first_imgThe Tallulah River near Clayton, Georgia is a classic in the Southeast paddling scene. This river is an excellent one for many reasons… proximity to Atlanta and Greenville, easy access via a massive metal staircase, five weekends a year of predictable flows released by the dam, beautiful class IV-V whitewater, and now a great festival during the spring releases.I was fortunate to get down to the Tallulah last weekend for two days of paddling and one night of… err festivaling.  It was awesome.  I saw so many faces that I haven’t been able to catch up with through the winter, and the weather and water could not have been better.For those of you who are not familiar with the Tallulah, its marquee feature is a rapid by the name of Oceana.  It is a beast of a rapid, dropping 50 feet down a giant slide, with the majority of the water piling against a rock shelf to create a phenomenon affectionately referred to as “The Thing.”  This shelf explodes whitewater 15 feet into the air, and reminds any prospective paddler that this is not a rapid to be trifled with.  Hitting The Thing would almost certainly result in leg and ankle injury, and there have historically been two lines: one down the center, and one down the far left.Last fall, Pat Keller pioneered a new line from left to right, crossing right in front of The Thing, and skipping into the built-up pool above it like a jet ski.  Check out Pat’s line here: ProLines from Isaac Levinson on Vimeo.This line was on my mind for a few weeks before the Tallulah release, but as many kayakers know, just because Pat can do something does not mean that you can.  Upon reaching that rapid, I scoped out the line for the better part of an hour before finally deciding that I was ready to go for it.  Fortunately for me, there happened to be a 50+ person peanut gallery to witness the carnage should I come up short and crash into The Thing!I came out of the eddy with my hair on fire and drove hard right over the first exploding wave.  From that point onward, I was running by feel, not able to see anything at all.  I felt my boat gain speed at an alarming rate, and took a stroke when I thought I would be hitting the dangerous lateral that could throw you off line.  Fortunately the timing worked, and before I knew it, my Dagger Nomad was skipping safely through the eddy to the right of The Thing, and flying off the last part of the drop in the center of the river.As I landed, I smiled and looked around in celebration, but was immediately slapped back into the safe but powerful hole at the bottom, and beaten for a good 20 seconds!The river will never cease to humble you, even in your most confident moments.  That line made my day, and I bombed down the rest of the river, across the lake, and jogged back up to my car at the putin still riding that buzz.I love kayaking.last_img read more

first_imgDonald Trump had advice Wednesday for people worried by the coronavirus: be a germophobe like him.Frequent hand-washing has long been a quirk of the real estate billionaire and Republican president.He said his habit is exactly what’s needed for protecting against the easily spread and potentially fatal coronavirus. “He hugs me. I said ‘are you well?’ He said ‘no, I have the worst fever and the worst flu.’ And he’s hugging and kissing me,” Trump recounted, acting out the encounter for journalists.”So I said ‘excuse me.’ I went and started washing my hands.” “I do it a lot anyway as you probably heard,” he told a press conference in the White House, triggering laughter.”Wash your hands, stay clean. You don’t have to necessarily grab every handrail unless you have to,” Trump said. “When somebody sneezes, I try to bail out.”Trump recounted a recent close encounter with someone who was sick — and how he dealt with it.”I had a man came up to me a week ago. I hadn’t seen him in a long time. I said, ‘how you doing?’ He said ‘fine, fine.’center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_img Comment Advertisement Fagner has been on Arsenal’s radar (Picture: Getty)Corinthians have told Arsenal to give up any hope of signing Fagner this summer.The Gunners are on the lookout for a new right-back following Stephan Lichtsteiner’s departure and Fagner has been identified as a possible option to provide back-up for Hector Bellerin.Arsenal’s incoming technical director Edu, who won two Premier League titles with the club, is reportedly behind the move for the 30-year-old Brazilian.Unai Emery has a tight budget following Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League and Edu views Fagner as a cut-price alternative to PSG’s Thomas Meunier who has also been linked.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHowever, it appears Arsenal will have to look elsewhere for cover at right-back as Corinthians have no intention of selling Fagner.Asked about Arsenal’s interest in the experienced full-back, a Corinthians director told ESPN: ‘It is only noise. Forget it.’Fagner, who previously represented PSV Eindhoven and Wolfsburg at the club level, has nine caps for Brazil. Corinthians send message to Arsenal over Fagner transfer move Arsenal had a bid of £40m turned down by Palace (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have been pushing ahead with their pursuit of Wilfried Zaha in recent days, but Crystal Palace are holding out for a fee of around £70m for the 26-year-old attacker.The Gunners had an opening offer of £40m rejected for Zaha and the forward’s brother, Judicael, has urged Palace to come to an agreement.‘Wilfried will always hold Crystal Palace and their fans in the highest regard and all the support they have given means the world to him,’ he said.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘It is my brother’s dream, though, to play for Arsenal.‘Given all that Wilfried has given to Crystal Palace to help them remain a Premier League club, I hope Palace will be able to see their way to agreeing a deal with Arsenal that allows Wilfried to realise his dream of playing European football for the club he has supported since childhood.’MORE: Newcastle set price for Sean Longstaff as Manchester United prepare transfer bid Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 5 Jul 2019 10:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link518Shareslast_img read more

first_imgIn the fourth section of the NCAA’s report on Syracuse University, titled “Analysis,” the NCAA details the exact violations committed by the university.The NCAA began by detailing how athletes received impermissible extra benefits, both academic and monetary. In addition, the NCAA wrote that the university failed to follow its self-written drug-testing policy, showed a lack of institutional control and that the men’s basketball head coach failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance in the program, among other violations.These violations were not limited to one particular program in the athletics department, or limited to one particular university or non-university employee. Rather, these problems were widespread and occurred over a long period of time, according to the report.The report classifies each violation as a Level I, II or III violation. The NCAA report defines the levels of violation this way:Level I – Severe breaches of conduct that seriously undermine or threaten the integrity of the NCAA Collegiate Model.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLevel II – Significant breaches of conduct that may compromise the integrity of the Collegiate Model.Level III – Less serious breaches of conduct that are isolated or limited and provide no more than minimal benefit or advantage.Below is a breakdown of the exact infractions detailed in subheads A-D of the Analysis section (click here for subheads E-H, and click here for subheads I-L), including the violated NCAA Bylaws, level of violation, whether the NCAA and Syracuse agreed on the infraction and abridged explanations.A. Providing impermissible extra benefitsExplanation: Over the course of approximately a 14-month period from the 2002-03 academic year through the 2004-05 academic year, five student-athletes received payments totaling $8,335, according to the report. The payments came from a man who the report refers to as “the representative,” who represents the institution’s interests. The representative remains unnamed, like the rest of individuals referenced in the report, but has been identified by The Post-Standard as Jeff Cornish.The representative paid three football and two men’s basketball student-athletes for their involvement in YMCA events, which included mentoring or working at clinics, camps or tournaments, according to the report. However, they were paid for what was considered volunteer work. The representative also provided impermissible transportation and impermissible meals to student-athletes, according to the report.Bylaws violated: NCAA Bylaw 16, which defines extra benefits. An extra benefit refers to any special arrangement made by an institutional employee or representative of the institution’s athletics interests to provide the student-athlete or his or her relatives or friends with a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation.Level of violation: The infractions panel determined that the payments given to student-athletes constituted a Level I violation. The transportation provided to student-athletes constituted a Level II violation because it involved multiple Level III violations, according to the report.Consensus: SU and the NCAA enforcement staff “substantially agreed” that violations of the bylaws occurred in regards to impermissible extra benefits, according to the report.B. Unethical conduct: academic fraudExplanation: This violation covers two separate instances.The first involves a part-time tutor, who remains unidentified throughout the report but who The Post-Standard has identified as Hank Leo. During the 2005-06 academic year, two football student-athletes carried out an internship at the YMCA for academic credit, and during the 2006-07 academic year, another football student-athlete did the same.The part-time tutor and three football student-athletes engaged in academic fraud when they provided false or misleading information regarding the student-athletes’ completion of an internship at a YMCA in Oneida, New York. While the student-athletes did not actually complete the requirements of the internship, the part-time tutor and student-athletes provided information to the student-athletes’ professor that suggested otherwise. As a result, the student-athletes received academic credit.The second instance occurred when the director of basketball operations and the basketball facility receptionist completed academic coursework on behalf of student-athlete 7, who The Daily Orange believes to be former SU center Fab Melo, with the intent of restoring his eligibility. The report reads that the two employees engaged in unethical conduct by completing the student-athlete’s work for him. The academic fraud occurred, in part, because the university “lacked oversight, control and monitoring over the process aimed at restoring student-athlete 7’s eligibility,” according to the report.Bylaws violated: NCAA Bylaw 10.1, which defines unethical conduct. It defines knowing involvement in arranging for fraudulent academic credit for a student-athlete as unethical conduct.Level of violation: Both instances were found to be Level I violations.Consensus: SU and the NCAA enforcement staff are in agreement with the conduct and that violations occurred, according to the report. However, the part-time tutor contested allegations about him.C. Academic extra benefitsExplanation: During the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years, the report reads that the support services tutor and the support services mentor provided extra academic benefits to three men’s basketball student-athletes. Together, the two impermissibly made revisions, created or wrote assignments for three student-athletes.The support services mentor, who later became the basketball facility receptionist, has been identified by The Post-Standard as Debora Belanger. The support services mentor provided impermissible assistance to two men’s basketball student-athletes, who are identified in the report as student-athletes 8 and 9. As of now, the names of student-athletes 8 and 9 have not been identified. This included making revisions to or creating midterm assignments and other papers for the student-athletes. The university self-reported that in the spring 2012 semester the support services tutor wrote a portion of student-athlete 10’s midterm exam, according to the report.Bylaws violated: NCAA Bylaw 16, which does not permit student-athletes to receive extra benefits unless it is expressly authorized by NCAA legislation.Level of violation: Level IConsensus: SU and the NCAA enforcement staff disagreed that the mentor provided academic extra benefits to two student-athletes.However, the parties agreed that the support services tutor provided an academic extra benefit. But, the university disagreed that it should be included in the case, because the student-athlete “made a charitable contribution as restitution,” according to the report.D. Failure to follow written drug testing proceduresExplanation: The report details multiple failures to follow Syracuse’s self-written drug procedures concerning student-athletes who tested positive for banned substances.Syracuse both acknowledged and self-reported drug policy violations for “numerous men’s basketball student-athletes.” The drug policy, which was written by the university in May 2000, is summed up in the report:“In short, after a positive drug test a student-athlete became ineligible until specific requirements were met. After a first positive drug test, the policy declared the student-athlete ineligible until the student-athlete’s head coach notified the student-athlete’s parents. After a second, the policy declared the student-athlete ineligible until a counselor declared that the student-athlete was no longer using the banned substances. Finally, after a third positive drug test, the policy called for the student-athlete’s eligibility to be terminated and for the institution to withdraw all athletically related financial aid at the conclusion of the semester.”SU head coach Jim Boeheim admitted that he did not follow this policy and, according to the report, the director of athletics “accepted this practice.” The director of athletics, according to the report, claimed that Syracuse followed an “unwritten policy” because the written policy was confusing. The NCAA wrote in the report, “The suggestion that an ‘unwritten policy’ should supersede a written policy was considered incredible by the panel and contrary to virtually all sense of reason, as the reasons policies are in writing is to ensure that they are clear and followed.”Bylaws violated: NCAA Bylaws 10, 14, 31 and 32 from 2001 to 2009. Bylaw 10, which is referenced in the report’s explanation of the drug policy violations, “requires institutions to follow their institutional procedures dealing with drug abuse when athletics staff members have knowledge of student-athletes use of substances on the banned list.” Bylaw 10 continues that any failure to follow the institutional policies “shall subject the institution to penalties.”Level of violation: Level IConsensus: Violations of its own institutional drug policy were self-reported but, according to the report, SU’s director of athletics said the policy was “confusing” at Syracuse’s NCAA hearing in October. 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first_imgMensah missed out on a call-up last time out as well, as he was not included in Ghana’s squad for the AFCON 2021 qualifiers against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe by Kwesi Appiah. Black Stars defender, Jonathan Mensah, led his Columbus Crew side out as captain as they beat New York City FC 1-0.Mensah, who has been at Columbus Crew since 2017 and has made 77 appearances for the MLS club played in defence as his side won their first game of the season, keeping a clean sheet in the process.Mensah was named the club’s new captain ahead of the new season and is clearly relishing his new role.After the game, Mensah posted shots of himself wearing the armband and the Crew fans on Twitter.He spoke of his pride at captaining the side and his joy at his team picking up all three points as well.“Proud to have captained #Crew96 for our first game of the season. Felt even better that we got all three points. Thank you to our amazing fans (crew family) for the support. Together, let’s make it a great season,” Mensah tweeted.Mensah was however, not named in the 23-man Black Stars squad announced by head coach CK Akonnor on Tuesday.last_img read more