Aly Raisman joins criticism of interim USA Gymnastics President Mary Bono

first_img Written by October 16, 2018 /Sports News – National Aly Raisman joins criticism of interim USA Gymnastics President Mary Bono Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMonica Schipper/WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Olympian Aly Raisman joined the growing calls to oust new interim USA Gymnastics President Mary Bono — just three days after she was named to take over the floundering organization.Raisman, a two-time Olympian and three-time gold medalist, took to Twitter on Monday to support Kaylee Lorincz, a gymnast who alleged she was sexually assaulted by convicted felon Larry Nassar while she was a teenager.Lorincz posed a question on Twitter to new interim USA Gymnastics President Mary Bono about her time working at law firm Faegre Baker Daniels. Scott Himsel, a former employee of the law firm, helped to craft excuses for why Nassar was missing work while he was under investigation, according to a report in the Indianapolis Star.Lorincz asked on Twitter: “You owe me an explanation of why you and your firm allowed Larry to abuse me in 2016 after you were well aware that he was abusing little girls.”Raisman amplified the question, saying they were “waiting impatiently.”Bono has not responded to the question, but USA Gymnastics said in a statement to ABC News: “Bono’s work for the firm was not related to the 2015 investigation.”Raisman, who has taken a lead in the gymnastics’ community with advocating for the girls who were abused by Nassar, asked why the sport’s governing body would hire Bono, knowing about the appearance of impropriety of her working for the law firm.“Why hire someone associated with the firm that helped cover up our abuse?” she asked.Bono, who served as a congresswoman in California from 1998 to 2013, was hired on Friday as interim president and CEO after Kerry Perry was forced out last month. Perry led the organization for just nine months before stepping down after criticism from victims abused by Nassar over Perry’s lack of transparency about how the organization planned to protect athletes going forward.“It’s absolutely the duty of USA Gymnastics, after the horror of the Larry Nasser saga, to double check, triple check, to go above and beyond, making sure that the person they’re picking, even as an interim CEO, is above reproach,” said Christine Brennan, a USA Today columnist and ABC News contributor.Raisman was among those who publicly criticized Perry, as well.In another scandal for USA Gymnastics, Mary Lee Tracy, hired by Perry as the organization’s new top coach in late August, reached out to Raisman, who is in the process of suing USA Gymnastics, which led to the dismissal of Tracy just three days after accepting the job.Fellow gold medalist Simone Biles came out against Bono for a separate incident on Saturday. Biles, who is sponsored by Nike, criticized Bono for coming out against the shoe company using Colin Kaepernick in its latest ad campaign. Bono had shared a photo at the time the news broke of her coloring over a Nike swoosh with black marker. Bono deleted the tweet on Saturday and apologized.“I regret the post and respect everyone’s views & fundamental right to express them,” she tweeted. “This doesn’t reflect how I will approach my position @USAGym I will do everything I can to help build, w/ the community, an open, safe & positive environment.The entire board of USA Gymnastics was forced out by the U.S. Olympic Committee earlier this year in the wake of the Nassar scandal. Nassar pleaded guilty to multiple allegations of sexual abuse in two different cases, resulting in a maximum sentence of over 150 years, as well as a guilty plea over child pornography. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the federal child porn charge.USA Gymnastics said a search for a permanent replacement for Perry was ongoing.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Published recommendations for swimming in the sea

first_imgGeneral recommendations Laboratory staff conducting water sampling and analysis should adhere to the usual protection and safety measures when performing sampling and analysis, respecting the rules of the profession, general protection measures and general recommendations on maintaining physical distance and personal hygiene. The Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ) has published recommendations for swimming in the sea and inland surface waters during the COVID-19 epidemic HZJZ / Recommendations for swimming in the sea and inland surface waters during the COVID-19 epidemic Visible notices and informing guests. In a visible place at the entrance, as well as in the area where visitors stay, it is necessary to place information on hygienic procedures and with guidelines on proper behavior and protection measures to be followed or valid in that area. If the appropriate infrastructure is available, it is possible to occasionally advertise voice messages over the loudspeaker to remind visitors of the need to maintain physical space and other general measures. Conditions for maintaining the hygiene of sanitary facilities. It is necessary to intensify the cleaning and disinfection of sanitary facilities every two hours (and more often if necessary), as well as to increase the number of employees for daily cleaning in each sanitary facility. At the same time, the use of sanitary facilities should be limited in accordance with the size and prescribed sanitary conditions. 3. Food and beverage service areas and trade facilities at sea and freshwater beaches Hand disinfection. Dispensers with a disinfectant must be installed at reasonable intervals and in visible places (eg on the basis of alcohol in a concentration of not less than 70% or another agent with declared virucidal action according to the manufacturer’s instructions and suitable for use on the skin). General and hygienic measures. General measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are available at: Recommendations for compliance with all preventive measures apply to all areas of sea and freshwater bathing areas (water surfaces, beaches and areas where locker rooms, toilets are located). 2. Spatial and technical conditions of sea and freshwater bathing areas Side dish: 4. Regular monitoring of water for recreation Water use. When staying in the water, maintain a physical distance of 1,5 m. Physical distance. The concessionaire should separate the deckchairs in such a way as to ensure physical distance (provide a person who can supervise the prescribed measures) and disinfect the deckchairs several times a day, always after a certain guest no longer uses the deckchair and before another guest uses it. If the bathing areas provide for other seats, they should also be arranged at a distance of 1,5 m. Monitoring is carried out by employees of the competent Institute of Public Health, ie authorized laboratories in accordance with the Plan and program for monitoring sea beaches and land beaches. Maximum number of people in the premises. For the premises of sea and freshwater bathing areas, the maximum number of persons allowed to stay at the same time is determined according to the principle of 15 persons per 100 m2 of net area. Physical distance. All visitors and employees are advised to adhere to the rules of physical distance of 1,5 meters. Restaurant / Instructions for catering facilities are available HERE Waste disposal. It is recommended to place waste bins with appropriate lids in all open areas of the swimming pool, as well as at reasonable intervals in open spaces.last_img read more

Ireland women’s see off Italy

first_imgThey beat Italy 27-3 at the Stadio Tommaso to move to the top of the table.Tries from Leah Lyons, Sophie Spence, skipper Paula Fitzpatrick and Hannah Tyrrell securing a bonus point victory for Tom Tierney’s side.last_img

BREAKING: Hearts win appeal against Kotoko over fielding unqualified Obed Owusu

first_imgJoy Sports can confirm that Hearts of Oak have won a case they lodged against rivals Asante Kotoko for fielding an unqualified player in their Premier League derby clash on August 2.Obed Owusu was reported to the GFA’s Discilinary Committee as being ineligible to play the game due to an accumulation of cards, a claim which has been upheld.According to Hearts complaint, Owusu previously attracted four yellow cards in three First Capital Plus Premier League games – Kotoko v Aduana Stars in Dormaa, Kotoko v AshantiGold in Obuasi and Kotoko v AshantiGold in Kumasi – in addition to one MTN FA Cup match.Hearts contended that this disqualified Owusu from featuring them because he had not served the automatic one-match suspension.The match day 25 encounter ended with a 2-1 win for Kotoko at the Accra Sports Stadium. Hearts filed the protest on August 10. Kotoko had reacted to the claims by Hearts as a desperate attempt by the Phobians for points.But with Hearts winning the case, it means the Phobians are richer by three points and three goals as per the FA’s regulations.And with Kotoko declared losers, they have not only lost the match but also been ducked three additional points as per the FA regulations. For Hearts, who were 15th before this case was heard, every single point will count if they are to escape the drop. What this ruling means is that Hearts suddenly have 39points while Kotoko drop down the table to 36 points.There are two more matchdays to go in the league and the dynamics have now become very different indeed.This is what the table looked like BEFORE the case was heard. This is what the table now looks like AFTER the rulingPANELGodfred Yeboah Dame- Vice ChairmanGodsway Glah – MemberW.O. 1 J.W. Amoo – MemberEmmanuel Dasoberi –SecretaryIn its decision released on Tuesday September 1, 2015 the GFA Disciplinary Committee stated that:“Having found that Obed Owusu was unqualified to play against Hearts of Oak, the next question is to decide the consequences that follow from the act of Kotoko in fielding that unqualified player. The consequences of fielding an unqualified player are spelt out in Article 34 (1) (e) of the GFA General Regulations as leading to a forfeiture of the match played by the team which fielded the unqualified player, pursuant to a protest. Article 34(2) mandatorily requires that no matter the scores at the end of the match in question, the team which fielded an unqualified player shall be considered as having lost the match and three points and three goals shall be awarded in favour of the innocent team, unless the innocent team is leading by more than three goals at the time of the offence in which case the scores will stand. Three points and three goals are further required by Article 34(5)(a) to be deducted from the total accumulated points of the defaulting club. A fine of GH¢5,000 is also to be imposed if default was in respect of the Premier League.The Committee has no option but to apply the various punishments specified by the GFA Regulations. Accordingly, Hearts of Oak is awarded three points and three goals in respect of its 25th Week Premier League Match played against Kumasi Asante Kotoko. Three points and Three goals are also deducted from the total accumulated points of Kotoko in the Premier League. A fine of GH¢5,000 is to be paid by Kumasi Asante Kotoko, half of which is to go to Hearts of Oak. The Committee hereby entreats all league clubs t pay particular attention to the laws of the game especially in an area as important as the consequences following from a caution handed a player and how same is to be purged. We would also urge clubs participating in the Premier League to exhibit candour and sincerity in their interpretation of the Regulations of the GFA. The Committee is baffled by the conscious effort by Kotoko to ensure that Obed Owusu supposedly served his suspension in a match which, on a cursory reading of the relevant provisions, did not constitute an official match.”– Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Lionel Messi stuns onlookers in Argentina by training at local gym

first_imgWhile Messi is clearly doing his bit to stay fit over the holidays, Carlos Tevez has previously questioned the Argentine’s workout regime, particularly when compared to Cristiano Ronaldo’s.”Lionel Messi, I never saw him in the gym. I’ve never seen him train to stop the ball or those exercises,” Tevez said in 2018. “It is all natural to him, but on penalties he trained — first he did not take them and now he shoots them all at the corner.”Cristiano always stopped in the gym after training, for him it is an obsession and, being the best in everything, he always arrived at work early.” Lionel Messi stunned locals in his native Argentina after training in a public gym as he looks to keep fit over the festive season. Currently on a break with Barcelona’s next game not until Jan. 4 against Espanyol, Messi was spotted working out back home on New Year’s Eve. MORE: When is the next El Clasico? Dates of Barca-Real Madrid fixturesRather than using his own private gym, the 32-year-old opted to train alongside his fellow countrymen and quickly caused quite a stir. “He entered as one more, I could not believe it,” gym worker Valentina Jure told Rosario Nuestro. “He used the machines like anyone else, he was smiling with everyone.”I can’t believe it, my phone literally exploded. Journalists and people from all over the world wrote to me.”— Luis Mazariegos (@luism8989) December 31, 2019Funnily enough, while Messi kept fit on one of the treadmills his own Barcelona highlights just happened to be playing right in front of him. Though no doubt spurring the six-time Ballon d’Or winner on as he trained, Valentina stressed Messi didn’t purposely seek out his own highlight reel. “I want to say that the channel with his goals was already set when he arrived,” she said.”I like to clarify it because people have written to me saying that it is self-centered but it was nothing like that — he was super humble with everyone while we were there.”After being held back by injuries at the start of the season, Messi quickly made up for lost time and went into the Christmas break with 13 La Liga goals from just 13 appearances. Those goals have helped Barcelona to the summit of Spain’s top flight with rivals Real Madrid trailing Ernesto Valverde’s side by two points after 18 league matches. last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2015)–Santa Anita’s Winter Meet Opening Day, Saturday, Dec. 26, will offer fans much more than just world class Thoroughbred action in American racing’s most beautiful winter setting. In addition to four graded stakes, all on-track fans will receive the track’s traditional full color wall calendar, free with paid admission and Mathis Brothers Furniture, sponsor of the opening day Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) will provide the first 20,000 fans with a $100 gift certificate, redeemable at Mathis Brothers, one of America’s leading furniture retailers. Additionally, the first 5,000 kids, 17 and under, will receive a miniature Thoroughbred plush toy, courtesy of Mathis Brothers Furniture.In addition to the Mathis Brothers Mile, Santa Anita will also present a pair of Grade I, seven furlong stakes worth $300,000 each; the Malibu and the La Brea. The Grade III, $100,000 Daytona Stakes, for 3-year-olds and up at 6 ½ furlongs down the track’s hillside turf course, will round out the opening day stakes action.Santa Anita’s Vice President of Marketing, Nate Newby, noted that the partnership forged between The Great Race Place and Mathis Brothers Furniture has become synonymous with Opening Day.“We are thrilled to continue to grow our Opening Day partnership with Mathis Brothers,” said Newby. “They are (again) sponsoring the race but we’ve also developed a marketing partnership with promotions, contests, and giveaways that drive traffic to Santa Anita as well as to the Mathis Brothers flagship store just a few miles away in Ontario.“Plus, we love working with people like Bill Mathis, who is a horse owner and enthusiastic racing fan. It makes these types of partnerships more fun and generally more beneficial for both companies.”Themed “What’s In a Name,” the 2016 wall calendar will no doubt be in keen demand among racegoers everywhere as fans will be treated to monthly depictions of how notable Thoroughbreds, who have competed at The Great Race Place over a period of nine decades, have come to be named.Opening Day attendees are also encouraged to come in their “Holiday Best,” and participate in Santa Anita’s “Passion for Fashion” contest, which will reward the winner with a $2,500 gift certificate redeemable at Mathis Brothers Furniture.All fans 18 and over are eligible to sign up for “Passion for Passion” in the East Paddock Gardens near Champions! Gifts and Apparel. The top 10 “Passion” finalists will be announced before the Mathis Brothers Mile, with the winner taking home the $2,500 Mathis Brothers gift certificate and six passes to Santa Anita’s popular Winner’s Terrace, which adjoins the Winner’s Circle.Santa Anita’s popular Guest Chef Series will also return on Opening Day, with LA’s hottest culinary event taking place in the track’s luxurious Chandelier Room. Fans are encouraged to experience some of LA’s most innovative restaurants steeped in the timeless tradition of Thoroughbred racing in this one-of-a-kind event.Fans can enjoy an amazing menu created by LA’s own, The Church Key, and experience live music provided by the mult-talented James Torme’. Guest Chef Series tickets are on sale now at more contest information on opening day at Santa Anita, please visit, or call (626) 574-RACE. ‘PASSION FOR FASHION’ CONTEST TO OFFER WINNER $2,500 MATHIS BROTHERS GIFT CERTIFICATE last_img read more


first_imgJoseph Talamo13019121815%38%$629,203 Steven Miyadi55814615%51%$374,333 Jerry Hollendorfer10219132119%52%$1,438,064 Peter Eurton48105621%44%$531,807 Flavien Prat18941303722%57%$2,743,674 Tiago Pereira9511111312%37%$380,035 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won 1940 BIG ‘CAP STARTING GATE IN PADDOCK GARDENSSanta Anita’s first-ever electronic starting gate, which housed the legendary Seabiscuit prior to his career-capping victory in the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap, has been completely refurbished and will be on display for fans to admire in the track’s East Paddock Gardens this Saturday, Santa Anita Handicap Day, at Santa Anita.De-commissioned for decades, the 15 ton gate had been relegated to Santa Anita’s own “battleship row,” according to assistant starter John Lopez, who headed the renovation project.“I had been looking at that gate since I was a little kid and I just decided this was something that needed to be done,” said Lopez, 59, who began working as an assistant starter in 1977.  “It was just wasting away and I said, ‘You know what, I can do this.’  It’s like putting a model airplane or car back together.”With Lopez heading the project that began this past May, he was assisted by Santa Anita’s Carpenter and Paint Shops, as well as the track’s Director of Graphics, Candice Coder Chew.“The carpenters built the sign, the painters stripped everything down and brought it back to life and Candi was able to provide the numbers on top of the gate,” said Lopez.  “I just put everything back together…It’s nice to see the ‘Old Lady’ come back to life again.”The vintage starting gate, which was originally assembled on-site prior to the 1939/40 meeting, provides a link to a legendary past that can be revisited by all on Santa Anita Handicap Day, this Saturday, at The Great Race Place.First post time on Big ‘Cap Day, this Saturday, is at 12 noon.  Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Stewart Elliott12914151811%36%$689,348 Rafael Bejarano10719161918%50%$1,060,623 Corey Nakatani64117617%38%$603,401 John W. Sadler478101017%60%$503,869 Philip D’Amato731591321%51%$896,630 Kristin Mulhall3176323%52%$213,230 FINISH LINES:  California-bred Masochistic, idle since running second in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint here on Nov. 5, drew post position five with Mike Smith in a field of seven for Saturday’s Grade I Triple Bend Stakes and appears to be the speed of the race.  “It looks good and he should be fit enough,” said trainer Ron Ellis…A winner of the 2015 Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile, Ring Weekend, trained by Graham Motion, drew post five in a field of seven for Saturday’s Kilroe and will be ridden for the second time in a row by Rafael Bejarano.  “He caught a sloppy track in the San Gabriel (Grade III, 1 1/8 miles, two starts back on Jan. 7) and he had a slow start in the Arcadia (Grade II, one mile turf on Feb. 11),” said Aimee Dollase, assistant to Motion.  “Rafael kind of waited late to ask him in the Arcadia, but the horse is training good.  Hopefully, he knows him better this time, we’ll get a good trip and get lucky.”…Trainer John Shirreffs, a recently announced finalist for the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame ballot, has opted to “stay home” and run in Saturday’s Grade II San Felipe Stakes with his prized Derby hopeful, Gormley.  “The big thing was how well Gormley worked here when he went (six furlongs) in 1:11 and change (best of 14 at the distance on Feb. 27),” said Shirreffs…Trained by Phil D’Amato, speedy Midnight Storm, who drew the rail in Saturday’s Grade I Santa Anita Handicap with Rafael Bejarano, would appear to have limited options in terms of early strategy.  “We’ve got the rail and we hope he gets out of there good,” said D’Amato.  “I think Rafael’s going to try and control the race and we’ll see what happens.”…Jockey Edwin Maldonado reports agent Joe Griffin is “doing good” after undergoing open heart surgery at Arcadia Methodist Hospital on Monday.  “He’ll probably be up and walking tomorrow,” Maldonado said. (Current Through Sunday, March 5, 2017 Inclusive) Jockey Standings Tyler Baze20334402317%48%$1,606,591 Martin Pedroza9913191713%49%$559,048 CLASSY DORTMUND GOES GREEN IN KILROE MILEFOUR-TIME ECLIPSE CHAMP CASTELLANO HERE ON SATURDAYVINTAGE 1940 STARTING GATE ON DISPLAY IN PADDOCK GARDENSTWO-TIME BIG ‘CAP WINNER JOHN HENRY BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1975SHIRREFFS ‘STAYS HOME’ WITH GORMLEY IN SAN FELIPE   Kent Desormeaux11924151220%43%$1,403,077 OPPORTUNITY BRINGS ECLIPSE CHAMP CASTELLANO TO SANTA ANITAWith regular rider Gary Stevens, idle since undergoing right hip replacement surgery on Dec. 21, returning to action in today’s fourth race, trainer Peter Eurton opted to book four-time Eclipse Champion Jockey Javier Castellano to ride his late running grey, Kobe’s Back, in Saturday’s Grade I, Triple Bend Stakes at seven furlongs.  Kobe’s Back, a multiple graded stakes winning 6-year-old by Flatter, has been idle since running third in last year’s Triple Bend on June 25 and had been ridden in 11 consecutive starts, dating back to March, 2015, by Hall of Famer Stevens.“Saturday is a big day of racing at Santa Anita and the Triple Bend has a $400,000 purse,” said Eurton.  “I know Mike (Lakow, agent for Castellano and former Santa Anita Assistant Racing Secretary). There’s not much else on the East Coast this Saturday except maybe at Tampa Bay Downs, so I thought Javier might want to ride here that day.”And ride he will. In addition to Kobe’s Back, Castellano is named to ride Bal a Bali for Richard Mandella in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Stakes and Shaman Ghost, for Jimmy Jerkens, in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap. Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Trainer Standings SANTA ANITA STATISTICS GRASS IS GREENER FOR DORTMUND IN GRADE I KILROE MILE Saturday’s Grade I, Frank E. Kilroe Mile on grass will mark at least two firsts:  The first time  Dortmund runs on turf and the first time the 5-year-old son of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown runs in a stakes for owner Kaleem Shah under his new trainer Art Sherman.Dortmund, a winner of five of seven starts on Santa Anita’s main track, including the Grade I Santa Anita Derby in 2015, has not raced since finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile here on Nov. 4, but even though the Kilroe attracted six graded stakes winners on turf, Sherman opted to go there rather than run seven furlongs on dirt in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes, for which Dortmund was also nominated.Overall, Dortmund has eight wins from 14 career starts, with earnings just under $2 million.“He left Los Alamitos on Wednesday for Santa Anita, where he’ll school for a couple days,” Sherman said.  “If you really think about it, seven eighths is probably one of the toughest distances on a horse.  You’ve got to run every inch of the way.“It’s just a hard, hard race to recover from, and Dortmund has some grass breeding and it’s an opportune time to try him on the grass.  You don’t have to win, but if he runs a good race, it gives me another option.”Sherman, who along with Doug O’Neill, picked up several horses that had been previously trained by Bob Baffert for Shah in December, allowed that he likes the position he’s in.“I run a horse for Kaleem for the first time Friday (Besides the Point, in the seventh race), but the Kilroe will be the first time I’ve run in a stakes for him.  I also have Klimt (a winner of the Grade I Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 5), but he won’t be ready until Del Mar this summer.“Kaleem is very nice.  I don’t know what happened (between him and Baffert).  I don’t get into any of that.  I was just happy to get the horses.”As for two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, now at stud in Kentucky, Sherman says the California-bred son of the late Lucky Pulpit is enjoying life.“He’s really strong right now.  He’s being bred to 130 mares, so he better be strong!” Peter Miller892721930%64%$1,330,356 Richard Baltas10719191718%51%$1,010,787 (Current Through Sunday, March 5, 2017 Inclusive) Doug F. O’Neill11815241913%49%$1,173,586 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.90188920%39%$790,821 Bob Baffert49106920%51%$966,131 Mike Smith421431233%69%$1,337,167 William Spawr27104337%63%$303,251 Mark Glatt65911914%45%$419,760 Vladimir Cerin46910620%54%$334,024 Edwin Maldonado61107916%43%$321,640 BIG ‘CAP TRIVIA:  Two-time Horse of the Year John Henry, who was trained by Hall of Famer Ron McAnally, won the 1981 Big ‘Cap under 128 pounds and Laffit Pincay, Jr.  The following year, he took the race via disqualification under Bill Shoemaker and 130 pounds, thus becoming the first two-time winner of the Big ‘Cap.  Regarded as one of the greatest geldings of all time, John Henry, a son of Ole Bob Bowers, was foaled on this date in 1975.  Santiago Gonzalez10912181311%39%$570,427 J. Keith Desormeaux3573520%43%$447,105last_img read more