RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Spurs to face Bulgarian minnows in Europa League opener Celtic’s Europa League match against Lazio in Rome will be subject to a partial stadium closure after the Italian club were charged with racist behaviour by UEFA.The charge followed Lazio’s 2-1 Europa League victory over French club Rennes on October 3 at Stadio Olimpico.Scottish champions Celtic host Lazio on October 24 and then head to the Italian capital for the return Group E match on November 7, when the partial closure will be enforced.In a statement, UEFA announced that Lazio will be required to display a banner containing the wording ‘#EqualGame’ and the UEFA logo in the closed section of the stadium.Lazio have been fined £17,300 (€20,000).UEFA has also ordered the Italian club to play one additional UEFA competition match behind closed doors, with that sanction suspended for one year.Tags: #EqualGameEuropa LeagueStadio Olympico
The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Reform is setting its sights on reviewing “the role of state or local officials” in the secret non-prosecution deal and jail treatment given to Jeffrey Epstein in Palm Beach County more than a decade ago.Letters sent to the U.S. Justice Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Friday show that the Committee is requesting a long list of documents and emails related to the case.According to House Representative and committee member Lois Frankel, “We are going to try to get anything we can. I know they are serious about looking at the Epstein case.”Specifically, the committee is looking for information about how the non-prosecution agreement was kept from Epstein’s teenage victims, as well as how the Palm Beach multimillionaire was allowed to spend six days a week, 12 hours a day on work release while he served 13 months of an 18-month jail sentence.Although no local officials are named in the letters, Frankel says she wants to hear testimony from Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and former State Attorney Barry Krischer, as well as former U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta.Current State Attorney Dave Aronberg and Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock are fighting the public release of those documents.Acosta’s office worked out the non-prosecution agreement with Epstein’s attorneys in 2008. In return, federal prosecutors scrapped a 53-page indictment that could have sent Epstein to prison for decades.Krischer has denied having any role with the non-prosecution agreement, although The Palm Beach Post found emails revealing that he helped broker the deal between Acosta’s office and Epstein’s defense attorneys.Under the deal, Epstein pleaded guilty to two felony prostitution-related charges. He was then allowed to leave the jail under work release in order to work at his newly formed Florida Science Foundation. However, one woman says she was flown in as a teenager in order to have sex with him there.Epstein was charged with sex trafficking in New York last July, when additional victims went public with their allegations. He hanged himself in a Manhattan jail cell the following month.The Oversight Committee has given a January 3 deadline for the documents to be turned over.They have given the same deadline to Attorney General William Barr.U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra of West Palm Beach found last February that federal prosecutors violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act when they concealed the existence of the non-prosecution agreement. However, he ruled last September that Epstein’s death meant the judge could not discard the agreement, which also protected Epstein’s accused co-conspirators.
Moussa Dembele is adamant that he is fully committed to Fulham despite being linked with a move from Craven Cottage.Dembele was quoted in the Belgian media suggesting a transfer to Tottenham, who are reportedly interested in signing him, would be a “step higher.”But the forward, currently on international duty with Belgium, has subsequently moved to insist he is happy playing under Whites boss Martin Jol.AdChoices广告In a statement, Dembele said: “Yes, I was asked about the links with Spurs, and I did respond that I was flattered by interest in me, because it means I am playing well, nothing more.“I am happy at Fulham and I am under contract here. I am making progress under Martin Jol and adding further dimensions to my game, so I’m happy playing here.“I want to assure the manager, the fans and of course the chairman, I am fully committed to the club and that any links with other clubs are nothing but speculation, and something I am not even thinking about at this time.”Dembele, 24, has scored four goals in 35 Premier League appearances since moving to west London from AZ Alkmaar in August 2010.Spurs showed some interest in him earlier this year and have been tipped to table a bid when the transfer window re-opens in January.
Published on January 17, 2016 at 2:48 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (12-7, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) could get its third straight conference win and leave No. 20 Duke (14-4, 3-2) with its third straight conference loss on Monday. It would be the first time in nine years the Blue Devils would have three straight losses.Here’s how our beat writers think the matchup will unfold.Sam Blum (14-5)Syracuse 80, Duke 73Shining ArmorDuke hasn’t lost three straight games in nine years. Coming off consecutive losses to Clemson and Notre Dame will prime Syracuse for a chance to remake history. And the Orange does it, playing to the same capabilities it flashed in a win over Wake Forest. It’s a tight rotation that SU plays, but a capable one. And it’s enough for the not-so-monumental upset.Jesse Dougherty (14-5)Duke 84, Syracuse 79Duking it outAdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Blue Devils haven’t scored fewer than 80 points at home this season — most recently in a 95-91 loss to Notre Dame at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday — and Syracuse can’t quite keep up with that pace on Monday. The Orange puts in a strong upset bid for 37 minutes, but Duke snaps a two-game losing streak because it’s simply a better team than SU. Syracuse has been playing well, but the Blue Devils’ four-guard lineup will get into the cracks of the zone and hit the right amount of crunch-time 3s to edge the Orange. Grayson Allen, a player built to beat the 2-3 zone, is stellar throughout and that’s ultimately how the game unfolds.Matt Schneidman (13-6)Duke 81, Syracuse 69Third time’s a charmThe Blue Devils haven’t scored below 80 points in a home game this year and they have the shooters in Grayson Allen, Matt Jones and Luke Kennard to beat the Syracuse zone over the top. Duke also hasn’t lost three straight games since the 2006-07 season and an SU team that’s struggled to string together stretches of success since the Bahamas isn’t the team that will break that streak. The Orange tries to pound it inside against a team without big man Amile Jefferson and does so, but Duke is too lethal from deep. Comments Related Stories Syracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about No. 20 Duke
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 3, 2016 at 11:45 pm Contact Tomer: firstname.lastname@example.org | @tomer_langer UPDATED: Oct. 4 at 8:30 p.m.After making his first collegiate start against South Florida, center Colin Byrne received praise from starting quarterback Eric Dungey, despite some low snaps. After the next game against Connecticut, head coach Dino Babers first said he couldn’t single out an offensive lineman who impressed him. He then said he was excited about the job Byrne did in his second start.For the former St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) High School tackle, this wasn’t the way he, or anybody else, envisioned how his SU career would unfold. But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t ready.“I was up for the challenge and it’s worked out for me in the best way possible,” Byrne said.After sitting out a year and changing positions, Byrne has made an impact on Syracuse’s season. With no timetable for the return of incumbent starter Jason Emerich, it’ll be the redshirt freshman who’s tasked with leading Syracuse’s (2-3, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) young and inexperienced offensive line. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThree out of Byrne’s four seasons at St Thomas Aquinas (Florida) High School resulted in state championships at the powerhouse school which played against top competition. But when he got to Syracuse he ended up having to redshirt, something he wasn’t planning on doing. “I came to Syracuse and I sat my freshman year, and that was a little disappointing,” Byrne said. “But you just gotta drop the ‘E’ and gotta go. Drop the ego.” Byrne’s high school coach, Rocco Casullo, thought Byrne was good enough to contribute immediately, but told Byrne to just “keep doing what you’re doing,” that things would work out for him. He knew Byrne would be ready coming from a school such as St. Thomas Aquinas, which he said had practice regimens on par with some collegiate programs. “It’s more comfortable and they’re used to it,” Casullo said. “They’re college ready.”He credited Dino Babers’ offensive scheme, as well as the work by co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Mike Lynch, as to why Byrne has looked good through three games so far.Former head coach Scott Shafer’s staff recruited Byrne as a tackle and redshirted him at the position. But this past training camp Babers’ coaching staff decided to test him out at center.Babers cited Byrne’s athletic build — being “long-bodied” and his ability to move well — as part of the reasons the coaching staff decided Byrne could physically play the position. “It was an opportunity for him to get on the field a lot faster,” Babers said. “When we made the move we didn’t think he’d have to go this year.” Byrne said learning to play center proved to be challenging because of all the extra checks and calls that had to be made. But Casullo cited Byrne’s intelligence as to why he could find success in a tough transition. Byrne has always been a vocal leader who’s played with a chip on his shoulder, Casullo said. Babers emphasized he had certain personality traits that made the coaching staff think a move to center would work out.“Let’s just say if he was a movie star, he’d be riding a chopper with his sleeves of his jacket chopped off and a bunch of tattoos,” Babers said. There have been moments where Byrne has struggled. A couple of snaps to Dungey haven’t been on target, and the offensive line as a whole has committed some crucial penalties that have pushed back Orange drives. But he’s also still learning and improving every week. And after finding playing time at a foreign position, Byrne is finding his niche. “Sometimes you gotta take a step down and learn a lot of things before you come to college and that’s exactly what I did,” Byrne said. “… I did my job and I can always get better and do better.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, Rocco Casullo was misidentified. Casullo, whose correct first name is Rocco, was Colin Byrne’s high school coach. The Daily Orange regrets these errors. Comments
Syracuse (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) kicks off with No. 2 Clemson (6-0, 4-0) at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Tigers beat the Orange 54-0 last year in Death Valley. Clemson has not won an ACC game by fewer than 14 points and won at then-hyped Louisville 47-21.Friday night’s SU-CU game will air on ESPN.Tomer Langer (5-1)Makes senseClemson 44, Syracuse 24Earlier this week, quarterback Eric Dungey said he liked the fact that nobody thought they’d be able to beat Clemson. And while it would be a good story for Syracuse to win this game, I need to throw my hat in with the group of people who don’t think the Orange will pull it off. Clemson’s defense is just too tough for SU to consistently crack, and if the Orange can’t move the ball it’ll give the Tigers short fields on offense. I think Syracuse manages to score by aggressively going for it on fourth downs, but Clemson should pull away.Matthew Gutierrez (4-2)Eye of the TigerClemson 45, Syracuse 17AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe defending national champs prove to be too much for Syracuse, which only narrowly beat a fledgling Pittsburgh team last week. As head coach Dino Babers said this week, Clemson’s front is “O-M-G.” So is the rest of the team. Clemson has its way in the primetime matchup.Joe Bloss (4-2)As it should beClemson 31, Syracuse 20Eric Dungey and this Syracuse offense can do some very nice things when they have the time. But that necessary time will not be granted against a Clemson defensive line that has accounted for 14.5 of the Tigers’ 22 sacks. It will occasionally get ugly. Feel free to look away when it does. A solid Syracuse defense won’t let up 54 points like it did a year ago, but it won’t be able to contain Kelly Bryant and his weapons to a score Dungey and Co. can match. As it has been in Syracuse’s losses thus far, the better team will win. Comments Published on October 13, 2017 at 1:16 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
As incidents kept occurring, locker room conversations about the campus climate intensified. More players took to social media, following Cisco’s lead. Safety Evan Foster retweeted Gabrielle Union’s tweet on the protest. Walk-on wide receiver Kevin Johnson Jr. tweeted out “#NotAgainSU.” Moe Neal said after the Duke game he’d attended the sit-in to listen. Quarterback Tommy DeVito posted on his Instagram story on Tuesday the message from Renegade Magazine calling for classes to be cancelled following the sharing of the manifesto.When asked about the situation on campus the same evening, DeVito declined to speak on the matter, as did offensive lineman Carlos Vettorello.“It goes a long way,” Ruff said. “Because most people see us as — they kind of see as puppets on a string, they don’t expect us to speak out. But they know we have opinions. So the fact that we do speak out and they see us. It’s kind of, ‘OK we’re behind you as well. We don’t stand for this either.’”Gauging how and whether to engage with situations like the current one and Theta Tau falls on the players. The current situation, players said, feels like more of a groundswell of hate on a campus that’s supposed to be safe and welcoming. That element — one originally iterated by Cisco more than a week ago — has driven participation from players.It’s also difficult to openly criticize the institution that pays for your education, players said. Babers controls scholarships, and players trust their head coach would never punish a player in such harsh a fashion as stripping one’s scholarship for speaking their mind. As a whole, players said, Babers doesn’t encourage or discourage them from speaking up, regardless of his own feelings on the matter at hand.“Coach Babers understands in that situation you have a platform as a student-athlete and as a leader on campus to speak on something that may be important to you,” said Zaire Franklin, former SU linebacker from 2014-18 and three-year captain. “And just when you speak on something, be educated about it and just understand the possible ramifications of the things you say.”As some of the most public faces of the student body, Ruff knows he and his teammates can have an incredible reach when they open their mouths.That, in part, is why Ruff wants to speak at the sit-in. He’s tired of feeling like he’s on the sidelines, he said. The team felt comfortable sending him, knowing the senior defensive tackle’s affable locker room presence lends itself to Ruff delivering a message the whole team can publicly stand behind.The hope, then, is that others can stand behind them.— Senior Staff Writers Eric Black and Josh Schafer contributed reporting to this story Comments Kenneth Ruff Jr. woke up around 5:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning and read the same email he and 104 of his Syracuse football teammates received.As Ruff processed the events described in the email — a white supremacist shooter’s manifesto allegedly being posted online and shared on campus — his attention turned to the quickening pulse of text notifications buzzing his phone. Ruff, a senior who keeps in touch with as many players as possible, sifted through notes of anger, confusion and disappointment from teammates present and past.“I’m sad,” Ruff said Tuesday. “I don’t like to be like this. You know how I am. I smile all the time. And it’s been hard to do that today, especially when I have my girlfriend calling me asking me if I could walk her to class because she’s scared.”A day after Dino Babers said in his weekly press conference the team hadn’t addressed the matter as a whole, every player and coach was in the football auditorium on Tuesday morning.After a video detailing Theta Tau displaying “extremely racist” behavior was published in 2018, the football team collectively decided to keep any discussion on the issue in house. A similar conclusion was reached after the Ackerman Assault last winter. Even after Jim Boeheim visited protestors at the sit-in in the Barnes Center at the Arch, Babers deflected from the matter.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think it’s the Constitutional right that you can protest anything, have free speech. It’s all written into the Constitution,” he said at his Monday press conference.But by Tuesday night, Ruff was in communication with the #NotAgainSU movement searching for a time he could address the protestors on behalf of the football team. Amid the recent spree of hate speech and bias-related incidents at Syracuse, the football team has started to take part in campus conversations it previously shied away from.“Now it’s, ‘Maybe we need to use our voice,’” Ruff said.All-American sophomore safety Andre Cisco made the first public comment, quote-tweeting an article about racial slurs being written in Day Hall and captioning it “…” Later that night, he explained his frustrations.“This is my fourth semester, and this is the third racist act that’s happened,” Cisco said then. “It bothers me a lot, just knowing who I am as a black man and what I stand for. At a school like this, I came here partially because I felt like black people were well represented up at Syracuse.”The ensuing Saturday against Duke, Cisco wore cleats with #NotAgainSU written on them to stand in solidarity with the protest occurring on campus, saying after the game he felt the protestors deserved recognition. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 20, 2019 at 11:27 pm Contact Andrew: email@example.com | @A_E_Graham
The Ireland squad will take part in another open training session in Cork tomorrow, with the first of their warm-up games coming against Wales in Cardiff on August 8th.Joe Schmidt’s side begin their Pool D campaign against Canada, back at the Millennium Stadium on September 19th.
Basketball Ireland have confirmed Tralee Town, which comprises a combination of Tralee’s clubs, will enter the top tier of the league next season.The Kerry footballer was part of the St Brendan’s side that captured the intermediate cup last January.It has also been confirmed that Dublin KUBS have been granted permission to play in the top flight next season.
Related Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has expressed his displeasure at Andreas Pereira’s loan move to Valencia, saying the teenage midfielder “is not ready to fight” for a place in United’s team.21-year-old Pereira, who spent last season on loan to another Spanish outfit Granada, joined Valencia on a season long move last month.Speaking ahead of United’s visit to Stoke City, Mourinho said: “Honestly I don’t think it is the best decision for him, it disappoints me a little bit, as he has potential to be here fighting for a position and opportunities to be a United player.”“The decision can be considered the decision of a young player that wants to play every weekend but is not ready to fight for something difficult – you have to be ready to fight.”“I am a bit disappointed he left but okay, it was his decision, he has a long term contract, and we have the option to bring him back on 1st January.”