Goepper charged with criminal mischief; takes responsibility

first_imgLAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – Olympic medalist Nick Goepper is owning up to a mistake.Prosecutors are charging Goepper with one count of criminal mischief in connection to an incident on August 8.Goepper allegedly suffered an anxiety attack and committed several acts of vandalism at Hidden Valley Lake.Court documents show the skier vandalized eight vehicles causing over $8,000 in damage.The investigation had no suspects, but Goepper and his family came forward to accept responsibility. Goepper paid all restitution and apologized to the victims, as well as the sheriff’s department.Dearborn County prosecutors have entered into a diversion agreement which results in the dismissal of the charge after one year as long as Goepper does not commit any further criminal offense.“This case had no suspects at the time that Nick Goepper came forward and admitted to his actions. If Nick Goepper had not cooperated, these victims would not have been made whole and the crime would be unsolved. The fact that he came forward speaks to the tremendous character of Nick Goepper and his family,” stated Dearborn-Ohio Prosecutor Aaron Negangard.“We hope that Nick is able to put this behind him and continues to have great success.”last_img read more

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New promoter finds ‘hidden gem’ in 34 Raceway

first_imgWEST BURLINGTON, Iowa –Bradley Stevens will be in charge of weekly programs at a track he likens to “a hidden gem.”Stevens has purchased 34 Raceway from Jeff and Amy Laue. IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and newly-sanctioned Mach-1 Sport Compacts run Saturday nights at the Southeast Iowa speedplant.The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season begins April 7 and continues through Sept. 29 at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.“This track ranks right up there with the best tracks in the Midwest. It’s a hidden gem – there are still people who don’t realize what we’ve got here,” said Stevens, whose purchase of the track began with a casual conversation with the Laues and was encouraged by significant other Jessi Mynatt. “We’re just going to tweak some things.”“We’re going to do everything we can to get families to the track,” he emphasized. “We’re going to be real keen on prices with a family pack deal and we’ll run four classes every week and two others every other week. We won’t have an intermission unless we absolutely need one so we can run a smooth show and get everybody home at a decent time.”Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern SportMods and non-sanctioned 305 sprint cars are on weekly programs at 34. Sport Compacts and mod-lites will alternate Saturdays while a local truck class follows a limited schedule, usually in conjunction with special events.34 has sanctioned the Modified and Stock Car divisions with IMCA since 2006, the Northern SportMods since 2011. Features paying $1,000 to win for each IMCA division will be scheduled, with the Modified race a qualifying event for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.“It was important for me to sanction with an organization with a good set of rules that were right there in black and white,” Stevens said. “What really sold me on IMCA is that they are well-run and well-organized. Everyone there is very professional and that made the transition very easy for me.”Stevens raced a go-kart before crewing for different Late Models drivers, the first of them being friend Brenton Slocum, and had promoted the annual special event held in Slocum’s memory since its inception.He founded the Brent Slocum Foundation, which has awarded some $50,000 in scholarships to area high school graduates.Touring IMCA Late Models are at West Burlington for the 50th time in Deery Brothers Summer Series history on July 3. Fireworks will follow the pre-holiday show.“Deery Brothers has done so much for this series. It’s a fantastic series and it’s been around forever. Series like this don’t stick around if they’re not good,” Stevens said. “It means a lot to us that 34 Raceway has held more series races than any other track.”34 will also partner with the Slocum Foundation in the Aug. 4 High 5 For Kids Night.“Getting more kids interested in racing will help the sport grow,” explained Stevens. “We want them to be able to come over and meet the drivers, sit in John Oliver’s car, talk to Bill Roberts and have their picture taken with Dennis LaVeine.”Fans will get their first look at 2018 rides during the indoor car show at Deery Brothers in West Burlington from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on March 18. An open practice will be held March 24.Modified points earned at 34 figure in IMCA’s Side Biter Chassis North Central Region, Stock Car points in the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region.last_img read more

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Dusautoir: Sexton is not a target

first_imgFrance captain Thierry Dusautoir has attempted to downplay Les Bleus’ determination to single out fit-again Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton in Dublin on Saturday. France spent the early part of the week heaping the pressure on Sexton – but took an almost coordinated step backwards on Friday, with assistant coach Yannick Bru echoing Dusautoir’s sentiments. “I don’t view him as a target,” said France skipper Dusautoir, ahead of Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations clash against Ireland in Dublin. “This Ireland team has far too many threats and good players to focus solely on one. “He wouldn’t be playing if he hadn’t met all the concussion demands. “He’s not the only player with experience and power returning either: they have Jamie Heaslip and Sean O’Brien back, so I wouldn’t want to concentrate on one man like that. “It’s a team that has huge experience returning after Italy. “There’s a lot of strength in there; Sexton adds a lot of strength at half-back.” Former France international Laurent Benezech has labelled Ireland’s decision to pitch Sexton straight back into action after his enforced concussion absence as “a big mistake”. Toulouse flanker Dusautoir claimed the 29-year-old British and Irish Lion is not being seen as a target, despite France boss Philippe Saint-Andre telling his side to expose any weakness in Sexton, who returns after a 12-week concussion lay-off. Ireland have steadfastly maintained the position that Sexton is fine to return after his three-month absence for suffering four concussions in 12 months. France flanker Bernard Le Roux joked his Racing Metro club-mate Sexton should “wear a helmet” in Saturday’s Aviva Stadium battle. Les Bleus boss Saint-Andre was not being light-hearted when pledging to send wrecking-ball centre Mathieu Bastareaud straight down Sexton’s channel from the off this weekend. When it came to the turn of Dusautoir and Bru however, on Irish soil amid eve-of-match fervour, the France duo chose to diffuse what they could of the steadily-building intensity. “We respect him a great deal, he is a huge character – and we will not target him, we will just concentrate on our game, on our efficiency,” said France assistant coach Bru. “Obviously first of all it’s very bad news for us that Johnny Sexton is playing in this game, because it’s a different Ireland team with him than without him, as we saw last week. “To target him would be to forget that Joe Schmidt is very clever. “So we will play the game as though Johnny was not there. “We’ve worked a lot on what we can control: so with Johnny, Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip back fit: it’s good news for Ireland but bad news for us.” France will face a former Clermont coach for the second time in as many Six Nations weeks, after seeing off Vern Cotter’s Scotland 15-8 in Paris last weekend. Former Toulouse hooker Bru admitted France’s players “expect to be surprised” by wily Ireland boss Schmidt’s ever-expanding repertoire of set plays, that he adapts according to each opponent. “He’s clever and he works well, he’s a tough coach,” said Bru of Schmidt. “The guys know that they will be surprised. “We are arriving at a place where he will want to attack us. “We know him as a coach, and the guys expect to be surprised.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgNBA-RAPTORS-NURSENurse gets extensionTORONTO (AP) — Head coach Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors have announced a multiyear extension without divulging the terms. Nurse has won the Atlantic Division title in each of his first two seasons at the helm. The Raptors captured the NBA title last year before finishing with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference this season.Nurse was originally signed to a three-year deal in June 2018 to lead the club. September 15, 2020 Head coach Adam Gase said Monday he didn’t want to put a timetable on Bell’s return, but said it was possible it could take some time because it’s a soft-tissue injury.The Jets also announced they have placed rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims and second-year linebacker Blake Cashman on IR.In other NFL news:— Drue Tranquill has been placed on injured reserve by the Chargers . The second-year linebacker broke his left ankle during the first quarter of Sunday’s 16-13 victory at Cincinnati. — The Bengals claimed former Browns kicker Austin Seibert off waivers but expect Randy Bullock to be ready to play in Cleveland on Thursday. Bullock missed a 31-yard field goal with 2 seconds left Sunday when his left calf cramped. — UAB quarterback Tyler Johnston III is out indefinitely with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. Johnston has thrown for 293 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in the first two games against Central Arkansas and Miami. UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees have activated designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton, third baseman Gio Urshela (ur-SHEH’-luh) and right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga from the 10-day injured list.Stanton missed 32 games with a strained left hamstring, Urshela was out with a bone spur in his right elbow and Loaisiga was sidelined with a medical condition the team did not specify.Right fielder Aaron Judge is expected to be activated later this week. He’s been limited to one game since Aug. 11 because of a strained right calf. Also around the majors:— Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner has been activated from the 10-day injured list after missing 13 games with a strained left hamstring. Turner entered Tuesday’s action batting .282 with two homers and 20 RBIs in 32 games during the shortened season. — Drue Tranquill has been placed on injured reserve by the Chargers . The second-year linebacker broke his left ankle during the first quarter of Sunday’s 16-13 victory at Cincinnati. — The Bengals claimed former Browns kicker Austin Seibert off waivers but expect Randy Bullock to be ready to play in Cleveland on Thursday. Bullock missed a 31-yard field goal with 2 seconds left Sunday when his left calf cramped.— The 49ers have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent receiver Mohamed Sanu (sah-NOO’). He had 26 catches for 207 yards in eight games with New England last season.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWSWisconsin chancellor: Big Ten football still on hold Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSEATTLE (AP) — The San Francisco Giants were supposed to begin a two-game series in Seattle tonight. That’s not going to happen.The series has been postponed because of smoky skies caused by the West Coast wildfires. The announcement came as forecasters called for smoke to reach very unhealthy levels in Western Washington through at least Thursday. The teams will now play Wednesday and Thursday at Oracle Park in San Francisco, with game times to be determined. Butler converted a three-point play with 12 seconds left in overtime to put the Heat ahead for good in a 117-114 triumph over the Celtics. Adebayo blocked Jayson Tatum’s dunk attempt in the final seconds to seal the win.Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) had 29 points, Jae Crowder scored 22 and Butler finished with 20 for Miami.The Celtics outscored the Heat 27-10 over the final 8:17 of the third quarter and led by 14 early in the fourth. Tatum scored 30 points and Marcus Smart had 26 for Boston.Game 2 is Thursday.NBA-RAPTORS-NURSE World Series to take place in Texas; bubble plans announcedUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball has announced the ballparks that will serve as neutral sites for the upcoming division series, league championship series and World Series.Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, will host the World Series as part of a bubble agreement between MLB and the union. The bubble is designed to minimize exposure to the coronavirus. The AL Championship Series will be at San Diego’s Petco Park and the NL at Globe Life, a retractable roof stadium with artificial turf that opened this year. The ALDS will be at Petco Park and Dodger Stadium, while the NLDS will play out in Arlington and Houston’s Minute Maid Park.The wild-card round will be held in the stadium of the top-seeded teams. The AL Championship Series will be at San Diego’s Petco Park and the NL at Globe Life, a retractable roof stadium with artificial turf that opened this year. The ALDS will be at Petco Park and Dodger Stadium, while the NLDS will play out in Arlington and Houston’s Minute Maid Park.The wild-card round will be held in the stadium of the top-seeded teams. The playoffs were expanded from 10 to 16 teams due to the shortened regular-season.MLB-NEWSStanton activated after missing 32 games WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals have hired a Stanley Cup-winning head coach for the first time in their history.Veteran bench boss Peter Laviolette is replacing Todd Reirden, 14 years after winning a Cup with the Hurricanes. He also led the 2010 Flyers and 2017 Predators to the Cup final.The 55-year-old Laviolette became an NHL head coach with the Islanders in 2001, guiding them to playoff berths in each of his two seasons at Uniondale. He spent 5 1/2 seasons with Nashville before being dismissed in January.NHL-WILD-BRODINWild sign Brodin UNDATED (AP) — Ryan Yarbough won for the first time in 16 appearances while helping the Tampa Bay Rays stay four games ahead of the second-place Yankees in the American League East.Yarbrough gave up one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings in the Rays’ 6-1 downing of the Nationals. It was his first win since Aug 11, 2019 at Seattle.Nate Lowe belted a solo homer and worked out a bases-loaded walk as the Rays improved to 3-4 in a seven-game stretch against last-place opponents.Elsewhere on the major league schedule:— DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit drove in five runs apiece as the Yankees ripped the Blue Jays, 20-6. Voit smacked two of the Yanks’ five home runs and Gary Sanchez added a three-run blast with four ribbies in New York’s sixth straight win. — Boston’s Tanner Houck gave up just two singles over five innings to win his major league debut, 2-0 over the Marlins. Jackie Bradley Jr. broke up a scoreless game with an opposite-field double off Miami starter Sandy Alcantara (al-KAN’-tah-rah) in the sixth.— Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) belted a two-run homer and Adam Haseley supplied a two-run single for the Phillies in a 4-1 verdict over the Mets. Jake Arrieta worked 5 1/3 innings and helped Philadelphia strand 12 runners as the Mets went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.— Tucker Barnhart homered and Brian Goodwin prevented one with a leaping catch as the Reds earned their season-high fourth straight win, 4-1 against the Pirates. Michael Lorenzen was sharp in a spot start for Cincinnati, allowing one run and four hits while striking out six over five innings. — The Giants-Mariners two-game series scheduled to begin Tuesday in Seattle has been postponed due to smoky skies caused by the West Coast wildfires. The teams will now play Wednesday and Thursday at Oracle Park in San Francisco, with game times to be determined.MLB-WORLD SERIES Associated Press Right fielder Aaron Judge is expected to be activated later this week. He’s been limited to one game since Aug. 11 because of a strained right calf. Also around the majors:— Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner has been activated from the 10-day injured list after missing 13 games with a strained left hamstring. Turner entered Tuesday’s action batting .282 with two homers and 20 RBIs in 32 games during the shortened season. NHL-CAPITALS-LAVIOLETTECapitals hire Laviolette as coach Big Ten leaders are reconsidering a fall season after a weekend of meetings about a plan to begin play as soon as mid-October. Wisconsin chancellor Rebecca Blank would not predict which way a vote to return to play would go. She says once Big Ten university leaders have their questions and concerns addressed, “we will try to plan a delayed season.”Also around college football:— Arkansas State’s home football game against Central Arkansas has been pushed back from Saturday to Oct. 10. Arkansas State announced Tuesday that the team cannot assemble a full two-deep depth chart at a specific position group due to player unavailability. The statement did not reveal if the postponement was COVID-19 related, but the program said the “health and safety of our student-athletes will always come first.”— UAB quarterback Tyler Johnston III is out indefinitely with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. Johnston has thrown for 293 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in the first two games against Central Arkansas and Miami.,Update on the latest sports September 15, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULEHeat beat Celts in OT to take openerLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo (ad-ah-BY’-oh) have helped the Miami Heat take Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against Boston. Associated Press Both teams had a scheduled day off Thursday that allowed them to avoid playing a doubleheader on Wednesday.MLB-WORLD SERIESWorld Series to take place in Texas; bubble plans announcedUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball has announced the ballparks that will serve as neutral sites for the upcoming division series, league championship series and World Series.Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, will host the World Series as part of a bubble agreement between MLB and the union. The bubble is designed to minimize exposure to the coronavirus. The playoffs were expanded from 10 to 16 teams due to the shortened regular-season.MLB-NEWSStanton activated after missing 32 gamesUNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees have activated designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton, third baseman Gio Urshela (ur-SHEH’-luh) and right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga from the 10-day injured list.Stanton missed 32 games with a strained left hamstring, Urshela was out with a bone spur in his right elbow and Loaisiga was sidelined with a medical condition the team did not specify. UNDATED (AP) — The University of Wisconsin chancellor says Big Ten football will remain on hold until there are answers to questions about COVID-19 testing and tracing, along with possible long-term heart issues related to the coronavirus. Big Ten leaders are reconsidering a fall season after a weekend of meetings about a plan to begin play as soon as mid-October. Wisconsin chancellor Rebecca Blank would not predict which way a vote to return to play would go. She says once Big Ten university leaders have their questions and concerns addressed, “we will try to plan a delayed season.”Also around college football:— Arkansas State’s home football game against Central Arkansas has been pushed back from Saturday to Oct. 10. Arkansas State announced Tuesday that the team cannot assemble a full two-deep depth chart at a specific position group due to player unavailability. The statement did not reveal if the postponement was COVID-19 related, but the program said the “health and safety of our student-athletes will always come first.” Update on the latest sports ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have signed defenseman Jonas Brodin (YOH’-nuhs broh-DEEN’) to a seven-year, $42 million contract extension. This makes another long-term commitment to a key piece of their blue line group. The 27-year-old native of Sweden was drafted 10th overall by the Wild in 2011. He had a career-high 26 assists in 69 games during the virus-shortened season. He also led the team with 112 blocked shots and was second on the club with a plus-15 rating.NFL-INJURIESJets shelve BellUNDATED (AP) — The New York Jets will play at least three games without running back Le’Veon Bell after he injured a hamstring during Sunday’s loss to the Bills. — The 49ers have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent receiver Mohamed Sanu (sah-NOO’). He had 26 catches for 207 yards in eight games with New England last season.— The 49ers are seeking to identify the fan who sent racist messages to Arizona safety Budda Baker. The team says it will ban the person from future games and events. Baker tweeted a screenshot of the derogatory messages on Monday that came after his hit Sunday injured All-Pro tight end George Kittle. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWSWisconsin chancellor: Big Ten football still on holdUNDATED (AP) — The University of Wisconsin chancellor says Big Ten football will remain on hold until there are answers to questions about COVID-19 testing and tracing, along with possible long-term heart issues related to the coronavirus. Nurse gets extensionTORONTO (AP) — Head coach Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors have announced a multiyear extension without divulging the terms. Nurse has won the Atlantic Division title in each of his first two seasons at the helm. The Raptors captured the NBA title last year before finishing with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference this season.Nurse was originally signed to a three-year deal in June 2018 to lead the club.MLB-SCHEDULE NHL-CAPITALS-LAVIOLETTECapitals hire Laviolette as coachWASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals have hired a Stanley Cup-winning head coach for the first time in their history.Veteran bench boss Peter Laviolette is replacing Todd Reirden, 14 years after winning a Cup with the Hurricanes. He also led the 2010 Flyers and 2017 Predators to the Cup final.The 55-year-old Laviolette became an NHL head coach with the Islanders in 2001, guiding them to playoff berths in each of his two seasons at Uniondale. He spent 5 1/2 seasons with Nashville before being dismissed in January. Jets shelve BellUNDATED (AP) — The New York Jets will play at least three games without running back Le’Veon Bell after he injured a hamstring during Sunday’s loss to the Bills. Head coach Adam Gase said Monday he didn’t want to put a timetable on Bell’s return, but said it was possible it could take some time because it’s a soft-tissue injury.The Jets also announced they have placed rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims and second-year linebacker Blake Cashman on IR.In other NFL news: NHL-WILD-BRODINWild sign BrodinST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have signed defenseman Jonas Brodin to a seven-year, $42 million contract extension. This makes another long-term commitment to a key piece of their blue line group. The 27-year-old native of Sweden was drafted 10th overall by the Wild in 2011. He had a career-high 26 assists in 69 games during the virus-shortened season. He also led the team with 112 blocked shots and was second on the club with a plus-15 rating.NFL-INJURIESlast_img read more

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Chase is lone Guyanese AIBA ITO referee

first_imgEXPERIENCED local referee/judge Elton Chase was yesterday presented with his International Technical Officer (ITO) certificate.The document was presented by Guyana Boxing Association president Steve Ninvalle. Last year Chase was among a handful of Caribbean officials who were successful at the ITO exams held in St Lucia.The accomplishment created history for Chase and local boxing as he remains the first Guyanese to be certified as an ITO by AIBA.Chase thanked Ninvalle and GBA for providing the opportunity and assured that he will impart knowledge for the good of the sport.last_img read more

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Point guard Joseph shows turnover-prone side in debut for Orange

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 14, 2014 at 11:35 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse With a minute left in the first half and Syracuse gripping to a 25-point lead, freshman point guard Kaleb Joseph looked his age.Joseph jumped up and tried to throw an overhead pass from half court, but it went right into the hands of Kennesaw State guard Yonel Brown. When Brown started on a clear path to the basket, Joseph gritted his teeth, chased Brown down and slammed into him as he finished a layup.Had it not come in a season-opening blowout against an inferior Owls’ team, Joseph’s gaffe and the ensuing three-point play would have been more than a speck in an otherwise dominant team showing.Friday night was a good time for growing pains and Joseph met them with a well-rounded performance.“He made a couple mistakes, which is normal for most freshman point guards,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’ll learn from it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn his first collegiate game — an 89-42 Orange (1-0) win over the Owls (0-1) on Friday — Joseph accounted for four of No. 23 Syracuse’s 11 turnovers, and finished with four points and four fouls in 23 minutes. He was the only SU starter to not score in double figures, taking just four shots in a game that needed more facilitation than tangible offensive production.Aside from his four turnovers, four fouls and four points, he collected five rebounds, six assists and two steals.“Just trying to make plays, just trying to get in lanes and make plays,” Joseph said of his high turnover number. “Sometimes you just got to live and die with it, sometimes that happens.”After Syracuse’s exhibition win over Adrian on Monday night, Boeheim said he wanted his freshman point guard to be more assertive on the offensive end. That didn’t happen against Kennesaw State, but Joseph was good on defense and pushed the tempo — which helped the Orange offense get to the rim and shake an anemic start.And after closing the half with a turnover and the immature foul, Joseph got the best of Brown. He gathered a loose ball in front of the Syracuse bench, dribbled in a circle around him and hit a smooth 18-foot jump shot from the right wing.Then he lightly jogged back on defense with a little more bounce in his step, showing the bright side of a learning process that will include ups, downs and everything in between.“It’s going to happen, you’re going to try and force it,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “He was just trying to force it a little too much and he needs to take a step back and just play the game, that’s all.” Commentslast_img read more

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NCAA Digest

first_imgPac-12 upholds official calls against McDonaldPac-12 officials supported official calls against USC junior safety T.J. McDonald during the Arizona State game, league spokesman David Hirsch said in an email.The three controversial personal foul calls against McDonald accounted for 45 yards in a game that was separated by only one score going into the fourth quarter.Though there was much discussion about Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s “dirty” play prior to Saturday’s game, it was the Trojans who were flagged more than the Sun Devils.Arizona State had been flagged for 24 penalties for 241 yards in three games prior to its matchup against USC.The Trojans, however, committed 10 penalties totaling 87 yards compared with the Sun Devils, who committed just six for 78 yards in USC’s 43-22 loss on Saturday. Burfict was only flagged for one personal foul.USC coach Lane Kiffin did not agree with the calls and voiced his displeasure after the game, defending his star safety.“When the runner is running at you, and you go to tackle him, isn’t it his job to get out of the way?” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “I really don’t know how you coach that unless you tell him to be a bad tackler.”Though McDonald was penalized for the calls, he vows he won’t back down from his aggressive style of play in the future.“After watching the film … what happened is what happened,” McDonald told ESPNLosAngeles.com, according to Pedro Moura. “I can’t change it but if I had to do it all over again I wouldn’t change it. The [penalties were] unfortunate but the fuel that comes behind it, that’s something we can all rally behind.”—Duke Ho Emmert voices opinion on realignmentNot only are schools and fans around the country upset with the recent mass movement for conference realignment, but president of the NCAA, Mark Emmert, has his qualms about it as well.Emmert let athletic directors from all around the country know his stance on realignment at a meeting in Dallas, and was not afraid to show his distaste in unsubtle wording.“The specter of the past couple weeks of conference realignment has not been a healthy thing,” Emmert said at the meeting. “The world’s convinced that’s all we care about … that all this is about money. I didn’t read many of us stepping up and saying that this will work really well for student-athletes because we’ll do X, we’ll do Y, it will create more resources, it will help us stabilize our programs.”In addition to his announcement to athletic directors, Emmert also said the NCAA is going to have to make large-scale alterations in “policy” to prevent the realignment debacle from happening again.In the past month or so, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Texas A&M have all changed conferences, with the former two headed to the Atlantic Coast Conference and Texas A&M headed for the South Eastern Conference.Rumors of Texas and Oklahoma joining the Pac-12 were shot down, however, and comissioner Larry Scott noted last week that the conference wasn’t as close to expansion as the media reported it to be.—Michael Katz SEC has no plans to add 14th team to conference  After officially welcoming Texas A&M as the 13th member of the Southeastern Conference last week, commissioner Mike Slive is attempting to quell speculation about the possibility of a 14th conference member.Texas A&M will officially join the SEC next July for the 2012-2013 season, and is reportedly the only school that submitted an application. It is the first addition since South Carolina and Arkansas joined the conference in 1992.The Birmingham News substantiated an earlier story in the Kansas City Star about an informal agreement that would allow the Missouri Tigers to become the 14th member of the SEC.The report prompted conference officials to release a statement regarding the article.“The News, citing two sources familiar with the discussions, said a majority of SEC presidents have endorsed the agreement, though a timetable for the move remains unknown,” SEC officials said. “As of yet, there is no set deadline for adding a 14th member for next season.”Slive stands by his assertion, however, that Texas A&M is the only addition the SEC is currently considering.“This has all been about Texas A&M,” Slive said in a conference call to Texas A&M President R. Loftin Bowen, according to CBSSports.com. “We have not initiated any conversations with any [other] institution.”The SEC will be faced with a number of issues as a 13-member conference, including scheduling problems and whether or not it will decide to add a 14th member in the future.In addition, the SEC plans to open negotiations with ESPN and CBS to reevaluate and upgrade the 15-year contracts that stand with each network.“It’s been a complex and intense couple of months,” Slive said, according to CBSSports.com. “There’s also this enormous feeling of satisfaction that the Southeastern Conference has added, really, one of the pre-eminent institutions in the country to the family.”—Claire Preisinglast_img read more

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Track Championships:30 Russian athletes wear the IAAF badge for WAC

first_imgREAD: Russian Minister: West Out Of Step, Can’t Accept Its DeclinePrevious actionsIn 2016, Lasitskene was a contender for Olympic gold, but she was barred along with almost all of the Russian squad. The winning height of 1.97 meters was easily within her range. The IAAF hoped a ban would prevent a repeat of the widespread cheating at the 2013 championships in Moscow by forcing Russia to develop a new, clean generation of athletes. But young athletes have been implicated too. Of the six Russians who won medals at the last world championships in 2017, two have since been stripped of the neutral athlete status which allows them to compete internationally. Racewalk silver medalist Sergei Shirobokov was found at a secret training camp in Kyrgyzstan with a coach banned for life for blood doping.The case of another 2017 medalist, high jumper Danil Lysenko, won’t go away. After he missed three drug tests, he faced a ban. In his defence, the Russian track federation produced medical documents apparently showing he had been too ill to test. After suspicions were raised about the apparently non-existent clinic named on the documents, the IAAF’s Russia task force reports Lysenko later confessed the documents were fake. He said top officials from the Russian track federation “conspired with him to obtain and provide those documents.” The task force added he “subsequently recanted that allegation.” Being neutral doesn’t make the Russian athletes independent of their doping-tainted federation, which still decides team selections and coaching appointments. That means few Russian athletes are willing to speak out about the federation’s slow pace of reform.READ: Boxer Sarita Devi To Take Call On Retirement After Tokyo Olympics LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News Written By WE RECOMMEND WATCH US LIVE COMMENTcenter_img First Published: 28th September, 2019 23:15 IST FOLLOW US “We’d be going to train, and I’ll underline that. To train, not to change nationality,” she said. “Training abroad might very well be needed because I don’t want to miss the Olympics a second time.” Last Updated: 28th September, 2019 23:15 IST Track Championships:30 Russian Athletes Wear The IAAF Badge For WAC At the world track championships, 30 Russian athletes wore IAAC badge after several athletes failed the dope test and were suspended at the 2017 WAC in London At the world track championships, it’s as if the world’s biggest country simply doesn’t exist. Suspended for its second world championships due to doping, Russia has sent 30 “Authorized Neutral Athletes” who can’t wear national colours. The icon next to their name on television and on the scoreboards in the stadium is the “IAAF” logo of track’s federation instead of the Russian flag. There’s no getting used to being neutral, says Mariya Lasitskene, who’s been here before when she won the high jump world title in 2017. Her anthem wasn’t played. “No one’s used to it. Everyone’s worried and nervous. It’s not nice. You want to be in a different uniform, and not to see IAAF next to your surname,” she said after qualifying for the final Friday.READ: A Panda Is The Mascot For The 2022 Beijing Winter OlympicsRussia hopes to send a full team to this year’s championshipsWearing subdued blacks and greys, Russia’s athletes dress like they’re modelling generic sportswear. A vetting process has kept out past stars with a history of drug use, so the team in Doha is just 30 athletes. Lasitskene is the only reigning champion, but Russians are also targeting medals in men’s high jump and the 110-meter hurdles. Nearly four years into its ban from track and field, much longer than in any other sport, Russia dared hope it might once again send a full team to this year’s championships. Instead, Russian track is battling a new wave of scandals.READ: FIFA Threatens Sanctions Over Voting Process In Annual Awards CeremonyInvestigating agency could place further restrictions on Russia This year has seen banned coaches still working, forged medical documents and — most damagingly of all — evidence revealed Monday that data on past offences were tampered with before Russian law enforcement handed it over in January. The World Anti-Doping Agency is investigating and could place further restrictions on Russia across multiple sports ahead of next year’s Olympics in Tokyo. Lasitskene is already taking precautions. If WADA suspends Russia’s anti-doping agency, she’ll move abroad — though “definitely not to the U.S.” — to show she’s under a rigorous testing program.  1 year ago PM Modi in Vladivostok: Read lesser known facts about the Russian citylast_img read more

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FA Cup: Chelsea Beat Spurs in Thriller to Reach Final

first_imgSpurs seemed to have the momentum after Dele Alli converted Christian Eriksen’s brilliant pass seven minutes after half-time – before Hazard was introduced as Chelsea’s trump card, along with Costa, on the hour.Hazard drove powerfully past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris after 75 minutes and Nemanja Matic set up an appearance alongside Arsenal or Manchester City in the FA Cup final with a spectacular drive five minutes later.Conte raised eyebrows with a team selection that saw Belgian outcast Michy Batshuayi given a rare outing on this huge occasion. It led to suggestions Conte was prioritising the Premier League title race with Spurs after last weekend’s jaded performance in the 2-0 defeat at Manchester United.The winner takes the spoils, though, and Conte has every right to accept the plaudits as Chelsea won a magnificent game of football to reach the FA Cup final. Conte used Hazard and Costa at a crucial juncture – on the hour, with Spurs building up a head of attacking steam and looking the more assertive side – after Alli had equalised for the second time.Hazard, a scourge of Spurs having scored the goal that effectively ended their title chances last season, was involved in what turned out to be the defining moment 15 minutes after coming on, hitting a low drive that gave Chelsea a lead they would not surrender.It was also an illustration that the strength of Chelsea’s squad runs deeper than Tottenham’s as they were able not only to bring on Hazard and Costa but also Cesc Fabregas to change the face of the game.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Eden Hazard came off the bench to make the decisive contribution as Chelsea won an FA Cup semi-final classic against Tottenham at Wembley yesterday. Hazard had been rested, along with Diego Costa, as Chelsea manager Antonio Conte shuffled his pack against a Spurs side high on confidence after closing to within four points of their London rivals in the Premier League title race. But the Belgian emerged as substitute to help settle an enthralling encounter.Willian, in for Hazard, gave Chelsea the lead with a fine free-kick after five minutes but Harry Kane levelled for Spurs with an instinctive stooping header before the Brazilian put Conte’s side back in front from the penalty spot just before the break – Son Heung-min penalised for a foul on Victor Moses.last_img read more

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Chelsea hammer Everton at home to stay three points clear in fourth

first_imgAFP OR LICENSORS – Gilmour stole the show once again While the assists and finishes might have been ending up elsewhere, Gilmour was always the man getting Chelsea going.Chelsea’s dominance extended to the point where Everton’s sole chance of the first half came from a mistake.Marcos Alonso’s loose pass let Richarlison cut away, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin wasted his attempt at a cute finish, scuffing wide when he wanted to dink over Kepa Arrizabalaga.An afternoon of extreme Chelsea comfort was quickly sealed after the interval, when Willian struck crisply into the bottom corner from 20 yards. GETTY IMAGES – GETTY – Mount scored the opener Mount fed Pedro out wide and the Spaniard cut in off the left and threaded the ball back inside for the Portsmouth-born midfielder to control on the half-turn and then drill home.Seven minutes later, Chelsea doubled their lead, with Gilmour again at the heart of it.He fed Giroud into feet, the Frenchman laid off for Ross Barkley, and the former Everton midfielder threaded Pedro through on goal.The Spain forward just about beat the offside trap, steadied himself and then slotted past a helpless Pickford. GETTY IMAGES – GETTY – Pedro doubled the lead In next to no time Giroud tapped in Willian’s corner under precious little resistance, and the fourth goal proved the final straw for droves of visiting supporters.This was a desperately early retreat back to Merseyside, with more than half an hour to play.Chelsea could have cared less however, with the Blues able to coast to a comfy victory that further cemented their hold on fourth place in the table. Chelsea thrashed Everton 4-0 on Sunday to extend their lead over rivals also chasing a top-four finish.After Wolves and Tottenham both dropped points on Saturday, the Blues put in a comprehensive display with Mason Mount, Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud all getting on the scoresheet.Midfielder Billy Gilmour again provided the ignition, with the 18-year-old more than backing up his star performance in Tuesday’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Liverpool.He proved the catalyst for Chelsea’s first two goals, in a full Premier League debut of composure and class.The Blues were without seven first-team regulars but Gilmour ensured Chelsea never missed a beat, despite the absence of international midfielders N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho.Chelsea’s board must be positively purring that Gilmour signed a new four-year contract in September. On this week’s evidence the former Rangers youth player can already keep the same company as some of the game’s top midfield dynamos. AFP OR LICENSORS – Giroud celebrated passionately in front of the Matthew Harding stand Ancelotti led Chelsea to their maiden domestic double in 2010 and was afforded a warm reception on his west London return. If the Italian enjoyed that welcome, he must have hated everything else to follow.Mount’s acrobatic half-volley forced Jordan Pickford into an early reaction stop, as Chelsea dominated from the get-go.The Blues hardly had to wait to break the deadlock either, with Mount ending his three-month goal drought in style.Gilmour’s early pass to Mount turned Everton’s midfield on its heels, and the Toffees never recovered. Source: talksport Tags: ChelseaEvertonlast_img read more

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