Arsenal Robert Pires backs Yacine Adli to be a success at Arsenal Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent 01:26 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Premier League The Gunners legend backed his compatriot to become a hit ahead of his imminent move from PSG Arsenal legend Robert Pires has backed 17-year-old Yacine Adli to become a success at the club.The French youngster is expected to join the Gunners in the coming days after rejecting a contract extension at Paris Saint-Germain, where he was previously given his debut by new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery.Pires believes that Adli, who has been capped at youth level for France, faces a tough task to adapt to English football but is in the right hands under Emery, who can get the best out of him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “He’s a talented player. He has very good qualities, very fast with the ball. Sometimes he can score,” Pires said at Arsenal’s 2018/19 Puma away kit launch.“I know Unai Emery likes this player. I don’t know what’s happened the last two days, but if he joins Arsenal, I think he will be a good player for the new squad.””He’s young and it’s very difficult to leave your family, your country and find new players, new football and a new philosophy. “It’s very difficult, very tough, that adaption. But I know Arsenal is like a family, so if he wants, he can make a success of his career at Arsenal.“Everything is new and you need to adapt. New football, new teams. So for him, if he joins, at the beginning it’s very important to learn and watch what happens on the field because you need to learn every day.” Pires joined Arsenal in the summer of 2000 at the age of 27 and while Adli certainly has youth on his side, the former attacking midfielder reflected on when he first joined the club and was forced to adapt to a more physical brand of football.“When you are young and you join Arsenal, the communication with the manager is very important,” Pires said. “My time with Arsenal at the beginning was very difficult. Adaptation is very important and it was very long for me. “But Arsene Wenger helped me during five or six months. I learned everything in France, I grew up in France, but England is not the same football. It’s very difficult, it’s very tough, very physical.”
MONTREAL – The Canadian government may be handing SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. a lifeline to resolve the criminal charges it faces by vowing to change the law to allow settlements to address corporate wrongdoing.The introduction of deferred prosecution agreements (DPA) will offer a way for companies to address bribery and other corruption accusations without going to trial, according to the federal government.Under a DPA, criminal prosecution is suspended if the accused admits guilt, pays a significant fine, puts safeguards in place and co-operates with authorities. Upon completion, the charges are withdrawn.The process is meant to prevent blameless employees and others from suffering dire consequences if a convicted company is barred from securing government contracts.Shares in SNC Lavalin, which faces fraud and corruption charges, closed three per cent higher Friday at $57.25.The firm has argued that the agreements allow companies to settle corporate corruption cases and avoid being put at a disadvantage when competing against rival firms in G7 countries that have such dispute resolution options.An SNC-Lavalin spokeswoman said the move is beneficial for Canadian companies doing business internationally.“It’s about levelling the playing field, about Canada’s international competitiveness, about improving transparency and encouraging self-reporting,” said Daniela Pizzuto.However, it’s not yet clear if the changes will benefit SNC-Lavalin, which is slated to begin a preliminary hearing in September.Paul Lalonde, chairman of Transparency International Canada, an anti-corruption organization, said there is doubt about whether a DPA program would apply retroactively to charges that are already in process.And he said the normal timeline for enacting legislation suggests it likely won’t be completed before the next election in 2020.Without details, it’s impossible to render judgment on the changes, but DPAs can be a useful enforcement tool that will bring more issues to light, he said.“They’re not meant to be just turned into a cost of doing business and an expensive get out of jail free card,” he said in an interview.Ottawa also said it will make enhancements to the Integrity Regime, introduced by the former Conservative government.That could remove the mandatory 10-year debarment and provide flexibility so that penalties are proportionate with the circumstances.No details or timeline for the legislative changes were provided.Public Services and Procurement Canada said addressing corporate wrongdoing protects the integrity of markets and promotes fair competition.It said in a summary of last fall’s consultations that the public is supportive of “fair, proportional and transparent measures” that hold companies to account for misconduct.Most contributors also said DPAs shouldn’t be available to individuals.Patricia Adams, executive director of public interest research group Probe International, said she’s disappointed, but not surprised, by the government’s move.She said DPAs are bad for corporations and bad for the criminal justice system.“It’s basically going to let anybody in a corporation who actually does commit a crime off the hook and there’s no guarantee that it’s not going to happen again,” she said.“And it just becomes a cost of doing business.”SNC-Lavalin has pleaded not guilty to the one fraud and one corruption charge filed by the RCMP against it and two of its subsidiaries.The RCMP alleges SNC-Lavalin paid nearly $47.7 million to public officials in Libya and defrauded various Libyan organizations of about $129.8 million.The company said the actions were taken by executives who are no longer with the company and who face criminal charges.Industry analysts said the legislation should be helpful to SNC-Lavalin.“We see this as a (long overdue) step in the right direction toward finally putting the 2012 corruption scandal to rest and bringing new investors to the table,” said Frederic Bastien of Raymond James.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC)
All newsletters neil:This kind of lays the blame for slow free agency at the feet of tanking:The Rising Storm That Froze Baseball’s Hot Stove MarketI wonder, though, how much more teams really are tanking now than in the past. We could compare Fangraphs’ preseason forecasted wins this year to forecasts from the past and see where the distribution is differentPredictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetJason Kelce is a madman We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeTeams to watch in PyeongchangTomorrow the Olympic Games kicks off in Pyeongchang, South Korea. For the U.S., we’re going to see a number of winter Olympic staples — Lindsey Vonn is back at it again — but there are a few newcomers to watch. Nathan Chen of Salt Lake City won the last two U.S. titles in figure skating and is poised to be a serious competitor this year. And the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team is hot off a pay raise fight and is the favorite to win gold. [The Atlantic]Five weeks in, a barrier gets smashedKim “Geguri” Se-yeon, a South Korean Overwatch off-tank, will be the first woman to sign with a professional Overwatch team as the Shanghai Dragons try to shake up their line up. The Dragons are in dire need of a pace reset, as they’re currently at the bottom of the esports league and are winless five weeks into the inaugural season. [ESPN]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?OWL first round playoffs this SaturdayThe first round of the Overwatch League comes to an end this Saturday, with the 7-1 New York and London teams definitely in the playoff and several other teams — including the Houston Outlaws, Los Angeles Valiant, Seoul Dynasty — in the hunt today and tomorrow for that last spot. Houston has a major tiebreaker advantage over Seoul and Los Angeles, but is a game back and still has to face two imposing rivals. Once the favorites, Seoul has been in a tailspin recently and was blanked by Los Angeles Wednesday. [ESPN, ESPN]Drafted a winThe Philadelphia Eagles have the sixth highest weighted draft value on their roster of all Super Bowl champions since 1993. They had the most impact players who were drafted high than any team since the Ravens in 2000, with six of the nine starters on the offensive and defensive lines taken in the first two rounds. [FiveThirtyEight]NHL not represented in OlympicsGiven the league’s decision to not allow players to participate in the Olympic Games, who on earth is actually playing hockey in Pyeongchang? Old timers, it turns out, with plenty of former NHL players suiting up to represent their countries. Canada leads when it comes to aggregate NHL experience, with its team having played a cumulative 5,444 games in the league. [FiveThirtyEight]Niners nail down JimmyJimmy Garoppolo signed a five year $137.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers, $90 million of which is guaranteed in the first three years, and instantly making a player who has seven NFL starts one of the league’s best paid players. [ESPN]Big Number3 tradesThe Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off three explosive trades in the final hours ahead of the NBA trade deadline, first trading Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye to the Lakers, then trading Dwayne Wade to Miami, then trading Iman Shumpert to Sacramento and Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose to Utah in a three team deal. [ESPN]Leaks from Slack: See more NBA predictions
Royals56.5110.391.6101 How would MLB’s worst (and most average) do in Triple-A?Wins per 162 games by league for the Orioles, Royals and Phillies using Out of the Park Developments to simulate Class AAA results for each team Phillies83.2123.3133.8128.5 Wins per 162 games in… Orioles46.892.7102.197.4 TeamReal-Life MLBInt’l LgPCLAAA Combd. Which winning percentage is “correct”? There are a few reasons to think Out of the Park’s findings are more realistic.3And no, they didn’t pay us to say that. Although many of Baltimore’s players rate at or slightly below the replacement level by WAR, that performance is by definition equivalent to the top level of talent found in the minors. Remember, even a completely replacement-level MLB team would rank among the upper echelon of AAA. Plus, many Orioles are also suffering horrendously down years. Out of the 38 veterans who have logged time for Baltimore this season, 29 are producing WAR below their established level from the previous three seasons. With slightly improved luck, against greatly reduced competition, even the Chris Davises of the world could expect better results. So, similar to a college football team trying to beat an NFL team, baseball’s best farm clubs would probably lose their share of games against the worst the majors has to offer.But while studying the depths of the Orioles’ and Royals’ badness in the context of minor league teams is fun in itself, studying MLB’s bottom feeders is also useful for understanding how they fit into — and represent — some of the game’s larger trends.Baltimore wasn’t necessarily attempting to be terrible to begin the season like the tanking efforts of teams like the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs earlier this decade. But the Orioles were awful near the deadline and got even worse when they finally elected to rebuild, trading away many of their best players (such as Manny Machado, Kevin Gausman, Jonathan Schoop and Brad Brach). The Orioles were 32-75 through July and have picked up the losing pace with their depleted lineup, going 11-32 since the start of August and reaching 100 losses on Sept. 7.The Orioles at least have the excuse of having to play 38 games against the Yankees and Red Sox. The Royals, meanwhile, are in the woeful AL Central, a grouping of teams that might be the worst division ever. The Royals rank last in the American League in pitching WAR (4.0), and only the Orioles (5.22) have a poorer ERA than Kansas City’s 5.05. Of the 18 Royals pitchers to log at least 20 innings, 10 are at or below replacement level.The lineup isn’t much better. The Baltimore Orioles really struggled in the season’s second half, going 17-26 in the International League. Fortunately for Baltimore, they still managed to hold off the Charlotte Knights and Gwinnett Stripers by a comfortable margin in the South Division. Advancing to the postseason, the Orioles rallied to capture the league title with series wins over the Rochester Red Wings and Toledo Mud He — wait, what?That scenario is a hypothetical minor league season simulated by Out of the Park Developments at the request of FiveThirtyEight. In reality, the Orioles are actually a major league team that resides in the American League East, where they were a staggering 60 games behind the division-leading Boston Red Sox entering play Tuesday. The modern record for most games back of a division (or, before divisions, league) leader was set in 1906 by the Boston Beaneaters, who finished 66.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs.Our forecast calls for Baltimore to lose 115 games, which would be tied for the fourth-most losses in a season since 1901. The AL record for games lost in a season is 119 by the infamously bad 2003 Detroit Tigers, while the 1962 New York Mets — an expansion club — hold the modern major league record for losses in a season (120). Both of those numbers are achievable for Baltimore this season. And the Orioles aren’t alone: The Kansas City Royals are also remarkably terrible, projected to lose 105 games. If the Royals and Orioles each lose at least 105 games, they would be the first teams to do so in the same season since 2002.After unloading many of their assets at the trade deadline, Baltimore and Kansas City are struggling so mightily against real MLB teams that we were curious to see how they would stack up if they were relegated to Triple-A. At what point does the designation between a major and minor league team start to blur? And what are the implications of that blurring for the broader world of Major League Baseball?To help answer the first question, we started with a minor league equivalency (MLE) calculator, which converts MLB statistics to their corresponding Triple-A numbers. The MLEs were not bullish on Baltimore’s chances in Triple-A: Assuming there is an 18 percent bump in wins above replacement1Using a mix of FanGraphs’ and Baseball-Reference.com’s versions of the metric. when moving down from the majors to the minors,2Which we arrived at by reverse-engineering the MLE calculator’s 15 percent penalty in on-base plus slugging for moving from Class AAA to the majors. the Orioles were still projected to have just a .446 winning percentage in Triple-A. And the Royals? Their 2018 performance translates to a .489 winning percentage in Triple-A. For comparison’s sake, the Philadelphia Phillies are the most average team in baseball this season according to WAR. Their major league performance translates to a .585 winning percentage in Triple-A.According to Out of the Park’s game engine, though, the Orioles and Royals would at least hold their own against minor league competition. In the aforementioned simulation, Baltimore went 79-59 (a .572 winning percentage) in the International League; a separate sim had the Orioles finishing 87-51 (.630) in the Pacific Coast League (another AAA league). Combined, those records would be good for 97 wins over the standard 162-game schedule.(The Royals played at a 101-win pace against their AAA opponents in the simulations, while the Phillies projected for a 129-win pace.) Sources: Out of the Park Baseball, Baseball-Reference.com How did K.C. and Baltimore get here? Most damaging are their relative struggles to draft and develop quality players and prospects, and little help is on the immediate horizon as the Orioles and Royals ranked 25th and 26th in a composite ranking of midseason prospects.Although Baltimore regularly exceeded expectations in the 2010s under manager Buck Showalter and general manager Dan Duquette, the team now faces a long and difficult rebuild with a thin farm system and in a tough division.“We’re the worst team in the business, but we’re not unlike Kansas City, who had a good run,” Duquette said. “You go through a winning cycle. You don’t draft up high. Your players get older. There is a lot of stress on your resources to replace your players.“Our situation in Baltimore was we put an inordinate amount of resources into the major league to try and sustain the competitive window. That was a decision by the ownership. Along the way, we didn’t invest in the infrastructure required to sustain it, and by that I mean the international [free agent] recruiting, the analytics, the technology, the front office personnel. The ownership group made a conscious choice to invest money into the major league team to extend the competitiveness of the team a bit longer.”One of the biggest takeaways from the Orioles’ and Royals’ struggles is that the gap between the haves — the super teams — and have-nots might be growing. From 2010 to 2016, an average of 4.9 teams per season had scoring differentials or 100 runs or greater. Eight teams accomplished the feat last year, and eight teams are projected to do so again this season.Conversely, seven teams are expected to post negative differentials of 100 runs or more this year after six reached the mark in 2016 and 2017. Over the past decade, three teams have a run differential of -200 or worse, including the DisAstros of 2012 (-211) and 2013 (-238) and the San Diego Padres of 2017 (-212). There will likely be three such teams this season in the Orioles, Marlins and Royals. By run differential between the first- and last-ranking teams, the Orioles are 3.34 runs worse per game than the Astros, which is the second greatest margin in any season since 1954.Part of this is by design. The Cubs and Astros tanked specifically to acquire premium draft picks and clear payroll, following the NBA’s worst-to-first model. The fact that those two teams won the past two World Series will only strengthen belief in this philosophy. The Royals arguably employed the strategy, too — perhaps inadvertently — to form a core that took the club to the 2014 and 2015 World Series, winning the 2015 title. Two key members of those Royals teams, Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain, left as free agents last winter.Duquette has been a major league GM since the early 1990s. Does he believe rebuilding strategies have become more extreme?“I think one of the things that is different now … is players over 30 now are way less productive than they were in the 1990s and 2000s,” Duquette said. Older players have indeed become less productive and account for fewer seasons being played since performance-enhancing drug testing began in 2004.“Those are generally some of the players that would be available to make an impact on your major league team. … It’s always been a young’s man game [but] with those [older] players not being available on the market, I think teams, in general, are placing a higher value on the prospects they have, and younger players.”As long as relegation to the minor leagues isn’t a part of baseball, tanking is a logical approach to acquiring premium young talent. But it won’t always work — and it might not be in the game’s overall interest.In the American League, the Indians and Red Sox have already clinched playoff berths, and the Indians have clinched the A.L. Central. The Red Sox and Astros have 99 percent chances of capturing their divisions, while the Yankees and Athletics have 99 percent chances of winning the league’s wild cards. So midway through September, there are no AL playoff races — and that is likely playing some role in declining ticket sales.MLB attendance is down 4.28 percent (2.88 million) from last season’s pace through Sept. 17. A number of factors are at play, including cold early season weather, improving in-home TV/streaming experience and changes to the secondary ticket market. But American League attendance, and its fewer games of interest, is down more (5.97 percent decline and loss of 1.83 million fans) than attendance in the National League (2.99 percent decrease and 1.06 million fans).The Orioles have suffered the fifth-largest attendance drop in the majors to date (-405,652 fans) while the Royals are third (-523,317).“If you lose over a 100 games, that’s extreme,” Duquette said. “It’s hard on your club, and it’s hard on the fan base to continue to maintain enthusiasm.”While rebuilding has always been part of baseball, the depths of such retooling projects are becoming more extreme in nature. They’re so extreme that the gap between the worst major league teams and minor league play might be closing.Check out our latest MLB predictions.CORRECTION (Sept. 20, 2018, 11:30 a.m.): A previous version of this article repeated an error made by betting company regarding the modern record for how far back a team finished in the standings. The betting line said the record was 65.5 games in 1909. The record was actually set by the Boston Beaneaters in 1906 at 66.5 games.
Sophomore defenseman Tommy Parran attacks the net versus Robert Morris on Nov. 4 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Lantern Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s hockey team (11-4-4) found the back of the net four times in the first period en route to a 6-1 blowout victory over visiting Arizona State (7-17-1). Senior forward and captain Nick Schilkey netted two goals for the Buckeyes, while sophomore forward Miguel Fidler, junior forward Kevin Miller, senior forward David Gust and freshman forward Ronnie Hein all added a goal a piece.The win marks the third in its last five games for OSU, who now own a 4-3-1 record at the Schottenstein Center this season.“Anytime you can go out there and score six goals, you’re doing something right,” coach Steve Rohlik said. “I was real happy with our start. It’s nice to go out there and kind of play downhill right away.”Gust opened the scoring for OSU just five minutes into the first period for his 12th of the year, with assists from junior forward Luke Stork and freshman forward Tanner Laczynski. Two minutes later, the Buckeyes capitalized on a 5-on-3 advantage as sophomore forward Mason Jobst and redshirt junior defenseman Matt Joyaux found Schilkey, who buried his 16th of the year on the power play to double the Buckeye lead.The Buckeyes, who were ranked second in the nation for first-period goals coming into the matchup, are now 12-2-2 when scoring first this season. Fidler and Miller added goals before the horn, and the Buckeyes entered the first intermission with a comfortable 4-0 lead.The key statistic of the night for the Scarlet & Grey was its success on power plays, racking up three goals on five attempts. Rohlik said that his guys were in position to score on these opportunities, and that winning the fight on the man-advantage proved to be crucial once again.“It’s nice to win the special teams battle,” Rohlik said. “Most times when you win the special teams war, you win the game — and tonight we came out on top of that.”Senior goalie Christian Frey quietly notched 35 saves on the night between the pipes for OSU. However, the Sun Devils’ got on the board with 11:32 left in the second period when freshman defenseman Brinson Pasichnuk powered a blueline slapshot past Frey on the Arizona State power play.Despite that, Rohlik praised the play of his goalie in the game, and said that he is a vital piece to the success of this team.“He’s our best player. He makes everyone look a lot better when he’s making those saves,” Rohlik said. “When you give up that many uneven rushes, and that many chances, it’s nice to have a guy back there that’s in the zone. But we don’t need to put him on the spot like that like we did tonight.”With 4:09 left in the second, Gust centered a pass to Schilkey, and the captain wristed a one-timer past substitute goalie Joey Daccord to extend the Buckeye lead on the power play with his second of the night. It was his 17th of the season and fourth in his last two games.Even on shots heading into the third and final period, ASU had opportunities to get back into the game, but OSU cushioned its lead. Hein added his name to the score sheet with 3:07 left in the period. Sophomore forward Freddy Gerard and freshman defenseman Gordi Meyer recorded assists on the goal.Schilkey had the chance to record his second hat trick of the season on a shot in the third period, but saw his opportunity denied by the crossbar. The senior said that although he didn’t his third goal of the game, the result is what is truly important.“I had plenty of chances (to get a third goal), but any time you score two goals, it’s good — and to put six up there as a team was great,” Schilkey said.With another matchup with the Sun Devils on tap for Saturday, Gust said that he anticipates Arizona State will bring more physicality to the second game right out of the gate.“They’re a big physical team, so I think they’re going to bring that (toughness) for a full 60 (minutes) tomorrow,” he said.Puck drop from the Schottenstein Center for the second clash of this series is set for 2 p.m.
After surviving their closest game of the season, a 42-41 victory against Michigan (7-5, 3-5), the Ohio State Buckeyes moved up one spot to No. 2 in the most recent BCS rankings. The Buckeyes are behind only No. 1 Florida State (12-0, 8-0) in the rankings.If the Buckeyes (12-0, 8-0) can hold onto a top two ranking in the final BCS Standings, released next Sunday, they will earn a spot in the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl Jan. 6.OSU rose after then-No. 4 Auburn (11-1, 7-1) took down undefeated and then-No. 1 Alabama (11-1, 7-1), 34-28, Saturday.The Buckeyes are .027 points ahead of No. 3 Auburn in the standings.The Tigers are on OSU’s heels with one game remaining for each team next week. The Buckeyes are just 25 and 66 points ahead of Auburn in the USA TODAY and Harris Polls respectively.Auburn pulled off one of the most thrilling victories in college football history after Tigers senior cornerback Chris Davis returned an Alabama missed field goal 100 yards for a touchdown with no time left on the clock.Next Saturday the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on No. 10 Michigan State (11-1, 7-1) in the Big Ten Championship in Lucas Oil Stadium at 8 p.m.The Tigers are set to finish their season earlier in the day against No. 5 Missouri (11-1, 7-1) at 4 p.m. in the SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome.
Erik Lamela has risen to the defence of under-fire Tottenham teammate Harry Kane by insisting that it’s only a matter of time before he hits top form againThe English striker had another disappointing game on Tuesday night and was unable to have an impact as Spurs’ lost the opening game of their 2018/19 Champions League campaign 2-1 away to Inter Milan.After being crowned the World Cup Golden Boot winner at Russia this summer, Kane has now gone five games without finding the net for both club and country.The 25-year-old did little to improve matters for himself at the San Siro, but Lamela believes that Kane shouldn’t have to bear the scoring burden for Spurs by himself.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“Harry is not a machine. He scores a lot. He always scores,” Lamela told BT Sport.“Here he didn’t and for two or three games he didn’t. But he will score again.“It’s not like Harry needs to score every single game. Christian (Eriksen) scored, I scored in the last game. Sonny (Son Heung-min) will score. Lucas (Moura) will score. All the pressure is not on Harry.“All the attacking players need to score. And that’s it.”
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says he’s in the same situation as Hibernian boss Neil Lennon over international call-ups.Both managers are expected to lose their players of Australian nationality before the end of December due to the upcoming Asian Cup.Lennon is expected to lose three players, namely Mark Milligan, Jamie Maclaren and Martin Boyle for the derby game against Hearts on 29 December, while Rodgers will be without Tom Rogic for the game against Rangers on the same day.“Again, building relations. I think Neil told them about Martin Boyle and all of a sudden he’s lost him for a big derby game. I don’t think it’s a sensible solution if I’m being honest.” Rodgers said, according to BBC.Asked if Australia are adamant Rogic has to report for international duty after before the 29th of this month, the Celtic manager replied:Match Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“Yes. As with the other players. Neil’s in a similar position in terms of he’s got three players, one of them they didn’t even know about until he told them.”Rodgers feels it is irritating because Rogic frequently misses club matches because of the Australian National team.“A lot of the time he’s traveling to the other side of the world to play and we normally forfeit a game when he does come back because of the exertions of traveling across the world, playing for his country, coming back, the tiredness, the fatigue, everything that takes out of him,” he added.“So it’s disappointing if we can’t find a solution but I’m hopeful that they can see sense with it and see that they could still get their players in good preparation time and be ready for the tournament’s start.”
By CANDICE CHOI , AP Food & Health WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Bacon and black coffee for breakfast, or oatmeal and bananas?If you’re planning to try to lose weight in 2019, you’re sure to find a fierce debate online and among friends and family about how best to do it. It seems like everyone has an opinion, and new fads emerge every year.Two major studies last year provided more fuel for a particularly polarizing topic — the role carbs play in making us fat. The studies gave scientists some clues, but, like other nutrition studies, they can’t say which diet — if any — is best for everyone.This June 9, 2014 file photo shows a dish of steak and cheese pasta in Concord, N.H. Two major studies in 2018 provided more fuel for the debate around carbs and fats, yet failed to offer a resolution to the polarizing matter of the best way to lose weight. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)That’s not going to satisfy people who want black-and-white answers, but nutrition research is extremely difficult and even the most respected studies come with big caveats. People are so different that it’s all but impossible to conduct studies that show what really works over long periods of time.Before embarking on a weight loss plan for the new year, here’s a look at some of what was learned last year.FEWER CARBS, FEWER POUNDS?It’s no longer called the Atkins Diet, but the low-carb school of dieting has been enjoying a comeback. The idea is that the refined carbohydrates in foods like white bread are quickly converted into sugar in our bodies, leading to energy swings and hunger.By cutting carbs, the claim is that weight loss will be easier because your body will instead burn fat for fuel while feeling less hungry. A recent study seems to offer more support for low-carb proponents. But, like many studies, it tried to understand just one sliver of how the body works.The study , led by an author of books promoting low-carb diets, looked at whether varying carb levels might affect how the body uses energy. Among 164 participants, it found those on low-carb diets burned more calories in a resting state than those on high-carb diets.The study did not say people lost more weight on a low-carb diet — and didn’t try to measure that. Meals and snacks were tightly controlled and continually adjusted so everyone’s weights stayed stable.David Ludwig, the paper’s lead author and a researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital, said it suggests limiting carbs could make it easier for people to keep weight off once they’ve lost it. He said the approach might work best for those with diabetes or pre-diabetes.Ludwig noted the study wasn’t intended to test long-term health effects or real-world scenarios where people make their own food. The findings also need to be replicated to be validated, he said.Caroline Apovian of Boston University’s School of Medicine said the findings are interesting fodder for the scientific community, but that they shouldn’t be taken as advice for the average person looking to lose weight.DO I AVOID FAT TO BE SKINNY?For years people were advised to curb fats , which are found in foods including meat, nuts, eggs, butter and oil. Cutting fat was seen as a way to control weight, since a gram of fat has twice as many calories than the same amount of carbs or protein.Many say the advice had the opposite effect by inadvertently giving us license to gobble up fat-free cookies, cakes and other foods that were instead full of the refined carbs and sugars now blamed for our wider waistlines.Nutrition experts gradually moved away from blanket recommendations to limit fats for weight loss. Fats are necessary for absorbing important nutrients and can help us feel full. That doesn’t mean you have to subsist on steak drizzled in butter to be healthy.Bruce Y. Lee, a professor of international health at Johns Hopkins, said the lessons learned from the anti-fat fad should be applied to the anti-carb fad: don’t oversimplify advice.“There’s a constant look for an easy way out,” Lee said.SO WHICH IS BETTER?Another big study this past year found low-carb diets and low-fat diets were about equally as effective for weight loss. Results varied by individual, but after a year, people in both groups shed an average of 12 to 13 pounds.The author noted the findings don’t contradict Ludwig’s low-carb study. Instead, they suggest there may be some flexibility in the ways we can lose weight. Participants in both groups were encouraged to focus on minimally processed foods like produce and meat prepared at home. Everyone was advised to limit added sugar and refined flour.“If you got that foundation right, for many, that would be an enormous change,” said Chris Gardner of Stanford University and one of the study’s authors.Limiting processed foods could improve most diets by cutting down overall calories, while still leaving wiggle room for people’s preferences. That’s important, because for a diet to be effective, a person has to be able to stick to it. A breakfast of fruit and oatmeal may be filling for one person, but leave another hungry soon after.Gardner notes the study had its limitations, too. Participants’ diets weren’t controlled. People were instead instructed on how to achieve eating a low-carb or low-fat in regular meetings with dietitians, which may have provided a support network most dieters don’t have.SO, WHAT WORKS?In the short term you can probably lose weight by eating only raw foods, or going vegan, or cutting out gluten, or following another diet plan that catches your eye. But what will work for you over the long term is a different question.Zhaoping Li, director of clinical nutrition division at the University of California, Los Angeles, says there is no a single set of guidelines that help everyone lose weight and keep it off. It’s why diets often fail — they don’t factor into account the many factors that drive us to eat what we do.To help people lose weight, Li examines her patients’ eating and physical activity routines to identify improvements people will be able to live with.“What sticks is what matters,” Li said.___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives supportfrom the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.
By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROWhen Lesley Bryant opened The Lady Clipper Barber Shop in 2017, she wanted it to serve people of all races, genders, sexual orientations and ages in part because she remembers what it’s like being bullied. Bryant, 38, was born in Trinidad and when she arrived in Washington, D.C. at the age of 12, she remembers her middle school classmates constantly teasing her about her accent, her clothes, her light skin and her long, curly hair. “I feel like it was kids being kids,” says Bryant, who keeps her locks closely cropped out of convenience and does not speak with an accent. “I just feel like it’s routine bullying — I feel everyone experiences some level of it.” Lady Clipper Barber Shop, a Black woman owned and operated barbershop in the U Street corridor, features barbers Lesley Bryant (front), who owns the shop, with (back row left to right) Jo Woodard, Daisy Robinson and Gabby Smith. (Courtesy Photo, J. Wilson Photography)And before opening her woman-staffed barbershop, Bryant spent two years working as the only woman in a Shaw barbershop where she says she constantly butt heads with toxic masculinity. Bryant remembers keeping her temper in check when male clients doubted her abilities and asked the other male barbers if she really knew how to cut hair. Some would nitpick a perfectly good haircut just to get a rise out of her. “They’d say, ‘You cut pretty good for a girl,’” Bryant says. “They think it’s a compliment, but it’s an insult.” The barbershop often felt more like a fraternity house than a business, she explained to the AFRO.Occasionally, male clients would flirt with her and ask her out on dates. Daily locker room banter among clients about their sexual adventures made Bryant feel uncomfortable. So did music videos or movies playing on the television featuring scantily clad women. When she brought her concerns to management, not only did her issues fall on deaf ears, but she was outnumbered and made to feel like she was too sensitive, Bryant says. So she sucked it up and did her best to make her clients comfortable. “I would apologize to my clients and say, ‘I’m sorry, you know, I’m not responsible for what’s playing on the TV,’ or ‘Sorry about the conversation,’” Bryant said, declining to name the barbershop. “Constantly apologizing for that, for the environment. And that’s definitely a reason why I knew I had to go.” Her experience there prompted her to open her four-chair barbershop that’s on 15thand U Street N.W., and employs three other lady barbers, a staffing move she said happened organically, not deliberately. Bryant spent the first year working solo to get the business off the ground and then started hiring people after that. Rather than every barber monitoring what happens in her own chair, the shop functions as a unit. For example, if one of the barbers is running late for an appointment, clients know to ask another barber to step in.“If a client’s here sitting more than 15 minutes past the appointment, that client is for everybody, if the client chooses,” Bryant told the AFRO. “This way, the service is always timely.”Her company logo, inspired by the iconic “Rosie the Riveter,” is another expression of female strength. In Bryant’s version, she’s “Lesley the Riveter” holding a set of clippers as she flexes her bicep.Meanwhile, Bryant’s path to the barber chair wasn’t linear.She spent 12 years working as a graphic designer at a commercial real estate firm in Tyson’s Corner. But in 2014, the firm laid Bryant off as part of a restructuring plan, she said. Bryant walked away with a sizeable severance package and booked a flight to Trinidad to visit her father for a month. But before she left, she got a haircut, and confided in her barber she didn’t know what career path to take. The barber encouraged her to give barbering a shot, and after she returned from Trinidad, she started taking classes in the night barbering program at Roosevelt STAY Opportunity Academy in D.C. She completed the program after 18 months.At Lady Clipper, roughly 25 percent of her clientele are from the LGBTQ community, between 5 and 10 percent of her clients are children and everyone else is men or women. Every month, the shop features pieces from local artists, giving them a chance to promote and sell their wares from within the barbershop — most of the artists are clients, Bryant said. What Bryant wants people to know about her shop is that it’s all about relationships. She wants a family vibe there because it keeps the clients coming back and keeps the barbers wanting to continue cutting them. And they want to know how your vacation went, when your baby was born and would love to be a part of other major milestones in your life. “Invite us to happy hour, you know, or to your birthday party,” Bryant said. “You’re part of a family if you want one; if you want to be a part of it.”