Sunderland: No wrongdoing over Ji

first_imgSunderland say none of their Premier League rivals have raised any formal objection to the fact that they received just a fine for fielding South Korean striker Ji Dong-won while ineligible. A club spokesperson said on Friday: “The issue of Ji Dong-won was explained in detail to (Friday’s) Premier League shareholders meeting and no issues were raised by any club. “Sunderland AFC confirmed that they had complied with all the procedures and the Premier League stated that the player was duly registered on the extranet system and in all other Premier League mechanisms. “The club has never accepted any wrongdoing, but did acknowledge that a technical fault occurred and as such, were fined by the Premier League accordingly in December. “The matter is now closed.” MK Dons said in a statement: ” The club sought clarification from the Football League regarding the allegations and the League confirmed that they only became aware of the situation in late November. “The club acknowledges that the Football League board dealt with the situation as they saw fit and will not be pursuing the matter further.” However, former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce, who signed Ji in June 2011, was less forgiving. ”That’s pretty bizarre stuff that it’s only surfaced now and he’s played in four games,” the Hull manager said on Friday morning. Press Association ”They should be in serious trouble, I would have thought.” Asked if he would expect a club fielding an ineligible player to be handed a points deduction, Bruce replied: ”It’s the first I have heard of it and it will be interesting, I would have thought so though.” Sources on Wearside insist there is no ongoing investigation amid speculation that the relegation-threatened club could yet be docked points. Sunderland currently lie in 19th place in the table, four points adrift of safety with just eight games to play. Press Association Sport also understands club secretary Liz Coley left her job in December to take up a new position, but not as a result of the problem with Ji’s clearance. Ji featured as a substitute in league games against Fulham, Southampton and Manchester United and from the start at Crystal Palace before the mistake was discovered. Only one of those games, a 1-1 draw at Southampton on August 24, saw then manager Paolo Di Canio’s side rewarded with a point. The confusion appears to surround the striker’s return to Sunderland after a loan spell with German Bundesliga club Augsburg last season. His spell back in English football, however, proved brief and he returned to Augsburg, this time on a permanent deal, in January this year having made just two more senior appearances under current boss Gus Poyet. Ji initially joined the Black Cats from Chunnam Dragons for £2million in June 2011 during Bruce’s spell in charge, but started only six senior games for the club, although he did score a memorable winner against Manchester City on New Year’s Day 2012. Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose side is currently one place and a single point better off than Sunderland, was philosophical on the matter. He said: ”We accept whatever the outcome is. I don’t say I’m not bothered, but there’s not a lot I can do.” Asked how he would feel if the Bluebirds’ survival or otherwise came down to one point, Solskjaer added: ”It would be ifs and buts, but you have to accept whatever is the decision made. ”You have got to trust (the Premier League) to make the right decision according to the rules. I can’t read through the rules and regulations and put a point across now. ”But hopefully we will have enough points to be safe anyway.” The Black Cats issued a statement on Friday afternoon denying any wrongdoing in regard to the matter. Ji made four Barclays Premier League appearances without the correct international clearance, plus one in the Capital One Cup. Their opponents in that competition, MK Dons, also released a statement on Friday saying they would not pursue the matter further. Sunderland were fined in December last year after they alerted league officials to the fact that they did not have international clearance for Ji, although the news has only emerged in the last 24 hours. last_img read more

Free throw struggles cost Badgers in 58-53 loss to Gophers

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS – It was overtime again. For a program-record third straight game, Wisconsin needed extra time against Minnesota Thursday night and the lone difference was that this time, the Badgers could not complete the closing act. Because this time, even overtime could not drag the No. 20 Badgers out of an 11-minute field goal drought in a 58-53 loss to the Gophers at Williams Arena. After a pair of missed free throws from Ryan Evans – the fifth-year senior finished 2-for-8 from the charity stripe – Minnesota guard Andre Hollins sunk a three-pointer with a lunging Jared Berggren in his face. Three-plus minutes remained in overtime yet it already felt like a game-winner.Poor free throw shooting – which has plagued the Badgers all year, never moreso than in a two-point loss to Michigan State Jan. 22 – had proved the difference in letting a critical road victory slip away.“If [Evans] just makes his free throws, we’re out of here, we’re on the plane already,” head coach Bo Ryan said postgame. “What am I going to do with the guy? You knew it was going to get us one game, hopefully not two.”But the Badgers’ fortunes first took a woeful turn with senior forward Mike Bruesewitz standing on the baseline to in-bounds the ball with 1:16 left in regulation and UW holding onto a two-point lead. Unable to find a good angle to fire off a ball to Traevon Jackson, Bruesewitz took a few steps to the left, an automatic turnover on an in-bounds play after a foul.“Internal clock’s running down, I’ve been in that position 100 times, if not more,” Bruesewitz said. “We’ve done it in practice where we can’t move. Just took one too many steps, I tried to get a better angle to get the ball to Trae and they called it and that was the game.”Minnesota’s Joe Coleman took advantage by hitting a pair of free throws to tie up the game, but Wisconsin still had a chance to overcome its shooting woes with the ball in its hands and 17 seconds on the clock. There was but one man who would take the final shot, and it was Jackson, the sophomore guard who has held the game-deciding shot in his hands several times this year.Jackson brought the ball up the court and dribbled around the perimeter, never looking comfortable but pulling up near the foul line as the clocked neared zero. He leaned in as he fired off the shot to draw contact but that proved unsuccessful and capped a run of six unanswered points by the Gophers to close out the second half.“He just didn’t make some good decisions finishing,” Ryan said of Jackson. “Getting in there you could draw people and then they could pass, kick it out. I think he felt he was going to get to the rim and he’s gotten to the rim before.”Though Minnesota managed just five points in the additional five minutes of play, the Badgers’ offensive futility kept them from stealing another Big Ten victory through relentless defense.Ryan’s squad lumbered to a 30.5 percent field goal percentage for the game as the Badgers hit just 7-of-28 tries from beyond the three-point arc.No single player better represented the offensive struggles than Evans, who hit only two of his eight shots Thursday night. Five of those shots came in the paint near the basket and the four offensive rebounds he turned into put-backs often came up short.Steady shooting early allowed Wisconsin to climb to a 10-point lead with under three minutes to play in the first half, but, in a trend that reappeared with a vengeance in the second half, Minnesota quickly erased it. By halftime an 8-0 run by the Gophers had UW clinging onto a two-point lead.Andre Hollins led Minnesota’s resurgent victory with 21 points but the home squad never pulled away thanks to its own shooting woes. Hollins himself finished 5-of-16 shooting and his teammates fared similarly as the Gophers finished with a 36.7 percent conversion rate. This, Wisconsin players said, seemed like the win that got away.“If we execute the way we’re capable of and the way we have been recently down the stretch, we probably survive and get out of here in regulation with the win,” senior forward Jared Berggren said. “But that’s not the case and got a little stagnant, we let their pressure get to us a little bit. We just didn’t make plays when we had to step up.”One of the few bright spots for UW offensively was the play of Sam Dekker, who led the team with 14 points at The Barn. The freshman forward killed Minnesota’s momentum and energized the Badgers with two back-to-back three-pointers that granted his team a two-point lead after the midway point of the second half.Just five days removed from his heroics against Michigan, Ben Brust launched 11 shots from long range and hit only three of them on his way to 11 points. Fully immersed in the Big Ten title race after knocking off the Wolverines Saturday, Hollins and Co. had dealt the Badgers’ conference title hopes a significant blow in Minneapolis.“There’s a lot of games left,” Berggren said. “But if things do come out where we end up a game short or something like that, this is definitely something we can look back on and have some regrets.”last_img read more

United Way of Thurston County Connects Workplaces with Non-Profits for Day…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by the United Way of Thurston CountyEvergreen students Kathleen Smith and Sam West sort food at the Thurston County Day of Caring, 2012. Photo by Shauna BittleUnited Way of Thurston County will celebrate its 22nd Annual Day of Caring with over 700 volunteers and 34 local agencies on September 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.“Day of Caring is an unforgettable, hands-on experience providing volunteers an opportunity to actively improve our community while enhancing on team-building outside the workplace,” said United Way Executive Director, Paul Knox.Day of Caring was established as the single largest day of volunteerism in Thurston County to increase awareness of human service organizations and demonstrate how people working together for the common good helps accomplish great things.“United Way is connecting community partners and supporters with nonprofits throughout Thurston County to accomplish projects that can’t normally be done,” said Executive Director of Family Support Center, Schelli Slaughter.Seasoned Day of Caring volunteer teams like Olympia Federal Savings, Anchor Bank, and Puget Sound Energy will participate in projects for the Olympia Downtown Association, Kiwanis Club of Olympia, Thurston County Food Bank and more. United Way also welcomes new participation from Umpqua Bank, Cabela’s and Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s B-Troop, 8-1 CAV 2-2 ID.Volunteers will participate in over 40 different projects ranging from painting and landscaping low-income, disabled individual’s homes, harvesting food banks, and invasive plant pulling at locations throughout Thurston County (A full list of projects attached).United Way continues its longstanding partnership with Evergreen State College, which engages nearly 150 incoming freshman students in volunteer projects throughout ThurstonVolunteers assembled by City of Olympia employees gather to paint and install new lighting in the parking area at First Christian Church in downtown Olympia. Photo by Jennifer Crain.County.“New students from Evergreen will be joining Day of Caring to connect with our community, get to know important organizations working for justice and hopefully plant the seed to be involved in more sustained learning through action in the future,” said Ellen Shortt Sanchez, director of the Center for Community-Based Learning and Action, The Evergreen State College.This year, United Way also joined forces with the Olympia Downtown Association (ODA) to recruit volunteers for their Downtown Clean Up project and collaborate on the Day of Caring After Party.Following the completion of team projects, volunteers and agencies will gather for a Day of Caring After-Party at the Olympia Press Building from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. to celebrate a rewarding day with food, drinks and raffle prizes.For More information Contact:Michelle Rodriguez Director of Communications & Events mrodriguez@unitedway-thurston.org (360) 943-2773 ext. 13Paul Knox Executive Director pknox@unitedway-thurston.org (360) 943-2773 ext.last_img read more

Hawks outlast Leafs to grab lead in Murdoch Final

first_imgMitch Foyle and Tyler Hartman scored in the opening frame to give the Hawks an early 2-0 advantage.However, goals by Logan Wullum, on the power play, and Nicholas Wihak 22 seconds apart tied the game for Nelson.Hawks Ryan Terpsma and Wihak, on the power play, exchanged goals in the final minutes of the frame as defence took a holiday in the wide open first period.Tyler Ghirardosi scored the lone goal in the second period for Beaver Valley on a 3-on-1 rush to give the home squad a 4-3 lead after 40 minutes.Beaver Valley out shot the Leafs 27-24 in the game giving the Hawks and netminder Tallon Kramer a fifth-straight playoff win.Devin Allen saw his three-game winning streak stopped in the loss.The series shift back to Nelson Friday and Saturday at the NDCC Arena for Games three and four.Puck drop in Nelson is 7 p.m. A goal by Dylan Heppler two minutes into the third period proved to be the winner powering the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 5-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Nelson Leafs Tuesday night in Game one of the Murdoch Division Final.Game two of the best-of-seven series goes Wednesday in Fruitvale.Heppler took a pass from former Leaf Nolan Percival and Kyle Hope to give the Hawks a 5-3 lead.Sawyer Hunt scored with 12 seconds remaining in the game to cut the lead to a goal but that would be a close as Nelson would get.last_img read more