No anthem or colors, but Russians are back at track worlds

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Russian law enforcement has sought to present McLaren’s key witness, former drug-test lab director Grigory Rodchenkov, as unreliable. The government continues to deny any role in doping cover-ups, frustrating the IAAF, which wants Russia to either accept or disprove McLaren’s findings.Still, Russia is gradually getting closer to readmission to international track and field, which would make neutral uniforms a quirk of history. An IAAF taskforce on Monday said Russia was giving drug testers better access but hadn’t done enough to investigate past offenses.“We’re coming out of those crises,” Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov told reporters last week. Russian officials have toned down once-vehement criticism of the IAAF as they try to build bridges.“It’ll be hard for the athletes to compete because they are all patriots of their country,” Kolobkov said when asked if he considered the absence of Russia’s flag insulting.Whether the Russian athletes are neutral or not, he said, “everyone understands who they represent.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Los Angeles gets Olympics with an 11-year wait—and risks MOST READ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LATEST STORIES ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube If the neutrals win, the IAAF’s anthem will play. Under the rules, an athlete who sings the Russian anthem faces a fine, though any legal tussles could prove embarrassing for the IAAF.The rules “seem tough and a bit ridiculous,” said Shubenkov, who jokingly suggested there might be a loophole for fur hats. “Bringing a bear on a leash, would that count?”The Russians will be in London when the IAAF holds a string of ceremonies re-awarding medals from past championships after doping cases.Some originally belonged to Russians, including Tatyana Chernova, who beat Britain’s Jessica Ennis-Hill to heptathlon gold at the 2011 championships but was later stripped of that medal and others.The Russians certainly looked like a team as they met Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev last week at their national titles.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Their world championship preparation is subsidized by the Russian state, while entry papers were submitted by the still-suspended national track federation, whose head coach Yuri Borzakovsky expects between five and seven podium finishes.Besides Shubenkov, another medal contender is reigning world high jump champion Maria Lasitskene, who won every round of the Diamond League this season. She just wants to block out the whole doping controversy. “I don’t want to waste my emotions on that. I need them for the competition,” she said.More than two years of investigations and bans have made the team stronger, says pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova. “Everyone who’s there will support the others,” she said. “We’re all friends like never before.”There’s a return for Russia’s only track and field Olympian of 2016, long jumper Darya Klishina, while some younger athletes could be medal threats too.Sergei Shirobokov, an 18-year-old racewalker, has promise but would be a controversial champion given his links to a training center where more than 25 athletes have been banned for doping.Still, it’s far from a full team.Among the absentees are 2012 Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov and former world indoor triple jump champion Lyukman Adams. Russian media reported both were refused neutral status by the IAAF.Dozens more are serving bans, including former Olympic champions.The IAAF is retesting samples from previous championships after World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren alleged a conspiracy of drug use and cover-ups stretching back years. An apparent cover-up of suspicious drug tests on the Russian track team before the 2014 world indoor championships is of particular interest.While Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted in March the previous anti-doping system “did not work,” there’s been no rush to investigate what exactly went wrong, at least not publicly. Several officials resigned last year in unclear circumstances, but the then-Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko was promoted. 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 FILE – In this Thursday, July 28, 2016 file photo, world hurdles 110m champion Sergey Shubenkov competes during the Russian Stars 2016 track and field competitions in Moscow, Russia. Russia plans to send 19 athletes, including Sergei Shubenkov and Maria Lasitskene, to the track and field world championships in London in August 2017 despite its suspension from international competition over widespread doping. The 19, including three former world champions, have been given exemptions from Russia’s suspension after the International Association of Athletics Federations reviewed their history of drug testing. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)ZHUKOVSKY, Russia — They won’t hear their anthem if they win. Their national colors — even on nail varnish — are strictly forbidden. Regardless, a group of Russian athletes is back at the track and field world championships.WAlmost two years after a blanket suspension for widespread doping, and a year after just one Russian was allowed to compete on the Olympic track in Rio de Janeiro, 19 will compete at the world championships starting Friday.In London, they’ll officially be “neutral athletes,” individuals not representing any country.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sergei Shubenkov, who won the 110-meter hurdles at the 2015 world championships but had to sit out the Olympics last year because Russia was banned from international competition, said “I’ve got back almost all the rights I had.”Decked out in an electric blue Russia tracksuit at his national championships last Friday, he lamented he still can’t “take this beautiful, awesome uniform to the worlds and flaunt it.”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’Keen to head off any Russian celebrations, the International Association of Athletics Federations has issued its 19 neutrals with strict codes of conduct.The Russian flag and national colors are banned, so uniforms in neutral colors must be approved by IAAF officials. Red, white and blue are forbidden, even on hairbands or bandages or accessories.last_img read more

Barrolle Needs $150,000 to Buy Players

first_imgMighty Barrolle’s Technical Director James Salinsa Debbah has disclosed that a budget of US$150,000.00 has been submitted to the administration for 15 topnotch players.The former most celebrated star said his committee would retain at least the current 10 of the 19 players if the funds are available to buy the new players.Debbah made the disclosure over the weekend during a game that former Barrolle players lost to the current team 4-0. Barrolle has just survived relegation to the 3nd division.Ben Saydee, Frederick Cole, Waka Herron, John Brownell, Ivan Brown, Lewis Williams, Rufus Salue and Bill Hiah were among the old timers.Popularly known as the Rollers and Kanyan Peppers Boys, Barrolle was once a top-rated club but has been out of the first-rate league for over two years.As part of the re-building process, Madam Julia Duncan-Cassel remains president, while Atty Joyce Woods is vice president for administration and former Barrolle’s central defender Washington Blay serves as vice president for operations.Also former goalkeeper D. Zoegar Wilson has been appointed vice president for foreign affairs and Ivan Brown (popularly known as Ahmeweh) is secretary general.Meanwhile, 25 players received their monthly salary, including the technical staff and scratch cards were given to 19 players who helped the team to escape relegation to the 3rd division.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Alleged relative rapist captured, to be arraigned

first_imgA 42-year-old cane harvester, reportedly of Corentyne, Berbice, who was released on station bail after being accused of raping a 12-year-old relative over five months ago will appear in court today.This comes days after a warrant was issued for his arrest following a missed appearance at the Whim Magistrate’s Court last Thursday.Police stated that the accused was apprehended on Saturday, adding that he would be arraigned for the indictable offence. The warrant, arrest and subsequent court proceedings followed media reports that Police were employing measures to have him found. According to reports gathered, the man, who was taking care of the child at the time while her mother was away, reportedly placed the juvenile in a locked room where he carried out the unlawful act.Information reaching this publication indicated that it was the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) whose office recommended that a rape charge be filed. The cane harvester was first arrested for the incident on May 3.last_img read more

Govt has acted in bad faith, reneged on promises – Jagdeo

first_imgNo-confidence resolution …says meeting with President to deal with Constitution, electionsWhile Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo will raise the issues of constitutional matters and the holding of elections when he meets President David Granger this week, he has made it clear that this meeting comes against the backdrop of Government’s broken promises.On Saturday, the Opposition Leader said Government by its own actions has done everything possible to undermine collaboration in the national interest between the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).President David Granger“After the passage of the No-confidence Motion… I made a statement that we have to see this as an opportunity to discuss how we act in the 90 days period and preparation for elections in compliance with the Constitution of Guyana (and) to start exploring post-election possibilities of working together in the interest of Guyana and all our people,” Jagdeo said in a statement.“I was pleased that both the Prime Minister and President accepted the outcome of the no-confidence vote and that the President issued a press release which indicated that he will meet with me and that he wanted to speak about enhancing political cooperation. Since then they have acted in bad faith and done everything to undermine this collaborative approach.”RenegedJagdeo pointed out that the coalition has since reneged on the public statements their leaders made accepting the passage of the No-confidence Motion. And according to Jagdeo, they have done this using “the most ludicrous arguments”, at this point referencing the 34, 31 as a majority argument.He also recalled statements from Government functionaries that they took a tactical decision not to speak about this until after the motion was passed for fear of activating “five other PPP moles on the Government side.”Jagdeo also pointed to statements made by People’s National Congress (PNC) stalwarts that the PPP bribed now expelled Alliance For Change Parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud. This statement, the Opposition Leader noted, was made without providing a shred of evidence.“Having failed to get the Speaker to reverse the ruling that the no-confidence was carried, they have now resorted to the courts to override the Constitution… It seems as though the protracted period for the meeting is to give them time to wriggle out of the obligations imposed on them by Articles 106(6) and 106(7) of our Constitution. We will fiercely resist this.”“Compliance with our Constitution in relation to the No-confidence Motion and preparation for free and fair elections will therefore be the main issue on the agenda of the meeting with the President on January 9, we will however still keep an open mind on issues of governance despite the bad faith approach and concerted attempts by the coalition to squander the goodwill for progress and mature, sensible behaviour.”No confidenceOn December 21, 2018, the No-confidence Motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition against the Government succeeded when Persaud, who has since left the jurisdiction, broke rank and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”Since the passage of the motion, however, persons aligned with the coalition party have sought to question the motion’s validity even as the vote has already been certified. The original proponent of the 34-vote argument is in fact Attorney Nigel Hughes, a former AFC Chairman and the husband of Minister Cathy Hughes.He told State media that half of 65 is 32.5 but when rounded to the nearest whole number this would be 33 as there is no half member. This argument formed part of the opinions presented to Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland in the hopes that he would reverse the ruling. On Thursday, the Speaker refused to do so.Amid calls to resign, Government has insisted it is going nowhere. A court case was filed on Friday, in which an order is being sought to, among other things, delay the elections until the court rules on whether or not Persaud was qualified to be an MP. The PPP has since urged the Judiciary not to facility Governments conspiracy to undermine Guyana’s Constitution. In the meantime, President David Granger and Jagdeo’s meeting is set for January 9.last_img read more

Tickets available for 100th Savage Cup

first_imgTickets can be purchased at Ernie’s Sports Expert at the Totem Mall, and are going for $12 individually, or a three-pack can be purchased for $30.The best-of-five tournament to determine B.C. Senior Hockey supremacy begins Thursday, March 21, running until March 25 if need be.All five games will begin at 8 p.m. and will be played at the North Peace Arena.- Advertisement -Last year, the Regals swept the Fort St. John Senior Flyers in the Savage Cup, which was played in Powell River.last_img

LBSU roundup: Grabow stars as 49ers run well

first_imgCat von Schwarz earned her first victory as 49ers women’s coach as LBSU scored three unanswered goals in the final four minutes to upend the Roadrunners in the Triton Invitational in La Jolla. Christiana Wensman and Marina Canetti each scored three goals for the 49ers in the win, and goalie Kim Hayes made eight saves. Hartwick beat LBSU in an earlier game. Women’s tennis49ers 7, CS Northridge 0 Hannah Grady, Jessica Weeks, Sandra Rocha and Emmanuelle Tabatruong each were in on singles and doubles wins to help LBSU (3-1, 2-0) beat the visiting Matadors in Big West Conference play. Softball49ers 12, Syracuse 3 (5 inn.); Texas 10, 49ers 3 Kim Sowder picked up her first win as 49ers coach as Bridgette Pagano struck out five in going the five innings (mercy rule) against the Orange in the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. LBSU scored 11 runs in the third. Whitney Radcliff, Jessica Beaver and Brooke LaSage each had two 49er hits. LBSU fell to 1-3 with its loss. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Half of the 21 runners in the race were former All-Americans. “It was off the charts,” said 49ers distance coach Matt Roe of Grabow’s effort, in a school press release. “It was a great effort overall for our team and I think the best performance we’ve had running indoors as a distance group ever.” The second- and third-fastest indoor 5,000 times at LBSU were turned in by Wolhan Ovalle (14:26.80) and Dylan Jaedtke (14:50.60). On the women’s side, Nicole Blalock (4:56.70) and Missy Barclay (5:02.02) were among the top finishers in the indoor mile, and Jenessa Botello (2:17.35) was near the front in the 400 meters. At Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, 49er winners were Jessica Branker (women’s 60, 200 meters), Tisha Uwadiale (women’s long jump), Ezra Kwong (men’s shot), Rob Jennings (men’s weight throw) and Alex Black (men’s high jump). Water poloHartwick 10, 49ers 8; 49ers 9, CS Bakersfield 8 center_img Jimmy Grabow ran a school-record time of 13 minutes, 44.04 seconds in the indoor 5,000 meters Saturday, turning in one of five top-five performances by Long Beach State runners in the Husky Invitational in Seattle. The time was an automatic qualifier for Grabow, a senior, to this year’s NCAA Championships, where he will be competing in his first national championship event. last_img read more

‘The entire Arsenal defence would benefit’ – transfer on the cards?

first_img Petr Cech (left) has been linked with a move to Arsenal, a deal which is likely to frustrate Wojciech Szczesny 1 Apparently Arsene Wenger is preparing to nip across London and snap Petr Cech up on the cheap, so Young Guns blogger Jamie Sanderson explains his thoughts on the possible deal…Sometimes a transfer rumour is so left-field there’s probably some truth in it.Arsenal’s link with Chelsea’s Petr Cech this week looks to be one of those.The Gunners are believed to be closing in on a £7m deal for the 32-year-old, and while that talk seems a bit premature, it’s right that Arsenal should be looking at Cech.I’m a big fan of Wojciech Szczesny, and think one day he’ll be an excellent goalkeeper, but Cech is already there. He’s proven ability not potential and promise, and offers a wealth of experience and leadership ability.At £7m, I think he’d be an absolute snip and while Szczesny would likely be frustrated, and summer signing David Ospina angry, he would put an end to all doubts over the goalie position at Arsenal. Finally.Plus I believe Cech would organise our naive back four better and get them playing more as a team, meaning our whole defence would benefit.Chelsea might not want to sell to us, but this deal makes sense for Arsenal and we should push to make it happen.last_img read more

Match fixing, the curse of planet football

first_img0Shares0000A folder containing evidence sits on a table at the start of the 2009 trial linked to ‘Calciopoli’ © AFP/File / MARIO LAPORTAPARIS, France, Oct 10 – The anti-fraud operation that shook Belgian football on Wednesday is a reminder that the manipulation of matches, linked to betting or not, spares no country.Here is a brief tour of the global match-fixing scandals. – The Italian miniseries –Italian football has had a series of scandals.“Totonero”, a play on the Italian for football pools, in 1980, resulted in the relegation of AC Milan and Lazio and bans for several players, including Paolo Rossi, who returned just in time to win the World Cup for Italy and the subsequent Ballon d’Or.There was a sequel, “Totonero B”, in 1986.The “Calciopoli” scandal, in 2006, did not involve gambling and only indirectly match rigging as big clubs influenced the selection of referees. Juventus were stripped of two league titles and demoted.The scandal that appears to contain most elements in common with Belgium was the “Calcioscommesse”, or “football bet,” affair which ended with several players and coaches in prison.The match-rigging apparatus, was, according to Interpol, run from Singapore by businessman Dan Tan who worked with Eastern European criminals to bribe, or in one case drug, Italian players.After close to 100,000 telephone taps, dozens of arrests and searches, the Cremona prosecutor found that during the 2010-2011 season, at least 50 matches, including 20 in Serie A, were fixed.Tan is wanted in Italy and also Hungary, where he is alleged to have rigged matches, but Singapore does not have an extradition agreement with the European Union.– Belgium, the prequel –In 2014, after a long investigation, the authorities ruled that 18 matches had been sold by players for sums between 5,000 euros and 40,000 euros from 2004 and 2006.Chinese businessman Zheyun Ye, who had invested in the Lierse club, was sentenced, in absentia, to five years in prison.Paul Put, manager of 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finalists Burkina Faso, Pietro Allata, a businessman and self-proclaimed gambler and former Belgian international goalkeeper Gilbert Bodart were also found guilty of corruption.Zheyun Ye has disappeared. Put is now managing in the Chinese second division.– Marseille and the buried cash –The most famous scandal in France, surrounding Marseille’s Ligue 1 game at Valenciennes in May 1993, was not related to betting.Six days away from a European Cup final against AC Milan, Marseille wanted to collect the points, and clinch the French title, without wasting energy. Even though one home player reportedly confessed to his coach at half time, Marseille won 1-0.Later, 250,000 francs were discovered in the garden of Valenciennes player Christophe Robert. Marseille were stripped of their French title and Valenciennes relegated.– Fixing on the menu in Berlin cafe –In 2011, Ante Sapina, a Croatian national already been sentenced to 36 months in jail for his role in a betting scandal involving German referee Robert Hoyzer, was sentenced to five and a half years for manipulating games in nine countries, including Europa League and World Cup matches, by paying money to players, referees and officials. German prosecutors focused on 47 matches but said up to 300 were involved.Operating out of a Berlin cafe, Sapina bet on the matches in the unsupervised Asian markets and made an estimated profit of 2.4 million euros.– Fake friendlies –Not content with rigging matches in existing competitions, fixers have taken to staging their own games.Several seem to have been created by a Singaporean, Wilson Raj Perumal who has served jail time in Finland for match fixing and now assists Hungarian investigators, says he worked for Dan Tan.As many as 80 Zimbabwean footballers as well as officials and administrators, were suspended for their part in the “Asiagate” scandal, involving a series of friendlies, mostly in Asia. Many were never played, but in three that were, in 2009, the Zimbawean teams lost.FIFA investigated a pair of friendlies — Bulgaria against Estonia and Latvia against Bolivia — played in Antalya, Turkey, in February 2011. All seven goals in the matches came from penalty kicks.Most bizarre was Bahrain’s home friendly against a Togo team containing none of the advertised players, in 2010. Despite having five goals disallowed, Bahrain beat visibly unfit opponents, 3-0. After the game Togo’s football federation said it had not sent a team.– Birthplace of football –In 1915, with the English league on the point of being suspended because of World War I, Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-0, in a first-division game in which Liverpool missed a penalty.After the match flyers began to appear alleging that large amounts of money had been bet at attractive odds on just that result. Seven players, three from United and four from Liverpool, were banned for life. Six, including one who had died serving in the war, were reinstated in 1919.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Southampton boss provides update on future of Manchester United target

first_imgSouthampton’s new head coach Claude Puel is confident defender Jose Fonte will still be at the club at the end of the summer transfer window despite talk linking him to Manchester United.The 32-year-old captain, who was part of the Portugal side that won Euro 2016, is a doubt to feature in Saints’ opening Premier League game against Watford.Puel, who replaced Ronald Koeman as manager in June following the Dutchman’s move to Everton, believes Fonte will be a key component for the Saints this season.He said: “I do not think there is a possibility for Jose to leave us.“I am sure that he can play all these games, he is very proficient.“When I see him on the pitch he is interesting, very professional and he has a good attitude.“(Fonte has) re-joined in training. I do not know if he will start the game (on Saturday) but we will see.“The market window is difficult for the club and the players but it is very important for the team.“Many clubs can be interested in players. That is normal.” Jose Fonte is a doubt for Southampton’s Premier League opener v Watford 1last_img read more

F on exit exam?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – Norwalk-La Mirada district students who meet all requirements but fail the state exit exam could still get a high school certificate of completion under a proposal being recommended by principals. Those students, however, would have to return to school in the summer to take an exit-exam preparation class, then would re-take the exam in September. The proposal, backed by the principals of all four high schools in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, will be reviewed by the school board at a March study session. Failure to pass the exit exam, a graduation requirement for all seniors in 2006, has proven to be a major obstacle for students who have otherwise fulfilled all other academic requirements. Rather than keeping those students in school longer, educators around the state are looking at new ways for students to meet the exit exam requirement. Some students are simply “test-phobic,” said Norwalk-La Mirada district school board member Darryl Adams. Allowing students to receive a high school completion certificate before passing the exit exam “would demonstrate that they have gone through the curriculum,” said La Mirada High School Principal Don Jones. “They would have the evidence that they did the four years of high school,” he said. In the Norwalk-La Mirada district, 142 regular education students so far have failed to pass the exit exam. Of those, 74 have maintained a 2.0 grade point average and are on track to complete 220 credits – two district requirements for graduation. The remainder of the 142 students have not fulfilled those requirements. But the new proposal by principals is rekindling a debate about the district’s 2.0 GPA requirement. A divided school board approved the rule in 1998, mandating it for all graduating students beginning in 2002. “If we have students who have a 2.0 GPA and can’t pass the high school exit exam, it seems to indicate that the 2.0does not necessarily guarantee our students are performing at a high level,” said board member Ed Hengler, who voted in 1998 against the requirement. “I would eliminate the 2.0GPA and substitute in its place the high school exit exam,” he added. “An exit exam is more meaningful.” All four principals agree that students who must return to pass the exit exam in the fall should not be allowed to walk across the stage at June graduation ceremonies. Allowing them to do so would tend to water down the ceremony, the principals said. Board President Pauline Deal said she likes the idea. “They’ve met the requirements the district asked them to do,” Deal said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img read more