FOOTBALL

Nearly half of national team footballers who play in 50 or more matches per season are being too stretched by their current schedule, according to FIFPro research published ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.   In answering a FIFPro survey, 46% of those who said they took part in an average of 50 games or more the last two seasons considered they were playing in “too many” matches. On average, national team players said they need five weeks of vacation between seasons (not including preseason training) to fully recover; 88% said they want a mid-season break, with an average preference of...
21/06/2018

ICE HOCKEY

The parents of an ice hockey player who was paralysed after the team bus was involved in a serious crash are preparing to bring their son home.   Ryan Straschnitzki is undergoing physiotherapy at the Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia after being paralysed from the chest down in a crash in rural Saskatchewan, Canada, in April. The 19-year-old is expected to return home to Airdrie, just north of Calgary, in a matter of weeks.   His father, Tom Straschnitzki, says he has already gone through six training programs on how to care for his son once he is no longer under the constant watchful eye...
18/06/2018

SKI ALPIN

After several years on the Swiss C-team, 23-year-old Ian Gut and his team have decided to compete for Liechtenstein in future ski seasons. The creation of a new environment should breathe new life into the former Swiss skier’s career.   “Ian Gut has decided to change his nation because of his career plan,” says Stephane Cattin, Alpine Director at Swiss-Ski. “We thank Ian for the excellent cooperation in recent years and wish him every success for his future. ”   “I am fortunate enough to have the Liechtenstein passport and my main goal is to receive new ideas and impulses from new...
22/06/2018

MOTORSPORT

Lucas di Grassi claimed his first Formula E win of 2017/18 as he claimed victory in the Zurich E-Prix ahead of Sam Bird.   Di Grassi rose from fifth on the grid to win a race where several drivers – including polesitter Mitch Evans and Vergne – were hit with controversial penalties. At the start of the 39-lap race, Evans defended from Andre Lotterer before scampering clear to pull an early two-second lead. That advantage was slowly reduced over the course of the first half as Lotterer and Bird closed in behind him. Di Grassi began to work his way up the order after a low-key start, while...
12/06/2018

F1 Needs Teams For Driver Development

Formula 1 needs more teams like former backmarker Minardi because there are currently too few opportunities for young drivers to break through, according to Haas team principal Gunther Steiner.

 

Minardi raced in F1 for 21 years from 1985 and was renowned for giving young talented drivers a chance with the likes of Fernando Alonso, Giancarlo Fisichella, Jarno Trulli and Mark Webber all getting their start in F1 with the team.

 

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