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first_imgThe Austin Public Health Department announced the start of an investigation on a number of new COVID-19 cases involving a group of people in their 20s who traveled to Mexico for spring break after being advised by the CDC to postpone all non-essential travel.According to the Health Department, a group of 70 spring breakers took off to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, as part of a spring break trip nearly 2 weeks ago. As of Thursday, 44 of those who returned from the spring break trip have tested positive for COVID-19. Those who tested positive are under isolation.Officials contacted those who have not been tested.last_img


first_imgWhen the NCAA issued its penalties against Syracuse last March, the loss of 12 scholarships across four seasons was the biggest hit to the Orange.On Wednesday, when the NCAA released its decision on Syracuse’s appeals of three different penalties, the scholarship reductions were softened to eight across four seasons. The NCAA gave the Orange one scholarship back for the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. The hearing Infraction Appeals Committee detailed its reasoning for this in a nine-page report, and the summary of the decision is below.What did Syracuse argue?Syracuse’s oral argument against the scholarship reductions had four tiers, according to the NCAA report. They were that that the “penalty is disproportionate to the specific context of the case,” that the “penalty is inconsistent with prior infractions cases,” that “the hearing panel failed to explain why it was appropriate to deviate from precedent” and that, as a result, “the hearing panel abusing its discretion” with the penalty.What was the NCAA Committee on Infractions’ rebuttal?The Committee on Infractions argued that each case has its own specific facts, which was in response to Syracuse citing precedent in its appeal. The committee also said that the scholarship reductions were appropriate given Syracuse’s infractions and equal to, and in some cases lower than, scholarship reductions in other rulings.What did the NCAA appeals committee decide?In its report released Wednesday, the appeals committee wrote that the effect of precedent was “central to the resolution of whether the hearing panel abused its discretion.” The committee appealed the past cases presented by the Committee on Infractions, and decided that the scholarship reduction was a “departure from precedent.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe appeals report cited a University of Michigan case from 2003, described by the Committee on Infractions as “one of the most serious ever to come before the committee,” in which scholarship reductions were spread across four years and reduced by four total scholarships. The report also cites a Texas Tech case from 1998, in which with the men’s basketball program lost seven scholarships over seven years (an average of 2.5  year). That was the highest number of scholarship reductions, and Texas Tech’s infractions included eligibility certification, extra benefits, recruiting, unethical conduct, failure to monitor and lack of institutional control.The Infraction Appeals Committee said that the Committee on Infractions should not be strictly bound to precedent when all situations are different. But it also said that past precedent should be used as a guideline for decisions, and didn’t feel that there was enough of a difference in Syracuse’s case to warrant a deviation from the Michigan and Texas Tech cases.In conclusion, the appeals committee felt that the hearing panel “failed to consider and weigh material factors and therefore, abused its discretion in the imposition” of the scholarship reductions.For Syracuse, that is very good news. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories What we know: A breakdown of Syracuse’s NCAA appeal resultsSee how far Jim Boeheim fell on the all-time coaching wins listSyracuse University statement on NCAA infractions appeal decisionSyracuse wins back 1 scholarship for each of next 4 years in NCAA appealRead the full NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee reportcenter_img Published on November 25, 2015 at 2:22 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more


first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceWatch the live reactions from Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Blazers coach Terry Stotts as well as the players after Golden State rallied to pull out a thrilling 114-111 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals Thursday night.Andre Iguodala stripped the ball from Oakland’s Damian Lillard in the final seconds to seal the victory, which certainly seemed in doubt when Portland held a 15-point halftime edge. …last_img


first_imgNational team coach Chot Reyes wasn’t suprised with Ravena’s showing considering that the 24-year-old guard already has vast international experience.“I’m not surprised because Kiefer is already ripe. He was a part of that second group, that energy group that really gave us a lift and got us back in the ball game,” said Reyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRavena, the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft collected nine points, five assists, two rebounds, and a steal as he and his fellow substitutes June Mar Fajardo and Calvin Abueva sparked Gilas’ rally.The former Ateneo Blue Eagle didn’t expect to have such an impact in the game after coming off a silent outing against Japan. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “I just try to contribute in whatever way I can, whether it be playing defense with the point guard or making sure that when kuya Jayson (Castro) rests, there won’t be any let-ups,” he said. “We’re just about giving energy, us Calvin (Abueva) and (Roger) Pogoy. That’s our role in this team.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ “Even I was surprised,” he said. “But I knew that I had to suck everything up and try to contribute. If I can’t score or I’m not the main scorer of the team, I have to make stops, try to get steals, try to get easy points on lay-ups.”It also helps that Ravena is familiar with majority of the Chinese Taipei players, whom he had faced in the 2017 Jones Cup last July.“Most of these guys, we’ve played against in the Jones Cup in Taipei. They just turned it up a notch, especially knowing that they lost their first game so it was practically a must-win for them here,” he said.“They practically surprised us at the start. Our game plan was to make Quincy Davis shoot from outside, but he was making it. It was a good thing that he got in foul trouble and our bigs played well, especially June Mar.”Ravena’s showing against Chinese Taipei could be considered as his breakout game in the senior’s level, but he doesn’t want to get lost in the glitter of his performance.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Davis thinks his foul woes ‘cost’ Taipei the game vs Gilas Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERKiefer Ravena may be the youngest player in the Gilas Pilipinas roster, but he showed on Monday that he can already hang with the big boys.Ravena was vital in the Philippines’ comeback victory over Chinese Taipei as he was part of the second group that got the team going after trailing by as much as 14 points early in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more


first_imgCaptain David Jacobs led from the front with a breezy fifty as Warriors registered a comprehensive 28-run victory over Victoria in their second Champions League twenty20 match here today.Jacobs blasted a 39-ball 59 bejeweled with nine fours and a six and also pulled off two stunning catches to help Warriors notch up their second win in the tournament.Electing to bat, Jacobs gave Warriors a solid start but they suffered a mini-collapse before Mark Boucher (31) and Johan Botha (20) helped the team manage a competitive 158 at the St George’s Park here.The Warriors then returned to restrict Victoria to 130 for nine, courtesy some wonderful bowling by Juan Rusty Theron and Makhaya Ntini, who captured three and two wickets respectively.Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Nicky Boje, Johan Botha and Justin Kreusch also scalped one wicket each to contribute to the win.Chasing 159 to win, Victoria had a shaky start as they lost opener Rob Quiney (1) in the third over after his short-arm pull off Makhaya Ntini found Justin Kreusch at deep square leg.Ntini struck again in his second over to remove Brad Hodge (16) with Jacobs pulling off a stunning catch at mid-on to leave Victoria at 20 for two in 4.1 overs.Skipper David Hussey (29), who almost ran himself out in the fifth over, and Aaron Finch (25) then tried to stem the rot with a 29-ball 39 runs third wicket partnership as Victoria reached 50 runs in 8.1 overs.Just when the partnership was looking to blossom, Nicky Boje dismissed Finch with Jacobs taking another mesmerising catch to reduce Victoria to 59 for three.advertisementHussey and Andrew McDonald then added 35 runs in 30 balls but both fell in consecutive balls, spread over two overs, as Victoria lost half their side in 14.1 overs.Two balls later, Matthew Wade dragged a Juan Rusty Theron delivery onto his off stump, while in the next over Tsotsobe cleaned up Glenn Maxwell (2).Theron then claimed his third wicket, disturbing Clint McKay’s woods, while Johan Botha got rid off John Hastings in the 18th over as Warriors inched closer to victory.Earlier electing to bat, skipper Jacobs cracked a breezy half-century at the top but Warriors suffered a mini-collapse to waste the advantage.But a 28-ball 40 runs fifth wicket stand between Boucher and Botha helped Warriors cross the 150-mark.For Victoria, Andrew McDonald was the peak of the bowlers, scalping two wickets, while Dirk Nannes, Clint McKay and Shane Harwood took one each.Warriors were off to a rollicking start as openers David Jacobs and Ashwell Prince picked up fours at will to race away to 54 in first five overs.Jacobs started the proceedings, clubbing three fours off Dirk Nannes in the first over, before clobbering another boundary in the second ball off Shane Harwood.Prince then brought up his first four, sending Harwood across the short fine leg boundary as Warriors raced to 29 in first two overs.Nannes and Clint McKay tried to slow things down by bowling two tight overs but Jacobs was simply unstoppable as he blasted three fours and a six to score 19 runs in the next over, bringing up his team’s fifty on the way.Jacobs and Prince kept the scoreboard ticking, taking some quick singles and converting ones into twos.The Warriors skipper brought up his fifty with a four off Andrew McDonald in the seventh over but a mix-up drew curtains to his innings in the 10th over.Four balls later, McDonald removed Prince as all of a sudden the Warriors slipped to 83 for two.Warriors then lost two more quick wickets in Colin Ingram (8) and Justin Kreusch (1) within a space of five balls as Victoria came back into the match.Ingram perished when his swipe shot off Harwood found Maxwell at long-on, while Justin was done in by a quick stumping by Matthew Wade off McDonald.Mark Boucher and Johan Botha (20) then brought up the hundred in the 13th over but runs dried up for the Warriors with the bowlers keeping in tight.A beautiful catch by Rob Quiney at the boundary line brought an end to Botha’s innings.Boucher, who blasted two fours before being dropped by Maxwell in the 15th over, also failed to raise the tempo and was cleaned up by Nannes in the 19th over as Victoria restricted the Warriors to a manageable total.last_img read more


first_imgNEW YORK  — The Minnesota Timberwolves could see the trouble that Brooklyn center Brook Lopez was having with Nikola Pekovic, so they knew where to go with the ball for the biggest possession of the game.Pekovic converted a tie-breaking three-point play with 48 seconds left, and the Timberwolves scored the final nine points of the game to beat the Nets 98-91 on Nov. 5.After Joe Johnson coughed up the ball to Thaddeus Young for the Nets’ 17th turnover of the night, Minnesota found Pekovic guarded by Lopez, who was playing in his second game after spraining his right foot. Pekovic drew contact with an easy basket under the paint, then made the free throw for a 94-91 lead.“That was the plan,” Pekovic said. “That’s what Coach said. I’m glad the guys really believe in me and they start calling plays for me. Coach called something and Ricky (Rubio) said, ‘No, no, we give the ball to him.’”Lopez committed an offensive foul on the ensuing play for Brooklyn’s final turnover. Young’s floater extended the lead 96-91 with 27 seconds remaining, and after Johnson missed a pair of shots, Kevin Martin hit a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left to seal the victory.“It’s hard to win, especially in crunch time like that. You have to take care of the ball and value every possession,” said Johnson, who led the Nets with 22 points.“We had two costly turnovers and we paid the price at the end.”Martin led the Timberwolves with 26 points and rookie Andrew Wiggins, playing in the arena where he was taken by Cleveland with the No. 1 pick in the draft, added 17.Deron Williams had 19 points for the Nets (2-2), who had won their last two games but will face the rival New York Knicks for the first time this season.“It’s good to get any game after this one. We’re disappointed in how we closed out the game,” Williams said. “It’s the beautiful thing of the NBA, you get a chance to get back on the court in a couple of days. It’s good that we’re playing the Knicks and we are always excited about that rivalry.”Minnesota looked like it was going to coast off to an easy victory, jumping out to a 17-2 lead midway through the first quarter as the Nets misfired on 10 shots.Brooklyn outscored the Timberwolves 46-30 during the next 18:06 to take a 48-47 at the half but the visitors took advantage of eight miscues by the Nets to go back ahead in the third quarter.“We battled because I think that’s the culture we’re trying to establish,” Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. “Play hard, go out and battle every possession.”Minnesota had a 72-66 lead heading into the fourth quarter but was shaky to start the period, committing three turnovers that helped the Nets to a 10-0 run and a 76-72 lead on Williams’ 3-pointer with 8:19 left.Johnson’s 8-foot floater handed the Nets a 91-89 lead with 1:28 remaining before Rubio, who scored 14 points, 12 assists, beat Lopez and Williams to the basket for a layup that evened it at 91 with 1:17 left and set the stage for Pekovic.“Well, the guy whipped him,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said about the matchup between Pekovic and Lopez.“I mean, it happens. You’ve got to give Pekovic credit. He was a man in there and I’m always saying that there’s always a badder man than you in the prison, you know, and you got to do it every night.”(ADRY TORRES)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgThe 2009 New South Wales State Cup saw Hennessey’s Hornsby Lions take out the Men’s Open title, and six weeks later he was part of the Australian Men’s Open side that defeated New Zealand in Auckland in the 2010 Trans Tasman Series.March saw Hennessey’s Sydney Scorpions side win the 2010 X-Blades National Touch League final for the first time in 10 years, while earlier this month Hennessey led the Hornsby Vawdon Cup Men’s Premier League side to the title over the Penrith Panthers, where he was named Player of the Final. And last weekend he stepped out in the red, white and green of the Wanneroo Lions, being a key factor in their 2010 WA Be Active State Championships Men’s Open’s title.2010 was the second year that Hennessey has played in the WA State Championships, something that he enjoyed being a part of. “Chance Bunce and I were playing in a side last year and he moved over here for Rugby and we could have one import per team, so he just rang me up and said he was starting a new side so if I wanted to come over and help the boys I could, so I said yes.”Hennessey was instrumental in Wanneroo’s title win at the WA State Championships, having a hand in the majority of the Lions touchdowns in their grand final win over the Southern Stars, which they won 10-8. He was impressed with the talent he witnessed at the event this year, and says he has definitely seen an improvement since last year’s championships. “This year it was heaps better, last year we were playing and our team wasn’t that good and we were still going pretty good against all of the sides. ““This year everyone’s trying really hard and it’s heaps better and they are learning from going to National Touch League’s or I’m not sure if they are getting videos, but they are learning,” he said. As well as playing in the tournament, Hennessey was also able to help the players in his team, sharing some of his experience and knowledge. “I’ve called a few of them aside and told them a few things, I think they’ve taken it in and hopefully they are getting something out of me being here.”Hennessey got the chance to meet the team from Ramingining, East Arnhem Land, on Sunday, something that both parties got a real benefit from. “It was unreal, a few of them they struggle with their English but they were telling me how they got over here and they’ve only been playing for three months. It’s unreal, they are the nicest blokes,” Hennessey said.  To see all of the results, news and highlights of the 2010 Be Active WA State Championships, please visit the following website:www.statechamps.com.aulast_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Woodward: I don’t buy the players hereby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists he doesn’t sign players.Woodward has been criticised by fans over the last few years as they believe he has too much power when it comes to bringing new players to Old Trafford.He told fanzine United We Stand: “The decisions related to recruitment are all taken by football experts. My involvement is signing off the money.”The manager has a veto on a player – we would never sign a player the manager wouldn’t want because he wouldn’t play him. But we also feel the recruitment department, the football experts, should have a veto too.”I don’t get involved in recruitment like people think I do. There’s a myth that I look at YouTube and choose players. I don’t. Having an eye for players is an art. I have no interest in doing that.”I just want to have a disciplined process because if you are spending a lot of money on a player you have to make sure you get more right than wrong.”Where I get involved is that I have to sign off the money, yet when you have target one, two or three from your process I feel fine going after the No 1 target and, if it’s not to be him, then number two or three.” last_img read more


first_imgTORONTO – The Toronto and Peel regional police services say they are investigating two incidents Ontario’s privacy commissioner has called potential privacy breaches involving police.Toronto police spokeswoman Caroline de Kloet says the force’s professional standards unit is investigating what the privacy commissioner’s office called the “alleged unauthorized disclosure” of a closed-circuit TV image of Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna.The Blue Jays relief pitcher was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball on Tuesday after being charged with assault.A privacy commission spokeswoman said Wednesday it was also looking into the “alleged unauthorized disclosure of police documents obtained from the Police Information Portal” involving Peel police.A Peel police spokesman said Thursday that its 22 Division criminal investigation bureau was looking into the matter, including the source of the documents.Sgt. Matt Bertram said in an email it has confirmed that the documents — which concern three people arrested for cocaine possession in 2016 — were not accessed or provided by any Peel police employee.last_img read more


first_imgIslamabad: A fire broke out at Pakistan Prime Minister’s Office here on Monday, according to a media report. The fire broke out on the sixth floor of the building and Prime Minister Imran Khan was reportedly one floor below in a meeting, the Express Tribune reported. The PMO was evacuated after the fire broke out. The fire had been contained and a police official said an electrical short circuit may have caused the incident, the daily reported. Speaking to the media, the PM’s spokesperson said they have no knowledge of any important documents being destroyed by the fire. We will be able to provide further information after a complete investigation of the incident, the spokesperson added further, saying they could not yet comment with certainty on the cause of the fire.last_img read more