WADA ban leaves FIFA with puzzle over Russia and 2022 World Cup

first_imgBy Brian Homewood, Gabrielle Tétrault-FarberLAUSANNE/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s national team will not be able to play at the 2022 World Cup as an official Russian side following doping sanctions that bar the country from major sporting events for four years, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Monday.However, the ruling leaves open the possibility that Russia could play at the tournament, due to be held in Qatar, on a “neutral basis” — something that has left world soccer’s governing body FIFA facing an unprecedented situation.Russia can take part in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup as normal but it remains unclear how exactly the national team would feature in Qatar if they qualified for the 32-team finals.“If they qualify (for the World Cup), a team representing Russia cannot participate. But if there is a mechanism put in place, then they can apply to participate on a neutral basis, not as representatives of Russia,” Jonathan Taylor, chair of WADA’s compliance review committee, told a news conference. FIFA’s statutes make clear the World Cup is a tournament for its national member associations and teams play on that basis.There is no known precedent for a team competing at the World Cup which does not represent a national FIFA member association or feature the name of their country.Taylor said FIFA had the option of putting in place such a mechanism and that it would allow clean Russian athletes or players to apply to compete as neutrals. “It will be for FIFA to implement, but they will have to do so in conjunction with WADA,” Taylor said. “But there will be no flag or anthem.”A spokesperson for FIFA said it had asked WADA and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) to clarify how the ban affected Russia’s football teams. If Russia’s anti-doping agency (RUSADA) appeals the punishment, the case will be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The sanctions against Russia, which staged the 2018 soccer World Cup, also bar it from hosting major sporting events or applying to host new events for a four-year period.But the ruling does not affect St Petersburg, which is hosting some of the pan-continental Euro 2020 games and the 2021 Champions League final.WADA said those matches were not multi-sport major events or world championships but regional/continental single-sport events.” European soccer governing body UEFA said it had no comment.last_img read more

Bayern thump Hanover to go level with second-place Gladbach

first_imgBerlin, Germany | AFP | Thomas Mueller had a frustrating time in front of goal in his 300th Bundesliga game, but Bayern continued their run of form with a 4-0 win at Hanover on Saturday.Joshua Kimmich’s second-minute volley from an awkward-looking flick from Thomas Mueller gave the Bavarians an early lead.Bayern doubled their lead in the 29th minute when David Alaba rocketed a strike into the top of the net from the edge of the box.Kimmich turned provider for the last two goals.In the 53rd minute, he played a low cross for Serge Gnabry who weaved through traffic before toe-poking home from close range.Ten minutes later, Kimmich floated a perfectly-weighted cross into the path of Robert Lewandowski who headed his 10th goal of the season, going to the top of the Bundesliga scoring charts.Bayern’s win cut the gap to leaders Borussia Dortmund to six points ahead of Dortmund’s evening game against Werder Bremen at Signal Iduna Park. Hanover sit dead last with 10 points from 15 games. Elsewhere, Borussia Moenchengladbach, who started the day in second drew 0-0 at wasteful Hoffenheim. The home team dominated throughout, racking up 22 shots to four for the visitors, but were unable to convert.Schalke’s Bundesliga struggles continued, held 1-1 at Augsburg. The visitors thought they had snared the three points in the dying stages after Breel Embolo netted, but the effort ruled out for offside.Mario Gomez secured a valuable win for relegation-challenged Stuttgart who won 2-1 at home to Hertha Berlin.Berlin took the lead in the 38th minute through Max Mittelstadt, before Gomez stretched out a leg to tap it into the bottom left corner in the 64th minute.Gomez added a second just ten minutes later, powering a header into goal after an expert cross from Christian Gentner.Fortuna Duesseldorf improved their chances of avoiding the drop with a 2-0 home win over Freiburg thanks to two goals from Kaan Ayhan.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

World #1 Osaka Beats Coco Gauff with Grace and Class

first_imgIn a much anticipated match, world number one Naomi Osaka and defending US Open champion, handily defeated the 15-year-old Delray Beach tennis phenomenon Coco Gauff in straight sets 6-3, 6-0. Not only did Osaka’s amazing performance on the court capture the audience but her selfless and classy actions after the match to console Gauff completely won them over. Osaka hugged a sobbing Gauff and invited her to join her for the encore interview.During the interview, both players were in tears as was the audience as Coco lamented her loss but congratulated Naomi. [email protected]_Osaka_ completes the @usopen Round of 16!The defending champion moves on with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Gauff–> https://t.co/Dj7Hnvt1Cc pic.twitter.com/q1WnaJ8Z5a— WTA (@WTA) September 1, 2019 Naomi congratulated Gauff’s parents for raising such an amazing daughter and tennis player. The sportsmanship is a sharp contrast to Osaka’s experience in the final last year against Serena Williams who had a meltdown with the chair umpire.Williams unsportsmanlike conduct overshadowed Osaka’s win. Osaka excepted the winning trophy with tears streaming down her face as the crowd booed with the President of the USTA Katrina Adams stating…”perhaps it’s not the finish we were looking for today “. Osaka apologized to the crowd for winning and thanked the crowd for watching the match.Tennis world awaits a possible rematch between Williams and Osaka in New York.last_img read more

Meat Shortage Expected due to Coronavirus

first_imgThis comes as Tyson Foods prepares to close its largest pork plant in Iowa tomorrow after a coronavirus outbreak.The company is warning “millions of pounds of meat” will disappear from the supply chain as the pandemic forces more processing plants to shut down. Food experts are warning consumers about a meat shortage in just two weeks. They say only big box retailers will likely get enough, leaving shelves empty at grocery stores. last_img

Weathering the Storm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matthew WildeDTN Production EditorDES MOINES, Iowa (DTN) — Mother Nature is unleashing more erratic and severe weather events than ever before. If farmers want to remain productive and profitable, they will have to adapt to climate change.That’s the message delivered Monday by farmers, researchers and agriculture experts at the “Agriculture in a Changing Climate: What the Future Holds for Iowa” forum in Des Moines. The event was co-sponsored by Solutions from the Land — a national farm advocacy group at the forefront of resolving food system, energy, environmental and climate challenges and achieving global sustainable development goals by 2030 — and Iowa State University (ISU).The Iowa Smart Agriculture Initiative, which explores and assesses the impacts that extreme weather has on the state’s No. 1 industry, led several panel discussions.“This is about mobilizing leaders, solutions from the land and (helping) the next generations in Iowa,” said Ray Gaesser, farmer and chairman of Iowa Smart Agriculture.Epic flooding this year along the Mississippi River caused at least $2 billion in damage, according to a report released by the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative in late June. Flooding along the Missouri River led to at least $3 billion in damage, based on early estimates in Iowa and Nebraska last spring.Persistent rain delayed planting and harvest throughout the Midwest and prevented farmers from planting more than 19.6 million acres — including 3.9 million acres just in South Dakota. Midsummer drought also curbed yields in portions of Iowa and the Corn Belt.These are the latest examples of the “new normal” farmers face, organizers said.“Farmers aren’t denying that the climate is changing,” said Wayne Fredericks, an Osage, Iowa, farmer and staunch conservationist. “We’re trying to figure out how to farm as it happens … and profitably.”CLIMATE SHIFTRising greenhouse gas emissions are primarily responsible for climate change, according to experts. Those emissions continue to rise. A United Nations report released on Tuesday (https://www.unenvironment.org/…) highlighted that greenhouse gas emissions globally rose an average of 1.5% per year over the past decade. To slow the rate of global temperature increases, the U.N. cited that emissions must decline an average of 7.6% per year over the next decade.The wettest 12-month period in U.S. history in more than 120 years of record keeping occurred from May 2018 through April of this year. The lower 48 states averaged 36.2 inches of precipitation. Since 1901, the average surface temperature across the contiguous 48 states has risen at an average rate of 0.14 degree Fahrenheit per decade. It’s accelerated since the late 1970s, and eight of the top 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 1998.In Iowa, April through June have been particularly wet in recent years, averaging more than 40% above average since 2008. The frequency of extreme precipitation events has increased, with the highest number of 2-inch rain events occurring in the last decade. Iowa just experienced its eighth wettest October on record, averaging 4.65 inches of precipitation, while Des Moines hit an all-time high at nearly 7.4 inches.The average annual temperature has increased in Iowa about 1 degree over the past two decades, according to federal climatic data. Winter warming is evident, nighttime temperatures have increased and humidity is on the rise.DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Michael Palmerino said farmers often debate whether the change in climate is cyclical or a long-lasting pattern. If the six-year stretch of wet weather continues, which it appears it will, the pattern favors the latter, Palmerino said.“I think farmers at this point have to start looking at or adopting changes (to cope with a changing climate),” Palmerino said.Farmers say climate change makes crop and livestock production more difficult.“We used to have eight weeks to get crops in,” said Fred Yoder, an Ohio farmer and co-chair of Solutions from the Land. “Now it seems if you don’t get it done in two weeks, you miss the window.”Iowa Smart Agriculture builds on work that Solutions from the Land has been doing across the country where leading farmers help inspire, educate and equip agricultural partners to enhance climate resilience and sustain productivity. It also provides producers with the tools and knowledge they need to make informed decisions and advocate for needed changes on the land.“Agriculture is not broken, but it can be improved,” Yoder said. “We don’t have all the answers today, but we have some of them.”CLIMATE SOLUTIONSFarmers and researchers suggested several conservation and other measures farmers could adopt — cover crops, no-till and/or conservation tillage, in-field and edge-of-field conservation practices, etc. — to make their farms more climate resilient.“We think putting perennials on the landscape is one of the most powerful tools to manage climate change,” said Emily Heaton, an ISU assistant professor of agronomy.ISU researchers have found that converting as little as 10% of a row-crop field to prairie can help reduce soil erosion, retain nutrients and provide excellent habitat for wildlife. Sowing strips of native prairie species like switchgrass, which once dominated Iowa’s and the Midwest’s landscape but has nearly disappeared due to production agriculture, in farm fields can protect them from intense rain events and drought.Heaton said extremely long, dense root systems in fields act like rebar in concrete, keeping soil, nutrients and water mostly in place. If a farmer planted a row-crop field with 10% prairie grass, they can expect a 37% reduction in water runoff, a 95% reduction in sediment loss, 77% less phosphorus loss and 70% less nitrate loss.“There’s always spots within fields that lose money,” which are ideal for perennials, she said. “Prairie strips are getting more popular.”Bryan Sievers farms 2,200 acres near Stockton, Iowa, and operates a 2,200-head cattle feedlot. He said he’ll consider adding prairie strips to a host of measures already in place, like grass waterways and terraces, to combat effects of extreme weather.Sievers suggested a unique way to boost productivity and soil health. He built two manure digesters at a cost of $7.5 million. The digesters process 55,000 gallons of manure a day from the feedlot and other area facilities. Methane is turned into electricity, which is sold to pay for the equipment. Liquid and solid manure is used for fertilizer, which builds organic matter and improves soil health.“Certainly, weather and climate challenges we face are very significant,” Sievers said. “A lot of my corn and soybeans went in in June, and despite those challenges, I still harvested 70-bushel beans and 230-bushel corn.Data collection will be one of the best ways to combat climate change, according to grain and cattle farmer Bill Couser of rural Nevada, Iowa. His family, with the help of Bayer and other groups, created a 220-acre AGvocacy Learning Farm.Farming and conservation practices are being closely monitored. Cover crops, a saturated buffer, bioreactor and automated drainage water management are also being studied. It’s a place where urban and rural residents can see proactive conservation work and data can back up efficacy claims.“We can rely on research, like on Bill’s farm, to show that if you implement this practice, you can see this reduction in runoff or sedimentation,” Sievers added.Dave Walton, who farms near Wilton, Iowa, is convinced no-till and cover crops are the key to withstanding several-inch downpours and drought. And maybe, more importantly, is keeping an open mind to try new things.“One thing I learned is sacred cows make real good hamburgers,” Walton said.Matthew Wilde can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @progressivwilde(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. 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UAAP volleyball: La Salle outplays Ateneo for share of 2nd seed

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Jhoanna Maraguinot had 13 points for Ateneo while Tolentino added 11. La Salle almost let go of a six-point lead late in the fourth period after  Ateneo captain Maddie Madayag cut the margin to two, 21-19 off a dump that landed in front of the Lady Spikers’ defensive line.The Lady Spikers, though, hung on when Tiamzon dumped the ball for La Salle’s 23-19 lead then Kianna Dy followed it up a solid block on Kat Tolentino to put the defending champions at the 24-19 match point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter Desiree Cheng sent the ball too far in her service, 24-20, Jules Samonte ironically followed it up with her own service error that awarded the victory to the Lady Spikers.La Salle’s victory, however, could’ve happened as early as the third set when it came back from a 21-11 hole and took a 24-22 lead. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Next Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Madayag and Tolentino, however, gutted it out for Ateneo to force the fourth set.After he called his team a “barangay level club,” La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus commended how his players put up a fight befit of a defending champion.“The determination to win is at the UAAP level but their play was like a roller coaster because they will get the lead but they will throw it away, or when they were down big they will come back,” said De Jesus. “They lack the end game finishing capability.”Dy finished with a game-high 21 points to lead La Salle while Tin Tiamzon added 13.Desiree Cheng pitched in 11 points for the Lady Spikers while Mary Joy Baron and Aduke Ogunsanya had 10 points apiece for La salle’s cause.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READ LATEST STORIES La Salle Green Archers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAmid the ballyhoo surrounding the finals rematch, De La Salle continued its mastery over Ateneo with a 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20 win Saturday in their first meeting this the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.The defending champions bounced back from their shock loss to Adamson and ended the first round on a high note, tied Far Eastern U at the second spot with a 5-2 record, while the Lady Eagles had their streak snapped and settled for third with a 4-3 card.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSL: Resurgent Cocolife makes it 3 in a row, dumps Fotonlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo speaks out on racism after chants aimed at Kalidou Koulibaly

first_imgDerrick Rose returns to Chicago, leads Wolves over Bulls FILE – In this Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 file photo, Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly leaves the pitch after receiving a red card from the referee during a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Napoli, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. Cristiano Ronaldo has come to the defense of Kalidou Koulibaly after the Napoli defender was the target of racist chants during a match at Inter Milan. Next to a photo of him being marked by Koulibaly during a match earlier this season, Ronaldo writes on Instagram, “In the world and in football there always needs to be education and respect. No to racism and to any sort of insult and discrimination!!!”. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)MILAN — Cristiano Ronaldo has come to the defense of Kalidou Koulibaly after the Napoli defender was the target of racist chants during a match at Inter Milan.Next to a photo of him being marked by Koulibaly during a match between Napoli and Juventus earlier this season, Ronaldo writes in Italian on Instagram , “In the world and in football there always needs to be education and respect. No to racism and to any sort of insult and discrimination!!!”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Koulibaly had monkey noises directed at him throughout the Serie A game on Wednesday at Milan’s San Siro stadium. He was sent off in the 81st minute after receiving two yellow cards in quick succession, the second for sarcastically applauding the referee after being shown the first.Koulibaly earlier made a decisive goal-line clearance to deny Inter captain Mauro Icardi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefAfter the game, Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti threatened to lead his team off the field the next time one of his players was subjected to continued racist abuse. Ancelotti asked several times for the match against Inter to be halted after the chants, and announcements warning fans this would happen were made but no further action was taken.Koulibaly posted on Twitter of his pride of being born in France to Senegalese parents . Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “I’m sorry about the defeat and especially to have left my brothers! But I am proud of the color of my skin. Of being French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: a man,” he wrote in Italian.Inter beat Napoli 1-0 as Serie A matches were held on Dec. 26 for the first time in nearly 50 years — since 1971.It was the latest incident of racism to blight Italian football.Sulley Muntari walked off the field during a Serie A game in April 2017 in response to racist abuse. The Pescara midfielder was infuriated after unsuccessfully trying to get the referee to halt the game at Cagliari.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View commentslast_img read more

UST bounces back, handily beats UE

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–University of Santo Tomas gained a foothold to the next round while kicking University of the East out of it after a 25-20, 25-20, 25-16 triumph Saturday in the UAAP women’s volleyball at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.Ysa Jimenez came off the bench to score 11 points for the Tigresses, who climbed to 7-4. UST also bounced back from a stinging loss to La Salle last week.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Kecelyn Gadones and and Caitlyn Viray also provided ample support for the alpha Tigresses Sisi Rondina and Eya Laure.UE put up a semblance of a fight, leading 9-5 until UST put its act together a dealt the Lady Warriors their third successive defeat for a 2-9 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duke’s Zion Williamson wins AP men’s college player of the year View commentslast_img read more