Ex-USC coach Tony Bland pleads guilty in corruption case

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Former University of Southern California assistant basketball coach Tony Bland has pleaded guilty in a criminal case in which prosecutors said bribes were paid to steer top athletes to certain schools.Bland pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Manhattan federal court to a single count of conspiracy to commit bribery.He was among four assistant coaches charged in the September 2017 crackdown on college basketball recruiting corruption.Prosecutors say the coaches teamed up with a top Adidas executive and others to trade hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents and even tailors.Bland had been scheduled to go to trial in April. USC assistant coach Tony Bland yells out instructions during an NCAA basketball game between the Stanford Cardinal and the USC Trojans on January 5, 2017, at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)last_img read more

Alves sends a message to Guardiola… And another to Barça

first_img 12/07/2017 Alves envía un mensaje a Guardiola… Y otro al Barça Dani Alves did not openly confirm that he had the option of signing for Manchester City but his comments on his presentation at PSG implied that the Eastlands club was his most likely destination after leaving Juventus. CEST Frederic Martin IN SPORT.ES His actions in the past few weeks, in playing both sides against each other, did not seem to bother Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, president of PSG, who smiled throughout the press conference and declared himself happy with the signing. “If Guardiola and Manchester City feel hurt by my decision, I am sorry. But I have come here to be a champion.” Why did he pick Paris over Manchester? “I have friends here and my wife loves the city. I was a bit selfish when I left Juventus. This time I tried to be less so and to please everyone, that’s why I decided to come here. If Pep feels hurt, I apologise.” Upd. at 19:04 last_img read more

Sevilla make move to bring Dani Alves back to the club

first_img A return to Sevilla would close the perfect circle. Since leaving the club he’s played for Barça, Juventus and PSG. In his career he’s won 39 titles so far, with more likely to come his way in Paris before the season is out. IN SPORT.ES El Sevilla quiere recuperar a Dani Alves 12/04/2019 According to L’Equipe, Alves has several options and Sevilla are one of them. Despite the Spanish side’s interest, though, they add that PSG remain hopeful of extending his stay in France.  The Brazilian made 248 appearances for Sevilla, scoring 16 goals and setting up 62 more. In addition, he won two UEFA Cups, one Copa del Rey, a European Super Cup and a Spanish Super Cup.  Lluís Bou Upd. at 21:05 Alves played for Sevilla between 2003 and 2008 before joining Barcelona. He has suggested in the past that he would like to return to Spain during a recent homage in Seville to Antonio Puerta.  CEST Dani Alves doesn’t have many years left in football. At 35, his contract with Paris Saint-Germain is up in the summer and he’s in talks over a new deal. But now, Sevilla have got involved and are seeing if they can bring their former player back. last_img read more

Arsenal and Tottenham boost as Bayern Munich pull out of race for Malcom

first_imgBAYERN MUNICH manager Jupp Heynckes has denied his side have any interest in signing Brazilian winger Malcom.With the Bundesliga giants out the race, it clears the way for Arsenal or Tottenham to sign the £50million-rated player.3 Bayern Munich have pulled out the race for Brazilian winger MalcomCredit: AFP – GettyMalcom has been heavily linked with a number of clubs after revealing in January he had struck an agreement with Bordeaux to let him go in the summer to his preferred destination.However Heynckes has removed Bayern from the equation.Heynckes said: “I have never seen him play. Therefore, I am not able give an opinion on him.”But I don’t think there is interest here. He always gets put into the shopping window but nobody really goes after him.”3 Jupp Heynckes reveals his side has no interest in signing the £50m-rated wingerCredit: Getty – Contributorlatest arsenal newsRING TRUERoyal fan shares her collection of replica rings including Kate’s & Meghan’sSTILL GOT IT!Philip jokes with soldier about weight at ceremony 3 years after retirementSTAR POWERMeghan ‘needs to be admired’ & Kate is ‘the peacemaker’ according to star signsHEIR WE AREInside Prince Charles’ study full of family snaps & a sweet tribute to CamillaROOM WITH A VIEWInside Camilla’s living room with family pics & painting of Prince CharlesCHEEKY CHARLIECharles & Camilla’s ‘secret’ relationship is ‘fun, naughty & spontaneous’Malcom was tipped to be a long term replacement for Bayern winger Arjen Robben, who is now 34 and currently out injured.Arsene Wenger is known to be an admirer of the 21-year-old and the news will likely go unnoticed at the Emirates.The Gunners were keen to bring him to North London in January and a deal looked likely when Malcom’s agent posted a picture of himself in the capital.But it transpired that Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be used in a deal for Alexis Sanchez and talks of a move were off.3 Arsene Wenger is a huge admirer of MalcomCredit: AFP or licensorsmost read in footballRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordBut Arsenal will face competition from Spurs who also went after the youngster in the last window but were put off by his price tag.Mauricio Pochettino is still tracking Malcom – who is regarded as a star of the future – despite the arrival of Lucas Moura.Inside Russia’s football hooligan factories where thugs batter each other at training camps before taking on the likes of Arsenal and England fanslast_img read more

Pons-Rondina tandem returns at BVR on Tour Lianga leg

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The two take on another task at Gran Ola Eco Surf Camp as they banner the 10-team women division in the tournament.American Olympian David McKienzie will partner with Raja Nazmi of Malaysia in the 12-team men’s division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSGinebra looks set for another titleMeanwhile, Babylove Barbon, who partnered with Rondina in University of Santo Tomas’ third straight UAAP beach volleyball triumph in Season 82, pairs up with Gen Eslapor in the Tigresses’ first team.Derie Virtusio and Mer Jauculan make up UST’s second team in the tiff. Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son The Philippines’ Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons made quick work of Japan’s Shinako Tanaka and Miyuki Matsumura, 21-14, 21-8, to barge into the Round of 12 Thursday in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open presented by Globe in Boracay.MANILA, Philippines—All eyes will be on the prolific duo of Cherry Rondina and Berndeth Pons as they renew their partnership at the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour at Gran Ola, Lianga this weekend.Petron’s mythical pairing of Rondina and Pons have won a multitude of gold medals across several tournaments and gave the Philippines a quarterfinal finish in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 1-Star Boracay Open in May.ADVERTISEMENT Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City ‘People evacuated on their own’ Sinas: 2,500 NCRPO cops poised to support Taal eruption relief ops PLAY LIST 02:15Sinas: 2,500 NCRPO cops poised to support Taal eruption relief ops01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal Also in contention for the women’s championship are Sta. Lucia’s Jackie Estoquia and DM Demontaño, Perlas’ Dzi Gervacio and Dij Rodriguez, National University-Boysen’s Andrea Ablan and Trisha Yap, Jose Maria College’s Kristine Deguinon and Daphne Doblado, the team of Chlea dele Fuente and MJ Ebro, and two other local pairs.Jaron Requinton, who paired up with Krung Arbasto put UST back in the king’s chair last year, reconnected with Efraem Dimaculangan for the Growling Tigers’ first team.Menchel Remulta and Rancel Verga partner up for UST’s second team.#FTA’s AJ Pareja and Pemie Bagalay, Outwork-Bacolod’s Neil De Pedro and Nichol Jundana, the team of Mike Shavrak and Eivan Antillano, Davao’s Calvin Sarte and Edmar Flores, Far Eastern University 1’s Jude Garcia and Doy Barrica, FEU 2’s Kevin Hadlocon and Edelberto Denoy Jr., National University’s James Natividad and James Buytrago, Tigers’ KR Guzman and Arbasto, and Singapore’s Poon Pei Jie and Nicholas Kiu round out the men’s division.An exhibition match is also scheduled for the weekend event as well as a Sandroots clinic.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruptioncenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist View comments Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption LATEST STORIES World Cup: Venezuela basketball team hopes to send home some good news MOST READlast_img read more

LISTEN: Ex-Australia international Mark Schwarzer on Charlton takeover reports

first_imgMark Schwarzer was a special guest co-host on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Friday and responded to reports he is involved in a potential takeover of Charlton Athletic. The former Chelsea, Fulham, Leicester City and Middlesbrough goalkeeper is an advisor to the Australian Football Consortium Ltd (AFC), which is claimed to be in talks to buy out the Addicks’ hated owner Roland Duchatelet.Listen to what the ex-Australia international has to say about the rumours above.last_img

Big Ten Softball Opens 2016 Season This Weekend

first_imgAll 14 Big Ten teams compete starting FridayROSEMONT, Ill. – The 2016 Big Ten softball season will begin on Friday with all 14 conference teams taking the field.Thirteen of 14 teams will open the year at various tournaments around the country, while Nebraska opens its season at Northern Iowa. Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Rutgers will each travel to different parts of Florida for a season-opening tournament, while Indiana, Maryland, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin head to Arizona. Iowa will open its season in a tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas, Minnesota will play in a tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., and Ohio State opens its season at a tournament in Baton Rouge, La.Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern are each coming off a 2015 NCAA Tournament appearance, where the Wolverines advanced to the Women’s College World Series title game.Reigning Big Ten and Tournament Champion Michigan appears at No. 2 in both the USA Softball and National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Preseason Polls. Minnesota is ranked No. 13 by USA Softball and No. 14 by NFCA. Nebraska, Northwestern and Ohio State were among those receiving votes in both major polls.The 2016 Big Ten Softball Tournament will be hosted May 12-14 by Penn State at Beard Field in University Park, Pa. All-session tickets are on sale now.2016 Big Ten Softball Storylines:–    The Big Ten returns 24 All-Conference performers from last season, including Big Ten Player of the Year Sara Groenewegen of Minnesota and Pitcher of the Year Megan Betsa of Michigan.–    Fourteen first-team performers and 10 second-team standouts return to their respective squads this season.–    Twenty-four returning Big Ten players were named All-Region performers last season, including first-team NFCA All-Americans Kelly Christner and Sierra Romero from Michigan, second-team selections Megan Betsa of Michigan and Sara Groenwegen of Minnesota and third-team honorees Sierra Lawrence from Michigan and Kiki Stokes from Nebraska.–    Big Ten teams combine to return 45 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes to the field this season. Illinois, Indiana and Northwestern each welcome back six NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes to this year’s squad.–    Five Big Ten players were named to the watch list for the 2016 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award: Michigan’s Megan Betsa, Kelly Christner and Sierra Romero, Minnesota’s Sara Groenewegen and Nebraska’s Kiki Stokes.–    Big Ten programs combine to face 53 teams out of the field of 64 in last season’s NCAA Tournament, including every team that advanced to the Women’s College World Series.last_img read more

Irish exploration firm lists on JSE’s AltX

first_img“The approval by the JSE of our dual listing marks an important step in the company’s development and supports our strategy to be a significant African mineral exploration and development company,” Kibo Mining CEO Noel O’Keefe said in a statement last week. The dual listing also frees capital to consolidate the company’s position in the industry by acquisition of other potential mineral assets. South African individuals will be able to acquire Kibo shares on the JSE, without restriction. Consequently, the purchase of Kibo shares by a South African individual would not affect their R2-million offshore investment allowance. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Listing on the AltX, a separate board of the JSE that focuses on quality, high-growth companies, also raises the profile of Kibo Mining, while providing the company with an additional market through which its projects can be funded and developed. Offshore allowancecenter_img 30 May 2011 Kibo, which has its primary listing on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM), focuses on gold and nickel projects in Tanzania. Irish mineral exploration and development company Kibo Mining plc has secured a secondary listing on the JSE’s AltX board. Through a strategic investment in Mzuri Gold, Kibo has access to one of the largest mineral right portfolios in Tanzania, both in the established and gold-prolific Lake Victoria Goldfields and in the newly emerging goldfields of eastern Tanzania between the towns of Morogoro, Dodoma and Handeni.last_img read more

Americas Cash Cycle Seminar: CONTROLTEK Supporting the Future of Cash Logistics and Cryptocurrency Education

first_imgCONTROLTEK, a leader in the cash security industry, is sponsoring the Americas Cash Cycle Seminar, the annual North American conference presented by Currency Research, in Boston from Nov. 12 to 15, 2019.Rod Diplock“Our mission has always been to support the cash security industry and to educate our colleagues in advancements in technology and best practices,” said Rod Diplock, chief executive officer at CONTROLTEK. “With the rapid growth of cryptocurrency and the evolution of cash tracking, we are more committed than ever to helping industry professionals with a steady transition to the future of currency.”Tom Meehan, CFITom Meehan, CFI, chief strategy officer and chief information security officer at CONTROLTEK, will also be featured on the expert panel “Cryptocurrency… The New Cash?” to discuss how digital and traditional currencies can work together.- Sponsor – “Cryptocurrency can seem overwhelming from a technology standpoint,” said Meehan. “Like any new technology or trend, banks and merchants must be balanced in their adoption thought process to both serve the customer and protect themselves from unnecessary risks.”The Cash Cycle Seminar offers insights and strategies to streamline processes, learn valuable solutions and best practices, network with cash industry peers and more. It is attended by representatives of central banks, commercial banks, cash management companies and technology partners. The expert panel “Cryptocurrency… The New Cash?” will be on Nov. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To see the full agenda and register for the conference, visit the Americas Cash Cycle Seminar website. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Big Data: Moving Beyond the Setbacks of Early Implementation Failures

first_imgBig data projects are on the rise, but unfortunately many big data projects to date haven’t been successful.  A survey by CapGemini‘s found that only 13 percent of organizations have been able to build big data into a project that’s gone into production and only 27 percent of businesses using big data say that their projects have been successful.Part of the reason for the big data project failures has been ill-defined goals and objectives and a lack of up-front implementation planning, according to the CapGemini report.  Jeff Hunter, vice president of North America CapGemini, said that  “generally, it’s a disconnect between the output and a clearly defined business driver or goal.  And along the way, people get engulfed in the technology… The firms that we see succeed [have] centralized the concept of consumption of big data technology, leverage of data science, and application of analytics. They’re the ones we see moving faster.”Yet despite the problems with early implementations of a relatively new technology, there’s room for optimism.  Hunter said that  “I’m seeing the same cycle beginning as with the Internet and e-commerce. In the entirety of the community, a few companies create success. Those who have embraced big data, even those who have experienced setbacks and failures, [are gaining experience]. They’re seeing that data-driven decision-making has its place in how you run a business. Those successes are going to be a catalyst to speed up other projects.”last_img read more

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