Taking your kid’s sport too seriously

first_imgA Massachusetts woman hung up her whistle and high school soccer referee jersey after almost a decade on the job, fed up with ongoing abuse from parents and coaches, the Boston Globe reported recently. It’s a familiar story. According to a 2017 survey by the National Association of Sports Officials, adult behavior is the reason more than 75 percent of all high school referees quit. The report also found that 80 percent of new officials stop after only two years. Many say the problem is contributing to a shortage of high school referees nationwide, and extends to the youth sports level. Richard Weissbourd is a psychologist and senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he co-directs the Making Caring Common Project, which focuses on moral and social development priorities in child raising. The Gazette spoke with him about the problem and what can be done to fix it.Q&ARichard WeissbourdGAZETTE: Despite efforts to control angry or verbally abusive parents on the sidelines of youth sporting games and events across the country, why does it continue to be such a problem?WEISSBOURD: This is a puzzle with many pieces and there a lot of different things that are going on. I think it’s because sometimes parents are wanting to compensate for their shortcomings or live out their own fantasies about sports. I think it’s the degree to which we are becoming less communal and more tribal and more individual. Some people are feeling more Darwinian, like this is a survival-of-the-fittest kind of contest, and there isn’t a sense of commitment to the larger whole. I think it’s the degree to which, in the media, we have reinforced the tendency to demean and degrade people whom we disagree with — that’s too often the nature of our public discourse now. It’s been legitimized and normalized in ways that are concerning. I think we used to live in a culture where there was much more of an expectation that you showed respect even when it was hard, when our notion of morality meant doing things that are hard like thanking the referee even when you didn’t feel like thanking them. I’m concerned that many parents just don’t have the inclination. They don’t think about doing things that are hard as a way of modeling for their kids. There’s also this allergy to losing and to failure that we have in the culture. And I think it’s a president who divides the world into winners or losers. More and more it appears that idea is in the culture. What’s really concerning to me is the degree to which these things become normalized. We need communities of parents that really provide those parents with feedback and support and regulate them to some degree.,GAZETTE: What’s really at risk for kids when they see these kinds of actions by the people who are supposed to be setting an example by modeling good behavior?WEISSBOURD: It sends all the wrong messages. What you really want to be modeling for your kid in a situation like this is that the referee is doing a job that is largely thankless. It’s not a well-compensated job. We should be grateful to them. You should be modeling for your kids that sometimes people make mistakes and when they do, you may want to point it out to them, but you do it in ways that are generous and constructive. You should let them know this ref isn’t trying to make a mistake. And you need to model for your kids that you’re not going to suddenly lose control. It’s a scary thing for a kid when their parent is so out of control.GAZETTE: In addition to parents getting involved and calling out bad behavior on the sidelines, what can be done? Should kids try to address the situation in some way?WEISSBOURD: It’s really hard for kids to take on an adult in a situation like this, but they can talk to their own parents about it. I do think that every league should have a compact with parents of one kind or another that spells out what the league’s role is in promoting ethical character and what appropriate parent behavior is, because some parents really don’t know. There are differences in cultures and the way people interact with sporting events. And that compact should be revisited periodically so it lives and breathes; it’s not just another form. So, I think it’s important to spell out what constructive and appropriate behavior is. It’s also about encouraging parents to do things like thank the coaches, or thank the referees. It’s providing red flags for parents. If your partner is embarrassed to sit with you during the game, that should be a red flag for you. If you’re spending all of your free time talking about who won the last game, that should be a red flag. If you’re finding yourself really stressed about whether your kid’s team is going to win, that should be a red flag. If your kid is not eating or sleeping well because they are stressed about performing well on a team they are on, that’s a red flag. And I know some of the good sports organizations do provide information for coaches around working with parents, and that can be really helpful.GAZETTE: I wonder if you think the notion of winning is just so ingrained in our culture, in our history, in the story of our nation’s founding, that’s it going to be impossible to change?WEISSBOURD: I think we’re out of balance. If you look throughout American history, this is what books like “Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life” are about. There has always been this tension between individualism and a strong collectivist ethic in America, a strong sense of nationalism and community, a strong sense of responsibility for our neighbors. In many eras of this country it was mothers’ primary responsibility to prepare children to be good citizens — it should have been fathers’ too. Schools and most colleges in this country were founded primarily to cultivate ethical character. That is no longer true of parents, schools, or universities. And in our research data when we ask kids “What’s most important to you?” they are far more likely to say achievement than caring. And they are far more likely to think their parents value achievement over caring. I don’t think that was true in other times in our history, based on what I hear from child historians. There was this ethic of sacrifice in homes and schools that you don’t see nearly as much anymore. Robert Putnam’s work is about this decline in communal connection and so, in a sense, is Sara Konrath’s work on declines in empathy. I don’t want to overstate it because I still think there are strong collective impulses in America. People still believe in community, but I do think we’re out of balance.GAZETTE: Does religion have a role to play?WEISSBOURD: I don’t want to make a claim, pro or con, for any particular religion, but I think in good religious practices there are communities of adults who stand for ethical values, who engage kids in ethical questions. There is an ethic of sacrifice; there are rituals of gratitude. There are coming-of-age ceremonies like confirmations and bar and bat mitzvahs, where people are asked to think about their obligations to their communities. There is a fusion of a moral life and a spiritual life, the sense that you have obligations to your ancestors and to your descendants. There’s a lot about our responsibility to humanity more generally and the importance of giving and sacrifice. I’m not saying we should all become more religious, but I do think we should really think about how we reproduce these aspects of religion in secular life, including in sports. We need to think about how we create a strong ethic of care and responsibility for the community and how we cultivate the hardest forms of empathy and care: care when you’re angry at people, care when you are in competition with people. In my book “The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children’s Moral and Emotional Development,” I talk about how sports is this time when you collide with intense feelings, with yourself, and with other people. Sports also gives you an opportunity to rehearse how you work through those feelings constructively.This interview was edited for clarity and condensed for length.last_img read more

Market changes across Europe are undermining viability of traditional power plants

first_imgMarket changes across Europe are undermining viability of traditional power plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Financial Times:The upcoming privatization of a Dutch utility highlights the changing landscape of Europe’s power sector. Owned by more than 50 cities, analysts expect Eneco to fetch more than €3bn. However, the potential sale has sparked the interest of much larger rivals as Eneco has things many of them covet — a range of home energy services, from a smart thermostat to an electric car charging device that enables the utility to remotely decide when is the cheapest time to charge your vehicle. Europe’s power sector is under pressure as never before — from changes in government policy to technological advances and the explosive growth and falling costs of renewable — all of which are undermining the economics of traditional power plants. The model of sending electrons from a big gas or coal-powered plant through a central transmission grid to passive consumers is being left behind. In the new world order, energy services will play a big role and snapping up Eneco could give a traditional utility or even an oil and gas major a lucrative foothold. It would be just the latest deal in an industry that is having to reinvent itself or face extinction. Mark Lewis, head of research at not-for-profit group Carbon Tracker and previously head of European utilities research at Barclays, described what is driving the transformation in terms of “the three Ds”: decarbonization, digitalization and decentralization. All three, he said, “are disrupting the entire sector, there is no respite at all”. Sam Arie, utilities analyst at UBS, said: “The single most important trend we see is the plunging cost of wind and solar.” It is this trend, argued Mr Arie, that could change the structure of Europe’s industry “from a patchwork of regionally-focused utilities to one that will be dominated by larger, more global businesses that have the scale in renewables to achieve cost efficiencies”. The increasing digitization, continuing growth of renewables generation and advances in battery storage mean more consumers will start to generate their own energy — and rely less on a centralized transmission network. Benoit Laclau, global power and utilities leader at consultancy EY, said: “In the past consumers have always been recipients of energy. With the ever greater digitisation of the value chain, consumers are getting options as to how they want to consume energy in the future. The value chain is shifting towards the customer.” More deals are inevitable. In Portugal the country’s largest utility, Energias de Portugal, recently rejected a €9bn takeover offer from China Three Gorges. The winners, according to UBS, will be global players. By 2030, said UBS’s Mr Arie, the industry could come to look more like the oil and gas sector where companies are typically twice the size. New entrants are vying for market share. Royal Dutch Shell and Total have both recently bought businesses in the consumer energy market — and are tipped as potential buyers for Eneco, according to analysts. Major technology groups, which have so far held off investing in the provision of consumer energy, remain the big unknown. In an uncertain energy world what is certain is that in the future, the energy powering your home and your car will no longer have to come from an RWE or an EDF. It could come from a Google, a BMW or your own roof.More ($): Winds of change blow through Europe’s power sectorlast_img read more

Behaviors that should not be tolerated

first_imgby: Dan BergerLast week, I discussed key traits of a great leader. Another key trait of any great leader is tolerance. Stated another way: exhibiting patience or giving something or someone a second chance. However, there is a point where tolerance does us no good.The same author who highlighted important traits of a great leader – Lolly Daskal – also points to several behaviors or traits that should never be tolerated by any leader – yet alone a great one. In an Inc.com article, she listed:– Dishonesty. If you or someone around you is imposing a “false reality” on your life, you should refuse to tolerate it. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Jeff Bezos is a branding bozo

first_imgI love Jeff Bezos. I really do love him, but not for any reason you’re likely to guess. I love Jeff Bezos because I speak and write quite a bit about branding, and I’m always looking for examples to use as fodder for my witty commentary. One of my favorite topics is brand extension, and as if they were manna from heaven, Jeff Bezos and Amazon provide the perfect example of what not to do.For anyone unfamiliar with the term, brand extension is leveraging the strength of your brand in one product or product group to extend your business into other products. For example, Orville Redenbacher’s has been a very well-established and admired brand of traditional popcorn for as long as I can remember. So it makes sense that over the years, ConAgra has extended that brand to include microwave popcorn and popcorn oil. It all fits because it’s all popcorn, right?Then you have Amazon. Amazon started in 1994 as an online bookseller and eventually made the leap to general retailer in 1999. At the time, the thought of buying power tools from a bookstore struck me as a little odd, but Amazon pulled it off. That particular brand extension worked.In the ensuing years, however, Amazon has extended its brand in some truly ridiculous directions. The company got into tablets, smartphones, cloud computing, diapers, video on demand, groceries, and most recently, student loans. Keep in mind, that’s only a partial list. It’s brand extension run amok.Is Amazon an electronics company? A cloud company? A diaper company? A video company? A grocery company? A student loan company? No, Amazon still has an extremely strong brand, but only as an online retailer. (And if you’re a community financial institution that’s in the student loan business, I promise Amazon’s foray into student loans is no threat to you.) The rest of this stuff does nothing to help the Amazon brand. In fact, I’d argue that it actually weakens the brand.If Amazon becomes addicted to being the me-too brand for every imaginable product and service under the sun, it risks losing sight of its core business. Then someone with a little more focus will come along and clean Amazon’s clock.Jeff Bezos himself said it best: “There’s nothing about our model that can’t be copied over time. But you know, McDonald’s got copied. And it still built a huge, multibillion-dollar company. A lot of it comes down to the brand name. Brand names are more important online than they are in the physical world.”The thing that Bezos has failed to grasp is that McDonald’s stuck to burgers and fries, and would surely never dream of selling you diapers.The lesson here is that just because you can extend your brand into something new, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should extend your brand into something new. When it comes to brand extension, don’t be a Jeff; be an Orville. 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John San Filippo John is the co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, Inc., a company that specializes in B2B marketing to community financial institutions. He started out in the savings and loan industry, but wisely … Web: www.omnichannelcommunications.com Detailslast_img read more

Hockey fans meet the players at ‘Coffee with the Devils’

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — Hockey fans got a chance to enjoy some Dunkin’ Donuts with the Binghamton Devils.In Vestal this afternoon, community members came out to Dunkin’ Donuts where they had the opportunity to meet some of the players. There they got to enjoy some coffee and pastries with defenseman Jeremy Groleau and goalie Gilles Senn.Fans left with autographed hockey gear and plenty of pictures. “When we were younger we really loved the game, and we also saw some older players, and the more we saw them in the street or wherever it was, we really were excited. We really wanted to see them and take pictures, and so I think like I said, it’s really something that we can relate to, and it’s just funny now to see that we’re the ones they’re looking up to,” says Groleau.If you want to meet some of the team, their next “Coffee with the Devils” event will be early next month.last_img read more

Ronaldo gets G-Wagon as birthday gift from girlfriend Georgina

first_imgIt was a complete with a huge red bow – a nod to his days at Manchester United? – and friends sang for him as the heartwarming moment was filmed.Georgina wrote alongside the video posted to her 16 million followers: “Congratulations to the man of my life! What do you want to transport our love in? Your gift @cristiano #happybirthday.” What do you buy the man who has everything? Well if you’re Georgina Rodriguez you get Cristiano Ronaldo a massive, gift-wrapped Mercedes-Benz G-Class.Advertisement Loading… The Juventus star’s girlfriend bought him the 4X4 – with a basic starting price of £93,000 and top speed of 136.7mph – as a 35th birthday present.center_img Ronaldo later put up a glimpse of his celebrations as he posed alongside a CR7 birthday cake.He gave two thumbs up as son Cristiano Jr, nine, and Georgina, 26, sat next to him.Ronaldo, who posted this training clip showing how fit and agile he still is, wrote: “It’s time to celebrate my birthday. Thanks my love for this amazing surprise.”Despite being of an age where most think about packing it all in, Ronaldo has declared his intention to keep playing into his 40s.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has the “biological age” of someone just 23 and showed he is still capable of jaw-dropping feats with his unbelievable header against Sampdoria last December.And he fully intends to keep playing at the highest level for at least another five years because the physical side will never be a problem.Quizzed on how long he can keep going, the Portuguese icon told Marca: “Much will depend on what I feel, on my motivation.“Physically it will never be a problem.“I am treating myself well and I think can play safely up to 40 years.Read Also: Ighalo: Man United move made my mum cry amid celebrations“The most important factor, honestly, will be more psychological – that will be the one that makes the difference.“In any case, everything has a beginning and an end. I won’t last a lifetime but I still feel strong enough to continue winning.“I will stop if I have no incentives.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TVThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art11 Items You’ve Been Using Wrong Your Whole LifeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Why Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do Thislast_img read more

ICC World Cup Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Highlights: Sri Lanka win by 34 runs

first_imgNew Delhi: In the seventh game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will lock horns at the Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground in Cardiff on Tuesday. Both the team will be looking to register their first win of the tourno after losing one match each. On one hand, Sri Lanka faced embarrassment when they lost to New Zealand by 10 wickets. From Sri Lankan side, only the skipper Dimuth Karunaratne could manage to put decent score on the board by hitting half century. On the other hand, Afghanistan lost their opening match to the defending champions. The match was held on June 1 at the County Ground in Bristol. Gulbadin Naib-led Afghanistan managed to put just 207 runs on the board which Aaron Finch and Co chased down easily with David Warner scoring half-century in his returning game in the Yellow jersey. (LIVE SCORECARD)Highlights:23:38 hrs IST: Malinga with his perfect yorker scalps one more wicket and first victory to the aquad23:32 hrs IST: RUN OUT! Najibullah departs at 43. Now, Sri Lanka need just wicket to win 23:25 hrs IST: Lasith Malinga removes Dawlat Hassan at 6, AFG are 136/8 after 31 overs23:10 hrs IST: With the end of 30 overs, Afghanistan 135/7 with Dawlat Zadran and Najibullaj Zadran at crease23:00 hrs IST: Numwan Pradeep bowled Rashid Khan, Afghanistan lose their 7th wicket, 22:50 hrs IST: OUT! Nuwan Pradeep picks Afghanistan skipper’s wicket, AFG 122/6 after 25 overs22:40 hrs IST: Just 6 runs added to the total, AFG 105/5 after 22 overs22:35 hrs IST: Afghanistan completes its 100 total on board in the 22nd over, 22:25 hrs IST: With the end of 20th over, AFG 96/5 with Najibullah and Naib at crease22:10 hrs IST: Gulbadin Naib hits bak-t-back boundaries 22:07 hrs IST: After 17 overs, Afghanistan are 76/521:55 hrs IST: Afghanistan loses another wicket in Shahidi, Nuwan Pradeep picks his second, AFG 57/4 after 13 overs21:45 hrs IST: Hazratullah Zazai departs at 30, Afghanistan lose their third wicket 21:35 hrs IST: Isuru Udana removes Afghans lose early wickets at just 221:30 hrs IST: Just 4 runs in the 7th over, Afghanistan are 41/4 with Rahmat and Zazai out at crease21:18 hrs IST: Afghanistan lose thier first wicket in Shahzad, AFG 34/1 after 4.4 overs21:15 hrs IST: After 4 overs, AFG 29/0, Afghans off to a good start21:00 hrs IST: With the end of 2 overs, Afghanistan are 18/0 with Shahzad and Zazai at crease20:43 hrs IST: Sri Lanka all out for 201, Rashid Khan picks up the last wicket20:40 hrs IST: Sri lanka lose their ninth wicket, Lasith Malinga departs at 4, SL 199/ 9 after 36 overs20:15 hrs IST: Game has been reduced to 41 overs each side17:38 hrs IST: RAIN STOPS PLAY17:37 hrs IST: With the end of 33rd over, Sri Lanka are 182/8 with Lakmal and Malinga at crease17:32 hrs IST: Kusal Perera departs at 78, Sri Lanka 180/8 after 32.2 overs17:23 hrs IST: BOWLED! Isuru Udana departs at 10, SL 178/7 after 31.3 overs 17:18 hrs IST: MAIDEN OVER by Rashid Khan, Sri Lanka 177/6 after 31 overs 17:15 hrs IST: After 30 overs, Sri Lanka are 177/6 with Perera and Udana out in the middle17:10 hrs IST: SIX! by Isuru Udana17:00 hrs IST: RUN OUT! T. Perera out at 2, Sri Lanka 159/6 after 25.4 overs 16:52 hrs IST: Sri Lanka crosses 150-run mark in the 24th over 16:49 hrs IST: Hamid Hassan picks his first, takes Dhananjaya de Silva wicket, SL 149/5 after 23 overs16:44 hrs IST: Angela Mathews again departs for DUCK, Sri Lanka lose another one, SL 146/4 after 22 overs 16:40 hrs IST: OUT! Mohammed Nabi takes Kusal Mendis at 2, Sri Lanka lose its third 16:36 hrs IST: Nabi strikes again, picks Thirimanne’s wicket, SL 144/2 after 21.2 overs16:30 hrs IST: Thirimanne and Perera’s second wicket partnership is looking fine at this moment, SL 144/1 after 21 overs 16:22 hrs IST: After 18 overs, SL 131/1 with Perera and Thirimanne out in the middle16:20 hrs IST: Kusal Perera hits 12th ODI 50 and that too in style16:05 hrs IST: With the end of 15 overs, SL 104/1 with Thirimanne and Parera at crease16:01 hrs IST: Mohammed Nabi picks Sri Lankan skipper’s wicket at 30, SL 92/1 after 13.1 overs16:00 hrs IST: After end of the 13th over, Sri Lanka 92/0 with Dimuth and Parera out in the middle 15:56 hrs IST: Another tight over, this time from Gulbadin Naib and Sri Lanka are 83/0 after 11 overs.15:51 hrs IST: Afghanistan are pulling things back but Sri Lanka are still in a healthy position at 79/0 after 10 overs.15:49 hrs IST: Mohammad Nabi is bowling tightly and after nine overs, Sri Lanka are 76/0.15:44 hrs IST: Two back-to-back fours by Kusal Perera off Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Sri Lanka continue to hurt Afghanistan. After eight overs, Sri Lanka are 71/0.15:40 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are taking full toll as the Afghanistan pacers go awry in their line and length. The fifty is up in just the fifth over but Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi are ensuring that the runs are kept on a leash. After seven overs, Sri Lanka are 62/0.15:24 hrs IST: Kusal Perera is on a roll and Hamid Hassan has started off badly. He concedes five wides and is blasted for a boundary over deep extra cover for a boundary. Karunaratne also joins in the party with four runs. After four overs, Sri Lanka are 37/0.15:22 hrs IST: Good pace and swing shown by Dawlat Zadran. Only one run in the over and Sri Lanka are 21/0 after three overs.15:17 hrs IST: Hamid Hassan opens from the other end and he is expensive as both Karunaratne and Kusal Perera begin well with a couple of boundaries. After two overs, Sri Lanka are 20/0.15:12 hrs IST: Dawlat Zadran opens the bowling and he is getting some swing and bounce. However, his line is awry and on the fifth ball, Dimuth Karunaratne glances a short ball to the fine leg fence. After the first over, Sri Lanka are 5/0.14:56 hrs IST: So, Afghanistan are employing three spinners on a green deck while Sri Lanka are loaded with pacers. Are Afghanistan following the trick that if it seams, it spins?14:43 hrs IST: Here are the team sheets for this game14:41 hrs IST: Afghanistan have chosen to bowl against Sri Lanka. Jeevan Mendis is not playing in this match.14:38 hrs IST: The pitch is green and there are chances of rain also today. Would be interesting to see what the team does when they win the toss.14:28 hrs IST: According to the weather report today, Cardiff could be affected by rain and the match could be rain-curtailed.14:24 hrs IST: Despite losing to Australia, Afghanistan showed that they belonged on the big stage with a solid show. They were impressive in patches, but they could not capitalise on the big moments.14:10 hrs IST: Sri Lanka will be aiming to bounce back after their horrendous loss against New Zealand. However, their woes in ODIs has been present ever since 2017. Can Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews and other senior members of the team stage a revival?13:54 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the ICC Cricket World Cup encounter between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka from Cardiff. Afghanistan showed some spark against Australia but in the end, they came up short. They will fancy their chances against Sri Lanka, who suffered a 10-wicket loss to New Zealand.OUT! Nuwan Pradeep picks Afghanistan skipper’s wicket, AFG 122/6 after 25 overs For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Syracuse starts practice slowly, then picks up intensity

first_imgMaybe it was the early morning. Maybe it was because of Fanfest the day before. Or maybe it was because it was the first two-a-day, but Syracuse came onto the practice field Saturday looking sluggish. Quarterbacks coach Tim Lester said that with full pads he can start to learn more about the players he has competing at the position, and the same holds true all over the field. With training camp now almost a full week old, Syracuse held its first two-a-day practice on Saturday, opening with a practice at 9 a.m. to be followed by one Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Published on August 10, 2013 at 3:03 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Comments After the slow start the practice was lively. Both kickers, Ryan Norton and Ross Krautman, regularly drilled field goals from 45 yards out. The quarterbacks looked sharp in their individual drills. The defense worked on a variety of blitzes, rotating in an array of combinations in the secondary. Just a few minutes into Saturday’s 9 a.m. practice, head coach Scott Shafer had seen enough. The players headed off the field … only to charge back on moments later, quarterback Drew Allen leading the pack, to restart practice on a better note. With some extra padding and more practice time some questions will start to be answered, and that will start with a better practice Saturday afternoon. Running back Jerome Smith looked at the signal caller battle as just another competition. “Every position is having a competition,” he said. “Everybody I guess groggy or whatever,” linebacker Marquis Spruill said. “But it didn’t meet Shafe’s expectation, so he brought us out, talked to us and he got our mind right.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ “It definitely gives everybody a little bit of an edge,” Spruill said. Other than the handful of minutes to start practice, the addition of full pads has livened up practice. “The rest of practice was great,” Spruill said. “Now we’ve got this rest period, rest up, take a nap and have a better practice in the second half.”last_img read more

Syracuse men’s soccer’s Miles Robinson called up to U-20 National Team; will miss SU’s game vs. Albany

first_img Published on October 3, 2016 at 6:45 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Sophomore defender Miles Robinson has been called up to the U.S. Men’s Under-20 National Team and won’t be available for Syracuse’s game at Albany on Tuesday.Robinson is tied for the team lead with four goals and also has an assist this season. He’s anchored the middle of an SU back three that has only allowed six goals this season.Freshman Mo Adams will start at center back in Robinson’s place, he said Monday afternoon. Adams has started all 10 games at center defensive midfield for the Orange.Syracuse hasn’t won in its last two games after winning its first eight. After facing the Great Danes on Tuesday, Syracuse travels to Louisville on Friday to play the Cardinals, another top 10 team. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Oshoala Joins Chinese Club Dalian Quanjian

first_imgShe helped the Gunners win the Women’s FA Cup at Wembley in May 2016 and was recently awarded the African Women’s Player of the Year Award.Oshoala was part of the Nigerian senior women’s team, the Super Falcons that won the African Women’s Nations Cup in Cameroon late last year. She also played for Falcons at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada.Meanwhile, English league champions, Manchester City Women, have signed World Cup-winner and FIFA World Player of the Year, Carli Lloyd, on a short-term deal.The United States midfielder, 34, has scored 96 goals in 232 international appearances, including a 13-minute hat-trick in the 2015 World Cup final.She joins the Women’s Super League One club for the 2017 Spring Series, which begins in April and ends on 3 June.Her deal also includes City’s Women’s Champions League and FA Cup campaigns.Nick Cushing’s side face Danish champions Fortuna Hjorring in March’s Champions League quarter-final, after entering the FA Cup at the fifth-round stage on 19 March.US captain Lloyd becomes the third American player to move to an English club this winter, after winger Crystal Dunn’s move to Chelsea Ladies and midfielder Heather O’Reilly’s switch to Arsenal.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *World Player of the Year, Lloyd, joins Man City LadiesNigeria winger, Asisat Oshoala, has left Women’s Super League One club Arsenal Ladies to join Chinese side Dalian Quanjian.The 22-year-old won the BBC’s Women’s Footballer of the Year Award in 2015 before joining Arsenal from Liverpool.last_img read more