Trojans’ appeal denied by NCAA

first_imgUSC’s appeal to reduce last June’s sanctions, considered to be some of the harshest penalties in college sports history, has been denied by the NCAA, according to reports.Insisting that the initial sanctions, which included a two-year postseason bowl ban and a loss of 30 scholarships over three years were excessive, president C. L. Max Nikias, athletic director Pat Haden and the school’s legal representatives met with the the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee in January in Indianapolis to request the penalties be cut in half.The appeals committee, however, deemed the severity of the punishment to be appropriate with an official announcement scheduled for Thursday.With its appeal denied, USC will not be allowed to sign more than 15 players for its 2012, 2013 and 2014 recruiting classes. Under normal conditions, schools are afforded the opportunity to sign upward of 25 players per class.Additionally, the team will be barred from participating in postseason play in the upcoming season, including the inaugural Pac-12 championship game, provided the team would have been eligible to do so.Furthermore, the NCAA upheld the provision allowing USC seniors to transfer to any Football Bowl Subdivision school without penalty.  Under most circumstances, players would be forced to sit out a season.last_img read more

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Chris Kreider injury update: Rangers winger suffers fractured foot

first_imgThe New York Rangers endured a rude awakening Friday night in Philadelphia.After winning nine of their previous 10 games, their momentum finally ended as they lost 5-2 to the Flyers. To make matters worse, Chris Kreider suffered a serious injury.  The forward went down midway through the first period after blocking a shot by Philadelphia’s Philippe Myers. Kreider headed straight for the bench and the Rangers quickly announced on Twitter that he fractured his foot and wouldn’t return to the game. The Rangers have announced that Chris Kreider sustained a fractured foot – here’s where he blocked Philippe Myers in the first period, and left the game shortly after #NYR pic.twitter.com/titkzQVXQ2— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) February 29, 2020Rangers coach David Quinn said after the game that there was no timetable for Kreider’s return. Depending on the severity of the fracture, he could be sidelined anywhere from several weeks to several months. Morgan Rielly of the Toronto Maple Leafs recently suffered a similar injury, also while blocking a shot, and was ruled out for at least eight weeks. Smaller fractures can have recovery periods of two to four weeks, however. The injury is a tough blow for Kreider, who was widely rumored to be leaving New York before the trade deadline on Monday but instead ended up signing a seven-year, $45 million contract extension that will keep him with the Rangers for the foreseeable future. Kreider has spent his entire career with the team since being drafted in 2009. It’s also a big setback for the Rangers, who have fought their way into the playoff picture after a rocky start to the season. They sit two points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot with just over a month remaining in the regular season, and now they’ll be without one of their top offensive players. Kreider, 28, has put up 45 points (24 goals, 21 assists) in 63 games this year.last_img read more

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Cup and Plate teams confirmed for Amaiu 7s Cup

first_imgIn the plate grand final, Brothers (1) will go up against North East.Brothers thrashed Nova 38-14 in the semi-final while North East were too strong for Wanderers  (1),  winning 28-0.In the Cup grand final, the University Piggies will play the Harlequins.Piggies edged out Baike Brothers 22-21.In the second Cup grand final, Harlequins romped home to victory over Defence 22-19.last_img

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