Messi: Health must always come first

first_img Loading… A global pandemic is forcing a concerned global population to take decisive action in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19.Professional sportsmen and women form part of that process, with events having been cancelled and suspended around the world.La Liga has joined the likes of Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Premier League in bringing competitive football to an immediate halt.Barcelona have taken matters a step further by postponing all training activity for two weeks.A statement released by the Catalan giants read: “Given the healthcare situation and according to the recommendations of the club’s medical staff, the first team has suspended all activity until further notice.”Messi and the Blaugrana will not be back on the field any time soon, with a Champions League clash with Napoli going the same way as La Liga matches.As a result, Quique Setien’s squad are taking in an enforced break.They will be adhering to any protocols put in place, with six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi looking to lead by example when it comes to following coronavirus advice.He has posted on social media: “These are complicated days for everyone.“We live worried about what is happening and want to help by removing ourselves from the places where those are having the worst of it, either because it directly affected them or their family and friends, or because they are working on the front line to combat it in hospitals and health centres.“I want to send a lot of strength to all of them.“Health must always come first. It is an exceptional moment and you must follow the instructions of both health organisations and public authorities. Only in this way can we combat it effectively.Read Also:Messi’s jersey a dream come true for frontline nurse“It is time to be responsible and stay at home, it is also a perfect opportunity to enjoy that time with those that you cannot always be around.“A hug and hopefully we can turn this situation around as soon as possible.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Lionel Messi has admitted that  “health must always come first” as the Barcelona superstar joins those taking in a period of self-isolation during “complicated” and worrying times in the coronavirus outbreak.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Amazing Ceilings From All Around The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValuePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Pennylast_img read more

Terry hoping to extend Chelsea stay

first_img The 34-year-old, who is adored by many in football and loathed by some, hopes to earn an extension to his contract which expires at the end of the current campaign. Terry scored the opening goal in a man-of-the-match display in Chelsea’s Capital One Cup final victory over Tottenham on Sunday. John Terry is determined to enjoy a successful conclusion to his Chelsea career by continuing to confound his critics. It was the first trophy of Jose Mourinho’s second spell as Blues boss, with Terry still a central figure 10 years after the Portuguese’s first Stamford Bridge silverware in the same competition. “I am fighting for myself and my family, and to prove people wrong,” Terry said. “It doesn’t come much bigger than that. I want to give it everything. “I don’t know how long I have left. Hopefully I have a few years left but if this is my last year then I hope it will go out on a bang. “I have my little target to play next year but beyond that, two or three years (more), I don’t know.” Asked if he would play for another club, Terry added: “No, and I also think there’s a right time to go as well. “Certainly I am feeling great at the minute and it would be the wrong time to go. “But there does come a point where it would be the right time to go, to say it’s time to move on and people will remember you that way.” It seems unthinkable that Chelsea will determine that time to be at the end of this season, by which time the Blues skipper may have led them to a first Premier League title in five years. Chelsea policy dictates that players over the age of 30 are granted 12-month deals. Terry signed his current deal 48 hours after the end of last season – Mourinho’s first back at Stamford Bridge – and could be made to wait until the end of the current campaign before a new deal is negotiated. “The uncertainty has helped me positively, not having four or five years (under contract) as you get older. “The roles have reversed and now the power is in the club’s hands. That has inspired me.” Terry admitted his emotions were stirred on hearing the national anthem at Wembley, but he has no plans to reconsider his retirement from England duty. He retired from international football in 2012 after being banned for four matches by the Football Association, despite being cleared at Westminster Magistrates Court of making a racist insult to then QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, brother of his long-time England central defensive partner Rio. He is still considered by many to be England’s leading defender, but has no intention of making himself available to Roy Hodgson. “I have missed it, playing in these big stadiums and in these competitions and I’m delighted to get back to Wembley,” Terry said. “They started playing the national anthem before the game and I was going then.” Asked if he was considering an England return, Terry, who earned 78 caps, added: “No. It’s the simple answer, I don’t want to go into it right now. “Being back at Wembley, the atmosphere, the stadium, it’s one of the best I have played in, but it’s never crossed my mind. “I have drawn a line under it and the England squad can move on now.” His goal was his first in a major final and he is targeting further success this season, with Chelsea in possession of a five-point Premier League lead over second-placed Manchester City, who lost at Liverpool on Sunday. Chelsea, who have a game in-hand, play at West Ham on Wednesday. “It was important to get our first trophy together,” Terry added. “I spoke in the week about this being a springboard, like it did when the manager came in in 2004-05. It had that effect then and hopefully it does now. “We are delighted to see City lose points, but we go again on Wednesday and it’s another tough one. It’s a derby but we want the three points.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse announces Zach Arnett as new defensive coordinator

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse football named Zach Arnett its new defensive coordinator on Saturday, filling the full-time vacant since former coordinator Brian Ward’s firing at the tail end of the 2019 season.Arnett comes to SU from San Diego State, where he held the defensive coordinator position under head coach Rocky Long — who also interviewed for the SU vacancy — for the 2018-19 seasons. He also coached linebackers, which Ward did at SU.“He learned under a great defensive mind in Rocky Long at San Diego State and excelled when he got the opportunity to run the defense there,” Dino Babers said, via an SU Athletics press release. “His qualities, both as a person and as a professional, are an excellent fit for our program.”Arnett spent his entire coaching career to date with the Aztecs, beginning as a graduate assistant in 2011 before being promoted to coaching linebackers in 2014. He played the same position at New Mexico from 2005-08. In 2019, Arnett’s defense ranked top 10 in the nation in rushing defense, scoring defense, interceptions, first downs allowed, total defense, passing efficiency defense and turnovers gained.It’s unclear at this time if Arnett will be empowered to shape the defensive staff, which remains intact since Ward’s firing, or if he will be tasked with leading the current crop of positional coaches.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on January 11, 2020 at 1:32 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

Former champions fight for AFCON survival

first_img0Shares0000Keagan Dolly (C) of South Africa challenges Libya’s Almoatasembellah Ali Mohamed during the sides’ 0-0 drawJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sep 10- Fears that expanding the Africa Cup of Nations from 16 teams to 24 could trigger easy passages to the 2019 finals in Cameroon have proved unfounded.  Former champions Congo Brazzaville, South Africa and Zambia are among teams facing serious challenges as they seek top-two group finishes, which secure tournament places. Only four of the 47 contenders — Guinea, Mali, Mauritania and Tunisia — boast 100 percent records after the second matchday at the weekend.AFP Sport suggests which countries are likely to join Cameroon, automatic qualifiers as hosts.Group AFrench coach Nicolas Dupuis has transformed Madagascar from whipping boys to a competitive team and they are on course for a first Cup of Nations appearance.They appear stronger than second-place rivals Equatorial Guinea, who they face twice next month, and should join Senegal in Cameroon next June.Group BCameroon players happily do some runs during a training session at the camp Toyoyo Grounds in Nairobi on September 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDefending champions Cameroon, who have hired former Dutch star Clarence Seedorf as coach, are competing to gain match practice despite being guaranteed a place.That leaves Morocco, Malawi and the Comoros contesting one place and it would be a sensation if the Herve Renard-coached north Africans failed to claim it.Group CIt is surprising that Burundi, who have never reached a Cup of Nations, are lying second, three points ahead of 2017 hosts Gabon.Sadio Berahino of English second-tier club Stoke has opted to play for Burundi, increasing their qualification hopes at the expense of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang-inspired Gabon.Group DAlgeria are on course to justify being favourites to top the table, but more was expected of Togo, led by former Manchester City and Real Madrid striker Emmanuel Adebayor.Togo have been overshadowed by Benin, whose point from a draw in Lome was an unexpected bonus that could prove crucial come the end of qualifying next March.Group ESouth Africa have qualified for only one of the last five Cup of Nations and being held at home by Libya has endangered hopes of improving that dismal record.Nigeria are growing in strength and confidence and should make it, leaving the South Africans and Libyans to contest for second spot and the Seychelles seek damage limitation.Group FBlack Stars player Daniel Amartey leads Kenya Micheal Olunga. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe tightest group so far with Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia all on three points having won at home and lost away.Ghana possess sufficient talent to take a top-two place and Kenya, whose last Cup of Nations appearance was 14 years ago, could join them with Victor Wanyama an inspirational captain.Group GPerennial underachievers Zimbabwe and twice African champions the Democratic Republic of Congo have both won at home and drawn away to become early favourites for qualification.Congo Brazzaville pose the only genuine threat with Liberia looking capable of collecting  points only at home.Group HRecent Liverpool midfield recruit Naby Keita could play a key role as Guinea strive to maintain a perfect record that began with a shock victory in the Ivory Coast.The Ivorians recovered under new coach Ibrahim Kamara to win in Rwanda and it hard to imagine a Cup of Nations without them although the Central African Republic are no pushovers.Group IFar from the media spotlight in the largely desert northwest African state, Mauritania have been improving continually under French coach Corentin Martins.A first Cup of Nations appearance for them is a distinct possibility, with 2013 runners-up Burkina Faso favoured to also progress at the expense of Angola and Botswana.Group JThis section is following a predictable course with Tunisia and Egypt contesting first place and eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) and Niger trying to avoid coming last.A six-goal thrashing in Egypt has probably put the future of Ivory Coast-born Francois Zahoui as Niger coach in jeopardy.Group KA section expected to be dominated by 2012 champions Zambia has not gone according to plan as they trail pacesetters Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique by three points.It could have been even worse for the Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets) under new Belgian coach Sven Vandenbroeck as a deflected goal off a free-kick salvaged a point in Namibia.Group LUganda hold a two-point lead, but Tanzania could be the team to watch after forcing a goalless draw in Kampala under new coach and former Nigeria star Emmanuel Amunike.Cape Verde have gone backwards after reaching the 2013 and 2015 Cup of Nations, although a late Djaniny equaliser away to workmanlike Lesotho kept them in contention.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Study shows cardiovascular problems are more common in uterine cancer survivors

first_img Source: May 8 2018A new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute indicates that survivors of uterine cancer are more likely to experience cardiovascular problems years after treatment.Endometrial (uterine) cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the United States. Incidence rates among women under the age of 50 have been increasing by 1.3% per year since 1988 and by 1.9% among women over the age of 50 since 2005. It was the 6th most common cause of death from cancer among women in the United States in 2017, with an estimated 10,920 deaths. As of 2017, there were an estimated 757,200 endometrial cancer survivors in the United States.Previous studies of long-term health effects among endometrial cancer survivors have focused largely on quality of life, mental health, obesity, and adverse sexual side effects. But the high overall survival rate among people diagnosed with the cancer, the projected increase in the number of such cancer diagnoses, the introduction of more complex therapies, and the high mortality due to cardiovascular disease among endometrial cancer survivors, suggest that other long-term health effects are important to assess.Researchers here identified 3,621 endometrial cancer survivors using the Utah Population Database. Diagnosis data was available for women aged 18 and over diagnosed with this cancer between 1997 and 2012 in Utah.The results of the study indicate that approximately 25.7% of cancer survivors were diagnosed with heart diseases five to ten years after cancer diagnosis. Endometrial cancer survivors were 47% more likely to be diagnosed with a disease of the heart between one of five years after cancer diagnosis and 33% more likely to be diagnosed with a disease of the heart between five to ten years after the initial cancer diagnosis.Related StoriesSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerResearchers identify potential drug target for multiple cancer typesResearchers observed elevated risk during the one-to-five-year time period for peripheral and vascular atherosclerosis, hypotension, phlebitis, thrombophlebitis, thromboembolism, other circulatory diseases, and other diseases of the veins and lymphatics. Researchers found associations for hypotension, diseases of veins and lymphatics, and other diseases of veins and lymphatics.Between one to five years after diagnosis, researchers observed increased cardiovascular risks among endometrial cancer survivors for phlebitis, thrombophlebitis and thromboembolism, lymphatic diseases, pulmonary heart disease, and atrial fibrillation. Some elevated risk persisted for cardiovascular diseases at five to ten years. Compared to patients who had surgery, patients who additionally had radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy were at increased risk for heart and circulatory system disorders between one to five years after cancer diagnosis.Prior studies have reported similar proportions of endometrial cancer survivors who have hypertension diagnoses, but this study is the first to quantify risk for hypertension after cancer diagnosis among uterine cancer survivors compared to the general population.This study suggests that increased monitoring for cardiovascular diseases may be important for endometrial cancer patients for 10 years after cancer diagnosis.last_img read more