Notre Dame names Laetare Medal recipient

first_imgThe University will award Grammy-winning singer Aaron Neville the Laetare Medal at its 2015 Commencement, Director of Media Relations Sue Lister announced Sunday.The Laetare Medal is the oldest award given to American Catholics, having originated in 1883, according to the press release. The University awards the medal each year to a Catholic “whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church and enriched the heritage of humanity.”University President Fr. John Jenkins described Neville as a man who uses his own strengths to express his faith.“Aaron Neville proudly embraces and honors his faith through his God-given musical talents,” Jenkins said in the press release. “Through tumultuous times in his life, Aaron turned to God, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Jude for strength, forgiveness and salvation.“His example of repentance and devotion shine bright for all who see him perform.”In his prolific career as a musician, Neville released four albums that achieved platinum status, created four top 20 hits in the United States, won the 1989 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and was named a 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame Recording Inductee.The 74-year-old attended Catholic school in New Orleans as a child and dedicated each of his albums to the apostle St. Jude, patron saint of hope and impossible causes, the press release stated.In winning the Laetare Medal, Neville joins the ranks of other American Catholics including President John F. Kennedy, Dorothy Day, Walker Percy, Martin Sheen and many others.The University’s 170th Commencement Ceremony will be held May 17 in Notre Dame Stadium.Tags: Aaron Neville, Commencement, Laetare Medallast_img read more

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Neck guards may become mandatory for batters

first_imgA BRUTAL  blow to Steve Smith’s exposed neck has reignited debate over the use of neck guards in cricket, which could potentially become mandatory in Australia as soon as next year.Smith wasn’t wearing a StemGuard, the protective attachment designed by helmet manufacturer Masuri in the aftermath of Phillip Hughes’ tragic death in 2014.Smith has occasionally worn the neck guards but has ditched it in recent times.The former skipper tried using the clip-on attachment in the nets when it was launched in 2015 but felt the guard was uncomfortable and irritating.For somebody as eccentric as the unique batsman, whose quirks include taping his shoelaces to his socks so they don’t serve as an unsightly distraction, it was always going to be a hard sell.Smith’s scare, having hit the deck after a rocket delivered by express paceman Jofra Archer struck him flush on the neck at Lord’s, may prompt the 30-year-old to revisit his stance.The broader question is whether players should be forced to wear neck guards, made of plastic and foam, when they don a helmet.AAP understands Cricket Australia (CA) is likely to review ongoing research about the efficacy of the guards in 2020, when a change to its policy is expected to be given strong consideration.CA annually reviews its head and trauma policy and the 2019-20 version was rolled out on July 1 without any major changes. It lists the use of neck guards as “recommended” but not mandatory.The governing body has been a pacesetter regarding head knocks in cricket.CA introduced concussion substitutes domestically in 2016 then successfully lobbied the International Cricket Council to make the same change at the highest level.“I wouldn’t be surprised if they (neck protectors) become mandatory in the future,” Australia coach Justin Langer said.“I didn’t realise they weren’t mandatory until today.“It’ll get talked about again. I know they came in after the tragedy of Hughesy.“He (Smith) might rethink it now after seeing what happened today.”The issue was covered in the findings of NSW state coroner Michael Barnes into the death of Hughes, released in 2016.Barnes recommended CA and helmet manufacturers continue to work on developing a neck guard that is comfortable and provides better protection, with a view to it becoming mandatory.Barnes also made it clear a neck guard would have been unlikely to prevent the death of Hughes.David Warner noted in 2016 he does “not and will not wear” a neck guard because it “digs into my neck, it is uncomfortable and is a distraction”.Manufacturers have worked hard to improve the design in recent years.Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara, incoming president of the powerful Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and one of the first players to use a StemGuard, argued neck protection should become mandatory “sooner rather than later”.(AAP)last_img read more

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‘VictorOsimhen Can Transform Napoli’

first_imgVictor Osimhen…Napoli to announce switch today Former Internazionale, Torino and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Benoit Cauet has tipped Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen to make a big impact at Napoli.The 21-year-old striker looks set to move to Serie A giants Napoli when the 2019-20 European season has drawn to a close.Napoli sources revealed last night that the deal has been sealed and a formal announcement is expected to be made today in Naples. Osimhen racked up 13 goals and five assists for Lille in a Ligue 1 season cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, and he has become one of the most talked about players when it comes to transfer speculation.Napoli’s transfer fee to secure the Super Eagles player from Lille could be as high as €80million, according to some European reports, but it will be money well spent, says Cauet.“Osimhen can make the difference, he can make Napoli make a qualitative leap,” he told Sky Sports Italia.“He is physically strong and this year it has exploded in everyone’s face.“He is a truly talented young man. Napoli is a great team and he needs to make the qualitative leap. He needs to explode.”Osimhen’s young career has seen him on the books of VfL Wolfsburg in Germany and Belgium’s RSC Charleroi before joining Lille a year ago.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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