UK’s Harry, Meghan to drop titles, retire as working royals

first_imgLONDON – Prince Harry and his wifeMeghan will no longer be working members of Britain’s monarchy and they willpay their own way in life as they embark on an independent future, BuckinghamPalace said on Saturday. Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, leave Canada House in London, Britain on Jan. 7. REUTERS/TOBY MELVILLE/FILE PHOTO “Harry, Meghan and Archie will alwaysbe much loved members of my family,” Queen Elizabeth said in a statement issuedby the palace, referring to the couple’s baby son.   They will also no longer use their“Royal Highness” titles, the palace said in an announcement that sought to endturmoil in the monarchy sparked earlier this month when the couple announcedthey wanted to reduce their official duties and spend more time in NorthAmerica. Harry will remain a prince and thecouple will keep their titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they begin a newlife split between North America and Britain, but they will not take part inany future ceremonial events or royal tours.(Reuters)last_img read more

The Pac-10 needs to become the Pac-12

first_imgNo USC fan wants to relive last weekend’s embarrassment in Eugene.The Trojans were outworked, outhustled and outplayed. USC needs a small-scale game like this Saturday’s in Tempe, Ariz. to regain its skills, swagger and dominant attitude.If the Trojans recover their form, there’s no doubt they would love a rematch with Oregon at the end of the season. Too bad it won’t happen.Yet, after Oregon restored competition in the Pac-10 last weekend, this much has become clear: the Pac-10 needs to expand to 12 teams. This isn’t solely for USC’s sake, but for the sake of the conference in general.From a competitive standpoint, it makes sense. Two extra teams would give the hypothetical Pac-12 the ability to split into two divisions. Teams would no longer play a nine-game conference schedule, but rather eight games — giving them the opportunity to schedule a weaker non-conference foe.This is what Florida does when they schedule powerhouses such as Charleston Southern. In an informal poll conducted this summer by’s Ted Miller, Pac-10 coaches voted 6-4 against the current round-robin scheduling in favor of a new format. So the coaches are on board.This format would also allow the Pac-12 to play a championship game. Teams that are tied at the top of the conference, or that had one or two losses, would be able to go head-to-head in a dramatic and meaningful late-season battle.This would not only give the conference more exposure — which it desperately needs as everyone annually views the Pac-10 as an inferior BCS conference — but it would give the teams an extra shot to play for the BCS championship game.If this were the case, USC could theoretically play Oregon again in a month’s time. If both teams win out to that game, they will likely be in the top seven and the winner will get a big resumé boost for the championship game.In fact, a scenario like this is playing out right now in the SEC. No. 9 LSU plays No. 3 Alabama tomorrow. If LSU beats the Crimson Tide and wins the rest of its games, the Tigers will have a rematch with Florida, a team they lost to earlier this season, in the SEC Championship Game.It will be hard turning down the winner of that game for the BCS title match.But who would be the other two teams to include in the Pac-12?The first two obvious choices would be Boise State and Utah. Both teams have played in BCS bowls recently and have high caliber football programs.By joining the Pac-10, Boise State would be able to boost its profile because it no longer would be playing against Tulsa or Fresno State.It would silence the critics who claim that the Broncos play an easy schedule and don’t belong in the BCS championship game. Plus, it would be cool to see the Trojans play on a blue field.Utah is a solid choice too. The Utes have two BCS bowl victories under their belt, which is more than any Pac-10 team not named USC. They have good talent, recruit in California (see former No. 1 NFL Draft pick Alex Smith) and, for TV’s sake, sit in the 35th largest television market.Unfortunately, that might be the problem. College football is all about ratings and money these days, and university presidents and athletic directors aren’t so quick to add the two teams.It would just be two more teams with which to share revenue, and Boise and Salt Lake City aren’t exactly the television hot spots that would give the Pac-12 more exposure or money from TV deals.Last year, USC had the same win-loss record as the two teams playing for the BCS national championship, Florida and Oklahoma, yet after its loss to Oregon State, USC was never considered a true contender for the title match. If the Trojans played Cal, Boise State and Utah to compliment Ohio State and a conference title game, there’s a good chance USC would’ve gone the route of LSU two years ago.Remember that? In 2007, No. 5 LSU played No. 14 Tennessee in the SEC Championship game. After the victory, LSU jumped all the way up to No. 2, while idle and fellow two-loss team USC stayed below the Tigers. LSU played in and won the BCS title game.Expanding the Pac-10 by two more teams would no doubt bring more national intrigue and prestige to the conference. If it had been the Pac-12 from the start, the one-loss USC teams in recent past that made an annual tradition out of pummeling Big Ten opponents would definitely have had a better shot at reaching the national title game and proving to the country that the Pac-10 is reputable.“Spittin’ Sports” runs Fridays. To comment on this article, visit or email Kenny at klegan23@gmail.coom.last_img read more

Syracuse’s seniors instrumental in program’s 1st-ever NCAA tournament win

first_img Comments Published on November 30, 2018 at 8:21 pm Contact Eric: STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — As “The Twist” by Chubby Checker blasted through the Rec Hall at Penn State between Friday’s second and third set, Syracuse players couldn’t help but dance along and smile. SU head coach Leonid Yelin didn’t seem to have anything to tell them. At that point, the Orange were already up two sets in the match, on their way to their first ever NCAA tournament win in their first ever attempt, powering past Yale (19-5, 13-1 Ivy League) in straight sets, 3-0. It was clear the moment on Friday night was not too big for the Orange (19-8, 4-4 Atlantic Coast). And SU’s seniors were a big reason why.Seniors Santita Ebangwese and Amber Witherspoon each had a team-leading seven kills after the second set. Ebangwese finished with 10 kills and five blocks while Witherspoon came away with nine and six, respectively. Senior Jalissa Trotter accounted for assists on 36 of the team’s 41 kills.“They brought experience,” Yelin said. “That’s what seniors have to do. You don’t have to explain to them it’s the last opportunity. Just have fun and just play.”The Orange got rolling early in the first set on a 7-2 run to take a 10-5 lead. Yale would then never trail by more than four but was never able to tie it. A return error on a Polina Shemanova hit ended the set 25-22 in favor of Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe second set is where Ebangwese believed the Orange really started clicking. When Yale went up 18-14, the Orange responded with an Ebangwese slide hit after a long rally. Then, one more. The next play resulted in yet another Ebangwese kill. Syracuse went on an 8-0 run to take a 22-14 lead. The Orange won the set, 25-21.“I could hear [Ebangwese] with blocking through the net and she knew the scouting report really well,” Yale junior Frances Arnautou said. “She made some great plays also defensively blocking.”Santita Ebangwese (left) and Christina Oyawale go up for a block against Yale. Courtesy of Syracuse Athletics | Matthew SniegowskiIn the third set, not much changed. Syracuse never trailed and won the set handily by a score of 25-16. Yale head coach Erin Appleman believed “a mismatch” upfront with Syracuse’s seniors was part of the Bulldogs’ undoing. “I think [Ebangwese] is one of the hardest workers I’ve seen,” Appleman said. “All the film I’ve watched on her, she even defensively gets after it… And then [Witherspoon] is just so enormous and has such a high reach. There were definitely some mis-connections between them, and she was still able to come down and hit the ball and get a kill.”The mismatch showed in the boxscore. Syracuse out-blocked Yale, 12-3. Going into the match, the Orange ranked second in the nation in blocks per set with 3.08, only behind No. 1 Stanford.“We talk to each other on the block,” Ebangwese said. “We work on timing. We work on positioning. Maybe one person makes a mistake, but the other person corrects it so we can stay on top of our blocking game.”The Orange will remain in State College, Pennsylvania, to next face the winner of Howard and Penn State on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Penn State is the second best seed in SU’s region and the No. 8 overall seed in the tournament.Yelin did not believe the 3-0 fashion in which SU won will have an impact on Saturday’s game and said that his attitude is “one game at a time.”Despite the anxious anticipation and excitement some Syracuse players have felt all week leading up to the program’s first ever tournament game, the feeling ultimately disappeared once on the court.“It’s another game,” Ebangwese said of how she felt before the game started. “We have to get that dub. We have to do what we’re supposed to do, what we talked about for game plan. I didn’t think of it as, ‘Oh my god it’s our first NCAA debut game.’ No. I think of it as another game, another opponent that we can take. So we have to give it all we got.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

NFL rumours: Antonio Brown drawing interest from several teams despite rape allegations

first_img FOLLOW US Written By Daniel Arambur New England Patriots acquired the services of highly-controversial WR Antonio Brown at the start of the 2019 NFL season. However, he has faced various serious allegations off the football field. As per a Sports Illustrated report, Antonio Brown was accused in a lawsuit by his former trainer of sexual assault and rape. Despite all these allegations, Antonio Brown is reported to be on the radar of almost two dozen NBA franchises.Also Read | Lamar Jackson responds to Tom Brady’s challenge on Twitter, says NFL legend’s still got itDez Bryant’s message to Antonio Brown LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENTcenter_img First Published: 17th December, 2019 21:42 IST Also Read | Khalil Mack spreads Christmas joy, pays off Walmart layaway accounts in hometown Also Read | Seattle Seahawks’ DK Metcalf gets a signature coffee; it’s called ‘Decaf Metcalf’NFL rumours: Antonio Brown drawing interest from ‘at least’ 20 NFL teams Former Oakland Raiders star Antonio Brown is a seven-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro selection. In addition to that, the highly-talented WR has 841 catches for 11,263 receiving yards and 75 touchdowns. He drew great plaudits when he burst onto the scene with the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, his off-field antics have stained his career. The recent rape allegations proved to be the final nail in the coffin for Antonio Brown. He was ousted from the New England Patriots squad as a direct consequence. Antonio Brown met with NFL officials over the allegations but they have not yet dished out any sanctions. The wide receiver could face a lengthy suspension or could be subjected to the commissioner’s exempt list if he does sign with an NFL team. Recent reports in the Bleacher Report state that Antonio Brown has been drawing interest from ‘at least’ 20 NFL teams, excluding New England Patriots.Also Read | Odell Beckham Jr has been playing through sports hernia, will undergo surgery offseasonAlso Read | Has Eli Manning played his last game for the Giants? NFL retirement hinted by the starWhat does the future hold for New England Patriots’ star Antonio Brown? WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 17th December, 2019 21:42 IST NFL Rumours: Antonio Brown Drawing Interest From Several Teams Despite Rape Allegations NFL rumours: Former Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders’ player Antonio Brown is drawing interest from ‘at least’ 20 NFL franchises. Keep reading for more.last_img read more