Manchester City Overturn Two-year Ban from European Competition on Appeal to…

first_imgUefa 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”.last_img read more

Women’s hockey to face Wayne State at Kohl Center

first_imgFor the first time in school history, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team will play on a Thursday night. For the fourth time this season, they will hope to rebound from a series split.Following last week’s disappointing 1-1 home split against Robert Morris, the Badgers will look to stop the trend against Wayne State.Much like the Colonials last weekend, the Detroit-based Warriors come into the series with three wins against a much bigger and faster Wisconsin team. Unfortunately for the Badgers, they have played at the level of their opponent each weekend — a trend forward Brooke Ammerman says the team needs to end soon.“We played maybe some weaker teams that have been surprising us a little bit,” Ammerman said. “We need to come out ready to play. Hopefully, we’ve learned our lesson.”Although Wisconsin will outmatch almost any team they play in terms of talent, three of their four losses this season have come against teams with losing records. According to Ammerman, the disappointment following last year’s national championship team has added motivation for the team.“These four losses are kind of a surprise for the people who have been here a little bit longer,” Ammerman said. “So I think we just have to come out hard Thursday night and expect to win.”Wayne State also has a losing record, but three of its losses have come against ranked teams. The Warriors will use the same style of play Robert Morris and Bemidji State perfected when they upset the Badgers. To counter Wisconsin’s speed, both teams often put five people in front of their net and dumped the puck and chased it on offense. It is a method that will give UW plenty of scoring opportunities, but the shots on goal may be not be quality chances.According to forward Kyla Sanders, Wisconsin’s inability to respond to the different style is due to the way they approach the games.“We’re not ready mentally,” Sanders said. “Every team is coming after us with nothing to lose, so we just got to come out confident, knowing we can beat them.”With less preparation time than normal this week, the Badgers took practice to the next level to make sure they are ready when the puck drops Thursday night. According to interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser, the intense practices and short rest have taken a toll on the squad.“We’re trying to cover a lot in a little span of time,” DeKeyser said. “It’s difficult with young payers to have a fine balance between teaching conditioning and recovery.”In their previous meetings, Wisconsin has posted a 5-0-0 record against the Warriors, but the last time the two teams met was in 2006. According to Sanders, the team is looking forward to playing a new opponent.“We’ve never played Wayne State since I’ve been here,” Sanders said. “It gives us a chance to work on new things as a team.”The team has been in flux since freshman Brianna Decker went down in her second career game against North Dakota. Without the highly-touted recruit in the lineup, the Badgers have changed the lines almost every game.“You can’t overlook the scoring power or potential that she has,” DeKeyser said of Decker. “She’s a gritty, hardworking player that obviously would have a great impact right away.”In order to avoid another letdown, the team needs to get off to a quick start, something the team has struggled to do this year. Even though the team has won six games on the year, it has trailed early in the majority of its games this year. The Badgers’ first step to a quick start will be stopping Wayne State’s Katrina Protopapas, who has six goals this year and scored against No. 1 Mercyhurst.Until tonight, Wisconsin will still be wondering if they need to change their preparation for opponents.“I’m not sure if it’s a question of motivation or a question of not understanding our opponents completely,” DeKeyser said.last_img read more

Revisit 5 memorable matchups between Syracuse and Duke

first_imgWith Syracuse (23-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) set to face Duke (28-7, 13-5 Atlantic Coast) in the Sweet 16 on Friday night, revisit five of the most memorable games between the two schools.March 12, 1966: Jim Boeheim’s last game as a playerThe inaugural meeting between Syracuse and Duke came in the Elite Eight of the 1966 NCAA Tournament, which featured 22 teams and six play-in games. It was fourth-year SU head coach Fred Lewis’s first NCAA Tournament appearance, and seventh-year Duke head coach Vic Bubas’s fourth appearance.The Blue Devils, who ended the regular season ranked second in the country, ended SU’s season, 91-81, as well as now-Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim’s playing career. Boeheim, a guard, scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting in the loss. In his playing career, the Hall of Fame coach averaged 9.8 points per game and shot a shade less than 52 percent from the field.Four Duke players scored more than 15 points in the winning effort, including a game-high 22 points from Jack Marin. Bob Verga, Steve Vacendak and Marin each played 40 minutes for the Blue Devils. In its Final Four game six days later, Duke fell to Kentucky, 83-79. The Wildcats then lost to Texas El Paso (then-Texas Western) in the National Championship.Dec. 6, 1989: Boeheim and Krzyzewski’s first meetingMore than two decades before Syracuse joined the ACC, No. 1 Syracuse beat No. 6 Duke, 78-76, in the 1989 ACC-Big East Challenge at Madison Square Garden.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith three seconds remaining and the score knotted at 76, sophomore guard and 50 percent free-throw shooter David Johnson hit two free throws to put the Orange ahead. Duke’s Bill McCaffrey had his last-second shot attempt blocked by SU’s Billy Owens.Stephen Thompson led Syracuse’s offense with 21 points, while Derrick Coleman tallied 19 rebounds. The Blue Devils’ Robert Brickey dropped 21 points and Christian Laettner added 19 points. With the win, Boeheim secured his 292nd victory as a head coach, while Krzyzewski was stuck at 278 career wins.Feb. 1, 2014: Syracuse’s first ACC game against DukeIn front of 35,446 spectators — an NCAA men’s basketball on-campus record — a packed and noisy Carrier Dome watched No. 2 Syracuse outlast No. 17 Duke, 91-89, in overtime. The game marked the first meeting between the teams with Syracuse as a member of the ACC, which it joined the previous summer. With the win, SU improved to 21-0 on the season.With 4.6 seconds remaining in regulation, the Orange held a 78-75 advantage before Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon caught the inbound pass on the left side of the court near half court, evaded C.J. Fair and Trevor Cooney, and sunk a game-tying 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired.With less than 15 seconds left in overtime and Syracuse possessing an 88-87 lead, Duke’s Rodney Hood drove to the hoop and nearly posterized Rakeem Christmas. Rather than flying through the net, the ball ricocheted off the back iron and backboard and catapulted into the arms of Cooney. The Orange drained three free throws in the final seconds and prevailed with a two-point victory.Feb. 22, 2014: Fair’s foul and Boeheim’s meltdownThree weeks after the overtime thriller, No. 1 Syracuse and No. 5 Duke met again, this time at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils triumphed, defeating the Orange, 66-60.After an even first half when both teams scored 26 points, Duke used free throws to pull away after Jim Boeheim was ejected due to his vigorous protest of an offensive foul call on C.J. Fair.Duke possessed a 60-58 lead with less than 15 seconds left in regulation when Fair received a pass from Tyler Ennis, drove baseline, collided with Rodney Hood, and finished the basket. Rather than rewarding Fair with an and-1, a charge was called, and the basket would not count.In response to the call, Boeheim dashed onto the court with his left jacket lapel standing up, yelled “That’s bullsh*t!” and pointed at the referee’s face, and was ejected.The Blue Devils nailed six of eight free throws in the final 10 seconds to secure a victory. The loss marked Syracuse’s second-straight defeat after starting the season 25-0.Feb. 22, 2017: Gillon at the buzzerExactly three years after Fair’s charge, Syracuse shocked No. 10 Duke, 78-75, in the Carrier Dome when John Gillon pulled up from 25 feet and banked in a game-winning 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded. The win marked SU’s third upset of a top-10 team that year, with victories coming against then-No. 6 Florida State and then-No. 9 Virginia earlier in the season.With less than 10 seconds on the clock, Duke’s Luke Kennard clanked a shot off the back of the rim. The ball was rebounded by Tyler Lydon, who fed it to Tyus Battle who quickly found John Gillon.Gillon meandered up the court as time ticked down and finally launched a shot. The ball pounded into the glass and into the hoop, and a swarm of students and fans flooded the court in celebration. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 21, 2018 at 11:19 pm Contact David: [email protected]center_img Commentslast_img read more