Saturday’s final Bledisloe Cup match provided us with a good example of where rugby needs to be consistently better. I’m not talking about controversial tries or bad TMO calls, I’m talking about the need to better police concussion. In the 52nd minute of the Test, Brodie Retallick, a man with a history of concussion, was elbowed in the face by Dean Mumm. He went down in a heap and stayed down for a considerable time. On the judicial side, Mumm has already been cited and banned for one game which is possibly not harsh enough. Incidental or intentional, the elbow pales in comparison to the fact that Retallick was able to get up without being checked for concussion and play out the rest of the match. He wound up taking another head knock late in the game and is subsequently in doubt for the All Blacks northern hemisphere tour. This is an issue that we are all complicit in and we need to do better. If you don’t believe me, ask the NFL. In 2009, they were ordered … [Read more...] about Refs need to be more proactive about concussion
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MUSIC has long-established links with sports of all kind. It can be used to great effect to mirror one's personality, as is the case in boxing bouts. You might remember the intimidating clanging of chains as Mike Tyson (inset) was introduced into the arena for the Michael Spinks fight in 1988. We sat up for hours waiting on the fight to start, playing cards with my father and great uncle, wee Joe, until the main fight commenced. Wee Joe was a great man for the game of 25 and he maintained our interest in it by permitting bets of one and two pence at a time. The exhilaration of that ringwalk music had Spinks cowering in his corner, a fact he acknowledged in post-fight interviews. It was scheduled to last 12 gruelling rounds, but instead it lasted a mere 91 seconds; several hammer blows to the body and chin akin to being hit by the nib of a digger was enough to secure two knockdowns and, ultimately, the fight. Nowadays, the internet can offer sport-specific, ready-made compilations for … [Read more...] about The mood music needs to change for Kieran McGeeney and Armagh
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory, who has been suspended since of the December 2016, is expected to officially file for reinstatement with the NFL on Thursday, a source confirmed.Gregory is hoping to return for the 2018 season and to give the NFL enough time to have it approved before the start of training camp, tentatively set for July 24.The NFL has 60 days to approve the application once the paperwork has been submitted.This has been a painstaking and deliberate process for Gregory, who could have filed for reinstatement last month, a source said.But he has been focused on doing everything necessary to have the best chance of success.Per the NFL Network, Gregory has recently spent more than six weeks in intensive drug and alcohol rehab in addition to counseling.That he has is able to file for reinstatement is a good sign that he has past muster with NFL doctors and has passed drug tests.Per source, he met with NFL substance abuse program medical personnel over last weekend … [Read more...] about Suspended Cowboys DE Gregory clears final hurdle, set to file for reinstatement on Thursday
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Sports by Candace Buckner by Candace Buckner Email the author May 16 at 9:40 AM Email the author Marcus Smart hustles his way into the Cleveland Cavaliers bench during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images) BOSTON — Marcus Smart doesn’t care about the effect the hardwood can have on human flesh. He plays with the abandon of a hair-on-fire stuntman for his Boston Celtics, diving then crashing to the floor while pursuing a loose ball. His bandaged right wrist should serve as a reminder of recent surgery, but that does not seem to cross Smart’s mind when he belly-flops onto … [Read more...] about The Celtics’ Marcus Smart does whatever needs to be done to beat the Cavs
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Sports by Candace Buckner by Candace Buckner Email the author May 16 at 9:40 AM Email the author Marcus Smart hustles his way into the Cleveland Cavaliers bench during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images) BOSTON — Marcus Smart doesn’t care about the affect the hardwood can have on human flesh. He plays with the abandon of a hair-on-fire stuntman for his Boston Celtics, diving then crashing to the floor while pursuing a loose ball. His bandaged right wrist should serve as a reminder of recent surgery, but that does not seem to cross Smart’s mind when he belly-flops onto … [Read more...] about Boston’s Marcus Smart does whatever needs to be done to beat Cleveland
Mansfield Town fans expect to know later today which players are on boss David Flitcroft’s retained list as he begins to build for the future. With the heartbreak of missing out on the the play-off last weekend still raw, it’s been a difficult week.So by the end of it we should get some inkling as to where Flitcroft feels the frailties were that need beefing up.Joel Byrom’s departure yesterday would not have been a shock as he barely figured under Flitcroft.Former manager Steve Evans was a huge fan of the midfielder, but injuries and inconsistency ended up wrecking what could have been a very good season and he was the first to go.We are told a lot of the players are under contract or with an option for an extra year so it’s hard to know exactly where we are with deals.But, if Flitcroft does not have them in his plans for next year, most would find another club.Although ultimately a year of failure, the squad performed very well at times and it’s hard to … [Read more...] about LOMAS ON STAGS: Who will be shown the door and what does Flitcroft need to bring in?
Saturday night at Kansas Speedway was almost like old times for Wood Brothers Racing, NASCAR’s oldest team and one that’s undergone a major resurgence this season.Ryan Blaney qualified the iconic No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford on the pole for the Go Bowling 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas and he had quite a Saturday night under the lights at the 1.5-mile track.Blaney finished third in the first stage of the race, won the second stage and led a total of 83 laps before finishing fourth behind race winner Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick.It wasn’t the first career Cup win for Blaney, but it was an impressive performance by both the driver and his pit crew, who consistently busted off 11-second pit stops throughout the long night.And it was a huge momentum swing for the driver and team, who started the year with a runner-up finish in the Daytona 500 but hadn’t finished better than 33rd in any of the three races prior to … [Read more...] about Ryan Blaney: ‘Where we need to be’ after rebound at Kansas
According to a report by FrontStretch.com, Cautions were down by 39% to start the 2016 season compared to 2015. That number kept up for the remainder of the 2016 season, producing the question, what can NASCAR do to make the races more exciting?Below, are two ways of how they might be able to do so.Giving BonusesGiving bonuses is one way NASCAR could help ramp up the action on track. A team for winning a quarter of the season. Look at 1984, the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company announced they’d put forth 1 million dollars for an annual event called The All-Star Race. Afterwards, from 1985 to 1997 three of the 4 Marquee races (Daytona 500, Winston 500, Coca-Cola 600, and the Southern 500) were put into a “Small Slam” with a million dollar prize at stakes. No driver ever won all 4 races, but many drivers won three of the 4 often, receiving one million dollars. If no driver won three of the … [Read more...] about NASCAR: What Does NASCAR Need To Do For More Exciting Races?
Baylor easily got through its nonconference schedule with three lopsided victories in 13 days before taking a break.Even though none of those games were against an opponent from the other Power Five leagues, seventh-ranked and defending Big 12 champion Baylor did what it had to do. Now as long as they keep winning now that they are going in conference play, the Bears should be well-positioned for college football’s new four-team playoff.”I’ve just felt all along that if you come unscathed out of the Big 12, you’re going to be in the final four,” Bears coach Art Briles said. ”That’s been our thought process all along. … We line up and go play.”Baylor is the only Big 12 team that will not play an opponent from the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 or SEC during the regular season.But the Bears go into their Big 12 opener Saturday night at Iowa State (1-2, 0-1) leading the nation in scoring (59.3 points a game) and total offense (654 yards), just … [Read more...] about No. 7 Baylor right where it needs to be – for now
MIAMI — LeBron James and four teammates chatted for several minutes under a basket after the Miami Heat finished practice on Friday afternoon, each player sporting a serious look for the entirety of the conversation.For the first time this season, the reigning NBA champions are dealing with some real trouble.Back-to-back losses — at Washington on Tuesday, then by 20 points at home against a New York Knicks team that didn’t even have Carmelo Anthony on Thursday — have soured the Heat mood. Add that to some poor defensive numbers and Miami already needing six late rallies before closing out wins so far this season, and it’s easy to see why no one seemed to be laughing at work on Friday.“When you win everything’s great. When you lose everything’s bad,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. “That’s how it works.”As Wade spoke, James was chatting about 50 feet away with Ray Allen, Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem and James Jones, a few … [Read more...] about Defense not where it needs to be for Heat