 14-4-26-4 (nb2); Rutherford 1-1-0-0; Motie 21-10-35-1Points: Jaguars 18.2, Red Force 0.4Player-of-the-Match: Leon Johnson (Jaguars)last_img read more

The Latest: Sugar Bowl donating $500,000 to charities

first_img___The French Rugby Federation has announced a support package worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help ease the financial concerns of its amateur clubs during the coronavirus pandemic.Amateur rugby competitions in France were canceled for the season on March 27 after strict social measures were put in place to deal with the outbreak.The FFR has now arranged a package that will see 14 million euros ($15 million) go to clubs to cover losses and fees for this season and a further 21 million euros ($22.5 million) for the 2020-21 season.It means they will not have to pay for such things as insurance costs and license fees. The end of player contracts on June 30 will be honored.Boca Juniors won the title shortly before the AFA suspended all soccer on March 15.How teams qualify for the 2021 Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana is also to be resolved.Tapia tells TNT Sports “everyone wants to play again when we can, and if we have to play in January because we couldn’t do it earlier in the year, we will.”___ Swin Cash and Kyle Korver are among the guests on the debut of a new NBA weekly roundtable series that will discuss how minority communities are being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.The roundtable will be shown on the NBA’s Twitter page. Former NBA player Caron Butler will host.The roundtable coincides with several teams and players directing efforts to help meet the needs of those neighborhoods.Cash was a three-time WNBA champion player and now is the vice president of basketball operations for the New Orleans Pelicans.She says players “have really just tried to focus in on saying, ‘Look, we want to help the people that are losing their jobs, but we also know that there is a serious crisis dealing with the African-American and minority community.’” Associated Press Rugby officials are waiting to see what rules the government sets out following the end of lockdown before definitively deciding if a resumption is possible in the country’s top league.___Athletes in track and field can apply for money from a $500,000 fund to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation have launched the fund to help athletes who have lost income because competitions are suspended.World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says the fund will try “to help as many athletes as possible.” It’s unclear when or if the track season can begin. Diamond League meets and the Olympics have been postponed.Coe says the fund was the idea of 1,500-meter world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj. The Moroccan runner will be part of the team examining applications from athletes.___The end of the Argentine league soccer season is expected to be ratified by the national association executive committee.AFA president Claudio Tapia says there will be no relegation until 2022 to ease club finances burdened by the coronavirus pandemic. Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt says the school will cut nearly $7 million from the athletic budget in the upcoming school year, including eliminating performance bonuses for himself and Red Raiders coaches.The cuts are needed because of the economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and deeper cuts may be needed if college football can’t play a full season, Hocutt told A-J Media in Lubbock, Texas.Hocutt did not say the school was cutting any jobs or sports. Most of the cuts will come from reducing administrative and operational expenses. Eliminating the bonuses for the coaches and himself will save nearly $2 million, he said.“The starting point here is simply we’re not spending any money right now that we don’t have to, and we’re not spending much,” Hocutt said.___ The money will go to assist the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Service and Hospitality Family Assistance Fund and the Hospitality Cares Pandemic Response Fund, which is managed by United Way of Southeastern Louisiana.“This organization’s primary mission is to generate tourism through amateur athletics,” Sugar Bowl Committee President Ralph Capitelli said Tuesday. “With the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re temporarily on hold, but that doesn’t mean we can sit on the sidelines. With this donation, our aim is to help people in need, especially those in the hospitality industry whose livelihoods have been so negatively impacted by the coronavirus.”The Sugar Bowl was founded in 1934, partly as a response to the Great Depression, and first played on Jan. 1, 1935. It started as the marquee event in a New Orleans-area economic development initiative launching a midwinter carnival of sporting events. ___The Atlantic Coast Conference will bring its men’s basketball tournament back to Greensboro, North Carolina in 2023 after this year’s tournament there was canceled near the midway point due to the coronavirus pandemic.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Sugar Bowl Committee is donating $500,000 to several organizations in an effort to help soften the financial hardship caused by the new coronavirus in the New Orleans area. The Latest: Sugar Bowl donating $500,000 to charities The league announced the move Tuesday.The ACC is headquartered in Greensboro, which has hosted the tournament 27 times, the most of any location. Last month’s event was canceled after two days of play, with regular-season champion Florida State being presented the tournament championship trophy in accordance with league bylaws without even playing a game.In a statement, commissioner John Swofford said returning to Greensboro in 2023 was “the right thing to do” while calling the relationship between the ACC and the city “extremely special.”The ACC Tournament will be held in Washington next year and in Brooklyn in 2022.___ More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 28, 2020 ___The French government says the rest of the soccer and rugby seasons won’t be completed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says “the 2019-20 season of professional sport … won’t be able to resume.”The top two divisions in French soccer both had 10 league games left to play. Rugby’s Top 14 league had reached the semifinal stage.France is expected to end its lockdown on May 11.last_img read more

The Olympic dilemma

first_imgThe League of Legends 2017 World Championship finals took place at the former Olympic stadium known as the Bird’s Nest in Beijing on Saturday, and presented a tangible preview of what an Olympic esports event could look like. The prospect of further, exciting international competition is sure to whet the palate of esports fans, especially if it can match the scale of Riot’s flagship event.For players, an esports Olympics would give another level of exposure – alongside the chance to represent their country, competitors would reach more eyeballs, and help build their brands in their home nations. That same recognition is also sure to be a major draw for the games developers of the ‘smaller’, non-violent esports which would be more likely to see inclusion at a Games, such as FIFA and Rocket League.However, the fact that esports titles are likely to be limited to unaggressive titles could well see a host of the most popular games fail to make the cut. Fighting games and shooters such as Counter-Strike, PUBG and Overwatch would almost certainly be excluded; MOBAs like League of Legends and DOTA 2 would probably also fall short of the ‘Olympic values’. Such a culling of esports titles would certainly inhibit interest for a substantial portion of the community.Another obstacle arises in the form of scheduling; whilst many major events are only announced a year or so in advance, some esports – like Riot’s League of Legends – are regimented by a strict schedule, and inclusion in the Games could present major disruption for organisers.The Olympic perspectiveThe 2018 Winter Olympics will see some esports involvement as the Intel Extreme Masters come to PyeongChang in advance of the event, following an announcement just days ago. The competition will see two games featured in South Korea – StarCraft II, a long-time national favourite, and “Steep™ Road to the Olympics”, a winter sports title from Ubisoft.StarCraft’s inclusion in an event linked to the Olympics, despite being a war strategy title, carries a promising suggestion that we could see a looser interpretation of the IOC’s ‘Olympic value’ policy than may have been apparent. But perhaps more interesting is an esports event featuring Steep, which is the official licensed game of the 2018 Winter Games.Game developers have clearly seen the financial benefit to having popular esports scenes for some time now. If the Olympic’s official game title sees major exposure and lucrative returns thanks to an Olympic-tied esports event, would that not signal a promising future for more events to follow on even bigger stages in upcoming Games?Alongside an excellent marketing opportunity for official Olympic video games titles, esports events would also help the Games reach a younger demographic growing increasingly disenchanted with traditional sports. By attracting more youth to the Games, the Olympics could see more teenagers and young adults spread their interest to other sports and integrate with the Games’ athletic philosophy.Of course, the counter-argument is that such a philosophy is diluted precisely by the introduction of gaming, and some level of community backlash and ridicule is seemingly inevitable if we were to see esports at the Olympics. In fact, bad feedback could even come from within the esports community itself – running large-scale live esports events is a finicky challenge; even perennial tournament organisers often run into technical difficulties, and a poorly-run show would be sure to draw the ire of viewers.The Olympics – a show of sport?Ask two people what defines an Olympic sport and you’re sure to get two different answers. Most, however, would probably agree that an element of athleticism is key, and some might echo the IOC’s view that featured sports should adhere to a strong, Olympic moral code.It’s not my place to decide what sport gets into the Olympics – it’s not my place to tell you that more violent video games do or don’t deserve a spot on the big stage, or that the esports industry and IOC should strive to get them there. But in the interest of providing a fair analysis of the objective facts, it’s important to question certain assumptions.And the fact is, whilst the placement of the border which determines what should be in or out is almost wholly objective, there is a certain hypocrisy to what we define as ‘Olympic’ sports. Did you know, for example, that dressage (shown in the video above), which involves horses controversially trained (sometimes cruelly, to the point of fan boycotts) to perform an unnatural ‘ballet’, has been an Olympic sport since 1912? Or that the ancient Olympics, as well as several decades of early 20th century competition, handed out medals for arts such as architecture, music, or even town heralding?All of this shows that in the end, the decision of what constitutes an Olympic sport is an ever-changing, growing thing, alive with the context of its time and the preferences of its committee. Boiling the Olympic values down to ‘athletic’ and ‘anodyne’ is not always accurate.Ultimately, esports’ possible inclusion in future games is more than a question of one sport. It is a crossroads, where the Olympics will again redefine itself in the modern age. With Olympic decision makers still mulling over the possibility of esports entering the world’s leading international sporting competition, it’s time to take a look at the pros and cons of the debate. Should esports be included in future Olympic games?The Beijing National Stadium, or ‘Bird’s Nest’, played host to much of the 2008 Olympic Games – on Saturday, it also held the LoL Worlds 2017 FinalsEsports’ entrance into the Olympic conversation has been a gradual process over the course of 2017, and looks to come to a head when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) eventually makes a final decision on the inclusion of esports in the 2024 Games.The dialogue truly opened in April, with the news that esports would be making an appearance at the 2018 and 2022 Asian Games in Jakarta and Hangzhou, with esports being elevated to medal sport status in the latter event. In August, it was announced that esports was up for contention to be added to the roster of sports at the 2024 Games, despite an earlier comment from IOC President Thomas Bach that some “violent” esports titles are “contrary to all our values”.The Olympic SummitFour major decisions were made when leading representatives of the Olympic Movement met in Lausanne, Switzerland on the 28th of October, following invitations from the IOC:Firstly, acknowledgement of esports’ burgeoning growth helped lead the Summit to recognise the potential for engagement of the youth with the Olympic Movement;Secondly and perhaps most importantly, acknowledgement came from the meeting that esports “could be considered as a sporting activity”. This follows some research which suggests that the preparation, training and capacity for physical demands at esports’ highest level mirrors that of traditional sports.The final pair of decisions made highlighted requirements that must be met for esports’ inclusion:For IOC recognition as a sport, esports titles’ content “must not infringe on the Olympic values”. This statement parallels earlier concerns outlined by Bach;Additionally, the IOC necessitates the existence of “an organisation guaranteeing compliance with the rules and regulations of the Olympic Movement”. This body would manage issues such as anti-doping, betting, and match-fixing.So what do these decisions mean in real terms? For starters, that the notion is even still being entertained comes as something of a surprise; after all, only 28% of esports fans themselves think that gaming should be included at the Olympics, according to Nielsen’s Esports Playbook. To then have esports considered a sport is a monumental step torwards a potential addition to the Games.Having said that, there are still very real hurdles ahead for esports movers and shakers if they want to see an Olympic entrance. The formation of an independent governing body to cover compliance issues presents a formidable endeavour. Would such an expenditure of effort be a worthwhile commitment for the esports industry?The esports perspectivelast_img read more

Alhaji Akanbi believes commitment is the reason behind Hearts’ success

first_imgStrategic Committee member of Hearts of Oak, Alhaji Braimah Akanbi, has attributed the club’s good start to the season down to commitment by both players and technical team.The Phobians are unbeaten in five games and produced a stunning comeback against Inter Allies on matchday five.This has revived the Phobian spirit among the rank and file of the club and for Alhaji Akanbi, the secret is simply commitment.“The secret behind all these early season glory is just the commitment the players and technical team have,” he told Asempa Sports“You can see the players are well committed, the technical team is always motivating the players, and everybody is dedicated to the work at hand and a whole lot of things that comprises to this success.”“Ever since the season started, I can see lot of improvement within the team. I believe they can maintain this form and the players will do more for us.” Accra Hearts of Oak are preparing to take on Wa All Stars at the Accra Sports Stadium in a clash between two unbeaten sides in the league. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Cliff Lee, Phillies dominate Dodgers in 7-0 victory

first_imgRamirez has played the game long enough to not use an amoeba-shaped strike zone as an excuse. But it’s difficult to adapt after falling behind 0-1 in each of his three at-bats, he admitted later. Hunter Wendelstedt ultimately rang Ramirez up on a called strike three in the first inning and Lee got him to wave through a 91-mph fastball for strike three in the seventh.“I can’t miss those pitches,” he said.Ramirez wasn’t the only Dodger batter who looked foolish Monday. Lee (3-2) struck out 10, walked none and scattered four harmless singles. Between Matt Kemp’s single in the second inning and Tim Federowicz’s in the eighth, Lee retired 20 consecutive batters.As a lesson in command, Monday’s performance was nothing new for Lee, a four-time all-star who won his 142nd career game. He led the National League in strikeout-to-walk ratio each of the last two seasons. In five games this season, he’s walked two batters and struck out 38.“That’s definitely something I take pride in,” Lee said. “I really focus a lot on working ahead in the count and trying to make them earn their way on base. I’ve made a conscious effort over the past few years to make that one of my priorities and it’s going to continue to be that way.” Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez leaned back in the recliner at his locker stall Monday night, speaking from the heart without using words.“He was throwing a lot of strikes,” Ramirez said of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee. Ramirez made a pair of quote marks with his hands, and deployed a knowing grin, to emphasize the word “strikes.”Indeed, of the 113 pitches Lee threw in eight shutout innings, only 30 were called balls. That’s tough to beat and the Dodgers didn’t come close in a 7-0 loss before an announced crowd of 37,715 at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, has seen Lee evolve since his early years with the Cleveland Indians.“You’re seeing still more of an evolution this year more than the past,” he said. “More changeups, he uses his curveball different ways, he’s always thrown the baseball where he wanted it to but it looks like he’s using more pitches now. He usually was pretty simple, beat you with stuff and location. Now using more pitches, not throwing quite as hard, but obviously we see that doesn’t matter a whole lot. “He’s always been tough.”On Monday, he was fortunate as well.Dodgers starter Paul Maholm (0-2) simply couldn’t find the edges of Wendelstedt’s strike zone. He threw three pitches around the knees to the first batter of the game, Tony Gwynn Jr., that were all called balls. Gwynn walked.The next batter, Jimmy Rollins, dropped a single into right-center field off the glove of a diving Yasiel Puig. With one out, Carlos Ruiz cleared the bases with a two-run single after getting ahead in the count 3-1.Ruiz added a two-run home run off Jose Dominguez in the ninth inning. The Phillies’ catcher entered the game with no RBIs on the season and finished with four.Where were the edges of Wendelstedt’s strike zone?“Not where I was throwing them,” Maholm quipped.Like Ramirez, he’s played the game too long to use that as an excuse.“The strike zone was the least of my worries,” Maholm said. “I never made the adjustments I needed to get deeper and further into the game.”The left-hander lasted five innings and allowed eight hits, five runs, four earned runs, walked three batters and struck out two.The Phillies led 2-0 when Howard faced Maholm in the fifth inning with a runner on base. Howard planted a towering home run over the fence in center field — a difficult task on a typically cool, breezy night — and the Dodgers trailed 4-0. Maholm allowed one more run before the inning ended when he overthrew first base on a comebacker to the mound, giving the Phillies a 5-0 lead.The Dodgers’ only scoring threat came in the first inning.Batting leadoff, Puig smoked the first pitch he saw off Howard’s glove into right field for a single. A fly ball to the center field warning track by Justin Turner allowed Puig to tag up and take second base standing up.With two outs, Puig was still at second base when Adrian Gonzalez came to bat. The Phillies’ infielders employed the usual Gonzalez shift, stacking the right side and stranding second baseman Chase Utley up the middle.Gonzalez stroked a ground ball the opposite way but couldn’t fool the shift. Utley charged, scooped, and held the baseball as Puig — head down — rounded third base and did not stop. About a third of the way to home plate, Puig finally looked up but his fate was sealed. He was fooled. The crowd was not. Their oohs and aahs turned to groans as Utley threw to the catcher Ruiz, who ran down Puig and tagged him on the back. It was another lesson in humility learned the hard way, on a night that demanded mastery of baseball’s details.Gonzalez was credited with a single on the play, extending his hitting streak to 16 games.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more