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Rennie queries World Rugby contact limits

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has questioned the logic of World Rugby’s new measures to curb injury that include a full-contact training cap of 15 minutes per week.

The fresh guidelines, formed after a study that involved 600 players from around the world as well as medical, conditioning and performance professionals, also recommended no more than 40 minutes of controlled contract training and 30 minutes of set-piece work each week.

The study found that between 35-40 per cent of injuries occur during training and that a drop from about 21 minutes of full-contact training currently averaged would have positive spin-offs on injury and short and long-term player welfare.

According to a World Rugby statement the recommendations, which are not mandatory, attempt to “strike a balance” so players, particularly those moving between country and club, can be prepared to perform but avoid an elevated injury risk at the same time.

Rennie estimated the Wallabies did eight minutes of contact work on Tuesday, but said a 15-minute weekly cap could prove tough to police and detrimental to the overall goal.

“Who’s timing it? I’m sure there’s a lot of work going into coming up with these numbers but I’m not certain how that will pan out,” he told reporters before Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash with Argentina.

“Thirty-five to 40 per cent of injuries happen at training, which means 60 to 65 happen at games.

“And you have to make sure from a training point of view you’re getting the conditioning and contact load into them so that that they can deal with it on game day and have the technique required.

“There’s focus around reducing injuries but the most important thing is ensuring our athletes have the skills and knowledge to deal with the contact.”

The change, which follows the NFL’s decision to place limits on full-contact training in 2011, is World Rugby’s latest effort to make the sport safer.

Tougher officiating of high and dangerous contact in tackles and collisions continues to be a talking point at all levels, link alternatif 88dewa with players now aware a red card and lengthy suspension is likely for any contact to an opponent’s head.

World Rugby director of rugby and high performance Joe Schmidt, who coached Ireland, and former All Blacks centre Conrad Smith, now International Rugby Players head of player welfare, both said the 15-minute limit would have been irrelevant in their experience.

“While there is a lot less full-contact training than many people might imagine, it is our hope that having a central set of guidelines will further inform players and coaches of key considerations for any contact that is done during training,” Schmidt said.

“We recognise that community level rugby can be an almost entirely different sport in terms of fitness levels, resources and how players can be expected to train, but the guidelines can be applied at many levels, especially the planning, purpose and monitoring of any contact in training.”

Klimala scores on penalty kick in 102nd, Red Bulls tie NYCFC

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) – Patryk Klimala scored on a penalty kick in the 102nd minute to give the New York Red Bulls a 1-1 draw against New York City FC on Wednesday night.

Klimala’s goal was the latest ever in a MLS regular-season match.

The penalty kick was awarded following a lengthy video review that ruled Maxime Chanot handled a shot by Klimala in the box. Chanot was sent off for his second yellow card, and Klimala sent goalkeeper Sean Johnson diving the wrong way to tie it for 88dewa aplikasi the Red Bulls (7-11-6).

It was the third draw in the last 13 games of the Hudson River Derby – with NYCFC (11-8-6) winning six.

Valentín Castellanos scored for NYCFC in the 31st minute by slotting home an open shot from the corner of the six-yard box.

Keaton Parks was sent off in the 73rd with a straight red card.

The teams will play each other again on Saturday.


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Phillies hang on to win rubber game vs. Orioles

Andrew McCutchen homered and Jean Segura delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly to lift the host Philadelphia Phillies past the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 on Wednesday.

Segura added two hits, while Matt Vierling also had two hits for download 88dewa the Phillies, who won their second in a row.

The Phillies (78-74) began the night three games behind the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National League East.

Phillies starter Zack Wheeler tossed six solid innings and gave up four hits and one run with nine strikeouts and two walks.

Jose Alvarado (7-1) earned the win in relief and Ian Kennedy picked up his 25th save with a scoreless ninth inning despite allowing two walks.

Pat Valaika led the Orioles (48-104) with two hits.

Baltimore starter Keegan Akin allowed five hits and one run with six strikeouts and one walk in 5 1/3 innings.

Conner Greene (1-2) took the loss.

Baltimore’s Cedric Mullins tripled with two outs in the third inning but was stranded when Ryan Mountcastle struck out.

The Phillies came up with four hits through the first five innings but were unable to score.

In the sixth, Mountcastle walked with one out and Austin Hays followed with an RBI double for a 1-0 lead.

Pedro Severino and Ryan McKenna both struck out looking to end the inning.

Segura grounded out to open the bottom of the sixth and Bryce Harper singled to right. J.T. Realmuto flied out to center, but McCutchen picked him up with a two-run homer, his 25th of the season, for a 2-1 advantage.

The Orioles tied the game at 2-2 in the seventh when pinch hitter Trey Mancini provided an RBI groundout.

The Phillies regained a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh when Segura lofted a sacrifice fly to center and Realmuto added an RBI single.

Baltimore closed within 4-3 in the eighth when Severino lined an RBI double to right.

Harper then threw out Severino at home on a potential tying RBI single by Valaika.

–Field Level Media

Gil scores in 91st, Revolution clinch 1st MLS playoff spot

CHICAGO (AP) – Carles Gil scored in the 91st minute and the New England Revolution beat the Chicago Fire 3-2 on Wednesday night, becoming the first MLS team to clinch a playoff spot.

New England (18-4-5) won for the 11th time in 14 games to reach 59 points – 15 ahead of second-place Nashville.

Chicago (6-15-5) lost at home for the second time in nine matches.

Gil took a pass from Tajon Buchanan, dribbled down the right side of the box and sent a shot over goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina from a difficult angle.

New England led 1-0 and 2-1.

Henry Kessler scored in the 11th minute and daftar 88dewa Teal Bunbury in the 62nd. Bunbury ran past the defense for Gustavo Bou’s glancing header and calmly slotted it past Slonina.

For Chicago, Carlos Terán scored in the 40th by heading Gastón Giménez’s corner kick off the hands of Matt Turner.

Giménez scored in the 63rd on a wide-open shot from the penalty spot.


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Well-rested White Sox, Indians set for doubleheader

The Chicago White Sox and host Cleveland Indians will be rested entering Thursday’s doubleheader that begins a five-game series.

Both clubs saw their respective Wednesday matinees postponed due to inclement weather.

The White Sox (85-66) will make up their game against the Tigers in Detroit on Monday, while the Indians (74-76) will host the Kansas City Royals on the same day.

As for Thursday, Chicago likely will be inspired as its magic number to clinch its first American League Central title since 2008 rests at two games.

White Sox manager Tony La Russa, however, is more interested in how his team is playing heading into the playoffs as opposed to just punching its ticket to the second season.

“These 11 games (to finish the regular season), I wish we could have played today. Use the 11 games to get ready for Game 1,” La Russa said on Wednesday.

“As long as we compete, we’ll be ready. The thing is you never take that for granted.”

Chicago has lost five of its last seven games, prompting La Russa to view his team with a critical eye.

“You’ve got to be able to execute in this league, and our execution is not where it has to be in all phases,” he said.

The White Sox will send right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (3-3, 88dewa link alternatif 3.00 ERA) to the mound for the first contest of the doubleheader.

They’ll decide on their starting pitcher for the nightcap depending on the result of Game 1.

Lopez, who was scheduled to start on Wednesday, gave up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits in four innings to the Los Angeles Angels in his last outing.

Lopez, 27, struck out four and allowed one hit in three scoreless innings of a no-decision against Cleveland on Aug.

1. He owns a 2-3 record with a 3.71 ERA in eight career appearances (seven starts) versus the Indians.

Cleveland right-hander Aaron Civale (11-4, 3.40) will get the nod in the opener, while Zach Plesac (10-6, 4.59) will look to snap a modest two-game skid when he takes the mound in the nightcap.

With all due respect to both Civale and Plesac, another Indians pitcher was the topic of the day on Wednesday.

Reigning AL Cy Young Award recipient Shane Bieber was deemed ready to return Friday after a three-plus-month absence due to a right shoulder sprain.

“We’ll definitely have a pitch count on him,” acting manager DeMarlo Hale said of Bieber. “We haven’t established that yet, but it won’t be too big of a jump from the rehab game there in the minor leagues to the big leagues.”

Civale, 26, scattered four hits over six scoreless innings in an 11-3 win at the New York Yankees on Saturday.

He improved to 4-2 with a 3.51 ERA in six career starts against the White Sox after permitting one run on five hits in six innings in a 4-2 victory in Chicago on April 15.

Yoan Moncada (6-for-14) and Tim Anderson (5-for-15) have enjoyed success versus Civale, although the hurler has flustered Yasmani Grandal (1-for-9, five strikeouts).

Plesac, 26, surrendered five runs on seven hits — including two homers — in an 8-0 loss to the Yankees on Friday.

Plesac owns a 1-2 record with a 9.53 ERA in three starts versus the White Sox this season. All told, he is 2-4 with a 4.70 ERA in eight career encounters with Chicago.

–Field Level Media

Hodge looks for consistent Wallabies role

It’s been a long wait for Wallabies back Reece Hodge, who has earned his first start since last year’s Rugby Championship when Australia face Argentina on Saturday.

Used mainly as a utility for the Wallabies playing five-eighth, centre, download 88dewa apk wing and fullback since his debut in 2016 – Hodge came on to replace Tom Banks in Saturday’s win over South Africa when his good friend suffered an arm fracture.

Hodge has since been named in the No.15 jumper for this weekend’s game against Los Pumas and hopes to cement his role as first-choice with six Tests remaining in 2021 – although he says he will take things one game at a time.

“It’s awesome to be able to get another starting berth after they’ve kind of been few and far between in the last couple of years,” Hodge said on Thursday.

“More so just this weekend I’m just taking it one game at a time.

“(It’s) a massive opportunity for myself and the squad this week to put together three back to back wins that, we haven’t done in quite a while.”

Hodge was a stellar replacement in the back-field in the 30-17 win over the Springboks, making smart defensive decisions and key cover tackles.

The only blight on his performance was under pressure of the high-ball through box-kicks from Springbok scrum-half Faf De Klerk, with that area a key focus in this week’s game preparation.

“It’s a constant work on for our back three.

Obviously, I’m very disappointed with my start last week and probably a bit unlike me,” Hodge said.

“In probably over 100 professional games I’ve never kind of had those kind of issues on the high ball before.

“So I’m going to take confidence out of that and then also the work I’ve done this week with the rest of the back three especially under the high ball… “

Hodge’s first start for the year at fullback is the only change to the Wallabies’ back three, with last week’s two-try hero Marika Koroibete on the left wing and Melbourne Rebels flyer Andrew Kellaway on the right.

While Hodge believes he can successfully use his big boot as a territorial weapon on the international stage he said he won’t stray from the overall team game plan.

“It’s something you definitely look for as a space in the back-field, especially if you’ve caught it in your own half,” he said on the 50-22 kick rule.

“But in saying that, we want to play an attacking style of rugby as well so I guess it’s about having balance in terms your decision making from the back.”

Reds try to make up ground in playoff race as Nationals visit

The Cincinnati Reds will try to stay in the National League wild-card race when they open a four-game series against the visiting Washington Nationals on Thursday evening.

The Reds, who split two games against the Pirates before being rained out on Wednesday, daftar 88dewa come into the series 4 1/2 games behind the St.

Louis Cardinals for the second wild-card spot.

Making up ground on the Cardinals will not be easy for the Reds (78-74) as St. Louis goes into Thursday riding a 11-game winning streak.

Cincinnati has 10 games remaining in its 2021 season, with eight of those games coming against either the Nationals or the Pirates.

The other two games come against the AL Central-leading White Sox.

Washington (63-89) is coming off a series win against the host Miami Marlins after taking two of three.

The Nationals, who have won 10 of their past 11 games in Cincinnati, held on to beat the host Marlins 7-5 on Wednesday.

Despite the rainout, there was news coming out of Great American Ballpark on Wednesday as the Reds announced a two-year contract extension for manager David Bell.

“It’s something I’d like to do for as long as possible,” Bell said.

“I love doing it, love the team, the organization and our players.

“It doesn’t change my focus. I was confident it would all work out, so it doesn’t really change anything other than it just makes me look forward to finishing strong this year and continuing that for years to come.”

Sonny Gray was scheduled to start Thursday’s series opener but the rainout pushed things back.

So, Luis Castillo (8-15, 4.08 ERA) gets the start for Cincinnati after he missed out on facing the Pirates.

Castillo comes into the game on a bit of a high after picking up the win against the Dodgers on Sept. 17. Castillo threw 6 1/3 shutout innings, giving up five hits and striking out 10.

This month, Castillo is 1-1 in three starts, giving up seven runs (five earned) with 22 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings of work.

Castillo is 0-3 lifetime against the Nationals, allowing 13 runs with 20 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings of work. This is the first time he has faced Washington this season.

The Nationals will counter with lefty Patrick Corbin (8-15, 6.17), whose last outing against the Rockies only lasted four innings.

Corbin gave up six runs on nine hits, striking out five. He also gave up two home runs, which gave him 36 for the season.

“Just the way my season has gone,” Corbin said. “Try to throw the perfect pitch and end up missing my spot.

Yanking pitches, just location, I think. The fastball command wasn’t very good today. Had some good sliders when I did throw them. Had a couple swings and misses for strike three on those, but it just comes down to fastball command, which hasn’t really been consistent.”

This will be Corbin’s 10th career start against the Reds.

Corbin is 2-4 with a 4.53 ERA against Cincinnati in 10 games (nine starts), but this will be his first start against the Reds this season.

Cincinnati took the only other series against the Nationals this year, taking two of three back in May.

–Field Level Media

Cut the cord tonight and say goodbye to cable TV bills forever: Here’s how to do it

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The cable box may be a familiar part of your household, but it’s time to kick it to the curb. You don’t need cable to watch all of the , news and sporting events live or on-demand. And if you’re used to your cable box’s DVR,  offer cloud DVRs of their own that work in the same way, no box required. All you need to cut th.

More Americans , , and . There are thousands of TV shows and movies to stream on-demand, but that’s just the beginning. Direct cable replacement services like and  can stream , sports and news available on your cable box with no contracts to sign, so you can cancel anytime. And if you don’t want to pay at all, numerous other services stream , and even . 

Whether your favorite shows are on Netflix or NBC, Disney Plus or ESPN, Amazon Prime or your local ABC, Fox or PBS station, you can probably stream them without ever needing to use a cable or satellite TV box. 

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Here’s how to get started.

Set up a home internet plan with unlimited data, if you can 

Even if you cut cable TV you’ll still need a home internet connection for streaming. Many people get their internet as part of a cable TV bundle, maybe with phone service too. Often your cable company is the same one providing your internet connection, but sometimes you can shop around to .

You’ll need to find out how much costs by itself, without a TV bundle. If your bundle is $130 a month, maybe you’ll have to pay $60 for just internet. That leaves $70 of potential savings by cutting cable TV. That’s a lot of money every month to pocket or spend on new streaming services.

Other things to consider as you shop for internet-only plans:

Are you under contract? If so, you’ll have to either wait it out, renegotiate a new internet-only deal with your cable company or eat the early termination fee.How fast of a connection do you need? Start by pricing out the same speed you have already but keep in mind that with everyone in your home streaming more, you might need a .You should get a plan with unlimited data, if available, which can cost more than data-limited plans. Streaming video can really add up.

Live TV services like YouTube TV have grid-style program guides, just like your cable box.

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Which TV shows and channels are your must-haves? 

Now it’s time to figure out your TV must-haves. canceling cable means you’ll need to stream the stuff you normally watch on your cable box.

Make a list of the shows and channels you and your family watch regularly. In some cases you’ll be able to replace your favorite channel programming with a streaming service such as Netflix or Hulu, but be aware that many current-season episodes won’t be available immediately.

Here are our picks for TV and movies you can stream on each of the main streaming services:

The best option to replace your cable box directly is with a . Each offers a package of live channels you can watch on a streaming app that, with a bit of a learning curve, works just as well as (or better than) a cable box. They include program guides, cloud DVRs and extras your box can’t deliver including user profiles and mobile streaming. Prices  but to get live local channels (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox or PBS) and a package comparable to cable, you’ll need to pay at least $65 per month. For premium shows,  ($15 a month), Showtime ($11) and situs 88dewa Starz ($9) all have standalone services, too. 

The best part about any of the services above? Unlike cable, you can cancel and restart service anytime without contracts or penalties. You can subscribe to follow a particular show, for example, and then cancel after the finale. 

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Try to replace your DVR’d shows with streaming options

Do you use your cable box’s DVR a lot? Live TV streaming services offer a “cloud DVR,” but they do have some limitations compared to  or the DVR from your cable company. They often have storage limits, shows that expire after a certain time, limitations on which channels can be recorded, and some even force you to watch commercials.  has the best cloud DVR we’ve tested, and in most ways it’s as good as TiVo, but other services’ cloud DVRs aren’t as good.

Thanks to on-demand, however, you might not miss your DVR much at all. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and others let you watch shows on-demand — often the same shows you’re using your DVR to record. And live TV services such as YouTube TV and Sling TV offer a lot of on-demand shows, and you can often pause or even skip commercials. On the other hand, every episode of every show might not be available.

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Install a TV antenna for local channels

One way to get around the high cost of local networks on streaming is to use an antenna. To qualify as a television, and not a monitor, a display needs to have an over-the-air tuner built-in, so you can plug in an antenna and watch broadcast networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and PBS. Reception varies widely depending on where you live, however, and unless you buy an antenna DVR like the ,  or , you’re restricted to live-only viewing.


Over-the-air antennas are affordable and easy to install.

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Use a streaming device: smart TV, game console, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast or Apple TV

You won’t need that cable box anymore, but you will need some kind of streaming device to watch services such as , ,  and . Maybe the app is built into your smart TV, maybe into your game console, or maybe you have to buy a new . In any case you’ll also need to connect such a device to each TV that’s currently connected to a cable box.

At least they’re relatively cheap ($17 and up), and you don’t have to pay the cable company every month to rent one. And with most services you can also watch on your phone, tablet or computer.

Sports fans can cut the cord too.

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Do you care about watching sports?

Most live sports are back and sports fans have an increasing number of options they’ll want to follow live. Unfortunately, sports fans will have the toughest time cutting the cord. 

Some channels devoted to pro baseball and basketball teams, known as RSNs (regional sports networks), are only available to cable subscribers. Live TV streaming service AT&T TV’s $85 plan is the best option if you want to watch your local RSN, but coverage varies widely by sport, team and city. To find out if the service carries your team’s games you’ll need to visit .

NFL pro football games are usually carried on local networks, but you’ll typically need an antenna, a live TV streaming service or Paramount Plus (for CBS games only) to watch them. One exception? Amazon Prime Video will carry some , and will host from 2022.

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Do a trial run before you cut the cord for good

Cutting the cable cord can save you a lot of money but you’ll need to do some planning to make the transition as painless as possible. It pays to get all your streaming ducks in a row before you make that final fateful call to your cable provider.

Go through your checklist and figure out which services you need to subscribe to and which devices you’ll need to get. Install everything on your main TV, unplug your cable box and get used to using streaming instead. Familiarize yourself first, then move on to helping other members of your household.

Chances are you’ll experience some bumps along the way. The menu systems on some streaming services are different, the remote controls on devices are different, even the lack of channel numbers and need to use search can be tough to grok. Give it time and patience, however, and it will be fine.

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Ready? It’s time to actually cancel your cable service

After you’ve lived with streaming for a while and have grown comfortable with the process of clicking on an app rather than firing up your cable box, it’s time to make the fateful call. Your cable provider might offer you incentives to stick around and you’ll have to weigh those against the benefits of cutting the cord, but do so carefully. Especially if the offer is contingent on signing a two-year contract. A lot can change in two years and with the freedom of streaming, it’s .

In the end, cutting cable TV isn’t for everyone. No single device or service has as many channels as a premium cable package. Juggling different services to find the shows you want to watch can be more effort than some people are willing to put in.

On the other hand, cutting cable is getting easier with every new option that hits the market. Beyond the savings, you get the freedom of being able to pick and choose the service you want — and drop it like a hot potato if you don’t like it anymore, your favorite show ends or something new comes along. Cutting cable is all about choice and if you do it right, you’ll never miss that old cable box.

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