Chief executive Richard Masters has confirmed the Premier League will be “changing direction” away from pay-per-view matches.The decision to broadcast several games for a price of £14.95 has been criticised by MPs and fans’ groups and the Premier League will change its approach.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Speaking at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee hearing on Tuesday morning, Masters told MPs: “We took a decision to move to pay-per-view and now we are reviewing that decision.“We have listened to feedback, we will be changing direction and moving away from it and taking another step that will see us through lockdown, the Christmas period and into January. I can’t announce what it is.”More to follow…- Advertisement –
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Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas is targetting automatic promotion to the Barclays Premier League after securing a season-long loan move to Middlesbrough. He told Boro’s official website, www.mfc.co.uk: “Obviously I wanted to be involved. Those were something special at the end because you were playing for promotion and I didn’t have a chance to help the team. “It was a bit disappointing I couldn’t play, but this is a new challenge and hopefully we can get promoted without the play-offs.” Kalas revealed he did not have to think twice after being offered the chance to return to the north-east, where he made 17 appearances for the club last season. He said: “I’d already decided at the end of last season that if Chelsea would like to get me on loan again, this would be my first choice, so it was easy when I heard I could stay. “It’s been easy to adapt because I know the lads. I know Marbella because we came here last year, so it’s been easy. “I think we’re still building the team. It’s a mix of everything. Everyone is still working on it and I think we will be stronger than before.” The 22-year-old Czech Republic international, who spent the second half of last season at the Riverside Stadium, was given special permission by the Blues to join the Teessiders on their pre-season training trip to Marbella, where he put pen to paper on Friday morning. Now Kalas, who missed last season’s play-off games because his loan deal had come to an end, is hoping to avoid the end-of-season lottery. Press Association
With the outdoor track season now in full gear, the University of Wisconsin men’s and women’s squads will prepare for yet another busy weekend of competition. A large portion of the men’s team — and a few female athletes — will have to recover quickly from last week’s Drake Relays.This weekend will provide UW with several opportunities to compete, as Badger track athletes will be spread out across the country. Both the men’s and women’s teams will send groups to either Arkansas for the Twilight Invitational or to California for the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. The remaining athletes will remain in Madison for the Wisconsin Open.Drake Stadium annually provides one of the most highly-anticipated outdoor events of the year, and the 2009 version proved to be no different.The men’s team produced a lot of excitement on the Drake Stadium track, and freshman hurdler Adam Hexum was very much a part of the action.Hexum, a freshman from Stone Lake, Wis., led off the shuttle relay team for the Badgers that went on to win the event. Hexum was ecstatic to win the relay but admitted it was nothing he and his teammates spend a lot of time practicing.“The shuttle hurdles is a rare event, so we never really practice it, but we performed really well,” Hexum said. “It was great to take an individual event like the hurdles and compete in it as a team.”While the shuttle hurdle relay was a new event for Hexum, it only increased his excitement, and he felt the opportunity to run in a relay added some extra motivation to his performance.“I was definitely more excited just because it was a team thing,” Hexum said. “Being a part of the relay team just gave me more energy because I didn’t want to let the guys down.”Hexum certainly did not let anyone down and even has a first-place finish from the Drake Relays to show for it. The freshman was able to showcase his talents on one of outdoor track’s biggest stages, and it provided him with an experience he will not soon forget.“Drake was amazing,” Hexum said. “It was the first time I had ever been there, and the coaches had been telling us all about it, but when I finally got there I realized just how incredible it was.”The women’s team did not send out many athletes to perform at the Drake Relays, but senior javelin thrower Amy Lewis was one of the few who competed. Like Hexum, this was Lewis’ first time competing at the Drake Relays, and she relished the experience.“That was my first time at the Drake Relays, and it was incredible,” Lewis said. “It has so much history, and it’s pretty amazing that they are able to sellout and get that many people to come to a track meet.”Lewis has been a part of some noteworthy competitions throughout her career and acknowledged the high level of competition and the unique opportunity that Drake is able to provide year in and year out.“The competition is obviously great, and it is interesting to see some of these great competitors throw,” Lewis said. “At the Drake Relays, you know that you have to really step up if you want to be competitive.”With the valuable experience gained from the Drake Relays firmly behind them, the men’s and women’s teams will look to make some final improvements as the championship portion of the season draws near.“It is important not to taper at all during these next couple events,” Lewis said. “Competing well this weekend is really important, because you want to carry some momentum into those later meets.”
This weekend, the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena will be hosting the annual Care Harbor free health care clinic.In partnership with L.A. Care, Care Harbor aims to turn free clinics into a gateway for patients to find sustainable care rather than one-time treatment.Guardian angel · Care Harbor has provided more than 43,000 medical, dental and vision services for free over the past three years. – Tucker McWhirter | Daily Trojan “This is not band-aid care,” said Care Harbor President Don Manelli.The event started Thursday and will run until Sunday, with varying hours over the weekend. As of Thursday, 4,000 wristbands had been distributed, a substantial increase from the approximately 3,000 patients who received services last year.Over the past three years, Care Harbor has provided medical, dental and vision services 43,822 times and nearly 3,000 patients have been connected with follow-up care.Los Angeles County supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, one of the sponsors of the event, gave a statement to the press on Thursday morning.“I believe that healthcare is a right and not a privilege,” Ridley-Thomas said in a statement.L.A. Care CEO Howard Kahn said that 1-1.3 million people in Los Angeles County still do not have healthcare coverage.Though it is a temporary setup in a sports arena, the Care Harbor clinic features key medical equipment, including four electrocardiogram machines, an ultrasound system for gynecology services and an oral cancer screen system that uses fluorescent signal technology to detect human papillomavirus.A new section is the preventive dentistry station, where clinic patients learn habits to prevent common oral diseases. Manelli estimated that nearly 90 percent of dental problems they see are preventable with certain lifestyle changes.Clinic patients can also make appointments for different types of services at various times to avoid waiting around the arena all day.Through discussing progress for the clinic and ways to improve for the future, Care Harbor is hoping to implement larger-scale health care reform.“Our dream is that this would be totally unnecessary,” Manelli said.
Dallas Haskins was given a choice by his parents to stay at home or go to college in the United States.Born and raised in Hong Kong after his parents moved there a year before he was born, Haskins, like many children in the area, played rugby.“That’s what you did in Hong Kong,” Haskins said. “It’s really big there.”He could have played on the U-20 national team for the sixth year in a row to represent his country at the Chinese National Showcase. Instead he attended Syracuse to continue his rugby career at the club level.While many of Syracuse’s players started playing ruby at age 14 or 15, head coach Bob Wilson said, Haskins has the added benefit of an additional decade of experience with the sport growing up in China.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I had the opportunity to go to U-20s but I chose to go to university instead,” Haskins said. “I wanted to work afterward, and also a huge push from my parents.”Haskins moved to Syracuse right before the start of the fall semester. In Hong Kong, the sport was much more prominent. Haskins remembers playing in stadiums that seat as many as 40,000 people.Haskins began playing at a more elite level of rugby at a young age in China. He joined Hong Kong’s Valley Fort Rugby Club. He got the chance to try out for the Hong Kong national team and made it — five times. From age 14, Haskins has represented Hong Kong at the national sevens showcase, on the U-14, U-15, U-16, U-18, and U-19 teams.“Rugby is a lot bigger sport than football, basketball, so you would have a lot of people at your games,” Haskins said.Haskins could have kept playing rugby at an elite level, but he moved nearly 8,000 miles away. He said his parents gave him a choice, but wanted him to get a degree and get a job — a motive that led him to SU.He liked the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and its prestige, but he also liked the quality of the rugby program.For Wilson, Haskins represented a unique addition to the team.“Most of the United States players haven’t been playing (competitively) since they were 8,” Wilson said. “They’ve been playing since they were 14, 15, if that.”Wilson gave the freshman the chance to start, saying that he’s got the experience and athleticism and has fit in well, something he said is uncommon for someone so new to the team.As an inside center, Haskins plays next to sophomore outside center Eddie McCarthy, leading McCarthy to become Haskins’ mentor. McCarthy is impressed with Haskins’ immediate contribution to this Orange squad.He’s got the starting spot and the praise of his teammates, but Haskins remains humble, and hopes to keep contributing to the team’s solid start.“It’s a huge thing to start freshman year,” Haskins said, “so I think I’m trying to bring as much as possible to the team and put in as much effort as I can.” Comments Published on October 9, 2015 at 9:54 am Facebook Twitter Google+