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Gymnastics doctor sentenced
to 40 to 175 years in prison
LANSING, Michigan (AP)—The
former sports doctor who ad-
mitted molesting some of the
nation’s top gymnasts for years
under the guise of medical treat-
ment was sentenced yesterday
to 40 to 175 years in prison by a
judge who proudly told him, “I
just signed your death warrant.”
The sentence capped a re-
markable seven-day hearing in
which more than 150 of Larry
Nassar’s victims offered state-
ments about the physician who
was renowned for treating ath-
letes at the sport’s highest lev-
els. Some confronted him face to
face in the Michigan courtroom.
“It is my honour and privilege
to sentence you. You do not de-
serve to walk outside a prison
ever again. You have done noth-
ing to control those urges and
anywhere you walk, destruction
will occur to those most vulner-
able,” Judge Rosemarie Aquilina
Nassar’s actions were “pre-
cise, calculated, manipulative,
devious, despicable,” she said.
When the hearing ended, the
courtroom broke into applause.
Victims and prosecutors em-
braced at the conclusion of the
gruelling 16-month case.
Before serving the Michigan
sentence, the 54-year-old Nassar
must first serve a 60-year federal
sentence for child pornography
crimes. With credits for good be-
haviour, he could complete that
sentence in about 55 years. But
by then, he would be more than
100 years old if still alive. He is
scheduled to be sentenced next
week on more assault convic-
tions in Eaton County, Michigan.
A prosecutor called Nassar
“possibly the most prolific serial
child sex abuser in history” and
said he found competitive gym-
nastics to be a “perfect place”
for his crimes because victims
saw him as a “god.”
Prosecutor Angela Povilaitis
also said Nassar “perfected a
built-in excuse and defense” as
a doctor, even though he was
“performing hocus-pocus med-
“It takes some kind of sick
perversion to not only assault a
child but to do so with her par-
ent in the room,” Povilaitis said.
“To do so while a lineup of eager
young gymnasts waited.”
She urged people to believe
young victims of sexual abuse no
matter who they accuse.
Rachael Denhollander is a
Kentucky lawyer who stepped
forward in 2016 after the sport’s
governing body was accused
of mishandling complaints of
sexual assault. She said Nassar
groped and fondled her when
she was a 15-year-old gymnast in
Nassar pleaded guilty to as-
saulting seven people in the
Lansing area, but the sentenc-
ing hearing was open to anyone
who said they were a victim. His
accusers said he would use his
ungloved hands to penetrate
them, often without explana-
tion, while they were on a table
seeking help for various injuries.
The accusers, many of whom
were children, said they trusted
Nassar to care for them properly
and were in denial about what
was happening or were afraid
to speak up. He sometimes used
a sheet or his body to block the
view of any parent in the room.
The judge praised the victims
who appeared in her court, call-
ing them “sister survivors.” The
women included Olympians Aly
Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and
India 187 all
out in 3rd Test
JOHANNESBURG (AP)—Eleven wickets
fell on the first day of the third test, all
of them to fast bowlers, as India was
bowled out for 187 and then reduced
South Africa to 6-1 at stumps yesterday.
South Africa opener Aiden Markram’s
dismissal caught behind for 2 in the third
over of the home team’s reply capped a
day where batsmen struggled and pace
ruled on a feisty Wanderers pitch.
South Africa’s five-man fast-bowling
attack swept aside resistance from Virat
Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara to bowl
India out cheaply. Already 2-0 down
and facing a series whitewash, India lost
eight wickets for 142 runs after lunch,
and after taking the bold option to bat
first on a speedy, seaming strip.
Skipper Kohli made 54 and Pujara 50,
and their 84-run partnership appeared
to have lifted India out of trouble when
they were 13-2 in the ninth over. The
partnership came off 204 balls but In-
dia’s focus was on survival in a testing
It was a temporary reprieve, though,
as Kohli fell to a flashing edge to AB de
Villiers in the slips having already sur-
vived two dropped catches.
Pujara, showing extreme patience to
face 53 balls before he scored his first
run, also went to an edge behind soon
after reaching his half-century.
After that, Parthiv Patel and Hardik
Pandya fell to careless shots and India
failed to make it to 200 for the third
time in five innings this series. Pujara’s
exit set off a slump of three wickets for
South Africa didn’t survive the final
half-hour, though, with Markram beaten
by Bhuvneshwar Kumar to send an edge
behind to wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel.
Nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada was sent
out to help Dean Elgar (4 not out) see off
the final 3 ? overs.
India is ranked No. 1 in test cricket and
was on a run of nine straight series victo-
ries before that winning form came to a
halt against No. 2 South Africa.
For the final test, South Africa added
seamer Andile Phehlukwayo to its team
for an out-and-out pace attack on a
green, seaming strip in Johannesburg.
The South African quicks worked as a
pack, with Rabada taking 3-39 and Phe-
hlukwayo, Vernon Philander and Morne
Morkel taking two wickets each.
South Africa’s bowler Andile Phehlukwayo jumps as he
celebrates dismissing India’s batsman Cheteshwar Pujara
for 50 runs on the first day of the third cricket test match
between South Africa and India at the Wanderers Stadium
in Johannesburg, South Africa, yesterday.
Larry Nassar sits during his sentencing hearing yesterday, in Lansing,
Only recently I read an article in a
weekly newspapers about racing
and it’s position at present. I feel
compelled to respond in my way to
Bringing Racing Back From The
It was with ‘Great Interest’ that I
read an Article on Friday 10th No-
vember in the Sunshine New Weekly.
I almost thought it was my birthday
gift as I was born on that day back
To get down to ‘Serious Business’,
the Racing Industry is dead not co-
matosed but DEAD. No amount of
money thrown at it can revive it.
To be fair to the Management of the
Arima Race Club (ARC), it is not due
to any fault of theirs, it is just that
people have just changed their Rec-
This is a world-wide phenome-
non and everyone could see the
major difference in the turn out at
the Breeders Cup at Del Mar in the
United States. Time has changed
many things and when you looked at
the crowd on hand, it made it clear
that the Racing Industry is not only
in crisis in T&T.
If you look at racing in the United
Kingdom you will see the same
From 1971-2017 in excess of $400
Million dollars have been pumped
into racing and yet we are in a cri-
sis. The ARC is unable to pay salaries
and a major cost cutting exercise
has already begun. Stakes money is
being cut drastically in an attempt
to keep racing afloat but weekly the
salaries to be paid are not being met
and some bills cannot be paid.
I am sure that the Minister Mrs.
Paula Gopee-Scoon was the youngest
person in attendance at the races on
her recent visit.
With 75 acres of land we must
fight fire with fire and do what is
necessary with the land and build a
Casino to get the much needed reve-
nue to try and resuscitate the Sport
of Kings. The centralised facility is
perfectly placed on the Highway
for such a venture. I was a former
member of the Betting Levy Board
and an owner of race horses and I
happened to be on the first Betting
Levy Board (BLB) in 1991 chaired by
Mr. Merlin Samlalsingh.
However, it is been rumoured that
the property at Santa Rosa Park is
worth a ‘pretty penny’ and it would
be better served to sell the property
and stop racing!! I wonder?
from the dead
South Africa 6 for 1 (Bhuvneshwar 1-3) trail
India 187 (Kohli 54, Pujara 50, Rabada 3-39)
by 181 runs
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