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first_imgPremier League bosses have given a cautious welcome to the prospective use of video referees in next season’s FA Cup. The International FA Board has recommended the trials, which would allow referees to seek assistance from an extra official on decisions relating to goals, red cards, penalties and cases of mistaken identity. Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink and Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini are among those to pronounce themselves broadly in favour of the plan. And the news was welcomed by Rangers boss Mark Warburton, who said: “Yes I am in favour of video technology. “I think the pressure on match officials is getting ever more intense and I think every help we can give them, we should. “I understand the concerns about losing the rhythm of the game but with technology now there is no delay. It’s split-second.” However, some leading bosses reacted with more caution, with Roberto Martinez admitting he is “not a big supporter” of video technology. The Everton boss said: ” Goal-line technology has been an incredible help to referees but I think we should allow referees to manage and understand the game. “If they can’t see something and they need help then video technology could be helpful but I wouldn’t like to take human error away from football as it is part of the game.” And Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino echoed Martinez’s sentiments, warning the introduction of technology risked interrupting the flow of the game. Pochettino said: “The good things in football are that we can speak about it after game; whether it was a red card, a yellow card, or it was offside. “Maybe football needs to keep some things important, the human decision need to exist in football. “Okay, we know it is more professional these days. Football needs to keep a sense of the past.” But bosses also warned the continued introduction of technology could have a negative impact on the natural flow and excitement of the game. Hiddink said: “Any kind of help is welcome in the modern age and football is such a conservative game, but it must not be overdone. “You can have some tests, especially when it’s in key situations – when there’s a goal coming which is not allowed. [But] it must be in key situations.” Pellegrini appeared to go further, suggesting he would like to see managers given the chance to challenge refereeing decisions in the same way as tennis or cricket. The Chilean said: “I think each manager can have, similar to tennis, one play in each 45 minutes to review – just one – and about important things, about red cards, about penalty, about goal. “I think it is very important – the same as goal technology – not to use the technology to change the criterion of the referee, but just if it is a mistake.” Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri also backed the proposal, saying: “I would want it, yes – in the right way. You can check immediately, in 10 seconds you can say. The opportunity would help the referee, help everybody.” Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan suggested this morning that the proposal could also be trialled in next season’s Scottish Cup. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Submit The Irish government last week announced that it will hold a referendum at some point next year on whether to alter the country’s stringent law on abortion. Voters are expected to go to the ballot in around May or June to vote on whether Ireland should retain The Eighth Amendment of the Irish constitution, which gives both a pregnant women and an unborn baby equal right to life.Irish women could currently face 14 years jail time if they are found guilty of having an illegal abortion, but they’re legally allowed to go abroad for the procedure. The already highly charged campaign will only be intensified as the precedes the Pope’s visit to Ireland, however this hasn’t stopped Irish bookmaker Paddy Power pricing up how Ireland will vote. Head of PR at Paddy Power, Feilim Mac An Iomaire told SBC: “We certainly don’t expect any backlash in relation to this market, Paddy Power have a long history in political betting and have offered odds on every Irish referendum since the company’s foundation back in 1988.“Currently our odds suggest that a repeal of the amendment is likely as the vast majority of polls have showed that the public favour such a change.“Also, the Irish electorate voted overwhelmingly in favour of allowing same sex marriage in 2015 which suggests that the Irish electorate if far more liberal than it was in 2002 when the last referendum in relation to abortion was narrowly defeated.” Related Articles Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020last_img read more

first_imgThat was reinforced by ugly stretches of half-court offense, particularly in the first and fourth quarters against Oklahoma City. Some of the Lakers’ best half-court players are shelved. Their remaining weapons thrive the most in transition.“I think with LeBron, Rondo, Kuz, Beas out, we just got to pick up the tempo, to be quite honest,” center Tyson Chandler said. “We just got to get up and down the floor, get shots up. Turn it into a speed game, a scrambling game because we are young, we are missing a lot of our leadership and floor generals so we’re just going to have to adjust, basically.”It might not sound like a satisfying answer. McGee himself questioned how much faster the Lakers can play. But for a team with as many injuries as the Lakers, there are not a lot of satisfying answers to be found. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBut even though the latest injury isn’t as serious as perhaps feared, it still tolls ominously as the Lakers soldier through misfortune on the health front. The most looming injury is to LeBron James, who has sat courtside for three straight games, once casually strolling into the building with a glass of wine. The team is 1-3 without him.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.On Wednesday night, cameras captured James in a less lighthearted mood, staring with a vacant expression while standing alongside General Manager Rob Pelinka and President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson. What exactly were they thinking as they watched the second half unfold without a number of the most important players on the roster?There is one concern on the front of every Lakers fan’s mind as the team pushes through the next stretch of games: How much can this affect the season? It’s best understood by breaking things up into the most pressing questions the team faces:HOW BAD IS THE INJURY SITUATION?There’s one man the Lakers need more than anyone else. And his injury might be the biggest mystery.On the one hand, the Lakers have acknowledged that James has a strained groin. They’ve also described his status as “day-to-day,” but as of Wednesday, James had yet to return to basketball activities. The Lakers seem to be giving him a lot of latitude to advance his own recovery – they don’t want to rush him back and have him re-injure the groin, which seems like sound judgment.center_img The way things have been sliding for the Lakers, the news that Kyle Kuzma is at least questionable for Friday’s game should draw a common-sense reaction.Whew.As the Lakers (21-17) well know, it could be so much worse.Nearly at the halfway point in the season, the Lakers sat in seventh place in the Western Conference before Thursday’s games looking for the silver lining. An MRI confirmed that Kuzma, who left the second quarter of a 107-100 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday, suffered a lower back contusion. He’s one of only four Lakers to play in every game so far this season, a number that seems to dwindle by the game. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers That being said: If James hasn’t even practiced with the rest of the team yet, it puts his status in doubt for the next slate of games. He’s officially out for Friday’s game, and returning during a road back-to-back in Minneapolis and Dallas seems dubious. A reasonable estimate is that James will miss at least three more games.Add that to the others: Rondo missed 17 games with his previous hand injury which took more than a month to recover from, and after having surgery on his finger, he’s on a similar timeline. Michael Beasley has missed 13 games and counting as he grieves his mother’s death – the organization is not going to rush along that process.Then there are the lingering effects of injuries that have already occurred but continue to nag. Center JaVale McGee said Wednesday night that he’s still building on his stamina following a bout with pneumonia. Brandon Ingram continues to get extra treatment on the left ankle he turned last month.Nothing quite summed up how dire the Lakers’ problem is as when Josh Hart was switched to power forward against the Thunder’s 6-foot-9 Jerami Grant. Hart finished with a career-high 15 rebounds, but it was because he was forced to play out of position: The Lakers don’t have many natural power forwards left.“I don’t make excuses, honestly,” Hart said afterward. “I want to play all 48 (minutes). So I’m not going to say we’re tired or anything like that. You just got to execute, and if you are tired, we’ve got to find little bits and pieces of the game to catch a breath, maybe get an extra timeout.”HOW MUCH WILL IT AFFECT THE LAKERS’ RECORD?The Lakers are 1-3 without James, with all three losses coming to Western Conference teams with winning records. At least on Friday, that eases up a little with the Knicks (9-29) visiting town, but the Lakers could be without their two leading scorers and assist men if Kuzma misses the game. It will be up to Ingram, Hart, McGee and Lonzo Ball to carry much of the load, not to mention Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who has scored 51 points in the last two games.The road back-to-back comes against Minnesota and Dallas, two teams with losing records. But the Timberwolves won the previous meeting in Target Center against the Lakers, and the Mavericks have kept the game close twice before.If James is still out after the next three, the schedule isn’t particularly punishing: The Lakers have to face the middling Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz (in Salt Lake City), before hosting the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls. They probably would be favored to win at least half of those games. But the immediate slate is a little more threatening. James making a comeback on Jan. 13 against the Cavaliers at home is a compelling storyline, but certainly the Lakers will take him back as soon as possible.EVEN HEALTHY, HOW HARD WILL IT BE TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS?Here’s the biggest concern: If the Lakers fumble a few more games during one of the softest stretches of their schedule, they could actually damage their playoff ambitions quite a bit.“We keep slipping the more we lose,” Ball said, “so gotta turn it around.”The Lakers are guaranteed to be over .500 at the halfway mark of the season, but if James misses any games beyond the next three and if the Lakers lose, that could force them to make quite a run to ensure the playoffs. Last year in the West, the 46-win Denver Nuggets did not make the cut. Even if the cutoff isn’t quite that high (the previous two years, a 41-win team made the playoffs), the Lakers would still have to win somewhere between 21 to 23 games on the back end of the schedule to qualify.Now think about the schedule: There are two five-game trips through the East Coast remaining on the schedule, with just two home games in all of February. There are three games against Golden State left, two games against Boston, two games against Milwaukee, two games against Philadelphia, two more against Oklahoma City. There are games with feisty Portland, Utah, Brooklyn, Indiana and New Orleans teams. It does not get easier.With a healthy James, the Lakers were 20-14. Over a 41-game span winning at roughly that rate, they’d come out with 24 wins. That might be enough to slide into the playoffs, but even then, does that mean they’re scratching out a 7- or 8-seed and face Golden State in the first round? That’s not ideal.WHAT CAN THE LAKERS DO IN THE MEANTIME?Coach Luke Walton again harped on the team’s tempo after the game, saying they slowed down in the fourth and it was a key reason why they lost to the Thunder. With James and Rondo out and perhaps Kuzma out too, the best advantage the Lakers might have is tempo.Related Articleslast_img read more

first_imgThe Tampa Bay Lightning were forced to battle without their top scorer on Saturday when Nikita Kucherov left the game in the second period after taking a shot off the top of the foot.Kucherov went to the locker room immediately following the blocked shot. The 26-year-old forward did not return to the bench at the start of the third period before the team officially announced him as out for the remainder of the contest during the final frame. MORE: Tyson Barrie leaves game against Oilers after blocked shotKucherov heads to the locker room after taking a Carlson shot off the leg pic.twitter.com/atWJDaomZf— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) December 15, 2019His final shift lasted just 19 seconds due to the injury, leaving the ice for the final time at 10:29 of the second period. The Russian superstar left the with the score knotted at one before the Lightning gave up back-to-back scores to open the third. Down 3-1, Tampa Bay’s Jan Rutta was able to get one back, but T.J. Oshie extended the lead back to two goals with 7:41 remaining. The Caps added an empty-netter to make the final score 5-2.MORE: Taylor Hall is healthy scratch for Devils as trade rumors riseThis is not the first time Kucherov has been forced to miss time due to injury in the 2019-20 season. He missed one game with an upper-body injury after a hit from Brayden Schenn forced him out of the contest against the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 19. The 2019 Hart Trophy winner leads the team with 34 points on 10 goals and 24 assists this season, including a secondary assist on the Lightning’s first goal of the contest, a Brayden Point score 5:45 into the second period.Despite leading the team, Kucherov is far off pace to reach the career-high numbers he hit last season (41 goals and 87 assists). He is set to net just 27 goals and dish 65 helpers this season.  From a teamwide standpoint, Tampa Bay looks much less intimidating so far at 16-12-3 than their record-setting 128 points (62-16-4) last season.Should Kucherov miss more time, the Lightning — who sit in fourth in the Atlantic Division — could be in even more trouble as January approaches.last_img read more

first_imgWith the local aviation sector poised to undergo expansive development in the coming years, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is preparing for that ‘tsunami’ with the construction of a state-of-the-art head office at Providence, East Bank Demerara.Director General Egbert Field (centre) with Public Infrastructure Ministers David Patterson and Jaipaul Sharma turning the sod for the new GCAA headquarters at ProvidenceThe new GCAA complex will be constructed behind the Guyana National Stadium to the tune of some $1.2 billion.At the sod-turning ceremony on Friday, GCAA Director General Retired Lieutenant Colonel Egbert Field explained that this new building will be constructed to cater for what’s to come in Guyana. He noted that the complex will feature a gymnasium, nursery, and cafeteria, better offices for all departments, a conference room, and possibly a training centre.“Guyana is moving swiftly ahead. The waves of the tsunami are now lapping on the shores and if we are not ready, we will definitely be swamped,” GCAA Head stated.Field went on to highlight the many achievements in the aviation sector, but recognised that much more needs to be done.“The work must continue and this new headquarters that we are about to embark on, in terms of its building and construction, is a very important item which will see Guyana move into future as we continue our progress,” he posited.Currently, GCAA is renting two buildings at High Street, Kingston, Georgetown for $42 million annually.“It’s not a sustainable model for an institution such as GCAA or any Government institution renting. There is no permanency in it and you can’t plan and develop as you like,” Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said.Junior Infrastructure Minister Jaipaul Sharma disclosed that with the GCAA always having to move around to various rentals, huge sums of monies were expended— including $25 million to maintain Colgrain House which it used to occupy. He added that apart from the high rental rate for the current property the Authority is occupying, a three-year caveat was imposed on the GCAA and this is the reason behind the Authority “aggressively” pursuing its own space.His senior, Minister Patterson, acknowledged that the new GCAA headquarters is being established at a time when there is a “vast shift” in the aviation sector with its responsibilities expanding into dimensions never seen before here. To this end, he urged the GCAA to gear up for what’s to come.Friday’s sod-turning was done on the 10 acres plot of land, which was procured at the cost of $25 million, and was witnessed by GCAA Chairman Larry London and other Board members as well as former Junior Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson, among other officials.Construction for the $1.2 billion complex is expected to last for 18 months; however, the GCAA Head told reporters that they are yet to secure funding for the project. Chinese Ambassador Cui Jianchun, who was also at the event, informally indicated that his country can put up some of the funding.Nevertheless, the project is currently in the tendering process before the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB). According to Field, he is hoping that construction starts later this year since the rental contract for the building which the GCAA occupies will expire in 2021.last_img read more