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Football News Praful Patel elected as FIFA Council member, first from India

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first_imgKuala Lumpur: All India Football Federation president Praful Patel was Saturday elected as a FIFA Council member, becoming the first Indian to enter the prestigious council in a landmark development. He got 38 out of 46 votes.The AIFF chief was one of the eight candidates vying for the spot in the election which was held during the 29th AFC (Asian Football Confederations) Congress in the Malaysian capital.Patel was accompanied by AIFF general secretary Kushal Das and senior vice-president Subrata Datta.”Patel’s victory is a “landmark for Indian football”. Congratulations to Mr. Patel. He fully deserves this honour. His leadership has taken Indian football to greater heights. Asian football will immensely benefit from his presence as a FIFA Council member,” Datta told PTI.The AFC Electoral committee and the FIFA Review Committee conducted the eligibility review on all the candidates.A Al- Mohannadi (Qatar), Khalid Awad A. Althebity (Saudi Arabia), Mariano V. Araneta, Jr. (Philippines), Chung Mong Gyu (Korea Republic), Du Zhaocai (China PR), Mehdi Taj (IR Iran) and Kohzo Tashima (Japan) were the others who contested for the five available spots in the council.Earlier in the day, the congress re-elected Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa by acclamation as AFC president for a second four-year term until 2023.Shaikh Salman, whose presidency began in May 2013, was the only candidate for the position.There were initially three candidates confirmed by the AFC Electoral Committee following the completion of the eligibility checks on March 1. The number was reduced following the withdrawals of Mohamed Khalfan Matar Saeed Al-Romaithi (UAE) and Saoud A. Aziz M A Al-Mohannadi (Qatar) both of whom threw their full support behind Shaikh Salman. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Football preview: Wisconsin can expect win against FAU for second home game

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first_imgWith less than 16 years of football experience under their belt, the Florida Atlantic football team comes to Madison to take on the University of Wisconsin football team.These two teams have not met before during the regular season, and this will be the second non-conference game that the Badgers will play this fall.FAU FAU is a newcomer to big-time football, with only two bowl games under their belt and one Conference USA title under their belt. The team, who has only been around for 16 seasons, have been struggling recently, leading to the firing of head coach Charlie Patridge.It has been almost seven years since the Owls have seen either a bowl game or a conference championship game. Their most recent season ended in a 3-9 record, which was the same record that they held for 2014 and 2015.Football preview: What to expect from the Badgers this seasonThe University of Wisconsin football team enters the 2017 season with high expectations and hopes of replicating, or even exceeding, Read…The Owls are also currently struggling to find a starting quarterback. Currently, there are three players competing for the starting quarterback role, and none seem to be a real standout during summer practices.With a small class of seniors taking leadership over very few roles, it is uncertain whether or not FAU will be able to compete with a Big Ten team like Wisconsin.WisconsinThe Badgers are entering their second home non-conference game this season. After a match-up With Utah State University, the Badgers welcome the challenge that FAU brings.The Badgers enter this season with a confirmed starting quarterback in Alex Hornibrook, along with a veteran roster full of talented players ready to keep building on the Wisconsin legacy. The Badgers have also hired a new defensive coordinator in Jim Leonhard, who is a former NFL safety.How Jim Leonhard’s NFL experience will help out Wisconsin’s defenseThe University of Wisconsin football defense is relishing in an amazing opportunity to learn from former NFL safety Jim Leonhard. Read…On the down side, Wisconsin entered the season down one key player. The injury of Jack Cichy leaves the team with one less veteran and one less leader, which will shake up the inside linebacker position.UW, who was one of the best defensive teams last year, needs to maintain their defensive standards, even with key players injured. The beginning of this season hosts some of the easiest game that the Badgers will see all year, so struggling now does not bode well for the future.Larson’s Prediction: Wisconsin wins (insert game prediction)FAU won’t be a tough competitor. Their lack of experience combined with their inexperienced roster will not stand up against the strength of the Badgers. This is a particularly cruel match-up for this Conference USA team, but it is a good learning opportunity for them down the road.last_img read more

Local Derby Girls preparing for final home match

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first_imgThe match will be taking place at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the fast paced, exciting action beginning at 7 p.m.Tickets are currently on sale from any of the Derby girls, and can also be bought at the door the day of the event for $8.As per usual, the event will also be looking to help raise food donations for the local food drive, and those in attendance are being asked to donate any non-perishable items they can.- Advertisement -Speaking of food, the local Derby Girls will be hungry for the taste of victory, as the team is coming off a home loss to the Rated PG RollerGirls.For more information on the event, to purchase tickets or to find our more about the Energetic City Roller Derby Association, visit the Club’s Facebook page.last_img read more

ASA Welcomes Delay in Enforcement of SPCC Rule

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first_img(EPA photo)Within the passage and enactment of the Continuing Resolution this week, lawmakers postponed a regulation that would have required on-farm tanks and drums with oil-storage capacity to have spill-prevention dikes in place. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Spill-Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) rule, for which ASA supported postponement, was delayed through Sept. 30. The delay was a result of an amendment offered by Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.).If implemented, the rule would have required that oil storage facilities with a capacity of over 1,320 gallons make structural improvements to reduce the possibility of oil spills. The plan would have required farmers to construct a containment facility, like a dike or a basin, which must retain 110 percent of the fuel in the container.ASA is supporting legislation that would adjust the minimum capacity upward to 10,000 gallons while the aggregate level on a production facility would move to 42,000 gallons.last_img read more