Serena Williams alleges ‘discrimination’ in how often she is tested for drugs

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam tennis champion, is claiming discrimination after being singled out for drug testing.Williams, who reached the finals of Wimbledon this month, took to Twitter on Tuesday, saying she’s the tennis player “getting tested the most.”“And it’s that time of the day to get ‘randomly’ drug tested and only test Serena,” she wrote. “Out of all the players it’s been proven I’m the one getting tested the most. Discrimination? I think so. At least I’ll be keeping the sport clean #StayPositive.”Williams, 36, said in another tweet that she will “do whatever it takes” to keep the sport of tennis clean.Williams has been at odds with the sport’s regulatory body over the last few months. She spoke out at Wimbledon about the number of times she was asked to give a drug test sample.Williams responded to questions at Wimbledon about a Deadspin article that claimed she has been tested in 2018 more than twice as often as other top American female players on tour, despite never having tested positive for a banned substance.“I do know that I’m always tested. I’m always getting tested, all the time,” she said at Wimbledon. “I didn’t realize it was such a discrepancy with me, as well as against the other players that they listed. It will be impossible for me not to feel some kind of way about that.”Williams claimed a doping control officer showed up to her Florida home 12 hours before a scheduled appointment in June. When she wasn’t there, it was designated a missed test, according to Williams.“I was like, ‘Well, I’m totally not in the area because my hour is actually a long time from now, so I’m completely so far away,’” she recalled to reporters at Wimbledon.Williams said she is having ongoing conversations with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on the matter, including the ratio of tests between her and other players on the tour.“I’ve played over 20 years and have always been extremely honest, and that’s one thing I take pride on,” she said at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, in March. “Especially having a daughter, having a kid, I’m never going to be able to look my kid in the eye and say, ‘Mom cheated’ or ‘Mom did something like that.’”“That is totally irresponsible,” Williams added. “If you’re going to beat me, you’re going to beat me and I’m going to congratulate you. But I’m never, ever going to take an advantage, and try and have an advantage over someone else because that’s not who I am, and that’ll never be who I am.”Williams gave birth to her daughter, Olympia, 10 months ago. She played in her first Grand Slam since giving birth at this year’s French Open.The USADA and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) have not responded to ABC News’ request for comment.According to the USADA website, “Athletes are subject to testing 365 days a year and do not have ‘off-seasons’ or cutoff periods in which testing does not occur.”The agency said it uses a variety of factors to decide when, where and how often to test athletes. Those factors include history of doping in the sport, the physical demands of the sport, the training and competition calendar, and doping analysis statistics.“The term ‘random’ is not an accurate way to describe anti-doping testing in the United States,” the website states, “as USADA uses various factors to strategically plan when and where we test athletes in order to achieve maximum success in deterrence.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by July 25, 2018 /Sports News – National Serena Williams alleges ‘discrimination’ in how often she is tested for drugscenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

BYU Star Forward Yoeli Childs Declares For NBA Draft

first_imgMarch 27, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Star Forward Yoeli Childs Declares For NBA Draft Furthermore, Childs also stated on his Twitter account that the program’s retired head coach, Dave Rose, led “with class and passion.” He also confirmed Rose taught him many valuable lessons “through his compassion, hard work and service.” Brad James Childs, who averaged 21.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game during his recently-completed junior campaign, has foregone his senior year of eligibility. He confirmed on his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon that he will sign with an agent and declare for the 2019 NBA Draft on June 20. Written by This is the third consecutive season that the Cougars have seen their leading scorer depart from the program. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Wednesday, more big news emerged from the BYU men’s basketball program as star forward Yoeli Childs announced he was declaring for the NBA Draft. Childs confirmed that he is grateful for what his coaches and teammates did for him over the course of the past three seasons at BYU. Tags: agent/BYU Men’s Basketball/Dave Rose/leading scorer/NBA Draft/Yoeli Childslast_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 9/20

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFootballRegion 14DELTA, Utah-The Manti Templars used a 21-play 76-yard drive, capped off by a Travis Thomson scoring reception from 9 yards out from Jax Parry ( 13-19, 109 yards, TD) to win in the closing seconds, outlasting the spirited Delta Rabbits 21-18 Friday in the Region 14 opener for both squads.The Templars trailed 12-0 at the half, while Delta built their lead by virtue of a pair of Jake Jackson touchdown runs. Neverthless, the Rabbits failed to convert any of their conversion attempts after scores, which proved costly in the outcome of this game for them.Tyler Taukie’aho added a pair of touchdown runs for the Templars, while Austin Cox ran for 102 yards on 19 carries to lead Manti.On Delta’s  last-gasp Hail Mary attempt, receiver Britton Smith’s pass was interecepted by Ryker Hewko, as the game ended.The Templars improved to 5-0 on the season, while the Rabbits slumped to 2-4 with the loss. Manti next hosts Union Friday and Delta visits ALA as their respective Region 14 seasons continue.ROOSEVELT, Utah-Zac Cowan threw four touchdown passes and the Juab Wasps pounded Union 48-21 Friday in Region 14 football action. Cade Bowring had scoring runs of 2 and 25 yards as well in victory for the Wasps.MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Payton Clawson caught a 5-yard touchdown pass, returned a fumble 15 yards for a score and added a 10-yard touchdown run as the North Sanpete Hawks blasted American Leadership 48-0 in Region 14 football action Friday. Jaxton Langschwager added a 15-yard scoring reception and Connor Jorgensen stepped up with a pair of scoring runs for the Hawks. Brayden Church also had a 1-yard touchdown run for North Sanpete.2-A NorthCOALVILLE, Utah-Cannon Richins threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the North Summit Braves clobbered Gunnison Valley 41-8 Friday in 2-A North football action. Brandon Tucker had a 12-yard touchdown run and added the 2-point conversion attempt in defeat for the Bulldogs.2-A SouthKANAB, Utah-Sam Orton threw three touchdown passes and Michael Warino added touchdown runs of 9 and 3 yards as the Kanab Cowboys smoked North Sevier 35-14 in 2-A South football action Friday. Taylor Crane threw touchdown passes of 63 yards to Aaron Gale and 6 yards to Burke Mickelsen in defeat for the Wolves.MILFORD, Utah-Bryson Barnes threw three touchdown passes and Gage Griffiths added three scoring runs as the Milford Tigers overpowered Enterprise 42-24 Friday in 2-A South football action.FILLMORE, Utah-Brooks Myers threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Austin Burraston and added a 10-yard touchdown run as the Millard Eagles outlasted Parowan 34-33 in double overtime in 2-A South football action Friday. The Eagles rose to the occasion in the second overtime by stopping a Rams’ 2-point-conversion attempt that would have won the game for Parowan. The win kept Millard undefeated on the season at 6-0.Region 12PRICE, Utah-Gavin Brown threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Brittyn Riddle, while Riddle ran for two more scores as the Richfield Wildcats hammered Carbon 42-0 in Region 12 football action Friday. Brown also threw scoring tosses to Gage Morrison and Mayson Hitchens in the rout for Richfield. Kasey Giddings also added a 7-yard touchdown run in victory for the Wildcats.MONROE, Utah-Shaw Nielson threw five touchdown passes and the San Juan Broncos decimated South Sevier 70-28 Friday in Region 12 football action. Jaxin Torgerson had touchdown runs of 34 and 85 yards and Tracen Winkel threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Connor Peterson, while also adding a 30-yard touchdown run in defeat for the Rams.Baseball1A South RegionPANGUITCH, Utah-The Panguitch Bobcats held off the Piute Thunderbirds 8-7 for a crucial 1A South Region baseball win Friday.GREEN RIVER, Utah-Valley scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to take the lead and ultimately earn the win 10-6 over Green River in 1A South Region baseball action Friday.BICKNELL, Utah-Hunter Batty hit two home runs and was one of five Badgers with 4 RBI as Wayne dominated Bryce Valley 24-3 in 1A South Region baseball action Friday. Brody Durfey and Bridger Brian also homered in the win for the Badgers and Braige Jacobsen tripled.2A Fall Baseball (Non-UHSAA)DRAPER, Utah-Draper APA swept Wasatch Academy in a doubleheader Friday, winning game one 13-4 and running away in game two 18-3. September 20, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 9/20 Tags: Austin Cox/Delta Rabbits/Jax Parry/Manti Templars/Ryker Hewko/Travis Thomson/Tyler Taukie’aho Brad Jameslast_img read more

Report: Blue Jays, Hyun-Jin Ryu agree on four-year contract

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The Toronto Blue Jays are reportedly adding starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu to their roster.Sources tell ESPN the South Korean left-hander has agreed to a four-year, $80 million deal with the team.Ryu, 32, wrapped up the 2019 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 2.32 ERA, the best in the National League, and went 14-5, striking out 163 batters. He opted to become a free agent at the end of October.Since the beginning of his MLB career in 2013, Ryu, who has only played for the Dodgers since joining the majors, has amassed a 54-33 record, 2.98 ERA and 665 strikeouts. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. December 23, 2019 /Sports News – National Report: Blue Jays, Hyun-Jin Ryu agree on four-year contract Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Dixie State Men’s Basketball Standouts Receive Honorable Mention Recognition From the WAC

first_imgMarch 9, 2021 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Men’s Basketball Standouts Receive Honorable Mention Recognition From the WAC Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Tuesday morning, Dixie State men’s basketball junior forward Cameron Gooden and senior forward Hunter Schofield each received honorable mention recognition from the Western Athletic Conference.Gooden, a 5-11 guard out of Frisco, Texas, led the Trailblazers in scoring (13.1 points), assists (67) and steals (35) this season.Schofield, a 6-8 forward out of Spanish Fork, Utah, led Dixie State in rebounding with 5.9 boards per game while also posting 12.7 points per game for the 8-13 (4-10 in WAC play) Trailblazers.Dixie State’s season has drawn to a close as the Trailblazers, in their first season at the NCAA Division I level, are ineligible for the WAC Tournament this season.center_img Brad Jameslast_img read more

Neptune Energy begins gas production from Dutch North Sea well

first_img The L5a-D4 well is tied back to the L5a-D platform. (Credit: Pixabay/C Morrison) Oil and gas company Neptune Energy has commenced gas production from the new L5a-D4 well in the Dutch North Sea.The L5a-D4 high pressure, high temperature well is located in the L5a-D field, around 100km North of Den Helder.L5a-D platform is operated by Neptune Energy with 60% interestTapped at a depth of 5.5km, the well is tied back to the L5a-D platform, which is jointly owned by Neptune Energy (operator) with 60% interest and EBN with 40% stake.Neptune Netherlands managing director Lex de Groot said: “We continue to seek opportunities to grow our business in the Netherlands and to enhance our offshore gas production. Dutch offshore natural gas remains hugely important for heating Dutch homes.“Production of Dutch natural gas also contributes directly and indirectly to the Dutch economy and produces 30% lower CO2 emission than imported gas.”Neptune Energy said that the production follows the drilling of the E17a-A6 well, situated about 160km from Den Helder. The well became operational in October 2019.Last year, Neptune Energy subsidiary, Neptune Energy East Sepinggan, acquired 20% interest in the East Sepinggan area production sharing contract (PSC) located offshore Indonesia from Italian oil and gas company Eni.With the completion of the sale, Eni will continue to serve as the operator of the East Sepinggan area with 65% interest.The remaining stakes of 15% and 20% are held by PT Pertamina Hulu Energi East Sepinggan and Neptune Energy East Sepinggan, respectively. The L5a-D4 high pressure, high temperature well is located in the L5a-D field offshore the Netherland last_img read more

Equinor sells its US onshore assets in the Bakken

first_img Oil field in the Bakken area, North Dakota. (Credit: Einar Aslaksen / Equinor ASA) Equinor (OSE: EQNR, NYSE: EQNR) has agreed to divest its interests in the Bakken field in the US states of North Dakota and Montana to Grayson Mill Energy, backed by EnCap Investments, for a total consideration of around USD 900 million.The transaction covers all of Equinor’s operated and non-operated acreage, totalling 242,000 net acres, and associated midstream assets in the Bakken. Entitlement production from these assets in 4Q 2020 was 48,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (net of royalty interests). In parallel with this transaction, Equinor Marketing and Trading will enter into a term purchase agreement for crude offtake with Grayson Mill Energy.“Equinor is optimising its oil and gas portfolio to strengthen profitability and make it more robust for the future. By divesting our Bakken position we are realising proceeds that can be deployed towards more competitive assets in our portfolio, enabling us to deliver increased value creation for our shareholders. Over the past few years, we have improved the safety, cost efficiency and CO2 intensity of the Bakken assets significantly and I am confident Grayson Mill Energy will continue on this path,” says Anders Opedal, president and chief executive officer of Equinor.“We are taking action to improve the profitability of Equinor’s international oil and gas business. Today’s announcement on the exit of our Bakken assets is an important step in this process. We have worked closely with Grayson Mill Energy to preserve jobs and to ensure the transfer of expertise in the best possible way,” says Al Cook, executive vice president of Development & Production International at Equinor.As part of the agreed transaction, all Equinor field employees and a significant number of the support teams working on the Bakken assets will have the opportunity to transfer to Grayson Mill Energy.The effective date of the transaction is 1 January 2021. Closing is subject to the satisfaction of customary conditions, including authority approvals. Source: Company Press Release The transaction covers all of Equinor’s operated and non-operated acreage, totalling 242,000 net acres, and associated midstream assets in the Bakkenlast_img read more

Countrywide upgrades profit forecast

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Countrywide upgrades profit forecast previous nextAgencies & PeopleCountrywide upgrades profit forecastCountrywide, which last week acquired Lanes Land & New Homes, reports an “encouraging” fourth quarter.The Negotiator27th January 20160588 Views Countrywide has increased its profit forecast on the back of the improving state of the residential property market.Shares in Britain’s biggest estate agency- seen as an indicator of the health of the residential property sector – rose by as much as 5.6 per cent at one point last week after it announced that it now expects pre-tax profit and other charges to reveal a “modest improvement” on its previous expectations.In November, the company warned investors that it would not hit its full-year profit forecasts for 2015, after an expected post-election boost in the housing market failed to materialise.But despite the upturn in profit forecast, Countrywide said that the future state of the housing market remained uncertain, particularly due to the hike in stamp duty on second homes, which is set to be introduced in April, not to mention Government plans to introduce less favourable tax relief for landlords – to be phased in over a four-year period from April 2017.The company said: “It is too early to predict what the trend in residential transactions will show in 2016, although approved mortgage volumes including owner occupier in recent months have been ahead of the previous year, which is a positive indicator.”Meanwhile, Countrywide has announced the acquisition of Lanes Land & New Homes, which covers mainly North London and Hertfordshire, providing a specialist service to small, medium and large housebuilders and developers across the region.Lanes Land & New Homes, which will become part of Countrywide Residential Development, will continue to operate as normal under its existing name, managed by Managing Director, Mike Franklin.Franklin said, ‘’With the Company’s expanding geographical coverage and extended range of specialist land and new homes activities, it makes perfect sense to link with a respected national brand to allow our land, sales and marketing teams to provide a wider service offering for clients right across the sector from bespoke operators to plc developers’.”Commenting on the purchase, James Poynor, Group Residential Development Director for Countrywide, said, “We are absolutely delighted to further increase our residential development offering in the North London and Hertfordshire area with the acquisition of Lanes Land & New Homes.“Their exceptional reputation with new homes developers naturally complements our focus to deliver a dedicated and tailored service to the residential development market.“The acquisition of such an established land and new homes business further enhances our commitment to providing a truly market-leading service to developer clients.”Countrywide Countrywide acquisition of Lanes Land & New Homes Countrywide profit forecast January 27, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

Housing market activity buoyant in January

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Housing market activity buoyant in January previous nextHousing MarketHousing market activity buoyant in JanuaryViewing requests for residential sales and lettings soared last month.The Negotiator17th February 20160565 Views The New Year has proved to be a catalyst for house-hunters looking to buy or rent property, new data suggests.Moneypenny reports that there was a significant rise in the volume of calls to estate and letting agents to request property viewings in January.The telephone answering specialist reported that there was a 70.8 per cent increase in the volume of calls handled last month compared with December, while there was also a marked increase on the corresponding period last year when the average calls concerning viewing requests saw a 32.5 per cent spike.In particular, viewing requests for residential sales rose by 77.6 per cent and by 57.2 per cent for lettings.Samantha Jones, Moneypenny’s Commercial Manager – Corporate and Property, commented, “We typically see a rise in viewing requests in January, but this year we anticipated that figure would increase. With major advertising campaigns run by portals like Rightmove and Zoopla over the Christmas period, as well as the April 1st Stamp Duty deadline looming, there have been a number of factors that could have potentially acted as a catalyst for those looking to buy.”The sharp increase in activity witnessed by Moneypenny reflects recent figures from Rightmove which reported its busiest ever month in January.More than 127 million people visited Rightmove last month, up almost 20 per cent compared to the corresponding month last year, and surpassing the previous record of 118 million set last August.The rise in visits helped to ensure that email and phone enquiries to agents and developers hit a new record of over 4.9 million, up 15 per cent year-on-year.Rightmove Director, Miles Shipside (right), said, “Moneypenny’s increase in viewing requests is mirrored by the records that were set on Rightmove for both traffic and leads to agents in January. Potential buyers and investors hit the ground running after the festive break, resulting in a record number of over 4.9 million phone and email leads being sent from Rightmove, setting up a very busy next few months for many agents.”housing market activity housing market rise in activity Moneypenny property market residential sales and lettings February 17, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

UBS downgrades Purplebricks amid worries over Oz operation and mounting losses

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » UBS downgrades Purplebricks amid worries over Oz operation and mounting losses previous nextAgencies & PeopleUBS downgrades Purplebricks amid worries over Oz operation and mounting lossesInvestment bank also reckons the hybrid agency will have to ask investors for another £100m to cover losses at Oz and US businesses.Nigel Lewis2nd May 201902,288 Views Leading investment bank UBS has predicted that the hybrid estate agency’s shares will soon hit £1 each, the price at which it floated in December 2015, and that the company will have to borrow another £100m ‘soon’ to fund its mounting group losses.UBS has based its prediction largely on the worsening position for Purplebricks in Australia, which the investment bank claims will not break even until 2022, three years later than expected, while its US operation is not likely to break even until 2025.The investment bank says it expects Purplebricks’ Oz operation to generate revenues of £26 million next year on which it will make a loss of £12 million, while the company’s US operation could lose £53 million.LossesThe investment update released by UBS analysts says: “Operations in Australia and the US are characterised by having very limited visibility on the businesses’ development and break-even horizon – Australia keeps being postponed and losses in the US are expected to worsen”.Referring to Purplebricks’ recent decision to alter its up-front model to a more traditional post-sale fee one, the analysts say the move “raised concerns about the future of online agents and the upfront fee model”.UBS is also concerned that parts of both Australia’s and the UK’s housing market are experiencing tough conditions at the moment, claiming that Purplebricks’ operation has lost momentum and that its market share grab has slowed.Purplebricks share price has been tumbling over the past 12 months. In May last year its shares were trading at £3.54p but are now exchanging hands at £1.33p.Purplebricks Australia UBS May 2, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more