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The 29-year-old moves to the King Power Stadium for an undisclosed fee. He becomes the Foxes’ third summer signing after Robert Huth and Christian Fuchs. Okazaki has signed a four-year deal. He has scored 43 goals in 93 games for Japan and struck nine times in the Bundesliga for Mainz last season. Okazaki told lcfc.com: “I am very happy to be here. To play in the Premier League is my dream and I will make every effort to help the team here at Leicester City. “I will do my best to show how I can play and try to make a lot of goals for the supporters. “I watched every match (last season) in the Premier League not all of them are easy. There were hard games. “In the last few games the crowd were great and the players responded. It was an amazing result at the end of the season.” Press Association Leicester have announced the signing of Japanese striker Shinji Okazaki from Mainz, subject to a work permit and international clearance.
— Fans will be allowed in the stadiums when the Russian soccer league restarts next month. Spectators will be allowed to attend matches if they don’t exceed 10% of the stadium’s capacity. The Russian league previously announced it would resume games on June 21. There’s no word on what regulations would apply to the fans allowed into Russian stadiums or how the limited number of tickets would be allocated.NFL-NEWSHyde signs with Seahawks, Apple goes to PanthersUNDATED (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have added another option at running back by signing veteran Carlos Hyde to a one-year.Hyde is coming off the best season of his career after rushing for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns with Houston. It was his first 1,000-yard NFL campaign. Williams has struggled in recent years. It finished in last place in the constructors’ standings in 2018 and ’19.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Also approved was the competition committee’s recommendation to expand defenseless player protection to a kickoff or punt returner who is in possession of the ball but has not had time to avoid or ward off contact of an opponent.Another approved recommendation stops teams from manipulating the game clock by committing multiple dead-ball fouls while the clock is running. That’s an issue that came up several times in 2019, including during the postseason.Using video replay for pass interference calls was dropped after a one-year experiment that led to more uncertainty than clarity.A proposal to have a booth judge serve as an eighth official on each crew was tabled.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS — Italy’s top soccer league will resume on June 20. Italy’s sports minister gave Serie A the green light to resume after a meeting with Italian soccer authorities on Thursday. A medical protocol for matches was approved by a technical scientific committee earlier.— The Hungarian soccer federation says matches in the country can once again be held with spectators in the stadiums. The announcement comes on the back of a government decree allowing the option. Organizers are obliged to keep three seats empty between each occupied seat and no fan may sit directly behind or in front of another.— Elite sports made a comeback in Australia for the first time since March 22 as the Parramatta Eels beat the Brisbane Broncos 34-6 in the National Rugby League Thursday. No fans were allowed into the 52,500-seat stadium in Brisbane because of strict social distancing rules but the game was broadcast across Australia.— The European Tour is planning to resume its season close to home. The tour says it has targeted the British Masters in England on July 22 as the restart. That would be followed by five new tournaments in England and Wales that will be called the “U.K. Swing.” The new events will have a prize fund of 1 million euros. European Tour chief Keith Pelley says the plans depend on the U.K. lifting quarantine restrictions, but he’s confident that will happen.— The Dutch Grand Prix has become the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the pandemic. Organizers of the first Dutch GP since 1985 chose not to host it without spectators. F1 wants to start the season in July with no spectators at races. F1-WILLIAMS-FOR SALEWilliams considers full sale of struggling Formula 1 teamOXFORD, England (AP) —Williams is considering selling its storied Formula One team.The Williams Grand Prix Holdings group says it is looking at a range of options as part of a “new strategic direction.” That includes selling a minority or majority stake and even “a potential sale of the whole company.”The group is in preliminary discussions with some parties regarding a potential investment in the company. Williams was founded in 1966 and is the third most successful team in the sport with nine constructors’ titles and seven drivers’ titles. May 29, 2020 Coach Chris Beard said McClung had officially signed with the Red Raiders.The junior had put his name in the transfer portal after removing it from consideration from the NBA draft. McClung led the Hoyas with 15.7 points a game last season, while also averaging 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists.NBA-WILLIAMSON-SUITWilliamson attorneys looking to block suitMIAMI (AP) — Attorneys for NBA rookie Zion Williamson are seeking to block his former marketing agent’s effort to have the ex-Duke star answer questions about whether he received improper benefits before playing for the Blue Devils. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-CHARLOTTEElliott gets first Cup win of seasonCONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Chase Elliott was able to celebrate a victory that capped a very busy stretch for NASCAR. Hyde’s addition is a significant move after leading rusher Chris Carson suffered a significant hip injury late last season. Coach Pete Carroll has indicated Carson should be healthy for the season.In other NFL news:— The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Eli Apple after losing free agent James Bradberry to the Giants. Apple has started 48 games during four NFL seasons but has never lived up to the billing of being the 10th overall selection in the 2016 draft out of Ohio State. He recorded 58 tackles and one forced fumble while starting 15 games for the Saints last season.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-GEORGIA-DANIELSGeorgia gets USC transfer Daniels NFL owners table onside kick alternative proposalUNDATED (AP) — NFL owners approved several rules on Thursday without accepting an alternative to the onside kick.Owners have tabled a proposal that would have offered a fourth-and-15 play as an alternative to the onside kick. Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay said there were more clubs receptive to the onside kick alternative than in the past and it will be further explored and likely brought up again.Owners approved testing expanded use of video replay in the preseason to aid in officiating, and they also increased the number of players who may be designated for return from the injured list during a season from two to three.The owners voted to make permanent the expansion of automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any successful or unsuccessful extra points. In a Florida court filing last week, Williamson’s attorneys say those questions are “nothing more than a fishing expedition aimed at tarnishing Williamson’s reputation.” They added the accusations are designed to “maximize potential embarrassment and media coverage in an attempt to improperly gain settlement leverage.”TRANSGENDER ATHLETES-HIGH SCHOOLConnecticut transgender policy found to violate Title NineHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has found a Connecticut policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports is illegal. The office says the policy violates Title IX, the federal civil rights law guarantees equal education opportunities for women, including in athletics.The ruling comes in response to a complaint filed last year by several female track athletes, who argued that two transgender runners who were identified as male at birth had an unfair physical advantage. The dispute also is the subject of a federal lawsuit. Update on the latest sports — Live horse racing is slated to resume in Maryland this weekend with a three-day session at Laurel Park, which will remain closed to the general public. The Maryland Jockey Club says it has received approval from the Maryland Racing Commission to launch its Summer 2020 meet with live racing on Saturday, but fans are forbidden from entering the track until clearance is received from the state. All races on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be streamed live on the Laurel Park website.— Texas will soon allow outdoor pro sports events to have spectators, but their numbers will be strictly limited. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has revised a decision to let pro sports leagues host events without fans starting in June as part of the states’ move to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. Abbott’s new order allows outdoor stadiums to host fans up to 25 percent of their normal capacity. Leagues will have to apply to state health officials to be allowed to have fans. Indoor events will still be without spectators.— Major League Soccer gave its teams the go-ahead to begin small voluntary group training sessions outdoors, the next step in the league’s effort to return to action. The group sessions must comply with local public health and government restrictions. Teams must submit club-specific plans to the league for the sessions. A maximum of six players may be assigned to a single group. All other health and safety measures required when MLS teams began individual training must still be maintained. A league-wide moratorium on full team training remains in effect through next Monday.— The English Premier League plans to restart on June 17 after a 100-day shutdown with new staggered kickoffs to maximize broadcast slots as fans are prevented from attending games. The clubs agreed Thursday that the competition should resume with a Wednesday night doubleheader featuring Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United. After those makeup games are played, the 30th round will start on Friday, June 19 provided authorities approve safety plans.— Three players from English soccer clubs Blackburn and Fulham have tested positive for the coronavirus. Blackburn says captain Elliott Bennett was found to be infected with COVID-19 after testing negative last Friday. Bennett says he doesn’t “feel unwell” and doesn’t have any symptoms. Fulham says two players tested positive but did not name them Elliott reeled in Kevin Harvick with 27 laps remaining and closed out the win at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Elliott was charging hard on Harvick with about 35 laps remaining when he asked if he had enough fuel to make it to the finish. He stayed on the track and came away with his first Cup win of the season.Elliott shook off a pair of tough losses to finish about 2.2 seconds ahead of runner-up Denny Hamlin. Ryan Blaney was third, followed by Ricky Stenhouse and Kurt Busch.The rain-delayed event closed a frantic 12-day stretch that featured four Cup races, two each in North and South Carolina.Elliott’s victory was the first for a Chevrolet driver in NASCAR’s return to Cup racing since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the sport.NFL-RULE CHANGES Associated Press — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hopeful that coaches will be able to return to their team facilities by next week. Goodell also said during today’s owners conference call that the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. NFL executive vice president of communications, public affairs and policy Jeff Miller said the league’s first consideration is of course the health and safety of the public and the players and the employees and the people who will be participating.— Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says racing will be allowed to resume in the state without spectators. The governor says NASCAR will race at Martinsville Speedway on June 10, and that other forms of auto racing and horse racing also are cleared to resume. NASCAR was originally scheduled to make its first of two stops at Martinsville in early May, but the event was postponed because of the outbreak.— The John Deere Classic is canceling what would have been its 50th straight anniversary as a PGA Tour event. Tournament director Clair Peterson says there were too many hurdles to overcome from the pandemic. The John Deere would have been the fifth PGA Tour event on the revised schedule. The tour had said the first month would be played without fans, leaving it possible for the Deere to have them.— Sports agent Scott Boras is recommending that his clients refuse Major League Baseball’s attempt to cut salaries during negotiations with the players’ association. He is claiming that team financial issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic have their origin in management debt financing. Boras wrote in an email obtained by The Associated Press that players should not alter terms of the March 26 agreement between MLB and the union that called for players to reduce their salaries to a prorated rate based on a shortened season. MLB on Tuesday proposed a series of tiered reductions that would cause top stars to receive the biggest cuts.— At least 10 major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they’ll continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseball’s policy guaranteeing those players $400 per week. The San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins and Seattle Mariners are promising payments through August. The Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles have pledged to do so through at least June. The White Sox are even providing those stipends to 25 minor league players recently released. Boston marathon canceledUNDATED (AP) — Organizers have canceled the Boston Marathon for the first time in its 124-year history due to social distancing requirements of the coronavirus outbreak.The race had endured through two World Wars, a volcanic eruption and a previous pandemic. The race draws a field of 30,000 and already had been postponed from April 20 to Sept. 14. It will be replaced by a virtual event in which participants who verify that they ran 26.2 miles on their own will receive their finisher’s medal.The Boston Marathon began in 1897 and has been the longest-running annual marathon in the world.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic: ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has picked up another high-profile transfer to compete for its starting quarterback job, landing former Southern California starter JT Daniels.Daniels started for the Trojans in 2018 but lost his job to Kedon Slovis last season after going down with a knee injury. Daniels will battle for playing time with graduate transfer Jamie Newman, who left Wake Forest to play his final college season with a program that has been a consistent national contender under coach Kirby Smart.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TEXAS TECH-McCLUNGMcClung transferring to Texas TechLUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Former Georgetown guard Mac McClung will play at Texas Tech after Davide Moretti’s departure from the Red Raiders to play professionally at home in Italy.
Submit Virtual Grand National success sees bookmakers donate over £2.6m to NHS Charities April 6, 2020 Russell Colvin joins FSB as retail lead June 9, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Related Articles George Fotopoulos, Vermantia: The future for retail betting April 30, 2020 Following a record-breaking Grand National weekend for self-service betting terminals (SSBTs) from Playtech BGT Sports (PBS), which saw bets placed more than double over last year, the company’s Senior Commercial Director Lee Drabwell explains the reasoning behind their surging customer popularity…SBC: SSBTs are proving to be increasingly popular with horseracing customers, why do you think this is the case? LD: We are finding that an increasing number of customers, both old and new, are enjoying horseracing on our SSBTs. Having good quality data at their fingertips and a quick transaction means they don’t have to worry about queues or missing the start of the race, which is always an advantage. We’re also finding that our SSBTs are drawing in a far broader customer base to betting shops than ever before, especially for those frustrated by the online experience and looking for a new way to bet but unlikely to want to do so over the counter. Our SSBTs bridge this gap, not only by providing shop customers with the digitised betting process they are accustomed to, but also via a dual screen user interface that is exclusively integrated with the Racing Post and all its unique data and betting insights – offering a betting experience that is unmatched anywhere else, both online and offline. SBC: How do you attract a younger adult audience to bet in-shop and tempt them off their mobile devices?LD: SSBTs allow the younger, digitally savvy customer to study the form, choose their selection and place a bet all whilst stood in front of an interactive 22-inch screen, rather than their 4-inch smart phone. Our terminals provide the digital experience associated with online, in a retail shop with the ability to place a full range of bets whilst using cash or card. For most online customers, betting on their personal devices is a solitary activity, whether for racing or other sports, and the chance to have that same experience in-shop, while enjoying the shared experience of a live racing event is hard to beat. SBC: How does the Grand National compare with Cheltenham, where the excitement is more spread over the entire week? LD: I think Cheltenham served as a great primer for the Grand National. Both are more than a century old and are easily among the most popular fixtures in the annual racing calendar. In general, we are seeing far more betting on horse racing than ever before, and while our retail partners have their own methods of marketing the big race, our SSBTs are certainly generating a lot of the interest off their own accord. Every horseracing event on the calendar is seeing even greater numbers of bets placed on SSBTs, and this continued success is in turn bringing more customers into retail shops specifically to use our SBBTs and all the sports betting products available on them. SBC: Is that something you prepare for in terms of terminal capacity, betting markets, promotions etc?LD: Not at all. Our SSBTs are specifically designed to handle a high volume of transactions at the most demanding of times, as well as being fast, convenient and easy to use.When it comes to managing the rush of punters drawn in by the excitement of the Grand National, our Racing Post features more than provides for this – it enables easy navigation for customers both old and new – allowing bets to be placed quickly and with ease. SBC: Is there anything you’ve learned from previous high betting volume periods that you’re looking to apply for future events? LD: We’re always looking for ways to innovate around our SSBTs in order to ensure we can offer our retail partners higher customer engagement and revenues. One of the best advantages SSBTs have is that they’re faster and more convenient than over the counter. We want to make sure it stays that way even during high betting volume periods. Whether that be with cash or via our new contactless payment functionality being trialled by Paddy Power, our aim is to ensure that the time spent processing a transaction is short as possible, which is especially valuable when the start of the race may only be seconds away.
The doubleheader day begins at 2:30 p.m. with the Castlegar Dam City Rollers hosting the Tournament City Derby Dolls of Kamloops.The feature match between the Kannibelles and Spokannibals follows at 4:30 p.m.The Kannibelles, a collection of players from the five West Kootenay Roller Derby League teams from Trail/Rossland, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan Valley and Castlegar, are fresh from winning the Spokarnage tournament last month in the Lilac City. Kootenay defeated the Sockit Wenches from Seattle 202-118 to take the tournament along with the $700 first prize.During Saturday’s doubleheader West Kootenay Roller Derby will be partnering with The Castlegar Community Harvest Food Bank.The goal is to fill the Food Bank so organizers urge fans to bring a non-perishable food items to the bout and receive a $5 discount on admission. It’s an All-Star afternoon as the Kootenay Kannibelles battle the Spokannibals of Spokane in West Kootenay Roller Derby Exhibition action Saturday afternoon at the Selkirk College Gymnasium in Castlegar.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Adding carbon dioxide gas to water, a process similar to making carbonated soda water, could help control the movement and behavior of invasive carp in the Great Lakes basin, according to a recent study.“This study demonstrates the ability of carbon dioxide to act as a non-physical barrier on a large scale,” said Cory Suski, University of Illinois researcher. “ Work on this topic to date has primarily been performed in small, laboratory studies, and so this work showed the potential for CO2 to be effective at larger scales more relevant to field applications.”Bighead carp and silver carp are species of invasive Asian carp that threaten the Great Lakes. Scientists with the University of Illinois and U.S. Geological Survey tested the effectiveness of infusing water with recycled CO2 gas to discourage the movement of bighead and silver carp. Both carp species avoided CO2-infused water in a research pond at the USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse, Wis.“These fish responses provide evidence that CO2 could be used as a tool to deter the movement of bighead and silver carp,” said Michael Donaldson, a U of I researcher and the study’s lead author. “The results are encouraging because there is a need for additional methods to prevent the entry of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.”The scientists gradually added light plumes of CO2 gas to one end of the USGS test pond. They monitored the behavior of individual bighead and silver carp, as well as the behavior of native fish species such as bigmouth buffalo, channel catfish, paddlefish, and yellow perch before, during, and after the addition of CO2.The findings include:• Each fish species except for paddlefish avoided the areas of the pond with CO2-infused water.• Certain bighead and silver carp movements slowed down after CO2 was injected.• Bighead carp used a smaller area of the pond furthest from the injection sites after CO2 was added.“Further tests are needed before CO2 can be used in Asian carp management,” said Jon Amberg, a USGS scientist and co-author of the study. “Understanding the effects of long-term, elevated CO2 exposure on fish and other organisms can help assess its risks to native species.”The next research step is to test the usefulness of CO2 gas in controlling bigheaded carp movement in a natural river. Non-native Asian carp have the potential to damage ecosystems in the Great Lakes basin by competing with native fish and mussels for food. Large silver carp are also hazardous to boaters because they can leap up to 10 feet out of the water when startled.“Carbon dioxide as a tool to deter the movement of invasive Bigheaded Carps” co-authored by Michael Donaldson, Shivani Adhikari, Adam Wright , and Cory Suski from U of I; and Jon Amberg, Aaron Cupp, Nathan Jensen, Mark Gaikowski, and Jason Romine from the U.S. Geological Survey. The study is published in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society and is available online.The study was supported by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources through funds provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
You and your friends want to go on a trip, you know that you each have $1,000 to spend, eight glorious days of freedom, and a serious case of wanderlust. How do you figure out what to do where in the budget you have? You might do a ton of research and come up with something or you might go look at some package travel deals at your local travel agent. Now, you can plug all of these variables into Wanderfly and see what comes out on the other end.Wanderfly, which raised a million bucks earlier this month, asks you where you’re leaving from, how much you want to spend, how much time you have, when you’re looking to travel and what type of activities you’re interested in and spits out some solutions. It not only shows you a potential destination and activity, but also suggested flights, hotels and even restaurants in the area. Check it out: The company, which has now served more than a half million trips in 200 countries, says that the website is just the beginning and that it has a bunch in store for 2011. According to Wanderfly co-founder Christy Liu, the company has five areas it plans on focusing on in year ahead. The Wanderfly team just started last week working on a social travel solution, bringing tools to help friends organize trips together – “a real pain point right now in travel,” according to Liu. Liu called this Wanderfly 2.0 and said we could expect the first version to roll out some time early in March. Beyond social travel (which is certainly a big realm), Liu said they plan on expanding the database of destinations and the attributes associated with each, launching an “expert program” that will feature bloggers and travel writers, platform partners and, possibly most importantly, a mobile app that we could expect to see in the second half of 2011.From what Liu said, it sounds like Wanderfly has a number of big partnerships in the works and we’ll be keeping an eye out for this company in the mobile travel space in the year ahead. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market mike melanson Tags:#Product Reviews#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts
USC.USC has decided to troll Alabama ahead of its season-opening game against the No. 1 team in the country. It’s a bold move.The Trojans are selling “Roll Tears Roll” shirts in their bookstore in anticipation of the non-conference tilt against the Crimson Tide.Here’s the shirt:The USC Bookstore decided it was a good idea to troll Alabama. https://t.co/NqabqBrgTJ pic.twitter.com/EwZW8DAteI— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) August 18, 2016From ESPN:The USC Bookstore — the actual bookstore, not a group of students — didn’t learn from their mistake.On sale, both online and in person, in anticipation of USC’s Sept. 3 opener in Arlington, Texas, against defending national champion Alabama, are cardinal-and-gold shirts that read: “Roll Tears Roll.”The shirts are reportedly on-sale for $19.95 and “going fast.” USC and Alabama are set to play at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sept. 3. The game will kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on ABC.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended names of five judges for appointment as Chief Justices in Rajasthan, Kerala, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh High Courts.The five names are — Delhi High Court Judge Justice S Ravindra Bhat, Kerala High Court Judge Justice P R Ramachandra Menon, Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Justice A K Mittal, Allahabad High Court Judge Justice Vikram Nath and Bombay High Court Judge Justice A S Oka. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Collegium recommended the appointment of Justice Bhat after noting that the office of the Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court has fallen vacant after the recent transfer of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog to Bombay High Court. “Therefore, appointment to that office is required to be made. Justice S Ravindra Bhat is the senior-most Judge from Delhi High Court and is functioning in that High Court since his elevation. Having regard to all relevant factors, the Collegium finds Justice S Ravindra Bhat suitable in all respects for being appointed as Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court. The Collegium resolves to recommend accordingly. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”While making the above recommendation, the Collegium is conscious of the fact that consequent upon the proposed appointment, there will be three Chief Justices from Delhi High Court, which has the special distinction of being the High Court for the national capital,” the Collegium said. It also recommended appointment of Justice Menon noting that the office of the Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court has fallen vacant recently after resignation of Justice A K Tripathi, Chief Justice of the High Court. The Collegium said it finds Justice Menon suitable in all respects for being appointed as Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court and “consequent upon the proposed appointment, there will be two Chief Justices from Kerala High Court”. On Justice Mittal, it noted that office of the Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court would be falling vacant shortly after retirement of Justice M Y Mir, Chief Justice of that High Court. “Having regard to all relevant factors, the Collegium finds Justice A K Mittal suitable in all respects for being appointed as Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court,” it said. Following the proposed appointment there will be “two Chief Justices from the Punjab & Haryana High Court, which serves two States and is the third largest High Court in the country, with sanctioned strength of 85 Judges”, the Collegium said. On Justice Nath, it said that office of the Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court which has recently been constituted as separate High Court for the State of Andhra Pradesh, has been lying vacant right from the day of its inception.
Olympic sprinter Sanya Richards-Ross didn’t have much trouble beating the competition on the track in London.The American 400-meter dash gold medalist has put the International Olympic Committee in her sights next.Richards-Ross wants to help bring an end to Rule 40, an IOC statute that limits how athletes can promote their sponsors.The rule prohibits Olympians from specifically mentioning their sponsors by name or adding additional logos to their apparel when they compete. The Olympics offer no prize money for athletes reaching a final, and makes sure athlete even restrict their Twitter posts during competition to avoid mentioning the brand names of their corporate supporters.Richards-Ross, whose husband is Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Aaron Ross, said the rule is antiquated and in need of changing.“If more athletes would speak up about it,” she said, “there would be more attention put on it. At the end of the day, it’s exploitation, and when people hear the facts, they’ll be outraged just like we athletes are. I think every movement needs a couple of people to stand up for it.“The Olympic reality has changed.”Olympic officials have long contended that their exclusive partnerships with sponsors have helped support the Games and allowed them to finance programs that give money to athletes in need worldwide.“It’s certainly something the vast majority of athletes tell us they appreciate,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said.But athletes like Ross-Richards argue that the days of Olympic athletes being amateurs has past, and that profits from the Games have not trickled down to all athletes. The costs of training are high, the athletes insist, and the rules restrict their opportunities to cultivate private sponsorships to finance their profession.“It’s absurd,” said American middle-distance runner Nick Symmonds, one of the earliest critics of Rule 40 who counts Nike among his sponsors.“I understand that the IOC needs revenue, but I don’t see how an athlete having a sponsor detracts from that. I want to share the space.”Ross-Richards, who also anchored the American gold medal-winning 4×400 relay team, is the most high-profile athlete yet to speak out about the issue.But U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Patrick Sandusky said that 40 percent of his organization’s budget came from its corporate sponsors. He predicted a decline in that support if the USOC could no longer provide exclusive rights to those companies.Supporter say opposition to Rule 40 stems from agents who have a financial interest in securing more deals for their clients.Richards-Ross balked at the suggestion.“This is athlete-driven,” she said.