UPDATED: Feb. 12, 2018 at 11:53 p.m.One day during summer 2013, Annette Moyer got off the phone with a friend and thought: “X-rays? What X-rays?”Her friend, whose son played AAU basketball with her son, Matthew, had asked what the doctor had said. But Annette hadn’t been to the doctor’s with Matthew, and she didn’t know why her friend was asking. Matthew had come out to the car after a tournament was over with an ice pack on his right wrist, but Annette had seen so many players with so many ice packs over the years she figured it wasn’t a big deal.Now that she thought about it, though, it was odd Matthew had grabbed a few bags of frozen peas and went right upstairs to his room when they got home. Usually, he sat and talked for a little while. Annette learned Matthew had gone up for an alley-oop during the game and a defender had undercut him, and he had reached out his right hand to break the fall.The next day, Annette asked Matthew about his swollen hand, but he told her it felt fine. When the swelling didn’t stop shortly after, though, Annette made an executive decision for the high school freshman. X-rays revealed a broken wrist.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The team was more important to Matthew than Matthew’s health was important to Matthew,” Annette said.Now, she explained, Moyer finds himself in a similar situation.On Sunday, before the Wake Forest game, Moyer ruled himself out after consulting with his parents because of lingering pain from the high-ankle sprain sustained on Jan. 24 against Boston College. It’s unclear whether Moyer will be available on Wednesday at 9 p.m. for Syracuse’s (17-8, 6-6 Atlantic Coast) tip-off in the Carrier Dome with North Carolina State (16-9, 6-6). Part of the injury’s trickiness, Annette said, is that this is Moyer’s first high-ankle sprain.Moyer could not be reached for comment. Annette declined to specify a timeline for Moyer’s return because she thought that was best-addressed by the SU training staff. There was no update on his condition Monday evening, SU Athletics said.On the ACC teleconference earlier Monday afternoon, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, “He’s obviously injured. … Haven’t seen him today.”Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorMoyer practiced fully in contact drills on Monday and did not appear to be wearing anything to protect his ankle. Without Moyer, Syracuse has six players available who started this season with a scholarship and one of them, freshman center Bourama Sidibe, has also struggled to stay on the floor due to left-knee tendinitis.The timing of Moyer’s decision to sit seemed to frustrate Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, who noted in the postgame press conference that Moyer had practiced fully both of the two days prior and contributed against Louisville on Feb. 5 before sitting.“He can’t jump really off one leg, but I had bad ankles, you can jump off two,” Boeheim said. “His father came in and told him not to play and I don’t play someone when they don’t want to play. He said he was about 60 percent, which, I’ll take that. That helps us.”When asked about Boeheim’s comments, Annette said, “He’s the head coach, and we certainly respect that.”Not playing against Wake Forest cut short the seemingly miraculous recovery Moyer made to play two minutes on Jan. 31 at Georgia Tech. In the week since the injury, he only missed one game. Then in Atlanta, Boeheim and Tyus Battle, Moyer’s roommate, lauded Moyer’s diligence in the training room to return in one week after they thought the injury might cost Moyer four to six weeks.Annette heaped praise on the training staff — “They’re phenomenal, they’re incredible” — for even rehabbing Moyer to the point where he could play. Moyer has visited head trainer Brad Pike and his staff a lot, Annette said, sometimes between classes. The recovery impressed her because she had seen the picture of Moyer’s ankle looking like a bruised plum that was taken Jan. 27, the day Moyer sat out the game at Pittsburgh.Matthew Moyer’s foot on Jan. 27. Courtesy of Annette MoyerAnnette chalked up her son’s ability to play to a high pain tolerance. This summer, Annette said, Moyer returned home to have all four wisdom teeth pulled because she thought she would need to take care of him afterward. For the surgery, Moyer received anesthesia but stayed awake throughout and, after returning home, he stuffed his jaws with gauze and played basketball “for three hours.”Ultimately, though, Annette and Fred Moyer, Moyer’s father, figured their son had really downplayed the ankle pain when he missed an open layup at Louisville that normally, Annette thought, he would’ve finished.“That would’ve been a dunk,” she said. “All along, he’s been telling us that he’s in pain, but … we’re thinking that’s a part of the healing, because he’s like, ‘I’m good, I’m good.’ We’re like, ‘Are you sure?’ After that Louisville game, it’s like, he’s not OK.”She realized the broken wrist situation was playing out again.“Kids are going to (say they’re OK when they’re not) because they’re competitors,” she said. “They’re going to say whatever it’s going to take. Matthew knows (Syracuse is) short-handed right now, so he’s going to put his health secondary.”Even after the win at UofL, Moyer assured his parents he felt fine. But this time, they pushed back. After a discussion, Moyer acquiesced and decided he probably should give himself more time to heal. By the time Fred left home in Ohio for Syracuse on Saturday morning, Annette said, Moyer had agreed to sit. That didn’t lessen Moyer’s desire to play.“Matthew would play on (the ankle) for 40 minutes right now,” she said. “But what’s going to happen is, you keep pushing something like that and it’s going to get worse. It’s not going to get better, it’s got to heal.”When Moyer is out, Boeheim has a shorter bench. His teammates have less leeway with fouls. Moyer himself isn’t doing what he wants to the most. For all of them, Moyer playing cures those ills. Syracuse wants Moyer to play just as much as he does.“He’s going to do everything he can to get back out there,” Annette said.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Fred Moyer was misnamed. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Published on February 12, 2018 at 11:11 pm Contact Sam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+
Florent Malouda was Wednesday night turned into Chelsea’s latest £4million-a-year outcast – after being banished from any involvement with the Blues first team.Just months after similar treatment of Nicolas Anelka and Alex fanned the dressing room flames that helped bring down Andre Villas-Boas, former France skipper Malouda was told he must train with the youth team for the last year of his £80,000-per-week stay at Stamford Bridge.Malouda announced his internal exile on his Twitter feed, posting a picture of the under-21 block at the club’s Cobham base with the message: “This is where I’ll train for my last season with the Blues!!!”And last night Chelsea confirmed the 32-year-old had been told he has no place in Roberto Di Matteo’s thoughts for the rest of the season, despite being named in the club’s 25-man Premier League squad – he was omitted from their Champions League players – only on Tuesday.Chelsea insisted that Malouda – a £13.5million signing from Lyons by Jose Mourinho and who has scored 45 goals in 230 appearances – had been dumped because he wanted to leave the club.Potential moves back to Lyons and also Brazilian side Santos fell through over the midfielder’s personal terms, with Malouda reluctant to take a pay cut. Malouda, who signed a four-year deal in 2009, has consistently frustrated the Blues hierarchy with his contribution since the last few months of the Carlo Ancelotti era.But his high wages have prevented the club offloading him, with Chelsea unwilling to help sweeten any possible deal.Even so, the treatment of a seasoned international who played in the Champions League Final triumph over Bayern Munich runs the risk of upsetting the dressing room, as Villas-Boas’ decision to exile Anelka and Alex did last season.While Chelsea maintained the cases were different, the club were adamant in December that both Anelka, who went to Shanghai Shenhua, and Alex, who joined Ancelotti at Paris St Germain, had been cast aside because of their desire to quit Stamford Bridge.Di Matteo has revamped the squad over the summer, with Didier Drogba, Jose Bosingwa, Salomon Kalou, Michael Essien and Raul Meireles all leaving and Eden Hazard, Oscar, Cesar Azplilcueta, Victor Moses and Marko Marin all arriving. Malouda, though, looks like being lucratively-rewarded passenger until the transfer window reopens in January and while the majority of the Francophone block at the club have departed, Di Matteo’s decision could backfire if there is internal resentment at the treatment of the Frenchman.
MORE: NFL players testing mouth shields as COVID-19 precautionIn a tweet sent out Thursday afternoon, Texans star J.J. Watt revealed that the NFL Players Association doesn’t know how the league will handle COVID-19 testing, training camp procedures or the preseason schedule. Watt said he has been on four NFLPA calls in the past two weeks, and it seems players are understandably concerned about the lack of clarity.In the interest of having everyone on the same page in terms of what we know and don’t know at this time, here are a few things I’ve learned being on four NFLPA calls in the last two weeks with hundreds of other players.Keep in mind our rookies are scheduled to report in 48 hrs pic.twitter.com/wAH1XyQenf— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) July 16, 2020From Watt’s tweet:— We want to play— We want to be as safe as possible— We have not received a single valid IDER plan (Infections Disease Emergency Response) from any team or the league— We don’t know if there are preseason games or not— We don’t know if there will be daily testing, semi-daily testing, etc.— We don’t know how a potential positive COVID test would would affect contracts, roster spots, etc.— Nothing has been agreed upon regarding what training camp will actually look like and how the “ramp up” period will work— We want to playSome details of the NFL’s health and safety protocols have already leaked. For example, the NFL does intend to place players who have tested positive for COVID-19 on IR for three weeks, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, and those players will be paid. It has been more than four months since professional sports leagues suspended play over coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns in the United States. The timing worked out better for the NFL than any other league given its 2019 season ended in February.However, plenty of questions remain about the 2020 campaign, and NFL players are still searching for answers. But, as Watt noted, there are major issues that have not yet been addressed, and Chiefs and Texans rookies are supposed to report for training camp Saturday. It won’t be long before the veterans join them.The NFL has essentially made it known that players need to report to camp on time as contracted employees – and that’s been a fairly constant message. For now, it appears headed in that direction unless the NFLPA decides to take a harder stance.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) July 16, 2020Players remain wary about how camp will look when it opens. One consideration being discussed: 7-week schedule that includes 3 weeks of 20 players at a time with cleanings in between… 2 weeks that will essentially look like OTAs… then two weeks of padded practices with hitting.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) July 16, 2020NFL owners are scheduled to have a call Friday, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, so perhaps that conversation will cover the important points players such as Watt have brought up.It’s more likely that these problems will persist beyond this week, though. Expect additional discussions between the NFL and NFLPA in the near future — and much more consternation.
DES MOINES — Democratic candidate Julian Castro, a former San Antonio mayor, has been criticizing the role Iowa and New Hampshire play in the presidential nominating process. He’s planning a town hall forum next Tuesday in Des Moines to discuss the issue.“There’s no reason that Iowa and New Hampshire that hardly have any black people or people of color should always go first,” Castro said during a conference call with reporters yesterday.New Jersey Senator Cory Booker told Iowans yesterday that if he fails to get enough support in qualifying polls, there will be a billionaire on the stage for the televised debate later this month, but no black candidate since with California Senator Kamala Harris dropped out of the race this week. Castro hasn’t qualified for the debate either“My concern is not the presence of any one candidate on the debate stage only,” Castro said yesterday. “We need to change the whole game.”Castro is not a fan of the caucus process.“There’s no reason that a caucus system that makes it harder for working people and people with disabilities to participate should be what we begin with,” Castro said. “We need to work to reform how we elect a president in the first place.”Later today, Castro is among the candidates who will participate in a forum in Waterloo that’s sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The Iowa Farmers Union is hosting a forum in Grinnell this afternoon where several candidates will speak.