Clermont Auvergne to be sued over concussion issues

first_imgThen two weeks later in the final he was knocked unconscious but was given permission to return to action, despite vomiting in the changing rooms.The 38 year old believes “winning took precedence over the health of players” at the club. French side Clermont Auvergne are set to be sued by one of their former players over concussion issues.Jamie Cudmore played with the side for over 11 years, and has claimed team doctors failed in their medical duty to him on two occasions.Cudmore says he suffered a serious head injury in the 2015 Champions Cup semi-final but was allowed to play on.last_img

Astros’ AJ Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow suspended, then fired for sign-stealing

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings Baseball’s response was far greater than that of the NFL to a similar infraction. New England coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 in 2007 and the Patriots were fined $250,000 for using video to capture an opponent’s signals. In the scandal known as Spygate, the Patriots also were stripped of a first-round draft choice. They were penalized again for $1 million eight years later for deflating footballs for use in the AFC championship game. The NFL took away a first-round draft pick and suspended quarterback Tom Brady for four games.Manfred said Hinch was aware of the system but did not tell Luhnow.“As the person with responsibility for managing his players and coaches, there simply is no justification for Hinch’s failure to act,” Manfred said.The GM told Major League Baseball he was unaware of the system, but Manfred held him accountable for the team’s actions.“Although Luhnow denies having any awareness that his replay review room staff was decoding and transmitting signs, there is both documentary and testimonial evidence that indicates Luhnow had some knowledge of those efforts, but he did not give it much attention,” Manfred said. “Irrespective of Luhnow’s knowledge of his club’s violations of the rules, I will hold him personally accountable for the conduct of his club.”Current New York Mets manager Carlos Beltrán, then a player with the Astros, was among the group involved. Manfred said no Astros players will be disciplined because he decided in September 2017 to hold a team’s manager and GM responsible.“Virtually all of the Astros’ players had some involvement or knowledge of the scheme, and I am not in a position based on the investigative record to determine with any degree of certainty every player who should be held accountable, or their relative degree of culpability,” Manfred wrote. “It is impractical given the large number of players involved, and the fact that many of those players now play for other clubs. …“Some players may have understood that their conduct was not only condoned by the club, but encouraged by it,” Manfred added. “This was misconduct committed by the team.”Baseball’s investigation began when former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers, now with Oakland, made the allegations in a report by The Athletic on Nov. 12.MLB’s Department of Investigations interviewed 27 witnesses, including 23 current and former Houston players, and reviews tens of thousands of emails, Slack communications, text messages, video clips and photographs.“Some Astros players told my investigators that they did not believe the sign-stealing scheme was effective, and it was more distracting than useful to hitters,” Manfred said. “I am neither in a position to evaluate whether the scheme helped Astros hitters … nor whether it helped the Astros win any games.”Astros employees in the team’s video replay room started to decode signs using the center field camera at the start of the 2017 season. A player would act as a runner to bring the information to the dugout, where a runner on second would be signaled. The runner would decode the catcher’s sign and signal the batter. At times, an employee in the replay room would convey the information by text message to the watch or phone of a staff member in the dugout.Cora began calling the replay room for the information early in the season. After a group of players that included Beltrán discussed how to improve the system about two months into the season, Cora arranged for a video monitor of the center field camera to be installed next to the dugout and players would communicate pitches by banging a bat or massage gun on a trash can. Two bangs usually were used for off-speed pitches and no sound for fastballs.Manfred said that the banging system was not used in 2018 but that signs were stolen by the replay room and communicated to the dugout during at least part of that season. There was no evidence signs were stolen during the 2018 playoffs.Taubman can apply to Manfred for reinstatement after the World Series, and any future violations of Major League Rules would lead to a lifetime ban.The Mets and Beltrán declined comment, spokesman Harold Kaufman saidThe Dodgers lost to the Astros in seven games in the 2017 World Series and to the Red Sox in the 2018 World Series. Dodgers officials declined to comment.Southern California News Group Dodgers beat writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this story.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error By RONALD BLUM and KRISTIE RIEKENHOUSTON (AP) — Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired Monday after the pair were suspended by Major League Baseball for the team’s sign-stealing during Houston’s run to the 2017 World Series title and during the 2018 season.In the sport’s largest scandal since the Biogenesis drug suspensions in 2013, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the discipline Monday and strongly hinted that current Boston manager Alex Cora— the Astros bench coach in 2017 and a former Dodgers player — will face equal or more severe punishment. Manfred said Cora developed the sign-stealing system used by the Astros. The Red Sox are under investigation for sign stealing in Cora’s first season as manager in 2018, when the Red Sox won the World Series.Houston was fined $5 million for sign-stealing by the team during its run to the 2017 World Series title and during the 2018 season — the maximum allowed under the Major League Constitution. The Astros will forfeit their next two first- and second-round draft picks. In addition, former Astros GM Brandon Taubman was suspended through the World Series for his conduct during last year’s AL Championship Series, when his profane remarks directed at female reporters led to his firing by Houston, which at first denied the incident and later apologized.Manfred said owner Jim Crane was not aware of the sign stealing. An hour after MLB announced its decision, Crane opened a news conference by saying Hinch and Luhnow were fired.“We need to move forward with a clean slate,” he said.Houston was a big league-best 204-120 during the two years in question, winning its first title. Manfred painted a picture of a team management solely focused on winning.“It is very clear to me that the culture of the baseball operations department, manifesting itself in the way its employees are treated, its relations with other clubs, and its relations with the media and external stakeholders, has been very problematic,” Manfred wrote in a nine-page statement. “At least in my view, the baseball operations department’s insular culture — one that valued and rewarded results over other considerations, combined with a staff of individuals who often lacked direction or sufficient oversight, led, at least in part, to the Brandon Taubman incident, the club’s admittedly inappropriate and inaccurate response to that incident, and finally, to an environment that allowed the conduct described in this report to have occurred.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more

Sedgwick County inmate dies of natural causes in Sumner County Jail

first_imgSumner Newscow report — KAKE.com is reporting that an autopsy will be performed on a Sedgwick County inmate who died while being housed in Sumner County.A release from the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department said the 59-year-old man was taken to a local hospital Tuesday morning where he was pronounced dead of apparent natural causes.The inmate’s identity has not been released. He was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail in June on two felony warrants.Sedgwick County Detention Facility has booked more than 18,000 people this year. This is the second inmate to die of natural causes while in sheriff’s custody in 2013. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

What channel is LSU vs. Georgia on today? Time, schedule for SEC championship game 2019

first_imgIt’s a battle of college football heavyweights as No. 4 Georgia and No. 2 LSU meet in the SEC championship game on Saturday in Atlanta.After suffering an early-season setback with a home loss to South Carolina in October, Georgia (11-1, 7-1 SEC) has managed to bounce back with wins over Florida and Auburn. Georgia also looks to avenge its loss in last season’s SEC championship game to Alabama where a now-infamous fake punt doomed the Bulldogs’ chances at the playoff. The Bulldogs can all but guarantee themselves a spot in the College Football Playoff with a win on Saturday, but taking down the Tigers is a tall task.MORE: Watch LSU vs. Georgia live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)LSU (12-0, 8-0 SEC) has been one of the best teams all season. Led by Heisman Trophy contender Joe Burrow at quarterback, the Tigers have not only won this season, but done it in a dominating fashion. While LSU teams of years past have prided themselves on defense, this year’s team has broken the mold and become one of the nation’s best offenses.Burrow’s posted a 93.4 QBR this season while throwing for 4,366 yards, 44 touchdowns and six interceptions. He shattered the LSU single-season passing touchdown record of 28 earlier in the season and may very well eclipse 50 if the Tigers are able to go the distance.It goes without saying that a win on Saturday solidifies LSU’s place in the CFP, but a loss could create a predicament for the selection committee. The Tigers would be a one-loss team, but are they still worthy of a playoff berth over a one-loss Utah team or a one-loss Baylor or Oklahoma? It remains to be seen.Here is a guide to everything you need to watch LSU vs. Georgia in the SEC championship game, including kickoff time, TV channel and a full championship week college football schedule.MORE: Six scenarios for final College Football Playoff rankingsWhat channel is Georgia vs. LSU on today? TV channel (national): CBSLive stream: fuboTV (7-day free trial)Georgia vs. LSU is the only game on the slate for CBS this weekend. Brad Nessler will be doing the play-by-play for CBS, Gary Danielson will be doing analysis, former NFL referee Gene Steratore will serve as the rules analyst and Jaime Erdahl will provide insight and up-to-date reporting on the sidelines. LSU vs. Georgia: What time is kickoff?Date: Saturday, Dec. 7Start time: 4 p.m. ETThe SEC championship game between LSU and Georgia starts at 4 p.m. ET.Saturday will mark the first meeting between the two schools since LSU’s 36-16 win over the Bulldogs on Oct. 13, 2018. The Tigers lead the all-time series 17-13-1. MORE: Full betting preview for LSU vs. GeorgiaCollege football schedule Week 15Saturday, Dec. 7 (top 25)GameTime (ET)TV channelNo. 7 Baylor vs. No. 6 OklahomaNoonABCLouisiana-Lafayette vs. No. 21 Appalachian StateNoonESPNNo. 20 Cincinnati vs. No. 17 Memphis3:30 p.m.ABCNo. 4 Georgia vs. No. 2 LSU4 p.m.CBSHawai’i vs. No. 19 Boise State4 p.m.ESPNNo. 23 Virginia vs. No. 3 Clemson7:30 p.m.ABCNo. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Wisconsin8 p.m.Foxlast_img read more

Bel Wardle wins all-England play-off for Portuguese title

first_imgClick here for full scoresCaption: Bel Wardle with the Portuguese women’s amateur trophy © Filipe Guerra/GolfTattoo/FPG Tags: Bel Wardle, Portuguese, Women England’s Bel Wardle came from five shots off the lead to win the Portuguese women’s amateur championship in a play-off.The 18-year-old international caught and then beat fellow England player Annabell Fuller on the first play-off hole – the 18th – on the difficult West Cliffs course.“It’s amazing to win,” said Wardle, who was playing in her first competitive event of the year and adds this title to the English women’s and English girls’ open championships of 2017.Fuller, 15, took a three shot lead into the final round and Wardle was five behind her – but knew anything could happen. “This golf course throws everything at you, it is so tough. If you spray the ball left or right you are struggling to make a bogey.“I had no idea what anyone else was scoring but I just tried to keep myself as low as possible,” said Wardle, from Prestbury Golf Club in Cheshire. “Holes 16, 17 and 18 are really tough and I knew if I could hang in with some sort of score it would make those holes even tougher with the pressure.”In the final round, in which strong winds added to the challenge of the course, Wardle posted five-over 77 and declared herself: “100% happy. I was five-over through nine and heading in to the tougher nine, so I was so pleased to come back in level par.”It put her in the play-off after Fuller (Roehampton, Surrey) tangled with a bush and double bogeyed the 18th in regulation play. “I was very, very nervous, I had never been in a play-off,” said Wardle. “But I had my friend Jess Hall on the bag, she was calming me down and we went through the strategy I had in place and just played the hole.”This was Wardle’s first competitive event since the World girls’ championship last September – and she was ready for it. “I have done a lot of work over the winter with my coach, Richard Green of Bramhall Golf Club. My swing was feeling great coming into the week and I just wanted to get back competing again. I have done all the practice, I just wanted to get out there.”The championship was a great showcase for England talent – with English players capturing not only the first two places, but also the Nations Cup. Annabell Fuller, Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) and Lily May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland) combined to win the team prize. Lamb had her first hole in one during the championship and was eighth overall.center_img 27 Jan 2018 Bel Wardle wins all-England play-off for Portuguese title last_img read more