TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea assistant coach Cudicini coy over Cesc exit plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant coach Carlo Cudicini was coy over Cesc Fabregas’ teary farewell for their 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.The midfielder is expected to join AS Monaco and appeared emotional when he was substituted late on.Cudicini said, “We don’t know, I personally don’t know. If it was his last game I think it was very good he played in front of his fans and he was able to get a nice reception, but as I said we don’t know so I’m not able to comment. He was captain a few times in pre-season when Cahill and Azpi weren’t there. He’s not the first and won’t be the last to miss a penalty. It’s something I think I have some knowledge on and the keeper did quite well.”What can I say about Cesc? Five-hundred games, a player who is unique in his position, he has unbelievable vision and awareness of where his team-mates are on the pitch. He’s one of the few who has the ability to play that ball for the runs behind the defensive line, so precise and with the right timing. I think he’s one of a kind. He’s been fantastic for teams before us and the contribution he’s given to this club and this team has been amazing. Cesc is a top player.”
TORONTO – It was a fairly muted day of trading on North American markets, as Canada’s main stock index posted moderate losses and Wall Street indices pushed mostly higher on small gains.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 31.79 points to 16,317.65 on Monday, in a broad-based decline that included the influential energy and materials sectors.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 12.87 points to 25,283.00. The S&P 500 index edged up 4.56 points to 2,747.71 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 20.83 points to 7,157.39, both new record finishes.“It’s a rather quiet day coming on the heels of what we saw last week, which was fairly solid employment reports, certainly in Canada and perhaps to a smaller degree in the U.S.,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.A report released Friday by Statistics Canada showed the economy created 78,600 net new jobs in December and the unemployment rate fell to its lowest point in more than 40 years. Less bullish were U.S. Labor Department figures which showed that American employers added 148,000 jobs in December — a solid gain but a bit less than experts expected.“So while today is a rather flat day, the broader narrative for the markets is still one where economic growth should continue to fuel corporate profit growth and that’s been the legs that the market’s been standing on,” Fehr said.However, a slew of companies are set to begin reporting their results for the last three months of 2017, with the pace picking up later this week.“The earnings picture is the way the markets can gauge the value of the economic growth we’ve seen,” noted Fehr.Analysts and investors will likely be more focused on what CEOs say about their expectations for future earnings. That’s because Wall Street is looking for profits to rise even higher after Washington approved cuts in corporate tax rates last month. The overhaul of the tax system may help some areas of the market more than others, and investors want to see how much companies will raise their forecasts.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading price of 80.50 cents US, down 0.13 a U.S. cent.On the corporate front, shares of Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) fell 67 cents, or 0.99 per cent, to $67.25, as the company opened registration Monday for the $25 gift cards intended as a goodwill gesture in light of its participation in a bread price-fixing scheme. However, the grocery giant revealed a number of restrictions for redemption and eventual use of the card.In commodities, the February crude contract added 29 cents to US$61.73 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was up four cents to US$2.84 per mmBTU.The February gold contract gave back US$1.90 to US$1,320.40 an ounce and the March copper contract was down a cent at US$3.22 a pound.– With a file from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. will re-launch three of its flagship brands starting in April in what the company calls the “most ambitious brand renovation” in its more than one-hundred-year history.“I would say that of all the commercial activity underway in our business, the single initiative that I am most proud of and excited about right now is the brand strategy work that we’ve pursued in 2017, and it’s near launch time, ready for the second quarter of this year,” CEO Michael McCain said Wednesday during a conference call with analysts after the company released its fourth-quarter earnings results.The company underwent a rigorous approach to understanding consumer behaviour and demand, he said, and worked to align the Maple Leaf, Schneiders and Swift packaged meat brands to target those spaces.“We’ve got a unique opportunity to drive category growth across our entire prepared meats portfolio.”The Maple Leaf brand, for example, will focus on the so-called responsible parenting demographic, which constitutes about a third of total demand for prepared meats.“These consumers are looking for natural food with nothing artificial. They’re looking for clean and simple ingredients, real food and they want family-friendly flavours,” McCain said.Schneiders will target about a quarter of the demand that comes from consumers looking for authentic and indulgent food, he said, while Swift will target the third of the market driven by the quick-fix diner, who is motivated by convenience and value.The company expects to enter the market with new packaging around April, McCain said, and will further discuss the initiative and roll out plans after its first quarter of this financial year ends.The company delivered “solid” results for its final quarter of 2017 and the full year, said Irene Nattel, an analyst with RBC Dominion Securities Inc.Maple Leaf reported a quarterly profit of $59.1 million or 47 cents per share compared with $76.2 million or 57 cents per share in the same quarter a year prior.The company announced it would raise its quarterly dividend from 11 cents per share to 13 cents.Sales in the quarter ended Dec. 31 totalled $876.8 million, up from $828.2 million in the last three months of 2016.On an adjusted basis, the company said it earned 41 cents per share, up from an adjusted profit of 31 cents per share a year ago.Analysts had expected a profit of 39 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.Companies in this story: (TSX:MFI)
CRANBROOK, B.C. – The provincial government announced today that it has given a funding increase to 4-H British Columbia, which is aimed at increasing the participation of urban and Indigenous youth in 4-H club programs.Agriculture Minister Lana Popham made the announcement while visiting the local 4-H club in Cranbrook with 4-H B.C. president Heather Serafini.B.C.’s 4-H clubs are supported by youth development staff from the Ministry of Agriculture. They hold workshops on rural youth leadership, provide educational material to help youth complete hands-on agriculture projects and provide information on the variety of career opportunities that are available in B.C.’s agriculture sector. “4-H B.C. teaches the values of head, heart, hands and health and encourages its members to become involved in their local community,” said Popham. “I am proud to be part of a government that is investing in our province’s young people. This increase in funding will help even more B.C. kids learn about our province’s agriculture industry, while learning how to care for their animals, develop leadership skills and make lifelong friends.”The ministry said that it will provide $150,000 in funding for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which is an increase of $63,000 over previous years.4-H British Columbia has almost 2,300 members in 125 clubs throughout the province.“We would like to thank the Ministry of Agriculture for its generous contribution to the 4-H program,” said Serafini. “The ministry’s commitment to 4-H B.C. and our programs enables us to build stronger and more knowledgeable youth in communities throughout B.C. and to reach youth in all areas of our diverse province.”
Jaipur: In his electoral debut from his father’s home turf Jodhpur, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s son Vaibhav Gehlot will take on Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. Vaibhav Gehlot was named in the Congress list of candidates released Thursday night, after speculation in the state that the CM was keen that he is fielded by the party. The BJP had earlier announced the candidate of Shekhawat, who won last time from the same seat dominated by the Bishnoi and the Jat communities. The other prominent name in the list is BJP stalwart Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra Singh who will fight on Congress ticket from Barmer. He had represented the constituency in the 14th Lok Sabha for the BJP. When he switched over to the Congress, he was pitted against then chief minister Vasundhara Raje in Jhalawar. He lost to her. The BJP is yet to declare its candidate for the Barmer-Jaisalmer Lok Sabha seat dominated by Jats, Muslims and Dalits. Both the major political parties BJP and Congress have declared 19 nominees each so far for the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
New Delhi: In a setback to Congress leader Hardik Patel, the Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to accord urgent hearing to his plea seeking stay on his conviction in the 2015 rioting case.The denial virtually dashed his hopes of contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha polls from Gujarat’s Jamnagar constituency as the last date for filing nominations for all the 26 Parliamentary seats in the state is April 4, and the polling is scheduled for April 23. The apex court questioned Patel’s counsel for filing the plea belatedly and said there was no urgency to list the matter as the Gujarat High Court had declined to stay his conviction in August last year. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Patel joined the Congress on March 12 and failed to get relief on March 29 from the high court which dismissed his application seeking stay on the conviction in the case in which he was sentenced to two year jail term. Under the election law — The Representation of the People Act 1951, and a related Supreme Court judgement — a convict facing a jail term of two years or more cannot contest polls unless the conviction is stayed. Patel, 25, moved the apex court on Monday challenging the Gujarat High Court order. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOn Tuesday, his plea was mentioned for urgent listing before a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra. Refusing to accord urgent hearing on the petition, the bench, also comprising Justices M M Shantanagoudar and Navin Sinha, said: “The order was passed in August 2018. What is the urgency now?” In July last year, Patel was sentenced to two year jail by a sessions court at Visnagar in Mehsana district for rioting and arson during the Patidar quota stir which he led. The high court in August 2018 had suspended his sentence but not the conviction. “What were you doing since August last year? Why did you not challenge it then? And now you suddenly wake up and want an urgent hearing. If you cannot help yourself, we also cannot help you,” the bench told his counsel. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for Gujarat, also questioned the delay in filing the petition and said the high court had passed an order in August last year but Patel has “suddenly realised that he will contest elections”. Patel’s counsel said that it was on March 29 this year that the high court refused to stay his conviction in the case. He sought urgent listing of his plea saying the last date of filing nomination for the polls was April 4.
Members of the OSU womens volleyball team during a game against Michigan on Nov. 14. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern PhotographerWith a 12-8 record and a sixth-place finish in the Big Ten, arguably the nation’s best conference, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team believes it is prepared for the do-or-die nature of the NCAA tournament.As the No. 12 overall seed in the tournament, OSU (23-9) is set to take on Robert Morris (19-12) in the first round on Friday at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.“It really is the third season,” coach Geoff Carlston said. “This is the fun part. There’s 64 teams now that have a chance … We beat Nebraska and went five (sets) with Minnesota, so I think our team believes we can make a run.”By earning the right to host for the first time since 2009, the Buckeyes accomplished one of the goals they set at the beginning of the season.“Getting to host is a huge opportunity, we’re so excited about that,” senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell said. “It’s something no one on our team has ever experienced. It’s been a long time since St. John (Arena) has hosted.”Unlike Robert Morris, which has won seven consecutive matches to end the season, OSU isn’t coming into the tournament on a winning streak, having gone 5-7 since Oct. 21. But after taking eventual No. 2 overall seed Minnesota to five sets and sweeping Rutgers in their final two regular-season games, the Buckeyes are going into the weekend with renewed confidence.“Battling with Minnesota is something I think we’re all going to remember and know that it could be a potential (big) match for us in the long run of the tournament,” senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson said.Nearly every player on OSU’s roster has previously played in the tournament, as the program advanced to the Sweet 16 last year and has qualified in three of the last four seasons.Carlston believes having that experience will be huge for his team, especially in helping the two freshman starters — outside hitter Audra Appold and setter Taylor Hughes — who haven’t been there before.“Our freshmen have played great under pressure all year long and the rest of our team’s done a great job of laying the dynamic and supporting the rest of us so we can play fearless,” Carlston said. “The team that’s going to win the national championship is going to be the one that wants those moments and plays fearless in those moments.”Most of the team has tournament experience, but the grueling conference schedule has prepared OSU more than anything, said senior middle blocker Andrea Kacsits.“It’s one of those conferences that every single match is a big match,” she said. “You never have a team that will let down or anything … and because we’ve had that kind of training over the last three years, I would say that the tournament becomes a little bit — I don’t want to say easier — but it becomes a little bit more in step with what we’ve been doing the rest of the season.”Scouting Robert MorrisAfter winning the Northeast Conference tournament, the Colonels earned an automatic bid and will be making their sixth tournament appearance and their first since 2003.Carlston noted Robert Morris for being an evenly distributed team, as it has five players averaging 16 or more attack attempts per game.“You can’t key, necessarily, on any one individual and they run a system (where) they can mix it up,” he said.Four Colonels have registered more than 200 kills this season, led by junior outside hitter Arden Fisher’s 353 (3.12 per set).Robert Morris has also proven itself to be a scrappy defensive team, sitting ninth in the nation in digs per set (17.62). Three different players are averaging more than three digs per set: Fisher (4.53), freshman outside hitter Taylor Lord (3.67) and freshman libero Allie Yurkovich (3.46).To compare, OSU has one such player in junior libero Valeria León, who has picked up 4.34 digs per set.“The thing that they do well is they really keep the ball in play,” Carlston said. “You can tell they’re a well-coached team and a high-IQ team … They’re going to force you to be patient.”The Buckeyes and Colonels have met three times before, twice in the first round of the tournament. OSU has swept all three matches, with the last coming in 2006.4 Buckeyes win conference awardsThe results of the postseason awards for the Big Ten conference were released on Tuesday, and four OSU players were recipients.Junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe was unanimously selected to the all-Big Ten team by conference coaches. It’s the third straight year she has taken home a postseason award, having been named to the all-freshman squad in 2013 and an all-Big Ten honorable mention last season.Sandbothe led OSU in hitting percentage (.364) and blocks per set (1.22), while ranking fourth and seventh in those two categories, respectively, in the conference.Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell was named an all-Big Ten honorable mention, while Appold and Hughes were selected for the all-freshman team.Campbell was one of the Buckeyes’ top offensive threats, leading the team and finishing fourth in the conference in kills per set (3.65). She also added 2.21 digs per set, second on the team, and had a team-high 11 double-doubles on the year.Appold had the highest single-game kill total of any Buckeye this season with 29 against Iowa on Nov. 18 and was named Big Ten Player of the Week once and Freshman of the Week twice. She ended the regular season third on the team in kills (312) and digs (234).Hughes still established herself as the starting setter, leading the team in assists (867) despite battling an elbow injury since late October. She was named the Big Ten’s Setter of the Week once.What’s next?If the Buckeyes are able to top Robert Morris, they’ll move on to face either American or Kentucky in the second round. OSU has met Kentucky in the Round of 32 the last two times it has made the tournament, falling to the Wildcats in 2012 before defeating them last year.First serve for the second-round match is scheduled to be at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday in St. John Arena.
You should ignore what this year’s Big Ten awards list tells you, because this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament made something perfectly clear: Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and Thad Matta are the best player-coach combo in the conference. Despite laying claim to the conference’s top coach and top player — as named by the media and Big Ten’s coaches — Purdue was upset in the second round of the conference tournament, and for the second time in as many weeks, the Boilermakers fell two games shy of a Buckeye conference crown. Purdue senior forward JaJuan Johnson, who earlier in the week was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Year, scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Boilermakers’ second-round matchup with Michigan State, but his effort wasn’t enough to keep the Spartans from picking up the win. Conversely, Sullinger scored 20 points and pulled down 18 boards in OSU’s second-round overtime victory against Northwestern. When the moment mattered most, the Buckeyes depended on the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, who scored 10 points in overtime and connected on 16 of 18 free throws in the game. And, thanks to his team picking up the win, Sullinger kept on playing, as he averaged 16.3 points and 14 rebounds over three games — all OSU wins. But Sullinger doesn’t deserve all the credit for the Buckeyes’ weekend success. Matta, who less than a week ago was passed over in favor of Purdue’s Matt Painter as the Big Ten Coach of the Year, led the Buckeyes to their second consecutive Big Ten Tournament title, the third of his career. When it came to the conference awards, however, Matta was hurt by what he does best: recruiting. The Buckeyes boast four returning starters from last year’s Big Ten championship team, and added two incoming McDonald’s All-Americans before the season. Nevermind that recruiting is part of the coach’s job — his team is supposed to win, and people don’t get rewarded for doing only what’s expected of them. Painter, however, benefited from having his best player, Robbie Hummel, tear his ACL before the season. Expectations were lowered, so losing the conference title by two games was not a disappointment, but rather an accomplishment. Hummel’s injury also deserves some credit for Johnson’s Player of the Year award. Getting Purdue’s top player out of the way opened the door for Johnson to lead the conference in scoring en route to earning the Player of the Year award. Sullinger, on the other hand, was punished for playing with superior talent surrounding him. Apparently, leading your team in scoring and rebounding while playing alongside three other All-Conference selections is viewed by the voting coaches and media as a negative, not a positive. But Sullinger and Matta gladly will take a pair of conference titles over a pair of individual awards any day. And if this weekend wasn’t enough, the Buckeyes have another three weeks to show why they have the best coach and player in the conference — if not the nation.
Suspended Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey’s attorney provided documents to The Lantern claiming that drive time, as well as phone records, bank activity and timecards are evidence that Posey wasn’t overpaid to the extent of a five-game suspension. Larry James, an attorney with Crabbe, Browne & James LLC, who is paid by OSU for representing Posey, spoke with The Lantern Saturday in his firm’s downtown office about the NCAA’s announcement Friday that Posey would be suspended five games for receiving money for work he didn’t do from former booster Robert DiGeronimo. OSU did not immediately provide The Lantern with information pertaining to how much James is paid. Posey was originally scheduled to return to play Saturday at Nebraska after being suspended five games for the “Tattoo-gate” scandal. However, OSU athletic director Gene Smith announced on Oct. 3 that Posey would be suspended at least one additional game, before the NCAA’s ruling Friday that Posey must actually sit five more games. OSU lost to Nebraska on Saturday, 34-27. OSU receivers only caught six passes on 18 total attempts between quarterbacks Braxton Miller and Joe Bauserman for 108 yards. DiGeronimo employed Posey at Independence Excavations and Valley Laser Car Wash near Independence, Ohio, from June 18, 2009, through March 20, 2011. OSU and NCAA enforcement staffs concluded that Posey was paid for 70 hours of work, despite only working 21.5 hours. He was overpaid by 48.5 hours and $727.50. Posey is being ordered to pay that figure back as part of the NCAA’s ruling. James said he has “never seen any process like this whatsoever” in regards to the NCAA’s investigation of Posey. In an Oct. 5 letter from James’ firm to the NCAA reinstatement staff, James said the athletes “did not know the precise method by which their wages were being calculated” and that Posey “had no reason to believe that his wages may have been miscalculated or that he may have been overpaid.” DiGeronimo said in a June 29 letter to James that all athletes were paid $15 an hour, a rate he said was comparable to his shop employees but less than what local union members who do comparable work would be paid. Drive time James argued that drive time to the Independence area from Columbus and back was included in Posey’s compensation. James said in a letter dated Sept. 30 to Doug Archie, OSU’s associate athletic director for compliance, that the days and hours Posey worked were incorrectly reported. Independence Excavating originally reported that Posey worked 10 hours the week ending March 27, 2009, 24 hours the week ending June 18, 2009, 20 hours the week ending Feb. 19, 2010 and 16 hours the week ending March 25, 2011. According to the letter, the hours should have been reported as 10 hours, 11 hours, nine hours and 16 hours, respectively, and Posey was paid for those hours. Each week incorporated driving time to Independence from Columbus and back as part of his compensation, which is normal for union employees. Posey was paid a grand total $978.49 from DiGeronimo, which accounts for 65.23 hours of the 70 hours for which he was paid, assuming he was paid $15 per hour. Posey also received $102 in impermissible benefits for a round of golf with Columbus photographer Dennis Talbott. Phone records James also argued that phone records corroborate that Posey was in the Independence area working at the times he was supposed to be working. Phone records show Posey made and took phone calls from Independence, as well as surrounding cities West Salem, Ashland, Cleveland (where Posey stayed with running back Dan Herron the week ending March 25, 2011), Broadview, Beachwood, Medina, Mansfield, Brecksville, Warren and Cuyahoga Heights, among others during the weeks in question while he was supposed to be working. However, the letter states the reason why calls were traced to a multitude of cities is because the two Independence Excavation locations and the car wash at which he worked, Valley Laser Car Wash, are all located a mile from each other in Valley View, Ohio, which is north of Independence. The letter also states that the calls could have been traced from antennas outside of the area because the nearest Verizon towers where Posey was making calls from may have been experiencing high call volume. As a result, the closest Verizon tower would not necessarily transmit the call, and it would have been connected through a different tower or antenna leased through Verizon, and the listing for the call would read two different locations. NCAA’s response The NCAA didn’t consider the phone records, James said, and only considered evidence put forth specifically by the university. “I put forth the cell phone records. I put forth the bank records. I put forth the documents from DiGeronimo to verify that, so what I’m saying to you is they’re being disingenuous to you,” James said. In fact, the NCAA took issue with James’ assertion that the NCAA was ignoring facts. “These statements are patently false,” NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn told the The Lantern in an email. “To ensure a fair process for the involved student-athlete, each reinstatement decision is determined based on its own merits. The staff carefully reviews all information that the university puts forward during the reinstatement process. Posey’s withholding condition is based on his own actions and responsibility for the violation.” James said there were several issues with the NCAA’s investigation. “(One) is the lack of due process for the students,” he said. “(Second is) a lack of meaningful representation for the students by counsel, and thirdly, there is no opportunity for the student or the students represented to have meaningful input into the process.” James said he believes Posey’s punishment may be a lingering effect from violations incurred by former quarterback Terrelle Pryor. “In the eyes of the NCAA, they are guilty by association,” he said. Athletes unaware Archie said in a letter dated Oct. 3 to Jennifer Henderson, the NCAA’s director for student-athlete reinstatement, that it wasn’t obvious to the athletes that they were being overpaid and that none of them felt they were overpaid. The athletes also didn’t believe they had to register their employment with the university and that the job would not last for an extended period of time, so they did not contact the compliance office. The letter states that the athletes weren’t told their hourly wage and that no timecards were filled out, as the hours were verbally reported by a supervisor to the controller, who issued the checks to the athletes. The procedure is similar to how other part-time employees at Independence Excavating are paid, according to the letter. However, timecards signed by an Independence Excavating supervisor show running back Dan Herron, who was also suspended for Saturday’s game at Nebraska, worked eight hours a day for 32 hours total for the week ending June 18, 2010. Another timecard shows Herron worked 40 hours the week ending July 30, 2010, but does not list the hours by day. A supervisor was interviewed by the university during its investigation and said there were no issues with the athletes not performing work. Documents provided by OSU at Monday’s press conference in which Smith announced that Posey, Herron and Marcus Hall would be suspended one game list the “incorrect” hours Posey was paid. DiGeronimo’s involvement DiGeronimo issued a letter on Sept. 26 stating that Posey requested to work the week ending Feb. 19, 2010, as he was going to be in Cleveland to attend a charity gala. His request was approved and the company precut him a check because the payroll department was closed on Saturdays. The check was tagged “makeup” and the controller assumed the hours accumulated based on a previously used pay rate. Because the request involved other athletes as well, DiGeronimo said a detailed review was not possible in that timeframe, and in another letter to James dated Sept. 23, said the company did not “have the ability to substantiate the hours for this week.” Posey was paid for five hours travel time plus four hours on-site for that week’s work. He was also paid time-and-a-half since that’s what union workers are paid for working Saturdays. He was ultimately paid $33 an hour for nine hours of work, totaling $300. DiGeronimo never consented to an interview with the OSU and NCAA compliance staffs, and has since been disassociated from the university. “It wasn’t a question of whether he wanted to be interviewed by OSU or the NCAA, he just felt he wasn’t gonna get a fair an impartial audience, and that’s turned out to be true,” James said. “On the one hand, the NCAA says that it’s gonna accept the early report that we gave them and it’s gonna disregard all the other reports.” Fallout on campus Posey’s suspension means he won’t be eligible to return until OSU hosts Penn State on Nov. 19. The team will finish the regular season by traveling to Michigan the next week, and then could play in the Big Ten Championship and a bowl game afterward, if necessary. Smith said in a statement Friday that he was disappointed with the NCAA’s ruling. “I am extremely disappointed with the NCAA’s decision regarding Devier Posey,” Smith said. “This penalty is harsh considering the nature of the violation and the five-game suspension already served by this student athlete.” James said he backs Smith and OSU president E. Gordon Gee. “I think they’re doing exceptionally well under the circumstances,” James said. “You put any person in a situation, because you had the ‘Sports Illustrated 9′ and that turned to be not an issue. The cars turned out to be not an issue. The tattoos and memorabilia was dealt with untimely. And this issue has been dealt with timely, although I would say the truth has not been addressed thus far in this ordeal.” James even backs Gee after Gee told The Columbus Dispatch last week that OSU was the “poster child for compliance.” “What I understood him meaning is that whenever there is an infraction of any type, that this university and its compliance staff reports it without exception,” James said. While Posey will only be eligible for two regular season games this season, James offered a message Posey might relay to OSU students and fans. “He would say he is a model student,” James said. “He’s a model teammate. He’s a committed athlete. He’s going to graduate on time and he hasn’t done anything wrong.” Larry James Read the documents: Letter from James explaining that there was no way for athletes to know how they were paid Timecards for Dan Herron Letter from James to NCAA defending Posey’s pay with cell phone and bank records Letter from James to NCAA explaining how the cell phone towers proved Posey was in Independence, Ohio Letter from OSU to NCAA outlining the athletes’ jobs with Robert DiGeronimo
France boss Didier Deschamps has backed Zinedine Zidane to succeed him one day as the new head coach of the national teamAfter delivering Champions League glory to Real Madrid for the third straight season, Zidane stunned the football world by announcing that he will be stepping down from his role at the club.The 45-year-old has stated his intentions to take a break from football management.But Deschamps, who won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 with Zidane for France, has backed his former teammate to eventually succeed him as the new boss of the national side.“If I will be proud to hand him the keys of the French team? I don’t have them!” said the 49-year-old, according to AS.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“It’s up to the president [of the French Football Federation, Noël Le Graët]. I don’t know what he [Zidane] decided. I think for now, he wants to enjoy the rest, his family and loved ones. And then after, and as I said, he will definitely be a coach of the French team someday. When? I cannot say. But it seems logical. It will happen when it happens.”The former AS Monaco manager understands the motives behind Zidane’s shock decision.“It’s his decision and it must be respected. He had to think for a long time and if he made that decision, he had to be convinced that it was the best for him,” he continued.“Looking at what he has achieved over these three years is something fantastic. For him and his club. I don’t have all the ins and outs, but I can understand that he made that decision. To leave while being at the top, he has that freedom. Some take it, some don’t. And some are obliged too. I don’t have all the details, but I can understand. The moments and success he has known. We know each other well enough and we have mutual respect.”