Uefa issued the ban in February after ruling City had committed “serious breaches” of Financial Fair Play regulations between 2012 and 2016.City’s fine has been cut from €30m (£26.9m) to €10m.In delivering the ruling, Cas said City did “fail to cooperate with Uefa authorities” but overturned the decision by Uefa’s club financial control body (CFCB) to ban them.City said the decision was “validation of the club’s position and the body of evidence that it was able to present”.“The club wishes to thank the panel members for their diligence and the due process that they administered,” City added.Cas’ ruling means City, who are guaranteed to finish second in the Premier League this season, will play in the 2020-21 Champions League.In this year’s competition, Pep Guardiola’s side face Real Madrid in their last-16 second leg at Etihad Stadium on 7 August.They lead 2-1 from the first leg in Madrid and will face Juventus or Lyon in the quarter-finals, which will be held in Lisbon, if they progress.The Cas statement continued: “The award emphasised that most of the alleged breaches reported by the adjudicatory chamber of the CFCB were either not established or time-barred.“As the charges with respect to any dishonest concealment of equity funding were clearly more significant violations than obstructing the CFCB’s investigations, it was not appropriate to impose a ban on participating in Uefa’s club competitions for Manchester City’s failure to co-operate with the CFCB’s investigations alone.”On reducing the fine, Cas said that, while it considered “the importance of the co-operation of clubs in investigations conducted by the CFCB” and Manchester City’s “disregard of such principle and its obstruction of the investigations”, the Cas panel “considered it appropriate to reduce Uefa’s initial fine by two-thirds”.It added: “The final award with reasons will be published on the Cas website in a few days.” (BBC)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester City have successfully overturned their two-year ban from European club competitions.The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) announced the club were cleared of “disguising equity funds as sponsorship contributions”.
Sophomore outside hitter Brooke Botkin leaps for the kill in the Trojans’ loss to Washington Thursday. (Sunny Dong | Daily Trojan)The No. 13 USC women’s volleyball team moved into sole possession of second place in the Pac-12 over the weekend, answering a loss to No. 25 Washington with a victory over No. 19 Washington State. The Trojans dropped a four-set match to the Huskies on Thursday, but came out on top in four sets against the Cougars Sunday afternoon.The Women of Troy were left without several starters for both matches, including junior outside hitter Khalia Lanier and sophomore outside hitter Brooke Botkin, who were both under concussion protocol.Junior outside hitter Emily Baptista led the team against Washington with 24 kills and 18 digs. The Trojans hit .262 in the loss.The Women of Troy were in a better place by Sunday. Senior libero Victoria Garrick had 24 digs for the Women of Troy. Baptista again led the way with 17 more kills, and credited her teammates for setting her up for success throughout the match. “I’ve got to give it to the passers,” Baptista said after Sunday’s match. “I think our passing was pretty great [and] allowed our setter to move the ball around so the blockers weren’t always on me. I think our defense and passing were really great so that allowed for me to get a lot of kills today.” Sunday’s Trojans looked like an entirely different team than the one that fell to Washington State earlier this season in a five-set road loss in mid-October. The team remembered that match when it faced off against the Cougars for the second time Sunday Baptista said.“We were really motivated this game since the last time we played them was a heartbreaker,” Baptista said. “Even though we’re missing a couple players, we [said] ‘OK, we’re going to play for revenge, we’re going to play for the people that aren’t able to be with us right now.’” Baptista said the victory will be important for the team’s confidence moving forward, considering how short-handed the squad was against the Cougars.“We’re missing a few girls, and all three of them are starters, so I think it gives us a lot of confidence that we can be a very good team — that we can beat ranked teams like Washington State — with girls who don’t normally play,” Baptista said. “That gives us a lot of confidence for [the] rest of the season.”The Trojans took a commanding 2-0 set lead with a pair of 25-18 wins before dropping the third set 25-22, but finished the deal with a fourth-set victory of the same score.“[Winning the first set] is a big deal,” head coach Brent Crouch said. “We’ve been talking about that for a few weeks, about coming out really strong. ‘Announcing ourselves’ has been kind of a phrase we’ve been talking about a lot. We came out swinging.”Crouch echoed Baptista’s sentiments about the importance of the victory, which helped the Trojans’ confidence. USC only has four regular season matches — and only one at the Galen Center — until playoffs begin. “We’re missing half our starting lineup,” Crouch said. “Getting some new experience is great heading into the tournament. And the people that are hurt — it may not be the end of the world for them just to get some rest right now … It’s just a really good team bonding, team culture experience because everyone is getting to play now.” For the most part, the Trojans survived missing a few starters. The Cougars’ late comeback attempt ultimately failed, but the Trojans didn’t waltz to the finish line.“We didn’t overcome [the injuries] very much in the last two sets, but the first two we did a nice job — we passed pretty well,” Crouch said. “The last two sets, that’s where we really missed [the injured players] — when we’re not passing real well, they’re still able to get us kills, and when we started passing off the net in the third and fourth sets [we were] not able to get kills.”The team focused on defense in the days leading up to the Washington State match. The Trojans proved themselves by holding the Cougars to a .098 hitting percentage, compared to a .193 percentage for USC. The Women of Troy had 12 blocks in the match. “That ended up being the difference,” Crouch said of the defense. “You don’t have to do a lot of offense if you’re doing that.” The Trojans will head to Arizona this weekend for a Friday match against No. 20 Arizona and a Sunday contest with Arizona State.
December 3 may be an ordinary day for some people but for Chelsea Football Club, it is a day to celebrate the greatness of their former midfielder, Michael Essien.Essien played for Chelsea between 2005 and 2014 and he made 117 appearances in all and scored 20 goals. He was signed from French giants, Olympique Lyonnais, for a record fee of 24.4 million pounds.In a tweet posted on their official handle on Tuesday, the West London club shared some of Essien’s best moments at the club.The post contained some goals scored by Essien including those against Barcelona in the Champions League and Arsenal in the Premier League. After playing for Chelsea, Essien moved on to feature for AC Milan, Panathinaikos, Persib Bandung in Indonesia.He is currently with Sabali where is the club’s assistant U-19 head coach.
Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins played a tremendous all-around game. Howie Kendrick backed him up in the lineup with two RBIs.But ah, the bullpen.The Pirates loaded the bases twice in the late innings with no outs — in the eighth against Avilan and again in the 10th against Johnson (2-4). Left-hander J.P. Howell took over for Johnson to face Alvarez, a left-handed hitter. Alvarez stroked a line drive over a five-man infield — no fielder was within 100 feet of where the ball landed in right field — to drive in Jung-Ho Kang with the winning run.“I wanted to pick my boy up. It’s brutal,” Howell said. “(Bad) way to end the game. We battled the whole way.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For his part, Johnson pointed to the unpredictable nature of the sport.“If I execute one pitch a little better we don’t have this conversation,” he said after the game. “It’s just the way this game is, the fractions of inches we deal with.”After walking Kang to lead off the 10th, Johnson allowed a single by Francisco Cervelli through the shortstop hole and a bunt single by Sean Rodriguez.“As far as execution, that (single by Cervelli) was a poorly executed pitch,” Johnson said. “The leadoff walk didn’t help either.”It might be easy to dismiss one inch Friday as an unhappy accident if the Dodgers’ bullpen didn’t have an ERA over 4.00 for the season, ranking among the 10 worst units in the major leagues. They have used 20 different pitchers in relief, so it’s tough to blame just one or two men.Using a small sample size to evaluate the new guys is dangerous. Johnson has faced 12 batters as a Dodger and allowed five hits; two were home runs. Yet before Friday, he hadn’t walked a batter in more than a month or allowed a home run since the second week of the season.In his two appearances since the the trade, Avilan has faced five batters each time. Each time he’s allowed a single, a walk, and recorded three outs. Yet before Tuesday he hadn’t allowed runs in back-to-back appearances all season.Managing a bullpen isn’t an exact science, either. Avilan had been up and down, throwing then resting then throwing again, before he finally entered the game in the eighth inning with a runner on first and nobody out in a 4-4 game. The Pirates loaded the bases on a single and a walk. Then Avilan induced three weak groundouts to escape the jam without allowing a run.Johnson had only recorded more than three outs in a game twice this season. But when manager Don Mattingly asked him how he felt after a scoreless, 12-pitch ninth inning, Johnson said he felt fine. So he went back to the mound, only to load the bases without recording an out.Howell only started throwing in the 10th inning and was warm by the time he was summoned to face Alvarez.“That’s ideal,” Howell said. “It’s like, no problem.”Five pitches later, on a 2-2 changeup, he allowed a solid line drive to end the game.There was no rhyme or reason Friday. Just a familiar sense of dread getting the ball to closer Kenley Jansen, who never got his chance.“I think the guys we have back there are doing a good job,” Kershaw said. “Obviously Avi and J.J. have a proven track record of getting guys out late in games. You saw that tonight. Avi got out a of a big jam, bases loaded and nobody out. That was huge. J.J. had that really good (ninth) inning before the last one. It happens sometimes.”The Dodgers’ bullpen has been charged with 19 losses this season, more than all but seven teams. Last year, the Dodgers’ bullpen was charged with 24 losses. Indeed, it happens sometimes. Friday, it happened again. PITTSBURGH >> The Dodgers acquired two relief pitchers ahead of this year’s trade deadline from the Atlanta Braves, left-hander Luis Avilan and right-hander Jim Johnson. Since the front office hasn’t been given a specific limit to its player payroll — now reportedly at $297 million for luxury-tax purposes, a record — it was fair to expect the Dodgers would shoot for the moon to upgrade what had been an increasingly shaky unit.In losing 5-4 to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 10 innings on Friday, the bullpen looked shakier than it did before the deadline. The two new guys didn’t always look great.The dramatic ending, a walk-off single by Pedro Alvarez over a drawn-in infield, obscured many things on the Dodgers’ part — some good and some bad.Clayton Kershaw suffered through his worst start since May, allowing four runs in six innings and halting his scoreless-innings streak at 37. Pirates ace Gerrit Cole wasn’t much better, allowing three runs in six innings.