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Writing on his Facebook page Thursday, the 20-time Grand Slam champion said his knee had been bothering him for a while so he decided to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland on Wednesday.Federer wrote that doctors “are very confident of a full recovery.” He ended his post by telling his fans “see you on the grass!” as he targets a return for Wimbledon.It’s only the second operation for the 38-year-old Federer — the other was on his left knee in 2016 — and one that is certain to raise questions about his future in tennis.Wimbledon starts June 29.NCAA-PITTSBURGH-VIOLATIONS Update on the latest sports Anderson died in 2008.TOKYO VIRUS-OLYMPIC TEST EVENTSVirus limits next Tokyo Olympic test event to Japanese-onlyTOKYO (AP) — A test event for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for later this month that would have involved some non-Japanese athletes is being revamped because of fear of the spreading virus from China.It’s now limited to only Japanese athletes, with the Olympics just over five months away. With the league eager to reach a collective bargaining agreement with the players in the next few weeks — the current deal runs out in March 2021 — team representatives were summoned to New York to discuss the NFL’s proposal.Among the items in that proposal, according to several people familiar with the negotiations, are a 17-game season, more roster spots, a reduced preseason, and adding a wild-card team in each conference to the playoffs. Also being considered is a second bye week to go with a 17th game, although almost certainly not for the 2020 season. The expansion of the playoffs could occur this year, however.In other NFL news:— Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry has elected to have hip surgery after initially opting not to have the operation. Landry was bothered by his hip all last season, but still finished with a team-leading 83 catches for 1,1174 yards and six touchdowns. He visited a specialist after the season and decided not to have the procedure before changing his mind after playing with pain in the Pro Bowl. The Browns say Landry’s surgery was performed on Tuesday in Minnesota. A Browns spokesman says the team expects Landry to make a complete recovery “for the 2020 season.”— Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen will become a free agent for the first time in his 11-year career. He’s coming off a bounce-back season for the longest-tenured player on the team. Griffen has chosen to exercise his option to void the remaining three years on his contract, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. The move will clear more than $13 million off the books for 2020 for the salary cap-strapped Vikings. Griffen had eight sacks in 15 games in 2019 after a rough season the year before. University of Michigan investigates doctor sex abuse claimsANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Another man has come forward to publicly accuse a late University of Michigan physician of sexual abuse decades ago.Gary Bailey said Thursday that Dr. Robert E. Anderson molested him during a medical exam in 1968 or 1969. Bailey says he filed an official complaint with the university at the time but never heard anything back.The university says it has received 22 calls to a hotline since Wednesday when it announced an investigation into Anderson. Police started investigating the onetime director of the University Health Service and physician for the football team in July 2018 after a former student athlete alleged abuse by Anderson in the 1970s. Officials have acknowledged that some university employees were aware of accusations against the doctor prior to a 2018 complaint that led to a police investigation. February 20, 2020 The Timberwolves will play Friday against Boston without Towns, who missed the last game prior to the All-Star break on Feb. 12. Towns missed 15 games earlier this season with a left knee injury.Layman, who’s in his first season with Minnesota, was hurt Nov. 18 at Utah. The Timberwolves said Layman will be re-evaluated in one week, meaning he’ll sit out at least four more games. The 6-foot-8 Layman was averaging a career-best 10.5 points over the first 14 games, on a career-high 35.2% shooting from 3-point range.TENNIS-FEDERER-SURGERYRoger Federer has knee surgery, will miss French OpenBASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Roger Federer will miss the French Open and no fewer than three other tournaments while he is sidelined for at least four months after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The two-day test event opens at the new Ariake Arena on Feb. 28 and is relatively obscure — a Paralympic test for boccia, a precision ball sport similar to bocce and related to lawn bowling. It’s the first of 19 remaining test events before the Olympics are to open on July 24.They will be watched closely, as will the start of the torch relay on March 26 in Fukushima, a prefecture devastated nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the meltdown of three nuclear reactors.The test events may reveal what effect the spreading virus is having on Olympic preparations, and the ability of non-Japanese athletes to safely enter Japan. Realmuto will get a raise from $6.05 million to $10 million instead of his $12.4 million request.Arbitrators Gary Kendellen, Jeanne Charles and Richard Bloch made the decision a day after hearing arguments.Obtained from Miami just before spring training last year, Realmuto hit .275 with 25 homers and 83 RBIs, earning his second straight All-Star selection. His hearing was the first for the Phillies since Ryan Howard beat Philadelphia in 2008 and was awarded $10 million — then arbitration record —- over the team’s $7 million.A decision is pending for Arizona pitcher Archie Bradley, whose case was argued Tuesday. Phillies reliever Héctor Neris is the lone player still scheduled for a hearing.In other MLB news: — An attorney for New Orleans’ Roman Catholic archdiocese is strongly defending the New Orleans Saints’ public-relations help in dealing with the clergy sex abuse crisis. He says the legal effort to unseal emails between them is aimed at trying to shame those “who had the audacity” to back the church. The remarks came in a court hearing today on the Saints’ request to keep those emails confidential. The hearing comes amid claims the Saints joined the church in a pattern of concealing sexual abuse — an allegation the team denies. A special master is not expected to rule immediately.NBA-TIMBERWOLVES-INJURIESLayman’s long-term injury near end, back at Wolves practiceMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jake Layman was finally cleared Thursday to return to practice, with his absence at 39 straight games and counting because of a sprained left toe.Star center Karl-Anthony Towns, however, does not have that clearance. Nor has there been clarity yet revealed by the Timberwolves about how long his sprained left wrist will keep him out. Pitt hoops, football placed on 3 years’ probation by NCAAINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Pittsburgh football and men’s basketball programs have been placed on probation for three years by the NCAA. The organization says both programs committed a series of violations between 2015 and 2018. The violations centered around both programs exceeding the number of allotted practices during that time.Former men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings was given a three-year show-cause order for his role in the violations. Stallings was fired in 2018 and is currently out of coaching. He must sit out 30% of his new team’s games if he is hired during the three-year window of the show-cause order. Stallings is currently out of coaching.Dan Cage, who was the director of basketball operations during the 2016-17 season, was also given a three-year show-cause order. The NCAA penalized Cage for refusing to participate in an enforcement interview about his involvement in coaching activities as a noncoaching staff member.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN DOCTOR-INVESTIGATION Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSPhils beat Realmuto in arbitration; teams lead players 7-4UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies won their arbitration case against All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) on Thursday, putting teams ahead of players 7-4 this year and ensuring clubs will finish with a winning record. — New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino has been shut down from throwing for the second consecutive spring training, this time because of right forearm soreness. Severino, who turned 26 on Thursday, was sidelined until the final weeks of the regular season last year. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Severino has been feeling on and off discomfort since October and has a loose body in his right elbow that the manager said has not been an issue. New York already expects to be without left-hander James Paxton for the first two months of the season following back surgery on Feb. 5.— Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco felt discomfort in his right leg during a spring training workout and is having tests. The 32-year-old Carrasco made an inspiring comeback last season after being diagnosed with leukemia, The Indians say he won’t work out Thursday and the team plans to provide an update on his status on Friday. If Carrasco is out for any period, it will put further strain on Cleveland’s pitching depth. Right-hander Mike Clevinger recently underwent knee surgery and will be out until mid-April.NFL-NEWSNFL owners discuss labor proposalUNDATED (AP) — The NFL’s labor committee met Thursday morning before presenting to the owners the current state of ongoing negotiations with the players’ union on a new labor agreement. Associated Press
When the first residents moved onto the fifth floor of Fluor Tower in the Fall 1995 semester, they became the inaugural class of Somerville Place. The newly minted African-American floor, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this week, was created to help students transition to a predominantly white institution and create a support system of belonging and retention.Mark Pearson, who graduated from USC in 1999, lived on the floor during its first year. Pearson, now a faculty member at the Rossier School of Education, said he opted to live on the floor because he was the only black student in his classes at his high school boarding school. When he came to USC, he turned to Somerville Place to provide a different environment.“I was literally the first person to step onto that floor,” Pearson said. “I figured that’s where a lot of black freshmen were going to be, and I wanted to be immersed.”In Somerville Place and Pearson’s first semester, the O.J. Simpson verdict, long considered a racially divisive case, came down in Los Angeles. A few years before, the destructive civil unrest had raged around USC’s campus in response to the acquittal of four white officers on charges of beating Rodney King, a black man.Pearson said with the advent of the floor, “no one would ever question” why it was needed.In its 20 years, Somerville Place has served 574 students, according to numbers from the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs. The floor is named after John and Vada Somerville, who were social activists and black dental students in the early 1900s. On John Somerville’s first day at USC, back in 1903, his white peers presented an ultimatum to the dean saying they would resign if their black classmate were allowed to stay. Stay he did, and John, and later his wife Vada, became the first black students to graduate from the Ostrow School of Dentistry.John Somerville’s favorite quote was, “Do not wait for your boat to come in, row out and meet it.” The floor has stayed true to its namesakes’ mission of being proactive within the black community and working to carve out a safe space for students of color at USCOn Thursday, past and current residents will come together to celebrate the legacy of the Somervilles and reflect on the accomplishments of the students who have lived on the floor. The banquet will be held in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. Former Somerville resident and singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc, who lived on the floor from 1997-98, will perform.Setting sailThough the times have changed in this country since the mid-1990s, Somerville Place programming continues to address student life concerns for black students. Shernae Hughes, the current residential assistant for Somerville, said she aims to provide the resources black freshman need to feel confident and comfortable in college. Hughes lived at Somerville last year as a freshman.“It was a very hectic year,” Hughes said. “Literally every week, two or three stories were coming out about instances of police brutality and things of that nature. I was so happy that I didn’t have to defend black humanity in my own safe space, at my place of residence, where I lived.”The demographics on the floor are in flux. This school year, Somerville Place has 22 residents who identify as African American. Not all students who live on the fifth floor of Fluor Tower are Somerville residents. For the past three years, the floor hasn’t been completely filled with 32 black students, said Corliss Bennett-McBride, director of the CBCSA.The Office of Admission used to sponsor a multicultural overnight weekend in April, a few weekends before final school decisions had to be made. Students said seeing how residents interacted in a familial way tipped the scales for them to attend USC. Bennett-McBride said since then, the number of African-American students on the floor has decreased.The University no longer funds that overnight program, but the CBCSA still works to bring prospective and admitted students to see the floor.Yet Somerville remains a place for social activism, scholarship and community service. Many of the students who lived on that floor later became Black Student Assembly presidents, Troy Camp members and National Pan-Hellenic Council leaders.“Each floor is different,” said Bennett-McBride, who has selected 18 of the 21 cohorts of Somerville residents. “I’ve seen that it’s created a sense of belonging, professional development and whoever participates in it gets that feel that this is my home away from home.”Further HorizonsPast residents said maintaining community among black students is essential to retention and empowerment at such a large school.“We’ve kicked down some doors,” said Ian Chestnut, who lived on Somerville Place in Fall 1996. “I hope generations today are benefiting from those doors we kicked down and that they’re still kicking down doors for generations to come.”Of the freshmen who entered in the Fall 2015 semester, the percentage of students who identify as African American sat at 7 percent, according to statistics from USC. This is a 1 percent increase since Fall 2012.Yet, current resident Tola Oseni, a freshman majoring in business administration, said the diverse backgrounds of residents are welcome. On Mondays, Hughes holds “Woke Workshops,” which touch on news items involving the black community. The talks, ranging from respectability politics to colorism, are open to all. Non-black students also usually attend, Hughes said.“It’s nice to have [non-black students] there and see that they’re understanding and trying to move forward with us as opposed to just being in the room,” Oseni said. “It’s nice to know they’re there for us.”Like other floors in residence halls, Somerville Place receives funds from Residential Student Government, Building Government and Assistant Residential Area Supervisor I to put on events. Because of its specific mission and similar goals, Somerville RAs have also relied on the resources from the CBCSA. These include additional stipends and the time spent by Bennett-McBride and her team in executing events.Each year, the students who pass through Somerville Place bring a different culture to the floor. However, what has stayed consistent through the years is the safe space feeling that comes with living around people who understand where you’re coming from.“I really care about this population. It’s my family, and I need to do more for it,” Hughes said. “That’s why I got more involved in this space and BSA and the whole black community.”
Hearts of Oak have signed a deal with GTV Sports + for the broadcaster to show exclusive content from the club.The deal was announced on Tuesday by Hearts on Twitter, with the official deal-signing taking place on Thursday.CEO Fred Moore headed the Hearts of Oak delegation while Prof Amin Alhassan the Director-General of GBC signed for the broadcaster.Fred Moore said after the deal was signed that it was a very fitting partnership between what he says are the ‘premier’ brands in the various sectors.“It’s very simple. Accra Hearts of Oak is the premier club in Ghana, GTV in my view is the premier TV station 0in Ghana. So if you are going to look for somebody, you don’t go to the bottom. It’s a race to the top not a race to the bottom,” he said.The station will show some delayed matches, footage of their training and other club-related content.This is welcome news for fans of the club who have been starved of action involving the Rainbow Club since the suspension of the league back in March.The local league has been on hiatus since the President, Nana Akufo-Addo placed a ban on all public gatherings, including for football activities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The President recently extended the ban by two weeks with over 1,500 cases confirmed with 11 deaths so far.🎥 | Our CEO, Fred Moore and Commercial Manager, Charles Kwarteng welcome our partnership deal with GTV Sports+. 🔴💛🔵#AHOSC pic.twitter.com/xM9v3TcYqI— Phobians (@HeartsOfOakGH) May 1, 2020