Rijeka deny Fofana racism claims

Rijeka deny Fofana racism claims

first_img City’s elite development squad coach Patrick Vieira took his team off the pitch when the 19-year-old French midfielder made the allegations after being sent off just before half-time. Press Association Sport understands the move was supported by City officials and Vieira has received the backing of anti-discrimination network FARE. Croatian club HNK Rijeka have strenuously denied any of their players racially abused Manchester City’s Seko Fofana in a friendly. However, Rijeka have issued a statement in which they dismiss the allegations. “Rijeka clearly and unequivocally rejects any possibility that the players at the match against Manchester City participated in assaulting the rival players on racial, religious or ethnic grounds,” said a statement on the club’s website. “We want to point out the fact that we mentioned at the game we had six players from the Nigeria squad, players who live and train together with our other players, who learned the Croatian language and who have never experienced any discomfort by team-mates – as they themselves can attest. “We also want to point out that Rijeka, in co-operation with FARE, supports a campaign against racism and strongly condemns any incident of its kind. “Because of this, we are surprised by the unpleasantly harsh and baseless accusations of which we are accused and that we completely reject.” Ranko Buketa, who was in charge of Rijeka’s team on Tuesday, accused City of trying to divert attention away from Fofana’s actions which led to his red card. “It looks like a move which is trying to hide a very ugly foul by the Manchester City player that resulted in exclusion, followed by a hasty and illogical decision of the coaching staff to withdraw the team from the field,” he told the club website. “Such an abrupt decision surprised us as it was made by responsible people at a respectable club like Manchester City.” Piara Powar, executive director at FARE, felt Vieira, a Senegalese-born former France international, did the right thing. “We are not, in the short term, able to stop this sort of incident happening but to have someone like Patrick Vieira, with his status, do this makes the message very clear,” Powar told Press Association Sport. “The message it sends out is categorical. It is just the sort of thing which will create change. “We have got to challenge any situation in that regard. “Rijeka are professing puzzlement as to why the team were taken off but I don’t think Patrick would have done that without good cause.” Powar said his organisation, which is active in more than 40 European countries, would be raising the matter with FIFA and he urged City to do the same. “If it was bad enough to take the team off I would hope they would make a complaint,” he added. It is not the first time City’s players have been involved in such incidents. CSKA Moscow were ordered by UEFA to close part of their stadium after midfielder Yaya Toure was racially abused during a Champions League match in October. Porto were fined £16,700 in April 2012 after their supporters directed racist chants at Toure and striker Mario Balotelli, who has since left the club, during a Europa League tie. Youth team striker Devante Cole, son of former Manchester United and Newcastle forward Andy, was racially abused by players and supporters during a UEFA Youth League match against Atletico Madrid in February. Vieira’s decision to lead his side off the pitch is not the first time players have taken direct action in the face of abuse. Midfielders Kevin Constant and Kevin Prince Boateng both walked off with their team-mates in separate incidents while playing for AC Milan and Watford Under-19s took similar action during a match in Italy in December. There has been no response so far from either FIFA or the Croatian Football Association and City are still considering the next course of action. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Gerrard: Liverpool can win title

first_img Press Association Steven Gerrard has backed Liverpool to bounce back from last season’s end-of-season heartbreak and mount a serious title challenge once again. And the 34-year-old insists that Brendan Rodgers’ side believe that they can go one better than their 2013-14 second-place finish and win their first league title in 24 years. Speaking about the last season’s campaign and the upcoming season, Gerrard told the Daily Mirror: “With 10, 12 games to go, people were maybe expecting us to drop away a lot sooner than we did. But we handled the pressure superbly well and we played some unbelievable football. “We are a good team, with a good manager, that is getting stronger. The confidence is rising in the dressing room and we have got to show that we are the real deal. “We are not there to just make the numbers up. There is genuine belief that we can be in there. “Good sides don’t just have one good season. They keep trying to fight for what they want. Chelsea do it. Manchester City do it. Manchester United have had a one-off bad season and they will be back. Arsenal have made a couple of really good signings. “The league is going to be very, very tough but we know we are one of the sides that has got a genuine chance of winning it. I believe that.” Luis Suarez played a major role in Liverpool’s second-place finish last season but the Reds will, of course, be unable to count on his goals and man-of-the-match performances after he joined Barcelona earlier this month. While conceding that Suarez’s departure is a massive loss, Gerrard insists that there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic in the red half of Merseyside. The Reds led the Barclays Premier League by five points with three games to go in April, but a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Anfield – in which Gerrard slipped to gift Demba Ba the opening goal – saw them pipped to the title by Manchester City. Gerrard, who retired from international football after the World Cup to prolong his Anfield career, is ready to put last season’s disappointment behind him and lead Liverpool in their first Champions League campaign since the 2009-10 season. He added: “Of course it (winning the title) will be difficult, it would be difficult with Luis and it will be without. All the other teams will grow and improve in the summer. “But the reason I have that belief and confidence is because of the experience of all the other games last year, and also the manager has been here for a bit longer, and because of the signings he is making. I’m pretty confident we can get right involved in it again.” Gerrard’s now infamous slip against Chelsea became the defining moment of Liverpool’s season and was followed quickly by England’s failure at the World Cup. And Gerrard admitted the past few months have been hard to stomach. He added in several national newspapers: “It’s probably been the worst three months of my life. “I’ve seen it a few times. I don’t have to watch something like that to go through the pain again and again and again. “I’ve been through the pain in the dressing room after and in the weeks and months since. I just stumbled across it. It didn’t hide away. I have TVs in my house and I read papers. There is social media. “When something like that happens you have to face up and be man enough to take it on the chin. Accept it happened. You can’t change it. “I haven’t lost my man at a set-piece. I haven’t missed a penalty. I haven’t made a bad pass or a mistake. That’s why it was cruel. Every single person on the planet slips at some point in their life, whether it is on a set of stairs, on the floor or whatever. “For me, it happened on the pitch at a really bad moment. But over the course of 38 games a lot happens for you and against you and that determines whether you win the league or not. That moment happened at a crucial time and I have to face that. And I will do.” England’s group-stage exit in Brazil was quickly followed by Gerrard’s international retirement and he revealed that Liverpool commitments played a major part in his decision. “To be fair to Brendan (Rodgers), when I had the chat with him, he said that if you want to carry on for England, I can tailor your Liverpool games,” he said. “When he said that, it made me go 100 per cent with my decision because I don’t want my Liverpool games to be tailored. I still want to be available, I want to be fresh and play at a high level for Liverpool for certainly one more season.” last_img read more

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Shankab and Gargee Goswami clinched double crown in the 10th All Assam Ranking Table Tennis Championship.

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI, July 20: Gargee Goswami (Guwahati) and Shankab Gautam Barua (OIL) bagged double-crown in the All Assam Ranking Table Tennis Tournament which was concluded at Don Bosco school today. Shankab won men singles and Youth boys singles title while Gargee clinched junior girls singles and youth girls singles title. The tournament was totally dominated by the players from Guwahati and they won most of the singles titles. Nidhinandini Dutta (Sivasagar) and Harshit Baruah (Golahat) adjudged most promising players of the meet in girls and boys section respectively.Final results: Mens singles: Shankab Gautam Barua (OIL) bt Anal Kashyap (OIL) 4-3.Women singles: Kritika Upadhaya (Guwahati) bt Adrija Sarmah (OIL) 4-2.Youth boys singles: Shankab Gautam Barua (OIL) bt Agniv Bhaskar Gohain (OIL) 4-2. Youth girls singles: Gargee Goswami (Guwahati) bt Jitakhee Mazumder (Guwahati) 4-3. Junior boys singles: Agniv Bhaskar Gohain (OIL) bt Arka Kumar Gogoi (Guwahati) 3-1. Junior girls singles: Gargee Goswami (Guwahati) bt Shirley Baruah (Guwahati) 4-2, Sub junior boys singles: Ankit Saharia (Guwahati) bt Aryamann Das (Guwahati) 3-1. Sub junior girls: Akansha Deka (Guwahati) bt Harshita Das (Guwahati) 3-2, Cadet boys singles: Divyaj Rajkhowa Roy (Guwahati) bt Parashmoni Dutta (Duliajan) 3-0,Cadet girls singles: Bhumika Kaushik bt Bhavna Kashyap (Guwahati) 3-0.Veteran mens singles: Pawan Rana (Duliajan) bt Zahirul Ahsan (Dibrugarh) 3-2.last_img read more

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Indian Premier League IPL 2019 Qualifier 1 CSK vs MI highlights: Mumbai beat Chennai by 6 wickets; through to final

first_img 100 up for Chennai Super Kings in 17.1 overs!  WICKET: It’s two in two for him. Chennai Super Kings is back in the contest! Golden duck for Krunal Pandya!  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga 20:29 (IST) 19:58 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In First boundary for Shane Watson. It took him 9 balls to smash his first! Chennai is badly in need of a partnership.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:51 (IST) Mumbai Indians 16 runs away to enter the all-important finals!  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Jayant Yadav strikes! Suresh Raina departs for 5. He tossed the ball up and he tried to clear the 30-yard circle but gets a top-edge.  New Delhi: Suryakumar Yadav’s 71 off 54 balls and Rahul Chahar’s 2 wickets off just 14 runs shaped the game in favour of Mumbai Indians which eventually helped them to upstage Chennai Super Kings by six wickets at Chepauk Stadium. Opting to bat, Chennai Super Kings lost their way at the start as they lost three wickets for mere 32 runs on the board. Post this, Ambati Rayudu and Murali Vijay tried to repair the innings as they strung a partnership of 33 runs.Once Vijay departed, Dhoni tried to press the accelerator and eventaully helped his side to finish with 131 runs on the board in their quota of 20 overs. While chasing, Mumbai lost their openers early but Suryakumar Yadav held his nerve and batted through the innings to get his team over the line. With this win, Mumbai Indians are through to the finals. They will now play the winner of Qualifier 2. SCORECARD 20:08 (IST) After 8 overs, Chennai has scored 44 runs for the loss of three wickets. And out of 44, Murali Vijay has scored 18 runs. He has been the only batsman in Chennai line up, who has seen the ball properly.  Mumbai Indians is keeping the momentum on their side. With four batsman back to the pavilion, Chennai need something special. MS Dhoni has just arrived to the crease. After 13 overs, it’s 68/4.  1.1lb.6.6.0.1 – 15 runs of the penultimate over. Finally, a decent over for Chennai. The score now looks 122/4.  22:23 (IST) 23:26 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Knocked him over! Ishan Kishan just couldn’t read the ball and Imran Tahir gets the first for the night!  21:09 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In ALERT: Suryakumar Yadav slams second IPL fifty of the season!  22:31 (IST) 22:38 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The powerplay belongs to Mumbai Indians here. They have come with a set plan and has been able to execute in perfectly. Rohit Sharma, the skipper of Mumbai Indians has been able to judge the conditions beautifully. With three wickets down, Chennai need a partnership. After 6 overs, it’s 32/3.  20:59 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In That’s it from us. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did to bring this to you. Do join us for tomorrow’s eliminator as Delhi Capitals take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in Vizag.  22:15 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In After first nine overs, the game is evenly poised with Chennai, on one hand, not having much runs on the board, and Mumbai, on the other, has lost both the openers. It’s 59/2.  19:01 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:54 (IST) Dwayne Bravo comes into the attack.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In This is exactly been the scenario at Chepauk till now:  Suryakumar Yadav was awarded as the man-of-the-match for his match-winning 71 runs off 54 balls.  18:13 (IST) Time for STRATEGIC TIME OUT! 19:35 (IST) 22:07 (IST) First four of the night. Faf du Plessis plays away from his body and gets a top edge.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The ball is spinning will be a small statement here. After 3 overs, it’s 7/1.  18:18 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Rohit Sharms, the skipper of Mumbai Indians has termed this game as ‘El Classico’ and this remains to be seen if it actually turns that way.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:44 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:11 (IST) 22:49 (IST) 20:10 (IST) 22:03 (IST) MS Dhoni, the skipper of Chennai Super Kings is trying his level best to help his side end at a decent total. After 15 overs, 91/4.  19:17 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In STAT:CSK’s last 20 matches at Chepauk:Won 18Lost 2 (both vs MI) 20:17 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:10 (IST) 22:28 (IST) RESULT: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets; through to final The league stage in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) saw the dominance Chennai Super Kings at home as they lost just one out of their seven home games. The only game they lost was against Mumbai Indians. Interestingly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team will host Mumbai as the two teams lock horns in the first qualifier. 19:28 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Murali Vijay came down the ground and misses it completely. Rahul Chahar picks his second.  18:14 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:43 (IST) 18:13 (IST) 22:54 (IST) 21:15 (IST) Dew will not be a major factor in this game as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has preponed the time for playoffs. Earlier, the game used to start at 20:00 IST, however, the knockout stages will start half and hour early.  22:59 (IST) Hardik Pandya comes to the crease! 7 needed off 18 balls now!  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Faf du Plessis was not in touch. Rahul Chahar picks wicket on the first delivery. Departs for 6 runs.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. 19:34 (IST) Hello and a warm welcome. After an exciting end to the league stages, we are all set to enter the knockout stages as Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings take on Rohit Sharma’s men at Chepauk in Chennai.  What a start to Qualifier 1. rohit Sharma start off with Lasith Malinga and he delivers with a sensational over. Just one of the first over.  Chennai Super Kings is just not clicking with each other today. MS Dhoni is also finding it difficult to clear the fence. After 18 overs, it’s 107/4. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:06 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In INNINGS BREAK:  Chennai 131/4 in 20 overs vs Mumbai (Ambati Rayudu 42, Rahul Chahar 2/14) 19:46 (IST) Jasprit Bumrah bowls low full toss and Dhoni just couldn’t time it, went towards point fielder. BUT it’s a NO BALL!  22:36 (IST) Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ambati Rayudu, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir 22:41 (IST) Here are the playing XI for two sides:  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The first leg belongs to Mumbai Indians. They have given away just 50 runs in first 10 overs, and picked three important wickets.  22:40 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Oh dear! Is that a hamstring for Ishan Kishan?  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:39 (IST) 18:16 (IST) Mumbai Indians camp will be fancying there chances to board flight to Hyderabad now. With 8 wickets in hand, and just 47 runs needed – Mumbai is right on top. For Chennai, they need something special.  The toss is scheduled to take place at 19:00 IST and team winning the toss will look to have a bowl first. Not only because of the pitch and conditions offered at Chepauk, but in the knockout games, teams look to chase. However, this remains to be seen if the toss-winning captain goes with the same mindset.  The powerplay belongs to Chennai Super Kings. They have been able to send both the openers back to pavilion. After 6 overs, 44/2.  23:24 (IST) TOSS: Chennai Super Kings opt to bat vs Mumbai Indians Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:33 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Mumbai Indians in last hurdle before the start of the game. Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis are out in the middle and so are the umpires. It’s game time!  50-run partnership between Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan! It took them 43 balls to reach there!  19:05 (IST)last_img read more

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ICC World Cup Kuldeep Yadav makes strong statement on MS Dhoni ahead of World Cup 2019

first_imgDhoni was the skipper of the Indian team that won the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup and then led the side to the ODI World Cup title in 2011.Dhoni quit Test cricket in 2014 and then gave up ODI and T20 captaincy in 2017.He now plays only as a player under Virat Kohli’s captaincy for India. The 37-year-old has only retained his captaincy for the Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings. Meanwhile, India will be playing its first game against South Africa at Rose Bowl in Southampton on June 5. (Inputs: PTI) World Cup is scheduled to start on May 30. India will play its first game against South Africa on June 5 at Rose Bowl. MS Dhoni will play crucial role in the upcoming World Cup.  New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni is considered as one of the most shrewd brains of modern day cricket, but at the end of the day he is also a human being and the veteran stumper too sometimes goes wrong with his tips, said India wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav. Kuldeep made the remarks in jest when asked whether he, in any point of time in his career, had questioned the former India World Cup-winning captain about his tips.”There are a lot of times he (Dhoni) goes wrong but then you can’t say that to him,” Kuldeep said at the sidelines of the CEAT Cricket Rating Awards here Monday. Kuldeep, however, said Dhoni is someone who puts forward his views in between overs only when he feels it is required.”Zyada baat nahi karte woh (he doesn’t speak much). He speaks only between overs if he thinks he needs to point out something,” added Kuldeep. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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EKU, Belmont meet in OVC semis

first_imgEKU, Belmont meet in OVC semis March 6, 2020 TEAM LEADERS: Jomaru Brown is averaging 18.6 points to lead the way for the Colonels. Ty Taylor is also a key contributor, putting up 12.4 points per game. The Bruins have been led by Nick Muszynski, who is averaging 15.2 points and 6.3 rebounds.JUMPING FOR JOMARU: Brown has connected on 32.4 percent of the 139 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 3 of 8 over his last three games. He’s also made 75.6 percent of his free throws this season.SHARING THE BURDEN: Eastern Kentucky is a perfect 5-0 when at least five of its players score 10 or more points. The team is 11-16 when fewer than five Colonels players score in double-figures.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Bruins have recently created baskets via assists more often than the Colonels. Belmont has an assist on 48 of 83 field goals (57.8 percent) across its previous three games while Eastern Kentucky has assists on 23 of 66 field goals (34.8 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Belmont offense has scored 80.4 points per game this season, ranking the Bruins 11th among Division 1 teams. The Eastern Kentucky defense has allowed 75.9 points per game to opponents (ranked 278th).___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditEastern Kentucky (16-16, 13-6) vs. No. 1 seed Belmont (24-7, 15-3)Ohio Valley Conference Tourney Semifinals, Ford Center, Evansville, Indiana; Friday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: A ticket to the OVC championship game is ready to be punched as Eastern Kentucky and Belmont are set to do battle. Belmont won both of the regular season matchups earlier this season. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 22, when the Bruins shot 48.4 percent from the field and went 12 for 27 from 3-point territory on the way to the 13-point victory.center_img Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

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The Latest: Napoli says Andrea Petagna positive for virus

first_img August 20, 2020 Petagna is asymptomatic and had the test after his brother tested positive.Napoli signed Petagna from Spal in January but he remained on loan at the rival Serie A club until the end of the season.Roma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante said Wednesday that he has the coronavirus and Cagliari announced that three other players had also tested positive.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press The Latest: Napoli says Andrea Petagna positive for virus Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Napoli says forward Andrea Petagna has tested positive for COVID-19.last_img read more

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Welch, Victor lead Guyana to impressive 97 – 75 win over Grenada

first_imgA GAME-high 28 points from Terron Welch and a 16-point all-round performance from Ray Victor pushed Guyana to a 22-point win (97 – 75) over Grenada on Saturday evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, in game two of their Goodwill Basketball Series.While Victor torched the visitors with a 39-point display in Game One, it was Welch who ‘blew fire’ whenever he was on the floor, with the Lindener lighting up the men from the Spice Isle with his marksman-like shooting from ‘down town’.After the first game, Head Coach Naka Joseph pointed out his men were not use to playing on a wooden floor, since, in Grenada, their ‘semi’ indoor facility is actually a surface that was built for Volleyball and as such, they had difficulties adjusting to using the Molten-brand ball and the surface.However, it seemed as though they had adjusted pretty well, since they were the aggressors in the opening stanza, but still trailed 24 – 25 at the end of the period.Terron Welch (L) and Ray VictorGuyana, behind Welch and Victor and some good display of basketball from Victory Valley Royals point guard, Yonnick Tappin, led 43 – 38 at the end of the first half.The third quarter was where Guyana exploded, outscoring the visitors 30 – 17 (43 – 38) to set the home side on an easy path to victory.Joshua Williams scored a team-high 26 points and Andrew James was Grenada’s second highest scorer with 17 points.The two countries played their final game of the series last evening.last_img read more

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Syracuse’s unofficial mascot, Linda the hedgehog, is gone but not forgotten

first_imgJust as soon as Linda died, Quinn was on the lookout for a new hedgehog for the team to hang out with. On Nov. 16, Tony the hedgehog was introduced to the Syracuse ice hockey family. He’s just as energetic as Linda was, Quinn said, and is already comfortable with the team.While the Orange now has a replacement mascot in Tony, SU has not forgotten the “legend” of Linda.“She was special,” Quinn said. “No one’s ever seen a hedgehog before, they’re not very common, they’re kind of exotic. People just liked her. She was different.” Comments The original Syracuse mascot, until 1978, was “The Saltine Warrior,” a fictional Native American figure named “Big Chief Bill Orange,” per the SU Archives. Otto the Orange took over in 1995 and has been the official SU mascot ever since, and is often referred to as one of the most popular mascots in the country.But for the past few years, there was another, unofficial mascot of the Syracuse women’s ice hockey team. Published on December 3, 2017 at 9:50 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Linda had a solid following online as well, thanks to social media posts from Quinn and her teammates. The team loved Linda for her celebrity status, and wasn’t afraid to show off the adventures that the hedgehog went on.“People would be like, ‘Oh, the girl with the hedgehog,’” Quinn said. “We made her an Instagram, but it didn’t go far.”Already 1 year old when she was introduced to the Quinn family, Linda wasn’t expected to even go to college. But she lived longer than expected and the 7-year-old hedgehog, whose average life expectancy is two to five years, returned to Syracuse for her owner’s senior year.With old age, Linda began to suffer health problems and lost the ability to walk. Transportation turned into being carried by girls on the team, as opposed to her usual, energetic way of life. For the hedgehog that once roamed free in Quinn’s apartment and played with the girls on the team, life had changed significantly.“It was sad,” goalkeeper Abbey Miller said. “When she was younger, she would wheel around and do a bunch of fun stuff.”In early October, Linda died in her sleep in Quinn’s room, she said. The following day, after class and practice, the team gathered together in a field near Small Road and Chinook Lane. After a small ceremony, Linda was buried in the field where she often explored and played with the team.“It was sad, but I didn’t think she’d live this long,” Quinn said. “She lived a good life here. She lived it up.”Linda’s popularity went beyond the hockey team, too. When Quinn posted on Instagram to commemorate her long time companion, athletes like quarterback Zack Mahoney, women’s soccer goalie Courtney Brosnan and cross country runner Philo Germano offered condolences. Linda the hedgehog was always around Syracuse (5-8-2, 4-1-1 College Hockey America). She’d ride along in the car with her owner, senior defender Megan Quinn. Linda would go to the Carrier Dome for sporting events. She even visited Calios, a restaurant on Marshall Street. Wherever the team was, Linda was there, too. As an unofficial mascot, Linda gave the team something to bond over and have fun with. The spiny mammal died in October at 7 years old, but she had already made her mark.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“She was just a figure behind our team,” sophomore Logan Hicks said. “She was always there. Megan dressed her up and did fun things with her, so everyone just grew to love her.”After getting Linda as a sophomore in high school, Quinn decided to bring her hedgehog to college. For the first few days, Linda enjoyed college life, hanging out with Quinn and the team. But about a week into the semester, Linda was discovered.Quinn lived in an apartment on South Campus at the time and the Department of Public Safety was conducting room checks at every complex. Syracuse University residence life policies state that pets, other than fish, aren’t allowed in student housing units without written permission from the school. Linda wasn’t allowed to stay.“They left a note,” Quinn said. “’We found your gerbil, bring it home.’”Quinn’s mother, Cindy, brought Linda back to the Quinn’s home in Belleville, Ontario, until last year. The hedgehog made her celebrated return to campus, where Quinn was living in an off-campus apartment.When the team attended sporting events like field hockey games, they would smuggle Linda into the stands. She was hidden in a pocket or a sweater, shielded from view until the game started, when she was pulled out to watch. In the stands, Quinn quickly gained social media fame for her pet.last_img read more

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Miami-Dade County School Board approves 2018-2019 school calendars

first_imgThe Miami-Dade County School Board approved the 2018-2019 School Calendars at its recent monthly meeting with a start date of August 20, 2018 for students.The Elementary and Secondary School Calendar includes 180 days of instruction for students and 196 days for teachers, with 10 teacher planning days and six legal holidays in addition to the 180 days for students. The Adult/Vocational Education School Calendar includes 216 days of instruction for students and 234 days for teachers, with 12 teacher planning days and six legal holidays in addition to the 216 days for students. The Juvenile Justice School Calendar includes 240 days of instruction for students and 257 days for teachers with, 11 teacher planning days and six legal holidays in addition to the 240 days for students. The School Calendars were jointly developed by the School Calendar Ad Hoc Committee comprised of representatives from Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the United Teachers of Dade, and the Parent Teacher Association/Parent Teacher Student Association. For more information visit, www.dadeschools.net/calendarslast_img read more

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