Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former Goldman Sachs investment banker has been acquitted following a trial in which he was accused of raping a 20-year-old Irish tourist in the Hamptons two years ago.Suffolk County Judge Barbara Kahn found Jason Lee not guilty Wednesday of first-degree rape, sexual misconduct and assault.East Hampton Town Police had arrested the 38-year-old man after the woman accused him of sexually assaulting her at a rented home in August 2013.Lee’s attorney reportedly argued that the sex was consensual and prosecutors argued that there was proof beyond a reasonable doubt, despite the judge’s verdict.
UEFA will recommend to all its 53 member associations at next month’s Congress that they follow its lead. But Bernstein said English football may not have the same minimum ban – in its two high-profile racism cases John Terry was banned for four matches and Luis Suarez for eight. Speaking at the Soccerex conference in Manchester, he said: “I can’t comment on the number of matches that will be our minimum, we are working and are very close to a solution.” He added: “We have our own processes. We’ve our own audience of people we have to satisfy. There is a bind for all parts of English football and something we have to get to very carefully in a very measured way. “We wouldn’t necessarily get to the same solution as UEFA. It’s not a race to be first past the post, we’ll do it at our own pace in our own way. “I’m delighted UEFA have come up with this strong penalty and I fully support them doing it – but English football must come to its own decision in its own time, which will be very soon.” Bernstein did state however that 10 matches was not too harsh. He added: “These are very serious matters and I couldn’t feel more strongly about discrimination. It’s a strong penalty for sure but I wouldn’t say it’s too harsh.” UEFA will also introduce from next season a partial closure of stadiums for a first incident of racist abuse by fans and a full closure for a second offence. England manager Roy Hodgson said authorities had to ensure that far-right groups did not deliberately sabotage matches. He said: “The one thing that concerns you a little bit is what happens at the stadium, it’s very difficult to control every element. One does fear sabotage, with groups of people coming in who have nothing to do with football and who are perhaps of a Nazi persuasion and who could cause an awful lot of problems.” The Football Association may not follow UEFA’s recommendation of a 10-match minimum ban for players found guilty of racism, the governing body’s chairman David Bernstein said. Press Association
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Together, the pitcher and catcher on a baseball field are said to comprise the “battery.” Their working dynamic powers a club pitch after pitch. A year ago, the Dodgers’ battery took longer than usual to recharge.Yasmani Grandal was new to the team. A.J. Ellis was adapting to a new routine as the backup catcher, and his intel could help Grandal only so much. Starting pitchers Brett Anderson, Brandon McCarthy, and more than half of the bullpen were new to the organization when camp commenced.Flash forward to Tuesday, when Ellis had the suddenly rare opportunity to catch two pitchers he’d never caught before: Kenta Maeda and Jose De Leon. Maeda spent last year in Japan. De Leon, in his first big league camp, is one of 27 pitchers (out of 35) who spent all or part of last year in the organization. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Compare that to 2015, when camp broke with 14 new pitchers out of 31 total. For a catcher, that degree of turnover makes life difficult.“It’s more about learning the best way to sequence somebody,” Ellis said. “For example, Chris Hatcher. Seeing him a year ago, not really knowing how devastating his split-finger fastball was going to be, and the way that pitch developed especially the end of the year when he became a dominant set-up man — that learning curve doesn’t exist for me anymore. I’ve already passed that part up.”Grandal was leaning back in a folding chair at his locker stall, looking more relaxed than a sloth on Sunday as he scanned the familiar name plates in the clubhouse.“I know what it is to come in every year not knowing who’s coming in,” he said. “I did that for three years in San Diego.”In Hatcher’s case, the effect was hard to miss. He had a 6.38 earned-run average in the first half of last season and a 1.31 ERA in the second half. This was the exception, not the rule, though maybe the benefits of familiarity between a catcher and pitcher deserve an occasional reminder. The question of who will catch on a given night will also carry over into 2016. Shortly after the Dodgers acquired Grandal from the Padres, then-manager Don Mattingly spoke to Grandal and Ellis about what to expect each night. With no coaxing, all three men agreed that a platoon based primarily on matchup splits was the best way to go.For the most part, the plan worked. Dodgers catchers compiled a .751 OPS last season, third in the National League and a quantum leap forward from the year prior. New manager Dave Roberts is on board with the same plan. Five days after pitchers and catchers officially reported, the manager hasn’t met with Grandal or Ellis to discuss playing time yet.“I think if there was going to be a conversation,” Grandal said, “we already would have had it.”AlsoDodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu reported only normal soreness in his surgically repaired left shoulder one day after throwing a 30-pitch bullpen session. His next bullpen session is Friday, and Ryu said he expects to throw 25 to 30 fastballs again. … Maeda, De Leon, Julio Urias, Alex Wood, Scott Kazmir and Brandon Beachy all threw bullpen sessions Tuesday. … Grandal said his left shoulder is 100 percent and he will be cleared to bat from both sides of the plate in Cactus League games. Grandal had surgery on the shoulder in October.