March 14, 2020 The Latest: Organizers postpone Edinburgh Marathon Associated Press Most people quickly recover from the global virus after experiencing only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times UK):___12:45 p.m. The Edinburgh Marathon has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The race was due to take place on May 24, but organizers have announced it will be postponed.Race director Neil Kilgour said a new date for the marathon in the Scottish capital is expected to be announced on Monday, ___10:45 a.m. Two more Fiorentina players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club physiotherapist.The top-tier Italian league soccer team tweets that defender and club captain Germán Pezzella, forward Patrick Cutrone and physiotherapist Stefano Dainelli “are in good health at their homes in Florence.” They were tested after “showing some symptoms.”The club had already announced on Friday that 20-year-old striker Dušan Vlahović tested positive.With Cutrone and Pezzella added to the list with Vlahović, there are now nine Serie A players who have tested positive. The others are Daniele Rugani of Juventus plus five Sampdoria players: Manolo Gabbiadini, Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby.Serie A is suspended until at least April 3 as part of a nationwide lockdown in Italy intended to contain the virus.
The word “overwhelming” probably best characterizes Clemson’s constant presence in the Syracuse backfield Saturday night.On nearly every snap, one or more of Clemson’s linemen and blitzers harassed quarterback Tommy DeVito, making him duck, dodge and flee the pocket. It’s not shocking that Clemson’s yet-again loaded defensive front had its way with Syracuse’s banged-up and inexperienced offensive line. But the eight sacks and six hits on DeVito, plus seven additional tackles for loss clarified the Orange’s most pressing issue: fixing the offensive line.Syracuse’s offensive line is not the sole culprit for its loss to No. 1 Clemson. But ignoring the truth — that SU’s offensive line is not what it needs to be for the Orange to achieve its goals — doesn’t change it. There’s every reason to believe this group, which hopes to bring back injured center Sam Heckel soon, can improve. Through three games, the Orange’s offensive line has surrendered 14 sacks on DeVito and struggled to establish the run game.“You’ve gotta have the mind of a corner in this game,” left guard Evan Adams said after the loss. “Every bad experience, you can’t dwell on it. You’ve gotta wipe it at some point and move on to the next experience. You can’t dwell on things that are unfixable.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMax Freund | Staff PhotographerIn the opening minutes of Syracuse’s 2019 season, Liberty’s defensive front appeared to be as dominant as Clemson. But four players, redshirt freshman right tackle Carlos Vettorello; redshirt sophomore guard Dakota Davis; redshirt junior left tackle Airon Servais and Heckel, were all starting for the first time at new positions. Soon, they settled in, but still allowed two sacks.Against Maryland, without Heckel, their performance was steadier, and DeVito faced less pressure. But with graduate transfer Ryan Alexander making his first start opposite Vettorello, it wasn’t a particularly strong performance. Still, the sack total grew by four, SU rushed for 70 yards as a team and still seemed to be a few steps away from the consistency of 2018’s group.Clemson overmatched the Orange upfront. Syracuse went for power runs up the middle twice from the Tigers’ three-yard line and the line couldn’t move them an inch. Tigers defensive coordinator Brent Venables dialed up a myriad of blitzes to great effect. Seven Clemson players contributed to their eight sacks.“I feel like this is going to be a great growing experience because they threw so many things out there,” Adams said. “It’s definitely going to be exciting to watch film and see where we can improve.”It was the sort of night that forces you to examine why you couldn’t keep your quarterback upright in the pocket long enough to throw downfield. And after the game, Babers was quick to note that at least two of Syracuse’s sacks weren’t the fault of the offensive line, without divulging who missed an assignment.“So again, it’s not a simple offense. It’s a complex offense,” Babers said. “And everybody has to do their part. It only takes one guy to break offensively for something bad to happen.”Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorSyracuse had fielded one of its better offensive lines in recent memory in 2018. Despite giving up 37 sacks, the Orange posted a 40.2 point per game scoring average behind the offensive line.Having four players starting at new positions this season, it was known that the offensive line was going to be a work in progress and Syracuse, Babers said, is “only as fast as its slowest offensive lineman.”“It comes down to learning a lot of offense,” Babers said at his Aug. 26 press conference. “Learning it and practicing it at the tempo you need to practice.”And, as Babers noted postgame, a sack isn’t necessarily the offensive line’s fault. Syracuse runs a complex offense — it’s a point that’s been preached early this season — and one missed assignment can unravel an entire play. Who a lineman is supposed to block is contingent on a number of factors: play call, defensive front, and any checks or audibles at the line of scrimmage.There’s reason to believe the offensive line can improve. Heckel should come back soon, moving Servais back to left tackle and putting Alexander and Vettorello in a competition for the right tackle spot. As Syracuse establishes its clear five starters and they play more snaps together, these issues will begin to fade.There are nine games left in Syracuse’s season and Babers pointed out that this team can still get to where it wants to be at the end of the season. If it wants to even get close, Syracuse’s offensive line really needs to improve.Andrew Graham is a senior staff writer for The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @A_E_Graham Comments Published on September 15, 2019 at 10:07 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
FIFA says the use of video replay in football will by studied by its rules-making panel next month.The potentially radical use of technology to help referees is on the agenda despite long being ruled out by FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini.FIFA says no decision will be made on March 1 by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) group.Still, the preliminary talks appear to confirm Platini’s warning that approving goal-line technology in 2012 could lead to using video for penalty kicks and offsides.FIFA says the IFAB panel will also discuss so-called “sin bins” in amateur football and the “triple punishment” of penalty kick, red card and suspension for some offences.IFAB could also tighten rules on players revealing personal messages on undershirts.