NSU President Maggio named to NCAA task force on mental health concerns

first_imgAn outcome of the NCAA Mental Health Task Force and a practical extension of the NCAA publication “Mind, Body and Sport: Understanding and Supporting Student-Athlete Mental Wellness,” the Mental Health Best Practices was developed and endorsed by 25 of the most prominent medical, higher education and sports medicine organizations in the nation and designed to offer resource-independent recommendations for member schools to support and promote student-athlete mental health in partnership with campus stakeholders. More information is available at ncaa.org/sport-science-institute. Last year, the NCAA Sport Science Institute and leading mental health organizations across the country developed a seminal publication in support of college athlete mental health and wellness, “Inter-Association Consensus Document: Best Practices for Understanding and Supporting Student-Athlete Mental Wellness (Mental Health Best Practices).” Maggio, who is a former NSU student-athlete and coach, will attend meetings in Indianapolis Thursday and Friday sponsored by the NCAA Sport Science Institute. The task force will identify strategies to support the implementation of the Mental Health Best Practices document released by the NCAA Sport Science Institute in January 2016. center_img “Objectives of the meeting are to identify strategies to operationalize existing best practices, identify existing education tools and models of care and identify emerging issues not already addressed with the inclusion of minority health interests and a broader range of campus stake holders,” Maggio said. “The opportunity to serve on this panel provides opportunities for positive, meaningful input on these important issues from Northwestern and the Southland Conference.” NATCHITOCHES, La. – Northwestern State President Dr. Chris Maggio has been invited to serve on the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Advance Mental Health Best Practices Strategies task force.last_img read more

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Demons Explode in Ninth Inning for 5-1 Win Over Southeastern Louisiana

first_imgSoutheastern Louisiana moves down to the elimination bracket and will play No. 7 Nicholls tomorrow at 9 a.m. CT. The Demons will take on the winner of that matchup at 4 p.m. Caleb Ricca then singled down the left field line to plate Kunert, stole second, and scored on a Peyton Davis RBI single to push the lead to 5-1 NSU. Maddox made way for left-hander Tyler Pigott at the bottom of the eighth, finishing with 123 pitches, six strikeouts and just four hits. Pigott promptly retired the Lions before the Demons headed to the ninth looking for their first run. An RBI single to right field from Drew Avans plated Cody Grosse for a 1-0 Lions lead at the bottom of the first but left three on to end the inning. Southeastern left the bases loaded again to end the third, still holding a 1-0 advantage. Southeastern pitcher Bryce Tassin finally escaped the inning which saw him give up three earned runs on four hits against five batters. Northwestern State then registered base hits in five straight at-bats, one for an RBI single and one to put a runner on second before Lenni Kunert singled through the right side. He ended up advancing to third on an errant throw which advanced Larson Fontenot home along with Luke Watson for a 3-1 Demon lead.center_img Box Score | Photo Gallery | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – For the first time since 2004, the No. 3 Northwestern State Demons are 2-0 to open the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament, doing so in dominant fashion with a 5-1 win over No. 2 Southeastern Louisiana. After failing to crack a strong opening eight innings from Southeastern pitcher Josh Green, NSU came alive in the top of the ninth for five runs. In the Lions’ last chance at the bottom of the ninth, Pigott struck out three to put the game away for the Demons, 5-1. Neither side’s hitters were able to get much going through the middle stages. Both teams combined for only five hits by the time the seventh inning came to end. Heading into the eighth, Newcomer of the Year Jerry Maddox had tossed six strikeouts while Josh Green fanned three while allowing just two hits from the Southeastern mound. Player of the Year David Fry sent a deep double base hit to center field and stole third on a wild pitch on the next at bat. NSU showed life as J.P. Lagreco slammed a line drive past second base to send Fry to the plate and tie the game at 1-1 with one out.last_img read more

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SFA Women, Southeastern Louisiana Men Capture Southland Indoor Titles

first_img Men’s 200m Jo’Vaughn Martin Sam Houston State So. 20.97 3. Abilene Christian 64 4. McNeese 50.75 2. Northwestern State 117.5 1. Southeastern Louisiana 99 * – Southland Conference Indoor Championship Meet Record Day Two Champions 10. Sam Houston State 26.5 7. Southeastern Louisiana 44.75 Women’s Triple Jump Lauren Clarke Northwestern State So. 42-05.25 (12.93m) 3. Abilene Christian 63 Women’s Mile Kelsey Ramirez Stephen F. Austin Jr. 4:48.75 Men’s Shot Put Tyler Richardson Abilene Christian Fr. 56-01.75 (17.11m) 9. Houston Baptist 29 Men’s 3,000m Jordan Rowe Lamar Jr. 8:26.46 4. Stephen F. Austin 63 T7. Central Arkansas 47 13. Nicholls 0 1. Stephen F. Austin 138.75 Women’s 200m Natashia Jackson Northwestern State Sr. 23.50* 6. Lamar 58 10. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 41 Men’s Triple Jump Tylen Guidry Lamar Sr. 52-07.5 (16.04m) Men’s 800m Matthew Hernandez UIW Jr. 1:52.54 5. Central Arkansas 50 8. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 31 5. McNeese 59 Women’s 60m Dash Sierra Temple Central Arkansas Fr. 7.46 6. UIW 47.75 13. Nicholls 18 Women’s Shot Put Annina Brandenburg Abilene Christian Jr. 53-07.0 (16.33m) Event Name School Cl. Distance/Time/Points Women’s 4x400m J. Moore, J. Fields, E. Wilson, N. Jackson Northwestern State — 3:41.29 2. Sam Houston State 87 11. Lamar 24 Heptathlon Colton Cohea Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. 5,325 Men’s Final Team Standings Women’s 800m LaSean Davis Stephen F. Austin Jr. 2:09.44 Men’s 60m Hurdles Darion Dunn McNeese Jr. 7.92 11. UIW 31 12. New Orleans 20 Women’s 3,000m Kelsey Ramirez Stephen F. Austin Sr. 9:53.41 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The 2020 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships came to a close Monday afternoon at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. Stephen F. Austin captured its second-consecutive women’s team championship and its third since 2015 after registering 138.75 points in the final team standings. Southeastern Louisiana took over on the men’s side, grabbing the 99 points and its first Southland team championship since the 2014 season.The Ladyjacks secured their triple-digit performance after capturing first-place finishes in six of the meet’s 17 events. Kelsey Ramirez paved the way for the Ladyjacks’ title, earning 22.5 points on her own to go along with individual gold medals in the mile and 3,000-meter races. Ramirez also anchored SFA’s distance medley relay (DMR) team to first place, beating the rest of the field by nine seconds.Northwestern State concluded the meet in second place, scoring 117.5 points. Abilene Christian occupied third place, while McNeese finished in fourth place. Central Arkansas, UIW, Southeastern Louisiana, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Houston Baptist occupied the fifth through ninth-place positions. Sam Houston State took 10th place, leading Lamar’s 11th-place finish. New Orleans and Nicholls state rounded out the standings.Southeastern Louisiana’s men scored 99 points and a trio of gold medals to claim the Southland title. At the conclusion of day one, the Lions were poised in second place with 33 points but exploded with 66 points on Monday to seal the championship. Slavko Stevic and Johnathon Sawyer topped the podium in the high jump and 400m events, respectively, while the DMR team took first place to conclude day one. Sawyer’s 400m time of 46.23 stands as a meet record, beating the previous mark of 46.49 set by SFA’s Cass Brown-Stewart in 2015.Sam Houston State took runner-up honors with 87 points followed by Abilene Christian’s 64-point performance. Stephen F. Austin finished in fourth place, while McNeese claimed the fifth-place position. Lamar finished in sixth overall, just in front of Northwestern State and Central Arkansas who tied for seventh place. Houston Baptist, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and UIW occupied the ninth through 11th place spots. New Orleans finished in 12th place, just ahead of Nicholls.Northwestern State’s Natashia Jackson was named the women’s Most Valuable Performer (MVP) for the third-straight year after leading the meet with 27.5 points. Jackson anchored the Lady Demons to a first-place finish in the 4x400m relay and broke a pair of meet records in the 200m (23.50) and 400m (53.25) races.Lamar’s Jordan Rowe earned MVP honors on the men’s side with 22 points, following a pair of first-place performances in the mile (4:12.52) and the 3,000m (8:26.46) events. He also anchored the Cardinals to second place in the DMR on day one.The top three finishers in each event final are recognized as First, Second and Third Team All-Conference, respectively. Individual men’s and women’s awards for Coach of the Year, Outstanding Running Events Performer, Outstanding Field Events Performer, Freshman of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Athlete of the Year will be nominated and voted upon by head coaches in the coming week.For athletes that achieved qualifying marks this season, the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be hosted at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M., March 12-14.The 2020 Southland Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships are set for May 15-17 in Abilene, Texas, with Abilene Christian serving as the host institution.Women’s Final Team Standings Men’s 60m Dash Zachary Jewell Central Arkansas Sr. 6.75 Women’s 400m Natashia Jackson Northwestern State Sr. 53.25* Men’s 400m Johnathon Sawyer Southeastern Louisiana Sr. 46.23* Men’s Mile Jordan Rowe Lamar Jr. 4:12.52 Pl. School Points Men’s 4x400m A. Williams, R. Linton, Blaze Brownlow, J. Williams Abilene Christian — 3:10.41 12. New Orleans 22 Pl. School Points T7. Northwestern State 47 Women’s High Jump Lauren Clarke Northwestern State So. 5-08.75 (1.75m) Women’s 60m Hurdles Mathilde Coquillaud-Salo Stephen F. Austin Fr. 8.48 9. Houston Baptist 45last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

first_imgGLATT FANCIES THE DISTANCE IN SALTY AMERICAN PHAROAH STATE-OF-THE-ART VIDEO BOARD TO BE UNVEILED ON FRIDAY EURTON SEEKS A BETTER TRIP FOR DRAFT PICK SATURDAY CELEBRITY CHEF FLAY HOPES HE HAS RECIPE FOR A WINNER ETHNICITIES APART BUT PEDROZA, DELAHOUSSAYE BONDED SON OF AMERICAN PHAROAH RUNS IN AMERICAN PHAROAH! GLATT FEELS COLT IS ON THE MARK FOR AMERICAN PHAROAHCollusion Illusion is unbeaten in two impressive sprint wins, but the bay son of Twirling Candy shows every indication the mile and one-sixteenth of Friday’s Grade I “Win and You’re In” American Pharoah Stakes for two-year-olds is right in his wheelhouse.The American Pharoah is one of three Grade I “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup races opening day of Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn season, highlighted by the Breeders’ Cup championship event on Nov. 1 and 2 which Santa Anita will be hosting for a record 10th time.Bred in Florida by Donald Dizney, Collusion Illusion showed maturity while rating kindly off the pace winning his debut race at five furlongs by a half-length July 31, followed by victory in the Grade II Best Pal at six furlongs Aug. 10 under Joe Talamo who rides back Friday.“We’ll see if he can stretch out,” said trainer Mark Glatt, whose barn has been winning in bunches of late, and who also has turf sprint specialist Eddie Haskell entered in Friday’s Grade II Eddie D. Stakes at five furlongs on grass.“Collusion Illusion is going into the race well and we’ll see if he’s good enough,” Glatt said. “His style does suggest that going a little further will help him, but until they run two turns and prove it, you’ve got to see it to believe it, but I feel pretty comfortable about him.“These races are never easy. It’s a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In and they’re not going to give those kind of races away, so we’ll see who turns out to be best.”As to his recent success, Glatt said, “You’ve got to enjoy it while it’s going good, because it’s a roller coaster. We’ll try to stay on an even keel and keep it going this meet.”The American Pharoah is race eight on a nine-race opening day program that also features the Grade I, “Win and You’re In’ Chandelier Stakes for two-year-old fillies and the Grade II Eddie D. Stakes for three-year-olds and up at five furlongs on turf.The American Pharoah field: American Theorum, Tiago Periera, 5-1; Fore Left, Mario Gutierrez, 15-1; Eight Rings, John Velazquez, 9-5; Express Train, Mike Smith, 4-1; Storm the Court, Flavien Prat, 15-1; Defense Wins, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Shoplifted, Joel Rosario, 6-1; Nucky, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 10-1; and Collusion Illusion, Joe Talamo, 5-1.First post time on opening day is 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.TRAINER HOPES AMERICAN THEORUM STEPS UP IN AMERICAN PHAROAH American Theorum was no secret when he won his debut race Aug. 31 at Del Mar. The gray son of 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah rallied from seventh in a field of nine going 5 ½ furlongs as the 2-1 favorite.He won’t be that price in Friday’s American Pharoah Stakes.No worries for George Papaprodromou, who trains the promising Kentucky-bred for owner Rustin Kretz.“He won impressively first time out,” Papaprodromou said of the ridgling. “He sat behind a wall of horses and made a nice move on the turn and went by them.”EURTON EYES BETTER TRIP IN AWESOME AGAIN FOR DRAFT PICK Draft Pick had less than an ideal trip when second at 13-1 in the Pacific Classic, so Peter Eurton is hoping for better luck in Saturday’s Awesome Again Stakes, a Grade I, $300,000 Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” race offering the winner a fees-paid berth to the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.“It was a big race, especially going five, six-wide the whole trip,” the trainer said of Del Mar’s marquee race. Higher Power won the Pacific Classic in a 9-1 upset and trainer John Sadler reports the son of Medaglio d’Oro owned by Hronis Racing is “training super” for the Awesome Again.“We’re looking forward to Saturday,” he said.PEDROZA HAS FOND MEMORIES FOR EDDIE D. STAKESMartin Pedroza and Eddie Delahoussaye were worlds apart in ethnic and cultural backgrounds, but racing created a bond that continues today, going on 20 years after Delahoussaye retired and Pedroza soldiers on at 54 in a career spanning some four decades.“They were great friends,” said 60-year-old Richie Silverstein, who has represented Panamanian Pedroza for 32 of his 37 years as an agent. “Eddie taught Martin a lot about patience, finishing on horses, not tipping your hand in a race, things like that.“Riders can be friendly without putting their business on the street. Keep to yourself, be patient, your time will come.”Delahoussaye, a native of Louisiana, retired in January of 2003. A member of the Hall of Fame since 1993, Eddie D., for whom Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 stakes race is named, won the Kentucky Derby back-to-back in 1982 and 1983 with Gato Del Sol and Sunny’s Halo.He was one of the most popular riders on the Southern California circuit, and remains so today at age 68.“I don’t want to say Eddie was Martin’s idol,” Silverstein continued, “because Martin’s brother, Marcelino probably was, but in California, Eddie was pretty much the first guy Martin would go to.”The bond took time to develop.“When Latin riders come to the states, they don’t speak a lot of English–Martin didn’t speak any–and they migrate, naturally, to fellow Latins like Laffit (Pincay Jr.), even though he wasn’t a good talker, and Alex Solis (both from Panama).“Shoemaker and McCarron helped Marty, too, but if you ask Marty, he’ll tell you he got more input from Delahoussaye. Martin rode with the best–Shoemaker, Pierce, Pincay, Cordero, P. Val, Stevens, Solis, McCarron, McHargue, but Eddie D. was his man.“If you ask Martin about Eddie D., his eyes will light up.”The Eddie D., race six: Eddie Haskell, Joel Rosario, 3-1; Pee Wee Reese, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Lombo, Geovanni Franco, 30-1; Boa Nova, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; Stormy Liberal, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 4-1; Mr Vargas, Joe Talamo, 5-2; Double Touch, John Velazquez, 12-1; and Tribalist, Victor Espinoza, 5-1.FILLY FOR CELEBRITY CHEF FLAY RUNS HERE FRIDAYMichael McCarthy hopes he has something cooking in Friday’s second race on opening day Friday, and it’s not because the horse’s owner is celebrity chef Bobby Flay.The horse is Convincingly, a two-year-old bay filly that was sixth in her debut race on Sept. 2 at Del Mar going a mile on turf. Friday’s race also is one mile on turf.She is the first horse McCarthy trains for Flay, 54, who, in addition to being a celebrity chef and restaurateur, is a reality television personality, has hosted several Food Network TV programs, appeared as a guest and hosted a number of specials on the network. Flay is also featured on the Great Chefs television series.“While I was working for Todd Pletcher (McCarthy’s long-time mentor) Bobby had some nice horses with him (including 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner More Than Real),” McCarthy said. “He’s a huge supporter of horse racing and we’ve always kept the lines of communication open.“He always intended to have a horse in California and we were lucky enough to be the recipients. The filly is bred top and bottom for grass (sired by the War Front stallion Declaration of War out of the Irish-bred dam Kaloura). It was a sneaky good start first time out and we hope to do a little better Friday. Bobby is great for racing.”NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART VIDEO BOARD AT SANTA ANITA  Santa Anita has installed a new state-of-the-art LED Infield video board, which will offer viewers dramatically improved brightness and visual clarity beginning on opening day.Manufactured and installed by Daktronics, America’s leading manufacturer of outdoor LED (light-emitting diode) boards, this new 30′ x 54′ display contains 648,000 total 15 mm pixels, the optimum size for a board of this scope, ensuring an improved view of the races and all video content throughout the race day.Daktronics is the preferred vendor for 21 of 31 NFL stadiums and 22 of 30 Major League baseball parks in the U.S.Santa Anita will also be offering fans other major new amenities, such as its Stretch Run Suites and Trackside Terrace Dining and Seating, at a cost of more than $5 million.FINISH LINES: Omaha Beach will have his final breeze “Friday or Saturday” for the Oct. 5 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, trainer Richard Mandella said . . . Phil D’Amato has six horses nominated for Sunday’s Grade II John Henry Turf Championship but plans to run three: Acclimate, Cleopatra’s Strike and Ya Gotta Wanna.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV: WORK OUTS:Nolde (Sherriffs) 9/25/19Lambeau (Outside) and Shear Class (Sherriffs) 9/25/19Roadster (Outside) and Anuket (Baffert) 9/25/19Draft Pick (Eurton) 9/22/19Mongolian Groom (Ganbat) 9/22/19Neptune’s Storm (Outside) (Baltas) 9/22/19Eight Rings (American Pharoah) and American Anthem (Baffert) 9/22/19Collusion Illusion (Outside) and City Rage (Glatt) 9/21/19last_img read more

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Man Utd, Spurs & Wolves all facing opponents banned for racism in Europe next week

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED, Tottenham and Wolves are all playing teams in Europe next week who have been banned for racism this season.Spurs take on Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Tuesday and two days later United face Partizan Belgrade while Wolves travel to Slovan Bratislava in the Europa League.4 Manchester United, Spurs and Wolves all face European games against teams banned for racism this seasonCredit: ReutersAll three clubs have recently been handed punishments by Uefa for racist abuse by fans.Red Star make the trip to North London for their clash against Mauricio Pochettino’s men at White Hart Lane.But the Serbian champions are not selling selling any away tickets for the clash due to a Uefa penalty and were also fined £43,500.That is because of racist behaviour from fans during their Champions League qualifier against HJK Helsinki on July 31. Slovan Bratislava’s game with Wolves will be played in unfamiliar settings for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side after the Slovakian club were hit with a one-game stadium ban over racist chanting.The punishment is related to the Europa League play-off tie against Greek side PAOK in August. Along with the stadium ban, Slovan have been fined £45,000.However, Jan Kozak’s side confirmed on their website that children under the age of 14 will be allowed to cheer on the home side under new Uefa rules and it is understood 12,000 tickets have been handed out.BELGRADE BACKEDFinally, Partizan Belgrade’s ground will be reopened to regular supporters for their Europa League clash with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side.They were hit with a two-game ban after racist abuse during their qualifier against Turkish side Yeni Malatyaspor.So their group stage match with AZ Alkmaar was played in front of 22,000 kids under 14 but they were unable to organise the scheme for the final qualifying round.Should Partizan’s fans repeat their actions, it means Marcus Rashford could be on the receiving end of racist abuse for the second time in ten days.4 Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling were among the players racially abused by Bulgaria fans in their Euro 2020 qualifierCredit: EPA4 Booing, monkey noises and racist chanting could be heard while many supporters made Nazi-style salutes in SofiaCredit: Getty Images – GettyRashford and his fellow black England stars – including debutant Tyrone Mings – were the victims of vile taunts, monkey chants and booing from a large number of Bulgaria fans, some of whom walked out of the ground shortly before half-time.The Three Lions players decided to stay on the field and finish the match, although did consider protesting by walking off.One Bulgaria player is understood to have told the England squad the racist abuse they suffered was ‘pre-planned and co-ordinated’.Uefa confirmed its control, ethics and disciplinary body will wait to read the referee’s match report and their delegate’s report before launching an investigation.Bulgarian captain Ivelin Popov clearly heard enough racism to feel the need to go over to fans at half-time and beg them to stop.Rashford praised his opponent who spoke at length to supporters by terrace barriers before going down the tunnel.4 The timeline of events from England’s Euro 2020 qualifier in BulgariaLatest England newsKETTY CATTiger King’s Joe Exotic ‘injected workers with tranquilisers meant for big cats’tearful victoryEamonn Holmes shares pride in wife Ruth Langsford after £33k charity TV winSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantine’IT’S AMAZING’My eggs have helped 3 women become mums — I’d love to meet the kids one day’HIPPY AT HEART’Breakfast radio host Lisa Snowdon reveals what gets HER up in the morningCompetitionA CHILLING THRILLERWin a copy of The House Guest in this week’s Fabulous book competitionBARE TRUTHFrom cellulite to surgery, women reveal how they really feel about their looks1D TURNS 10How fame changed One Direction and why Zayn Malik may NEVER returnBut manager Krasimir Balakov refused to admit any racist abuse took place during the game in Sofia and therefore would not apologise.Instead he cited “unhappy fans” for the noises but insisted: “I personally did not hear the chanting.”This morning, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov demanded FA chief Borislav Mikhailov resign.England clash with Bulgaria SUSPENDED after Tyrone Mings is subject to vile racist abuse in SofiaGareth Southgate says England players are hardened to racism because of experiences in their own countrylast_img read more

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Fastest man in the Pacific takes gold

first_imgTabakaucoro improved on his time in the heats of 10.89 seconds to clock 10.55 seconds in the finals at BSP Stadium just over an hour ago.Tabakaucoro did it easily, crossing the finish line with a grin on his face running towards his country men and women in the stand to pick up the Fijian flag and hold it up high.The silver medal tonight belonged to Palau’s Rodman Teltull who finished in 10.98 seconds. The bronze went to PNG’s Kupun Wisil who set a time of 11.04 seconds.last_img

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Stepanova first Russian granted permission to compete internationally under neutral flag

first_imgShe is now free to compete in the European Athletics Championships starting in Amsterdam on Wednesday (July 6).This decision was made by the three-person IAAF Doping Review Board, who have also received over 80 applications from other athletes from the world’s largest country.All Russians were encouraged to apply for “exceptional eligibility” following the decision to extend the nation’s suspension from the IAAF earlier this month following allegations of state sponsored doping.Only those who can prove they were operating under a clean drugs testing system will be selected, however, with this expected to mean only those, like Stepanova, who are based outside the country.”The Doping Review Board, which is composed of Robert Hersh (chair), Sylvia Barlag and Antti Pihlakoski, has unanimously accepted the application of Yuliya Stepanova under Competition Rule 22.1A(c) as someone having made a truly exceptional contribution to the protection and promotion of clean athletes, fair play and the integrity and authenticity of the sport,” said a statement today.”Ms Stepanova is now eligible to compete in International Competitions as an independent neutral athlete.”Stepanova, nee Rusanova, an 800 metres runner boasting a best time of 1min 56.99sec, was banned for two-years in 2013 following abnormalities in her biological passport.She was stripped of all results set since March 2011, including a silver medal won at the 2011 European Indoor Championships in Paris.Along with her husband Vitaly, a former official in the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, the 29-year-old then colluded with German journalist Hajo Seppolt in secretly taping athletes and coaches discussing doping in Russian athletics.The IAAF are particularly keen for her to be given a second chance to compete in order to encourage other whistleblowers to come forward.She ran an 800 metres Olympic qualifying standard of 2min 01.31sec in Germany last year.Their decision will raise eyebrows, however, with Russian officials having fiercely criticised Stepanova for what they see as slanderous and traiterous allegations.Her participation is still “subject to acceptance by the organiser of the competition in question, in accordance with the rules of that competition”.International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has already said that any Russians deemed eligible to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will do so under the Russian flag rather than a neutral one, a decision which effectively rules Stepanova out as Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov has already said they would not select her.Both the IAAF and the World Anti-Doping Agency are challenging this decision.”The IAAF has of today received more than 80 applications from Russian athletes seeking exceptional eligibility to compete in an individual capacity under a separate provision in Competition Rule 22.1A(b), namely, on the basis that they are not tainted by RUSAF’s failure to put in place adequate anti-doping systems because they have been subject to other, fully adequate systems outside of the country for a sufficiently long period to provide a substantial assurance of integrity,” added the IAAF statement.”The form of these further applications is being checked against th eGuidelines issued by the IAAF last week and, if they are in the correct form,they too will be referred to the Doping Review Board for a decision on exceptional eligibility.”Among those thought to have applied are two-time Olympic pole vauit champion Yelena Isinbayeva, and both Sergey Shubenkov and Maria Kuchina, the gold medallists in the 110m hurdles and high jump respectively at last year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing.last_img read more

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Rangers FC signs India’s Bala Devi

first_imgAmy McDonald, Rangers women’s soccer director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Bala to Rangers FC. His signing is exciting on many levels. Bala is a football creator. He likes to play as a number 10 and we believe he will contribute goals and assists. She will provide us with a threat in attack and versatility that we can use well in the 2020 season. His signing can be an inspiration for players everywhere to see where football can take them and what can help them achieve. ”Bala: Make it happenIn an interview with Sportskeeda in 2014 to celebrate International Women’s Day, Bala was asked what the motto of International Women’s Day meant for her, ‘Make it happen’. She answered: “I can understand it very well, because when I started playing football I always wanted to play in the main team. It was my dream and I worked very hard to get to where I was today. But I never revealed my wish to anyone. I would say that whatever your dream or desire is, don’t just think about it. MAKE IT HAPPEN”. Rangers FC has signed the attacker of the Indian national team Bala Devi, from the Manipur Police Sports Club. The player (29 years old) has signed an 18-month contract with the Scottish club, after a test in November.Bala Devi: top scorer in IndiaBala Devi is the captain and top scorer of the Indian women’s team, with 52 goals in 58 games since she debuted in 2005, when she was only 15 years old. With your signing it becomes the first Indian woman to be a professional anywhere in the world and also becomes the first Asian international player of Rangers FC.Last year Bala scored 26 goals in just seven games with the Manipur Police Sports Club of the Women’s League of India. He has won the Women’s Championship of the Football Federation of South Asia in 2010, 2014 and 2016, and She was named Player of the Year of the Indian Football Federation in 2014 and 2015.Delighted to join Rangers FCOn his signing for Rangers FC, Bala said: “Playing in Europe with one of the biggest clubs in the world is something I could never have dreamed of. I hope to make the most of the first class facilities and I am sure that I will benefit greatly from the standard of training and competition. I am very grateful to Amy McDonald, the coaching staff and the entire Rangers management for believing in me. I can’t wait to get to Glasgow, join my teammates and do my best. ”last_img read more

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“Pep came to ask me how I trained Bielsa and how I dealt with the players”

first_imgThe Basque says that both technicians had a great admiration for each other and that the duel between Barça and Athletic with them on the benches is the most beautiful encounter he has witnessed: “I still remember a game. It was an Athletic Bilbao – Barcelona in San Mamés, at night. It was raining and they faced Bielsa against Pep. Tactically it was amazing, it was the most beautiful football game I’ve ever seen in my life.”Finally, he explained that he learned a lot from Bielsa both sports and personal, recognizing that he is a coach that really makes a difference: “The way he trains, the speeches … is unique. He is a coach who takes you to the limit physically. He simply knows how to squeeze everything from you because it takes you to a higher level. I not only learned a lot from him in the sport. I also grew up personally. Sometimes his speeches lasted an hour without saying a word about football. He simply talked about life. “ The player talked about his stage at Bayern Munich with Pep Guardiola (currently in the Manchester City), which was precisely very interested in the working methods of the Argentine, as stated Goal: “When I was training with Pep, he came to me again and again to ask me about my stage with Bielsea. I wanted to know how he trained and how he dealt with the players. The respect was mutual because Pep admires Bielsa and Bielsa admires Pep.” Javi Martínez is not going through his best moment at Bayern Munich. There is a lot of competition both in the center of the field and in defense and its performance has been affected, so the German club does not seem to be clear about renewing its contract, which expires in 2021. There are rumors that it could return to Athletic Bilbao, club in which it was directed, among many others, by Marcelo Bielsa, now in the Leeds. Bundesliga* Data updated as of February 14, 2020 8last_img read more

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Australia and Kazakhstan take ticket for the Magic Box

first_imgKazakhstan doesn’t give choice to NetherlandsKazakhstan gave no option to the Netherlands, after 1-1 final Friday, and it was imposed with relative readability in the double and in the first single to attain the remaining 3-1 that qualifies him for the remaining spherical in Madrid. Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov obtained rid, by a double 6-3 and in 70 minutes of the recreation, by Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer, whereas Alexander Bublik beat Robin Haase, he was the remaining level, 7-6 (4) and 6-1 in a single hour and 18 minutes. Haase, who performed double, accused fatigue and was no match for Bublik in the second set. Australia beat Brazil 3-1, regardless of not having two of its greatest gamers, Alex de Miñaur and Nick Kyrgios, and will play the remaining part of the Davis Cup in the Madrid Magic Box from November 23 to 29. After 2-Zero on Friday, Australia noticed virtually a foot and a half in Madrid however the doubles match, and the victory of the Brazilians Marcelo Demoliner and Felipe Meligeni on James Duckworth and John Friends, 5-7, 7-5 and 7-6 (8), opened the door of hope for the South People with 2-1 on the scoreboard of the tie.John Millman needed to endure for greater than three hours to provide the remaining level to Australia and beat Thiago Monteiro in a conflict that opted, in the three units, in the tiebreaker. Millman gained 6-7 (8), 7-6 (7) and 7-6 (7).last_img read more

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