Cats injury concerns ahead of Waterford clash

first_imgJackie Tyrell is definitely out, having undergone surgery after suffering a stress fracture in his foot while training last weekend.Brian Cody has also conceded that Richie Power’s continuing injury problems mean he won’t feature.While Michael Fennelly is unlikely to face the Deise as his back problems have limited his involvement in training.last_img

Double whammy as SmartBets adds Swedish and horse racing

first_img StumbleUpon Share Customisable odds comparison site SmartBets has expanded its Scandinavian horizons after launching in Sweden. This makes it the fifth language available on the platform.SmartBets is now available in English, Danish, Italian, German and Swedish. This is the latest in a series of expansions into new territories in recent months; in April SmartBets launched in Danish, in February it launched SmartBets Italia and in December the German version went live.In another first for the Better Collective brand, it has been announced that horse racing will now feature on the UK version of SmartBets platform. This will be integrated into the Smartfeed and have its own section on the site.This is all about ease of use for players as SmartBets UK punters will now also be able to bet directly through the platform instead of jumping between bookies to back their horses.Thomas Høgenhaven, Chief Strategy Officer for Better Collective, commented: “We’re excited to expand the SmartBets brand even further, especially in the Scandinavian market, which is why launching in Sweden was seen as a logical step.“The UK has always been one of our focus markets, so following football with horse racing was a natural move. SmartBets will continue to add new sports to the platform as it develops, as well making them available in all our language markets.”SmartBets is part of Better Collective (founded in 2004) which also encompasses Betting Expert which delivers over 125,000 tips per month on its social network. Related Articles Paris tracks face second shutdown as government changes coronavirus policy May 20, 2020 BHA extends racing suspension beyond end of April April 16, 2020 Share Irish racing cancelled as Varadkar increases COVID-19 measures March 25, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Clemson’s Dabo Swinney shares encouraging message of support for Black Lives Matter protests

first_img#Clemson HC Dabo Swinney addresses the crowd at tonight’s peaceful demonstration. @foxcarolinanews— Aaron Cheslock (@AaronCheslock) June 13, 2020This is beautiful, and I just appreciate everyone supporting this community today. Clemson is a special place, and we saw again what that is today. This is a historic time and a challenging time, but as I tell my team all the time, challenge is what creates change.I believe with all my heart that God stopped the world in 2020, so we could have perfect vision and clearly see the social and racial injustice and the changes that need to occur in our society.Nobody — nobody — should feel less or be treated as less because of the color of their skin. God loves every one of us the same. Black lives more than matter — black lives significantly matter and equally matter. And for far too long, that has not been the case for the black community.Now is the time to push for equal justice and no longer tolerate police brutality or racism of any kind in this country. But as you saw today, and moving forward, it has to be everyone’s responsibility, not just some people’s responsibility, it has to be everyone’s responsibility, to be more aware, to learn more and to speak out against racial inequality.Swinney is the second big name from Clemson to speak out on racial injustices and civil unrest, joining quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who sided with his “brothers that continuously deal with issues he’ll never experience.”MORE: Trevor Lawrence defends Dabo Swinney’s ‘Football Matters’ shirt Dabo Swinney is using his platform to speak out.The Clemson head coach, who recently came under fire for his wardrobe which some thought was mocking the Black Lives Matter movement, spoke to protesters gathered at Clemson’s campus over the weekend. Clemson has become a focal point for the Black Lives Matter movement and the national discussion about racial injustice since the killing of George Floyd in police custody. The campus features several halls and statues honoring racist figures in U.S. history, prompting calls for their removal from protesters and high-profile alumni like Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins. Clemson last week said it will rename its Calhoun Honors College to distance itself from John C. Calhoun, a former U.S. vice president and supporter of slavery in the 1800s. University officials have also petitioned South Carolina lawmakers to rename Tillman Hall, named for Ben Tillman, the former state governor and senator known for his segregationist politics.More Dabo— Aaron Cheslock (@AaronCheslock) June 13, 2020Swinney had been criticized for not joining Watson, Hopkins and his current players in calls for changes at Clemson. On June 8, Swinney put out a statement through Clemson in response to Floyd’s killing that was criticized for not outlining specifics when it came to how exactly he was helping to fight racial injustice.last_img read more

Poll: Parents uncomfortable with youth football

first_imgIn this Nov. 30, 2013 file photo, Richards running back Romeo Johnson (9) is tackled by Batavia center Michael Mofatt, top, and center Forrest Gilbertson, bottom, during the first half of the IHSA Class 6A championship high school football game in DeKalb, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Parents are worried about their children playing football, but most haven’t decided to keep their kids from putting on a helmet and stepping onto the field.According to an Associated Press-GfK poll, nearly half of parents said they’re not comfortable letting their child play football amid growing uncertainty about the long-term impact of concussions.In the poll, 44 percent of parents weren’t comfortable with their child playing football. The same percentage was uncomfortable with ice hockey, and 45 percent were uncomfortable with participation in wrestling. Only five percent, though, said they have discouraged their child from playing in the last two years as concern over head injuries has increased at all levels of the game.The majority of parents said they are comfortable with participation in a host of other sports — including swimming, track and field, basketball, soccer, baseball and softball, among others.The AP-GfK poll was conducted from July 24-28. It included interviews with 1,044 adults and has a sampling error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.The parents’ concern comes as several high-profile lawsuits have challenged how concussions have been addressed in pro and college sports. Thousands of pro players sued the NFL and a $675 million settlement that would compensate them for concussion-related claims is pending. A tentative settlement with the NCAA, meanwhile, would create a $70 million fund to test thousands of current and former college athletes for brain trauma.Youth and high school programs have increased training available for coaches, and helmet companies are releasing new designs with the hope that they reduce the force of impact. But research is murky about whether or not they will be effective.Participation statistics also show only a slight decline in the overall number of high school students playing football.According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, nearly 1.1 million students played 11-man football during the 2012-13 school year. The number was down approximately 10,000 from the year before and more than 20,000 since 2009-08.Cathy Curtin, a high school rifle coach in northeast Pennsylvania, is one parent who has discouraged her children from playing football in recent years.Curtin, 52, has gone through concussion-related training for her job, but one issue that concerns her is how much of identifying a head injury relies on the student’s input following a collision. She said her 21-year-old son “would have said anything” to remain in the game while in high school, including hiding symptoms such as dizziness from a trainer or coach.“Our training staff is good, but you can’t always know,” Curtin said. “You’re basing whether they can play on their say. And they are 16-year-old kids, 17-year-old kids who want more than anything to get out there and play.”Curtin said her younger son broke his collarbone and leg while playing football as a freshman.“Nowhere in that time did they check him for a concussion,” Curtin said. “So, if he got hit hard enough to break his collar bone and his leg, then how hard did he hit the ground, too?”Football wasn’t the only sport Curtin said she was uncomfortable with. She also worries about hockey, wrestling and other high-impact competitions such as gymnastics and cheerleading. She’s encouraged by new advances — such as chin straps that change color when a player may have suffered a concussion — aimed at reducing and identifying head injuries, but she is also skeptical about school districts’ ability to afford new helmets.JeMare Williams, 43, is no stranger to the possibility of getting a concussion while playing football. He thinks he “probably” suffered from one while in high school in St. Louis.“I don’t really know, but I remember being hurt, being dizzy,” Williams said. “But during that time, there wasn’t a specific diagnosis like now.”Now living in Henderson, Nevada, and with 17- and 11-year-old sons who play the game, Williams — an auto mechanic — has the same injury concerns as many parents. That said, he’s comfortable with his sons playing football — or any other sport they choose.One of the primary reasons for Williams’ comfort level is because of the increased attention paid to head injuries over the last few years. He said coaches are trained more closely now to teach proper tackling techniques, as well as watch players for signs of concussions.“There’s a lot of publicity on (concussions) now, and I think that makes it better,” Williams said. “So, I’m not as worried now.”Online:AP-GfK Poll: http://www.ap-gfkpoll.comlast_img read more