Japanese businessman at centre of French Olympic corruption probe

first_img(REUTERS) – A businessman who received millions of dollars for his work on Tokyo’s successful campaign to host the 2020 Olympics, which was postponed last week, due to the coronavirus, said he played a key role in securing the support of a former Olympics powerbroker, suspected by French prosecutors of taking bribes to help Japan’s bid.Haruyuki Takahashi, a former executive at the advertising agency Dentsu Inc., was paid $8.2M (£6.66M) by the committee that spearheaded Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Games, according to financial records reviewed by Reuters. Takahashi told Reuters his work included lobbying International Olympic Committee (IOC) members like Lamine Diack, the ex-Olympics powerbroker, and that he gave Diack gifts, including digital cameras and a Seiko watch.“They’re cheap,” he said.The payments made Takahashi the single largest recipient of money from the Tokyo bid committee, which was mostly funded by Japanese companies. After his involvement in Tokyo’s successful campaign, Takahashi was named to the board of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, a group tasked with running the summer Games after it was awarded to Japan.Takahashi acknowledged receiving the payments but declined to give a full accounting of how he used the money. He said he urged Diack to support the Tokyo bid and denied any impropriety in those dealings. He said it was normal to provide gifts as a way of currying good relations with important officials like Diack. He said there was nothing improper with the payments he received or with the way he used the money.“You don’t go empty-handed. That’s common sense,” Takahashi told Reuters, referring to the gifts he gave Diack.Banking records from the Tokyo 2020 bid committee, which were examined by Reuters, show it paid around $46 500 to Seiko Watch. A senior official at the bid told Reuters “good” watches were handed out at parties organised as part of Tokyo’s campaign to win the Olympics, although he did not specify the brand.(IOC regulations allowed for the giving of gifts of nominal value at the time of the 2020 bid, but didn’t stipulate a specific amount.A day before the 2013 vote on the host city, Diack informed a meeting of African Olympic representatives that he planned to support Tokyo on merit, a lawyer for the influential Senegalese sports figure told Reuters. But he didn’t instruct anyone how to vote, the lawyer said.The Tokyo bid committee also paid $1.3M to a little-known non-profit institute run by former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, a powerful figure in Japanese sports and the head of the Tokyo Olympics organising committee.The payments to Takahashi’s company and Mori’s non-profit are enumerated in banking records from the Tokyo 2020 bid committee examined by Reuters. The payments were first reported by Japanese magazine Facta. French investigators have not questioned anyone about the payments to the Japanese recipients.The banking records were provided to French prosecutors by Japan’s government as part of France’s investigation into whether Tokyo’s bid committee paid $2.3M through a Singaporean consultant to win Diack’s support for Japan to host the 2020 Games.Diack, 86, has consistently denied any wrongdoing. His lawyer said Diack “denies all allegations of bribery”.The French are also investigating Diack’s son, Papa Massata Diack, on suspicion that he received the bulk of the money paid to the Singaporean consultant, and passed money on to his father to secure votes for Tokyo. Diack’s son has also denied any wrongdoing and said via email that he would “deliver my version in courts”.Mori did not respond to questions from Reuters. A representative of Mori’s non-profit said the entity was paid by the bid committee to “mainly analyse international information”.Nobumoto Higuchi, the secretary general of the bid committee, said Takahashi earned commissions on the corporate sponsorships he collected for the bid. “Takahashi has connections,” Higuchi said. “We needed someone who understands the business world.”The IOC said it would not have been made aware of payments between private parties or gifts given to IOC members.Olympic preparations have cost Japanese taxpayers some $13B, and the delay of the Games has rattled corporate sponsors, who had paid a record $3B to be affiliated with the Olympics as of June last year.Mori and Takahashi were central to Tokyo’s bid to win the Olympics, a campaign that began in 2011 and became a national priority under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Mori has publicly recounted how he lobbied a key IOC official ahead of the vote.Since 2015, French prosecutors have been investigating Diack, formerly the head of the international body governing track and field. Diack has also been accused of taking a separate $2M bribe to corral votes for Rio de Janeiro in that city’s successful bid to hold the Olympics in 2016.He has been under house arrest in France since charges of corruption linked to sports doping – when he headed the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) – were brought against him in 2015.Diack’s lawyer said his client “did not receive any money from anyone relating to the Olympic Games in Tokyo or Rio de Janeiro”.Tsunekazu Takeda, who headed Tokyo’s bid committee, is also under investigation by the French on suspicion of authorising the payments from the bid committee to the Singaporean consultant whom investigators suspect acted as an intermediary to get money to Diack.Takeda resigned from both the Japanese Olympic Committee and the IOC last year and has denied wrongdoing, saying he believed the payments were for legitimate lobbying efforts.Takeda’s lawyer said he did not instruct Takahashi to lobby Diack and was unaware of any gifts given by Takahashi to Diack. “Mr Takeda has never approved such things,” the lawyer said.Abe promised full cooperation with the French investigation, which is part of a long-running probe of corruption in international sports, including the cover-up of doping cases involving Russian athletes.Privately, Renaud Van Ruymbeke, the French magistrate who led the investigation until June last year, had complained that Japanese prosecutors did not provide all the information the French investigators were seeking, according to internal transcripts related to the probe reviewed by Reuters. The magistrate, the current French judge overseeing the case, and Japan’s justice ministry all declined to comment.In response to questions from Reuters, the IOC said it supported “the French judicial authorities and needs to respect the confidentiality of the process”. It added that it was “partie civile” to the proceedings, meaning it views itself as a potential victim and could seek compensation.A 2016 investigation into the payments made by the Tokyo bid committee, which was conducted by a third-party panel convened by the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), found no evidence of wrongdoing. The JOC probe was criticised by an outside group of legal and compliance experts for not being thorough enough.The report that resulted from the JOC probe did not examine payments to Takahashi or the Jigoro Kano Memorial International Sport Institute, the non-profit sports institute run by Mori.The JOC said it was separate from the bid committee and had no knowledge of payments made to Takahashi’s company and Mori’s non-profit.Asked about the payments, an organising committee spokesman said the bid committee had been disbanded and the organising committee was “not in a position to know the details of the bidding activities”.In a series of interviews with Reuters, Takahashi, 75, described how he became involved in the Tokyo bid. He said he was brought on as a consultant by bid-committee chief Takeda. Takahashi said one of his main assets was the connections he had built to Diack and other powerful figures in international sports during a career developing Dentsu’s sports marketing business.Takeda’s lawyer said he “knows nothing” about the contract between Takahashi and the bid committee, except for the fact that “a contract on marketing activities existed”.Takahashi said he was paid through his company, Commons Inc., by the Tokyo bid committee for “wining and dining” people who could further Tokyo’s bid, and for marketing and other activities related to Tokyo’s Olympic campaign.The payments were in part “a commission fee” for his role in gathering sponsors to fund Tokyo’s bid, he said. “I didn’t pay any money to anybody. This is my profit.”Takahashi said he asked Diack to support the Tokyo bid, but denied that he paid bribes or did anything wrong. He said he believed Diack wanted to vote for Tokyo because of Takahashi’s support for the IAAF when Takahashi was a Dentsu executive. The Monaco-based organisation, which governs track and field and is now called World Athletics, was run by Diack until 2015.Asked how he used the payments he received from the Tokyo bid committee, Takahashi said he was under no obligation to detail what he did with the money. “One day before I die, I will tell you,” he said.The Kano institute headed by Mori, which received $1.3M from Tokyo’s bid committee, was named after a judo master who spearheaded the ultimately scrapped effort to bring the 1940 Olympics to Tokyo. It has one staff member, Tamie Ohashi.Ohashi told Reuters the money was used by the institute to hire a U.S.-based consulting firm and two individual consultants to support the Tokyo 2020 bid. She said she didn’t know why the institute, and not the Tokyo bid committee, hired the consultants, and declined to name them.The institute’s website does not list any activities explicitly linked to the bid. Ohashi also said the institute paid for research that would help Tokyo’s campaign.Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, Akihiro Nishimura, said the government could not answer questions about the bid committee’s activities. He said questions about payments to Takahashi and the Kano institute should be directed to the JOC and the Tokyo metropolitan government, because they mainly led the effort.The Tokyo Metropolitan government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.last_img read more

FB : Jones spearheads SU’s disruptive defensive effort in upset victory over West Virginia

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Chandler Jones swung his right arm toward the ground in celebration for his second straight sack of Geno Smith. The Syracuse defensive end finally had a reason to exult after missing the last five games with an injury.The sacks were also an antidote for Smith — a solution Jones concocted by watching plenty of game tape of the West Virginia quarterback during his time away from the field.‘Since I was out with my lower body injury, I knew I was coming out for the West Virginia game, so I’ve been scouting him since who knows when,’ Jones said.‘We just game-planned it and we did a good job getting pressure on Geno, so I’m excited for that.’Syracuse’s constant pressure on Smith shook up and disabled the high-powered West Virginia offense Friday. SU sacked the WVU quarterback four times and pushed him to the Carrier Dome turf countless other times en route to a 49-23 shocker over the No. 11 Mountaineers. West Virginia came into the game having allowed just seven sacks, but defensive coordinator Scott Shafer geared up a high-pressure game plan that was meant to take Smith out of his element, helping SU pick up its first Big East win of the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSmith did throw for 338 yards and two scores, but the Orange limited him to his worst percent completion rate of the season and forced him to throw two interceptions, including one on a pass to the end zone with WVU inside the Syracuse 10-yard line.‘They really hit us in the mouth tonight,’ Smith said. ‘We didn’t respond very well. It’s tough. It hurts. I can’t lie and say it doesn’t hurt. I’m bleeding right now in my soul.’Jones was a key reason for Smith’s long day. The senior defensive end was tabbed as one of the best pass rushers in the Big East, but hadn’t played since getting hurt in SU’s season opener against Wake Forest.In addition to his two sacks, the extra attention Jones received allowed other Orange defensive players to break through and make plays.‘Overall, I think everyone up front did a nice job,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said. ‘I think at one time we had 11 or 12 hits on the quarterback, which was important for us.’Deon Goggins said he could sense some change in Smith’s demeanor as the game continued. Compared to what the Orange saw on film, Smith was rattled and his calls and ability to survey the field were affected.That was most evident as West Virginia attempted to keep up with Syracuse after a Dorian Graham kick-return touchdown put SU up 21-9 in the second quarter. The Mountaineers were putting a semblance of a drive together, reaching midfield.But then the ‘Okie’ package, SU’s pressure defense, did what it’s designed to do.Jeremi Wilkes came around the right side of the WVU offensive line and hit Smith as he tried to step up, knocking him to all fours. In came Jones as Smith attempted to get upright, smothering him to the ground.Then on third-and-22, the very next play, Jones shed his blocker and clamped down on Smith again.‘Chandler Jones came back pretty good, he looked pretty well,’ safety Phillip Thomas said. ‘He looked like he was Chandler Jones all over again.’As the defense’s role in the second half became preventing a comeback, Jones’ role shifted to setting up plays for others. The third sack of Smith came on a play in which linebacker Siriki Diabate came around the right side of the offensive line and defensive tackle Jay Bromley busted through the middle to get to Smith.After Jones’ sacks, Goggins said Jones thanked the interior linemen for pushing Smith to the outside. And after Diabate and Bromley got to Smith, they thanked Jones for forcing him to remain inside.Smith was forced to stay in the pocket when he threw his second interception following pressure from Goggins just as he released the ball. The lame-duck throw resulted in what Thomas said was the easiest interception he’s ever had.‘Like, I thought I was the receiver,’ Thomas said. ‘But you know some things happen, and I thank the big men up front, the front big guys.’WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen said during the week Jones is as good as any defensive end in the Big East. And his addition to the SU defensive line made many of those things happen.West Virginia, and Smith specifically, found out through experience on Friday.‘They came in here with a little swagger,’ Jones said. ‘And it was our job to keep our composure and do what we had to do and come out with the win.’mcooperj@syr.educenter_img Published on October 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrlast_img read more

Trojans finish fourth at Pac-12 championships

first_imgSophomore Vladimir Morozov won the conference title in the 100-yard freestyle to lead USC on the final day of the Pac-12 championships at the East Los Angeles Swim Center in Monterey Park, Calif.Morozov, who also won the 50-yard freestyle on Thursday, is the first swimmer in USC history since Joe Bottom in 1977 to sweep the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle at the conference championships.USC finished the conference meet in fourth place with 517 points. Stanford won its 31st-consecutive team conference title, finishing with 939.5 points, followed by California in second with 808 points and Arizona in third with 543 points. Following USC in the standings was Utah (258.5), UC Santa Barbara (251.5), Arizona State (221.5) and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (120).The Trojans had three swimmers place in the 100-yard freestyle final after getting four in the 200-yard freestyle on Friday. Morozov finished preliminaries in 42.06 and finished finals in 41.86, beating his school record by .02 and setting the nation’s best time in the event.Sophomore Dimitri Colupaev took fifth place after finishing 11th last year. Colupaev holds USC’s second-fastest time in the 100-yard freestyle and won the 200-yard freestyle on Friday. Senior Jeff Daniels earned his second career conference finals appearance and first in the event with a personal record 43.56 in prelims and tied for USC’s eighth-fastest time in the event.Morozov, Colupaev, Daniels and Quintero finished .25 behind Cal in the 400-yard freestyles relay, almost winning USC’s first title in the event since 1979. Morozov started off the event with a 42.03, followed by Colupaev, who got USC off to a lead of 1.99 seconds over Cal, and Daniels, who had USC ahead by more than a second entering the final fourth. But Cal’s Tom Shields caught up to Quintero, helping Cal take first in 2:51.45, the fastest time in the nation.Quintero took second in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 14:55.58, beating out Cal’s Adam Hinshaw, almost earning an NCAA “A” cut.Hinshaw took the lead after Quintero led him for the first part of the race. He maintained that lead until the final 50 yards, when Quintero led Hinshaw by .85 seconds to finish ahead of him by .10 seconds.Senior Julian Bonse and sophomore Nick Johnson finished eighth and ninth in the event with personal records of 15:18.47 and 15:19.11, respectively,Junior Alex Lendrum finished fourth in the 200-yard backstroke, a career conference-best finish (1:42.42) and his third straight conference final in the event. Sophomore Chase Bloch set a personal record with a 1:44.00 and a 10th-place finish, while freshman Chad Bobrosky and junior Nick Karpov took 17th and 20th respectively.Freshman Sergio Lujan Rivera made his second straight appearance in a breaststroke final with a season-best prelim time of 2:00.16. Rivera finished eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:02.91, a day after finishing eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke. Freshman Andrew Malone and senior Will Orlady took 10th and 14th, respectively (1:46.55 and 1:47.70).Junior Justin DiFederico made the 200-yard fly final for the second straight year, barely missing his personal record in the prelims with a time of 1:45.63. DiFederico took seventh in the final in 1:47.06, with freshman Cary Wright finishing in 15th (1:49.42), and junior Matt Voell finishing in 22nd (1:52.47).last_img read more

Adoree’ Jackson forgoes final season at USC

first_imgAs Martin Luther King Jr. Day approached last weekend, USC football fans felt an increasing sense of optimism about the status of junior cornerback Adoree’ Jackson. Jackson began attending classes for the spring semester and was regularly seen on campus and in the USC athletic facilities over the past week. The lack of chatter about a draft decision soothed many into believing that Jackson would be returning to the football team for his senior season in 2017.However, on Monday — the final day for eligible players to declare for the NFL Draft — Jackson announced via social media that he would be forgoing his senior season to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. Jackson’s announcement included an open letter addressed to the Trojan  Family regarding his decision. Jackson, a unanimous All-American in 2016, declared for the draft after a junior season in which he won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back and helped lead USC to its first Rose Bowl victory since 2009. With his decision, Jackson joins junior wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and junior guard Damien Mama as one of three Trojans who will be forgoing their senior season to enter the draft in April. “Thank you to the Trojan Family for embracing me and my family the way you guys did! Being a Trojan was the best time of my life and I’ll never ever forget my time here at USC,” Jackson said. “I hope you continue to support me throughout the rest of my career.”A triple threat for the Trojans, Jackson was the ultimate Swiss army knife during his collegiate career. In addition to reeling in five interceptions during his Thorpe Award-winning junior season with USC, Jackson finished his Trojan football career with 39 receptions for 628 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns. Over his career, Jackson established himself as arguably the top kick returner in USC football history. In 2016, Jackson was the only player in the nation to return multiple kickoffs and punts for touchdowns; he took two punts and two kickoffs to the house for a total of four return touchdowns his junior year, and he finished with eight in his collegiate career. Jackson leaves USC with the all-time record in kickoff return yardage (2,141 yards). His football portfolio at USC is flooded with iconic moments, all of which contributed to turning the Trojans back into a nationally relevant football program. USC’s run to a Rose Bowl Trophy was sparked by a plethora of big plays from Jackson. His interception on Oct. 8 against then-No. 21 Colorado is one that will live in highlight reels forever. He picked a pass from Colorado quarterback Steven Montez almost completely out of bounds, but then inexplicably found a way to spread his legs in mid-air to get a foot in-bounds for the interception. The play built up acclaim for Jackson and earned him hype for the Thorpe Award he would eventually win. His two-interception effort against No. 4 Washington on Nov. 12 helped propel USC to its biggest win of the regular season and get the Trojans back in the national spotlight. While Jackson’s football resume is extensive, perhaps the greatest exhibition of his dynamic abilities came against Notre Dame on Nov. 26. Against the Fighting Irish, Jackson scored a total of three touchdowns in three different ways: He had a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 52-yard touchdown reception. Jackson’s final performance in the Coliseum may have been his most impressive, as the Trojans defeated Notre Dame, 45-27, in the season-finale rivalry game. From his first game at the Coliseum in September 2014 against Fresno State, in which he caught a touchdown as a true freshman, to his heroic finale against the Irish, Jackson gave Trojan fans memorable plays on a regular basis. And when Jackson wasn’t cementing himself into Trojan football lore, he almost casually built up a winning legacy as a track and field athlete for USC. Jackson was the Pac-12 champion in long jump in 2015 and 2016. He missed football spring practices in 2016 as he attempted to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field team to compete in Rio as a long jumper. But beyond the innumerable merits, the All-Pac-12 honors, the remarkable interceptions and even the Thorpe Award, Jackson cherished one accolade above all during his time as a Trojan: bringing the Rose Bowl Trophy back to Heritage Hall.“It’s been an incredible three years playing for one of the great traditions in college football,” Jackson wrote about his collegiate career. “I made the best decision of my life when I chose to come to USC, and finishing it off with a Rose Bowl win is one of the best ways I could have ever hoped for it to end.”last_img read more

Betfair – Cyprus’ ‘fuego’ brings fire & fury to Eurovision 2018 trading

first_imgWith a live TV audience of approximately +200 million viewers, watching and judging an international song contest, bookmakers expect a helter-skelter evening of Eurovision trading.The pressure is now on Eleni Foureira to deliver Cyprus’ first ever Eurovision victory, however, could European pop heavyweights France (5-time winners) and Sweden (6-time winners) spoil a Cypriot pop party!“France are our third favourites at 12/1, with Germany at 14/1 and Sweden at 16/1 rounding our top five in Eurovision betting” Betfair adds.Betfair – Eurovision Winner 2018 11/10 – Cyprus3/1  – Israel12/1 – France14/1 – Germany16/1  – Sweden20/1  –  Italy20/1  – Ireland22/1  – Lithuania25/1 – Norway30/1 – Australia33/1  – Estonia40/1  – Czech Republic50/1 – Bulgaria50/1  – Finland50/1 – Moldova50/1  – Hungary60/1 – Denmark66/1  – Austria80/1  – Spain100/1  – Ukraine100/1  – Netherlands200/1 – United Kingdom200/1 – Slovenia200/1  – Portugal250/1  – Albania300/1  – Serbia StumbleUpon Related Articles ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 The final week of pre-event trading for Eurovision 2018 (Lisbon 12 May), has seen Betfair place Cyprus’ Eleni Foureira’s ‘Feugo’ as 11/10 market favourite to win the 63rd edition of the Pan-European song contest.Eleni Foureira’s ‘Feugo’ has flipped-the-script on Eurovision 2018 trading, as the Cypriot entry was 100/1, just ten days ago.However, Betfair details that Eurovision punters have backed ‘Feugo’ following Foureira’s well-received pre-event rehearsals.Cyprus’ move to the top of Eurovision bookmaker rankings, comes at the expense of Israel’s Netta Barzilai’s ‘Toy’, which had been the previous outright 5/4 event market favourite (current price: 3/1).Reports from Lisbon, detail that Netta Barzilai has underperformed in pre-show rehearsals, underwhelming Eurovision test audiences.Katie Baylis – Betfair“Cyprus has overtaken previous favourites Israel, with entrant Netta’s unconvincing rehearsals’ performance of Toy seeing the entry drift out to 5/1, before coming back into 3/1 second favouritism thanks to getting a highly advantageous second half slot in the draw” details Betfair Spokesperson, Katie Baylis. FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020center_img Share Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Hinks 5th Graders ‘Coins for Cops’ Raises $1,000 for ‘Trooper Memorial Fund’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisWhen it comes to helping hands you probably don’t think about it being someone from a younger generation. Normally adults, or community members create fundraisers.But for a group of 5th graders at Hinks Elementary they decided to come together and raise over $1,000 for the MSP Fallen Trooper Fund. Trooper Simpson said she’s overjoyed by the amount of money raised.“We’re absolutely honored to know that three 5th graders were able to raise $1,000 on behalf of our ‘MSP Fallen Trooper Fund,’” Simpson said.Last week was a major week for MSP as they celebrated their 100th anniversary of service. Lieutenant Grimshaw said the amount raised in a short period of time is truly amazing.“It’s pretty amazing that they got to raise this amount of money no matter how they did it, in such a short period of time. I understand from Lilly that it took you guys about a month for the whole school to come up with this amount of money that is absolutely amazing.We are so proud from the Michigan State Police that we have such great kids out here who really want to honor the fallen troopers that have come. So it’s great, thank you, thank you girls,” Grimshaw said.The girls who started the fundraiser hope to make the event an annual thing. The girls hope to spread the love with other elementary schools so that they get involved too.Lilly Gembel said in her next fundraiser she hopes to help out homeless veterans. “Because they do so much to protect us and our country and then they come home to nothing and that doesn’t seem ok,” Gembel said.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Coins for Cops, Coins for Cops Change Drive, Hinks Elementary, michigan state police, mspContinue ReadingPrevious AHS Honors LuncheonNext TBJH Students Get a Taste of Collegelast_img read more

Frank Bruno on the mend after contracting ‘knockout’ pneumonia

first_img “I feel like I’m finally starting to mend. I’ve certainly never felt so ill. Pneumonia… you’ve been a knockout!” He posted: “Good Morning. Thank you for all the well wishes I’ve been reading them all. Bruno was taken to a hospital in Banbury, England, after reportedly falling ill over the weekend. The Brit’s agent, Dave Davies, revealed that the 57-year-old has been told he needs a few weeks to rest.Good Morning. Thank you for all the well wishes I’ve been reading them all I feel like I’m finally starting to mend. I’ve certainly never felt so ill. Pneumonia… you’ve been a knockout!— Frank Bruno MBE (@frankbrunoboxer) March 7, 2019Bruno tweeted an update on his condition on Thursday, expressing his gratitude after Tyson Fury was among the many who offered their support.MORE: Joseph Parker willing to face Dereck Chisora, wants rematch with ‘lucky’ Dillian Whyte |center_img Former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno is recovering from “knockout” pneumonia but revealed he had “never felt so ill.”Join DAZN to watch Bivol-Smith on March 9last_img read more

Yahoo Fantasy Football Picks Week 5: NFL DFS lineup advice for cash games

first_imgLast week’s Yahoo daily fantasy football cash lineup featured some hits (Cooper Kupp, Austin Ekeler, Will Dissly) and misses (Adrian Peterson, Phillip Dorsett). We’ll look to bounce back with a bunch of bounce-back picks for our Week 5 NFL DFS cash lineup.Three of our four receivers (Marquise Brown, Will Fuller, John Brown) have a tournament feel to them, but they all play the majority of snaps and see a high volume of targets, so their floors are still cash-game worthy. We also have a pair of running backs who score a lot of steady amount of points — just in different ways. David Johnson does a ton of damage as a pass-catcher while Leonard Founrette has become more active in the receiving game while showcasing elements of the ground-and-pound workhorse he was drafted to be. WEEK 5 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerThe key to our team is Lamar Jackson, whose rushing ability should provide stability and give us a little room for error if one of our receivers doesn’t hit. WEEK 5 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPPWeek 5 Yahoo NFL DFS Lineup: Picks, Advice for cash gamesQB: Lamar Jackson, Ravens @ Steelers ($37). Jackson has posted at least 21.2 Yahoo points in each of the first four games, topping out at 33.6 in Week 1 and averaging 28.1. After an uncharacteristically quiet rushing day in Week 1, he’s had at least 46 yards on the ground every week since. That kind of floor makes him perfect for cash games, and against the Steelers, who entered Week 4 allowing just under 20 fantasy points per game (FPPG) to QBs, Jackson also has a high ceiling.RB: David Johnson, Cardinals @ Bengals ($30). Johnson gets the top matchup on the board and has posted at least 100 total yards or a touchdown in every game this year. Despite no huge outings, he has RB1 upside at RB5 pricing, making him another solid cash-game option.WEEK 5 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endRB: Leonard Fournette, Jaguars @ Panthers ($23). Fournette is coming off a career game, which worries us a bit, but given his RB13 pricing, he’s tough to ignore in cash games. Carolina is allowing the 12th-most FPPG to RBs, which includes a healthy 4.8 yards per carry to RBs. Fournette should once again get the ball early and often in this road tilt. WR: Adam Thielen, Vikings @ Giants ($28). Thielen was a complete non-factor against the Bears, but after voicing his displeasure with the Vikings lack of passing early this week, we expect a bunch of targets against the lowly Giants. It’s easy to forget Thielen had at least 10 Yahoo points in each of Minnesota’s first three games, and with the Giants allowing the third-most FPPG to WRs, he should easily surpass that mark this week. WEEK 5:Top waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap countsWR: Marquise Brown, Ravens @ Steelers ($24). Brown has seen a dip in production the past two weeks, but he’s still getting regular targets (16). We know the kind of playmaking ability he possesses, and given Pittsburgh’s inability to cover virtually everyone this year, we think Brown can get back on track.  WR: Will Fuller, Texans vs. Falcons ($14). Fuller is definitely more of a GPP play, but the targets are decent (at least six in each of the past three games) and he should have had TDs in each of the past two weeks but Deshaun Watson couldn’t quite connect with him on time. Fuller will get his soon, and given his low price and favorable matchup against a Falcons defense that was just roasted by A.J. Brown and Corey Davis, he’s usable in cash games this week. MORE WEEK 5 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup builder TE: Tyler Eifert, Bengals vs. Cardinals ($15). This is so chalky it almost hurts, but until the Cardinals can stop giving up TE touchdowns, we’re going to keep picking TEs against them. Eifert saw five targets in each of the first two games but only one look in Week 3, so perhaps we’ll swap him out if he’s ignored on Monday night against Pittsburgh, but for now he looks like a safe, high-floor value.FLEX: John Brown, Bills @ Titans ($15). Brown is another receiver with a “boom-or-bust” reputation, but with an average of 8.5 targets per game, his floor is higher than you might think. This pick could change if Josh Allen (concussion) is ruled out, but even in a fairly tough matchup, we think Brown can come through. D/ST: Jacksonville Jaguars @ Panthers ($14). Kyle Allen showed some flaws in Week 4, losing three fumbles and taking three sacks against Houston. Even without Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville is coming off a bit of a disappointing game in Denver, recording just one INT and no sacks, but the week before it had nine sacks against Tennessee. This defense always has upside against shaky QBs.last_img read more

Kamala Harris says 2020 voters want a problem-solver

first_imgDES MOINES — California Senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris says Midwesterners who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 want the 2020 presidential race to be a “mature conversation” about addressing the “hard” economic realities they’re confronting.“People want to talk about real issues and they don’t want to talk about it through the lens of political talk and partisanship and from an ideological perspective,” she told reporters Saturday afternoon in Des Moines.Harris made campaign stops in central and eastern Iowa this weekend. On Sunday in Davenport, Harris told a crowd she’s a former prosecutor who’ll be able to make the case against Trump. On Saturday in Des Moines, Harris accused Trump of vilifying immigrants rather than offering a plan to boost wages for working people in America.“The president has been spewing a lot of misinformation which has been corrected by officials of his own government and so this is a moment where the American people deserves to hear the truth and wants to hear the truth and be it in the primary or the general, that is my intention, which is to speak the truth,” Harris told reporters after meeting with members of the Iowa Asian and Latino Coalition and the League of United Latin American Citizens.Immigrants are a benefit, not a drain on the economy, Harris said in answering an audience question at the event held in what used to be the Iowa Supreme Court chamber in the Iowa Capitol. Harris supports a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.“There’s a lot of work we have to do to restore American values and ideals in terms of how we do public policy on so many issues, including immigration,” Harris said, to applause from the crowd at the state capitol.Two other candidates who entered the 2020 presidential race last month were in Iowa this weekend, too. Julian Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, criticized Trump’s immigration policy during an appearance in Denison.“We’re always going to need a secure border,” Castro said, “but we can also be humane.”Castro said additional investment in border security is appropriate, but separating children from parents crossing the border to seek political asylum is wrong.Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard campaigned in Des Moines, criticizing what she called “regime change wars” and suggesting the U.S. is on the brink of a “new Cold War.”“Take those billions of dollars we’re investing in wars and bring them here to invest in our people, to serve their needs,” Gabbard said.Colorado Senator Michael BennetA few Democrats who might enter the 2020 race were in Iowa this weekend, too. Colorado Senator Michael Bennet is “leaning toward” running.“I’ve got a different set of experiences than a lot of people who’ve run for this job before,” Bennet told Radio Iowa. “I’ve been a school superintendent. I’ve been in business. I’ve been a lawyer and now I’ve been in the Senate for 10 years.”Bennet said the country has gone through a divisive decade and someone like him from the western U.S. could be a stabilizer.“We are oriented toward the future and we’re thinking about how you solve problems on the frontier, more than we’re thinking about how you nurse grudges,” Bennet said.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made stops in Sioux City and Des Moines as well, saying he is not ruling out a run for the White House.“We have to have a progressive as our nominee,” de Blasio told reporters Sunday. “…We also have to have a nominee who is believable as a leader in such an important position.”De Blasio advised his fellow Democrats to quit “taking the bait from Donald Trump” and present a “clear, unapologetic progressive message” to voters.last_img read more

EIGHT YEAR OLD VETERANS WHAT A VIEW & TRIBALIST SQUARE OFF IN $100,000 CALIFORNIA FLAG HANDICAP AT 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURF SATURDAY

first_imgEIGHT YEAR OLD VETERANS WHAT A VIEW & TRIBALIST SQUARE OFF IN $100,000 CALIFORNIA FLAG HANDICAP AT 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURF SATURDAY  ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 16, 2019)–A pair of classy 8-year-old geldings, What a View and Tribalist, head a field of eight California-bred or sired horses going 5 ½ furlongs on turf in Saturday’s $100,000 California Flag Handicap at Santa Anita.Idle since beaten 3 ½ lengths in the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap Aug. 18, What a View, who is closing in on $1 million in earnings, will be making his third start for trainer Phil D’Amato and the speedy Tribalist, most recently fifth in the Grade II Eddie D Stakes at five furlongs on turf Sept. 27, will be making his 14th career start for trainer Blake Heap.WHAT A VIEWOwner:  Finish Line Racing LLC, the Ellwood Johnston Trust and Taste of Victory StablesTrainer:  Phil D’AmatoNow in his sixth racing season, this Grade I winning son of Vronsky has been based at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center since his last race and his connections are hoping he’ll be able to show sprinter speed off the bench.  Bred in California by the Johnston family’s Old English Rancho and Patsy and Sal Berumen, What a View, who is out of the Manila mare Oceans N Mountains, is winless in his only career turf sprint–a sixth place finish in the Grade III Daytona Stakes eight starts back on Feb. 24, 2018.  A winner of the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) here in March of 2016, What a View has earnings of $922,057 from an overall mark of 29-8-5-1.TRIBALISTOwner:  Robert Abrams, Mitchell Duko & Michael ParanTrainer:  Blake HeapA sharp second, beaten a neck by talented Eddie Haskell in a five furlong turf classified allowance two starts back at Del Mar July 24, this Tribal Rule gelding was not as quick away from the gate in finishing fifth, beaten 2 ½ lengths by Pee Wee Reese in the Grade II Eddie D here on Sept. 27. Considered one of the top turf sprinters on the circuit when he’s on his game, Tribalist, who is out of the Cee’s Tizzy mare Ultimate Summer, will be ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat in what will be his 14th career start. A close third in the 2017 California Flag at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, Tribalist will need to show his customary early zip on Saturday.THE CALIFORNIA FLAG HANDICAP WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 6 of 8  Approximate post time 3 p.m. PTWhat a View–Tyler Baze–122Tribalist–Flavien Prat–121King Abner–Martin Garcia–119General Interest–Rafael Bejarano–116Castle–Abel Cedillo–117My Friend Emma–Silvio Amador–121Portando–Ruben Fuentes–116Grinning Tiger–Heriberto Figueroa–117First post time for an eight-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more