THE CAPTAIN of Magdalen’s University Challenge team has been rusticated for a year due to poor academic performance.Second year history student Jon Wright hopes to continue as captain despite being sent down, but has yet to hear from College authorities whether he will be allowed to continue in the role.Wright said he would oppose any College attempts to remove him from the team. “I haven’t heard anything at all from College: this is only rustication, I’m still a student. We don’t really have anyone who could take my place on the team, so if College do have a problem with me carrying on I’ll be vigorously opposing that,” he said. Magdalen have already won through the first round, beating Liverpool 185 to 100, and have filmed their next match against Birmingham, but due to contractual agreements Wright was unable to reveal the result as the programme has not yet aired. Magdalen have previously won the competition three times before in 1997, 1998 and 2004.He was “quietly confident” that the team had a good chance of doing well in the competition, but stopped short of predicting victory. “We don’t expect to win, but given the right opponents and right questions we could have a chance of winning,” he said. Magdalen’s Junior Dean, Dr Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, refused to comment on whether Wright would be allowed to continue as University Challenge captain, saying he would have to wait until the matter was dealt with internally.”As its in an internal disciplinary matter we can’t make any comment. Jon is of course allowed to think what he wants, but we won’t make any comment until it has been dealt with by the College authorities. It’s the sort of thing we would have to discuss internally and with Jon before we make anything public,” he said.According to Wright, he was rusticated for a year by the College due to poor academic work. “It was purely for academic reasons, just because I didn’t work hard enough, so they suggested I take a year off and regain my focus which I am now doing. I hope to get a job to give myself some structure and then work towards my penal collections at the end of Trinity Term.”
1 / 3 RICHARD BARSA 2 / 3 JENNIFER BOLCAR 3 / 3 MEG CARSON ❮ ❯ × 1 / 3 RICHARD BARSA 2 / 3 JENNIFER BOLCAR 3 / 3 MEG CARSON ❮ ❯ WEEHAWKEN–All three incumbents retained their seats in the Weehawken Board of Education elections Tuesday.According to unofficial numbers from the township–including vote by mail, but not provisional ballots–Board President Richard Barsa earned 637 votes. Board members Jennifer Bolcar and Meg Carson earned 606 and 470 votes, respectively. The latter were also elected to full-three year terms after previously being appointed to the board.Challengers Monika Sikand and Elizabeth Chan earned 214 and 228 votes, respectively. Residents also approved the 2017-18 $28 million budget, 516 to 107–sans provisional ballots.For more information on the elections, pick up next week’s edition of The Weehawken Reporter.
Portugal have seven points from three games in the three-team group, two ahead of Italy who have finished their campaign. Poland, who visit Portugal for the group’s final game on Tuesday, have one point and have already been relegated.They are also in line to host the semifinals and finals in June as Italy and Poland were the only other two countries to express an interest in staging the tournament. The decision still has to be ratified by Uefa on December 3.Last November, Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after being held by Sweden at the same stadium.Italy had an early chance when Lorenzo Insigne’s long-range shot was parried by Rui Patricio and Ciro Immobile blasted the rebound over the bar.In what was a hugely promising display by Roberto Mancini’s side, Alessandro Florenzi drove a low shot narrowly wide before Marco Verratti threaded a ball through to Immobile and this time Patricio saved the shot with his leg.Another neat move ended with Jose Fonte blocking Federico Chiesa’s shot early in the second half.Portugal, who have not picked Cristiano Ronaldo since the World Cup by mutual agreement, were more threatening as the game wore on.Substitute Joao Mario shot over on the turn after Joao Cancelo worked an opening on the right and Gianluigi Donnarumma made a difficult save from William Carvalho’s low shot.Lorenzo Pellegrini’s header was comfortably saved by Patricio as Italy had a final fling in stoppage time.3 AttachmentsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Portugal became the first team to qualify for the Nations League semifinals when they held Italy 0-0 yesterday, the second time in a year that the hosts have been knocked out of a competition following a goalless draw at the San Siro.Italy, with defender Giorgio Chiellini making his 100th appearance, suffocated Portugal in the first hour with their pressing and created numerous openings with their intricate passing moves.ut they ran out of steam in the last half hour and the European champions held out fairly comfortably.