European coaches ponder scrapping of extra-time

first_imgEurope’s top coaches pondered the idea of abolishing extra-time after drawn matches in European competition and going straight to penalties at their annual meeting this week.Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, UEFA’s coaching ambassador, said he did not like to see players “walking” around the pitch exhausted and that extra-time rarely succeeded in producing a winner.“Some coaches said it could be direct to penalties, others thought that could be an advantage for the smaller teams who could defend more,” said UEFA’s chief technical officer Ioan Lupescu.“One thing that is very clear is that these days the players play so many matches and we raised the question whether from their point of view it is still worthwhile having extra-time.”Ferguson said it was important to consider the “protection” of the game.“I don’t think we like to see players exhausted in extra-time and when the whistle goes at the end of 90 minutes, I’ve always the feeling it’s going to go to penalty kicks,” he said.“You saw in the last Champions League final, players walking about… it’s inevitable that it goes to penalty kicks so the question is how we can improve it?”South America’s equivalent of the Champions League, the Libertadores Cup, does not use extra-time in drawn matches.Coaches were also given a tactical summary of Euro 2016.Only 31 percent of games at the tournament were won by teams who had more possession of the ball, while 11 out of 15 knockout matches were won by the team with less possession.There was a drop in goals from counter-attacks, 30 percent came from set pieces and 18 percent were scored by substitutes, UEFA said. Forty-two percent of goals in open play came from crosses and pullbacks.last_img read more

France restore Six Nations pride with Scotland win

first_imgFrance ended their losing run in the Six Nations by hammering an injury-depleted Scotland 27-10 to claim their first victory in this year’s competition on Saturday.A spectacular second-half implosion against Wales and a 44-8 thrashing at the hands of England had left France winless after two games. However, tries by a brilliant Romain Ntamack, Yoann Huget and Gregory Alldritt (2), and five points from the boot of Thomas Ramos as well as a Baptiste Serin conversion restored some pride for Les Bleus.Scotland only had Greig Laidlaw’s first-half penalty and a late Ali Price try converted by Adam Hastings to show for themselves.France, who had lost 10 of their previous 13 matches under coach Jacques Brunel, next travel to Ireland with Scotland hosting Wales.last_img read more

La Salle wins 3rd UAAP Streetdance title

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Maria Sharapova to enter Wimbledon qualifying tournament China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIEScenter_img Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ De La Salle Dance Company Street. Bong Lozada/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle added another title to its collection and this time, the school won the UAAP Season 79 Streetdance Competition.The De La Salle Dance Company Street bested six of its rivals to secure its third Streetdance title Saturday at University of Santo Tomas just before the UAAP Season 79 formally closed.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ La Salle also won the event in 2011 and 2012.Paolo Deluria, member of the LSDCS, said their theme of a battle-infused party was a reflection of their struggle to bring the trophy back to their camp after failing to defend it in 2013.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“It’s like the LSDCS against everybody else,” said Deluria who is graduating from the team. “Because we’ve been through so much and having to show what we’ve been preparing for so long is so fulfilling for us.”La Salle’s score of 89 narrowly edged silver medalist University of the Philippines’ 88.75 while host school University of Santo Tomas finished in third with 85.75 points. View commentslast_img read more

Andy Murray looking to keep up momentum as Wimbledon gets serious

first_imgMurray has been well and truly overshadowed by world number 772 Marcus Willis during the first week, while British number four Dan Evans now takes on Roger Federer.Having the spotlight lifted a little off him is surely welcome, but Murray said: “I don’t think it changes anything in my mind really.“I’ve played here a number of times, sometimes when there’s been big competitions going on elsewhere in different sports, sometimes when some of the other Brits have made deep runs, as well.“But it makes absolutely zero difference to me, how I perform and how I play. When the attention’s been on me a lot, I’ve played well. When it hasn’t, I’ve also played well.” Andy Murray wants to keep his momentum going as Wimbledon moves into the latter rounds, with the Scot yet to drop a set at the tournament this year.The Dunblane ace moved into the third round with a straight sets win over Lu Yen-hsun on Thursday, winning 17 of the last 20 games against the man from Chinese Taipei.Murray now wants to keep that kind of form going, aiming to preserve his energy before the competition gets serious in the second week.“I think the second and third sets, I played well,” he said after the win on Centre Court. “The first set was a tough set. Both of us had a bunch of chances, a lot of deuce games. Once I got that, got an early break in the second, I started to settle down, played better tennis. I finished the match really well.“I’ve started well here quite a few times over the years. I don’t know if this is the best one or not.“But today was, for sure, a good match, an improvement from the first round, against a guy who has won a lot of matches on grass recently.“I was just happy that I improved as the match went on. Hopefully I start the next match like I finished this one, keep it going.”last_img read more

Cove Rangers pair punished for breaching gambling rules

first_imgNo player, coach or official under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA is allowed to gamble on football. The former was accused of disciplinary rule breaches dating back eight seasons, while Hake, Cove’s head of youth development, were from the last three seasons. Cove Rangers director Grant Moorhouse and youth coach Gary Hake have been punished for breaching Scottish football gambling rules. Moorhouse has been fined £2000 – £1500 of which is immediate and £500 suspended – and Hake has been banned for eight games, four of which have been suspended until the end of 2020. The pair had hearings on Wednesday.last_img read more

Worley Arrested on Cocaine Charges

first_imgA 39 year old Campbellsburg man was arrested on Wednesday on Cocaine charges.Eric D. Worley, 39, 363 West State Road 60, Campbellsburg, IN was arrested on Wednesday after the Washington County Drug team executed an arrest warrant following their months-long investigation.At approximately 6:16p on Wednesday, an Indiana Conservation Officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Worley, based on an outstanding warrant. The warrant was for dealing Cocaine or a narcotic drug (Level 5 Felony) and possession of Cocaine or a narcotic drug (Level 6 Felony). During the arrest, Worley was also charged with possession of Cocaine or a narcotic drug (Level 6 Felony).Worley was transported to the Washington County Detention Center.Assisting agencies included the Salem Police Department, Conservation Officer of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Washington County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.Eric D. Worley, 39, 363 West State Road 60, Campbellsburg, INlast_img read more

Harps goalkeepers get international call-ups

first_imgFinn Harps goalkeeper Lee McCarron (above) is with the Republic of Ireland U-19 squad at an invitational tournament in La Manga which starts today with a game against Norway in Murcia (midday Irish time). The Buncrana man has been on the Finn Harps books for the past couple of years and is currently a member of Joe Boyle’s U19 squad who will kick-off the new National League season at the end of February.On Sunday McCarron and the Republic of Ireland squad have a game against Portugal at the La Manga Club, Murcia (12.00pm Irish). The final game of the invitational tournament is on Tuesday against Slovakia at the same venue with a 12.00pm midday (Irish time) kick-off.Meanwhile fellow Finn Harps goalkeeper Harry Doherty has got a late call-up to join a Republic of Ireland U21 home based squad for a game against the Irish Amateur squad tomorrow in Dublin. Doherty joins fellow Finn Harps player Ethan Boyle who was named in manager Noel King’s original squad last month. Tomorrow’s game takes place at the AUL Complex, Clonshaugh with a 2.00 kick-off.last_img read more

Donegal International Rally launch on Friday

first_imgExciting plans to announce this week ahead of this year’s Joule Donegal International Rally along with associated sponsors The Mount Errigal Hotel and The Pulse Venue both Letterkenny based businesses.First on the agenda is the official launch of this year’s rally which will take place in the An Grianán Theatre on Friday the 25th of May at 7.30pm. Eamon McGee the Clerk of the Course for this year’s event was quoted “This is a chance to come along and meet the crews before the competition kicks in, they will be on hand to give their opinions and discuss their preparations ahead of the rally”.Eamon continued “On the night we will announce the top20 for this year’s event and I believe this will spring a few surprises”.The launch will be free to enter and everyone is welcome. Compere on the night will be Charlie Collins, it will also be streamed live.Killian will also be providing some innovative and exciting coverage over the rally weekend. As well as his usual stage end and service interviews Killian and his team are planning four nightly programmes. During these nightly shows, Killian will have expert opinions on hand to help to dissect and analyse the action on the stages. More details of this will be announced in the coming weeks.The official programme for this year Joule Donegal International Rally is available to pre-order via www.donegalrally.ie. These will be posted and will also be distributed to shops on Monday the 28th of MayTo keep up to date with all the latest information on this year’s rally logon to www.donegalrally.ie or follow us on all social media platforms.last_img read more

SA, EU launch science programme

first_img30 June 2005One of South Africa’s most strategic partnerships in international science and technology, that with the European Union, has been significantly boosted with the launch of the European-South African Science and Technology Advancement Programme (Esastap).The programme, to be implemented by South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research as an implementation partner, will be supported by the European Commission under its Sixth Framework Programme.While South African researchers have participated in more than 50 Sixth Framework Programme projects, both South Africa and the EU believe that there is scope to increase SA’s participation.A key objective of the Esastap programme to promote research mobility between SA and Europe, both to attract skilled European researchers to work in South Africa and to enable SA researchers to gain experience working in top European facilities.Esastap will disseminate information on cooperation opportunities, support South African participants in Sixth Framework Programme projects, and market South African science and technology excellence in Europe.The Esastap website will offer interactive partner-search facilities, as well as publish success stories of SA-EU science and technology cooperation and the results of Framework Programme participation.Speaking at the Esastap launch, Science and Technology director-general Rob Adam said that for South Africa to sustain scientific excellence it was critical to strengthen the country’s connectedness to global research.“The greatest benefits leveraged through South African participation in research consortia funded by the EU Framework Programmes do not lie in securing funding,” Adam said.“Instead, these benefits accrue in the experience gained through collaboration with leading international scientists, and in sharing the rich results of joint knowledge generation.”Adam said a critical mass in science collaboration would enable South African and European scientists to anticipate future science and technology needs and to resolve major global issues.While South Africa was stepping up its own investment in science and technology, it remained important to leverage co-investments such as Framework Programme funding, Adam said.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Brand SA brings education dialogue to Soweto

first_imgBrand South Africa will bring an opportunity to discuss education with specialists in the field, to the community in Soweto when it hosts the second Play Your Part/Sowetan dialogue in Soweto, Orlando West, Uncle Toms Hall on 22 January.Education plays a significant role in growing a country and in its competitiveness, says Brand South Africa CEO Miller MatolaThe dialogue will focus on the topic, “Why many learners and students start but don’t finish?” and is in line with the awareness that learners must stay in school to receive quality education.The discussion will be guided by:Adam Habib – Vice Chancellor at Wits UniversityVuyo Jack – CEO and founder of EmpowerdexPanyaza Lesufi – National Department of Basic EducationRosie Chirongoma – (PfP) Fundraising and Stakeholder Engagement at SymphoniaDr Jeffrey Mabelebele – Higher Education South AfricaBrand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “Education plays a significant role in growing a country and in its competitiveness. We therefore need to ensure our school system can deliver quality education to enrich our learners and provide them with the tools they need to be successful.”“I invite all those interested in ensuring our education system is able to deliver the kind of education that supports the intellectual growth and development of our young people to play their part and attend the dialogue,”  concluded Mr Matola.Sowetan Dialogues are public conversations held in local communities across the country. They provide a platform for discussions on issues that affect societies and what we can collectively do to improve these conditions.Media are invited to attend as follows:Date       :        Wednesday, 22 January 2013Venue    :        Soweto, Orlando West, Uncle Toms HallTime       :       18h00 for 18:30RSVP     :        Fikile MakhobaEmail: FikileM@brandsouthafrica.com                       Mobile: 082 404 4856The entrance to the dialogue is free although places must be booked. To book please SMS keyword DIALOGUES, name and surname to 41936. SMSes are charged at R1.50/SMS. Free minutes do not apply. Booking line closes on 21st January 2014. Confirmation will be sent via SMS or RSVP to obosel@sowetan.co.zaProfiles of the panelistsProfessor Adam HabibProfessor Adam Habib is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand, and has served in this position as from the 1st of June 2013. He is an academic, an activist, an administrator, and a renowned political media commentator and columnist. A Professor of Political Science, Habib has more than 30 years of academic, research, institutional and administration expertise. His experience spans five universities and multiple local and international institutions, boards and task teams. His professional involvement in institutions has always been defined by three distinct engagements: the contest of ideas; their translation into actionable initiatives; and the building of institutions.Panyaza LesufiMr Panyaza Lesufi is a spokesman for the Department of Basic Education. He was born in Tembisa where he led a number of youth and student structures before getting arrested under the 1988 Apartheid Emergency Regulation for belonging to then banned organizations (ANC, MK and COSAS). Mr Lesufi matriculated at Vital Link Student Cooperation and went on to study Business Administration at the University of Natal in Durban where he was voted President of the SRC. He served in the Senate, Council and EXCO of the University and was awarded the Best SRC President ever by the University Natal as well as the Albert Luthuli Inter-Personal Relations Award. He served as Deputy Regional Secretary of the ANC at Ekurhuleni for 10 years before being elected to the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) of the ANC Gauteng Province. Mr Lesufi also served as a board member of the Ellis Park Disaster Fund and Chairperson of the Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership.Rosie ChirongomaMs Rosie Chirongoma deals with Fundraising and Stakeholder Engagement at Symphonia. Ms Chirongoma’s interests include current affairs, creating awareness about the issues that affect African children and working with children in disadvantaged communities. Armed with a National Diploma in Architectural Technology, she lists strong leadership, good communication skills, being passionate and driven as well as willingness to take risks as her strengths. Ms Chirongoma has been actively involved in affecting change at a grassroots level in South Africa since 2007. Her list of community projects include: Big Brother Big Sister; the Paballo Ya Batho project which helps provide food, medical care and companionship to 500 destitute and homeless people living in the inner city of Johannesburg. In 2010, Ms Chirongoma spent her weekends looking after abandoned children at the TLC Children’s Home. She was recognised as a Nedbank Local Hero, in 2007, for providing 450 learners at New Generation School with learning resources and an environment conducive for learning in an informal settlement.Vuyo JackVuyo Jack grew up in Dube, Soweto where he entertained the idea of becoming a film director, before a family friend in merchant banking changed his mind. He then decided to study accounting which he sees as a critical basis for informed economic decision-making, and as a central measure of business performance. Since co-founding Empowerdex, Vuyo was appointed as a member of the dti’s BEE Task Team in 2003 and has advised both government departments and various corporates on matters of BEE. Vuyo has a weekly column in Sunday’s Business Report on issues surrounding BEE. In addition to his role as Executive Chairman of Empowerdex, Vuyo lectures Financial Accounting at Wits on a part-time basis.Dr Jeffrey MabelebeleDr Jeffrey Mabelebele joined Higher Education South Africa (HESA) in 2009 as a Director, Operations and Sector Support.  Prior to this, he worked for the Human Sciences Research Council as a Researcher, Government Communication and Information System as a Director in the Project Office and the National Treasury’s Technical Assistance Unit as Director, Knowledge Management. His research interests include social values, identity and memory. Dr Mabelebele studied at the universities of Limpopo and UNISA. His work is published widely in accredited and peer reviewed journals.last_img read more