Inquest hears deceased student was harassed by tutor

first_imgA BPhil student who committed suicide after breaking up with her boyfriend last year had been subjected to harassment by a Philosophy tutor at Pembroke, an inquest has heard.The body of Charlotte Coursier, a graduate Philosophy student at St Edmund Hall, was found by her housemates at her home in East Oxford on 10th June last year.A coroner told the inquest that the student received “crazy and rambling emails” by from Dr Jeffrey Ketland.The University has since been criticised for their handling of the harassment. One member of staff questioned the University’s decision not to immediately suspend Dr Ketland after the allegations were brought against him.A spokesperson for the University told Cherwell, “The University takes allegations of harassment very seriously. Members of staff are made aware of the University’s policy on harassment and their responsibilities under it.”It has also been alleged that the University’s advice to Coursier when she reported the harassment was “not to go to the faculty on days when he was lecturing”. The University responded that it was unable to comment on individual cases.The University said it had conducted a review into the incident in October. A spokesperson commented, “Its purpose was to inform senior members of the University of the circumstances of Charlotte’s death and to advise on any future steps. The findings of the review remain confidential but University is continuing to consider the most appropriate action as a consequence.”Dr Ketland and Coursier met at Edinburgh University where they had a sexual relationship. Coursier moved to pursue postgraduate studies at St Edmund Hall in October 2012. Ketland also came to Oxford soon after, taking up a lecturing position at Pembroke College.When contacted by Cherwell, Pembroke declined to comment on the allegations.Coursier began a relationship with Ben Fardell, from London, three months before moving to Oxford. Coursier received an email from Dr Ketland on 7th May, to which she replied “politely”. Despite this the emails she received reportedly became “crazed and rambling”.According to the inquest, Dr Ketland reminded Coursier that he saved her life when she overdosed on paracetamol in Edinburgh. Fardell said in a statement, “He thought he saved her life in Edinburgh and in doing so, he managed to destroy his own.”“She went to see him in a professional capacity to seek help and advice. His abuse of her made an already fragile girl even worse.”Coursier reported Dr Ketland to Thames Valley Police, who issued him with a warning under the Harassment Act.During the inquest, Fardell suggested that his relationship with Coursier had undergone a number of problems. In a statement he said, “In the first six months there were issues of trust and commitment in the relationship.“But Charlotte was much better in the new year. Then, in February, she discovered she was seven weeks pregnant despite taking contraception.” Coursier subsequently had an abortion on 25th March.According to Fardell, “She was very low for weeks after this and she found it very difficult to get over having murdered her child, as she put it.”Professor Keith Gull, Principal of St Edmund Hall, told the Oxford Mail, “Charlotte was an outstanding student, well-liked by her friends, and is still greatly missed in our college community. Her death was a tragedy for her family and friends and our thoughts continue to be with them.”last_img read more

Michael Franti & Spearhead Announce ‘Soulrocker’ Summer Tour Schedule

first_imgBeloved reggae rockers Michael Franti & Spearhead will hit the road this summer for a sensational Soulrocker tour, spanning through the months of June and August. The group will kick things off on June 2nd at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA, traveling across the country, only to wrap up on August 25th at Avila Beach Resort in San Luis Obispo, CA.In a statement, Michael Franti said, “This summer’s tour will be an opportunity for us all to come together, to celebrate life, each other and what it truly feels like to be alive.”Pre-sale tickets are on sale now, and can be found via Franti’s website. The full tour schedule can be seen below:[Photo via Paul Citone]last_img read more

Man who ‘Exited’ Ambulance Killed in Hit-and-Run, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police detectives are investigating a hit-and-run crash Monday that killed a medical patient who left an ambulance as it was moving, authorities said.The Monday evening crash in Holtsville occurred while a Hunter EMS ambulance was transporting the patient from Stony Brook University Hospital to Brunswick Hospital Center in Amityville, police said.Police said the patient, Frank Ligrnetta, “exited” the ambulance as it was traveling southbound on Nicolls road, and was struck by a dark-colored sedan that was heading in the same direction.The 51-year-old Bay Shore man was pronounced dead at the scene by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, police said.The ambulance was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing, according to police.A woman who answered the phone at Hunter EMS said: “We just can’t comment at this time.”Detectives ask anyone who may have witnessed the fatal crash to call the Vehicular Crime Unit at 631-852-6555 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

Rumsey Punch: Bernie’s Got His Groove For Iowa, But Is It Just the Same Old Song for Hillary?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Embed from Getty Images Damn that Bernie Sanders! On the eve of the Iowa caucuses he rolls out a campaign ad using Simon & Garfunkel’s “America” song for the soundtrack and practically moves my bleeding heart to tears. How could he do that?  Making me fall for that uplifting sentimental claptrap just as I hardwired my political cynicism into a hybrid I call: “Pragmatic idealism.”I love his ideas, I love the enthusiasm of his supporters—young and old—who know how good it feels to be in a crowd of like-minded people rooting for the same cause. And he uses a song about as old as me to rub it in!What’s Hillary got? Demi Lovato? Katy Perry? These two celebrity songbirds do nothing for me personally. Back in 1992 she and Bill had Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow,” but that’s so yesterday! Can’t Hillary’s team come up with something to really seize the moment and remind us that she’s not only the practical choice, she’s the right choice? She has to be our next President and Bernie has to remain in the Senate with, hopefully, a Democratic majority so he and Sen. Elizabeth Warren can actually get something done for a change. It won’t work with Bernie at the top of the ticket. I just don’t see it.So, I’m trying to come up with some uplifting Hillary campaign songs, and I admit they may be a little morbid considering that I’m thinking about two great music artists who just died, David Bowie and Paul Kantner.I admit I’m conflicted. I want to suggest David Bowie’s “Heroes” but his line “just for one day” might mean that I think her supporters will caucus and split.She’d need longevity if she’s going to last through the race, especially if she loses both Iowa and New Hampshire. Only two Democrats have not won those two contests and gone on to win the nomination—one was Bill Clinton, who skipped it, and the other was George McGovern, who, well, only carried Massachusetts in 1972.center_img I remember it well. That was the first presidential election I could vote in and I was psyched. Father Robert Drinan, the anti-Vietnam War, pro-choice Jesuit priest, was running for his second term in Congress, and I was hanging out at his victory party outside Boston to fulfill a journalism class assignment to pick a candidate and watch what happens on election night. Then the returns came in. Drinan won decisively. But it was a bloodbath for McGovern. The whole nation, except the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts, had voted for that crook, President Richard Nixon. Did I feel alienated? You bet. But I was 19 and naïve—much more naïve than today’s Bernie supporters, I trust.So in keeping with today’s theme, maybe Hillary’s campaign might adopt Bowie’s “I’m Afraid of Americans.” On second thought, that song proved too much even for Bowie. As for his “Suffragette City,” I think it might be a little too sexist (and sexy for a grandma) although it does evoke Hillary’s bid to be the first woman elected president.Personally, I’d cast a vote for Paul Kantner’s “Crown of Creation,” which was also the title of Jefferson Airplane’s third album. He reportedly got inspired to write it after a Democratic operative contacted him in San Francisco in 1968 but it must have proved too radical for Hubert Humphrey’s people. It was probably just a pipe dream anyway. I mean, listen to these lyrics: “In loyalty to their kind, they cannot tolerate our minds. In loyalty to our kind, we cannot tolerate their obstruction!” Maybe someone might suggest Kantner’s “Volunteers” since it has that “look what’s happening out on the streets/got a revolution” line, but that wouldn’t work for Hillary. Maybe it’s a song for Bernie, sorry. Perhaps “Somebody to Love”? I just like to hear Grace Slick sing. Oh well, it’s just a thought.Two years before the Clintons first took the White House, Bernie Sanders first came to Congress in December in 1990 after being the mayor of Burlington, not a huge metropolis. Now that he’s running for president, the question is whether his avowed socialism is a help or a hindrance. His hero, Eugene Debs, the Socialist Party candidate, won almost a million votes in the 1920 election. I’m not sure how many votes Debs would get in a national election this year.Sanders said during a speech last fall at Georgetown University that “almost everything” President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed was “called socialist.” Sanders is definitely right that FDR’s New Deal programs, which saved the country from desperation and ruin, “have become the fabric of our nation and the foundation of the middle class.” And the bane of the conservative Republicans running for president today.The Koch brothers, whose influence over American democracy is the subject of Jane Mayer’s new book, “Dark Money,” have reportedly pledged to raise and spend $889 million on the 2016 elections. That’s just two oligarchs. Meanwhile the Republican Party has consolidated its hold on 32 state governments, which controls gerrymandering and voter registration. Is it a hostile takeover? Depends on your politics. I think Hillary, battle-tested as she is, could handle them but she’ll need a hell of a lot of help and right now she doesn’t have a hold on millennial women under the age of 35, if you can believe the polls.I’m not sure about Bernie’s longevity as a viable candidate when the GOP’s push comes to shove—and they start piling the crap onto his candidacy with all the lies their money can buy. Do Bernie’s supporters have enough moxie to go the distance? I know Hillary does. I’m not sure about him. He’ll need a nationwide movement to make his profound changes stick.I’ve been around long enough to see movements come and go in America, some left their mark for the greater good, but their supporters had to take the long view. It took American women more than a century to get the right to vote. Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition didn’t get him elected but maybe it helped lay the groundwork for Barack Obama. The anti-war movement didn’t stop the Vietnam War but it did kill the draft. President Richard Nixon finally found a way out of that war but he left a disaster behind, and our Vietnam veterans today are still carrying their scars. Now, they join our Iraqi vets, who drafted themselves to answer the call after 9/11. But President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney mislead them into a Mideast quagmire that had nothing to do with Osama Bin Laden. So many lives lost, so much money wasted, and the war goes on in a different way today. And the only winner is fear.Once upon a time the great liberal Democrat, Adlai Stevenson, was running for president against President Dwight Eisenhower when a supporter told him he’d given such an inspiring speech that he would surely “get the votes of all the thinking people.” “Thank you , madam,” he replied, “but I need a majority.” With only a minority behind him, Stevenson failed miserably in 1956. Fortunately, the Republican Party at the time was much more moderate than it is today. That’s why what happens in 2016 is so crucial. And what happens this week in Iowa and next week in New Hampshire is so critical.Fast-forward five decades and, for the left and liberal Democrats, “this tension between committed activists and political realty has worsened significantly,” writes retired Rep. Barney Frank—the first openly gay Congressman—in his recent memoir. The activists believe that the great mass of voters are ready to make a sharp left turn, they just need the right nudge, so to speak. But that’s magical thinking. And I fear it’s what’s driving Bernie’s backers.Barney Frank has seen this liberal/left divide before.“I would not only try to dissuade my ideological allies from nominating unelectable candidates but would also argue against undermining our candidates by insisting that they ignore inconvenient political realities, or by denouncing them as betrayers when they took those realities into account,” Frank recalls. “This aspect of my work was much less fun.”As he says, “liberals are more inclined to hold public demonstrations, in which like-minded people gather to reassure each other of their beliefs… Applauding speakers who denounce the unfairness of a particular situation and rail against the political system is more emotionally satisfying—but very much less effective.”Here’s Frank’s rule: “If you care deeply about an issue, and are engaged in group activity on its behalf that is fun and inspiring and heightens your sense of solidarity with others, you are almost certainly not doing your cause any good.”For those who challenge my pragmatic idealism, I have two words: Ralph Nader. Look how bad it got when Al Gore lost to W, because Nader siphoned off too many votes in Florida. I don’t want Bernie to do that to Hillary.“The white males who used to vote for Democrats have not become philosophical opponents of an active public sector,” says Frank, the quintessential Massachusetts liberal. “They dislike much of what they perceive that the government is doing, but they are even angrier at what it is refusing to do—adopt policies that will reverse the harm they have suffered from the economic shifts of the past decades.“Reversing these voters’ anti-government sentiments is the challenge for liberals,” warns Frank. “It requires measures that will reduce inequality.” He says we do it without raising taxes on the middle class by reducing the military budget and ending criminal penalties for drug users. I know that both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton want to fight inequality, one more directly than the other, one perhaps more effectively than the other.But if the Democrats lose the election in 2016, neither will get the chance and it will only get worse. And then we’ll all be left singing a very sad song indeed.last_img read more

Reinforce employees’ understanding of the credit union difference

first_imgBuilding awareness of credit unions starts with regularly educating your employees about the movement’s principles and mission, says Christopher Morris, communications director for the National Credit Union Foundation.With 71% of young adults ages 18-24 professing little or no knowledge about credit unions, it’s not enough to offer new hires an overview at orientation and then count on the culture of your organization to offer reminders, Morris told a roomful of credit union training and development professionals at CUNA’s Experience Learning Live! in Las Vegas.Rather, they should heed the advice of credit union pioneer Edward Filene: “Keep purpose constant.”“Explaining the benefits of credit unions’ cooperative structure is critical to delivering high-level member service,” Morris says.That’s because front-line staff—the segment which most often deals with members—generally is the least equipped to answer direct questions from members about the credit union difference, or spot opportunities to deliver that message. continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PREMIUMFugitive Djoko Tjandra skips another court hearing, claims to be in Malaysia

first_imgThe South Jakarta District Court on Monday again postponed a hearing of the case review sought by Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra, a high-profile corruption convict and fugitive from the law who has reportedly returned to the country after being at large for over a decade.His whereabouts remain unclear, although reports suggest that he entered Indonesia in order to file the review of his case, raising questions as to why the authorities have failed to find him.Monday’s hearing was scheduled to be the first hearing in the case review, in which he is seeking to overturn a guilty verdict for embezzling billions of rupiah from the state bailout fund during the 1998 Asian financial crisis.He was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and ordered to pay Rp 546 billion (US$54 million) in restitution by the Supreme Court in 2009, but escaped to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG),… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Google Linkedin Facebook djoko-tjandra corruption-case bank-bali-case BLBI-case South-Jakarta-District-Courtlast_img read more

Dutch regulator lowers ultimate forward rate to ‘more realistic’ level

first_imgThe Dutch regulator (DNB) has adjusted the ultimate forward rate (UFR) – used by local pension funds as a discount rate for liabilities since 2012 – from 4.2% to the more “realistic” level of 3.3%. The regulator said the move was unlikely to cause any further pension rights discounts.It conceded, however, that coverage ratios were set to drop “slightly” and that roughly a dozen schemes would have to submit recovery plans. The regulator also acknowledged that the drop in the UFR could lead to contribution increases but said this would depend on the way schemes had set up their premiums, as well as on current contribution levels.  With the adjustment, DNB follows the recommendations of a committee of Dutch experts commissioned by Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for Social Affairs.Although the UFR committee published its findings in October 2013, the regulator called for its implementation to be postponed, pending the conclusion of Solvency II rules for insurers.It said the new UFR would better reflect market-rate developments and therefore ensure a more balanced approach for older and younger participants.“A too high discount rate,” it said, “would mean too generous pension benefits and too low contributions – and their effects being transferred to the future.”The UFR was meant to cushion pension funds and their participants against overly stringent measures as a response to financial market shocks.The initial discount rate was based fully on market rates.last_img read more

Redknapp laughs off Super Eagles job rumours

first_img Loading… Top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) also quashed the rumours, stating hiring the 73-year-old would mean returning the Super Eagles to the 80s. “The news is all a hoax as some people are trying to be mischievous,” a NFF source told Goal. Former Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth manager, Harry Redknapp, has debunked speculation linking him to the Nigeria job. “Even if Nigeria ever thought of having a new coach, it would definitely not have been Redknapp. Hiring him would mean returning the Super Eagles to the 1980s, which is ridiculous. “Our boys haven’t done badly under Gernot Rohr, so why should we dump him at this critical moment? We in the NFF believe in him and we will let him continue with his good work for the next few years.” This was echoed by another NFF chief, who added: “I don’t know about this. Everyone has been calling me about this and I am in my house under lockdown. “The only thing that I know is that we just extended Gernot Rohr’s contract. We sent him an agreement and he will reply to the General Secretary. As far as I know, we have not discussed anything about another coach and we don’t know where this is coming from.” read also:Redknapp: Mourinho should not have taken Spurs trio to training ground Besides managing Spurs and Portsmouth, Redknapp also coached West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers, Bournemouth and Southampton. His last coaching job was in 2017 when he managed Championship side Birmingham City. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img The Englishman was rumoured to have been contacted to take over from Gernot Rohr in the event where the Franco-German tactician fails to secure a new deal with the Super Eagles. However, on Tuesday, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed they have reached an agreement with Rohr to continue as coach of the three-time African champions. In his reaction, Redknapp laughed off the claims, joking he would sell his house and leave for Africa along with his wife. “Yeah, well I spoke to Sandra and she’s always wanted to live in Nigeria,” Redknapp told talkSPORT. “She said it’s amazing that this has come up now, because that was her dream. So we’re looking to sell up, we’re putting the house on the market. We’re looking to get somewhere over there if possible. I’m sure, she’d love it there. I’ve told her, she’d absolutely love it. I’m ready to go!” Speaking seriously, Redknapp added: “I actually went there a few years ago with Portsmouth, we played Manchester United, but I don’t think I’ll really be going back.” Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayIncredible Underwater Objects Surrounded By MysteryWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

​Leeds convinced they’ll beat Spurs to Wigan striker Gelhardt

first_imgLeeds United are encouraged by the signs in their move for Wigan Athletic star Joe Gelhardt. The attacker is subject to serious interest from Marcelo Bielsa’s team, but there is competition from Tottenham. Leeds Live claim the club have high hopes they will win the race to sign Gelhardt, as they can offer first-team football.Advertisement read also:Leeds preparing £15m bid to lure talented Tottenham centre-back Spurs have an interest in the 18-year-old, but he would likely be a rotation option for Jose Mourinho’s team. The chance to play regular Premier League football under Marcelo Bielsa may be too good an opportunity for Gelhardt to turn down. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 Disney Male Role ModelsThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitKendall Jenner’s Photos Have Never Looked This Good!center_img Loading… last_img read more

Whittington rises in Phoenix

first_imgAidan O’Brien extended his tremendous record in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes as Dick Whittington knuckled down to claim Group One glory at the Curragh. The stewards called an inquiry in the immediate aftermath, but it did not take long for them to decide the placings should remain unaltered, and the result stood. The winning trainer said: “He’s a tough, hardy horse. We weren’t sure before today if he would get a mile or not, but after that you would think he will. He won very well on fast ground at Navan and I’d say the ground doesn’t seem to bother him. “He’s had a busy enough time for a young horse so we won’t be in any panic with him now. He’s had a tough race there and we’ll give him a little break. The dad (Rip Van Winkle) was very genuine, and it’s good to see he’s passed that on.” RaceBets and Betfred quote Dick Whittington at 20-1 for next year’s Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. O’Brien has saddled no less than 12 previous winners of the six-furlong contest, with the likes of Johannesburg (2001), George Washington (2005), Holy Roman Emperor (2006) and Mastercraftsman (2008) on the roll of honour. With the master of Ballydoyle electing to withdraw The Great War and War Envoy on account of the rain-softened ground, and Eddie Lynam’s Royal Ascot heroine Anthem Alexander also taken out, Anglesey Stakes winner Dick Whittington was a 6-1 shot under Joseph O’Brien. Richard Hannon’s 8-11 favourite Kool Kompany was briefly kept in by O’Brien as he attempted to pull out to challenge Cappella Sansevero, but he fought his way out and as the two principals settled down for a scrap in the final furlong it was Dick Whittington who found extra in the final strides to secure victory. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Spurs stun City to go through after seven-goal thriller, VAR drama

first_imgBy Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur reached the semi-finals of the Champions League on away goals after a 4-3 (aggregate 4-4) defeat to Manchester City in a breathtaking quarter-final second leg game yesterday.Spurs, who won the first leg 1-0, will play Ajax Amsterdam for a place in the final against Liverpool or Barcelona after one of the most remarkable matches in the competition’s history.There were four goals in the opening 11 minutes of the game and non-stop action right up until the dramatic finale to an astonishing contest, when City had a stoppage time goal from Raheem Sterling, which would have sent them through, ruled out for offside after a VAR review.City fans had celebrated what looked like the goal that sent them into the last four before the replay confirmed that Sergio Aguero was offside in the build-up.It was a perfect example of the benefits of using technology but it was also cruel on Pep Guardiola’s side who had been the stronger over the 90 minutes. The contest exploded into life in the fourth minute when Sterling put City in front, receiving a ball from Kevin De Bruyne on the left flank and then cutting inside onto his right foot before beating Hugo Lloris with a beautiful, curling shot into the far corner.Three minutes later though, Spurs drew level when City’s French defender Aymeric Laporte’s attempted clearance fell straight at the feet of Son Heung-min whose low shot flew in off the leg of City keeper Ederson. Laporte was also at fault for Spurs’ second in the 10th minute when he gifted the ball to Lucas Moura, the Brazilian feeding Christian Eriksen who found Son, the South Korean finishing superbly into the far corner.STRUCK AGAINCity responded immediately, however, as Aguero fed Bernardo Silva and the Portuguese winger’s left-foot shot deflected off Danny Rose and beat the wrong-footed Lloris to make it 2-2 on the night.The dangerous Sterling struck again in the 21st minute to level the aggregate score, ghosting in at the back post to convert a low cross from De Bruyne that had zipped across the face of the goal. A thundering strike from Aguero in the 59th minute put City in the driving seat again – the Argentine blasting in at Lloris’s near post after a magnificent burst forward and perfectly weighted pass from De Bruyne.City were stunned though in the 73rd minute when Spurs substitute Fernando Llorente bundled in a Kieran Trippier corner to restore the London club’s advantage through away goals.With officials unsure if the ball had bounced off the Spaniard’s hand or rolled off his hip in the goalmouth scramble, VAR was called into action and the goal stood for Spurs. Then came the stoppage time video torture for the home support as Aguero burst down the right flank and delivered a low cross for Sterling to slot home what would have been his hat-trick goal.The VAR call was correct and the Premier League champions were out – to the delight of Mauricio Pochettino and his players who celebrated wildly in front of the travelling Spurs support.Tottenham have reached the last four in Europe’s premier competition for the first time since the introduction of the Champions League format. The London club had reached the semi-final of the European Cup in 1962, losing to eventual winners Benfica.last_img read more

FB : Down the line: Injuries force Pittsburgh to use depth at tailback

first_img Published on November 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 At the beginning of this season, Ray Graham emerged as an early contender in the Heisman Trophy race.The Pittsburgh running back rushed for 201 yards in the opener against Buffalo and followed it up with a 121-yard performance against Maine to lead the Panthers to a 2-0 start. Three games later, Graham ran over South Florida for 226 yards in front of a national audience on a Thursday night.But less than a month later against Connecticut, his season — and Heisman dream — was over after he suffered a major knee injury.Pittsburgh turned to Zach Brown, a senior transfer from Wisconsin who was an afterthought in the Badgers offense the past two seasons, to carry the load.‘We obviously run our offense, but there’s no replacing Ray,’ Pitt head coach Todd Graham said during the Big East teleconference Nov. 14. ‘Ray just did it all. Ray could run inside, outside, a tremendous receiver and big play capabilities. Zach is more of a power runner, a guy that can really bang it up inside and a really, really good receiver.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBrown served as an adequate replacement in three games as the featured back. Even though the senior transfer didn’t rack up the massive yardage that Graham did early in the season, he averaged more than five yards per carry running behind a battered offensive line.But now Brown is hurt, too, leaving his status in doubt for Pittsburgh’s final game of the regular season against Syracuse (5-6, 1-5 Big East) on Saturday at noon. If he can’t go, Panthers quarterback Tino Sunseri will hand the ball off primarily to freshman Isaac Bennett in hopes the Panthers’ (5-6, 3-3 Big East) third starting running back this season will rise to the occasion and help send the team to a bowl game.The Panthers can thank Brown for keeping Pittsburgh in a situation in which it can still make a bowl.‘He’s another guy that’s been banged up and has really just shown unbelievable toughness for us, and he’s been stellar,’ Todd Graham said during the teleconference. ‘ … He’s really gotten better with his perimeter running and has caught the ball very well out of the backfield and been very efficient.’But even if Brown can’t carry the ball Saturday, the Panthers don’t expect to change a lot. Ray Graham was perhaps the most crucial piece to the Pittsburgh offense early in the season, but the Panthers offense stayed the same with Brown in the backfield.Graham was a prototypical do-it-all back who relied primarily on his speed and quickness. Brown, on the other hand, was the perfect complement to Graham in the first month of the season as a power back that could move the chains in short yardage.Their differences in style combined to form an ideal backfield for Pittsburgh. So when Graham went down, the Panthers needed a speedy running back to provide a change of pace in the offense.Bennett provided that burst of speed to go with Brown’s pounding running style.Less than a month ago, Bennett thought he was going to redshirt. The true freshman didn’t get his first carry until he carried the ball six times for 26 yards in a loss to Cincinnati. Since then, Bennett has rushed for 138 yards in two games coming in to give the powerful Brown a break.‘Isaac Bennett, the freshman, has been a good complement to Zach, as Zach was to Ray,’ Todd Graham said. ‘They’re just very different backs. … Probably between Ray and Zach is where Isaac would fall.’If Bennett gets the call against Syracuse with Brown hurting, the offense could have a similar feel as it had with Ray Graham carrying the load. At least that’s what Bennett thinks.The head coach likes the unique styles of all three running backs — each with his own skillset and strength as a running back. Bennett feels that all three backs have similar styles and that each can do a little bit of everything.‘I see myself as both, and like Zach, I even see him as both, and Ray, I see him as both,’ Bennett said. ‘I’ve seen Ray run a couple guys over and Zach likes to power down. I see all us as both in a little way.’Bennett’s high school coach agrees.During Bennett’s senior season at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla., he amassed more than 1,300 yards on the ground thanks to his ability to do a little bit of everything for the Hornets.‘He’s a multilevel runner. He’s a slasher, he can get in the crease, or he can give power running, put his shoulders down and run over someone,’ Booker T. Washington head coach Darrell Hall said. ‘And he’s very elusive, he’s got pretty good hips on him that allows him to put a move on a guy, and with the size he’s put on and the speed he already had, it makes him a very versatile runner.’Bennett is just another example of the depth Pittsburgh has had to utilize in a difficult season.With starters constantly banged up at every position, it hasn’t just been the backfield that’s been hurting. The Panthers also spent much of the season without star offensive lineman Lucas Nix, a likely mid-round draft choice in the 2012 NFL Draft in April. Nix was back in the lineup in last Friday’s loss to West Virginia and will make life easier for whoever is running the football for the Panthers on Saturday.Between the hectic offseason that ended with the hire of new head coach Todd Graham and a regular season that featured a plethora of injuries, Pittsburgh has battled to get to within one win of bowl eligibility.The Panthers’ fate on Saturday, with a postseason berth on the line, could rest on the freshman Bennett’s legs in what would be his first career start.But the injuries have made Pittsburgh stronger and taught the players valuable lessons. The Panthers believe they can win despite all the injuries.‘I think it speaks to the character of our team and how much these guys love each other and care about each other, and we do have a great synergy,’ Todd Graham said. ‘ … We’ve got a lot of guys that have stepped up, and I think this just shows the preparation and the training and that they were prepared and that this means something to them.’[email protected]  Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Trojans split first two games of Maui Invitational

first_imgThe Trojans split their first two games in the Maui Invitational this week, as they were routed 94-64 by Illinois on Monday night before bouncing back on Tuesday with a 59-53 overtime victory over Texas to advance to the tournament’s fifth-place game against Marquette.By no means did the Trojans (3-1) play a game of offensive firepower with the Longhorns (2-2), who had suffered a shocking upset to Division II Chaminade on Monday. Both teams combined to shoot under 36 percent in a sloppy, defensive-minded game.Junior guard JT Terrell made all four of his free-throws in the last 20 seconds of overtime to seal the victory. With 18 seconds left in regulation, Terrell had taken a pass from sophomore center Dewayne Dedmon in transition and slammed down an uncontested dunk to tie it up at 47 and sent it into extra time.Senior forward Eric Wise led the Trojans with 13 points, and senior point guard Jio Fontan scored 10 of his 11 points in the second half to keep USC afloat.The game had 12 ties and nine lead changes, and neither team led by more than three points in the second half.USC finally pulled away with 1:27 left in overtime after Dedmon made a layup while being fouled, then sank the ensuing free throw to put the Trojans up 54-51.In a game that featured two teams having off nights on offense, that was enough separation as Terrell iced the game from the charity stripe.Texas was held without a field goal for the first six minutes of the game, and the Trojans missed nine shots in a row during one stretch in the second half.It must’ve been a relief for USC to face a cold-shooting Longhorns squad after running into an offensive buzz saw in Illinois (4-0) the previous night.USC’s quarterfinal match was never really close — the Trojans were down 9-8 with 14:47 remaining in the first half, and it was all downhill from there.Illinois outscored USC 48-18 from that point into the halftime break, and cruised to an easy win. The Trojans actually outscored the Fighting Illini by one in the second half, but it wasn’t nearly enough to bring them back into the game.Illinois’ 94 points was more than the Trojans allowed in any game last season — in fact, it was the most points scored by a USC opponent since a season-opening loss to Mercer in 2007.The Fighting Illini knocked down eight 3-pointers in the first half alone, and finished the game 13 for 29 (45 percent) from long range. They also dominated USC on the boards, accumulating 39 rebounds compared to 18 for the Trojans.Senior guard Brandon Paul led the offensive attack for the Fighting Illini, knocking down six 3-pointers on his own to finish with 26 points and six rebounds.Three Trojans hit double figures scoring — Wise led the team with 13 points and four rebounds, Terrell had 11 points but on an inefficient 5-14 shooting and Fontan had 10 on an equally disappointing 2-8 from the floor.USC will now face Marquette (3-1) in the fifth-place game of the tournament at 2 p.m. PT. The Golden Eagles lost 72-71 on a buzzer-beater against Butler in the first round on Monday before routing Mississippi State 89-62 on Tuesday.last_img read more

No magic wand to stop Cristiano Ronaldo, says Roura

first_imgBarcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura says his team always finds it difficult to defend against Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.The Blaugrana travel to the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday for the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final against the Blancos.Roura has warned his players there is no easy solution to stopping Jose Mourinho’s men, and highlighted the danger of their No. 7 in particular.“We know about Cristiano’s qualities, but it’s always difficult to stop him,” the coach told reporters on Tuesday. “We have to be concentrated. There is no magic wand.“Cristiano is a great, great player. It’s understandable he is scoring goals against us now when before he wasn’t.”Barcelona are 15 points ahead of third-placed Madrid in La Liga, but Tito Vilanova’s assistant insisted that the Copa del Rey is a completely different proposition. “I understand people commenting on how well we are playing,” Roura added. “But they will be very dangerous. We are playing in Madrid against Real Madrid and that’s always difficult.“In the league we are in a comfortable situation. We have earned that. This is a different competition and we have to try and achieve a positive result there [in Madrid].“With the squad they have, I don’t think Madrid will be conditioned by the players they have missing. I expect an intense and complicated Madrid. I don’t think it will be any different than it normally is. They are super-competitive.”Arsenal continue to be linked with out-of-favour Camp Nou striker David Villa, but Roura denied any knowledge of the Spain international being set to be sold any time soon.He added: “I have no proof of any Arsenal interest in Villa. He is our player and that will stay the same until the end of the season.” Barca defeated Malaga 6-4 over two legs in the quarter-final to set up this latest Clasico clash, while Real Madrid went through 3-1 on aggregate against Valencia.last_img read more

Tour de France 2019: Geraint Thomas shows title desire as Dylan Teuns earns Stage 6 win

first_imgGeraint Thomas showed the tenacity that could bring him a second Tour de France title when he produced a gritty climb at the end of a grueling sixth stage Thursday.The Welshman finished the day in fourth place to sit fifth in the general classification, but the manner of his determined dart up a demanding climb sent a message to all the contenders to his crown. Teuns, speaking on ITV4, said of his first place: “It’s unbelievable. To win already this week is incredible.”At the final I gave everything. I knew Ciccone was the main guy in the final [sprint] and I’m so happy I finished it off.”When I saw my mum, my dad and my girlfriend at the end when I came down, it was pretty emotional.” — Tour de France (@LeTour) July 11, 2019This was the fourth time a Tour stage has finished at La Planche des Belles Filles, and on the three previous occasions the rider in yellow at its conclusion has gone on to win the Tour — Bradley Wiggins in 2012, Vincenzo Nibali in 2014 and Chris Froome in 2017.Ciccone has plenty to live up to in that respect.center_img A dramatic 160.5-kilometer (100-mile) stage from Mulhouse to the ski station finish at La Planche des Belles Filles was won by Belgian Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida), who pulled ahead of Italian Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) as the finish line beckoned.Ciccone took over the yellow jersey from Julian Alaphilippe, moving six seconds in front of the Frenchman overall, with Teuns now sitting third and New Zealand’s George Bennett in fourth.Thomas sits 49 seconds behind Ciccone in the GC standings, with Team INEOS teammate Egan Bernal four seconds further back in sixth.A huge effort from @GeraintThomas86 to take 4th on stage 6!#TDF2019— Le Tour de France UK (@letour_uk) July 11, 2019After the final haul up a 24 percent climb, Thomas, last year’s champion, said: “It was a decent day in the end. It’s one of those climbs where you have to be patient. I had to drive it all the way to the line from 350 (meters). I was starting to blow though.”He said he had felt “pretty good” throughout and had put in “steady” early climbs, explaining: “I was just unsure… with the steep climbs not really my cup of tea.”Belgium’s Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) retained the King of the Mountains polka-dot jersey, while Teuns could celebrate a first Tour stage win.He had been part of a 14-rider breakaway group who held a seven-minute lead after 30 kilometers.Gradually the group began to fracture, and with 10 km remaining the gap to the peloton was down to four minutes, and down it kept coming.Ciccone had victory in his sights but 27-year-old Teuns left him standing with a powerful surge to the line.Tears at @dylan_teuns’s arrival.Des larmes de joie à l’arrivée de Dylan Teuns.#TDF2019 read more

What channel is LSU vs. Alabama on today? Time, schedule for ‘Game of the Century’

first_imgBelow is all the information you need to watch LSU vs. Alabama on Saturday, including kickoff time, TV channel and a full Week 11 college football schedule.What channel is LSU vs. Alabama on today? TV channel (national): CBSLSU vs. Alabama will be CBS’ game of the week and the only matchup on the network’s slate on Saturday. No. 4 Penn State vs. No. 17 Minnesota and No. 18 Iowa vs. No. 13 Wisconsin are the only other Week 11 matchups between ranked teams.LSU vs. Alabama: What time is kickoff?Date: Saturday, Nov. 9Start time: 3:30 p.m. ETThe game will be both teams’ ninth game of the season. Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl will be calling the matchup. Week 11 college football schedule (top 25)Saturday, Nov. 9GameTime (ET)TV channelMaryland vs. No. 3 Ohio StateNoonFoxNo. 5 Penn State vs. No. 13 MinnesotaNoonABCVanderbilt vs. No. 10 FloridaNoonESPNNo. 11 Baylor vs. TCUNoonFS1East Carolina vs. No. 23 SMUNoonESPNUNo. 1 LSU vs. No. 2 Alabama3:30 p.m.CBSNo. 20 Kansas State vs. Texas3:30 p.m.ESPNNo. 22 Wake Forest vs. Virginia Tech3:30 p.m.ACC NetworkUConn vs. No. 17 Cincinnati3:30 p.m.CBS Sports NetworkNo. 18 Iowa vs. No. 16 Wisconsin4 p.m.FoxMissouri vs. No. 6 Georgia7 p.m.ESPNNo. 4 Clemson vs. N.C. State7:30 p.m.ABCDuke vs. No. 15 Notre Dame7:30 p.m.ACC NetworkIowa State vs. No. 9 Oklahoma8 p.m.FoxWyoming vs. No. 21 Boise State10:15 p.m.ESPN The “Game of the Century” is here as No. 1 LSU heads to Tuscaloosa to battle No. 2 Alabama. In what is shaping up to be one of the biggest college football regular season games in years, the SEC pins its top two teams against each other in a game with gigantic College Football Playoff implications. MORE: Full betting preview for LSU vs. AlabamaLSU (8-0) is led by star quarterback and Heisman candidate Joe Burrow, who has lit up opposing defenses for 30 touchdowns already this season.On the opposite sideline, Alabama (8-0) will hope it has Tua Tagovailoa available. Mac Jones has served as the Crimson Tide quarterback in his Tagovailoa’s absence since suffering a high-ankle sprain on Oct. 19last_img read more