Warriors: Curry’s MRI comes back negative, but when will he return?

first_imgOAKLAND — The Warriors wrapped up practice Friday afternoon in anticipation for Saturday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets with good news on Stephen Curry’s groin injury: An MRI came back negative.Here are the biggest takeaways from the session.Curry, among others, is out Saturday.While Curry’s MRI came back clean Friday, Steve Kerr offered no timetable on when the all-star guard will return from what’s been dubbed a mild to moderate strain. “It’s something we’re going to …last_img read more

On Talking Points

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Pick any three Sunday morning political/talk/current events shows, like Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Meet the Press with David Gregory, or Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. Watch the ones that share your brand of America’s political parties if it makes you more comfortable. And ignore the politics (that isn’t the point of this exercise). Instead, watch and listen carefully to the guests. Notice a few things.First, the guest commentators are have strong, focused answers. No matter how tough the question, they have an answer that doesn’t sound like it just fell out of their mouth for the very first time. They already know the questions they are going to be asked, and they are well rehearsed in their responses. They know what they need to say to score points.Second, notice how the guests from one brand of political party sounds very much like the rest of the other guests from that political persuasion. They may put their own spin on the answer, but the themes, ideas, and points that they make are very much the same (minus an occasional oddball commenter thrown in to shake things up).Finally, notice how the commentators stay on point. They don’t stray all over the place trying to bring in a bunch of new ideas and new points. They have chosen the best language to convey their message, and they stick with it. Unless they hear one of their peers make a point with particularly effective language, in which case you can watch that language be picked up and used to replace less effective language choices. It spreads like wildfire.Your talking points should be the same. You don’t have to sound like you are reading a script, but you should know what you are most likely going to be asked and how to answer, including the language to explain something complicated, if need be.If you manage a sales team, they need to sound very much like the examples you see on Sunday morning shows. They should all be on message, make effective arguments, and succinctly speak to your value proposition. They should also share their best language with their peers.What you say matters. How you say it matters. Language is influence. Write and study your talking points.last_img read more

French referee banned 3 months after kicking player

first_imgLATEST STORIES Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Amid hot streak, Hotshots focused on bigger picture Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Chapron was summoned by French league officials to a disciplinary hearing following the incident, when he kicked Nantes defender Diego Carlos before sending him off.The bizarre incident happened near the end of Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-0 win at Nantes. Carlos was running behind Chapron near the halfway line, and trying to catch up with play, when he inadvertently clipped the referee’s heels.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChapron rolled forward onto the turf then swiped his right leg at Carlos. Chapron later acknowledged that Carlos inadvertently knocked him over and apologized. FILE – In this Jan.14 2018 file photo, French referee Tony Chapron gives a red card to Nantes defender Diego Carlos, second left, after Carlos inadvertently clipped the referee’s heels during the French League One soccer match between Nantes and Paris Saint Germain, in Nantes, western France. The French soccer federation has banned referee Tony Chapron for three months after he kicked a player during a league match. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)PARIS — The French soccer federation has banned referee Tony Chapron for three months after he kicked a player during a league match.The federation announced the decision Thursday night, giving him a six-month ban with three months suspended.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

Bielsa-esque Pierluigi Collina defends referees and Fifa’s new rules

first_imgIn the midst of a refereeing and VAR storm Pierluigi Collina was calm. A media briefing on refereeing mid-tournament is not a new occurrence. At the 2018 World Cup a similar conference was called. Except then it was easier. It was about success. The much-maligned VAR was, overall, working.This time the attention is on the game’s rules and the implementation of those rules in a way few would have expected before a ball was kicked at the Women’s World Cup. But Collina, the chairman of Fifa’s refereeing committee, was on a mission. In a Marcelo Bielsa-esque session at the Parc des Princes, Collina talked through controversial rule by controversial rule with the aids of PowerPoint and video. Leaping up to test a member of the press on whether a photo on his phone showed a ball on the line – “No,” the bemused reporter replied – Collina swept across to bring a different angle into view and had his “ta‑da” magician moment. He was dismissive of Cameroon’s complaints over perceived England offside incidents during their hotly contested game in Valenciennes on this score: “They all have the right to complain as long as the complaints are based on facts. If they are not based on facts I have no time for them.”However, “not all decisions are black or white,” the former referee said. “There is room for interpretation. I know there is this mood. And we ask ourselves what could have been done differently and it is hard to find the answer, especially when the referee took the correct decision, or when VAR made the correct decision. If my common sense damages someone else, I cannot use common sense.”The Scotland goalkeeper Lee Alexander stepped off her line to save Florencia Bonsegundo’s penalty in the 93rd minute against Argentina forcing a retake. The resulting goal sent Scotland out of the tournament. Collina believes the state of the match meant the decision was more controversial, rather than being incorrect, and that had the incident taken place in different circumstances people would have given it less attention.On handball incidents, though, he was more evasive, brushing over the decisions in the same “correct” or “incorrect” manner, ignoring the bigger questioning of the rule itself: that the arm must be in a “natural” position.When reviewing the late penalty that handed the Netherlands a quarter-final spot against Japan he ran through the VAR process but did not take up the question of whether, given Saki Kumagai’s contorted straining body, her arm placement is “natural” in the context of her movement and whether, to be frank, having limbs is being penalised. Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Women’s World Cup 2019 Video assistant referees (VARs) Topics Share on Messenger Laws of football Twitter Scotland’s Lee Alexander saves Argentina’s Florencia Bonsegundo penalty but the goalkeeper failed to keep both feet on the goal line and a retake was awarded. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters features Share on WhatsApp Women’s World Cup Later, he interrupted a question, keen to show frame-by-frame an incident in Sweden’s defeat of Canada to show exactly why there was a lengthy stoppage and whether prioritising accuracy over time was correct.Responding to the most common complaint, that the Women’s World Cup is being used as a guinea pig to test these new rules, he said these rules have already been used in the Under-20 World Cup in Poland and are being used in the current Africa Cup of Nations and Copa América. Last December all 24 nations competing at this World Cup were invited to a meeting on the rules, while teams were able to test and begin playing under the rules to practise during the two international windows of 2019. “On none of these occasions did we receive any complaints or questions,” Collina said. “They were accepted.”The decision to suspend the booking of goalkeepers that breached the new rule of keeping a single foot, rather than both, on the line, was taken following experiences of the new system at the under-20s in Poland, Collina said. “We realised in Poland that all the incidents were not deliberate. It was because of a lack of control of the body. An honest encroachment. We thought it was harsh … It’s a temporary dispensation so will be discussed further.”The response to the new one-foot rule surprised Collina. Because it was designed to help shot-stoppers. “Keeping two feet on the line is impossible”, he said.“If the law that existed is not effective, or enforced by the referee, we have to change it. First we thought we have to change it to make the goalkeepers’ job easier. So we decided to allow them to step one foot off. This is the only change we made.”Yet rather than the rule itself being the problem, it is the stringent implementation of it, to the millimetre, that is drawing ire. Not just for goalkeepers on the line but for offsides, too. VAR leaves no room for manoeuvre or subjectivity and Collina, the head of Fifa’s refereeing department, Massimo Busacca, and Fifa’s senior manager of refereeing, Kari Seitz, are convincing in their sympathetic picking apart of whether it needs to be so hair-splitting.“Today, in matches with VAR, if the technology makes us able to view something we cannot ignore it,” Collina said. “It doesn’t matter if it is 2cm or 20cm, there isn’t a small offside and a big offside. If a ball is over the line by 0.5cm its a goal. There are not small goals or big goals. It’s not a matter of small encroachment or big encroachment, it’s just encroachment.” England’s Phil Neville keeps cool amid World Cup fitness and heat fears Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Read more Women’s football Share on Pinterest Referees Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more