USC can’t trust the NCAA to act fairly

first_img“Inside the 20s” runs every other Thursday. If you would like to comment on this article, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Nick at [email protected] Last Saturday was a day of celebration: College football had finally returned, and USC was back to its winning ways. The Trojans trounced Hawai’i 49-10 in its first season of bowl eligibility in two years since the NCAA dropped the hammer on them after the Reggie Bush investigation. USC was ranked No. 1 in the country, and all was right in the world.Well, almost. USC later slipped to No. 2 in the Associated Press poll, but Trojans fans could care less in light of the latest news: another NCAA investigation.These days it seems a conversation about USC is incomplete without discussing possible infractions related to extra benefits.Sometime before sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee’s 75-yard scamper into the end zone on the season’s first play, the Los Angeles Times reported that a former Los Angeles County assessor’s office employee gave improper gifts to former USC running back Joe McKnight and former basketball player Davon Jefferson in 2009 and 2008, respectively.Before I go any further, I have a question to ask: Haven’t we been over this before?The NCAA turned over every rock and looked at every skeleton in USC’s closet during the Bush investigation. Despite finding no concrete evidence that the school or athletic department knew Bush was receiving improper benefits, the NCAA Committee on Infractions slapped USC with the dreaded “lack of institutional control” label and hit the team with, which were at the time, the most severe sanctions since SMU received the “death penalty” in 1987.After USC had the book thrown at it, college football pundits have almost unanimously described the punishments as excessive and unfair. The inconsistencies of the NCAA’s rulings on subsequent violations have been comical, particularly at Ohio State and Auburn.What’s more frustrating about this news is that it comes at a time when USC is leading the movement to ensure NCAA student-athletes do not hurt their amateur status by accepting impermissible benefits. In fact, USC even hosted a summit reviewing prep football “7-on-7” tournaments and the amount of money flowing through them.Since June 2010 sanctions, USC has hired a new football coach, basketball coach, athletic director and school president, and the new administration team has acted like choirboys.In 2009, amid rumors that Joe McKnight had accepted gifts from an outside source, the USC compliance department barred the tailback from playing in the Emerald Bowl against Boston College.In 2010, Athletic Director Pat Haden self-reported to the NCAA that former running back Dillon Baxter received an impermissible benefit in the form of a two-minute golf cart ride across campus by a sports agent. As a result, he missed the team’s next game at Oregon State while the NCAA reviewed the case.And just last season, former USC secondary coach Willie Mack Garza resigned for personal reasons amid reports that tied him to talent scout Will Lyles, who is connected to the NCAA’s probe of Oregon.The point is, USC has been on the straight and narrow path ever since new leadership has taken over. It’s been proactive.We know what has happened since then: Kiffin and senior quarterback Matt Barkley have cleared the “dark clouds” that Kiffin has so frequently referenced.After all, the idea of sanctions was to make USC suffer, not to have the Trojans emerge as national title favorites in their first season back from probation.It would be unfair for one administration group to be punished twice for a “lack of institutional control,” especially when that group is no longer affiliated with USC, and that timeframe has already been investigated ad nauseum by the powers that be.USC has done everything the NCAA has asked; it’s time to leave the Trojans alone.But one never knows with the NCAA.last_img read more

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Davis Cup: Tennis players of Luxembourg arrived in Sarajevo

first_imgHall ”Ramiz Salčin” in Mojmilo, where BiH Davis Cup team will play matches against Luxembourg from 1 to 3 February is ready for trainings of both teams, reports FENA.Luxembourg team came to Sarajevo today, and later this day ITF supervisor Stephane Apostolou from France will also come to Sarajevo.The hall for this match will have the capacity of 2000 spectators.There is no entrance fee.The draw for the match will be carried out in the premises of the Olympic Museum (Zetra) on Thursday at 12 o’clock.last_img read more

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College Football Playoff rankings: Who are the four teams in the final CFP poll release of 2019?

first_imgMORE: 2019-20 college football bowl tracker The final College Football Playoff rankings were unveiled on Sunday.LSU finished as the No. 1 team, followed by No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Oklahoma. LSU will play Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl, while Clemson and Ohio State face off in the Fiesta Bowl. The Tigers have put together arguably the best resume this season and have, perhaps inarguably, the best player in Joe Burrow. But the Buckeyes, apart from a ho-hum first half in the Big Ten championship game, have looked like the nation’s most complete team all season.The College Football Playoff semifinals will be on Dec. 28 at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta and Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. The CFP championship game will be Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.With that, the final College Football Playoff rankings of 2019:College Football Playoff rankings 2019Who are the four teams in the CFP?RankingTeamRecord1.LSU13-02.Ohio State13-03.Clemson13-04.Oklahoma12-1Who are the first two teams out of the CFP?RankingTeamRecord5.Georgia11-26.Oregon11-2CFP top 25 final rankingsRankingTeamRecord1.LSU13-02.Ohio State13-03.Clemson13-04.Oklahoma12-15.Georgia11-26.Oregon11-27.Baylor11-28.Wisconsin10-39.Florida10-210.Penn State10-211.Utah11-212.Auburn9-313.Alabama10-214.Michigan9-315.Notre Dame10-216.Iowa9-317.Memphis12-118.Minnesota10-219.Boise State12-120.App State12-121.Cincinnati10-322.USC8-423.Navy9-224.Virginia9-425.Oklahoma State8-4last_img read more

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NASCAR schedule 2020: Dates, TV channels, start times for all Cup Series races

first_img— The famous Bristol night race, which previously had been run in August, is now a playoff race scheduled for Sept. 19. It will be the first cut-off race of the postseason.— The Brickyard 400 moves up to July 4th weekend, replacing Daytona at that point of the schedule.— The first night race of the season is … Martinsville? The short track that recently installed lights gets its first ever 8 p.m. ET start time on May 9. Among the other big changes, which are detailed below: Pocono Raceway hosts a doubleheader in June — one race on Saturday and one on Sunday. Homestead-Miami Speedway no longer hosts the championship race; now Phoenix Raceway gets that honor. The Bristol night race is now a playoff race. The Brickyard 400 is now the series’ July 4th weekend showcase.“The fans and the industry as a whole have been vocal about the desire for sweeping changes to the schedule, and the 2020 slate is a reflection of our efforts to execute against that feedback,” NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell said when the schedule was announced last March. “These changes are the result of unprecedented consensus-building with our race tracks and broadcast partners; something we look to continue into 2021 and beyond.”Below is the complete NASCAR Cup Series schedule for 2020, including start times, TV channels, radio stations and the winners of each race.NASCAR schedule 2020DateRaceTrackStart timeTV channelRadioWinnerFeb. 16Daytona 500Daytona International Speedway2:30 p.m. ETFoxMRNDenny HamlinFeb. 23Pennzoil 400Las Vegas Motor Speedway3:30 p.m. ETFoxPRNJoey LoganoMarch 1Auto Club 400Auto Club Speedway3:30 p.m. ETFoxMRNAlex BowmanMarch 8FanShield 500Phoenix Raceway3:30 p.m. ETFoxMRNJoey LoganoMarch 15Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500Atlanta Motor Speedway2 p.m. ETFoxPRN-March 22Dixie Vodka 400Homestead-Miami Speedway2 p.m. ETFoxMRN-March 29O’Reilly Auto Parts 500Texas Motor Speedway2 p.m. ETFS1PRN-April 5Food City 500Bristol Motor Speedway2 p.m. ETFS1PRN——–April 19Toyota Owners 400Richmond Raceway2 p.m. ETFoxMRN-April 26Geico 500Talladega Superspeedway2 p.m. ETFoxMRN-May 3NASCAR Cup Series Race at DoverDover International Speedway2 p.m. ETFS1MRN-May 9 (Sat.)NASCAR Cup Series Race at MartinsvilleMartinsville Speedway8 p.m. ETFS1MRN-May 16 (Sat.)All-Star RaceCharlotte Motor Speedway9 p.m. ETFS1MRN-May 24Coca-Cola 600Charlotte Motor Speedway6 p.m. ETFoxPRN-May 31Kansas 400Kansas Speedway2 p.m. ETFS1MRN-June 7FireKeepers Casino 400Michigan International Speedway2 p.m. ETFS1MRN-June 14Toyota / Save Mart 350Sonoma Raceway3 p.m. ETFS1PRN-June 21Chicagoland 400Chicagoland Speedway2:30 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-June 27 (Sat.)Kids Free 325Pocono Raceway3 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-June 28Worry-Free Weather Guarantee 350Pocono Raceway3:30 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-July 5Big Machine Vodka 400 at the BrickyardIndianapolis Motor Speedway3:30 p.m. ETNBCIMS Radio-July 11 (Sat.)Quaker State 400 Presented by WalmartKentucky Speedway7:30 p.m. ETNBCSNPRN-July 19Foxwoods Resort Casino 301New Hampshire Motor Speedway3 p.m. ETNBCSNPRN——–Aug. 9Consumers Energy 400Michigan International Speedway3 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-Aug. 16Go Bowling at The GlenWatkins Glen International3 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-Aug. 23Drydene 400Dover International Speedway3 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-Aug. 29 (Sat.)Coke Zero Sugar 400Daytona International Speedway7:30 p.m. ETNBCMRN-NASCAR schedule 2020: Playoff racesDateRaceTrackStart timeTV channelRadioWinnerSept. 6Southern 500Darlington Raceway6 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-Sept. 12 (Sat.)Federated Auto Parts 400Richmond Raceway7:30 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-Sept. 19 (Sat.)Bass Pro Shops NRA Night RaceBristol Motor Speedway7:30 p.m. ETNBCSNPRN-Sept. 27South Point 400Las Vegas Motor Speedway7 p.m. ETNBCSNPRN-Oct. 4Alabama 500Talladega Superspeedway2 p.m. ETNBCMRN-Oct. 11Bank of America ROVAL 400Charlotte Motor Speedway2:30 p.m. ETNBCPRN-Oct. 18Hollywood Casino 400Kansas Speedway2:30 p.m. ETNBCMRN-Oct. 25Texas 500Texas Motor Speedway3 p.m. ETNBCSNPRN-Nov. 1NASCAR Cup Series Fall Race at MartinsvilleMartinsville Speedway2 p.m. ETNBCMRN-Nov. 8NASCAR Cup Series ChampionshipPhoenix Raceway3 p.m. ETNBCMRN-NASCAR race schedule changes for 2020Below are the major changes for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule compared to prior seasons.— Phoenix Raceway hosts the championship race, marking the first time since 2002 that the Cup Series will finish its season somewhere other than Homestead-Miami Speedway.— Homestead’s Cup Series date moves to the spring (March 22), making the Dixie Vodka 400 the sixth race of the season rather than the last.— For the first time in the modern era, the Cup Series has a doubleheader on the schedule. Pocono Raceway hosts the Kids Free 325 on Saturday, June 27 and the Worry-Free Weather Guarantee 350 on Sunday, June 28.— The Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona, which had been an early July staple on the Cup Series schedule, is now the regular-season finale. It’s scheduled for Aug. 29.— The Southern 500 at Darlington, one of the most prestigious races on the schedule, is now the first race of the playoffs. It’s scheduled for Sept. 6. The NASCAR Cup Series schedule for 2020 is notable simply because of the massive changes that have been made and will continue to be made. Multiple races have moved dates for 2020, creating a scheduling shakeup that is sure to impact how the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion is decided.The biggest change as it pertains to the Cup Series playoffs, many say, is the fact that Daytona’s second date on the schedule is now the last race of the regular season. Such an unpredictable and wide-open event being the last chance for teams to make the playoffs is a formula for made-for-TV chaos.last_img read more

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Caluag fails to defend BMX title, settles for bronze

first_imgSearch on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu The 30-year-old Caluag, who ruled the competition in 2013, wasn’t able to defend his crown in the 2015 SEA Games after host Singapore opted not to hold a BMX event.Caluag won the gold in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 7 Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia diescenter_img FILE PHOTO – Daniel Patrick Caluag finally strikes gold for the Philippines on Wednesday by winning the men’s BMX race at the Ganghwa Asiad BMX Track during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA/INQUIRERFormer Olympian Daniel Caluag settled for third place in the men’s BMX competition in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Saturday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Caluag, who represented the Philippines in the 2012 London Olympics, fell behind Thailand’s Nonthakon Inkhokshong, who won silver and Indonesia’s gold medalist Gusti Bagus Saputra.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Update #3- Fire causes power outage in Charlie Lake area

first_img**Update – Power was restored to this area at about 6:30pm.  Hydro is now reporting that there is still a power outage in the Charlie Lake area.  They now say 297 customers in the area are without power and it could be restored by 8pm.  The outage runs from the 273 road in the West and South of Tamarack Road.  There is also another outage being reported west of the 275 road and is affecting 302 customers.  This outage is expected to be restored by 8:30pm.  The cause of both outages are still under investigation. Map:  This map shows the location of the two outages in Charlie Lake By Energeticcity.ca StaffAdvertisement **Update – Hydro now says the power will be out until at least 11:00pm tonight.  The power outage is now affecting over 1,400 customers in the Charlie Lake area.center_img – Advertisement -**Update – Power has been restored to the Charlie Lake area.  For more on this story, click here  A large power outage is affecting over 1,400 customers in the Charlie Lake area.The outage stretches from North of Highway 29 to South-East of the Alaska Highway and West of 86th street.  The power went out at around 5pm and is expected to be back on by 7:30pm.  At this time we are working getting details about the fire.We will post more information as it becomes available. Advertisementlast_img read more

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