Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas and Spain’s Marcel Granollers were facing off against Britain’s Jonny Marray and Canada’s Adil Shamasdin in the men’s doubles.After an almost-four-hour, five-set marathon and down a break at 8-9, Cuevas and Granollers were denied a bathroom break by French umpire Aurelie Tourte.A witness accused Cuevas of threatening to relieve himself into a ball can under the cover of a towel, prompting a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct.The accusation did not go down well, and when a second violation was issued after Cuevas smashed a ball out of the court in anger, chaos ensued.The code violation saw the 15th seeds docked a point, putting them down triple match point in the final set.”He got a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct,” Shamasdin said.”It was during a changeover and I guess it was something to do with a can or something, I really don’t know. I think it has something to do even with bathroom breaks, I’m not really sure.”With perceived injustice hanging in the air, Cuevas and Granollers promptly marched to their seats, sat down, and refused to budge.Marray and Shamasdin, left standing at the other end of the court, simply looked on with bemusement.The delay lasted just shy of 10 minutes. Forfeiture looked a real certainty, before Cuevas and Granollers eventually returned to play the final two points, losing 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 14-12.But once handshakes were out of the way, the protest continued.Granollers shoved an empty ball can towards Tourte, sans the alleged urine, as the umpire was led away from the fuming Spaniard by security.Granollers vowed to lodge a formal complaint with the referee’s office, saying his English was not good enough to articulate exactly what went down on the court.”She lied, she lied. She thought one thing that was not true,” Granollers said of Tourte.The rules for men’s doubles say players are allowed two toilet breaks during a match. Marray — who won the 2012 Wimbledon doubles title — said his opponents should have been allowed to go.”I think you should be allowed an extra toilet break if it goes to five sets,” he said.”Are you supposed to go before your own service game? I don’t know what the actual rule is. I think you should be allowed to go to the toilet. It’s deep in the fifth set. I went a couple of times.”Inadvertently, the pair’s protest before wrapping up the match almost caused another unintended consequence.”I actually had to go to the bathroom at that point, because we were waiting,” Shamasdin said.
LONDON, England (AP):Andy Murray received a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s Honours list yesterday, recognition from the monarch for reaching the pinnacle of tennis by winning his second Wimbledon and Olympic titles on his way to topping the rankings.The 29-year-old Murray was previously named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE, in 2012 after becoming Olympic champion for the first time.Joining Murray in being knighted in British sports is Mo Farah, who retained his 5,000- and 10,000-metre titles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August, becoming the first British track and field athlete to win four Olympic gold medals.”I’m so happy to be awarded this incredible honour from the country that has been my home since I moved here at the age of eight,” Farah said yesterday. “Looking back at the boy who arrived here from Somalia, not speaking any English, I could never have imagined where I would be today – it’s a dream come true.PROUD TO REPRESENT”I’m so proud to have had the opportunity to race for my country and win gold medals for the British people, who have been my biggest supporters throughout my career.”Lee Pearson, who won his 11th Paralympic gold in equestrian in Rio, was also knighted. He already held the MBE, OBE and CBE for services to equestrianism and to disabled sport.Damehoods went to heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and rower Katherine Grainger, who both retired from competitive action following the Rio Olympics.Ennis-Hill added silver in Rio to her gold at London, as did Grainger, who came out of retirement to compete in the double sculls alongside Vicky Thornley.Knights are addressed as ‘Sir’ or ‘Dame’. Recipients of the other honours have no title, but can put the letters after their names. The ranks for the Orders of the British Empire are Commander, Officer and Member, in descending order.Away from the Olympics, Wales Manager Chris Coleman was awarded an OBE for steering his national football team into its first semifinal at the European Championship.Northern Ireland were eliminated by Wales at Euro 2016 in the round of 16 but their manager, Michael O’Neill, has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, or MBE.Britain’s honours are bestowed by the monarch, but recipients are selected by committees of civil servants from nominations made by the government and the public.
“Cricket is my main sport, and so this why I continue to be a groundsman,” said Williams. “The money don’t’ matter to me because it may be small, but I just love doing my job as a groundsman,” Williams said. Meanwhile, Lucas Cricket Club president Daniel Wilmot, said the lack of financial support at the club is hampering its ability to properly pay its grounds staff. “The curators, or groundsmen, don’t earn that much money, and what they earn is not enough to keep doing that alone. This is partly because the clubs are struggling for money, and only maybe two clubs are doing well, and so they are able to pay their staff. “However, generally, the clubs are struggling, and this is one of the reasons why cricket as a sport is struggling,” Wilmot said. However, all is not lost as the University of Technology (UTech) is set to stage a curator’s course this year in a bid to create new opportunities for those with interest in the field. Anthony Davis, UTech’s director of sports, said that the aim of the course is to improve the standard of Jamaican curators. “I realise that we really don’t have a consistent formal way of training groundsmen because people learnt the trade as a ‘prentice’, and there is no scientific method of doing it,” said Davis. “Looking around the world, we realise that it is a job in itself and a very distinguished job because if you are a curator in Sydney or Lords or any of the big places in the world, it is a serious job you have, but we don’t treat it that way,” he said. He said that the university would be engaging the services of a well-known curator from Durham in the England to conduct the course. Despite weekly wages in the region of $6,000 and very little recognition, local cricket groundsmen are expressing their commitment to the craft, even if there has been a considerable falloff among their ranks in recent years. Local groundskeepers say that although they face financial challenges, they still remain dedicated to their jobs due to their love for the profession and the sport. Lucas Cricket Club’s Travis Reid, who also plays for the outfit, says that despite the measly returns, he continues to carry out his duties because of love for the sport of the cricket and for his club. “You have to love the game to be a groundsman because most men who are in it have been in it for years. They have dedicated their time to it,” said Reid, who has been curator for the past seven years. “It is an underpaid job in Jamaica because nobody recognises the work that the groundsmen do,” Reid noted. “The main reason why I do it is because of my club Lucas, and so I will continue to do my work here. “It is only when we have International and first-class matches you will make little money,” Reid said. In fact, Reid said that many curators who have been in the profession before him are now walking away from the craft, because of the limited funds. “Locally, there is no money in it, and because of this a lot of people are turning away from groundsman work in Jamaica,” he said. Floyd Williams, who has been a curator at the Melbourne Cricket Club for 23 years, said that despite the lack of financial rewards, he, too, remains committed to doing his job to the best of his abilities. LOVE FOR JOB
There will also be much interest in the men’s 100m, where Asafa Powell will be chasing his 98th sub-10 seconds 100m race and a shot at old foe Justin Gatlin, who returns to the scene of his 9.74 season opener from two seasons ago. The two veterans are, however, in for a tough day with youngsters AndrÈ De Grasse and Akani Simbine looking to further lift their reputations. Powell clocked 10.18 at the Grenada Invitational, while Gatlin and De Grasse will be taking their first trip in the 100m this season. It will be interesting to see the interaction between Gatlin and the fearless De Grasse, who made a mockery of the American at the World Relays, looking across at him before passing him on the anchor leg of the 4x100m heat. South African champion and record holder Akani Simbine is easily in the best shape among the top boys in this one with the South African season already well and truly under way. The Olympic finalist has already ran under 10 seconds on five occasions – three of those coming at altitude. This has been the toughest start to a season since 2014 for Olympic finalist Annsert White, who will be looking to improve on his 50.38 and 51.71 times done at the UTech Classic and Drake Relays, when he lines up in the 400m hurdles, where American Kerron Clement and the world-leading hometown talent Abderrahaman Samba (48.31) are expected to do most of the running. National champion Megan Simmonds has already registered a 12.83 clocking this year, which doesn’t fall too far from her 12.79 personal best. She could be pushed to a fast time with the knowledge that world record holder Kendra Harrison will line up with her in the 100m hurdles. Olympians Natoya Goule in the 800m and Aisha Praught in the 3000m steeplechase will complete the Jamaican line-up in Qatar. The 2017 Diamond League has been restructured and will feature a structure which will see athletes earn points at the first 12 meetings to qualify for the two finals. The winners of each discipline in the finals will be crowned as IAAF Diamond League champions, and will earn US$50,000 plus the Diamond Trophy. The top-eight athletes will now be awarded points as opposed to the top-six under the previous structure. It’s only early May, but Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson is already looking extremely scary – for her rivals at least – ahead of what’s sure to be another medal-mining assault at this Summer’s World Championships in London. The double Olympic champion will shift her campaign into another gear when she lines up in the 200m at the circuit-opening Doha Diamond League meet at the Qatar Sports Club today after teasing track and field fans with impressive runs in the 60m, 100m, 4x100m, and 4x200m this year. Interestingly, the 24-year-old and her coach, Stephen Francis, seem to be turning the knob on her endurance conditioning with the sprinter adding the 400m to her build-up this season. Thompson dropped a wind-aided 10.75 seconds mark in her lone 100m, this after her blistering 6.98 indoor 60m run in February. She took that form to the World Relays, where she led Jamaica to first place in the 4x200m and walked by her American counterpart in the Penn Relays 4x100m; dropping jaws and raising eyebrows in what has been a promising start to her 2017 season. And now, the ‘Elaine Thompson Show’ will make a stop in the West Asian state She’ll have company in Simone Facey and Veronica Campbell-Brown, but the real show will come in the form of her clash with world champion Dafne Schippers, in what will be the latest chapter of one of the sport’s most exciting rivalries. Schippers has also looked good this season, with her 22.29 done in the middle of last month logged as the second-fastest time this year behind Tori Bowie’s 22.09. SCHEDULE – 10:15: Pole Vault Women – 10:45: High Jump Men – 11:03: 400m Men – 11:05: Javelin Throw Men – Goule) – 11:35: 200m Women (Elaine Thompson, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Simone Facey) – 11:45: Triple Jump Men – 11:50: 100m Hurdles Women (Megan Simmonds) – 12:05: 3000m Steeplechase Women (Aisha Praught) – 12:25: 100m Men (Asafa Powell) – 12:35: 400m Hurdles Men (Annsert White) – 12:45: 3000m Men EYES ON MEN’S 100M
But that wasn’t enough for Casey to keep his job.James and Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said it was disappointing to hear that Casey had been fired, especially after the year the Raptors had.“Probably within the last five years, I bet they’ve improved in winning percentage every single year,” James said. “But I guess their front office wants playoff success. That’s what it boils down to.”On Tuesday, Casey was named coach of the year by the National Basketball Coaches Association, an award voted on by NBA head coaches. A media panel voted separately for the NBA’s coach of the year award, which will be announced June 25.Under Casey, the Raptors won four Atlantic Division titles and advanced to the playoffs in five consecutive seasons. But Toronto couldn’t get past Cleveland, losing to LeBron James and the Cavs in each of the past three playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ujiri said he spent “countless hours” evaluating the team in the days following this year’s defeat before deciding to fire Casey. It was the first time he’d had to fire a coach in more than a decade as an NBA executive.“It’s the hardest thing I’ve done in my life,” Ujiri said. “In terms of collaboration, I don’t think I’ll work with a better person. Maybe my dad. This guy is phenomenal. A listener, a learner, a performer and a real person.”Ujiri had little to say about who his next head coach might be, but said he would be “open” to considering a wide range of potential candidates.“We’ll start that process right after I finish here,” Ujiri said. “We’ll look everywhere. I’m not ruling out anything. We’ll do a thorough job.”Ujiri denied reports that Casey had precipitated his firing by seeking a contract extension. Casey had one year remaining on a three-year, $18 million dollar extension he received in June, 2016.Toronto’s assistant coaches remain in their roles, Ujiri said.“All of them are with us for now,” Ujiri said. “Obviously some of them will get interviews. We’re going to go through that.”After Toronto’s playoff exit last spring, Ujiri demanded a “culture reset,” leading a greater emphasis on ball movement, depth, and 3-point shooting. On Friday, Ujiri said he wants his new coach to continue that style moving forward.“I hope we can because you try to get those kind of players to fit that mode,” Ujiri said. “Hopefully there’s a smooth transition but a new coach is going to have his style, he’s going to have his voice.”Earlier this week, as they cleaned out their lockers, All-Star guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan spoke positively about Casey. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Hours after the Raptors announced they were parting ways with Casey on Friday — days after the team was swept in the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second straight season — Ujiri said he doesn’t think he will ever work with a better person.“Nothing in particular that coach Casey did wrong, but I think it was time for this to happen,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCasey led the Raptors to a franchise-record 59 wins this season as Toronto earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time. He posted a 320-238 record in seven seasons and is the franchise’s winningest coach.“I hope coach Casey gets coach of the year, because he deserves it,” Ujiri said. “I saw everything he did here. I saw the job he did this year. He deserves it.” View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Ex-jungolfer is new PSI officer P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast In this Wednesday, May 9, 2018 photo, Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey speaks to media during an end-of-season NBA basketball media availability in Toronto,. The Raptors have fired Casey on Friday, May 11, 2018, after the team was swept in the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers for second straight season. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP, File)TORONTO — Masai Ujiri believes Dwane Casey deserves to be recognized as the best coach in the NBA, but the Toronto president doesn’t think Casey should be leading the Raptors.So the Raptors fired Casey, praising him on his way out the door.ADVERTISEMENT DeRozan credited Casey with all of his success while Lowry called Casey “one of the best coaches out there.”Still, Lowry was dejected by the team’s playoff performance, calling it a “wasted year” after a third straight elimination at the hands of James and the Cavs.“We felt like we could possibly make the NBA Finals,” Lowry said. “That was our goal.”On Wednesday, Casey insisted “the gap is closing” between the Raptors and Cavaliers.“A lot of folks have run up against Cleveland in the last few years and had the same challenge and it went down the same way,” he said. “That’s the mountain this organization has to climb.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college With four of their regulars relegated to cheerleaders, the Celtics got a season-high 31 points from Morris and another 21 from Tatum to beat New Orleans 113-100 on Monday night for their sixth straight victory.“The first thing was be a leader,” Morris said. “We had a lot of guys down … and keep trying to play the right way with the guys out there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAnthony Davis scored 41 points and Julius Randle had 20 points and 11 rebounds for New Orleans, which was playing back-to-back games after beating the Pistons in Detroit on Sunday. But Davis also had two shots blocked by Celtics rookie Robert Williams III.“He had 41,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “I think everybody has gotten their shot blocked at one time or another.” Jaylen Brown scored 19 for Boston, which was also without Gordon Hayward and Aron Baynes. Williams, in the longest appearance of his career, had career highs of seven points and 11 rebounds, while picking up three blocked shots — two on Davis.“Well, he held him to 41,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens joked. “I thought Robert did a lot of good things. When you’re shooting jumpers and Robert’s in the vicinity, you feel him.”The Celtics scored nine straight points in the last four minutes of the first quarter to take a lead they would never relinquish. They led 59-53 at the half before Morris hit three 3s — one from the left corner, one from the right wing and one from the top of the key — to make it 68-55.New Orleans never got closer than nine points after that.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Pelicans: Davis had been questionable with a right hip contusion, but he played 38 minutes. … Lost 124-107 in the only other meeting this season, on Nov. 26, and have now lost seven of their last 10 against Boston. … Fell to 4-11 on the road.Celtics: Were coming off the most lopsided victory in franchise history, a 56-point win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. … Missed eight of their first nine 3-point attempts. After Morris hit three 3s to start the second half, they missed 11 in a row.ROOKIE NIGHTWilliams had appeared in just nine box scores this season, never playing more than 8 minutes, 37 seconds. His previous highs were four points and three rebounds; he also matched his best with three blocked shots.How did he feel about guarding Davis?“I definitely watched the highlights, even when he was at Kentucky. I was a big fan,” he said. “It was a great assignment.”Brad Wanamaker, who spent six seasons in Europe and one in the developmental league, matched his career high with four points. He had played in only eight games before Monday and topped his career highs with 18 minutes (old high 9:06), three rebounds (1), and matched his best of four assists.OUTHorford was nursing a sore left knee, Irving had a sore right shoulder, Hayward was ill and Baynes was out with a sprained ankle. The four players combine to average more than 50 points, 21 rebounds and 14 assists this season.TAKING TURNS Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) shoots over New Orleans Pelicans guard Tim Frazier (10) during the second quarter of a basketball game in Boston, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. The Celtics defeated the Pelicans 113-100. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Kyrie Irving’s shoulder wasn’t sore enough to keep him from cheering for Marcus Morris Sr. when he hit three 3-pointers to start the second half and propel Boston to a double-digit lead.Al Horford’s injured knee didn’t keep him from leaping to his feet when Jayson Tatum drove past Anthony Davis for a dunk.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil PBA warns coaches After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The Pelicans have alternated wins and losses over their last eight games.“Win one, lose one, win one, lose one for the past eight,” Davis said. “So we’ve got to put a string of wins together.”UP NEXTPelicans: Host Oklahoma City on Wednesday.Celtics: Visit Washington on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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With the odds against her, Cornelia Kruah-Togba (pictured) is leaning on the quest to provide a different kind of representation for the people of District #13 in Montserrado County, something they have not seen since 2005.Unity Party Montserrado County District #13 has endorsed the candidacy of Cornelia Kruah–Togba, former chief of staff of former Education Minister George Warner, to contest for its pending representative by-election.Alexander T. Q. Harris, the former ruling party district #13 mobilization chair, said the endorsement of Cornelia Togba reflects the party’s quest to promote gender balance at the legislature.He added that Cornelia Togba’s years of experience working in government makes her an ideal candidate to promote good representation of the district.“We have vetted her and are excited about what she will do at the House of Representatives. We trust her ability to serve and know what she stands for. It is time to support all our good leaders for the betterment of the country.“Therefore, we acknowledge with our signatures that we have agreed to campaign for her, vote and support her as the candidate on the ticket of the Unity Party for Montserrado County District #13 for the upcoming November 20 representative by-election,” he added.Cornelia Togba also worked in former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s government as a program assistant in the president’s delivery unit at the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs, Executive Assistant to the Minister of Public Works, and was admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa by former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as a dedicated and committed servant of the state.She also runs a recreational program that provides girls’ education and youth empowerment. Her organization, Young Women’s Empowerment Network, every two years recruits 10 young women between the ages of 17-30 and empowers them to implement community service projects.In response to the endorsement, Cornelia Togba expressed gratitude to the leadership of the district for endorsing her as their sole candidate in the ensuing elections.She added: “I thank you for the confidence that you have reposed in me, and I look forward to working with each and every one of you, to ensure that we will not only succeed in this district, but also I would bring change to District # 13 and Liberia as a whole.“My election will be the beginning of a revolution that believes in the potential of young people and is dedicated to leading the way for youth representation in governance. I have a vast understanding of how a government works and a huge network that can be harnessed to provide opportunities for change and development,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
To change the school’s location, Vladovic must return to the board with an alternate site by Dec. 11. If he doesn’t, the current favored site will regain the top position, Executive Officer Jefferson Crain said in an e-mail. The district’s chosen site – bounded by Avalon Boulevard, L Street, Broad Avenue and M Street – has met opposition from the community surrounding it, as well as Councilwoman Janice Hahn. The district has spent $4.3 million planning the project. Building the school would return the 1,385-student Gulf Avenue Elementary School to a traditional calendar from a year-round schedule. “What I’m trying to do is slow it down to make sure the community has had a chance to have a say,” Vladovic said Monday. “The only thing that’s not negotiable is we must have a school in Wilmington to relieve the overcrowding at Gulf.” Vladovic has said he favors a 700-student school on the site of a public storage facility at Pacific Coast Highway and Eubank Avenue. The district had initially said it would build 1,278-seat school. Changing the scope of the project could imperil funding earmarked to pay for it, said David Kooper, Vladovic’s chief of staff. A school approved for the current site in July 2006 would force out a Wells Fargo bank, Northgate Latino market, a beauty salon and several restaurants and homes. Jose Meza, who owns a five-bedroom home at Broad and M, welcomed the possibility of building the school at a different site. “They’re really taking away from the people who walk to the store for shopping and especially senior citizens,” Meza said. “The community is opposed to that.” Meza said the market’s offerings of prepared carnitas, tamales and chile verde are popular in the neighborhood. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WILMINGTON: Trustee says neighbors haven’t had a say in the decision. New site must be found by December. By Paul Clinton AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CitySTAFF WRITER The Los Angeles Board of Education decided Tuesday to reconsider the location it previously had selected for a K-8 school in Wilmington. By approving a motion brought by trustee Richard Vladovic, the board will suspend work to bring the school to a block in the heart of the town’s commercial district. After heated debate, the board voted 4-3 in favor, with Marlene Canter, who represents Westchester, voting no. Board members Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte and Julie Korenstein also voted against the proposal.
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RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick was dismissed from the team Friday, the result of numerous legal transgressions and his unsportsmanlike conduct in the Gator Bowl. University president Charles Steger announced the dismissal on the same day that coach Frank Beamer met with Vick and his mother in their Hampton Roads home, the school said in a statement. Beamer informed them of the decision during the meeting. Vick, the younger brother of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, was suspended from school in 2004 for several legal problems. The junior came under new and intense scrutiny this week after replays showed he stomped on the left calf of Louisville All-American defensive end Elvis Dumervil during the Jan. 2 bowl. No penalty was called on the play and Vick claimed it was accidental. He also hurt his cause by claiming to have apologized to Dumervil, the NCAA sacks leader, but the Louisville player said no such apology was offered. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonOn Friday, it was revealed Vick had been stopped for speeding and driving with a revoked or suspended license in Hampton on Dec. 17, a police official said. Vick’s license had been taken away in August 2004 when he was cited for reckless driving and marijuana possession in New Kent County. Steger suspended Vick from school at that time, and warned that any additional problems effectively would end his time as a member of the Hokies’ football team. “The university provided one last opportunity for Vick to become a citizen of the university and readmitted him in January 2005, with the proviso that any future problems would result in automatic dismissal from the team,” Steger said Friday. Beamer said in a statement that he was disappointed with the outcome. “We wanted what’s best for this football team and Marcus,” he said. “I certainly wish him the best.” School officials said in a statement that there would be no more comment until a news conference today. Beamer, Steger and athletic director Jim Weaver, who said the stomping embarrassed the university, were expected to attend. A telephone message left on Vick’s cell phone was not immediately returned Friday, and his mother, Brenda Boddie, has an unlisted phone number. Vick said before the Hokies’ 35-24 comeback victory in the Gator Bowl that he planned to return for his senior season. His choices now are to declare for the NFL draft by the Jan. 15 deadline or transfer to a Division I-AA school so he can play next season. Vick entered this season knowing he would face hostility from opposing fans, mostly stemming from his drug arrest and another for serving alcohol to underage girls during the 2003 school year. He said he was ready for it, but reacted to chants of “rapist” and “child molester” at West Virginia on Oct. 1 by making an obscene gesture in the direction of the crowd. He met with Beamer following that incident and apologized to the team. In the ACC championship game against Florida State, he drew an unsportsmanlike conduct flag for spiking the ball after a touchdown run with the Hokies trailing. He later walked by reporters following the 27-22 loss and refused to comment. He finished that game 26 of 52 for 335 yards with one interception. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!