USA Gymnastics files for bankruptcy after scandal

first_imgUSA Gymnastics is turning to bankruptcy in an attempt to ensure its survival. The embattled organisation filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition on Wednesday in an effort to reach settlements in the dozens of sex-abuse lawsuits it faces and to avoid its potential demise at the hands of the US Olympic Committee. USA Gymnastics filed the petition in Indianapolis, where it is based. It faces 100 lawsuits representing over 350 athletes in various courts across the country who blame the group for failing to supervise Larry Nassar, a team doctor accused of molesting them. Nassar, 55, worked at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University for decades. He is serving effective life sentences for child porn possession and molesting young women and girls under the guise of medical treatment. Kathryn Carson, the recently elected chairwoman of USA Gymnastics’ board of directors, said the organisation’s goal is to speed things up after mediation attempts failed to gain traction. “Those discussions were not moving at any pace,” Carson said. “We as a board felt this was a critical imperative and decided to take this action.” The filing does not affect the amount of money available to victims, which would come from previously purchased insurance coverage, she said. Carson said the insurance companies “are aware we’re taking this action and our expectation is they will come to the table and pay on our coverage”. Carson added: “This is not a liquidation. This is a reorganisation.” John Manly, an attorney representing dozens of women who have pending lawsuits against USA Gymnastics, chastised the organisation for continuing to “inflict unimaginable pain on survivors” and encouraged law enforcement officials to “redouble” their investigative efforts. “Today’s bankruptcy filing by USA Gymnastics was the inevitable result of the inability of this organisation to meet its core responsibility of protecting its athlete members from abuse,” Manly said in a statement. “The leadership of USA Gymnastics has proven itself to be both morally and financially bankrupt.” USA Gymnastics insists that’s not the case, stressing that the filing is based on legal expediency, not fiscal distress. While Carson acknowledged that sponsorship is down since the first women came forward against Nassar in the fall of 2016, she described the financial condition of USA Gymnastics as “stable”. USA Gymnastics reported assets in a range of US$50 million to US$100 million and a similar range of liabilities, with 1,000 to 5,000 creditors.last_img read more

Millwall set to re-sign former Chelsea man

first_img George Saville Millwall are closing in on the loan capture of former Chelsea man George Saville – two years after his first spell at the club.The Wolves midfielder has made just two appearances this season and is now set to leave Molineux on loan.And it appears that Millwall are ready to sign the 22-year-old for the second time.Saville, who came through the ranks at Chelsea, joined Millwall for two months while he was still on the books at Stamford Bridge back in 2013.He made just three appearances for the south London club but could be given the chance to build on that with a second loan spell now likely. 1last_img

Jack Wilshere DOES have a future at Arsenal, says Arsene Wenger

first_img1 Jack Wilshere in action for Bournemouth Arsene Wenger has told Jack Wilshere he has a future at Arsenal.The midfielder is currently on a season-long loan at Bournemouth after joining the south coast side on transfer deadline day in August.The England international, who has 18 months left on his Gunners contract, recently admitted he was unsure where his long-term future lies.However, Wenger has now responded to the 24-year-old’s fears by telling him he does have a part to play at the Emirates.“I think he has [a future at Arsenal] but that’s my opinion,” said Wenger.last_img

Recall in January? Rating every out-on-loan Manchester United player

first_img 7 7 Manchester United have seven players out on loan this season, but which of them are showing the talent needed to break through at Old Trafford?One of them is performing to a high level in one of Europe’s top five leagues, but another youngster can’t even get a game for a League Two team.talkSPORT have done the research, and present to you a round-up of how every player currently away from Manchester United is performing.Click the right arrow, above, to scroll through the entire Manchester United loan round-up… 7 7 7 Dean Henderson (Grimsby Town) – A 19-year-old goalkeeper capped at Under-16, -17 and -20 level for England, Henderson signed for Grimsby for the season. However, as their second choice keeper, the youngster has still yet to play a game for the League Two club. James Wilson (Manchester United) – 21-year-old striker James Wilson signed for Derby on loan in August, and managed four starts and one substitute appearance in all competitions. He scored a lone goal – against Doncaster Rovers in the EFL Trophy – before suffering a ligament injury in training. He has since returned to United for treatment, although he is officially still contracted to the Rams. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) – After Borthwick-Jackson’s breakthrough last season, big things were expected of the 19-year-old full-back. A loan to Wolves should have been the chance to play consistent football, but he has struggled at Molineux – playing only seven games in all competitions. There is scant praise for the youngster, or any of the defence who have conceded 23 goals in 18 games. A January return to Old Trafford has been suggested. 7 7 Adnan Januzaj (Sunderland) – Considered Manchester United’s big hope a few years ago, Januzaj linked up with Sunderland this season after a wasted year at Borussia Dortmund. So far, the 21-year-old has played 10 games in all competitions, managing a single goal in a EFL Cup win over Shrewsbury. His performances have been consistently poor, and it’s not a coincidence the Black Cats’ three league wins have been with the winger stuck on the bench. He’s been relegated to their Under-21 squad on occasion, and some fans are even calling for him to be sent back to Old Trafford next month. Guillermo Varela (Eintracht Frankfurt) – take a look at how the rest of Man United’s loanees are playing, just click the arrow above – Signed in the summer of 2014, full-back Varela has already played 11 times for United’s first-team, but he is spending the season with Eintracht Frankfurt of the Bundesliga. His aim was to play consistent competitive football, and that looked to be going well with excellent performances in Eintracht’s first two games of the season. However, in the third game, the 23-year-old was injured after seven minutes, and was ruled out for roughly four months. An unlucky blow after a great start in Germany from the defender. Andreas Pereira (Granada) – One of the brightest talents in United’s academy system, Pereira was sent to LaLiga outfit Granada to test himself at the highest level. The 20-year-old midfielder has started 13 of their 14 league matches, scoring once, earning impressive reviews despite Granada’s dreadful form. Reports have even suggested Mourinho could recall Pereira in January to add a new creative talent to his squad. By far United’s best performing loanee. Joel Castro Pereira (Belenenses) – A 20-year-old goalkeeper who joined United in 2012, Pereira is spending the season with Belenenses of Portugal – the country he represents at youth international level. After starting the season on the bench, Pereira started his first match on October 8, and has since started every game since (totalling six in all competitions). He has conceded only five goals in those games, and has kept an impressive three clean sheets for the side who currently sit 12th in the Portuguese top flight.last_img read more

This summer, Kammie’s a leader

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2This year, she’s that older kid. “I’m a counselor-in-training this year,” she said Friday, smiling anxiously as her mother, Kathleen Dibble, dropped her off at camp. Kammie, who wants to teach visually impaired students one day, can see shapes and large objects – just enough to be able to help a young camper with no sight get ready to compete in the track and field, archery and aquatics events with a sighted buddy. “I’ll help them get dressed in the morning, help them brush their teeth – things like that,” she said. “I’m in their position, being blind, but I can see enough to figure out what clothes match.” She’ll also be working in the camp’s arts and crafts tent, helping the counselors there, said camp director Frank Cardenas. “It’s inspiring for all of us when an older camper like Kammie comes back to train to become a counselor,” he said. “No one knows these kids better than they do. How to make them feel important and learn to be independent.” It cuts both ways, says Kathy Dibble. For her daughter, the two weeks she spends at Camp Bloomfield is the highlight of her summer. “Like a lot of kids with disabilities, Kammie doesn’t have a huge amount of friends at home, so the kids she meets here every summer have become her best friends,” Kathy said. “Most kids have sleepovers, go to the movies with their friends, or hang out with them at the mall. Not our kids. “Camp Bloomfield is their chance to hang out together and be an independent kid. Without this camp, they’d be lost and lonely this summer.” Teaching independence is one of the main reasons this nonprofit organization, formed in 1953, exists, says Miki Jordan, president of Junior Blind of America. “These Summer Games are an important way we accomplish our mission of helping our students develop critical life skills and achieve as much independence as possible,” she said. So as Kathy Dibble pulled away in her car Friday after dropping her daughter off at camp, Kammie sat on a fence smiling and laughing with Laura Gonzalez, an old friend from previous camps. Kammie helped Laura, who is totally blind, put her fingers on a bow in the right place to shoot a rubber-tipped arrow at one of the balloons set up yards away. It traveled only a few feet before falling to the ground, but the girls didn’t mind. They were too busy having fun. Back with the Junior Blind of America for another summer camp where blind and visually impaired children hang out and get a chance to just be kids. Like Kammie says, they don’t need their eyesight to see the truth about Camp Bloomfield. Nobody is looking down at them here – only up. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! She doesn’t need her eyesight to see the truth, Kammie Dibble says. “At school, I know I’m looked down at, but here I’m looked up to,” said the 15-year-old, legally blind Thousand Oaks girl. “That’s why we love this place.” “This place” is Camp Bloomfield, the Junior Blind of America summer camp in Malibu, where more than 200 blind and visually impaired children ages 5 to 12 gathered this weekend with their sighted buddies to take part in the camp’s 11th annual Summer Games. This is Kammie’s payback year – the summer she gets to say thanks for all the camps she attended as the little girl who needed a counselor to help her – an older kid who made her feel important and looked up to. last_img read more

Camarillo leads area rushers

first_img2:15 p.m. Another strong performance in a big Whittier Christian victory keeps running back Esteban Camarillo on top of the area’s rushing stats. Camarillo rushed for 289 yards and six touchdowns as the Heralds rolled over Campbell Hall, 68-7, in their Alpha League opener Saturday. the 5-foot-6 senior has 1,173 yards and 16 touchdowns in five games and has a shot at the school’s single-seaon rushing record of 2,445 yards set by Craig Johnston in 1975. Esteban has 3,874 yards in two-plus seasons and has an outside chance of topping Johnston’s career rushing record of 5,213 yards set in 1973-75. The school’s records for touchdowns are 37 in a season by Ron Papazian in 1989 and Papazian’s 66 career TDs set in 1988-89. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillipslast_img read more

LyIT lose out to Jordanstown in latest Ryan Cup outing

first_imgULSTER University, Jordanstown were too strong for Letterkenny Institute of Technology last night in the Ryan Cup.Ulster University, Jordanstown 3-11 Letterkenny Institute of Technology 0-14UU had six points to spare on a night when LyIT gave a good account of themselves. Michael Langan (pictured) hit six points for Michael Murphy’s team, who were 2-5 to 0-6 behind at the break.The third UU goal came late in the game.LyIT have little time to get ready for their next assignment as they are back to Belfast on Wednesday afternoon to face St Mary’s.Letterkenny Institute of Technology scorers: Michael Langan 0-6, Paddy Dolan 0-3, Darragh Black 0-2, Joe McGill, Ryan McFadden, Caoimhin Marley 0-1 each LyIT lose out to Jordanstown in latest Ryan Cup outing was last modified: October 22nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:JordanstownLetterkenny Institute of TechnologyLYITMichael LanganMichael MurphyPaddy DolanRyan CupUlster Universitylast_img read more

New look Celtic under Rodgers? How team could look with new signings

first_img BEST OF 4 Bayo made his debut for the Ivory Coast in October 2018, playing in back to back friendlies against Central Africa Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 4 Most Popular Football News REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won A potential line-up for Celtic at the end of the January transfer window MONEY Brendan Rodgers won the domestic treble in his first season as Celtic manager and a year later guided them to their seventh consecutive title REVEALED Burke became, and is still, the most expensive Scottish player after a transfer from RB Leipzig in Germany to West Brom in 2017 for £15million RANKED However, Celtic will be determined not to give up their crown, especially to their rivals.Rangers have been busy during the January transfer window by snapping up Steven Davis, while Jermain Defoe up front could be the difference in the title race.Celtic, though, have responded to their rivals going for experience by recruiting youth.Timothy Weah (PSG)Yes, the former Ballon d’Or winner and President of Liberia George Weah’s son is on the verge of joining Celtic on loan from PSG, with the 18-year-old preparing to fly to Dubai for a medical where the Hoops are training.Rodgers has been an admirer of the raw talent and potential Weah has in his arsenal, which became apparent after the player visited Rodgers with his representatives at the start of the domestic season to talk about the potential of a short term move to the Scottish champions.Weah, understandably falls a fair way down the pecking order at PSG, but training with Killian Mbappe and Neymar will have taught him a lot and the American could prove to be a key acquisition for Rodgers going forward. Since losing Moussa Dembele to Lyon in the summer, their threat in the attacking third has diminished slightly.Naturally, Weah will want to be used as a central striker but has often been deployed on the right hand side as a winger due to his pace and ability to beat a man one-on-one.Vakoun Issouf Bayo (Dunajska Streda) Delighted to join @CelticFC for the rest of the season. Can’t wait to get started! Looking forward to playing in Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿— Oliver Burke (@OliverBurke55) January 5, 2019“He’s a talented young player but there has been a little gap of games for him,” West Brom boss Darren Moore said. “Celtic are a big club. He’ll be in the right environment and we’ll be keeping close tabs.“It’s vital he gets that development and understanding and we believe he’s at the right club to get it.”Celtic captain Scott Brown, meanwhile, has been linked with a move to Australian side Western Melbourne.Brown 33, has made 493 appearances for Celtic and his contract is set to expire in May this year. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Celtic completed the loan move for Burke in early January, taking him from Championship side West Brom for the rest of the season.A move to Celtic is a favourable one for both club and Burke himself, having made five appearances for the Scottish national team and captained his side at Under-21 level.The new signing talked about his delight at the thought of playing on home soil via his official Twitter account: Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Following a narrow victory in the Old Firm derby in December, Steven Gerrard has got Rangers fans dreaming of a first title since 2011.Currently, the club sit second level on points with their bitter Glasgow rivals Celtic. REPLY ADVICE But it seems Celtic will be keeping their captain for the remainder of his deal as funding for Melbourne to nab their ‘Marquee signing’ was not permitted by the the Football Association Australia [FFA].Potential Starting XI:New faces mean strong competition for places. Burke, Weah and Bayo would be competing for places with Scott Sinclair, James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard, the top scoring player with 14 goals this season.Weah and Burke are versatile players able to play anywhere across a front line, with Burke suited to play a role in a midfield three for Rodgers if needed, which may well be the case going into the final 17 fixtures of the domestic season.Certainly the addition of more players capable of rotating with Edouard will give the Frenchman a much-needed rest given he has already played 32 games across all competitions so far. huge blow 4 Another attacking player who is supposedly close to moving to Celtic Park is striker Issouf Bayo, who plays for Slovakian side Dunajska Streda.The Celtic board have been in a battle with Italian side Parma, Dinamo Kiev and Rapid Vienna for the signing of Bayo who is just 21 years of age, and is rumoured to cost Celtic around £2million.This season, the young Ivorian has been involved in 25 goals in 23 appearances for the Slovakian side- 18 goals and seven assists.Oliver Burke (on loan from West Brom) 4 shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade last_img read more

Hearts’ Alim Ozturk targets injury-free 2016 after surgery recovery

first_img“I know a physio out there and I was there with family. It was really good for me because it was my first serious injury.“I worked with the physio every day to help with my recovery and it was good to be with friends and family after that.” Hearts captain Alim Ozturk has set his sights on an injury-free 2016 after making his return from surgery.Ozturk made his comeback from hernia problems – which needed an operation in both the summer and September – when he started in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Premiership bottom club Dundee United.Having helped Hearts to the Championship title, 2015 proved memorable for the Dutch-born centre-back, but he wants to forget about his fitness problems this year.“The first thing I am thinking about, I want to play,” the 23-year-old said. “I try to stay fit and I hope to stay fit until the end of the season. “It was a long time for me, three months. A sold-out Tynecastle, I was happy to be back.“I got the first injury and came back and was struggling again. I feel good now and I’m really happy to be back.“I missed a lot of games. I played the first eight games and missed 10 games. I’m happy that I’m back and I will try to stay fit now.”Ozturk has returned to the fold refreshed after starting his rehabilitation in Holland. “I was five or six weeks in Holland,” the former Turkey Under-21 international said.last_img read more

€20k for repairs for Donegal Parish Church

first_imgMinister Joe McHugh has announced that Donegal Parish Church in Donegal Town has been awarded €20,000 urgent funding for repair work.“The award of €20,000 to Donegal Parish Church will help protect the structure of this landmark in Donegal Town for future generations,“ Mr McHugh said.“A significant amount of detailed work went into an application to the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for urgent funding to fund work on the spire. “The church had been badly damaged by lightning during a storm and was left with structural problems and there was a real risk that the conditions would deteriorate if the spire was not repaired.“I am delighted to have been able to confirm the good news in person to Reverend David Huss today and I wish him well, and everyone associated with the parish, as the repair and restoration work takes place in the coming weeks and months.”Mr McHugh, Government Chief Whip, said: “Being able to secure funding for projects like this is rewarding. Donegal Parish Church is a highly significant Gothic-style church, originally designed and built by local man William Graham.“It is brilliant to see finding for important heritage such as this and to ensure that it is protected for this generation and future generations. It really is a landmark feature of Donegal Town.” Mr McHugh, Minister for the Irish language, Gaeltacht and the Islands, said: “I would like to thank Rev Huss for his work on the project and the support of officials in the Department through the Structures at Risk fund.“I understand that inspections have already been done on the spire by steeplejacks and that heritage officers have conducted site visits, so now it is a matter of ensuring the protective works are done.“Officials took into account the architectural and historical significance of Donegal Parish Church, which is regarded for the quality of the cut stone detailing particularly to the tower, spire and pinnacles and I’d like to thank them for accepting the application for urgent funding.Mr McHugh added: “It’s also important to remember that the Architectural Conservation Officer in the local authority is often the person best placed to provide expert advice and assistance to owners of historic buildings and their input is invaluable in protecting structures into the future.”€20k for repairs for Donegal Parish Church was last modified: October 12th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal parish churchfundinglast_img read more