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Biles takes aim at USA Gymnastics in birthday tweet

first_imgLOS ANGELES: Four-time Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles wants more than good wishes from USA Gymnastics. The US federation wished Biles a happy 23rd birthday on social media on Saturday.Biles — who also owns 19 world titles and is expected to be among the stars of the Tokyo Olympics — used their tweet as a chance to demand an independent investigation into the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.”how about you amaze me and do the right thing … have an independent investigation,” Biles snapped on Twitter after the federation’s birthday tweet.”HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the most decorated gymnast of all time, @simonebiles!” USA Gymnastics wrote, posting a video of Biles in action in a floor exercise. “We know you will only continue to amaze us and make history!”Former national gymnastics team doctor Nassar was jailed for life for abusing more than 250 athletes, including stars of the United States’ 2012 and 2016 gold medal-winning Olympic teams.A US Senate investigation found that “multiple institutions” failed to adequately respond to credible allegations against Nassar, but Biles has said that USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee still owe his victims, including herself, more answers and a framework to ensure such abuses won’t occur again.”Wish they BOTH wanted an independent investigation as much as the survivors & I do,” she tweeted earlier this month.As Biles and other elite gymnasts ramp up their preparations for Tokyo, USA Gymnastics in January offered a $215 million (194 million euros) settlement to victims of Nassar to settle legal claims — a plan a lawyer for more than 200 women called “unconscionable.”Olympic gold medallist Aly Raisman, who is now retired, called the settlement offer “offensive” and accused the federation of attempting to prevent the release of details which would show how Nassar was able to abuse athletes for years.Attorney John Manley, who represents more than 180 clients with active claims against USA Gymnastics, said the settlement offer releases too many people from further claims, including the USOPC, former USA Gymnastics chief Steve Penny and former national team directors Bela and Marta Karolyi. AgenciesAlso Read: Djokovic, Biles Win Laureus Sports AwardsAlso Watch: East Siang District Administration in Arunachal Pradesh cautious over corona viruslast_img read more

Ryan Guthrie moves up in this week’s stock watch

first_img Published on November 4, 2018 at 10:34 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – No. 19 Syracuse racked up 264 yards on the ground Saturday, running in five touchdowns and picking up a 41-24 win against Wake Forest at BB&T Field.Behind 119 rushing yards from Eric Dungey and a dominant day from the front seven — including a strong individual performance from middle linebacker Ryan Guthrie — SU won its first ACC game in November during the Dino Babers era.Here’s whose stock rose and fell from the weekend.STOCK UP Chris FredrickAdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite nursing a sprained ankle, Fredrick made seven tackles and snagged an interception in the fourth quarter.Lined up wide against Scotty Washington on the left side, Fredrick played inside the receiver as the pair ran into the end zone. Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman’s throw came to the inside of Washington, right into Fredrick’s hands.Without Ifeatu Melifonwu, who didn’t travel due to a hamstring injury, and Scoop Bradshaw struggling on the other side of the formation, Fredrick was a steady presence in the secondary. Eric DungeyDungey didn’t throw a touchdown pass on Saturday, but it didn’t matter — SU opted to attack Wake Forest on the ground.With the Demon Deacons honed in on passes, Babers made the adjustment to run the ball. His workhorse of choice: Dungey. The senior quarterback took 24 rushes for 119 yards and a touchdown.Facing a weak pass rush, Dungey felt little duress, but with no options downfield, he often opted to dash from the pocket. He took a 26-yard scramble for a dagger touchdown in the third quarter that put Syracuse ahead 35-17, at the time.A week after turning in one of his best passing performances, Dungey shouldered the load and went to work against Wake Forest.Ryan GuthrieGuthrie is in the midst of a three-game tear, most recently turning in an 11-tackle (five solo) performance that featured two sacks.Against the pass and the run, Guthrie found the football and made several tackles in space. He chased down a Wake Forest receiver inside the 10-yard line as the pair ran parallel to the goal line.Twice, Guthrie got to Hartman. On his second sack, Guthrie came downhill at Hartman as he rolled left out of the pocket. With no blockers, Guthrie pounced on the quarterback and swung him down for a seven-yard loss.In his last three games, Guthrie has had 31 tackles, including two sacks and three more tackles for loss.STOCK DOWNHealthWith linebacker Lakiem Williams and Melifonwu missing the trip with injuries, Syracuse got further banged up Saturday, as defensive back Tyrone Perkins, defensive end Alton Robinson and running back Moe Neal all went down with injuries.Neal and Robinson both walked off the field and appeared to be OK after the game. Babers didn’t offer much detail on the nature of their injuries but generally indicated they’re fine.Perkins spent Saturday night in a local hospital after injuring his left leg on a kickoff in the first quarter. Perkins will miss the rest of the 2018 season, and because he’s played in more than four games, he is not eligible for a conventional redshirt. Scoop Bradshaw Bradshaw got beat twice on double moves by Scotty Washington.The first time, fortunately for Bradshaw, Hartman overthrew Washington. He didn’t miss the second chance, though, as Washington easily strode into the end zone.Late in the game, while the game was in hand for SU, Bradshaw got called for a facemask in a scrum of tacklers.A week after being torched by Kelvin Harmon, Bradshaw followed up with another bad performance. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more