Supreme Court rejects KPK’s appeal against not-guilty verdict for former PLN chief

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down an appeal filed by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) against a not-guilty verdict given to the former president director of state-run electricity company PLN, Sofyan Basir. Last year, the Jakarta Corruption Court cleared Sofyan of all charges in connection with bribery related to a coal-fired power plant (PLTU) project in Riau.“The appeal was turned down because according to the judicial panel, the judex facti, or decision made by the Jakarta Corruption Court, was correct in front of the law,” Supreme Court spokesperson Andi Samsan Nganro said on Wednesday as reported by kompas.com.According to Andi, the not-guilty verdict was the correct decision given that there was no evidence proving the involvement of Sofyan in the bribery case as stated on the indictment. Based on such findings, five panel-judges at the Supreme Court namely Sofyan Sitompul, Krisna Harahap, Abdul Latief, Leopold Luhut Hutagalung and Suhadi decided to turn down the appeal on Tuesday.”What was appealed by the [KPK] prosecutors has been proved based on facts and judged based on evidence,” he said, indicating that Sofyan was innocent.Read also: Supreme acquittalAt the time of writing, the KPK has not yet responded to The Jakarta Post’s requests for comments on the matter. A panel of five judges at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Nov. 4, 2019 cleared Sofyan of all charges in connection with a bribery case that took place within the Riau-1 power plant project — a coal-fired power plant (PLTU) project in Riau province. The KPK indicted him of organizing several meetings to accelerate the deliberation of the power plant project, which eventually led to a bribery scheme involving a businessman named Johannes Budisutrisno Kotjo and Golkar Party politicians Idrus Marham and Eni Maulani Saragih.Despite not having received any bribes himself, the KPK accused Sofyan of having knowledge about the illicit payments, thus demanded a five-year prison sentence and a Rp 200 million (US$ 14,144) fine for Sofyan.As the court argued that Sofyan had not broken any laws by accelerating the project’s deliberation, then-KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah pointed out how “the judges did not consider the defendant’s role in accelerating the project by breaking some rules.” (trn)Topics :last_img read more

Cesc Fabregas reveals why he chose to join Arsenal over Manchester United

first_imgFabregas went on to become a hero at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Cesc Fabregas has revealed Arsenal’s ‘special style of play’ helped convince him to move to the north London club instead of Manchester United. The Spaniard came through at Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy, but decided to make the switch to the Gunners in 2003, citing boss Arsene Wenger as a major influence. Fabregas burst onto the scene after making his first-team debut at just 16 and went on to make over 200 appearances for the club. Speaking to the Arsecast podcast, he said: ‘I was also talking to Manchester United, because they were calling me and stuff like that but I just felt Arsenal was the club. It was the club. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘They’re starting to build something special, you could see they were winning, they had a special style of play that Arsene [Wenger] likes and we studied the situation and definitely Arsenal was the right move and the right club for me. ‘I felt it straight away. I didn’t even think about going anywhere else.’Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 24 Mar 2020 2:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link508Shares Cesc Fabregas reveals why he chose to join Arsenal over Manchester United The Spaniard won the FA Cup in 2005 under Arsene Wenger (Picture: Getty Images)Fabregas recalled the moment legendary former Gunners manager Arsene Wenger personally convinced him and his family to join the club.He added: ‘Arsene was on holiday, he was in Paris, he flew over to meet me. I didn’t know what to say, to be honest. They started talking to my parents and asking them things about when I was little and stuff like that. We were talking for about an hour. ‘They made a proposal – I went out of the room because I didn’t want to hear about it, I was not interested in money, I left it to my parents and the agent. After that they showed me everything at the training ground. ‘Everything about that day I remember as if it was yesterday. I was a little kid. At the end we all talk about trophies and great moments but for me that was a great moment that I will never forget. Everything about it was the dream move for me.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsThe Monaco midfielder also admitted he has regrets over his controversial exit from the Emirates Stadium, when he forced a move back to Barcelona.He continued: ‘That is one of those things I don’t feel well with it because I pushed my move in 2011. I did things I’m not proud of.‘But if I didn’t do it it would’ve never have happened. And it had to happen at that moment. I couldn’t have another year of “yeah, we played well, next year”.’MORE: Arsenal face stiff competition in race for Newcastle’s Matty Longstaff on free transferMORE: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta provides coronavirus update: ‘I have recovered’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

North Sea Link passes halfway line in Norway

first_imgConstruction of the longest subsea power cable in the world has now passed the halfway point. Nigel Williams, construction director for National Grid North Sea link said, The construction of the platform had an average of 25 people working on it over the course of 11 days. By 2021 the two parallel 720-kilometre cables between Cambois, Northumberland in the UK and Kvilldal, in Norway will have been completed. The operation is the first of its kind in this scale in Norway This will make the 1.4-gigawatt North Sea Link the longest subsea power cable interconnector in the world. Prior to cable-laying in Norway, the team had to maneuver the cable through a lake, inaccessible by a cable layer. The laying of the 2.8-kilometre parallel subsea cables took place from a 43 x 15-metre platform at up to 210 metres depths. “The engineering that has taken place to lay high-voltage cables below the seabed is remarkable. The platform held all the necessary equipment usually found on offshore cable laying vessels. It should also be operational by 2021, allowing the UK enough clean energy to power up to 1.4 million homes. “Nevertheless, we have powered through and remained on track with our project timelines.” Up next is to lay the cable out from the fjords in Suldal to the North Sea this summer. This work will be carried out throughout the remainder of the year. The cable-laying equipment landed on the platform, and within 12 hours, it loaded 150 tonnes of cable on board. This operation in Suldalsvatnet, marks the start of the cable laying on the Norwegian side. “The difficult terrain, the depth of the waters, and all in amidst of operating during a pandemic has made it extremely challenging. Instead, the team have transported materials piece by piece to build their own custom-made floating platform. The North Sea Link, a joint venture project between National Grid and Norwegian system operator Statnett, is a subsea electricity cable that will connect the UK and Norwegian electricity grids. last_img read more

Bulldogs Get Wins On The Diamond Against Lions And Eagles

first_imgBulldogs Slide Into A Blow-Out Win Over RushvilleBatesville had all cylinders firing on offense on Thursday, winning big over Rushville 8-1.In the second inning, the Bulldogs got their offense started when Travis Lecher singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.Batesville tallied four runs in the sixth inning. The rally was led by a triple by Trey Heidlage and a sacrifice fly by Calvin Sherwood.Caleb Raab led the Bulldogs to victory on the hill. He allowed four hits and one run over seven innings, striking out seven and walking one.Adam Sizemore took the loss for Rushville. He lasted three and two-thirds innings, allowing four hits and three runs while striking out one.The Bulldogs had eight hits in the game. Lecher and Sherwood each racked up multiple hits for Batesville. Lecher went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Bulldogs in hits. Batesville didn’t commit a single error in the field. Seth Gausman had the most chances in the field with nine.The win makes Batesville 13-10 overall and 8-4 in the EIAC. This puts Batesville in a current share of first place in the conference as we head to the final week of the season.Two Pitchers Work Together As Bulldogs Shuts Out Jac-Cen-DelThe Bulldogs defeated Jac-Cen-Del 4-0 on Saturday as two pitchers, Lane Oesterling and Casey Werner, combined to throw a shutout.The Bulldogs opened up scoring in the second inning, as Caleb Raab hit a solo homer.The Bulldogs allied three runs in the fourth inning. Batesville put the pressure on, lead by singles by Shane Meer and Travis Lecher, and a groundout by Trey Heidlage.Oesterling was the winning pitcher for the Bulldogs. He allowed one hit and zero runs over four innings, striking out six and walking one. Werner threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen. Werner recorded the last nine outs to earn the save for Batesville.Miles McAdams took the loss for Jac-Cen-Del. He lasted three and a third innings, allowing seven hits and four runs while walking one.The Bulldogs racked up seven hits. Caleb Raab, Lecher, and Cooper Williams each racked up multiple hits for Batesville.The win is the eighth straight for the Bulldogs and takes their overall record to 14-10.last_img read more

Reds reject City Sterling bid

first_img Press Association Sport understands the bid, which could rise to £30million with add-ons , was not even seriously considered by the Anfield hierarchy. They value the 20-year-old, who has 24 months left on his current deal, nearer £50million and believe they remain in a strong position despite Sterling turning down a £100,000-a-week offer in January which was later followed by comments from agent Aidy Ward suggesting the player would never sign a new contract. Ward reportedly claimed Sterling would not even sign for “£900,000-a-week” – comments which prompted Liverpool to cancel a scheduled meeting to reopen talks which were put on hold earlier in the year. But last month manager Brendan Rodgers said he expected Sterling to remain at the club and, at that point, they were still planning talks before the end of the season to try to extend his stay – even after Ward’s comments threw a spanner in the works. “Raheem has two years left and I expect him to see that two years through and continue to behave as immaculately as he has done,” Rodgers said. However, that did not prevent speculation about the England international’s future growing and City’s neighbours United were first to make their interest known. However, Chelsea and Arsenal – offering a return to Sterling’s home city – have also been linked while new Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez, who brought Sterling to Anfield when he was a 15-year-old at QPR, has also expressed his admiration for the forward. Liverpool’s rejection is unlikely to deter City, whose chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak on Wednesday promised “high-quality” signings this summer, or any of the other interested parties. But if the Reds are to get close to their valuation they realistically need a bidding war to start. Sterling has maintained throughout negotiations that his issue was not about money, stating in an April interview not sanctioned by the club, that he did not want to be viewed as a “money-grabbing 20-year-old”. Liverpool’s sixth-place finish means they cannot offer him Champions League football next season, unlike all those interested in signing him, and a disjointed campaign on the pitch personally has not helped. The forward enjoyed his best form as a left-sided attacker alongside Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge the season before last in the Merseysiders’ title near-miss but in the campaign just finished he found himself shunted between right wing-back, right wing, a number 10 and as a central striker. Liverpool have rejected a £25million offer from Manchester City for forward Raheem Sterling. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img February 17, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-ALL-STAR GAMETeam LeBron beats Team GiannisCHICAGO (AP) — It seems fitting that three Los Angeles-based players led an All-Star victory on a night the league honored Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. Update on the latest sports — Adam Henrique (hehn-REEK’) hit the 20-goal mark for the season by scoring twice in the Ducks’ 5-1 rout of the Canucks. Derek Grant provided a power-play goal and an assist as Anaheim handed Vancouver its fifth loss in seven games. Elias (eh-LEE’-uhs) Pettersson was the lone Canuck to beat John Gibson, who finished with 37 saves.NHL-NEWSIslanders get blueline help with GreeneUNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders have solidified their defense for the playoff push by acquiring Devils captain Andy Greene for blueline prospect David Quenneville (KWEHN-vihl) and a second-round pick in the 2021 draft.The Islanders have been searching for a quality defenseman since losing Adam Pelech (PEH’-lehk) to an Achilles tendon injury on Jan. 2. Greene also gives them a lefty-shooting defender on a team filled with right-handed defensemen. The win pushes the Bruins three points ahead of Tampa Bay for both the Atlantic Division and overall lead.In Pittsburgh, Patric Hornqvist had two goals and an assist as the Penguins knocked off the Red Wings, 5-1. Sidney Crosby added a goal and an assist, giving him 19 points in 12 games since returning from core muscle surgery.Matt Murray stopped 27 shots for the Penguins, who won for the 11th time in 15 games to pull within one point of the Metropolitan-leading Capitals.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Kyle Turris scored with 2:12 left to give the Predators a 2-1 win over the Blues. Craig Smith furnished the other goal for Nashville, his sixth in five games. Pekka Rinne (PEH’-kuh REE’-nay) made 38 saves in helping Nashville deal St. Louis its fourth straight loss and 10th in 12 games. American rapper Common also paid homage to Bryant in his pregame tribute to Chicago, saying that “even in the darkest times, you’ll feel Kobe’s light.”NASCAR-DAYTONA 500Daytona 500 postponed by rainDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It’s going to take another day to determine the winner of the Daytona 500.NASCAR’s season-opening race was postponed following a second rain delay, pushing the event into Monday. It’s the second time in 62 years and first time since 2012 that “The Great American Race” will finish on a Monday. Malachi Flynn had 22 points and the Aztecs improved to 26-0 with a 72-55 trouncing of the Broncos. Yanni Wetzell had 14 points and seven rebounds for San Diego State, while Matt Mitchell delivered 11 points, seven boards and five steals.In other top-25 games Sunday:— Collin Gillespie scored a season-high 29 points and 15th-ranked Villanova finished 4-0 against Philadelphia’s Big 5 schools by trouncing Temple, 76-56. Jermaine Samuels added 13 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 10 in the Wildcat’s seventh straight win over the Owls.— Payton Pritchard scored 25 points and led an early 3-point shooting spree as No. 17 Oregon rolled to an 80-62 victory over Utah. Will Richardson added 18 points, six assists and six rebounds to help the Ducks improve to 14-0 at home this season.— Luka Garza dropped in 24 points and No. 21 Iowa closed on an 11-0 run to pull out a 58-55 victory at Minnesota. Golden Gophers center Daniel Oturu missed the front end of a one-and-one free-throw attempt with a chance to tie the game with 3.8 seconds left. Associated Press PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-CHUBB CLASSICParel wins in NaplesNAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Scott Parel closed with an 8-under 63 to overcome a three-stroke deficit and win the Chubb Classic by two shots.It’s Parel’s third career victory on the PGA Tour Champions surpassing $5 million for his career. It also moves him atop the Charles Schwab Cup standings for the first time in his career.Bob Estes shot 64 to end up second. Kevin Sutherland fired a 67 to finish in a third-place tie with Bernhard Langer, who closed with a 69. Pole-sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the leader 20 laps into the race when the rain returned, sending drivers back to pit road.The first delay lasted 50 minutes and came moments after the presidential motorcade completed a ceremonial parade lap around the 2 1/2-mile track. The second stoppage was prompted by heavier rain, further soaking a racing surface that takes hours to dry.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEAztecs stay unbeatenUNDATED (AP) — San Diego State remains the only unbeaten team in Division I men’s basketball following a resounding victory at Boise State. Scott wins at RivieraLOS ANGELES (AP) — Adam Scott has another victory at Riviera, and this time it counts.Scott survived a calamitous final round with just enough clutch putts to take the PGA’s Genesis Invitational. He closed with a 1-under 70 for a two-stroke victory over Matt Kuchar, Scott Brown and Sung Kang.The victory comes 15 years after Scott won a playoff at Riviera that didn’t count as official because rain shortened the tournament to 36 holes. He earned every bit of this victory, his 14th on the PGA Tour and 29th worldwide.Nearly a dozen players had a chance to win. Five players had a share of the lead at some point. — Josh Archibald’s second goal of the day gave the Oilers a 4-3 victory against the Hurricanes. NHL scoring leader Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) added a goal and two assists in Edmonton’s third win in four games. Draisaitl set up Archibald’s goal 3:57 into OT for his 95th point of the season.— The Senators pulled out a 4-3 win over the Stars on Artem Anisimov’s (ah-NEE’-see-mahvz) goal at 3:48 of overtime. Jean-Gabriel Pageau (pa-ZHOH’), Brady Tkachuk (kah-CHUHK’) and Tyler Ennis also scored to back Craig Anderson’s 36 saves.— Mackenzie Blackwood turned back 52 saves in regulation and overtime before thwarting six shootout attempts to lead the Devils past the Blue Jackets, 4-3. Nikita Gusev and Jesper Bratt provided New Jersey’s shooting goals after Kyle Palmeiri collected a goal and an assist in the second period. The Jackets wasted a 2-0 lead but tied it on Kevin Stenlund’s goal while outshooting the Devils, 21-2 in the third period.— Jack Eichel (EYE’-kul) scored the go-ahead goal while the Sabres tallied three times in a 91-seconds span of the third period to beat the Maple Leafs, 5-2. Johan Larsson had a goal and assist in Buffalo’s third straight win. Carter Hutton stopped 20 shots to win his fourth straight and five of six starts.— Nathan Beaulieu (BOY’-loh) scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and had an assist as the Jets nipped the Blackhawks, 3-2. Mason Appleton also had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg, which ended a two-game skid and won for the fourth time in six contests. Patrick Kane collected a goal and an assist but couldn’t stop Chicago from absorbing its sixth consecutive loss. The Chicago Cubs pitcher says the Astros should be stripped of their 2017 championship, comparing them to an Olympian who loses a gold medal because of cheating. Darvish says he knows the Astros were stealing signs, but he acknowledged that he didn’t pitch his best during the 2017 Fall Classic.Darvish lasted only 1 1/3 innings in both of his 2017 World Series appearances while playing for the Dodgers. He was tagged for four runs and six hits in Game 3 and was the losing pitcher in Game 7 at Dodger Stadium.Meanwhile, commissioner Rob Manfred met with nearly half of the major leagues managers Sunday and told them to knock off any notion of get-even beanballs. Manfred’s visits come after Cody Bellinger, Kris Bryant, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Correa were among the All-Stars recently trading threats, accusations and barbs as spring training opened.Manfred said he would personally talk to the managers of the teams that train in Arizona on Tuesday.In other baseball news: Clippers forward Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard received the Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP award after scoring a game-high 30 points in Team LeBron’s 157-155 victory over Team Giannis (YAH’-nihs) in Chicago. Leonard made eight 3-pointers to finish one shy of Paul George’s All-Star record in 2016. Lakers forward LeBron James had 23 in helping has namesake squad win the All-Star game for the third straight year. Lakers forward Anthony Davis added 20 points, including a game-ending free throw.The game format was overhauled to put in elements for charity and ensure that someone was going to hit a shot to end the game.Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had a team-high 25 points but was shut out in the fourth quarter. Boston guard Kemba Walker finished with 23 points and Philadelphia center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) had 22 for Team Giannis.The league announced last week that it was renaming the All-Star game MVP after Bryant, who was among nine killed in a helicopter crash late last month. The crash also claimed the life of his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.Jennifer Hudson wore the Lakers’ deep purple as she performed a pregame tribute to Bryant and sang “For All We Know.” Players on James’ team wore Gianna’s No. 2 on their jerseys and players on Antetokounmpo’s team wore Kobe’s No. 24 on theirs. All players wore a patch with nine stars, one for each victim of the crash. — Brewers left-hander Brent Suter has avoided salary arbitration by accepting a two-year, $2.5 million deal. Suter returned from Tommy John surgery last September and went 4-0 with a 0.49 ERA in nine relief appearances, helping the Brewers earn an NL wild-card spot. Suter had mostly been a starter the previous two seasons with Milwaukee before having elbow surgery in July 2018. He is expected to be used out of the bullpen this year.— Pitcher Chad Bettis has signed a minor league contract with the Yankees, a deal that includes an invitation to big league spring training. The 30-year-old right-hander was 1-6 with one save and a 6.08 ERA in 39 games for Colorado last season.— Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas (MY’-koh-las) was scratched from his second bullpen session of the spring because of a flexor tendon issue. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said the Cardinals hope to have a more concrete time frame for Mikolas return to the mound in a day or two.— Former All-Star shortstop Tony Fernández has died at age 57 after a long battle with kidney disease. Fernández made five All-Star teams during his 17 major league seasons and helped the Toronto Blue Jays win the 1993 World Series. He won four straight Gold Gloves with the Blue Jays in the 1980s and holds club records for career hits and games played.PGA-GENESIS INVITATIONAL Also in the NHL:— The Ducks’ postponed game against the visiting Blues will be played March 11. The game began last Tuesday and was stopped when defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench during the first period. The game will begin with a 1-1 score, as it was at the time of the postponement. It will follow a full 60-minute format.MLB-NEWSDarvish says Astros should lose World Series titleUNDATED (AP) — Yu Darvish has chimed in on Houston’s sign-stealing scheme, just over two years after getting rocked by the Astros in the World Series. NHL-SCHEDULEBruins, Pens winUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins have expanded their lead in the NHL’s Atlantic Division, while the Pittsburgh Penguins have inched two points closer to the Metropolitan Division lead.Charlie Coyle scored the Bruins’ second short-handed goal in as many days to give Boston a 2-0 lead in the second period of a 3-1 victory over the Rangers. Charlie McAvoy tallied late in the first period and Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) added an empty-netter to secure the Bruins’ eighth win in nine games.Jaroslav Halak (YAH’-rah-slahv hah-LAHK’) stopped 25 shots and blanked the Rangers until Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zih-BAN’-eh-jad) beat him midway through the third period.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgNBA-KNICKS-FRONT OFFICEKnicks add to front officeNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have hired three executives as they build the front office around new President Leon Rose.Brock Aller was hired as vice president of basketball and strategic planning, Walt Perrin is the assistant general manager for college scouting and Frank Zanin the assistant general manager for pro scouting.The Knicks also announced a one-year extension for general manager Scott Perry through the 2020-21 season. May 28, 2020 The league has advised teams to prepare for a roster of 28 players and an unlimited number of goaltenders for training camp and the playoffs. Several general managers say they were told that would be the anticipated roster limit. Each team is limited to 50 personnel of any kind in one of the two cities that would host games.The NHL announced Tuesday that it has abandoned the regular season and will go straight to a 24-team postseason if play resumes. The league shut down March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.The NHL has had 16-team playoffs since it became a 21-team circuit before the 1979-80 season.The NHL says training camp isn’t expected to begin before early July. Games could begin in late July or early August.In other NHL news: COLLEGE ATHLETICS-ARIZONA STATEHurley angered by school’s handing of sexual harassment allegationsTEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State men’s basketball coach Bobby Hurley sent an email to Ray Anderson last season alleging the Arizona State athletic director minimized sexual harassment allegations by the wives of three athletic staff members against a school booster.In the email obtained by Yahoo Sports, Hurley accused Anderson on Dec. 8 of disregarding the safety of and showing no sensitivity toward the women. Hurley also accused Anderson of coming up with a numeric scale to judge the harassment claims by the women, including Hurley’s wifeVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-NEWSNHL teams likely to have 28-player rostersUNDATED (AP) — The NHL continues to formulate plans for a possible return this summer. — A 16-player team tennis event featuring Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin and U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu (an-dree-EHS’-koo) will take place next month in Charleston, South Carolina. The Credit One Bank Invitation will also include Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys. It will be played from June 23-28. Organizers say the event will be conducted without fans.— If the postponed French Open tennis tournament is held in September, it could be staged with a limited number of spectators or without any fans at all. The general director of the French tennis federation tells The Associated Press that limiting the number of people allowed inside the gates at Roland Garros to varying degrees is an option that is being considered. He says keeping everyone away from the tournament would be a last resort.— The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved Keeneland’s request for a five-day, spectator-free meet July 8-12 that will allow the running of marquee prep races for the rescheduled Kentucky Derby and Oaks. Keeneland canceled its 16-day spring meet in March amid public health concerns because of the outbreak.— The Nevada Athletic Commission has unanimously agreed to allow two UFC events and two Top Rank boxing shows in Las Vegas over the next two weeks. The decision ends the moratorium on combat sports that has been in place in Nevada since March 14, when the commission stopped competition amid the coronavirus pandemic. The UFC will stage shows on Saturday and June 6, while Top Rank is expected to hold boxing shows on June 9 and June 11.— Formula One has approved a budget cap that will limit team spending to $145 million next season and even less in following years, excluding driver salaries and engine costs. FIA said in a statement that the cap will be scaled down to $140 million in 2022 and $135 million for 2023-2025. F1′s finances have taken a significant hit with the first 10 races of the season either canceled or postponed because of the pandemic. NFL-PACKERS-JONESPackers’ Jones says his contract status won’t distract himUNDATED (AP) — Packers running back Aaron Jones says he wants to remain in Green Bay for his entire career and that he won’t let speculation about his future distract him as he enters the final season of his contract.The Packers drafted Boston College running back A.J. Dillon in the second round last month, a move that raised questions about Jones’ long-term future with the franchise.The 2017 fifth-round draft pick from UTEP tied for the NFL lead with 16 touchdown runs while gaining 1,084 yards on the ground. Jones also had 49 receptions for three touchdowns. Cup race rained outCONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Wednesday’s NASCAR Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway has been rained out and rescheduled for Thursday night.The starting order for the second Cup race at Charlotte this week was set based on the finishing order of the Coca-Cola 600 but with an inversion. Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron and Alex Bowman will start from the pole, while Coca-Cola 600 winner Brad Keselowski will start 20th.The postponement also pushes back the upcoming Xfinity race from Thursday to Monday.The second consecutive Wednesday night race would have been the fourth for the elite Cup Series since May 17. — The Penguins will head into whatever becomes of the NHL postseason without forward Nick Bjugstad (BYOOG’-stad). General manager Jim Rutherford says Bjugstad underwent spinal surgery to repair a herniated disk after experiencing a “setback” while recovering from a lower-body injury suffered just before the NHL went on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bjugstad had just one goal and two points in 13 games for the Pens this season.— Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman (EYE’-zur-muhn) is keeping coach Jeff Blashill (BLA’-shihl) despite missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Yzerman told reporters his previously announced plans to keep Blashill behind the bench have not changed. The Wings won a league-low 17 games and posted the third-worst winning percentage in team history.— The Canucks are considering moving training camp to the United States because of Canada’s 14-day mandatory quarantine requirement for those arriving in the country. Canucks general manager Jim Benning says the team is still in the early stages of that possibility. He said he has talked to colleagues with other Canadian teams about the quarantine regulation and how it might put them at a competitive disadvantage. Concerns about Canadian coronavirus restrictions could push hockey south of the 49th parallel into the U.S. this summer.F1-BUDGET CAP APPROVEDF1 teams limited to a $145 million budget cap from next year The New York Times and Louisville Courier-Journal have cited unidentified sources in reporting the positive tests occurred during the recent meet at Oaklawn in Arkansas.The Times says one of the horses to test positive for lidocaine was Charlatan, considered a top contender for the Belmont Stakes in June.Baffert says he’s disappointed the Arkansas Racing Commission has violated its rules about confidentiality until the stewards have weighed in with a ruling.MLB-OBIT-POCOROBAEx-catcher Pocoroba diescenter_img Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Formula One teams will be limited to spending $145 million next year and even less in following years after motorsport’s governing body approved an anticipated budget cap.FIA says the cap will be scaled down to $140 million in 2022 and $135 million for 2023-2025 based on a 21-race season.McLaren team chief executive Zak Brown says “this is a crucially important moment for our sport,” because he thinks “F1 has been financially unsustainable for some time, and inaction would have risked the future of F1 and its participants.”The first 10 races of the F1 season have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.NASCAR-CHARLOTTE Update on the latest in sports: The players’ association called the proposal “extremely disappointing.”In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The NBA has reminded its teams that players currently outside the U.S. have been cleared to return, though quarantine rules may apply in some areas. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf signed an order last week providing the exemption for professional athletes from rules put in place during the pandemic that would have otherwise barred their entry into the country. A small number of NBA players from foreign countries left for home during the pandemic.— Basketball Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo told ESPN that the enshrinement ceremony for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and five others will be delayed until the spring of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony was to have taken place in Springfield on Aug. 29. Bryant, Garnett and Duncan all got into the Hall in their first year as finalists, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings.— The NBA has been sued by the owners of the building that houses the NBA Store, who say the league owes more than $1.2 million after not paying rent in April or May. The league responded by saying it doesn’t believe the suit has merit, because it was forced to close the New York store due to the pandemic. The suit claims NBA Media Ventures, LLC is required to pay $625,000 of its $7.5 million annual fee on the first day of each month under teams of its lease. — City and Wyoming state officials have announced that Cheyenne Frontier Days has been canceled for the first time in its 124-year history due to the coronavirus. Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr told The Associated Press that event organizers of the self-proclaimed world’s largest outdoor rodeo decided the risk of spreading the virus was too great for the more than 140,000 people who visit the city for Frontier Days over the last two weeks in July.HORSE RACING-TRIPLE CROWNTriple Crown entry deadline setUNDATED (AP) — The final deadline to nominate horses to the rescheduled Triple Crown series is June 3.Owners and trainers can make 3-year-old thoroughbreds eligible for the three-race series at a cost of $3,000. That’s half the original price as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which is forcing the series to be run out of order for the first time since 1931. MLB players ponder owners’ salary planUNDATED (AP) — Baseball players will take at least a few days and possibly until next week to respond to Major League Baseball’s proposed sliding scale of salary slashing.But people familiar with their deliberations tell The Associated Press that players appeared likely to propose increasing the number of regular-season games this year while holding to their demand for full prorated salaries. One said that many players were angered by the teams proposal made Tuesday.Stars Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole would lose the most under the proposal teams made Tuesday, about 77% of the $36 million each they were set to be paid this season. A big leaguer earning $1 million or less would keep at least 43% of his salary under the six-tier scale.The reductions are being proposed by owners for a pandemic-delayed season in ballparks without fans. The late nominations were originally due March 30 but were postponed until the Triple Crown races were rescheduled. A total of 347 horses were made eligible to the Triple Crown during the early nomination phase.The series opens with the Belmont Stakes at a shortened distance on June 20, followed by the Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5 and the Preakness on Oct. 3.BAFFERT-HORSE DRUG TESTSReports: 2 horses trained by Bob Baffert fail drug testsLOS ANGELES (AP) — Published reports say that two horses from the barn of two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert have tested positive for a banned substance. ATLANTA (AP) — Former Atlanta catcher and 1978 All-Star Biff Pocoroba (poh-kah-ROH’-bah) died Sunday at age 66.Pocoroba spent his entire 10-year career with the Braves, first joining the team for 67 games in 1975. His best season came in 1977, when he batted .290 with eight homers and 44 RBIs in 113 games.Pocoroba helped the Braves win the 1982 NL West title and had to retire two years later at age 29 following a shoulder injury.Tom Wages Funeral Services announced his death. 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Sam Clancy to be inducted into Pac-12 Hall of Fame

first_imgFormer USC basketabll star Sam Clancy (1998-2002) will be inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor during a ceremony prior to the championship game at the 2016 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament March 12. He will be honored along with 11 other inductees including Salim Stoudamire (Arizona), Art Becker (Arizona State), Brian Hendrick (Cal), Scott Wedman (Colorado), Luke Ridnour (Oregon), Jim Anderson (Oregon State), Kim Belton (Stanford), Keith Erickson (UCLA), Vern Gardner (Utah), Isaiah Thomas (Washington) and Keith Morrison (Washington State).Clancy is the 15th Trojan to enter the Pac-12 Hall of Honor, joining Bill Sharman, Tex Winter, Bob Boyd, John Rudometkin, Mo Layton, Ron Riley, Paul Westphal, Gus Williams, John Block, Harold Miner, Sam Barry, Forrest Twogood, Wayne Carlander and Alex Hannum.In the 2000-01 season, Clancy led the Trojans to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament, for which he was named to the East Regional All-Tournament team.After returning for his senior season, Clancy was named the 2002 Pac-12 Player of the Year and was named a consensus second team All-American, though USC bowed out in the first round of the tournament.During his four years, the power forward was also named a two-time all-conference selection. He left USC as the team’s third-leading all-time scorer with 1,657 points and as its leader in blocks with 195 (now second).While at USC, the four-year starter led the Trojans to a combined record of 77-47, playing an integral role in helping lead the Men of Troy to the Elite Eight in 2001. The Trojans also played in the final of the 2002 Pac-10 Tournament where Clancy earned All-Tournament team honors.At the end of his senior campaign, Clancy entered the 2002 NBA draft and was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 45th pick (in the second round). He was out for the entirety of his rookie season with a knee injury, however, and was waived the following year prior to being picked up by the Fayetteville Patriots in the NBA D-League.Clancy has found success overseas, playing for Iraklis Thessaloniki, Cocodrilos de Caracas of the Venezuelan LBP, Incheon ET Land Black Slamer of the Korean Basketball League, the Russian Super League teams UNICS Kazan, Ural Great Perm and CSK VVS Samara, the Spanish ACB League team Grupo Capitol Valladolid and the French League team Le Mans Sarthe Basket. He is currently the starting small forward for Gimnasia Indalo in Argentina.last_img read more

Men’s Golf: Badgers look forward to spring season with high ambitions

first_imgAfter a 10th place finish in last year’s Big Ten championships lead by a top 10 individual performance from then junior Jordan Hahn, the Badgers got off to a less than optimal start during their fall golf season.Finishing 10th at the Badger Invitational and 11th at the Northern Intercollegiate, the Badgers fell short of last year’s performances and this year’s expectations of those same tournaments.Last season, the Badgers managed to record a top-five finish at the Badger Invitational as well as a ninth-place finish at the Northern Intercollegiate.Despite the comparatively weak performance at the onset of this season, the team looked to bounce back and finish the fall series of tournaments in a strong fashion.“We did kind of get off to a rocky start in the first few events, but then we bounced back and played well towards the end,” Hahn said.And bounce back the Badgers did.Shooting 11 under par over 54 holes, they forged a new school record for overall team score and finished tied for sixth amongst an absolutely stacked field of teams. Furthermore, the Badgers capped off the fall season with a victory at the Pinetree Intercollegiate, lead once again by Hahn capturing a share of the first-place individual title.This success came just as the fall tournament circuit was ending and the winter off-season was beginning. Yet the Badgers have no plans to cease setting records and winning tournaments in the spring.Motivated by a flurry of solid performances towards the end of the first half of the season, the Badgers seek to improve as a team to continue their success.Men’s basketball: Is Nate Reuvers the real deal?Amid a sophomore season that has seen more efficient offensive production, a 42 percent three-point percentage and the occasional block Read…“We all met as a team and had individual aspects of our game that we shared with each other and are going to hold each other accountable for,” Hahn said. “It’ll show if we actually worked and got better.”Even with a regimented practice program and plenty of off-season time to travel and practice, the Badgers are often at a distinct disadvantage compared to their opponents to the South and West that enjoy warm weather year-round. Facing near arctic temperatures this winter, they have to deal with the hand they were dealt, which, Hahn said, is still quite a good one.“I’d say the cold is a disadvantage, but we make do with it using our indoor facilities,” Hahn said. “We have trackman, indoor putting greens, chipping greens, you make do with what you’ve got.”Cold or no cold, the Badgers are determined to make this season a good one. And, with the team season planning — surrounding their off-season practices as well as the resources made available to them — it’s tough to doubt that they will do just that.A strong work ethic and the facilities needed to exercise that motivation certainly work in favor for the Badgers. They also have experience on their side.Every starter from last year’s Big Ten championship tournament — except then-senior Eddie Wajda — is returning, making Wisconsin’s chances of a greatly improved performance at this year’s installment of the tournament.“It’ll really show at the bigger events and will make it easier to stick to a routine leading up to the events,” Hahn said. “At the same time, I think it’s good to have that youth and young talent to motivate the more senior members of the team.”Young talent has also already begun to make a difference for the Badgers this year, most specifically with freshman Cameron Frazier.Frazier put up promising numbers while competing as an individual. He is just one piece of a new wave of incoming talent that also includes two new recruits for 2019 out of California. Young talent, increased experience and great potential for off-season improvement present a unique opportunity for this year’s Badger team as well as future teams to come.But the path to victory and possibly a Big Ten title is lined with formidable contenders.Men’s hockey: Badgers seek to climb up Big Ten standings in road series against Michigan StateComing off of a series split against Big Ten rival Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (9-11-4, 5-5-4-1 Read…With teams like Illinois who won the Big Ten title last year by a stunning 15 combined shots over three days, the team must be willing and able to take on the best talent in the country to obtain success. Nevertheless, Hahn and the team believe they have what it takes to take on the best of the best. It’s just a matter of execution, he said.“We have to play with confidence, every one of us has the talent to compete with the best of the best you just have to believe you can,” Hahn said. “You need to have that chip on your shoulder.”Hahn has had that necessary chip on the shoulder to compete with the best of the best all season as he has consistently placed at the top of the field in competitive play. Hahn has finished inside the top 20 in every tournament except one, recorded a nine-under-par, and finished top 10 at the Notre Dame intercollegiate. He has certainly started the season off with a bang.Hahn has been producing success for the Badger team since he arrived four years ago. Despite his long list of accolades, he still has his sights set high for the remainder of the season.“I’ve noticed this last year that the more fun you have the better scores you’re going to post,” Hahn said. “That’s been my mentality this past fall – to just go out and have fun. I want to set the standards high and shoot for the NCAA and Big Ten championships.”For Hahn and the rest of the team, the sky is both the limit and the goal for the spring portion of the 2018-19 season.Everything that the team has done within the past few months indicates that the spring circuit of tournaments could be a great one for the Badgers. Distinct success may very well be in the future for the Badgers, and it would be a great way to end the collegiate career of a senior leader like Hahn that has given so much to the team.“A strong finish would mean the world to me, but the biggest thing is that we’ve got such a great group of guys on the team and it’s so fun to be around them and being at practice every day,” Hahn said. “That is what’s most surreal to me, that I won’t be going to battle with these guys after this. I know it would mean the world to me and the rest of the team.”The Badgers spring opener of Big Ten Match Play will take place Friday and Saturday at Hammock Dunes golf course in Palm Coast, Florida.last_img read more

Tommy DeVito shines, more takeaways from start of Syracuse spring football

first_img Comments Published on March 3, 2019 at 1:32 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+center_img In front of a crop of 2020 recruits visiting campus, Syracuse football opened spring practices on Sunday.“That was probably the best ‘star counts’ we’ve had here at Syracuse,” head coach Dino Babers said referencing the group of potential future signees. Among them were four-star wideout Jaden Dottin and defensive lineman Amin Vanover.Babers also noted Sunday was the best opening day practice he’s seen since coming to SU.Quarterback Tommy DeVito, now listed as the starter following Eric Dungey’s graduation, looked good in practice, Babers said. At the end of practice, DeVito threw two touchdown passes during nonpadded, 11-on-11 drills — he connected with Taj Harris on a deep ball in the back corner of the end zone on the second.The other touchdown went to transfer receiver Trishton Jackson. He, along with transfer running back Abdul Adams, are finally on the depth chart after waiting a year and accounting for three touchdowns in SU’s bowl win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThree defensive backs — Evan Foster, Scoop Bradshaw and Kyle Strickland — wore green non-contact jerseys for practice. Defensive end Jake Pickard did not participate.last_img read more