Industry experts criticise German plan to allow Dutch-style pensions

first_imgGermany’s Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) has taken many in the industry by surprise after taking up a proposal by the metal union to broaden the reach of occupational pensions.Just weeks after IG Metall first recommended the creation of industry-wide pension funds, similar to the Dutch model, the BMAS endorsed the proposal in a paper that has yet to be made public.IG Metall was the union behind MetallRente, one of the more recent industry-wide schemes launched in Germany.The banking industry also offers industry-wide provision through the €24bn BVV, while Soka Bau offers pensions and other benefits to those in the building industry. Additionally, countries including the Netherlands and Denmark provide collective schemes.PFZW, the Dutch healthcare sector fund, is among Europe’s largest schemes, with more than €150bn in assets.Denmark, meanwhile, has a handful of pension providers targeting the healthcare, white and blue-collar industry, providing them with a scale that would otherwise be almost impossible to achieve.Despite the German government’s support for IG Metall’s plan, the industry’s response has been lukewarm at best.Speaking at the German pension association’s (aba) annual conference in Cologne, Peter Hadasch, a board member at Nestlé Germany, rejected the idea outright.“We do not need yet another pensions vehicle,” he said.“Germany already has enough in the occupational pension segment.”According to the BMAS’s proposal, different industries would set up a Pensionskasse or a Pensionsfonds, into which each employer – either voluntarily or through compulsion – could make contributions on behalf of employees.Additionally, new protection funds, or ‘safety’ funds, should be created to ensure the security of assets in the new pension funds, even in case of insolvency.But Hadasch argued that this would mean employers could no longer use individual pension plans to attract prospective employees, or retain current ones. He also argued that the German way of “insuring all the risks in advance” was like “pulling all teeth to prevent tooth decay”.“We have to define the risks employers have to take in a funded pension system and not release them from this responsibility because this would sever the tie to the employee – and this would be the end of occupational pensions,” he said.Hadasch also warned that the new proposed system had been the brainchild of unions and the government – “two parties that fear nothing more than the capital markets”.“If you hedge away all risks,” he added, “it will be more expensive than taking a bit of risk.”Michael Hessling, a board member at Allianz, also criticised the BMAS’s proposal.He said he feared Germany’s “major pensions vehicle” – direct insurance contracts – would be left out in a new system, which he said would “increase complexity” and “damage the existing system”.“It would create uncertainty, and employers would stop setting up pension plans while waiting for the new system,” he said.But Peter Görgen, head of BMAS’s supplementary pension department, said it would be good to “plant new seeds” with the proposed vehicles.At the conference, aba chairman Heribert Karch read out a previous statement by the IG Metall union, which kicked off the debate in the first place but has now rejected the BMAS proposal.Karch noted that the union criticises the fact it would be mandatory to have a pension scheme that would fall under the IORP II regime, and that it does not want employers to be able to “buy themselves out” of their funding responsibilities.As for the aba itself, Karch said the association would not take any position on the matter, but merely “help think matters through”.Andrea Nahles, federal minister for Labour and Social Affairs, has previously said provisions within collective labour agreements should pave the way for greater occupational coverage – with a clause now included in the country’s new minimum wage law, a campaign promise of Nahles’s Social Democratic Party.A BMAS study on the expansion of occupational coverage earlier this year also attempted to highlight the main hurdles preventing small and medium-sized enterprises from offering provision.last_img read more

Batesville to celebrate Statehood Day Sunday

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. – Indiana will officially mark 200 years of statehood on December 11.The City of Batesville will celebrate the Bicentennial by hosting an event at the Memorial Building on Sunday, December 11 at 11:30 a.m.Mayor Mike Bettice will officiate the ceremony and raise the official Bicentennial flag.Mayor Bettice will also recognize the Torchbearers who were locally nominated to participate in the Bicentennial Torch Relay in September.The city recently received a five-foot fiberglass bison sculpture from Duke Energy as part of the statewide public art project in conjunction with Indiana’s Bicentennial Celebration.The bison was painted by Batesville High School art teachers Mary K Cambron and Kyle Hunteman.Chris Fledderman of Enneking Auto Body oversaw the donated services of priming, base coating and sealing the bison.Tim Weberding led the effort of Weberding Carving Shop, to make the custom Indiana State Seals.During Sunday’s event, the name of Bicentennial Bison will also be unveiled.Community members submitted names to the Batesville Bicentennial Committee during the Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1.last_img read more

Homeless man arrested after attacking dog and lifeguard at beach

first_imgAuthorities in California have arrested a homeless man who reportedly randomly attacked a small dog and a lifeguard at a beach.The incident occurred on August 9th at Ormond Beach in Port Hueneme.Authorities say lifeguards witnessed the suspect, Dylan McTaggert approach a beachgoer and her dog from behind, pick up the dog and punt it in the air.The dog reportedly went into shock and lost consciousness.When the lifeguards intervened in the situation, McTaggert then became violent and punched at least one of them.Authorities eventually located McTaggert and took him into custody.He has since been charged with fighting in public, assault on a lifeguard, and felony animal cruelty.According to the report, the dog was kicked so hard that she was “diagnosed with having a collapsed lung and displaced heart.”She is recovering at home under the care of her owner.last_img read more

India-Sri Lanka first Test starts tomorrow

first_img… Shastri on mission to keep India at No.1NEW India head coach Ravi Shastri will tomorrow look to prove his team remain the world’s best Test side when they take on Sri Lanka in the first of three matches.Shastri, who took over the demanding role after Anil Kumble’s acrimonious exit last month, has backed India to continue the “fearless brand of cricket” that helped them regain the No.1 position last year from Pakistan.While India lost the Champions Trophy final to their arch-rivals, the Virat Kohli-led side are on a roll after winning 10 of the past 13 Tests, overcoming top sides like New Zealand, England and, narrowly, Australia.“They know their job. They are professional cricketers. Once they step on the field they take over. That is how it should be,” said Shastri, who became head coach after Kumble quit over his “untenable” relationship with Kohli.“My role will be to get the guys (to) express themselves and play (a) fearless brand of cricket,” the former all-rounder added.While India start as overwhelming favourites after the seventh-ranked Sri Lanka scraped past Zimbabwe in a one-off Test last week, Shastri has warned against complacency.“Sri Lanka can’t be taken lightly at home. Their track record playing at home is as good as any other team. We would look to improve in the series,” said the 55-year-old.The visitors have played a two-day warm-up game in Colombo with returning batsman Shikhar Dhawan among the scorers.India could start with three spinners and use left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav with the experienced Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.Ashwin said Shastri’s presence has always had a “postive influence” on the team, adding that the players were looking to work together with the coach for some amazing results.“Ravi has been a fabulous person to have in the dressing room. Even when he was here last time, we lost that Test in Galle and (he) really picked us up from that low point in our careers,” Ashwin told reporters yesterday.Sri Lanka, whose new Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out after being hospitalised for pneumonia, will need all the experience of stand-in-captain Rangana Herath.The left-arm spinner, who took 11 wickets against Zimbabwe and his 31st five-wicket haul in 81 Tests, is key for Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka’s pace lineup has been bolstered by the return of veteran Nuwan Pradeep, who is likely to start at Galle International Stadium.Dhananjaya de Silva adds muscle to their strong batting arsenal, comprising former captain Angelo Mathews, Upul Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella.Sri Lanka’s interim coach Nic Pothas said the team should take inspiration from Kohli’s men who overcame a 1-0 deficit to beat the islanders in a three-Test series in 2015.The triumph resurrected India’s fortunes as they registered their first series win in Sri Lanka for 23 years and went on to become the No.1 Test side again a year later.“I think we probably are in the same situation that Virat was talking about the Indian team being in a few years ago. We are in that rebuilding phase,” said Pothas.The South African, who took charge after Graham Ford’s exit last month, added he was focused on changing the team’s culture and unleashing their potential.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img — Anthony Rendon mostly spent the first few months of his seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels changing his daughters’ diapers and throwing a tennis ball at a wall. The $245 million third baseman is more than ready to get to work earning his riches, and the World Series winner doesn’t think it will take long to get back into championship form. Rendon is getting to know his teammates again after his first spring with the Angels was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic before he even got a chance to play in Anaheim. The most coveted hitter on the free agent market even got his World Series ring this week.— Cody Bellinger is ready for whatever baseball’s shortened 60-game season brings. The All-Star slugger is looking to pick up where he left off after a stellar performance for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2019. The reigning NL MVP batted .305 with 47 homers and 115 RBIs for the NL West champions last year. He says the season figures to be “a once-in-a-lifetime thing” because of the changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. — Cleveland Indians outfielder Franmil Reyes (FRAHN’-meel RAY’-uhs) has apologized for putting himself and his teammates at risk by not wearing a mask or practicing social distancing at a weekend holiday party. Reyes says he’s “learned from it and it won’t happen again.” The club kept Reyes away from its training camp after he was spotted on social media attending a Fourth of July get-together. Reyes had to be re-tested for the new coronavirus and cleared by Indians medical personnel before he was allowed to practice. He was acquired last year in a trade with the San Diego Padres. — J.T. Realmuto isn’t worried about his contract situation. The All-Star catcher and the Philadelphia Phillies had preliminary discussions about a long-term deal before the coronavirus pandemic but talks between the two sides haven’t progressed since baseball returned last week. Realmuto is eligible for free agency after the season unless the Phillies sign him before he can test the market. He’s expected to seek at least $20 million per season. Last week, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said the pandemic has changed the landscape of baseball. Lost revenue could affect salaries around the majors going forward.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS — The Brooklyn Nets filled one of the openings on their roster by signing veteran Michael Beasley as a substitute player for the remainder of the season. The Nets will resume play without Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan after they tested positive for the coronavirus. They are also without Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Wilson Chandler. Beasley was the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft and has averaged 12.4 points over 11 seasons. He hasn’t played in the NBA since appearing for the Lakers in February 2019.MLB-2021 SCHEDULEMLB releases 2021 schedule; all 30 teams to open on April 1NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will open the 2021 season on April 1 and hopes to have every team play its first game on the same day for the first time since 1968.The league released the full schedule Thursday with this year’s 60-game regular season schedule scheduled to begin July 23 as clubs set to play only division foes and regional interleague opponents — AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central, AL West vs. NL West — to limit travel. July 9, 2020 Big Ten to limit fall sports to conference games UNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten Conference says it will not play nonconference games in football or several other sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league cited medical advice in reaching its decision, the biggest yet by a power conference.Besides football, the sports affected include men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.The announcement came a day after the Ivy League Conference canceled sporting events until at least January.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic: Clubs will resume full intraleague schedules in 2021, and interleague play will again align regionally.The New York Mets will host the cross-town Yankees at Citi Field on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the first time the Subway Series will take place on Sept. 11. The Yankees will host the Mets during Fourth of July weekend.Atlanta will host the 91st All-Star Game on July 13 at Truist Park. It’s Atlanta’s first All-Star Game since hosting in 2000 at Turner Field.In other MLB news:— Baseball has its answer to World Cup soccer’s penalty kicks, NFL overtimes or NHL shootouts. And it figures to stir just as much debate as all those other forms of tiebreakers. Major League Baseball will start each extra inning this season by putting a runner on second base. The minor leagues have used this extra-inning format since 2018. MLB is experimenting with the rule this year in part to prevent marathon games from causing long-term damage to pitching staffs in a pandemic-shortened season. In court filings Thursday in North Carolina, Ford’s attorneys included a sworn affidavit from a California man who said the head of a Canadian-based firm called Maximum Management Group (MMG) told him he paid Williamson’s family for his commitment to sign with MMG once he left Duke for the NBA.Williamson’s attorney says those documents are “fraudulent.”The documents include a marketing agreement signed by Williamson with MMG from May 2019, a December 2019 “letter of declaration” signed by Williamson and his stepfather agreeing to pay $500,000 to MMG president Slavko Duric for “repayment of a loan” from October 2018, and a copy of Williamson’s South Carolina driver’s license.In other NBA news:— Full-scale practices inside the NBA bubble at the Disney complex have started. The Orlando Magic became the first team to formally return to the floor. By the close of business, all 22 teams participating in the restart were to be checked into their hotel and beginning their isolation from the rest of the world for what will be several weeks at least. And by Saturday, all teams should have practiced at least once. Student health boss cited for not reporting doc’s misconductCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio State student health director faces potential discipline from the state medical board for failing to report several sexual misconduct complaints in the mid-1990s about a doctor now accused of abusing young men for two decades. The citation makes former director Ted Grace the first individual to face such action in the wake of allegations that Ohio State officials long turned a blind eye to misconduct by now-deceased doctor Richard Strauss. He now leads student health services at Southern Illinois University. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The WTA Tour will allow players to count results from March 2019 through December 2020 under a revised rankings system when tennis resumes next month. Players will count their best 16 results in singles and best 11 in doubles during that window to determine their rankings points. Results usually count over 52 weeks. Players cannot use the same event twice if it was played in both 2019 and 2020. The WTA also added two events to its provisional schedule Thursday. The Prague Open in the Czech Republic and the Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky will be played the week of Aug. 10.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-T25Texas Tech signs 7-foot-1 Russian center as 8th additionLUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech has signed 7-foot-1 Russian center Vladislav Goldin. Coach Chris Beard announced Goldin’s signing Thursday. Goldin is from Nalchik, Russia. Goldin played last season at Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut. He also played for Russia’s U18 and U19 national teams, and for three seasons with CSKA Moscow’s Junior Team. The center is the eighth player that has signed with the Red Raiders, including Division I transfers Mac McClung (Georgetown), Jamarius Burton (Wichita State), Marcus Santos-Silva (Virginia Commonwealth). There was also a junior college transfer and three high school signees. OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-WILLIAMSON LAWSUITCourt filing alleges $400K paid to Williamson family in ’18UNDATED (AP) — The legal fight over NBA rookie Zion Williamson’s endorsement potential now includes an allegation his family received $400,000 from a marketing agency before playing at Duke. Prime Sports Marketing and company president Gina Ford filed a lawsuit last summer in Florida, accusing Williamson and the agency now representing him of breach of contract. Williamson had filed a lawsuit in North Carolina to terminate a five-year contract with Prime Sports.center_img — The Atlantic Coast Conference is putting fall competitions on hold until at least Sept. 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic, a move that won’t affect football as of now. The league announced the decision Thursday impacting non-revenue sports such as soccer, volleyball, field hockey and cross country. North Carolina State and Louisville meet on Sept. 2 in the first football game involving any league teams. Schools won’t be able to hold exhibitions or regular-season competition before that date, and it will be up to the schools to determine whether to reschedule any affected events. But the ACC isn’t barring teams from holding workouts and preseason practices “in anticipation of a fall season.”— North Carolina State says five people tied to Wolfpack sports have tested positive for COVID-19. Athletics spokesman Fred Demarest says those positives came after the school tested 315 athletes, coaches and staff starting May 29. That’s a positive rate of roughly 1.6%.— NFL teams will be prohibited from post-game interactions within 6 feet of each other so players won’t be allowed to exchange jerseys after games as part of the guidelines to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. Players and coaches are not required to wear masks, but everyone else on the sideline is. The league and the players’ union still haven’t agreed on testing and screening protocols.— Nashville SC has withdrawn from Major League Soccer’s MLS is Back tournament in Florida after nine players tested positive for the coronavirus. Nashville is the second team to withdraw from the tournament. FC Dallas had to pull out after 10 players and a coach tested positive for COVID-19. The league is revising its schedule to reflect Nashville’s withdrawal. The tournament started Wednesday.— The plan to have fans at the World Golf Championships event in Memphis has been scrapped. Officials announced Thursday that the FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind will not have any spectators due to what they call “an abundance of caution.” Ticket purchases will be refunded automatically. — China says it won’t stage any international sports for the rest of the year, apart from trials for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing and a neighboring city. The order from the General Administration of Sports affects at least six WTA tennis events, including the WTA Finals in Shenzhen in November. China also has four ATP tournaments lined up. Shanghai was also due to host two big golf events, the men’s HSBC Champions, a World Golf Championship event two weeks after the LPGA Shanghai. — The spokesman for the Tokyo Olympics expects the postponed games to go ahead in 2021 despite a recent poll in Japan in which 77% of respondents said they did not believe the games could be held next year. The poll by the Japan News Network said only 17% thought it could be held next year in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.— CBS will get an early start on its Champions League deal by showing games next month when the pandemic-delayed competition resumes. The rights to the rest of this Champions League season and all of next season became available last month when Turner opted out of its 2018-21 deal for exclusive English language rights in the United States. This season’s competition resumes on Aug. 7 and ends with an eight-team knockout tournament in Lisbon, Portugal. The final is on Aug. 23.— A horse named for Dr. Anthony Fauci has won his first race at Keeneland. The 2-year-old colt won by a length Thursday as the heavy favorite against 11 rivals in the $70,000 race at the Lexington, Kentucky, track. Fauci ran 5 1/2 furlongs on turf in 58.65 seconds under jockey Tyler Gaffalione and paid $4.20 to win. Fauci finished second in his career debut at New York’s Belmont Park last month.— World champion sprinter Noah Lyles was the star attraction in a rare track meet in 2020 held on Thursday that didn’t go quite to plan. Lyles lined up in the 200 meters on a Florida track while two opponents started simultaneously in Switzerland and the Netherlands. It was the marquee race of storied Swiss meet Weltklasse which synchronized athletes competing in seven different stadiums across Europe and the United States. Turned out 200 meters for the others was only a 185-meter race for Lyles. And the clock that stopped at 18.90 seconds wasn’t a world record for Lyles ahead of Usain Bolt’s iconic 19.19. Lyles later tweeted his starting block was placed in the wrong lane. — The imagery evoked by Dana White’s crazy idea for holding mixed martial arts fights on a tropical island was undeniably intoxicating. A few months later, the project that came to be known as Fight Island is real and ready for competition. And while Fight Island is not exactly the idyllic scene evoked by its name, the octagon inside an air-conditioned arena on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island also sits inside a bubble that seems highly unlikely to burst. Fight Island will host four UFC events in 14 days, starting with three championship fights at UFC 251 this weekend.PGA-MEMORIAL-WOODSTiger Woods to return next week at Muirfield VillageDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods announced Thursday on Twitter he will play next week at the Memorial, a tournament he has won a record five times, as he goes after his record 83rd career victory on the PGA Tour.It will end a five-month break from competition for Woods. He last played on Feb. 16 at the Genesis Invitational, where he shot 76-77 at chilly Riviera to finish alone in last place. In other PGA news:— Collin Morikawa had his first forced weekend off when he missed the cut two weeks ago for the first time in his pro career. He bounced back in a big way. Morikawa made a strong debut at Muirfield Village with a 7-under 65 for a one-shot lead over Adam Hadwin. It was a quiet day of work with no fans at the course Jack Nicklaus built. Phil Mickelson made noise early until a 41 on the back nine left him in danger of missing another cut. This is the first of two straight events at Muirfield Village.– Dylan Frittelli says it was hard not to feel like an outcast at the Workday Charity Open. But at least he was playing. He was part of the COVID-19 grouping with Nick Watney and Denny McCarthy. All three tested positive for the coronavirus. They all self-isolated for 10 days or more. And then they all tested positive again. Under CDC guidelines the PGA Tour is following, they were cleared to play even with a positive test. Tour medical advisers says nasal tests can pick up the virus, but after 10 days it’s no longer believed to be contagious.NHL-DEVILS-RUFFRuff to become Devils coach, Fitzgerald stays GM UNDATED (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have hired veteran coach Lindy Ruff to take over one of the NHL’s youngest teams. Ruff replaces interim coach Alain Nasreddine (ah-LAYN’ NAZ’-reh-deen), who guided the Devils to a 19-16-8 record after replacing John Hynes. The 60-year-old Ruff had been an assistant coach with the New York Rangers. He previously coached the Dallas Stars and the Buffalo Sabres, leading the Sabres to the Stanley Cup Final in 1999.New Jersey also removed the interim tag from Tom Fitzgerald’s title as general manager. Fitzgerald had served as interim general manager since January.TENNIS-WTA CHANGESWTA revises rankings system, adds 2 events as return nears Associated Press Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

Lady Jags head coach ‘goes hunting’ for more talent

first_img– Coach shares plans to prepare Guyana for knockout round of U-20 Women’s Qualifiers GUYANA topped Group A to advance to the Round-of-16 for the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championships Qualifier tournament, in their quest to be one of the three confederation representatives at the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Nigeria. Guyana, in their first game, outclassed Bermuda 2 – 0, and would go on to defeat both Antigua and Barbuda, as well as St Lucia by the exact scoreline. In their final game of the tournament, Guyana defeated rivals Suriname 3 – 1 to maintain their perfect record and was the only team in Group A to concede only one goal.Dr Ivan Joseph – Lady Jags Head CoachJenea Knight (double against Bermuda), Tiandi Smith (St Lucia and Suriname) and Captain Brianne Desa (Antigua and Suriname) scored two goals each, while Tori DeNobrega (Suriname), Kiana Khedoo (Antigua) and Nailah Rowe (St Lucia) were the other players to find the net for the Lady Jags.However, despite the Guyanese women’s dominant display during their run in the four games played, Head Coach Dr Ivan Joseph was adamant that some changes will have to be made before the team can even think about advancing or to really contest for a spot at the U-20 World Cup.“We got two centre-backs that are not centre-backs; we have a centre-midfield converted and we have a centre-forward converted so we have to find two centre-backs. We also don’t have a natural goal-scorer…so we have to think about where [we] could find those level of players,” the Guyanese coach reasoned. Guyana’s Tiandi Smith (#6) caught by Chronicle Sport photographer Samuel Maughn as she was about to score the opening goal for the Lady Jags against Suriname on Sunday last. Guyana defeated Suriname 3 – 1.He further added that “then the last thing we have to think about is just making sure that the players that [are] based here (in Guyana), they have some rhythm and some reputation so that they don’t get left behind, because all the other players are going to go home and play about 30 games between now and the next time and have to find an opportunity for them to do the same.With most of the teams coming from North America, more specifically Canada, Dr Joseph pointed out the lack of women’s football being played in Guyana should not be an excuse to give the players who are locally based a chance to keep up, adding “the lack of local games will be a challenge, but those are the challenges when you’re in Guyana, so you can’t make excuses.”“Our job is to try and figure out where can these girls play on a U-14 Boys team? I know we’re saying that there’s no girl’s league (but) the United States make a habit of playing U-14 Boy’s teams all the time and that’s the number one team in the country, (so) there’s no reason why these ladies can’t play the same. So we have to work with the GFF to see how we could make that happen, because at the women’s level, they’re not going to get the games and the reputation and the games they need,” the Lady Jags’ head coach passionately told Chronicle Sport.Asked about what would be the ideal preparation for his ladies as they await the results from the other groups to determine the other teams in the Round-of-16, apart from of course playing some exhibition games, Dr Joseph explained that “all these players that are here are going to play on the same club team back in Canada; the ones that are based on the GTA and our assistant coach will stay with them at least once or twice a week. The rest of the players here will work with Coach Akilah (Castello), getting what we need.”last_img read more

Nick Mellen’s likely absence leaves Syracuse leaning heavily on unproven defenders

first_img Published on February 6, 2017 at 11:36 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR An already young Syracuse team appears like it’ll be even more inexperienced on opening night. Not only will the Orange need to replace two key, graduated defenders, but Nick Mellen, the only holdover from last season’s defensive starting line, has yet to be cleared to play.The sophomore had offseason surgery after tearing his right shoulder labrum against Duke last season and missed all of fall ball. The West Genesee (New York) High School graduate had begun running, working out and stickhandling as of Feb. 2 but had not participated in a contact practice as of Feb. 4. Despite optimism from Mellen and SU head coach John Desko throughout the preseason, the speedy-return narrative has loosened lately.“He’s been working out,” Desko said on Feb. 2, “but not good to go yet. Maybe I was a little wishful thinking before.”Losing Mellen means a hole opens for SU’s top longpole. The 5-foot-9, 178-pound defender has difficulty bodying up taller attacks, but his speed and horizontal quickness helped him finish third on the team in groundballs (38) and tied for second in caused turnovers (14).Desko re-upped on his doubt after Saturday’s scrimmage against Harvard that Mellen will be ready to go on Saturday at 4 p.m. when the No. 6 Orange begins its season against Siena. The veteran may not have provided a measurable difference this weekend anyway: Each of SU’s three wins over Siena in the last five seasons has come by at least 12 goals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMellen’s absence means the Orange will feature a fully fresh-faced starting defensive line of which the top two options put together have fewer appearances than Mellen did his freshman year alone. The only underclassman selected to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference preseason team could be missed more against bigger, faster opponents, like star attack Connor Fields on No. 13 Albany the following week.“He’ll be very much needed,” Desko said. “In a lot of games last year, he covered the top attackman. … He’s got an ability to cover a real quick guy, and there are plenty of those out there this year.”For now, those responsibilities fall to an unproven group including sophomore Tyson Bomberry and redshirt sophomore Marcus Cunningham. In a combined 14 career appearances and one start, the pair has three groundballs and two caused turnovers.The two are tasked with spearheading a group, until Mellen returns, to fill in the hole left by graduated seniors Jay McDermott and Brandon Mullins. The former led the team with 31 caused turnovers — more than double the second-best mark — and the latter scooped up 41 groundballs, best on the team save for FOGO Ben Williams.The Mellen-Mullins-McDermott D-line accounted for 40 percent of the team’s total caused turnovers last season and kick-started a late-season, six-game winning streak of allowing 6.5 goals per game en route to an ACC tournament championship.“I’ve seen (Mellen) working out a lot and playing wall ball,” redshirt junior midfielder Matt Lane said. “He’s pretty close to go. He’s hungry to get out there.”Cunningham served as the fourth man for last year’s defensive unit and Desko praised Bomberry’s “terrific” offseason while stressing he needed more game experience. The third spot looks like it’s up for grabs based on Desko’s comments and his lineups in scrimmages against Hofstra and Harvard. Scott Firman, a long stick midfielder transitioning to close defense, seems the likeliest candidate with redshirt freshman Andrew Helmer and true Nick DiPietro lurking.“Obviously it hurts to have Nick out,” Cunningham said, “but we’re going to hold it down until he gets back.”Mellen presumably slots back in next to Bomberry and Cunningham when he returns. The head coach complimented Mellen’s footwork in the preseason while saying he needs to improve off the ball and fix his “freshman mistakes.”It’s unclear when exactly Mellen will get that chance but when he does, as Desko said, he has the top assignment every game to look forward to.“The sooner we get him back,” Desko said, “the better off we’re going to be.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Ballyporeen stay up

first_imgTwo first half goals one from the penalty spot by Conor Sweeney and the other from Rian O Callaghan helped Ballyporeen defeat Moycarkey 2-16 to 0-8 in the senior football relegation play off last night. The result means Ballyporeen stay up while Moycarkey and Moyne Templetuohy will be back intermediate for 2016.In Ladies football Cappawhite take on West Clare gGaels in Shannon today at 5pm in the Munster Plate.last_img

O’Neill & McLean have until Friday to answer FIFA misconduct charges

first_imgMeanhwile, the FAI’s investigation into alleged match fixing at Athlone Town is nearing a conclusion.Irish football’s governing body have been looking into three games since May – where UEFA flagged up ‘irregular’ betting patterns on Asian markets.They interviewed players, coaches and officials at the Midlands club with bank and phone records also scrutinised.FAI CEO John Delaney says they’re close to making an announcement. Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and player James McLean have until Friday to respond to FIFA charges of misconduct.The two were critical of the referee in the aftermath of the 1-all draw at home to Austria this month in which Ireland had a goal disallowed and were denied a penalty.If found guilty they could face match bans. Photo © Pixabaylast_img

SBC Bookies Corner – Scottish Premiership Preview

first_img GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Share Share Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Related Articles The new Scottish Premiership season kicks off on Saturday, with the league seemingly rejuvenated by the Hollywood appointment of Steven Gerrard as Rangers manager. Whether or not a serious title challenge can be mounted by the Ibrox club, a figure of Gerrard’s stature is a welcome addition to Scottish football, particularly in the wake of the hyperbole surrounding Adam Rooney’s transfer to Salford City.Bookies Corner enlists the help of three British bookmakers to run through some of the main talking points moving into the new season. SBC: It’s a very real possibility that Celtic could win an unprecedented third consecutive treble this season. Is this a worrying prospect for bookmakers?Alan Alger, PR Manager, Betway: “Celtic have dominated Scottish football in recent seasons and we go 7/2 that Brendan Rodgers’ side complete the unique ‘treble treble’ this season. “Though we’d obviously prefer them to fail in at least one competition, the result we really don’t want is Rangers pulling off a shock Premiership title win at 15/2.“Steven Gerrard’s new side have been very popular in the ante-post betting ahead of the new season and as things stand, they are a much worse result than Celtic completing a third consecutive treble.”  SBC: ‘The Gerrard Effect’ – Have you noticed an upsurge in betting interest/activity in Scottish football since Steven Gerrard was installed as Rangers manager?Alex Apati, PR Executive, Ladbrokes: “Rangers are by far the best-backed side in the competition in terms of bets placed, as the value has to be with them. Is that because of the Steven Gerrard factor, or is it more because they’re 7/1 while Celtic are probably too short at 1/10?“I’d say it’s the latter in truth, although our traders have confirmed that we’ve seen an increase in interest in Scottish football betting since Gerrard’s arrival. We’re expecting them to do a lot better than last season but the odds suggest Celtic will still run away with things.”SBC: Livingston defied the odds by gaining promotion last season despite having the second smallest budget in the Scottish Championship. Since then, manager David Hopkin has left the club and the Lions go into the new season as one of the favourites for the drop. Has Livingston to finish bottom been one of the most popular Scottish betting markets so far?Paul Petrie, Co-Founder, McBookie: “We are actually top price Livingston to finish bottom of the league at 5/2. That makes them joint favourite with St Mirren so we certainly don’t think they are certainties to go straight back down. “Kenny Miller has excellent contacts in the game and is likely to make good use of the loan market to strengthen the squad. They also showed by their performance against Partick Thistle in the play off that they are comparable to teams in the bottom six.  “At a bigger price it might be worth a bet on Dundee at 9/1. It has been a poor transfer window for them so far and at the moment they look like they will struggle for goals.”last_img read more