Japan completes virus testing for quarantined ship

first_imgTOKYO – Allpassengers and crew on board a ship quarantined off Japan have now been testedfor the new coronavirus, the government said Tuesday, as more countries movedto evacuate citizens from the boat. South Koreabecame the latest to announce it would remove its citizens from the DiamondPrincess, where more than 400 people have tested positive for COVID-19. Around 12 percent of the people on board the Diamond Princess have no tested positive for the new coronavirus. AFPcenter_img Japan has facedcriticism for its handling of the situation, with dozens of new infectionsdetected almost daily since the ship arrived in early February. (AFP)last_img

Sapar Karyagdyyev, Gamingtec: Esports a new king or fly-by-night

first_img Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 When COVID-19 decimated the sports calendar back in March, the knee-jerk reaction was that sports betting would never be the same. Alternative content, headlined by esports and virtual betting markets, would quickly emerge as a genuine rival to traditional sports betting.Yet, while the associated quarantine period has certainly accelerated the need for a more diversified content set, both short and long term, Gamingtec CEO Sapar Karyagdyyev (pictured) has the data to prove this betting behavioural shift is not as drastic or long-lasting as first thought.We have looked at three months of esports betting data, retrieved by operators using the Gamingtec platform between the suspension of major sports leagues to the return of games. This comparison was only made possible by a partnership we started in April, which saw us add the Betby sports betting solution – housing one of the broadest esports and cyber sport packages in the industry – to some of our B2B clients’ sites. Here’s what we learned from the performance of the football, basketball and traditional esports titles.FootballFootball titles have performed extraordinarily well, with FIFA the clear winner in terms of player interest. The turnover was around 40–45% for most of the period analysed, and around 50% of players have placed at least one bet on it. Yet, the average bet size is considerably lower than for real football matches – by around 20%. It appears, therefore, that customers are willing to play more often but are not willing to risk as much money. The position of FIFA has remained strong among players, even since May when the real leagues recommenced. This suggests that it can replicate this performance even now more and more of the biggest sports leagues are back.Meanwhile, there are two other categories of football which were in high demand across Gamingtec’s sportsbook clients during the three-month period – Electronic Leagues and Simulated Reality Football. They did not have the same impact as FIFA but still had a respectable 10–12% of players participating. Noticeably, the average bet size is lower for those compared to FIFA. Customers are willing to engage in them but there is considerable doubt as to whether this trend continues now that their favourite teams are playing again.BasketballAnother major category of esports or cyber sports is basketball. Basketball was (and still is) at a global standstill. Fortunately, the NBA’s own cyber basketball game, NBA 2K, came to prominence during the pandemic. It has seen teams of esports professionals against each other, whilst also featuring a range of NBA athletes competing on the virtual court, with all of it streamed.The turnover for NBA 2K in May matched, or arguably exceeded, what customers usually stake on real basketball, proving they feel just as confident with esports. In fact, across the month 50% of customers who placed a bet on real basketball also placed a bet on the esports version, which was a welcome addition to the figures.Traditional esportsWe can conclude that ‘traditional’ esports (such as Dota 2, League of Legends, Call of Duty, Counter-Strike) are not as popular amongst sports bettors as sport-based esports titles, since Counter Strike was the only one to see a big spike to the number of players. However, this Counter Strike spike did not lead to any significant gross gaming revenue (GGR) increase. There were 10 times the number of players in March and April compared to January and February, but the average bet stakes were reduced. Similarly to football esports converts, fans were willing to make the esports move but not willing to risk as much. We also noticed that customers tended to get ‘tired’ faster when betting on esports. Even though we have seen rapid growth, the decline has been drastic since real sports have resumed. So, what does the future hold?There is widespread opinion that the income per customer from esports will continue to grow as younger audiences will have more disposable income as they get older. However, this opinion tends to neglect the difference in products. The assumption is that the younger audience will prefer esports to traditional sports. Yet, real sports tend to be more involved and emotional. Customers, therefore, build strong emotional connections with teams, motivating them to take more risks.That being said, another assumption – that hardcore sports betting customers would not be interested in playing casino games – has been disproved in recent months. Operators that provided both products have recorded an increase in casino players and bets.Generally, I expect to see the casino trend grow, but will esports and cyber sports continue their march? There is no clear-cut answer. One thing is certain: their triumph was temporary and cannot completely replace sportsbooks. However, it might be nice to have the variety, mixed with other secondary products such as Skill Games, Lotteries and Bingo.last_img read more

AP Newsbreak: Source says Rice video sent to NFL

first_imgIn this February 2014 file photo from a still image taken from a hotel security video released by TMZ Sports, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punches his fiancee, Janay Palmer, in an elevator at the Revel casino in Atlantic City, N.J.  (AP Photo/File)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive five months ago, while Commissioner Roger Goodell has insisted the league didn’t see the violent images until this week.The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: “You’re right. It’s terrible.”Hours after the report Wednesday, Goodell announced former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III will conduct a probe into how the league pursued and handled evidence as it investigated claims against Rice.NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement that the investigation will be overseen by owners John Mara of the New York Giants and Art Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Goodell said that Mueller will have access to all NFL records and will have full cooperation from league personnel.The law enforcement official, speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, says he had no further communication with any NFL employee and can’t confirm anyone watched the video. The person said he was unauthorized to release the video but shared it unsolicited, because he wanted the NFL to have it before deciding on Rice’s punishment.The NFL has repeatedly said it asked for but could not obtain the video of the Baltimore Ravens running back hitting Janay Palmer – who is now his wife – at an Atlantic City casino in February.The league says it has no record of the video, and no one in the league office had seen it until it was released by TMZ Monday. When asked about the voicemail Wednesday, NFL officials repeated their assertion that no league official had seen the video before Monday.“We have no knowledge of this,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Wednesday. “We are not aware of anyone in our office who possessed or saw the video before it was made public on Monday. We will look into it.”Goodell, who was supposed to attend an award ceremony for Panthers owner Jerry Richardson in Charlotte Wednesday night, did not attend the event and instead changed his plans and headed back to New York.The law enforcement official said he sent a DVD copy of the security camera video to an NFL office and included his contact information. He asked the AP not to release the name of the NFL executive for fear that the information would identify the law enforcement official as the source.Goodell initially suspended Rice for two games following the February incident, but the Ravens released Rice on Monday and the NFL suspended him indefinitely after TMZ released the video.Goodell told CBS on Tuesday that “no one in the NFL, to my knowledge” had seen a new video of what happened on the elevator until it was posted online.“We assumed that there was a video. We asked for video. But we were never granted that opportunity,” Goodell said.In a memo to the NFL’s 32 teams on Wednesday, Goodell said that the league asked law enforcement for the video, but not the casino. “In the context of a criminal investigation, information obtained outside of law enforcement that has not been tested by prosecutors or by the court system is not necessarily a reliable basis for imposing league discipline,” he wrote.A video shown to the AP on Monday is slightly longer than the TMZ version, and includes some audio.Rice and Janay Palmer – now Janay Rice – can be heard shouting obscenities at each other, and she appears to spit at Rice right before he throws a brutal punch. After she collapses, he drags her out of the elevator and is met by some hotel staff. One of them can be heard saying, “She’s drunk, right?” And then, “No cops.”Rice had been charged with felony aggravated assault in the case, but in May he was accepted into a pretrial intervention program that allowed him to avoid jail time and could lead to the charge being purged from his record. A prominent New Jersey lawmaker has called for that decision to be reviewed.Hours after portions of the video were made public by TMZ, Goodell suspended Rice indefinitely and Baltimore terminated his contract. He had originally been suspended for two games, and team officials had praised him for his apologies and actions after his arrest for aggravated assault.Goodell and team officials said they were taking more severe action because of the violence in the video.Pressure mounted from outside the NFL even before the law enforcement official’s account was published. Twelve Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee sent Goodell a letter calling for greater transparency from the NFL, and Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada said Goodell had not acted swiftly enough to punish Rice.“By waiting to act until (the video) was made public you effectively condoned the action of the perpetrator himself,” Heller wrote in a letter to Goodell. “I cannot and will not tolerate that position by anybody, let alone the National Football League.”Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said after the law enforcement official’s account that the news suggested a “burgeoning, insurmountable credibility gap” in Goodell’s statements.“If these reports are true, Commissioner Goodell must go, for the good of the NFL and its fans,” Blumenthal said in a statement.last_img read more

The Key Elements to Learn from Fulham

first_imgAny football team seeks to improve general performance as they prepare for the next season. It requires a positive playing style, excellent football infrastructure, investment in young players to increase their fan base. The year looked promising for Fulham when it won 2018 championship playoffs. However, Fulham had seen things go wrong, especially when their relegation had been on the table. Below are key elements to learn from Fulham’s recent plays if one doesn’t want a replica of their situation in the next season:Rotating defence too muchTo some, it may hardly cross their mind that chemistry is something that any football team should have. However, we can learn this element from Fulham, on how vital it is. During their 33 games this Premier League season, Fulham had 20 different defense line-ups with their three managers as well as goalkeepers. The team regularly switched between back threes, back fours as well as back fives.It nearly took 12 games into the season for the Cottages to name the same backline in consecutive matches. It’s tough to call the same team in the whole season as a result of injuries or teammates needing rest. However, 20 different defensive line ups in 33 games are too much. Looking at this we can say that, a hard time for cohesion as it was also fighting relegation. If you don’t ensure your team has a good rapport, the result will be losing to the opponent team.Fulham’s defensive shortcomings have marred their season so far. [Picture: John Walton/PA Wire]Crazy transfers in the summer One element that football teams should learn from Fulham is avoiding too many transfers in the summer. The team had 12 new footballers some being permanent while others on loan. Seven permanent moves cost the Cottages over 100 million euros which ranged from 30 million euros for Jean Michael Seri and Maxine Le Marchand to 5 million for Fabri. This came back to bite them. They had the pressure from fans and the board to prove the money didn’t go to waste. Jovanovich tried to confirm but there was no cohesion on the pitch. It’s essential that a team has a frugal with their sign-ups during the transfer window to enable them to push for a spot in the Europa league.UnderperformanceRyan Sessegnon was an excellent pick for Fulham’s left position. However, he underperformed in the Premier League. He wasn’t outstanding in the championship. This happened as a result of lack of enough time on the pitch to improve himself. When Ranieri denied him a chance, it led to his underdevelopment at a critical time in his career. Ryan’s average minute went from 76.42 per game to 46.85 per game upon switching of managers. This was not looking pleasant for punters who used sites such as login sbobet to bet on Sessegnon to have an excellent performance. This was a regression that could come back to bite Fulham shortly. Other teams ought to learn from this crucial mistake element.Conclusion These fundamental elements cost Fulham several chances of surpassing their opponents in the premier league season. Punters who used sites such as login sbobet to bet on it weren’t lucky either. However, if other teams learn from Fulham’s mistake, they are sure to emerge victorious in the next season. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

Police Ontario government refuse to answer questions about fatality on reserve

first_imgMelissa RidgenAPTN InvestigatesIt’s been more than a year since a crash killed a Delaware Nation teen, paralyzed a young man and injured a young woman and APTN Investigates has discovered problems with the police investigation that determined no charges against the driver in the collision.Brayden Hopkins was 21 on Nov. 19, 2016 when at 1:40 a.m. he was driving through Moraviantown and hit the three pedestrians.Bailey Jacobs died two days shy of her 17th birthday. Tanner Whiteeye remains in a wheelchair. His mother’s home is retrofitted to accommodate his new life. Jordi Whiteye didn’t suffer serious physical harm but lives with the horror of what happened that night.They and their families are dissatisfied with what police concluded: that the crash was just an unfortunate and unavoidable occurrence on an unlit road late one night.“There’s just a lot I don’t understand,” says Tanner’s mother Yolanda Whiteeye. “We weren’t given any investigation. I continually, throughout this entire thing — while my kid was in a coma — constantly asking what happened. How does someone plow through three kids? I don’t understand that.”Bailey Jacobs died two days shy of her 17th birthday.Was the driver not paying attention? Did he stop at the four-way stop before turning and hitting them? Where was he coming from and going to at 1:40 a.m.? How did police rule out speed as a factor when they didn’t do a speed analysis?They say he was driving with his high beams on but how could you not see three people ahead of you if you’re driving slowly with your beams on? How is a 350-pound girl thrown to her death if you’re going slowly? Why was a man on the hood of the car for approximately 50 meters before it came to a stop?Why weren’t people at the scene interviewed until weeks later, and after they contacted police who hadn’t contacted them for statements? During the 10-month investigation why was the driver – a former police summer cadet — allowed to move to Sweden to play pro hockey?These are some of the questions APTN Investigates wanted answered.We requested the Chatham OPP investigation in its entirety through the Freedom of Information Act in October 2017. The Ontario government has 30 days to respond but to date – three months later – has not.APTN was forced to purchase a copy of the traffic reconstruction report for $1,130. But the OPP refused to answer questions about it or be interviewed about the crash or the investigation.Tanner Whiteeye remains in a wheelchair. His mother’s home is retrofitted to accommodate his new life. Jordi Whiteye didn’t suffer serious physical harm.To make sense of the report APTN retained the services of retired Winnipeg traffic investigator Damian Turner who reviewed it.“Very basic investigative techniques weren’t included in the report,” Turner said. “It’s just totally lacking in any detail. I would be incredulous that they would believe that was a proper and thorough investigation,”APTN spoke with several people who claim the driver was ignored by police at the scene and left to himself for up to an hour.Turner explains the problem with that:“The person who was driving the car and the condition they’re in at that time, if they have been drinking or have drugs in their body, their behavior, the smells, the way they look — that all forms evidence and that needs to be preserved and the only way to do that is to detain them while you conduct your investigation,” he said.In an audio recording obtained by APTN from a meeting with survivors and their families, an OPP officer says, “Five separate police officers dealt with Brayden that night and even after driving from Moraviantown (Delaware Nation) to the Chatham-Kent detachment with the heat on, not one of them observed any alcohol odor.”As such, the driver was not breathalyzed.So what caused the collision?“Based on the lack of information in the report we’ll never know,” Turner said. “To an ordinary person traveling down a dark road at relatively low speed you shouldn’t miss three people walking ahead of you on the roadway.”“The truth is not known,” said Greg Holden, owner of the online news service CK News Review in Chatham, who followed the investigation. “It’s been covered up either by bungling or deliberateness and it’s hard to know for sure, but I believe it’s bungling. That the police didn’t do their jobs very well.”Brayden Hopkins.APTN contacted Hopkins through social media and asked questions about the collision and if there’s anything he’d like to say to the families. The message was read but he didn’t respond.“No apologies from him, it’s like the kids wasn’t the victims, it’s like he was. Not our children,” said Alma Jacobs, Bailey’s grandmother.APTN asked the Crown Attorney’s office why they recommended no charges in the case – whether it was lack of evidence a crime was committed, or if the police investigation was insufficient to proceed. They said their reasons are “privileged and confidential.”The Office of the Independent Police Review Director deals with complaints about police in Ontario and has the authority to investigate investigations and discipline if it finds grounds to. But they won’t launch an investigation unless a formal complaint has been filed. So far the families and survivors haven’t done that.“The Crash” airs tonight (Jan. 19) on APTN Investigates, right after the APTN National News.last_img read more

Address worlds concerns on terrorism crossborder attacks India US tell Pak

first_imgWashington DC: India and the United States have asked Islamabad to “meaningfully address” the international community’s concerns on terrorism, including that emanating from across the border from Pakistan. The concern was raised in an statement by the Indian Embassy here after Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and his American counterpart Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale held Foreign Office Consultations here at the State Department, nearly a month after the Pulwama terror attack. “Both sides called on Pakistan to meaningfully address the concerns of the international community on terrorism, including cross-border terrorism,” the statement said. Tensions between India and Pakistan flared up after a suicide bomber of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. India has provided a dossier to Pakistan, detailing the role of JeM in the Pulwama terror attack. India has also said that Pakistan has failed to take any credible action against JeM and other terrorist organisations, which continue to operate with impunity from Pakistan. On Monday, Gokhale called on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and they agreed that Pakistan must take “concerted action” to dismantle terrorist infrastructure and deny safe haven to all terror groups on its soil. Gokhale and Hale also reaffirming their commitment to the Indo-US Strategic Partnership and they reviewed the progress made since the first Ministerial 2+2 meeting held last September and discussed ways to further expand cooperation. While cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region formed an important part of their deliberations, they also discussed counterterrorism cooperation and a range of global and regional issues of mutual interest, including the current situation in Afghanistan, North Korea, Iran and Venezuela, the State Department said in a readout of the meeting. “They affirmed the vitality of the US-India strategic partnership and the importance of joint leadership to strengthen the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region,” the State Department said, amidst China increasingly flexing its muscles in the region. The Indo-Pacific is a biogeographic region, comprising the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacific Ocean, including the South China Sea. Beijing asserts nearly all of the South China Sea as its territory, while Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts. During the meeting, Gokhale and Hale affirmed their support for increased cooperation to include advancing initiatives undertaken as part of the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue process. “Recognising that the US and India share complementary visions for the Indo-Pacific, they agreed to deepen cooperation toward their joint goals in the region, including in conjunction with other Indo-Pacific partners,” the State Department said. According to the Indian Embassy, Gokhale and Hale exchanged views on building convergence in the Indo-Pacific and agreed to work with each other and regional partners to promote inclusivity, stability, peace and prosperity in the region.last_img read more

The Imperial Delhi stresses importance of hand hygiene

first_imgThe Imperial New Delhi joined hands with Hotel Association of India (HAI) to observe the 6th HAI Hand Hygiene Day by creating awareness amongst both associates and guests about the importance of hand hygiene.This year, the overarching theme for World Hand Hygiene Day by W.H.O was “Clean care for all – it’s in your hands”, focusing on the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC) which includes access to quality essential health care services, and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all. Hand hygiene is critical to achieve UHC as it has a direct impact on the quality of care and patient safety across all levels of the health system. Also Read – The Puja carnivalIncorporating the same message, The Imperial conducted various activities to inculcate greater responsibility towards hand hygiene by engaging associates and creating substantial awareness about the issue. Speaking on the occasion, Vijay Wanchoo -Sr Executive VP and GM, The Imperial New Delhi said, “Hand hygiene is vital to a healthy lifestyle which is why we at The Imperial strive to maintain best practices and my aim is to promote initiatives like these so they reach the grass root level. When we are operating in the service industry it becomes our prerogative to prioritise health in every way which is why the message of clean hands as the foundation of a healthy system is reiterated every year in the hotel. Like last year, this year too, we had organised focused activities to emphasise on keeping hand hygiene at all times and shall continue to do so in near future to make our country aware, safe and healthy”. HAI intends to create awareness among the local communities, schools, orphanages, public institutions, guests, visitors and employees of hotels and the people who handle food by including them in a series of activities under the program. It aims to spread the importance of washing hands with soap and water or using a hand sanitiser as the simplest and most cost-effective way of promoting community health and well-being.last_img read more

Ray Small tells all ExBuckeye says he sold memorabilia some players dont

Ray Small saw it all – and did most of it, too – during his four years suiting up in scarlet and gray. Small told The Lantern on Wednesday he profited off of memorabilia while at Ohio State, adding that some student-athletes “don’t even think about (NCAA) rules.” “I had sold my things but it was just for the money,” Small said. “At that time in college, you’re kind of struggling.” Small, who played receiver at OSU from 2006-2010, capitalized on the Buckeyes’ success during his college career. “We had four Big Ten rings,” he said. “There was enough to go around.” Small said he sold the rings to cover typical costs of living. “We have apartments, car notes,” he said. “So you got things like that and you look around and you’re like, ‘Well I got (four) of them, I can sell one or two and get some money to pay this rent.” The wheeling and dealing didn’t stop with rings. The best deals came from car dealerships, Small said. “It was definitely the deals on the cars. I don’t see why it’s a big deal,” said Small, who identified Jack Maxton Chevrolet as the players’ main resource. The Columbus Dispatch reported on May 7 that OSU was investigating more than 50 transactions between OSU athletes and their families and Jack Maxton Chevrolet or Auto Direct. Representatives for Jack Maxton Chevrolet did not return repeated requests for comment. NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from benefiting from the sale of their merchandise. Small said he wasn’t the only one. Ray Small interview with The Lantern by The Lantern OSU “They have a lot (of dirt) on everybody,” Small said, “cause everybody was doing it.” Although he understands how athletes are easy targets for getting deals, Small said anyone can take advantage. “(People say) ‘Oh you got a deal, it’s because you’re an athlete,’” Small said. “Playing for Ohio State definitely helps. But I know a lot of people that do nothing and get deals on their cars.” The Lantern obtained a police report from shortly after 2 a.m. on Sept. 18, 2007, when Small was arrested for a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license. According to the report, Small was driving a 2007 Chrysler 300 that he told the officer he had just purchased. The vehicle had a dealer plate on it instead of a temporary tag. Police then received a call from Aaron Kniffin later that morning, wanting to know why the car had been impounded. Kniffin, a salesman at Jack Maxton Chevrolet, told the officer the dealership “gives a lot of coaches and faculty cars and that Mr. Small’s family is purchasing the car,” according to the report. Kniffin told the officer that paperwork for the car had not yet been worked out. On Dec. 23, the NCAA suspended quarterback Terrelle Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, offensive lineman Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas for five games for selling memorabilia and receiving discounted tattoos from Eddie Rife, owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor. Linebacker Jordan Whiting earned a one-game ban. OSU handed coach Jim Tressel a five-game suspension and $250,000 fine for failing to report the players’ actions. Malcolm Jenkins, who played cornerback for OSU from 2005-2008, said the tattoo violation was overblown. “The tattoo thing is whatever. It’s not that big of a deal, but it’s one of the dumb rules that the NCAA has,” Jenkins told The Lantern on Wednesday. “I don’t see what advantage getting free tattoos has to a university to be a violation, but it’s whatever. It’s in the rules, so it’s whatever.” Small said he isn’t surprised players couldn’t resist the temptation of discounted tattoos. “If you go in and try to get a tattoo, and somebody is like ‘Do you want 50 percent off this tattoo?’ You’re going to say, ‘Heck yeah,’” Small said. The NCAA’s notice of allegations sent to university President E. Gordon Gee on April 21 details the infractions that the six aforementioned athletes committed. It also lists a seventh violator, noted under letter “g” in its document. The NCAA accuses that player of having repeated interaction with Rife for a year-and-a-half. Small said he didn’t know much about Rife or Fine Line Ink. Among the items this mystery player sold to Rife was a 2010 Rose Bowl watch for $250. However, Small, defensive end Rob Rose and running back Bo DeLande were suspended for the 2010 Rose Bowl for a “violation of team rules.” According to athletic department spokesman Dan Wallenberg, that means Small didn’t receive a watch. “Postseason awards are limited to student-athletes who are eligible to participate in such contests under NCAA and Big Ten Conference regulations,” Wallenberg said Wednesday in an email to The Lantern. Rife declined The Lantern‘s request for an interview. Small spent much of his four years at OSU in Tressel’s doghouse. “When I was in college, in my opinion, I was the bad guy,” Small said. “I mean I knew that I was being the bad guy. I had took on that role.” Small said the allure of deals and discounts overshadows the rules education that the athletic department’s compliance office provides. “They explain the rules to you, but as a kid you’re not really listening to all of them rules,” Small said. “You go out and you just, people show you so much love, you don’t even think about the rules. You’re just like ‘Ah man, it’s cool.’ You take it, and next thing you know the NCAA is down your back.” Jenkins said the athletic department makes a concerted effort to prevent such scenarios, but not all players follow instruction. “What the players go out and do on their own time and make their own decisions is on them,” Jenkins said. “I know (the compliance department) puts things in place to give us knowledge of the rules, give us education on how to deal with those situations, but what the players do with that is another story.” The Lantern reached out to Doug Archie, head of the OSU compliance department, but instead received a comment from Wallenberg. “We educate as best we can and expect student-athletes and staff to follow our messaging and policies,” Wallenberg said in an email. Jenkins said some players fail to resist the temptation of discounts. “When I was in school, I never really encountered too many offers and stuff, and the ones I did, it wasn’t hard to say no,” Jenkins said. “But some guys who have less self-control feel like they can get away with it.” Although six players have been penalized, Small said players mostly kept their wrongdoing under wraps. “(It) was kind of hush-hush. I mean, you tell … probably your close friend, or a close friend to your close friend,” Small said. “As far as everybody just talking about it in the locker room, that wasn’t really a big thing. So if somebody is giving them a deal, it was probably a situation where they kept it to themselves.” Small did not provide details on who bought his memorabilia. In a September interview with The Lantern, athletic director Gene Smith said outside influences are to blame for players’ misjudgments of NCAA rules. “At the end of the day, everyone’s trying to do what’s right. There’s some things you can’t control,” Smith said. “Do we have some bad people in the business? No doubt. But 99 percent of our people are trying to do it the right way, and outside influences take them to where they are. “It worries me constantly that our education sessions might not work, might not make it to a particular family member.” But when speaking to the media at the announcement of the players’ suspensions on Dec. 23, Smith said the compliance department could have done more. “We were not explicit with these young men that you cannot resell items that we give you,” Smith said. “They stated in their interviews with us and with the NCAA that they felt those items were theirs, that they owned them, that they could sell them to help their families. … We were not explicit, and that’s our responsibility to be explicit.” Smith said the compliance department reaches out to those who might interact with athletes to make sure everyone is on the same page. “We focus more on education, education, education. Our education is marvelous,” Smith told The Lantern in September. “We go out and meet with the car dealers, we’ll go into the bars and restaurants with cover charges and nightclubs and educate those people so they don’t give our athletes freebies.” Former OSU basketball player Mark Titus wrote Tuesday on his blog, Club Trillion, that the perks within the football program are far from a secret. “Any OSU student in the past five years could tell you that a lot of the football players drive nice cars,” Titus wrote. “You’d have to be blind to not notice it.” Titus declined further comment when The Lantern contacted him, but said he has received “all sorts of hate mail. … If people are this upset with me for pointing out the obvious, I can’t imagine how mad they must be at all the guys who actually broke the rules and got OSU into this mess in the first place.” In his four years in scarlet and gray, Small – who is back at OSU pursuing a degree in sociology – totaled 61 receptions for 659 yards and three touchdowns. He returned a fourth-quarter punt 69 yards for a touchdown to seal a 26-14 victory against Ohio University on Sept. 6, 2008. Small spent time on the practice squads of the Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins. OSU has until July 5 to respond to the NCAA’s notice of allegations. The university will present its case to the NCAA Committee on Infractions on Aug. 12. Small said players get deals just based on affiliation with the university. “Everywhere you go, while you’re in the process of playing at Ohio State,” Small said, “you’re going to get a deal every which way.” read more

We want to do better than last season Southampton boss

first_imgThe team aims for the first win of their season after tying 0-0 against Burnley last Sunday, but their rival is powerful EvertonLast season Southampton Football Club finished eight in the Premier League table.That’s not so bad, but the team missed the opportunity to qualify for the Europa League third qualifying round, by at least 15 points.Now after starting the 2018-2019 season with a 0-0 tie against Burnley FC, the club is aiming for a better objective.“We want to do much better than last year. That was a setback, but more like a lump in the road on the path the club is on,” coach Mark Hughes said on Thursday on the team’s official website.“We want to be back in the top half competing for European places.”But Southampton will have a very difficult rival on Saturday when they visit Everton.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“They’ve made a big investment in the team and in the manager. It could be that now is the best time to play them,” he commented.“I’m pleased to say I’ve had some input into every player brought into this club. Players moving between different clubs, leagues, and countries can react in different ways to the same thing – there’s a period of transition.”“We played well last year under really difficult circumstances. We were unfortunate to concede so late – it could’ve been a fatal blow, but we proved our character,” he explained.“We’ve discussed that, and informed everybody that unless we feel we want to do business, the door is closed. We could potentially explore loan opportunities for people to get game time.”Watch LIVE as #SaintsFC boss Mark Hughes addresses the media ahead of the #PL trip to #EFC: https://t.co/uXMIvFn4OJ— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 16, 2018last_img read more