As severe winter weather hit the South Bend area Tuesday, neither Notre Dame nor Saint Mary’s had made a decision whether to remain open for Wednesday classes. As of Tuesday night, the National Weather Service predicted snow accumulation could reach 12 to 18 inches by Wednesday morning, with an additional two to three inches of snow accumulation during the day Wednesday. University spokesman Dennis Brown said Notre Dame usually makes decisions to close offices and cancel classes based on winter weather around 5 a.m. The University last closed due to winter weather on Dec. 12, 2000, Brown said. Final exams were postponed for one day due to snow. In a weather advisory e-mail Tuesday night, Brown said students, faculty and staff should stay tuned to hear early Wednesday morning whether the University would remain open. “If the decision is to close, the information will be communicated via local television and radio stations, as well as on the University home page,” the advisory stated. Patricia Ann Fleming, Saint Mary’s senior vice president and dean of faculty, sent a similar e-mail to the Saint Mary’s community Tuesday afternoon. Fleming said the College planned to make a decision early Wednesday morning. “Should classes be canceled and offices closed, dining services will be in full operation, residence hall staff will be available and security staff will be available for emergencies,” the e-mail stated. Fleming also said if Saint Mary’s campus remained open and students felt conditions were not safe enough to drive to campus, they should e-mail their professors immediately. South Bend Mayor Stephen Luecke declared a “Snow Route Clearance Condition” Tuesday that will remain in effect until 8 a.m. Thursday morning. This condition prohibits parking on streets designated as snow routes. A Monday media advisory from the City of South Bend said Luecke would likely issue a Snow Emergency on Tuesday or Wednesday, which makes it illegal to drive on all streets throughout the city. As of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, no such declaration had been made.
Former Real Madrid player Angel Di Maria has reached an agreement with Spanish prosecutors over a tax evasion charge related to his image rights, a Madrid-based court said on Wednesday.Di Maria, who now plays for France’s Paris St Germain, will plead guilty to two charges of tax fraud, carrying an eight-month prison sentence for each, and pay â‚¬2 million settlement, the court said.Under Spanish law, a first-time offender is not required to serve time in jail for a sentence below two years.The Argentine midfielder is accused of failing to pay some â‚¬1.3 million to the Spanish tax authorities in 2012-2013 by giving up his image rights to companies based in tax havens, such as Panama. It was not immediately possible to reach Di Maria’s representatives for a comment.The deal comes amid a lengthening list of cases of tax evasion by high-profile players such as Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, whose charges date back to when he coached Real Madrid.Mourinho’s agents said he had already dealt with questions raised by tax authorities in 2015, settling issues with his 2011 and 2012 filings and reaching a settlement regarding 2013.Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
DEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoAfter a cold winter, spring is usually the season of new beginnings, a time to shake off those winter blues and wipe the slate clean. The women’s soccer team on the other hand isn’t looking toward a new beginning.After struggling during the Big Ten regular season in 2005, the women’s soccer team dominated the competition during the last month of the season, in which they won seven consecutive games and won their first Big Ten tournament title since 1994. Although some key personnel are missing from last year’s team, the lady Badgers are poised to make a run deep into the postseason in the upcoming fall.The key thing for Wisconsin in the 2006 season is replacing the four seniors that were instrumental to their success last season. Forwards Marisa Brown, Katy Lindenmuth and Amy Vermeulen comprised 66 of Wisconsin’s 137 points last season. Additionally, Wisconsin lost first team Academic All-American Jessica Ring, who anchored a Badger defense that gave up only 31 goals last season.With most of the scoring gone from last season, Wisconsin is looking toward senior captain Kara Kabellis. Named to the All-Big Ten first team, Kabellis hopes to surpass the numbers she put up last season, scoring seven goals and six assists in Wisconsin’s 24 games. Looking to help take some of the scoring load off Kabellis will be sophomores Taylor Walsh and Elise Weber. Both Walsh and Weber highlighted an outstanding freshmen recruiting class for the Badgers, with both of them playing in every game for the Badgers last season and combining for eight goals.Wisconsin head coach Dean Duerst maintains that the Badgers will be just as potent on offense this season, with the addition of nine red-shirt freshmen competing for playing time.”We’re going to have no problem scoring goals this year,” Duerst said. “We have Weber, Walsh, Kabellis and players like Lindsay Walker and Shannon Terry, who didn’t play a lot of minutes last year but still are dangerous players. We have the personnel to score goals.”In addition to the red-shirt freshman competing for playing time, Wisconsin ushers in a balanced 2006 recruiting class that includes three midfielders, one forward and one goaltender. Out of the five recruits, Ashley Hedges shows the most potential of seeing a lot of time on the field. Hailing from Carmel, Calif., Hedges led Carmel High School to three state championships, in addition to being named twice to the all-state and all-district teams in California. With all this firepower coming in next season, there figures to be a real battle for playing time at the start of the season.”Everybody asks if you see anybody in your recruiting class being able to come right in and play and I think every year is that you just don’t know,” Duerst said. “I think the recruits are really going to help challenge a lot of players … The last [few] recruiting classes have played very good together, where you had multiple players at different positions and that’s what we have with this latest class.”The most interesting battle to watch going into the season will be which goalie Wisconsin decides to use. Junior Lynn Murray saw the majority of action in 2005, playing in 22 games for the Badgers, winning 13, and allowing only 1.11 goals per game. Murray also registered five shutouts and was named the Big Ten’s defensive player of the week in October.On the other hand, senior captain Stefani Szczechowski has proven that she is a capable goalie over her three seasons at Wisconsin. After getting the majority of playing time in her first season, Szczechowski time in goal has varied. She saw action in only seven games last season, but showed a strong defensive presence in the net, allowing only seven goals while notching 10 saves during her time in the net. Although it is feasible to have the two goalies play on a rotational basis, the Wisconsin coaching staff looks to try and avoid that a pick a number one goalie.”As Lynn and Steph are here together, they have always been battling and competing for time and it’s been that way since Lynn has come on board,” Duerst said. “Steph knows what is in front of her. They both have experience and they both will continue to have experience with our backs. You want to keep things competitive but ultimately, coaches and the team want to stick with a number one goalie who has risen to be that number one.”Through three games this spring so far, Wisconsin appears equally as powerful offensively and defensively as they did last season. In their recent match against UWM, Wisconsin got goals from Kabellis and assistant captain Allison Preiss, while the youthful defense didn’t allow a score in the Badgers’ victory.That said, Duerst looks to use this time to try different things on both sides of the ball to give Wisconsin that extra kick it was sometimes missing in games last season.”In essence, spring season is the molding for your year and the beginnings of that mold and what we need in order to play,” Duerst said. “I think what we are really looking at, and the players understand that, is an extension of last year’s play and try to get everything more connected. As coaches, we really have to teach more in the spring because we have more time and that has been a real value so far.”