Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Friday, Dixie State men’s basketball commences its season at the D2 Conference Challenge hosted by Westminster University of Salt Lake City.The Trailblazers will face the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions followed by a Saturday game against the Texas-Tyler Patriots.Each of these games are 5:30 pm MST tip-offs.At the helm of the Trailblazers’ program for the 15th consecutive season is Jon Judkins, who is 262-126 (.675) as the coach at Dixie State. He is 242-114 (.679) in the program’s NCAA Division II era as they make preparations for Division I next season.When one adds his tenure at Snow College to the mix, Judkins is 546-253 (.683) as he coaches his 800th all-time game Friday against the Lions.With his 546 wins, Judkins trails only legendary University of Utah women’s basketball coach Elaine Elliott (1984-2011), who had 582 career wins while coaching the Utes, going 582-234 (.713).Dixie State’s leading returning scorer is senior guard Jack Pagenkopf (8.2 points per game last season).The Trailblazers are currently on a 13-game regular season winning streak, dating back to the 2018-19 season.In Dixie State’s 13 seasons as an NCAA Division II institution, the Trailblazers are 71-66 (.518) against non-conference foes all-time. Dixie State has been a member of both the Pacific West Conference and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference at the Division II level.Senior guard Deontra Terrell is the Lions’ returning leading scorer. He scored 9.8 points, while netting 2.8 rebounds last season, for Texas A&M-Commerce.When Dixie State plays Texas-Tyler Saturday, this will be the Patriots’ fourth game against a Beehive State opponent, having fallen to BYU and Utah in exhibitions. They will also have played Westminster Friday.Sophomore point guard Darius Alford is the Patriots’ leading returning scorer. He netted 18.6 points and 4.04 rebounds for Texas-Tyler per game last season. Brad James November 7, 2019 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Men’s Basketball Commences Season At D2 Conference Challenge Tags: Dixie State men’s basketball/Jon Judkins
The landmark health care bill was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama just over a year ago, but today it appears the highest court in the land will determine its ultimate fate.Experts agree that a number of federal court challenges questioning its legality mean the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is almost certainly destined for the Supreme Court.Thus far five federal court judges have ruled on the law, which guarantees access to health care to millions of Americans through an individual mandate requiring people to purchase insurance or pay a tax. Three courts have supported it, while two have challenged its constitutionality, including one in Florida that recently declared the entire statute invalid.But before heading to Washington, the debate took a Harvard detour.On Thursday (March 24), a year and a day after President Obama made the law official, three legal scholars took up the question of whether or not the act violates the Constitution.Harvard Law School (HLS) Dean Martha Minow introduced the panel in Austin Hall’s Ames Courtroom. The event was sponsored by the School’s Federalist Society and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics.There is no legal precedent for Congress requiring every person to enter into a contractual relationship with a private company, argued Professor Randy Barnett of Georgetown Law, who complained that the law oversteps the Commerce Clause, an enumerated power in the Constitution that gives Congress the power to regulate interstate commerce.“This has never happened before.”While the government can require things like the military draft, taxes, and jury duty, “each of these duties is necessary for the operation of government itself, and each has traditionally been widely recognized as inherent in being a citizen of the United States,” said Barnett.An alumnus of HLS whose work has been used by the courts finding the reform unconstitutional, Barnett also complained that there are no limits placed on this “new claim of federal power.”“Once the power to conscript Americans to enter into contractual relations with private companies is accepted here,” he said, “it will be accepted any time Congress needs economic mandates to be convenient to the regulation of the national economy.”Charles Fried, former solicitor general of the United States and associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, countered that the Supreme Court has ruled that insurance is indeed commerce, and that “health insurance as a species of insurance is surely commerce.”Citing former Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall, Fried added that Congress has the “power to make the rule which regulates the subject of commerce.”Fried, the HLS Beneficial Professor of Law, also noted that the current health care mandate exists because Congress was “skittish” about adopting socialized medicine in the form of a single payer system or the government option.“It is ironic,” he said, “that a device used to keep health care within the private sector, is somehow viewed as an enormous assault on our liberties.”Panelist and Carl M. Loeb University Professor Laurence Tribe examined whether a mandate to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty tax can be considered an invasion of one’s liberty.“There may be a right in the enumerated penumbras of the Bill of Rights or the Liberty Clause, a right not to be forced to accept medical care you do not want, but there’s no right to force the society to pay for your medical care by taking a free ride on the system.”I. Glenn Cohen, an assistant professor at Harvard Law School and co-director of the Petrie-Flom Center, moderated the event.
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller are doing their part to help the Pittsburgh Steelers get under the 2014 salary cap.The eight-time Pro Bowl safety and the venerable tight end both signed new three-year contracts with the team on Wednesday designed to give the Steelers some cap relief before the new league year begins next week.Terms of the deals were not disclosed, but both contracts are designed to give Pittsburgh some flexibility heading into free agency as the Steelers look for answers following consecutive 8-8 seasons.The Steelers also cut linebacker Larry Foote, cornerback Curtis Brown and offensive tackle Levi Brown on Wednesday.Polamalu was scheduled to make $8.25 million in 2014 in the final season of a four-year contract he signed in 2011. The 32-year-old is coming off a bounce back year in which he played in all 16 games after being limited by injuries in 2012.The deal came hours after the Steelers re-signed safety Will Allen, meaning it’s unlikely Pittsburgh will make any attempt to bring back Ryan Clark, who will become a free agent next week.Polamalu missed nine games in 2012 with a strained calf and revamped his offseason conditioning campaign last spring. It paid off handsomely. Polamalu picked off two passes and recorded 69 tackles while playing in every game for just the third time in the last eight years.Heath Miller (AP Photo/File)The 31-year-old Miller caught 58 passes for 593 yards and a touchdown in 2013 after sustaining a major right knee injury at the end of the 2012 season. He caught a season-high eight passes in a 37-27 win over Detroit on Nov. 17 that keyed a late 6-2 flourish as Pittsburgh avoided its first losing season in a decade.The moves continued a busy week for the typically quiet Steelers. Pittsburgh tagged linebacker Jason Worilds as a transition player on Monday, with Worilds quickly agreeing to the one-year deal, opening the door for both sides to work on a long-term contract.“Feels good to be back with the ones I bled with,” Worilds tweeted on Wednesday.Jason WorildsThe decision to keep Worilds- who posted a career-high eight sacks in 2013 – likely means the Steelers will part with LaMarr Woodley, whose cap number in 2014 is $14.1 million. Woodley has struggled to stay healthy in recent years and hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2010.The emergence of Worilds helped make Woodley potentially expendable. The same goes for Foote, who tore the triceps in the season opener last fall against Tennessee then watched rookie Vince Williams become a steady contributor at inside linebacker next to Lawrence Timmons. Polamalu’s ability to fill Foote’s role at linebacker in dime coverage packages helped expedite Foote’s departure.Injuries also plagued Curtis Brown during his three mostly quiet years with the Steelers. The former third-round pick showed flashes of being a special teams star but could not work his way onto the field with any regularity as a defensive back.At least Brown had a chance to make a case for himself – for better or worse – on the field. The same can’t be said of Levi Brown.The Steelers made the unorthodox move of acquiring Brown from Arizona in October to stabilize an injury ravaged offensive line. It never happened. Brown tore his triceps during warm-ups before his first game with Pittsburgh and was placed on injured reserve. The Steelers saved $6 million against the salary cap by paring him off the books before the new league year begins next Tuesday.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org