De Bruyne may miss Belgium League games for birth of child

first_imgRelatedPosts Batshuayi double helps Belgium to massive win over Iceland Castagne signs Leicester City deal Nigerian international pens RC Genk four-year deal Kevin De Bruyne may miss Belgium’s opening game of the Nations League on Saturday with his wife set to give birth to their third child, team officials said on Wednesday.De Bruyne, known as “the Belgian Pele” in his homeland, did not join up with the rest of the squad when they assembled in Belgium on Tuesday to prepare for matches against Denmark in Copenhagen on Saturday and then Iceland in Brussels next Tuesday. De Bruyne has permission to stay with his family and his participation will depend on the birth, added a Belgian football association spokesman.The squad had already been hit by the withdrawals of striker Divok Origi, goalkeeper Hendrik Van Crombrugge, defenders Dedryck Boyata and Elias Cobbaut and midfielder Nacer Chadli, who all reported injuries.Defender Thomas Vermaelen was unable to travel from Japan because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.Coach Roberto Martínez has only called up Ghent goalkeeper Davy Roef as cover.Reuters/NAN. Tags: BelgiumDe Bruynelast_img read more

Dueling DBs spark Badger defense

first_imgAfter losing star cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu to the NFL Draft and sophomore cornerback Aaron Henry to an injury, Wisconsin looked like it was going to be vulnerable against the pass this year.However, redshirt sophomore Niles Brinkley and redshirt freshman Mario Goins have stepped in nicely at cornerback.Brinkley already has two interceptions and 13 tackles and Goins has added 14 tackles. Neither Brinkley or Goins had much experience coming into this year, though Brinkley did play sparingly at cornerback and on special teams last year. Although he saw only a few minutes of game action, Brinkley believes that it definitely helped him in preparation for this season.“Experience helps everybody. The more experience you have in game time gives you a chance to see things and be able to put it in your memory bank,” Brinkley said.Goins, however, came into this season completely inexperienced, having red shirted the previous year.“I didn’t know what to expect so I was just going out there, going with the flow and working hard,” Goins said. “I thought I had technique coming out of high school, but they changed it up. I used to look sloppy, but now I’m out there looking pretty good.”Wisconsin defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks is impressed with the two young cornerbacks despite their inexperience though he knows they still have work to do.“It’s amazing how a kid comes in here and red shirts and you kind of wonder if he’s going to be a factor on defense, but these guys have really stepped up to the challenge,” Cooks said. “In August, they came in ready to compete. I thought they did a tremendous job getting themselves in shape both mentally and physically. Thinking back to the first game you can see they were inexperienced, never having stepped on a Big Ten field before or having played against college competition.“They were letting people get behind them and were biting on things they probably shouldn’t have,” he added. “But over the next few weeks, they took a different approach about studying film, what they were watching and how they approach practice, and you can really see the difference. They’re starting to make some plays and feel more confident. It’s really exciting to see those guys grow.”Although Brinkley and Goins are friends and teammates, they are also competing for the same job. Though this competition could strain a friendship, Brinkley and Goins don’t see it that way and actually believe it works to their advantage.“We have a really good connection with each other. We let each other know what the other is doing wrong,” Goins said. “It helps to compete every day and helps us go hard.”Brinkley agreed.“We both help each other. If I mess up, Mario might come and talk to me, and I do the same for him. It’s just competitiveness, not dog eat dog. It’s just competing,” Brinkley said.Cooks feels the same way.“They have a great relationship. Both of those guys are very competitive,” he said. “For any position, you want to own that position. You don’t want to split reps at any position and that’s how it is with them.”The other factor both players, along with Cooks, thought helped in their development was the tutelage of senior and two-time all-Big Ten cornerback Allen Langford.“Allen was just a technician,” Goins said. “His technique was great. When I was struggling with my technique he helped me out.”“As a football player, that’s what you do to reach the top. You look at how people you’re competing with get leverage and play certain coverages and you blend it with your own certain thing,” Brinkley said.Cooks believes Langford has been the key to both players’ success despite their inexperience.“Allen Langford has really taken those guys under his wing. He’s given them some of the insight that he’s had. He’s pulled them to the side and worked with them on their techniques after practice,” Cooks said. “Those guys have taken it to heart and you can see them trying to do what we’re talking about. They don’t want to be embarrassed, so they definitely work their butts off in practice and make sure they keep up with everybody else.”last_img read more

Panel considers what to expect on election night

first_imgWith less than a week to go before the presidential election, the Unruh Institute of Politics hosted the second-to-last event in its Road to the White House Series on Tuesday evening at Ground Zero Performance Cafe. The panelists discussed what students can expect to take place over the next week as well as the latest installment of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email controversy. In the wake of FBI Director James Comey’s announcement last Friday that the Bureau would reopen the investigation into Clinton’s private email server, there has been a shift in momentum among voters. What many saw as a clear-cut Clinton victory has suddenly became a tighter race.The event, “Election Night Preview: What to Watch For,” included a panel featuring: Professor Robert Shrum, the Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics; Rob Stutzman, founder and president of Stutzman Public Affairs; Daniel Wahl, director of USC Students for Trump; and Philine Qian, a member of the USC College Democrats. Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute, and Matt Lemas, editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan, co-moderated the panel. The event was co-sponsored by the USC College Republicans, the USC College Democrats and the Daily Trojan.Shrum began by clarifying that, though an announcement similar to Comey’s is quite rare so close to the election, it is not entirely as unprecedented in American politics as many may think.“Something like this happened once before, which was when Lawrence Walsh, the special prosecutor in the Iran-Contra case, re-indicted on a third count Casper Weinberger four days before the 1992 presidential election,” Shrum said. “That was thought to be outrageous at the time.”Rob Stutzman argued that, though Comey should resign due to his apparent willingness to engage in public discourse, the root cause of this affair can be traced back to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.“This whole problem started … with [Comey] having to be in charge and take the lead on this investigation, because the Attorney General of the United States met for 30 minutes privately … with the former President of the United States William Jefferson Clinton,” Stutzman said. “Because of the appearances of impropriety at that meeting, Attorney General Loretta Lynch basically handed the baton to Comey, who hasn’t handled it very well.”Despite this new development in the ongoing Clinton scandal, Stutzman and Shrum both agreed that it will not have a significant effect on the election as a whole.Daniel Wahl, the only Trump supporter on the stage, offered his more optimistic opinion on the state of the Trump campaign.“Donald Trump … received more votes in the primary than any other Republican nominee in history,” Wahl said. “He received 13 million votes, certainly more than Mitt Romney did in 2012 and [McCain did] in 2008 by a margin of roughly 5 million. He’s had so much enthusiasm among his base, and some, like Bill O’Reilly, say it’s the most they’ve seen in the history of politics.”Students weighed in on the panel afterwards, pointing out the variety of viewpoints held by those on the panel.“I always like that [the Unruh Institute] brings in a diverse panel,” said Alex Harutunian, a freshman studying business administration. “There was a Trump supporter today, which was the first time they’ve had one, but I always like that they have both Democrats and Republicans at their events. I have yet to see an independent or a third party supporter, but I think that’s because they’re pretty rare.”Giulia Corno, a freshman majoring in political science and neuroscience, noted her frustration with the lack of focus on policy by the mainstream media.“I honestly have not read any articles about what their policies are and what they actually think of certain issues,” Corna said. “I don’t know anything beyond the scandals, which is really frustrating for me, especially because this is the first election I’ll be voting in.”Corna also identified with a comment made by Qian regarding the seemingly self-serving nature of the candidates, and how they appear to be willing to alter their policies to get donor money or support from broader demographics.“[Philine] was talking about how she wants to see politics change, that it has to be about what’s right and what’s wrong instead of what will get [the candidates] the most money and the most voters,” Corna said. “You need to be putting policies out there that will improve the world, not improve your life.”The Unruh Institute will host a poll-watching event in the Wallis Annenberg Hall next Tuesday starting at 3 p.m. Students can watch live as the results come in from each state and will have the opportunity to discuss the outcome of the election.last_img read more

4 Syracuse players listed as out against Louisville

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 5, 2015 at 7:33 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Linebacker Parris Bennett (upper body), defensive end Luke Arciniega (upper body), cornerback Corey Winfield (lower body) and wide receiver Sean Avant (lower body) are all out with injuries for Syracuse’s (3-5, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) matchup at Louisville (4-4, 3-2) on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.No other players are listed on the injury report, which means junior hybrid Ben Lewis is expected to return after missing the last two games with an upper-body injury.Bennett is second on Syracuse in total tackles with 44 while Winfield leads the Orange with two interceptions and three pass breakups. Arciniega has the second most sacks on SU with four as well as 5.5 tackles for loss. Avant has four receptions for 37 yards this year.Linebacker Ted Taylor is behind Bennett on the two-deep depth chart at strong-side linebacker while cornerbacks Wayne Morgan and Julian Whigham are listed behind Winfield. Arciniega and Avant are listed as backups.For continued Syracuse-Louisville coverage, click here. For coverage via Twitter, follow @DOSports.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

Sportradar launches OTT platform A1now for A1 in Austria

first_imgShare Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Sportradar has launched A1now, an over-the-top (OTT) product to service users on A1 – a leading digital and telecoms provider A1 in Austria – with both live and on-demand sports content. The OTT service will provide users with Live and Video On Demand (VOD) content across sport, music and entertainment, including matches from the Austrian Football Bundesliga – for which A1 is an official rights holder – and lifestyle content from Red Bull, as well as coverage of esports competitions and A1now originals productions.Sportradar recently launched its next-level OTT product with a newly developed engine and core that seamlessly connects Sportradar’s range of sports data with video capability. Clients have an even greater and more refined ability to enhance the user experience, create content, engage with fans, increase audiences and therefore generate more revenue.More than 25 partners have signed up to Sportradar’s video distribution capabilities within the last 18 months, including Borussia Dortmund, Deutsche Telekom, ITF Davis Cup and Fed Cup and the International Table Tennis Federation.Rainer Geier, Managing Director OTT at Sportradar, said: “We are proud to extend our existing long-standing partnership with A1. We put a lot of work into our next level OTT product that allows our clients to connect video and data and contracting partners like A1 and Borussia Dortmund endorses the value of that work.“The partnership with A1 is a long standing one and one of genuine cooperation so it is particularly rewarding to be able to carry on that work.”Tanja Sourek, Co-Head of A1now TV Creation/Marketing and Sales, added: “We are continuously enhancing the content offering we put in front of our customers. “The launch of the A1now OTT platform is another important step for us in this direction. We look forward to creating new ways of engagement with this OTT product and Sportradar is a great partner for us in realising these ambitions.”last_img read more