Syracuse senior Frank Howard suspended for failed drug test, 3 familiar with situation say

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse senior point guard Frank Howard has been suspended indefinitely because he failed a drug test before the NCAA Tournament, three people familiar with the situation told The Daily Orange on Wednesday night. It is unclear when the testing took place.“The NCAA conducts testing at its championships, and year round on campus in Division I and II programs,” according to the NCAA website. “In addition, the majority of institutions conduct their own institutional testing programs independent of NCAA drug testing.”The penalty for failing an NCAA test related to a performance-enhancing drug means a student-athlete loses one full year of eligibility for a first offense, according to the NCAA. Tampering with an NCAA drug test results in a student-athlete being declared ineligible for participation in postseason competition. Not showing up for an NCAA drug test, or refusing to provide a sample, results in the same penalty as a positive drug test result for a PED.  Shortly after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Pete Moore, SU Athletics’ director of athletic communications for men’s basketball, issued a statement saying Howard “will not play in the NCAA Tournament for an indefinite period of time due to a violation of athletic department policy.” The news came a day before No. 8 seed Syracuse (20-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) was set to play No. 9 seed Baylor (19-13, 10-8 Big 12) in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTalia Trackim | Digital Design DirectorWhen contacted by The D.O. on Wednesday night, Moore declined to comment any further on the situation and referenced his earlier statement.“(Frank) won’t be here with us tomorrow,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said Wednesday afternoon in Salt Lake City, before the Orange practiced. Howard did not appear in practice or for interviews Wednesday. Howard, a senior point guard and leader, was coming off his best performance all season, a 28-point showing in a loss to Duke during the ACC Tournament last week. He stood alongside junior guard Tyus Battle three days later when Syracuse earned an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament, answering questions from reporters. On Tuesday, Howard traveled with SU and practiced in the Utah Jazz practice facility with the rest of the team. Syracuse players found out about the suspension once it was made public Wednesday evening, junior guard Tyus Battle said.“He failed a drug test. Not sure what kind or when it happened,” said a former player, who was one of the three people familiar with the situation. Howard’s suspension late in the season is not the first time Syracuse has entered the NCAA Tournament short-handed. Former SU center Fab Melo was ruled academically ineligible two days prior to then-No. 1 seed Syracuse’s first-round matchup with UNC Asheville in 2012. The Orange lost in the Elite Eight without Melo. Dayshawn Wright and Josh Wright each reportedly failed drug tests in 2005 and didn’t play in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament, during which Syracuse fell to Vermont. Syracuse is scheduled to tip-off with Baylor on Thursday at 9:57 p.m. in Salt Lake City and will be without their longest-tenured starter. Published on March 20, 2019 at 10:14 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21center_img Commentslast_img read more

Anthony Joshua is world IBF and WBA heavyweight boxing champion

first_imgIt is the most significant heavyweight fight ever to be held in Britain and will reportedly earn the pair upwards of £10 million ($13 million, 12 million euros) each.Britain’s largest attendance for a boxing event since 1939 is expected beneath the Wembley arch, with millions more watching on television in over 140 countries.Yet Joshua, the London 2012 Olympic gold medallist, does not even see this as being the most important fight he will ever have.“I don’t think so, because it won’t be the end of my career,” said Joshua, who was born in England to Nigeria-born parents.“When he gets beat, that could be the end of him. That’s why it could be defining for him.”– ‘Crumble like a cookie’ –Joshua was seven years old when Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) turned professional in 1996 following his Olympic gold medal success in Atlanta earlier that year.The Ukrainian was last seen in a ring in November 2015 when he was outboxed in a defeat by Joshua’s burly compatriot Tyson Fury, ending his nine-and-a-half-year reign as champion.Klitschko, who saw Fury twice pull out of a re-match, is banking on his greater experience being a decisive factor.While Joshua has never been beyond seven rounds, Klitschko has fought 12 rounds nine times.“Experience is something that you cannot buy in a shop. You gain it over the years,” Klitschko said.“People could be in great preparation and great spirit and I’ve seen that they crumble like a cookie right before the first bell.”Klitschko is bidding to become a three-time world heavyweight champion like his older brother, Vitali, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis and Muhammad Ali.Joshua tipped the scales at 17 stones 12lbs 2oz (113.4 kg) — 10 pounds more than Klitschko and his heaviest ever pre-fight weight — at Friday’s weigh-in.It prompted Klitschko to compare him to an over-muscled body-builder.“I’ve never seen AJ as big as he is right now,” he said. “He is as big as Arnold Schwarzenegger at his best.”Klitschko even went as far as predicting the partisan British crowd will be cheering for him by the end of the bout.“I was booed at the beginning (of his open workout), but cheered at the end, when I finished,” said the Ukrainian.“I’ve seen it with my brother (Vitali) and Herbie Hide here years ago. If you perform well, people will accept you with cheering.”Share on: WhatsApp Britain’s Anthony Joshua (L) throws a jab at Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko during the seventh round of their IBF, IBO and WBA, world Heavyweight title fight at Wembley Stadium in north west London on April 29, 2017. AFPJoshua defeats Klitschko in world heavyweight epicLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Britain’s Anthony Joshua defeated veteran Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in a world heavyweight title fight epic at Wembley on Saturday, taking victory on an 11th round stoppage.Joshua added the WBA title to his IBF belt but only after being knocked to the canvas by the 41-year-old Klitschko in the sixth round.The Ukrainian was also on the floor in the fifth round and twice more in the pivotal 11th as the 27-year-old British fighter took his record to 19 wins in 19 fights. *****FIGHT PREVIEWLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Britain’s Anthony Joshua says he is prepared to play the waiting game in his world heavyweight super-fight against veteran Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday.Joshua, 14 years Klitschko’s junior, is expected to attack the 41-year-old with the same explosiveness that has seen him win all 18 of his professional contests to date.But while many observers believe the longer the fight goes on, the more it will play into Klitschko’s hands, Joshua says he is prepared to wait for his moment.“He’ll probably start fast because he won’t be able to keep up the pace,” said Joshua, who hopes to add the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) title to his International Boxing Federation (IBF) crown.“Father Time is a genetic thing. It’s something no-one can deny and it’s just part of life. I don’t think he’d be able to cope in my training camp.“How I’ve been taught to win is to box off the line, set it up, and then come forward, defend, and try and come forward again.“So it’s what opportunities are there, rather than being aggressive and missing shots because I’m just hungry for a knockout.“I just have to create opportunities and when they come, I’ll explode then and take him on.”Joshua, 27, will confront Klitschko, the former world heavyweight number one, in front of 90,000 fans in the biggest fight the division has seen in years.last_img read more

Two NY Cats Become Country’s First Pets to Test Positive for Coronavirus

first_imgTwo domestic cats in New York have apparently become the first pets in the country to test positive for the novel coronavirus, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Wednesday.The USDA adds that very few animals around the world have become infected. Most of those that have tested positive were in close contact with a person who has COVID-19.According to the agency’s statement, both cats had mild respiratory illness and are expected to make a full recovery. They live in separate parts of the state.Officials explain that a vet tested the first cat after it began showing mild respiratory signs. No individuals in that household were confirmed to have the virus.However, the report adds that the virus may have been transmitted to the cat by mildly ill or asymptomatic household members or by contact with an infected person outside its home.As for the second cat, the USDA says samples were also taken after it showed signs of respiratory illness. The owner of that cat had already tested positive for COVID-19 beforehand. Another cat in the same household has shown no signs of illness to date.At this time, state animal health and public health officials do not recommend routine testing of animals.“Public health officials are still learning about SARS-CoV-2, but there is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus in the United States,” wrote the USDA. “Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals that may compromise their welfare. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals, including pets, could be affected.”For now, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following:-Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.-Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.-Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals.-Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.In addition, USDA asks individuals who are or may be infected to restrict their contact with pets and other animals:-When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick.-Avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding.-If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.last_img read more