Fifa World Cup Justin Timberlake to screen FIFA World Cup semifinal at his ‘Suit and Tie’ concert

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: American superstar Justin Timberlake has announced that he will be screening the England vs Croatia FIFA World Cup semifinal at his London concert.The “Suit and Tie” hitmaker’s concert by Justin Timberlake at London’s O2 Arena is scheduled only a couple of hours after the match.The American singer-songwriter took to his Twitter and Instagram accounts and shared his plans, saying the arena will open the doors hours before the concert so that his fans will able to watch the match. “We did a crazy show on Monday  got another one coming up on Wednesday. There’s also another very important thing happening on Wednesday,” the 37-year-old said in the video.           “So here’s what we’re going to do. I spoke to the O2 and for the first time ever doors will open at 6:30pm and we’re going to play this England vs Croatia match up on my big screens so come here and we’ll watch it together. We’re going to watch this together, and you know what? It’s coming home,” Timberlake added.England’s football team has only won the World Cup once, back in 1966. A win in today’s match against Croatia will send them into the final of FIFA World Cup 2018. last_img read more

Brandon King bats for Black Lives Matter

first_img.. to lend support to Caribbean communities affected by pandemic JAMAICA, West Indies and Guyana Amazon Warriors batsman Brandon King is doing his part in supporting the Black Lives Matter and assisting communities by the COVID19 pandemic.The 25-year-old opening batsman scored a 72-ball 132 against the Barbados Tridents to propel the Guyana Amazon Warriors to the 2019 CPL final. It was the highest individual score in CPL history.For 2020, King wants to do more than shine with the bat. He wants to shine off the field as well as he announced on social media on Monday.“Over the past few months, I’ve had some time to really think about how I could make a positive impact on communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and also the Black Lives Matter movement,” King wrote.“So this year I will be sporting my black SG stickers and along with my management team, GGSM, we will be donating USD$100 for every six I hit during this year’s CPL tournament. Donations will be split between the Greater Trench Town Foundation in Jamaica and a charity in Guyana to be decided at a later date.”King believes that more than ever before athletes need to do more to champion causes that make their communities better.“As athletes, we have the platform to speak up and make effective change,” he said.“I am encouraging my sponsors, other athletes, and friends to join in on donations by either supporting a #BLM initiative of your choice or by matching my donations towards these local charities.“I am hopeful and looking forward to getting back out on the field very soon.”(Sportsmax)last_img read more

Filling the gaps: Syracuse defense hinges on trio of linebackers, each with something to prove

first_imgThere’s no question: The linebackers are the crux of Syracuse’s defense.With turnover in front and behind, senior Marquis Spruill and juniors Dyshawn Davis and Cameron Lynch will be relied on to keep the team competitive as a newcomer in the Atlantic Coast Conference without a proven quarterback. Yet, a quick glance at the trio of Orange veterans reveals clear deficiencies.Spruill was charged with disorderly conduct and second-degree harassment after a dispute with police officers Dec. 2. Davis has only played the position for two years. Lynch is undersized (5-foot-11) and inexperienced (three career starts).But that doesn’t tell the whole story. Each has undergone a transformation of sorts, starting last spring. Where they were weak, they are now strong.And they could be the best linebacking corps since Doug Hogue, Derrell Smith and then-freshman Spruill powered the Orange in 2010.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBeing a LeaderMarquis Spruill’s transformation is just as much perception as reality.How could he shed the details from that Saturday night in December? The ones that jumped off the police report and into the headlines as Syracuse prepared to face West Virginia in the Pinstripe Bowl.Pulling an officer off of teammate Steve Rene. Kicking the inside of a police van so hard that it swung open and nearly struck an officer. And all before the biggest game of his career.Spruill and Rene have remained steadfast that the outline in that report is not exactly how they remember it. Still, it’s what Spruill had to accept when he pled guilty to the second-degree harassment charge, wrote an apology letter and participated in team counseling.“The incident that night basically happened because I tried to be a leader,” Spruill said. “I tried to go stop something from happening and it didn’t look that way. I had good intentions, it just didn’t look that way.”Teammates and coaches understand what happened that night. They know “‘Quis” best. He’s the guy who tries to keep teammates out of trouble off the field, Dyshawn Davis said. That might be why no-nonsense head coach Doug Marrone allowed Spruill to play in the Pinstripe Bowl.“He’s just one of those guys always looking to protect his teammates, his brothers,” Davis said. “That particular night, when things went wrong, as a team we and the coaches all know that’s not him. He’s a great kid, he’s a great guy and he’s a great leader.”For Spruill, swallowing his pride for the success of his future wasn’t new.After receiving no offers out of Hillside (N.J.) High School, he attended Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. There, he hated shining shoes — and boots, which were harder to clean since they had bigger pores. He hated taking orders from 10th-grade kids just because they outranked him.“The culture of military life, I didn’t really like it at all,” Spruill said, “but I accepted it because I knew I was trying to do something. I was trying to find a school to go to for football, so if I had to bite my tongue and do what they said, I would do it.”It’s the same way he handled the situation this past winter. And with that maturity, he grew in the eyes of his teammates and coaches.Davis saw the difference in the way Spruill handled the court hearings and media backlash. Spruill’s roommate of more than a year, Davis watched him work through the everyday grind of redefining his reputation as a player and leader going into his final collegiate season.“He just changed into a different person,” Davis said.Head coach Scott Shafer saw the difference in the way Spruill ran defensive practices this summer. Spruill held more sessions than the team has run any summer since he got here.“He took that defense and they damn near practiced on their own three days a week,” Shafer said. “I was so proud of him.”It was only two years ago that Shafer remembers Spruill shying away from that role. “Coach, I don’t feel comfortable being a leader,” Shafer recalls Spruill telling him.Now the whole team looks up to Spruill, a four-year starter and established signal caller for the defense.For Spruill, the incident in December is in the past. He doesn’t let it define him.Sliding back into his natural middle linebacker slot this season, he has the support of all his teammates and coaches.“We needed a little leadership, and he’s the guy,” linebackers coach Clark Lea said. “They all look to him. They all look to him and they know he can do it.”Rounding Out His GameStanding in the back-left corner of the end zone, Dyshawn Davis turned away from the Carrier Dome stands and back at what he dreaded most.The ball was in Demetrius Fields’ hands. It had soared over Davis a second earlier. Davis ripped the chinstraps off the side of his helmet and jump-twisted in frustration.Northwestern scored with 44 seconds left to spoil Syracuse’s season opener 42-41 last year.“Dyshawn Davis is still learning to play the position,” first-year linebackers coach Clark Lea said. “He spent a better part of his first two seasons being a runner on the field. We want him to do that because that’s a strength of his, but if we can just work on the finer points of his game to be a complete player.”Davis might be the most physically gifted player on the team. Six feet 2 inches, 220 pounds. Strong. Fast. Explosive. That’s what got him the starting job as a freshman, and what’s gotten him into the backfield more than any other SU player these last two seasons.Davis leads the team with 24.5 tackles for loss in that span, but dropping in coverage or filling space in the box has been sometimes problematic. Like when Davis failed to hold contain on an end-around and a reverse in a loss to Southern California last season.After missing the spring season with offseason shoulder surgery, Davis began working with Lea on rounding out his game in the summer. Footwork in the box, dropping in coverage and coming out of breaks. Using his hands to control tight ends at the line of scrimmage.“I feel like I’ve had a tremendous amount of improvement being outside the box and covering the pass,” Davis said. “Being active on the play, driving to the ball after the ball is thrown.”Lea said Davis’ experience playing wide receiver at Woodbury (N.J.) High School shows in his ability to use his hips to change direction and his catching ability. It’s his height, Lea said, that makes perfecting the backpedaling and crossovers difficult.“With a guy that long, that’s the first thing that usually goes,” Lea said. “It’s hard for those guys, but that’s something he’s been concentrating on and studying.”While Davis is only in his third season playing linebacker, he started in limited formation as a freshman and full-time last year. Experience playing in the secondary at Woodbury and safety at Milford (N.Y.) Academy helped, but to become a multi-dimensional linebacker, he’ll need to continue to work on the intricacies of coverage.“I hope as we move forward that he just starts rounding out his game so that he can still run and hit and do those things well,” Lea said, “but the finer points of coverage or playing in the box when he needs to and getting his body under control to make a play in space, those are things we’ve spent a good amount of time on in camp drilling.”Finding the StrengthZiniu Chen | Staff PhotographerCam Lynch’s page reads like so:The No. 54 outside linebacker in the Class of 2011. Three stars. Five feet 11 inches. Two hundred and fifteen pounds. Strengths: instincts, lateral movement, tackling technique.Areas for improvement: size.Three years after choosing Syracuse, Lynch has added 15 pounds of muscle. He’s still 5 feet 11 inches, easily the shortest of the three starting linebackers, but senior defensive tackle Jay Bromley called him the strongest.The Shamarko Thomas of linebackers, Bromley said.“He can probably jump about 35 (inches), bench about 450 (pounds), if not more, and squat about 5(00) something,” Bromley said. “… He’s like a bowling ball of just speed.”Even at Brookwood High School in Snellville, Ga., Lynch was strong. Now entering his junior year with the Orange, he’ll be a first-year starter playing against some of the fastest running backs in the country. Yet with only three career starts, Lynch’s lack of height or experience doesn’t seem to worry any of the Orange coaches or players.Nor should it.He was a rotation player in each of the last two seasons, starting once as a freshman and twice as a sophomore. Last year, he notched a career-high nine tackles against Missouri on Nov. 17, and added four tackles, half a sack and a forced fumble against West Virginia in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 29.This spring, he manned the starting strong linebacker spot when Davis sat out after offseason shoulder surgery.“He spent a lot of time this summer becoming a student of the game and really trying to absorb a lot of information from a football standpoint,” linebackers coach Clark Lea said. “It made this transition to fall camp a lot smoother.”His performance through camp has been inconsistent at times, Lea said, but the high points have been eye-popping.Last Monday, Lynch trifled through the line on back-to-back plays in a 7-on-7 drill. First, he beat tackle Sean Hickey around the outside before tagging quarterbacking offensive line coach Pat Perles for the sack.On the next play, he ran a twist stunt with Spruill and sped past Hickey up the middle for another sack.Lynch’s strength and speed allow him to exploit the smallest of crevices in an offensive front. Now he’s working on going through offensive linemen, as well.“I want to sharpen up being physical at the line,” Lynch said. “I’m good at that, but being physical at the line and just working on that. Everything else is solid.”For a guy who scored a 1435 on his SAT, according to, and received a scholarship offer from Harvard, identifying and understanding the quickest way into the backfield shouldn’t be a problem – especially considering he grew up in Georgia and knows the Atlantic Coast Conference brand of football well.While Lynch can’t do anything to get taller, he’s done everything in his power to prove his size and strength is far from an area of improvement.Bromley said Lynch turns heads in the weight room. Now he’s knocking them backward on the practice field, too.“This guy is limitless,” Bromley said. “There’s really not much he can’t do.”Three linebackers. Three questions. If Syracuse is to stay afloat in the ACC this year, it’ll need all three to carry its defensive weight.Davis remembers idolizing Hogue and Smith when he watched games at Milford Academy. He remembers getting to Syracuse and sitting down with Spruill. They talked about a dream.“I knew in the future that we had a chance to be better than Doug and Derrell,” Davis said. “That kind of went by quick filling in the footsteps and the shoes of those guys. Now we’re trying to be the best that we can be and try to be better than them.”With Lynch beside them, the three form a more complete group than that of 2010. A group with arguably more pressure, but as Davis said, a group that knows how crucial it is to the team’s success.They’re the heart and soul of the defense.“We’re just the three soldiers,” Davis said, “sticking together, holding the team together.” Commentslast_img read more

How’s this for a Manchester United line up without Wayne Rooney?

first_img 11 6. Bastian Schweinsteiger (centre midfield) – With Michael Carrick’s fitness a consistent problem, Schweinsteiger was a crucial signing in the summer. The German’s performances have been satisfying, but the major issue could be his ability to handle the big games. 4. Chris Smalling (centre back) – Louis van Gaal recently voiced his belief that Smalling is a future captain of Manchester United in the making. The centre-back has been the standout player for the Red Devils this season, and credit must be handed to van Gaal for aiding the 25-year-old’s long awaited progression. 11 11 9. Ander Herrera (attacking midfield) – Herrera is adored at Old Trafford and is a name that Manchester United supporters always hope to see on the team sheet. While Juan Mata looks far more at ease in a central position, Herrera is the more versatile, and looks to be the ideal player to fill the No.10 role. Van Gaal, however, must give him a consistent run in the side. 2. Matteo Darmian (right back) – Antonio Valencia started at right back in the Manchester derby at the weekend and put in a fine performance. However, Louis van Gaal should not start chopping and changing his defence. Darmian has been a regular in the side and should remain so. 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – see who else makes the Rooney-less line up by clicking the arrow above – Can you imagine if De Gea had refused a new contract and joined Real Madrid in the summer? This would have been little short of a disaster, with the Spaniard remaining one of the finest goalkeepers in Europe. 11 10. Memphis Depay (left wing) – Depay, a major signing in the summer, has failed to live up to the high expectations at Old Trafford so far. But he is not a lost cause. His progression at Old Trafford could hinge on how van Gaal handles the former PSV Eindhoven winger during his spell out of the side. He has suffered for the last two matches on the bench, but it may now be time to see his response to his axing. 5. Marcos Rojo (left back) – Rojo failed to impress in his first season in Manchester, and while his start to the new campaign was slow, his performances in the last two games have been superb. If he can sustain his form, Luke Shaw may face a battle to get back in the side upon his return from injury. 11 7. Morgan Schneiderlin (centre midfield) – It has taken a while for Schneiderlin to kick into gear at Manchester United, but the last few games, he has finally put in the performances that he consistently delivered at Southampton. He offers essential balance in midfield, and his partnership with Bastian Schweinsteiger will be key this season. 11 11 8. Juan Mata (right wing) – Mata may favour playing centrally, with pace not one of his attributes, but he continues to offer an attacking threat out on the wing, thriving in the space offered. What’s more, playing on the right flank allows the Spaniard to cut in on his magical left foot. 11. Anthony Martial (striker) – The Frenchman was considered a gamble signing upon his arrival for a fee of £36m; however, with three goals in five appearances for United, Martial has certainly done enough to warrant a start as the leading centre-forward ahead of Rooney. Martial has effortlessly coped with the physicality, the pace and the pressure in the Premier League, and should van Gaal continue to play him out wide, his natural ability in front of goal will only be wasted. 11 11 11 3. Phil Jones (centre back) – Daley Blind has often deputised at centre-back, but it is high time an out-and-out defender partnered Chris Smalling. The former Blackburn Rovers man is yet to fulfil his potential, but a combination of Jones and Smalling is certainly the preferred option. The first Manchester derby of the season finished goalless at Old Trafford, and at the final whistle, a number of Manchester United supporters passed the blame for their side’s failure to threaten City goalkeeper Joe Hart on to Wayne Rooney.ANGRY RED DEVILS FANS TURN ON THEIR CAPTAIN AFTER DERBY DRAWFrom complaining that the Premier League will never be won with Rooney up front to stating he is finished at this level, the England international suffered heavy criticism.And while such comments are harsh on one of the Premier League’s all-time top scorers, his performances has left many wondering whether manager Louis van Gaal should field a team without the club captain in the starting line up – if simply to experiment. Therefore, talkSPORT has put together an XI that doesn’t include Rooney, and has an inspired young Frenchman leading the line…Take a look by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11last_img read more

Violent and unintentional injuries have increased over last few years in the

first_imgAug 3 2018The U.S. has experienced a disturbing increase in violent and unintentional injuries over the last few years, reversing positive gains made in the 1980s and 1990s, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Denver Health Medical Center.The study, published Wednesday in JAMA Surgery, examined the period between 2000 and 2016 and found that injury remains a leading cause of death in the nation.”All injuries from gunshot wounds to car accidents have been going up,” said the study’s senior author Dr. Angela Sauaia, MD, PhD, of the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz and CU School of Medicine. “We saw a distinct spike between 2014 and 2016 that we can’t explain.”Using a Centers for Disease Control data base known as WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) the researchers showed that the jump in overall injuries from 2014-2016 reduced survival gains observed since 2001.”Black non-Latinos retained the highest rate of homicide fatality rates across the entire period, and suffered the highest increase of all racial/ethnic groups during the 2014-2016 period,” the study said. “Similar patterns were observed for unintentional injuries and homicides.”According to Sauaia, suicides appeared to increase steadily for white non-Latinos and black non-Latinos with a small but significant acceleration beginning in 2006. In comparison, white Latinos experienced a larger, significant increase in suicides starting in 2013. About half of suicides were firearm-related and those jumped from 2006 to 2016 after a six year decline.Related StoriesNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerTransobturator sling surgery shows promise for stress urinary incontinenceOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchTwo-thirds of homicides were firearm-related.”This subgroup observed the largest increase in the 2014-2016 period compared to all other injury mechanisms,” the study said.Meanwhile, motor vehicle accidents also saw a serious increase from 2014-2016 following a decade of major declines. Overall, unintentional injuries spiked after 2014 for most age groups, except those 16 and younger.Sauaia, a professor of public health and surgery, said the reasons behind all of this defy easy explanation. She noted that 2014 saw significant civil unrest in the U.S., including violent demonstrations over racial issues. Questions also surround the role social media plays in distracting drivers and causing more accidents, she said.”What is disturbing to me is that we are talking about a major cause of death in our society and we have so little funding to do research for causes and solutions,” she said.That doesn’t mean nothing can be done.”There are some solutions we can start implementing. Regardless of where you stand on guns everyone agrees that children should not have access to loaded firearms,” Sauaia said. “And why not include as part of primary care, educating patients on firearm safety?”As for motor vehicle accidents, she suggested that technology could be employed to make it more difficult to text and drive.”These growing rates warrant concerted, decisive efforts by academia, society and policy-makers to support trauma-focused research,” the study concluded.​ Source: read more