The protests that have raged in the Ukraine for more than two months escalated Tuesday as nine people, including two police officers, reportedly died when the opposition and riot officers faced off in Independence Square, the tent city thousands have occupied since the beginning days of the anti-government movement. Protesters reportedly set fire to barricades, piles of trash and old tires and rubbish in an attempt to hold back the authorities, who earlier broke through the barrier in an attempt to reclaim the square from the dissenters.The New York Times reported that the death toll was likely to rise as the intensity of the fighting remained at a fevered pitch. The demonstrations were sparked by President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision in November to spur a European Union trade pact for closer ties with Russia and its president Vladimir Putin.Yanukovych recently authorized the release of all protesters involved in the movement, but the concessions made by the government did little to quell the unrest. “I don’t want to wage war,” Yanukovych was quoted as saying. “I want to safeguard the state and resume a stable development. We are asking the opposition to also make concessions.” Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York
The plaintiff, Williamson’s former marketing agent Gina Ford of Prime Marketing Sports, is attempting to prove Williamson was ineligible to play NCAA basketball and therefore unable to explain breaking his contract with her company by pointing to a North Carolina law protecting amateur athletes. In other words, she claims Williamson forfeited his amateur status by accepting money.“It was further my understanding that to secure the verbal commitment from Lee Anderson [acting on behalf of Zion Williamson and the Williamson family] to have Zion sign with ‘MMG,’ Lee Anderson had demanded, and Duric paid, some $400,000 to Lee Anderson and Chubby Wells,” wrote Kreiss in the legal document. NEW: Donald Kreiss affidavit offered by Gina Ford claims that Zion Williamson agreed to pay Slavko Duric between $7-10 million to relinquish exclusive marketing rights in favor of CAA, conditioned on him keeping the $400K loan a “secret” and “shredding” all records of both Ks. pic.twitter.com/6UpLHaTF8V— Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) July 9, 2020MORE: Background details of the Zion Williamson lawsuitWilliamson’s attorney denied the affidavit claim to The Athletic on Thursday and noted the ID attached to Williamson in the filing did not match up with his measurements.“This is a desperate and irresponsible attempt to smear Mr. Williamson at the very time he has the opportunity to live his dream of playing professional basketball,” said attorney Jeffrey S. Klein.This is the “Letter of Declatation” that Zion Williamson and his stepfather supposedly signed in Dec. 2019 acknowledging the $400K loan made by Slavko Duric in Oct. 2018 (when still enrolled in Duke), along with his driver’s license for authentication.Real or fake?You decide. pic.twitter.com/lVcKvzxgV4— Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) July 9, 2020 The marketing agency Zion Williamson left shortly before beginning his NBA career is suing him for $100 million and levying serious allegations about compensation he received as an amateur athlete, which would have deemed him ineligible to play for Duke.On Thursday, an affidavit signed by a man named Donald Kreiss, who purportedly worked as a middleman between Maximum Management Group and Williamson, alleged Williamson received $400,000 in exchange for a verbal commitment to sign with the Canadian firm.
St George’s College go into today’s FLOW/ISSA Super Cup quarter-final game against Glenmuir very mindful that they exited the tournament at this very stage last season.Wolmer’s stunned the North Street school 3-0 to advance to last season’s semi-final. However, assistant coach Marcel Gayle says the team is determined to get past the last eight, and into the final this year.”Last year, we were in the same position and we lost, and it cost us, so we cannot take anything for granted. We will have to do what we have to to get the win,” he said.Many people have placed a question mark on St George’s character and their ability to fight to the death, with many calling Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell’s team soft.However, since the end of the first round, the ‘Light Blues’ have raised their game to another level and their early-round vulnerability seems to be in the distant past, as they have toyed with opponents in their last four matches, with only St Jago putting up any real resistance to their offensive onslaught.But although they start favourite against the wily Patrick ‘Jackie’ Walters and his Glenmuir side for the contest, Bell does not expect a walkover and insists that his players will roll up their sleeves and fight tooth and nail if that is required.”We know it’s not going to be a stroll in the park and we will probably have to dig deep and show our determination and our character, but we will if we have to,” he continued.Alex Marshall continue to lead the way for Bell’s team with an impressive 16 goals in all competitions. He has been greatly supported by Shevon Stewart (12) and Gregory Messam Jr (12).Marshall and Stewart, in particular, have proven to be a handful for most teams, and if they are allowed to have their way again today, St George’s will only take the game today.Although the ‘Georgians’ have conceded nine goals this season, their attack more than compensate for their shortcomings in defence, with over 51 goals scored so far this season.