Syracuse’s Matt Park, “Voice of the Orange,” missed Clemson call after DUI arrest

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 28, 2014 at 5:28 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Matt Park, the “Voice of the Orange,” was charged with driving under the influence on Saturday morning, according to Greenville County 13th Judicial Circuit Court records.Park who usually calls Syracuse football games did not do so Saturday at Clemson. He was also absent from his regular Monday video show with SU head coach Scott Shafer. He is also an adjunct professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the director of the Sportscaster U career development program for professional athletes.An email to SU Athletics seeking comment was met with a response directing The Daily Orange to IMG, stating that Park is an IMG employee.Park had a blood alcohol content level of .10, according to court records. The legal limit is .08. A $997 bond was set Saturday, according to court records. The case is listed as pending in Fairview/Austin Summary court on the court records website with a “begin date” of Nov. 18 and a time of 3:30 p.m. listed.His Saturday morning bond hearing was completed at 9:30, according to court records.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPark has also done play-by-play for the SU men’s basketball team as well as the football team since 2004. Park graduated from SU in 1997. Commentslast_img read more

Sports Minister vows revolution

first_imgMinister of Youth and Sports, Clement Kofi Humado has revealed his plans to revolutionize sports in the country.Humado made a special appearance on Asempa FM’s Sports Morning Show Tuesday and told host, Moses Antwi Benefo, he plans an enduring legacy in the sector with a specific focus on developing the lesser known sports.Asked how he plans on carrying out his goal, the minister said “I think that all District Assemblies should come up with three sporting events for which they have comparative advantage. For example, in my area Anlo, we have a lot of water so why don’t we adopt, say, swimming? We have very sandy beaches, why don’t we play volley? So that is the kind of thinking I am working on.”He explained that he has a proposal for each district to select activities beneficial to the community. He said the communities’ assets could be harnessed and used to develop many of such lesser known sports, adding “we will sustain football, we will sustain other important sporting activities like boxing and all that, but we think that we should also start developing the lesser known sports and that is the legacy I think I should leave.”Mr. Humado who spoke on a wide range of issues said he intends to work harmoniously with agencies and departments under the ministry to ensure that sports receive the needed support and growth.Touching on the tussle between two groups of the Ghana Olympic Committee which has led to Ghana being suspended by the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Humado indicated that he will ensure that the impasse is brought to an end. The IOC suspended Ghana last December citing as reasons the country’s sports laws contravened internationally accepted ones and that the government had needlessly mingled in sports administration.But Mr Humado said the delay in amending the Sports Law was as a result of certain problems that the ministry encountered.“There were certain genuine problems, that was why we could not get it passed at the end of December, so I have looked at those genuine problems and I have met with the committee and we intend to quickly work on that,” he stated.He explained further that the Sports law, SMCD 54, promulgated in 1976 is being amended as a result of the various changes that have occurred in the sporting arena. He said the law became out of tune with international norms and therefore it was necessary to bring it up-to-date with international norms and practices and to also help to solve specific problems in the sector within the country.Mr. Humado however assured that he was certain the bill would be passed by the end of the year. He said cabinet referred the bill back to the ministry and they were taking a second look at it to ensure that the necessary questions raised were answered. He said since he assumed office he had examined the roadmap in solving the rancour between the B.T. Baba faction and Professor Dodoo’s. According to him, the roadmap resulted in the decision to amend the law together with the Legislative Instrument (LI).“We are looking at the two. We are looking at both the LI and we are also looking at the law, so I think we are on course. We have not deviated as far as I am concerned,” he assured.He added that the two parties would meet after his outfit deals with the underlying cause of the problem, but pointed out that they were at liberty to come to the ministry to meet him at their own time to discuss the issue further.“The way I have looked at the problem, it is a technical problem and so we need to carefully look at the technicalities of the situation and then decide how to proceed. Just by merely bringing the two people together, I don’t believe would really solve the problem… We need to work the technicalities out, because if you read the correspondence you will realize that it’s a question of the procedures that are being used. We have the law, we have the LI and then we have the elections –democratic elections- which are supposed to take place, so I think that we should fix that one first and then we can bring the two parties together.”On whether he will last in the office dogged with all kinds of scandals and rumours, Mr, Humado had a simple answer: ‘I believe I am going to be there for the rest of the term of Prof. Evans Atta Mills.” Story by Derick Romeo Adogla/ read more

Ancelotti: Money is not what has attracted Ibrahimovic to PSG

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti has exclusively told the star players who have been attracted to Paris Saint-Germain have not moved to the club because of the money on offer, and instead he expressed his belief that the ambition of the outfit to become Europe’s outstanding club side has motivated big names to move to the French capital.Over the course of the last three transfer periods, PSG have spent lavishly, attracting the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Ezequiel Lavezzi to the Parc des Princes and spending over €200 million. Yet Ancelotti insists that the main motivation of these players is not financial and that PSG is an attractive proposition to top stars. Indeed, he insists that it was “not difficult” to attract the Swede to sign for the club.“I think everyone speaks about the money PSG gave to these players, but I think the most important thing is the project,” he stated. “Ibrahimovic earned the same money in Italy, as did Thiago Silva and Lavezzi, but here is a very special project and every player is involved.”PSG were taken over by Qatari Investment Agency in the summer of 2011, and since then millions of euros have been pumped into the side as the owners attempt to re-establish Les Parisiens as a top European force.Asked why he was eager to replace Antoine Kombouare as the club’s coach during the winter break last season, the Italian replied: “The project of the club, because it is a club with an owner who wants to build a fantastic team, be the top team in Europe, so the project is very interesting.“We are working to this, and I believe we have the opportunity to move quickly because we have a lot of possibility through investment, and also the owner is really motivated to build a strong team. The reason why I am here is that: the possibility to build a strong team and be competitive in Europe.” The man spearheading the project is club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, whom Ancelotti spoke of in high terms, praising in particular his serenity and knowledge.“He is very kind, he loves football – he has a lot of patience for football – and now obviously for PSG,” the former Chelsea and AC Milan boss said. “He’s really excited, really motivated, he’s very young, so I have a really good relationship with him.“They understood that to build a team is not so easy. It’s not enough to buy very important players; we need to take time to build a team, because the most important thing in football is to build a team.“We are here on possibility, because we have a lot of players with a lot of quality, but we need to work and we need to take our time. It is important that the owner understood this and they are really supportive of me.“When the results were not so good for us in the first three games of the championship, they were calm, supportive, and it was good for me.” Al-Khelaifi has often spoken of the gradual steps that PSG must make in order to establish themselves along with the Continent’s top sides, and these words were echoed by Ancelotti, who insisted that the Champions League is not the target this season.“The priority is to win the league, the championship in France, and after that to be competitive in the Champions League, but it is the first time after a long time that this club has played in the Champions League,” he revealed.“We don’t know what’s going to happen in that competition for us, because I think we have the possibility to do really well, but the Champions League is a very particular competition. We have to play and step by step we can understand what we’re going to do this season.“The first step is to move on from the group. The group is not easy because we face teams with a lot of experience, like Porto, Dynamo Kiev – they have played a lot of games in the Champions League. In this competition experience and tradition is very important.”If PSG are to manoeuvre themselves through the pools, it is possible that Ancelotti could be reunited with former side Chelsea. The 53-year-old does not feel he has any scores to settle on that front, though. “No, I don’t think [that I have unfinished business at Chelsea], I had a fantastic experience,” he explained. “It was my first experience outside Italy, and I found a fantastic club, a fantastic atmosphere in the Premier League.“I had a very good moment – I don’t know if it was too short. I have a very good memory of the players, of the club, and also the atmosphere in England. The Premier League is at this moment the best in Europe because the atmosphere is really exciting.“There’s no violence, people are happy to go to the stadium, the stadiums are very good. I had a good memory.”Press speculation has linked the experienced Italian with some of his former players at Stamford Bridge, including Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and John Terry, and without dousing the talk completely Ancelotti would not be drawn on suggestions that one or more of the Englishmen could join him in France.“Everything can happen in Football, but these players have an important position in their club so it is difficult for them to leave as I think they are the most important players at Chelsea,” he stated. Special praise was reserved for the resilience of the centre-back, though. “As a personality, John Terry is one of the best players that I met,” Ancelotti explained. “He’s a really strong character and has quality. He gives everything for the club, not for himself, and he was a fantastic captain too.”A possible meeting with Chelsea is a long way off, though, and PSG’s Champions League return begins on Tuesday evening when they host Dynamo Kiev in Paris.last_img read more