South African swims in Italy for local charity

first_imgCarina Bruwer of the pop group Sterling EQ recently raised R20 000 for a local charity that aims to help children with cancer. The organisation needs R600 000 to help feed 60 families in December and give the children Christmas gifts.In an attempt to make the holiday season bearable for critically ill children in South Africa, Carina Bruwer of instrumental pop group Sterling EQ recently raised R20 000 for a local charity during a visit to Italy.This fundraising is part of Swim For Hope. The initiative is run by Bruwer in collaboration with Little Fighters Cancer Trust. Little Fighters is an organisation that supports children with cancer and their families.Bruwer, a veteran marathon swimmer, started Swim For Hope in 2013 with a solo swim around Cape Point. She has done numerous swims for Little Fighters since then, and has raised over R300 000 over the past few years. For her swim in Italy on 11 October, Bruwer collected R20 000 for the project’s Christmas Elves Project.THE RACE IN ITALYBruwer took part in the annual SwimTheIsland race in Bergeggi, in Italy. This is one of Europe’s largest open water events, with over 2 000 swimmers competing in distances ranging from 800m to 6km.The musician and swimmer was invited as an international celebrity to endorse the race for the second year, according to the organisers. She aimed to complete 18km by swimming multiple laps of the race route, to raise funds for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, they said.The crowd was delighted when she finished the 18km and then announced that she would swim another lap to raise additional funds. Despite multiple jellyfish stings, Bruwer completed a 21km swim in a time of 6h25’58.Sterling EQ’s two other members, Ariella Caira and Luca Hart, supported Carina from the beach. The Sama award-winning trio performed at the opening of the event on Saturday night on the piazza in Spotorno, to a capacity audience consisting of participants, supporters and members of the public.Bruwer and Sterling EQ are based in Cape Town.Carina Bruwer with Sterling EQ’s other two other members, Ariella Caira and Luca Hart, supported performed at the opening of the event on Saturday night on the piazza in Spotorno.Little Fighters Cancer Trust tweeted their gratitude:A MASSIVE THANK YOU to Carina Bruwer for braving the oceans for our #LittleFighters, over and over. The funds… https://t.co/LkaDurwb4S— LittleFightersTrust (@LFCancerTrust) October 20, 2015Yes, she is indeed a Fighter, refusing to give up in her efforts to raise funds and awareness for children… https://t.co/1UQFeHpQzs— LittleFightersTrust (@LFCancerTrust) October 20, 2015Bruwer also took to social media to speak about her achievement:Despite multiple jellyfish stings, Carina Bruwer completed a 21km swim instead of the 18km she was asked to do.CHRISTMAS ELVES PROJECTSwim For Hope aims to provide a Christmas gift to every patient in the paediatric oncology wards at 15 hospitals all over South Africa. There are approximately 2 000 children with cancer. Besides the Christmas gift, each child will also get a snack pack, a Santa hat and a cracker.Another goal is to give Christmas gifts to the siblings of the child who has cancer. The organisation also aims to make sure that 60 families get a full month’s groceries for December.HELP NEEDEDSwim For Hope needs R600 000 to make sure this project reaches its target. Anyone who would like to help is asked for:Toys for the children – to keep the presents fair, any donated toys should not cost more than R200 each;Snack packs – consisting of a packet of Lays crisps, a small boxed fruit juice, a packet of Maynards soft chewy sweets, a lollipop and a fizzer, packaged in a ziplock or zipseal bag;Christmas hats and Christmas crackers; Non-perishable food, cleaning materials and toiletries;or Money – for fresh produce such as meat, fruit, vegetables, dairy, eggs and milk to be bought for 60 families.last_img read more

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Govt audit outcomes improve slightly

first_img14 November 2013 South African government departments and public entities have made a slight but notable improvement in audit outcomes over the last three years, outgoing Auditor-General Terence Nombembe said in Cape Town on Wednesday. Releasing the 2012/13 consolidated general report on national and provincial audit outcomes in Parliament, Nombembe noted that there had been a slight improvement in the 2012/13 audit outcomes of national and provincial departments as well as public entities over 2011/12 and 2010/11. In all, 81 public entities and 24 departments – 22% of the 450 departments and public entities for which audits were finalised by 31 August – recorded clean audit opinions for 2012/13, up from 17% in 2011/12 and 20% in 2010/11. Clean audits are received when the financial statements are unqualified and no audit findings are reported in respect of either the annual performance report or non-compliance with legislation. The percentage of entities and departments with disclaimers declined from five percent in 2011/12 and six percent in 2010/11 to four percent in 2012/13. The audit results also revealed that in 2012/13, a total of 96 entities improved over the previous financial year, including 57 that gained clean audits, while 61 regressed – three-quarters of them public entities. Among the provincial departments and entities, six of the nine provinces improved their audit findings, while North West province showed little progress and Limpopo and Gauteng regressed.Fruitless and wasteful expenditure Overall, fruitless and wasteful expenditure increased by 43% over 2011/12 to just over R2.1-billion, while irregular expenditure stood at R26.4-billion. Nombembe said the most concerning audit outcomes were in the areas of education, health and public works, with five provincial departments in these areas (three in Limpopo) notching up disclaimers for 2012/13. In addition, 50% of departments in these three portfolios had received qualified findings, compared to just 17% of departments in other portfolios. While conceding that legislation had possibly been too weak to deal with underperforming public servants, Nombembe welcomed the announcement in Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s medium term budget of cost-control measures for members of the executive. He added that last month’s launch of a government school for public servants, the amendment of the Public Service Act to ban civil servants from doing business with the government, and the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation’s launch of a management performance evaluation tool to help improve the efficiency of the public sector. While the Auditor-General’s office was working with the government to improve procedures and standards, the oversight model in Parliament as well as in provincial legislatures would also help boost audit outcomes. Despite the improvements, Nombembe said that government entities and departments needed to find the right formula for ensuring that internal controls were respected by public officials. It was critical that supply chain systems, service-delivery reporting, HR, IT systems integration and financial management remained stable – particularly as these areas had not improved in recent years, he said. Public Service and Administration Minster Lindiwe Sisulu, also speaking at Wednesday’s briefing, said political authority and accountability was essential to achieving clean audits. She said no public servant had been found guilty in terms of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), but added that she hoped that the amendments to the Public Service Act would make it easier to prosecute public servants that fell foul of the law. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Williams edges Kvitova for 1st US Open semifinal since 2010

first_imgUFC rival Nate Diaz slams McGregor over boxing loss LATEST STORIES She will face unseeded Sloane Stephens on Thursday in the first all-American women’s semifinal in New York since 2002. Stephens advanced earlier Tuesday with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4) victory over 16th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia. It is Stephens’ deepest run at any major since 2013 and the apex of a recovery from foot surgery in January.There could be another U.S. vs. U.S. semifinal on the other side of the draw: 15th-seeded Madison Keys and 20th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe play their quarterfinals Wednesday.“It’s been a great two weeks for American tennis. Seeing all the American players in the draw and all of them advancing so deep and competing so well,” Williams said. “It’s great to see this resurgence, and I hope it can continue.”Kvitova, seeded 13th, was hoping to prolong her comeback from a knife attack less than nine months ago by reaching the first U.S. Open semifinal of her career. She needed surgery on her racket-holding hand after she was cut by an intruder at her home in the Czech Republic in December. She returned to the tour at the French Open in May, losing in the second round there and at Wimbledon.Kvitova has said she still does not have full strength in her left hand. But she was often at her powerful best against No. 9 Williams, especially in the last two sets, repeatedly delivering big, flat forehands.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments MOST READ Neither woman played with a ton of subtlety, mainly trading stinging groundstrokes from the baseline on exchanges that grew in intensity as the 2-hour, 34-minute encounter went along.“I had my chances,” Kvitova said. “Kind of.”Williams, who revealed in 2011 she had been diagnosed with an energy-sapping autoimmune disease, is the oldest women’s semifinalist in New York in the Open era, which dates to 1968.But this sort of throwback run is becoming almost routine again for Williams, who made it to the Australian Open final in January of this year, then the Wimbledon final in July. In 2002, she participated in three Grand Slam finals, losing each to her younger sister Serena.Stephens, ranked 83rd, has won 13 of her past 15 matches, all on hard courts, reaching the semifinals at three consecutive tournaments for the only time in her career.She had an operation in January, and while forced to stay away from her sport, she found a new appreciation for it. The time off also allowed her to enjoy other aspects of life.“I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t do all the things that I wanted to do. But I did get to hang out with my family and see my little cousin’s soccer games and go to weddings and baby showers and stuff. All the things that I thought before I was missing out on, (now) I really wasn’t,” said Stephens, whose late father, John Stephens, was the 1988 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year for the New England Patriots, and whose mother, Sybil Smith, was Boston University’s first All-American in women’s swimming.“It was just kind of, like, eye-opening,” Stephens added. “When I wasn’t playing, like, of course I loved my time off, but when I got back to playing tennis, it was, like, this is where I want to be. This is what I love doing.”In the men’s quarterfinals, No. 12 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain and No. 28 Kevin Anderson of South Africa each advanced to the final four at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.Anderson got past 17th-seeded Sam Querrey of the United States 7-6 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-3, 7-6 (7) in a match that ended shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday. Much, much earlier, Carreno Busta of Spain had no trouble beating No. 29 Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. It was Carreno Busta’s first match of the tournament against an opponent who was not a qualifier. Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Venus Williams of the United States reacts after defeating Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic during her Women’s Singles Quarterfinal match on Day Nine of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — When her work was done, her first trip to the U.S. Open semifinals since 2010 secured, if just barely, Venus Williams sat in her sideline chair and beamed .Williams reached her third major semifinal of the season — something she last did 15 years ago — by edging two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2) on Tuesday night to a soundtrack of thunderous partisan support under a closed roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I know that I didn’t win matches against top players — top-10 or top-20 players,” Carreno Busta said, “but I am very happy with my tournament.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “Definitely felt like a special match. No easy moments, not easy to hold serve or break serve,” Williams said. “This match meant a lot to me, obviously, playing at home and, of course, it being a major.”The 37-year-old Williams, who won titles at Flushing Meadows way back in 2000 and 2001, trailed 3-1 in the third set before digging out of the hole with a little help: Kvitova’s eighth double-fault handed over the break that made it 3-all.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd Kvitova’s ninth double-fault got Williams to match point in the tiebreaker.“Sometimes you have opportunities, and sometimes you take them and you don’t, but it’s not like you get opportunity after opportunity after opportunity in these sorts of matches,” Williams said. “You have to take the ones you have.”last_img read more

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Gilas winds up 3-day training camp in Tagaytay

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games READ: Japan wary of Gilas’ speed, offenseThe nationals also took the opportunity to build a deeper relationship with team building exercises, as seen in Reyes’ social media posts.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Celtics are ‘team of the future in the East,’ coach Kerr says LATEST STORIES Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Still absent from the pool were Terrence Romeo, who is reportedly still undergoing therapy, and naturalized center Andray Blatche.Kevin Alas, Carl Bryan Cruz, Roger Pogoy, Kiefer Ravena, Mac Belo, Calvin Abueva, Matthew Wright, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Raymond Almazan, June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Gabe Norwood, and Jayson Castro were in attendance.READ: Blatche hints at return 10 days before World CupBlatche, though, has hinted that he is set to reunite with the team with just nine days before the Nov. 24 match in Tokyo.The team is schedule to drive back to Manila Wednesday afternoon. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGilas Pilipinas wrapped up its three-day training camp in Tagaytay on Wednesday ahead of its matchup against Japan in the Fiba Basketball World Qualifiers next week.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 In the out-of-town camp at Splendido Tagaytay, Gilas underwent two-a-day practice sessions, weights training and film viewing with coach Chot Reyes and his staff. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

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Mushers, fans gather for world’s most famous sled dog race

first_imgView comments Veteran musher Scott Janssen of Anchorage said that for now, he is letting all “the negative stuff go in one ear and out the other,” but will do everything in his power after the race to change the face of the Iditarod.“I run this race because I love the Iditarod and I love my dogs,” said Janssen, a funeral home director known as the Mushing Mortician. “My dogs have been training all year to do this and we’re going to go out there and we’re going to have a great time.”Fans also were concentrating on the race itself. Among them were sisters Liz and Jenny Ott of Bradford, England. The pair first got a desire to see the Iditarod in person after going on a sled dog ride with Iditarod veteran Ryan Redington, grandson of late race co-founder Joe Redington Sr., as part of an Alaska cruise land excursion five years ago.“It’s a bucket list thing,” Liz Ott said.“Something you have to do before you die,” her sister added.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Michigan ends top-seeded Spartans’ 13-game winning streak But two hours before Saturday’s action got started, a dog on Norwegian musher Lars Monsen’s team got loose and disappeared during preparations for the 11-mile (18-kilometer) run through town. The dog, Hudson, was not immediately found, Iditarod spokesman Chas St. George said.This year’s Iditarod comes amid a plethora of troubles for race organizers, including a former winner’s dog doping scandal, the loss of a major sponsor and increasing pressure from animal rights activists following the deaths of five dogs connected to last year’s race.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut on Saturday, the focus for mushers was on the race ahead.“It’s all about the dogs now,” said defending champion Mitch Seavey, a three-time winner. “Dogs are what we focus on. I think that’s why everybody showed up down here on the streets today, it’s because we love the dogs.” Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Musher Aliy Zirkle runs her team during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Zirkle has finished as high as second in the race. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen)ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Cheering fans lined the streets as mushers took their dog teams for a short sprint in Alaska’s largest city Saturday for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.The morning trek along snow-heaped paths in downtown Anchorage gave supporters a chance to mingle with mushers and their furry teams before the competitive portion of the 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) race to Nome begins Sunday to the north in the community of Willow.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Also present for the parade of dog teams were members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which brought five headstones with the names of the Iditarod dogs that died in 2017, including two dogs that died after being dropped from the race. Stuffed toy dogs topped with long-stem red roses were placed in front of the gravestones.PETA, a longtime Iditarod critic, says more than 150 dogs have died in the race over the years, a number disputed by Iditarod officials who have not provided their count despite numerous requests by The Associated Press. PETA also plans to protest at Sunday’s official start of the race and at the finish in Nome.“These dogs are being treated like machines,” said spokeswoman Tricia Lebkuecher. “And they are literally being run to death.”Iditarod officials acknowledged the various problems they’ve faced over the past year have been a growing process for organizers.Perhaps the most challenging issue was the October disclosure that four dogs belonging to four-time winner Dallas Seavey, one of defending champion Mitch Seavey’s sons, tested positive for a banned substance, the opioid painkiller tramadol, after his second-place finish last year behind his father. The race’s leadership faced criticism for not releasing the information sooner.The Iditarod said it couldn’t prove Dallas Seavey administered the drugs to his dogs and didn’t punish him. Since then, the rules have been changed to hold mushers liable for any positive drug test unless they can show something beyond their control happened.Seavey has denied administering tramadol to his dogs. He is sitting out this year’s race in protest over the handling of the doping investigation. Instead, he is in Norway to participate in another sled dog race, the Finnmarkslopet, which begins next week. Mitch Seavey said Dallas called him from Norway Friday night to wish him well in the Iditarod.For this year’s Iditarod, 67 teams are vying for a total purse of $500,000. Organizers say the winner’s share of the prize money will be determined later in the race. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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2011 NSW State Cup Results

first_imgMen’s OpenEasts Roosters 7 defeated Hornsby Lions 6Women’s OpenCanterbury Bulldogs 4 defeated Wollongong Devils 3Women’s Open A ReservePenrith Panthers 6 defeated Wests Magpies 4Mixed OpenMurwillumbah Mavericks 6 defeated Easts Roosters 5Men’s Open BWollongong Devils 7 defeated Parramatta Eels (1) 5Women’s Open BEasts Roosters 6 defeated Nelson Bay 3Mixed Open BPort Macquarie 8 defeated Campbelltown Ghosts 7Men’s Open CCanterbury Bulldogs 5 defeated Parramatta Eels (2) 4Men’s 20’sBankstown Jets 7 defeated Penrith Panthers 3Women’s 20’sWallsend Wolves (1) 4 defeated Tamworth Thunder 3Men’s 30’sEasts Roosters 6 defeated Penrith Panthers 4Women’s 30’sManly Sea Eagles 2 defeated Wallsend Wolves 1Senior MixedNorthern Suburbs 6 defeated Wagga Wagga 5Men’s 35’sWests Magpies 6 defeated Wallsend Wolves 5Men’s 40’sManly Sea Eagles 5 defeated Wallsend Wolves 2Women’s 40’sBeresfield Bandits 6 defeated Port Macquarie 4Men’s 45’sManly Sea Eagles 4 defeated Penrith Panthers 3Women’s 45’sEasts Roosters 4 defeated Manly Sea Eagles 3Men’s 50’sManly Sea Eagles 4 defeated Canterbury Bulldogs 0To view the match reports from the State Cup, please visit the following site:www.statecup.sportingpulse.net To watch some of the highlights of the weekend, please visit the TFA YouTube Channel:www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

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LS passes Companies Amendment Bill

first_imgNew Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday said government has de-registered 4 lakh shell companies as the Lok Sabha approved a bill seeking to tighten CSR norms and ensuring stricter action for non- compliance of the company law regulations. Piloting the Companies Amendment Bill 2019, the minister said companies not spending the mandatory 2 per cent profit on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activites for a total period of four years will be required to deposit the amount in a special account. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The amendments in the Companies Act, she added, were aimed at improving ease of doing business and also reducing compliance burden on the companies, especially the smaller ones. The Bill was later passed by the Lower House unanimously after Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury withdrew statutory resolution opposing it. Responding to the concerns of members on shell companies, Sithsaraman said the word “shell companies” has not been defined in the rule book, but it is loosely referred to inactive companies or those which do not maintain a registered office. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “Four lakh companies have been identified and de-registered,” she said, adding non-maintenance of registered office will be a ground for de-registration of companies. A key change in the Bill pertains to CSR spending, wherein companies would have to mandatorily keep unspent money into a special account. Under the Act, companies earning profit of over Rs 5 crore, turnover of Rs 100 crore or networth of more than Rs 500 crore are required to shell out at least two per cent of their three-year annual average net profit towards CSR activities. India, Sitharaman said, has become the first country to make CSR spending mandatory through a law. The companies will have one year to firm up the CSR proposal and another three years to spend funds. In case money remains unspent for one plus three years, the money will have to be moved to an escrow account, she said, adding it could even be the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. The bill empowers the Registrar of Companies (ROC) to initiate action for removal of the name of the company from Register of companies if it is not carrying on any business or operation in according with the company law. Among other things, the bill also provides for re- categorisation of 16 minor offences as purely civil defaults, transferring of functions with regard to dealing with applications for change of financial year to Central government and shifting of powers for conversion from public to private companies from NCLT to the central government, as well as more clarity with respect to certain powers of the National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA).last_img read more

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Ohio State womens soccer falls to Rutgers in Big Ten quarterfinals 20

OSU sophomore midfielder Nikki Walts (4) makes a corner kick during a game against Purdue on Oct. 9 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Anbo Yao | Lantern PhotographerThe No. 7 seed Ohio State women’s soccer team fell to No. 2-seeded Rutgers on Friday afternoon in State College, Pennsylvania, in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.The Scarlet Knights defeated the Buckeyes 2-0 to end the Scarlet and Gray’s tournament run after they started it off with an upset win over Wisconsin in the quarterfinals. Rutgers got on the board early in the eighth minute when sophomore forward Colby Ciarrocca flicked home a finish from six yards out after a long throw-in by senior defender Brianna Reed.The Buckeyes had a golden chance to answer in the 12th minute, but Rutgers goalkeeper Casey Murphy made a leaping save. The Scarlet Knights scored again in the 39th minute to give them the 2-0 lead heading into halftime. Junior midfielder Jennifer Andresen took advantage of a giveaway just outside the box and finished from 18 yards out. OSU freshman goalkeeper Devon Kerr, who made the start but was pulled after the second goal, inadvertently passed it directly to Andresen, who had an open strike.Heading into halftime, the Scarlet Knights held the advantage in shots, 6-2, including 3-1 on the frame.Entering the second half, Rutgers pressed on, not content with its lead.In the final 20 minutes of play, the Buckeyes continued to push numbers forward but couldn’t find the back of the net.For the game, the Scarlet Knights held the 13-9 advantage in shots, including 5-3 on the frame.Now the Buckeyes have nothing to do but hope their 11-6-3 record is good enough to receive an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament. OSU will learn whether its season will continue for at least one more game or not when the 64-team bracket is revealed at 4:30 p.m. on Monday. read more

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NCAA finds no new violations at OSU

The NCAA has informed Ohio State that the university will not face charges of failing to monitor its football team. The NCAA report also said it has not uncovered any new violations by OSU officials or players. The NCAA agreed with the university that former head coach Jim Tressel was the only university official aware of any violations by football players. “The enforcement staff, institution and Tressel are in substantial agreement as to the facts of both allegations and that those facts constitute violations of NCAA legislation,” according to the statement that OSU received Thursday and released on Friday. “There are no remaining issues regarding either allegation.” The statement reiterated that Tressel’s actions were wrong, that he acted alone, failed in his duty to report violations and wrongfully fielded ineligible players. “Other than (two names redacted) and (Ted) Sarniak, there is no indication that Tressel provided or discussed the information he received from (Chris) Cicero with anyone else, particularly athletics administrators,” the statement said. The statement said the need for a hearing is necessary due to the nature of the case, but there are no new violations to be reported. “Nonetheless, the enforcement staff believed that a hearing was appropriate, rather than a summary disposition report, due to the nature of unethical conduct involving the head football coach,” the statement said. Due to this response from the NCAA, the university is not going to face charges of a lack of institutional control or failure to monitor. That means OSU will not face the harshest penalty the NCAA has to offer, the death penalty, which could have prevented the Buckeyes from participating in the 2011 football season. On Aug. 12, when OSU will meet with the NCAA on these violations, the university could learn what punishments the NCAA could give to the university. “The enforcement staff reviewed information related to the institution’s education and monitoring efforts prior to and during the time frame of the violations but concluded that a failure to monitor charge was unwarranted,” the NCAA informed OSU. The NCAA said it believed the university provided student athletes with proper education on compliance protocol. “The institution demonstrated that each fall and spring during the time frame of the violations, it provided education to football student-athletes and staff regarding extra benefits and preferential treatment,” the NCAA continued. “Thus, the student-athletes were aware that it was impermissible to receive payment, benefits and free or discounted services on the basis of their athletics reputation or skill.” In April 2010, local attorney Chris Cicero sent Tressel an email saying that several players were involved with a now-convicted drug dealer. Cicero said this tattoo parlor owner and drug dealer, Edward Rife, had several pieces of memorabilia belonging to current student athletes. In March, Tressel, university president E. Gordon Gee and athletic director Gene Smith, addressed the media and public that Tressel had knowledge of these violations without reporting them. Tressel resigned from his post of head football coach on May 30. Since his resignation, the terms have changed to a retirement, and the original $250,000 fine inflicted on him was waived. Former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, one of the players involved in the scandal, left the university on June 8 to pursue a professional career in the NFL. In addition to Pryor, five other players that received suspensions because of their affiliation with Rife and the tattoo parlor. Wide receiver DeVier Posey, running back Dan Herron, linemen Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas all received a five game suspension in 2011. Linebacker Jordan Whiting also received a one-game suspension. A Columbus news station, WBNS-10TV, reported Friday that Tressel verbally disclosed the tip he received about the players’ involvement with Rife around Dec. 16, when he was interviewed as part of OSU’s internal investigation. This information differs from the investigation by the NCAA that Tressel disclosed the information to university officials in January. The university “categorically” denied the report by 10TV, standing by the facts presented by the NCAA in its statement to the university. read more

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