Horwill ‘vindicated’ by appeal verdict

first_img “I was confident because I know what happened and I’m glad the right result was made in the end. I love what I do and it means a hell of a lot to me to lead my country in what is probably the biggest game since the World Cup final in 2003. “I’m very excited by the opportunity and now we can focus on the game, which is what’s important. I feel very vindicated by the ruling. Other than not getting much sleep, it hasn’t caused any disruption. I’ve just gone on with it, that’s the reality of what we do.” Horwill stood on Jones’ head in the third minute of Australia’s 23-21 defeat in the first Test at Suncorp Stadium and the Lions forward subsequently required stitches in a wound above his eye. A disciplinary hearing held 24 hours later determined that on the balance of probabilities there was no act of foul play. The judgement was widely condemned and the IRB reacted by announcing on Thursday that following an extensive review of the case it would appeal. After two and a half hours of discussions conducted by video conference, Mew retired to consider the case and decided that only a major error during the original hearing would warrant the ‘not guilty’ verdict being overturned. “For the appeal to succeed the IRB would have to establish that there was some misapprehension of law or principle by the judicial officer or that his decision was so clearly wrong or manifestly unreasonable that no judicial officer could have reached the conclusion that he did,” Mew said. “There was sufficient evidence upon which a reasonable judicial officer could have reached the decision that was made. Accordingly it could not be said that the judicial offer was manifestly wrong or that the interests of justice otherwise required his decision be overturned.” Horwill will lead the Wallabies out in the concluding match of the series after the International Rugby Board’s appeal against his alleged stamp on Alun-Wyn Jones was dismissed. The judgement of the original hearing nine days ago, during which it was determined that on the balance of probabilities there was no act of foul play, was upheld by independent appeal officer Graeme Mew. A beaming Horwill, who revealed that he had been unable to sleep overnight while waiting for Mew’s verdict which he received during a weights session, welcomed what he viewed as the correct outcome. “I’m very relieved. The two hearings have been very fair. I found out about 10am (1am BST),” the 28-year-old lock said. Australia captain James Horwill has responded to an appeal hearing’s decision to clear him to play in Saturday’s deciding Test against the British and Irish Lions by declaring he had been “vindicated”.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Prithvi Shaw impresses cricket fans with dream debut

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Rajkot: Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian and fourth overall to score a Test century on debut as India cruised to 232 for three against West Indies at tea on day one of the series opener at Rajkot. At 18 years and 329 days, Shaw (134 off 154) reached the milestone off just 99 balls, adding to a host of records he holds in his blossoming career. He had earlier made waves by reaching three figures in his first Ranji Trophy appearance and was the youngest to hit a century on Duleep Trophy debut.He did not any show nerves of a debutant and made short work of the listless West Indies attack alongside Cheteshwar Pujara (86) as the two shared a 206-run stand after the early fall of K L Rahul (0).ALSO READ: India vs West Indies 1st Test. Day 1 LIVEIndia, who had scored more than five runs an over in the morning, made 99 runs at 3.81 in the afternoon session with the loss of Pujara and Shaw.Shaw, who was 75 not out at lunch, reached the three figures with a typical punch to the cover, the same way he got his first runs in international cricket.In the process, Shaw also became the second youngest Indian to score a maiden Test ton after the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.More than half of his runs came through boundaries, 19 in total. Unfortunately, Shaw fell at the stroke of tea, in what was a soft dismissal as he chipped one straight into the hands of leggie Devendra Bishoo.Skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were in the middle when tea was taken.Shaw was not facing one of the best attacks but he gave ample evidence of his brilliance on way to a memorable hundred. Pujara too looked at ease at the other end until he was caught behind off debutant Sherman Lewis, missing out on a 16th Test ton.In the morning, Shaw, who became the 293rd cricketer to represent India in Tests, showed supreme confidence from ball one, on which he offered a watchful leave.The Mumbaikar punched the second ball he faced towards the cover boundary for a three, his first runs in international cricket, easing whatever nerves left inside.Pacer Shanon Gabriel was clocking in the higher 140kph but that did not faze Shaw. Gabriel trapped his opening partner K L Rahul in front with a sharp incoming delivery to give the West Indies an early breakthrough. Rahul was better off not taking the DRS as the ball was clearly crashing into the stumps.Shaw, however, continued batting with confidence and his first boundary came in the second over bowled by Keemo Paul, another back foot punch towards the point boundary.He got more aggressive in Paul’s following over, hitting him for three fours as the pacer was duly punished for bowling far too many looseners.The wicket wore a greenish look but the ball was not doing much after Gabriel’s initial burst.After Rahul’s dismissal, Shaw and Pujara gave the innings a move on and did not look in any sort of trouble.Apart from Gabriel, the West Indies attack lacked teeth and Shaw capitalised on that.While he punched and drove effortlessly off pacers, he was equally comfortable against the spin duo of Bishoo and Roston Chase.The teenage prodigy collected two fours off Bishoo in the 11th over and did the same to Chase in the 20th over. He also produced a delightful straight drive on way to reaching his half-century which came off 56 balls. A little later, Pujara too got to his half century, off 67 balls, with a straight drive off debutant Lewis.The West Indians looked listless on the field as boundaries came at will for India. The visitors were dealt a severe blow even before the start of the game with their captain Jason Holder pulling out with an ankle injury. Kraigg Brathwaite is captaining the side in Holder’s absence.Their lead pacer, Kemar Roach, is also not playing the series opener due to a bereavement in the family. last_img read more

Harriers still in promotion hunt

first_imgTeam manager Paul Oppe insists Thames Valley Harriers can still win promotion despite Saturday’s fifth-placed finish at Abingdon.With one match to go, Harriers are third in the table and still in with a chance of securing the second promotion spot that would take them into Division One.Herne Hill look certain to win the league, while second-placed Basingstoke are only one point ahead of Harriers, who are level on points with Exeter.AdChoices广告It means that beating both Basingstoke and Exeter in the final match in Derby on 27 August would take Harriers up.“It’s crystal clear what we have to do in Derby; we need to beat Basingstoke and Exeter and we’ve managed that already this year,” said Oppe.“It will be an all-out effort from everyone and I am confident in the abilities of our team to do the business on the day.”An injury-hit Harriers team still produced some excellent individual performances at the weekend.They included a new league record for reigning British Universities 100 metres champion Nigel Thomas, who ran 10.47 seconds to shave one hundredth of a second from club-mate Toby Sandeman’s previous league record.Lee Mahon and Lloyd King both put in solid performances in the 400 metres, running 50.29 and 50.36 for seventh and fifth place respectively.The 400 metres hurdles saw the welcome return to the team of Eddie Betts, who now lives in Spain but agreed to compete on Saturday and will also feature in the all-important decider in Derby.last_img read more

Linebacker cited for drunken driving on moped

first_imgUniversity of Wisconsin senior linebacker Jonathan Casillaswas cited for drunken driving last month while riding a moped.A UW police officer stopped Casillas Aug. 24 just aftermidnight, and a breathalyzer test showed his blood alcohol concentration to be0.15 — nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08.The 21-year-old Casillas received three citations —first-offense drunken driving, driving with a prohibited alcohol concentrationand driving with two persons on a moped.The New Brunswick, N.J., native sat out the Badgers’ firsttwo games with a knee injury, but made his season debut Saturday night inWisconsin’s 13-10 win at Fresno State. Casillas finished the game with seventackles, including dragging Bulldogs running back Ryan Mathews down from behindin the third quarter. That play forced Fresno State to settle for a field goal,which arguably saved the game for the Badgers.“Jonathan Casillas, in my mind, might have won the game whenhe ran [Mathews] down and tackled him and turned it into a field goal,” headcoach Bret Bielema said Saturday in Fresno. “If he doesn’t do that, they scorea touchdown and we don’t know if we win this game”Bielema said Tuesday night he’d already disciplined Casillasand that he faces no more punishment — including future game suspensions — inthe matter.The coach would not specify the extent of the disciplinaryactions previously taken.The Badgers have an off-week this weekend before heading toAnn Arbor Sept. 27 to take on the University of Michigan Wolverines.Casillas is scheduled to appear in court regarding thecitations on Friday. He declined to comment on the matter Tuesday night afterpractice.— The Associated Press contributed to the report.last_img read more

Badgers face off vs. OSU at home

first_imgCapping a week in which coach Mark Johnson was appointed to lead the 2010 USA Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team will host Ohio State this weekend in a WCHA matchup.Although Johnson’s selection generated more media attention around the program than usual, junior forward Meghan Duggan said the team is focused on the task at hand.“I think the beginning of this week there was a bunch of stuff going on,” Duggan said. “But I think that we’re not going to let it be a distraction, and we can just be excited for him and then just look forward to the series this weekend.”In October, the Badgers swept the Buckeyes in Columbus, improving their all-time record against OSU to 35-3-6. At the time, the Buckeyes were ranked No. 9 in the country, but they have since struggled, entering this weekend with a 6-17-3 record, including a 4-14-2 mark in WCHA play — second worst in the league.Meanwhile, the Badgers, who sport a five-game winning streak following their only loss of the season, returned this week to familiar posts atop the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls, as well as the WCHA standings. Ironically, Minnesota-Duluth, the only team to blemish the Badgers record, catapulted Wisconsin back to the top with a win and a tie at Minnesota.Despite the advantage on paper the Badgers have against the Buckeyes and a looming matchup with the archrival Gophers, Duggan insisted the Badgers were not taking this weekend’s games lightly.“I think that everyone on our team is pretty focused on this weekend in knowing that we can’t have any bumps in the road for the rest of the season,” Duggan said. “Yeah, that Gophers series is going to mean a lot — but it’s not going to mean anything if we can’t get past these Ohio State games here.”Last weekend, the Badgers took two from St. Cloud State behind an extraordinary defensive debut by senior Angie Keseley. Moving from her normal forward role back to the blue line, Keseley racked up five assists, a performance that garnered her WCHA Defensive Player of the Week. Keseley is the second Badger in a row to take the honor, succeeding sophomore defenseman Olivia Jakiel.Keseley, who said she has played defense occasionally in the past, credited her teammates with making the transition seamless.“I got a lot of support from both the forwards and defense,” Keseley said. “[Anne] Dronen was a great partner to have. She just helped give me confidence. I mean obviously the transition’s tough, but just with the support of everyone it made it that much easier.”Duggan praised the versatility Keseley exhibited.“She was a standout last weekend, definitely,” Duggan said. “I think it’s awesome. It shows just how dynamic of a player she is that within a week she can jump back and be one of the best defensemen in the conference.”Keseley’s five assists raised her season point total to 31, placing her fifth on the team and tied for 31st in the country in points per game. One teammate ahead of her on that list, sophomore forward Hillary Knight, could make Badger history this weekend. Knight, who leads the nation with 28 goals, is currently third all-time for goals in a season, one behind former forward Jinelle Zaugg’s total from 2006-07. Knight is also tied for third all-time for power play goals in a season with 10.Johnson could reach a landmark of his own against the Buckeyes as he is just two wins shy of 200 in his seventh year as Badger coach. Since the 2005-06 season, the Badgers have amassed 123 wins, more than any team in the nation in that time.After this season’s conclusion, however, Johnson will begin a one year hiatus from the team to concentrate his efforts on the Olympics. In addition to the 2010 games, Johnson will coach Team USA at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships in April, the 10-game Qwest Tour, the National Women’s Invitational Tournament from Aug. 31 to Sept. 6, and the Four Nations’ Cup in November. Assistant coaches Dan Koch and Tracey Cornell will co-coach in his absence.Although Johnson is new to the National Team gig, he may have some familiar faces on his bench. Duggan, Knight, senior center Erika Lawler and senior goaltender Jessie Vetter have all played for Team USA before, including during last year’s IIHF World Championship run.The possibility that they could play in an Olympics for their college coach was one that Duggan said she would cherish.“[I’d be] speechless I guess,” Duggan said. “To play for him, on that kind of team, in that kind of atmosphere, as a player and as myself, it’s everything that I’ve been working for the journey of my entire life. It’d be unbelievable.”last_img read more

Parties pushed to 901 bar, West 27th

first_imgWith 28th Street silent Monday because of the ongoing social ban put in place by the university, “Black Monday”, the Monday after the end of rush, lived on in facilities just slightly off The Row.People at the 901 Bar & Grill on Figueroa and West 29th streets and the new West 27th Place housing complex on Figueroa and West 27th streets noticed an increase in partying at their respective facilities Monday night.“Sales were twice as much as last year on the Monday after rush,” said Danny Costanzo, manager of the 901 Bar & Grill.Costanzo said the social ban has likely had an effect on those numbers, but he is unsure if the social ban will fare well for his business in the long run.“I think we still have to let it play out and see,” Costanzo said. “But I’d say for the short term [business] is good.”West 27th Place has also noticed a lot of activity in the building after 10 p.m, the building’s official quiet hours.“Last night there was more partying and it was louder than even the weekend,” said Tabitha Stephens, property manager of West 27th Place. “We have upped our courtesy patrol and we have met with the campus police and LAPD.”Stephens said she has already sent out letters to the residents reminding them the building is a community and not a dorm or a fraternity house. Other than a mechanical elevator incident last week, no enforcement personnel have had to intervene so far.Sarah Joseph, a junior majoring in neuroscience and resident of West 27th Place, said the building has been housing parties that would have normally taken place on The Row.“This place probably has more parties because it is further from campus and it is a new facility, but at the same time it is close to The Row,” Joseph said. “I hope the parties stop after they let up on the restrictions.  There was a lot of crazy stuff last night.”The Dept. of Public Safety has also noticed a student migration to alternative partying facilities and are aware of what that means in terms of safety and enforcement.“With current restrictions on social events on 28th Street, it is clear that West 27th Place has become one of the most popular locations,” DPS Capt. David Carlisle said. “We are concerned about safety issues as it becomes more popular. DPS has reached out to management of West 27th Place because we would like to work with them to make it safer.”last_img read more

Students see issues with financial aid

first_imgUSC is well known for its steep price tag, but a great number of the students who attend the university don’t end up paying the full $64,034 bill.Though some students receive aid through merit-based scholarships, others benefit from receiving aid in the form of university grants, federal and state grants and loans.Trends among students have shown, however, that financial aid is not consistent for all four years.Cynthia Wang, a sophomore majoring in biochemical engineering, is paying more for her sophomore year than she did for her freshman year.“Even though my subsidized [loan] amount increased, the tuition and fees I need to pay also increased,” Wang said. “So I actually ended up paying more than I did last year.”Each year, new and continuing students are expected to complete the College Scholarship Service Profile and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to determine their eligibility for aid in the form of university grants, the federal Pell Grant, student loans and work study.Thomas McWhorter, dean of financial aid at USC, said the forms provide the university with a year-to-year snapshot of a family’s financial situation.“The students apply every year and we review their circumstances,” McWhorter said. “The way we assess a financial aid package, the first thing we look at is the amount of need.”Using the data provided from the FAFSA and CSS Profile, the university is able to calculate the estimated family contribution. It then subtracts the EFC from the cost of attendance in order to determine the family’s demonstrated need. Additional forms, like those explaining special circumstances, such as job loss or wage reduction, can also be submitted.Despite the thorough system, there remains concern over how reflective the financial aid packages are of family situations from year to year, especially in light of changing circumstances. McWhorter said that family contribution is the amount that the student and the family must contribute.While there might be no change in EFC, the amount the student is expected to contribute typically increases each year. The subsidized Stafford loans a student is eligible for, however, typically increase as well, starting with $3,500 as freshman and increasing to $4,500 as a sophomore and $5,500 for juniors and seniors.“Cost of attendance may increase,” McWhorter said. “But the loan amount will increase too.”Though the loan amount might increase, Wang said she believes that an increase in tuition should be reflected in the amount of aid students receive.“I just wish that the amount of aid I get would be proportional to the tuition increase, so I’m paying the same each year instead of paying more and more each year,” Wang said.The risk of being unable to pay as a result of reduced aid is a serious threat for many students currently benefiting from financial aid.For students like Autumn Battani, a freshman majoring in psychology, financial aid was the reason they chose to come to USC.“If I didn’t get the financial aid package I got, I wouldn’t have been able to afford it,” Battani said.The same is true for Desmond Dizon, a freshman majoring in biomedical engineering, who said a generous financial aid was a deciding factor in choosing USC, even though it was also his top choice.In Dizon’s case, a decrease in financial aid would be a particular hardship since he is paying for college on his own.“It’s important that I receive as much as possible because I’m paying for college with my own money,” Dizon said. “If my aid decreased, I would have to think about more loans and I’d have to work more hours over the summer to afford it.”According to the department of financial aid, the most common reason for aid deductions is a change in family circumstances, such as an increase in salary. Additionally, there might be some reduction in the amount of grant money received in the necessary financial aid forms are submitted past the deadline.Despite the anticipated increase in EFC, students should expect to pay from year to year, the Department of Financial Aid points out it works with students to make adjustments.“We have the Stafford loans and private financing, though we don’t generate a lot of private loans for out students since we have pretty good financial aid packages,” McWhorter said. “We sit down with our families to see what options they have.”Though the university aims to meet 100 percent of undergraduate students’ financial need, only 2.2 percent of undergraduate scholarship aid comes through endowment. The majority of the funds comes from the university’s unrestricted operating funds as well as other external sources such as student loans. In order to keep up with the increasing financial need among students, President C. L. Max Nikias has set a $1 billion goal for the financial aid department’s funding campaign.“The university has a very strong commitment to the financial aid program,” McWhorter said. “We have an increase in the amount of funding, which is important since the state resources are decking and we are not sure what is going to happen with the federal Pell Grant.”One of the present issues the $1 billion initiative hopes to address is the issue of students graduating with too many loans, a burden that could hinder their post-graduate plans. For Battani, though only a freshman, financial strains in her post-graduate future are already looming.“I can’t do something that’s not financially possible for my family,” Battani said. “I would like to do all four years of my undergrad here, but not at the expense of being in debt for the rest of my adult life.”Dizon, however, is optimistic. He said he is confident that he’ll be able to afford the cost of tuition without accumulating too much debt.“I’m really appreciative of the aid I receive,” Dizon said. “I’m fully confident that I’ll be able to pay off the debt I will have acquired throughout the years because of USC’s great academic programs. It motivates me to work hard in order to afford it.”last_img read more

Tennessee Tech up next for UW

first_imgThe only freshman starter on the UW roster, Sojourn Shelton make a quick impact with his first career interception.[/media-credit]The introduction of countless new coaches and unveiling of fresh schema couldn’t have operated in a much more perfect fashion as Wisconsin toppled UMass last week in thumping fashion, 45-0. But that was UMass, a program very much struggling in its new position among the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.Now Wisconsin will welcome a similar program in Tennessee Tech, a lower level school owning FCS criterion, but a team that scored 63 points just five days ago. The most obvious test appears to be on the defensive side of the ball, where the Badgers pitched their first shutout since September 2011.The 63-point attack that Tennessee Tech posted on their opponent, fellow FCS school Cumberland, came at the hands of what head coach Gary Andersen calls a “true spread offense,” flanking players and plays to every possible corner of the field and creating as much space on the field as possible.“They spread the field so they isolate people, they read people,” defensive coordinator Dave Aranda said following Wednesday’s practice. “They’ll read the defensive end where they give it or they pitch it. They’ll read an inside linebacker, to give the draw or to throw the pop pass behind him…They spread it out and use the whole field that way.“It’s an efficient offense when you combine that read component with going fast.”A lot of that Tennessee Tech effectiveness and speed boils down to Golden Eagle quarterback Darian Stone, a dual-threat passer who racked up four touchdowns between the air and on the ground last week.Like many quarterbacks in the spread, the junior is the focal point of the Tennessee Tech offense, making the decisions on those reads laid out by Aranda. Stone had little difficulty making the correct reads against Cumberland, going 8-for-11 through the air and leading the Golden Eagles to a 35-point halftime lead. Surely he will find a more formidable defense at Camp Randall Saturday. That defense spent most of the week focusing on No. 5.“He’s definitely a player that we have to watch,” redshirt sophomore safety Michael Caputo said. “He’s one of the threats they have that we definitely have to adjust our defense a little bit to.”As Tennessee Tech spread the ball around the field to eight other ball carriers and six different receivers, the 6-foot, 180-pound quarterback is definitely the focal point of the Golden Eagle offense. He’s not just a concern known to the secondary.“He can move really well,” senior Beau Allen said of Stone, known as No. 5 to the Wisconsin defense and replicated on the scout team by athletic freshman quarterback Connor Senger. “You’ve got to focus on him. He had some good runs and some good passes last week, so we have to.”That makes Allen’s job as nose tackle more difficult, with the football many times moving away from him laterally. However, it heightens the importance of the four linebackers in Aranda’s 3-4 scheme. There will be some expected shifting internally among the linebackers Saturday with junior Derek Landisch out with a right ankle injury, expected to be out two weeks or possibly more, according to Aranda.The Landisch injury opens a space for redshirt senior linebacker Conor O’Neill, Landisch’s main competition for the starting position throughout fall camp. Behind O’Neill, Aranda named walk-on freshman Jack Cichy as the next guy to get reps this week to fill the void.The Wisconsin linebacking corps was instrumental in the shutout of UMass as Chris Borland, Brendan Kelly and Ethan Armstrong were the top three Badger tacklers. The next three came from the UW secondary, also instrumental against the spread attack.It was a secondary that entered the first game lacking in experience, making some of the most important plays of their career in maintaining the Wisconsin shutout. Safety Caputo and cornerbacks Peniel Jean and Sojourn Shelton – a trio that entered the game with a combined two starts – left Saturday’s game with four tackles apiece.Likely the most impressive play came from the true freshman Shelton, who made a break near the sideline, leaping to his first career interception in his first career start and in his first collegiate game.“He played very much contained,” Aranda said. “That’s always the concern when you have a freshman as they try to step outside of themselves… Sojourn didn’t do that, and that’s a credit to him.”Much like the Wisconsin offense that put 45 points on the scoreboard, if the defense can play at a similar level against Tennessee Tech, the Badgers might find a similarly pleasing outcome Saturday afternoon. That doesn’t mean there isn’t work to be done and improvements to make, even if the attractive matchup against Arizona State looms another week away. The biggest concern in prepping for Tennessee Tech this week was the special teams.It’s what Allen said was the prime target point throughout the week and what Gary Andersen took away as the low point of the UMass game.“If we can’t take care of the special teams and get it to where it needs to be, it will end up costing us games,” Andersen said during Monday’s press conference. “These kids can run on special teams and on offense and defense. We’d better watch that very closely and prepare the right way.”last_img read more

Ryan warns players to not take place for granted

first_imgThat’s according to Tipp boss Michael Ryan, who believes that the level of competition within the panel means that nobody can take their place for granted.The Premier County face Cork in a crucial Allianz National League match on Sunday – if they get a better result than Galway manage against Waterford then Tipperary will get through to the quarter-finals of the competition.Tipp FM’s live coverage of the match against Cork starts shortly before 2 o’clock on Sunday and will be brought to you in association with Alliance Medical, South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel.last_img read more