PSG Boss, Al-Khelaifi, Faces Charges over FIFA Media Right

first_imgIt is alleged he accepted “undue advantages” in exchange for TV rights.On Thursday, Al-Khelaifi said he expected the charge against him would be “proven completely groundless and without any substance whatsoever”.Switzerland’s attorney general announced yesterday that charges had been brought against Valcke, Al-Khelaifi and a third businessman over rights for various World Cup and Confederations Cup tournaments between 2018 and 2030.Valcke is accused of accepting rent-free accommodation in an Italian villa bought by Al-Khelaifi, who is chairman of the BeIN media group.The charges relate to Valcke’s time as FIFA general secretary between 2013 and 2015 when he is accused of influencing the award of media rights for Italy and Greece.A further bribery complaint against Al-Khelaifi has been dropped after FIFA reached an “amicable agreement” with the Qatari businessman at the end of January, the statement added.Those allegations were in connection with the award of media rights for the World Cup tournaments in 2026 and 2030.“I am pleased that all charges of bribery in connection with the 2026 and 2030 World Cups have been dropped,” said Al-Khelaifi.“As I have said vehemently and repeatedly for three years, the charges have not – and have never had – any basis whatsoever, either in fact or law.“It is now – finally – indisputable fact that the 2026 and 2030 agreements were negotiated at arm’s length and without any improper influence in any form.“After the most forensic public, private, lawful and unlawful scrutiny of all my dealings, I have been cleared of all suspicions of bribery and the case has been dismissed definitively and conclusively.”Al-Khelaifi, 45, joined UEFA’s executive committee in February after being elected by the European Club Association (ECA) to be one of its two UEFA delegates in January.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Paris St-Germain President, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, has been charged by Swiss prosecutors following an investigation into the awarding of media rights for FIFA tournaments.Al-Khelaifi is accused of inciting criminal mismanagement in connection with allegations Jerome Valcke “exploited his position” as FIFA general secretary.Valcke is charged with accepting bribes, criminal mismanagement and falsification of documents. Nasser Al-Khelaiflast_img read more

“In a community, for a community”

first_img“In a community, for a community” is a special supplemental section of the Daily Trojan, focusing on the ties the University of Southern California has to its surrounding community.Though the nature of the bond between the school and the neighborhood in which it is situated has changed with the times, an analysis of past, present and future events reveals one thing: there will always be a relationship.—Looking forward by looking back: You can’t blame USC for looking forward. Our university is still rising in stature at a breakneck pace.Baptism by fire: Though South Los Angeles was ravaged by violent riots in 1992, USC remained steadfast in its commitment to the community.Homeland security: From climbing the trees in front of Moreton Fig as a child to patrolling campus, DPS Assistant Chief John Thomas’ Trojan spirit runs deep.Structural integrity: A walk through historic University Park: The neighborhood surrounding campus is filled with architectural treasures that serve as a tribute to Los Angeles’ rich history.Watchful eyes: How DPS and LAPD monitor the university: The Department of Public Safety draws support from LAPD in patrolling a school positioned in the midst of a major metropolis.For schools near USC, it’s all part of the family: What began as a partnership between USC and the five grade schools closest to campus has become a staple of university life.The changing face of Figueroa: As the area south of Downtown Los Angeles crumbled throughout the 1990s, a partnership emerged to turn things around.Progress is the plan for university and community: Though USC’s Master Plan has been met with various waves of resistance since its introduction, it will benefit all parties involved.It takes a village: As the university’s 20-year Master Plan comes closer to becoming reality, USC continues to consider the community.last_img read more

Badgers seek increased production on power plays

first_imgAs the Wisconsin women’s hockey team prepares for the WCHA Final Face-Off against Minnesota-Duluth, the success of the team may depend more on special teams than ever before this year.Wisconsin has had plenty of success on the power play this season, scoring 39 power-play goals on 160 chances, putting them at a 24.4 percent conversion rate. The Badgers’ opponents have scored only 14 goals on 128 chances on the power play, resulting in a success rate of only 10.9 percent.“It becomes a crucial part of the game,” Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson said. “When you get an opportunity, you need to capitalize. Seems to be this time of year it’s tough to score goals – games are tight. So, if your power play is working, that’s going to help you get better opportunities in games.”Despite Wisconsin’s overall success on the power play this season, the Badgers struggled in that regard in their first postseason series last weekend versus Minnesota State. The Badgers went 1-for-5 on Friday and again on Saturday.The Badgers won both games in shutouts, 7-0 and 4-0, paced offensively by senior forward Hilary Knight, who tallied two assists in Saturday’s contest. But Knight knows that every power play the Badgers don’t capitalize on is a missed opportunity.“You’ve lost a great chance to score a goal,” Knight said. “It’s demoralizing when you get a penalty, but even more so when you don’t score a goal.”Despite the Badgers’ inability to take advantage of their opponent last weekend when it was a man down, they created plenty of opportunities. The Badgers had six of their 20 shots come on the power play in game one and followed that up with 29 the next day. During just one power play Saturday, the Badgers notched six shots and a goal.Wisconsin has attempted 57 more shots on the power play than their opponents, and the Badgers also have a shot percentage of 14.7, compared to only 6.7 percent for their opponents.“If you’re creating opportunities, that’s all you can ask for,” Johnson said. “Some games the puck is going to go in, and some games it isn’t. This time of year, it comes down to your ability to execute.”On the flip side, Wisconsin doesn’t commit a lot of penalties, but when it does, it has done a stellar job of stopping the opposing teams from taking advantage.Wisconsin ranks first in the WCHA in the penalty kill at 89.1 percent, and the Badgers did not allow Minnesota State to gain any momentum on the power play in their first series, holding them to 0-for-1 Friday and 0-for-4 Saturday. Junior defenseman Stefanie McKeough has helped the Badgers with their penalty kill since returning from injury.“That’s even more of a motivation or momentum changer,” McKeough said of the penalty kill. “When you get a penalty called against you, it kind of brings a team down. But when your four players are able to outwork their five players, it definitely brings a momentum shift to the rest of the team.”A key component to the Badgers’ kill has been the performance of their goaltender, sophomore Alex Rigsby, who has gone the last 167 minutes without allowing a goal. Wisconsin’s shutouts of Minnesota State this weekend were also the eighth and ninth time the goaltender has posted zeroes this season.Rigsby is leading the WCHA in goals allowed, giving up only 1.34 goals-per-game, save percentage at 95.2 percent and in winning percentage at 88.9 percent.“Your goalie has got to be good,” Johnson said. “She has to be your best penalty killer.”Wisconsin has been very good about not taking many penalties, having had 151 called on them, which is 30 fewer than their opponents. The Badgers have the second fewest penalty minutes in the WCHA, trailing only Bemidji State.The Badgers have an advantage on the ice of 30-plus minutes over their opponents, which has helped them create momentum throughout the course of the season. And momentum could very well be the key for the Badgers to win in the postseason.“Hockey is a game of momentum,” McKeough said. “In any point in time when the five of us are clicking, it’s definitely a help.”The Badgers rank second in the WCHA in power play percentage at 24.4 percent, trailing only Minnesota, who ranks first at 25 percent. As Wisconsin enters the Final Face-Off, Johnson knows that the power play will be the key to the team’s momentum and possibly whether it will win or lose.“The ice gets tilted if you spend time in the offensive zone on a power play,” Johnson said. “Anytime you can score a goal, it creates energy for everybody on your team.“The biggest thing is to make sure you are working and don’t get outworked by the opposing teams’ penalty kill.”last_img read more

Middle Tennessee State’s Nick King flourishing after battling health problems

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 20, 2018 at 10:20 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 UPDATED: Feb. 21, 2018 at 12:10 a.m.Nick King couldn’t stop coughing. His coughs turned into coughing spasms, which turned into vomiting. At one point, his throat was so sore that he had no desire to eat and lost 15 pounds in the span of seven days.It got so bad that he couldn’t perform daily functions or sleep and even had to stop doing the thing he loved most — playing basketball for Alabama. So, the junior forward went to the hospital, where it took a few days to figure out what was going on.Eventually, King was diagnosed with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, a staph bacteria infection that usually occurs in people who spend time in health care settings, per the Mayo Clinic, in his lungs. He was shut down for the next two weeks, and after that rehabbed. By the time rehab was over, the season was almost over, and there was no point in coming back.One year and a new team later, King, now a fifth-year senior at Middle Tennessee State, leads the Blue Raiders in scoring, at 21.4 points per game, and rebounding, with 8.4 a night. He’s played in each of MTSU’s 27 games this year after playing a combined seven games over the past two seasons at Alabama and has his team in the driver’s seat of Conference-USA. It’s a stark change from his first four years of college, when he averaged just 6.9 points per game and struggled to find time on the court.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe 37th-overall recruit in the class of 2013 per ESPN and the 4th-best from the state of Tennessee, King originally committed to his hometown team of Memphis. He began his college career averaging 16 points in his first three games, but didn’t start a game and scored double-digit points just twice the rest of the season. The following year, as a sophomore, he started seven games, averaging just under 19 minutes and 7.2 points per game. It wasn’t enough.“I just felt like I didn’t have a good opportunity,” King said, “And I needed to get away from home and get in a program that fit me more.”So, King transferred to the University of Alabama, where he was drawn to head coach Avery Johnson’s NBA pedigree. He fell in love with the town of Tuscaloosa and the campus itself, which hosted him for his first-ever official college visit. He sat out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules but was ready to go for the Crimson Tide in the fall of 2016.He only played in seven games for Alabama, starting the last two in which he combined for 32 minutes. He’d ramped up from 12 minutes total in his first two. He wasn’t healthy though, and even during his last two contests he felt the effects of the condition. After scoring just 23 points total during the season, King’s junior year abruptly came to an end.Once diagnosed with MRSA, King began receiving antibiotics and treatment for the infection. He got to the point where he was able to work out but couldn’t practice with the team. Along with the medical attention he received, King said, the ability to still play basketball while rehabbing helped him get through the sickness. He was left with just one year of eligibility remaining, however, and decided to transfer again, this time to Middle Tennessee. The opportunity to be in a program where’d he both be able to succeed individually and have a chance to play in the NCAA tournament in his last year of college was too good to pass up.“After he left Memphis we fired a shot (but) he still kind of had the Power Five in his blood,” MTSU head coach Kermit Davis said. “Then when he made the decision to leave Alabama and got the release, we were there the next day.”Even though recruiting King originally was a long shot, the Raiders were able to catch him after he left Alabama in part, Davis thinks, because of the “perfect fit” King could serve at power forward.MTSU had been led by forwards JaCorey Williams and Reggie Upshaw the year before, two players with similar builds as King. The team had reached the NCAA tournament as a No. 12 seed and upset Minnesota in the first round, and it wasn’t the first time the Raiders had been paced by their frontcourt. Since the 2013-14 season, between Williams, Upshaw and Shawn Jones, MTSU’s leading scorer has been a forward standing either 6-foot-7 or 6-foot-8 inches tall.Jones won C-USA player of the year in 2014, while Williams is the reigning player of the year in the conference. King, who is 6-7, was an easy addition for the Raiders, who lost both Williams and Upshaw to graduation.“Middle Tennessee is a perfect fit for an undersized 4-man who can stretch the floor,” senior guard Edward Simpson said. “Once (King) saw the system, spoke with JaCorey, who was also a transfer last year, it made his decision a lot easier.”Finally healthy and getting an opportunity in the perfect offensive system for him, King has thrived. Leading C-USA in both field goals made and attempted, King’s efficiency hasn’t wavered, as his field goal percentage is his highest since his freshman year and his 3-point percentage is his highest ever. In his past three games, three MTSU wins, he’s averaged 25.7 points and 10.7 rebounds while shooting 8-16 from 3.The stretch is part of the Raiders’ nine-game winning streak that has upped their conference record to 14-1 and their overall record to 22-5. King has a good chance to win MTSU’s third player of the year award in five years, while the Raiders look primed to make their third-straight NCAA tournament appearance. After four years of frustration and uncertainty, King is finally achieving what he’s wanted to accomplish since high school.“I haven’t been able to show what I can do since I’ve been in college,” King said. “(Now), I’ve got an opportunity and taken full advantage … my goal this season is just to win. Win the conference, win the conference tournament, do everything we can to have a great year.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the time frame in which Nick King could win his third player of the year award was misstated. If he wins this season, King would receive the award for the third time in five years. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Commentslast_img read more