first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A serving Garda has been found guilty of sexual assault and harassment in a trial involving two of his female colleagues.Garda Kevin Corby was found guilty of two charges of harassment and one charge of sexual assault on dates in 2010 and 2011 in Co Donegal.He was also found not guilty of four further charges of sexual assault while another charge of sexual assault was struck out earlier in the trial. The three day trial heard graphic evidence of how the two female Gardai were both sexually assaulted and harassed by Corby.Corby, who is in his 30s, faced seven charges of sexual assault and two charges of harassment but one of these charges of sexual assault was withdrawn by Judge John O’Hagan.The incidents happened simultaneously over a number of months in 2010 and 2011.It heard how the married officer insulted the women about their sex-life and their weight.The women revealed how they dreaded going to work on a daily basis because of the alleged harassment and one of them even tried to take her own life.He jibed them about needing to “get a good ride” and not eating too much or they wouldn’t get a man.The court also heard how Corby, on two different occasions, pushed them along a corridor in a swivel chair and pushed his groin up against them.On another occasion he pushed himself up against one of the women form behind and she could feel his erect penis pressing against her.One of the women also claimed that he put his hand into her Garda vest on one occasion and touched her breast.On another occasion while in a patrol car Corby put his hand on one of the female Garda’s leg and then moved it up towards her groin area and told her if her husband didn’t do it then he would.The court heard how the accused was known as Cheeky Corby.However the court also heard from three different male Gardai who also worked with Corby in the same station.One of the Gardai said he had never heard such remarks in his numerous years as a serving member.Another told how he told Corby to give it a break after he “crossed the line” with the female Gardai.However Corby told them “Fuck them, they are well able for it.”Summing up barrister for Corby, Mr Peter Nolan said the case was a “storm in a teacup” and “political correctness gone mad.”He also referred to the fact that one of the female Gardai had bought Corby red Santa boxer shorts as a present for Christmas – just weeks after some of the alleged incidents.“If you are going to join the Guards then you have to be able for a bit of banter.“This is a ridiculous case for prosecution to bring before the people of Ireland.“If we were all to be done for putting our hands on someone’s knee then we would all be in jail,” he said.But state barrister Patricia McLaughlin put it to the jury that if it was their wife, daughter or sister, would they not think it was indecent.Judge John O’Hagan said he was not passing sentence but would do so in January.He released Corby on his continuing bail for a probation and welfare report and also ordered victim impact statements.Corby was hugged by his wife while one of the female victims held hands with her husband as he cried.GARDA FOUND GUILTY OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT OF COLLEAGUES was last modified: November 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Antonio Rudiger & Emenalo: Why Chelsea’s chief on his case for three years

first_imgThree attempts in three years. Antonio Rudiger and Chelsea. Is this the week Michael Emenalo finally gets his man?Talk of a Monday medical for the AS Roma defender now appears premature. But negotiations are underway – and they have been since Roma were alerted to Kostas Manolas going AWOL from a scheduled meeting with Zenit St Petersburg.With the Greek pulling back from moving to Russia, Roma gave sports director Monchi the green light to entertain talks with Chelsea over Rudiger’s sale.For the moment, in the mad scramble, it’s difficult to nail down some facts. For some in Italy, the deal is done: €33 million cash up front, with another €5 million due in bonuses. Rudiger will be in London on Monday, it’s claimed, for a medical.Erm, not so fast. A bit of ringing around on Saturday and has learned Rudiger’s half-brother, Sahr Senesie, hasn’t been in London since the end of last season. And there were no plans for the agent to fly into the city over the weekend. That’s not to say negotiations have stalled. On the contrary, we’re hearing a fee is being thrashed out of between €35-40 million. The €40 million valuation is Roma’s idea. For Chelsea, they’re reluctant to go higher than €35 million. For the moment, both clubs are happy for intermediaries to negotiate on their behalf before the heavy hitters of Monchi and Marina Granovskaia, Chelsea’s chief dealmaker, step in.”If I kept up with the newspapers I would have left last year and maybe again during the season,” laughed Rudiger last week. “These are things I leave to my brother.”When I was injured, they said I would go to Chelsea, yet I’m still here. The market is not my area, but I can tell you I’m happy in Rome.”As Rudiger hints, he really should already be a Chelsea player. A year ago, with the ink on Antonio Conte’s contract barely dry, Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo had a deal in place for the Germany international.The plan was simple. After a successful year on-loan from VfB Stuttgart, Roma would buy Rudiger outright for €9 million and sell him onto Chelsea after the Euros for €20 million. Having been beaten by Monchi’s predecessor at Roma, Walter Sabatini, to Rudiger’s signature the previous year, Emenalo had a deal in place. But then came the news in the first week of June: Rudiger had broken down in Germany training. The diagnosis? A torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Rudiger’s Euros campaign was over – and his move to Chelsea off.But a year on and everyone is again around the negotiating table. Conte’s opinion hasn’t changed. Nor has Emenalo’s. And while Rudiger is diplomatic in public, he has hinted after two years in Italy’s capital he’s ready for the next phase in his career.”Rome has been good for me. My first step abroad as a young man.”(But) my goal is to improve year upon year. It is nothing personal. It is about me, not the club.”Rudiger does acknowledge the extra year in Italy has helped develop his defensive game.”Definitely. I have improved mainly tactically, which is the main reason why I came to Italy. Here, this is where you learn about defending and tactics. I’ve learned a lot. It was the right step.”You go to Chievo and find the pitch’s grass very high and terribly dry. Then at other grounds it’s the opposite situation. The Italians know how to defend, but also how to attack. I’ve faced many great strikers playing here. It’s taken me to extremes just to match them.”Twelve months on and Chelsea are willing to go higher to convince Roma to sell. And Stuttgart, despite some bitterness over the manner of Rudiger’s departure, are rubbing their hands with glee. A ten per cent sell-on clause will guarantee a tidy windfall for the German club from a player many didn’t rate inside the club.”I heard that,” Rudiger recently reflected. “But it’s not something I worry about. What people outside say means little to me. I was always confident I would succeed here.”Look, I spent many years at VfB and owe them a lot. But when you’re fighting against relegation every year, that’s no coincidence.”We footballers are egoists. But in Roma, it’s more about the team.”Beyond his ability on the pitch, it’s that raw honesty which has also attracted Emenalo these past three years. Just last month, Rudiger went public against Italy’s football establishment, urging FIFA to intervene after a series of racist incidents over the past season. For a dressing room undergoing such major change as Chelsea’s, Rudiger’s strength of character and purpose will be welcome.Sabatini, now in charge of transfers at Inter Milan, confirmed the doubts people had about Rudiger when signing the defender two years ago.”Rudiger? A magnificent player,” he said last week. “Some laughed at the beginning, but now we know he has become a very important player.”Sabatini and Inter are keen, but Rudiger, we’ve been told, sees such a move as a step sideways. His heart is now set on Chelsea, with it emerging today that he’s texted several Roma teammates informing them of his decision.After two failed attempts, it appears third time lucky for Chelsea and Emenalo. And more importantly, a deal that even Conte approves of.last_img read more

Secondyear pro Zane Gonzalez kicked a 44yard fie

Secondyear pro Zane Gonzalez kicked a 44yard fie

first_img Second-year pro Zane Gonzalez kicked a 44-yard field goal with 1:45 left, giving the Arizona Cardinals a go-ahead score over the Green Bay Packers.The game-winner led Arizona a 20-17 victory over the Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday.Packers kicker Mason Crosby missed a 49-yard attempt as time expired.Gonzalez also made a 44-yard field goal despite gusty and cold conditions and hit two extra point tries.“It’s amazing,” Gonzalez said, per “Especially for this team and this organization. The way they let me come here, open arms. Top Stories 52 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez (5) and punter Andy Lee, right, celebrate the go-ahead field goal late in the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “In warm-ups and halftime, me and Mason were out there kicking balls, trying to figure out where the balls were going. It was swirling at different points. It was a tough one.”The performance came in Gonzalez’s first game appearance with the Cardinals after he was elevated from the practice squad on Monday as Arizona placed veteran Phil Dawson on the injured reserve list.Gonzalez played all four years of his college football for the Arizona State Sun Devils and hit a career 82.8 percent of his field goal tries, including 92.0 percent his senior year. He also was 97.6 percent on extra point attempts. He won the 2016 Lou Groza Award, given to the top placekicker in college football, and finished his career as the all-time FBS leader in field goals made and points by a kicker. – / 7 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more