Dangerous plays by Nihon University defender rock college football

first_img KEYWORDS A defensive player for the Nihon University Phoenix committed three personal fouls in the first several plays against archrival Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters and was ejected following his third during the exhibition game on May 6 at Amino Vital Field in Tokyo.In the first of the three fouls, the defensive player hit the Fighters quarterback from behind at least two seconds after he threw an incomplete pass, causing the quarterback to suffer a right knee injury and numbness in his left leg.The video shows the defensive player changed his course toward the quarterback, who finished throwing and running toward the sideline.“It can’t be happening. I have been coaching football more than 30 years, but I have never seen such a dangerous play,” Fighters head coach Akira Toriuchi said during a news conference on Saturday on the college campus.The defender also tackled another quarterback after he handed the ball to a running back, drawing another flag a few plays later.Kwansei Gakuin University sent a letter to Nihon University on May 10, asking for an apology and explanation of how those penalties happened. The college says it is awaiting a reply from Nihon University until Wednesday, and if Nihon’s apology and explanation are not satisfactory for Kwansei Gakuin, the college will stop the annual friendly game that has taken place for more than 50 years.What made the Fighters even more furious was the post-game comment by the Phoenix coach Masato Uchida.“I’ve given my players a lot of pressure because they are not good enough,” Uchida was quoted as saying by the Nikkan Sports website. “We can’t go passive. We have to go aggressive against the Fighters to beat them. We can’t beat them without those aggressive plays (that led to the penalties). I’m responsible for those plays.”This comment sounded as if he approved of the fouls or even encouraged the players to commit them.The Kanto Collegiate Football Association and the Japan American Football Association have temporarily decided to suspend the Phoenix defender indefinitely and give Uchida a warning. The associations also announced the formation of a Disciplinary Committee to discuss the issue and decide the official punishment for the player and the Phoenix.The Phoenix uploaded a letter of apology on their website on Thursday, but Uchida has not appeared in public since the incident. He even skipped Sunday’s exhibition game against Kansai University, and the Phoenix have given no reason for his absence.On Monday, Hosei University, University of Tokyo and Rikkyo University announced the cancellation of their scheduled exhibition games against Nihon University this spring.“Currently under the situation in which Nihon University has taken no action to explain why those penalties happened and promise that it never happens again, we cannot guarantee our players’ safety,” Tokyo head coach Kiyoyuki Mori said while explaining the reason his school canceled the game.The incident drew attention from Japan Sports Agency chief Daichi Suzuki.“(The first foul play) is very dangerous. It deserves a ‘red card.’ We have to figure out why that occurred,” Suzuki said during a news conference on Monday. “This is an issue all of college sports should work on. It is very important to establish safe circumstances for the players.”There are some reports that the penalties were made on orders from Uchida and that he even told his players to wound the opponent quarterbacks. But nothing will be definitively known until Uchida offers an explanation.The Phoenix clinched the collegiate national championship after a 27-year drought by beating the Fighters 23-17 in the Koshien Bowl last December. It was the Phoenix’s 21st national title, while the Fighters have won it 28 times.The two colleges have met 29 times in the championship game and have become one of the most famous rivalries of Japanese college sports.The matchup of the two schools is called “Showdown of Red (the Phoenix) and Blue (the Fighters),” in reference to their respective team colors. RELATED PHOTOS There was a sign that read “The Buck Stops Here” on former U.S. President Harry S. Truman’s desk in his White House office.Where does the buck stop for the Nihon University football team? IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img Nihon University Phoenix, Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters, Masato Uchida, Akira Toriuchi A Nihon University defender (far right, the mosaic masks his number) tackles the Kwansei Gakuin University quarterback from behind a few seconds after the pass during their annual exhibition game on May 6 at Amino Vital Field in Tokyo. That play drew a personal foul and the quarterback was injured. | KYODO GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

Blackwood relishes European challenge

first_imgJamaica’s senior women’s FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign might have ended at the group stage, but their performances solidified several players on the radar of the top European clubs. Defender Deneisha Blackwood is one such player, who earned a spot with Slavia Prague’s women’s team in the Czech top flight. Blackwood, who played for Navarro College, University of West Florida, and Florida Krush throughout her career, made the move to the Czech giants following her World Cup performance. With the first set of matches under her belt, the defender is enjoying life in Europe. “The language, I must say, is one of the biggest factors right now, but apart from that, it has been great, it’s a new environment,” Blackwood said recently in an interview. “As I said, I’ve been to so many places so it’s easy to adapt. It’s going good and I’m enjoying my time.” CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DEBUT Blackwood has indeed been impressing with her performances in recent matches, and got the chance to live out one of her dreams when she made her debut in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. “It was amazing, I must say,” she said. “I used to watch the boys of my team play and I was like, ‘I really want to play in this game one day,’ and for me to get my first 90 minutes, it was a good experience.” In fact, Blackwood was able to grab her first Champions League assist as her team drummed Scottish outfit, Hibernian LFC, 5-1 in the second leg of the round of 32 fixtures for a 9-2 aggregate scoreline. Slavia Prague will next face reigning English champions Arsenal Women in the first leg of the round of 16 on October 16. Blackwood is now with the Reggae Girlz, fighting for an Olympic qualification berth. The team secured an easy qualification to the Concacaf phase of qualifying, after maximum points in their Caribbean Football Union round. – Gregory Brycelast_img read more

More help for South African taxpayers

first_img4 September 2012 Additional help for taxpayers using eFiling has gone live, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) announced on Monday. Electronic Filing users who require assistance while completing their tax returns online can use the Help-You-eFile service, a new facility which allows them to be in direct contact with a Sars call centre agent while they complete their return online. With permission from the taxpayer, the service enables a call centre agent to access the taxpayer’s eFiling browsing session at the same time as the taxpayer and to see exactly what the taxpayer is seeing. When clicking on the Help-You-eFile icon on their eFiling profile, the taxpayer will be prompted to accept the Terms and Conditions. They will then receive a session reference number, which will need to be quoted when phoning the call centre on 0800 00 7277.Benefits without the hassle of visiting a branch The agent will then launch the Help-You-eFile session and the taxpayer will receive a request asking whether the agent may connect to the session. By sharing the same information on two different computer screens, the taxpayer is allowing the Sars agent to shadow them as they complete the return and even highlight areas on their screen for additional clarity. The taxpayer benefits by being able to call on the support and advice of Sars staff without having to visit a branch. “This is the first time any revenue service around the world has instituted such a system and Sars is proud to be at the forefront of such technological advancements,” Sars said in a statement. Sensitive information such as the taxpayer’s banking details, password and login are not visible to the Sars contact centre agents – but all other information is visible. The agent also has view-only access and cannot enter any information on the return but can direct the taxpayer on where to enter information by highlighting fields on the return. A new tutorial video on how to use Help-You-eFile is also available on the Sars YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/sarstax.Record number of returns To date Sars has received 2.3-million tax returns since the 2012 tax season opened at the beginning of July, exceeding Sars’ expectations. At the same time last year 1.5-million tax returns had been submitted. Currently the average rate of submission per day since 1 July is over 40 300. “The unintended consequence has been that queues at branches have been much longer than during previous years. Across the country, Sars branch staff on average assist more than 20 000 taxpayers per day.” Statistics indicate that branches are seeing 55% more taxpayers than the same period last year. Sars said it hopes that the new facility to help taxpayers with eFiling will alleviate some of these pressures on branch offices, while also thanking South Africans who have filed their returns early. The deadline for taxpayers who submit their tax returns manually by post or by dropping it off in a Sars drop box, is 28 September 2012 while the deadline for all taxpayers who submit their returns electronically at a Sars branch is 23 November 2012. Non-provisional taxpayers who submit their returns via eFiling also have until 23 November 2012. Provisional taxpayers who submit their returns via eFiling have until 31 January 2013. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more