Six world titles but domestic honours elusive for Hamilton

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinLONDON, England (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton’s absence from Britain’s New Year’s honours list has angered his Formula One fans and triggered fresh debate about the sport’s status and whether the six-time world champion is sufficiently appreciated at home.The Briton this year became the second most successful F1 driver of all-time, and is poised to overtake Germany’s seven-time champion and Ferrari great Michael Schumacher in the record books.The 34-year-old Mercedes driver has come from an under-privileged, multi-racial background to become an all-time great but team boss Toto Wolff has long felt the Briton deserves greater recognition from his compatriots.December will not have made the Austrian think any differently.World Cup-winning cricketer Ben Stokes was 2019 BBC Sports Personality-of-the-Year, after Tour de France winning cyclist Geraint Thomas in 2018, and also won the Sports Journalists’ Association Awards.Hamilton, who won the BBC award in 2014, was European Sportsperson-of-the-Year – beating tennis number one Rafael Nadal and Austrian Alpine skier Marcel Hirscher in a vote of 27 of the continent’s news agencies.England’s cricketers also led the sporting honours list, with World Cup captain Eoin Morgan made a CBE and Stokes OBE – a higher award than the MBE Hamilton received in 2008.Double Olympic judo gold medallist Jade Jones, now OBE, also ranks higher than Hamilton.Those who question Formula One’s credentials as a sport, given the role of the car in making the star, or its carbon footprint, might have no problem with that.Hamilton’s Monaco residency, and his tax arrangements, also crop up frequently as likely negative factors in social media debate about him.“I fear motorsport is regarded as a privileged sport. It may even be considered an anti-social sport by many,” commented 1996 world champion Damon Hill, who has an OBE, on Twitter.“That said, I think they are wrong and missing the contribution @LewisHamilton and the sport has made for GB Plc globally over many years.”Most of the 10 teams are based in Britain, and the country’s race at Silverstone is the best attended of any on the calendar, but Formula One’s audience is mainly on pay TV.While Britain has produced more F1 champions than any other country, only triple title-holder Jackie Stewart has been knighted – nearly 30 years after retirement.Stirling Moss, the nation’s only other racing knight, had to wait until he was 70.Hamilton’s fans can point to a lack of consistency with Wimbledon tennis champion Andy Murray, Olympic athlete Mo Farah, Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and cricketer Alastair Cook all knighted while still active.Hamilton may be less concerned, however.“I don’t really like to think too much about it,” he said, in November, “just the fact that people have mentioned it, it’s already an honour; but it’s not been something that I’ve been chasing in my life.”last_img read more

USG releases statement criticizing response to virus

first_imgSens. Emily Johnson and Angela Chuang discussed the rise in offensive memes following the coronavirus scare at Tuesday’s USG meeting. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) The Asian Pacific American Student Assembly, International Student Assembly and Undergraduate Student Government criticized the discrimination toward Asian and Asian American students that has risen in response to the coronavirus scare in a letter sent to the student body Friday. The letter was a response to a Monday incident where The Lorenzo sent an erroneous email that reported a resident  contracted the disease.  “I feel like during times like this they address the logistical things like take care of your health but [they] don’t really address the adversity of certain communities that are particularly affected,” Phan said.  Stone also reiterated the LADPH statement and said that each student should be aware of what they post on social media.  The letter also states the importance of reporting any discrimination students face at the University to the USC Office of Equity and Diversity and the Bias Reporting System. It called for the University to reaffirm its letter and send out an official statement to stand in solidarity with students who have been marginalized because of  misinformation about the coronavirus.  Melody Yao, a sophomore majoring in psychology and economics-mathematics, said she hasn’t faced any discrimination in person but that she has been affected by the student-made memes as well as students calling it the “Chinese virus.” Memes and false information spread on social media following the Monday incident, including on the USC memes pages and in a Latinx group chat. The xenophobic memes specifically targeted international Asian and Asian American communities on campus.  “Just because the coronavirus originated somewhere, it doesn’t mean we need to be lumping identities and national origins together and having fear of vast groups of people,” Stone said. “I encourage everyone to continue to be cautious in what they say and what they do, and how they view people who may not be similar to them.” Chief Health Officer Sarah Van Orman said that discriminatory comments on the illness are problematic and concerning as they spread misinformation about the Chinese community.  “We’re very concerned that we’re hearing that students from China or students from the Wuhan province are being targeted,” Van Orman said. “It’s very easy to try to kind of point fingers at a group of people or individuals and think that if we just keep them away that somehow we’ll all be safe, and that’s really dangerous and discriminatory.” “I know there’s dialogue going around that people are saying that the coronavirus started because the Chinese people eat bats and that they deserve it because they’re gross and barbaric and they brought that upon themselves,” Hur said.  “With the recent spread of misinformation and distress about the potential spread of the novel coronavirus, we want to send a message … to support the rights of students to live, study and participate at USC without fear of discrimination based on their national origin, race, ethnicity, or travel history,” the letter read. center_img The coronavirus incident was also addressed at a USG meeting Tuesday where USG Sen. Angela Chuang asked those in attendance to be aware of the false information spreading online targeting Asian students.  “We’ve had a couple peers talk to us about the discrimination that they felt,” Phan said. “It’s not only a scare on campus but they’re scared for their own [family in Wuhan] as well. The fact that they’ve been experiencing discriminatory remarks that make them feel uncomfortable, they just kind of felt no longer safe on their own campus.” [The University] definitely recognize this as an issue … so I know that they plan to make sure that language is included in future [coronavirus updates].” USG President Trenton Stone met with Vice President for Student Affairs Winston Crisp to receive approval to send the letter University-wide. According to Stone, various professors and University officials on campus, including Crisp, are aware of the offensive comments made by students. The University was unable to respond in time for publication but sent a University-wide memo Tuesday affirming the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health statement that individuals should not be excluded based on their country of origin, race or recent travel in China.  “I want to remind everyone and encourage everyone to be mindful about what you’re sharing … on social media because a lot of these posts are very anti-Asian,” Chuang said. “Our international student population and our Asian American student population are being affected by this because [we’re worried about our] relatives back in Asia.” “There is no immediate threat to the general public,” the LADPH statement read. “No special precautions are required, and people should not be excluded from activities based on their race, country of origin, or recent travel if they do not have symptoms of respiratory illness.” “Some people just started making really stupid memes,” Yao said. “They think they’re funny but not necessarily. I get that some people are trying to lighten up the mood, but I think they’re doing it regardless of how other groups of people will feel looking at those memes.” The letter was co-signed by 26 other student organizations including the Chinese American Student Association and the Student Coalition for Asian Pacific Empowerment. It was written by ISA Executive Director Jina Hur and APASA Executive Director Michelle Phan.  Although Hur has avoided the offensive memes, she said this dialogue continues to marginalize the Asian and Asian American community with false stereotypes attached to how the virus originated in China. last_img read more

Oshae Brissett’s career day key in Syracuse’s 86-79 overtime win against Georgetown

first_img Published on December 16, 2017 at 5:58 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+ WASHINGTON — Oshae Brissett caught the ball at the top of the key and looked around. Frank Howard and Tyus Battle, the only other Syracuse players who regularly create shots for themselves, were both guarded and the shot clock was winding down at the start of the second half.Thus far this season, Brissett has put up solid per-game numbers, averaging 13.6 points and 9.2 rebounds heading into the game.But the freshman struggled with consistently making shots and finding good looks for himself. Heading into the matchup he was hitting at 34.8 percent clip. After the Texas Southern game, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said that “usually the first shot he takes is a terrible shot.” In the first half against Georgetown, he had just one point.This time, Brissett took a few hard dribbles right toward the rim, dragging along a Georgetown defender with him. Then he spun left and finished a nifty layup.Once the layups started falling, so to did the long ball. He hit two 3-pointers from the same spot right in front of the Orange bench. Later on the opposite wing, he took one hard dribble in and then stepped back and knocked down another 3-pointer.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Coach tells me not to shoot those,” Brissett said with a smile, “but I was hot so I had to.”Syracuse (9-1) went into halftime down by four and let the deficit balloon to as much as 13 midway through the second half. Brissett ratcheted up his play in the second half, though, scoring 21 points on 43-percent shooting in the frame. He ended with a career-high in points (25), 3-pointers (four) and offensive rebounds (eight), keeping the Orange alive long enough to make a late comeback in an 86-79 overtime win over Georgetown (8-1) on Saturday afternoon in Capital One Arena.“Oshae is a very good player,” Boeheim said. “He hasn’t shot the ball well but he can shoot it. He picked a really good day to shoot it today.”Brissett had his most efficient offensive game one week ago against Colgate. In that game, he was regularly seeing smaller players on him, which allowed him to use his 6-foot-8 frame to bully his way into the paint for easy scores. He ended with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting.That wasn’t going to be an option against a bigger Georgetown team, which had 6-foot-10 center Jessie Govan anchoring the middle of the defense and several wings comparable in size to Brissett.Howard Washington, Brissett’s roommate and teammate since last year at Athlete Institute prep, said that Boeheim has told Brissett to start his game by trying to hit layups first. Then, after he’s seen a few shots go in, he can stretch out behind the arc.Now, much of Brissett’s offensive game is often mental, Washington said. When he sees shots go in early, he’ll usually play to a higher level as the game goes on. Conversely, some of Brissett’s struggles this year came because he missed a few shots early and lost confidence in his shot.“I’m always talking to him, telling him to get going. The sky’s the limit for him. He can do that every second of every game,” Washington said. “… He just flipped a switch.”When Brissett wasn’t scoring, he was crashing the offensive glass — seven of his eight offensive boards came in the second half. If Brissett couldn’t finish the shots inside he’d get fouled and go to the line. He also set a career high in free throw makes (nine) and attempts (12).Two weeks ago, Syracuse struggled offensively in a loss to Kansas. Only Tyus Battle, Frank Howard and Brissett scored in double figures, but Brissett shot just 3-of-13. The lack of a consistent third option was a glaring factor in the loss.For Syracuse to get its first late comeback victory of the year, it needed to be able to survive an early barrage from the Hoyas. Brissett helped make that possible.“That’s the real deal. People want to find out. You can keep sleeping if you want to,” Howard said. “He’s going to come out every game and play his hardest … He steps up to the plate. He responds. That was big for a freshman.” Commentslast_img read more

Abdul Adams, former 4-star running back, has transferred from Oklahoma to Syracuse

first_imgUPDATED: Monday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 7:53 p.m.Former four-star running back Abdul Adams has transferred to Syracuse from Oklahoma, SU Athletics announced Monday afternoon.Adams is enrolled and taking classes at SU, per a press release. After two years with the Sooners, he will sit out 2018 and have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2019.The past season with OU, Adams played in 12 games, rushing for 542 yards on 59 carries. He averaged 9.2 yards per carry, tops on the Sooners for all rushers with a minimum of 20 carries.His best game of the season came against Baylor, when Adams ran for 164 yards, most of which came on a 99-yard touchdown.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAdams is one of 11 mid-year enrollees for the Orange. Track the rest of the Class of 2018 here. Comments Published on January 22, 2018 at 6:21 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Kwesé Inks Deal with BON for World Cup Broadcast

first_imgKwesé and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) have signed a Free-to-air TV Rights Sub-licence agreement to provide the widest coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia on terrestrial television in Nigeria. The agreement will see over 80 terrestrial television stations broadcast the FIFA World Cup to an estimated 100 million Nigerian viewers. Kwesé Free Sports will provide the feed to BON member television stations across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria. BON is delighted to announce that it will broadcast the World Cup to all viewers, Momoh said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram General Manager, Kwesé Free Sports Nigeria, Chichi Nwoko said: “By tuning to Kwesé Free Sports UHF 32 in Lagos, or any of the BON network stations, football fans will enjoy 32 of the 64 FIFA World Cup matches live, including all Super Eagles and African teams’ matches, as well as select matches from the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final stages.center_img “Kwesé Free Sports’ goal is to ensure that every Nigerian has the opportunity to enjoy the FIFA World Cup whether on television or radio, wherever they are in Nigeria”, she added.last_img read more

FA Cup: Higuain Set for Chelsea Debut against Sheffield Wednesday

first_img“I’m sure he can handle expectations. He’s always produced good numbers wherever he’s been. We’re going to help Higuain to get his goals.”However, a decision is yet to be made on whether Higuain will feature against Sheffield Wednesday.Zola added: “There are players who need to be rested and it could be an opportunity.”Meanwhile, interim Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Agnew said today’s cup clash against Chelsea could not have been more timely for the club.The Owls’ trip to Stamford Bridge will be Agnew’s last game in charge before he starts his role as Steve Bruce’s assistant at Hillsborough.“It’s an amazing football club Sheffield Wednesday, fantastic fan-base and they will be very vocal on Sunday evening,” he added.“I don’t think anybody involved in Sheffield Wednesday needs reminding because everybody realises how big the club is and the potential it has.“But maybe a reminder to the rest of the football world that Sheffield Wednesday are playing in a huge game.” Chelsea changes are likely and Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be available following a back problem. This is the 124th meeting in all competitions between Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday but first since April 2000, a 1-0 win for the Owls at Hillsborough in the Premier League.Sheffield Wednesday have been eliminated from eight of their 10 FA Cup ties with Chelsea, last knocking them out in the 1965-66 semi-final.Chelsea have progressed from 47 of their last 49 FA Cup ties against non-Premier League sides, losing in March 2008 against Barnsley and January 2015 against Bradford City.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Gonzalo Higuain Gonzalo Higuain could make his Chelsea debut in today’s FA Cup fourth-round clash with Sheffield Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.The 31-year-old striker completed his loan move from Juventus on Thursday and has been backed to hit the ground running with the Blues.Chelsea assistant boss Gianfranco Zola said on Friday: “We’re talking about a player who has scored not only in Italy but everywhere, also in the Champions League.last_img read more

Iconic commentator confirmed as voice of Football INDEX

first_img Fitzdares launches betting’s first WhatsApp tipping service July 28, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Football Index selects beBettor to lead customer affordability demands July 30, 2020 QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Related Articles Iconic football commentator, John Motson has been signed as the voice of Football INDEX, meaning his voice will be heard on the firm’s national TV and radio ads over the next 12 months.Motson’s involvement with Football INDEX comes at a time when demand for football trading continues to rise, particularly amongst football fans, celebrities and City traders. There are now over 170,000 registered users on the Football INDEX trading platform, more than double the 83,000 traders at the start of last season.Football INDEX is a hybrid between a financial and football product in which football traders buy and sell real money shares in the world’s top professional footballers. As the concept continues to gain momentum, traded shares have increased in size – running into an unprecedented eight figure sum over the last month.Commenting on his involvement with Football INDEX, Motson stated: “Football INDEX really is a game changer, and I’ve seen a lot of football products in my time. What I really like about this platform is that it focuses on the players rather than fixtures, and these players are the world’s best. It seems like a really intelligent way to put your footy knowledge to work.Adam Cole, CEO, Football INDEX added: “Motty is a football legend and it’s great timing for us to have him join our team and enthusiastically lend his very recognisable voice to both our national TV commercials and radio ads. He will also be talking football at a number of our very lively Trader MeetUps this season, probably starting with Bristol as we’re sponsoring Bristol Rovers this season.“We have ambitious plans to grow Football INDEX into a global brand and are confident we’ll double our users again this season.” Share Sharelast_img read more

NCAA bans Missouri from postseason after academic misconduct

first_imgIn this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, a Missouri football helmet sits on the bench during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File) KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The NCAA handed one-year postseason bans and other penalties to Missouri’s football, baseball and softball programs while placing its entire athletic department on probation Thursday after a two-year investigation revealed academic misconduct involving a former tutor. The penalties mean that the Tigers’ highly regarded football team won’t be eligible for the SEC title game or a bowl game this fall. Their baseball and softball programs will not be allowed to participate in the SEC Tournament or the NCAA Tournament.Missouri Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright said the school would appeal “this harsh and inconsistent decision.” Any appeal could take several months.“We are shocked and dismayed by the penalties that have been imposed today and will aggressively fight for what is right,” athletic director Jim Sterk said. “The Committee on Infractions has abused its discretion in applying penalties in this case, and the university will immediately appeal this decision that has placed unfair penalties on our department and programs.“It is hard to fathom that the university could be cited for exemplary cooperation throughout this case, and yet end up with these unprecedented penalties that could unfairly and adversely impact innocent current and future Mizzou student-athletes.”This photo of former University of Missouri tutor Yolanda Kumar was tweeted in 2014 by MU’s Total Person Program, which is tasked with tutoring student-athletes. The tweet has since been deleted. PHOTO POSTED ON TWITTERThe Division I Committee on Infractions said the former tutor, Yolanda Kumar, admitted in late 2016 she had “violated NCAA ethical conduct, academic misconduct and academic extra benefits rules when she completed academic work for 12 student-athletes.”Kumar told the panel she felt pressured to ensure athletes passed certain courses, primarily in mathematics. But according to the committee’s report, “the investigation did not support that her colleagues directed her to complete the student-athletes’ work.”NCAA investigators said Kumar completed course work offered by Missouri, those offered by other schools and a math placement exam required of all students. In one instance, Kumar allegedly completed an entire course for a football player, whose name was not revealed.The school began investigating after Kumar said on social media that she had committed academic fraud. Sterk sent a letter to Kumar that she also posted on social media in which he confirmed she had provided impermissible benefits and could no longer be associated with the athletic department.“In this particular case, the institution, the tutor and enforcement all agreed this was a Level I case, which is severe misconduct,” said David Roberts, the chief hearing officer for the infractions panel and a special adviser to the president at Southern California. “The case starts off with that agreement and the association has put in place a penalty matrix.”The NCAA acknowledged proactive steps by Missouri in investigating the academic fraud, but the penalties remained stiff.Along with three years of probation and the postseason bans, the programs also must vacate any records for games that included participation by the 12 athletes. The programs will see a 5 percent cut in scholarships for the upcoming academic year and recruiting restrictions include a seven-week ban on unofficial visits, off-campus contacts and any communication with prospects.The NCAA also fined the school $5,000 plus 1 percent of each program’s budget.Kumar has already been barred by the university from working for the athletic department. She also received a 10-year show-cause order from the NCAA that bars her from working with athletes.While the case is expected to draw comparisons to recent academic misconduct at North Carolina, the NCAA said it differed in that “UNC stood by the courses and grades it awarded student-athletes.”“In support of that position,” the NCAA’s report said, “UNC asserted that although courses were created and graded by an office secretary, student-athletes completed their own work. Here, by contrast, Missouri acknowledged that the tutor completed student-athletes’ work and, in most instances, this conduct violated its honor code.”Roberts said the infractions committee has recommended legislative relief waivers for athletes affected by the ruling. That means those unable to participate in the postseason could transfer elsewhere without having to redshirt.Three years ago, the NCAA placed the Tigers on one year’s probation after finding the school failed to monitor its basketball program in a case involving internship opportunities provided by a booster. It also found that a second booster provided impermissible benefits to 11 members of the men’s basketball program totaling nearly $12,000.Roberts said academic misconduct “strikes to the heart of the NCAA,” and that “we looked into the facts and we implemented the rule. From our point of view, this case should be over.”Missouri officials made it clear that won’t be the case.“This was the action of one individual, who acted unilaterally and outside of the expectations that we have established for our staff members,” Sterk said. “We will move forward living up to our frequently stated ideal of ‘Win it Right’ and vigorously defend this unjust penalty.”last_img read more

Local Fashion Designer Invited to Style Fashion Week In Los Angeles

first_imgSubmitted by Bri SeeleySEATTLE, Washington – Award winning Pacific Northwest fashion designer Bri Seeley is debuting her Spring 2013 collection at Style Fashion Week in Los Angeles, California.Bri received a personal invitation to show her new collection, Escape, on the runway at Style Fashion Week with only six weeks notice.  Recently shown at Phoenix Fashion Week, Bri is now part of a People’s Choice In Social Media voting campaign to select a favorite designer.  (To view and vote, click here.)To learn more about the national launch of this local designer, please visit Fashion Week is the newest and most ambitious fashion week to emerge from Los Angeles. The week of events consist of a welcome party for VIP and Media, followed by five days of runway shows. Initially regarded as the new kids on the block, Style Fashion Week LA has made a global impact on the fashion scene by presenting fashion in new ways, merging interior design with fashion design, and giving Los Angeles based designers a world-class platform to showcase their collections. SFW represents the diverse culture that embodies the people of L.A., making the City of Angels a fashion hub, and being a leader in the world’s fashion community where it belongs. Fashionistas, celebrities, VIPs and media from the United States and around the world are set to cover Style Fashion Week. Style Fashion Week is the only one of its kind bringing together the top production and integrated marketing teams.Bri Seeley is American made, contemporary vintage inspired fashion to enhance the female figure.  Bri’s clients rave about her talent and ability to invoke a feeling of confidence through her designs.  Her creations have been described as fun, wearable, sassy, and versatile.  Bri began to create at a young age when her grandmother taught her to sew in rural Minnesota. She continued to build upon her knowledge throughout her high school years, and naturally progressed into a Fashion Design major in college – obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Apparel and Textile Design from North Dakota State University. Bri then spent two years living in Florence, Italy attending the Accademia Italiana and obtained her Master’s Diploma in Fashion Design. During her formal education Bri fell in love with historic fashion and regularly draws upon this, as well as nature, for inspiration. Facebook6Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Promising English cricketer Hobden dies at 22

first_imgLONDON (AP): Matthew Hobden, an English cricketer regarded as one of the most talented up-and-coming players in the country, has died. He was 22. The England and Wales Cricket Board announced Hobden’s death yesterday. It didn’t give a cause of death. Hobden was a seam bowler who had been selected for the Potential England Performance program for each of the last two years. He played county cricket for Sussex. “As a player, I remember the first time I saw him just thinking, ‘Wow,'” said Kevin Shine, the ECB’s lead fast bowling coach. “He was the strongest, most powerful cricketer I’ve ever seen on that program — up there with elite athletes from different sports. His potential was huge, he was improving rapidly and I’m certain that he would have played for England.” England players wore black armbands in Hobden’s memory on the second day of the second test against South Africa in Cape Town on Sunday. Hobden made his first-class debut in 2014 and represented Sussex in all formats of the game. “Matthew was an exciting young cricketer with a big future ahead of him in the game,” Sussex said in a statement.last_img read more