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European actuarial body calls for PEPP amendments

first_imgPhilip Shier, immediate past chair of the AAE, told IPE that the inclusion of the capital protection requirement was surprising.“It seems to have gained traction with the Commission,” he said. “Whether it will survive the parliament discussions we shall see.”The AAE gave several reasons for opposing the capital protection requirement, but Shier said the main reason for its view was that it didn’t consider it “in the best interests of the consumer”.The association said such a protection requirement would have little value for a consumer with a saving/investment period of 30-40 years.Shier said: “You wouldn’t expect in the vast majority of cases that the guarantee would ever apply, but by requiring it the provider has to hold additional reserves.”The requirement could limit the field of institutions wishing to become PEPP providers, according to the AAE.Under the Commission’s proposal a range of institutions would be allowed to provide a PEPP: insurers, occupational pension funds, investment firms, asset managers and banks.In its first response to the Commission’s proposal, InsuranceEurope said that, “at first sight”, the requirement for capital protection for the default investment option was positive.The trade body for the European investment management industry, meanwhile, said it should be up to PEPP providers to decide whether they want to offer life-cycle investment strategies or strategies with minimum return guarantees as a default option.The AAE is in favour of the life-cycle approach for long-term savers, and said the choice of default strategy should also take into account the option selected for decumulation – cash or an annuity.It said the EU regulation for a PEPP should address the design and regulation of the decumulation phase rather than leaving this to national authorities. The requirement for the default option for a pan-European personal pension product (PEPP) to offer capital protection could undermine the European Commission’s initiative, according to the Actuarial Association of Europe (AAE).In a statement, the association welcomed the Commission’s proposal for an EU regulation creating a PEPP, but said that some amendments were needed if the initiative were to be successful.In a post on Twitter, Falco Valkenburg, chairperson of the pensions committee of the AAE, said that the AAE was supportive of a “courageous” PEPP proposal, but had some suggestions.  In its statement the AAE focused its comments on the requirement for a PEPP default option to protect at least the amount a saver invests.last_img read more

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Three-year deal delights Bruce

first_img The 54-year-old took charge of the Tigers in June 2012 and led the club into the Barclays Premier League at the first time of asking before securing their top-flight status in 2014. Hull, who reached the FA Cup final under Bruce last season, are currently in a position to stay up once again and their boss appears to have been duly rewarded for his efforts. Speaking before Saturday’s league game at Leicester, he said: ” I’m delighted because I’ve enjoyed the last two-and-a-half years. This season has been difficult at times but I’ve enjoyed it. “What we’ve started here is about trying to establish ourselves as a Premier League club. “When you commit yourself to a new deal the first thing to ask is ‘do you still have the energy for it?’ Those things were going through my head. “Let’s hope we have another two-and-half years like we’ve had. “It’s a three-year contract with a year rolling – that’s the nuts and bolts of it.” Manager Steve Bruce feels energetic enough to push on with Hull after agreeing to sign a new three-year contract at the KC Stadium.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Body found near beach shoreline in Fort lauderdale

first_imgOfficials in Fort Lauderdale are reporting that the body of a 40-year-old man was found along the beach shoreline.The body was located Friday around 8:00 am on the 2400 block of North Atlantic Boulevard just behind the Sun Tower Hotel & Suites.Limited information has been released about the incident at this time, however, authorities reported that the victim has been identified as Abu Nasher of Pompano Beach and that it is believed that his cause of death may have been the result of suicide.last_img

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Great Opportunity to Develop Football in Bangladesh: Jamal Bhuyan

first_imgKolkata: Bangladesh skipper Jamal Bhuyan on Monday said their Group E Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup tie here against India is a ‘great opportunity’ for them to show why the stakeholders need to invest more in football as India has done in the past few years.Bhuyan said the popularity and success of cricket has overshadowed football in Bangladesh but a good performance in front of 65,000 spectators at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Tuesday can help bring to the fore why football also needs investors to promote the sport.“Success of cricket team may be overshadowed a little bit of football. But you can’t compare cricket with football. Although cricket is a big sport here, I don’t think about cricket I think about football all the time,” Bhuyan told reporters on the eve of the tie.“It is a great opportunity to develop football in Bangladesh like India has done to get big companies to invest in football. Tomorrow is a great opportunity for us to show Bangladesh that we also need to invest as India has done in their last few years,” said the 29-year-old defensive midfielder who was born in Copenhagen, Denmark.Bangladesh has lost both their fixtures in the qualifying campaign so far but gave a good account of themselves against Asian champions Qatar on October 10, losing 0-2 eventually.Ranked 187 in the world to India’s 104, the Jamie Day coached side drew their last match against India and Bhuyan said the battle will be won in midfield when the two outfits clash.“Whoever wins the midfield battle has a better chance to win the match. Midfield creates chances.”India is missing defensive mainstay Sandesh Jhingan and holding midfielder Rowllin Borges due to injury and suspension respectively.Asked if that is an advantage, Bhuyan said: “Of course they are missing two important players. We have to create chances and try to score. It’s all about confidence.”Bhuyan said the pressure will be on the home team who are coming on the back of a 0-0 draw against Qatar in Doha last month.“No pressure on us, the pressure is on India as if they don’t win the fans will be after them. I am going to tell my boys to go there and give their best. But yes India is favorites.”Bangladesh coach Jamie Day, meanwhile rued the dearth of infrastructure in their country.“From what I saw we are behind in terms of the league structure. We don’t have proper academies. The equipment that the India team have we don’t have that. We are trying to change that. We have one or two clubs who are changing. It will not happen overnight, it will take some time,” said the Englishman.Bangladesh has looked an improved side under Day’s coaching as they won seven of their 13 international matches since May 2018.“If I were a player I would have looked forward to playing in front of such a crowd. I told my players you might not get a chance to play again in front of such a crowd so make the most of it. I want them to be confident and play their natural game,” said Day referring to all the tickets being sold out for the game. IANS Also Read: Pope Francis Receives Italy Football Squad in the VaticanAlso Watch:Hit-and-Run Case: One killed in Road Accident in Margheritalast_img read more

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Other Sports World Wrestling Championships: India’s Ravi Kumar Dahiya Beats Reza Atri Of Iran To Win Bronze

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Ravi Dahiya, who is making his debut at World Wrestling Championships, has won a bronze medal in the men’s 57 kg category. Dahiya defeated Reza Ahmadali Atrinagharchi of Iran 6-3 to win bronze.Meanwhile, Dahiya has booked his tickets for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after upsetting former World Champion Yuki Takahashi 6-1 in the quarter-finals of the 57-kg weight category.ALSO READ | Bajrang Punia Beats Mongolia’s Tumur Ochir To Win World Wrestling Championship BronzeBefore that, Kumar overcame a stiff challenge from Armenia’s Arsen Harutyunyan and emerged victorious by winning the bout 17-6 in the pre-quarterfinals. He had opened his campaign by thrashing Sunggwon Kim of Korea 11-0.Earlier in the day, a consistent Bajrang Punia registered his third medal at the World Wrestling Championships by defeating his Mongolian opponent Tumur Ochir 8-7 in the 65kh weight category. Punia, who had won the Silver last year, made a stunning comeback from 6-0 deficit to win the bout 8-7. He had earlier won a bronze in 2013.Punia faced a charged up Ochir, who took two points in the first 20 seconds and then bagged four more with a powerful chest throw. Down by 6-0, Punia tried to reduce to difference by scoring 2 points. At the end of the first round, Ochir looked all set to win the bout with the scorecard reading 6-2.However, Punia, who suffered a heart-breaking defeat in the semi-final, had other things in mind. He came out too strong for Ochir to handle in the second round and collected 6 consecutive points with a leg shot. Now, the scorecard read 8-6 in favour of the Indian wrester.In the end, the bout ended with the final scorecard reading 8-7 in favour of Punia. This was the second consecutive World Championship Medal for Punia. He had won the silver in 2018 World Wrestling Championships held in Budapest. With his qualification for the bronze medal bout, Punia was already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. last_img read more

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GOA president ‘tight-lipped’ on cost and funding of new headquarters

first_imgTHE Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) president K.A. Juman-Yassin on Saturday announced the move of the entity’s headquarters from High Street, Georgetown, to Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara, calling it “a move that was long overdue”.However, while Yassin pointed out that the GOA’s having their own home is something their affiliates unilaterally endorsed, the long-serving president was tight-lipped about the estimated total cost and where they were able to source the funding for the massive structure.In an article published in a September 16, 2014 Chronicle Sport, Yassin said that the GOA had spent $60M to complete the fencing of the one-acre piece of land and foundation works to the two-storey building that is situated adjacent to the Amerindian hostel.The former Chief Magistrate had told this publication in 2014 that construction of columns and beams as well as the sealing of the top floor had cost in the vicinity of $30M.Back then, GOA point man said a further $12M will be needed to cover the cost of completing the top floor which will house an auditorium to accommodate approximately 350 persons.Fast-forward almost three years later, Yassin, when quizzed by this publication about the overall estimated cost, stated “those are difficult questions to answer because it’s difficult to tell you what the total cost will be”.Speaking in the boardroom of the newly constructed, but incomplete building, Yassin added, “We started this project about six years ago and the only thing we could’ve done was put up a fence, and then as funds come in and as we save, put a bridge and then we started downstairs so I can’t tell you what the final cost will be.”“What I could say is that; we had a vision, we had a dream and that dream was shared by all the associations, because before we embarked on this project, there was a meeting with all the associations and they all endorsed this is the way we should go. And so this is a project that’s been blessed by the associations generally. It was a dream, it was a challenge, and we’re seeing that dream coming to effect,” said Yassin.Where is the funding coming from?It is no secret that the GOA benefits from International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Olympic Solidarity; an IOC Commission aiming to organise assistance to National Olympic Committees (NOCs), in particular those with the greatest need of it, in order that NOCs may fulfil their responsibilities to the Olympic Movement.Olympic Solidarity manages the share of the broadcast rights from the Olympic Games which belongs to the NOCs, and redistributes these funds through programmes offered to all NOCs recognised by the IOC.The Olympic Solidarity fund is, however, assistance given to the GOA through programmes prioritising athlete development, training of coaches and sports administrators, and promoting the Olympic values.The athletes’ programmes try to ensure that athletes with talent have an equal chance of reaching the Games and succeeding in the Olympic arena.“We have been able to save some funds, we were given by the Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO) US$200 000, we were able to get some funds for development from Olympic Solidarity, but that is it. I’m hoping that when we finish here, we will go to some of our business houses as sponsors and they will be able to sponsor the building,” said Yassin.The GOA new office numbers are 222-6023, 222-6024, 222-6028 and 222-6029.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe move gives the Panthers the experienced cornerback they coveted after James Bradberry signed as a free agent with the Giants.Apple has started 48 games during four seasons in the NFL and has 233 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. But he’s never lived up to the billing of being the 10th overall selection in the 2016 draft out of Ohio State.He recorded 58 tackles and one forced fumble while starting 15 games for the Saints last season.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBoston marathon canceled Hyde signs with SeahawksRENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have added another option at running back by signing veteran Carlos Hyde to a one-year.Hyde is coming off the best season of his career after rushing for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns with Houston. It was his first 1,000-yard NFL campaign.Hyde’s addition is a significant move after leading rusher Chris Carson suffered a significant hip injury late last season. Coach Pete Carroll has indicated Carson should be healthy for the season.NBA-WILLIAMSON-SUIT Owners have tabled a proposal that would have offered a fourth-and-15 play as an alternative to the onside kick. Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay said there were more clubs receptive to the onside kick alternative than in the past and it will be further explored and likely brought up again.Owners approved testing expanded use of video replay in the preseason to aid in officiating, and they also increased the number of players who may be designated for return from the injured list during a season from two to three.The owners voted to make permanent the expansion of automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any successful or unsuccessful extra points.Also approved was the competition committee’s recommendation to expand defenseless player protection to a kickoff or punt returner who is in possession of the ball but has not had time to avoid or ward off contact of an opponent.Another approved recommendation stops teams from manipulating the game clock by committing multiple dead-ball fouls while the clock is running. That’s an issue that came up several times in 2019, including during the postseason. May 28, 2020 Associated Press — Texas will soon allow outdoor pro sports events to have spectators, but their numbers will be strictly limited. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has revised a decision to let pro sports leagues host events without fans starting in June as part of the states’ move to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. Abbott’s new order allows outdoor stadiums to host fans up to 25 percent of their normal capacity. Leagues will have to apply to state health officials to be allowed to have fans. Indoor events will still be without spectators.— Major League Soccer gave its teams the go-ahead to begin small voluntary group training sessions outdoors, the next step in the league’s effort to return to action. The group sessions must comply with local public health and government restrictions. Teams must submit club-specific plans to the league for the sessions. A maximum of six players may be assigned to a single group. All other health and safety measures required when MLS teams began individual training must still be maintained. A league-wide moratorium on full team training remains in effect through next Monday. — The English Premier League plans to restart on June 17 after a 100-day shutdown with new staggered kickoffs to maximize broadcast slots as fans are prevented from attending games. The clubs agreed Thursday that the competition should resume with a Wednesday night doubleheader featuring Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United. After those makeup games are played, the 30th round will start on Friday, June 19 provided authorities approve safety plans.— Three players from English soccer clubs Blackburn and Fulham have tested positive for the coronavirus. Blackburn says captain Elliott Bennett was found to be infected with COVID-19 after testing negative last Friday. Bennett says he doesn’t “feel unwell” and doesn’t have any symptoms. Fulham says two players tested positive but did not name them— Italy’s top soccer league will resume on June 20. Italy’s sports minister gave Serie A the green light to resume after a meeting with Italian soccer authorities on Thursday. A medical protocol for matches was approved by a technical scientific committee earlier. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-RULE CHANGESNFL owners table onside kick alternative proposalUNDATED (AP) — NFL owners approved several rules on Thursday without accepting an alternative to the onside kick. — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says racing will be allowed to resume in the state without spectators. The governor says NASCAR will race at Martinsville Speedway on June 10, and that other forms of auto racing and horse racing also are cleared to resume. NASCAR was originally scheduled to make its first of two stops at Martinsville in early May, but the event was postponed because of the outbreak.— The John Deere Classic is canceling what would have been its 50th straight anniversary as a PGA Tour event. Tournament director Clair Peterson says there were too many hurdles to overcome from the pandemic. The John Deere would have been the fifth PGA Tour event on the revised schedule. The tour had said the first month would be played without fans, leaving it possible for the Deere to have them.— Sports agent Scott Boras is recommending that his clients refuse Major League Baseball’s attempt to cut salaries during negotiations with the players’ association. He is claiming that team financial issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic have their origin in management debt financing. Boras wrote in an email obtained by The Associated Press that players should not alter terms of the March 26 agreement between MLB and the union that called for players to reduce their salaries to a prorated rate based on a shortened season. MLB on Tuesday proposed a series of tiered reductions that would cause top stars to receive the biggest cuts.— At least eight major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they will continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseball’s policy guaranteeing those players $400 per week. The San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners are promising payments through August, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers have pledged to do so through at least June. The White Sox are even providing those stipends to 25 minor league players recently released.— Live horse racing is slated to resume in Maryland this weekend with a three-day session at Laurel Park, which will remain closed to the general public. The Maryland Jockey Club says it has received approval from the Maryland Racing Commission to launch its Summer 2020 meet with live racing on Saturday, but fans are forbidden from entering the track until clearance is received from the state. All races on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be streamed live on the Laurel Park website.center_img UNDATED (AP) — Organizers have canceled the Boston Marathon for the first time in its 124-year history due to social distancing requirements of the coronavirus outbreak.The race had endured through two World Wars, a volcanic eruption and a previous pandemic. The race draws a field of 30,000 and already had been postponed from April 20 to Sept. 14. It will be replaced by a virtual event in which participants who verify that they ran 26.2 miles on their own will receive their finisher’s medal.The Boston Marathon began in 1897 and has been the longest-running annual marathon in the world.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hopeful that coaches will be able to return to their team facilities by next week. Goodell also said during today’s owners conference call that the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. NFL executive vice president of communications, public affairs and policy Jeff Miller said the league’s first consideration is of course the health and safety of the public and the players and the employees and the people who will be participating. Using video replay for pass interference calls was dropped after a one-year experiment that led to more uncertainty than clarity.A proposal to have a booth judge serve as an eighth official on each crew was tabled.NFL-PANTHERS-APPLEPanthers work out deal with AppleUNDATED (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Eli Apple. — The Hungarian soccer federation says matches in the country can once again be held with spectators in the stadiums. The announcement comes on the back of a government decree allowing the option. Organizers are obliged to keep three seats empty between each occupied seat and no fan may sit directly behind or in front of another.— Elite sports made a comeback in Australia for the first time since March 22 as the Parramatta Eels beat the Brisbane Broncos 34-6 in the National Rugby League Thursday. No fans were allowed into the 52,500-seat stadium in Brisbane because of strict social distancing rules but the game was broadcast across Australia.— The European Tour is planning to resume its season close to home. The tour says it has targeted the British Masters in England on July 22 as the restart. That would be followed by five new tournaments in England and Wales that will be called the “U.K. Swing.” The new events will have a prize fund of 1 million euros. European Tour chief Keith Pelley says the plans depend on the U.K. lifting quarantine restrictions, but he’s confident that will happen.— The Dutch Grand Prix has become the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the pandemic. Organizers of the first Dutch GP since 1985 chose not to host it without spectators. F1 wants to start the season in July with no spectators at races.NFL-SEAHAWKS-HYDE Update on the latest sports Williamson attorneys looking to block suitMIAMI (AP) — Attorneys for NBA rookie Zion Williamson are seeking to block his former marketing agent’s effort to have the ex-Duke star answer questions about whether he received improper benefits before playing for the Blue Devils.In a Florida court filing last week, Williamson’s attorneys say those questions are “nothing more than a fishing expedition aimed at tarnishing Williamson’s reputation.” They added the accusations are designed to “maximize potential embarrassment and media coverage in an attempt to improperly gain settlement leverage.”TRANSGENDER ATHLETES-HIGH SCHOOLConnecticut transgender policy found to violate Title Nine HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has found a Connecticut policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in girls sports is illegal. The office says the policy violates Title IX, the federal civil rights law guarantees equal education opportunities for women, including in athletics.The ruling comes in response to a complaint filed last year by several female track athletes, who argued that two transgender runners who were identified as male at birth had an unfair physical advantage. The dispute also is the subject of a federal lawsuit.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Syracuse awaits NCAA tournament fate after turnaround season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ A 19th game may never come for Ian McIntyre’s team this season. But until the Syracuse head coach hears differently, he plans on drilling his Syracuse team as if it had another game on its 2012 schedule.On Monday at 5:30 p.m., the Orange will learn if that 19th game is meant to be. SU lost a chance at an automatic bid when it fell to No. 7 Notre Dame last Saturday, but hopes that its 12 wins are enough to earn an at-large bid in the 48-team field of the NCAA tournament.A bid would mean that SU — winners of five combined games the previous two seasons of McIntyre’s tenure — would earn its first tournament berth since 1984 and its second-ever in program history.“I think we showed Saturday night (against Notre Dame) that we’re a good soccer team,” McIntyre said. “I still think there’s some soccer left in us. So we’ll use this time to be together for another week and prepare as best we can.”Those preparations could be for a game that never happens. Syracuse had the 37th-toughest schedule nationally and a handful of quality wins over teams like Villanova and South Florida in 2012, but that might not be enough.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA weak nonconference schedule could turn NCAA voters away from Syracuse. Of the team’s 10 nonconference opponents this year, only one — Niagara — has a winning record. And Syracuse lost against the Purple Eagles at home by a goal.SU failed to compensate in its conference schedule, too. The Orange lost close contests to No. 16 Louisville and No. 17 St. John’s, and missed out on more upset chances that could help its tournament resume.With the loss to Notre Dame still fresh in his mind, goalkeeper Alex Bono still thinks his team is tournament-bound. After all, the Orange held a two-goal lead over the Fighting Irish into the 63rd minute of last weekend’s Big East tournament quarterfinal.The final 27 minutes didn’t go according to plan. But in its first postseason game since 2005, Bono said his team learned how to handle a “win-or-go-home” mentality that will only help should Syracuse earn an NCAA tournament berth.“We didn’t know what the postseason felt like — myself included,” said Bono. “But now that we’ve had a taste of what it’s like, we want more.”McInytre thinks there will be more for his team. Without an opponent on the schedule to prepare for, the head coach said he planned on running his practices “as if it were the preseason.”Syracuse may not earn a 19th game this year, but if it does, this week’s preseason tempo at practice will keep McIntyre’s players refreshed and focused on the basics that guided them through their surprisingly successful regular season.That season will end up being Ted Cribley’s last. And the senior team captain can think of no better way to cap it off than by earning an NCAA tournament appearance for the first time in almost 30 years.“We’ve done so much already that you can’t count us out,” Cribley said. “Look at how close we came against some amazingly talented teams.“Of course we would’ve helped ourselves by beating Notre Dame, but even in losing I think we showed what we’d bring to the NCAA tournament.” Comments Published on November 8, 2012 at 12:23 am Contact Nick: nctoney@syr.edu | @nicktoneytweetslast_img read more

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Eddy stands out as USC’s most well-rounded athlete

first_imgWhen Elizabeth Eddy was an All-American soccer recruit out of Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, Calif., most college coaches could only half-heartedly recruit her. Everyone knew where she’d spend her collegiate career.Versatility · USC senior Elizabeth Eddy plays forward and midfielder for the soccer team, as well as playing for the USC women’s lacrosse team. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan“When I talked to them on the phone, they really knew I was going to USC,” Eddy said. “They’d say, ‘I know you like USC, but here’s our school…’ I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s cool.’”Eddy, now a senior forward for USC, is part of a long lineage of athletes to come through Troy. Her father played water polo at USC. Her uncle played football for the Trojans. Her grandfather did too, in addition to swimming for USC. Her great grandfather was the head administrator for the athletic department in the 1930s and early 1940s. And her brother, Park, is a redshirt freshman driver on the water polo team.“I would say my family bleeds cardinal and gold,” Eddy said. “Since I was a kid, it’s been my dream to come here.”Even though Eddy isn’t the first athlete in her family to play her collegiate career at USC, she is probably the best — and she’s definitely the most versatile.Eddy was on the surfing and track teams in high school and also plays lacrosse for the newly-founded varsity team. But it hardly stops there — even as a double-sport athlete who picked up a lacrosse stick for the first time last spring, she wishes she could don the cardinal and gold even more.“I’d love to play water polo and tennis, but they’re in the same season as lacrosse,” Eddy said. “I’d wanna play volleyball and basketball too but they all overlap, so you have to pick and choose … I just love learning new things and competing.”But Eddy’s true calling is undoubtedly on the pitch.She’s played virtually every position for the Women of Troy over the last four years except goalkeeper, and has excelled at each spot on the field.“Because she can play end line to end line, I don’t think you could put her in a role that limits her strength, which is her fitness,” USC women’s soccer head coach Ali Khosroshahin said.As a freshman who rotated between forward and midfielder, Eddy was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team and became the first USC player to record a hat trick since 1997 when she netted three goals against California.As a sophomore forward, she led the squad in scoring with four goals and earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention.Her play mostly went unrecognized during her junior year as her stats declined while playing primarily defense as a leader on the young backline. But Eddy is back in the spotlight as a forward this season, leading the Women of Troy and matching her career high of five goals despite missing two matches with a minor injury.After scoring three goals in the Women of Troy’s first two matches, she was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week, the first USC player to garner that honor since 2010.“I would not be surprised if she was the greatest athlete at USC,” Khosroshahin said. “I never have to worry about her being fit or strong enough to perform.”What might be even more impressive is that many say the most outstanding thing about Eddy is not her athletic ability, but her contagious sense of enthusiasm and diligence in preparing for competition.“She just has that natural positive aura about her that makes everyone excited to play,” junior goalkeeper Caroline Stanley said. “A change from last season is that we’re back to the little girls in all of us that adore soccer. It sounds so dorky, but you can see how much joy it’s bringing her, which helps all of us.”Khosroshahin said that Eddy’s passion for athletics is one of her defining attributes and partly why she was so highly coveted by top-tier programs across the nation such as Stanford, Cal, and Notre Dame out of high school.“We’re always looking for kids who don’t need that motivation, who already have that work ethic,” Khosroshahin said. “Hers was through the roof, and it always has been.”Her outgoing personality and easily identifiable curly locks have made her a recognizable figure on campus — during the interview for this article, several groups of students interrupted to greet Eddy with hugs.And though some might let adoration and accolades get to their heads, Eddy maintains an admirable sense of maturity and grasp on her deep-rooted Christian values.“To me, that’s more important than sports,” Eddy said. “All that stuff fades — the glory, losses, fame, defeat … it matters, but not all that much. It’s more important how you compete and why you compete.”Though so many players get caught up in their athletic endeavors, Eddy has her sights on the bigger picture.“I’d say everybody comes to this point, but there’s been moments where I’ve been like, ‘What am I doing? What’s the point? What’s worth living for?’” Eddy said. “What it comes down to is there’s literally nothing else in life worth living for except what I believe to be the truth — [if you] live for God and glorify him with your life, in the end you’ll be rewarded with heaven. Because that’s the foundation — that determines how I tackle stuff in life.”No matter your motivations or beliefs, it’s easy to agree that Eddy has at least been making the Trojan Family proud. Follow Will on Twitter @WillLawslast_img read more

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Tipp will have to be at their ‘best’ to beat Limerick

first_imgThe Limerick side chosen to play Tipperary will feature four championship debutants.Diarmuid Byrnes, Richie English, Gearoid Hegarty and Barry Nash are the players set to play in the senior provincial hurling competition for the first time.Limerick manager TJ Ryan says there’s a good vibe about hurling in the Treaty County at the moment.Tipp FM’s build-up to the match, which throws-in at 4.00pm, gets underway just after 3 on Sunday afternoon.  Our coverage will be brought to you in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh.We’ll also bring you updates from the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final between Tipperary and Limerick, which is also being played at Semple Stadium.Tipp FM’s Stephen Gleeson will have news of how things are going from 2 o’clock. He thinks the Premier County will ‘have to find another level’ if they’re to advance to next month’s provincial decider.The Tipp team for the match at Semple Stadium is due to announced this evening.Michael believes the players will benefit from having played against Cork four weeks ago.last_img read more

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