No major moves expected in Premier League January sales

first_img The £5.136billion windfall from the Premier League’s bumper TV rights deal with Sky and BT will kick in next season. The flood of money into the game is so huge that the team that finishes bottom of the league in the 2016-17 season will pocket £99million in prize money. “Then you have got Sunderland, who probably will spend. Newcastle and Norwich are probably thinking their squad is good enough to get them into 14th place minimum. “With the possible exception of Norwich, those teams down there don’t need another striker. “When you look at teams like Stoke, Leicester and Watford, they haven’t rushed out and thrown large sums of money at big-name strikers. They have been very careful and they have reaped the rewards of that so there’s a good lesson to be learned.” Sunderland have been linked with Andros Townsend, who is out of favour at Tottenham. One potential stumbling block is that Spurs are understood to be demanding £14million for the England winger, who has not played for the first team since he clashed with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner following the win over Aston Villa on November 2. West Brom, who are 13th in the table, look likely to cash in on Saido Berahino, who has fallen out of favour with manager Tony Pulis. Albion rejected an approach from Tottenham for Berahino in the summer and it remains to be seen whether chairman Jeremy Peace will extend an olive branch to his counterpart Daniel Levy, and offload the striker to White Hart Lane. After an excellent run of form, Tottenham are fourth in the table, but with such a large squad, the Londoners may be reluctant to do business, unless a striker becomes available to ease Harry Kane’s workload. Indeed, with the exception of United, the other traditional big spenders may also struggle to land their targets in January. Louis van Gaal says he has already held transfer discussions with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. Despite spending over a quarter of a billion pounds since being appointed manager 18 months ago, Van Gaal needs a striker and a left-back. The club will not go for any short-term fixes, however, so that rules out Ashley Cole, who is out of favour at Roma. Attacking players like Lazio’s Felipe Anderson and Southampton forward Sadio Mane are more likely to be pursued. “In between United and Chelsea, they could spend £100million, but I anticipate it being around half of that,” Cannon added. “The people who might be in demand are not available, players like (Romelu) Lukaku and (Jamie) Vardy.” Chelsea failed with their bid to sign John Stones in the summer, and Everton manager Roberto Martinez has reiterated the defender is not for sale. The one surprise of the window could be that Arsene Wenger delves into his pocket to sign the defensive midfielder and striker he needs to help keep the Gunners at the top of the table. “I’ll be busy, that’s for sure,” said the Arsenal manager, who has been linked with a move for free-scoring Bayer Leverkusen forward Javier Hernandez. Premier League survival is worth more than ever, but a leading football finance expert is predicting a “quiet” January transfer window for top-flight English clubs. One would expect clubs to splash the cash next month in an attempt to secure their piece of the pie, but football finance expert Professor Tom Cannon does not believe that will be the case. Indeed it would come as a big surprise to Cannon if last January’s record spend of £144million was beaten. “I think it won’t be a bonanza transfer window,” said Cannon, who is a professor of strategic development at Liverpool University. “I think it will be surprisingly quiet. I would be surprised if spending exceeded £100million in the Premier League.” Norwich have made an early move to boost their squad as they try to drag themselves away from the relegation zone. The Canaries are thought to be willing to spend £8million on Everton striker Steven Naismith. But by and large, Cannon believes the rest of the strugglers in the division – with the exception of Sunderland – will have a quiet month in the market. “If you look at the bottom half of the Premier League at the moment, no one can see (bottom side) Aston Villa spending money because they are so far adrift and (owner) Randy Lerner doesn’t want to push the boat out. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Ellsworth’s Sarah Shelton named Gatorade Player of the Year

first_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest Posts Bio Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.center_img Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Ellsworth High School’s Sarah Shelton was named the 2014-2015 Gatorade Maine Volleyball Player of the Year on Thursday.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSELLSWORTH — When Sarah Shelton’s mother told her to get online and check out who was named the 2014-2015 Gatorade Maine Volleyball Player of the Year on Thursday, the Ellsworth High School senior replied: “Why? Who won?”Brenda Shelton, Sarah’s mom, had the pleasure of responding: “You did.”For 30 years, the Gatorade Co., in collaboration with USA Today High School Sports, has recognized student-athletes from all over the country for their athleticism, academic achievements and character.Despite Sarah Shelton’s success both on and off the court, the volleyball standout did not expect the honor. The program had a track record of selecting players from state-qualifying teams, and Ellsworth (8-7) advanced only to the Class A state quarterfinals.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Her bubble got burst a while ago. She knew that she was going to be disappointed,” Brenda Shelton said. “When she won, she couldn’t believe it.”Sarah Shelton, who was also named Player of the Year by the Maine Volleyball Coaches Association, is the first Gatorade Maine Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from Ellsworth. She joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners, including USA Volleyball players Kim Glass, Kim Willoughby and Ogonna Nnamani.“Sarah Shelton is definitely a standout in the state,” said Maine Junior Olympic Volleyball Club coach Andy Pohl, for whom Shelton plays in the summer. “She is one of the best outside hitters in the state, but because Ellsworth needed her skills elsewhere, she didn’t get to play much at outside hitter.“They had her playing other positions, including setter, and even still, she led them in pretty much every category.”This fall, the 6-foot-1 outside hitter slammed 192 kills while producing a .508 kill percentage. She totaled 157 service receptions, 102 digs, 84 assists and 56 service aces during the regular season. In the two state tournament matches, she collected 33 kills, 27 digs, 25 service receptions, seven assists and a service ace.Shelton has maintained a 3.87 GPA and serves as treasurer of her school’s student council and as a member of the National Honor Society. She has volunteered for the Society for the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals — a nonprofit animal welfare organization.One Gatorade National Player of the Year also is selected annually from the pool of state award-winners in each of the 12 sports the program recognizes. The announcement for volleyball will be made later this month. EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

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The Latest: Play ball! Prep baseball being played in Iowa

first_img Associated Press June 15, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on sports around the world (all times local):___Prep baseball has returned to Iowa. ___A football player at West Virginia has tested positive for the coronavirus, the school said Monday on the first day of voluntary workouts.The school’s athletic department said in a statement that contact tracing identified other football players who could have been exposed to the athlete. Both the player who tested positive and the others he may have been in contact with will isolate themselves for 14 days, the statement said.Voluntary workouts will continue for players who have tested negative for the virus, the statement said.When West Virginia begins its fall semester on Aug. 19, students must wear masks on campus, including in class. Students, faculty and staff must be tested for the virus before they return to campus and complete a coronavirus education course. The full European Tour schedule starts a week later with the British Masters. That kicks off a stretch of six tournaments in England and Wales, each with a prize fund of 1 million euros ($1.1 million).The European Tour was last held March 8 at the Qatar Masters when the COVID-19 pandemic led to a shutdown. The Challenge Tour was last played Feb. 16 in South Africa, though it was not scheduled to resume until May.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___European Tour members would be able to play again two weeks earlier than originally planned with the announcement Monday of the consecutive golf tournaments in Austria.Both will be dual ranking events for the European Tour and its developmental Challenge Tour.The Austrian Open will be July 9-12 at Diamond Country Club. It will be followed by the Euram Bank Open at Golf Club Adamstal, which will be July 15-18.Both tournaments will have a purse of 500,000 euros and count toward both tours. “I feel like that’s a big deal,” Pendergast told the newspaper. “If we had some standing and some kneeling, it wouldn’t have been as big as a deal. But that the whole team came together and everybody kneeled, I think it makes a big difference.“That’s a big part of why we did it. There’s so much diversity at Roosevelt and on our team. It’s our responsibility to stand up for our community.” ___Michigan’s athletic department says football and basketball players are welcome back on campus starting this week if they choose to take part in voluntary strength and conditioning work.Michigan says its process for reopening the athletic campus includes a 14-day pre-report risk assessment and a six-day resocialization period to campus. The resocialization period includes COVID-19 and antibody testing. Colfax-Mingo faced Tri-County on Monday as Iowa became the first state to have a varsity baseball game since the coronavirus pandemic closed down sports across the country in March, the Des Moines Register reported.In addition to the baseball game played at the Principal Park in Des Moines, home to the Chicago Cubs’ Triple-A team, the Iowa Cubs, A number of softball games in Iowa started later in the day, the newspaper reported.The game between two schools with less than 200 enrollments, in front of an announced crowd of just over 360, was possible because Iowa sponsors high school sports in the summer. It is the only state to do so.Colfax-Mingo used a seven-run seventh-inning for a 10-0 win over Tri-County.“With two weeks (of practice) and the kids not throwing ahead of time, you’re not sure how that first game is going to go,” Tri-County coach Scott Edmundson was quoted as telling the newspaper. “Now we’ve got the rust off and know where we’re at, and we’ve got things to on.” According to an Associated Press count, at least 45 athletes, coaches or staff members at a total of 17 schools have tested positive since June 1.___The PGA Tour will keep the 3M Open in Minnesota on schedule, but the second-year event will be played without spectators on site.Tournament officials announced Monday that the state’s health guidelines currently in place for public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic will keep the galleries empty throughout the weekend of July 23-26. Attendance at the TPC Twin Cities course in Blaine, a suburb north of Minneapolis, will be limited to players, caddies, staff, media and other personnel deemed essential to the operation.The PGA Tour resumed last week after a three-month hiatus because of the virus outbreak. No spectators were admitted at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas, and the next three events will also be held without fans. The Memorial tournament in Ohio, rescheduled for mid-July right before the 3M Open, has received state approval for a limited amount of spectators.___The New York Racing Association and the City of Saratoga Springs unveiled a limited edition set of Saratoga Race Course-branded face masks on Monday as part of an effort to raise funds for two local non-profit organizations.The reusable cloth face masks come in a variety pack and feature three individual designs with Saratoga logos. The masks, to be used to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus, include stretchable elastic ear straps with an interior pocket for a replaceable filter.A portion of the proceeds will be donated to support Franklin Community Center and Shelters of Saratoga, which provide food, shelter and other critical resources to the community. Players and staff will have daily screening before being admitted to facilities. People who test positive for COVID-19 will enter a defined quarantine protocol.The second phase of returning student-athletes to the Michigan campus will include cross country, field hockey, golf, soccer, tennis and volleyball.___Iowa’s athletic department reported two positive COVID-19 tests during the second week of its return-to-campus protocol. The school did not disclose whether it was athletes, coaches or staff members who tested positive. In the two weeks since Iowa began testing, there have been three positives and 343 negatives. ___All the baseball players from Roosevelt High School kneeled during the national anthem prior to the Roughriders’ game against Ankeny Centennial at Principal Park in Des Moines, Iowa, to protest racial injustice.The Des Moines Register reported that the Roughriders’ coaches stood behind their players, literally and figuratively, as the anthem played.“Coach brought it up during practice, just with everything going on,” senior Alex Pendergast was quoted as saying. “We talked about it as a team and came to a decision, as players, to take a knee and give more attention to the problem at hand.”Pendergast knew it was important for the team to kneel together. The Latest: Play ball! Prep baseball being played in Iowalast_img read more

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Schelling: Want to see UW win? Go to soccer

first_imgThis weekend was not exactly a ringing endorsement of Wisconsin athletics.The football team lost after getting outcoached in the second half, the men’s hockey team stayed true to its 2007-08 form in blowing a 2-0 lead Friday and the volleyball team that had been on a roll after a 2-0 weekend lost to a Purdue team that had dropped five in a row.One program is playing its best at the right time of year, however.Currently third in the Big Ten standings with a 3-1-3 record in conference play, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team is coming off one of its most successful weekends in recent memory. And it is thanks in no small part to head coach Paula Wilkins.Now I know most of you probably think soccer is about as mind numbing as watching the Tennessee Titans try to play something that resembles a defense (59 points, really?), but hear me out.I’ve been going to UW soccer games for the last three years, and the two I saw this weekend were the most exciting I’ve seen. Unfortunately, fewer than 400 people joined me.The Badgers hosted No. 19 Ohio State and perennial Big Ten powerhouse Penn State, your typical “make or break” situation for their season. Entering the weekend, Wisconsin was tied with Minnesota atop the conference standings with 10 points, while Ohio State and Penn State were just behind with nine.Friday’s game began like most of the Badgers’ games this season: with a scoreless first half. When the teams came out of the break, though, the Buckeyes took control of the game and the lead with a header goal from Tiffany Cameron in the 63rd minute. Still, Wisconsin never flinched, battling the rest of the way despite trailing arguably the best team in the Big Ten.Wisconsin inbounded the ball with 30 seconds remaining in regulation, needing a goal to send the game into overtime. And that’s exactly what the Badgers got.Sophomore forward Laurie Nosbusch found freshman Monica Lam-Feist, who put the ball past the OSU keeper to tie the game with 18 seconds remaining.It was the British Columbia native’s first collegiate goal, and it set the tone for the weekend.Although the game ended in a 1-1 tie after 110 minutes, the Badgers maintained their lead over the Buckeyes, while Penn State won in similar fashion Friday at Minnesota to take over the Big Ten lead.With the Nittany Lions leading the conference, Sunday’s home finale meant that much more to the Badgers, and it showed. Wilkins’ squad was prepared mentally and physically, even after playing its fifth overtime game of the season.They fought hard throughout, and despite falling behind 3-1 late in the second half, continued to battle. And just two minutes after PSU went up by two, the Badgers got a crucial penalty kick.Sophomore Erin Jacobsen converted and cut the lead to one.The game remained 3-2 until the 81st minute, when Nosbusch headed in the game-tying goal off an assist from Lam-Feist and fellow freshman Paige Adams.Much like Friday night, however, Sunday’s game ended in a draw after 110 minutes, leaving the Badgers one point behind both the Nittany Lions and the Buckeyes.Still, the weekend is a significant one in the program’s history. In Wilkins’ first two years at Wisconsin, her team went a combined 1-3 against OSU and PSU, including back-to-back losses last season by scores of 4-0 and 3-0, respectively.To battle back for ties against the conferences two top teams means a lot to Wilkins.“To show that courage to come back and keep battling is something that we’ve talked about in the program,” she said Friday night. “I’m happy to say it showed up tonight.”For Wilkins, her team’s play — especially the goal in the final seconds Friday — showed the progress they’ve made not only since her arrival in 2007 but also from the beginning of the 2009 season.“I think a year ago — even a couple games ago — we wouldn’t have that,” Wilkins said. “Especially with these young players on the field, I think they’ve done a great job to rise to the challenge.”Of course, Wilkins left out the part about how she has single-handedly turned around the women’s soccer program in her three years at Wisconsin.Although Wisconsin had success reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and 2005, the Badgers had a disappointing season in 2006, finishing 7-8-3. And while Wilkins was just 6-11-1 in her first year as head coach, Wisconsin improved last season to 9-9-1, though they still missed the Big Ten Tournament for the third straight year.This year, however, Wilkins has shown that the program is headed in the right direction. The team is just 7-5-3, but they’ve played a very ambitious schedule with a pair of losses at top-five opponents and have lost just once in conference play, on an overtime PK.More importantly, though, the Badgers continue to be built around young talent, thanks to Wilkins’ impressive ability to recruit high-quality athletes. This year’s squad currently features a starting lineup of five sophomores, four freshmen, one junior and one senior.With so much young talent playing so well at this point in the season, Wisconsin is primed to be a successful program for years to come under the direction of Wilkins. In fact, it would be surprising if she did not build the program to the level of Penn State’s, which she guided to national prominence for several years before coming to Wisconsin.“[This weekend] proves that we deserve to compete with the people in the top of the Big Ten,” Wilkins said. “I think we’re building confidence every day.”Now if Wilkins can figure out how to get more than 396 fans to her team’s biggest game of the year, the sky is the limit for this Wisconsin women’s soccer program.Jordan is a senior majoring in journalism and political science. Don’t care about soccer? Let him know at jschelling@badgerherald.com and he’ll tell you why you should.last_img read more

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Men’s and women’s tennis begin seasons

first_imgBoth the USC men’s and women’s tennis teams got off to a hot start this weekend and will look to continue their winning ways this week at the ITA All-American Championships.Stellar · Junior Jonny Wang (above) and sophomore Max de Vroome won their first-round doubles match at the ITA All-American Championships. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe women’s team sent a few players to the Cal Nike Invitational in Berkeley, Calif., while some stayed in Los Angeles to play in the prequalifying rounds of the ITA/Riviera All-American Championships.Freshman Zoë Katz and senior transfer Brynn Boren were both victorious in their debuts for USC, each reaching the quarterfinals at the Cal Nike Invitational.Junior Gabriella DeSimone fell in the first round, while sophomore Ellie Yates fell in the Round of 16.Katz and Yates teamed up in doubles, as did Boren and DeSimone, and both teams advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament.Back in Westwood, junior Giuliana Olmos and senior Kaitlyn Christian advanced to the second round of prequalifying singles for the ITA/Riviera All-American Championships, which start this week.The main draw is set to begin Thursday in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Junior Sabrina Santamaria, the top-ranked women’s singles player in the nation, enters as the favorite to win the tournament. Last year, Santamaria entered the tournament as the No. 5 seed and fell in the second round to now-teammate Boren, who then played for Tennessee.Boren and junior Zoë Scandalis are listed as alternates at the ITA/Riviera All-American Championships. Both will compete in qualifying rounds if not selected from the alternates list for the main draw. DeSimone will also play in the qualifiers.In women’s doubles, Christian and Santamaria, last year’s NCAA women’s doubles champions, will play to win in the main draw.On the men’s side, the team also played well in the opening round of the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.Four Trojans fought their way through their first qualifying matches on Monday. Senior Michael Grant was the first to punch his ticket to the next qualifying round. His success was mirrored by junior Jonny Wang and sophomore Max de Vroome, both of whom also won their first-round qualifying matches.Out of 128 qualifiers, eight players will make it into the main draw, which begins Thursday.Three Trojans are already set to play in the main draw: senior Ray Sarmiento and juniors Roberto Quiroz and Yannick Hanfmann. Sarmiento, who was forced to pull out of last year’s ITA All-American quarterfinals with a calf injury, enters the season at a career-high No. 8 in the country.Wang and de Vroome will compete together in the doubles qualifiers, while Hanfmann and Johnson are listed as alternates for the main draw.The talented men’s and women’s teams aim for success in their first big tournaments of the year, which will surely set the tone for the rest of their respective seasons. Follow Aubrey on Twitter @aubreykragenlast_img read more

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25 Talented Athletes Discovered at Lagos U-15 Deaf Sports School Games  Â

first_imgIn Athletics, Usifo Kenneth of Sango Junior School was the best in the boys ‘category, while Nwalobu Nkiru was the best athlete in the girls’ category. Mr. Kuye Gboyega, who represented people with disabilities on the board of Lagos State Sports Commission commended Governor Ambode for giving these set of students a sense of belonging in his government.“I can tell you that this action of His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has shown the depth of which he has interest in sports talents and overall development of people with disabilities in the state. This is fantastic. I’m so glad that as these students are progressing academically, they will be doing well in sports,” he said.Director of Sports Development in the Sports Commission, Segun Kolawole, applauded the exemplary talent display of the deaf students. “We can all see the excitement on the faces of these students. This shows that they really enjoyed themselves in the last four days. I want to assure that all the athletes discovered in this competition will be further groomed for them to be useful to the state in future championships,”  Kolawole said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As part of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode government’s all-inclusive policy in sports development, a four-day multi sports games were organised for deaf students in the state at the Agege Stadium, christened the ‘Soccer Temple’.At the end of the tournament tagged Lagos U-15 Deaf Sports School Games, a total number of 25 athletes were discovered in Badminton, Table Tennis, and Athletics.These set of athletes, though they were physically impaired, they proved that there is ability in disabilities as they did their various schools proud. Eight athletes were discovered in Badminton, eight in Table Tennis and nine in Athletics. These discovered athletes in the fourth edition of U-15 Deaf Sports School Games, according to the management of Lagos State Sports Commission, would be further groomed as the state gets set for the National Youth Games in September this year.Other highlights at the closing ceremony of the competitionon Friday was the award giving moment for the Best Athletes in the competition. In Badminton, Muyideen Tijani of Sango Junior School was adjudged the best athlete in the boys’ category, while Nwalobu Nkiru of Sango Junior School won the girls’ category.In Table Tennis, Ajayi Israel of Ipakodo Junior Grammar School was the best athlete in the boys’ event with Oseni Funmito adjudged the best athlete in the girls’ category.last_img read more

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Zamalek approach ex-Petrojet midfielder Koffi

first_imgBurkina Faso international has been linked to Zamalek, who need to bolster their line-up after a less than stellar season.Zamalek have opened talks with former Petrojet attacking midfielder Mohamed Koffi for a potential summer switch, according to Al-Ahram’s Arabic news website.The Burkinabe international, who left Petrojet for Duhok in the winter break, will see out his contract with the Iraqi side by the end of the season as the Whites aim to secure his services on a free transfer.Koffi, 27, has been one of Petrojet’s key men since the petroleum side sealed top-flight promotion in the 2006/2007 league season.Zamalek, who will be vying in the CAF Champions League group stage this summer, are looking to bolster their squad with new signings – much needed, considering the Cairo giants’ have been anything but consistent this season.With only one match to go, the 11-time-Egyptian champions are currently struggling to secure qualification for the final mini-league phase, as they need to overcome Group B leaders Ittihad El-Shorta in their final game to march through.last_img read more

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Pjanic’s Goal nominated for UEFA Goal of the Week, voting in Progress

first_imgOn Tuesday, Miralem Pjanic scored outstanding goal in a match against Leverkusen (4: 4) within the framework of the Champions League.Pjanic scored a goal from free kick for leadership of Roma (3: 2), and goalkeeper of Leverkusen Bernd Leno was absolutely powerless.UEFA nominated this goal as one of the top five during this week. You can vote for the best goal of the week at this LINK.At the moment Pjanic is one of the best players from free-kick in Europe. He scored 4 goals from free-kick since the beginning of the season.(Source: klix.ba)last_img

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California becomes first state to allow college athlete endorsement deals

first_imgThe NCAA has met its match.California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday signed the Fair Pay to Play Act, which states colleges in California cannot penalize their athletes for collecting money from endorsement deals beginning in 2023. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney on ‘ugly’ win over UNC: ‘We’re not perfect’ Colleges reap billions from student athletes but block them from earning a single dollar. That’s a bankrupt model.I just signed the Fair Play to Pay Act with @KingJames — making CA the first state to allow student athletes to profit off their name, image, and likeness. pic.twitter.com/aWE9OL9r1v— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 30, 2019″That’s governor’s signature right there,” James said in the clip before later  tweeting  he is “so incredibly proud to share this moment” with Newsom.”This is a game-changer for student-athletes and for equity in sports,” James said. “Athletes at every level deserve to be empowered and to be fairly compensated for their work, especially in a system where so many are profiting off of their talents. Part of the reason I went to the NBA was to get my mom out of the situation she was in. I couldn’t have done that in college with the current rules in place.”It wasn’t long before the NCAA issued a statement on the matter, saying it will take the new law into consideration as its “members move forward with ongoing efforts to make adjustments.”As a membership organization, the NCAA agrees changes are needed to continue to support student-athletes, but improvement needs to happen on a national level through the NCAA’s rules-making process. Unfortunately, this new law already is creating confusion for current and future student-athletes, coaches, administrators and campuses, and not just in California. Newsom made it official during an episode of “The Shop” on HBO with NBA star LeBron James, WNBA star Diana Taurasi and former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon.“It’s going to initiate dozens of other states to introduce similar legislation,” Newsom said in the video. “And it’s going to change college sports for the better by having now the interest finally of the athletes on par with the interests of the institution. Now we are rebalancing that power.” Related Newscenter_img Mike Leach calls Washington State players ‘fat, dumb, happy and entitled’ after ugly loss We will consider next steps in California while our members move forward with ongoing efforts to make adjustments to NCAA name, image and likeness rules that are both realistic in modern society and tied to higher education.As more states consider their own specific legislation related to this topic, it is clear that a patchwork of different laws from different states will make unattainable the goal of providing a fair and level playing field for 1,100 campuses and nearly half a million student-athletes nationwide.The Fair Pay to Play Act was first introduced in February by Sen. Nancy Skinner and has since gained momentum with the support of numerous outspoken athletes. Politicians around the country, including Colorado, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Washington, have also publicly supported the idea of similar laws in their respective states.last_img read more

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Start with Sure Step

first_img TURNING THE TABLES The Kingsley Davis-trained TRADITIONAL STORM beat then 3-5 favourite SCOOP JORDYNE into third place over 1300 metres on January 14, but SCOOP JORDYNE was closing strongly a mere 13/4 lengths away and given the additional 100 metres, I take him to recoup losses, turning the tables on both TRADITIONAL STORM and the runner-up MIND SET. Apprentice Oneil Beckford, who claims 4.0kg, will ride SCOOP JORDYNE for trainer Rowan Mathie. The day’s five-star banker comes in the form of BRAVE PROSPECT in the fifth race over 1500 metres for $250,000 – $210,000 claimers. BRAVE PROSPECT has beaten much better than his nine opponents in recent months, and now stepping down two classes, should give the 2015 champion apprentice Linton Steadman, title chasing trainer Anthony Nunes, and reigning champion owner Stephan Narinesingh another winner. CHEERS, a consistent sort, looks his principal danger. Other firm fancies on the card are DUSSELDORF to win the competitive looking eighth race over 2000 metres ahead of HEY CHAMP and MAJOR FORCE, as well as FIERY PATH with Nelson up in the seventh and the lightly-raced FIVE STAR to rebound in the sixth for maiden three-year-olds. With no trophies at stake on today’s midweek programme at Caymanas Park, three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson should seize the early initiative by winning the opening race over 1200 metres, for native breed maiden 4-y-o and up, with SURE STEP. The 4-y-o gelding from the stables of Norman Rose faces five moderate opponents and following his 31/2 lengths third to 23-1 outsider CREEDENCE over the straight on February 8, could not have asked for an easier opportunity to open his account. SURE STEP’s best performance came in November of last year when failing by a short head to beat CODED CITIZEN over the straight, a race in which JASON’S GOLD finished another neck away third in a blanket finish. The Steven Todd- trained JASON’s GOLD was again behind him in a subsequent race and although considered a worthy opponent in a race of this nature, SURE STEP looks the right choice with Nelson sticking with the ride. Next on the programme is a $450,000 – $400,000-claiming race over 1400 metres which should see the recent winner TRADITIONAL STORM and old rivals SCOOP JORDYNE and MIND SET in contention at the finish.last_img read more

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