US Open Apologises over Violation of ‘Sex’ Code

first_imgAlize Cornet came back to court after 10 minute heat break. Had her fresh shirt on back to front. Changed at back of court. Got a code violation.King, who won four singles titles in New York, stated on Twitter that the rule was “outdated and impractical” while the WTA said it was “unfair” that men were able to sit shirtless courtside in the heat with no violation.The temperatures were over 95 degrees with almost 50 percent humidity. On the court, it often felt worse – 105 degrees inside Bille Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. with players changing between games and wearing ice bags around their necks.U.S. Open officials apologized to Cornet and clarified the ruling Wednesday.It wasn’t the first clothing-related controversy to hit the tennis world this week.The president of the French Tennis Federation stated that the French Open would ban catsuits at future tournaments. Serena Williams wore a Black Panther inspired in Paris this spring that helped the 23-time Grand Slam winner with preventing blood clots.King also spoke out in defense of Williams, who reached the Wimbledon finals less than a year after giving birth to her daughter, saying that “the policing of women’s bodies must end.”Williams will play on Arthur Ashe Stadium tonight, this time in a black tutu, while Cornet’s tournament ended with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 loss.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Alize Cornet U.S. Open officials apologised to France’s Alize Cornet a day after issuing her a code violation for changing on the court.After leaving the court on Tuesday for a 10-minute heat break, Cornet returned to start the third set against Sweden’s Johanna Larsson. But the former world-No. 11’s shirt was on backwards and when she changed on the baseline, the chair umpire issued her a warning.The WTA, Billie Jean King and former Great Britain FedEx Cup captain Judy Murray issued statements calling the violation sexist.last_img read more

Injuries, lineup shuffles derail Syracuse volleyball’s chemistry, season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 28, 2014 at 12:06 am Last week during practice, head coach Leonid Yelin called for his players to get into their first rotation.Junior setter Gosia Wlaszczuk looked at her coach and said, “Which rotation is first?” The Orange was less than a week removed from freshman Leah Levert returning to the court and sophomore Valeriya Shaipova was injured.Wlaszczuk had lost track of her teammates.Now with two outside hitters injured and three players in new positions, SU (8-13, 1-8 Atlantic Coast) is struggling to find on-court chemistry as its season winds down. Wlaszczuk has few options to pass to on the offensive side while SU’s defensive specialists, Yelin said, simply aren’t playing at an ACC level.When asked how injuries affected his team, Yelin was flabbergasted.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Injuries? Oh boy. A lot. A lot,” he said, flailing for the right words to describe his unprecedented situation.Shaipova tore her ACL last season, leaving her to rehab for most of the summer. Against Pittsburgh on Oct. 12, she reinjured her knee and Yelin said she won’t play again this season.Over the summer, outside hitter and projected starter Nicolette Serratore injured her ankle and was declared out for the season. Three weeks ago, Levert took a ball to the head in practice and missed three games due to the injury.Chemistry is key in volleyball, Yelin said, because the ball never stops and timing has to be perfect between teammates.“The way you’re breathing, I already know where you are,” Yelin said of an ideal team. “The way you call for the ball, I already know when and what you expect from me.”With Shaipova and Serratore out, Yelin was forced to move middle blocker Monika Salkute to outside hitter.In the team’s lone ACC win against Wake Forest, Salkute led the team in attempts and kills. In two of the three previous games, Salkute failed to register five kills.“I don’t know how many options I would normally have because I’m just starting,” said Wlaszczuk, a first-year setter. “I just think this team has had such bad luck.”When Salkute is hitting well, Wlaszczuk can spread the ball around more. Against Wake Forest, middle blocker Lindsay McCabe had eight kills on double-digit attempts while Wlaszczuk herself had 11 attempts and five kills and the Orange won.In the previous weekend against Miami and Pittsburgh, only the primary option, outside hitter Silvi Uattara, was producing. In each game, Uattara recorded 21 kills on 66 opportunities, which Yelin said is far too many.The only other player to produce consistently that weekend was McCabe, who has had to take on more of an offensive role this season.“If we don’t have that strength on the outside, then I really have to get more balls in and start putting the ball down,” she said.Yelin said the plan was always for blockers to hit but that it isn’t possible without a good first pass, either when serve receiving or digging opponents’ hits.“We don’t have (defensive specialists) on the level of ACC unfortunately,” Yelin said. “That’s why our serve receive is shaky.”Yelin said he knows that these are growing pains from moving to the ACC last year, a much better volleyball conference than the Big East.The head coach has accepted reality and until the team improves with stronger recruiting, he will work with what he has.“When we were serve receiving well, you could see our team. Same game, (depending on) serve receive, same players looks like stars or look …” Yelin said, before pausing. “I’m not going to say how.” Commentslast_img read more

Supreme Court denies USC petition for ERISA case

first_imgThe U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear USC’s petition regarding whether  or not the University can settle a retirement dispute outside the court in February. With the denial, the case will default to a lower court decision that the dispute can be handled in court. The lawsuit originally filed against the University in 2016 states that changes made that March removed one of USC’s four recordkeepers and cut its investment options for employees and retirees from 340 to 34. Jerry Schlichter, the lawyer representing the nine current and former USC employees, said the University allegedly charged employees excessive fees as part of their retirement plans and allowed investment firms with low performance histories to be included as options in their plans.  Law firm Schlichter, Bogard & Denton represents the USC employees and retirees and is involved in similar cases against Northwestern University, Cornell University and Columbia University among others.  “The employer, USC, has the obligation to work [for] the sole benefit of the employees and retirees,” Schlichter said. “It is held to the standard of an expert in the financial world because they’re investing very substantial sums and are charged with knowing what fees should be charged.  Following the Supreme Court’s denial, the lawsuit will now proceed through the Los Angeles court system. Schlichter said the goal of the suit is to compensate past employees and retirees for alleged excessive fees and losses from investment firms that shouldn’t have been included in the plan. He said the law firm will work to determine the amount of compensation past employees and retirees should receive. “What we have found is that some, but certainly not all universities, have operated for decades as if they’re not covered by the law that requires them to act for the sole benefit of their employees,” Schlichter said.   The American Association of Retired Persons submitted an amicus curiae brief, a piece written by a person or group who are not party to the case but would like to influence the court decision. The brief urged the ninth circuit court to uphold the Los Angeles court’s decision to deny arbitration.center_img “The panel concluded that the dispute fell outside the scope of the arbitration agreements because the parties consented only to arbitrate claims brought on their own behalf, and the employees’ claims were brought on behalf of the [Employee Retirement Income Security Act] plans,” the opinion from the appeals court read.  The decision reaffirms a ruling in July by the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The ruling stated that the arbitration agreements employees signed did not require employees to handle their disputes outside of court because they brought the claims on their own behalves. Previously, the Los Angeles district judge also ruled against handling the case through arbitration. The University, which is represented by the Gibson Dunn law firm, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.  Nine current and former University employees will be able to settle their case against USC retirement plans in court, despite signed arbitration agreements from some employees that required them to handle individual disputes in private meetings. “AARP and the AARP Foundation are gratified that the appeals court’s ruling remains the law of the land in this circuit,” AARP vice president for litigation Dean Graybill wrote in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “Congress in ERISA intended to give pension plan members ready access to the courts for claimed breaches of fiduciary duty, and the Ninth Circuit’s opinion preserves that access.” last_img read more

Crystal Palace look to keep up top start

first_imgStruggling Aston Villa will host Stoke, Bournemouth are at home to Watford while Leicester visit Norwich and bottom-of-the table Sunderland are at home to West Ham.Today’s late kick-off in the Premier League is at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea will be hoping to claw their way into the top half of the table when they play host to Southampton from half-past five. With leaders Manchester United not in action until tomorrow, Man City can regain the top of the table today in one of the 3pm matches.City play host to a Newcastle side that have yet to register a league win this season and Magpies manager Steve McClaren has been trying to explain the reasons behind their sluggish start to the season…In today’s other 3 o’clock matches…last_img

Excitement mounts ahead of League final

first_imgPhoto: © Tipperary GAA Twitter Louth forward Jim McEneaney says he’s expecting a backlash in Croke Park.Tipp FM’s live coverage of this Saturdays Allianz football league division 3 final comes in association with Cleary Motors, Loughtagalla, Thurles, Renault Dealer for Tipperary, Louth are expecting Tipperary to be gunning for revenge in the Division 3 football final on Saturday.The Wee County shocked Liam Kearns men with a strong second half performance in the penultimate round of the league to claim a four point win in Semple Stadium.That victory secured promotion for them and forced the Premier to go to Armagh needing the win last Sunday.last_img

Belgium 2-0 England: 10 things we learned

first_imgEngland’s remarkable World Cup adventure reached a meek conclusion as Belgium beat Gareth Southgate’s men in the third-place play-off.Still reeling from Wednesday’s heartbreaking semi-final defeat to Croatia, the Three Lions stuttered in St Petersburg as the chance to become the best-ever team to leave English shores passed them by.ENGLAND WENT IN FOR GOLD, NOT BRONZEIt is difficult finding another justification for Gareth Southgate’s much-changed line-up except that finishing 3rd didn’t mean much to him. He made 6 changes to England’s starting line-up.ROSE, SLOPPY AND SLOWReturning from a knee injury is always difficult for every footballer. Danny Rose was off the pace and Thomas Meunier ‘stole’ the ball from him on two occasions in the first half. His general contribution in the first half wasn’t encouraging and needs more games to get into match fitness. It was of little surprise that he was subbed off at halftime. ENGLAND LOOKED DISJOINTEDThe 3 lions found it very difficult to ‘flow’ in possession during the first half. They were dispossessed by Belgium’s one-time too many. There was this obvious lack of cohesion when they transitioned from defence to attack. The wholesome changes made by Southgate definitely took its toll on the squad.LUKAKU’S FIRST TOUCH ACHILLES HEEL RESURFACESRomelu Lukaku was played through on goal on two different occasions by Kevin De Bryune, one in the first half and the other in the second half………..but his first touch let him down. He spurned two decent opportunities to add up to his tally of 4 goals. So for how long is Lukaku going to let himself and his mates down with his sloppy first touch?ENGLAND’S PREDICTABILITY All tournament long, this England side has been interested in keeping hold of the ball without making efficient attacking incursions. In honesty, no team gets worried if you keep on passing the ball amongst yourself in your own half. Guardiola famously said that “possession in itself is nothing”. They always look to send the ball wide [mostly to Trippier], waiting for crosses. They barely took long shots even when the opportunity presented itself.STERLING AGAIN?Gareth Southgate has faced a lot of criticism for choosing to continuously select Raheem Sterling. Even when Southgate made wholesome chances to his squad he still opted for Sterling ahead of Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy…….and as expected Sterling failed to impress and was hauled off at halftime.MARTINEZ’S TACTICAL RESPONSEEngland seized the initiative from the Belgians after the introduction of Lingard and Rashford. Probably, that was due to the weariness of Youri Tielemans whose influence dwindled as the game progressed in the second half. In response, Martinez brought on Moussa Dembele for Tielemans in the 78th minute. The impact was nearly instant as Hazard scored in the 82nd minute and the Belgians wrestled back control of the game. HELLO!! PHIL JONES IS HEREIn typical Phil Jones fashion, he announced himself by making a mess of an interception which allowed Eden Hazard to run through on goal and score Belgium’s second.KANE AND LUKAKU OUT OF SORTSHarry Kane managed only 24 touches during the entire game. He fluffed a decent chance in the first half to draw England level and generally looked tired. As for Lukaku…………..no comment!!BELGIUM REGISTERS THEIR BEST EVER WORLD CUP FINISH Belgium sealed third place, an improvement upon their previous best-ever finish of 4th place during the Mexico 1986 World Cup.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Rich Hill closing in on return to rotation

first_imgHill would like that as well. Being pulled in the first inning of a Class-A game was disappointing to say the least.“Oh yeah, of course,” Hill said. “You go out there to throw 60 pitches in four innings and throw 30 in two-thirds of an inning … I know, ‘Ah, it’s a rehab start’ but for me you want to go out there and compete and do well. Of course, that eats at you.”Nonetheless, Hill has taken a positive feeling from all of his recent throwing sessions. The pad on his middle finger has toughened up thanks to a regimen of Stan’s Rodeo Rub (an ointment created by former Dodgers trainer Stan Johnston) and wearing a bandage during some throwing sessions.“The finger is holding up great,” Hill said after Saturday’s bullpen session. “I think it’s just getting repetitions and pitching. It’s been ‘How much is too much? How much is too little?’ I think it’s great now. The finger has been great. The results weren’t what I was looking for. But the quantity of pitches and everything was something I can look at and say I’m ready to go.”Roberts has said “if all goes well” in his rehab start Tuesday, Hill would be ready to rejoin the rotation. The left-hander has the same timetable in mind. “I would think so,” he said. “Again, I don’t want to go out there and have any restrictions (when he rejoins the Dodgers). I want to be good to go because the guys in the bullpen have done a helluva job and it’s not fair, in my opinion, to be out there with a pitch count and you can only throw so many pitches. I think at the major-league level you take the seat belts off. That’s the way I look at it.”Hill has made just two starts for the Dodgers so far, going on the DL with the blister problem after each one. He said he is “very comfortable” that the blister is under control this time. But he can’t make any promises that it will stay that way for the rest of the season.“I hope I don’t have to do it again,” he said. “There are no guarantees. I wish I could tell you, ‘We figured this out. It’ll never happen again.’”AlsoRoberts said left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu should be ready to come off the DL and rejoin the Dodgers’ rotation “some time next weekend makes sense.” Ryu went on the 10-day DL after his start against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 30 with a hip contusion suffered while running the bases. Roberts said Ryu will not need to make a rehab start before returning to the rotation.Former Dodgers closer Eric Gagne is following through on his comeback attempt at age 41. Gagne has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League (the same team Hill pitched for in 2015 as he revived his career). Gagne has not pitched in the major leagues since 2008 but did pitch for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic this spring after serving as a guest instructor in the Dodgers’ training camp.The weather forecast for San Diego on Sunday features a likelihood of heavy rain. Roberts said the Dodgers have already been warned that a postponement is possible. SAN DIEGO >> The problematic blister – now callous – on the middle finger of Rich Hill’s pitching hand will never be completely out of mind. But something else will step to the forefront when he takes the mound for another rehab start on Tuesday.“That’s kind of a little bit of the message,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of his discussion with Hill after the left-hander’s most recent bullpen session Saturday afternoon. “If you’re one start away from getting a major-league start, you’ve got to get guys out. I was pretty clear.”Hill didn’t get many outs in his rehab start for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday. He retired just two batters before being pulled after throwing 29 pitches. Hill had to resort to throwing in the bullpen instead to reach his target of 60 pitches.“He’s scheduled for five-and-75 on Tuesday,” Roberts said with a smile. “I encouraged him to get through the five (innings) and not finish up in the ‘pen.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

UFC 238 offers Marlon Moraes the chance to prove what he’s known all along — that he’s the best bantamweight in the world

first_imgMoraes believed he was the best in the world even before he stepped into the Octagon and he’s been saying he’ll work his way to the top of the division since his first encounter with Assuncao.And in just a few days, the soft-spoken finisher could very well be standing in the center of the cage, the raucous crowd at the United Center in full throat, trying to contend with a wave of emotions as Bruce Buffer announces him as the new UFC bantamweight champion.“It would be a dream come true,” said Moraes when asked what a victory would mean. “I’m living my dream right now and I can’t wait to get that belt and put it around my waist.” Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearFor nearly three years, Marlon Moraes was viewed as one of the top bantamweight talents competing outside the UFC. Following an inauspicious start to his career, the native of Nova Friburgo, Brazil rolled off 13 consecutive victories, the final 11 of which came under the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) banner.In his debut with the promotion, he edged out former WEC champion Miguel Torres. As an encore, he knocked out Tyson Nam. Seven months earlier, Nam had knocked out then Bellator titleholder Eduardo Dantas, so even though MMA math can never be trusted, the interconnected events painted a pretty favorable picture of where Moraes stood in the global bantamweight landscape. He won the WSOF title three fights later and successfully defended it five times, which each of his final four title defenses ending inside the distance.His success in one of the top second-tier promotions in the sport made it clear that Moraes was a talent, but it wasn’t until he moved to the UFC and stepped into the Octagon for the first time that it became clear that Moraes was in fact one of the best bantamweights in the sport, period.He debuted against Raphael Assuncao, losing to the Top 5 fixture by split decision in a fight that instantly propelled the 31-year-old Brazilian into the thick of the title chase in the 135-pound ranks. After landing on the happy side of the judges’ scorecards in his sophomore appearance against John Dodson, Moraes really started getting comfortable inside the UFC cage.He caught Aljamain Sterling dipping in for a takedown and left him on the canvas looking like a mannequin hitting a dab. Six months later, he halted Jimmie Rivera’s 20-fight winning streak in 33 seconds, blasting him with a left high kick he never saw coming. Seven months after that, he avenged his loss to Assuncao, catching his countryman in a guillotine choke a little over three minutes into their main event rematch in Fortaleza.Now, two-and-a-half years after his final WSOF title defense and a little over years removed from winning that belt, Moraes is poised to step into the Octagon this weekend, in the main event of UFC 238, to square off with Henry Cejudo for the vacant UFC bantamweight title. If he wins, there will be no more uncertainty: Marlon Moraes will be the best bantamweight in the world.“The goal has always been the championship and I’m excited to reach the goal,” said Moraes, who trains alongside former champ Frankie Edgar and the rest of the “Iron Army” crew in Toms River, New Jersey. “I want to get inside the Octagon, leave it all out there and prove to everyone (who the best bantamweight is).“I think I belong in this championship fight and I’m ready to be a champion. I’m not going out there to have fun; I’m going out there to win. The belt is on the line — I’m hungry, I’m ready and I can’t wait to fight.”Despite all of his success, the last 12 months have been challenging for Moraes and the rest of the elite contenders within the UFC’s 135-pound weight class.In addition to two-time champ and perennial contender Dominick Cruz once again being forced out of the mix due to injuries, the promotion booked an immediate championship rematch between teammates-turned-rivals TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt, even though their highly anticipated clash at UFC 217ended emphatically, with the former stopping the latter in the second round.Their initial meeting took place in November and the rematch wasn’t booked until August, leaving fighters like Moraes with limited options as he continued on his quest to earn a title shot. Then after Dillashaw stopped Garbrandt even quicker in the rematch, the promotion opted to pair the bantamweight titleholder against Henry Cejudo in a “Champion vs. Champion” clash, once again forcing Moraes and the rest of the division’s contenders facing a “fight again or continue to sit out” dilemma.After successfully navigating the last 18 months, Moraes finally gets his opportunity to challenge for UFC gold this weekend and believes the time he’s spent readying for this moment has him firing on all cylinders heading into Saturday’s main event showdown with Cejudo in Chicago.“(You’ll see an even) better version Saturday night,” said Moraes, who is 17-1 over his last 18 fights after going 5-4-1 over the first 10 fights of his career. “I’m ready, I’m hungry and if you like a good fight, you should tune in and watch.“We always prepare for each opponent, but I’m mostly thinking about myself — being better in every area and being able to mix it up inside the Octagon; being good everywhere,” he said when asked about his preparations. “That’s my goal for Saturday night — get in there, be unpredictable; be fast, be strong and come out on top.”Though he’s the reigning flyweight champion, Cejudo is no stranger to the bantamweight division. Each of his first four bouts were contested in the 135-pound weight class, including his UFC debut — a unanimous decision win over Dustin Kimura at home in Phoenix in the second bout of the evening.Since then, the 32-year-old has been a fixture in the flyweight division and over the last year, Cejudo has put himself in a position to make a credible case for being one of the top pound-for-pound talents in the sport. In the run-up to this weekend’s event, the Olympic gold medalist has taken to declaring himself “the greatest combat sports athlete of all-time,” which, combined with his cringe-inducing social media presence and overly earnest self-promotion has turned the flyweight champion into a “so bad it’s good” type figure in advance of UFC 238.None of that, however, has had any impact on Moraes, who welcomes the opportunity to face the decorated wrestler and UFC titleholder and is as confident as ever that Saturday night will be his night.“I love challenges,” he said. “I’m always chasing challenges and they all lose. He’s good, he’s a champion, but at some point, everybody loses and Saturday night is his turn. He’s going to lose and I’m going to be the champion.” The challenge for any fighter competing outside of the UFC is that everyone questions how well they would do if the were to set foot in the famed Octagon. No matter how well you do elsewhere or who you beat, a fighter is never going to be fairly graded or evaluated unless they cross the threshold into the UFC cage and prove themselves on the biggest stage in the sport.It may not be fair, it may not be right, but that’s the way it is.last_img read more

Ashleigh wins England’s ‘most improved’ title

first_img Northamptonshire girls’ champion Ashleigh Critchley has won the national final of the Abraham Trophy and the title of England’s most improved girl golfer.Ashleigh, a four handicapper, shot two-under par gross in the final at Lyme Regis Golf Club, Dorset, and a winning net score of six-under 68.This was Ashleigh’s second outing in the Abraham Trophy final, for which 20 girls qualified on the basis of handicap reduction. She laughed: “Last year I think I came last. I definitely wanted to do better this year!”She went on: “This is good to get my confidence up. I made a lot of birdies – a lot of putts went in and I made a few good up and downs.”Ashleigh, 13, is a member at Kettering Golf Club, where Solheim Cup star Charley Hull started her golf. The pair have played together when Charley is at home and Ashleigh has been able to pick up some tips!In the last year Ashleigh has cut her handicap from nine to four and she plays for the Northamptonshire girls’ and women’s teams.Now, she tees up in the English U14 girls’ championship which is also being played at Lyme Regis. “The course is really nice, it’s in good condition and the views are great,” said Ashleigh.Runner up in the Abraham trophy was Emily Horsted (Peterborough Milton) with net 69. Liyana Laheri (Pleasington) and Hannah Morrison (Chapel-en-le-Frith) both returned net scores of three-under 71. For full scores click here Image copyright Leaderboard Photography 7 Aug 2018 Ashleigh wins England’s ‘most improved’ title Tags: Abraham Trophy, Ashleigh Critchleylast_img read more

Watch: Leicester City post emotional tribute video one year on from helicopter crash that…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Leicester CityAdvertisement q6NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6y0dWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E0nxl( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) nx4dWould you ever consider trying this?😱6qx5Can your students do this? 🌚nu8rRoller skating! Powered by Firework Exactly one year ago, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, aka Khun Vichai, the renowned Thai businessman, CEO of King Power International Group and the owner of Leicester City, lost his life in a helicopter crash. A year after, the club has created a video to honour their beloved late owner, which will send the fans and supporters on a soul-stirring trip.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Leicester CityThe club hierarchy and supporters credit Vichai as one of the pillars behind Leicester City’s success, from their EPL promotion to the dream run of the 2015-16 season and lifting the trophy. The video, posted by the club’s official Twitter handle, shows a compilation the fans and pundits paying tribute to Vichai after the accident. Check it out below-Taking charge of a struggling championship club, the Thai billionaire took over the ownership in 2010, and by the fourth season, the Foxes had secured their promotion to the Premier League, and went onto win their first ever English top flight trophy in 2016.Vichai was a regular spectator during the club’s fixtures, and his preferred way of transport to and from the King Power Stadium was an AgustaWestland AW169 helicopter. On 27th October 2018, the chopper crashed after taking off from the stadium, with Vichai, the pilot and four other passengers on board died.Leicester City demolished Southampton 9-0 yesterday as club talisman Jamie Vardy scored a hat trick, and are currently 3rd in the league table with 20 points and will take on Crystal Palace next Sunday at Selhurst Park. Advertisementlast_img read more