Mike Bosch leaves for Florida, Miranda Kramer named interim head coach

first_imgMike Bosch is stepping down as head coach of Syracuse to join the Florida coaching staff as an assistant and Miranda Kramer will take over as the interim head coach, SU Athletics announced Friday.The Orange went 88-65 in three seasons under Bosch, reaching and then falling in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in each season. Bosch, who was on the Orange staff for the last four years, joins a Florida team that finished 56-11 this past season and made the quarterfinals of the Women’s College World Series.Bosch expressed gratitude for his time with Syracuse in a tweet Friday morning: Syracuse will always be a special place and I am so grateful to have been a part of @CuseSB for the last 4 years, but @EllenBastoni and I are beyond excited to be part of @GatorsSB and we are thankful to @_TimWalton and @ScottStricklin for bringing us to Gainesville! https://t.co/RTHHet85t9— Michael Bosch (@boschml) July 27, 2018AdvertisementThis is placeholder text “We appreciate Mike’s contributions to our softball program and wish him well at the University of Florida,” Syracuse University Director of Athletics John Wildhack said in the release. “Miranda will ensure continuity in the program as we have a transition in leadership and continue to build upon our recent success.”Kramer takes the reigns of the program after spending a year as a volunteer assistant for the Orange and one year as an official assistant coach. A pitching specialist who earned All-American honors while pitching at Western Kentucky, Kramer was drafted to the National Pro Fastpitch league out of college where she played for two seasons. Commentscenter_img Published on July 27, 2018 at 12:17 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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NFF, LMC, Osun Gov, Others Mourn Late Ogunjobi

first_img* NPFL coaches, players to wear black armband in his honourThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has expressed shock at the death of its former Secretary General and one-time Member of the Executive Committee of the federation, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi.The 66-year old former international defender passed on early hours of yesterday after a brief illness. “I cannot find the words as much as I try. A very big tree has fallen in Nigerian football and we are all devastated. If the NFF had a flag of its own, it would fly at half-mast for several weeks.“Chief Ogunjobi was one of the strongest pillars of association football in Nigeria and the entire Nigerian football fraternity will miss him badly.The Members of the NFF Executive Committee, Management and Staff of the NFF, Members of the Congress, eminent football stakeholders and other workers in football in these shores are in shock,” President of the NFF, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, said on Monday.Similarly, Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko, in a tribute to the late football administrator said he had difficulties coming to terms with the news of Ogunjobi’s passing and described him as someone who has played a big role in the nation’s football as a player and an administrator.In the words of Dikko, “Chief Ogunjobi is one of the heroes of League football in Nigeria having captained IICC, a traditional club in our league system that stands today as an institution.“He also later led the club as an administrator to the CAF Champions League finals before rising to the pinnacle of football administration in the country as Secretary General of the NFF.”The LMC Chairman announced that in honour of the fallen football hero, a minute silence would be observed before kick-off at all NPFL Match Day 9 fixtures on Wednesday while players and coaches are also to wear black armbands as a mark of respect for the dead.Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola, described the late Ogunjobi as an illustrious son of the state who served diligently till he breathed his last.“As the Chairman of the Osun State Football Association, he gave his best in the service of the state, galvanizing the youths and pushing for the development of sports, football in particular,” Governor Oyetola said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Adeniyi Adesina.“I commiserate with the widow, children, family members, friends and the Nigerian sporting family, over this irreparable loss.“Ogunjobi will be sorely missed. He gave his best as a club football player, national team player, and as an administrator, who rose to the pinnacle as Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).“His tenure as Osun State Football Association chairman brought tremendous development to football in this state. May his soul rest in peace,” Governor Oyetola said.He enjoined the family to take solace in the fact that “he lived a life of service to God and humanity.”Ogunjobi, an ebullient and respected football administrator, captained the first set of Nigerian academicals to defeat the Ghanaian academicals in the early 1970s and was a key member of then IICC Shooting Stars FC of Ibadan before he travelled to the United States of America for further studies. This was the reason he was not part of the IICC’s Africa Cup Winners Cup-winning squad of 1976.He returned to Nigeria a few years later, and was a member of the young Green Eagles’ squad that Chief Adegboye Onigbinde coached to win the silver medals of the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire.It was time to make his mark in administration, as he won plaudits and fame managing IICC Shooting Stars and Julius Berger FC of Lagos at various times, before becoming the Secretary General of then Nigeria Football Association in 2002. He was in the position for three years.Fondly nicknamed ‘Skippo,’ Ogunjobi, in 2006, won election into the Board of the Nigeria Football Federation, under the presidency of Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi, and served meritoriously as Chairman of the Technical Committee.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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UCI relaxes COVID-19 exclusion rules at Tour de France

first_img WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 28th August, 2020 22:34 IST UCI Relaxes COVID-19 Exclusion Rules At Tour De France Cycling’s governing body has relaxed the Tour de France’s COVID-19 exclusion rules on the eve of the race’s opening stage following complaints from teams that feared their riders would be unfairly excluded from the race. Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Cycling’s governing body has relaxed the Tour de France’s COVID-19 exclusion rules on the eve of the race’s opening stage following complaints from teams that feared their riders would be unfairly excluded from the race.After meeting with team officials, the UCI said Friday that a team won’t be automatically sent home if two of its riders test positive for the virus within a period of seven days as was initially planned. According to the revised protocol, it will be up to Tour de France organizers to decide whether to throw a whole team out of the race.Tour director Christian Prudhomme said later Friday he was still waiting for French authorities to decide whether to allow organizers any leeway in making such decisions.“In the case of two or more riders from the same team testing positive for COVID-19 within a period of seven days at a Grand Tour, the UCI will give the event organiser authorisation to announce the withdrawal of the team for health reasons,” the UCI said.Initially, the Tour’s COVID-19 protocol stipulated that teams would be expelled if two or more of their riders or staff tested positive for the virus within a seven-day span. Under the new rules that will also be implemented at the Spanish Vuelta and Giro d’Italia, staff members will not be counted.Speaking with reporters, UCI president David Lappartient said the new protocol is different from the one devised by Tour organizers ASO, but stringent enough.“We also told the teams that they have to be strict,” he said. “We want the Tour de France to start, but we want the Tour de France to finish. That’s the goal for all of us.”Four staff members of the Belgian team Lotto-Soudal were sent home Thursday after “non-negative” coronavirus tests. The team said a mechanic and a member of the rider support staff returned “one positive and one suspicious result.” Both left the race bubble along with their roommates.The UCI said the latest revisions “come from the desire to optimise the interpretation of a positive viral diagnostic test and confirm that it indeed corresponds with a recent coronavirus infection.”In case of a positive result, the UCI also urged organizers to “do everything possible” to perform a retest and a blood analysis before the next stage.“These complementary examinations will be a very useful additional element in the global medical assessment, which will make it possible to evaluate the contagious character or not of the rider (or team member),” it said.The measure is aimed at avoiding false positive tests that could rule out healthy riders.The UCI said team members who test positive during the race will be isolated and will have to leave if a second test cannot be performed in time.Tour organizers have set up a mobile coronavirus lab that can produce results in two hours and handle 50 tests a day on race days. However, Prudhomme said he can’t guarantee a rider will be given the additional tests before he is removed from the race following an initial positive result.German team Bora-Hansgrohe was among those who expressed concern after one if its riders first tested positive and then tested negative Tuesday, prompting the withdrawal of its entire squad from the one-day Bretagne Classic race.“The adjustments made today to the UCI protocol have enabled us to find the right balance between the legitimate concerns of teams faced with the risk of exclusion and the vital preservation of the peloton’s health,” Lappartient said. COMMENTcenter_img FOLLOW US LIVE TV Associated Press Television News First Published: 28th August, 2020 22:34 ISTlast_img read more

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