US swimmer Ryan Lochte apologizes for Rio incident

first_imgUS swimmer Ryan Lochte apologizes for Rio incident SHARE Published: August 19, 2016 10:46 AM EDT Updated: August 19, 2016 11:32 AM EDT U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte issued an apology Friday morning about an incident that occurred early Sunday at the Rio Olympics. Lochte initially said he and three teammates had been robbed at gunpoint, but Rio police discounted that on Thursday and instead said the swimmers vandalized a gas station bathroom and then paid some guards before leaving. Following is the full text of Lochte’s statement, posted to his Instagram account.___I want to apologize for my behavior last weekend – for not being more careful and candid in how I described the events of that early morning and for my role in taking the focus away from the many athletes fulfilling their dreams of participating in the Olympics. I waited to share these thoughts until it was confirmed that the legal situation was addressed and it was clear that my teammates would be arriving home safely.It’s traumatic to be out late with your friends in a foreign country – with a language barrier – and have a stranger point a gun at you and demand money to let you leave, but regardless of the behavior of anyone else that night, I should have been much more responsible in how I handled myself and for that am sorry to my teammates, my fans, my fellow competitors, my sponsors, and the hosts of this great event. I am very proud to represent my country in Olympic competition and this was a situation that could and should have been avoided. I accept responsibility for my role in this happening and have learned some valuable lessons.I am grateful for my USA Swimming teammates and the USOC, and appreciate all of the efforts of the IOC, the Rio ’16 Host Committee, and the people of Brazil who welcomed us to Rio and worked so hard to make sure that these Olympic Games provided a lifetime of great new memories. There has already been too much said and too many valuable resources dedicated to what happened last weekend, so I hope we spend our time celebrating the great stories and performances of these Games and look ahead to celebrating future successes. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

NPFL Side MFM Survive Road Accident (Photo)

first_imgNigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) outfit MFM FC of Lagos were involved in a road accident on their way back from a league game.The Olukoya Boys as they are fondly called were returning from Jos where they had gone to play champions Plateau United in a Matchday 5 clash at the Rwang Pam Stadium.The Nigerian champions were beaten 1-0 by their hosts before the official club bus was involved in a road accident.No lives were reportedly lost from the unfortunate incident.Relatedlast_img

Mike Sorensen: Utes should play SUU, not Oral Roberts, please

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — A couple of weeks ago, Utah State coach Stew Morrill complained prior to his annual game with Utah that the Utes were unlikely to play his Aggies in the future because of their impending Pac-12 schedule.It was kind of ironic for Morrill to gripe about scheduling when he has feasted upon a schedule of preseason patsies for years, something Utah might be preferring to do more of with a tougher 18-game Pac-12 schedule on the horizon. Why go to Logan and lose when you can play Montana Tech at home and win?But I agree with Morrill that the Utah-USU series should continue without interruption. I’ve always said the local schools should make a point of playing each other more often rather than less.I remember back in the 1980s when Utah State only had nine non-conference games with an 18-game PCAA schedule, yet played six of them in home-and-home series against BYU, Utah and Weber State. Rather than complain, USU coach Rod Tueller just went out and beat his in-state foes the majority of the time.Those home-and-homes with in-state opponents went by the wayside in the early 1990s when some of the local teams started worrying more about too many L’s piling up in the preseason.However, with athletic budgets so tight these days, doesn’t it make sense to play games closer to home? Why shouldn’t Utah take a bus ride to Logan rather than jet to various parts of the country several times for non-league games?For that matter, why doesn’t Utah schedule Southern Utah or Utah Valley, which are close and have a bunch of local players, rather than play the likes of Oral Roberts or Grand Canyon at home? Southern Utah is in the same Summit Conference as Oral Roberts, but 700 miles closer. However, the Utes and T-Birds haven’t played for four years.Sure, it’s fun to go to new places and bring in some interesting opponents occasionally, but I believe first priority in scheduling for local teams should always be other local teams.WYNN OUT: I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. Or at least everybody that has asked me in the past two months, “what is wrong with Jordan Wynn?”My answer about the Utah quarterback always was, “I think his injured throwing shoulder is worse than he’s letting on.” I also wondered in last week’s column whether Wynn’s various injuries had led to his poor second half of the season.I had watched Wynn consistently underthrow receivers on long routes, misfire on short ones and not have his usual zip on the ball in the last few games when the Utes have all but given up throwing long passes.Wynn clearly hasn’t been the same quarterback since the Iowa State game when he completed 23 of 31 of his passes for 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns and hurt his shoulder sometime during the game.The following week against a poor Wyoming team, he threw for just 230 yards, including three interceptions. The week after that, he did have a good game against an even worse Colorado State team at home, but passed for only 148 against Air Force, 148 against TCU, 194 against Notre Dame with four interceptions in the three games. He had a good game against San Diego State before going 13 for 30 for 199 yards and an interception against BYU.That’s two good games in his last seven. But now he’s undergoing surgery that will keep him out for a few months.Sitting out the bowl game as well as spring practice should give Wynn time to be back to 100 percent when the Utes take on their 2011 Pac-12 schedule.GOLLY GEE: Gordon Gee seems like a good guy. He’s a native of Vernal, a graduate of the University of Utah and was a professor at BYU for a short time. He is smart enough to have been the president at five major universities, more than any other living American.However, the Ohio State president didn’t sound too smart when he denigrated TCU and Boise State a couple of weeks ago for playing the “Sisters of the Poor” every week. Gee was trying to make the case for his Big Ten Conference and his former conference, the SEC, saying they faced a “murderer’s row” every week.I didn’t agree with Gee at the time and he got blasted by a few fellow media folks for his disparaging comments about successful non-BCS teams.However, I have to give Gee credit for backtracking last week, something most people in the spotlight have a hard time doing when they say something stupid.Rather than try to defend himself against widespread criticism, Gee apologized and took the self-deprecating approach, saying, “What do I know about college football? I look like Orville Redenbacher. I have no business talking about college football.”Nice recovery, President Gee.e-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

Pig Cow Bracket update: Winners seem more clear cut if Gonzaga, North Carolina or Oregon win

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I’m sure there are a large majority of you cheering for former K-State coach Frank Martin to win a National Championship for South Carolina. Yours truly isn’t one of them.For if South Carolina wins all the marbles, it will create absolute chaos in the Sumner Newscow Pigshack Bracket Buster Contest. It will bring a great number of brackets back into the contest that will need to be re-tallied, because no one, let’s repeat, NO ONE! picked South Carolina to get to the Final Four let alone win it all.So if South Carolina wins, then every bracket would be wrong and therefore it is a free-for-all to see who had the most “less wrong” bracket. Go, Gonzaga!If it becomes a North Carolina, Gonzaga or Oregon as national champions then there is definitely a clear-cut winner. By the way, kudos to anyone who picked Oregon to win it all. That doesn’t seem like a normal thing to do. But Colton Whaley and Braxten Phillip Caudillo are the only two bracketologists of the 150 so brackets we received who have the Ducks winning it all.Whaley will win the $100 and $100 Pig Shack gift certificate if Oregon cruises, because Phillip Caudillo missed 16 first rounders and 10 second rounders. As we have said before. But he will get the second place prize. It’s not how you start but how you finish.Last week, we threw out the words “watch Ashleigh Huck‘s bracket.” And here we are one week later, and her bracket still sizzles. She has Gonzaga over North Carolina for all the marbles. But Amanda Eckermann has a good one as well. She has Gonzaga over Oregon.Two other brackets to watch: Scott Lee and Tim Norris. Both players have North Carolina over Gonzaga – which seems like a logical pick to make but they are the only two contestants to do it.Of course there are a slew of people who picked North Carolina to win everything, but they have the wrong opponent in the championship game. There were several with Gonzaga winning it all. Reminder: If you get the national champion right it is worth 32 points – the same as all the games in the first round combined. We have said this before, but our advice to you: fill out your bracket backwards.Then there are a lot of pickers, who had North Carolina losing in the semifinals. This is where the Jayhawk pickers got tripped up.But all this is out the window if Frank Martin takes his South Carolina team to championship glory. We will see Monday night.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 175 weeks ago how many brackets picked Gonzaga to win it all? Report Reply 0 replies · active 175 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more