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Ex-IAAF boss Diack admits to delaying doping cases

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first_imgRelatedPosts Ex-IAAF boss bags two-year jail term Ex-IAAF boss, Diack faces four-year jail term Ex-IAAF boss Diack’s trial to start June 8 Lamine Diack, the former head of World Athletics, told a French court on Thursday he had slowed the handling of Russian doping cases between 2011 and 2013 to save a sponsorship deal with a Russian bank.The 87-year-old said he had not sought to protect the athletes caught up in the scandal, some of whom later competed in the London 2012 Olympics, but to ensure the cases did not come to public attention all at once. This, he said, would have caused a scandal.Diack, once one of the most influential men in athletics, faces charges of corruption, money laundering and breach of trust.The charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail.The former long-jumper has consistently denied wrongdoing.“Who took the decision to spread out the [sanction procedures]? It was me,” Diack told the court’s three judges. “Everyone said I was taking a risk, but it didn’t stop us from quietly working on doping.“When the Russian cases arose, we were going through a difficult moment financially. My duty was to make sure the IAAF got out of it.”Prosecutors allege Diack solicited bribes totalling €3.45 million (£3.1 million) from athletes suspected of doping to cover up test results and let them continue competing.They also say Diack obtained $1.5 million (£1.2 million) of Russian funds while negotiating sponsorship and television rights to help finance Macky Sall’s campaign for the 2012 Senegal presidential election, in exchange for slowing anti-doping procedures.Diack told the court the Russian bank renewed its sponsorship contract worth $32 million (£25 million) in February 2013. Earlier this week, Habib Cisse, Diack’s former lawyer at the IAAF, renamed as World Athletics, told the court the IAAF could have survived financially without its Russian sponsors.Tags: Lamine DiackLondon 2012 OlympicsWorld Athleticslast_img read more

Pardew enjoying fight for places

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first_img “I have empathy for them, but at the minute, they have got to wait for their chance. “I wouldn’t call them fringe players by any stretch of the imagination. I would class them as first-team players who are actually out of the team at the minute. “They have an opportunity and like Williamson has proved, if you get an opportunity, then I will show faith and keep picking the player. Everybody has got an opportunity, an equal opportunity. “It’s the same for Hatem as it is for Steven Taylor, frustrating. Steven came out of the side through injury and now he is finding himself blocked in. “Mapou has done unbelievably well, in my opinion, and was left out. I was so disappointed to leave him out, and yet in front of him is Williamson, who has been terrific, so it’s very, very difficult for players. “You have just got to hope that the chance comes and you take it, and that’s why you have to work hard on the training ground – like we have this morning – with those guys so they are ready and when their chance comes, I can show faith in them because the team keeps winning.” Pardew will celebrate three years at the St James’ Park helm next week, although he may have little time to reflect upon his eventful tenure to date as the busy winter programme slips into top gear. He said: “The three years seem to have flown by. Sometimes when I sit down, it feels like 30 years. “But I am sure there will be – hopefully, if we get a couple of good results this week – a glass of wine and a reflection in my own time.” Pardew returned to his desk at the club’s Darsley Park training headquarters on Monday morning to assess Saturday’s 2-1 home victory over West Brom and begin preparations for Wednesday’s trip to the Liberty Stadium, and found the path to his door a well-trodden one. He said: “I have had a few knocks on my door this morning from players who want to play. “Steven Taylor, Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez are all not playing at the moment, and they are desperate to play. “We have got – which we didn’t have last year – real competition for places, and that does bode well.” Taylor is being kept out by the excellence of Mike Williamson, who was handed his chance by injuries to the former England Under-21 skipper and club captain Fabricio Coloccini and has not looked back, while Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has also provided sterling service. Fans’ favourite Ben Arfa too has been left kicking his heels despite his status as a potential match-winner, and that has given Pardew genuine options on the bench, something he did not have last season. However, he can understand the likes of Taylor, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Yanga-Mbiwa and Anita wanting to play, and has no problem with them heading for his office to stake their claims. He said: “Absolutely. I would be very disappointed if I didn’t have one or two this morning saying, ‘Any chance, Gaffer?’. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has revealed he has had players knocking on his door desperate for a chance to force their way into his in-form team. A run of four successive Barclays Premier League victories has left the Magpies sitting inside the top six heading into difficult trips to Swansea and Manchester United over the next few days. That deluge of points has coincided with a consistency of both performance and personnel which has left the likes of Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita, Hatem Ben Arfa, Jonas Gutierrez and Papiss Cisse, several of whom would have been regarded as certain starters just a few weeks ago, sitting on the bench. Press Associationlast_img read more

Coloccini sidelined for Magpies

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first_img Press Association Newcastle boss Alan Pardew fears defender Fabricio Coloccini could be out for up to six weeks with a knee injury. Coloccini took a knock during his side’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at West Brom and limped off after 65 minutes. The injury compounded a miserable day for the Magpies, who had Mathieu Debuchy sent off and were beaten after conceding a late penalty. center_img Pardew said: “It has been a bad afternoon. Not only do we lose Debuchy but Colo also looks to have done something to his knee. “It is early days but we could be looking at four to six weeks out.” Debuchy’s dismissal for a two-footed challenge on Claudio Yacob came just three minutes before Argentinian centre-back Coloccini was forced off and changed the complexion of the game. West Brom stepped up the pace and won with a Saido Berahino spot-kick after Tim Krul tripped Matej Vydra with four minutes remaining. last_img read more

Syracuse receives verbal commitment from Florida wide receiver Sean Avant

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Florida wide receiver Sean Avant has verbally committed to Syracuse, Scout.com reported Saturday.The 6-foot, 180-pound Avant is the latest member of the Orange’s recruiting Class of 2013. Avant is from Miramar High School in Miramar, Fla., the same school Orange cornerback Keon Lyn attended.Scout.com rates Avant as a two-star recruit, while Rivals gave him three stars. According to Scout.com, Avant also had offers from Bowling Green, Marshall, Wake Forest and West Virginia, among others. Comments Published on April 28, 2013 at 1:43 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

2 Syracuse players ejected in 5-1 loss to Colgate

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first_imgMadison Beishuizen chased the puck at center ice, but a Colgate player got to it first and skated toward the boards. Beishuizen charged at the Colgate skater and hit her from behind. The rink quietened as as the referees went to video review before ejecting the Syracuse forward from the game.On the ensuing penalty kill, Colgate kept play in SU’s defensive zone, and as Lauren Bellefontaine fought for a puck, she too launched a Colgate player into the boards. Bellefontaine was assessed a penalty for cross checking and sent to the box as the referees checked for a possible game misconduct. They confirmed a five-minute major and kicked Bellefontaine out of the game as well.Syracuse (0-7) was outclassed by Colgate (4-2-1) on Saturday, 5-1, at Tennity Ice Pavilion. The loss marked the worst start to a season in Syracuse program history, keeping it winless through seven games. The Orange had six total penalties as SU played down a player for long stretches of the game. It was a resounding win for Colgate that was overshadowed by two major penalties. In a span of 33 seconds, Syracuse was down two key forwards. Penalties have plagued SU all season, but it has never had two ejections in the same game this season.Defender Lindsay Eastwood was forced to log long shifts on the penalty kill on Saturday night. Eastwood was on the bench during the review of Beishuizen’s penalty and was soon sent on the ice with the penalty kill unit.“I mean obviously we’re hoping for the best and that they’re not getting the boot,” said Eastwood. “I think if that’s what they deserve, that’s what they deserve and we gotta be smarter than that.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe back-to-back major penalties highlighted Syracuse’s overall frustrations. Both plays endangered the opponents as they were sent headfirst into the board on blindside hits. Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan agreed with the referees on both calls. “It’s a dirty play,” said Flanagan. “Every kid knows it, in the hockey world you learn that when you’re five or six, the boards don’t give.”Flanagan said he was left frustrated by his team’s lack of discipline. With four minor penalties and two major penalties, Syracuse had no chance of clawing their way back into the game. Colgate initially took the lead on the power play in the first period and then added another on the power play in the third. Flanagan admitted discipline has been a problem “for about a decade now.”“I mean we’re going to have to start benching players and having players sit in the stands,” Flanagan said. “We gotta hit them where it hurts. There’s nothing worse than having to sit in the stands. It’s the surest way to get that done.”Discipline is something the team has been working on ever since the program began playing 12 years ago. Too many penalties have left SU defending its goal down a player. Countless players have cycled through the program over the years, but one common denominator remains: Flanagan.“It circles back to discipline,” said Flanagan. “That’s why I say it starts with me.” Comments Published on October 19, 2019 at 7:59 pm Contact Gaurav: gshetty@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse’s comeback falls short in 62-58 loss to No. 7 Louisville

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first_imgWith a one-point lead, the ball and less than three minutes remaining, it looked as if Syracuse’s fourth-quarter comeback was going to result in its marquee win of the season against No. 7 Louisville.The Orange had been in this position before against ranked opponents away from home — they held fourth-quarter leads over then-No. 24 Michigan on Dec. 5 and then-No. 22 West Virginia on Dec. 22. But in both games, SU’s offensive possessions in the final minute were sloppy and the opportunity to add a ranked win to its résumé slipped away. On Sunday, it was Syracuse’s (6-6, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) lack of aggression off a missed free throw that kept it from recording its biggest win of the season. With 30 seconds left and up by one, Louisville’s Elizabeth Balogun missed two free throws but got her own rebound after the second one and laid it in. On the ensuing possession, Kiara Lewis’ layup was blocked and grabbed by Balogun, who was fouled and sunk a free throw secure a 62-58 victory for Louisville (12-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The Orange have one win in six tries against ranked opponents this season. In three of its five losses, SU held a lead with less than three minutes left in the game.In a season full of slow starts, SU came out firing on Sunday. Digna Strautmane and Lewis made sure Syracuse didn’t replicate its six-point first quarter last weekend against West Virginia. The duo combined for 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting in the first quarter to give the Orange a one-point advantage after the first frame. Louisville’s Jazmine Jones provided the spark for the home team, finding pockets of space in SU’s zone and sinking four jumpers in the opening period. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange’s smart ball movement and shot selection in the first quarter disappeared in the second. They made just one field goal and scored seven points in the first nine minutes of the second quarter. Emily Engstler drilled a hook shot and 3-pointer in the final minute of the half to bring SU’s second-quarter tally to double-digits and the Cardinals’ lead to one. Syracuse’s strong perimeter defense held Dana Evans and Kylee Shook — two of Louisville’s three leading scorers — scoreless in the first half. In the third quarter, though, the Orange focused on closing down Jones, who logged 18 first-half points, allowing Evans and Shook to get open looks from behind the arc. They each sunk one to extend Louisville’s lead to as big as 11. SU’s jumpers weren’t falling so it started driving to the hoop, proving effective when Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi converted an and-one and Gabrielle Cooper took two trips to the line. That whittled the Cardinals’ lead down to seven heading into the fourth.SU clawed back to tie the game at 54 after freshman Teisha Hyman bottomed three 3s before the under-five minute media timeout. When Lewis and Amaya Finklea-Guity made a jumper and layup, the Orange had a one-point lead with two-and-a-half minutes remaining, their first lead since the midway point of the second quarter.But SU’s lack of concentration on defense and inability to execute on offense doomed it in the final two minutes, and soon it ran out of time. Syracuse didn’t have a free-throw attempt in the fourth quarter while the Cardinals had eight, six of which came in the final minute and 20 seconds. Comments Published on December 29, 2019 at 5:14 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Spirit Airlines Organizes Flight to Pick Up US Citizens in Haiti

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first_imgLast month, the airline said that it would be operating some flights based on embassy requests. In a statement on Thursday, the airline said that American citizens who wish to return to the United States should plan to do so immediately. “The US Embassy is not aware of any flights from Haiti to the United States after June 2 or if any flights will be authorized in the future. US citizens who do not return to the United States while commercial or commercially available charter flights are available, may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite period.” The US Embassy here also issued a reminder to potential travelers that “commercial airlines are privately owned and that the cost of flights may be higher than standard commercial fares during this time.”center_img PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – The low-cost US carrier, Spirit, says it has been authorized to operate a flight from Port au Prince to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Tuesday, June 2. CMClast_img read more

AVC: Chinese-Taipei trumps Philippines for crack at 5th place

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first_img2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her LATEST STORIES “One set could’ve tilted the game but we’re here and we just have to accept the loss and move forward.”Wu Wei-Hua had 14 points to lead Chinese-Taipei while Chen, who came in as a substitute in all the three sets, and Hsiao Hsiang-Ling had nine points apiece.Jaja Santiago helped the Philippines’ cause with 10 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano The Philippines had the early momentum in the third set putting up a 10-4 lead but Chinese-Taipei managed to score seven straight to take an 11-10 lead.Captain Chen Wan-Ting then finished off the no.79 team in the world with a brutal crosscourt kill.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’Alyssa Valdez, who had 13 points to lead the Philippines, was disappointed with how they squandered their edge but said they have to move on and end the tournament on a positive note.“We definitely wanted to win, but we just couldn’t hold on,” said Valdez in Filipino. “But, again, this is a learning experience because there was the regret because it would’ve been a huge difference if we were able to get at least one set.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Chinese-Taipei earned a shot at the fifth place in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship after taking down host Philippines, 25-20, 25-19, 25-19, in the classification stage Wednesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The 55th-ranked team in the world is set to face Vietnam for the battle for the fifth spot while the Philippines will once again match up against Kazakhstan for a crack at seventh. ADVERTISEMENT Sharapova receives US Open wildcard for first post-ban Slam Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen gunned down in Masbatelast_img read more

Father, son found guilty of killing Mahaica accountant

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first_imgA 12-member mixed jury on Thursday found 54-year-old Sukhdeo Dharamdat, called “Toney”, and his son, 25-year-old Eshwardat Dharamdat, called “Bruddow”, guilty of murder and manslaughter respectively in relation to the death of their neighbour Suresh Nandkishore, called “Ravo”, in 2015 over a land dispute.The two men were on trial before Justice Navindra Singh at the Demerara High Court.Dead: Suresh NandkishoreDuring the proceedings at Court on Wednesday, Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh took the stand to offer evidence pertaining to the post mortem examination that he had conducted.During his testimony, Dr Singh informed the court that while performing Nandkishore’s post-mortem, he observed a laceration to his head measuring about eight centimetres.He said the accountant died as a result of subgaleal or under-scalp haemorrhaging, which is bleeding in the potential space between the skull, as a result of head trauma.Accused: Eshwardat Dharamdat (left) and his father Sukhdeo DharamdatMeanwhile, the older Dharamdat (Sukhdeo), who led his defence by offering evidence, told the court that on February 3, 2015 he and his son (Eshwardat) were working when his younger son, Chaitram Dharamdat — who was killed in the Camp Street Prison fire back in 2016 — informed him that the Nandkishores were repairing the fence on their plot of land.He said that when he approached the victim to inquire about what they were doing, a heated argument ensued, and as a result, he and his younger son were attacked by the deceased brother, Parmanand Nandkishore, who was armed with a cutlass, which he used to inflict a chop to his face.The accused claimed that Eshwardat was nowhere around at the time of the attack.However, while under cross-examination by State Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy, the accused admitted to picking up a piece of wood and throwing it in the direction of the deceased, as well as cuffing the dead man’s brother.He, nevertheless, denied that he started the argument, and that his sons attacked the now dead man, his father and brother. The accused further stated that he did not say “we ga kill all them men before we go to jail,” as he explained that he tried to save Bhopaul Nandkishore (deceased father) who was injured unknowingly to him and had fallen into the trench.On the other hand, the second accused, Eshwardat Dharamdat, had led his defence by an unsworn statement in which he stated that he had no involvement in the attack, but only went to his father’s rescue after being alerted.The trial into the 2015 murder commenced on Tuesday.On February 6, 2015, the older Dharamdat and his two sons — Eshwardat and Chaitram Dharamdat — made their first court appearance at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court and were charged with the murder of Nandkishore. The two accused were represented by attorneys Brandon De Santos and Alanna Lall.The State’s case was led by Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy in association with Abigail Gibbs and Teriq Mohammed.During the trial, the deceased brother, Parmanand Nandkishore, who is the prosecution’s star witness, told the court that at about 11:30h on February 3, 2015, his father Bhopaul Nandkishore and his now dead brother had asked him to assist them in repairing a fence on their plot of land in the backdam at Mahaica.He told the jury that about 15 minutes after arriving at the land by boat, the older Dharamdat [Sukhdeo] approached his father, inquiring about what they were doing, after which he left. He told the court that after another 15 minutes’ interval, the said accused along with his two sons returned, this time armed with cutlasses, shortly after which an argument ensued.The court heard that when the three victims decided to leave the land, the older Dharamdat attacked the deceased, pushing him to the ground, where he dealt him a blow to the head using a piece of wood. The older Nandkishore went to his son’s rescue, but was also hit in the head by the younger Dharamdat [Eshwardat] and fell into a nearby trench. Meanwhile, Parmanand, who witnessed the attack on his family members, was dealt several cuffs, chops and lashes about his body with a cutlass and a piece of wood by all three of the Dharamdats, during which he pretended to be dead so the attackers would leave.The court was further informed that after the three attackers left, Parmanand left his father and brother behind as he managed to escape and seek help.last_img read more

Former West Brom boss to rival Moyes for Real Sociedad job

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first_img Pepe Mel 1 Former West Brom manager Pepe Mel has emerged as a rival to ex-Manchester United boss David Moyes for the Real Sociedad job.It has been widely reported the Spanish club has identified Moyes as the man they want to succeed Jagoba Arrasate, who was sacked on Saturday night.The Scotsman, who left Old Trafford after ten difficult months, is reportedly considering the offer but now, according to sources in Spain, Mel is also in the running.The Spaniard has been without a job since leaving West Brom in May following four miserable months in charge, which yielded just three victories.But Mel’s stock remains high in Spain – thanks to his success with the likes of Rayo Vallecano and Real Betis – and he could be offered a route back in with Sociedad.It is understood that Moyes remains the club’s first choice but they think Mel could represent a more economically viable option.last_img read more