Associate head men’s basketball coach Tony Bland had been charged with bribery and fraud last September. Photo by Katie Chin | Daily TrojanAssociate head men’s basketball coach Tony Bland pleaded not guilty to four charges on Wednesday after being arrested in an FBI bribery and corruption case in September.The arraignment took place in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, a week after Bland was indicted on charges that include bribery and wire fraud, along with seven other men.Bland along with Lamont Evans, an assistant coach at Oklahoma State, entered a not guilty plea on Wednesday, a day after Auburn’s Chuck Person and Arizona’s Emanuel “Book” Richardson did the same. Bland allegedly took bribes from would-be sports agent Christian Dawkins and financial adviser Munish Sood and helped facilitate payments to two USC players or recruits that amounted to $9,000 in total. Dawkins also pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, as well as Adidas executive Merl Code.Bland’s attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, called the case “a waste of government resources” in an interview with the Los Angeles Times and said he did not know what the evidence was.USC held sophomore guard De’Anthony Melton out of the team’s first two games, releasing a statement that there were eligibility concerns surrounding the sophomore guard. Melton’s attorney, though, denied any wrongdoing and said that multiple investigations had cleared Melton. Though some coaches from other schools involved in the investigation have been fired, Lichtman said that USC has treated Bland well. “USC has been incredibly decent to him,” Lichtman said to the Times. “I don’t think the schools are following each other in lock step.”
Share on: WhatsApp Kiprotich was in the leading pack up to the 35 kilometer point when he lost the lead and dropped back.The elite runners, including Kiprotich, will share 300,000 Euros (Sh1.16 billion). Marathons are long-distance running races with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres, usually run as a road race.Kiprotich,28, has won two major global titles but victory in a big city marathon is still missing so far in his running portfolio. He however did win the Enschede marathon in 2011 with 2:07:20, before his 2012 Olympic and 2013 World Championship victories. Kiprotich fell off the pace and finished 5th. PHOTO VIA @Koerpergold1. Solomon Deksisa ?? 2:06:34 2. Tadu Abate ?? 2:06:54 3. Ayele Abshero ?? 2:07:19 4. Solomon Yego ?? 2:07:37 5. Stephen Kiprotich ?? 2:07:57Hamburg, Germany | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda’s former World and Olympic Champion Stephen Kiprotich has finished 5th in his second Haspa Hamburg International Marathon Sunday morning.Kiprotich clocked 2:07:57 in a race won by Ethiopia’s Solomon Deksisa in 2:06:34. Shitaye Eshete (Bahrain) won the women’s event in 2:24:51.Last year, Kiprotich clocked 2:07:31 to come second behind another Ethiopian, Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Mekonnen 2:07:26 .
Submitted by The City of LaceyThe Lacey Community Market invites families to enjoy the sunshine and bring their best furry friend to Huntamer Park this Saturday, September 13 for Pet Day. Free activities and entertainment await pets and their owners and will feature plenty of watering bowls, pools, and a misting station to ensure everyone stays cool while strolling through the outdoor marketplace. More than 60 vendor booths of flowers, produce, food, bakery treats, hand-crafted gifts, and re-purposed treasures will be on hand.In addition to unique shopping, families will enjoy plenty of pet-centric activities including St. Bernard cart rides, duck herding demos, face-painting, and canine rally courses. All ages will be entertained with presentations on the main stage by professional groomer Kayla Swearingen who will demonstrate doggie hairdo makeovers at 11:00 a.m., followed by introductions to the newest four-legged recruits to the Thurston County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit at noon. Starting at 1:00 p.m., proud pet owners are invited onstage to enter their “furkids” in contest categories ranging from ‘Cutest Pet’ to ‘Best Trick.’ Participation ribbons, award baskets, and raffle prize tickets will be distributed throughout the day at all activities.Animal Services will also be on hand from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to offer pet licensing and a low-cost micro-chipping clinic in partnership with the veterinarians from the JBLM 218th Medical Detachment.The Lacey Community Market has plenty of free parking and is conveniently located just four blocks from the freeway on Woodland Square Loop at College Street, behind the Lacey Fred Meyer. Market times are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. More information can be found on the city’s official website at www.ci.lacey.wa.us/market. Facebook1Tweet0Pin0
Christine Wong of Richmond leads three players — Soo-Bin Kim of Port Coquitlam, Kyla Inaba of Gallaghers Canyon in Kelowna and A Ram Choi of Surrey — by one shot.In the Women’s Mid-Amateur, played at the same time, Inaba holds a two shot advantage over Christina Proteau of Port Alberni.Cherie Baker of Creston is locked in a four-way tie for 15th with Connie Kostash of Christina Lake, Wanda Flack of Fruitvale and Connie Hang of Vancouver.Pax Alguire of Grand Forks is in 21st at 193 followed by Bev Poole of Castlegar at 195 and Colleen Verigin of Grand Forks at 203.Pat Lawrence of Christina Lake is in 24th spot at 205. Trail’s Kate Weir, now golfing out of the Swan-e-set Bay Resort in Port Coquitlam, is tied for 40th spot following Wednesday’s second round of the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship in Christina Lake.Weir finished the day with an 81, three shots better than Tuesday’s opening round to sit at 165.
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