Munster coach Antony Foley looks set to have his contract extended.

first_imgIt’s a massive weekend for the Reds who travel to Leicester for a must win Champions cup match having lost their last three games in a row.Irish Times rugby correspondent Gerry Thornley describes the move as a vote of confidence in Foley.Leinster may find out today if Cian Healy will be available for Saturdays meeting with Toulon at the Aviva. The Prop was cited for foul play in last weeks match and his hearing will take place today.last_img

Celtics’ Marcus Smart out of Team USA camp ‘indefinitely’ with calf tightness

first_img NBA prioritizing mental health program, adding licensed psychiatrists, report says Marcus Smart has tightness in his left calf, per @USABasketball. Smart did not practice on Wednesday and will be reevaluated when camp shifts to LA next week.— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) August 7, 2019Smart averaged 8.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 2018-19 and made the NBA All-Defensive first team, but only appeared in two playoff games because of an oblique injury he suffered late in the season. Boston lost to the Bucks in both of his appearances and was bounced from the postseason in the second round.The 25-year-old’s defensive versatility and leadership will likely be important to the Celtics in 2019-20, especially given the turnover their roster experienced over the offseason. Related News Jrue Holiday discusses Pelicans trading Anthony Davis to Lakers, drafting Zion Williamson Marcus Smart is expected to miss some time at Team USA’s camp as it prepares for this summer’s FIBA World Cup.The Celtics guard is out “indefinitely” due to calf tightness, USA Basketball said Wednesday. He will be re-evaluated next week when the team moves to Los Angeles for more workouts.center_img Boston lost Kyrie Irving and Al Horford to free agency this summer and signed Kemba Walker to a four-year deal. The team will certainly look a lot different this year, so having the longest-tenured Celtic in Smart healthy could be important. Big-name stars like Damian Lillard, James Harden and Anthony Davis opted not to attend Team USA’s training camp in Las Vegas, giving Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown an opportunity to make the final roster. Smart will likely be cautious moving forward to prevent his tightness from becoming something more severe as the NBA season approaches.last_img read more

Michigan, Jim Harbaugh left with more questions than answers after Ohio State blowout

first_img“Is this a talent gap? Is it a preparation gap? Is it a coaching gap? What is the biggest difference between you and Ohio State at this point?”MORE: OSU crushes Michigan again to show Big Ten talent gapOhio State (12-0, 9-0 Big Ten) is off to another conference championship game in Indianapolis. No. 13 Michigan (9-3, 6-3) is headed to a second-tier bowl game. Harbaugh fired back with the viral response that will be branded on the program for the next 364 days.”I’ll answer your questions,” he said. “Not your insults.”Those four questions are the all-encompassing questions that have dogged the Michigan program in the 21st century in a rivalry that is in danger of being on life-support. The Buckeyes are 17-3 in the last 20 meetings and now have an immutable eight-game win streak that called attention to that gap one more time. Ohio State rolled up 577 yards — Justin Fields threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns, and J.K. Dobbins added 211 more yards and four scores.Fields then lobbed the insult from the other news conference room.”It just means more at Ohio State,” Fields said. “That’s pretty much the big reason.”There is a big difference between the two Big Ten rivals. That much is clear. Michigan needs to address the other three questions in reverse order.Is it a coaching gap? Harbaugh is now 0-5 against the Buckeyes, a scarlet-and-gray-letter that follows what to this point has been a solid five-year stint. If Michigan wins its bowl game, then that will be four 10-win seasons in five years.Yet, Michigan’s coaching decisions have been motivated by failures against the Buckeyes. Don Brown was brought in to fix the defense. It worked for a year in 2016, but the Wolverines have allowed 118 points and 1,144 yards in the last two meetings. Josh Gattis was brought on to fix the offense. Shea Patterson was 14 of 19 for 250 yards in the first half. He completed 4 of 24 passes after halftime. Ohio State’s coaches made better half-time adjustments.Is it a preparation gap? Michigan trailed 28-16 after two quarters, but it was a pile of self-inflicted mistakes that created that difference. Patterson lost a fumble in the red zone. Khaleke Hudson jumped offsides on a punt on fourth-and-4, which the Buckeyes turned into a touchdown in two plays. Donovan Peoples-Jones dropped a pass in the end zone. That three-score swing in points made a difference.The Wolverines trimmed the lead to 42-27 in the second half and had the ball, but Hassan Haskins was stuffed out of a Wildcat play on fourth-and-1. Ohio State, however, simply rolled through Michigan’s defense for the second straight season, which means Brown will feel the brunt of that criticism after getting torched for the second straight season. Ohio State coach Ryan Day, the offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer the last two seasons, had the better game plan.”Their defensive staff does an excellent job, but you have to be aggressive against them,” Day said. “You have to set the tone. Once it’s the other way around, you are battling uphill.”Is this a talent gap? This is the easiest answer. Ohio State has a pick-your-Heisman-candidate trio out of Fields, Dobbins and defensive end Chase Young, who could be the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Meyer’s recruiting class have given the Buckeyes NFL difference-makers at every position group that have the program impervious to the upsets that dogged the John Cooper teams of the 1990s. The millennial generation has no concept of that now, because it’s been two decades and the dominance has taken away from the lore of the rivalry.MORE: Harbaugh in bad mood after latest loss to OSUThere were whispers of 1969 — the legendary 24-12 Michigan upset that launched the Ten Year War between Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler — leading up to this game. Instead, it was 1968 all over again, when the Buckeyes won 50-14. Or even 2018, when Ohio State won 62-39. Michigan, in five years of Harbaugh, has not fired a shot to resuscitate the rivalry.There is a gap, and the question now becomes whether Harbaugh will be around for the next five years to fix it. No, Harbaugh will not be fired. Would he consider a parachute to the NFL at some point, knowing how much ground is left to cover? That remains an open-ended question.Michigan is 47-17 since his arrival, and this was Patterson’s first home loss as a starter the last two seasons. Only Clemson (67-4), Alabama (65-5), Ohio State (60-6), Oklahoma (56-9), Georgia (53-14), Wisconsin (51-14) and LSU (47-14) have better records among Power 5 schools. The Wolverines are tied with Penn State (47-17), and those two programs have taken turns chasing Ohio State the last three years.Harbaugh, however, was brought to Michigan to close that gap and push the program into the elite class of college football. That hasn’t been done with a five-, 10- or even 20-year plan since Jim Tressel took over at Ohio State.Harbaugh addressed the follow ups in the simplest of terms about those gaps. ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A reporter asked a four-part question to Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh in the aftermath of a 56-27 loss to No. 1 Ohio State at Michigan Stadium on Saturday.It was teed up as follows: “They played really good,” Harbaugh said. “They played better today.”Anybody with two eyes can see that. There’s a big difference at Ohio State, and it is a combination of talent, coaching and preparation. Insults hurt the most when they are laced with the truth.The Wolverines, once again, left those questions unanswered.last_img read more

HIV travel restrictions are inhumane Kenya Airways

first_imgKenya Airways’ chief executive has signed on to fight against “inhumane” laws that prevent people living with HIV/Aids from travelling freely.Joining 44 other bosses from global organisations, the World Aids Day CEO campaign turns the spotlight and calls on countries with laws restrict entry, stay and travel people based on their HIV status.According to GBC Health, there are currently 45 countries across the world with laws still in place that impose travel restrictions based on HIV status.   The airline’s chief executive Dr Titus Naikuni said freedom of movement is “one of the inalienable human rights” and described discrimination against health status as “retrogressive and oppressive”.“This is why we have added our voice to this campaign,” Dr Naikuni said.Earlier this year, delegates at the International AIDS Conference said travel restrictions imposed on people with HIV was a result of fear and should be rescinded immediately.Click here for more information. Kenya Airways’ CEO says freedom of movement is “one of the inalienable human rights”. Image: Nairobi County Newspaper Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more