Civil groups refuse to ease pressure on pandemic response law

first_imgThree civil society groups have already tried challenging the emergency provisions at the Constitutional Court, vowing to continue pushing back on what they see as “malicious intent”.Read also: Perppu on COVID-19 aid puts graft fight at stakeThey include the Alliance of the Nation’s Children (AAB), the Indonesian Anticorruption Community (MAKI) and an unnamed group comprising 24 plaintiffs, including public figures Din Syamsudin and Amien Rais.The groups insist that the order shields state officials responsible for fiscal and monetary measures from legal charges behind the argument that they acted in good faith, as explicitly stipulated in Article 27 of the law. Any fallout would be considered an “economic cost” and not “state losses”, possibly absolving the officials of any corruption charges. But the judicial reviews they filed last month might be aborted, with the court set to drop all challenges once President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signs the law and legal scrubbing is complete.“The Perppu will turn into a law, so the court can no longer proceed with our previous lawsuits. We would like to, therefore, file another judicial review against the upcoming law,” AAB leader Damai Hari Lubis told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.“We find Article 27 to be evil, and it must be removed because it undermines antigraft efforts in the country.”Damai said the provision needs to be challenged because it fails to define what indicators for state budget allocation fall within the criteria of “goodwill”, arguing that it violates Article 79 of the 2014 Government Administration Law, which calls for the state to uphold accountability and transparency.The article is open to interpretation and could even override the 2001 Corruption Crimes Law, he added.Read also: House grills govt over ‘unconstitutional’ PerppuMAKI coordinator Boyamin Saiman said he would file a new judicial review to the court, having prepared a 53-page lawsuit document to support his group’s case.The unnamed group of plaintiffs will be doing the same, said Ahmad Yani, one of the collective’s defense lawyers.Constitutional Court spokesman Fajar Laksono said the court was still processing the previous challenges to the Perppu because the President had yet to sign it into law.“But once the legal scrubbing is complete, the public can [take it back] to the court,” he said.The court resumed trial over the Perppu case on Thursday, two days after the House passed the Perppu as a Law.Despite increasing pressure on the incoming provision, the government was adamant that the law does not intend to grant impunity to state officials caught misappropriating state funds.Read also: Indonesia’s COVID-19 stimulus playbook explainedLaw and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said anyone who under any circumstances misappropriated the state budget would still be charged under the 2001 Corruption Crimes Law.“Article 27 only provides a legal guarantee for state officials to promptly issue a policy to mitigate the negative impacts of COVID-19 on the economy,” Yasonna said in a statement.“We should not forget that Article 1 of the 2001 Corruption Crime Law stipulates that those who have embezzled from state funds relating to disaster relief can face the death penalty.“Since the President declared the pandemic a national disaster, state officials who [commit any such act] can be charged with the aforementioned article.” Topics :center_img Even after convincing lawmakers to enact an executive order on the country’s pandemic response, the government still faces scrutiny from civil groups claiming the order gives officials the opportunity to embezzle state funds.A contentious regulation in lieu of law (Perppu), which the House of Representatives endorsed on Tuesday, allows the state to increase spending for programs related to the national COVID-19 response.The resulting law will justify any state move to extend the budget deficit beyond the legal cap of 3 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), alerting critics to possible misappropriation.last_img read more

Ray Parlour makes prediction for Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Leicester

first_imgArsenal entertain Leicester after four wins on the bounce in all competitions (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has backed his former club to use the momentum they gained from their impressive victory at Wolves to beat Leicester this evening. The Gunners lost to Manchester City and Brighton in what was a miserable return following their enforced three-month break but Mikel Arteta’s men have since returned to form, winning their last four matches in all competitions. Goals from Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette at Molineaux ensured Arsenal closed the gap on sixth-placed Wolves to just three points and the north London outfit will be in a confident mood ahead of tonight’s clash at the Emirates. Comment Ray Parlour makes prediction for Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Leicester Leicester head into the clash after a comprehensive victory at home to Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)However, third-placed Leicester will also be buoyed after their 3-0 victory at home to Crystal Palace in the wake of successive defeats to Chelsea and Everton. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked for his prediction ahead of Arsenal’s encounter with the Foxes, Parlour told VBET News: ‘Leicester are coming off a really good win which they needed because they haven’t had a great start after lockdown. A good three points at home to Crystal Palace.‘Arsenal, what a result! What a fantastic result away to Wolves, winning 2-0. I had that one down as a draw. I would have been delighted with a draw.‘But it was a brilliant three points. Saka again. What a goal from him.‘So I’m going to go with Arsenal. I think they’ve got momentum, they are really doing well at the moment. They’re looking at that fifth place  if they can close the gap and this is a massive game.‘They’ve got three big games coming up so I’m going to go with Arsenal. I think they’ll play three at the back and I’m going to go with a 2-1 win for Arsenal.’What will the result be at the Emirates?Arsenal win0%Draw0%Leicester win0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Arteta’s men play host to third-placed Leicester in north London (Pictrure: Getty)Mikel Arteta is under no illusions about the size of the task at hand in securing qualification for next season’s Champions League despite Arsenal’s impressive run of results. ‘Well now we are on a good run, we’ve got some momentum and we’re getting to the crucial point of the season where we’re going to face the top teams in the next two weeks and we’re just trying to get prepared as well as we can,’ the Arsenal head coach said. ‘We know how important these games are going to be for the future of the season. ‘We are very focused and committed to trying to do as well as we can.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Spaniard added: ‘I think we have to win every game and then wait and pray. ‘It’s not about winning one game. I think we need to go game-by-game. ‘A few weeks ago, we were really far from even thinking about Europe and now we are a little bit closer at the moment. ‘So let’s go game-by-game and see where it takes us.’Can Arsenal still qualify for the Champions League?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal clashesMORE: Emiliano Martinez praises Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s ruthlessness amid Matteo Guendouzi sagacenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Jul 2020 2:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link450Shareslast_img read more

First Citizens buys Barbados bank

first_imgLarry HowaiState-owned bank, First Citizens, announced yesterday that it had signed an agreement to buy the Barbados subsidiary of the Bank of Butterfield for US$45 million ($289 million). In a statement, First Citizens said Butterfield Bank (Barbados) Limited provides retail, premium and business banking and lending services, merchant services, and credit and debit card services in Barbados. It employs 114 staff at its main office in Carlisle House in central Bridgetown and five additional banking centres across the island. The bank had assets of US$308 million and customer deposits of  US$270 million at 31 December 2011.Butterfield Bank (Barbados) Limited was established in 2003 following the acquisition by Butterfield of the Barbados assets of the Mutual Bank of the Caribbean, Inc—at the time a subsidiary of The Barbados Mutual Life Assurance Society. The statement said that the acquisition of Butterfield Bank (Barbados) Ltd represented the continuation of the group’s expansion throughout the region as it will be the first time First Citizens will have access to retail customers outside of T&T.Larry Howai, the Group Chief Executive Officer at First Citizens said: “This transaction confirms that First Citizens is well on course in terms of its strategic direction, particularly as it relates to acquisitions and regional expansion. This is certainly a ‘win win’ situation for both organisations and what is most rewarding is the fact that the customer wins. I must emphasise that our commitment to put customers first has been replicated in Barbados through our Investment Services Company and will be extended to more communities thanks to Butterfield Bank (Barbados).” Bradford Kopp, Butterfield’s president and CEO, said: “In First Citizens, Butterfield has found the ideal buyer for our Barbados operations: a full service bank with a strong reputation for service and innovation, which has a well-established, complementary business on the island.  Our employees, customers and premises in Barbados are a good fit with First Citizens’ business model, and we are confident that all stakeholders will benefit from this transaction.” The Butterfield Bank (Barbados) Limited acquisition is pending regulatory approval. The sale is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2012.The Guardian Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Share 48 Views   no discussions NewsRegional First Citizens buys Barbados bank by: – May 9, 2012last_img read more

Chinese club  set £15m price tag on Man Utd loanee Ighalo

first_imgShanghai Shenhua of China  have set a £15m price tag on Nigeria and Manchester United loanee, Odion Ighalo. Odion Ighalo scored a stunning goal against LASK The Chinese Super League outfit only paid £5.27m for the 30-year-old Nigerian when he left second-tier side CC Yatai in February last year. But in his six weeks at Old Trafford, Ighalo – on loan until the end of the season from Shanghai – has been a big hit. And boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted the Reds want to make the deal permanent. His market value is placed at £5.85m, but Shanghai bosses plan to sting United for three times that amount for a fee of £15m, says the Mirror.Advertisement Promoted ContentPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locations8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Most Beautiful Chinese Women Read Also:Odion Ighalo: Solskjaer reveals how Nigerian has improved Man United attack There is an option for United to buy Ighalo, but it is understood no fee was set in stone when the loan was negotiated. Since his arrival, the Nigerian striker has netted four goals in eight appearances in all competitions. The 30-year-old’s impressive performances have led to calls for United to keep him beyond this season. Ighalo himself is ready to make a financial sacrifice to ensure it happens, as he would be willing to take half of the £240,000-a-week pay he was on in China, in order to complete a transfer move to his boyhood club. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Molo local hangs self

first_imgThe 37-year-old Ester Orlante was believed to have committed suicide, police said. ILOILO City – She was found dead hanging inside their house in Barangay Calumpang, Molo district. The victim was rushed to the Iloilo Doctor’s Hospital where the attending physician declared her “dead on arrival.” Officers of the Molo police station ruled out foul play in the incident./PN Orlante’s lifeless body was discovered by her nephew around 3:35 p.m. on May 6, police said.last_img

Pellegrini optimistic over Silva

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful playmaker David Silva will be fit for Sunday’s derby against Manchester United. City began the season as joint favourites for the Premier League crown but have not impressed on the domestic front since the 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle. They laboured in a goalless draw at Stoke last week but, buoyed by an impressive display against Czech champions Plzen, Pellegrini is targeting victory against United. He said: “I don’t need to be here to know how important the derby is, but working here and living here I know it is a special game. “It is a match of six points. It is very important to win, (against) one of the most important teams. “Manchester United will always be one of the teams trying to win the Champions League, so playing at home against Manchester United is very important. “It is more important to win than not to lose. Of course if you cannot win it is better not to lose, but we will try to win from the beginning.” City put aside their recent lethargy to win 3-0 in Plzen with goals from Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero. After failures in Europe in the past two seasons, it was a performance that lifted the club at a timely moment in a critical week. Pellegrini said: “For us it was very important to start the Champions League winning and to have three points playing away. “Of course that gives confidence to the players.” Pellegrini believes his side will now continue to improve as the players grow used to his style. He said: “It was a good start, not as good as we wanted, but normally it is very difficult to start in a better way. “We know we must improve every game. It is very difficult to change styles to have new ideas. “Until December it is very important to win and with winning it is easier to improve. But we have to improve a lot of things.” United are also finding their feet under a new manager after David Moyes took over from Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer. Sunday’s clash will be the first Manchester derby since 1986 not to feature Ferguson in the United dugout. Pellegrini said: “It is impossible not to be under a lot of pressure – not in replacing Alex Ferguson but managing Manchester United, or big teams. “You are always under big pressure but that is a good way to work because you know what you have to do.” Moyes boasts a good record against City with his old Everton side having beaten them in 12 out of 22 meetings during his 11-year tenure at Goodison Park, including six of the last eight. Yet Pellegrini has overcome Moyes before, beating the Toffees with Villarreal in a Champions League qualifier in 2005. The Chilean said: “I know he had good results against Manchester City when he managed Everton. “I had also had a good record against Everton when he was their manager.” United are yet to hit their stride this season but Pellegrini is not reading much into their form. He said: “It’s not my duty to analyse how they start. It is a very good team and David Moyes is a very good manager. “I think they have a lot of great players, (Wayne) Rooney of course is one of them. “But we must be not only attend to Rooney but all the big players they have.” The Spain midfielder has missed City’s last two games after suffering a thigh injury while on international duty. Defender Micah Richards could also come back into contention after missing the start of the season with hamstring trouble but the Etihad Stadium clash is likely to be too soon for left-back Gael Clichy. Pellegrini said: “Richards is working normally with the whole squad, same thing for David Silva and Clichy starts now. “Maybe he will not be ready for next Sunday but all the other players, except (Martin) Demichelis, are fit, no problems.” City will be led by Vincent Kompany after their inspirational captain made a successful return from injury in the midweek Champions League win at Viktoria Plzen. Kompany had missed the previous three Barclays Premier League games after suffering a groin injury in the season-opening win over Newcastle. The Belgian brought strength and shape back to the defence after unconvincing displays in his absence. Pellegrini said: “I think Vincent is a very important player for us. “We worked well without Kompany. If you see our numbers in games he didn’t play, we had three clean sheets, but he is always important. He gives confidence to the whole team.” Pellegrini knows facing the champions is a crucial early test for his side. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ronaldo tops greatest player poll

first_img Regional variations were intriguing, with Henry leading the way in East Anglia, Newcastle favourite Shearer not surprisingly the pick of north-east voters, Giggs and Cantona scooping joint top spot in Wales, and Gerrard the favourite choice in Northern Ireland. Ronaldo led the way in the East Midlands, London, north west, Scotland, south east and south west. When it came to gender differences, Ronaldo ruled the roost for both men and women. Shearer found considerably more support with women voters (16 per cent) than with men (nine per cent), while the opposite was true for Henry. The Frenchman who brought va-va-voom into the footballing lexicon was the preferred choice of 20 per cent of men, but just 15 per cent of women. Overall result*: 1 Ronaldo (177 votes – 24 per cent). 2 Henry (133 votes – 18 per cent). 3 Giggs (95 votes – 13 per cent). 4 Shearer (92 votes – 12 per cent). 5 Cantona (89 votes – 12 per cent). 6 Gerrard (77 – 10 per cent). 7 Bergkamp (40 votes – five per cent). 8 Zola (24 – three per cent). 9 Keane (14 votes – two per cent). 10 Vieira (six votes – one per cent). *An initial sample of 1,000 was cut to 747, removing 253 participants who voted ‘other/don’t know’. Men (sample of 402): 1 Ronaldo (92 votes – 23 per cent). 2 Henry (80 votes – 20 per cent). 3 Giggs (50 votes – 12 per cent). 4 Cantona (49 votes – 12 per cent). 5 Gerrard (37 votes – 9 per cent). 6 Shearer (36 votes – nine per cent). 7 Bergkamp (33 votes – eight per cent). 8 Zola (14 votes – three per cent). 9 Keane (nine votes – two per cent). 10 Vieira (two votes – zero per cent). Women (sample of 345): 1 Ronaldo (85 votes – 25 per cent). 2 Shearer (56 votes – 16 per cent). 3 Henry (53 votes – 15 per cent). 4 Giggs (45 votes – 13 per cent). 5= Cantona & Gerrard (40 votes – 12 per cent). 7 Zola (10 votes – three per cent). 8 Bergkamp (seven votes – two per cent). 9 Keane (five votes – one per cent). 10 Vieira (4 votes – one per cent). Press Association The Portuguese forward’s extraordinary success has continued unabated in Spain, following what was at the time a record £80million transfer. Ronaldo has plundered goals and broken records at a breathtaking rate and developed a keen rivalry with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, the pair now firmly established as the leading two players of their era. Ronaldo’s talent was fine-tuned at United, where he scored 118 goals in 292 appearances, fully justifying his early billing as ‘the new George Best’. In an online poll of 1,000 members of the public, the choice offered was between Ronaldo, Henry, Giggs and fellow luminaries Eric Cantona, Gianfranco Zola, Dennis Bergkamp, Steven Gerrard, Alan Shearer, Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira. Marginally over a quarter of those surveyed chose an 11th option – specified as ‘other/don’t know’. Ronaldo snared 177 of the 747 votes cast for one of the chosen star names, a 24 per cent share once the fence-sitters and contrarians are removed from the calculations. Next in line was Arsenal favourite Henry, with 18 per cent of support, followed by Ronaldo’s former team-mate Giggs – the most decorated player in the league – on 13 per cent. French maverick Cantona, the key on-field figure in establishing the Red Devils as the Premier League’s early dominant force, took a 12 per cent share, as did the division’s record goalscorer Shearer. Keane, who sneered at prawn sandwiches and brought both brawn and brain to Ferguson’s best teams, might be unimpressed by his two per cent haul of votes, but he still edged out old Arsenal foe Vieira who took a one per cent slice. Cristiano Ronaldo spent just six years in English football but as he celebrates his 30th birthday on Thursday the former Manchester United star has been voted as the greatest player to have graced the Premier League. A survey conducted by Usurv for Press Association Sport showed Ronaldo was the people’s choice, finishing ahead of Thierry Henry and Ryan Giggs, who joined him on the fantasy podium. Ronaldo was brought to Old Trafford by Sir Alex Ferguson as a raw 18-year-old in 2003, and departed for Real Madrid in 2009 with three Premier League titles, a Champions League winners’ medal and an FA Cup, and as the reigning FIFA world player of the year. last_img read more

City still in title race: Mourinho

first_img Paul Lambert dropped the out-of-form Christian Benteke as he tried to find a way to solve their goal problems. The Scot felt Villa were unlucky against the leaders, but they have now won just twice in their last 20 top-flight games. “There’s a lot of good things to come out of the game for us, we’re disappointed to lose. I didn’t think we deserved to lose,” said Lambert, after his 100th Premier League game in charge. “Football-wise we played well. I thought the front three were excellent. The performance was very good. “We’re coming into a run of games that, if we play like that, we’ll pick up points. It’s not just about 17th, we want to go as high as possible. That’s the standard they have set themselves.” Lambert and Mourinho did not shake hands at the end and the Scot seemed to unhappy during the game after an exchange between the benches. He added: “I went to shake his hand, but Jose was half way down the pitch so I didn’t get a chance. “He is a great manager, it’s fantastic what the guy has done. I’d love to learn from him as a football manager. “But I wouldn’t like to learn things off the pitch by someone in his dugout, that’s for sure.” Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea’s seven-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League means nothing. But the Stamford Bridge chief refused to get carried away and warned their lead could quickly disappear. He said: “In another country I would say it’s fantastic, in this country I would say it’s nothing. Every game is difficult, anything can happen. It’s very, very difficult. “Seven points means seven points, we have 14 matches to go. We are speaking about 42 points to play for and in 42 we have a lead of seven. I think it’s nothing.” City’s failure to beat Hull did not surprise Mourinho and he told Chelsea to focus on themselves. He said: “I’m surprised by nothing. In this country every team can take points so I am not surprised. I didn’t care about it. Somebody told me after the game and that was it. Before the game I was not worried and during the game and I didn’t imagine the result. “When you are top of the league you don’t need other teams to lose points. If they lose, good, but if they don’t it’s not a problem. We have to focus on ourselves. If we win the next game we have a seven-point lead with 13 matches to go. Let’s try to go step by step.” Eden Hazard’s opener was cancelled out by Jores Okore’s first strike for Villa, ending their 11-hour league goal drought. It was Villa’s first league goal since December 20, but defeat left them two places above the bottom three. Branislav Ivanovic’s superb winner at Aston Villa fired Chelsea further clear of Manchester City in the race for the title. City’s 1-1 draw with Hull allowed Mourinho’s side to strengthen their grip with a 2-1 win at Villa Park. Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: USTA cancels junior events through Oct. 12

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___ Due to the situation surrounding COVID-19, the United States Tennis Association has canceled all national junior events through Oct. 12. There is no decision yet on how to allocate the CONCACAF Champions League slot that typically goes to the tournament champion.___Kansas State will allow 25% capacity at its football stadium for games this season after getting approval Monday from the county commission. That means a maximum crowd of just under 15,000 fans.The Big 12 Conference is allowing schools to set their own attendance policies based on local jurisdictions.The Riley County Commission reviewed the rest of Kansas State’s return-to-play protocols, too. Fans will be required to wear face coverings where 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. Tailgating will not be permitted in parking lots controlled by the school. There will be no reentry. There also will be hand sanitizing stations and other protective measures. August 17, 2020 Furman of the Division I Southern Conference is postponing all fall nonconference sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.Athletic director Jason Donnelly said Monday the decision came after last week’s announcement that the league was pushing all its fall conference athletic competition and championships to the spring. Furman plays football in the Championship Subdivision.Donnelly says the school in Greenville, South Carolina, made the decision to protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff, and fans.___There will be no fans at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium for NFL and MLS games played in September. The Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United say the coronavirus pandemic forced the decision. The USTA also has canceled all adult Category 1 events, comprising the Adult, Open, Family, and Age divisions, through the end of the year.The decision to cancel was made to ensure the health and safety of all those involved since interstate travel required for the tournaments carries an increased risk of contracting the disease. The USTA said different regulations, restrictions and quarantine periods at the sites of the events and in the home states of the players were considered. ___Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn says his players have had 33 positive tests for COVID-19 this summer. The teams say they will continue to collaborate with local and national health officials before deciding on the possibility for fans in games after September.The Falcons will play at least two home games without fans — against Seattle on Sept. 13 and against Chicago on Sept. 27.“The health and safety of our fans is our top priority,” said Steve Cannon, CEO of the Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank’s sports and entertainment group. Cannon said the decision was made “after thoughtful consideration and collaboration.”Atlanta United previously announced there would be no fans for three games: Aug. 22 against Nashville SC, Aug. 29 against Orlando City SC and Sept. 2 against Inter Miami CF.___ One plus for fans: With the elimination of tailgating and reentry, the school will allow beer and wine to be purchased in general seating sections for the first time. Alcohol sales had been limited to luxury suites.___The CFL has canceled its 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It marks the first year the Grey Cup won’t be presented since 1919.The nine-team league announced the move Monday, dashing hopes of a shortened season in the hub city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The decision comes after the CFL couldn’t solve a number of issues in an effort to try to salvage a season.“Our league governors decided today it is in the best long-term interests of the CFL to concentrate on the future,” Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement. Associated Press “We are absolutely committed to 2021, to the future of our league and the pursuit of our vision of a bigger, stronger, more global CFL.”Unlike other major leagues in North America, the CFL does not have the luxury of a billion-dollar television contract. While its deal with TSN has become more lucrative over the years, the CFL remains a gate-driven league — a major problem when fans aren’t allowed in the stands.___Mississippi starting center Eli Johnson says he won’t play football this season.Johnson announced on Twitter that he’ll sit out the season and focus on completing his master’s degree in criminal justice in December. Soccer’s U.S. Open Cup has been canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The 2020 tournament was suspended in early March shortly before it was supposed to kick off. The final was to be held on either Sept. 22 or 23.Officially called the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, it is the longest-running soccer tournament in the United States and gives amateur teams a chance to take on the pros, setting up the chance for an intriguing Cinderella team to advance far into the tournament. The winner earns a spot in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football’s Champions League.The U.S. Soccer Federation announced Monday that the Open Cup couldn’t be staged this year because the pandemic affected teams’ ability to travel, limited or eliminated fans at games, and necessitated strict testing protocols.The teams that were invited to participate this year will be invited next year instead. The Latest: USTA cancels junior events through Oct. 12 The Southeastern Conference allows players to opt out of the season because of COVID-19 and remain on scholarship.Johnson started all 12 games last season, allowing only one sack. His father, David, was hospitalized this summer because of the virus.“I will be forever grateful for my time here at Ole Miss,” Johnson wrote Sunday night on Twitter. “God bless and Hotty Toddy.”___More AP sports: and Malzahn says one staff member also tested positive earlier this summer. The Tigers and other Southeastern Conference teams opened preseason camp Monday ahead of a season scheduled to start on Sept. 26.Malzahn says Auburn had no positive tests last week, but four players are still going through the testing protocols. He expects results back by the end of the week.He says the school has administered 863 tests among players, an average of more than seven times each. Staffers have had five tests each.Linebacker Chandler Wooten and backup defensive back Traivon Leonard have opted out playing this season.___last_img read more

Day takes advantage of size mismatch, turns in all-around dominant performance against N.C. State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 25, 2015 at 7:42 pm Contact Josh: With an eight-inch height differential, North Carolina State’s Miah Spencer proved no match for Syracuse center Briana Day. As SU forward Taylor Ford was guarded by Wolfpack center Carlee Schuhmacher at the right elbow, the 6-foot-4 Day found herself alone underneath the basket, caught a pass from Ford and banked in a layup while being fouled by the 5-foot-8 Spencer. After the play, SU reserve center Bria Day, Briana’s twin sister, turned to SU graduate assistant Kathleen Moroney on the bench. The assistant flipped through a pile of stat sheets and said to Bria Day, “Three more blocks for a triple-double.”Though that feat never came to fruition, Briana Day clogged the stat sheet on Sunday in SU’s matchup with N.C. State. The center finished with 11 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks, and aided the No. 23 Orange (15-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) in its 66-49 victory over the Wolfpack (12-8, 3-4). “Briana Day was a beast down there,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “Anything in that paint, she went and she got it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“She had a big girl game.” In a 33-second sequence at the midway point of the first half, Day swiped a steal from Schuhmacher. Seconds later, Day blocked a 3-point attempt from Wolfpack guard Ashley Williams. SU went to Day on its first two possessions of the second half, the second resulting in a layup from underneath the basket on a feed from Isabella Slim that ended a nine and a half minute stretch for SU without a field goal. “She’s a lot quicker, so if we can take advantage of her matchup as well as our guard matchups, we’ll be a better team,” said SU point guard Alexis Peterson. “I wanted to feed her, get her going early, and get her some looks inside.”Five minutes later, Day spun to her left hand and laid in a scoop layup while being fouled. She was poked in the right eye by Schuhmacher, and had to take a moment with the help of a trainer to readjust her contact lens.After the game, Hillsman said SU’s offense did a good job of recognizing when the N.C. State defense spread the floor and created room for Day to maneuver in the paint. On defense, the head coach said Day allowed SU to “scramble and to go get traps.”Hillsman said Day’s performance reminded him of one that would come from Kayla Alexander, the program’s leading scorer and a WNBA first-round draft pick. “When teams broke us down, Kayla was there to block shots, and Briana Day is there to block shots,” Hillsman said. “I really believe that Briana is a little more athletic than Kayla in her movements, but I guess I shouldn’t say that about a 2,000-point scorer.”Day said she knew how well she was playing as the game went on. In an SU huddle after a Brianna Butler made 3-pointer, the normally stoic Day let out a brief smile. It was an emotion enabled by an all-around dominant performance, and one that her teammates had a sense of early on.“When I notice that she has a lot of rebounds, I try to tip it to her,” Ford said. “I’m always trying to help her out. When I feel like my teammates are playing good, keep rewarding them … If Briana has 16 rebounds and 7 blocks, why not let her get more?” Commentslast_img read more