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Sep
19

Other Sports Gomathi Marimuthu, Asian Championship Athletics winner, suspended after testing positive for banned substance

first_imghighlights Gomathi Marimuthu won the 800 metres gold at the Asian Championships last month.If Marimuthu’s ‘B’ sample also tests positive, she faces a maximum ban of four years.Marimuthu had earlier tested positive for a banned substance in the sample. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img New Delhi: Gomathi Marimuthu, who won the 800 metres gold at the Asian Championships last month, was Tuesday handed a provisional suspension after being tested positive for a banned substance. The ‘A’ sample of the 30-year-old runner from Tamil Nadu, who clocked 2 minutes 2.70 seconds to win gold on April 22, has returned positive for 19-norandrosterone, a metabolite of nandrolone (an anabolic steroid), in the test conducted during the Asian Athletics Championships in Doha.     If her ‘B’ sample also tests positive, she faces a maximum ban of four years — as this will be her first doping offence — while India will lose a gold medal from the Asian Championships. India had won three gold, seven silver and as many bronze medals in the Asian Championships.     “Yes, Gomathi has tested positive for a steroid and she has been placed under provisional suspension,” a top source told PTI on condition of anonymity.RELATED     International athletics federation’s Athletics Integrity Unit tweeted late on Tuesday to confirm Gomathi’s dope flunk. It also updated the list of athletes who were placed under provisional suspension worldwide.     “The AIU confirms Provisional Suspensions against Indian sprinter (sic) Gomathi Marimuthu and Bahraini long-distance runner Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa, both for a violation of the @iaaforg Anti-Doping Rules,” the AIU tweeted.     In the updated list, the AIU entered “Presence of a Prohibited Substance (19-norandrosterone) (Article 2.1)” against Gomathi’s name, adding “Notice of Allegation Issued”.        A family member of Gomathi said that she was innocent and had never used banned substances. “Till now, we have not got any information on this issue from any authority. She is innocent and she has not taken any prohibited substance,” the family member said from Gomathi’s home in Tamil Nadu.             It is learnt that Gomathi had earlier tested positive for a banned substance in the sample the National Anti-Doping Agency collected in Patiala during the March 15-18 Federation Cup but was not communicated by the national anti-doping watchdog on time. “We have learnt that Gomathi also tested positive in the sample taken during the Federation Cup which was held in mid-March. But that report is yet to reach us even now, after more than two months. That report is on the way, we have told. If the report was handed to us on time, she would have been stopped from taking part in the Asian Championships and the country would have been saved from this humiliation.      “We have no idea why the NADA did not inform us on Gomathi’s dope positive result to us before the Asian Championships. There was more than one month’s time in between,” the AFI official said.                       Gomathi has been on the national circuit for some time but her timing has been mediocre. Not a national camper, Gomathi’s 2:03.21 performance that gave her a gold in the Federation Cup in March raised questions over her sudden improvement.     “She was not in the national camp and that is why we have been emphasising on the requirement that athletes who have to take part in the international events should be from the national camp,” the official said. Calls to NADA director general Navin Agarwal were not answered.last_img read more

Sep
17

Donation funds new disability center

first_imgUSC received a $10-million donation from two university parents to develop a disabilities center designed to help those with learning difficulties.Helping hand · The old disabilities center will move to a new location that has a larger space for tutoring, computers and study rooms. – Anne Su | Daily Trojan The gift from Walter and Marcia Kortschak is one of the largest non-alumni donations in the university’s history. It is also the largest donation ever made to the Division of Student Affairs.“Our hope is that this center will help to demystify learning differences, provide current students with state-of-the-art assistive technologies and strong learning strategies to excel in their chosen field and thereby promote the power of self advocacy,” Walter Kortschak said.The USC Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity will provide aid to students with dyslexia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and other learning difficulties by providing tutoring, personal counseling, technological assistance, academic research and one-on-one help to students.Students with special learning differences are currently assisted through USC’s Center for Academic Support and Disability Services & Programs, located on the third floor of the Student Union.The Kortschak family studied a number of other centers at leading research universities such as Stanford and Yale that support students with dyslexia and other learning differences before it found the right match at USC, Walter Kortschak said.“We took our time to make sure our objectives were aligned with USC and to design a program that takes advantage of the interdisciplinary strengths of the university,” he said. “USC is unique because of its amazing breadth of research capabilities within the College, the Keck School of Medicine, the Rossier School of Education and the Occupational Science and Therapy program, which will provide for excellent collaboration between these disciplines.”The new center — slated to be about 2,000 square feet in size — will accommodate three full-time staff, eight tutors and eight learning assistants, said Edward Roth, assistant dean and director of USC Disability Services & Programs.“The new center will be a terrific resource for students with learning disabilities and ADHD who learn differently,” Roth wrote in an e-mail.There will also be a study area, learning assistance area and space for one-on-one learning assistance. Students will be able to work with computers and other assistive technology, Roth said.“We need to bring out the best in each and every student and provide them with the learning supports to reach their highest potential,” Walter Kortschak said.The program also plans to continuously recruit more “world-class educators” to aid students, Walter Kortschak said.Students at the Kortschak Center will have access to other professional resources outside the center, including psychologists, occupational therapists, neuropsychologist and other specialists, according to the Division of Student Affairs.The Kortschaks are the parents of Andrew Kortschak, a junior majoring in political science and cinematic arts, and Sarah Kortschak, an undeclared freshman. Walter Kortschak also serves on the Board of Leaders at the Marshall School of Business.last_img read more

Sep
17

Alvarez trying to minimize effects of long season

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoInjuries have been mounting for the Wisconsin Badgers all year, and with UW’s season grinding on for the ninth consecutive week, concerns have set in about the team’s health. At the forefront of these concerns is the Badgers’ lack of a bye week until the end of the conference season. By the time Wisconsin’s bye rolls around, the Badgers will have already endured 11 straight weeks of action, not counting their fall practice prior to the season.So, in an attempt to minimize the effects of the long season, head coach Barry Alvarez has altered his practice schedule for the second consecutive week to give his players some time to mend.”Everybody’s had a bye week but us,” Alvarez said. “I’m sensitive to the length of the season and how beat up a lot of our people are, and I want them to be fresh down the stretch, so I’ve altered practice again this week to try to help [our guys].” The past two Mondays, Alvarez has given his players the day off. UW’s head coach has also altered his Tuesday practice routine, replacing full-pad workouts with practices where players don only shoulder pads to reduce the wear and tear endured by his players. “I do think [the lack of a bye] is something that we do have to account for and we have to worry about a little bit,” quarterback John Stocco said. “That’s why I think Coach Alvarez did a good job last week. Whether it be tapering practices down or giving us last Monday off and same again this week, I think that really helped.”But even with the concern of some players and coaches, the Badgers know their schedule cannot be helped and they need to play through the pain these next four weeks.”A lot of it is mentality and also the coaches. They have a great plan for us buying into the system and really believing, while making us give 100 percent,” defensive lineman Mike Newkirk said. “There’s two ways to look at it: you grind at something, sometimes it wears away. But that’s also how you polish a rock: you grind at it and you grind at it and hopefully we come out as the polished rock.”Grounded rushing attack: After setting an early tone in its first five games, the Wisconsin ground game has not taken flight in recent weeks. Two weeks ago against Minnesota, running back Brian Calhoun entered halftime with seven rushes for 14 yards, and last weekend against Purdue, the junior had 16 yards on seven carries at the half. “One of our goals is to try and establish the run early,” Calhoun said. “We’ve kind of been away from that the last two weeks, but defenses are playing us a lot tougher and they try to stop the run with seven or eight guys in the box. So with that mentality, we’ve been going to the air a lot, and Stocco’s passing a lot better.”However, if the run continues to be ineffective in the early part of games, the Badgers will have a tough time setting the tone and utilizing the style of play they’re used to.”The offensive line has got to be a step ahead,” said Calhoun. “They need to see the blitz coming, and have some kind of scheme to counter-effect the blitz, or have some checks, different checks of different plays. That’s something that the players and coaches definitely need to work on.”Crooks filling in: Starting middle linebacker Mark Zalewski injured himself in last weekend’s game and did not return. The coaches kept him out as a precautionary measure in an attempt to bring him back into action this week, but that remains to be seen. “He was stiffer yesterday than they anticipated,” Alvarez said. “So maybe that was a very optimistic evaluation.”Replacing him in the lineup was Andy Crooks, who as a true freshman last year started five games for Alvarez but had fallen off the depth chart for most of the 2005 season. Given the chance to play again, Crooks shook off the cobwebs and hit his stride.”Crooks, he’s kind of down, not getting the reps after playing as a true freshman,” strong safety Joe Stellmacher said. “But that never affected him knowing the game plan and staying in tune with everything. He stepped in on Saturday and did a good job for us, making some plays.”— Adam Parks contributed to this report.last_img read more

Sep
17

Morrison looks to build off strong performance, get back into rotation in Thursday matchup with Wake Forest

first_img Published on January 15, 2015 at 12:07 am Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu “We know what she’s capable of,” her father Pat Morrison said. “I think if given the opportunity and extended playing time, that’s what she’s capable of doing on a regular basis.”After playing in a structured, systematic offense at Vanderbilt, Morrison said coming to Syracuse has freed her game. Hillsman puts more emphasis on each player’s talent and skill sets, she said, as opposed to Vanderbilt’s more structured offense.It’s allowed the admittedly quiet Morrison to express herself vocally and to become a team leader despite her limited role on the court.“Maggie’s the type of player, she doesn’t let her past performances affect her mood and how she interacts with the team,” Peterson said. “Maggie’s one of those glue pieces to the team that you really need and does a lot of the dirty work and doesn’t really get noticed.” Comments As Maggie Morrison walked off the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center court after the team’s Wednesday practice, the guard caught a pass from a member of the Syracuse athletic department and stepped in to take a jump shot.“Men’s ball,” she said, placing the ball on the ground, not wanting to throw off her newfound rhythm.Although she’s largely fallen out of No. 25 Syracuse’s rotation, she recorded her first breakout performance of the season Sunday, scoring 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting against Virginia. She’s played 10 minutes or fewer in half of SU’s 16 games this season, but made a case for more playing time by scoring all of her points in a five-minute span, increasing Syracuse’s lead from seven to 18 points before halftime.Now she’ll try to try to get back in the rotation for Syracuse on Thursday, when the Orange (11-5, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) hosts Wake Forest (9-8, 0-3) at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.“She got out there and made some shots when we needed them,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “She came off the bench and pretty much blew the game open for us.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter sitting out last season because of NCAA transfer rules, it was expected that Morrison, who played at Vanderbilt from 2011–3, would be a key bench contributor this season. But with reserve guard Diamond Henderson averaging 12.6 points a game and starting guards Alexis Peterson and Cornelia Fondren playing well, Morrison fell out of Hillsman’s rotation.Against No. 13 Duke on Jan. 8, Hillsman inserted freshman Danielle Minott into the lineup three times before Morrison entered for the first time midway through the second half, playing just under three and a half minutes.“I think it’s been what’s best for the team,” Morrison said. “… I was struggling in the first part of the season, wasn’t knocking down my shot and wasn’t doing what I needed to do on my part. So if we’re winning, I’ll take it.”Morrison called the performance against the Virginia a “big confidence booster,” and credited her teammates for continuing to pass her the ball, even when she’s struggled this season.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Sep
16

Syracuse drops 12th straight with 3-0 loss to Wake Forest

first_img Comments Just as it did on Oct. 18 against No. 6 Virginia, Syracuse crammed all 11 players behind the ball to start the game. While the tactic repelled the Demon Deacons’ attacks, it meant SU had no outlet when kicking the ball upfield. Most of the Orange’s clearances went straight to opposing defenders.While much of the first half was spent in Syracuse’s defensive half, the Orange mustered two shots in its few ventures forward. SU’s Meghan Root nearly provided the breakthrough in the 15th minute when her left-footed strike was tipped onto the crossbar and out of play by Wake Forest goalkeeper Nonie Frishette.Despite the home team’s constant moves forward with crosses and through balls, SU’s defense held strong. For the first time since Sept. 23 against Louisville, the Orange did not allow a first-half goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse couldn’t stop two moments of quality from Wake Forest in the second half, though. First, it was quick combination play between four players that set up Carney’s goal. Less than 12 minutes later, Bayley Feist doubled the Demon Deacons’ lead with a thunderous strike from 20-plus yards out.Feist picked up the ball on the left side of the field, drove to her right and laced the ball across her body and into the top left corner beyond SU goalkeeper Jordan Harris’ outstretched right arm. Harris faced 18 shots in total (seven on target) and made four saves, but the redshirt senior could do little about Feist’s pinpoint strike.With one minute remaining, Feist tallied her second goal of the game, running straight through the middle of SU’s defense before finding the top left corner again.Syracuse will play its final game of the season on Thursday when Clemson visits SU Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m. Published on October 21, 2018 at 3:15 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu After a compact, organized defensive effort from Syracuse held Wake Forest scoreless in the first half, the Demon Deacons came out for the second 45 minutes with a spark. Less than 10 minutes into the second half, one-touch passing between Giovanna DeMarco and Abby McNamara sent Estelle Laurier free down the right flank.Laurier unleashed a first-time cross that zoomed across the face of SU’s goal and to Bri Carney, who flicked it into the net to break the scoreless deadlock. Carney’s strike was the first of three second-half goals as Wake Forest (8-7-1, 4-5 Atlantic Coast) outlasted Syracuse (3-14, 0-9), 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The defeat extended SU’s losing streak to 12 games. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Sep
16

Racing in Naas and Listowel

first_imgListowel’s first race is 20 minutes later when the John B. Keane Maiden hurdle goes to post.The race sees Thomas Hobson make his long awaited debut under Ruby Walsh.While the most lucrative race in Kerry this afternoon Henry de Bromhead go for a second successive victory with Youmustknowme.It’s the Kevin Broderick Memorial Handicap Chase and it’s off at 4.30. Anthem Alexander makes her first start of the year after becoming on of racing’s leading juveniles before the Winter.Five two year-old colts go to post in the Listed Coolmore War Command Rochestown Stakes a 3.40, hoping to earn their passage to Royal Ascot.There are five other races at the County Kildare track, with the first going to post at 2.05last_img read more

Sep
8

Browns acquire safety Harrison from Jaguars for draft pick

first_img The Browns have acquired safety Ronnie Harrison in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who will receive a fifth-round pick in 2021 from Cleveland.The loss of rookie safety Grant Delpit for the season with a torn Achilles tendon sent the Browns shopping for a safety. On Thursday, general manager Andrew Berry pulled off the swap for Harrison, who is in his third season from Alabama.Delpit, a second-round pick from LSU, suffered his season-ending injury while doing individual drills in early in practice last month. He had been expected to start alongside Karl Joseph, who was signed by the Browns as a free agent this winter.The 6-foot-3, 214-pound Harrison made 22 starts for Jacksonville, which selected him in the third round of the 2018 draft. He’s played in 28 games and made 103 tackles along with three interceptions.Harrison started 14 games last season and finished second on the team in tackles (70). He was a member of two national title teams with the Crimson Tide.He’s played well for the Jaguars, but they felt like fourth-year pro Josh Jones would be a better fit on and off the field and had been planning to make the switch in recent weeks.Harrison is the sixth player dumped by Jacksonville in the last three months, following A.J. Bouye (Denver) Calais Campbell (Baltimore), Nick Foles (Chicago), Yannick Ngakoue (Minnesota) and Leonard Fournette (Tampa Bay).General manager Dave Caldwell and coach Doug Marrone are making a concerted effort to clean up the salary cap and the locker room.Image credits: AP Written By LIVE TV First Published: 4th September, 2020 09:55 IST Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVEcenter_img FOLLOW US COMMENT Last Updated: 4th September, 2020 09:55 IST Browns Acquire Safety Harrison From Jaguars For Draft Pick The Browns have acquired safety Ronnie Harrison in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who will receive a fifth-round pick in 2021 from Cleveland SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

Aug
28

Council members discuss improvement plan for a local park

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich— The alpena municipal council discussed a new improvement plan for Miche–ke–wis Park. The plan does not include adding an area for recreational vehicles such as RVs.The plan outlines the addition of a multi–use pavilion with bathrooms. Upgrades will include expansion for the volleyball and pickle ball courts as well as the addition of a   children’s play structure.The plan for improvements is still up for discussion and a final decision has not been made.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Local college hosts public forums for candidatesNext Michigan pastor brings Night of Hope Tour to Alpenalast_img read more

Aug
26

Report: Clippers bring back Avery Bradley, add forward Mike Scott

first_imgVeteran shooting guard Avery Bradley will re-sign with the Clippers on a two-year, $25 million deal, it was first reported late Monday night.Earlier Monday, the Clippers agreed to a one-year deal with free agent forward Mike Scott, who spent last season with the Washington Wizards. Terms were not available.Bradley, 27, played just six games for the Clippers last season after arriving as part of the Jan. 29 trade that sent Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons.He was shut down for a sports hernia and had surgery on March 13. He averaged 14.3 points and 2.5 rebounds and two assists between the Pistons and Clippers, but he averaged a career-high 16.3 points per game on 39 percent 3-point shooting while making the All-Defensive first team in 2016-17 with the Celtics. The 6-foot-2 Bradley, who played the first seven seasons of his career with the Boston Celtics, has career averages of 12.3 points, 3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He is considered one of the top defensive guards in the NBA, creating quite a pair with Patrick Beverley.The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Scott averaged 8.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 76 games with Washington. He averaged 18.5 minutes off the bench and shot a career-best 52.7 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from 3-point range.A second-round pick out of Virginia in 2012, Scott, 29, played 4-1/2 seasons (281 games) with the Atlanta Hawks before being traded to the Phoenix Suns, who waived him.Players can not sign contracts until the NBA lifts the moratorium on Friday.Related Articles Video highlights, social media reaction after Clippers’ 118-110 victory over Mavericks Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie Minnesota wins NBA draft lottery, Golden State gets No. 2 pick center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kawhi Leonard’s playmaking is more than a passing fancy for Clippers Luka Doncic injured, Kawhi Leonard dominant; Social Media reacts after Clippers 130-122 victory over Mavs last_img read more

Aug
26

If that turnaround is still a ways off, at least Lakers have started

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Now for that Laker turnaround. …In, like two seasons from now, maybe, if they’re lucky.No, they’re not about to return to the playoffs. Neither is Minnesota, which now has Karl-Anthony Towns to go with Andrew Wiggins, putting it well ahead of the Lakers.Nevertheless, if the Lakers are to turn this around, they started with the No. 2 pick who became D’Angelo Russell. If the Lakers are still missing their next big, I can now imagine a lot of good things happening to them, as opposed to the last two seasons when I couldn’t:•Russell plays well as a rookie and goes from there to become one of the better points or the elite ones.I don’t see him getting rookie of the year with Okafor, Towns and Denver’s Emmanuel Mudiay likely to put up big numbers.The important thing is what happens after that.Russell shot 41 percent on 3-pointers as an Ohio State freshman, matching Steph Curry’s accuracy in three years at Davidson.D’Angelo isn’t Steph and neither is anyone else, but if Russell is anywhere close, he’ll be somebody.•They get a star free agent.If not Aldridge, maybe Kevin Love, or Al Jefferson, or Paul Millsap.Or maybe a handy non-star like Khris Middleton or DeMarre Carroll.Put it this way: Someone better than the free agents they’ve signed recently.•Kobe Bryant plays well.How could he miss after taking 20 shots a game even if he could only make 37 percent last season?Nevertheless, he has rare craft and will to make adjustments … if he sees the need. Last season, apparently, he didn’t.Defenses will now also have to guard someone besides him, so maybe this can have a happy ending.•Bryant plays beyond next season.If he plays well and the Lakers track up dramatically enough, I can imagine Kobe sticking around.Of course, I’ve always been a Kobe guy. I thought he would play smarter last season (RIP, my fantasy team).I don’t think that gets them back into the playoffs.This is the West, where it takes 48-50 wins, while climbing over one of the playoff teams plus Oklahoma City with Kevin Durant back, up-and-coming Utah and young-and-promising Minnesota.This process will take years, not a year.You shortcut it at your peril, even if the Lakers were willing to trade their No. 2 pick for Sacramento’s even-higher-maintenance-than-Dwight-Howard DeMarcus Cousins … and would send Russell up there tomorrow if that would do it, a league source told me.Not that it’s likely to happen, either.With owner Vivek Ranadive intent on not trading Cousins, much less to the hated Lakers, the Kings asked for the moon — the No. 2 pick, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, more picks.Putting Cousins in a storied organization without the pervading doom that haunts the Kings might well bring him around … and might not.Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak made clear his respect for bigs, even after drafting a point guard.“You look around this building,” he said, noting the retired numbers on the wall at the practice facility. “You see (Wilt) Chamberlain and you see (Kareem Abdul-) Jabbar and you see Shaquille (O’Neal) Those are three pretty good centers. There was a center available (Okafor) that we did not select. …“You still need quality big men in this league. If any of those players on the wall were available, we would have selected him.”Get it? The process isn’t only long but tricky, with no more guarantee of turning around than the just-as-storied Celtics, who didn’t appear in the Finals from 1987 to 2008.On the bright side for Lakers fans, at least the process has finally started.center_img Not that everyone like it. Tweeted the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke: “wow… crazy… wow… unreal… you’ve got to be kidding.”Happily — Bill’s a friend of mine — he didn’t pass out, but I get it. Russell’s not a big. Jahlil Okafor is, pretty much.The Lakers measured Okafor at 6-9 1/2 in stocking feet. Low post progdigy that he is — a GM told me he thinks Okafor will average 18 points and 10 rebounds as a rookie — the Lakers thought that he was more of a power forward than a center.As to whether bigs or points are more important in today’s game, the answer is … yes.Portland went 61-87 over two seasons with LaMarcus Aldridge, the plum of this summer’s free agents, whom the Lakers will soon prostrate themselves before, turning it around after point guard Damian Lillard became a star in his second season.last_img read more