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The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has said "special attention" is being paid to turning "spoon-fed" youngsters into the future leaders of English rugby.
RFU director of performance Conor O'Shea said the body wants to improve leadership across its age-grade teams.
"Modern-day life puts a big strain on producing a different sort of youth and we have to specifically look at how we develop leaders," said O'Shea.
"Life is actually part of that, as well in terms of how people are growing up."
Former Harlequins and Italy coach O'Shea, who took over as director of performance last year, was speaking as the RFU published its pathway and development framework.
It is designed to promote the "long-term success and sustainability of senior England teams which consistently win matches".
"They're spoon-fed - we do everything for young people rather letting them make decisions," added the former Ireland international.
"It's a challenge for everybody and it's something that we're acutely aware of. Specific attention is being paid to it."
In 2017, England men's head coach Eddie Jones said his team lacked leadership figures because of the "sheltered" nature of modern sport.
"Nowadays guys don't go to university, they don't go out and work, they are in more sheltered environments such as academies," he said.
Don Barrell, the RFU's head of performance pathways and programmes, said England's age-grade players are receiving extensive guidance to equip them for leadership roles.
"There are psycho-social behaviours that mean we need to develop those skills in people," added Barrell.
"We have to be a bit careful with leadership in terms of what we mean by it and that's something we spent time on unpacking with those players.
"A rugby game is a great example of real-life leadership. There may be a captain who makes overall strategic decisions, but someone has to call the line-out and someone has to pick someone else up off the floor. They're all forms of leadership.
"They're things we're unpacking with the young players and our job is to create environments where they can get it right and, at times, get it wrong."
Drouin, 26, told TSN/RDS in an interview Monday that he's been dealing with the issue for many years and his breaking point came during a road trip last season.
The Canadiens played two games in Edmonton, and Drouin appeared in both. He took part in the pregame skate before their game at the Calgary Flames on April 23, but left the lineup for what the team said was a "non-COVID related illness." He missed all three games the Canadiens played in Calgary on that road trip and would not appear for Montreal again for the rest of the season.
Drouin hadn't slept for three nights before the Flames game.
"That's where it hit a wall for me. It was time to step away from the game. Literally take a step back from everything and enjoy life," said Drouin, making his first public comments about his leave of absence. "It was hard for me to do at that time -- obviously, the playoffs were coming around."
"It wasn't an easy thing to do. But I'm proud of what I've done and I'm happy I did it," he said. "It's hard to step away and watch all the guys. But at that time, I made my decision and stuck with it."
Drouin will take part in Canadiens training camp, which officially begins on Wednesday.
"It's just good to be back to my training and my skating. I took a lot of time off to think about stuff. Just happy with how my summer went," he said.
Drouin has 232 points in 393 NHL games with the Lightning and Canadiens. He had 23 points in 44 games with Montreal before leaving the team.
The 34-year-old has previously worked in the Australian A-League and has spent much of his time in England officiating matches in the lower leagues.
During his time in Australia, Gillett took charge of five A-League grand finals and was also named the competition's referee of the year on five occasions.
Gillett has also been the VAR for past Premier League matches as well as a fourth official but will make history when he leads out the teams at Vicarage Road this weekend.
The Australian was involved in the Championship match between Peterborough United and Birmingham City on Saturday where a player made a complaint to him over racist abuse from supporters.
Gillett was also involved in a controversial decision as a VAR during Brighton's win at Burnley on the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign.
Gillett, who also has experience as a FIFA international official, was promoted in June to the top Select Group allowed to referee in the Premier League.
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Granada took the lead a mere 88 seconds into the game when Domingos Duarte was picked out at the far post with a stellar cross from Sergio Escudero and he made no mistake about the finish, powering a header past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
The hosts spent most of the remainder of the first half in Granada's end, but could find no end product despite peppering Luís Maximiano's goal with a late flurry right before the break.
Searching for goals, Koeman made two changes, bringing on Luuk de Jong for Sergi Roberto at the start of the second half and substituting Gavi for Coutinho on the hour mark as Barca continued to trail by a goal.
De Jong had a golden chance to equalise just before 80 minutes, but he impossibly headed over the bar from point-blank range from an outswinging Memphis Depay cross.
With a loss looking likely for Koeman's side, Gavi settled a loose ball in the area and deftly chipped it back in front of goal where Araujo rose and met the ball and redirected it past Maximiano to save a point for Barcelona.
The result sees Barcelona into seventh place in LaLiga on eight points, while Granada remain in 17th place on three points, barely above the relegation places in Spain's top flight.
Ramiz Raja, the PCB chairman, has hit out at cricket's "western bloc", as he copes with the second cancellation of a home series in a matter of days. England's decision to withdraw their men and women's team tours to Pakistan leaves Pakistan's busiest home season in many a year in tatters. In a video message released by the PCB, Ramiz said that though the decision was disappointing, it was also expected, and he drew on a bullish message of self-reliance and regeneration in response.
The PCB has been bristling at the ECB's decision, officials saying it has left them feeling betrayed. Since the pandemic began, Pakistan have twice toured England, as well as New Zealand and West Indies, only to now see England cite general Covid bubble fatigue as a reason for withdrawing from the tour.
"I am severely disappointed in England's withdrawal but it was expected because this western bloc gets united unfortunately and tries to back each other," Ramiz said. "So you can take any decision on the basis of security threat and perception. There was a sense of anger because first New Zealand got away without sharing information about the threat they were facing.
"Now, this [England] was expected but this is a lesson for us because we go out of our way to accommodate and pamper these sides when they visit. And when we go there, we undergo strict quarantines and we tolerate their admonishments, but there is a lesson in this. That is, that from now on we will only go as far as is in our interest.
"Our interest is that cricket will not stop in our country and if the cricket fraternity will not take care of each other then there's no point to it. New Zealand, then England, now we have a West Indies series that can also be hit, and Australia who is already reconsidering. This - England, Australia, New Zealand - is all one block. Who can we complain to? We thought they were our own but they haven't accepted us as theirs."
Though it is too early to start calculating the financial impact of these two tours not happening, or potentially, other hits being taken in the season, some within the board reckon the losses could range from between USD $15-$25 million. There's been talk of replacement sides coming in to fill the gap - Zimbabwe, a second-string Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have offered - but there are logistical difficulties. Instead Ramiz said the lesson Pakistan needed to learn from this was to strengthen from within, so that teams would not even think about pulling out.
"We have to improve and expand our cricket economy so that these countries remain interested in playing us," he said. "That is in our interests as well so that our players are paid better and we are respected more. They come to the PSL where they don't get spooked or fatigued but collectively they have a different mindset together toward Pakistan."
Though he did not provide details, Ramiz said that Pakistan had begun a formal communication with New Zealand seeking compensation for losses relating to the abandonment of the tour. And as he did a couple of days ago, he again called on his team to take out the frustrations of their players and fans on the field when they finally play at the T20 World Cup.
The team's preparations have been all but wiped out. Pakistan had scheduled 12 T20Is in the run-up to the tournament but a rain-hit series in the Caribbean and these cancellations now means they'll go into the tournament having completed a solitary T20I of that schedule. The only cricket their players will have now is the National T20 Cup, which starts from September 23.
"We go in the World Cup now and where we had one team in our target - our neighbours [India], they now add two more teams - New Zealand and England. So pick up the strength and develop a mindset that we are not going to lose because you didn't do right by us with us and we will avenge that in the ground."
INDIANAPOLIS -- Colts quarterback Carson Wentz's status for the key Week 3 AFC South game at Tennessee is up in the air due to two sprained ankles suffered against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, coach Frank Reich said Monday.
Wentz's most severe sprain occurred on his right ankle when he tried to scramble and was taken to the ground by Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald with less than eight minutes left in the game. Wentz didn't return after limping to the sideline and then throwing his helmet in frustration. Wentz sprained his left ankle earlier in the game, according to Reich.
The coach said he still had to meet with the team's medical staff to get a better indication on the direction to go with Wentz's ankles.
"I know Carson has a high threshold for pain," Reich said. "When you have guy who is a pocket passer, it affects his game less than a guy who is a mobile quarterback. That's not rocket science. My history with Carson is that he's a pretty fast healer and he's tough. If there's any chance he can play with these ankle sprains, he'll play. It's an incredibly big game."
Wentz is 45-of-69 for 498 yards with three touchdowns and an interception through the first two games of the season. The most alarming stat with Wentz is that he's been sacked six times and hit an additional 21 times in those two games. He's only played a full season twice since entering the NFL as the No. 2 overall pick in 2016.
Second-year quarterback Jacob Eason will start against the Titans if Wentz is inactive. Eason threw an interception on his second pass attempt after entering the game in Sunday's 27-24 loss. Eason found himself in a quarterback battle with rookie Sam Ehlinger to potentially be the starter when Wentz was out for three weeks while recovering from left foot surgery during training camp. The Colts have not started a season 0-3 since 2011.
"If Jacob has to play, Jacob will be ready," Reich said. "The situation he got thrown into (late in Sunday's game) was as tough as it gets. I can tell you that from experience. He'll be ready if he has to be."
CLEVELAND -- Anthony Gose is ready to make a new kind of pitch to play in the majors.
Formerly a fast outfielder in the big leagues, Gose was called up from the minors by the Cleveland Indians on Monday, this time as a hard-throwing lefty reliever.
"His story is something that makes me smile, it really does," Cleveland interim manager DeMarlo Hale said.
The Indians made the move before hosting Kansas City in a doubleheader. The 31-year-old Gose last played in the majors in 2016 with Detroit.
Drafted by Philadelphia in the second round in 2008, he spent parts of five seasons in the majors with Toronto and the Tigers before returning to the minors as a pitcher in 2017.
Gose is in his third year in Cleveland's minor league system and drew attention with his performance at Triple-A Columbus this season.
Gose struck out 49 in 33 innings, hitting 100 mph on the radar gun and consistently throwing in the upper 90s. He walked 28 and was 6-1 with a 3.55 ERA in 28 games. Gose has pitched 13 scoreless innings, striking out 21 and walking six, in his past 11 appearances.
This summer, Gose pitched for U.S Olympic team in Tokyo.
Gose hit .240 with 57 steals in the majors. In 2015, he stole 23 bases and hit 24 doubles for the Tigers while batting .254 in 140 games. He became a pitcher after failing to make Detroit's Opening Day roster in 2017.
"You think about his journey, putting in the work over the last few years, he's got to feel good about himself and what he's done to get to this point," Hale said.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone says he plans to use the two-time All-Star out of the bullpen. New York began the day 1½ games behind Toronto for the second AL wild-card spot.
Severino, 27, has completed his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery on Feb. 27, 2020. The right-hander made four minor league appearances totaling 10⅔ innings for Tampa, Hudson Valley and Somerset, allowing four runs, five hits and one home run with three walks and 15 strikeouts.
A 19-game winner in 2018, he was limited by shoulder soreness to three appearances in 2019, the first on Sept. 17 and the last on Sept. 28, plus a pair of postseason starts that Oct. 7 against Minnesota in the AL Division Series and Oct. 15 against Houston in the AL Championship Series.
Right-hander Sal Romano was released by the Yankees to open a roster spot.
In a pivotal stretch of the season, the Yankees are just 5-5 in their past 10, and have lost two in a row, while the Blue Jays and Red Sox have put a touch of distance between the rest of the field.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Olympic champion runs fast 300m in Norway, the British road relay season gets into full swing at Redcar and rising star Sammy Ball impresses in English Schools octathlon
It was another busy weekend with action on track, road, country and mountains. To read about fast 100m times at the Continental Tour Gold meeting in Kenya click here and to read about Francine Niyonsaba’s 2000m record in Zagreb click here
Trond Mohn Games, Bergen, Norway, September 18
The world 400m hurdles record-holder and Olympic champion Karsten Warholm equalled the world lead for the 300m with a time of 32.49, which was two hundredths outside the PB he ran indoors this year.
Eivind Henriksen won the hammer with 76.38m ahead of Britain’s Chris Bennett (73.66m).
Hedda Hynne (1:26.98) defeated Lovisa Lindh (1:27.57) in the 600m while Britain’s Tom Randolph narrowly defeated Luke McCann in the 800m to win in 1:47.65 to 1:47.66.
North of England Road Relays, Redcar, Cleveland, September 18
City of Leeds successfully defended their senior men’s title winning by a minute from Salford with Leeds’ anchor Richard Allen, in his first team run since moving from Aldershot, producing the fastest time of 17:24.
Salford (pictured below) took the women’s title over four stages after Leeds, a minute clear after two stages, failed to field a third and fourth runner. Salford’s anchor Anna Bracegirdle ran the fastest leg of 20:24.
Wirral won the under-17 men’s race and Blackburn the under-17 women’s title. Wirral also took the under-15 boys race while Rotherham captured the girls title. Blackburn were also double winners as they also took the U13 boys race while Liverpool dominated the under-13 girls event.
World Mountain And Trail Running Championships Uphill Only British Trial, Keswick, September 17
Joe Dugdale won in a time of 39:03 from Chris Richards’ 39:17 with Jacob Adkin third in 39:19. Hannah Horsburgh, 10th overall, won the women’s race in 42:29.
Norrkoping, Sweden, September 17
Olympic discus champion Daniel Stahl won in cold and unfavourable conditions with a 68.02m throw.
Great Bristol Run 10km, September 19
With first across the line Omar Ahmed (63:08) disqualified as he had entered the 10km and unintentionally ran the longer distance by taking a wrong turning, Olympic marathoner Chris Thompson won in a time of 67:53.
Jack Millar (69:55) and Ben Robinson (69:57) completed the top three.
Chloe Richardson was first woman in 78:18. Jack Bancroft was first in the 10km in 31:13 while Hannah Alderson was first woman in 35:04.
English Schools Combined Events and Walks Champs, Bedford, September 18-19
Sammy Ball was an easy winner of the U17 octathlon and he scored a British best 5820. He did not set any individual PBs but scored well overall the eight events with a 50.26 400m, 4:28.98 1500m, 13.33 100m hurdles, 1.92m high jump, 6.67m long jump, 15.07m shot, 38.13m discus and 44.01m in the javelin.
Ella Rush won the senior girls heptathlon by the huge margin of 736 points with a PB score of 5370.
Eloise Hind won the under-17 event by 594 points with a PB 5347 and that put her second on the UK all-time list behind Morgan Lake’s 5474. Her marks included a 1.77m PB high jump which tops the 2021 under-17 women’s rankings at that event. She also achieved her best marks in the long jump (5.93w), shot (11.93m) and javelin (39.00m).
Stephen Simmons won a tight senior boys event in 6710 from Patrick Morgan’s 6689 and Oliver Adnitt’s 6662.
Sam Wright took the under-15 pentathlon with a score of 3269 which moved him into the UK all-time top 10. Isabelle Mardle won the girls’ equivalent with a score of 3238 which moved her to 12th all-time on the national rankings.
FSU Invitational Cross-Country, Tallahassee, USA, September 17
Britain’s fastest ever teenage 10,000m runner Charles Hicks was second in the 8km in a fast 23:33. He lost out to fellow sub-27:50 10km performer from the NCAA final Adrian Wildschutt of South Africa, who ran 23:22.
Sri Chinmoy 24-hour track race, Battersea, September 18-19
Pat Seabrook set world W80 records for 6, 12 and 24 hours and British bests for 50km, 50 and 100 miles.
Peter Abrahams won the event with 143.5 miles closely followed by first woman Jen Coleman, who achieved 141.9 miles.
A truly astonishing achievement from 81-year-old Patricia Seabrook as she completed the Self Transcendence 24 Hour Track Race.
She covered a distance of 121.869km ?
— AW (@AthleticsWeekly) September 20, 2021
Copenhagen Half-Marathon, Denmark, September 19
There was an Ethiopia double for Tsehay Gemechu (65:08) and Amedework Walelegn (59:10). Gemechu set a course record with the 12th fastest time in history to finish 33 seconds clear of compatriot Hawi Feysa. Vivian Kiplagat was third with 66:07.
Walelegn took by two seconds from Kenya’s Keneth Renju (59:12) and Daniel Mateiko (59:25).
Palafrugell, Spain, September 18
Jamal Rhoden-Stevens earned a 200m/400m double in 20.99 (0.0) and 45.86 while fellow Brit Efe Okoro won the 400m hurdles in 49.79 and was second in the 400m in 45.97.
Acea Run Rome Marathon, Italy, September 19
Clement Kiprono won the men’s race in 2:08:33, finishing five seconds ahead of Emmanuel Naibei with Ethiopia’s Deresa Geleta third in 2:08:42.
Peris Lagat Jerono made it a Kenyan double by winning the women’s race in 2:29:29.
Nocturna Valencia Banco Mediolanum 15km, Valencia, Spain, September 18
Kenyan Emmanuel Moi clocked a world-leading 42:14 ahead of Joseph Karanja (42:36) and Emmanuel Bor (42:49).
The women’s winner was Joyce Chepkemoi in 47:24 ahead of Gladys Chepkurui’s 48:30 while third was new 2000m world record-holder Francine Niyonsaba in 50:37.
Montreuil France, September 19
Briton Bethan Davies won the 20km walk in 1:38:56.
Tubingen, Germany, September 19
Alina Reh set a course record 32:21 in the 10km.
Indian Championships, Warangal, India, September 18-19
Harmilan Bains won the women’s 1500m in an Indian record 4:05.39 as Praveen Chithrawal took the triple jump with 16.88 (-0.3).
Japan University Championships, Kumagaya, September 17-19
Shunsuke Izumiya won the 110m hurdles in 13.29 (1.4) while Hiromu Yamauchi clocked 49.28 in the 400m hurdles and Riku Ito won the triple jump with 17.00 (1.3) and long jump with 8.05 (0.8).
Hof, Germany, September 18
Matt Ludwig took the pole vault with 5.71m on count-back from Piotr Lisek and Ben Broeders.
Caorle, Italy, September 18-19
Olympic fifth-placer Zane Weir won the shot put with a PB 21.66m.
Trier, Germany, September 17
Konstanze Klosterhalfen set a modest German 2000m record of 5:34.53 while Gesa Krause won the women’s 2000m steeplechase in 6:10.91.
Trafford 10km, September 19
Philip Sesemann won by over 400 metres in a time of 29:29 as W35 Danielle Hodgkinson led home the women by a similar margin in 33:59.
Admiral Swansea Bay 10km, September 19
Kieran Clements won in 29:57 from Abed Teweldebrhan (30:04) and Dewi Griffiths (30:12). Natasha Cockram won the women’s race in 33:32.
Bradley Intercollegiate Cross-country, Peoria, USA, September 17
Briton George Watson finished first in 24:26.
Iona Meet Of Champions Cross-Country, Bronx, USA, September 17
The 2019 South of England champion Lachlan Wellington was first in 25:19 with Joe Arthur third in 25:27.
LSU Invitational Cross-Country, Baton Rouge, USA, September 17
The 2013 English National and British girls champion Katy-Ann McDonald, who improved to 2:01.67 at 800m this summer, showed her endurance is still strong by winning in 17:57.
Commodore Cross-Country Classic, Nashville, USA, September 17
Aidan Thompson was fourth in the men’s race 8km in 24:53 with Sarah Chapman seventh in the women’s 5km in 17:30.
Ulster coach Dan McFarland says Springbok World Cup winner Duane Vermeulen can add "a lot of game nous" to his squad for the upcoming season.
The signing of the 35-year-old number eight was announced last week and he will be available to the Irish province after the autumn internationals.
"He's a big-bodied back-rower and a really smart player," said McFarland.
"He has been a top quality player for a long time and will play a part in making us a better team." he added.
Vermeulen was named player of the match in South Africa's World Cup final win over England in November 2019 but missed the recent Test series against the British and Irish Lions through injury.
He is set to feature in the Springboks' autumn fixtures however, before joining up with the Ulster squad.
"The fact that the Springboks are so keen to get him back in their team is testament to the kind of influence he can have," enthused McFarland.
"No one player will bridge the gap from a team challenging for silverware and one that gets over the line wins it - that will require a squad effort - but he will certainly help make us a better team."
Bryn asked, 'what about Duane Vermeulen?'
The Ulster coach explained that the province bided their time to find a suitable replacement for Vermeulen's departed compatriot Marcell Coetzee after their move for former European Player of the Year Leone Nakarawa fell through.
The Fijian forward did not complete his move from Glasgow after a "detailed medical report" was reviewed by Ulster.
"We decided that rather than diving straight into the market and signing the first player that became available we would be very specific about the type of player we wanted," said McFarland.
"We wanted someone we thought was really going to make a difference to us - we wanted a back-rower but an influential back-rower.
"The names we had on our initial list were good back-rowers but we have a lot of really good back-rowers here.
"We just held our breath and kept our powder dry and then one day Bryn [Cunningham, Operations Director] stuck his head into my office and said, 'what about Duane Vermeulen?'.
"I said 'yes, please' and Bryn really took it from there. We had a lot of good conversations around what as a club we could offer and what part he could play in that."
Squad news for Glasgow game
Ulster play their first match in the new United Rugby Championship on Friday with a home fixture against Glasgow.
Ireland internationals Rob Herring and Will Addison will miss the game through injury but may return in the next couple of weeks, while Luke Marshall and Jack McGrath are longer-term absentees.
Second row Kieran Treadwell will miss the season opener, along with Iain Henderson, who will be absent for the first three or four rounds of the competition after being part of the British and Irish Lions squad which toured South Africa in the summer.
Ulster are hopeful however that back row Sean Reidy will be available for selection after coming off injured against Saracens in pre-season.