Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has revived calls for a winter break after England boss Roy Hodgson criticised club attitudes towards internationals. Press Association Hodgson has suggested current international breaks are not being treated seriously by some clubs because they use them as an opportunity to rest players. Hodgson’s remarks came after Rio Ferdinand controversially withdrew from the England squad for last month’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro. Mancini thinks such scenarios might not occur if players were given some time off during the winter. The Italian said: “I think in England you need to have a break in December for the national team because we play a lot of games. The moment that they decide to give players one week off in December it will be good for the teams and national team.” Hodgson is also concerned that City and Chelsea are travelling to the United States after their domestic season ends in May to play two friendlies against each other. Mancini is worried about the workload of his players, many of whom will have to report for international duty on return from America. He said: “It is incredible. These players don’t have the time to recover very well. When we finish the championship, we go for one week in New York and after they come back there are some players that play in the Confederations Cup and qualification for World Cup. I think that is incredible.” Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: “International football interferes with the clubs’ ambitions. Friendly games for a start. They have been doing it for the last decade, playing a friendly in the week before the season starts. Tell me the sense of that. “It doesn’t matter what way you look at it. Club managers are always in disagreement with international football, particularly in friendly situations. I have no issues at all about the competitive part. The players should always be available for the European Championship and the World Cup. But you can’t tell me that should apply itself in friendly games.” Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez said: “There are too many games in a season. I will not say international or what kind of games. Too many games, though. Reduce the number of games: simple.” QPR manager Harry Redknapp feels Hodgson does not have much of a case to argue when it comes to clubs resting players. “I don’t know what Roy is saying there,” he said. “International friendlies are quite often meaningless games.” Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has assured Hodgson he will have no problems with him resting players during international breaks. Hodgson said: “We have only got Steven Taylor, so he hasn’t really got to worry about us – and there’s no way I am going to be able to rest him. He would crawl to the England camp if he could.”
As an investigation into a 125-person Harvard University cheating scandal progresses, a national focus has been placed on concerns about widespread cheating and how to prevent it at universities across the country.At USC, administrators said they deal with cheating through the use of preventative software and academic consequences. Despite this deterrent, there have been 291 reported cases of academic dishonesty during the 2011-12 school year.The most common punishment for cheating is a grade of an ‘F’ in the course, regardless of whether the incident was premeditated or a lapse in judgment, according to Raquel Torres-Retana, the assistant dean of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards.The Harvard Crimson reported that nearly half of the 279 students enrolled in a government introductory course last spring are currently being investigated for “allegedly plagiarizing answers or inappropriately collaborating” on last spring’s take-home final exam.Daniel Mathews, a junior majoring in economics, said the cause of cheating could stem from the notion that students have more pressure to do well in school to make their future more secure.“It’s a risk-versus-reward analysis,” Mathews said. “Do the benefits of cheating and doing well on this paper outweigh the risk of getting caught? And for the people who do cheat, the answer is clearly yes.”Kimberly Su, a junior majoring in mathematics, echoed Matthews’ sentiment.“Now, everyone is so focused to get a decent job after you graduate and getting to the next part of their life,” Su said. “For some people, they think cheating gets them to that point.”The cheating scandal at Harvard has triggered awareness at universities across the country, causing schools to look for more stable safeguards against academic dishonesty.At USC’s Gould School of Law, Jane Chang Bright, the assistant director of student computing services, oversees the use of SofTest, a program designed to prevent students from cheating.“The software basically turns your computer into a typewriter, which brings about a secure exam mode. All of our exams are secured,” Chang Bright said. “All of the bar exams, the 42 states that use SofTest — those are all in secure mode. [Students] can’t get to the Internet, can’t get to their online notes, can’t open PDFs, can’t instant message with anybody.”The digital age has brought about new techniques for preventing cheating across campuses, according to Bright.“Now everything is done over the Internet: installations over the Internet, upload of exam files when [students] are done, everything,” Chang Bright said.
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