Scrap season if it can’t be finished by end of June says Kane

first_imgRead Also: Coronavirus: Iwobi, Ndidi, Iheanacho face 20% pay cut“The further this season is pushed on, it would have such a big knock-on effect for next season, with the Euros in 2021, and even World Cup 2022. But that’s just my opinion,” he said.“Football is secondary at the moment. I know there still have to be plans in place, and I’m sure everyone is trying to do that.“All that is out of my hands though, there’s nothing I can do personally, so from my point of view we’ve just got to wait and see what happens. Hopefully this clears up as soon as possible, and we can try to get back to normal.” Promoted Content9 Celebrities Who Look Older Than They Really AreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural Wonders6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWill You Recognize Celebs In Their Kid Photos?Did You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe Biggest Cities In The World So FarBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe There is no clear idea about when or if football will be able to resume, but Euro 2020 has been cancelled, which opens a window to bring domestic seasons to a conclusion in the summer.But Tottenham striker Kane does not want Premier League chiefs to let the current campaign go past June or even the start of what would be the 2020-21 season in August, as has been suggested in some quarters.“I know the Premier League will do everything they can to finish the season, and that they are looking at every option possible,” Kane said in an Instagram Live conversation with former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp.“I think, for me, we do need to try to finish the season. But there needs to be a point where enough is enough.“Playing into July or August and pushing next season back I don’t see too much benefit in that. But obviously I don’t know too much about behind the scenes and financially.“Probably the limit for me is the end of June. If the season’s not completed by the end of June we need to look at the options and just look forward to next season.”Premier League matches could potentially be staged behind closed doors in a bid to complete this campaign once the current lockdown in Britain is over.Kane does not think dragging out the season will help anyone though, especially if it delays the next term. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… England captain Harry Kane said on Sunday the Premier League season should be cancelled if it cannot be completed by the end of June because of the coronavirus pandemic.The English top-flight is currently suspended until at least April 30 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with a likely further delay to be announced soon.last_img read more

FIFA looks to ease the fixture burden on players

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodZURICH, Switzerland (Reuters) – FIFA needs to take care of the players when it plans the next international match calendar, the head of a key committee at soccer’s governing body told Reuters yesterday.Victor Montagliani said that the international calendar and the transfer system were among the priorities for the football stakeholders committee, which brings together representatives of the players, clubs and leagues.The current match calendar runs until 2024 and allows for around eight to 10 international matches per year in addition to major tournaments such as the World Cup, European championship and Copa America.Top players can easily play 60 to 70 matches in a season for their clubs and national teams.“It’s a pretty busy match calendar, so we need to take care of the players, all of us, because at the end of the day, that’s what we’re all here for,” said Montagliani, who is also president of CONCACAF.“The FIFA staff have started collecting data in terms of people’s opinions … they have started to talk to coaches, they have talked to players, they have talked to all the stakeholders.”The new committee, which met for the first time yesterday, was set up after soccer’s governing body FIFA was engulfed by a series of corruption scandals.Its members include former international players Cafu and Edwin van der Sar, AS Roma chief executive Umberto Gandini, Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert and Philippe Piat, head of the world players’ union FIFPro.The committee’s role includes advising the FIFA Council on “all matters relating to football, particularly the structure of the game, as well as on all technical matters.”Relations between FIFPro and the clubs have sometimes been tense, with the union regularly complaining of clubs who do not respect players’ contracts.In 2015, FIFPro made a legal complaint at the European Commission against the transfer system which it said was fundamentally flawed.However, Montagliani said there was a positive mood at the meeting.“Everybody understands that if people are coming to the committee with a zero sum game mentality, nobody is going to win,” he said.“The game needs to be better so if the game gets better, everyone will win.“I thought it was very good, very positive and the right attitude was there.”last_img read more

Bladow ready for return to starting lineup

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoDuring her freshman year, Amy Bladow played in 109 of the Wisconsin women’s volleyball team’s 123 games. The last two years, however, she has only played in 82 of Wisconsin’s 230. Now as a senior, Bladow is ready to get back on the court full time, become a team leader and help the Badgers achieve their goals of winning the Big Ten and making it to the Final Four.”I think as a senior on the team, I’m definitely going to have to step up into a leadership role this year,” Bladow said. “With Aubrey Meierotto and Shelia Shaw leaving last year, those are some big shoes to fill. I think that Katie Lorenzen, Maria Carlini and myself are all three going to have to step up this year and really try to take the leadership role on this team.”However, for Bladow, volleyball wasn’t always a passion of hers.”I tried out because my dad made me in the seventh grade,” she said. “I was a basketball player for the a long time, and he was like, ‘I think you should try it,’ and he made me do it. And I cried for two whole days straight because I didn’t want to do it, but I ended up going, and I made the team.”From there on, Bladow went on to play high school and club volleyball. When it came time to choose a school to attend to play volleyball and get an education, she knew right away Wisconsin was the place she wanted to come.”I went on a lot of visits to a lot of different schools, and everyone kept telling me while I was visiting, ‘When you go somewhere you will know; you will just get that feeling on the inside, like that’s where you are supposed to be,'” she said. “As soon as I took a tour of Wisconsin and met with the coaches and toured the facilities and everything, it just clicked. I was like, ‘This is where I’m supposed to be. This feels like home.'”During her freshman year in Madison, Bladow teamed with former Badger and two-time all-Big Ten player Shelia Shaw in the middle, but before the beginning of her sophomore year, Taylor Reineke came in and beat Bladow out of her spot, forcing her to more of a reserve role and limiting her playing time.”In my sophomore year, Taylor Reineke came in, and [Reineke] is super tall and super athletic, and she’s a great volleyball player,” Bladow said. “She just beat me out for my spot in the middle, and she deserved it. [Reineke’s] an awesome volleyball player. She was just really strong, really consistent and held her own really well even as a freshman; she was a stud. She came in and earned that spot and got to play a head of me, and I was fine.”Even though Reineke beat her out of the starting middle spot, Bladow has used the last two years to become a better player.”I’ve learned a lot from Taylor; just as a volleyball player, she has taught me a ton, especially about blocking in the middle,” she said. “In practice, I’m always asking Taylor what I am doing wrong. ‘Why am I not blocking that ball, I feel like I’m doing something wrong,’ and she helps and she corrects me.”And head coach Pete Waite sees the time spent on the bench the last two years has helped her improve her game.”She has always brought a lot of energy, and that is one thing she always did, even from the bench,” Waite said. “She was really pushing the team on and off the court. What I think she learned from being on the sidelines is how hard she has to work in practice to become more disciplined as a player to raise her level of her game.”Waite also sees a big difference in her game and the way she worked to become better from last year to the spring season.”There were times in her game in the past where she wasn’t working as hard as she could,” Waite said. “I think she wasn’t correcting things and raising the level of her game as fast as she could. She really has had a goal this spring to give it everything she had, and we’ve all seen the results of that.”All of Bladow’s hard work over the past three years has helped her get closer to getting back in the starting lineup.”We are still determining [the starting lineup],” Waite said. “I think she has become much more of a leader because she has worked very hard on all of her skills. She has become much more disciplined in everything she does, and we’re excited about it, and we can tell she is, too.”I think as a senior coming into the season, she has shown the ability to take charge out there, and she is a very powerful athlete, so those are all great things that we want in the lineup.”One thing is for certain, whether Bladow makes it back in the starting lineup, she will be the team’s emotional leader next year just like she has been in years past.”I think my role is kind of like the spark plug,” Bladow said. “I think I just bring a lot of energy and a lot fire to the team. I know that I’m really loud. I love to cheer for everyone, and I think that will be one of my biggest roles on the team, to just keep us pumped up and motivated all the time. Especially in practice sometimes you don’t always want to do every single drill because it is toward the end of the day and it might get monotonous or something.” Just like any senior, Bladow wants to end her volleyball career at Wisconsin by going out on top.”One of my personal goals is to go out with a bang,” Bladow said. “I think it says a lot the last two years we lost to the national champs. We really, really would like to make it to the Final Four this year. I think that is a huge goal for us, and for me personally. As a senior, you always want to go out on top.”We are always looking to finish first in the Big Ten, too. There are such great teams in the Big Ten in Penn State, Minnesota and Michigan. Everybody’s always vying for that first-place spot. I think that just with the talent that we have this year, it is a definite possibility for us. We could actually make it happen. A really great way to go out would be to win the Big Ten and make it to the Final Four.”During the spring season, Bladow has been playing on the right side, besides playing her normal position in the middle. This has helped improve her chances of being in the starting lineup.”The fact that she was able to play both makes her more versatile and more valuable to us,” Waite said.Regardless of where she ends up playing this year, Bladow isn’t really concerned, just as long as she is on the court.”I feel pretty comfortable playing both positions,” Bladow said. “I just want to play. If [Waite] wants me to set, I’ll be like, ‘Yeah, put me in coach.'”last_img read more

Youth is served in another Los Angeles Dodgers’ victory

first_imgPHOENIX >> If September Dave Roberts could time-travel and show February Dave Roberts some of the lineup cards he has been filling out, it might have given his younger self reason to worry what it meant that he was depending so much on rookies this late in the season.“It probably would have,” the rookie manager said. “There were some games where you’d look at the lineups we’ve run out there in September and it kind of looks like a split-squad game, I think, if you look at it from the beginning of spring training.“But these guys are major-league players playing on a playoff-contending team.”In fact, three of them helped the Dodgers move a step closer to clinching that playoff spot with a 6-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday night. Rookie right-hander Brock Stewart went five innings for the victory, bailed out of trouble in the fourth inning by a key defensive play from left fielder Andrew Toles. Both of them started the season in Class-A.And Corey Seager had two hits (including a triple) and scored twice. The presumptive National League Rookie of the Year has 181 hits this season and passed Steve Sax Saturday for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rookie record.“Yeah, it’s cool,” Seager said with his usual level-headed response to achievement. “But it’s one of those things you kind of put on the back burner until after the season. Right now, we’re still trying to win games and clinch here.”They are very close to doing that. The San Francisco Giants blew another late lead Saturday night, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals and allowing the Dodgers to carve their magic number to clinch a fourth consecutive NL West title down to 10.They have done it by starting rookie pitchers a major-league high 64 times this season. The next four teams on the list — the Oakland A’s, Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers — are a combined 66 games under .500, strangers to playoff-race pressure. The Dodgers, meanwhile, have gone 38-26 in those rookie starts. As the games have become more important, the Dodgers have started rookies 24 times in their past 41 games. Those rookie starters have posted a 3.00 ERA in those starts. The Dodgers are 16-8 in that time when a rookie starts (9-8 with more seasoned starters).“I don’t think there’s any of that tenure or totem pole in here,” said Joc Pederson, a savvy second-year player who crushed a 463-foot, two-run home run onto the walkway above the Chase Field pool in the fourth inning.“We just want everyone to be comfortable here because when you’re comfortable you can perform better and help the team win games and that’s what it’s all about.”Stewart did his part Saturday. He allowed a home run to the first batter he faced, Jean Segura, and another solo home run to Welington Castillo in the fourth inning. But Toles made a strong throw from left field to nail Yasmany Tomas trying to score from second on a single to left, cutting off what could have been a damaging inning for Stewart.“That’s outrageous,” the 22-year-old Seager said when reminded Stewart and Toles began the year in Class-A.“I would have told you you’re crazy or something like that,” Stewart said to another time-travel scenario that would have informed him in April when he started for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga that he would finish the season pitching in a major-league pennant race.“But I’m just looking forward. I’m not looking back. I realize I started there. But I just keep looking forward and focusing on each next pitch, next start.”After Toles’ big throw, the Diamondbacks were beaten. They went 2 for 17 with 11 strikeouts against Stewart and five Dodgers relievers over the last five innings.“You look at February and look at our roster and project and obviously this is not how we would have seen it playing out,” Roberts said of the reliance on young players. Rookie pitchers have now thrown 386 1/3 innings for the Dodgers this season, 29.1 percent of their total.“But I think the common factor with these young players is just the pulse, the head. They just don’t scare off. I think you can look at a half-dozen, a dozen of these players that have come in and made an impact. They’re really unshaken. We’ve put them in some tough spots. But they carry themselves like they’ve been around a long time.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more