Unbeatable Betham: The Leicester centre makes a break v Gloucester. (Photo: Getty Images) Red card, black humourMarcus Watson offered some classic sibling “support” when his brother Anthony was sent off during Friday evening’s Bath v Saracens match. While Twitter lit up with people either agreeing or disagreeing with the decision to wield the red card, Marcus tweeted: “Get him off, he’s rubbish anyway!” There was something of a try-fest in the Aviva Premiership this weekend, while the battle for the top four places in the Guinness Pro12 shows every sign of going right to the wire. Who were the heroes for the teams who triumphed, and who were the villains? Dragon’s double double Dragons wing Hallam Amos scored two tries for the second week in a row, but again ended up on the losing side in the Guinness Pro12 as the Ospreys won 26-20 in Newport.Amos benefited from a scorching break from Tyler Morgan for his first try, then produced a great individual score later in the game with a wonderful chip and chase up the left.The 21-year-old got just the one start during the recent Six Nations, but he is in top form for his region.Two good: Hallam Amos gets set to score in the corner. (Photo: Huw Evans Agency) Wait a minuteReferees have a lot to think about during a game and it is understandable that they might sometimes allow goal-kickers more than the requisite 60 seconds to take their penalties. However, Ian Davies should have taken a tougher line on Johnny Sexton when the Leinster No 10 lined up what turned out to be the winning penalty in their 16-13 victory over Munster.Davies appeared to warn Sexton he was in the last ten seconds of his minute, but then let a much longer amount of time elapse before the ball was kicked. Having given the warning, Davies should have whistled and stopped Sexton when the time was up. Absolute zero Zebre’s players should be taking a long, hard look at themselves as they failed to score a single point for the third Pro12 match in succession. This time the Italians went down 29-0 at Edinburgh, having also failed to register against Munster and Ulster in the previous two rounds. In fact, they haven’t scored a Pro12 point since the closing ten minutes of their 27-10 loss to Leinster on 28 February. The Italian jobHats off to Glasgow Warriors, not only for picking up the almost inevitable bonus-point win at Benetton Treviso in the Pro12 on Saturday, but for then staying on to spend the following day seeing the sights of Venice, instead of jetting home at the first opportunity. Too often professional players fly in and out of some of the world’s most amazing cities without seeing much more than a hotel, a training ground and a stadium. Several Warriors players posted their Venetian “holiday” snaps on Twitter and it looked like they had a great time. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Off you go: Watson gets his marching orders, triggering some bad reactions. (Photo: Getty Images)The SinnersWrong reactionThe Anthony Watson red card for a tip tackle on Alex Goode was a real 50-50 call for me. Watson was off balance when he clattered into Goode, so not entirely in control of his actions, but the collision did result in the Saracens man falling head and arm first to the ground. By the letter of the law, the red card was the right punishment. I don’t know whether to make Watson a Sinner or not, but I do know I would not like to be a referee in those situations.What I am sure of is that rugby fans should never, ever, do what one Bath supporter may have done at the Recreation Ground on Friday evening and that is enter the officials’ changing room after the game to remonstrate with Greg Garner about his night’s work. The RFU and Bath have both said they are investigating reports that this happened. If it is found to be true, the person concerned needs to be banned from attending rugby matches for a long, long time.Another reaction I did not like was that of Will Fraser when Garner got his red card out of his pocket. The Saracens openside applauded and, considering he was just a few feet from Watson, I thought it was a totally unnecessary piece of gloating and set a poor example to children watching the game on TV. The SaintsBrilliant BethamLeicester’s Peter Betham put in a magnificent individual performance in his side’s thrilling 35-30 win over Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday.With 11 minutes gone, the first piece of brilliance from the No 13 created a try for his centre partner, Manu Tuilagi. Ben Youngs sent a high, looping pass out to the right flank, where Betham leapt up to catch the ball then, knowing he would land in touch, immediately passed it back inside to Tuilagi, who just had to step over the line to score.In the second half Tuilagi returned the compliment when a superb back-of-the-hand offload out of a tackle created a try for Betham which brought Leicester back to 30-28 down, having trailed 27-13 at half-time.Betham landed two more telling blows, one in attack and one in defence. He sent out a superb long pass to Niki Goneva, creating the try which finally put Leicester back in the lead with seven minutes to go, then as Gloucester went in search of a match-winning try at the death, it was Betham who got his hands on the ball when Elliott Stooke hit the floor at close range, forcing the penalty which enabled the Tigers to hang on for a win.It wasn’t a perfect game from Betham as his risky offload went straight to James Hook and allowed the Gloucester fly-half to turn defence into attack and create a try for Steve McColl just before the half-hour mark, but he was still a worthy Man of the Match. All-round excellenceA Man-of-the-Match performance from Jared Payne in attack and defence helped Ulster to an 18-10 win over Connacht, who were top of the Guinness Pro12 before this match.Ulster had built up an 11-0 lead, which was narrowed slightly to 11-3 before half-time, and a try-saving tackle by Payne on John Cooney kept Connacht at arms’ length for longer. An expert offload to Craig Gilroy by the full-back after half-time took Ulster’s lead out to 18-3 and they were not going to give up that advantage.Winning smile: Jared Payne receives his Man of the Match award. (Photo: Inpho)There is also a tip of the hat this week to Johnny Sexton, who scored all of Leinster’s points in their 16-13 win over Munster, which enabled the Dubliners to overtake Connacht at the top of the Pro12 table. Sexton managed to hang onto the ball when he crashed into the posts as he dived over for his side’s only try, and he kicked three penalties and a conversion. Out of my way: Olly Woodburn heads for the try-line v Worcester. (Photo: Getty Images)Woodburn on fire Exeter Chiefs put 50 points on Worcester Warriors, thanks in no small part to hat-tricks from wing Olly Woodburn and No 8 Thomas Waldrom.The Tank’s tries were his trade-mark, close-range efforts, but Woodburn’s were that bit more spectacular. His first score was created by his wing partner, the excellent Jack Nowell, who made a break from his own 22 to past half way then put in a superb kick up field which Woodburn collected deftly. The second came when Woodburn scooped up a loose ball about 43 metres out and the third was scored after he took an inside pass from Dave Lewis and ran in from outside his own 22. Happy days for the Blues Cardiff Blues completed a Pro12 double over the Scarlets for the first time in six years, winning 28-22 at Parc y Scarlets and while Sam Warburton was named Man of the Match and tighthead Taufa’ao Filise had a monumental game, especially in defence, the champagne moment of the match was provided by Blues No 10 Gareth Anscombe. He took a pass from Tom James, sprinted into the Scarlets’ 22 and then, with Warburton running a support line, Anscombe sold the most outrageous of dummies to DTH van der Merwe and strode in unopposed for a try. But ref: Munster plead with Ian Davies as he awards the crucial last scrum. (Photo: Inpho)Munster mess upThat same game included a poor decision from Munster at the death. Trailing 16-13, they were on the attack at the Aviva Stadium when Davies awarded them a close-range penalty. The sensible option was to take the kick and claim the two points for the draw, which would have been useful for the men in red in a tight Guinness Pro12 table, as well as denying their rivals a win. However, Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne got a case of white line fever and tapped and went in search of the winning try. A couple of phases later Munster knocked on and Leinster had the win in the bag. OopsGoal-kickers often end up among the Sinners for missing the target at crucial times and both Leicester’s Owen Williams – for his three missed conversions – and Gloucester’s James Hook – for hitting the upright with a close-range drop-goal – were at fault this weekend. However, the prize for the most extraordinary miss goes to London Irish fly-half Greig Tonks who managed to hit the upright with his attempted conversion of Sean Maitland’s try, even though it was in the shadow of the posts.Tonks added a certain comedy value to the miss by catching the ball on the rebound! Goode man Saracens were no fools on 1 April as they beat Bath 30-10 at the Recreation Ground and are now guaranteed a place in the Aviva Premiership semi-finals.Alex Goode was the star of the show and picked up the Man of the Match award. His outstanding contributions included a superb flat pass which set up Saracens’ third try, scored by Mike Ellery and a longer pass to Will Fraser, who then fed Chris Ashton for the wing to claim his second try.Goode even found the time to calm Brad Barritt down when he was losing his cool over something at the death and he was the one Saracens player who recognised the wisdom of putting the ball dead when they were awarded a penalty after time was up, rather than trying to go for another, unnecessary try.
Portland, Ore.Aug. 24 – For nearly three months, thousands of people in this city have joined nightly protests, marches and demonstrations denouncing racist police brutality. While met with heavy police repression, the crowds have continued to gather undeterred, even in the face of federal officers sent by President Trump to “quell” protests in the city. Portland, the night of August 18. Credit: Matthieu Lewis-RollandWhile Trump claimed an early victory, the reality on the ground showed that the federal police presence only inflamed the situation and drove even more residents to come out into the streets. After repeated use of clouds of tear gas and other violent weapons failed to stop the protests, federal officers withdrew from attempts to repress the crowds. Oregon state police came in to replace federal officers, yet those are also being pushed out of the city.Now back in charge of “controlling” protest is the Portland Police Bureau – which drew widespread condemnation when it deployed tear gas in huge amounts in the early days of the demonstrations. Federal and state interventions having failed, the PPB is essentially back to square one. The locations of the protests have also shifted over time. Originally concentrated downtown across from a federal courthouse and the headquarters of PPB – which also houses the county jail – protests have since fanned out across the city into residential neighborhoods. The PPB East Precinct and the police “union” headquarters in North Portland have become epicenters of protests, with large crowds facing off against cops who are now using tear gas in residential neighborhoods.Residents have been rattled by the presence of police in their neighborhoods. The cops often do not wear identifying badges and can legally occupy private property, such as yards surrounding people’s homes, in order to mount surprise attacks on protesters. An Aug. 14 article in The Oregonian describes the experience of one resident, Karen Roberts, who had up to 30 unidentified officers occupy her yard. “Roberts said when they were asked to identify themselves, instead they threatened her neighbor, saying, ‘Turn your flashlight off or we will come back and arrest you — we know where you live.”’ (tinyurl.com/y45qu88v)Police collude with fascistsAs police repression continues and spreads beyond the downtown core, another familiar threat has emerged: alt-right, fascist street brawlers. A regular fixture in downtown Portland during the summer months over the past several years, these fascist goons – many of whom come from out of state – make it a point to hold violent rallies in what they view as a leftist-dominated city. On Aug. 22, fascist groups held a “No to Marxism in America Rally” in the same area of downtown where the largest Black Lives Matter rallies have occurred.The PPB has been shown to have a cozy relationship with fascists. Media reported last year on leaked text messages showing that Jeff Niiya, PPB’s commanding officer for the rapid response team that patrols protests, had a warm relationship with Joey Gibson, leader of the Vancouver, Wash., far-right group Patriot Prayer that regularly organizes protests in Portland. The Williamette Week revealed: “The texts also show that Niiya at times told Gibson where leftist protests were taking place, including unrelated protests as well as anti-fascist marches with people in black bloc intent on protesting Patriot Prayer. At least once, Niiya told Gibson that Portland police were not monitoring a protest hosted by the Queer Liberation Front.” (tinyurl.com/y462yhv4)The Aug. 22 fascist rally, occurring during a tense summer when BLM protests have grabbed headlines around the world, showed yet again that PPB has a clear bias towards fascist protesters and their sympathizers. PPB refused to declare a riot – though they often do so with BLM protesters — despite far-right protesters brandishing guns, spraying chemical irritants on anti-fascist counterprotesters and physically assaulting them. Witnesses reported that immediately after fascist protesters left, PPB declared the scene an unlawful assembly and began making arrests of counterprotesters.Over the past three months, protest in Portland has faced rapid changes. From the deployment of federal officers to the presence of fascist street brawlers, there is much concern in the city from those who oppose fascism and racist police brutality. Yet crowds have continued to come out night after night, responding to new situations and adjusting their tactics accordingly. Whatever comes next in the city, it’s a given that there will be people confronting injustice and repression in myriad ways. The struggle started in this long summer has only just begun.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Kramer claims 100th career win Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ Linkedin Kacey is a junior journalism major from Friendswood, Texas. She is a managing editor for TCU360. Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks + posts TCU vs Georgia: “Playing to win” ReddIt TCU falls to Georgia in AutoZone Liberty Bowl Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ Linkedin Twitter Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Facebook Facebook printFort Worth was back to action this weekend as TCU sports returned home.Here’s a recap of how the purple and white squads fared over the weekend:Men’s basketball: Frogs fall to No. 19 Iowa StateThree players scoring in double digits still wasn’t enough for the Horned Frogs to overcome Iowa State on Saturday afternoon.Chauncey Collins led the Frogs’ scoring efforts with a team-high 14 points. Collins has now scored double figures in eight of TCU’s last nine games. Sophomore Vladimir Brodziansky followed with 12 points, while junior Chris Washburn finished with 10 points and six rebounds.Head coach Trent Johnson said the Frogs are their own achilles’ heel right now in terms of crucial situations and crucial games.“We just have to keep playing and worry about the next play as opposed to the play that happened before,” Johnson said.The Frogs will take on the Texas Longhorn in Austin on Jan. 26. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.Women’s basketball: strong second half not enough against No. 25 West Virginia TCU fell to West Virginia 97-84 on Sunday afternoon in the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena.The Frogs’ leading scorer in the game was sophomore AJ Alix, who finished the day with 26 points, all coming in the second half. Senior Zahna Medley added 16 points, while senior Caitlin Diaz and junior Jada Butts each added 11 points.Head coach Raegan Pebley said the team began playing like it needed to in the second half.“We definitely showed a lot more toughness in the second half in how we competed,” Pebley said. “There was just better effort into executing that game plan.”The Frogs next travel to Ames, Iowa, where they will take on the Iowa State Cyclones. Tip-off will be on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.Men’s tennis: Frogs earn berth to indoor nationalsA 4-3 victory over Oklahoma State University on Sunday in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend earned the Frogs their second straight berth to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Virginia.With the match tied up 3-3, Jerry Lopez was able to will TCU to victory on court four.“It was unbelievable,” Lopez said. “Getting out of there with a victory was huge, and you feel such a relief after that.”Cameron Norrie, Alex Rybakov and Eduardo Nava all earned singles victories this weekend as well.The ITA Team Indoor National Championship will be held on Feb. 12-15 in Charlottesville, Virginia.Women’s tennis: Frogs come up short in ITA Kick-Off WeekendThe No. 22 TCU women’s tennis team fell to No. 18 Ohio State in the championship match at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Saturday.The Frogs played tight in doubles, but the Buckeyes took three singles matches in straight sets for the overall team victory.Head coach Lee Taylor Walker said it was natural for everyone to be disappointed after the loss, but Ohio State deserved the credit.“There is a lot that we can learn from this,” Walker said. ReddIt Previous articleMen’s tennis earns berth to indoor nationalsNext articleRho Gamma programming to become more selective Kacey Bowen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kacey Bowen Support for seniors on Senior Day Twitter
Activities in the fieldMedia independenceEvents Activities in the fieldMedia independenceEvents News May 18, 2021 Launched on May 18, the JTI online platform represents new dawn for media integrity, transparency and sustainability RSF_en Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) launches new web offer designed to identify and reward trustworthy news sources;Media outlets can use the online app to check, disclose and promote compliance of their editorial processes with best practices;The initiative represents a radical and innovative step forward in the battle against disinformation.International non-governmental organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) announces today the public launch of its Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI), a game-changing transparency tool designed to promote trustworthy journalism. At the core of the JTI is the self-assessment of media outlets to diagnose, optimize and promote the accuracy of their journalism, with the aim of building a healthier news ecosystem, identifying and rewarding reliable reporting and restoring audiences’ confidence in journalism at large.The JTI is built on a list of criteria that was developed by RSF in collaboration with over 130 organisations and individuals representing the media industry, academia, regulatory and self-regulatory bodies, tech companies and the media development sector. It was originally published by the European Committee for Standardization and is now available as an interactive web application online.The JTI offer consists of three stages; first the media outlet is invited to complete a self-assessment via the JTI online app, which involves an internal check of conformity with the JTI Standard. Next, the results of this self-assessment may be voluntarily disclosed to the public and published by the media outlet as a Transparency Report. The final stage of the process is an external audit involving an independent evaluation by a licensed Certification Body. The media outlet will be certified and awarded a JTI Mark following the successful completion of all three stages.“In the current information chaos, falsehoods, propaganda and hate speech have a competitive advantage over journalism”, said Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders. “This has negative consequences for both the public, as it limits its capacity to make fact-based decisions, and for the sustainability of journalism. If we want to get out of this downward spiral, we have to reverse the logic by incentivizing journalism through a trusted third-party mechanism. JTI is a game changing initiative as it turns compliance with professional norms into a tangible asset, and eventually a contribution to the sustainability of journalism.”The antidote to disinformationThe development of the JTI is a direct response to the viral spread of disinformation in recent years. According to the Edelman Trust Barometer 2020, as many as 74% of internet users say they are concerned about disinformation on social media, while 64% turn to the news media for reliable information. As a result, demonstrating the trustworthiness of their work cannot only remedy users’ concerns, but also drive reach and revenues of news media. The JTI now provides them with a one-of-its-kind online tool to achieve this and, in addition, to get independently audited based on their self-assessment to obtain a ‘JTI Mark’ – the symbol of conformity with the JTI Standard.“The trust problem facing journalism and media organisations is so big that any initiative that flags proper newsroom processes and helps to put a distance between professional newsrooms and purveyors of junk news is welcomed” adds Vincent Peyrègne, CEO of WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. “Whether news organisations elect a light option of self-assessment of editorial processes, using the JTI web app, or opt for full audited certification, the move to explicit standards will help identify newsrooms with trustworthy processes.”Empowering news organisations, reassuring audiencesFighting disinformation and detoxing the information space requires audiences, but also businesses, such as marketers and distributors, to be able to differentiate between high-quality, reputable sources and questionable information. The JTI delivers this distinction in a transparent, normative and machine-readable way, so that users can immediately tell whether an outlet is trustworthy. For media outlets, this represents an opportunity to demonstrate professional leadership and an opportunity to capitalise on it.Today’s launch of the JTI web application was preceded by a pilot phase in which a diverse range of nearly 50 media outlets have participated to thoroughly test the instrument, including CBC/Radio-Canada, France Télévisions, SWI swissinfo.ch (SRG-SSR), the Schibsted Group, Tiempo Argentino, DER SPIEGEL, Colorado Public Radio, Economedia in Bulgaria and The Wire in India.Noel Curran, Director General, EBU, said “Public trust in news is vital, yet the rise of harmful disinformation means it is in danger of being permanently undermined. The EBU has been a strong supporter of the JTI from the start, with several of our Members involved in the standard-setting process to promote accuracy and signal to audiences those news sources that they can rely on. That these standards are now being made available to media organizations worldwide will create a strong counter-balance in a world overwhelmed with fake news.”From now on, every Media Outlet can join by visiting the JTI online tool, which is initially available in English, French and Spanish, and create a profile for self-assessment.Interested professionals in the media industries can learn more about the three-stage process of the JTI by attending a webinar on 7 June 2021. It will offer an introduction to the tool and feature a peer-to-peer panel comprised of representatives from media outlets that were involved in the pilot phase, sharing their first-hand experiences of the initiative.Co-funded by the European Commission and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the Journalism Trust Initiative delivers a large-scale, inter-disciplinary move towards improving professionalism and transparency in our common information and communication space.For any media enquiries or registration for the webinar, please contact: Sabina Drastikova, [email protected] +41767304121 Help by sharing this information
New libel law designed to muzzle the media Reporters Without Borders expresses its grave concern over parliament’s approval yesterday of the first reading of a bill toughening Israel’s libel laws, despite strong objections from Israeli journalists. May 16, 2021 Find out more News IsraelMiddle East – North Africa News News Radio station closed illegally Two days ago, the Israeli communications ministry ordered the closure of the radio station All for Peace (Kol Hashalom), based in occupied East Jerusalem and broadcasting from Ramallah in the West Bank. It was accused of not having the necessary licences to broadcast and of “inciting hatred towards Israel”.The station’s co-director, Mossi Raz, rejected the Israeli authorities’ allegations that All for Peace was a pirate station and he described the closure order as illegal and anti-democratic. He noted the station’s headquarters were in occupied East Jerusalem, an area controlled by the Palestinian Authority to which it paid its licence fees, and thus it was not subject to Israeli law. For the past seven years, the station has been broadcasting programmes in Hebrew and Arabic encouraging peace initiatives and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.Reporters Without Borders demands the reopening of the station, whose closure is a violation of media freedom and an encroachment on the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority. November 22, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Draconian measures threaten democracy Whistle-blower Anat Kam faces jail before appeal hearing The online journalist Anat Kam, sentenced to four-and-a-half years behind bars and a further 18 months suspended, faces imprisonment from tomorrow after a judge turned down a request by her lawyer to await the outcome of her appeal.She was jailed last month for copying classified military documents while she was doing military service and for passing them to a journalist with the Tel Aviv-based daily Haaretz. Earlier this month her lawyer Ilan Bombach asked the court to await the appeal verdict before sending her to prison, as the law provides, arguing that his client was not “a public risk”. However, the judge refused to delay his verdict and Kam is expected to start serving her sentence tomorrow.Reporters Without Borders deplores the harsh treatment meted out by Israeli justice to Kam, whose trial is a worrying setback for the principle of confidentiality of sources and the freedom of the press to report on matters concerning the armed forces.Reporters Without Borders sent a letter on 3 November to Israel’s attorney general, Yehuda Weinstein, calling for the withdrawal of charges against Uri Blau, the Haaretz journalist to whom Kam supplied the classified documents. He could face a seven-year sentence for “holding classified information without authorisation and without intention to harm the security of the state” under the criminal code.“Investigative journalists are the guarantors of transparency, a basic principle of a properly functioning democracy. They perform a useful function. His conviction would be a serious attack on the free flow of information,” the press freedom organization said. June 3, 2021 Find out more The bill, which has still to be considered by the Knesset’s law committee before its second and third readings, provides for a steep rise in the amount of damages payable by those found guilty of publishing articles judged to be defamatory.“The severity of the financial penalties determined by this bill are clearly aimed not only at strangling Israel’s media financially but also at intimidating journalists who might dare to expose corruption and criticize the government,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We ask that the bill is abandoned since it constitutes a real threat to freedom of the press in Israel and could undermine democracy.The bill approved in the Knesset vote provides for libel damages of up to 300,000 shekels (60,000 euros), a sum six times higher than under existing legislation. In addition, plaintiffs in libel cases are under no obligation to provide proof of any harm suffered. RSF_en Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts to go further Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists Follow the news on Israel RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Organisation WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists May 28, 2021 Find out more IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Hundreds of journalists representing the whole of the media industry gathered in Tel Aviv two days ago to protest against this repressive bill, and draw attention to the threat it represents to freedom of expression. They also criticised the pressure being put on the privately-owned Channel 10 television station. News
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Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Athletes who have accused disgraced gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s with sexual abuse have filed two new lawsuits Thursday against the International Federation of Gymnastics, as well as USA Gymnastics, the United States Olympic Committee and Michigan State University.Scores of women and girls, including Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas have publicly said they were abused by the former USA Gymnastics team physician, who is already behind bars.Thursday’s legal move marks the first lawsuit against the International Federation of Gymnastics, the council that oversees competitive gymnastics on a global scale.Attorneys allege that USA Gymnastics and others should have acted on allegations of Nassar’s alleged abuse sooner, arguing that Nassar could have been stopped years earlier.“The first report was made in 1997,” Mo Aziz, one of the attorneys representing the alleged victims, said at a news conference Thursday.“These young women were born in 1996, they do not have to be sitting here today,” he added. “The hundreds of Mr. Nassar’s victims would not have to exist had USAG, had Michigan State University and the other defendants responded appropriately.”Emily Vincent, one of the alleged victims who filed the suit, said in a press conference on Thursday that she was a 15-year-old high school swimmer when she was sexually abused by Nassar.“How is change going to happen if people don’t rally for it?” Vincent said. “This should never happen to anyone in the future and I want to be a part of making that a reality.”Victoria Carlson, another alleged victim, said at the news conference that she did not even identify herself as a victim of the physician’s alleged sexual abuse until she read another women’s account of her own.“I never wanted to go public with this,” Carlson said Thursday. “I actually never even wanted to tell my parents.”This past February, Nassar, a former Olympic doctor, was sentenced to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison for abusing scores of girls and women in serial sexual assaults that went on for decades. The sentencing came on top of 60 years he received after pleading guilty last December to federal charges of possession of child pornography.“I just signed your death warrant,” Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar at his sentencing two months ago.USA Gymnastics told ABC News that it does not comment on pending legal matters.“USA Gymnastics is sorry that any gymnast was harmed by the despicable crimes Larry Nassar committed,” the group said in a statement. “The safety and well-being of our athletes are our highest priority and at the forefront of the decisions and actions that USA Gymnastics is taking to build a culture of empowerment that encourages our athletes to speak up, especially about difficult topics, and promotes a safe, positive training environment.”MSU did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Thursday, but in a statement issued in February following Nassar’s sentencing in January said that the sentencing “represents another important step toward justice. Over the past several days, many here at MSU, including President [Lou Anna] Simon and trustees, listened to the brave women who came forward to tell their stories at Nassar’s sentencing hearing.”The statement continued: “Nassar’s behavior was horrific and repugnant, and it is deeply disturbing to know that his crimes were often committed on campus. He will rightfully spend the rest of his life in prison.“We are committed to continue supporting those in our community affected by these terrible crimes. The Healing Assistance Fund was created to help survivors access any counseling and mental health services they may need. The thoughts and prayers of the entire MSU community are with these women.”Simon later resigned her post as MSU president.The U.S. Olympic Committee said in a statement: “The many brave survivors and their stories are bringing important changes to sports. The reprehensible behavior of Larry Nassar and other abusers has no place in our Olympic and Paralympic community. Organizations, institutions and individuals alike must reignite a culture for competitive excellence — one that is a safe, respectful and supportive environment. The USOC has made significant progress to strengthen protections for athletes, and we recognize that our work is never done.”The International Federation of Gymnastics did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Thursday. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Sandy, UT) — Real Salt Lake midfielder Damir Kreilach is the MLS Player of the Week after notching a hat trick in Saturday’s 6-2 win over the L.A. Galaxy.RSL is riding a three-game win streak and is off this weekend. They’re fourth place in the West with 44 points. Tags: Damir Kreilach/MLS/MLS Player of the Week/Real Salt Lake/Soccer September 7, 2018 /Sports News – Local RSL’s Kreilach Named MLS Player Of The Week Robert Lovell Written by
Written by November 9, 2018 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Football Ends Season By Visiting Adams State Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailALAMOSA, Colo.-Saturday, Dixie State football concludes its 2018 campaign by visiting Adams State to battle the Grizzlies in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.The 6-4 (6-3) Trailblazers are tied 4-4 all-time against the Grizzlies, but only 1-3 at Alamosa, Colo. where this game will be.The Grizzlies boast the best passing offense in NCAA Division II as they amass 337.7 yards per game in the air.Adams State is led by star signal-caller Nick Rooney, who has completed 237 of 378 passes (62.7 percent) for 2,755 yards, 30 TD’s/11 INT’s. Rooney is 11th nationally in passing yards and his 30 scoring tosses are third nationally.Rooney’s best receiver is Chad Hovasse who is first nationally with 19 scoring receptions while his 99 catches rank second in the RMAC. He is also second in the nation in receiving yards with 1,268 yards.The Grizzlies’ leading tailback is Tyree Harris, who ranks 18th nationally with 1,078 yards and he has also added 10 rushing scores on the season.Defensively, however, is where the Grizzlies have struggled. Adams State comes into this game with a record of 4-6 (4-5 in RMAC play) primarily because the Grizzlies give up 51.9 points per game and 508.5 yards per contest.With Trailblazers QB Michael Sanders coming into this game on a hot streak, having exceeded 500 passing yards in two of the past three games, the Dixie State offense should excel again.After passing for a career-best 553 yards and five touchdowns in a 52-45 upset of Colorado School of Mines November 3, Sanders was named as the RMAC and D2football.com National Offensive Player of the Week. This was Dixie State’s first victory over a Top 10 opponent in the program’s NCAA Division II history.Dixie State senior defensive lineman Remington Kelly, per a Wednesday announcement, was named to the RMAC Football All-Academic team for the second consecutive year, as he sports a 3.612 GPA.The Trailblazers’ defense also leads the RMAC with 36 sacks on the season.Trailblazers star tailback Sei-J Lauago is also only 52 yards away from surpassing DeJon Coleman as the leading rusher in school history. Lauago currently has 1,670 yards on the ground as he closes in on Coleman’s present record of 1,721 rushing yards. Tags: Adams State/Chad Hovasse/Colorado School of Mines/Dixie State Football/Grizzlies/Michael Sanders/NCAA Division II/Nick Rooney/Remington Kelly/Sei-J Lauago/Trailblazers/Tyree Harris
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