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PROBE DEMANDED: Opposition legislator wants police investigation into FIFA bribery allegations

first_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional PROBE DEMANDED: Opposition legislator wants police investigation into FIFA bribery allegations by: – June 1, 2011 Share Tweet 21 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – An opposition legislator Tuesday called on Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs to launch an investigation to determine whether Trinidad and Tobago was used as a venue for the alleged payment of bribes to members of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU).Senator Fitzgerald Hinds, a former junior national security minister, told the Senate that the authorities, including the Comptroller of Customs must also investigate whether any person declared more than the stipulated amount foreign currency into the country.“I am calling on Mr. Gibbs, the Commissioner of Police, don’t leave everything up to any international organization…since a crime may have been committed in Trinidad and Tobago,” Hinds said. “I am calling upon the Comptroller of Customs to check the records to see whether large amounts of US currency was legally imported into Trinidad and Tobago without declaration.”Football’s world governing body, FIFA, on Sunday pledged to investigate bribery allegations against its vice president, Austin Jack Warner, former presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam and two CFU officials.FIFA has temporarily suspending them from activity connected with the game.Warner and Bin Hammam have been accused of offering US$40,000 to national associations of the CFU at a meeting on May 10 and 11 here, in return for their votes in the FIFA presidential election.Bin Hammam was due to face incumbent FIFA president Sepp Blatter for the top post in the game in an election on Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, but has since withdrawn his candidacy.CFU officials Debbie Minguell and Jason Sylvester were also suspended until a full investigation into bribery allegations against them was conducted.Warner has said he will defend his reputation and challenge the allegations and Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar has vowed publicly to “stand” by her embattled Works and Transport minister, who is also chairman of her United National Congress (UNC), one of the five parties in the coalition People’s Partnership government.On Tuesday, Legal Affairs Minister Prakash Ramadhar, who announced that he is a candidate to contest the leadership of the Congress of the People (COP) Party, told reporters that Warner should step down until the investigations are completed.Ramadhar acknowledged that the country had also been affected by the FIFA scandal.“It is bad for football and it is bad for the country,” Ramadhar added.The COP, which is a member of the coalition government, has publicly called on Warner to detp down pending the outcome of the probe.last_img read more

Deadlines near for IMCA rookie, contingency sign-up forms

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – Two dead­lines loom right around the cor­ner that IMCA drivers need to be aware of.First is the Friday, July 1 deadline for rookie of the year applications to be submitted to the home office. Rookie drivers can also call Director of Membership and Vir­ginia Lindsey to sign up for that program.Second is the Monday, Aug. 1 deadline to send in contingency sign-up forms and proof of decal placement car photos. Both can be directed to Mar­keting Director Kevin Yoder.“Rookie applications are due a month earlier than they have been in the past but the date to have sign-up forms and car pho­tos in remains Aug. 1,” noted Yoder. “Either way, it’s im­portant to get them in as soon as possible.”Sign-up forms were included in decal packets mailed after driv­ers purchased 2016 competi­tor’s licenses while the rookie application is published in the point section each month in In­side IMCA.“Both forms are also posted on our website so they are easily accessible,” said Yoder. “If their car is beat up, any driver can call and we’ll mail them another de­cal packet.”Decal placement is required for drivers to make themselves eligible for national and regional point fund shares.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Associated Press Hamilton, who is the only Black world champion in F1, has spoken widely about racism after saying he was left feeling “so much anger, sadness and disbelief” following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.He wrote in the paper that the “institutional barriers that have kept F1 highly exclusive persist,” adding that the thousands of people employed in motorsport need to be more representative of society.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSDynamo Moscow reports coronavirus cases, game postponedUNDATED (AP) — Dynamo Moscow said Sunday that three of its players had tested positive for the coronavirus as its game on the Russian soccer league’s restart weekend was postponed. Update on the latest sports — Two-time major champion So Yeon Ryu is a winner in her first tournament in four months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryu finished with nine straight pars for an even-par 72 and a one-shot victory in the Korea Women’s Open. She outlasted Hyo Joo Kim, who also made all pars on the back nine. Ryu won just over $200,000 for her first worldwide victory in nearly two years and offered all of it to COVID-19 relief efforts. Several Korean players on the LPGA Tour have returned to their home circuit. The LPGA is not set to resume until July 31. The Alabama track will admit up to 5,000 fans Sunday — with at least two NASCAR teams facing a coronavirus scare — while NASCAR will be on the lookout for the newly banned Confederate flag.This race will be the ninth for the elite Cup Series since the May 17 resumption, and restrictions are gradually being lifted.The 5,000 fans in the grandstands are arriving just 48 hours after Stewart-Haas Racing confirmed two unidentified employees tested posted for COVID-19. Team Penske said Saturday it had one employee test positive. The employees are quarantined and are not part of the limited crew members permitted to go to the track under virus rules.NASCAR has refused to divulge any information on positive coronavirus tests or if personnel have been denied entrance at events after going through the mandatory health screenings at the track. Talladega is a warm-up for expanded admission next month. NASCAR said this week as many as 30,000 people can attend the All-Star race in Tennessee, and Texas Motor Speedway plans to allow fans at its event.Changes made to the cars for Talladega as a result of Newman’s crash include the elimination of aero ducts at superspeedway tracks, a reduction in size of throttle body and now slip tape must be applied along the entire length of the lower rearward facing surfaces of the rear bumper cover. The changes are for superspeedways only, but teams have zero practical knowledge of their effect. June 21, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-TALLADEGANASCAR has new rules, new feuds and more fans at TalladegaTALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — NASCAR’s return to racing shifts to Talladega Superspeedway, with new rules in place after Ryan Newman’s frightful crash in the season-opening Daytona 500. Sunday’s game was the second to be disrupted by the coronavirus since the Russian league restarted Friday after a three-month pause. League and federation officials said this development did not justify stopping the season.Dynamo said the team and staff were confined to its training base after the positive tests. All other players tested negative in samples taken Saturday, the club added.Dynamo was due to play at third-place FC Krasnodar on Sunday but Krasnodar agreed to a postponement.In other sports affected by the coronavirus pandemic:— Newcastle beat 10-man Sheffield United 3-0 in the Premier League to virtually guarantee its top-flight status for another year and make the club an even more attractive option for its controversial potential buyers. Newcastle capitalized on the 50th-minute sending-off of Sheffield United center back John Egan for a second yellow card to score through Allan Saint-Maximin, Matt Ritchie and Joelinton. The win at an empty St. James’ Park lifted Newcastle to 38 points and 11 clear of the relegation zone. The future of Newcastle has been one of the big talking points during soccer’s three-month shutdown. League officials are deciding whether to approve a takeover of the northeast club by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign fund. F1-HAMILTON-DIVERSITYF1 star Hamilton to set up commission to increase diversityLONDON (AP) — Six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton plans to set up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.The Mercedes driver said the aim of the Hamilton Commission would be to make the sport “become as diverse as the complex and multicultural world we live in.”Writing in British newspaper The Sunday Times, Hamilton said it would be a research partnership dedicated to exploring how motorsport can be used as a vehicle to “engage more young people from Black backgrounds with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and, ultimately, employ them on our teams or in other engineering sectors.”last_img read more

Boys hoops Lakers take first loss; Solvay tops Marcellus

first_img Tags: boys basketballJ-EMarcellusskaneatelesSolvayWesthill Only in the final period did the Bearcats go in front for good, and a balanced attack helped. Jaimen Bliss led with 15 points, while Brock Bagozzi had 13 points and Elijah Wright got 11 points. And all of this came after Justin Scott left the game with an injury.For Marcellus, who suffered its second consecutive defeat, a trio of players accounted for most of the production, Matt Kershaw getting 15 points as Jared Sammon had 14 points and Luke Ingianni got 13 points.Far more surprising than this was the defeat 7-0 Skaneaateles took on its home court. Though most figured the Lakers would take a regular-season defeat somewhere, it wasn’t supposed to take place at the expense of a Homer side that entered the night with a 2-4 record. While it already loomed as an important contest among top Class B contenders, Tuesday night’s boys basketball clash between Skaneateles and Solvay gained more stature after the events that led up to it.Exactly one week earlier, the undefeated, state Class B no. 7-ranked Lakers were stunned by Homer 61-56 just as the Bearcats made its way to Marcellus and took out the Mustangs 59-52.Fresh off a Jan. 2 win at Westhill, Solvay found itself in an intense fight against Marcellus as, for three quarters, neither team could get away from each other or put up any kind of sustained scoring run.center_img But the Trojans steadily built a 32-27 halftime and answered every time the Lakers tried to catch up, with Derek Fickett and Mikyle Franklin each getting 18 points as Jarrett Wilbur had 13 points and Jake Atkins had 12 points.All of them topped the Lakers’ main threat, Nate Fouts, who was held to 11 points, something Skaneateles could not overcome despite 19 points from Jack Whirtley, nine points from Nick Wamp and eight points from Tyler DelFavero.Despite this setback, Skaneateles displayed plenty of character by traveling to Vernon-Verona-Sherrill two nights later and delivering a tough 50-44 victory over the Red Devils.With its 7-2 start, VVS had sneaked into the no. 30 spot in the state Class B rankings before a defeat to Rome Free Academy earlier in the week.Against the Lakers, the Red Devils were held to exactly 11 points in all four quarters, prevented from a sustained outburst.Only in the final minutes did Skaneateles secure the win, led again by Fouts, whose 21 points accounted for nearly half his team’s output. Whirtley and Alex Neumann had eight points apiece, while Max Wamp had seven points.As a follow-up on Friday, Skaneateles defeated Mexico 52-39 as it trailed 17-9 through one period, but then shut down the Tigers and used a 19-8 third-quarter spurt to go in front. Fouts had 22 points and Whirtley added 12 points.Marcellus, meanwhile, gutted out a 44-32 win over Phoenix, easing up a bit after jumping out 19-2 on the Firebirds in the first quarter. Sammon led the way, earning 20 points, with Kershaw and Will Kimber earning eight points apiece.Westhill, a week removed from the loss to Solvay, roared back to form on Friday against visiting Jordan-Elbridge with its best all-around performance of the season as it took out the Eagles 69-47.Ignoring J-E’s 6-3 record, the Warriors outscored them 42-25 in the second and third quarters and Zach Brown was unstoppable, earning a season-high 35 points, including seven 3-pointers.Elliott Rouse kept the Eagles from focusing on Brown as he poured in 16 points, while Westhill held Dakota Holbrook to three points, something Owen Barrigar (15 points), Alex Pond (13 points) and Jeremy Melfi (11 points) could not make up for the Eagles.J-E had beat Chittenango 57-52 eariler in the week, holding the Bears to six points in the first quarter, going out in front and then spending the rest of the game fending off all of Chittenango’s charges.Tyler Waldron led with 20 points, with Holbrook getting 15 points as Pond had 11 points and Myles Town earned eight points. For the Bears, only Tyrus Kelly, with 14 points, hit double figures.Solvay paid for not having Scott in the lineup on Saturday against Christian Brothers Academy, falling 67-47 to the Brothers as CBA’s long-time head coach, Buddy Wleklinski, earned his 500th coaching victory.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Syracuse’s Justyn Knight, Noah Affolder win at Bison Invitational

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ It only took one meet for Justyn Knight to record his first outdoor win of the season. It came at the Bison Invitational at Bucknell in the 1500-meters with a time of 3:42.71. He was followed by teammates Aidan Tooker (3:43.84), who took second, and Philo Germano (3:45.31), who placed third.The only other winner on the day for the Orange was Noah Affolder, who dominated the 3000-meter steeplechase, finishing six full seconds in front of second place with a time of 8:51.44.In the women’s 1500-meters, Syracuse’s top finisher was Rachel Bonner, who finished 25th with a time of 4:32.64.Next on the schedule for the Orange is both the Virginia Challenge at the University of Virginia and the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton University, which will both start on April 20. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on April 15, 2018 at 9:15 am Contact Eric: estorms@syr.edulast_img read more

Nearing end of Syracuse career, Frank Howard wants to keep shooting

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 23, 2019 at 10:26 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 To get going, Frank Howard isn’t looking for an early 3-pointer or long jumper. He doesn’t necessarily want to be the spark to the Syracuse offense. He’s not discouraged by a slew of missed shots in recent games or that junior guard Tyus Battle has effectively taken over point guard duties, even when he’s on the floor. None of that.Though he established himself as Syracuse’s starting point guard as a sophomore, Howard lost the job to graduate transfer John Gillon in 2017. As a junior last year, Howard became the floor general he knew Syracuse needed him to be. This season, a preseason injury set him back, and he hasn’t appeared to fully recover since.Syracuse’s (18-9, 9-5 Atlantic Coast) 75-65 loss to No. 1 Duke (24-3, 12-2) in front of a sold-out crowd at the Carrier Dome represented the latest version of Howard. Over the past two seasons, he’s largely avoided turning the ball over. Albeit a costly one, he had only one turnover against the Blue Devils in 34 minutes. He’s averaging eight points and 2.8 assists per game, significantly down from last year (14.4 points, 4.7 assists). Over his last two games, he’s 3-of-13 from the field. He’s followed up an explosion at North Carolina State 10 days ago with back-to-back games in which he’s struggled to find the kind of rhythm he found on a regular basis last season.“Not necessarily a jumper,” Howard said when asked when he needs to find a groove. “That’s just how it’s been. It’s not like I’m focusing on getting a jumper to go. I want to be aggressive. I’ve been aggressive and been in that mindset. I got some good looks tonight off some great rebounds by Marek (Dolezaj) and Paschal (Chukwu).”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerWhen Howard scores and keeps turnovers down, he and the SU offense thrive. But he’s been inconsistent in recent weeks, trying to initiate the Syracuse offense with high-ball screens and passes to the wings.He didn’t score against Florida State and went 1-of-10 with three points against Boston College. Then dropped 21 at the Wolfpack. He knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 10 points Saturday, though he didn’t shoot well in the second half.Howard will not drop 20 points on a nightly basis anymore. His plan A is to pass or try to hit open shots and attack when he can, although he’s not always been able to create for himself off the dribble. He said his confidence hasn’t wavered and he won’t hesitate to create — and take — shots, regardless of his shooting percentage on a given night.Early against Duke, Howard stepped into a pair of jumpers. The first was a 3-pointer from the right wing to kick off SU’s scoring. The Carrier Dome rocked when he drilled the 3, the result of an offensive rebound. Later, Howard knocked down a long jumper from the left wing area, just inside the 3-point line. Duke’s guards were switching on SU screens at first, freeing up Howard.“I think they didn’t like that,” Howard said. “They started downing. They tried to keep me from the foul line, keep the ball out of our hands in that area.”The subtle Duke defensive tweak slowed an SU offense that bounded to an early lead. Howard said he’ll keep shooting, keep looking to create for others, and keep looking for steals atop the 2-3 zone. He knows the clock is ticking, with his Syracuse career winding down in the coming weeks. So, he’ll look to make the best of it.center_img Commentslast_img read more

Uefa probe Manuel Pellegrini comments after Barcelona defeat

first_imgUefa has opened an investigation into Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s comments following Tuesday’s Champions League loss to Barcelona.More to follow.last_img

Knicks, Allonzo Trier reportedly agree to 2-year deal

first_imgThe Knicks are making rookie guard Allonzo Trier a part of their future. New York and Trier have agreed to a two-year NBA deal using Knicks’ bi-annual exception, according to The Athletic, citing unidentified sources. The Knicks are expected to release Ron Baker, who is in his third season with New York, to create space for the rookie. The New York Knicks and two-way guard Allonzo Trier have agreed to a two-year deal, per league sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium. The Knicks are expected to release Ron Baker to create roster space, league sources said.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 13, 2018ESPN reports the two-year deal is worth $7 million and has a team option for the second year.  NBA trade rumors: Knicks not ‘actively looking’ to deal guard Frank Ntilikina The 22-year-old has averaged 11.3 points, including 39.1 percent shooting on three-pointers in 23 minutes a game for the Knicks. Trier went undrafted in 2018 and agreed to a two-way contract with the Knicks. He played three seasons at the University of Arizona, but tested positive for a banned substance before the NCAA tournament his junior year.  Related Newslast_img read more

Alphonso Davies breaks Bundesliga speed record, adds league title to meteoric rise with Bayern Munich

first_imgWhen the final whistle blew, and Bayern had completed a 1-0 victory over Werder Bremen that clinched an eighth consecutive Bundesliga title, Davies had been disqualified from the game because he’d twice been shown yellow cards. The second of them was harsh, because he’d not done anything physically egregious and neither had he wrecked a promising play with his foul. (Getty Images) Alphonso Davies wasn’t on the field for the big moment, the moment he’d worked to achieve through 11 1/2 months: five weeks of preseason training with Bayern Munich, seven months of near-weekly competition, two months of hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, another month playing in empty stadiums and then 79 minutes Tuesday afternoon.But only 79 minutes. Alphonso Davies is shown the red card in Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga-clinching victory. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/66/7f/davies-red-card-061620-getty-embedjpg_n1qsb5g5ceng1nwlw44e9zjh1.jpg?t=-1083113510&w=500&quality=80Regardless, he was sent off and Bayern had to preserve its one-goal lead with only 10 men. There were a few moments of danger from Bremen, but nothing that prevented Germany’s solitary soccer power from completing its mission, again.MORE: Kevin Durant purchases stake in MLS sideA 19-year-old who grew up in Edmonton and polished his skill with the Vancouver Whitecaps, Davies did leave the game with a Bundesliga record. During the first half, based on tracking technology, he was timed at a top speed of 36.51 kilometers per hour — or 22.7 miles per hour — while retreating to disrupt a Bremen attack. No one in the Bundesliga has run faster since such data first became available in 2013-14.”I just do my job,” Davies said following the game. “I don’t know when that happened, but I just do my job defensively, trying to get the ball back. But I’m happy that I can break a record.”Bayern’s single goal came just before halftime on a second chance off a free kick from the left side. Bremen cleared the ball but it was retrieved by defender Jerome Boateng, who floated it over the entirety of the opposing defense. In the box, Robert Lewandowski brought the ball down with his chest and then volleyed it into the left corner of the net.”We call him ‘Lewangoalski’ for that reason,” Davies said. “He’s a top striker, top in the world. Him coming here, scoring 31 goals … is unbelievable.”Davies was able to return to the field quickly after the game ended. He was there to congratulate — and be congratulated by — his teammates and to offer some sportsmanship to the defeated side. He and the other Bayern players pulled on Adidas T-shirts with the number 8 on the front to signify their eight consecutive titles.Davies put on a baseball cap bearing the same insignia, though he turned it around so one could see he was part of that eighth championship whether he was coming or going.NUMBERS: Lewandowski’s goals among marks set in Bayern’s record seasonAnd Davies was an enormous part of Bayern’s triumph.Through 32 games, he has appeared in 28 and started 23. He has been the automatic starter at left back since late October, a week or so before Bayern fired manager Niko Kovac and replaced him with assistant Hansi Flick. Flick stuck with Davies, and Davies has risen to stardom as rapidly as any recent player in world soccer.Davies has scored three goals in the Bundesliga and assisted on four others, but more importantly he has afforded Bayern flexibility with his uncommon speed. He is able to attack aggressively from his position and still recover to disrupt opposing counters.Because Bayern had won seven titles in a row, one might assume the club could have done it again with an ordinary left back. But even though it was clinched with two games remaining, this championship did not come easily. Borussia Monchengladbach led the standings early and RB Leipzig was on top at the midway point. Bayern held a four-point lead when the league was shut down because of the pandemic, and a 1-0 victory over rival Borussia Dortmund put Munich in position to win with a standard performance down the stretch.Davies’ rapid ascent to what one soccer site labeled a $200 million Canadian valuation ($147.5 million U.S.), to being regarded as perhaps the world’s best left back, has been one of the astonishing stories of an unprecedented year in world soccer. And he is not finished, although he will miss the next Bundesliga game because of the red card. Bayern still has the DFB-Pokal cup final on July 4 and, presuming the Champions League can return, a Round of 16 tie with Chelsea to complete. Bayern already owns a 3-0 lead after one leg.However all that turns out, Davies’ second full year in European soccer will include a championship, one he celebrated afterward in the locker room with a dance alongside Boateng to Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode.”TURN UP 🔥🏆 @FCBayern @AlphonsoDavies pic.twitter.com/DNPnQ89dt8— Jérôme Boateng (@JB17Official) June 16, 2020He earned this moment, for sure.last_img read more


first_img            NOTES: The winning owner is Bing Bush of Del Mar, CA who races as Abbondanza Racing, LLC.             RICHARD BALTAS, GOODYEARFORROSES, WINNER: “I’m very happy. So are the owners. As always, the owners are very, very happy. They get excited. They love to watch their horses run and they love this game.“She’s trained very forwardly and has worked well. When the race came off the turf, we thought ‘Well, it’s a small field. And, she kind of skips across the dirt in the mornings.’ I didn’t know if she was going to like it or not, but she’s a very sound horse, and I thought it was worth giving her a shot, especially with all the scratches.” TRAINER QUOTEScenter_img JOCKEY QUOTES COREY NAKATANI, GOODYEARFORROSES, WINNER: “Talking with Richard, and having worked her and knowing her, the plan was that whatever came easy to her, don’t take it away. It was an off track, so I just went out there and did my job. I just shook her up a little turning for home, and she kicked on.”“Coming back and being home is always close to your heart. It’s always home at here at Santa Anita Park and it’s definitely always nice to win here. I have to thank Richard and the owners for having faith in me.“I have a lot of faith in Richard and he’s a helluva horseman so I’m just grateful to be a part of his team and with owners like this, giving us these opportunities, the sky is the limit.”last_img read more