Mumbai, Dec 6 (PTI) Backing the view of shuttle ace Prakash Padukone, Indias national badminton coach, Pullela Gopichand, today said sports coaches need to be respected and rewarded for new players to emerge.”I completely agree with Prakash sir. Its very important that coaches need to be looked at, its high time we looked at it because we should have looked at it in the past 10 years and we haven?t. And it?s not only badminton but across all sports; this is for me the most important thing which is there,” Gopichand said here today.”Coaches need to be respected, coaches need to be rewarded, coaches need to be awarded and people should be motivated to take up coaching,” said Gopichand on the sidelines of the function to announce a grass-roots talent hunt plan by his academy with IDBI Federal Life Insurance.A few days ago Prakash said that it was high time the badminton-governing body in the country, BAI, Sports Authority of India and the sports ministry looked at coaching the coaches by inviting top foreign coaches to do the job.”We treat Indian coaches differently, foreign coaches differently. I?ll have to say this openly, but there?s not a single rupee of remuneration which any of the coaches in the past have got from either the federation or the SAI. It?s time they start looking at coaches differently, start looking at coaching differently. And unless we do that we can?t sustain the ecosystem of sports,” he explained.advertisement”I think this is an aspect which, for the last few years, has been a challenge of the entire ecosystem which brings the best players back into the sport. And creating good coaches doesn?t end with giving them good training. It is the entire ecosystem which is important. A coach needs to be respected.”I?m sure everyone has these challenges in the teaching profession as well. The best mind doesn?t get into teaching. Likewise, we also face the same challenges with coaching. Coaches need to be trained, need to be motivated, need to be recognised, need to be rewarded. All these are important.”In the entire ecosystem of the sport, how many coaches do we know from various fields? Even sportspersons, reporters, and myself, we would not know so many of them. Also, how much of pay we give them is also important,” he remarked.”The best models in the world are where they?re coached at and athlete-centric and system-driven and unfortunately we?re far away from that model,” he added.Gopichand also expressed concerns over the cramped international calendar of the Badminton World Federation.”I think they?ve cramped the calendar too much. It?s unfortunate the kind of thinking that the BWF has. And I don?t agree to what they have in terms of getting players to play so many tournaments. And there are players who?re already getting injured, performances have not been consistent at all and it doesn?t help the players cause when they have to continue to push themselves to play so many tournaments.”There?re so many ways of ensuring that the sport is promoted and cramping up the calendar and forcing the players to play is not a very good idea,” he added.On the new service rule announced by the BWF, he said “I approve of it.”As per the new rule, the shuttle should be below 1.15 metres from the surface of the court at the instant of being hit by the servers racquet. PTI SSR NRB
Photo by espn.com.After all the rumblings in New York that Geno Smith was a disaster and totally ill-prepared to lead an NFL team–the rookie quarterback made a nice account of himself in the Jets’ season-opener, a stunning 18-17 last-second victory over Tampa Bay.Smith, who opened training camp in competition with incumbent and now-injured starter Mark Sanchez, went 24-for-38 for 256 yards, with a touchdown, an interception and a fumble. He also had 47 yards rushing and set up the game-winning field goal by drawing a personal foul penalty in the waning seconds.Down by two with just seconds left, Smith scrambled for 10 yards before running out of bounds. However, the Buccaneers’ Levonte David pushed him when he clearly was out of bounds, drawing the 15-yard penalty, setting up Nick Folk’s 48-yard field goal with two seconds left.“I’m never going to panic,” Smith said afterward. “It’s a game, it’s something that I’ve been playing my entire life, I’ve been in that situation plenty of times.”Not exactly. This was his first NFL game. In New York. And after a preseason effort that, when he was healthy, did not inspire confidence.“We knew that he’s a much better quarterback than he showed in that one preseason game when he was hobbling around,” Jets’ coach Rex Ryan said, referring to Smith’s three-interception performance against the Giants. “I think where he really helped us, he ran, he made some big plays running.”Smith was much better and his poise shone through. “I love playing with a team like this,” Smith said, “because you don’t have to go out there and try to be Superman.”It was not a super play that saved the day for the Jets, but it was one that Ryan said Smith made happen.“No question,” Ryan said. “They had everybody back in coverage, they were deep down the field. At the time we knew we needed to make a play and he did. He stepped up, presence of mind, he was running like crazy and got out of bounds.”“I just go out there and I told those guys ‘it’s never over,’ ” Smith said. “I was on the sideline talking to Kellen (Winslow Jr.) and we were going over situations. Talked with Willie Colon and telling those guys just, ‘Hey, give me some extra protection and we’ll find a way,’ and that’s what we did.”
Federico Bernardeschi has credited Juventus FC for the improvement in his mentality about the game thanks to more playing time.The former Fiorentina trainee has become a regular starter in the Azzurri squad and club Juventusis finding his feet in Turin and become a regular in the senior Italy squad.“Football is passion, hunger, all of my life,” he told Football Italia.“I must say that I am truly fortunate, because to embrace your passion as a profession too is something very special that, unfortunately, not everyone gets to experience.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Juventus is a marvellous club and a style, whose mentality has been the key to huge achievements over the years. I think a Juventus player becomes something special in that context.“It was tough at the start when I wasn’t playing very much, but I kept calm because I was well aware I had joined a massive club whose history speaks for itself.“I think every player has to go through his own maturation process before he can definitively become part of the Juve world. It’s only normal when joining such a big club.“I must say that over the last few months I’ve felt something that gives me an extra boost, above all mentally. I always worked on my mentality and I think that is bearing fruit.”Bernardeschi is a very versatile player who can work in midfield, on the wing, in the trident attack or even as a pure striker.
25 flu-related deaths reported in San Diego last week KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 7, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — There were 25 influenza-related deaths reported last week in San Diego County, bringing this flu season’s total fatalities in the region to 231, the county Health and Human Services Agency said Wednesday.Last week also brought the end of a weeks-long downward trend in the total number of lab-confirmed flu cases, which officials say was caused by a spike in influenza B cases. That strain accounted for 335 of the 835 cases confirmed last week and represents double the percentage of influenza B cases for the whole season, according to the county.“A high number of deaths can typically be associated with severe seasons when the influenza A/H3 virus causes most of the illnesses,” said county public health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten. “The flu is still going strong and we’re seeing an increase in influenza B cases which typically occur later in the flu season. That is why it’s important that people continue getting vaccinated and taking other preventive measures.”The vaccine protects against influenza A H3N2, pandemic H1N1-like and two influenza B strains.Wooten said the use of detailed reporting systems also contributes to high numbers compared to prior years and in other parts of the country.This continues to be one of the region’s worst flu seasons on record.There were just 39 deaths at this time last year and 2,777 total confirmed cases, compared to 231 deaths and 15,135 cases this season.Vaccines are available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies. Those without insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated. For a list of locations, visit www.sdiz.org or call 211. Posted: February 7, 2018
ADC AUTHOR The Army is working on several efforts this year to enhance quality of life for military families, according to Military.com.“We enlist soldiers, but we retain families,” Army Secretary Mark Esper said this week at an Association of the United States Army event.The Army is planning to improve access to child care and reimburse the costs of spouses’ professional credentialing. It will also consider longer assignments to keep a family in a community longer.“We can stabilize the force,” Esper said. “Particularly if the spouse has a great job, if the kids are in good schools and the parents are happy, we want to reduce turmoil” caused by moving to a new duty station.Photo by AUSA