The Latest: Udinese owner against restarting too soon

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Udinese owner Gianpaolo Pozzo says it “wouldn’t make sense” to restart Serie A anytime soon. The club says president Ahmet Nar Cebi and a player were among those who tested positive.Turkish teams have resumed limited training sessions following the federation’s decision to restart matches in empty stadiums on June 12.___The three leading women’s pole vaulters get their turn to compete on Saturday in the second edition of the Ultimate Garden Clash.Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, Katie Nageotte of the United States and Alysha Newman of Canada will participate in the event but won’t be competing in their backyards because they don’t have the equipment at home. They will instead be at nearby training facilities. Pozzo says it’s better to wait until “we’ve passed the critical phase” before thinking about restarting.He says if a team is ordered into quarantine after playing two or three matches because a player tests positive and the season is stopped again “we’ll have made a huge mistake.”Udinese was three points above the relegation zone in 14th place before Serie A was suspended on March 9.___The Italian soccer federation has set up a pool of inspectors to check that teams comply with new health protocols and government decrees issued during the coronavirus pandemic. May 14, 2020 The top men’s pole vaulters competed in the Ultimate Garden Clash at their homes in early May. Mondo Duplantis and Renaud Lavillenie shared the victory with more than 250,000 people watching a live stream.The winner on Saturday will be the vaulter who clears the bar at 4 meters the most times in 30 minutes.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6center_img Serie A teams were permitted to resume individual training on May 4 while full team training can restart Monday.Lazio has reportedly already been training in groups of three players. The federation says inspectors will verify that practices are held according to the rules.The league said on Wednesday that it hopes to resume playing games on June 13 but the government has not approved a restart yet.___Turkish soccer club Besiktas says eight people have tested positive for the coronavirus and training has been suspended. Associated Press The Latest: Udinese owner against restarting too soonlast_img read more

Despite drop, bookstore sales reflect economic recovery

first_imgDespite a small dip in October sales for the USC Pertusati Bookstore, officials said the store’s retail sales show signs of recovery, consistent with the nationwide trend.According to Thomson Reuters’ tally of 30 major chain stores, national retail sales for October rose 1.8 percent compared to last October. Though inventory numbers have not yet been finalized, Daniel Archer, director of the Pertusati University Bookstore, said sales in the month were down about 0.7 percent — $250,000 less than the $3.7 million earned last October.Book Drop · The USC Pertusati Bookstore recorded a 0.7 percent drop in October sales, but officials are optimistic sales will increase over the course of the coming months. – Geo Tu | Daily TrojanArcher said the relatively small size of the dip is significant. Officials were prepared for worse, he said, particularly considering USC played less home football games this semester.“The fact that we had these numbers even though we had more football games last year actually makes it a victory,” Archer said.Archer added he was confident the sales would increase by the USC’s final home game against Arizona on Dec. 5. Last year, the bookstore made $3.3 million in sales in November and $3.9 million in December, Archer said. This year, the bookstore is hoping to at least match last years’ numbers.“Flat is the new ‘up’ in retail,” Archer said.Home games tend to be more lucrative for the bookstore, Archer said, generating an average of $600,000 in sales during the week as opposed to about $200,000 for away games or bye weeks.Alumni and fan purchases account for most of those sales, he said, so the bookstore focuses on selling merchandise such as USC gifts and clothing.“The Trojan brand right now is one of the hottest in the country,” Archer said. “The Pete Carroll era has been a big piece of why the brand’s popularity has grown. In the end, it’s all driven by Trojan fanatics.”The sales can also be affected by the success of the football team, according to Lars Perner, assistant professor of clinical marketing at USC.“Clearly the better the team is doing the better sales will be,” Perner said. “It’s a very critical situation. The more we win and the more national media coverage we get, the more demand there is.”Though USC has lost two games this year, Archer said the three upcoming home games will generate substantial revenue for the bookstore.Although retail sales declined only slightly, textbook sales took a larger hit.“There’s something I refer to as ‘the textbook crisis in America,’” Archer said. “Prices have gotten to the point where students are looking at foregoing buying textbooks.”Textbook sales, which are strongest at the beginning of each semester, were down about 14 percent compared to 2008, while other book sales were down about 8 percent, according to Raymond McDermott, the manager of course materials for USC Bookstores. Used textbook sales remained about the same.For the last couple of years, textbook sales have leveled off as more students turn to alternative sources for textbooks, McDermott said. But, he added, the state of the economy last year contributed to a more significant drop than usual.But finally, sales are beginning to improve, he said.“It’s only now that most retails are starting to see any kind of pickup,” McDermott said. “The holidays might not be as good as previous years. Even though the recession has ended, the job situation is still horrendous and people aren’t spending on books because of it.”According to Archer, the book sales and retail sales are independent of each other. Although there are spikes in textbook sales at the beginning of each semester and in general merchandise sales before football games, the bookstore’s computer sales remain more or less constant throughout the year.last_img read more

Wiconsin ‘hungry’ for win versus Minnesota

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoThe Badgers do things last-minute. They exchanged ?SecretSanta? gifts following practice Wednesday ? just days shy of a month after theChristmas holiday itself. They?ve won or tied five games this year whentrailing heading into the third period. And they?ve put together a nice stretchof games in WCHA play ? more than two months after the conference slate began.Of course, that?s just how they roll, says forward KyleTurris.?I think it just shows the team character that we have. Itshows that we?re not going to give up,? Turris said. ?The game?s never over,and we?re going to compete until the final buzzer sounds.?While head coach Mike Eaves agrees it?s better late thannever, he also believes that isn?t always the best approach.Despite the team?s uncanny ability to come from behind,Eaves understands that the formula for winning doesn?t have to live up to theteam?s ?never say die? mantra. Instead, it?s about getting off to fast starts.?All things taken equally, I?d rather have and establish thelead early in the game,? Eaves said.At 10-10-4 (6-8-2 WCHA), the Wisconsin men?s hockey team iscomfortably saddled right in the thick of the conference standings. But theramifications of leveling with WCHA-leading Colorado College hold much to bedesired.Like Oliver Twist, the Badgers are hungry for more; theywant to be among the league?s elite.If years past held any sway, Wisconsin would have gottenthat chance this weekend against Minnesota. Alas, the Gophers are having anuncharacteristically down season (12-10-4) ? they were predicted to finishsecond in the standings ? and are, in fact, tied with the Badgers.Still, this first of two meetings between the two teams willgive the Badgers a chance to slingshot themselves up in the WCHA standings andPairwise rankings as the season heads to a close. Given Minnesota?s tendency togive up leads in the third period ? the Gophers have allowed 24 third periodgoals in WCHA play while scoring just seven times ? Wisconsin may also get afew more opportunities to put its come-from-behind nature to the test.?It?s a big opportunity for us; we can?t let it slip away,?UW forward Ben Street said.?Because of the position we?re in, every weekend representssomething significant,? Eaves added. ?It?s almost like every game will becomethe most important game of the season because we don?t have a lot of wiggleroom, and we have to get points here in order to be where we want to be.?Despite being riddled with inconsistencies throughout, bothWisconsin and Minnesota are playing well of late. Minnesota is currently ridinga three-game unbeaten streak and has just one loss during the month of January,going 3-1-2 over that time.Meanwhile, the Badgers, thanks to a two-goal effort bysophomore Michael Davies against Alaska-Anchorage last Saturday, capped a 2-1-1road stretch ? their first road win this season ? and are riding a three gameunbeaten streak of their own.?You can certainly be encouraged by the way that we playedand the points that we got in two tough environments,? Eaves said.However, to Eaves, nothing signifies that his team is comingtogether more than its performance over the past two weekends.?The best team-building experience you can have is going onthe road and winning together,? he said. ?You can climb ropes courses or campout together, but winning on the road together brings you as close together asanything that you can do.?What?s more, the power play finally paid off with theBadgers scoring three times in six opportunities after a 15-game stretch inwhich the main advantage netted a mere three goals in 59 chances.?We made a couple of adjustments and got a little morefreedom in what we can do, and I think that?s helped us a lot,? Street said.But the team doesn?t want to get too comfortable. Turris isapproaching the series with the mentality that Wisconsin lost its last timeout.?We don?t want to overdo ourselves so that we?re makingstupid plays,? he said. ?We need to play within our system.?Contrary to the offensive-minded hockey both teams havegrown accustomed to playing ? Wisconsin this year and Minnesota historically ?the games between these two border rivals have been low scoring. In their fivecontests last year UW and Minnesota combined for a mere 17 goals ? meaning thisseries could come down to goaltending.Shane Connelly has been rocky at times in the net forWisconsin but nothing compared to Minnesota?s opening day starter Jeff Frazeewho, after allowing nearly three goals per game, was benched in favor offreshman Alex Kangas.In order for Wisconsin to continue its recent success, Eavesstressed the importance of putting pressure on the young goalie.?Like all young goaltenders it?s aboutrebounds. It?s about getting used to the pace of the game,? he said. ?So one ofour tasks will be to get a lot of pucks on this young man and see how hehandles them.?last_img read more

Photos: Awal Mohammed seals three-year Raja deal

first_imgRaja Casablanca have finally signed Ghana defender Awal Mohammed in a free agent deal.The Moroccan giants finally landed their man after a protracted transfer dealing which spanned for almost a month. Sources had revealed that the former Maritzburg United’s initial preference for a deal with an unnamed MLS side to the Moroccan League.Raja’s Dutch coach, Ruud Krol, had personally recommended the signing of the 27-year-old centre-back subject to medicals but initial feet-dragging saw the club try out Nigeria’s Kunle Odunlami and Senegal’s Somare but both defenders failed to impress the manager.Raja made headways with Awal’s camp as he finally arrived to have his medical last Thursday ahead of a three-year understands the deal nearly broke down when it was detected the Black Stars defender was suffering from a knee problem. According to sources, Raja were convinced it was not much of a problem withnthe club insisting a termination clause should Awal be sidelined for a long period due to the knee complication during the contract period.Awal signed his three-year ccontract in the presence of his London-based agent Kwame on Saturday and will have the chance to join his new teammates for their July 31 – August 10 pre-season tour of Turkey. Awal was sold to Saudi Arabia’s Al Shabab by Maritzburg in January but the tall defender terminated his contract with the club three months later over non-payment of his entitlements.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Facing the earliest trade deadline in pro sports, baseball gave us two hours of chaos

first_imgDipoto, the Mariners’ general manager, reportedly traded pitcher Mike Leake to the Diamondbacks for infielder Jose Caballero with 68 seconds left before the deadline.August was previously a fertile ground for trades, too. To execute trades after July 31, a team would have to place a player on waivers, hope he passed through unclaimed by the other 29 teams, then agree to terms with a counterpart on a deal. The cumbersome process stifled many potential deals. The rules confused many fans. Yet the safety-valve period also led to some memorable trades in years past – notably the Astros’ acquisition of Verlander in 2017 and the Dodgers’ heist of Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto in 2012.This year, the rules changed. The drop-dead July 31 deadline broke with baseball tradition, but it put Major League Baseball in line with two other major North American sports.In the National Hockey League, this year’s trade deadline fell on Feb. 25. There were 304 games played after that date or 24 percent of all regular-season games.In the National Basketball Association, this year’s deadline fell on Feb. 7. There were 412 games played after that date or 33 percent of all regular-season games.In baseball? By eliminating the August waiver period, MLB ensured that 34 percent of its games would fall after the deadline (Wednesday’s game’s included). Major league executives operated on one deadline – an earlier deadline than their counterparts in the NHL and NBA faced.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “I didn’t start out today hoping to channel Jerry Dipoto as my spirit animal, but somehow we sort of ended up there,” Hazen said. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings In a way, that emphasized minor league depth. The Dodgers, for example, acquired utility player Kristopher Negron and infielder Tyler White last week. President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman said on a conference call Wednesday that those moves were in response to injuries to Kiké Hernandez, Chris Taylor and David Freese. If another injury arises, Friedman will have to rely on his internal options.This is where baseball’s early deadline seems to get unfair. There will be another 3,214 regular-season games after Wednesday (assuming every team plays a full 162-game schedule). A lot can happen in 3,214 games – particularly at the end of a season, when wear and tear seems most likely to accumulate.In any event, the effect of the “unified” trade deadline was clear. Most buyers and sellers waited until the last minute to pick a category. Other teams, like the Giants, did a little buying, a little selling, and a little standing pat. Their first-year general manager, Farhan Zaidi, even wrote a letter to fans to explain what they’d just seen.“I hope you are as excited as I am to see how these next several weeks unfold,” Zaidi wrote.It might not get any more exciting than Wednesday. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It was a strange deadline. Eighteen teams began the day Wednesday either leading their division or within six games of a wild card position. In a logical world, that left the other 12 teams as the clear sellers. Logic doesn’t always rule the trade deadline, and this year was no exception.Two teams residing in the cellar of their divisions, the Colorado Rockies and Pittsburgh Pirates, held onto their closers. The Kansas City Royals, 22 games out of an American League wild-card berth, kept their closer (Ian Kennedy) and their coveted second baseman (Whit Merrifield). Outfielder Trey Mancini and his 24 home runs remain property of the 36-71 Baltimore Orioles.While some executives held firm to their most coveted players and prospects, others acted boldly. Greinke and Aaron Sanchez join an Astros rotation that already includes co-aces Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander. The rebuilding Detroit Tigers did not hold tightly to closer Shane Greene (bound for Atlanta) or outfielder Nicholas Castellanos (now a Chicago Cub). The San Diego Padres received perhaps the most talented prospect to change hands, erstwhile Reds outfielder Taylor Trammell.Yet the timing this year felt different. Not until the final hours before the deadline did the usual sense of urgency invade the marketplace. You could hear a pin drop – the same sound made by the Dodgers (who acquired Jedd Gyorko and Adam Kolarek) and Angels (catcher Max Stassi).The biggest deadline deal, Arizona sending pitcher Greinke to the Astros in exchange for four prospects – including three of the Astros’ top five – was not reported until after the 1 p.m. buzzer. Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen told reporters he received his first trade offer from the Astros on Tuesday. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Edwin Encarnacion led the American League in home runs when he was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Yankees on June 16. For six weeks, he stood as the best player to change teams in the middle of the 2019 season.Then on Sunday, Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer heaved a baseball from the pitcher’s mound over the center field fence rather than hand it to his manager. Tuesday, Bauer was traded for Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Yasiel Puig, who was in the middle of a benches-clearing brawl as the teams worked to finalize the deal.And then, nothing.Until the final two hours before baseball’s new universal deadline for trading major-league players, it seemed that Bauer and Puig would stand alone on a lonely island of stars switching teams. Hours later, they had company. Zack Greinke was a Houston Astro.last_img read more

Wofford’s Mike Young is Sporting News Coach of the Year for 2018-19

first_imgMORE: Sporting News’ 2018-19 All-AmericansCameron Jackson’s home is in Winchester, Va., which meant Young had to drive across I-85 toward Charlotte, turning north on I-77 for a short spell before exiting onto I-81. It carried him across nearly the entire state, to the outskirts of a 275-year-old city that was the site of battles in the Civil War and the American revolution.Young was ready to fight for Jackson, if necessary.“He’s as big as a house, and he can score on anybody,” Young told Sporting News. Jackson had been injured as a sophomore and received a medical hardship waiver, which meant he eventually would graduate from Wofford with eligibility remaining. “With this ridiculous grad transfer rule, I sat down with him and said, ‘You’re going to have a lot of opportunities. …’“And I’m going down that line for about three or five minutes and he stops me and he said, ‘Did you drive all the way up here to talk to me about this?’ And I said, ‘Well, yeah. I mean, you’re pretty important to me.’ And he said, ‘Coach, there is no way in the world that I would ever consider leaving.’ And he never wavered.”Mike Young didn’t become the 2018-19 Sporting Coach of the Year that day. He earned the award during all the years he developed this program to which Jackson was attracted; all the days during which Jackson and his teammates were formed into one of this season’s most mature and connected teams; and all the games the Terriers dominated since opening with a narrow loss to eventual ACC regular-season champion North Carolina.Young grew up in Radford, Va., played in Division III at Emory and Henry College and began his coaching career as an assistant there. He has been at Wofford for 30 years, the first 13 as an assistant, the rest as the man in charge. After spending most of the 2000s getting the program established, he built a program in which his veteran teams were league-championship quality and have never lost a conference tournament game in three tries as a No. 1 seed.He’s never had a team like this, however.“So many teams at our level might have really good perimeter players, might have a really good stretch-4,” Young said. “But with this one, there’s a bunch of guys that can really shoot it and they’re tough and experienced and didn’t have to rely on a freshman. But this team has a post player that can play anywhere in the country. I am convinced he can play anywhere in the country. And we can do so many things that give people such heartburn.”Young praises Jackson’s ability to handle the ball, to execute a dribble handoff or keep it and hit an open cutter. He compares that to some of Bob McKillop’s best teams at Davidson, so difficult to defend “because of their post player’s ability to do the same things.”Young’s team went 29-4 overall and 18-0 in a Southern Conference that featured, by the standards of the NCAA, four of the top 75 teams in Division I. “I firmly believe this is the best Southern Conference basketball league I’ve been a part of,” Young said, which makes the Terriers’ dominance all the more amazing.They went 11-3 on the road; only three of the nation’s other 352 teams compiled more victories as visitors. They climbed to 14th in the NCAA’s NET rankings, surrounded on that list by major conference powers such as Purdue, Auburn, Kansas and Florida State. And though they were all but assured of being invited to compete in the NCAA Tournament regardless of what occurred in the Southern Conference championship, they eliminated any Selection Sunday suspense by winning another three games their and claiming the league’s automatic bid.MORE: Wofford vs. UNC: Behind the scenes The NET formula is a departure from the old Ratings Percentage Index by which the NCAA used to measure Division I teams, and it has been a bonanza for Wofford, all but demanding those who follow college basketball take the Terriers and the SoCon more seriously.“I didn’t pay any attention to it when the switch was made,” Young said. “I remember reading about it, but I didn’t give it a second thought. But then you start, you’re into it and somebody says, ‘Hey, you’re number 41 in the NET.’ What the hell is the NET? I don’t know KenPom. All that stuff is so over my head. My staff keeps up with it.“I think it’s going to be very interesting to see how they evaluate that and how that stuff is taken into account next Sunday.”This will be Young’s fifth trip to the NCAA Tournament as Wofford head coach. The Terriers also made it in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015. This will almost certainly be the first time they walked onto the court wearing their home uniforms, signifying Wofford is the higher seed. And it will be the first game for Young as Sporting News’ reigning national coach of the year.“I don’t think any of us as coaches allow ourselves to think, ‘Wow, we’re pretty good, better than I thought we were going to be,’” Young said. “Greensboro was picked to win our league, and we went to Greensboro and I told our beat writer I thought this was kind of a litmus test, let’s see where we are. Greensboro is defending champion, really good, played Kentucky tooth-and-nail. LSU, 6-point game, led a lot of that game. And we went up there and beat them by 30. And we drove then to Roanoke for a game against VMI. And I thought to myself, privately: ‘Daggone, we’re pretty good.’“We’re defending and, I don’t want to use the word ‘elite’ offensively, but I’ll tell you what: We can score. Holy cow. We can score the ball.”MORE: Q&A with Wofford’s Fletcher MageeThe Terriers average 83 points, which ranks 12th in Division I. They are fifth in 3-pointers made and second in 3-point percentage. Senior Fletcher Magee, a 6-5 guard who twists oddly into his jumpshot — as if the catch, turn and release were all one motion — averaged 20.5 points and is just a few made 3s away from setting the NCAA career record for 3-point goals.Junior Nathan Hoover, another guard shooting well above 40 percent from long range, was the hero of the SoCon title game, with 20 second-half points to help the Terriers overcome a small halftime deficit and pull away from UNCG to a 70-58 victory.Jackson provides the force on the inside — averaging 14.6 points and 7.5 rebounds — that draws defenders away and helps to free Magee, Hoover and sophomore point guard Storm Murphy for open 3s. Sophomore Keve Aluma provides a defensive and rebounding presence at 6-9, 230 pounds. Senior Matthew Pegram, 6-11, assures there’s another big man available when Aluma and Jackson need a break or encounter foul trouble.“You’re talking about high-character people,” Young said. “We lose 4,500 points with these three seniors. It’s just college athletics the way it was designed to be. Great people, great students, great citizens on our campus.“Greensboro was better than we were last year, but we had three shots in the last 10 seconds to beat them in the semifinals and move on. And the tears and the pain and the agony of that loss, to see how that kind of set our jaw to have a great spring and summer and the determination and incredible amount of toughness to get to this point, it’s been very rewarding.” It was about 18 months ago that Mike Young hopped in his car in Spartanburg, S.C., and headed out on a recruiting trip he believed would be essential toward success in a season that would turn out to be the greatest in his time at Wofford College.That it required a seven-hour drive was not what made it unusual. The curious thing is, he was pursuing a player who’d been with the Terriers for three years, started 35 games in his career and averaged more than a dozen points per game in his most recent season. And now Mike Young has been “awarded” for his efforts, as the advertising people like to say. Young joins last year’s choice, Mick Cronin of Cincinnati, and such recent winners as Mark Few of Gonzaga, John Calipari of Kentucky and Bill Self of Kansas.Winning has been a habit lately for Young. Wofford has not lost a game since Dec. 19. To understand how difficult it was to win 21 SoCon games without a loss, understand that East Tennessee State, Furman and UNCG each won at least 24 games overall, went 38-2 against the rest of the league — and 0-7 against Wofford.“To think we went on the road all three of those places and won, that just doesn’t happen,” Young said. “That’s really, really hard. To do it undefeated in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big South, the Southern Conference, that’s storybook stuff. You don’t even dream of stuff like that.”last_img read more

Pre-plant winter meeting to be held in Oxford, Aug. 28

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — A pre-plant winter meeting will be held at Oxford High School on Wednesday, Aug. 28 provided by the K-State Research and Extension Service in Sumner and Cowley County.The evening starts with a dinner at 6:30 p.m followed by a program at 7 p.m. You must have meal reservation by calling 620-221-5450 or 620-326-7477. The dinner is provided by American AgCredit. The program will be about winter production, winter diseases and the history of wheat.Presenters include Dr. Doug Shoup, KSRE Area Agronomist; Dr. Erick DeWolf, plant pathology; and Dr. Gerry Posler, retired professor of crops.last_img read more

Rick Pitino admits he deserved to be fired by Louisville, says Iona is his last job in coaching

first_imgAt long last, Rick Pitino admits it.“Looking back now, I deserved to be fired by Louisville.” Pitino has coached in Greece the past two seasons at Panathinaikos. In trying to get back to coaching in the U.S., he told WFAN he was looking for a Catholic school situation like Iona. He thought if Ed Cooley had become the new Michigan coach in spring 2019, he might have an opportunity to return to Providence. He also had discussed an opening with Holy Cross.But Iona — close to where one of his sons lives, to an apartment he owns in Manhattan and to Winged Foot Country Club (where he has been a member 30 years) — offered what he wanted. Pitino, 67, claims will be his last job in coaching.“I can tell you right now, the only school that could afford me, with my buyout, is Fort Knox University,” Pitino told WFAN. “I don’t think with the type of buyout I have, and I’m too embarrassed to even tell you the number it’s so scary, Iona definitely is my last stop.” Doing an interview with WFAN radio station in New York City, the newly named coach at Iona College insisted he had not personally broken any NCAA rules but acknowledged he was responsible for hiring the assistant coach whose alleged activities were cited by the FBI in formal charging documents and led to his firing by the University of Louisville in October 2017.MORE: Pitino willing to play far off Broadway in return to college coaching at IonaPitino subsequently sued the University of Louisville Athletic Association for $40 million, claiming U of L did not have cause to fire him and thus was responsible for honoring the remainder of his contract. The case was settled last September with no money changing hands but Louisville agreeing to change the terminology of his departure to “resignation.”“What have I learned? I wish I could say I would have hired different people, but I did my due diligence. I checked all those people out,” Pitino told the “Moose and Maggie” program. “So I think what I learned mostly, and I didn’t do a good job of … excuses I believe always are a sign of weakness. And I made excuses. I should have just said, ‘I hired them, I take full responsibility, the axe has to fall on me.’ Which it did. And move on. I wish I would have just handled it that way.”Pitino compiled a 416-143 record in 16 seasons at Louisville, including three Final Fours and the 2013 NCAA championship. The second and third of those Final Fours and the NCAA title were vacated following the “Breaking Cardinal Rules” scandal, in which the NCAA found that exotic dancers were performing for recruits and U of L players at the school’s athletic residence hall.Pitino discussed the responsibility of former staff member Andre McGee — a point guard and captain on Louisville’s exceptional 2009 team — in allegedly arranging those parties.“I’m able today to forgive Andre McGee,” Pitino said. “He cost me an awful lot in my life, but I’m able to forgive him because that’s your faith. If you don’t learn to forgive, then you’re not much of a person. And I would love to be forgiven for some of the things I’ve done in my life. Which I have.”Just months after those penalties for that scandal were handed down, Louisville was mentioned — though not by name — in charging documents related to the Justice Department investigation of the basketball talent game. One of Pitino’s assistants was present on an FBI wiretap at a meeting where another man discussed an apparel company making payments to a prospective Louisville recruit.MORE: College basketball is warned: FBI plays higher-stakes game than NCAA“I’ve got to take ownership and responsibility for the people I was leading,” Pitino said. But he also said he does not expect to receive any penalties from the NCAA for that situation.He said he “paid the price in a great way. I lost a lot of dignity by people doing it the wrong way.” Pitino said anyone who disbelieves him can call any player from Boston U, Providence, Kentucky or Louisville about the way he ran a college program.last_img read more

GOP Chair Ronna McDaniel: National Mail-in Voting System Not Viable

first_imgVoters in Wisconsin went to the polls during the coronavirus shelt-in-place order last week. Many waited in long lines braving the virus to cast their vote. With health officials unable to nail down when the coronavirus outbreat will end many are asking: What about voting in the national presidential election in November?Should voters be able to use a national mail-in voting system instead of going to the polls? GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told the South Florida Morning show that she doesn’t think states can successfully pull off voting by mail in four months.Listen to the full interview here. course Joe Biden beat out Bernie Sanders whose name is still on the ballot despite suspending his campaign. And President Trump won the republican vote.last_img read more

Over US$104.8M Needed for UNMIL Drawdown

first_imgThe Senate Committee on Defense, Security, Intelligence & Veterans Affairs, has reported to Senate plenary that the proposed UNMIL drawdown plan developed by the Government of Liberia and UNMIL covering the three fiscal periods of 2015-2018 will cost US$104,848,878.45, an amount which it concedes the government cannot handle alone. The report recognizes the need to lobby with immediate effect the country’s international partners for assistance. In its recommendation contained in the report read yesterday, the 15-member committee, headed by Lofa County Senator Stephen J.H. Zargo, noted that the 2015/2016 budget period is crucial as it is the period prior to UNMIL June 2016 drawdown, and that “the aggregate cost for this period is US$76,188.89.” “We therefore instruct that the Minister of Justice and chairman of the joint security report to Defense Committee in two weeks, as of today’s date with a realistic and achievable budget for consideration for this budget period, taking into consideration what the Justice Minister considered County/Regional Hot/Trouble spot or high threat zone approach,” the committee said.The committee further reported that during its engagement with national security institutions, it was discovered that some of them contribute considerably to the national budget while others whose budgetary allotments are far more than others, do not contribute.A case in point, according to the committee, is the Bureau of Immigration & Naturalization which in 2013-2014 contributed over US$3M to the national budget while the Liberia National Police could not produce any record to suggest that it contributed to the budget under the same period. “Therefore, we recommend that we allot based in part on institution’s contribution to the budget and in part on its strategic contribution.”During discussions leading to the recommendation, Justice Minister Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, in his capacity as chairman of the joint security, informed the meeting that he had convinced President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to include the UNMIL drawdown plan in the Post Ebola Recovery Plan and called for political will on the part of government for the UNMIL drawdown plan to succeed.Justice Minister Sannoh during the discussion reportedly clarified that the Government of Liberia’s plan for UNMIL drawdown would remain public.For his part, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Cllr. H. Varney Sherman, whose committee formed part of the meeting, encouraged the national security authorities to sufficiently publicize their activities, while Grand Bassa County Senator Jonathan Kaipay, advised that documents relating to the drawdown be provided to the Defense Committee, totally or in segments, considering their relevance and significance.In the same vein, Bomi County Senator Morris Saytumah encouraged the security authorities and the Executive Branch of Government to submit their budget in a timely manner in order to give the Legislature ample time to review them for consideration, a view shared by Gbarpolu County Senator Daniel F. Naatehn; while the security advisor to President Sirleaf encouraged continuous engagement with the people and economic empowerment of the youth and former combatants.Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh underscored the need to allay the fears and negative perceptions of the Liberian people in the face of the UNMIL drawdown saying there was no looming anarchy nor was the Liberian state on the brink of failure resulting from the departure of UNMIL.  The committee’s report is the aftermath of its meeting with Liberia national security actors held April 7, in the Conference Room of the Senate Pro Tempore. In attendance were heads of all national security institutions, including the Liberia National Police, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, Drugs Enforcement Agency, National Fire Service, Bureau of Correction and Rehabilitation, Armed Forces of Liberia, Ministers of Defense and Justice, and Security Advisor to the President of Liberia, among others.It may be recalled that last March, Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence informed her colleagues that unless some serious efforts were made to beef up the country’s national security prior to the conclusion of the UNMIL drawdown, the security of the country could be at risk, and therefore,  requested an urgent hearing in Executive session.The Grand Bassa lawmaker said such a meeting would require the participation of the heads of all security agencies, including the Defense Minister, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, the Police Director and the Chief of Immigration. It was based on Senator Lawrence’s concern that her communication was sent to the Committees on Defense, Intelligence and Veterans’ Affairs, and Judiciary, with the option to do further consultations and report to plenary within two weeks.Meanwhile, the plenary yesterday thanked the committee for its timely intervention and meeting with national security actors, and unanimously voted to adopt the recommendations contained in the report.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more