Fine allegations : Boeheim, SU’s lawyers file paperwork to dismiss defamation lawsuit

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Jim Boeheim‘s lawyers argue his statements toward two of Bernie Fine’s accusers are constitutionally protected opinions – not defamatory statements.Boeheim and Syracuse University’s attorneys filed court papers in Onondaga County on Tuesday stating the SU men’s basketball coach’s affinity for sarcasm, hyperbole and rhetoric are reasons to dismiss the lawsuit against him, according to an article published by The Post-Standard on Tuesday. The papers referenced past courts that have held that such expressions of opinion are protected by state and federal constitutions and should not be the subject of a defamation suit.Former ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang both claim Boeheim defamed them when he publicly accused the stepbrothers of lying when they accused Fine, former associate men’s basketball coach, of molestation.Boeheim apologized for the comments 10 days afterward.Gloria Allred, the attorney representing Davis and Lang, said in an email she had no comment on the recent filing by the defendants’ attorneys.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoeheim and SU’s lawyers are scheduled to appear in court on April 27 before state Supreme Court Justice Brian DeJoseph, who will decide if the lawsuit will be dismissed, according to the article.New York courts have policed the line separating fact from opinion, often defining opinion broadly, lawyers wrote, according to the article. They cited cases where courts ruled calling someone a ‘pathological liar or a dirty liar’ were ‘appropriately labeled hyperbole and opinion.’ Lawyers wrote such a principle is more prevalent in Boeheim’s case, as he was denying allegations that were in part made against him.Boeheim’s lawyers additionally submitted a 28-page motion to dismiss the case Feb. 8, which stated former ball boys Davis and Lang filed needless complaints against Boeheim.Fine has denied the allegations against him and has not been charged. He was fired from the university Nov. 27. Federal agents continue to investigate.meltagou@syr.edu Published on March 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Marwa: meltagou@syr.edu | @marwaeltagouricenter_img Commentslast_img read more

MLAX : Johns Hopkins heads to No. 1 Virginia with underdog status

first_img Comments Published on March 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu For two weeks, all Dave Pietramala heard about was the ‘monkey’ on his program’s back. The talk started when Johns Hopkins was preparing for its matchup with UMBC on March 10. It grew louder as his team’s game against Syracuse approached.Five straight losses to the Orange served as the ‘monkey’ for the Blue Jays. Last Saturday, Pietramala and his players finally felt relief after breaking the streak.But only for a second.‘A good win,’ Pietramala said. ‘Nice to be 7-0. I think we put ourselves in a good position, and now we go down to a place and against a team that no one’s going to give us a chance against.’The team Pietramala referred to was No. 1 Virginia and the place was Charlottesville, Va. Though the Hopkins head coach leads the No. 2 team in the country, he cast the Blue Jays (7-0) as the underdogs. Since Pietramala took over the program, JHU has gone 4-10 against Virginia (8-0), and the last time it beat the Cavaliers in Charlottesville was in 1998.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut even with that recent history of losing in the series, Pietramala’s statement was immediately challenged. After a brilliant performance against Syracuse, the undefeated Blue Jays look plenty capable of ending UVa’s dominance.Still, Pietramala dismissed the thought his team was seen as a real threat to top-ranked Virginia.‘Very few. Very few (give Hopkins a chance),’ the coach said without hesitation. ‘You know that as well as I do. Down there – that’s a completely different monkey, that’s a gorilla. We have not had a lot of success down there.’With a stifling defense led by goaltender Pierce Bassett and an offense that can score in bunches, though, Hopkins is well equipped to give the Cavaliers a fight. The Blue Jays are ranked second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 5.3 goals per game, and average 10.4 goals per game offensively.Their opponent, the defending national champion, is ranked seventh in scoring defense and fourth in scoring offense. The Blue Jays’ stingy defense will be tasked with containing defending Tewaaraton Trophy winner Steele Stanwick, who leads the nation with 25 assists in eight games.For Hopkins, the key to its success on defense has been communication.JHU defender Tucker Durkin said the team does a simple communication drill each practice. There is no ball needed as the players walk through their defensive sets, working on calling out plays and relaying them to their teammates.Though simple, the drill has been effective.‘I think that’s helped us a lot once we get out there and play in games,’ Durkin said. ‘It just comes natural to be talking, have a conversation with the guys next to you and communicating our defense and everything that goes with it.’That communication by the Hopkins defense was on display against SU. The Blue Jays kept the Orange offense in check all game, getting steady play from Bassett in net, playing physical with SU and owning the advantage in possession time all game.It resulted in a scoreless third period for a Syracuse offense that couldn’t get going. And the struggles were apparent throughout the game.SU midfielder JoJo Marasco, one of the team’s top playmakers, was held without a shot against the tough Blue Jays unit. And attack Tim Desko managed just two shots on goal.While the Hopkins defense kept Syracuse off the board, the Blue Jays offense exploded to put the game out of reach.JHU attack Brandon Benn scored four goals, finding openings around the net as his teammates worked the ball around and looked to attack. The Blue Jays also got five goals from the midfield, firing hard shots past an overmatched Matt Lerman in net for SU.‘Especially with our midfielders, a lot of big guys, even the smaller guys are really fast,’ Benn said. ‘They do draw a lot of attention. It opens it up for our attack, and we just have to make sure we capitalize on our chances.’Hopkins midfielder John Greeley said the unit’s performance was among its best all season. But the offense has been clicking for much of the season, registering 10 or more goals in five of its seven wins.Against Syracuse, JHU attack Wells Stanwick emerged as a playmaker, handling the ball with confidence. The freshman, brother of Virginia’s Steele Stanwick, finished with one goal and one assist.After the game, Pietramala said Stanwick’s performance just showed Hopkins is loaded with playmakers all over the field.‘I hope we’re becoming a team of just another guy,’ Pietramala said. ‘And I guess that may not sound particularly exciting, but we’re going to have to be that way because there are going to be days where first midfield doesn’t shoot the ball. We’ve seen those.’Pietramala knows the Blue Jays will need their offense to be clicking again to beat Virginia. And they’ll need to play at the top of their game from start to finish – something Hopkins didn’t do against Syracuse after building a comfortable lead through three quarters.‘We really got to find a way to finish the game,’ Pietramala said, ‘especially walking into the hornet’s nest we’re walking into on Saturday.’rjgery@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Berg is the Word: USC’s biggest flaw is the same as it was in 2018

first_imgThere was cornerback Iman Marshall’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that sealed a loss to Cal.  USC also missed out on a scoring opportunity after freshman cornerback Chris Steele recovered a fumble in Washington territory early in the fourth quarter. USC had needed a spark, something to break the cycle of incompetence its offense had displayed for most of the game, and this appeared to be it … until St. Brown picked up an offensive pass interference penalty for blocking downfield, setting the Trojans up for a glum three-and-out. There was quarterback JT Daniels’ horrible decision to throw deep on a fourth-quarter interception against UCLA, a game in which Bruin running back Joshua Kelley ran practically unabated for 289 yards and two touchdowns as defenders missed tackle after tackle and assignment after assignment.  It’s time to find someone who can restore a culture of accountability at USC. That is, until USC went to Seattle to face No. 17 Washington Saturday. The Trojans lost 28-14 as third-string redshirt junior quarterback Matt Fink threw three interceptions in his first collegiate start, but the game was closer than the final score indicated. USC had a lot of chances in the second half to pull even with the Huskies but fell into the same bad habits that afflicted it in 2018. On that topic, offensive coordinator Graham Harrell faces some questions for his play-calling on USC’s last truly threatening drive of the game. With 6:29 remaining, USC had first-and-goal inside the Washington 10 and had a chance to make things interesting with a score and a stop. USC ran three straight times before Harrell called for a corner route to freshman wide receiver Drake London at the back corner of the end zone, hardly the ideal route or target against such a deep secondary and with a bevy of proven pass-catchers.  What plagued USC football throughout a dismal 5-7 campaign a year ago was discipline. No team in the country saw more talented players miss so many assignments, pick up so many penalties and set their team back with so many boneheaded mistakes. The biggest swing in momentum came in the third quarter after a long run from junior tailback Stephen Carr helped move the Trojans inside the Washington 11-yard line. Fink dropped back and targeted senior wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. on a slant, never seeing junior defensive back Elijah Molden dropping into coverage. Two plays later, multiple Trojan defenders over-pursued on a run play, allowing junior tailback Salvon Ahmed to sprint 89 yards untouched for a score that put Washington up 28-7. There is no possible excuse for USC overcommitting on a back as explosive as Ahmed. Some might say Fink’s interception can be chalked up to the inexperience and inability of a third-stringer, which would make sense if Daniels and freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis hadn’t made almost identical bad decisions against Fresno State and BYU, respectively. Missing underneath defenders has been a trend in the Trojans’ otherwise successful passing game this season, and with three different quarterbacks displaying issues with it, it can only be attributed to poor coaching.center_img It has been clear for a while now that the team needs a culture change, and it appears a pivot to Harrell’s Air Raid offense is not enough. Head coach Clay Helton has had well over a year to fix the discipline issues that have cost the program not only wins, but its reputation.  There was wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown’s fumble at the opposing 15-yard line against Notre Dame just before the half, giving the Irish all the momentum in a tightly-contested game.  Aidan Berg is a junior writing about sports. He is also an associate managing editor for Daily Trojan. His column, “Berg is the Word,” runs every Monday. Richmond’s outburst reflected the feelings of many USC fans during the last year and a half. Despite some of its issues in recruiting, the program still has too much talent to lose the games it does. The most frustrating part of Saturday’s loss was that it was a winnable game, and yet anyone familiar with this team could feel pretty much from kickoff that the Trojans would do everything they could to shoot themselves in the foot. Every time, you could either feel the mistake coming or knew that it spelled doom for the Trojans’ chances in that game. Often, it was both. The Trojans’ effort was littered with these ill-timed mistakes. The team had eight penalties for 80 yards, many of which came in the form of false starts on the offensive line, which had been surprisingly solid to open the season. The crowd noise at a rollicking Husky Stadium gave the unit fits; at one point, redshirt senior offensive tackle Drew Richmond, a repeat offender Saturday, got so frustrated after one of his false starts that he yelled at Fink even though the quarterback was using claps rather than his voice to start the play. It was a problem I thought had been addressed at least a little this season. Through four games, the defensive line’s stinginess was one of the Trojans’ highlights, and the offensive line was doing a much better job. Sure, there were some conduct penalties, but one of them (redshirt freshman tailback Markese Stepp dapping up Reggie Bush after a game-sealing touchdown run against then-No. 10 Utah) was pretty great, and the team seemed to feed off the emotion that drew those flags rather than letting them derail its progress. As the defense flew around and the offense decimated defenders through the air in victories over Stanford and Utah, I kept waiting for the telltale flags and miscues that always seemed destined to sink this team. They never came. Even the BYU game was more about the Cougars’ game plan than USC’s errors. last_img read more

EA and FIFA announce FIFA eWorld Cup 2018

first_imgEA in association with football giant FIFA has announced the upcoming FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 competition set to begin on November 3.“Last year was a pivotal achievement for competitive FIFA, engaging millions of competitors and spectators through world football and global competition,” said Todd Sitrin, SVP and GM of the Competitive Gaming Division at EA. “In partnership with FIFA, we’re accelerating the growth of competitive gaming through the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series on The Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018, producing more competition, attracting more competitors and connecting with more fans than ever before.”Players will be able to participate in a total of six qualifiers, with the first two dubbed “Ultimate Team Champions Cups” and the third being the eClub World Cup. 256 players will play in the first two cups, from which only 32 will be chosen. 32 players will take part in the eClub World Cup from which 4 will be chosen. The remaining three qualifiers are in a TBA status.Image courtesy of EAThe two companies will pick 128 top-ranked competitors to advance to the Global Series Playoffs where 32 will advance to the eWorld Cup Grand Final ’18.“Competitive FIFA is a global entertainment phenomenon that maximizes the combined power of world football and competitive gaming in unprecedented fashion,” said Philippe Le Floc’h, Chief Commercial Officer at Fédération Internationale de Football Association. “We’re thrilled to partner with EA in creating the Global Series as the Road to the eWorld Cup 2018 will increase the ways millions of fans consume football.”Esports Insider says: EA continues to push its FIFA esports agenda. No mention of a financial reward for the winner is a little strange but perhaps this will be announced later.last_img read more