University Of Iowa Cancels Four Sports Amid Massive Lost Revenue Projection

The University of Iowa is getting rid of four sports in light of lost revenue that could reach nine figures because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The school announced Friday that it will discontinue men’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s tennis at the end of the 2020-21 academic year. The sports will be played this season if Iowa deems it safe.

“We carefully and thoroughly reviewed all financial options and each of our programs individually,” Iowa said in a statement. “We considered, in part, sponsorship at the NCAA Division I level, impact on gender equity and Title IX compliance, expense savings, history of the sport at Iowa, engagement level, and other factors. With the recent postponement of fall sports and immediate financial impact due to this decision, we believe this path is necessary to strengthen athletics and position our programs for future success with the resources we

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Seimone Augustus gives Sparks what they need and ready to remind Lynx what they lost

Sparks guard Seimone Augustus <span class="copyright">(Phelan M. Ebenhack / Associated Press)</span>
Sparks guard Seimone Augustus (Phelan M. Ebenhack / Associated Press)

Seimone Augustus left Minnesota, trading the blue and gray of the Lynx for the purple and gold of the Sparks, but Minnesota hasn’t completely left Augustus. As she prepares to face her former team for the first time with the Sparks on Sunday, the guard is sticking with the same mind-set that turned her into a four-time WNBA champion.

“It’s like what we always say in Minnesota,” Augustus said Saturday. “It’s the biggest game ’cause it’s the next game.”

Augustus intended to finish her career with the Lynx, where she is the franchise leader in points (5,881). But contract negotiations broke down this summer as the Lynx were leaning toward a rebuild. The eight-time All-Star had two conversations with the Sparks, one with coach Derek Fisher and another with assistant general manager Michael Fischer, and that was enough for her

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Who is Julian Lewis? The Tory MP who lost his Conservative whip

PA wire
PA wire

Julian Lewis, a previously scarcely-known backbencher, has been thrust into a headline-maker this week after a “coup” saw him installed as the new chair of one of Parliament’s most prestigious select committees.

The New Forest East MP was named chairman of Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee on Tuesday.

But hours later a furious Boris Johnson ensured he was kicked out of the parliamentary Conservative Party for refusing to bow to their demand to vote for former cabinet minister Chris Grayling as the new chair.

So who is the man at the centre of all this Westminster drama? Here’s what you need to know.

What is the Chris Grayling row all about?

Downing Street had expected to shoo-in the controversial Transport Minister Mr Grayling into ISC chair without any issue.

But instead Mr Lewis won over opposition committee members and got the position, condemning Downing Street’s “improper request” for

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