'Sexy' photos got ex-University of Cincinnati volleyball player booted … – Fox News


A former University of Cincinnati women’s volleyball player claimed in a lawsuit filed last week she was kicked off the team because of photos she posted that her coach said were “too sexy.”

Shalom Ifeanyi, 19, filed the lawsuit against the university and head coach Molly Alvey, alleging racial and sex discrimination. She claimed she was removed from the team last year because she didn’t fit the so-called “biased image” of a Bearcats volleyball player.

The lawsuit also contains screenshots of a text message chain allegedly showing Ifeanyi and Alvey talking about the former outside hitter’s social media postings.

The text messages appear to show Alvey asking Ifeanyi to remove a few pictures from her Instagram account. Ifeanyi then says she feels like she is being “body shamed.”

“I can’t make them go away,” Ifeanyi wrote back, according to Courthouse News. “In these pictures I just got my hair done and I really liked my makeup and thought the pictures were pretty.”

Courthouse News reported that Ifeanyi also felt like she was “being sexualized.”

“There’s a history of black women because of their bodies being sexualized and that’s what appears to be happening to me,” Ifeanyi texts, according to the screenshots. “I can’t help the way I’m built. I am not trying to argue, I just feel like I have to be flat chested or real skinny in order to post.”

Ifeanyi said she deleted the photos but didn’t think it was fair. She was later dismissed from the team in summer 2017.

The former volleyball player is seeking compensatory damages, punitive damages and attorney fees.

She said she filed a complaint with the school’s Title IX Office, but claimed the university hasn’t offered her a chance to appeal the decision to remove her from the team, the lawsuit said.

The school said it had no comment on legal matters.

“I am not trying to argue, I just feel like I have to be flat chested or real skinny in order to post.”

– Shalom Ifeanyi

NCAA transfer rules prohibit Ifeanyi from playing volleyball at another school for the 2018-19 season. As a result, she will not have athletic scholarship money to help pay for tuition, according to the lawsuit.

She had already transferred from Oregon State in winter 2017.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.



Formula One truly is its own worst enemy sometimes – The Sydney Morning Herald


Mercedes were working deep into the Australian night to analyse their mistake, but Wolff suggested that it had sprung from a computer glitch. “I think we have a software issue with the safety-car data, a situation we haven’t had before with a special constellation of cars on track, one going at high speed and the other at slow speed. The gap that we needed was wrongly calculated.” Of all the excuses offered for losing a race, this was a novel one.

Formula One truly is its own worst enemy sometimes: on the first day of a fresh season, with the prospect of thrilling racing hanging in the summer air, the post-mortem instead degenerates into boffin-speak about deltas and algorithms.

Delta, to most of the planet, is an airline. Or a Greek letter. Or the sediment at the mouth of a river. In F1, it is the gap in time between two cars. It is also not what Liberty Media, the sport’s owner and a company desperate to make it more accessible, wants anybody to be talking about.

At least the fight between two quadruple world champions, the first ever in F1, did fleetingly materialise. But the claim by Mark Webber, who bounced on to the podium to tell Australian fans that they had witnessed a “titanic” tussle, was wide of the mark. Hamilton battled gamely to reel in Vettel over the closing laps but, as so often, the dirty air from the leading car meant that he could not come close enough to pass.

Oh for an Australian Grand Prix that could be decided, unambiguously, on race-craft alone. But the layout of Albert Park, statistically the second most difficult circuit for overtaking after the streets of Monte Carlo, militates against it. Hamilton explained how he would have needed to be lapping 1.8 seconds faster even to have a chance of getting by.

The situation was, frankly, ludicrous. So, too, was that of Hamilton backing off in the final stages to conserve an engine that he needed to last another seven races.

From engines to gearboxes, grid penalties to fuel-saving rules, this is a sport strangled by opaque bureaucracy.

Haas driver Romain Grosjean of France leaps from his car after stopping with engine failure.

Haas driver Romain Grosjean of France leaps from his car after stopping with engine failure.

Hamilton was adamant that he had done all he could to recover from Mercedes’ strategy nightmare. “I did everything I believed I was supposed to do,” he said. “At the last minute, I was told the Ferrari was coming out. It was disbelief from that moment until the end of the race.”

Mercedes could console themselves that their misfortune paled against that of Haas. The American team, bankrolled by US billionaire Gene Haas, have been the revelation of 2018 to date, vaulting from midfield anonymity to be podium challengers.

They were shattered, then, when the cars of both Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, running fourth and fifth, were forced to retire after tyres were replaced incorrectly during pit stops. The anguished, head-in-hands response by team principal Guenther Steiner told its own story. Haas also received a £10,000 fine for two unsafe releases, although this could be dwarfed by the prize money lost from the missed points.

If Vettel was cock-a-hoop about his win, especially after Hamilton had crowed about “wiping the smile off his face” in qualifying, then Fernando Alonso was equally ecstatic about finishing fifth for McLaren.

The Spaniard was at his cussedly brilliant best here, proving the wisdom of McLaren’s switch to Renault engines and indicating that the British team could at last be poised for better times. “I’m very proud of you,” he told his engineers. “It will be a long season, but maybe now we can fight.”

The fight between Mercedes and Ferrari, one senses, is only just starting.

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While Vettel sprayed the champagne at will – much to the displeasure of his third-placed team-mate Raikkonen, who just scowled at him – he understood that he had been fortunate this time. “We are not yet a true match for Mercedes,” he said.

“The car has huge potential, but I’m still struggling a little with it. I want it to be spot-on.”

For Hamilton, there are few such worries about the machinery, given that he had the better race pace and seized pole position by a staggering seven-tenths of a second. It was just a pity, for him and for Mercedes’ reputation for perfection, that the computers did not cooperate.

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KCB Kenya open chess championship attracts key players – Kenya Broadcasting Corporation


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The 2018 KCB Chess Open Championship has attracted a record FIDE stars from different countries.

The event will be officially opened this Friday by KCB Group HR Director Paul Russo followed by 2 rounds of play.

Over 400 participants are expected to grace the four-day event. The KCB Chess open will be played for 7 rounds with two rounds each day.

There will be six categories during the tournament that will feature prestige, open, ladies, junior U -10, U -12 and U -18.

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The Prestige category has attracted total prize purse of shs 200,000 while the winner of open and lady’s category will take home shs 50,000 each. Uganda will be represented by twenty-five players during the tournament.

They include Women Candidate Master Ivy Amoko, Fide Master Patrick Kawuma, Elijah Emojong, International Master Arthur Ssegwanyi, Harold Wanyama and Harun Nsubuga among other players.

KCB Chess open of the tournament includes Russian- born Dutch GM Sergei Tiviakov and Nigeria’s Adu Odalapo.

Kenya will be represented by national Blitz Champion Joseph Methu, National Kenya Open Champions Ben Nguku, National Champion Ben Maghana, Mehul Gohil, Angolikin Goreti and Gloria Jumba who finished 3rd during the chess Olympiad in Georgia Russia.

South Sudan will be represented by 22-year-old James Panchol during the event.

The KCB Kenya Open Chess Championship prestige category has attracted Uganda’s top ranked Ssonko Mathias Allan and 53-year-old Obita Francis who is ranked 3rd in Uganda.

The event will run till Monday 2nd April 2018.

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National Group Wants States, Leagues To Put Problem Gambling Front And Center For Sports Betting – Legal Sports Report


Problem sports betting spotlight

If a national expansion of legal sports betting legislation is on the horizon, Keith Whyte wants to ensure that potential problem gamblers are atop the minds of lawmakers.

Whyte is the head of the National Council of Problem Gambling, which released this month a set of guidelines designed to provide a framework for legislators and lobbyists working on sports betting. NCPG’s board set the initial framework for this in principle last year and refined it into actionable steps as a decision in the New Jersey sports betting case looms.

“Everyone recognizes there’s a seismic change coming in the industry,” said Whyte. “The board of directors put together that initial resolution that kind of laid out their 30,000-[foot]-level approach, kind of the broader strategic view of what the issues were. We wanted to drill down one level, especially for legislators and regulators.”

Leagues asked for help in drafting guidelines for legislation

NCPG’s fundamental argument centers on corporate and social responsibility for all parties in sports betting:

“Everyone who profits from sports betting bears responsibility for gambling problems. The only ethical and economical way to maximize benefits from sports betting is to minimize problem gambling harm. Therefore any governmental body and sports league that receives a direct percentage or portion of sports betting revenue must also dedicate funds to prevent and treat gambling problems.”

The timing of NCPG’s guidelines coincides with active efforts in nearly 20 states and Congress to legalize some form of sports betting. More acutely, Whyte said NCPG reacted following conversations with leagues including the NBA and Major League Baseball.

“We were asked by the leagues specifically to further operationalize our positions,” Whyte said. “We were asked to provide specific points and specific things that we would like to see in legislation.”

MLB’s push in Missouri reflects that idea, including basic problem gambling protocols and minimum standards for advertisements related to sports betting. Collaboration should come with at least that much investment from leagues, Whyte said.

“They’re also taking responsibility for the problem,” Whyte said of leagues seeking profit via integrity fees. “We are very interested and eager to see them really step up to the plate.”

Funding to make the guidelines happens is unclear

NCPG puts forward five tenets:

  • Ensure that any expansion of sports gambling includes dedicated funds to prevent and treat gambling addiction.
  • Require sports betting operators to implement responsible gaming programs which include comprehensive employee training, self-exclusion, ability to set limits on time and money spent betting, and specific requirements for the inclusion of help/prevention messages in external marketing.
  • Assign a regulatory agency to enforce the regulations and requirements that are enacted.
  • Conduct surveys of the prevalence of gambling addiction prior to expansion and at regular periods thereafter in order to monitor impacts of legalized sports betting and have data that will support evidence-based mitigation efforts.
  • Establish a consistent minimum age for sports gambling and related fantasy games.

The guidelines set out a lofty funding goal of one percent of net revenue to be set aside for problem gambling efforts. Whyte said that goal is especially important for states that currently have no regulatory structure in place for gaming that they can draw on to address sports betting.

“The upfront costs are daunting,” Whyte said.

NCPG also asserts that dedicated funding be required for a state to legalize sports betting.



The next 11 players who could change the future of basketball – ESPN


Who might join ESPN’s rankings of the greatest game-changers in NBA history the next time we update the list?

Our rankings were based on who has done the most to change the way we play the game, how we talk about the game, and the culture of basketball. That’s not always easy to predict in advance, but let’s take a look at some young players not currently in the top 100 who have a chance to emerge as game-changers over the course of their careers.


Lonzo Ball | L.A. Lakers | Age: 20

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In many ways, it’s LaVar Ball who’s the real game-changer off the court. However, Lonzo’s game is revolutionary in its own way.

Not since Jason Kidd have we seen a point guard so willing to throw the ball ahead in transition, empowering his teammates to make plays before the defense is set. Ball is also the rare modern point guard whose game isn’t built primarily around operating out of the pick-and-roll. His difficulty shooting off the dribble or beating opponents to the hoop mean Ball must create opportunities for himself and teammates in different ways.


In a league increasingly dominated offensively by ballhandlers and 3-point shooters, Davis stands as an exception.

Per Basketball-Reference.com, his 28.3 points per game this season are the best by a player 6-foot-10 or taller since Shaquille O’Neal averaged 28.7 per game in 2000-01. And since teammate DeMarcus Cousins went down with a ruptured Achilles, Davis has averaged an incredible 31.2 PPG. No player 6-foot-10 or taller has topped 30 in a full season since Moses Malone in 1981-82.


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In the midst of his best NBA season, DeRozan advanced the discussion about mental health in the NBA. DeRozan’s tweet quoting the Kevin Gates song “Tomorrow” opened the door for him to discuss his occasional battles with depression with Toronto Star beat reporter Doug Smith.

In turn, Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers credited DeRozan’s comments for encouraging him to discuss panic attacks he’d suffered this season in a first-person article for The Players Tribune. As the conversation about mental health in the NBA becomes more open and honest, DeRozan deserves credit for his game-changing openness.


Luka Doncic | Real Madrid | Age: 19

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While game-changers Sarunas Marciulionis and Drazen Petrovic proved guards from Europe could successfully play in the NBA, with the exception of Tony Parker, the biggest stars Europe has produced remain primarily post players.

As perhaps the greatest European prospect in the modern era, the precocious Doncic has the chance to change that history. At age 19, Doncic is the best player in the EuroLeague, the second-best basketball competition in the world. That makes him a possible No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NBA draft. No player has gone No. 1 without playing college basketball since Andrea Bargnani in 2006.


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The self-proclaimed “Process” has proven a trustworthy contributor after getting back on the court following two seasons lost to a navicular fracture. At 7-foot and a listed 250 pounds, Embiid is a powerful force around the basket who also has attempted more than three 3-pointers per game the past two seasons and occasionally will blow by poor closeouts to drive from the perimeter and finish above the rim.

Still, Embiid’s greater game-changing potential might be off the court. Before he played an NBA game, Embiid already was a star thanks to his comedic Twitter presence. He has somehow turned Instagram’s location feature into a tool to troll opponents. Future stars should take lessons from how Embiid has made social media work for him.


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Past prospects who skipped NCAA basketball to play overseas (Brandon Jennings, Jeremy Tyler and Emmanuel Mudiay) have failed to yield an anticipated copycat effect. It’s possible the year Ferguson spent playing in the Australian NBL may have more lasting impact. With the NCAA eligibility of top players increasingly fraught in the wake of the FBI’s investigation of amateur basketball, the NBL seeks to build on Ferguson’s stint Down Under — which saw him drafted 21st overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder last June — to bring other top prospects to Australia.

ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reported earlier this month that the NBL plans to offer such players $100,000 Australian salaries (about $78,000 U.S.) funded by the league as part of its “Next Stars” program. It’s possible the NBA lowering its age limit could undercut the NBL’s efforts, but for now it looms as a more lucrative alternative to the NCAA — thanks in part to Ferguson’s example.


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Typically, 6-foot-10 centers don’t offer highlight-caliber passing and serve as their team’s de facto point guard.

Jokic is changing the game with his combination of court vision, creativity and willingness to attempt difficult passes others wouldn’t throw. His 6.0 assists per game this season are the most by a full-time center since Wilt Chamberlain averaged 8.6 per game in 1967-68.


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The nickname “Unicorn” no longer feels appropriate for Porzingis, who has proven a harbinger of the trend toward stretch 5s rather than one of a kind.

Consider that when Porzingis made his NBA debut, just eight players in league history had posted seasons with at least 100 3-pointers and 100 blocks. Six players, including the 7-foot-3 Porzingis, have done it in the past three seasons alone.


Ben Simmons | Philadelphia 76ers | Age: 21

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There have been big point guards before, most notably Magic Johnson (No. 3 on the list of game-changers), and point forwards like LeBron James (No. 2). Before Simmons, however, there had never been a full-time point guard who stood 6-foot-10.

As a rookie, Simmons has rewarded 76ers coach Brett Brown’s decision to use him in that role, racking up 10 triple-doubles and averaging an unprecedented 8.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game as perhaps the most versatile rookie we’ve ever seen.


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While Porzingis got tabbed the Unicorn, Towns’ skill set might be harder to find because of how well he scores both inside and out.

So far this season, Towns leads all NBA players who have finished at least 125 post-up plays with a shot, trip to the free throw line or a turnover by averaging 1.04 points per play according to Synergy Sports tracking on NBA Advanced Stats. Overplay Towns in the post and he’ll simply step out to the perimeter, where he’s shooting 42.8 percent on 3-pointers this season — the best accuracy ever for a 7-footer with at least 150 attempts, per Basketball-Reference.com.


Trae Young | Oklahoma Sooners | Age: 19

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As an undersized point guard with a penchant for shooting long 3s off the dribble, Young is a spiritual successor of two-time MVP Stephen Curry (No. 10 on the list of game-changers). Yet Young is traversing new ground for a player of his ilk as a dominant scorer from his first day on campus.

Young became the first player to lead Division I in both points and assists per game since the latter became an official NCAA statistic in 1983-84. If he can translate that success to the NBA, Young will prove Curry isn’t one of a kind.



NC State's Michael Macchiavello Voted ACC Wrestler of the Year – The ACC


Virginia Tech’s Hunter Bolen tabbed ACC Freshman of the Year; NC State’s Pat Popolizio voted ACC Wrestling Coach of the Year
 
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com)—NC State senior Michael Macchiavello, Virginia Tech freshman Hunter Bolen and NC State head coach Pat Popolizio were named the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler, Freshman and Coach of the Year, the league announced Wednesday.
 
All three awards were determined by a vote of the ACC’s six wrestling head coaches.
 
Macchiavello, a fifth year senior from Monroe, North Carolina, capped an outstanding senior season by winning the national championship at 197 pounds. Macchiavello finished the year with a 22-3 record, including 11-2 in duals. He defeated Virginia Tech’s Jared Haught, 3-1, in the NCAA Championship finals to claim the title. Macchiavello, the NCAA fourth seed in the championship, and Haught, who was seeded third, became the first pair of ACC wrestlers to meet in the NCAA finals.
 
Macchiavello’s national title was the 18th by an ACC wrestler and the first since former NC State standout Nick Gwiazdowski won the heavyweight crown in 2015.
 
“We are very proud of what Michael has accomplished, both on the mat and in the classroom,” said Popolizio.  “He exemplifies the mentality, work ethic, and lifestyle needed to be successful and has reaped the benefits of trusting the process.
 
“He came to NC State in the early stages of building the program, when he and our team were facing tremendous growth challenges. From having a losing record as a freshman to winning an NCAA title as a senior, Michael demonstrated what is possible with complete buy-in and goal-oriented focus. He leaves NC State with an undergraduate degree in business management and is currently finishing his master’s degree. Michael embodies everything that our program stands for and what we look for in prospective student-athletes.”
 
Bolen, a freshman from Christiansburg, Virginia, posted a 21-12 overall record on the year in the 174-pound weight class. He reached the finals of the ACC Championships and earned All-ACC honors and was 4-0 in ACC competition during the regular season. In all, Bolen notched six wins over other NCAA qualifiers.
 
“Hunter put a lot of effort and hard work in this past season and we’re happy to see him earn this award,” said Virginia Tech head coach Tony Robie. “The best part about Hunter is that his best wrestling is still ahead of him and we’re all excited to see him progress on the mat.”
 
Eligibility for the ACC Freshman of the Year award is limited to true freshmen.

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Popolizio, in his sixth season as head coach of the Wolfpack, led NC State to a fourth-place finish in the NCAA Championships, tying the highest finish by an ACC team, which had been set in 2016 by Virginia Tech. The Wolfpack posted a 15-2 overall record, including a 5-0 mark in the ACC, taking the regular season title for the first time since 2004.

 

NC State finished the regular season ranked sixth nationally in the NWCA Coaches poll and sixth by InterMat in both its tournament and dual meet rankings.

 

NC State was the first ACC ream to have two wrestlers in the NCAA Championship finals in the same year in Macchiavello and redshirt freshman Hayden Hidley. In all, the Wolfpack had four All-Americas in Macchiavello, Hidlay, redshirt freshman Tariq Wilson, who finished third at 133, and senior Kevin Jack, who finished sixth at 141.

 

“This was certainly an exciting year for our squad, setting many new program firsts,” said Popolizio. “All the hard work that started all the way back in the preseason came to fruition on our sport’s biggest stage with NC State’s first team trophy a national champion, and a school record four All-Americans.

 

“There are so many people behind the scenes that continue to elevate our program. Without their hard work and dedication to seeing our student-athletes excel, we would not be where we are at today. I am both humbled and honored not only for this award, but for all the resources we have as a program.”

 

Popolizio becomes the first NC State coach to be voted the ACC Wrestling Coach of the Year award since Carter Jordan in 2007. It also marked the eighth time an NC State coach was so honored as former Wolfpack head coach Bob Guzzo was named six times. The honor also broke a five-year streak of Virginia Tech head coaches being named ACC Wrestling Coach of the Year.

 

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Previous Winners

 





































Year  ACC Wrestler of the Year ACC Freshman of the Year ACC Coach of the Year
1986

Bill Lam, North Carolina
1987

Bill Lam, North Carolina
1988

Bob Guzzo, NC State
1989

Bob Guzzo, NC State
1990

John McHugh, Maryland
1991 Sylvester Terkay, NC State

Bob Guzzo, NC State
1992 Sylvester Terkay, NC State

Bill Lam, North Carolina
1993 Sylvester Terkay, NC State

John McHugh, Maryland
1994 Sam Henson, Clemson

Bill Lam, North Carolina
1995 T.J. Jaworsky, North Carolina

Bill Lam, North Carolina
1996 Justin Harty, North Carolina

Bob Guzzo, NC State
1997 Jim Guzzio, Maryland

Bill Lam, North Carolina
1998 Chuckie Connor, North Carolina

Bill Lam, North Carolina
1999 Mat Roth, Virginia

Bill Lam, North Carolina
2000 Steve Garland, Virginia

Bill Lam, North Carolina
2001 John Mark Bentley, North Carolina

Bob Guzzo, NC State
2002 Chris Rodrigues, North Carolina

Bob Guzzo, NC State
2003 Evan Sola, North Carolina

Bill Lam, North Carolina
2004 Scoot Moore, Virginia

Clar Anderson, Duke
2005 Evan Sola, North Carolina Kody Hamrah, NC State C.D. Mock, North Carolina
2006 Mike Faust, Virginia Tech Eric Albright, Virginia C.D. Mock, North Carolina
2007 Darrion Caldwell, NC State Darrion Caldwell, NC State Carter Jordan, NC State
2008 Hudson Taylor, Maryland Chris Henrich, Virginia Pat Santoro, Maryland
2009 Darrion Caldwell, NC State Jarrod Garnett, Virginia Tech Kerry McCoy, Maryland
2010 Hudson Taylor, Maryland Brian Stephens, Virginia Tech Steve Garland, Virginia
2011 Josh Asper, Maryland Spencer Myers, Maryland Kerry McCoy, Maryland

Devin Carter, Virginia Tech
2012 Devin Carter, Virginia Tech Nick Brascetta, Virginia Tech Kerry McCoy, Maryland
2013 Pete Yates, Virginia Tech Nathan Kraisser, N. Carolina Kevin Dresser, Virginia Tech
2014 Nick Gwiazdowski, NC State      Joey Dance, Virginia Tech Kevin Dresser, Virginia Tech
2015 Nick Gwiazdowski, NC State      Kevin Jack, NC State Kevin Dresser, Virginia Tech
2016 Nick Gwiazdowski, NC State      David McFadden, Virginia Tech Kevin Dresser, Virginia Tech
2017 George DiCamillo, Virginia Jack Mueller, Virginia Kevin Dresser, Tony Robie, Virginia Tech
2018 Michael Macchiavello, NC State Hunter Bolen, Virginia Tech Pat Popolizio, NC State