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Drug tests for gamers as football’s eWorld Cup jackpot climbs

first_imgIn this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, competitors take part in the eWorld Cup grand final in London. Three weeks after the World Cup finished in Russia, the finals of the e-sports version are taking place in London, with gamers being tested for performance-enhancing substances for the first time by FIFA. It’s a sign of the increasing professionalization of the gaming version of the World Cup, with the winner collecting $250,000. (AP Photo/Rob Harris)LONDON — The players finished their soccer matches and huddled waiting to discover who would have to undergo doping tests. The random draw completed, two men went off to provide urine samples.They just had to put their controllers down first.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Adam Barton, a Welsh player known as “dreamR,” said he previously heard “suspicions” rivals have been taking substances.“It’s certainly possible it has happened in the past and hopefully they can stamp it out and make it a fair competition for everybody,” Barton said. “There’s drugs that improve concentration which is really important.”Particularly Adderall, a stimulant prescribed to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) that could help maintain focus on the screen for hours playing on the Xbox or PlayStation. A medical exemption certificate would be required by FIFA to keep using such medication.“If you don’t have ADHD and you use it,” said American player Alexander Betancourt, “it’s very easy to get an advantage.”Concerns about brain doping ensure FIFA is checking for the use of stimulants like methamphetamines, rather than growth hormones or EPO that would boost endurance in the traditional versions of soccer.It was a learning experience for FIFA anti-doping officer Jens Kleinfeld, whose recent focus was the World Cup in Russia.“I’m not normally the generation who is following esports,” Kleinfeld said. “When they asked me, I was like ‘Really?’ But when you see how big the sport really is and how professional now the players are, there is no question we have to do doping tests.”For now the only testing is at the grand final, the three-day event that concludes Saturday.The 32 finalists were whittled down through qualifying rounds that started with 20 million entrants in the EA-organized competitions, mainly playing at home rather than organized events. And unlike in regular sports governed by the World Anti-Doping Agency, there is no out-of-competition testing.“That’s something they should also do,” said the 19-year-old Bittner, who qualified for the final as the top-ranked player on Xbox at the playoffs in Amsterdam. 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But now with the champion on Saturday earning $250,000 — up from $26,000 two years ago — FIFA is finally making its players sign up to the code of ethics, which includes sanctions for match-fixing and doping.“In the FIFA scene, there are so many haters who just can’t believe there are people playing better FIFA,” Bittner said. “But you sometimes may have to prove to them it’s all clean and you’re just better on them.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Less than three weeks after the World Cup finished, the finals of the video gaming version are being staged by FIFA in London with competitors being tested for performance-enhancing substances for the first time, just like players on the field in Russia.“It’s great as you think you are a superstar,” Saudi Arabian player Mosaad Aldossary, who competes as “Msdossary,” said after being tested. “They usually do it for Cristiano Ronaldo and every top player. So you think you are one of them.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Just like Ronaldo, there is no circumventing having to urinate in front of the tester to provide the sample — however long it takes.“It felt awkward that someone is directly looking at you,” Michael Bittner said at the O2 Arena after becoming the first player to be drug-tested after soccer’s console offshoot. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

‘Ebola Cases on the Decrease’

first_imgThe Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris Dukuly, on December 12, 2014 confirmed that the risk of contracting Ebola is on the decrease.  This, he said, is attributed to the tireless efforts made by the Government of Liberia, as well as non-government organizations and members of the international community.“As the Ebola crisis continues to decrease in the country, members of the Ebola Burial Team need to be remembered not only as health workers but as heroes,” Minister Dukuly declared.He said that the burial team had played a significant role in the fight against the virus and should be encouraged and appreciated, especially since they stand at a high risk of getting in contact with infected persons.“As we all know, since the outbreak of the virus people have been talking about the nurses and doctors who have fallen prey to the epidemic, as well as others still in the fight. Unfortunately not much  attention has been paid to the Burial Team, which I think we need to consider. Those young men are risking their lives on a daily basis and it is only too fair to be grateful for their efforts.”He encouraged citizens to continue all the necessary preventive measures, as specified by the Ministry of Health and its partners, adding that Ebola is real and is still in the country.  He said  complacency and failure to take precautionary measures could lead to yet another outbreak.   The fight against the Ebola virus needs to be done collectively if Liberia must win the battle against a viral disease that has claimed the lives of thousands of our people. “The Ebola fight is more than just a government thing. Rather, it is a situation in which we should all get involved, beginning from our family level.”He lauded the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Carter Center for being supportive, stressing that partnership at the local and international levels is essential to the fight against the Ebola virus.Meanwhile, Min. Dukuly has condemned all act of elections violence, and called on  political leaders to exercise tolerance in the upcoming Special Senatorial Election.Also speaking to journalists was Deputy Internal Affairs Minister, Varney Sirleaf, who said that his Ministry received US$484,000 to enhance the fight against the virus; and not seventy thousand as  indicated by some media entities.Minister Sirleaf said that US$150,000 was allotted to set up the cremation site for Ebola bodies; while US$16,000 was used to build two pumps in the Johnsonville Community, owing to the lack of safe  drinking water there.As part of the fight against the Ebola virus, Montserrado, Bomi, Bong, Nimba and Lofa were chosen by the Ministry as a result of the high risk of infection faced by the three counties.  Special attention was paid to these regions and  the balance funds are being kept for unforeseen circumstances.  Meanwhile the Ministry is expected to decentralize its activities in the various counties across the country, in order for rural dwellers to have easy access to its activities. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Argentina’s Nestor Pitana to referee World Cup final

first_imgHe will have two more Argentines, Hernan Maidana and Juan Pablo Belatti as assistant referees. Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers will be the fourth official backed up by another Dutchman, Erwin Zeinstra.In addition to handling a French victory, Pitana was also in charge when Croatia beat Denmark in the last 16 on penalties.The 43-year-old’s other game in Russia was Sweden’s 3-0 group-stage victory over Mexico.In Brazil in 2014, Pitana refereed four matches. The last was France’s 1-0 loss to eventual champions Germany in the quarter-finals.For the third-place playoff between Belgium and England in Saint Petersburg on Saturday, FIFA have selected Iranian referee Alireza Faghani.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Argentine referee Nestor Pitana, who handled France’s quarterfinal against, will be in charge for the final against Croatia.© AFP/File FRANCK FIFEMOSCOW, Russia, July 12 – Nestor Pitana of Argentina will referee the World Cup final between France and Croatia, FIFA announced on Thursday.Pitana, a former actor who has already refereed four games including the tournament opener between host nation Russia and Saudi Arabia and France’s quarter-final win over Uruguay, will take charge of Sunday’s showpiece at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.last_img read more

Pochettino pessimistic as PSV pummel Spurs’ Euro hopes

first_img0Shares0000De Jong snatched PSV a point in a game that Tottenham dominated © AFP / JOHN THYSEINDHOVEN, Netherlands, Oct 24 – Mauricio Pochettino conceded Tottenham Hotspur will need little short of a miracle to get past the group stage after the Premier League giants’ Champions League hopes were dented by a 2-2 draw away to PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.With no points from their opening two Group B fixtures, this was make-or-break for both Spurs and PSV at the Philips Stadion. A dominant Spurs looked to have the points wrapped up after England striker Harry Kane nodded past Jeroen Zoet to give the visitors a 55th-minute lead having seen Lucas Moura level Hirving Lozano’s 30th-minute opener for PSV minutes before the interval.But when Lozano threatened to catch a through ball in the 78th minute, Spurs ‘keeper Hugo Lloris came rushing out of his goal and caught the Mexican winger with his knee.The French World Cup winner was immediately shown a red card, with Spurs manager Mauricio Pocchettino taking off Heung-Min Son for second-choice ‘keeper Michel Vorm.Vorm’s first task was to push away a superb free-kick at the base of the post, only to be caught ball-watching when De Jong poked a loose ball past him with three minutes left on the clock.It saw Spurs locked with PSV on one point in Group B, five points behind Barcelona and Inter Milan, who play later Wednesday.“In the end (it was) a draw and (it leaves us) with the minimum possibility to go to the next stage of the Champions League,” Pochettino told BT Sport.“We’ll see what happens now with Barcelona and Inter Milan. One point after three games –- it will be so difficult.“If you score more goals, at the end you’re going to win the game. That’s why we’re so disappointed. It’s a game that you must win.”A fast start saw Tottenham quickly take control and in the 18th minute Kane saw a great header come off post and crossbar following a corner from the right.Yet the Londoners were stunned on the half hour when Toby Alderweireld panicked on a backpass from Davinson Sanchez as Lozano applied the pressure.Despite Alderweireld running back to block, Lozano’s effort deflected off the Belgian’s boot to send the ball over a rooted Lloris.Tottenham looked to be back on level terms minutes later when, from a corner, Sanchez fired a rebound from Alderweireld’s header past Zoet from inside a packed area.But somehow the goal was ruled offside. Although Kane was in an offside position, the England striker made no attempt to play the ball.Spurs made amends almost immediately, Christian Eriksen splitting the PSV defence to set up Kieran Trippier for a crisp cross that Lucas fired first-time past Zoet via a deflection.Tottenham were thankful moments later when Pereiro dribbled past Alderweireld to prod an effort off Lloris’s bar.But Spurs continued to be the better team.Zoet came to the rescue to deny Eriksen after he was set up by Trippier and the Dane made amends soon after with a superb delivery that saw Kane nod past Zoet at the back post.Despite Spurs’ dominance, the depleted Londoners were made to pay in the final minutes when De Jong pounced in a packed area to poke past Vorm.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Coaches told they must be role models

first_imgIn minor incidents, coaches have called practice during the holidays and not notified students that it was cancelled, argued with umpires and referees during competition, and poorly handled a volatile parent, Azevedo said. The district uses both teachers and walk-on specialists as coaches. There are 21 sports at every comprehensive high school campus in the district, Azevedo said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Union High School District’s 300 to 400 sports coaches will be asked to sign contracts that now mention disciplinary measures, up to and including firing, that could be imposed if they violate a code of conduct. District officials said no single incident prompted the change, but they want a policy that spells out consequences. “We want coaches to exemplify values. If we don’t have coaches who exemplify that, there needs to be a process for dealing with that issue. It hasn’t been present before,” trustee Al Beattie said. District policy contains a code of conduct from the California Interscholastic Federation, the organization that governs high school sports. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Coaches should teach, enforce and model sportsmanship and six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship, a district staff report says. The revised contract that a coach will sign states: “I also understand that any failure on my part to model this code of ethics will result in consequences ranging from an informal meeting with administrative officials up to and including termination from my coaching position.” The board approved the revised contract at a recent meeting. “We have had to make some replacements in the past,” Beattie said, “but there has been no clear, `If you do these things, these are the consequences.’ We can’t have coaches yelling and screaming at players or walking out of the gym.” Assistant Superintendent Tim Azevedo said it is important for coaches to know they can be fired for inappropriate conduct. “We’ve had some historical things where coaches were saying, `I knew that was the code, but I didn’t know I could get fired,”‘ he said. last_img

Brazilian star poised to snub interest from Manchester United

first_img1 Manchester United target Anderson Talisca has revealed his desire to remain at Turkish giants Besiktas next season.Jose Mourinho is reportedly a fan of the 23-year-old midfielder and a move to Old Trafford looked to be on the cards once the summer window had opened.However, according to Turkish news source Ajanspor, the Brazil Under-23 international has quashed speculation of a move to United this summer, insisting he wants to remain at Besiktas.Talisca is currently on loan in Turkey from Portuguese side Benfica and is keen to tie up a permanent switch.The 23-year-old has been in terrific form this season, racking up 15 goals from midfield and providing six assists. Anderson Talisca wants to stay at Benfica last_img read more

Steve Holland: Forget the FA Cup, it’s been a positive season for Chelsea

first_imgOutgoing Chelsea assistant boss Steve Holland says it has been a hugely positive 2016/17 for the club – and missing out on the double should not detract from it.The Blues clinched the Premier League title in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.They were unable to add the FA Cup to their league success, though, losing 2-1 to London rivals Arsenal in Sunday’s final.But Holland, who is leaving Chelsea to join the England set-up full-time, insists the Wembley disappointment should take nothing away from the team’s achievements this term.Speaking exclusively to Jim White on talkSPORT, he said: “It is a case of trying to keep things in perspective.“We were going for an English double in Antonio’s first season in the country and in the Premier League we had to win 30 games – we had to break a record – to be champions.“Some people have said Tottenham ‘bottled it’ but Tottenham won 12 out of their last 13 matches. We were pushed right to the maximum.“To win the FA Cup we had to beat Manchester United in the quarters, Tottenham in the semis and Arsenal in the final and we nearly made it, but not quite.“Although there was a disappointment in the end, the reflection on the season can only be a positive one.”last_img read more

GAA: UNDER 14 & UNDER 12 RESULTS (SOUTH)

first_imgU-14 Div 2 LeagueDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment18-May-2011Bundoran4 – 82Naomh BridBundoran18-May-2011Killybegs2 – 82 – 2Naomh NailleKillybegsU-14 Div 1 LeagueDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment18-May-2011Dungloe3 – 73 – 11ArdaraDungloe18-May-2011Four Masters2 – 41 – 11Aodh RuadhFour MastersU-12 Competition Group CDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment16-May-2011Aodh Ruadh4 – 45 – 7Naomh MhuireAodh RuadhGAA: UNDER 14 & UNDER 12 RESULTS (SOUTH) was last modified: May 22nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:south donegal gaa results under 14last_img read more

Softball Set for Five Games at Plainsman Invitational

first_img AUBURN, Ala. – The Drake University softball team travels to Auburn, Ala., Feb. 15-17, for the Plainsman Invitational hosted by Auburn University. On Friday, Drake (4-1) will play Texas Tech and Furman at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., UAB and Auburn Saturday at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., before ending the weekend Sunday with a 9 a.m. rematch against Texas Tech. In their season opening tournament, the UNI-Dome Classic, the Bulldogs defeated Toledo twice, Saint Louis and SEMO with their lone loss to South Dakota State. In the circle, Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) dominated inside the dome, going 2-0 with a 0.63 ERA, one save and 28 strikeouts to just three walks. At the plate, the Bulldogs used a combination of timely hitting and patience as they batted .308 with runners in scoring position and drew 38 walks. Newman contributed at the plate with a three-run home run in the sixth inning in the second win over Toledo that propelled Drake to an 11-10 comeback. Story Links Texas Tech (5-0) is off to its best start since the 2001 season. The Red Raiders have a pair of wins over Nebraska and a victory over Wisconsin. Furman (2-3) defeated Georgetown and Gardner-Webb in its last two games. UAB (4-2) is led by first-year head coach Jimmy Kolaitis who spent the past five seasons at perennial power Oregon. No. 21 Auburn (3-2) has wins over Tennessee State, Western Kentucky and Florida A&M and one run losses to Louisiana Tech and Missouri State. Following its trip to Alabama, Drake heads to Fayetteville, Ark., Feb. 22-24 for the Razorback Invitational hosted by Arkansas, where the Bulldogs will play five games. http://www.sidearmstats.com/auburn/softball  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Wonders Inside You

first_imgDo you have any idea how many emergencies are resolved inside your body every day without your conscious knowledge or control?  Here are just 3 examples.Sugar cops:  The surfaces of many body cells are covered with what look like a thin forest, where the trees are sugar molecules.  A recent article on PhysOrg explained how this is a frontier of biology: “The “glycome”—the full set of sugar molecules in living things and even viruses—has been one of the least understood domains of biology, the article said, but the glycome “encodes key information that regulates things such as cell trafficking events and cell signaling.”  Largely independent of the genetic code, which builds proteins, the glycome represents another kind of code or signalling system vital to health.Tissue graveyard:  When epithelial cells (common in body tissues) die, how are they disposed of?  A kind of burial at sea takes place automatically as neighboring cells squeeze out the bad cell, Current Biology said (Current Biology, Volume 22, Issue 11, R453-R455, 5 June 2012, 10.1016/j.cub.2012.04.036).  It’s called “crowding-induced live cell extrusion.”  This is important because “To maintain a functional and harmonious epithelial society, the number and quality of cells need to be tightly controlled,” Katoh and Fujita emphasized.Immigration policy:  “We are not alone,” Michael Balter wrote, but he was not discussing SETI or aliens, he was introducing a special feature in Science last week about the “microbiome,” the set of microbes that travel with us everywhere we go.  “Our bodies, inside and out, are teeming with trillions of microbes. Most of them are our friends, helping us to digest food, strengthen our immune systems, and keep dangerous enemy pathogens from invading our tissues and organs.”  Needless to say, if our own cells did not keep tight regulation of these alien cells, we would be in constant danger.  In his introductory article (Science 8 June 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6086 pp. 1246-1247, DOI: 10.1126/science.336.6086.1246), Balter wrote, “Evidence is building that this resident community of microbes, called the microbiome, plays a major role in health and disease.”We look out our eyeballs like a captain looks out the window of a cruise ship, thinking we are in control of this large vessel we inhabit.  But actually, just like the captain of the ship, we are clueless as to what is really going on in the hull.  In a large cruise ship with hundreds of employees and thousands of guests, little emergencies happen all the time: a fire in the kitchen, a suspicious character in the wrong place, anomalies in the engine room.  If the captain had to know every incident, he would be distracted from steering, for one thing, and wouldn’t know what to do about most problems anyway.  Fortunately, each department on the ship has policies and procedures for handling just about every contingency.  The captain smiles, hands on the wheel, confident the ship is under control.  In our bodies, things are far more precarious.  We are beset daily by broken DNA strands hit by cosmic rays or ionizing radiation, unhealthy food materials, improperly folded proteins, and a host of bacteria and viruses that vastly outnumber our own cells.  As with the cruise ship, there are built-in policies and procedures for handling most of these situations that operate without our conscious knowledge or control.One biology professor was fond of remarking,”The amazing thing is not that we get sick.  The amazing thing is that we are ever well.”  Are you having a nice day today?  Are you basically healthy?  Count your blessings.  You have so many trillion helpers inside of you, you could not possibly know what they do or why.  Not even our leading scientists have a grasp on all the relationships, signals and pathways involved.  We know a little about white blood cells that patrol our internal highways.  We know a little about DNA damage repair.  We know a little about tissue regeneration and replacement.  But far more remains unknown, such as the glycome mentioned above.  One thing becomes clearer each passing day: we owe our existence to fantastically complex, interrelated processes that boggle the mind, things that Darwin never knew about when he concocted his little myth.As you peer out the windows of your cruise ship today, smile and enjoy the view, knowing things are under control.  Just don’t take so much credit for it.  There’s a higher Authority that assigned you your ship, temporarily, with all its crew.  Respect the crew and follow the Authority’s orders, knowing you will give an account.  With great privilege comes great responsibility. (Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more