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The Latest: Washington State AD, coaches taking pay cuts

first_imgThe club says it made the decision after discussions with the Spanish government. It says it is “fully aware of its responsibility during the current pandemic” and “players will continue to train at home.”Real Sociedad had said it would give its players the option to start training individually at the team’s training center beginning on Tuesday. It would be the first Spanish club to return to practice during the pandemic.Spain is starting to loosen some of its lockdown measures this week by allowing non-essential workers to return to their activities while observing social-distancing guidelines. But group activities will remain prohibited and sports facilities won’t be allowed to reopen.Real Sociedad says players have been training at home for the last month. The club prepared individual training routines for players and sent them stationary bicycles and treadmills.___ The team launched the Hats Off to Our Heroes Fund on Monday, two days before it will reveal the new uniforms. The Browns said the team will commit 100 percent of the proceeds “for a significant period of time” to the fund.“When finalizing our uniform announcement, we realized we had an incredible opportunity to further our support of heroes battling COVID-19 on the front lines for our entire community,” executive vice president JW Johnson said. “We hope the excitement surrounding the new uniforms can help make a significant impact through the Hats Off to Our Heroes Fund, and we greatly appreciate the support from our fans, retail partners and team to make this special way to give back to those leaders possible.” This is the second time in four years the Browns have changed uniforms. The new ones are expected to embrace concepts from previous versions. The team is not expected to make any major changes to its iconic orange logo-less helmet.___Premier League club Tottenham has reversed a decision to use government money to fund some staff salaries during the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Washington State athletic director Pat Chun, head football coach Nick Rolovich, and men’s basketball coach Kyle Smith will all take voluntary 5% pay cuts through the end of the 2020-21 academic year due to revenue reductions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. April 13, 2020 Another 50,000 euros ($55,000) will be donated to reduce the social impact of the pandemic.Each draw is expected to have 16 players competing.The Madrid Open was one of more than 30 professional tournaments canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for May 1-10.___Spanish soccer club Real Sociedad is going back on its plan to resume practicing at the team’s training center during the coronavirus pandemic. But he added that his view on the NHL season was more affected by the state of the world during the coronavirus pandemic than the logistics of holding sporting events.“Everything just keeps getting delayed even more, like lockdowns and stuff like that,” Doughty said. “People are dying even more every day. So I just don’t see how or when we’re going to be able to make any type of decision to return to the season.”In an interview Monday on CNN, Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to say the NHL hasn’t ruled anything in or out when it comes to the resumption of play.“We’re exploring all options, but when we’ll have an opportunity to return depends on things that we have absolutely no control over because it all starts with everybody’s health and well-being,” Bettman said. “Until there’s a sense that people can get together, not just in our arenas but for our players to get together to work out, we don’t know when we can come back, but it’s something we’re monitoring on a daily basis.”— Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno reporting The north London club faced two weeks of criticism for deciding to use the government’s job retention scheme.Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy says “the criticism the club has received over the last week has been felt all the more keenly because of our track record of good works and our huge sense of responsibility to care for those that rely on us.”Staff put on furlough during the pandemic receive 80% of their salaries up to a maximum of 2,500 pounds ($3,000) per month from the government. And Tottenham had said non-playing staff not being furloughed would have their pay cut 20%.But Levy now says “in the context of revised budgets and cost cutting” all non-playing staff will remain on full pay in April and May with only the board having salaries reduced.The Premier League season has been suspended for more than a month with no date set for its resumption. The star Los Angeles Kings defenseman said Monday it’s going to be difficult for hockey to get back this season, even just to hold the playoffs and hand out the Stanley Cup.“Honestly, I don’t see how the season is going to return,” Doughty said. “I really don’t. We have no idea when this virus is going to be over.”The 30-year-old known for his frank answers and commentary cast doubt on the validity of a 2020 Cup winner, especially given that there were 189 regular-season games left and not all teams had played the same number of games. Doughty is also concerned about how playing late into the summer might affect next season, which the league has maintained it wants to play in full.“I know they so badly want to give out the Stanley Cup this year, but in all seriousness it’s not going to be like winning a real Stanley Cup because the (regular) season wasn’t finished,” Doughty said. “There’s teams that couldn’t get in the playoffs. And then I’m assuming they’d have to come up with a different playoff format. I don’t know. It’d be a little different. I’m not a huge fan of it, as much as I want to play. I just don’t want things to go into next season and affecting those (games).”Doughty, who won the Cup with Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014, said “for sure” his opinion would be different if the Kings were in a different spot in the standings. They were 28th out of 31 teams and eliminated from playoff contention. The federation, the league, and the players’ association have been at odds over a variety of issues in recent years and the disputes have continued during the pandemic despite their own calls for unity. ___Miami women’s basketball coach Katie Meier revealed Monday that she was on a recruiting trip to Spain when the coronavirus scare began seriously gripping the globe last month, and immediately returned to South Florida for a two-week period of self-quarantine.Miami has an incoming freshman for next season from Spain, Paula Fraile Ruiz. And Europe has been a major part of Meier’s recruiting strategies for many years, so she went to Spain shortly after the Hurricanes were ousted from the ACC Tournament.Most of her meetings and visits were canceled. She left about a day after arriving, and one player she was in contact with was getting alerts on her phone about the severity of the pandemic during her meeting with Meier. The Spanish league says it will not attend upcoming meetings organized by the Spanish Football Federation to discuss the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.The league says the decision is a response to the federation’s release to the media of audios from a previous meeting to allegedly boost its own interests.The league says it will take the necessary legal actions against the federation for having released the information without anybody else’s consent. Spain’s players’ association had already said it would sue the federation because of the audios that undermined its president.The federation admits it released the recordings but denies they were leaked. It says it was clear to everyone that the conversations would be recorded. The Latest: Washington State AD, coaches taking pay cuts Nebraska fans can scratch their football itch Saturday when the school’s athletic department streams a virtual spring game on its social media platforms.All 39 spring games scheduled this week have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Nebraska spring game typically draws as many as 85,000 at Memorial Stadium. Last year’s contest generated about $1 million in ticket sales and concessions.The virtual spring game will feature Nebraska greats of the past with audio provided by the voices of the Learfield IMG College/Husker Sports radio network.Georgia has produced a virtual G-Day plan for Saturday. The SEC Network will re-broadcast the 2019 game against Notre Dame. Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart will tweet commentary. The team’s radio broadcast team will have a Facebook live broadcast. In a lengthy letter to fans and alumni, Chun said while the full economic impact of the pandemic is not known, the school’s athletic department is taking steps to soften the blow from the loss of expected revenue.In addition to the salary cuts, Chun said all Washington State coaches will voluntarily forgo all bonuses or incentives through the end of the 2020-21 academic year. The school will also freeze the prices of season tickets and student sports passes for fans and continue to be flexible with football season-ticket renewals and payments.Chun also said the school is estimating an additional $300,000 in grant-in-aid costs for athletes in spring sports who have indicated an interest in taking advantage of having an additional year of eligibility.___Two-time Stanley Cup champion and 2016 Norris Trophy winner Drew Doughty is pessimistic about the chances of the NHL resuming play this season. ___Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are among 12 players confirmed to play in the virtual Madrid Open tennis tournament this month.David Goffin, John Isner, Karen Khachanov, Eugenie Bouchard, Kristina Mladenovic and Kiki Bertens will also participate from their homes in the April 27-30 online competition that is expected to be broadcast live on TV and social media channels.Khachanov says “this initiative is interesting and it will bring back some competition in our sport. I’m looking forward to challenge my fellow players and show my skills to the tennis fans around the world.”There will be 150,000 euros ($164,000) distributed in prize money for each of the men’s and women’s events. The winners then decide how much they want to donate to tennis players who are having a hard time financially without any tournaments to play. Associated Press ___Six Milwaukee Brewers players and longtime team broadcaster Bob Uecker are contributing to a $1 million fund that the franchise has established to assist game-day workers at Miller Park who have lost wages due to the coronavirus pandemic.Outfielder/first baseman Ryan Braun was the first to commit by providing a $100,000 pledge to the fund. Uecker followed with a $50,000 pledge. Outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich and pitchers Corey Knebel, Josh Lindblom and Brent Suter provided additional pledges to bring the total to $300,000.Braun and Yelich already had teamed with 3rd Street Market Hall to help provide thousands of meals to Milwaukee-area health care providers working with four major hospital networks during the pandemic.___ “And I said, ‘OK, I need to go,’” Meier said. “I had two more visits planned, but I didn’t make them and got back.”Meier was planning to be in New York this weekend to support Miami’s Beatrice Mompremier at the WNBA draft, though that trip was canceled because of the pandemic, as well. The draft will be done remotely as planned.___The Premier Lacrosse League has postponed the start of its 2020 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The season was scheduled to begin play on May 29 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The PLL plans to announce an update in May on a new start date for the season. “The health of our players, coaches, fans and colleagues are of paramount importance to us as we go through this unprecedented time,” Mike Rabil, who founded the league with his brother Paul, said in a statement. “As a league, we will continue to adhere to guidelines administered by the CDC, respective state governments, and our hosting venues. This was a difficult decision for our league but a necessary measure to ensure the safety of all parties.” The league debuted last year with six teams traveling to different cities to play weekend games. One team was added for this season, which has 12 weekends of regular season action planned, including an all-star game, before its playoffs.The National Lacrosse League last week canceled the last three weekends of its regular season. The league says returning for its playoffs will be determined “based on the COVID-19 circumstances.”___The Cleveland Browns will donate net proceeds from sales of their new jerseys to a fund aiding health care professionals, first responders and others who have selflessly served during the COVID-19 pandemic. Notre Dame is holding a Saturday night “watch party” with the 2006 game against UCLA on the athletic department’s YouTube channel. There will be a fan chat, trivia questions and chances to win Fighting Irish apparel.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

STAG Nations Cup 2016/17 Presentation Western Tigers cart off $2M as top four clubs rewarded

first_imgCASH prizes and trophies totalling over $4M were yesterday morning handed out to the top four clubs and outstanding individuals emerging from the 2016/17 edition of the STAG Nations Cup knock-out competition, which had involved clubs from five of the Guyana Football Federation affiliates.Making a clean sweep of the top four spots was the Georgetown Football Association (GFA) which saw Western Tigers win the top prize of $2M along with the Most Valuable Player and Best Goalkeeper accolades which went to Phillip Rowley and Troy Carrington, respectively.Santos FC who lost the final 0-3 walked away with $1M, the Guyana Police Force Football Club received $500 000 as the third-place winners, while club member Quincy Holder ended as the Highest Goalscorer with … goals and was duly recognised. Riddim Squad who lost the third-place match-up 1-2 collected $300 000.Handing over the prizes was Ansa McAl’s STAG Brand Assistant Keon Persaud, who congratulated the teams for their efforts during the competition which also comprised teams from Berbice, East Demerara, East Bank and West Demerara.Western Tigers head coach Calvin Allen, in receiving the champions’ cheque credited the team’s win to hard work and team spirit.“I think that Western Tigers always are a talented bunch of players, more so young players and with the blend of Phillip Rowley, Ryan Adolph and the other senior guys around, it is just about getting the group to work together and a bit harder. I think they were a bit relaxed and took things for granted but are now working hard.”Allen, who took over the head technical position at the club last July, noted that they players worked very hard each session, day in, day out.“There are a few things that we have implemented that have probably changed the fortunes of the team and the administration of the club has been doing a great job also.”Allen further stated that the club now boasts a revamped and structured youth programme.“So far I think we have done a marvellous job. We’ve got about 50 to 60 youngsters coming out to the ground on any given day and the female programme we’ve focused a lot on.“We have females from the age of five/six to about 15 years old. So it’s a very young female group and we are hoping to mould them into a very strong and competitive group and hopefully a good group for Guyana.”last_img read more

The Latest: Baseball in Japan could start in June

first_imgThe 38-year-old Ibrahimovic could return to the club as a player in the final years of his career.Milan and most of the other Italian league clubs resumed training on an individual basis last week before full team training restarts next Monday.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___The Portuguese soccer federation says the league, clubs and players must take responsibility for the consequences of the return to soccer in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.The federation says that is the first condition stipulated by government authorities to allow the Portuguese league and the Portuguese Cup to resume as planned by the end of the month.The federation says the league, clubs and players at all times “assume the risk of infection” and “bear the responsibility” of all possible consequences related to the disease and to “the risk for public health.”The federation says it received a set of conditions from the government on Sunday. Japan is living under a state of emergency that is in effect until May 31.Commissioner Atsushi Saito says “I don’t think anyone can make preparations by setting a specific opening day.”Saito says the All-Star game in July has been canceled for the first time since it was initially held almost 70 years ago. The Japanese season was originally scheduled to open on March 20.Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University professor Mitsuo Kaku says it would be difficult to set a date for the season to start with the state of emergency still in effect.Baseball has begun in Taiwan and South Korea in empty stadiums. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The head of Japanese baseball says the 12-team league is hoping to start play next month but no specific date has been set. The Latest: Baseball in Japan could start in Junecenter_img Associated Press The government recently said it would allow the league and the cup to resume on May 30. The second division was canceled.___Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to return to Italy to spend two weeks in quarantine ahead of the potential return of the Serie A season with AC Milan.He leaves behind plenty of questions in his native Sweden.Ibrahimovic has been keeping up his fitness by training with Hammarby. He bought a nearly 25% stake in the Stockholm-based club last year in his first move into soccer ownership. The striker practiced with the men’s and women’s teams and played in a training match because Sweden is not under strict lockdown measures during the coronavirus pandemic. May 11, 2020last_img read more

A look at the story of ‘student-athlete 7,’ a key figure in Syracuse’s academic violations

first_imgIn the NCAA’s report on Syracuse University, released Friday, violations concerning academics, the university’s drug policy and a lack of institutional control are laid out.In the section outlining these violations is the case of “Student-Athlete 7,” which ranges from page 23-27 of the report. While not specifically named in the report, the timeline of events matches that of former Syracuse center Fab Melo. The Post-Standard has definitively identified student-athlete 7 as Melo.Melo was ruled ineligible twice during the 2011-12 season. He missed the 2012 NCAA Tournament because of what SU called an “eligibility issue.” It was an academic issue, according to reports at the time. Melo also missed games against Notre Dame, Cincinnati and West Virginia in late January of 2012 because of an academic issue.The report says that in January 2012, SU declared student-athlete 7 ineligible for competition because he failed to meet the NCAA’s progress-toward-degree minimum requirement. SU submitted a waiver application to the NCAA Academic and Membership Affairs explaining both medical and personal difficulties student-athlete 7 faced during his time at SU.Melo suffered a tear in his calf muscle of his right leg during the 2010-11 season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs part of the waiver application, a personal statement was signed. It is unclear who actually wrote the personal statement. In interviews with the NCAA Committee on Infractions, the director of compliance, the director of basketball operations — who The Post-Standard has identified as Stan Kissel — and student-athlete 7 all had different accounts of the creation of the personal statement, according to the report. Their accounts are as follows:     The director of compliance said she worked primarily with the director of basketball operations on the statement.     The director of basketball operations said he worked with student-athlete 7 and coordinated with the director of compliance on the statement.     Student-athlete 7 said he worked with the director of compliance on the statement.No matter who worked with whom to write the statement, it was not impermissible for student-athlete 7 to receive assistance on the personal statement included in his waiver application, according to the NCAA report. The waiver application, including the personal statement, was submitted on Jan. 16, 2012. It was denied four days later, SU appealed, and the appeal was denied on Jan. 24, 2012, according to the report.“After the second denial, the institution initiated a series of events that it asserted were motivated by student-athlete 7’s best interests, mainly to restore student-athlete 7’s eligibility and return him to the basketball court,” according to the report.A meeting was held the next morning to discuss three options relating to a course grade for student-athlete 7, including the execution of a grade change, according to the report.While the process to change a grade can only be initiated by students, attendees of the meeting, including Director of Athletics Daryl Gross, tasked the director of basketball operations “to inform student-athlete 7 of his options and to follow up on the matter,” according to the report.During the hearing before the NCAA Committee on Infractions, SU “also indicated that there were other motivations at play. Daryl Gross indicated that this particular student-athlete ‘needed basketball.’” Men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim “also expressed a desire for ‘the best defensive player in the country to play’ but acknowledged that he hoped it would be done within the rules,” according to the report.Melo had 88 blocks during the 2011-12 season, 16th-most in NCAA Division I men’s basketball. He was named the 2011-12 Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Year.Two days after the NCAA denied SU’s appeal, student-athlete 7 met with the professor of the course to pursue a grade change, and it was decided that student-athlete 7 was to complete a 4-5 page paper with scholarly citations. The next morning the professor received an email from student-athlete 7’s account with the assignment. The paper was “inadequate” because of the lack of citations and the professor received another version of the assignment from student-athlete 7’s email account later that afternoon, according to the report.The final version, the professor decided, warranted the boost of a full letter grade. Strong efforts were made to ensure the proper forms were filled out so student-athlete 7 could play in that Saturday’s men’s basketball game. The form was not completed and student-athlete 7 sat out the game, according to the report.Melo did not play in SU’s game against West Virginia on Jan. 28, 2012.“At no time during this process did compliance, the head basketball coach or anyone that attended the January 25, 2012, meeting inquire about the validity of the work or grade change,” according to the report.The report says student-athlete 7’s first game back was Feb. 4, 2012. Melo’s first game back was Feb. 4, 2012 against St. John’s.SU concluded, the report says, that the director of basketball operations and the basketball facility receptionist — who The Post-Standard has identified as Debora Belanger — “took it upon themselves to try and restore student-athlete 7’s eligibility through the provision of obviously improper assistance with the grade change.” SU reported that both personnel provided text, research and citations in student-athlete 7’s final paper.“When tracing the origins of student-athlete 7’s assignment, the institution discovered that the personal statement from student-athlete 7’s waiver application was saved on the director of basketball operations’ computer,” according to the report. “The institution reported that the final paper submitted for credit was actually a revision of the personal statement previously included in student-athlete 7’s waiver application, which had been just recently filed with the NCAA and denied.”No data associated with any versions of the paper listed student-athlete 7 as an author, according to the report.SU concluded, the report says, that student-athlete seven received “unauthorized assistance” in completing the assignment, and issued him a failing grade. SU later fired the basketball facility receptionist and permitted the director of basketball operations to resign.“In the example of student-athlete 7, in order to keep one of their best players eligible the institution simply did not take ‘no’ from the NCAA for an answer,” the report says.SU self-reported the incident in December 2013, according to the report.Syracuse NCAA Violation: Pages 23-27 Related Stories Mysterious bank account, illegitimate internships and other takeaways from the “Findings of Fact” section of NCAA report Published on March 7, 2015 at 2:14 am Contact Justin: jmatting@syr.edu | @jmattingly306 Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentslast_img read more

Correcting course: A look back on Interim President Wanda Austin’s tenure

first_imgBut 12 days after the Daily Trojan sat down with Austin for an extensive interview about her time as interim president thus far, news of USC’s involvement in a nationwide college admissions scandal broke, adding to the lexicon of controversies that have roiled the University in the past two years. Eight days later, Folt was announced as the 12th president in USC’s history, ensuring that Austin — who had no interest in the permanent position — has an end date to her brief but hectic term. “It’s not a holding-place presidency,” Cornell said. “It’s very active.” “She made a decision and she was personally attacked for it. She knew that was coming, but she also knew she was doing the right thing,” Caruso said. “It’s a very rare quality in the world today to take the right position for all the right reasons, and make the decision knowing that you’ll be criticized for it.” “There was quick and decisive action on her part to terminate people who were involved,” Caruso said. “I believe that had Wanda not been there, and there hadn’t been a change in that type of culture … it would have been swept under the rug. Those days are gone.” Wanda Austin doesn’t like to sleep in. Every morning by 7:15 a.m. at the latest, USC’s interim president is at her desk in Bovard Auditorium conducting meetings or reading papers. Dennis Cornell, her chief of staff, has received texts from her as early as 3:12 in the morning. Austin said that some misinterpreted the title of “interim” president to imply a more limited role. In her view, she is very much a legitimate leader. But for Austin, there was never any question about what she had to do. Cornell explained that she saw part of her role as clearing the way for the next president of USC by dealing with the major issues on the table to ensure a smooth path forward. “In her own sort of quiet, soft way, she’s a disruptor,” Board of Trustees Chairman Rick Caruso said. “She has a very clear-eyed view of what needs to be done, and she’s accomplished it.” Becoming president “One of the nice things about being in an academic community is that you have different voices that can be heard,” Austin said. “I’ve always been one that felt that you can disagree without being disagreeable.” “We are accountable for the actions of our employees,” Austin said. “Clearly, we did not detect that something was not being handled properly. We will work to make the corrections that are necessary to make sure that will never happen again.” Caruso led the Board of Trustees’ move to support Austin’s decision and said he saw Ellis’ ouster as an example of her willingness to put the University’s interests above her own. “The foundational emotion was just pride and honor, and then the secondary reality is, this is a really big job,” Austin said, laughing. “This is a very big job.” That’s probably for the best, considering the firestorm that Austin stepped into when she assumed the interim presidency. As she prepares to pass on her title to President-elect Carol Folt on July 1, Austin firmly believes the University has corrected course under her leadership — demonstrating “concern and compassion” to counteract two years’ worth of scandals and cover-ups. And she’s proud of her decision to take the reins at a time of turmoil, despite the controversies that have erupted during her tenure. Her other major initiative, the USC Office of the Ombuds, was created to offer students a centralized place to go if they wanted to report an issue with a faculty or staff member — a direct response to revelations that students’ and nurses’ numerous reports of Tyndall’s allegedly inappropriate behavior were buried in the chain of command. But more than providing a practical resource, the office aims to send a message that USC is open and willing to listen. The decision drew criticism from numerous trustees as well as faculty, alumni and students. Hundreds of Ellis’ supporters protested on campus and donors threatened to withdraw their contributions, while critics claimed that Austin shouldn’t have the authority to make drastic employment decisions in her interim position. “She takes in all the input and makes a decision based on the facts,” Caruso said. “She knows she doesn’t have all the answers, but she knows where to find them.” Austin took a similarly firm stance earlier this month after federal investigators charged a senior USC athletics administrator and four current or former coaches with accepting millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for admitting dozens of students under the guise of athletic recruitment. She announced that USC would deny admission to incoming freshman students who were connected to the scheme, hire an outside law firm to conduct a full review of the scandal and consider revoking the degrees of students who were admitted through fraudulent means. Under her leadership, Austin has not hesitated to make important decisions, from a $215 million settlement with the victims of former health center gynecologist George Tyndall to the ouster of Marshall School of Business Dean James Ellis. Hours after the news of the admissions scandal broke, she swiftly fired a senior associate athletic director and a highly-decorated water polo coach, both of whom were indicted in the case. “People are coming through a number of crises that have shaken their confidence in the school, left them uncertain about the future,” said Thomas Kosakowski, USC’s ombudsman for the Health Sciences Campus. “One of our big jobs is to help empower people by explaining their options by coaching them to be effective advocates for themselves so that these issues don’t stay stuck in a corner — they can be brought out into the light.” Transparency & accountability Austin carried that message with her through college — she received a doctorate in systems engineering from USC in 1988 — and into her career as an engineer and eventually CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, a major national security contractor. She joined USC’s Board of Trustees in 2010 and became the first woman and first person of color to lead the University last May, following former president C. L. Max Nikias’ resignation — an event she said inspired a “roller coaster” of emotions. It’s still unclear how much Nikias knew about former Keck School of Medicine Dean Carmen Puliafito’s alleged drug use on campus or Tyndall’s alleged decades-long sexual abuse of students. But repeated scandals, from an FBI sting operation that charged former USC assistant basketball coach Tony Bland with bribery to revelations that Puliafito’s replacement had previously faced accusations of sexual harassment have tested the University’s commitment to transparency. Austin, 64, was born in the Bronx, a “barber’s daughter” who displayed an affinity for math early on. She remembers a pivotal moment in junior high school when a teacher encouraged her to pursue her passion despite what others may think. “I see people excited about the opportunities that they get because they’re at the University of Southern California,” Austin said. “I feel really rewarded that my efforts to ensure the University continues in a positive way enables them to focus on doing the great things they want to do.” “I think it’s really important that everybody in our community recognizes that if there is an issue they’re concerned about in our community, we want to hear about it,” Austin said. “We want to investigate and follow up.”center_img Caruso said that before Austin’s tenure, there was “very little accountability” for the actions of USC employees. But her decision to fire senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and water polo coach Jovan Vavic sent a strong message that the culture at USC had changed — from one of passivity to one of “transparency and accountability.” Austin said she consulted with advisors before making the decision to oust Ellis as dean, but that ultimately, it was hers to make alone.   Though critics called it premature and some former patients told the Daily Trojan they would not participate in the settlement, Austin claimed the payout will provide closure to Tyndall’s victims. Passing on the torch As Austin prepares to leave office — she is working out a presidential transition before reclaiming her place on the Board of Trustees — she feels the steps taken under her leadership have helped chart a more ethical course for USC’s future. But she has no illusions that the process of change is over. As the recent admissions scandal demonstrated, the lack of accountability that’s built up over decades will have a far-reaching fallout that is difficult to combat. Austin’s commitment to openness has been championed, though, by those who have worked with her. Austin’s supporters say she’s ushered in a new era of collaboration and is more willing to listen to the advice of those around her than previous presidents. When asked if University leadership should have been aware of the illicit scheme, Austin said she seeks to trust employees, but must verify that their actions are appropriate — and that did not happen. But her intentions were questioned again when Austin sent an email to the USC community describing the University as a “victim” in the scheme, sparking outrage over what many saw as a further denial of responsibility by the administration. Austin said the phrasing was meant to clarify that in legal terms, USC had been defrauded. Last October, USC took its first step in addressing Tyndall, the former Engemann Student Health Center gynecologist who allegedly sexually abused patients over the course of nearly 30 years, by announcing a $215 million settlement with his former patients. Cornell described Austin’s first cabinet meeting as emblematic of the radical shift that had taken place at the management level. She instructed her senior officers to come prepared with problems that the leadership should discuss as a unit — but also, Cornell said, to propose three solutions for every problem. This “shared governance” approach is important to Austin, who said she has made it a priority since she stepped into this role to “listen first.” “She is definitely a morning person,” Cornell said. “I don’t think she requires a lot of sleep.” “I am the president until the new, permanent president shows up,“ Austin said. “I think [future presidents] would look with dismay if they had a president who sat and did not move the ball forward on issues that needed to be addressed.” “We were in a state of change, and we did not have a succession candidate for the presidency at the time when we decided that we needed to make a change,” Austin said. “I felt that I could offer to serve in that capacity.” “Personnel decisions [are] not done by popular vote,” Austin said. “This is not something that you bring out and solicit input from people publicly.” “It gives people an opportunity to be validated and to be able to say, ‘OK, I was harmed,’ and do that with privacy and respect, without having to relive the specifics or details, or to have to publicly discuss it,” Austin said. Austin’s commitment to transparency was tested in December, when she made the decision to end Ellis’ term starting in June 2019. A number of complaints against the school were received by the USC Office of Equity and Diversity, Austin wrote in a letter at the time, that led her to believe a change of leadership was necessary. But she has never publicly explained what those complaints were and declined to do so in an interview. Parting president | Since being appointed interim president by the Board of Trustees in August 2018, Wanda Austin has left her mark on USC during its most turbulent year yet. (Tucker Judkins/Daily Trojan) “Usually girls are told, if you’re too smart, boys won’t be interested,” Austin said. “That wasn’t an issue for me.” “They were immediately terminated because we had concrete evidence that they violated our trust and abused the admissions process, which undermines our academic integrity,” Austin said in an interview with the Daily Trojan last week. “I was disappointed to find that part of our senior leadership and people we put in positions of trust made unfortunate decisions to serve themselves.” The settlement was one of Austin’s first major decisions as president in an attempt to mend USC’s culture. But in February, USC was hit with another lawsuit — this time from six former students, all gay or bisexual men, who alleged that men’s health doctor Dennis Kelly sexually abused them during their time at USC. The total number of plaintiffs grew to 21 in March, but USC has not released a statement addressing Kelly, who resigned from the University in August 2018. Austin has worked to change this trajectory. In one of her first moves as president, she created the Office of Professionalism and Ethics to streamline complaint monitoring and investigation. She followed up by establishing the President’s Campus Culture Commission, a group of administrative, faculty and student leaders working to “raise awareness of our collective values.” As a former CEO, Austin is used to putting out fires. She felt her focus on ethical leadership was what USC needed at that time, after a Los Angeles Times investigation first reported accusations that a campus gynecologist had abused students for decades. Coupled with Nikias’ refusal to speak to the Times during its investigation and USC’s intent focus on fundraising under his leadership, there was a sense that the University needed to recalibrate its values. Dealing with the fallout of the scandal, which has made national headlines, is the latest test that her administration has faced. And Caruso is glad that Austin is the one pushing the buttons.   “You’d like to be able to hit the ‘easy’ button and declare it done,” Austin said. “This is going to be an effort that goes on for quite some time, long after I’m no longer here.”last_img read more

Athletics, Khris Davis agree to 2-year contract extension

first_imgMORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNFinancial details were not disclosed, but ESPN reports the deal is for $33.5 million.Keep Khrushing.Khris Davis remains “Rooted In Oakland” with a contract extension through the 2021 season. #RootedInOaklandhttps://t.co/se7xyQFUn7 pic.twitter.com/2BAJnOs9GR— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) April 18, 2019″Khris is a special talent who has made a tremendous impact both on and off the field during his time here,” A’s executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane said in a release.”He’s become one of the most beloved players to have worn an A’s uniform, and his commitment to Oakland has never wavered. He made it clear from the beginning that he wants to play, and win, right here. We’re thrilled that Khris will continue to be an A.”Davis was acquired by the A’s from the Brewers in a trade for Bubba Derby and Jacob Nottingham in February 2016. “Oakland has been a special place for me since I arrived,” Davis said. “I love playing here in front of our fans, and my teammates make this feel like a family. I never hid the fact that I wanted to stay in Oakland because that is how I feel and I’m glad that I can continue to call the city of Oakland my baseball home. This team has a bright future, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”Davis, 31, is batting .260 with 20 RBIs and a .967 OPS through 20 games this season and has hit an MLB-leading 10 home runs.He has a .247 average with 143 home runs and 355 RBIs in four seasons in Oakland. Khris Davis has extended his stay in Oakland.The Athletics announced Thursday they have signed the outfielder and designated hitter to a two-year contract extension keeping him with the club through 2021.last_img read more

India close in on unbelievable 300 medal mark at the South Asian Games –…

first_imgImage Courtesy: AIFF/IANS/Pro KabbadiAdvertisement iNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsfvbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4e3nsu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) hceWould you ever consider trying this?😱lkCan your students do this? 🌚kezhtRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian athletes have shown absolute domination at the 2019 South Asian Games. Back on 7th December, the fourth day of the tournament, they smashed the all time record tally by winning a staggering 56 medals in a single day, and crossed the 100 medal mark in the championship. Well, it didn’t just stop at that number. Yesterday, they secured 42 medals, which includes 27 gold. This has upped India’s medal count to a monumental 294, almost crossing the triple century mark in the total medals won.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AIFF/IANS/Pro KabbadiLooking at the split of the total number of medals won, India has secured 159 gold, 91 silver and 44 bronze after the 8th day of the tournament. Additionally, they have further widened the gap with the hosts Nepal, who are trailing behind with a total of 195 medals, including 49 gold, 54 silver and 92 bronze. Sri Lanka are still in third place, with 39 gold, 79 silver and 118 bronze totaling to 236.All the medals India has won yesterday are listed below-Advertisement Boxing: The maximum number of gold was secured in boxing. Six Indian boxers secured a gold each in their own respective categories. Ankit Khatana won gold in the men’s 75 kg category. Vinod Tanwar’s gold came in men’s 49 kg category. Sachin Siwach secured one in the men’s 56 kg category. Gaurav Chauhan bagged one in the men’s 91 kg category., Kalaivani Srinivasan and Parveen Hooda are the female boxers who brought two golds each, in the 48 kg and 60 kg categories respectively.Wrestling: Two golds were secured in wrestling, one in each of men’s and women’s categories. National gold medalist Gaurav Baliyan won one in the men’s 74 kg. In the women’s 68 kg category, Anita Sheoran bagged a gold. She previously won a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.Fencing: The Indian women fencers secured two golds with wins in both the fencing events yesterday. A single gold was bagged by the men’s team.Basketball: Two golds were won in the 3×3 basketball discipline. The men’s and women’s teams both won one gold each.Kabbadi: Both the teams won a gold each by defeating their opponents in the Kabbadi final round. The men’s team overpowered Sri Lanka 51-18, while the hosts were dominated 50-13 by the women’s team.Shooting: A single gold came in the mixed event category. The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Annu Raj Singh and youngster Shravan Kumar together grabbed the podium finish.Women’s Football: The women’s football team took on Nepal in the final yesterday, and won the match 2-0, thanks to a brace by Ngangom Bala Devi, who plays as a forward in the Manipur Police Sports Club in the Indian Women’s League. She is also the highest goal scorer in the tournament, with 5 goals in 4 matches. Advertisementlast_img read more

Juventus want to renew Cristiano until 39

first_imgAfter the positive of Daniele Rugani due to coronavirus and with all the staff in quarantine, the Juventus He has set to work to try to solve one of the issues in the medium term that matters most to the fans: the continuity of Cristiano Ronaldo.The Portuguese, who is serving quarantine in Madeira, He has a contract until 2022 and despite his 35 years of age, his performance continues to be unbeatable. He has scored 25 goals in 32 official matches this year, in addition to providing four goal passes. Since December 1, in the A series, has scored in all matches except against Brescia (was not called) and the last against Inter de Milan. A scoring streak of eleven consecutive games watching the door is something that is within the reach of very few forwards (he is third in the fight for the Golden Boot), and in Italy they don’t want to lose an asset as important as he is. A series* Data updated as of March 15, 2020 Tuttosport explain what his idea is to extend his contract for two more years, so he would disassociate himself from the Vecchia Signora at age 39 provided both parties agreed. At this point, the player would weigh more the results than his salary when deciding. He currently charges 31 million euros per season, But as they say in the Italian environment, Cristiano is not a guy who usually leaves things halfway.At the same time that they would try to renew the Portuguese crack, They would try to find a nine under the age of 30 that would guarantee the continuity of the goal when it is gone. They talk about Timo werner (RB Leipzig), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Garbiel Jesús (Manchester City) and Mauro Icardi (PSG) as possible targets. They emphasize that it would not be a replacement, but a complement that would facilitate the task for seven, accustomed to playing at the tip since his arrival at Turin. In this way, the plan is to put a reinforcement on the side to convince him that if he continues two more years, he will be able to add titles to his showcases while maintaining his level until the last moment.center_img 7last_img read more

“Maybe I should have gone to Barcelona instead of Real Madrid”

first_imgShortly before the winter of 98, his return to Porto was planned, after going to play there with Real Madrid. “We came to play a Champions League match in Porto and speaking with President Pinto da Costa he asked me if I wanted to return. I did not look back. There were people at Real Madrid who told me not to go out, that we were going to be champions of Europe, as then happened, but I left because I could not reject the offer of Porto. I was in time to win the League five times, “he said.The Portuguese played just 17 games for Real Madrid throughout his brief journey as a white player. In Porto, he added many more titles to his achievements in addition to the League with Real Madrid: six Portuguese Leagues, five Cups, one UEFA Cup and three national Super Cups.Nowadays, Carlos Secretary is coach of the US Creteil-Lusitanos of the French Championnat National, equivalent to the Second Spanish B. Before the stoppage due to coronavirus, the Parisian club occupied half of the table with 35 points, 13 of the head and 11 of the promotion slots. “All of this happened after the Euro Cup in England. My representative called me to go to Lisbon because we had to make a contract with a club but I did not know what it was and suddenly saw that it was Real Madrid. When I was going to sign for them, Vítor Baía called me and told me about Barcelona. Bobby Robson was there and he wanted me to go too. But I had already committed to Real Madrid. Maybe it would have been better for my career to have gone to Barça, because there I had the support of my teammates but, that day, I was already signing for Real and I couldn’t reject it. Things did not go well, but we ended up winning LaLiga. The following year, after leaving in winter, Real Madrid was champion of Europe “, he assured the one who was a white winger in the TV program ‘FC Porto em casa’. Carlos Secretary was one of Fabio Capello’s requests to Lorenzo Sanz for Real Madrid. The Italian wanted to reform the squad with a reinforcement on the right side and looked at the Portuguese, then a Porto player and starter in the Portuguese team.The Secretary’s journey was not as successful as they expected and now, the former madridista admits in an interview in his country that Vitor Baía tried to take him to Barça and that in perspective, he may have chosen poorly and should have been inclined to dress in blaugrana.last_img read more

Biado rules 9-ball to give PH first ever gold in World Games

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Biado, runner up in the 2015 WPA 10-Ball World Championship, pocketed his biggest achievement yet after giving the country something to be proud of in the prestigious global competition of non-Olympic sports.He overshadowed the feat of Dennis Orcollo, who brought home the first medal from the Games by ending up with the bronze in men’s 9-ball during the 2014 edition in Cali, Columbia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’In the semifinals, Biado downed Japan’s Oi Naoyuki, 11-7, to arrange the finale with Shaw, an 11-6 winner over Taipei’s Ko Pin-Yi in the other semis pairing.While Orcollo celebrated the achievement, Chezka Centeno tumbled out of the medal podium following a 9-3 defeat at the hands of China’s Han Yu during their playoff for the bronze. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments Cue artist Carlo Biado struck the first gold medal for the Philippines in the history of the World Games.The 33-year-old ruled the 9-ball men’s pool finals Saturday at the expense of Great Britain’s Jayson Shaw, 11-7, in the ongoing quadrennial World Games in Wroclaw, Poland.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 18-year-old from Zamboanga City who won the women’s 9-ball gold in the 2015 World Games held in Shanghai, China dropped a 6-9 decision to China’s Chen Siming earlier in the semifinals.Biado, who briefly ranked No.1 in the world two years ago, and the seventh-ranked Centeno formed part of the eight players from Asia who made it to the world games based on their world rankings.Both of them are the hot favorites to retain their 9-ball pool titles as the 11-man national billiard squad competes in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 19-30.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t compare me to Spitz and Phelps, says history man Dressellast_img read more