He could hand Joe Cole and £4.5million signing Carlos Sanchez their debuts against the Magpies and said he does not need to give targets the hard sell. He told reporters: “Listen, no doubt about it, it’s a massive club, the expectancy level is huge and I have got no worries on that whatsoever, on Aston Villa being a big draw for any footballer. “The more success we can achieve or have, the stronger the hand we’ve got. We’ve got to get to that level, but regarding the club size and the facilities we’ve got, it’s huge.” But Lambert will hold talks with new chief executive Tom Fox, after he joined form Arsenal this week, chairman Randy Lerner and chief financial officer Robin Russell to discuss the budget in the final week of the transfer window. “I think Tom, Randy, myself and Robin will probably have a get together when Tom officially starts and ultimately the decision will be the chairman’s on what’s actually happening,” he added. “He’s been great with me on that front and I’m pretty sure the four of us will get together at some point and talk about things.” Newcastle did the double over Villa last season and are searching for their first win of the season after losing to Manchester City last week Villa have lost 19 home Premier League games under Lambert and the Scot is wary about the damage the Magpies could cause at Villa Park again. “They’re a good side in general, I thought they were a good side last year too,” he said. “It’s a tough game against Manchester City at the best of times but to play them in the opening game is probably your best chance to try and get a result from them because they’re not in their stride. “They’ve always finished strongly and they’ve always been up there. It’s a club with high expectancy levels, a bit like ourselves, but Alan (Pardew) has done a really good job there.” Jores Okore is also in contention after playing in an Under-21s game against Stoke on Monday. The defender suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury last September after just four appearances following his £4m arrival from FC Nordsjaelland. Strikers Christian Benteke (Achilles) and Libor Kozak (broken leg) remain sidelined. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted the club is closely monitoring the transfer market amid speculation that they could yet receive a substantial bid for key midfielder Cheick Tiote. Pardew has no desire to see the 28-year-old Ivory Coast international, who has three years remaining on his contract, leave St James’ Park this summer and indeed is planning to welcome him back to training after a hamstring injury next week and subsequently, into his starting line-up. However, having seen striker Andy Carroll sold to Liverpool for an eye-watering £35million in January 2011 within weeks of his arrival on Tyneside, he knows he can never say never. Asked if there is a contingency plan in place, Pardew said: “Yes. I’ve got the Andy Carroll experience here, and that’s one of the benefits of being here for four years. “But I never think that you can be safe with a player if you’re not in the Champions League. Even if you’re in it, now there are clubs who can go and poach from there, which has been proven in this window. “You’ve got to be on your toes at all times and I have to say, I think we have been, this year in particular, really on the button on transfers. “I’ve seen some inflated prices this week and that’s worrying with nine days to go.” Tiote has been linked with Barclays Premier League rivals Arsenal in recent weeks, but the latest speculation involves Russian outfit Lokomotiv Moscow. It is understood Lokomotiv had a bid or around £4million rejected earlier this month, and Pardew confirmed that no club yet had come anywhere near presenting Newcastle with a tough decision. He said: “I’m not exactly sure who bid. I heard there were a couple of derisory offers – and I mean way short of his valuation – and therefore we’ve not really entertained any serious thought of him leaving. “We have all speculation about our players, we have had it in the past. Some of it carries weight – there were a lot of rumours last season with [Yohan] Cabaye and PSG and it happened, so I’m always open-minded about it. “I’m a big fan of Cheick, I love the way he plays and the passion he plays with and he’s been an important part of the success here. The players we’ve got round him this year will highlight his game a little bit more. “He will train with us next week and I’m confident as I can be with any player that he will stay. ” Tiote will not be involved in the squad for Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa as he continues his recovery, but summer signing Siem De Jong will be having returned to fitness after a foot problem. However, the news of full-back Davide Santon, who underwent knee surgery during the summer, is less positive. Pardew said: “It’s not good news. When the surgeon looked at his knee there was a little bit more damage than we thought. That now looks like mid-November now rather than October.” The manager does not believe Villa’s uncertain future has hit his transfer plans, ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League visit of Newcastle. The club are up for sale and Lambert is working with a restricted budget but still wants another creative midfielder. Press Association Paul Lambert insists players will be won over by Aston Villa’s ambition – as he plots more new signings.
The Trump administration is planning to come out with new visa restrictions aimed at restricting “birth tourism,” in which women travel to the U.S. to give birth so their children can have legal status.Under the new rules it would make it more difficult for pregnant women to travel on a tourist visa. Women would have to convince a consular officer that they have another legitimate reason to come to the U.S.Consular officers would have to determine whether a visa applicant would be coming to the U.S. primarily to give birth.Reports say, birth tourism has been a ongoing for a long time now, and has even become a money-making business. There have been multiple arrests for operators of birth tourism agencies for visa fraud or tax evasion.Although coming to the U.S. to give birth is fundamentally legal, the draft rule is “intended to address the national security and law enforcement risks associated with birth tourism, including criminal activity associated with the birth tourism industry,” a State Department spokesperson said.
Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 BAR HARBOR — The 2018 track and field season began over the weekend as runners from each of the six Hancock County high schools competed at meets in Bar Harbor, Hampden and Old Town.Mount Desert Island and Sumner were among eight competitors at MDI High School, Ellsworth competed at Hampden Academy and Bucksport, George Stevens Academy and Deer Isle-Stonington competed at Old Town. It was a successful weekend all around for the schools as many local runners were among the top finishers.MDI got off to a solid start to the year at the first of its two home meets Saturday with a first-place finish in the boys’ event. The Trojans finished 107 points clear of their nearest competitor. They won nine individual and two relay events and swept the top-three, top-six and top-five places in the javelin throw, discus throw and shot put, respectively.On the girls’ side, Ashley Anderson (200-meter dash) and Zoe Olson (3,200-meter run) recorded individual wins for MDI, which also won two of the three relay races. Senior Dori LeMoine won the javelin throw and shot put for the Trojans, who finished third behind John Bapst and Central with 126 points.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor Sumner, Luke Barnes finished second among the 12 finishers in the boys’ 1,600-meter run with a time of 5 minutes, 15.90 seconds. The Tigers placed fourth behind MDI, John Bapst and Central with 46 points.Gabby Richardson finished fifth for Sumner’s girls’ team in the 100-meter dash. Blue Howard led the way in the field for the Tigers in the field with a seventh-place finish in the shot put and also claimed 12th in the javelin throw.In Hampden, Nate Mason (long jump) and Atticus Deeny (triple jump) posted individual wins for the Ellsworth boys’ team Saturday. Matt Shea added third-place finishes in the 800- and 3,200-meter runs for the Eagles, who finished the day in third place behind Hampden and Bangor.Ellsworth also earned a pair of individual wins on the girls’ side. Margo Kenyon won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:40.81, and Emma McKechnie cleared 4 feet, 8 inches to claim victory in the high jump.GSA’s boys’ and girls’ teams both earned third-place finishes in Old Town on Friday. Isaac Wardwell (400-meter dash), Jeremiah Scheff (300-meter hurdles) and Joe Norwood (javelin throw) claimed individual wins for the Eagles on the boys’ side as the team earned 101 points to place behind Old Town and Orono.Mary Richardson posted a win in the girls’ 1,600-meter run for GSA with a time of 5:51.20. The Eagles got second-place finishes from Mazie Smallidge (100-meter hurdles), Grace Broughton (300-meter hurdles), Gabriyah Gadsby (800-meter run) and Syrah Gutow (triple jump) to finish with 76 points as a team.Carter Tolmasoff took second place in the boys’ 100-meter dash for Bucksport with a time of 12.35 seconds, and fellow junior Nathaniel Sawyer also earned a second-place finish with a time of 57.91 seconds in the 400-meter dash. The Golden Bucks finished fifth of 12 teams.Bucksport’s top event on the girls’ side was the 400-meter dash, in which freshman Addie Morrison and senior Meaghan Goodine led the way with first- and second-place finishes, respectively. In the long jump, freshman Alyssa Graychase placed fourth of 21 competitors for the Golden Bucks.Brendan Penfold was Deer Isle-Stonington’s only competitor in Hampden, but the junior was one of the top runners anywhere in the area Saturday. Penfold earned wins in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs with times of 4:54.35 and 10:41.56, respectively. MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bio
For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Brazil’s megastar Neymar on Wednesday said he feels ‘comfortable’ being back in training ahead of the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018 which will be held in Russia. The PSG forward is out of action from more than two months due to a broken foot bone.The Canarinho fans would be praying in hope that the world’s most expensive player will be 100 per cent fit for the their team’s journey to win a record-extending sixth World Cup title in Russia.The 26-year-old flamboyant winger said that his initial seasons with the ball are going well.”I started training with the ball, making passes, hitting it,” he said in an interview on Facebook in the football chat and comedy channel started by Brazilian legend Kaka.”I felt good, comfortable,” he said. “Clearly there’s some fear but I’m losing it bit by bit.”Replying to the online questions from fans, Neymar said that he would do anything if Brazil win in Russia.”If we win, I’ll do whatever you want,” he said.Neymar got injured on February 25 in a match between PSG and Marseille in Ligue 1. He underwent surgery for his broken bone in his right foot in Brazil at the start of March.Brazil will kick start their FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign against Switzerland on June 17, followed by group matches against Costa Rica and Serbia.
SQUAD LEADERS: McNeese State’s Sha’markus Kennedy has averaged 18.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks while A.J. Lawson has put up 15.4 points and 4.1 assists. For the Privateers, Bryson Robinson has averaged 18.1 points and 4.1 rebounds while Troy Green has put up 13.6 points and four rebounds.BRILLIANT BRYSON: Robinson has connected on 36.5 percent of the 203 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 20 of 43 over the last five games. He’s also converted 89.1 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: New Orleans is 0-17 when scoring fewer than 74 points and 7-1 when scoring at least 74.THREAT FROM DISTANCE: McNeese State’s Dru Kuxhausen has attempted 214 3-pointers and connected on 48.6 percent of them, and is 9 for 26 over his past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The McNeese State offense has scored 79.8 points per game this season, ranking the Cowboys 18th nationally. The New Orleans defense has allowed 76.4 points per game to opponents (ranked 278th).___ McNeese St. looks to end streak vs UNO Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNew Orleans (7-18, 3-12) vs. McNeese State (12-14, 7-8)H&HP Complex, Lake Charles, Louisiana; Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: New Orleans looks to extend McNeese State’s conference losing streak to six games. McNeese State’s last Southland win came against the Nicholls State Colonels 80-74 on Jan. 29. New Orleans came up short in a 67-66 game at home to Incarnate Word on Saturday. February 20, 2020 Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
BAKEWELL, who has been the official sponsor of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS (RHTYSC) Second Division team since 2006, joined with the management of the club to honour fifteen players of the team. The players, under the captaincy of Kevin Sinclair, were honoured for their outstanding performances during the period January 1, 2018 to April, 2019. The team during that period won six tournaments organised by the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) while several players have gone on to represent Berbice and Guyana at different levels.The team during the period of review won the countywide New Building Society 40-Overs Tournament, Magic Moments 20/20 Tournament, Naeem Nasir 5/5, Raffik Construction 100 Balls Tournament, Roy Fredericks Memorial Tournament and Rhonda Lewis Memorial 20/20 Tournament. Additionally, the Rose Hall Town Bakewell Under-17 team defeated Albion Community Centre in the final to also win the Ramnaresh Sarwan Under-17 tournament.Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster stated that the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club was very proud of the Bakewell teams as they not only represent the club and sponsor brand well on the cricket field but they were remarkable ambassadors off the field as well.The players honoured were Kevin Sinclair, Junior Sinclair, Surendra Kissoonlall, Kevlon Anderson, Keith Simpson, Joshua Vantull, Jonathan Rampersaud, Mahendra Gopilall, Sylus Tyndall, Erva Giddings, Chanderpaul Govindan, Sohil Shariff, Jai Tika, Kevin Ramnarine and Vikash Subramanie. The management of the team: Keith Hicks, Ravindranauth Kissoonlall and Tyrone Pottaya were also honoured.The three, along with Asst Secretary/CEO Simon Naidu, are responsible for the daily operation of the 10 Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club cricket teams.Kevin Sinclair, Junior Sinclair, Kevlon Anderson, Mahendra Gopilall, Jonathan Rampersaud, Erva Giddings, Keith Simpson and Chanderpaul Govindan have gone on to play either for Berbice or Guyana at different levels while the Bakewell Second Division team also successfully completed dozens of personal developmental programmes.They include monthly Old Age Pensioners Breakfast Programme, Feeding of the Poor, Cricket Academy, Republic Bank Summer Camp, Christmas Village, monthly single parent household, food hampers, medical clinics, anti-crime posters, schoolbags project and fitness walk.Foster disclosed that the RHTY&SC and Bakewell are very proud of the team and would continue to invest heavily into its development.He urged the teams to always strive for excellence and most importantly to continue working as a collective unit. Special thanks were extended to Rajin Ganga and the management of Bakewell for their support over the last 20 years.At the ceremony, Kevin Sinclair was named Batsman-of-the-Year while Junior Sinclair copped the Bowler and Cricketer-of-the-Year Awards.
Italian champions Juventus have informed that Danilo has withdrawn from the upcoming friendly between Brazil and Nigeria at the National Stadium in Singapore.According to the medical bulletin, the former Manchester City star has suffered a left thigh muscle injury which was confirmed after medical examinations performed at JMedical and he will return to the pitch only after the international break.Daniel Alves (São Paulo), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Renan Lodi (Atlético de Madrid), Thiago Silva, Marquinhos (PSG), éder Militão (Real Madrid) and Rodrigo Caio (Flamengo) are the other players classed as defenders on the Brazil roster for the friendlies against Senegal and Nigeria. The Brazilian Football Confederation have not yet announced a replacement for Danilo.As for Nigeria, Gernot Rohr is sweating over the fitness of Glasgow Rangers star Joe Aribo, who suffered a nasty head injury against Livingston on Wednesday.Manager Steven Gerrard has hinted that the central midfielder will not return to action until after the international break.Benfica’s Tyronne Ebuehi and Brighton’s Leon Balogun have not been handed call-ups because of concerns about their fitness.Despite ending his 28-match goal drought a few days ago, Leicester of England’s Kelechi Iheanacho has been left out, same as Bryan Idowu who was invited for the last friendly against Ukraine.However,, the Super Eagles Manager has picked in-form Granada of Spain midfielder Ramon Azeez, who scored against Barcelona, as well as Czech -based forward Peter Olayinka, who was one of the goal scorers in the matchday 1 of the UEFA Champions League group phaseAlso, defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Abdullahi Shehu and Chidozie Awaziem have returned from injury. Beyond that, the squad is largely unchanged from the side that was forced to a 2-2 draw by Ukraine in Dnipro on September 10.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Cristiano Ronaldo (centre) celebrates with his Juventus teammate
Imahni Sinclair had a top weight throw of 46 feet 11 ½ inches and a winning shot put toss of 34’ ½”. Amina Sinclair, the school-record holder in the high jump with 5’6”, won here with 5’3”, Alexia Ostrander taking fourth place with 4’8”.Kali Hayes set a personal mark to win the 55-meter hurdles in 8.82 seconds, more than half a second ahead of the field. Then Sophia Jarosz was victorious in the 300-meter dash in 44.03 seconds, with Anne Gullo (44.62) third.Jarosz and Gullo, paired with Riley Norris and Tahje McDonald, were victorious in the 4×200 relay in 1:50.64, more than two seconds ahead of F-M’s 1:52.71. For the last time this winter, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse indoor track and field teams appeared in different Saturday sessions at SRC Arena, and each of them would win.The boys Warriors won the morning session with 117 points and the girls had even more points, 136.5, even though it finished second to Fayetteville-Manlius.A big highlight on the girls side for Liverpool was Jenna Schulz setting a personal mark in the 1,500-meter run, winning that race in four minutes, 32.36 seconds as Sydney Carlson finished fifth in 4:56.41. Eva Woodworth went 1:46.43 to get second place in the 600-meter run. Schulz, Rosie Petrella, Sophia Hoy and Kara Nash was second in the 4×800 relay in 10:51.10.Riley Norris, in 7.75 seconds, edged Jarosz (7.77) for third in the 55-meter dash. Liverpool also was fourth in the 4×400 relay as Kara Nash was fifth in the 1,000-meter run.On the boys side, Ryan Cartwight won the 3,200-meter run in 10:07.24, with Jacob Makhouf fourth and Jack Sherlock fifth. Bennett Robb would beat the field in the high jump, clearing 6’1”.Jaime Vong went 11’3” in the pole vault to grab second place behind Central Square’s Brett Fehrman (11’6”) as Ryan Hagan got second place in the 1,000 in 2:47.45.Jalen Graham had a second-place weight throw of 48’8 3/4’”, also taking fifth in the shot put as Jamie Vong was fourth.Jake McGowan gained third place in the 1,600-meter run in 4:42.73 and Ethan Glashauser was fifth. Jamie Vong was fourth as the Warriors were third in the 4×800 relay and fourth in the 4×200 and 4×400.C-NS took over in the afternoon session, with the boys and girls each winning their respective divisions and earning the exact same final total of 187.5 points.Brooke Blaisdell won the triple jump with a leap of 35’10 ½”, more than two feet ahead of the field. Blaisdell also was fourth in the 55 sprint as Hannah Boyle won the 300 in 43.71 seconds, ahead of McKenna Slate (44.83) in third place.Kate Putman, in 4:38.83, roared to victory in the 1,500 as Allison Newton was second in 5:05.67. Savannah Kuhr beat the field in the 55 hurdles in 9.40 seconds. Putman, Newton, Erin Slusser and Hannah Reichard won the 4×800 in 10:20.89.Reichard won the 3,000 in 11:01.60 before Slate, Ivy Dong, Hannah Boyle and McKenna Johnston won the 4×400 in 4:20.77. Lilly Capria was victorious in the high jump, clearing 5’1”. Johnston cleared 7 feet for second in the pole vault.Stephanie Webb claimed the shot put by throwing it 29’9 ¼”, with Webb third in the weight throw just behind teammate Faith Keville, who was second with 32’4 ¾”.Slusser was second in the 1,000 in 3:25.64, with Peyton Empey fourth. Morgan Kingdeski was second in the 600 in 1:44.29 as Shannon Brown was fifth. Ava Schiff finished fourth in the long jump.Over in the boys meet, C-NS went 1-2 in the 300, Sam Nessel holding off Colin Hopkins, 38.11 seconds to 38.49. Nessel went 6.92 seconds in the 55 sprint, finishing second as Josh Adams was third and Trevon Walker fifth, Nessel also helping the Northstars get second place in the 4×200 in 1:37.27.R.J. Davis got to first place in the 1,600-meter run in 4:33.16. Matt LeClair, in 2:42.55, beat out Evan Bretibeck (2:43.50) to win the 1,000, with Evan Romano claiming the top spot in the 600 in 1:31.40.Carlton Garnes won the triple jump by going 38 feet. Ganes, in 9.05 seconds, beat out Jon Hubbard (9.13) and Jacob Schmid (9.87) for second in the 55 hurdles, Garnes also getting third place (19’5”) and Jack Tschopp fourth in the long jump before he tied for third in the high jump.Maxwell White threw the shot put 41’5 ½” for second place as Matt Wentling-Raymie (41’ ½”) was third, with Wentling-Raymie second in the weight throw by heaving it 40’8 ½”.Josh Koeppe was second (10:08.66) and Zach Bergman fourth in the 3,200, the Northstars finishing fourth in the 4×800 in 8:53.92.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: C-NSindoor trackliverpool
Brittney Dolgner hopes to help propel the Badgers to a three game winning streak during the upcoming weekend.[/media-credit]After splitting its weekend road series last week — losing to Purdue and beating Indiana — the Badgers continued something that isn’t exactly a new trend for the 9-8 squad.The win-loss pattern has been plaguing the Badgers all season. The team has not won three games in a row all year, and has only strung together two consecutive victories twice, with the last time coming against two ranked opponents, Michigan State and Michigan.But while the Badgers have been able to compete with strong teams in the conference like the Spartans and Wolverines, their inability to string together multiple wins has hampered their chances to move up the ladder in the Big Ten.Currently sitting at fifth place in the Big Ten, Wisconsin has not been anything short of a challenge for the top teams in the conference. But the team knows while it has been able to compete with strong opponents, playing more consistently could push the Badgers into the mix in a tough conference.“A lot of people have been stepping up at different times, but all of us have never been on at the same time,” senior outside hitter Brittney Dolgner said. “We haven’t had a full force as a team. Once we have everybody stepping up together, I think we’ll be unstoppable.”Aside from the lack of consistency from a team standpoint, also making things difficult for the Badgers is their tough schedule, which sends them to different locations each weekend, often traveling long distances with no day off between games. According to Allison Wack, that, along with the difficulty of playing in a hostile environment, can kill a team’s momentum.“It’s for sure hard to play on the road, especially in the Big Ten,” Wack said. “All these schools have really good fan support. At home you can mess up a play, and they still cheer for you. Regardless of where we are, you have to treat the court like it’s your home court, and come in with the same attitude that we have at the Field House.”According to Dolgner, while gaining momentum on the road is a tough task, she believes the team has the capability to do so. But in situations where the Badgers lose the first leg of a two game weekend series, Dolgner said it is difficult to return to where the team wants to be.“If you play on a Friday-Saturday, it depends how you play. If you play well on Friday, it helps you prepare for Saturday. If you lose, you have to work a lot harder at getting that momentum going. It’s really nice [at home] because the fans help create that energy we need.”Nevertheless, with the team still in the hunt for a finish at or near the top of the Big Ten, UW head coach Pete Waite feels that while the Badgers haven’t been able to formulate any notable winning streaks, it hasn’t been streaky on the negative side either. Just as the Badgers haven’t won more than two games in a row all year, they haven’t lost two in a row either.“Really, a win-loss pattern is better than a loss after a loss,” Waite said. “Some teams will get in a funk where they lose one game after another, and this team has responded well. We take the opportunity to learn from our errors and the team has responded to come back with some really good wins.”Regardless, while the players may not be able to concretely explain the team’s inconsistent play, the statistics do provide some answers. In games where the Badgers hit under .200, they are 2-7 and when they have fewer blocks than their opponent, they are only 3-8 on the year.For Wack, staying consistent has been a challenge, but she admits the Badgers’ success and failures this year can be directly attributed to the team’s performance in each individual game.“It’s not a coincidence; it’s what we’re doing,” she said. “The matches we’ve lost, other teams have played better and we haven’t played as well as our side and gotten sloppy. It’s within ourselves and things we can control. It would be great if we could continue that from match to match, but for now it’s something to work on.”Now, with their next two games at the Field House, the Badgers have yet another chance to win three games in a row after beating Indiana last weekend. But as they have already discovered several times this year, it won’t be the easiest task. According to Dolgner, the home court advantage might be a big enough boost to finally propel the team to a winning streak.“I think you kind of have to create your own energy when you’re on the road,” Dolgner said. “But when you’re in the Field House, it kind of creates the energy for you so you can just focus on playing. It’s always a big advantage to be playing at home.”
Comments Coming into the 2010 season, North Carolina was expected to be a legitimate contender for a BCS bowl berth. Then came the suspension of six players before the season. And on Monday, three of those suspensions were cemented for the length of the season, perhaps cementing the fate of UNC’s season as well. Two UNC players, Robert Quinn and Greg Little, were ruled permanently ineligible, and another, Marvin Austin, was dismissed from the program Monday. Wide receiver Little, defensive end Quinn and defensive tackle Austin had all been suspended for the Tar Heels’ first five games following an NCAA investigation into the players’ interactions with agents in the offseason. The final decision to dismiss the players was made this week. ‘What should be a day of focus on who is playing and how they played in the recent game, I’m afraid is just the opposite,’ UNC Athletic Director Dick Baddour said in a press conference Monday. ‘I apologize for the university for that. It is my responsibility to bring all these issues to a close, and I can assure you the university staff is doing everything to make that happen.’ The NCAA declared Little and Quinn ineligible due to violations of NCAA agent benefits, preferential treatment and ethical conduct rules. According to the facts submitted by the university, the value of the illegal benefits totaled approximately $4,952 for Little and $5,642 for Quinn. Little accepted diamond earrings and travel accommodations for trips to the Bahamas, Washington, D.C., and two trips to Miami, among other things. Quinn accepted two black diamond watches, a pair of matching earrings and travel accommodations for a trip to Miami, among other things. Unethical conduct charges were also found against Little and Quinn for providing false and misleading information during the NCAA’s investigation in three separate interviews.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The university dismissed Austin from the team for the same reasons Little and Quinn were declared ineligible. Baddour said the amount of benefits in Austin’s case was more than the amount the other players received. Head coach Butch Davis said Monday he was upset with the players’ decision-making. ‘I am very sad and disappointed that these individuals made these extraordinarily poor choices,’ Davis said. ‘Not only did they jeopardize themselves and their lives, they have certainly jeopardized this team and this university. I know that they are very remorseful about that, but it does not diminish that these actions were poor choices in these kids’ lives.’ This controversy has surrounded the school since July, when the first interviews were conducted, and has continued to hang over the program into the season. Austin was suspended indefinitely from the team on Sept. 1, and Little, Quinn and three other players were declared ineligible Sept. 3 for the Tar Heels’ season opener the next day. Little, Quinn and Austin were all expected to be key contributors this year. All three were full-time starters in 2009. Little hauled in 62 catches and five touchdowns last season as a junior. Quinn registered 19 tackles for loss and 11 sacks and finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year voting. Austin totaled 42 tackles and four sacks. North Carolina (3-2) entered the season ranked No. 18 in the nation, but dropped its first two games to No. 9 LSU and Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels have won their last three games since then. Although Davis did say he was disappointed with the players’ choices, the head coach did feel he was partially at fault. ‘As head football coach, it is clearly my responsibility to be in charge of the football program,’ he said. ‘To help educate the players and to help educate their parents. To make sure everyone understands what the rules and stipulations of extra benefits and inappropriate relationships build. ‘I know that these situations, as head football coach, I have to do a much better job.’ But Davis also added these incidents should not be viewed as representative of the school and promised to make sure that did not occur. ‘I can promise you that moving forward, we are going to do everything we can to restore the confidence of everybody that loves this university,’ Davis said. ‘This is a terrific school with a great reputation. It’s got a great academic reputation, a great athletic reputation. I give you my word and promise as head football coach that I will work every day to restore that confidence.’ Big man on campus QB Taylor Martinez Freshman No. 5 Nebraska Last Week’s Stats: 5-of-7, 128 yards, 1 TD, 15 carries, 241 yards, 4 TDs Martinez only threw seven passes, but that’s all the Cornhuskers needed from their quarterback against Kansas State on Thursday. The freshman set the Nebraska single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback and scored four times on the ground en route to a 48-13 thrashing of the Wildcats. Martinez scored the only touchdowns of the first half to give the Huskers (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) a 17-3 lead at the break. Then, on the third play of the second half, Martinez gashed Kansas State (4-1, 1-1) through the middle of the defense for an 80-yard touchdown scamper. The first-year starter also added a 79-yard touchdown pass to Kyler Reed later in the third. Team of the week No. 10 South Carolina Last Week’s Result: W, 35-21 vs. No. 8 Alabama On Saturday, South Carolina handed the Crimson Tide its first loss since 2008, with a balanced offensive attack and a strong defensive effort. The win was the Gamecocks’ first ever win over a No. 1 team. South Carolina (4-1, 2-1 SEC) pounced on Alabama (5-1, 2-1) early, jumping out to a 21-3 lead early in the second quarter. The Tide was able to close to within 28-21 with 14:51 left in the game, but a failed fake field goal attempt and South Carolina’s ensuing 74-yard touchdown drive put the game out of reach. The Gamecocks’ 35 points were the most given up by Alabama since LSU dropped 41 on the Tide in 2007. Receiver Alshon Jeffery caught two of Stephen Garcia’s three touchdown passes, while freshman phenom Marcus Lattimore ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns, along with the other receiving touchdown. South Carolina’s defense also held Alabama’s talented backfield duo of Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson to just 64 yards on 17 carries. email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm