Devils to be chipped
The Salford Red Devils are to wear mouthguards containing microchips that monitor the impact of collisions in the new Super League season to aid research into concussion. The system, designed by Welsh company Sports & Wellbeing Analytics, is to send data to pitch-side coaching and medical staff in real-time. Salford director of operations Ian Blease said in a statement that player welfare was of utmost importance to the club. “The effects on players from rugby collisions alone is an area of research that is gathering pace ... and for Salford to be at the forefront of this research is an extremely important addition to our own research and development programs,” Blease said.
Coroner seeks brains
Melbourne-based coroner Paresa Spanos has called on Australian Rules players to pledge to donate their brains to science after death to aid research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), local media reported yesterday. Spanos made the appeal after giving her findings in the death of former player Danny Frawley, who was discovered after his death in September 2019 to have had the concussion-related disease. CTE, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated concussions, can only be detected when the brain is examined after death. It has been linked to mental health issues. Spanos said that players should be encouraged to donate their brains to the Australian Sports Brain Bank after death to enable more studies on the links between CTE and neurological dysfunction, ABC reported.
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One eyes US listing
One Championship is considering options including seeking a listing in the US via a merger with a special purpose acquisition company, people familiar with the matter said. The Singaporean sports media company has picked Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs to help prepare for the potential listing, the people said. The firm has held preliminary discussions with several acquisition companies, they said, asking not to be identified because the deliberations are not public. Discussions are preliminary and no final decision has been made, the people said.
Mariners’ Mather resigns
Seattle Mariners president and chief executive officer Kevin Mather resigned on Monday following the emergence of video in which he expressed opinions about organizational strategy and his views on some players. At one point in the video, Mather was asked about Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, who played with the club for six seasons before returning in a coaching role. “Wonderful human being, his English was terrible,” Mather said. “He wanted to get back into the game, he came to us, we quite frankly want him as our Asian scout, interpreter, what’s going on with the Japanese league. He’s coming to spring training. And I’m going to say, I’m tired of paying his interpreter. When he was a player, we’d pay Iwakuma X, but we’d also have to pay [US]$75,000 a year to have an interpreter with him. His English suddenly got better, his English got better when we told him that.” Mather issued an apology late on Sunday for his comments, which were made on Feb. 5 to the Bellevue, Washington, Breakfast Rotary Club.
Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Friday backed calls for the US to boycott the Winter Olympics in Beijing next year, saying that China’s “nasty” activity made it an inappropriate host. Pompeo, a vociferous critic of Beijing while he was former US president Donald Trump’s top diplomat, said that the previous administration had tried in its final months to persuade the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to move the Winter Games. “I hope that our athletes get a chance to participate in the Olympics,” Pompeo told radio host Hugh Hewitt. “They very much deserve that, but in the end, we cannot
Zion Williamson on Monday produced a dominant performance as the New Orleans Pelicans upset the league-leading Utah Jazz with a 129-124 victory. Pelicans prodigy Williamson finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to give New Orleans a deserved victory over the Western Conference-leading Jazz. It was the sort of display from the 20-year-old Williamson that made him one of the most coveted young players in years when he was snapped up by New Orleans two years ago with the No.1 pick in the draft. Against Utah on Monday, the 2m, 129kg powerhouse used his physique and skill to barrel through the
EYE ON UNITED: Pep Guardiola said the team’s focus was on their next game after the league leaders dominated Wolves, although the scores were level after an hour Manchester City on Tuesday equaled their club record of 28 games unbeaten, hammering Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1 to open up a gaping 15-point lead at the top of the Premier League table. Pep Guardiola shuffled his pack at the Etihad Stadium against the team who did the league double against them last season as he maintained his club’s assault on an unprecedented quadruple. The champions-elect were made to sweat after Conor Coady canceled out an early own-goal from Leander Dendoncker, but two late goals from Gabriel Jesus and a Riyad Mahrez strike sealed the three points. City’s 28-match unbeaten run in all competitions equals
What to do if you are a windsurfing enthusiast in a country where the sea freezes over for months of the year? For a group of Finns, the answer is to kit out sailboards with skates and take to the ice, reaching speeds of up to 100kph in a burgeoning sport that can only be practiced in a handful of places around the world. “I call them happiness machines,” Feodor Gurvits said, pointing to his self-made board which sits on three blades and has a windsurfing sail attached. “They really make people smile.” Gurvits and about half a dozen ice surfers