Jamgrass legends Leftover Salmon brought their wares to San Francisco, CA last night, hitting the famed The Fillmore venue along their winter tour. The stop in San Francisco had a surprise visitor, however, as the band called upon Bill Kreutzmann to lend a hand on an appropriate Grateful Dead cover.Kreutzmann joined the fold for a great rendition of “Playing In The Band,” a hitting choice considering he was literally playing in the band. Check out a video of the performance below, courtesy of Benjy Eisen.Kreutzmann also played on “New Speedway Boogie” with Salmon, adding his drums to the celebratory performance. The show was also held on the 50th anniversary of the Human Be In, which took place in San Francisco, and the energy of that historic moment was felt by all in attendance.You can see the band’s video of “New Speedway” embedded below.[Cover photo via acidpalace // Instagram]
Michael Gbinije stole an errant Virginia pass, passed to Trevor Cooney and darted up the right sideline.As he moved past the Syracuse bench, almost every player, coach and manager left their chairs and when Cooney kicked to him in the corner most of the Carrier Dome stood, too. But Gbinije’s uncontested shot hit the front rim, back rim, then Evan Nolte’s hands on the other side of the basket.The stadium went from elated to deflated with a light flick of his wrist. The Cavaliers kept their 10-point lead and the Orange never got that close again.“I thought he got some good shots but he was 2-for-11,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “So you can either credit their defense or say he didn’t put the ball in the basket.”It looked to be a mix of both — Virginia’s pack-line man-to-man defense taking away Gbinije’s driving lanes while the forward struggled from the outside. Gbinije scored just eight points in 40 minutes of Syracuse’s (18-12, 9-8 Atlantic Coast) 59-47 loss to No. 2 Virginia (28-1, 16-1) on Monday night, making just two field goals while shooting 1-of-6 from 3.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGbinije’s slow night was the first time he’s scored fewer than 10 points since the Orange lost to Miami on Jan. 24, and it came after he shot 5-for-20 in a loss at Duke over the weekend.“They did a great job of helping and recovering,” Gbinije said of what Virginia did to slow him down. “Their rotations are on the money and individually they play good defensively one-on-one.”Boeheim decided to start B.J. Johnson over Kaleb Joseph for the first time this season, which made Gbinije the team’s stand-in starting point guard. Gbinije has handled the ball many times, often at length, this season, but said that doing so against UVA was a challenge.Cavaliers point guard London Perrantes said that Virginia wasn’t placing any special focus on any player but Rakeem Christmas. Still, UVA’s quick hedges on ball screens forced Gbinije away from the basket. And when he did penetrate, he converted on just 1-of-5 two-point shots.“I just tried to force my way in there to try and get a foul or something,” Gbinije said. “They took it away and we had decent looks on the arc and we just have to do a better job of hitting.”With 20 seconds left, Gbinije caught a pass from Chinonso Obokoh at the top of the key and knocked down the 3 he coveted all game. But this one wasn’t capable of swinging the momentum in the Orange’s direction, as UVA still held a 12-point lead and would coast to the finish from there.After the game, Boeheim said that Virginia was undoubtedly the second-best team in the country with the second-best defense — both behind No. 1, undefeated Kentucky.And the Cavaliers’ lockdown of Gbinije, who has been a viable scoring threat in ACC play, was hard evidence of Boeheim’s claim.“Virginia is the kind of team that is going to pick certain guys that they want to take out of the game,” SU assistant coach Mike Hopkins said. “I can’t say that that was the plan with Mike, but they were really hard on him tonight.” Comments Published on March 2, 2015 at 11:30 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+
Red Hughs Club News: U8 and U10 Over 100 children, accompanied by a large crowd of parents and grandparents, enjoyed some top quality football in the beautiful sunshine at Letterkenny Gaels on Saturday morning. The strength of underage football at both clubs was on show with Red Hughs and Letterkenny Gaels both fielded two very strong under 8 and two under 10 teams. All teams were very evenly matched and amazingly all eight games finished in score draws. The u8 and u10 teams involved a healthy mix of boys and girls which was very positive for girls’ football at both clubs. These football blitzes are part of the GAA Go Games series that will run during May and June. Red Hughs u8s and u10s will play against number of local clubs in a non-competitive fun environment over the next few months. The next Blitz is saturday morning against Naomh Colmcille. Times and venue to be confirmed. Training for U10’s only will take place on Thursday evening from 7 to 8pm. Thanks to all parents and coaches who helped out on Saturday morning.U15 BoysRed Hughs hosted the u15 og sport NRB finals on Saturday evening with a large crowd in attendance. Red Hughs competed well losing to eventual winners Urris who defeated St. Eunans in the final in a close game. The all county Og Sport finals will also be hosted by Red Hughs GAA. Date to be confirmed.Senior Men The senior men unfortunately lost 5:13 to 0:8 away to Na Rossa on Friday night. There next game is away to Robert Emmet’s this Saturday the 4th of June with throw in at 7:30. Please come out and support as this game is vital in the teams push for promotion.Donegal TicketsAnyone wishing to order tickets through the club for the Donegal v Fermanagh game , please note that orders will be taken in the clubhouse on Wednesday 1st June from 9pm to 9.30pm. The club have only received an allocation of 12 seated (stand) tickets. Terrace tickets may also be purchased through the usual outlets i.e. Supervalu, ticketmaster etc.,ScheduleAll pitch schedules and game day information can be found on the Red Hughs website: http://redhughsgaa.com/RED HUGHS FACE ROBERT EMMETS IN CRUNCH DIVISION FOUR CLASH was last modified: May 31st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAARED HUGHS.Sport
National Rifle Association public affairs director Andrew Arulanandam called the proposal’s defeat “a victory for freedom.” “It’s a stunning defeat for the global gun control movement. They poured millions of dollars and millions more man hours trying to enact this gun ban and they failed. The aim of this gun-ban movement was to use Brazil as the rallying point to enact gun bans in the United States. We’re happy they were defeated,” he said. But Rangel said there are few similarities between the situation in Brazil and in the U.S. “I think the reality is very different in the U.S., where there is a tradition of glorifying guns. That doesn’t exist here,” said Rangel. “The majority of people don’t have guns and don’t like guns. But what we have is a failed public security system and a police force that is highly contaminated by drug trafficking. People here don’t trust the police.” More than 120 million Brazilians cast ballots in Sunday’s voting. Voting is mandatory between 18 and 70, but Brazilians as young as 16 can vote. The president voted early in a public school in suburban Sao Paulo. He told reporters he voted in favor of the ban. If the referendum had passed, the sale of firearms and ammunition would have been prohibited except for police, the military, some security guards, gun collectors and sport shooters. It would complement a 2003 disarmament law that sharply restricts who can legally purchase firearms and carry guns in the street. According to UNESCO, Brazil ranks second in deaths by guns, with 21.72 per 100,000 people a year. Venezuela has 34.3 gun deaths per 100,000. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “They didn’t vote in favor of guns, they voted to protest the government and the lack of a national security policy,” said Antonio Rangel, coordinator of the gun control campaign at the Viva Rio think tank. “Two months ago we had 81 percent support for the ban; this shows that less than 20 percent of the population really believes in guns. The rest was protest.” Brazil has 100 million fewer citizens than the United States, but a staggering 25 percent more gun deaths – 40,000 a year. While both sides of the debate agree violence is high, opponents of the gun ban gained support in recent weeks by playing on Brazilians’ fears that police can’t protect them. “I don’t like people walking around armed on the street. But since all the bandits have guns, you need to have a gun at home,” said taxi driver Mohammed Osei, who voted against the ban. The combination of Brazil’s high gun-death rate and the nature of the debate over the right to gun ownership has drawn parallels to the gun debate in the United States. “Their whole campaign (against the ban) was imported from the United States. They just translated a lot of material from the NRA,” said Jessica Galeria, an American who researches gun violence with the Viva Rio think tank. RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Just two months ago, Brazilians seemed certain to approve a proposal to ban the sale of firearms across the nation. But after both sides were granted time to present their cases on prime-time television, the pro-gun lobby began to gain force, using tactics critics say it borrowed from the National Rifle Association in the United States and playing on fears among Brazilians that police cannot protect them. The ‘no’ side against gun controls scored a stunning victory in Sunday’s national referendum. With more than 92 percent of the votes counted, 64 percent opposed the ban and 36 percent supported it, election officials said. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva had favored the ban, aimed at stemming one of the world’s highest gun murder rates.
There are many ways to explain design in nature without having to get religious about it.If “evolutionary” is a useless word in science (5 Dec 2019), then what should biologists replace it with? How about design language?Actually, that is already happening frequently in science reporting. The whole field of biomimetics uses the language of engineering, and speaks of “design principles” in biological traits. Cell biologists speak of “molecular machines” freely. Many writers don’t even use the e-word evolution at all. So if scientists are hesitant about infusing theology into science, no worries. Just take the useless Darwinism out of it, and let the facts speak for themselves.It’s even possible to wax eloquent about design in science writing. When biologists are accustomed to speaking in specialized jargon among themselves, appropriate metaphors about esoteric processes can aid understanding for lay readers. A prime example showed up in a press release from North Carolina State University about the stem cells in roots. Mick Kulikowski titled his article, “‘Conductor’ Gene Found in Plant Root Stem Cell ‘Orchestra’.” The question before researchers was, how do stem cells in the roots know when to differentiate, and what to become? They found a highly choreographed process.Like an orchestra with its various component instruments working together to create beautiful music, plant root stem cells work within various networks to perform various functions. TCX2 ensures that these local networks communicate with each other, similar to an orchestra conductor making sure that horns, for example, don’t drown out the violins.The interdisciplinary research included molecular biology experiments in Arabadopsis thaliana, or mustard weed, as well as mathematical modeling and machine learning approaches to narrow down some 3,000 candidate genes to learn about the causal relationships between different root stem cell networks.Science should deal in causal relationships. Causation implies law-like behavior, as opposed to the Stuff Happens Law. It is perfectly appropriate when conveying esoteric processes, therefore, to describe them in terms of other relationships readers understand. Analogies are useful teaching tools, the Baloney Detector explains:Analogies, humor, visualization, quotations by authorities, and statistics, for instance, are valid parts of rhetoric (persuasive speech), and can be legitimate and helpful teaching aids. These only err as fallacies or become propagandistic to the extent they dodge the issue, obscure the truth, mislead or take the lazy way out of a debate.What would be propagandistic in the press release above would be to mislead readers into thinking that this highly coordinated system evolved by chance, or just “happened” without foresight or plan: for instance, drawing an analogy between root stem cell behavior and a dictionary resulting from an explosion in a print shop. People can visualize a conductor shushing the horns and encouraging the violins. If stem cells are managing expression of parts in a complex performance, the orchestra analogy fits. Other analogies can help as well:To validate the network prediction and mathematical modeling, the researchers took an experimental approach. They both overexpressed and knocked out the TCX2 gene and found that the timing of plant root stem cell division suffered. Sozzani and Natalie Clark, the paper’s first author and a former NC State biomathematics graduate student, likened this to the principle behind the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears – the porridge was acceptable only when its temperature was “just right.”The word “design” itself should not be avoided in scientific writing over worries about religion, creationism, or the Intelligent Design Movement. Scientists design experiments; they know all about planned investigations that require foresight and planning. If they see animals or plants or cells acting in ways that look designed, so be it. Say so.Readers are free to make philosophical or theological inferences on their own, without scientists having to nudge them away from common sense to suppose that orchestras could have emerged by chance.(Visited 96 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
South African author Peter Joyce has written an accessible history of South Africa, told through 100 unforgettable moments that shaped the country over centuries. It contains political events, milestones in technology, medical breakthroughs, culture, entertainment, palaeontology, sport, as well as a few humorous moments.(Image: Random House Struik) That famous handshake between former president Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar at the Rugby World Cup in 1995.(Image: Rugby World Cup) The cast of Mrs Ples, one of South Africa’s many famous fossil specimens of the hominid species Australopithecus africanus.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS• Kim TaylorPublicist, Random House Struik+27 21 460 5400RELATED ARTICLES• ConCourt art tells SA’s story • “The excitement never left us” • Maropeng top evotourism destination • The Iliad goes local Wilma den HartighSouth African author Peter Joyce has written an accessible history of South Africa, told through 100 unforgettable moments that shaped the country over centuries.Each entry in 100 Moments That Mattered: Events that Built South Africa is presented in a concise format and illustrated with beautiful photographs. Many people will recognise the iconic snapshots, such as the last farewell when former president Nelson Mandela stepped down; that handshake between the former statesman and Francois Pienaar at the Rugby World Cup in 1995, and the aerial photo of South Africans queuing to vote in the country’s first democratic elections.Anyone who is interested in popular history, general reference and the story of South Africa and its people will enjoy the book.But 100 Moments isn’t just an account of the country’s political past – it also contains milestones in technology, medical breakthroughs, culture, entertainment, palaeontology, sport, as well as a few humorous moments.Peter Joyce is a specialist history writer, but he’s also written numerous books about travel and wildlife. Among his books are the bestselling South Africa in the 20th Century and The Making of a Nation, and other titles such as 100 Memorable Sporting Moments; This is Namibia, a visual essay on the country, its peoples and wildlife and Discover South Africa – An Illustrated Traveller’s Companion.100 Moments That Mattered: Events that Built South Africa can be purchased online, for R190 (US$22), or at bookstores countrywide.Choosing a hundred momentsJoyce says it was difficult to decide what to include and which events to leave out. With great difficulty, the author along with his editor, Ronel Richter-Herbert and her colleagues carefully selected what is in the compilation today.“The trouble was, I knew there were some wonderful tales to tell from the pre-colonial era, but they simply weren’t recorded,” Joyce says, adding that up until the 1990s, under the apartheid government, many events seldom received any coverage at all.“My main difficulty was the need to include the most important events, which were sometimes dull and had to be presented in an interesting, or at least readable, way,” he explains.Joyce says he wrote 100 Moments because he loves the past in all its forms. “History is simply a collection of stories, sometimes enthralling ones, and on the assumption that most of us like a good story I’ve tried to tell a few,” he says.“It is the most human of stories. It tells us who we are, shows us the good, the bad, the brave, the timid, the clever, the stupid.”The good, the bad and the ugly, made accessibleThe book is divided into seven parts, and includes well-known events such as the Great Trek; the birth of Johannesburg; the 1918 Spanish flu outbreak which killed 140 000 people in seven weeks in South Africa; the apartheid years and events such as the defiance campaign, the Sharpeville massacre and Mandela’s release from prison.Joyce also included sporting events such as the 2010 Fifa World Cup and the Rugby World Cup for the unifying effect that they had on South Africans. There are also tributes to talented sportsmen such as cricket all-rounder Basil D’Oliveira and boxers Brian Mitchell and Baby Jake Matlala.There are also some unexpected entries, such as the story of Johannesburg’s Market Theatre, once the old ‘Indian’ fruit market which was transformed in the mid-1970s to give a platform to local actors, irrespective of skin colour, to perform to multiracial audiences.Music, art, culture and literature also feature prominently, with the story of Drum Magazine, and its role as a platform for a new generation of writers and photographers who changed the way black people were represented in society.“Things like music, literature, theatre and sport are just as important in shaping society as politics and warfare,” Joyce explains.“Township jazz brought joy to an otherwise pretty joyless situation and kept apathy at bay. And would we be as unified as we are if we hadn’t won the Rugby World Cup in 1995?”The book honours a range of iconic South Africans and foreigners who made an impact, including Mahatma Ghandi; Chris Barnard who completed the world’s first human heart transplant; renowned storyteller Herman Charles Bosman; activist and politician Sol Plaatjie, poet Eugéne Marais and Emily Hobhouse, a British welfare campaigner who spoke out about the appalling conditions of the British concentration camps in South Africa built for Boer women and children during the second Boer war.Joyce took care to ensure the book is balanced, including a mix of positive, negative and, of course, some humorous moments.One such entry is the tale of Jack the baboon. “I just had to slip him in,” Joyce says, explaining that story of the esteemed baboon is worthy of recording, not for its importance, but because it is quirky.James Wide, a local railway guard who worked on the Uitenhage line near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, lost his legs when a train ran over them in 1877. His was a lonely job, and Wide’s disability made it difficult for him to move around.One day he adopted an orphan chacma baboon, which he named Jack, as a companion. Later, Jack learned to control the train signal box and assisted Wide as a signalman. The beloved baboon was paid a wage in food, toys and some liquor. He died after 13 years of honourable service.History helps us to remember the pastJoyce hopes that the book will encourage a renewed interest in history among South Africans, particularly people who wouldn’t ordinarily read history.“The subject is losing ground all around the world and especially in Europe,” he says.“I believe history is vital part of shared knowledge, but one doesn’t want to say that people ‘should’ be interested. If a culture wants to abandon its heritage, it should be allowed to do so.”He believes history has the important task of reminding people about what happened in the past.“It comes back to that old chestnut – those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it,” he says. “Those who use the past as both an example and a cautionary tale can do a lot of good.”South Africa’s transition from an oppressive apartheid regime to a democratic country is one event that made a lasting impact on the world.“I wonder if the Northern Ireland crisis could have been so well resolved if people hadn’t drawn conclusions from Mandela’s statesmanship and those long and painful talks of the early 1990s.”
Dopingindian olympic associationInternational Standard for Laboratoriesioa First Published: August 23, 2019, 6:27 PM IST New Delhi: The suspension of National Dope Testing Laboratory’s accreditation by WADA will not only impact the cost and number of dope tests in the country but will also leave India’s anti-doping programme dependent on facilities abroad for at least six months.According to experts, India will also lose revenue from the testing of samples from neighbouring countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Other WADA-accredited laboratories in Asia are in Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, Doha and Bangkok. With a limited budget at its disposal, it will now be difficult for the National Anti-Doping Agency to increase the number of dope tests this year, with the Olympics just 11 months away.The NADA claimed it conducted more than 4348 dope tests in 2018-19, including 466 blood samples. This number is likely to reduce unless the ministry or the respective National Sports Federations bear the extra cost for testing outside.Sports Medicine expert PSM Chandran said the NDTL, which got WADA accreditation in 2008, has been one of the cheapest laboratories in the world for dope testing.”The NDTL, on an average charges USD 200 (Rs 14,340), if you want the result in a 10-day window. It is costlier in other laboratories, the London laboratory will charge 250 to 300 pound (Rs 21,845 to Rs 26,243) on an average for a 10-day window of the result. Sometimes, you want the result in 48 hours, then it costs more,” Chandran, who served as Sports Authority of India’s Director of Sports Medicine for 25 years, told PTI.”But there is room for negotiation and if the dope samples are more, there can be rebates or reduction in costs. India should be targeting laboratories nearer home like Bangkok which is probably slightly costlier than NDTL,” he added.But according to Chandran, the problem could be that laboratories outside the country may not accept large number of samples.”For example, say we want to send our samples in Bangkok but that particular lab may not be able to take in a large number of samples from India because it will have to test its own and for other countries also. Then, you have to send to other countries, say in Europe which are costlier.”So, you lose the freedom of testing athletes whenever necessary. You have to first find out where the samples can be sent,” he added.Chandran said NADA may go for target/select testing instead of bulk testing under the circumstances.Asked if there could be delays in dope results coming out, he said, “It depends and it will not necessarily lead to delays because of suspension of accreditation of the NDTL. If you pay more, the results of dope tests done abroad will come on time. It is all about money.”If a delay has to happen, it will happen. We have seen delays in dope cases in India earlier also,” he added.He also refused to speculate on the reason for suspension of NDTL’s accreditation.”NDTL has been up to the standards, that is why it was accredited by WADA for these many years. There must be reasons for the suspension of the accreditation. Now, it may have to do the necessary changes or improvements under the WADA.”WADA will again find out after six months whether necessary changes or improvements are made. Let us hope for the best,” he added. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
ST. LOUIS — Kolten Wong ended Game 2 of the NL Championship Series with a big swing for the St. Louis Cardinals.Now, they can only hope the season isn’t over for Yadier Molina.Wong hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the resilient Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Oct. 12, tying the best-of-seven series at one game apiece with their latest postseason power show.The Cardinals came back after losing Molina to a strained oblique muscle in the sixth. The All-Star catcher was getting further tests and Manager Mike Matheny said it “didn’t look real good.”“We’ll wait and see and right now we’ll just go ahead and keep celebrating a very tough, hard-fought win. I am real proud at how these guys kept coming,” Matheny said.St. Louis didn’t stay down too long, getting a home run each of the final three innings in a back-and-forth game.The series resumes Oct. 14 in San Francisco with John Lackey going for St. Louis and Tim Hudson starting for the Giants.“It was tough to see our backstop go down like that,” Matt Adams said. “We just kept grinding it the rest of the game.”Rookie pinch-hitter Oscar Taveras connected in the seventh to tie it, and Adams homered in the eighth for a 4-3 lead. San Francisco tied it in the ninth on a wild pitch by closer Trevor Rosenthal.St. Louis, last in the NL with 105 home runs during the regular season, has hit 11 homers in six playoff games — seven in the seventh inning or later. Earlier, Matt Carpenter connected for the fourth time this postseason.“It kind of got overshadowed there at the end, but man that was an exciting game,” Carpenter said. “That was a must-win for us, to do that in that fashion especially after giving up the lead in the ninth.”After the Giants tied it, Wong lined a pitch from Sergio Romo for his second big home run this postseason. The rookie’s seventh-inning drive was the decisive blow in Game 3 of the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.It was a rare postseason failure for the reliable San Francisco bullpen.“They are the reason we’re in this situation, and you give (the Cardinals) credit,” Manager Bruce Bochy said. “They threw out some good at-bats and we made a couple of mistakes and they took advantage of them.”The Giants made it 4-all when pinch-runner Matt Duffy dashed home from second base on a two-out wild pitch in the ninth. San Francisco wound up losing for just the second time in its last 14 postseason games.“It’s not a tough loss at all. I feel it was a great loss,” said Gregor Blanco, who had a tiebreaking hit in the seventh. “We battled to the last out, so I think it was a great win.”Seth Maness retired Pablo Sandoval on a comebacker with the bases loaded to end the top of the ninth, and got the win.Maness came on after Rosenthal couldn’t hold a one-run lead. Rosenthal’s pitch bounced off the glove off backup catcher Tony Cruz and Duffy, running on a full count, never broke stride and slid home with the tying run.Adams, whose three-run shot off Clayton Kershaw put St. Louis in front for good in its clinching playoff win over Dodgers, homered off Hunter Strickland.Blanco’s fourth postseason hit in 31 at-bats put the Giants up 3-2 in the seventh, but Taveras re-tied it in the bottom half with a homer off Jean Machi just inside the right-field foul pole.Carpenter hit a solo shot off Jake Peavy in the third. Randal Grichuk singled with the bases loaded in the fourth to make it 2-0.Peavy was taken out for a pinch hitter in the fifth and the Giants scored a run off Lance Lynn, then Hunter Pence’s single tied it in the sixth.(R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Brazilian coach Tite on Monday declined to pass judgment on the rape accusation made against the national soccer side’s star Neymar, whose denial of the incendiary allegations have landed him in fresh legal trouble.A woman accused Neymar of raping her at a Paris hotel last month, according to a police report seen by Reuters on Saturday.Tite said he preferred to leave the matter in the hands of investigators and await clarification, adding that he had always enjoyed a good relationship with the soccer star.I do not want to pre-judge, and I prefer to leave the matter to responsible people, he said at a news conference ahead of the upcoming Copa America tournament. We do not yet have the facts clarified and time will give those answers.Tite’s comments marked the first time anyone from Brazil’s Football Federation has addressed the explosive allegations.Sao Paulo state’s public security ministry released a statement confirming the accusation had been made, and said the investigation was still sealed, without giving further details.After news of the accusation surfaced, Neymar posted a long video to Instagram in which he denied all the accusations against him, said he was a victim of extortion, lamented the pain caused to him and his family, and shared WhatsApp messages with the alleged victim, including racy photos he had received.That led police in Rio de Janeiro to open a fresh investigation into whether he had committed a crime by posting the intimate pictures online.advertisementSpeaking with local TV on Monday, Neymar’s father defended the decision to publish the photos.Neymar needed to defend himself quickly, his father said. We didn’t have any choice. I prefer a cyber crime to a rape crime.Brazil are preparing for the Copa America – a tournament played by South America’s 10 national teams – plus invitees Japan and Qatar, kicking off on June 14.Neymar arrived at the camp on Sunday in his personal helicopter, but did not speak to reporters.Tite said the team’s focus was currently on preparing for Wednesday’s friendly with Qatar. He added that Neymar was still part of his plans.Technically Neymar is indispensable, but not irreplaceable, the coach said.Also Read | Police probe as Neymar uses social media against rape claimAlso Read | Brazil football star Neymar denies rape accusations in ParisAlso See