WORLD Athletics is set to tighten regulations regarding high-tech running shoes.The governing body’s council has been considering the recommendations of a group of experts, with an announcement expected today.Amid fears of the threat of a potential legal challenge, the review panel has chosen not to impose a blanket ban on Nike’s controversial Vaporfly range, BBC Sport understands.But some modified versions could be barred from elite competition under new temporary rules designed to bring athletes greater clarity before the Olympics begin in Tokyo in July.Those rules will restrict the thickness of the shoes’ soles, although there will also be an announcement of a new longer-term biometric study of the technology being used in both distance and track running.Manufacturers will be asked to submit any existing new prototypes to World Athletics – formerly known as the IAAF – for approval before being used in major competitions, and halt any further technology until after the Olympics.But all existing records set with the shoes will be allowed to stand. (BBC Sport)
Clonmel’s Dave Foley is unavailable for selection because of an ankle injury.Meanwhile, leaders Leinster host Edinburgh tonight at the RDS.Kick off is at 7.35. Nenagh’s Donnacha Ryan continues his second row partnership with Billy Holland while Cahir man Tommy O’Donnell remains at openside.Johnny Holland starts the match at out half, Darren Sweetnam is on the wing and up front hooker Mike Sherry returns and Jack O’Donoghue comes back at number 8.Captain CJ Stander switches to 6.
Expect to see that ferocity throughout this season, beginning Week 1 when he finally makes his return to the field.Key injuriesJames Conner, ankle: The Steelers running back broke out last season as he took on a larger role in the absence of Le’Veon Bell during his contract holdout, but an ankle injury limited Conner to just 13 games. With Bell gone, expect Conner’s duties to be expanded as he looks to build on the 973 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns be complied in 2018 — if he can stay healthy.Andy Dalton, thumb: The Bengals quarterback went down with a thumb injury late in the season, landing on injured reserve Nov. 26, but threw for 2,566 yards and 21 touchdowns with 11 interceptions before being sidelined. Pairing his return to the field with A.J. Green’s and Tyler Eifert’s will certainly give Cincinnati the new life it needs as it rebuilds. Here’s the outlook for the AFC North heading into training camp:Team on the riseCleveland Browns Related News The Browns had nowhere to go but up in 2018 after posting a winless record the previous season, but after going 7-8-1 in 2018 they could really take off in 2019.One of the biggest stories this offseason was Cleveland’s acquisition of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the Giants. But the Browns didn’t stop there and made a controversial decision to sign running back Kareem Hunt following his release from the Chiefs after a video surfaced in which he was kicking a woman (he’s suspended eight games to start 2019 for the incident).Among those returning for the Browns after helping turn around the team last season are Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway and Nick Chubb, making the Browns not only the most intriguing team in the AFC North but also one of the most interesting ones in the NFL as a whole.Team on the declineCincinnati BenglasIt’s a new era in Cincinnati, which means the Bengals could be looking up from the bottom of the division for a year or two as they find their footing.The team brought in first-time head coach Zac Taylor after parting ways with longtime coach Marvin Lewis, and the 36-year-old will face the tall task of helping the team rebound from its first last-place finish in the division since 2010 after the Browns infamously held the position from 2011-17.However, much of the team’s turnaround will depend on the recovery of its offense after the Bengals lost quarterback Andy Dalton (thumb), wide receiver A.J. Green (toe) and tight end Tyler Eifert (ankle) to injuries last season.Rookies to watchDevin Bush, LB, Steelers: The Steel Curtain has been far from impenetrable since the team lost Ryan Shazier to a spine injury, so Pittsburgh traded up to take the Michigan standout 10th overall and he quickly made an impression on his teammates during OTAs. Bush, who ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash at the combine, had 172 tackles, 18.5 tackles for losses, 10 sacks and an interception in 32 games in his three seasons with the Wolverines.Marquise Brown, WR, Ravens: The Ravens surprised many taking Brown with the No. 25 pick of the first round. The team doesn’t have the best history drafting receivers, and Lamar Jackson carried much of the offensive load last season as he ranked 30th in rushing yards, joining Cam Newton (49th) as the only quarterbacks in the top 50. Still, Brown proved to be a valuable — and speedy — weapon as Kyler Murray’s top target at Oklahoma, posting 75 catches for 1,318 and 10 touchdowns last season.Player spotlightEarl ThomasAfter spending the first nine seasons of his career in Seattle, Thomas is in for an adjustment in 2019 with the Ravens, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t up for the challenge.A key member of the “Legion of Boom” secondary and Seahawks defense that was among the NFL’s stingiest for most of a decade, Thomas brings a level of intensity, determination and leadership that the Ravens defense has arguably lacked since Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed’s retirement.Imagine what Thomas brings to a defense that ranked first in yards allowed in 2018. His fire was only fueled after he broke his leg last season, and he didn’t hide his middle-finger feelings from the Seahawks. The AFC North has been dominated by the Bengals, Ravens and Steelers for years, but this finally could be the year of the Browns.The division has a new look all around, as the Browns and Ravens made some big offseason signings, the Bengals added a new head coach for the first time in 17 years and the Steelers will prepare to play without their “Killer B” trio. NFL training camp 2019: AFC East preview
The Relame C2 (Review) is the company most affordable smartphone right now. Given Realme’s philosophy of delivering value smartphones, the Realme C2 offers a lot of impressive features at an entry-level starting price of Rs 5,999. The Realme C2 highlights a Dewdrop display, unique diamond-cut design, a large battery and is currently one of the most affordable phones you can get with Android Pie.The Realme C2 will be up for grabs in India today starting 12pm. The sale will take place on Flipkart and Realme.com. The Realme C2 has been priced starting at Rs 5,999 for the base model with 2GB + 16GB configuration, while the 3GB + 32GB variant is priced at Rs 7,999. The phone is available in Diamond Blue and Diamond Black colours.Realme C2 specificationsRealme’s latest entry-level smartphone sports a 6.1-inch HD+ Dewdrop display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 3 on top. The Realme C2 gets a plastic unibody panel on the back with a diamond-cut design in matt finish. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 chipset paired with up to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. As for the cameras, the Realme C1-successor offers a 13MP + 2MP dual camera setup on the back and a 5MP AI selfie camera. The Realme C2 houses a 4,000mAh battery and supports dual VoLTE. It also gets a triple card slot with a dedicated space of a microSD card. The Realme C2 supports face unlock and ships with Android Pie with ColorOS 6 on top.advertisementShould you buy the Realme C2?The Realme C2 is kind of a no-brainer at its entry-level pricing of Rs 5,999. There aren’t a lot of great options at this price point, so the Realme phone stands out quite well. It offers a solid build quality along with an attractive, unique and smudge-free diamond-cut back panel. The chipset is remarkably capable of running games like PUBG and Asphalt 9. We concluded our Realme C2 review by calling it an all-round experience at an entry-level price.That being said, there are some issues with the Realme C2 that cannot be avoided. The display offer poor brightness levels and the ColorOS software is quite cluttered, which may affect the performance of the phone in the long-run. If these issues don’t bother you much, the Realme C2 is an easy choice in this segment.ALSO READ | Realme C2 review: Great battery life, but display could have been better