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More substitutes, option to stop VAR when football season resumes

first_imgTeams will be allowed to use five substitutes when the season resumes after a Fifa proposal to help with fixture congestion was approved.The change applies to competitions due to be completed within this calendar year, and the decision on whether to implement the changes is for each relevant competition organiser.There is also an option to stop using the video assistant referee system.Most leagues around the world have been halted by the coronavirus pandemic.Germany’s Bundesliga is due to resume next week, while the Premier League’s Project Restart has a prospective resumption next month.The International Football Association Board (IFAB), football’s rule-making body, has agreed to a temporary change to the laws of the game in order to protect player welfare.“The temporary amendment comes into force with immediate effect, and has been made as matches may be played in a condensed period in different weather conditions, both of which could have impacts on player welfare,” IFAB said in a statement.Ifab and Fifa will decide at a later stage whether to extend the ruling to the 2020-21 season.How it will workEach team will be allowed to use a maximum of five substitutes.To reduce disruption to the match, each team will have a maximum of three opportunities to make substitutions during the game; substitutions may also be made at half-time.If both teams make a substitution at the same time, this will count as one of the three opportunities for each team.Unused substitutions and opportunities are carried forward into extra time.Where competition rules allow an additional substitution in extra time, teams will each have one additional substitution opportunity; substitutions may also be made before the start of extra time and at half-time in extra time. Source: BBClast_img read more

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Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer hopes flexibility leads to more action behind the plate

first_img“My framing stats were average but to get to the point I want to be you have to be great,” Farmer said.“Watching film of Yaz (Yasmani Grandal) and (Austin) Barnes during the offseason I saw the position they were getting in and I was, ‘I can’t get in that position.’ I had to figure out how to get in that position. Me and B-Mac (strength and conditioning coach Brandon McDaniel) kind of sat down together and made a plan and a routine for myself.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he could see the difference in Farmer’s “body composition” from the time he arrived at spring training.“He really took it upon himself and sent video all winter to Brandon McDaniel,” Roberts said. “His hips were really tight so as he got into that squatting position it was more of a stab at the low ball. Now he can work underneath the baseball. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “His hands really play. He really is a good accurate thrower but his receiving was in question for us.”Farmer said the improved flexibility will allow him to get in a lower crouch and work the bottom of the strike zone better. That is one of the keys in an area increasingly emphasized in evaluating catchers.“I think getting my hips lower to the ground I can work up to the ball rather than kind of going at it and not being able to manipulate the pitch,” Farmer said.“That strike zone up top is pretty tough to call. Here, we straight focus on the corners and the bottom. Up, you don’t really know because it’s tough to bring one down and frame it. It’s easier to bring one up and frame it.”Farmer acknowledged that he has seen benefits in his hitting as well, being able to fire his hips through his swing more effectively in the past. He will need every edge he can get. Ahead of him on the depth chart at catcher are Grandal and Barnes. Behind him, the Dodgers have a group of young catchers (Will Smith, Keibert Ruiz and Connor Wong) as talented as any in baseball.“I knew my role going into it last year. I knew I was going to come off the bench and hit, play multiple positions,” said Farmer who also plays first and third base. “But you’ve got two of the best catchers in the league right here. I was just fortunate enough to watch them in person and learn from them. I mean, I watched Barnes catch in the playoffs and it was magical what he does with the baseball catching. Same thing with Yaz all season. They’re two of the best strike-stealers in the game.“I’m going to go into this season with an open mind and go where they tell me to go.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco A converted college shortstop, the 27-year-old Farmer got his first taste of the big leagues last season. He spent about two months on the Dodgers’ roster during the regular season but caught a total of only seven innings (less than the eight he put in at first base) with no starts. He made the postseason roster but was only used as a pinch-hitter.Related Articlescenter_img GLENDALE, Ariz. – Kyle Farmer wanted to improve his pitch-framing skills. So he spent the offseason … doing Pilates.“It has everything to do with pitch framing,” he said of an offseason devoted to improving his flexibility, particularly in his hips.PreviousThe Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer talks with coaches during workouts at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer signs autographs after workouts at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer signs autographs after workouts at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer talks with coaches during workouts at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 3The Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer talks with coaches during workouts at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Expand“I mean, I could frame well last year but not great. Now I think getting my hips lower to the ground I can work up to the ball rather than kind of going at it and not being able to manipulate the pitch.”Farmer wouldn’t say anyone in the Dodgers’ organization had told him he needed to improve his ability to steal strikes behind the plate. But the signs were obvious that the Dodgers had a problem with his receiving skills. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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DONEGAL MINORS TO PLAY DUBLIN AT CROKE PARK – COULD IT BE A DUB DOUBLE HEADER?

first_imgDONEGAL could be headed for a unique double-header with Dublin – in TWO All-Ireland semi-finals at Croke Park.The Minors will play the Dubs in their semi-final on August 31.And if Donegal can get past Armagh this weekend; and Dublin beat Monaghan, it could mean we take on Dublin twice at Croker in a unique double header! Donegal’s Minors beat Roscommon at the weekend in Sligo to book their semi-final berth.Jim McGuinness takes his side to Croker this Saturday (TI 4pm) to take on Armagh. DONEGAL MINORS TO PLAY DUBLIN AT CROKE PARK – COULD IT BE A DUB DOUBLE HEADER? was last modified: August 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Croke ParkdonegalDouble-headerlast_img read more

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