Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgConcern for players’ mental health with soccer shut downUNDATED (AP) — The global union for soccer players has found its members are struggling with increased levels of anxiety and depression during the coronavirus pandemic which has shut down most leagues.A survey of players by FIFPRO pointed to a rise in symptoms of both in recent weeks while cut off from their teammates and concerned about the future of their sport. FIFPRO is urging clubs not to neglect providing mental health provisions as they focus on keeping players fit during national lockdowns and are faced with cost-cutting needs.Players have been away from their teams in most of the world for more than a month as governments try to contain the spread of the COVID-19 disease, although limited training has resumed in Germany. Here are other coronavirus-related sports stories: April 20, 2020 Update on the latest in sports: 4-time Olympic biathlon medalist Landertinger retiresVIENNA (A) — Four-time Olympic biathlon medalist Dominik Landertinger of Austria has retired at the age of 32.He says on the Austrian Ski Federation’s website that he decided to retire because he wanted to look after his health following an operation on his spine in 2017. Landertinger won Olympic silver in the men’s relay in 2010, sprint silver and relay bronze in 2014, and individual bronze in 2018 following his injury.He won his only world championship title in mass start in 2009.Landertinger’s final season was cut short last month when the coronavirus pandemic stopped the penultimate World Cup round.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 He expanded the PGA Tour’s footprint around the world and prize money more than tripled during his 22 years as commissioner.Finchem was elected through the contributor’s category. He’s the ninth administrator to go into the Hall of Fame.And it’s only fitting Finchem is part of the 2021 class of inductees that includes Tiger Woods. He seized on Woods’ popularity by negotiating TV contracts and creating the World Golf Championships series.Finchem also launched The First Tee youth program.VIRUS OUTBREAK-MENTAL HEALTHcenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditGOLF-HALL OF FAMEFinchem elected to World Golf Hall of FameUNDATED (AP) — Tim Finchem has been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame. — A Japanese professor of infectious disease says he is “very pessimistic” the Tokyo Olympics can be held next year. Kobe University professor Kentaro Iwata says the Olympics could only be held if Japan can control the COVID-19 infection and if all other countries control it. He says “you have to invite so many athletes from many, many places, which is not very compatible with this COVID-19 infection.”— The soccer team based in the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan, China has returned home. Wuhan Zall is back nearly four months after it left for a preseason tour and got stuck abroad. It returned home over the weekend after the government lifted the last restrictions on movement in Wuhan, where the COVID-19 outbreak emerged late last year. The nearly 50 members of the squad had been away since Jan. 2, spending time in other Chinese cities and in Spain.— The Spanish government says it has reached a deal with the country’s soccer league and federation for teams to return to practice. The government has not provided a timetable or given any other detail about when practice would resume. It says it will depend on the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic and on decisions by health authorities. The government says strict protocols will have to be followed when teams begin training again. The league says the competition is not expected to resume until the end of May at the earliest.— The president of the German soccer federation says resuming league play will not mean taking resources away from healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. Fritz Keller writes in Kicker magazine “we guarantee that resuming play … will not cause a burden for the healthcare system.” The German league has been more bullish than other major European competitions about the chances of resuming in May or June with widespread coronavirus tests for players.LANDERTINGER RETIRES Associated Press last_img read more

Conquest aims to unite Trojans before UCLA game

first_imgThe Undergraduate Student Government, the USC Concerts Committee and the Conquest Committee organized USC’s 2016 Conquest Thursday in McCarthy Quad. The event featured a Ferris wheel, food trucks, a Bruin bonfire and a concert, among other attractions.Before the concert, headlined by artists AlunaGeorge and Majid Jordan, student groups like the Trojan Marching Band and dance teams performed on stage as part of the rally. Trojan Pride conducted the traditional burning of a UCLA sign and Bruin bear in preparation for USC’s football game against UCLA in the upcoming weekend. “The activity that I’m most excited about by far is the Ferris wheel,” said Jacob Lester, a freshman majoring in English. “I expected all other aspects of Conquest, but the Ferris wheel adds an interesting flair to the whole event, and I’m interested to see what else Conquest has to offer.” Food trucks included Farmer’s Belly, The Boba Truck, Sweet E’s Bake Shop, Made in Brooklyn NY Pizza, Jogasaki Sushi Burrito and Wings N’ Waffles. The Conquest Committee spent about a year organizing logistics and designing Conquest 2016 to be distinct from other previous years’ events. According to the event’s marketing chair Eshaya Siriwardane and graphics design chair Emily Lu, organizing the event required much communication with both school authorities and outside organizations to become a success.“We really tried to make this year’s Conquest different by rebranding it,” said Ruwandi Siriwardane, a sophomore majoring in business administration. “We really wanted this event to be about all of us coming together as a Trojan family to feel the USC spirit before we head into our big game against UCLA.” Lu said that the Conquest Committee added several activities this year to increase spirit even before the day of the event. “We tried to imitate Ellen [Degeneres]’s 12 Days of Giveaways before Christmas with Conquest this year,” Lu said. “We gave out freebies such as food items and merchandise over the course of the week to pump everyone up for Conquest, and we’ll be announcing the winner of two VIP tickets to an upcoming concert as well. Beyond our week before Conquest, however, we also had an overall change of image — in our Facebook event and posts — we’ve incorporated a special theme for this year with the Victory sign in a glitch-style video.” The Conquest Committee’s efforts have not only been to increase student participation and spirit for the USC-UCLA rivalry, but also to give students a greater sense of unity as active members of the Trojan Family. Joshua Chang, a senior majoring in business administration and an organizer of Conquest, added that one of the most important goals of Conquest is to increase student energy.“At the end of the day, we want the Trojans to feel part of a bigger movement,” Chang said. “I think Conquest offers that energy to make us feel more as a team and more excited about the upcoming game.”last_img read more