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first_imgAlan Booth, Interim Chief Executive of Ophir, commented: “It is disappointing that the Ministry has decided not to extend the license, despite the amount of effort and cost dedicated to the delivery of the project and especially as we were still talking to highly credible potential co-investors. Nevertheless, we will continue to work constructively with the authorities in Equatorial Guinea.”Booth added: “Looking ahead, the group’s cashflow, capital commitments and growth prospects will be focused in Southeast Asia, where we have built a robust operating platform capable of delivering value to shareholders.”The Fortuna project entered FEED in July 2015. Ophir has been working to find financing and make a final investment decision on the Fortuna FLNG project for a while now but has suffered a number of setbacks in the process.As previously reported, E. Guinea authorities allegedly gave Ophir an ultimatum to either find financing by December and make the final investment decision for the long-stalled Fortuna FLNG project, or risk losing the acreage there.The Fortuna FLNG development also suffered a setback in 1H 2018 with the dissolution of OneLNG and the subsequent effective withdrawal of Schlumberger from the Fortuna project.Offshore Energy Today Staff Ministry’s decision ‘disappointing’  UK-based Ophir Energy has received notification from the Equatorial Guinea Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons that the Block R Licence, which contains the Fortuna gas discovery, will not be extended following expiry of the license on December 31, 2018.Fortuna sits within the Block R licence, offshore Equatorial Guinea which is located in the south-eastern part of the Niger Delta complex. Ophir held an 80% operated interest in Block R.Ophir said on Saturday, January 5 that, as a consequence of the license expiry, there would be an additional non-cash impairment of the asset, expected to be around $300 million, in Ophir’s full year financial results following the impairment taken in the half year results reported in September 2018.“The board remains focused on implementing the strategy outlined in its announcement on 13 September 2018 and options available to maximize value for shareholders.”Namely, Ophir said in September it had impaired the value of its Fortuna FLNG development in Equatorial Guinea and decided to downsize its London office and within 12 months establish a fit for purpose Asian based HQ to serve as the hub for our ongoing business.When it comes to its Southeast Asia assets, the company stated on Saturday: “In this regard, the board would highlight the recent updates it has provided to the market in respect of its Southeast Asia assets, which it believes demonstrate the underlying quality of these assets including its recent acquisition of Santos.In addition, as reported at the end of December 2018, Ophir and Indonesia’s Medco entered into discussions about a possible cash offer to be made by Medco for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Ophir.“Our discussions with Medco have taken place in the shared knowledge that there were a number of potential outcomes with respect to our Fortuna asset, and these discussions continue,” Ophir said.Medco must either announce a firm intention to make an offer for Ophir or announce that it does not intend to make an offer for Ophir by no later than 5.00 pm on January 28, 2019.Ophir added it would update its investors on the progress made throughout its portfolio and the advances to production and cashflow base in Southeast Asia in its pre-close trading statement on January 15, 2019.last_img read more

first_img 57 Views   no discussions NewsSports Windsor Park Sports Stadium to host the CFU Olympic Qualifiers today by: – July 19, 2011 Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Mr. Gerald George, the Public Relations Officer of the Dominica Football Association.The field is set for Group B of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Olympic Qualifiers for men under 23, which will open at the Windsor Park Stadium today.The event will be hosted in Dominica from July 19th to July 23rd at three venues; the Windsor Park Stadium at Roseau, the Benjamin’s Park in Portsmouth and the Pierre Charles Secondary School grounds at Grand Bay.Public Relations Officer of the Dominica Football Association, Mr Gerald George said that preparations are finalised for the staging of the event.‘The first game will be held on Tuesday from 5pm bewteen Trinidad and Grenada. In the last tournament Grenada defeated Trinidad so now the Trinidadian team is hoping to start off the tournament by taking revenge,’ George said.Dominica will take on Curacao from 7pm on Tuesday.The tournament will continue on Thursday when Trinidad takes on Curacao at 5pm followed by Dominica versus Grenada at 7pm.Saturday will feature Grenada and Curacao from 5pm and Dominica versus Trinidad at 7pm.George said ‘ we are calling on all Dominicans to come out and support our home boys, just like they came out to support the West Indies team in cricket. Its a double header; two games for the price of $10. Its interesting football here in Dominica’.Trinidad is the reigning Caribbean Football Union Men’s Under 23 Champions.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

first_imgArsenal are not yet sure of their mid-season plans, with a trip to Dubai potentially affected by political tensions in the Middle East. With the introduction of a break in the Premier League schedule in 2019-20, Arsenal had been set for a four-day training camp ahead of the February 16 Premier League match against Newcastle United. But top-flight rivals Manchester United have scrapped plans for their own possible Qatar break due to political tensions in the region. Arsenal will assess the safety of a potential trip before deciding whether to follow suit, head coach Arteta told reporters.Advertisement “The security decision will be the priority,” Arteta said. “If we are advised by the club and the people making those decisions that it’s not safe, we won’t be going anywhere. “We talked about different options in this break to go away and live together in a different environment with better weather conditions and a little bit away from here. “We still have a few things to look after from a club perspective, and when we know all that, we will confirm what we are doing. At the moment, we have two or three different options.” Read Also:Arteta challenges Arsenal players to fill Aubameyang’s boots The Gunners play Burnley on February 2, two weeks before Newcastle’s visit, although any need for a replay against Bournemouth in the FA Cup fourth round would cut into that lay-off FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?This Happy Shiba Inu Pics Will Overwhelm You With CutenessBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Best Movie Robots Of All TimeThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World Loading… last_img read more

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first_img Ulster star Bowe was a key performer on the Lions tour of South Africa four years ago, shining as a wing and centre. Few players could have done more with regard to trying to stave off a painful 2-1 series defeat. Bowe is now back for more after recovering from a serious injury earlier this season, and he is impressed with what he has seen. “My main priority is to get picked in the Test squad, but I want to win. That has been the message from the outset,” he said. “Warren is here to do a job, he is here to pick a team that’s going to go and win the series. He wants to be 2-0 up (in the series), and I think that is exciting for us as players because he’s breeding that confidence into us and I think it is really shining down throughout the squad.” The Lions have already vastly improved on their tour opener four years ago, smashing the Barbarians 59-8 in Hong Kong last Saturday, and Bowe is among the team entrusted with moving things up another level against Western Force on Wednesday. He was part of a dozen plus group that joined the squad only nine days ago due to play-off final commitments, but he has wasted little time getting among things. “The last tour we started off quite poorly and it made the guys go and lift the standard in the second game,” Bowe added. “This time around the standard has been set, and it’s up to us now who have just come in to take that on and expand on it again. I think I’d say I have been very happy with how we’ve trained this week.” Bowe, meanwhile, is also backing his Ireland colleague Rob Kearney to keep battling the hamstring injury that has sidelined him on tour so far and given the Lions management cause for concern. The injury – scans carried out in Hong Kong confirmed it as a grade one tear – means he was the only player among a 37-man squad who could not be considered for tomorrow’s game. “I think he’s just disappointed, as you would be,” Bowe said. “He wants to be involved and get training and playing. Unfortunately, it’s taken a little bit longer than expected. But he has had a super end to the season, he’s played some great rugby, he’s coming in with lots of confidence and he will get his chance.” Ireland wing Tommy Bowe has hailed the winning attitude and mentality of British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed Sam Allardyce’s criticism of his methods by insisting he is not overloading his players with running. The Sunderland boss, who recently called Klopp a “soft German”, offered his thoughts on the Reds’ current injury crisis which has sidelined 10 first-team players, six of whom have or are recovering from hamstring injuries. “That is him asking his players to play a high-tempo pressing game from the top end,” Allardyce told talkSPORT. Since arriving in mid-October, Brendan Rodgers’ replacement Klopp has regularly corrected what he sees as misconceptions about his methods – particularly the high-intensity gegenpressing tactic which he employed with such success at Borussia Dortmund. “The problem is now people speak about the intensity of my style – I didn’t create a style, how could I? I am not a genius,” he added. “We play only football and a team like Liverpool, with the ambitions the club have, we have to find a way to be successful. “For this you need players, a little bit of luck with injuries but we haven’t had too much of this. “Maybe the first game against Tottenham was more intensive than the other games and now we make a few sprints more but not 500 more. “It is completely normal, average running – football is not all about more, it is more about thinking quicker and being quicker in the right position. “As long as you are not quick enough in mind then you have to run a little bit more.” Allardyce later insisted he had not intended to sound critical of Klopp’s methods, but had simply voiced an opinion when asked a question. Speaking at his own pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon, the Sunderland boss said: “I think the headline has upset him in the nationals. “I got asked a question by a friend of mine, Alan Brazil, on talkSPORT, ‘What do you think the injuries are down to?’, and I gave an opinion off the question that Alan asked me, which was perhaps the high-pressing game in all the games that they have had created that little bit more fatigue and that was maybe a cause of why they have picked up so many hamstrings. “It was a question that Alan asked me, I answered it and never expected it to bring the headlines it’s brought. “But if Jurgen is listening, I didn’t mean to upset you or criticise your club in any way, I was just giving what I could see as as maybe one of the reasons why we get injuries. “I am very wary of the amount of work we do in the week now in the hope that our players have enough energy to do the running they need to do in this period of time to try to get a result, and we are all suffering because of it. “I’ll probably suffer some injuries, no doubt, by the end of next week when we have played three games in a short period of time, but we are trying to manage it. “I was just trying to say that he hasn’t experience this level of football before and maybe that might be one of the causes.” Asked if the pair had fallen out, Allardyce replied: “I hope not. I had no intention of trying to wind him up. Alan asked me to talk about Sunderland, he threw the question in at the end and maybe I should have said, ‘It’s not for me to answer, it’s for Jurgen’. I don’t know.” Press Association “I don’t think Jurgen has realised just how ferocious our league is at this period of time and because he has asked for that extra-high energy – that extra 10 yards – these lads are fatiguing now with so many games in such a short period of time and are picking up these muscle strains.” Klopp, who is likely to travel to their FA Cup tie with Exeter with no senior central defenders – hit back at the Black Cats manager and rejected his claims. “I am glad for Sam, such an experienced manager, that he has time to think about Liverpool’s problems – I don’t have time to think about this,” he said. “I knew about the Premier League, the fixtures, the intensity of the football here. “There is no time for training, only recovery, the game is our only session in the week to be honest. “We know about our situation, we know in most of the cases about the reason. “One injury at the wrong moment is a problem for the whole squad because other players have to play too much but you have to react to this. “Two weeks ago we never knew we would have a problem with centre-halves.” last_img read more

first_img Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 ELLSWORTH — Looking to correct course with the playoffs looming, Justin Norwood turned to the words of a coaching legend.Norwood’s MDI boys’ basketball team entered its final stretch of the season having lost three of five games, an unusual feeling for a team that’s been among Class B’s best the past few seasons. In a speech to his team after the most recent of those losses, he referenced Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s metaphor of each player representing a finger on a balled-up fist.“When you have five players on the floor come together and play for each other, you make a fist, and a fist is a lot more powerful than a hand,” the MDI head coach said. “We needed something to get back to jelling as best as we could as a team, and I just felt it was the right message. It was what they needed to hear.”Hear it MDI did, and the Trojans haven’t come close to losing in the week since. With the state tournament on the horizon, the Trojans are playing their best basketball at the right time as they search for more success at the Cross Insurance Center.MDI’s Brett Duley drives to the basket against Ellsworth’s Norman Jodrey during the first half of a high school boys’ basketball game Feb. 7 at Ellsworth High School. Duley, who scored 26 points against Foxcroft in MDI’s Senior Night win two days earlier, scored 13 against the Eagles. BARRY GUTRADT PHOTOThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMDI once again took control early against Ellsworth and never let go Thursday in the team’s latest win over the Eagles at Ellsworth High School. The Trojans’ 49-37 win sealed the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Class B North playoffs, where Norwood’s team will look to make it back to the regional championship game for the third consecutive year.“We’ve had some ups and downs this year, but through all of that, we’ve been a pretty good basketball team,” senior Derek Collin said. “Playing like this is what we’ve wanted to get to all year long, and I feel like we’re finally at that level now.”MDI (13-5) took a 5-4 lead over Ellsworth early with the help of a 3-pointer and layup from Drew Shea. Fellow senior Brett Duley then made a 3-pointer and close-range jump shot to give the Trojans a 10-7 advantage through the first quarter of play.In the second quarter, Duley and Shea put forth strong performances again as MDI opened up a double-digit lead over Ellsworth (12-6). Holding Ellsworth to seven points for the second of three consecutive quarters, the Trojans took a 27-14 lead into the locker room.“The biggest thing we had going for us was our defense,” Norwood said. “Ellsworth has some really good players who can score with ease, and it’s all about how you guard them and take away what they do well. I thought our kids executed really well in terms of that, and it was kind of all downhill from there when we started to flow offensively in that second quarter.”Shea continued his strong play out of the gate to start the second half when he drained a 3-pointer over Ellsworth’s Hunter Curtis to give MDI a 16-point lead. The Trojans would extend that lead to as many as 24 points in the fourth quarter before the Eagles mounted a comeback that was too little, too late.Shea led all scorers with 14 points for MDI, and Duley added 13. MDI’s other scorers were Kyle Nicholson with eight points, Derek Collin with five, Porter Isaacs with four, Erik Merchant and Eli Parady with two each and Steven Pierce with one.MDI’s Derek Collin shoots over Ellsworth’s Devin Grindle during the second half of a high school boys’ basketball game Feb. 7 at Ellsworth High School. MDI will be the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Class B North playoffs, and Ellsworth will be seeded sixth. BARRY GUTRADT PHOTOMDI’s large lead for much of the game developed despite the fact that Collin, the team’s leading scorer, was held without a point until the final minute of the third quarter. Yet with Ellsworth double- and triple-teaming Collin, the floor opened up for some of the Trojans’ other players to find offensive rhythms.“If you told me we would have won the way we did with [Derek] going almost three quarters without scoring, I wouldn’t have believed you,” Parady said. “We just had that great ball movement going, and we were able to combine our adjustments in those second and third quarters with some good defense.”For Ellsworth, Jackson Curtis and Devin Grindle scored eight points apiece. Brett Bragdon (five points), Darby Barry and Connor Crawford (three points apiece) and Hunter Curtis, Austin Harris, Norman Jodrey, Noah Neleski and Malcolm Svec (two apiece) provided the remaining points for the Eagles.After dropping out of the top five with the loss, Ellsworth will have to play in the preliminary round next week. The sixth-ranked Eagles will take on Winslow (8-10) for a spot in the Class B North quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13.The winner of that game will take on No. 3 MDI at 5 p.m. next Friday, Feb. 15, at the Cross Insurance Center. That game will be the first played at the Cross Center this year, and whether the Trojans battle Winslow or get a rivalry showdown with Ellsworth on the big stage, tournament time never seems to get old for their head coach.“I’m getting goose bumps right now thinking about it,” Norwood said. “To think that we’re going to be the first team playing, our band is going to be the first one there and all of that, it’s what you look forward to and dream about. … It’s all about us playing as that fist of five, and I’m confident in our ability to do that.” Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. 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first_imgIn other MLB news:— The Yankees have placed right fielder Aaron Judge on the 10-day injured with a strained left calf just days after the star slugger returned. Judge was activated Wednesday but aggravated the injury in a game at Atlanta and was removed in the sixth inning. He was added back to the IL on Friday before the opener of a doubleheader against the Mets. New York promoted top outfield prospect Estevan Florial to be the 29th man, batting the 22-year-old seventh and starting him in center field. — The Chicago White Sox acquired speedy outfielder Jarrod Dyson in a trade with Pittsburgh on Friday and reinstated Nick Madrigal from the 10-day injured list. Dyson is batting just .157 this season, but he swiped 30 bags last year. He won the World Series in 2015 with Kansas City and could serve as a valuable pinch runner for Chicago as it chases its first playoff appearance since 2008. The White Sox sent international signing bonus pool money to the last-place Pirates for the 36-year-old Dyson. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSAP Source: Big Ten working on multiple options for football Update on the latest sports August 28, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditRACIAL INJUSTICE-NBANBA prepares to restart after protest pauseLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA playoffs are set to resume Saturday, after the league and the National Basketball Players Association detailed the commitments that made players comfortable continuing the postseason. In other pandemic-related college sports news:— Seven members of the Kansas State football team have tested positive for COVID-19 in the first outbreak since the Wildcats convened for summer workouts in June. The Wildcats will continue to practice for the season-opener Sept. 12 against Arkansas State. Wildcats coach Chris Klieman is wary about the first rounds of large-scale testing since students arrived on campus. He said: “It’s going to be difficult, there’s no question. They’re still 18-to-22-year-old college students.”— Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt canceled practice for the Volunteers after what he called “a few more positive tests.” The Volunteers were scheduled to practice Friday. Pruitt had adjusted the schedule for Saturday to allow his players to take part in an on-campus march against racism. Pruitt says he decided to cancel Friday’s practice with everyone tested again to see where the team is.— The Atlantic Coast Conference has enhanced its medical protocols for athletes during the season, including testing players for COVID-19 three times a week. The league announced its updated practices from its Medical Advisory Group on Friday and it pertains to football, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball. The guidelines call for testing three times a week of the team’s opening competition. In football, one of the tests will be administered the day before the game and the next within 48 hours of its conclusion. The ACC said the test done before the game will be done by a third party, chosen by the league office. — North Carolina State has allowed 12 programs to resume workouts after the school paused all athletics activities earlier this week, but football remains on hold for now. In a statement Friday, athletics director Boo Corrigan said the school plans for another round of testing for the football program and will make a decision on next steps with “additional information available to us.” The school has had to postpone its Sept. 12 game against Virginia Tech for two weeks because of a cluster of cases among Wolfpack athletes. Gayle Benson hasn’t been hospitalized and has continued to work from home, according to Saints and Pelicans vice president for communications Greg Bensel. He says the 73-year-old Benson hasn’t missed a daily work call with Saints and Pelicans staff and hasn’t missed an NBA or NFL owner call in recent days.Benson has been sole owner of both New Orleans franchises since her husband, Tom Benson, died in March of 2018.TENNIS-WESTERN & SOUTHERNNaomi Osaka into W&S final after calling for racial justiceNEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka overcame a faulty first serve and reached the finals of the Western & Southern Open on Friday following a one-day break in the tournament prompted by her call for racial justice. Associated Press In the NHL’s Eastern Conference hub city of Toronto, Tampa Bay and Boston will play Game 4 of their series at noon EDT Saturday, followed by Philadelphia and the New York Islanders playing Game 3 at 7 p.m. EDT. Vegas and Vancouver will play Game 3 of their series at 9:45 p.m. EDT in the West hub city of Edmonton, Alberta.On Sunday, in Edmonton, Colorado and Dallas will play Game 4 of their series at 6 p.m. EDT followed by Vegas and Vancouver set to play at 10:30 p.m. EDT Philadelphia and the New York Islanders will play in Toronto at 8 p.m. EDT.The postponements of four games to be played Thursday and Friday have led the NHL to push back the potential completion of the second-round schedule by as many as two days should three of the series require a Game 7. Dallas and Colorado and Vegas and Vancouver are both scheduled to play Game 7 on Sept. 4, if necessary. Game 7 of the Philadelphia-Islanders series is scheduled for Sept. 5.The playoffs will then shift to Edmonton, where the conference and Stanley Cup finals will be played.center_img RACIAL INJUSTICE-MOTORSPORTSNASCAR plans to race, Wallace says fight for racial equality goes onCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR drivers don’t plan to skip tomorrow night’s race at Daytona International Speedway to raise awareness of social and racial injustices. But Bubba Wallace, the only fulltime Black driver in the Cup Series, says that decision should not be interpreted as “turning away from the dark and evil acts that have taken over our nation.” The 26-year-old Wallace has been a leader in pushing NASCAR for more diversity and its recent ban on the Confederate flag at racetracks. He was the first driver to address any action potentially planned at Daytona as other sports leagues have reacted to the police shooting of a Black man in Wisconsin. Other racing series also pressed ahead this week, including IndyCar in Illinois and Formula One in Belgium, where six-time champion Lewis Hamilton — the only Black driver in F1 — said he had no plans to sit out. UNDATED (AP) — Big Ten coaches, athletic directors and medical personnel are working on multiple plans for staging a football season — including one that would have the league kicking off as soon as Thanksgiving weekend.A person with direct knowledge of the conference’s discussions told The Associated Press the conference is in the early stages of a complicated process that also involves broadcast partners and possible neutral site venues.Any plan will need the approval of university presidents and chancellors. The person told the AP that the Big Ten will only play if certain benchmarks related to the coronavirus — such as transmission rates, testing capacity and availability, and testing accuracy — are met in each of the 11 states that are home to the league’s 14 schools.The Big Ten announced on Aug. 11 it was postponing its fall football season because of concerns about playing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pac-12 and some smaller conferences soon followed suit.The Big Ten and first-year commissioner Kevin Warren have faced pushback and criticism ever since, including a lawsuit filed by eight Nebraska players who want the decision overturned. — A person with knowledge of the situation says Auburn’s football team has canceled its last two practices because of issues related to COVID-19 after positive tests this week. It wasn’t clear how many players, coaches or others tested positive. The Tigers are scheduled to open the season Sept. 26 against Kentucky.— North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham says the school will begin football and other fall sports without fans at home because of the pandemic. Cunningham says the restriction will last through September for football, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, volleyball and cross country. In addition, tailgating won’t be allowed on campus. The school has canceled all in-person undergraduate classes in favor of online-only instruction. Coronavirus clusters appeared on campus since students returned for the fall semester.NFL-SAINTS OWNER-VIRUSSaints, Pelicans owner Benson tests positive for coronavirusNEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owner of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans has tested positive for COVID-19. MLB-NEWSTigers, Twins have doubleheader postponed because of weatherUNDATED (AP) — Friday’s doubleheader between the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins has been postponed because of bad weather.The teams now have a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday that allows them to make up one of Friday’s two games. The other is being made up as part of a doubleheader at Minnesota on Sept. 4. The Tigers will be the designated home team for that makeup game.The Tigers and Twins had two games scheduled Friday after both teams decided not to play the series opener Thursday night amid athlete protests for racial justice. A doubleheader was scheduled for Friday, but the weather wouldn’t cooperate. There was a delay of over an hour before the postponement was announced. In a joint statement released Friday, the sides say they will immediately establish a social justice coalition, made up of players, coaches and owners, that would focus on issues such as voting access and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform. Play stopped Wednesday when the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t take the court for their playoff game against Orlando to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin and acts of racial injustice. There have been no games since, while players met among themselves and with coaches and owners before an agreement to resume was reached. All 13 teams remaining in the postseason scheduled practice Friday.NHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE CHANGESNHL playoffs to resume this weekendUNDATED (AP) — The NHL’s second-round playoff series will resume this weekend with three games each on Saturday and Sunday after players prompted the league to postpone two days of action to protest racial injustice. Osaka, the last Top 10 player left in the women’s bracket, sparked the break by announcing she would drop out of the tournament rather than play a semifinal match against Elise Mertens. Oaka will face resurgent Victoria Azarenka, who beat Johanna Konta 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to reach the Western & Southern final for the first time since 2013, when she beat Serena Williams.In the men’s bracket, Milos Raonic (MEE’-lohsh ROW’-nihch) beat fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6, 6-3 to reach the finals after fighting off a break point in the first set. Raonic was one of the first players to publicly support Naomi’s decision to drop out of the tournament.The Western & Southern Open was moved from Mason Ohio to the U.S. Open site in Flushing Meadows because of pandemic precautions, creating a two-tournament event without spectators.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Allegations that men’s basketball associate head coach Bernie Fine molested a former team ball boy have sparked surprised reactions on and around the Syracuse University campus. ‘Wow,’ said Clarice Muron-Bendaoud, an undeclared sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. ‘Everybody was so worked up about Penn State; nobody imagined it would happen here.’ The Syracuse police began investigating an allegation against Fine on Thursday. Fine is accused of molesting Bobby Davis, now 39, for more than 12 years starting in 1984. Athletic Director Daryl Gross put Fine on administrative leave Thursday night upon a request from Chancellor Nancy Cantor, according to a statement from Kevin Quinn, senior vice president for public affairs for the university. Zach Ehler, a freshman accounting major, said this is just one of many stories that will emerge in the wake of the Penn State sex abuse scandal. ‘A lot more stories are going to come out after Sandusky,’ Ehler said. ‘We’re just the first school it’s happening to.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Davis reported the abuse to Syracuse police in 2003 but was told the statute of limitations had run out, according to an article published by ESPN. SU launched its own investigation in 2005 after an unidentified male reported inappropriate conduct by an associate men’s basketball coach to the Syracuse Police Department, according to the statement from Quinn. The university will fully cooperate with the police, the statement said. Some students are skeptical of the situation, placing the responsibility on head coach Jim Boeheim. ‘I’m not surprised,’ said Andreas Nicolos, an undeclared freshman in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. ‘I was telling my friend they shouldn’t have named the court after Boeheim. You never know what will happen after he’s gone.’ Nicolos mentioned that Dennis Duval, Syracuse police chief at the time of the investigation, was a former SU men’s basketball player under Boeheim. He said that fact definitely makes matters worse, and it isn’t looking good for the credibility of the defense. Upon immediately hearing the news, a group of men at Starbucks on Marshall Street carried varying opinions on the allegations surrounding Fine. Shpend Behrami, a Syracuse resident and Morrisville State College graduate, said Boeheim should not be in the limelight or receive harsh criticism. ‘These are just allegations — that’s not proof,’ Behrami said. ‘The heat shouldn’t be on Boeheim if the school knew. They should be focused on the assistant coach. And where were the kid’s parents if this was going on for so long?’ Dalmat Istogu, another at the table, agreed that Boeheim should not be blamed in this situation. ‘His job is to coach and anything that happens outside of coaching is not his responsibility,’ said Istogu, a senior accounting major. ‘Other people have jobs to investigate that.’ Whether or not the allegations are true, the simple fact that this news is breaking at SU to begin with is unfortunate, said Elizabeth Boyke, a junior musical theater major. ‘I really love our school and for that misuse of trust to exist, it’s just horrible,’ Boyke said. ‘Hopefully justice is seen for people who were doing wrong.’ Aaron Duprey, a sophomore economics major, said this development could be devastating for the program and the university as a whole. ‘But if someone knew something and didn’t do anything, then it’s a problem,’ Duprey said. Zach Settembre, a former SU basketball student manager and senior public relations major, said the allegations against Fine are simply unexpected. ‘Bernie Fine was first class with me, and I have absolutely never seen anything to suggest any of that,’ Settembre said. ‘He’s a staple of Syracuse basketball and that is totally out of left field, so he’s always been first class to me, he’s helped me a lot as a young coach.’ mainthia@syr.edu —Asst. Sports Editor Mark Cooper contributed reporting to this article. Published on November 17, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more