What a week for sports balls. Never before have the inflated orbs that make these games go been thrust into the limelight so. We speak, of course, about " DeflateGate ," the New England Patriots' pre- Super Bowl scandal that turned the entire web into a classroom of giggling 12-year-olds. It's not just the NFL, though — everyone's got balls. We sniffed around a bit, talking to all the major pro sports leagues in America, to get the lowdown on their balls. See also: Balls to the wall: The Tom Brady press conference supercut In the NFL , home and visiting teams must supply 12 official game balls for use on offense. Those balls must be available for referees to inspect 135 minutes before kickoff. The home team, meanwhile, must have 12 more backup balls just in case; the visiting team can, but isn't required to, supply 12 backups as well. All balls must be inflated to between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch (PSI). An additional six brand-new balls, "sealed in a … [Read more...] about How many balls does each major sport require per game?
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India is currently witnessing a deadly resurgence of the pandemic that is killing scores of people on a daily basis. India also reported over 3.86 lakh fresh cases of COVID-19 since Thursday. "I plan to write to the heads of the governments of every state to give priority vaccinations to all the senior players. This will help us resume footballing activities a little earlier than usual, once the situation becomes more stable," said Patel. Considering the extraordinary circumstances, AIFF technical director Isac Doru recommended doing away with relegation in I-League for the season that concluded recently. Drawing examples from 23 countries across the world, including the likes of the Netherlands (Eredivisie), Argentina (Liga Profesional de Futbol), Mexico (Liga MX), Romania (Liga 1), Japan (J-League and J2-League), Doru showed how different countries have stopped relegation in order to help teams amid the unprecedented health crisis. "This year, because of the difficult … [Read more...] about I will write to state associations for vaccination of senior footballers: AIFF president Praful Patel
Source: Flying, Taxes by Nick Lee Flickr Licensed Under CC BY 2.0 It’s a recurring refrain during tax season each year. A slew of surveys commissioned by various companies and universities reveal their findings. Each one devises ever more creative ways to show just how much Americans hate paying taxes. In 2016, for example, a survey of 1,000 taxpayers conducted by WalletHub found that 27% of respondents would rather brand themselves with a tattoo that says “IRS”, and 11% would gladly drive to Chipotle every single day for three years to clean its toilets if they never had to pay income taxes again. This sounds like pretty extreme aversion to paying taxes. I have always been puzzled by such reports because they don’t reflect my own feelings about paying taxes at all. As an immigrant to the United States in the early 1990s, I have always seen the act of paying income taxes as a way of making a concrete contribution in dollars and cents, as a way of giving back to my chosen … [Read more...] about Why Do So Many Americans Actually Like Paying Taxes?
Kindly Share This Story: Nigerian-eligible Spanish striker, Kevin Carlos Omoruyi, weekend, stole the show, as he scored the decisive goal as Huesca B defeated Utebo 1-0 in a Spanish Terreara Division Group A fixture. Kevin Omoruyi, 20, born in Spain by Edo parents, has Spanish citizenship and started playing professionally last season when he signed his first pro contract with La Liga side, UD Huesca. The talented youngster is on loan to Huesca B in order for him to get more playing minutes and fast-track his full integration into the top flight in the coming season. ALSO READ: Arsenal’s Aubameyang hails medics after recovery from malaria And like the wizkid inching to play with the big boys in the top flight in quick time, Kevin Omoruyi has jumped out of the blocks in his new environment, scoring the winning goal for Huesca against Utebo, to move within a point of Terrera Division Group A leaders Tenuel. Tenuel top the Group A table with 56 … [Read more...] about Kevin Omoruyi scores winner as Huesca B defeat Utebo
OPINION: Joseph Parker made it five wins on the bounce when he battled his way to a razor-thin split decision over Dereck Chisora at the weekend. Yet the unconvincing nature of the Kiwi heavyweight's victory – hitting the canvas just seven seconds in – did little to silence his detractors. Indeed, many within the fight game felt the 37-year-old Chisora deserved the nod on the scorecards, with even Parker's new trainer Andy Lee admitting he "wasn't too impressed" with the New Zealander's display in their first fight together. Talk immediately turned to a rematch , which Parker and Lee rightly welcomed given the close nature of the contest. But a sequel against the British veteran was not part of Parker's plan as he looked to gatecrash the world title scene. READ MORE: Parker, Chisora keen on rematch after thriller UK media react to Parker's hotly disputed win Whyte claims Chisora 'robbed' against Parker So where does Parker's controversial win place him … [Read more...] about Heavyweight power rankings: Where does Joseph Parker sit after Dereck Chisora win?